The Widdershins

Good morning Widdershins.Bank of China

What say we start with a little thought experiment? Let’s say that Barack and Michelle Obama had a credit card or car loan from the Bank of Bahrain. How would Fox, Drudge, Breitbart, Blimpbaugh, or Hannity react?

Now you are thinking, “Prolix, that is just plain three-legged dog stupid. Of course they would never shut up about it.” For example, Hannity, the dumbest man to ever be paid to talk on teevee and proud Trump adviser, still mentions Bill Ayers every third breath and that illicit entanglement is based on a chance meeting at a 1995 cocktail party.

So where is the outrage when the Republican nominee is in hock to the Bank of China and Russian oligarchs?  In a backbreaking piece of research journalism, the New York Times article: Trump’s Empire: A Maze of Debt and Opaque Ties found:

Beyond finding that companies owned by Mr. Trump had debts of at least $650 million to the Bank of China among others, The Times discovered that a substantial portion of his wealth is tied up in three passive partnerships that owe an additional $2 billion to a string of lenders, including those that hold the loan on the Avenue of the Americas building.  (A building that alone carries $950 million in loans.)

So where is the outrage when the clamoring Yam doesn’t make good on his commitments to charities, particularly, veteran charities?  Or how about a little outrage over evidence of self-dealing when he jacked-up the rent on his own campaign five times higher when contributors started footing the bill?

When there are daily, even hourly, outrages the tongue-wagging press becomes anesthetized to them.  Just like beekeepers being immune to stings, the sting of outrage has ceased to make an impression upon the keepers of the Trump press.Clinton Foundation

Instead the Yam and his Trumpanzees want to focus on the Clinton Foundation. It’s a charity with an “A” rating that enjoys contributions from 300,000 contributors, 90% of whom contribute $100 or less.  Its good works have positively affected the lives of 430 million people in over 180 countries, including 31,000 American schools, 11.5 million needing HIV/AIDS drugs, and 85 million people in the U.S. through strategic health partnerships.

And the call is to shut the Clinton Foundation down. Shutter it. Stop the good works – all for a talking point of a two-bit, lying buffoon being choreographed by a racist, nationalistic, purveyor of slime and hatred who wriggled from the fever swamp of Breitbart.

This is the modus operandi of the Alt-right.  Throw so much spaghetti on the wall it makes you think an Olive Garden exploded. It’s a perfect scheme now that a human’s attention span is less than that of a goldfish.  Mother Jones explains Steve Bannon as the head lizard of the Breitbart fever swamp:Swamp

Trump was signaling a wholehearted embrace of the “alt-right,” a once-motley assemblage of anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, ethno-nationalistic provocateurs who have coalesced behind Trump and curried the GOP nominee’s favor on social media. In short, Trump has embraced the core readership of Breitbart News.

Though disavowed by every other major conservative news outlet, the alt-right has been Bannon’s target audience ever since he took over Breitbart News from its late founder, Andrew Breitbart, four years ago. Under Bannon’s leadership, the site has plunged into the fever swamps of conservatism, cheering white nationalist groups as an “eclectic mix of renegades,” accusing President Barack Obama of importing “more hating Muslims,” and waging an incessant war against the purveyors of “political correctness.”

All of this to feed the prying eyes of those hungering for click-bait. It is the last refuge of those wanting to be seen as something genetically similar to journalists, but too lazy to engage in anything beyond false equivalencies.Flying Monkey 1

With the outrage-o-meter in the red courtesy of the flying monkeys led by the wicked Noodleliani, there are those who camouflage their laziness and Clinton derangement syndrome with an intellectualized Mary Kay sampler kit.  A prime case in point is Jonathan Chait, a graduate of the Ryan Lochte Ethics Institute, who writes:

“Give a man a reputation as an early riser,” said Mark Twain, “and he can sleep ‘til noon.” Hillary Clinton finds herself in the opposite situation: She has a reputation for venality — the merits of which we can set aside momentarily — that forces her to a higher ethical standard. Her inadequate response to the conflicts of interest inherent in the Clinton Foundation show that she is not meeting that standard, and has not fully grasped the severity of her reputational problem.

Ultimately, there is no way around this problem without closing down the Clinton Foundation altogether. Passing off management of the foundation to non-relatives or other third parties doesn’t do the trick, either. If the Clinton Foundation is not leveraging the Clinton name, it has no purpose.

