UPDATE: "President Donald Trump"..."Commander-in-Chief"...."ultimate authority over U.S. nuclear strike decisions"....etc. Does that alarm/distress the 'beejeezus' out of you??

...Someone sane (and in close proximity..possibly armed) better be watching that guy, 24/7.

...Some good news: From afar, we are. He needs adult supervision, and I'm up for providing a bit of that -- sort of -- right here (off-site link): https://aregularfakenewshound.tumblr.com/

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A suggested Donald Trump/GOP inaugural theme-song. (Ref.: The song's refrain..) No ownership or affiliation:



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12/16 comment: Yeah..↑this (above) ↑is no longer a "joke" (...it wasn't before the "election", either...). If bipartisan leaders and national intelligence agencies conclude Russia (or anyone) meddled with the U.S. election to the advantage of one candidate; re-do the election. Especially if that one candidate or his campaign was somehow involved.

Or, at least demand that the nation's electors do their job(s) as designed, and provide them with the necessary information to do so.

....If the U.S then -- unbelievably -- (re-)installs the Putin puppet -- this 'ain't' America anymore!

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(Previously written:)


11/24/16 update: "Precedent Hillary":


The popular vote winner for president should request a recount. Why? In addition to earning the overall vote lead (...that would constitute "legitimacy"..), requesting a recount may help hold "mandate"-claiming Republicans (somewhat) in check.

Perhaps more importantly, there has been evidence of outside interference during the campaign.

...National votes should be routinely audited -- at least going forward. Set a precedent for modern elections/vote-tallying.

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(Previously written:)11/9/16 commentary: Additional, updated commentary is further below. FWIW: It's little consolation (for many), but Hillary (probably) has narrowly significantly won the U.S. popular vote.....So hate and bigotry did not win-out at least with the national vote for president...Update: ((Go ahead and) 'Spin' that fact or attack it with disinformation (e.g., fake facts) any way desired (..I guess). The 'bottom line' (for many) is that the popular-vote clear loser is being elevated into power. Potentially marginalizing a majority of voters -- particularly if a 'mandate' is (also being) claimed.)

(Update: Excerpt of Sen. Harry Reid's 11/11/16 remarks re Trump's 'winning':)
“...If this is going to be a time of healing, we must first put the responsibility for healing where it belongs: at the feet of Donald Trump, a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate..... “Winning the electoral college does not absolve Trump of the grave sins he committed against millions of Americans. Donald Trump may not possess the capacity to assuage those fears, but he owes it to this nation to try....”

(Link to source.)

11/17/16: Off-site link to a worthy article. No affiliation, new window opens: http://time.com/4575119/electoral-college-demagogues/?

Another one: http://www.courant.com/opinion/op-ed/hc-op-harris-trumps-election-bigotry-1117-20161116-column.html

Final comments here (blog is no longer being updated -- it's time to move forward. Remember: 'Question authority'..): Credit to Michael Moore for correctly gauging the "industrial heartland" vote. Blogger alter-ego 'Vere Askey' also had some hazy idea (link) (in March) about what could happen (in general)..


(11/14/16 post-election:) ↓ooohh...You were 'mad'!↓(..In more ways than one.) And scared. You know; much like a petulant, unlearned child is, of some form of change in their life.
You refuse(d) to take a hard look in the mirror first -- at yourself, i.e.; for the source of some of your problems.... ..
So now: What's the (realistic) plan?
Really. We're starting 2017...not 1957. What's the plan?
(..And: 'Who ya gonna call'? (off-site article link))



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(Commentary:) 11/9/16: OK. It's gloomy here, but I believe that the sun will still rise in the east today. The world still seems to be turning -- at least for now. Those in my life still love me, need ears scratched and tummies, or something rubbed, and all that.

Obviously, I was wrong with my projection below. A lot of people -- smart people -- were wrong.

