Thursday Reads: I’ve Had it with the Haters.

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Good Morning!!

This morning I feel as if I’ve gone through a long dark tunnel and come out the other side. I’ve finally accepted that Hillary Clinton will be continue to be attacked unmercifully by the media and her opponents on both the right and left forever. I’m sure the attacks will continue if she gets the Democratic nomination and even if she becomes President of the United States. I don’t care anymore.

Can you imagine if Bernie Sanders–or Donald Trump for that matter–were being attacked as personally and as relentlessly as Hillary is? They would both be screaming bloody murder. In fact, they both whine and complain at the slightest criticism. Hillary is strong as steel. She never gives up. She will fight for the presidency so she can fight for us from the most powerful position in the world. She will fight for women and children around the world as she did for four years as Secretary of State.

I’ll stand with her to the end, through thick and thin. I’ve had it with the haters, especially the fake “progressive” ones.

There is another Democratic debate tonight, this one in Milwaukee. Someone will start a live blog to discuss it later tonight.

Now to the news.

Oregon Standoff

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton greets the children of U.S. Embassy employees at the embassy in Tokyo Sunday, April 17, 2011. Clinton is on a brief visit to Tokyo intended as a morale boost to the crucial U.S. ally. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton greets the children of U.S. Embassy employees at the embassy in Tokyo Sunday, April 17, 2011. Clinton is on a brief visit to Tokyo intended as a morale boost to the crucial U.S. ally. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

The Oregonian reports: Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy arrested by FBI in Portland.

Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who touched off one armed showdown with federal authorities and applauded another started in Oregon by his sons, was arrested late Wednesday at Portland International Airport and faces federal charges related to the 2014 standoff at his ranch.

Bundy, 74, was booked into the downtown Multnomah County jail at 10:54 p.m.

He faces a conspiracy charge to interfere with a federal officer — the same charge lodged against two of his sons, Ammon and Ryan, for their role in the Jan. 2 takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns. He also faces weapons charges.

The Bundy Ranch Facebook page reported Cliven Bundy was surrounded by SWAT officers and detained after his arrival from Nevada.

He was arrested at 10:10 p.m., authorities said.

The Bundy patriarch had traveled to Portland with plans to go on to Burns, where four occupiers had been the remaining holdouts of the refuge occupation.

Bundy has been under federal scrutiny since his ranch standoff with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He has not paid grazing fees on federal land and he owes the agency $1 million in unpaid fees and penalties. He and militia supporters confronted federal agents who had impounded Bundy’s cattle that were found on federal property.

REFILE - CORRECTING SPELLING U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is greeted by human trafficking victims Van Sina (2nd L) and Somana (3rd R) at the Siem Reap AFESIP rehabilitation and vocational training center October 31, 2010. Clinton's visit to Cambodia is the first by a U.S. Secretary of State since 2003. REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea (CAMBODIA - Tags: POLITICS)

The FBI is getting more confrontational with the occupiers Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Again from The Oregonian: Oregon standoff: FBI moves in on last refuge occupiers. The story begins with two recent updates:

UPDATE: 5 a.m. THURSDAY Franklin Graham, North Carolina evangelist, said on his Facebook page this morning that he was on his way to Oregon to help end the refuge standoff. He said he was on the phone with the remaining four last night as the FBI closed in. He expects to reach the refuge around 7 a.m.

UPDATE 10 p.m.: The live stream that broadcast online what appears to be the last stage of the refuge occupation stopped after more than five hours. The phone feed ended as the occupiers headed to their night camp, preparing to surrender Thursday morning. They said they have a promise that the encircling FBI agents would leave them alone overnight.

BURNS – FBI agents in armored vehicles moved in Wednesday night on the last four occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, hemming them into their rough camp and insisting they put down their guns and surrender.

The occupiers rejected the demands for hours before one of them said they will turn themselves in at a checkpoint once a national religious figure and a Nevada state legislator arrive. It was scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday, but it wasn’t clear if the deal involved all of the four occupiers.

