Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Senator Rand Paul Dead On...



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Thank you Senator Rand Paul. You, like your father before you, understands we should be engaging in military action only when there exists a direct threat to the United States of America and only when the Congress of the United States approves of such action.

There is a reasons our Founding Fathers warned against foreign entanglement. Reasons that obviously have escaped the understanding of present day politicians and demagogues. Simply put, todays neocons have effectively trashed the notion that there are simply things the USA has no GD'ed business in sticking it's nose into.

By sticking our nose (along with the nose of Great Britain) into the affairs of sovereign middle eastern nations to further our own "self interests" is precisely the reason the world faces the global terrorist threat it does today.

This president has now been at war longer than any other in history. That must end.

“President Obama came into office seven years ago pledging to end the wars of his predecessor, George W. Bush,” the New York Times reported this month. “On May 6, with eight months left before he vacates the White House, Mr. Obama passed a somber, little-noticed milestone: He has now been at war longer than Mr. Bush, or any other American president.”

In his last months in office, you would think President Obama might be trying to wind down these seemingly never ending and growing series of wars. You would be wrong.

President Obama said he was ending the War in Afghanistan, but he had to expand it before he could end it; and yet it has not ended. Together Bush and Obama have now spent more than $100 billion on nation-building in Afghanistan, and still many doubt the ability of the Afghan government to stand on its own two feet.

While our bridges crumble here at home, President Obama continues the cycle of bombing and then replacing their infrastructure

He brags of ending the Iraq war, but the war there hasn’t ended. The enemy has just changed names. Combat troops have slowly grown.

Air wars and “advisors” are now in Syria and Iraq. Last month the President declared he was sending 250 Special Operations Forces to Syria. Who goes to war with 250 soldiers?

President Obama spent $500 million to train 250 Syrian “moderates.” He proceeded to send ten of them into battle and they were captured within ten minutes and stripped of millions of dollars in weapons. Who sends ten soldiers to war?

“Mr. Obama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 and spent his years in the White House trying to fulfill the promises he made as an antiwar candidate,” the New York Times continued, will “have a longer tour of duty as a wartime president than Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon or his hero Abraham Lincoln.”

Remember “change?” Remember a candidate who said, “Yes we can?”

Well, no, Mr. President, you didn’t.

Then candidate Obama’s stated views on both war and the constitutional separation of war powers were among the few things I liked and admired about his policies.

But he has abandoned every shred of them...

Perhaps the foregoing is exactly why HRC is having difficultly distinguishing herself from the rest of the pack. Just sayin...

Continue reading BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum

Trump's Shady Character...

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Is it possible, even likely, that Donald J. Trump (Drumpf) has for many years had ties to the mob? Given his real estate empire, specifically his casinos in Vegas and New Jersey a plausible case can certainly be made he did/does. At least one publication is scratching the surface on this possibility.

While such activity should be enough to turn voters away from Trump in November it is unlikely the segment of the voting public already supporting Trump will even care.


Intense deep-dives into Donald Trump’s past have accelerated, and they should make for some very entertaining reading over the next few months. This weekend story from Politico examining Trump’s purported ties to the mob stretching back through most of his career reads like Mario Puzo channeling Jay McInerney.

After graduating in 1968 from the University of Pennsylvania, a rich young man from the outer boroughs of New York City sought his fortune on the island of Manhattan. Within a few years Donald J. Trump had made friends with the city’s most notorious fixer, lawyer Roy Cohn, who had become famous as lead counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy. Among other things Cohn was now a mob consigliere, with clients including “Fat Tony” Salerno, boss of the Genovese crime family, the most powerful Mafia group in New York, and Paul Castellano, head of what was said to be the second largest family, the Gambinos.

If that doesn’t sound like the synopsis for a PEN/Hemingway Award winner for a debut novel, I don’t know what does.

The story, by journalist David Cay Johnston, who has been writing about Trump for over two decades, dives into a fascinating web of relationships between Trump and a cast of mobsters, criminals, union fixers, and mountebanks the mogul has allegedly leaned on to build his real estate empire in New York and Atlantic City since the 1970s. Though nothing in the story is likely to shock anyone who is familiar with Trump or has ever watched a Sidney Lumet movie.

