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Showing posts with label Election 2016. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Election 2016. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Cancel A Rally Due To Hurricane Michael?

Did a reporter ask Trump if he would cancel his Erie Pennsylvania rally tonight?

“Well, we don’t know, I was going to Pennsylvania, it looks like there are thousands of people who are already lined up, and probably we’ll do that tonight,” Trump said. “We have thousands of people going tonight, they’ve already — many are there already.”

Do not ask the US President if he would cancel a planned oozfest due to the historic hurricane in the Gulf. A hurricane which will remain a CAT 3 weather atmosphere until hundreds of miles from the Florida Panhandle.
“Well I don’t know what to do, because you have so many people already there, and it’s sort of unfair to them,” Trump replied.
The answer is "no". 

Crowd forming?

Yes, the crowd was forming but the numbers do not appear to be in the thousands.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Trump's Steve Bannon Sought To Suppress The Black Vote

Image result for Steve Bannon racistYesterday before a US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower from Cambridge Analytica testified with striking but not surprising details about how CA via Facebook weaponized personal data as too for the 2016 Trump presidential campaign. Wylie testified to many points, we are going to leave this quick hit regarding black voter suppression. Of course, you may feel use of the data to suppress the black vote is a minor point when compared to Facebook's admission of at least 78 million accounts were comprised, But think again about the reminder of how the GOP wins elections.

If you have an interest in the full extent of Wylie's testimony CBS offers this link: Read Wylie's testimony here.

Watch the 2018 version "Suppress the Black Vote to Win."

If this was true back in 2012, why wouldn't we expect the GOP to use technology to suppress the vote?

In May 2016, The Nation joined other media in reporting on Wisconsin's suppression of over 200,000 votes. A state Trump won by just over 27,000 votes. 

Cambridge Analytica's and Steve Bannon's efforts to suppress the Black vote are typical of the GOP.

Let's take this matter back to where it really matters. Trump in August 2017 during a press question session declared Bannon was a good man and not a racist.

Within the year after being unceremoniously separated from his White House adviser role, Bannon boldly declared his racist colors. While speaking to Frances' National Front Party Bannon imported American racism a placed another credibility nail in Trump's persona.

Conservative Americana. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Trump Lied To Get On The Forbes 400 List

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35 plus years ago but an indication of character 

Since the nation doesn't seem to care much about Trump's pathological lying, we shouldn't be surprised the extent to which he has lead a life very much like the information via the links and graphics below.

Posted in a TPI post earlier the week

(If you do not wish to read via the links, certainly take a close look at the Tampa Bay Times, Politifact, link).

The New York Times (June 2017)

Opinion | President Trump's Lies, the Definitive List - The New York ...

The Tampa Bay Times (Politifact)

The Washington Post

As of yesterday or this morning, a former Forbes reporter is telling a story (with video) about how Trump adorned his telephone alter-ego to misrepresent his wealth to gain mention and entry into the Forbes 400 Wealthiest List.

While Trump's rationalizers and CNN contributors (Trump backers) are speaking about not believing the tape reported in the following segment, give it a good listen. It is also critical to know Trump has actually bragged about adopting alter-ego personalities: A, B, C 

Since we now live in an age when an expectation of decency and honesty are not traits necessary to sit in the Oval Office, the question has to be addressed: "When will enough about Trump's lies be enough." 

For rational Americans who are not part of the 80% of Republicans who support Trump, the answer is fleeting and becoming something of a non-fulling reality. For those who support Trump, it is amazing the level and scope of lies you will ignore as Trump takes the nation to the depths of a bottomless swamp.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Jill Stein: One Leg Of The Trump Triad

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As I have stated throughout my time on the Internet, HIVs (High Information Voters) take the time. They take the time and absorb information which helps with the educated decision-making. The opposite end of the spectrum the LIVs (Low Information Voters) will tune to Fox News, AM radio, and various right-wing press with no awareness of the extent of their gullibility nor the extent to which they are being used to advance a conservative agenda.  The eight-minute video relates to one of the vote drainers who helped to place Donald Trump in the White House. No, she didn't garner the number of votes as "pothead" Gary Johnson, but she drew votes nonetheless. 

Stein is firecracker hot about a thought she may have been used by Russia as another spoke in the wheel towards Trump's win. 

