Sunday, September 25, 2016

Angry that one of his critics will show up to debate, Donald Trump threatens to bring Gennifer Flowers.

This of course is in response to news that actual billionaire, and Trump critic, Mark Cuban will be showing up to the debate tomorrow night.

Courtesy of People: 

The famous entrepreneur who has taken up the cause of taking down Donald Trump revealed in a tweet on Friday that he'll be sitting front and center when the two nominees face off for the first time. 

"Just got a front row seat to watch @HillaryClinton overwhelm @realDonaldTrump at the 'Humbling at Hofstra' on Monday," Cuban tweeted. "It Is On !" 

Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star, was invited by the Clinton campaign to sit in the front row, a Clinton aide confirmed to CNN. "He has the best seat we have access to," the aide said, adding, "He has proven to be singularly effective in making the case against Trump and for Clinton. That is why we invited him." 

This was clearly designed to get under Trump's skin, and guess what, it did.

So Hillary and the Democrats have demonstrated once again how easy it is to get Donald Trump flustered and cause him to do something impulsive and immature.

As for Gennifer Flowers, she's all for it.
However if Donald Trump seriously thinks this will rattle Hillary Clinton, he simply does not know Hillary Clinton.

P.S. By the way according to Mike Pence Flowers will NOT be at the debate. 

You know I usually think that the FBI in Alaska is a little more competent than our police force in Anchorage. May have to rethink that.

Courtesy of the YouTube site: 

This is the FBI Alaska field office SWAT team responding to a domestic disturbance call where the suspect was armed. I know everyone can be a critic after the fact but this is definitely something comedic.

I like how they just leave their weapons leaning on the neighbors garage door while they attempt to enter a home in which they believe an armed  suspect is waiting for them.

I don't know where those folks bought their door, but I need to get me one of those bad boys.

Hillary is really killing it with these ads.

I have to admit that I am really looking forward to the debate tomorrow night.

I think Clinton has prepared an arsenal of information about Trump that his shit spewing will be unable to deflect or dilute.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sarah Palin takes to Facebook to celebrate a white motorist brandishing a gun at African American protesters and getting to drive away scott free.

Palin's response to this on her Facebook page was the following:

They're not protestors, they're rioters... and this changed some things!

Well at least she didn't call them "thugs."

Palin then links to her favorite new right wing outlet, that Independent Journal rag, where they essentially applaud this man's "courage" in standing up to the "rioters" and landing a blow for white people everywhere.

Now what I see in the video is the guy trying to clear a path through the crowd by brandishing his gun, and the crowd responds by closing in on him, with one woman saying "Don't you do it sir, don't do it."

Before things get out of control, which they were clearly about to do, a police officer on a bike rides up and talks the man.

We do not actually see the car drive off, however according to The Daily Mail it did: 

A white man brandishing a gun was filmed driving slowly through a crowd of demonstrators as violence erupted in Charlotte on Wednesday night. 

A video of the alarming moment was posted on social media by writer Heather Head in the midst of the chaos. 

'White dude drives into crowd of peaceful protesters, draws gun, allowed to drive away alive. With my own eyes. #CharlotteProtest,' she wrote alongside the shocking clip. 

The man was surrounded by protesters who were marching against the deadly shooting of black man Keith Lamont Scott by a cop on Tuesday afternoon. 

Also according to the Daily Mail North Carolina law states the following: 

'You may not carry a weapon at a parade, funeral procession, picket line, or other demonstration, except for guns carried on a rack in a pickup truck. 

That means that there is virtually NO doubt that if that man had been a black man he would have been pulled from the car and arrested.

However since he is a white dude the fact that he can brandish a weapon to scare off African American protesters and then drive away is worthy of celebration by the likes of Sarah Palin.

And remember this was a protest over the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, because the police claim he was armed and did not drop his weapon.

So yeah, I think I get the message here.

Billionaire tech superstar revealed to be Trump supporting "shitposter."

Courtesy of the Daily Beast: 

A Silicon Valley titan is putting money behind an unofficial Donald Trump group dedicated to “shitposting” and circulating internet memes maligning Hillary Clinton. 

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey financially backed a pro-Trump political organization called Nimble America, a self-described “social welfare 501(c)4 non-profit” in support of the Republican nominee. 

Luckey sold his virtual reality company Oculus to Facebook for $2 billion in 2014, and Forbes estimates his current net worth to be $700 million. The 24-year-old told The Daily Beast that he had used the pseudonym “NimbleRichMan” on Reddit with a password given to him by the organization’s founders. 

Nimble America says it’s dedicated to proving that “shitposting is powerful and meme magic is real,” according to the company’s introductory statement, and has taken credit for a billboard its founders say was posted outside of Pittsburgh with a cartoonishly large image of Clinton’s face alongside the words “Too Big to Jail.”

