Monday, June 27, 2016

Jake Tapper questions whether Bernie Sanders is REALLY doing all he can to help defeat Donald Trump in 2016.

Courtesy of Raw Story:  

Sharing clips of Sanders earlier in the week admitting that “in all likelihood” he would be voting for Clinton in November, Tapper wondered if the candidate’s “hestitation” was sending the wrong signal to his supporters. 

“When your supporters hear you say ‘in all likelihood,’ your vote will go to Hillary Clinton, do you think they come away thinking that maybe you’ll run as a third party candidate? Maybe it’s not that important to you that she wins,” Tapper asked. ” I mean, there’s a hesitation there.” 

“Media focuses on politics as a game,” Sanders replied. “What we are talking about and what this whole campaign is about is transforming the United States. Dealing with the issues that led to Brexit. Understanding why the middle class continues to decline,” adding that he is trying to “build a strong progressive political movement that takes on big money interests.” 

“With all due respect, Senator, I’m not viewing this as a game,” Tapper replied. “I’m looking at the fact that I talk to your supporters all the time and many of them do not want to vote for Hillary Clinton, and they feel very negatively towards her. And if it is important to you, as you say it is, to defeat Donald Trump, I wonder if you are truly doing everything you can do to defeat Donald Trump.”

Sanders' response to this is to suggest that Hillary Clinton essentially needs to acquiesce to all of his demands in order to lure his supporters over to her side.

That is essentially political hostage taking, and Sanders well knows that if he were to really get behind Hillary in a forceful manner his cult following would quickly follow.

And none of this is lost on the Republicans who now have a game plan for how to further disenfranchise Bernie-bots: 

The Republican National Committee is planning to cleave liberal voters away from Hillary Clinton as part of a campaign to counteract her forthcoming pick of a vice presidential running mate. 

In a detailed memo outlining its strategy to combat Clinton’s VP choice, the committee says it will frame the selection as both a cynical play to certain constituencies and as an emotional letdown for voters who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Democratic primary. 

The goals, the memo says, are to “drive wedges between these top contenders and either Clinton and/or traditional Democrat constituencies, such as labor, environmentalists, and gun control advocates, and other traditional left-wing constituencies;” and “[w]here applicable, frame the choice as an insult to the large, deep base of Bernie Sanders supporters who are struggling with the notion of supporting Hillary Clinton as the presumptive Democrat nominee.”

So essentially the longer Bernie hems and haws the easier it is for the Republicans to cause further divisions within the Democratic party.

In other news the rats are already abandoning the sinking ship which is the Sanders' "campaign."

Courtesy of Politico:

Sen. Bernie Sanders' national press secretary has decided to leave the campaign, she confirmed on Sunday night. 

Symone D. Sanders (no relation to the senator) said she was departing the campaign amicably.

"I believe my time at the campaign has come to an end," she told POLITICO. "I'm very proud of the work we have done and am now looking forward to helping elect down-ballot Democrats and do all I can to ensure a Democrat is the 45th president of the United States." 

Well it is nice to see that there is at least one person associated with the Sanders' campaign who is putting the country first. 

Sarah Palin at Politicon.

Courtesy of Snowdrift Snooki's Facebook page:

In the hot seat with moderator James Carville at Politicon today (the convention is like comiccon minus the costumes... though I consider politicos' bowties as costumes). I love a challenge when sharing diverse worldviews - which Clinton's former chief strategist and I certainly pressed into on the stage today! Disagreements on the 2nd Amendment were pretty fierce (I'm a fan, not a dimwit opponent of that most important right); as were par-for-the-course false suggestions of racism. Liberals didn't change my mind one iota, and I'm sure they weren't swayed by me, but our civil discourse reflected the general passion both sides feel as we vet our next President. I respect Carville's politically encyclopedic mind. (Though I insist he's dead wrong on who's fit to serve as America's next Commander in Chief.) 

At least is was a blast catching up, sharing laughs with my buddy and former Fox colleague, Sally Kohn (now with CNN); laughing backstage with "Cheers" John Ratzenberger (I'm the biggest Cliff Clavin fan!); and was floored with how pretty Roseanne Barr looks as she graciously shared with me her concerns for our country's challenges. 

It was an interesting day "entertaining democracy" in beautiful Pasadena. Thank you to all the tremendous law enforcement personnel there for protecting our First Amendment rights!

 - Sarah Palin

(Nice to see that Palin is reinforcing the importance of 1st Amendment rights, let's see how she feels about that in the next coming days and weeks.)

Here is the video of the entire interview conducted by James Carville.

As we feared Carville mostly lobbed softball questions at her and there was very little substance to her answers.

