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Changing my Registration for Bernie

Uploaded: May 23, 2016

Bernie Sanders and his Wife Jane

As some of my readers probably know I'm a registered Republican, or at least I was until 2 pm today. I almost never answer my phone unless I recognize the phone number on my Caller ID or the person leaves a message and I want to speak to them. For some reason I picked up a phone call this afternoon without waiting to identify the caller.

The caller was a supporter of Bernie Sanders and asked if I was a registered Democrat. I told him I am not. He said today is the last day to change my Party affiliation online if I wanted to vote for Bernie in the upcoming Democratic Party Primary.

Well the thought of a Hillary / Trump election is horrifying to me, so I thought "OK I could vote for Bernie." So I went online to the California Voter Registration website and re-registered as a Democrat. I have not been a registered Democrat for over 20 years, so it felt a little strange, but I believe the President of the United States is worth it.

So why Bernie over Trump or Hillary? Isn't he some-kind of Socialist (horrors!), No. Last week I even posted a comment on his website to drop the "Socialist" label because it's a big turnoff. Nobody here cares about how happy Denmark is, but the Socialist Danes are officially the happiest people in the World. They are also the best looking people in the Word, or at least the best looking Caucasian people. For example Scarlett Johansson is Danish.

I visited Denmark over 50 years ago, and they really are very attractive people, and nice, friendly, prosperous, and happy. Danish Socialism is fine for Danes but not for us. Bernie seems to be soft-pedaling that Socialism theme lately.

So what does Bernie have going for him if being a self-professed Socialist isn't it? He's old, even older than I am, at 74, and he's Jewish. He's been a Professional Politician for 35 years. So why not Trump, who's not quite that old, at 69, not a Professional Politician, and some sort of Christian.

Trump is a business man. He builds or owns real estate investments, office buildings, golf clubs, hotels, and resorts. These are the kind of businesses that he knows. Running a Country Club isn't the same as running a Country. Trump has no experience in politics other than supporting candidates including the Clintons. Not exactly a prime recommendation to take over a top job without any prior experience.

On the other hand, Bernie knows all about the American political system from the bottom up. He's been a Mayor, a Representative in Congress, and a Senator. So he is probably one of the most qualified candidates to be President. Contrary to popular opinion, not having any experience in the career path to the Presidency isn't an advantage in doing the job.

So what is the job of President? It is one third of the three arms of government established in the Constitution: Legislature (Senate and Congress) that make the laws, Executive (President) that approves (signs) the laws, and the Courts, which enforce the laws.

Bernie has experience in two of the three areas – Legislature and to a smaller degree, Executive as Mayor of Burlington, VT. Bernie also has the highest approval rating from his constituents of anyone in Congress except for Rand Paul, who is tied with Bernie at 75%.

Bernie has been called a "Communist," or "Crazy old man." He's neither. He's got all his marbles, as my mother would say, and he has many years of experience working in the Senate with members of both parties. They know him, they may not always agree with his views, but they can and will work with him and not against him as so many have against Obama.

We still have time to save the election from Trump vs. Hillary. If you are not registered as a Democrat or Decline to State, you can change your registration online today at https://covr.sos.ca.gov/?language=en-US. If you miss this opportunity, you can still re-register in person before the Primary on June 7th.

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Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on May 23, 2016 at 7:13 pm

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Well, I am not inclined to vote Hillary and I will not vote Trump.
So, I am concentrating my energies towards local races, while ignoring the presidential race.

Never in my life time has there been such unattractive candidates running for president. It is a very disturbing event that this is going to happen.

With the events unfolding in the middle east, the Chinese and Russia military air force harassing out American aircraft, Putin, arguably the most unstable leader on earth with his in your face with Obama, and Obama turning the cheek.

WHAT A MESS!


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 23, 2016 at 7:51 pm

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That Putin is taking advantage of a weak American President does not make Putin unstable.

I remember the open mic between Obama and the then-president of Russia with Obama promising "flexibility" in some off mic discussion. Remember that?

And Roz, your change to Bernie is not surprising at all to those of us who have read your blog on a regular basis.

Not surprising at all.

Dan


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Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park,
on May 24, 2016 at 1:39 pm

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Roz, if I'm reading you right, you give Bernie Sanders' experience in government as your main reason to vote for him.

OK, so he was Mayor of Burlington, VT, in the 80s [current pop @42,417], then moved on to represent VT as its Congressman and is currently the junior Senator. Before jumping into the Presidential election fray, Sen. Sanders was a little-known Senator from a small state, with a shrinking population [currently @626,562] that is 95% white. Only Wyoming has less people; VT's entire state's population is about 200K less than San Francisco.

It's true, he's been around awhile, however, in all his years in government, exactly what has he accomplished? Whether it be income equality, Wall Street, tuition-free college, or even campaign finance reform, what changes has he actually made? He's been a loudly vocal critic of a whole lot of things during his time in the Congress and Senate, but what has he done to further his "revolution"? What bills has he initiated? What impact has he had? Not much from where I see it.

Frankly, I believe Bernie Sanders to be a single, maybe two-issue candidate [campaign and Wall Street finance reform], who, in this crazy election year, wanted to shed a bright light on those issues, and then surprised himself when he hit a resounding note with young people when he promised a revolution with "free college tuition", which of course, isn't really "free" in his proposal. More on that one later.

And then there's the problem that now he's decided he really wants to be President, he's all over trying to prove he hasn't just represented an almost all white state for thirty years with added campaign platform planks like "racial justice", "empowering tribal nations", "ending the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico", "standing with Guam", "supporting historically black colleges and universities" and "fighting for the rights of Native Hawaiians". He says that when he's elected he's going to address all these issues. Where's he been? What's he done up 'til now?

I'm sorry, but in my opinion, a President Bernie Sanders revolution will accomplish just about as much as he's accomplished in his last 30 years of government involvement. Not much.


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Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park,
on May 24, 2016 at 2:01 pm

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Ok Roz, one more point, then I'm done lol!

One of Bernie Sanders' current proposals of "free college tuition" seems to be resonating with young people. Too bad, because nothing is "free", and certainly not Sen. Sanders' plans.

From Bernie's website:
"The cost of this $75 billion a year plan [to make public colleges and universities tuition free] is fully paid for by imposing a tax of a fraction of a percent on Wall Street speculators who nearly destroyed the economy seven years ago." Web Link

and

"[Bernie] has proposed a financial transaction tax which will reduce risky and unproductive high-speed trading and other forms of Wall Street speculation; proceeds would be used to provide debt-free public college education." Web Link

So, stay with me here. If I assume (*big* assumption given our Congress) that a President Sanders is able to get the tax code changed to include his "financial transaction tax", and it does indeed "reduce risky and unproductive high-speed trading and other forms of Wall Street speculation", then doesn't it follow that fewer Wall Street speculators would have that particular tax, earmarked for "free" college tuition, levied against them? The question then becomes, when that tax is no longer raking in the bucks required, who/what then foots the bill for the $75 billion a year [I'm guessing minimum] "free" college tuition?

To top that off, Sanders' "financial transaction tax" does *not* fully pay for tuition. Best case scenario, it would only pay for 2/3 of a tuition-free college education. The remainder would be up to the states to pay. Frankly, there's no way I see the states picking up the remaining tab, some due to financial restraints and many because the majority have Republican governors who love to cut education budgets. Like Donald Trump, they seem to "love the poorly educated". And those states that would foot their portion of the bill? It would be us taxpayers picking up that tab.

BTW, VT has the second highest 4-year tuition in the country at $14,990 per year, topped only by NH. Sen. Sanders sure hasn't had a lot of influence reducing the high cost of college in VT.

