Friday, June 24, 2016

Okay if this whole Elizabeth Warren thing falls through this is my second choice for Hillary's VP.

Courtesy of Politico:

If Hillary Clinton asked him, Al Franken says, he would gladly join the presumptive Democratic nominee as her running mate. 

The Minnesota senator said in an interview with the Associated Press that to his knowledge, he is not being vetted for a vice presidential bid, but Franken, a former comedian and “Saturday Night Live” writer, has been a longtime Clinton backer and would jump on board the campaign if invited.

“If Hillary Clinton came to me and said, ‘Al, I really need you to be my vice president, to run with me,’ I would say yes,” Franken said. “But I’m very happy in the job that I have right now.” 

Don;t get me wrong, I am all in for Warren.

But damn could you even imagine the entertainment value of having Al Franken on stage during the Vice Presidential debates?

That never ceases to impress me.

I wonder if they could work in a map drawing competition as part of the debate?

Now it seems that Bernie Sanders is angling for a spot on Clinton's cabinet.

Courtesy of Mediaite:  

Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential runner-up Bernie Sanders was all over the TV Friday morning talking up his political revolution and tinkering with his leverage over the Democratic Party and presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, but he dropped a quiet bomb right in the middle of one of those appearances. On CNN’s New Day, anchor Chris Cuomo frankly asked Sanders what real difference it would make even if he got everything he wanted into the Democratic Party platform, and would it not be more effective to seek a position within a Hillary Clinton administration. 

Cuomo: Shouldn’t you be pushing for your position in a Clinton administration, if that happens, than just the party platform? 

Sanders: That’s what we’re doing too. 

Cuomo: Your poker face is terrible.

Oh, so THAT'S why Bernie Sanders continues to string the Bernie-bots along.

He's using them as leverage to negotiate a deal with Hillary for a new job in case he loses his old one.

Gee, I wonder how he plans to manage a political revolution while working directly FOR Hillary Clinton?

CNN hires Donald Trump's recently fired campaign manger. Really showing that journalistic integrity there CNN.

Courtesy of CNN: 

Three days after being ousted from the Donald Trump campaign, Corey Lewandowski is a political commentator for CNN. 

On Thursday Lewandowski joined CNN's stable of political experts who appear across the channel's newscasts and talk shows. 

For CNN executives, the hiring was a coup. Lewandowski brings first-hand experience running a historic presidential campaign. 

But his hiring was also highly controversial, even within the newsroom, in part because he has a reputation for being hostile toward journalists.

Yeah do you know what else is controversial?

The fact that Lewandowski signed a confidentiality agreement with Trump, much like his ex-wives, which forbids him from saying anything critical, ie true, about the Donald's campaign.

This is like hiring a songbird with its mouth taped closed.

So what did CNN get for its investment?

A highly partisan anti-Hillary attack dog with virtually no neutrality on any issue pertaining to his old boss.

So are we to assume that CNN will soon be the new home of Trump TV?

You know sometimes you cannot be sure something is a bad thing until Sarah Palin likes it, and then you know.

Courtesy of the international moron's Facebook page:  

Time out between kids soccer games to tune in to good news of UK voting to leave the European Union - choosing independence from global special interests and affirming status that controls its own borders and protects its own people. Happy Brexit prevails! 

I have to admit that I was only vaguely paying attention to all of this drama in Britain (Kinda got my own drama gong on.), so when the vote came down I started to Google it to find out more about it.

Well as it turns out it's bad, really bad.

But then I really did not need to do any of that googling.

All I had to do is wait for Sarah Palin to weigh in.

So without a doubt we now know that it was a terrible decision.

And people say she's not good for anything anymore.

Today on Morning Joe Bernie Sanders said that he WILL vote for Hillary Clinton in November. Well there you go then.

Nope, still not time to suspend my campaign.
Courtesy of Politico:  

Bernie Sanders on Friday said he will cast his vote for Hillary Clinton in November. 

“Yes,” the Vermont senator said when asked on MSNBC if he would vote for the former secretary of state this fall. 

