Tuesday, September 27, 2016

tRump Gets Owned

Hillary Ruled the Show:

...If I know anything about Trump he'll feel wounded by this encounter, low-stamina Hillary, almost a foot shorter than him, a weak women ... well, she controlled him and owned the floor. Like we saw with Pastor Timmons and so many others who have hurt him, he'll lash out.

I think the night went badly for Trump. We'll have several days again going over his list of lies. And the pressure on him will go up for the second debate.

What's Wrong With Half The Men In The U.S.

...and probably 80% world wide can be summed up in the following snippet: Of Course Men Commented On Hillary Clinton's Looks During The Debate | Huffington Post:

...Fox News host Brit Hume took things one step further. He didn’t simply object to Clinton’s smile (or lack thereof) ― he took issue with her entire face.

“She looked composed, smug sometimes, not necessarily attractive,” he said.

Well, if Hume doesn’t think Clinton is very attractive, let’s just call this whole presidential race thing off. We all know ladies are only worth anything if they’re hot.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Dear tRump: Remember Al Capone?

BOMBSHELL: On debate night, WaPo breaks story of potential Trump tax evasion - Shareblue:

According to Fahrenthold’s sources, Trump has directed approximately $2.3 million worth of payments he was owed personally to the foundation. The problem for Trump is that he is still required to pay taxes on that income.

But the Post was stonewalled when it sought proof that Trump paid the taxes he owed:

Could he provide proof of that tax payment?

“Absolutely not,” [Adviser Boris] Epshteyn said...
The IRS can't touch me, tRump thinks.

Lies A-Flyin'

Trump Campaign Manager Bashes Reporters Ahead Of First Debate | Huffington Post: Kellyanne

Conway, the campaign manager for Donald Trump, claimed Monday that some embedded network producers following the GOP presidential nominee are overwhelmingly “negative” in their coverage...

MLK Was A Human First

Politicalprof - Can we just STOP with the�“Martin Luther King, Jr., Didn’t Riot But He Changed the World” Thing?:

...Third, is it now required that we all be Martin Luther King? Is it required that we all have the patience to endure endless harassment and violence in order to be “worthy” to protest? Do remember that King himself had largely abandoned the philosophy of nonviolence at the time of his assassination. For example, he was only in Memphis in April 1968 supporting a direct action strike by sanitation workers in the city, an action LOTS of people would have called violently disruptive to the health of the community. His movement only seems beatific in retrospect, through the lens of the rioting and social chaos that ensued his marginalization in the later 1960s and 1970s. There are no perfect protestors even when there is much to protest.

I do not think the Martin Luther King, Jr., you remember is the Martin Luther King, Jr., who actually lived.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

tRump Says No To Facts In Debates

History calls for an end to the double standard against Hillary Clinton (#DemandFairDebates) - Shareblue:

...We could not agree more. Debate moderators must be willing to remain focused on policy, and they must come prepared to fact check the candidates in real time. [Notably, Donald Trump has already rejected the idea of real-time fact checking while Clinton has welcomed it.]...

tRump Will Increase Taxes On The Poor

A new study says Trump would raise taxes for millions. Trump’s campaign insists he won’t. - The Washington Post:

More than half of America's single parents and one-fifth of its families with children could see their federal income taxes go up under Republican Donald Trump's revamped tax plan, according to a new analysis of the plan by a New York University professor who previously served as a tax specialist for the Obama administration and the Senate Finance Committee...
As Gomer Pyle Used To Say

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Clinton Receives Glowing NYT Endorsement

Hillary Clinton for President - The New York Times:

...Through war and recession, Americans born since 9/11 have had to grow up fast, and they deserve a grown-up president. A lifetime’s commitment to solving problems in the real world qualifies Hillary Clinton for this job, and the country should put her to work.
I wonder if MoDo's head exploded.

Tax The Rich

Clinton gives nod to Sanders with 65% top estate tax rate:

...Clinton has repeatedly called to put a larger tax burden on the wealthiest Americans to boost investment in infrastructure and job creation. The revision will put a 65 percent tax rate on estates valued at $1 billion or more per couple, the Clinton campaign said Thursday...

