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Name: Jim
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Gee - my profile info didn't migrate from the old DU I guess? The main thing - 90% refers to the maximum allowable percentage of nitromethane fuel permitted in modern NHRA Top Fuel and Funny cars. Which is what makes current "nostalgia nitro" so cool - you can still "tip the can" and run straight nitro, if you want to. I'm an aging northeast liberal with an overdeveloped justice gland. OUR INSTITUTIONS ARE INFESTED WITH GREEDY AND CORRUPT SOCIOPATHS

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The current atmosphere on DU

Reminds me somewhat of Ari Fleischer's response to 9/11 reminding "all Americans that they need to watch what they say, watch what they do."

I'm voting for Hil and all Dems, just like I have since McGovern in 1972, but I agree completely with Jimmy Carter that present day America is a full blown OLIGARCHY, and as a patriotic American, we really need to do something about this before the ghosts of our Founding Fathers come back to life and murder all of us.

And it's my opinion that Hil, Debbie and the DNC ESTABLISHMENT were not entirely fair in the conduct of the Primaries.

But, here at DU, it seems any criticism of OUR PARTY is TOS'ED and FLAMED aggressively.

I'm not quitting DU, but I am conflicted about posting anything critical about OUR PARTY. Self Censorship, I guess, and maybe time to find a supplemental board where I feel comfortable sharing my thoughts without fear of repercussion?

You could say the current vibe at DU has brought my introspective and often critical comments to heel.

-90% Jimmy

I supported Bernie enthusiastically in the primary

And I think you are correct, the theme for this election is government corruption and the great unwashed finally getting some sense that the "establishment" and "the powers that be" have rigged the game in their favor at the expense of those of us that live in the bottom 95% of the American economy.

IT'S THE CORRUPTION ENDEMIC IN ALL OF OUR GOVERNMENT, DUMMY!

Those of us with decent critical thinking skills fully understand that Drumpf will make things much worse and accelerate worldwide human misery somewhat less than the run up to WW2, but still much worse than perhaps even the recent Great Recession. And he's got the best chance since Roe v. Wade to overturn a woman's right to choose. Evangelicals are rabid anti-abortion and boy do they vote. Even to the point of electing a morally bankrupt slimeball if he sounds like an earnest pro-birther.

So the relative merits of our choice is clear; Drumpf would make things much much worse and his entire career is based on the art of the swindle. Why the hell anybody would find a mentally ill sociopathic bully-swindler to be Presidential material is incomprehensible to me. But, I do think he's tapped into the same zone as Bernie, as far as fixing the magnitude of outright corruption cancerizing our government.

Apparently, to paraphrase Frank Zappa, the Democratic Party wouldn't know who our best candidate to win the election is if it came up and bit them in the ass!

-90% Jimmy

Agenda driven corporate propaganda

And people like me are left out in the cold because we congenitally can't genuflect to our corporate overlords to the degree they demand.

The PTB's really want to return to the economic model of the middle ages, don't they?

Greedy stupid prick selfish sociopaths, the lot of them. But, judging by Drumpf, we American's just love our Oligarchs!

-90% Jimmy


http://billmoyers.com/story/twenty-years-of-media-consolidation-has-not-been-good-for-our-democracy/

Floating a trial balloon for the Trump-Pence campaign

MAKE AMERICA TORTURE AGAIN



Because nothing says Americans kick ass like resorting to the same methods as the terrorists we fear and despise.

-90% Jimmy

Yes, this is great

Our Democratic team of nice, wonderful, generous Oligarch's are gonna trounce the mean, nasty, greedy, self absorbed Oligarch on the other side!

I'm looking forward to enjoying the many benefits of the TPP. which I understand is now officially supported by the DNC?

As I understand it, the TPP was crafted in complete secrecy by a team of 600 average working people who worked on it together in their spare time over the last six years to make it really really good for average people?

-90% Jimmy

Frank Zappa tells us something about Democracy

I got this from a Zappa FB page. Seems pretty applicable to where we stand in the present day, don't it?

I bolded the important parts myself.

Enjoy.




SPIN: Do you think the outcome of the censorship movement can ultimately be meaningful?

Zappa: Let me point out something about democracy. Does anybody remember how Hitler took over Germany? He was voted in. People said, yeah, he’s got the right message for us. Now when you have a democracy, there’s always the possibility that they guy who could turn out to be the biggest menace to the planet could just get voted in. And the place where it’s most likely to happen is here, because of the media saturation, the illiteracy rate of the population, the social desperation of the population. Hitler came to power because things weren’t so good.

