Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Will and Grace cast reunites for the 2016 election.

Okay that was literally just for my daughter.

I mean I really liked it and all but if I had decided not to post it I would never have heard the end of it from that kid who keeps eating all of the olives in the house.

My daughter freaking LOVES Will and Grace.

This may be what finally costs Donald Trump almost all of the female vote in November.

Courtesy of The Daily Beast:

In the final moments of the first presidential debate Monday night, Hillary Clinton brought up Alicia Machado, a former winner of Trump’s Miss Universe pageant, who told Inside Edition earlier this year that Donald Trump referred to her as “Miss Housekeeping” and “Miss Piggy” after she gained weight following her victory in 1996. “After that episode, I was sick, anorexia and bulimia for five years,” Machado said of the ridicule from Trump. “Over the past 20 years, I’ve gone to a lot of psychologists to combat this.”

As Clinton mentioned during the debate, Machado became a U.S. citizen earlier this year and “you can bet she’s going to vote this November.” In response, Trump repeated the question, “Where did you find this?” and later defended the derogatory comments he has made in the past about Rosie O’Donnell. Tweeting in Spanish following the debate, Machado thanked Clinton for respecting women, adding, “I’m with you!”

This morning on Fox and Friends Trump essentially doubled down on his comments about Macahdo.
Oh yeah, I am sure the women are just DYING to vote for this misogynist  asshole.

Trump also doubled down on his attacks against Rosie O'Donnell last night:

"I said very tough things to her,” Trump admitted. “And I think everybody would agree that she deserves it, and nobody feels sorry for her.” 

There are still going to be some women who vote for Trump, probably the same ones who consistently vote for Republicans working hard to strip them of their rights and reducing them to breeding stock, but I think the majority of women are going to have a very visceral and negative view of Donald Trump after learning about his harsh words to this Miss universe contestant and Rosie O'Donnell.

The man's a pig. And I think women know a pig when they see one.

Politico tracks down the person responsible for the "Birther" movement, and no it was not Hillary Clinton.

Andy Martin, self proclaimed "King of the Birthers."
Courtesy of Politico: 

After years of denying the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s presidency, it was only in the midst of his own presidential campaign that Donald Trump began falsely claiming Hillary Clinton was the true progenitor of the “birther” conspiracy theory claiming Obama was not born in the United States. 

But that’s swapping one discredited claim for another. Numerous fact checks, reports and interviews — in 2008 and 2011, when Trump revived the controversy — revealed that although some Clinton supporters circulated rumors about Obama’s citizenship, the campaign and Clinton herself never trafficked in it. 

“There has never been evidence that Clinton or her campaign started the birther rumors,” said Ben Smith, editor in chief of BuzzFeed, who as a POLITICO reporter in 2011 linked the origin of the “birther” movement to a fringe politician in Illinois. Some hardcore Clinton backers circulated the rumors in 2008, but the campaign itself steered clear. 

“As we reported, some of her supporters flirted with the idea in 2008 — but it has its origins in the fever swamps beginning in Illinois in 2004,” he said. 

In fact, birtherism, as it’s been called, reportedly began with innuendo by serial Illinois political candidate Andy Martin, who painted Obama as a closet Muslim in 2004. That spiraled into a concerted effort by conspiracy theorists to raise doubts about Obama’s birthplace and religion — and essentially paint him as un-American. 

In fact Martin was so proud of his attempts to question the legitimacy of the Obama presidency, that he referred to himself as "The King of the Birthers."

But ultimately it really doesn't matter.

Even IF the birther thing had been started with the Clinton 2008 campaign, which it was not, the fact remains that it was Donald Trump that pushed it into the national spotlight, and Donald Trump who refused to accept the legitimacy of Obama's birth certificate even years after it was produced for the media.

So for Trump to attempt to blame all of this on Hillary is incredibly pathetic and indicative of a man who simply lacks the character to take responsibility for his actions and his mistakes.

Donald Trump blames his abysmal debate performance on a "defective" mic.

Gee if it was so defective how did it pick up every sniffle and snort that issued from his fat orange face?

It also was not so defective that it did not pick up on every lie that tumbled out of Trump's anus shaped maw either.

Courtesy of Forbes:  

During the first 2016 presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the Huffington Post kept a tally of the lies that each candidate told in their responses to Lester Holt’s questions. The final HuffPo tally? Donald Trump: 16; Hillary Clinton: 0. 

Although the media have made much of Clinton’s “trust problem,” data even beyond this debate tally suggest that Trump has a solid pattern of lying pretty much all the time, about any situation, especially those that might cast him in what he perceives as a negative light. 

