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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sarah Palin will campaign with Donald Trump tomorrow

From Daily Camera

Sarah Palin will join Donald Trump in Denver on July 1 to kick off the Western Conservative Summit, organizers said Wednesday morning.

The 2008 vice presidential pick and former Alaska governor is a favorite of the conservative base. She announced her endorsement for Trump in January. The presumptive GOP presidential nominee announced last week he would attend the summit, the largest annual gathering of conservatives outside Washington, D.C.

Though the summit, which began in 2010, normally starts on Friday night each year, Trump and Palin will speak Friday morning at the Colorado Convention Center.

"We've added an additional session Friday morning with Mr. Trump, so we reached out to some other folks who have been part of his effort and have been endorsing him and she accepted," said Jeff Hunt, the executive director of the Centennial Institute think tank at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, which puts on the weekend-long event. "It's going to be a barn-burner. It's going to be a lot of fun."

The first speech will be at 10:30 a.m. Palin is expected to speak for a half hour and Trump will speak for an hour, though who speaks first has not yet been determined, Hunt said.

A few remaining tickets are available online. Day passes cost $120.

Palin gave a 35-minute speech to the Western Conservative Summit in 2014. A former reality TV star, like Trump, Palin hit on issues not familiar to the Trump campaign: immigration

"It's so nice to get to participate in something CCU is in charge of," Palin said to open her address two years ago. "They do such good work. They're like salt and light out there in the education arena."

She joked about Colorado's "snow-capped hills," reminding attendees that she's from Alaska, and then made a marijuana joke.

"Stepped off the plane, ah," she said, sighing and tilting back her head. "Todd reminds me: Don't inhale. We're in Colorado."

YES!  This should be a real hoot considering what an ass she made out of herself before there:

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Back to fathers in the Palin and Heath families

This is over a week old but worth mentioning:

Todd says every day is Father's Day when a dad takes time to appreciate all that surrounds him. I absolutely agree... but offer a belated "Happy Father's Day" greeting anyway to all dedicated fathers working hard to keep families secure!

I thank my husband and my father for providing that, and for reminding us that through challenges we need to step outside, breathe fresh air, and learn that tough trails lead to beautiful destinations.
Enjoy this GREAT reminder of what really matters:

I am not going to post the link as it is Bristol's blog.

Interesting she didn't mention two other fathers in the family.  Track and Dakota.  Is she that embarrassed over Track and is Dakota really the father?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Palin endorsee Darryl Glenn of Colorado is running in the Senate primary today

From Sarah's Fecebook page:

Colorado - 5 days left to vote for Darryl Glenn for US Senate! So many good reasons to support this solid conservative. He won't back down... he won't let you down! 馃嚭馃嚫
“He just doesn’t have any fear of anyone,” said Amy Lathen, who serves on the El Paso County Commission with Glenn. “He says, ‘This is who I am. If you don’t like it, that’s fine.’ He’s pretty strong that way.”

May he get the Palin curse!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sarah Palin opens her piehole over something she knows nothing about

From Sarah's Fecebook page

Time out between kids soccer games to tune in to good news of UK voting to leave the European Union - choosing independence from global special interests and affirming status that controls its own borders and protects its own people. Happy Brexit prevails!

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another...

The UK knew - it was that time. And now is that time in the USA.

The Brexit referendum is akin to our own Declaration of Independence. May that refreshed spirit of sovereignty spread over the pond to America's shores!

Congratulations, smart Brits. Good on you for ignoring all the fear mongering from special interest globalists who tend to aim for that apocalyptic One World Government that dissolves a nation's self-determination and sovereignty... the EU being a One World Government mini-me.
America can learn an encouraging lesson from this.

It is time to dissolve political bands that connect us to agendas not in our best interest. May UN shackles be next on the chopping block.
- Sarah Palin

Funny she used the word mini-me because that is what we call Bristol.  Anyway the US will never leave the UN.  Why, because the UN Headquarters is in NYC and the US helped get the UN off the ground:


The forerunner of the United Nations was the League of Nations, an organization conceived in similar circumstances during the first World War, and established in 1919 under the Treaty of Versailles "to promote international cooperation and to achieve peace and security." The International Labour Organization was also created under the Treaty of Versailles as an affiliated agency of the League. The League of Nations ceased its activities after failing to prevent the Second World War.

1 January 1942 || The name "United Nations" is coined

The name "United Nations", coined by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt was first used in the Declaration by United Nations of 1 January 1942, during the Second World War, when representatives of 26 nations pledged their Governments to continue fighting together against the Axis Powers.

24 October 1945 || The United Nations officially comes into existence

In 1945, representatives of 50 countries met in San Francisco at the United Nations Conference on International Organization to draw up the United Nations Charter. Those delegates deliberated on the basis of proposals worked out by the representatives of China, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States at Dumbarton Oaks, United States in August-October 1944.

The Charter was signed on 26 June 1945 by the representatives of the 50 countries. Poland, which was not represented at the Conference, signed it later and became one of the original 51 Member States.

The United Nations officially came into existence on 24 October 1945, when the Charter had been ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by a majority of other signatories. United Nations Day is celebrated on 24 October each year.

More on the San Francisco Conference

December, 1945 President Truman appoints former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt as the first ever US delegate to the UN.

Sarah hates the UN because it was FDR's idea, nothing more.

The UN has been instrumental in many humanitarian efforts.  Could the UN do a better job?  Of course.  But they do not tell the POTUS how to run this country.

Monday Meme

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Donald Trump a pedophile?

From Jezebel

In recent weeks, several national press outlets have retailed a set of very unflattering allegations about Donald Trump—namely, that he raped a 13-year-old at a 1994 orgy hosted by notorious celebrity sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. What no one’s reported on yet is the fact that the recent round of coverage is the culmination of an almost year-long campaign to quietly push these allegations into the public discussion, and maybe make some money in the process.

The stories are based on lawsuits filed by Trump’s accuser against him and Epstein. News organizations on the right and left have started poking at those claims, gingerly and skeptically: The allegations are beyond the pale, even for Trump, and there’s little sourcing for them beyond the lawsuit itself.

On August 5 of last year, a Gawker Media employee received an unsolicited voicemail tip from someone identifying themselves as Al Taylor, “the PR person for the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas.” Taylor requested that someone from Gawker return his call because, he said, “I’ve got some good info on Donald Trump for you, it might be very interesting for your site.” In addition to managing public relations for a museum “designed to preserve wonders of the erotic imagination,” Taylor is a former producer for the syndicated tabloid news show Inside Edition.

A reporter returned the call, and the “info” that Taylor claimed to have was explosive. Over the next few months, the Gawker reporter and Taylor, along with another tabloid producer named Mike Smith and videographer Jonathann Launer, engaged in a series of telephone and email conversations about Trump.

The rest of the article is pretty graphic so I won't post more of it here.  Donald Trump accuses Bill Clinton of being a rapist yet he does much worse.  

I don't know if the story is true considering it is campaign season, but we shouldn't ignore it.

Will Sarah quit today?

Will Sarah bail out today of meeting with James Carville?

