Baiting The Trap

We have yet another deluge of email talk…..this time it cam in just before the Dem Convention began… with all the talk about these things I started wondering if Trump’s reply to the upcoming scandal was some sort of trap he was setting for the Dems…..

Apparently I am not the only one that saw this as a ploy by Mr. Trump to try and steal some thunder from the convention….and guess what the Dems took the bait!

If you wondered how Trump would steal the headlines back from Hillary Clinton this week, now you know: Russian hackers and Hillary’s email. And the Dems fell for it, says Jake Novak.

Source: The Democrats just fell for Trump’s Russian email-hack bait—commentary

I knew that most of the politicos were not the brightest bulb in the group….but these guys proved me right……the Dems took the bait and now they are spending valuable air time explaining their position…..

God I love this stuff…the games politicians play……very amusing.

DNC Platform Retains Traditional Militarism

Part of the deal in the long time between the end of the election cycle and Bernie’s endorsement has been told that he wanted his people on the platform committee….this would insure that the progressive ideas that he championed would be made part of the election rhetoric.

The problem is the DNC platform is a traditional cop-out of the Democrats and shows NO progress whatsoever…..

Phyllis Bennis tells Paul Jay that the platform debates ignored the wars in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, and instead included a call to audit the Pentagon rather than cut the military budget

The two-day meeting at the Democratic National Platform Committee in Orlando ended this weekend. In article for the Nation titled What the Democratic Party Platform Tells Us About Where We Are on War, Phyllis Bennis writes, the 35-page draft reminds us of two crucial realities, the limits of party politics while corporate and military interests dominate both parties and crucially the necessity of social movements to challenge those limits and sometimes to win.

Source: DNC Platform Retains Traditional Militarism, Shows Weakness of Anti-War Movement

I think Bernie failed in his attempt to make the platform more progressive……it smacks of neoliberalism.

But how will this play with those voters that supported his candidacy?  Could his loss be a blessing in disguise?  Something needs to be done to revive the anti-war movement….could this be that moment?

What’s A ‘Democrat’ Anymore?

The Dem convention is in full swing……and there is an important question that needs an answer……What’s a Democrat anymore?

Ever since the election of Bill Clinton I have asked the question…what is a Democrat anymore?  Bubba was not the Dem candidate that I would have wanted…he was wrong then on so many issues but the party fell in line with him and his DLC cronies in a fight to regain footing in a country going ever more conservative……and the party has been changing into a party of big business and neoliberalism…..the party is not about moving the country forward but rather winning elections with vague promises of a better world that have seldom come true….

I still to this day ask the question and have very few answers that make sense, at least not to me…..and Politico has asked the same question…..

The GOP isn’t the only party having an identity crisis in outsider-friendly 2016. We asked six big thinkers to sit down and hash it out.

Where does the Democratic Party go from here, and what will it look like years from now? Can it win back the white working class? Should the party even try to—or is it better off embracing diversity in a country on its way to being majority-minority? These are just some of the questions Politico Editor Susan B. Glasser and chief political correspondent Glenn Thrush asked the six smart thinkers we called together last month—Democratic campaign veterans, writers and one sitting Cabinet member—for a spirited conversation about the future of their party.

Source: What’s a ‘Democrat’ Anymore? – POLITICO Magazine

I am still fighting for a definitive definition of what a Democrat really stands for…..and yet it remains unanswered….and this election is doing nothing to convince me of their sincerity….

I am thinking GREEN……more on that after the convention….

(screen shot from Twitter)

Sad Day At Black Rock

The run for the Democratic nomination is officially over……and the person that was saying all the right stuff for us peasants has just sold out…

Bernie has made it official….he will support Hillary…..

With Hillary Clinton enthusiastically nodding and clapping by his side, Bernie Sanders appeared Tuesday at a high school in Portsmouth, NH, and finally offered what many Democrats have been waiting for: an endorsement, USA Today reports. “Secretary Clinton … will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States,” he asserted, going on to “make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president.” He detailed some of those bullet points (also on his website), including that Clinton is the best candidate to take on an “economy … that is rigged”; appoint Supreme Court justices who will fight for women, minorities, and the LGBT community; address mental health treatment and climate change; and work toward universal health care, among others.

Sanders also blasted Donald Trump for his vocal opposition to raising the minimum wage, his eagerness to “abolish the Affordable Care Act,” and his decision to “reject science” on climate issues. He also addressed Trump’s insults against “Mexicans, Muslims, women, African-Americans, and veterans,” noting that Clinton “understands that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths.” “Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her today,” he concluded, hugging Clinton before she took the podium to speak. Trump, meanwhile, wasn’t as impressed with the endorsement, tweeting Tuesday that he was “surprised that Bernie Sanders was not true to himself and his supporters ” and that Sanders, “who has lost most of his leverage, has totally sold out to Crooked Hillary Clinton.”

Bernie has stabbed all the true progressives in the back…..his message was still a good one….but when he cops out and plays the game he has lost my respect….he will be marginalized now…just what Clinton was hoping for….she can run amok now with NO interference.

A truly sad day.

A Primer on Bill and Hillary Clinton Scandals

I know there are some out there that are just beside themselves because the Clintons are a breath away from the White House (again)…..these people are constantly trying to throw every scandal that the Clintons were near at their faces with the hopes that something will stick…..

