Wednesday, October 26, 2016

October Surprise?

Well, it is now two weeks from election day, and we have entered what I always consider to be the real danger zone for a Republican "October surprise."  That would be when there is plenty of time to get a good lie out there, but not enough time for Democrats to show what a miserable smear it is.

And that brings me to Wikileaks.

I have some basic fears about Wikileaks.  First of all, that bastard Julian Assange has all day, every day, to sit around in that Ecuadorean Embassy.  Can you believe that he didn't spend his time going through those e-mail messages to save for last the ones that can be most easily twisted into a phony scandal?  Of course, maybe he has been too busy basking in his newfound glory to do that, but it's a chance that there is something in all those e-mails that will initially seem to prove something or other.

Second, we have already seen some "e-mails" released that are either forgeries, or James O'Keefe level distorting of what was really there.  I will be surprised if we do not see more of this in the next two weeks.

And finally, there is the very real possibility that the Russian spies who are behind all of this will simply release a pack of phony e-mails a few days before the election, which would fit with propaganda strategies they have used in an effort to rig elections in other countries.

We have to look at what is going on in the campaign:  After the massive hit Trump's polling took in the period from the second to the third debate, including the pussy video, etc.  the polls have been very consistent the last week or so, with Hillary holding a lead that has never been overcome this close to the election.  I just don't see that Trump has much of a shot without some sort of game-changing event, and right now this is the easiest one to arrange.

So, I'm waiting.  I hope I am wrong, but that would be relying on the Republicans' commitment to running a fair election, and we all know that is something that doesn't exist.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

A fine time to be checking out the wingnut world, given stories like this:

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Poll: Paul Ryan's Approval Collapses, More GOP Voters Say Trump Best Represents Their View Of The Party"

Something from Town Hall that is absolutely true!  Republicans, Trump is your ideal candidate.  Deal with it, you pack of racist, hate filled bastards.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Obama Pats Himself on Back for ACA...Then Suggests Improvements"

I like this because it reveals the Republicans' pathological inability to ever admit that anything they do is not perfect.  Obama can't be happy with 20 million new insured people, the elimination of the prior conditions scam, and lowering of the strain on other medical assistance programs, because he wants to make it better.  So, he's admitted that it failed.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Watchdog Group Aims to Keep Hillary Campaign Accountable"

Because it's Hillary's campaign that needs watching. By the way, the "watchdog group" is the Public Interest Legal Foundation, which is nothing but a right wing group dedicated to hatcheting anything which interferes with the power of its rich backers.  Surprise!

Derek Hunter, Town Hall:  "What’s being rigged now is the election.  I’ve been unambiguous in my criticism of Donald Trump, but he is absolutely correct the electoral system is rigged. He narrows it to being against him, but it would be rigged against any Republican who ran this year. It’s that rigged."

It's rigged every time the press tells the truth about what a miserable human being Trump is.  The press is in the basket for Hillary because they are not reporting the election as if an honorable, experienced public servant is not exactly as qualified to be President as a violent, racist, know-nothing bully.  Of course, in a normal election, that is exactly how things would be reported, because to the mainstream press, the Republican is always better than the Democrat.  Too bad for Republicans that this time they allowed their voters to pick a violent, racist, know-nothing bully who didn't know when to keep his God-damned mouth shut.

Jonah Goldberg, Town Hall:  "WikiLeaks emails will poison Hillary Clinton's presidency"

Guess he's given up on their main intent, which was to see that she was never elected.  Now, the Republicans will have to use them for four more years of subversion.  Too bad, by the way, that they have so far totally failed to uncover a thing to get excited about.  Oh well, at this point, Republican voters start salivating as soon as anyone mentions the word "e-mail," so their lack o content really doesn't hurt much.  Jonah continues:

"Fortunately, Donald Trump has the Lincolnesque qualities of political subtlety, magnanimity and foresight to quell any such misgivings."

I'd think that was sarcasm, but we are talking Jonah Goldberg here, so who knows?

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Analysis: Trump's Hedge on Accepting Election Results Boosts Hillary in Status Quo Debate"

No shit, Sherlock.

Streiff, Red State:  "Did Hillary Clinton Just Say She Was Okay With Going To War With Russia?"

No.  Boy, that is some kind of shameless lie there, Streiff.

Christian Otto, PJ Media:  "Madonna: Vote for Hillary and I'll (BLEEP) You"

I reported on this story in the last Wingnut Wrapup.  It's a sign of how pathetic the Republican attacks on Hillary are, that something like this has legs.

Joan Swirsky, Renew America:  "I have two words for Donald Trump--Harry Truman!"

I have two words for you, Joan:  Grow up.

