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May 1, 2016

"No, Jon Favreau: We Will Not Learn To Love Hillary Clinton"

No, Jon Favreau: We Will Not Learn To Love Hillary Clinton

Dan Wright--April 22
The moment has arrived. That moment when the establishment’s sniggering apologists tell those damn idealists that it is time to get with the program and settle for the latest shabby party product or risk going home empty-handed. Hear the eternal refrain: Don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good.

There has been a slew of these strident come to Jesus jeremiads from the usual suspects after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s win in the New York primary.
But the latest sermon on submitting to destiny from former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau both perfectly encapsulates the mindless DNC Hillary Clinton Campaign talking points, while attempting to provide a how do you do fellow kids credibility because he was part of the 2008 primary fight against Hillary Clinton.

See? Even former rivals for power with future career interests tied to the Democratic Party support Hillary Clinton, you guys.

The substance of the screed is as tired as it is tiresome. Favreau makes a number of claims that fail basic scrutiny when he counsels supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders, or “Berniacs” as they are called by The Daily Beast. For instance:

“Maybe you don’t believe that she’s different from the caricature we’ve all helped perpetuate. But she is running a campaign with a policy platform that’s more progressive than her husband’s administration, her 2008 campaign, and—in a few cases—Barack Obama’s administration.”

The problem, of course, is not that Hillary Clinton is not taking progressive positions. The problem is that, given her record, the best analysis of her policy platform is that she is lying about those positions. Now, lying is a strong word and given her profession (politician) let us use a nicer word, bullshitting. Hillary Clinton is bullshitting people on what she will do in office and a large slice of the Democratic Party base knows it.

Favreau supports his previous point by claiming Sanders supporters should essentially declare victory because “Guess what? Bernie Sanders helped make that happen. He helped push Hillary Clinton to the left. And he should keep pushing her if she becomes president.”

Guess what? She’s bullshitting and even her most ardent supporters acknowledge she plans to move rightward for the general election. So, no, she has not been pushed anywhere, she is just saying what she thinks Democratic primary voters want to hear, just as she will change the tune and say what she thinks 51% of the general electorate wants to hear should she become the party’s nominee. That’s not taking a progressive position, Jon, that’s pretending to take progressive position.

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April 30, 2016

White House Correspondent's Dinner...Bernie and Jane have Arrived...

Check your C-Span Cable Sites...and then check CBS Network. Twitter, Facebook, etc. for "White House Correspondents Dinner." Or check Larry Wilmore's Site or just jump around your Cable...

The Celebrities have done the Red Carpet Preening and they are All Ready to Eat!

:smile: Bernie is going to be sitting at the CBS table with some very interesting people. And, he's the only Presidential Candidate who was asked to attend the dinner.


President Obama's final White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Journalists, politicians and celebrities will pile into the Washington Hilton on Saturday night for President Obama's final White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Watch CBSN at 6 p.m. ET for coverage of the 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner

Red carpet arrivals will begin around 5:30 p.m. ET, the actual dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. ET.

CBS News guests are Aretha Franklin, Morgan Freeman, Damian Lewis, Lori McCreary, and Bernie Sanders as well as Defense Secretary Ash Carter, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Sens. Tim Scott and Amy Klobuchar, Reps. Steny Hoyer and Will Hurd, former U.S. Ambassador to Italy David Thorne and Walter Isaacson.

Mr. Obama and comedian Larry Wilmore are expected to deliver their remarks around 9:45 p.m. ET.

Now in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign, Mr. Obama will almost certainly throw some humorous jabs at Donald Trump and some of the other Republican candidates, which he did last year at the beginning of the campaign. He said, for example, that "Donald Trump is here... still."


April 30, 2016

Hartmann: "Breaking Through Power--A Few People Can Make a Big Difference" Pts 1 & 2:

Published on Apr 29, 2016

If the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders is any indication - Americans are sick and tired of the establishment and the powers that be. So how can we break through those powers and make a better country for all? I'll ask legendary consumer right advocate and 5 time presidential candidate Ralph Nader in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds. Check out BreakingThroughPower.org

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

Civic Start Up...... Great Watch..Very Interesting, Gotta Stay With It...for Progressive Dems Going Forward.

Part 1


The Feathers of Transnational Bankers Have Remained Unruffled!

