American military’s reputation in Europe boosted by Americans who foiled train shooter
Aug28

American military’s reputation in Europe boosted by Americans who foiled train shooter

Yes:” human beings can have an impact on broader, existing, ingrained perceptions. The Christian Science Monitor reports that the often (unfairly) tarnished image of the U.S. military in Europe is on the upswing, and part of the reason is the actions — and reactions — of the unarmed Americans on that train who sprang into action to tackle and beat down a suspected terrorist: “Behaving like military” can be a loaded...

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Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos Were Altered, Analysis Finds
Aug27

Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos Were Altered, Analysis Finds

Appearance may not always equal reality, particularly when it comes to 21st century politics and the way the new media and political media that can mean big bucks, hits, and political gain operate. The New York Times: Planned Parenthood on Thursday gave congressional leaders and a committee that is investigating allegations of criminality at its clinics an analysis it commissioned concluding that “manipulation” of undercover videos by...

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New Poll: Biden is more competitive in general election than Hillary Clinton
Aug27

New Poll: Biden is more competitive in general election than Hillary Clinton

A new poll shows Vice President Joe Biden would do better in the general election than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It should help spur on the nervous Democrats who feel a)Hillary Clinton is not a stellar candidate, b)they’d be better off going with Joe Biden who has carved out a favorable image c)Clinton’s problem is that some don’t trust her and her honesty while Biden’s problem isn’t...

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Vester Flanagan’s scary employee termination and his suicide notes (Jehovah told him to do it)
Aug26

Vester Flanagan’s scary employee termination and his suicide notes (Jehovah told him to do it)

In the face of tragedy — and a televised and new media broadcast shooting, and the pattern of copycats that suggest that if the revolution isn’t televised live murders will be — new facts are being released about the troubled and downright scary history of fired reporter “Bryce Williams,” whose real name was Vester Flanegan. It’s clear now that Flanegan planned and stalked for his kill — even...

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Gallup Poll: Trump has -51 favorability rating with Hispanics but other Republicans fare far better
Aug25

Gallup Poll: Trump has -51 favorability rating with Hispanics but other Republicans fare far better

A new Gallup Poll finds that Donald Trump has a -51 (that isn’t a typo, yes MINUS 51) favorability rating with Hispanic voters and that other contenders for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination do not fare that badly. The meaning? If experts are correct, a new “Mission Impossible” movie could be made — this time, a political one about Trump’s ability to capture the White House next year if...

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Donald Trump is NO Ronald Reagan, close former advisors say
Aug24

Donald Trump is NO Ronald Reagan, close former advisors say

Donald Trump is trying to wrap himself in the imagery of Ronald Reagan. But some who knew Reagan are making it clear they do not agree and that much of what Trump says, the tone he uses, and how he politically operates would be anathema to the Republican Party’s Greatest Generation icon. Trump is increasingly saying he knew Reagan: “And he liked me. And I worked with him and helped him.” Meanwhile, some Trump supporters on...

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Suspect Cites Trump As Inspiration In Boston Anti-Hispanic Hate Crime: Trump issues tepid response
Aug20

Suspect Cites Trump As Inspiration In Boston Anti-Hispanic Hate Crime: Trump issues tepid response

Welcome to the 21st century American political scene, where an alleged attack on a homeless Hispanic man occurs, the suspect sites a political leader’s comments on immigrants as justification in talking to police — and where the candidate issues a tepid response. Forget ideology or party: there should have a total repudiation, blunt, unfettered repdiation of violence aimed at a SLEEPING person singled out to his ethnic...

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Carson suggests Obama is ‘anti-Semitic’ with Iran deal
Aug17

Carson suggests Obama is ‘anti-Semitic’ with Iran deal

Did he REALLY say that? Yep. Is there no cliche, no trite phrase not cliche enough or not trite enough to be used in 21st century polemics? Note I won’t say political “discussion.” Gone are the days of actual ideas and debating policy points. We’re in the era of the name-calling. It’s all about defining those who dare to see things differently through their own political prism. And what could be worse...

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Did Morton Downey, Jr set the tone for today’s politics? (with VIDEOS)
Aug16

Did Morton Downey, Jr set the tone for today’s politics? (with VIDEOS)

Did the late, loud and confrontational talk show host Morton Downey Jr. influence the tone of today’s politics? I’ve long contended that American politics now resembles a combination of political sports team worship, professional wrestling — and a talk show where anger and rage takes priority over thought and solutions. Downey most assuredly played a role in what we see (and hear) today. On CNN’s Reliable...

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Fox News Poll: Shakeup   in GOP Presidential candidate choices after first debate, Sanders picks up steam
Aug16

Fox News Poll: Shakeup in GOP Presidential candidate choices after first debate, Sanders picks up steam

A new Fox News poll finds that since the first GOP debate on Fox News, Donald Trump has lost a point, and some support from women — and the pecking order of the rest of the Republican field has shifted. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Senator Bernie Sanders continues to gain on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, although Clinton still enjoys a healthy lead: Who’s up? Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted...