There are likely a lot more stories out there, some hiding in plain sight, which the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party will roll out over the next few months. Hopefully, they build up an ugly enough picture of Trump as a shady cartoon character to do him some real damage and help him lose the general election. Because the idea of today’s version of a mob boss named “Fat Tony” wrangling an invite to, say, a White House state dinner is just too much to contemplate.

But as far as the specifics of this particular side of Trump’s business is concerned, one has to wonder if anyone outside of politics will really care. I wondered about this last fall when the first incarnations of the #NeverTrump movement were stirring, to wit: Why would anyone be surprised to learn that a guy who has owned casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, to say nothing of his real-estate empire everywhere else, might have greased a few mob-connected palms along the way?

This is part of where the public character of “Donald Trump” that the mogul has played in movies, reality TV and the public eye for decades makes him, if not bulletproof, at least able to take some fire without suffering damage. Over the decades, our culture has come to romanticize mobsters – think Tony Soprano and the enduring love for the character despite the fact that he was a murderous sociopath, even if he had the occasional panic attack over it. Or Michael Corleone and his family. Or the good fellas of “Goodfellas.”

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The irony that Trump has now tagged Hillary Clinton with the nickname “Crooked Hillary” cannot be overlooked. But there is a constituency to which Trump can appeal simply by, first, owning his own sleazy associations with shady characters and politicians – but I repeat myself – as he has built his business empire; and second, by reminding everyone of the accusations, so many of which are assumed to be true in the public mind despite any evidence to back them up, that have trailed the Clintons ever since they first became national figures. Look, I’m no different than the sleazy Clintons, he is telling the public. The difference is that I’m open and honest about it.

This tack will likely work with his hardcore fans, who probably wouldn’t abandon him even if he publicly denounced them all as suckers. But the majority of voters will, hopefully, see through him.

It has been said many times and by many people, but it deserves repeating again, Donald J. Trump must be stopped!.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

American Patriots Must Unite To Stop Trump NOW!...

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This weblog has decidedly not been an HRC supporter. The reasons really don't matter at this point because the greatest threat our democratic republic currently faces is Donald J. Trump.

Our nation has bad some poor presidents during it's history, but never has it faced the possibility of a narcissistic nativist/nationalist with an agenda any xenophobe would be proud to sport as their own.

The single most important task for All True Patriots is to stop Trump from getting within a mile radius of the Oval Office. So, to that end this weblog commits itself for the next five months. Our nation can ill afford to have the civil liberties so many have fought so hard for to be rolled back into the dark ages of American history.

Following is an article written by a Montana patriot that expresses well the concerns millions of decent law abiding patriotic Americans have about Trump. Trump, The Dangerous Demagogue, must be stopped..

Your Turn: Donald Trump is a dangerous demagogue

I am writing today to urge the decent, responsible voters of Montana to not support Donald Trump for president this November. This presumptive nominee for president has a history of denigrating political opponents, railing against the press, taunting women with misogynistic comments, as well as making jokes about disabled Americans. On July 11, 2015 Trump said the following about Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.: "He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured." Such complete disrespect for a sitting U.S. senator, war hero, and a captured POW was an affront to anyone who says they support our military veterans. However, this comment only made him more popular with Republican primary voters.

The most reprehensible thing about Donald Trump to me is his implicit support from white supremacists. William Johnson was recently selected by the Donald Trump campaign to be one of the 169 delegates for the state of Iowa at the Republican National Convention. Johnson is the head of the white supremacist “American Freedom Party (AFP).” He paid for a series of robocalls and radio time in Iowa and Utah in support of Trump's candidacy. His robocalls that went out to many Iowa voters stated: "The white race is dying out in America and Europe because we are afraid to be called 'racist.'”

