Extra Lazy Saturday Afternoon After ChristmasPosted: December 26, 2015
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:
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.
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.