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In all 234 counties of Texas, the entire states of Hawaii and Oklahoma, half of Washington and Colorado, and certain counties in swing state Ohio, votes will be cast on eSlate and ePollbook machines made by Hart Intercivic. Hart Intercivic machines have famously failed in Tarrant County (Ft. Worth), adding 10,000 non-existant votes. The EVEREST study, commissioned by the Ohio secretary of state in 2007, found serious security flaws with Hart Intercivic products...
I happen to be in a non-swing state so I can either not vote, or vote as I probably will for Jill Stein, Green candidate, in the hope that it might be the beginning of some genuine electoral alternative over time.
HEDGES: [...] I intend to vote, but I will not vote for Barack Obama. I'll vote for a third-party candidate: Rocky Anderson, or Jill Stein from the Green Party.
JAY: Would it make any difference to you if you were in a swing state where a few votes might matter?
HEDGES: No, because the problem is that we who care about the underclass, who care about protecting what's left of our anemic democracy, who care about battling back against corporate power, have no influence within the Democratic Party. [...]
and remember to be decent to everyoneall of the time.
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Maybe Goldy or Eli will put a post with more reverence to a progressive Democrat of that anxious time who had great moral clarity.
The word is 'word.'
But I can't really tell from the shitty picture.
Why do you say they don't look real?
George McGovern led a highly principled bid for the White House exactly 40 years ago. He's one of the better politicians in US history and deserves more respect than this.
I'm of two minds on the Israel thing. On the one hand, they are an apartheid state and the Palestinians are getting a royal screw job that the West is turning their backs on. On the other hand, Israel is the only state in the Middle East that treats women and GLBT people with any respect at all. Its also a liberal democracy where dissenters can run for election. The Palestinian government is increasingly theocratic and hard-line. Both sides spout genocidal rhetoric. I want to side with the good guys and oppose the bad guys. Only, I can't tell which is which.
As for the counterfeit money, the video clip you linked to opens with a store clerk calling the people passing the fakes as "idiots". But if you've just been outsmarted by an idiot, what exactly are you saying about your own intellectual capacity?
I realize you're an immature, unpaid intern who probably never heard of Vietnam, nevermind George McGovern, but that is a supremely disrespectful and classless line.
McGovern cared about his country and served in many capacities. Can we show some respect to a true patriot?
Do you remember the bills we have to pay
Or even yesterday?"
Fuck you, you hipster-wannabe twit.
Ignore them, Chelsea.
McGovern was a good guy, and had a long career in the Senate before he won the nomination, but his campaign was doomed from the start, not by anything he did but by the radical left loons who sabotaged the party. Real FDR-LBJ Liberalism was, alas, dead by then, and Nixon was at the height of his bizarre, Dracula-like powers. He wasn't going to lose to Jesus Christ, let alone a mild-mannered man of principle who couldn't control his message.
McGovern was the wake-up call for the Democrats. Too bad they didn't hear it until twenty years later (Carter doesn't count, because Carter only got in when the Nixon Administration committed a most spectacular ritual self-immolation and crisped the party for a while). Sometimes you can't see the continuities until decades later, but Reagan was already starting to come in from the wings, and the old order was destroyed forever.
The thing to remember and learn about McGovern's loss was the insularity of it. Remember Pauline Kael, the great movie critic in New York, who said afterwards, "how could Nixon have won? I don't know a single person who voted for him." McGovern was the signal that we didn't live in the country we thought we lived in.
It's hard to believe now, but one of the great driving forces of FDR-LBJ liberalism came off of the Great Plains, in states like McGovern's South Dakota, states where Republicans tend to win 85% of the vote nowadays. There are counties in Eastern Montana, not that far from McGovern's home, that were actually run by the Communist Party in the time of McGovern's parents.
But yes, he was a great statesman, a great Congressman, and a great Senator. We'll never see a group like McGovern, Humphrey, Johnson, Mondale, Eugene McCarthy, Mansfield, Dirksen, Rayburn, Frank Church (liberal Democrat from Idaho!?), Muskie, Kefauver, Kennedy, Magnuson and Jackson again.
My God, there was even such a thing as a liberal Republican back then. It's no wonder that young people like Chelsea Kellogg here think it's all a fantasy. Give her some slack. Sheesh.
The negative (or the people who own those voting machine companies):
Through a closely held equity fund called Solamere, Mitt Romney and his wife, son and brother are major investors in an investment firm called H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. in turn holds a majority share and three out of five board members in Hart Intercivic, a company that owns the notoriously faulty electronic voting machines that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio November 7. Hart machines will also be used elsewhere in the United States.
The positive (or a truly epic, many years long in progress, major lawsuit against the top private equiteers, scumbags, thieves, i.e., Bain Capital, Blackstone Group, Apollo Management et al.):
Private equity leveraged buyout firms have an enormous impact on all facets of the lives of the majority of people, regardless of their ignorance of such impacts (beyond the standard destruction of companies, R&D divisions, jobs, employment, and massive offshoring of jobs) --- and the usual creation of debt to the national debt and the destruction of the national tax base (their billionaires' fortunes are based on said debt creation and tax revenues destruction) --- their perfidy has dramatically increased medical costs for the vast majority of Americans.
The top two cost drivers in the American healthcare sector: private equity leveraged buyouts (LBOs) across the entire spectrum of the healthcare sector (private hospitals and clinics, medical instrument companies, medical personnel agencies, pharmaceutical companies, prosthetics companies, research labs, etc., etc., plus the same applies to their usage of SLABS (Student Loan Asset Backed Securities, etc.).
