Trump Is Leading In The Polls

Ever noticed polls are crap until they reinforce one’s views?

I have been reading blogs of my Right wing brethren and they were telling me just how skewed they were….that their results we never reliable…on and on…..

And then this poll’s results hit the news……

Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton by 19 points — 55 percent to 36 percent — among voters who are currently serving or have previously served in the U.S. military, according to the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll.

Now they, Right wing brethren, have something they can point to and say that Trump will win this thing without a problem….the problem is that the ones saying that are the ones that said Romney would win big……

The Forum on national security is tonight and Trump got some much needed assistance before the thing begins…….

National security is the theme of Election 2016 this week, with an NBC-MSNBC forum on that topic Wednesday night and lots of apparent new support on that front for Donald Trump. The New York Times reports that 88 retired military figures—described by retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn as a group of “national security professionals”—have placed their John Hancocks on an open letter set to be released Tuesday and endorsing the GOP nominee. “The 2016 election affords the American people an urgently needed opportunity to make a long-overdue course correction in our national security posture and policy,” which can only be done by someone who hasn’t been complicit in the “hollowing out of our military,” notes the letter, which was coordinated by Holocaust survivor and Army veteran Maj. Gen. Sidney Shachnow and the Navy’s Rear Adm. Charles Williams.

The letter seems to be Trump’s way to “blunt the edge,” as the Times puts it, of possible support for Hillary Clinton from foreign policy aces who have already rejected him. The signatories, who seem to support Trump’s past and present stances on a variety of issues, include everyone from a retired Air Force lieutenant general who happens to be an Obama birther to an ex-Army official known for making inflammatory remarks about Islam. “We support Donald Trump and his commitment to rebuild our military, to secure our borders, to defeat our Islamic supremacist adversaries, and restore law and order domestically,” the letter says. “We urge our fellow Americans to do the same.” In a campaign statement, Trump called the endorsements a “great honor,” per Politico. (Trump’s foreign policy speech in August did not get rave reviews.)

There is a retired general, Hertling, that kinda crapped on the list…….

Hertling said he was surprised by the letter praising Trump.
“I didn’t recognize many of those names as being there in the fight with me over the last 16 years,” Hertling said. “There aren’t a whole lot of names in the fight against al Qaeda or several of the other forces.”
He said most of the names on the list are Navy admirals who were not on the ground during the war against terror.
Hertling served in the Army for 37 years.
Of course this guy may be a Clinton supporter and what would we expect him to say?
We will see just how much Mr. Trump has for national security when he meets the veterans and active duty personnel during tonight’s forum…..this may well be ground breaking…..a new tradition in the making.

Debates:  The Donald Could Be Walking into a Disaster

The presidential debates are only weeks away…..and could this be the final straw for Trump?

I mean he got away with the name calling and the theatrics during the GOP primaries….but I do not think it will fly when the voter is looking for a candidate to put their vote with…..

When Trump goes face to face with Clinton, that should drive the final nails into his political coffin.

It’s perhaps the most highly anticipated presidential match-up in the history of televised debates, and Donald Trump has chosen not to engage in the usual process of holding mock debates or studying briefing books. In other words, Trump isn’t prepping to debate Hillary Clinton, with the exception of having lunch with his closest advisers and radio talker Laura Ingraham to discuss the process. The Republican candidate who has somehow managed to bullshit his way through 15 months of campaigning in the same way a slacker in grade-school bullshits his way through an oral exam has chosen to stick with the same debate strategy that served him well during the primaries. That should invite significant peril when Trump finally encounters a one-on-one debate setting with Clinton next month.

Source: Will the Debates Finally Kill off Trump 2016? The Donald Could Be Walking into a Disaster | Alternet

Hopefully Trump will put the theatrics and the name calling in the crapper and answer the questions with real ideas and not his usual platitudes….

But I am not holding my breath….are you?

But if he wants to do a little theatrics…..I have a great idea and he would be the talk of the town……

A fake story from a bizarre clickbait/conspiracy site staged as a local news outlet, the Santa Monica Observerran a headline that went viral: “Donald Trump Will Not Debate Hillary, if Gary Johnson not Allowed to Participate.” It sounds crazy, but it actually could be a superb idea for Donald Trump.

The reasoning is simple. Both Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein take away more votes from Hillary Clinton than from Trump (in most polls). The RealClearPolitics average shows Clinton leading by 4 percent head-to-head, but only leading by 3 percent in a four-way race. The latest Fox News poll shows Clinton winning by 6 percent head-to-head, but Clinton wins just by 2 percent in a four-way race.

Source: Trump should refuse to debate without Johnson and Stein – Red Alert Politics

This may not happen because I cannot see Trump giving up his spot in the bright lights of the debates…..it would improve my thoughts about him…but I am guessing he cares little about what I think of him…..
Tonight’s Commander-In-Chief Forum could be very telling about what to expect in the debates the two have coming up in about 3 weeks…..(review coming tomorrow)……

The Facade of American Democracy

As the election draws closer…..I am seeing the typical BS once again popping that ugly head up above the crowd…..the process of demonizing the candidates.

I personally do not care which one of the fake individuals you are pulling for in this election….everyone including the media is doing their level best to turn the candidates into some sort of sociopath or racist or whatever term you would like…….

This is nothing new….it is what it is….an American tradition…..we have been doing this since the days of Jefferson and little has changed over the years…..I read an excellent piece in Counter Punch……

With the rigged Democratic presidential nomination behind us, the US election reality show continues. The mass media is creating sensations around what has become a national embarrassment with this contest of the lesser of the two crazies. On the one hand we have Donald Trump, depicted as a quintessential narcissist and on the other, Hillary Clinton who is often portrayed as a sociopath. Hype is created by putting these labels on the candidates, pitting one personality disorder against the other.

This is a corporate sponsored election charade doing business as usual and distracting people from the real power behind the veil. In The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profits and Power, filmmaker and law professor Joel Bakan (2004) examined the consistent character attributes of corporations and concludes that if they were a human, they are a textbook example of a psychopath.

Source: Pathology, Incorporated: the Facade of American Democracy

Like the title states…..the Facade of American Democracy…..Democracy……….just a title that we throw around like it was beads at Mardi Gras….

Fear, The Mind Killer

Once again I have written an op-ed for my friends at the Ace News Room…….Ace is a great source for news….they spend lots of time giving their readers as much info as they can…..they believe an informed world is a better world and I could not agree more.

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Plato “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than ou…

Source: Fear, The Mind Killer

Please stop by Ace if you get the chance….you will not be disappointed….

How do you become “white” in America?

Mr. Trump’s recent speech on immigration got me thinking…..his statements seem to say that everyone in the US has got to be “white”….I am not talking about race or skin color….nope I am talking about everyone has to act in a prescribed manner.

Think about this the Civil Rights Act….was it truly about some sort of equality or was it more that maybe the blacks will see the benefits of living and acting “white”?

Personally I think his statement in his speech……”So who can come to the US? “It’s our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants who are the likeliest to thrive, and flourish and love us.”  That statement smells like a “white” moment to me.

While surfing I found an article that is written along the lines of my thinking……The Correspondent”  written by Sarah Kendzior…..

Trump has retweeted white supremacist groups and has the backing of the Ku Klux Klan. He uses whiteness as a weapon, and his candidacy on a major party ticket threatens to put the country back some 200 years. What does Trump’s vision of whiteness mean for a diverse country like the U.S.?

Source: How do you become “white” in America?

But as usual….the voter will hear only what they want to hear…..that is how these toads get votes and win elections……dog whistle slogans…..