(FWIW, industrial Midwest states tripped us up here. ..Where steel mills etc. have been losing out to (global) competition for nearly 50 years; it hasn't been a secret. (I'm long-familiar with the area and its industries). I have no idea how Donald Trump is going to significantly reverse all that, without busting the U.S budget wide open, adversely isolating the U.S. economy from the world, "manufacturing" large numbers of old-time high-paying jobs out of thin air (in an era of increasing automation), etc. etc...One possibility: A large infrastructure repair/modernization/upgrade project involving the entire nation. Something Democrats have at times advocated -- only to be blocked by obstructionist Republicans..BTW: Credit to Michael Moore (off-site article link) for correctly gauging dissent and frustration in America's industrial heartland..)

A lot of us are dismayed, worried, angry -- you name it -- right now...It does matter who is elected to the U.S. presidency.
One thing that is crystal-clear is that the U.S. is a deeply divided nation. (The other is that many prominent public polls apparently were unable to accurately gauge the U.S. electorate..)

It's difficult to imagine, but maybe Donald Trump somehow will turn out basically OK as president. The entire nation -- and world -- needs to start praying for that, and doing whatever we can to better ensure it. Some important checks and balances still exist in our system of government -- I hope. We're going to need plenty of strong and smart people to watch President-elect Trump, and to stand up to him as needed.

It will be interesting to see what becomes of the upcoming Trump University fraud case. ..What becomes of the numbers of women accusing President-Elect Trump of sexual misconduct. ..What becomes of the ridiculous, expensive wall blocking all of Mexico. ...When/if world markets will recover. ...What influence over the U.S. 'admirable' Vladimir Putin will now have...What happens to U.S. efforts to mitigate burgeoning climate change. On and on..

Great forces and powers of existence: If appeal is possible, please do not forsake our country any further.

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Off-site link to an article (11/8/16) from someone more eloquent (etc.) than I am: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/opinion/election-night-2016/the-unknown-country
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(Previously posted:)11/7/16: ↓This tiny blog's presidential election prediction ('worst case'):

The created electoral map below -- based upon personal analysis of various national polls, recent trends, pertinent news stories, etc -- represents what I believe would be close to a WORST (but winning) case for Hillary Clinton.
...I.e., she loses "battlegrounds" Ohio, North Carolina and Florida -- and also Nevada. (Insert: My own guess? She does not lose all four of those..)

(Continuing:) Note that Clinton still manages to slightly exceed the 270 electoral votes required to prevail. (This scenario also assumes that 3 of Maine's 4 "split" electoral votes go to Clinton.) Also note that this analysis assumes a fair election, with no effective outside interference and no significant vote-related "shenanigans" by Trump fanatics...:



Click the map to create your own at 270toWin.com

Please be sure to VOTE.
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(Previously posted:) 2016 national election: "Both are unpopular. Only one is a threat." (Off-site 7/16 opinion article, new window opens. No affiliation:) https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/both-are-unpopular-only-one-is-a-threat/2016/07/10/4d78dce8-4529-11e6-bc99-7d269f8719b1_story.html
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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Repost: The 'Trump effect' upon children?

(Temporary post. Commentary:) 

Off-site 8/26/16 article link, new window opens. No affiliation:

 http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/aug/26/hillary-clinton/hillary-clinton-citing-trump-effect-says-teachers-/



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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Candidate Donald Trump exemplifies bigotry

(Commentary. Temporary post.)

...So, of course he's name-called his opponent just that. (Off-site 8/24/16 'news' article link.)

...It's astounding, but also straight out of the WWE/Roy Cohn/4th-grade schoolyard 'playbook'.

The name-caller-in-chief and his insular followers could care less.... Actual, accepted definition of (a) 'bigot':
"Simple Definition of bigot
: a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)"
 ("Bigot." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 24 Aug. 2016.) 

