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Glenn Beck Loses It Over Ted Cruz, Wants To Be Covered In 'Bucket Of Blood'

Huffingon Post Politics - Tue, 2016-09-27 00:39

Ted Cruz might be off Glenn Beck’s Christmas card list.

The conservative talk-show host delivered an epic rant on Monday invoking “buckets of blood” over the Texas senator’s endorsement of Donald Trump. 

Beck backed Cruz during the Republican primaries and is strongly against both Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. He cheered Cruz for famously refusing to endorse Trump during a primetime speech at the Republican National Convention.

Although he seemed to take Cruz’s reversal personally, Beck admitted he brought the disappointment on himself.

“It’s my fault,” Beck said, speaking from his fake Oval Office on his network, The Blaze. “It’s my fault for believing that men can be George Washington.”

Then, in comments posted online by Right Wing Watch, Beck let it all out on both the left and right for attempting to force voters to back either Clinton or Trump:

“Right now, we have become PETA. Shame on all of us. Why not, just if you won’t vote for Hillary or if you won’t vote for Trump, why not just cover me in a bucket of blood? Why not just shame me in the public square?

Why not run them out of business? They’re climate deniers? 

There is no difference between the two teams any more. Oh sure, one’s for a little lower taxes, one’s for the border, one’s not, one’s for international rule, one’s for national rule. 

Which one is for the idea that all men are created equal? That all men have a right to pursue their own happiness and make their own goddamn decision?

Which one? Which one? I contend neither of them ― and so we will just soak each other in buckets of blood. We’ll be a happy little bumper-sticker community that shames one another to make sure you walk in goose-step with all the other Hillary supporters or walk in goose-step with all the other Trump supporters.”

Beck concluded that the presidential candidates would lead to “the destruction of the idea” of America.

Last week, Beck posted a message on Facebook calling the Cruz endorsement a “profoundly sad day” and ― as in Monday’s rant ― complained that the right had turned to the tactics of PETA, shaming those who don’t agree. 


(h/t Raw Story)

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Of Course Men Commented On Hillary Clinton's Looks During The Debate

Huffingon Post Politics - Tue, 2016-09-27 00:29

Oh the joys of being a woman. Your appearance is never *quite* acceptable enough.

Few understand this reality as well as Hillary Clinton. She’s weathered attacks on her hair, her scrunchies, her clothing, her age and her facial expressions.

When Clinton isn’t grinning constantly, she’s criticized, primarily by men, for not smiling enough. When she does smile ― like when she is winning her first general election presidential debate ― men think she’s, wait for it, smiling too much. Yes, that’s correct. The woman who was repeatedly told to smile by everyone from Reince Priebus to Ed Rendell, is now being told to smile less. 

Just see the below sampling of tweets. Even The Atlantic’s David Frum got in on the fun!:

Who told Hillary Clinton to keep smiling like she’s at her granddaughter’s birthday party?

— David Frum (@davidfrum) September 27, 2016

Maybe Hillary should smile *less* ...

— Mickey Kaus (@kausmickey) September 27, 2016

.@HillaryClinton just please smile less. Thank you

— Brady B (@BBurks4144) September 27, 2016

Fox News host Brit Hume took things one step further. He didn’t simply object to Clinton’s smile (or lack thereof) ― he took issue with her entire face. 

“She looked composed, smug sometimes, not necessarily attractive,” he said.

Well, if Hume doesn’t think Clinton is very attractive, let’s just call this whole presidential race thing off. We all know ladies are only worth anything if they’re hot. 


CORRECTION: An earlier video included a picture that was misidentified as Brit Hume.

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Lester Holt Proved Debate Moderators Can Fact-Check

Huffingon Post Politics - Tue, 2016-09-27 00:28

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. ― Lester Holt didn’t go the Matt Lauer route.

While the “Today” show host faced heavy criticism earlier this month for failing to challenge Donald Trump’s persistent lie at a presidential forum that he was a staunch opponent of the Iraq War, Holt pointed out during Monday night’s debate that the Republican nominee had actually been on record supporting the war. 

Trump didn’t accept the fact-check, calling it “mainstream media nonsense.” The Republican nominee ― who has claimed there are 25 different stories proving he was anti-war and yet has been unable to produce one ― said Monday night that he voiced opposition to the war during private, off-air conversations with Fox News host Sean Hannity. 

The biggest critique of Holt one could make ― and some did on social media ― was that he was too hands-off. However, moderators try to avoid becoming the third debater on stage, and instead force the candidates to spar with one another. There were moments, especially early on, that Holt could have been more forceful in maintaining order. But he also wisely used his discretion to keep the debate going at times instead of sticking to the somewhat arbitrary 15 minutes allotted for each segment.

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Trump said after the debate he thought Holt “did a great job,” but some members of his team suggested otherwise. 

“I wouldn’t say he was unfair. It was just obvious,” said national press secretary Katrina Pierson. “When we had the crowd admonishment, it was only when they cheered for Donald Trump.”

“Lester did OK,” senior adviser Boris Epshteyn said. “Yes, he followed up with Donald Trump much more than he did with Hillary Clinton and he did to a degree succumb to pressure from the liberal media and the left because of the blowback Matt Lauer got. It probably played a role.”

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani went as far as to suggest Trump not attend any further debates because of the moderator’s performance. 

The debate du jour in media and political circles over the past few weeks has been whether the journalist moderator should also serve as fact-checker if necessary. On several occasions, Holt stepped into that controversial role. 

For instance, Trump suggested he could not release his tax returns because he was under IRS audit, thus breaking a four-decade tradition of presidential nominees disclosing their returns to the public. 

Holt pointed out that Trump’s excuse, which the candidate only began using in February, doesn’t prevent him from releasing his returns. Next, Trump suggested he’d release his tax returns against his lawyers’ advice if Clinton released all the emails from her time as secretary of state.

“So it’s negotiable?” Holt asked, effectively pointing out that Trump’s audit excuse is just that. “It’s not negotiable, no,” Trump said, again asserting he’d release the returns in exchange for the emails. 

In one memorable exchange, Holt challenged Trump’s recent claim that he put the issue of President Barack Obama’s birthplace to rest when the president revealed his birth certificate in 2011. The Republican nominee actually kept fueling the racist lie that Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii for five more years in interviews and on social media.

