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Donald Trump’s first presidential debate confirmed he has no idea what he’s talking about

Trump doesn’t know much about the economy

Trump explained that he talks about how rich he is “not in a braggadocious way” but because “it's time that this country has somebody running the country who has an idea about money.”

And yet from his very first statement in the debate, Trump revealed a frankly bizarre level of ignorance about economic policy.

Literally the first thing Trump said after thanking the moderator was that “our jobs are fleeing the country” when, in fact, employment has been steadily increasing for years.
Three sentences later, he said the Chinese “are devaluing their currency and there's nobody in our government to fight them,” when, in fact, the Chinese are trying to prop up the value of their currency in the face of a massive investor exodus from Chinese real estate.
He also said the Chinese “are using our country as a piggy bank to rebuild China,” which isn’t even how piggy banks work, much less the US-Chinese economic relationship.
He said that Mexico is feasting on American manufacturing and “building the bigger plants in the world” when, in fact, Tesla is currently building the biggest factory in the world right in California. The existing biggest factory in the world is also in the United States, and is where Boeing jumbo jets are built. No. 3 is a Mitsubishi plant located in Illinois.

http://www.vox.com/2016/9/26/13066698/trump-debate-trade-fact-check

Great read, very factual, though fact-checking was considered opinion and off-topic in Latest Breaking News

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Tue Sep 27, 2016, 11:05 AM (2 replies)

Donald Trump’s first presidential debate confirmed he has no idea what he’s talking about

Source: Vox.com

Trump doesn’t know much about the economy

Trump explained that he talks about how rich he is “not in a braggadocious way” but because “it's time that this country has somebody running the country who has an idea about money.”

And yet from his very first statement in the debate, Trump revealed a frankly bizarre level of ignorance about economic policy.

Literally the first thing Trump said after thanking the moderator was that “our jobs are fleeing the country” when, in fact, employment has been steadily increasing for years.
Three sentences later, he said the Chinese “are devaluing their currency and there's nobody in our government to fight them,” when, in fact, the Chinese are trying to prop up the value of their currency in the face of a massive investor exodus from Chinese real estate.
He also said the Chinese “are using our country as a piggy bank to rebuild China,” which isn’t even how piggy banks work, much less the US-Chinese economic relationship.
He said that Mexico is feasting on American manufacturing and “building the bigger plants in the world” when, in fact, Tesla is currently building the biggest factory in the world right in California. The existing biggest factory in the world is also in the United States, and is where Boeing jumbo jets are built. No. 3 is a Mitsubishi plant located in Illinois.


Read more: http://www.vox.com/2016/9/26/13066698/trump-debate-trade-fact-check



A very good read, very perceptive, ties it all together, take a few moments to read the whole article. Trump is all bluster.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Tue Sep 27, 2016, 10:25 AM (2 replies)

Big questions about Melania Trump's immigration status linger

Donald Trump's immigration position is, at its heart, fairly simple. People in the country illegally would be subject to deportation if he is elected president, as he said in his speech this week in Arizona. Even those who hadn't crossed the border illegally but who'd been admitted on a visa and then didn't leave are "a big problem" in Trump's estimation.

"Immigration law doesn't exist for the purpose of keeping criminals out," he said. "It exists to protect all aspects of American life. The work site, the welfare office, the education system, and everything else."

That speech came more than three weeks after Trump's campaign promised to answer questions about a more personal component of the immigration issue. In early August, Trump pledged that his wife Melania, a native of Slovenia, would hold a press conference explaining how she managed to navigate the onerous process of getting a green card after questions about the timeline of her entry into the country were raised by a number of outlets.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/Big-questions-about-Melania-Trumps-immigration-status-linger.html
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Sun Sep 4, 2016, 11:09 PM (21 replies)

Access Denied errors on the internet

Firefox forced 48.0.2 on me, and I ran a GoToMeeting on Thursday.

Now I get "Access Denied" errors on senate.gov servers and on some
Indeed.com links

Did a restore to Aug 12, dialed Firefox back to 47, but it's still the same.
Ditched GoToMeeting install too.

This happens in both Firefox and IE9

What do I do to correct this? Any ideas?

Thanks
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Sat Aug 27, 2016, 09:30 PM (23 replies)

What do evangelical newlywed Trump supporters say to one another on their wedding night?