Of course she took inordinate credit for Trump's success and kept inferring that she was connected to the way "real Americans" think. Gag me.

Here was one exchange that did get a little more heated courtesy of Variety:

Carville, the Democratic strategist, said to the former vice presidential nominee: “When you say you want to take back the country, what is it you want to take back?” 

“I want to take back the interpretation of our constitution that is being wrongly interpreted today,” Palin said. 

“Where are we going haywire on the Constitution?” he asked. 

Palin’s response: the Second Amendment. 

“It is black and white, and we have a right, of course, to bear arms,” she said. “People who can interpret that to, ‘Oh that means not everybody has that right.’ Or to take certain things like ammo, ‘Well that doesn’t apply.’ Or we can get rid of AR-15s because AR-15s weren’t invented for hunting. I say, ‘Yeah, the Second Amendment wasn’t written in the case the moose turn on us.’ Of course it wasn’t mean for hunting.” 

Carville, though, pressed her further. 

“Do I have a right to possess a bazooka? Do I have the right to have a surface to air missile and live close to the Los Angeles Airport?” 

“Well, that is such a stupid question,” Palin responded.

As it turned out the hardest question for Palin seemed to come from a ten year old reporter in the audience:

The first question from the audience came from a ten-year-old boy who also said he was a reporter. Carville asked him to come up on stage, and the boy noted that Palin had said that she “hated” countries that didn’t treat women right and didn’t want them to be part of the United Nations. 

Palin tried to interrupt, but the boy asked her to “please” let him finish. 

Given her comments about those countries, the boy said, “How come you are endorsing Donald Trump after he said, Megyn Kelly ‘has got blood coming out of her wherever.'” 

There were cheers and some laughs from the crowd. 

Palin answered, “Donald Trump isn’t sexist. If he were, I wouldn’t be endorsing him.”

Yeah, right. Sexism only exists in the minds of the Palins when they think it is directed at them.

Perhaps Carville should ask that ten year old boy for some pointers. 

Essentially this is Palin continuing her role as a political oddity who can always be counted on to say something scandalous or idiotic which the media can then latch onto for the purposes of mocking her.

Clearly at this point she simply doesn't care so long as people are still paying attention to her, and of course paying her, for the privilege of those laughs at her expense.

Supreme Court decision huge victory for women's rights and pro-choice groups in America.

Courtesy of the HuffPo:  

The Supreme Court struck as unconstitutional part of a restrictive Texas statute that threatened to shutter half of the state’s remaining abortion clinics and deny millions of women the right to a safe abortion. 

The ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt represents the most significant victory for abortion rights at the high court since the turn of the century, as states have scrambled to pass and defend similar laws across the country, seeking to chip away at the landmark Roe v. Wade. 

Writing for a 5-3 majority, Justice Stephen Breyer said the two Texas laws at issue in the case are unconstitutional. 

“We conclude that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes,” he wrote. “Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the Federal Constitution.”

Damn there is so much going on today I can barely keep up. 

And I imagine that these are the kinds of decisions we can continue to expect from our Supreme Court once President Hillary Clinton replaces the now deceased Antonin Scalia with somebody who actually respects the laws in this country.

Damn kids, things are really starting to look up.

Texas woman fatally shoots her two adult daughters before she herself is killed by the police. Just another day in the NRA's America.

Christy Sheats, now deceased.
Courtesy of Chron:  

A Fort Bend County woman shot her two adult daughters Friday - killing one of them at the scene - before she was fatally shot by a responding police officer. 

On Saturday, the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office identified the mother as Christy Sheats, 42, and her daughters as Taylor Sheats, 22, and Madison Sheats, 17. 

Later, Fulshear police Facebook page reported one daughter was taken by Lifeflight to the Texas Medical Center and also died. It was unclear Saturday afternoon, which of the victims died at the scene and which was airlifted to the hospital. 

The incident happened about 5 p.m. along the 6000 block of Remson Hollow in an unincorporated section near Fulshear. 

When officers arrived to investigate a 911 call of "shots fired," they found two women lying on the street in front of a home in a comfortable, middle class subdivision. 

A Fulshear police officer shot and killed a third woman at the scene who was holding a pistol. Authorities said it was the mother of the two women on the ground.

Taylor and Madison Sheats, tragically gunned down by their own mother.
As of right now the police do not know the motive for the shooting though the mother did have mental health issues.

As you have probably guessed she was also an ardent defender of the 2nd Amendment.

Courtesy of Buzzfeed: 

“It would be horribly tragic if my ability to protect myself or my family were to be taken away,” she wrote in March, “but that’s exactly what Democrats are determined to do by banning semi-automatic handguns.”

