Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Like It Or Not - Someone Is Going To Be Voted as the Next President of the United States on November 8, 2016

NBC photo at 1st 2016 Presidential Debate

 John A. Smith, Editor/Founder, September 27, 2016

Trump Started Strong

     Initially it appeared that whatever little preparation Donald Trump did with his campaign staff was working, like he was reading from a teleprompter. He addressed trade and her never-ending e-mail problems. He definitely scored when he said that Hillary called TPP "the gold standard" before she was against it. PolitiFact live-fact-checking found her saying those exact words in an address over seas. He later kind of wasted his attack on her e-mails when he was answering the question from Lester Holt on why he wouldn't release his tax returns. First he said he would release his taxes after the audit is over (even though the IRS has put a statement out saying there is no reason he can't release his taxes because of the audit) and then immediately said "I've been under audit for the last 15 years" and then a moment later changed to "I'll release my taxes when Hillary releases the 33,000 deleted e-mails."

Then Trump Became Trump

     Then, drinking a lot of water, sneering, interrupting, and not being able to stand still like a kindergarten child having to go to the bathroom, it became evident that he was uncomfortable and starting to lose his composure. Once their he put the fact checkers into overdrive as his lies multiplied, and he repeated things that everyone who doesn't live completely off-the-grid now know to be absolutely false, lies. For five years after President Obama produced his long form birth certificate Donald Trump continued using the birther ridiculousness to rile up his based because let's face it, it was the birther show and the "build a wall" promise that has been his core stance since day one of his candidacy and he was still using his birther lie as late as last week. Continuing to lie about being "opposed to the Iraq war long before it started" and "strongly opposed" to it also went over like a led balloon because anyone with any kind of instrument/device that allows you to hear, or see, heard him on Howard Stern say he guesses so as to whether we should invade Iraq. Drinking more water, making faces, fidgeting, and starting to interrupt with constant "wrong," "no," "I didn't say that," and making faces, signaled that he had arrived, in his parallel universe and would no longer be able to look , or sound, presidential. 

Hillary Was Prepared

It's the American people who lose when during a debate like this the candidates don't lay out explicit plans they have to solve our problems and it was Hillary Clinton who won as far as having, and expressing, actual plans. Trump again said "you have no plan" about childcare, and again, she has had a thorough plan posted for an eternity. When she said "go to hillaryclinton.com to read it" he interjected "I do too, go to my website," he doesn't have any well thought out plans that actually have a chance of working. Like his economic plan that give the richest in the country big tax breaks, that experts say will increase the deficit from $20T to $25T and lose another 3.5 million jobs. You know, like the unpaid tax breaks to the rich that George W. Bush took over $800M from Social Security for and in addition exploded the deficit. Trump supporters aren't going anywhere because as their candidate said, he could walk down 5th Avenue and shoot someone and he wouldn't lose a single supporter. I get it, I understand, why people are angry, I'm angry, angry that all of the wealth and income is going to the top 1/10th of 1%, I'm angry that we have a Congress that obstructs everything for their own political gain, and greed, that we have infrastructure that is past deficient and we could be putting a lot of people into good paying jobs to start to rebuild that infrastructure. But Trump saying that he will fix it all doesn't mean he has any idea whatsoever that he knows how he would fix even the smallest problems. When asked about how he would deal with violence, race, and police and community relations, his answer is to implement "Stop & Frisk." Really?! Stop and Frisk in NYC had 9 million minorities stopped and frisked and only .2% of those stopped were found to be arrest-able. It was unconstitutional. And rightfully so. That is his great plan for how to change the poor relations between police and the community? 

