Friday, October 21, 2016

Sarah Palin tries to be clever, but you she's hampered by the fact that she's Sarah Palin, and then dives deep into the alt-right conspiracy pool.

Courtesy of the Trump Tramp's Facebook page:

Confession: I'm an Obama Admirer (Wait for it.)

It was nice to shake Obama's hand the other night and whisper a belated "thank you" for the courage and love of country he shows in this most important time. Our nation is at a crossroad; I wish we'd had more time to chat so I could further express appreciation (in the thankless position he's in!) for all his pro-America efforts at such a time as this. (Wait for it.)

Oh, sorry... not THAT Obama - this one - Barack's brother Malik who attended the Vegas debate in support of the anti-establishment, anti-#NeverTrump, independent, #AmericaFirstMovement candidate Donald Trump. (OMGD! That would be such a funny head fake if you were middle school kid being raised in a KKK household.) This pic shows Malik Obama and Dr. Ben Carson as we exited the debate's surreal hearing of the oft repeated, unrefuted, untruthful sound bites uttered on stage on behalf of the globalist agenda. 

Wednesday night, Malik and I and others had been stuck outside in the remnants of campaign motorcades so had to walk in late to the UNLV arena. ("Remnants of campaign motorcades" is code for "Had to get our own taxi because Trump refused to pay our way.) Finally taking my seat - front row center, literally on the 50-yard line - we missed opening remarks. Didn't miss anything in the way of media predictability, though, as it was a given we couldn't rely one iota on the referees (the media) to level the playing field in coverage of this final debate. (I will spare you  the link from Breitbart here.)

Friends, rest assured we can survive the crazy deception in this campaign, the question is - can America survive those who suppprt (sic)the deception?  (Yeah I too am pretty confident that we can survive the deception from the Trump campaign and all of his trolls.And yes I think America will survive as well. As for the Republican party, well let's just say the jury is still out on that one.)

(At this point Palin shares one of those despicable fact free alt-right videos attacking the Clintons. Just to prove that she is quite happy wallowing in the mud with Alex Jones and Stephen Bannon. Which is exactly where she needs to be if she his aiming for her own time slot on Trump TV.)

Stay strong America! Its an exciting and empowering time - a whole new ballgame where we no longer rely on blinded referees but instead we level the field ourselves. (Wait, since when are blind referees leveling the ball fields? Don't they have a ground crew for that?) Do your own homework; demand campaign accountability; teach your kids that truth still matters; stiffen your spine, take action and keep the faith!  ( I agree with everything except that last statement. But why do I feel we are talking about two entirely different "ballgames" here?)

 Truth prevails. It's time to dance upon injustice! (WTF? Methamphetamine is a dangerous drug boys and girls.)

- Sarah Palin

Good lord. It's like she dredged the alt-right swamps for material and just plopped it on Facebook in the hopes that the smell would attract the attention of Donald Trump and his Hillary hating white nationalist buddies.

But if Palin wants to get invited into that testosterone drenched boy's club she might have to up her game a little.

For instance watch how Alex Jones, the man who seems to provide Donald Trump with his never ending string of conspiracy theories, responded to the debate on Wednesday.

Yeah maybe if she ate more piles of raw meat and washed it down with several more pots of coffee she could then reach that level of cardiac attack inducing unfettered rage.

Not that I don't think she has it in her, she does.

Damn he actually did it. Donald Trump goes after Michelle Obama. Update!

Courtesy of Heavy:

After taking a tongue-lashing from First Lady Michelle Obama in a speech she delivered in Phoenix, Arizona, Thursday, Donald Trump lashed back at FLOTUS during a rally at Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher, North Carolina, the following day.

In other remarks at the rally, Trump referred to President Barack Obama as a “baby,” a putdown which may have been provoked by the president’s command to Trump earlier in the week to “stop whining,” in reference to Trump’s claims that the 2016 Presidential election will be “rigged” against him.

I swear this moron will not be happy until there is not a single woman in the country who will cast a vote for him.

By the way those allegations of friction between Hillary and Michelle are the result of anti-Clinton books and gossip papers.

And perhaps Trump missed (You know with his head shoved so far up ass and everything.) but Michelle has been killing it as a surrogate for Hillary Clinton and was the one behind this quote:

Making her campaign trail debut for Hillary Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama ripped into Donald Trump without directly naming him while also laying out her case for supporting Hillary Clinton as “one of the most qualified people who had ever endeavored to become president." 

