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June 20, 2016

Limbaugh blames tRump's low poll numbers on..... Howard Zinn.

Brain of Mush Rush:


Here is how Limbaugh chose to discuss Trump’s bad poll numbers instead:

Trump hasn't got ads running. Trump's relying on free media that he's getting. Trump think's he's gonna be able to counter all the Hillary ads and all the expensive attacks they're are gonna make with free TV appearances, like it worked in the primaries. Karl Rove and other experts say, "No, no, no, no, no, no, no. In the general election, you can't rely on free media. You can't control it." You've gotta have ads. You've gotta go out and fundraise and all this. See, look: 25% versus 51%!"

You have to ask yourself, if you assume the poll's accurate -- and that's a dangerous road to go down. "Well, we don't believe that poll. It could be made up!" But it's risky to start reacting that way rather than facing what may be the truth. So 25% disagree, and what was Trump's response? Trump's response to me was perfectly reasonable. This is getting out of hand. Nobody's doing anything to stop this. What we're doing or not doing is insane.

We were gonna have to put a moratorium here on immigration to find out what's going on and deal with it. It makes perfect sense to me. Twenty-five percent agree. Fifty-one percent disagree. And by disagreeing, that 51% sides with Obama. And, if you look, Obama's approval numbers are plus 50, 52, 53. Gee whiz, does that make any sense to anybody?

But then, folks, if you find out how... If you dig deep and find out how young people have been educated in this country, essentially the textbook's written by a guy named Howard Zinn. I'll explain in detail as the program unfolds. You might not have as much on trouble understanding. We've gotten to the point that 2-1/2 generations alive today having been raised having been taught what a rotten place this country is, how it was founded in a totally unjust and immoral way, and that it was not about liberty and freedom. It's not about any of the things that people think this country is about. That's just a myth that the propagandists pushed.

This is what young people have been taught for two generations in grade school, junior high.

Howard Zinn. Z-I-N-N. Look it up.

Confronted with the most flagrantly unqualified presidential candidate in living memory, a boorish, undisciplined, transparently polarizing nominee, a man reviled by principled movement conservatives whose explicit reasoning Limbaugh well knows, the talk-radio host tells his audience that a left-wing activist historian is responsible for Trump’s low poll numbers, because he poisoned the minds of America’s youth.



June 20, 2016

Wall Street to Clinton: Our money or Elizabeth Warren as VP.

Note: It's my understanding that as of today, there is no more GD-P. This is simply a news article; it is not criticizing HRC.

Big Wall Street donors have a message for Hillary Clinton: Keep Elizabeth Warren off the ticket or risk losing millions of dollars in contributions.

In a dozen interviews, major Democratic donors in the financial services industry said they saw little chance that Clinton would pick the liberal firebrand as her vice presidential nominee. These donors despise Warren’s attacks on the financial industry. But they also think her selection would be damaging to the economy. And they warned that if Clinton surprises them and taps Warren, big donations from the industry could vanish.

“If Clinton picked Warren, her whole base on Wall Street would leave her,” said one top Democratic donor who has helped raise millions for Clinton. “They would literally just say, ‘We have no qualms with you moving left, we understand all the things you’ve had to do because of Bernie Sanders, but if you are going there with Warren, we just can’t trust you, you’ve killed it.’”

Most big donors don’t want Warren on the ticket because she is the most accomplished anti-Wall Street populist in the Democratic Party. But many also think her presence would drive a potential Clinton administration too far to the left, poison relations with the private sector from the start and ultimately be damaging to the economy.




June 20, 2016

Holy gold plated shit: The infighting in Trumpville is EPIC

According to a former Trump operative, Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski regularly screams at his 27-year-old press secretary Hope Hicks, bringing her to tears on more than one occasion.

The Daily Beast‘s Olivia Nuzzi profiled Hicks for GQ, speaking to some of her former colleagues to get a better picture of her position with the Trump campaign. According to former operative Sam Nunberg, her relationship with Lewandowski is rocky at best.

One particular outburst came when Hicks wanted to leave the campaign to return to a non-campaign PR position at Trump Tower. “You made a big f***ing mistake; you’re f***ing dead to me,” he told Hicks, bringing her to tears.

Lewandowski denies the incident happened. “I can say definitively that I don’t recall the specific incident that you’re referring to,” he told Nuzzi.

Trump’s hotheaded campaign manager first made headlines when he was arrested for grabbing a female reporter, an act he denied happened but was caught on camera. The charges were later dropped, but before that stories emerged that Lewandowski had a history of making abusive, sexist, and sexual remarks to his female coworkers.

Nunberg, for his part, makes no bones about his hatred for Lewandowski, who got him fired from the campaign in a power move. “I literally will suck the f***ing blood out of his skull by the time I’m done with him,” he told Nuzzi.


June 20, 2016

Trump is punch drunk. reeling off the ropes. Or however that boxing metaphor goes

Whether or not he's smart is, I suppose, debatable, but this guy's ability to analyze and see clearly is so handicapped by his towering narcissism that the didn't see the fleet of Mack trucks headed his way. He pranced and preened and bullied his way through the primaries against contestants who didn't have a clue how to handle him- in large part because he was articulating the shit they push in a much less subtle, much cruder manner. And the MSM was fine with it. Good ratings, good revenues.

But then came the end of the primaries and the MSM started turning on him. Clinton and the dems were ready for him. The stuff that is just starting to come out is only the beginning. The really rough shots at him are only in their infancy.

He is clueless.

And sooo fucked.

(For the record, I think he's a stupid, stupid man- not that that's his worst quality)

There's a smorgasbord of smashmouth Trump articles this morning:

Trump's charity claims could violate fraud laws


June 20, 2016

On July 16, 1938, The Nation published this essay

What I Believe
EM Forster

I do not believe in Belief. But this is an Age of Faith, and there
are so many militant creeds that, in self-defence, one has to
formulate a creed of one's own. Tolerance, good temper and
sympathy are no longer enough in a world which is rent by
religious and racial persecution, in a world where ignorance rules,
and Science, who ought to have ruled, plays the subservient pimp.
Tolerance, good temper and sympathy - they are what matter
really, and if the human race is not to collapse they must come
to the front before long. But for the moment they are not
enough, their action is no stronger than a flower, battered be-
neath a military jackboot. They want stiffening, even if the
process coarsens them. Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process,
a sort of mental starch, which ought to be applied as sparingly as
possible. I dislike the stuff. I do not believe in it, for its own sake,
at all. Herein I probably differ from most people, who believe in
Belief, and are only sorry they cannot swallow even more than
they do. My law-givers are Erasmus and Montaigne, not Moses
and St Paul. My temple stands not upon Mount Moriah but in
that Elysian Field where even the immoral are admitted. My
motto is : "Lord, I disbelieve - help thou my unbelief.


I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying
my country and betraying my friend I hope I should have the
guts to betray my country. Such a choice may scandalize the
modern reader, and he may stretch out his patriotic hand to the
telephone at once and ring up the police.

This brings me along to Democracy, "Even love, the beloved
Republic, That feeds upon freedom and lives". Democracy is not
a beloved Republic really, and never will be. But it is less hateful
than other contemporary forms of government, and to that
extent it deserves our support. It does start from the assump-
tion that the individual is important, and that all types are needed
to make a civilization. It does not divide its citizens into the
bossers and the bossed - as an efficiency-regime tends to do.


Democracy has another merit. It allows criticism, and if there
is not public criticism there are bound to be hushed-up scandals.
That is why I believe in the press, despite all its lies and vulgarity,
and why I believe in Parliament. Parliament is often sneered a
because it is a Talking Shop. I believe in it because it is a talking
shop. I believe in the Private Member who makes himself a
nuisance. He gets snubbed and is told that he is cranky or ill-
informed, but he does expose abuses which would otherwise
never have been mentioned, and very often an abuse gets put
right just by being mentioned.


In search of a refuge, we may perhaps turn to hero-worship.
But here we shall get no help, in my opinion. Hero-worship is a
dangerous vice, and one of the minor merits of a democracy is
that it does not encourage it


No, I distrust Great Men. They produce a desert of uniformity
around them and often a pool of blood too, and I always feel a
little man's pleasure when they come a cropper.


I believe in aristocracy, though - if that is the right word, and
if a democrat may use it. Not an aristocracy of power, based upon
rank and influence, but an aristocracy of the sensitive, the con-
siderate and the plucky. Its members are to be found in all
nations and classes, and all through the ages


Much more:


Forster has been an enormous influence on me politically and personally and the nexus between the political and personal has never been expressed better by anyone.

June 19, 2016

Portrait of a racist.

People insinuating or inferring or whatever the fuck you want to call it, that Bernie Sanders is a racist or doesn't care about minorities make me sick.

And they should make any rational person sick.

It is disgusting beyond words.
June 19, 2016

I'm not quite sure how it happened, but I take in old and/or dying dogs

Dunk is my third over the past 10 years. I get how hard it is for people to deal with and I can't say no.

Dunk is the most lovable ugly guy. He's a pitbull and as sweet as can be despite being a rescue dog with a bad puppyhood.

The person who I adopted him from is a wonderful young woman and she loved him dearly, but she just couldn't deal with his prognosis. It was either I took him or she put him down. I took him. He's only 6.

It's been a year. And he's still going strong. He's ugly in part, because he has a big inoperable tumor that misshapes his head. But he's beautiful to me. I've come to love him dearly, as I did the other dogs, I took in.

The last dog I took in was almost 12 when I got her. She belonged to my ex originally. And he was going to have her put to sleep. She lived another 7 years!

It breaks my heart but it makes it stronger.

My http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023746189memorial to Little Dog, who died in 2013.

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