Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Trump voters aren't buying into his or the Republican agenda.

In the survey below, Trump voters don't come across as crazy as they appear at his rallies. It was also interesting to watch the All in with Chris Hayes' townhall in Kenosha, where Trump's "know-it-all" supporters never really had a grasp of what was going on. What they described was the cartoon version pitched by Trump over and over. Salon:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Trump Suckers...are you watching this....ha!

I'm loving this, and Trump's not even president yet. Tough luck Indiana losers, your hard earned tax dollars are being piled high on a pallets and shipped off to Carrier...$700,000 a year for an undisclosed number of years. Hard line Trump?

An amazed laughing Rachel Maddow spelled out the Carrier deal for duped Trump supporters looking for change:

I don't normally watch "With all Due Respect" with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, but they were fired up over the Trump/Pence giveaway. Heilemann wondered how Trump supporters would be happy with government stepping in, interfering and picking winners and losers. Guess it's okay if Trump does it?:

The Swamp is Overflowing: All this and more, even before Trump becomes president. As we're finding out, draining the swamp only applied to Democrats.  Trump's Wall Street millionaire buddies found work again, and downtrodden angry rural supporters can only watch the corporate class and investors walk away with all the winnings.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ironic, Trump defends Electoral College that was created to keep him from being President.

Trump's "rigged election" threat and criticism of the Jill Stein recount have sent a chill into the entire electoral process. It will probably result in Trump becoming president.

The electoral college was designed to specifically keep guys like Trump out. But with Trump's backing, and endless threats against anyone calling into question his electoral college win, will the electoral college be afraid to do its job? You bet.

Vox had a great piece on this, with the featured section below that spelled out why the electoral college should reject Trump outright. Compare the reasons why the founding fathers created the electoral college, and the three ploys used by Trump that require the college stop him:
Constitutional history makes clear that the founders had three main purposes in designing the Electoral College.
The first was to stop a demagogue from becoming president. At the Constitutional Convention, arguing in support of the Electoral College, Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts said he was “against a popular election” for president because the people would be “misled by a few designing men.” In Federalist No. 68, Alexander Hamilton wrote that the electors would prevent those with “Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity” from becoming president. They would also stop anyone who would “convulse the community with any extraordinary or violent movements.

The second goal was to stop foreign interference in election. In the founding period, the framers were extremely concerned about infiltration by rivals including Great Britain. In Federalist No. 68, Hamilton wrote that one major purpose of the Electoral College was to stop the “desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.” He said that the college would “Guard against all danger of this sort … with the most provident and judicious attention” from the electors.

The third goal was to prevent poor administration of government. This is a less well-known purpose of the Electoral College, but it is again expressly discussed in Federalist No. 68. Hamilton wrote that “the true test of a good government is its aptitude and tendency to produce a good administration,” and for that reason, he said, the electors should be “able to estimate the share which the executive in every government must necessarily have in its good or ill administration.”
This election has three aspects that have brought the Electoral College back to relevance.
First, Donald Trump is the first unquestioned demagogue to become a major-party nominee in our country’s history. On his quest to the general election, he stoked prejudices and passions to flout fundamental constitutional norms, such as our freedoms of the press, religion, and peaceful assembly. 

Second, there’s incontrovertible evidence that Russia interfered in the campaign, by hacking the email accounts of top Democratic officials and cooperating with WikiLeaks’ parallel campaign to undermine Hillary Clinton campaign. Meanwhile, Trump has business entanglements in Russia and other foreign countries, the extent to which are unknown because Trump has not released his tax returns.

And third, his opponent, Hillary Clinton, is on track to win the popular vote now by over 2 million votes — over four times Al Gore’s narrow margin over George W. Bush in 2000 — a factor electors ought to be able to weigh, whether or not they think it is conclusive.
The Electoral College was designed precisely for such extraordinary instances. As Jeffrey Tulis, Sanford Levinson, and Jeremi Suri (respectively professors of political science, law, and history) recently argued in the New York Daily News, “Our Founding Fathers created what we now call the Electoral College to protect our country against the precise danger we now face: a demagogue who has manipulated and bullied voters, exploited fears and now threatens the very foundation of our republic.”

Mindless Trump Tweets for Real, or an intentional Political Distraction?

So many of Trump's Tweets treat old issues like fresh disagreements that must be regulated, like flag burning.

Yesterday, Trump tried to discredit Clinton's popular vote win and election integrity recounts, even though he promised to do the same thing if he lost. Seriously, you don't risk looking this dumb unless it's part of a more nefarious scheme, right?

Just had to include this Tweet by David Frum:

Monday, November 28, 2016

Network News Headlines spread Trump trash talk, again!!!

Sometimes a headline is all some people read.

Believer it or not, an entertainment magazine ended up writing the more accurate headline:

Entitled Trump has Twitter Tantrum: Tries to Discredit Losing Popular Vote to Clinton.

Narcissism is a disorder that seems to be consuming every waking moment of Trump's life.

He can't and won't lose, even if he does. I'm still trying to figure this out; if Trump had lost, that would prove the election was rigged, but if he wasn't rigged. Then again, if Hillary wins the popular's rigged again, even though Trump won. Throw in Green Party candidate Jill Stein and a recount, and Trump's legitimacy fades and he loses the "mandate." Not going to happen.

