Wednesday, October 19, 2016

What really happened with Hillary's EMails?

Every time Donald is in a tight spot (it happened in the debate a few times) he pivots away from answering the question and throws out accusations at Hillary. So let's talk about those emails. I wonder if there is one single thing anyone at Donald's rallies could explain about the contents, the rules, the investigation, or the subjects.

The facts in Hillary Clinton's Emails shocked me because the reality is so different from what Trump says.

You could find a needle in a haystack with the amount of money and effort spent on Hillary's emails. There was no needle, nothing to pin on Hillary -- but give them credit -- they would have found it if it was in there. No matter how many more times they look for that needle they'll never find it.

They're looking in the wrong haystack. They ought to look in their own haystack -- in spite of the weeds, thorns and rot. There they might have better success at making the search worth it. Let's see all their emails - they're searching through hers. I wonder what they are hiding?

Watched the final Presidential Debate Tonight

UPDATED after the debate We watched the debate live on NBC tonight. Chris Wallace of Fox News asked  Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump about debt and entitlements, immigration, the economy, the Supreme Court, foreign hot spots, and fitness to be president, in the 90 minute debate.

Summary: Hillary closed the deal, and I believe she will be the next President of the United States.

Donald said "disaster" at least nine times by my count. He spent more time telling us how bad things are than he spent explaining how he would fix them. When he gave details they were incoherent or just plain wrong, as when he repeated that the GDP this year is barely 1%.  No, it is 2.4% and I question why he wants to misrepresent things to make them look worse than they are.
Goldibear predicted Trump's debate performance before it happened, summed in one word: boring. 

Trump lost the debate, and this image shows he knows it.

Both candidates were asked if they would abide by the results of the election. Hillary said yes. Donald refused and said he would answer at the time, leaving open the question of whether he is trying to start an insurrection.
Trump says "The election is rigged". If Hillary wins, will his followers revolt?

Breaking:  The Carter Center Statement on the Integrity of US Elections
PolitiFact checks on election rigging
The Hill explains the process
Chris Ashby explains the process
Author of "How to Rig An Election"
The Nation claims the election IS rigged
CNN Gives 5 Reasons Elections Can't be Hacked 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Unshackled Trump - a Preview in the Rear-view Mirror

Donald Trump tweeted on Oct 11, "It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to." What exactly will that be like?

Past behavior is a better predictor of how a person would behave if given more power, than promises made on the campaign trail. According to this Vox article, empowered bullies will bully more, but empathetic people will be even more empathetic if given more power. It is referred to as The Power Paradox, and psychologist Dacher Keltner recently wrote a book with the same title on how that works.

Trump's defenders would have us believe that what he says now is a more accurate measure of who he is, than what he has done. Pamela Smith, a psychologist studying power at the University of California San Diego, tells us to: "Look for evidence that they actually have changed." Evidence. Deeds not words.

Pro-life pastors and believers say vote for Trump, because he is the only pro-life candidate. By what evidence do they believe he will stick to his word and actually nominate 'their' judges?

Whether he does or does not, what kind of a president are we stuck with for four years? A tax free-loader, a draft-dodger, a multiple divorcee and adulterer, a business failure with six bankruptcies, a playboy who was in Playmate Magazine and ran beauty contests, a reality show star who could not be filmed in real-time because "The Donald" needed many takes to get it right.

A president does not get 'do-overs'. There is no 'Take Two".

Saturday, October 15, 2016

"Words are a form of action...

...capable of influencing change."Ingrid Bengis

There no such thing as "just words".

Words have made treaties, made peace.
Words have incited violence, overturned governments.

Words have created transformation in individuals and nations.
Words have broken marriages and torn apart families.

Donald Trump repeats over and over in this campaign "the election is rigged". No details, no proof. Chris Ashby, a lawyer specializing in election law explains how you rig an election. Allen Raymond, author of the book "How to Rig an Election" explains how he rigged an election - and spent time in jail for it. Please read the details. Bottom line, elections cannot be "rigged", meaning predetermined. Yes, individuals can cheat, and that is why there are election laws and penalties. Studies of past elections show cheating is possible, but the numbers are small enough to be meaningless. Again, please read the details.

Trump is a manipulator, skilled at poison words that create Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. Why does he claim this election is rigged? So he can slip in his punch line: "Only I Can Fix It" or "I Alone Can Fix It". America is a Democracy, and no one person runs the government, either to fix it or to break it. We have a system of checks and balances, with three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial; that have to work together to accomplish anything.

Don't believe me? Google those two phrases and read the results. "Just words, folks, just words."  Really Donald? Words like "Give me liberty or give me death", words like "One Nation, Indivisible", and words like "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country".

Read the speeches of our greatest presidents, Democrat or Republican, and consider Trump's words: "I alone can fix it". Will we keep our democracy or exchange it for a dictatorship  - you choose.

 There is no such thing as "just words".

No Such Thing as "Just ... Talk"

"Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change." Ingrid Bengis

What kind of change do you want in the next president?

Goldibear borrowed some words to express his view of events.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Idaho Statesman endorses HIllary Clinton for President

The newspaper Idaho Statesman today endorsed Hillary Clinton (before the audio and video surfaced of Trump’s lewd 2005 conversation about women). This from a paper in a state so red it makes Texas look pink! 

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