Still, Trump refused Monday to acknowledge he kept pushing the birther conspiracy. 

And when Trump touted the effects of stop and frisk policing in New York City, Holt followed up to point out the tactic was “ruled unconstitutional” because it “largely singled out black and Hispanic young men.”

Trump said Holt was “wrong” and that a “very against-police judge” had adjudicated the case.

While Trump may not want to accept the facts, Holt deserves credit for pointing them out.

Sam Stein contributed reporting.

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New solar panel integrates battery storage, inverter, and smart software into a single unit

TreeHugger Science-Tech - Mon, 2016-09-26 11:30
This startup is reinventing the solar panel, and aims to cut the cost of integrating clean power and energy storage to homes by half.

Deep-sea acoustic buoys listen for rare beaked whales off California

TreeHugger Science-Tech - Mon, 2016-09-26 10:51
Some species dive so deep, they have never been observed alive.

Why the best smartphone is the one you already have

TreeHugger Science-Tech - Mon, 2016-09-26 09:07
Douglas Rushkoff explains that the real costs of a new phone are not measured in just money.

John Oliver Is Back, And He Wants You To Get 'F**king Outraged' Over Donald Trump's Scandals

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2016-09-26 04:47

If you think this election is simply a choice between two candidates with a scandal-filled history, John Oliver has a message for you... and it comes in the form of raisins.

In his return to HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” on Sunday, Oliver took an in-depth look at the scandals surrounding both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and found they’re not even close to equal. 

NOTE: Strong language in the clip above and description below.

“This campaign has been dominated by scandals, but it is dangerous to think that there is an equal number on both sides,” he said. “And you can be irritated by some of Hillary’s ― that is understandable ― but you should then be fucking outraged by Trump’s.”

And that brings it back to those raisins.

“Ethical failings in a politician are like raisins in a cookie,” he explained. “They shouldn’t be there. They disgust people. But most politicians have at least a few raisins.”

Here’s Hillary’s cookie:

But when it comes to Trump, there are more raisins than can fit in a cookie. A lot more: 

“The man is a fucking raisin monsoon,” Oliver declared. “He is ethically compromised to an almost unprecedented degree.” 

See his full takedown of Trump in the clip above.

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Director Rob Reiner Unloads On Donald Trump For Pushing White Nationalism

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2016-09-26 04:34

Rob Reiner has absolutely no love for Donald Trump.

The “When Harry Met Sally” director and longtime liberal activist didn’t hold back when discussing Trump on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” on Sunday.

“I believe that what we’ve done, what we’ve seen, is the last throes of the Civil War,” Reiner told host Joy Reid, in reference to the GOP presidential candidate’s divisive rhetoric on the campaign trail.

Watch the full clip here:

Reiner then blasted Trump for “leading the way for white nationalism,” and said it was “sad” how some people were hanging on to an idea of a white, immigrant-free America.

It’s not the first time Reiner has criticized Trump. He joined Twitter in May with the sole aim of preventing the former reality TV star from winning the election. In his very first tweet, Reiner called Trump a “narcissistic, misogynistic racist” and “a pathological liar.”

Donald Trump is a narcissistic, misogynistic racist. He's a pathological liar. We can't let him anywhere near the White House #UnhingedTrump

— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) June 8, 2016

Reiner has also likened Trump to the bigoted Archie Bunker from the 1970’s TV series “All in the Family,” in which he starred as the title character’s liberal son-in-law.

There’s no question about it. Archie would be voting for Trump,” Reiner told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month.

See that interview below:

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Ahead Of Debate, Bush Alumni Endorse Donald Trump

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2016-09-26 02:41

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Dozens of former appointees of the administration of former President George W. Bush announced their support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday in a bid for party unity ahead of Trump’s first debate with Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The Bush family and many connected to it remain cool to Trump. Former President George H.W. Bush reportedly plans to vote for Clinton in the Nov. 8 election, former Trump rival Jeb Bush has said he will not vote for Clinton or Trump, and George W. Bush has avoided the presidential race while helping raise money for Republican congressional candidates.

But a number of former Bush appointees have decided to endorse the New York businessman, who is in a tight race with Clinton and is to debate her one-one-one at Hofstra University on Monday night in Hempstead, New York.

Fifty former Bush appointees were on a list of people described as founding members of a coalition of Bush alumni supportive of Trump. The list was provided by a Republican official close to the Trump campaign.

The list included former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, former Treasury Secretary John Snow and former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson.

The list also included former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, former Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi and former deputy White House political director Matt Schlapp, who is chairman of the American Conservative Union.

Thompson, in a statement, explained his decision to be on the list.

“Americans want to trust our leaders again, to know that they are fighting for everyday Americans by creating jobs, growing our economy, defending our nation from terrorism, and respecting the voters enough to be straight-forward and honest with them,” Thompson said.

Trump has struggled to rally many in the Republican Party behind him. On Friday, he received the endorsement of former rival Ted Cruz, but many establishment figures remain skeptical about him, such as Ohio Governor John Kasich.

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One Bizarre Campaign Photo Captures 2016 Perfectly

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2016-09-26 02:34

To some, it looked like a strange ritual from an alien culture: The possible next president walked into a room and everyone in the crowd turned their backs on her. 

This is what it’s like to campaign for the selfie generation: 

2016, ya'll. pic.twitter.com/M0AZceVagQ

— Victor Ng (@victomato) September 25, 2016

Victor Ng, a designer for the Clinton team, shared the image taken by campaign photographer Barbara Kinney last week when the candidate dropped by the overflow room at an event in Orlando. It’s not clear if she asked the crowd to take selfies or if it was a spontaneous moment, but naturally, social media responded to the image: 

Social anthropologists in the far distant future will be scratching their heads to figure out what's happening here.

photo via @JGreenDC pic.twitter.com/ziXRikB0js

— Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty) September 25, 2016

@victomato What the hell happened to us?

— Dave Spodek (@DSPOD37) September 26, 2016

Pictures of @HillaryClinton show America has changed a lot in just a decade. The selfie generation is real, y'all. @victomato pic.twitter.com/8jQTt77ItP

— Ashton (((Elijah))) (@ashtonpittman) September 25, 2016

@LibyaLiberty @JGreenDC Americans show support for their Presidential candidates by turning their backs on them?!

