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Well Wolf, the only head of state he could name was Chris Rock,

but his fart joke made us laugh so we're calling this a Trump triumph . . .

Piketty: Hillary, Apple et nous

Thomas Piketty compares Trump supporters to Le Pen's and suggests that Hillary improve her status among former Sanders supporters by building on the recent EU decision to force Apple to pay a minimum corporate tax on its Irish operations:
LE MONDE | 10.09.2016 -- Par Thomas Piketty (professeur à l'Ecole d'économie de Paris)

Dans moins de deux mois, les Etats-Unis auront un nouveau président. Si Donald Trump l’emporte, ce serait une catastrophe pour son pays, mais aussi pour le reste du monde. Raciste, vulgaire, imbu de lui-même et de sa fortune, il incarne ce qu’il y a de pire en Amérique. Et le fait qu’Hillary Clinton ait tant de mal à le distancer dans les sondages nous interpelle tous.

La stratégie de Trump est classique : il explique aux petits Blancs malmenés par la mondialisation que leur ennemi est le petit Noir, l’immigré, le Mexicain, le musulman, et que tout ira mieux si le grand milliardaire blanc les en débarrasse. . . . Beaucoup d’électeurs de Trump ou de Le Pen ont au fond d’eux une conviction simple : il est plus facile de s’en prendre aux immigrés qu’au capitalisme financier ou d’imaginer un autre système économique.


Car si les entreprises comme Apple et consorts ont évidemment apporté au monde des innovations considérables, la vérité est que ces géants n’auraient pu émerger sans des décennies de recherche publique et d’infrastructures collectives, tout cela en bénéficiant de taux d’imposition plus faibles que les petites et moyennes entreprises américaines comme européennes (et si le patron d’Apple et ses collègues prétendent le contraire, qu’ils publient enfin le détail de leurs comptes). Cette complexité doit être expliquée, ce qui exige transparence et courage politique. Le moment est venu pour Hilary Clinton d’en faire la démonstration.


2016 Presidential Debates

Mon Sep 26, 2016 -- First presidential debate, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Tue Oct 4, 2016 -- Vice presidential debate, Longwood University, Farmville, VA

Sun Oct 9, 2016 -- Second presidential debate, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Wed Oct 19, 2016 -- Third presidential debate, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV


WaPo -- yes there's a vast right-wing conspiracy, but it's Hillary's fault

Hillary Clinton was right about the vast right-wing conspiracy. Here’s why it exists.
By Karen Tumulty September 2

Clinton arrives at the courthouse in January 1996.


Whitewater had been an issue in the 1992 presidential campaign. More recently, questions had arisen whether the land deal and the Clintons might be linked to the collapse of a savings and loan.

Stephanopoulos and David Gergen, another senior adviser, were internal rivals at the time, who agreed on almost nothing. But both argued for full disclosure of the records. After a few days of rough coverage, they confidently predicted, the story would go away as the press corps discovered there was nothing sinister to the land deal and turned its attention elsewhere.

The president would not budge — and both of them knew why. “Hillary Clinton is a woman of many strengths and virtues, but like all of us, she also has some blind spots,” Gergen said in a recent interview. “She does not see the world in the same way that others do, when it comes to transparency and accountability.”


The fallout from that decision to stonewall would be enormous. Pressure built for the appointment of a prosecutor, first Robert B. Fiske Jr., and then Kenneth W. Starr, who had been solicitor general under former president George Bush.



Vidéo: Dans une prison américaine

Dans une prison américaine, à l’heure où Obama veut réformer le système judiciaire
France24 | 30/08/2016

Avec plus de deux millions de détenus derrière les barreaux, le système pénitentiaire américain est l’un de ceux qui enferme le plus de personnes au monde. Barack Obama, premier président à s'être rendu dans une prison fédérale, a promis de réformer un système judiciaire qui enferme trop facilement.


Cannes burkini ban triggers outrage

Source: Times of London (subscription)

August 13 2016, 12:01am, The Times

The French Riviera resort of Cannes has banned women from wearing burkinis, otherwise known as full-body swimsuits, because they “symbolise Islamist extremism”. The decision has prompted a backlash from mainstream Muslim groups who say that it is discriminatory.

