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Name: C.S. Harris
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I had a post of mine hidden once and it was because of

my ignorance on the subject. I do apologize, and it still embarrasses me when I think of it.

Obama library coming to Chicago

Obama library coming to Chicago
Posted: 04/30/2015, 09:43pm | Lynn Sweet

WASHINGTON — As first reported in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Obama library, museum and presidential center will be located on Chicago’s South Side, with the University of Chicago bid beating out the competition for the massive project.

The Sun-Times has reported in several stories since April 14 that the Obama development was coming to the city. The official announcement will be made in Chicago by the Chicago-based Barack Obama Foundation in about two weeks, the Sun-Times has confirmed with several sources with direct knowledge of the rollout.

Though the decision to ratify the foundation recommendation was made by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle, the president is not expected to attend the announcement, for which planning has already begun, the Sun-Times was told by a source.

As the Sun-Times reported on April 14, the foundation, led by Obama friend Marty Nesbitt, will not announce until later this year whether the Obama complex will be located in Washington Park or Jackson Park. The parks are near the University of Chicago’s main Hyde Park campus.

The U. of C. bid emphasized partnerships with elementary, high school and other area universities — and support from the surrounding South Side communities.



more at the link..
http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/567078/obama-library-coming-chicago

In Iowa, Martin O’Malley lays out vision for Democratic Party

In Iowa, Martin O’Malley lays out vision for Democratic Party

Des Moines, Iowa – Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says if he runs for president, he will try to pull the Democratic Party back to its populist roots.

“You know what it’s about? It’s really about calling our party back to its true self,” he said in a wide-ranging MSNBC interview airing Friday. “Our politics has been greatly impacted, for the worse, by big money and the concentration of big money.”

O’Malley, in Iowa this week for meetings and a local Democratic Party event, took a break to talk about his potential 2016 challenge to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Smokey Row Coffee, a bustling coffee shop on the West side of Des Moines. Clinton is expected to begin her presidential campaign as early as this weekend.

Widely known as number-crunching technocrat, O’Malley sounds pretty blunt when criticizing what he calls Wall Street’s growing dominance of campaigns and government – including some members of the Obama administration.
“For 30 years we’ve followed this trickle-down theory of economics that said, ‘Concentrate wealth at the very top, remove regulation and keep wages low so we can be competitive – whatever the hell that means,” O’Malley says.



I like that O'Malley said these big bankers need to go to jail, and that Obama had some of the wrong people on his team. Also, "O’Malley’s critiques of the criminal justice system also provide common ground with at least one Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul." Good interview at the link.


ETA: forgot the link http://www.msnbc.com/the-cycle/martin-omalley-iowa-2016-interview

Trail To The Chief: The Non-Existent Democratic Bench If Hillary Doesn't Run Edition

The Non-Existent Democratic Bench If Hillary Doesn't Run Edition


In the world of anonymous sources calling for an actual Democratic primary to boost Hillary Clinton's campaigning chops, there's much bemoaning about the lack of viable 2016 contenders that would truly put ol' Hil through the ringer. But what about the bemoaning that would ensue should Clinton actually "implode entirely" -- as all the think pieces from her latest email dust-up imply?

One possibility is that we're about to find out. Of course, another possibility is that it's really early in the campaign and this email scandalette will burn itself out eventually and we'll look back on another premature deployment of the "Dems in disarray" meme with detached amusement. But if this doesn't rattle Clinton, surely it has to rattle the Democratic Party a little bit. If the GOP's main problem is a candidate logjam between last year's losers, this year's saviors and also-rans of every order, the Democrats' yawning worry has to be the lack of timber to send to the mill. There's very little sign that the party has done any serious work recruiting future officeholders and grooming them for the national spotlight. And the lack of fresh faces means that fresh ideas -- or fresher takes on old ideas -- are hard to come by.

Once you get past Clinton, is there a "Democratic bench"? Yes. But the problem is, it's probably an actual bench.


If not Hillary...WHO? There are 15 peoples on the list at the link...(well more like 12).

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/08/trail-to-the-chief-non-existent-democratic-bench_n_6826266.html#comments

Obama to Blame for Hurricanes, Disease -- and Everything Else

Obama to Blame for Hurricanes, Disease -- and Everything Else

Rudy Giuliani is blaming President Obama for the murder of two NYPD officers. Says Rudy, "We've had four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police. I don't care how you want to describe it -- that's what those protests are all about."

