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Flying Squirrel

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Member since: Fri Aug 20, 2010, 06:40 PM
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I am the same DU member who formerly posted under the name FlyingSquirrel (no space). I killed this profile by changing both my password and email at a time when I felt I had developed an unhealthy addiction to the internet in general and DU in particular. Not sayin' I'm any better now ;-)

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Let's not overlook the importance of the final third of Bernie's speech.

I just got done reading his entire speech. That final third is just as important as the entire rest of the speech (even though it may put many to sleep, or be a bit anti-climactic after the fiery first part) because it shows what a good grasp of foreign policy Bernie really does have and should put to rest the idea that Hillary has a huge advantage in this area.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Thu Nov 19, 2015, 06:02 PM (2 replies)

Well I'm convinced. I've been backing the wrong candidate.

Hillary 63% Bernie 29%. And all the lamenting in the world won't change those numbers.

Sanders supporters, please list the polls that you find acceptable.

Oh, snap! Because no underdog in the polls has EVER come back to win an election. What was I thinking? How could I have been so foolish? Except in 2007 of course when I was rooting for Obama and every day someone made a point of posting a poll showing him behind in one aspect or another, some state or another, the entire country, lost that debate, etc etc.

"But Bernie is no Obama! Things are different this time around!"

I'll tell you one thing that's the same: Hillary is still Hillary. Obama didn't win solely because he was Obama -- he also won because he was not Hillary. He had no more foreign policy experience than she did (possibly less) but that didn't translate into victory for her. All the polls in the world can't change the fact that likeability matters, and history sometimes repeats itself. Just ask Mitt Romney.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Nov 16, 2015, 10:34 PM (15 replies)

Candidates, once elected, don't do favors for their donors*

*They don't do favors for their donors IN GRATITUDE FOR the donations.

They do favors for their donors IN ANTICIPATION OF ADDITIONAL donations.

It's the same way a dog will do tricks in anticipation of another treat, not in gratitude for the one you already gave it.

I mention this obvious fact just to point out that when Hillary says she does not owe any kind of allegiance to Wall Street and points out that they are donating even more to her opposition, she is omitting the most important part of the equation.

She knows that, once elected, if she does the opposite of what Wall Street wants and expects, those donations will dry up and her opposition will get double the contributions as Wall Street attempts to unseat her. And THAT is why she will do mostly what they want. She is playing their game, and the only way to NOT play their game is to NOT take their money.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Nov 16, 2015, 04:56 PM (1 replies)

I have a complicated history when it comes to Hillary Clinton.

Back in 2008, when Edwards dropped out, I had to choose someone else. I chose Obama. He has disappointed me so deeply that I think if I had to do it over again I might have chosen Hillary; then again, there's no way of knowing whether she would have disappointed me just as much.

Still, at the time I was not happy with the way Hillary supporters (and Hillary herself) were being treated on DU:

A tale of two Edwards supporters

That feeling is the same today.

As early as last year, I was willing to entertain the possibility of voting for her:

I am pretty far left, but I am not worried about "Hawk and Militarist" Hillary Clinton in 2016.

My continued ambivalence has been expressed again more than once -- in fact, within a two day period in late October I expressed two different views (not completely opposite, but still pretty far apart):

If HRC is the nominee, I will not vote for her.


A part of me would really love to see a Hillary presidency

What is it about Hillary Clinton that does this to me? I watched her in the most recent debate and found myself admiring her again in spite of myself -- and then she invoked 9-11, and the spell was again broken; once more I was repelled by
her disingenuity and her seeming willingness to use anything or say anything to advance her political ambition.

I give up. The rest of you can fight about it. I will absolutely fight for Sanders. I will absolutely fight against the Republicans. And here's something I know deep in my bones: If Sanders gets the nomination, my home state of Washington will go blue; but if Hillary gets the nomination, the lawyers may very well end up fighting over who gets those 12 electoral votes (if she gets close enough to 270 nationally to make it worth fighting over).

Therefore, in keeping with my pledge to fight against Republicans, I'll vote for Hillary if she gets the nomination.

I just hope and pray that it won't come down to that necessity -- not because I hate Hillary (I don't) but because, aside from my belief that Sanders is what the Democratic Party and the country needs, I also strongly feel that Hillary is a very unsafe bet to win it all.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sun Nov 15, 2015, 11:59 PM (10 replies)

I don't always sit on a cushion

But when I do, I like to stretch out.

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Nov 13, 2015, 01:25 AM (0 replies)

Post 666

I probably would never have noticed this, but someone just brought this thread to my attention again so I was looking through it. In retrospect, what a prescient comment:


Star Member L0oniX

666. That ban was NOT impartial. Who's next?

Most already know that ban was bogus because Skip was responding to a troll that got banned just before Skip did. Because the troll was banned no one could see what Skip was responding too. Convenient ...right? Well some of us saw it.

And the beat goes on...
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Nov 9, 2015, 06:25 PM (5 replies)

If Bernie Sanders had been 1000% in support of Obama in 2012

Then I would consider the possibility that "he's a flip-flopper."

The fact that Sanders was NOT completely on board with Obama is one of the things that I LIKE about him. Yes, I'm sure the Obama administration remembers him as being an annoyance. That's a GOOD thing, not a bad thing, if you are not so blinded by loyalty that you can't see how far to the right Obama has been.

But Hillary's camp has decided that the way to beat Sanders is to pretend he's racist, and they apparently think that black people are so simple-minded that they will absolutely equate Bernie having suggested a primary opponent to hold Obama's feet to the fire (isn't that something Obama said he WANTED to have happen?) as meaning that Bernie is a hater and should be lumped in with, say, Donald Trump et al. It's absurd and insulting to probably just about anyone (except, of course, those blinded by their loyalty to Hillary Clinton.)

On edit:

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sun Nov 8, 2015, 07:52 PM (13 replies)

50 purrfectly timed cat photos taken at the right meowment



Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sun Nov 8, 2015, 02:46 AM (5 replies)

Stray kitten takes ownership of cameraman

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Nov 6, 2015, 01:02 AM (10 replies)

I just pledged to write in Bernie Sanders in the GE.

Why would I do that, and why would I admit to it on DU after another DUer was just banned for posting it?

First off, this pledge can not be enforced upon me. If HRC were to get the nomination and the polling was close enough in my state which hasn't gone Red since 1984, I could still hold my nose and vote for HRC -- if I so chose -- so the pledge is basically meaningless. There's no harm in making it, and there's even a (miniscule) chance that it might do some good.

Secondly, I've now seen the ban hammer come down twice on Bernie supporters who were longtime DUers, who may have been in the wrong but who nevertheless could have been less harshly dealt with. This is my way if protesting these draconian actions by an admittedly biased administration. Had the ban not happened, I would probably not have even seen the offending post; and if I had, I probably would not have been moved to action by it.

Finally, I'm not even sure any of this will matter if Bernie doesn't win. I feel that our system is nearly completely broken, and that Bernie is quite possibly our last chance. That being the case, the possibility of me being banned from this website pales in comparison to what I believe is our fate as a country. So I'll take a stand as well, and let the chips fall where they may.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Wed Nov 4, 2015, 10:45 PM (62 replies)
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