Weekend Wonders

Having survived the inanities and scary stuff that was the first Republican debates (Happy Hour and Main Event), it is time to just rehash, regurgitate, or just ruminate.  Chat as you will for the weekend.




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45 Responses to Weekend Wonders

  1. Jamie says:

    Wanted to bring this one forward from Blue in Dallas: “Just when u think it can’t get any better, Trump basically says Megan Kelley was mean to him at the debate because she was having her period. Ha! I’m laughing so hard I can barely type. And that is the line the conservatives are afraid to cross. All of the horrible things they stay mum about, but this is where they draw the line.”


    • tonyb says:

      Oh Blue,
      Your so right. All the terrible shit the Repugs say they stay mum about
      .. Oh hes a sexist bastard.. The GOP somewhat created this monster and now they have to put up with him.. Lol, a train wreck..


  2. Jamie says:

    Reading all the quotes about Trump, I would be curious to hear from anyone who actually knows the man. Everything that comes out of his mouth (and I’m not talking about being “politically correct”) indicates a person who is over entitled, spoiled, uncurious, not particularly well educated or informed, crude and boorish. Has there been evidence against that view of any kind?


  3. I had forgotten about that song. I used to LOVE it!


  4. blueINdallas says:

    This morning on NPR, someone said something to the effect that Trump probably faces east every morning, points, commands to sun to rise and takes credit for it.

    Cruz and his bacon-cooking, assault rifle make Trump look like a more sane choice, though.

    The entire situation is ridiculously out of control. I think the novelty will wear off soon and folks will start looking for something beyond entertainment.

    A book arrived in the mail from my dad today. Senator Carl T. Curtis wrote it; it’s a daily devotional titled, To Remind. I can’t imagine what that generation would think of this silliness. I know there have always been hucksters, showman and assorted evildoers in politics, but it’s like looking for a diamond in a pile of dog droppings these days.


  5. tonyb says:

    Robert Reich: Raising interest rates would be a huge mistake
    The former secretary of labor on the Fed’s looming decision and how it affects our jobs and incomes VIDEO


  6. patd says:

    from http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/08/10/the-hell-you-say
    The Hell You Say
    The new battles over free speech are fierce, but who is censoring whom?


  7. Flatus says:

    It’s (still) a work-in-the-yard weekend. All hands on deck!


  8. patd says:

    good morning to you too, flatus


  9. patd says:

    meanwhile the plot thickens
    read http://crooksandliars.com/2015/08/what-s-behind-fox-news-breakup-donald

    and more from http://crooksandliars.com/2015/08/roger-ailes-now-official-gop-chairman
    Watch as the avalanche builds momentum in order to oust Donald Trump from the main stage before the next debate. Ailes gave Trump his center spot, had his moderators toss everything at him they possibly could, but he lived to see another day. (See Ezra Klein’s excellent analysis for why that is so.)
    Trump’s real sin, of course, was not pledging undying fealty to the Republican Party but instead hinting that he would run as a third-party candidate which would guarantee the White House to Hillary Clinton.
    Roger Ailes cannot possibly have that happen, you understand. Trump was disinvited from the Red State gathering, campaign manager Roger Stone has either resigned or been fired depending on who you ask, and Erick Erickson has been rewarded with some kind of new gig that doesn’t involve running Red State.
    More tweets below, affirming Ailes’ ascendance as chairman while the anointing of Jeb Bush commences.


  10. tonyb says:

    GOP leaders say erratic attacks hurt Trump, but he vows to fight and win
    By Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    “I think we’ve crossed that Rubicon where his behavior becomes about us, not just him,” Graham said in an interview.

    “Donald Trump is an out-of-control car driving through a crowd of Republicans, and somebody needs to get him out of the car,” Graham said. “I just don’t see a pathway forward for us in 2016 to win the White House if we don’t decisively deal with this.”


  11. tonyb says:

    By REBECCA KAPLAN FACE THE NATION August 9, 2015, 9:05 AM
    Donald Trump: “I will be phenomenal to the women”


  12. Jamie says:

    Good morning all. Sunday programs for the most part unwatchable. Can’t get away from the trumpeting of trump on all fronts. While dissing the man from the towers both left and right seem in collusion to push the “Hillary is untrustworthy” meme. The only really good moment during the debate was the remark that she had the best resume. As I tweeted to a friend: Intelligent, accomplished, experienced, hard working … talk about having to dance backwards in high heels.