"Let's get one in the oven for Cheeto Jesus!"
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Sun Aug 21, 2016, 07:34 PM (0 replies)

In shift, Toomey says he'll oppose international trade deal

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Major labor unions opposing the deal also were not impressed. Pennsylvanians are too familiar with Toomey "to be fooled by this episode of pathetic pandering," said Richard Bloomingdale, president of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.

The TPP, awaiting ratification by Congress and officials in other countries, involves countries that account for roughly 40 percent of the global economy, including Japan, Mexico and Australia.

Toomey last year praised the potential deal and in May and June of 2015 voted in favor of so-called "fast-track authority" for President Obama, a measure seen as crucial to helping the administration seal the pact.

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20160818_In_shift__Toomey_says_he_ll_oppose_international_trade_deal.html



Shameless waffling. Last week he wrote he wasn't a 'rubber stamp'
for his party, even as he supports McConnell on Supreme Court stonewalling.

Now he doesn't stand for anything! Not even his own long held principles.

ANYTHING to get reelected.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Wed Aug 17, 2016, 06:43 PM (3 replies)

Help with Verizon

Last Friday and Saturday nights, we had severe local thunderstorms.
Quarter mile away type stuff. My internet was unaffected. My phone
went dead. There is no dial tone. I took one of the phones, hooked
it up to the direct incoming line, dedicated - nothing else connected -
and it's still dead.

I can't call Verizon. My phone is dead. I can't find a payphone when
I go out. There are none anymore. I went to Verizon.com to file a repair
ticket. That site goes around and around, but you never get to email anyone,
chat with anyone, or find another means of communication. There is a link
where you enter your phone number and Verizon calls you back. And they do
My phone rings, but when I answer, the line goes dead with a large amount
of static. Totally unintelligible. They hang up. I did this four times. After the
second try, it now only rings once when I ask them to call me.

I know, grab a cell phone. I have a pay as you go plan. I've called them twice.
First time I got placed on hold for 6 minutes. Second time it said it tested my
line, and there is nothing wrong with it, and there could be a charge to obtain
repair work. Then they ran me through the repair options I could do myself, such
as conducting a dedicated line check like I ran three days ago.

Do you think it would help if I wrote Verizon a letter? Filed a complaint with the
FCC or Public Utility Commission?

How can you have a phone company that cannot be contacted? Why are they
making this so difficult?
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Wed Aug 17, 2016, 05:42 PM (6 replies)

What do banks do

with open carry clients?
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Fri Aug 12, 2016, 03:30 PM (0 replies)

Trump Repeats His Lie That He Watched A Video Of Money Landing In Iran

Source: Huffington Post

Donald Trump on Thursday repeated his false claim that he had watched a video of money being unloaded from a plane at an airport in Iran ― after his campaign acknowledged that such footage doesn’t exist.

“It was interesting because a tape was made, you saw that? With the airplane coming in?” Trump asked the crowd at a rally in Portland, Maine. “Nice plane. And the airplane coming and the money coming off, I guess. That was given to us, has to be, by the Iranians.

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It was the second time in two days that the Republican nominee for president claimed to have seen Iranian video of money being unloaded from a U.S. plane. He first made the claim Wednesday morning, during a rally in Daytona Beach, Florida, and said the video he had seen was “top secret.”

Trump’s spokeswoman told The Washington Post early Thursday that the candidate had actually seen publicly available footage of American citizens disembarking from a plane in Geneva in January. Spokeswoman Hope Hicks didn’t explain why Trump claimed the video was top secret Iranian military footage.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-iran-video_us_57a3a58fe4b056bad214f633



Confabulation?
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Thu Aug 4, 2016, 07:17 PM (16 replies)

Clinton leads Trump in new 6abc/Franklin and Marshall poll

Source: WPVI Philadelphia

Those results, released Thursday, show Clinton leading trump 49% to 38% among likely voters in Pennsylvania.

This suggests Clinton got quite bounce from her convention last week here in Philadelphia.

Nearly two out of three people who watched the Democratic convention reported being more likely to vote for Clinton.

Meanwhile, in the campaign for Pennsylvania's Senate seat, Democrat Katie McGinty has a one-point lead over Republican Senator Pat Toomey, 39% to 38% among likely voters.

Read more: http://6abc.com/politics/clinton-leads-trump-in-new-6abc-franklin-and-marshall-poll/1456575/



Wide margins of error on these polls, and a long way to go

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Thu Aug 4, 2016, 07:26 AM (2 replies)
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