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August 23, 2016

Al Gore: Climate/environmental voters should vote for Clinton, not 3rd party.


Former Vice President Al Gore is urging Americans concerned about climate change and considering a third-party presidential candidate to vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton instead.

In an interview with ThinkProgress, Gore said he understands the “feelings and misgivings” of voters turned off by both Clinton and GOP nominee Donald Trump.

But he said voters who want to tackle climate change should vote for the former secretary of State, not Green Party candidate Jill Stein or anyone else.

“I particularly urge anyone who is concerned about the climate crisis, sees it as the kind of priority that I see it as, to look at the sharp contrast between the solar plan that Secretary Clinton has put forward, and her stated commitment to support the Clean Power Plan, and the contrast between what she has said and is proposing with the statements of the Republican nominee, which give me great concern,” Gore told ThinkProgress.

August 23, 2016

Boston Globe: Hillary's email "scandals" are pure fiction. "Sound and fury signifying nothing."


Take, for example, the imbroglio over newly released e-mails regarding interactions between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department when Clinton was secretary of state. These exchanges, primarily between Clinton’s assistant Huma Abedin and Clinton Foundation top honcho Doug Band, have become Exhibit A in efforts to brand Clinton as a corrupt figure and the Foundation as a pay-for-play operation. The evidence, however, speaks to a different reality.


The scandal here seems to be that people who gave money to the Clinton Foundation had e-mails sent to the Clinton State Department requesting favors that were repeatedly denied. Still, evidence has never been the key ingredient of a Clinton scandal. Optics and the appearance of scandal are always where the action has been.

The recent e-mail revelations “illustrate the way the Clintons’ international network of friends and donors was able to get access to Hillary Clinton and her inner circle” says the Post. All this adds “to the controversy” about “major donors” to the foundation getting “access to other power players,” says Politico. Or, as shown by the evidence, not getting access.


That those questions were raised and answered in a way that exonerated Mrs. Clinton is seemingly secondary to the fact that questions had been raised. Even when cleared of wrongdoing, the Clintons cannot escape the ever-creeping shadow of the dark insinuations of their political enemies.


Clinton is running for president and thus merits the scrutiny she is receiving. But the American people deserve an investigation into her record that separates fact from fiction and relies on evidence, not innuendo. So far, that’s not happening.
August 23, 2016

So much for Dornsife. The NBC survey monkey, another tracking panel, puts Hillary ahead by 8.


I prefer traditional polls to these tracking polls, but Dornsife has been an outlier all along.


Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump nationally by 8 percentage points, according to an NBC News/SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll released Tuesday.

The poll found Clinton leads Trump 50 percent to 42 percent -- a lead that’s not much different from her 9-percentage-point lead last week.

In a four-way match-up, Clinton leads Trump 43 percent to 38 percent while 11 percent back Libertarian Gary Johnson and 5 percent support Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Clinton has an extensive lead among black voters with 87 percent supporting her compared to the 8 percent who back Trump. Nearly three-quarters of Hispanic voters also support Clinton compared to 22 percent who support Trump. Two-thirds of Asian Americans support Clinton, the poll found, while 23 percent support Trump.

August 23, 2016

Actual playground taunt, uttered by young boy chasing smaller kids: "I'M DONALD TRUMP!"

Most of the kids were laughing, but at least one was crying.

This happened in a park in northern CA and a family member saw it.

So now Donald Trump is the boogey-man, at least in that California city.

August 22, 2016

WAPost poll: NO GENDER GAP in Democratic support for Hillary! (Statistical tie, 89% men; 86% women)

Yay, Democrats -- men and women!

Of course there IS a significant gender gap in Republican support for Trump.


That's Trump's problem in a nutshell. People find his business experience attractive but worry about his willingness to fly off the handle. Wills, as a Republican woman, is a member of the group that's most responsible for Trump's current polling problems. Democratic men prefer Hillary Clinton over Trump by 89 points, according to the most recent Post/ABC poll. Democratic women prefer her by 86 points. Republican men prefer Trump by 82 points — but Republican women prefer him by only 64 points.

Asked which candidate has a better personality and temperament to serve effectively as president, the gap is similar. Over 9 in 10 Democratic men and women say Clinton has the better temperament. But only 68 percent of Republican men pick Trump — as do only 58 percent of Republican women.

August 22, 2016

A tourist had spotted the alligator that killed the 2 yr old -- and warned Disney about it

45 minutes earlier. Nothing was done.

And the boy and his family weren't swimming (thus ignoring the "no swimming" signs.) They were building a sand castle.

I don't understand why the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission concluded that little could have been done to prevent the attack. If the Disney people had warned guests to stay off that beach -- after getting the report of the alligator spotting -- then the attack could have been prevented.


The report's findings include:

• The alligator that killed Lane Thomas Graves took him in a predatory manner consistent with the reptile's hunting techniques. The boy was standing in ankle-deep water while he fetched buckets of water for a sand castle he was building. Neither the boy nor his family did anything provocative.

• The family was by the lagoon near the hotel around 8:30 p.m., during gator hunting time, to watch the movie "Zootopia" on the beach.

• The alligator took Lane when he bent down. Matt Graves, the father, tried to pry open the gator's mouth that was clamped on his son's head and neck, but the animal broke away.

A South Carolina tourist spotted the alligator from his hotel porch about 45 minutes before the attack. He said he pointed out the animal to a Disney employee. Just before the attack, he saw children in the ankle-deep water and was going out the door to warn them when he heard the mother screaming.

