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8,140 posts. Alias of Doodlebug Anklebiter.


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And the Bundys got off?!? Man, what a day!

And, is it just me, or are all the articles I'm seeing about "Bill Clinton, Inc." establish that the Clintons and their friends actually did profit substantially from Clinton Foundation activities?

But, actually, it leads to my next bit...

Erica Garner blasts Clinton campaign over discussions staffers had about her father’s death in WikiLeaks emails

Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Hillary Clinton isn't Bernie Sanders, but I've got news for you... Sanders wasn't the perfect candidate either. He absolutely sucked when it came to relating to anyone whose skin wasn't as pale as his was. And that's important in anyone going to lead this country.
This...seems like a bit of an overstatement.

It's also irrelevant. I highly doubt Citizen Healer was a Bernie voter.

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Spastic Puma wrote:
Just got (angrily) called a regressive leftist Marxist by a student while TAing at my university. Thought you might be pleased to hear that, Comrade.

Oh? Do tell.

As I understand it, and I may not, the term is one used by right-wing atheist Islamophobes.

Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:

In other news WTFery, Alex Jones says Billy Bush was a CIA deep mole to set up Trump.

Warning: If this is your first experience of Alex Jones, best not to look the Abyss head on, sorta observe in your peripheral vision until the SAN drain dulls your brain pain.

This election has provided some great Alex Jones memes/videos.

Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

New Hampshire hasn't gone Republican since Al Gore. I'll take bets that it goes to Clinton. To make the chances more even, know that I am working against myself and will be campaigning for Jill Stein.

If you want, we can even do the whole "if-I'm-wrong-I-will-vacate-Paizo-for-four-years" thing I did last time.

And what would life be without our token Red Radical?

There's two of us now [Fistbumps Comrade Fergie]

Anyway, we can bet something else. Like I have to parade around in my red speedos for a week or something.

Oh, and I never brought it up, and it occurs to me, I don't think I ever saw a thread or even a post (?) about the Flint, Michigan water scandal, but, smaller and whiter, my hometown gets the Erin Brockovich treatment.

I'll probably be dead soon.

Does Your Drinking Water Come From the Merrimack Village District Water System in New Hampshire?

Tom Hayden, Civil Rights and Antiwar Activist Turned Lawmaker, Dies at 76

Wasn't a big fan, myself, but maybe some of my readers were.

Although, he did date Jane Fonda...

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New Hampshire hasn't gone Republican since Al Gore. I'll take bets that it goes to Clinton. To make the chances more even, know that I am working against myself and will be campaigning for Jill Stein.

If you want, we can even do the whole "if-I'm-wrong-I-will-vacate-Paizo-for-four-years" thing I did last time.

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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:
Sheesh. It's crap like this that makes me wonder if the energy industry didn't some how have a hand in this election process...
The website reporting this is not exactly a neutral observer.

You can't be neutral on a moving train, as Comrade Zinn said, once upon a time.

Daily Kos article on the same subject, but it's written by a guy going by the name of "Navajo,"so I doubt s/he's completely detached and disinterested.

Cops jail 141 in ND: Even more 'water protectors' step up to the frontline, citing 1851 treaty

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Running Subtheme: Standing Rock


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Haven't had a chance to go through the past two days' posts, alas, but a couple articles on Social Security:

Hillary Clinton And Wall Street: Financial Industry May Control Retirement Savings In A Clinton Administration

and, Blackstone's Tony James Touting What Looks Like Clinton's Scheme to Gut Social Security

Maybe, without banging-intern scandals, Hillary will be able to pull off what Bill couldn't.

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UNITE-HERE Local 26: 1000+ #SupportTheStrike March Oct 22

A few of the incredible images taken today as more than 1,000 people joined Harvard dining hall workers on Day 18 of their historic strike. Workers and their allies are needing to take it to the streets to get what they need to survive from the wealthiest university on the planet.

The rain let up just before we got there and didn't come back until the walk back to the car.

Young Gay Autistic Comrade was, once again, verbally attacked by a bunch of idiot student liberals for his outfit. They claimed that he looked "too militant," "fascistic" and that his Soviet military hat made him look like "a Nazi." When I pointed out to them that Nazis and communists were on opposite side of the spectrum, they said they didn't want our support. I then asked them if they were dining hall workers. When they said, no, I then pointed to my Teamsters pin, then pointed over to the flatbed truck from which the union leaders were speaking, and how it read "Teamsters Local 25." Later, my local president gave a pretty good speech (made me feel guilty for voting against him in the national election) and pledged $10,000 to the UNITE-HERE 26 strike fund and the idiot student liberals didn't say anything after that.

There were also sizable contingents from up and down the east coast, including one from Atlantic City with t-shirts reading "Trump Taj Mahal: I Held the Line Against Carl Icahn." They were pretty spirited despite having, as Comrade X reported above, having lost their jobs.

