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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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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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

"We need an adult in the White House..."

(9/28/16 temporary post. Commentary. No affiliation with source of video below.)



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Monday, September 26, 2016

Après-first debate: If it's somehow not crystal-clear which candidate is qualified/prepared to be president....Suggested (edited) pictures for you:

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And/or:



(Link to original image sources: http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/26/politics/presidential-debate-hillary-clinton-donald-trump/, and
 http://www.salon.com/2015/01/26/5_of_sarah_palins_most_insane_and_incoherent_moments/)


BTW: "Buffoon-watch:Donald Trump..." performed its duty and applied pre-tested, finely-calibrated metering to the various Trump "answers"↓:


...One of a number of examples: Off-site 9/26/16 article link, new window opens. No affiliation:
 http://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-tried-to-deny-he-said-climate-change-was-chinese-hoax-but-he-was-felled-by-his-own-twitter-account-2016-09-26?


".....zero (taxes) for troops, zero for vets, zero for schools...."


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More: ↓What the hell was this made-up s**t??↓
"Donny the Cornered, Loud-Mouth Bully" gets (even more) unhinged:


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P.S. (Suggestion:) Watch for Trump/GOP deceptions,"dirty tricks", etc. ahead. They certainly understand at this point that they cannot win --- at least on candidate qualifications, ability, knowledge, preparedness, etc.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A little music to go with the latest Trump scandal...

(9/20/16 temporary (re-)post. Commentary.)

258,000 more reasons to question "brazen" Donald Trump:

(Once again,) David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post (- no affiliation here, duh -) has something for discerning voters like you to read. Off-site 9/20/16 article link, new window opens:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-used-258000-from-his-charity-to-settle-legal-problems/2016/09/20/adc88f9c-7d11-11e6-ac8e-cf8e0dd91dc7_story.html
(..A bit more (off-site story link, new window): http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-258k-charity-settle-suits-businesses-article-1.2799475)

FWIW,  perhaps a little older music to read about various Trump scandals by..?
No affiliation, no copyright claimed or intended:

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P.S. Reminder...This big one (i.e., scandal)↓ should be playing out, but we (likely) have to wait until later November ....(despite team Trump's best efforts to derail things):



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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Every voter for U.S president should watch this story:

(Commentary:)

(Ref. unaffiliated video below:) ...Especially those who may believe that nuclear tensions (rivalries) associated with the 'Cold War' greatly diminished with the fall of the Berlin Wall, dissolution of the Soviet Union, etc..
As is likely an intended message below, the character, temperament, knowledge and experience of the individual elected president of the United States... are critical.
I.e., ↓"it 'ain't' some joke"↓









(Reposted video preview of story published 9/18/16. No affiliation. Note: The two-minute video below is only a preview of the full '60 Minutes' story. 
...Here is an off-site link to the full video and transcript. Worth viewing:
 http://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-new-cold-war-nuclear-weapons-david-martin/)


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(Additional commentary.↓ Video may be disturbing for some:)



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Friday, September 16, 2016

The top con-man: 'Birther' Trump plays the world. Again.

(9/16/16 commentary. Temporary post:)

The ridiculous "conclusion" to the Obama 'birther' racist crusade, promoted and perpetuated by one Mr./'Comrade' Donald Trump:

...All anyone -- who somehow cares at this point -- needs to know about the long-debunked conspiracy (slander) "retreatare the boldface sentences in the "news story" excerpt, below. Off-site link to unaffiliated source. Emphases added.):

"...TRUMP: So we will have a big statement and I hope you are going to be watching
BARTIROMO: I'm definitely going to be watching, but the bottom line is this: we know that Obama now, he was born in America, correct? 
TRUMP: You watch my statement. We have to keep the suspense going. You my friends, you watch the statement. I think you'll be happy..."

Of course the whole "Hillary started it" aspect (ref. Trump's 9/16 'announcement') is both the main message (to be) promoted by Trump's "suspenseful" "big statement", and another debunked LIE. Off-site article link, new window opens: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/sep/23/donald-trump/hillary-clinton-obama-birther-fact-check/

Trump wins. Again: This promoted, fake, non-story -- at least for those who have understood the facts for years -- is now being reported by media all over the world. (Ref. links below.)
That was (and is) Trump's goal. He doesn't - and many of his supporters also don't - care about bothersome facts. It's all about the phony show (and its promotion), instead....E.g. (a/k/a 'Trump (fantasy) nirvana'):


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Likely as per plan, today's "Trumped-up" birther-recant "story" is now being -- more-or-less -- dutifully reported upon everywhere (yes; even here). A few linked examples, from major news outlets:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-idUSKCN11M1F3

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/17/us/politics/donald-trump-birther-obama.html?

