Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Trump spokesperson claims that Hillary Clinton is bigoted toward white bigots.

Courtesy of Raw Story: 

According to the pundit, Trump had been right to call Clinton a “bigot” because the term was not only about racial discrimination. 

“Bigotry, if you look at the definition, it’s about someone who’s small-minded and sits there and directs hate towards a certain group,” she explained. “Hillary Clinton’s speech [attacking alt-right conservatives] was all about hate towards a group that, while my fellow counterpart might consider them to be very racist, it’s the exact opposite.” 

“These are God-fearing, baby-loving, gun-toting, military-supporting, school choice-advocating Americans!” Hughes added. “And just because maybe there might be some, a part of a very small fringe group [of white supremacists] that read Breitbart — by sitting there and saying the entire website is white supremacy is kind of ridiculous as saying just because you have people that are anarchists and communists that read the Huffington Post, calling that newspaper establishment, [is like] saying that they’re pro-anarchy and they’re against the United States government.”

Damn! I wonder if she also hit her head while out rock running?

Now if you're thinking to yourself that this person seems vaguely familiar if may be due to the fact that SNL did a parody of her back in April.

Okay is it still considered a parody if you cannot tell the difference from the real thing?

So is Russia now trying to influence the outcome of this election by hacking state databases? Maybe.

Courtesy of Yahoo: 

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 cyberintrusions, 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 cybersecurity experts to scan for vulnerabilities, according to a “readout” of the call released by the department. 

Johnson emphasized in the call that Homeland Security was not aware of “specific or credible cybersecurity threats” to the election, officials said. But three days after that call, the FBI Cyber Division issued a potentially more disturbing warning, titled “Targeting Activity Against State Board of Election Systems.” The alert, labeled as restricted for “NEED TO KNOW recipients,” disclosed that the bureau was investigating cyberintrusions against two state election websites this summer, including one that resulted in the “exfiltration,” or theft, of voter registration data. “It was an eye opener,” a senior law enforcement official said of the bureau’s discovery of the intrusions. “We believe it’s kind of serious, and we’re investigating.”

Though the bulletin does not name the states that were hacked sources are saying that they were Illinois and Arizona.

The document also does not come out and name Russia as the perpetrators of these actions, but in light of the previous hacks it stands to reason that they might be involved.

If true about Russia this would be perhaps the most blatant attempt by a foreign power to alter the outcome of an American election in this country's history.

Newsweek posted an article yesterday that lays out Putin's game plan: 

“The target of the hacks wasn’t just Clinton,” Eerik-Niiles Kross, the former head of Estonian intelligence, wrote in a recent essay in Politico. “Nor is Moscow much interested in supporting Trump (willing useful idiot though he may be). What the Russians have in their sights is nothing less than the democratic fabric of American society and the integrity of the system of Western liberal values…. The political warfare of the Cold War is back—in updated form, with meaner, more modern tools, including a vast state media empire in Western languages, hackers, spies, agents, useful idiots, compatriot groups, and hordes of internet trolls.”

In other words, Trump is merely a useful stooge in the Kremlin’s grand design to encourage NATO disunity, U.S. isolationism and the breakup of Europe. In practice, all the effort of Russian-sponsored hackers, think tankers and propaganda channels is unlikely to have much real effect and on balance have probably harmed Trump’s chances of getting into the White House. But the effort is real. As Kross put it, “Russia is effectively using our democracies and our systems of rule of law against us…. America, welcome to the war.”

"A useful stooge" as if we needed yet another reason to keep Trump out of the White House.

Trump supporter tweets racist cartoon of Hillary Clinton in blackface. Surprise twist: He's a black pastor.

Courtesy of Chron: 

An African-American supporter of Donald Trump tweeted a cartoon on Monday of Hillary Clinton in blackface, seemingly mocking her outreach to black voters. 

"Black Americans, THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES and letting me use you again .. See you again in 4 years," Pastor Mark Burns tweeted Monday. The tweet was later deleted. 

The photo attached has Clinton, with her face painted black, standing in front of a podium holding a sign reading, "#@!* the police" and "I ain't no ways tired of pandering to African-Americans." 

At first Burns tried to defend the tweet:

"I am standing behind that picture," Burns said. "We as African-Americans, we need to make Democrats fight for our vote. We need to make them fight for us. We need to make them do what they say they are gonna do, because we are just as valuable as every race in the great state of the United States of America and we're not treated that way."

And then Burns also tweeted this image:

Yes, that's a photoshopped image and has nothing to do with Bill and Hillary.

Later Burns, or perhaps somebody in the campaign, decided that he better apologize:  

CNN's Alisyn Camerota prefaced her question with Burns by remarking, "This is allegedly, it claimed to be of Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton in black face. This is not true. This has been disproven and debunked time and again. This has surfaced in previous presidential races. So why share it?" 