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Donald Trump makes a fool out of himself over Brexit

From Huffington Post

Donald Trump is not getting the warm Scottish welcome he was hoping for.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee arrived in Scotland on Friday to officially open his new Trump Turnberry golf resort. Protesters greeted him with golf balls emblazoned with Swastikas — a symbol synonymous with Nazi Germany — at the opening of the course.

Trump also faced a backlash after tweeting that people in Scotland were “going wild” following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.

Many Scots are angry at his tweet because most actually voted to remain inside the EU.

All 32 council areas and a total 62 percent of Scots backed the UK to remain in the EU, according to the BBC. It was in contrast to the U.K. as a whole, which voted 52 percent to 48 percent for “leave.”

Dozens of Twitter users branded Trump a “moron,” “weapons-grade plum” and “idiot” — including British pop star Lily Allen, TV presenter Sue Perkins and comedian Peter Serafinowicz.

Sure Donald may personally benefit over Brexit but it isn't going to help the people in Great Britain and Scotland, who actually had a say over it.

Now the voters in GB are having next morning remorse over it:

"Even though I voted to leave, this morning I woke up and I just — the reality did actually hit me," one woman told the news channel ITV News. "If I'd had the opportunity to vote again, it would be to stay."

Guess Brits are low information voters like the Sarah Palin worshippers.  Speaking of Sarah Palin I will have my thoughts on her and her attitude towards Brexit on Monday.

Jordan and Track's bun in the oven is a boy

From Immoral Minority

So a little bird told me that Track's newest baby mama is expecting a boy.

That's right another Palin male is about to enter the world (I imagine Wasilla shudders in anticipation.)

Track and Jordan are currently cohabiting somewhere in Wasilla (Probably that same house next to the 'rents that Track has been living in since he returned from his time cementing Sarah's "Mother of combat veteran" credibility.), and no I don't know when the big wedding is supposed to take place, but likely after yet another Palin baby is born out of wedlock.

After all that's how they do it in the 'Silla.

(P.S. If your immediate assumption is that this story comes from the Johnstons, you should probably know that I have a number of sources in the Valley. And trying to shut down one source, does not shut down all sources.)

I feel so sorry for Cletus the Fetus, that's his name until he pops out, that will also be the name of all future Palin fetuses.

Let's make up names for Cletus when he arrives.  How about Curtis Kyle Menard Palin?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Donald Trump asking foreigners for donations

From Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelandic parliamentarians are scratching their heads over a mass mailing from the Donald Trump campaign asking them for donations.

Numerous members of the Icelandic parliament are both bemused and confused by an email, apparently received by all of then, asking for donations to the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. Independence Party MP Gu冒laug­ur 脼贸r 脼贸r冒ar­son told MBL that he was surprised to receive the email; more so to be addressed as a “friend” of Trump in said email. He also confirmed for reporters that he would not be donating to the Trump campaign.

Trump’s campaign apparently made no distinction between conservative and progressive MPs, either. Left-Green chairperson Katr铆n Jakobsd贸ttir also reportedly received the donation plea, as did Pirate Party captain Birgitta J贸nsd贸ttir.

All told, numerous MPs from both sides of the parliamentary political spectrum received solicitations from Trump, but it is unknown who, if anyone, donated.

It should be pointed out that, according to the United States Code, this particular campaign strategy is illegal:

“§ 441e. Contributions and donations by foreign nationals: (a) Prohibition. It shall be unlawful for — (1) a foreign national, directly or indirectly, to make — (A) a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State, or local election; (B) a contribution or donation to a committee of a political party; or (C) an expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement for an electioneering communication (within the meaning of section 304(f)(3)) (2 U.S.C. § 434(f)(3))”
(Source: Title 2, chapter 14, subchapter 1, section 441e (United States Code, Title 2, The Congress))

The email, which you can download and read in the attachment below, claims that Trump will match every dollar donated to the campaign, while exhorting supporters to help push back against “Crooked Hillary and her pathetic cronies, as well as the dishonest liberal media”.

As I am typing this it may be all just a hoax.

Flashback Friday: Paul Revere warned the British

Thursday, June 23, 2016

What is Bristol Palin up to now?


Bristol Palin's Father's Day gift to husband Dakota Meyer is one very big, very sweet "thank you." 

"Happy Father's Day!! Thank you for putting our family first, working so hard, and giving our kids the most solid foundation," Palin, 25, wrote Sunday on Instagram along with a photo of her, Meyer and her kids. 

"We love you soo, so much," Palin continued, with a pair of red heart emoji. 

(In an aside, she added, "as much as I want to show off my kids, there's been too many creeps recently, so I'm trying to keep them safe by not posting pictures of them, so hard but their safety is our no. 1 priority!!") 

Palin and Meyer revealed their surprise wedding earlier this month, soon after rumors sparked about their rekindled romance. 

The daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and the 27-year-old Marine Corps veteran have had a tumultuous relationship since meeting in 2014. 

Earlier this year, they were embroiled in a custody dispute over their daughter, Sailor Grace. And last year they called off their first wedding shortly before Palin revealed she was pregnant with their daughter. 

But as the couple told Entertainment Tonight after their nuptials, "Life is full of ups and downs but in the end, you'll end up where you're supposed to be."

Earlier this year, they were embroiled in a custody dispute over their daughter, Sailor Grace. And last year they called off their first wedding shortly before Palin revealed she was pregnant with their daughter. 

But as the couple told Entertainment Tonight after their nuptials, "Life is full of ups and downs but in the end, you'll end up where you're supposed to be."

So many things to point out here.

Tripp is NOT Dakota's kid.  He is Levi's.  And yes I have said he is Sunny's as well but Sunny as been a much better mother to him than Bristol ever will.

Second, when has Bristol ever been concerned about her children's safety.  She lures psychos to Alaska then cries foul when they show up.  She has also posted very inappropriate pictures of Tripp in the past as well.

And third, this is from Courtview:

06/17/2016 Substitution of Counsel Upon Consent
Attorney: Tiemessen, John J (9111105) 
Filing Party: Palin, Bristol
Case Motion #27

06/17/2016 Attorney Information
Attorney Colbo, Kimberlee representing Plaintiff Palin, Bristol as of 06/17/2016

06/17/2016 Attorney Information

Attorney Tiemessen, John J dismissed/withdrawn for Palin, Bristol on 06/17/2016

Kimberlee Colbo is Dakota's lawyer.  Are they trying to get Tripp moved back to Kentucky?  God I hope not.

Which politicians other than Sarah Palin really irritate you the most?

Sarah Palin obviously irritates me deeply.  But there are other politicians that rankle me as well:

George W. Bush

Scott Walker

Ted Cruz

Joni Ernst

Rick Perry

Newt Gingrich

Michele Bachmann

Who are yours?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Question for Sarah and Todd Palin

Sarah why have you not released Trig's birth certificate?

Todd have you ever been with or hung out with hookers in Anchorage?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sarah Palin dislikes herself

From Sarah's Fecebook page


Dear Congress:

Do your flippin' job and hold your chosen "leader" accountable for lying to a very concerned and fed-up American public. Make your guy set the record straight and publicly apologize for this... NOW. If not, your complicity in dealing with Lyin' Ryan screams of your approval of political deception and corruption has infested your whole lot, rotting Congress to the core.