Friday, September 23, 2016

Another GOPer Paper Endorses Clinton

Major Ohio paper endorses Clinton after years of backing GOP - CNNPolitics.com:

The Cincinnati Enquirer, one of Ohio's largest newspapers, is backing Hillary Clinton after supporting Republican presidential candidates for nearly a century.
"The Enquirer has supported Republicans for president for almost a century -- a tradition this editorial board doesn't take lightly. But this is not a traditional race, and these are not traditional times," the editorial board of the Enquirer published Friday. "Our country needs calm, thoughtful leadership to deal with the challenges we face at home and abroad. We need a leader who will bring out the best in all Americans, not the worst."

"That's why there is only one choice when we elect a president in November: Hillary Clinton," the editorial reads...

LA Times Endorses Clinton

Hillary Clinton would make a sober, smart and pragmatic president. Donald Trump would be a catastrophe. - LA Times:

American voters have a clear choice on Nov. 8. We can elect an experienced, thoughtful and deeply knowledgeable public servant or a thin-skinned demagogue who is unqualified and unsuited to be president...

Vets Are Moochers Says GOPer

Boehner’s GOP replacement slurs veterans as ‘moochers’ and ‘pretenders’ for seeking VA care:

Donald Trump-backing Ohio Republican is defending his claims that “moochers” and “pretenders” are overwhelming the Veterans Affairs’ health care system with fraudulent claims — even though there’s little evidence of abuse...
This one hits me right where I live. In the late 60s I was injured in a military operation. In addition to hearing loss, I also had back and neck injuries. I was treated in a hospital for lacerations and sent on my way. A year later, back in the states, I went to the base hospital because my hearing was getting worse and my back was hurting. The doctor accused me of trying to get a discharge, which was insane since I wanted to make a career of the military. Years later, after multiple attempts and multiple varying excuses, I can still get no help from the VA. Their latest excuse was, as a SS and NC teacher's pensioner, I make too much money. Yeah, there are lying deadbeats milking the VA, but all the money they steal is a drop in the bucket compared to the money wasted on projects like the F-35, and for every one of those grifters, there are at least a dozen veterans who are denied benefits but deserve them. 

Russians Are Hacking US

Top Dems: Russians Trying to Influence U.S. Election - NBC News:

Russian intelligence agencies are trying to interfere with the U.S. presidential election, the top Democrats on the intelligence committee said Thursday.

The lawmakers, part of the so-called "Gang of 8," members of Congress who are briefed on nearly all the nation's intelligence secrets, went much further than President Barack Obama has been willing in engaging the question of Russian hacking into American political organizations...

Too Big To Jail?

Wells Fargo Had A Bad Day. That’s A Start | Crooks and Liars:

...And Warren is right: Senior executives who encourage or tolerate fraud, while enriching themselves from it, need to go to jail. That means appointing regulators and Justice Department officials who will uphold the law without fear or favor.

Wells Fargo’s CEO faced a rough grilling. That’s a start. But John Stumpf is undoubtedly decompressing somewhere right now, waiting in comfort for the heat to die down. Wall Street’s fraud won’t end until its senior executives are held fully accountable for their actions – and not just for a day.

More Cons From Don

Trump received $1.6 million from Secret Service - POLITICO:

Donald Trump's campaign isn't alone in patronizing his own businesses: taxpayers are indirectly doing so, too.

Federal Election Commission records show that the U.S. Secret Service has paid the Trump campaign about $1.6 million to cover the cost of flying its agents with the candidate on a plane owned and operated by one of his companies...

Thursday, September 22, 2016

An Evangelical Evolution

Like Katy Perry, I broke up with the conservative evangelical project | Religion News Service:

...Whether you like President Barack Obama or not, former religious right activist Frank Schaeffer told the ugly truth about contemporary conservatism: It has carried out a vicious “slow motion lynching” of our first African-American president. Today’s conservatives have been undermining voting rights for minorities, vilifying immigrants, scapegoating LGBTQ people, and resurrecting white privilege and white supremacy to maintain systemic injustice. One simple word in Trump’s campaign slogan — “again” – harkens back to a time of deep discrimination against everyone who doesn’t look like or pray like me...

