Thursday, September 22, 2016

Trump's "Unconstitutional Policy Proposal:" Nationwide Stop & Frisk (Oops)

Great Sign /Great Message, America

How About Stop and Frisk Trump Before His Next Speech

While recording a “core black issues” town hall interview conducted by Sean Hannity, Donald Trump took an audience member’s [from a man named Ricardo] question about stopping “black on black crime.” Trump’s answer, which will air as part of a Fox News Channel broadcast, was pretty to the point: He’d institute a “stop-and-frisk” law on a nationwide level.

Stop-and-frisk programs are exactly what you’d expect them to be: They allow police to stop someone on the street based on suspicion of criminal activity. However, while Trump said that “In New York City, it was so incredible, the way stop-and-frisk worked.”

However, studies have shown it wasn’t effective and it was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2013. In that ruling, Federal Judge Shira A. Scheindlin noted that “the stopped population is overwhelmingly innocent — not criminal and that there’s no basis for assuming that an innocent population shares the same characteristics as the criminal suspect population in the same area.” Perhaps most tellingly, though, the judge also wrote that the law targeted “blacks and Hispanics who would not have been stopped if they were white.”

Unedited transcript of Trump’s stop-and-frisk answer to Ricardo’s question:

Right, well, one of the things I’d do Ricardo, is I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well, and you have to be proactive, and, you know, you really help people sort of change their mind automatically, you understand, you have to have, in my opinion, I see what’s going on here, I see what’s going on in Chicago, I think stop-and-frisk, in New York City, it was so incredible, the way it worked. Now, we had a very good mayor, but New York City was incredible, the way that worked, so I think it could be one step you could do.”

This just in from ABC News: Trump also said in part: “Our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape that they’ve ever been in before, ever, ever, ever,” seeming to not take into account (1) slavery, (2) institutional segregation, or (3) the violence that occurred in the 1960's as black Americans (4) fought for voting rights.

Then a day later (I think it was a day later) and in true Trump fashion when caught in a lie or awful pickle, like his stop and frisk proposal, and naturally spoken on “FOX & Friends,” he sought to amend/walk back his original position.

He said he never meant to suggest that stop and frisk would be implemented nationally, by adding: “Now Chicago is out of control. I was referring to Chicago with stop and frisk.”

Note: Oddly enough his original proposal was in response to the question that did not mention Chicago by name, though Trump cited the city in a previous answer as a place that is “out of control.”

Keep in mind, as president, Trump would not be able to unilaterally implement the policy in a single city – he would have to defer to local officials and law enforcement.

This man in a word is a loser by any and all accounts.

So, again, thanks for stopping. Be sure and watch the 1st debate September 26 and hang on tight for the next 45 days. It could get rougher and nastier (even if that’s possible) with Trump getting crazier (or even if that too is possible).

Monday, September 19, 2016

What Does a Trump-Class Weasel Look Like When Exposed to the Sunlight

Donald J. Trump in Full Bloom Again 
(For the umpteenth time)

Again Donald J. Trump, commonly known as the GOP’s candidate opens his mouth and inserts his foot – or maybe this time, both feet.  For his information, we are better off when we take suspects like this recent bombing suspect alive and into custody for a host reasons, the least of which is that they can lead us to information about others via good police interrogation that leads to more good police work to uncover any more bad buys or planned attacks. Apparently, Mr. Trump does not comprehend that.

Mr. Trump once again shows his total stupidity and basic ignorance of law enforcement tactics and the constitution as it applies to U.S. citizens, even those suspected of terrorist activities. Case in point is this headline: 


Trump’s precise words on that subject surround the bombing suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was shot and wounded and captured alive. Trump says:He will be treated to amazing medical care and an outstanding lawyer.”

Then Trump continued even after he praised the efforts of law enforcement officers by bemoaning how this “evil thug who planted the bombs in New York and New Jersey over the weekend is now receiving medical attention after being wounded in a shootout with police earlier in the day.”

Then, we have the Trump award winning statement made to that same campaign rally in Estero, FL: But the bad part, is now we will give him amazing hospitalization. He will be taken care of by some of the best doctors in the world. He will be given a fully modern and updated hospital room. And he'll probably even have room service knowing the way our country is.”

And on top of that, Trump said:He will be represented by an outstanding lawyer.”