(FWIW: Another primary def.: (Linked to source) ":a person who has strong, unreasonable ideas, esp. about race or religion, and who thinks anyone who does not have the same beliefs is wrong")


(Insert:) P.S. For Donald Trump's next act...who don't we see if he can somehow sell: "Up is the new down", and "the primary color red is actually green" ...to his dupes. 



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(One off-site news article link. New window opens:)
 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/25/us/politics/donald-trump-black-voters.html?

Update: Another. Off-site article link, no affiliation:
 http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/07/20/trump_complained_about_blacks_inherent_laziness_1991_book_says.html




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...Remember this↓ ..ummm... "culturally-attuned-and-sensitive" "outreach"?





Candidate Donald Trump continues to repeatedly demonstrate unprincipled, unethical behavior. Spews whatever outrageous/nasty/false thing he can "think" of to keep in the (sensationalist) news spotlight, and avoid talking real specifics about actual issues....

...Want such a person to be granted access to the nation's nuclear launch codes? Etc.?


Repost: No chance of reasoning with Trump supporters. None..

(8/24/16 commentary. Temporarily reposted article. No affiliation.) 

...(Certain) reason-less Trump supporters.... most-excellently described.
Off-site 8/24/16 made-up article link, new window opens:

http://www.theonion.com/article/diehard-trump-voters-confirm-rest-nation-should-st-53585


...(Dead-on fiction) article↑ small excerpt (source linked). Emphasis added.:
"...The loyal Trump supporters said their message was directed at everyone who has actively sought to convince them that voting for the real estate mogul is against their own interests, a group that includes current and former members of Congress, members of past Republican administrations, America’s NATO allies, human rights advocates, the pope, and many veterans, as well as their own families, friends, and coworkers. The candidate’s backers added that, considering how they have already gone along with everything he has said and done in the 2016 election cycle, those trying to communicate Trump’s shortcomings to them should “quit wasting their breath.....”"
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Slides obtained from Donald Trump's first intelligence briefing

8/17/16: Yes: This tiny, backwater blog has gained exclusive insider access......(We know a couple of Russian under-employed "intelligence agency" (*cough* hack hack hack hack...& hack..) dudes...)
Temporary insert: We briefly interrupt this Trump high-level "intelligence" skull-session for some stunningly witless repartee, courtesy of a top Trump presidential campaign adviser....on a major television network: 

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(Continuing, previously written:) 
Some photo-slides↓ allegedly used in Donald Trump's first intelligence briefing.
 NoteThe prospective Commander-in-Chief was asked if he could identify a couple of basic images (even though their descriptions were directly above), and then free-associate words with them. It was reported that he repeatedly murmured "homeland", "home-base", "home", and "dear fearless leader" about the first two:

'Dog':↓


(All images: No ownership. Non-commercial use.)

'Kat':



(Blogger note: This↑ reported image and description was actually a bit of  "fake intel.", to see if the Republican nominee for President of the United States a) could spell, and/or b) will soon blab to his followers about a new, top-secret spelling of 'cat'.)

...Some ultra-secret intel. was then reportedly shared with the petitioning, prospective leader of the free world:
"Secret photo↓ of previously unseen top CIA operatives at strategy gathering." EYES ONLY:



"Drone photo of  troop action in unnamed, ultimately-successful U.S. war operation":


(John Trumbull [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

"Innocuous image released to public this year secretly showing new USAF air combat fighter technology":




Note: At this point in the high-level briefing, U.S. intelligence ...uhh... briefers reportedly slipped in this unidentified, description-less ↓photo:



...As told to this blog, candidate Donald Trump supposedly leaped from out of his chair at this point (pulling-out several surreptitiously-placed sensors), yelling:

 "I already know that one! It's the nuclear triad!"



