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Everything posted by BelleLeGrand1

  1. Unfortunately, it's not Peter Finch singing on the soundtrack (sorry, Lorna). He's dubbed by a guy named Jerry Whitman. It's probably just as well with Liv not singing either. I do love that the woman dubbing pregnant Olivia sounds a little out of breath in "The Things I Will Not Miss" number. Very realistic for someone in her condition dancing around a library. Only James Shigeta, Sally Kellerman and Bobby Van do their own singing in the movie.
  2. That's a really good one. I especially like that the letters are addressed to "James." This is where having left the party should come in handy; no more emails or regular mailings begging me for money.
  3. For the past 10 years, we've lived in IA, and participated in the evil caucuses in both 2008 and 2016. As we live in one of the larger cities here, Bernie did very well in our district, receiving an equal number of delegates as HRC. However, we are an anomaly, as the larger rural population skews much more conservative (hence the election of Joni Ernst to replace long time Dem. Senator Tom Harkin). Considering the massive head start HRC had in money, name recognition and, of course, having the backing of super delegates before a single vote was cast, it's amazing how strong a showing Bernie
  4. Just what is Bernie trying to accomplish anyway? Better men than him have tried before to play ball with the entrenched power players and have failed: Thanks to HIGHWAY for posting the following in the other thread; needs to be seen here as well:
  5. He may not have a (D) after his name, but Bernie represents traditional Democratic values more than any DINOs in the current party leadership. If someone like Elizabeth Warren (who turned out to be a big disappointment) had stepped up to the plate, he probably wouldn't have run at all. A big part of the problem is that the Democrats have turned their backs on their base in favor of their big corporate donors. Remember this quote from Chuck Schumer: "For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia, an
  6. It's kinda like the chicken and the egg conundrum. Who abandoned whom anyway? If the Dems are to unify, it must be a two-way street. So far, the DNC seems reluctant to admit any missteps in both the primary process and general election. Instead, they seem to be pointing fingers everywhere (Comey! The Russians! Bernie Bros!) but at themselves. Unification where one faction of the party is expected to submit meekly to the powerful establishment leadership simply won't work. If it feels too much like being in an abusive relationship, then why stay? Yeah, I left the Dems after alm
  7. So far, I've only read the most recent post at this blog, which was suggested to me by my spouse today: https://seeyouin2020.blogspot.com/2016/11/democrats-have-nothing-to-lose-and.html Democrats Have Nothing To Lose And Everything To Gain By Leaving Their Party "As I elaborated on in a previous article, the approach of trying to reform the Democratic Party is not as easy as its advocates prefer to admit. What has become especially apparent this year with the blatant efforts from Democratic leaders to undermine Bernie Sanders' campaign is that the neoliberal wing of the party has man
  8. This may have been discussed elsewhere, but it's food for thought: Michigan's 2016 presidential election by the numbers http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/11/michigans_presidential_electio.html Some highlights: "0.3 percent: That was Donald Trump's margin of victory in Michigan, according to tentative results posted on the Michigan Secretary of State website. The website showed Trump with 2,277,914 votes, or 47.6 percent of the total, and Hillary Clinton with 2,264,807, or 47.33 percent. 87,810: Number of voters this election who cast a ballot but did not cast a vot
  9. Wonder if there's a betting line somewhere on how long it will be before one of them initiates divorce proceedings? I often wondered if she stayed with him only because of her presidential ambitions. I think she'd have gotten a lot more respect and sympathy from women if she'd dumped his philandering a..
  10. It's just a different collective horde mentality, unfortunately. Both sides are guilty of this.
  11. You don't think this is a winning strategy? In July, Schumer said, “The number one factor in whether we retake the Senate is whether Hillary Clinton does well, and I think she’s going to do really well. [...] For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia, and you can repeat that in Ohio and Illinois and Wisconsin.” Then, yesterday came this: "We will unite our caucus and speak to the blue-collar worker in West Virginia, and Michigan, as well as the people who live along the coasts," Schumer, 65,
  12. I'd love to know what I said to make you think that. At any rate, being against HRC doesn't necessarily mean I'm pro-Trump. My spouse has been accused of the same thing posting elsewhere, so you're not alone there. No offense taken. I could never be mad at George Brent. However, I think you're being a little rough on James, who was kind enough to come to my defense.