April 29, 2016

Heads Up! Jane Sanders on MSNBC's "All Due Respect" up at 6:00 p.m. (est) on Taxes & Going Forward!

It's a Must Watch for both Bernie and Hillary Supporters. I just watched it on Bloomberg Business.

Truly a very interesting interview! I'm prejudiced because I think she would make a fantastic First Lady..but, I think Hillary supporters always focus on their tax situation and she addresses that. I think she's Third or Fourth down in their segment list.

A Fun & Lovely Lady.

April 27, 2016

TPP, Japan's Minister Shinzo Abe & Secrecy that Mimic's the USA Congress with Trade Deal+ Ireland

Keiser Report: Secrets of TTIP & TPP (E905)

Published on Apr 23, 2016
Max and Stacy discuss that if man is what he hides, as André Malraux said, then the EU is a corporatist, monopolist loving intellectual land-grabber, for the EU hides secret trade deals. They also discuss Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan instructing his coalition not to ‘forcibly’ proceed with ratifying the TPP (another secret trade deal) until after elections this summer as voters are against it. In the second half, Max interviews independent Irish politician and MEP, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, about the top secret TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Check Keiser Report website for more: http://www.maxkeiser.com/

April 27, 2016

Bernie's Great Interview with MSNBC's Chris Jansing about Campaign, Hillary & Trump 4/27

Jansing also played Hoops with Bernie before the Interview...Bernie's Good!

Full Interview (4-27-2016)

Bernie Sanders talks with MSNBC's Chris Jansing about the how his campaign has fared, and the current dynamic between him and rival Hillary Clinton. Sanders also explains why he feels GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump lacks judgment.

April 26, 2016

Candidate Bernie Sanders (2007) on "Media in America" Part 2 of "Orwell Rolls in His Grave."

You can't get much better in a Dem Candidate (or, Any Candidate) than This! And, Bravo to our Cable Cutters who are Sick of the Propaganda! BERNIE GETS IT!

And, I have no doubt that he would Reorganize our FCC for the American People unlike all the Presidents Before Him....who did nothing but Cave to the MSM Owners as they Grabbed More and More and offered the American People nothing but 24/7 Propaganda and Drug Ads!

Orwell rolls in his grave (part 2)
Uploaded on Apr 30, 2007

Documentary on the Power of the Corporate Media.

April 25, 2016

Heads Up! NY Mayor De Blasio Offers 20 Mil to Reform BOE Following Voting "Snafus" on Primary Day

De Blasio comes up with a plan – and $20 million – to reform ‘outdated’ Board of Elections
Follows voting snafus on Primary Day
By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Calling New York City’s Board of Elections (BOE) “outdated,” Mayor Bill de Blasio rolled out a list of proposed reforms on Monday. The action follows reports of polling site chaos and widespread voter disenfranchisement during last week’s Primary Election.

The mayor also announced that he will make $20 million available to carry out the reforms – but only if the BOE signs a binding agreement by June 1 to implement them.

De Blasio’s proposals include hiring an outside operations consultant, empaneling a blue-ribbon commission to “identify failures,” improving poll worker training, and providing new email and text notifications for voters.

“The Board of Elections is an outdated organization in dire need of modernization – and we need to make these changes now. We cannot allow a single voter to be disenfranchised because of the Board of Elections’ outdated operations,” de Blasio said in a statement.

More than 125,000 Brooklyn residents were left off the voters registration list this year, according to NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer. Stringer, who announced last Tuesday an audit of BOE’s operations and management, cited reports of closed polling sites, faulty ballot scanners, misleading voting site notifications and other voting irregularities.

“It is clear that we have a broken voting system in New York City,” Stringer said on Monday. “What we need is state legislation to reform the Board of Elections and install a professional, non-partisan board of directors.”


"Wide-spread voter disenfranchisement like we saw last week is unacceptable,” City Councilmember Brad Lander said in a statement. Lander said that the reforms would “create a Board of Elections New Yorkers can trust again.”

The reforms were backed by representatives of a number of groups, including Common Cause/NY, the New York Public Interest Research Group and the New York Immigration Coalition.

Read more: http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2016/4/25/de-blasio-comes-plan-and-20-million-reform-outdated-board-elections
April 24, 2016

New Push for Military Intervention in Libya: Who Will Control the Libyan Central Bank?