Thus Trump implies one thing while saying something totally opposite like saying “Rahami’s case would take years to work its way through the criminal justice system until his eventual punishment is diluted.”

My Summary: Trump is a dumbass vis-à-vis the Constitution he wants to take the presidential oath to preserve, protect, and defend like the Sixth Amendment that ensures the right to a fair and speedy public trial and the right to a lawyer for all criminal defendants.

I know that Rahami will not get off lightly as Trump predicts. We can bet on that … I have faith in the Federal trial system even if Trump does not. Of course Rahami could die, too. But, hopefully not before we get some good intelligence.

Finally, Mr. Trump is a disgrace to the process and to the GOP as a whole.

Why can't the GOP see the man for what he is? Why is the media so silent and constantly giving Trump a pass? Overall, both those things are sad and disgusting.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

How Dumb is a "Stone Class Weasel" — Pretty Damn Dumb I Have to Say

Winner This Week and I Suspect for Many More Weeks to Come


#1 Adviser to “The Donald” – Imagine Him in the Oval Office Advising


This is what I've said a long time about Trump and his minions backpedaling as they blame others when they are caught with your drawers down ...

Case in Point: Trump's #1 go-to guy for advice: Roger Stone – to wit from here:

Trump Ally Roger Stone Said That Obama Birth Certificate Might Be Fake

Speaking on Boston Herald Radio Friday before Trump’s rally, Stone said in part: “He’s got real concerns here. I think the bottom line is he doesn’t know. He’s not sure. That’s not the same as I’m certain the president was born either in Hawaii or I’m certain that he was not.”

In that same interview, Stone echoed a familiar talking point of Trump surrogates and specific allies (like Alex Jones and his network of conspiracy nitwits see below reminder), who still argue that birtherism was no longer an issue and that the media would better to ignore it and also ignore the fact that ex-KKK leader David Duke is a huge Trump supporter.

Stone concluded: “Most of this, of course, is a certified distraction from Hillary’s health problems. I mean, all of a sudden David Duke is back in the news cycle. All of a sudden birtherism is back in the news cycle.”  


[Alex Jones reminders (also a Trump pal): Jones believes that a pan-global cabal of the super-rich, with its origins in a century-old cult called the Illuminati, is conspiring to exterminate most of the world’s population and enslave the rest. Among the tools of this so-called New World Order: Mind control, water fluoridation, global warming “hoaxes,” eugenics, the World Bank and the IMF, flu vaccines, FEMA, the Gates Foundation, and psycho-active drugs, both legal and illegal.  Jones also believes the recent mass shootings in Aurora, CO, and Tucson, AZ were the work of perpetrators who’d been programmed by the government as part of a plot to deprive Americans of their guns. He believes that former Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN) was killed by a microwave gun and dead before his plane crashed. He believes the federal government engineered the Oklahoma City bombing (April 1995) as a coded reminder of the way it had crushed the Branch Davidians at Waco, TX (April 1993)].

Yeah that Alex Jones.

So it goes and we still have this Trump truckload of crap to deal with for some 50 more days. Hang on tight.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Speaker Paul "Marathon" Ryan: "Hide Your Face" Award Contender for 2016

Awe Crap, Did I Really Put That Agency Down 
(Yes, you did)

Call it the Ryan Trophy


Open mouth insert foot the way Mr. Ryan did, and who also posted this in a tweet (BTW: what the hell is it with Republicans and tweeting policy statements)?

His tweet and the whole story from here – a must read to further see the hypocrisy of this man. Ryan had this to say about the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), whose job is to protect consumers from financial malfeasance:


Now as the late great Paul Harvey would say, “The rest of the story.”

The CFPB just fined what's supposed to be one of the best run banks in the country — Wells Fargo — $185 million for allegedly creating 2 million bank and credit card accounts for customers without their knowledge so that bank employees could hit their rather ambitious sales goals and get — earn isn't quite the right word here — bonuses.

Continue the story here. And, Mr. Ryan, you can take your foot out of your mouth anytime now. Really.

Thanks for stopping by and vote for Ryan to win the award … he truly deserves it

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Pop Quiz — Who is the Weasel in this Segment (Hint: It is not the video presenter)

Daffy Knows the Trumpettes
(Ask Him)

You may not agree with this video or the presenter or his method for many reasons ... but surely you cannot deny the facts that the contents reveal – at least not with a straight face. They are in Trump’s own words, so hang on tight and reflect back in time.



