Archive | May 2016

Delusional Donald Tells Californians There Is No Drought

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Here are the opening paragraphs of an article written by Steph Solis for USA Today:

“California suffered one of its driest years in 2015. And last year the state hit its driest four-year period on record.

“But Donald Trump isn’t sold. The presumptive GOP nominee told supporters in Fresno, California, on Friday night that no such dry spell exists.

“Trump said state officials were simply denying water to Central Valley farmers to prioritize the Delta smelt, a native California fish nearing extinction—or as Trump called it, ‘a certain kind of three-inch fish.’

“’We’re going to solve your water problem. You have a water problem that is so insane. It is so ridiculous where they’re taking the water and shoving it out to sea,’ Trump told thousands of supporters at the campaign event.”

Soils’ complete article is available at: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/05/28/donald-trump-tells-californians-there-no-drought/85082174/.

This goes beyond being against environmental protections, or even being a climate-change denier, or being, more…

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Starr and Trump–Self-Righteousness and Self-Glorification

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This is an addendum to Hank Reichman’s post on Ken Starr.

Here is a news item from Vanity Fair news writer Emily Jane Fox that succinctly synthesizes the recent news coverage related to Ken Starr—specifically the coverage of Starr’s comments about Bill Clinton and his investigation of the then-President’s sexual indiscretions and the coverage of the ironies and hypocrisies in Starr’s own current situation:

“Ken Starr, the former independent counsel tasked with investigating the Whitewater real-estate venture, and who eventually pursued the Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky scandals that led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment, is now lavishing praise on the man whose public and private lives he spent years trying to destroy.

“’His genuine empathy for human beings is absolutely clear,’ Starr said last week in a panel at the National Constitution Center, according to The New York Times. ‘It is powerful, it is palpable and the folks of Arkansas really understood that about him—that…

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Minimizing the Reach of Government

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Like others who post to this blog, I am generally not in favor of academic boycotts. But I don’t have the same reservations about economic boycotts. But, ultimately, my different attitudes toward the two types of boycotts may amount to a distinction without a real difference because I would not try to eliminate anyone else’s right to engage in either type of boycott.

The following item has been distributed by the Cleveland chapter of the JVP, or Jewish Voice for Peace:

“Have you heard that the Ohio House is trying to pass a bill to boycott companies that support the BDS Movement?

“Here’s what’s happening: Since March legislators from both parties have been promoting HB 476, which would prohibit any state agency from contracting with a company that boycotts or divests from Israel. The bill, should it become law, is almost certainly unconstitutional and would create all kinds of problems…

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The Double Standard—Trump and Priebus Style

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Here is Reince Priebus’s response to questions raised by Chris Wallace on FOX about the New York Times article chronicling Donald Trump’s long history of very sexist behavior towards women:

In essence, Priebus is arguing that because such attacks have not previously derailed Trump’s candidacy, they no longer matter. Trump is a transformational candidate because everything that used to be fundamental to how we judge political candidates has not seemed to apply to Trump. Therefore, Trump is more likely than Clinton to be a transformational force in Washington—to have a transformational impact on how the American government operates.

This is, of course, a classic example of the logical fallacy of equivocation, among other fallacies.

But, beyond the GOP chairman’s manifold illogic about Trump and his strengths, Trump himself has sought to make Hillary Clinton a symbol of the political establishment by very pointedly asserting her involvement in the sexual scandals…

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Two News Reports on the Same Survey

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“Military Times Survey: Troops Prefer Trump to Clinton by a Huge Margin”

Leo Shane III and George R. Altman

Military Times

May 10, 2016

In a new survey of American military personnel, Donald Trump emerged as active-duty service members’ preference to become the next U.S. president, topping Hillary Clinton by more than a 2-to-1 margin. However, in the latest Military Times election survey, more than one in five troops said they’d rather not vote in November if they have to choose between just those two candidates

But given only those choices, 21 percent of the service members surveyed said they would abstain from voting. More than 54 percent of the 951 troops Military Times surveyed said they would vote for Trump, the presumed Republican presidential nominee, over Clinton, the Democratic front-runner. Only about 25 percent said they would vote for Clinton in that matchup.

