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Hillary Clinton is a voice of tolerance and experience—and that’s exactly what we need.

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Mar 21, 2016 by George Clooney

If you listen to the loudest voices out there today, you’d think we’re a country that hates Mexicans, hates Muslims, and thinks that committing war crimes is the best way to make America great again.

The truth is that the only thing that would prevent America from being great would be to empower these voices.

In all of this clutter, there’s been one consistent voice. A voice of tolerance and experience, from a candidate who’s spent a lifetime fighting for the rights of the less fortunate. A candidate who knows firsthand the complexity of our international relationships.

That candidate is Hillary Clinton.

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Mar 23, 2016, 05:59 PM (6 replies)

For those of you getting snow and wintry mix this weekend - Pitbull







It's pretty much always warm in Miami
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sun Mar 20, 2016, 02:23 AM (2 replies)

Is anyone on DU interested in purchasing a college?

BLAIR, Neb. (WOWT) - Midland University announced Friday plans to focus its expansion in the Fremont and Omaha areas, which means the former plans to reopen the Dana College campus in Blair have been scrapped.

Midland cited maintenance costs and "a complicated path to accreditation" as reasons for leaving the Blair campus vacant.

"As the number of high school students headed to college levels off across our state as a whole, growth in demand is occurring most quickly for our Omaha-based programming and just to the west on our Fremont campus," said Midland University President Jody Horner. "We are going to concentrate our growth initiatives where demand is greatest."

The university also mentioned "significant upgrades" coming to the Fremont campus as well as finding a "permanent home for growing MBA, graduate and non-traditional programs in the heart of Omaha" as part of its focus.



http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/Midland-University-will-not-reopen-the-former-Dana-College-campus-in-Blair-372579202.html
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sat Mar 19, 2016, 01:12 AM (1 replies)

MSNBC: Democratic race nears its end point after Clinton’s sweep (HRC Group)

The problem for Team Sanders isn’t just the fact that Clinton won all five of yesterday’s contests. That’s certainly discouraging – the campaign believed it had a real chance of success in two or three of these primaries – but the far greater problem is the margins and the increasingly brutal delegate math.

Because Democrats allocate delegates proportionally, Clinton’s double-digit wins in Ohio and North Carolina, coupled with her landslide victory in Florida (the day’s biggest delegate prize), means she took a major step towards the nomination, effectively positioning herself as the presumptive nominee.

The Sanders campaign has long realized that catching up to Clinton among pledged delegates was going to be very difficult, but the senator and his team believed they could nevertheless shift the momentum in their direction. If Sanders started racking up wins – even close ones – in big states, exposing Clinton’s weaknesses in key regions and with important Democratic constituencies, he believed could plausibly tell the party’s superdelegates that he’s the stronger national candidate, Clinton’s lead among pledged delegates notwithstanding. The senator would ride a wave of momentum into the early summer.

That no longer appears to be an option. The Democratic frontrunner has more votes, more states, more delegates, and more superdelegates. Sanders could, in theory, win each of the remaining contests by 16 points, but anything short of that means he will not win the nomination.


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Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Mar 16, 2016, 11:17 AM (4 replies)

What three things has Obama done of which you most approve and disapprove?

Inspired by this post in LBN http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141374471#post4

Barack Obama's approval ratings are rising again. For some, he never lived up to the hype in 2008, but for others, he's been the best President in a generation. With the election upon us, and looking back at the past 7+ years:

What are the 3 things Barack Obama has done of which you most approve?

What are the 3 things Barack Obama has done of which you most disapprove?



For me:

Approve:

1) The ACA - An imperfect solution, but far more than any other President has been able to do for the public at large to deliver healthcare.
2) Bailing out the US auto industry
3) Getting out ground troops out of Iraq

Honorable mention: Opposing the KXL


Disapprove:

1) I don't see what's being gained by having troops stay in Afghanistan
2) The stimulus in 2009 should have been more focused on direct aid to homeowners
3) Obama had a unique opportunity in '09 to break up Chase, Citi, BOA, and Wells Fargo. That was a huge miss.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Thu Mar 10, 2016, 12:09 PM (9 replies)

Protestors Removed from Utah Senate After Offensive Comments From Senator

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, senators referred to the bill as a "slap in the face to Italian-Americans," referring to Columbus’ Italian ancestry, and that Senator Allen Christensen, a Republican of North Ogden, said Columbus was “a great American hero.”