  13. tonyb says:

    Bernie Sanders Shut Down By Black Lives Matter Protesters In Seattle
    “Bernie, welcome to Seattle.”
    Andrew Hart


  14. Trump a least he didn’t get a phone call in the middle of the debate.
    He must be feeling something – his chief campaign advisor Roger Stone (ack) either quit or was fired. Stone is a truly icky person long time gooper consultant but now he claims to be a Libertarian Stone claims he left the campaign over Trump’s juvenile behavior of Megyn whatever her name is during the debate. Except Stone’s lifetime pattern is juvenile behavior

    On the Berrnie Sanders/black lives matter issue. His staff isn’t doing good work for him on this issue. This is about police custom and practice in this country and that impact on the black community and what can be done about it. It’s pretty specific. Because there is now media attention focused on it – it should be clear that something is systemically wrong with our police
    and the black community gets the worst of it. Some poor citizen who is black gets involved in a traffic stop or some other minor misdemeanor and ends up n jail and or dead. o

    It’s a very specific issue and it is understandable why people working on this issue would get upset when people try to broaden the statements — it takes the focus off of a clear and present danger to the black community.


  15. patd says:

    thank you, bernie
    from http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/09/bernie-sanders-some-criticism-against-clinton-is-sexist/

    “I think for a variety of reasons, Hillary Clinton has been under all kinds of attack for many, many years,” Sanders said during an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

    “In fact, I can’t think of many personalities who have been attacked for more reasons than Hillary Clinton. And, by the way, let me be frank — and I’m running against her: Some of it is sexist.”

    The comments came in response to a question about Clinton’s private e-mail server and whether her handling of the controversy surrounding her e-mail raises questions about her trustworthiness.

    Sanders declined to criticize Clinton on the issue.

    “I don’t know that a man would be treated the same way that Hillary is,” he said. “All that I can say is I have known Hillary Clinton for 25 years. I admire her. I respect her. I like her. She and I have very different points of view on a number of issues.”


  16. tonyb says:

    Donald Trump’s Misogyny Sends Campaign Reeling
    by Taylor Marsh
    “I’m sure it’s tough for Mr. Trump to understand the difference between political correctness and misogyny, because he lives and breathes the rarified air of billionaires and boardrooms, where women don’t have equality. He should try using these words on Carly Fiorina in the next debate and see how far he gets.

    It devolved from there, enter Roger Stone, the infamous GOP dirty tricks man whose scalps include Eliot Spitzer and a lot of other deeds. The torrent of vitriol directed at Kelly upset Roger Stone, but before he could announce he quit, Trump said he’d been fired.

    Amid this drama Trump was also disinvited to the Red State 2016 presidential candidate parade, because of his “blood” comments directed at Megyn Kelly. Erick Erickson is not a friend of liberated women, but he did do the right thing here, causing Trump more headaches.

    Politico’s reporting reveals a campaign that has no grown ups and is reeling from the commotion created during and after the GOP debate at a moment when Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is making world headlines. It sounds like a madhouse.

    If Roger Stone is leaving Donald Trump’s campaign we’re down the rabbit hole. Trump’s yes men, general insanity and the candidate “losing his grip” are the reasons. You’d have to appreciate the historic sculduggery of Roger Stone and his vast political imagination to understand what it means for Stone to be calling Trump out on crazy.

    Donald Trump will be all over the Sunday shows.

    It just doesn’t get any better than this and it couldn’t come at a better time for Hillary.”


  17. Jamie says:

    Aug 9, 1483 – Sistine Chapel opens by celebrating its first mass.


  18. patd says:

    warning satire ahead:
    “In a shocking turn of events, Donald Trump, GOP candidate for president, deemed no media outlet worthy of him and, as a result, he purchased airtime on all the networks to air an exclusive one-on-one interview with the only person worthy of asking him anything – himself.”


  19. blueINdallas says:

    The Repugz might want to shove Trump out before the next debate, but that won’t help them. Fewer people will pay any attention to them, and, he can run as an Independent; as a political outsider. They are sunk.

    However, I think the Dems are sunk at this point, too. I am one of those women whom Hillary has not yet persuaded. It took awhile the last time she ran, too. I am still on Team Bernie, although I doubt he will get the nomination unless he can really energize the Occupy movement.

    It’s early. Thank goodness, it’s early.