Ruining tRumper's Day

CNN host abruptly ends interview after pro-Trump pastor keeps yelling facts are ‘nonsense’:

CNN host Alisyn Camerota abruptly ended an interview with Cleveland Pastor James Davis, a supporter of GOP nominee Donald Trump, after he continually shouted over other another guest and refused to accept any facts showing that the black community was not in worse shape than any time in U.S. history...

Let's Get The Facts Before We Riot

A flashback post on Duke Lacross, re: Charlotte riots, police shooting. The conflation with the Tulsa shooting, which looked like a crime to me, (update: she has been charged) is probably what has caused the immediate problem. The longer term problem is a police and justice system in need of a severe reminder that they work for all the citizens of this country, not just a select few.

- Media Notes Extra - washingtonpost.com: "...But in all the coverage you read and see about the clearing of these young men, very little of it will be devoted to the media's role in ruining their lives. I didn't hear a single television analyst mention it yesterday, even though two of the players' lawyers took shots at the press...

...We will now read 100 stories about how an obsessive prosecutor overreached in bringing the indictments in the first place, and that's fine. But keep in mind that the Duke case was all over the network newscasts, the morning shows, the cable channels and the front pages. Newsweek put two of the defendants' mug shots on the cover. "I'm so glad they didn't miss a lacrosse game over a little thing like gang rape," Nancy Grace said on Headline News...

...The North Carolina AG spoke of "a tragic rush to accuse," and he just as easily could have been talking about journalists as Mike Nifong. Commentators have been chattering about whether Nifong will be disbarred, but no one gets to disbar the media.

An Ad About tRump's Real Supporters


...This ad is plain and unpolished. It's a punch in the gut. It reminds us that Trumpism isn't just about a buffoonish blowhard who may or may not be able to back up his belligerent words -- it's about millions of angry people who are being told it's okay for them to intimidate people who aren't white or Christian or male...
Go listen to the ad at the link and you'll discover that Clinton's basket of deplorables wasn't nearly large enough.

Ryan Clueless On Stop & Frisk

Paul Ryan ducks on stop-and-frisk - CNNPolitics.com:

House Speaker Paul Ryan ducked Thursday on whether he supports the "stop and frisk" policy pushed by Donald Trump.
"I don't have an answer for you because it's not something that I've familiarized myself with -- the constitutionality of it, its efficacy, whether (it) worked well in New York City or not," Ryan said after being pressed twice by reporters on the policy the GOP nominee wants to revive, despite court rulings finding it unconstitutional...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sen. Kirk Still Lying

Mark Kirk's Campaign Website Said He Was An Iraq War Vet: He Wasn't:

A new report from CNN reveals that Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)'s campaign website falsely listed Kirk as an Iraq War veteran even though the senator served stateside in the Navy Reserves during the conflict. Kirk's inflated military record nearly cost him his Senate seat before.

According to CNN, "a once public, now private webpage" included the information, which brought back memories of Kirk's 2010 race when he exaggerated his military service. Kirk's current campaign told CNN that the website was not supposed to be public and was still in edits...

Grade A Congressional Trolling

Dems Hijack IRS Impeachment Hearing With Skittles And Trump Taxes | Huffington Post:

... “Commissioner, you know who I’m talking about. Everyone in this room knows who I’m talking about,” said Gutierrez, who had made clear at the start of his questions to Koskinen that he was going to enjoy his chance to derail the GOP’s hearing.

“I have a few extra bags of Skittles and I’m going to share them with you and your staff so that after this reckless and bitter hearing you can get a small amount of sweet candy to improve the rest of your day,” Gutierrez said.

Baby tRump Whining Again

Trump Accuses Hillary of Copying, Proves Once Again That He's a Child:

On Tuesday, Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton not once, but twice of copycatting him, because apparently, that's a real attack used in this hellfire of an election...

tRump Wants To Violate Everyone's Civil Rights

Trump Proposes Reinstating Stop And Frisk At Event Aimed At Black Voters | Huffington Post:

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump thinks the best way to stop crime in black communities is to broaden the use of stop and frisk, a policing tactic that has been proved to be discriminatory against blacks and Latinos...