— Don Toxique (@DonToxique) September 26, 2016

@victomato @mollyesque "Hillary's step aerobic class interrupted by late arrival of new members" :o)

— Shark (@156Sharknose) September 25, 2016

@victomato imagine how confused she was the first time this happened.

— Jimmy Angelheart (@shinspints) September 25, 2016

@victomato I think it's sad that today in order to show someone our interest in them, we have to turn our back to them. :\ feels wrong

— Kim Rees (@krees) September 26, 2016

@victomato Secretary Clinton is waving to their backs. So weird, but so 2016.

— Sundeep Kothari (@lawfirm_atlanta) September 26, 2016

@victomato I like that they still do the traditional weigh-in before the fight.

— William Preston (@wmpreston) September 25, 2016

@victomato @JasonLouMiller They're simply trying to bring back the pre-Vatican II Mass.

— Ken Homan (@KenHomanSJ) September 25, 2016

Some people noted there was one brave soul in the crowd facing Clinton:

When you're at a rally for #Hillary and you forgot your mobile phone. @victomato pic.twitter.com/F08FtfxMGY

— Bullion Baron (@BullionBaron) September 25, 2016

@victomato give the man a medal! pic.twitter.com/Rmi9LGEHb2

— heda (@zuzanesca) September 25, 2016

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Obama Gets Asked About Hot Dogs, Unleashes Some Fighting Words

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2016-09-26 02:12

The usually tolerant President Barack Obama has no patience for how some people choose to eat a hot dog. 

During Obama’s recent trip to southeast Asia, the president had a bowl of bún chả with “Parts Unknown” host Anthony Bourdain. After Obama slurped some noodles and waxed poetic about one of his all-time favorite meals, Bourdain asked him a loaded question. 

“Is ketchup on a hot dog ever acceptable?” Bourdain asked. 

“No,” the president responded. “I mean that ... It’s not acceptable past the age of 8.” 

Them’s fightin’ words, Mr. President.

Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer. pic.twitter.com/KgC3VIEPQr

— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) May 23, 2016

So where do Chicagoans’ disdain for ketchup on hot dogs come from? According to the Chicago Tribune, Vienna Beef executive Bob Schwartz may have the answer. The executive wrote a book about the city’s love affair with the street food and aptly titled it Never Put Ketchup On A Hot Dog. 

“Schwartz theorized that Chicago’s aversion to ketchup dates back nearly a century, when the ‘dragged-through-the-garden’ style of hot dogs made additional condiments unnecessary,” Tribute writer Kevin Pang noted.

You do you, Chicago.

Head over to CNN’s website to watch more of Obama and Bourdain’s culinary adventure.

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Debate Bar So Low For Donald Trump That If He Doesn't Vomit, He's Exceeded Expectations

Huffingon Post Politics - Mon, 2016-09-26 00:05

Donald Trump is an arrogant slacker who wastes his time hanging out at greasy spoons when he should be spending his time studying ― not like that striving know-it-all Tracy Flick Hillary Clinton. Or at least, that’s what Trump’s campaign wants you to believe.

In the run-up to the first presidential debate Monday night, Trump’s team has been working to lower the bar so far for him that it’s basically just lying on the ground. Story after story talks about how Clinton is spending her time poring over wonky policy details in briefing books while Trump is just hanging out.

Trump senior adviser Jason Miller sent a memo last week stressing that Clinton “has more debates under her belt than almost any presidential candidate in history,” whereas Trump has been in a one-on-one debate only once. 

“Hillary Clinton is on the ropes and needs to change the game,” Jason Miller, the Trump campaign’s senior communications adviser, said in a memo. “Given her extensive experience debating, high level of preparation and scripted nature Clinton’s campaign no doubt views [the Monday debate] as the best opportunity to alter the trajectory of the race. ... [Trump is] not rehearsing canned 30-second sound bites or spending hours in the film room like an NFL player. He will be prepared, but most importantly, he will be himself.”

This sort of expectation-managing creates an imbalanced scenario in which, as long as Trump shows up on time and manages not to puke or something, pundits will declare him the winner.

And the Trump team is certainly making its own preparations. Politico reported Friday that the campaign is building a detailed “psychological analysis” of Clinton by analyzing videos of her 16 years of debates. 

The two candidates’ differential treatment was clear during a Sept. 7 veterans forum, the first such event during the general election. The moderator, NBC News host Matt Lauer, challenged Clinton on the use of her private email server and repeatedly interrupted her to stop her from filibustering. But with Trump, Lauer lobbed softballs like, “What have you experienced in your personal life or your professional life that you believe prepares you to make the decisions that a commander-in-chief has to make?” 

“Candidates should expect to be challenged. They’re applying for a challenging job. But where Mr. Lauer treated Mrs. Clinton like someone running for president, he treated Mr. Trump like someone running to figure out how to be president, eventually,” New York Times TV critic James Poniewozik wrote in a scathing review the following day. 

Clinton’s team, meanwhile, sent out a press release on Friday with the headline, “Clinton Campaign: Trump Cannot Pass Debate Test If He Repeats These Debunked Lies.” Trump lies all the time ― and often gets away with it. During the Sept. 7 forum, Trump again repeated the falsehood that he opposed the invasion of Iraq, and Lauer did nothing to call him out

“The debates are about each candidates laying out their vision for America, not making things up. Donald Trump should ― as Hillary Clinton will ― be expected to present his solutions for the problems that the country is facing,” Clinton campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri told reporters on Friday.

There’s a good reason for pre-debate wrangling: Scoring a knock-out could have enormous consequences. With a far closer race than many political observers anticipated, any development that could shift the polls even a few percentage points is desirable. 

Political science research has shown that although debates don’t result in major poll changes, polls can shift by two or three percentage points during debate season. That doesn’t necessarily mean candidates’ performances during those events were the sole cause of the swing, but there does seem to be some effect. 

Big debate moments can also come to define a candidate for the rest of the race and beyond, for better or worse ― Richard Nixon sweating next to a cool John F. Kennedy, Al Gore sighing while George W. Bush spoke and Michael Dukakis’ emotionless response to a hypothetical question about his wife being raped and murdered. 

