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Name: Steven Leser
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How bad is Trump doing? Even Rasmussen now has Hillary up nationally and in Nevada

When the GOP nominee is doing so badly that Rasmussen can't whitewash their numbers enough for them to be ahead, it's bad.
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2016/white_house_watch_oct25

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Hillary Clinton has slipped one point ahead in the latest White House Watch survey.

The new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds Clinton with 43% support among Likely U.S. Voters to Donald Trump’s 42%. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson earns five percent (5%) of the vote, while Green Party nominee Jill Stein picks up two percent (2%). Three percent (3%) like some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

http://www.ktnv.com/news/political/ktnvrasmussen-poll-clinton-pulls-ahead-of-trump-in-nevada-as-early-voting-starts

As voters in Nevada finally start heading to the ballot box, a new KTNV-TV 13 Action News/Rasmussen Reports poll shows Hillary Clinton holding a modest lead over Donald Trump.

Clinton holds a 46 to 42 percent lead over Trump, with five percent supporting Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and six percent unsure or supporting another candidate. The poll of 826 likely voters was conducted Oct. 20 to 22, immediately following the third presidential debate at UNLV, and has a 3.5 percent margin of error.

In case you missed it, Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, Hillary KOs Trump

From the New Yorker yesterday

Re: Trump rally accusations, my article on James O'Keefe from 6 years ago

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Sherrod-s-Racism-a-Fabrica-by-Steven-Leser-100720-406.html

Sherrod's Racism a Fabrication just like Acorn Pimping, ClimateGate etc.
Steven Leser 7/20/2010



I missed the initial bruhaha caused when a video surfaced of Shirley Sherrod making apparent biased comments regarding aid for a white farmer. Sherrod was, at the time of the video's release, the Director of rural development in Georgia for the Department of the Interior. She was forced to resign shortly thereafter and suffered condemnations at the hands of the Obama administration and NAACP.

It turns out that the right wing agency that broke the story of the video released an edited version of the video. In the edited video, Sherrod is telling a story of, 20 years ago, giving a white farmer with less help than she could have. In the full video, she uses that story to make a point about how it made her realize that bias is wrong and that what she wants to be about, and has been about ever since, is helping all poor regardless of race.

This kind of falsification and alteration of evidence has become standard operating procedure for the GOP and those attempting to further Conservative efforts and policies.

We saw the same thing with a leaked video purporting to show Acorn workers assisting a pimp with prostitution efforts. The same producer of that video, James O'Keefe was apprehended in a Democratic Senator's office (Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana) tampering with her phone equipment. It turns out that what happened in the Acorn video was staged and manipulated. One can only imagine what Mr. O'Keefe intended to do with Senator Landrieu's phone equipment. I'm guessing that Mr. O'Keefe intended to tap her phone and release incriminating conversations and if no incriminating conversations were heard, he would edit them to make them seem incriminating.

There is an interesting connection here. The same website that featured James O'Keefe's manipulated Acorn video is the one that released the edited video of Shirley Sherrod.

The website, Biggovernment.com is owned by Andrew Breitbart. Mr. Breitbart has issued vigorous denials when asked whether he knew the Sherrod video was edited and also when asked whether he knew Mr. O'Keefe was going to trespass and tamper with the equipment in Senator Landrieu's office. Is it possible Mr. Breitbart is telling the truth? Maybe, I doubt it but it is possible. It still means that his publishing and fact-checking standards are in the toilet and that no one should believe anything he puts out ever again.

There are more examples of this. A few months ago, hacked emails of climate scientists in London magically appeared in the hands of right wing operatives who provided them to their friends in conservative media. Those tens of thousands of emails purported to have 6-10 excerpted statements that showed issues with the theory of Global warming and intend to hide data. No less than five separate independent investigations have taken place and the investigations concluded that the statements were misinterpreted, taken out of context, the scientists did nothing wrong and there is no effect on the theories concerning anthropogenic global warming.

For some reason, I haven't seen a lot of coverage of the ClimateGate investigation results in the Mainstream Media. There were articles in the Huffington Post and San Francisco Chronicle that indicate that the scientists were vindicated but little to no TV coverage in the US.

Republicans and their Tea Party alter ego count on the fact that the accusations are exciting but the corrections, retractions and amplifications are less so. Why would anyone support a party that does things like this? Even if you agree in principle with some of the things for which the GOP stands like lower taxes, small government, etc. Why would you lower yourself to support them or their candidates? Why would you go anywhere near people or a party that has happily embraced the three things I outlined above? Supporting the Republicans (or their nom du jour, Tea Partiers) means that you support lying and forged and manipulated data and information. If you are in favor of lower taxes and small government but are in favor of personal freedoms, you could opt for the Libertarian Party. If you are for small government and religious conservatism, the Constitutionalist Party is out there for you.

The point is that there are alternatives for your views if you don't want to support liars and forgers.
The rest of us have to do a better job of expecting this and when I say "The rest of us" I am including my friends in the NAACP (they've already issued a mea-culpa and seem to get it) and Obama administration. When hit pieces get released that contain ugly accusations at prominent Democrats, we've got to allow some time to investigate them before passing judgment and issuing condemnations. We know the Republican Modus Operandi now and need to treat anything remotely like these things as highly suspect.

