33 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-11-16

  1. 11-11-11
    It’s Armistice day.
    Now we call it Veterans day because there were so many other armistices since then, we can’t recognize them all.
    So? Recognize the Veterans of all wars.
    I was in during the Korean War. That was so long ago.

    You know what that means?
    We have our monthly SS luncheon today.
    Chuck & Linda are taking us out to dinner tonight. They leave tomorrow for a week in the Dominican Republic. We always took our vacations at Myrtle Beach, Williamsburg or Pigeon Forge.

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  2. I’m not complaining. As I told them, “We went everywhere we wanted to go.” I would liked to have seen the Grand Canyon, but I didn’t want to make the trip.
    I traveled a good bit during my working years. I usually didn’t like being there.

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  3. Chas, Did you ever stop at the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen in Gatlinburg on one of your trips to Pigeon Forge? The white chocolate at that place is the greatest food on earth.


    Our family has a rule: If you are ever within 50 miles of the place, you must go to Gatlinburg and buy a pound of white chocolate for everyone in the family.

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  4. Ricky, we probably did go there. I say “Pigeon Forge” because that’s where our time share was. The only reason one would go there is for shopping and shows. The mountains are just east of there.

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  5. So I guess some of you know who Leonard Cohen was. When you reject popular culture at age eleven, you get used to famous singers you have never heard of dying from drug overdoses or suicide. However, it is a little disconcerting when they start dying of old age.

    Chas and I remember 1963 and 1964 for being a tough year on singers. We lost both Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline in separate plane crashes in Tennessee. She was from the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. He was from the part of Texas that looks and feels like Mississippi. What talents! They were Southerners at a time when we still had our own distinct culture.

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  6. Good Peggy Noonan column on “What comes after the uprising”


    (Not sure how to find ways around the paywall for the WSJ anymore, but you can give it a try — I finally signed up for their $1, 2-month trial as I missed it — esp Peggy Noonan — too much.)


    … (Trump’s) presidential campaign was bad—disorganized, unprofessional, chaotic, ad hoc. There was no state-of-the-art get-out-the-vote effort—his voters got themselves out. There was no high-class, high-tech identifying of supporters—they identified themselves. They weren’t swayed by the barrage of brilliantly produced ads—those ads hardly materialized. This was not a triumph of modern campaign modes and ways. The people did this. As individuals within a movement.

    It was a natural, self-driven eruption. Which makes it all the more impressive and moving. And it somehow makes it more beautiful that few saw it coming.

    On the way home Wednesday morning I thought of my friend who runs the neighborhood shoe-repair shop. He is elderly, Italian-American, an immigrant. I had asked him last winter who would win the Republican nomination and he looked at me as if I were teasing. “Troomp!” he instructed. I realized at that moment: In America now only normal people can see the obvious. Everyone else is lost in a data-filled fog.

    That was true right up to the end.

    The previous 16 months were, for the Trump campaign, the victory project. What has to begin now is the reassurance project. The Democratic Party is in shock but will soon recover. Mainstream media, tired and taken aback, will reorient soon. Having targeted Mr. Trump in the campaign, they won’t be letting up now. Firing will quickly commence. …

    … The past few days I’ve heard from a young man who fears Jews will be targeted and told me of Muslim friends now nervous on the street. There was the beautiful lady with the blue-collar job who, when asked how she felt about the election, told me she is a lesbian bringing up two foreign-born adopted children and fears she will be targeted and her children somehow removed from her.

    Many fear they will no longer be respected. They need to know things they rely on are still there. They don’t understand what has happened, and are afraid. They need—and deserve—reassurance. Trump apparatus: Find a way. …

    … Donald Trump doesn’t know how to be president. He isn’t a reader of the presidency. He’s never held office. There’s little reason to believe he knows how to do this.

    The next president needs you. This is our country. Help him.

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  7. The smartest thing Trump could do would be to hire Peggy Noonan as a speechwriter. She has been sympathetic to him from the beginning.


