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  • The Obama administration and the new Democrat party has never been an Allie to Unions regardless of the lip service he gives when asking for Unions to donate time and money during elections. Obama had no time to push for card check during his 6 years in office and was silent when public Unions were attacked in Wisconsin and Chicago. Being a Union member who has watched the party I had always voted for abandon workers for more the last 10 years, I will now withhold my support for a thankless crowd only interested in their own job security.

  • bondcliff commented on the blog post Syrian War Resolution Splits Congress

    2013-09-02 06:18:27View | Delete

    The Obama Administration’s actions of trying to convince a soft majority of Congress for approval (political cover) to start yet another war front, shows a callous disregard for the wishes of the American people.
    The President should first off, use his powers of persuasion to convince the Islamic countries; allies and enemies, to stop the carnage of the people they claim to care so much about, and for the Islamic countries to pressure Syria, both politically and/or with the extensive military might they have accumulated from the west and Russia.
    Saudi Arabia’s call for the “world” to do something about this tragedy, while doing nothing to consolidate regional powers to intervene in Syria indicates their mindset of using the west as their police force, even as they stay quiet when criticism of the west as evil is spread.
    No, Mr President, we don’t believe you can fix the Middle East with bombs. We don’t want to keep spending millions of dollars and losing thousands of lives defending corporate interest in a region that openly hates us for just such interventions. No. Mr President, no.

  • bondcliff commented on the blog post Unions Sacrificed In Reid-McConnell Filibuster Deal

    2013-07-17 06:32:17View | Delete

    Don’t forget Harry Reid’s promise that a reduction in the number of nominees voted on was not on the table. I guess he was just being “crafty” not “slimy”?

  • bondcliff commented on the blog post Unions Sacrificed In Reid-McConnell Filibuster Deal

    2013-07-17 06:27:58View | Delete

    I agree. Labor has to work towards installing a responsive third party that will deny a majority to any party in both houses. This will force compromise and deny majority rule simply by having won the game of numbers in National elections. It will also make individual State candidates for National office more responsive to their voters.

  • bondcliff commented on the blog post Unions Sacrificed In Reid-McConnell Filibuster Deal

    2013-07-17 05:43:20View | Delete

    Once again, the Democrats have disregarded the only supporters of the working class. I hope as a Union member that the Union leadership will wake up to the fact that the Democrats are no better than the Republicans to issues important to Unions and to workers in America. From the President on down, there is an attitude that Unions have nowhere else to go.
    I have stopped any and all monetary and physical support for any candidate simply based on their party affiliation. I will vote the man or women based on their ideas and history. And when it becomes (as is all too often) a vote for the lesser of two evils, I will abstain.
    After a lifetime of voting “D”. I have come to the realization that the Democratic party has changed so dramatically in the last 12 years, that I have decided to leave the party. I am not alone.

  • Hmmm… Is the FBI responsible for the Boston marathon bombing??? Or… is it the CIA that really is responsible for the death of three innocent spectators, and one MIT police officer??? Maybe they are both responsible for the mayhem, the loss of life and the torn apart bodies of all those spectators.
    Or maybe, just maybe, it was the Islamic radical terrorist. Is that a possibility to FDL to consider. That if the two Islamic radical terrorist, never went to NH and bought fireworks, emptied out the gunpowder, put it into a pressure cooker with nails, BB’s and left it in front of an 8 year old child, that no one would have died. No one would have been maimed, and everyone would have enjoyed a peaceful fun day?
    So two Islamic terrorist manage to slip through the scrutiny of those trying to protect s, and FDL blames them instead of the Islamic radical terrorist.

  • I would argue that we don’t actually have a free press. We have a newsertainment industry that parses words to fit ideological or commercial arguments. The actual (if it is the actual) memo as reported states

    “A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S…”

    Actual intelligence of indication of an active plot is not even required. Guilt by association.

    The conservative press will report this as a breach of Constitutional law and call for impeachment regardless of history relating to the previous Administration.

    The Liberal press will report this as a breach of Constitution and plant blame totally on the Bush administration. The current Administrations action will be justified by results.

    Both sides have a narrative to adhere to when reporting. Newsertainment is advertiser driven and rating driven. Reporters do not have the freedom to report as desired or at this stage the desire to report unvarnished truth. Reporter know that to get a job in today’s news entertainment industry, you have to tailor reporting to the narrative of those who would hire you.

    The days of unbiased truthful reporting have been replaced with selective reporting, half truths and repeated falsehoods. You know? A coke and a Smile.

  • A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S…

    My guess is that the Administration is using the “public danger” clause in the 5th Amendment as justification. The bigger concern is how far will this justification be expanded? Drug dealers, domestic crimes that endanger the public, drunk driving, speeding? It appears that the due process rules of the 5th and 14th Amendments are in danger from this precedent.

    5th Amendment
    No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.[1]

    14th Amendment Section. 1
    All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

  • bondcliff commented on the diary post Deficit Delusions: Putting to Rest the Clinton Legacy by Dean Baker.

    2013-01-30 11:49:42View | Delete

    I think your probably right. I will say this though, When I purchased a house some 20 odd years ago, I felt the same wariness that is felt today about long term debt. It is and always has been a deer in the headlights moment for most young couples. But, then as now, the leap [...]

  • bondcliff commented on the diary post Deficit Delusions: Putting to Rest the Clinton Legacy by Dean Baker.

    2013-01-30 10:39:23View | Delete

    I’m not an economist, but I do know that there are hundreds of different analysis from hundreds of different economist. None of them really have the sure answer to growing and sustaining a great economy. As a regular Joe, I look at charts and graphs that are periodically marched out to definitively prove a point, [...]