And a strong debate performance can re-energize a candidate’s base, much as it did in 2012, when Republican Mitt Romney pulled off a surprisingly strong showing against President Barack Obama ― a jolt the Clinton campaign could use right now as it tries to excite Democrats. 

While Clinton will have the hurdle of meeting the public’s high expectations, Trump will have to debate the first female presidential nominee in history ― which comes with its own challenges. Clinton is traditionally a strong debater, and has benefited from the missteps of men who simply don’t know how to deal with a woman on the stage. 

In 2008, Obama’s “You’re likable enough, Hillary” line backfired during a debate before the New Hampshire primaries, coming off as condescending in what was supposed to be an attempt to contrast his charisma with her more serious style. Clinton ended up winning in New Hampshire. 

But more famous is what happened during the 2000 Senate race in New York, when Republican Rick Lazio walked out from behind his lectern and over to Clinton, invading her personal space and demanding she sign a campaign finance pledge. Clinton tried to shake his hand as he pointed and towered over her. 

The maneuver was a disaster and has essentially become the textbook example of how a man can screw up when debating a woman.

There will certainly be a big audience no matter what happens during Monday’s event: More than 100 million people could tune in, exceeding previous records, for the 9 p.m. ET debate at Hofstra University in New York. A presidential debate commission official told The Huffington Post that several thousand journalists applied for credentials, and they expect more than 1,000 to actually attend. 

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GOP Lawmaker Matt Gaetz Ripped For Tweet Politicizing Death Of MLB Star Jose Fernandez

Huffingon Post Politics - Sun, 2016-09-25 23:11

Republican lawmaker Matt Gaetz used the death of Miami Marlins’ star pitcher Jose Fernandez as an excuse to criticize other athletes who refuse to stand during the national anthem

Shortly after tweeting that he was “crushed” by the news, Gaetz fired off this message about Fernandez, who escaped Cuba to live in the United States

To all who will kneel during the anthem today - just remember how Jose Fernandez risked his life just for the chance to stand for it

— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) September 25, 2016

Gaetz, a Trump supporter who serves in Florida’s House of Representatives and is currently a candidate for U.S. Congress, immediately came under fire: 

@mattgaetz He didn't come here to stand for it - but because we don't punish people for dissent, unlike Cuba.

— EV Now (@EVNow) September 25, 2016

@mattgaetz this guy must really piss you off... pic.twitter.com/OA2p0Gtx4t

— Elliott Serrano (@ElliottSerrano) September 25, 2016

@mattgaetz Escaping a country where protest could land you in jail. Are you capable of complex thought?

— sAD sACK (@sadsackjetsfan) September 25, 2016

@mattgaetz Do you make everything about you or did you just wake up feeling like the world needed some more inhumanity in it today?

— Rick Freeman (@RWFreeman) September 25, 2016

@mattgaetz He risked his life for the right to NOT stand or be coerced into any other faux-patriotic pageantry.

— Walter Kolczynski (@bubba0077) September 25, 2016

.@mattgaetz you're an opportunistic vampire

— Vice President Tim (@TimBaffoe) September 25, 2016

Guess Mr. Gaetz woke up asking himself, "how can I appropriate a terrible tragedy for my political gain?" https://t.co/iZeRfWZ0T7

— Ben Horner (@benhorner13) September 25, 2016

@nasboat @mattgaetz imagine seeing this Fernandez news and thinking "but how can I politicize this?"

— rich (@rich_roberts) September 25, 2016

@JeSuisDawn @mattgaetz In America we enjoy the right to protest. Don't like it? Move to North Korea.

— john.sevigny (@John_Sevigny) September 25, 2016

@LefeversJay @JeSuisDawn @John_Sevigny @mattgaetz Protesting injustice is literally what founded this country.

— j0rdinho (@j0rdinho) September 25, 2016

@mattgaetz Jose Fernadez risked his life for the right of everyone to stand, sit or kneel - Freedom of Speech/Expression. Look it up.

— Theo67 (@glomad67) September 25, 2016

@mattgaetz actually he risked his life for freedom from opressive governments. Freedom like the ability to sit during the anthem.

— Hustler of Culture (@HofC) September 25, 2016

.@mattgaetz Delete your account, you cheap exploitative humanoid scumbag.

— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 25, 2016

@mattgaetz you realize under trump Jose wouldn't be been deported, right? Wouldn't have the opportunity to play the game he loves

— BA (@ba613) September 25, 2016

@mattgaetz but you insist you're "ready to defend the Constitution"?

— Hoon (@theycallmehoon) September 25, 2016

@mattgaetz I'm going to go out in a limb and guess standing for the flag wasn't in the list of reasons they came to America. You're a clown

— Breyden Moore (@BreyMoore) September 25, 2016

... @mattgaetz pic.twitter.com/sZeNJsSDKG

— DOMS Sufferer Kyle (@KyleMack13) September 25, 2016

@mattgaetz this is a cowardly and selfish statement.

— (((Weed Detective))) (@WolfmanZack415) September 25, 2016

The man has not been deceased for 24 hours. This is so nasty and self-serving of you, @mattgaetz . https://t.co/tfjnFjvdpZ

— Asia M.B. (@AsiaChloeBrown) September 25, 2016

@mattgaetz pic.twitter.com/RdBGeKPK6g

— Scott Turken (@Turk0219) September 25, 2016

@mattgaetz very classy... Way to make the mourning of a young man all about your political views.

— Justin Mooney (@mooneybaron23) September 25, 2016

@mattgaetz Delete your career

— Charles P. Pierce (@ESQPolitics) September 25, 2016

After reading the tweets, the Florida lawmaker stood by his comments, adding: 


My point is that while America remains imperfect, so many do so much to enjoy our freedoms. Seems ungrateful to kneel. Just my opinion. https://t.co/zUzmP8mCGC

— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) September 25, 2016

Gaetz is running against Democrat Steven Specht for a congressional seat considered “safely Republican” by Ballotpedia

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Turkey Criticizes World Leaders For Lack Of Syrian Refugee Response

Huffingon Post Politics - Sun, 2016-09-25 21:06

UNITED NATIONS ― Turkey has lambasted the international community for what it feels is an inadequate response to the Syrian crisis and for neglecting to fully embrace the humanitarian values the U.N. strives to uphold.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan flayed the West in particular during last week’s U.N. Leaders’ Summit on Refugees, which took place after the first U.N.-wide summit on refugees and migrants on the sidelines of the General Assembly, for failing to sufficiently address the human toll of the Syrian civil war, now in its sixth year. The fighting has resulted in 470,000 dead4.8 million refugees and 6.1 million people internally displaced.  

