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Lanny Davis Puts Dems to Shame

Posted on Jan 4, 2011
AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta

Lanny Davis, a former White House special counsel, poses next to photos of him with President Bush and former President Clinton in his Washington office in 2004. 

By Robert Scheer

Last week The New York Times carried a report on the tawdry lobbying practice of Lanny J. Davis, who first came to public attention with his strident defense of Bill Clinton following the stained blue dress incident. As The Times reported, Davis now spins the truth for political leaders with much more horrendous acts to hide:

“Since leaving the White House, Mr. Davis has built a client list that now includes coup supporters in Honduras, a dictator in Equatorial Guinea … the Ivory Coast strongman whose claims to that country’s presidency have been condemned by the international community and may even set off a civil war.”

Quite an embarrassment for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been a close chum of Davis going back to the days when she and Bill were classmates of his at Yale. This is a generation of ’60s-bred political leaders who rose from the Ivy League elite obsessed with the conceit that they could do well—meaning get enormously powerful and/or filthy rich—while doing good. 

Doing good, as in professing a concern for the downtrodden, turned out to be nothing more than a cover for acquiring immense personal political and economic power. The value of the Davis example, as with the parade of Wall Street hustlers so prominent among the Clintonistas, is that his greed has broken his cover. A day before The New York Times story was published, Davis ended his $100,000-a-month contract to advance the cause of Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo. But as reporters Ginger Thompson and Eric Lipton noted, “Still, his role in West Africa has stoked growing criticism that Mr. Davis has become a kind of front man for the dark side, willing to take on some of the world’s least noble companies and causes.”

Davis’ influence peddling, which implies great access to Hillary and other top Democratic politicians, has provided an enormous embarrassment for the State Department Clinton heads. State Department spokesman Phillip J. Crowley responded to The Times by stating: “Lanny is a relentless and effective interlocutor, but he cannot change the basic facts and interests that guide our foreign policy,” and referring to Davis’ clients in the Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea, respectively, Crowley added, “President Gbagbo scheduled an election that he lost fair and square. That’s a fact. [Equatorial Guinea’s] President Obiang had an abysmal human rights record. That’s a fact.”


Square, Site wide

The State Department has been late to respond to the controversies generated by a man who acted as Hillary Clinton’s designated surrogate during her failed presidential campaign. Why should it not be assumed by foreign leaders that the outlandish actions of someone who promotes his past service to Bill and Hillary Clinton in his resume reflects her views, or at the very least that he has access to those making U.S. foreign policy. 

Davis’ foreign policy interventions were reported by Glenn Greenwald in Salon in August of 2009. “Davis’ history is as long and consistent as it is sleazy,” Greenwald wrote, noting that Davis was the chief lobbyist for Pakistani dictator General Pervez Musharraf back in the ’90s when Pakistan was one of only three governments to diplomatically recognize the Taliban tyrants in Afghanistan. It was also the period in which Pakistan developed into a nuclear power whose top nuclear scientist, A.Q. Khan, whom Musharraf coddled, shared that technology with North Korea, Libya and Iran. 

Greenwald also exposed the corporate payoffs behind “pundit” Davis’ frequent appearances in the media to challenge significant pro-labor and pro-consumer health care legislation initiatives while still calling himself a “liberal.” Today Davis makes a big point of blasting those on the Democratic Party’s left, like calling Rachel Maddow “sanctimonious and intolerant” when she dared criticize Bill Clinton’s record as president.  Yet he had no qualms about breaking with his party and supporting Connecticut’s Joe Lieberman as an Independent against the Democratic senatorial candidate in 2006.

Last January, after the stunning loss of Ted Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts to a Republican, a commentary by Davis in the Wall Street Journal was headlined “Blame the Left for Massachusetts.” He focused on the left’s criticism of President Obama’s not-yet-passed health plan for its lack of a public option to control costs while conveniently ignoring that the Obama plan was based on that state’s own model, which also failed to provide a public option or any other serious means of controlling health costs.

The cause of the defeat also had far more to do with the economic meltdown enabled by Bill Clinton’s radical financial deregulation that opened the floodgates of unfettered Wall Street greed and led to millions of home foreclosures and massive unemployment. But Davis chose to blame the left, even though it was a centrist Democrat who lost.

The fact that the White House lawyer who most ardently defended Clinton has since put his dissembling talents at the service of ruthless dictators is not the fault of the former president or his wife, but it is a reminder of the shameful opportunism that characterized the Clinton presidency and which some so-called “New Democrats” like Davis insist the Obama presidency should emulate. 

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By TAO Walker, January 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm Link to this comment

It might seem to’ve been a “mistake,” as “fearnotruth” implies, for us to have let the “self”-obsessed retro-viral entity get as far as it has here….instead of smothering it in “the-cradle-of-‘civilization’.”  We’ve done that, nevertheless, in order to make this the last Living World it ever gets its ‘hooks’ into.  The things rapacious “fuck” stops here.

This Old Savage is sure no literary critic, but “gerard”‘s poem looks like a pretty good one.  Nice of her to share it with us.

Like it says in Hexagram 33, Retreat….Step away from the carnage, and get out of harm’sway.


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By fearnotruth, January 8, 2011 at 4:37 am Link to this comment

RE: ...this ‘thing’ that had appeared so suddenly in our Country.

eventually real humans come to realize big mistakes, like enabling this ‘thing’  to survive here in its first few hapless seasons… but then its relentless sprawling was without bounds - ultimately over the entire globe, even into cosmic space… but ultimately devouring its own… until only forgiveness is left - hope we meet some day, outside cyberspace

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By TAO Walker, January 8, 2011 at 2:20 am Link to this comment

So there were these Indians one time, who saw the beginnings of the “civilization” disease erupting here and there on Turtle Island.  There was no question, right from the beginning, about it being something only The Council Circle Way was up to addressing.  First, though, it was also obvious we needed to get up-close and Person-al with the intrusion, to see and hear and touch and taste and smell and in all ways sensible be actually exposed to it….before we could usefully consider it In-Council.

