This video from the USA says about itself:
6 November 2015
There are two wings in the United States Democratic party.
The left wing are often called ‘yellow dogs’, as they supposedly would even vote for a Democratic candidate if that candidate would be a yellow dog.
The right wing are called ‘blue dogs’. They tend to sometimes vote Republican if they think a Democratic candidate is too left-wing. They are less numerous than the yellow dogs, but powerful because of links to Wall Street and the military-industrial complex; eg, Hillary Clinton.
A Donald Trump presidency would be a disaster for the USA and the world.
What could the Democratic party do to prevent that?
The best choice, according to polls, would be to have Bernie Sanders as its presidential candidate, who would beat Trump by a landslide. Millions of voters of the ‘yellow dog’ kind of Democrat, and millions of independent voters, would enthusiastically vote for Sanders, defeating Trump massively.
The second best choice would be Hillary Clinton as presidential candidate, with a representative of the left wing, like Senator Sanders or Senator Elizabeth Warren, as vice presidential candidate. Millions of voters of the ‘yellow dog’ kind of Democrat, and millions of independent voters, would vote for that Democratic ticket, not as enthusiastically as for Sanders for president, but still defeating Trump.
However, today Hillary Clinton decided for the third-rate option, choosing blue dog Democrat Senator Tim Kain as her candidate for vice president. After Ms Clinton’s wedding gift to Donald Trump, quite possibly she has again done Mr Trump a favour with this. Millions of left wing Democratic voters and millions of independent voters may now either vote extremely unenthusiastically for the ‘lesser evil’ Clinton-Kane ticket to stop the ‘bigger evil’ Trump. Or some of them might stay home. Or some might vote for Ms Jill Stein of the Green party, or for other presidential candidates.
From the Washington Post in the USA today:
Kaine’s VP pick greeted by blowback from progressive groups
By John Wagner July 22 at 11:42 PM
RICHMOND — Even before Sen. Timothy M. Kaine (D-Va.) was unveiled Friday as Hillary Clinton’s running mate, liberal groups were teed up to criticize the pick.
Kaine’s boosters say that Kaine, a former Virginia governor and chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is far more progressive than many of his critics realize.
But several organizations, including some with ties to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the runner-up in the Democratic primaries, sharply questioned Kaine’s liberal bona fides, pointing to Kaine’s support of trade deals and regulations favorable to big banks.
Stephanie Taylor, the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, worried that Kaine’s support of a pending trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership could allow Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to “outflank” Clinton on trade. …
“It’s now more important than ever that Hillary Clinton run an aggressive campaign on core economic ideas like expanding Social Security, debt-free college, Wall Street reform, and yes, stopping the TPP,” Taylor said. “It’s the best way to unite the Democratic Party and stop Republicans from winning over swing voters on bread-and-butter issues.”
On Thursday, as speculation was mounting that Kaine would be Clinton’s choice, Charles Chamberlain, executive director of the activist network Democracy for America, which backed Sanders in the primaries, said that it should be “disqualifying” for any potential Democratic vice-presidential nominee to “help banks dodge consumer protection standards.”
That was based in part on a bipartisan letter that Kaine signed on Monday urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to “carefully tailor its rulemaking” regarding community banks and credit unions so as not to “unduly burden” these institutions with regulations aimed at commercial banks.
On Friday, Norman Solomon, the coordinator of a group billing itself as the Bernie Delegates Network, called Kaine “a loyal servant of oligarchy.”
“If Clinton has reached out to Bernie supporters, it appears that she has done so to stick triangulating thumbs in their eyes,” said Solomon, whose organization claims to represent hundreds of Sanders delegates attending the convention in Philadelphia but is not coordinating with the campaign.
The group has threatened to protest during the Democratic convention with Kaine on the ticket.
“It shows a woeful disregard to the progressives who fought so hard this year to create conditions for transformational change this country desperately needs,” Wong said. “Team Clinton did the math on this horse race and they are betting on Tim Kaine to court those white male moderate/Indy voters who won’t vote for her. I doubt they can be moved.” …
Greenpeace, however, took issue with some of Kaine’s positions on issues related to climate change, with Annie Leonard, the group’s executive director saying “he still has a long way to go” to prove he’s a “progressive force.”
WikiLeaks releases thousands of documents about Clinton and internal deliberations: here.
WikiLeaks: Democratic Party officials appear to discuss using Sanders’s faith against him: here.
This video from the USA says about itself:
22 July 2016
Relax and contemplate 20 minutes of a majestic Red Shouldered Hawk perching high in a dead tree and you’ll come to appreciate the meaning of “Watch Like a Hawk”.
This video from the USA today says about itself:
Tim Kaine is Hillary‘s VP! Is it the right pick?
No, according to a comment on YouTube:
Michael Moore Gives 5 Scary Reasons Why Trump Will Win: here.
