Saturday, May 28, 2016

Bernie Sanders supporters plan to file injunction in California to extend primary and allow more independent voters the opportunity to interfere in the process.

Courtesy of ABC News: 

Attorneys representing a group of Bernie Sanders supporters informed San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera Thursday night that they plan to file an "emergency request" with U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup in the city today "for a preliminary injunction" in California's June 7 presidential primary," Herrera's office said. 

"I think it's unfortunate -- and selfish, frankly -- that these plaintiffs would inject confusion and uncertainty into an election that has been underway for weeks," Herrera said in a statement Thursday night. "San Francisco's Department of Elections and its employees have been doing an exemplary job, and I'm equally confident that our co-defendants are also meeting or exceeding their legal duties. This lawsuit is without merit, and there is no basis for an emergency injunction. I intend to fight it aggressively." 

The release continued, "The activists are seeking sweeping injunctive relief in their suit, including provisions to force 58 counties to segregate ballots already cast by unaffiliated voters; to allow "re-votes" by those voters for presidential primary candidates; and to extend the state's voter registration deadline -- which passed on May 23 for eligibility to vote in the June 7 primary -- until election day itself." 

Bill Simpich, one of the San Francisco-based lawyers representing the group, said, "The main relief we are asking for is for the independent voters -- non-party preference or NPP -- to be able to vote for president on June 7 without tying up the voting lines and avoiding a situation of mass confusion.”

I think it's pretty obvious what is going on here.

The Bernie folks know full well that if they can open this up to the "non-party preference" crowd that it will allow the Trump supporters to help them steal this California primary away from Hillary, and give Sanders the momentum going into the convention that he has been talking about for the last week.

You know the Bernie Bros made a big stink by accusing the DNC of changing the rules the last minute in Nevada, which did not happen, so what do they say now about their obvious attempts to rig the system in their favor?

Who better to tell people it's not stupid to vote for Donald Trump than Sarah Palin?

Damn she is really pulling out the stops here.
Courtesy of Politico: 

Sarah Palin made a surprise appearance at a Donald Trump rally in San Diego on Friday, telling Trump supporters that members of the political establishment "want you all to feel stupid." 

“Stupid is some people are actually going to vote for the crooked one,” Palin said, referring to the "Crooked Hillary" nickname that Trump has given Hillary Clinton. 
Poor Trig. Once a political prop, always a political prop.
Palin blasted the establishment and political commentators for doubting Trump's prospects as the Republican nominee for president. 

“And media, you know, their head is still a-spinnin'," Palin said. "What you have tried to do to Donald Trump and to all of his supporters has only proven that we were right. Do you know how thoroughly distrusted you are, mainstream media? Well, he is now though, he is now we the people’s nominee. So suck it up, cupcake.” 

Actually the phrase is "Suck it up Buttercup."

Palin also attacked President Obama for going to Hiroshima and not being a dick about the fact that we killed 146,000 people, mostly civilians, there. in 1945.

Courtesy of the Washington Post 

“Our commander in chief suggesting – actually, lying in suggestions – to the world that we were wrong to prove that we would eradicate evil in World War II.” 

“You mess with our freedom,” she said, “we’ll put a boot in your ass. It’s the American way.” At that, the crowd chanted, “USA! USA! USA!”

Palin also referred to Donald Trump as a "golden wrecking ball." No, I am NOT kidding!

“Rattled, are they now?” Palin said. “Well, maybe it’s time that things get rattlin’.” She pointed out that the yellow Gadsden flag flown at tea party rallies depicts a rattlesnake “coiled, prepared, ready to strike.”

Gee I sure have not missed covering this lunacy.

Here is a video of Palin's remarks, but I warn you watching this could cause significant brain damage.

Screechy does not even begin to describe it. (Did you notice that she left the Belmonts at home?)

Now that Palin has resurfaced there is more talk about Trump making her his VP choice.

I refuse to accept that such a thing is possible, however Trump is just such a "golden wrecking ball" who could predict anything he might do?

Speaking of a wrecking ball it appears that Palin's endorsement of Paul Ryan's primary opponent in Wisconsin has really helped. Helped Paul Ryan attain a lead of 73 points that is.

(Photos courtesy of the Trump Frump's Facebook page.)

Yet another reason to make sure that Donald Trump loses this election.

Courtesy of Think Progress: 

President Obama’s climate change policies would be undone. Regulations on greenhouse gas emissions would be eliminated. The Keystone XL pipeline would be built. There would be no international agreement to prevent catastrophic climate change. 

That is what Donald Trump’s energy policy would look like should he be elected president, the presumptive Republican nominee promised on Thursday before a pro-fossil fuel development crowd in Bismarck, North Dakota. 

In a speech laying out his energy agenda for the United States, Trump promised to undo essentially every major policy developed in the last decade intended to slow human-caused global warming.