Chait is representative of the lazy journalists who pander to the jaundice-eyed skeptics who forego facts for conditional morality. The conditions of their morality are whatever fits their transitory narrative.  Presently, that narrative is to reward the Circus Peanut for keeping his clothes on and not howling at the moon as he spews factless, baseless lies.

It is easy to say in hindsight, why didn’t the Clintons change the Foundation accordingly? Their answer is: Change it to what? Here is a leadership truism: If the objective is randomly subjective, why bother? Just do what is right. The lesson is this: No matter what the Clintons might have done eight years ago, it would have made no difference since the standards by which they are judged are constantly evolving to fit the subjective views of those proclaiming the standards. CDS makes ordinary strategic thinking useless, so the Clintons just did what was right. Not politically expedient, but a methodologically practical plan to provide charitable services.Circus Peanut

When you consider the Trumpanzees, the flying monkeys, the lazy co-opted press, and the attention-grabbing bobbleheads, what you have left is a coalescing Alt-right world embodied by the Republican Party. It is a world of rumor and innuendo with closed captioning of hate and paranoia. The caricatures of bigotry and prejudices are now the reality of the GOP.

And what is missing throughout this:  Not one word about the 430 million poor people whose lives have been made better.  Instead, the good work of the Clinton Foundation has been turned into fodder for the promotion of anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, racist provocateurs.  To quote James Carville, “Someone is going to hell over this.”

What’s on your mind today?

Good Monday, Widdershins! For your activism today, please do check out the link to the Louisiana donations page on the right side of the blog. It is truly astonishing that 875 billion gallons of water (or 875 Superdomes) fell on the Baton Rouge area in such a short amount of time.

Now to the topic of today’s post: The really, truly, we-mean-it-this-time autopsy of the Republican Party. To paraphrase a famous, fictitious Scotsman: It’s dead, Jim.

Back in 2012, after The Glove lost handily to that evil Kenyan Muslim with the funny name, there was a famous “What the f*ck just happened?!” inquiry into the epic fail of the Republicans’ usual Presidential election strategy. Mitt had won all of the traditional demographics that had gained the White House in previous elections: educated white women and men, mostly. The formula should have worked like a charm…but it didn’t. Why not? The Republican brainiacs thought and thought, and here’s what they came up with: Demographically, the Party was out of touch. Young people, Hispanics, women, African-Americans…these groups were not interested in the self-important posturings of the overprivileged old men who make up the Party leadership.

So how would the Republicans “reach out” to the people in question? Would they tweak their platform at all? Why, of course not. They didn’t even bother to try. They would ignore the fact that their Party was dying not in spite of its message, but because of it; and not because people were too stupid to understand it, but because they understood it very well. The alleged “conservative movement” is nothing more than an excuse to further line the pockets of Party leadership, and the American people, in 2012, had figured that out – even the Republicans who still called themselves that.

Between 2012 and 2016; the Tea Party in Congress strengthened its position exponentially. More and more “moderates” were pushed out, and those who dared to try to actually do the work they were put in Congress to do – work to create legislation for the benefit of the American people – were viewed as “traitors to the cause.” No one was sure what the cause was, of course. But they all knew that Obama was very bad, that Democrats were bad, and what they should do was foil everything that those bad people did.

Despite the advice of those who tried to position themselves as more moderate, the RWNJs embraced the “Party of No” strategy; doubled, tripled and quadrupled down on it. And not surprisingly to anyone watching with an objective eye, this crazed group of fringers, when put in charge of nominating a Presidential candidate, nominated someone as racist, xenophobic and misogynistic as they were; but most importantly, someone as angry as they were.

That was the day the Republican party died completely. It just took a long time for the realization to sink in – at least, for some people, still pining for the lost glories of Raygun (the man who condemned it to its slow demise) and claiming that they no longer recognized their Party. Gee wilikers, what was your first clue that the Party had become a frothing, toxic mixture of hatred, fury and neo-Nazi fervor?

I find the most pithy statement of the Party’s epic fail came from Ms. Meghan (McMaverick) McCain. While some Republicans seem to feel Trump is an aberration, John McCain’s daughter isn’t buying it.