Stein and Mike Flynn at a Russia Today(RT) dinner with Putin.

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And, she took cellies of the Russian President. While not validation of Russian influence in her campaign the optics really stinks.

When you wallow with PIG, the pig loves you. You have lowered yourself to its level and NOW YOU STINK.


Friday, February 16, 2018

Video Quick Hits: Russian Interference A Hoax VS 13 Indictments

Russian Intelligence on behalf of Trump a Hoax?

A true clown act with lots to hide.

Well,  Mueller begs to differ. The Special Investigator has also left a poison pill against any White House denizen who would push to fire Rosenstein and Mueller.  

Thursday, July 13, 2017

America, "We Have A Problem" (...But Her Again) VIDEO

The email tells all! 

The following series of MSNBC's segments are classic journalism (with a touch of opinion reporting) which has to draw the attention of some of Special Counsel Mueller's investigators. Unlike Trump's Hawaiian investigators who seem to continue to investigate former President Obama's birth certificate (We have no final report), Mueller's team will eventually tie the loose ends and the tension of the ties are closing in of Trump's election campaign.

As you know the MSNCB evening starts with Chris Hayes. We generally discount Chris Matthews as a good addition to the evening fare.

Chris Hayes, MSNBC-ALL IN, dissected Trump Junior email scandal. If you haven't viewed the segment know it is a bit long. I found real value in the parts of the segment in which Haye's producers posted copied text on a minute to minute breakdown. The dialog which follows is good stuff, but probably for those who are curious about future legal entanglements for Trump's eldest offspring.

Rachel Maddow in an evening and much longer segment reported on a document trail (inclusive of email which seems to indicate a suspicion of deep collusion among the Trump campaign and Russian operatives and officials.  As is the case with Maddow, it is not easy to discern how we can expedite viewing of certain segments, especially her opening "A" Block segments. 

Lawrence O'Donnell closed out MSNBC'score evening shows with the copious comment about Jared Kushner. Over the past few evenings, O'Donnell has almost exclusively devoted his probing minutes to Kushner as the quiet operative who may be escaping critical scrutiny.

Yes, we know, the videos were long, you didn't; have time for such long views.  Of course, You should recall the early days and months after the Watergate break-in seems like a fire with little to no smoke. Trump's election issues are diametrically opposite with so much smoke, we can not yet see the fire.

Yes, America we have a problem 


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Trump/GOP Voter Commission Witch Hunt (Video)

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Donald Trump lost the popular vote by 2.84 million votes once the final tally was closed as official. why we live in a nation where electors and cable news staff call elections with a mind for ending it all on election night (and, well before midnight), is far more serious than perplexing. Nonetheless, Trump was declared the winner of the electoral vote and he now sits in the Oval Office; albeit as precariously as we have even seen. 

Yet you are naive if you fail to recognize losing the popular vote via the mind of a carnival barking celebrity isn't personally troublesome, you probably cast a Trump vote. It bothers the man to the core. Hence, his wild-haired claim of 3 million illegal immigrant votes across the full span of the nation. How utterly preposterous? Yet, we are now expending millions from GDP to chase a false premise from the mind of a president who is showing clear signs of early stage dementia. A false premise from a showman who continues to entertain the nation's more prurient celebrity worshippers and chronically uninformed.

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Trump didn't stop his insane claim of three (3) million illegal immigrant votes with common Trump oratory, he established a ridiculous commission to study voter fraud. A commission headed by a noted Kansas Attorney General is known for over-the-top regressive immigration policies and equally regressive voter ID policies. 

CNN's Joshua Douglas stated the extent of the Trump voter commission fraud as well as any I have read.  A sham.

To date 44 states have refused the request to provide vital voter information.  You Should ask yourself, why would Trump and his party actually want such data. Another critical question is the fact there is no way to full secure information data bases and another possibility: does Trump want to offer-up the data to Putin's hackers to facilitate a more effective 2018 and 2020 election tampering? Sound far fetched?  Well, so was Trump entertaining two high level Russian officials in the Oval Office while commenting about getting rid of FBI director Comey. Another issue worthy of laying out here. How easy would it be for a crafty Internet geek to data manipulate the first seven numbers of our Social Security numbers if they possess our names, military records, addresses and past voting records? 

Be cautious of Trump and his GOP seeking such information. 

