Friday, October 28, 2016


The Wall is the perfect metaphor for Trumpy's entire campaign. He won't win, and he won't be able to do it if he does win, but he loves to promise it. Here's why the Wall is a ridiculous idea
Trump wants to build a big, beautiful wall. Here’s all the land (and water) it would have to cover.
First, a 1970 boundary treaty governs structures along the Rio Grande and Colorado River at the Mexican border. It requires that structures cannot disrupt the flow of the rivers, which flow across Texas and 24 miles in Arizona and define the U.S.-Mexican border, according to The International Boundary and Water Commission, a joint U.S.-Mexican agency that administers the treaty. . . . In some places, treaty obligations and river flood zones would require the wall be built well into the United States, which would be awkward if the Mexican government is paying for it  . . . In addition to creating a no man's land between the wall and the actual border, one government or the other would have to buy large amounts of private property as well as land owned by at least one Indian tribe whose territory straddles the border in southern Arizona. . . .
Concrete is the obvious choice. Ali F. Rhuzkan, a New York-based structural engineer, estimated in an article for National Memo that a 1,900-mile wall - seemingly Mr Trump's original plan - would require about 339 million cubic feet (12.5 million cubic yards) of concrete - three times more than the Hoover Dam. . . . Mr Rhuzkan's estimate was based on a wall that ran five feet beneath the ground and 20 feet above. Mr Trump's claims for the wall range between 30 feet and, more recently, 55 feet. . . . Mr Trump claims the total cost of the wall will be $10 (£7.5) billion to $12 billion. But estimates from fact checkers and engineers seem to be universally higher.


This man is truly a menace
Trump has a solution to the rigged election—cancel it and declare him the winner

A menace
Trump's lies to his own supporters are generating hatred and threats of violence

Trumpy says Clinton is being too mean . . . to his BFF Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin rejects claims of Russia interfering in U.S. election

[NB: I absolutely believe the former head of the KGB. Don't you?]

First Trumpy said he would fully fund his own campaign. Then he said he has put at least $100 million of his own money into it. Both are lies -- in fact, in this crucial closing month, Trumpy has put in . . . $31,000 . . . of his own money
Trump Raised No Money for the RNC This Month  

Hillary Clinton entered the final weeks of the 2016 campaign with a $153 million war chest

Donald Trump woos Indian voters with a Hindi campaign ad that will make you cringe 

The GOP has a major problem with Republican women
Have the Republicans Lost White Women for Good?


Get out the popcorn
‘We Are in for a Pretty Long Civil War’

Trumpy rejects the polls that show him losing as "rigged" - including, apparently, the polls conducted by his own campaign
Despite Trump’s claim that he doesn’t believe the polls, his San Antonio research team spends $100,000 a week on surveys (apart from polls commissioned out of Trump Tower) and has sophisticated models that run daily simulations of the election. The results mirror those of the more reliable public forecasters—in other words, Trump’s staff knows he’s losing. Badly. . . .

Ted Cruz suggests that the Repubs might NEVER vote on a ninth Supreme Court justice -- if a Democrat is nominating them

Republicans are already treating Clinton’s presidency as illegitimate
“Senate Republicans are choosing sides ahead of a brutal conflict over how to handle the lingering Supreme Court vacancy, with Jeff Flake firing back at a suggestion by Ted Cruz that the party could indefinitely block any nominee from Hillary Clinton” . . .

A lot of GOPers are saying they'll vote for Trump, but they say that doesn't mean they're endorsing him -- what the hell does that mean?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) “again reversed his position on Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy on Wednesday night, saying he’d vote for the Republican nominee but wouldn’t endorse him,” Politico reports.  “Chaffetz is one of six Republican members of Congress who have recommitted to voting for Trump after yanking their support.”

“Apologies to LBJ: difference between endorsing Trump and voting for Trump is difference between chicken shit and chicken shit on salad.”  
       — GOP strategist John Weaver
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) said on Wednesday that he will vote for Donald Trump despite once comparing the GOP nominee to Benito Mussolini and calling on Trump to drop out of the race following the release of a 2005 tape with vulgar comments from the nominee. . . .
I call B.S. on Joe Walsh
Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) told Yahoo News that he merely was “talking metaphorically” when he tweeted “I’m grabbing my musket” if Donald Trump loses the election and not about actual violence.

Ah, how nice for them
'Lyin' Hillary Doll' With Noose Makes Appearance At Trump Rally In NC

I keep going back and forth on the worst of the Trump surrogates -- it might be this one
CNN Pundit Spins Wheels Trying To Explain White Lady With 'Blacks For Trump' Sign

Howard Stern says, hell yeah Trump said that stuff -- that's who he is 

Fox World is running out of things to be mad at Hillary about, apparently

Early voting is helping Clinton


Hillary and Michelle whoop it up in NC

Can we stop pretending that the "leaked" (ie, stolen) emails tell us ANYTHING of real importance (as opposed to just salacious gossip)?
In Leaked Emails, Clinton Aides Plot to Use Shirtless Shot of Bernie Sanders Against Him

In other news . . .

