Dr. Jill Stein– Rebel With a Cause

As an ex-rebel myself I am always impressed by people that stand up for what they believe….in 2016 that person is Dr. Jill Stein……

The first inkling that she was a person that would not shrink from confrontation…..

If the man won’t let Jill Stein participate in Monday’s presidential debate, then Jill Stein will just hold her own debate. Politico reports the Green Party candidate will hold a “Let Jill Debate” protest outside the first showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in New York then follow it with a “People’s Debate” on social media. Earlier in the week, the Stein campaign had mulled having 100 supporters risk arrest in an attempt to “escort” their candidate onto the debate stage, according to the Guardian. Neither Stein nor Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson were polling high enough—the cutoff is 15% nationally—to qualify for the debate. Johnson says he’ll be watching the debate and live-tweeting it.

Then on the night of the first presidential debate she made good on her threat…..

Green Party candidate Jill Stein was removed from the Hofstra University campus for the second election in a row on Monday. Stein—who was arrested before a presidential debate in 2012—was met by police and campus security after she boarded a media bus to the university ahead of the Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump debate and USA Today reporter Eliza Collins tweeted about it. Stein had planned to hold a “Let Jill Debate” protest outside the event, which she and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson were excluded from.

Officials say Stein was removed because she didn’t have the proper credentials. “She was on the college campus, we asked to verify for proper credentials, she did not have them, and she was nicely escorted off the campus,” a police spokeswoman tells CNN. Stein went on to live-tweet the debate, offering her own answers, as well as lines like: “I’d be terrified with Trump’s finger on the button but I’d also be terrified with Clinton’s finger on the button.” Johnson also live-tweeted the Hofstra debate. “Neither of these candidates is willing to stand up for free trade. Why am I not at these debates?” he wondered.

Good for her!

Personally I feel that parties that give candidates at every election should be included….especially those with national attention regardless of the poll numbers.

There should be an independent group that controls the debates…..the media is NOT a good source of unbiased BS…….there should be a switch that cuts the candidate off when they digress into campaign posturing….issues only needs to be the rule.

 

Which Candidate Can Better Exploit Our Irrational Fear of Terrorism?

The first presidential debate is now in the history books…..why no one knows…..other than it is an election and we expect the mental midgets to go after each other in a debate or two.

But enough of the trivial bullshit from either of these two dingle berries…..but thanks to the media and people that are afraid of their own shadow…..but the first debate has a segment called “Securing America”……and once again it was about instilling fear not offering solutions…..

Politico (9/20/16) frames the terrorism issue as “who has the upper hand.”

The media’s tendency to focus on horserace issues—who’s up and who’s down, what the cosmetics are of an event rather than the substance—is routinely derided by media critics, and mocking it has become something of an election year tradition. But one 2016 topic in particular, terrorism, has become the hot horserace topic of the year in a way that goes beyond the silly to the potentially damaging:

Source: Media Ask Which Candidate Can Better Exploit Our Irrational Fear of Terrorism | Rise Up Times

The candidates had their 15 minutes in the light talking shit……and both showed that they are more than willing to exploit the irrational fear that some Americans harbor about terrorist or Muslims or Hispanics a or any other brown skin individual…..

Most of the people that are fighting terrorism in its many forms are calling for calmer heads…..say that were to happen…..would it collect any votes?

An explosion on the streets of Manhattan, pipe bombs in New Jersey, and a shootout with a terrorist suspect: a jittery election, filled with hyperbole, just grew more breathless.

Of course most of that hype has emerged from the mouth of Donald Trump, and he embraced the emergence of a new terror campaign well before officials confirmed Saturday’s explosion as a bomb.

Whether this helps or hurts Trump’s candidacy depends a lot on whether you are already primed for the politics of fear. If Trump and Clinton sound like they’re talking to two different audiences, that’s because the polls suggest they really are.

Source: On terrorism, cooler heads have better policy. But do they win more votes? | Richard Wolffe | Opinion | The Guardian

The easy answer is NO!

The truth is the M-IC will exploit our fear to make themselves richer and more powerful in DC……by giving in to that fear we will make them the only game in town.