“Donald Trump May Be the US Military’s Least Liked Republican…

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Loretta Lynch on Transgender Rights

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Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Remarks at Press Conference Announcing Complaint against the State of North Carolina to Stop Discrimination against Transgender Individuals

Monday, May 9, 2016

 

Good afternoon and thank you all for being here.  Today, I’m joined by [Vanita] Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice.  We are here to announce a significant law enforcement action regarding North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, also known as House Bill 2.

The North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 2 in special session on March 23 of this year.  The bill sought to strike down an anti-discrimination provision in a recently-passed Charlotte, North Carolina, ordinance, as well as to require transgender people in public agencies to use the bathrooms consistent with their sex as noted at birth, rather than the bathrooms that fit their gender identity.  The bill was signed…

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Trump Bonds with “the Hispanics”

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Trump Celebrates CincoDeMayo

Preliminary notes for an explication:

Trump apparently thinks that he can begin to mitigate, if not erase, the political damage caused by his characterizing Mexicans and rapists and murderers by simply posing for a photo while eating a taco bowl.

Although food is a major element of all cultures, equivocating one’s enjoyment of certain dishes with a broader appreciation for and a sensitivity to a culture is generally an indication of the opposite—of a deeply ingrained cultural parochialism and cultural insensitivity.

Asserting that a “taco bowl” connects you to Mexicans is equivalent to saying that eating a meatball makes you Sicilian or eating a pierogi makes you Slavic.

Worse, Trump reduces one of Mexico’s most important holidays into yet another opportunity to plug the Grill in Trump Tower and, in essence, himself.

In exercising his usual egotism, Trump insults Mexicans, for he claims that people employed in a building that…

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End of Season Sale?

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End of Season Sale

I wonder, where does all of this stuff go at the end of a campaign? Into a landfill?

Is there anyone in the country who has collected the campaign chotchkies of all of the candidates who have run in 2016?

Did candidates such as George Pataki and Jim Gilmore even bother to produce them?

All that I have been able to locate for the Gilmore campaign is these two campaign buttons:

Gilmore for President Button [1]Gilmore for President Button [2]

Would any of this stuff have value as collectibles if someone was determined to save it?

Or are we interested only in the winners?

The biggest collection that I have been able to find online appears to be in the Museum of Democracy:

Museum of Democracy

See: http://www.museumofdemocracy.org/.

Interestingly, the “campaign chotkies” become “political memorabilia” when they are formally collected and displayed.

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Responses to Larry Wilmore’s Remarks

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Here are the results of a Google search. You can, of course, click on any of the links, but just surveying the headings will give you a fairly good sense that Larry Wilmore did push the envelope on creating discomfort:

Larry Wilmore Savages Media, Ignites Reporter Controversy During White House Correspondents Dinner Skewering

Deadline ­ 15 hours ago

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Twitter Is Exploding After Larry Wilmore’s White House … ­  Attn

www.attn.com/…/twitter­response­to­larry­wilmore­using­n­word­at­whc…

13 hours ago ­ Twitter responded to comedian Larry Wilmore calling President Obama the n­word at the White House CorrespondentsDinner on Saturday.

Larry Wilmore’s Correspondents’ Dinner Roast Was All  …

https://www.romper.com/…/larry­wilmorecorrespondents­dinner­roast­…

16 hours ago ­ Larry Wilmore’s CorrespondentsDinner Roast Was All About ‘Speaking Truth To Power’ … Probably not the response Wilmore…

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Larry Wilmore’s Remarks at the WH Correspondents Dinner

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Thank you, thank you very much. Thank you, thanks for keeping that applause going all the way, too, I appreciate that.

Well, welcome to “Negro Night” here at the Washington Hilton, or as Fox News will report, “Two thugs disrupt elegant dinner in D.C.” That’s how they do us, right?

Nice to be here, though, at the White House correspondents’ dinner, or as you know they’re gonna call it next year, “Donald Trump presents a luxurious evening paid for by Mexico.” I’m very scared of that.

But thank you so much. It’s an absolute honor to be here tonight. I want to thank the president, the first lady, Carol Lee, and the White House Correspondents’ Association for hiring me, and Mitch McConnell for not blocking my nomination.

Seriously, you gotta give Mitch McConnell credit. At this point, he could block LeBron James. He’s unbelievable.

But to say a little bit…

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