Thursday Night Open Thread

Our last open thread is already full. Here's a new one, all topics welcome.

A new Quinnipiac University released today indicates Hillary will win huge in November. She's 10 points ahead and Trump continues his downward spiral. Politico reports she's 16 points ahead in Virginia.

If you want to know about the Clinton Foundation, and why Hillary and Bill did nothing wrong, I recommend you pre-order Joe Conasen's new book, Man of the World: The Further Adventures of Bill Clinton. I received an advance copy (which may not be the final version) and it debunks many myths.

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    Just finished the doc film 'Fear of 13' (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by ruffian on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 09:30:58 PM EST
    recommended by McBain and Peter G.

    Just stop what you are doing right now and watch it. It's only a couple of hours and is absolutely riveting.

    I am more and more convinced the jury system needs to be seriously re-thought. I hate to contemplate that for every Nicholas Yarris and Damien Echols, and hopefully one day Adnan Syed, that come out of these horrible experiences with a spiritual growth and grace that a privileged being such as myself can only envy, there are probably 1000 more that have their spirits destroyed and never get released, or are killed. There quite obviously can be no greater crime or injustice.

    quinnipiac is one of the better polls (none / 0) (#1)
    by linea on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 08:03:58 PM EST
    but it's really moot (smile).  the number-crunching wonks have the state by state electoral votes indicating a hillary win (~84% change of winning to trumps ~16% chance of winning per nate silver's 538 blog). it's pretty much done. i mean, it is done. it's just not possible for trump to flip the needed states. the election is over as far as im voncerned. president hillary clinton... the first women elected to the office. hopefully, she will have a chance to nominate several scotus justices and the choice and gay rights issue will be secure for our lifetimes.  

    only 5 pts ahead in AZ and basically tied in NC (none / 0) (#2)
    by pitachips on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 08:38:28 PM EST
    I think she will take both - NC very handily but AZ by less than 1%. Romney only won NC by 2 pts and he won AZ by 10.  

    Election night is going to be amazing. I wonder what the GOP will look like in a year.

    even if trump (none / 0) (#3)
    by linea on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 08:55:37 PM EST
    wins AZ (i think he might) he cant flip NC... and also flip FL and OH and IA and he needs all of those to win. cant be done. it just cant be done. election night... i'll be out with friends at the local "social house" and it will be a serious party. there goes my diet. liquid calories are the worse calories!

    I'm thinking about (none / 0) (#5)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 09:14:54 PM EST
    having an election watching party, the first one ever.

    Jeralyn (none / 0) (#4)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 09:11:38 PM EST
    I hope you get to watch Hillary's speech she gave today. It was a thing of beauty.

    Good timing on a strong speech (none / 0) (#7)
    by christinep on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 09:24:02 PM EST
    Yes, the HRC speech today was well-constructed, comprehensive tho compact ... powerful in the way that speaking the truth is.

    what is the (none / 0) (#6)
    by linea on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 09:23:18 PM EST
    the "Alt-Right" exactly? people are using the term as if it's an actual thing so what is it? teaparty... libertarians... populist nationalists (gasp)... what? what's the stated platform of the Alt-Right? or is it just a slur against donald trump to insinuate he's a neo-nazi or some such political name-calling like associating "liberals" with clandestine communists? like that? i dunno. can sombody explain the term?

    It's a rebranding (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 09:27:01 PM EST
    Campaign by white supremacists.   So yeah, it's a completely accurate slur against Donald Trump

    oh (none / 0) (#17)
    by linea on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 09:42:47 PM EST
    trump = alt-right = white supremacists?

    cuz trump is a nazi skin-head pro-hitler fascist who wants to exterminate the jews because they betrayed the fatherland and commited deicide by killed jesus? seriously? you people... seriously.


    I think your bus is leaving (none / 0) (#18)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 09:44:42 PM EST
    i dont know what that means (none / 0) (#20)
    by linea on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 10:01:54 PM EST
    Of all the crazy stuff (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 09:31:35 PM EST
    So far in this cycle Trump campaigning with Nigel
     Farage in Mississippi
    has got to be among the strangest.

    "Nigel who now?  An he don like Brussle sprouts?"

    Oh please please please, send one of Nigel's (none / 0) (#11)
    by ruffian on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 09:35:31 PM EST
    army to my door wth a leaflet. Can't wait!

    Just the fact that Trump (none / 0) (#12)
    by CoralGables on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 09:35:50 PM EST
    is campaigning in Mississippi tells you all you need to know about the downward slope of his campaign.

    Exactly. The people there must be thrilled (none / 0) (#13)
    by ruffian on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 09:37:21 PM EST
    though - when was the last time they saw a POTUS candidate in August?

    Ronald Reagan (none / 0) (#16)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 09:41:41 PM EST
    in 1980?

    But important to keep in mind (none / 0) (#21)
    by CoralGables on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 10:11:08 PM EST
    Mississippi went blue in the 1976 presidential election in a close race. Reagan traveling to Mississippi in early August 1980 isn't like campaigning in Mississippi today. Mississippi has voted republican in the last 9 presidential elections.

    This "softening" stuff (none / 0) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 09:38:06 PM EST
    Could really be when the bottom drops out.  

    Also (none / 0) (#15)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 09:40:39 PM EST
    I think it reinforces the idea that he is not campaigning to win but to build a following and an audience.

    It's bizarre really that he seems to want this relationship with the white nationalist parties of Europe.  Which is what Farage is.


    wait... what? (none / 0) (#19)
    by linea on Thu Aug 25, 2016 at 09:59:40 PM EST
    the former leader of UKIP is a neo-nazi now? cuz he supported Brexit? more libertarian-esque than anything... he supports legalization of drugs and American-style gun ownership. too much Kush today? {{ hugs }}