The standoff played out for hours through an open phone line being streamed to YouTube. At one point, an estimated 60,000 people listened as the occupiers displayed anger and panic, prayed with those on the phone and yelled at the FBI agents surrounding them.

They’re the remainders of a group of anti-government militants who took over the wildlife refuge headquarters Jan. 2. The four have been on their own since Jan. 28 — two days after the occupation leaders were arrested on a highway north of Burns and protest spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was shot and killed.

Those left at the refuge 30 miles southeast of Burns are David Fry, 27, of the Cincinnati area, Jeff Banta, 46, of Elko, Nevada, Sean Anderson, 47, and his wife Sandy, 48, of Riggins, Idaho.

Sanders Campaign Updates

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CNN has finally reported on the Sanders campaign’s vile treatment of a Nevada DREAMer: Sanders campaign touts another endorsement that didn’t happen.

Brenda Romero, a Nevada student leader and DREAMer that Bernie Sanders’ campaign touted as someone who endorsed their campaign, tells CNN she never endorsed the Vermont senator and is backing Hillary Clinton.

Romero said Monday she had agreed to be part of Sanders’ Nevada Latino Steering Committee, but that she never endorsed the senator.

Sanders released the list of activists and elected officials on his Latino committee in January.

“Tomorrow, a group of highly respected community leaders will announce their support for Bernie Sanders for president,” said a statement about the press conference.

The list included Lucy Flores, former Nevada state assemblywoman and congressional candidate, and Romero, a undocumented DREAMer and class president at College of Southern Nevada.

“I didn’t agree to such an endorsement,” Romero said Monday, noting that while she agreed to be part of the steering committee, she was told that the role would be advising the “campaign and potentially Sen. Sanders about immigration issues.”

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The Sanders campaign retaliated by releasing private emails between Romero and a Sanders staffer.

In an emails provided by the Sanders campaign, Romero did agree to be part of the steering committee, telling a Sanders staffer that she would be “honored to be part of this.” ….

Nowhere in the email exchange, though, does Romero agree to endorse Sanders. In fact, Romero asked not to have her title included in any campaign lists because as student body president, she has “to stay neutral to candidates.”

But because Romero has grown frustrated with the Sanders campaign, she said Monday that she is backing Clinton.

“I believe that Hillary has my back, and that she is the only candidate capable of accomplishing things in the face of Republican obstruction,” Clinton said. “She will get things done for immigrants families.” ….

I’m also disappointed by the attacks from senior staffers on the Sanders campaign on Astrid Silva,” she said. “It shows how disconnected they are from Nevada, and they should apologize to her. There is no room for hate between DREAMers in this campaign.”

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, greets Cambodian children during her visit to a shelter for victims of sexual exploitation in Siem Reap about 230 kilometers (140 miles) northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. Clinton was in the midst of a two-week, seven-nation tour of the Asia-Pacific. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

In other Sanders News, there was quite a reaction on Twitter yesterday when the United Nurses superpac that supports Bernie tweeted that it was holding an education session in South Carolina for Sanders supporters on how to talk to black women. There wasn’t a single black woman in attendance. The tweets was resoundingly mocked and then deleted, but there are screenshots all over the place.

If you search for “how to talk to black women” on Twitter, you’ll see some hilarious responses.

Clinton Campaign News

Yesterday, President Obama essentially endorsed Hillary for the Democratic nomination. He had already indicated as much in an interview with Politico’s Glenn Thrush in January.

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Huffington Post: Obama Speech Sure Sounds Like A Tacit Endorsement Of Clinton.

President Barack Obama on Wednesday gave a rousing speech on America’s political culture, decrying the influence of big money, encouraging compromise and warning people against believing in absolutes from either party.

“Trying to find common ground [with Republicans] doesn’t make me less of a Democrat or less of a progressive,” Obama told an audience in Springfield, Illinois. “It means I’m trying to get stuff done.”