Leftist Bingo-wise, lots of Taafeites, Cliffites and Marcyites, and three Spart sympathizers that I hadn't seen in, oh, 20 or so years. One of them was uncomfortable, one of them asked hostile questions, but the last, who got me a job in an industrial print shop back in the day, stopped and talked to me about old times for awhile.

Anyway, pretty good rally.

Shame! Shame! Shame on Harvard!

But does he draw a more significantly working-class group than the Democratic primary candidates?

Based on, as I said, months-old data presented in this article, it doesn't look like it, but I am sure there other articles and other polls.

I guess I just take umbrage at a letter to "The (White?) Working Class" from a "College-Educated" poster who pops up every election cycle to suggest that we need to raise the Social Security retirement age in order to balance the budget.


Fergie wrote:

Dear "College Educated America", please take the pompous attitude and neo-liberalism that has been pucking over the vast majority for decades, and shove it where the sun don't shine.

You're welcome.

People who work for a living.

A couple months old, but interesting nonetheless:

The Mythology Of Trump’s ‘Working Class’ Support
His voters are better off economically compared with most Americans.

Yes, but according to the exit polls cited in the NBC article above, black voters under 30 voted for Sanders 52% to 47%.

Which might not mean much in the grand scheme of things (apparently, they're expecting low turnout among such voters as compared with the two elections in which Obama ran), but it is what I was talking about.

Oh, crazy, Guardian article on the same question published today:

Why should we trust you? Hillary's big problem with young black Americans

Full disclosure: written by a contributor to Socialist Worker.

Orfamay Quest wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
I was wondering to myself,[...] why all the black activists I've worked with over the past couple of years were Sanders supporters.
Sampling bias.

Thank you, I understand that "based on the people I know" isn't scientifically sound. Was surprised, however, to discover that "based on the people I know" ended up being in line with national trends.

BigDTBone wrote:
I totally need to start a fundamentalist / alt-right party for the express purpose of siphoning votes away from the GOP.

Interesting article:

Donald Trump’s Mormon Problem

Which came out, I think, before Evan McMullin threw his hat in the ring.

Irontruth wrote:
Hillary Clinton's campaign employs more black women than any other presidential campaign in US history.

Found this article through the links:

Huge Split Between Older and Younger Blacks in the Democratic Primary

I was wondering to myself, a couple of pages ago, if minority, i.e., black, voters were so overwhelmingly in favor of Hillary, why all the black activists I've worked with over the past couple of years were Sanders supporters. In retrospect, though, they were all under 30.

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Well, I don't know what Citizen Lurker was referring to. It might have been a general question about gridlock, but since it came after my post about Schumer's public and Clinton's private talk about lowering the corporate tax rate so that the kleptocrats will bring their offshore money home, I chose to interpret it in regards to that and was pointing out that Schumer's already citing Ryan that they've got bipartisan support.

Digging through the links, Schumer's been working with Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) for about a year to get a similar bipartisan gift to the American capitalist class off the ground.


CBDunkerson wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Greylurker wrote:
Thing is even if Clinto wins, without a Democrate majority in the Senate aren't you just looking are more political gridlock?

I'll take a political gridlock than having a person who can't keep his composure for an hour with his mitts on the nuclear codes. Or the ability to appoint 1-3 judges to the Supreme Court who has clearly stated his intention to have Roe V. Wade off the books.

And if the Republicans continue to play the game of obstruction, it's going to cost them in the long run.

Not to mention... odds are currently running about 3:1 for Democrats to retake the Senate.

Still a stretch that they could also capture the House, and they won't have a fillibuster proof majority in the Senate... so there will still be obstruction and gridlock, but Clinton should be able to make reasonable progress.

Besides, according to Schumer, Ryan's down with giving in to the capital strike, too.

I don't know. Articles I've read said that Nader voters in Florida, when asked who they voted for in '96, an equal percentage said they voted for Clinton as said they voted for Dole, while more of them said they voted for Perot.


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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Two more from the Podesta leaks:

The Intercept:

Hillary Clinton Privately Pitched Corporations on “Really Low” Tax Rate for Money Stashed Abroad

I guess that's the ol' public position/private position at work.

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer Says Top Priority for Next Year Is Giant Corporate Tax Cut

"Revenue-starved Democratic leaders have broadly hinted they are prepared to cave, either for a “holiday” period or permanently.

"In an exchange with CNBC’s John Harwood, Schumer confirmed that the latter is in fact in the works. When Harwood asked Schumer if 'it would be a permanent lower rate, not a holiday rate,' Schumer replied, 'Yes, you can’t do a one-shot deal.'"

When I have some more free time I should look up our previous conversation from years ago, maybe, about the capital strike.

Running Subtheme: Education Reform

Black Folk Hate White Tears and Blatant Racism More Than Charter Schools

NAACP calls for a moratorium on charter schools in this oddly titled article.

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Didn't see any of this one, was at a meeting in Worcester where the comrades were planning their "Who's Afraid of Jill Stein?" public meeting next week, but I did just run into this article:

Who Needs to Make Anti-American Propaganda? Iran Is Just Broadcasting These Horrific Debates.