Michael Bargo Jr, American Thinker:  "In the past week, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has been chastised by the media for being obsessed with the accusations of sexual impropriety alleged by several women.  There is a more subtle tactic here, a dirty tricks strategy Democrats love to perpetrate: the tactic of creating a controversy or chaotic situation, then blaming the victim – in this case, Donald Trump – for responding to it."

Trump assaults numerous women.  He is the victim.  Right.

Daniel Nussbaum, Breitbart:  "Wayne Newton: Never Seen Trump Treat Women ‘in a Derisive Way in Any Form’

Ha ha ha.  Wayne Newton.  Ha ha ha ha ha.  Just exactly how much time does Wayne Newton spend with Donald Trump?  And given that Wayne Newton is one of the creepiest people in recorded history, isn't this sort of like reporting, "Al Capone:  Bootleg liquor?  Never saw anything like that."

Ford Springer, Daily Caller:  "Trump's Plane Is Big League Compared To Clinton's"

Well, that will be a comfort to him on November 9th.

Daily Caller:  "Poll- Who won the third debate?"

I bet you can't wait to hear the results:

"In a poll run on the Drudge Report near the end of the debate, 76 percent of voters believed that Trump defeated Clinton handily, while 24 percent thought she had won."

Drudge.  Okay, then.  I guess Hillary is sunk.  And now a new MASSIVE e-mail scandal:

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Surprise: A New Email Scandal Lie Emerges From Hillary Testimony...Secretary Clinton states that she does not recall having communications with Bryan Pagliano concerning or relating to the management, preservation, deletion, or destruction of any emails in her email account..."

Throw her in prison because, in the middle of all her responsibilities as the Secretary of State, she claims she does not remember a conversation with her IT guy from four and a half years ago!  Who could believe that?  most of us fall asleep every night fondly replaying in our minds our latest interaction with the company IT guy.

And some delusional fantasy from the right:

Patterico, Red State:  "Ted Cruz Should Have Been The One Debating Hillary Clinton This would the debate have gone if Ted Cruz been on stage instead of Donald Trump?  Ted Cruz would have wiped the floor with Hillary Clinton."

Ha.  Ted Cruz is the most despised political figure in the entire country.  People hate him pretty much from the first time they see that ugly smirk on his face.  The general election would have reduced him to the status of a maggot in the eyes of the American people.  Hillary would have destroyed him without even trying.

And, still caught in denial?

Spengler, PJ Media:  "I'm still calling this election for Donald J. Trump. The polls are meaningless. Perceptions are morphing as rapidly as the new-model Terminator in the molten steel vat at the end of the movie. The election will be won and lost a dozen times between now and Election Day."

Gee, Spengler, two weeks and you can go back on your antipsychotic meds.

And speaking of delusional:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "TRUMP Drops Bomb at Al Smith Dinner, Says “Hillary Is So Corrupt… She’s Pretending Not to Hate Catholics” BRUTAL! Donald Trump Destroyed Hillary at the Alfred E. Smith Catholic Dinner in New York City tonight."

A great victory for Trump, except maybe the part where the audience of rich New York Catholics, which should be just about his most loyal constituency, booed Trump for saying that.  Jim didn't notice the booing, I guess.

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Wikileaks reveals that Hillary’s such a crooked politician that she doesn’t even stay bought"

I love this one.  See, the wingnuts allege that Hillary traded favors for a Clinton foundation donation, and when someone mentions that there never were any favors granted, that isn't proof that there was no quid pro quo, but rather that Hillary did make the corrupt deal, and then stiffed the person who bribed her.  Because, of course she did.  Heads I win, tails you lose, HITLERY!!

Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "WikiLeaks Bombshell: Clinton Told Kaine He Was VP — in July of 2015"

Bombshell!  BOMBSHELL!!!!  Because, who knows?  But this is all they are getting out of their Wikileaks e-mails that are going to totally destroy Hillary, so I guess they have to run with it.

Aleister, Gateway Pundit:  "WATCH: At Trump Rally In PA, “WOMEN FOR TRUMP” SIGNS ARE EVERYWHERE!"

All professionally printed, obviously by the same people that print all the rest of Trump's signs.  That really proves a lot.  The fact that any women were willing to hold them, on the other hand, does prove something.  It proves that there are some white women in the country who are as stupid and vicious as the millions of white males out there who support Trump.

Laurie Roth, Renew America:  "Third Debate - Smooth -- smiling Hillary appeared paranoid -- arrogant -- conspiratorial"

You see what you want to see, I guess.  Because a smile always shows paranoia and arrogance.

Worl Net Daily:  "Leaked emails reveal smear campaign against bestselling author Jerome Corsi"

This one has to make you laugh.  Corsi, as you may remember, was the source of the Swift Boat lying smear campaign against John Kerry, which gave its name to smear campaigns: "swiftboating."  Now, he's complaining that he is being smeared, because some people want to challenge him on the lies he's told in the past.  Gee, I feel sorry for him.