Instead of Hillary Clinton, on the right wing of the Democratic Party, choosing a left wing Democrat, like Bernie Sanders or Senator Elizabeth Warren, she chose a candidate of the same ‘blue dog’ right wing as herself.
Clinton Inflames Progressive Base with Choice of Tim Kaine as Vice President: here.
Clinton taps Tim Kaine for vice president, but fails to impress Sanders supporters: here.
Hillary Clinton Picks Virginia Senator Tim Kaine for VP, Frustrating Sanders Delegates. Clinton calls him progressive, but critics say he’s too pro-corporate: here.
However, when it comes to progressives, Kaine isn’t necessarily the best pick. The Virginia Senator came under fire earlier this week after signing a letter in support of easing big bank regulations. Charles Chamberlain, the executive director of Democracy for America released a statement on Thursday that suggested Kaine would not be a good pick, considering “his vote for fast track authority for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership and this newly uncovered push for bank deregulation“: here.
By Tom Hall in the USA:
In signal to military, Hillary Clinton picks Senator Tim Kaine as running mate
23 July 2016
Presumptive Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton selected Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate on Friday. The announcement, made in advance of next week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, was originally due to be made at a rally in Tampa, Florida but was instead delivered hours later over Twitter.
In selecting Kaine, Clinton is making clear that she plans on running a right-wing, pro-war campaign targeted at winning over the military and sections of the Republican Party dissatisfied with Trump, and particularly the Republican candidate’s attitude toward Russia.
Kaine occupies a position on the right wing of the party, one of the so-called “blue dog Democrats,” and is among the most hawkish figures among Senate Democrats. As governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010, Kaine oversaw billions of dollars in cuts to the state budget. The state of Virginia is a major center for the military and defense industry, and is home to the Pentagon and the headquarters of the CIA.
Between 2009 and 2011, Kaine served as the head of the Democratic National Committee, the leadership body of the Democratic Party. He is close to Wall Street, having recently backed measures to deregulate banks.
These no-fly zones are the idea of the not-so-humanitarian NATO ally, the Erdogan regime in Turkey. They would be an escalation of war, increasing chances of Russia-NATO war. Which would not ‘alleviate’ suffering, but greatly increase it, in Syria and potentially worldwide.
US Papers Bury News of US Killing of 85 Syrian Civilians: here.
This video from the USA says about itself:
22 July 2016
Charles Lenchner co-founder of People for Bernie tells Paul Jay that Sanders delegates understand the threat of the Republican party, but people should assert their democratic will and fight for the values they believe in.
This video says about itself:
Honduras: National University Students To Have Cultural Celebrations
22 July 2016
National University students are preparing several cultural activities as a celebration after the announcement of the University board who cancelled criminal accusations on student leaders. Our Correspondent, Gerardo Torres with details.
This video from Britain says about itself:
13 July 2016
Trailer: The Killing$ of Tony Blair
By Maria Duarte in Britain:
The deadly Blair Rich Project
Friday 22nd July 2016
The Killing$ of Tony Blair (15)
Directed by Sanne Van Den Burgh, Daniel Turi and Greg Ward
AFTER the Chilcot report, which showed “Teflon Tony” riding once more into the breach and unrepentant about his decision to go to war in Iraq, comes this sobering documentary outlining his deadly, far-reaching legacy and the financial greed of Tony Blair Inc.
Co-written, produced and presented by George Galloway, this crowd-funded film investigates the three killings of Tony Blair — those of the Labour Party, the hundreds of thousands of innocent people killed in Iraq during and after the war and the huge financial killing that he has made as a public speaker and a political consultant after leaving office — dubbed the Blair Rich Project by Galloway.
Through interviews with leading observers, former ambassadors, a UN weapons inspector, political journalists and politicos during Blair’s time in office, combined with extensive archive footage, the film paints a disturbing picture of a slick, ruthless and avaricious operator.
His sister-in-law Lauren Booth describes him as a charmer and how, if he came into the room, he would charm even Galloway and make his heart flutter. Galloway responds that he would have to arrest him thereafter.
While the documentary does not reveal any astounding new truths about the former Labour prime minister or the Iraq war, it does remind us of the events that led to it and its devastating legacy.
What is more fascinating — and shocking — is the film’s assertion that Blair traded policy for cash and how he allegedly used his time in office to secure his future once he left politics.
Galloway does point out some of Blair’s achievements such as the introduction of the national minimum wage, cutting child poverty significantly and brokering peace in Northern Ireland.
Yet Blair’s private finance initiatives were privatisation by the back door and big business boomed under New Labour due to an absence of regulation.
The film outlines how Blair joined JPMorgan Chase bank once he left Downing Street and used his global contacts to reportedly broker deals for them. And he’s acted as a lucratively paid consultant for dictators and delivered hour-long speeches for hundreds of thousands of pounds. Generally, he’s cashed in on the Iraq war and that leaves a more than nasty taste in the mouth.