Friday, September 30, 2016

Only a handful of people on the planet could make President Obama wait for them. Apparently Bill Clinton is one of them.

Courtesy of New York Magazine:  

After attending the funeral of Shimon Peres in Israel on Friday, Barack Obama boarded Air Force One to head back to the States. Only problem was he had to wait for former president Bill Clinton, who took his damn time in boarding the flight.

Somehow I have the feeling that if Bill pulls that shit with the NEXT President of the United States he will find himself standing on the tarmac trying to flag down passing planes looking for a lift home. 

Alicia Machado responds to Donald Trump's Tweet storm last night.

"El candidato republicano y su equipo de campaña nuevamente están generando ataques, insultos e intentando revivir difamaciones y falsas acusaciones sobre mi vida. Todo eso con la finalidad de intimidarme, humillarme y desequilibrarme una vez más. Los ataques que han surgido son calumnias y mentiras baratas generadas con malas intenciones, que no tienen fundamento que han sido difundidas por medios amarillistas. Ésta, por supuesto, no es la primera vez que enfrento una situación así. Por medio de su campaña de odio, el candidato republicano insiste en desacreditar y desmoralizar a una mujer, lo que definitivamente es una de sus características más aterradoras. Con esto, busca distraer la atención de sus reales problemas y de su incapacidad para pretender ser el líder de este gran país. Cuando era apenas una jovencita, el ahora candidato, me humilló, me insultó, me irrespetó públicamente, como lo hacía usualmente de forma privada de la forma más cruel. Así como esto me pasó a mí, es claro a través de los años, que sus acciones y conductas se han repetido con otras mujeres durante décadas. Por lo tanto, seguiré de pie, compartiendo mi historia, mi apoyo absoluto a la señora Clinton en nombre de las mujeres, de mis hermanas, tías, abuelas, primas, amigas y la comunidad femenina. A mis latinas y en general, quiero agradecerles todo el apoyo, el amor y el respeto, a mi carrera, a mi persona como ser humano y a mi familia. Yo me hice ciudadana de este gran país porque aquí nació mi hija y porque quería ejercer todos mis derechos, entre ellos votar. Continuaré de pie, firme en mi experiencia vivida como Miss Universo y ustedes conmigo apoyándome. He estado tan complacida por tantas palabras amables, por tanto amor. Yo estoy centrándome en mi ocupada carrera, en mi labor de madre y voy a seguir dando pasos positivos para la comunidad latina, seguiré como activista en pro de los derechos de la mujer y el respeto que nos merecemos. Aprecio todo su amor y todo su apoyo nuevamente, gracias". Miles de bendiciones.

A photo posted by Alicia Machado (@machadooficial) on

I don't speak Spanish either so here it is in English:

“The Republican candidate and his campaign team are again generating attacks, insults and trying to revive slanders and false accusations about my life. All this in order to intimidate, humiliate me and throw me off balance again. The attacks that have emerged are slander and lies cheap generated with bad intentions, which have no foundation that have been spread by sensationalist media. This, of course, is not the first time that I faced such a situation. Through their hate campaign, the Republican candidate insists discredit and demoralize a woman, which is definitely one of the most terrifying features. With this, they are seeking to distract attention from their real problems and [Trump’s] inability to pretend to be the leader of this great country. When I was a young girl, the now candidate humiliated, insulted me, disrespected me publicly, as he usually did privately in the cruelest way. As this happened to me, it is clear over the years that their actions and behavior have been repeated with other women for decades. Therefore, I will keep standing, sharing my story. I absolutely support Mrs. Clinton on behalf of women, my sisters, aunts, grandmothers, cousins, friends and female community. My Latin and in general, I want to thank all the support, love and respect, my career, my person as a human being and my family. I became a citizen of this great country because my daughter was born here and because I wanted to exercise my rights, including voting. I will continue standing firm in my lived experience as Miss Universe and you with me supporting me. I’ve been so pleased with many kind words, for so much love. I’m focusing on my busy career, in my work as mother and I will continue taking positive steps for the Latino community, I will continue as activist for women’s rights and respect we deserve. I appreciate all your love and all your support again, thanks. “Thousands of blessings. 

