This is a great conversation. Chris Hedges was on fire.
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This is a great conversation. Chris Hedges was on fire.
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The most important political moment of the night came when Sanders delivered the full-throated endorsement that the Clinton campaign had longed for.
“Any objective observer will conclude that — based on her ideas and her leadership — Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States,” Sanders told delegates, spurring a cascade of cheers. Continue reading »
There are three key findings to emerge from yesterday’s dump of leaked DNC emails released by Wikileaks:
- There had been a plot designed to smear Bernie Sanders and to hand the Democratic nomination to Hillary on a silver platter
- There has been repeated collusion between the DNC and the media
- There has been questionable fundraising for both Hillary Clinton and the DNC
First, a quick recap for those who missed the original report, yesterday Wikileaks released over 19,000 emails and more than 8,000 attachments from the Democratic National Committee. This is what the whistleblower organization reported: Continue reading »
… but he endorsed Hillary …
… who totally supports GMOs:
The U.S. Senate has supported a move to begin debate on the Roberts-Stabenow GMO labeling bill, also known as the new DARK Act, that would wipe out states’ ability to require GMO labeling and replace it with an ineffective federal program. Senators voted 65-32 in favor of advancing the misleading bill.
U.S. Presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders, tweeted Wednesday; “The Stabenow-Roberts GMO bill is confusing, misleading and unenforceable. It does nothing to make sure consumers know what they’re eating.” Continue reading »
The article below epitomizes life during the Obama Presidency: “Whenever there’s a big story in the media, look for the story they’re trying to distract you from!” Claire Bernish does a great job highlighting 5 things the establishment slipped by most people while everyone was focusing solely on the Orlando shooting. I covered several of the ones listed below and many more in a recent video here, and there are links to plenty more at the bottom.
Arguably, the most serious of the stories ignored by the mainstream media is the massive voter fraud that has been detected in 11 states. The story is covered in the video below starting around the 3:30 mark.
By the yardstick used by the US government to identify fraud in foreign elections (a discrepancy of greater than 2% between election polls and exit polls), there is strong indication of fraud in Democrat primaries in 11 states. All the discrepancies favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. The Institute for American Democracy and Election Integrity is about to file a lawsuit alleging racketeering. We look at Edison Research Polling, the National Election Pool (NEP), electronic voting and mainstream media.
WOULD YOU EXPECT ANYTHING LESS FROM THE CLINTON’S?
The Free Though Project Writes:After any major tragedy, we develop an obsessive need to analyze, debate, and argue every conceivable aspect of what’s taken place — as if time stops. That tragedy dominates mainstream and, often, independent media headlines for days or weeks, exhaustively positing theory after theory until the public begins to lose interest.
But tragedy doesn’t occur in a vacuum, and — though it might feel as if the world pressed pause to allow society to grieve — important, pertinent issues continue to arise while our attention is trained elsewhere. Continue reading »
United States — While Bernie Sanders’ supporters and independent media outlets have exhaustively pointed out that corporate media’s fatuous prattling over Hillary Clinton likely tipped the elections in her favor, we now have solid proof — leaked emails show the DNC colluded with mainstream outlets to heavily favor Clinton.
“Our goals in the coming months will be to frame the Republican field and the eventual nominee early and to provide a contrast between the GOP field and HRC,” reads an email dated May 26, 2015, referencing the former secretary of state by her initials, posted by “Guccifer 2.0” — after the Romanian hacker who allegedly accessed Clinton’s private email server multiple times. Continue reading »
— Christie Sparrow (@sparrows1981) June 7, 2016
Last night, Associated Press – on a day when nobody voted – surprised everyone by abruptly declaring the Democratic Party primary over and Hillary Clinton the victor. The decree, issued the night before the California primary in which polls show Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a very close race, was based on the media organization’s survey of “superdelegates”: the Democratic Party’s 720 insiders, corporate donors and officials whose votes for the presidential nominee count the same as the actually elected delegates. AP claims that superdelegates who had not previously announced their intentions privately told AP reporters that they intend to vote for Clinton, bringing her over the threshold. AP is concealing the identity of the decisive superdelegates who said this.
This is the perfect symbolic ending to the Democratic Party primary: The nomination is consecrated by a media organization, on a day when nobody voted, based on secret discussions with anonymous establishment insiders and donors whose identities the media organization – incredibly – conceals. The decisive edifice of superdelegates is itself anti-democratic and inherently corrupt: designed to prevent actual voters from making choices that the party establishment dislikes. But for a party run by insiders and funded by corporate interests, it’s only fitting that their nomination process ends with such an ignominious, awkward and undemocratic sputter.