Imagine Trump dealing with a major world problem requiring a quick reaction.

It's twitter time, using the ultimate troll weapon, capital letters:

There is a slim hope the electoral college could stop Trump cold. The Guardian:
Some legal experts argue that the electoral college cannot approve a candidate like Trump, who does not fulfil the basic legal requirements to be president.

Harvard constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe said in an email that the “electors who are to cast their votes for president on 19 December not as automatons but in light of constitutional constraints and principles cannot in good conscience vote for Donald Trump as president of the United States unless he fully divests himself of economic interests dependent on the fortunes, for good or ill, of the private Trump empire”.

That view is not restricted to academics and Democrats. Richard Painter, George W Bush’s chief ethics counsel, agrees that without a major reconfiguration of the Trump Organization, the president-elect is heading for a constitutional collision with the electoral college.

“The important thing for the electoral college is to ensure that he technically complies with the constitution,” Painter told the Observer. “This is just as important as the birth certificate. He should not be currently on the payroll of foreign governments.

“So he’ll have to provide assurance to the electoral college that he’s not himself going to be getting money from foreign governments that would violate the emoluments clause.”

Eisen and Painter called on the Trump transition team to take urgent steps to address the problem, before it triggers a constitutional crisis. They recommended he sell all his business holdings and put the proceeds in a blind trust, the composition of which would remain unknown to him, as his predecessors have done for the past four decades. Painter offered his advice to the Trump circle as a fellow Republican, but has not received any response. 
It's wonderfully ironic that Trump ran on calling Hillary crooked for the appearance of political influence from Clinton Foundation donors, when in fact, that's exactly what he was planning to do all along. The only difference? You can trust a Republicans:
“His view is that the voters know about this and and they are OK with it,” said Robert Weissman, president of the Public Citizen watchdog group.

“But it is absolutely contradictory to his core message he was going to sweep away the corruption in Washington and all the deal-making.”

Trump Sore Winners feel Entitled.

We should have thought, "this can't be good."
WPR: Loyalists of the self-described white nationalist, alt-right movement from around the country gathered in D.C., enthused by the election of Donald Trump and optimistic that their controversial, offensive views such as calling for a white, ethnocentric state were on the rise throughout the country. "The alt-right is here, the alt-right is not going anywhere, the alt-right is going to change the world," Richard Spencer, head of the white nationalist think tank the National Policy Institute (NPI) promised. Spencer called Trump's campaign "the first step towards identity politics in the United States."

Matt Forney of Chicago said there was now an "infusion of new energy. Now, it's like we're the vanguard of a new movement. People are happy and ready to change the world."

Evan Thomas of Michigan said "He's got to act very tough, very quickly to reverse the demographic decline of European-Americans very swiftly." 
The Trumpian "we won" sore winners are hitting the streets now. Remember how Republicans whined endlessly about having to hide their conservatism in public? Even though that really wasn't true, the Trump bullies are more insufferable than anyone could have imagined, even deadly.

The latest video making the rounds was this "we won" Trump supporters at a Michael's, insulted by a black store clerk. Who feels this kind of white "entitlement?" RawStory:

The video is the latest in a series of white people justifying their obnoxious behavior and demanding special treatment because they voted for Trump. “I voted for Trump — so there,” the woman shouted. “You want to kick me out for that? And look who won.”

“I don’t know what you think you’re videoing, lady. I was just discriminated against by two black women, and you being a white woman, you’re literally thinking that that’s okay? You standing there with your baby thinking that’s okay.”

The angry shopper accuses the other woman’s 2-year-old child of stealing and her husband of cheating.
White Fear of black cheese lovers...where did that come from?
Late night trip to a local CVS store by two black men to buy some sliced cheese turned into a run-in with police after panicked store employees hid in a locked backroom and called the cops, reports WATE in Carytown, Virginia.
According to Ricky Berry, he and his roommate Philip Blackwell stated that a police officer showed up and helped them search the store only to discover the employees huddled in a back room behind locked doors.

“He was laughing with us because, like, this is how weird, apocalyptic movies start,” Berry said, before adding that the officer made a few calls after which he told them they’d have to leave.

“We’re being kicked out because they were scared of us and hiding,” Berry said, “He just told us that we need to leave premises or else we would be arrested for trespassing and that flipped the script on all of us. We had no idea what was going on.”
Deadly Trump Entitlement: There are no words....

William Ronald Pulliam, 62, was arrested and charged with gunning down 15-year-old James Means whom he later referred to as a “piece of trash” ... he expressed no remorse whatsoever for killing the teen, but simply said, "The way I look at it, that's another piece of trash off the street."

Witnesses claim that what set Pulliam off was that Means accidentally bumped into him while entering the store. After Pulliam left the store, the two exchanged words a second time, and Pulliam shot the teen twice in the abdomen, leaving him to die, then proceeded to go home, eat dinner, then go hang out at a friend's house, according to a criminal complaint.

Trump voters aren't buying into his or the Republican agenda.

In the  survey below , Trump voters don't come across as crazy as they appear at his rallies. It was also interesting to watch the All i...