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SEnator Feinstein: "Enough is enough." Yes, it is.

Courtesy of Mediaite:

In an interview with ABC’s This Week that aired Sunday, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein dismissed the controversy over Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server, saying, “enough is enough,” and encouraging voters to deal with more pressing issues facing the country. 

HC broke no law. I read all 42 pages of the report. The conclusion of the report does not say that. What it does say is that the [State] Department does not handle these electronic platform operations well.” 

She continued: “I mean, what do people want? This goes on and on and on. We’re reaching the final stages of a primary. Hillary Clinton is going to win this primary. I say enough is enough. Let’s get to the major problems facing this nation.”

Finally somebody said this out loud.

This thing has gone on for far too long and when all is said and done it is all going to be a huge disappointment for the rightwingnutcase conspiracy fanatics who -- for over three decades -- have been masturbating themselves to sleep over the possibility of a Clinton going to prison.

First it was Whitewater, which nobody even understands.

Then the Clintons supposedly killed Vince Foster.

Then we heard Hillary allowed four Americans to be killed in Benghazi while she refused to save them.

Then there are the allegations that Hillary is owned by Wall Street because they paid to hear her speak.

And now we have the e-mail "scandal."

In every case there is just enough unanswered questions, or troubling details, to keep it going sometimes for year. But in the end.....nothing.

None of this garbage shouted from the rooftops by the rightwing lie machine has ever panned out, and yet every single time there is a new "scandal" we are told "Sure the rest of those were all bullshit, but THIS one, this one is going to finally destroy Bill Obama Hillary completely." 

And don't even bother bringing up the FBI investigation.

Do you REALLY think that if the White House had any fear that Hillary would be indicted that they would not have intervened to derail her campaign by convincing Joe Biden to run, or pressured more Democratic politicians behind the scenes to endorse Bernie Sanders, or simply taken Bill and Hillary aside and said that for the good of the country she needed to drop out of the race?

Of course they would.

Look I get it Hillary Clinton has made some stupid mistakes in the past, and sometimes she plays a little fast and loose with the facts. Which politician doesn't?

But none of that really matter because this contest is now between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and of the two she is by FAR the more qualified, honest, and competent person running for this office.

Hillary Clinton IS going to be the next President of the United States.  Get over it.

WARNING: Microsoft is trying to screw with your computer

If you are using a Windows computer, you need to read this . . . Mac users are safe.

As you know Microsoft releases fixes, updates, and upgrades to the Windows operating system.  A lot of these are intended to fix security holes in Windows through which hackers can gain access to your computer.

Windows is set up to AUTOMATICALLY download and install these updates and fixes.

A couple of years ago Microsoft (MS) released Windows 8.  It was a train wreck -- unstable, very difficult to use, it quickly became unpopular.  MS then released Windows 8.1 that was supposed to fix the stupid things they did with Win 8, however, 8.1 was not as popular as 8.  So, MS now has released Windows 10.  If you have a computer that is not running Win 10, no doubt you have seen the irritating pop-ups telling you the Win 10 is available FREE . . . just click here to start the download and install.

Windows 7 was a stable, efficient, and very popular operating system and MS has found that people are ordering computers with Win 7 and are not downloading and installing Win 10, in spite of the giveaway.

So, in mid-May, Microsoft released an innocent update fix that was automatically installed on Windows computers, unless you have your settings set to NOT automatically install updates.  This update contained a sneaky bit of code that causes a window to open telling you "Your Windows 10 free upgrade is ready."  The small print says, if you do not respond in 3 days, Win 10 will automatically download and install.

On Sunday morning, May 29, I sat down at my computer to find Windows 10 had been automatically downloaded and installed.  The last step in the installation process is for you to accept or decline the MS software agreement.  My computer was showing a blue screen with the MS software agreement and three choices -- BACK, ACCEPT, DECLINE.  I declined and got a pop-up telling me, if I declined, then Win 10 would be uninstalled and my previous version of Windows would be re-installed.  I continued to decline and, after about 15 minutes, Win 10 was removed and Win 7 was re-installed.  My computer is now acting the way it did before the automatic Win 10 update.

If you want to avoid being forced into the update, you need to do two things.

1.  When you see one of those pop-ups from MS asking you to install Win 10,  READ IT CAREFULLY.  If it tells you Win 10 will be automatically installed, decline and reject the offer.

2.  Set your computer so it WILL NOT automatically install updates.  You do this by:
FIRST:  Click on the multi-colored Windows symbol in the lower left corner of the screen.
NEXT:  When the Control Panel appears, click on SYSTEM AND SECURITY.
NEXT:  On the System and Security page you will see a selection WINDOWS UPDATE, Turn automatic updating on or off.  Go to that selection.
NEXT:  You'll see a long, rectangular box with a small arrowhead.  Click on that arrowhead and you'll see several choices.  The default setting is "Let Windows automatically download and install updates."  Scroll down to the selection that reads "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them."  Select that one.  Below that selection are two check boxes -- something about "recommended updates" and "who can install updates" -- UNCHECK those two boxes.  Click on OKAY and you are now set.  From now on, when MS releases a fix or update, you will receive a pop-up notification.  You can then read the purpose of the update and decide to install it or not.

