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Trump Could Face Five Years In Prison For Death Threat Against Hillary Clinton

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump blatantly encouraged individuals attending a campaign rally in Wilmington, N.C. to commit violence against Hillary Clinton, and now he may find himself heading towards a prison cell – as such a despicable comment might be construed as a felony.

During Trump’s speech, where words dribbled past his jiggly orange chin, he lamented on with one of his favorite lies about Hillary Clinton; that she is attempting to take guns away from American citizens. According to the faux billionaire, “Hillary wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment. And by the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”

While Trump’s crowds are typically like wild rabid unspayed animals fighting over bits of bloody meat, a hush fell over those who could not believe their favorite potential fascist had just suggested they shoot Hillary Clinton.

Trump’s campaign immediately began performing damage control. Trump’s spokesman Jason Miller lied through his teeth when he said, “It’s called the power of unification – 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power. And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump.”

However, when one threatens a public figure in such a blatant way, there is no unringing that bell, despite whatever contortions the Trump campaign attempts to spin. Donald Trump committed a felony and should be arrested immediately. Under 18 U.S. Code § 879 – Threats against former Presidents and certain other persons:

(a)Whoever knowingly and willfully threatens to kill, kidnap, or inflict bodily harm upon—

(3) a major candidate for the office of President or Vice President, or a member of the immediate family of such candidate; or

(4) a person protected by the Secret Service under section 3056(a)(6); shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.


Trump voter: "I like Trump because he says exactly what he means."

TRUMP: "Somebody shoot my opponent."

Trump Supporter: "He didn't mean that."

103-Year-Old Woman Vows To Stay Alive Long Enough To Vote Against Donald Trump

In an interview published last Friday, a 103-year-old woman told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that she “must live” long enough to vote for Hillary Clinton.

Amanpour spoke to the woman, Ruline Steininger, who lives in Iowa, about Clinton’s candidacy. Steininger, who was born seven years before women even had the right to vote, campaigned for Clinton before the Iowa caucuses.

The Iowa caucus turned out such a close result between Clinton and Bernie Sanders that the voters Steininger may have swayed to the Clinton camp could have decided the election. You never know, and it certainly is possible.

Amanpour introduced Steininger’s dramatic lifespan.

“Imagine living through 2 World Wars, the Depression, a man on the moon, cures for polio and smallpox, 9/11, the first black American president, and the digital revolution,” she said. “That is the amazing 103-year lifespan of Ruline Steininger.”

“When I reached her at her care home,” Amanpour went on, “She told me that she’s desperate to stick around long enough for the first female American president.”

Video at link: http://bipartisanreport.com/2016/07/03/103-year-old-woman-vows-to-stay-alive-long-enough-to-vote-against-donald-trump-video/

Obama To Republicans: I Didn’t Create Trump, Your Bigotry Towards Me Did

In this clip, President Obama destroys the absurd narrative that somehow he’s to blame for the rise of Donald Trump and the implosion of the Republican Party. Our noble president has been blamed by Republicans for pretty much everything that’s gone wrong over the past eight years, while all of his accomplishments are tarnished and discounted – but even this is a stretch.

“I have been blamed by Republicans for a lot of things, but being blamed for their primaries and who they’re selecting for their party is novel” said the President at a press conference today, undoubtly holding back a roll of his eyes. I don’t think that I was the one to prompt questions about my birth certificate… I don’t remember saying, ‘Hey, why don’t you ask me about that? Why don’t you, you know, question whether I’m American or whether I’m loyal or whether I have America’s best interests at heart. Those aren’t things that were prompted by any actions of mine. And so what you’re seeing within the Republican party is to some degree all those efforts over a course of time, creating an environment where somebody like a Donald Trump can thrive.

It really is astonishing how the Republican Party operates in its own reality, where facts don’t matter and the truth is whatever they say it is. Eight years of barely disguised racism and partisan obstructionism justified by vague appeals to whatever “real conservatism” might be has left the Republican voter base furious at an establishment that is flagrantly disregarding the demands of their constitutents and failing to fulfill their constitutional obligations. The Republican Party has made their own bed in the muck of ignorance and discrimination, and now they must watch as Donald Trump gleefully frolics in it.

