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Quotes I like: "Prediction is very difficult, especially concerning the future." "There are some things so serious that you have to laugh at them.” __ Niels Bohr Given his contribution to the establishment of quantum mechanics, I guess it's not surprising he had such a quirky of sense of humor. ......................."Deliberate misinterpretation and misrepresentation of another's position is a basic technique of (dis)information processing" __ I said that

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Clinton endorsement triggers death threats


The Arizona Republic says it has received death threats and countless subscription cancellations over its endorsement of Hillary Clinton, the paper's first-ever​ endorsement of a Democrat. KPNX's Bryan West reports.

The Fix Here’s the list of Republican politicians, donors and operatives supporting Hillary Clinton

check out article, the list is getting pretty long!



Former presidents

George H.W. Bush (?) -- Kathleen Kennedy Townsend said in a Facebook post that Bush told her this in-person. The president's office isn't confirming it, but she stands by it. "That’s what he said," she told Politico.

Members of Congress

Rep. Richard Hanna (N.Y.), a moderate Republican who is retiring this year, told Syracuse.com that he will support Clinton and that Trump is unfit to lead. He cited Trump's criticism of Khizr Khan. "I think Trump is a national embarrassment," Hanna said. "Is he really the guy you want to have the nuclear codes?"

Former Republican elected officials

John Warner, former senator from Virginia -- “Loose lips sink ships. Got that, Trump? Loose lips sink ships." Warner added: "You can’t pull up a quick text like ‘National Security for Dummies.'"

Chris Shays, former congressman from Connecticut — "I have friends who are up for office and they say, you know, if you don't support Donald Trump, you're hurting us because then we have to answer the question. And now I'm going one step further. So I am hurting them. But, you know, there's a time when you put your country first."


For millenials, a very good FRontline doc on Hillary Clinton and the Donald .. their histories

.. I recommend this to millenials, especially those who think 'history' started with BS's run at the Democratic Nomination. I would like to suggest that Frontline is a better source of info than raging Rightwinger websites or cable tv shows.

Hillary was on the committee that looked into whether Nixon should be impeached. So, the GOP actually hated Hillary BEFORE they hated Bill!


Trumped up Trickle Down economics ... alright Hillary... keep reminding people that his 'plans'

... would return us to the Republican Economic Dystopia which started with the Trickle-Down Deregulation disaster of 2008-2009.


Mrs Clinton argued that Mr Trump’s economic plans would benefit wealthy individuals like himself, rather than the broader population, calling his proposals “trumped-up trickle-down” because they entailed large tax cuts for the best-off in society. She brandished policies that she said were focused on fairness and helping the middle class through “broad-based, inclusive growth”.

I wanted to hear her say something about "Trickle Down economics" and how it lead to the worst economic downdraft since the Great Depression. http://www.democraticunderground.com/12512440965

Donald's final post-debate retort....

It’s time for an octane boost


Federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards require automakers to manufacture vehicles that will achieve average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. That’s more than double the actual average of 24.3 mpg in 2014. Automakers are responding to these aggressive standards by exploring a broad range of technologies that can boost fuel economy. ....

Accordingly, the auto companies are pleading for more octane. Just two weeks ago at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit, GM’s vice president of propulsion systems underscored that “Higher octane is necessary for better engine efficiency. It is a proven low-cost enabler to lower CO2.”

There are a variety of options for increasing the octane rating of gasoline, but one octane source stands out from the crowd: ethanol.

Made from the starches and sugars in crops, waste and other biological material, ethanol is a renewable fuel that reduces CO2 emissions and has an incredibly high octane rating of 113. That compares to an octane rating of 84 for base gasoline produced at the refinery. In addition, ethanol costs less than other octane enhancers produced by oil refineries, many of which are toxic in nature.