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Politifact, "Bernie Sanders says Wall Street tax would pay for his free tuition plan" (rating - Mostly False): Web Link


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on May 24, 2016 at 2:03 pm

"With the events unfolding in the middle east, the Chinese and Russia military air force harassing out American aircraft, Putin, arguably the most unstable leader on earth with his in your face with Obama, and Obama turning the cheek."

Putin is playing a weak hand and he knows it. No need to overreact to him. Russia's economy is in the dumps and its GDP has been reduced from the 8th largest economy in the world (roughly the economic equivalent of Italy) to the 18th (the economic equivalent of Indonesia). As for that "brilliant" takeover of Crimea, a territory with little natural resources and a now-trashed tourist industry, it would have been smarter for Putin to have simply offered to buy it from Ukraine for, say, $2 trillion dollars if he really wanted it. That would have been a cheaper option than what the resulting blow-back is going to end up costing his country. Bet that the Chinese, being savvy businessmen, are having a chuckle among themselves over Putin's ineptitude over Crimea.

As for Russia's military, Russia is not the old Soviet Union. The Russian Air Force, for example, is about 1/5 the size of the old Soviet Union's Air Force. The United States Air Force dwarfs the Russian Air Force. In fact, the US Navy has more aircraft than the Russian Air Force. Not saying that the Russian military is not a concern at all, but they are hardly the giant that many people make them out to be.


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Posted by beach bum, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 24, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Old man Bernie comes up very short on the details of his solutions

When I see the college crowd looking at him with such worship it scares me a bit. Almost as much as the followers of the guy running on the other side.

It really says something that this is the set of candidates we have to choose from at this point in this fine nation's history.


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Posted by Roz Rogoff, a resident of San Ramon,
on May 24, 2016 at 5:59 pm

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Billie,

I'm surprised by your comments. I thought you would be for Bernie. It's not so much what Bernie would do, but what he wouldn't do. You say Bernie doesn't have a lot of real experience in getting things done in the Senate.

What experience does Donald Trump have in the Senate? Easy answer, none! I'm no psychiatrist, but I play one in my blog, and Trump is a classic case of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Web Link

An extreme version of this is Megolomania Web Link The description fits Trump to a T.

Hillary probably does have better experience than Bernie, but she carries a lot of baggage. I don't think she can get elected or even that she should be. But I certainly don't want Trump.

Roz


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on May 24, 2016 at 7:28 pm

Bernie doesn't have the all-around strengths that Hillary does. Bernie is passionate about domestic issues but tends to stumble with foreign policy questions. Just not his bag and he doesn't seem to have a lot of interest in that area. Hillary, on the other hand, is pretty strong in both foreign policy and domestic issues. I think that she is better qualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief than Bernie Sanders.


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Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park,
on May 24, 2016 at 8:43 pm

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Roz,
I will never vote for Donald Trump. For years he has shown himself to be a mysogynistic, narcissistic, dishonest, schoolyard bully. He has gleefully celebrated hateful rhetoric and hands-on aggression during his campaign rallies. His demeaning taunts, condescending tone, and caricatures of those he holds in contempt have nothing to do with not being "politically correct", and all to do with a total lack of respect for anyone not stroking him with praise. No wonder he "loves the poorly educated" and they love him. Republicans are reaping exactly what they've sown these last seven plus years with their do-nothing obstructionist attitude. Now, with their reluctant support of Donald Trump, a man they themselves have called "not qualified" to be president, they continue to put their party above their country. It's just too bad we all might have to suffer the effect of an unchecked Donald Trump's finger on the nuclear button.

Bernie Sanders is a great protest candidate with some good pie-in-the-sky ideas, but they are unrealistic in both funding and implementation. For example, just like "free college tuition", there's no such thing as "free universal health care". Between getting Congress to expand medicare/medicaid and getting the tax increases to pay for it, it's a non-starter. Case in point, Vermont's fairly recent failure to get his plan off the ground. Web Link Better to defend, fix and expand on Obamacare as Hillary proposes.

My vote has already gone in for Hillary in the Primary and will go to her in November. Does she have baggage? Sure. And because she's been in the limelight for a long time, she's been fully vetted and we know what that baggage is. Republicans have done their best to discredit her; Donald Trump is off and running with his particular brand of nastiness which I'm sure will get even worse. But Hillary Clinton has proven she's a tough cookie. She keeps her head high, stays cool under pressure, and has the experience we need both here and abroad. And really [lol], it's about time we had a woman's perspective in the Oval Office and as our Commander-in-Chief!

I hope that now you're a registered Dem you'll reconsider your vote and cast it for Hillary. Have a great evening!


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Posted by Roz Rogoff, a resident of San Ramon,
on May 24, 2016 at 11:55 pm

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Billie,

I hope you are right about Hillary. Bernie has been claiming that his pole numbers against Trump are higher than her's. Trump scares the "H" out of me, and I don't want to take any chance he could win. If the Republicans were the Patriots they claim to be, they would dump Trump and nominate someone else at the convention. Trump doesn't want to Make America Great. He wants to make Trump great, to the detriment of all the rest of us.


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 25, 2016 at 8:29 am

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I'm still waiting for someone to call up a list of Clintons accomplishments?

Senate accomplishments?
State Department accomplishments?
Life accomplishments?

Yes, yes, we know about the "mysogynistic, narcissistic, dishonest, schoolyard bully" Trump. But what about her?

I have to chuckle at Billie' use of "mysogynistic"(sic) in describing Donald but completely ignores Hillarys husbands connection to a known registered sexual predator, flying a total of 26 times on his private jet instead of the 11 that he initially reported. Web Link

So Hillary supporters are ok with having a person who hangs with these types of people to be close to the White House? Interesting.

And what about the "dishonesty" Billie so breathlessly evokes? While Hillary was creating the meme for American citizens that Benghazi was attacked by "protesters" angry at a video, she was telling Egyptian officials that she knew that islamic terrorists were responsible for the attack. Web Link#!

I can come up with other examples, but what is clear to me is that you are ok with a "mysogynistic (sic), narcissistic, dishonest, schoolyard bully" when she's a member of your own party, but when its someone outside the party, you somehow get sanctimonious and preachy?!

Funny that.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on May 25, 2016 at 9:09 am

@DKHSK :"So Hillary supporters are ok with having a person who hangs with these types of people to be close to the White House? Interesting. "

How about this one, Grammar-Nazi Dan? : Suppose (hypothetically speaking of course) a Presidential candidate has a long-time employee who he sees and meets with and exchanges greetings with several times a day on average. Suppose that this long-time employee is revealed to be a raging racist and is being investigated by the US Secret Service for violent threats against the President and the First Lady. Wouldn't you say that it would be very interesting and surprising that people still support this candidate? Seems that this would be a more serious association than merely riding on someone else's private jet occasionally, wouldn't you agree?


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Posted by American, a resident of Danville,
on May 25, 2016 at 10:34 am

Bernie supporters are the exact opposite of what made our country great, and the exact opposite of principals our country should aspire. Bernie supporters want free this, free that, and do not understand the concepts of personal responsibility, hard work, and making sacrifices to take care of your own family. When my son was 3 weeks old I set up a college fund for him, and every year put money away so he would be able to attend college. I did not buy new cars, or take expensive vacations, but rather lived within my means and saved for his future. When he turned 18, through hard work, and personal sacrifices, I had saved enough for him to attend college. I did not expect the government to pay for things, to pay bills a parent should.

