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    BLACK PEOPLE, DON'T BE FOOLS - A VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON IS JUST SHORT OF A VOTE FOR DONALD TRUMP

    Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

    BLACK PEOPLE, DON'T BE FOOLS - A VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON IS JUST SHORT OF A VOTE FOR DONALD TRUMP

     

    I wrote the article below in October of 2007 when Hillary Clinton was running against the, then, Senator Barack Obama - and BEFORE I had thoroughly researched Bill Clinton's political history and how he had signed the most draconian crime bill in the history of the United States and created the prison industrial complex that led to the mass incarceration of Black people, and substituted building prisons in lieu of urban housing developments for the poor - and this is NOT just an allegation. Once he and Hillary decided that they wanted to get back into the White House, Bill went before the NAACP and apologized for it. Yet, now, in 2016, Hillary is depending on the Black community to give her the Democratic nomination to run for President of the United States. If we do that, we're idiots, and our minds are still chained next to the mule that we were tied to in the 18th Century. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/hillary-clinton-1994-crime-bill-led-mass-incarceration-article-1.2594729.

     

    Black people were conned into giving Bill Clinton our full and passionate support after he went on the Arsenio Hall Show in dark glasses and a saxophone.  We even started calling him "The First Black President." Then some of the first things he did after he was elected was cut Black people's throats by throwing Black men in prison, sending our jobs overseas, and taking away the much needed assistance of poor Black people by throwing them off of welfare, just to prove that he wasn't "soft on coons."  We've been conned once, let's not be stupid enough to let it happen again.  Hillary Clinton was an ardent supporter of Barry Goldwater, a man who pledged to rescind the Civil Rights Act if elected, and nothing has changed about her. As a member of the Walmart board of Directors for 6 years, she didn't lift a finger while Walmart was dragging their workers through the mud. And during the 2008 primaries Bill Clinton told Ted Kennedy of Barack Obama, "A few years ago this guy would have been carrying our bags."  So if Black people do turn out to be stupid enough to give Hillary the nomination, when we start whining over the inevitable consequences, America should give us a resounding, "SHUT THE HELL UP!"

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    Never Quite Good Enough

    In 2008, Hillary Clinton was the first serous female candidate and the first to ever win a presidential primary, eventually racking up 23 of them and arguably winning the popular vote, losing to the rising star of the party by only 97 pledged delegates, while only falling behind in superdelegates a month from the finish.

    Throughout the primary campaign, Clinton was labeled as "inevitable", in lieu of her husband's presidency and her party connections, often as a pejorative accusing her of feeling entitled. Missing from this simplified equation was that many Democratic leaders had condemned her husband's actions, that he'd been impeached, that the 2000 election was largely about "Clinton fatigue" with many "liberal" media figures regularly slamming both Clintons' actions and reputation, and he didn't even have the coattails to pull his VP over the line.

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    Making the right moves - Clinton takes steps to the White House

    Hillary Clinton is the odds-on favorite to succeed Barack Obama as President. Despite historically high unfavorable ratings and being the ultimate insider in the year of the outsider, the prize remains hers for the taking. The electorate dislikes Donald Trump even more and the vagaries of the electoral college in recent years bespeak a pro-Democratic bias.

    But the road to the White House will not be smooth for Clinton. Trump the Insult Reality Show Politician ran roughshod over the Republican field and is now training all his fire on "Crooked Hillary." Meanwhile, she has yet to dispatch the still-dangerous, albeit mortally wounded, Bernie Sanders.

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    Posting a candidate's taxes matters

    There are currently three contenders for the Office of President of the United States.  Only one has posted her taxes (for the preceding 10 years).  Donald first said he would; then said (today) that it is none of George Stephanopolis' business (and by implication, US voters as well).  Bernie posted an abridged 2014 return, and stated that he would only release others if Hillary would publish the texts of her speeches to Wall Street groups.  Bernie"s speeches in Nicaragua and Cuba have not been released, nor Donald's speeches, which very likely would surprise his base.

    Ryan will pimp for Trump

     

    I've been laboring under the misconception that the rise of Donald Trump says something new about our Presidential election process and the Republican party itself. But in retrospect, the fact that Trump ran hard right in the primaries and will try to move to the center in the general election does not seem to be a structural change in the Republican party or the behavior of its registered voters. True, Trump is extreme, but the fact that he is more intense does not negate the fact that he extended trend lines well established by his forebears.