This is sad

Sarah Palin "spoke" at a Donald Trump rally today in San Diego.

The nation of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy - brilliant men whose words and deeds will live forever - a nation where we once elected the best and brightest, men of wisdom and soul - now has this trashy ignoramus running around touting a psycho fascist sociopath for President.

Oklahoma learns the hard way that ReaganBushTeaPartyOnomics leads to disaster.

Oklahoma's Republican majority has steadfastly opposed Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, with Gov. Mary Fallin rejecting an estimated $3.6 billion in federal funding between 2012 and 2019. That's all changed, and now the state is $1.3 billion in the hole—and rethinking that decision.
Years of income tax cuts and growing corporate subsidies intended to make the state more business-friendly instead have destroyed Oklahoma's financial foundations. 
Oklahoma's Medicaid agency has warned doctors and other health care providers of cuts of up to 25 percent in what the state pays under Medicaid.
"We are nearing a colossal collapse of our health care system in Oklahoma," warned Craig Jones, the president of the Oklahoma Hospital Association, which represents more than 135 hospitals and health care systems in the state. "We have doctors turning away patients. We have people with mental illnesses who are going without treatment. Hospitals are closing, and this is only going to get worse this summer if the Legislature does not act immediately to turn this around."
We're not just seeing a turnaround here on thinking about Obamacare, but this: "GOP leaders are considering a tax hike to cover the state's share of the costs." A tax hike ($1.50-per-pack tax on cigarettes)! For health care! That's how dire the situation is in Oklahoma, where hospitals—particularly rural ones—are on the verge of shutting down.

At one hospital, McCurtain Memorial Hospital, 96 percent of children born there are covered by Medicaid. A 25 percent cut "would shutter our doors for good, leaving 33,000 people without access to health care," says hospital CEO Jahni Tapley. It's not just hospitals, but also nursing homes, because a large chunk of Medicaid funding in every state goes to long-term care for the needy elderly.

Of course, Fallin isn't calling it an "expansion," saying instead that it "transitions 175,000 Medicaid enrollees to the private insurance market." Which is true, but it does so by bringing the current working poor who are uninsured into the Medicaid system and thus getting all that federal money. No matter what she calls it, the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity is going to fight it. They are actively campaigning against it, beginning with  a "NobamaCare" event at the state capital.

But Saint Ronnie Raygun told us, if we cut taxes on wealthy people and on corporations, they'll put the tax savings into new jobs and we'll all live in paradise.  George Bush II said the same thing.  And this same idea is Holy Writ for the Tea Party.  You mean . . . they are lying??

And -- if you think Oklahoma is bad, check out the financial disasters in Kansas and Wisconsin, both of which followed ReaganBushTeaPartyonomics.

Republicans have caused the entire nation's justice system to grind to a crawl . . . and the assholes are proud of themselves.

Five quotes from President Obama's commencement address at Rutgers that will drive Republicans crazy!!!

President Obama was the commencement speaker at Rutgers this weekend and, as usual, he delivered a barn-burner.  Here are five quotes from the President's speech that are certain to drive Republicans out of their minds!!!

This one is glorious.  Short version:  Donald Trump, shove your wall up your ass!!
The world is more interconnected than ever before, and it’s becoming more connected every day. Building walls won’t change that.
[I]f the past two decades have taught us anything, it’s that the biggest challenges we face cannot be solved in isolation. When overseas states start falling apart, they become breeding grounds for terrorists and ideologies of nihilism and despair that ultimately can reach our shores. When developing countries don’t have functioning health systems, epidemics like Zika or Ebola can spread and threaten Americans, too. And a wall won’t stop that. […] 
The point is, to help ourselves we’ve got to help others, not pull up the drawbridge and try to keep the world out.
Then he proceeded to just KEEP SAYING “Building walls won’t change that” over and over, in case we missed his subtle point about how Trump is a fucking fool.

Then the President unloaded on people who take pride in being ignorant . . . you know -- Republicans, Tea Partiers, conservatives, biblethumpers . . .

Facts, evidence, reason, logic, an understanding of science — these are good things. […]
But if you were listening to today’s political debate, you might wonder where this strain of anti-intellectualism came from. So, Class of 2016, let me be as clear as I can be. In politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue. It’s not cool to not know what you’re talking about. That’s not keeping it real, or telling it like it is. That’s not challenging political correctness. That’s just not knowing what you’re talking about.
What he said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As long as the Prez is talking about morons, let's talk about Oklahoma Republican dumbass James Inhofe.