Jonathan F. Keiler, American Thinker:  "Why Should Trump Accept the Election Results?  There is no reason for Donald Trump or any other citizen to "accept" a result in November that puts Obama's corrupt and criminal successor in power."

Apparently including the reason that she won the election.  It is, by the way, an example of rigging the election, in Mr. Keiler's view, for the members of the press corps to realize that putting Trump in the White House risks the political and economic stability of the entire world.  If they admit the truth, they are "rigging" the election for the only sane candidate, which is apparently a colossal crime.

Neil W. McCabe, Breitbart:  "Exclusive–Danney Williams: President Clinton Knows Truth, I Am His Son; Demands Paternity Test"

He already had one in 1999, which proved he is no relation to Bill Clinton.  What, is he going for two out of three here?

And another sign of how desperate they are:

Breitbart:  "Letters Behind Clinton Spell Out ‘Rig it’ in Debate"

This is sort of like people who see Jesus in their waffles.  I guess they are counting on cosmic coincidence to give them a win.  Well, at this point, it may be their best shot.

David Shestokas, Daily Caller:  "Criticizing Trump For Being Honest About Accepting Election Results...Trump answered Chris Wallace’s question honestly when professional politicians would have lied."

See, no one has a right to criticize Hitler for killing Jews, because he was honest about his intentions to do so, well in advance of the fact.  It makes it okay to be an evil monster, if you are just "honest" about it.

David Krayden, Daily Caller:  "DNC Chair Donna Brazile Now Symbolizes Democratic Corruption"

This week.  Last week, when hardly anyone had ever heard of Donna Brazile, it was...well, who remembers?   And next week it will be...who knows?  Someone else most people have never heard of.  But it's always someone.  Of course, they need a new "symbol" of Democratic corruption every week, because it rarely takes people more than two or three days to realize that their claims are bullshit.  Of course, when the press points that out, it just proves they are in the tank for Hillary.

American Updater:  "Huge Revelation From WikiLeaks!! “There Is No US Election”

Oh God, here we go again.  I know this is going to end in talk about lizard people from outer space.  Anyway, I guess this is the ultimate denial of reality from a right winger who sees what is happening to his beloved would-be dictator.

American Updater:  "Wow! Catholics Forbidden From Voting For Hillary By Former Pope!!"

Former Pope?  Would that be the one who snuck out of the back door of the Vatican one step ahead of being personally charged in the Church's child rape scandals?  He's had the sense to keep his mouth shut since then.  I'd suggest he get back to that practice before the rest of us decide to root around some more into what he was really doing while all the guy around him were molesting kids.

And, in the need to go out on a real burst of insanity?

American Reviewer BREAKING NEWS!  "FBI Classifies President OBAMA As A DOMESTIC TERRORIST"

Buying that one?  No?  I didn't think so.

Derek Hunter, Town Hall:  "Why I Now Feel Compelled To Vote For Trump"

Because if you don't, you aren't going to get paid any more for lying.  I mean, isn't that what the deal is with virtually everyone who ends up being in Wingnut Wrapup?  It sure isn't because you are trying to do something good with your life.

Professional Grade Not Getting It

Liberal style, this time dealing with Evangelicals and their adherence to Donald Trump.

Two samples today.  The first is from Susan M. Shaw is Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University, from that reliable source of weak Liberalism, the Huffington Post:

"Even as evangelicals are now divided over the Republican presidential nominee, a handful of leaders and the majority of white evangelical voters still support Donald Trump. Surprisingly, many of them have abandoned the rhetoric of morals and values...Somehow, these conservative Christian leaders and voters still attempt to couch that maneuver in meaningful Christian theological and ethical language.

"As a former evangelical...I hope this division can lead to some much-needed soul-searching among evangelicals about who they are and what they should be doing in the world to live the good news they proclaim."

Somehow, they " attempt to couch that maneuver" in their old moralistic blabber.

The other reading  for today comes from the ever-pathetic NPR:

"Quick: do you think politicians can still do their jobs if they've screwed up in their personal lives?

Many Americans answer this question differently now than they would have five years ago. And for white evangelical Protestants, it's especially likely their opinion has changed.

That's what a new PRRI/Brookings poll says. In 2011, 30 percent of white evangelicals said that "an elected official who commits an immoral act in their personal life can still behave ethically and fulfill their duties in their public and professional life." Now, 72 percent say so — a far bigger swing than other religious groups the poll studied.

It's just one poll, but it does suggest a sizable shift in how Americans of several religious stripes think about the connection between morality and politics."

Still pretending that Evangelical Christianity is some sort of "religious stripe."  Still pretending that any Evangelicals care about who they are, or about what they should be doing in the world, or to whom they give their allegiance.  