    Bernie and the HBCUs

    Bernie Sanders had an enormous challenge in gaining traction among black voters. Historically, blacks have not felt that they were important to many Progressive groups. The usual response from some Progressive groups is that the issue being discussed impacts the poor, blacks are poor, they will benefit from our program, The  Progressive assumption is well-intentioned, but it lacks nuance. A prime example of this miscommunication is Sanders plan for free education.Influential politician James Clyburn complemented Sanders on the dedicated to poverty and unemployment

    Nebraska votes (again)

    As if to point out the bizarreness of caucuses, Nebraska offers both a primary and a caucus too.

    Bernie won the caucus 2 months ago by a fairly large margin, though with superdelegates Hillary came out only 2 behind, with 2 more left to be selected.

                                                             Hillary        (delegates)        Bernie       (delegates)

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    AND ME, I'M AL FRANKEN

     

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    We have nuts in this part of the good ole US of A. hahahah
    We had a guy who told us all about Atlantis in the 19th century. 

    Sadiq Khan, Muslim Mayor of London

    Sadiq Khan, winning Labor Party candidate for Mayor of London, and Parliament member.

    In the Parliamentary (no Presidential vote) system, in his run for the office of mayor, he received the most votes (1.3 million) of any candidate in history in the UK.

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    OBAMA GIVES A SPEECH AT HOWARD UNIVERSITY

     

     

    This guy knows how to talk.

    I am blogging too much lately. 

    Must be a feeling of self importance? ha

    But this speech.

    What was it? Forty five minutes in length or more?

    You gotta hear this.

    I LOVE THIS GUY!

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    MEATHEAD TRIUMPHS OVER T-RUMP

     

    REINER: The words that have been flung out from his mouth are insane. If he was not a celebrity, if Donald Trump was not a celebrity, the words that come out of his mouth, you’d see a guy in a park, a lunatic in a park on a soapbox, and you’d walk right by him. But the fact that he is a celebrity, all of a sudden, we’re all interested.

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    THE GOSPEL OF WATTREEISM: MY BIBLE IS ONLY ONE PAGE LONG, AND IT HAS ONLY THREE COMMANDMENTS

    Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

     
    THE GOSPEL OF WATTREEISM
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    MY BIBLE IS ONLY ONE PAGE LONG, AND IT HAS ONLY THREE COMMANDMENTS
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    1). LIVE THE BEST LIFE YOU CAN.
    2). HELP OTHERS WHENEVER YOU CAN.
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    3). MIND YOUR OWN DAMN BUSINESS.
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    BLACK PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT SLAVERY
    IS A THING OF PAST, BUT OUR MINES ARE FAR FROM FREE

     

    Black people were taught the Christian 'faith' while they had us tied up next to the mules, and our mentors were actively in the process of annihilating as many 100 million Native Americans while they were teaching us to "Love thy neighbor." So we've got to learn to think for ourselves.
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    As I write, many of us are currently voting for continued White supremacy because our "Christian" brain-drenching has taught us to believe that "The Lord" wants us too. We're falling all over one another to be the first to vote for a woman whose husband created the most draconian crime bill in the history of the United States, and used prisons as a urban housing program for Black people - and, with her full support. So if Black people don’t come to their senses we’re going to end up with a choice between Zig and Zag. Zig is Donald Trump, and Zag is Hillary Clinton. To paraphrase Mort Sahl back in the sixties, the only difference between the two is if Donald ‘Zig’ Trump sees a Black child lying in the street, he’d simply order his chauffeur to run over him. If Hillary ‘Zag’ Clinton saw the kid, she’d also order her chauffeur to run over him, but she’d weep, and go apologize to the NAACP, after she felt the bump.  So where are our brains? I'll tell you where they are - they're still tied up next to that mule in the 18th Century.
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    So that's right, I’ve developed  my own Gospel, my own truth, and not a word of it comes from the mouth of another man. I pay absolutely no attention to man. I determine God's will not by what man says, but what God has done. So my religion allows you to stay in bed and hug your wife on Sunday mornings, and then spend the rest of the day enjoying your children instead of being mandated to get up and suffer through a paid spoken-word concert by some guy who doesn't know any more about God than you do. And we have no rituals, 'Born Again' hypocrites - or those people who use religion as a God-approved pretext to hate everybody who don't look, think, and act like they do - to contend with. While we don't wish them any harm, it is our belief that the world would be a lot better off if many of these 'Born Again' people wouldn't have been born the first time. And we don't believe that the very human philosopher, Jesus of Nazareth, would approve of such people at all. And finally, there's absolutely no begging in my religion - so there's not a preacher in sight. Thus, my religion is Heaven right here on Earth.
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    Bernie calls for a revolution

    America is broken. The problems are numerous. Banks, Wall Street Bankers, Hedge funds, big banks too big to fail, corporations, and rich bankers. Business as usual will not solve our problems. We need a Revolution. A Revolution of The People, The People who are democratic senators. The People who are democratic representatives. The People who are democratic governors and democratic mayors. The People who are democratic super delegates.