We have a handful of debates remaining….does anyone think that a truthful answer will be given?

2016 Mass-Debaters #1

AS a public service I will give a breakdown on last night’s debates……NOPE I did not lie…..I did  not watch I will use the media’s breakdown and you decide for yourself….

Your early morn read……

The first of three presidential debates is in the books, and while pundits will be dissecting it for a while, here is some instant analysis in the wake of round one:

  • Conor Friedersdorf, the Atlantic: “My impression, for what it’s worth: Hillary Clinton won decisively. But I never know what others will think. She certainly kept her poise at all times, while Donald Trump, to my eyes, started off nervous and did a lot of rambling.”
  • Adam Nagourney, New York Times: “Bottom line for me: Trump probably helped himself with his voters. And he didn’t do totally off the wall things. But I don’t think he did himself any good tonight with undecided voters, or voters who really don’t want to vote for Clinton. I’m not sure he came off as presidential at all, which he needed to, his answers on race, birthers was damaging to him.”
  • In an unscientific survey at Time, Trump was seen as the winner by 51% of readers, at least in the first hour after the debate. More than 150,000 had cast votes.
  • Andrew Sullivan, New York: “Clinton was not great at times; her language was occasionally stilted; she missed some obvious moments to go in for the kill; but she was solid and reassuring and composed. I started tonight believing she needed a game-changer to alter the trajectory of this race. I may, of course, be wrong, trapped in my own confirmation bias and bubble—but I thought she did just that.”
  • Nick Bilton, Vanity Fair: “In conclusion, it doesn’t really matter who won or lost during the debate. People who were voting for Clinton are still voting for Clinton; people who love Trump, still love him. The reality is, at the end of the day, most people are one-issue voters and they have already made up their mind about who they are going to vote for.”
  • Chris Cillizza, Washington Post: He has Clinton as the clear winner. She was thoroughly prepared and used “a slew of facts and figures to not only make her positive case but also to slam Trump.” Her rival, on the other hand, “was simply not prepared well enough.”
  • RedState: “Neither candidate was a winner or loser. They both get participation trophies. … The bottom line is that this fulfilled the crappy promise of this election: plenty of bickering, not much enlightenment, and bad media moderation. hooray.”

Number one in the bag (in more ways than one)…….and the big loser will be the American voter……no matter who wins governance will be at a stand still…..more so than the last 8 years…..

Gee, can hardly wait for #2 (that is sarcasm)……

 

Terror Attacks–USA

I have done lots of research on terrorism…..I have attempted to help people understand the tactic as well as see what can be done….a monumental chore.

Americans have their opinions on terrorism….most of which are nothing more than emotional responses for the act.

I had previously wrote that the overall incidents of terrorism across the world are on the rise….the exception being the US….to be fair I had read another report from a think tank, Intel Center, has issued another point of view…..

According to their research terror attacks in the US are on the rise……keep in mind that this is a think tank and are paid for their research….

The number of jihadi terrorist attacks in the US is now at the highest it has ever been and is continuing to rise based on attacks tracked in the IntelCenter Database (ICD). The current rate of attack in 2016 is at one attack every 38 days. In 2016 there have been seven attacks as of 20 Sep., which nearly doubles the previous record of four attacks in 2015. Sixty-eight percent of attacks in the US since 2002 have occurred in the past four years.

Small arms and bladed weapons were the most common tactics, which was driven by a significant increase in inspired attacks. The rise in inspired attacks also resulted in a shift with 58% of attacks occurring in areas not previously thought to be at significant risk from terrorism. Military/Police and recreational sectors were the most frequently targeted with a more detailed breakout putting police personnel, military facilities and civilians the most at risk. New York had the most attacks during the period, however, the attacks were spread out over a total of 13 states.

Source: IntelCenter: Jihadi Terrorist Attacks in US at HIghest Level Ever, Continues to Rise

I must point out that the attacks in the US are mostly “lone wolf” attacks….meaning that they are not organized in the sense of say the 9/11 attack was organized and carried out.