“Trump winning or losing has nothing to do with the party if the party can recover or not,” Meghan McCain said. “The problems run deeper than that.”

For those who want more details, I recommend this analysis by Justin Guest. It’s true, white, non-college-educated Americans have been economically left behind by globalism, and socially left behind by a growing mix of ethnicities slowly brown-ifying the lovely pale flesh tones they prefer to see. And oh my gosh, uppity wimminz are going to run the country, and probably take their transgender lovers with them! It’s enough to make David Duke weep. Check this out:

As part of a broad study of white working class politics, I solicited white Americans’ support for Donald Trump, but also for a hypothetical third party dedicated to “stopping mass immigration, providing American jobs to American workers, preserving America’s Christian heritage, and stopping the threat of Islam”—essentially the platform of the UK’s right-wing British National Party, adapted to the United States. How many white Americans do you think would consider voting for this type of protectionist, xenophobic party?

65 percent.

Clearly, Trump’s allure is bigger than Trump himself.

Indeed…and we’d all better be vigilant. We’ve seen Great Britain suffer due to the predations of these throwbacks to a much less progressive and open-minded time, a time when white men were in charge of everything, and anyone who challenged that mindset could just drink from a different fountain, or be subjected to any indignity the masters wanted. This is the illness at the heart of the current Republican Party’s base, and they’re not going away any time soon.

Whether they stay Republicans or not, this is a group of people that have no business in the political arena. Their candidates and agenda must be firmly pushed aside, in this election and in every other following.

So despite the fact that Hillary now has a double-digit lead, and we’re all going to get out the vote to make sure she wins, we can’t get complacent. We can never forget that these people are out there, they’re malignant, and they vote. Let’s make sure they are demoted to the vast, irrelevant fringes of American society, where they belong.

This is an open thread.

 

 

 

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Good Saturday to you Widdershins!

Let’s hope that this post finds you well and enjoying your weekend.  I have kind of been around the blog in a somewhat haphazard way this week.  I was watching things online about the flooding in Louisiana and doing what I could to assist the folks there going through that awful situation.  I had some clothes that had shrunk (notice I did not say I outgrew the clothes) so I gathered the jeans and shirts, found some new socks of a type I don’t wear anymore and gathered all the stuff together and shipped them to an organization that was accepting things like that from out of state.  So Fredster was a busy bee this week.  And to give you an idea of how much rain fell, I saw this on a local nola station’s website.

So let’s move on to this week’s music post and its theme. That theme would be lies and those who tell them.  And naturally that leads to the Republican candidate.  Now perhaps Trump doesn’t realize all the whoppers he tells.  Or perhaps they weren’t whoppers in the strictest meaning of the term. And then there are the statements that were later retracted or modified somewhat.  Eh, who knows with him.  So with that in mind let’s take a look at and listen to some songs that are about lies or liars and the whole lot.

separator-line(1) The Knickerbockers ~ Lies

(2)  The Castaways ~ Liar, liar

(3) Depeche Mode ~ Lie to me

(4) Elliot Smith ~ The Biggest Lie

(5) Nine Inch Nails ~ Terrible Lie

(6) Dolly Parton ~ Tender Lie

(7) Trisha Yearwood ~ Lying to the moon

And last, this, for my peeps in Louisiana who have had a bad time recently.

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Okay, this is wide open and take it wherever you wish.  Of course, your own musical contributions are greatly appreciated.

Good morning Widdershinners. It’s Friday and we have exactly 81 days until Election Day.  Maximus Orangius’ name will actually appear on ballots for President of these United States since “Presidentin’ Ain’t No Big Thing.” At least that’s what he says.

This morning #socklessdeadintern was violating federal law and 11th Republican Commandment by comparing Maximus Orangius to Ronald Reagan.  Eugene Robinson reminded #sockless that he had met Reagan and Orangius was not Reagan.  #sockless is off his game this week because #drunkmika is waking up amongst her Vodka bottles in a vacation kennel at an undisclosed location.

Here’s a picture that just makes me happy!

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From left, bronze medalist Kristi Castlin, gold medalist Brianna Rollins and silver medalist Nia Ali jump for joy.

