posted by gyma
I have a couple of Breitbart-reading, Trump-supporting Facebook friends (actually relatives and ex coworkers, so not really friends) and this seems to be why they favor Trump:
"SHARING this post for everyone.
"Ok people, soap box moment......... Millions of trump supporters feel this way about Donald J. Trump....."We don't care if the guy swears... or how many times he's been married...or who he voted for, or what his income tax return shows. We want the problems fixed. Yes he's an egomaniac, but we don't care. We know he's not a racist, or bad to women, or all the other things the liberal media is trying to label him with. We know he's raised a good family, and that says a lot about him.The country is a mess because politicians suck, the Republican Party is two faced & gutless, and illegals are everywhere and Muslims are openly trying to hurt this country and make the civilized world adjust to them. We want it all fixed!We don't care that Trump is crude, we don't care that he has changed positions, we don't care that he fights with Megan Kelly, Rosie O'Donnell, and so many of the elected establishment. We don't care that Rubio, Cruz, Ryan, the Bush's, and so many other top old and new Republicans refuse to endorse him for their own selfish reasons, and we know what they are. We don't care that he doesn't know the name of some Muslim terrorists, we don't care that he tried some businesses that didn't work out.This country is weak, bankrupt, our enemies are making fun of us, we are being invaded by illegals, we are becoming a nation of victims, where every Tom, Ricardo and Hasid is a special group with special rights to a point where we don't even recognize the country we were born and raised in, AND WE JUST WANT IT FIXED. And TRUMP is the only guy who seems to understand what the people want.We're sick of politicians, sick of the Democratic and Republican Party. We're angry about the Iran deal, the budget, treatment of Israel, military weakness, lobbyists, special interests, overpaid politicians with their self serving bills and back room deals, trade deals, loss of jobs, manipulated economic numbers, businesses fleeing, and even the phoney pay for play Clinton Foundation.Americans are no longer going to be fooled, and the movement is out to change the direction we're taking. Trump may not be a saint, but he doesn't have lobbyist money holding him, he doesn't have political correctness restraining him, and all you know is that he has been very successful, a good negotiator, he has built a lot of things, he's flexible, and he's also not a politician. And he says he'll fix it. And we believe him because he is too much of an egotist to be proven wrong or looked at and called a liar.Public service has become elected greed. This may be our only chance to have a non-politician, despite his flaws, try and correct the mess, at least for 4 years. We must take the shot, because the consequences of putting Hillary Clinton in office are frightening. There is a tidal wave happening, and its going to overcome much of what's happened to this country. Share, Share, SHARE!!"
These people brag about how they've left Fox News and migrated to Breitbart "News" to stay informed. They should all be ecstatic by the latest Trump campaign shake-up.
As an aside, I do wonder how many angry Trump supporters could have been convinced to vote for Sanders had he become the nominee. The system *is* broken and desperately needs to be fixed, but Trump ain't gonna be the savior they so want to believe him to be.
Love and fear Our Glorious Leader!
The most striking comment in the trailer comes from [Omarosa] Manigault, the former "Apprentice" contestant who now serves as the Trump campaign's director of African-American outreach. She paints an ominous picture when she suggests that a big motivation for Trump's candidacy is making his haters "bow down" to him.
“Donald Trump is running for president because he really, truly believes he can turn the country around," she said. "More importantly, every critic, every detractor will have to bow down to President Trump.”
One People, One Nation, One Leader!
Okay, that sounds better in the original German but still.
Donald J. Trump has shaken up his presidential campaign for the second time in two months, hiring a top executive from the conservative website Breitbart News and promoting a senior adviser in an effort to right his faltering campaign.
Donald Trump's campaign chairman helped a pro-Russian governing party in Ukraine secretly route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012, and did so in a way that effectively obscured the foreign political party's efforts to influence U.S. policy.
Interesting times we are living in.
One wouldn't want to be left with a false impression:
Trump adviser Al Baldasaro clarified for the record Tuesday that he doesn't think Hillary Clinton should be assassinated, but rather thinks she should be shot by firing squad for "treason."
Baldasaro, who co-chairs Trump's veteran coalition, told MassLive.com Tuesday that he believes the media misinterpreted his comments.
Now let's all stop piling on Mr Baldasaro for something the liberal media falsely claimed he said.
When is an endorsement not an endorsement? When it's for Trump:
“I’m going to be voting for him but I do have significant disagreements with him, which I've been very clear on, so I won't be endorsing him, “ Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) told CNN’s Manu Raju in an interview published Tuesday.
Asked by Raju to define the difference between a vote and an endorsement, Ayotte insisted that the distance between the two was significant.
