Friday :: October 21, 2016

Chris Christie's Bad Week

Donald Trump isn't the only one having a bad week. Chris Christie's aide today testified he knew of the lane closure plan a month ahead of time.

Talking Points Memo has the details of Bridget Kelly's testimony.

In bombshell testimony Friday, Bridget Anne Kelly said that she told New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that access lanes to the George Washington Bridge would be closed for a traffic study a month before the plan actually was carried out in September 2013.

The former deputy chief of staff testified that the governor approved the study, which prosecutors allege actually was cover-up for a revenge plot against a local Democratic mayor.

Christie picked the wrong horse to ride with Trump. When Trump doesn't get elected, he'll be left in the dust.

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Trump's Friday Night Funk

The Washington Post tonight reports "Donald Trump is in a funk " Bitter, hoarse and pondering, ‘If I lose. . .’" At a campaign rally today (attendance for which was noticeably smaller than usual), Trump said:

“What a waste of time if we don’t pull this off,” Trump said. “You know, these guys have said: ‘It doesn’t matter if you win or lose. There’s never been a movement like this in the history of this country.’ I say, it matters to me if we win or lose. So I’ll have over $100 million of my own money in this campaign.”

“So, if I lose,” Trump continued as the crowd remained unusually quiet, “if I lose, I will consider this —”

He didn't finish the sentence. The Post also perfectly sums up Trump's past week [More..]:

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Friday Open Thread

Twitter is down here, part of an earlier DOS (denial of service) attack that may have also hit Amazon and Netflix. I can get Amazon and Netflix now, just not Twitter.

Here is the DYN company's status page with updates. (Their website seems to be down.)

Trump got booed at the Al Smith Charity dinner. He's toast and he knows it.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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Thursday :: October 20, 2016

Hillary's Best Takedown of Trump During Debate

I agree with Vogue Magazine: Hillary's best takedown of Trump during the debate was comparing their experience:

“I think it’s really an important issue he raised, the 30 years of experience. Let me just talk briefly about that.

You know, back in the 1970s, I worked for Children’s Defense Fund, and I was taking on discrimination against African-American kids in schools. He was getting sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination in his apartment buildings.

In the 1980s, I was working to reform the schools in Arkansas. He was borrowing $14 million from his father to start his businesses.

In the 1990s, I went to Beijing and I said women’s rights are human rights. He insulted a former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado; called her an eating machine.

And on the day I was in the situation room, monitoring the raid that brought Osama bin Laden to justice, he was hosting The Celebrity Apprentice. So I’m happy to compare my 30 years of experience, what I’ve done for this country, trying to help in every way I could, especially kids and families get ahead and stay ahead with your 30 years. And I’ll let the American people make that decision.”


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Wednesday :: October 19, 2016

Post Debate Analysis: "You Cannot Polish This Turd"

CNN/ORC poll results: Hillary won the debate 52% to 39% for Donald Trump

Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, was incoherent and blubbering during her post-debate interview with CNN's Dana Bash. She got so flustered, she walked out on the interview. First she said Donald Trump would respect the results because he is going to win. It went downhill from there.

The media is unanimous: Trump blew himself up like a suicide bomber in refusing to say he will accept the results of the election.

Bye, Bye Mr. Carnival Barker. Even NBC and the Apprentice won't take you back. May your brand sink like quicksand.

CNN's Van Jones: "You cannot polish this turd."

Channel changer time: Some blonde in a strawberry colored dress with a high-pitched whiny voice is rattling on like a speed-freak. Bye CNN.

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NY Times: Hillary has 92% Chance of Winning Election

Hillary has a 92% chance of winning the election, according to the New York Times.

During the debate, Trump said he'll have to look at the results before deciding whether to accept it.

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Fight Night: The Final Debate

The third and final debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump begins in a few minutes.

I don't think it's Trump's last chance -- he had that a while ago. I hope Hillary does well.

Here's a thread to discuss it.

Update (the end): Trump was horrible. If he prepared, it didn't show. There were no hand shakes at the beginning or end. Shorter version: Trump may not accept the results of the election.

He certainly does not have the temperment to be President. He doesn't know how to debate -- he only knows how to name-call. He called Hillary "such a nasty woman." He also said, "John Podesta said some terrible things about you and boy was he right." He says Sanders says she has bad judgment. Hillary responds that Bernie is supporting her and that Bernie said "Trump is the most dangerous person to run for President in American history."

Trump is losing this debate badly. He limped into it and he didn't help himself. [More...]

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Taco Trucks Erect Wall of Protest Outside LV Trump Hotel

Taco trucks have built a wall around the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas to protest his labor stance.

Members of Culinary Union 226 are building a wall of taco trucks outside of Trump International Hotel ahead of the third presidential debate on Wednesday. At least five taco trucks will sit outside the resort next to Fashion Show mall and across the street from Wynn Las Vegas. All plan to dole out free tacos as an estimated 400 people rally.

"We’re protesting Donald Trump’s hotel here in Vegas, where a majority of workers voted to unionize, and shamefully Trump has failed to sit down at the table with them," Democrat Ruben Kihuen, who is running to represent the 4th Congressional

CNN says the union represents more than 50,000 workers in Nevada.

The Trump hotel is one of the very few on the Las Vegas Strip that does not have union-negotiated contracts for its workers.

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Tuesday :: October 18, 2016

Trump: "Why Did We Get the Ugly One?"