“We’re going to cancel the Paris climate agreement,” Trump said, referring to the landmark agreement between nearly 200 nations to keep the world from warming more than 2°C above average preindustrial levels. Climate scientists largely consider 2°C to be the limit for acceptable global warming before irreversible catastrophic impacts begin to occur.

This bloviating POS does not care one little bit about protecting this planet for future generations.

Undoubtedly he would invest in air conditioner manufacturing, water filtration companies, and personal breathing apparatus outlets in order to profit off the increased heat, lack of potable water, and air pollution that would surely occur in the wake of his presidency.

The man is a monster of almost comic book villain proportions and if the American people do not awaken to that reality they may finally see the death of America that has been predicted for so many decades, and perhaps even substantial damage done to the planet in general.

I know that sounds like hyperbole but if you are paying attention I imagine that you would agree with my assessment.

Pretty sure this is backed up by science.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Bernie Sanders on Jimmy Kimmel last night essentially says that he sees this debate with Donald Trump as a way to seize the nomination.

Courtesy of Raw Story:

Sanders suggested the debate, which he wants to be held in California ahead of the state’s June 7 Democratic primary, and Kimmel asked Trump whether he’d be willing to go for it during an appearance Wednesday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” 

Trump said he would do it, and Sanders appeared Thursday night on Kimmel’s talk show, where he offered some thanks to the host. 

“You made it possible for us to have a very interesting debate about two guys who look at the world very, very differently,” Sanders told Kimmel. 

The Vermont senator said the debate against the presumptive Republican presidential nominee would essentially replace a debate he’d expected to have against Clinton, the Democratic presidential frontrunner. 

“We had reached an agreement for a number of debates, including one in California, (but) unfortunately — and, I think, not appropriately, Secretary Clinton decided not to go forward,” Sanders said, adding that her decision frustrated him. “First of all, it’s kind of insulting to the people in the largest state in the United States of America not to come forward and talk about the issues, serious issues, that impact the state and impact the country, so (I’m) disappointed that she chose not to come forward.” 

Kimmel showed him a clip of Clinton telling CNN’s Jake Tapper that she “will be the nominee for my party — that is already done, in effect,” and asked Sanders if her comments made him angry. 

“Just a tinge (of) arrogance there, I think,” Sanders said. “Unfortunately, the people of Indiana a couple of weeks ago, the people of West Virginia, the people of Oregon who gave us a pretty good victory, don’t quite agree with Secretary Clinton’s assessment, and we split Kentucky, and I kind of think that on June 7 people of California will have a message for Secretary Clinton: Don’t count your chickens.”

Holy shitballs! Well there is no misinterpreting what Sanders is saying here.

He essentially thinks that if this debate with Trump garners enough attention, and gives him enough momentum, that he can wrest this nomination out of Hillary's hands at the convention.

Something like this debate between a party nominee and the opposing party's number two contender has NEVER been done before, and it flies in the face of political decorum and sportsmanship. (Here is what Rachel Maddow had to say about this last night on her show.)

Not that it really matters because hours after I wrote this post Trump issued this statement:  

Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. Likewise, the networks want to make a killing on these events and are not proving to be too generous to charitable causes, in this case, women’s health issues. Therefore, as much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders - and it would be an easy payday - I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.

A statement by the way that thanks to Bernie Sanders' careless disregard for the guidelines of the primary process will now receive  quite a bit of media attention.

So Sanders once again provides ammunition for Donald Trump to go after not only Hillary Clinton, but also Debbie Wassserman Schultz and the Democratic primary process itself.

So this is how the primary season will end for the Democrats?

Not with a calm counting of delegates and a mature acceptance of loss by those without the numbers, but rather an angry clash between those who understand the system and those who want to burn it down.

I'm sorry that's "Bern it down,"

I can only imagine how much the Republicans are enjoying all of this!

TPM's Josh Marshall finally sees the light, yes Elizabeth Warren SHOULD be Hillary Clinton's VP choice.

Courtesy of Talking Points Memo: 

I wrote recently that I thought Elizabeth Warren would be a great Veep pick but it wouldn't happen because it would add to the burden of retaking the Senate. Massachusetts has a Republican governor. That would mean at least 6 months or so of an additional Republican senator in 2017 - assuming Clinton wins. 

But I'm reconsidering that. In fact, I'm past reconsidering: Hillary should put Warren on the ticket. 

The modern vice presidency - as a political device - is seldom about ideological balance or bringing a critical state into play. As it happens, Warren would be a helpful political balancing both in general and coming off the bruising Clinton v Sanders fight. But the most effective modern Veep picks have been ones that helpfully frame and reinforce the message the person at the top of the ticket embodies. 