Sources

San Francisco Chronicle article on ClimateGate investigations exonorating the scientists and the theories of global warming
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/07/19/MNNS1EFLDU.DTL

Acorn Fake Pimp connection to Landrieu break in article in Newsweek
http://www.newsweek.com/blogs/the-gaggle/2010/01/26/fake-acorn-pimp-arrested-in-attempt-to-bug-senate-office.html


California Department of Justice news release on Acorn Fake Pimp video saying the tape was edited and does not show what Republicans tried to show in the edited version and, in the words of the California Attorney General "The evidence illustrates... that things are not always as partisan zealots portray them through highly selective editing of reality. Sometimes a fuller truth is found on the cutting room floor."
https://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/brown-releases-report-detailing-litany-problems-acorn-no-criminality

#BillyBushMadeMeDoIt is trending on Twitter. Way to go Melania!

John Fugelsang ‏@JohnFugelsang 2h2 hours ago
"My husband only claimed to do those horrible things because he's very easily manipulated. Please make him president." #BillyBushMadeMeDoIt

Latest Pinebagger News: Whining over maltreatment of Trump (No really, they are)

http://jackpineradicals.com/boards/topic/prediction-they-are-going-to-smear-trump-worse-than-anyone-in-american-history/

"Prediction: They are going to smear Trump worse than anyone in American history.

After hearing his speeches over the past week, it’s clear Trump has the number of the global elite. He is exposing all their crimes, and calling them out for what they are – liars and criminals and murderers. Nobody on the national stage has ever laid it out so clearly – and loudly – as Donald Trump has. The government-financial elites know these ideas are going to take root if they don’t act quickly. You know they aren’t going to sit back and let that happen. I don’t know if they’re going to smear him with accusations that he is racist, anti-semitic, or even that he has committed violent crimes, but one thing’s for sure: The government-media-financial elite takedown of Donald Trump is imminent."
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They are really earning their nastier nickname from a parody site: Jackass Radicals

How delusional are Pinebaggers? There is a thread there that Hillary is in damage control mode today

The reason they claim is not important.

If this is damage control mode, let every candidate I ever support be in damage control mode exactly like this four weeks before election day.

Humpty Trumpy

Humpty Trumpy wanted to build a wall
Humpty Trumpy had a big fall
Then all the kings horses and all the kings men,
couldn't put Humpty Trumpy together again.

Don't care who won a close VP debate. I care who beat up the opponents Presidential

candidate more effectively. That's the point of these VP debates.

And Tim Kaine clearly won on that score.

Snopes weighed in to debunk the #BasementDwellers meme and Sanders spoke out on it too

http://www.snopes.com/hillary-clintons-basement-dwellers/
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However, Clinton never used the phrase "basement dwellers." Rather, she expressed sympathy with young college-educated voters who had little choice but to remain at home due to being unable to find self-supporting jobs in the current market and had grown cynical of a system they felt had failed them:

Some are new to politics completely. They’re children of the Great Recession. And they are living in their parents’ basement. They feel they got their education and the jobs that are available to them are not at all what they envisioned for themselves. And they don’t see much of a future. I met with a group of young black millennials today and you know one of the young women said, “You know, none of us feel that we have the job that we should have gotten out of college. And we don’t believe the job market is going to give us much of a chance.” So that is a mindset that is really affecting their politics. And so if you’re feeling like you’re consigned to, you know, being a barista, or you know, some other job that doesn’t pay a lot, and doesn’t have some other ladder of opportunity attached to it, then the idea that maybe, just maybe, you could be part of a political revolution is pretty appealing. So I think we should all be really understanding of that and should try to do the best we can not to be, you know, a wet blanket on idealism. We want people to be idealistic. We want them to set big goals. But to take what we can achieve now and try to present them as bigger goals.
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In case you hear about the silly #basementdwellers meme, it is debunked. Here is the proof

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/01/did-hillary-insult-sanderistas-as-basement-dwellers-no-just-the-opposite.html

Did Hillary Insult Sanderistas as 'Basement Dwellers'? No—Just the Opposite
MICHAEL TOMASKY

10.01.16 6:25 PM ET
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Some are new to politics completely. They’re children of the Great Recession. And they are living in their parents’ basement. They feel they got their education and the jobs that are available to them are not at all what they envisioned for themselves. And they don’t see much of a future. I met with a group of young black millennials today and you know one of the young women said, “You know, none of us feel that we have the job that we should have gotten out of college. And we don’t believe the job market is going to give us much of a chance.” So that is a mindset that is really affecting their politics. And so if you’re feeling like you’re consigned to, you know, being a barista, or you know, some other job that doesn’t pay a lot, and doesn’t have some other ladder of opportunity attached to it, then the idea that maybe, just maybe, you could be part of a political revolution is pretty appealing. So I think we should all be really understanding of that and should try to do the best we can not to be, you know, a wet blanket on idealism. We want people to be idealistic. We want them to set big goals. But to take what we can achieve now and try to present them as bigger goals."


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Now, the second and “offending” graf. How in the world these words can offend anyone is just absurd. Okay, baristas. But I’m sure even most baristas have higher aspirations in life. But the main thing is that when she says “they are living in their parents’ basement,” she’s obviously not making fun of them. She’s just describing them. Indeed, she is explaining to these rich people in one of America’s richest towns, hey, take a minute to understand where these folks are coming from. And she’s doing so the week after Sanders throttled her in New Hampshire—a point in time when, if anything, she’d have been prone to lash out at them.
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