Missouri is apparently one of the 6 states who are willing to comply with Trump's data quests. Chris CNN, CNN New Day cornered a smiling Missouri elections official who attempted to sit on camera ad spew right wing talking points and false reality from real data. Data which shows voter ID fraud or impersonation is as frequent as your being struck by lightning. 

While the graphic from VOX (above) is more up to date, it doesn't visually provide quick reviews of issues related to voter fraud and the fallacy of it all.

Voter Fraud Basics

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Myth: Electronic voting is smart / dangerous. Supporters and opponents of electronic voting tend to have strong feelings. One side thinks it can help eliminate voter fraud and the other thinks it simply facilitate voter fraud. The truth is both sides have merit. On one hand electronic voting and voter registration would help make the process of voting easier and more widespread, also (when done correctly) ensures that everyone casts one vote. However, an electronic system that is insecure in anyway could lead to manipulation of votes by a group (think the Diebold shenanigans). While electronic voting is certainly the future of voting, the road we take to get there could be a bumpy one. 
Myth: Voter ID prevents in-person voter fraudSome sources say voter ID laws don’t prevent turnout and stop potentially hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens from voting and stop people from casting more than one ballad. On the other hand almost all other sources say voter ID prevents those most likely to not be able to obtain valid ID (students, low income, seniors) are hurt and point to statistics like the fact that “Out of the 197 million votes cast for federal candidates between 2002 and 2005, only 40 voters were indicted for voter fraud. Only 26 of those cases, or about .00000013 percent of the votes cast, resulted in convictions or guilty pleas.” 
Both sides of the voter ID debate have merit. On one hand the average person believes in “one citizen, one vote”, but on the other hand basic logic will tell you that restrictive voting laws are going to decrease the number of the 55%(ish) of Americans who vote. We should be finding ways to ensure more people participate in a fair election, restrictive voter ID laws that make it impossible for students to vote are an example of an imperfect solution at best.
Be aware of the  GOP bringing "gifts."

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Praise Me With Loyalty

If Trump says he doesn't ask from loyalty, praise et al., what was this? Trump's first cabinet meeting commenced with what seemed to be elicited (and probably preordained) praise for the nation's Keystone Cop leaderlink Yahoo's version: Trump Invites His Employees To Praise Him During Cabinet Meeting 

If that wasn't a planned circus act, I have never eaten cotton candy.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Selective Amnesia Or Trumps Escaping The Lies

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In May of 2016, Forbes published a piece about a psychological phenomenon called "Unethical Amnesia." The basics of the phenomenon are: (Forbes May 2016, "Unethical Amnesia: We Tend To forget Our Own Bad Behavior")
  • people genuinely do tend to forget the details of their own transgressions.
  • engaging in bad behavior affects the memory such that memories of those unethical actions gradually become less clear than other memories
  • “Unethical behavior creates psychological distress and discomfort, and unethical amnesia lowers it.”
I will admit to serious skepticism regarding 'Unethical Amnesia." It seems more plausible that people who are basically dishonest and who tend to lie profusely (as does Donald Trump) literally speak extemporaneously (for the moment) without any level of contemplation of what comes out of the mouth; as long as it sounds good and, or, pleases a minion laden audience. Despite my skepticism, the prospect of Trump's suffering from Unethical Amnesia is worthy of a few minutes of contemplation.

Forbes linked.  PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States) study link (from which I have posted a few paragraphs just below).