We Need Change

We need change, we need to stop the oligarchy, we need to get money out of politics and overturn Citizen's United with a constitutional amendment. We need to start putting CEO's in real prisons, for appropriate sentences. Look at the latest where Wells Fargo CEO enticed and showed over 12,000 employees how to steal money from their own customers accounts to open accounts that they never wanted or even knew bout. The stock went up because the CEO got his directive and each customer ended up with numerous accounts, his stock options increased in value by $200M because of the fraud, and he is going to be allowed to just walk away with the bank's customers money. Oh, and don't forget, he fired 5,300 of their employees to say he took care of "the problem." We need to fire all the Tea Party Republicans, Republicans and Democrats that follow the lobbyists requests for their own benefit, and all of the obstructionists that are refusing to do their jobs that we are paying them for. Not allowing President Obama's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court to get an up/down vote, or even as much as a hearing is preposterous, and willful neglect for the job they swore they would perform and for the American people who voted them in.Let's get out and vote on November 8, 2016 and fire the establishment, give the next President a House and Senate that will work with the President, and get American going in the right direction at breakneck speed.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Ann Coulter Flaunts Her Ignorance Again - RE: The Comedy Central Roast

Ann Coulter Appears As Guest On Roast of Rob Lowe - BIG Mistake!


John A. Smith Editor/Founder, September 10, 2016

The Price of Shamelessly Promoting Your Book; Ann Coulter

     Way too high if you look at Ann Coulter's guest appearance on The Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe. This past Monday, September 5, 2016, the roast of Rob Lowe aired but you would think it was a roast of Ann Coulter. She is an American conservative social and political commentator, writer, syndicated columnist, and lawyer. She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public and private events. This appearance on the roast is one she is going to regret for some time. Shortly after coming up to the lectern she propped up her book and received a very cool reception. She was booed when the crowd wasn't silent. Before she had a turn to unsuccessfully try to win over the attendees there were of course other guests who took their shot at her.

All the Ann Coulter Knocks At Comedy Central's Roast of Rob Lowe -  The Shots Are Fired At Ann Coulter - She Asked For It

  David Spade hosted the event even though Roast Master Jeff Ross was present and dressed as Prince in tribute to the late artist, and the set was adorned with purple as well. David Spade fired the first shot when he was about to bring up the first guest Pete Davidson (SNL/NBC) after saying that "Pete's dad never got to see him on Saturday Night Live because he died on 9/11, and his mother never got to see him on SNL because she blinks." (pa dom tom) and then it came "is Pete white or is he black? Ann Coulter needs to know so she can decide if she hates him" 

     Here are more embarrassing (well, to a normal person would be embarrassing) things said to, and at, Ann Coulter:

Pete Davidson: "and Ann Coulter is here, hey, if Ann Coulter is here who's scaring the crows away from our crops?" "ya know Ann describes herself as a polemicist (Devil's Advocate) but most people call her a cunt!" "ya know last year we had Martha Stewart who sells sheets, this year we have Ann Coulter who cuts eye holes into them." 


Rob Reagle:  "Holy Shit! Is that Ann Coulter? Ann Coulter is here, which could mean only one thing, someone must of said her name 3 times, Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!" and later said "Fun fact, Ann Coulter has a big angry bush, no joke, that's just a fun fact." "Rob's played many wonderful roles in film, recently he played JFK in "Killing Kennedy" Jesus Christ hasn't that family suffered enough? Grassy knoll! But not as grassy as Ann Coulter's BIG ANGRY BUSH! INSTANT CALL BACK!" "Rob played a guy on Parks and Rec [sic] where he misused the word literally, correct use of the word would be...I don't know, Rob Lowe has literally had sex with everyone in this room, except Ann Coulter because her bush is literally too ANGRY! YES! THREE-PEAT! They said I couldn't do it! But I did it! I nailed Ann Coulter's bush 3 times!

Rob Lowe Roast - Jewel Photo by uwbc.host

Jules: Wasted no time as she said "it's an honor to be here, I do want to say first off as a feminist I can't support everything being said up here tonight but as someone who hates Ann Coulter I'm delighted." "Jeff Ross is here, he's going to party like it's 1999, Ann Coulter is going to vote like it's 1899." "Ann you do look great though, your almost as thin as Donald Trump's chance of winning the election." "Actually it's a small world though because last week I was behind Ann at Chipotle and she ordered something to go, the entire kitchen staff was like here, leave....the country!" "What's weird is that gay men love Ann Coulter, it's because after 2 seconds of hearing her speak, they remember why they hate pussy." 