“I think the issue right here is I’m gonna do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump.” “I think Trump in so many ways will be a disaster for this country if he were to be elected president,” Sanders told MSNBC. “We do not need a president whose cornerstone of his campaign is bigotry, is insulting Mexicans and Latinos and Muslims and women, who does not believe in the reality of climate change when virtually every scientist who has studied this issue understands that we have a global crisis. This is not somebody who should become president.” 

When asked a follow up question as to why he still refuses to suspend his campaign Sanders sort of blinked and said "Why would I want to do that?"

He also expressed his desire to help form the "strongest possible platform" for the Democratic party.

Whatever that means.

Here is video of the interview.

In response to the mass shooting in Orlando more LGBT folks are taking up arms.

Courtesy of The Guardian: 

Weapons sales and membership in a group calling on gays and lesbians to arm themselves in self-defense against homophobic attacks have surged since the massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida last weekend. 

The group, the Pink Pistols, announced last week a tripling in acknowledged members in the five days since a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 in an attack on Pulse in Orlando in the early hours of 12 June. 

The Pink Pistols, a gun club predominantly for LGBT members and their supporters, promotes “legal, safe and responsible use of firearms for self defense of the sexual minority community” according to its website. 

A senior Pink Pistols member said that if patrons had been armed at the Orlando nightclub they might have prevented the shooting or minimized loss of life.

Somewhere Wayne LaPierre is rubbing his hands together in glee. 

Simply put, more guns, mean more bullets, which mean more death.

What's it like in Canada this time of year again?

Just a reminder that there is a difference.

"With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil — that takes religion." Steven Weinberg.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

New poll shows that if Donald Trump REALLY wants to lose the presidential election, he simply needs to add Sarah Palin.

Courtesy of USA Today: 

Presidential nominees weigh a variety of factors when selecting their running mates, not the least of which is the ability to boost the ticket's chances of winning in November. So among the plausible vice presidential choices this year, who would help Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump the most? 

In a Monmouth University Poll out Thursday, six potential running mate choices from each party were gauged to see how much they would help — or hurt — their party's prospects. While a lack of name recognition is a significant factor for many, a couple of notable findings emerged. 

Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, would seem to be a drag on Trump's chances should he pick her to once again be on the Republican ticket. 

Among the 803 registered voters polled, 42% said they would be less likely to vote for the real estate mogul with Palin as his running mate, compared to only 13% who said they'd be more likely to.

I checked the poll myself and found the following about possible VP choices:

Newt Gingrich-

More likely to vote for Trump: 24%
Less likely: 26%

Chris Christie-

More likely: 20%
Less likely: 28%

Marco Rubio-

More likely: 27%
Less likely: 20%

Joni Ernst-

More likely: 7%
Less likely: 15%

As you can see only Marco Rubio actually helps Trump more than he hurts Trump.

But if he really wants to lose this thing, and there are a number of people saying that he does not actually want to be the President, then adding Sarah Palin to the ticket will certainly help Trump to do just that.

What's even more convenient is that he can simply turn around and blame his loss on her.

And true or not pretty much everybody in the country would be happy to agree with him. 

Bernie Sanders tells us his demands.

Courtesy of a Bernie Sanders op-ed in the Washington Post: 

As we head toward the Democratic National Convention, I often hear the question, “What does Bernie want?” Wrong question. The right question is what the 12 million Americans who voted for a political revolution want. 

And the answer is: They want real change in this country, they want it now and they are prepared to take on the political cowardice and powerful special interests which have prevented that change from happening.

For the record Hillary Clinton is representing just under 16 million American voters, substantially more than Bernie, who are perfectly happy to trust that SHE will do what is right for America.

The rest of Sanders' op-ed lists out a number of bullet points that unsurprisingly fall well within the Democratic party wheelhouse.

Work to make the economy work for all Americans, not just for the top 1%. Check. 

Fix the broken criminal justice system? Check.

Move the country toward more renewable energy sources. Check. (What in the hell does he think President Obama has been doing for the last seven and a half years?)

Do away with Citizens United and do something about campaign finance in this country. Well no shit!

How could that not be a priority for Hillary since the damn Citizens United case was directed at her in the first place?

So yes dammit, check!

However ALL of these require that the Democratic nominee win the election. After all if Trump wins the White House you can kiss all of those progressive policy ideas goodbye.

