Those Presidential Debates

Closing Thought–17Dec19

These are kinda like the mainstay of campaign since god knows when….I am not talking about the beauty contest of candidates taking swipes at each other trying to get the headlines the next day…I am talking about the nominees going head to head in front of the American people.

Nixon lost his support in 1960 when he was shown sweating while debating JFK…and it has been a major campaign stop every since……well maybe not so much in 2020….

Seems on Friday, 13Dec19, that Trump may not keep with the tradition of history…he may not debate his Dem opponent…

Wondering how the general election debates between President Trump and the Democratic nominee will go down? We may never find out. Two sources said to be familiar with Trump’s discussions on the matter tells the New York Times the president is mulling not showing up for any such showdowns—not because he’s intimidated by any of the current roster of contenders, but because he doesn’t trust the nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates, which sponsors the events, and because he’s wary of who the chosen moderators will be. Newsweek notes Trump’s debate history has been “checkered, at best,” though in a tweet from this July he bragged he’d won “EVERY debate,” in both the primaries and in the three he had with Hillary Clinton.

The magazine notes polls showed Clinton as the winner of those three, though Trump was correct in suspecting he’d had a technical issue with his microphone in one of those debates (there’d been a volume problem). As for his skepticism on moderators, Business Insider recalls a spar Trump had with moderator Megyn Kelly in a GOP primary debate in August 2015, in which Kelly asked him about his past disparaging remarks on women; that spat reportedly led him to boycott a January 2016 debate on Fox. Not everyone’s so sure Trump won’t show the next time around, though. “Not doing any would not be strategically smart,” Clinton adviser Philippe Reines tells the Times. Daily Beast writer Molly Jong-Fast thinks Trump won’t be able to resist. “I have a feeling that when confronted with the chance for attention the temptation will be too great,” she tweeted

Is he that “thin skinned”?

But wait….as usual Trump has waffled, something he does with all ease these days…..

On Monday, Trump himself clarified his position: He says he wants to debate, but not through the non-profit organization that has traditionally organized the forums, reports the Hill. In a series of tweets, Trump accused the Commission on Presidential Debates of being “stacked with Trump Haters” and biased against him. “As President, the debates are up to me, and there are many options, including doing them directly & avoiding the nasty politics of this very biased Commission,” Trump wrote. “I will make a decision at an appropriate time but in the meantime, the Commission on Presidential Debates is NOT authorized to speak for me (or R’s)!”

He added, however, that he would “very much look forward” to debating the Democratic nominee. In response to the criticism, the commission denied Trump’s accusation of bias and said its record was “one of fairness, balance, and non-partisanship,” per Politico. One of Trump’s specific beefs with the group is that his microphone wasn’t working properly during his first debate with Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. The commission later acknowledged that “there were issues regarding Donald Trump’s audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall,” but Trump on Monday accused the group of “deliberately modulating” his microphone.

The CPD is a non-partisan group that conducts the debates…..

Sorry but Trump is looking like a coward here.  He is making excuses for him not to appear.  The easiest way for a coward to hide.

I hope he comes to his senses and debates his opponent…the American people deserve to see and hear their president and his challenger.

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Closing Thought–04Dec19

I recently wrote a post about the president inserting himself into the military justice system by pardoning some convicted war criminals…..read it for yourself…..https://lobotero.com/2019/11/25/messing-with-the-military/

Now that he has successfully crapped all over the UCMJ he wants to use his actions to help him with his election with the military and those fake patriots that say they support them.

If Donald Trump gets his wish, he’ll soon take the three convicted or accused war criminals he spared from consequence on the road as special guests in his re-election campaign, according to two sources who have heard Trump discuss their potential roles for the 2020 effort.

Despite military and international backlash to Trump’s Nov. 15 clemency—fallout from which cost Navy Secretary Richard Spencer his job on Sunday—Trump believes he has rectified major injustices. Two people tell The Daily Beast they’ve heard Trump talk about how he’d like to have the now-cleared Clint Lorance, Matthew Golsteyn, or Edward Gallagher show up at his 2020 rallies, or even have a moment on stage at his renomination convention in Charlotte next year. Right-wing media have portrayed all three as martyrs brought down by “political correctness” within the military.

“He briefly discussed making it a big deal at the convention,” said one of these sources, who requested anonymity to talk about private conversations. “The president made a reference to the 2016 [convention] and where they brought on-stage heroes” like former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who refused to execute detained civilians ahead of a devastating Taliban attack.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-tells-allies-he-wants-absolved-war-criminals-to-campaign-for-him

This nothing but a political stunt trying to win favor with the military…the same military that he plays games with….with their funds and with their lives.

Waiting for one of the GOP faithful that pretend every election that they have the military’s back for them and screw over them the first chance they get.  You want to call someone traitor then look NO further than the GOP.

As I have written before…..Trump needs to keep his grubby LITTLE hands off the UCMJ…..it has worked for over 200 years it does not need anything but to be left alone.

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2020 Dems–Another One Bites The Dust

Slowly but slow the Dem field of candidates is getting smaller….the newest candidate to end his faltering campaign is the Mayor of NYC, Bill DeBlasio…..

