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Obviously, we have our work cut out for us next week to fix the national conversation...

They fought the sleep and the sleep won...















HE... WON!





Why did Ben Jealous suggest that Jennifer Granholm would be a better pick than Tim Kaine?

Doesn't he know that Gov. Granholm was born a Canadian?

Just found out that Tim Kaine was born and raised in St Paul, MN

He's got a legacy of Minnesota born Democratic VPs behind him. Not really important, one way or the other... But I like the fact that he's a native born Midwesterner.

The Republican ticket is crazy and warped by ideology that's utterly unpredictable. We're bringing the American voter a ticket that says, "We're here to roll up our sleeves and take care of business, not to put on a spectacle."

What I really want is for Democrats to retake the House, but the Senate especially. Which is why I'm glad that Sen Warren wasn't chosen, she needs to keep her own voice. We just need to give that voice a committee chairmanship to back it up.

We're going to do this.



Let's do it!



The biggest national trolling of America that I've ever seen in my life...

If I didn't see it for myself, I would have never believed it.

Mike Pence

The question that one should ask is, "Will Mike Pence help win the general election?"

Historically, running mates have very little influence on whether or not the person at the top of the ticket wins, because people usually vote for the top the ticket and running mates are usually chosen without consulting the voters.

In Mike Pence's case, it's quite clear that he will have very little attraction to swing voters. His role seems to be to put a lock on the far right wing of the Republican Party, just to take away the doubts that Donald Trump will adhere to their beliefs.

By picking Pence, Trump has done everything to prevent the Republican Party from expanding electorate. The GOP, is now and for the future, to be considered nothing more than a right wing white people's party.

That autopsy that the Republicans did four years ago after losing is considered to be garbage, I would say. Instead of trying to appeal to women, new citizens and minorities, they have alienated just about everyone except religious, gun toting, xenophobic, right wing white people Nothing's to be learned from it.

So hey, let's do what we've always done, they would say.

Learning from one's mistakes has never been a conservative trait, to say the least.

Trump basically won his nomination by gas-lighting the Republican Party...

If you're not familiar with that term, here's a quick definition:

Gaslighting
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Gaslighting or gas-lighting is a form of mental abuse in which a victim is manipulated into doubting their own memory, perception, and sanity. Instances may range from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred, up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim.

The term owes its origin to the 1938 play Gas Light and its film adaptations. The term has been used in clinical and research literature

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaslighting


All of the name calling, insults, and abuse of those around him from his own perceived position of authority induced feelings of doubt and fear in an electorate that was already primed to feel that way. Trump's never-ending haranguing, put downs and lies forced voters and some of his primary opponents to doubt themselves and depend him for validation. Trump deftly exploited what was handed to him on a silver plater all the way to the bank. Chris Christie's completely servile attention to Trump was one of the biggest demonstrations of exploitation.

Donald Trump is an egotistical and uncaring abuser, pure and simple and he cares very little for the people whom he abuses. You can pretty much figure out how that forebodes for the country, in the unlikely and unfortunate chance that he'd get elected.

What was remarkable about Ted Cruz unwillingness to endorse Trump's nomination, however, was that his own tremendous ego refused to allow Trump the victory of his abuse. Cruz obviously never forgot the insults against himself and his family by Trump on the campaign trail and he chose to NOT allow Trump the satisfaction of benefiting from his months of abuse. He pretty much recognized that Trump was attempting to gaslight him.

Say what you will about Ted Cruz, he wasn't willing to compromise his own ego to someone that he doesn't respect for political expediency. A double sided sword, I guess you can say.

All in all, this says two things about the Republican electorate and Ted Cruz: Were Trump elected, the right wing and the GOP would excuse and allow all forms of negligence and malfeasance by a Trump Administration, without question and if Ted Cruz were elected to high office, he himself would be equally dangerous in inflicting his own brand of hegemony in government and would do so without reflecting at all on the propriety of his own policies.

A clash of egos. Two bad guys going head to head. One, an abusive con man who exploits the fears, doubts, greed and weaknesses of others and another, who's a pious, egotistical snake-oil salesman, one step above juggling snakes, after being raised to believe that he was anointed by his own deity. The best thing going own here is the fact that the most off-putting guy for the rest of decent society won. But not only that, Cruz's intransigence has seemed to irreparably damage his political career options for higher office for the time being.

GOP groupthink will surely remember his transgression last night.

Will Trump be able to gas light the entire country as well as he gas-lit the Republican Electorate? Well, not if the rest of society is susceptible to the bigotry, anger, hatred and fears that seem to haunt so many lily-white people on the right. There's plenty of indication that it is not a viable path to the Oval Office for Trump, as he is completely unable to distance himself from all of his own negative aspects. The Republican Party will pay dearly for getting into bed with the utterly detestable Donald Trump.

How the GOP considers itself to be a functional and valid political entity, capable of properly administrating government policy if it was ever allowed to do so is a mystery to any thinking person, that's for sure.

WATCH: Man With His Arms Up Shot by North Miami Police

A behavioral therapist trying to help his autistic patient was shot by police while lying on the ground with his arms raised in the air. A video recorded on a cell phone, which you can watch above, shows the moments before the shooting in North Miami, Florida.

The victim, Charles Kinsey, who is black, is recovering in the hospital, WSVN-TV reports. The news station obtained the video of the Monday shooting on Wednesday.

Kinsey’s attorney, Harold Napoleon, also provided the full video to the Miami Herald. You can watch it below:

http://heavy.com/news/2016/07/charles-kinsey-north-miami-shot-by-police-shooting-video-arms-up-unarmed-autistic-patient-rinaldo-officer-name/

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As Iggo loves to say, Yay, police. They're the best.
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