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  1. If you ever treat your sidekick or love interest in a condescending, rude, or belittling manner, they will eventually convert to super-villainy, or at least assist a super-villain.


    If you are always supportive, generous and respectful, odds are still better than 50/50 that said sidekick or love interest will descend into supervillain-hood.


    Axiom: successful superheroes do not have or wish to have sidekicks or love interests.

  2. http://www.snopes.com/politics/clintons/achievements.asp


    One more and I'm out - snopes claims this quote is false also.  When a journalist asked HRC what her greatest accomplishment as Secretary of State was, she responded:


    "Well, I'm glad you asked! My proudest accomplishment in which I take the most pride, mostly because of the opposition it faced early on, you know… the remnants of prior situations and mindsets that were too narrowly focused in a manner whereby they may have overlooked the bigger picture and we didn’t do that and I’m proud of that. Very proud.  I would say that’s a major accomplishment."
    More or less a stream of incoherent babble, it is hard to believe someone in the public eye for so long would utter it.  But she did.  I watched it live.  I remember it distinctly.  It created severe doubt in my mind that this woman is ready for the nation's highest office.  Apparently, I imagined the whole incident. . . . ?
  3. For one thing, they themselves said they would be.  Over the past 18 months, whenever the subject of DNC bias came up, Schultz would publicly and repeatedly say "no, our job is to be neutral throughout the primaries."  Now we see a portion of her emails, including one in the midst of the primary season stating "He [sanders] isn't going to be President."  If collusion is not quite the correct term, then we can go with rank hypocrisy, sure.

  4. Those are the sorts of emails that need to be found to make your case.  There are 20 thousand emails; if there is a smoking gun it is probably in there somewhere ... and if there isn't a gun then there probably wasn't a shooting.  Really, does it make sense that the DNC could pressure/bribe all the media bodies you say they did and have none of them turn around make a story out of it?  "Hey, Debbie Wasserman Schultz just offered me a bunch of stuff if I would ignore Sanders and focus on Clinton!  I'm totally not going to make front page article about the meeting we just had!"  Does that sound like the world you live it?

    I partially agree - obviously there was a build-up of bad blood between the DNC and Sanders over time.  There does not to my knowledge appear to be any evidence of outright bribes.  But there are hundreds of emails disparaging Bernie and/or figuring out how to put Clinton in a positive light.  Again, I listed one example.  Collusion in my book.


    The DNC did issue a formal apology:


    "On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email. These comments do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nomination process. The DNC does not — and will not — tolerate disrespectful language exhibited towards our candidates. Individual staffers have also rightfully apologized for their comments, and the DNC is taking appropriate action to ensure it never happens again."  http://www.theverge.com/2016/7/25/12279134/dnc-apology-leaks-bernie-sanders


    But of course this is complete spin trying to make it sound like a few isolated incidents and not a systemic problem.  When the chair herself was the primary instigator!  Breathtaking duplicity and audacity, imo.

  5. RPG Net is discussing the leak and the consensus is that there is nothing there other than the usual stuff you would hear around the water cooler. Additionally they don't trust Wikileaks or the fact the Russians all of sudden sent this out in the world


    It is the kind of water cooler talk you would hear in any campaign hq - but these are from the DNC.  The supposedly neutral arbiter whose own bylaws claim to give everyone in the party equal representation.  Of course, that gets into the 'Sanders isn't a real Democrat, he's an outsider' meme.


    Here's a specific example- a reporter from WSJ asks for the private correspondence between Sanders and Wasserman-Schultz, and the DNC Communications Director coughs it up with the inference this is some kind of payback to the Sanders camp.



    To: laura.meckler@wsj.com, PaustenbachM@dnc.org

    Date: 2016-05-06 13:25 Subject:

    RE: can you send me the letter Sanders sent the DNC?

    OFF THE RECORD, You didn’t get this from me. They didn’t send it to us before planting the story. We’re operating in good faith.


    [sigDems]<http://www.democrats.org/>Luis Miranda, Communications Director Democratic National Committee 202-***-****– MirandaL@dnc.org<mailto:MirandaL@dnc.org> – @MiraLuisDC<https://www.twitter.com/MiraLuisDC&gt;

  6. What is this numerous major media outlet thing?  I've only heard that some DNC staffers were dismissive of the Sanders's campaign in there emails with one another and one of the heads brought the idea of trying to use Sanders' religion or lack thereof against him.  That last one is pretty bad, but to date no proof has been put forward that that particular idea was ever acted upon.  So what is this about media outlets?

    It is hard to get a complete picture since the evidence of inappropriate influence on journalists was provided in the 'Guccifer' leaks last month as well as the recent Wiki leaks, and it appears to be a relative handful of the thousands of emails.  Sources are scattered all over the web, but from what I can tell the DNC leaned on or changed content to benefit HRC with: Politico, Washington Post, NBC/MSNBC, CBS Polls, CNN, and Wall Street Journal (so far).  With some of the other choice bits, a composite picture is created of a systematically biased DNC.  But this only confirms what I started to suspect a long time ago, and what Sen. Sanders likely knew would be the case even before he launched his campaign.

  7. I agree with the second part wholeheartedly (it is factually a nomination, she is the democratically elected nominee). The first two points are less clear, re: the role of DNC influencing outcome or even (less likely in my opinion) did they influence minority opinion with shenanigans.