...Secretly-obtained purported photo of the 2016 Republican national nominee leaving his first high-level 'intelly-jence' briefing:



Bottom-of-post update: Another similarly sketchy account ....from a similarly sketchy source:
(off-site link)  http://www.theonion.com/article/trump-spends-entire-classified-national-security-b-53550

Trump is the lyin' fake who needs examination for fitness.. (Credible-source article reposts)

(Commentary. Temporary post:)

Reposted 8/16/16 article link from FactCheck.org. New window opens. No affiliation:

(Screen captured image↓, linked to source (above)): 




.....That big red  ↓"FAKE" thing↓ should be stamped on Trump's orange forehead......(Along with others assoc. with his sham-campaign.....)


(Added story-reporting featured here via an off-site link. New window opens. No affiliation: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/fact-check-leaked-clinton-medical-records-real-or-fake/)




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Monday, August 15, 2016

Foreign influence within the Trump campaign: A story all U.S. voters should be following. (Plus more..)

(Temporary post. Commentary:)

 "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers." (Source is linked)

...The United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, First Amendment:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Candidate for President of the United States Donald Trump. (No affiliation.):
(A bit more, if you can stomach it. Off-site 8/15/16 article link, new window:
 http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/08/14/donald-trump-twitter-media-new-york-times-first-amendment-freedom-of-speech/88722370/)


"Where there's smoke there's fire?" A straightforward, "free-society press" summary (link below), exposing -- at minimum -- Donald Trump's campaign likely flunking the "smell test". Again.
....Note: We're talking about a foreign country's influence upon a U.S. presidential candidate/the 2016 presidential election.. (New window opens. No affiliation. The article includes opinion.):

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/the-manafort-dossier/495851/?

Additional, pertinent developments. Off-site 8/17/16 article link, new window opens: 
 http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/AP-Sources-Manafort-tied-to-undisclosed-foreign-9147434.php


Another update: "Sneak...mystique....reek."   8/17/16 off-site article link, new window opens. No affiliation: 
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/17/us/politics/trump-chris-christie-casinos.html?

Update: Shadowy lobbyists, now directing the Trump campaign: ....Money first, everything else; way down the 'list'...(off-site 8/18/16 article link, new window opens) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-advisers-lobbying-ukraine-russia-20160818-story.html




'Certain'-subject-matter update: Not a supporter of Edward Snowden, but will listen when he speaks of things such as the following. Off-site 8/16/16 article link, new window opens. (Not necessarily connected to/with the Trump campaign....or ....?)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/edward-snowden-alleged-latest-nsa-hack-could-be-warning-from-moscow/






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Friday, August 12, 2016

Imagined: Jokester-in-Chief Donald Trump gives his inaugural address

(Commentary. (Some humor-fiction is further below.):)

In case you missed it -- or ignored it -- an 8/12/16 news item: Off-site article link, new window opens, no affiliation: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-claim-that-obama-founded-isis-was-sarcasm/

....Apparently from "Mr. Sarcasm" himself. (No affiliation.):



As done before here, let's repost a basic definition of "sarcasm":
the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really want to say especially in order to insult someone, to show irritation, or to be funny
("Sarcasm." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 28 July 2016.)
By that broad definition I suppose any demagogue could employ the word as an escape smokescreen, after broadcasting whatever inflammatory, outrageous, under-developed notion that popped into mind
....Especially if they regularly assume their audience to be witless fools.

Therefore; extending Mr. Trump's ready-escape device (...used in various, shifty ways...) to a different -- alarming -- scenario:
Fictional 'President Trump' begins his January 20, 2017 inaugural address:

'THE PRESIDENT':  "Vice President Pence....you handsome knucklehead you...., Mr. Chief Justice....you're totally gone after that Obamacare vote....
members of the United States Congress....C'mon! That's an actual job?? Just leave this all up to me. By the way, is "Pocahontas" Warren here? 'Woo-woo-wooo-woo woo'! That mean: I win. You lose!...... distinguished guests.......I don't really see any.....OK, just being sarcastic, folks! I love all you guys......, and fellow followers:

