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Twitter Tip: A Radical Approach to Spam Follows

Twitter Tip: A Radical Approach to Spam Follows

If you invite someone by following them, you are ALREADY following them, whether or not they reply with a “following you” email.

This means you do NOT need to fear deleting ALL your “following you” email. Acceptance emails complete the loop. The rest of your “following you” email is spam or prospecting for followers.

If you want to go completely radical on this and pare your list of followers down, then post something like the following as needed.

SPAM follows. I now delete all following email.If I miss you, send me a @ reply with FOLLOW. I will check these. Thanks. S

To rephrase this, I believe if someone you want to follow gets missed, he or she should be invited to send you a @ reply with FOLLOW as the message. This means I can check the profile again and follow the person.

Naturally if you get mail from someone you follow and recognize it, you can and should keep it. But if you are getting tens and even hundreds of spam and prospecting follows each day,an approach like this may help.

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Hillary Clinton, Dean Snyder & Reverend Wright

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Here is the growingly famous statement of Dean Snyder regarding Pastor Wright. Hillary Clinton is playing with fire by breaking a self-imposed silence on the Wright issue. Clinton is inviting intense journalistic scrutiny of her own involvement in an exclusive Capitol Hill “prayer group” that is reputed to be run by a man she has called her “mentor”. The problem is the group is considered by many to be a bastion of right wing politics.

Scroll down for some information about Hillary’s Washington religious practices.

Here, meantime is the statement of Dean Snyder in full.

The Reverend Jeremiah Wright is an outstanding church leader whom I have heard speak a number of times. He has served for decades as a profound voice for justice and inclusion in our society. He has been a vocal critic of the racism, sexism and homophobia which still tarnish the American dream. To evaluate his dynamic ministry on the basis of two or three sound bites does a grave injustice to Dr. Wright, the members of his congregation, and the African-American church which has been the spiritual refuge of a people that has suffered from discrimination, disadvantage, and violence. Dr. Wright, a member of an integrated denomination, has been an agent of racial reconciliation while proclaiming perceptions and truths uncomfortable for some white people to hear. Those of us who are white Americans would do well to listen carefully to Dr. Wright rather than to use a few of his quotes to polarize. This is a critical time in America’s history as we seek to repent of our racism. No matter which candidates prevail, let us use this time to listen again to one another and not to distort one another’s truth.

Dean J. Snyder, Senior Minister
Foundry United Methodist Church
March 19, 2008

Here is Dean Snyder’s online profile.

Hillary Clinton and The Fellowship

When Clinton first came to Washington in 1993, one of her first steps was to join a Bible study group. For the next eight years, she regularly met with a Christian “cell” whose members included Susan Baker, wife of Bush consigliere James Baker; Joanne Kemp, wife of conservative icon Jack Kemp; Eileen Bakke, wife of Dennis Bakke, a leader in the anti-union Christian management movement; and Grace Nelson, the wife of Senator Bill Nelson, a conservative Florida Democrat.

Clinton’s prayer group was part of the Fellowship (or “the Family”), a network of sex-segregated cells of political, business, and military leaders dedicated to “spiritual war” on behalf of Christ, many of them recruited at the Fellowship’s only public event, the annual National Prayer Breakfast. (Aside from the breakfast, the group has “made a fetish of being invisible,” former Republican Senator William Armstrong has said.) The Fellowship believes that the elite win power by the will of God, who uses them for his purposes. Its mission is to help the powerful understand their role in God’s plan.

Clinton declined our requests for an interview about her faith, but in Living History, she describes her first encounter with Fellowship leader Doug Coe at a 1993 lunch with her prayer cell at the Cedars, the Fellowship’s majestic estate on the Potomac. Coe, she writes, “is a unique presence in Washington: a genuinely loving spiritual mentor and guide to anyone, regardless of party or faith, who wants to deepen his or her relationship with God.” SOURCE

Apparently Hillary Clinton remains reticent when asked about her own faith. This will obviously be a reticence of short duration. The thematic element here is the irrelevance of party when it comes to maintaining the current parity which we call gridlock. This gridlock serves the status quo and explains the essentially common interest of the Clinton Democrats and the right wing.