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/15/politics/donald-trump-obama-birther-united-states/

Update/insert: There is this though↓. Good question...hope to hear a real answer (not holding my breath...(No affiliation with the author.)):

(Continuing:) ...Even President Obama got "roped-into" commenting on the 'birther-recant' charade... but his answer was appropriately on-target. Unaffiliated source story of excerpt below is linked. )
"“Well, I’m not that shocked actually. It’s fairly typical. We got other things to attend to,” Obama said. “I was pretty confident about where I was born. I think most people were as well. My hope would be the presidential elect, election reflects more serious issues than that.”"

Suggestion: If any somehow can't see it developing:...(One way or another,) Trump is likely (at times, as best he can...) "pivoting" (as some say), to try and broaden his appeal.
Exaggeration: It's not totally dissimilar to what occurs in a favorite Trump entertainment source; the fake-rasslin' WWE. ....You know; when a "heavy" -- i.e., a vivid (scripted) "bad guy" suddenly turns "good". (Base, acted-out violence portrayed below.):



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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Repost: Many Americans are prospering during Obama presidency

(Temporary post. Commentary:) 

...Running a bit with Donald Trump's "many people are saying", but with some actual substance behind it: What follows is another reality-check, prevailing to the contrary to 'The GOP Fear and Hate' ticket's propaganda:

Excerpted here are the first few sentences from the following 9/1/16 article. Source is linked. No affiliation:
"Donald Trump may have risen to the top of the Republican Party with scaremongering tactics and the promise to "Make America Great Again," but that doesn't mean most Americans share the GOP nominee's dystopian view that the country is in desperate shape. According to a new Gallup poll released this week that measures the well-being of Americans, most people across all racial and ethnic groups actually believe the opposite: They say their lives have largely improved under President Barack Obama.
"The percentage of US whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians who are thriving have all increased during the Obama era," Gallup reported..."

Here's an off-site link to the poll cited above: http://www.gallup.com/poll/194816/americans-life-evaluations-improve-during-obama-era.aspx?

Another credible-source article covering this topic of interest: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/08/us/life-got-better-under-obama-according-to-gallup.html

Another source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/americans-are-thriving-in-record-numbers-poll-shows-thanks-obama-2016-09-01

Somewhat pertinent (off-site article link, new window):
 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/14/business/economy/us-census-household-income-poverty-wealth-2015.html?

...As this blog has said repeatedly (for its three readers - thanks), before any go a-blamin' Obama, or the "gub-ment", other ethnic groups or races, or anyone else for their (own) problems/lack of success: be sure to start by looking in the mirror, first:





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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Deplorable Comrade Trump ...and some of his dupes (updated)

(Commentary. Temporary post.)

Yes: Hillary tells it like it is. (....Didn't hide it either, she knew she would be quoted..UPDATE: Sen. Clinton has now apologized, at least for the "half of..." aspect; which is the right thing to do...Unfortunately, many of us know that name-caller-in-chief Donald Trump would not -- and does not -- apologize. Ref. his long-running catalog of 'nasty' (or worse) remarks (link).)

...Excerpt from 9/10/16 unaffiliated news story follows. Off-site link to source. Emphasis added:

"...At a fund-raiser on Friday night in Manhattan, Mrs. Clinton strongly criticized Mr. Trump, as well as his supporters.

“I know there are only 60 days left to make our case — and don’t get complacent, don’t see the latest outrageous, offensive, inappropriate comment and think, ‘Well, he’s done this time,’” she said at the event, which featured Barbra Streisand. “We are living in a volatile political environment. You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And, unfortunately, there are people like that....'”
9/10/16 ridiculousness update: So ridiculous; the name-calling etc. (still at the fore) at this point in the national election. Serious issues require address and discussion by both candidates, in detail....

 ...Nonetheless, since we're currently into this latest silly 'flap'.... in 'attention-span-of-a-gnat nation':

...Still waiting for the Trump apology for this↓ (video clip below, vulgar language):



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....Still waiting for the Trump apology for this↓:


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...Still waiting for the Trump apologies ref. a few of the videos included further below.....
Etc. etc. etc.

