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School Time Rock - The Electoral College

From Tom the Dancing Bug

The real reason we lost. (No punches pulled!)

We lost because we didn't do all the things I claimed were important or believed. Our candidates should have focused on the areas and issues I thought were critical. Also people did things that I said they shouldn't have. Those other people who didn't win the primary or ran as 3rd party candidates should have done things differently too. This comprehensive evidence shows that my opinions were correct all along and I scold everyone who disagrees.

There! I have now summed up the previous 2 weeks and the next 2 months of DU's 2016 Postmortem.

Indy... the Nazis are back again

From Kris Straub

Not sure where it came from, but I laughed.

If you haven't voted yet: What are you waiting for? Get off your ass and go vote.

We need your vote, even in Blue states.

GO VOTE

Vote Report: Northern VA

Arrived 6:45, approx 50 people in line, line moved very quickly. Entire process took 10 minutes. My precinct had 3 optical scanners that our written vote is fed into. I was voter 209 (which means approximately 600 people voted before me.)

The crowd was in a good mood and was made up of about 70% women and minorities. Only 2 obvious Trump supporters (a man and wife wearing camo, clutching the Republican sample ballot, and scowling at everyone). The Democrats usually win 55-65% in my area.

There were 2 official poll watchers (one from each party, sitting quieting behind the check in station).

Outside the girl scouts sold baked goods. There were 3 tables, one staffed with Democrats giving out sample ballots. The second was a Trump table with the Republican sample ballot and no volunteers. The 3rd table was "Republicans for Clinton" It was also un-staffed with copies of the Democratic sample ballot.

My commute took me past 1 other Fairfax County voting area and 2 Fairfax City voting areas. Lots of signs, cars, and people at all stations.

Overall, I observed no problems.

GOTV, DU.

Driving to work today, I passed an intersection outside of GMU w/ 4 Trump supporters* waving signs

asking supporters to honk. Sitting thru 2 cycles of the red light of the busy intersection**, there were zero honks.

* All elderly white women wearing red coats. 3 seemed angry and 1 seemed like she was undergoing rapture.
** Braddock Rd and Rt 123

Trumpís history of corruption is mind-boggling. So why is Clinton supposedly the corrupt one?

In the heat of a presidential campaign, youíd think that a story about one partyís nominee giving a large contribution to a state attorney general who promptly shut down an inquiry into that nomineeís scam ďuniversityĒ would be enormous news. But we continue to hear almost nothing about what happened between Donald Trump and Florida attorney general Pam Bondi.

I raised this issue last week, but itís worth an update as well as some contextualization. The story re-emerged last week when The Postís David A. Fahrenthold reported that Trump paid a penalty to the IRS after his foundation made an illegal contribution to Bondiís PAC. While the Trump organization characterizes that as a bureaucratic oversight, the basic facts are that Bondiís office had received multiple complaints from Floridians who said they were cheated by Trump University; while they were looking into it and considering whether to join a lawsuit over Trump University filed by the attorney general of New York State, Bondi called Trump and asked him for a $25,000 donation; shortly after getting the check, Bondiís office dropped the inquiry.


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Thatís important, because we may have reached a point where the frames around the candidates are locked in: Trump is supposedly the crazy/bigoted one, and Clinton is supposedly the corrupt one. Once we decide that those are the appropriate lenses through which the two candidates are to be viewed, it shapes the decisions the media make every day about which stories are important to pursue.

And it means that to a great extent, for all the controversy he has caused and all the unflattering stories in the press about him, Trump is still being let off the hook.


I recommend checking out the entire opinion piece. Paul Waldman has a huge list of Trump's corruption and it is pretty mind boggling.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2016/09/05/trumps-history-of-corruption-is-mind-boggling-so-why-is-clinton-supposedly-the-corrupt-one/?tid=hybrid_experimentrandom_3_na&utm_term=.cff74f515835

Polls and Uncertainty - concerned, worried, anxious? Here's the only solution:

GOTV


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