Here, for Hillary Clinton’s edification and the righting of the terrible wrong done by FOX, is a small collection of links designed to show that Pastor Wright’s so called hate-speech was the result of criminal editing by FOX and lockstep judgments made by people such as … Hillary Clinton, on the basis of the soundbites.

Jeremiah Wright Videos

Video: Context of FOX “God Damn” Soundbite

The “Chickens Roost” Sermon Uncut

FOX Virus Video

More Typical Wright Sermon Excerpts:

Video: Pastor Wright on Who Writes History

Good Friday Sermon Excerpt — Memorable

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James Carville, Pat Buchanan and Hillary Clinton

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To understand what is going on in the Democratic Party we need to associate and lift high the names of James Carville, Pat Buchanan and Hillary Clinton. In essence it is becoming clear that the Clinton campaign is consciously seeking the following results:

1. Turn Florida and Michigan into an Obama Crime.

2. Keep the Clinton-Obama ticket alive. In that order.

3. Fan the flames of anything that will identify Obama with Black militancy — but let surrogates like Pat Buchanan make it explicit. And he does so daily in writing and on TV. And now, after saying no comment, Hillary has just started playing the Wright card.

The result of James Carville’s refusal to modify his Judas remarks against Bill Richardson is clear. It is a loyalty message to anyone who believes Hillary will win. Death to defectors.

I do not think there is a lack of pillow talk between James and his Bush-apologist spouse Mary Matalin. In essence, the results acceptable to the Clinton camp is either a win for Hillary or a win for John McCain.

The underlying issue is control of the Democratic party. Whatever is done will leave us either an Obama Party — a party of a progressive middle way — or the party under Clinton control where the basic strategy will be maintenance of the status quo no matter who wins, Clinton or McCain.

Carville’s premeditated assault is just a salvo. Anything you hear from anyone named in my title is fodder for the Clinton Campaign.

This is Obama’s massive opportunity.

Oddly enough, his opponent will remain the Clintons — even after he wins this bruising contest.

McCain, after all, may not have the stomach for Clinton politics.

In essence, if Obama can widen the unity message and demonstrate that his is a middle-of-the road progressive politics he can win over the Clinton voting constituency.

Here are my Carville links, showing how the Clinton’s interest has always been to control the party. Since their constituency is aging, they must do it the old way — by demagoguery lite.

Bill Clinton is trading his legacy to be the poster boy for this approach.

The “Biggest Bell in US Politics” Keeps Ringing

James Carville Loses It — Judas Remark Over The Top

Seven Ways To Resolve Florida-Michigan at Minimal Cost

And here is the back story for this page:

Democrats May Not Survive — Here’s Why

The only way I see to put down the unholy triad of Carville-Buchanan-Clinton is for superdelegates wo move in anarchic fashion now to the point that other elements inimical to the Clinton campaign (lack of money, mathematical impossibility) kick in.

Needless to say, I no longer trust the Clintons, if I ever did. I knew, when they started in the late-’80s, where they were coming from. And the precise cynical politics of gridlock they practiced.

Now some of that electorate is porous and ready to change and a new generation has come of age. This is Obama’s hope. I persist in feeling this drama will be played out sooner than later.

No Hillary presidency. (Her prevarication about Bosnia is not important save to show the ease with which she can lie.)

And she prevaricated more than once:

No Carville resurgence. (He will be the first to see the writing on the wall.)

No Buchanan pleasure. (We leave his self-serving idiocy behind.)



And what else, I cannot imagine.

Divine judgment, perhaps.

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The Clintons Weak War on Terror Movie

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Elsewhere in this blog, I’ve dealt with the Clintons’ prodigal sharing of nuclear secrets — a highly debateable decision — and with the probability that Bill Clinton’s pursuit of a Nobel Peace prize served to dampen his ardor to bring Bin Laden down in Afghanistan and before Bin Laden moved there. Now I have some corroboration in this revealing section from a nine-part movie about Hillary Clinton. See what you think,

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Hillary Clinton’s Attack Politics The Movie

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This movie about Hillary Clinton’s attack politics in the White House suggests that Hillary Clinton was Bill Clinton’s Richard Nixon — willing to destroy lives, particularly to protect Bill Clinton from the charges of women whose lives he violated.