In my own state, Mark Kirk was going to lose to Tammy Duckworth anyway -- but after this debate performance, he should be humiliated
Jury acquits Oregon standoff defendants


Scientists find a dinosaur brain!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016


With precious time running out in the campaign, Trumpy takes a day off to promote his business (or maybe that's what it's been about all along)
Donald Trump’s bizarre hotel opening proved he’s in this for himself
Donald does D.C.: Trump’s hotel launch was the strangest “campaign” event of 2016 

On Tuesday, Trump invited the press corps to a mysterious “campaign event” at the Trump National Doral Miami golf resort. . .

Trumpy gets asked the obvious question, and he doesn't like it
Bash asked, "The fact that people come to your events and that helps you with free advertising. Is that what this was about?" Trump ranted on about how incredible his new hotel is to have finished early and under budget. Bash continued, "For people who say you're taking time out of swing states to go do this, what do you say?" . . .

Trump said, "For you to ask me that question is actually very insulting, because Hillary Clinton does one stop and then goes home and sleeps yet you'll ask me that question. I think it's a very rude question, to be honest with you."  

When ABC News' George Stephanopoulos asked Donald Trump about his accusers on Wednesday, the Republican nominee lashed out and said the ABC host was wasting time on the topic. . . .
The Trump brand has been damaged


Mr. "Party Unity" really doesn't care about any other candidates

La-la land
A new Suffolk University poll released today finds that majorities or pluralities of Trump supporters worry that the election results could be manipulated; believe that if Trump loses, corruption will have been the culprit; think the media is actively coordinating with individual campaigns; and are persuaded that the multiple women who have accused him of unwanted advances are lying to hurt his campaign. At the same time, majorities of the broader electorate reject all of those assertions. . .

When Trump calls our democracy "rigged," he encourages dictators around the world to say that the U.S. is no better than they are
Bill O'Reilly To Trump: 'Undermining Our Electoral System Is Not A Patriotic Thing'

Trump Biographer: 'Rigged Election' Is Cover For Humiliation Trump's 'Losing To A Woman' 

You remember Trumpy saying he "knows more than the generals." He really means it
Donald Trump Says He'll Teach Military Expert 'a Couple of Things' About Mosul

New Clinton ad: 

A taxonomy of Trump lies 

Trumpy can't resist reopening his feud with the grieving parents of a Gold Star hero

Trumpy defends himself from criticism over not paying federal income taxes by saying he has paid a lot of state and local taxes. Well, guess what?
How Trump uses libel threats and lawsuits to intimidate and silence his critics
Trump is a Libel Bully 

More Trump vulgarity on The Apprentice -- I'm not even going to quote it
Trump and his proxies are praising Newt for standing up to that nasty bitch Megyn Kelly on Fox

Newt Gingrich’s fight with Megyn Kelly reveals a gross, twisted logic about sexual assault

Wow. William Weld, the Libertarian VP candidate, suddenly realizes (a) he's been running on a ticket with GARY JOHNSON and (b) something more important is at stake
In a remarkable statement published today, Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate Bill Weld effectively walked away from his candidacy and called for voters to vote for Hillary Clinton. . . [read on]


Coming home
Democrats are coming home to Clinton. That’s very bad news for Trump. 

The Secret Hillary Club
Bet on it
Hillary Clinton Says She Doubts Trump 'Has Ever Read The Constitution' 

Oh-oh, Trump's in real trouble now: Hillary's new ad has MORGAN FREEMAN in it
Who says she's too serious?
Hillary Clinton Reveals Plan for Closing America’s ‘Fun Deficit’: ‘A Big, National Dance Party’

Clinton does an impression of Trump lurking behind her during one of the presidential debates.

In other news. . . 

I hope it doesn't happen -- but the scary thing is that we're even forced to consider it
Make America violent again: Trump’s rhetoric could cause Election Day mayhem — and worse

Trump Supporters Warn of Revolution  

GOP candidates brag about gridlock -- and promise even more of it
Let’s think about what that “check” on Clinton might be. If we were in a different era – or even if we were contemplating a Republican president and a Democratic Congress – it would mean what people say, that with our senator keeping an eye on things, the president won’t get out of control with some highly ideological agenda. He or she will have to stick to practical proposals with wide support. Divided government would slow things down and make for more deliberative legislating, one where compromise is necessary to accomplish anything. But today’s Republican Party has a much different idea of what it means to keep a Democratic president in check. As we’ve seen in the last eight years, they believe that with only the occasional, very rare exception, their job is to stop everything a Democratic president wants to do. They’ve made it standard practice to filibuster every bill of any consequence whatsoever, and if Barack Obama wants it, they’re going to do everything in their power to prevent it from happening. There are no compromises, no working across the aisle . . .

House Republicans are already preparing for ‘years’ of investigations of Clinton

The GOP is getting frantic about defending the Senate races they're losing

Clinton camp wants donors to give resources to Senate majority

The GOP continues to play around with voter suppression (the really "rigged" part of this election), and so the Dems take them to court

“We have three major voter suppression operations under way”
In the run-up to Election Day, Donald Trump’s campaign has two goals: suppress voter turnout among key Democratic constituencies and shore up a mass database of voter contact information to be used for whatever comes next. . . .