Dear Wisconsin,

See how this works? As you merely ask for honesty in politicians, simply asking they govern as they campaigned, they'll trample on the trust and sacred vote you gave them when not held accountable for deceiving you. Let us help you replace disappointing politicians with leaders your great state deserves.…/decepticons-in-sunl…/…/paul-ryan-lies-oreilly-falsely-…/
- Sarah Palin

Sarah used to be a politician so she must really dislike herself then.  Yes I'm no Paul Ryan fan either but I would rather much have a Democrat take his place.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Sarah Palin is a special kind of stupd

From Sarah's Fecebook page


Enough is enough, Mr. President. There's no "due respect" due you after pulling this stunt.
Exploiting a sick, evil, ideological-driven attack on Americans to further your twisted anti-Second Amendment mission is disgusting. Today you're demanding an "explanation" from law abiding gun owners, but not demanding the same from followers of Islam, the religion behind this terror?

If the demented Orlando terrorist doesn't represent all Islamic followers, then why do you insinuate he represents all gun owners?

And why, after any shooting, do you always want to take away firearms from the innocent people who didn't do it?

Forget your asinine gun control, do your job and engage in Islamic terrorist control.

Yes, it's a special kind of stupid to demand we explain ourselves. But if you really want them, get ready for our explanations. Here's mine:…/631166-hold-president-obama-visit-to-or…/…
- Sarah Palin

Fortunately HuffPo sets Sarah straight, not that she would ever listen:

Below, questions Palin raised in her June 17 Facebook post followed by Obama’s stance.

Palin: “Today you’re demanding an ‘explanation’ from law abiding gun owners, but not demanding the same from followers of Islam, the religion behind this terror?”

Obama never demanded “an ‘explanation’ from law abiding gun owners” for the Orlando shooting. After meeting with families of victims of the Orlando massacre, he said “those who defend the easy accessibility of assault weapons should meet these families and explain why that makes sense.”

Obama said the United States would “continue to be relentless against terrorist groups like ISIL and al Qaeda.” He has refused to use the phrase “radical Islam,” recently saying the GOP’s fixation on the term is a “political distraction” from their own inaction.

As the New York Times points out, Islam “is a 1,500-year-old religion whose 1.6 billion followers worldwide observe a spectrum of customs and traditions.” It’s an unjust generalization to say those 1.6 billion people were “behind this terror.”

Palin: “If the demented Orlando terrorist doesn’t represent all Islamic followers, then why do you insinuate he represents all gun owners?”

“There is a way for us to make sure that lawful, responsible gun owners like yourself are able to use them for sporting, hunting, protecting yourself, but the only way we’re going to do that is if we don’t have a situation in which anything that is proposed is viewed as some tyrannical destruction of the Second Amendment,” Obama emphasized at the “NewsHour” town hall. “And that’s how the issue too often gets framed.”

Palin: “And why, after any shooting, do you always want to take away firearms from the innocent people who didn’t do it?”

“First of all, the notion that I or [presumptive Democratic presidential nominee] Hillary [Clinton] or Democrats or whoever you want to choose are hell-bent on taking away folks’ guns is just not true,” Obama said at the “NewsHour” town hall.

“And I don’t care how many times the NRA says it. I’m about to leave office. There have been more guns sold since I have been president than just about any time in U.S. history. There are enough guns for every man, woman and child in this country,” he continued. “And at no point have I ever, ever proposed confiscating guns from responsible gun owners. So it’s just not true.”

People were still able to purchase guns during Bill Clinton's administration, they just couldn't purchase military style weapons which civilians have no business owning anyway.  Sarah Palin abuses the right to be stupid.

Monday Meme

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Dakota's very first Father's Day

Today is Father's Day.  I'm sure Dakota got to spend time with Sailor.

At least Dakota got to spend his very first Father's Day with his new child, something Levi was denied the opportunity to.  FUCK YOU BRISTOL.

Now it sounds like Levi and Sunny was able to confide in Gryphen at Immoral Minority and may be close to spilling the beans.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Congrats to the Clintons!

Chelsea gave birth to a baby boy Aiden Clinton Mevzinsky.

Track Palin gets his wish

So Track gets his case moved to veterans court in Anchorage.  Why does Track gets special treatment even though he is a member of the most hated family in Anchorage?

Friday, June 17, 2016

Charleston, SC church shooting-June 17, 2015

From Wikipedia

The Charleston church shooting (also known as the Charleston church massacre[6][7][8]) was a mass shooting that took place at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, United States, on the evening of June 17, 2015. During a prayer service, nine people were killed by a gunman, including the senior pastor, state senator Clementa C. Pinckney; a tenth victim survived. The morning after the attack, police arrested a suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof, in Shelby, North Carolina. Roof later confessed that he committed the shooting in hopes of igniting a race war.

The victims:

Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd (54) – Bible study member and manager for the Charleston County Public Library system; sister of Malcolm Graham
Susie Jackson (87) – a Bible study and church choir member
Ethel Lee Lance (70) – the church's sexton
Depayne Middleton-Doctor (49) – a pastor who was also employed as a school administrator and admissions coordinator at Southern Wesleyan University
Clementa C. Pinckney (41) – the church's pastor and a South Carolina state senator
Tywanza Sanders (26) – a Bible study member; grandnephew of Susie Jackson
Daniel Simmons (74) – a pastor who also served at Greater Zion AME Church in Awendaw
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton (45) – a pastor; also a speech therapist and track coach at Goose Creek High School
Myra Thompson (59) – a Bible study teacher

Almost a year to the day the Orlando shooting happened.  We must ban assault rifles now!

Friday Flashback: Sarah's incoherent speech at CPAC

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Donald Trump wants rid of the First Amendment

Just a reminder...

From Politcususa

We have been witness to Donald Trump’s hostility toward anyone who is at all critical of him, even if it is only to the extent of asking him questions, or accurately quoting him. This has morphed into something more with reports that the live feed cables from MSNBC and CNN were tampered with during a Trump event.

More ominously, Donald Trump wants to be able to take legal action against those he thinks are unkind in their reporting. Friday in Texas, Trump revealed his utter disdain for the First Amendment’s freedom of the press, proclaiming that he’s “gonna open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money.”

He complained to the crowd, as he sold them his own pack of lies, “I think the media is among the most dishonest groups of people I’ve ever met. They’re terrible.”

That’s some claim coming from one of the 21st century’s foremost liars. The solution to people reporting unwelcome facts about him, Trump says, is to tear up the First Amendment and start suing the media silly. This claim earned him thunderous applause. Nobody hates critics of Donald Trump more than Donald Trump than his cultists.

Watch the relevant portion of Trump’s speech courtesy of People for the American Way:

Now he has banned the Washington Post from access to his campaign.  What a pussy!

Bristol and Dakota's latest blog and Facebook posts need work

From the blog formerly written by Nancy French

In light of the two recent events in Florida, with the shooting at the nightclub and the murder of Christina Grimmie, I feel compelled to share my thoughts on the greater scope of life and how precious it is.  With the recent birth of our daughter, and starting a new chapter with Dakota; I am now, more than ever, seeing that each moment in life is a blessing. 

