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This CNN article has quotes from a CNN interview with Bill Clinton, to be aired on Sunday. The line which jumped out at me was: "I actually am amazed that she's borne up under it as well as she has." Now obviously, Bill knows the real Hill - better than anyone else. He saw what she had to handle/bear up under during all his extramarital flings and the concommitant humiliating publicity, during his impeachment proceedings and in her 2008 campaign. Why is he "amazed" that she's bearing up this time around?
Bill is nothing if not a wordsmith: "It depends on what the meaning of 'is' is." So "amaze" is a very telling choice:
AMAZE: verb 1. surprise (someone) greatly; fill with astonishment "he was amazed at how modern everything was" synonyms: astonish, astound, surprise, stun, stagger
And even if he is "amazed", why would he state that publicly? That's where the passive-aggressive action comes in. Damning by faint praise.
Perhaps the interviewer will pin Bill down on some of these excerpts, which sound awfully argle-bargle to me. Who are the "lots of people" and what exactly are the "different reasons"? Who is/are the "they" who are not giving the job away?
Posted by Divernan | Sat Sep 26, 2015, 03:57 AM (58 replies)
I think worse than the porn are the many racist and sexist comments included within the porn emails. Those few emails released earlier had names of senders and recipients redacted. Not this time, baby! She's really ripping the curtain back on what these guys really think of women and minorities. All names will be revealed. And thanks to Rachel, the nation is watching.
The Rachel Maddow Show 9/23/15
'There will be more porn': Pennsylvania scandal about to turn explicit.
The state supreme court exceeded its powers and was without precedent in its action to strip an elected official, whose office requires a law license, of said license without due process of a trial and giving her the opportunity to present a defense. I don't know how the trial on charges filed against her may turn out, BECAUSE I HAVEN'T HEARD ANY EVIDENCE, and neither have these supreme court justices! Give her her day in court, i.e., a trial, with full rights of appeal.
So I say, you go girl! to Attorney General Kane - and shine the harsh light of day on these government employees and elected officials who used state paid-for computers to spread not only pornography, but racist and sexist opinions.
Posted by Divernan | Thu Sep 24, 2015, 12:38 PM (4 replies)
Move over Onion, there's a new kid on the satire block. Being on the list means the ‘O’ can’t cease selling hot dogs or be otherwise altered, and it will enjoy special legal protections according to the Law of War under the Geneva Convention in case of conflict.
At just 55 years old, the ‘O’, ‘Big O’, or ‘Dirty O’ will be the new kid on the block, joining longstanding World Heritage structures like the Megalithic Temples of Malta (3600 BC), Newgrange in Ireland (3200 BC), and the Egyptian Pyramids at Giza (2630 BC). “Obviously with hot dogs only originating around 1900 it would be unreasonable to expect an eating establishment like the ‘O’ to date back to Babylonian times.”
The shock listing came after UNESCO directors put out a call to cities across the United States to nominate structures of outstanding cultural significance. Pittsburgh’s museum directors and cultural stewards were almost unanimous in recommending the legendry Oakland institution.
“A few went with Primanti’s instead. It’s true its even older, but we were reluctant to list its Strip District location as we felt utter uniqueness is an essential part of the World Heritage ethos, and Primanti’s will soon have 30 restaurants distributed across 5 states. And, no, you can’t add a sandwich to the list – it has to be a place.”
There was also a worry that the ‘O’ wouldn’t be admitted because of its association with late-night fisticuffs. “That’s never been a serious obstacle. Do you really believe the Taj Mahal hasn’t seen its fair share of drunken brawling?”
Posted by Divernan | Thu Sep 24, 2015, 09:07 AM (15 replies)
and the photo at the link shows HRC staffers/supporters with hand held bullhorn/megaphone amplifiers/loudspeakers.
Hey, Hillary don't need no ecstatic real world cheers from thousands and thousands of unpaid supporters! She can buy a dozen bullhorns and megaphones to electronically enhance faux support. Works so well when only a few hundred show up at one of her "rallies".
Oh, those Clintons! They just get slicker with every passing year!
The noisemaker sticks are in the category of inflatable toys - wonder if Bill came up with that suggestion?