Bernie supporters are all about " the me" generation, what can I get for free. They don't worry about having kids they can not afford, because that involves self control, responsibility, and hard work, things that have nothing to do with Bernie's supporters outlook on life. He is doing well with " the me" generation people who take from society and do not give back. The worst part is they will take their selfish attitudes and pass them on to their kids, and we will become a completely self centered, entitlement society. Welcome to Socialism, where responsibility, success through hard work, and sowing what you earn disappear. Welcome to a generation of people who think sitting on their butts stoned all day is better than working hard and creating jobs and income for our country. May God help America, as we will need it!


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Posted by Peter Kluget, a resident of Danville,
on May 25, 2016 at 10:36 am

DKHSK repeats the latest soundbite from Fox News about Bill Clinton flying on a private jet owned by a "known registered sexual predator." So I looked it up. It's true, after leaving office Clinton flew to Africa with several others on a charity trip, and to various other places in that same time period (2001-2003) on a jet owned by Jeffrey Epstein. Lots of other people socialized with Epstein during that time period as well - Great Britain's Prince Andrew, Stephen Hawking, several other Nobel Laureates, and media types like Katie Couric, George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Rose. Oh, and Donald Trump, too. As Trump said in 2002: "I've known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy"

Several years later Epstein was convicted of having sex with an underaged escort. Lots of unproven accusations after that - including ones which are contradicted by reliable evidence (people who were documented as being elsewhere when reported to have done something at one of his homes - stuff like that.) But yeah - it sounds likely - the guy is a creep.

So put it all together and what you have is a famous guy who knew and gave plane rides to lots of other famous people - including Donald Trump and Bill Clinton - got caught later having sex with a minor and Fox News doing it's "usual mountain out of a Clinton molehill" routine with it. And the Usual Suspects are repeating that "fair and balanced" spin uncritically. (Of course, Fox News now just repeats Trump's spokesman's denial without comment, ignoring documented evidence of Trump's relationship with Epstein before and after Clinton's plane rides.)

Why am I not surprised?


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Posted by rosalindr@mytrainingdept.com, a resident of San Ramon,
on May 25, 2016 at 11:40 am

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American,

Think about this, wouldn't America be greater if more citizens or even immigrants could get better jobs and buy homes and cars and send their kids to college instead of generation after generation living on welfare in gang-infested slums? What Bernie proposes is an investment not a hand out. You were able to save to send your kids to college, but that is often out of reach for many people barely able to buy decent food and housing on a minimum wage job.

You have a very distorted view of human nature. Not everyone fits the stereotype. Sometimes hardly anyone does but it's easy to manipulate the fearful that "those others" are getting away with something they shouldn't have. Maybe some of "those others," are the very wealthy Walmart heirs and not the hard-working, underpaid Walmart employees who can't afford to send their kids to college much less pay another student to cheat for them.

Roz


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Posted by Peter Kluget, a resident of Danville,
on May 25, 2016 at 11:47 am

Hey, "American" - don't hurt yourself straining to pat yourself on the back, okay? As it happens I saved and was able to pay for my kids' college, too - but that was made a lot easier by the fact that when I attended the University of California the total educational fee was less than $700 a year, so I didn't have to start my life saddled with a lot of debt, like kids today. By the time my kids came along I had a house (with a bunch of equity that fell in my lap, since I bought my first home cheap in the 1970's) and no debt. What 30 year old college graduate today could have that if they didn't have affluent parents to "help out?"

The official policy of the State of California back in the 60's and 70's was to not charge any tuition at the state colleges and universities, and that was considered just good public policy at the time. Today it's considered "radical."

Since the late 70's the effective income of the bottom 60% of the people in this country has stagnated, while costs like college and health care have skyrocketed. It's 10 times harder today to do what I did 40 years ago - the stuff you're bragging about, "American." (Just one kid? Easy-peasy.) Unlike some, I'm not so arrogant as to fail to see that it was easier for us than for the current generation. "Income inequality" isn't just a phrase - it's a reality for most folks (outside of Danville, anyway.) Most middle class people have a lot less left over after paying basic bills now than was the case 30 or 40 years ago - and no pensions, to boot. The majority of actual Americans can't realistically save enough to put their children through college. Exploding student debt is the result, meaning that the current generation has to put their lives on hold until they dig their way out of that pit.

My experience with the younger generation is that they work longer and harder and smarter than I or anyone I know did at their age. (Maybe "American's" son is different.) It's true, they don't seem to share the "I've got mine, Jack, so screw you" attitude that "American" and so many of the boomer generation have adopted, and many of them recognize that when society as a whole is improved everyone will be better off.

But hey - "American" is convinced that (he? she?) is just plain superior to this new generation, who are all just a bunch of worthless slackers - just like countless old fogies have been since the dawn of civilization. How can you argue with that?


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 25, 2016 at 12:01 pm

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Sammy (may I call you Sammy?),

Not the same as being a part of the party scene on a Caribbean island with a registered sex offender and a bunch of underaged girls, Sammy.

But I'll give you a point for the not-so-subtle redirect.

Not buying it.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on May 25, 2016 at 12:06 pm

@Roz: "Think about this, wouldn't America be greater if more citizens or even immigrants could get better jobs and buy homes and cars and send their kids to college instead of generation after generation living on welfare in gang-infested slums? What Bernie proposes is an investment not a hand out."

Have to at least partially disagree with you on this point, Roz. I'm not so old that I don't remember college and student life. For many students, college was just a place to while away the hours and live it up and avoid responsibilities for four years until they had to get a job. Many of them didn't really deserve to be there in college. Now you and Bernie are talking about taking all high school students, including those who showed that they didn't even deserve to be in a high school classroom, and giving them a free college education. What would be the point? If your intent is to keep such people out of the job market for four years and support them, fine. But if you expect that such people who never made an effort in high school and are therefore completely unprepared for college will benefit from a college education, I don't understand your logic at all.

I do, however, think that it's a shame that good students from poor families are locked out of a college education due to lack of family resources, so what I would propose instead is some sort of Federally sponsored scholarship system to seek out and provide college funding resources to the best and brightest of the young people in our country regardless of how poor of a background they come from. The recipients of such scholarships would be young, promising students who have shown a talent in the arts, music, sciences, or some other way that distinguishes them as being special people with inner drive and are worthy of investment. I think that such a targeted approach makes more sense than throwing money around to all high school students for a college education regardless of whether they made even the slightest effort in high school or not.


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 25, 2016 at 12:14 pm

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Petey,

You left off this clarification wrt Trumps association with a registered sex offender:

"A Trump associate said Tuesday that Trump wasn't aware of any wrongdoing and that he and Epstein were not particularly close. "He was a member of one of Trump's clubs where he would visit with women and business associates, but there was no formal relationship," the source close to Trump said.

Source: Politco.

And no mention of lying to a special prosecutor to the list for...uh...indelicacies, while serving the people would we?

And disbarment...
And impeachment...

Yes, I would love to have this man close to wielding the levers of power again!

But, but FOX NEWS!!!!!!!

Typical.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on May 25, 2016 at 12:28 pm

@DKHSK

Hey, Dan. Do you think that Donald Trump is (a) "particularly close" and (b) has a "formal relationship" with this man? You tell me:

"Donald Trump’s Butler Is a Racist Who Wants to Lynch President Obama"
Web Link


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Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park,
on May 25, 2016 at 12:49 pm

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Just a few of Hillary's accomplishments:
as First Lady:
- 1995 speech *in China* regarding women's rights
- 1997 Children's Health Insurance program which expanded health coverage to millions of lower-income children (note this was a 1997 bi-partisan effort that came after her defeat on universal health care)

as Senator:
- $21 billion in federal aid to help New York rebuild after 9/11
- Lead role in bi-partisan investigation of the health issues faced by 9/11 first responders, and saving $75M for medical monitoring and treatment of 9/11 responders that had been rescinded by the Bush Admin
- Co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Pay Equity Act
- Authored 2002 Pediatric Research Equity Act

as Secretary of State:
- Led in 2010 effort regarding Iran sanctions with the EU, China, Russia
- 2011 START Treaty ratification with Russia
- 2012 Gaza cease-fire
- 2012 Renewed diplomatic ties with Myanmar
- Advanced women’s rights in countries around the globe

Interesting to note that Vermont's other senator, Pat Leahy, as well as the current Governor, Peter Shumlin, are Hillary supporters. Food for thought.


