Monthly Archives: September 2016

The Republican Party’s mindset: To hell with America, what about meeeeee?

No one could have predicted it. The candidacy of Donald Trump is a “nightmare” for the Republican Party:

Republican leaders and strategists are unnerved by Donald Trump’s erratic attacks … outbursts … are newly embarrassed by Trump’s impulsive behavior and exasperated by his inability to concentrate  his thin skin … distracted by old grudges and picked new fights, often involving female or minority targets … he gets sidetracked very easily … goes off on personal vendettas … an acute sense of anxiety about Trump on Capitol Hill.

That is a nightmare! The very idea that such a flawed, utterly unfit candidate could possibly become the president of the United States is unthinkable, and thank God Republican leaders and strategists have finally acknowledged this clear and present danger to our country and … oh, wait … never mind …

Because Republicans aren’t concerned about this erratic, impulsive, easily distracted, thin-skinned bully who goes off on personal vendettas, particularly against women and people of color, getting his hands on the nuclear codes. Not in the least. But they are worried about him:

… doing lasting harm to the party … “He’s definitely hurting the party” … a huge drag on the ticket … 

God bless … the Republican Party? The hell with the rest of you.

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Rudy Stumbles Outside the Race War Bubble

I sense this has gotten little attention given all that’s happened in the news today. But it seems both a revealing and embarrassing nugget of news. So I wanted to share it with you. Last week Rudy Giuliani gave a speech at an awards dinner for a financial services trade group in New York City. The event was the 40 under 40 Dinner hosted by the Commercial Finance Association at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. So far nothing too surprising. But on Monday the CFA felt compelled to send out an email to attendees and members apologizing for Giuliani’s “unscripted personal opinions.” Less delicately, the apology was required because what CFA CEO Bob Trojan delicately termed ‘unscripted personal opinions’ would more frankly be called racist digressions, jokes and jabs.

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Open thread for night owls: In Florida, NASA battles climate change

We’ve all had a tough week, so let’s relax this evening to a nice story about NASA’s attempts to keep America’s Space Coast from being swallowed by the rising sea.

After soaking in the view for a few moments, Dankert, Hall and I climb down from the watchtower and drive south to Kennedy’s dune restoration site, which was completed in 2014 with federal Hurricane Sandy relief funds. Stretching a little over a mile between Launch Complexes 39A and 39B, the dune’s grassy slopes rise like lightly yeasted bread over the sprawling beach. If you didn’t know better, you might think the shoreline had looked this way for centuries.

“We’re drawing a line in the sand,” Dankert says.“The dune not only prevents storm surge from plowing inland, it’s a sand source that replenishes the beach.”

It’s an astonishingly low-tech barrier when you consider the artificial pumping systems installed at Miami Beach to keep the ocean at bay, or the enormous seawalls some experts think we’ll need to save Manhattan. But in protecting its shoreline, NASA is trying to be considerate of all of its residents. In addition to rockets, Kennedy is home to a stunning array of wildlife, from bobcats and coyotes to southeastern beach mice, scrub jays, and gopher tortoises. It’s a major nesting site for protected leatherback, green, and loggerhead sea turtles, with thousands of baby turtles born on this small stretch of beach each year.

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BLAST FROM THE PAST

At Daily Kos on this date in 2012Welcome to the culture war against teachers, coming to a theater near you:

The campaign against teachers is special, and worth paying attention to. It’s not like workers in general get much respect in our culture, at least not beyond vague lip service that only ever applies to the individual, powerless worker not asking for anything. And janitors, hotel housekeepers, cashiers, and a host of others could fill books with the daily substance of working in low-status professions, I’m sure. But right now, teachers are the subject of a campaign heavily funded and driven from the top down to take a profession that has long been respected by the public at large and make the people in the profession villains and pariahs, en route to undercutting the prestige, the decision-making ability, the working conditions, and, of course, the wages and benefits of the profession as a whole. What we’re watching right now is a specific front in the war on workers, and one with immense reach through our culture—and coming soon to a movie theater near you if it’s not already there, in the form of the poorly reviewed parent trigger drama Won’t Back Down.

(That it’s a war not just on teachers but on the workers of the future and on the government just sweetens the pot for many of the people waging the war.)

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New Jersey high school demands student undergo psychological evaluation for anti-gun control project

“I am not taking him for a psychological evaluation because this teacher is lying and won’t own up to what she did.”

Posted in Conservative thoughts

Friday Trump Dump: Today the Republican nominee for president told America to ‘check out’ a sex tape

Welcome back to our daily roundup of Donald J. Trump campaign news. Today we learned that Donald Trump will indeed be ready for that all-important 3am phone call, because he will already be up tweeting about porn.

In less consequential events, Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold continues his one-person quest to find out what the flying hell has been going on with Donald Trump’s “charitable” foundation. His latest discovery:

Donald Trump’s charitable foundation — which has been sustained for years by donors outside the Trump family — has never obtained the certification that New York requires before charities can solicit money from the public, according to the state attorney general’s office.

This means that the Donald J. Trump Foundation has been soliciting funds illegally, whether from business associates or the general public. That’s right. Even Donald Trump’s charity can’t keep on the right side of the law.

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it now again: There is a very good chance that Donald Trump wants to be president only because he imagines it will give him the right to sell off the White House furniture and build hi-rise condominiums on the South Lawn.

The other news of the day, alas, was Trump’s three-in-the-morning tweetstorm about, yet again, the former Miss Universe that he simply cannot stop insulting. Capping the insults: an instruction from the would-be president to his supporters to “check out [her] sex tape”. (There is no such sex tape, by the way. It’s a hoax.)

He is running for president. Not a joke. He won the Republican nomination for the office; they had a national convention on his behalf and everything. This man who is now tweeting to supporters that they should “check out” the supposed sex tapes of his female detractors. A whole hell of a lot of sitting Republican lawmakers have shaken this guy’s hand.

On to the rest of the news.

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Gary Johnson’s Worst Surrogate: Bill Weld

The next time Gary Johnson thinks of sending out his VP pick, Bill Weld to do press, maybe don’t. In an interview Friday afternoon with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, Weld all but endorsed – Hillary Clinton. “I’m not sure anybody is more qualified than Hillary Clinton to be president of the United States,” Weld told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd when asked if Gary Johnson is more qualified. “That’s not | Read More »

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Calif. governor signs Planned Parenthood-sponsored bill targeting pro-life group

“Planned Parenthood does not want to be held accountable…”

Posted in Conservative thoughts, Politics

Federal Judge Rules That Obama’s Handover of Internet Control Can Go Through

Four state attorney generals, as well as Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and John Thune (R-SD) fail in their attempts to keep President Obama from transferring the control of the internet out of U.S. hands and to the control of an international body. The transfer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from the U.S. to an international entity representing 162 countries will proceed | Read More »

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Gary Johnson’s running mate: I’m not sure anyone’s more qualified than Hillary Clinton to be president

“I mean, that’s not the end of the inquiry, though.”

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New Fox News Poll Shows Hillary Dominating Trump After Debate

Things are not looking good for Trump…again.

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