“The international community, especially the European Union, can never account for the inconsistency they have displayed in the face of such a fundamental humanitarian crisis,” he said.

The Turkish president reminded the audience of the refugees that have since become symbols of the tragedy of his neighboring country’s war: Alan Kurdi, the toddler who drowned on Turkey’s shores after fleeing Syria and 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh, the boy in an orange ambulance seat rescued after an Aleppo airstrike, whose dust-covered and bloodied face humanized the situation for the global community in August. 

“In a world where babies, women and civilians are being murdered, no one can remain innocent,” he said. “With each minute passing by, we know that this humanitarian and moral destruction sustains.”

Erdogan’s plea followed a faltering Syrian truce and an attack on a humanitarian aid convoy near Aleppo, prompting the U.N. to temporarily suspend deliveries across the country. Though it is unclear what caused the bombing of the convoy, Turkey’s official position is that a Syrian regime airstrike struck the trucks as they made their way toward Aleppo. The U.S. blames Russia, but Russia and Syria deny responsibility.  

“That deplorable attack is the litmus test of this conflict,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said of the incident in an interview with The WorldPost. “It is a demonstration that the perpetrators of this airstrike are clearly seeking a military solution to the conflict in Syria.”

Miles from Aleppo, where the U.N. said Friday persistent bombing has left nearly 2 million people without water, Syrian refugees who have managed to escape are trying to set up home in a new country, even as they leave other family members behind.

Leyla, a 31-year-old mother of two young girls from Aleppo now lives in Izmir, a large city in western Turkey. She used to be an elementary school teacher in Syria, but had to flee after it became too dangerous for the family. And that was long before this month’s relentless bombing of Aleppo, whose residents are among the 13.5 million Syrians dependent on humanitarian aid.

“My parents are still there,” she said. “Everyday I’m worried sick about what they’re going through.”

Turkey, which hosts the largest number of refugees in the world and shares a 566-mile border with Syria, bears the brunt of the influx of refugees and migrants. Now it wants the global community to take more responsibility over the refugee crisis and share some of the burden.    

In the town of Reyhanlı, on the Mediterranean coast of southeastern Turkey near the Syrian border, the refugee crisis has played out since civil war erupted in 2011. Syrian families, each with several children, stroll around Yenişehir Pond at the town’s edge by the side of a 10-foot concrete wall over which one can see the Syrian side. Arabic signs seem to have taken over Turkish ones, although the origins of most townspeople is Arab Turk, and most people there are bilingual in Arabic and Turkish.

Refugees fleeing to Reyhanlı have overhauled the demographics of this town and with it, the whole social structure, according to Fatih Turan, a local lawyer. Once a Turkish-majority place, there are now only 90,000 Turks as opposed to about 125,000 Syrians, he said. Turan often takes divorce cases that women here have filed against their Turkish husbands’ “secret” second marriages to Syrian women. 

“Turkish families are leaving. Even my family left for Hatay, the city nearby,” Turan said. He now commutes to Reyhanlı only for work.

In spite of this, Turkish people are generally still compassionate toward refugees and, unlike some European Union countries, Turkey has kept its borders open since the Syrian crisis began. Çavuşoğlu at the U.N meeting on refugees and migrants stressed that there is, however, an urgent need to stop irregular migration

Since the EU and Turkey reached an agreement on the Syrian crisis in March, including implementing a refugee deal, daily irregular crossings from the Aegean Sea have plummeted, according to the Turkish foreign minister, who told the high-level U.N. meeting that Turkish “efforts had a deterrent effect for more than 300,000 irregular migrants to reach Europe.”

Turkish officials have laid out plans on the relocation of refugees ― including an overhaul of accommodation at confined camps and container cities, where about 10 percent of the some 3 million refugees live. The remaining refugees in Turkey reside in cities, where many are without a job because they lack language and other vital skills. The country has given some 15,000 of those who seek employment vocational training, Erdogan said at the leaders’ summit, and believes it is important to allow refugees to live and work in the cities instead of being confined to temporary accommodation. In addition, Turkey welcomed new regulations in January to allow many Syrian refugees to apply for legal work permits

Discussions are also underway to eventually grant citizenship to refugees, despite the social backlash from Turkish citizens, Erdogan added, noting that officials are aware of the social stakes but, “we have assumed this risk and we will never regret it.” Many Turkish people oppose such a move, amid a tight job market in a country reeling from terrorist attacks and a failed summer coup.

Despite all the pledges at the U.N. summits on refugees, and at the General Assembly, to improve lives for Syrians, a lack of a political consensus among global powers such as the U.S., Russia and China and their inability to curb their political interests in the Middle East is further hurting Syrians. As the Senegalese delegation reminded members with an old African saying: “When two elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers.”

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Is Donald Like Ronald? We Ask RReagan And MMatalin To Compare The 1980 And 2016 Debates

Huffingon Post Politics - Sun, 2016-09-25 21:00


By Mark Green

Each panelist has inside experience with presidential debates moving the needle -- how Reagan passed his 'Commander-in-Chief' orals and how Gore won on points but, sigh, lost politically. Since Trump, Clinton & Holt each benefits from a calm persona, the Host thinks this debate may be far more about policy than personality. Isn't that a good thing?

Pre-Debate Scorecard. Ron thinks that one 1980 debate and this upcoming 2016 one are similar since "the challenger has an advantage with a sitting president [or prominent senator/SecofState] by appearing along side them in an equal way. Also, my father had a number of debates under his belt from the primaries while Carter didn't -- like the way Romney won the first debate with [a rusty] Obama. After it was over, we all thought he had done very well because he made no big mistakes. The next day, while Carter may have won on points and been regarded as 'smarter', that's not how the public judges debates, rather on visual, tone, confidence."

