Monday, October 24, 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Will There Be Any Lasting Damage from the Podesta Email Leaks?

If polls hold and Clinton wins the presidency, she will need the support of the professional left to offset what’s expected to be vociferous Republican opposition to her legislative proposals and appointments.

But among progressive operatives, goodwill for Clinton — and confidence in key advisers featured in the emails including John Podesta, Neera Tanden and Jake Sullivan — is eroding as WikiLeaks continues to release a daily stream of thousands of emails hacked from Podesta’s Gmail account that is expected to continue until Election Day.


The emails, which also show Clinton praising Wall Street in a manner that’s discordant with her tough campaign rhetoric, have made many progressives less inclined to give Clinton the benefit of the doubt on nominees with more centrist backgrounds or ties to Wall Street, said the operative.

Yes, but how many actual progressives are there in Congress? Two? Three?
The WikiLeaks revelations have not influenced the hierarchy around Clinton or her feelings about trusted advisers like Podesta, Sullivan and Tanden, according to a source close to the campaign. Podesta and Sullivan helped Clinton prep for Wednesday’s debate here and traveled aboard the campaign plane with her to the debate, while Tanden is still listed as a co-chair of Clinton’s transition team.
I wouldn't expect her to drop anyone before the election. The optics on that would be bad. But November 9 is another story.
Tanden declined to comment for this story, while the campaign would not make Podesta or Sullivan available for interviews.
No doubt. ...but hey, do what you will anyway.

University of Missouri

Trump is fanning ongoing racial tensions everywhere. Here's a snapshot of MU this year:

Maybe you remember MU at homecoming from last year.

There It Is

Speaking in Gettysburg, Trump [threatened] to sue all of his now 11 female accusers for defamation.

  Washington Examiner
Of course he did.
[L.A. Attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing [three] women who [claim] he assaulted them, says she] could marshal "an army of lawyers" to support them and Trump will "have to prove that their allegations are not true" and open himself up to counter suits in the process.


Allred held a press conference with [porn star stage named Jessica Drake] who said that GOP nominee Donald Trump had offered her $10,000 [...] for sex.


"This is not acceptable behavior for anyone, much less a presidential candidate,"  Drake told assembled reporters. She said that she is "not looking for monetary compensation" but rather to "stand in solidarity" with other Trump accusers.

It's Sunday

For nearly a decade, a white stone statue of Mary and baby Jesus has stood outside Ste Anne des Pins Catholic church in downtown Sudbury. At times vandals had targeted the statue, leaving the head of baby Jesus rolling on the ground nearby.

About a year ago, the head of baby Jesus was knocked off again. This time, it seemed, the vandals had taken it with them.

The statue stood headless for months as the church’s priest, Gérard Lajeunesse, asked local businesses about crafting a new head. It would have to be custom-made, he was told, and could cost as much as C$10,000 ($7,500).

It was around then that he received a knock on his door from a local artist.


[Heather Wise]had learned how to sculpt at a local college, but had never worked with stone. Still, she felt compelled to help.


Wise spent hours crafting the bright orange clay head. “To do a statue of baby Jesus for a church is like an honour of my entire art career,” she said, explaining that she would aim to sculpt a permanent head out of stone by next year.


The head sparked bemusement on social media, with some pointing out the striking resemblance between baby Jesus and Maggie Simpson.


[Father Lejeunesse] stressed that the new head – whose features are rapidly eroding in the rain – is just temporary. “It’s a first try. It’s a first go. And hopefully what is done at the end will please everyone,” he said. “She did this out of the goodness of her heart.”


“No wonder Mary has her eyes closed,” wrote one commenter on the CBC website, while another pointed out: “Since nobody knows what Jesus looked like, what difference does it make?”


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Trump's Book Reports

There are some very clever offerings at #trumpbookreport inspired by a Tweet from St. Louis Alderman Antonio French (heavily involved in the Ferguson/Michael Brown killing) comparing Trump's debate performance on foreign policy to a teenager's book report written by someone who never read the book. Here are a few:

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

h/t Jean

Going Down

Amidst reports that occupancy rates at Trump Hotels have slipped this election season, the company has announced that new brand hotels will no longer bear the Trump name.


Although Trump Hotels has said the new name has nothing to do with the eponymous businessman’s presidential campaign, empty rooms at the hotels have caused officials “to reduce rates during the peak season," according to New York Magazine.

  Travel and Leisure
Nothing to do with his campaign. Purely coincidental.
Nightly rates at the newly-opened Trump International Hotel in D.C. plummeted below $500 while practically every other five-star property was sold out for the International Monetary Fund conference two weeks ago. And after his remarks about Mexican immigrants, two celebrity chefs backed out of their contracts to open a restaurant in the hotel.


“Our business at Trump Hotels is stronger than ever and we are incredibly excited about the future of Scion, the newest brand in our hotel portfolio,” Ivanka Trump, who is the executive vice president of development and acquisitions for the brand, said in a statement.
...but hey, do what you will anyway.

The "international" Court Affair

The United States expressed concern on Friday over South Africa’s decision to withdraw its support from the International Criminal Court.

The ICC, set up in 2002, has often struggled with a lack of international cooperation, including from the United States, which has signed the court’s treaty but never ratified it.


While not itself a member of the court, the United States likes other countries to accept its jurisdiction, seeing it as an arm against the impunity sometimes enjoyed by rogue leaders.

How rich.
“We’re concerned about this decision,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

“We do think that the ICC has made valuable contributions in the service of accountability in a number of situations and we hope that other governments would share that.”
Simply amazing.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Hillary and the Catholics

I didn't get that "joke" Trump made about Hillary pretending not to hate Catholics. I had to do a little research.
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan called for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to disassociate herself from anti-Catholic statements made by her campaign chairman and said the remarks were “extraordinarily patronizing and insulting to Catholics.”


Emails released last week by WikiLeaks showed Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta and Director of Communications Jennifer Palmieri, both Catholics, in conversations with activists from two left-wing organizations. In the emails, Catholics were debased, with their beliefs being called “severely backwards.” Conservative Catholics also were accused of “an amazing bastardization of the faith,” and Rupert Murdoch was mocked for baptizing his children as Catholics in the River Jordan.

The U.S. Church’s bishops were slammed in the emails as well, referred to as “a middle ages dictatorship.”


The statements "are just extraordinarily patronizing and insulting to Catholics,” Cardinal Dolan told ABC affiliate News Channel 13 on Monday.


Podesta admitted to helping launch a “progressive” infiltration of the Church in another email, and he took an active role in attempting to incite a liberal Catholic revolt against the U.S. bishops.

  Life Site
Podesta is going to get buried, isn't he? And he's not alone. Neera Tanden, now Jennifer Palmieri.
“If it had been said about the Jewish community, if it had been said about the Islamic community, within 10 minutes there would have been an apology and a complete distancing from those remarks,”[said Dolan].
I'm sure he's right about that.

To be fair, however, when it comes to Cardinal Dolan, I don't think he's got a lot of indignation capital.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.