Anyone, and I mean anyone, who really looks at things with open eyes can see that Evangelical Christianity is nothing but a sham religion, filled with people who don't give a damn about right and wrong, but still want to wrap themselves in the mantle of God.  These people care no more about the morality of their leaders than they do about their own adherence to the words of Christ; they care about nothing but slaking their greed and stoking their own hatred.  There is not a minute when they can be counted on to do the right thing.  Their phony religion must be unmasked for the malicious farce it is, and all of the temporizing with this obvious fact, as found in the two examples above, only prolongs the time until we reckon with this miserable phenomenon, and end its ability to work its evil.

Enough.  If there are decent, honorable religions in this world, Evangelical Christianity is not one of them.  It is a vicious force in the world today, and the sooner we cease having any doubts about that fact, the sooner we can go about creating a world in which it no longer works constantly to turn our nation toward evil.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Curt Schilling Hits It Out of the Park

Oops!  the ball hit the scoreboard and bounced right back in his face.

Famous ex-baseball pitcher and long time white supremacist and Jew hater Curt Schilling, and (of course) big Donald Trump supporter had a rally in the city of Boston (where he played baseball) this weekend, and the army of Trump supporters turned out en masse to show their readiness to take any action necessary to see to it that Hillary does not get anywhere near the White House:

Sorry! Not quite the attendance Curt was expecting.  In fact, when you subtract the press, it turns out that he attracted a grand total of 12 people.  Yup, 12.

Long time readers of my blog will know that I have a long history of reporting on these disastrous rallies by right wingers.  The normal pattern is for the press to abet them in promoting their marches, and then totally ignore the actual result, furthering the notion that there really is a major militant movement on the right in this country.  Here's one more of them, and it is a lesson to anyone that thinks that, when Trump presumably loses the election, his people are going to grab their guns, rise up and start shooting to "take their country back."  It's one thing to answer a poll in favor of Trump, or even go to one of his circuses rallies, in hopes of a cheap thrill, but quite another thing to expect any real action from them.  They are mostly nothing but pathetic saps with big mouths, who have been drained of any hope of a decent life by the very sort of people that Trump perfectly personifies, and are too lazy to try to figure out what really happened to them, thereby making themselves endless victims.  Well, here they are- all 12 of them in Boston, anyway.

See you at the revolution, in two weeks, guys.

Sean Hannity On What It Takes to be Great

Hannity the other day:

“I listened to hours and hours of his speeches. He’s mesmerizing. He’s an unbelievable orator,” Hannity continued. "Then he adds the racism and the anti-Semitism. If you took that away, this guy could have been such a powerful force in his life"

Hannity was talking about his new BFF, Louis Farrakhan.  

And here, at first I thought he might have been talking about someone else.  

Just in case you have forgotten how close these "respectable" Conservative spokesmen really are to being nothing but out and out Nazis.

The Man Who Would Be Commander In Chief Shows His Abysmal Ignorance

Pretty much lost in all of the other disgusting things Trump has had to say the last few days is his rooting for the United States and our allies to lose in Mosul, in order to provide him with a campaign talking point.

As the New York Times reported:

"WASHINGTON — In Wednesday night’s debate, Donald J. Trump excoriated the American-backed Iraqi military offensive to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State, saying it had forfeited “the element of surprise” and allowed militant leaders to slip away."

Or as Trump himself tweeted soon afterwards:

"The attack on Mosul is turning out to be a total disaster. We gave them months of notice. U.S. is looking so dumb. VOTE TRUMP and WIN AGAIN!"

Besides the obvious subversion, and borderline treason*, involved in a Presidential candidate virtually rooting for a humiliating loss for our troops, these remarks demonstrate his profound ignorance of military strategy, and the situation on the ground in Mosul.

First, let's just take a look at the terrain around the city.  Here are a couple of pictures taken along the major routes into and out of Mosul:
Approaching Mosul from the Northwest

Approaching Mosul from the East

I suggest that Trump explain to us exactly where an army could be hidden in this sort of terrain.

Second, Trump does not seem to give a damn that Mosul's population hit a high in 2004 of 1.8 million people, and even today there are probably about 1.3 million innocent civilians living there.  Trump apparently is perfectly happy to see them slaughtered by the tens of thousands, in order to kill some of the thirty thousand or so ISIS troops there.  A surprise attack would obviously lead to massive civilian casualties, but as these people are not white, Trump and his followers just don't care.  The United States, on the other hand, is giving them all the chance it can to leave or provide in whatever way they can for their own security.

And finally, there is no kind of fighting that takes a greater toll on the attacking army than urban warfare.  We gave ISIS troops a chance to flee the city?  You bet we did- there is nothing that will make them easier to defeat than getting them out in the sort of open terrain you can see above.  