IST tries to offer as many views on the research as possible…..even if it originates at a think tank that probably gets its funding from the M-IC….while I may find their findings a bit dubious they deserve to be heard…..(plus it will give my detractor some ammo to use when they visit not that they will notice)

IST’s US Troops Report

I try to keep my readers up to date on the happenings with our troops deployed overseas…..I feel that since most blogs ignore them it was the least I could do.

First, more good news….(that’s sarcasm)…..

With officials saying that the planned invasion of the city of Mosul could begin as soon as October, the Pentagon is once again requesting more US ground troops be deployed into the area around the city, The Pentagon has already deployed several hundred troops multiple times in the last two months on the same basis.

The Pentagon is seeking another 500 “permanent” US troops in Iraq, which would bring the official figure in the country to 4,900. In practice, the Pentagon already is believed to have in excess of 6,000 troops in Iraq, but labels many of them “temporary” and doesn’t count them, despite their deployments not having any specific end date.

The new deployment, as with the previous few, would have the troops sent to Qayara Air Base, which Iraqi forces occupied back in July. Despite presenting the capture of the base as a great military victory, ISIS had abandoned it long ago, and the hundreds of US troops already there are mostly just helping fix the damage of years of US airstrikes on the base.

Has anyone bothered to ask the troops what they think of all this nation building and interventionism?

Why yes they have!

A majority of active-duty troops stringently oppose nation-building efforts abroad, according to a new poll, preferring instead that the military focus on doing what it does best: killing terrorists and keeping the homeland safe.

Commissioned by Military Times and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, the poll found that 55 percent of respondents either “strongly” or “somewhat” oppose “the U.S. government’s continued involvement in nation-building efforts, establishing democracies in the Middle East and North Africa using U.S. military and financial support.”

Just 23 percent responded positively to the idea of using troops to continue a mission of nation-building around the world for the purpose of setting up democracies.

But it is still the number one task being asked of our troops…..is anyone listening?
We hear some good reports about our adventure in nation building in the last 15 years…Afghanistan…..but just how glowing is our time in country?
US commander Gen. John Nicholson today reported that Afghanistan’s government has lost control of about a third of the country’s overall territory, with the Taliban having claimed over 10%, and at least 20% of other territory in a “contested” state.

Nicholson reported heavy fighting, mounting casualties, and up to 1,300 ISIS fighters in Afghanistan, receiving direct aid and guidance from the leadership in Syria. Incredibly, he presented the overall situation as a “positive” one, noting that the Afghan government still controls the majority of the population, and all the biggest cities.

Still, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford described Afghanistan as “stalemated” in his own remarks to the Senate, and while Nicholson tried to put a more positive spin on it having reached “equilibrium,” that’s 15 solid years of upbeat Pentagon assessments that have left the Taliban in control of more territory than at any time since the war began, and no realistic possibility of an end.

Forgive my sarcasm but I feel that any American deployment of troops should get more coverage than the media is willing to provide.

The Most Important Day In Recent History

Seriously…that is how this debate is being billed in the MSM…..a better description would be a verbal “fart-fest”……

I have been reading about just how important the debate is tonight…..I do not agree with much that is been said and written…..

They say the 2 candidates are about even in the polls…if true then that shows just how uninformed the public is and just how disastrous this election will be.

But read the glowing reports for yourself……

It’s going to be the most-watched presidential debate in American history—and possibly the most controversial. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have their first debate Monday night, and it’s expected to draw a Super Bowl-sized audience of around 100 million. The stakes will be even higher than in the WrestleMania event where Trump shaved his vanquished opponent’s head: Polls show Clinton and Trump neck and neck, and according to the latest Reuters poll, around 50% of voters say the debate will help them choose. A roundup of coverage:

  • USA Today, which has details such as viewing tips, nicknames the event being held at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex on Long Island “Smackdown at the Mack.” It starts at 9pm EDT and will last 90 minutes.
  • The Boston Globe looks at what makes this debate different from any other. Among other things, it involves a woman versus a man for the first time, and it features two of the most disliked candidates in American history.
  • The Washington Post’s debate preview looks at Clinton’s preparations—sources say there has been a lot of focus on Trump’s personality—and notes that much will depend on whether the “freewheeling showman” Trump shows up or the “sober and scripted” version. Either way, this will be his first one-on-one debate.
  • Jim Newell at Slate lists three ways that he thinks Trump can be beaten in a debate. One tip: “Ask him to explain anything.”
  • Kimberley Strassel at the Wall Street Journal has some do’s and don’ts for Trump. She believes this debate could “give him new momentum toward the White House” if he stays calm—and stays positive.
  • Politico notes that the pressure on both candidates will be at its fiercest in the first 30 minutes, a time in which most debates are won and lost—and when candidates tend to roll out their best one-liners.

