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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called on the terminally ill Wednesday to “hang out till November” so they can vote for him in the election against his rival Hillary Clinton.
“I don’t care how sick you are,” the Republican nominee said. “I don’t care if you just came back from the doctor and he gave you the worst possible prognosis, meaning it’s over. Doesn’t matter. Hang out till November 8. Get out and vote.”
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I have a tad too many Trump-supporting Facebook friends, most of whom are relatives, either by blood or marriage. They have been crowing about how smart Trump's been to use the tax laws to his advantage, blah, blah, blah. These same people are always trying to make me believe they are the most patriotic Americans ever.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, I highly recommend reading David Cay Johnston's take on how Trump has managed to avoid paying taxes all these years.
Of course, my Trumpettes won't bother reading Johnston's take because it requires them to use some analytic thinking.
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This is why you can't have a reasonable discussion with Trump supporters:
It is so interesting to watch Hillary Clinton remain a true politician, saying what she thinks the voters want to hear and saying the same old promises that the Democrats have never kept. Especially to the poor and immigrants. On the other hand, it is refreshing to watch the frustration and passion displayed by Donald Trump. When you are frustrated and passionate, you don’t always make the case you intended, but you show you love this country, not for yourself, but for all of us.
Judy Robinson, Castle Rock
From this morning's Denver Post
ETA: Also in this morning's paper were the results of the paper's online poll: 53.8% claim Trump won the debate, to 46.2% for Clinton. I'm sure the poll was freeped by wingers living in Colorado Springs, but I worry how this influences voters.
"I had a problem with a microphone that didn't work," he said on "Fox and Friends." "My microphone was terrible. I wonder, was it set up that way on purpose? My microphone, in the room they couldn't hear me, you know, it was going on and off. Which isn't exactly great. I wonder if it was set up that way, but it was terrible."
"It was on and off, and it was much lower than hers. I don't want to believe in conspiracy theories, of course, but it was much lower than hers and it was crackling, and she didn't have that problem," he added. "That to me was a bad problem, you have a bum mic, it’s not exactly good."
Trump also insisted that he does not have a cold or allergies when asked whether he was sniffling during the debate.
"No, no sniffles. No, You know, the mic was very bad, but maybe it was good enough to hear breathing, but there was no sniffles," he said on "Fox and Friends."
Trump got pwned last night (as the kidz say).
Does Donald have a cold? Allergies? A bit of the Devil's Dandruff?
Uh oh, Donald looking angry.
Donald's fuse is burning.
Donald has accused Clinton of "fighting ISIS her whole life". Okay.
Donald says not paying taxes makes him smart. Sounds like an admission.
Donald has a list of banks!
The African-American community LOVES Donald for forcing Obama to release his birth certificate!
Donald seems to be a wee bit rattled by being identified as a pal of Putin.
Donald just lost the 400 pound basement-dwelling hacker vote. Oops.
How do you spell "unhinged"?
"I have a much better temperament than she does". Audible laughter from the audience. Hillary: "Whoo! Okay!"
Oh dear, Hillary just stuck the knife in. Donald says Clinton's ads are "not nice" to him. Huh.
Aaaaand that's a wrap.
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This morning I was greeted by these three facts:
Idiocracy, here we come!
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Mr. gyma and I were just talking about the dearth of Trump and Clinton signs/bumper stickers around town. We took out-of-town guests to do some leaf peeping in Rocky Mountain National Park yesterday and when we got back we were greeted by this:
This is our neighbor's front yard and they have given us a two-fer:
The second sign is harder to read, but it's for Darryl Glenn who is running for Senate against Michael Bennett. I'm pretty sure they would have voted for whoever was running on the Republican ticket, but Glenn provides cover for explaining to friends and neighbors that their support of Trump does not make them racist.
For those who don't know Glenn:
These neighbors are Mormons and they still haven't gotten over Mitt Romney losing to a black guy. They kept their sign up for years and only recently took it down. Their neighbor on the other side went out and got an Obama sign and kept his up until the Romney sign came down. I'm eagerly awaiting seeing his Hillary sign!
Joke Green Party candidate Jill Stein has an opinion:
While she describes Trump as a danger she also believes he’s nothing more than a moron who has destroyed the GOP. Clinton, on the other hand, she considers a greater threat.
Also, too, a hot take:
“I’ve tried to talk with Bernie [Sanders], but, you know, Bernie is — he is a team player,” she said, saying he refuses to speak to her. “I think he’s on the wrong team, perhaps because he’s been in Washington, D.C., too long, because he used to really understand independent politics and why we cannot have a viable political system unless we have independent political parties.”
And of course:
Like Trump, Stein is also a fan of Russian president Vladimir Putin and appears on the Putin-controlled cable news network RT (Russia Today).
I used to support the Greens (if only in principle) but a couple of decades of Nader/Stein has convinced me that most of them are dopes and the rest are simply malevolent.