So these Indians sent members of their Tiyoshpaye to go where the sickness was already strong, and to see what it was doing to our Sisters and Brothers in these places.  Over the next several Winters these Scouts, Men and Women, came back to the Tiyoshpaye a few at a time to tell what they had gathered about its nature, in the Council that was called together once all had returned.

That Circle was easily the the longest anyone could remember.  It took most of a Generation of constant attention just to arrive at a shared sense of the real nature of this ‘thing’ that had appeared so suddenly in our Country.  Meantime, of course, other Tiyoshpayes had responded similarly to its effects in theirs, so a Grand Council was convened during the SunDance.  This then went-on for nearly another Generation….with more Scouting Reports coming in all the time. 

At-last, though, the shared sense emerged.  The thing that had invaded Turtle Island was clearly a species of disease.  Its most obvious tactic was to infect susceptible Natural Persons in a way that turned them into “individuals,” eclipsing their Humanity to the extent that in certain fundamental ways they become sort of half-Human, and so from the People’s Way of looking at it only half-alive.  These “self” carriers then attacked their Tiyoshpayes by disrupting the harmony and balance essential to their health and wholeness, and the fulfillment of their immune function….what the Dine People call The Beauty Way.  Among communities especially hard-hit, the ruthless pyramid scheme appeared full-blown, and The Circle Way was buried in Stone and drowned in Blood.

This was the pattern of the thing, its observed “process,” with ‘local’ variations, wherever it erupted.  So then came the difficult part for these Indians.  It took two more generations to come to a shared understanding of how we could most effectively respond, as vital components in the immune system of our Mother Earth, to help Her Living Arrangement, Her ‘fleshing-out’ of Father Sun’s Vision, to live through this assault by something obviously intent upon destroying us all.

Among a great many other agreed-upon responses it was decided we would, at some time when it seemed possibly helpful, try to remind our captive Sisters and Brothers of how things had come to be so fucked-up for them and for The Living Arrangement.  We would try to wake them up to their genuine Human Nature, and their place as Human Beings in our Living Arrangement, as vital components in Her immune system.

We would encourage them to get free of the death-grip the “self” had on them, rendering them helpless as Natural Persons.  We would remind them of the Tiyoshpaye Way, The Way of Natural Organic Human Community.  We would invite them to rejoin us surviving free wild Native Peoples in Indian Country….the Natural Home of The Human Spirit.

That’s all been done now, and even more, right here on what is called the WorldWideWeb.  The rest is up to you, Sisters and Brothers.



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By gerard, January 8, 2011 at 12:38 am Link to this comment

TaoWalker:  I’m moved to send you this before the site goes down.  It was written last year.

(Works of Francisco de Goya from 1820-1824)

After the eighty ”Caprices”— veiled comment
on Popish proscriptions—and the “Disasters,”
which appeal to more tender consciences, Goya

was unable to hear voices of friends or enemies
He faced the white walls of his “Quinta del Sordo”
where sunlight from small casements.

splashed squares of yellow brilliance
on the long expanses of bare floor.
During the span of these four years
the fleeting beauty of the changing seasons
intruded upon his dolour.  He countered,
with fourteen “Black Paintings”—dour, perverse,

their subjects haunted by shadows of terror.
His failing vision perceived a vertigo of goats,
ghouls and grotesques.  He battled fiercely

to persist as age pressed down upon him.
the insufferable calamities of time,
disappointment and rage.  He survived

desperation only by delineating a dark irony
honed to the sharpness of knives and needles.
One day he walked out, locked the door and left

saying, “Who cannot extinguish
the fire in his house, must separate
himself from it.”  How he speaks

to the modern soul grown deaf and blind,
covering walls with calamitous expectations, 
hoping to run away before we are consumed!

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By TAO Walker, January 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment

Sometimes “sarcasm,” even from Sweet Little Old Ladies, is entirely appropriate.  Any Circle “gerard” sits in can only be the better for her presence it.  Guess the Quakers never forgot The Joker is WILD….the original FREE Radical.  All us Native Peoples play-with that Card, in various guises, every Day.



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By gerard, January 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment

TaoWalker:  Your all-too-brief description of the Council Circle Way sat me right down in the middle of a Quaker Meeting again.  You remember the old joke-line: “How many Quakers does it take to change a light bulb.”  (the answer being any number the joker wishes to insert)
  Probably because Quakers are too individualistic, believing as they do in “that of God in Every Man.” (George Fox or one of the many other Worthies who (individually) went to prison for their singular 17th Century belief that the King of England need not necessarily be obeyed (in that strange demand for hat-removal, of all things!)  Some of them died—but then, so did the King of England!)
  Anyhow, I have some small experience with Councils, and the Friends Committee on National Legislation in DC has been trying (with occasional success) to sell that idea to the U.S. Congress for some decades now, along with other proposals for laws that might benefit the bottom 90% of what passes for “American society.”  (Forgive the sarcasm!)
  So, you see, that “little old lady” is with you even when she is against you.

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By TAO Walker, January 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm Link to this comment

What REDHORSE said!



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By REDHORSE, January 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm Link to this comment

I sometimes share the old Koan about the Master who ask’d the Seeker “Who discovered water?”. The Seeker having no answer replied “Who?”. The Master confessed he himself had no answer: “But I’m certain it wasn’t the fish.”

    I agree with TAOWALKER that most of us are so submerged in the toxicity of the times that not only can we not see the “forest for the trees” but most of us are ill in mind, body and spirit from CONtact with the radioactive rigged sideshow we call Corporate Fascism. We’re hooked. A mass cold turkey withdrawal might provide the common reality and voice many of us are searching for. That’s the common denominator we need for unity and unity is the only path to leadership. To paraphrase a FAT FREDDY suggestion: “We admitted we were powerless over the disease in Washington and our lives had become unmanageable.” Unplug.

    Reconnection with family (or making of a new one), community with re-exploration and healing of “our own” moral/psychic damage would serve us well. There is no longer a “political”. There is for all practical purposes no longer a “government”. All decisions have become moral decisions and D.C. is profligate. Either find unity and common ground or continue as intellectual/emotional hydrophobes tearing at the too often Red Meat journalism dished up on the “net”.