Bill de Blasio’s 2020 campaign for president is over. New York City’s mayor called it quits on Friday, telling MSNBC’s Morning Joe program that “I feel like I’ve contributed all I can to this primary election, and it’s clearly not my time,” per Politico. De Blasio said the “central reason” he’s out is his inability to meet the minimum requirements to qualify for televised debates. “The bar is so high so early that for a lot of us, clearly, some of my fellow chief executives, governors couldn’t make that cut,” he said.

De Blasio, 58, says he will return to New York City to focus solely on wrapping up his second term as mayor. He is ineligible to run for a third term, but in an essay at NBC News, he writes that “fighting for working people and ensuring that New York City remains the vanguard of progressivism will continue to be my missions.” An analysis at Vox points out that de Blasio had a near-impossible task trying to compete against two other “big-name progressives,” Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

As my tradition for the 2020 election when someone leaves the campaign trail…..I will let Queen show them the political door…..exit stage left………

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One Out, One In

Just a couple of days ago the first Dem had to take his leave from the 2020 campaign trail…..https://lobotero.com/2019/07/09/say-good-bye-3/

But not to worry…..the number of candidates has not changed even with the departure of Swalwell…..but how can that be?

On Monday, the crowded 2020 Democratic field was thinned by one when Eric Swalwell dropped out. On Tuesday, yet another candidate made up for it by joining the race. Tom Steyer, described by NBC News as a “billionaire activist,” made it official with this campaign launch video. His two big themes: climate change and curbing corporate influence on politics. Steyer had publicly ruled out a run in January, saying he wanted to instead keep his focus on helping impeach President Trump. Steyer, who made his money as a hedge fund manager, funds two political organizations—Need to Impeach and Next Gen America. The Washington Post expects him to lean heavily on both in an attempt to get 65,000 donors in a week in order to qualify for the second Democratic debate later this month.

“The other Democratic candidates for president have many great ideas that will absolutely move our country forward, but we won’t be able to get any of those done until we end the hostile corporate takeover of our democracy,” says Steyer in a statement. “As an outsider, I’ve led grassroots efforts that have taken on big corporations and won results for people.” The 62-year-old Californian amassed a $1.6 billion fortune through his Farallon Capital hedge fund, which he sold in 2012. One apparent reason for the change of heart about running in 2020: His backers tell the Post that he’s been unsatisfied with the current crop of Democratic candidates. Trump has previously dismissed the pro-impeachment figure as a “weirdo.”

I had not heard this news before my friend and reader of IST Doug of https://findingpoliticalsanity.com/  I appreciate him keeping me on my toes.

Like Doug said this should put the subject of impeachment in the forefront for that is about all Steyer has to say.

I am still waiting for the herd to thin and we can actually get down to issues and stop all this celeb worshiping.

Will this madness ever cease?

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Where Are The Dems?

As the 2020 election kicks off we hear lots of rhetoric and promises and most importantly….LIES.

The candidates are promising to make equal pay the law of the land…..make the climate a priority……make health care possible…..yada yada…..but there is one situation that is suspiciously missing from all the rhetoric……WAR!

Where are the Dems and their answer to endless war?

There sure are lots to choose from. By now, more than 20 candidates have announced a run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. And with national security adviser John “Regime Change” Bolton, along with the others in the four Bs cabal—Benjamin  Netanyahu of Israel, Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia and Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates—seem poised to pull President Trump into war with Iran, now would seem the time for Democratic leaders to unveil their alternative, antiwar, foreign policy plans. It’s more likely you’ll hear crickets … or a sound bite or two.

The truth is the Democratic Party, especially of late, has abandoned serious foreign policy analysis and ceded national security—and supposedly macho “toughness”—to hawkish Republicans. See, at least since Harry Truman “lost” China in 1949, one Democratic president after another has bent over backward to either prove his masculine mettle, or, better yet, to ignore global affairs altogether.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/05/17/where-democratic-alternative-forever-war

Promises are everything on the stump and very few of them ever see the light of day after the election win.

I am an antiwar activist and at least CodePink is stepping forward…..

Peace activist Medea Benjamin said Wednesday that the current political moment “is a time where we have to build up an anti-war movement again.”

Benjamin, a co-founder of the women-led advocacy organization CODEPINK, said her call is a response to the Trump administration manufacturing a crisis to push the U.S. into war with Iran.

The current situation, she told Democracy Now! Wednesday, has echoes of the lead-up to the war in Iraq because “lies” and “misinterpretations” are put out by the White House and echoed by corporate media.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/15/counter-trumps-hawks-codepinks-medea-benjamin-says-its-time-build-anti-war-movement

My thought is…we have had endless war since the 1950s and now is when we need the antiwar movement?….a little late.  We had a good antiwar movement but everyone let it die out and now they think we need a new one…..people like me have NEVER let it go.

To answer the question….where are the Dems on endless war?

A bipartisan letter signed by nearly 400 US Congress members is calling on President Trump to remain militarily engaged within Syria, while claiming to be “deeply concerned” about extremists in the country.