Warren is off-the-cuff, free-wheeling and direct in all the ways Clinton is cautious and rehearsed. But it is a reinforcing rather than an invidious contrast and likely helps bring to the surface Hillary's progressive background that has been buried by decades at the pinnacle of Democratic party politics and years as the punching bag of the left of the party which feels excluded by the seemingly endless Clinton ascendency. 

It may sound crazy to attach so much to her recent Twitter contretemps with Donald Trump. But the tone, rhythm and style are exactly what the Democrats need to knock Trump down and bring out his toxic mix of personal insecurity and emotional instability. It's not over-earnest or off-key or droning (traditional Democratic tonalities - let's be honest). She's mocking, substantive and constantly on target. 

Indeed, Trump's responses to Warren, his attacks on her, make it clear to me he'll have a hard time handling her.
You know it's tough being right all of the time.

Personally I think that as events have rolled out that the need for Warren on the ticket have become more and more necessary.

It is becoming overwhelmingly clear that, despite what he says, Sanders is really more interested in pushing his agenda rather than uniting the Democratic party.

And with new revelations about Hillary's e-mail server causing more people to distrust her, there is an argument to be made that she needs somebody on her ticket who is untouched by scandal of any kind and who can bring the Sanders supporters running the minute she is introduced as the running mate.

Try as you might you will find no other person who meets that criteria even half as well as does Elizabeth Warren.

The saga of Bristol Palin and her baby daddies.

A photo posted by Bristol Palin (@bsmp2) on
I think we can stop beating around the bush and just say that Bristol has either already lured Dakota back into her bed again, or she is still in the process of reeling him in.

That boy is dumber than a box of rocks.

But he should be paying very close attention to how she treats her other baby daddy.

Courtesy of People: 

Looks like a win for Bristol Palin. 

Her former fiancĂ© Levi Johnston has reportedly been ordered by a judge to pay the mother of two $61,915.20 in back child support for their 7-year-old son, Tripp, according to TMZ. 

Palin's apparent child support victory is the latest development in a years-long and sometimes bitter custody battle between the ex-couple, who in February were finally awarded joint custody of their son. 

Now on the one hand this is exactly what Levi fought for in court, joint custody of his son. (Well almost joint custody.)

However I am told that he did not expect the support to be so high.

And what is even worse is that both parties signed a confidentiality agreement so that the details of the case would not end up in the gossip rags.

The Johnstons kept their part of the deal (Trust me.) but clearly Bristol did not.

And it is this kind of nasty back stabbing that Dakota Meyer can look forward to as well.

If he think that there is a happily ever after in his future he needs to wake up and smell the arsenic, because everything about these people is poisonous.

The sister of Vince Foster slams Donald Trump for insinuating that the Clintons had anything to do with her brother's death.

Courtesy of the Washington Post:  

Donald Trump appears intent on dredging up every last bit of every Clinton controversy, including the 1993 death of the Clintons’ close personal friend, White House deputy counsel Vincent W. Foster Jr. 

Foster “had intimate knowledge of what was going on,” Trump told The Washington Post. “He knew everything that was going on, and then all of a sudden he committed suicide.” The presumptive GOP presidential nominee said, “I don’t know enough to really discuss it” but “I will say there are people who continue to bring it up because they think it was absolutely a murder.” 

Yes, there is a fringe minority of people who will believe in just about every conspiracy theory. There are hacks who believe that Foster died in the White House and that his body was moved. There was even a member of Congress who fired bullets into a cantaloupe (or was it a watermelon?) in an effort to prove that Foster was killed. 

But there were also five official investigations into Foster’s death, conducted by professional investigators, forensic experts, psychologists, doctors and independent prosecutors with unlimited resources.

The idea that Trump would bring up this moldy old Right Wing conspiracy theory is laughable on its face, unless of course you have a familial connection to the deceased.

Courtesy of The Hill:  

Sheila Foster Anthony, the sister of a onetime top aide to President Bill Clinton, wrote an opinion piece published Thursday in The Washington Post titled, "Vince Foster was my brother. Donald Trump should be ashamed." 

Anthony said insinuating that Hillary Clinton played a role in her brother's death was "wrong" and "irresponsible." 

"This is scurrilous enough coming from right-wing political operatives who have peddled conspiracy theories about Vince’s death for more than two decades," Anthony wrote. 

 "How could this be coming from the presumptive Republican nominee for president?" 

She said the suggestions that her brother was murdered have caused her family "untold pain." But she has never spoken publicly about the incident to maintain their privacy, she wrote. 

"For Trump to raise these theories again for political advantage is wrong," she wrote. 

"I cannot let such craven behavior pass without a response."

There is no longer a queston as to how low Donald Trump can go.

Essentially for Trump there is no bottom. 

Now why is Track Palin's attorney talking about moving his case to a Veterans Court in Anchorage?

Jordan Loewe and Track Palin, Before all the hitting started.
Courtesy of ADN: 

Track Palin, the 27-year-old son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, may face criminal domestic violence charges in a special court for military veterans. 