In an interview with CNN on May 11, Johnson was quoted saying: “For many, many years, when I would say these things, other white people would call me names: ‘Oh, you’re a hatemonger, you’re a Nazi, you’re like Hitler.’” “Now they come in and say, ‘Oh, you’re like Donald Trump.’”

It was only until earlier this week, that it was discovered that Mr. Trump’s campaign had hired him to be a delegate for his candidacy at the Republic National Convention. After media scrutiny, the campaign has rescinded his selection as a delegate, stating his selection was due to a “database error.” In addition to support from Johnson, Trump has also been supported by David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Klu Klux Klan.

Donald Trump is a dangerous demagogue who flirts with white supremacists. The reason why he is their candidate is because the interests of white supremacists coincide with those of Donald Trump. They both support forced deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants, as well as building a border wall with Mexico to prevent illegal immigration from Central and Latin America.

Brent Beardslee

Recent polling shows Donald J. Trump is closing the gap and pulling ahead of HRC, something worth noting and a trend all reasonable and thoughtful Americans should fight to reverse.

The latest national ABC News/Washington Post poll has Donald Trump in the tightest race yet with Hillary Clinton in the probable matchup between the two likely presidential nominees.

Forty-six percent of respondents favor Trump over Clinton versus 44 percent who prefer a Clinton presidency. Even though Trump's lead is still within the margin of error, it is notable.

Trump’s enhanced competitiveness reflects consolidation in his support since his primary opponents dropped out, and it comes despite significant challenges to his candidacy.

Fifty-eight percent of Americans call him unqualified to be president; 60 percent see him unfavorably overall; 76 percent think he doesn’t show enough respect for those he disagrees with; and 64 percent say he should release his tax returns -- with most feeling strongly about it.

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In the last ABC News/Washington Post poll from March 3, Clinton was leading with 50 percent support versus Trump's 41 percent.

Clinton leads among women, non-white voters, college graduates and voters between the age of 18 and 39 years old. By contrast, Trump leads with men, white voters, voters without a college degree and all voters over 40 years old.

Trump has the lowest favorability rating of all three remaining candidates (37 percent) and the highest unfavorability rating (60 percent).

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BTW, did I mention Trump is an NRA lackey? 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

As Trump Continues To Close Polling Gap...

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Hillary Clinton's advantage over Donald Trump has narrowed to just three points — resulting in a dead-heat general-election contest with more than five months to go until November, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Clinton, who remains a heavy favorite to win the Democrat nomination, leads the presumptive GOP nominee 46 percent to 43 percent among registered voters, a difference that is within the poll's margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.1 percentage points. In April, Clinton held an 11-point advantage over Trump, 50 percent to 39 percent, and had led him consistently by double digits since December.



Looking inside the numbers of her race against Trump, Clinton holds the edge among African Americans (88 percent to 9 percent), Latinos (68 percent to 20 percent), women (51 percent to 38 percent) and those ages 18 to 34 (55 percent to 32 percent).

Trump, meanwhile, is ahead among whites (52 percent to 36 percent), seniors (52 percent to 41 percent), men (49 percent to 40 percent) and independents (42 percent to 37 percent).

The NBC/WSJ poll — conducted May 15-19 — comes after Trump became the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, but also as the ongoing Clinton-vs.-Sanders Democratic race has become more contentious in recent days.

Republicans are now supporting Trump over Clinton by an 86 percent-to-6 percent margin, which is up from 72 percent to 13 percent a month ago, suggesting that GOP voters are consolidating around their presumptive nominee.

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As we approach the summer political conventions, and the ultimate match between two flawed candidates, it is coming into clear focus our country will remain divided along strictly partisan ideological fault lines. 2016 clearly could be the year the nation takes a longshot chance on a narcissistic demagogue who is playing on the fear many Americans feel. Running as a outsider billionaire "change agent" more folks seem to be willing to take a chance on one with zero political or government experience. Something these same folks were highly critical of back in 2005 when President Obama was running for the Office Trump now seeks. Oh, and they accused President Obama of being a narcissist as well. Guess it's all good if you have an R behind your name.

Via: Memeorandum

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