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The best candidate "debate" format ever!

Sat, 07 Nov 2015 17:14:47 +0000

Last night’s Democratic Presidential Forum on MSNBC was a gem. Of all the “debate” formats, I liked this one the best. Instead of candidates talking over one another, Rachel Maddow’s sit-downs with each candidate made it easier for voters to get to know each one.

Usually about this time in an election cycle, I have my mind made up, but this time I’m blissfully undecided. Frankly, I would be perfectly happy with any of the three Democratic candidates as the next President of the United States. The one thing I do wish, however, is that the Clinton and Sanders fans would be more respectful of each other. Both candidates would be a gazillion times better for our country than the eventual nominee from the clown-car-Republican side, and losing the general election to one of the clown candidates would also mean losing eight (perhaps sixty-eight) years of progress.

This forum format was especially beneficial for Martin O’Malley, as voters got to see him on equal footing with Sanders and Clinton. Personally, I really like Martin O’Malley. Even though his poll numbers are small, I hope he remains in the race. Should something unforeseen happen to either the Sanders or Clinton campaigns, he would get a large percentage of the voters looking for a replacement candidate.

I’m a Bernie Sanders fan as well. Whether or not he wins the primary, he is by far the most important candidate in the race. Why? Before Sanders, the Democrats were moving further and further to the right. Republican-Lite is not the way to go! Because of Bernie (and Elizabeth Warren), the Democratic pendulum has been vigorously shoved back to the left.

Yes, I also like Hillary Clinton. Some may argue that her move to the left is newly found, but to me that’s part of the definition of liberalism: look at the facts and be flexible enough to adjust your viewpoint if necessary. I also think she is the most presidential of all the candidates—on either side. And yes, admittedly, I like Hillary for two reasons that have little to do with what kind of president she would be:

1) It’s about time we had a woman president.

2) The entertainment value of Bill Clinton back in the White House and the corresponding Republican hissy fits will be unsurpassed. Get out the popcorn!

So that’s my take, as of today. If you missed watching the Democratic Forum live, go to the MSNBC website and watch it there. It will be well worth your time.




MSNBC, Go Screw

Sat, 07 Nov 2015 15:12:28 +0000

Regarding your coverage of last night's Democratic forum:

Imagine my shock and dismay that my local cable carrier, ATT U-verse, did not carry MSNBC on it's basic tier. I desperately went in search of a way to watch this forum as I deeply care about the direction of the country and was eager for this opportunity to understand the positions of each candidate profiled. The app provided offered a chance, but was not available for Android devices. So, I pay too little for cable, and I don't own an iphone, I therefore cannot participate in the political life of my nation?

Join this open letter and let MSNBC know your displeasure.




CALIFORNIA REGULATING THE PORN INDUSTRY: GOGGLES, CONDOMS, AND A POSSIBLE EXODUS TO FLORIDA…

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 22:56:28 +0000

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Who knows what’s better for the people than the repentative self-righteous or government? That is the attitude coming from activists demanding that performers in the pornography industry wear goggles and condoms while performing in California. Sex entertainers in California, under a new 21 page set of regulations released by the Occupational Health and Safety Standards Board (Cal/OSHA), will require content creators pay for medical visits and Hepatitis B treatments.

Read more please click here --->>> http://theduvalcontrarianreview.com/...




Run BSC

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 22:31:12 +0000

      Aspiring leader of the free world Benjamin Solomon Carson, is attempting to regain the respect of the Black community and garner votes with an insulting, patronizing rap jingle.




I was offered the Presidency for free

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 21:27:18 +0000

Dear Gullible Old Party,

     I was offered the Presidency without any need to campaign for it.  My perspicacious son told me that I would do a great job as the next President of the United States, and, when I told him it was difficult to get elected, he assured me that it was not necessary to campaign in any way.  So, please have your candidates stop campaigning, as the whole election is now moot.  

     I know that this may come as a disappointment to some of you, but I'm sure you'll come to recognize the truth of my words, just as you believe that climate change is a hoax, that cutting taxes increases gov't revenue, that cutting taxes on the rich leads to prosperity for all, and that poverty is just lack of motivation.  




Rubio uses Senate perch to further big donor's financial gains

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 19:41:11 +0000

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I'm no choir boy.
Perhaps this is just business as usual on Capitol Hill, but to regular Americans, it stinks. Sen. Marco Rubio has been using his influence on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to further the financial ambitions of one of his biggest donors, Paul Singer, who just endorsed Rubio for president.

Singer makes a lot of his money by buying up foreign debt and then suing countries for the full amount if they default on it. That's exactly what happened in Argentina and Rubio's done everything in his power to make Argentina pay up, reports International Business Times.

Bloomberg reports that Singer’s firm, Elliott Management -- through a subsidiary called NML Capital -- invested in the country’s bonds, and after the country defaulted on its debts in 2001, Singer’s firm was one of a few creditors to decline Argentina’s request to reduce its repayments by 65 percent. Instead, the firm went to court to try to get a full repayment of up to $1.6 billion, at times attempting to seize the country’s assets. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner called Singer a “financial terrorist” who is pushing her country to the brink of financial collapse.
Singer's firm, which was the third-largest donor to Rubio's senate campaign, and the lobbying group he backs, American Task Force Argentina, have spent $9.3 million over the past eight years to cudgel Congress and the White House into pressuring Argentina to hand over the bacon. And here's some snippets of what Rubio did in kind:
•In February 2014 during the confirmation hearing for the U.S. ambassador to Argentina, Rubio questioned the country’s status as an ally of the United States on the basis that it “doesn’t pay bondholders." He called Argentina “the most peculiar ally in the world, because it doesn’t pay its debts and doesn’t cooperate militarily.” [...]

•Rubio sent a letter in July 2014 to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew requesting he “counsel Argentina to honor its outstanding legal and financial obligations to its U.S. and international private creditors.” [...]

•Earlier this year, Rubio called for the U.S. State Department to support launching an international investigation into the Argentine government, following the death of a prosecutor who had accused the country’s president of covering up the details of a deadly terrorist attack two decades earlier.

That's a lot of action for a guy who can't be bothered to show up for Senate votes.



