Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Is It Just Me?

Tweet Storm Coming

Since an earthquake in Italy has pushed tRump from the center of attention, I predict a tweet storm will crash ashore late tonight. Among other things, it will explain how Obama caused the earthquake and point out where the Clinton murder victims are buried.

More On The Clinton Foundation Nothingburger

The AP’s big expose on Hillary meeting with Clinton Foundation donors is a mess - Vox:

...Here’s the bottom line: Serving as secretary of state while your husband raises millions of dollars for a charitable foundation that is also a vehicle for your family’s political ambitions really does create a lot of space for potential conflicts of interest. Journalists have, rightly, scrutinized the situation closely. And however many times they take a run at it, they don’t come up with anything more scandalous than the revelation that maybe billionaire philanthropists have an easier time getting the State Department to look into their visa problems than an ordinary person would...
The Vox report is perhaps the most thorough of all the reports on the Clinton Foundation.

AP's Deceptive Clinton Reporting

The following snippet illustrates the key point about all of the Clinton Foundation kerfluffle and coincidentally points out the incredibly biased and shoddy reporting done on the subject. The snippet is from Daily Kos via Blue Nation Review.

AP Under Fire for Shoddy Clinton Foundation Story | BNR:

...While pundits are tearing their clothes over an AP story showing almost 3% of meetings that Hillary Clinton held at the State Department involved people who had donated to the Clinton Foundation—so long as you extend the list to people who were involved in other charitable groups which donated to the foundation, and you limit your data to just a subset of Hillary’s time as Secretary of State. Which is frankly not shocking at all, no matter how much froth is produced over it. The Clinton Foundation hasn’t put one penny in the pockets of either Bill or Hillary Clinton. And extensive reviews haven’t found any evidence—any evidence—that it affected a single action at the State Department...

Trouble In Bernie Paradise

Bernie Sanders’s New Political Group Is Met by Staff Revolt - The New York Times:

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, his presidential campaign now behind him, will look to advance the movement he built during the Democratic primary race, with the public unveiling on Wednesday of a political organization focused on addressing economic inequality and taking on special interests...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

No Actual Evidence Of Corruption In Latest Email Accusations

Clinton’s e-mail ‘scandals’ are pure fiction - The Boston Globe:

...The scandal here seems to be that people who gave money to the Clinton Foundation had e-mails sent to the Clinton State Department requesting favors that were repeatedly denied. Still, evidence has never been the key ingredient of a Clinton scandal. Optics and the appearance of scandal are always where the action has been.

The recent e-mail revelations “illustrate the way the Clintons’ international network of friends and donors was able to get access to Hillary Clinton and her inner circle” says the Post. All this adds “to the controversy” about “major donors” to the foundation getting “access to other power players,” says Politico. Or, as shown by the evidence, not getting access...

Defining Pay For Play

James Carville Debunks Smear That Clinton Foundation Donors Had Special Access To Hillary Clinton’s State Department
The following was snippet was taken from the comment thread at the link above.

...One of my tech startups was hustled by a 2 star general who regularly appeared on FauxNoise. We were seeking a contract north of $30 million but less than $49 million, with possible follow-on maintenance contracts, with a tier 1 gov contract firm. We were advised to be "introduced" by said 2 star to prove our veracity in this technology space. But he wanted us to contract through his son's firm for $2 million of consulting. It was too slimy for words, especially because I had worked with the CEO of one of our main tier 2 suppliers in SiliconValley a decade earlier with whom we were going to partner. That is pay for play...

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sounds Like Actual Perjury

REVEALED: Melania Trump outright lied under oath about having a college degree:

...“I attended and graduated from design school, from fashion and Industrial Design School and also attended, graduated from architecture degree, bachelor degree,” she testified under oath.

As was revealed in July after Trump’s plagiarism scandal, that isn’t an accurate account of Trump’s educational background. She does not have an architecture degree, nor did she graduate with a bachelor’s degree...

Is Truth Making A Comeback?

Memo To News Media: Consumers Crave Truth, Not Balance | Crooks and Liars:

...This should serve as a warning to the rest of the squish journalists out there like Chris Matthews, Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd, Erin Burnett, and the Fox News crew: People aren't interested in hearing bothsiderist or one-sided bullshit they serve up and call "news."

People want truth. They don't want talking points, or "both sides do it." Donald Trump has broken all of the rules of party politics, and also the cable news formula. Some, like Stelter, Bolduan, Keilar and Reid have taken the cue, choosing to aggressively pursue truth-telling. Others are not.

To those who refuse to pay attention, beware. Consumers have moved on from the political pablum you serve. Only those who are bold enough to speak truth to the professional liars will survive.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Crazy In NC: GOPer Foot Shooting Edition

Smoking Gun Memo Could Bolster Voting Rights Case Against North Carolina:

North Carolina's Republican Party has had an interesting response to a recent appeals court ruling that said a number of voting restrictions passed by the state's GOP legislature were enacted with the intent to discriminate against minorities, specifically African Americans. In their scramble after the ruling, party operatives and local Republican officials have perhaps inadvertently provided more evidence that the restrictions were passed with the intent to discriminate...

