Michelle Obama’s Message

This video is really good, and the sad part is that it did not need that much editing. This is the discussion we are having in 2016? Trump did his best to call into question the validity of the first African American president, and now even after his coming loss in a few weeks he has called into question the validity of the first woman president.

via GIPHY

Well Mr. Trump here is a message for you. Yes there will be a portion of the population that will never recognize a woman or a black man as the leader of their nation because they are just “deplorable” people. The reality is that 25 years ago when the first Clinton was running for president you needed a portion of those people to win. Not anymore Donald, you and your loathsome group of supporters are a shrinking minority. In a few weeks you will be nothing but what you always have been, a loser who was born on third base and is now standing on first. Bye Felicia….

The GOP Southern Strategy, AKA Racial Politcs is Not New

Exclusive: Lee Atwater’s Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern Strategy | The Nation

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

You can listen to the entire audio embedded in the article.  However remember Ronald Reagan making his first stop after the convention is Philadelphia, Mississippi was no accident.  Using code to get working class whites to vote against their own economic interest has been a 40 year strategy.  The result are those that realized they were lied to by those they voted for now told the establishment GOP to fuck off.  The people of color they hated were moving up in society, hell one is President, and they were still struggling.  The result is the GOP nominee Donald Trump.  

Breaking: Crown Prince of Bahrain is a Psychic

Pay For Play? The Scandal Is Judicial Watch Misleading Gullible Media – The National Memo – Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Consider the tale of the Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain, head of state of one of America’s primary allies in the Persian Gulf. Rummaging through thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails, Judicial Watch discovered that the prince had requested a meeting with the Secretary of State on a specific day in 2010, via an email from Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band to Hillary’s aide Huma Abedin.

In a hysterical press release, Judicial Watch denounced this request as an outrageous example of unethical and possibly illegal behavior, because “by 2010, [the crown prince] had contributed $32 million” to CGI [the Clinton Global Initiative].”

That damning narrative, usually condensed into “Bahraini prince gave $32 million to Clinton Foundation,” appeared in news outlets across the country.

By leaving out the most important facts — which show there was no unethical conduct — Judicial Watch could confidently assume that gullible (or malicious) journalists would omit that crucial information as well. And of course, they did.

The simple fact is that not one cent of that $32 million ever went into the bank accounts of the Clinton Global Initiative, the Clinton Foundation, or any member of the Clinton family. Every cent went instead toward the college education of Bahraini students, which was the purpose of the Crown Prince’s “commitment,” announced like hundreds of others at the Clinton Global Initiative conferences in New York.

More misleading still, Judicial Watch failed to mention that the crown prince’s $32 million commitment was announced at the very first Clinton Global Initiative meeting in September 2005 — or more than three years before Barack Obama asked Hillary Clinton to serve as Secretary of State. Unless the crown prince was clairvoyant, he had no way of knowing that his 2005 CGI commitment would induce the nation’s top diplomat to meet with him five years later

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When the Washington Post Goes Full Troll

I am glad the Washington Post can brag that they got more clicks than BuzzFeed.  When people like me cancel their subscription, they can look no further than this tweet.

This is not about issues, this is not about being a Democrat or a Republican.  This is about journalism.  This is about being one of the places where you go for trusted “news”.  I love the Washington Post Outlook section because they give voice to smart people on the left and right.  I want to read people who I don’t often agree with. Instead we get this trash.  

 

ICYMI: Clinton Foundation Found to be a Charity(eye roll)

The AP’s big exposé on Hillary meeting with Clinton Foundation donors is a mess – Vox

Here’s the bottom line: Serving as secretary of state while your husband raises millions of dollars for a charitable foundation that is also a vehicle for your family’s political ambitions really does create a lot of space for potential conflicts of interest. Journalists have, rightly, scrutinized the situation closely. And however many times they take a run at it, they don’t come up with anything more scandalous than the revelation that maybe billionaire philanthropists have an easier time getting the State Department to look into their visa problems than an ordinary person would.

The reporting on this is amazing.  Vox did a better job, but people really need to learn about correlation and causation.  

Trump’s kids are cashing in on his campaign

Trump’s kids are cashing in on his campaign | VICE News

In July alone, Trump’s campaign paid $169,758.33 in rent to Trump Tower Corporation LLC, $48,239.77 for rent and catering at Trump National Golf Club in Weschester, $1,000 to Trump Restaurants LLC, and $428.53 worth of Trump’s bottled water Trump Ice. In May, Trump’s campaign spent $3,938.58 at the vineyard run by his son Eric. Campaign dollars are also funneled to allies of Trump’s children. Each month, the campaign spends millions on apparel like the “Make America Great Again” trucker hats. The manufacturer, Ace Specialties, is owned by Christl Mahfouz, a board member on Eric Trump’s charitable foundation.

At least money given to Clinton Foundation goes to a charity that has an A rating with Charity Watch.  While the pundits argue whether that creates a problem, the Trump campaign is taking donations directly into their pockets. When your world is leveraged in debt owned to China every dollar helps.  Make sure to donate to “the Donald” as his 757 must be up for a maintenance overhaul soon. 

Melania Trump taking legal action after news outlets publish escort story

Melania Trump taking legal action after news outlets publish escort story | TheHill

Harder said all statements suggesting Trump worked as an escort are “100% false, highly damaging to her reputation, and personally hurtful.”

“Outright lying about her in this way exceeds all bounds of appropriate news reporting and human decency,” Harder wrote. 

The campaign who accused Ted Cruz’s father of conspiring with JFK’s murderer is now worried about decency.  

Racism and talk of religious war: Trump staff’s online posts

Racism and talk of religious war: Trump staff’s online posts

The AP examined the social media feeds of more than 50 current and former campaign employees who helped propel Trump through the primary elections. The campaign has employed a mix of veteran political operatives and outsiders. Most come across as dedicated, enthusiastic partisans, but at least seven expressed views that were overtly racially charged, supportive of violent actions or broadly hostile to Muslims.

Shocked Face?

Trump’s Empire: a Maze of Debts and Opaque Ties – The New York Times

Trump’s Empire: a Maze of Debts and Opaque Ties – The New York Times

But an investigation by The New York Times into the financial maze of Mr. Trump’s real estate holdings in the United States reveals that companies he owns have at least $650 million in debt — twice the amount than can be gleaned from public filings he has made as part of his bid for the White House. The Times’s inquiry also found that Mr. Trump’s fortunes depend deeply on a wide array of financial backers, including one he has cited in attacks during his campaign.

For example, an office building on Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, of which Mr. Trump is part owner, carries a $950 million loan. Among the lenders: the Bank of China, one of the largest banks in a country that Mr. Trump has railed against as an economic foe of the United States, and Goldman Sachs, a financial institution he has said controls Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, after it paid her $675,000 in speaking fees.

Everything is fair game when it comes to Donald Trump because of the bombastic stuff he says while campaigning for president.  That said as much as I loathe the person and the candidate, a business having debt in itself is not a story.  The real story is who owns the debt.