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May 26, 2016

Trump's speech on energy today.... well, let's just say I can't find the words to insult

it properly, to give it its due. Maybe some of you can.

Here is what he said, in its entirety.

Bernie is going to ban fracking.

Hillary is going to ban fracking. Hillary is going to abolish the Second Amendment. Okay? Just in case you have any questions. She's going to abolish your right to own guns; she's going to abolish the Second Amendment. And I'm exactly the opposite and I got the endorsement the other day from the NRA, which was a great endorsement and a great honor for me because they're great, amazing people. I'm a member of the NRA. My sons are members of the NRA.

But they want to absolutely knock out fracking. And you do that, you're going to be back into the Middle East and we're going to be begging for oil again. It's not going to happen. Not with me.

We're going to open it up. We're going to be energy independent. We're going to have all sorts of energy. We're going to have everything you can think of, including solar.

And I know a lot about solar. The problem with solar: It's very expensive. When you have a 30-year payback, that's not exactly the greatest thing in the world. But I know a lot about solar. I have gone solar on occasion, but it a very, very expensive thing.

Wind is very expensive. I mean, wind, without subsidy, wind doesn't work. You need massive subsidies for wind. There are places maybe for wind. But if you go to various places in California, wind is killing all of the eagles.

You know if you shoot an eagle, kill an eagle, they want to put you in jail for five years. Yet the windmills are killing hundreds and hundreds of eagles. One of the most beautiful, one of the most treasured birds -- and they're killing them by the hundreds and nothing happens. So wind is, you know, it is a problem. Plus it's very, very expensive and doesn't work without subsidy.

Despite that, I'm into all types of energy.

By the way, while we are in North Dakota, I have to say this. I love the farmers. And the farmers are incredible. We have to remember this was largely a farm state. And they produce tremendous crops of tremendous different goods of which I eat a lot of them. And, and I just want to pay my respects to the farmers of North Dakota. Because they have done a great job.



May 26, 2016

Pants in flames alert: All of Hillary's emails for the first several months

at State are missing. How many times did she falsely assure us that all work emails had been turned over. Her contempt for the American public and the President is astonishing.

And how sloppy can you be to co-mingle 30,000 personal emails with work emails?

May 26, 2016

The only good white voters are Hillary voters.

all others are, at best, suspect.

And let me blast this clearly:


Now that that's out of the way.

That is what Hillary supporters have marched out over and over ad nauseam

It's bullshit and it's ugly bullshit at that.

The sneering and worse at white Bernie voters as if they're some lesser form of being is race baiting. It sucks.

May 26, 2016

Trump's campaign chairman says he'll pick a white man to be his running mate

That's good news for Clinton, I think.

Donald Trump Unlikely to Pick a Woman or Minority as VP Running Mate, Campaign Chairman Says

May 26, 2016

A tale of 2 political hitmen: The similarities of David Brock and Roger Stone

One takes a pint sized dog named Toby almost everywhere, smokes electronic cigarettes and wears his silver hair in a sweeping pompadour.

The other has a portrait of Richard M. Nixon tattooed on his back, boasts that he owns more shoes than Imelda Marcos and traffics in conspiracy theories about the Kennedy assassination.


May 26, 2016

I would hope to have enough integrity that I wouldn't excuse

a candidate who has lied and stonewalled and demonstrated a cavalier disregard for following the rules, if not the law. I don't know that I would. We all justify things. We all see things through the prism of our biases. What I find beyond the pale, you may find perfectly acceptable.

I don't expect the candidates I support to be paragons of virtue. I think good leaders can be deeply flawed and still be effective and do good.

In the end though, integrity and character are of great importance to me when I assess any candidate for office.

May 26, 2016

All in for Bernie: How Bernie Sanders Is Changing The Face Of Vermont's Democratic Party


In Vermont, though, the Democratic Convention was an unabashed Sanders love fest. Town delegates voted almost unanimously to endorse his candidacy. And the legacy of the Sanders’ candidacy here might be the unification of the left, not its division.

Haslam says establishment Democrats in Vermont so far haven’t been up to the task of delivering on things like livable wage, universal health care or substantive tax reform. Haslam says the advent of Sanders joining the Democratic Party will change that.

“I think what Bernie has done around the country, and certainly in Vermont, has really opened up the Vermont Democratic Party to be an arena for change in this country,” Haslam says.

“If Bernie is not the nominee, it’s going to be challenging,” says Terje Anderson, a Sanders supporter who won election to the powerful post of Democratic National Committeeman Sunday.

Anderson beat out longtime Patrick Leahy staffer John Tracy for the post. Tracy voted for Hillary Clinton in the primary. Leahy is one of only four Vermont superdelegates who favor Clinton. And Anderson’s victory is itself evidence of the Sanders supporters’ new influence over the internal machinery of the state party.

Anderson says he’s optimistic that the fragile union between Sanders’ followers, and the party they’re feeling out, will strengthen over time.

“There used to be incredibly bad blood in Burlington and statewide between Bernie and Democrats, and then we look at 86 percent” of primary voters who supported Sanders, Anderson says.

And the role of that 86 percent on the Vermont Democratic Party could shift the course of politics in this state for years to come.

May 26, 2016

Lol. Newly powerful Sanders flexes Senate muscles

Far away from the halls of Congress, as he continues to rankle Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail, Bernie Sanders is fashioning a new role for himself in the Senate: The next Dr. No.

The Vermont senator, remade as one of the most well-known members of Congress, is throwing his weight against some of the most significant bipartisan deals pending in Congress this year. He’s actively urging Senate Democrats to reject a deal reached by House Republicans and the Obama administration to ease Puerto Rico’s debt crisis and has emerged as one of the few opponents of a landmark overhaul of chemical safety laws — the first major environmental legislation in a generation.

Sanders’ stands against those measures are the first signs of how he intends to leverage his newfound notoriety to become a force for the left in Congress once his presidential run ends. Asked how influential Sanders would be on these and other issues once he returns to the Senate, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) responded: “Very.”

“He’s grown a movement, and he is the leader of it, although there are others,” Schatz added. “I think his voice is louder and stronger than ever.”


Sanders has long been an iconoclastic voice of the left in the Senate, but his positions generally drew little notice. Before he launched his campaign last year, the last time he had commanded serious national attention was when he waged an eight-hour speech railing against renewal of the Bush tax cuts in 2010 — a maneuver that dazzled liberals.

But at whatever time he comes back to the Senate, Sanders is poised to be more powerful than ever, backed by more than 2 million Twitter followers and millions more admirers nationwide who’ll be looking to him to help set the progressive agenda.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/senate-bernie-sanders-223538#ixzz49lC1tLvC
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May 26, 2016

New poll: Clinton and Sanders in dead heat in California

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are virtually deadlocked in California, the biggest prize of the 2016 Democratic presidential primary season, according to a new poll.

The survey, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, finds Clinton with only a small lead over Sanders, 46 percent to 44 percent, among likely voters in the Democratic primary next month.


While even losing California's June 7 primary wouldn't stop Clinton from claiming the Democratic nomination, it would send her limping out of the gates in the general election against Donald Trump. The disappointing poll numbers come as Clinton holds rallies Thursday in San Jose and San Francisco, reeling from Wednesday's report from the State Department's Inspector General sharply criticizing her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

"She's not winning in a blaze of glory; she's winning in a cloud of ambiguity," said Jack Pitney, a professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College.



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