Why Ben Carson is qualified to be in the White House

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 19:37:26 +0000

America's line of presidential White House sitters has sometimes been "presidential" and in more recent time less so. Nobody's perfect. Obama has done some great things (health care and prison reform) and some dumb things (foreign war policy). Obama is, however, not vile as many of the current contenders are. For pure shock value, contrast Dwight Eisenhower or Adlai Stevenson II's respectful sense of state to the current mouthpieces of swill fancying themselves "leaders." America increasingly polarizes around sacrificial-goat issues like Benghazi, Marijuana, "duh" states turning off their own Medicaid (Arkansas, Kentucky, West Virginia), and further manufacturing real crises out of their own emotional bilge. That bilge continues like mold to invade those sociopaths with money to spend and microphones.   We see grown men and women threatening their own country's citizens with "shutting down the government," which is their euphemism for their intent to cripple America. Domestic terrorism never had it so front and in your face as the current crop of fundamentally twisted politicians. They push their modus operandi like the thugs of popular "culture." The thug's way to get ahead in the polls, garner pats on the back from religious flounderingmentalists, self-named tea party people, or faux news media is to strike a pose: one of staggering stupidity like Ben Carson's blurt that "Obamacare is the worst thing that happened to America since slavery." If he cared about African Americans, (though I suspect Ben Carson is really white like Trump, wearing black-face), he'd support healthcare for those struggling to stay alive in our current economy and would be supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement instead of denigrating it as "sick." Pats on the back, however, from masses of the under-educated and the unenlightened accompanied with smug comments on faux news is inflating Mr Carson up the polls. He joins previous image inflationists, Donald Trump and George W Bush.  The former with his often heard blurt on the character of Mexicans, and the latter with his well-documented shell-game tricking not only the American people, but also the easy-to-trick Congress of the United States with his and his accomplice's assertions that Iraq should be invaded because "they have weapons of mass destruction." Special thanks to Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. You know that game. The throne of power historically sought mostly by war-mongers, is no longer a throne, it's become a twisted variant of power, the Thrown of Power (TOP). The real weapons of mass destruction are the unqualified, under-qualified, and unenlightened pretenders to the Thrown Of Power. The George Orwell Newspeak-named "Citizens United" continues as THE nuclear weapon favored, coddled, and paid for by the eminence grise masquerading as Americans when they are actually domestic terrorists making ISIS and the Taliban look like grade-school wanna-be's for the mouthpieces  of the Huckabee's and the Koch Brothers infiltrating America in spirit, in fact, and in money. Doctors used to call that cancer. Today is called the GOP, rhymes with TOP. Ben Carson continues polishing his mental lack with recent comments on the Big Bang, "God told us how it happened, we don't need fancy [translate: science] theories." He couples this with his savvy sense of garnering more pats on the back from what I increasingly must call the New Ignorgentsia. The TOPs, supported by the Ignorgentsia are doing the real work of ISIS and Taliban intends here in America, and they're doing it for nothing more than their power greed. The GOP and the TOP are ISIS and Taliban answers to their Allah prayers. The TOPs are the ones who generally, though not always, seize the White House and Supreme Court either directly or indirectly and cripple Americans with blows to the knees of citizens. Those "qualified" for the job know how to garner [...]



Did Ben Carson Meet With General Westmoreland?

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 20:09:56 +0000

It turned out that one of the key details of Ben Carson's life story -- his alleged admission to West Point -- was not true.

The academy has occupied a central place in Carson’s tale for years. According to a story told in Carson’s book, “Gifted Hands,” the then-17 year old was introduced in 1969 to Gen. William Westmoreland, who had just ended his command of U.S. forces in Vietnam, and the two dined together. That meeting, according to Carson’s telling, was followed by a “full scholarship” to the military academy.
He did not receive a scholarship to go there -- West Point does not charge tuition for its cadets.
West Point, however, has no record of Carson applying, much less being extended admission.
“In 1969, those who would have completed the entire process would have received their acceptance letters from the Army Adjutant General,” said Theresa Brinkerhoff, a spokeswoman for the academy. She said West Point has no records that indicate Carson even began the application process. “If he chose to pursue (the application process), then we would have records indicating such,” she said.
However, his defenders tried to rescue Dr. Carson's story by saying that sometime between May 23rd and 26th, 1969, he met with General William Westmoreland.
“Dr. Carson was the top ROTC student in the City of Detroit,” campaign manager Barry Bennett wrote in an email to POLITICO. “In that role he was invited to meet General Westmoreland. He believes it was at a banquet. He can’t remember with specificity their brief conversation but it centered around Dr. Carson’s performance as ROTC City Executive Officer.”

“He was introduced to folks from West Point by his ROTC Supervisors,” Bennett added. “They told him they could help him get an appointment based on his grades and performance in ROTC. He considered it but in the end did not seek admission.”

However, records produced by the US Army show that General Westmoreland was not in Detroit on May 23rd, 24th, 26th, and 27th, but was in Washington keeping a low profile and conducting meetings along with making a trip to Massachusetts and Vermont.



President Obama releases TPP: 'Take a look—Then make up your mind'

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 20:49:29 +0000

On the very same day President Obama received great accolades for rejecting the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, the country's Commander In Chief made another announcement on the White House official website that is sure to come with mixed reactions. The highly anticipated Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement has been officially released to the public, and it's off to the races. Here's the deal: the Trans-Pacific Partnership President Barack Obama November 6, 2015 at 10:15 AM When we have a level playing field, Americans out-compete anyone in the world. That’s a fundamental truth about our country. But right now, the rules of global trade put our workers, our businesses, and our values at a disadvantage. If you’re an autoworker in Michigan, the cars you build face taxes as high as 70 percent in Vietnam. If you’re a worker in Oregon, you’re forced to compete against workers in other countries that set lower standards and pay lower wages just to cut their costs. If you’re a small business owner in Ohio, you might face customs rules that are confusing, costly, and an unnecessary barrier to selling abroad. The Trans-Pacific Partnership will change that -- and you can read the complete text of it right here. The TPP is the highest standard trade agreement in history. It eliminates 18,000 taxes that various countries put on American goods. That will boost Made-in-America exports abroad while supporting higher-paying jobs right here at home. And that’s going to help our economy grow. I know that past trade agreements haven’t always lived up to the hype. So I want to tell you a little bit about what makes this trade agreement so different, and so important. The TPP includes the strongest labor standards in history, from requiring a minimum wage and worker safety regulations to prohibiting child labor and forced labor. It also includes the strongest environmental commitments in history, requiring countries in one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth to crack down on illegal wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, and illegal fishing. These standards are at the core of the agreement and are fully enforceable -- which means we can bring trade sanctions against countries that don’t step up their game. And for the first time ever, we’ll have a multilateral trade agreement that reflects the reality of the digital economy by promoting a free and open Internet and by preventing unfair laws that restrict the free flow of data and information. In other words, the TPP means that America will write the rules of the road in the 21st century. When it comes to Asia, one of the world’s fastest-growing regions, the rulebook is up for grabs. And if we don’t pass this agreement -- if America doesn’t write those rules -- then countries like China will. And that would only threaten American jobs and workers and undermine American leadership around the world. That’s why I am posting the text of this agreement here for you to read and explore. There’s a lot in here, so we’ve put together summaries of each chapter to help you navigate what’s in the agreement and what these new standards will mean for you. Read it all in full right here. I know that if you take a look at what’s actually in the TPP, you will see that this is, in fact, a new type of trade deal that puts American workers first. Take a look. Then make up your mind. President Obama also discusses the TPP deal with the American public via his October 10, 2015 weekly address on this youtube video. Rohan Patel, Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, wrote a piece about the agreement titled, What Environmental and Conservation Advocates Are Saying About TPP’s Environment Chapter. Patel includes quotes from conservation, environmental, and wildlife organizations: By em[...]