Remember that time Inhofe brought a snowball onto the Senate floor to “prove” that global warming wasn’t real? The president still cannot believe that happened, and neither can we:
A while back, you may have seen a United States senator trotted out a snowball during a floor speech in the middle of winter as “proof” that the world was not warming. […]
Imagine if Benjamin Franklin had seen that senator with the snowball, what he would think. Imagine if your 5th grade science teacher had seen that. He’d get a D. And he’s a senator!
Pffffft, he wouldn’t even get a ‘D’ --  Inhofe is that stupid.


Know those people who long for the olden timey days when kids had manners and black people couldn’t vote? Obama has thoughts:
When you hear someone longing for the “good old days,” take it with a grain of salt. […] I guess it’s part of human nature, especially in times of change and uncertainty, to want to look backwards and long for some imaginary past when everything worked, and the economy hummed, and all politicians were wise, and every kid was well-mannered, and America pretty much did whatever it wanted around the world.
Guess what. It ain’t so. The “good old days” weren’t that great.
Then he listed a whole bunch of ways America is better than it used to be, to rub it in for the idiots out there who are pretty sure America died the day we elected a black president. TWICE.


 To conclude, the President snatched up all the starry-eyed college kids and gave them a dose of the Real World!!

I know a couple years ago, folks on this campus got upset that Condoleezza Rice was supposed to speak at a commencement. Now, I don’t think it’s a secret that I disagree with many of the foreign policies of Dr. Rice and the previous administration. But the notion that this community or the country would be better served by not hearing from a former Secretary of State, or shutting out what she had to say — I believe that’s misguided. I don’t think that’s how democracy works best, when we’re not even willing to listen to each other. […]
If you disagree with somebody, bring them in and ask them tough questions. Hold their feet to the fire. Make them defend their positions. If somebody has got a bad or offensive idea, prove it wrong. Engage it. Debate it. Stand up for what you believe in. Don’t be scared to take somebody on. Don’t feel like you got to shut your ears off because you’re too fragile and somebody might offend your sensibilities. Go at them if they’re not making any sense. Use your logic and reason and words.

Here are three ideas that are deeply held by the rightwing . . . simple ideas that are as wrong as they are simple.

For there to be any possibility of progress in this county, we have to confront the conservative narrative and address the question of why so many Americans buy in to it.

George W. Bush famously told then-Senator Joseph Biden, “I don’t do nuance.”

The right has been very successful at reducing complex issues to simple slogans. The examples are many: the “Contract with America,” the “Right to Work,” the “Right to Life,” “death panels,” “If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns,” “weapons of mass destruction.” Complexity is a confusing issue to rightwingers.

Three sets of simplistic conservative belief stand out, accepted by virtually all Republicans and, unfortunately, by many Democrats.

First: “We can’t.” The most pressing problem in the United States and the key to most of its problems, say conservatives, is our unbalanced budget and the resultant overwhelmingly large national debt. Raising taxes to deal with it is unthinkable. Higher taxes would burden ordinary taxpayers and businesses, the “job creators,” and would threaten our international competitiveness. The bottom line is that we simply can’t afford to expand government programs (for example, the social safety net).

Second: “The problems are too complex.” The belief that complex social problems can be solved through acts of government is widely considered to be foolish. Many years ago, when I was in college, Henry Kissinger, then a professor, would occasionally have lunch with the members of our campus anti–nuclear weapons group. Scoffing at what he saw as the naïveté of our proposals to advance world peace through a nuclear test ban treaty, he would proclaim in his deep German accent, “These things are more complicated than they seem.” (We callow youths, out of his presence, would mock him, proclaiming in fake German accents, “These things seem more complicated than they are.”)

Third: “We don’t want to.” To conservatives, freedom is inherently a characteristic of individuals and “big government” is the enemy of freedom and prosperity. Societal constraints on individual freedom put us on the slippery slope to tyranny. It is not government but the “free market” that solves social problems, and the only legitimate goals of public policy are to promote “growth” and serve the needs of businesses (the “job creators,” the “drivers of the economic engine”).

Let us examine each of these contentions.

First, “we can’t” and the problem of the debt: Budgetary constraints seem to make it impossible even to consider introducing new and expensive government programs. Many liberal economists have argued that the supposed threat to our economy posed by the national debt has been greatly exaggerated. In any case, the budget surpluses of the later Clinton years were turned into massive deficit neither by something inherent in our system of government nor by the alleged tendency of liberals to throw money at social problems. The causes of the deficit were simple. Government income was deliberately reduced by the Bush-era tax cuts favoring the wealthy and then reduced further, involuntarily, by the recessions of 2001 and 2008. Meanwhile government spending increased, largely due to the soaring costs of the Bush war of aggression in Iraq. Nothing inevitable. All reversible.