(Continuing, previously written text↓:)

Start by taking a look in the mirror: A few fairly pertinent article links for consideration (ref. some Trump supporters).
 Plus yet more (ref. NYT video below) from the 'name-call your opponent exactly what you actually are (..or would do) "playbook"'...New windows open, no affiliation:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/03/who-are-donald-trumps-supporters-really/471714/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/07/27/donald-trumps-surge-is-heavily-reliant-on-less-educated-americans-heres-why/

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/trump-overwhelmingly-leads-rivals-in-support-from-less-educated-americans/

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/26/upshot/the-one-demographic-that-is-hurting-hillary-clinton.html?
Update/insert: A published example, Trump-supporter bigotry, hate, etc. Off-site article link, new window opens, no affiliation:
 http://www.cleveland.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/09/donald_trump_fans_have_been_se.html




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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Re 'Vova' Putin's agent Donald Trump: Is constantly vilifying President Obama a victorious "strategy" (..for messing with the U.S. election)?

Temporary post. Commentary:

(Ref.: Recent news article discussing Donald Trump's 'affection' for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. Off-site link, new window opens, no affiliation:
 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/09/us/politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-putin.html?)
(Another major news source 9/9/16 article, Off-site link, new window opens:  http://time.com/4485162/donald-trump-doubles-down-on-russia/?)

('Vova' is reportedly a nickname sometimes used for Vladimir Putin...)



We generally expect a great deal of our presidents and their administrations....
It is not a perfect record that's analyzed below. But it (i.e., a U.S. president's 'record') never, ever is... or can be. Overall, what's presented is a strong show of positive outcomes and trends.
(BTW: This has also been written about elsewhere (link to follow when I locate it...Here is one (off-site article link, no affiliation:) http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-approval-rating-trump-hillary-2016-8)
...For those who care about/pay attention to actual facts.....
Edited image below is linked to the source article,which has much more information, and is worth considering. No affiliation:


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...BTW. Approval rating: (off-site 8/16 article link): http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-approval-rating-trump-hillary-2016-8

...BTW. More Americans are "thriving". Off-site 9/1/16 article link, new window opens: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/americans-are-thriving-in-record-numbers-poll-shows-thanks-obama-2016-09-01

P.S. ...Apparently not alone (here) about the "irrational hostility" toward Obama... Off-site 9/9/16 news article link, no affiliation: 
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tim-kaine-putin-praise-shows-trumps-irrational-hostility-to-obama/


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And now, some words from your prospective Commander-in-Chief:





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...9/7/16 news article link. New window opens, no affiliation: http://time.com/4483354/donald-trump-military-sexual-assault-forum/?

(P.S. BTW: Mr. Trump's "totally against the Iraq war" "forum" statement to Matt Lauer.... was YET ANOTHER unabashed LIE. Off-site news article link, no affiliation:
 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/08/us/politics/matt-lauer-forum.html?)

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Transparent GOP/Trump playbook: Accuse your opponent of exactly what you are/would do

(Temporary post. Commentary:)

Here is a 9/7/16 news article link. new window opens. No affiliation:
 http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-calls-for-more-defense-spending-outlines-defense-policy/

...And here↓ is a perceptive, un-duped reader's comment, reproduced. 
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Thursday, September 1, 2016

"We will build my great wallet"

(Commentary. Temporary post.)

Reposted video. No affiliation.


(Rhetorical: ...Why is this music/video↓ recalled when viewing Trump "rallies"...? (Contains difficult-to-watch images.))

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(Continuing:)...As noted here and elsewhere many times: Mr. Trump never provides realistic specifics of HOW he --- and he alone, apparently  -- plans to fulfill and implement his outlandish promises. (Such as "the wall". Ref. article links below. Please follow all off-site links at your own discretion...)
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2016/jul/26/how-trump-plans-build-wall-along-us-mexico-border/

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/30/politics/donald-trump-enrique-pea-nieto-mexico/


http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/07/donald-trump-policy-2016-hillary-clinton-214058



Good news!...But at least the strange-haired one and his companies (and his kids) reportedly are making some money off of the sham-campaign.
Off-site story links, new windows open, no affiliation:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/21/politics/donald-trump-business-spending-fec/

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/22/us/politics/donald-trump-self-funding-payments.html?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/04/01/what-if-donald-trumps-whole-campaign-is-an-elaborate-hoax-heres-how-it-would-end/