GOPers Sinking In NC

Senate Sunday: North Carolina Might Turn Blue, Without Even Holding Its Breath:

Here’s what’s fun about this crazy election year: You normally wouldn’t think of North Carolina as a state where both the presidential and Senate races are competitive for Democrats, but here we are in August and Hillary Clinton’s leading in most polls, and in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, two-term Republican incumbent Senator Richard Burr (no relation to Aaron or Raymond) is down by two points to his Democratic challenger, former state Rep. Deborah Ross...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Definitive Hannity Attack List

Hannity v. The World: Here Are The People Sean Hannity Has Attacked To Defend Trump (So Far):

Fox News host Sean Hannity is one of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s most devout defenders in right-wing media. Since Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015, Hannity has attacked anyone that criticized Trump, including those in right-wing media, politicians, and even the Pope...

Good News From The tRump Campaign

Inside the fall of Paul Manafort - POLITICO:

...The week of personnel upheaval has left an aura of uncertainty looming over Trump’s White House bid, even at its upper levels, said multiple sources around the campaign.

As of noon Friday, Trump’s senior-level staff had not had a conference call, said the operative who has worked with the campaign.

“It’s complete chaos,” the operative said. “No one is in charge.”

No tRump For This CEO

I have always voted Republican for US president. Not this year |

...Many of my fellow chief executives will question my decision to speak out. My choice is grounded in the Midwest values that I learned from my parents and grandparents. I hope and believe that one day, my grandchildren will be proud that I stood up to speak out about what is right for America. Ultimately, the greatest duty of Americans to their country is to put their future, and their children’s future, above partisan politics.

— Washington Post

Daniel Akerson was chairman and chief executive of General Motors from 2010 to 2014 and was vice-chairman and special adviser to the board of directors for the Carlyle Group from 2014 to 2016.

GOPers Begin Leaking

The Rats Takes The Bait...and Run With It | Crooks and Liars:

...Less than 48 hours after the FBI turned over the Clinton investigation material to Congress, the first major leak found its way to the press. Supposedly, it was Colin Powell who recommended that Clinton use a private email system, according to the unnamed sources (otherwise known as Congressional members with access to the FBI material that they promised, cross their little hearts, that they wouldn't release to the media)...
Note that Clinton herself never mentioned Powell's recommendation, though that would have surely taken some of the heat off her.

Friday, August 19, 2016

tRump Locks Are Unlocking

New Analysis: Even South Carolina And Kansas Aren't Sure Bets For Trump:

A new Electoral College analysis by the University of Virginia's Center for Politics reveals that the map is only growing for Hillary Clinton and even South Carolina and Kansas have moved from "safe Republican" to "likely Republican."

"By the way, we’re lowering Kansas and South Carolina from Safe Republican to Likely Republican after recent closer-than-expected surveys surfaced," authors and political scientists Larry Sabato, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley wrote...

A Little Known Bill Clinton Fact

The snippet is an excerpt of a letter available at Crooks & Liars.

Gold Star Dad Tells Trump To Put Up Or Shut Up | Crooks and Liars:

...You might be thinking- Well Bill Clinton got deferments –Yes, he did and while he was President- he didn’t Start any wars- 1 soldier died in Combat and 75 died in Terrorist attacks- Carter- Reagan-Ford- HW Bush- GW Bush- Obama all had more soldier’s killed in Combat than him- He has the least amount of soldiers killed in actual Combat since Roosevelt as far as I can research...

On Being tRump

'Let Trump be Trump'? Who else could he be? - Chicago Tribune:

Of all the political pundit-grown gobbledygook flying around this election year, wishful musings about an upcoming Donald Trump "pivot" were perhaps the most persistent. Ah, the mythical pivot — you know, that magical moment, always just around the corner, where Trump stops being The Donald and transforms into Jack Kemp, Mr. Miyagi from "Karate Kid" or maybe even Fred Astaire, complete with tuxedo and tap-dancing skills...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Lying Corporate Liars Lying

Did Aetna Retaliate Against the Obama Administration by Threatening Consumers? | BNR:

...Aetna claims they are withdrawing because they have lost $430 million on the exchanges, but this claim doesn’t add up. First of all, Aetna posted a 38% profit increase in their most recent quarterly figures, even factoring in ACA plans that aren’t turning a profit, and just this month, they beat projected earnings by 4%. Second of all, just three months ago, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini announced plans to participate in five more exchanges starting in 2017. So, why the sudden reversal?...

Old Ads Haunt tRump

Senator praises ‘law and order’ Trump for demanding death penalty for innocent teens:

...Sessions was referring to an ad Trump took out in the New York Times over 20 years ago, with a bold headline reading “Bring the death penalty back!” aimed at the five young black and Hispanic men who were accused of raping a white woman who came to be known as the “Central Park jogger.”

All of the young men were later exonerated by the city of New York after serving time in prison, and were recipients of a payout in the millions for their wrongful conviction...

Good News For Law Enforcement Community

Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons - The Washington Post:

The Justice Department plans to end its use of private prisons after officials concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government...

Senators Ask For Russia Hearings

Press Release | Press Releases | News | U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island:

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today called on Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, to hold a hearing to determine whether existing federal criminal statutes and federal court jurisdiction are sufficient to address conduct related to foreign entities attempting to undermine our elections...