Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Scores Big on Day One with Social Media

Word has it from Hillary Clinton’s camp that her announcement brought in some very impressive numbers in social media views in the first 24 hours of the campaign. The campaign announcement scored big with over 2.5 million views on Facebook, more than 3.1 million views on YouTube and it was retweeted over 100,000 times: I’m running for president. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion. –H https://t.co/w8Hoe1pbtC — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 12, 2015 Way to go Team Hillary… This is what I would call making a big impact on social media. You got to love that with all the buzz about Hillary’s announcement she managed to saunter into a Chipolte today to order lunch, showing “how … Continue reading

She’s Ready: Hillary Clinton Announces Run for 2016 Presidency

She’s ready… Hillary Clinton has finally ended all of the speculation of whether or not she would run for president, by announcing her candidacy for the 2016 Presidential Election this afternoon at approximately 3:00 pm. The initial announcement was made by an email from Hillary’s campaign chairman John Podesta, to alert donors and longtime Clinton associates of her intention to run. Podesta noted that Hillary “would meet soon with voters in Iowa and host a formal kickoff event some time next month.” Moments later her campaign released a short video in which Hillary announced with a smile, “I’m running for president.” The NY Times notes: The announcement effectively began what could be one of the least contested races, without an incumbent, … Continue reading

Just Published: Reality 101 — Political Self Defense for Progressives

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I realize that physical books are wonderful things, but I am putting out my works EXCLUSIVELY in electronic form, knowing that there are virtually zero wood-fueled power stations in the Western United States. That ought to be statement enough. Continue reading

Ferguson City Manager Resigns

Good riddance to the city manager of Ferguson who was cited in the DOJ’s report on Ferguson… The city manager of Ferguson, whom a Department of Justice report blamed as one of the officials responsible for much of the questionable conduct by the police and the courts here, has agreed to resign. The announcement came during a City Council meeting here on Tuesday, about a week after the scathing Justice Department report. The manager, John Shaw, 39, had held the post since 2007. As Ferguson’s chief executive, he is the city’s most powerful official. Let’s hope more below this scum step down as well. I don’t believe the buck stops with John Shaw. Me thinks it is time to clean … Continue reading

International Women’s Day: She’s ‘Not There’

Women have mysteriously vanished across New York. The cause isn’t the work of zombies or alien-abductors, it is an advertising stunt promoted by the Clinton Foundation to co-opt “some 40 existing advertisements, posters and other media, cutting out the women as part of a campaign to call attention to gender inequality.” Gone is Rosie the Riveter “from her iconic poster in a bus shelter,” and Serena Williams has “faded from a giant Beats billboard in Times Square.” So too is Scarlett Johansson missing “from the March cover of Condé Nast’s W magazine.” The stunt, the work of the advertising agency Droga5, was intended to drive online traffic to a report by the foundation’s No Ceilings initiative on the status of … Continue reading

President Obama’s Moving Selma Speech

The “march is not over yet,” President Obama said in Selma today in one of the most moving speeches he has ever given. We have seen way too much evidence of late to believe that racism has been defeated. We need only look to Ferguson to see that evidence. Via the New York Times: Fifty years after peaceful protesters trying to cross a bridge were beaten by police officers with billy clubs, shocking the nation and leading to passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, the nation’s first African-American president led a bipartisan, multiracial testimonial to the pioneers whose courage helped pave the way for his own election to the highest office of the land. The NYT also … Continue reading

Police Killings Continue: 176 Civilians Killed By Police So Far in 2015

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One-hundred-seventy-six civilians were killed by police in January and February, according to news clippings collected by killedbypolice.net. Of course, the greatest outrage of all is that no one really knows how many people are killed by police annually. FBI Director James B. Comey said last month, “You could tell me how many people, the absolute number, bought a book on Amazon. It’s ridiculous I can’t tell you how many people were shot by police in this country last week, last year, the last decade.” Most people killed by police are not armed with a gun. Only a small fraction of perpetrators are killed during or after a gunfight. The people killed by police are generally not nice guys. They are … Continue reading

Secretary of State John Kerry’s Remarks on Departure of State Department Chief of Staff David Wade

Secretary of State John Kerry’s longtime, trusted aide, David Wade has stepped down from his position as Chief of Staff. David Wade has been aide to John Kerry in a variety of capacities since he joined Kerry’s Senate staff in 1997 as a speechwriter. From speechwriter, David Wade rose through the ranks to press secretary, communications director and finally chief of staff in Kerry’s Senate office. When Kerry moved to the State Department, David Wade, was by his side at Foggy Bottom, sticking with Kerry with the unwavering loyalty that was a hallmark of David character. I don’t find a lot of time to write about politics lately, but I do feel the need to take the time to wish … Continue reading