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    Democrats dodge their Ted Cruz moment

    It's official: Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not speak at the Democratic convention. She's still nominally chairwoman of the DNC, though Hillary was forced to strip her of all actual power as down payment toward winning Bernie's endorsement. The issue for the convention was not whether Debbie would be booed by Sanders delegates if she took the podium, it was whether she would be booed off the stage a la Ted Cruz. The question became pretty much moot Friday, after Wikileaks released 20,000 hacked DNC emails, some of which detailed how she and her staffers basically colluded with the Clinton campaign to sabotage Bernie's run. Then yesterday, Robert Reich called for her to be fired immediately, rather than just demoted out of the way.

    I suspect she may have seen the writing on the wall, and offered to take one for Team Hillary/Kaine. A wise move, whoever's idea it was. Next week's Democratic agenda calls for a joyous, upbeat display of party unity, healing of wounds, and dedication to defeating Donald Trump. I'm pretty sure Bernie could wrangle his Busters into playing nice, but only if they weren't tossed red meat in the form of a speech by Wasserman Schultz.

    Bernie may have established a modus vivendi with Hillary, but there'll be no quarter for Debbie. He has endorsed progressive Tim Canova's challenge to her Florida congressional seat, and helped him raise a $2 million warchest. It looks like a rather quixotic effort, but so did Sanders' candidacy at the outset. No released polls yet. The primary is on August 30.

    Kaine,Catholicism and grammatical tricks

    I was started down this path by the juxtaposition of two OGD links included  in  Michael's Freak Out Thread :

     Al Franken's MSNBC interview and a  Hillary ad . Franken described Kaine as a "progressive Catholic" ; the ad purported to show the children listening to Trump's tasteless insults to women who'd  outraged him by expecting  him to answer questions.

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    Sean Hannity by Gage Skidmore.jpg

    Bill Maher was stupendous during his harangues against the fascists at the repub convention.

    Then Jon Stewart showed up and got me laughing so damn hard! He was attacking Hannity directly.

    But Hannity's response really got to me.

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    Donald's LGBTQ moment

    Did you hear him?  He was carefully reading out the letters. Could there be a less ingenuous point?  And then he moves onto Muslims.  He is the best leader EVER!  Well, at least according to Ivanka.

    Trump: I Won't Defend Nations's Capitol

    I would look at remaking Washington, DC. Right now, what is it doing for anybody? For real Americans?

    Congress can go on permanent vacation. Don't need them. Or those mouthy judges.

    And I don't plan on living there.

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    What In The Hell Was That in Cleveland?


    I mean... Really...

    If you did watch that circus leave a quick comment of your memory of the most weird moment.


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    A Thought Experiment for Dagbloggers

    I am fairly confident that Hillary Clinton will be elected in November.  I am very confident that if she is our next President she will do a good job, and many people who are not staunch supporters will be pleasantly surprised at her efforts and policies for all of us.  I expect that she will improve the ACA, make prescription drugs less expensive, improve services for the neediest, and rebuff any attempts to privatize Social Security, Medicare, and other programs that help the common Good.  This will no doubt be labeled by the GOP as "free stuff to the undeserving."  We must not allow that to gain traction.

    Having seen the gauche hatred at the GOP Convention, I am also expecting the Democratic Convention to be one of hope, policy discussions, and inspiration.  But what I would really like to do here is open up a discussion about how to win over the disaffected; the Trump supporters who truly believe that only Donald Trump could “Make America Great Again.”

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    Who really wrote Art of the Deal?

    The answer seems to be a guy by the name of Tony Schwartz?

    In the New Yorker, Tony Schwartz claims that he wrote all of the tome entitled: THE ART OF THE DEAL. He also claims he received half of the up front monies as well as half of the residuals via provisions contained in the original contract with the publisher.

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    Bernie, His Followers and an Insurgency?


    Very interesting . . .

    I couldn't pass up this comment...


    Found in this thread here-->

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    Thursday through Friday in the Republican nominee's life was just another chaotic episode which ended today in a Trump Egofest gone wild.  Today's Trump rally was supposed to be an introduction to the Vice Presidential candidate.  But anyone could have predicted, and no one should be shocked that the introduction would be all about The Donald.

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    The Pence Pick Helps Trump

    For the record, I don't think Donald Trump will be the next President. Although a CBS/NYT poll published Thursday shows a tight race and oracle Nate “Tarnished” Silver now gives Trump a 1 in 3 shot at winning, I would argue the racist deadbeat's chances are more like 1 in 4 or less. For one thing, a slew of NBC/WSJ polls released Friday show Clinton with commanding leads in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia. Of even more consequence is the “hot mess,” in the words of the New Republic's Jeet Heer, that is the Trump campaign. Finally, Silver lost his air of infallibility by his insistence last year that Trump would not be the Republican candidate.