It was just announced that the shooting at the nightclub was a terrorist attack with now 50 people dead and 53 injured.  This is the worst mass shooting in our history.  My heart and prayers go out to the families of the victims.  The man responsible is reported to have ties to radical Muslim organizations and was equip with more than just guns, reported he had a “device” of some kind.  One could only assume it was a bomb. If this is not a sign that evil is already at our door I don’t know what is.

With the murder of Christina Grimmie, it’s tragic how quickly everything can be taken from you.  Here is a girl all of 22 years; who went from just wanting to sharing her gift by posting videos on YouTube, to being a huge sensation on the show “The Voice” and still just at the beginning of what promised to be an amazing career.  She was very inspirational to many and spent much time with her fans. She was attacked while signing autographs.  Her brother was with her at the time and was able to tackle the shooter who took his own life in the ensuing struggle.  One thing about Christina people may not know is her humbleness and her faith. She was quoted as saying “I have God, Jesus Christ, I’m Christian. I try to stay as grounded as I possibly can.” So much ahead of her but she is up in heaven now.

So many of us live our day to day lives like there will always be a tomorrow and the fact is one day your time will end and there will be no more tomorrows for you here. There could possibly be a time when your life may be taken prematurely at the hands of another in a cowardly, selfish, horrible act like recently in Florida.  Many people are asking why God lets such bad things happen to people?  I can’t venture to guess why He would but I do trust in Him and His plan for me.  And to say God allowed for things like this to happen would be a misnomer, He didn’t. In John 10:10 is says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” What can we take from this passage? We are told that the evil may come for us, yes, but not because we are weak but because we are strong.  Life happens… Never delay until tomorrow what you could do today because you never know when tomorrow won’t be there.

Never be the one who said I wish I had more time. 

From Dakota's Fecebook page

Bristol Palin and I both are of the same mind on this. Recognizing the tragedy at hand of course is first and foremost but take it the next step. See how precious life is and don't take for granted tomorrow will always be there.

Nancy could write much better than that.  Bristol's blog post was written on the 12th, today is the 16th and nothing else since then.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

How Donald Trump pays women less than men

From Slate

Donald Trump has repeatedly countered criticism of his life of misogyny saying: “I respect women, I love women, I cherish women.” The Boston Globe ran the numbers on Trump’s campaign staff over the weekend to see if all those warm and fuzzy feelings translate into cold hard cash. You will likely be unsurprised to hear that Trump’s staff is predominantly male and the women he does employ make about a quarter less than their male co-workers.

Here’s what the Globe analysis based on April financial filings by the campaigns found about the makeup of Trump’s staff:

The women who work for Trump—who account for about 28 percent of his total staff—made an average of about $4,500 in April, according to the Globe analysis. The men made nearly $6,100, or about 35 percent more. The disparity is slightly greater than the gender pay gap nationally. Of the 15 highest-paid employees for that month, only two were women. … Trump’s campaign staff is also far less diverse than that of his likely Democratic opponent. Only about 9 percent of his team are minorities, compared with nearly a third of Clinton’s staff.
Here’s how Clinton’s staff stacked up on gender pay equity:

The women working for Clinton—who account for 53 percent of her total staff—took home an average of $3,710. The men made slightly more, at $3,760. Clinton’s staffers, men and women, made less than the women who work for Trump. On Clinton’s campaign, the highest-paid employee was a woman, Jennifer Palmieri, the campaign’s director of communications. And of the 15 highest-paid employees, eight were men and seven were women.

Sarah Palin and Donald Trump uses the latest shooting for political posturing

From Donald Trump's Twitter page

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump  Jun 12
Horrific incident in FL. Praying for all the victims & their families. When will this stop? When will we get tough, smart & vigilant?
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 Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump  Jun 12
Clinton made a false ad about me where I was imitating a reporter GROVELING after he changed his story. I would NEVER mock disabled. Shame!
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 Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump  Jun 12
Really bad shooting in Orlando. Police investigating possible terrorism. Many people dead and wounded.

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump  Jun 12
Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn't he should immediately resign in disgrace!
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 Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump  Jun 12
Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump  Jun 13
I have been hitting Obama and Crooked Hillary hard on not using the term Radical Islamic Terror. Hillary just broke-said she would now use!
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 Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump  Jun 12
What has happened in Orlando is just the beginning. Our leadership is weak and ineffective. I called it and asked for the ban. Must be tough
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 Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump  Jun 12
"@WandaWalls20: @realDonaldTrump Please make us safe. We cannot have Hillary as president. We will be in so much trouble.

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump  19h19 hours ago
In my speech on protecting America I spoke about a temporary ban, which includes suspending immigration from nations tied to Islamic terror.

And from Sarah's Fecebook page

Tremendous sorrow is shared with all those affected by the horror witnessed in Florida. May God's grace envelop victims' loved ones. From across the nation, our prayers join yours for peace.
The solution to these Islamic attacks that would hurl us toward transforming into an intensely frightened, cowering nation? NO, it is not more "gun control" that further strips us of the responsibility and means to protect the innocent. The solution begins with acknowledging the threat, for it creates a dark and deadly situation for every American when the leader of the free world leaves Islamic terrorism out of our calculations, when they are among us.
- Sarah Palin…/my-thoughts-on-life-after-the-hor…/

Since the attacks Donald has been dropping in the polls, especially with white men.  I think he has killed his campaign.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sarah Palin blasts Paul Ryan for doing what she wanted


Ryan has barely condemned the terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando killed 50 and landed another 53 in the hospital.

“Paul Ryan is out of touch with his constituents,” said the former GOP vice presidential candidate. “Those who have put their faith in him with their sacred vote.”

Leaders like Ryan have not come up with the plan or the will to confront the threat, she said. “What is the number of lives lost before our leadership will wake up and deal with the problem?”

The problem is radical Islam, she said.

“It’s a deadly ideology. It is embraced by people who lie,” she said. “They will strike again. They will continue.”

Palin said Trump was right when he called out the federal government’s inability to properly screen immigrants and refugees from Muslim countries. But, instead of siding with Trump, Ryan disparaged him.

The Speaker had the chance to stop President Barack Obama’s plans to bring in Syrian refugees before systems were in place to protect the American people, but he chose to fully fund Obama’s plans.

The hilarious thing is, Paul Ryan not only condemned the terrorists, he also used the I word:

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, commenting on Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando, said: "As we heal, we need to be clear-eyed about who did this. We are a nation at war with Islamist terrorists."


Last but not least DC is having their presidential primary today

THANK GOD!  Now we can move on to the conventions.