 “No one in our lifetime has ever had as much experience and exposure to the presidency. Not Barack, not Bill, as he would say, nobody, and yes, she happens to be a woman,” the first lady said to a roaring applause at an event in Fairfax, Va. 

 “So, we can not afford squander this opportunity, particularly given the alternative. Because here is what we know: That being president isn't anything like reality TV. It is not about sending insulting tweets or making fiery speeches,” she continued.

Oh yeah, you cannot almost feel the animosity can't you?

I think that Trump has about as good of a chance of driving a wedge between these two women as Melania has of driving one between him and his first born daughter.

Update: Politifact by the way rates Trump's accusation as false.

Hillary Clinton is the most sexually harassed woman in the country.

Courtesy of HuffPo: 

No woman has experienced sexual harassment en masse like Hillary Clinton during this presidential campaign. There’s no reason to think it will stop if she wins. 

It’s not just Donald Trump. Clinton haters broadcast their harassment on T-shirts, buttons, car bumpers. There are even billboards and dolls. She’s regularly called a bitch and a cunt. Told to smile more. To smile less. Her looks are constantly rated and found lacking. 

Clinton’s run for the presidency has unleashed a deep unease many people, men and women, feel about powerful women. Swirl that discomfort with the brazen misogyny of her opponent and his supporters, then top it off with decades of Hillary hate fueled by various conservative politicians and conspiracy theorists and the result is, well: Trump that Bitch.
You know we tend to think of Hillary Clinton as this incredible resilient and tough minded person who has been dealing with these attacks for the majority of her life and has grown a skin thick enough to protect her against anything.

But can anybody really become tough enough not to feel anything in response to these incredibly disgusting comments?

I would like think of myself as a hard ass, but I have to admit that if I had to face what Hillary faces on a daily basis I am not sure I could get myself out of bed some mornings.

We think that she is the toughest woman on the planet, but we forget that she was once somebody's little girl, is now somebody's mother, and also somebody's grandmother, and that underneath it all she is just a woman trying to plant her feet in a place always reserved for only men, and that for that reason alone she is facing a never ending barrage of hate that no woman, no man, no person, should ever have to face.

No we should not only support Hillary Clinton simply because she will be the first woman President.

But neither should she be vilified simply BECAUSE she will be the first woman President.

Booed by a roomful of priests. Donald Trump makes history at the Al Smith Dinner.

You can see the moment that Trump loses the room.

It is at the 12:36 mark where Trump "jokes" that Clinton is so corrupt that she was kicked off the Watergate Commission. And then he just keeps on digging himself into an every deepening hole.

And when he accused Hillary of hating Catholics I thought we might actually see a church sanctioned lynching.

I have no idea what Trump was thinking, but if he was thinking that he wanted to lose the Catholic vote, he might have made a little progress in that area.

Here was how ABC News reported on the event:

The dinner in New York, to benefit charity, is supposed to be a light-hearted roast where the presidential candidates take jabs at themselves and each other, but the event came just a day after the particularly nasty third presidential debate. 

During the debate, the candidates didn't shake hands or acknowledge each other before or after the forum. 

Trump, who spoke first, tried at first to keep things light-hearted, but quickly turned to harsh criticism about Clinton, who he described as “corrupt.” His remarks drew boos from the crowd, unprecedented for the event in the memories of observers. 

“Hillary believes it's vital to deceive the people by having one public policy. And a totally different policy in private. That's okay,” he said, to boos from the crowd. “I don't know who they're angry at, Hillary, you or I? For example, here she is tonight in public, pretending not to hate Catholics.”

My understanding is that the candidates hire their own joke writers to help them with their speeches, however it appears that Trump's joke writers are the same trolls who send those emails of Michelle Obama as a chimp, and Hillary Clinton being burned as a witch.

I heard repeatedly on cable news that this is the FIRST time in the history of this Al Smith dinner than anybody has ever been booed. And remember this was a room full of priests!

So I think it is only fair to also post Hillary's remarks.

As you will see her joke writers actually had some talent, and her delivery was a little more in keeping with the mood of the event. See? There were still a few barbed remarks, and jokes at Trump's expense, but in no way did Hillary overstep any boundaries or lose the crowd.

And besides that some of her jokes were actually funny.

I almost think this dinner served as a microcosm of the two campaigns.

There's Hillary, disciplined, prepared, and self deprecating.

And then there's Trump, angry, humorless, and nasty to his core.

P.S. Oh there was at least one person who was more upset by Hillary's remarks than Trump's.

