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Luminous Animal

Luminous Animal's Journal
Luminous Animal's Journal
October 8, 2015

According to her own records, her stated opposition to NAFTA is a lie.


What is the proper word for the claim by Hillary Clinton and the more factually disinclined supporters of her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination - made in speeches, briefings and interviews (including one by this reporter with the candidate) - that she has always been a critic of the North American Free Trade Agreement?

Now that we know from the 11,000 pages of Clinton White House documents released this week that former First Lady was an ardent advocate for NAFTA; now that we know she held at least five meetings to strategize about how to win congressional approval of the deal; now that we know she was in the thick of the manuevering to block the efforts of labor, farm, environmental and human rights groups to get a better agreement. Now that we know all of this, how should we assess the claim that Hillary's heart has always beaten to a fair-trade rhythm?

Now that we know from official records of her time as First Lady that Clinton was the featured speaker at a closed-door session where 120 women opinion leaders were hectored to pressure their congressional representatives to approve NAFTA; now that we know from ABC News reporting on the session that "her remarks were totally pro-NAFTA" and that "there was no equivocation for her support for NAFTA at the time;" now that we have these details confirmed, what should we make of Clinton's campaign claim that she was never comfortable with the militant free-trade agenda that has cost the United States hundreds of thousands of union jobs, that has idled entire industries, that has saddled this country with record trade deficits, undermined the security of working families in the US and abroad, and has forced Mexican farmers off their land into an economic refugee status that ultimately forces them to cross the Rio Grande River in search of work?
October 6, 2015

HILLARY'S message to 'Urban America'. Respect gun culture.

“You know, my dad took me out behind the cottage that my grandfather built on a little lake called Lake Winola outside of Scranton and taught me how to shoot when I was a little girl,” she said.

“You know, some people now continue to teach their children and their grandchildren. It’s part of culture. It’s part of a way of life. People enjoy hunting and shooting because it’s an important part of who they are. Not because they are bitter.”


October 6, 2015

Obama's message to 'Urban America' respect rural gun culture

"Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas. And if you grew up and your dad gave you a hunting rifle when you were ten, and you went out and spent the day with him and your uncles, and that became part of your family's traditions, you can see why you'd be pretty protective of that."


September 28, 2015

From Hillary's PAC: Gov. Bill Clinton apppoints his wife as chairwoman of the Rural Health Advisory


While he was Governor of Arkasas, Ms. Clinton also sat on the board of directors for Arkansas headquartered Wal-Mart was $18,000 a year for doing it and Arkansas based TCBY. Both contributed to Bill Clinton's governor campaigns.

Jane O'Meara Sanders made $4900 a year for her work on the radioactive waste commission. An appointment that has been described on this board as "plum" and "cushy" with zero evidence of either.

The biggest chunk of the Sanders' income last year came from the senator's $174,000-a-year congressional salary. (His occupation, as noted on his federal return: "Government Service.&quot Sanders' presidential campaign spokesman, Michael Briggs, explains the Sanders took in another $39,281 from Social Security benefits; $4,982 from the senator's Burlington mayoral pension; and $4,900 from Jane Sanders' governor-appointed spot on a low-level, radioactive waste commission.

I am aghast at the cronyism. Aghast I tells ya. Far more disturbing for me is the fact that Ms. Clinton sat on the board of directors of at least two disgusting corporations.

Hillary Clinton announced yesterday that she is resigning her seat on the boards of directors of three companies because she is working full time on the presidential campaign of her husband, Bill Clinton.

In doing so, she is giving up a significant portion of the couple's income. Last year, Hillary Clinton reported earning $60,700 from being a director of Wal-Mart, TCBY Enterprises and LaFarge Corp. This was far more than Clinton's $35,000-a-year salary as Arkansas governor and more than a quarter of their $235,000 total income.


Clinton joined the board of Wal-Mart, the nation's largest discount retail chain, in 1986. She joined TCBY Enterprises, a yogurt manufacturing and franchise firm, in 1989 and LaFarge, the U.S.-based arm of a French concrete company, in 1990.

Top executives of Wal-Mart and TCBY, both based in Arkansas, have made donations to her husband's races for governor.


