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Madam45for2923's Journal
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October 7, 2016

Why Donald Trump Should Not Be President ~NYT Editorial Opinion

Donald Trump is a man who dwells in bigotry, bluster and false promises.

When Donald Trump began his improbable run for president 15 months ago, he offered his wealth and television celebrity as credentials, then slyly added a twist of fearmongering about Mexican “rapists” flooding across the Southern border.

From that moment of combustion, it became clear that Mr. Trump’s views were matters of dangerous impulse and cynical pandering rather than thoughtful politics. Yet he has attracted throngs of Americans who ascribe higher purpose to him than he has demonstrated in a freewheeling campaign marked by bursts of false and outrageous allegations, personal insults, xenophobic nationalism, unapologetic sexism and positions that shift according to his audience and his whims.

Now here stands Mr. Trump, feisty from his runaway Republican primary victories and ready for the first presidential debate, scheduled for Monday night, with Hillary Clinton. It is time for others who are still undecided, and perhaps hoping for some dramatic change in our politics and governance, to take a hard look and see Mr. Trump for who he is. They have an obligation to scrutinize his supposed virtues as a refreshing counterpolitician. Otherwise, they could face the consequences of handing the White House to a man far more consumed with himself than with the nation’s well-being.

Here’s how Mr. Trump is selling himself and why he can’t be believed.

A financial wizard who can bring executive magic to government?

Despite his towering properties, Mr. Trump has a record rife with bankruptcies and sketchy ventures like Trump University, which authorities are investigating after numerous complaints of fraud. His name has been chiseled off his failed casinos in Atlantic City.

Mr. Trump’s brazen refusal to disclose his tax returns — as Mrs. Clinton and other nominees for decades have done — should sharpen voter wariness of his business and charitable operations. Disclosure would undoubtedly raise numerous red flags; the public record already indicates that in at least some years he made full use of available loopholes and paid no taxes.

Mr. Trump has been opaque about his questionable global investments in Russia and elsewhere, which could present conflicts of interest as president, particularly if his business interests are left in the hands of his children, as he intends. Investigations have found self-dealing. He notably tapped $258,000 in donors’ money from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits involving his for-profit businesses, according to The Washington Post.

A straight talker who tells it like it is?

Mr. Trump, who has no experience in national security, declares that he has a plan to soundly defeat the Islamic State militants in Syria, but won’t reveal it, bobbing and weaving about whether he would commit ground troops. Voters cannot judge whether he has any idea what he’s talking about without an outline of his plan, yet Mr. Trump ludicrously insists he must not tip off the enemy.

Continues in link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/26/opinion/why-donald-trump-should-not-be-president.html?action=click&contentCollection=Opinion&module=RelatedCoverage®ion=EndOfArticle&pgtype=article

October 7, 2016

What Do You Care About? #VoteYourFuture

Kendall Jenner and Leonardo DiCaprio Want You to Vote in This Election
So does Emma Stone, Kate Hudson and Samuel L. Jackson. Watch them all in a new video.


They have made at least 88 videos here:


Some examples:

October 7, 2016

Reminder: What George W did on his FIRST DAY IN OFFICE!

Who remembers this?

Bush bans funds for international family planning groups that support abortion

By Kate Randall
24 January 2001

In one of his first actions as president, George W. Bush on Monday reinstated a ban first initiated under the Reagan administration which will deny US aid to international organizations that use their own money to provide abortions, counsel women on abortions or support pro-abortion lobbying of foreign governments. Clinton had lifted the ban—known among its opponents as the “global gag rule”—when he assumed office in 1993.

Bush timed his announcement to coincide with the twenty-eighth anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision of the US Supreme Court legalizing abortion. Thousands of anti-abortionists rallied outside the high court in Washington on Monday in their annual rally calling for the overturning of a woman's right to choose. The “right to life” forces, feeling emboldened with an ally in the White House, carried signs such as “Michigan Loves Our Pro-Life President” and “It's War! Baby.” A message from Bush was read out to the crowd, which said in part: “We share a great goal: to work toward a day when every child is welcomed in life and protected in law.”

International family planning organizations, however, were quick to point out that the effect of Bush's initiative will lead not to “a culture of life” but to increased poverty, suffering and death. It will result in the cutoff of family planning funds to some of the world's most impoverished women and families in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the countries of the former Soviet Union. Critics note that as a result more women will be denied contraceptive services, face unwanted pregnancies and die as a result of childbirth or illegal abortions. Funds for programs aimed at stopping sexual transmission of the HIV virus that causes AIDS will also be impacted, resulting in more disease and death.