The speech was delivered the day after two ideologues, billionaire Donald Trump and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), won the New Hampshire primaries by harnessing voter anger at the perceived “establishment” in politics. But Obama’s words on Wednesday sounded like a tacit endorsement of his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton….

Obama, who appointed Clinton his first secretary of state after defeating her in the 2008 Democratic primary, seemed on Wednesday to clearly fall on the Clinton side of the ideological divide.

He said that labels, such as “not a real progressive” — which Sanders has used against Clinton — are damaging to the national discourse.

“So when I hear voices in either party boast of their refusal to compromise as an accomplishment in and of itself, I’m not impressed,” Obama said. “All that does is prevent what most Americans would consider actual accomplishments, like fixing roads, educating kids, passing budgets, cleaning our environment, making our streets safe.”

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And from Politico: Jay Carney: Obama wants Clinton to win.

“I think the president has signaled while still remaining neutral that he supports Secretary Clinton’s candidacy and would prefer to see her as the nominee,” Carney said on CNN Wednesday following coverage of the president’s speech to the Illinois state Senate in Springfield.

Obama will not “officially embrace her unless and until it’s clear she is going to be the nominee,” Carney said.

“I think he is maintaining that tradition of not intervening in a party primary,” he added. “But I don’t think there is any doubt that he wants Hillary to win the nomination and believes she would be the best candidate in the fall and the most effective as president in carrying forward what he has achieved.”

Today the Congressional Black Caucus will endorse Hillary. Politico: Congressional Black Caucus PAC to endorse Clinton. Bernie’s supporters are busy tweeting that the CBC doesn’t represent Black people, lol.

The Congressional Black Caucus PAC will formally endorse Hillary Clinton on Thursday.

It’s a coup for the Democratic presidential contender, as many of the black lawmakers can help leverage support for Clinton in African-American communities that will be critical during her primary battle against Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), a former CBC chair said the former Secretary of State is a better candidate for African-Americans on national security and economic security.

“It is really, really clear to people who are paying attention at this point that she probably knows more about how to move us forward,” said Fudge. “As I look at her history, she has worked with people who are undeserved for her entire career…she’s been talking about this for her entire life. I’ve only heard about it from Sanders in the last year.”

This endorsement has been planned for some time, but many in the media are reporting that the CBC is rushing to rescue a struggling Hillary Clinton. ROFLOL!

Sen. James Clyburn has not yet officially endorsed Hillary, but he made no objection to the CBD endorsement. He is reportedly thinking about endorsing her soon, and says he could never endorse Sanders.

What stories are you following today?

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47 Comments on “Thursday Reads: I’ve Had it with the Haters.”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Obama-hater Cornell West is going door to door for Bernie in SC. Do you suppose he’s talking to Black voters? Even White Dems in SC probably support Obama.

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  3. bostonboomer says:

    Another fantastic feminist take on the ugly misogynist attacks on Hillary.

    Election’s Secret Theme: Letting Women Know Who’s Boss, by Adele M. Stan

    http://prospect.org/article/elections-secret-theme-letting-women-know-whos-boss#.VrvIb5Iy-Bo.twitter

  4. bostonboomer says:

    I learned on twitter last night that the NRA phone banked for Bernie in NH.

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    Rutherford is the SC House Minority Leader.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    WaPo: Black leaders who support Hillary Clinton slam Bernie Sanders on race issues.

    Marking the onset of a new phase in the Democratic primary race, African American leaders who support Hillary Clinton unloaded on her opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, accusing him of being “absent” on issues important to African Americans.

    “Bernie Sanders as mayor, as a member of the House, as a member of the United States Senate, has been missing in action on issues that are important to the African Americans,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from New York. “There’s no credibility to the things that are being said at the twilight of his political career.”

    The comments underscore the importance of the black vote in subsequent primary states, especially in the upcoming South Carolina contest, where African Americans make up more than half of the electorate. Clinton’s campaign has said that they believe she will hold onto her sizable lead with black voters, despite Sanders’s outreach efforts.

