Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Once again external factors complicated the writing of me blog.
Had a new washing machine delivered at 8am yesterday? Seemed great on installation but when the first new load of wash was runned the machine made a weird noise through the wash cycle and when spinning it roared
A call to the store said the installers were too far away to come back yesterday but could today. I was told that I would be notified last night as to the window time. I am still waiting to hear.
Is it not wonderful that our Presidential candidate the great negotiate is meeting with the President of Mexico today? Probably to arrange financing for the WALL>
Monday, August 29, 2016
A follow up to the previous blog. Colim Kaepernick”s sit down like that of the two sprinters at the Mexican Olympics years ago, can be considered an expression of the 1st amendment although we may consider it to be disrespectful to our and their country. It is not treason. And may be a drastic measure to call attention. Such action must be judged in the righteousness of the cause.
Among all likely voters, 67% are angry at the policies of the federal government, including 34% who are Very Angry, consistent with surveying since 2009.
While 58% of Trump supporters think the federal government rarely or never does the right thing, just nine percent (9%) of Clinton voters agree.
Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters who support the Democratic nominee believe the federal government today is a protector of individual liberty. Among supporters of the Republican nominee, 89% think the federal government is a threat to individual liberty instead.
Thirty-six percent (36%) of all voters believe the government rarely or never does the right thing, the highest level of criticism in three years. Only 32% consider the federal government today a protector of individual liberty.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
There are 24 hours in a day of which approximately 8 to 12 should be available for productivity. It seems that I always have to fit in twice the amount of things to do during that period. Somehow that is impossible especially for this nonagenarian. To cap the usual chores my 10 year plus old washing machine chose to die Friday so time had to be spent looking for a replacement. Additionally Dawg demands attention, due to a poor night's sleep I fell asleep in the afternoon for about 2 hours and then had four family phone calls so nothing was done until 8 pm.
My computer could not find the sever so I had to shut the modem off, disconnect the power line and replug it before I could check my email. It has become too late to write a blog but I thought that in the climate of this years election campaign this recent Rasmussen report would be interesting. Since this is a freely delivered email I believe that I can reproduce it for this non profit blog, The links may work.
The White House insists that blacks are better off after President Obama’s eight years in office, but voters strongly disagree. No wonder Republican nominee Donald Trump is reaching out to black voters, saying they have “nothing to lose” by supporting him.
Even among black voters, only 15% say life for young black Americans is better now.
Sixty percent (60%) of all voters think race relations are worse since Obama’s election in 2008. Just nine percent (9%) believe race relations are better now.
Perhaps even more disturbing is that 50% of Americans believe race relations are getting worse, the highest level of pessimism ever in Rasmussen Reports surveying, and that was in January, before several high-profile police shootings and revenge killings of police officers.
By contrast, in January 2009, just before Obama’s inauguration, 70% of Americans said relations between black and white Americans were getting better.
As recently as last September, only 20% of voters said Obama has brought Americans of different races closer together. Forty-seven percent (47%) think the president has driven those of different races further apart instead.
Forty-four percent (44%) of black voters feel the president has brought us closer together, but just 16% of whites and 21% of other minority voters agree.
However, 53% of blacks – and 72% of all voters – believe America is a more divided nation than it was four years ago.
After eight years of the first black president, blacks are still much more likely than whites and other minority voters to believe the economy and the U.S. justice system is unfair to them.
Blacks strongly believe they are treated unfairly by the police, but most voters in general think crime in inner cities is a bigger problem than police discrimination against minorities.
Seventy-five percent (75%) of black Americans say this country has not reached the time of equal opportunity that Martin Luther King, Jr. preached about. That view is shared by 59% of whites and 56% of other minority adults.
Voters definitely have a low opinion of politicians who play the so-called “race card,” but the frequency with which it is used suggests that it’s a successful political tactic. Witness Hillary Clinton’s attempt this week to tie Trump to the Ku Klux Klan. Only 14% of voters think most politicians raise racial issues to address real problems. Three-out-of-four voters (73%) think they’re only raising racial issues to get elected.
Sixty percent (60%) think comments critical of the police made by some politicians make it more dangerous for police officers to do their job. Just 15% disagree and say it’s more likely that these critical comments improve the quality of the police’s performance.
But there’s a noticeable racial difference of opinion here, too. Sixty-six percent (66%) of whites and 52% of other minority voters believe critical comments about the police by some politicians make cops’ jobs more dangerous. Among black voters, just 36% feel that way, although only 24% think those comments improve the quality of the police’s performance.