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About Me

Let me get this out of the way first: I am a Canadian. Half Canadienne, Half Norwegian. I am a woman. I endeavor to keep my posts objective. My slant is definitely towards a democracy that works on a meritocracy that is based, ideally, on a starting point of a level playing ground and a fair kick at the can, no matter your passion, so long as it embodies fairness and justice to all the peoples of the earth, and of course, to mother earth herself. Thank you for helping me learn more through the dialogue here on DU.

Journal Archives

Criminal Justice reform and decriminalization of marijuana

With the latest controversy surrounding Bill Clinton, I wonder again how criminal justice reform and more pointedly, mass incarceration can be seriously addressed without decriminalizing marijuana.

How does Hillary plan on proceeding?

Clinton vs. Sanders: A New York Proxy Debate


So nice to hear civil debate!



Just announced: Pope invites Bernie to Vatican to speak! about a moral economy!!

Bernie announced this on Morning Joe just minutes ago!
Now, that is HUGE!


Good Front Page Press for Bernie from Portland Oregon!

emphasis mine

Closed primaries, provocative candidates spur flurry of party changes

Oregon’s closed primary elections and a pair of provocative presidential candidates have fueled a striking uptick in political party changes, mostly among nonaffiliated voters.

Joining or switching affiliation is common before an open presidential election, but the number of changes so far this year is more than double what it was during the same period in 2008 — the last time voters got to choose a nominee from the main two parties.

The majority of voters — about 65 percent — are switching to the Democratic Party, a trend that suggests momentum in the state for social Democrat Bernie Sanders, according to some political analysts.

And think they're going to stay loyal if it doesn't go their way? Read the whole article to find out, but here is one person's position (pay attention trad. marketeers!)

“One of the reasons I changed to unaffiliated in the first place is I wasn’t interested in being contacted about everything the Democratic Party was contacting me about,” Lippoff said. “It’s nice not getting junk mail and phone calls. In all likelihood, I will go back to what I was after the election.”

“It’s pretty clear voters are switching to Democrat, and I would guess it’s because they’re excited about Bernie Sanders,” said Jim Moore, a political science professor and director of the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation at Pacific University. “The evidence for that is 2008 when 150,000 new voters were registered for that primary. Most were Democrats. The vast majority was for Barack Obama.”

Looks like Hillary is finally on the right side of history

Party unity? Later.
Probable outcome of her tactics?
Later. Too late. Too bad.

Cleaning House. Can everone agree that the heart/mind thing is misleading?

I thought I had heard the end of this, but it cropped up again. Now that the stats are in that Sanders supporters are on average 'higher education' voters, and so would be categorized (in this totally fabricated heart/mind dichotomy) as Mind, and Hillary supporters are more likely to have chosen their candidate before any of the information was in, which would categorize them in the uncritical Heart category, can we agree that this strategy is an insult to anyone paying attention?

Okay, if you insist, I offer you this, from somewhere between '65 (19 yr. Hillary) to as late as '68 Hillary (22 yrs. old): " In a letter to her youth minister at this time, she described herself as "a mind conservative and a heart liberal"

There are some who believe it is more expedient to change things from the inside. That works if you are a Borgia or Machiavelli - or just plain scared or unimaginative. Normal - no worries - brush off the flies - do your best but don't stick your neck out.

I would like to think Hillary is the latter of these two (I'm sure there are more scenarios and look forward to hearing about them).

In the latter case, I see no argument for mind. It is all heart - fear and security.

Edit - lost track - THE POINT IS - Both candidates are both and the Democratic party is lucky to have them. Intelligent and caring, both in their own rights

"I have a record" - when is it useful to use that claim?

just listening to msnbc, and wondering if that is a good thing, or a bad thing. And guessing that you really have to own it all. Unfortunately as SS, Hillary has quite a documented 'record'. And Sanders, having more experience on record working with Democrats, has an equal amount of consequences to decisions to uphold.

on CNN just now - "Destroy and Disqualify;

is the new strategy of the Clinton campaign. Great - as if she wasn't disliked enough already.

2011 - Bernie Sanders on the Panama Free Trade deal


Clearly deeply committed to the American people's well-being.
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