No, Senator, it isn't.
Donald Trump declared Friday that there's only one way he could lose the state of Pennsylvania: if he's cheated out of it.
"We're going to watch Pennsylvania. Go down to certain areas and watch and study and make sure other people don't come in and vote five times," he said at a rally in Altoona, Pennsylvania. "If you do that, we're not going to lose. The only way we can lose, in my opinion -- I really mean this, Pennsylvania -- is if cheating goes on."
A bunch of proto-fascist white guys, some of them surely armed, invading black precincts in order to prevent vote-rigging. This is unlikely to lead to a happy outcome.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday denied requests to loosen the classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use.
"HHS concluded that marijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no accepted medical use in the United States, and lacks an acceptable level of safety for use even under medical supervision," the letter said.
Yep, it's 2016 and the DEA is still rolling that one out.
Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana suggested in a radio interview on Monday that Donald J. Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims from entering the country could be broadened to include other religions, not just Muslims.
In an interview with Charlie Sykes, a Wisconsin talk radio host, Mr. Sykes specifically pressed Mr. Pence on his running mate’s Muslim ban, asking: “So there’s no longer a proposed temporary ban on Muslims? It would be anyone from those countries, including Christians? Jews?”
Mr. Pence, seeming to go beyond even the policy proposed by Mr. Trump, did not rule out barring immigrants from other religions, if they were coming from nations or territories that support terrorism.
Given the United States' long history of supporting terrorism this could prove...interesting.
On second thought, it won't. Something something freedom fighters.
Just a bog-standard presidential election:
A US Secret Service official confirms to CNN that the USSS has spoken to the Trump campaign regarding his Second Amendment comments. "There has been more than one conversation" on the topic, the official told CNN.
The campaign told USSS Donald Trump did not intend to incite violence.
"No such meeting or conversation ever happened," Trump tweeted in response to CNN's report.
*Methinks you'll be seeing this post title a good deal over the next few months. Just sayin'.
My conclusion about Mr. Trump’s unsuitability for office is based on his disregard for the precept of treating others with respect, an idea that should transcend politics. Instead, he opts to mock the vulnerable and inflame prejudices by attacking ethnic and religious minorities.
It would appear that the Senator is unaware of which party she is a member. Sad!
There's hope still:
In another Tuesday morning interview, Trump responded to Hillary Clinton's criticism that his economic policy team is loyal to special interests and just composed of "six guys named Steve" by saying more names for his advisory team would be announced in coming weeks.
I demand affirmative action for guys named "Bill"!
Gingrich filed a document with the Federal Election Commission this week detailing a debt settlement plan to finally terminate his 2012 presidential campaign committee. The document shows that “Newt 2012” plans to stiff 114 businesses and consultants that are altogether owed $4.6 million.
The debts are owed to small firms that helped the Gingrich campaign knock on doors, call voters, produce TV ads and distribute yard signs. In 2012, The Huffington Post interviewed several vendors who were pretty mad about getting stiffed. The sums involved ― tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars ― weren’t chump change for a small business.
“We got burned,” a Las Vegas graphics company owner said then.
The GOP is one big grift operation.
A pat on the head:
Many female lawyers would agree. They say that even as more women graduate from law school and represent clients in courtrooms, it is not rare for them to be addressed as “honey” or “darling.” Sometimes they are subject to a grating remark, or an arm around the shoulder, they say.
“I got the pat on the head,” said Jenny Waters, chief executive of the National Association of Women Lawyers, referring to what she encountered while in private practice.
The group, which represents 5,200 women, has been backing an effort to add to the American Bar Association’s model rules of professional conduct an amendment to prohibit harassment and discrimination by lawyers in the course of practicing law. Bar associations in 23 states and the District of Columbia already have some kind of protections against harassment and discrimination by lawyers in the conduct of their profession, but the proposal would establish a standard nationwide.
The A.B.A. policy-making body is scheduled to vote on that amendment on Monday.
That seems right. Who could argue against that?
But critics of the proposal argue that a rule would inhibit lawyers from speaking freely on behalf of their clients and circumscribing the way they run their practice.
“It would change the attorney-client relationship and impair the ability to zealously represent clients,” said Kim Colby, director of the Center for Law and Religious Freedom at the Christian Legal Society, which opposes the amendment.
Such a change would also have a chilling effect on the ability of lawyers to engage in free speech, religious exercise and other First Amendment rights, Ms. Colby argued.
Graf 1: Bullshit
Graf 2: Bullshit
Graf 3: Bullshit
Overall Score: Too.Fucking.Bad.
