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He Killed Two FBI Agents. Or He Was Framed. After 40 Years, Will Obama Free Leonard Peltier?

Mother Jones

Peltier's case has long been a flash point in the strained relations between federal law enforcement and Native Americans. The killings occurred on the the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, about 18 miles from Wounded Knee, where 300 Sioux were massacred by the US military in 1890.

In 1973, about 200 Sioux, led by members of the American Indian Movement, occupied Wounded Knee for 71 days to protest injustices against Native Americans and what they perceived as the corrupt leadership of the reservation's president. By the end of the standoff, two Native Americans had been killed, 12 were wounded, and 12 were "missing" but suspected of having been killed by tribal leadership, according to Peltier's petition.

The three years after the Wounded Knee occupation became known within Native American circles as the "Reign of Terror," a period during which dozens of Native Americans were murdered and hundreds were assaulted by a private militia that was aligned with Oglala Lakota Souix chairman Dick Wilson and known as the "GOON squad." Two years after that, with the Reign of Terror fresh on the minds of everyone in the area, the deadly shootout with the FBI agents occurred.

Many of the facts about the deaths of FBI agents Jack Williams and Robert Coler are disputed. The FBI says the agents were on the reservation to arrest a different man wanted for robbery and that they were not looking for Peltier, who was wanted on a separate warrant related to an alleged attempted murder of an off-duty police officer in Milwaukee. When the agents came to the reservation that day, according to the FBI, they encountered a vehicle carrying Peltier and found themselves under fire. Williams and Coler each died as a result of point-blank shots to the head.

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed May 18, 2016, 01:14 PM (3 replies)

Kos: The Sanders Revolution Is What We Make It. Let's Not Make It Disappointing.

Today, Iím saying this to the Sanders campaign: do not take this away from us. Do not salt the earth and drive these young, motivated people away from change they are excited about. Donít drive a nail into them that says Ďdonít participate, go and get arrested insteadí. Donít tell them their work for anything but a presidential race doesnít matter. Donít break their will and tell them their work for a state senator or a US congress candidate means nothing for the revolution.

They are the revolution. They are what Bernie and his campaign, and especially it's early goals helped build. And we should rejoice in that. If youíre a Bernie fan, or if youíre in the Sanders campaign, I want to think of the legacy you can leave behind, beyond a presidential race.

Howard Dean left us DFA ó Democracy for America. The Sanders revolution can leave us candidates, hard working party members, the future of our county and state governments; schoolboard members and sheriffs. Iíve seen it. Iíve seen Sanders delegates commit to run for an office, commit to help someone else run for an office.

Thatís the revolution.

If youíre in the #BernieOrBust category, or if you're sending mean email, or if youíre going to harass me or others who aren't ďBernie enoughĒ, or if youíre inside the Bernie campaign and you read this: donít steal from the supporters who worked hard, every day, something fantastic and beautiful they have built by telling them none of it matters if Bernie doesnít succeed. Because that isnít what you told us - and them ó last year. It isnít what you actually believe, either.

Full article at LINK
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed May 18, 2016, 01:08 PM (10 replies)

If I were a wagering man, I'd bet Trump will put Susanna Martinez on as Veep

Yes - I know about the hotel/drinking incident. At this point, it just adds to the reality-TV culture driving the entire process over there.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue May 10, 2016, 09:08 AM (8 replies)

Who will win the epic Paul Ryan vs. Sarah Palin smackdown???

See this post: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=7815701

Washington (CNN)Sarah Palin will work to defeat House Speaker Paul Ryan by backing his primary opponent in Wisconsin, the former Alaska governor told CNN's Jake Tapper.

Palin said in an interview that airs Sunday on "State of the Union" that her decision was sparked by Ryan's bombshell announcement to Tapper last week that he wasn't yet ready to support Donald Trump, the Republican presumptive nominee. Palin endorsed Trump back in January.

"I think Paul Ryan is soon to be 'Cantored,' as in Eric Cantor," Palin said, referring to the former Republican House majority leader who was ousted in a shocking upset in 2014 when challenger Dave Brat ran to his right in a Virginia primary.

"His political career is over but for a miracle because he has so disrespected the will of the people, and as the leader of the GOP, the convention, certainly he is to remain neutral, and for him to already come out and say who he will not support is not a wise decision of his," Palin continued.

It's kinda like Godzilla vs. Mothra, but I'm not sure who is who in this case.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sun May 8, 2016, 03:42 PM (17 replies)

It's probably best for us if the Bernie v. Hillary battle continues unabated until at least June.

As long as neither side blows a bunch of money fighting the other side, keeping the battle front and center in the media is a good thing. "Trump is the presumptive nominee" stops being a story in a week or two, and stays a non-story until after the conventions. We can remain a story. Publicity is good.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sat May 7, 2016, 12:26 AM (48 replies)

Chelsea Clinton is 36

She can run as Veep in Hillary's second administration.

Then she can run for President in 2024.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue May 3, 2016, 12:13 AM (74 replies)


According to Real Clear Politics (and they have no reason to lie), Hillary Clinton has 3,154,991 more voters than Bernie Sanders. Hillary has 12,150,597 while Senator Sanders has 8,995,606 votes.

Sanders has won 17 states. 10 states remain undecided. Hillary has won 23 states. Included among Hillary's states are New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, and Texas.

Hillary leads in pledged delegates 1645 to 1318. She leads in superdelegates 520 to 39. She leads in total delegates 2165 to 1357.

It's not undemocratic. Under the rules that both sides are forced to play by, Hillary Clinton is beating Bernie Sanders.

Clinton supporters have been accused of supporting the 1% and worshipping the wealthy and wanting a coronation and a bunch of other bullcrap. Here is irony that should not be lost on Sanders supporters:

1) In 2008, one of the talking points we had was that the Republicans were the party of old white men and that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama represented a more diverse future in American politics. In 2016, you now ask the party to accept that we were just kidding, and that we should elect a very old white guy.

2) You are now asking the party to accept that despite 3,154,991 more voters casting a ballot for Hillary Clinton than Bernie Sanders, that a backroom deal should be made at the convention to nominate Sanders because he happens to poll better against John Kasich than Hillary Clinton does at the moment.

3) Many of you are now hoping (some less privately than others) that an FBI investigation that sprung from a right wing smear campaign now delivers an indictment against Hillary Clinton. So you accuse Hillary supporters of siding with the 1% while, at the same time, aligning yourselves with Darrell Issa and Trey Gowdy.

Despite all of this, and my misgivings about Sanders at other levels, I repeat my pledge that if he is the party's nominee, he will have my vote in the general election. But stop pedaling this notion that Hillary and Bernie's relative delegate positions are undemocratic. There are 3,154,991 reasons it is democratic.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Mon May 2, 2016, 12:51 AM (83 replies)

Vote for Democrats.

Winning elections is important ó 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). For presidential contests, election season begins when both major-party nominees become clear. For non-presidential contests, election season begins on Labor Day. Everyone here on DU needs to work together to elect more Democrats and fewer Republicans to all levels of American government. If you are bashing, trashing, undermining, or depressing turnout for our candidates during election season, we'll assume you are rooting for the other side.

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sun May 1, 2016, 12:31 AM (42 replies)
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