April 22, 2016
New Push for Military Intervention in Libya: Who Will Control the Libyan Central Bank?

by Horace G. Campbell-- Professor of African American Studies and Political Science, Syracuse University. He is the author of Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya, Monthly Review Press, 2013

There is intense push for the NATO countries to make an overt intervention in Libya. In this moment, the justification is to fight the Islamic State and to prevent terror from spreading across the Mediterranean to Europe. As is the case in matters of the destruction of African societies, the governments of Britain and France are in the forefront of the push for the latest intervention. Germany does not want to be left out so the German state is now actively working for the UN intervention.

Prior to this spring, it had been difficult to get the legal cover for a bigger military intervention by the West, but now there is supposed to be a new ‘unity’ government with the mandate to call for the United Nations to militarily intervene. Every week there is a new meeting in Europe to push for intervention with no consultation with the African Union. In January, the African Union appointed former Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete its new special envoy to Libya. Thus far, all of the reports and discussions about a new UN sanctioned intervention have excluded the interests of the peoples of Libya and Africa. Progressive forces in the world need to stay alert on this new effort to intensify the militarization of North Africa and oppose the governments who are using the question of ISIS to make another push to control the resources of Libya and Africa.

The real reasons for the intervention in Libya

The emails of the former Secretary of State and current Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton exposed to the world the principal reasons for the NATO intervention and destruction of Libya in 2011. We are informed by one writer who had examined these emails on the traffic between the USA and France over the imperatives for intervening in Libya.

In one e mail dated April 2, 2011 Sidney Blumenthal, then an aide to Clinton informed her ‘that sources close to one of Gaddafi sons were reporting that “Qaddafi’s government holds 143 tons of gold, and a similar amount in silver” and the hoard had been moved from the Libyan Central Bank in Tripoli closer to the border with Niger and Chad. “This gold was accumulated prior to the current rebellion and was intended to be used to establish a pan-African currency based on the Libyan golden Dinar. This plan was designed to provide the Francophone African Countries with an alternative to the French franc (CFA).”Blumenthal then added that “According to knowledgeable individuals, this quantity of gold and silver is valued at more than $7 billion. French intelligence officers discovered this plan shortly after the current rebellion began, and this was one of the factors that influenced President Nicolas Sarkozy’s decision to commit France to the attack on Libya.” The email added: “According to these individuals, Sarkozy’s plans are driven by the following issues:

1 A desire to gain a greater share of Libya oil production,

2 Increase French influence in North Africa,

3 Improve his internal political situation in France,

4 Provide the French military with an opportunity to reassert its position in the world,

5 Address the concern of his advisors over Qaddafi’s long term plans to supplant France as the dominant power in Francophone Africa.”

France and Germany are not only interested in the vast oil and gas resources under Libya but also the vast ocean of water under the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System (NSAS ).. With the advances in solar technology the European states want to have control over the Sahara for the future transformation of solar power for European consumers. It is the vast resources of Libya which is still on the line as there is this new push for the UN to intervene in Libya. As the senior imperialist state in Europe prior to 1945, Britain had extensive interests in Libya but the threats of the African Union to develop an African Monetary Fund and a Common Currency is a direct threat to the future of French economic interests in Africa .

In the past forty years the Germans had relegated the job of the Gendarme of Europe to France, but with the delicacy of the bank and financial crisis in Europe, the Germans do not want to be left behind. Hence, in the new pressures to intervene the Germans are toe to toe with France and last week when the French foreign minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault visited Tripoli, he was accompanied by the German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. This was a desperate effort to convey legitimacy on Fayyez Sarraj, newly installed Prime Minister of Libya, and members of the Presidency Council.

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April 23, 2016

Bernie Sanders brings his campaign to Baltimore with Ben Jealous and Danny Glover

BALTIMORE (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brings his campaign to Baltimore.

Sanders will host a rally Saturday afternoon at Royal Farms Arena. The event was originally planned for Druid Hill Park, but predictions of rain prompted the change.

Ben Jealous, the former head of the NAACP, and actor Danny Glover will also appear.

Then on Saturday evening, Sanders will take part in a “Community Conversation on Young Men of Color.” Jealous, Glover and the Rev. Jamal Bryant will also participate in the event at the Memorial Church of God in Christ in Baltimore.

He’ll also campaign Saturday afternoon in Wilmington, Delaware. Both Maryland and Delaware have presidential primaries Tuesday.

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