Hillary Clinton also weighed in on Trump's tweets.

Who indeed?

Like I said I think Trump's misogyny is going to be the thing that really turns voters against him in this election.

And the best part is that he clearly cannot help but provide fodder for those going after him over it.

Not once in their 34 year history has USA Today weighed in on a presidential race. Donald Trump changed that policy.

Courtesy of USA Today: 

In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. Instead, we’ve expressed opinions about the major issues and haven’t presumed to tell our readers, who have a variety of priorities and values, which choice is best for them. Because every presidential race is different, we revisit our no-endorsement policy every four years. We’ve never seen reason to alter our approach. Until now. 

This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency. 

From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents. 

Whether through indifference or ignorance, Trump has betrayed fundamental commitments made by all presidents since the end of World War II. These commitments include unwavering support for NATO allies, steadfast opposition to Russian aggression, and the absolute certainty that the United States will make good on its debts. He has expressed troubling admiration for authoritarian leaders and scant regard for constitutional protections.

The editorial board then goes on to lay out all of the reasons that Trump is unfit to lead this nation

These include the following:
  • He is erratic. (Just see his Twitter rant from this morning to confirm this.)
  • He is ill-equipped to be commander in chief. (Duh!)
  • He traffics in prejudice. (Yes and it seems that every alt-Right Nazi is working on his campaign now.)
  • His business career is checkered. (Understatement.)
  • He isn’t leveling with the American people. (Yeah, how much are you really worth Donald?)
  • He speaks recklessly. He has coarsened the national dialogue. (Once again, duh!)
  • He’s a serial liar. (And yet everybody keeps talking about Hillary Clinton's dishonesty.)
Personally I would be willing to bet that almost all of us have a list eerily similar to this one for why we would never support a Trump candidacy, and the thing is that more and more people are compiling their own lists every day. 

So how many newspapers have come out in support of Hillary now, while also warning people away from Doanld Trump?

FBI Director James Comey swats down another Hillary email conspiracy theory.

Courtesy of Politico:  

The FBI concluded that a computer technician working on Clinton's email was not engaged in an illicit cover-up when he asked on the Reddit website for a tool that could delete a "VIP" email address throughout a large file, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday. 

Republican lawmakers have suggested that the July 2014 Reddit post from a user believed to be Platte River Networks specialist Paul Combetta showed an effort to hide Clinton's emails from investigators. 

However, at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Comey said FBI agents concluded that all the computer aide was trying to do was replace Clinton's email address so it wouldn't be revealed to the public. 

"Our team concluded that what he was trying to do was when they produced emails not have the actual address but have some name or placeholder instead of the actual dot-com address in the 'From:' line," Comey said. 

Comey of course said this in front of a GOP led committee that was fired up after some pro-Trump folks on Reddit thought they had discovered some kind of smoking gun:

In the 2014 Reddit post, user "Stonetear" described "a very interesting situation where I need to strip out a VIP’s (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived email that I have both in a live Exchange mailbox, as well as a PST file."

This inspired the Right Wing conspiracy machine to start cranking out headlines like, "How Reddit Ruined The Hillary Clinton Campaign," Clinton's Email Scandal Is Back In The News Again — Because Of Reddit," and "Reddit Busts Hillary Clinton Email Cover-up."

I actually visit Reddit several times a day, and I watched this whole thing start to take off.

In the beginning there were a few voices of reason essentially pointing out that this in no way pointed to proof of any conspiracy or coverup, however they were quickly shouted down by the Reddit crowd's fascination with conspiracy theories, and of course a sort of overriding dislike for Hillary Clinton.

Anyhow before you knew it folks were talking indictment, dusting off the Bernie Sanders campaign again, and of course talking cover up, cover up, cover up.