This week we saw the appointment of Steve Bannon as Trump’s Minister of Propaganda.  Coincidentally, we also saw an interview by a 105-year old lady named Bromhilde Pomsel.  Ms. Pomsel just happened to be Joseph Goebbels secretary.  Among other things she said:

I just cling to the hope that the world doesn’t turn upside down again as it did then, though there have been some ghastly developments, haven’t there?

She describes Goebbels as “short but well-kept”, of a “gentlemanly countenance”, who wore “suits of the best cloth, and always had a light tan”.

She added he had well-groomed hands and probably had a manicure every day.

Nice suits, a tan, and again, with the hands. Remind you of anyone?

All the talking heads are just agog about Kellyanne Conway, the new doyenne of the clamoring Yam whisperers.  Ms. Conway has the ability, just like Paramecium, to just bore ahead in the face of any obstacle or any question, on any subject and automatically shift into the Goebbelsesque drill of “Hillary evil, Bill eviler, and Democrats should be forever condemned to the green room of the Jerry Springer Show.”

So I thought I would share a few of Ms. Conway’s quotes.

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As the new chanteuse of the Yam’s kinder, gentler torch song, the chattering class is just atwitter with excitement since there’s been almost twelve hours since last insulting a class of Americans. Hatemongering is difficult to dress up. There are so few things that go with it. In the next 81 days we will see if it is now an acceptable accessory to mainline political discourse.

Here’s a new Hillary ad pointing out the ambulatory Cheetos’ failure to comply with what every modern-day Presidential candidate has done.

 

Since it looks like we have a new media outlet ejaculating upon the fertile plains of America, here are some of the precursor headlines to NotbrightTrumpbart. The past is prologue.

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I leave you with one last video.  WARNING:  Eye bleach recommended.

 

What’s on your mind?

 

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Since last we gathered around the Widdershin campfire, we have seen “Reboot No. 2,562” of the clamoring Yam’s campaign. Last night was a great example. Screeching about “Democratic indifference to people of color,” der Drumpf spoke to a predominately white, cheese-loving audience in Wisconsin. It was virtually unanimous in this translucent audience; people of color should be Trump supporting Republicans. For people of color, it was obvious that Trump saw he was polling about 1% in the African-American community and decided that was too high.

Picking such a melanin deprived audience was in keeping with the record-breaking 18 delegates of color at the Republican National Convention. This same type of racial sensitivity was apparent the day before in the Circus Peanut’s terrorism policy. His policy, personally dubbed the, “Extreme, Extreme Vetting” policy or EEV, for short, might just as well be called, “Let’s hurt brown people bad, real bad, really, really bad” policy.

This “terrorism policy” must have been envisioned by someone who just got a Netflix subscription and saw Minority Report. Trump’s terrorism policy relies on something akin to the “Precrime Bureau”.  It will probably be called the “Preterror Bureau” and be staffed by sideshow acquaintances of the Circus Peanut – most likely Antonio Sabato, Jr., Scott Baio, and least liked daughter, Tiffany. Finding functioning “precogs” will prove impossible since I’m not sure anyone within the Trump Organization and Petting Zoo are even competent “postcogs”.

Last week when the Manhattan Meerkat popped his head up and unveiled his tax plan, the pack of media jackals immediately laid down and began grooming their private parts since the speech was policy-based. It is so much easier to capture vote suppressing insults and revel in their witlessness than to discuss policy — “cuz, policy are hard.”

In any event, one of the Trump Loopholes contained in his tax policy can’t go unchallenged. It has to do with the inheritance tax or if you are wildly rich and a Republican, “the death tax.”  Without any tax planning whatsoever, it only affects two families out of 1,000.  With tax planning, you can pass One Billion Dollars without tax implication.Trump Mexicans

Let that sink in.  A rich individual, with a little tax planning, can pass a billion dollars without any tax implication. So, the quarrel these rich Republicans have with the “death tax” is whether or not they will have to pay for tax planning.  Mark another one up for constitutional conservatism and white privilege.

This past week has been chocked full of what I call the “yeah, but” syndrome.  This is how it works.  In their divinely granted laziness, the media must find equivalencies from which to prove they are “fair and balanced and unafraid.” To be criticized in any fashion might prove fatal to the thin-skinned journalistic class of leeches.

