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May 28, 2016

Forget Trump. Hillary Clinton should debate Bernie Sanders

I don't particularly care but I suspect the decision to break her commitment to debate Bernie in California, will backfire.

To some voters, the prospect of Democratic insurgent Bernie Sanders debating Republican nominee Donald Trump in an “arena somewhere” in California would be a dream come true.

To others, it would be the stuff of unseemly political nightmares.

We’re not sure where Hillary Clinton falls on that spectrum, but one thing is clear: No one would even be talking about a #SandersTrumpDebate (or #TrumpSandersDebate, depending on your political persuasion) if the Democratic front-runner had kept her promise to California.

It was back in February when Clinton vowed to hold one last debate here in May. Sanders kept his end of the bargain, but Clinton, now the leader in terms of pledged delegates, had other thoughts.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article80416047.html#storylink=cpy

May 28, 2016

Want to see what a trump ad against Hillary will look like re her email fiasco?

Cue ominous music. Close up of a woman's hand holding a BlackBerry. Somber voice:

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton used unsecured email to send and receive top secret information.

Hillary Clinton should be indicted, not elected.

Thinking her email won't be a huge issue is nothing but wishful thinking.

(And no, this isn't giving trump ideas. Anyone who thinks he hasn't already got a team working on this, is living in a fantasy)

May 28, 2016

Post Politics In San Diego, Trump shames local ‘Mexican’ judge as protesters storm streets

The Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee gave a fiery speech in San Diego and sought to leverage the power of his pulpit to shame one of this city’s federal judges, Gonzalo Curiel, who is hearing a class-action lawsuit against Trump University.

Trump delivered a lengthy monologue about the years-old case involving students who claim they were defrauded by Trump’s real estate “university.” He delved so deeply into details of the case -- at one point, he talked about the origin of the name of the law firm representing him -- that he seemed to lose the attention of his crowd.

Trump leveled a series of blows against Curiel. He called him “a hater of Donald Trump” and “very hostile” person who had “railroaded” him. He then taunted the judge, who has scheduled a trial for late November, after the election.

“I’ll be seeing you in November, either as president…” Trump said, trailing off. “I think Judge Curiel should be ashamed of himself. I think it’s a disgrace that he’s doing this.” Trump brought up Curiel’s ethnicity: “The judge, who happens to be, we believe, Mexican…I think the Mexicans are going to end up loving Donald Trump.”

May 28, 2016

The best smackdown of a rich republican candidate ever.

At least the most entertaining one.

Frederick Herman "Fred" Tuttle (July 18, 1919 – October 4, 2003) was an American dairy farmer, film actor and 1998 candidate for the U.S. Senate from the state of Vermont.

In 1998 Tuttle was persuaded to run in the Republican U.S. Senate primary. His opponent was Jack McMullen, a multi-millionaire who had lived in Massachusetts for most of his life. McMullen faced opposition from some Vermont Republicans who felt that he was a carpetbagger who apparently moved to Vermont for the sole purpose of establishing residency for a Senate run. The Vermont primary structure allows Democrats and Independents to vote in the Republican primary, and many people foresaw the possibility that Tuttle would beat McMullen by drawing votes across party lines. In addition, some may have hoped that a Tuttle campaign would help to publicize the film Man with a Plan.[2]

The ensuing campaign was remarkable in many ways. Tuttle campaigned on a platform that seemed absurdist by the standards of contemporary politics. McMullen and the state Republican Party challenged Tuttle's ballot petition and got 95 of his signatures invalidated. Tuttle needed 23 more to stay on the ballot and he received 2,309 more signatures. McMullen then gave flowers to Tuttle in the hospital while Tuttle was there for knee surgery.[3]

During the radio-broadcast debate, Tuttle asked a series of humorous local knowledge questions rather than political questions. McMullen was unable to correctly pronounce the names of several Vermont towns, or correctly answer Fred's question "How many teats a Holstein got?" answering "Six", instead of the correct "Four". In the primary, Tuttle defeated McMullen by ten percentage points. Winning the primary with 55 percent of the vote, Tuttle promptly endorsed the incumbent Democrat, Patrick Leahy.

