Sunday, July 24, 2016

BRAGGING


Because of a picture which I am unable to isolate and  copy from this NBCOLYMPICS promotion about USA Gymnastics I am sending this link.
http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/magnificent-seven-where-are-they-now

The subject is the first great USA team, not individuals,  known as the Fabulous Seven"  that 20 years won the gold in Atlanta, and what  they are doing now. To see what I am referring to please scroll down to the section related to Dominique Moceanu. The young gymnastic happens to be our SYD. (great granddaughter).

She will be old enough in 2020 to be competitive if her interests and drive continue. However as they get older they get tired of the demands and lack of time for other social life.

SORRY THE BEST I COULD DO



Monday marks what was supposed to be first session of the Clinton Inauguration by the Democrats as the entitled POTUS.
 If Hypnos who has commanded my time too often this past weeks doesn’t interfere I shall watch this Convention at least the prime time events and Colbert’s post session monologue.

Oh those Clinton haunting e-mails!  Not just the Secretary of State but now those of the Democrat National Committee that have confirmed Senator Sander’s charges that the DNC instead of being impartial as reputed was actively supporting Hilary.

The result is going to be a Convention clouded in animosity with a substantial portion of the party seeking revenge. The resignation of DNC Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz may not be enough to heal wounds.

Not only did the DNC play the religious card against Trump earlier but against Sanders

"At issue is a May 5 email leaked Friday by Wikileaks, in which Brad Marshall, the DNC’s chief financial officer, suggested that the party should “get someone to ask” about “his” religious beliefs. “It might [make] no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief,” the message says, presumably referring to Kentucky and West Virginia. “Does he believe in a God? He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.”
The email was sent to several top DNC officials — CEO Amy Dacey, communications director Luis Miranda and deputy communications director Mark Paustenbach. Marshall followed up two minutes later with this short message: “It’s these [sic] Jesus thing.”
Dacey’s response: “AMEN.” (JTA News 7/24/16)

This is unfortunately just one more episode that is making the choice between the egomaniac dogmatic messenger of doom and hatred and the Queen of deceit and above the law a most difficult one. 

At this point in time the one with the populist backing represents a greater danger to Constitutional Democracy than the known practitioner of political skill.

We do have three months to decide who the lesser evil is. What a sad state of affairs.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

The New York Times report on Trump's speech.
 ( His Tone Dark )

THE DAY AFTER

Trump may be right that the media; TV news and the “Press” would be negative about his speech and the Convention.

Check this OP.ED from the Washington Post:  (In acceptance speech, Trump’s America is a dark and desperate place)

According to USA Today;” The attacks on Hillary Clinton were excessive, even by the loose standards of modern political rhetoric. The chants of “lock her up” evoked the kind of foreign dictatorships for which Manafort has lobbied. Ben Carson’s speech connected her to Lucifer. Although he nominally was talking about a book in which her mentor Saul Alinsky briefly mentioned the fallen angel, many listeners might assume that he was accusing her of Satanism. To top it off, a Trump adviser said “Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.” Since threatening a former First Lady is a federal offense, the Secret Service is investigating.

And, few people remember it now, but at the 1980 Republican convention in Detroit, Ronald Reagan also declared that it was time to “make America great again.”

Reagan’s great America, however, was starkly different from Donald Trump’s. Reagan spoke in Detroit of “men and women of all races, nationalities and faiths bringing home to their families a decent paycheck.” For those without skills, he promised job training. And for those without opportunities, he promised economic stimulus. His convention was full of optimism — and specific plans to cut taxes, deregulate energy and enhance the military.

In contrast, the Trump convention this week in Cleveland was relentlessly negative, and animated by promised outcomes without practical ways of achieving them. In his acceptance speech Thursday evening, Trump depicted a nation in full-blown crisis, enduring “domestic disaster” and “international humiliation.” He vowed that only his firm leadership could “liberate our citizens from the crime and terrorism and lawlessness that threatens their communities.”

This capped a convention that was sharply partisan, rocked by internal division, largely devoid of policy, and seemingly incapable of getting excited by much other than putting Hillary Clinton in jail without due process.