So, there you have it.  Trump is not only grotesquely ignorant of military tactics, but he is also criminally indifferent to civilians caught in the way of his army- virtually the complete opposite of Hillary.  This man is a monster, and a potential war criminal of the worst kind.

*Unlike Republicans, I only use this term in its strict Constitutional meaning.  In my opinion, working to undermine the U.S. military and our allies with the American people, comes perilously close to "giving aid and comfort to the enemy."  Anyone want to argue with that?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Good Senate News

Take a look at this chart, from 538, which shows the odds of the Democrats taking back the Senate:
And note that the Democrats have been above 50% essentially since August.  If Democrats just get out and vote, we should be in good shape here.

Link via the ever-entertaining weekly link round up from Infidel753.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

More Wikileaks e-mails

And I guess they really have her this time.  Here's the headline from Fox News:

"WikiLeaks Clinton Email Dump Reveals Staff Member's Daughter Poking Fun at Wiping Server"

That's what they have on her!  Staff member's daughter!  Poking fun!  Man, Hillary is done for now!

Can this get any more pathetic?

Trump To Accept Results

From a rally today, this announcement by Donald Trump:

Democracy at work, folks- Democracy Republican Style, anyway.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Miracles Never Stop This Year

The Tribe is In the Series!

And now, this astounding news, just in!  Can it be possibly true?  After all these years misidentifying this image, it now appears that it is actually a drawing of Scottie Pippen!
I mean, am I right, or what?

Green Eagle's California Proposition Guide

This post will be of marginal interest to anyone that does not live in California, but the situation with propositions in California is so confusing this year- the California State voter guide runs to over 200 pages- that I thought I would try to sort some of this out.

I want to first talk about the way I customarily evaluate these propositions.  Anyone who has watched the metastasis of the process of putting propositions on the ballot over recent decades knows that many of them are deceptively written by corporate shills, and it is almost impossible to figure out what they are really about.  So, I have found that the most reliable guide to whether these propositions are good or bad is to look at the statements in the voter guide for and against the propositions, and see who is advocating and opposing them.  In the great majority of cases, I have found, you need look no farther to make your decision.  For example, if the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association is for a proposition, you can be sure it is a corporate missile aimed right at the population of California.  So, in analyzing these propositions, I will often not have to go farther than that.

Well, let's get to work:

Proposition 51: A proposition to authorize funding for construction and modernization of schools and community colleges.

For:  PTA, Retired Teachers Association, Community College League of California

Against: California Taxpayer Action Network, whatever that is.  I could find no information online about where they get their money, but the name should be clue enough about who they are.

Verdict YES on Proposition 51

Proposition 52:  Extends an existing statute that imposes fees on hospitals to fund Med-Cal services.

For:  California Hospital Association, California Association of Nurse Practitioners, California Senior Advocacy League

Against:  Three people with no stated affiliation.

Verdict:  It's not like, say, the California Hospital Association, would be above promoting a proposition out of mere self- interest, but it is interesting that no known organization was willing to speak out against the measure.  Verdict: A qualified YES on Proposition 52, based on who is for or against it.

Proposition 53:  Requires Statewide voter approval before any bond issue over $2 billion can be approved.

I was already suspicious of this one, as it would make it extremely difficult for the State government to meet its obligations- face it, $2 billion is just not that much money in a State with over 40 million people.

For:  Dino Cortopassi, described as a "retired farmer" in the voters' handbook, but actually a massively wealthy real estate investor who is the sole funder of this measure, a retired sheriff, and (we've been waiting for it) the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers' Association

Against: California Professional Firefighters, Association of California Water Agencies, California Office of Emergency Services

The intent of this proposition is essentially to destroy Jerry Brown's high speed rail initiative, large scale water allocation projects and anything else that costs the government real money.  Verdict:  NO on proposition 53.

Proposition 54:  Places some limits on the ability of the legislature to pass bills, particularly imposing a 72 hour period between introduction and passage of bills, to allow for public input.

For:  League of Women Voters, California Planning and Conservation League, California Chamber of Commerce

Against:  Californians for an Effective Legislature

This one is a little complicated, and requires a little more knowledge about what is going on here.  This proposition was solely financed by one billionaire, Charles Munger.  His intent with the 72 hour waiting period is not really to give citizens access, but to allow him and his fellow rich guys to gin up a publicity campaign against anything they don't want passed.  I'm troubled with the support of the League of Women Voters here, but the Chamber of Commerce being involved is almost an immediate red flag.

Please note that a number of other propositions have arguments from the "California Senior Advocates League."  This is a right wing front group financed by the aforementioned Charles Munger, and a number of malicious corporate front groups.

Verdict:  NO on Proposition 54

Proposition 55:  Extends a tax increase on those earning over $250,000 a year, primarily to fund schools.

For: California State PTA, Childrens' Defense Fund, California State Superintendant of Public Instruction

Against:  (Here they come again)  the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, National Federation of Independent Businesses.