So I have a confession to make. I don't only think about politics 24 hours a day.

And one of the things that really attracts my attention outside of the world of politics, are new technologies.

And virtual reality has been extremely interesting to me.

Because of that interest I have been following Palmer Luckey and his work on the Oculus Rift for years now.

And now those two interests are colliding in a very uncomfortable manner.

Courtesy of the Guardian: 

“We know Hillary Clinton is corrupt, a warmonger, a freedom-stripper. Not the good kind you see dancing in bikinis on Independence Day, the bad kind that strips freedom from citizens and grants it to donors,” Luckey wrote on a Reddit thread introducing his initiative, using the pseudonym NimbleRichMan. 

Luckey’s support for Trump may be unusual in a tech industry that has a tendency to support Democrats, but it is his embrace of the dark side of Trump’s internet army that is so alarming. We may be used to the incredibly wealthy supporting pro-business politicians by writing checks to the Republican party, but the full-on embrace of “shitposting” and the bigoted online harassment that so often comes with it is something else entirely. 

Shitposting is not intended to add to an online discussion but to shut it down with, well, shit. It is the opposite of the ideals of good faith, open discussion made possible by the internet.

So yeah it's not just that Luckey supports a highly divisive candidate, who attracts support from some of the most hate filled people in the country, but that he also financially supports, and participates in shitposting, which is essentially the kind of uber trolling that most of us here have seen frequently.

And it is made worse by the fact that Luckey at first tried to minimize his participation in the group by going on Facebook and saying this:  

I am deeply sorry that my actions are negatively impacting the perception of Oculus and its partners.The recent news stories about me do not accurately represent my views. 

Here’s more background: I contributed $10,000 to Nimble America because I thought the organization had fresh ideas on how to communicate with young voters through the use of several billboards. 

I am a libertarian who has publicly supported Ron Paul and Gary Johnson in the past, and I plan on voting for Gary in this election as well. I am committed to the principles of fair play and equal treatment. I did not write the "NimbleRichMan" posts, nor did I delete the account. Reports that I am a founder or employee of Nimble America are false. I don’t have any plans to donate beyond what I have already given to Nimble America. 

Still, my actions were my own and do not represent Oculus. I’m sorry for the impact my actions are having on the community.

Unfortunately for Luckey one of the Daily Beast reporters tweeted this e-mail exchange where Lucky admits that he is "NimbleRichMan" and that he did indeed write those posts on Reddit.
Ouch, that means Luckey has just been caught lying to his many, many supporters.

And that is not good because Luckey is the cherubic face of one of the hottest pieces of technology to come along in a decade or more, and there are literally billions and billions on the line.

What's more there are many competitors on the horizon, including Sony, who are more than likely going to take advantage of this news to pull consumers away from the Oculus Rift, which could cost investors, including Facebook,  hundreds of millions of dollars in the long run.

If that happens this could be yet another case of an association with Donald Trump negatively impacting a company, and literally destroying a young man's career.

Though to be honest it is a little hard to feel too much sympathy for a guy in his twenties who made 2 billion on a device that he started building in his garage.

"The Boss" weighs in on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Courtesy of Twitter
Courtesy of Rolling Stone:

Rolling Stone: What do you make of the Trump phenomenon? 

Bruce Springsteen: Well, you know, the republic is under siege by a moron, basically. The whole thing is tragic. Without overstating it, it's a tragedy for our democracy. When you start talking about elections being rigged, you're pushing people beyond democratic governance. And it's a very, very dangerous thing to do. Once you let those genies out of the bottle, they don't go back in so easy, if they go back in at all. The ideas he's moving to the mainstream are all very dangerous ideas – white nationalism and the alt-right movement. The outrageous things that he's done – not immediately disavowing David Duke? These are things that are obviously beyond the pale for any previous political candidate. It would sink your candidacy immediately.

The interviewer noted that while Springsteen clearly dislikes Trump that he has not exactly come out strongly in favor of Hillary either. Springsteen answered that partially by suggesting that he does not think he has been approached by her campaign, but then he answered a follow up question with a little more certainty.

Rolling Stone: Is there a lack of enthusiasm for Hillary on your own part? 

Springsteen: No. I like Hillary. I think she would be a very, very good president.

You know that right now super Springsteen fan Chris Christie is thinking "Oh God, I've made such a terrible mistake."

Yes I know that the opinions of celebrities are not supposed to matter, but I also know that they most certainly do.

Top Democrats finally proclaim publicly that the Russian government is trying to sway this election. No, really?

Courtesy of Politico:  

The top Democrats on the House and Senate Intelligence panels said Thursday that they are convinced, based on briefings, that senior Russian officials are trying to sway or disrupt the U.S. elections. 

