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#1 Posted : Friday, August 07, 2015 6:18:55 PM
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It seems Hillary has all of the media in her pocket because NO other candidate is getting any air time except for the pundits claiming they don't stand a chance. It is time to turn this around and give other candidates equal time so the American people actually have a choice!


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August 6, 2015

Cedar Attanasio ~ Posted with permission from Latin Times



Hillary Clinton’s primary rivals say that the Democratic National Committee’s debate schedule unfairly favor the frontrunner and are undemocratic. With the first Republican debate being held on Thursday, Democratic primary candidate Martin O’Malley ramped up his criticisms. At a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the former Maryland Gov. called DNC leaders a “small cabal” saying that DNC intervention in the debates was like “circling a wagon” to “close off the debates.

Clinton is ahead of her opponents in polls, fundraising and media attention. Her rivals want to remind voters that there are other candidates, too. Major declared candidates include Lincoln Chafee , Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, and Jim Webb . Vice-President Joe Biden hasn’t ruled out a run, but is more visible in polls than some declared candidates. DNC said Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement that the concise debate schedule will offer plenty of time to help Democrats select a candidate, and start tearing at Republican rivals.

“These six debates will not only give caucus goers and primary voters ample opportunity to hear from our candidates about their vision for our country’s future, they will highlight the clear contrast between the values of the Democratic Party which is focused on strengthening the middle class versus Republicans who want to pursue out-of-touch and out-of-date policies,” Schultz said in a statement quoted by Politico .

According to that outlet, the first Democratic debate will be held in Nevada on Oct. 13, followed by debates in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. The last two debates have not yet been finalized. At least one of them will be hosted by Spanish-language Univision, according to Politico.

Within minutes of the official DNC announcement on Thursday, Martin O’Malley for President Senior Strategist Bill Hyers called the debate schedule “a coronation,” and blasted debate rules that punish candidates who participated in unofficial debates as “arbitrary rules of exclusion are not only contrary to our democracy, they are clearly geared toward limiting a debate on the issues and instead facilitating a coronation,” in an email to supporters. In an official statement, the O’Malley strategist called for the DNC to completely relinquish control over the debates.

“By inserting themselves into the debate process, the DNC has ironically made it less democratic. The schedule they have proposed does not give voters—nationally, and especially in early states—ample opportunity to hear from the Democratic candidates for President. If anything, it seems geared toward limiting debate and facilitating a coronation, not promoting a robust debate and primary process,” Hyers said.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has also expressed frustration with the Democratic Party’s role in the debates. As early as May, Sanders sent a letter to Schultz criticizing an early template of the debate process, which stated that there would only be six debates.

“[As]I have traveled around the country, I have been hearing concerns from voters about the need for vigorous candidate debate,” Sanders wrote, according to Time . “The people of this country are tired of political gossip, personal attacks and ugly 30-second ads. They want the candidates to engage in serious discussion about the very serious issues facing our country today.”

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is already going after former Florida governor Jeb Bush, the Republican that, according to the New York Times , her aids believe will be the GOP nominee. Bush, heavily favored to win the nomination will debate his primary for the first time on Thursday night.

It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.

H. L. Mencken



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#2 Posted : Saturday, August 08, 2015 7:32:11 PM
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It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.

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#3 Posted : Sunday, August 09, 2015 10:47:51 PM
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It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.

H. L. Mencken



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#4 Posted : Sunday, August 09, 2015 10:52:21 PM
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You're right but what can we do about it if there are no suitable candidates for president. What happens if no one votes?
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#5 Posted : Sunday, August 09, 2015 11:24:35 PM
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TheCatsMeow wrote:
You're right but what can we do about it if there are no suitable candidates for president. What happens if no one votes?




In my opinion, the ONLY suitable candidate is Bernie Sanders.

He is the only man that has spent his life fighting for equality, not,only racial equality, but between the sexes.... equal pay for equal work, paid sick days, healthcare for everyone like the rest of the civilized world. He marched with Martin Luther King so I can't see why "Black Lives Matter" would be interfering with his rallies. His record is consistent, you know exactly what you will get with Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders has a HUGE online following and millions of supporters that donate less than $5.00. Unlike all the other candidates that are beholding to their millionaire donors, Bernie Sanders is well to do, but a far cry from the ultra rich candidates and their ultra rich donors and PACs set up by billionaires. Everyone but Bernie Sanders will do what their top ten donors tell them to do no matter what they say on the campaign trail!
It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.