Verdict:  A strong YES on Proposition 55, based solely on who is for and against this.

Proposition 56:  Increased cigarette tax

For:  American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, American Heart Association

Against:  Former director of California State Board of Education, former director of maternal health, L.A. county department of health, Association of Orange County Ceputy Sheriffs.

A confession:  I saw my father, a smoker, die of cancer when I was a teenager, and as far as I am concerned, the "tax" on sales of cigarettes should be about twenty years in prison.

Verdict:  What do you think?  A strong YES on Proposition 56.

Proposition 57:  Allows parole for nonviolent felons and makes some other modifications in the draconian sentencing rules that have burdened the State since Reagan was our governor.

For:  Jerry Brown, Chief Probation Officers of California

Against:  San Francisco Police Officers' Association, Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, California District Attorneys Association

I'm not about to allow police and prosecutors to give themselves job security by throwing more people in jail.  Verdict: A strong YES on Proposition 57.

Proposition 58:  Deals with English proficiency in public schools

For:  California Federation of Teachers, California School Boards Association, California Language Teachers' Association

Against:  Ron Unz, "English for the Children," Oceanside Unified School District

An all star list for, and Ron Unz, one of the most belligerent right wing figures in California political history; and the school district of a very right wing California city against.  I was initially suspicious of this measure, as these sort of english-promoting measures have so often been covers for jingoistic nationalism, but here is a real case to show how important it is to know who is supporting and attacking the proposition.

Verdict:  a strong YES on Proposition 58.

Proposition 59:  Deals with an attempt to have the California government take a stand on repealing Citizens' United

I'm not even bothering with the for and against arguments for this one.  Any enemy of Citizens' United is a friend of mine.

Verdict: YES on Proposition 59

Proposition 60:  Requires condom usage for adult film actors

Hold it- I really don't care how anyone votes on this one.  Sorry.

Proposition 61:  Requires the State to buy prescription drugs at the lowest price

For:  California Nursing Association/National Nurses Organization, AARP California, Art Torres, retired chair of the California Democratic Party

Against:  Vererans of Foreign Wars, Latino Diabetes Association, California Association of Rural Health Clinics

Honestly, I don't know who got promised what to have these three groups sign up against this bill. Verdict: A clear YES on Proposition 61.

Proposition 62:  Repeals the death penalty in California

For:  A former long-time California death row warden, and the author of California's current death penalty law

Against:  DA of San Bernardino County, Peace Officers Research Association of California, Marc Klaas, father of famous murder victim Polly Klaas.

Just to be clear, the  "Peace Officers Research Association of California" is not a research organization at all, but a lobbying outfit.  Again, I have to say that, after all I have seen in my life, I believe that certain acts do deserve the death penalty, but it is also clear to me that there are now over 700 death row inmates in California, with only 13 having been executed in the last 40 years.  I think we need to face the fact that it is unlikely that any of the rest are going to be executed, and divest ourself of the monstrous cost of keeping them on death row.  Verdict, a qualified YES on Proposition 62.

Proposition 63:  Requires background checks to purchase ammunition.  Prohibits large-capacity magazines

For:  Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor, Dianne Feinstein, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Against:  California State Sheriffs Association, California Reserve Peace Officers Association, Coalition for Civil Liberties

The "Coalition for Civil Liberties" appears to be a front group for the NRA.  Why those other two groups want more armed people out there with the ability to kill them is anyone's guess.  Verdict:  In this crazy era, there is nothing we can do to tamp down gun violence but nibble around the edges of gun proliferation.  Still, it's something.  Verdict: a strong YES on Proposition 63.

Proposition 64:  Marijuana Legalization

Whoopee!  Who Cares who is for it or aganst it!

Verdict:  a strong YES on Proposition 64.

Proposition 65:  Requires money collected by stores for carryout bags to be used for environmental purposes, and not to just increase their profits.

For:  California Taxpayer Protection Committee, California Senior Advocates League

Against:  Californians Against Waste

Here's one where the groups for and against it don't seem to tell us much, except the California Senior Advocates League, about which see the comment above on proposition 54.  So I have to rely on that dreaded criterion, my own judgment, which tells me that $300 million in the hands of environmentalists is a much better thing than $300 million more in the pockets of supermarket chains.  Verdict:  YES on Proposition 65

Proposition 66:  Changes appeal process for death penalty cases, exempts prison officials from regulations regarding execution methods.

For:  Contra Costa Deputy Sheriffs Association, one random prosecutor and one random family member of a murder victim

Against:  California Death Row Warden- 1999-2004, Antonio Villaraigosa, an innocent man sentenced to death.

Hopefully, Proposition 62 will pass and all of this will be moot, but in any case, I will vote against this useless and vindictive measure.  Verdict: NO on Proposition 66.