Mary sees one similarity between Donald and Ronald: "Reagan was so demonized by the left that he easily beat expectations -- and Trump may also" on the vitally important "Commander-in-Chief" test. While Ron doesn't disagree with the expectations point, "Trump doesn't know anything and my father knew alot of things. Also, since Hillary knows her stuff so well, she may be a perfect foil to this shameless sociopath."

Host: while Trump could win a Rally-Runoff because of his proven skills addressing an audience of 20,000, she's spent maybe 99% of her life preparing for this debate while he's spent, what, 1% on issues?

What'll Holt do? Ron speculates that the "mood in the room" may now be to pursue Trump more aggressively since, after thousands of articles on her emails and the Clinton Foundation, "it's time to start inquiring into recent disclosures about his finances" -- taxes, 'charity', illegal $25,000 to AG Bondi. "And the way that Matt Lauer went into the tank for Trump did Holt no favors"...although the Host wonders whether the fail of NBC's Today Show host makes it more likely that NBC's Nightly News anchor will note obvious falsehoods. (E.g.: "Secretary Clinton, Mr. Trump's comment just now that your campaign was also involved in the so-called birther movement has been debunked by all fact-checking organizations. You agree with them and hasn't your opponent now moved beyond the issue of the president's birth?"]

How will the twin terror attacks of last week and the two police shootings of black men this past weekend frame part of the debate? Does Trump have a political advantage on both since all he needs to is play on fear and say "be tough"? Mary says yes "because Democrats have been in charge of our national security for eight years and there's no doubt there are more such terrorist acts and cells now and our intelligence is worse." Host: perhaps but there's certainly no doubt that thousands more died in Bush 43's eight years because of 9/11 than anything under Obama."

Ron.: "But if a voter wants a thoughtful president who waits until more is known before reacting or over-reacting, that favors Hillary."

As for the two videoed gun deaths in Tulsa and Charlotte, why did one lead to days of rioting but not the other? We note that the film was quickly released in Tulsa and the officer who shot and killed the unarmed victim was indicted for second degree manslaughter while nothing like that happened for days in Charlotte.

Ron criticizes Trump for emphasizing the return of Stop-and-Frisk "which such a big success in New York City." Says Reagan: "Not only didn't it reduce crime there, it would again discriminate against black and brown youth. The problems go deeper that that. What's going on in officers' heads that leads them to use their guns so readily in these cases? This appears to be an issue more of blue than white or black."

"What the hell do you have got to lose?" says Trump of minorities locked in failing inner-city communities? To which Ron responds "apparently their civil rights since stop and frisk was ruled unconstitutional in New York City." Clinton focused afterwards on "institutional racism," although GOP VP nominee Mike Pence took offence at using that term. Mary acknowledges only that "Some cops overreact when facing possible death. Black men are often harassed for no reason. And many black families complain that there aren't enough police in their communities."

So who will "win" the Debate? Because Clinton is heavily favored due to her history, Mary concludes that "if Trump doesn't do something totally insane, people will say that she did as well as expected but so did Trump, which won't move any of their voters." Ron agrees: "Hillary's already won the debate on points because of how much she knows and he doesn't know anything. So it's unlikely that the Debate will have much of an impact."

Host: 100 million or so may watch -- including some soft Trump and Clinton voters -- and it really won't affect the result or margin in November? This Monday night, some pundits will give in to temptation to say, "well he didn't fall off his chair -- he looks Commander-in-Chief- ish." But the next morning most voters will know that they saw only one president on that stage. So my prediction: she'll end the week ahead by 6 and stay ahead."

Quick Takes: Wells Fargo fraud. DOT on Driver-less cars. Sklttles.

Consensus! Sen Warren's take-down of the Wells Fargo CEO was epic and spot-on since 5000 employees cheating customers by creating fake accounts to generate fees is, says Mary, "crony capitalism" at its worst. The Host adds that it's actually more corporate crime at its worst and shows the need for the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau which congressional Republicans want to eliminate,

Both panelists wonder why we moving into the Driverless Car era since "no one asked for them or clamored for them", in Ron's words. "They will exist so people can go on-line to and from work. I can see them doing well as an Uber-type car that can pick up people." Also, what about thousands of lives saved since they won't drive while drunk or distracted?

As for Donald Trump Jr.'s analogy that, just as no one would eat a bowl of Skittles if three were poisoned, American shouldn't let in Syrian refugees. Matalin thinks this a nothing-burger of a gaffe. Reagan thinks that DJT Jr is at the least "mathematically stupid" since the odds are closer to 1 in 3 billion you'll be killed by a refugee. The Host says that "the odds of being killed by a Skittle is probably higher...and when it comers to the Strumph family, the apples don't fall far."

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Here’s What Charlotte Protesters Want You To Know About Racism

Huffingon Post Politics - Sun, 2016-09-25 18:48

CHARLOTTE, N.C. ― Protesters have flooded the streets of North Carolina’s largest city since 43-year-old Keith Scott was shot and killed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police on Tuesday.

Many of those demonstrating are frustrated and tired of carrying the weight that comes with being black in America.

The Huffington Post asked them to share what they want everyone to know about race in America ― unfiltered and uncensored. 

Here’s what they said.

“We will not be able to fight oppression, we will not be able to live in a system that was created for white men by white men … we need to completely abolish incarceration, abolish the police department ― and that’s when we’ll be able to get a chance.”

Catherine Farmer, 18

“It begins with us, it begins with the people. Until we begin to educate ourselves and educate our children on what racism truly is and what systemic racism is and what injustice is, nothing will ever change. Right now, we’re still caught up in a world where the old guard still runs things. And it’s very important for us as a whole ― black, white, Latino, Hispanic ― to come together to make these kind of changes. It’s destroying our country right now. It’s creating a division.”

“It’s not healthy for us at all. Right now, our people is being targeted. When I say ‘our people,’ I mean minorities. We’re being targeted by blue.”

Maurice Fair, 36

“It’s real, it’s a thing ― and just because others haven’t experienced it doesn’t mean it’s not real. We live it every day, so it needs to stop. No lives will matter until black lives matter, too.”

Cindy Robinson, 32 

“[We need] more awareness in the justice system. A lot of people don’t understand the justice system or their rights.” 