Bush Bans Aid to Abortion Support Groups Overseas

Politics: President's action on first workday eclipses effort to focus on education. Protesters marking the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade roar approval at the news.
WASHINGTON — President Bush, on his first Monday in office, blocked government grants to international family planning groups that pay for abortions or abortion counseling with their own money.

Bush's decision, one of the first of his administration, reversed eight years of Clinton administration policy, turning the clock back to a policy established by President Reagan. It also overshadowed the new president's plan to focus his administration immediately on education reform.

In an executive order, Bush declared that "taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortions or advocate or actively promote abortion, either here or abroad." However, the federal government has not directly used its funds to pay for abortions overseas since 1973.

The day's events offered Bush a lesson on the extent and limit of presidential power. It also reminded Republicans in Congress, who fought with President Clinton annually over the abortion policy, of just how much new leverage they wield.

"That's when it really sinks in that it's a whole new world," said Michele Davis, spokeswoman for House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas). "We fought for half a loaf with Clinton and now it's done with the stroke of a pen."

But other Republicans showed that leading Congress can be like riding a tiger, because it is an institution with many competing agendas.


October 7, 2016

THE TRUMP FILES Mother Jones: 63 files so far


Read the rest of "The Trump Files":

Trump Files #1: The Time Andrew Dice Clay Thanked Donald for the Hookers
Trump Files #2: When Donald Tried to Stop Charlie Sheen's Marriage to Brooke Mueller
Trump Files #3: The Brief Life of the "Trump Chateau for the Indigent"
Trump Files #4: Donald Thinks Asbestos Fears Are a Mob Conspiracy
Trump Files #5: Donald's Nuclear Negotiating Fantasy
Trump Files #6: Donald Wants a Powerball for Spies
Trump Files #7: Donald Gets An Allowance
Trump Files #8: The Time He Went Bananas on a Water Cooler
Trump Files #9: The Great Geico Boycott
Trump Files #10: Donald Trump, Tax-Hike Crusader
Trump Files #11: Watch Donald Trump Say He Would Have Done Better as a Black Man
Trump Files #12: Donald Can't Multiply 17 and 6
Trump Files #13: Watch Donald Sing the "Green Acres" Theme Song in Overalls
Trump Files #14: The Time Donald Trump Pulled Over His Limo to Stop a Beating
Trump Files #15: When Donald Wanted to Help the Clintons Buy Their House
Trump Files #16: He Once Forced a Small Business to Pay Him Royalties for Using the Word "Trump"
Trump Files #17: He Dumped Wine on an "Unattractive Reporter"
Trump Files #18: Behold the Hideous Statue He Wanted to Erect In Manhattan
Trump Files #19: When Donald Was "Principal for a Day" and Confronted by a Fifth-Grader
Trump Files #20: In 2012, Trump Begged GOP Presidential Candidates to Be Civil
Trump Files #21: When Donald Couldn't Tell the Difference Between Gorbachev and an Impersonator
Trump Files #22: His Football Team Treated Its Cheerleaders "Like Hookers"
Trump Files #23: The Trump Files: Donald Tried to Shut Down a Bike Race Named "Rump"
Trump Files #24: When Donald Called Out Pat Buchanan for Bigotry
Trump Files #25: Donald's Most Ridiculous Appearance on Howard Stern's Show
Trump Files #26: How Donald Tricked New York Into Giving Him His First Huge Deal
Trump Files #27: Donald Told Congress the Reagan Tax Cuts Were Terrible
Trump Files #28: When Donald Destroyed Historic Art to Build Trump Tower
Trump Files #29: Donald Wanted to Build an Insane Castle on Madison Avenue
Trump Files #30: Donald's Near-Death Experience (That He Invented)
Trump Files #31: When Donald Struck Oil on the Upper West Side
Trump Files #32: When Donald Massacred Trees in the Trump Tower Lobby
Trump Files #33: When Donald Demanded Other People Pay for His Overpriced Quarterback
Trump Files #34: The Time Donald Sued Someone Who Made Fun of Him for $500 Million
Trump Files #35: Donald Tried to Make His Ghostwriter Pay for His Book Party
Trump Files #36: Watch Donald Shave a Man's Head on Television
Trump Files #37: How Donald Helped Make It Harder to Get Football Tickets
Trump Files #38: Donald Was Curious About His Baby Daughter's Breasts
Trump Files #39: When Democrats Courted Donald
Trump Files #40: Watch the Trump Vodka Ad Designed for a Russian Audience
Trump Files #41: Donald's Cologne Smelled of Jamba Juice and Strip Clubs
Trump Files #42: Donald Sued Other People Named Trump for Using Their Own Name
Trump Files #43: Donald Thinks Asbestos Would Have Saved the Twin Towers
Trump Files #44: Why Donald Threw a Fit Over His "Trump Tree" in Central Park
Trump Files #45: Watch Trump Endorse Slim Shady for President
Trump Files #46: The Easiest 13 Cents He Ever Made
Trump Files #47: The Time Donald Burned a Widow's Mortgage
Trump Files #48: Donald's Recurring Sex Dreams
Trump Files #49: Trump's Epic Insult Fight With Ed Koch
Trump Files #50: Donald Has Some Advice for Citizen Kane
Trump Files #51: Donald Once Turned Down a Million-Dollar Bet on "Trump: The Game"
Trump Files #52: When Donald Tried to Shake Down Mike Tyson for $2 Million
Trump Files #53: Donald and Melania's Creepy, Sex-Filled Interview With Howard Stern
Trump Files #54: Donald's Mega-Yacht Wasn't Big Enough For Him
Trump Files #55: When Donald Got in a Fight With Martha Stewart
Trump Files #56: Donald Reenacts an Iconic Scene From Top Gun
Trump Files #57: How Donald Tried to Hide His Legal Troubles to Get His Casino Approved
Trump Files #58: Donald's Wall Street Tower Is Filled With Crooks
Trump Files #59: When Donald Took Revenge by Cutting Off Health Coverage for a Sick Infant
Trump Files #60: Donald Couldn't Name Any of His "Handpicked" Trump U Professors
Trump Files #61: Watch a Clip of the Awful TV Show Trump Wanted to Make About Himself
Trump Files #62: Donald Perfectly Explains Why He Doesn't Have a Presidential Temperament
Trump Files #63: Donald's Petty Revenge on Connie Chung