Tuttle's election campaign against Democrat Senator Leahy, now his opponent in this US Senate election, was notable for the continuing publicity Tuttle received and for his continued endorsement of Leahy, of whom Tuttle said, "He knows how many tits on a cow."[4] Tuttle commented that he did not really want to win because he would have to move to Washington, D.C.. Despite his endorsement of his opponent, Tuttle garnered 48,051 votes (22 percent of the vote) in the actual election.


The movie that inspired his run:

Man With A Plan was an independently produced satire released in 1996, starring dairy farmer and actor Fred Tuttle as himself in a fictional story that finds him running for the U.S. House of Representatives. Since its release, it has remained a local cult classic in Vermont.[citation needed] Many details of the film can be read as poking fun at certain public figures and groups in Vermont; for example, Fred describes himself as being affiliated with the "Regressive Party," a clear reference to the Vermont Progressive Party. The fictional incumbent Representative William Blachly also bears a definite resemblance to Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy.[citation needed] Parts of the film also seem to satirize American politics, in ways that the voice-over narration makes explicit—for example, it is made very clear at the beginning of the film that Fred's main reason in running for office is that he lacks the skills, strength, and education for any other job that would be lucrative enough to pay his father's costly medical bills. It is also made obvious during the campaign section of the film that Fred's victory is entirely the result of his charisma and charm, rather than of any amount of political savvy or wisdom.

Tuttle would go on to run for office for real, for the United States Senate in 1998. He won the Republican nomination and eventually was defeated by Democratic incumbent Senator Patrick Leahy, whom Tuttle famously endorsed.


May 28, 2016

Pat Leahy finally has a republican challenger: Scott "bunny fucking" Milne

This inept idiot came close to winning the last gubernatorial race here, but that was all backlash against Shumlin. Leahy will chew him up and spit him out.

The New Candidate For A New Millennium, Scott “Mr. Bunny” Milne, is off to an inauspicious start. He doesn’t have a campaign website yet, so there’s no established way for supporters to, like, give him a campaign contribution. He has yet to hire a single staffer. And he acknowledges that he has yet to formulate positions on some key issues.

Plus, at last Saturday’s VTGOP confab, he was a tad underwhelming. The Freeploid’s Terri Hallenbeck:
He then launched into a story about raising rabbits as a kid and how his out-of-state relatives enjoyed watching them breed, prompted by the premise that he got his rabbit cages in Wolcott, the town where Berry lives. In the parking lot afterward, Milne wondered how well the rabbit story had gone over with his audience. He has three months before the primary to weed the rabbits out of his political speeches.

Aww, bunnies.


Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne hopes to unseat incumbent Sen. Patrick Leahy in the November election. Two years ago, Milne challenged incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin and almost won that race. Now he hopes to defeat seven-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy.

"You know maybe once every 42 years it would be nice to try a new horse," Milne said. "I think that our incumbent senator epitomizes being a career politician and a Washington insider."

There was some initial confusion if Milne was committing himself to this race because his press release said he would "continue to talk with Vermonters as he explores a potential candidacy."

Milne says there's no question that he's running. "Yes unless I get hit by a bus or some act of nature, I'm in," Milne said. Milne says he's planning a formal campaign kick off in July.


May 28, 2016

Trump has gained much support by blasting politically correct speech. He's not all wrong

It pains me to say that, but the politically correct speech movement all too often enters dangerous absurdity and that's part of the reason he's gained such purchase


During his 18 years as president of Lebanon Valley College during the middle of the past century, Clyde Lynch led the tiny Pennsylvania liberal arts institution through the tribulations of the Great Depression and World War II, then raised $550,000 to build a new gymnasium before he died in 1950. In gratitude, college trustees named that new building after him.

Neither Lynch nor those trustees could have predicted there would come a day when students would demand that his name be stripped from the Lynch Memorial Hall because the word lynch has “racial overtones.” But that day did come.

