Sunday, July 31, 2016


This guy has an unstable personality, driven by unyielding resentments, poor emotion management, and suspicion of conspiracies everywhere against him. A creepy character for anyone -- but terrifying for someone who wants to occupy the most powerful position in the world
He's just losing it . . .
Donald Trump late Friday accused Hillary Clinton of intentionally stacking debates against primetime programming to “rig” the election process, despite the fact that the schedule has been set since last September. . . The preliminary debate schedule for the general election has been set since September, 2015, by the non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates . . .
“So I have to tell you this. This is why our country doesn’t work,” Trump started as soon as he got onto the stage. “We have plenty of space here. We have thousands of people outside trying to get in. And we have a fire marshal that said, ‘Oh we can’t allow more people.’” . . . Trump continued. “Hey, maybe they’re a Hillary person. Could that be possible? Probably. . . .”
Donald Trump lamented Friday that Hillary Clinton did not congratulate him during her acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. . . . During a rally in Colorado Springs, Trump said he tuned in to Clinton's speech "out of curiosity" to see if Clinton would mention his name and was disappointed she didn't congratulate him for winning the GOP nomination. "I was curious to see whether she'd do a class act and not mention my name," Trump said. "Or mention it with respect, like, say, 'I'd like to congratulate my Republican opponent for having done something that nobody has ever done in the history of politics in this nation.'"

[NB: Does it even occur to this combed-over buffoon that he might have congratulated HER "for having done something that nobody has ever done in the history of politics in this nation."?]

Trevor Noah:
“As a leader of democracy, you can’t just lose your shit at the slightest provocation,” the host continued. “It appears, though, Cinnamon Hitler didn’t get the memo.” [watch]

Thinking about the quote, above, is Trumpy trying to lay the groundwork for getting out of the debates (which would be a disaster for him)?
Donald Trump gave his first hint last night that he might try to get out of the Fall presidential debates. But I'd thought for months that he'd likely try to get out of them. I think he will be at a steep strategic and tactical disadvantage in any debate with Hillary Clinton . . . [read on]

What kind of man is this?
In his first response to a searing charge from bereaved Army father Khizr Khan that he’d “sacrificed nothing” for his country, Donald Trump claimed that he had in fact sacrificed by employing “thousands and thousands of people.” He also suggested that Khan’s wife didn’t speak because she was forbidden to as a Muslim and questioned whether Khan’s words were his own.  “Who wrote that? Did Hillary's script writers write it?” . . .  “I think I've made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard.”  [watch]

Horrifying, even for Trump . . . [read on]
Donald Trump is a coward . . . [read on]

Ghazala Khan speaks!
Ghazala Khan: "First of all, I think all America who listened from their heart to my husband’s and my heart, and I’m so grateful for that. It was very nervous because I cannot [look at] my son’s picture. I cannot even come in the room where his pictures are. And that’s why when, I saw [his] picture [on the video screen behind me], I couldn’t take it. I controlled myself at the time. So it was, it is very hard."
Ghazala Khan: "I begged my son, I begged him, do not come back a hero, come back to me a son. He came back a hero."

Why Rove's "accuse the other of what you are doing" strategy doesn't work for Trump against Clinton
Polls, grain of salt, blah blah -- but these are interesting. If true, Trump's numbers have dropped off a cliff
The new RABA Research tracking poll shows Hillary Clinton has opened a significant lead over Donald Trump, now leading him by 15 points, 46% to 31%. . . A similar poll conducted the day after the Republican convention showed Clinton ahead by only five points.

“Donald Trump, confronting a daunting electoral map and a significant financial disadvantage, is preparing to fall back from an expansive national campaign and concentrate the bulk of his time and money on just three or four states that his campaign believes he must sweep in order to win the presidency,” the New York Times reports. . . . 

Trumpy's been reduced to this. Sad!
Said Trump: “If you really like Donald Trump, that’s great, but if you don’t, you have to vote for me anyway. You know why? Supreme Court judges, Supreme Court judges.” He added: “Have no choice, sorry, sorry, sorry. You have no choice.” 

[NB: Love it! Can we get some bumper stickers made?]

So, Trumpy reaches out to the Koch Bros, because he is clearly having money troubles and apparently doesn't want to spend his own money. They tell him no. So, what does he tweet?
"I turned down a meeting with Charles and David Koch. Much better for them to meet with the puppets of politics, they will do much better!"
Trumpy's debt
Donald Trump Is Understating His Debt by $500 Million
How the world appears to a hard-core Trump supporter
Perhaps the hardest thing to do in contemporary American politics is to imagine how the world looks from the other side. . . .    

Clinton versus Trump on climate change

Hillary's campaign is forcing us to think in new ways about women's leadership styles

In other news . . .