All we have to do is look at the early days of the Reagan administration and see how these factors converge. First of all, he owed a big favor to all the fundamentalist Christians and the television evangelists who helped him one way or another get elected. Forget about the October Surprise, he also had the help of these other groups. Then there was that depression. Americans like to believe in miracles, they like to believe in magic and when they consume religion it’s not on a philosophical level, it’s on a miraculous level. Jesus can do things for you. It’s about goods, it’s about the transference of goods and services from the cloud to your living room. You’re broke, you lost your job in the early days of the Reagan administration and instead of watching Madonna on TV you’re seeing these guys teaching prosperity theology. If you send your money, you gotta prove to Jesus that you really care, and he’ll reward you tenfold. It’s like buying a lottery ticket.

It’s always the free flow of information which is the major threat to the American way of life. To right-wing guys, there’s nothing more dangerous than free access to information. And you know what that stems from? It stems from the beginning of Christian theology, when Adam and Eve were in the garden, how did we get into trouble? It wasn’t because it was an apple, it was the fruit of the tree of knowledge, so the essence of Christianity is, nobody gets to be smarter than God and access to knowledge and ownership of knowledge damns you. Knowledge itself is the work of the devil. We must not have knowledge and what leads to knowledge? Information. Nip it right there, nip it in the bud.




This interview is probably from the early eighties, and Frank was livid about Reagan, televangilists and jeez-o-bucks and all. But he was a self described Constitutional Fundamentalist and knew what these fuckers are up to. Fast forward to 2016, and 30 years later it's perfectly apparent that "they got us by the balls", to quote George Carlin's STUNNING and PERFECT "Corporations own you" rant.

-90% Jimmy

I cannot fathom why any informed Democrat with good critical thinking abilities....

I cannot fathom why any informed Democrat with good critical thinking abilities would support Hillary. Shes Nixon in a pants suit or Dick Cheney without the snarl.

She's been so wrong over the years in mean ways that destroy lives. Shes a full blown Oligarch who pals around with the other Oligarch's that are wrecking the planet and destroying any reasonable expectation for us average people to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Not to mention fueling climate change that means the end of the world as we know it in the near future. Humanity wrecked our children's future and the possibility of mass extinction merely for more money than most of us could spend in a hundred life times.

We've got a systemic cancer in all of our Institutions and she wants to sell us more cigarettes!

Hilary's character to me is best exemplified in her giggly; "we came, we saw, he died" which speaks to her sociopathic tendencies, which is almost a necessary requirement to be a successful Oligarch.

Bernie stands for everything they taught me in school about why America is such a great country founded on such great ideals. And he's been walking that walk since I was taught to "duck and cover" in second grade!

-90% Jimmy

The remarkably stupid unintended consequences of our "War on Dandruff, uh, I mean, TERROR"

This may be a dupe, but the stats on this are remarkable in terms of unnecessary human suffering and wasteful military spending in the TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Plus we are planting the seeds of hatred that will terrorize all of us for generations to come!

Hey, America! How’s that WAR ON TERROR working out for you? Some profound info from this video link:

“The war on terror has brought us more war and more terror.”

Ted Cruz: “The Middle East was better off with Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi in power.”

In Pakistan there was one suicide attack in the fourteen years prior to 9-11. There have been 486 suicide attacks there since 9-11.

Fourteen years after the War on Terror was started the U.S.A. has spent SIX TRILLION DOLLARS ($6,000,000,000,000) on the Iraq and Afghanistan Invasions alone! This is $75,000 per American household.

According to reports from our own government, deaths from terrorism have increased 1,400% between 2002 and 2014.

Suicide attacks in Iraq before the invasion: NONE.

Since the 2003 invasion: 1,892.

Christians in Iraq before 2003 Invasion: 1.5 million.

After invasion: one million fled to a hard life in Syria. The remaining half million Christians are now being exterminated by groups like ISIS.

My conclusion:

The “WAR ON TERROR” is a war against a concept, not an army, militia, nation state, or any organized group of people. And based on the above stats, we are really really loosing this “W.O.T.” It’s almost as if THE POWERS THAT BE are conducting themselves in a way to insure PERPETUAL TERRORISM and the more we try to bomb “terrorism” back to the Stone Age, the more people at the receiving end of our W.O.T. will become terrorists. America has created a “blow back factory” that, from a distance, looks like JOB ONE is perpetual war! So the w.o.t. appears to be extremely stupid and counterproductive, unless you’re a fan of perpetual war. And I propose that our totally berserk MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL-CONGRESSIONAL- SURVEILLANCE-COMPLEX has very very strong incentives to keep war going as if their very existence and six, seven, eight, and perhaps even nine figure salaries depended on it.

