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About Me

My profile will show me as a new member but I posted for years on DU. Sadly I can't remember the name I used so I had to start all over again. I picked the name I once used on the Kerry/Edwards website in the hope that someone is still around from the old days.

Journal Archives

Ireland Voters Oust Ruling Coalition In Rejection Of Austerity

Source: Reuters

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's ruling coalition was ousted by voters angry at the country's uneven recovery, results indicated on Saturday, leaving Prime Minister Enda Kenny facing the unpalatable prospect of trying to secure a deal with his biggest rival.

His government appeared to be the latest victim of European voters' growing antipathy to mainstream politics, hit by a backlash against years of austerity and a perception that Ireland's poor are not benefiting from the fastest economic growth in Europe.

Exit polls suggested the only viable option may be a problematic alliance of old rivals Fianna Fail and Kenny's Fine Gael - although even their combined support was set to fall below 50 percent of the vote for the first time.

If neither side is able to form a government, however, fresh elections would have to be called.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ireland-voters-oust-ruling-coalition-in-rejection-of-austerity_us_56d24099e4b0bf0dab32673b

Establishment politics under attack across the globe.
Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Sun Feb 28, 2016, 03:52 PM (8 replies)

The Exposure of the Vast Left-wing Establishment

Great Read!

I have to admit that I have learned so much more about America and our political and social realities thanks to this election year and Bernie Sanders. It's almost like I am some teenager seeing things the way they are for the first time instead of a 55 year old man who should have known some of these realities a long time ago.

What my eyes have been opened to this election season in a way they have never been opened before is the depth of the truth in what Sanders says about our system being deeply rigged. Let's be clear, I am not saying as a black man originally from the South that I did not understand long ago that American society was definitely tilted in favor of whites, men, straights, the wealthy, the attractive and Christians for example. The reality of the privilege inherent to those groups has always been obvious. But I guess this year, as I have watched the way the entire system has piled on I have come to realize in a much deeper way that those in power, even those with a little bit of power, will do everything they can to maintain the system.

I am afraid Sanders is going to have a real hard time winning when the fight against the establishment means fighting the Left and the Right. But it doesn't mean the fight isn't worth it and it doesn't mean his message of a rigged economy and rigged political system isn't getting through. And in that sense he has already won by waking up so many of us to the truth.

Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Fri Feb 26, 2016, 11:00 PM (11 replies)

Opinion: When Bernie Sanders was elected mayor

Great read.

The Free Press reported recently that two employees of a Hillary Clinton’s super PAC visited Burlington last summer looking to see if Bernie Sanders had accomplished anything “revolutionary” (“No Sign of Sanders’ Revolution,” Feb. 12). They stayed two days, and left, declaring they “came up empty.” They couldn’t have looked very hard.

In March 1981 Bernie Sanders won the most improbable victory to become the mayor of the city of Burlington. Running for mayor as an independent, his victory over the political establishment rocked the city to its core.

As a young lawyer at Vermont Legal Aid, I watched as Bernie led an army of young, enthusiastic campaign workers into the lower income neighborhoods and dormitories at the University of Vermont. His message even then is very much his message now – that established politicians had ignored the interests of the middle class, had supported property tax increases without concern for waste and inefficiencies, and were in bed with big developers looking to develop precious public land. He empowered hundreds of people who had never previously participated in the political process to believe that politics mattered, and that their vote could change their lives.

Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Fri Feb 26, 2016, 12:32 AM (6 replies)

Local Video footage - TN Primary - Wow!

This report sure looks different from what gets covered on National TV. Very pleased.

Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Wed Feb 24, 2016, 11:17 PM (8 replies)

Great Tweet

Paul Lander ‏@paul_lander 6h6 hours ago

Jeb Bush's campaign and Justice Scalia buried on same day, allowing the country to part ways with 2 guys who got George W Bush elected.

Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Sun Feb 21, 2016, 05:03 AM (2 replies)

Ralston Reports: 'Reid-Culinary bond' won Nevada for Clinton

I’d like to congratulate the winner of the Nevada Democratic caucus: Harry Reid.