TPP Text: Corporations Win, Working People Lose

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 17:40:56 +0000

It’s hard to believe but the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal is worse than we imagined, when it comes to working families. As it stands the TPP deal is made by corporations, for corporations, at the expense of working people and our democracy.




Pernicious Anti-Intellectualism

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 15:32:44 +0000

Ben Carson's beliefs about the Pyramids are just the tip of the iceberg and I'm not sure we're giving it enough attention. Like a ship in icy waters, if the United States doesn't steer away soon, it will be too late.

Carson's deliberate anti-intellectualism is very disturbing. It's emblematic of a growing movement among America's religious extremists and right wing "don't tread on me" libertarians that started back in the 70s and has been picking up steam since the election of President Obama. Throw in Faux news' non-reality based hucksterism and I think you have the biggest challenge to the American Dream since the Civil War. You can't have democracy, liberty, and equality without the knowledge of what those mean.




Democratic Primary

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 12:25:27 +0000

I'm sticking with Hillary as the best choice for the Democrats in 2016. I'm far from a gushing acolyte and was one of the critics of her poor performance most of the summer. But she's pulled it together and begun running a good campaign. I like and admire Bernie Sanders and the policies he advocates. But I don't see a solid plan for getting that program implemented, and, in fact, doubt there is one, given the current political realities. Galling as it is to admit, Bernie as Democratic nominee would dissipate many of the advantages a Democratic candidate could carry into the general election race.

Hillary, I believe, would fare better going up against a Trump or a Rubio. The country is just not ready for Bernie's particular Democratic brand for now. Any Democratic president will face a tough fight with Republicans in Congress, but Americans are likely to assume that President Sanders would have even a tougher time than President Clinton in overcoming gridlock.  

Foreign policy experience is the clincher for me. It will loom even larger a year from now, and Sanders just does not equal Hillary's clout in that field. Again, Sanders would not fare as well as Hillary in going up against an equally inexperienced Republican candidate. Clinton in 2016, but I look forward to Bernie playing a key role in the Democratic Party regardless.




Ballot Access in New Hampshire for Bernie - Trials, Tribulations, and a Little Bit of “Dohhh!!!”

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 09:30:52 +0000

The chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Raymond Buckley will accompany Sanders to the secretary of state’s office to file his paperwork and has even gone on record giving assurances to appear, presumably, in any court proceedings should there be a challenge there or with the state’s bipartisan New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission.




Hillary Clinton did not "vote for war". Listen to her own words before the vote.

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 15:22:17 +0000

The 2002 AUMF vote is often pitched as some kind of critical moment in American history, or as a litmus test for whether or not a politician is a war monger. This is the furthest thing from the truth. Bush was always going to war, with or without the 2002 AUMF. This was confirmed by the Downing Street Memos in 2005. It is confirmed by any number of sources from within the Cabinet and Pentagon and even CIA.

However, at the time there seemed to be a path towards peace. This was in the form of a new Security Council resolution that would require unfettered, unlimited access by UN weapons inspectors. It was believed by many that if they found any programs, those programs could be dismantled peacefully, and if no programs were found, there would be no support for war.




peace is boring to americans

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 00:57:53 +0000

to prove himself a leader president george bush sends america to war.  after the war ended he was so bored he thought about retiring.




Donald Trump Saves America

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 22:47:04 +0000

It's a headline I'd love to see after The Donald's appearance as the host of Saturday Night Live.  

I'm not holding my breath or anything but if Trump uses this high profile appearance to announce that he is dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination and says directly to the camera, "those of you who thought I was the right choice to be the leader of the free world…geez people…you really need to dig deep, look inside, and figure out what got you there, because that right there is precisely what's keeping us from Making America Great Again," he will have done this country a great service.




Without The Centrist Chaos Ensues

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 21:40:15 +0000

Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.
Sirata allatheena anAAamta AAalayhim ghayri almaghdoobi AAalayhim wala alddalleena.That is from a searchable Quran, as far as I can tell, means you don't have the luxury of having an opinion, If you want one, go ask your neighborhood theocracy.
I can't find the relevant Socrates quote in the brainy quotes sites, perhaps because it was his least brainy position.Surrounding Athens at the time were the estates of the plutocrats,those plutocrats being the family patriarchs of the https://en.wikipedia.org/... the tribes who migrated after the ebb of the last ice age to a now wetter,milder climate zone.Power struggles ensued among those competing economic power blocks,played out in the streets of Athens, rather than the estates (which would lay waste the these Ag, manufacturing, and trade power blocks.) The ole' Sock gathered the youth together, talked about the need to question the demanded absolute authority of the Patriarchs, and hatched a scheme to impose democratic socialism upon them.They armed themselves, set up defenses, and a planned a coup upon the Patriarchs. They then only had to wait for the next inevitable wave of chaos in order to successfully win the day.He told his troops to kill the Athenians who refused to choose sides first.
 https://en.wikipedia.org/.... The public.The energy in that capacitor is human psychic energy. Like electricity, it is an elemental force, a potential (voltage) that naturally seeks a balance.AND SO IT IS WRITTEN. Upon the fabric of space-time itself.The insulation between the layers is critical in keeping those diametrically opposed forces apart.https://www.youtube.com/...
Hey wait...wasn't the arc of the covenant..https://www.google.com/...
A physical allegory, made of gold, and suggestive of the commandment to balance the equation in regards to the Money meme? http://www.laphamsquarterly.org/... An unsettling conclusion below.




Do Democrats Need a Full-time Chairman?

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 17:29:19 +0000

Let me begin with a Clear, Concise statement:  I Detest ReiNCe PReiBuS!

But, Tuesday night and all day Wednesday I was very depressed.  Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is a Congresswoman from Florida.  She is supposed to have a full-time job.  She is supposed to be representing the people in her district, and trying to be re-elected.

There is a Democratic Congresssional Campaign Committee (DCCC).  Representative Ben Ray Lujan, (D- NM-1) is the Chairman of the Committee, and Ben is a very nice, collegial, well-spoken, energetic, charismatic spokesman for the DCCC.  I like Ben.

But, I remember when the Democratic National Committee had a full-time Committee Chairman, and the Democratic Party was NOT losing seats in every state legislature.  The Democratic Party was not losing every State Governor seat.  The Democratic Party controlled the United States Senate.

I remember Howard Dean's Fifty State Strategy, and I remember when Terry McAulliffe was the Chairman during the 1990's.  
I keep hearing about the Demographics will turn Texas Blue.
The Demographics are all in the Democrats in Favor.
The Democrats win when the People turn out in Presidential campaign Years.

