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Obama saw his supporters “like a tiger you can’t control”

Jon Schwarz

So while the Democratic party itself would have been much more powerful overall if Obama had kept his grassroots mobilized and involved, Obama himself and his most important donors and supporters would have been less powerful within the Democratic party. So Obama let the enthusiasm and activism surrounding his candidacy dissipate, all his supporters stayed home in 2010 and Obama’s party suffered a catastrophic collapse.

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"People just hate us now because of this" - Reprieve's Clive Stafford Smith on Shaker Aamer's imprisonment at Gitmo

Clive Stafford Smith: Speaking as an American for a moment, one of the things that upsets me about this is around the world we’re destroying our own reputation no end bad. You know, we have a reputation, or we had a reputation around the world for standing up for human rights and being a leading beacon and all of that. And I’m afraid Guantanamo Bay in particular has just caused so many problems. I travel all over. I go to Pakistan, the Middle East and so forth, and I’m afraid people just hate us now because of this. Because they think we’re just hypocritical. And that’s not good for us. It’s not good for anyone.

Podcast here, transcript below the fold. Read more about "People just hate us now because of this" - Reprieve's Clive Stafford Smith on Shaker Aamer's imprisonment at Gitmo

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A Thank You to Lambert and Corrente

Thank you for being here, for exposing all of the Obamacare clusterfucks, the need for Medicare for All, and for bringing the anger and populism to MMT while fighting the deficit terrorists in the Obama administration. I have also tried to bring the anger and populism to MMT along with advocating for MMT policies and accepting nothing less. We need to get angrier and out of our little academic corner to combat Obama’s neoliberalism and his sycophants. They vomit his deficit terrorist police state apologist BS up onto the veal pen pseudo “progressive” blogosphere daily, and then we are all stuck with the smell. Read more about A Thank You to Lambert and Corrente

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Is HVPCS Too Radical For The Democratic Party?? What About The Left?

I've been following with great interest the debate here over High Value Platinum Coin Seignoirage (HVPCS), as well as Letsgetitdone's fantastic and tireless effort to promote HVPCS as an alternative to Democratic/Republican austerity. Heck, I've even done a blog post or two over at my blog on the issue. My question is not on the legitimacy of HVPCS or the process, but in the way it is being sold and the potential audience to sell it.

It appears to me from reading LGID's essays that he seems to believe that the Democrats and/or President Obama can be pressured to accept and enact HVPCS in the event of an economic or political crisis, in spite of the principled conservative positions of the Treasury Department and Obama's own history as a Third Way corporatist Democrat. As a long time Independent Leftist who left the Dems well over 20 years ago due to their "me too" economic philosophy (among other things), I'm not so sure that approach would be so fruitful. Read more about Is HVPCS Too Radical For The Democratic Party?? What About The Left?

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The Fiscal Cliff

Obama manufactured the Fiscal Cliff as a way of forcing cuts to social programs and blaming it on the crisis he himself created. If the Fiscal Cliff ends up bringing down his presidency it will be a self inflicted wound. Read more about The Fiscal Cliff

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Latest Word on the Trail? I Take It Back

The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative.

They are sent by e-mail from the Obama headquarters in Chicago to reporters who have interviewed campaign officials under one major condition: the press office has veto power over what statements can be quoted and attributed by name.

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President Narcissus

Violet: His biggest mistake was his failure to TELL US A FUCKING STORY????

How is it a man who won an election for state senate, US Senate, and President can be so completely out of touch.

We have soaring rates of unemployment, foreclosures, bankruptcy, homelessness, and suicide, and President Narcissus thinks we would have a better opinion of him if he had only told us a better story? Read more about President Narcissus

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Chinese Citizens Occupy Obama's Google+ Page

Pretty cool:

President Obama's page on Google's social network site has been inundated with messages in Chinese after restrictions in China were removed.

Every current topic on Mr Obama's Google+ page attracted hundreds of Chinese comments.

Some contributors made jokes; others said they were occupying the site in the style of western Occupy campaigns.


On 24 and 25 February, to the consternation of American readers, every current topic on President Obama's 2012 election campaign page attracted hundreds of comments, apparently from China.


A few appealed for the liberty of the civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng, who is under house arrest.

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Wonderful! Drones Set Sights on U.S. Skies

Izvestia: "Drones Set Sights on U.S. Skies"

A new federal law, signed by the president on Tuesday, compels the Federal Aviation Administration to allow drones to be used for all sorts of commercial endeavors — from selling real estate and dusting crops, to monitoring oil spills and wildlife, even shooting Hollywood films. Local police and emergency services will also be freer to send up their own drones.

And what spurred this on? Safety? Homeland Security? Read more about Wonderful! Drones Set Sights on U.S. Skies

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President Fuck You to fuck you heartily with a hot barbed mortgage settlement dildo

From HuffPo:

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration, state attorneys general, and, perhaps, the nation's largest banks are close to a final settlement on the years-long struggle over allegations of massive foreclosure fraud, according to several sources familiar with the talks. And the final details of the arrangement, according to the source who revealed them, will apparently not preclude prosecutors and regulators from taking legal action against many of the common abuses during the house bubble. It remains to be seen whether all parties will ultimately sign off on the language.


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