Study excerpt

...Despite the common belief people hold that they are more ethical and fairer than others (5) and their strong desire to maintain a positive self-image, when facing the opportunity to act unethically, they often do so, if only by a little bit (16). Because people hold an overly positive view of their morality but consistently fail to live up to this standard, they experience psychological discomfort after behaving dishonestly and engage in various strategies to alleviate this dissonance and reduce their distress. For instance, individuals come up with justifications for their unethical behavior to distance themselves from it (7) or view it as morally permissible—for example, by dehumanizing the victims of their dishonesty (8). That is, they recode their action by morally disengaging. In fact, people’s unethical acts lead them to disengage morally by judging wrongdoing as less morally problematic than they would otherwise (7). Additionally, to reduce the psychological discomfort experienced after committing unethical acts, people use a double-distancing mechanism, judging others’ transgressions more harshly than their own and presenting themselves as more virtuous and ethical in comparison (9).
Another strategy people use, we suggest, is forgetting the details of their unethical actions over time. Such information, in fact, threatens their moral self-image and creates distress. An extensive body of research has documented that people actively forget some of their past behavior when doing so is convenient or makes them feel good (10). In the case of dishonesty, laboratory studies show that guilty participants can suppress retrieval of their crimes when instructed to do so. In fact, in such situations the brain activity of those who committed crimes is indistinguishable from that of innocent people (1112).
More generally, we argue, people experience what we refer to as “unethical amnesia”: Their memory of their past unethical behavior becomes less clear, less detailed, and less vivid over time than their memory of their ethical actions and of actions unrelated to ethics. Because people value morality and want to maintain a positive moral self-image (5) but often act dishonestly when facing the temptation to behave unethically (6), they are motivated to forget the details of their actions so that they can keep thinking of themselves as honest individuals. Previous findings suggest that the motivation to forget an event can disrupt the encoding of that event and reduces a person’s ability to recall that event in the future (10). In addition, people forget negative emotional events more easily than neutral ones (10). Thus, when people want forget a certain event, their memory of the details of the event is more likely to be impaired than when they do not have such a desire or intend to remember the event. In the case of unethical behavior, this desire to forget may lead people not to think about their unethical actions very often. As a result, they feel better (e.g., their discomfort is lower later on) and can maintain their moral self-concept intact. In addition, their memories of such actions become fuzzier over time.
To examine whether people experience unethical amnesia, we conducted nine studies that use a variety of methods and sample populations. In our studies, we compare people’s memory for their unethical acts with their memory of other events, including neutral, negative, and positive ones, and with their memory of others’ unethical actions. Our results show that people’s memory for their unethical actions is impaired and offer an explanation for why people repeatedly engage in dishonest behavior over time.

Duly noted, interesting, but fails to explain Trump's lies and his subsequent appearance of forgetfulness.

AOL recently published a piece with the prospect of Trump's forgetfulness regarding his promises to Carrier regarding shipping jobs to Mexico: 'Unethical amnesia' could explain some of Donald Trump's forgetfulness.

The prospect of a psychological state referred to as "unethical Amnesia" while intriguing indices a bit of dissonance for me. What about the reality of Trump as a serial liar who fact-checkers to the fact-checking company found lies over 90% of the time. 

Trump's Politifact Scorecard


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PNAS research study aside a reality and with full acceptance the 'amnesia' may affect some, Trump is not a candidate for such a rational prospect. Trump, the serial liar, operates at a level of ethics (or the lack thereof) which probably doesn't lend to the scope of the amnesia study. Trump's forgetfulness may be much more the by-product of copious (first thought to tell a lie) disregard for the truth. If we bundle Trump's disregard for the truth with without question success throughout his life resultant from his lying and mix it with millions of celebrity worshipping minions, we have America circa 2016/17.

The Daily GOP Ignominious: America Attacked By Russian Hackers; Many Conservatives Unconcerned

As we become more informed about the CIA report of Prussian hacking the DNC and politicking Democrats on behalf of Donald Trump (and you Trump supporters), let history archive clear warnings from Trump's 2016 electoral opponent. The following video segments are taken from two of the three presidential debates. It seems Clinton knew her stuff and offered rational arguments about what is amounting to a form of international espionage/treason from a political party.  Let's face the reality Trump's camp knew of Putin's feeds to Julian Assange (WIKI) and it is becoming increasingly apparent so did FBI Director Comey.

From Debate #3

Fair warning unheeded; the Media didn't care, the public didn't listen and the espionage not only continued, it worked.

How is it possible unprecedented cooperation between a national economic and military adversary could become mainstream politics?

Prior to the debates Trump openly encouraged Putin to hack his political opponent.

Correction, Trump actually encouraged Putin to attack the United States, the American people (those who remain sane and rational) and the free world. He further boldly stated the US media would welcome the hacking. The CIA assessment of Russian hacking the 2016 election as straight forward as its mission on international INTEL and counter-INTEL. While a number of sources are published regarding the CIA assessment, we find this New York Times piece particularly noteworthy. It should be noted the piece also includes verbiage related to Russian hacking of the RNC (also)...but notice no Wiki release of hacked info from republican servers and email.