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Posted by Peter Kluget, a resident of Danville,
on May 25, 2016 at 12:55 pm

DKHSK, this part was left out of the breathless Fox "news report" - Epstein's testimony under oath about his relationship with the Donald:

Q: Have you ever had a personal relationship with Donald Trump?
A. What do you mean by "personal relationship," sir?
Q. Have you socialized with him?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Yes?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Have you ever socialized with Donald Trump in the presence of females under the age of 18?
A: Though I'd like to answer that question, at least today I'm going to have to assert my Fifth, Sixth, and 14th Amendment rights, sir.

But of course, all we need to look at is Trump's spokesman's "clarification" - right? No need to look at the rest of the Donald's description of the "terrific guy": "He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life."

Yeah - reporting that wouldn't be "fair and balanced" would it? Better to write up the story with catchy phrases such as "orgy island" and "the Lolita Express" in such a way that weak-minded folks would jump to the conclusion that Pres. Clinton was "a part of the party scene on a Caribbean island with a registered sex offender and a bunch of underaged girls" despite the buried acknowledgment that "the logs do not show Clinton aboard any flights to St. Thomas, the nearest airport capable of accommodating Epstein's plane. They do show Clinton flying aboard Epstein’s plane to such destinations as Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, China, Brunei, London, New York, the Azores, Belgium, Norway, Russia and Africa."

For those with limited geographic skills - none of those places are "Caribbean Islands." But hey - "fair and balanced", right?


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 25, 2016 at 1:06 pm

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Peter chastises American for patting his own back, then...pats HIMSELF on the back. Mmmkay.

But seriously...

I want someone on this board to explain to me what a degree in Feminist Theory is supposed to pay someone?
Ok, maybe that is too extreme, so what about Gender Theory?

Like the two example degrees above, a student segment demands you fund a new line of study. You fund it (with taxpayer money btw) and figure 'ok, they got what they wanted'. But it doesn't end there, because now that they've spent all that loaned money studying their chosen degree they now say 'wahhhhh, I can't find a job that pays me enough to pay off my student loans!'.

What did they expect? A job managing a tech company with a Theater Studies degree?? Are you kidding me!!!!

Once you understand that colleges and universities offer, basically, the equivalent of toilet paper for some degrees, and hire administrative staffs that outnumber teachers and professors by 100's to 1 (maybe a little stretch but you get the point), then you start to see why the cost of an education is skyrocketing.

Go ahead, do your own research, see for yourself.

We live in a time where people like Peter and Sam (and Roz in her own way) are perfectly fine with lamenting the cost of something, but instead of looking at the fundamentals of cost increases, they proclaim some nasty person or party magically raised the cost for NO REASON whatsoever.

None of this is rocket theory, its plain old-fashion economics people!

Honest to goodness I wonder how any of you get through the day without knowing something so basic!







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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 25, 2016 at 1:28 pm

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LOL!

So Peter would have you believe that because the registered-sex-predator-that-used-to-party-with-Bill Clinton took the 5th during testimony, that somehow this implicates Trump??

Hey Peter, the operative words that the registered-sex-predator-that-used-to-party-with-Bill Clinton was so eloquently taking the 5th on were "females under the age of 18?", not partying with Trump, I can assure you.

Lol!

And sorry, I was going off my memory wrt the geographic locations that Bill was partying with the registered sex predator. You win that point!


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on May 25, 2016 at 1:30 pm

@DKHSK :"We live in a time where people like Peter and Sam (and Roz in her own way) are perfectly fine with lamenting the cost of something, but instead of looking at the fundamentals of cost increases, they proclaim some nasty person or party magically raised the cost for NO REASON whatsoever."

Wow, look at Dan go! He sure is giving that straw man quite a beating.


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Posted by beach bum, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 25, 2016 at 1:37 pm

yes the DT butler issue is very disturbing...especially when you compare it to, well, let's see - for instance, HC lying to the faces of the families of the guys killed in Benghazi.


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 25, 2016 at 1:56 pm

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- 1995 speech *in China* regarding women's rights

She gave a speech.

- 1997 Children's Health Insurance program which expanded health coverage to millions of lower-income children (note this was a 1997 bi-partisan effort that came after her defeat on universal health care)

Self explanatory. She didn't DO anything.

as Senator:
- $21 billion in federal aid to help New York rebuild after 9/11

Ok

- Lead role in bi-partisan investigation of the health issues faced by 9/11 first responders, and saving $75M for medical monitoring and treatment of 9/11 responders that had been rescinded by the Bush Admin

I can't find this anywhere. Citation please?

- Co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Pay Equity Act

"Co-sponsered" is meaningless. This was authored by another senator. Hillary is mentioned nowhere in this Act via this: Web Link

- Authored 2002 Pediatric Research Equity Act

Do you mean 2003? There is no record anywhere of a 2002 PREA.

as Secretary of State:
- Led in 2010 effort regarding Iran sanctions with the EU, China, Russia

Accomplishment?

- 2011 START Treaty ratification with Russia

Exactly what did Clinton do but "express optimism" with the draft? Seems to me credit was given elsewhere:Web Link

- 2012 Gaza cease-fire

Seriously? You must be joking. LOL!

- 2012 Renewed diplomatic ties with Myanmar

Ok. Pretty strategic there. (I jest)

- Advanced women’s rights in countries around the globe

Advanced...you mean, like, improved?


Quite the accomplishment list there!


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 25, 2016 at 1:58 pm

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Here's some notable accomplishments for Mrs Clinton:

Here's Ms Rodham-Clintons State department regarding her behavior in reading Presidential briefings: Web Link

State Department on Clinton accomplishments while at State :Web Link

Ethics questions while serving at the State Department: Web Link

Yep...she is without a doubt THE MOST QUALIFIED person to lead the US.

Without. A. Doubt.

/sarcasm


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Posted by beach bum, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 25, 2016 at 2:04 pm


Folks, you forgot to include the time she escaped sniper fire on that tarmac in Bosnia. If memory serves I believe Brian Williams was there as well. Let's give credit where credit is due now.


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Posted by beach bum, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 25, 2016 at 2:06 pm

A little advice to some of the nice readers of these blogs: don't idolize politicians too much, they will always break your heart in the end?


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on May 25, 2016 at 2:08 pm

@DKHSK :"Yep...she is without a doubt THE MOST QUALIFIED person to lead the US. "

Focus, Dan. For the purposes of this election, she only has to show that she is more qualified to lead this country than Donald Trump, which is a much lower bar. Feel free to rattle off Donald Trump's many accomplishments in public service.


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 25, 2016 at 2:10 pm

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Hey Sammy, I was directly answering a point made by Petey by using EXAMPLES.

If you have a problem with my point on the economics of education then please, tell me where you think I have it wrong, I'm open to listening.

And you're right I'm on fire. I can't stand to see economic simpletons proclaim that something is expensive without at least trying to explain WHY it is expensive. Instead, these genius' say: JUST TAX MORE

The problem with this kind of thinking is the underlying problem NEVER gets fixed!

Its like watching a dog chase its tail.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on May 25, 2016 at 2:14 pm

@beach bum :"Folks, you forgot to include the time she escaped sniper fire on that tarmac in Bosnia."