I'll go to my grave failing to understand why some people (straight white males, usually) insist that being an asshole qua asshole is a positive trait.
Anti-Trump conservatives want Hillary Clinton to negotiate the terms of their surrender.
A strange line of thought has emerged in the midst of Donald Trump’s latest and most broad-spectrum meltdown: that Hillary should offer Republicans a kind of buyout in exchange for their one-time support this November.
“She’s happy to make right-leaning voters feel a little better about fleeing Trump,” complained New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, “but she isn’t offering them substantive concessions, or seeking a grand centrist coalition.” He suggests she consider a more moderate reproductive rights, immigration, and fiscal policy agenda.
Even an emphatic "NO!" from the Clinton camp would be according this nonsense too much respect. derisive laughter...maybe.
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I don't know about you, but for me, this entire week has been WTF. I was updating Mr. gyma this morning on the latest Trump news (DT asking "if we have nukes, why don't we use them", Priebus being furious with Trump for failing to endorse McCain & Ryan, how the Repubs are in talks re: what in the hell to do if Trump quits the race, his suicidal campaign staff, just to name a few) but I forgot to tell him about this:
ASHBURN, Va. – Even by the standards of rowdy Donald Trump rallies, the sight of a boy repeatedly yelling “take the bitch down” about presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stood out.
That would be a preadolescent boy, so probably somewhere between 10 and 12. Mom was holding a "Hillary for Prison 2016" sign so you have an idea of the family dynamics.
Mom is a strong supporter of the 1st Amendment:
“I think he has a right to say what he wants to,” said Ms. Kohler.
But she's not willing to take any responsibility for her part in educating her son when it comes to politics:
Asked where the boy learned the language he shouted about the Democratic presidential nominee, Ms. Kohler replied: “Democratic schools.”
She obviously hasn't seen this meme that's floating around the internet.
BTW, I learned something this week that I didn't know. Many wingers think Michelle's a man.
The Donald has declined to endorse Sens John McCain, Kelly Ayotte, and House Speaker Paul Ryan in their reëlection bids. Chait:
Trump’s actions reveal one other thing. If elected president, Trump will not be subject to restraint by Ryan or anybody else. His only mode of cooperation is dominance. A Trump presidency means a Trump party and a Trump state.
It might seem like these three Republicans are likely to be the next rats to opt for the cold, dark sea but McCain and Ryan, at least, have repeatedly made it clear that they support Trump regardless of whatever milquetoast criticisms they've offered of his statement and actions. Withdrawing their endorsements now would appear to be, and actually be, petty and self-serving.
This is looking more and more like the most consequential election since 1860.
Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) on Tuesday became the first Republican member of the House to openly say that he plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November.
Hanna, who is not running for re-election this year, told Syracuse.com in an interview published Tuesday that Donald Trump is "unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country."
"I think Trump is a national embarrassment. Is he really the guy you want to have the nuclear codes?" he asked.
I think the key phrase is "not running for re-election" but still.
I've assumed for some years now that eventually a losing Republican presidential candidate would simply refuse to recognize the loss and whip up his supporters into some nasty actions. Unsurprisingly, Donald J Trump appears to be that candidate:
"I'm afraid the election's gonna be rigged, I have to be honest," Trump told the crowd.
While Trump has often questioned the integrity of the primary contests in both parties, his newest remarks seemed to begin laying groundwork for him to contest the Nov. 8 election results.
Trump ally and professional odious person Roger Stone goes further:
"If there’s voter fraud, this election will be illegitimate, the election of the winner will be illegitimate, we will have a constitutional crisis, widespread civil disobedience, and the government will no longer be the government," Stone said. He also promised a "bloodbath" if the Democrats attempt to "steal" the election.
Really, it can't be overstated just how spectaculary awful Roger Stone is.
Aside from whatever serious psychological problems he clearly has, Donald Trump strikes me as a genuinely stupid (as in unintelligent) person.
And I say this as someone who didn't entirely buy into the idea that Bush the Lesser was stupid, but merely incurious and lazy.
A mere few days later:
A committee that raises money for Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives confirmed on Friday it had been hacked, a cyber intrusion that may be linked to Russian hackers, like an earlier one targeting another Democratic Party group.
In an incident likely to raise concerns among party donors about their personal information, Reuters first reported on Thursday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing the hack at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC.
The hack may have begun in June, when a bogus website was registered with a name resembling a DCCC donation site. For some time, donation-related internet traffic that was supposed to go to a donation-processing firm instead went to the bogus site, said the cyber sources who asked not to be identified.