What price American sovereignty conservative America?  A White House take on Trump's international cyber army (from Russia).

American conservatives have since the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States has nurtured an affinity for Vladimir Putin comparable to its historic affinity for those some Americans refer to as Founding Fathers.  Yet even the most skeptical among liberals and progressives failed to realize the level to which America would turn its discerning minds to the "off' position when it came to the Right "taking our country back." MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Blog (via Steve Benen) has published an intriguing and enlightening review of one year of Putin/Trump, their paths, and adjoining points.  And, you may be one of the millions who cast that Trump vote. Moreover, you may be one of the thousands who feel Putin helped you win a US election. What you are about to read should you click the link, shouldn't be viewed by anyone under age 18, who may still have faith in the US political system. or who's parents may be raising the as conservatives. TRMS Blog, linked.

The Benen piece was a mere prelude to a report from the Maddow show (last night), from Newsweek's Kurt Eichenwald. As you view the rather long segment, a question should arise: "What in the American psyche has contributed to so many who have wantonly turned the nation over to a money-grabbing potential fascist?

From Trump advise Manafort through the stories of hacking to the Eisenwald piece, the US finally held the election from hell. And, guess who we elected?

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Daily GOP Ignominious" Trumpism Spreads (POPULAR VOTE?)

What you are about to see, should you decide to follow the links in the posted paragraph, is a startling indictment of a Constitutional electoral process that is outdated and undemocratic.

Update on the 2016 popular vote (November 14):

President of the United States
The latest national vote totals have Clinton at 61,350,758 votes - or 48 percent - compared to Trump's 60,583,838 or 47 percent. Those totals - a 0.4 percent drop in voter turnout from 2012 - gives the advantage to Clinton by 766,920 even vote counting continues. Clinton's margin is expected to grow as votes come in from heavily Democratic states, making her the fifth candidate to win the popular vote but lose the election, joining Al Gore in 2000; Andrew Jackson in 1824; Samuel Tilden in 1876; and Grover Cleveland in 1888.

Just so there are no surprises as Trump unfolds his vision of America.

If you voted for Trump, you cannot avoid the soil that comes with your vote. 

White House and cabinet picks speak volumes.

Think Progress 
In his role at Breitbart, he promoted and legitimized the modern white supremacist movement, sometimes euphemistically referred to as the “alt-right.” 
Ben Shapiro, who worked alongside Bannon for four years as Breitbart’s Editor-at-Large, wrote that Bannon “openly embraced the white supremacist alt-right.” According to Shapiro, “Breitbart has become the alt-right go-to website… pushing white ethno-nationalism as a legitimate response to political correctness, and the comment section turning into a cesspool for white supremacist mememakers.” 
Shapiro describes Bannon as “a vindictive, nasty figure, infamous for verbally abusing supposed friends and threatening enemies.” 
Bannon gave a platform to Milo Yiannopoulos, a prominent white nationalist figure who was banned from Twitter for indicting racist abuse and harassment. 
In March, Yiannapoulos wrote a lengthy article promoting the white nationalist alt-right on Breitbart that made an explicit argument for racial and ethnic segregation: 
The New York Times notes that Breitbart “regularly traffics in racially charged accusations about President Obama, provocative comparisons between abortion providers and Holocaust killers, and contempt for feminism.”
The alt-right’s intellectuals would also argue that culture is inseparable from race. The alt-right believe that some degree of separation between peoples is necessary for a culture to be preserved. A Mosque next to an English street full of houses bearing the flag of St. George, according to alt-righters, is neither an English street nor a Muslim street — separation is necessary for distinctiveness.

Since, US elections set the stage for the greater society, the rational person has to think: "We have seen this before."


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

No Popular Vote Win Yet GOP Wins Election

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Donald Trump
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Hillary Clinton
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Gary Johnson
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Jill Stein
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Other candidates

Clinton wins the popular vote? Again, third party voters and non-voters have handed the nation to the Right. 

Even with Putin's WIKI Leaks and Comey's obvious personal mission to sway public sentiment, full progressive support could have carried the nation away from Trump and his GOP.

The Popular vote and how Trump commented as such with Romney.

President Trump!

If you have a real quest for how it all shook out, check out the New York Times Exit Poll data from 24,000 plus voters at over 325 voting places.