So how are the Sanders supporters going to help accomplish that?

Funny you should ask.

Courtesy of Bloomberg:  

A June 14th Bloomberg Politics national poll of likely voters in November’s election found that barely half of those who favored Sanders — 55 percent — plan to vote for Clinton. Instead, 22 percent say they’ll vote for Trump, while 18 percent favor Libertarian Gary Johnson. “I’m a registered Democrat, but I cannot bring myself to vote for another establishment politician like Hillary,” says Laura Armes, a 43-year-old homemaker from Beeville, Texas, who participated in the Bloomberg poll and plans to vote for Trump. “I don’t agree with a lot of what Trump says. But he won’t owe anybody. What you see is what you get.” 

Well gee that's helpful.

Oh, and there's also this, courtesy of CNN:  

The progressive political movement emboldened by Bernie Sanders' insurgent campaign is preparing to "crash" next month's Democratic National Convention, demanding the party establishment take steps to reject corporate influence and reform its nominating process. 

"If the Democratic Party wants to put on a $50 million infomercial saying, 'Hey vote for us,' without committing to make this the last corrupt, billionaire-nominated voter suppression-marred election, then we're going to crash the party," said Kai Newkirk, director of Democracy Spring, a nonpartisan activist coalition dedicated to "mass nonviolent action" against big money in politics.

But don't forget, if I say anything that damages the Sanders' supporter's little feelings I am somehow the problem, and am personally helping to drive them away from Hillary.

I mean it's not like they are actually anarchists in Democrat clothing who are more interested in blowing the whole system up rather than working to make it better.  Right?

Yep, clearly my blog is the problem here.

Instead of simply keeping terrorists from getting their hands on assault weapons, the Republicans would rather trample everybody's civil rights.

Courtesy of Vice News: 

Congressional Republicans have a plan to prevent deadly attacks like the Orlando nightclub massacre from happening again: Give the FBI easy access to citizens' browsing history and email data without the hassle of having to obtain a warrant first. 

Arizona Senator John McCain filed an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Act on Monday night that would do exactly that, on the same day that many lawmakers voted against measures which would keep AR-15s out of the hands of potentially dangerous Americans. 

"In the wake of the tragic massacre in Orlando, it is important our law enforcement have the tools they need to conduct counterterrorism investigations and track 'lone wolves'" McCain wrote in a statement.

To be clear in order to protect the modern misinterpretation of the 2nd Amendment, the Republicans are willing to simply throw out the 4th Amendment.

If John McCain is such a bad ass war hero then why does he let the NRA treat him like their little prison bitch?

So about those Donald Trump rape allegations.

Courtesy of the Real Deal:  

A new lawsuit filed in federal court accuses presidential hopeful Donald Trump of raping a 13-year-old girl at Jeffrey Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion more than 20 years ago. 

The woman, who alleges the rape occurred in 1994, filed a civil complaint in New York Federal Court on Monday against the presumptive Republican nominee and Epstein, a notorious ex-hedge funder previously convicted in a prostitution scandal involving minors. Trump allegedly attended at least four of Epstein’s parties at 9 East 71st Street, known as the Wexner Mansion. The plaintiff, like other girls at the house, was lured to the parties with a promise of a modeling career, the lawsuit claims. 

Testimony attached to the complaint alleges that a woman — identified only as Tiffany Doe — was hired by Epstein to recruit young girls for his parties. The woman allegedly met the plaintiff at Port Authority Bus Terminal and told her the parties would help connect her to the right people to launch her career. The lawsuit, which repeats some allegations made in a dismissed complaint filed in California in April, offers a graphic account of the young girl’s alleged encounters with Trump, the worst of which is described as a “savage sexual act.” 

The lawsuit claims that during this instance, Trump tied her to the bed and struck her face with his hand, saying he could do what he wanted, despite her pleas for him to stop. The complaint alleges that Epstein also raped her.

Sounds bad doesn't it?

However I resisted reproving on this because, to be entirely fair this kind of allegation against wealthy and powerful men happens with some frequency, so I decided to wait and see if it got traction.

It did.