There are other, longer-term deficit concerns, to be sure, such as the shortfall anticipated for Social Security. The latter, at least, can be fairly easily fixed by adjusting the payroll tax (most notably by applying it to all earned income, not just income up to $118,500, as it is now). The only relatively intractable part of the deficit is that due to rising costs for Medicare and Medicaid, but what makes health-care costs “intractable” is our unwillingness to confront their real source, the medical-industrial complex.
But leaving the issue of the causes of the deficit aside for a moment, let us embrace complexity. Yes, we do have a moral obligation not to leave our grandchildren with a crippling burden of debt. But that assertion does not end the discussion of what is “moral.” We also have a moral obligation not to leave our grandchildren with a decaying infrastructure, not to leave them with the consequences of runaway global warming, not to leave them with the legacy of several generations of bad schooling, not to leave them with an over-expensive and under-effective health-care system, and not to leave them with a society riven by racism and morally tainted by the failure to eliminate poverty.

Then there is the “it’s too complex” argument: The irony is great. Americans pride ourselves on our “can-do” attitude, yet right-wing think tanks, media, pundits, politicians, and preachers have drummed into our heads over and over that, while individuals can dream of conquering the world (metaphorically, of course), we must reduce our expectations with respect to public action to meet common needs. The only way to address societal problems is through “free market” solutions, they say.

Things are complicated. There are no magical solutions to the world’s problems. And no matter how reasonable, clever, or well-crafted proposals for reform are, we can expect fierce opposition, blowback, unanticipated consequences, and unpredicted complications. But things are alsovery simple. It remains possible to imagine a better future for America and to take steps to make this vision real.

Finally: “We don’t want to:” The conservative narrative continues with interlinked concerns about the proper roles of government and the proper relationship between government, business, the free market, and the distribution of wealth. Again the ironies are great. Mistrust of our government is perfectly understandable. It has long been bureaucratic, inefficient, wasteful, and opaque. It has long served business interests, although, as we have seen, in recent years it has become increasingly hard to untangle government from business interests. Let us recall the financial crisis of 2008 and the recession that began in late 2007 and, by the economists’ definition of recessions, was over by mid-2009. It is hardly a secret that, in reality, by six years later we had still not recovered. Wages remained below their pre-recession levels, unemployment and underemployment remained high, and many of the public services that we had become used to were gone. But it was not the actions of government that caused the financial crisis and the recession and the failure to recover rapidly.  Instead, our financial crisis was caused and continues because of the actions of the financial sector and the inaction of government at the behest of conservatives and their business allies. It was the failure of government to regulate financial markets that permitted the abuses that led to the crisis, and the failure of government to provide adequate stimulus to the economy, the failure of the government to provide relief for “underwater” homeowners, and the failure of the government to maintain the social safety net that have extended the suffering. Yet somehow the Right has turned that history into blaming the downturn on “big government” itself and into demands to cut government programs even further.
It is the same with the vastly increased misdistribution of wealth and income of recent years. It resulted from soaring CEO salaries, monopolistic power over markets, the same predatory lending practices that also brought us the financial crisis and the Great Recession, tax cuts mainly benefiting the rich, government tax subsidies to private corporations, laws passed under corporate influence to weaken unions so that they can’t protect the incomes of their members, and so forth. Yet somehow it is okay with the Right for the private sector to engineer a vast redistribution of income to the top 1% and away from the middle class,  but, it's not okay for the government, acting on all of our behalves, to redistribute it back.

Coould someone explain this to me??

We live in a country where a guy who shoots up a Planned Parenthood clinic is ruled to be too insane to stand trial for murder but not too insane to legally buy semi-automatic firearms.

Philadonna Wade has one of those coveted manufacturing jobs . . . and her family survives on public assistance . . . food stamps, heating assistance, Medicaid

Presidential candidates from both parties swept through my state last month, stumping about the need to bring more factory jobs to Ohio and across the country.

They forgot to mention one thing: Many of the new factory jobs that politicians celebrate at ribbon cuttings across the country pay barely more than what you find at McDonald’s or Wal-Mart today.
Take it from me. As a production worker at an auto parts plant in northeast Ohio, I’m paid just $9.50 an hour. By looking at my paycheck, you would never guess that I build cars for a living.

And I’m not alone. A study released this week finds that more than one-third of manufacturing workers in America are paid so little that they rely on public assistance. That fact rings true for me and for many of the people I know working in the manufacturing industry today.

I work 40 hours a week, but I’m able to provide dinner for myself and my children each night only because of the $480 I receive in food stamps each month. My family relies on government-subsidized housing in order to keep a roof over our heads. Visits to the doctor are an option only because of Medicaid. If we’re cold in the winter, we can turn on the heat only because I qualify for energy assistance.

When I started at this plant a year and a half ago, I did not think I would still be needing public assistance today. But it became clear to me and my co-workers that the company had no plans to raise our pay. Instead, the management seemed happy to force the taxpayers to chip in so that its own workers can afford to support themselves.

This story will sound familiar to manufacturing workers all across the country, as pay cuts and nonexistent benefits become the new normal in this industry. Low pay is so widespread in manufacturing that it costs taxpayers an average of $10 billion every year in public assistance to provide the necessities that the paltry salaries can’t cover.