―Mario The Mic Man 

“This isn’t anything unique, this isn’t a new situation that we’re in ― you know what I’m saying. Ever since America was established in the 1700s, we’ve been in this place. If people really wanna get out, we’re going to have to start exercising tactics that haven’t been exercised before.

A lot of the things that we’re doing right now are things that we’ve done ... in the past. Doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of someone who’s insane.

We can’t be insane. We’re gonna have to try to do something different. We gotta realize that this isn’t a new problem. This is not something that’s extraordinary ― this is actually very ordinary. We’re gonna have to really put our brains together and utilize all tactics to get liberation.”

Dhoruba Shakur, 26 

“The biggest problem in this nation is hypocrisy. America doesn’t seem to understand that she has become to black people what Britain was to her. When the constituents of the king were hung by [the] founding fathers, it was considered to be patriotism.

But, before that, they were considered to be terrorists. When you sit here and say that we can’t burn down buildings ― that wasn’t the case when you were doing destruction of property. And those who participated in it was held as martyrs during the Boston Tea Party.

It’s hypocrisy ― left and right, all across the board. We need to do what they’ve done. We need our 1776. They didn’t beg Britain to leave them alone. They didn’t beg for Britain to stop giving them taxation without representation. They did what they needed to do.”

Malcolm Turner

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Donald Trump Honors Gold Star Families, Even Though He Mocked The Khans

Huffingon Post Politics - Sun, 2016-09-25 18:05

Hey, Donald Trump: Extending your “thoughts and prayers” to the families of fallen soldiers on Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day doesn’t make up for the way you treated the Khans. 

In a Facebook post on Sunday, the Republican presidential nominee recognized and thanked the mothers of soldiers killed in battle. The message, however, is just a reminder of his attempts to discredit the parents of a slain Muslim American soldier, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, after they denounced Trump at the Democratic National Convention in July. 

In one of the most moving moments from the DNC, the slain soldier’s parents, Khizr Khan and Ghazala Khan, took the stage. Khizr Khan harangued Trump for his Islamophobic policy proposals and suggestions that Muslim Americans are sympathetic to terrorists. 

Afterward, in a move that rattled Democrats and Republicans alike, Trump responded to the speech by implying that the family’s Muslim faith didn’t permit Ghazala Khan to speak.

“If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me,” Trump said in an interview with ABC. 

Khan told MSNBC she had not spoken at the convention because she was so grief-stricken over her son’s death that she couldn’t even bear to look at photos of him, let alone talk about his death in front of thousands. 

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly .com/entry/donald-trump-violence_us_56e1f16fe4b0b25c91815913">incites political violence and is a serial liar, .com/entry/9-outrageous-things-donald-trump-has-said-about-latinos_55e483a1e4b0c818f618904b">rampant xenophobe, .com/entry/donald-trump-racist-examples_us_56d47177e4b03260bf777e83">racist, .com/entry/18-real-things-donald-trump-has-said-about-women_us_55d356a8e4b07addcb442023">misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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GM Wants To Fill The Gap Volkswagen's Dieselgate Scandal Left

Huffingon Post Politics - Sun, 2016-09-25 17:39

In June 2014, General Motors CEO Mary Barra stood stern-faced in front of her employees and a battalion of cameras and said: “I never want to put this behind us.”

The Detroit auto giant had admitted to selling cars with faulty ignition switches that caused the vehicles to turn off without warning in the middle of driving. At least 124 people died in accidents caused by the defect.

Since then, the company has taken pains to refurbish its image. GM invested $500 million in the ride-hailing startup Lyft ― the “nice guy” runner-up to industry goliath Uber ― and vowed to help it build a fleet of self-driving taxis. It committed last week to running 100 percent of its operations with renewable energy by 2050. It poured money into electric vehicles, enough to beat Tesla Motors at its own game, bringing the first affordable, mass-appeal all-electric car to market. 

Now, GM plans to tap a market left wide open after the biggest auto industry scandal since its own infamous ignition switch failure. Last week, the automaker announced plans to offer a diesel option with the 2018 model Chevrolet Equinox, its best-selling small sport utility vehicle. The move comes a year after Volkswagen, the world’s largest automaker by sales, admitted to cheating on U.S. regulatory tests for its diesel cars, which spewed 40 times the legal limit of smog-causing emissions into the air.

The German auto giant agreed to pay a record $14.7 billion to settle with the U.S. government. Last month, the Department of Justice announced a plea deal with an engineer who designed the engine workaround. Unlike any executives involved in GM’s scandal two years ago, he may now face jail time.

Both incidents implicate companies that took fatal risks by sending to market products that weren’t quite ready. Volkswagen failed to design a diesel engine that could meet U.S. standards, so it cheated, causing, according one study, up to 60 premature deaths. GM, fearing an expensive recall, continued to sell faulty cars for nearly a decade after discovering the flaw. 

Popular in Europe, diesel ― which is roughly 30 percent more efficient than gasoline ― has struggled to catch on in the United States. Diesel-powered vehicles made up just 3 percent of total U.S. sales in 2014. Volkswagen made up about half of them, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

As The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday:

GM hopes to fill a niche in the U.S. vacated by its German rival’s pullback. And Chevrolet last year added a diesel-engine option to its Colorado midsize pickup that has drawn favorable reviews from car critics, emboldening GM to expand its diesel offerings.

“It’s only been since the VW challenges that people have been sort of scratching their heads a little bit” about diesels, GM North America President Alan Batey said in an interview. “But we’ve been absolutely thrilled with how they’ve taken off for us.”

If GM can popularize diesel vehicles, the company can help reduce the overall carbon footprint of its fleet, which it’s aggressively pushing to modernize with electric, self-driving alternatives. Slashing, and ultimately finding ways to eliminate, carbon emissions from vehicles is critical to meeting goals set in last December’s historic 180-nation Paris climate agreement.

Last year, Barra, announcing the company’s better-than-expected third-quarter earnings, declared that GM was “a vastly different company today than just five years ago.”

Whether GM can succeed where Volkswagen failed may be the clearest test of that yet. 

GM did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday. 