Now, watch this drive.

-90% Jimmy


"The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now -- with somebody -- and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives." - Hunter Thompson, September 12, 2001


https://shadowproof.com/2015/12/17/war-on-terrorism-has-created-more-terrorism/

The Neocons were wrong since before 9/11

I became politically aware after the corrupt 2000 election, so when 9/11 happened I paid close attention to what our government decided to do in the aftermath.

Remember "We are all Americans now" and the entire world showered us with love and support?

Then they started talking about the fucking "Axis of Evil" and how we just had to get Iraq and I went to myself "WTF? The White House, particularly Dick Cheney, fucking manufactured and stove-piped MUCH OF THE "INTELLIGENCE" that justified the invasion.

935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity by Charles Lewis, one of many books that tells the real story about "getting those (IRAQ) bastards that did this to us".

We had the good will of the world behind us, and these greedy evil mf'ers used 9-11 as a pretext to invade a country that had nothing to do with 9-11 what so ever.

They squandered the goodwill of the world and produced a immense tragedy that diminished America's moral stature in the world for generations. I mean, we fucking tortured people and that was official policy straight from the White House. (And Jeb suggests he would do it again!) This was the first time since George Washington we tortured as official government policy and is a moral stain on our character FOREVER. We can never again claim the moral high ground on the world stage as we did the same despicable things the despots throughout the ages have done. Like they were saying to themselves, "well we really fucked up "keeping the country safe" with 9/11 on our watch, so we have to show the word we're really bad ass mf'ers and we'll take out any middle eastern country that even looks at us funny."

I went to a town hall meeting hosted by my Congressman John Larson BEFORE THE WAR in West Hartford and stood up and told him I'd prefer the Mafia in the White House, because they are more honorable people than the GWB crew.

I went to the first anti-war protest of my life in January DC 2013 because I knew the whole deal was bogus. I'm just an average internet user. If I had it figured out, shame on all the pols in the Washington bubble that got it wrong, probably as a matter of political expediency and lack of moral courage. Any pol still serving that voted in favor of the IWR should have to pay a heavy political price for getting it so wrong and causing over a decade of wasting trillions of tax dollars and human misery with absolutely no upside I can see!

It will amaze me for the rest of my life that they managed to pull off "the worst foreign policy decision in a generation" (Nice euphemism for war crimes and treason. And others consider it the worst in all of American history!) They knew exactly what they were doing and swept together enough bogus and manufactured intelligence to save us from "the smoking gun that may come in the form of a mushroom cloud". The crowning example was Cheney's minions feeding Judy Miller from the NY Times bogus and somewhat classified info and then going on MTP and saying he could now speak about it because its in the paper. Well, sure, pal, you put it there!

If we had the Democracy we think we have, and for some reason are so proud of, then the entire GWB White House of 2002-2008 should be spending the rest of their lives in solitary confinement.

Lastly, who benefited from the Iraq Invasion? I don't even know who got all the oil, but I would say the military-industrial-congressional-surveillance-complex and all the people in government that hate our Constitution were the only winners. One hell of a cost in human misery and moral standing just so a handful of excessively wealthy psychopath fat cats can enjoy a few more yachts, private jets, vacation homes and gold chains for themselves.

-90% Jimmy

I recall John Kerry badmouthing him when he first went to Russia

something like: "you little coward. If you are a Patriot you will come back to America and subject yourself to our criminal justice system. You will get a fair trial before the US government forces you to spend the rest of your life in solitary confinement."

The Obama administration has prosecuted more whistle blowers than all previous administrations combined! Better to be banished from your country of origin, but still free, instead of enduring the corrupt system of our utterly unjust and draconian legal system.

But, we have two America's now and Edward is not a member of the "PTB club" and won't get a soft sentence like Gen. Petreaus. They'll dungeon him like Chelsea Manning or the innocents in Guantanamo that have been imprisoned without charge for over ten years.

Between this and Bernie our national conversation is now vectoring towards important things like issues and whether we still want to at least pretend America is still a Democracy.


-90% Jimmy
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