Clinton campaign is grasping for straws to slow down Obama's momentum

After losing 8 primaries/caucuses in a row to Barack Obama, Clinton’s campaign is trying anything they can to slow down his momentum. They’re intensifying their fabrications of facts and financing more smear ads on television in hopes that voters will listen to their propaganda and lose the fire and inspiration that Obama has sparked in them. Today she has gone to a new low by trying to attack Obama’s strength, his words and speeches. Clinton’s campaign is accusing Obama of plagiarising his speech on Saturday night to a Wisconsin crowd by borrowing from a fellow supporter, and current governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick.

What Obama actually did was use the same famous sayings from former presidents, that Deval Patrick used in his own speech 2 years ago and made the same argument that powerful speeches aren’t just words. Not only that, but Deval Patrick had suggested Obama use these quotes and David Axelrod, who is currently running Obama’s campaign, ran Patrick’s campaign two years ago; therefore, Axelrod might’ve been the original influence behind the original use of these famous quotes. So the question is, when is plagiarism really plagiarism? I doubt using the same quotes that everyone knows and grasping the same universal meaning behind them counts.

Besides, Hillary Clinton is not only guilty of “stealing” speeches from her own husband but she also has taken slogans right out of Obama’s camp. Just another example of Clinton following the same old “Do as I say, not as I do” politics. She should really stop trying to point fingers of possible missteps that Obama may or may not have committed when she is guilty of the same transgressions.

Obama’s “plagiarism”:

One of Obama’s repeating slogans and Clinton’s plagiarism of it:

Everyone knows Obama’s “Yes We Can” slogan, well guess what:

Hillary Clinton really needs to look in the mirror.

 

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Clinton campaign is grasping for straws to slow down Obama’s momentum

After losing 8 primaries/caucuses in a row to Barack Obama, Clinton’s campaign is trying anything they can to slow down his momentum. They’re intensifying their fabrications of facts and financing more smear ads on television in hopes that voters will listen to their propaganda and lose the fire and inspiration that Obama has sparked in them. Today she has gone to a new low by trying to attack Obama’s strength, his words and speeches. Clinton’s campaign is accusing Obama of plagiarising his speech on Saturday night to a Wisconsin crowd by borrowing from a fellow supporter, and current governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick.

What Obama actually did was use the same famous sayings from former presidents, that Deval Patrick used in his own speech 2 years ago and made the same argument that powerful speeches aren’t just words. Not only that, but Deval Patrick had suggested Obama use these quotes and David Axelrod, who is currently running Obama’s campaign, ran Patrick’s campaign two years ago; therefore, Axelrod might’ve been the original influence behind the original use of these famous quotes. So the question is, when is plagiarism really plagiarism? I doubt using the same quotes that everyone knows and grasping the same universal meaning behind them counts.

Besides, Hillary Clinton is not only guilty of “stealing” speeches from her own husband but she also has taken slogans right out of Obama’s camp. Just another example of Clinton following the same old “Do as I say, not as I do” politics. She should really stop trying to point fingers of possible missteps that Obama may or may not have committed when she is guilty of the same transgressions.

Obama’s “plagiarism”:

One of Obama’s repeating slogans and Clinton’s plagiarism of it:

Everyone knows Obama’s “Yes We Can” slogan, well guess what:

Hillary Clinton really needs to look in the mirror.

 

The truth about what goes behind the making of chocolate

Valentines Day has come and gone and the chocolate industry had a consumer boon as they always have every year at this time. I myself am a big chocolate consumer myself and I was going to be a fellow participant this year, until I heard a rather disturbing news story. On a podcast episode of Democracy Now, both Christian Parenti, news correspondent for The Nation, and William Guyton, President of the World Cocoa Foundation, were being interviewed about the Chocolate industry.

Apparently, 70% of the world’s chocolate comes from West Africa and 40% of the world’s chocolate comes from one country alone, Cote D’Ivoire; otherwise known as the Ivory Coast. Now the disturbing news is that the Ivory Coast uses child labor to help produce their chocolate raw materials and there are no child labor laws to stop this atrocity.

This was definitely an insightful panel regarding the ugly truth behind the chocolate industry and their rather pitiful attempts to try to color it up. Definitely check out the Democracy now episode and Parenti’s article on Fortune magazine that goes into more details about what goes on in West Africa.

Democracy Now: “Chocolate Bittersweet Economy”: Cocoa Industry Accused of Greed, Neglect for Labor Practices in Ivory Coast

Fortune Magazine: “Chocolate Bittersweet Economy: Seven years after the industry agreed to abolish child labor, little progress has been made” by Christian Parenti

On a plus note, there are companies that don’t exploit third-world countries to make chocolate. Joe Whinney, founder of Theo Chocolate, “which describes itself as the only roaster of organic cocoa beans and the first roaster of the Fair Trade certified cocoa beans in the United States.” He was also interviewed in Democracy Now and is listed under Oprah’s O magazine Best List. For more information on this wonderful Fair Trade company check out their site.