Too much happening and coming out every minute to keep up with it here on this tiny little blog, but here are a couple of must reads:
This Election Has Disgraced the Entire Profession of Journalism by Ken Silverstein (ht Gay Patriot)
And all the investigations, a who’s who via the Daily Mail.
Making it time to vote for Trump again.
Because their side needs to be blown to bits. (metaphorically of course)
Project Veritas via Ace
So yesterday I wavered. I don’t know if it’s the polls showing Trump is going to lose (this hasn’t bothered me before). Was it the weekend hot mic? (no – who didn’t know this of Trump?)
It’s the lack of understanding/compassion from the Trump campaign for the rest of the GOP.
And I have no respect for the GOP. The GOP is at fault for Trump. In their quest to not have a Ted Cruz or even Marco Rubio as their nominee in favor of Jeb Bush, they boosted Trump. They could have found tapes of how awful Trump is. They could have shown some minimum amount of understanding and compassion for those who actually need to compete with illegal aliens. They could have adjusted rules so that there weren’t 18 (18!!) people in the primary.
So they made their bed.
Trump is smart enough to realize his own personality and traits that are not presidential. He’s not a professional politician and he could easily discuss how he doesn’t quite get what all is needed, but that he does need a GOP congress if he’s going to get things done. Instead – he doesn’t care.
Just because Paul Ryan is vilified by many on the right doesn’t mean he didn’t get elected and gets to serve in his spot. Trump could easily ignore what’s going on with Ryan by just suggesting that he understands, but that when he’s elected President, they’ll all figure out how to get along. Isn’t that what’s done in business?
Why is this unforgivable to me vs Trump’s support of Kelos? I think it just may be that final straw on the camel’s back. It’s not any worse than anything else. And maybe it’s because Colorado no longer feels in play so I have a little leeway.
Wouldn’t it be cool to have money for a real Libertarian candidate next time that morphs into the new GOP? Come on – you know the GOP is dead and gone.
Also I lost a friend this weekend. He died within 3 months of diagnosis leaving behind a wife and a wonderful 4 year old girl. This election really doesn’t matter in the big scheme of things.
When you’re young and you are excited about watching your first debate, tonight’s debate is the sort of thing you expect to see. Animosity, accusations, questioning of records. Instead you usually get politicians too filled with decorum to really discuss Benghazi with Obama, that sort of thing.
What we learned tonight.
1 – Donald Trump can learn and learn quickly. He had a lot of information at his fingertips concerning Hillary’s bullpucky that he didn’t bother to bring up last time. A friend and I wondered in September if he was just learning who his opponent is before really bothering with the one two punches. I think that’s true. He learned the facts and figures needed to hand her her “I’m most suited for the job” back to her on a plate.
2 – Donald Trump can control himself. I didn’t think he was going to make it 90 minutes but he did.
3 – Sorry – we didn’t learn a thing about Hillary tonight so I don’t have a talking point on that..
Trump wants the job and he’s going to do what he can to get it. He’s right, he’s fighting not only Democrats but the media and a good portion of Republicans too.
He did however earn my respect tonight.
ps – read this in regards to the Trump uproar.
As an aside – while I agree with much of what is in the link I have been saying all along that Republicans (big R party Republicans) got us to this place by not having a clue. They put up Jeb Bush as their guy and then figured the more candidates there are the better. Rand Paul would be an easy win over Hillary but no, the Republicans so didn’t want Cruz that they decided Jeb Bush was their guy. Jeb is probably an awesome man and would make a great president but not this election. The Republicans screwed his chances for a future run by running him this year. They were tone deaf and Donald Trump is their gift to the rest of us.
OMG – the Hot Mic!!!! Lord help us all, Trump sounded just like a crass dude with narcissistic tendencies and a big need to advertise his penis.
I’m sorry – but who didn’t know this about him?
In the meantime the FBI has turned into yet another minor partner of the Democrat party along with the IRS. Who gives a crap about Trump and his mannerisms about women? He’s an old dude who sounds exactly how I would expect him to sound in private. (Dear Donald, I know you’ve already apologized, but please do NOT get hooked on this subject during the debate!!!)
Trump is crass. Clinton is a crook.
Trump thinks he’s awesome and above the norms of societal behavior because women (God forbid) throw themselves at rich men. Clinton is above the law and she thinks only her and her ilk are capable of running your life.
Trump sees some women as objects. Clinton likes to destroy women who have been raped by her husband. Seriously which is worse??
I hate this election but #neverhillary
ps – I am a single 53 yo woman. I recognize that I don’t match my demographic, but I checked with a few others to confirm I am not dissing my tribe and others agree with me.
And there it is…..
The corrupt DOJ is dropping charges against a weapons dealer in order to keep Clinton and Obama out of the limelight of an arms deal that they theoretically believe in.
Imagine a day when people make choices that they believe in and then can defend in the court of public opinion vs hiding behind a corrupt dept of justice.
Imagine a day when the head of the FBI admits it chooses to investigate certain people with kid gloves and others with iron fists.
Imagine a day when those who claim they are “most prepared” for anything that could happen in the world really is and can explain why/how or even say “I’m sorry – I can’t divulge anything now”.