But here’s the good news: It doesn’t have to be that way.

One Sunday last month, my co-workers and I met and voted unanimously to go on strike unless the company allows us to join a union. We told the company that we would walk off our jobs—bringing the plant to a halt—unless the management agreed to give us a voice on the job.

And virtually overnight, we won. The next day, the company agreed to recognize us in a union with the United Auto Workers. We’ll now have the chance to bargain for a contract that will raise our pay and improve our benefits so we can support our families. We are on a path to better wages and a real shot at the middle class that manufacturing jobs once provided.

Politicians are right to make revitalizing American manufacturing a part of their stump speeches. But if they really want to rebuild the middle class, they need to make sure we have not just more manufacturing jobs but good ones that don’t leave hardworking mothers like me relying on public assistance to survive.

Philadonna Wade is a production worker at the Detroit Chassis plant in Avon, Ohio.

Real or fake? Either way, forthcoming book by "Congressman X" is roiling D.C.

Get ready to shatter all your idealistic illusions about how government works.

A forthcoming book called The Confessions of Congressman X, purportedly written by a sitting (and rumored to be Democratic) congressman, promises to be an anonymous revelation of everything terrible you've always suspected about America's representatives in Washington. Choice quotes about Congress include:

"Most of my colleagues are dishonest career politicians who revel in the power and special-interest money that's lavished upon them."

"My main job is to keep my job, to get reelected. It takes precedence over everything."
"Fundraising is so time consuming I seldom read any bills I vote on. Like many of my colleagues, I don't know how the legislation will be implemented, or what it'll cost."

But voters aren't spared his poison pen, either:

"The average man on the street actually thinks he influences how I vote. Unless it's a hot-button issue, his thoughts are generally meaningless. I'll politely listen, but I follow the money."

Meanwhile, in North Carolina . . .

In North Carolina, 30% of bridges are structurally or functionally obsolete and the state ranks 37th worst for bridge safety. But their bathroom security is the envy of the world.

Wonder why Congress can't get a goddam thing accomplished? It's because of bullshit like this by House Republicans

No wonder House Republicans can't accomplish a goddamned thing. They're too busy "investigating" all those bogus conspiracies they think will make political hay for them. Here's the latest, and of course it's about Obamacare.
House Republicans are subpoenaing documents related to ObamaCare payments that they say break the law.
Two House committees issued the subpoenas on Wednesday, saying the administration has refused to comply with document requests for over a year. The administration counters that the matter is part of an ongoing lawsuit. […]
The top Democrats on the same two committees, Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. (N.J.) and Sandy Levin (Mich.), fired back in a statement, saying that Republicans are dusting off "the same old playbook" of attacking the Affordable Care Act and trying to make "an end run around the judicial process," since the matter is already the subject of a lawsuit. 
“Instead of pursuing partisan witch hunts, Congress should be focusing on the pressing health issues before it — like helping the residents of Flint and providing resources to combat the Zika virus," Pallone and Levin said. "The American people deserve better.”
Those payments, "cost-sharing reductions," are in fact at the heart of pending (bullshit) litigation brought by—you guessed it—the Republican House of Representatives. They contend that the money that's been paid out—to help low-income people with high out-of-pocket costs that make their Obamacare plans less affordable—has not been explicitly appropriated by them. The administration argues that the funds don't need to be appropriated annually because they were included in the permanent appropriation that also set up the subsidies most Obamacare customers receive.

It's a whole different world House Republicans are living in, one in which BENGHAZI!!!!! and Planned Parenthood and Obamacare ARE THE ONLY THINGS. It's a strange little bubble in which they exist, one that is keeping all the rest of us from having nice things. Like a way to fight Zika.

Republicans repeat this lie every two years . . . Trump is no exception

Donald Trump threw a new claim Hillary Clinton's way at a Saturday rally, telling the crowd that she wants to do away with the Second Amendment.

"Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment. She wants to abolish it," Trump said at a Saturday rally in Lynden, Wash.

"Hillary Clinton wants to take your guns away and she wants to abolish the Second Amendment. She wants to take the bullets away." 

"We're going to cherish the Second Amendment, we're going to take care of the Second Amendment."

Clinton is in favor of universal background checks, closing loopholes on gun purchases and increasing restrictions on domestic abusers and the mentally ill. And she wants to repeal the law that prevents victims of gun violence from suing retailers or manufacturers, among other measures.

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Hmmm.  Hillary wants to take away our guns?  I thought Obama was going to do that. 

Let's just cut to the bottom line and sum it up.

The problem with the Republican Party is their base. For 30 years, they've been cranking up, gathering up every rube, racist, nutjob, sexist, homophobe, dimwit, halfwit, knuckledragger, mouthbreather, gunnut, biblethumper in the entire country and calling them Republican. Finally, they voted for one of their own.