    “It’s good to have new friends, I would prefer to have a true friend,” Jeffries said. “Hillary Clinton has been a true friend to the African American community for the last 40 years.”

    Oops! Now they’re just part of the “establishment.”

  8. Sweet Sue says:

    I agree about the haters, BB, and intend to listen to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” every time I’m on the treadmill.
    Hillary is such a magnificent woman; she’s going through all of this for us and the country.

    • bostonboomer says:

      That’s great. I’m really going to try to stay positive from now on. There’s nothing I can do to change the media or the Bernie supporters who insist on trolling and attacking women.

    • Fannie says:

      She’s going to come though with a loud and clear voice tonight, she’s so damn smart, and she knows all about the timing. She’s outstanding, and I so grateful! She is going through all this for us and our country, and the world.

  9. bostonboomer says:

    Bill and Hillary Clinton will campaign in rural South Carolina this weekend.

    COLUMBIA — Hillary and Bill Clinton will each be the state this weekend for campaign events tied to her run for the White House, including for a town hall in one of the poorest parts of the state.

    Hillary Clinton will be in the rural town of Denmark, near Bamberg, for a “Corridor of Opportunity” town hall on Friday.

    The focus will be “to discuss the disparities facing South Carolinians and communities of color,” her campaign said.

    Bamberg County is in the Interstate 95 corridor, which includes some of the state’s poorest rural school districts. The town hall will be held at Denmark-Olar Elementary School, 1459 Solomon Blatt Blvd., in Denmark. It is open to the public.

    Bill Clinton will be part of a rally on Saturday at Francis Marion University in Florence. The event is open to the public at begins at 7:30 p.m., at The Commons at The Smith University Center at FMU. It is open to the public as well.

  10. bostonboomer says:

    Sanders says President Obama lacks “presidential leadership.”

    NBC News: Sanders: Obama Hasn’t Closed ‘Presidential Leadership Gap’

    Politico: Bernie Sanders questions Obama’s leadership

    • NW Luna says:

      Oh, Bernie, Bernie. So you are just now questioning his leadership? And this is going to help you with Democrats, especially African-Americans Democrats, just how???

      Bad tactic, and one that will appeal to Republicans.

    • janicen says:

      That fool must not want one black vote if he’s going to start attacking Obama. I mean he must seriously be drunk on his NH win and think the NRA is going to carry him to the White House.

    • Fannie says:

      Oh hell, the boy is going to get his ass handed to him! You don’t come into our house and fuck it all up, especially when the woman of house has been working her ass off harder than you ever dreamed of. We are going to open the windows, and get some of this Sandernistas shit out of here.

  11. Riverbird says:

    Mark Morford asks Sanders supporters to tone down their attacks.

    http://blog.sfgate.com/morford/2016/02/10/feel-the-bern-or-give-em-hill-but-please-chill-out/

  12. bostonboomer says:

    As the CBC was holding their press conference to endorse Hillary, Sanders surrogate Keith Ellison tweeted that CBC members were not consulted about the endorsement. Most are seeing it as a personal attack on John Lewis. Coincidentally Lewis responded to a question by saying he had never seen Sanders during the Civil Rights Movement and had never met him back then.

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  13. William says:

    It is important to try to ignore most of the media hatefest, because all it does is get one upset. They are not journalists, they are are just blowdried people who don’t even know what theya re talking about, but are smug in their ignorance.

    It’s a great shame that it’s gotten to that; where I will watch the debate, but not the pre-debate or post-debate comments. As for the Sanders supporters, almost all of them seem impervious to any facts or long-term reasoning. The media and those who own it believe that they can choose the president for the American people, as they have done for the last several elections. The American people, who have historically been proud of their frontier spirit, and aversion to tyranny, cannot let the media barons have control of the nation.

  14. bostonboomer says:

    Twitter is going insane over Keith Ellison’s attack on John Lewis. Bernie supporters are now attacking Lewis too.

  15. dakinikat says:

    https://amp.twimg.com/v/055fea44-ed2e-41cb-9e86-306d014e86bb

    Congressman Lewis on how he never met Bernie during his life long commitment to civil rights but he met and knew Hillary.