Proposition 67:  Ban on single-use plastic bags

For:  Monterey Bay Aquarium, California Ocean Protection Council, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery

Against:  California Manufacturers & Technology Association, California Taxpayer Protection Committee, California Senior Advocates League

A clear example of taking some small measure to protect the environment versus pure corporate greed.  Verdict:  A strong YES on Proposition 67.

And there you go.  Not much value if you are not from California, and perhaps not if you are from here, but this is a particularly difficult election for propositions, and I hope it helps someone beyond me and my own family in sorting it all out.

Wingnut Wrapup

Oh man, let's just start off with this one:

World Politicus:  "Supreme Court Justice John Roberts Signs Off On Obama’s Removal For Treason… His Career Is Over...According to recent reports, Chief Justice John Roberts might have signed off on Interpol to have Obama impeached on the grounds of multiple counts of treason."

Reports by whom?  Certainly no one that knows a thing about American law.  First of all, of course, "Interpol" cannot have Obama removed for treason; only Congress can do that.  Second, Roberts cannot "sign off" on any criminal prosecution.  As Chief Justice, it is none of his business unless the person is convicted and their conviction is appealed to the Supreme  Court, which cannot in any event ever happen to a sitting President.  Third, do you think a Chief Justice would really be stupid enough to announce this effective coup attempt in public?  Man, this is a new height in Republican idiocy.

Except for maybe this, the worst attempt to gin up a Hillary scandal in the whole election:

World Net Daily:  "Hillary bus caught illegally dumping poop in street"

Yup, that's a real story at World Net Daily, now being picked up by wingnut sites around the country.  Just the ticket to bring the whole Hillary campaign down.  And if that doesn't work, how about this?

Marisa Schultz, New York Post:  "Hillary Clinton accused of stealing furniture from the State Department"

God, that's too pathetic to even comment on.

Michael Brown, Town Hall:  "Conservative Christians, Be Assured That President Hillary Clinton Will Declare War On You"

Bullshit.  Now they know they are losing so bad that they have to drive their supporters into a blind panic to get them to vote for Trump.  If Hillary's bus pooping in the street doesn't do the trick.

Cortney O'Brien:  "Why Giuliani Doesn't Believe Trump Accuser Who Claims to Have Been Assaulted in First Class"

Wrong question, Cortney.  The question should be "Why, when Rudy knows damed well that the accusations are true, is he going around in public, lying about them?"  -The answer:  He is a corrupt bastard without a shred of human decency, who is willing to collaborate with any sort of low life scum if it will keep him on the news shows.

Dan Spencer, Town Hall:  "Pence: Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky Scandal ‘The Most Appalling Behavior’ of Any President"

How about when George W. Bush started a war of aggression in an innocent country, that resulted in the deaths of a million innocent civilians?  I guess that is not as bad as a Democrat getting a blow job.

Tyler O,Neil, PJ Media:  "Vanderbilt Professor: Hillary Clinton is Proof 'Satanism is on the Rise'"

They're really losing it now.

"I would argue that Satanism itself is on the rise in the country, and I think that that's well documented," Swain declared. She argued that the deceptive tactics associated with Lucifer have infiltrated the country's political discourse, and traced that back to the leftist professor Saul Alinsky...Swain, a black woman who grew up in poverty, dropped out of college to become a single mother, but pulled herself up to become a college professor, went on to attack the "Black Lives Matter" movement."

I hope you are getting paid damed well to say things like this, lady, because if your religion turns out to be true, you are headed to a bad place after judgment day.  And by the way, Vanderbilt University, it is a mark of eternal shame on you that this woman is allowed to teach at your school.  This is not free speech, it is a clear sign of mental disability.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "What Media Won’t Tell You: ‘How to Vote Trump’ Is Crushing “How to Vote Hillary’ on Google"

More evidence of why he's called the Stupidest Man On The Internet.  Jim, Hillary's voters already know how to vote, because they have been good citizens for a long time.  The assholes that look up "how to vote Trump" probably have to start their day by googling "how to tie your shoes."

And let's keep going with Jim, while he is on a roll:

"The Elites Have NO IDEA How Angry People Really Are"

We do, however, have a pretty good idea how stupid and crazy they are.  And let's just let Jim be the spokesman for this nonsense:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "WIKILEAKS Releases Podesta Emails Part #9 on Sunday Morning – More Hillary Lies"

Wikileaks...e-mails...Podesta.  Is there anyone other than Trump idiots that even pays attention to this any more?  Wikileaks is now releasing these e-mails by the thousands, and there is nothing remotely incriminating in any of them.  So just keep it up.  There's an old Yiddish saying about "Machen Gelt von Dreck."  Sorry, guys- this time around it's all dreck and no gelt.