What’s that, you say? Reid wasn’t running? What am I talking about?

Saturday may well be the day that altered the course of the Democratic presidential race, when Hillary Clinton blunted Bernie Sanders’ campaign, when she was forced to work as hard as she ever has for a week (with a little help from a lot of friends) and slingshotted her with new momentum into South Carolina and then Super Tuesday. Nevada may indeed prove to be the day that saved Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

But the caucus, which Clinton won by about 5 percentage points, also cemented Prince Harry as a man Machiavelli would have bowed to, a man who with one eye who still sees the field better and is still more dangerous, effective and cunning as any pol the state (the country?) has ever seen. Clinton may not have won Nevada if Reid had not interceded last week when the man feigning neutrality saw what everyone in the Democratic elite saw: Sanders erasing a once mountainous lead and on the verge of perhaps winning Nevada and rendering inoperative the “Hillary is more electable” argument.


The Machine Won This Round

Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Sun Feb 21, 2016, 03:13 AM (22 replies)

Mr. Sanders Goes to Washington

I'm borrowing from Hollywood tonight but this clip reminds me so much of this election that I wanted to post it as a thread. LiberalElite posted a piece tonight about the Nevada Caucus where Jon Ralston said the machine won tonight.


It immediately brought to mind the clip below and actually the entire Mr. Smith Goes to Washington movie. It's one of my favorite movies along with To Kill a Mockingbird. Whenever I get down in the dumps about politics I think about this movie and it helps remind me of what I'm fighting for. I dedicate it to all the Sanders supporters at DU tonight.

Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Sat Feb 20, 2016, 10:28 PM (0 replies)

"English Only" Video from NV Caucus

Here's video that "proves" Sanders supporters chanted English only to Delores Huerta. Judge for yourself.

Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Sat Feb 20, 2016, 09:05 PM (29 replies)

Trump & Elton John

I was watching the Clyburn endorsement on MSNBC. When it was over I came to DU but left the MSNBC thread up even though there was no live coverage being broadcast. A few minutes ago the live broadcast started again. Evidently Donald Trump is getting ready to speak. The weird thing was that while they wait for Trump they are playing Elton John's song Tiny Dancer to the crowd. Elton John music for Trump? How bizarre. I bet Elton John would be appalled. Now they are playing opera. Can you imagine a crowd of right wingers in SC listening to opera.

This is entertaining as hell listening to the music and picturing the crowd.

We have the Rolling Stones playing - You Can't Always Get What You Want

I hope there is a long delay before Trump comes out so I can listen to the music.
Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Fri Feb 19, 2016, 12:48 PM (5 replies)


Would you say that the Democratic Party (not DU) leans more toward maintaining
the status quo or towards making deep and fundamental changes to it?

It strikes me that there is a pretty even (and deep) split, witness the tightening poll numbers nationally and in key early states.

This really seems a battle for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party for at least the next generation. If I'm correct, who do you think will win that battle and why? If I am incorrect, why?

Full disclosure: I support Sanders and deep and fundamental changes.

They are protecting the status quo but they are also making deep and fundamental changes to this country. How is that possible? If you do incremental change for decades you end up with HUGE change and when you keep anyone from changing what you've changed you are protecting the status quo. That's what they've done. And sadly, their change is moving in the wrong direction. It's leaving all of us behind. We have been continuously moving right for decades.

If the Democrats were actually representing rank and file Democratic voters would Sanders get the huge support he's getting? I love Bernie but it's the issues that are driving this election.

By the way the reason for the incremental change is to hide it from voters. It's kind of like turning the heat up gradually. At first you don't notice it because it's such an incremental change. At some point when it gets hot enough you are sweating. Some of us notice that incremental change sooner than others. Eventually everyone will notice but will we be able to do anything about it? I don't want to wait to find out. I want a course correction NOW.
Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Wed Feb 17, 2016, 03:34 PM (0 replies)
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