Oh, and finally, who are the Trumpettes? One view of who they might becoming:


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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Trump Supporters Conundrum: “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose” — WTF Moment

Whew boy ... choices, darn choices...

A truism applicable to all Trump supporters


Short and sweet as it were. GOP voters face serious choices vis-à-vis Trump: To support or not to support him.

The two single promises and perhaps most-important Trump among all the others as part of his overall campaign slogan: “Make America great again” are these:

1. Build a wall along the southern border and it will be “the greatest wall that you've ever seen.” (More here on that Wall promise).

2. Make Mexico pay for the wall and if Mexico refuses, then the United States will impound all remittance payments taken from the wages of illegal immigrants, cut foreign aid, institute tariffs, cancel visas for Mexican business leaders and diplomats, and increase fees for visas, border-crossing cards, and port use.

Then sprinkle this in: GOPers as a whole if seems quickly forget that they are the supposed “law and order party.”

But, then we hear them say: “I have nothing to hide so search me, my home, my property, and even without a warrant, just or probable cause, or due process. I don’t care.”

That attitude may be true to a certain extent, but along the way they seem to have forgotten that: “We all have plenty to protect.”

They talk of rights – then pick and choose the ones they prefer regardless of who is impacted (as long as it’s not them).

Oops...

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Weasel of the Week Award Just Announced: The Winner Was Never in Doubt

The Envelope, Please

Birds of a Feather
(Boogle, Gang, Pack, or Confusion Я Us)

Trump has crossed the proverbial line so many times that it’s difficult to document at this blog… however, I’m pretty sure the big media outlets know the score and those lines he has crossed. This line however ranks as one of his lowest.


“Trump Pushes Right-Wing Media’s Nonsense Conspiracy Theory That Huma Abedin is a Threat to America”

This ranks right at the top of wild-ass theories by Trump. It is truly astonishing to say the least. Here is the sub-title from that article:

“GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump implies that Huma Abedin, a long-time aide to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, is a security risk because of her mother’s current and her own former employment at an academic journal that writes about Muslims. Trump’s attack follows years of smears about Abedin from informal Trump adviser Roger Stone and right-wing media outlets, which have said that Abedin is disloyal to the United States and that she is a secret “Muslim Brotherhood” agent.”

I think anyone would find it hard-pressed to not say this is the lowest of the low. So, who is Trump accountable to and who will hold him accountable for all his wild statements and growing page of nasty insults of mostly innocent people?

Maybe he is not accountable now, but he will be totally accountable on Tuesday, November 8, 2010 in the General Election. That is my prediction and hopefully it will come to pass.

Continue reading at the link – it’s a good one.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Trump Says Election Will Be "Rigged.." Um ... Check Your Russian Pals, Donald

Trump Cheered for DNC Hacking
(Tells Russia to Look for More...)

Meanwhile at the FBI
 (FBI uncovers evidence of foreign hackers in state election databases) 


Background on Trump Rigging Statement from here, the highlights:

Donald Trump, trailing narrowly in presidential polls, has issued a warning to worried Republican voters: The election will be “rigged” against him — and he could lose as a result.

Trump pointed to several court cases nationwide in which restrictive laws requiring voters to show identification have been thrown out. He said those decisions open the door to fraud in November.

Trump said: “If the election is rigged, I would not be surprised. The voter ID situation has turned out to be a very unfair development. We may have people vote 10 times.”

FYI: There is little if no evidence of voter ID fraud anywhere in the country ... others errors, yes, but not voter ID fraud that the GOP pushes. 

Continue the story above link.

Now the FBI Alert to States. Seems AZ and IL state voter databases were hacked. Those highlights

The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials.

The FBI warning, contained in a “flash” alert from the FBI’s Cyber Division, a copy of which was obtained by Yahoo News, comes amid heightened concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about the possibility of cyber intrusions, potentially by Russian state-sponsored hackers, aimed at disrupting the November elections.

Those concerns prompted Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to convene a conference call with state election officials on Aug. 15, in which he offered his department’s help to make state voting systems more secure, including providing federal cyber security experts to scan for vulnerabilities, according to a “readout” of the call released by the department.  