Yeah, we all know about that. We also all know about how Donald Trump adopted the personas of two fake, non-existent Trump PR employees "John Miller" and "John Barron" so that he could boast about himself in the 3rd-person. He then lied by trying to deny it. Try telling me that Donald Trump is more honest than Hillary.


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Posted by beach bum, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 25, 2016 at 2:17 pm

By the way, while we're on the topic of the brave politicians who we elect to represent us, I was very inspired by Representative Swalwell's very courageous stand against Kate's Law. My understanding was the he was going to craft an alternative or push reforms that would be in the interest of everyone. Would some kind soul please point me in the direction of where I can find his accomplishments in this area?

Thanks in advance.


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Posted by Peter Kluget, a resident of Danville,
on May 25, 2016 at 2:18 pm

DKHSK, the only actual reference I've seen to ***anyone*** partying with Epstein, anywhere, is to Trump, not Clinton. I get that that's hard for you to fathom, since it doesn't fit the narrative, but if you work really, really hard and go back and actually read the words in your Fox "news" story, there's no reference to Clinton ever being anywhere in the Caribbean with Epstein, or that any of the trips Clinton traveled on Epstein's plane were anything other than humdrum business trips which were publicly reported like Clinton's 2002 week-long trip to Africa with Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker, Ron Burkle, and USAID Administrator Gayle Smith on behalf of an effort to fight AIDS and poverty. Ooooh - sexy, eh? Not a single word about Clinton "partying", actually. Not even any record of Epstein being on the plane when Clinton was on it, either. Lots of innuendo and suggestive verbiage - just no actual factual statements of any kind. One woman ***says*** she saw Clinton on Epstein's island, but {awkward} he actually wasn't there, because - you know - they keep records of stuff like that. (She also claimed to have had sex with Alan Dershowitz and Prince Andrew - and met the Queen of England, which, {again, awkward} the Queen has no recollection of for some reason.)

But hey - who needs facts? Fox don' got to show you no stinking facts! All they have to do is blow the dog whistle, and you salivate, right on cue.


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Posted by beach bum, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 25, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Hi Sam

I'm not a fan of Trump. I agree the John Miller thing was pathetic (although kind of funny - sorry)

The Bosnia comment though I always found disturbing and sad to come from a First Lady.


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 25, 2016 at 2:24 pm

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You see Sammy, you haven't really paid attention.

I was very clear about my support of Ted Cruz in the primaries. Both the Republican and Democrat establishment were scared of Cruz. They knew that Cruz would have gutted their power, not because he is vindictive, but because he is principled. He would have done EXACTLY what he promised.

Now, Trump basically has the same beliefs as Cruz...now. However, my concern has always been that just 10-15 years ago he held a lot of the views that are in direct contradiction to those now.

A person does not change his principles 180 degrees when he is over 50, and for this I am deeply suspicious of Trump. Could he have been saying things to curry favor with the NY and Washington libs? Possibly. But I can't get my head wrapped around him just yet.


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Posted by Roz Rogoff, a resident of San Ramon,
on May 25, 2016 at 2:30 pm

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Wow with all of the attacks on Hillary, I should continue to support Bernie. While he hasn't gotten much done, he hasn't done a bunch of awful things either. I recall something like that being said about Calvin Coolidge. "He hasn't gotten much done but that's what America wanted at the time." Coolidge was also from Vermont.

Roz


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 25, 2016 at 2:31 pm

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Well Petey here's a reference: Web Link

"According to Virginia Roberts, who claims to have been one of Epstein’s many teenage sex slaves, Clinton also visited Epstein’s private Caribbean retreat, known as “Orgy Island.”

Don't worry, its not Fox news.




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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 25, 2016 at 2:33 pm

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Roz,

You are mistaken by characterizing my links as "attacks". I would prefer you use the term "facts" instead.

Thank you.


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Posted by beach bum, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 25, 2016 at 2:47 pm

That's an informative post Pete, thanks.

At the same time, the fresh faced White House interns better be on guard if ol' you know who makes it back near the oval office..


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on May 25, 2016 at 2:52 pm

@Roz: "Wow with all of the attacks on Hillary, I should continue to support Bernie. While he hasn't gotten much done, he hasn't done a bunch of awful things either. I recall something like that being said about Calvin Coolidge. "He hasn't gotten much done but that's what America wanted at the time." Coolidge was also from Vermont."

Calvin Coolidge was not a great President. He's ranked in the 3rd quartile. Obama is ranked in the 2nd quartile, the same quartile as Ronald Reagan, GHW Bush, and Bill Clinton. GW Bush is in the last quartile (big surprise). The last President we had ranked in the 1st quartile was JFK.

Web Link


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on May 25, 2016 at 2:55 pm

@beach bum :"At the same time, the fresh faced White House interns better be on guard if ol' you know who makes it back near the oval office.."

Bill Clinton is almost 70. I would be bit surprised - and more than a little impressed - if he can still chase skirts around at his age.


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Posted by beach bum, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 25, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Sam, I believe DKHSK is going to have a thing to say about you and your quartiles

Btw, I'm sure there was no academic bias in the quartilizizing?

Some of the academics I've heard speak, I would definitely place them in the fourth quartile from a common-sense perspective


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Posted by beach bum, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 25, 2016 at 3:28 pm


I would easily vote for Silent Cal over any of the current candidates

Both the current and prior President, I would put in the fifth or sixth quartiles.. somewhere in there.


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Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park,
on May 25, 2016 at 3:43 pm

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As First Lady, HRC gave what was considered a controversial speech on women's rights in China, a country not known for human rights, let alone women's rights. She gave this speech in the face of not only China's pushback, but accusations from this country's conservatives who accused her of a "radical feminist agenda". Twenty years later, that speech still resonates with those of us concerned with human/women's rights. There are plenty of sources for you to listen to the speech should you be so inclined.

HRC was very involved, working with Senators Kennedy and Hatch, in getting the 1997 SCHIP [now known as CHIP] law passed. As First Lady it's not like she could vote, but her influence was all over it. Kennedy said, "Mrs. Clinton ... was of invaluable help, both in the fashioning and the shaping of the program and also as a clear advocate." Web Link

Lead role in bi-partisan investigation of the health issues faced by 9/11 first responders, and saving $75M for medical monitoring and treatment of 9/11 responders that had been rescinded by the Bush Admin Web Link

- continued in next post due to quantity of urls


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Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park,
on May 25, 2016 at 3:44 pm

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Unless it's sponsored, and its sponsors actively involved, a law has no chance of getting passed. Sen. Clinton was not only involved with the Lilly Ledbetter Pay Equity Act, Web Link she co-sponsored the previous attempt, the 2007 Fair Pay Restoration Act. Web Link HRC has been endorsed by Lily Ledbetter.

*2003* Pediatric Research Equity Act - HRC started working on a version of it in 2002.

2011 START Treaty ratification with Russia - who do you think was in Moscow working on final negotiations behind the scenes?

2012 Gaza cease-fire - not sure why you think it's a joke . . . Web Link


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Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park,
on May 25, 2016 at 4:23 pm

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Roz,
It's *really* not a ringing endorsement for a potential President and Commander-in-Chief to say "he hasn't gotten much done, he hasn't done a bunch of awful things either".

If the past is prologue, a President Bernie Sanders will accomplish just about as much as he's accomplished in his last 30 years as a Vermont Mayor, Congressman and Senator. Not much.

I'm guessing, but I would bet that's probably why Vermont's other long-time Senator, Pat Leahy, as well as current and past Vermont governors have endorsed HRC. Food for thought.


