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Joined DU as lamprey in 2007, renamed as denem after the primaries. Took a long break after the hack.

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Washington, Lincoln, TR, FDR, Harry S., Ike, LBJ, WJC, McCain

All had infamous tempers.

So for that matter that did Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Steve Baller famously threw a chair at a staffer.

Let’s call the criticism of Amy Klobuchar what it is, sexism, and let it go.

FDR: The Four Freedoms

In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression – everywhere in the world.

The second is freedoms of every person to worship god in his own way – everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want…everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear…anywhere in the world.

That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt, January 6, 1941

And tЯump is tearing up every single one.

The problem with 'Socialist'

In 2016 Bill Maher tried to get Sen Sanders to explain the word ‘Socialist’ with mixed success -

Trump had a one word explanation - Communist -

And .., oh yeah, Mexico is gonna pay for The Wall.

Harris: "I am not a democratic socialist"

A sensible move IMO, given half the electorate don’t have a clue what socialism means. Kamala then gives a rather bland statement of textbook liberalism.

California's Kamala Harris distances herself from Bernie Sanders: "I am not a democratic socialist"

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on Monday distanced herself from democratic socialism when asked by a reporter if she would be able to compete in the Democratic Party's presidential primary in 2020 in states like New Hampshire, where progressives including Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have maintained a following. ...

Well, the people of New Hampshire will tell me what's required to compete in New Hampshire, but I will tell you I am not a democratic socialist," Harris told reporters during a campaign stop. Sanders' label has been embraced by some high-profile Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

"I believe that what voters do want is – they want to know that whoever is going to lead understands that in America today not everyone has an equal opportunity and access to a path to success," Harris told reporters. "And that that has been building up over decades, and we've got to correct course."

"When we have an America where almost half of American families cannot afford a $400 emergency, we know that we've got to do some course correction," she added. "When we have an America where 99 percent of the counties in the United States of America – if you're a minimum wage worker working full time – you can't afford market rate for a one bedroom apartment, we need to course correct."


Kamala Harris' call-them-out Twitter strategy

Fast Comprehensive Response

Kamala Harris’ call-them-out Twitter strategy

WASHINGTON — When it comes to online conspiracy theories, Sen. Kamala Harris’ campaign follows the old mantra: Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

Traditionally, political public relations teams avoid commenting on conspiracies, misinformation or base insinuations about their clients, believing that calling attention to them dignifies and thus elevates them from the fringes.

But Harris’ communications team has been doing the opposite — immediately calling out material it sees as baseless.

Veterans of Democratic presidential campaigns say other campaigns should take note, because the strategy reflects a new normal in politics.


Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris

Elizabeth Warren by Kamala Harris

During a Senate floor debate this year, Senator Elizabeth Warren read a letter from Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow Coretta Scott King. Minutes later, she was silenced mid­sentence by majority leader Mitch McConnell, under an obscure and rarely invoked Senate rule.

"She was warned," Senator McConnell said. "She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted."

Yes, she did. And it was just the latest example of this plainspoken daughter of the Plains standing up for the middle class and the marginalized.

I first met Elizabeth after the 2008 housing crisis, when we battled the big banks and mortgage lenders together. I witnessed a fierce and fearless fighter, the same progressive champion who oversaw the $700 billion bank rescue and fought to create a consumer-­protection agency. Today I'm honored to serve alongside her in the Senate.


This Is Terrific': Warren on Kamala Harris in 2020 Race

“I think this is terrific," Senator Elizabeth Warren, the first woman to jump into the race three weeks ago, said of the news. "You know, Democrats are full of ideas and full of energy and that’s how we’re going to make real change in this country.”

Warren brushed off the idea that Harris might pull from her support, saying, “It’s about bringing more and more people into the fight”.



If history is a guide, the Democratic Party will go backwards in the 2022 midterms. The two occasions since the Civil War that the President’s Party has gained, 1934, and 2002 were times of extraordinary national crisis.

From Day One, the New Democratic President will face the same well funded, highly organised, hysterical opposition that gave birth to The Contact On America and The Tea Party Bowel Movement.