Each time we gather to inaugurate a President we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution......And I must add: The NRA and you Second Amendment 'folks'! I owe you guys one. Wait, wait....no shooting in the air... or other places! Hahahahahahaha. Sarcasm again! ....And how about the "enduring strength" of that big, beautiful wall that's gonna get built, huh! C'mon! ....I can't hear you! Give it up! ..For the wall! I'm serious about it! At least for now.....
(Resuming, from teleprompter:) ....We affirm the promise of our democracy.....To me, my family and others like me! I'll be a holding a huge, invitation-only reception at Mar-a-Lago later tonight! You know who you are...But see Secretary of State Ivanka if you don't remember your table assignment. It'll be fabulous: ....Secretary of Defense Palin will be providing the night's entertainment! Plus: We'll be roasting Chief Justice Roberts.. Literally! ....Kidding...kidding. Just being sarcastic! You'll see how my sarcasm works later there, John....! Please pay no attention to those armed guys!
(Resuming reading text:) ...We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names.......Which reminds me: All current inhabitants of the U.S. with last names ending in "-ez" or "-az".... or just plain 'z': Please report to the nearest 'Rudy Giuliani Resettlement Center' for further processing. I'm serious: Don't make me ask again!......That John Roberts injunction-thing about my pending executive order shouldn't last much longer........Unless it does. Then you'll all understand that I was just joking of course...."

(*...On and on...ad nauseam.*)

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I actually recalled it after concocting the above, but, in an odd way, almost makes me long for this "reverse Trump" (comedy-movie scene). (I.e., ...An alternate-universe Trump. (...But still 'jokester-in-chief', of course..)): The guy totally incapable of lying: 

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Dan Rather: "This cannot be treated as just another outrageous moment in the campaign"

(Commentary:)

Donald Trump is nominated for the highest political office in the United States. All public campaign-related actions, comments, statements, speeches, 'tweets', etc. (now) require serious examination.... and analysis.
How else are most of us able to know and understand whether he is fit -- and worthy -- of the Oval Office?
The words he speaks (via various platforms) matter. They're important. Often, per the excerpt further below; "the rhetoric is the candidate".
>>>Updated insert; understanding Donald Trump (and probably certain supporters). Suggested 8/10/16 article (link), as 'pre-reading' for what follows, below. New window opens, no affiliation.
...Anything but a fact, anything except the truth:
 http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-truth-20160810-story.html



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(Insert: "Hillary wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment...."....is a shameless, debunked falsehood. One off-site source. New window opens:  http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/jul/21/donald-trump/despite-new-adverb-trumps-claim-about-clinton-want/)


Linked to the source, here is Dan Rather's 8/9/16 Facebook post (re the Trump comment, above.) No affiliation or ownership here:

"...No trying-to-be objective and fair journalist, no citizen who cares about the country and its future can ignore what Donald Trump said today. When he suggested that "The Second Amendment People" can stop Hillary Clinton he crossed a line with dangerous potential. By any objective analysis, this is a new low and unprecedented in the history of American presidential politics. This is no longer about policy, civility, decency or even temperament. This is a direct threat of violence against a political rival. It is not just against the norms of American politics, it raises a serious question of whether it is against the law. If any other citizen had said this about a Presidential candidate, would the Secret Service be investigating?
Candidate Trump will undoubtedly issue an explanation; some of his surrogates are already engaged in trying to gloss it over, but once the words are out there they cannot be taken back. That is what inciting violence means.
To anyone who still pretends this is a normal election of Republican against Democrat, history is watching. And I suspect its verdict will be harsh. Many have tried to do a side-shuffle and issue statements saying they strongly disagree with his rhetoric but still support the candidate. That is becoming woefully insufficient. The rhetoric is the candidate.
This cannot be treated as just another outrageous moment in the campaign. We will see whether major newscasts explain how grave and unprecedented this is and whether the headlines in tomorrow's newspapers do it justice. We will soon know whether anyone who has publicly supported Trump explains how they can continue to do.
We are a democratic republic governed by the rule of law. We are an honest, fair and decent people. In trying to come to terms with today's discouraging development the best I can do is to summon our greatest political poet Abraham Lincoln for perspective:
"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."
Lincoln used these stirring words to end his First Inaugural Address. It was the eve of the Civil War and sadly his call for sanity, cohesion and peace was met with horrific violence that almost left our precious Union asunder. We cannot let that happen again."   