To find fictitious equivalencies by comparing the clamoring Yam and Hillary is like comparing directions for a potty seat and the Large Hadron Collider.  There is no comparison beyond both being concepts occurring on the planet Earth.

One of the cable news techniques that is admittedly ingenious is this: On panels, have non-Hillary supporters or recent electroshock therapy patients serve as the Hillary advocates.  This does two things.  Provide jobs to the chronically unemployed and by their folly, give hope to the Trumpeters so they will tune in again.Trump Putin Bumper Sticker

The other technique is just as insidious.  Here are a few examples:

And if nothing else will work, throw out that Trump wins the “honest and trustworthy” sweepstakes by a few points while never mentioning he loses each and every other Presidential characteristic being polled.Trump tongue

Sorry if this has read as a fulminating philippic. One more thing catching my attention this week that I must mention:  What is it with Mike Pence and shoulders?  I watched his Faux News interview last weekend and within the seven minutes or so, he mentioned shoulders at least five times.  It was “shoulder to shoulder with Donald Trump,” or “the strong shoulders of Donald Trump,” or “shouldering the leadership” – five times with the shoulders. Here’s my best bet: Inside the boring and corn-fed Mike Pence lingers a cross-dressing Asian massage therapist.

Is that any worse than the equivalencies hatched by the media and soon to be Ailes inspired lies about Hillary?

 

What’s on your mind today?

 

 

 

I’ve lived my entire life in the South, the majority of that in Georgia. There are plenty of wonderful reasons to live in the South – until you run into that solid Red brick wall of politics. The dynamics of politics at the State level are one thing, but the local yokels are another. You often hear of the Republican party as God, Guns and Gay. ‘Round these here parts, I tend to think of it as the three Rs. Redneck, Religious and Rich. The Rednecks cover the racists and the guns. The Religious cover the Gays. The Rich don’t care about either, they just vote with their wallets.

For all the stereotypical Southern behavior we hear about, I very seldom encounter it.rednecks But when I do, it stays with me a long time. In the late 1990’s, I was sitting at a traffic light, here in this small town, when I noticed the bumper sticker on the car in front of me. “Too bad Hillary wasn’t married to OJ”. I could not, for the life of me, figure out what this redneck thought Hillary had done that would provoke such a message. At that time, she had tried to get healthcare for all and had failed, she refused to stay home and bake cookies, she had written a book, she gave her “women’s rights are human rights” speech and oh yeah, her husband had been a cad. I had to assume he just didn’t like an uppity woman and he thought his sticker was a hilarious joke. I have to admit, the parking lot scene with Kathy Bates in Fried Green Tomatoes crossed my mind.

Religious Republicans are much different and have to be divided into at least two groups. The fundamentalists/evangelicals and the “normal” – who are mostly just nosy and rude. When a new, quaint little store opened on our little town square, my sister insisted I come with her to see it and meet the  really nice proprietor. When she introduced me as her sister, the woman cocked her head and said, “You look familiar. What church do you go to?” Whatever happened to Hello, nice to meet you? I said, “Well, it’s certainly not yours, is it?” I can be rude too, if need be. We Southerners are not all syrupy charm.

Fundamentalists and evangelicals are a different breed and need to be avoided, if at all possible. Once, a friend of mine had an emergency appendectomy. Her mother in law visited her in the BARSOTTI-2-obit-articleLargehospital and brought a Get Well card. Her handwritten note inside started “Now that the devil has been expelled from you…” That’s just creepy. But it gets worse. Another friend called me years ago to tell me the mother of a mutual friend was dying. When I asked why, she said – um, err, well… it’s leukemia, but don’t tell anybody – you know how these old folks are.

You see, if you’re unfortunate enough to suffer from a disease or a disorder, it’s because you have sinned sometime in your life. So, this elderly lady who did everything she thought she was suppose to – married, went to church, stayed home to raise her kids (who took care of her in her old age), lived many years as a widow – was now feeling shamed on her death bed. That’s messed up. Like I said, avoid at all cost and hope they go the way of the dodo bird.

There’s not much to say about the Rich Republicans. They have nothing in common with the Rednecks and Religious, even if they attend church. It’s only about their bottom line. I do know a few well-to-do liberals. They do exist, but they tend to live in their own little world away from the rest of us. I also know Christians who are liberal and loyal Democrats. They are the ones who walk the walk by seeking out need and doing what they can to help without judgment.

