Dec 142016

We now have a full-fledged Constitutional crisis on our hands…

U.S. Officials: Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack

U.S. intelligence officials now believe with “a high level of confidence” that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

Two senior officials with direct access to the information say new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used. The intelligence came from diplomatic sources and spies working for U.S. allies, the officials said.

Putin’s objectives were multifaceted, a high-level intelligence source told NBC News. What began as a “vendetta” against Hillary Clinton morphed into an effort to show corruption in American politics and to “split off key American allies by creating the image that [other countries] couldn’t depend on the U.S. to be a credible global leader anymore,” the official said.

Ultimately, the CIA has assessed, the Russian government wanted to elect Donald Trump. The FBI and other agencies don’t fully endorse that view, but few officials would dispute that the Russian operation was intended to harm Clinton’s candidacy by leaking embarrassing emails about Democrats.

Please welcome our new Russian overlords.

Sep 062016

My hometown newspaper, The Dallas Morning News, has endorsed the Republican candidate for President in every election since 1964. Until now. Here is a bit of what they had to say today…

Donald Trump is no Republican

Donald Trump is no Republican and certainly no conservative.

Trump has displayed an authoritarian streak that should horrify limited-government advocates. This impulsive, unbridled New York real estate billionaire and reality-TV star wants to deport people who were born in the U.S. and don’t meet his standard for loyalty. He has proposed banning all Muslims from entering the country, even those escaping Islamist rule, and won’t rule out creating a database of Muslims already living here.

His open admiration of Russia’s Vladimir Putin is alarming…

His isolationist prescriptions put sound bites over sound policy: Invite the Russians into our elections. Bomb the Middle East into dust. Withdraw from NATO.

It’s not easy to offer a shorthand list of such tenets, since Trump flips from one side to the other, issue after issue, sometimes within a single news cycle. Regardless, his ideas are so far from Republicanism that they have spawned a new description: Trumpism.

We have no interest in a Republican nominee for whom all principles are negotiable, nor in a Republican Party that is willing to trade away principle for pursuit of electoral victory.

Trump doesn’t reflect Republican ideals of the past; we are certain he shouldn’t reflect the GOP of the future.

Donald Trump is not qualified to serve as president and does not deserve your vote.

Jul 292016

If there was one speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention that should guarantee that Donald Trump never sees the inside of the Oval Office, this is it:


UPDATE: Here is Trump’s response to Mr. Khan. This alone should disqualify him from ever being president of the United States.

Jul 212016

Are you watching Trump’s speech to the RNC? I see his mouth moving and all I hear coming out are lies, lies and more lies. But you have to admit, his speechwriter (whoever it was) talks a big game. For somebody who swore he would never use a teleprompter, The Donald is doing a pretty good job of reading his speech. That much I will give him, and nothing more.

Please, let it end already. Can November get here quickly enough?

P.S. He’s sweating badly. Remember when Richard Nixon sweated on television? Donald J. Trump will never be president of the United States. I just wish he’s shut up already.

Addendum: It’s over. That was the darkest, most pessimistic political speech I think I have ever heard. And I’ve heard a bunch.

Jul 202016

Once again I have been watching bits and pieces of night three of the RNC. I watched as much as I could. Admittedly, it wasn’t a lot. But it was enough to wonder what country these people are living in. It certainly is not the country I live in. I love my country. They don’t seem to care much for theirs. Seems all they can do is bitch, bitch and then bitch some more. It’s downright tiring.

It’s kind of entertaining, though, to watch all these millionaires and billionaires stand on that stage and complain about how bad they have it. No wonder they love The Donald.

Jul 192016

Well, they did it. I honestly thought the people with some sense would somehow prevail at the end. They didn’t. The Republican party officially nominated Donald Trump today.

I have tried my best to watch bits and pieces of the RNC this week. It hasn’t been easy. I have never heard so much nonsense from so many hypocrites in my entire life. Plus, if our television sees much more of my middle finger I honestly think it may develop a complex.

Please, next week, hurry up and get here!

Jul 172016

Did you happen to catch the Donald Trump Show on 60 Minutes this evening? Wasn’t it nice of him to bring his hand puppet Mike Pence?

Seriously, Trump hardly let Pence get a word in edgewise. When he did try to speak or answer a question, Trump would interrupt and finish his thoughts for him.

Don’t get me wrong. I dislike Mike Pence as much as I dislike Donald Trump. Neither of them believe in the things I believe in. Things like equal rights, a living wage, billionaires paying their share of taxes, separation of church and state… You know, things like that.

Plus, have you had a chance to peruse the Republican party platform yet? If not, you should look it up and give it a once over. It reads like they want to revive Communism. Don’t laugh. It does. Read it.

I keep hearing the yakking heads on TV saying that tRump has a chance of winning this election. Huh-uh. No way. Americans at times are not as intelligent as they probably should be, but they are not stupid enough to elect Donald Trump. So these next four days in Cleveland will be a complete waste of time. On second thought, they will be good for a laugh or two. Enjoy.

Jul 112016

It has been a while since I recommended that you read a particular piece, but I’d appreciate it if you would read this editorial in The Washington Post.

Both are unpopular. Only one is a threat.

“This election,” a spokesman for Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) said Thursday, “remains a dumpster fire.” Well, yes, the two major-party candidates for president are historically unpopular. But if this election is unusually bad, it is not because both parties chose bad candidates. There is no equivalence between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — as even responsible Republicans should be able to recognize.

Ms. Clinton is a knowledgeable politician who has been vetted many times over. She understands and respects the U.S. Constitution. She knows policy. She can cite accomplishments in the public interest, such as pressing through an important children’s health insurance program during her husband’s administration. As a senator, she was respected by colleagues on both sides of the aisle. She completed four years as secretary of state to generally positive reviews. She began her presidential campaign by rolling out a series of serious policy papers.

None of this means you have to like Ms. Clinton or believe she would be a good president. You may disagree with her views; we have done so often enough and will do so again when we think she is wrong. You may believe she was foolish to push for the Libya intervention, arrogant to keep her emails out of the official State Department server, greedy to take large speaking fees as a private citizen. But measured against other major-party candidates of recent times, Ms. Clinton is well within established bounds of competence, knowledge, commitment and integrity. She is not a dumpster candidate.

Mr. Trump, by contrast, has waged a campaign based on bigotry, ignorance and resentment. He has no experience as a public servant, and his private record of bankruptcies and exploitation should be disqualifying. He regularly circulates falsehoods. He has no dis­cern­ible interest in or knowledge of policy. Just in recent days, Mr. Trump tweeted out an anti-Semitic image circulating on neo-Nazi websites and attacked the media for reporting as much. He called one sitting senator a loser and threatened another while proving that he lacks even a passing familiarity with the Constitution. He praised one of the most vile dictators of the 20th century.

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