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Trump to NBC’s Chuck Todd:  Undocumented Immigrants ‘Have to Go’
Aug16

Trump to NBC’s Chuck Todd: Undocumented Immigrants ‘Have to Go’

So much for even the idea of “self-deportion.” The GOP’s front runner — who continues to gain stem and defy the predictions made by and political obituaries written by pundits — is saying the U.S. must be cleared of all undocumented immigrants. Donald Trump made the blunt statement to Chuck Todd’s in a “Meet the Press interview”: Donald Trump would reverse President Obama’s...

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Fox News Blasts Trump for suggesting Megyn Kelly’s vacation was due to him
Aug15

Fox News Blasts Trump for suggesting Megyn Kelly’s vacation was due to him

Fox News has put out one of its classic, biting official statements — this one mercilessly denying Republican 2016 Presidential nominee wannabe Donald Trump’s suggestion that star anchor Megyn Kelly’s vacation was due to him. Implication: that Fox News had put her on vacation to punish her for the sin of asking tough questions of him during the recent Republican debate. It’s not unusual for media types —...

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Poll: Bernie Sanders Overtakes Hillary  Clinton in New Hampshire 44-37
Aug12

Poll: Bernie Sanders Overtakes Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire 44-37

A new poll in New Hampshire shows Bernie Sanders overtaking Hillary Clinton by a not-a-squeaker margin. So now we have the establishments of two parties faced with more work then they expected to do during their primary seasons due to “outsiders” taking the lead. But in the case of the Republicans, Donald Trump is in the lead nationally. In the case of the Dems, Clinton is in the lead. Still this will and is raising some...

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Is Donald Trump Winning The Polls — And Losing The Nomination?
Aug12

Is Donald Trump Winning The Polls — And Losing The Nomination?

As the Donald Trump phenomenon continues — the press is constantly wrong about his durability, the head of Fox News kowtows to him and doesn’t completely stick up for his organization’s star anchorwoman who dared to ask him tough questions like journalism profs teach their students to do, polls show him in the lead — could it be that he’s on a path to losing the GOP nomination? Nate Silver, who has a good...

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Perry campaign death watch? Perry stops paying his staffers
Aug11

Perry campaign death watch? Perry stops paying his staffers

Make your bets now on how much longer Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign will go. He never recovered from his “Oops!” brain-freeze moment four years ago when he came to the campaign amid great punditry hype declaring him a power house that had only seen in the cases of President Rudy Giuliani and President Fred Thompson. He fizzled, later said it was due to being on back medication so he resurfaced this presidential...

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Trump to be interviewed on Fox News tonight to be treated “fairly” (Trump wins Fox News “war”)
Aug10

Trump to be interviewed on Fox News tonight to be treated “fairly” (Trump wins Fox News “war”)

You could suggest “the fix is in.” There’s a truce in the war (that some said was really only cosmetic and not a war) between Fox News and Republican Presidential nominee frontrunner Donald Trump. According to reports, Trump will be interviewed on Fox News “fairly” tonight — read that, given lots of softball questions or a hardball question that really isn’t hardball but allows him to dismiss...

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Trump hits limits: dumped from Red State conservative convention due to new misogynistic low comment about Fox News’ Kelly (UPDATE 3)
Aug08

Trump hits limits: dumped from Red State conservative convention due to new misogynistic low comment about Fox News’ Kelly (UPDATE 3)

Republican front-runner Donald Trump has just run smack-dab into limits on his rhetoric. He has been quite publically disinvited from a major meeting of conservatives due to comments he made Friday night about Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, who committed the sin of acting like a mainstream journalist in Thursday night’s debate and asking him tough questions. In a seeming race to further cheapen our politics — by his rhetoric...

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Book Review: “The Colors of Eden: Memories of a Runaway Boy” by Fernando Romero
Aug06

Book Review: “The Colors of Eden: Memories of a Runaway Boy” by Fernando Romero

A double — or quadruple “WOW” — on “The Colors of Eden: Memories of a Runaway Boy,” by Fernando Romero. And for several reasons: literary and personal. It’s a book I couldn’t put down until I finished it (I was reading it at lunch and dinner) — and it held some shockers for me. First, a trip in a time machine: In January 1982 I joined the staff of the morning San Diego Union, which...

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The real problem with the Republican Party
Aug06

The real problem with the Republican Party

It has now become quite popular to call the Republican Party a “clown car,” but in a piece in Politico, Glenn Thrush and Alex Isenstadt report that some GOPers say that misses the point of what’s occurring in today’s Republican Party. The Republicans they interivew note something I’ve pointed to now for several years: the virtual take-over of the party by the conservative entertainment media, which has a...

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Poll: Latinos REALLY dislike Donald Trump
Aug04

Poll: Latinos REALLY dislike Donald Trump

What’s the phrase? “In your dreams…” Donald Trumps contention that if he gets the GOP Presidential nomination he’ll get the Hispanic vote just begs for that phrase. He’s gone down so far in the polls with Latinos it’s clear the GOP would face a major route (unless some Republican-governed states’ efforts to keep Latino and other voters from the polls worked) if he’s the...

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