August 22, 2016

John Dean, GOP Watergate truth-teller, says GOP leaders are trying to frame Hillary.

The attorney who was White House Counsel for Nixon, John Dean gives a detailed account of the false charges against Hillary and the distortions and lies they have been spreading to make them. And he did use the phrase "frame her." As in: "It is pretty ugly stuff, made even uglier because it is being promoted by two high ranking Republican chairmen who are, the facts show, trying to frame her.


It is an abuse of power and their effort to criminalize politics could one-day blowback on them and result in their going to jail on bogus charges. They are employing a tactic that could undermine democracy, so it is appropriate to get the facts out.

Unfortunately, to explain these seamy tactics takes a bit more space than the normal column, but the facts need to be placed on the record.

Without understanding the underlying testimony involved, it is not possible to appreciate the falsity and absurdity of the charges against Mrs. Clinton. It is easy to call someone a liar or a perjurer. Not so easy to unpack the charges.

A smear like this—and Hillary has had a career of them—takes space to address and debunk, which is why it probably has not been done. I really undertook this drill for myself because I wanted to see what was going on. I believe Hillary Clinton is far too savvy and smart to lie to Congress. And as the following information shows, I am correct, and she has not done so.

That two of the most powerful committee chairs in the House of Representatives have trumped up these bogus charges is stunning to me. This is not the way mature democracies like ours are supposed to operate. These men—along with their staff and the Republican leadership that are part of this ploy—are blatantly abusing congressional powers.

August 22, 2016

Author disputes Colin Powell's pseudo-denial of his dinner-table email discussion with Hillary

Colin Powell claims to have "no recollection" of a dinner table conversation with Hillary about his email, but he had previously confirmed the conversation to the author and it is in his book. Also, Hillary wasn't trying to "pin" anything on Powell. It wasn't Hillary who reported the conversation to the author -- it was multiple others. Hillary never discussed the conversation publicly.

But, the author says, Powell had a good reason to want to stay out of the spotlight on this issue, since he had deleted all of his emails on his AOL account -- and it is a fact that his AOL account WAS hacked. No evidence of hacking was found on Hillary's private server.


But last June, while reporting on Powell’s advice to Clinton for my book, I contacted his office for comment—and got a very different answer.

His principal assistant, Margaret “Peggy” Cifrino, informed me then via email that their calendar showed that the Albright dinner had occurred in June 2009. While he didn’t recall some details of the dinner because it had occurred seven years ago, according to Cifrino, he remembered what he did and didn’t say to Clinton on the topic in question that evening:

He does recall sharing with Secretary Clinton his use of his email account and how useful it was and transformative for the Department. He knew nothing then or until recently about her private home server and a personal domain, nor, therefore, could he have advised her on that or suggested it. By June I would assume her email system was already set up.

So it is perplexing for him to say he doesn’t remember that dinner conversation at all now, since, according to his own assistant, he remembered at least some of what he said as recently as two months ago.

August 22, 2016

How does Trump think he can make America great again,

when he can't even make Atlantic City great again? Even with all the help he's had from Chris Christie?


How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions

On the presidential campaign trail, Mr. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, often boasts of his success in Atlantic City, of how he outwitted the Wall Street firms that financed his casinos and rode the value of his name to riches. A central argument of his candidacy is that he would bring the same business prowess to the Oval Office, doing for America what he did for his companies.

“Atlantic City fueled a lot of growth for me,” Mr. Trump said in an interview in May, summing up his 25-year history here. “The money I took out of there was incredible.”

His audacious personality and opulent properties brought attention — and countless players — to Atlantic City as it sought to overtake Las Vegas as the country’s gambling capital. But a close examination of regulatory reviews, court records and security filings by The New York Times leaves little doubt that Mr. Trump’s casino business was a protracted failure. Though he now says his casinos were overtaken by the same tidal wave that eventually slammed this seaside city’s gambling industry, in reality he was failing in Atlantic City long before Atlantic City itself was failing.

But even as his companies did poorly, Mr. Trump did well. He put up little of his own money, shifted personal debts to the casinos and collected millions of dollars in salary, bonuses and other payments. The burden of his failures fell on investors and others who had bet on his business acumen.


Atlantic City made a bad bet on casinos and lawmakers should learn from its mistakes.

At first glance, Atlantic City's current crisis bears little resemblance to those of Detroit, Puerto Rico and the other recent cases of fiscal catastrophe. The city is on the brink of bankruptcy due almost exclusively to a bad bet on casinos: around 20,000 industry jobs and half of annual gaming revenues have been lost in the last decade.

But though governments can go broke for any number of reasons, the solutions to their distress tend to be broadly similar. Atlantic City can learn many lessons from how other cities have dealt with insolvency.

First, unionized employees will have to make major concessions. This has been a sticking point between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Vincent Prieto, the pro-union speaker of the New Jersey Assembly. Christie wants to take over Atlantic City and give state appointees the authority to break labor contracts. Prieto has blocked the governor's plan, saying, "We don't need to destroy collective bargaining rights to fix Atlantic City." Prieto is raising false hopes. Not only is most city spending bound up in salaries and benefits, state and local officials cannot hope for any concessions from corporate creditors without sacrifices by labor.


August 21, 2016

Question from 4 year old: "Why does Trump get to say mean things in a mean voice to people?

"Why does he get to do bad cooperation?"

She watches very little TV, but she's seen enough not to like that mean man.

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