Yes, it would have been such a tragedy if the Democrats would have taken her guns away from her.

After all how could she murder her family without them?

2016's Miss Missouri becomes the first openly gay woman to compete for Miss America. Wait, did that say Miss Missouri?

Courtesy of ABC News:

Erin O'Flaherty has been crowned the 2016 Miss Missouri, becoming the first openly gay woman to win a state pageant leading to the coveted Miss America competition. 

“It’s certainly making history and I’m not sure I set out to do that, but I am the first openly gay Miss Missouri and contestant to head to Miss America so I am excited about that. But, mainly, I’m excited to represent the LGBT community,” O'Flaherty, 23, said on “Good Morning America” today live from St. Louis. 

“We’re underrepresented in public in positions of influence. So I’m excited to take that on and I hope that my presence will help with visibility for the community.”

Wow! I have to say that I would never have expected the first openly gay Miss America contestant to have come from Missouri.

Good for you Missouri! 

My new mantra.

"Atheism is not a religion, it's a personal relationship with reality."

I wish I could take credit for writing it but I can't.

Personally I really hate it when people call Atheism a "religion," as it shows not only a profound misunderstanding of Atheism but also of religion.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sarah Palin wishes a happy birthday to the only man dumb enough to marry her daughter.

Courtesy of the Mother-in-Law from Hell's Facebook page:  

Happy Birthday to my new son-in-law, Dakota Meyer! So glad to have him in our lives... his work ethic, patriotism, humor, smarts, & sincere love of God, country & family are so admirable. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‘ - 

Sarah Palin (Let the mother-in-law jokes begin!)

And let me tell you right now, Dakota is VERY important to the Palins at this moment.

Not only is he their last chance at credibility, but he is also bankrolling Bristol's attempts to shut me up.

Gee, I wonder how much money he has to spend on this? (Hint. It's not going to be enough.)

In other news apparently the Grizzled Mama made her appearance at that Politicon event today.

Here she is walking onto the stage.

According to Truthdig the title of her presentation was “Your Garden Variety Everyday Pissed Off American.”

Classy don't you think?

Here's a little more from Truthdig:  

After setting the scene with an I-told-you-so critique of the Obama presidency, Palin said, “We knew the only counter to this was a revolution. But who would be the revolutionary? Instead of letting the media vet candidates for us, we asked who is not part of the problem?” 

Enter Trump, said Palin, with his “earned income that is due respect,” and “who has has nothing to lose but knows that our very sovereignty is to gain,” and, most fancifully, who is “not palling around with crony capitalists, in bed with special interests ... screwing the American worker.” 

Not that there’s anything wrong with capitalism. The former Alaska governor was quick to cast Trump in the unlikely position of the “outsider” billionaire, who has amassed great wealth but remains close to the earth. 

“Trump is a builder—he looks up and he builds big!” Palin said, echoing a familiar right-wing refrain about job creation and self-propelled, meritocratic success. “He knows that men in denim built this country,” she added, “but D.C. suits—and pantsuits—destroy it.” 

Pantsuits, yeah we get it. Cute.
Truthdig summed up her appearance thusly:

Overall, Palin’s speech was an unsurprising pastiche patched together from her trove of greatest-hits causes, catchphrases and all the zingers fit to print on her teleprompter. Trump couldn’t ask for a better spokesperson, and from reading Palin’s clear signals since the launch of his campaign, she could well be eyeing the White House herself—this time as a member of the Trump administration.

Wait, did that say teleprompter? Oooh, so busted!

And no damn way is this lunatic getting anywhere near the White House.

We are going to make goddamn sure of that, just like we did last time!

CNN staffers in revolt over hiring of Donald Trump's former campaign manager.

Courtesy of Market Watch:  

Sources told Page Six on Friday that CNN’s “facing a near internal revolt” over Jeff Zucker’s hiring of Lewandowski as an exclusive commentator for the news network days after he was fired as Donald Trump’s campaign manager. 

“CNN is facing a near internal revolt over the Corey hiring,” said a TV insider, who described many in the newsroom as “livid.” “Female reporters and producers especially . . . They are organizing and considering publicly demanding” that Lewandowski be let go. 

The Post reported on Monday that the Donald’s daughter Ivanka gave her dad an ultimatum to cut Corey loose after she was distressed by news he’d grabbed reporter Michelle Fields by the arm at a Florida event, and by a Page Six report that he recently got into a shouting match on a Midtown street with campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks. 

At CNN, the hiring of the former Trump campaign manager on Thursday didn’t only alienate women on staff. A source further said that “Latinos and others in the newsroom feel betrayed by an homage to Trump,” so “they may do a public letter” objecting to the move.