October 7, 2016

Why Donald Called His 4-Year-Old Son a "Loser" The Trump Files/Mother Jones

Until the election, we're bringing you "The Trump Files," a daily dose of telling episodes, strange but true stories, or curious scenes from the life of GOP nominee Donald Trump.

If you're hosting a TV show that claims to be a "roadmap to the American Dream," who better to turn to for tips on success than the Trump family? So in 2006, CNBC's Donny Deutsch brought Donald Trump, Jr. onto his show, The Big Idea, to get the "next-generation billionaire secrets" on how to make it big. Trump Jr.'s lesson, passed down from his dad at an early age, was simple: paranoia.

Seven o'clock in the morning, I'm going to school—hugs, kisses, and he used to say a couple things. 'No smoking, no drinking, no drugs.' I think a great lesson for any kid. But then he followed up with: 'Don't. Trust. Anyone. Ever.' And, you know, he'd follow it up two seconds later with, 'So, do you trust me?' I'd say, 'Of course, you're my dad.' He'd say, 'What did I just—' You know, he thought I was a total failure. He goes, 'My son's a loser, I guess.' Because I couldn't even understand what he meant at the time. I mean, it's not something you tell a four-year-old, right? But it really means something to him."

October 7, 2016

Trump took Polaroids, interviewed models in 1994 Playboy video /CNN

(CNN)Donald Trump's tame appearance in a 2000 Playboy video came to light late last week after he attacked a former beauty queen for her alleged "sex tape" past.

CNN's KFILE has now uncovered two more Playboy videos in which Trump makes an appearance, including one in which he is depicted photographing fully clothed models with a Polaroid camera and conducting an interview with a potential Playmate.
In that video — a 1994 VHS tape obtained by CNN titled "Playboy Centerfold" — Trump takes part in Playboy magazine's search for its 40th anniversary Playmate.

The scenes featuring Trump do not contain nudity or sexually explicit content, but other scenes in the movie depict fully nude women seductively rubbing themselves in different scenarios.
In one scene, Trump interviews a potential model, asking her what qualities she possesses that would make her the right choice for the 40th anniversary cover.

"I believe that it's not just beauty, I think it's an attitude," the model says. "I think it has a lot to do with personality and an attitude. I think Playboy really represents that, and I believe that I have that, and I have what it takes to represent them."
"Well I think you have what it takes too," Trump replies. "And I think everyone in this room thinks you have what it takes also."

Donald Trump photographs a Playmate hopeful in 1993.