Courtesy of HuffPo:

During her spiel, Clinton gave a shout-out to the “wonderful elected officials” in the room. “The honorable Chuck Schumer. The honorable Andrew Cuomo. The honorable Mike Bloomberg.” 

“And, we have Rudy Giuliani,” she said to laughs. 

The camera panned to his face in the crowd. There was nothing even resembling a smile going on there. It was just a scowl and a pair of lopsided glasses hanging on his nose. 

Okay now THAT'S funny!

The Moral Majority is dead.

Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority.
Courtesy of New York Magazine: 

A belief in the connection between personal morality and fitness for office used to be a bedrock of Republican politics. It undergirded the crusade to impeach Bill Clinton, and also supplied the primary theme for George W. Bush’s presidential campaign, which promised to restore “honor and dignity” to the presidency. Five years ago, white evangelical Protestants were the most heavily Republican voting bloc in the country, and also its most moralistic. Only 30 percent of them believed that “an elected official can behave ethically even if they have committed transgressions in their personal life.” 

But Donald Trump has changed all that. Today, white evangelical Protestants are the least moralistic cohort of voters. According to a new PRRI/Brookings survey, a full 72 percent of them now believe elected officials can behave ethically even if they have committed transgressions in their personal lives.

This is how the article ends:

Trump has cured what used to be called “the Moral Majority” of its moralism.

So the national Republican party is in tatters, Alaska might vote blue for the first time in forty years, and there is no longer any "moral majority" powerhouse voting block inflicting unqualified candidates on the American people?

What did I do right to deserve so many wonderful gifts?

And do I really owe all of this good fortune to Donald Trump?

Boy am I one confused Liberal.

Michelle Obama, Donald Trump's worst nightmare, explains why Arizona needs to help make Hillary Clinton the President of the United States.

Courtesy of Mediaite:  

Michelle Obama stumped for Hillary Clinton in Arizona today and went after Donald Trump in possibly much harsher terms than she did last time. 

Obama called out Trump for constantly playing into an “us versus them” mentality where he can easily “dehumanize them… because you don’t know them, you can’t even see them.”

“He demeans and humiliates women as if we’re objects meant solely for pleasure and entertainment rather than human beings worthy of love and respect.”

I swear that NOBODY, not even the President, hits Trump harder and more effectively than FLOTUS.

She knows exactly where his weak spots are and seems to see it as her special purpose to drop him to his knees.

And if you notice, he does not dare to hit back.

That may be one of the only smart decisions he has made in this election cycle.

On another note, I used to kind of scoff at the idea of a Senator Michelle Obama, mostly because I heard that she was uninterested in a career in politics.

But these days while seeing her speak, and while seeing her passion for this country, I cannot help but think that it would be America's loss to never have Michelle Obama in the Senate.

Or perhaps back in the White House?

Morning toons.

Boy that last one is a bulls-eye don't you think?

I actually think that being a female who supports Donald Trump should be added to the DSM-5 as an identified mental illness.

(H/T to Democratic Underground.)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The day after Donald Trump called all of his accusers liars, a tenth woman comes forward to say that he sexually assaulted her as well.

Courtesy of the New York Times:  

The day after Donald J. Trump said accusations of inappropriate sexual contact with nine women were “totally false,” a new accuser came forward on Thursday and described an encounter in which she said Mr. Trump grabbed her arm and fondled her breast. 

Karena Virginia, a yoga instructor and life coach from the New York region, said she was 27 at the time and was waiting for a car to take her home outside the United States Open tennis tournament in 1998. 

She overheard Mr. Trump, who she said she had never met, speaking to a group of men about her legs. 

Mr. Trump approached and grabbed her right arm, Ms. Virginia said. “Then his hand touched the right inside of my breast,” she added. She flinched, she recalled. Mr. Trump said, “Don’t you know who I am?” 

After her car pulled up, “my shock turned to shame,” Ms. Virginia said. “I felt ashamed that I was wearing a short dress and heels.”

“Mr. Trump, perhaps you do not remember me or what you did to me so many years ago. But I can assure you that I remember you and what you did to me as though it was yesterday. Your random moment of sexual pleasure came at my expense and affected me greatly.” 


And Gloria Allred has claimed that there are many more women like this currently waiting in the wings.

You know I think that Trump needs to stop worrying about this election so much and start worrying more about ending up sharing a cell with Bill Cosby.

So now President Obama is openly trolling Donald Trump on Twitter.

Now THAT'S a burn.