David R. Usher, American Thinker:  "Donald Trump is leading America's third war of Independence (the first two being in 1776 and the War of 1812)."

Talk about delusions of grandeur.

"Trump's campaign touched the taproot of the Electorate. Most Americans cannot quite put a finger on the reason..."

Well, we know the reason:  there are millions of really stupid, gullible, hate and greed-filled people out there, who are so utterly clueless that they think that electing a billionaire is the way to protect themselves from the "establishment."

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "I don't know how anyone can demean women more than she has demeaned women, or present women as nothing more than pieces of meat. That's the hypocrisy we're dealing with here."

But the Clinton campaign is moving forward as the solemn protector of women's rights."

How about that for a big lie?  Tough to top that.

Linda Kimball, Renew America:  "Progressive leftism: the serpent's blood-soaked ideology of deception, malice, and madness"

Well, don't hold back, girl.  Tell us how you really feel.  Anyway, I tried to read more of this article- one of the most turgid, irrational things I have ever seen.  Don't try it yourself, unless you are either a professional or have a large supply of valium at hand.

Newsmax:  "Poll: Clinton Heavily Favored to Win Electoral College"

I.e. to be elected President.  But they can't bring themselves to say that.

Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner:  "Donald Trump has all but disappeared from the TV news sets and press conference stages he once seemed all too eager to dominate earlier in the election, and is making it clear to the thousands of people who attend his rallies that the press is now his enemy."

No, Eddie, what it is making clear is that Trump finally realizes that the more the public sees him, the more they hate him.

Larry Klayman, World Net Daily:  "On the precipice of total Clinton tyranny!"

Ha ha.  Larry Klayman.  Ha ha.

Clarice Feldman, American Thinker:  "Man the Vote: It’s the Least You Can Do for Your Country...If only men voted, Trump would already have won."

Really? You mean that we could just call the election off, throw the Obamas into the street and put Trump in the White House? That's democracy for you.  And by the way, Clarice, if you think your fellow women and yourself shouldn't be allowed to vote, then you shouldn't be allowed to shoot your big fat ugly mouth off about anything political.  Get back in the kitchen where you belong, and do the dishes.

Stewart Lawrence, Daily Caller:  "Under Siege, Trump Needs To Call On Melania.  Now is the time when her special insight and reassurance are most needed."

"Special Insight."  Into what, I wonder?  how to parlay your looks into a marriage with a rich scum?

Philip Stuckey, Daily Caller:  "Gingrich: Trump Would Win If It Weren't For The Media"

I.e. if all people had to go on were Republican lies and smears.


Why not?


Boy, you'd have to explain to me why she'd want it before I believe that one.

And let's all welcome a new visitor to Wingnut Wrapup:

American Reviewer:  "George Soros RIGGED Voting Machines in These 16 STATES! Is YOUR STATE On The List??"

Man, that Soros guy must be some kind of mechanic to have done that all by himself.

American Reviewer:  "BREAKING: Julian Assange of WIKILEAKS Was Just KILLED OFF … Please Pray"

Why pray if he's already dead?  P.S.- he's not. He just had his twitter feed cut off.  I know this is the cyber age, but still, cutting off your twitter feed doesn't really kill you.  Bet you are surprised to hear that.

"The details surrounding the situation are scarce"

You betcha they are.  So scarce that they don't exist.  Not scarce enough, however, to prevent them from asking:

"Do you think Hillary Clinton is behind this??"

Or, as long as we are reporting utterly preposterous claims, how about this one?


Well, since he didn't do any such thing, no sense wasting time on their other false claims.  So, let's just go out on this one:

American Reviewer:  "SH0CKING VIDEO SURFACES of BARACK OBAMA From 1995 Revealing WHO HE REALLY IS"

A black man.  That is what the video reveals, clearly and for anyone to see.  He's really a black man.  Shocking!  If only more Americans had known this in 2008, we never would have to have suffered through eight years of job growth, tripling of the Dow, adding 20 million people to the rolls of the insured, avoiding three trillion dollar foreign aggressions, etc.

And is there anyone on earth that would believe this one?

Christine Rousselle, Town Hall:  "After First Posing Nude, Madonna Now Offering Sexual Favors For Voting For Hillary"

Sounds more like a Trump tactic to me.  Melania, I hope you're rested up.  Time to earn your keep.

And this news just in:

Gateway Pundit:  "ACTUARIAL REVIEW: Analysis of Recent Polls Shows Trump Win and Possible Landslide"

In other news from the same world:  Witcher Geralt of Rivia defeats the master vampire Detlaf to restore peace!

P.S.- Geralt is voting for Hillary.
Bruce Walker, American Thinker:  "What if There Were a National Conservative Party?"

That's an easy question to answer, because it has been tried.  In Germany, in the 1930's and 1940's.

And that's all I can take.  Believe me, it goes on and on at this point.