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Why Democrats Don't like Joe Lieberman

Well, hey, could be that he's partially responsible for W.

And there was that unwavering support for Dubya's wars of folly.

Oh, and he's the main reason we don't have multi-payer health care.

And just a bunch of other things . . .

It was during the post-9/11 years that Lieberman linked arms with Republicans Graham and McCain, two other hawks who, like their Democratic friend, were known to thwart their party. The trio traveled the world together and became known as the "Three Amigos." So high was their mutual regard that McCain reportedly wanted Lieberman to be his 2008 running mate, though he eventually succumbed to pressure to pick conservative Sarah Palin instead.

Still, Lieberman stood by his friend.

"In the Senate, during the three-and-a-half years that Sen. Barack Obama has been a member, he has not reached across party lines to ... accomplish anything significant, nor has he been willing to take on powerful interest groups in the Democratic Party to get something done," he said at the 2008 Republican convention.

Democrats viewed that speech as blasphemy.

"He could have given a speech defending John McCain, but instead he went on the offense and blistered Obama over his lack of foreign policy skills, which were a major Republican talking point," said Manley, a long-time senior aide to Harry Reid, the former Democratic Senate leader. "It caused a lot of ill will."

'Wolf of Wall Street' Living the High Life Again Despite Owing $100 Million to Scam Victims

You know, just in case you doubted the power of Capitalism being able to police the "bad apples".

These days he travels the world making big bucks as a lecturer, spilling the secrets of a great salesman.

Guerrero recently caught up with Belfort at an event in London. Inside, we found every seat taken as 3,600 men and women were hanging on his every world.

But Guerrero was there for a different reason. She wanted to ask him about all those forgotten victims.

As Belfort opened his presentation up to questions, she stepped up to the mic.

“In 2014, you promised you would pay back all of your victims that year, it's three years later and you still owe your victims $100 million,” she said as a chorus of boos rained down on her. “When are you going to pay your victims back?”

“The Wolf” was in no mood to answer and asked for the next question.

Security took Guerrero’s mic away and escorted her out. A few moments later, Belfort abruptly left the stage.

Here's the thing about wealth: Unless you really, REALLY fuck up, it pretty much stays where it is.

Tone-deaf Tommy Friedman: Be a lifelong learner or find yourself fired.

Easy peasy stuff for a guy who married into a real estate fortune and has a cushy job writing victim-blaming books and unintentionally hilarious columns by the dozen.

The notion that we can go to college for four years and then spend that knowledge for the next 30 is over. If you want to be a lifelong employee anywhere today, you have to be a lifelong learner.

And that means: More is now on you. And that means self-motivation to learn and keep learning becomes the most important life skill.

That’s why education-to-work expert Heather E. McGowan likes to say: “Stop asking a young person WHAT you want to be when you grow up. It freezes their identity into a job that may not be there. Ask them HOW you want to be when you grow up. Having an agile learning mind-set will be the new skill set of the 21st century.”


So the tough news is that more will be on you. The good news is that systems — like Khan-College Board — are emerging everywhere to enable anyone to accelerate learning for the age of acceleration.

Step back from all of this and it’s clear that thriving countries today won’t elect a strongman. They’ll elect leaders who inspire and equip their citizens to be strong people who can own their own futures.

Yeah, just like America, RIGHT??

Brazen Shit Dept - Timothy Loehmann (Tamir Rice's Killer) speaks:

Complete with Steve Loomis's shrug and dismissal of "Justified Force". Why aren't these two in JAIL? Everything they say in this interview is a proven-by-security footage FALSEHOOD. This was a drive-by shooting. Nothing more, nothing less.

Loehmann said that he opened his car door slightly when the cruiser was about 30 yards from Tamir, presented his weapon and started yelling: "Put your hands in the air! Let me see your weapon! Freeze!"

This account is inconsistent with his written statement to the grand jury, in which he said he hadn't opened the door and begun yelling until the car was rolling to a stop. (Read the officers' written statements in the document viewers below.)

An internal affairs investigator questioned Loehmann about the mechanics of holding open the passenger-side door of a moving vehicle, while also holding a gun in his dominant right hand.

Loehmann described the crouching posture he had to assume on the door's threshold to be "prepared for anything."

"The threat just became incredible," Loehmann said. "I had to make the decision fast because Frank and I were in immediate danger. If the subject did pull out the gun and point it towards us, I would have been shot and possibly my partner. ... Plus, I was stuck in the doorway and my partner was still seated in the driver's seat. So we were basically sitting ducks."

Er, the video shows Tamir standing up from a park picnic bench. OMFGZ CALL THE SWAT TEAM!! The shooting happened in 0.79 seconds. You barked no commands in that amount of time. The elapsed time of the security footage proves your story bull paddies, bro.

I feared three Presidencies.

Cruz - because he's a religious right whackjob, an insufferable economic Reaganite and a smarmy, social safety net-gutting fuck on the level of Paul Ryan.

Fiorina - because she's a vile human being who fired thousands upon thousands of workers at HP and Lucent while getting lottery perk after lottery perk as a CEO. Also, because she took $4 billion in 2004 Homeland Investment Act money and used it for stock buybacks . . . while firing workers. I don't want that element anywhere near the White House.

And, of course, Trump - because come ON.

I think if it were Kasich or Rubio that somehow won (For the record, I don't think either of them would have beaten Hillary) . . . I'd be angry and would still protest . . . but I wouldn't be "Scared to fucking DEATH" worried.

I'd probably be in the mindset of "let's weather this moron" rather than seeing a future of smoking ruin, crashes and no hope.

