Monthly Archives: July 2016

RT @sahilkapur: Here’s Paul Ryan’s statement praising Capt. Khan and throwing shade on a Muslim ban. No mention of Trump. https://t.co/4Qjg…
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RT @justinjm1: GOP harps on Obama for not saying “radical Islamic terrorism” but Ryan and McConnell can’t say “Trump”

Setting the stage for when he loses.

The establishment GOP (Ryan, Romney, etc) have been too quiet these past few days. I think they’re meeting and that something big is coming.

RT @mattbai: Also, astounding to me that in my lifetime I would see GOP leaders decline to defend a war hero’s father against a NYC develop…

RT @KevinMKruse: Trump’s last 24 hours:
-Attacked dead soldier’s family
-Trashed 4-star general
-Lied about NFL & Koch Bros.
-Accused fire…

Trump doesn’t know about Ukraine-related changes to GOP platform and doesn’t know Ukraine was already invaded https://t.co/MoXXsvvOcU
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Critic: “Trump has awful frodfics”
Trump: “I have great frodfics”
Critic: “Trump can’t handle gosdits”
Trump; “Only I can handle gosdits”

RT @LOLGOP: Alls I’m saying is maybe don’t base your entire foreign policy on “Well, I’ve been told this dictator has flattered me.”

RT @samsteinhp: On ABC This Week, Trump clearly doesn’t have a familiarity with the Crimea annexation https://t.co/yu2LDg60Ki
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I’ve been looking into Jill.Stein and I’m not entirely sure she has all her marbles.

RT @JohnKasich: There’s only one way to talk about Gold Star parents: with honor and respect. Capt. Khan is a hero. Together, we should pra…

RT @JeffreyGoldberg: So, a Muslim-American couple of uncommon valor may play a crucial role in bringing down Donald Trump. God has a great…

RT @KeithOlbermann: There is no part of @realDonaldTrump’s perception of life that overlaps even slightly with the needs of others. He is n…

Huh. Another Trump lie.

Trump lied? That’s so out of character.

RT @ObsoleteDogma: To recap: Trump insulted the grieving mother of a soldier who died fighting for our country, and said that hiring people…

I never use the c word – vile, sexist, etc. But I REALLY want to make an exception in Ann Coulter’s case. Who can give me a dispensation?

The amazing thing about Trump is his ability to put new life in a story that hurts him, e.g. Khan. Same problem w/his staff e.g. plagiarism

RT @MattMackowiak: 9/ This latest crisis is an existential threat to Trump. Is staff going to stand by him? Why would he make Khan story bi…

RT @SpryGuy: Donald #Trump & the RNC Convention both prove that every bad thing Dems have ever said about the GOP is TRUE: https://t.co/VzG…
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RT @davidfrum: It’ll be grimly ironic if Clintons’ secret family server alone escaped hacking because nobody knew about it, including the R…

Debate dates chosen a year ago by an independent commission. Don’t try to weasel out of them with phony complaints.

This is absolutely crazy in a number of ways

RT @Kasparov63: Trump complaining about the debates now? Sounds like he’s getting more tips from Putin, who has never participated in a deb…

RT @yarotrof: If there is now a US military base in Saudi, it is classified and mentioning it should have legal consequences. https://t.co/…

RT @MaxBoot: For the first time in my life I am ashamed to be an American. This is beneath contempt.

RT @MSNBC: Watch: #KhizrKhan asks Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan to repudiate Trump. Tune in to @TheLastWord for the interview

So are we at war with North Korea? Asking for a friend.

RT @Bencjacobs: Trump: In ten minutes, I know a lot about NATO

RT @Reuters: BREAKING: Clinton campaign was also hacked in attacks on Democrats – sources tell Reuters

RT @joshtpm: We looked into this. There were some problems.

Baited By The Tweet

“Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis,” Hillary said last night. “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”

To be sure, after the convention, Trump let loose with a bunch of Tweets…. although it was clear that this was not Trump himself.

This morning though, we can see what actually got under Trump’s skin…. it was Bloomberg.

trumphissy

Now here’s the interesting thing.  Here’s what he said at a Trump rally yesterday:

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Thursday afternoon he wanted to “hit” some of the Democratic National Convention speakers “so hard” while watching them last night, including a “little guy…so hard his head would spin.”