    M.CALVIN RN and many others (myself included) shout ORGANIZE but we’re obviously unable/unwilling to do so. Many organizations are compromised and infiltrated. (Outside the ACLU I’ve yet to find any citizen action group supporting Campaign Finance Reform in my State.) I point to the Boehner capture of the House as proof of how fractured American Political Consciousness is. TAOWALKER may or may not be correct when he suggests abandonment of the"civilization disease” but there is no question that an open war on Human Consciousness, Human Community and the Earth itself is underway. Either the perps are totally insane or the planet has been invaded by an alien consciousness set to destroy it outright.

    Whatever form salvation may assume,faith in D.C. criminals amounts to foolish superstition. The waters of this nightmare are deep and the hard fought for solid ground of change within each may help us all find the common ground to stand as one.

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By TAO Walker, January 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm Link to this comment

We all of us here in this CONtrarily ‘linear’ virtual Council Circle have come, as “gerard” reminds us, honestly by our respective points-of-view.  She tells us, as best she can, how The-Situation looks from hers.  Then another participant does, and then another, and so-on.  That’s what we’re here together for, anyway, after-all….supposedly.

Of course that we are (virtually) here together at-all, suggests we are in general agreement that there is something fundamentally problematical about what it is we’re looking-at together….from particular points-of-view.  Otherwise we probably wouldn’t be bothering to (virtually) be here at-all because we’d see no need to be….everything being happily hunky-dory.

In Indian Country we do actually (not virtually) get together in The Council Circle Way to look at something that comes to our precious attention because it requires a Living response from us, as vital components in Earth’s immune system.  We sit in a Circle and describe in-turn, as clearly as we can, how whatever-it-is looks from that particular ‘angle.’  We keep going around the Circle until we feel, all together, that the sense we’ve gotten about whatever-it-is is as comprehensive as possible….that we have a reliable sense of the actual essential nature of whatever-it-is.

Then we sit in the Circle and talk-about how best to respond, as Human Persons and Peoples, to the presence of whatever-it-is in The Living Arrangement.  We keep-on keepin’-on that Way ‘til we find the natural consensus about that.  Then we DO what we ARE.

In the virtual world-o’-hurt things proceed almost entirely on a different ‘track.’  The implacable imperatives of “self”-interest (often collected more-or-less randomly into this-that-or-another “group” of similar [though due-to the absolute uniqueness of each and every “individual” never exactly the same] “self”-interests) have each “individual” “citizen” feeling a need to assert and defend a “position”....from his/her unique “individual” perspective.

So it’s hardly any wonder that even good-faith attempts (like those here) to come to some sufficiently comprehensive understanding-of and some mutually beneficial common response-to, any given predicament, never really overcome the deadly handicap inherent in CONtests-of-wills for ‘dominance’-of-the-world by compulsively ‘competing’ “self”-interests.  It is all just too insanely “self”-referential to ever arrive at anything but the inevitable DEAD END most here seem to agree is right-now, at a greater or lesser ‘distance’ (depending on perspective), staring us all in the-face.

So far, we here are not anywhere near agreement on just what in Hell this ‘thing’ even is, really.  Yet many of us are advancing proposals for the best way to address its not entirely salubrious (we DO seem generally to agree on that) presence in our midst.  Somebody here see a criminal CONs-piracy….which cries-out for Justice.  From another point-of-view it looks to be more of a fundamental flaw in our Human Nature….maybe never to be actually repaired, but perhaps possible to go-on-half-living-with when sufficiently hedged-about by the right philosophical systems and their necessary institutional enforcement mechanisms.  There are, also, a bunch of variations on shifting combinations of the above basic themes.

From where this Old Indian sits ‘it’ still looks like the “self”-centric disease-of-CONceit, which has infected those Humans among us who’ve been and are being subjected (effectively by each ‘other’) to the “civilization” process, which CONsists of relentless “individual”-ization.  This suggests, to this Old Savage anyhow, the need not for “law enforcement” or religious “revival,” but for some actual Medicine specific to the actual process of the ailment.

The Virtue of Organic Integrity, as components in Earth’s immune system, could very well do the trick here, Sisters and Brothers.


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By gerard, January 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm Link to this comment

TaoWalker: Thanks for this:  ” It isn’t and never has been “civilization” that provides our needs.  That fucking ego-trip, with its false-eCONomy operating-system, has actually gotten between most of us and the free access we need, to be whole and healthy, to the Source of our sustenance….which still is and has always been the Natural Living Arrangement of our Mother Earth.”  It seems to me to clarify a lot. 
  If you see “civilization” as “false-economy operating system”, that is how I see “capitalism”, or even more broadly “overweening interest in business, trade, market, buy-and-sell, profit, interest, gamble, win-lose, make money,” etc. ad nauseum.
  I don’t tie “capitalism” to “individualism” particularly or exclusively.  For me “individualism” has more a meaning of awareness of what has sometimes been called “the divine spark” in every person, born unique, different, and therefore valuable and deserving of rights to be born, nurtured, loved and valued; free to learn, to contribute to the lives of others, to support good over evil, etc. etc. 
“Capitalism” is a sick extention of a dangerously twisted man-made economic “system” that has appealed to human greed to a degree where it is out of control and apparently beyond its own ability to self-correct—an ability that exists in Nature-made systems.
  So much for mere words.  I won’t go on and on about this; maybe this clears the air somewhat.  I’ll just add that, while I have no belief in the value of capitalism as a man-made system, that doesn’t mean that I have no belief in any man-made systems.  But capitalism has spread (like a disease as you point out) so broadly throughout human societies that it is extraordinarily difficult to know the most effective “medicines”.  Certainly, getting out of the area of contamination is one way. My concern is mainly for those millions who are trapped.
  Our backgrounds are apparently different.  I’m city-born and bred (as I’ve said somewhere previously) - one of trillions—and my attitudes are as inbred as yours.  My ideal world contains room for both and the possibility of mutual understanding and coming together. For me it’s not either/or, but (and I’ve said this before, too) both/and???