Well, I am ready for the Democrats to start Winning, instead of Generating Excuses!




Bush 41's new biography says W was "served badly" by Cheney and Rumsfeld.

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:35:13 +0000

A new biography of George H.W. Bush will be out next week. To drum up interest in the book, the publisher and author (Jon Meacham) are "sharing" some of the juicier bits with the press. 41 appears to have let loose on Cheney and Rumsfeld to Meacham. Here's the NY Times reporting H.W.'s thoughts on Rummy:

He was even harsher about Mr. Rumsfeld, who had been a rival of his since the 1970s, when both served in Gerald R. Ford’s administration. “I think he served the president badly,” Mr. Bush said. “I don’t like what he did, and I think it hurt the president having his iron-ass view of everything. I’ve never been that close to him anyway. There’s a lack of humility, a lack of seeing what the other guy thinks. He’s more kick ass and take names, take numbers. I think he paid a price for that.”

He added, “Rumsfeld was an arrogant fellow and self-assured, swagger.”

And on Cheney:
“He had his own empire there and marched to his own drummer,” Mr. Bush said. “It just showed me that you cannot do it that way. The president should not have that worry.”

He said he thought Mr. Cheney had changed since serving in his cabinet. “He just became very hard-line and very different from the Dick Cheney I knew and worked with,” Mr. Bush said. He attributed that to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “Just iron-ass. His seeming knuckling under to the real hard-charging guys who want to fight about everything, use force to get our way in the Middle East.”
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Still, he called Mr. Cheney “a good man” who pushed boundaries too far. “The big mistake that was made was letting Cheney bring in kind of his own State Department,” Mr. Bush said. “I think they overdid that. But it’s not Cheney’s fault. It’s the president’s fault.”

By that, he meant his son. “The buck stops there,” the elder Mr. Bush said.

While discussing Cheney, 41 ruminated that the VP was pushed in a hard-line direction by his wife and daughter, who are supposedly "strong conservatives". Not sure what to make of that one.

HW goes on to say that some of W's rhetoric was extreme, he specifically points out "axis of evil". I would add "Dead or Alive", "Crusade", "We will rid the world of evil-doers", "Mission Accomplished" and we could go on.

The story is being covered by the AP, Fox and Washington Post, but their reporting is based on the NY Times story.

Cheney was shown drafts by the author and he reportedly read them, smiled and said "Fascinating". Rumsfeld has declined to comment.




Study of huge Siberian craters shows Giant Pool of Methane below them

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 12:09:23 +0000

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Further study shows there may be some reason for concern

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Apparently in the arctic, all along the outward continental shelves and in Siberia Methane is beginning to outgas explosively with enough force to blow huge craters out of the earth.

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Unconfirmed Reports of Giant, 1 Kilometer, Methane Crater Found in Siberia

“We have just learnt that in Yakutia, new information has emerged about a giant crater one kilometre (0.6 miles) in diameter,” the deputy director of the Oil and Gas Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vasily Bogoyavlensky, told AFP.




Cartoon: The real Republican debate

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 14:50:05 +0000

When it comes to Republican presidential candidate silliness, it doesn’t get any better than this. (Oh wait, unless you’re talking about this.) After the recent on-stage mayhem, the GOP presidential candidates are trying to get control of the debate formats. Now multiple campaigns are getting into details like the temperature of the venue— which shall henceforth be a crisp sixty-seven degrees Fahrenheit.

Besides appropriate temperatures, the definition of a "gotcha" question seems to be expanding to include questions about policy and foreign affairs. (You know, things a president should kinda’ sorta know some things about.) I agree that the candidates shouldn’t be hit with unfair questions by the moderators, but in their quest to eliminate the liberal "mainstream media," they want a campaign event, not a debate.  

Meanwhile, Jeb Bush would be happy if he could just talk about his fantasy football league for an hour or so. (Poor guy, his brother got to own a real live team but Jeb(!) has to brag about his imaginary team in front of an audience of 14 million.) No matter the moderator or ambient room temperature, the mutually-parasitic relationship between the candidates and the network hosting the debate will continue to entertain and disgust.  




America's Political Establishment is Sick, and Bernie Sanders is the Cure

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 17:11:04 +0000

Hello friends, in this article, I'll discuss why America is sick, and why Bernie Sanders is the cure for our dying democracy. It's no secret that American politicians are largely corrupted by the influence of big money. Their campaigns are funded by these large donors who see their contributions (as well as lobbying) as business investments, largely because the return on investment for those who can afford to buy off legislators and Presidents is extremely, absurdly high!




My Son's Snowball

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 16:12:54 +0000

I tried to tell my son he needs to get his own kos page, but he prefers it this way. I asked him how he wanted to approach the lead in for effect, he said go full disclosure relevant to the issue, I said " whoaa, dude, thats a lot." "Go for it, I trust you dad" Wow, ok.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/... The first one happened when were having one of our animated conversations with the same ole' arcane, esoteric twist only we are accustomed to while on the way to high school (12th grade), when he went "wait! wait! I have a point to make, I can just focus on it....I saw his eyes go unfocused,his facial muscles slackened. About a half hour later in the emergency room, fully recovered, he described his aura as a vortex askew his field of view,  
that rotated so that he looked into the center of the vortex and saw "some colonial lookin' dudes holding old timey muskets, then I came to" (in the car pulled over). Sounded kinda mystical to me.So now he knows how to look away from the aura, but he still catches a hell of a panic attack when one tries to sneak up on him.He's been off and on just about every combo of prescribed, and unfortunately,non prescribed meds possible.The only thing that reliably chases the boogy and anxiety away, leaving him fully functional, is The Holy Herb, taken in small doses, throughout the day.What's a dad to do? Throw his snowball, that's what.  
So now he can run from the aura. His proposal he would like the prez to check out, below  




To Help Syrians, Back Real Diplomacy to End the War

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 21:26:07 +0000

Rough seas and failing temperatures have failed to stop the flow of Syrian refugees to Europe, the New York Times reports.

The ultimate answer to the Syrian refugee crisis is to end the war through diplomacy among the powers backing various sides in the war to reach a political agreement that ends the fighting by ending foreign backing for the fighting, so more people won't be driven from their homes and so that those already displaced can go home.  

The good news is that the process to end the war is already underway. The question is how long it will take to stop the fighting, and how much unnecessary human misery will occur in the meantime as the result of delay in ending the war.




A Curious Omission in the New NBC/WSJ Poll?

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 03:33:05 +0000

 Are we just one simple stat away from a real game changer?

 As has already been duly noted at the KOS, a new poll conducted by NBC and the Wall Street Journal shows Hillary Clinton now leading all of the GOP presidential candidates (NBC/WSJ Poll), except Ben Carson with whom she is tied 47/47. The headline read "Poll: Clinton Ties Carson in '16 Matchup, but Tops Other GOP Candidates".