At this point I am essentially finished with all things e-mail, private server, or Clinton criminality.

EVERY SINGLE "explosive" new detail about any of these subjects has eventually turned out to be a nothing burger.

I have watched time and time again as the Right Wing has wound themselves up into a mouth frothing frenzy over some supposed "nail in the coffin" factoid only to have an investigation find nothing, or next to nothing worthy of their celebratory chest beating.

Perhaps John Oliver said it best about all of these Hillary Clinton "scandals" last weekend. "It's not good, but it's not as bad as it looks."

Donald Trump directs Twitter rampage at former Miss USA contestant who he fat shamed. Update!

Started by going after CNN.
And then branched off to go after the media in general.
But then he revealed his true target.

Note the times on these. He literally woke up in the middle of the night and decided that these were tweets that needed to be seen by his followers and the American people.

By the way the allegations that Machado made a sex tape appear to be false.

However even if she had made one, who cares?

After all SHE'S not running to be President of the United States.

And besides Donald Trump claims to love Paris Hilton like a daughter (And lust after like one too.) and she made perhaps the most famous sex tape in sex tape history.

I swear this guy gets more disgusting every single day.

Update: Check out this latest tweet.
This from the guy who made the President produce his birth certificate because of anonymous sources.

Thoughts and Prayers App commercial.

You know the sad thing is that if this were a real product there are millions of people who would download it.

Absolutely no question about it.

Ray "Banana Man" Comfort wins award for best science film. Wait, what happened?

So this is apparently an award given to Comfort for his ridiculous attempt to attack Atheism in a film which uses clips of Banana Man confronting scientists and college students with poorly presented "facts" and then carefully editing their responses to make them seem incapable of responding rationally.

Comfort claims to attack Atheism with science, but in fact the simply misrepresents science, refuses to accept correction, and calls that a win.

Here is how The Friendly Atheist responded to news of this "award.":  

The only time “science” appears in the movie is when Comfort asks random people how DNA could have possibly evolved on its own, a rhetorical question that he believes points to the truth of Intelligent Design. It’s not like he explains DNA. He doesn’t add to our scientific understanding of anything, unless you count ignorance as a virtue. 

The Friendly Atheist also points out that "Int'l Christian Film Festival" seems like a fly by night organization, and that there appears to have been no other films competing against "The Atheist Delusion." 

I think it is quite telling that a Christian film festival only gives a "Best Science Film" award to a movie that does nothing but attack scientific knowledge.

Pretty much says it all, don't you think?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

North Carolina gun rights group raffling off picture of Hillary Clinton with AR-15 and 1,000 rounds ammunition. WCGW?

And you wonder why we're pushing for stricter gun control legislation.
Courtesy of TPM: 

A North Carolina gun rights group is raffling off an AR-15, 1,000 rounds of ammunition and a portrait of Hillary Clinton to raise money for Republican congressional candidates, CBS News reported Thursday. 

In a post announcing the “Hillary Clinton Special,” Grass Roots North Carolina Treasurer Grant Gardner jokes that “what you do with the picture is between you and Hillary.” 

“We won’t tell you what to do with the photo, but when we ran a picture of Hillary on the front of our newsletter, we heard it was very popular at the range,” Gardner added.

That's right let's arm gun nuts and then encourage them to get used to shooting at the next President of the United States. 

Not exactly making a case for responsible gun ownership are they?

Donald Trump wanted female employees fired if he considered them "not pretty enough."

Courtesy of the LA Times:  

After the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes opened for play in 2005, its world-famous owner didn’t stop by more than a few times a year to visit the course hugging the coast of the Pacific. 

When Trump did visit, the club’s managers went on alert. They scheduled the young, thin, pretty women on staff to work the clubhouse restaurant — because when Trump saw less-attractive women working at his club, according to court records, he wanted them fired. 

