Extra Lazy Saturday Afternoon After Christmas

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Good Afternoon!!

So . . . I was looking for stories to post about and . . . I fell asleep for a really long time.

Sigh . . .Could my fear of Donald Trump as the Republican nominee be doing this to me? And of course there’s the fear of Bernie Sanders as the Democratic nominee.

Then I’d have to read about Republicans attacking Sanders as a “commie” and “socialist,” and we could end up with a fascist, racist, clown as president of the U.S. Please tell me I’m imagining things. Tell me I’m in a nightmare I can wake up from.

Some GOP voters in New Hampshire are “terrified” of Trump as their nominee and they’re trying to figure out which of the clowns in the clown car they should vote for instead.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, via Raw Story: ‘I’m terrified he’s going to be our nominee’: New Hampshire GOP voters horrified by Trump popularity.

In recent weeks, [Chris] Christie has gained support in New Hampshire, the state where he has focused his campaign. Two recent polls have placed him in fourth place there, with 11 percent support — just behind Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rubio, who were between 12 percent and 14 percent in the polls. Donald Trump led, with 26 percent in one poll and 32 percent in another.

A number of voters at Christie’s events expressed worry over a Trump win.

“I’m terrified he’s going to be our nominee,” said Chris Freiberger, 58, of Manchester. “I think he’s a buffoon, I really do.”

Freiberger, a bank chief information officer, had narrowed his list to Christie, Rubio, and Cruz but feared he would confront a “lesser of two evils” decision between Trump and Clinton.

So there are people who see Chris Christie as a more reasonable alternative to Trump! This is the political world we are living in these days.


I missed this Trump attack on Hillary on Xmas eve. From the Hill:

Trump campaign: Hillary bullied women to hide Bill’s ‘sexist secrets.’

In an interview late Wednesday on CNN, Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson unloaded on Clinton and her campaign, returning fire after Clinton condemned Trump’s “penchant for sexism.”

“What you have on Hillary Clinton’s side are a bunch of people, including women — liberal women — who want to run around talking about the war on women,” Pierson said. “They want to burn their bras and complain about equal pay and be treated as men, and the second they get criticized for anything they start acting like 9-year-old little girls.”

According to Pierson, her candidate’s use of the word “schlonged” to describe Clinton’s loss to Obama in 2008 wasn’t offensive.

“You know, no one really complained in 2011 when he used the exact same word to describe a woman winning an election cycle… and so all of a sudden it’s horrible,” Pierson said. “But Hillary Clinton has some nerve to talk about the war on women and the bigotry toward women when she has a serious problem in her husband.”

According to some polls, more than 40 percent of GOP voters support this garbage.


Also from The Hill, Brent Budowsky says Hillary is tough enough to beat the bully.

Beyond the issue of Trump’s destructive comments about Muslims, and his bizarre but revealing bromance with Putin, is how Clinton showed woman and others how to deal with bullies such as the real estate tycoon.

When the former first lady addressed herself to girls who have been bullied, as she did on Tuesday, she demonstrated a warmth, compassion and sensitivity that was worthy of a president as she advised them to stand up for their rights.

When Clinton addresses Trump, who provides the gold standard for low-end bullying in American public life, she provides the gold standard of toughness, firmness and resolve that is needed to lead the nation in a hard and tough world.

Trump has insulted, berated and demeaned women, repeatedly using terms such as fat slobs and bimbos. He even dished personal insults against the highly respected Fox News host Megyn Kelly, whom I strongly supported and applauded in a column earlier in the campaign. If Trump ever tried to make these statements about women in a presidential debate with Clinton standing across the stage, she would administer some serious schooling that he would remember for the rest of his life.

a440cf000030c65406b63983fc8dd8bbActually, I think Bernie Sanders would be able to stand up to Trump too, but he would never be able to beat Trump in the Southern or many Western states. Back to Budowsky’s piece:

Trump may fool many Republican voters. He may fool many in the mainstream media who persist in claiming that his tactics are working, when a basic RealClearPolitics search tells the truth of the story, which is that Hillary Clinton might well administer serious punishment to Donald Trump and Republicans in a general election.

Bullies need to be put in their place, with the kind of strength, resolve and character that the former secretary of State has shown in the way she takes charge in the campaign against Trump. And Trump knows Clinton has gotten the better of him, which is why he is reduced to vulgar, sexist and offensive comments as she stands her ground.

Trump can cite his poll numbers all he wants, but it must drive him up a Christmas tree to know that the woman who would become the first female U.S. president will, according to polls, beat him to a pulp in the general election if the GOP is suicidal enough to nominate him.



This story is just plain weird. Could Bernie Sanders really believe this?