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Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on May 25, 2016 at 4:55 pm

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Putin is of unstable demeanor, capable of shooting down civilian aircraft, capable of escalating his diminished persona into recognition he desperately wants for himself and his military.


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 25, 2016 at 10:24 pm

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Billie,

"As First Lady, HRC gave what was considered a controversial speech on women's rights in China..."

Great! Results of this glorious speech are...? blank.

"HRC was VERY INVOLVED, working with Senators Kennedy and Hatch..." (Emphasis mine)

So? She was there; she had input, but inevitably was not the leader of the legislation. So she claims this as a accomplishment, like, Al Gore created the internet? Not hardly. Try again.

"Lead role in bi-partisan investigation..."

Ok

"She Co-sponsered...Sen. Clinton was not only involved with the Lilly Ledbetter Pay Equity Act..."

So did 25 or so other Senators but somehow this is HER accomplishment? That's a little stretch don't you think?

"Pediatric Research Equity Act..."

Ok

"2011 START Treaty ratification with Russia... who do you think was in Moscow working on final negotiations behind the scenes?"

I give up, who? And about that treaty, looks like the Russians aren't living up to the bargain that you say she negotiated: Web Link

Pull quote:
On 1 April, the United States released a report on the aggregate numbers of strategic offensive arms in the US and Russian arsenals. The number of United States deployed nuclear weapons and delivery vehicles continue to fall, whereas Russian stockpiles of warheads have INCREASED by 87 since the January 2016 report. (Emphasis mine)

Yeah...thats a real accomplishment eh Billie?

"2012 Gaza cease-fire..."

I've only included a link that shows Hamas rockets fired into Israel since 2014. If you'd care to see more I think I can arrange for that data to be linked too!

Point is, this "accomplishment" doesn't seem to be working, does it?

Your turn.












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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 25, 2016 at 10:44 pm

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Uh oh!

From the New York Times: Web Link

Honestly, why would any of the supporters of Ol' Hillary want to have her in the highest office in the land after the latest news in the link??

The amount of cognitive dissonance required to believe in this wretched person is astounding.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on May 26, 2016 at 6:58 am

This essay says it all about Trump:

"No, Not Trump, Not Ever"
..........
Donald Trump is epically unprepared to be president. He has no realistic policies, no advisers, no capacity to learn. His vast narcissism makes him a closed fortress. He doesn’t know what he doesn’t know and he’s uninterested in finding out. He insults the office Abraham Lincoln once occupied by running for it with less preparation than most of us would undertake to buy a sofa.

Trump is perhaps the most dishonest person to run for high office in our lifetimes. All politicians stretch the truth, but Trump has a steady obliviousness to accuracy.

This week, the Politico reporters Daniel Lippman, Darren Samuelsohn and Isaac Arnsdorf fact-checked 4.6 hours of Trump speeches and press conferences. They found more than five dozen untrue statements, or one every five minutes.

“His remarks represent an extraordinary mix of inaccurate claims about domestic and foreign policy and personal and professional boasts that rarely measure up when checked against primary sources,” they wrote.

He is a childish man running for a job that requires maturity. He is an insecure boasting little boy whose desires were somehow arrested at age 12. He surrounds himself with sycophants. “You can always tell when the king is here,” Trump’s butler told Jason Horowitz in a recent Times profile. He brags incessantly about his alleged prowess, like how far he can hit a golf ball. “Do I hit it long? Is Trump strong?” he asks.

In some rare cases, political victors do not deserve our respect. George Wallace won elections, but to endorse those outcomes would be a moral failure.

And so it is with Trump.

History is a long record of men like him temporarily rising, stretching back to biblical times. Psalm 73 describes them: “Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. … They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression. Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth. Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance.”

And yet their success is fragile: “Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin. How suddenly they are destroyed.

The psalmist reminds us that the proper thing to do in the face of demagogy is to go the other way — to make an extra effort to put on decency, graciousness, patience and humility, to seek a purity of heart that is stable and everlasting.

The Republicans who coalesce around Trump are making a political error. They are selling their integrity for a candidate who will probably lose. About 60 percent of Americans disapprove of him, and that number has been steady since he began his campaign.

Worse, there are certain standards more important than one year’s election. There are certain codes that if you betray them, you suffer something much worse than a political defeat.

Donald Trump is an affront to basic standards of honesty, virtue and citizenship. He pollutes the atmosphere in which our children are raised. He has already shredded the unspoken rules of political civility that make conversation possible. In his savage regime, public life is just a dog-eat-dog war of all against all.

As the founders would have understood, he is a threat to the long and glorious experiment of American self-government. He is precisely the kind of scapegoating, promise-making, fear-driving and deceiving demagogue they feared.

(New York Times: Web Link )
..............


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 26, 2016 at 8:02 am

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Sammy,

Wow! After that last posting I'd bet Trump would rate in the 4th quartile. In fact, he's probably in the 11th quartile!!

Scandalous.

I'm convinced, he's completely unfit for office.

Is George Bush still considered to be Hitler?



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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 26, 2016 at 8:17 am

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David - "I love Obamas pant creases" - Brooks, the NY Times "conservative" columnist, is not taken serious by ANY conservative I have ever read or met.

I laugh every time a liberal tropes him out as evidence that HE represents conservatives, or even Republicans for that matter.






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Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park,
on May 26, 2016 at 9:35 am

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@DKHSK "this "accomplishment" [START Treaty & Gaza cease fire] doesn't seem to be working, does it?"

So let me get this straight. Just because s#@! happens when megalomaniacs like Putin, Mashal and Kim Jong Un have power, we shouldn't waste our time trying to save lives, reduce arms, de-escalate conflict, or avoid a war by negotiating a treaty or cease fire? Or once achieved, count it as an accomplishment since there's always a good chance, when dealing with megalomaniacs, you have to renegotiate at some point?

Ok. Well, if our very own megalomaniac, Donald Trump, wins the presidency, we won't have to worry about any of that hard work.

Mr. Trump praised North Korea's Kim Jong Un "You gotta give him credit. How many young guys -- he was like 26 or 25 when his father died -- take over these tough generals, and all of a sudden ... he goes in, he takes over, and he’s the boss. It's incredible. He wiped out the uncle, he wiped out this one, that one. I mean this guy doesn't play games. And we can't play games with him."

How does Mr. Trump want to counteract North Korea's threat? Just give nuclear weaponry to South Korea and Japan. "It's going to happen anyway. It's only a question of time. They're going to start having them or we have to get rid of them entirely." Oh, but wait, that last would require a whole bunch of treaties.

As for Putin, he calls Mr. Trump "bright and talented". Mr. Trump considers Putin a "stable mate" [yuck!] and considers it a "great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond." I'm sure they'll be great buds and we won't have worry about a New START agreement. Kumbaya.


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 26, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Billie,

You listed Start 2 as a accomplishment (though you've still provided no evidence of her personal involvement) and when I give you the info that points to the fecklessness of the agreement that YOU say she "negotiated" you want to change the subject to Trump?

In the real world, speaking platitudes and "negotiating" failed deals do not constitute accomplishment, unless you downwardly define accomplishment as a failure to accomplish anything of value. In the case of Start 2, unless her goal was to specifically weaken Americas nuclear arsenal and increase the Russian nuclear arsenal, then I'd have to say this was not a successful accomplishment. In fact, I'd have to say given the outcome has been a FAILURE.

Your wanting to give points for effort in this case is not a very serious argument to a topic that is this critical.


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Posted by American, a resident of Danville,
on May 26, 2016 at 10:04 am

Roz: Why do you think the only age demographic Bernie is winning is 18-21 year olds? He goes from college town to college town stressing free college education and legalize marijuana for recreational, not just medicinal reasons. Wonderful.