My question for the 2020 candidates is what will they do to avoid the sort of catastrophic defeat in the first midterms that crippled WJC and Obama. Will they, acknowledge, from Day One, that the Republicans in Congress are not legislative partners, but the representives of a rabid hardline base that will accept nothing less than total opposition on everything?

Our 2020 candidates don’t have to wait until Inaguaration Day to find out that the Republican legislative agenda is to make her or him a one term president. There will not be people of goodwill coming together on common sense proposals for a common purpose, but the representatives of fanatics, hell bent on killing the new presidency from Day One.

So how will our Candidates intend to govern? Will they take no prisoners, or wait for the mass graves in 2020?

“It’s not going to be hope and change. It’s going to be truth and justice.” (Kamala Harris Campaign) Well but don’t bring handcuffs to a gun fight. I’m thinking napalm and tanks.

Huawei cloning Apple parts, rewarding employees for tech theft

Huawei cloning Apple parts, rewarding employees for tech theft

China's Huawei uses "dubious" tactics to try to reverse engineer technology from Apple and other competitors in the electronics market, a report charged on Monday.

In November, for example, a Huawei engineer heading up smartwatch development tracked down a supplier that helps build the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor, The Information said. The person arranged a meeting with the claim he could offer a manufacturing contract, but instead probed for details about the Apple Watch, an anonymous executive at the supplier said.

The engineer was accompanied by four researchers, and together the group is said to have spent an hour and a half asking about the Watch. With nothing given Huawei went silent.

Huawei has reportedly used similar tactics against companies like Cisco, Motorola, and Akhan Semiconductor. The U.S. Justice Department in fact claims that Huawei has a program that rewards employees for stealing data, with better bonuses based on how confidential information is.


In the early days of Android, devotees cheered on Samsung copying as much of the iPhone as they could get away with.

Fast forward to 2017. Apple introduces iPhone X, distinguished by a notch and camera lens placement. Six months later Huawei unveils the Nova

If you want to buy a laptop from Huawei, there’s the ‘Matebook Pro’ to compete with the MacBook Pro.

At the moment Apple has a technological lead with the Watch 4. Let’s hope that ‘Sammy’ can come up with something just the same, only better and cheaper.

Trump administration launches global effort to end criminalization of homosexuality

Source: NBC

The administration is responding in part to a reported hanging of a young gay man in Iran, Trump’s top geopolitical foe.

BERLIN — The Trump administration is launching a global campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality in dozens of nations where it's still illegal to be gay, U.S. officials tell NBC News, a bid aimed in part at denouncing Iran over its human rights record.

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the highest-profile openly gay person in the Trump administration, is leading the effort, which kicks off Tuesday evening in Berlin. The U.S. embassy is flying in LGBT activists from across Europe for a strategy dinner to plan to push for decriminalization in places that still outlaw homosexuality — mostly concentrated in the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.

“It is concerning that, in the 21st century, some 70 countries continue to have laws that criminalize LGBTI status or conduct,” said a U.S. official involved in organizing the event.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/trump-administration-launches-global-effort-end-criminalization-homosexuality-n973081

Duplicate Post. Sorry.


We Won't Get Fooled Again

Meet the new Bern
Same as the old Bern

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a liberal Democrat New England Monthly, 1985

Democrats and Republicans are “tweedle-dee” and “tweedle-dum” New York Times, 1989

Why should we work within the Democratic Party if we don’t agree with anything the Democratic Party says?

My own feeling is that the Democratic Party is ideologically bankrupt.


Do you consider yourself a Democrat? July 12, 2016

Right now, I am a Democrat obviously and we’re going to fight as hard as we can to transform the Democratic Party. So that’s where I am right now.

Right now?
No. It’s fair to say that’s where I am and that’s where I’ll stay.


I am an independent and I have always run in Vermont as an independent October 23, 2017


My issue is not with the message but the messenger. In 2017, Sanders spoke for no one but himself. It’s a matter of trust.
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