H. L. Mencken



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#6 Posted : Monday, August 10, 2015 1:53:06 AM
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Well now we have one but we don't have a choice without two. How about you gives us a good one from the other side. I trust your judgment as you are very intelligent. Is it possible to be too intelligent? Smile
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#7 Posted : Monday, August 10, 2015 4:56:02 PM
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It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.

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#8 Posted : Tuesday, August 11, 2015 10:51:25 PM
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Just in case people forget, 18 of the 19 terrorists that hijacked the planes on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia! They should have taken over the responsibility to stabilize that area at least a decade ago.


It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.

H. L. Mencken



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#9 Posted : Wednesday, August 12, 2015 6:00:21 PM
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VetsForBernie


It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.

H. L. Mencken



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#10 Posted : Saturday, August 15, 2015 6:17:00 PM
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It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.

H. L. Mencken



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#11 Posted : Monday, August 17, 2015 6:13:42 AM
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Sanders said on Meet the Press that he wants Medicare to provide health coverage to all the people.
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#12 Posted : Monday, August 17, 2015 3:29:14 PM
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TheCatsMeow wrote:
Sanders said on Meet the Press that he wants Medicare to provide health coverage to all the people.



I think it would have been a whole lot easier to just expand Medicare rather than try to come up with complete new system. We have had Medicare for decades and it has worked fairly well insuring millions of people get health care. It doesn't cover every sort of health care such as dental and vision, but it has provided fairly decent service.
It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.

H. L. Mencken



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#13 Posted : Tuesday, August 18, 2015 4:10:47 PM
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The United States needs to get our priorities straight. Rather than spend hundreds of billions of dollars on devices and policies that kill people, this government needs to place The People above the corporations that profit handsomely on the suffering of our People. I have listened to Chris Hedges and I can agree to some extent with his ideas, opinions and ideals. This just happens to be one of those areas where I agree totally.


It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.

H. L. Mencken



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#14 Posted : Thursday, August 20, 2015 8:09:44 PM
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It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.

H. L. Mencken



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#15 Posted : Friday, August 21, 2015 1:06:27 PM
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It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.

H. L. Mencken



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#16 Posted : Friday, August 21, 2015 3:21:34 PM
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You're sunny with all your picture posts.Smile Oops, I guess I was thinking of Sonny. That should be Funny.BigGrin
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#17 Posted : Friday, August 21, 2015 3:36:29 PM
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TheCatsMeow wrote:
You're sunny with all your picture posts.Smile Oops, I guess I was thinking of Sonny. That should be Funny.BigGrin




I like the pictures with quotes best. The thought is usually boiled down into a sentence or two... it conveys a thought with a minimal space like a ten second sound bite.
It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.

H. L. Mencken



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#18 Posted : Monday, August 24, 2015 7:04:10 PM
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Republicans Create Phony Social Security Crisis


Bernie Sanders Exposes How Republicans Created A Phony Crisis To Cut Social Security Disability


On the very first day of the new Congress, House Republicans passed a rule, later adopted by the full House, which would prevent the common practice of rebalancing funds. What this does is lay the groundwork for a 19% cut in disability benefits.

That’s a horribly devastating cut for individuals – most of whom are in their 50’s and in poor health – to absorb beginning next year. In fact, since most disability recipients receive barely $1,200 a month, a cut of nearly 20 percent could mean the difference between affording food, medicine, clothing or paying bills. It is an unspeakable option and one that we are determined to prevent.

Earlier this month, President Obama suggested a budget that would do exactly what has been done 11 times in the past and that is to rebalance funds between the two programs. The response by the House to block that is merely an attempt to manufacture a crisis where none exists.

What is really happening here is a cynical attempt to divide the senior population from the disability community. And, in the process, they are making untruthful and unfair statements about the Social Security trust funds by insisting that reallocating money into the disability fund takes money away from the retirement fund. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Sen. Sanders (I-VT) added, “Republicans are manufacturing a phony crisis in Social Security in order to cut the earned benefits of millions of the most vulnerable people in this country. The American people won’t let them get away with it. At a time when millions of Americans with disabilities and senior citizens are struggling to pay for food, medicine and heat, we should expand, not cut, Social Security,”

The Republicans plan to cut benefits for 2 million disabled children who are among the 11 million Americans who receive Social Security Disability. The Republican scheme is typical of the cynical and divisive politics that the majority in the current Congress has fully embraced. Congressional Republicans specialize in manufacturing crisis for political gain.


It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.

H. L. Mencken



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#19 Posted : Tuesday, August 25, 2015 7:42:24 PM
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It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.

H. L. Mencken



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#20 Posted : Wednesday, August 26, 2015 5:28:23 PM
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It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.

H. L. Mencken



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