The most disputed remarks, however, came from Republican Senator Todd Weiler of Woods Cross.

"The native population gave the early explorers syphilis, which they brought back to Europe,” Weiler said. “Blaming Columbus for the extermination of the native population is as fair as blaming the native population for people who die using tobacco and cocaine, which the natives introduced to the Europeans."

The protestors were ordered to leave the Senate gallery after allegedly yelling, "Todd Weiler, we want to talk to you! You are racist. You are on stolen land."



Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/03/09/protestors-removed-utah-senate-after-offensive-comments-senator-163696
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Mar 9, 2016, 09:28 PM (2 replies)

HRC Group - A quick X-post

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12511432279

I posted this last night in GD: P

Here is an excerpt:

4) Sanders has not done well in states with high African American/Black populations. Sanders' eight victories have come in states with an average (mean) (per Kaiser Family Foundation statistics) of 3.75%, with a range high of 7% (OK) and low of 1% (several states). Clinton states have an average African American/Black population of 18.09%, with a range high of 31% (two states) and a range low of 3% (Iowa). If this proves to be a statistically accurate indicator, it would tend to predict Clinton victories in the upcoming primaries in Mississippi, Michigan, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, and Missouri. Why this has been happening is an interesting question that I suspect Political Scientists will study for a decade.


While my post is not all good news for Hillary, statistics indicate to me that we should be pretty encouraged about the next 10 days.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Mon Mar 7, 2016, 12:02 PM (2 replies)

Some interesting statistics

Sources: Kaiser Family Foundation; Real Clear Politics

1) Sanders has won 3 primaries as opposed to 5 caucuses. There is a certain irony here, as many of his supporters were screaming about the caucus process after Iowa and Nevada. Nevertheless, it has seemed to favor him. Note that this total includes his home state of Vermont.

2) Clinton has won 9 primaries and 2 caucuses. Note that this total includes what could be considered her home state of Arkansas. She has links to Arkansas, New York, and Illinois -- so it's hard to say.

3) Delegates: Clinton 658 Sanders 471; Super Delegates Clinton 458 Sanders 22; Total Delegates Clinton 1130 Sanders 499

4) Sanders has not done well in states with high African American/Black populations. Sanders' eight victories have come in states with an average (mean) (per Kaiser Family Foundation statistics) of 3.75%, with a range high of 7% (OK) and low of 1% (several states). Clinton states have an average African American/Black population of 18.09%, with a range high of 31% (two states) and a range low of 3% (Iowa). If this proves to be a statistically accurate indicator, it would tend to predict Clinton victories in the upcoming primaries in Mississippi, Michigan, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, and Missouri. Why this has been happening is an interesting question that I suspect Political Scientists will study for a decade.

e.t.a. With the identical caveats, the data would tend to predict that Clinton will lose every state west of the Missouri River that she has not already lost (including California). Again, with the identical caveats, it would also tend to suggest that Clinton would win New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Mon Mar 7, 2016, 03:07 AM (18 replies)

Looking at the numbers from the other side, Super Saturday looks bad for Rubio

No wins, and he's finishing in the high teens -- close to Kasich.

Florida won't be his firewall, either.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sat Mar 5, 2016, 10:56 PM (10 replies)

NE LD 31 Caucus Update

So I caucused this morning . Nebraska legislative district 31. We held the thing at a IBEW hall in West O.

1) Kudos to State Senator Rick Kolowski for presiding in an effective manner.
2) Both sides were civil. The Bernie supports skewed younger and were more boisterous.
3) No O'Malley hold-ons, but someone made an attempt to caucus for Elizabeth Warren. They lost after the first alignment.
4) It was close. Basically 53%-47% Sanders out of 650 +/- votes. Absentees broke about 4-1 Hillary, while the room broke about 5-4 Sanders. Hillary won 7 delegates and Bernie won 9.
5) With the exception of the Warren (later Sanders) supporter shouting at Clinton supporters about the speeches/transcripts, both sides stayed positive and civil.
6) The Sanders side broke into a spontaneous singing of America the Beautiful at one point. Both sides applauded.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sat Mar 5, 2016, 02:08 PM (8 replies)
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