The corporations, they become fewer yet bigger:
Monsanto, the American maker of fertilizers and agriculture products, agreed on Wednesday to a takeover by Bayer, the German chemical conglomerate, for $56 billion after months of negotiations.
Bayer will acquire Monsanto for $128 per share in cash, according to a statement released by the companies. That price represents a 44 percent premium to Monsanto’s stock on May 9, the day before Bayer’s interest in a deal first surfaced. Including the assumption of debt, the transaction is valued at $66 billion.
The deal is among the largest German corporate takeovers of an American company[.]
I'm not so much worried about a German takeover...well, yes, I am, as history shows that bad things tend to happen when Germans take things over...but I digress...but, really, can we put a stop to megacorps mating with megacorps and producing gigacorps? And it's not good for free markets, either.
A substantial portion of this country wants someone not to govern, but to rule, to defeat the imaginary enemies they have concocted so as not to bestir themselves to resist the forces that actually are working against their interest. For the balance of this election cycle, and largely due to the presence in it of this ridiculous man and his ridiculous campaign, the American people have proven themselves profoundly unworthy of being called citizens.
This likely will occasion another spasm of impotent introspection on the part of our elite political media on the topic of, "Why doesn't any of this stick?" But few of the members of that media will dare to look at the real answer, which is that there is a substantial constituency for what Trump has been peddling and that the elite political media has been pandering to that constituency every day since Trump became a genuine phenomenon. The racism is offensive and the economic insecurity is a dodge. Americans are bored with their democracy and they don't have the democratic energy to do anything about it, so they'll settle for an entertaining quasi-strongman. When they decline, democracies get the dictators they deserve. A country mired in apathy and lassitude gets a dictator who can't even put in the hard work of becoming very good at it.
…I comfort myself with the knowledge that Donald Trump is not willing to put in the hours to be a competent authoritarian, which is cold comfort, I know, but you take what you can get.
That cannot be said of the next guy to try it, and there will be a next time, because the basic tectonic plates beneath our democracy have shifted so as to make the next guy inevitable. The mechanics of tyranny are not a magician's prestige, the third part of a trick in which the lady is reassembled or the rabbit brought back to the hat. The mechanics of tyranny are primal in all of us, and vestigial in very few. They are reflexes, like breathing or flinching. We engage them without thinking. In fact, that's the very best way to do it.
The specific nature of Apple’s courage, according to Schiller, is to create the streamlined wireless audio system that other corporations were too cowardly to invent. The new tech is embodied by the new $160 AirPods—sold separately—which are wireless versions of Apple’s recognizable white earbuds. After connecting the AirPods with a one-step pairing process, users can enjoy five hours of listening time on a single charge, and then you can charge the earphones in their little charger, which can hold 24 hours of charge. Once you use that up, though, you need to charge the charger, but get this: You can charge the charger and charge the earphones at the same time. We are so blessed!
Thus a company that prides itself on “simplicity” has transformed the process of plugging in your headphones—an activity so simple that it requires no thought—into yet another game of “Oh shit, did I remember to plug those in last night?” Because heaven forfend a single aspect of our modern life could be free from battery life concerns, or firmware updates, or finicky connection protocols. The analog headphone jack has been around for “more than a hundred years,” Schiller noted, which in most contexts would be a testament to enduring design, but in the context of a Silicon Valley keynote means it is total garbage that we should replace with a $160 accessory.
Don't get me started.
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By now you've probably heard about the creepy clowns scaring the bejeebus out of people on the East Coast. Imagine how screwed up you'd be had McDonald's gone with this as their mascot:
Is that Willard Scott under all the makeup? The image is from the Twitter account of @HistoryInPix. Highly recommended.
There are an increasing number of for-profit hospitals and it should come as no surprise that they don't much like taking charity cases. But that's okay because:
“We pay taxes. We support the community that way,” Advanced Surgical CEO Anne Hast said.
“Well, you have the for-profits loving the fact that the poor people can go to the nonprofits and they can just take the people with insurance and the wealthy,” said David Hughes, president and founder of Citizens Power, an advocacy group in Pittsburgh that has researched UPMC’s charity care spending. “That can’t be good for the poor.”
Ain't the USA grand?
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Donald Trump uses his "charitable foundation" to make a $25K donation to Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi, who subsequently failed to file a suit against Trump University citing lack of evidence.
A Clinton Foundation donor emails Huma Abedin requesting diplomatic passports and there you have it. BOTH SIDES DO IT!
Actually, those somebodies were in cahoots with Bill Clinton and intended a secret mission to North Korea to negotiate the release of two American journalists.
And apparently, the State Department didn't even issue the passports. But hey, the Clintons are evil and go around killing people, so there.
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Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was scheduled to speak at Capital University in Bexley at noon today but it looks like she's running a little late.