“You know what I wanted to. I wanted to hit a couple of those speakers so hard,” Trump said. “I would have hit them. No, no. I was going to hit them, I was all set and then I got a call from a highly respected governor.”…

“I was gonna hit one guy in particular, a very little guy,” he said. “I was gonna hit this guy so hard his head would spin and he wouldn’t know what the hell happened.”

In other words, Mike Pence told Trump to settle down and not go after the “little” guy.  But today, Trump was tweeting about “little” Mike Bloomberg.  He just couldn’t let it go.

Breaking: 4th Circuit Overturns Lower Court; Finds That GOP “Intentionally” Passed “Discriminatory” Voting Rights Law

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit invalidated North Carolina’s stringent new voting restrictions, holding that the law violates both the United States Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. The North Carolina measure, the Fourth Circuit held, has a discriminatory impact on black voters, impermissibly burdening their voting rights under the VRA. More boldly, the court also held that the law was enacted with discriminatory intent, designed by the Republican legislature to curb black voting rights in violation of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. This dual finding of discriminatory impact and intent makes the Fourth Circuit’s decision the boldest judicial rejection of voting restrictions in years.

As the court explains, North Carolina passed its omnibus voting bill, SL 2013-381, almost immediately after the Supreme Court freed the state’s voting laws from federal “preclearance”—meaning that after nearly 50 years under supervision, the state was finally free to change voting laws without federal oversight. The legislature promptly “requested data on the use, by race, of a number of voting practices.” And “upon receipt of the race data, the General Assembly enacted legislation that restricted voting and registration in five different ways, all of which disproportionately affected black voters.” The new law created draconian requirements for valid voter ID, eliminating those IDs most commonly used by black voters; cut back early voting and killed same-day registration; eliminated preregistration for teenagers; and eliminated out-of-precinct voting for voters who accidentally showed up at the wrong precinct in the correct county.

Every single one of these restrictions disproportionately burdened black voters; indeed, as the Fourth Circuit writes, SL 2013-381 seemed to “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.” (Meanwhile, there is essentially no evidence that voter fraud ever occurs in North Carolina.) The evidence that the legislature enacted SL 2013-381 for precisely this purpose—to hamper black voting rights—is almost overwhelming. Indeed, the state even acknowledged that it had eliminated one early voting day, a Sunday, because it was a traditional “souls to the polls” day, when black voters were provided transportation from church to the polls. “Counties with Sunday voting in 2014 were disproportionately black” and “disproportionately Democratic,” the legislature said—so, in response, it did away with one of two days of Sunday voting. This, the Fourth Circuit writes, is “as close to a smoking gun as we are likely to see in modern times”:

The State’s very justification for a challenged statute hinges explicitly on race—specifically its concern that African Americans, who had overwhelmingly voted for Democrats, had too much access to the franchise.

But really, the North Carolina legislature littered its voting law with almost comically obvious smoking guns. Black voters, the court explains, are also more likely to utilize same-day registration, preregistration, and out-of-precinct voting. The legislature knew this when it enacted SL 2013-381; it had “requested a racial breakdown” of different voting methods, and, as the Fourth Circuit notes, discovered:

The legislature’s racial data demonstrated that, as the district court found, “it is indisputable that African American voters disproportionately used [same-day registration] when it was available.” … [I]n-person assistance likely would disproportionately benefit African Americans. SL 2013-381 eliminated same-day registration.

And on and on it goes—each restriction, the court persuasively explains, was crafted to crack down on voting methods favored by black voters. These “seemingly irrational restrictions unrelated to the goal of combating fraud,” the Fourth Circuit writes, can only be explained by discriminatory intent. And the legislature’s highly suspect behavior in enacting SL 2013-381—rushing it through, on party lines, as soon as it was freed of federal oversight—raises serious constitutional red flags. “Indeed,” the court writes, “neither this legislature—nor, as far as we can tell, any other legislature in the Country—has ever done so much, so fast, to restrict access to the franchise.”

As a result of the law’s discriminatory intent and impact, the Fourth Circuit concludes, each of its central provisions must be invalidated under the Equal Protection Clause and the VRA.