"I had witnessed Donald Trump tell managers many times while he was visiting the club that restaurant hostesses were 'not pretty enough' and that they should be fired and replaced with more attractive women,” Hayley Strozier, who was director of catering at the club until 2008, said in a sworn declaration. 

Initially, Trump gave this command “almost every time” he visited, Strozier said. Managers eventually changed employee schedules “so that the most attractive women were scheduled to work when Mr. Trump was scheduled to be at the club," she said. 

A similar story is told by former Trump employees in court documents filed in 2012 in a broad labor relations lawsuit brought against one of Trump’s development companies in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

I am really starting to think that it will be these stories which doom Trump's candidacy.

I know that there is this endless stream of scandals concerning Donald Trump, and the latest one today about illegal business deals with Cuba seems to have legs, but I just think that there are so many of those that after awhile it is all simply white noise to the American voter and that they become desensitized.

However EVERY working woman in this country has had a douchebag boss, or customer, or co-worker who treated them like a piece of meat or made them feel insecure about their looks.

They really cannot help but see Trump as the living embodiment of male oppression in the workplace.

And let's face it, without female voters you absolutely cannot win the White House.

So the more of these stories that come out and paint Trump as some sleazy philandering asshole, the more it will only help the campaign for the first female president of these United States.

I keep imagining women in polling booths all across this country yelling "Take that you chauvinistic son-of-a-bitch" as they cast their vote for Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump: "No sniffles."

(H/T to New York Magazine.)

No sniffles?

Gee I hate to call Donald Trump a liar, but...... But in Donald Trump's reality that never happened.

And hey do you remember during the debate when Donald Trump bragged about not paying taxes?  

During the first presidential debate, during a discussion about Donald Trump's refusal to release his tax returns, Hillary Clinton noted that he's "paid nothing in federal taxes" in recent years. 

"That makes me smart," Trump bragged.

Well no you don't because it never happened.  

Donald Trump an hour afterward: 

Dana Bash (CNN): “My question for you is, first of all, it sounds like you admitted that you hadn't paid federal taxes and that that was smart. Is that what you meant to say? 

Trump: “No, I didn't say that at all.”

Now see the thing to keep in mind here is that you cannot trust your eyes, your ears, of your critical thinking skills.

If Donald Trump does not say something happened, then it didn't happen.

In other words if a tree falls in the woods, and Donald Trump does not hear it fall, those woods have already been cut down to built another Trump monstrosity in New York City. 

President Obama comes right out and says that not voting or voting for a third party candidate is a vote for Donald Trump.

Courtesy of Politico: 

President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned Americans against staying at home on Election Day, saying such a move would be a boon for Donald Trump. “If you don’t vote, that’s a vote for Trump,” Obama said during an interview on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” broadcast Wednesday. 

“If you vote for a third-party candidate who’s got no chance to win, that’s a vote for Trump. So the notion somehow that, ‘Well, you know, I’m not as inspired because Barack and Michelle, they’re not on the ballot this time, and, you know, maybe we kinda take it easy’ — my legacy’s on the ballot. You know, all the work we’ve done over the last eight years is on the ballot.” 

I have been saying this as well, though of course my words do not carry the same weight as the President's.

However it is inarguable that voting "your conscience" for some third party candidate that can make every promise imaginable because they know they will never be in  position to deliver on them, or  staying home to pout because your fantasy candidate is not on the ballot, essentially makes you Donald Trump's bitch.

And this is election it simply too important for people to be that ignorant or that selfish.

The First Lady, is coming out strong on behalf of Hillary, kind of puts things into perspective: 

First Lady Michelle Obama tore into Donald Trump Wednesday, telling Hillary Clinton supporters, "We need an adult in the White House." 

"When making life-or-death, war-or-peace decisions, a president can't just pop off or lash out irrationally," she said on behalf of the Democratic presidential nominee at La Salle University in Philadelphia. "We need an adult in the White House. I guarantee you." 