It's funny how the GOP isn't being targeted. Go figure.
posted by gyma
This is why you can't have a rational discussion with most Republicans. What's important to them is whether there are sufficient flags on stages and lapels regardless of what's actually being said/touted.
For the record, this is the Honduran flag:
And this is a Blue Star Service pin:
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Oh, how I miss the "other" Stephen Colbert -- you know, the one that isn't being sued by Comedy Central.
He'd have a field day with this tidbit:
Red-faced red staters flocked to social media to pan the actor's [Bradley Cooper] appearance at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, considering he portrayed right-wing icon Chris Kyle in his 2014 film "American Sniper."
Yup, these fools don't get what acting is all about. As an aside, I have a Facebook Frenemy who announced to her universe that she's refusing to support any celebrity who has voiced a political viewpoint (e.g., Susan Sarandon, Cher, George Clooney).
Unless, of course, it's Jon Voight or Clint Eastwood or James Woods or Sly Stallone.
posted by gyma
I've often wondered whether Jim Inhofe was a politician who sold his soul to the Devil, Black Gold, or if he was just a fool. I think this quote answers that question:
You know, our kids are being brainwashed? I never forget because I was the first one back in 2002 to tell the truth about the global warming stuff and all of that. And my own granddaughter came home one day and said, “Popi”—see “i” is for Inhofe, so it’s Momi and Popi, OK?—“Popi, why is it you don’t understand global warming?” I did some checking, and Eric, the stuff that they teach our kids nowadays, you have to un-brainwash them when they get out.
At least there's a chance for one of Inhofe's 16 grandchildren -- and notice, it's a girl! Haha.
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Oops, the week got away from me and I just realized it's Thursday and I failed to post a WTF Wednesday yesterday.
64-year-old Daniel Rushing was pulled over by Orlando police soon after he had purchased a glazed doughnut from Krispy Kremes that he ate in the car. The officers who pulled him over believed that the flakes of glaze were methamphetamine, and they asked him to step outside his car so they could perform roadside drug tests.
After two roadside drug tests came back positive for meth, he was arrested and taken to a nearby police station, where he was also strip searched and locked up for ten hours before being released on a $2,500 bond.
We all know doughnuts are bad for you, right?
But, wait, there's a happy ending (sort of):
The good news for Rushing, however, was that a state crime lab performed a subsequent drug test that cleared him for possession of illegal drugs. The State Attorney’s Office in Orlando has since said it is dropping the case against him as well.
Apparently those roadside tests result in many false positives, so eater beware.
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Hillary is going to be disappointed if she thinks the way to win this election is to pivot to the center in order to woo some of those "undecided" voters. Ain't gonna work.
A Democratic operative I’ve known since the Bill Clinton administration told me “now that she’s won the nomination, Hillary is moving to the middle. She’s going after moderate swing voters.”
What Hill doesn't get is that people are pissed off, which is why Trump is doing so well. He gets it.
It's past time to start worrying.
P.S. If Bernie doesn't speak until midnight Eastern time, expect more boos in the days to come. I was just searching for a speaker schedule and earlier in the day Bernie was expected to speak at 8 pm, but now they are suggesting it will be much, much later. My guess is they don't want a Cruz repeat, although I think Sanders is much classier than Cruz. I understand both Bernie and his campaign manager have reached out to his supporters via text/tweet, etc. and gently scolded them for the booing and "Lock Her Up" chants.
Good for them.
I've got to hand it to Tsar Vladimir of All Russias, getting one of his lackeys elected President of the United States would be a brilliant move. But Senator Tom Cotton isn't worried:
I suspect, after this week, when Donald Trump is the nominee and he begins to receive classified briefings, similar briefings to what I receive as a member of the Intelligence Committee, he may have a different perspective on Vladimir Putin and what Russia is doing to America's interests and allies in Europe and the Middle East and Asia.
Why doesn't that comfort me?
the Clinton/Kaine campaign certainly finds all of this to be rather interesting.
As a side note, I've been thinking: in the 1930s, when democratic forms of government were thought by many to have failed, the hard left looked to Stalin (or, in some cases, Trotsky) and the hard right looked to Hitler or Mussolini. Today, the hard right and the hard left are both looking to Putin. I really don't know what to make of this.
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Perhaps you heard that Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) recently signed an executive order restoring voting rights to 200,000 felons in his state. Just last week the VA Supreme Court struck down that order and McAuliffe's response was this:
[...] McAuliffe said he will “expeditiously” sign roughly 13,000 individual rights restoration orders for people who have already registered to vote. He said he’ll continue until rights are restored for all 200,000 people affected by the original order.