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Bernie "isn't impressed" by the climate change agreement signed by almost 200 countries.

Because he could have done so much better than Obama, right? He could have just scolded the diplomats of almost 200 countries till they did what he wanted.


Bernie Sanders Isn't Too Impressed By The Historic Climate Agreement

"While this is a step forward it goes nowhere near far enough.

"Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Saturday criticized the global climate change accord adopted after two weeks of negotiations among diplomats in Paris, saying the agreement goes "nowhere near far enough."

The landmark 31-page agreement includes a pledge to curb climate change by reducing carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions, calling on countries to support each other in adapting to the environmental challenges resulting from climate change, such as devastating droughts and rising sea levels.

Sanders said he didn't think the accord went far enough to demand action from those countries to lower carbon emissions.

"While this is a step forward it goes nowhere near far enough. The planet is in crisis. We need bold action in the very near future and this does not provide that,” Sanders said in the statement.

Hillary, who actually has experience dealing with foreign leaders, IS impressed.


Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential front-runner, praised the agreement, calling it "a historic step forward in meeting one of the greatest challenges of the 21st Century - the global crisis of climate change."

"The Paris agreement is testament to America's ability to lead the world in building a clean energy future where no one is left out or left behind," she said in a statement. "And it was made possible in part by every person, business owner and community in the United States and around the world that stepped up to prove we don't have to choose between growing our economy and protecting our kids' health and future - we can do both."

Clinton added that action is critical in the next decade, saying if the U.S. doesn't push to drive what she called clean energy growth, it will not be able to avoid "catastrophic consequences."

"We cannot afford to be slowed by the climate skeptics or deterred by the defeatists who doubt America's ability to meet this challenge," the former first lady stressed.

If elected president, Clinton added, she will make combating climate change a top priority.

And Martin O'Malley also praised the agreement.


Meanwhile, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley tweeted, "Congrats #COP21 on the #ParisAgreement. The pact sets ambitious goals to fight climate change. As POTUS, I will hold the world to them."

He followed up his tweet with another, writing, "Now the U.S. needs to do what it does best---lead with action. We need full transition to clean energy. #100by50 #COP21"

Donald Trump Given a Perfect Bill of Health by a Ghost.


Donald Trump, who had previously been believed to be a rotting pumpkin filled with bile and a 12-word vocabulary, has turned out to be an extremely healthy human being.

At least, according to "the highly respected Dr. Jacob Bornstein of Lenox Hill Hospital," otherwise known as "Dr. Jacob Bornstein, Harvard Medical School Class of 1942," otherwise known as "a person who died five years ago." The report was actually written by his son, Harold Bornstein, who says he has been Trump's doctor since 1980. I can't remember the last time someone I had known for 35 years forgot who I was and referred to me by my dead father's name several times, but I'm sure it happens to everyone.

I don't want to call a ghost's medical skills into question, because who knows what a licensed "internalist" could do to you from beyond the grave, but I could find only one review of him (besides his obituary) on the whole internet, and it was not positive.

Some amusing photos of Adolph Trump's illustrious doctor.

I know, I know, don't judge a book by its cover. But I'm making an exception this time. This doctor has crazy eyes.

This is the guy who was willing to sign a letter saying that he could attest to the fact that, if elected, Adolph would be the healthiest President in history. (Supposedly Adolph has no health problems but for some reason he's taking a drug only given for high cholesterol.)

Interestingly, the letter was addressed "To Whom My Concern."
Not "To Whom it May Concern."
Interesting slip.

It is also interesting that this physician said he had been Trump's personal doctor since 1980. And yet Trump referred to him by his father's first name. If this guy has been his doctor for 35 years, why is Trump getting him mixed up with the father who died 5 years ago at the age of 93? Maybe Trump is having some memory issues?


So Cornel West dislikes Hillary. The jealous, vindictive person who called Obama

our first "n**erized President" also can't stand Hillary.

Surprise, surprise.

It's a compliment, really, to be loathed by someone this nasty.

"My dear brother Barack Obama has a certain fear of free black men. . . . He has a certain rootlessness, a deracination."


“Rockefeller Republican in blackface.”



52 yr. old A.A. professor detained by police while taking lunch break near his Mass campus.

This just happened last week. The first link is to Prof. Steve Locke's blog -- and the rest of his powerful words.

So even a 52 year old black professional is at risk. Fixing the economy or focusing on wealth redistribution isn't enough. Not even close.


“For the record,” I said to the second cop, “I’m not a criminal. I’m a college professor.” I was wearing my faculty ID around my neck, clearly visible with my photo.

“You fit the description so we just have to check it out.” The first cop returned and handed me my license.

“We have the victim and we need her to take a look at you to see if you are the person.”

It was at this moment that I knew that I was probably going to die. I am not being dramatic when I say this. I was not going to get into a police car. I was not going to present myself to some victim. I was not going let someone tell the cops that I was not guilty when I already told them that I had nothing to do with any robbery. I was not going to let them take me anywhere because if they did, the chance I was going to be accused of something I did not do rose exponentially. I knew this in my heart. I was not going anywhere with these cops and I was not going to let some white woman decide whether or not I was a criminal, especially after I told them that I was not a criminal. This meant that I was going to resist arrest. This meant that I was not going to let the police put their hands on me.