 But buried at the end of the report was something potentially much more significant, and (I found), rather odd:

The NBC/WSJ poll also tested Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders against Trump and Rubio, and Sanders outperforms Clinton -- though by just a point or two.

Sanders leads Trump by nine points, 50 percent to 41 percent (versus Clinton's eight-point advantage), and he's ahead of Rubio by five points, 46 percent to 41 percent (versus Clinton's three-point lead).




Mannatech Do's and Don'ts

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 05:37:39 +0000

The problem that everyone seems to be missing in the fury around Dr. Ben Carson's Mannatech scandal is pretty simple.

Dr. Carson is either a liar, a fool, or a mercenary.  The only problem is, which is worse?




Tom Harkin: Bernie and Hillary are both establishment politicians

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 03:17:25 +0000

Tom Harkin, former US Senator from Iowa and a star in the progressive firmament, said this morning on Boston Herald Radio that Bernie Sanders is as much an establishment politician as is Hillary Clinton:

Former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin — a prominent Hillary Clinton-backer in the nation’s first caucus state — jabbed at her rival today, saying insurgent democratic socialist candidate Bernie Sanders is just as “establishment” as Clinton is.

“Bernie Sanders has been in public office longer than Hillary Clinton, what makes him not establishment?” Harkin told “Morning Meeting” hosts Jaclyn Cashman and Hillary Chabot on Boston Herald Radio. “He’s establishment too. If you want non-establishment you should vote for Dr. Carson or that Trump character.”

He also said other nice things about both candidates, but since I want to stay within fair-use regs, you'll have to click on the link here to see them.



Some Platinum Coin Objections from the Mainstream: Part V

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 00:49:39 +0000

This is Part V, and the conclusion, of the series providing my reply to Philip Wallach’s reply to my evaluation of his views on the platinum coin proposal and other options for settling debt ceiling conflicts. In Part I I discussed some preliminary mis-characterizations of what I said and, more importantly, why the commonly recognized fiscal policy rule that, at least over a number of years, government revenues ought to match government spending is fiscally unsustainable and fiscally irresponsible in light of deductions from the Sectoral Financial Balances (SFB) model. In Part II I continued with a discussion of political legitimacy and usurpation issues and then covered some legal objections to using the $100 T platinum coin option related to the “intent” of the coin law. In Part III, I discussed a legal objection based on Wallach’s view of the intent of the coin law, which quickly morphed into a political objection about the desirability of mutual respect and comity among the three branches of government, as well as the threat to political legitimacy arising from the judgment that the platinum coin option is really “weird.” In Part IV, I covered more of Wallach’s “weirdness” as well as other talking points about “public scoffing,” “in principle opposition to budget constraints and “common sense,” showing, I believe, that these are not valid concerns. I then answered Wallach’s concerns about the possibility of inflation or hyperinflation resulting from minting the $100 T coin, and ended by pointing out that his view that MMT writers under-estimate the fragility of our money system, in the face of possible widespread knowledge that money is an abstract social construct and not something material, isn’t true, but instead underestimates the robustness of such money systems when there is a fiat sovereign government whose legitimacy is high along with a highly productive nation sharing its prosperity among its citizens. In this concluding installment of the series I will discuss further arguments by Wallach that using the $100 T option would create a legitimacy problem, and then consider his conclusion expressing his classical Conservative disposition and his preference for a temporary solution of the recent just passed crisis followed by a more permanent solution to debt ceiling problems negotiated calmly with a politically de-escalated orientation. [...]



GOP: Help Us Marco Rubio, You're Our Only Hope

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 12:00:09 +0000

 With less than 90 days to the Iowa Caucus, the political field on the Republican side remains crowded and murky.  But if you look more closely, it is actually starting to become defined.  And the one overwhelming thing that jumps out at me is that the GOP has to nominate Marco Rubio if it is to have any chance of winning in 2016.  But the path to the nomination for Rubio is difficult, despite his relative success at the most recent debate.  Continued below...




Are Republicans afraid of confronting Black Lives Matter on the campaign trail?

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 00:00:09 +0000

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Is it true? Could it be that the 2016 presidential hopefuls are afraid of running up against the burgeoning movement against police brutality out on the campaign trail?

Except for Donald Trump of course. Trump said back in August that he would fight activists associated with Black Lives Matter if they tried to disrupt one of his speaking engagements.

Physically fight them.

But what of the other Republican presidential candidates? Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, and Rand Paul appear to have declined a sip of the Hater-Ade that is being passed around to the other presidential hopefuls.  

Most recently, Rubio in particular appears to be making an effort to be thoughtful and sincere in his remarks.  He stated that many of the recent killings of unarmed black men by police "raised strong questions" about whether or not the cops were in the right.

Rubio and Carson have been approached by Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson and others for a meeting.

No word yet on if those meetings will occur.




Some Platinum Coin Objections from the Mainstream: Part IV

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 01:03:02 +0000

This is Part IV of my reply to Philip Wallach’s reply to my evaluation of his views on the platinum coin proposal and other options for settling debt ceiling conflicts. In Part I I discussed some preliminary mis-characterizations of what I said and, more importantly, why the commonly recognized fiscal policy rule that, at least over a number of years, government revenues ought to match government spending is fiscally unsustainable and fiscally irresponsible in light of deductions from the Sectoral Financial Balances (SFB) model.

In Part II I continued with a discussion of political legitimacy and usurpation issues and then covered some legal objections to using the $100 T platinum coin option related to the “intent” of the coin law. In Part III I discussed a legal objection based on Wallach’s view of the intent of the coin law, which quickly morphed into a political objection about the desirability of mutual respect and comity among the three branches of government, as well as the threat to political legitimacy arising from the judgment that the platinum coin option is really “weird.”  

In this, Part IV, I’ll continue discussing the “weirdness” objection, and also cover Wallach’s views on Inflation and hyper-inflation, and Modern Money Theory.




It’s about the First Woman to Chair

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 23:51:04 +0000

When the starting gate for minorities and goal posts for women are relics of second class citizenship, the question isn’t who’s on first, but are we still defining Exceptionalism with the 1790 Naturalization Act, excluding American Indians, indentured servants, slaves, free blacks and Asians from American citizenship – or just electing chair covers who prefer the 1870 Naturalization Act, which allowed BlackLivesMatter, but still not other alien immigrants, and no legal status given non-white women?

It’s all about that.




One Month Later, One Thousand Dead (Why Obama Was Wrong On Mass Shootings)

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 14:57:11 +0000

A few minutes after 6pm on October 1, just before President Obama was to address the nation about the mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, Jennifer Conklin received a phone call from her father.