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Tensions Remain High In Charlotte As Protesters And Police Surround NFL Game

Huffingon Post Politics - Sun, 2016-09-25 16:26

CHARLOTTE, N.C. ― Protesters rallied outside a Carolina Panthers game in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday, marking the sixth straight day of demonstrations after police fatally shot a black man in the city. 

The rally ― which took place the day after Charlotte police released partial videos showing an officer shooting 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott ― was not without tension. 

Security was tight outside the Bank of America Stadium as the teams and fans arrived for the game against the Minnesota Vikings, and included officers in riot gear. 

More cops showed up to stadium in riot gear. They were applauded #KeepPounding #Charlotte pic.twitter.com/msUCJNfRjC

— negro. (@juliacraven) September 25, 2016

Some football fans expressed solidarity with protesters, while others jeered and seemed to intentionally bump into them on their way to the stadium. 

Lance Tzlaff, a Vikings fan from Minnesota, said he had no issues with protests as long as they didn’t involve destructive activity.

“They can do whatever they want as long as you don’t interfere with others,” he said.  

Bryan Chacka, another Vikings fan from Minnesota, agreed and said protests lose their power if they turn violent. 

“They go fuck shit up and they lose their case. You lose the power behind the movement,” he said. 

Todd Zimmer, who helped orchestrate Sunday’s rally as part of a national group that organizes white allies called Showing Up For Radical Justice, had hoped the Carolina Panthers would acknowledge the events of the past week. But the organization has not recognized the rally or the Scott shooting. 

“Every night of the Charlotte Uprising, protesters have been rocking Panthers gear. We want justice and transparency in Charlotte more than we want a Super Bowl ring,” Zimmer said. “We love the Panthers. We just want the Panthers to love us back ― especially while so many of us are grieving.”  

Protesters outside the stadium kneeled as the game kicked off, and many raised fists as the national anthem played. 

Protesters take a knee during anthem, chant #BlackLivesMatter #Charlotte #KeepPounding pic.twitter.com/lryyjAEbYb

— negro. (@juliacraven) September 25, 2016

Because football games are considered “extraordinary events,” police have the authority to search items belonging to civilians. At least one man was arrested just after 1 p.m. with a gun found in his bookbag, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police confirmed. 

The most intense and violent activity took place on Tuesday, the day Scott was killed, and Wednesday: At least one person died in a related shooting, and several officers and residents were injured. Several stores in downtown Charlotte were vandalized, prompting Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to declare a state of emergency and the mayor to declare a curfew on Friday. 

Despite the clashes, Charlotte police resisted calls to release bodycam and dashcam footage of the fatal shooting.

The Scott family urged police to release the video after viewing it for themselves. The CPMD released portions of the footage Saturday night. 

Police claim Scott was holding a gun when he was shot, but it’s not clear from the video whether he was. The department has released an image of a handgun they say they recovered from Scott, but family members and some witnesses dispute that he was armed.

Protesters have noted that possessing a gun is not necessarily a crime or suspicious in a state like North Carolina, which has open-carry laws, and say Scott did not pose a threat to police. 

A man named Terry, a Vikings fan who lives about 75 miles northwest of Charlotte, said he would have protested if he lived closer to the city. 

“That’s the only way anything is gonna get done about it ― if anything gets done about it.”

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Huffingon Post Politics - Sun, 2016-09-25 16:10

Donald Trump: Representative American

According to the official narrative of this Presidential campaign, there are two Americas. One, while certainly flawed, is nonetheless essentially broad-minded, reasonable and tolerant. The other has a racist, anti-immigrant and misogynist core, broadened by resentful, unemployed industrial workers. Just as there are two Americas, so there are two candidates. One is a typical politician; she trims the facts but is ultimately well meaning. The other is a flagrant liar, braggadocio, someone who flaunts his genital equipment, has no respect for women or racial minorities, and could easily turn America into a police state.

To understand the construction of this narrative, consider the relation of religion and magic in medieval Europe. Then, too, there were two worlds. When an un-credentialed popular healer cast a spell over a sick cow, that was magic, but when the Catholic Priest sprinkled holy water, that was religion. Over time, not only did the distinction between magic and religion become blurred, but also increasing numbers of people began to pay attention to the fact that it was the Catholic Church that was always drawing the line between magic and religion. These people were protestors or Protestants and they launched a reform movement, the Reformation. In my view, we need a new reformation, not to restore true religion, but to challenge the invidious, hierarchical, self-serving authority of those who are constructing the narrative of this campaign.

I am not denying that Donald Trump is an egregious, unappealing person, who would be dangerous as President. I intend to vote for Hillary Clinton, as I believe is now obligatory to say. But I cannot stop with that affirmation. I also want to register my protest at the institutions and powers that provide the dominant narrative: the New York Times, the Obama/Clinton circle that runs the Democratic Party, the financial powers who call almost all of the shots, the foreign policy establishment that has put the US at war with so many people throughout the world, the Nobel-Prize economists who found not only Trump but also Sanders beyond the pale, the experts who live and die by the market and its surrogate and finest expression, the media.

To be specific: the reason I find the line between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump more porous and shifting than others do rests on how I see Trump. To me, his essential character is that of a salesman. His real mark is telling us that things he is selling are HUGE, BEAUTIFUL, GREAT, UNBELIEVABLE and so forth. True he presses various racial and sexual buttons when he does this, but that is the nature of salesmanship in America. That is our culture.

Consider that the sitting President ran in 2008 promising a new direction, away from Bush's "War on Terror." Of course, after he took office, the talking heads all told us that we were foolish for believing his promises-- "suckers" is the ad-man's term-- as if we had purchased the Brooklyn Bridge. Consider the so-called "defense" establishment, who claim not to torture, just "enhanced interrogation." Consider that every ad we see-- for cars, for cereal, for medicines-- is based on exaggeration and false promises. Consider our unending need for entertainment, stimuli, excitement, for something new, the essential lack of seriousness of our culture, the commercialization of our intellectual life and our universities.

So please do not point a finger at Donald Trump, and demand, "where did he come from"? Vote against him, of course, but recognize that he is one of us. We have built a culture, which both domestically and internationally, rests if not on lies then on shallow distortions, exaggerations, faux-expertise and dishonest claims to authority, for ultimately that is what a market culture is. Ask not from whence Donald Trump arises. He comes from us.

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