That story continues at the link.  

Rigged? Um.  As I said, Mr. Trump, check you Russian pals … oops. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Trump's 3-D Movie of Outrageous Promises: Duck, Dodge, and Deceive

Trump Faces the Moment of Truth

 Repository for Trump Promises
(R.I.P.)

Trump’s #1 promise among all these 75 other promises is his campaign slogan: “Make America great again.” (I note: That implies America is weak?).

1. Build a wall along the southern border and it will be “the greatest wall that you've ever seen.”
2. Make Mexico pay for the wall and if Mexico refuses, then the United States will impound all remittance payments taken from the wages of illegal immigrants, cut foreign aid, institute tariffs, cancel visas for Mexican business leaders and diplomats, and increase fees for visas, border-crossing cards, and port use.
3. If I become president, we're all going to be saying 'Merry Christmas' again.
4. Get rid of Common Core because it's “a disaster and a very bad thing.” Trump says he wants to give local school districts more control and might even eliminate the Department of Education.
5. The Environmental Protection Agency might also disappear.
6. Get rid of Obamacare and replace it with something “terrific and so much better, so much better, so much better.”
7. Knock down the regulatory walls between states for health insurance making plans available nationally instead of regionally.
8. Rebuild the country's aging infrastructure – especially bridges and airports that look like they belong in a third-world country.
9. Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cutting benefits.
10. Defund Planned Parenthood.
11. I will take care of women, and I have great respect for women. I do cherish women, and I will take care of women.
12. Frequently uses the term radical Islamic terrorism.
13. Temporarily ban most foreign Muslims from entering the United States “…until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." Trump would allow exceptions for dignitaries, business people, athletes and others who have proven themselves. (Update abandons that and now adopts the JEB Bush “path to being here legally…etc. paperwork.)
4. Bar Syrian refugees from entering the country and kick out any who are already living here. Trump says wealthy Persian Gulf nations like Saudi Arabia should pay to set up a heavily guarded “safe zone in Syria.”
15. Heavily surveil mosques in the United States. Trump has said he's open to the idea of closing some mosques.
16. Create a database of Syrian refugees. Trump hasn't ruled out creating a database of Muslims in the country.
17. Never take a vacation while serving as president.
18. Prosecute Hillary Clinton for her use of a private e-mail server while serving as secretary of state.
9. Make medical marijuana widely available to patients and allow states to decide if they want to fully legalize pot or not.
20. Stop spending money on space exploration until the United States can fix its potholes. Encourage private space-exploration companies to expand.
21. Pick Supreme Court justices who are “really great legal scholars.”
22. Ensure that Iowa continues to host the nation's first presidential nominating contest.
23. Strengthen the military so that it's “so big and so strong and so great that nobody's going to mess with us.”
24. Be unpredictable no one is going to touch us, because I'm so unpredictable.
25. Allow Russia to deal with the Islamic State in Syria and to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin to wipe out shared enemies.
26. Bomb the sh*t out of ISIS and also bomb oil fields controlled by the Islamic State, then seize the oil and give the profits to military veterans who were wounded while fighting.
27. Target and kill the relatives of terrorists.
28. Shut down parts of the Internet so that Islamic State terrorists cannot use it to recruit American children.
29. Bring back water boarding which is torture. He's willing to use it and go even further than water boarding he says.
30. Leave troops in Afghanistan because it's such a mess and protect Israel. And increase U.S. military presence in the East and South China Seas.
31. Find an “out clause” in the Iran nuclear deal and then totally renegotiate the whole thing.
32. I promise I will never be in a bicycle race. That I can tell you. (This promise is connected to criticism of Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who was injured while riding a bicycle amid the Iran negotiations.)
33. Refuse to call Iran's leader by his preferred title saying I guarantee you I will be never calling him the Supreme Leader ... I'll say, “Hey baby, how ya doing?” But I will never call him the Supreme Leader.”
34. Negotiate the release of all U.S. prisoners held in Iran before taking office. (Five hostages were recently released, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian; Trump has taken some credit for this.)
35. Oppose the killing of journalists I hate some of these people, but I would never kill them.” 
36. Find great generals like Patton or MacArthur -- do not allow them to go onto television news shows to explain their military strategy: I don't want my generals being interviewed, I want my generals kicking ass.” Trump likes generals who are rough, foul-mouthed and beloved by their troops.
37. Drop that “dirty, rotten traitor” Bowe Bergdahl out of an airplane into desolate Afghanistan without a parachute.