Trump admits it: He has no idea how the financial markets work; he proposes to crash the US and the world's economies

Yesterday, Donald Trump gave an interview to CSNBC in which, among other things, he described his approach to the national debt. And it’s awful. Just awful.
Trump said in a television interview Thursday that he might seek to reduce the national debt by persuading creditors to accept something less than full payment.
Asked whether the United States needed to pay its debts in full, or whether he could negotiate a partial repayment, Mr. Trump told the cable network CNBC, "I would borrow, knowing that if the economy crashed, you could make a deal.”
He added, "And if the economy was good, it was good. So, therefore, you can't lose.”
What’s happening here is Donald Trump is applying his knowledge of business to governmental affairs.

Businesses view debt this way. A real estate developer, for example, may borrow money to invest in a project and if that project doesn’t pan out they renegotiate a loan to pay back less than they owe so that at least the lender gets something.

U.S. debt does not and cannot work that way.

The United States of America, however, is not a real estate development company. If a real estate company defaults on its debts and its creditors lose money, that's their problem. 

Every assessment of risk in the financial system is based on the idea that the least risky thing is lending money to the federal government because government debt -- that is Treasury Bills (T-Bills), Treasury bonds, and even US Savings Bonds -- is backed by the FULL FAITH AND CREDIT OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT.

If that full faith and credit is withdrawn, business investment will collapse, state and local finances will be crushed, and shockwaves will emanate to a whole range of foreign countries that borrow dollars.

Remember 2008, when the markets went from thinking housing debt was low-risk to thinking it was high-risk, and a global financial crisis was the result? This would be like that, but much worse — US government debt is the very foundation of low-risk investments.

However, I'm certain you Trump-istas will continue to support Trump because they are stupid-blind to his evil and his ignorance.

This is just the beginning.

More and more red states embrace Obamacare and Medicaid expansion . . . as long as you call it something else

More Red States Embrace Obamacare, As Long As You Don’t Call It That

by Jeffrey Young at the Huffington Post


WASHINGTON — Presidential candidates and other national politicians throw around a lot of rhetoric about health care reform, but the real action is happening in conservative state legislatures across the country.

Red state governors and lawmakers are deciding what health care for low-income people and those with disabilities delivered through Medicaid, the joint federal-state health benefit program, will look like in the post-Obamacare era.

“This, at this point, is largely a fight within the Republican Party,” said Joan Alker, executive director for the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University, who is an expert on Medicaid issues.

In some cases, Republicans have concocted pretty convoluted ways to do Obamacare without saying they’re doing Obamacare, to get other Republicans to go along.

Trump revealed

Rightwingnutcases going apeshit over claims that Romanian hacker hacked Hillary Clinton's email server . . . it's all bullshit . . . which is why Fox is all over the story

So the internet is abuzz with news about his "Guccifer" fellow who now claims that he used Sydney Blumenthal's e-mail account, after guessing his password, to hack into Clinton's account as well.

There are a couple of red flags that his story might be pure BS, but Fox News is fairly convinced:  

EXCLUSIVE: The infamous Romanian hacker known as “Guccifer,” speaking exclusively with Fox News, claimed he easily – and repeatedly – breached former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email server in early 2013. 

 "For me, it was easy ... easy for me, for everybody," Marcel Lehel Lazar, who goes by the moniker "Guccifer," told Fox News from a Virginia jail where he is being held. 

Guccifer’s potential role in the Clinton email investigation was first reported by Fox News last month. The hacker subsequently claimed he was able to access the server – and provided extensive details about how he did it and what he found – over the course of a half-hour jailhouse interview and a series of recorded phone calls with Fox News.

Fox News leaves a little wiggle room in case this guy, Marcel Lehel Lazar, turns out to be yanking their chain, but you can sense their excitement in the almost breathless way they are reporting this. Also making damn sure that everybody knows that THEY had the story first.

Except of course they didn't.

NBC had already interviewed this individual, who is serving a four year sentence for his crimes which include hacking into the Bush family e-mail accounts, before he was extradited.

Here is how NBC reported the story today: 

When pressed by NBC News, Lazar, 44, could provide no documentation to back up his claims, nor did he ever release anything online supporting his allegations, as he had frequently done with past hacks. The FBI's review of the Clinton server logs showed no sign of hacking, according to a source familiar with the case. 

Brian Fallon, national press secretary for Clinton's presidential campaign, said Guccifer's claims were baseless. 

"There is absolutely no basis to believe the claims made by this criminal from his prison cell," said Fallon. "In addition to the fact that he offers no proof to support his claims, his descriptions of Secretary Clinton's server are inaccurate. It is unfathomable that he would have gained access to her emails and not leaked them the way he did to his other victims. 

"We have received no indication from any government agency to support these claims, nor are they reflected in the range of charges that Guccifer already faces and that prompted his extradition in the first place," Fallon added. "And it has been reported that security logs from Secretary Clinton's email server do not show any evidence of foreign hacking."