I thought I would try and help my more Right leaning readers with a primer that they can print out and use when writing about the Clintons…..

If one is going to go off on Hillary then there should be some fact in there to at least they sound credible….(just trying to help)…..

The release of the Benghazi report should have made this a great week for Hillary Clinton, but questions about her email—and a questionable social call by Bill Clinton—have cast clouds over it.

This should have been a great week for Hillary Clinton. On Tuesday, the special House committee appointed to investigate the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, released its long-awaited report. (Well, the majority report. Democrats on the committee released their own polemic the day before.)

The report turned out about as well for Clinton as she could have hoped. While the panel found fault with the way the Obama administration, and Clinton’s State Department, ran security for embassies and other U.S. stations around the world, it did not find any new bombshells about the night of the attacks, no details that would suggest Clinton could have acted differently that evening and saved the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others. That outcome largely vindicates Clinton’s claims all along, and it mostly puts the question of the attacks to rest after a long and extremely detailed investigation (though not, as Democrats like to claim, the longest). Clinton’s political opponents are unlikely to quit talking about it, but the threat of a new, damaging disclosure now seems remote.

Source: From Whitewater to Benghazi: A Primer on Bill and Hillary Clinton Scandals – The Atlantic

I know how much my Right wing brethren enjoy bad-mouthing the Clinton clan…….so I am happy to help…if you gonna be a dick then be an accurate dick.

I just want to please…Hahahaha

The Hill And Bill Show

Back in ’08 during the GOP mash up for the nomination…..the now defunct Huckabee teamed up with washed up karate kid, Chuck Norris….and I referred to them as the Huck and Chuck Show……and I thought that I would not ever get to use the comic relief mechanism again…..boy!  was I wrong!

The Dems seemingly have their nominee, although not quiet official just yet, Hillary Clinton….. and with her we also get the ex-prez Bill in the White House….and just like that BAM! I get to use my comic mechanism yet again…..with the Hill and Bill Show.

Readers who have followed me both here on and also at The American Conservative should have no doubt about my feelings regarding the Clintons. In 1980s Bill’s global transgressions while a peripatetic Arkansas governor even became known to me when I was a CIA officer serving in Europe, a tale best left untold, and in my opinion the Clintons have always combined an oddly selective personal morality with an all-consuming sense of entitlement.

It has been credibly reported that the Clintons (Chelsea included) used to refer to the Secret Service Agents assigned to guard them as “pigs,” an unimaginable slur coming from a president regarding his own protection detail. That sort of counterculture contempt for others fed the miasma of sleaze and corruption that accompanied Bill and Hillary when in office. The dissimulation about Monica Lewinsky engaged in by both Clintons coupled with the sheer driving ambition that they exhibited were unseemly to say the least and the thought of the Clintons redux as something like an Imperial Dynasty in Washington should be enough to keep anyone awake at night.

Source: The Bill and Hillary Show – The Unz Review

Here we go again….a family affair… if we did not get enough of family BS with the Bush clan….nope….we gotta do it all over again…..and there are more waiting in the wings….lucky us, huh?

What To Do For The Berniecrats

Now that the silly season has terminated and Clinton seems to be cruising to the nomination….Bernie supporters are soul searching to decide which candidate to throw their support behind.

For many it will NOT be Clinton……some are looking at the Green Party and others are considering the Libertarians….that I do not understand…..the Libertarians would be more loose with their restrictions on Wall Street…..

I then read a post about this decision process……

Disappointed Sanders supporters are searching for a candidate they can stomach. Is that candidate Gary Johnson?

Bernie Sanders has admitted he is not going to be the Democratic nominee for president, but his millions of supporters are still going through a very public and painful soul-searching as they survey the choices before them.

The vast majority are backing presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Some are clinging to the extremely unlikely hope that hundreds of Democratic delegates will switch their allegiance to Sanders over the next month. A dwindling number are pledging to vote for Donald Trump, who has been actively courting their votes. And some are looking for a third-party candidate who aligns with their values.

Source: Libertarians Can’t Count On Berniecrats This Fall | ThinkProgress

Personally, I am thinking Green Party and Dr. Jill Stein……

Millennials seem to be drawn to Bernie…and now that he may not be the nominee the question is where do they fit?

Few developments have caused as much recent consternation among advocates of free-market capitalism as various findings that millennials, compared to previous generations, are exceptionally receptive to socialism.

recent Reason-Rupe survey found that a majority of Americans under 30 have a more favorable view of socialism than of capitalism. Gallup finds that almost 70 percent of young Americans are ready to vote for a “socialist” president. So it has come as no surprise that 70 to 80 percent of young Americans have been voting for Bernie Sanders, the self-declared democratic socialist. Some pundits have been eager to denounce such surveys as momentary aberrations, stemming from the economic crash, or due to lack of knowledge on the part of millennials about the authoritarianism they say is the inevitable result of socialism. They were too young to have been around for Stalin and Mao, they didn’t experience the Cold War, they don’t know to be grateful to capitalism for saving them from global tyranny. The critics dismiss the millennials’ political leanings by repeating Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan’s mantra, “There is no alternative” (TINA), which prompted the extreme form of capitalism we now know as neoliberalism.

Source: The Millennial Generation Is a Perfect Fit for Socialism | Alternet

Now I ask….what will be the ultimate decision for these voters?  Will they fall prey to the same laziness as most other generations and vote for one of the Theft parties?