-- Dan Rather, 8/9/16 Facebook post



BTW: Here's what courageous Republican leader Paul Ryan said about the same. Off-site 8/10/16 article link, new window opens, no affiliation:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/paul-ryan-trump-guns_us_57ab3208e4b0db3be07c6aee




Monday, August 8, 2016

Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins will not be voting for Donald Trump

(Temporary repost. Commentary:) 

News item: The respected moderate Republican senator from Maine cannot support candidate Donald Trump.

Off-site link to 8/8/16 Washington Post opinion piece from Sen. Collins. New window opens, no affiliation:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/gop-senator-why-i-cannot-support-trump/2016/08/08/821095be-5d7e-11e6-9d2f-b1a3564181a1_story.html
(Note: BTW,  per Wikipedia, Senator Collins had the highest approval rating of all Republican senators according to one 2015 poll. (The second-highest approval rating of all senators...) ....Reportedly honored in 2014 by one publication as "one of the ten most powerful women in Washington".)

Excerpting the first paragraph of Sen. Collins' opinion piece published by at Washington Post (link to full article. FWIW (not too much, really): I don't happen to agree with (most of) the last couple of paragraphs of the piece.):
 "I will not be voting for Donald Trump for president. This is not a decision I make lightly, for I am a lifelong Republican. But Donald Trump does not reflect historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country....."

[Insert: Oh, BTW: "50 GOP foreign policy and national security experts denounce Donald Trump as potentially 'reckless''.. One off-site 8/8/16 news article link, new window opens:
 http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/08/politics/republican-national-security-letter-donald-trump-election-2016/]


(P.S. What "many people are saying"........#manypeoplearesaying)

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This video↓ has nothing to do with anything.....
...Maybe how certain flight attendants feel when top Republican leaders take down their own party's whack-job nominee:



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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Would this be reported as a Trump "gaffe"?

(Commentary:)



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(...Assuming there's someone left to do the reporting....)


A widely-understood and accepted accepted, definition of 'gaffe': 
"Simple Definition of gaffe:
: a mistake made in a social situation"
"Gaffe." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 6 Aug. 2016.

Yes: 'Gaffe' can also mean "a noticeable mistake"...

For our edification, a recent news article about Donald Trump's "gaffe-filled week". New window opens. No affiliation:
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-make-amends-gop-gaffe-filled-week/

Large, mainstream news orgs. gotta crank out the stories and headlines. They're busy. Plus, they cannot (should not) directly inject commentary into news-journalism pieces.
So let's provide a free, added service right here, and "call a gaffe, a gaffe". (Or not.):
I'd suggest that this↓ would essentially be a gaffe:


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Gaffe times two: (Off-site article link, new window opens.) http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-i-dont-throw-babies-out/


Beyond-a-gaffe: This↓ is not merely a 'gaffe'. Better described as 'arrogantthoughtless idiocy' on a presidential candidate's part:



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Beyond any known or unknown universes of "gaffe-dom":
(P.S. This↓ is the salient Trump news story of this -- or (possibly?) any -- week...(that we all have left)....)

(Off-site article link, new windows open. No affiliation.) 