"Well, obviously you know I think in reference to that particular post — of course, I didn't have the correct information knowing that it wasn't Bill Clinton," Burns said in an interview with CNN's "New Day." "And I apologize for that as well, for posting incorrect information. Again, I think that's what the true message of grace is, that you know once you discover new information, you are quickly to change your opinion and get back on the right path. And that's what I'm doing right now to the whole world, is to say, listen, in my sincere heart of hearts, my job as a pastor is to draw people together, not push them away." 

Burns added that once he realized "how it was pulling people apart," he regretted retweeting the image, which was still on his Twitter page at the time of the interview. 

"But we need to begin to see each other just as Americans and really, really stop focusing on the things that divide us," Burns continued. "And that message was a divisive message. And once I discovered how divisive it was — this is not the campaign talking, this is not somebody yelling in my ear saying you need to take that down or this is Mark Burns all by himself, who truly loves people. And I love this country and I believe in Donald Trump for president." 

You know I would actually argue that it is impossible to "love this country" and then "believe in Donald Trump for president." 

I swear the only non-white male supporters that Donald Trump can find to defend his campaign are self loathing women, and racist against minorities minorities.

Hey remember when we used to think of the Associated Press as a non-partisan news outlet?

So yeah this is an AP executive editor admitting that a story is misleading and refusing to alter it.

Here by the way is what the AP got wrong on that story: 

The AP analysis includes only 154 meetings. It excludes all meetings with domestic and foreign government officials — the people who a Secretary of State spends most of her time meeting.

Clinton actually participated in over 1700 meetings as secretary of state during that time period. That means, in truth, fewer than 5% of Clinton’s meetings as Secretary of State were with Clinton Foundation donors. (The AP’s story also does not allege that any of those meetings were improper.) 

Nevertheless, the AP refused to delete the tweet.

And here is the original tweet that the AP refuses to correct.
Gee if I did not know any better I might think that the AP was trying to purposefully create a false narrative.

You know if this were the only recent transgression perhaps we could let this slide.

But it is not.

Okay seriously I have used the AP quite frequently here on the blog, did something change or have they always been secretly working for the GOP?

Ever wonder why there are all of those erectile dysfunction ads on TV during prime time? Here you go.

While I appreciate Vice attempting to be even handed here, I actually think these advertisement have dome more harm than they are reporting in this piece.

As a matter of fact the AMA wants them banned completely: 

“Today’s vote in support of an advertising ban reflects concerns among physicians about the negative impact of commercially-driven promotions, and the role that marketing costs play in fueling escalating drug prices,” AMA board chair-elect Patrice A. Harris said in a statement Tuesday. “Direct-to-consumer advertising also inflates demand for new and more expensive drugs, even when these drugs may not be appropriate.”

Yeah, no shit.

In my opinion not only are these ads completely distasteful but they also feed into a kind of national hypochondria which otherwise healthy Americans that they need a pill to somehow improve their lives.

What most of them need is a gym membership and a self driving car that refuses to take them to McDonalds or Pizza Hut.

Just a reminder to my fellow Alaskans before this upcoming election.

How to vote in Alaska: 

The deadline to register is in 42 days, on Oct. 9. 

You can vote by mail, early or on Election Day, Nov. 8. Early voting begins Oct. 24 and ends Nov. 8. 

When you go to vote, bring your identification. This ID does not have to include a photo.

This might seem silly, but you would be surprised at how many people do not know these dates or the pertinent information.


Monday, August 29, 2016

I hate to end the day on such a sad note, but when genius like this passes it deserves our attention. Gene Wilder 1933-2016.

Courtesy of Variety: 

Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83. 

His nephew said in a statement, “We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. 

He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world. He continued to enjoy art, music, and kissing with his leading lady of the last twenty-five years, Karen. He danced down a church aisle at a wedding as parent of the groom and ring bearer, held countless afternoon movie western marathons and delighted in the the company of beloved ones.”

He had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1989.

He had that impossible to tame mane of hair.

That is what I always used to notice about Gene Wilder in the movies.

 Of course that was only AFTER I noticed that he was a comedic genius. 

The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silver Streak, The Frisco Kid, Stir Crazy, that is not just a list of the films that Gene Wilder made, that is a list of some of the greatest comedies ever made.

As well as a list of some of my all time favorite movies. 

I remember that the hardest I EVER laughed in my life was in 1974 while watching Young Frankenstein with my best friend at the time. That movie was clearly created to make fourteen year old boys laugh until they peed their pants, and I watched some of it while sitting on the floor after falling out of my seat doubled over with laughter.

At that moment I became a Gene Wilder fan forever.

And then of course there was this.

I can't even count the number of times that I sat and watched Gene Wilder's performance as Willie Wonka with my little girl.

"Come with me 
and you'll be 
in a world 
of pure imagination.

Take a look
and you'll see 
into your imagination.

We'll begin 
with a spin 
traveling in
the world of my creation 

What we'll see
will defy


But sadly even magic cannot live forever.

But then again since his magic is preserved in these amazing movies, perhaps it can. 

Sarah Palin wants to throw 49ers quarterback out of the country for refusing to stand during national anthem. You know, because FREEDOM!

For those who have not been following this closely: 

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly immersed himself into controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States. 