That the Democratic Party nominating process is declared to be over in such an uninspiring, secretive, and elite-driven manner is perfectly symbolic of what the party, and its likely nominee, actually is. The one positive aspect, though significant, is symbolic, while the actual substance – rallying behind a Wall-Street-funded, status-quo-perpetuating, multi-millionaire militarist – is grim in the extreme. The Democratic Party got exactly the ending it deserved.
– Glenn Greenwald, writing at The Intercept
Last night, the American public witnessed the most egregious example of mainstream media malpractice of my lifetime. By declaring Hillary Clinton the Democratic nominee based on the pledges of superdelegates who have not voted, and will not vote until the convention on July 25th, the Associated Press performed a huge disservice to American democracy on the eve of a major primary day, in which voters from the most populous state in the union (amongst others) head to the polls. If you are a U.S. citizen and you aren’t outraged by this, there’s something seriously wrong with you. Continue reading »
What was supposed to be an all-important California primary tomorrow just became moot moments ago, when in a surprising announcement, AP just called the race for Hillary who according to the newswire’s calculations has earned enough delegates to become the presumptive Democratic nominee, making her the first woman ever to win a major party nomination.
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 7, 2016
Expect many confused pundits, and Bernie Sanders fans, to mull for hours why the AP released its critical announcement that Hillary had won the delegate race just hours before the important CA primary. For now, however, here is the response from a confused, unhappy, and perhaps angry, Bernie Sanders, released moments ago by his spokesman, Michael Briggs.
It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgment, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer.
Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination. She will be dependent on superdelegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then. They include more than 400 superdelegates who endorsed Secretary Clinton 10 months before the first caucuses and primaries and long before any other candidate was in the race. Continue reading »
The Los Angeles Times reports:
A new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll has found … [Sanders] has battled Clinton to a draw among all voters eligible for the Democratic primary, with 44% siding with him to 43% for Clinton.
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Upset that Bernie Sanders isn’t progressive enough, five animal rights protesters jumped over barricades and rushed the podium where Sanders was speaking yesterday during a rally in East Oakland, California. The protesters were led away by several Secret Service agents before they were able to reach the Democrat, whose speech was briefly interrupted by the disturbance, according to several posted videos.
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Having already scored a political victory by redirecting the news cycle to his proposal to debate Bernie Sanders in lieu of a debate between the Vermont socialist and Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump moments ago decided to also slam Sanders himself as well as the democratic race, when the Republican presidential nominee announced that he will not participate in a debate with Bernie Sanders, as “it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher” and also because the networks who “want to make a killing on these events and are not proving to be too generous to charitable causes.”
His full statement. Continue reading »
Here, a Clinton match-up is highly likely to be an unmitigated electoral disaster, whereas a Sanders candidacy stands a far better chance. Every one of Clinton’s (considerable) weaknesses plays to every one of Trump’s strengths, whereas every one of Trump’s (few) weaknesses plays to every one of Sanders’s strengths. From a purely pragmatic standpoint, running Clinton against Trump is a disastrous, suicidal proposition.
– From the February article: Why Hillary Clinton Cannot Beat Donald Trump
If the Trump/Sanders debate proceeds as planned in California, you’re about to witness one of the most important moments of a 2016 general election that hasn’t even begun yet. To say such a debate would be an unmitigated disaster for Hillary Clinton would be the understatement of the century. Let’s explore why. Continue reading »
Having been debate-shunned by Hillary “ain’t got time for that” Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders agreed Wednesday night to debate presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. Sanders, who was “disturbed but not surprised” that Hillary backed out of the California debate (ironic as Sanders is surging in polls ahead of the June 7th primary) enthusiastically tweeted “Game On” in response to Trump’s agreement on Jimmy Kimmel Live to debate the Democrat contender, noting “it would have such high ratings.” Imagine the protests outside of that event.
As NBC News reports, the two Presidential possibles agreed independently… On ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Trump was asked if he would consider holding a debate with Sanders. Trump agreed to the idea.