He had been at his wits end since the previous Friday when Jennifer’s mother Patricia, his wife of 35 years, left him for another man. But Jennifer was unprepared for her dad’s confession. He had tracked down her mom at her new boyfriend’s home, and shot and killed them both as well as a neighbor who heard the shots and came to intervene. He was preparing to turn the gun on himself. Jennifer later told reporters through tears, “I told him don’t hurt himself, that I needed him. He said it was too late. Then he said he loved me and he was sorry and that it was goodbye.”  

Minutes later in Washington, President Obama spoke movingly about the routine of random mass shootings in America and expressed the depth of the frustration we all feel over and our government’s continuing failure to take any action to stop them. What he did not mention was that the nine slain at Umpqua Community College that morning represented merely a quarter of the daily national average for homicides. By midnight, roughly thirty more Americans would have become victims. Upon closer examination, murder in America looks much less like the Oregon shooter who pushed the president to speak, and much more like Jennifer Conklin’s father.




Some Platinum Coin Objections from the Mainstream: Part III

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 01:30:38 +0000

This is Part III of my lengthy reply to Philip Wallach’s reply to my evaluation of his views on the platinum coin proposal and other options for settling debt ceiling conflicts. In Part I I discussed some preliminary mis-characterizations of what I said and, more importantly, why the commonly recognized fiscal policy rule that, at least over a number of years, government revenues ought to match government spending is fiscally unsustainable and fiscally irresponsible in light of deductions from the Sectoral Financial Balances (SFB) model. In Part II I continued with a discussion of political legitimacy and usurpation issues and then covered some legal objections to using the $100 T platinum coin option related to the “intent” of the coin law. In this installment I’ll continue with more discussion of political objections. A Legal Objection Transitioning into a Political One In his reply, Wallach continues his argument against the platinum coin option on the basis of intent, and the idea there is almost no serious student of statutory interpretation who would condone this level of indifference to the larger statutory context and purposes of the legislature, by saying: Firestone and other platinum coin proponents have a response: they say that the use being made of the debt ceiling by hard line opponents of government spending is also a distortion, and one bad turn deserves another, at least during our current era of dysfunction. But I reject this form of reasoning, which presumes things are worse than they really are, pushes us toward a downward spiral of tactical maximalism, and makes it difficult to find our way out of the cycle of dysfunction. If our founding ideals of separated powers and the rightful place of the legislature are to be meaningful, we must be willing to respect them even—or especially—when we find Congress to be obnoxious. I think this begins as a legal argument about the intent of the coin law, but immediately transitions into to a political one, about how people ought to behave in dealing with the Congress. As such I think it is easy to refute. The legislature represents us, the people collectively, and when it jeopardizes the economic well-being of all us by using the debt ceiling to place the executive branch in a double bind so that it cannot perform its spending mandates using appropriated funds, due to Congress’s refusal to raise the debt ceiling for purposes of re-litigating duly passed legislation, then I think that particular Congress doesn’t deserve comity and respect, but rather opprobrium and condemnation. And it also deserves to be on the receiving end of every legal maneuver that a President elected to represent all of the people can muster. So I think the real issue here is the legality of the platinum coin and its likely impacts on most of the people of the United States rather than the side issue of conflict between the branches of Government in our separation of powers and whether the Congress deserves deference even when it itself acts illegitimately. [...]



Something's Rotten at the DNC - Fix it Debbie, Then Resign!

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 01:33:24 +0000

Democratic National Committee Attn: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair 430 South Capitol Street Southeast Washington, DC 20003 Dear Debbie, I’m writing this open letter to you as one deeply angered by DNC actions to manipulate outcomes in our current primary selection process under your leadership. I always thought we voters were supposed to select our primary candidates, not have them pre-selected for us by the DNC. Something’s extremely rotten at the DNC as you (former co-chair for Hillary in 2008) limit the number and scheduling of debates to best serve Hillary’s interests, minimize exposure for Sanders and O’Malley, and work to keep Larry Lessig, and his urgent political system reform message, out of the Democratic debates altogether. Fundraising numbers through September 30th  spotlight this discrimination. •    Lessig raised more than $1 million dollars from 10,000+ individuals, and has already qualified for federal matching funds. •    Lincoln Chaffee raised $408,000, of which $363,000 were loans to his campaign. •    Jim Webb raised $697,000. Although most Americans likely do not know Lessig, a great many of those who do believe he’s a bright, articulate champion of the need to reform our political system and that it’s the number one issue, that underlies and distorts progress on almost all other issues. These supporters have either read his book, “Republic Lost”, or listened to his TED talks, or attended one or more of his few hundred talks to groups across the country discussing his proposals for reform. But if candidate Lessig can generate this much enthusiastic support from the relatively small number of American voters who have heard of him, shouldn’t he deserve the chance to more broadly reach voters who haven’t yet gotten to know and evaluate him? Apparently you and certain other leaders of the Democratic National Committee don’t think so. You’ve portrayed Larry Lessig as a single issue candidate, lobbied to keep Lessig’s name off candidate preference polls used to select candidates for debate participation, specifically requested Iowa Democrats not invite him to their October 24th Jefferson Jackson dinner, and have also bared Lessig from upcoming debates on November 6th and 14th. I invite you, and any other citizen, to go to  https://lessig2016.us, read his positions on 16 different major issues, and then ask yourself again whether you still think of him as a single issue candidate. Your actions are an ugly reminder of Boss Tweed’s infamous statement well over a century ago that  “I don’t care who does the electing as long as I do the nominating.” You’re way out-of-line and deeply wrong in this. Consequently, I ask you to immediately invite Larry Lessig into the upcoming November debates, cease and desist from efforts to keep his name off candidate preference polls used by networks in determining popularity, begin work immediately to schedule many more debates in ways that minimize conflict with other prime time events and maximize exposure of ALL the candidates we citizens need to learn muc[...]



October White House Photo Diary

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 00:09:59 +0000

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October 2015

Celebrating another month of incredible work from the White House Photographers. A look inside the White House for the months of October. All photographs were taken by the White House Photography staff lead by Pete Souza.

President Barack Obama works at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, Oct. 23, 2015.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



Three Reasons The GOP Fears Hillary And Ignores Bernie

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 03:18:09 +0000

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I keep seeing Bernie supporters claiming that Bernie does better in the general against any Republican than does Hillary.  

Ahem.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I have two of them, and they're right below the fold.  Come on down and see.




Dis-heartened Hillary Supporter

Sat, 31 Oct 2015 19:29:48 +0000

I am a strong Hillary supporter.  I am not a Wall Street Banker, or part of the wealthy upper class.  I make 12/hr and work as a landscaper.  I have made several small donations to Hillary Clinton.  I want Bernie Sanders supporters to stop attacking Hillary and start attacking Republicans.  I am tired of reading posts by self-righteous Sanders supporters who say they refuse to support Hillary, ever.