Watch it here:


Okay, we just had someone suggest a 2nd ammendment remedy to their challenger.

Why isn't there more outrage?

I've been around for quite a while and NEVER have I seen a candidate suggest the assassintion of

their "foe." WTF is wrong with that man?

The Meaning of Melania’s Photo Shoot

The story of Melania Trump’s old nude photos, and their odd blossoming into a fable of the trials of immigration, will probably remain as a footnote to this bizarre Presidential campaign, though footnotes to this campaign are rather like footnotes to “Finnegans Wake”: the text itself is so confounding that there isn’t a sentence that might not call for one. Still, it is worth ruminating over for a moment, before it passes away, for two reasons. It shows an unexpected maturity in American life, and then something predictably depressing about the hypocrisy within it, too.

The nudes, alone and à deux, of Melania Knauss (to use her name when the photos were taken, back in the nineties), appeared in the New York Post the weekend before last. Melania’s most notable previous appearance had occurred when she said a few words at the Republican Convention, which were quickly discovered to be, in part, actually Michelle Obama’s words. This was a hard début in the role of the nominee’s wife, though, in fact, she was treated extraordinarily gently, the assumption being that, despite her having declared that she had written the speech herself with as “little help as possible,” she was not really responsible for it. (And another assumption being that her declaring that she’d written it was the kind of white lie that all political spouses are expected to tell, like saying that they love getting up early on winter mornings and campaigning in Iowa.)

The appearance of the photos in the Post would, one might have thought in an earlier time, suggest that they were intended to shock or offend the Trump campaign. But to think this is to misunderstand the role of the Post as it exists today, which is as a sort of Potemkin tabloid. It looks like and poses as a populist paper, but it actually loses money (the sum, in recent years, has been estimated as being in the tens of millions) and exists principally to give its owner, Rupert Murdoch, a paper platform in New York City. (It does have a terrific sports section.) Since Murdoch’s Post is the only paper in New York to be resolutely pro-Trump, there seems to be a decent chance that the pictures were published with Trump’s acquiescence, if not his aid. This may seem odd, but in truth Trump has a long history of actively feeding information to the press that more normally constituted citizens might find embarrassing. And it did serve as a distraction from all the other, still more embarrassing things that were going on around the candidate. (There are always such things going on around Trump.) The publication of the photographs was obviously expected to outrage some and enrage others and distract everyone. In some other, earlier epochs in American life—specifically, in the eighties, to which Trump still spiritually belongs—they would indeed have served as a distraction from almost every other controversy going. (As Trump surely recognized, the pictures would have distracted him.)

What was so strange and oddly cheering was that, on the whole, nobody took the bait. Did Trump expect his wife to be subjected to a storm of mockery, so that he could spring to her defense? Apart from some scattershot sneering, it didn’t happen. Was he expecting his political rivals to publicly question him so that he could defend her, while simultaneously pointing out how much hotter she was than every other candidate’s wife? Didn’t happen. Did the Post and Trump both expect hooting from feminist Hillary supporters, or even from one Clinton or the other, thus revealing their hypocritical readiness to turn on a woman with the wrong politics? That didn’t happen either. Nothing happened. The photographs were received almost entirely without scandal, because, well, because education does happen, and change does take place, and even the most benighted among us, Trump quite possibly aside, now understand that a woman’s body is hers to pose and have photographed more or less as she chooses, and that it is for the rest of us to respect her choices and to look or not at the photographs as we choose. The wrongness of “slut shaming” women, as we call it now, for appearing in pictures, either artful or erotic, is apparent to all. We already knew that Melania had worked as a model, and that models take these kinds of pictures. (That objectifying yourself for money might still be an imprudent way to spend your youth, perhaps because it leaves you vulnerable when you’re older, is another question worth pursuing, but one for the colleges more than for the tabloids.)