Jimmy Carr: "Ann Coulter, here we go, Ann Coulter is one of the most repugnant, hateful, hatchet-faced bitches alive, but, but, it's not to late to change Ann, you can kill yourself." "Ann Coulter looks so much like a truck stop transvestite whore that I saw Jeff Ross run to an ATM  just before the show." "Ann Coulter's pussy, (he looks over at Ann, outreaches his arm showing her his palm and says seriously, this gets classy) Ann Coulter's pussy is so old and dry that it's just got a job drawing cartoons for The New Yorker." (he finishes with her by making a motion as to tipping his hat to her).

Peyton Manning on Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe - Photo by boston.cbslocal.com

Peyton Manning: "WOW! I just realized I was not the only athlete up here tonight, as you all know, earlier this year Ann Coulter won the Kentucky Derby. Congrats on that Ann." 

Nikki Glaser: "And without Fuhrer[sic] ado, Ann Coulter, oh Ann, what's it like to be a real-life Super Villain? Ya know, like I would ask you how you sleep at night but I assume you hang upside down in a robe of 101 dalmatians. Ann Coulter has written 11 books, 12 if you count Mein Kampf. Ann's been called things like a racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, a white supremacist, and that's just while getting plowed by Bill Maher. The only person you will ever make happy is the Mexican who digs your grave." After telling some other jokes, one about Jeff Ross saying he and Hitler had a lot in common, in that no one cared about them until they started roasting people.As the crowd moaned Nikki said "Guys, I can make that joke because I'm not Jewish, so I don't care, don't be mad, at least I acknowledge the Holocaust, Ann doesn't even think it happened." 

Ralph Macchio: "Ann Coulter, I glad to see you here, ya know, I respect you, your the one female commentator to stand to take a leak." 

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     And then it happened, Ann Coulter came to the lectern with this introduction from David Spade: "O.K. guys, and now a real treat for fans of hate watching, Ann Coulter's coming up, Ann hopes the Republicans can hold on to the House, so she can continue to haunt it. She seems stiff and conservative but Ann gets wild in the sheets, just ask the Klan. It looks like shes having a good time, she hasn't laughed this hard since Trevon Martin got shot. Please welcome Ann Coulter."

     She approached under courteous applause and started with "Thank you everyone I want to welcome you to the Ann Coulter roast with Rob Lowe." Then she went right to shes glad to be here with Rob Lowe and all the wonderful talents and it has "nothing to do with being the next stop on my press junket for the book I just published four days ago In Trump We Trust"and that is where the crowd got ugly, booing loudly. "E Pluribus Awesome" she said and the crowd started getting angrier and louder. "Pause for Boos, oh wait I wasn't supposed to read that" was her attempt at comedy. Then she placed the book on the lectern and said "available in book stores...I know it's shameless but I'm on stage with a guy who made two Joe Dirt films so how shameless can I be" and that's enough of her. At that point she kept trying to be funny but drew NO LAUGHS and the camera kept going to the audience and showing faces in blank stares spewing hate for her.


     Roast Master Jeff Ross followed Coulter and ran a bunch of good one-liners and then "it's great to be here at the Comedy Central Roast of White Privilege. I know what your thinking, how come there's no black people up here, well, we actually booked two but there not here yet." At which point the camera went to African-Americans in the audience giving Jeff the finger. And that's he focused on Ann.

Jeff Ross:  "Ann, what happened, you wrote 11 books but you couldn't write a single fucking joke?" "Ann, you have a face that would make doves cry." "This is hard, how do I roast somebody from hell?" "BITCH!" "Ugh, and that voice (he makes sounds like babbling) it's like fingernails on a chalkboard of an inner-city school you want to defund." "Don't stare at me with that roasting bitch face." "Ann's against gay marriage, what's your thinking on that? If I can't get a husband they shouldn't either?"