38. Fire “the corrupt and incompetent leaders of the VA and dramatically reform the agency. Allow veterans to take their military identification card to any medical facility that accepts Medicaid patients to receive care. Embed satellite VA clinics in rural hospitals and under served areas, and ensure than every VA hospital is permanently staffed with Ob-Gyn doctors.
39. Invest more heavily in programs that help Vets transition back to civilian life, including job training and placement services. Also increase funding for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and mental health issues. Veterans who apply for a job at a VA facility will have five points added to their qualifying scores.
40. Bring back jobs from China and Mexico, Japan, and elsewhere.
41. I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.
42. Students at Wofford College in South Carolina, where Trump attended a town hall, will all have jobs at graduation.
43. Aggressively challenge China's power in the world declaring the country a currency manipulator, adopting a zero tolerance policy on intellectual property theft and forced technology transfer, and cracking down on China's lax labor and environmental standards.
44. Rather than throw the Chinese president a state dinner, buy him a McDonald's hamburger and say we've got to get down to work.
45. Replace free trade with fair trade. Gather together the smartest negotiators in the world, assign them each a country and renegotiate all foreign trade deals.
46. Put billionaire hedge fund manager Carl Icahn in charge of trade negotiations with China and Japan pick an ambassador to Japan who is a killer, unlike the current ambassador, Caroline Kennedy.
47. Tell Ford Motor president that unless he cancels plans to build a massive plant in Mexico, the company will face a 35 percent tax on cars imported back into the United States. 
48. Force Nabisco to once again make Oreos in the United States and bully Apple into making its “damn computers and other products” here.
49. Impose new taxes on many imports into the country. Numbers thrown around have included 32 percent, 34 percent and 35 percent.
50. Grow the nation's economy by at least 6 percent.
51. Reduce the $18 trillion national debt by vigorously eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government, ending redundant government programs and growing the economy to increase tax revenues.
52. Cut the budget by 20 percent by simply renegotiating.
53. Get rid of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
54. Simplify the U.S. tax code and reduce the number of tax brackets from seven to four. The highest earners would pay a 25-percent tax. The corporate tax rate would fall to 15 percent. Eliminate the marriage penalty for taxpayers and get rid of the alternate minimum tax.
55. No longer charge income tax to single individuals earning less than $25,000 per year or couples earning less than $50,000. These people will, however, be required to file a one-page form with the Internal Revenue Service that states: I win.
56. Ensure that Americans can still afford to golf.
57. Allow corporations a one-time window to transfer money being held overseas, charging a much-reduced 10 percent tax.
58. Get rid of most corporate tax loopholes or incentives, but continue to allow taxpayers to deduct mortgage interest and charitable donations from their taxes.
59. On his first day in office, Trump would get rid of gun-free zones at military bases and in schools.
60. Use common sense to fix the mental health system and prevent mass shootings. Find ways to arm more of the “good guys like him who can take out the “sickos.” Get rid of bans on certain types of guns and magazines so that “good, honest people” can own the guns of their choice.
61. Impose a minimum sentence of five years in federal prison for any violent felon who commits a crime using a gun, with no chance for parole or early release.
62. Fix the background check system used when purchasing guns to ensure states are properly uploading criminal and health records.
63. Allow concealed-carry permits to be recognized in all 50 states.
64. Sign an executive order calling for the death penalty for anyone found guilty of killing a police officer.
65. Provide more funding for police training.
66. And provide more funding for drug treatment, especially for heroin addicts.
67. On the first day in office, terminate President Obama's executive orders related to immigration. This includes getting rid of sanctuary cities that Trump says have become refuges for criminals.
68. Deport the almost 11 million immigrants illegally living in the United States.
69. Triple the number of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.
70. Continue to allow lowly paid foreign workers to come to the United States on temporary works visas because Trump says they are the only ones who want to pick grapes.
71. End birthright citizenship (repeal the 14th Amendment).
72. Say things that are politically incorrect, because the country does not have time to waste with political correctness.
73. Be a cheerleader for America and bring the country's spirit back. “Take the brand of the United States and make it great again.”
74. Bring back the American Dream.
75. Start winning again. “We're going to win so much – win after win after win – that you're going to be begging me: Please, Mr. President, let us lose once or twice. We can't stand it anymore. And I'm going to say: No way. We're going to keep winning. We're never going to lose. We're never, ever going to lose.”