"Based on briefings we have received, we have concluded that the Russian intelligence agencies are making a serious and concerted effort to influence the U.S. election," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff in a joint statement. 

"At the least, this effort is intended to sow doubt about the security of our election and may well be intended to influence the outcomes of the election - we can see no other rationale for the behavior of the Russians," they added. 

The pair placed the blame at the highest levels of Russia's government. 

"We believe that orders for the Russian intelligence agencies to conduct such actions could come only from very senior levels of the Russian government," they said. 

This does not exactly come as news to those of us paying attention to all of these hacks, and the fact that they seem focused mostly on the Democrats and opponents of Donald Trump.

Speaking of Trump, it appears that one of his advisors is under investigation for his dealings with Russia:

One of Donald Trump's foreign policy advisors is being probed by U.S. intelligence officials to determine whether he has had private discussions with senior Russian officials, Yahoo News reported, citing sources. In particular, members of the intelligence community are concerned that Carter Page has spoken with the Kremlin about the possibility of lifting economic sanctions on Russia, sources told Yahoo.

The former Soviet Union working to help a Republican win a presidential election. I wonder if you can die from an irony overload? 

Taxpayers are actually paying Donald Trump for the privilege of providing him with Secret Service protection.

How do ya like me now?
Courtesy of Politico:  

Donald Trump's campaign isn't alone in patronizing his own businesses: taxpayers are indirectly doing so, too. 

Federal Election Commission records show that the U.S. Secret Service has paid the Trump campaign about $1.6 million to cover the cost of flying its agents with the candidate on a plane owned and operated by one of his companies. 

It’s standard practice for the agency — which is tasked with protecting presidential candidates as well as presidents and other federal officials — to reimburse presidential campaigns for the cost of traveling with the candidates. 

In fact, the Secret Service has reimbursed the Clinton campaign, too: $2.6 million so far this cycle. 

The difference with Trump is that one of his companies, TAG Air, Inc., owns the plane, so the government is effectively paying him. 

There is also this.
It's just a giant scam.

The whole fucking thing is just a way for Trump to line his pockets and increase his name recognition around the world.

You know I am considering the idea of just staying inside my house all day in order to resist the urge to slap every Republican I see upside their fat fucking heads.

They're bringing the movie "Idiocracy" back to theaters because, well because we are essentially living it right now.

Above is the first scene from the 2006 movie "Idiocracy." And that Clevon family, well that is the perfect representation of today's Donald Trump supporters.

Here is more from the AV Club: 

When Idiocracy was released in 2006, it didn’t make much of an impact upon the world. In fact, most people didn’t even know it existed. 20th Century Fox had a contractual obligation to release Mike Judge’s follow-up to Office Space, but they pretty much just tucked it away. After being sat on for more than a year, it initially opened in just seven cities, and with practically zero publicity—not even so much as a trailer. Now, just one decade later, Idiocracy is practically a household term, which is as much a testament to the film’s enduring satirical genius as it is to the country’s terrifying free-fall which includes, among other things, a not-totally-impossible Trump presidency. 

And since it’s hard to shiver in fear while you’re laughing, the Alamo Drafthouse And Art House Convergence Theaters have decided to screen the film for one night only this coming October 4. Alamo explained the decision in a press release: 

"Ten years ago, satirist Mike Judge told of an impossible future in which our collective intelligence had dropped so low it threatened to destroy the world. In this future, America was run by a corrupt, sociopathic former pro-wrestler with severe anger management issues, and the most popular entertainment in the land was a YouTube-esque video playlist called “Ow My Balls.” 

Flash forward to today. We are approaching the end of the most bizarre, absurdist presidential race in U.S. history. Over the past months, thousands have questioned in social media whether Idiocracy was actually a documentary. Mike Judge’s sadly prescient film has transcended its cult classic status to become a vibrant and essential facet of this election conversation."

We are where we are because while the smartest Americans have been thinking things through and carefully planning their lives and the lives of their children, the Clevons of the country have been  running around breeding like rabbits and doing the bare minimum to educate themselves or make any kind of contribution to the planet.

All of course with the full support of the Republican party whose life blood is the uneducated, hyper religious, non-critical thinking voters of America. 

And if you think that this Clevon family seems familiar well you are probably thinking of their real world doppelgangers.

Yeah, scary isn't it?

So who is it that wants to take our guns away again?

Hillary Clinton just wants to increase background checks and allow folks to sue gun manufacturers for faulty products.

Trump wants to allow cops to stop you on the street for no reason and take your guns away even if you are not suspected of a crime.

I patiently await the NRA's outrage over this.

Yep, still waiting.