      And then it was Rob Lowe's turn. He was returning the roasting back to those who gave it to him and then it came: 


Rob Lowe: "It's 56 days to Halloween but I see that Ann Coulter's [sic] already in her skeleton costume. People ask, why is Ann Coulter here tonight? Answer? Because the Right-to-Lifers wanted everybody to see what an abortion looks like up close. And you know Ann, after seeing your set tonight I think we've all witnessed the first bombing you can't blame on a Muslim. 

     And there you have it. All the jokes about and to Ann Coulter from the Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe. Hope you enjoyed it.




Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What Does Trump Have To Do To Convince His Supporters and Especially His Donors He Will NOT Ever Fulfill the Duties of the POTUS, Nor Does He Want To

 Why Donald Trump Will NEVER Fulfill the Duties Of President of the United States

He Simply Doesn't Want To!

John A. Smith, Editor/Founder, August 31, 2016

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Trump Never Actually Wanted The Job, Just The Attention

     Donald J. Trump, Republican Nominee for President of the United States,  played with the idea of running for President in a few Presidential election cycles. He enjoyed the attention he got when the media kept after him as he was "deciding" whether or not he was going to run. Until this current cycle he milked that attention as long as he could and then begrudgingly announced he wasn't going to run, and with that, the attention he loved so much went away. Donald Trump announces his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at Trump Tower on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in New York City. He took the plunge and found himself in a world he worshiped, the world of all eyes focusing on him. He is in fact a egocentric, an incurable narcissist to the nth degree. Possibly a sociopath, for real!  Upon winning the Republican primary he was told that viciously attacking opponents using lies and outrageous statements, although they do get crowds riled up, would not work in the general election. He was now going to have to "pivot" and become more restrained and Presidential. He would have nothing to do with that at first. He then tried a number of times to "stay on message" and be more "Presidential" but couldn't, and still can't. Within hours of reading a prepared, measured, controlled speech from the teleprompter he would find himself tweeting his zany, outrageous, racist, hateful, ignorant, and shocking (although nothing shocks people anymore because of how he is and what he has already said) tweets, contradicting what he had just said hours before. It's then that signs began to show that he didn't really want to do the job that is President of the United States. 

     Leading up to the conventions it was time to pick a Vice Presidential candidate. The vetting of these candidates began. Trump sent Donald Trump Jr. to "vet" John Kasich, Governor of Ohio, and Trump Jr. said to Governor Kasich "how would you like to be the most powerful Vice President there ever was in history." John Kasich was somewhat taken aback said "Well, how would that be?" Donald Trump Jr. said "You would be completely in charge of all foreign and domestic policy." Again aghast at what Trump Jr. just said Kasich responded "but that's EVERYTHING! What would the "President" be doing?" And with that, wait for it, wait for it, with a straight face Donald Trump Jr. said "Making America great again." Now, before all the loyalist Trump supporters deny this and say "that's a lie!" you need to know that Governor Kasich himself has told of this conversation numerous times on Sunday News TV shows and to many media outlets, and not once did Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., nor anyone from the Trump campaign ever say that a single word of what Governor Kasich recounted was inaccurate. That was because by the time the convention came about, Trump had already decided that there was no way he was going to put all his money in a trust, live on the $400,000/yr salary that the President receives, and especially was not going to actually do the  job and fulfill the obligations of the President. A reporter once showed Trump a picture of President Barack Obama, and another of President George W. Bush, both had been wearing traditional garb of the country they were visiting while they were with the leader of that country, the reporter asked Trump, "are you willing to carry on this tradition of protocol?" Trump responded "I'll have someone do that for me."  I guess billionaires are used to having someone do anything that has to be done that they themselves don't want to do. Did you know that the President has to pay for every meal that he, his family, and any private guests eat? Yes, they do. Who Pays for the Obama Family's Food? by mentalfloss.com . Could you imagine Donald J. Trump getting a bill, equivalent in price to what an eight star hotel would charge if they existed, every month?! A Chief Usher for many years at the White House recalled he doesn't "remember a single first family that didn't complain about the high price of food at the White House. What WOULD Trump do if his trained pallet, and that of any private guests, accounted for his entire salary? OH NO! No presents for Melania this year. UH OH! Is there a divorce in the future for "President Trump?!"