“If he paid a sum toward charity I would love to do that,” said the business mogul, noting that a Sanders vs. Trump debate “would have such high ratings.” Continue reading »
We’re both against corporatism. We’re both against the special benefits to big business. His answer to that wouldn’t always be the same. Mine would always drift to the free markets. His would drift to ‘well we need more government to redistribute wealth,’ but we could both attack subsidies to business or the military industrial complex. In that sense, there is a kinship.”
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In what may or may not be a harbinger of things to come should Bernie Sanders become president, earlier today Burlington College, a small Vermont private school once led by the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, said Monday it will close later this month, citing “the crushing weight” of debt incurred during the presidency of Jane Sanders who was in charge of the college until 2011.
According to WaPo, the college which enrolled 224 students as of fall 2014, said it faced financial troubles connected to its 2010 purchase of 32 acres of lakefront property from the Archdiocese of Burlington, according to the Burlington Free Press. The college said it had sold property to reduce its debt to a manageable level, but it was placed on probation in 2014 by its accrediting agency and it faced cash flow problems due to the imminent loss of a line of credit. Continue reading »
“Let’s hear it for Hillary Clinton,” exclaimed Sen. Barbara Boxer, losing her cool after Bernie Sanders’ supporters “bullied” her at the Nevada Democratic convention on Saturday. As BizPacreview reports, Boxer took the Las Vegas stage to raucous boos as her attempt to unify what is obviously as deeply divided a Democratic party as the mainstream would have everyone believe the Republican party is. “I’m for Hillary Clinton and she’s for all of us,” she yelled. “Keep on booing and boo yourselves out of this election.” Continue reading »
With Trump now practically assured of the republican candidacy and the only remaining race being that between Hillary and Bernie, Ralph Nader, a former presidential candidate himself, had some disturbing if accurate words about the democratic primary process. In a story published in US News, Nader said that Hillary Clinton is “going to win by dictatorship” in the Democratic race against Bernie Sanders.
“Twenty-five percent of superdelegates are cronies, mostly. They weren’t elected,” Nader, an activist and former Green Party presidential candidate, said on Friday.
“They were there in order to stop somebody like Bernie Sanders, who would win by the vote.” Continue reading »
Live stream from the Donald Trump victory press conference:
Update 2: In a stunning development, Bernie Sanders has taken the lead over Hillary Clinton, as Hillary’s original lead of some 4% has evaporated, and with 33% of votes counted, Bernie Sanders now leads 51.6% to 48.4%.
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Moments ago, Trump was declared the winner of the Indiana Primary; Hillary’s lead over Sanders is about 3% and declining, which is why the networks refuse to call her victory yet.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 3, 2016
With the polls in eastern Indiana closed (the last polls in the western part of the state are open until 7pm Eastern), the first results come in, and in early counting of the available votes, Trump has a daunting 53% lead over Cruz’s 33% and Kasich at 11%, while Hillary leads Bernie Sanders 58% to 43%.
If Trump’s 50%+ lead remains largely unchallenged, it is difficult to see how the New York real estate billionaire will fail to accumulate the required threshold of votes before the Republican convention in July.
Developing Continue reading »
“Now it’s just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors, and U.S. senators and congress members.”
– Former President Jimmy Carter
Denver, CO — The 2016 election has been a wild ride, with two insurgent grassroots campaigns literally giving the political establishment a run for its money. But as the events of this presidential primary season play out, it’s becoming clear the U.S. election — and even more so, the presidential race — is a big scam being perpetrated on the American people.
Events from the last week have exposed the system as an illusion of choice and a farce. They have reinforced at least one study showing the U.S. is an oligarchy rather than a democratic republic. Continue reading »
While it might sound strange, a coronation of Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary will mark the end of the party as we know it. There’s been a lot written about the “Sanders surge,” with much of it revolving around Hillary Clinton’s extreme personal weakness as a candidate. While this is indisputable, it’s also a convenient way for the status quo to exempt itself from fault and discount genuine grassroots anger. I’m of the view that Sanders’ support is more about people liking him than them disliking Hillary, particularly when it comes to registered Democrats. He’s not merely seen as the “least bad choice.” People really do like him. Continue reading »
In the race for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump would seem to be in the catbird seat. He has won the most states, the most delegates and the most votes — by nearly two million.
He has brought out the largest crowds and is poised for huge wins in the largest states of the East, New York and Pennsylvania.
Yet, there is a growing probability that the backroom boys will steal the nomination from him at a brokered convention in Cleveland. Continue reading »