Recounted Out

 Posted by at 12:09 pm  Politics
Dec 042016
 

I’m afraid there’s some terrible news.  Many of us were clinging to the all too slim hope that the recount effort, undertaken by Jill Stein might flip all three states and spare America the horrors of a Republican Reich, under Resident (NOT President) Drumpfenfarten and Vice-Puke Pence.  Kiss that hope goodbye.

1204recountGreen Party candidate Jill Stein is withdrawing her request for a recount in Pennsylvania.

The Green Party is dropping its court case seeking a statewide recount of Pennsylvania’s Nov. 8 presidential election. It had wanted to explore whether voting machines and systems had been hacked and the election result manipulated.

The decision came Saturday, two days before a court hearing in the case. Lawyers for the Green Party-backed voters who filed the case say they can’t afford the $1 million bond ordered by the court by Monday at 5 p.m. However, Green Party-backed efforts to analyze election software in scattered precincts are continuing.

The idea that the Green Party can’t put up the bond seems astounding, considering that Stein’s recount fundraising brought in far more than initially requested. However, what the Green Party claimed was needed went steadily up as money came in… [emphasis added]

From <Daily Kos>

Since the Green Party has cancelled the recount, I hope that they reimburse funds that so many donated for that specific purpose.  If Stein just puts the money in her war chest, her motives will surely be questioned, and rightly so.  I think she did this to be remembered as the person who tried to save America from Trump, because she now knows that if the people, who wasted their votes on giving her < 1%,  had voted to protect America from Trump, Clinton would have won.

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Chomsky on Trump’s Election

 Posted by at 9:01 am  Politics
Nov 262016
 

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Not many people get to my left without sailing off in to the land where they need rooms with nice soft walls.  Noam Chomsky is one of them.  For example, he favors open primaries, which I oppose, because I've seen the primary damage Republicans do in Open Democratic Primaries, when their own candidates have no primary opposition.  Noam has a message for those voters who failed America, by refusing to help prevent Trump from winning.

Noam Chomsky Drops Truth Bomb on Trump's Election

Noam Chomsky has message for Trump apologists and normalizers post-election. "They're making a bad mistake," Chomsky said in an interview with Al Jazeera's Mehdi Hasan. While Chomsky initially backed Bernie Sanders in the primaries, he encouraged his supporters to back Clinton once she received the nomination. "There are two issues. One is kind of a moral…

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Nov 262016
 

My shoulder pain is still quite severe, so please pardon my brevity.  Tomorrow is both a Wendy day, and a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My Broncos have the evening meditation with the Chiefs.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:11 (average 5:30).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From YouTube {TYT Channel): Should There Be a Recount?

 

Cenk described my feelings exactly. All three states would have to flip to change the results, and I don’t think that will happen, but any chance is better than none.

From NY Times: There are not many issues on which Europe, Russia and China all agree, but there is one: ensuring that President-elect Donald J. Trump does not undermine the Iran nuclear deal.

There are legitimate grounds for concern that the incoming administration or Congress will sabotage the deal, which Mr. Trump has referred to as a “disaster” and vowed to “dismantle.” The president-elect has also surrounded himself with people like Rudolph W. Giuliani and John R. Bolton, both mentioned as potential secretary of state picks, who have said they want an immediate end to the deal and called for regime change in Iran. Mr. Trump’s pick to lead the C.I.A., Mike Pompeo, recently wrote on Twitter, “I look forward to rolling back this disastrous deal with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.”

In the process the Fuhrer and Republican Reich will guarantee that we face a nuclear armed Iran that is even more hostile to the US five to ten years in the future, unless the Fuhrer plays ping pong with the nuclear football.

From The Nation: Fidel Castro is dead at 90. He took power in 1959, at the head of the joyful, raucous, and brash Cuban Revolution, which was immediately placed under siege by Washington. Castro almost outlasted 11 US presidents—Eisenhower, Kennedy, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, and passing in the waning days of Obama’s last term. Perhaps he just couldn’t bear the thought of President Donald Trump. Having been sanctimoniously lectured by all 11 US presidents on what constitutes proper democratic procedure, he might have thought Trump, about to take office with a minority  of the vote and with significant voter suppression, a vindication.

Fidel was a President.  Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten is just a resident.

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Nov 122016
 

As I cruise through the internet now, I always find too much to share.  Before the election, I thought the US would have Madame President-elect and the tempo would quiet down a bit.  Instead, the US got Herr President-elect, Fuhrer Drumphenfarten as TC would say.  Things will not quiet down but instead ramp up like never before. Stay tuned to Politics Plus as we continue to fight against Fuhrer Drumphenfarten and the fifth Reich.