I really think we should just have a National Primary Day so that the primary season doesn't drag out.  This has been the worst election season ever.  The Republicans are bozos, Bernie has tried to split the DNC.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Why I think Bristol and Dakota's marriage isn't real

From Sarah's Fecebook page:

All our families' hearts are filled with love for Dakota, Bristol, Tripp, and Sailor Grace. It's been a rewarding and interesting ride this past year - but these two sure do love an adventure! As their biggest supporters, we're stratospherically happy it's happened, amidst running a little late! Like they said, the foundation of their new life together is built with hard work and God's grace, so they can't go wrong - their future is as bright as Alaska's midnight sun.
- Todd and Sarah Palin…/190594_bristol_palin_marries_dakot…/

Note Sarah did not mention the words "marriage" and wedding" in her post, just posted a link.

When was the "wedding day".  Couldn't have been on the 4th as Tripp was attending a wedding with his dad and stepmom:

Had a great time at the most stunning wedding ‪#‎morrowwedding‬:

I doubt Bristol would invite Levi and his family to her wedding and if she was getting married on the 4th she would insist Tripp be there.

Let's go down the timeline of events regarding the breakup to now.

Bristol and Dakota call off the wedding, Bristol and Tripp go back to Alaska:

Sarah wagging her finger in Dakota's face
Bristol and Dakota take pictures of themselves down on social media after the breakup

Bristol announces she is pregnant, calls it a "huge disappointment"

In an instagram post Bristol claims her baby's daddy doesn't want to be part of her life.

Shortly after birth Dakota's files lawsuit demanding custody.  Sarah blasts him over it.

Bristol tries to stall on letting Dakota see Sailor.  Claims bullshit that it interferes with her breastfeeding schedule.

Then there is this picture where they look like they don't even like each other:

The paternity test is never made public so we will never know who really fathered Sailor.

All of a sudden they are married.  WTF?

Now the pictures on Bristol's instagram account are gone.

Monday Meme

Hear that Donald and Sarah?

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Donald Trump is a deadbeat

From USA Today

Donald Trump casts himself as a protector of workers and jobs, but a USA TODAY NETWORK investigation found hundreds of people – carpenters, dishwashers, painters, even his own lawyers – who say he didn’t pay them for their work.

During the Atlantic City casino boom in the 1980s, Philadelphia cabinet-builder Edward Friel Jr. landed a $400,000 contract to build the bases for slot machines, registration desks, bars and other cabinets at Harrah's at Trump Plaza.

The family cabinetry business, founded in the 1940s by Edward’s father, finished its work in 1984 and submitted its final bill to the general contractor for the Trump Organization, the resort’s builder.

Edward’s son, Paul, who was the firm’s accountant, still remembers the amount of that bill more than 30 years later: $83,600. The reason: the money never came. “That began the demise of the Edward J. Friel Company… which has been around since my grandfather,” he said.

Donald Trump often portrays himself as a savior of the working class who will "protect your job." But a USA TODAY NETWORK analysis found he has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades — and a large number of those involve ordinary Americans, like the Friels, who say Trump or his companies have refused to pay them.

At least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings reviewed by the USA TODAY NETWORK, document people who have accused Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work. Among them: a dishwasher in Florida. A glass company in New Jersey. A carpet company. A plumber. Painters. Forty-eight waiters. Dozens of bartenders and other hourly workers at his resorts and clubs, coast to coast. Real estate brokers who sold his properties. And, ironically, several law firms that once represented him in these suits and others.

Trump’s companies have also been cited for 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act since 2005 for failing to pay overtime or minimum wage, according to U.S. Department of Labor data. That includes 21 citations against the defunct Trump Plaza in Atlantic City and three against the also out-of-business Trump Mortgage LLC in New York. Both cases were resolved by the companies agreeing to pay back wages.

In addition to the lawsuits, the review found more than 200 mechanic’s liens — filed by contractors and employees against Trump, his companies or his properties claiming they were owed money for their work — since the 1980s. The liens range from a $75,000 claim by a Plainview, N.Y., air conditioning and heating company to a $1 million claim from the president of a New York City real estate banking firm. On just one project, Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, records released by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission in 1990 show that at least 253 subcontractors weren’t paid in full or on time, including workers who installed walls, chandeliers and plumbing.

The actions in total paint a portrait of Trump’s sprawling organization frequently failing to pay small businesses and individuals, then sometimes tying them up in court and other negotiations for years. In some cases, the Trump teams financially overpower and outlast much smaller opponents, draining their resources. Some just give up the fight, or settle for less; some have ended up in bankruptcy or out of business altogether.

Trump and his daughter Ivanka, in an interview with USA TODAY, shrugged off the lawsuits and other claims of non-payment. If a company or worker he hires isn’t paid fully, the Trumps said, it’s because The Trump Organization was unhappy with the work.

“Let’s say that they do a job that’s not good, or a job that they didn’t finish, or a job that was way late. I’ll deduct from their contract, absolutely,” Trump said. “That’s what the country should be doing

To be sure, Trump and his companies have prevailed in many legal disputes over missing payments, or reached settlements that cloud the terms reached by the parties.

However, the consistent circumstances laid out in those lawsuits and other non-payment claims raise questions about Trump’s judgment as a businessman, and as a potential commander in chief. The number of companies and others alleging he hasn’t paid suggests that either his companies have a poor track record hiring workers and assessing contractors, or that Trump businesses renege on contracts, refuse to pay, or consistently attempt to change payment terms after work is complete as is alleged in dozens of court cases.

In the interview, Trump repeatedly said the cases were “a long time ago.” However, even as he campaigns for the presidency, new cases are continuing. Just last month, Trump Miami Resort Management LLC settled with 48 servers at his Miami golf resort over failing to pay overtime for a special event. The settlements averaged about $800 for each worker and as high as $3,000 for one, according to court records. Some workers put in 20-hour days over the 10-day Passover event at Trump National Doral Miami, the lawsuit contends. Trump’s team initially argued a contractor hired the workers, and he wasn’t responsible, and counter-sued the contractor demanding payment.

“Trump could have settled it right off the bat, but they wanted to fight it out, that’s their M.O.” said Rod Hannah, of Plantation, Fla., the lawyer who represented the workers, who he said are forbidden from talking about the case in public. “They’re known for their aggressiveness, and if you have the money, why not?”

Similar cases have cropped up with Trump’s facilities in California and New York, where hourly workers, bartenders and wait staff have sued with a range of allegations from not letting workers take breaks to not passing along tips to servers. Trump's company settled the California case, and the New York case is pending.

Trump's Doral golf resort also has been embroiled in recent non-payment claims by two different paint firms, with one case settled and the other pending. Last month, his company’s refusal to pay one Florida painter more than $30,000 for work at Doral led the judge in the case to order foreclosure of the resort if the contractor isn’t paid.

Juan Carlos Enriquez, owner of The Paint Spot, in South Florida, has been waiting more than two years to get paid for his work at the Doral. The Paint Spot first filed a lien against Trump’s course, then filed a lawsuit asking a Florida judge to intervene.

In courtroom testimony, the manager of the general contractor for the Doral renovation admitted that a decision was made not to pay The Paint Spot because Trump “already paid enough.” As the construction manager spoke, “Trump’s trial attorneys visibly winced, began breathing heavily, and attempted to make eye contact” with the witness, the judge noted in his ruling.

That, and other evidence, convinced the judge The Paint Spot’s claim was credible. He ordered last month that the Doral resort be foreclosed on, sold, and the proceeds used to pay Enriquez the money he was owed. Trump’s attorneys have since filed a motion to delay the sale, and the contest continues.