Tom Boggioni (T-Bogg) of Raw Story: Sanders campaign hints ‘hacker’ who accessed Clinton data may have been a DNC plant.

In an interview with Yahoo Politics, an adviser to the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders hinted that the data breach that resulted in the campaign losing access to the DNC servers may have been the result of a employee planted in the campaign by the DNC.

Following the controversy that saw Sanders staffers blocked from accessing some of their own voter data after it was revealed that proprietary information belonging to the Clinton campaign was being viewed, the Sanders campaign apologized and fired the “hacker,” national data director, Josh Uretsky.

However an unnamed adviser to the Vermont independent’s campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination is suggesting that Uretsky maybe have been a plant by both the DNC and the technology company that hosts the data.

“It’s not as if we conjured this guy Josh from thin air. This is an individual … who was recommended to us by the DNC and NGP VAN,” the adviser said.

Is Sanders buying into conspiracy theories now? I hope not. I can’t imagine the DNC would use such a roundabout technique to hurt Sanders when he is already far behind Clinton and she already has enough super delegates to beat him at the convention anyway.

Here’s the original story at Yahoo News: The Sanders campaign is taking its fight with the DNC to the next level.

The dustup over a data breach that briefly erupted in the Democratic presidential primary last week isn’t over as far as Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his team are concerned.

In a conversation with Yahoo News, a top Sanders campaign adviser made a series of explosive allegations about how the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and a political technology company that works with the party handled the incident. According to the Sanders adviser, the DNC and NGP VAN, a firm that has a contract with the party organization to operate a voter file, have responded to the data breach by “leaking information” and “stonewalling an investigation” into the matter.

“We have demanded a full investigation from top to bottom,” the Sanders adviser said.

Sanders’ adviser noted that a lawsuit the campaign filed in federal court about the data breach last Friday, Dec. 18, is still ongoing, and described it as an attempt to get answers despite the party’s lack of cooperation.

Oh brother. All we need is an ugly battle within the Democratic Party.


There’s been another attack on a mosque, this time in Houston.

Houston Chronicle: Mosque catches fire in southwest Houston.

Smoke rising from across the parking lot of a southwest Houston strip center caught Abdul Hafiz’s attention as he sipped a cup of tea and chatted with friends at a restaurant Friday afternoon.

The source was the Savoy Mosque, where Hafiz had finished his afternoon prayer a bit earlier. Hafiz and a few other men rushed over to the mosque, banging on the glass door as thick, dark smoke billowed around them.

“Thank God there was no one inside,” Hafiz said.

It took about 80 firefighters to extinguish the two-alarm blaze that began around 2:45 p.m. at the small mosque, a storefront in the Savoy Plaza, near Wilcrest Drive and West Bellfort Avenue. Arson investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire.

Members of the mosque said images from several digital surveillance cameras in the worship center had been turned over to investigators. Although they hope it was not a case of arson, members said they were baffled about what might have caused the fire. It is only about three years old and well-maintained, they said.

KHOU reports that ATF Says Cause of fire at Houston mosque is suspicious.

An ATF spokesperson has confirmed the cause of a two-alarm fire at a southwest Houston mosque does appear to be suspicious, because the fire had multiple points of origin.

Investigators said they are looking through surveillance video to see if cameras captured a potential suspect.

Firefighters with the Houston Fire Department initially responded to the fire at the Masjid mosque Friday afternoon.

The fire was put out shortly after crews arrived on the scene and no injuries were reported.

There is no word on the amount of damage to the mosque, but officials said several other businesses in the shopping center were damaged by the heavy smoke.

What else is happening? Please let us know if you stop by today. 

21 Comments on “Extra Lazy Saturday Afternoon After Christmas”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    There’s an interesting article at the Atlantic on the controversial history of Christmas in the U.S.

    Christmas’s War on America

  2. dakinikat says:

    Republicans are reaping exactly what they planted. I still can’t see black people voting en masse for Sanders. He doesn’t have a clue about an urban environment or their experiences. I can’t really see Hispanics going for him either or folks concerned about foreign policy. He’s really got narrow experience and know for an old dude.

    • List of X says:

      In the unlikely event that Sanders wins the Democratic primary, it can be expected that he’ll get the large majorities of blacks and Hispanics. And he was active in the civil rights movement some 50 years ago, so he does have some claim to the black vote. As you say probably doesn’t know much urban environment now, coming from a rural white state, but it’s not like Clinton is an expert either.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Bernie Sanders supporter Josh Marshall defends Trump’s use of “shlonged” in his attack on Hillary Clinton.

    • NW Luna says:

      So the Berniebots will even allay with Trump because they hate the thought of a woman POTUS so much. Yeech.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        “Sanders campaign hints ‘hacker’ who accessed Clinton data may have been a DNC plant.”