Donald J. Trump – candidate of promises and Talk Radio sound bites lacking any substance whatsoever.

Historical note: Trump is just like this former GOP presidential candidate who won on a series of promises. To wit:

During the presidential campaign of 1928, the GOP issued a circular claiming that if Herbert Hoover were to win there would be “a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.”

Despite Hoover’s landslide victory over Alfred E. Smith, the Republican Party's promise of prosperity was derailed seven months after Hoover took the oath of office with the stock market crash of 1929 which plunged the country into the Great Depression and people eventually lost confidence in Hoover thereby laying the groundwork for “The New Deal” presidency under FDR that began in 1932.

What we see now is history repeating itself. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Weasels Don't Stink, Skunks Stink, and Trump Fragrances Are Awful

Even “Rosy” the Skunk is Offended

Better as Trump Fragrance Logo

Something is fishy in Denmark and in Trump la-la perfume land, too. To wit:

With questionable beauty product ingredients and practices in the public eye so much lately, Yahoo Beauty decided to see how the vanity fragrance products of a certain presidential candidate would fare regarding safety — and the results were grim.

The Trump Organization’s two fragrance lines — Empire by Trump and Success by Trump — include products containing ingredients linked to hormone disruption, skin and lung irritation, organ system changes, and cancer. That’s according to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database, which catalogues the ingredients and safety risks of more than 62,000 personal care products and rates them on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst.

Three Trump products — (1) Success by Trump Eau De Toilette Spray, (2) Empire by Trump Shower Gel, and (3) Donald Trump the Fragrance Eau de Toiletteearned high numbers on the danger scale, rating 10, 9, and 8, respectively.

Summary: One word – ouch. 

Related and more from the Trump Empire world-wide – enlightening.

Trump loves to bash others – whomever they are. But, seldom is he held accountable, rather he dances around the truth even when faced with his own words while in deep denial.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

POP QUIZ: Who Handles the Economy Better — DEMS or GOPers (HINT: Not GOP)

Dramatic Poll Results


Here is another good reference (PolitiFact.com).

Contrary to what Republicans would have us believe, “a robust safety net can exist alongside a vibrant economy.” (And only they can deliver that they sell in every campaign).

This Salon article is a great site with hard data that is not easy to dispute once the facts – data are examined closely – which I have to say in all honesty, GOPers have a hard time grasping.

Enjoy link – good stuff for sure and as always, thanks for stopping by.



Thursday, August 11, 2016

New Twist on Old Cliche He Said, He Said; I Didn’t Say, He Did; No, He Did,Not Me

Simple Fact

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told Donald Trump in a phone call last week that if he doesn’t turn his flailing campaign around, the national party may shift its focus from his candidacy to down-ballot races, according to two GOP officials briefed on the exchange.

The officials said Priebus described to Trump internal party polls that show his campaign headed in the wrong direction.

Priebus told Trump that he would have been better off had he spent the days since the Republican convention at his Mar-a-Lago Club, officials said. Trump denied the officials’ account of the exchange.

Then in true SOP Trump-fashion, he denied the account of exchange between the two, adding: “Reince Priebus is a terrific guy. He never said that.”

Trump also said that the Republican Party should be grateful for his recent fundraising saying: “Why would they state that when I am raising millions of dollars for them?”

Chairman Priebus could not be reached for comment.


Trump recently also said: “If I lose I’ll take a long vacation (sic).” I suggest he start now.

BTW: Down-ballot loses for the GOP this cycle seems very likely and could be massive. Why?

First, due to the head of the ticket: Trump. Second, the voters I believe are sick and tired of this divided, stalemated, and “do nothing” GOP-run congress. We shall see for sure, this is an historical election.

Tidbits from various sources for a laugh-a-minute ending to this posting:
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Listen Up GOP Weasel-Run States: DEMS Get Things Done While You Mope Around

Newly-elected LA Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) 

Great story here from the Boston Globe: Medicaid Expansion under the ACA (Obama-care). It is a success story anyway it is measured – except by GOP standards. 

