Clinton believes “climate change” is a wedge issue but is silent on #NoDAPL.


Some political observers who may be smarter than me believe that the next seven to ten days will decide the election between Trump and Clinton.

That will take us to up to Indigenous Peoples’ Day – formerly known as Columbus Day.

Between Trump’s nearly comedic performance on SNL – I mean the real debate – and the NY Times release of his tax returns, Hillary has inched up a few points in national polls and in electoral predictions by Nate Silver and the NY Times.

However, Nate Silver suggests this morning that a possible win by favorite son Gary Johnson in New Mexico could mean the election could be thrown into the House of Representatives where the Republicans are in the majority.

Democratic Party focus groups have identified suburban white women as a key voting block and climate change as a key wedge issue.

I suspect that they are right and that they are wrong. Right about the issue. Wrong about who is the key voting block. 

In fact, I suspect that the Democratic strategists, in order to do what they think will attract white suburban Republican women have come up with not mentioning Bush, not mentioning the Republican Party (Did I miss those two words during the debate or were they un-spoken?) and running from the traditional Democratic base and have made this race much tighter than it should be.

If African American and Hispanic voters and the traditional base of the Democratic Party turns out in the numbers they have in the past, Trump goes back to his mansion in Florida.

Politico reports: 

His most obvious problem is with suburban women – and Clinton’s small-but-durable lead in Pennsylvania owes much to her dominance in the bellwether Philly burbs with white women voters. Clinton’s Brooklyn brain trust knows they are unlikely to draw GOP men to their candidate, but they hope to sow enough doubt to divert them to Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson – or to suppress their turnout.

“The entire target audience for the debates should be these upper-income whites,” Joe Trippi, Howard Dean’s 2004 campaign manager told me as the candidate’s took the stage in Long Island last week.

Clinton’s focus groups (they seem to be running round-the-clock these days) show that a central wedge issue is global warming, a cultural and political signifier that differentiates Clinton’s self-style rationalism from Trump’s visceral populism.

That’s why you heard her slip the words “climate change” into her spiel so often at Hofstra – and why she’ll do the same in St. Louis.

But climate change means nothing in the abstract. Ground zero in the fight around climate change today is at Standing Rock and the battle to stop the North Dakota Pipe Line.

Trump won’t mention it because his backers have a vested interest.

Next week, thousands more will join the encampment and will be going to Standing Rock as part of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Hillary should speak in support of #NoDAPL.

That would be a hell of an October Surprise.

G4S, the world largest private police force, attacks protesters at Standing Rock.

The news from Standing Rock in North Dakota is just starting to break through. Thousands of Native people and their supporters have gathered to protest the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline that would bring oil from North Dakota through Iowa and into Illinois.

Last week, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota emerged as climate change heroes when, with little political clout or media spotlight, they halted construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline. After tribal chairman David Archambault II and others were arrested for pushing past barricades to block excavating machinery, Leonardo DiCaprio tweeted that he was inspired, and Bill McKibben touted Native Americans as the “the vanguard of the movement.” As the tribe sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop crews from burrowing beneath the Missouri River immediately upstream from their land, the homely, unpronounceable hashtag #NoDAPL surged—short for No Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Corps of Army Engineers is working to put the pipeline under the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.

What could possible go wrong with that idea? Other than an environmental disaster impacting a major portion of the nation’s water supply.

That the Dakota Access Pipeline must be stopped is a no-brainer. President Obama could stop it with the a pen.

Meanwhile the oil companies who are building the pipeline have hired the world largest police force, G4S to provide security and attack the Native American protesters with dogs, gas and pepper spray.

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Dakota Access security guards with dogs. No uniforms, name tags and corporate insignias are visible.

The use of dogs on protesters brings back memories of Birmingham said National Lawyers Guild representative Jeff Haas.


Birmingham, Alabama. 1963.

You may have heard of G4S Security. Omar Mateen was an employee until he killed himself after committing the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.

On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a terrorist attack/hate crime inside Pulse, a Gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

G4S has also been the target of a global boycott campaign for its role in profiteering from the imprisonment of Palestinians.  They were contracting with the Israeli prison system and other occupation agencies to provide control rooms, equipment and security systems for Israeli prisons, checkpoints, and the Erez/Beit Hanoun Gaza border crossing where the siege on Gaza is imposed.

There currently exists an embargo of the Standing Rock tribal reservation. The main road has been blocked to entry or exit. Not unlike the embargo of Gaza.

The company is also at work with private prisons in the United States and United Kingdom, and has involvement in migrant detention and deportation in the US, UK, Canada and Australia.

As in the U.S.  G4S provides security to pipeline and mining projects on stolen Indigenous lands in Canada and security for environmentally destructive tar sands mega-projects.

My brother, Mike, is on his way to Standing Rock this morning. Look for his reports.

In Chicago on Friday, September 9th, at 4pm at Daley Plaza you can attend the rally in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux and the Sacred Stone Camp in their fight against Big Oil and the Dakota Access Pipeline.