It was Mr. Sanders, speaking after Mrs. Clinton at the state party’s annual convention here, who received more ecstatic cheers from the crowd, as he denounced big banks, trade deals, tax breaks for the wealthy and “super PACs” like the one supporting Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy.
“Well, it certainly sounds like some people are ready for a political revolution,” Mr. Sanders said to shouts of “We love you, Bernie!”
While Mrs. Clinton received an enthusiastic reception, with people beating inflatable noisemaker sticks that her well-financed campaign passed out, the ovation for Mr. Sanders was striking because he is not a party member (he is a democratic socialist) and has far fewer endorsements than Mrs. Clinton from members of the state political apparatus. The convention drew about 1,000 delegates, many of them traditional politicians and elected officials not unlike Mrs. Clinton, and 3,000 other participants, many of them longtime avowed liberals like Mr. Sanders.
Posted by Divernan | Sun Sep 20, 2015, 04:23 PM (41 replies)
Everyone ages at different rates - and life expectancy depends on specifically identifiable factors such as weight. If Axelrod wants to throw Bernie's age out there, then HRC's health history, including her weight is fair game. I'm about HRC's age, and have struggled with my weight - and my family doc has consistently advised me of the impact of obesity on health and longevity. I take this issue seriously and have managed over the past 3 years to gradually lose 40 pounds.
Here's what the CDC has to say about it:
Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose globe-trotting tour as secretary of state was abruptly halted last month by a series of health problems, was discharged from a New York hospital on Wednesday evening after several days of treatment for a blood clot in a vein in her head.
Mrs. Clinton, 65, was admitted to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital on Sunday after a scan discovered the blood clot. The scan was part of her follow-up care for a concussion she sustained more than two weeks earlier, when she fainted and fell, striking her head. According to the State Department, the fainting was caused by dehydration, brought on by a stomach virus. The concussion was diagnosed on Dec. 13, though the fall had occurred earlier that week.
The clot was potentially serious, blocking a vein that drains blood from the brain. Untreated, such blockages can lead to brain hemorrhages or strokes. Treatment consists mainly of blood thinners to keep the clot from enlarging and to prevent more clots from forming, and plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration, which is a major risk factor for blood clots.
Dr. Lisa Bardack of Mount Kisco, New York, released a letter stating that Mrs. Clinton has been treated for a brain concussion, blood clots in her legs and brain, thyroid gland deficiencies, and a family history of heart disease.
Hillary Clinton maintains her health by taking a thyroid hormone to stabilize the issue, the anticoagulant drug Coumadin to prevent blood clots, Vitamin B-12, and antihistamine drugs for her allergies.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/2302396/hillary-clintons-health-care-financial-documents-released-prove-she-is-fit-to-serve-as-president-of-the-united-states/#AuhrPKpF6K8OScYJ.99
Posted by Divernan | Sat Sep 19, 2015, 09:42 PM (0 replies)
Look, EVERYBODY'S natural instinct is to rate the debaters in a debate. So EVERYBODY who listens to the GOP debates is ranking them. Once you have selected one brand or new car or debater over another, you will shore up and rationalize your choice by thinking better of that choice. This will then influence how you view the debaters in the second debate, the 3rd debate and so on.
Once a viewer picks a GOP candidate, he/she has some personal investment in thinking well of that choice and becomes less likely to even watch Dems debate.
Classic marketing psychology. It's like deciding to buy a new car. You look at several models & makes, but once you pick one, you become more committed to that choice, emphasizing to yourself & others why you made the best choice, and more open to seeing/exaggerating shortcomings in the makes and models you rejected.
I do believe Wasserman co-ordinated this setup with Clinton, that there is a significant quid pro quo in play, and that it was the stupidest choice Hillary has made since she decided to stay with Bill after the international humiliation and public rejection of her as a wife and woman. Yes, her Iraq war vote was awful; her vote against banning use of cluster bombs as well - a lot of her votes and actions were against my policy preferences. But other politicians voted the same way. But can anyone name a single elected politician who has remained married to a spouse who publicly, serially cheated on them?
Posted by Divernan | Thu Sep 17, 2015, 10:57 AM (1 replies)
Three Franklin Plaza, a bow-shaped eight-story building at 16th and Vine streets, once hummed with 1,700 GlaxoSmithKline white-collar workers. Today, it is empty more than three months out of the year, a lone security guard watching over the corporate art still hanging in the lobby.