Bobby Jindal (R) whom Edwards replaced in January had rejected the expansion on the grounds  that expanding access would “jeopardize the care of the most vulnerable in our society.” (Yes, we are all still laughing about that crazy-ass statement).

Introduction and Some Facts:  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, approximately 3 million more Americans would receive access to care if Medicaid expansion occurred in every state.

But to date right now, 19 GOP-controlled states continue to refuse Medicaid expansion, a different choice is being made – they are not willing to help people in dire need in millions of cases for health care and the GOP illogic is simple: They continue to refuse to put political preservation and hatred of President Obama above the needs of their citizens. In short, wait Mr. Obama out until the GOP wins back the W/H and then “repeal it.” Okay, repeal and replace it with what? Oh, the same old “Back to the Future” that brought us to seek and get reform in the first place?  – Folks that ain’t gonna work or happen.  

Not surprisingly, these same 19 states, mostly RED states, are among the unhealthiest in the nation, with some of the highest rates of illnesses and deaths from diseases that are often easily preventable.

Just imagine 3 million Americans who right now can’t see a doctor or a dentist, can’t fill prescriptions, and can’t get the drug or alcohol treatment that could turn their lives around. They are put in the impossible position of having to choose between their health — and the health of their family — and putting food on the table.

As newly-elected Gov. Edwards (the only one in the South) said last January when he took office about the impact of broadening access to care for LA: “This will not only afford them peace of mind, but also to help prevent them from slipping further into poverty and give them a fighting chance for a better life.” He is 100% correct. Preventive care in the long run saves money – why can’t GOPer’s see that… just like maintenance of anything: your car, home, plane, other equipment in your garage – keep it up to date and working is the same thing – prevent longer term cost. Only with health care we are talking about lives.

The results speak for themselves: Take this one expansion study in Arkansas and Kentucky (plus the non-expansion in Texas at the time). 

“Poor adults who started getting access to more care and who had been skipping medications because of cost and trouble paying medical bills declined significantly and the share of individuals with chronic conditions who obtained regular care increased, plus the percentage of residents who were able to simply have a medical checkup jumped by 7 points.” However, in Texas (the state that often talks of secession) and where expansion has not taken place, there’s been little success in reducing uninsured rates or improving health care outcomes – more on Texas part here (Texas Tribune).

LA is a great public policy story — one that shows how a targeted effort using government resources for the most vulnerable can produce positive, even life-changing results. But the political part of the story is less great in those 19 states that have continued to reject calls for expansion and again, not coincidentally, all 19 of them have either a Republican governor or a Republican state legislature in charge. While many of these states have argued that the costs will be prohibitive, it’s long past time to discard this dishonest talking point. The evidence simply is not there.

For example, where the BS is deep, in VA, the GOP-controlled legislature has long resisted a push from the state’s governor, Terry McAuliffe (D) to expand Medicaid for more than 400,000 Virginians, with their bogus claims that it would cost the state $1 billion. The actual cost as estimated by the fact-checking sites, like Politi Fact, found it would be only around $3 million.

This story of political change reinforces an old cliché that says:The GOP creates and ducks problems while DEMS get things done.”  I wonder, why are GOPers serving in public office? 

So, a big Kudos to the voters of Louisiana for putting Gov. Edwards in while saying bye-bye to former Gov. Jindal. 

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

TRUMP: Top of Heap (Landfill); King of the Road (Potholes); Top Dog (Rabid)

How Many See the Trump Campaign

Scenario:  
  • Donald J. Trump is elected and becomes CINC of the Armed Forces.
  • Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's General Court martial is scheduled for early 2017. 
  • Bergdahl was no doubt AWOL and possibly also charged with desertion (more serious than AWOL).
  • He was then captured and was held and suffered at the hands of the Taliban for 5 years.
  • He was released for 5 Taliban fighters who had been in U.S. custody.

Based on CINC Trump's prejudgments while running for the office about Sgt. Bergdahl including his public statements and various other remarks wherein Trump has said, among other things: “He should have been executed.”

More recently called him a “dirty rotten traitor” and previously had called him “a no-good traitor.”

How in the world can Sgt. Bergdahl be expected to get a fair and unbiased trial? 

Trump is like a Wild West Saloon judge holding court who says: “Bring in the guilty bastard, give him a fair trial, then hang him.”

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