It has been cool and wet here the past few days, but next week promises to be warmer, maybe too warm by my standards. I've had fur babies around all day, one even trying to write articles for the blog. Needless to say, they did not make a lot of sense so I deleted them. Mind, they did make more sense than what any Republican, but especially Trump, could ever write.
Alternet — About a year after the launch of both Sen. Bernie Sanders’ and Donald Trump’s presidential campaigns, it’s easy to conclude that the anti-establishment backlash of 2016 was somewhat inevitable. The incredulity that many in the establishment felt when these two candidates first climbed the polls and took their respective primaries by storm has passed, and now that Trump has locked up the Republican nomination, nothing seems beyond the realm of possibility (including, terrifyingly enough, a Donald Trump presidency).
While Donald is working to secure endorsements from the few remaining GOP holdouts, Sanders is still picking up primary wins against Hillary Clinton. The senator has won in 18 states and is banking on a big victory in California, even though Clinton’s delegate lead is near insurmountable. Barring an FBI indictment of Clinton, Sanders is unlikely to be the Democratic nomination—but he has accomplished more than just about anyone could have predicted (except perhaps H.A. Goodman), and the grass-roots movement that has formed around him represents the future of the Democratic Party.
The author has postulated that the neoliberal policies in vogue since Reagan no longer work. The choice during this election year rests between a right wing egomaniac, Trump, and a social democrat, Sanders. The FDR era represented a formidable advance in social democracy that lifted the US out of economic problems. Unfortunately, Americans have forgotten the advances that brought prosperity. What Trump offers is more for the elite and nothing for the middle or working class. We have to keep bringing this to the fore so that everyone understands that Trump offers nothing but fear and hate . . . no positive gains for the average American.
Politico — "[Wasserman Schultz] has a seemingly boundless ability to create conflict for herself wherever she possibly can,” said a Florida Democrat, who, like all respondents, completed the survey anonymously. “In this campaign she has inexplicably managed to infuriate Bernie Sanders and his supporters, while simultaneously doing a disservice to Clinton in her handling of the debate schedule.”
“From the scheduling of debates to cutting off Sanders' vote builder access, [Wasserman Schultz] has seized every opportunity to make the process seem rigged for Clinton in a ham-handed manner,” added an Iowa Democrat. “She is the worst caricature imaginable of an out-of-touch Democratic insider who fundamentally has no faith in the principles of the party and holds the base in contempt.”
Wasserman Schultz's role within the Democratic Party has been controversial and in my opinion, is in danger of splitting the party at a time when the Party cannot afford any discension. She should be trying to unify the Democrats but so far has done little to bring that to fruition. Will she stay or go?
DailyKos — A father of two children, a 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, was attacked when he brought both children into a Walmart bathroom with him during a shopping trip in Clinton, Utah.
"This guy walks in and goes to the bathroom, the urinal,” Adams recalled Tuesday. “Then he just, like, turns to me and starts freaking out, dropping the ‘F-bomb,’ and what he was freakingWill she stay or go? out about was that my daughter was in the men’s bathroom.”
Adams said the man told him it was “inappropriate,” and soon began to push him after Adams gave him a terse response.
With so many existing or proposed bathroom laws, this situation is likely to continue to happen over and over again. Never mind that fathers have been taking their young daughters into the men's room for decades, and mothers have been taking their young sons into the women's room for an even longer period. And why? To protect their young children from sexual predators that prey on the very young. To be very clear, I make no reference here to anyone in the LGBTQ community. So, all of a sudden, people have started manufacturing conspiracies around the LGBTQ community and bathrooms. The fear factor has no basis in fact.
WashingtonPost — It's official: Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential nominee this fall. He crested the crucial 1,237-delegate threshold earlier this week in North Dakota, taking what was a near-certainty and turning it into an absolute-certainty.
With the question of whether Trump will win out of the way, we can move on to trying to figure out who he will pick as his running mate. I did this once before, but so much has changed — for Trump and for the rest of the party relative to him — that it needed a total overhaul just a month later.
Jodi Ernst, Bob Corker, Chris Christie, Mary Fallin and Newt Gingrich — these are just 5 of the possible VP picks that Trump could make. Of course there have been other suggestions such as Ben Carson. One article I read earlier today suggested that any VP pick would be male, which given that Trump is a misogynist, makes perfect sense. As to the influence of the RNC in this matter we'll have to wait and see. In another article from Politicususa, the Trump campaign is reportedly broke as it heads into the actual presidential campaign and must rely on fund raising with the RNC. A big name with apparent drawing power, perhaps like Newt Gingrich, may be the choice.
My Universe — h/t TomCat