Trump Admitted He Doesn't Know "A Lot" of Things A President Needs To Know - Yet He Refuses To Learn, Why?

He doesn't want to bother to learn all that stuff someone would need to be an effective (or at least not the stupidest) President ever. He knows he's not going to need that knowledge because he's never going to be President. Remember, this egomaniac is only in it for the attention he gets at the rallies! I'm being serious, not sarcastic. When asked about not knowing what he would need to know about foreign policy Trump admitted "there's a lot I don't know, but I'll surround myself with the smartest people, the best people, really good people." His ability to do that has not exactly proved to be true as his very first "hire" was Elliot Broidy, whom he brought on to advise him "on all financial matters." Broidy owned a small Wall Street investment firm and had previously plead guilty to bribing people in the NY Attorney General's office, and others, with $1M, to get control of $250M of the NYC Employee Pension Fund, to invest, and then promptly took $18M in fraudulent fees. In court Broidy admitted to the bribes and taking of fees and said "there's no way a small investment firm like mine would ever get to control $250M of that fund without bribes." READ MORE: Guilty Plea in Fraud Case Tied to New York Pension  Trump's hiring of "the best people, the smartest people, the best" hasn't improved. Just look at his campaign.

If Trump Refuses To Learn The Important Issues About Foreign and Domestic Policy, How Will He Ever Actually Get Anything Done As President? He Won't, Because He Has No Plans On Actually Fulfilling the Duties of the President Of The United States

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     Just as he had Donald Trump Jr. have that conversation with Governor Kasich, Donald Trump has given many loud signs that he will not be President and will not fulfill the obligations of the presidency. He also has said many things that should have put up a big red flag that he is constantly lying and has no idea of what is is actually saying, like when he says "I know more about ISIS than the Generals do." REALLY Mr Trump?! REALLY?!, The GENERALS! Who are actually ACTUALLY FIGHTING THE WAR?! REALLY?! You lying, despicable, draft-dodging, piece of S__T! And yea, I'm sure that, like you say in the photo above, you will make our heads spin, but it won't be because you will be "so good at the military." That being the same military you  fraudulently dodged by having some doctor write a note saying you had a "bone spur" which made you incapable of performing any kind of duty in the Armed Forces. Well, let me congratulate you on your complete recovery, and for having the "best health of anyone that ever became President of the United States" as per your Gastroenterologist (I won't use his name here so as not to embarrass him or to have him lose business because he had the unfortunate circumstance of being your doctor) that was given only 5 minutes to write that letter you requested and became "flustered." By the way, he says on his television interview that he was told he needed the letter in 5 minutes because Hillary's campaign was about to release a letter from HER doctor. The problem with that is, that she already produced a letter (one that actually meets the standard) back in JULY! Why would you tell this doctor you needed this letter in 5 minutes because Hillary was about to release hers if she released hers months ago? 


     So who does Donald Trump get his military and foreign policy knowledge from? As you can see in the above photo he talks to himself! It must be that military school he went to. You know, the one that "made him feel like he was in the military." Yea, this it! It was that military school that taught him all he knows about foreign policy, which is a resounding ZERO! ZILCH! NADA! NOTHING! But he was smart enough to ask 3 times, 3 times in a one-hour instructional and informational meeting (he needed to learn about nuclear weapons because he slipped awhile back and showed his ignorance when he blurted something out that told everyone in the world that he had no idea of what the Nuclear Triad is) about nuclear weapons from one of the most respected people in the world on the topic, "if we have nuclear weapons, why don't we use them?" Yes 3 times he asked this top expert
"if we have nuclear weapons, why don't we use them?!" That's scary!

     By his own words and especially by the actions of him and his campaign he has basically told everyone that he in no way in hell will put all his money in a trust, live off the $400,000/yr salary, and definitely not live life day-to-day as a President of the United States. As he has said numerous times, after the election he can go back to a REALLY GOOD LIFE.