Enriquez still hasn’t been paid.

Unpaid hourly workers

Trump frequently boasts that he will bring jobs back to America, including Tuesday in a primary-election night victory speech at his golf club in suburban New York City. “No matter who you are, we're going to protect your job,” Trump said Tuesday. “Because let me tell you, our jobs are being stripped from our country like we're babies.”

But the lawsuits show Trump’s organization wages Goliath vs David legal battles over small amounts of money that are negligible to the billionaire and his executives — but devastating to his much-smaller foes.

In 2007, for instance, dishwasher Guy Dorcinvil filed a federal lawsuit against Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Palm Beach, Fla., alleging the club failed to pay time-and-a-half for overtime he worked over three years and the company failed to keep proper time records for employees.

Mar-a-Lago LLC agreed to pay Dorcinvil $7,500 to settle the case in 2008. The terms of the settlement agreement includes a standard statement that Mar-a-Lago does not admit fault and forbids Dorcinvil or his lawyers from talking about the case, according to court records.

Developers with histories of not paying contractors are a very small minority of the industry, said Colette Nelson, chief advocacy officer of the American Subcontractors Association. But late or missing payments can be devastating for small businesses and their employees.

“Real estate is a tough and aggressive business, but most business people don’t set out to make their money by breaking the companies that they do business with,” she said, stressing she couldn’t speak directly to the specifics of cases in Trump’s record. “But there are a few.”

In the interview, Trump said that complaints represent a tiny fraction of his business empire and dealings with contractors and employees, insisting all are paid fairly. “We pay everybody what they’re supposed to be paid, and we pay everybody on time,” he said. “And we employ thousands and thousands of people. OK?”

Despite the Trumps’ assertion that their companies only refuse payment to contractors “when somebody does a bad job,” he has sometimes offered to hire those same contractors again. It’s a puzzling turn of events, since most people who have a poor experience with a contractor, and who refuse to pay and even fight the contractor in court, aren’t likely to offer to rehire them.

Nevertheless, such was the case for the Friels. After submitting the final bill for the Plaza casino cabinet-building in 1984, Paul Friel said he got a call asking that his father, Edward, come to the Trump family’s offices at the casino for a meeting. There Edward, and some other contractors, were called in one by one to meet with Donald Trump and his brother, Robert Trump.

“He sat in a room with nine guys,” Paul Friel said. “We found out some of them were carpet guys. Some of them were glass guys. Plumbers. You name it.”

In the meeting, Donald Trump told his father that the company’s work was inferior, Friel said, even though the general contractor on the casino had approved it. The bottom line, Trump told Edward Friel, was the company wouldn't get the final payment. Then, Friel said Trump added something that struck the family as bizarre. Trump told his dad that he could work on other Trump projects in the future.

“Wait a minute,” Paul Friel said, recalling his family's reaction to his dad’s account of the meeting. “Why would the Trump family want a company who they say their work is inferior to work for them in the future?”

Asked about the meeting this week, Trump said, “Was the work bad? Was it bad work?” And, then, after being told that the general contractor had approved it, Trump added, “Well, see here’s the thing. You’re talking about, what, 30 years ago?”

Ivanka Trump added that any number of disputes over late or deficient payments that were found over the past few decades pale in comparison to the thousands of checks Trump companies cut each month.

“We have hundreds of millions of dollars of construction projects underway. And we have, for the most part, exceptional contractors on them who get paid, and get paid quickly,” she said, adding that she doubted any contractor complaining in court or in the press would admit they delivered substandard work. “But it would be irresponsible if my father paid contractors who did lousy work. And he doesn’t do that.”

But, the Friels’ story is similar to experiences of hundreds of other contractors over the casino-boom decade in Atlantic City. Legal records, New Jersey Casino Control Commission records and contemporaneous local newspaper stories recounted time and again tales about the Trumps paying late or renegotiating deals for dimes on the dollar.

A half-decade after the Friels’ encounter, in 1990, as Trump neared the opening of his third Atlantic City casino, he was once again attempting to pay contractors less than he owed. In casino commission records of an audit, it was revealed that Trump’s companies owed a total of $69.5 million to 253 subcontractors on the Taj Mahal project. Some already had sued Trump, the state audit said; others were negotiating with Trump to try to recover what they could. The companies and their hundreds of workers had installed walls, chandeliers, plumbing, lighting and even the casino’s trademark minarets.

One of the builders was Marty Rosenberg, vice president of Atlantic Plate Glass Co., who said he was owed about $1.5 million for work at the Taj Mahal. When it became clear Trump was not going to pay in full, Rosenberg took on an informal leadership role, representing about 100 to 150 contractors in negotiations with Trump.

Rosenberg’s mission: with Trump offering as little as 30 cents on the dollar to some of the contractors, Rosenberg wanted to get as much as he could for the small businesses, most staffed by younger tradesmen with modest incomes and often families to support.

“Yes, there were a lot of other companies," he said of those Trump left waiting to get paid. "Yes, some did not survive."

Rosenberg said his company was among the lucky ones. He had to delay paying his own suppliers to the project. The negotiations led to him eventually getting about 70 cents on the dollar for his work, and he was able to pay all of his suppliers in full.

The analysis of Trump lawsuits also found that professionals, such as real estate agents and lawyers, say he's refused to pay them sizable sums of money. Those cases show that even some loyal employees, those selling his properties and fighting for him in court, are only with him until they’re not.

Real estate broker Rana Williams, who said she had sold hundreds of millions of dollars in Manhattan property for Trump International Realty over more than two decades with the company, sued in 2013 alleging Trump shorted her $735,212 in commissions on deals she brokered from 2009 to 2012. Williams, who managed as many as 16 other sales agents for Trump, said the tycoon and his senior deputies decided to pay her less than her contracted commission rate “based on nothing more than whimsy.”

Trump and Williams settled their case in 2015, and the terms of the deal are confidential, as is the case in dozens of other settlements between plaintiffs and Trump companies.

However, Williams' 2014 deposition in the case is not sealed. In her sworn testimony, Williams said the 2013 commission shortage wasn't the only one, and neither was she the only person who didn't get fully paid. “There were instances where a sizable commission would come in and we would be waiting for payment and it wouldn’t come,” she testified. “That was both for myself and for some of the agents.”

Another broker, Jennifer McGovern, filed a similar lawsuit against the now-defunct Trump Mortgage LLC in 2007, citing a six-figure commission on real-estate sales that she said went unpaid. A judge issued a judgment ordering Trump Mortgage to pay McGovern $298,274.

Even Trump’s own attorneys, on several occasions, sued him over claims of unpaid bills.

One law firm that fought contractors over payments and other issues for Trump — New York City’s Morrison Cohen LLP — ended up on the other side of a similar battle with the mogul in 2008. Trump didn’t like that its lawyers were using his name in press releases touting its representation of Trump in a lawsuit against a construction contractor that Trump claimed overcharged him for work on a luxury golf club.