It is a very hard rebuke to the lower court.  Now, I know Judge Schroeder, the lower court judge who found that there was no discrimination intended when North Carolina passed its new voter laws.  He is a thorough and competent judge, and certainly no racist.  But not being a Southerner, he just doesn’t see certain things which the older Southern gentlemen of the Fourth Circuit did see.  As the Fourth Circuit wrote, “the [lower] court seems to have missed the forest in carefully surveying the many trees.  This failure of perspective lef the court to ignore critical facts bearing on legislative intent, including the inextricable link between race and politics in North Carolina.”

This is a HUGE win for North Carolina (the people, not the current government) with national repercussions.

It will no doubt go to the U.S. Supreme Court, where, with a 4-4 split, it will probably be upheld.

The 83 page opinion is below:

Highlights From DNC Day 4

It was a very well-orchestrated Day 4 of the convention, with some extraordinary speeches.  Unfortunately, the networks and 24 hours cable news stations didn’t cover some of the best ones, like these:

(1) The father of a deceased Muslim soldier offering Trump his copy of the Constitution:

(2) North Carolina’s Own, Reverend Barber shakes the walls:

(3)  Friend of mine — David Wils (spelled wrong below):

Hillary’s speech was fine.  She’s not an orator.  But the speech itself was good.  It went a little to the left, a little more to the right, having laid the groundwork for welcoming in NeverTrumpers.

The Bernie Sanders deadenders who were delegates came and sat on their hands.  There were sporadic attempts to chant on their part, but they were always drowned out by the rest of the crowd.  Even during stirring speeches which should appeal to ANYONE, they just say on their hands like the skunk at the party.  Some apparently DID leave.

The truth is, those people are activists.  They don’t know what to do in the room where it happens.  They are better off (for all involved) being on the outside yelling in.

Trump, after bragging so much about his convention, is now claiming ignorance:

“I didn’t produce our show — I just showed up for the final speech on Thursday,” Trump told The New York Times in a phone call this week.

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His claim that he had no hand in the convention programming was also eyebrow-raising, given that campaigns typically dictate the speaker roster and many of the RNC speakers had direct ties to Trump. Among those were five members of the Trump family, the manager of Trump Winery and ‘80s sitcom star Scott Baio, who said Trump personally invited him to speak at a campaign fundraiser.

The DNC earned applause from media observers for tightly hewing to schedule and drawing big names including Meryl Streep, Paul Simon, Katy Perry and President Barack Obama.

The Democratic convention outpaced the RNC’s ratings on multiple nights, according to Nielsen.

Also, Bill liked the balloons A LOT.

Here Bill sees the balloons for the first time:They are real, not just something he heard about in a storybook.He touches another.Bill can't believe his luck. He gets to play with these balloons?Bill gets to kick one.He holds one.He tries to kick a bunch of little ones.

Hahahahahahahaha!!

Again, I loathe these people. Back to their coffee shops and drum circles. https://t.co/KZDb4pK29Q
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On Fox, Hannity is talking about… wait for it… BENGHAZI!!!

Bill like like he’s never seen a balloon before. #DemsInPhilly

RT @POTUS: Great speech. She’s tested. She’s ready. She never quits. That’s why Hillary should be our next @POTUS. (She’ll get the Twitter…

The card stunt ain’t working. #DemsInPhilly

Card stunt!!

I knew she would work in.Hamilton. #DemsInPhilly

RT @EWErickson: “There is no other Donald Trump. This is it.” This is a good section of her speech. “America is great because America is…

That’s the first time she ever called him a bigot, isn’t it?’#DemsInPhilly

It sounds like there’s some drama in the arena. But you have to listen hard for it. It’s not working, Bernie dead-enders. #DemsInPhilly

RT @lizzwinstead: SHORTER HILLARY: Don’t give a troll a nuke #DNCinPHL

“Little men” Ouch. #DemsInPhilly

Bernie people holding up “No to Ghostbusters” signs. I need my anarchist decoder ring. #DemsInPhilly

Oh I really hoped she wouldn’t do the “Deal Me In!” #DemsInPhilly

Some.Bernie people from Washington have walked out because nobody is paying attention to them. #DemsInPhilly

RT @Bencjacobs: Video of Bernie supporters from Washington state walking out https://t.co/yDnGEZBm8M
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Good speech. I just don’t like her delivery. She needs to turn off the cheerleader and just talk. #DemsInPhilly

RT @BenjySarlin: Whatever booing is going on isn’t carrying over to TV

Get ready for the Berner protests. #DemsInPhilly