The second major cost driver: hedge fund speculation across the healthcare sector (both general hedge funds and dedicated hedge funds, i.e., in 2007 there were at least 90 dedicated healthcare hedge funds).
I know these comments are a bit harsh, dear, but you need to learn from this mistake, and do better the next time. Unless your career goal is television news, in which case you are on the right track.
I know who Scoop Jackson is because I took a class in the Jackson School if Intl Studies.
I still remember quite a bit of German from my high school German class. I had a wonderful fantastic awesome German teacher. Our Civics teacher wasn't that great. It was mostly just a siers of partner/group poster projects that we presented to the class, and that is how most of the material was taught. And, actually, I don't think we really ever talked about individual politicians.
It wasn't like the NY times headline for his death, you people need something real to get upset at in your lives.
Chelsea don't worry, only assholes get upset over stupid things like this, acting as if he was their father or something. They just don't have anything better to do than try to make you feel like shit for doing your job, which is to make silly headlines for sometimes serious events.
My point was that to be a good journalist, you need to know your history and have perspective. If you want to be taken seriously as a person - and this is particularly true of young people entering the workforce and hoping for a career in anything other than gossip TV - you have to show you know a little something about the world before you appeared on it. To reassure mediocrity, as the troll and a few others are doing so compassionately here, is to ensure it blossoms.
If anyone cares, Norah Ephron was writing for Esquire in the early 70's, and she wrote a great piece in about the 1972 Democratic convention from a feminist perspective. I think it is in her collection of essays called "Crazy Salad". The DNC, as Fnarf points out, was a real mess that year, and you can see that in her writing.
Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson will be participating in two more debates:
● Monday -- During the final private debate between Obama and Romney, Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson will give their own answers to all debate questions in an expanded debate at Democracy Now!.
● Tuesday -- Free and Equal Elections Foundation will host a debate in Chicago between Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson, Gary Johnson, and Virgil Goode. This debate will be moderated by Larry King (who is currently accepting suggestions for debate questions on Reddit), and will be broadcast live on the Al Jazeera English network, as well as streamed live from the Free and Equal website, ORA TV, and RT.com.
And accusing someone of having a "hissy fit" is just plain weak.
Noam Chomsky on how to vote in this election:
Chris Hedges on how to vote in this election:
Who cares if anyone gets hurt? I do. It's exactly because social health is being undermined that we need to manifest a greater change. Society suffers because people like you defend the plutocratic status quo.
Let me know when you've taken over a statehouse or two and we can figure out what's supportable at the federal level.
after all, she is typical of the average Obama voter.
however the Troll would like to have seen the clip of the day be McGovern's " Come Home America" speech from the convention.....
Otherwise, it is well known that McGovern lost because of an 'anybody but McGovern' coalition made up of Democrat warmongers (such as union leader Meany) and southern Democrats who believed the "abortion, amnesty, acid" slur, so it is not "my narrative" as you claim.
Some of us actually like to win once in a while, which means making sure that bad-smelling fist-pumping revolutionaries are kept as far away from one's campaign as possible, because they scare voters. McGovern didn't do that. He embraced the hippies, and it cost him big.
You don't understand that because in your narrative the only visible figure is the giant gas cloud of evil named Richard Nixon. The perfidy of Nixon, yes, yes. But the question you never ask is WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? Nixon succeeded spectacularly because he played McGovern and the Democrats like a fiddle. Of course, he ended up playing himself, too.
@37, you give far too much credit to the buffoons at the Watergate. Nixon didn't choose McGovern; Democrats did. And there was no one else; Humphrey wasn't going to beat Nixon; neither was Muskie or Jackson. Shirley Chisholm? Gimme a break.
@39, the 60s youth/antiwar movement WERE the radicals. You think I'm talking about the Old Left pamphleteers? By 1972 they didn't matter at all. It was the hippies that did McGovern in, because most Americans didn't like them -- or at least they didn't like the ones who got all the press, like the objectively horrible Jerry Rubin, who was a master of self-promotion and nothing else. In 1972, you may recall, he had wormed his way to the side of John Lennon, who went into full-on black-glove smash-the-state advocacy of violent revolution (which he characteristically completely abandoned ten minutes later, but the damage was done).
Nixon exploited that crap for all it was worth. The hippies were like Occupy: media-friendly, angry, stupid, guaranteed to deliver a well-rehearsed patter about how the entire structure of society needs to be torn down and rebuilt from scratch, by us, and always a chance that some of the chicks will get their tops off. That shit was never going to play in most of America after Charles Manson. Nixon didn't create Charles Manson (though Christ knows, it's possible he created Jerry Rubin).
Hippies killed McGovern. Nixon understood that, and used it. There are plenty of Democrats who still don't understand that today, forty years later. The willful blindness of some lefties makes Southern apologists for the Confederacy look almost sane.
Regarding the salon shooting discussion: I am continually baffled by the fact that my government takes my vehicle ownership and use very seriously and -- for the most part -- doesn't give a shit about the arsenal in my safe.
Winning isn't solely about winning elections (although it is eventually necessary) and, anyway, there nothing eternal about 37% of voters when half of Americans are disfranchised and most Americans want progressive policies. Social movements, which you deny have any importance, have shown this to be true time and time again. As for the Occupy movement, it accomplished more in a few weeks than DLC sycophants accomplished in 4 years: it radically changed the national discourse from fear mongering about the national debt to that of economy crushing inequalities unseen in >80 years.
Also you all missed that "take" in the second-to-last story should be "taken".
It's a blip-blip news rundown of multiple stories. I'm not sure why you expected the intern to interrupt the rundown to write a treatise on how George McGovern parted the Red Sea and led the Democrats to the Promised Land. Is this some sort of a joke?