But not as bad as this one suggesting that Trump has a bromance" with Vladimir Putin.
Okay now that is DEFINITELY going to get an angry tweet from the Donald at some point today.

I have to imagine that the President is having the time of his life watching Hillary crush his nemesis in such a decisive manner.

For the first time in its history the Alaska Federation of Natives has endorsed a presidential candidate. And it's Hillary Clinton.

Hey Alaska!
Courtesy of KTUU: 

For the first time since its formation in 1966, the Alaska Federation of Natives has officially endorsed a U.S. presidential candidate. 

As the organization gears up for its annual convention in Fairbanks, AFN announced on Wednesday morning that the Board had adopted a resolution endorsing Hillary Clinton for president. 

In a press release explaining the decision, AFN said that Clinton’s priorities closely reflected those of native Alaskan communities, so much so that the board was “compelled to break tradition.” 

“AFN and many of our members have long held policies of non-endorsement when it comes to presidential elections, and some Board members abstained because they needed further internal discussions with their groups,” AFN said in the statement. “Overall the AFN Board voted decisively to endorse Hillary Clinton as the best choice for President of the United States.

Holy crap my heart is beating so hard in my chest that I can barely hear myself think.

Now of course this in no way means that ALL native Alaskans will vote for Hillary, nor that the state is about to go blue, but it IS a very big deal.

The native vote is how Lisa Murkowski managed to win the Senate as a write in candidate back in 2010, and they are a voting block with some real influence.

Just let me forewarn you that if Alaska ends up voting for the Democrat for the first time in over 40 years I am going to be impossible to live with.

I will be running around my house screaming, and every post on here for the first day will be some version of "How do you like me now?"

And of course I will also feel compelled to reach out and thank Sarah Palin for helping to destroy the Republican party and turn my state blue for the first time since 1964.

I'm thinking flowers and a nice card. 

Yes, I would be THAT excited.

Hopeful future TV talking head Sarah Palin provides her audition tape for Trump TV.

On Facebook Sarah "Back to you Jim" Palin expanded on this brief response: 

It was great to witness UNLV's Presidential debate tonight. Great running in to many friends! ("Friends?")

Trump ran the table and clearly explained his vision for making America safe and strong again. What a gamble it would be to vote for status quo failed government... more of the same of what dug us into the mess we're in today. (That "mess" would be the result of Republican leadership, NOT the Obama administration. For all you history buffs.)

Thank you to superb law enforcement personnel for keeping everyone safe tonight. Incredible job; incredibly tough task they accomplish - with a smile, no less! 

Seems silly media sheep are all chomping down on one issue after this debate, at least according to all the reporters who hollered out this same question to me: "What about Trump not accepting the election results?” 

More power to Trump for explaining how vitally important the legitimacy of every election is to our democracy within our Republic. (Gee what a surprise that she sees no problem with questioning the legitimacy of a national election. After all she is still convinced that she and John McCain won back in 2008. Not kidding!)

What reasonable person would preemptively accept any and all hypothetical questions and conditions of any hypothetical election? Trump's answer was RIGHT. (Hang on I think you got a little batshit on your keyboard there Sarah.)

Every American's sacred vote MUST be respected and legitimized in today's elections - but they must be FAIR elections. We're in the midst of proof of voter fraud and questionable - even violent - participatory elements in campaigns. That's why state legislators are now cracking down on voter fraud via tighter laws ensuring the security of our elections. (Well we know where SHE'S been getting her "news.")

When Trump is pressed on this, it harkens back to all the GOP primary candidates who screamed at Trump to support the Republican nominee - no matter what - and Trump initially responded that he could, depending on fair treatment. That is WISE and INSIGHTFUL! (Or as sane people refer to it Irresponsible and Arrogant.)

Trump got screwed in that deal when he eventually pledged to support the nominee and then some of his fellow candidates turned tail and refused to reciprocate when Trump won. 

Trump learned - why give opponents permission and incentive to act unfairly and cheat? It's shortsighted to commit to accepting the outcome of a race REGARDLESS of unscrupulous cheaters. How totally unfair that would be to the American voter! (So far down the rabbit hole here.)

Trump gave potential cheaters fair warning that we'll not give them any quarter. We'll hold them accountable. They'd better be on their toes. Cheaters will not win. (WE'LL hold them accountable?)

Of course Trump will accept the legitimate outcome of a legitimate election! What the heck is so hard to understand about that?(Well I guess it would be easier to understand if THAT WERE ACTUALLY WHAT TRUMP SAID!)