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By TAO Walker, January 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment

Maybe Dr. “Amon Drool” has the right patent-remedy prescription after-all….though his by-TheBook diagnosis seems sorta off-the-wall flakey.  Here in Indian Country we say The Way to know is to go and see.  If more hair-of-the-god that’s killing you looks like your best bet for the condition your CONdition is in….chug it down, tame Sisters and Brothers.

One thing that’s f’r sure is, one way or another we’re ALL going-to-see….laughing all The Way?


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By TAO Walker, January 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment

For every Lanny Davis livin’ high-on-the-hog today there are ten thousand people who don’t have even the minimum “Recommended Daily Requirement”....of anything.  It isn’t and never has been “civilization” that provides our needs.  That fucking ego-trip, with its false-eCONomy operating-system, has actually gotten between most of us and the free access we need, to be whole and healthy, to the Source of our sustenance….which still is and has always been the Natural Living Arrangement of our Mother Earth.

Earth and Sun and all the myriad Life-forms they’ve brought into Being have always and still do nourish and clothe and shelter and heal the Human element in that mix.  The ego-bound domesticated peoples aren’t holding-up their end of the bargain, and so now depend desperately on the terminal disease they worship for all the toxic “assets” making-up their fraying illusion of viability.  “truthdigger3” no-doubt sees all this plain enough already, without this Old Indian calling attention to it.

The numbers are irrelevant.  Natural Living Organic Communities of Natural Persons, fulfilling our Organic Function here, are nourished by All Our Relations.  Random collections of “self”-centric “individuals” are shit-out-of-luck….in or out-of the “civilization” CONtraption.

“It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall!”


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By Amon Drool, January 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment

gerard…remember the psychological concept of co-dependency that emerged into pop culture in the late 70’s?  it gave articulation to what happens in a lotta relationships.  well-meaning people can sometimes hang onto one another even though their relationship has ceased to provide beneficial growth for either of them.  when such a point is reached, it’s probably best to just cut your losses by either breaking off the relationship or at least developing a sense of humor about the relationship.

there’s a lotta stuff to like about tao.  but the guy is irritating.  his constant addressing of TD’s commenteriat as ‘tame brothers and sisters, members of the sub-species homo domesticus’ is an example of this.  the TD commenters who i have most respect for throw out ideas about possible changes and reforms in the design of our political/economic institutions and processes.  tao seems to think that only when a change of consciousness about our ideas of self and individuality comes about will things take a turn for the better.  but changing ‘consciousness’ is pretty amorphous stuff. i think reforming our designs of politics and economy in a more democratic direction will lead to a more positive change of consciousness than tao’s musings about ‘self’ and ‘individuality’.

for those of you who picked a Zap comic during the 60’s, tao seems to be playing mr. natural to our flakey fount.  i find it best just to chuckle about this situation.

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By truedigger3, January 7, 2011 at 5:15 am Link to this comment

Tao Walker,

If in your opinion, civilization is the problem afflicting humans, then how far back we have to go to return to nature? Are you advocating going back to hunters and gatherers society, where human were only armed with stone tipped spears and no bows and arrows and o nshields.
Can you give us a brief concrete description, few lines will be enough, of how do you want us to live and can this arrangement provide sustenance to the current approximately seven billions people who are inhabiting the earth?

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By TAO Walker, January 7, 2011 at 1:16 am Link to this comment

If “gerard” had been reading more carefully she might’ve seen it is the “self” that is described as “cringing, crippled, terrified,” NOT this Old Indian’s Sisters and Brothers, tame or otherwise.  Of course, one major symptom of the “civilization” disease is its tendency to keep those Humans caught-up in its process CONvinced that they ARE their “self”, their role-playing “self”, and nothing but their “self.”  Maybe “gerard” is among those who have fallen hook-line-and-sinker for that trick, and so feels offended, on behalf of her “self,” by any uncomplimentary characterizations of the damned thing that has attached itself to her, a Natural Person, and is fooling her into thinking it IS the her.

To be fair, few if any among our domesticated Human Relations anticipated that the sacrifice required, to get free of the “self”-destructing charnel house that is the false-eCONomy operating-system of the “civilization” disease process, would turn-out to be that of their very own “self.”  They sure-as-hell should’ve known, though, because we’ve been saying it to ‘em, in every possible way, for about 10,000 years now.  We’ve even been offering many variations on The Way to detach from “self.” 

This could’ve been a lot easier, and could be still, for volunteers.  After all, “self”-sacrifice has always been The Way to Liberation….ask any free wild natural Human Person.

Now, however, for maybe most it’s going to be every-bit as painful as you were warned it would be, if you waited to the last “trump.”  So under these especially trying circumstances it’s not surprising, now the moment-of-truth is actually here, that there is considerable kicking-and-screaming and taking-of-umbrage from those who just want to pretend to be nothing-but-their-“self”....“Hey! Just a little bit longer, Oh yeah.”

Hey!  Let ‘em knock their “self” out.  The harder they cling, though, the more painful it’ll be when it’s finally pried from their cold dead hands….oh wait, that’s their guns.  Same principle applies, though, except it’ll be from their achey-breaky heads.

Meantime, it’s a mystery to this Old Savage what “gerard” finds so offensive about “LOVE the ones you’re with!”....unless it’s that they’re NOT her “self.”


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By gerard, January 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment

TaoWalker:  Your words like these:  ” get free of your cringing, crippled, terrified “self,” tame Sisters and Brothers, and simply LOVE the ones you’re with!” are alienating. They strongly imply that “we others” are sadly lacking in strong characters and emotions. Why do you consistently slam the door in the faces of those with whom you are conversing?

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By TAO Walker, January 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm Link to this comment

If REDHORSE means there could be no “solution” to be derived from any combination of the crippling elements making-up and encapsulated within the “self”-centric ‘dominance’ paradigm driving all this insanity, he is quite correct….and no “maybe” about it.  If he fears there’s none anywhere short of the terminal ‘release’ of world-wide catastrophe, even of the being-nibbled-to-death-by-“neem"s (1-thru-?) variety, the outlook might actually be a lot better.