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    T-RUMP TRIUMPHS?

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    I cannot help it.

    No one else is doing this.

    But I just witnessed the strangest set of events I have ever seen.

    Is T-Rump the worst American ever?

    No.

    Hell, I watched George Wallace tell us Segregation Now, Segregation Forever.

    Obama's Smart War?

    Recent announcements of attacks on ISIS paint a picture of a rogue group of militants finally on the run, getting their come-uppance as it were (being "brought to heel", since I'm not running for office?). Defeated in battle, having $800 million in cash destroyed, even having the US turn up the heat on their famed social media advocacy (helped by rock star hackers Anonymous).

    After 7 years of maintaining and extending the Bush Doctrine to new countries, and tip-toeing around the Syrian conflict, has Obama finally found his groove, his not a "dumb war", but a smart war, one that has at least tangible benefits to what most people see as something worth fighting for?

    Hillary Releases Transcript

    Okay, not that one, but the Bejing one, but as bonus, you can find one of the Goldman Sachs videos below sans transcript. In the meantime, to answer Nancy Fraser (via Trkingmomoe):

    Horse Latitudes

    There's been a lot of discussion lately regarding fracking, obscene oil profits, and the need to funnel part of this largesse into social programs and needed improvements. Oil companies and their lobbyists are seen as immoral and exploitive, and the taint of money from any of these sources is an overriding theme to this campaign season. Moreso, as they're seen as the culprits both behind our endless Middle East wars and the growing concerns of global warming and greenhouse gases, with calls to phase out fossil fuels now, not later.

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    Potentially Fatal Mistakes and the Necessary Correctives

    042415_caseyclinton_600A year ago political insiders expected Hillary Clinton to waltz to the Democratic nomination.  Last July, Five Thirty Eight's Nate Silver opined Clinton might well win every primary except the first two.  Things didn't turn out quite that way.

    Clinton had to weather a surprisingly strong primary challenge from a self-described democratic socialist.  Weather it she did thanks to overwhelming support from both "strong" and "weak" Democrats.  Anxious moments came courtesy of "independent Democrats," among whom Bernie Sanders has a 10 point edge, and independents who prefer Sanders by a 5 to 1 margin.  Young voters, those least likely to register with either major party, have mostly abandoned Clinton.  The under-30 cohort favors Sanders by more than 3 to 1.

    Yeah, they have more money

    Hemingway's famous reply to Fitzgerald's "the very rich are different from you and me"

    Does being part of the 1% make you evil?

    Of course not. But it calls attention to the fact that we 99% are stupid. Not because we haven't executed our current versions of  Marie Antoinette. That  didn't provide any cake for the Paris poor.But because we've permitted the tax code to degrade to the extent that when a Susan Wojcicki earns an extra thousand dollars she'll pay the same $300 or so as her secretary.

    Who's Susan  Wojcicki?  I thought you'd never ask.

    Jane plays victim card

    So Jane Sanders goes on Fox to agree with Donald about how unfair the delegate process is.

    Let's see how hypocritical that stance is. Her big complaint is about closed primaries. But Hillary's won 11 open primaries yugely including semi-open Ohio, while Bernie won Michigan by the skin of his teeth (1%/17000 votes). New Hampshire was a closed primary, Oklahoma and Rhode Island semi-closed, but Vermont & Wisconsin were open - kudos, 2 open primary wins, finally.

    I'm Voting Your Vajayjay

    I've been a bit bewildered from the start - when people frame the election in terms of "voting your vagina", I expected a rousing round of "Hell yes!" At least I would, ever since I was 8 or 9 or so. I of course vote and think with my dick too, so it might be a bit conflicted, but "I'm in" was the expected response.

    STELLA !

    The campaign will be a three month revival of "Street Car".

    Trump represents Joe Lunchpail (R)  and scorns the Washington leadership.

    Hillary knows what Nancy Pelosi is going to say before she does. But thinks his millennial  women  worked  for Bernie to meet guys. (OK, I know that's what  Gloria and Madelyn think )

    One is terrifying  and the other's pushing  her "sell by" date. 

    Heaven help us! At least Hillary knows better than to rely on the kindness of strangers,

    Anyway, I'm glad she won.

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    PATTON OSWALT LOSES THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE

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    I like this guy. He is about 6 to 8 years older than my kids and I began seeing his gigs on cable over the last 15 years.

    It is hard to gage the issue concerning time in these days. I mean, you might pick up something on cable that is fifteen years old and not even know it is a decade and a half ago.

    Louis CK has fun discussing his new family. Louis CK had his life and his riffs change forever.

    Comics change, if they are worth a damn.

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