Apparently this Lazar fellow also claimed that there was nothing interesting in the e-mails, but then in other reports that he saved data, which obviously he never used.

So right now the Right Wing blogs, and of course Bernie supporters, are losing their minds over this and claiming that it proves Clinton is doomed.

However the first thing to remember is that there is still no evidence that this even happened. Secondly, if it did, then, the State Department e-mail system was ALSO hacked. And thirdly that it is incredibly unlikely that this will have any effect whatsoever on Hillary's campaign in the real world.

The AntiChrist is here and the Apocalypse is right around the corner

Rafael Eduard Cruz announced tonight he is dropping out of the GOP Presidential Clown Car, leaving only the Biggest Clown of All in charge:  Donald Trump.

The Anti-Christ is here.  Can the Apocalypse be far behind?

I'm renewing my passport, moving to Belize or Costa Rica.

I'd like to ask Cruz one question:  "Ted, you claim god told you you are the chosen one to be President.  Your father said god spoke to him in prayer with the same message.  Your wife Heidi had "a word" directly from god.  So, tell me, Ted-- why did you lose?"

Some random thoughts on the GOP Presidential primary to date.

  • All the GOP Golden Boys died off quickly:  Walker, Christie, Rubio, Jindal, Bush, and now Cruz.  What happened?
  • Adding Carly Fiorina to the ticket and traveling around with Glenn Beck really did Cruz a lot of good!!!
  • Trump has received about 10 million votes so far.  127 million were cast in the 2012 presidential election.  So -- Trump gets about 8% of the vote, leaving Hillary to win the White House, 92 - 8.   Sounds about right.

Comments on the 30 April Virginia Tea Party Republican schoolyard fight . . . oooopppsss . . . meant to say "Virginia Tea Party Republican 'convention' "

Late in the afternoon of 30 April, the Virginia Republican State Convention voted on its national delegate slate and it's abundantly clear that they remain bitterly divided. During more than six hours of negotiations, backroom dealings, efforts to oust Chairman Whitbeck, and speeches from leaders encouraging "unity," Virginia Republicans are anything but united.

Key Takeaways:

“Any hope of party unity has been thrown out the window” - Conservative Radio Show Host John Fredericks during a live broadcast at Republican Party of Virginia's state convention

Cruz/Trump tension is at an all-time high. Despite the fact that Ted Cruz came in at a distant third on Super Tuesday, the Republican Party of Virginia's national delegate slate included 10 Cruz supporters out of 13 total. This vote came after more than six hours of back and forth. The Cruz supporters threatened to scrap any remaining Trump delegates off of the slate if Trump supporters rejected the 3/10 “deal.” At the end of the day, the RPV's national at-large slate gave nearly 77 percent of the at-large delegates to Cruz - someone who received less than 17 percent of the vote in Virginia...

...Virginia Republicans couldn't even unify behind Chairman John Whitbeck, who managed to hold on to his seat amid efforts to oust him...

...Ed Gillespie still won't say who he supports for President. Ed Gillespie made a speech to Republicans about party unity during his early, low-profile speaking spot. Yet he still refuses to let Virginians know who he'd like to unify behind.

Congressman Rob Wittman, who has said he plans to run for governor in 2017, was there.  Said nothing.  No one asked him to say anything.  He was ignored.

No sign of Barbara Comstock. Barbara Comstock was nowhere to be found, but that didn't stop internal party strife over her race. A local spat created controversy over the Chairman of the Frederick County Republican Committee. During resolution discussions, Del. Jackson Miller admitted that Comstock faced an up hill battle:

“The reason I’m on this side of the motion is I have nothing personally against Mr. Berg, but what I do have a problem with is losing,” he said. “ Congresswoman [ Barbara] Comstock is going to have a tough election.” - [Winchester Star, 4/30/2016]

The Dick Black Question. Ted Cruz Virginia Co-Chair Dick Black went to Syria, praised and met with brutal, murderous dictator Hafaz Assad, and pledged support for him. Why is Virginia Republican leadership remaining silent? Are Chairman John Whitbeck and Ted Cruz still allowing Dick Black to represent them at the Republican National Convention?

Virginia GOP "convention" turns into free-for-all shouting match, civil war, juvenile display

From the Blue Virginia blog:

I’ve been listening on and off to the coverage by John Fredericks of the 2016 Republican Party of Virginia convention, a bit-time Trump supporter, and predictably he’s not thrilled with the Cruz folks’ behavior. As Fredericks just said a few minutes ago, “all hell breaking loose…Ken Cuccinelli running amok…knocked [Virginia Trump Chair] Corey Stewart off the ballot.”
Fredericks also recounted a conversation he had earlier with Corey Stewart, in which Stewart vowed to “work tirelessly to rid the Republican Party of Ken Cuccinelli and his strongarm tactics…the whole process was hijacked by Ken Cuccinelli…all he cares about is getting himself elected governor…his ego is out of control,” he’s a “scourge” on the Republican Party. 