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2016/08/04/3804985/7-terrifying-things-donald-trump-publicly-said-nuclear-weapons/

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-08-04/john-mccain-hedges-on-donald-trump-having-nuclear-weapons

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2016/08/04/3805276/ted-lieu-trump-nuclear-weapons-protocol/









Friday, August 5, 2016

More fearing, hating, fabricating.... from Republican alternate-reality-land

Temporary post. Brief comment: I'd prefer to move on to other topics but the clown nominated for POTUS by U.S. Republicans generates too much astounding copy, every day.

If sane, Donald Trump himself cannot possibly believe the lies, exaggerations etc. he spews forth. So it must be some combination of constant need-for-attention (ref. "all press is good press"), some need to con and/or disparage people, and/or that he really has little of substance to say....
Nevertheless: He's running for president/commander-in-chief: What he says and does has got to be examined:

Ref.: U.S. jobs report↓ released on August 5, 2016. Off-site news article links, new windows open:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-adds-255-000-jobs-in-july-unemployment-rate-steady-at-4-9-1470400413

http://www.wcvb.com/money/us-july-jobs-report-what-to-watch-for/41063602?

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/05/nonfarm-payrolls-july-2016.html

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-bc-financial-markets-20160805-story.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/06/business/economy/jobs-report-unemployment-wages.html


U.S. wage growth is improving but could be better, no doubt. In the huge United States the overall jobs report will rarely (if ever) be "perfect". Compare Trump's Twitter fabrication (above) though, to the actual results, news reports.....

One more 'news flash': The U.S. president cannot just wave his (tiny) hands and eradicate ISIS (etc.) from the face of the earth. 
...Unless -- possibly -- you're a volatile loose-cannon, apparently ready to unleash the nukes upon provocation...
....or maybe a bit "out-of-sorts" that day....having an anger attack.....bad hair day.....just showing-off (e.g., for Putin)....etc., etc. 

Two pertinent news articles, new windows open, no affiliation:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/science/donald-trump-nuclear-codes.html?

http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/u-s-election-2016/1.735072







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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

(GOP:) Problem? What problem?

  (*boom*  Haha...)

(Commentary. Parental guidance suggested:)

8/3/16 off-site article link, new window opens, no affiliation: http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/u-s-election-2016/1.735072

Here's the video discussed. No affiliation with the poster. FWIW: I don't know much about General Hayden:



Oh, BTW: Your blogger's "alter-ego" (writer-type-person)  posted this brief article↓ over seven months ago:
(Off-site link, new window opens) https://medium.com/@vere/these-are-the-stakes-lbj-s-attack-ad-still-haunts-today-cdc1ea5f4e1c#.1ivognel0




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"Crisis? What crisis?" Courageous Republican leadership↓:



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"Tough guys" understand that Donald Trump is all bluster. Not 'tough'. (I.e., physically or otherwise.):
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Yeah:..Been saying this right here for months

...Tiny little blog here. Rambling into the ether.
Good to know more and more others (I hope) are starting to perceive....

(No affiliation↓). Re GOP candidate for President of the United States, Donald Trump. (Emphasis added.):

I was stunned by the callousness of his comments,” Mr. Hanna said. “I think Trump is a national embarrassment. Is he really the guy you want to have the nuclear codes?”

(Source 8/2/16 news article off-site link. No affiliation.)

FWIW:↓

*https://ridiculousnation.blogspot.com/2016/06/this-needs-to-be-explained-seething.html*



,,,Now we have this↓. I'm not a "shrink", but a whole team of those maybe should be dispatched ASAP for "meltdown" dude pictured below:

(Off-site 8/2/16 article link. New window opens:)  https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-sanity-mental-health-000000384.html



No endorsement(s) from our living presidents, either

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(A couple of supporting↑ articles. New windows open, no affiliation:
 http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/where-republicans-stand-on-donald-trump-a-cheat-sheet/481449/

https://www.texastribune.org/2016/05/04/bush-41-43-have-no-plans-endorse-trump/)






Hat-tip to this unaffiliated source for the retweet of the above: https://twitter.com/efosta?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor