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Name: Steven Leser
Gender: Male
Hometown: New York, NY
Home country: USA
Current location: NYC
Member since: Tue Jan 4, 2005, 05:36 PM
Number of posts: 30,805

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Re: Bernie's popularity, GWB had a 90% popularity rating once too.

Argumentum ad populum is a logical fallacy for a reason.

Shattered or Contorted? What a New Book Gets Wrong about the Clinton Campaign

Shattered” or Contorted? What a New Book Gets Wrong about the Clinton Campaign

https://medium.com/@creynoldsnc/shattered-or-contorted-what-a-new-book-gets-wrong-about-the-clinton-campaign-7c566a4fa786

Update - Better link: https://goo.gl/pV6c0C

In politics, as Winston Churchill once noted, history is written by the victors. Pundits and politicos take that one step further, framing the winning campaigns as geniuses and the losing campaigns as the Keystone Cops. In a new book, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign,” the overarching narrative paints a picture of a campaign bogged down by infighting which as a result is paralyzed, leading to its own eventual demise.

I’m not writing to debate where the blame lies for the loss. While I’ve certainly got opinions (and a list of my own mistakes I’d love to take back), I’ll leave that debate to the media. And I’m not here to fact check, except to note that contrary to the book, I was not the research director — that was a talented man named Tony Carrk who led a terrific team.

I wanted to speak out because after spending most of the campaign watching some people question the enthusiasm and our supporters, it’s hard to read a depiction of the campaign that paints a dedicated, cohesive team as mercenaries with questionable motives who lacked a loyalty to a candidate described as “imperial” and removed from the campaign.

That’s just not the campaign, the staff or the candidate I was in the trenches with for 18 months.
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Breaking: O'Reilly may be off Fox for good. Is on extended vacation

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/OReilly-Fox-Murdochs/2017/04/12/id/783888/?ns_mail_uid=42004350&ns_mail_job=1725083_04122017&s=al&dkt_nbr=eb8idc4h

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly announced Tuesday he's taking a long-planned vacation, but New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman reported there's speculation the embattled star may be gone for good.


According to Sherman, O'Reilly's decision to go off the air amid a reported sex harassment scandal and advertiser boycott "has the appearance of a suspension."

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"Around this time of year, grab some vacation because it's spring and Easter time," he said in his "Tip of the Day" segment Tuesday night. "Last fall I booked a trip that should be terrific, not going to tell you where it is, but we have a contest on billoreilly.com… I'll have a full report when I return."


A Fox News spokesperson told Sherman that O'Reilly will return April 24.

But citing four unnamed network sources, Sherman said talk inside Fox News is that "tonight's show could be his last."

Louisville Courier-Journal receives backlash from its article on Dr. David Dao

http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/11/media/david-dao-united-passenger-louisville-courier-journal/

On Tuesday, a day after the public reacted in horror to a video of United passenger David Dao being violently removed from a flight, Louisville's Courier-Journal ran a story examining what it called his "troubled past."

And just like that, an internet-wide conversation on air travel protocol and corporate responsibility gave way to one about journalistic ethics, with a chorus of reporters denouncing the unflattering coverage of someone who'd never sought the spotlight in the first place.
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The story was written by Morgan Watkins, a state enterprise reporter for the Courier-Journal, who referred requests for comment to Joel Christopher, the executive editor of the Courier-Journal.
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In a phone interview on Tuesday, Christopher stood by the story, saying it was a valid subject as Dao's story is known to the paper's local audience. But Christopher also acknowledged that the initial version of the story did not clearly establish Dao's connection to the local audience.
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I am not sure I buy this excuse and I am still not sure if they have the right Dr. David Dao. Seems there is confusion on this point.

xPost from V&M: Steven Leser discusses the Syrian strike and its aftermath with Bill Tucker on Newsm

The portion of my appearance on Newsmax yesterday where I discuss the Syrian strike. Sure, I'm in favor of punishing a dictator that has used poison gas against his own civilian population. That decision isn't a tough one or one that necessarily makes you "Presidential".

The real issue of Syria is, since Trump has reversed himself regarding the US being involved and Assad needing to be gone, now what do we do? I have zero confidence Trump will figure out the right way to deal with the broader issues here and make no mistake this is a complex and difficult situation.

Steven Leser discusses the Syrian strike and its aftermath with Bill Tucker on Newsmax

The portion of my appearance on Newsmax yesterday where I discuss the Syrian strike. Sure, I'm in favor of punishing a dictator that has used poison gas against his own civilian population. That decision isn't a tough one or one that necessarily makes you "Presidential".

The real issue of Syria is, since Trump has reversed himself regarding the US being involved and Assad needing to be gone, now what do we do? I have zero confidence Trump will figure out the right way to deal with the broader issues here and make no mistake this is a complex and difficult situation.

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Jackass Radicals can't discuss Alex Jones threats against Schiff without criticizing Schiff and more

They think Schiff should "Shut up" and is full of "Schitt" for saying there is evidence their direct or indirect candidate (Trump) conspired with Russia
https://jackpineradicals.com/boards/topic/alex-joness-threat-to-congressman-may-be-a-felony/

Also while the Jackasses like to criticize Democrats for in their opinion "Not having spine" OPs posted there regarding the Nuclear option overcoming a Democratic filibuster have no comments several hours later and no acknowledgement that Democrats pulled together to do the only legislative thing they could to try to stand in the way of this terrible nominee:

https://jackpineradicals.com/boards/topic/republicans-use-nuclear-option-to-clear-the-way-for-gorsuch-confirmation/

https://jackpineradicals.com/boards/topic/mitch-mcconnell-goes-nuclear-to-break-supreme-court-filibuster/

and finally the armchair radicals are repeating false RW talking points about Rice and spying on Trump:

Bloomberg: Obama Nat'l Sec. Advisor Rice spied on Trump, lied on PBS
Finally, evidence from a solid source backs up the core accusations made that ranking officials of the outgoing Obama Administration spied on candidate Donald Trump and his close associates during the 2016 campaign. Furthermore, Bloomberg News correspondent Eli Lake identifies former National Security Advisor Susan Rice as having used NSC computers last year to review selected intelligence intercepts to identify specific U.S. citizens who communicated with foreign officials.

https://jackpineradicals.com/boards/topic/bloomberg-obama-natl-sec-advisor-rice-spied-on-trump/

UPDATED: Breaking: Bannon has been removed from the National Security Council - Bloomberg

more info and links as I get them UPDATED:

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-05/bannon-removed-from-national-security-council-role-in-shakeup

President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council on Wednesday, removing his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, and downgrading the role of his Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert, according to a person familiar with the decision and a regulatory filing.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was given responsibility for setting the agenda for meetings of the NSC or the Homeland Security Council, and was authorized to delegate that authority to Bossert, at his discretion, according to the filing.

Under the move, the national intelligence director, Dan Coats, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, are again "regular attendees" of the NSC’s principals committee.

Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, was elevated to the National Security Council’s principals committee at the beginning of Trump’s presidency. The move drew criticism from some members of Congress and Washington’s foreign policy establishment.

A toast to all the black women on DU. You are officially the smartest voting Demographic

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028886267

xPost from GD: Oddly worded NYP article attempts to malign LGBT teen girls...

... ends up making the reporter look silly instead.

Check out this odd sentence in the below NY Post article designed to portray lesbian/bi teenage girls as promiscuous but ends up comically the worst written sentence I have seen in a major print newspaper in a long time:

This “vulnerable population of girls” who engage in same-sex or bisexual activity are twice as likely as heterosexual teens to be sexually active.


http://nypost.com/2017/03/19/nycs-teen-girls-report-more-same-sex-relationships-but-are-being-less-safe/
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