If you are wondering why people don’t go with the police, I hope this explains it for you . . . .

I noticed a black woman further down the block. She was small and concerned. She was watching what was going on. I focused on her red coat. I slowed my breathing. I looked at her from time to time.

I thought: Don’t leave, sister. Please don’t leave. . . .

My colleague was in our shared office and she was able to calm me down. I had about 45 minutes until my class began and I had to teach. I forgot the lesson I had planned. I forget the schedule. I couldn’t think about how to do my job. I thought about the fact my word counted for nothing, they didn’t believe that I wasn’t a criminal. They had to find out. My word was not enough for them. My ID was not enough for them. My handmade one-of-a-kind knit hat was an object of suspicion. My Ralph Lauren quilted blazer was only a “puffy coat.” That white woman could just walk up to a cop and talk about me like I was an object for regard. I wanted to go back and spit in their faces. The cops were probably deeply satisfied with how they handled the interaction, how they didn’t escalate the situation, how they were respectful and polite.


Steve Locke, an assistant professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, was left shaken after he was racially profiled by the police last week during his lunch break.

Locke, who wrote about his experience on his blog, recounted to HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski on Wednesday that on his way to get a burrito near campus, he noticed a police car following him.

"The policeman got out of the car, said, 'Hey, my man,'" Locke said. "He had his hand on his weapon, so I automatically knew that something had happened and he wasn't coming to talk to me as a citizen. He was coming to talk to me as a suspect."

Wearing his faculty ID around his neck, Locke immediately took his hands out of his pockets while the officer questioned him. The professor made it clear he was on his lunch break, but the officer -- along with others who had showed up to the scene -- detained Locke, telling him he matched the description of a suspected robber in the area.


The interaction with Boston police had such a profound effect on him that Locke felt he should share an account of the fear that ran through his mind as a black man dealing with law enforcement.

Since Friday, his blog post, entitled, “I fit the description,” has been shared thousands of times on Facebook and circulated widely on Twitter. It received more than 700 comments — both supportive and hostile — before Locke disabled the feature.

What surprised Locke most was the number of people who seemed shocked by the account’s depiction of the officers’ initial reluctance to take Locke at his word.

He said he showed police his Massachusetts College of Art and Design faculty ID and explained that he had not been in the area at the time of the crime. Still, he had to wait for a detective to arrive before he was allowed to leave.

Apparently Trump has a Russian-immigrant MAFIA connection

that might be about to raise its dirty head.


Sater's alleged ties to organized crime were more widely publicized in December 2007 when The New York Times published an article featuring Sater’s ties to Trump and describing his “tangled past.” The article reported that Sater “had been an ‘unindicted co-conspirator’ and a key figure in a $40 million scheme involving 19 stockbrokers and organized crime figures from four Mafia families.”


Once that information became publicly known, Garten initially told ABC News, Trump “cut all ties” with Sater. But, Garten then acknowledged, the Trump organization continued to listen to deals pitched by Sater well after that.

Asked why Trump would listen to a deal brought by a twice-convicted felon with alleged mafia ties, Garten told ABC News, “You’re going to look at the deal, you’re not going to look at the broker.”

I can't post in the Bernie group

so I can't tell people there what a beautiful moment that was with the young Muslim woman, when he told her about his father.

But it was.

CNN/ORC poll: Hillary maintains 18 point lead in Iowa

over her nearest competitor.

CNN/ORC has also just reported that in New Hampshire, Hillary is 10 points behind that same competitor.


On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton maintains an 18-point lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, 54% to 36%. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has 4%.

The gender gap between Clinton and Sanders has narrowed in the last month, with both men and women breaking significantly in the former secretary of state's favor (51% Clinton to 40% Sanders among men, 57% Clinton to 34% Sanders among women; last month it was 48% Clinton to 44% Sanders among men and 62% Clinton to 31% Sanders among women).

Clinton's edge on handling economic issues is smaller in Iowa than it is nationally, 47% in Iowa say they think Clinton would do the best job handling the economy while 42% say they trust Sanders most, while our recent national poll found Clinton holding a 58% to 31% advantage on the same issue. Likewise, Iowa's likely caucusgoers are more likely to think that Sanders would do the most to help the middle class (50%) than to say Clinton would (43%), a question that split national Democrats almost evenly (47% Clinton to 44% Sanders).


The CNN/ORC Poll was conducted by telephone November 28-December 6 among 2,003 adult residents of Iowa, including interviews with 552 likely Republican presidential caucusgoers and 442 likely Democratic presidential caucusgoers. Results for likely Democratic caucusgoers have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 points, it is 4 points for likely Republican caucusgoers.

Dear Bernie supporters: why do you think browbeating supporters of other candidates

will change any minds?

You're not going to convince any supporter that she's a right-winger or an evil corporatist, no matter how hard you try.

I was just on a jury of another member here who has 4 hides. Please be careful!

The vote was 5 - 2 to leave it. But it should have been 7 - 0.
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