Death and Taxes:

In the next section, she adds that “Immediately following this rape, Defendant Trump threatened Plaintiff that, were she ever to reveal any of the details of the sexual and physical abuse of her by Defendant Trump, Plaintiff and her family would be physically harmed if not killed.”

The Frisky:  

Another woman, identified as Tiffany Doe, backed up the allegations in a testimony claiming Epstein hired her to bring other young girls to his parties. The court papers say the original woman didn’t speak up for 20 years because she still believed Trump’s alleged threats would hold true. However, constantly seeing the presidential hopeful’s orange face in the media every day for the past year was emotionally difficult for her, she claimed in the lawsuit, convincing her to take action. 

Raw Story, The Inqisitr, Alternet, and the New York Daily News are now also reporting the story. 

Now like I said these kinds of allegations happen all of the time to famous people (Though since the Bill Cosby case we probably should start giving them more credibility before dismissing them out of hand.), however in this case I think it is very important to shine a spotlight on it.

And the reason I say this is because currently Trump is dredging up every bit of mud that he can find against Hillary Clinton, including Bill's past with women, in order to undermine her popularity with women and smear her with Right Wing conspiracy theories about her husband.

Now there is NO way that Hillary will use this story, neither will any of her surrogates, but the fact remains that everything we know about Trump reinforces his sense of entitlement and his disdain for women.

So if Trump wants to mine the depths of the Drudge Report and World Net Daily for his talking points, then perhaps it is up to all of us to demonstrate just how fragile the glass house he is living in actually is.

Samantha Bee on Democrats fighting the good fight concerning assault weapons in this country. Update!

By the way the filibuster was only the beginning, yesterday the Congressional Democrats staged a freaking sit in on the floor of the House., which is STILL going on!

Courtesy of The Hill:

Democrats are staging a sit-in on the House floor to push for action on gun control legislation. 

Dozens of Democrats were participating in the sit-in after it began Wednesday morning, with some lawmakers seated cross-legged on the floor. 

Democrats have been pressing for action on gun control before the House leaves at the end of this week for a planned recess. 

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the veteran lawmaker who was brutally beaten by police in the 1965 civil rights march in Selma, Ala., began the sit-in by giving a speech while surrounded by his colleagues. 

"We have turned deaf ears to the blood of the innocent and the deaths in our nation," he said. "Mr, Speaker, where is the heart of this body. Where is our soul? 

"How many more mothers, how many more fathers have to share tears of grief before we decide to do anything?" 

Shortly after Lewis spoke, the Democratic lawmakers sat down in the well of the House.
Okay, pretty sure nothing like this has ever happened before.

By the way is it wildly inappropriate to discuss the man crush I have on Rep. John Lewis?

Simply put the man rocks!

Let me also point out that these are the Democrats that a certain somebody once claimed were no different than the Republicans and who also claimed they no longer represented the will of the people.

 If you want to try and hijack their party, at least show some fucking respect.

Update: This is getting better all of the time.

 So what are we up to? Twenty two, twenty three hours now?

Online gun store claims it sold 30,000 AR-15 semi automatic rifles in seven day period following shooting in Orlando.

Courtesy of the Independent:  

An online gun store based in the United States sold more than 30,000 AR-15 semi-automatic rifles in one seven-day period. 

Hunter's Warehouse, based in Bellevue, Pennsylvania, claims that since the killing of 49 people in the Orlando nightclub shooting, the AR-15 - or Armalite Rifle - has proved popular with buyers. 

A semi-automatic relation of the military M-16 assault rifle, the AR-15 is strikingly similar to the weapons used in the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, San Bernadino Inland Regional Centre and Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Keep in mind this is 30,000 MORE military style semi-automatic weapons added to the millions and millions already in homes all over the country.

Millions and millions of guns, capable of firing billions and billions of bullets.

Just another example of how the 2nd Amendment makes us feel safe walking the streets of America.

Sorry Bernie-bots it looks like Sanders is finally admitting that he doesn't need your 27 dollar donations anymore.

I like how he admits up front that he will not be the nominee, and then goes on to kvetch about the process.

But then there is also this.
It sounds like Sanders might be wrapping this thing up before the convention.

If so there is going to be a veritable flood of Sanders supporter tears washing through the inter-tubes tomorrow.