        The Sanders campaign is devolving into a desperate mess. When their poll numbers began to rise they, especially Bernie, began to believe he could win, but he can’t and the longer his poll numbers remain 15-30 points below Hillary the more they understand the reality of having to play the game for 4 quarters. I’ll be glad when we get past the Iowa and NH primaries so that we can be done with ‘the bern” once and for all.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Deconstructing The Latest DNC Data Conspiracy Theory (referring to the Yahoo story I quoted in the post).

    Imagined conversation with Uretsky:

    So what exactly is the Sanders adviser trying to imply here? Is he simply saying the DNC is wrong to criticize them because Uretsky knew some people over there (which, again, is not uncommon)? So whatever your staffer does that’s improper isn’t the fault of your campaign, but of the people who provided references?

    Or is he hinting at a broader conspiracy, as many of Sanders supporters have suggested online? That this whole incident was a plot by NGP VAN and the DNC to hurt Sanders and that Uretsky was in on it? That VAN intentionally dropped the firewall as a sort of “honeypot” thing to catch Sanders?

    If so, that’s the most convoluted plot of all time. Why put a mole in the Sanders campaign for a scheme that would get him fired? Why not have him just pass along data he has easy access to? Or undermine their operation by doing a crappy job with their lists and data modeling? (Again, none of this would actually happen because people aren’t this evil or underhanded in real life.)

    And why would anyone sign up for that? How would that conversation even go down? Like this?

    Whitaker: “Okay Josh, the secret Clinton cabal has an important mission for you to carry out. Are you ready?”

    Uretsky: “Anything for the cause. What should I do?”

    Whitaker: “We want you to work undercover for the Sanders campaign as their data director. Act like everything’s normal for months and take no improper actions. Then, in December, we’ll direct the VAN to momentarily drop its firewall, during which time you’ll access lots of Clinton campaign data and leave a clear trail as you do it.”

    Uretsky: “But wait, if I’m undercover for Clinton, why would I need to break into her data?”

    Whitaker: “Because we’re actually going to use this incident to expose you, our mole in the enemy’s operation, and get you fired in order to briefly embarrass the Sanders campaign and get their VAN access turned off for like a day or two.”

    Uretsky: “If I’m their national data director secretly working for Clinton, couldn’t I just screw up their VAN operations myself?”

    Whitaker: “Look, Josh, you’re thinking too hard about this. Don’t question the plan.”

    Uretsky: “And wouldn’t this irreparably destroy my professional reputation for all time?”

    Whitaker: “Don’t worry, the Clinton Illuminati will provide for you.”

    Uretsky: “Alright, I’m down.”

  5. roofingbird says:

    Turning this into a male chest bumping contest with simple statements from either side is not going to get the job done. Complexity has to be sold. Telling, reading, involving leads to understanding. Talk to the enemy, but attack the flank-Rubio.

  6. roofingbird says:

    For example, what the heck is this one his Senate page?

    Nov 01 2015
    U.S. Must Stand With Persecuted Christians
    By Marco Rubio
    On this International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, I join with Christians around the world in praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters.

    Scripture tells us that when one part of the body suffers the entire body shares its suffering. When it comes to the Christian faithful, without question, the body is suffering.

    From the underground house church in China where worshippers gather in fear of communist government persecution, to the displaced Iraqi and Syrian Christians wondering if they will ever return home to the cradle of Christianity, the Church internationally is under seige. From the imprisoned believer in Pakistan facing a possible death sentence for believing in God, to the starving Christian in a North Korean prison camp, churches around the world are increasingly under assault.

    Today I stand in solidarity with these suffering believers and thank God for the steadfast and unwavering faith of so many, young and old, in the midst of oppression, marginalization, kidnapping, imprisonment and even death. I pray that God would grant them courage and even hope in the midst of these trials.

    What does he really mean? Are we supposed to go and rescue them? Are they more special than other persecuted people? I just find this kind of statement on a senator’s site ridiculous. Then there is the fact that he is head of “The Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues”. What is going to happen when Boxer leaves this subcommittee, if he is still there? Jillikers! He wants to axe ACA.

    Rubio opposed the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court based on “her case history and testimony regarding the Second Amendment at the state level, eminent domain takings and the so-called constitutional right to privacy that resulted in the Roe v. Wade decision.”[163][175]

  7. NW Luna says:

    Ahh. I am enjoying the peaceful absence of Crassmas music!

  8. List of X says:

    I’m sure Sanders could stand up to Trump. After all, Sanders is the guy whose idea of indoor voice is yelling.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Bernie has said a lot of negative things about Trump, but so far no retaliation. I wonder why? I really don’t think Bernie would be phased by it anyway.