Fredericks adds that the Cuccinelli/Cruz folks have engineered a “coup” over “two delegates,” and calls it “insane, but that’s how they roll.” Fredericks says that when Cooch tries to run for governor next year, a lot of Trump supporters like Fredericks are “going to have a long memory,” and that “any hope for party unity just went out the window.” More Fredericks: “After today, there’s no way I’m voting for Ken Cuccinelli for governor ever again — I’m done,” this is a “travesty.”

That’s just a small sampling of the discord and nastiness Virginia Republicans are exhibiting today. For more, here are some tweets by Democratic Party of Virginia Communications Director Emily Bolton — and others where noted). Enjoy!

& Lyin’ Ted have their hands all over this… See for yourself

“Trump Virginia chair snubbed from slate

is part of the establishment” – R’s so far right that Cooch is considered “establishment”

“Solid point abt Cooch on …This isn’t about Nov. for – he’s pivoting to 2017

“Judging by slate, ‘s influence is on full display. Consensus is that Cooch is considered “establishment”…, stacked slate w. Cruz dels even tho Cruz can’t win nomination. Clearly this is about 2017 . Not good 4
Alex Rohr of the News Advance: “Press denied access to nomination committee meeting. still waiting on the 13-person nt’l delegate slate.”

John Fredericks:  “Alert!Trump delegates need to VOTE DOWN first slate  
got hosed on delegate selection by Nominations com. Listen JFRS”

UPDATE 2:12 PM: Reporter tweets,  re-elected chairman of Republican Party of Virginia to mix of applause and boos.”

UPDATE 2:15 PM: The hysteria and wild, over-the-top exaggeration by Virginia Republican Chair John “Anti Semitic Joke Dude” Whitbeck in his speech is beyond belief. In short, they really think that if Democrats win in 2016, they are doooooooooomed (“the Republic will fail,” blah blah blah). Yet we’d be fine with the utterly unqualified blowhard/neo-fascist Trump or extremist Ted Cruz? Utterly nutso.
UPDATE 2:19 PM: RTD reporter  tweets: “ convention in H’burg, spikes applause meter, is second. Boos for .”
UPDATE 2:24 PM: tweets, “Congrats on well deserved reelection!”
UPDATE 2:29 PM: The Washington Post just reported, “Ken Cuccinelli II has ruled out a run for governor in 2017.”
UPDATE 2:38 PM: Republican National Committeewoman candidate Suzanne Obenshain claims that Virginia is a “red state.” Clearly, she missed the part where Barack Obama won Virginia twice, where Democrats won both US Senate seats, plus the Governor’s mansion, Lt. Governorship, Attorney General’s office. Other than that…LOL
Reporter tweets, “Cuccinelli said Cruz could easily take all 13 Virginia delegates up for grabs at convention. Said Cruz camp sees 10 as ‘compromise.'”
UPDATE 2:54 PM: Wow, Cynthia Dunbar speech for Republican National Commiteewoman is…let’s just say “out there.” Ee gads — she almost makes Suzanne Obenshain look reasonable by comparison.
tweets, “ reports 5,952 eligible delegates. As of this time, 2,610 had checked in. They say it’s all about showing up.”
UPDATE: 4:45 PM: tweets, “Breaking! vs. Va Natl cmtwoman race too close to call no one at 50% -going to a second ballot! All delegates stay”
Reporter tweets, “Cuccinelli calls 10-3 Cruz slate an ‘olive branch’ to Trump. Corey Stewart, Trump chairman denied delegate slot, calls it ‘screw-you branch.'”
Also from : “Trump forces will try to vote down 10-3 Cruz slate. If they do, Cruz team will try a clean sweep for all 13″
UPDATE 5 PMtweets, “Corey Stewart on Cuccinelli not running for governor: ‘He lost the first one in a year when he was supposed to have won. He’s a loser.’…Cuccinelii says he didn’t keep Stewart off slate. ‘This is a competition. And they are incapable of competing effectively on the ground.'”
UPDATE 6:21 PM: tweets, “GOP convention going nuts over a Cruz-oriented slate of 13 at-large delegates. Cuccinelli defends it – is loudly booed. Vote coming.”
UPDATE 6:43 PMtweets, “Declaring conven ‘s ‘Waterloo,’ chair Corey Stewart to formally declare for guv by early Nov.”
UPDATE 7 PM tweets, “Not your father-in-law’s : Tarred as Establishment candidate, Suzanne Obenshain loses for seat on RNC. Family built modern party.”
UPDATE 7:24 PMtweets, “Virginia Beach delegates overwhelmingly against Cruz-oriented delegate slate pushed by Cuccinelli. 55-4 Vote tallying continues.”
UPDATE 7:45 PM tweets, “ out-maneuvers , pushing thru con Cruz-weighted delegation to Cleveland from , where Trump won primary.”