I happened to have watched Khloe Kardashian's season on Celebrity Apprentice. I was outraged when Trump fired her because he learned she had missed a day of work on the show to attend alcohol classes for a DUI.

Today the Los Angeles Times reports on his real beef with Khloe: She was too heavy and not as attractive as her sisters.

“What is this? We can’t even get the hot one?” he reportedly said, referring to Kardashian’s sister, Kim. “Why don’t we fire Khloe? She is a fat piglet. Why did we get the ugly Kardashian?”

Via Huffpo, a third source and Apprentice editor, states: [More...]

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Sunday :: October 16, 2016

Sunday Open Thread

It's a jail day in the mountains for me (no time to go during the week), which means an open thread for you.

All topics welcome. Please stay civil and don't blogclog.

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Friday :: October 14, 2016

Trump Claims Martyr Status in Response to Groping Claims

Here's Donald, Martyr in Chief, after multiple women have called him out for inappropriate groping:

“I take all of these slings and arrows, gladly, for you,” Mr. Trump said to cheers in West Palm Beach. “I take them for our movement, so that we can have our country back. Our great civilization here in America and across the civilized world has come upon a moment of reckoning.”

Trump is imploding. He continues to insist all these women's claims against him are lies, and the product of some grand conspiracy. The latest polls in Pennsylvania have Hillary way ahead. I disagree that this is some watershed moment for women, like Ferguson. I think it's about Donald Trump, not a cause. Who wouldn't be reviled by him except the staunchest, most irrational Clinton haters? The sheer number of claims simply make them impossible for him to overcome. He has no path to win. No one wants a groper-in-chief for President.

As Bob Dylan put it decades ago, "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." So what is his goal at this point? Trump must know he's going down in flames. Can he avoid his brand going down with him? What about his kids? Are they privately in denial or mortified? Will Melania stay with him after the election?

Ultimately, I think history books will marvel at his arrogance and narcissism -- he really seems to believe that people love him so much they will fail to see him as the Emperor with No Clothes and overlook the growing number of accusations against him -- accusations that include not just groping, but bigotry against immigrants and Muslims, inflating his wealth while downplaying his business failures, and misogyny -- as well as his bizarre admissions, like bragging about avoiding federal taxes. How delusional. [More...]

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Wednesday :: October 12, 2016

Gitmo Detainee to Receive Rectal Surgery as Result of Torture

Via Carol Rosenberg at the Miami Herald, who has been covering Guantanamo Bay from the beginning: Mustafa al Hawsawi, 48, was captured in Pakistan in 2003 with alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

He is alleged to have helped the hijackers with money, Western clothing, traveler’s checks and credit cards.

He was held by the CIA until transferred to Guantanamo in 2006. He is still there, awaiting trial with the other 9/11 detainees. He will undergo rectal surgery this week. The Pentagon has confirmed the surgery but doesn't want to talk about why he needs it. His lawyer, Walter Ruiz, a Naval Reserve officer, is talking,

[al Hawsawi] has sat gingerly on a pillow at the war court since his first appearance in 2008. But the reason was not publicly known until release of a portion of the so-called Senate Torture Report on the CIA program in December 2014, which described agents using quasi medical techniques called “rectal rehydration” and “rectal re-feeding.”

“Mr. Hawsawi was tortured in the black sites. He was sodomized,” Ruiz told reporters Monday evening, advising them to “shy away from terms like rectal penetration or rectal rehydration because the reality is it was sodomy,” he said. Since then, he said, he has had “to manually reinsert parts of his anal cavity” to defecate.

“When he has a bowel movement, he has to reinsert parts of his anus back into his anal cavity,” Ruiz said, which “causes him to bleed, causes him excruciating pain.”

Simply disgusting.[More...]

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Yom Kippur: Day of Atonement and Open Thread

Yom Kippur began at sundown last night. It is the holiest Jewish holiday. A time to fast, pray and repent.

Yom Kippur means "Day of Atonement" and refers to the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer and repentance. Part of the High Holidays, which also includes Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. In three separate passages in the Torah, the Jewish people are told, "the tenth day of the seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be a sacred occasion for you: You shall practice self-denial."(Leviticus 23:27). Fasting is seen as fulfilling this biblical commandment. The Yom Kippur fast also enables us to put aside our physical desires to concentrate on our spiritual needs through prayer, repentance and self-improvement.

Yom Kippur is the moment in Jewish time when we dedicate our mind, body, and soul to reconciliation with God, our fellow human beings, and ourselves. We are commanded to turn to those whom we have wronged first, acknowledging our sins and the pain we might have caused. At the same time, we must be willing to forgive and to let go of certain offenses and the feelings of resentment they provoked in us. On this journey we are both seekers and givers of pardon. Only then can we turn to God and ask for forgiveness: “And for all these, God of forgiveness, forgive us, pardon us, and grant us atonement.”

To those of you observing the holiday, G’mar Chatimah Tovah - May You Be Sealed for a Good Year (in the Book of Life). (I hope I got that right.)

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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Tuesday :: October 11, 2016

Republican Party Turmoil, Vol. 82

Don't think this means your vote doesn't matter. It does, check your voter registration today. It's not just the presidency but control of the House and Senate that's at stake.

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Monday :: October 10, 2016

Monday Open Thread: Where Will You Go?

Some suggestions for those at or approaching retirement age:

Best places to retire 2016 (health care, residency permits, cost of living, and much more factored in)

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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