When playwright Eve Ensler wrote The Vagina Monologues, which premiered in 1996 and has been performed thousands of times by actors, celebrities and college students, she probably did not foresee a day when a performance of her feminist agitprop would be canceled because it was offensive to “women without vaginas.” And yet that day did come—at Mount Holyoke, one of the nation’s premier women’s colleges.


Their degrees look the same as ever, but in recent years the programs of study behind them have been altered to reflect the new sensitivities. Books now come with trigger warnings—a concept that originated on the internet to warn people with post-traumatic stress disorder (veterans, child abuse survivors) of content that might “trigger” a past trauma. Columbia’s English majors were opting out of reading Ovid (trigger: sexual assault), and some of their counterparts at Rutgers declined an assignment to study Virginia Woolf (trigger: suicidal ideation). Political science graduates from Modesto Junior College might have shied away from touching a copy of the U.S. Constitution in public, since a security guard stopped one of them from handing it out because he was not inside a 25-square-foot piece of concrete 30 yards away from the nearest walkway designated as the “free speech zone”—a space that needed to be booked 30 days in advance. Graduates of California public universities found it hard to discuss affirmative action policies, as administrators recently added such talk to a list of “microaggressions”—subtle but offensive comments or actions directed at a minority or other nondominant group that unintentionally reinforce a stereotype.


May 28, 2016

It is only through Hillary tinted glasses, that one can believe Hillary crushed Bernie.

One has to be delusional to believe that.

He: An elderly democratic socialist with low name recognition, no establishment backing and no funding entered the race with 3%.

She: Entered the race with near universal name recognition, tons of money, massive institutional backing and the vaunted Clinton political machine.

Yes, she beat him.

It's far from crushing and points to her weaknesses, not her strengths.

This is so universally recognized that those claiming she crushed him look ridiculous.

May 28, 2016

Pew: Clinton, Sanders supporters differ sharply on U.S. global role

Democrats who back Hillary Clinton differ from those who support Bernie Sanders in their views of many foreign policy issues, with some of the starkest divisions on fundamental questions relating to the U.S.’s role in the world, according to Pew Research Center surveys conducted in March and April.

Two-thirds (66%) of Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters who support Clinton for the party’s presidential nomination say that world problems would be even worse without U.S. involvement; just 28% say U.S. efforts usually make things worse. By contrast, Sanders supporters are divided: 49% say global problems would be even worse without the U.S. being involved, while nearly as many (45%) say U.S. efforts usually make matters worse.

Democrats who back Hillary Clinton differ from those who support Bernie Sanders in their views of many foreign policy issues, with some of the starkest divisions on fundamental questions relating to the U.S.’s role in the world, according to Pew Research Center surveys conducted in March and April.


Clinton and Sanders supporters disagree when it comes to striking the balance between anti-terrorism policies and civil liberties. About half of Clinton supporters (51%) say they are more concerned that U.S. anti-terrorism policies have not gone far enough to protect the country, while 35% say they have gone too far in restricting civil liberties. Sanders supporters express the opposite concern: 51% are more worried anti-terrorism policies have gone too far, while just 33% worry that they have not gone far enough.

By a wide margin (47% to 27%), Clinton supporters say they sympathize more with Israel than with the Palestinians in their dispute. By contrast, Sanders backers are divided, with fairly similar shares saying they sympathize with the Palestinians (39%) and Israel (33%)



May 28, 2016

Hillary Clinton, foreign policy nightmare. Her instincts are undeniably militaristic

Hillary Clinton’s tough talk isn’t just talk. Throughout her career as a senator and US secretary of state, she displayed instincts on foreign policy that are far more aggressive than those of President Barrack Obama or any Democrat, writes Mark Landler.


ut she was understandably wary of talking about areas in which she and Obama split — namely, on bedrock issues of war and peace, where Clinton’s more activist philosophy had already collided in unpredictable ways with her boss’s instincts toward restraint. She had backed General Stanley McChrystal’s recommendation to send 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan, before endorsing a fallback proposal of 30,000 (Obama went along with that, though he stipulated that the soldiers would begin to pull out again in July 2011, which she viewed as problematic).