Trump Has Indicated He Doesn't Want To Win

     Joe Scarborough (Morning Joe/MSNBC) said on his show a few weeks ago that he was with a "very close friend" of Trump's that past weekend and the friend said Trump told him that the best outcome would be that he lost the election (because he doesn't really want to BE president) but only by a few points so then he could claim the election was rigged, for the rest of his life, and not be looked upon as a "loser."  Trump has said he wouldn't do a number of things that the POTUS is required to do, and he doesn't have any notion to do them.

The Strategy (To Lose)

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Reaching Out To Minorities Is Imperative To Win -- Oh Well

     Trump's campaign announced about a week before the RNC Convention that the candidate, immediately following the convention, would be going on "An Outreach To The Hispanic Community Tour," because they know for a fact that you can't win a Presidential election with only "old white men" and racists. In fact they actually scheduled events starting in the important swing state of Florida for the day after the Democratic convention ended. But the day after the DNC convention ended the Trump cancelled that appearance and all the rest of the "Outreach To The Hispanic Community Tour." Trump initially cancelled his "Outreach" scheduled for July 8th in Miami with Cuban business and faith leaders because of the tragic shooting of police officers in Dallas. 

"RNC Chair Reince Priebus bragged prior to the Republican Convention that Trump “is going to be doing a Hispanic engagement tour coming up soon” and claimed Trump “understands” the need to expand the party in the general election. That apparently went in one ear and out the other as Trump has failed to meet with Hispanic leaders in Texas and Florida, which is only angering the few Republican Hispanic voters left." 

Then the rescheduled July 26 event was officially canceled because the roundtable participants were out of town. (Three Republican sources told BuzzFeed News a hold was put on the campaign calendar for that time slot but the event was never planned.)
Another unreported, but planned Hispanic event was also canceled: The July 5 event was supposed to bring Trump face-to-face with San Antonio business leaders and Texas Republicans, but after the campaign reached out for venue space and possible participants, the event was scrapped. READ MORE: Donald Trump’s Hispanic Outreach Effort Humiliatingly Goes Down In Flames

     Again there is just NO WAY anyone can win a presidential election with just old white men and racists. Breitbart.com (former CEO Stephen Bannon is now Trump's campaign CEO) is a right wing, conspiracy theory, website that is known for completely making up false news and stories.
Based on seeing an article on Breitbart,com Trump said “I don’t know if you’ve seen what's happening, but over the last three weeks, the polls with African American folks and Spanish-speaking folks, the Hispanics, Latinos, have gone way up. Way up. They’ve gone way up,” Trump said, to applause. "It seemed like it was validation of the time he'd spent over the last week making somewhat awkward appeals to voters in those demographics. But it’s not, because those numbers are wrong.
The problem almost certainly began with a headline at Trump’s favorite website, Breitbart.com. On the heels of Trump’s speech near Milwaukee last Tuesday, the site ran a story with a headline that would seem to make Trump's case on black voters." READ MORE: Donald Trump is doing great with black and Hispanic voters now, according to polls that don’t exist . "On Aug. 5, those numbers were 8 percent and 24 percent, respectively. In the Reuters/Ipsos poll, Trump went from 5.6 percent with black voters on Aug. 1 to 2.5 percent on Monday. (There weren’t enough Hispanic respondents to separate out.)" So why would Donald Trump cancel his events with all Black and Hispanic voters and leaders? Because he doesn't WANT to win!

The Ground Game

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When Donors Donate To Trump's Campaign Do They Understand That He's Using Their Money To Feed His Narcissistic Behavior, And His Ego, And His Need To Hear Crowds Cheering, And NOT To Help His Chances Of Winning The White House?