His reputation is such that this debate, like no debate before it, had every news media outlet promising intensive fact-checking of every assertion. Fact-checkers have probably never before been this employable and may be the true winners in this election.

Actually the Trump lies came so hard and fast during last night's debate that anybody participating in that take a drink for every Trump lie drinking game would most likely have woken up in the morgue this morning.

The mic also picked up every time Trump interrupted Hillary as she was talking:

At Monday night’s presidential debate, by our count, Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton 25 times in the first 26 minutes of the debate. 

By the time the debate was over, Trump had interrupted Clinton 51 times — whereas Clinton had interrupted Trump just 17 times.

Trump's performance by every non-Republican bubble measure was extremely poor, while Hillary essentially landed devastating blow after devastating blow.

If this had been a boxing match Donald Trump would have ended up on the canvas crawling around looking for one of his eyes.

However let me say this.

After the debate last night I was feeling pretty good so I let my curiosity get the better of me and took a trip over to the Sea O'Pee. And to be blunt it was a shit show of reverse logic and magical thinking.

They celebrated every bad answer that Trump gave as positive, and found every one of Hillary's responses as somehow weak and misleading. In short it was the Bizarro version of reality.

Of course that is to be expected because those people are crazy.

However they also had a link to Breitbart, and a visit over there showed exactly the same point of view.

So what that says is that partisan opinions are baked in now, and none of these debates will change a damn thing among the faithful.

Really the only reason to even have any more of these debates is in the hopes that there are still a few folks out there who, for whatever reason, remain undecided and who still recognize a fact when they see it.

Texas shooter who wounded nine people was killed by police while wearing a Nazi uniform. Try not to draw any conclusions.

Nathan DeSai
Courtesy of Click 2 Houston:

The lawyer who carried out Monday morning's shooting that wounded nine people was wearing what appeared to be Nazi paraphernalia, two law enforcement sources told Channel 2 Investigates' Robert Arnold.

Interim Houston police Chief Martha Montalvo said officers who went to the scene were able to quickly locate the gunman in the 4400 block of Law Street. She said the shooter immediately began firing at the officers and they returned fire. 

The gunman was found dead shortly after, she said. 

"It’s my understanding that he was neutralized by police," Montalvo said. 

Law enforcement sources said the shooter was wearing what appeared to be an antique German uniform with swastikas on it.

Now from a follow up report by this same news outlet we do know a little more.

For one this Mr. DeSai was formerly a successful lawyer who started his own practice and had trouble keeping it afloat.

He owned several guns and according to his father they were purchased to protect him from his own clients.

And of course the easiest one to predict, is that he was a nice guy and nobody had any idea he was capable of anything like this.

Now as you know I am a liberal blogger and this story is like a gift to me.

While the Republicans, including Sarah Palin, are attempting to blame all terrorism on Muslims, and Donald Trump is drawing the alt Right, white supremacists, and Nazis out of the woodwork like the Pied Piper, here we have a non-Muslim guy randomly shooting people while dressed as a Nazi.

However I am not going to use this to make a political point, or rub it in the face of those like Sarah Palin who think that all terrorists must be Muslims.

No, I am simply going to point out that it does not really matter what this man's reasons were for doing this terrible thing, which fortunately did not cost anybody their life.

This time.

Whether he was mentally ill, religiously motivated, emotionally distraught, or high on drugs, it just does not matter.

What matters is that we live in a country where the instruments to carry out these attacks are almost as commonplace as a cell phone, or a microwave oven, or television set.

We think of guns as just another tool.

But they are not.

They are instruments of death. And that is their sole purpose.

And no I would not suggest that we take everybody's guns away.

But I would suggest that to own one a citizen of this country must pass a comprehensive background check, take several hours of instruction, and register the weapon with the FBI.

I would also like to see all future guns manufactured with fingerprint activated safety mechanisms, or some other safety device, installed so that only the owner can fire the weapon.

I do not care what the 2nd Amendment says, owning a gun is not a right it is a responsibility, and it needs to be recognized as such.

Pulitzer prize winning New York Times reporter "There is no evidence that Donald Trump is a billionaire."

Courtesy of Business Insider:

David Cay Johnston, former New York Times reporter, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of "The Making of Donald Trump," has investigated Donald Trump for nearly three decades. He reveals how Trump calculates his supposed billion dollar net worth.

I love this part:

"He had a negative net worth of 295 million."

Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING about this idiot is bullshit. 