There you have what the MSM media sees as the debates tonight….again I think they are all so damn wrong…..but I guess we will see…..

Blogger analysis will be more telling than those toads on the MSM……

FYI…..if you plan a drinking game during the debate then read and heed…..

Source: WARNING: Drinking every time Trump lies during the debate could lead to alcohol poisoning and death

 

The Big Night…..Debate And Merriment

Tonight is the night……. the reality show that we call the 2016 election rolls on and on….and the show in the center ring will be the debate…….the much publicized first presidential debate…..

Before this thing can begin the silliness is all around……and you thought this was going to be a serious affair (pun not intended)……it is all a game being played by dolts and dullards…….

For the moment it appears the woman who had an affair with Bill Clinton will be front-and-center during Monday’s debate at Donald Trump’s invitation, BuzzFeed reports. It started with the Clinton campaign inviting Bizarro-Trump Mark Cuban to the presidential debate at Hoffstra University. TPM quotes a Clinton aide as saying Cuban “has the best seat we have access to.” CNN explains that each candidate gets a few tickets for the debate and can decide who sits where. “Just got a front row seat to watch Hillary Clinton overwhelm Donald Trump at the ‘Humbling at Hofstra’ on Monday,” Cuban, an increasingly vocal critic of Trump, tweeted Thursday. “It is on!”

“If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Gennifer Flowers right alongside of him!” Trump tweeted Saturday. In 1998, Bill Clinton admitted to having a sexual relationship with Flowers in the 1980s. The former model quickly accepted the invitation, tweeting, “Hi Donald. You know I’m in your corner and will definitely be at the debate!” and adding a kiss emoji. Flowers’ assistant confirms to BuzzFeed that Flowers has accepted the invitation despite turning similar ones down in the past to avoid being a “sideshow.” The Trump campaign hasn’t said whether Trump’s tweet constitutes an official invite. The co-chair of the debate commission tells CNN they “would frown upon” any attempt to use guests to “impact the debate.”

(Trump’s camp has said that Flowers will not be at the debates)

I usually am a junkie for this political stuff but this debate offers NOTHING…not even for it as entertainment possibilities….it will be a worthless waste of time of diatribes insults and platitudes…..I will not watch……I will not lower myself to that level of stupid.

But I did see a thought on Twitter that made perfect sense…..why not just cancel the whole she-bang……

Let’s call the whole thing off.

Not the election, although if we only had a magic reset button we could pretend this sorry spectacle never happened and start all over.

No, we mean the presidential debates — which, if the present format and moderators remain as they are, threaten an effect on democracy more like Leopold and Loeb than Lincoln and Douglas.

We had a humiliating sneak preview Sept. 7, when NBC’s celebrity interviewer Matt Lauer hosted a one-hour “Commander-in-Chief Forum” in which Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump spoke with Lauer from the same stage but in separate interviews. The event was supposed to be about defense and veterans issues, yet to everyone’s bewilderment (except the Trump camp, which must have been cheering out of camera range that Lauer was playing their song), Lauer seemed to think Clinton’s emails were worthy of more questions than, say, nuclear war, global warming or the fate of Syrian refugees.

Source: There’s No Debate – BillMoyers.com

A great idea!  Why waste the viewers time with this silly excuse for the process?

The voter has, at least the ones that may watch, have already made up their tiny brains on who they will support when they enter the booth….

If debates need to happen then the major alternative parties should have a seat at the table…..the media will keep this from ever happening…..the US is the big loser in this debate thing.

Spoiler Alert!  Monday’s debate will be as worthless as the candidates.

ME?  I gotta wash my hair…..or maybe the dog…..but not wash the dishes.