As to your point of Walmart cashiers not being able to afford to send their children to college, if you are making minimum wage why are you having multiple children? Bernie's platform ignores personal responsibility, consequences for actions, and simply blames law enforcement and Wall Street for their bad decisions. By the way, for children whose parents can not afford college, there are many options, such as ROTC that pays all of your college and you become an officer after graduation. There are also grants, financial aid, work study programs, and other options. I support allowing all who have worked hard the chance to attend college, but the student needs a skin in the game, and not simply everyone goes for free without any consequences. Bernie's plan doesn't require anything from the student, and telling the student he can get stoned legally is starting the student on the wrong path.

I am a Republican who does not like Trump, can not stand Hillary, but Bernie's policies are clearly the worst of all three for the future of our country.


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Posted by beach bum, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 26, 2016 at 11:57 am

In the interest of being pithy

-lies and sell job re: Iraq war
-lies and sell job re: ACA
-lies and sell job re: Iran nuke deal
-lies and sell job re: the Bull-S train in CA

Both parties have been laying the ground work for years, rolling out the red carpet for someone like a Trump to stroll right in.

I just hope it all works out, love this country so much.


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Posted by Roz Rogoff, a resident of San Ramon,
on May 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm

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American,

I doubt Bernie's plan could work or that he could get it passed through Congress. It would also be limited to State Colleges and the individual states would implement it. Some states would and others wouldn't, just like Obama Care.

Also offering free tuition to a college doesn't mean the student gets a free pass to pass his/her classes without doing any work. Students who flunk get kicked out! I taught online for University of Phoenix for 14 years and students living on student loans, who checked into their classes but didn't do any of the work, were dropped after a couple of semesters with nothing but debts to show for it. Even free tuition doesn't cover all of the costs of college.

Other posters here have posted all the reasons why Hillary should not be President, and all of the reasons why Trump should not be President. Of the three who could possibly be elected, Bernie is the least evil. He might be idealistic, and he might be wrong, but he's NOT evil, like Clinton maybe, or mentally ill like Trump, the megalomaniac.

The Republican Party, if they care anything about saving the USA and the World, will dump Trump and nominate a reasonable candidate. Paul Ryan or Lindsay Graham must run, or else we are toast! Just because a lot of low-information, poorly educated Republicans fall for Trump's simplistic hype, the rest of us shouldn't be flushed down the drain with him.

Roz


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Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park,
on May 26, 2016 at 12:13 pm

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@"DKHSK "You listed Start 2 as a accomplishment (though you've still provided no evidence of her personal involvement"

HRC involvement on START:
"On 7 March [2009], Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov met in Geneva where both committed to a “reset” of bilateral relations, which had cooled in recent years." [see your nti.org reference]

October 13, 2009 U.S.-Russia Nuclear Arms Treaty - "Clinton meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Russia to discuss a US-Russia nuclear arms treaty, as well as Iran’s nuclear ambitions." Web Link

"Mr. Medvedev called Mr. Obama on March 13 [2010], and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton then traveled to Moscow. Negotiators finished drafting their separate statements on Tuesday" Web Link

8 May 2010 HRC Testimony before Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the New START Treaty Web Link

"On 5 February [2011], the New START entered into force when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov exchanged the instruments of ratification." [again, see your nti.org reference]

---o0o---

@"DKHSK "failed deals do not constitute accomplishment"

I'll just repeat what I said above with a small addition:
So let me get this straight. Just because s#@! happens when megalomaniacs like Putin, Mashal and Kim Jong Un have power, we shouldn't waste our time trying to save lives, reduce arms, de-escalate conflict, or avoid a war by negotiating a treaty or cease fire? Or once achieved, [not] count it as an accomplishment since there's always a good chance, when dealing with megalomaniacs, you have to renegotiate at some point?


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Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park,
on May 26, 2016 at 12:21 pm

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Roz,
"he's NOT evil, like Clinton"

"Evil"? lol Really? Why is HRC "evil"?

Oh, and BTW, some of us listed why HRC *should* be President.


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Posted by Roz Rogoff, a resident of San Ramon,
on May 26, 2016 at 12:22 pm

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I just posted a comment on Paul Ryan's website pleading with him to run for President or at least keep Donald Trump from being the Republican candidate. They can still do that if Trump doesn't have the required number of delegates to automatically win. Trump is such a loose cannon he has got to be stopped.


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Posted by Roz Rogoff, a resident of San Ramon,
on May 26, 2016 at 12:28 pm

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Billie,

I didn't say Hillary IS evil, I said "maybe" in the eyes of some voters she is, or at least has done some things that could be viewed as evil. In a political campaign every piece of mud that could be thrown will be. Would that be enough to get Trump elected? I hope not, but I don't want to take any chances he could be.

Roz


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Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park,
on May 26, 2016 at 12:47 pm

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Roz,

The thing with HRC is that all of her baggage is out in the open and has been discussed ad infinitum by all the talking heads for years. Still not sure what you're referring to that "could be viewed as evil".

Billie


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Posted by beach bum, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 26, 2016 at 1:01 pm


Evil? No

Mediocre leadership skills at best? Yes

Lousy politician and communication skills? Yes

Doesn't come off as sincere? Yes

Extremely self serving? Yes


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Posted by beach bum, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 26, 2016 at 1:20 pm

I'm actually starting to feel sorry for the Clintons

2008, the media provides the wind beneath Obama's wings to win the primary

2016, even with the fixed, sham superdelegates in play they still can't completely seal the deal with the public. And due to whom? A very unaccomplished socialist Senator from Vermont. Wow.

Bill has to be seriously fuming right now

On the other hand, the thought of handing the keys of this economy to Bernie..well I just don't know what to say.


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 26, 2016 at 1:24 pm

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Billie,

"So let me get this straight. Just because s#@! happens..."

Look, go ahead and consider a BAD DEAL made with BAD PEOPLE who don't even follow the deal as one of HRC's signature accomplishments. If you want to hang your hat on failure then go ahead, hang it.

Much like youth sports, I guess when talking about nuclear proliferation, as long as you PARTICIPATE, you get a trophy.

Winning doesn't count.

Typical.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on May 26, 2016 at 3:43 pm

Saw an amusing post by someone commenting on a Trump article in the Washington Post:

OMG
GOP
WTF
(RIP)

...............

Pretty much sums up the situation, doesn't it?


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Posted by American, a resident of Danville,
on May 26, 2016 at 6:03 pm

Is Hillary " evil" for attacking the credibility of all the women Bill has preyed on over the years, and claiming it was " all a right wing conspiracy" and all these young ladies are liars and opportunist? In my book, yes. Just like Bill Cosby's wife, their actions further added injury to insults and enhanced the damage caused by their husbands. That is " evil".


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 27, 2016 at 7:58 am

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I don't think HRC is "evil".

But I do think she is a greedy, crooked incompetent who will do and say anything for power.


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Posted by Roz Rogoff, a resident of San Ramon,
on May 27, 2016 at 9:50 am

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Dan,

How many bad traits does she have to have to be called "Evil?" Of course Trump has all of those same bad traits but he's crazy (megalomaniac). Crazy is probably worse than evil. At least with evil we know what to expect.

Roz


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 27, 2016 at 2:10 pm

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Roz,

I've yet to experience anything "crazy" from Trump other than the content of his speech.

With HRC, I KNOW she's all those things I said because of her past actions.

If we are to believe actions speak louder than words, then why is it that the libs would have us believe that HRC is as pure as the driven snow when her record of action clearly is not?

It's cognitive dissonance on a massive scale.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on May 27, 2016 at 2:50 pm

@DKHSK :"I've yet to experience anything "crazy" from Trump other than the content of his speech."