The state of modern politics in the new millennium.

I at first thought these people had turned their back to Hillary in order to wave at somebody out of camera range, which I thought was terribly rude.

But then I realized that it was selfie time and was simply struck by how important social media has become to the outcome of our elections.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Are you ready for some debating???? (This works best if you hear it in Hank Williams Jr's voice.) Update!

Okay so this is the big one folks.

This debate tonight on MSNBC will give us our first look at Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump together on a stage, and it could set the tone for the rest of the campaign season.

Most pundits or reporters would offer up their predictions right about here, but honestly I don't really have any.

This entire campaign season has defied convention and expectations at every turn, and I have no reason to think that tonight will be any different.

I will of course be on Twitter throughout the debate, and will be coming back on here to provide updates as well.

I considered participating in a drinking game during the debate, but have been warned it could kill me.

I might have a little wine later after the whole thing is over assuming that I have not rendered myself unconscious by slamming my head on the desk in frustration that nobody is fact checking the Donald.
So in the immortal words of Bette Davis "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."

Yep that just happened.

I think this tweet sums up the debate quite nicely.

John Oliver comparing the scandals of Hillary to Donald Trump's is something you must see before the debate tonight.

My favorite part:

Think of it like this: Ethical failings in a politician are like raisins in a cookie ... They shouldn't be there. They disgust people. But most politicians have at least a few raisins. Hillary arguably has more raisins than average. There's probably 10 of these little fuckers in there … But [Trump] is a fucking raisin monsoon! He is ethically compromised to an almost unprecedented degree. So if you don't like raisins, I get it – they're disgusting. But unfortunately, this November, you're gonna have to swallow 10 or we're all going to be eating this shit for years.

I hate raisins so this was the perfect metaphor.

And that is really it.

Sure Hillary Clinton has done some things which can be interpreted as shady. But when you really examine them, there is really very little or nothing scandalous to be found.

However Donald Trump is so unbelievably corrupt, manipulative,  and full of shit that you become exhausted when reading about his numerous and never ending scandals.

There really is no choice here.

Only one of these people should ever even be considered for a job in politics, especially for the most important political job on the planet.

The Kaepernick effect is now spreading to the military.

Of course this did not exactly fly with the military.

Courtesy of Military.com:

Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Janaye Ervin, a reservist on active duty within U.S. Pacific Fleet, is subject to administrative actions, still under review, for refusing to stand for the national anthem while in uniform Sept. 19, Bill Doughty, a spokesman for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs told Military.com.

According to activist and New York Daily News reporter Shaun King, who publicized Ervin's case on Twitter along with a Change.org petition supporting her, Ervin said she lost her security clearance and was threatened with jail by the Navy in response to her actions.

Okay that takes guts to take a stand like this while in the military and knowing how it might affect your career.

In the world of sports of course the Kaepernick effect is spreading like wildfire despite attempts to punish players and attack their motives.

Personally I am thrilled that people are breaking from the herd and standing up for their beliefs.

As a progressive I feel that the more people stop and ask the hard questions about traditions, religion, and patriotism, the better for all of us in the long run.

We should always think before we do, question before we accept, and learn before we decide.

Sarah Palin pissed off that Washington shooter was not identified as an immigrant, because being an immigrant makes the killings worse?

Courtesy of Anti-Immigrant Barbie's Facebook page:

He's NOT Hispanic, and YES - He Terrorized... Shame On Media 

We share such sadness for lives lost in Washington State. Please offer heartfelt prayers for those impacted forever by Friday's heinous attack. 

In reporting this, once again the media got it wrong - why? It's appalling they made sure to announce the murderer was Hispanic. (Early eyewitness reports suggested the shooter was Hispanic.)  Ironically, my Hispanic family friend and I watched the unfolding coverage that night and both commented that media was terrible in making that racial pronouncement. (She does actually have one Hispanic friend, Juanita Fuller, but I have no idea if they actually watch TV together.) It was glaringly obvious they could NOT know this otherwise unidentified dark-skinned male was Hispanic - in fact he didn't look "exclusively" Hispanic to many of us - so why did media lie? 

As per usual, after capturing this evil man who struck such terror, media THEN feigns caution and holds off as long as possible to reveal the killer's background as a Muslim immigrant. We don't even have to ask "why?". (To make sure they go the facts right? To delay folks like you from jumping on the Muslim terrorism bandwagon? Could be a lot of reasons.)