    Coronation is how it feels to me, but that is the wrong word.  Technically, she's already been nominated, and she's simply accepting the nomination tonight (?).


    I would point out that 1) Sanders won key demographics also, running away with the youth vote http://redalertpolitics.com/2016/06/21/report-sanders-won-young-voters-clinton-trump-combined/and 2) Even if he had somehow edged out his opponent in delegates, it sure seems the superdelegates were always going to tip the balance for the presumptive nominee. 


    Likely, our country isn't ready for a 'Democratic Socialist' at the present time.  But the idea that political operators and numerous major media outlets were working together to ensure unbalanced coverage is (needless to say) deeply disturbing - in fact, corrosive of our democracy and our founding principles, which rely on a strong and independent fourth estate.  That is worrisome above and beyond this particular race.

  8. The man definitely has the gift of gab - that's why he's been such a successful politician.  But every four years we go through something like this - warm homilies and witty anecdotes to make the candidate seem personable, workaday, trustworthy; someone you can believe has your best interests at heart.  Sheer manipulation.  Sweetener to make the castor oil go down - continuing regressive tax policies, hollowing out of the middle class, and endless military engagements on the pretense of safety.  The same shell game.  Every. Four. Years.

  9. And don't forget the attempt to label Sanders supporters as 'chair-throwing' thugs based on the dubious oral vote in Nevada (imho, an act of provocateur).


    The Clinton camp ran a dirty campaign.  Sanders, the cleanest I remember seeing.  I don't really see an equivalency.  But I'm trying not to be bitter; as long as incremental steps towards his policies are actually made, I'll be happy.  If HRC ignores that pledge, she could be buried in the midterms/2020.

  10. I guess I'm in the other 10% then.  As was pointed out, the Sanders campaign won 23 contests and 46% of the pledged (not super) delegates.  And now on the heels of fairly damning evidence of manipulation and media collusion throughout the primary process, Sarah Silverman, Michelle Obama and others copped a 'tude.  Sanders delegates were treated as though they were merely sulky children in the corner, consistently misbehaving.  I literally started to get nauseous.  But Bernie means it when he says 'the struggle continues.'

  11. Well, I was offended by the religion thing - so cynical and manipulative - but that's politics in the USA of today.


    Trump, for all his many flaws, appears to be the legitimate candidate of his party in terms of votes and process.   More and more folks are wondering if the same can be said of HRC.  On other forums I've seen Sanders supporters say a one-term disastrous Trump presidency would be in our overall interest, since after the crash and burn it would lead to a reformist Congress and true progressive policies.   8 years of corporate neoliberalism wouldn't.  I'm not saying I agree with that viewpoint, but I sense an element of voter despair I can't remember seeing before.

  12. Strangely, Sanders himself didn't seem offended by the wiki leak.  He practically shrugged and said 'this doesn't surprise me at all'.  The DNC is supposed to impartially run the primary, and here they are figuring out ways to tear Bernie down, his faith (or alleged lack of faith) as one possible cheap shot, in what looks like a highly coordinated fashion.   And this is possibly the tip of a very large iceberg; this is going to be an interesting convention (if any can be said to be interesting).

  13. I thought this actual quote was lol-funny, from a business conference call earlier this week (folks from half a dozen states in attendance):


    Call Moderator: "So if you have a great idea for this project, and it comes to you in the middle of the night, even if it's 4 a.m.  . . . .well. . . .maybe email it to me later."


    (this was not a joke, she saw where the sentence was heading and took a quick detour).

  14. I suppose there were a few planks in the acceptance speech I actually responded to - the economy is rigged, our infrastructure is a disgrace, entrenched poverty in our urban cores, criticism of TPP and the other trade agreements.  But he's pretty obviously trying to peel away Sanders supporters (and said so).  And I don't remember hearing any policy solutions; just the repeated refrain of "We're gonna make it happen - BeLIEVE me."


    Ivanka was gorgeous and seemed sharp.  But that carefully modulated voice, hair flips and self-satisfied chuckle got on my nerves after a while.

  15. Sheesh, so the Trump campaign a) can't prepare or pay someone to prepare an original speech; b ) figures no-one will notice the plagiarism in this connected, digital age; c) wants to run the country.   As someone who occasionally writes speeches professionally, c'mon!  Even if the themes are similar, it doesn't take much effort to change the verbiage.

  16. It's fairly bizarre, for me anyway, to see them standing shoulder to shoulder and smiling; she's pure status quo and he semi-successfully challenged that status quo.


    Bernie takes deserved satisfaction in building a true progressive movement.  But as far as influencing the party platform?  I don't get it.  It's been compared to a New Year's resolution - nice to look at but completely non-binding and discarded as soon as it's convenient.  I can't for the life of me remember an instance in which a platform beat out political 'pragmatism', in either major party.

  17. Is there no chance of Clinton-Sanders? What stage is the actual nomination process at? I remember Bernie saying he'd support Hillary's candidacy if she won the Dem nomination: has he conceded?

    Sanders hasn't formally conceded; of course Clinton won't formally be the nominee until the July convention when the delegates vote.  Bernie just released an op-ed:




    It basically reiterates all his campaign's main priorities, and that he expects most/all of these to be present in the party platform.  Some folks are accusing him of being a sore loser; I think it shows a lot of integrity to continue the fight, and not immediately bargain away his grassroots support in some bid to increase his personal cachet of political power. 

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