She supported the Pentagon’s plan to leave behind a residual force of 10,000 to 20,000 American troops in Iraq (Obama balked at this, largely because of his inability to win legal protections from the Iraqis, a failure that was to haunt him when the Islamic State overran much of the country). And she pressed for the United States to funnel arms to the rebels in Syria’s civil war (an idea Obama initially rebuffed before later, halfheartedly, coming around to it).

That fundamental tension between Clinton and the US president would continue to be a defining feature of her four-year tenure as secretary of state. In the administration’s first high-level meeting on Russia in February 2009, aides to Obama proposed that the United States make some symbolic concessions to Russia as a gesture of its good will in resetting the relationship.

Clinton, the last to speak, brusquely rejected the idea, saying, ‘‘I’m not giving up anything for nothing.’’ Her hardheadedness made an impression on Robert Gates, the US defence secretary and George W. Bush holdover who was wary of a changed Russia. He decided there and then that she was someone he could do business with.

‘‘I thought, this is a tough lady,” he told me. A few months after my interview in her office, another split emerged when Obama picked up a secure phone for a weekend conference call with Clinton, Gates and a handful of other advisers.

It was July 2010, four months after the North Korean military torpedoed a South Korean Navy corvette, sinking it and killing 46 sailors. Now, after weeks of fierce debate between the Pentagon and the State Department, the United States was gearing up to respond to this brazen provocation.

tentative plan — developed by Clinton’s deputy at State, James Steinberg — was to dispatch the aircraft carrier George Washington into coastal waters to the east of North Korea as an unusual show of force.

But Adm. Robert Willard, then the Pacific commander, wanted to send the carrier on a more aggressive course, into the Yellow Sea, between North Korea and China. The Chinese foreign ministry had warned the United States against the move, which for Willard was all the more reason to press forward.

He pushed the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff , Mike Mullen, who in turn pushed his boss, the defence secretary, to reroute the George Washington. Gates agreed, but he needed the commander in chief to sign off on a decision that could have political as well as military repercussions.

Gates laid out the case for diverting the George Washington to the Yellow Sea: that the United States should not look as if it was yielding to China. Clinton strongly seconded it. ‘‘We’ve got to run it up the gut!’’ she had said to her aides a few days earlier.


May 28, 2016

The RNC in Cleveland is going to be a violent disaster

Every Trump rally attracts protests- and they aren't wholly peaceful.

A growing concern in Cleveland: Chaos off the convention floor

Amid recurring violence at political rallies held by presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, many local officials and activists are increasingly worried that this lakeside city is ill-prepared to deal with tens of thousands of protesters and agitators expected to descend on the Republican National Convention here in July.

Some worry that police might be overrun or that the city has not stockpiled enough water to hydrate the masses in the mid-summer heat. Others, particularly on the left, oppose new restrictions that will be placed on demonstrators and object to the kind of military-style equipment law enforcement authorities may use to control the crowds.

There is also unhappiness among groups on both sides over the slow progress the city has made in approving parade and demonstration permits with less than two months to go.

On Wednesday, under the threat of a federal lawsuit by some groups upset by delays, city officials finally unveiled an official parade route and speakers’ platform in a major downtown park. Parades and protests will be allowed, but plans by some groups to bring in trucks, horses and, in one case, a giant bomb-shaped balloon might need to be rethought..



For the Republican National Convention, which runs July 18-21, Cleveland is recruiting additional officers from other jurisdictions, hoping to triple their forces to about 4,000 to 5,000 officers. They have also ordered extra equipment, including 2,500 steel barriers, 16 police motorcycles and 2,000 sets of riot gear with body armor and batons.

But the head of Cleveland's police union told CNN he doubts the city can reach its target of 5,000 officers, and says the extra equipment is not coming fast enough.

"We still don't have the personal safety gear that we need -- elbow pads, knee pads, chest protectors, we don't have helmets, we don't have gas masks, for the rank and file folks that are going to down there," said Stephen Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association. "And when we do get it -- we're 50 days out -- I'm concerned that we're not going to have enough time to adequately train with the equipment, if it does get here in time."


North Carolina police department pulls out of Republican National Convention


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