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Youtube — Finally, someone is actually taking responsibility for Herr Drumphenfarten win last Tuesday . . . well sort of.

Bee is so funny and astute . . . and Canadian! (well now with joint Canadian-American citizenship).

Washington Post — Few prognosticators predicted a Donald Trump victory ahead of Tuesday night. Polls showed Hillary Clinton comfortably ahead, and much of America (chiefly the media) failed to anticipate the wave of pro-Trump support that propelled him to victory. But a Washington, D.C.-based professor insisted that Trump was lined up for a win — based on the idea that elections are “primarily a reflection on the performance of the party in power.” …

At the end of our September conversation, Lichtman made another call: that if elected, Trump would eventually be impeached by a Republican Congress that would prefer a President Mike Pence — someone whom establishment Republicans know and trust.

“I'm going to make another prediction,” he said. “This one is not based on a system; it's just my gut. They don't want Trump as president, because they can't control him. He's unpredictable. They'd love to have Pence — an absolutely down-the-line, conservative, controllable Republican. And I'm quite certain Trump will give someone grounds for impeachment, either by doing something that endangers national security or because it helps his pocketbook.”

Click through for the remainder of the article.  I don't know Lichtman but his gut prediction makes sense. Fuhrer Drumphenfarten is an impulsive person given to doing only what benefits him.  Others have said they see a possible impeachment within a year.  Others are calling for impeachment now.  After that, it will be President Pence for the remainder of the 4 year term.

Youtube — And now a word or two from Bill Maher.

Bill is funny, irreverent, and spot on!

Globe and Mail — An Ontario Court judge wore a “Make America Great Again” hat in his courtroom the day after the U.S. election to mark president-elect Donald Trump’s “historic” victory, according to a source in the room.

Ontario Court Justice Bernd Zabel arrived at the John Sopinka courthouse in Hamilton on Wednesday morning wearing Mr. Trump’s signature campaign hat, according to the source, and addressed the numerous lawyers, police officers and defendants. Another witness in the courtroom did not dispute the details.

The incident has prompted an outcry from legal observers who say Justice Zabel’s political display undermines the public’s confidence in judicial impartiality. And they are particularly upset because Mr. Trump has made disparaging remarks about women and minorities.

 

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“The clerk said ‘all rise’ and the door opens and Justice Zabel comes out. He is in a black silk robe with the crimson sash and the white tie. He has a poppy on his lapel. And he is wearing a scarlet-coloured baseball cap that says Make America Great Again. And we all stand because we are supposed to stand when the judge comes in and he looks at everyone and said he was wearing the hat ‘because last night was an historic occasion,’” the source told The Globe and Mail.

“He took the hat off and put it on the bench so everybody could look while he continued his court business. He didn’t put it away. It was sitting on the bench.” Mr. Zabel then came back with the hat after morning break, the source said.

In my book, this is totally unacceptable.  For an institution that is impartial and must be seen to be impartial, this judge sets the wrong tone.  Kellie Leitch, MP for Simcoe-Grey in Ontario, is excited about Drumphenfarten's win in the US and has called for his agenda, particularly his immigration agenda, in Canada. With that kind of rhetoric around, the courts should not be influenced as well.  BTW, Leitch is running for the leadership of the federal Conservative party to replace Herr Harper.

Huffington Post UK  Hat Tip Evelyn B Care2 through the Napster — When Republican frontrunner Donald Trump enjoyed a number of wins on Super Tuesday earlier this week, it seems that a number of Americans began considering a rather drastic option: moving to Canada.

But it looks like US citizens keen to escape the growing popularity of Trump – and perhaps even the nightmarish possibility of him becoming president – could find themselves facing a particularly big hurdle. Or at least if Adam Hills has anything to do with it.

Click through for the remainder of the story.  There is a link in the story where you can click for bricks or you can click here bricking it for canada.  Although this article dates back to 16 March 2016, it's even more appropriate now that Fuhrer Drumphenfarten has won the golden ring, so to speak.  The total bricks is at 2,057,675,870 and still rising!

My Political Universe — I always liked George Carlin!

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The Furies Are Weeping

 Posted by at 6:31 pm  Politics
Nov 112016
 

I can't do it today. I just can't. I can't write about any outrage today as it it were an aberration, when outrages are going to become are already starting to become the norm. If you want to see what Alecto ("unceasing"), Megaera ("grudging"), and Tisiphone ("vengeful destruction") look like when it has become too much even for them, just look at the picture.