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Travelgate The Movie Hillary Does Not Want You to See

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I was unaware of this movie until today. There is actually series of these — nine in all. But this is regarded as the most illustrative example of Hillary Clinton’s true character as a first lady. I think Travelgate The Movie Speaks for itself.

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The Complex Psychology of Hillary Clinton

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As an Obama supporter, I am deluged daily — when I go to the Obama blog — with shocked and angry expressions of dislike for Hillary Clinton. And there crops up, with clockwork regularity, a little piece by Clinton intimate turned Clinton enemy, Dick Morris, that implicitly and explicitly puts the worst of glosses on the New York Senator.

All of this set me to wondering about the real Hillary Clinton and I think I have her about as well as anyone could. In point of fact, she is neither the devil incarnate nor the necessary answer to what we want in a President.

She is a resourceful and talented woman who threw a promising career to the winds to become Hillary Clinton, the resourceful and talented and doubtless frustrated and ambivalent, spouse of the man who had things she did not. That would be Bill Clinton.

Both Bill and Hillary did have one thing in common — it’s also something they have in common with Barack Obama.

All three of them were smart, resourceful and talented persons who were not born to privilege. But each in their own way hit the society when meritocracy was starting to replace sheer privilege. And all three of them managed to prosper handsomely. We are talking Ivy League, media access (Hillary made the cover of LIFE as a prococious Wellesley student, Barack edited the Harvard Law Review, Bill was a Rhodes Scholar from Hope, Arkansas) and formidable doses of ambition.

I realize I should include Michelle Obama in this. But that raises a whole additional line of inquiry.

Is it any wonder that Hillary is idolized by women of a certain age, containing within herself all the righteous indignation of the tag end of the first wave of post-civil rights feminism? A generation a trifle too advanced in age, for the most part, to conquer. But damned well willing to go to the wall for the late-blooming spouse of Bill who now seeks the big prize of all big prizes.

The most objective and insightful short gloss on Hillary Clinton that I’ve found is this brief interview with Carl Bernstein, the Watergate reporter who has recently published a biography of Hillary.

What I come up with in a sort of holographic impression of Hillary as neither a demon nor a paragon, but a mix of the two, the product of where she is now on her journey.

The behavior and body lingo she has displayed recently seems to me to be a distillation of the same bilious dismissal that she gave Senator Ed Brooke as an extemporaneous speaker and student leader at Wellesley four decades ago.

She has the same capacity for scorn that Barack has. Bill has it too but he translates it into clever and often hideously transparent monologues designed to win whatever point he happens to be trying to make.

And now this is Hillary’s pay-back time.

Pay back for Monica.

Pay back for her own desperate but defensible choice to pursue Bill’s rather than her own career track.

Pay back for her own palpable deficiencies, revealed in her vindictive behavior in the White House Travel Office mess and her administrative lapses in attempting to run her current campaign.

All of the manic energy Hillary Clinton now displays is a distillation of this determination to pay back and have it all. Because that combo is distictly American, something F. Scott Fitzgerald could have described with damning accuracy, she mesmerizes in spite of our horror and convinces us of her viability despite the numerical absurdities.

Reality has almost ceased to matter. We are in a miasmal mist. This is a go-for-broke strip tease. The clothes of the Empresses and Emperors, American arriviste in style, are willingly doffed. Finally, like cocks in some hazy Arkansas pit, Hillary or Barack manage to become — the last person standing.

Dick Morris reminds us that Hillary interned with Bob Truehaft in 1971 and that this Oakland lawyer was indeed a Communist Party member whose clients included the Panthers. So what? Who didn’t know Communists at a certain time? Big deal.

Chelsea suggests to me that Hillary has been a good mother whether or not she has done all she suggests she did with and for children.

Dick quotes Bill: “Hillary could have written her own job ticket, but she turned down all the lucrative job offers.”

This is true. She did give up what might have been a bright future as the better known of the couple years ago.