President Trump had announced a pullout from Syria in December, but had already disavowed it repeatedly by February. Still, lawmakers want to keep emphasizing how enthusiastic about the Syrian War they are, and push Trump into escalating it against various other parties.

Once a war about ISIS, the letter urges Trump to “increase pressure on Iran and Russia with respect to their activities in Syria.” The US already treated Syria as something of a proxy war, and the letter suggests they do away with all pretext and just make it into a war against Iran and Russia over Syria.

The lead signers of the letter were top party leaders and ranking committee members in both the House and the Senate. This once again underscores that on matters of war, Democrats and Republicans within leadership positions are almost completely in-line on keeping the wars going.

(antiwar.com)

Centrist Dems are doing the work for the M-IC under the guise of national security……and the media is allowing them to do so.

There are candidates that are antiwar…the media does not want them to get any press but they are there…..think Tulsi Gabbard.

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Once Again–More Sex

Once again it is the weekend and I needed to find something to post that did not take us back to the previous week….and I found SEX……and no it will have nothing to do with the antics of the rich and powerful……

First, it is about something I have posted on in the past…..sex love dolls…..

People say there’s no such thing as loving an inanimate object,” says James, solemnly. “I don’t necessarily think that’s true.” James is a 58-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia, and the owner of four life-size dolls. Every morning he carefully gets them dressed and puts on their makeup. One day he might take them for a picnic; on another they’ll stay in and watch television. The latter involves a painstaking process where he must bend the dolls into a sitting position and adjust their eyeballs. But that’s OK, because there’s nothing James wouldn’t do for his synthetic companions, with whom he shares a bed and has sex up to four times a week.

James is among the protagonists of The Sex Robots Are Coming (30 November, 10pm, Channel 4), an investigation into the development of animatronic, AI-enabled silicone sexbots, and part of C4’s Rise of the Robots season. While James’s silicone sweethearts remain resolutely inert, change is afoot in the world of sex dolls, with a drive to make them ever more lifelike. First stop is Realbotix, the throbbing heart of the sex doll industry in San Marcos, California, where – on workstations spilling over with custom-made nipples and wobbling artificial labia – researchers are utilising new technology to persuade their dolls to smile, pout, flutter their eyelashes and tell jokes. Down in the dolls’ nether regions, heating and lubrication systems are in the early stages of development for a more “authentic” sexual experience, along with muscle spasms to simulate female orgasm. “Pubic hair is making a comeback,” offers company owner Matt, running his hand through some plastic pubes.

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/nov/25/sex-robots-are-coming-seedy-sordid-sad

Digisexuality is the next thing…….there is a study….believe it or not…….

With the rise of technology, so too comes the rise of a new category of intimacy. Digisexuals, or people who primarily use technology for sexual satisfaction, could soon become more prolific in society, according to experts.

“It is safe to say the era of immersive virtual sex has arrived,” said Neil McArthur, the director of the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba and the author of a new scientific study on digisexuality.

https://www.alternet.org/sex-amp-relationships/digisexuals-sex-robots-become-more-popular

Second, 2020 will be an election year here in the US and as of right now there will be a porn star running for president…..

Cherie DeVille reasons that if a reality TV personality with zero previous political experience can be voted into office, then why not her? She feels just as qualified, if not more. The physical therapist has firm opinions on immigration, education, environmental reform, and how to handle the war on drugs.

She’s also a porn star.

The 39-year-old caused a bit of a stir when she, during a press conference, announced her bid to run for President of the United States in 2020. She was joined by her running mate Coolio, the rapper of “Gangsta’s Paradise” fame; Press Secretary Alix Lynx, herself a porn star as well; and DeVille’s bodyguard, the WWE wrestler Virgil, who will serve as head of security.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/meet-the-porn-star-running-for-president-in-2020

Well that ends my Sturday’s posts….do hope you were entertained…..

Time for me to adjourn to the drawing room for snifter of brandy and a few snacks….TTFN…..chuq

Closing Thought–29Nov17

The Elephant And The Donkey

For as long as I can remember the symbols of each party has been used in news stories, cartoons, everywhere…..but have you ever wondered where that symbolism came from?

Well in case you care….I can help out…..

It all started with an insult. During Andrew Jackson’s 1828 presidential campaign, his political opponents labeled him a “jackass.” Stubborn as he was, Jackson co-opted the insult and began putting a donkey on his election posters. For the rest of his career and even into his retirement, newspapers and cartoonists continued to represent Jackson either as a stubborn ass or struggling to control one.

Almost 40 years later, the donkey was used to represent not just Jackson, but a larger group of Democrats. In 1870, Thomas Nast, the German-born political cartoonist who gave us the versions of Santa Claus and Uncle Sam we know today, drew a cartoon for Harper’s Weekly titled “A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion.” The donkey was a stand-in for “Copperhead Democrats” (the Northern Democrats that opposed the Civil War), and the lion represented Edwin M. Stanton, Abraham Lincoln’s recently deceased Secretary of War. Nast thought of the Copperheads as anti-Union and believed the Democratic press’s treatment of Stanton was disrespectful.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/23805/how-did-donkey-elephant-become-political-mascots

See a history lesson is not all that bad…….

Tomorrow and I will return with more stuff…..chuq