For all its “global” pretensions, the retro-viral entity whose “civilization” disease process is eating us all alive remains actually extremely vulnerable to “arrest” and reversal by an awakened Humanity.  That’s to say Humanity, as such, awakened to its given Organic Function as components in the natural immune system of our Mother Earth, in the Form (and having the virtuous integrity) of Natural Organic Communities within Her Living Arrangement.

No doubt that formulation still seems strange to those trapped in their “individual”-ity who’ve been misled their entire half-lives to be completely insensate to anything but their own and other “selfs,” which are the only virtual inhabitants of that virtual world-o’-hurt now closing-in relentlessly around them.  The “solution” to that “self”-inflicted predicament is nowhere to be found inside its own “self”-serving CONstruct….which is anyhow a relatively tiny bubble-world within the effectively limitless Entirety.

REDHORSE and everybody else feeling the “squeeze” these days are all invited to just let your “self” go…and be totally healthy without it anyway, here in free wild Indian Country.


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By Michael Cavlan RN, January 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm Link to this comment

Redhorse and Tao Walker

There is an answer..

ORGANIZE to destroy the current pro-war, corporate corrupted political system.

Some of us are doing just that, in our different ways. We could use some help.

In the words of MY people (The Irish)

Dia Duith Agus Go Raibh Maith Agat, Mo Chairde

Creaters Blessings and My Thanks Goes With You, My Allies

Tiocfaidh Ar La

Our Day Will Come

Orrrrrr we could sit here and blog away to our hearts content.


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By REDHORSE, January 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment

Yet another smug thug who cares less than nothing for the current reality of American life. There are thousands like him on K-Street. Petty fixers and bag men all.

    Neither Mr. Scheers article or posters responses offer solution. Could it be there isn’t one?

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By TAO Walker, January 6, 2011 at 12:17 pm Link to this comment

As an object lesson maybe Lanny Davis does, as “Alturn” suggests, inadvertently do the rest of us a “service.”  As his-“self,” however, he’s been rendered completely irrelevant, even within the shrinking CONfines of the cesspool where he does is “business.”

Is “Maitreya,” or whoever it is that’s passing-on his(?) advice and observations, perhaps CONfusing “awareness” with Virtue.  ‘Cause it doesn’t look like merely being “aware” of their predicament, which lots of the captives are now, by itself can do them much good.  The Virtue of organic functional integrity is what overcomes adversity, and this unfortunately isn’t really accessible to the “individual.”



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By alturn, January 6, 2011 at 1:10 am Link to this comment

Lanny Davis is doing a tremendous service.  Many democrats were under the illusion that people like Davis only existed as republicans.  The more people become aware of that illusion, the closer we are to change.

““Where the people’s voice is not heard, there will be revolution”. This is not prediction, but an instance of the law of cause and effect. Where there is suppression, repression, this force will collide against a growing awareness in the people. . .
“Awareness alone is more powerful than nuclear bombs, more powerful than anything else in the universe. Awareness is even ‘beyond light’ and is growing fast now”.”
- World Teacher Maitreya through an associate as reported to the media by Share International

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By babycatajesus, January 5, 2011 at 10:54 pm Link to this comment

Lanny Davis looks like an animated corpse to me!
His diabolical conduct marks him as a psychopath, like his fellow brethren on Wall Street - apparently “human”, but only in appearance!
One wonders who or what pulls his “strings”?

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By TAO Walker, January 5, 2011 at 10:45 pm Link to this comment

In the time it took “gerard” to describe her solution, several hundreds (at-least) of captive Human “individuals” (along with millions of our Relatives) got driven over “the cliff.”  By the time it’ll take to assemble masses of remaining “individuals” into various-sized random collections of them, well….“time” is going to run-out.

This isn’t to say all these proto-communities she’s counting-on don’t exist, or that they won’t in-fact emerge naturally and spontaneously into our Living Arrangement as the Natural Organic Human Communities that are essential to recovering in sufficient strength the organic function that Humanity, as such, provides in Her immune system.  It is to say there’s no way to “talk” or “vote” or “charm” (note this Old Savage refrained from saying “CONjure”) such natural forms into existence.

That’s how come this Old Indian always recommends that people come together, where they’re living and breathing right now, in actual hands-on real-time aid of each other and our Mother Earth.  This is just what “gerard”‘s ORGAN-ized groups must do (maybe are doing), as the natural organic Living Human response to a natural organic Living need….healing our Mother and Our Relatives and each other of the “civilization” disease.

So, again,  get free of your cringing, crippled, terrified “self,” tame Sisters and Brothers, and simply LOVE the ones you’re with!


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By gerard, January 5, 2011 at 9:49 pm Link to this comment

TaoWalker:  Who is interested in “taking a run” at “it”—if by “it” you mean the “global maximum security system”  One possible “solution” is to bring enough people to an understanding of the enormous human ability to “self-correct”.  Then enough people with vision to articulate viable alternatives and bring people not presently aware of those possibilities into an engagement to help make changes for the better, possible.
  Then choice of possible, cooperative, non-violent, non-threatening method(s) of reaching out to others even those who resent change, fear it, or fight it. 
  Next, how to implement the methods’ effectiveness, engage cooperation, widen awareness, increase personal involvement in a variety of related actions at grass roots level. (Seeing engagement in change as opportunity to solve a difficult new puzzle, not as a threat or a doom. “If we don’t, we will die, etc. etc” which sends people running and hiding.
  Apparently my basic attitude is so different from most of the commenters that it is scarcely intelligible. (You understand that because you are having the same difficulties in being “understood.”)
  Anyway, there are millions of people working already on all kinds of beneficial and intelligent ideas and visions who are ready to join in and unite to form massive groups in touch with each other and aware of how to cooperate more, with mutual understanding growing by leaps and bounds with the need plus the help of the internet. Those who speak of “taking it down” are victims of blind fear and are therefore some of the first that have to be reached. But the force against them is formidable, as WikiLeaks has just shown.
  We can’t see the unified effects of all the good stuff going on, and that’s a problem.  So it’s easy to assume that nothing is changing for the better.  But if all the TD people would just simply join with any one of a thousand going organizations and help to carry a small part of the load, the possibilities would be much enhanced.
  I’m not talking “revolution” here because I don’t believe that’s either likely or what’s needed.  I’m talking learning how to see the possibilities in a more creative way, and to learn to use them more effectively.  Threatening is not where I’m at.  Reinforcement of the human spirit, realization of possibilities is more like it. Abstract only until you take hold of any one of a million possibilities, of which that idea of “Representation without Taxation’ is only one which might engage the interest of those who speak of uniting “progressives” or “liberals.”  I’m sure others are aware of it, just haven’t voiced it, or haven’t voiced it in its historical perspective, or seen it as a unifier.
  This is not a “stampede” of CONNED people following a leader over a cliff that I’m talking about. If you can’t grant me that much, there’s no use in talking.  I understand your scornful view of “civilization” but contend that your suggested alternative is a possibility for only a minority of people and leaves a lot of possibilities out of the picture.

