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April 7, 2016

I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to our center right friends......

that if they will stop telling lies about us, we will stop telling the truth about them.

My deepest apologies to Adlai Stevenson--and no one else.

April 7, 2016

Hillary's not even sure Hillary's a Democrat

She's said her politics are rooted in the conservatism (Republican) in which she was raised.

She was in Republican politics from at least the age of 13 through being President of the College Republicans of Wellesley, perhaps the most liberal school in the nation at the time

Despite what she claims, I was able to find no evidence that she became a Democrat until she met Bill.

She and Bill both were founding members--she the only female founding member--of the Democratic Leadership Council, an organization founded to unmoor the Democratic Party from its New Deal and Great Society roots and take to the right and she traveled abroad with Al From to spread that gospel, perhaps succeeding most with Tony Blair. The "more electible" Third Way gave us historic losses at the federal, state and local levels in both 2010 and 2014.

Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, has never veered from traditional Democratic principles, except that his foreign policy is better than that of LBJ and probably Truman.

In name only was Bernie not a Democrat--and he is one in name as well now. http://www.democraticunderground.com/128018753

As a Democrat since the age of four, I would much rather vote for a candidate who has followed traditional Democratic principles all his life than one who tried hard to turn the Democratic Party into something other than it always was.

April 6, 2016

State Senate Special Election April 12, 2016

Has anyone looked into the candidates running for the State Senate Special Election on April 12? Does anyone know who is the most left? I've looked at a couple of the websites for the individual candidates, but they don't tell me much that I find especially useful.


This actually highlights an issue: Anthony Petrucelli vacated this seat to become a lobbyist, which means Massachusetts doesn't even have a waiting period prior to the revolving door. As Daschle and others have proven, the rule federal rule can be "worked around," but shouldn't Massachusetts at least have a rule?

April 6, 2016

Donation Links for Democratic Campaigns

These are my favorite donation links so far.


DU link https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/duforbernie

JPR link https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/jackpineradicals4bernie

Tim Canova

DU link https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/du4timcanova

JPR link https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/jpr4timcanova

David Sparks (DUer: votesparks; AFAIK, no DU link for a DUer!) https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/jpr4sparks

If you know of any others you recommend, please post them on this thread. THANK YOU!

April 6, 2016

Enough already of the anti-Bernie conspiracy theories from the moonbat Bernie Bros!


So, last night, U. S. Senator Bernie Sanders handily won an important victory over U.S. Secretary Hillary "Inevitable Since 2006" Rodham Clinton. The next big primary state is New York, where Hillary recently started campaigning against Bernie's gun record.


So, naturally, the front page of this morning's Daily News covered the most important story from yesterday's national news thus:

But, have establishment politicians and establishment media actually been working against Sanders? Of course not, you Sillies! Stop whining, ffs!








Coordinated campaign against Bernie's supporters:http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1280&pid=104497 and http://jackpineradicals.org/showthread.php?3326-IGNORANT-Bernie-Bros-must-END-their-name-calling!!!&highlight=Boston+Globe

And, Oh! so many, many more.

Not to mention all the stories about who might/would enter the race to save America and the world from Bernie Damn Sanders.* Will our super hero be Biden? Kerry? Bloomberg.

For the love of God, won't someone please save the world from another New Deals/Fair Deal Democrat!


Cross post at Jackpine Radicals http://jackpineradicals.org/showthread.php?8269-Enough-already-of-the-anti-Bernie-conspiracy-theories-from-the-moonbat-Bernie-Bros!&p=48154#post48154
April 5, 2016

Alerting in groups.

The only way to alert group hosts, and only group hosts, to someone posting on a thread is to: (1) alert on an OP, no matter how wonderful or how old, and then add remarks that tell the hosts that the OP is just fine, but please look at these Reply ##s on this thread.

If I am getting trolled on a thread I start in the Bernie Group, I get a notice saying the alert will go directly to the administrators because I seem to be alerting on my own OP, even though I am not doing that in reality. Same if the OP I seem to be alerting on (because I have no other choice) is a day or two old, but the posts on the that thread that I want the hosts to look at are not.

I don't have any problem whatever with admins seeing my alert: I assume they are always able to see whatever they want to see on their own board, anyway. My question is, does that alert go only to the administrators, or will the group hosts also receive the alert? And, if the group hosts don't also receive the alert, why don't they? If someone is abusing the host alert function, the group hosts can deal with it by blocking. By the same token, all the group hosts are not always around, so using DU mail to alert group hosts is cumbersome.

Thanks for whatever info you can give.

April 5, 2016

Let's establish what is and is not a personal attack.

Hillary's claiming that Bernie has been lying about her (or anything) repeatedly is a personal attack.

Hillary's surrogates bringing up Bernie's religion on TV and radio over and over is a very low kind of personal attack (and, oh so, pre-JFK) and against the values set forth in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and many SCOTUS cases. http://jackpineradicals.org/entry.php?209-Democratic-Primary-2016-Will-religious-bigotry-work-this-time

Commenting on Hillary's age or appearance as has been done countless times to Sanders (though not by Hillary), would be a personal attack.

Hillary's saying that Bernie's proposals are unrealistic and unattainable is not a personal attack. It's false and requires nuanced rebuttal, but it's not a personal attack.

Bernie's saying that Hillary has received lots of money from the Rich and they just may expect some consideration in return is not a personal attack, again, true or not. That plutocrats have bought and sold Washington, D.C. and other countries so that society is not just to everyone is at the core of Sanders' campaign. if the Clintons exemplify that, American voters should know.

Please feel free to add your own examples.

April 3, 2016

Which do you care about most:

1. The full tax return of a Senator earning $174,000 a year and commuting between Washington D.C. and Vermont

2 The connections between the Clinton Foundation and donations from foreign nations when Hillary was Secretary of State

3. The transcripts of Hillary's $200,000 a pop speeches to the likes of Goldman Sachs?

You may choose more than one. You may also add your own categories. I invite you to elaborate, if you wish.

April 2, 2016

You missed the point. It's about party unity, not about who is getting called names.

The objective is party unity, which, let's not be coy, is a nicer way of Hillary supporters saying "Vote for Hillary in 2016, no matter what" because they have assumed for years that she will be the 2016 nominee. I hope with all my being that the fix that has been in since 2008 will fail, but that is another story.

For party unity, no one needs to win over the Bernie supporters who are already resigned to biting a bullet or holding their respective noses or whatever they have to do to vote for Hillary, if she is the nominee. The Bernie supporters they need to win over for "party unity" ARE the "Bernie or Bust" supporters and only the "Bernie or Bust" supporters ("Bernie or Bust" being imprecise shorthand for those who will not vote for Hillary no matter what, whether they go Green or other party or stay home or leave the top of the ticket blank or write in Bernie).

I do understand the distinction between "You are bonkers" and "Your decision is bonkers." Still, neither is likely to be useful in achieving party unity. Quite the opposite, in fact. IOW, though phrases like that are red meat to Hillary supporters, like those at DU, it's dumb, IMO, because it is likely to be nearly 100% counter-productive to the stated goal of party unity.

Then again, counter-productive shaming the opposition has been true of almost all Third Way attempts at party unity that I know of, Rahm being one of the more famous examples.

April 1, 2016

Let's hear it for victim cards!

The gender bias Bernie has had to fight all his life: People trust women more. Just a few sample excerpts:

Study: Why We Think Women Are More Trustworthy Than Men
By Katy Steinmetz @katysteinmetzDec. 13, 2010


In this month’s Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Marilyn Boltz and colleagues delve into the intersection of gender, speech patterns and deception. “We found that people perceive women to lie less than men and that they perceive men and women to tell different kinds of lies,” says Boltz, a professor of psychology at Haverford College. “And we found some effects of response timing.”

more at http://healthland.time.com/2010/12/13/study-why-we-think-women-are-more-trustworthy-than-men/

Why Women Are More Trusted Than Men, and How to Use Trust to Our Advantage

Vanessa HallBy Vanessa Hall “The Trust Lady” and author of The Truth About Trust in Business

In a recent survey by Management Today and the Institute of Leadership and Management, female CEOs were found to be more trusted than their male counterparts. In a number of sales training sessions I’ve attended over the years, women have been lauded as more trustworthy sales people than their male colleagues.

At the same time, women are more sensitive to trust and mistrust. In a survey I conducted through an independent researcher we found that only 1 in 20 women will deal with someone they like but do not trust, as opposed to 1 out of 5 men.

So what does this all mean for women in leadership?

more at http://theglasshammer.com/2011/03/11/why-women-are-more-trusted-than-men-and-how-to-use-trust-to-our-advantage/

Makeup Makes Women More Trusted
by Big Think Editors

What's the Latest Development?

Makeup not only enhances a woman's looks, it also increases people's perceptions of her likability, competence and trustworthiness, according to a new Harvard study. When 149 adults were shown pictures of females wearing varying degrees of makeup, they "judged women made up in varying intensities of luminance contrast (fancy words for how much eyes and lips stand out compared with skin) as more competent than barefaced women, whether they had a quick glance or a longer inspection."

more at http://theglasshammer.com/2011/03/11/why-women-are-more-trusted-than-men-and-how-to-use-trust-to-our-advantage/

Of course, results of studies of this kind often vary, so google for the study that best fits the card you want to play at the moment in question.

BTW, I am not excited about electing a victim the most powerful person in the world. You?

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