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    Trump was going to inform us of his VP choice today.

    But Trump told us yesterday that the destruction of humanity by a semi in Nice called for a postponement of his decision.

    And yet, today, the T-Rump announced his VP choice; some teapartier from Indiana.

    Those damn emails

     FBI director Comey contributed to Obama’s opponents in each of his  elections:  August 2008, $2,300 to John McCain ; 2012 ,$5000 ( the maximum )to Mitt Romney .Also $2,500 to Susan Brooks (Ind.), Brooks went on to win a House seat.

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    Mussolini biografia.jpg


    I was wondering how Mussolini might defend Adolf. hahahah
    And then I ran into this:

    Just the facts, mam..


    Burlington mayoral election, 1981

    Bernie Sanders (I) – 4,330 (43.43%)

    Gordon Paquette (D) – 4,320 (43.32%)

    Richard Bove (I) - 1,091 (11.76%)

    Joe McGrath (I) - 139 (1.50%)


    Bernie Sanders (I) – 6,942 (52.12%)

    Judy Stephany (D) – 4,086 (30.68%)

    James Gilson (R) – 2,292 (17.21%)


    Bernie Sanders (I) – 5,760 (56.09%)

    Brian D. Burns (D) – 3,275 (31.89%)

    Diane Gallagher (I) – 1,234 (12.0

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    Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

    ABC News reports that “A majority of Americans disapprove of the FBI's recommendation not to charge Hillary Clinton with a crime over her handling of email while secretary of state, and a similar number in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say the issue leaves them worried about how she would handle her responsibilities as president if elected . . . But 28 percent say it leaves them less likely to support her, versus 10 percent who say it makes them more likely to do so . . . “Reactions to the decision are highly political, with partisanship factoring heavily in people's views. Yet Democrats don't back Clinton up on the issue nearly as much as Republicans criticize her, and independents side more with Republicans . . . Overall, 56 percent disapprove of FBI Director James Comey's recommendation not to charge Clinton, while just 35 percent approve. Similarly, 57 percent say the incident makes them worried about how Clinton might act as president if she is elected, with most very worried about it. Just 39 percent feel the issue isn't related to how she would perform as president.”

    Bernie Delivers Strong Endorsement for Hillary

    Bernie Sanders, 'coming together, Hillary understands our diversity is our strength, most progressive platform in history, I have known Hillary for 25 years, she fought for universal health care and children, listens to scientists.. Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here today. .': prepared speech today in New Hampshire:

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    Visiting Around Here at Election Time

    Scrolling in the threads . . .

    Trying to make heads or tails on the Bernie vs. Hillary crap reminds visitors of this:



    Oh and...



    The email number was 110

    at least so far.

    Hillary's "arrogant,selfish actions "   (Maureen Dowd) "contaminated......Barack Obama etc. etc.etc." by not  volunteering that there were  110 emails  with classified information among those she turned over to State.

    And "at least 3 " more classified emails among not turned over to State.

    This is nonsense.

    Neither State,the do nothing  Congress,  the FBI  nor us should be wasting time discussing 113 "classified" emails even if they were all classified for deep security reasons.

    And maybe they were.

    Or not.

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    No Subject

    I would like to humbly suggest that ridiculous, stupid videos, without any attempt or effort at explaining, evaluating or justifying them, should be a TOS violation based on pure laziness..  It does nothing to further conversation or enlightenment.  

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    Roger Ailes, June 2013.jpg

    I have been reading about my old hero Cosby for sometime.

    I began to become suspicious well before the first wave of women came out of the closet to expose this sexual predator. 

    It was an AR-15 Assault Rifle, Banned in 90's under Clinton

    And banned in California for a decade or more. California now also requires a background check for purchase of ammo. The American ritual after Dallas, the post massacre arsenal report. The right wing denial that any gun law whatsoever could have limited the recent massacre, in particular the 1994 Clinton Federal Assault Weapons Ban which Republicans let expire in 2004. Even today, right wing 'live in their own universe' websites, this one 'Controversial Times' (they thrive on controversy, abhor concensus/facts) are still trumpeting that the Dallas shooter did not use an AR-15, but instead used some antique WW2 rifle:

    The Gun Used by the Dallas Police Murderer is Revealed. It’s Not What Most People Thought.

    The Dallas families have had a terrible loss

    of the officers who were killed  doing their job.

    So have the families now waiting in anxiety for their wounded family member to recover.

    My heart goes out to them all.


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