Funny thing about LaFarge (a company that paid Hillary $31,000 a year to sit on their board)

Bill Clinton is renowned today for the millions he commands as a public speaker and business consultant. But in the early 1990s when he was making $35,000 a year as the governor of Arkansas, Hillary Clinton was the family's breadwinner, earning more than $100,000 a year from her law firm salary and corporate board fees. Lafarge, a U.S. cement maker owned by a French conglomerate, was one of her largest sources of income, paying her $31,000 a year to serve on its board. Shortly before Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992, Lafarge was fined $1.8 million by the Environmental Protection Agency for pollution violations at its Alabama plant. A year later, the Clinton administration reduced that fine to less than $600,000. Hillary Clinton had left the board in spring 1992 after her husband won the Democratic nomination.

September 16, 2015

Hillary's historian refutes Sanders claim that this country is "created on racist principles".

In an OP for the NY Times, historian and advisor to Hillary Clinton, Sean Wilentz, claims that Bernie Sanders threatens to

"poison the current presidential campaign. The United States, Bernie Sanders has charged, “in many ways was created, and I’m sorry to have to say this, from way back, on racist principles, that’s a fact.”"

And that, Sanders, stating such is furthering "one of the most destructive falsehoods in all of American history."

He then goes on to myopically restrict the topic of racism solely to the institution of slavery and defends the Constitution with merely tolerating slavery as a local institution rather than enshrining it as a national law as proof that Sanders is promoting a falsehood. Unbelievably, he attempts to downplay the three-fifths clause and the fugitive slave clause.


Fortunately, he is getting his ass handed to him in the comments.

September 15, 2015

Excellent. Thanks.

September 15, 2015

"Wall Street Journalís Scary Bernie Sanders Price Tag Ignores Health Savings"

The screaming headline on Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal reads “Price Tag of Bernie Sanders’s Proposals: $18 Trillion.” This would comprise “the largest peacetime expansion of government in American history,” the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper warns.

The provenance of the figure is in many ways besides the point. Readers are intended to bug their eyes out at such a massive sum, and tsk-tsk at the deeply unserious, budget-busting promises of a democratic socialist. It’s the numerical version of a smear campaign.

But how did the Journal arrive at $18 trillion? They added up the 10-year price tags of seven programs Sanders has endorsed in his candidacy for president. It turns out that $15 trillion of the $18 trillion, or 83 percent of the total, comes from just one of these programs: establishing a single-payer health care system.


Accounting for cost inflation in health care and extending that out for 10 years, on our current trajectory we would spend more than $30 trillion, compared to the $15 trillion of a single-payer plan, which would totally supplant it.

September 15, 2015

Bernie responds to Clinton attack via Jennifer Epstein Bloomberg Politics correspondent

And, as reported by Jennifer, he elaborates:

Jennifer Epstein ?@jeneps 15m15 minutes ago
Sanders on pro-Clinton super PAC's attack on him: "It was the kind of onslaught I expected to see from the Koch Brothers or Sheldon Adelson"

September 15, 2015


Clinton campaign has criticized Bernie Sanders for making a deal with Venezuela to supply discounted fuel to assist the poor during the harsh Vermont winter months. Vermont was one of six states that negotiated for fuel with Venezuela because the U.S. Government was unwilling to supply relief.

A Clinton campaign SuperPac, David Brock's (ex-Republican operative) "Correct the Record" asserts it can legally coordinate with the candidate, and circulated a hit email criticizing Sanders for making a deal that would save lives in his state of Vermont.

Super PACs are typically prohibited by law from coordinating with candidates, but Correct the Record will not be a typical super PAC. The group will not run ads, but instead does all of its work online, which it says will allow it to coordinate with the Clinton campaign.

The so-called “Internet exemption” was not intended to be used this way (it was created before the existence of super PACs), the Washington Post notes, but experts say Correct the Record is unlikely to face reprisal.


(H/T to DUer virtualobserver)
August 16, 2015

Really. June 6th. 7 days in New Hampshire after his official announcement in Vermont.

Accountability for any LEO/CO who breaks the law (re citizens or prisoners); he references SC killer cop being indicted. Prosecute them.
Community policing; integration with the people not occupation and military gear.
Training and better pay for police.
Shift our $$ priorities from jailing AA youth to education and job opportunities for them.


And this from July 1st. Prior to Net Roots Nation

One day before Net Roots Nation

So, no. He did not refuse to talk about "anything but economic equality". And I am really getting sick and tired of this canard being posted over and over again.

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