  • What hyperbole! Manning knew what he was doing was not allowed, He knew it could be used by enemies and he acted, having that knowledge.
    Nuremburg! Geeze, what a load of B.S. If there were “soldiers” like manning handling military secrets in WWII, Those trials would have been held by the S.S. with a short walk out behind the building for a date with a firing squad.

  • bondcliff commented on the blog post The Freedom of No Plausible Bipartisan Agenda

    2013-01-18 08:39:05View | Delete

    Perris you may think that the Gun bill pays lip service to the liberals, but every gun owner demographic study indicates the 28% of gun owners consider themselves liberals and 29% gun owners consider themselves moderates.
    This so called appeasement to the liberals may cost the Democrats the Senate in 2014 with the GOP needing 11 seats and at least 17 seats that are Democrat in states with high gun owner support in contention.
    This and as you state, the far left is angry for the Party being to far right the center is angry for the party being to left and the Party itself spending all their time lining up to be talking heads and asking for donations with every email and letter.
    Me? I voted Dem for the last 40 years and I am sitting this next one out. I more or less have been rejected by the left wing controlling the party as being to center for their liking.

  • bondcliff commented on the blog post Democratic Party Divided As Obama Inauguration Approaches

    2013-01-18 08:25:17View | Delete

    I have voted Democrat for the past 40 years, I am a member of the AFL-CIO for 33 years. I am one of those center left Democrats that is being driven out of the “tent”. I am not a corporate wall street type, but more of a ditch digger type. I work hard, I pay my bills, I live within my means.I also enjoy the sport of shooting. As a Union Member of 33 years i have seen times when the Democratic Party stood by the Unions and backed them with passion. When they weren’t afraid to spend a little political capital to help the middle class.Now, what I see is lip service and platitudes. Every important issue that the Unions have [pleaded for has been back burnered.
    i am considered by almost all the people I deal with and know as a liberal, to the point that i started carrying a liberal card as a joke so I could show that I was a card carrying liberal. Now I go onto many of these forums and are often derided as a FOX Troll, a Neo-Con, or a NRA Nazi for simply debating about gun control from a perspective of a gun owner. I find it somewhat odd, since I don’t watch FOX, I am anything but a Neo-Con and I am not and never have been a member of the NRA (Macarthyism anyone?)
    So basically I don’t pass the new Democrat purity test. The Party has thrown me out of the tent. I am done pushing for, backing up, defending and donation either time or money to the Democrat Party. I have no more cheeks to slap. If the Republicans take over the Senate in 2014, I feel it at this point I won;t be any worse off than i am under the Democrats.
    So…Third Party anyone?

  • bondcliff commented on the blog post White House Petition To Remove Carmen Ortiz Launched

    2013-01-16 08:42:40View | Delete

    Occupy??? It grew like a lit match and just like a lit match it burned out quick. Face it, internet activists are a small group who only preach to the choir. The rest of those on the internet loose interest as soon as new cat playing a piano comes along.

  • I regret voting for this President and will work to make amends when Senator John Kerry’s replacement comes up for a vote in Massachusetts.

  • If I can’t live within the confines of the law or the Constitution? I’ll just consider them suggestions, reject them and live outside the confines of the law or the Constitution.

    He better do it before Inauguration day though. Could be embarrassing.

    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

  • bondcliff commented on the blog post Obama Just Raised Taxes On The Middle Class

    2013-01-01 11:02:06View | Delete

    And your realistic solution? We all know the facts of life in a capitalistic society and a capitalistic world. But this attitude of winner take all is unrealistic. Short of a very violent revolution of the people taking over and creating a workers paradise? What is your answer. We can all come up with what’s wrong and doesn’t work, but nobody has ever been able to come up with real solutions that will work for all.

  • bondcliff commented on the blog post Obama Just Raised Taxes On The Middle Class

    2013-01-01 10:28:02View | Delete

    There are two things i have to say about this deal. First. It isn’t done yet. The House has a history of rejecting deals like this and I won’t be surprised if this deal is rejected. Second. If it by chance does pass the House and the President does sign it? I will have my SS tax rate increased as I fall into that category of working stiffs who make less than $110,000. But I also realize that we all have to pitch in to reduce the deficit and fund SS. So I say to all those who are bitching about how the President sold them out? Stop your whining and move on. This is how the government works nowadays and the reality is, that nobody gets the whole pie. We all only get a slice or two.

  • bondcliff commented on the blog post How Coverage of Julian Assange Provokes Liberal Outrage

    2012-08-19 07:13:09View | Delete

    I disagree with the statement “Most liberals in the United States seem to prefer ignoring what is happening with WikiLeaks” It amazes me whenever i read from any group that claims to speak for all in unsubstantiated statements. Part of our divisiveness in this country comes from the right or left pigeonholing each other into massive groups with simple predictable mindsets. So maybe the writers friends and acquaintances at gatherings or his blog commenters may agree with this statement. It is a disservice to the truth to extrapolate that agreement into how I as a card carrying liberal may feel. It is the same as saying “all” conservatives are gun loving, god fearing, money mongers and “all” liberals are gun hating, godless, socialist. It makes good newsertainment, but is far from reality. There is no purity test for liberals and I hope there never is.

  • There is no serious debate or reporting on 24 hour newsertaintment. I now get 99% of my news on line and have the bonus of reading and giving opinions by a very active on line population. The bonus also being that there is always someone to fact check instantaneously any talking points put on by paid trolls. Real television news is dead. Talking head partisan newsertainment is alive and not so well.

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