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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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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)

How to express your ambivalence safely

Winning elections is important — therefore, advocating in favor of Republican nominees or in favor of third-party spoiler candidates that could split the vote and throw an election to our conservative opponents is never permitted on Democratic Underground. But that does not mean that DU members are required to always be completely supportive of Democrats. During the ups-and-downs of politics and policy-making, it is perfectly normal to have mixed feelings about the Democratic officials we worked hard to help elect. When we are not in the heat of election season, members are permitted to post strong criticism or disappointment with our Democratic elected officials, or to express ambivalence about voting for them. In Democratic primaries, members may support whomever they choose. But when general election season begins, DU members must support Democratic nominees (EXCEPT in rare cases where a non-Democrat is most likely to defeat the conservative alternative, or where there is no possibility of splitting the liberal vote and inadvertently throwing the election to the conservative alternative.

If you cannot stomach the thought of voting for a particular candidate in the GE, one who is running as a Democrat, you of course have the right to keep that fact to yourself.

If, however, you don't want to keep it to yourself, but don't want your posting privileges revoked, you can do so under certain circumstances ONLY.

1. You should specify that you are speaking only for yourself and are not urging others to follow suit.

2. You should specify that you live in a non-swing state, and that based on the current electoral rules there is no chance that your particular vote could change the outcome of the race;

3. You should also specify that you intend to watch the polling in your particular state just in case something surprising should happen and your state should become competitive this time around; and that in that case you will hold your nose and vote for the Democratic nominee.

4. In no case should you ever express a plan to vote for a Republican candidate, nor express a hope that the Republican nominee will win.

It's a fine line that some of us who are disappointed in the Democratic Party must walk, but there is definitely a way to express our ambivalence without losing our posting privileges. If you're in a swing state, you don't have that luxury at this time. The stakes are too high.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Wed Nov 4, 2015, 09:09 PM (3 replies)

Obama: Making Hillary Clinton secretary of State one of my ‘best decisions’

I just wanted to post this in GDP instead of the HRC Group where it was originally posted, because I just know there were going to be some really interesting responses, but nobody could post them.

(I have a feeling this could get me banned from the group...)

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Nov 3, 2015, 07:14 PM (13 replies)

Craigslist scammers suck


Hoyer Lift with sling - New condition, used once - $350.. Still Available? Frank



(Hastily logging in to Craigslist account and unchecking box that allows for text messages... Whoops!)

27 hours later:


Sorry i get back to you this late,i have some family stuff i have to handle.. I agreed to pay your asking price. Am currently busy with family emergency so i can't come to take a look in person. I will pay you with a cashier's check and I will make arrangement for the pickup after you have cashed the check. i don't mind adding an extra $40 so you can keep it in my favor. Text me with your full name & mailing info so i can mail out the payment Asap. best regards.. Franklin


Nope. Heard that one before, didn't work last time either.


Is time will work Okay, Trust me


Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sun Nov 1, 2015, 10:31 AM (13 replies)

Bernie will IMPROVE on Obama's performance.

He already has. $26 million raised in the third quarter from small donations, compared to $21 million Obama raised in the third quarter of 2007. Anyone who thinks that many donors won't translate into votes is fooling themselves. People do not contribute to candidates they don't plan to vote for.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sun Nov 1, 2015, 01:07 AM (7 replies)

InTrade had Obama at 10% in October 2007


The data points are Barack Obama's closing prices on political futures betting site InTrade. The higher the closing price, the more likely investors think his nomination is (with 100 being dead-on certainty).

Each mark represents one week. My reading of this chart is that Obama's low point was October 15, 2007 where he was being given a 10% chance of winning the nomination.

By interesting coincidence, again it's being shouted from the rooftops that Hillary is at 90% and Bernie is at 10%, at nearly the same point in the primaries.


So... InTrade. Meaningless prediction then, meaningless now. Sorry, inevitability meme pushers. This battle is FAR from over.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sat Oct 31, 2015, 07:39 PM (4 replies)

Perhaps I should have posted it here instead of GD...

TygrBright appreciation thread:


Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Oct 30, 2015, 02:21 PM (2 replies)
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