Trump also appeared briefly in a 2001 Playboy video centered on a fashion show Playboy did with Betsey Johnson. The Republican nominee appears backstage, alongside two Playmates and his current wife and then-girlfriend, Melania Knauss. CNN's KFILE reviewed the video. Trump appeared at the fashion show along with other celebrities. Other scenes in the film, which do not feature Trump, depict fully nude women.

The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment from CNN.

The VHS cover for a Playboy video that briefly features Donald trump.

Link: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/05/politics/trump-playboy/index.html

October 6, 2016

Mike Pence's Aleppo Moment:

October 5, 2016


Excerpt from beginning:

It wasn’t just 1995.

Five years of tax information from the 1970s that Donald Trump provided to the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety show mismanagement and losses that could have pushed him into personal bankruptcy—but for the largesse of his Dad.

The recent report in The New York Times that a loss of almost $1 billion in 1995 may have allowed Donald Trump to avoid federal income taxes for almost 20 years set off attacks by Democrats and pushbacks by Republicans over his business acumen and ability to identify with Americans who pony up cash to the government every April 1

Given that deducting a loss against income in future tax years is both common and legal, Hillary Clinton and her allies have focused primarily on the almost incomprehensible financial thrashing Trump took in that year: The primary qualification offered by the Republican nominee for why he should be president is because of his success in business, and such a gargantuan flop showed he was a bumbler, not a successful entrepreneur.

But the real estate developer and his supporters have flipped the argument: not only has Trump been open about the catastrophic consequences of his failed foray into the casino business that contributed mightily to the 1995 disaster, but he has written a book about it and even used it as a talking point in the opening scene of his reality television show, The Apprentice. “It wasn’t always so easy,’’ he said on the first episode of the show, broadcast in 2008. “About 13 years ago, I was seriously in trouble. I was billions of dollars in debt. But I fought back, and I won big league.” The point: Trump’s ability to recover from the 1995 financial wipeout showed he could accomplish anything in business, including recovering from a near-crippling setback, because of his skills.

October 5, 2016

What we know about Trump's foundation ~ by David Fahrenthold

Mike Pence and Tim Kaine argued about it during the vice presidential debate. Here are the facts.

1/During the VP debate, Pence and Kaine argued about @realDonaldTrump's charitable foundation. Here's what we know about it...

2/The Trump Fdn is unusual, in that it runs entirely on other ppl's $: @realDonaldTrump hasn't donated since '08.
How Donald Trump retooled his charity to spend other people’s money
An investigation of the Donald J. Trump Foundation — including examinations of 17…

3/@realDonaldTrump's Fdn also appeared to violate rules abt self-dealing, which bar nonprofit leaders frm using charity $ to help themselves

4/@realDonaldTrump used Fdn $ to buy: a 6ft portrait of himself ($20K), a 4ft portrait of himself ($10K) & a Tebow-signed helmet ($12k).

5/He also appeared to spend $258K from the Fdn to pay settlements in lawsuits involving his for-profit businesses.
Trump used $258,000 from his charity to settle legal problems
The use of money in four new cases appears to violate the laws that govern charities.

6/@realDonaldTrump also used Fdn $ to give a prohibited political gift to @agpambondi. He later paid a $2.5K penalty
Trump pays IRS a penalty for his foundation violating rules with gift to aid Florida…
The contribution was made to a group supporting Pam Bondi from a foundation…

7/Most recent news: NY AG ordered @realDonaldTrump's Fdn to stop fundraising b/c it wasn't registered to do so.
Trump Foundation ordered to stop fundraising by N.Y. attorney general’s office
The charity broke state law by soliciting donations without proper authorization,…

8/BTW, I'm also searching for proof @realDonaldTrump was giving to charity from his own pocket, as he claimed.
Searching for evidence of Trump’s personal giving
The Washington Post has contacted more than 250 charities with some ties to the…

9/The end. I've now gotten waaay too excited about 30-second exchange in the VP debate.



October 5, 2016

The 273 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List By NY Times

Speaking of insult-driven campaigns, we've updated our Trump insult census. Ballpark estimate: 2,000 since mid-June.

By JASMINE C. LEE and KEVIN QUEALY UPDATED October 5, 2016 Related Article

Since declaring his candidacy for president last June, Donald Trump has used Twitter to lob insults at presidential candidates, journalists, news organizations, nations, a Neil Young song and even a lectern in the Oval Office. We know this because we’ve read, tagged and quoted them all. Below, a directory of sorts, with links to the original tweets. Insults within the last 60 days are highlighted.

Recently insulted:

Microphone at the first presidential debate -USA Today -Alicia Machado -Mark Cuban -The system -The New York
Times - Hillary Clinton -The mainstream media -CNN

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