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By TAO Walker, January 5, 2011 at 8:49 pm Link to this comment

“(T)the cliff” would be that point at which The Ground, of which they’re only vaguely aware and not the least bit respectful anyhow, drops suddenly out from under the feet, or much more likely the wheels, of a stampeding herd of homo domesticus who were CONvinced by well-meaning “leaders” that their sheer numerical mass would be enough to make the owner/operators of the “global” maximum security system respond favorably to their demands.  Not inconsiderable numbers of “individuals” have already been driven over it, as “gerard” (an admitted card-carrying “qualified crone”) surely knows full-well.

That shouldn’t keep her from taking another run at it, though….or should it?


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By gerard, January 5, 2011 at 8:11 pm Link to this comment

TaoWalker:  Specifically ....?

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By jrundin, January 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm Link to this comment

I first realized how repugnant Davis is when I listened to him speak in support of the coup in Honduras on “Democracy Now.”

It’s at

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By TAO Walker, January 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm Link to this comment

“gerard” is of-course free to just go-for-it.  She might want to be a little leery, though, about getting out in front of what she evidently believes could become a stampede.  Good luck!

Oh yeah….and watch-out for the cliff!


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By JDmysticDJ, January 5, 2011 at 7:10 pm Link to this comment

Lanny Davis is a sleaze, hearing him attempt to shout down his opponents in debate while he was defending the coup in Honduras, and his attempt to totally dominate that debate silencing all voices but his own, made his sleaziness glaringly evident.

Lanny Davis is the quintessential personification of why many people hate Democrats and Liberals. He is from the “Dark Side” but he does not represent the vast majority of Democrats or Liberals. Many who consider themselves Democratic supporters and Liberals loathe him for his treachery. He is the proverbial Judas.

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By gerard, January 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm Link to this comment

TaoWalker: Thanks for your response, which makes me feel that the idea does have appeal, traction and some practical possiblities.

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By AT, January 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm Link to this comment
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by using your money, the US government spies on you by opening and reading your (my EMil, your bankcount, your phone with the intent to steal, spread false info identity theft ,that’s what happened to me.(confirmed)
aslomg as this doesnt get to courts. THAT’S WHY Lawyers
must be discouraged by any means necessary including threats, bribery, using tax payers money to finance them.Go ahead and check. you wont get very far.
(to be continued)

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By TAO Walker, January 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm Link to this comment

“REPRESENTATION WITHOUT TAXATION” is already firmly embedded in the allamericanwetdream….so far achieved by only the very rich, who’d like to keep it that way, too.  Meantime, it’s the brass-ring just about everybody stuck riding the false-eCONomy merry-go-round must “HOPE!” to grab when their lotto number comes-up.

No matter how large a random collection of “individuals” gets assembled, they will not have the organic functional integrity to respond effectively to the condition their CONdition is in.  Only genuine Living Human Communities embody that….naturally.

The “I, me, my, mine” game is over….except for the bending-over and kissing their ass good-bye part. 


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By rbrooks, January 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm Link to this comment
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Hillary Clinton is not capable of embarrassment: e.g., MARK PENN, for pete’s sake, headed her catastrophic, disastrous presidential campaign. And miracle of miracles, The Hill ended up unbloodied, unbowed, and Secretary of State. And let’s not forget another BFF of Hillary’s, speaking of incapacity for shame or any other decent human impulse, Madeleine “We think the cost is worth it” Albright.
Can we please stop acting like Hillary Clinton is a normal human being with good intentions?
Hillary Clinton has been a star in the world of corporate shills since she was on WalMart’s board in Arkansas. All her crocodile tears and pompous speeches can’t change who the woman works for: the worst and most lawless elements of the global corporate establishment.

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By gerard, January 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment

An idea for unifying a movemenet for change:  Use the old Revolutionary colonists’ slogan, “Taxation without Representation” IN REVERSE:
    “Representation without Taxation”
which actually is at the heart of present problems: corporate exemptions, deceits, thefts, price-gouging, influence peddlilng, overseas accounts, laundering etc. all of which serve enormous huge “representation” in government with little or no “taxation.”
  SLOGAN for movement might unite many millions of right, left and center citizens, voicing a common complaint and demand: “Representation without taxation is tyranny.” (the reverse of James Otis famous revolutionary statement)
  Modern answer to the historic English claim that colonists were “virtually “represented even though they had no members in Parliament. The colonists answer being:  “Virtual” is a cover for tyranny.”  “Who denies it throws down the distinction between liberty and slavery.”(Actually stated by a Parliamentarian Lord Camden in support of the colonists’ opinion.
  The same logic was more recently used by UK John Major, to criticize the US for not paying taxes into the United Nations: “It is not sustainable for States to enjoy representation without taxation.”
  This emphasis might engage interest and participation from many people from both left and right, neither left nor right.  The patriotic appeal might make it more palatable than otherwise.
  Campaigning emphases on what fair corporate taxation could provide to better the country, beginning with widest appeal (jobs, education, health, etc. lack of dependency on defense industries, hence ending wars, pollution etc. (always hitting on the point of view of the “ordinary” citizen, common man, etc.)
This is an all-too-brief and amateur attempt to present an idea that might be very practicable as a movement for common goals:—to get corporate influence on government under control and to redirect the U.S. Government, based on patriotic Revolutionary principles solidly ingrained in US political history.
  I submitted this bare-bones idea previously on two other sites, and, believe it or not, got zilch in responses. People just went on complaining. I’m trying this again because I think at least some commenters here will respond.(particularly RonB, Louiss123, Michael Cavlan RN, Bernheim etc. (Thanks, Bernheim for the Free Manning and Assange comment!)