66-Year-Old Woman Shot, Killed by Police in Bronx Home: NYPD

Let them eat risotto!

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Orfamay Quest wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Well this, plus Wikileaks quotes that the Clinton campaign didn't want to run against Jeb because there was little in his economic plan the Clinton campaign disagreed with, bodes pretty ominously for a "progressive" Clinton presidency.

The American population doesn't want "progressive." That's the mistake the Democrats made for more than 20 years (between 1968 and 1992).

You're probably right, but there seem to be quite a few liberals, some in this thread, who have spent a lot of time claiming, for example, that Bernie pulled her to the left, etc., etc.

Four- to eight-more years of neoliberal austerity coming your way, America. Start building your strike funds and community organizations now.

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Well, her follow up paragraph is pretty notable, can't say I'm surprised it isn't quoted as often:

"But the other basket -- and I know this because I see friends from all over America here -- I see friends from Florida and Georgia and South Carolina and Texas -- as well as, you know, New York and California -- but that other basket of people are people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they're just desperate for change. It doesn't really even matter where it comes from. They don't buy everything he says, but he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different. They won't wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroin, feel like they're in a dead-end. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well."

(Can't believe I've made a semi-pro Hillary post.)

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thecursor wrote:

I was very Center Right and even as the party got crazier and crazier, I tried defending it and defending it.

The straw that broke me was Trump getting the nomination. As much as I don't like Hillary, I looked at her platform, saw a lot of Center Right stuff that I used to count on from the Republicans and decided that given my choices, I had to hold my nose and vote for her.

I'm sorry, if this is the Republican Party now, this is where I get off the train.

(Pardon me, Citizen Cursor, for using your post.)

Well this, plus Wikileaks quotes that the Clinton campaign didn't want to run against Jeb because there was little in his economic plan the Clinton campaign disagreed with, bodes pretty ominously for a "progressive" Clinton presidency.

Zuckerman v. Hoffa: Can a “Pissed-off Teamster” Push Out the Incumbent?

Jim Beam whiskey makers go on strike

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Conservative Anklebiter wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Conservative Anklebiter wrote:
You can throw a bunch of crap at a wall but not all of it is gonna stick.
We'll defer to a goblins expert opinion in that area...
Watching Comrade Anklebiter teaches me all sorts of things.

Woah, bro, talking shiznit about me behind my back?

I'm telling mom.

Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
Someone else mentioned that after Clinton is sworn in, Obama can stick around as her Anger Translator.

Running Subtheme From Other Thread

Harvard Dining Hall Strike

As a goblin, I must say, fighting dirty isn't about cowardice, it's about all my opponents are twice my size.

Running Subtheme: Standing Rock

About 40 minutes of Democracy Now! coverage starting here.

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Spastic Puma wrote:
Whoa man, Trump has been for LGBT rights all his life, okay? He's not a flip flopper like HRC
I actually haven't found any indication that the Observer has a pro-Trump line.

But now I have:

All in the family: New York Observer endorses Trump

Some, but not all, of the same ground covered in Chicago Tribune who, for the record, have endorsed Gary Johnson after their GOP pick, Rubio, got cut.

Spastic Puma wrote:
Whoa man, Trump has been for LGBT rights all his life, okay? He's not a flip flopper like HRC

I actually haven't found any indication that the Observer has a pro-Trump line. In fact, I wouldn't have even known it was owned by his son-in-law if they didn't run disclaimers every now and then. But then again, I admit, I only read their articles when they come across my feed.

More generally, I've heard some commentators opine that the WikiLeaks stash are gonna be studied for a long time as documentary evidence of how a successful presidential campaign operates. So far, I've enjoyed watching how talking points her staffers came up with last year have been successfully disseminated. For example,

"Earlier in Clinton's campaign, emails from October 2015 show staff trying to build a defense for their candidate's late arrival on supporting gay marriage, and her history of supporting 1996's Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Again, Clinton campaign staff had to figure out how to defend her on something she actually believes in. 'I'm not saying double down or ever say it again,. I'm just saying that she's not going to want to say that she was wrong about that, given she and her husband believe it and have repeated it many times. Better to reiterate evolution, opposition to DOMA when court considered it, and forward looking stance.'"

Also interesting are Bill Clinton's comments from 2000 when he opined that he was more in line with the "gay agenda" than she was and that she was "really a little put off by some of this stuff."

More Wikifun:

Trump's son-in-law's paper on Clinton campaign staffers' efforts to create a narrative where Hillary doesn't look like a flip-flopping bigot.

WikiLeaks Exposes Clinton’s LGBT Support as Scripted Political Expediency

What Hillary Clinton Privately Told Goldman Sachs

I haven't gotten around to reading them myself, but I ran across this part:

"'We’re in a time in Syria,' she said, 'where they’re not finished killing each other . . . and maybe you just have to wait and watch it.'"

and was reminded of our discussion in the Syria intervention thread on what I dubbed the Luttwalk Thesis.

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