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Trump campaign says will win by "undercover supporters"

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/23/donald-trump-campaign-news-polls-kellyanne-conway

“People who are supporting Donald Trump, who have not voted Republican in the past, who have not voted in quite a while, are so tired of arguing with family and friends and colleagues about their support of Donald Trump that they just decided not to discuss it.”

So all these undercover Trump supporters are so vastly outnumbered by opposing friends and family that they've been traumatized too much to admit to a pollster that they want to vote for Trump.

Sounds good to me.

On Democratic Party Unity

Rather than threaten Sanders with ostracism, Democrats could embrace his message, and thereby his supporters. The message going out presently is “he better bend to the establishment's will,” or else. The establishment risks disenchanting huge numbers of voters by denying Bernie's accomplishment of bringing them all together. Right now the Democratic apparatus declares itself closed to change at the very moment it could best capitalize on demand for change. Unless the Democratic party can open it's arms and embrace a substantial part of Bernie's platform, one cannot dismiss fears that Trump wins in November.

I do not hate Wall Street

I don't think anyone hates Wall Street. One might feel a real unease in thinking of Wall Street, or even a fair bit of resentment. But hate? No. Wall Street is, at its heart, just a bunch of people. It's people. Mitt Romney was right, until he bounded to organizations having civil rights.

The bible says we shouldn't hate one another. Does it say we need to love the system?

One could hate the way the system is rigged to funnel money and power to the top. One could hate how the megacorporations of the World are largely owned by just a handful of people, who through the megacorporation-owned media have us believing that our 100 shares of GE or Boeing make us big shots.

I don't hate Wall Street. But I hate that traders' computer programs can see my stock order and can buy that stock and sell it to me at a higher price without my possibly noticing. And I hate all these other little things that are nothing more than little tiny rip-offs day after day, each too little to justify raising a stink, but effective at sucking money out of my pocket (and a million others) and delivering it to they who already have too much.

I do not hate Wall Street

I don't think anyone hates Wall Street. One might feel a real unease in thinking of Wall Street, or even a fair bit of resentment. But hate? No. Wall Street is, at its heart, just a bunch of people. It's people. Mitt Romney was right, until he bounded to organizations having civil rights.

The bible says we shouldn't hate one another. Does it say we need to love the system?

One could hate the way the system is rigged to funnel money and power to the top. One could hate how the megacorporations of the World are largely owned by just a handful of people, who through the megacorporation-owned media have us believing that our 100 shares of GE or Boeing make us big shots.

I don't hate Wall Street. But I hate that traders' computer programs can see my stock order and can buy that stock and sell it to me at a higher price without my possibly noticing. And I hate all these other little things that are nothing more than little tiny rip-offs day after day, each too little to justify raising a stink, but effective at sucking money out of my pocket (and a million others) and delivering it to they who already have too much.

Free University for All is a Great Equalizer

Tonight Hillary Clinton said: “I disagree with free college for everybody. . . . I don’t think taxpayers should be paying to send Donald Trump’s kids to go to college.”

Yes, they should.

We could be so fortunate to have a small fraction of our taxes pay for our kids and Mr. Trump's to attend University together. Mr. Trump's small fraction would put several hundred or thousand kids through school for every one you and I paid for. His contribution would grow with each loophole we can close.

This would get us a good way down the road to a true meritocracy.

Hillary's plan sounds like one of those complicated plans typical of our government that would require a lot of overpaid administrators and allow insiders and their friends or clients to game the system for power and personal profit.

Why Bernie might surprise

More to come.

A recent Iowa poll found likely Iowa democratic primary participants favor Hillary Rodham Clinton to Bernie Sanders 37 to 30. Wait, who?

Everybody knows Clinton. 33 percent of those polled want to vote for someone other than Hillary besides Bernie Sanders. 14 percent of those polled like Biden, who isn't even running (ahem-yet). A Republican assertion of "chicken" would rouse millions against him. Just 19 percent of them have another first choice.

Those 33 percent have already made a fundamental choice: Hillary Clinton is not their first choice. They want somebody else. As the will for those garnering under 10% wanes, who will they choose? Sanders is looking like he may be the only viable alternative to Clinton. That 33% has already exhibited a dissatisfaction with Clinton, many more than in earlier polls.

Bernie Sanders is on a roll. He is polling well with many of the same voting groups that propelled Obama in Iowa eight years ago.

Isn't he doing well in New Hampshire too?

Edited to repair auto-spell and to continue a work in progress.

What does "rookie cop" mean anyway?

I keep reading that the cop who shot Tamir Rice was a "rookie cop." It was also a "rookie cop" whose gun discharged and killed an innocent man in an NYC apartment building (and then disappeared from his department for six minutes while contacting his union representative).

So what does "rookie cop" mean? The WaPo article quoted below seems to say you're still a rookie 2+ years after first becoming a cop, or at least through month 9 of the last force you worked for. When does one stop being a "rookie"?

Or is "rookie cop" really just about deflecting blame from the officer? A way of saying they had some right to be unusually clumsy, jumpy, scared, etc? Is the popular media wittingly or unwittingly helping to shape these stories into pieces to engender sympathy for these (poor, inexperienced) cops?

The Washington Post writes:

"Before rookie cop Timothy Loehmann, 26, became yet another symbol of the tensions between law enforcement and the black community, he was an eager graduate of the City of Cleveland’s police academy in March.

In some ways, it was the big leagues, his father told the Northeast Ohio Media Group in an interview.

He was tired of the sleepy policing of the suburban district in Independence, Ohio, where he had worked since 2012. He reveled in his new assignment in one of Cleveland’s most violent communities, the Fourth District."


http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/12/02/cleveland-cop-said-he-had-no-choice-but-to-shoot-12-year-old-tamir-rice-father-says/ . I've seen it said other places that he resigned from the Independence, Ohio gig in 2012.

Why aren't minorities carrying openly?

The way I see it, the next time some group of hillbillies starts flaunting their second amendment rights, groups of minorities should pick up their legally-owned firearms, walk right over, introduce themselves, and join right in.

Why can white freaks parade around with assault rifles, but a twelve year old black kid with a toy gun doesn't last a minute after a cop arrives?

When I was twelve, we ran all over with all kinds of toy guns, even bb guns. Never worried about such a stupid, terrified (chicken?) cop thinking I might be some threat.

Granted that was the eighties. But those white trash guys with real guns aren't being shot these days either.

So if minorities got out and open-carried more often, maybe white people would get used to it.

How many bullets does one need for self defense?

The argument I've heard is funds are needed to defend oneself or one's home.

I can't think of a time that I heard of anyone having to shoot more than a few shots in such a situation.

Does anyone really need more than ten rounds in a magazine?

Edited for the answer: Only a few. If you can't stop someone with a few rounds, you're either likely to hit innocent people with you 83% of misses (based on replies to the thread), or you won't stop the evil-doer before it (zombie, in this case) gets you. If a horde comes after you, it won't make a difference if you had 5 shots or 20; if they want you bad enough to come in high numbers, they'll get you.

Is Paul Ryan one of the South Park Gnomes?

Ryan on stopping Iran from getting The Bomb:

Phase 1: Elect Romney

Phase 2: ???

Phase 3: Iran doesn't get The Bomb


South Park Gnomes:

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