Rudy claims specifically that the propaganda against the police started with the president. Yet at no time has the president ever said anything about hating the police. Instead, he urged calm and peace. What he said immediately after police tear-gassed protestors in St. Louis:

We've got to make sure that we are able to distinguish between peaceful protesters who may have some legitimate grievances and maybe long-standing grievances, and those who are using this tragic death as an excuse to engage in criminal behavior.
Here is what Obama said to protestors in Ferguson bent on punishing the police:

That won't be done by throwing bottles. That won't be done by smashing car windows. That won't be done by using this as an excuse to vandalize property. And it certainly won't be done by hurting anybody.
Read Obama's actual words; and then Giuliani's accusation. I challenge anybody to say that what Rudy claims is simply not ridiculous. Where did Obama imply he hated police or that others should? Yet this is a pattern set over the past eight years: the right wing has blamed Obama for everything bad, no matter how far removed from Obama in reality; and given him credit for nothing good, independent of how directly his actions led to that good. No leap of logic or time or reason is too great for them to link Obama with something unpleasant; and no cause and effect no matter how obvious or self-evident is too strong for them to dismiss, reject or ignore. This political strategy is tiresome, childish, insular and counter to the interests of the American people. And frankly my dear, I'm damn tired of it. Let us set the record straight.....

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-schweitzer/obama-to-blame-for-hurric_b_6364268.html


*snip*

He will never get any good rating with this group in the media. Everything that has happened in the country has gone very well, yet his rating are not good. WTF!

Exactly!

Heres something I found at Dkos a couple of years ago. I guess it sticks with me when I read something like this OP.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/05/21/978170/-20-Habits-of-Paid-Trolls

20 Habits of Paid Trolls:

1) Post one diary every quarter
2) Never tip
3) Never completely disagree - just throw the comment thread off track
4) Post at the top of the diary
5) Never recommend (only gives issue more visibility)
6) Work in shifts so are ready 24 hours a day - 7 days a week
7) When comments get troll rated - dump ID and move to new ID
8) Use multiple IDs' and computers so can post under as many as 8 names in a single diary
9) Have an alert system to have other post on diaries that are "dangerous" to their employers (most likely a Koch brother front group/health insurance co employee)
10) Mostly make hard to read cutting edge stories in their infancy - mainstream popular diaries get too many views for paid trolls to have much of an impact
11) Discourage new diary posters
12) Turn off readers with a hostile tone, vicious, or condescending attack
13)Call your statistics arbitrary, ask you to check your figures, doubt your analysis or facts,
14) Tell readers your story lacks facts, that your story lacks depth, that your story lacks research, that your links prove nothing, that your conclusions are wrong etc (of course a troll will never offer a shred of "evidence" to back up a single of their assertions)
15) Write using a dismissive, surly tone
16) Dismiss diary writer or comment posters as not quite right
17) Have a tag line about anything but what dKos is about - but not actually opposing what dKos is about
18) No personal identities on their page
19) Never offer any constructive ideas
20) Complain that someone is not following the dKos "rules"

Conclusion: sadly: paid trolls work

btw: Love the avatar!

Bill Moyers conversation with Elizabeth Warren.

Elizabeth Warren on Hillary Clinton

In this 2004 clip, Warren recounts a meeting she had with first lady Hillary Clinton in the late 1990s, her positions on bankruptcy legislation at that time, and how everything changed after she became a New York senator.



There are several other conversations with Senator Warren at the link.

http://billmoyers.com/2014/09/05/clips-elizabeth-warren-takes-on-hillary-clinton-and-alan-greenspan/







White-on-white murder in America is out of control

White-on-white murder in America is out of control

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/21/6053811/white-on-white-murder


"Blacks represent 13% of the population but commit 50% of the murders; 90% of black victims are murdered by other blacks," writes Time's Joe Klein, calling for "provocative" thinking on race in America. "The facts suggest that history is not enough to explain this social disaster."

Yet the disturbing truth, according to the FBI's most recent homicide statistics, is that the United States is in the wake of an epidemic of white-on-white crime. Back in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, a staggering 83 percent of white murder victims were killed by fellow Caucasians.

This is not to say that white people are inherently prone to violence. Most whites, obviously, manage to get through life without murdering anyone. And there are many countries full of white people — Norway, Iceland, France, Denmark, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom — where white people murder each other at a much lower rate than you see here in the United States.

On the other hand, although people often see criminal behavior as a symptom of poverty, the quantity of murder committed by white people specifically in the United States casts some doubt on this. Per capita GDP is considerably higher here than in France — and the white population in America is considerably richer than the national average — and yet we have more white murderers.


Read more at the link.

I don't have a problem with them

...being able to get a job because of who their parents are, I just have a problem with the amount they are being paid. They should all start slowly then work their way up. They've got a job because who their parents are, now damn it...earn those big salaries.

I love Everything about Christmas!

Everything! I love the Christmas Carols (Nat Cole and Johnny Mathis) I love the winter snow, The gift giving, wrapping presents. I love the Christmas parties, I love the Christmas movie and cartoons and I love the Lord Jesus and right now I'm missing my beloved Mother that made Christmas so special for our family. Also, my dad who is now in home hospice....and that makes me feel like crying because a lot of my family is gone. Yet I still look forward to CHRISTMAS!!!!
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