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By M L, January 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm Link to this comment
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Congress receives diplomatic immunity which means they can’t be sued or charged with certain crimes while in office? Now I understand why Charles Rangle considered tax evasion sloppy bookkeeping. The entrie political system is corrupt.

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By Leefeller, January 5, 2011 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment

Geeze,... I remember the deck of cards showing alleged criminals from the Sudden Assume government of Iraq with pictures of the Iraqi criminals wanted by the US. 

If we did something like this for the naughty opportunists in Washington D.C., we would need to develop an extraordinarily large set of dominoes instead of only 52 lousy cards.

Then in a million years, after all the dominoes were taken care of, we would just have to make a new set anyway!

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By AT, January 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm Link to this comment
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(to be continued)let’s consider this scenario
:there’s a fact checker involved. this is far better than most major news outlet. I called it a truth checker as opposed to a lie checker employed by mostly politicians.  this scenario, is this: Us government violated your right to privacy(confirmed)

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By Ron_B, January 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm Link to this comment

@michael Cavlan:
I think my last comment was unclear.  I still find it a challenge to remain focused in a short conversations that transpires over hours!  My apologies. 
I think we are very much in agreement. I suspect we have very similar personal ethics, perhaps very different ideas how to apply them.  But is the ethic that is most important to me. 
I see very little difference between the “Tea partiers” and “Progressives”  I think they are made up in equal parts of “nut jobs” and, as you say, “some are good, decent ordinary people.”  I live in a neighborhood full of don’t tred on me flags.  When it snows, we have 30 people having a great time digging each other out.  I regret there are a good number I could not have a pleasant political conversation with.  If you run for office, you are going to get the loudest and most extreme opposition in your face.
Like Nader, I think we have to strive to see things as they are.  AS a people, we have to get back to digging out the cars together..and bigger things.  We have to not gage each other by the more “common” on either side (they can be led). Most of all we have to stop the hostility between intelligent minds and prevent filthy interests from using that to pit us against each other.
Its been a pleasure Michael.  All the best.

In fact it is my experience that some of these folks are far more decent,
courageous and democratic than many “progressive” Democrats.

They talk the progressive talk but when you point out that the Dems are just as
complicit, watch out for fireworks and each and every attempt to suppress what
you say. In Minnesota, I had a friend who attended the “Progressive Democrat”
group here.. It was filled with Hillary Clinton supporters.

It is my studied opinion that this is what drew so many of the banning of
“progressive” sites like Common Dreams and Op Ed News. It happened all over
this country.

Ralph Nader made this point in his documentary “An Unreasonable Man.”

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By Michael Cavlan RN, January 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm Link to this comment

Ron B

Sooo what is your point? I agree, if I read you right.

In fact I have been working with some of the evil “Tea Baggers” like for example
some of the Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty folks. Some of them are real nut
jobs but some are good, decent ordinary people.

In fact it is my experience that some of these folks are far more decent,
courageous and democratic than many “progressive” Democrats.

They talk the progressive talk but when you point out that the Dems are just as
complicit, watch out for fireworks and each and every attempt to suppress what
you say. In Minnesota, I had a friend who attended the “Progressive Democrat”
group here.. It was filled with Hillary Clinton supporters.

It is my studied opinion that this is what drew so many of the banning of
“progressive” sites like Common Dreams and Op Ed News. It happened all over
this country.

Ralph Nader made this point in his documentary “An Unreasonable Man.”

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By ocjim, January 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment

Just another example of runaway narcissism and greed.

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By Ron_B, January 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm Link to this comment

@lasmog.  I heard that was a really good movie.  Thanks for reminding me.

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By lasmog, January 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment

If you would like to see a good documentary on the corrupting influence of lobbyists in Washington I recommend “Casino Jack and the United States of Money.”  Its available under the Watch Instantly tab on Netflix.

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By Ron_B, January 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm Link to this comment

@Cavlan:  Um….That would be Bill Clinton, George Bush, Sr. adopted son and BFF?  You got to see past the smokescreen of thinking there is a good side and a bad side.

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By TAO Walker, January 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm Link to this comment

Again, opportunism is at the very crux and core of the allamerican creed.  It’s safe to say there would be no “America” without it.  So are people upset here only because Davis and his ilk are giving the unofficial state religion a “bad name”?

If not, however, and objections to it here (including Scheer’s) are lodged on the basis of principal and not mere embarrassment, who will forgo of their own volition all the tainted fruits of its obsessive and assiduous practice among the true believers?


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By Michael Cavlan RN, January 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment

Ron B

I agree 100%..

That is why I am not a Democrat and never would be.

Democrats support Bill Clinton and current corporate criminal and war criminal
Barack Oily Bomber.

Try going to an event where “progressive” Democrats congregate. They LOVE
Obama,  Loved Clinton.

In Minneapolis, Congressman Keith Ellison who is the new chair of the
“progressive caucus” said during a radio interview that any who speak out
against Obama from the left were “just as bad as the Tea Baggers.”

For the record, I ran against the good, “progressive” Congressman.

My experiences running has been horrifying, to say the least.

Democrats are NOT democratic. They will suppress the democratic process just
as quickly and easily as Rethuglicans. Including via many of their front groups.