Obama criticized Trump over his spreading of the birther conspiracy theory, continuing a rebuke she first made earlier this month while stumping for Clinton in Virginia. 

"There are those who questioned and continue to question for the past eight years whether my husband was even born in this country," Obama said to boos. "And let me say: hurtful, deceitful questions deliberately designed to undermine his presidency. Questions that cannot be blamed on others or swept under the rug by an insincere sentence uttered at a press conference."

"So if a candidate is erratic and threatening, if a candidate traffics in prejudice, fear and lies on the campaign trail, if a candidate thinks that not paying taxes makes you smart or that it's good business when people lose their homes, if a candidate regularly and flippantly makes cruel and insulting comments about women -- about how we look, how we act -- well, sadly, that's who that candidate really is," she said.

Yeah this is not an election featuring two capable politicians with partisan disagreements, this is essentially a contest between an adult more than qualified for the job, and an infant spreading feces all over the walls whenever he does not get his way. 

And if after seeing that debate on Monday people are still having trouble deciding who should be in the White House I really think they are due for a mental health check.

Simply put it is time for everybody to put on their big boy (or girl) pants and do the right thing for the future of this country.

Donald Trump really needs to stop giving Hillary Clinton so much material for her ads against him.

Courtesy of Raw Story: 

A new 30-second campaign ad from pro-Clinton PAC Priorities USA zings Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on his laughable insistence during Monday night’s debate that his “temperament” is his greatest asset. 

“I think my strongest asset — maybe by far,” said Trump at Hofstra University, “is my temperament.” 

The ad goes on to show clip after clip of Trump losing his cool, talking about how he’d like to punch protesters in the face, bombing “the sh*t” out of ISIS and shooting people on Fifth Avenue. 

“Donald Trump,” the ad concludes. “Unfit to be president.”

I have to say that I would be very surprised if this is the only advertisement inspired by those debates.

As I was watching I kept clicking off the sound bites in my head and imagining the ads that could be made of them. 

Seriously the guy should be demanding some payment for all of the material he inadvertently writes for the Clinton campaign.

Which made his assertion during the debate that her ads lie about him all the more humorous by the way.

Hillary Clinton is not even President yet and she is already breaking new ground.

You can read the endorsement here.

This is only the latest in a number of Right leaning newspapers to publicly endorse Hillary Clinton, many of which have no endorsed a Democrat for decades.

But let's face it, what choice do they have?

A news gathering organization cannot in good conscience endorse Trump, and endorsing a third party candidate is like putting out a forest fire by pissing on a plastic houseplant.

So yeah, Hillary is getting a whole lot of support from those who really understand just how much is at stake.

Well great. Space is all gay now too.

Courtesy of HuffPo: 

Now there’s a new reason to seriously start investigating the possibility of civilian space travel: one of our favorite non-profit organizations just declared the universe LGBT-friendly. 

Planting Peace’s latest display of solidarity with the queer community involves a Pride flag, a high altitude balloon and a GoPro camera. The group, which regularly launches social activism campaigns to raise awareness about issues like LGBT rights and deworming children in developing countries, used the balloon to elevate a rainbow flag up through the Earth’s atmosphere. It eventually reached its peak altitude approximately 21.1 miles above the planet. 

The flag remained airborne, floating in outer space for just over three hours before making its descent back to Earth, in what Planting Peace says is a symbolic declaration of the universe as an LGBT-friendly space.

In all seriousness it has been one of the great joys of my life to watch the progress we have made as a people in these last eight years now. 

In 2000 George W. Bush ran on conservative "morality" issues and in 2004 supported an amendment to ban gay marriage. Today we see wide acceptance of the LGBTQ community, and same sex marriage is legal in all states.

We see gay couples in advertisements, on TV shows, and quite frequently in our own families.

So why not alert the universe to how far we have come?

Maybe an alien race will decide that we are finally evolved enough to deserve a visit.

And wouldn't THAT put a lot of things into a different perspective?