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About Me

My profile will show me as a new member but I posted for years on DU. Sadly I can't remember the name I used so I had to start all over again. I picked the name I once used on the Kerry/Edwards website in the hope that someone is still around from the old days.

Journal Archives

Bill Clinton Draws 650 people in Appleton, WI

APPLETON - Former President Bill Clinton, making a campaign stop here on behalf of his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, took a swipe at GOP front-runner Donald Trump for wanting to build a wall on the country’s southern border.

“Building a wall is a bad idea,” he told a crowd of 650 Friday morning at Lawrence University in downtown Appleton.

“We can do this," he said in reference to creating a stronger middle class, "but we can’t do this until we tear down (economic) barriers.”

Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Sat Apr 2, 2016, 06:07 PM (14 replies)

Can Bernie Sanders Really Win the Nomination?

An interesting piece from the New Yorker.

Sanders and his supporters point out, with quite a bit of justification, that the pundits and the betting markets have underestimated him all along. Before Saturday, who would have predicted that Sanders would best Clinton by sixty-four percentage points in Alaska, forty-six points in Washington, and forty points in Hawaii?

The Sanders campaign is an impressive phenomenon, and in states like New York and California it is still growing. While out shopping on Third Avenue in Brooklyn yesterday, I came across hundreds of Sanders supporters, almost all of them young, who had gathered to mark the opening of a local campaign office. The candidate was thousands of miles away in Wisconsin, and the results from the Western states were still hours away, but a large crowd of his followers had given up their Saturday mornings to express their support for him.

“Hillary Clinton and I agree that it is imperative that no Republican make it to the Oval Office,” Sanders said in Madison. Where the two candidates didn’t agree, he went on, was regarding who was best positioned to stop the Republicans. “One of our campaigns has created an enormous amount of enthusiasm and energy that will lead to a large voter turnout in November,” Sanders added. “That campaign is our campaign.”

At this stage, even the most loyal Clinton supporter would have difficulty disputing that claim, which has implications for both the general election and the remaining primaries. The young voters and progressive voters who have flocked to Sanders are key components of the Obama coalition. If Clinton does get the nomination, she will desperately need their backing. And she will also need to tap into some of the enthusiasm and commitment that the Sanders campaign has engendered.

Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Tue Mar 29, 2016, 07:47 AM (73 replies)

Caucus Results and Some Interesting Reporting

Sanders supporters read all the way through the results to see some additional reporting.

Saturday caucus live updates, results: Bernie Sanders wins Alaska, has big lead in Washington

He also secured the backing of rising Hawaii political star Kaniela Ing, a 27-year-old state representative. "As a Democrat facing my own primary challenger, I have been advised to stay neutral in presidential politics," he said this week. "But I cannot remain neutral any longer. This election is far too important. That's why today I am endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders to be the next president and commander in chief of the United States, the only candidate willing to walk the talk to get big money out of politics."

This endorsement comes on the heels of one from popular Hawaii U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who gave up a leadership position in the party to back Sanders.

To be sure, Clinton remains the heavy favorite to prevail in the battle for the nomination, and she has begun to hone a populist-yet-pragmatic message that has the potential to reach a broad Democratic constituency in many of the remaining states. But the nomination remains up for grabs -- especially if Sanders manages to sweep the three Western states voting this weekend.

-- Douglas Perry

Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Sat Mar 26, 2016, 06:24 PM (0 replies)

A Conversation on Privacy/Greenwald/Snowden/Chomsky

The balance between national security and government intrusion on the rights of private citizens will be the topic of a panel discussion featuring renowned linguist and MIT professor Noam Chomsky, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and Intercept co-founding editor Glenn Greenwald. Nuala O’Connor, president and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology, will act as moderator.

Chomsky and Greenwald will appear in person at the event, hosted in Tucson by the University of Arizona College of Behavioral Sciences, while Snowden will appear via videoconference.

The Intercept is streaming the event live on this page, and the conversation will be archived here in full.

March 25, 2016
5-7 p.m. MST (8-10 p.m. EDT)

*Livestream begins at 6:55 p.m. EDT; the actual event starts at 8 p.m. EDT.

The Livestream is over but you can watch it here:

Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Fri Mar 25, 2016, 11:28 PM (1 replies)

Congressman Praises Bernie Sanders’s Israel-Palestine Stance: “I Totally Agree With Him”

Congressman Praises Bernie Sanders’s Israel-Palestine Stance: “I Totally Agree With Him”

EARLIER THIS WEEK, Bernie Sanders laid out a position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that broke with U.S. political consensus, calling for a more balanced approach that recognizes both Israeli security and unfair treatment of Palestinians.

Few lawmakers have voiced similar views, even though Sanders’s position reflects a growing dissent on this issue among a new generation of Democratic voters. But this week, Kentucky Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth offered full support for Sanders’s position.

In remarks to The Intercept, Yarmuth praised Sanders for his stance, and explained why he thinks the U.S. needs a more nuanced policy.

“It’s certainly an honest appraisal of the situation to say that any attitude which is that Israel is always right and the Palestinians are always wrong is a dangerous attitude to have. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who are running for different offices who are comfortable in feeling that way or at least saying that, or implying that,” said the congressman. “No, I don’t think we can be constructive in that situation unless we recognize that we have to have an approach that recognizes reality. And the reality is that the Israelis have done a lot of provocative things as well as the Palestinians. Unless we find a way out of that tit-for-tat situation, it’s going to be hard to resolve.”