  13. Counting my chickens? Perhaps you mistake me for a Trump supporter, Hibi.
  14. Times may have changed, but 2008 saw the election of a black man whose middle name is Hussein, so anything is possible. Besides being a vet, she also demonstrated integrity by dropping out of her DNC office to commit to endorsing Bernie. That should work in her favor. I'd like to think that by the time she'd be ready to run, the circumstances would be favorable.
  15. That is a pretty funny repackaging. To be fair, though, Jimmy Dore's been a consistent critic of HRC. I imagine he's shaking his head not because he's disappointed she lost, but because he knew this would happen.
  16. Speaking of overconfidence, Lawrence, you reminded me of something else I read recently: DNC Staff: Arrogance Cost Clinton the Election http://www.usnews.com/news/the-run-2016/articles/2016-11-11/dnc-staff-arrogance-cost-hillary-clinton-the-election-vs-donald-trump?src=usn_fb Disregarding the fact that they used an unnamed (probably out of fear of retribution) source, this piece gives a fascinating insider look at the events of election night.
  17. Yes, he did, Bogie. I would prefer he remain in Congress, though. Former Ohio St. Senator Nina Turner is my preference. Correction: I should have said "I would prefer he remained focused on serving in Congress..." As we have seen by the example of DWS, it's possible to do both, but I would say each job deserves full time attention.
  18. We're all grasping at straws right now. I do believe if the Dems continue to ignore their traditional base they will become ever more irrelevant. The Dems were gloating about what they predicted would be the destruction of the Republican party if Trump got the nomination, but it seems they are the ones facing extinction. Throwing the bums out, as you so aptly put it, would be a good place to start. Speaking of blame, I happened to read this earlier today. Pres. Obama makes some very good points: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/obama-clinton-campaign-work-231370
  19. You're right, the Dems would seem to have lost (I would say, abandoned) their working class base. But, is the answer to keep moving ever farther to the right? When offered the choice of a genuine or a faux Republican, they'll vote for the real thing every time. I don't see the Dems regaining power anytime soon if this right/centrist trend continues. They started losing their way when they sold their soul to win the presidency in 1992, after having lost with weak candidates like Mondale and Dukakis.
  20. One could replace "women" with any number of other groups and come to the same conclusion. Why Women Rejected Hillary http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/11/hillary-clinton-2016-women-214454 "Women didn’t just vote for Trump. They voted against Hillary Clinton. And for many, they weren’t voting against her as a woman. They were voting against her as an establishment figure, and her sex didn’t matter all that much. Try as she might to distance herself—and, in truth, she didn’t try all that hard—HRC could never be anything but a consummate Washington insider at a time when ma
  21. I don't think you're being condescending quite enough there. I consider it an honor to be included with the others here you have belittled.
  22. After reading this, there's no point in continuing further. You are wrong. Where did you get that notion? I've mentioned my experience elsewhere, but it must have escaped your notice. FYI, I enlisted in 1973, at the tail end of Vietnam, so I don't need a history lesson from you, thank you very much.
  23. While that's certainly possible, because of the timing, I'm more inclined to believe it's directly related to our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. People have begun to realize the true cost of sending troops to serve multiple tours in what has become a seemingly endless conflict. Your term, "compensation effect" is apt.
  24. It's pretty staggering to realize that except for the 8 years of Obama, we've had nothing but Clinton/Bush in the White House since 1988! If HRC had somehow managed to win it could possibly have been stretched to 28 of 36 years of dynastic rule. Ridiculous for a country of our size to be limited to just a pool of just two families. At least the Republicans managed to break the cycle by rejecting Jeb(!)
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