Nobody blamed Melania. Most people understood that she had nothing to be ashamed of, though one might wonder how all those Christian evangelicals who support Trump could reconcile the pictures with their hard faith. Even given the desperate nature of people’s anxiety about Trump, it was almost universally accepted that his wife’s posing for nude pictures in the past was not a proper subject for political scrutiny. It must have been an enormous disappointment to him.

This marks a genuine change, perhaps even a revolution, in America’s ability not to be shocked by the not particularly shocking. Back in those same eighties during which Trump first crawled from the primal tabloid swamp, as some may recall, the gifted Vanessa Williams, having become the first black Miss America, was discovered to have posed for similar pictures, which, once passed to Penthouse, caused her to be stripped of her crown and cast out into the darkness. Williams proved resilient and made a fine career for herself as a singer and actress. The pageant has since apologized to her. /snip http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-meaning-of-melanias-photo-shoot

Gotta watch this one. Trump light.

Posted by Photographer | Tue Aug 9, 2016, 09:42 AM (3 replies)

50 G.O.P. Officials Warn Donald Trump Would Put Nation’s Security ‘at Risk’

I know it's been said before but it bears repeating.

Fifty of the nation’s most senior Republican national security officials, many of them former top aides or cabinet members for President George W. Bush, have signed a letter declaring that Donald J. Trump “lacks the character, values and experience” to be president and “would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.”

Mr. Trump, the officials warn, “would be the most reckless president in American history.”

The letter says Mr. Trump would weaken the United States’ moral authority and questions his knowledge of and belief in the Constitution. It says he has “demonstrated repeatedly that he has little understanding” of the nation’s “vital national interests, its complex diplomatic challenges, its indispensable alliances and the democratic values” on which American policy should be based. And it laments that “Mr. Trump has shown no interest in educating himself.”

“None of us will vote for Donald Trump,” the letter states, though it notes later that many Americans “have doubts about Hillary Clinton, as do many of us.”

While foreign policy elites in both parties often argue among themselves — behind closed doors, or politely in the pages of Foreign Affairs magazine — it is extraordinarily rare for them to step into the political arena so publicly and aggressively. Several former midlevel officials issued a similar if milder letter in March, during the primaries. But Monday’s letter included many senior former officials who until now have remained silent in public, even while denouncing Mr. Trump’s policies over dinners or in small Republican conclaves.


Posted by Photographer | Tue Aug 9, 2016, 03:57 AM (1 replies)

Before European Christians Forced Gender Roles, Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders

It wasn’t until Europeans took over North America that natives adopted the ideas of gender roles. For Native Americans, there was no set of rules that men and women had to abide by in order to be considered a “normal” member of their tribe.

In fact, people who had both female and male characteristics were viewed as gifted by nature, and therefore, able to see both sides of everything. According to Indian Country Today, all native communities acknowledged the following gender roles: “Female, male, Two Spirit female, Two Spirit male and Transgendered.”

“Each tribe has their own specific term, but there was a need for a universal term that the general population could understand. The Navajo refer to Two Spirits as Nádleehí (one who is transformed), among the Lakota is Winkté (indicative of a male who has a compulsion to behave as a female), Niizh Manidoowag (two spirit) in Ojibwe, Hemaneh (half man, half woman) in Cheyenne, to name a few. As the purpose of “Two Spirit” is to be used as a universal term in the English language, it is not always translatable with the same meaning in Native languages. For example, in the Iroquois Cherokee language, there is no way to translate the term, but the Cherokee do have gender variance terms for ‘women who feel like men’ and vice versa.”

The “Two Spirit” culture of Native Americans was one of the first things that Europeans worked to destroy and cover up. According to people like American artist George Catlin, the Two Spirit tradition had to be eradicated before it could go into history books. Catlin said the tradition:

“..Must be extinguished before it can be more fully recorded.”

/snip http://bipartisanreport.com/2016/06/19/before-european-christians-forced-gender-roles-native-americans-acknowledged-5-genders/
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