Here is just a small sample of what is already happening (from an email from Moms Rising):

•In Illinois, White university students put on blackface and posed in front of a Confederate Flag to celebrate Trump’s victory.
•In Philadelphia, vandals scrawled Nazi and pro-Trump messages in city neighborhoods.
•In Kansas, a high school suspended two White boys wearing Trump shirts for ripping a hijab off a fellow student. When asked why they did it, one boy answered, “Because she’s about to get kicked out anyway and we won.”
*In Delaware, a Black woman filling her gas tank was approached by a group of four White men. One said to her, “How scared are you, you black b****? I should just kill you right now, you’re a waste of air.” Another showed her his firearm and said, “You’re lucky there’s witnesses or else I’d shoot you right here.”
•In California, a young woman was approached by an older man who said, “I can’t wait until Trump asks us to rape your people and send you back over the biggest damn wall we’re going to build. Go back to hell, wet back.”
•Also in California, a gay man at a bar was approached by a group of men who shouted at him, “We got a new President you f***ing f****ts," before assaulting him in a nearby alley.
•Educators from across the country are reporting rising levels of anxiety and fear among their students of color. In Utah, two parents reported seeing two kindergartners tell a Hispanic classmate that he would be going back to Mexico after Trump’s victory.

Yes, a lot of this was going on before the election.  But somehow, now it seems to have a new – authority.

This from ExPat Girl at Daily Kos:

Fascism just got hold of the United States. We are now seeing the worst of the worst elevated to positions of incredible power. Racism has been legitimized and the reports of hate crimes are rolling in. Trans children are committing suicide. Stock prices of private prisons and coal have skyrocketed. Women are months away from truly losing the right to control their own bodies. Marriage equality is under attack. The safety net is about to be destroyed. Hard wonomg progress on climate change is about to go down the toilet. We are about to lose all regulations on the financial industry. Millions are terrified of being rounded up for deportation. Muslims are facing honest to God persecution. We’ve gotten confirmation that the world’s most powerful dictator manipulated our election to get the result he wanted. Our allies in Europe are freaking out. Intelligence from the Middle East indicates that al-Qaeda and ISIS are over the moon with joy.

And the majority of the people here are refighting the primary war? Ignoring the terror of huge swaths of America to gloat? Dreaming of how this is all going to work out for them in the future?

Can people really be this stupid as to what is happening ? This blind to what is coming down the road?

I quoted John Podhoretz last week.  I'd like to quote him again now, as he addresses people who don't understand:

This is not about losing an election.  This isn't about not winning a contest.  This is about two very different views of the world.

Hillary supporters believe in a diverse America; one where religion or skin color or sexual oriantation or place of birth aren't liabilities or deficiencies or moral defects.  Her campaign was one of inclusion and connection and interdependency.  It was about building bridges and breaking ceilings.  It was about going high.

Trump supporters believe in a very selective America; one that is largely white and straight and Christian, and the voting verified this.  Donald Trump has never made any assertions otherwise.  He ran a campaign of fear and exclusion and isolation – and that's the vision of the world those who voted for him have endorsed.

Every horrible thing Donald Trump ever said … has now been validated.
Every … call to bully protesters … and every ignorant diatribe has been endorsed.
Every piece of anti-LGBTQ legislation … has been signed-off on.

Half our country has declared these things acceptable, noble, American.

And this is why we grieve.

(This is only a summary.  Click through for the whole piece.  Skip the comments though.)

Oh, the Furies and I will be back.  Eventually.  But all four of us need some down time right now.

Cross posted to Care2 at http://www.care2.com/news/member/101612212/4020659

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Nov 112016
 

I am still so upset, that sleep does not come.  ARGH!  I feel exhausted.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:55 (average 6:11).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Washington Post: Russian government officials conferred with members of Donald Trump’s campaign team, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday, a disclosure that could reopen scrutiny of the Kremlin’s role in the president-elect’s bitter race against Hillary Clinton.

The statement came from Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who said in an interview with the state-run Interfax news agency that “there were contacts” with the Trump team.

“Obviously, we know most of the people from his entourage,” Ryabkov said.

There’s the proof. Not only is Herr Reichsfuhrer Drumpfenfarten (R-#NotMyPresident) is Putin’s dog, but also, he seditiously conspired with a foreign government to hoodwink US voters.

From The Last Word: Electoral College turns a win to a loss

 

Lawrence provided fascinating history to explain how the people’s will has been overcome by the loser to install a Republican, again.

From The Rachel Maddow Show: Anti-Trump protests grip cities nationwide

 

I’m proud that Portland is among them.

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