From September to June, a charter school called String Theory occupies half the floors. The school acquired and renovated this premier office tower in 2013 as part of a $55 million tax-exempt bond deal, arranged with help from the city’s biggest economic development agency. It was the largest bond deal of its kind in city history.
It is also the most conspicuous example yet of a risky, expensive, and fast-growing financial scheme underpinning the rapid expansion of Philadelphia charters — a market now worth nearly $500 million. But the bond financing behind the mountain of money gets little scrutiny on whether the debt is a smart use of Pennsylvania’s limited educational dollars.
The lack of transparency can translate into deals that may be unsustainable. Shortly after moving into its flashy high rise, String Theory posted its first operating deficit. After revealing they were $500,000 in the red from paying out millions annually to bondholders, administrators told parents they were cutting certain classes and suspending bus service as cost-saving measures.
Posted by Divernan | Tue Sep 15, 2015, 06:14 AM (1 replies)
Headline: Bernie Sanders Is Surging. What Happens Next?
Subhead: Leading Clinton in New Hampshire and increasingly in Iowa, Sanders now has to focus on challenging her nationally.
Associate Politics Editor, The Huffington Post
When he entered the race in May, political observers largely wrote off Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as a “fringe candidate” for the Democratic presidential nomination. Few thought he would present a serious challenge to front-runner Hillary Clinton.
But Sanders has now surged ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire by an average of more than 10 points. In recent weeks, several polls in Iowa also show him leading Clinton in the Hawkeye State.
While early caucus and primary polls are not always a reliable indicator of the state of the race, it is safe to say that Sanders’ platform of fighting economic inequality is resonating among more and more Democrats and the party’s enthusiasm for Clinton is waning, giving Sanders ample opportunity to paint himself as a foil.
Sanders’ campaign will have to look beyond Iowa and New Hampshire, as he still trails Clinton nationally -- though he is closing the gap, with a CNN/ORC poll released Thursday showing him within 10 points of Clinton.
To paraphrase the Rolling Stones song, "Time is on his side, yes it is!"
Posted by Divernan | Sun Sep 13, 2015, 11:38 PM (1 replies)
But there are unique circumstances when you have a world famous spouse and where she needs to be seen to be running on her own record and abilities, not her husband's, and where Bill being the larger than life guy that he is, would distract attention from her. You would think, though, that when she returns from a grueling three day campaign trip, that she would want to have his support and company, and he would want to be there for her. It would be some quality, private, together time if they baby-sat their grand daughter together. One year old grandbaby tucked in bed by 8 p.m. latest, open a bottle of wine and decompress with a loving spouse after a grueling week? All marriages have their ups and downs, but there are times when it's all about spouses just being there.
Headline: Bill Clinton rocks out in the Hamptons while Hillary baby-sits
Wow! What a guy! Your spouse gets home from an exhausting 3 day campaign swing
for President. You make the PR appearance to pick her up, but then take off to party hearty in the Hamptons.
Here's the spin Chelsea puts on her parents' separate activities:
Dad is "out with some friends" - not exactly an accurate a description as "rockin' out with Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen," etc. and it's not like he & his wife are even staying together - Bill's out in the Hamptons; HRC is in Manhattan. And it's also not like there isn't a full-time Nanny and Chelsea & Marc couldn't have gone to their posh evening at The Palm unless HRC was able to babysit.
Posted by Divernan | Sun Sep 13, 2015, 10:29 PM (8 replies)
I keep hearing how many Super Delegates have "pledged" to Hillary. Yeah, right! It may come as a shock to the Clinton camp, but a Super Delegate pledge does not constitute any kind of binding legal contract. Nor is it even a religious or morally binding promise like a marriage vow, i.e., I pledge thee my troth and will cling only unto thee, forsaking all others till death do us part. Here's the real deal, and it ain't good news for Hill.
Ohlemacher, Stephen. “Superdelegates are flocking to Obama.” Associated Press. February 23, 2008. http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080223/D8V007M80.html
Posted by Divernan | Sun Sep 13, 2015, 03:24 PM (1 replies)