As Trump now turned his ire on his former lawyers, however, Morrison Cohen counter-sued. In court records, the law firm alleged Trump didn’t pay nearly a half million dollars in legal fees. Trump and his ex-lawyers settled their disputes out of court, confidentially, in 2009.

In 2012, Virginia-based law firm Cook, Heyward, Lee, Hopper & Feehan filed a lawsuit against the Trump Organization for $94,511 for legal fees and costs. The case was eventually settled out of court. But as the case unfolded, court records detail how Trump's senior deputies attacked the attorneys' quality of work in the local and trade press, leading the firm to make claims of defamation that a judge ultimately rejected on free speech grounds.

Trump claims in his presidential personal financial disclosure to be worth $10 billion as a result of his business acumen. Many of the small contractors and individuals who weren’t paid by him haven’t been as fortunate.

Edward Friel, of the Philadelphia cabinetry company allegedly shortchanged for the casino work, hired a lawyer to sue for the money, said his son, Paul Friel. But the attorney advised him that the Trumps would drag the case out in court and legal fees would exceed what they’d recover.

The unpaid bill took a huge chunk out of the bottom line of the company that Edward ran to take care of his wife and five kids. “The worst part wasn’t dealing with the Trumps,” Paul Friel said. After standing up to Trump, Friel said the family struggled to get other casino work in Atlantic City. “There’s tons of these stories out there,” he said.

The Edward J. Friel Co. filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 5, 1989.

Says the founder's grandson: “Trump hits everybody.”

I was sick to my stomach when I read this.  So Donald Trump is a job killer not a job creator.
Sarah and Todd Palin did the same thing to a landlord according to Joe's book.  They rented a house temporarily, demanded upgrades be made, then did not pay the landlord for it.

I feel for all these people who did not get paid.  I had to take a previous employer to the Department of Labor for not paying me overtime.  I know how they feel.

Still on the market

Shoutout to Old Redneck for posting this on last week:

29005 N. 82d St., Scottsdale AZ.

6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, 7,971 square feet

On the market for 156 days. (and counting)

Priced at $2,375,000 in a neighborhood where the MEDIAN home price is $780,000 and the market is rated as COLD.

Property taxes are $8,763 annually -- that's $730.25 per month. Even if they paid cash for the house and there's no mortgage payment, they still are paying: -- electricity and other utilities (can't cut off the water and gas if the house is to be shown);
-- maintenance (clean the pool, general clean-up; I think it has AstroTurf, so no lawn mowing);
-- homeowner's association fees;
-- insurance;,-111.392785,33.427429,-112.285424_rect/10_zm/2_p/?3col=true

Recently Sarah Palin was in Arizona with Trig at a Diamondbacks game:

On a date with Trig at the Rays vs D'backs game! Meeting great baseball fans and sitting in blessedly prime seats thanks to our friend Mike Ingram and his El Dorado Holdings team. Baseball, apple pie and motherhood - doesn't get any better than this living in the USA!

Eldorado is a real estate company, maybe she is trying to sell her house to El Dorado.  Apparently it failed as it is still on the market.

I guess Sarah is in charge of Trig since Bristol is on her "honeymoon".

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Gonna miss Joe Biden too

From Mother Jones

Now that the powerful statement written by the victim in the Brock Turner sexual assault case has swept the internet, Vice President Joe Biden has written an open letter of his own in support of the anonymous survivor. "I do not know your name," Biden begins, "but your words are forever seared on my soul. Words that should be required reading for men and women of all ages."

In the letter, published Thursday on BuzzFeed, Biden emphasized that the survivor was failed by a culture that allows college rape at epidemic levels. "You will never be defined by what the defendant's father callously termed '20 minutes of action.' His son will be," Biden wrote.

Biden has long focused on this issue: He wrote the 1994 Violence Against Women Act and continues to champion a White House campaign to spread awareness about campus sexual assault.

"I join your global chorus of supporters, because we can never say enough to survivors: I believe you," he wrote. "It is not your fault."

Here is the full letter, courtesy of BuzzFeed:

An Open Letter to a Courageous Young Woman

I do not know your name—but your words are forever seared on my soul. Words that should be required reading for men and women of all ages.

Words that I wish with all of my heart you never had to write.

I am in awe of your courage for speaking out—for so clearly naming the wrongs that were done to you and so passionately asserting your equal claim to human dignity.

And I am filled with furious anger—both that this happened to you and that our culture is still so broken that you were ever put in the position of defending your own worth.

It must have been wrenching—to relive what he did to you all over again. But you did it anyway, in the hope that your strength might prevent this crime from happening to someone else. Your bravery is breathtaking.

You are a warrior—with a solid steel spine.

I do not know your name—but I know that a lot of people failed you that terrible January night and in the months that followed.

Anyone at that party who saw that you were incapacitated yet looked the other way and did not offer assistance. Anyone who dismissed what happened to you as “just another crazy night.” Anyone who asked “what did you expect would happen when you drank that much?” or thought you must have brought it on yourself.

You were failed by a culture on our college campuses where one in five women is sexually assaulted—year after year after year. A culture that promotes passivity. That encourages young men and women on campuses to simply turn a blind eye.

The statistics on college sexual assault haven’t gone down in the past two decades. It’s obscene, and it’s a failure that lies at all our feet.

And you were failed by anyone who dared to question this one clear and simple truth: Sex without consent is rape. Period. It is a crime.

I do not know your name—but thanks to you, I know that heroes ride bicycles.

Those two men who saw what was happening to you—who took it upon themselves to step in—they did what they instinctually knew to be right.

They did not say “It’s none of my business.”

They did not worry about the social or safety implications of intervening, or about what their peers might think.

Those two men epitomize what it means to be a responsible bystander.

To do otherwise—to see an assault about to take place and do nothing to intervene—makes you part of the problem.

Like I tell college students all over this country—it’s on us. All of us.

We all have a responsibility to stop the scourge of violence against women once and for all.

I do not know your name – but I see your unconquerable spirit.

I see the limitless potential of an incredibly talented young woman—full of possibility. I see the shoulders on which our dreams for the future rest.

I see you.

You will never be defined by what the defendant’s father callously termed “20 minutes of action.”

His son will be.

I join your global chorus of supporters, because we can never say enough to survivors: I believe you. It is not your fault.

What you endured is never, never, never, NEVER a woman’s fault.

And while the justice system has spoken in your particular case, the nation is not satisfied.

And that is why we will continue to speak out.

We will speak to change the culture on our college campuses—a culture that continues to ask the wrong questions: What were you wearing?

Why were you there? What did you say? How much did you drink?

Instead of asking: Why did he think he had license to rape?

We will speak out against those who seek to engage in plausible deniability. Those who know that this is happening, but don’t want to get involved. Who believe that this ugly crime is “complicated.”

We will speak of you—you who remain anonymous not only to protect your identity, but because you so eloquently represent “every woman.”

We will make lighthouses of ourselves, as you did—and shine.

Your story has already changed lives.

You have helped change the culture.

You have shaken untold thousands out of the torpor and indifference towards sexual violence that allows this problem to continue.

Your words will help people you have never met and never will.

You have given them the strength they need to fight.

And so, I believe, you will save lives.