LOL! Boy, we're really lowering the bar for Presidential candidates this election cycle, aren't we?


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 27, 2016 at 5:09 pm

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Hey Sammy,

Why yes, yes we are!

Thanks for the admission.


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Posted by Jake Waters, a resident of Birdland,
on May 29, 2016 at 8:15 am

According to the few.gov, Hillary is at $204 million and Bernie is at $207 million in contributions. Trump is at $57 million. Who is bought and paid for? Yes Trump can be a little rough, but I will take him for 4 years and vote him out if he doesn't come through with promises, as opposed to 8 years with Hillary. As for Bernie, you really need to stop being romantic?


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on May 29, 2016 at 10:26 am

@Jake Waters :"According to the few.gov, Hillary is at $204 million and Bernie is at $207 million in contributions. Trump is at $57 million. Who is bought and paid for?"

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! What do you mean that Donald Trump has $57 million in contributions? I thought that Donald Trump was self-funding his campaign? I thought that Donald Trump and his supporters were saying that he couldn't be bought and didn't need anyone else's money? So now you're telling me that Donald Trump can be bought and does need other people's money?


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Posted by BobB, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 29, 2016 at 12:32 pm

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Even more important an issue than nuclear proliferation is nuclear war with Russia or China. For decades that has been getting less and less likely. If Trump gets elected, who knows? In the case of some unfortunate escalation, like could have started with something like KAL007 (Web Link), would Trump back down?

If he gets us into a nuclear war with Russia or China, we'll all lose. The destructive effects of nuclear war aren't a hoax. We would be annihilated. Hopefully very unlikely, but not worth the risk. I'll be voting against Trump.


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Posted by beach bum, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 29, 2016 at 2:13 pm


BobB just played the nuclear-annihilation-if-you-vote-for-this-person card.


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Posted by BobB, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 29, 2016 at 5:04 pm

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@beach bum,

Not exactly that card. Did you miss where I said "Hopefully very unlikely".

Still, who knows what that guy can believe or do. He clearly actually believes what he reads in tabloids. He thinks vaccines cause autism. Maybe he thinks nuclear war won't be so bad.

Nuclear war is serious stuff and Trump sounds pretty cavalier when he talks about nuclear weapons.


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 29, 2016 at 5:40 pm

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So now we've come down to the "nuclear war" scare tactics.

Its the 80's all over again.


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Posted by BobB, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 29, 2016 at 8:50 pm

Or the sixties. I'm glad we made it through those days, but of course, I'd take Reagan or Goldwater any day over Trump.


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Posted by Wow..., a resident of Downtown,
on May 29, 2016 at 8:50 pm

I am amazed that 11 people can generate 80+ messages on a Holiday weekend trying to convince each other that they are right or wrong(left) :)

God Bless the wonderful heroes who serve, have served and gave their lives so that we may spend Memorial weekend discussing how lying, dishonest, self-serving, egotisitic, Politicians can SAVE our country... try looking in the mirror.

Have a Wonderful Memorial Day weekend and remember who we should be Honoring this weekend... while our Commander-in-Chief is in JAPAN apologizing for responding to an attack on our Country.

God Bless America!


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on May 29, 2016 at 8:54 pm

Is it dangerous to entrust authorization of the use of nuclear weapons to someone who has the emotional maturity of an a typical 9-year old boy? Answer: Yes. Don't see what is so difficult about saying that. Kind of amazing and scary that there exist people who have a problem with drawing that simple conclusion.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on May 29, 2016 at 8:58 pm

@Wow :"... while our Commander-in-Chief is in JAPAN apologizing for responding to an attack on our Country."

There are enough stupid comments here already. Don't need any more. Thanks, and have a nice Memorial Day weekend.


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 29, 2016 at 9:31 pm

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Sammy,

"Stupid comments"?

Obama basically apologized for dropping the bomb on a country that attacked us first!

Simple question: would you rather drop two bombs and kill hundreds of thousands, or drops thousands of bombs and kills millions?

That was the choice back then.

Sick and tired of the libs capacity to second guess everything.


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Posted by beach bum, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 29, 2016 at 10:01 pm

BobB

If it's very unlikely than why play that hackneyed card?


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on May 29, 2016 at 10:01 pm

@DKHSK :"Obama basically apologized for dropping the bomb on a country that attacked us first! "

"Basically"??? Weasel word!


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Posted by BobB, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 29, 2016 at 11:00 pm

@beach bum,

Because it is still too likely a prospect for me to even consider Trump.

Reagan didn't worry me. Trump does.


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 30, 2016 at 9:23 am

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Gee Sammy, I continue to be unimpressed with your responses. Especially since you go to great lengths at not providing any content worth reading, or any answer to specific points.

Disappointing is too kind a description to convey my feelings; more like boring.

:)


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 31, 2016 at 8:52 am

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Wanna see just how corrupt the Democrat party voters have become?

Look no further than here: Web Link

Rasmussen link.

Pull quote in reference to Clinton indictment:

"Among Democratic voters, 71% believe Clinton should keep running, a view shared by only 30% of Republicans and 46% of voters not affiliated with either major party."

But of course.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on May 31, 2016 at 1:09 pm

News Flash! : Conservative here admits that nearly 1 out of 3 Republicans is Corrupt!


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 31, 2016 at 2:09 pm

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LOL!

Sammy, had it ever occurred to you that those 30% conservatives want her to run specifically because they know that the indictment will ensure a conservative victory?

Have you learned nothing?!

:)


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on May 31, 2016 at 2:52 pm

News Flash!: Conservative unable to keep story straight! First claims evidence of massive corruption among 1 out of 3 Republicans and now tries to walk back claim!

In other news, Trump earns endorsement by the regime of North Korea, which says that Donald Trump is a "wise politician" and that his election will be "good for North Korea". Also, famed physicist Stephen Hawking says that Trump is a "demagogue" and that he panders to the "lowest common denominator".


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 31, 2016 at 4:00 pm

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Sammy,

I wonder if Trump is taking as many donations from North Korea as Clinton is taking from Communist China?

Whoopsie!

:)


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Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on May 31, 2016 at 7:39 pm

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I do not believe Trump is as wealthy as he BLOATS himself up to be.
He has filed bankruptcy with several multi million (s) Dollar corporations. Brushes it off, as "I followed the law, I did what the incompetent government allowed me to do".

His miss directed, late check payments for funds he collected for charity is a fine example of a manipulator with tax payer money. A fine example of a scammer.

And, he will be president!


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 31, 2016 at 8:16 pm

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Michael,

Vote for Clinton. Then you don't have to continue with the same ole tripe about bankruptcies and the crass behavior of Trump.

Problem solved, right?

Honest to goodness it is simply amazing to me that those who can seriously look at the state of the United States; the deficit; the debt; monetary policy; labor; foreign and domestic affairs (HCA, fast and furious, legal and illegal immigration) and still say to themselves: 'I think I want a career politician who will do NOTHING to solve any of these issues just like we've had for the last 30 years'.

I'd rather have the average businessman try his hand at running things in this country then *career politicians* who are - after having screwed things up SO badly - the reason we are at this point in the first place.

Yeah, just vote for Clinton, Michael.


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Posted by KSHKD, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jun 1, 2016 at 8:24 pm

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And when Trump leads us to war because his mouth ran away with him with a foreign leader? then what? Trump is a bully and a coward; dangerous combo. He'll use the military like his 'posse'.
Yeah, lets have a business man who has had numerous failures a turn at running the USA. Yeah, he'll become presidential on day one. Surrreeeeeee.

Donald Duck for write in Prez.


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