That's what the Red Hat Klan doesn't seem to get.

I'm a businessperson. Well, not really, but humor me:

What's in it for ME to want workers/consumers (one in the same) to have it WORSE in life?

As a Capitalist (again, hypothetical), what's in it for ME to praise a reduction in the quality of life for the middle/working/poor via wage cuts, benefit cuts, cuts to education, cuts to health care, etc.??

Shouldn't I WANT them to have disposable income so they can BUY my products/services?

"Wull, wudn't a uneeversul basic whachumucallit makin' them dipendnt on thu Gubmint" YES!! Theoretically, why should I CARE where their cash comes from? THEY HAVE MONEY. TO SPEND. ON MY SERVICES and PRODUCTS!! I WANT them to have dependency! I WANT THEM to have money to spend!! If they don't spend money, I have no business! (aside: not like we're going to GET a UBI in our lifetimes . . . but remember . . . hypothetical . . . )

Deep down, Capitalists have to understand that killing the proverbial consumer golden goose is going to mean less purchases, right? Deep down, they've GOT to get that automating/offshoring workers out of existence is going to mean less revenue for them, right?

So why do most business owners, small and large, support Schtroumpf, Republicans and the self-destructive Re-branded Feudalism they practice?

ON EDIT: I'm still furious that we were not allowed to post to DU on election night.

That still doesn't sit well with me at all.

We all needed to be with kindred spirits during an ushering in of one of modern American History's darkest days and likely it's most stunningly bad lapse of judgment.

Instead, we were confined to social media outlets loaded with either the MAGA Klan Cheerleading Squad or the "very reasonable persons" telling us that "this too shall pass" and "we've weathered greater storms than this" . Or worse yet, the odd smirking asswipes verbosely blaming "TEH IDENTITY POLITIKS LEFTITS" for Trump's victory.

It just seemed so . . . . coordinated. Why US?

A kind of "Lest We Forget" thing that doesn't seem to be touched on . . .

and one of the main reasons I'm never calling that orange-colored fuckface "My President" (hint, lurkers: he's not your president either, and you're kidding yourself if you think he is):

He was one of the most prominent members of the Obama Citizenship Denial, or "Birther", movement. There's a run-down of all his tweets on the subject at the Salon link for further reference.

Back in the day, I referred to these people as the "President Ni**er" Group. Shoe fits.

They never saw him as an elected official or a human being; they only saw him as a color they hated looking at and blamed all of their imaginary problems on.

Much like the historically revising idiots who participate in New Deal Denialism or calling Hitler a card-carrying Lefty, this is an example of going out of one's way to discredit an individual or a political movement with gregarious falsehoods and nutbar conspiracy theories.

The whole movement was and is un-American to the core. And now, it's most prominent speaker is President.

For now.
Posted by HughBeaumont | Sun Apr 2, 2017, 10:31 AM (0 replies)

Funny thing is, "The United States of America" are just words to Conservatives.

With all their bluster and blather about "Rah Rah Rah Rah USA! Honor, dignity, respect for the law, courage, something you libs know nothing about, etc" . . . the reality is, they couldn't be less united if they were paid.

They yap about "loving their country" while hating 75% of the people in it.

They live in some supposed high school world where a pecking order is in place . . . with them on top, of course. The notion of "most and least deserving of the spoils" applies; the "least" reserved for people who aren't them.

They have no problems flaunting their "Protestant work ethic" on their sleeves while putting in place a hierarchy (public and private) run by mostly rich, white male third-basers. Oh, and they also do this while ripping the living hell out of an actual hard working Christian while making the man that sent this country on a treason-flecked rocket ride to hell into an untouchable legend.

These supposed lovers of the disciplined and brave military and police elected Donald Trump, a haphazard, undisciplined, labor stiffing, serial bankrupter of a sole proprietorship CROOK who continually had to get bailed out/coddled by the Saudis, China or Russian Oil-igarchs with mob ties.

THIS is DISCIPLINE? Your president is a fucking JOKE. An EMBARRASSMENT. A DISGRACE. A vote cast out of SPITE and HATE. A reflection on your corroded values and jaundiced view on your fellow citizens.

There isn't any notion of "United States". They're either on the "Politically Isolated and Heavily Armed Republic of Jack Shitkicker" or "The Fortified Basement War on Ideas of Archie AnCap".

"Union", "United States" and "America" . . . . are nothing but WORDS to them.

Oh, and by the way, conservatives NEVER get to Red-Bait ANYONE EVER again.

U.S. workers face higher risk of being replaced by robots. Here's why:

Still don't see any positives for our economy as long as the lords that oversee Re-Branded Feudalism are in charge of how the wealth is distributed.

The U.S. and U.K. labor markets are both dominated by services jobs, and roughly the same share of workers are employed in key sectors including finance, transportation, education, manufacturing and food services.

But PwC found major differences in the nature of the work done within these sectors that explains why more U.S. jobs are at risk.

Take financial services as an example. In the U.S., 61% of jobs in the sector are at a high risk of being replaced by robots. The same is true for only 32% of finance jobs in the U.K.

John Hawksworth, PwC's chief economist in the U.K., said that many workers in the U.S. financial sector are focused on domestic retail operations -- think bank tellers in small towns.

The U.K.'s finance sector, meanwhile, is much more focused on international finance and investment banking -- functions that require significantly higher levels of education and expertise.

Workers at risk in the U.S. "would be doing more routine tasks that are easier to automate than that of, say, an investment banker in London," Hawksworth said.
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