On premium increases in Obamacare
I've mentioned before that Obamacare premiums started out too low in their first year, which explains (a) why so many insurers have had trouble making money in the exchanges, and (b) why premiums increased so much this year. . . . [T]he cost of individual premiums dropped in 2014 when the Obamacare exchanges started up—even though Obamacare policies generally provided better coverage. When you factor in the big increase for next year, average premiums will have risen from $4,500 to $5,600 since 2013. That's an annual increase of 6.1 percent, about the same as the average annual increase in employer plans over the past decade. . . .

Bonus item: The Republicans want you to know that HILLARY REALLY ISN'T A CUBS FAN (but they're wrong about that too)
Clinton has forever claimed to be a Cubs fan, it seems. And it was only as she began running for office in New York that she started talking about the Yankees. Given her birthplace in suburban Chicago, Clinton’s allegiance seems legit. . . 

More: Happy Birthday wishes for Clinton . . . from Trump supporters

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Like every male jerk, Trumpy thinks the job of the woman is to clean up after him
Kellyanne Conway revealed that her boss calls her “honey.”

Kellyanne Conway’s and Donald Trump’s relationship is becoming bizarre

HOW can women still support Trump? 

Let's cry a river for the Republican women pundits suddenly discovering their party is sexist
Donald Trump’s campaign is making conservative women consider calling themselves feminists 

Trump: the final days
Will he have a closing message? If you believe Donald Trump’s version of the race, or something in its vicinity, he’s down but not out. Lacking another debate and trailing Hillary Clinton in resources, he needs something dramatic to change directions – or at least get those on the sidelines suited up on his behalf. His overriding message in recent days has been about the “rigged election” – a rallying cry for anger, though not necessarily voting. He is, of course, attacking the polls he once touted at the top of all his big speeches. He has also, in recent days, threaten to sue his accusers, along with the usual jumps on headlines – Wikileaks revelations, Obamacare rates, etc. The freewheeling style has gotten him this far. But it’s hard to discern a strategy behind Trump’s campaign style now, with two precious weeks still to play with. 

Trump and Allies Focus Anger on GOP Leaders  

With growing desperation, Trumpy ramps up his fevered accusations: now Obama should be investigated too
We're going to have to build more prisons for all of Trump's political enemies . . .

Trump Says Clinton Could Cause World War III  

Not the actions of a winning campaign
Amid lagging polls, Trump stops holding high-dollar fundraisers
Trump Scales Back Transition Planning Efforts  

Donald Trump’s campaign has spent more on hats than on polling
Trump Already Looking Past Presidential Race  

"Other People's Money" -- another Trump scam 

Yeah, whatever
Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is not interested in starting a television network if he loses the election, despite reports to the contrary and his campaign's recent habit of hosting nightly live broadcasts on Facebook.

Trump gets employees from his golf course to shill for him
Trump invites a Latino employee to mic to speak: "This guy better say good -- or I'll say, 'You're fired!'"


Trump shows his complete ignorance of what Obamacare even is
Here is Donald on Obamacare: "Well, I don't use much Obamacare, I must be honest with you, because it is so bad for the people and they can't afford it. And like, for instance, I'm at Trump National Doral in Miami, and we don't even use Obamacare. We don't want it. The people don't want it, and I spend more money on health coverage, but we don't use it."  

The obvious point to make is that Trump obviously has no idea what Obamacare is. He's apparently under the impression that it's some kind of option that employers can choose as group insurance for their employees. Ha ha. What an idiot. And that's true enough. But did you notice something else? Once again, Trump has made it clear that he has no idea how his own businesses are run. [read on]

White Woman Waving 'Blacks For Trump' Sign Appears Behind Trump At Rally 

The Trump trick: take attacks against him and use exactly the same words against his adversaries

The most divisive candidate in our lifetimes complains that the lack of GOP party unity (around him) is why he's losing

I think that word does not mean what you think it means
Trump: I’ve Been Endorsed By The Military ‘Conceptually, At Least’

Trump refuses interview because he can't get the questions in advance
Old Trump interviews: a gold mine of assholery
‘Most People Aren’t Worthy Of Respect’
“I don’t like to analyze myself because I might not like what I see”

Trump’s Biggest Fear Is Losing Status 

CNN has become an uncomfortable space for Trump surrogates

Newt's meltdown on Fox -- watch!

Colin Powell says he'll vote for Clinton

Hillary's laugh?
In other news . . . 

In Fox World
According to Fox News, Republicans have “Good news in Ohio.” What is that good news?  "White share of the vote is up 3 points from four years ago, black share is down 7." 

On Wisconsin!
Wisconsin voting clerk didn’t want to open campus early voting site because more Democrats would vote  

Scary: inside the militia movement

Why Obamacare needs fixing
Obamacare Premiums Are Going Up About 0% For Most People

Obamacare Is a Policy Triumph and a Political Failure
Obamacare has some problems. Here’s how we can fix them.
Here's My 11-Word, 1-Chart Plan for Fixing Obamacare

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