I do not know your name—but I will never forget you.

The millions who have been touched by your story will never forget you.

And if everyone who shared your letter on social media, or who had a private conversation in their own homes with their daughters and sons, draws upon the passion, the outrage, and the commitment they feel right now the next time there is a choice between intervening and walking away—then I believe you will have helped to change the world for the better.

Thank you Mr Vice President for that letter.  And thank you for supporting women all these years.  Gonna miss you and the POTUS and your families.

So has Sarah Palin cancelled on James Carville yet?

From Politicon

This June, Politicon will be toasting to a second term as the quintessential non-partisan event of the year. In honor of the impending presidential election, we’re upping the ante with some of the biggest names in politics and the wittiest voices in comedy and entertainment, representing all sides of the political spectrum.

Join us at the Pasadena Convention Center for a full weekend of panels, debates, TV and movie screenings, art, podcasts, comedy shows, Q&A’s, book readings, interviews, meet & greets, art exhibitions, and music performances.

With 12 rooms ranging from 50-seaters to large-scale auditoriums, you’ll be able to get up close and personal with political heavyweights, revel in the endless humor with the likes of James Carville and Sarah Palin, dissect documentaries and parodies with filmmakers, and maybe even interact with a few of history’s greatest leaders.

Oh please please please let this happen!  Would love to see James wipe the floor with Sarah.  

I wish they would use a more recent picture of Sarah, like this one:

Friday, June 10, 2016

Congrats to Malia Obama on her high school graduation!

Today Malia Obama graduates from high school at Sidwell Friends

Congrats Malia!  This nation has watched you grow up in the White House.  You have seen your mother and father mercilessly attacked for doing the right thing for this country.  You had to grow up pretty fast but it will make you stronger in the end.

You are taking a gap year before college.  I have some advice for you.  During your year off, get a job working with the public, like at a fast food restaurant or coffee shop.  It will teach you how to deal with all kinds of people.  That experience will help you at Harvard.

Good luck and Godspeed.

Friday Flashback: Charlie Gibson interview

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sarah Palin still uses Trig as a prop

Recently Skanky was in San Diego to stump for Trump.  Here she is leading Trig on stage at the rally:

The worst thing is Trig doesn't understand what is going on.  Sarah, Todd, and Donald may you all rot in hell.

Donald Trump's campaign is falling apart


Donald Trump is a candidate without a campaign – and it’s becoming a serious problem. 

Republicans working to elect Trump describe a bare-bones effort debilitated by infighting, a lack of staff to carry out basic functions, minimal coordination with allies and a message that’s prisoner to Trump’s momentary whims. 

“Bottom line, you can hire all the top people in the world, but to what end? Trump does what he wants,” a source close to the campaign said. 

In reporting on Trump’s operation, NBC News talked to three Trump aides and two sources working closely alongside the campaign, all of whom requested anonymity in order speak freely. 

Veteran operatives are shocked by the campaign’s failure to fill key roles. There is no communications team to deal with the hundreds of media outlets covering the race, no rapid response director to quickly rebut attacks and launch new ones, and a limited cast of surrogates who lack a cohesive message.

“They don’t or can’t cover it all, and there are things that happen that need to be addressed immediately and don’t get addressed at all, and that hurts the candidate,” a source within the campaign groused last month. 

The campaign is bringing on a new senior staffer Jim Murphy, as first reported by The New York Times, and a source said more communications hires are expected to follow. But they lag far behind the Clinton campaign, which has over a dozen senior staff dedicated to communications as well as teams devoted to modern data and analytics, an area where Trump is publicly skeptical of hiring. In addition, Clinton enjoys support from established super PACs like Correct The Record and American Bridge that respond to attacks and promote opposition research. 

Aides appeared unprepared for the Trump University story last week, despite knowing in advance that unsealed court documents would reveal explosive allegations of fraud. Beyond a short video of former students praising the program that was posted online, the campaign offered scant pushback.

The absence of a response to the Trump U story left the candidate to fill the vacuum with a torrent of demagoguery against the federal judge overseeing the case, Gonzalo Curiel, who Trump said was biased by his “Mexican heritage” despite his Indiana birthplace.
Trump’s comments against the judge horrified many supporters, but the real estate mogul rebuffed efforts by campaign staff, donors and party officials to back off the incendiary claim this weekend, per sources, telling them he was unwilling to look like he had caved to pressure.

“These are things that will defeat [us],” a second source within the campaign lamented.

The Curiel story made Trump’s already difficult task of lining up surrogates even harder, as supporters like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell distanced themselves from Trump’s remarks over the weekend.

With even early Trump backers like Rep. Chris Collins unwilling to defend his proposed Muslim travel ban or calls for mass deportations of illegal immigrants, the campaign is increasingly reliant on a small cast of mostly obscure figures to carry its message.

“It’s not a real surrogate operation,” the campaign source said. “They’re supporters. They’re not on there for their value or merit.” 

The campaign source described the overall situation as “dysfunctional” and warned that if Trump failed to hire a full communications team by the convention, they would likely lose the election.

Making things difficult is the ongoing rivalry between Trump’s top adviser Paul Manafort, who was brought in to professionalize the campaign in March, and longtime staff like campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and press secretary Hope Hicks, who is essentially the lone media contact for reporters.  

While Manafort handles every aspect of the campaign outside of travel and communications, per the source, Lewandowski and Hicks actually join Trump on the road and have his ear on a moment-to-moment basis. The source described the two as determined to block Trump from voices that might undermine their control, which has made hiring new senior staffers difficult despite the obvious need. 
The conflict came to a head in California last week, where Manafort had lined up a raft of endorsements from local supporters ahead of Trump’s tour of the state – but no press releases went out announcing the news. Lewandowski and Hicks, the source said, vetoed draft after draft. 

Delegate Jim Lacy boasted to NBC News in May that the campaign would soon host a press conference to unveil a coalition of female businesswomen endorsing Trump. The press conference never came. Instead, Trump referenced the group briefly in a speech in Anaheim, California, describing them only as “women that love Trump” who had met him earlier. The campaign sent out no further details, and the conservative site Breitbart, a hub for Trump backers, appears to be the only outlet that covered the new “Women in Business for Trump” coalition.

Manafort did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Lewandowski declined to respond to anonymous sources, but offered an overall assessment of the campaign’s progress on general election staff and messaging. 

“The campaign continues to hire additional team members in key areas such as communications and beyond,” Lewandowski said in an email. “As a team, we continue to grow, expand and strengthen crucial areas of the campaign as we look towards a general election and defeating Hillary Clinton in the fall. We look forward to announcing new positions and sharing details with you in the future.”

Despite the campaign’s sluggish start, Trump supporters stressed that his unique gifts, especially his ability to command media attention via Twitter and cable news, give him some leeway to bypass ordinary campaign methods. They also are encouraged by polls that show Trump competitive with likely Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and Republican voters largely united despite the bruising primary.

“His ability to drive to a message is like nothing I’ve ever seen before in politics,” Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee, told NBC News.

What can you expect for a guy who has several failed businesses, has filed for bankruptcy four times, and changes wives as often as his underwear?