His latest refusal to stand for the anthem -- he has done this in at least one other preseason game -- came before the 49ers' preseason loss to Green Bay at Levi's Stadium on Friday night. 

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

That of course caused all kinds of folks to freak out, especially those on the Right Wing, when it first happened several days ago.

However Sarah Palin, who as we know has recently been taking blows to the head, was a little late to jump on the ole bandwagon.

But here she comes to pile on as well: 

America - let's sack this ungrateful punk. Kaepernick - yeah, you're really "down with the oppressed" in this nation. Enjoying your $114 million contract, your previous adoring fans, sucking up a life of luxury... GOD AND COUNTRY GAVE YOU THIS OPPORTUNITY. You can't acknowledge that? Then on behalf of every Vet I'm privileged to know: GET THE HELL OUT. 

- Sarah Palin

Gee what a nice measured response, if you were SATAN!

It's almost as if Palin thinks that freedom only pertains to gun ownership and not freedom of expression.

Interestingly enough her new son-in-law provided a far more reasonable response: 

If that’s what he feels he wants to do with his fame and his platform, that’s his choice. 

But Colin Kaepernick needs to remember that a lot of men and women bled for that flag he refuses to stand for. 

A lot of those men and women were African-Americans who fought, bled, and died on behalf of that flag and those freedoms. 

That flag stands for freedom and has nothing to do with the issue he is trying to portray. But, if he feels this is something he has to do, he should rock on. Because that’s what freedom is all about.

Okay well Dakota got his little conservative dig in there about blood spilled for our freedoms, but in the end he still recognized Kapernick's right to exercise his first amendment protected free speech in that manner. 

And compared to Palin's rabid screed it sounds almost Gandhi-like.

I am actually beginning to wonder if she is not on the verge of yet another psychotic break.

Joe Scarborough gives Donald Trump a brutal nickname. And it's sticking.

So after that segment Twitter ran with it.

And yes there are many, many other quite imaginative tweets which can be found at #AmnestyDon.

I hate to give Scarborough too much credit, because you know I just don't like him, but giving Trump a nickname like this is pretty brilliant.

Especially since you know he will have to respond. 

Hillary Clinton's longtime personal assistant Huma Abedin is finally dumping her scumbag husband. Update!

Courtesy of Mother Jones:

In a statement to NBC, Huma Abedin announced she is planning to separate from her husband Anthony Weiner. 

Anthony Weiner appears to have deleted his Twitter account amid new allegations that the former New York congressman has been sending lewd messages to an unknown woman over the past 19 months, the New York Post reports. The report is the latest in a series of sexting scandals involving Weiner, including one that brought down his 2013 campaign to become the mayor of New York City. 

One of the photos allegedly sent by Weiner, the husband of Hillary Clinton's top aide Huma Abedin, includes their sleeping son.

So to the question of whether or not there are douchebags on the Left to match the douchebags on the Right, I give you exhibit A.
You know in full disclosure there was a time that I really liked Anthony Weiner but damn is he a POS!

And I really feel sorry for Huma.

Not only is the poor woman now under constant attack from the Right Wing, but she also has to put up with this shit.

And I shudder to imagine how the Right Wing and Donald Trump will use this to attack Hillary Clinton. Because you know they will.

Update: Well that didn't take long.

Courtesy of the New York Times 

But Ms. Abedin’s separation quickly became political fodder for Donald J. Trump, Mrs. Clinton’s Republican opponent. 

“Huma is making a very wise decision. I know Anthony Weiner well, and she will be far better off without him,” Mr. Trump said in a statement. 

“I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information,” he continued. “Who knows what he learned and who he told? It’s just another example of Hillary Clinton’s bad judgment. It is possible that our country and its security have been greatly compromised by this.”

And I imagine that is only the beginning. 

A number of Trump supporters like many of Hillary Clinton's gun control policy ideas.

Courtesy of Pew Research Center:  

For the past several years, large majorities of both Democrats and Republicans have favored making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks. 

Today, this proposal draws support from 90% of registered voters who back Hillary Clinton and 75% of voters who back Donald Trump.

The latest national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted August 9-16 among 2,010 adults, including 1,567 registered voters, also finds broad support among both candidates’ backers for other gun policy proposals, including barring people on federal watch lists from purchasing guns. 

Other proposals are much more divisive, however. For instance, about twice as many Clinton supporters as Trump backers favor a ban on assault-style weapons (74% vs. 34%) and the differences are about as large in views of a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips (75% vs. 34%).

So it appears that Hillary's strong gun control stance may not be a deal breaker for all conservatives.

By contrast I wonder how many Hillary supporters are supportive of Doanld Trump's policy ideas?

Is there a number lower than zero? 

Donald Trump visits a minority neighborhood. Totally not fake or anything.

Okay that was pretty brilliant.

This 90 yr old stood up, Obama told him he didn't have to stand. He said, "No Sir, you're the President."


Now that is how you show respect to your President.

I wonder if he could give lessons to the Republicans.