Imagine a day when the IRS is not out to get certain classes of people and instead just do job.
Kangaroo courts is what we have here in ‘merica now folks. Brought to you by the Clintons and Obamas.
“They don’t want this stuff to come out because it will look really bad for Obama and Clinton just before the election,” an associate of Turi told Politico, claiming that information sought by Turi’s team would show Clinton’s own role in arming Libyan rebels fighting former strongman Col. Muammar Qaddafi while she was secretary of state.
Fox News, citing federal records, reported last year that documents showed U.S. officials supported Turi’s effort to channel weapons to Libyan rebels while Clinton was secretary of state.
Many of the arms destined for Libyan rebels ultimately fell into the hands of Islamist militants, reportedly including those in Syria.
“When this equipment landed in Libya, half went one way, and the half went the other way,” Turi previously told Fox News, emphasizing that poor oversight, allowed individuals hostile to the United States to get arms. “The half that went the other way is the half that ended up in Syria.”
I can never decide if I am an average voter or not to know whether my take should count much, but here it is……
Trump can be the President. He didn’t show anything there that makes me think it’s a big deal that he not be president, any more than Hillary.
Yes he took the bait on numerous stupid things while Hillary stood there ever so smugly. Yes, his world revolves around him, so ‘taking it to Hillary’ on ethics was not big on his agenda like it would have been on mine.
But there will be other chances.
He did a couple of things right. One is not being embarrassed about his wealth or fighting the overabundance of taxes and regulations on businesses. (though yes, he could have stressed that SMALL business gets put under the same rules and BIG business and suffers thusly)
Two – he did think on his feet. While Hillary was reading her talking points a LOT he was thinking more on his feet. Did you notice after calling her Secretary Clinton, that she called him Donald. His response on that point included calling her Hillary. He has intelligence. But yes, he is all Trump all the time.
Oddly the stop and frisk portion which made me wince seems to have made the pundits happy. Lester Holt brought up birtherism, mysogyny and Trump taxes without once bringing up the Clinton Foundation, emails or Benghazi. That doesn’t seem equally balanced to me.
I doubt minds were changed last night. For those truly not nevertrump or neverhillary they’ll want a few more of these talks. I remain neverhillary.
15 years ago it happened. That’s a long time. Clearly I’m older because it doesn’t seem that long ago. This column from Jazz at HotAir is a good one.
And yet, even though I’m probably not supposed to say such things aloud, this is a day when I’m reminded that there’s a darkness and a hardness in my heart which wasn’t there before.
For me too. Partly because I started paying closer attention. And with attention comes shock at how things are working and the reality that I have little to no influence or say. (above and beyond jihadism, but let’s stay focused) After all these years, no one has quite figured out what radicalizes a jihadist even when the jihadist claims it’s the Koran.
God is no longer a major part of our world and so it’s impossible to understand how Allah can have such a major impact on lives in other worlds.
In this odd world where Christianity is often blamed for bigotry, Islam is to remain unscathed from the consequences of it’s major text. No wonder we can’t figure it out. We are being less honest and forthright but more pc and sensitive. That doesn’t lead to truth.
Yes Clinton and the Clinton Foundation latest scandal is big, big news, but can someone tell me why this isn’t Obama’s fault?
It is – yet there go the media. They have Clinton or Obama to deal with and they’ve chosen Clinton. Let’s see – can you imagine Bush III not being skewered in this country had this been HIS state department, yet there isn’t a story out there with the name Obama even in it!
This drives me nuts.
I haven’t added fuel to the fire of late, so I might as well now……
The ol’ pile on Trump re the Khans.
Here’s what those talking heads don’t get. Trump talks like a lot of people. (sure – a bit loony, but like a lot of people) He says whats in his head. He questioned being questioned about sacrifice. Did Trump sacrifice a son? No – of course not. Is sacrificing his time/energy to build businesses while making money a comparable? No – of course not, but he lashed out like many do.
Presidential? No. Human? Yes.
Then of course he can’t shut up. He hasn’t been “trained” properly and will never be trained. So he brings up Mrs. Khan. Yes, many of us know Muslim women who speak for themselves, but we also read of those with genital mutilation, those who aren’t allowed to drive, or talk to boys or kiss before marriage or, or, or, or. Trump has no filters, but for the media to act like his thinking is beyond the pale is pretty stupid. No – it’s ‘in the tank for Hillary’.
For Obama to go out and suggest Trump is unfit for office by making an unfiltered statement is ridiculous compared to the stunts of the Democratic nominee and the people who continue to support her.
Obama said that denunciations from Republicans of Trump’s remarks “ring hollow” without an accompanying withdrawal of support.
“I don’t doubt their sincerity. I don’t doubt they were outraged by some of the statements that Mr. Trump and his supporters made about the Khan family,” Obama said. “But there has to come a point in which you say, ‘Somebody who makes those kinds of statements doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world.’ “
Surely you could say something even worse here about the Dems. Democrats have yet to renounce the lying and blame shifting of Hillary Clinton. They have yet to denounce the politics of personal destruction or the shady money deals in Haiti for the Clinton Foundation. There has to come a point where you realize the nominee doesn’t have the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world..”
Unless of course, the most powerful position in the world is all, and I mean all about what you look like on TV.