     A good, well established, ground game, is another absolute must if you actually want to win the presidency. Renting a 10,000 seat arena in the State of Washington, where this candidate has NO CHANCE of winning is not. He also has made appearances at places like Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, once again veering from appearances in key swing states like Florida and Pennsylvania to try to bolster his support in a “true blue” state. There he spoke to African-Americans, the only problem with that is the room was filled with older white Americans. The speculation that Trump would visit Connecticut before the announcement was made drew a sharp attack from Connecticut Democrats."Donald Trump stands for everything we in Connecticut stand against. From inciting violence against his political opponent, to insulting a Gold Star family, to mocking a reporter with a physical disability, Trump has shown time and time again that he is temperamentally unfit and lacks the judgment to serve as commander-in-chief,” the Connecticut Democratic Party said in a statement. READ MORE:Trump to hold Saturday rally in Connecticut/The CT Mirror

     Trump has literally NO CHANCE of winning the state of Washington state, so why is he spending his donors money renting out the 10,000 seat Xfinity Arena? A protest against Donald Trump was planned for Clark Park at the same time as the candidates event.  According to the Facebook group "No Hate in Our State," the protesters planned to march against "Trump's dangerous xenophobic, racist, misogynist, homophobic rhetoric and policies. "On this day we will come together peacefully, and reject Trump's hate, and violence," the page read. " “I think everyone who is following the polling can see what the numbers are and that is that. Hillary Clinton is winning this state by a wide margin,” said Bill Phillips, former chairman of the Snohomish County Democrats.

     Trump also predicted a general election victory in Washington state, which hasn’t voted Republican for President since Ronald Reagan in 1984. A new survey by independent pollster Stuart Elway shows Clinton leading 43% to Trump’s 24% in Washington. Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/news/politics-government/article98973802.html#storylink=cpy Why is he not spending that money on an all important ground game? Perhaps because HE DOESN'T WANT TO ACTUALLY WIN!

     "Donald Trump’s ground game in key swing states is a disaster, and it’s causing panic among Republicans, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday."  READ MORE: The GOP Panics As Donald Trump’s Ground Game Is Virtually Nonexistent What Trump is NOT doing with donors money is setting up field offices in key battleground states to get the vote out. Trump, knowing how important a good ground game is to actually wining the election has done the following in key battleground states:

Battleground State Field Offices

"As the presidential election marathon breaks into a final sprint, the Trump campaign faces a jaw-dropping gap in the ground game: Hillary Clinton currently has more than three times the number of campaign offices in critical states than does Donald Trump. Those figures include both Trump offices and Republican National Committee victory offices, as confirmed by the Trump campaign.  As of Aug. 30, Hillary Clinton has 291 offices in those 15 battlegrounds. Donald Trump has 88. (Those figures include joint presidential and party offices.)  Both campaigns pledge that more offices are coming." READ MORE: The Trump campaign has a ground-game problem - pbs.org/newshour .
FLORIDA: Donald Trump’s campaign has opened a whopping ONE field office of the 24 field offices it promised to open in the important battleground state of Florida. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has 34 offices in the state."

NORTH CAROLINA: Clinton: 30 Field Offices, Trump: NONE

PENNSYLVANIA: Clinton: 36 Field Offices, Trump: 2

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Clinton: 17 Field Offices, Trump: 1

 OHIO: Clinton: 36 Field Offices, Trump: 16 (No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning Ohio)

 VIRGINIA: Clinton: 29 Field Offices, Trump: 18 (These are actually RNC offices that Trump claimed he opened.)

     For maps showing all battleground states and how many field offices each candidate has opened SEE: The Trump campaign has a ground-game problem - pbs.org/newshour . Why isn't Trump building a good ground (get out the vote) game if he knows that there is absolutely NO WAY to win a presidential election without one? BECAUSE HE DOESN'T WANT TO WIN! How can his supporters, and especially donors, no see this?!   

     I challenge any Trump supporter and/or donor to convince me that they REALLY BELIEVE that Trump is READY and WILLING to take over the presidency.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Who is A.L.E.C. Why are they, and Republican Governors and Republican-Controlled State Legislators Limiting City and Local Legislators Ability To Govern For The People?