David Lisnard, the mayor of Cannes, signed a bylaw saying: “Beachwear which ostentatiously displays religious affiliation, when France and places of worship are currently the target of terrorist attacks, is liable to create risks of disrupting public order. We are not banning the veil, nor the kippa nor crosses. I am simply banning a uniform which is the symbol of Islamic extremism.”


Very few women have been seen in burkinis at the resort, he acknowledged. Those who do wear them now face on-the-spot fines of €38 (£33). Officials said that offenders would first be asked to change or leave the beach.

Muslim organisations criticised the ban, calling it discriminatory because strict French laws enforcing secularism do not outlaw the wearing of religious dress in public places, other than full face coverings. A lawsuit is to be brought against Cannes by the Collective against Islamophobia in France.

Read more: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cannes-burkini-ban-triggers-outrage-v7db5nz57

Women wearing the cover-all burkini on the beach at Cannes will face a fine of £33 under a new bylaw (AP)

Paranoid style in U.S. politics lives on in 2016 campaign

David Horsey / Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2016

A small but fervent cadre of Bernie Sanders partisans have convinced themselves that unnamed overlords in big corporations ordered their vassals in the Democratic Party and their minions in the corporate media to use every dastardly trick — from rigging voting machines to news blackouts — to snatch victory away from the senator from Vermont. They surely do not recognize it, but their paranoia is just the latest manifestation of a phenomenon that is as much a part of America’s political tradition as elephants, donkeys and red, white and blue balloons.

Back in the 1830s, here is what alarmed thousands of U.S. voters: “It is an ascertained fact that Jesuits are prowling about all parts of the United States in every possible disguise, expressly to ascertain the advantageous situations and modes to disseminate Popery… The western country swarms with them under the name of puppet show men, dancing masters, music teachers, peddlers of images and ornaments, barrel organ players, and similar practitioners.”


All of these examples of American political paranoia are taken from historian Richard Hofstadter’s hugely influential Harper’s magazine essay, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.” The piece gained a wide audience in no small part because it was published in 1964, the tumultuous political year when right-wing insurgents took over the Republican Party and nominated Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater for president. Now, 52 years later in the context of the current outlandish presidential campaign, Hofstadter’s observations continue to resonate.

“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds,” Hofstadter wrote in his opening paragraph. “In recent years we have seen angry minds at work mainly among extreme right-wingers, who have now demonstrated in the Goldwater movement how much political leverage can be got out of the animosities and passions of a small minority. But behind this I believe there is a style of mind that is far from new and that is not necessarily right-wing. I call it the paranoid style simply because no other word adequately evokes the sense of heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy that I have in mind.”

more including the author's cartoons: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/topoftheticket/la-na-tt-paranoid-style-20160614-snap-story.html


Bernie was the toast of the town all last spring and summer until that fateful day in October . . .

. . . and that was all she wrote!

In San Bernardino county Clinton is currently beating Sanders 56.1% - 42.6%

with a 13.5% spread, an even bigger win for Clinton than the statewide 12%:

link: http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/president/party/democratic/county/san-bernardino/

You're right, this is fun!

Ha. Here's my favorite

"The Trial of Hillary"

Incidentally here's the skinny on St. Joan:

France was at war with Britain over the "succession," basically an interminable dynastic struggle between various Henry's and Henri's with disastrous consequences for France where it was fought. The Duke of Burgundy sided with Britain and France kept losing northern cities including Paris. Joan stepped in at age 19 and reported visitations (visions) that got the French excited and they finally started winning. They let her on the battlefield and she's said to have fought but mainly she made good suggestions and rallied the troops and people.

Until she was captured by the British who accused her of heresy, imprisoned her, tried her, and on May 30, 1431, burned her at the stake, burned her bones, and scattered her ashes. France when it finally gotten rid of Britain and the Pope both investigated the proceedings and declared them a grave miscarriage of justice whereupon Joan became a national heroine and eventually a saint.

The charge used against her was cross-dressing because she wore armor on the battlefield.
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