  16. bostonboomer says:

    I’ve been wondering why Rev. Al didn’t endorse Bernie yesterday.

    The Hill: Sharpton presses Sanders: ‘What about the race element’ in income inequality?

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/269070-sharpton-sanders-did-not-address-how-racism-affects

    • Fannie says:

      He is suppose to be meeting with Hillary today. Although the Bernie Bros swore up and down that he was endorsing them.

  17. Fannie says:

    Hot Shit: Don’t know how many prisons are involved but a big ass bust went down with damn near 50 bulls, smuggling drugs in prisons. Watch the Bernie Bros try to blame the Clinton’s.

  18. Fannie says:

    Ben Jealous is blaming the Clinton’s for all years of incarceration of people since 1994.

    http://www.vox.com/2016/2/11/10961362/Clinton-1994-crime-law

    • Dee says:

      Fannie – I hope the post above did not look like I was challenging you. It is directed at Bernie and Ben. Apparently Ben doesn’t know how Bernie voted. Great surrogate…NOT

      • Fannie says:

        Not at all Dee. I am glad you responded with some factual information. I was working in the system the year Ben was born. I was involved on several levels. As was noted just now on CNN, lots of people hand their hands on the bill, supporting, and voting, and most of them were democrats. To throw a fire bomb at Hillary is really stupid.

        Prior to the 1994 bill, I can tell you that all the states were starting to take a hard line on crime, and it was called law and order by Ronald Reagan. All the states were challenged from police, courts, prosecutors/public defenders/prisons, and other services such as parole and probation. At the time Ben was born, I was working with Jerry Brown, and drafted legislative measures to bring higher education into the California Prison System. It passed but had little chance to survive because Ronald Reagan came in with let’s get tough approach, and let’s hand out some sifter sentencing. We went from inderterminate sentencing to just give them punishment for punishment sake. He wanted to lock up long haired hippy, and dope smoker he could. It was lock ’em up and throwaway the key.

        Americans all across this country was fed up with violent crimes. And all the state reports came in showing a high swing in crime. They also passed laws that said if you committed a crime with a gun, kiss your ass goodbye. I will say violence against women, domestic, and murder went up too. But that’s how crime goes………up and down. What happened is that
        they begin to take away any rehabilitation, and became harsh on sentencing because of the high recidivism rate. Every body was blaming everybody, from court being too lenient, to Judges not getting tough, and to legislators who did nothing but put a patch here and there. Must as this bill in 1994 was suppose to do. Over those years that all added up to mass incarceration, and escalated to the war on crime and drugs. This really was a matter for the STATES, it wasn’t about caused by Federal Policy…. That’s my opinion, and you know what I did, dropped out of the entire fucking system.

  19. janicen says:

    Bernie’s coming to Virginia. Desperate for the black vote, he’ll be speaking at Virginia State University in Petersburg. Good luck with that after slamming John Lewis and Barack Obama.

    http://wtvr.com/2016/02/11/bernie-sanders-announces-campaign-stop-in-petersburg/

  20. jackyt says:

    The MSM exhibits the most stunning example of ‘memory deficit disorder’ ever recorded! All it took for the Mouths That Roar to switch from extolling Hillary Clinton’s virtues as the most revered woman IN THE WORLD for 17 years running, was an announcement that she was, indeed, running for the presidential nomination. Instantly, she was dubbed the most reviled woman in the world, without so much as an ‘oops… typo!’
    Sanders was elected to the House in 1990, preceding the Clintons as a denizen of the DC swamp by two years. Had he been at all effective in gaining cooperation for his agenda, in all that time, you’d think he’d have earned enough respect from his colleagues to translate into a sizable pool of super delegates.
    As it is, Hillary has the overwhelming support of those who have worked along side them both.
    If you crush a rock, all you get is dust. If you crush Hillary Clinton in 2016, it will be so much worse than that! Giving up is not an option.