  8. Very few people voted FOR Trump. Millions voted AGAINST Hillary. We all need to remember that.
    As for those who feel being targeted. No one has ever been targeted. But those who want to change America from what it was to a socialist nation will get no help.
    A lesbian mother will have no disadvantage over any other single mother.
    A Muslim who can worship without sharia can otherwise worship as he pleases.
    Birth control will be available everywhere. Just not free.
    American industry will not destroyed because of a fantasy called ‘global warming”. Since global warming didn’t work. we made it “climate change”, whatever that means.
    Nothing significant has changed. Nor will it change. That’s what liberals fear.
    They don’t like America as it is.
    They wouldn’t like any other place in the world either.

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  9. I hope Trump has a good security detail.

    People are still coming apart over this — they don’t see Trump as just a Republican (or a conservative, which he isn’t even that); they seem him as dangerous and as an imminent threat to the nation. Some of Trump’s own over-the-top rhetoric, of course, fed right into that.

    I think there’s cause for concern going forward in the next few months and I hope he and his surrogates will have much to say (otherwise people will just be stewing and getting more ramped up).

    I found this jarring to even think about, but according to a social media post I read today, if a president-elect dies before taking office, the electoral college has the option of picking his VP-elect or (more likely in this case since it appears Clinton is winning the popular vote) the opposing candidate.

    As I said, I hope he has an air-tight security detail.

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  10. Democrats do, indeed, seem to be stunned. They don’t have a “bench” to speak of and they lost some very longstanding, traditionally Democratic/blue states in this election.


    Democrats try to pick up the pieces


    Washington (CNN) The sting of defeat is still fresh.

    But Democrats are embarking on a soul-searching exercise to determine how they ended up in the political wilderness, losing the House, the Senate and the White House at a time when President Barack Obama’s approval ratings are at record highs. …

    Hillary Clinton may very well still win the popular vote, and there are myriad theories about why Democrats fell short when it came to electoral college math: inaccurate polling and modeling, an unprecedented surge of white voters for Trump, Clinton’s failure to ignite enough enthusiasm and excitement among women, blacks and Latinos.

    But the former secretary of state’s stunning losses in the Rust Belt spoke to deeper problems facing a Democratic Party that has become unmoored from its roots. Most stark in the results was the party’s disconnect from white working-class voters.

    The primary exposed the deep divide between the progressive and centrist wings of the party, which clearly have not healed. And strategists learned the hard way just how difficult it is to replicate the Obama coalition without the President at the top of the ticket.

    As they sift through the results, most baffling to some Democrats was how some voters who supported Obama in 2008 and 2012 ended up backing Trump. …

    ” … we’re now going to have the conversation in the Democratic Party that we thought the Republicans were going to have in their party,” (Democratic strategist and CNN commentator Hilary) Rosen said.


  11. Harry Reid gets it right when he says, “emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry”. They would not be rioting and talking hate speech about Trump if they were not emboldened.

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  12. So apparently, one airlines is offering 75% off fares to Canada for those wanting to leave the USA. And this one (Jones Airways) has an even better deal…

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  13. Ya’ know how to stop this nonsense?

    Sue the little whiner. I’d take his email to an attorney and have him file a suit for creating a hostile work environment. Then get all the others you know and take it nationwide, since it’s a nationwide company who all received it, Class action even.

    There are remedies to stupidity like this. If I worked for him, I’d already have an appt. with the attorney.


    “On Wednesday, the CEO of food delivery site Grubhub sent out a company-wide email condemning the “nationalist, anti-immigrant and hateful” beliefs of President-elect Donald Trump and encouraging any employees who disagreed to quit.

    “I absolutely reject the nationalist, anti-immigrant and hateful politics of Donald Trump and will work to shield our community from this movement as best as I can,” wrote Matt Maloney, who co-founded the company. “If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here. We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team.”

    In the same email, Maloney said that Trump’s practice of “demeaning, insulting, and ridiculing minorities, immigrants, and the physically/mentally disabled” would have led to his immediate termination if he had worked at Grubhub.

    “I want to be clear that this behavior—and these views, have no place at Grubhub,” wrote Maloney. “We have worked for years cultivating a culture of support and inclusiveness. I firmly believe that we must bring together different perspectives to continue innovating—including all genders, races, ethnicities and sexual, cultural or idealogical preferences.”

    After backlash to the email exploded online on Thursday, Maloney issued a followup statement claiming that his message of tolerance had been misunderstood and that he had never asked Trump voters to resign. From Grubhub:”

    Examples need to be made. This guy is just begging for it.