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By Ron_B, January 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment

@ Mr. Cavlan - I consider myself a ‘progressive’, though no longer a democrat, and feel outraged by this kind of behavior regardless of which side of the imaginary isle it occurs.  I suggest conservatives and progressives have one very big and important issue in common…and that’s the purchase of government by big business.  We really should work together on this.

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By Michael Cavlan RN, January 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment

No Lanny Davis does not put the Dems to shame.

He EXPOSES them. Including all those “progressive” Democrats and (s)elected
officials who have to carry water for him and the rotten, corrupt system he works

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By dumpthedlc, January 5, 2011 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment
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Interesting that Melanie Sloan from CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) would form some sort of partnership with this jackass.

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By G.Anderson, January 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment

If you don’t have moral values then you ain’t got nuthin. Money is not a moral value.
Unfortunately the Democratic party has become confused on this issue for the last
decade or so.. The Republican party has never been. Money is their only value. In their
world the road the hell is not even paved. It consists of a hole in the floor, and a pole to
slide down, it’s quicker that way. These our are leaders take a good look.

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By berniem, January 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Link to this comment

I have never understood the dem. party’s reverence for the Clintons! The vile creatures that have spewed forth from under their wings should awaken Americans to the reality that both parties are totally corrupt and fixated solely on amassing unlimited wealth and total control of our population as well as the rest of the worlds’ as reflected by their relentless quest for empire! FREE BRADLEY MANNING AND JULIAN ASSANGE!!!!

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By Ron_B, January 5, 2011 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

Just one more confirmation that political parties exist for our entertainment and diversion.  Each individual, regardless of party or promise, must be evaluated by their actions, not their label.  That will quickly reveal that the vast majority of our government is owned by big money interests and is not the least bit interested in the rest of us.

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By BarbieQue, January 5, 2011 at 9:50 am Link to this comment

To the remaining Clinton supporters:

Do any of you think William Jefferson Clinton, as Attorney General, would have turned down prosecuting a case of lying to a Grand Jury, when a conviction was a slam dunk and the only thing he cared about was notches on his belt (so to speak)? Do you think he would have had a sudden outburst of empathy?

Here’s a little memory jog, in case you have to think more than 2/3 of a second:

Ricky Ray Rector

Despite being unable to understand the charges against him or the resulting death sentence, then Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton made a point of overseeing Rector’s execution during the 1992 U.S. Presidential campaign to show the electorate that the Democratic Party was not soft on crime

No go have a big ol’ dessert!

And Remember, The Big Dawg Loves Ya!

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By louiss123, January 5, 2011 at 8:56 am Link to this comment

As us people who lean libertarian say..there’s not much difference between
dems and repubs. All the real big changes in this country—
The end of slavery
Women getting to vote
Child labor laws
Civil rights down south
Ending the Vietnam war
Came from us..the people..who said we have had enough..and lit a fire under
the politicians asses.
I’ll keep sayin it..we have to find UNITY among us. I have dinner parties with
repubs and dems, liberals and conservatives, as my friends are all of those.
Whenever disagreements get heated it is because someone usually falls into
that one thing that we all have in common..
WE LOVE to be Right about our opinion! It is such a time waster to to hate the
tea party folks..or people on the left. I would bet if we all spent a month taking
a breath before we spouted an opinion..and thought outside the box in regards
to finding unity with people we disagree with..a shift would happen.
However thats just my OPINION..which I am Right about…ha..just kidding!

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By madisolation, January 5, 2011 at 8:45 am Link to this comment

Matt Taibbi wrote the following about Tom Daschle, but it could just as easily apply to Lanny Davis:
“In Washington there are whores and there are whores, and then there is Tom Daschle. Tom Daschle would suck off a corpse for a cheeseburger.”
Also, Mr. Scheer writes:
“ is a reminder of the shameful opportunism that characterized the Clinton presidency and which some so-called “New Democrats” like Davis insist the Obama presidency should emulate.”
I don’t think Lanny has to do much insisting: Obama is a proud member of the “New Democrats” already. I think Obama is less equipped to be president than George Bush was. At least Bush had his daddy’s money. Obama is a wannabe, and wannabe’s make terrible presidents.

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By aacme88, January 5, 2011 at 8:44 am Link to this comment

Ah yes. “Blame the left.”
The Democratic party has shown with the blatant abandonment of its base of the Obama administration, coming after the New Dem Clinton years and the “Let’s try to be more like Republicans and maybe somebody will vote for us” congresspeople, that they will not be the horse that the people will ride to victory in the very real war for the soul (and body) of America.
We are on our own. We will have to create it. The recognition of that fact is the first step.

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By Steve E, January 5, 2011 at 8:30 am Link to this comment

I am truly grateful Mr. Scheer for the overall enlightenment that you have brought
forth about all these scumbags the have infested our society. Maybe you would
consider an article on the outgoing senator, the honorable Mr. Chris Dodd who
recently received another whitewash from the Senate Ethics Panel on the way out
the back door as reported by TPM Dec. 30, 2010. Another Democrat into the
sunset, soon to morph into a lobbyist. Adios Dodd, lock the door on the way out
you backstabber.

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By Robespierre115, January 5, 2011 at 6:28 am Link to this comment

Why should Clinton feel bad? She basically helped install the fascist coup regime in Honduras. Davis may be a slick salesman without scrupples, but Obama won’t even do something as basic as lifting the embargo on Cuba. All these people are a joke.

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By TAO Walker, January 5, 2011 at 5:00 am Link to this comment

Does Robert Scheer really expect us believe its denizens proudly call “America” the-land-of-opportunism for no particular reason?  Maybe he’s just upset because Lanny Davis’ hyper-enthusiastic embrace of that sophomoronic trope exposes too starkly for his own comfort the driving ego-mania at its dark and rotten core.

Hell, if those allamerican (made-in-China) hobnailed combat boots are beginning to pinch too much, us surviving free wild Natural Peoples here on Turtle Island invite Robert Scheer, and everybody else feeling “crippled inside” (a thing you can’t hide), to come walk with us along The Good Red Road….in our moccasins even.


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By Quang cao truc tuyen, January 5, 2011 at 4:28 am Link to this comment
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thanks so much this information

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