That's because instead of flying into Columbus, she accidentally went to Cincinnati instead, according to the Capital University Greens Student Organization who is sponsoring the event.
To her credit, the campaign had pizzas delivered in an effort to keep the kids hanging around long enough for her to drive to campus (2 hours).
Hey, shit happens.
The founder of Latinos for Trump on Thursday warned that if his candidate loses, America faces an uncertain future in which Mexican food is far too easily available.
“My culture is a dominant culture, and it’s imposing and it’s causing problems,” Marco Gutierrez said in an interview on MSNBC. “If you don’t do something about it, you’re gonna have taco trucks [on] every corner.”
And this would be bad why?
Also: "Latinos for Trump". I assume they're being well-paid because nobody can be that self-loathing.
The New York Times really, really, really doesn't like Hillary Clinton.
Now just imagine how much worse the coverage would be if a "respectable" Republican like ¡Jeb! or Little Marco were the nominee.
Gentle reminder: this is the newspaper that invented the "Whitewater Scandal" so they've been practicing the Clinton hate for a quarter of a century now.
A bad gambler:
[Mexican President Enrique] Peña Nieto’s decision to sit down with Trump appears to have taken many by surprise. Several Mexican officials and diplomats contacted Tuesday had no idea that Trump had even been invited, let alone that he planned to visit the next day. When the news broke, Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu was in Milwaukee for the opening of a new Mexican consulate. Members of her staff said they were unaware of a possible Trump visit.
Peña Nieto is a cautious, scripted president, and some suggest that he may actually be hoping to encourage Clinton to visit Mexico — and invited Trump as a formality, expecting that he wouldn’t accept.
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Tired of the election cycle and all the other negative news bombarding you day after day? Here's your solution:
A Chrome browser extension called Blissify will block any webpage that makes you unhappy.
The bad news? You have to remove the post it note from your webcam because this extension reads your facial expressions.
Now, that's creepy!
Anybody with a lick of sense could see this possibility coming:
The FBI is urging U.S. election officials to increase computer security after it uncovered evidence that hackers have targeted two state election databases in recent weeks, according to a confidential advisory.
U.S. intelligence officials have become increasingly worried that hackers sponsored by Russia or other countries may attempt to disrupt the November presidential election.
The FBI warning did not identify the two states targeted by cyber intruders, but Yahoo News said sources familiar with the document said it referred to Arizona and Illinois, whose voter registration systems were penetrated.
Citing a state election board official, Yahoo News said the Illinois voter registration system was shut down for 10 days in late July after hackers downloaded personal data on up to 200,000 voters.
The Arizona attack was more limited and involved introducing malicious software into the voter registration system, Yahoo News quoted a state official as saying. No data was removed in that attack, the official said.
As Josh Marshall notes, the current political climate in the US doesn't lend itself to quickly and peacefully resolving dubious elections results.
Interesting times, we live in them.
The details surrounding the alleged rape are bizarrely novelistic even by Trumpian standards. According to Ivana, Trump was driven to freakish rage by a failed anti-baldness surgery - a so-called 'scalp reduction'. But the actions are very clear cut. According to her deposition, Trump flew into a rage, attacked her, held her down and began pulling hair out of her head to mimic his pain and then forcibly penetrated her.
If the actions, real or invented, of the Democratic candidate's spouse are fair game, this is even more so since it involves the actual Republican candidate.
And then there's this bit of creepy weirdness:
The Daily Beast got its hands on a contract from NBC’s reality series, and among the many weird aspects included—some of which, it’s noted, are simply the standard reality show tactics of trying to cover all possibilities in as broad a manner as possible—is a requirement that seems more suited to Big Brother, or possibly Sex Box. Contestants were required to be filmed, “whether I am clothed, partially clothed or naked, whether I am aware or unaware of such videotaping, filming or recording.” In short, if Donald Trump wants to install a camera in the bottom of a toilet bowl, and then broadcast those images to America, well, get ready for a true challenge to the idea of Must See TV.
Additionally, all contestants were tested for “HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HPV, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes,” and were further informed, “Producer may impose one or more Series Rules regarding the type of sexual activity, if any, that participants will be permitted to engage in.” No word what “Series Rules” consisted of, but it’s fair to assume “dirty talk that disparages the size of Trump’s genitalia” was off the table. After a lengthy list of unapproved items that could not be brought with them (any technology, basically, or more than two suitcases’ worth of clothes and toiletries), contestants had to sign off on the addendum: “I further acknowledge and understand that the film, tape, audio and other recordings that will be made of me in connection with the Series might in other circumstances be considered a serious invasion of my privacy.” Show business is such a glamorous enterprise.
I don't want to know the contents of Trump's browser history.
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told reporters during Donald Trump's visit to Minnesota that she is now advising Trump on foreign policy matters.
Bachmann was already advising Trump on evangelical voter outreach.
I smell a future Secretary of State andor Grand Inquisitor.
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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.