Trump’s dark-and-stormy acceptance speech continued the themes of a primary campaign in which he declared that “America is going to hell” and that “stupid people” are in charge”. USA Editorial

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker debunked many of his claims such as; “The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50 percent compared to this point last year. “Donald Trump

This is wrong. The number of law enforcement officers killed on the job has increased 8 percent compared to this point in 2015. He may be referring to the total number of officers killed in shootings, which has increased 78 percent. This includes the recent shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

The overall number of police deaths has decreased in the past two decades. For the past 10 to 15 years, traffic-related incidents (including criminal pursuit and instances where officers are intentionally struck by offenders) have been the leading cause of death among police officers.

“The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50 percent compared to this point last year.” The facts: “The number of law enforcement officers killed on the job has increased 8 percent compared to this point in 2015. He may be referring to the total number of officers killed in shootings, which has increased 78 percent. This includes the recent shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

The overall number of police deaths has decreased in the past two decades. For the past 10 to 15 years, traffic-related incidents (including criminal pursuit and instances where officers are intentionally struck by offenders) have been the leading cause of death among police officers.’

Fifty-eight percent of African American youth are not employed.” The Facts:”The official unemployment rate for black youth is about half of what Trump says it is. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate among blacks 16 to 19 years old was 31.2 percent in June 2016. This official unemployment rate refers to jobless people who are actively looking for jobs, as a percentage of the total available workforce of people who are working or are looking for jobs.

It was a message of despair and the world has gone to hell and “The America he painted in his speech is badly broken and he is the only one who knows how to fix it.” (Washington Post)

The JTA posted:” Trump pledged to ease access to private schools, saying he would allow parents to send children “to the safe school of their choice.” (Meaning Parochial, Religious, Schools-(mine)) He also criticized the restriction on religious leaders preaching politics from the pulpit, known as the “Johnson amendment,” and said that he was “not sure I totally deserved” the support of Evangelical Christian communities.

Trump did not repeat his ban on Muslim immigration to the United States, though he proposed a modified version of that policy. He pledged to “immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place. We don’t want them in our country.”





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The day before he had in a TV interview intimated that he would not honor the NATO agreement that an attack on one member was an attack on all and would be countered by all. He did say Thursday night that Israel was “our greatest ally” See this link:( CLICK )


 Space here prevent more comments today.

 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

REPUBLICAN CONVENTION THURSDAY


Tonight is Trump's for a change

Wednesday night at the Republican convention was to be the beginning of “Days of Wine and Roses” ** Leadership knew that “To survive in peace and harmony, united and strong, we must have one people, one nation, one flag.”( Pauline Hanson)

That lasted until Cruz began his prime time speech before VP nominee Pence was to make his acceptance speech aimed at getting the reluctant conservative wing aboard the Trump train.

Cruz in effect refrained from supporting Trump
the nominee, despite the pledge he. And all the other candidates took early in the campaign.

Instead he urged the delegates to vote their consciences. He was loudly booed by the majority of delegates present and the Donald upstaged him by entering the Hall in the middle of Cruz’s oration.

Cruz later said that he would not vote for Hillary but that Trump had made it impossible to have his support when he had attacked Cruz’s wife. He was waiting for Trump’s acceptance speech.

Pence at his turn spent the time praising Trump and his determination at the same time observing how his own values would mesh with Trump.

When Pence finished speaking Trump as customary came out on the stage to acknowledge his VP. But instead of join hands above the head with Pence he blew him an air kiss , no arms around and then left Pence alone on the stage for his family. Trump had once again proved that he knows no political properness.

This is going to be the most unusual “partnership”.




**The days of wine and roses laugh and run away like a child at play
Through a meadow land toward a closing door
A door marked "nevermore" that wasn't there before       (
Henry Mancini - Days Of Wine And Roses Lyrics)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

FILLER 8/20/2016

Christie was in rare prosecutor form Tuesday night but most of the flack at the convention was Mrs. Trump's speech. The Donald reacted with one of his extemporaneous rants. Since it is late the best I can do is sans authorization repeating the following political cartoons that say everything.