Now, the local newspaper is a great source of entertainment for me. Sure, sometimes I get irritated, but what’s the use? It’s better to just point and laugh. Even the “Publisher” of the paper has to write a column occasionally to get in a few digs. His typical Republican Trump whine is – Trump is short on manners and needs a bar of soap for his mouth, but he’s a successful businessman who could turn Washington on it’s ear. *double splutter* At least he can say his name. He has some trouble with that when it comes to Hillary.

And the former first lady, well, I’ve never witnessed such a calamity. I like her campaign logo, and that’s all I can say positive about her. She needs to go on a long, private vacation. You know what I mean?

Dude. You are an educated man with a long career in journalism. You might want to grab a dictionary and look up the word calamity. (hint, Hillary ain’t it) While you’re at it, educate yourself on the proper use of titles and rein in that white male privilege thang. Ya’ know what I mean?

Speaking of calamities, the paper did a man-on-the-street piece. In this case, it was a woman who was 70 years old if she was a day. She got the oft-asked question “What three events have happened in your lifetime that you will never forget where you were when you heard about it?” She said “the assassination of JFK, the attacks on 9/11 and Benghazi.” Really? Of all the events that have happened over all the years and Benghazi is in her top three. Not the Beirut bombings in ’83 that killed 241 of our servicemen and 58 French soldiers? Not the 2,000 people who died in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? How about Sandy Hook when 20 children and 6 teachers were murdered at school? Any of that ring a bell? Nope. Benghazi. I’m pretty sure I, too, know where she was when she heard about it. On her couch watching FOX “news”.

The best part is always the Letter to the Editor. There are plenty who are just plain loco en la cabeza. But, there’s one guy I look forward to. He’s a prolific writer of 8910f0d91c5b62f1dd17a26c757781fdLetters and he never lets me down. Over the years, he has called President Obama evil, immoral, communist, Kenyan and Muslim. I guess he likes to mix it up. For the past two years, all his letters have come with a warning – I’m not saying it’s time to take up arms, but you might want to stockpile some ammo! Now, I’m getting a little worried about the fella’. His latest:

If Clinton wins this election with the promises of free college, etc, our beautiful country is doomed. Buy all the guns and ammo you can, because you are going to need them to protect your family when the government bankrupts the country.

Trump may not be the best, but he is the best to survive the coming of more fascism. Obama could have  really moved the country forward instead of back 100 years. Now the choice is ours to make.

There is sooo much wrong with that, but why bother to break it down? It would be futile, since this man’s mind is set in stone. I hope he has a family member who can check in on him. Or a nurse…

So, that’s a few of my experiences of dealing with the zealots with a little gossip thrown in. Thank goodness they are few, even if they leave a lasting impression. I guess I’ll have to wait patiently for the demographics to change. I hope y’all don’t have to deal with this in your neck of the woods. Who are these people? Apparently, they are my neighbors and they vote. With a vengeance.

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Don’t worry – I got this

 

Good Friday to you Widdershins!

I titled this “Coasting into the weekend” but as I write this Thursday evening, Friday may bring fireworks when the RNC and Trump have what’s been described as a “Come to Jesus” meeting.  I’m hoping that there is lots of screaming and yelling and accusations flying back and forth and naturally that would just be from the Trump folks.  We’ll find out after the meeting when the details start leaking out as they inevitably do.

I’ve bookmarked a few items that caught my eye over the last several days and thought I’d share them with you in the event you had not seen these.

Could the race already be over?

It seems like that might be a possibility with results from this batch of polls that are in an article from Hillary-winnerVox.

  • A national Fox News poll released Wednesday evening shows Clinton beating Trump by 10 percentage points, 49 percent to 39 percent.
  • a McClatchy-Marist poll released Thursday shows Clinton ahead by a massive 15 points — real landslide territory and easily the best recent poll she’s gotten, with her at 48 percent compared to Trump’s 33 percent.
  • In Pennsylvania Franklin & Marshall has a new poll showing him trailing Clinton by 11 points — 49 percent to 38 percent.
  • In Florida a Suffolk poll found Clinton ahead of Trump in a head-to-head matchup by 6 points. (More about Florida below)

You can read more at the Vox link.