Good job CNN!

Now not only have you irreparably damaged your journalistic credibility, but you have also caused internal strife among your own people.

And the thing is the guy is still honoring a confidentiality agreement with his old boss, so what good is he anyhow?

Probably the best tweet about Brexit that I have seen so far.

Well if this is accurate then David Cameron is something of a political genius and Boris Johnson just stepped in a huge pile of poo.

By the way it appears that this Brexit vote has also had a rather alarming affect on Britain's economic status as well, as France has now replaced them as the fifth largest economy.

I say, good job old chaps.

Asshole from Texas attempts to bully LGBT folks during Pridefest in Anchorage. Update!

Courtesy of ADN:  

A fight broke out at the Alaska PrideFest event on Saturday involving anti-gay protesters brandishing a megaphone, police said. 

The altercation began near the Delaney Park Strip in downtown Anchorage and involved PrideFest participants and protesters, police said. One of the protesters identified himself to an ADN photographer as David Grisham of Repent Amarillo, a Texas Christian and political organization. 

Police estimated about 20 people were involved. They said officers intervened before anybody was hurt.

According to the article the incident only involved some pushing and shoving. (And undoubtedly some name calling). Afterwards the police stayed to keep the peace until the event was over.

I have to say that I am proud of our LGBT community for standing up for themselves, I only wish I could have been there to help.

I know that guy with the flaming red doo. He is friends with my daughter, and I met him during the Democratic caucus this year. (Yes, he was a Bernie supporter.) (Update: Okay that is apparently NOT the same guy I met during the Dem caucus, and my daughter does not know him. Seriously how many people in town have that hair color?)

By the way Southern Christians were part of the Summer of Hate back in 2009, when they were mobilized by Jerry Prevo and brought in from Wasilla to protest against a ballot measure to protect gays in the workplace here in Anchorage.

They won that time, but since then the laws and attitudes have changed and our LGBT community feels much safer.

Apparently that still does not mean that some asshole from Texas cannot fly up here in an attempt to spoil their day of celebration however.

Which is sad.

Conservative columnist George Will has left the Republican party in response to Donald Trump's nomination. I imagine he will certainly not be the last to do so.

Courtesy of The Hill: 

Longtime conservative columnist George Will says he has left the Republican Party because of Donald Trump. 

“This is not my party,” he said during a Friday speech to the Federalist Society, according to the conservative-leaning outlet PJ Media. 

Will said he has switched his Maryland voter registration to "unaffiliated." 

When asked in an interview later what message he had for GOP voters, Will suggested they resign themselves to not winning the presidency in November. 

“Make sure he loses. Grit their teeth for four years and win the White House,” he said.

Actually since Donald Trump is essentially Sarah Palin with even phonier hair we should not be surprised with George Will's decision.

After all back in 2011 he had this to say about a Palin run at the White House: 

“The threshold question, not usually asked, but it’s in everyone’s mind in a presidential election. ‘Should we give this person nuclear weapons?’ And the answer [in Palin’s case], answers itself.”

Impossible to believe he does not feel exactly the same way about Donald Trump having access to the nuclear codes.

Which, by the way, is exactly how all of us should feel.

Hawaii now has a law that automatically places the names of citizens who register a gun into the FBI criminal database.

Courtesy of Raw Story:  

Hawaii’s governor signed a bill making it the first U.S. state to place its residents who own firearms in a federal criminal record database and monitor them for possible wrongdoing anywhere in the country, his office said. 

The move by gun control proponents in the liberal state represents an effort to institute some limits on firearms in the face of a bitter national debate over guns that this week saw Democratic lawmakers stage a sit-in at the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Hawaii Governor David Ige, a Democrat, on Thursday signed into law a bill to have police in the state enroll people into an FBI criminal monitoring service after they register their firearms as already required, his office said in a statement. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation database called “Rap Back” will allow Hawaii police to be notified when a firearm owner from the state is arrested anywhere in the United States. 

Hawaii has become the first U.S. state to place firearm owners on the FBI’s Rap Back, which until now was used to monitor criminal activities by individuals under investigation or people in positions of trust such as school teachers and daycare workers.

I think this is a great idea.

Of course I am also one of the people in a position of trust whose fingerprints have been sent to the FBI like five times now, for a variety of different positions.

If the FBI gets to keep an eye on me, a peaceful non-gun owner, then it seems perfectly fair that people with deadly weapons in their possession should be tracked as well.

I mean if they don't do anything wrong, they have nothing to fear.

Right?

P.S. By the way Hawaii has the lowest number of gun fatalities in the nation.

'Merika!

America summed up in one photo.

And we wonder why there are so many accidental shootings and gun fatalities.