I personally benefitted form the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.  This ruling was made possible by the election of Obama and his two liberal appointments to the Supreme Court.  Has Obama been perfect? no!, Has he accomplished what he promised he would?, no!  However, the legalization of gay marriage and enacting Obama care ARE big deals to those of us who benefitted from those accomplishments.  Does Obama care go far enough? no!  But it is a step in the right direction.

It is naïve to think Bernie Sanders won't end up accepting support form wealthy individuals or PACS if he wins the nomination.  Remember, Barrack Obama reluctantly accepted those types of donations. The reality is that President Bernie Sanders will not accomplish his promises either.  Why, because the Republicans have an over-whelming majority in Congress.  The central and southern US are not Portlandia or New Hampshire.  I doubt Bernie's politics will appeal to swing voters in the mid-west or south.  I don't believe voters in these areas will suddenly start voting for Democrats for Congress.  The people in these areas value hard work and paying your own way.  They will react to proposals for free college education with "there is no such thing as a free lunch"  

I am so dis-heartened by the attacks against Hillary by ideological purists that I am starting to consider with-holding my support from Sanders if he wins the primary.  I have never done this in the past.  I initially supported Hillary in 2008, but switched to Obama.  I never once considered with-holding my support from Obama, but his supporters didn't attack Hillary to the same degree as Sander's supporters.  I wish Sander's supporters would use the same tactics as Bernie himself.  I am seriously considering withholding my support from Sanders if he wins the nomination.  I will either write in Hillary or vote for a third party candidate.




Some Platinum Coin Objections from the Mainstream: Part II

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 18:40:53 +0000

I began a lengthy critical reply to Philip Wallach’s reply to my earlier analysis of his paper in Part I of this series. There I covered some preliminary mis-characterizations of what I said and, more importantly, why the commonly recognized fiscal policy rule that, at least over a number of years, government revenues ought to match government spending is fiscally unsustainable and fiscally irresponsible in light of deductions from the Sectoral Financial Balances (SFB) model. In this Part II, I’ll cover some conjectures about political legitimacy Wallach offers about the consequences of minting a $100 T, some legal legitimacy issues, and some additional political legitimacy issues. Conjectures about Political Legitimacy Wallach offers this next comment on my earlier post: Firestone criticizes my misgivings about the platinum coin option’s legitimacy as mere “conjecture,” and argues that minting trillion dollar platinum coins (or much higher values—more on that later) for seignorage purposes would be legitimate in both senses of the word: a valid and defensible interpretation of the law, and accepted by the public as a legitimate government action. Of course I must plead guilty to making conjectures—it is impossible to say with certainty what would happen if the government took such a radically unprecedented step. But it seems to me that my conjectures require much less imagination that Firestone’s. Again, this is a not quite accurate characterization of what I claimed. What Wallach said was: . . .  the political dynamics of the debt ceiling standoffs make it so that any deus ex machina capable of extracting us from our current fights will strike people as deeply illegitimate, heighten political tensions, and potentially accelerate the constitutional crisis it is meant to ward off. A brief consideration of two of the most-discussed options shows why this is the case. And I replied: This is not really an argument, but a conjecture, and one that is a matter of opinion, certainly not backed by any empirical evidence, and not blindingly obvious to many people, including myself. So my reply was in reference to Wallach’s general claim, not the more specific claim about platinum coins. I later mentioned consols as an alternative “deus ex machine.” And later on in his reply to my post Wallach speaks favorably about consols in such a way that his later comments about consols are in contradiction with his general claim about all “deus ex machinas.” Nor did I say that Wallach’s claim was a “mere” conjecture, but, strictly, an untested conjecture lacking any empirical evidence, and also not based on a well worked out theory, either. How about his application of this conjecture to 100 T platinum coins? [...]



Krugman Exposes Republican Grifters as the Norm, not the Exception

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:31:36 +0000

Every time I read his stuff, I feel more and more like a screaming OneDirection fan, except for Paul Krugman, instead of an improbably gorgeous British boy band. In his latest op-ed for the Times, Springtime for Grifters, he explains eloquently yet concisely, how the Republican brand has morphed into a legion of grifters, finding new and innovative ways to steal from their supporters with little to no consequences.

Beyond the swirly orange time portal for more.




To those writing the anti-Hillary diaries

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 11:02:04 +0000

I am an undecided Democratic voter – I have not made any choice about who to support.  I honestly appreciate that you want to persuade those like me to support an alternative to Hillary (almost certainly Bernie).  And I am willing to be persuaded – but in order to persuade me, you need to address what matters to me (and presumably, to people like me):
(1) Would Bernie be able to implement policies further to the left than Hillary
(2) Does Bernie have nearly the same chance of winning that she does?  
I am unpersuaded by hyperbole-laden criticism of Hillary that implies she's an agent of the right wing or Wall Street, because I know what actual Republicans have done and what they are promising to do. But I am open to persuasion - if you can address my concerns.

I put a little more detail into my two questions below the squiggle




Some Platinum Coin Objections from the Mainstream: Part I

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 03:00:49 +0000

As I was working my way through the series of posts beginning with this one, news was announced that Republican and Democratic Party leaders in Congress, along with the President had come to agreement on the terms of ending the debt ceiling standoff in the context of a new budget deal. Their agreement provides for suspension of the debt ceiling until March of 2017; so the immediate need to turn to unusual solutions to a pending debt ceiling crisis is now gone, and, along with it, crisis-driven discussions about the platinum coin option.

Nevertheless, even though the immediate reason motivating renewed discussions of the platinum coin option is now gone, I still have some unfinished business dealing with the issues surrounding it. Late last week I replied to a paper from Philip Wallach of The Brookings Institution with a post at Naked Capitalism, as well as a number of other sites in the blogosphere. Now, Wallach has replied to my post, which mostly presents new arguments not in his original paper.

These are important to answer for the record, since platinum coin options and debt ceiling issues are likely to return again in the future, especially if we still have divided government in 2017, a very good possibility, I think. Answering them is also important, however, because they are the kinds of arguments that will be offered by the mainstream neoliberals against using the $100 T platinum coin, as well as the trillion dollar version. This series, of which this post is Part I, will present a detailed reply to Wallach’s new paper.




Volatile times loom for NM’s oil patch

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 23:04:21 +0000

FOr the complete article use this link-->http://www.abqjournal.com/...

New Mexico’s oil and gas industry is bracing for another round of volatile ups and downs in crude prices that could push the market – and ultimately production in the southeastern part of the state – to its lowest point in more than a decade.

The industry has already been battered by steep price declines over the past year that cut the price of crude from more than a $100 a barrel in mid-2014 to about $44 now. That’s led to thousands of layoffs in New Mexico’s oil patch in the southeastern part of the state and, to a lesser extent, in the northwestern San Juan Basin.

But things may get a lot worse thanks to Iran, which is expected to aggressively ramp up its oil production next year as international sanctions are lifted following last summer’s deal designed to limit Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon. Iran has enough oil reserves to rival Saudi Arabia on world markets and, as it begins to flood the West with new crude, prices are likely to crash to levels not seen since 2003, said Daniel Fine, associate director of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.