Palin, a U.S. Army veteran, was arrested in Wasilla in January after what police described as a drunken altercation with a woman at his family's home on Lake Lucille.

Of course we all know that the woman is in fact Jordan Loewe Track's fiance, and now soon to be baby mama.

The article goes on to describe the events of that night in January which I think all of us here are pretty familiar with, including all of the hitting and kicking, and then lists the charges against Track: 

Track Palin was charged with three misdemeanors: fourth-degree domestic violence assault; interfering with a report of domestic violence; and fourth-degree weapons misconduct.

The article also points out that there was a "no contact" order given by the courts which Jordan tried to have lifted, though it apparently stayed in place.

Of course since Jordan is now pregnant we will assume that Track ignored that guideline as well.

The next question to ask is why does Track's attorney think this is a good idea for Track?

Here are the prerequisites for having the case moved to the Veterans Court according to their website:

The veteran must reside in the Municipality of Anchorage. 

• The veteran must be eligible for VA services, as defined by federal law and con firmed by the Veterans Administration. 

• The veteran must be charged with a criminal offense. A veteran charged with a felony offense will be considered on a case by case basis to ensure public safety. Considerations will include the seriousness and the class of the current offense, and offender’s criminal history. 

• The veteran must voluntarily agree to waive his or her right to a speedy trial while they participate in Anchorage Veterans Court. 

• The veteran must have no other pending cases in district or superior court. All open cases must be heard at Anchorage Veterans Court hearings. 

• The veteran must have a treatment need (related to the criminal conduct charged) that the VA can address through one of its programs in order to participate in the Veterans Court Program.

Well first off Track does NOT reside in Anchorage which should immediately make him ineligible, though according to the ADN article the court has the ability to make exceptions to that rule for special circumstances.

Also according to ADN Track would have to plead guilty, or no contest, to at least one of the charges in order to qualify for this program, but he could receive a lesser sentence if he agrees to a treatment program. (Aha!)

I have also been told that these court proceedings are open to the public so there would be no expectation of a media blackout.

My guess is that the Palins know that Track is screwed if he goes to regular court and that this Veterans Court is his only hope of avoiding some serious time.

This also explains all of those continuances. They were looking for a way out.

As usual.

Bernie Sanders' campaign manger heaps praise on RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

Courtesy of Politico:  

Noting a report that quoted a Clinton source remarking that DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz "poured gasoline on the fire" in the wake of the chaos of the Nevada Democratic Convention, Jeff Weaver told MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" that she "really escalated the situation."

Weaver dismissed the notion that there are back-channel conversations about replacing her as chairwoman but remarked that, "I think unity in the party is much easier to achieve if we have consensus and a chair who was committed to playing the traditional role that the chairs of parties play." 

What Wasserman Schultz did is "really not the role a party chair should traditionally play," he continued. "I mean, if you look at the Republican side, the party chair there has been working day and night to try and you know, keep everybody together and to try unify the party." 

I'm sorry what?

By just about every standard Reince Twice and Priebus has been an unmitigated disaster since the very beginning of his tenure.  And he lost control over his party the minute that Donald Trump started winning primaries.

Weaver's hatred of Debbie Wasserman Schultz has blinded him to the facts, and I have very little doubt that the same is true of his boss.

Speaking of blinded to the facts, the Sander's campaign recently demanded that Kentucky recanvass the primary results searching for some malfeasance, and guess what?

Fayette County election officials finished the recanvass in Lexington in 20 minutes and they didn't find anything wrong.

So yes Bernie Bros Hillary Clinton DID indeed win Kentucky.

And the lesson for today is that the system is not rigged just because you lose.

Ryan Bundy upset that he cannot wear his magic Mormon underwear or have his guns in jail. Wait, what?

So apparently through his attorney Ryan Bundy wrote up a list, probably in crayon, of his grievances.

Believe it or not jail is not the theme park atmosphere that the Bundy boys were hoping for and Ryan for one is having a series of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.

According to the complaint: 

“My rights are being violated. My right to life is being violated. All of my First Amendment rights are being violated. My right to freedom of religion is being violated. I cannot participate in religious activities and temple covenants, and wear religious garments (Magic Mormon underwear.). I could wear them at Henderson, but MCDC is depriving me of the right to wear them. My right to freedom of speech is being hampered by monitoring and recording. My right to freedom of assembly is being violated; I am not allowed to see my brother and move about.

Can you believe it?

It's almost as if Bundy gave up a bunch of rights by breaking the law or something.

And here's the kicker:

My Second Amendment rights are being violated. I never waived that right.

Well that is the last straw my friends. After all what is a man like Ryan Bundy without his metal penis extenders?

Less than man, that's what!

Damn this actually needs its own category for stupidity.

(H/T to Wonkette.)