- Sarah Palin

If you will allow me I will give you the benefit of my years of digesting Palin word salad and provide a complete translation.

"Oh god, please give me a job Donnie! Clearly I have no journalistic ethics and will echo whatever talking points are put in front of me, all of them and any of them. I have a bunch of poorly educated, substance addicted losers at home to house and feed, and my damn SarahPAC funds are not even enough to book passage on float plane for a trip across Lake Lucille. Please Donald I will do anything, even all of the things that Melania now refuses to do!"

I think that pretty much sums it up.

Oh wait, you think I am exaggerating the idea that Trump is preparing to launch his media empire and still think he is actually running for President?

Well take a look at this: 

In the minutes before the third and final presidential debate, Donald Trump went live on Facebook in what may have been the inaugural broadcast of a forthcoming Trump News Network. 

A little after 8:30 p.m., Trump’s official Facebook page posted the link to the live video, offering up an alternative to the mainstream broadcast. The message: “If you’re tired of biased, mainstream media reporting (otherwise known as Crooked Hillary’s super PAC), tune into my Facebook Live broadcast. Starts at 8:30 EST/5:30 PST — you won’t want to miss it. Enjoy!” 

The broadcast quickly ballooned to around 200,000 concurrent viewers but quickly fell off to around 120,000. As of the middle of the debate, the feed was holding steady at around 170,000, trailing only the ABC News debate feed on the platform. The livestream featured punditry from retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn and former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, and in place of commercials, the feed was interspersed with pro-Trump ads and a special message from Ivanka Trump. 

Looking more like public access than a glitzy cable news offering, the broadcast moved slowly between guests with at least one or two hot-mic off moments where the hosts discussed where the next segment was headed. There were also hints of some surprise programming after the debate ends.

As you might imagine during this beta version of Trump TV all of the pro-Trump coverage was glowing and according to EVERYBODY who appeared on the feed Trump wiped the floor with Hillary in the debate.

In other words the only prerequisite for participation was to be a complete Trump sycophant  unencumbered with concern for facts or ethical reporting.

In other words Sarah Palin's dream job.

So yes, there is very likely going to be a new alt-right media outlet, and yes clearly Sarah Palin wants to get in on the ground floor.

Your frustrated GOP strategist quote of the day.

Courtesy of Roll Call: 

“If Donald Trump was purposefully working to build a Democratic majority, he couldn’t be doing a better job,” said one GOP strategist working on Senate races, who was requested anonymity to speak candidly about the race. “A campaign so incompetent and a candidate so undisciplined — they’re on the verge of handing Hillary the White House and the Senate.“

I once considered the idea that perhaps Donald Trump was a super secret  double agent, and was simply playing the Republicans for fools.

But now I realize that he really is a lunatic, and that the Republicans were too weak and ineffectual to keep him from taking over their party.

At this point I am not at all sure how they even survive as a national political party.

The Brady campaign has a rather tongue in cheek remedy for keeping guns out of the hands of toddlers. Deport them.

Courtesy of the Washington Post:

There are numerous proposals floating around Congress for reducing America’s gun violence epidemic, including: 

Shutting down online gun sales. 

Strengthening background checks. 

And banning people on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms. 

But in its latest PSA, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has introduced a solution for ending gun-related deaths that you’ve probably never considered: 

Cracking down on America’s toddlers. 

“Americans are shot by toddlers at least once a week,” the one-minute video notes. We need to lock them up. Not the guns — that’s just un-American. Round them up. Deport them. Get them out of our country. And keep them away from guns.”

As much as I want to applaud the Brady Campaign's inventiveness, I have to admit that I am still a little freaked out by seeing all of those kids holding guns.

But perhaps that's what we need, a little more freaking out about this.

Then perhaps somebody will start to care enough to do something to protect our kids from the amendment supposedly designed to keep us safe.

Because it's not.

This is how you get out the vote. For the OTHER guy.

I don't think that Paul Ryan clearly understands the Bernie Sanders phenomenon.

If he thinks that arguing for conservative voter turnout by pointing out that Sanders might end up in charge of the Senate Budget Committee is going to be more effective for his side than for the Democrats, he must have been in a coma during the Democratic primary.

I can guarantee that every Bernie supporter who has been depressed about Hillary winning the nomination, and unsure if they would even bother to vote, will be given renewed purpose after seeing this.

And if the idea of Hillary Clinton in the White House, and Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Al Franken as part of the majority in the Senate does not fire you up to vote, well then you do not recognize victory when you see it.