  14. How bad has it gotten?

    Really bad.

    CONTENT WARNING!!!!!!!!!!

    This is disturbing. It is verbal child abuse, all because the 5 year old voted for Trump in a school election. Seriously, it’s hard to watch. She needs a visit from child services.

    Bad Language as well.


  15. I still believe a lot of Trump’s success was due to a rebellion against Political Correctness and media bias. Most Republicans just quietly take the abuse and accusations or grovel when they make a little PC mistake. It was awesome seeing someone with enough power and guts to fight back. What bothers me is that he has started using their tactics against fellow conservatives. Fall in line or be destroyed.


  16. @ 2:13. That is hard to watch. Do you realize what’s going on here?
    A black kid being rejected by his mother.
    Even in this stupid woman is not serious, she is raising her son the not trust her.
    He will never forget this.

    If you can’t trust your mother, who can you trust?


  17. I wonder who photographed that and didn’t intervene?
    He/she may have thought she was teasing and would make it up.
    But the fear and tears were real. You can’t make that up.
    DISASTER in the making.


  18. Trying to use the popular vote seriously in almost any argument about anything is folly. It is *totally* *irrelevant,* and not just because of the legal technicality. Campaigns would be vastly different if the objective was the national popular vote, as voter participation likely would be, too.

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  19. Yeah, if you’re aiming for the popular vote, you’ll never care about the little states, little towns. They’re completely irrelevant. I’m sure that’s one reason for the electoral college–every state is supposed to count. Can you imagine a presidential candidate promising California some good enough perk to get just about every vote, at the cost of everyone else in the nation? Also, the chance for fraud is magnified enormously. Now you get everyone in Chicago to vote for you twice, all you’ve done is guarantee the Illinois vote–one state–and it probably was voting for you already. (Yeah, I’m assuming such fraudulent tactics are Democrat ones.) But get an extra ten million votes in Illinois that get thrown into the mix with no one knowing where they came from, it could rig the whole election–and a recount is completely impossible.

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  20. That video was taken down, and I didn’t watch it. What happened in it? I only saw the still shot of the child that was on the screen before you click “play.”


  21. Excellent piece by Kirsten Powers



    Over the past 18 months, whether in Midwestern airports or New Hampshire and Iowa hotels, I learned the best way to spot a Donald Trump supporter was to note who was remaining silent.

    As Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz or John Kasich voters enthusiastically shared their reasons for supporting their candidate, a family member or friend would often stand by quietly.

    When pressed, if they came clean, it was often with downcast eyes or an apologetic smile: “I’m voting for Trump,” they’d almost whisper. …

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  22. Compared to previous election years, there were a lot more yards this year in my area that had Republican signs for state and local races which did not also have a sign for the presidential ticket. I wondered if those people were too afraid to announce they were voting for Trump, or if they were going to vote 3rd party, or leave the presidential part of the ballot blank.

    At first, the same was true on the Democrat side, too — state & local Democratic candidate signs, but no Clinton/Kaine ones.

    That changed, though, as the election drew nearer, and by the time November rolled around, almost every Democratic yard had a president sign, too.

    There were three signs I saw this year that said, “Hillary For Prison.” That’s more gutsy than I would be.

    Interesting statistic I read (though I can’t verify the accuracy of the claim), but, statewide, there were about 300,000 more votes cast in the U.S. Senate race than in the POTUS race. So those of you who left the president area blank, there were some in my state who did the same. Not surprising, really, that, but it would be interesting to see a breakdown by state of how many voters skipped the presidential section.

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  23. I didn’t see many signs or bumper stickers either. A community acquaintance who works in downtown LA was asking on FB if he could borrow a Bernie or a Hillary sticker as “protection” for his car since there are so many demonstrations going on there right now. My impression from what I already know about him & what he’s said before (though I never saw him outright declare it) was he was for Trump. And he’s gay.

    I think people would be surprised that there actually were some diverse people who voted Trump but never “copped” to it publicly. 🙂

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  24. In this election, I didn’t see a lot of signs, but nearly all I did see were for Trump. But then, I heard Indiana was the first state to be “called”; we went for him pretty decisively. (That is of course, because we’re all hicks and racist, sexist bigots.)

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