Research by automakers and the Department of Energy confirms that gasoline blends containing 20-40 percent ethanol can provide the necessary octane boost for high-compression, turbocharged engines, while delivering better fuel economy than today’s gasoline. In the words of a Mercedes-Benz engineer, ethanol-based high octane fuels can provide “ridiculous power and good fuel economy.”

A plea for sanity — and seriousness — in judging the debate - Ezra Klein

(emphasis my own)

I spent the weekend trying to figure out how to start this piece — how to ground my sense that this presidential debate is beginning in a bad place — and then MSNBC put up this graphic:

This is the Donald Trump curve. Hillary Clinton needs to answer every question perfectly and make people laugh while she does it. Trump needs to stop lying and bragging so much. It defies parody. But that doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

MSNBC is simply echoing the conventional wisdom. Clinton “faces higher expectations than Donald Trump when the two square off for the first debate on Long Island,” reports Politico. This is the conclusion of Politico’s “insiders poll,” which surveys a select group of political elites. The responses — Politico provides anonymity to participants in the survey — are darkly comic.

“To win the debate, all Trump really needs to do is meet expectations, keep his cool, and look presidential,” says one Republican.

THere's one thing I hope Hillary gets said: "IF you want another trickle down disaster, vote 4 him..

He's pushing the same policies of cut taxes for the wealthiest and deregulate every business sector you can. THis will bring us another Trickle Down disaster."

People in Ohio and Pennsylvania need to be reminded of this - they seem to be in a dream state or something.

Donald Trump, a real-life Manchurian candidate - Brent Budowsky, The Hill (really!)


With Republicans facing the growing prospect of a landslide defeat that could return control of the Senate and potentially the House to Democrats, 50 leading GOP national security figures announced on Monday that they refuse to vote for Donald Trump because they consider him a danger to American national security.

For many months I have written in The Hill that Trump, now the GOP nominee, has a strange and disquieting habit of offering sympathy and praise to foreign dictators who wish America ill. He has favorably tweeted the words of Benito Mussolini, the Italian fascist from darker days. He has had kind words for Kim Jong Il, the mass murdering dictator of North Korea. And the words of mutual praise exchanged between Trump and former KGB officer and Russian strongman Vladimir Putin will someday be legendary in the history of presidential politics.

Republicans, independents, swing voters and GOP members of the House and Senate who are staking their reelection campaigns on their support for Trump to be president and commander in chief should thoughtfully reflect on the recent op-ed in The New York Times by former acting CIA Director Michael Morell.

The op-ed is titled “I ran the CIA. Now I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton.” Morell, who has spent decades protecting our security in the intelligence business, offered high praise for the Democratic nominee and former secretary of State based on his years of working closely with her in the high councils of government. But Morell went even further than praising and endorsing Clinton.

a very prescient article from 2010: Republicans plan McCarthyite persecutions


In June, I warned in my column in The Hill that if the Republican Party took control of the House of Representatives, there would be a wave McCarthyite abuses of Congressional committees through abuse of subpoenas and abuse of the Congressional investigative process.


This is the arrogance of power by those who do not have power, who are so consumedby the politics of persecution and character assassination and so dependent on the support of extremist political forces that they are bragging about the abuses of power they will pursue if they get said power.

The Republican plan is to abuse the power of multiple Congressional committees, abuse the power and the process of subpoena, by hiring a fleet of partisan Republican lawyers and partisan Republican staff at taxpayer expense to pursue a politics of vendetta and persecution.

Remember the abuses of power of Republicans in Congress when they launched bogus attacks on Bill and Hillary Clinton during the Clinton presidency, culminating in a de facto attempted coup d'etat through an abuse of process that culminated in an attempt to impeach President Clinton while he was creating jobs and balancing the budget?

Make no mistake, the party of Richard Nixon and Joe McCarthy is planning a new era of Nixonian and McCarthyite abuses to repeat the politics of persecution it attempted against the Clintons when Republicans had control of Congress.

thanks goes to the Joanne98, whose post lead me to the above article.

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