How Republicans Use "Preemption Laws" To Take Legislative Power Away From The People

From "The American Prospect Longform" August 22, 2016

John A. Smith, Editor/Founder, New York, August 26, 2016

     See how Republican Governors and Republican-controlled State Legislatures are using "Preemption Laws" to take away Cities and local legislators power to create laws that the people in those cities heavily favor. They recently affected Denton, Texas, when they passed a fracking ban in November 2014. "Sure enough, despite widespread local support, it only took months to make Denton’s fracking ban history. The GOP-dominated Texas state legislature, under pressure from the oil and gas industry, passed a law forbidding any locality from banning fracking. Denton’s own state representative voted for the measure." READ MORE: http://prospect.org/article/blue-cities-battle-red-states.
     These Republican Governors are affecting local laws passed by the people of those cities and towns in the interest of corporations and special interests by writing these preemption laws, of which many are actually written by ALEC (see ALEC Exposed here:http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed ) Preemption laws are being used by state legislatures on issues like gun safety, smoking, anti-discriminatory legislation, LGBTQ legislation, and much much more.

     "Minimum preemption” laws have been used for years. They force localities to do something where they might otherwise have done little or nothing, like environmental laws.  The federal government has been setting minimum standards of environmental protection for years, preempting the states from allowing lower environmental standards.

      "Most current preemption laws, by contrast, are what one might call “maximum preemption.” These laws aren’t about setting minimums; instead, they prohibit local regulation. States have prevented localities from creating paid sick leave requirements for businesses, or raising the minimum wage. Many who oppose these measures blame their proliferation on the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC, which has drafted “model” preemption bills for state lawmakers to use. “Pretty much anything you can think of that matters to the American family is under assault by local preemption,” says Mark Pertschuk, the director of Grassroots Change, which fights preemption laws around the country reports The American Prospect. "In the last five years, as Republicans have captured an unprecedented number of state legislatures and as cities have become hotbeds for progressive organizing, the number of maximum preemption laws has grown dramatically. In 2011, after Wisconsin passed a bill limiting the local ability to require paid sick days, ALEC and the National Restaurant Association took up the cause, and now 15 states have preempted local paid sick day requirements" READ MORE: http://prospect.org/article/blue-cities-battle-red-states.

n. the rule of law that if the federal government through Congress has enacted legislation on a subject matter it shall be controlling over state laws and/or preclude the state from enacting laws on the same subject if Congress has specifically stated it has "occupied the field."

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      Most current preemption laws, by contrast, are what one might call “maximum preemption.” These laws aren’t about setting minimums; instead, they prohibit local regulation. States have prevented localities from creating paid sick leave requirements for businesses, or raising the minimum wage. Many who oppose these measures blame their proliferation on the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC, which has drafted “model” preemption bills for state lawmakers to use. “Pretty much anything you can think of that matters to the American family is under assault by local preemption,” says Mark Pertschuk, the director of Grassroots Change, which fights preemption laws around the country. - The American Prospect
     Earlier this year the Charlotte City Council passed a measure extending civil-rights protections for its LGBT community. The policy also allowed transgender individuals to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity rather than with their biological sex. Including gay and transgender people in anti-discrimination ordinances has become a standard business-friendly move; nationwide, 225 cities and counties have passed similar measures, in part to attract businesses. While Republican Governor Pat McCrory and state legislature leaders threatened to intervene in Charlotte, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, an advocate of the measure, wasn’t overly concerned. “I thought they’d make a big noise about it but they’d recognize it was just Charlotte, it’s a progressive city, and they didn’t need to come in and change anything because it would jeopardize the economy,” she says.
      But when the state Republicans responded, they sent shockwaves around the country by passing a maximum preemption measure that invalidated all local anti-discrimination ordinances, including those protecting women and racial minorities. Not only did they force transgender people to use public bathrooms based on their reproductive organs; for good measure, they also rolled a provision into the bill that forbade any North Carolina city from increasing the minimum wage. READ MORE: http://prospect.org/article/blue-cities-battle-red-states.
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