Must See Sanders Speech

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 21:34:02 +0000

Senator Sanders gave an outstanding speech Wednesday 28th at George Mason Univ. of Virginia where he fielded questions from students from all over on wide-ranging topics; something I've seen few if any candidates do in such an unscripted, uncensored manner.  

Sanders is, by virtue of his repeated willingness to confront and answer any question thrown his way in a clear, serious, and direct manner, head and shoulder above any other candidate, including Hillary Clinton.  It is this trait which has flummoxed and caused fear amongst those who oppose him.  He is and has been in recent history unequaled and consistent in his progressive ideology and political morality.  That is indeed a rare thing these days, particularly in this presidential campaign which amazingly, includes a cast of almost cartoon-like egregiously unqualified candidates.  Fact checking will bear this rarity out for those who may disagree.

Particularly moving was an Islamic female student who asked Sen. Sanders to respond to the Islam-ophobia so prevalent today in society and politics, especially Republican politics.  You could tell Sanders was moved too, as he beckoned her to join him at the podium where they exchanged warm hugs and pats to raucous applause.  I can't imagine any Republican candidate doing that unless they wanted to get out of the campaign.  During the last Republican debate in Colorado, the only candidate who I thought expressed any real humanity for the have-nots was bass guitar playing Mike Huckabee, but everyone knows he doesn't have a prayer (pun intended) of advancing.  Hey guys!  Let's mix church and state, OK?  What could possibly go wrong there?

Hopefully some readers will take the time to view Sanders' speech on youtube.  I don't know if it's appropriate to include the link, so I won't, but it's easily accessible for anyone interested.  BTW, the upcoming new look for the Daily Kos is pretty slick.  I think both regular and new viewers will enjoy it.  Adios for now....




Supporting Bernie Sanders and our needed political revolution.

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 18:23:49 +0000

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This country "is" in DISTRESS and needs YOU to get involved to save it.
The Following is a copy of a letter (e-mail) I just sent to my current elected representatives.

Why?

Because - just electing Bernie to the presidency is "NOT" enough. All of Our Elected Representatives (local - state - federal) need to represent "us" !!!

WAKE-UP - Smell the coffee and get on board or get out of office!

Seriously!

If you are unaware of what I am talking about - let me help - view this =

http://www.bing.com/...

If the link does not work for you - that is OK - You can access video of Bernie Sanders Campaign speeches on the internet. You and every one of your co-workers in government (the peoples representatives?) should be very publicly supporting Bernie's agenda!

You should also be outraged that the DNC (Debbie) has limited the democratic NATIONAL EXPOSURE TO THE PUBLIC to "only" 6 debates and WORSE - that the debates (1st one so far anyway) exclude TENS OF MILLIONS Of Citizens from being able to view them - BECAUSE the debate was only available on "PAY TO VIEW" TV Service. Tens of Millions of Citizens do not have and can not afford "PAY TO VIEW" TV Service.

If you are for the people - YOU should be working to get the WHOLE population included into the process of our democracy.

Get On Board - OR - GET OUT !




Is Presidential Candidate Ben Carson afflicted by the Dreaded Dr. Oz syndrome?

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:45:46 +0000

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Well, as you know, many of us that forced ourselves to watch last night’s republican food fight were shocked to discover that the leading Republican Candidate, Ben Carson has indulged in a bit of snake oil salesmanship.

Much like the controversy stirred up by another famous Doctor, Dr. Oz, who trigged the ire of fellow Medical professionals a few years back for “Quack treatments and cures” it would seem that the Republican’s own Dr Ben is guilty of promoting “Doctor feel-goods wild root remedy” as well.

One of the more exciting moments of last night’s Debate was when CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla experienced a moment un-characteristic to CNBC, of journalistic integrity, and confronted Doctor Ben about his relationship to the seedy multilevel nutritional supplement firm, Mannatech.

Mannatech who just recently paid $7 million dollars to settle deceptive advertising charges has faced scrutiny over its claims that some of its products could cure everything from cancer to autism. Multilevel companies like Mannatech prey or the poor, desperate and gullible, much like the republican party does, by promising un-told wealth if they only hawk the product and recruit others to do the same.

Doctor Ben instantly began stumbling for answers to the relevant question Quintanilla ask : Why would he continue to be involved with such a company?

Luckily, Doctor Ben was saved from completely answering the question by the Republican and tea party stacked audience, that Booed, jeered and Shamed Quintanilla for daring to ask a question that could have led to self-incrimination in front of the nation.

The wall Street Journal has cataloged Carson’s relationship with Mannatech in some detail showing Carson’s involvement if the industry.

For now, we are sure that Doctor Oz and Doctor Ben share a common history of promoting “quack treatments and cures"

One can only wonder what "quack treatments and cures" the good Doctor will be offering our nation in the future? not forgetting of course, to sweeten the bait with promises of income–equality and prosperity for all, if we only Vote for the Republican brand…







THE DONALD TRUMP SHOW TONIGHT

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 21:03:23 +0000

Don't forget the Donald Trump Show tonight. He never disappoints. Remember, he is sharing the stage and trailing in the polls behind the only candidate running who is scarier than he is. Perhaps they will pass out sharp knives and cut the lights...




GOP's Serious 2016 Alternatives Have Serious Problems of Their Own

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 20:37:16 +0000

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Once every four years when the Republican Party seeks to nominate a new Presidential standard bearer, GOP base voters latch onto extreme candidates and put their right-wing clown fetish on full display for the horror of everyday Americans and the amusement of late-night comedians.

From Donald Trump's claims of a hardscrabble upbringing featuring a "small" $1 million loan from his father to Ben Carson's bizarre admission that as a teenager he would "go after people with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers," the duo leading the Republican field in 2016 are no different.

They may follow a long line of fringe candidates - Pat Robertson, Gary Bauer, Pat Buchanan, Alan Keyes, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, and others - who captivated the hearts and minds of Republican primary voters only to come up short.




About Dr. Carsons' Slave Owner Comment.

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 17:10:21 +0000

This is in response to the people who post negative articles about Dr. Carson without putting much thought into what they are actually saying, or the language(wording) they use.  Dr. Carsons' statement using the slave owner comparison actually makes perfect sense.  He said that slave owners believed they had the right to treat their slaves anyway they wanted, without any repercussion or feeling any remorse.  If a  woman with a developing fetus decides to abort that baby, she is treating that life the same as a slave owner did, with no remorse or fear of repercussion.   He probably could have used a different comparison.  But this one does drive the point home, as long as people show some intelligence and understand what he actually said.  Also, Dr. Carson did also make reference to the use of the Abortion Pill for the victims of Rape or Incest crimes, which solves the womans' "problem" before the fetus develops.