And where's your apology, media? You give us no reason whatsoever to trust you. It's a good thing there are more of us than there are of you - and we know where to put our trust, faith and reliance for wisdom and strength to victoriously plow through these coming days... Proverbs 3:5-6. (Perfect, a Bible quote about not trusting your critical thinking skills and instead trusting in God. Good choice in this situation.)

- Sarah Palin

Okay so what we know so far is that the shooter, Arcan Cetin, killed four women and a man in with a rifle in a Macy's store at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington.

Right now there is no identified motive, though apparently he did recently break up with a girlfriend who worked at a Macy's store.

Cetin has a history of inappropriately touching women, and he was arrested on assault charges back in 2015.

He posted this about Hillary Clinton, though to my ear it sounds a little sarcastic.

However there is also online evidence that he suggested that President Obama's liberalism was a lot like communism.

Though Cetin came from the predominantly Muslim country of Turkey there is little known about his own religious beliefs, and no evidence as of yet that he was connected to terrorist groups.

Cetin came to this country as a young child and attended public schools in Washington.

So considering the fact that he immigrated to this country many years ago as a child, does not seem connected to any radical Islamic groups, and has no known ties to terrorists, just why does his nationality seem like such a big deal to Sarah Palin that she is demanding an apology from the media for not getting it right?

Oh I think we all know the answer to that question.

Here's what I know.

This is once again a case of a mass shooting by a guy with a gun in America.

Why he did it, where he is from, and what religion he practices, do not change that fundamental fact.

Politico tracks Donald Trump lies for a week. Averages about one lie every 3 minutes 15 seconds.

Courtesy of Politico:

After he lied on Sept. 16 that he was not the person responsible for the birtherism campaign to delegitimize Barack Obama’s presidency, POLITICO chose to spend a week fact-checking Trump. We fact-checked Hillary Clinton over the same time. 

We subjected every statement made by both the Republican and Democratic candidates — in speeches, in interviews and on Twitter — to our magazine’s rigorous fact-checking process. The conclusion is inescapable: Trump’s mishandling of facts and propensity for exaggeration so greatly exceed Clinton’s as to make the comparison almost ludicrous. 

Though few statements match the audacity of his statement about his role in questioning Obama’s citizenship, Trump has built a cottage industry around stretching the truth. According to POLITICO’s five-day analysis, Trump averaged about one falsehood every three minutes and 15 seconds over nearly five hours of remarks. 

In raw numbers, that’s 87 erroneous statements in five days.

87 erroneous comments, ie lies, in five days?

Yes I knew Trump lied, but damn!

Now to be fair Politico did the same kind of analysis with Hillary this last week as well:

In raw numbers, Clinton made eight erroneous statements in five days.

Now Hillary did not do nearly as much talking last week as Trump, and Politico attempts to play the "fair and balanced" card by suggesting that Hillary plays a little loose with the truth as well.

However if you read through some of the "lies" that Hillary supposedly told you get examples like this:

Trump’s “economic plans would ... include an estimated $4 billion tax cut for his own family just by eliminating the estate tax.”

The problem with this is that the Clinton campaign is using the numbers that Trump himself uses for his wealth, 10 billion, instead of the 1.2 or 3 billion that Bloomberg News estimates. Which means she is "lying" because Trump is lying. Or something like that.

However the lies that Trump was caught telling are mostly whoppers, and often have very little in common with actual facts.

No matter how you look at it Donald Trump referring to Hillary Clinton as a liar is laugh out loud funny.

Unless of course people take it seriously, which sadly many actually do.

In a reverse of 2008 this time it's the grandparents trying to get the kids to vote for Hillary Clinton.

Courtesy of Daily Kos:

Remember in 2008 when Sarah Silverman made a video called “The Great Schlep” about visiting your grandparents in Florida to make sure they would vote for Obama? Well, now the tables have turned. 

A group called Bend the Arc Jewish Action has made a video where it’s “bubbes and zaydes who are stepping up to push the younger generation to vote for Hillary Clinton,” according to a story in Advertising Age. 

“Join the Jewish Movement to Defeat Trump,” says the group’s website, which uses the hashtag #WeveSeenThisBefore. In a video, Jewish grandparents promise to “Rise From the Dead and Haunt Their Grandchildren if They Don’t Vote for Hillary Clinton.”

Okay that last part with the sheet really cracked me up.

And all kidding aside this is something that really needs to happen, grandparents and parents explaining to their children just how much is on the line with this election.

I certainly think that this cartoonist has Trump's number.

By the way I will of course have an open thread and live tweeting tonight's debate.

I think this is going to be historic and I would not miss it for the world.