More good news on the voting rights front


Fox World blows up
Bombshell Report Paints A Picture Of Knowledge And Cover Up Of Ailes Sexual Harassment At The Top

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Saturday, July 30, 2016


Hillary Clinton, feminist

Hillary Clinton is using conservative rhetoric to lay out a remarkably liberal agenda

The no-win dilemma of women in politics
It was Hillary Clinton's big moment, and all some pundits could talk about was her voice


I just heard a talking head on TV say Clinton has no plan for the economy. Here it is

A transcript of Hillary Clinton’s interview with the Washington Post on economic policy

Hillary on trade: she's changed her position, but a lot of people don't believe it


Road trip!
On three-day bus tour, Clinton hopes to woo blue-collar voters away from Trump

No question, the Democratic convention was better run, more spirited and unified, and more hopeful than the apocalyptic Republican hate fest 

Top ten moments from the convention 

A convention that looked like America
Half of the Democratic delegates were people of color. For Republicans, it was only 6%.


Another theme for the Dems: highly visible people with disabilities
The Dems are trying to retake the religious issue 

Fox World didn't cover the powerful speech from the parents of a Muslim soldier who died serving the US. You don't even need to wonder why

As soon as Khizr Khan finished his speech, "register to vote" spiked as a Google search. 

Best moments from the Trump-bashing

Here's how you know the GOP convention was a disaster: Trumpy now wants you to know he had NOTHING to do with it 

After promising a “showbiz” Republican National Convention that would dazzle the American public, Donald Trump shrugged off responsibility for staging it . . .
“This is more than just a campaign setback for Trump. It’s a setback that cuts right to the core of what Trump considers valuable about himself.” . . . 

However, convention TV ratings are a poor predictor of electoral success 

Too bad dancing skills aren't 

Well, we'll hear no end of this. Trumpy's call to supporters to boycott Hillary's speech had an effect, it seems, giving his convention speech slightly higher viewership than hers. It's meaningless, but I'm sure he'll be bragging about it for days. And in the coverage so far, no one is pointing out how he worked to suppress her viewership

On the other hand, there's this:
[Gallup] "Trump's speech got the least positive reviews of any speech we have tested after the fact: 35% of Americans interviewed last weekend said it was excellent or good. Of the nine previous speeches we have rated, the top one was Barack Obama's in August 2008, which 58% of Americans rated as excellent or good. The lowest-rated speech other than Trump's was Mitt Romney's in 2012, with 38% excellent or good. . . . The self-reported net impact of the GOP convention was also negative. Overall, 51% of Americans say the convention made them less likely to vote for Trump, while 36% said it made them more likely to vote for him. This is the highest "less likely to vote" percentage for a candidate in the 15 times Gallup has asked this question after a convention. The previous "less likely" high was 38% after both conventions in 2012, and after the GOP conventions in 2004 and 2008."
A CNN instant poll right after the Republican and Democratic conventions finds that Hillary Clinton gave a much more effective speech than Donald Trump. 71% had a “very positive” reaction to Clinton’s speech, as opposed to 57% for Trump. 

Yes, Trumpy actually said "no more Mister Nice Guy" and "I'm taking the gloves off." So you know that gentle, respectful campaign he's been running? That's all over now. He really seems to believe that people want to see more Angry Trump. I say, great!
“Tell Hillary I’m not gonna be nice anymore” 

Trump on 'lock her up' chant: 'I'm starting to agree'

"A flawless campaign"
“I’ve had a beautiful, I’ve had a flawless campaign. You’ll be writing books about this campaign.”

Give me a break, will you?
Team Trump Cries 'Plagiarism' Into The Void After Clinton's DNC Speech 

Trump keeps accusing Clinton of deleting 30,000 "missing" emails. He says it over and over again. But the FBI recovered those emails -- they aren't missing


Trumpy's tax returns. Here's what we know -- whatever is in there is so terrible, so fatal to his campaign, that he has decided that no damage he gets for not releasing them can be worse than if he does 

Trumpy is hoping that scaring people about the terrible nominees Hillary will appoint to the Supreme Court will force even people who find him repulsive to vote for him. It isn't working 

Smart move, Trumpy, keep attacking military guys

Thin-skinned Trumpy's feud with Michael Bloomberg heats up -- he says he want to "hit" him


It is wonderful to watch him returning to real or imagined slights again and again and again
“These are sick people. But really, it was nose” [read on] 

Mike Pence, who has the most miserable job in politics, tries to accuse Obama of name calling. NAME CALLING!
Trump himself is not one to shy away from taunting nickname: Crooked Hillary, Lyin' Ted, Pocahontas (for Masschusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren) and Little Marco are staples of his repertoire. . . . 

Thanks for clearing that up. Now we know
Pence: Elect Trump and Roe v. Wade will be 'consigned to the ash heap of history' 

Remember when Trumpy got in trouble for soliciting campaign contributions from foreign governments (which is, you know, ILLEGAL)? They explained that it was just an email glitch, a teeny mistake. Well, THEY'RE STILL DOING IT 

What do polls mean now?

In other news . . .

Both candidates will now get a classified intelligence briefing. Is it unthinkable that the undisciplined orange-faced one will blurt something out?

Another Democratic campaign committee gets hacked, and it looks like it's the same people

And now the Clinton campaign itself:
This would be the third cyberattack on Democratic party groups . . . 

The GOP-controlled Congress wants to investigate the hacking (what could go wrong?) 

Where Wikileaks went bad
Bonus item: A depressing reminder of how many people are 'way smarter and funnier than I am

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