That she apparently did not pass the DC bar exam is neither here nor there. Once she went for Bill, we must assume some formidable losses of both momentum and face. The ways of love. How many other talented women of that era went through exactly the same accommodation?

All of Hillary’s Arkansas existence seems to me proof that she was always a combination of opportunist and idealist, smart person and dogmatist, snob and incipient politico.

What impresses me most about Hillary Clinton is that, according to Bernstein, she wrote her Wellesley thesis on Saul Alinsky and concluded that his grass roots organizing efforts were inadequate to solve problems, that government programs were needed to address intractable social issues.

This is substantially correct. Barack understands that too.

But Barack, who has also written on Alinsky (along with me), fuses Alinsky with cyber-power.

If he wins it will be because of this fusion.

And Hillary, who dismissed Alinsky, though the Clintons later communed with Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) folk, proved herself a poor organizer and administrator in terms of her own campaign. And cyber-deficient. In fact everything good she has picked up, absent the Penn-Wolfson nasty stuff, has been from Obama.

Obama has in fact been Hillary’s Deval Patrick. Rather shameless of her, I must say.

The Morris bill of particulars concludes with two points that seem to be salient:

Bill says: “Hillary didn’t succeed at getting health care for all Americans in 1994 but she kept working at it and helped to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that provides five million children with health insurance.”

FACTS: Hillary had nothing to do with creating CHIP. It was included in the budget deal between Clinton and Republican Majority Leader Senator Trent Lott. I know; I helped to negotiate the deal. The money came half from the budget deal and half from the Attorney Generals’ tobacco settlement. Hillary had nothing to do with either source of funds.

Bill says: “Hillary was the face of America all over the world.”

FACTS: Her visits were part of a program to get her out of town so that it would not appear that Hillary was running the White House. Her visits abroad were entirely touristic and symbolic.

The ultimate question for me is whether it would make a major difference if Hillary were President. I am forced to conclude, despite my willingness to cut her some slack, that the answer is yes. It would make a difference in the direction of a very bad choice.

She could be exemplary and still fail miserably because of the horrendous way she got the job. Her fighting through all the challenges to wrest the nomination would wreck the party. Her election would guarantee a likely continuation of our gridlock politics.

Barack differs from the Clintons in being emotionally sympatico with the civil rights movement in a way the Clintons could never be. They are a trifle too late to have been part of that movement and their commitments have little to do with the resonance of a beloved community. I also feel that Barack is a fundamentally nicer human being than either Hillary or Bill. This is not to denigrate them. I am sure they are nice enough.

I also feel Barack has leadership capacities and ideas beyond the scope of the Clintons, precisely because he has dreamed larger than they ever did.

Experience and judgment issues are irrelevant to a choice. Barack and Hillary are a wash.

What is relevant is whether Obama can be more than smart.

Can he be great?

I think greatness is interactive. I think the Obama movement may be great and something of which the Clintons have only the slightest inkling.

If that is correct, then perhaps two conclusions can be drawn.

1. That movement will win.

2. That movement will end up moving beyond the immaturities of demonization to a more balanced acceptance of a spectrum understanding of human nature and the world.


Bill Foster Beats Barack Obama — A Sign of The Barack Obama Era

Child in Hillary’s 3:00AM Ad Now Grown Up & An Avid Obama Supporter
Time for John Edwards to Declare for Barack Obama

Gerri Peev: No Way Samantha, Let The Presses Roll

Terry McAuliffe Blows Smoke — Can He Answer These Questions?

Hillary Gets By Dissing Obama — Samantha Power Goes Down

Facing Facts — Obama Campaign Is Stalled — How To Prevail

Hillary Clinton. John McCain, Joe Lieberman — Logical Bedfellows

The Best Solution for Michigan and Florida
States Barack Obama MIGHT Win in November — The Best Game in Town
Why Hillary Clinton Will Quit Despite Herself — A Seven Step Soap Opera

A Literal Clinton Bombshell — Spilling Nuclear Secrets

Pressing Home Hillary Clinton’s Tax Return Vulnerability
Hillary Clinton Is Vulnerable on The Security Issue

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