From The Daily Beast comes this article by Michael Tomasky wondering whether Florida is even a swing state anymore.

You will also hear them say a kajillion times until Election Day that Florida is a swing state. Well, yes. It has been historically. But the combination of massive demographic changes since 2012 and Trump’s anorexic performance among college-educated whites makes me wonder if Florida is a swing state this year at all. And while the Republicans might nominate a normal candidate in 2020, the state’s demography is galloping away from the GOP.

Tomasky says there are a few reasons for this and primary is demography.

Florida’s minority population is now above 40 percent, with the Hispanic population at around 25 percent. In addition, Hispanics are registering to vote in large numbers, and they’re heavily Democratic.

Another factor in the demography matter in Florida is the large number of Puerto Ricans that are immigrating to the state:

the change is also because of a huge influx of Puerto Ricans into the state. There are now about 1 million Puerto Ricans in Florida. (Cubans, at 1.2 million, now barely outnumber Puerto Ricans.) And remember, Puerto Ricans are American citizens. They can vote quite easily. And they vote roughly 80 percent Democratic. Or against Trump, more.

and:

One recent Florida poll put Trump at 13 percent among the state’s Hispanics. If that’s close to right, Clinton gets 80 to 85 percent of the fifth of the overall vote that’s Latino, and 95 percent of the 14 percent that’s African American. That’s 30 percent right there, and it would mean she’d need only around 35 percent of the white vote to win, maybe even a little less.

 

There is another good article about the Florida demographics that you can read here.  It’s from earlier this year but still worth a read.

So we can say “thanks” to SM and her group of Hillary supporters and volunteers.  They have taken care of Florida for us.

Politico had this article up earlier in the month concerning the Clinton campaign and Virginia. Apparently the campaign has cancelled a number of ad buys in the Old Dominion so does that mean the commonwealth is safely in the “D” column?  Maybe not.

POLITICO’s Battleground State polling average gives Clinton a 5.2 point lead in Virginia — with the two newest public surveys, conducted last month, before Clinton chose Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, showing her with leads of 7 points and 9 points over Trump.

A Clinton campaign official, speaking on background to discuss campaign strategy, stressed that the campaign could return to the airwaves in both Virginia and Colorado at any moment. And the official added that voters in those two states may still see some Clinton spots on television: The campaign is advertising across the country on cable and on NBC’s Olympics telecasts over the next two weeks.

Obama carried the state in 2008 and 2012.  Let’s hope the streak continues.

Lastly in my list of links, there’s this article from Salon about the craziness and conspiracies just being the new norm in the Republican Party.    As an example:

“Red Eye,” the popular Fox News overnight show, had on as a guest one Mike Cernovich, a Men’s Rights Activist and well-known figure in the “alt-right,” the name with which society has rebranded the far-right collection of racists and white supremacists from which Trump draws a fair amount of his support. Cernovich has trafficked in conspiracy theories and his Twitter feed is a mass of rape apologia and paranoia that the Democratic Party is going to assassinate him.

Cernovich is so terrible that the producers of “Red Eye” felt compelled afterwards to say that they had made a mistake in booking him. But that doesn’t answer the question of how they found him in the first place. It’s simple, really: He swims in the same sewers as the rest of the eager up-and-coming right-wingers at Fox News.

There are a few other goodies in the Salon article including news about Patricia Smith, the mother of a Benghazi casualty who was sad to watch live at the Republican Convention.  She is suing Hillary in a wrongful death case and:

Smith is now being represented in her lawsuit by Larry Klayman, a prominent birther who has made a career out of hounding Democratic presidents and other party figures with nuisance lawsuits in between marching on the White House to demand Barack Obama resign over his alleged “eligibility fraud.” (Translation: the president wouldn’t show his birth certificate.)

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Lastly, R.I.P. Pete.  We know you’re making music up there with Professor Long Hair, Allen Toussaint, Al Hirt and so many others.

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Compare the Candidates!

Hillary Clinton

    • 9years, First Lady of Arkansas

    •8 years, First Lady of the United States

    •8 years, U.S. Senator

    •4 years, U.S. Secretary of State

Donald Trump

    •At least 15 failed businesses

    •Owns casinos that have filed for
    bankruptcy no less than 4 times

    •0 years in public service

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