What a shame Rep. Yarmuth endorsed Hillary in November.
Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Fri Mar 25, 2016, 09:38 PM (0 replies)

Bill Clinton/Dolores Huerta in AZ - 1,100 Attend

Former President Bill Clinton on Sunday returned to Arizona, the state he carried 20 years ago, to campaign on behalf of his wife, Hillary Clinton, two days ahead of the state's primary.

Clinton, the 42nd president who in 1996 became the only Democrat since President Harry Truman to win the Grand Canyon State, appeared at an afternoon rally at Central High School in Phoenix after he was scheduled to appear at a Tucson event with former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.

In Phoenix, Clinton was joined by farm labor leader and Hispanic civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, who spoke before him. The former president and Huerta were greeted by a capacity crowd of 1,100 people in the school's gymnasium.

"This is Hillary's army right here," Huerta said, urging audience members to help get out the vote.

She led the supporters in a chant of "Viva Hillary Clinton!"


Wow, only 1,100 to see both Bill & Dolores?
Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Sun Mar 20, 2016, 11:12 PM (8 replies)

Thousands cheer on Bernie Sanders

These are some excerpts from a news piece from Salt Lake City (full piece at the link):

Andy Triplett, a retired steelworker, said he is voting for Sanders because of his commitment to keeping manufacturing jobs in the U.S.
Triplett acknowledged criticism of Sanders' platform as unrealistic and likely to be shot down by Congress. But he said that just means citizens have to work even harder to elect senators and representatives who reflect their values.

“Voting’s not where it ends, it’s where it starts,” Triplett said.

Here is an interesting comment:

"Here's what I know," said Nathan Nelson, a Provo dad. "I will not vote for Trump."

Nelson, who grew up in a conservative family, doesn't support abortion and is actively LDS. But he said he was taught “to love each other and take care of each other,” and he said Sanders’s policies align with those values better than any of the other candidates.

Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Sun Mar 20, 2016, 01:46 AM (7 replies)

Obama to Unseal Files on Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’

Source: New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Obama is moving to declassify American military, intelligence and law enforcement records that could reveal what the United States government knew about Argentina’s brutal “dirty war” of the 1970s and ’80s, a senior adviser said on Thursday, hoping to pierce the shroud of secrecy that has surrounded a painful chapter in that country’s history.

Susan E. Rice, Mr. Obama’s national security adviser, said that the president would use a visit to Argentina on Wednesday and Thursday, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the 1976 coup that began the war, to honor the victims and formally begin the declassification process.

“On this anniversary and beyond, we’re determined to do our part as Argentina continues to heal and move forward as one nation,” Ms. Rice said during a speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington.

Human rights activists have long pressed for access to more classified United States records about the war, which lasted from 1976 to 1983, a period when the Argentine government and military carried out vicious crackdowns against dissidents and abducted thousands of people, including babies taken from parents who were detained.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/18/world/americas/obama-to-unseal-files-on-argentinas-dirty-war.html?smid=tw-share


Thank you Mr. President!

I can hardly wait to read these files.

In 2002, under pressure from human rights groups, the United States government released 4,700 partly declassified State Department documents on Argentina from the period. Documents released in response to a separate freedom of information request by the National Security Archive revealed the extent to which top American officials had been aware of the Argentine government’s brutal tactics. Among them was an account of a conversation in 1976 between Henry A. Kissinger, then the secretary of state, and César Augusto Guzzetti, the Argentine foreign minister, in which Mr. Kissinger appears to condone the military’s crackdown.

“If there are things that have to be done, you should do them quickly,” Mr. Kissinger told Mr. Guzzetti, according to the declassified account.
Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Sat Mar 19, 2016, 12:04 AM (20 replies)

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

I saw this on Twitter.

Murtaza Hussain ‏@MazMHussain 15m15 minutes ago

Establishment American politics is a lot like WWF, everyone just pretending to oppose each other onstage.
20 retweets 24 likes
Col. Morris Davis ‏@ColMorrisDavis 16m16 minutes ago

Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Sun Mar 13, 2016, 10:50 PM (66 replies)

Donald Trump's Supporters Love Him Even More After Chicago Violence

“Those people come to get punched."

CLEVELAND -- Despite rebukes and calls for civility from Republicans like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, Donald Trump’s army of supporters are with him now more than ever.

A day after protesters forced the GOP front-runner to cancel an event in Chicago amid ugly clashes not seen during political rallies in decades, the atmosphere among supporters in Cleveland felt more subdued thanks to a beefed-up security presence.

The rally, held at a massive exhibition center near the Cleveland airport, felt pretty run-of-the-mill compared to other Trump events. Families and children clad in Trump gear munched on pizza and enjoyed ice cream, giving the venue somewhat of a carnival vibe. It was a far cry from Friday’s skirmishes, nor did it require U.S. Secret Service members to hurriedly encircle the candidate after a man rushed the stage, as occurred at a rally earlier in the day in Dayton.

Still, the presidential hopeful’s nearly 40-minute-long speech was interrupted seven times by protesters, some of who shouted “Black Lives Matter,” the slogan protesting violence toward African Americans. Trump claimed they were organized by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who denied the allegation later in the day.


I understand the reason for the protests but I don't think they will have the intended effect. I hope the protesters don't get caught up in the excitement of winning a battle and wind up losing the war.
Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Sun Mar 13, 2016, 12:52 AM (9 replies)
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