    • Jamie says:

      Well as we know from the wars of 2008, I was on the Hillary team. Nothing seen this year has convinced me that on both the domestic and global front there is anyone overall better for the job.


  20. patd says:

    from http://www.marketwatch.com/story/would-you-rather-have-dinner-with-donald-trump-or-hillary-clinton-2015-08-07?mod=MW_default_top_stories
    Which presidential candidate would you most like to hang out with?
    When asked this question, more Americans said Donald Trump, if only by a whisker: 26% of people chose the billionaire property mogul, while 25% chose former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party’s frontrunner for the presidential nomination, followed by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (12%) and Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders (11%), according to the survey of 1,000 adults carried out earlier this week by Travelzoo.
    When Americans were asked whether they wanted to sit next to him on an airplane, one-quarter of respondents chose Trump, 24% chose Hillary Clinton and 12% chose U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden. However, when asked who they’d least like to have dinner with, Trump still topped the list with 34% of the vote, followed by Clinton (30%) and Biden and Republican contenders Ted Cruz (10%), Jeb Bush (7%) with Republican Mike Huckabee (5%) and Biden (5%) trailing behind.

    eewww, ick. dinner with the donald? just the tho’t of it is sickening.


  21. Jamie says:

    Okay. Here’s the plea: Would one of the other “editors” like to write a little something soon? Please.


    • patd says:

      jamie. is it possible and not too inconvenient to rig this to change and come up automatically on a daily basis? (kinda like those panties in different colors marked Monday, Tuesday, etc., a lacey thong for Saturday and a prim proper Sunday best of course — not so sure how flatus will do with this unless there’s a camo boxer thrown in now and then) could such a set up be done without your having to slave over a hot computer?
      btw, is this kindness taking us in costing you in more then time/effort and do you need any reimbursement?


      • Jamie says:

        No problem on the reimbursement side. The blog existed before and it will exist after, just a change in tone. As to time/effort not really I would just like others to be more involved and attracted. There are limits to the WordPress format that my possible actions


  22. blueINdallas says:

    Trump doesn’t like Obamacare, but he wants all Amercans to have access to healthcare?
    Trump: The Compassionate Conservative
    The Pope might find him more tolerable than the rest of the field.

    *Biden – I’d want to have dinner with Biden. It would be interesting and entertaining.


    • patd says:

      blue, dinner with joe? hell, let’s make that lunch in the senate dining room, a tour of both offices at capitol and wh with him greeting collegues and telling great political tales, lift a few at the irish pub nearby, ride the train to delaware and top the evening off with a raucous family dinner.


  23. patd says:

    from http://dailycaller.com/2015/08/09/jim-webb-democratic-party-needs-to-get-back-to-its-basic-message-video/

    During an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that aired Sunday, presidential candidate and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb revealed that, though he is running as a Democrat, he actually agrees with Republicans when it comes to key issues like foreign policy and immigration.

    “The Democratic party needs to get back to its basic message,” and that means catering to all voters, not just minorities, Webb told Carlson. “Clay County, KY is the poorest county in America, and it’s 94 percent white. They vote Republican because they don’t think the Democratic party has a place for them.”


    • patd says:

      jim boy, how about NOT catering to just old white men either?
      that final “them” was a bit much.


      • tonyb says:

        Oh Pat
        I agree, way too much! The old white men have been in control long enough.. Ha, no the Democratic Party needs to continue just the way it is with minorities, women, gays and white people.. Let the Republican Party continue on as it is and it will either change or die.. I like Mr. Webb but he is not a candidate for the future..


    • whskyjack says:

      Humm, Webb isn’t running for the Democratic ticket, He can’t run as a Republican.
      I guess that leaves him an independent bid pushing for his favorite group , working class rural white males., not a very big group


      • Jamie says:

        Particularly when that “not very big group” insists on voting against their own interests just because they don’t particularly like or approve of minorities, gays, independent women and just about anyone else who isn’t an old white man.


  24. tonyb says:

    Today in Politics: Donald Trump’s Comments Follow Other Candidates on the Trail
    Not only is Mr. Trump not going away, but he also is ensuring that another week on the campaign trail will begin with questions that the rest of the candidates are growing sick of. They begin with: “Donald Trump said …”

    In an attempt to shift attention away from his inflammatory comments about Ms. Kelly, Mr. Trump used his appearances on the Sunday morning TV news programs to attack Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, and Carly Fiorina, two of his rivals. (In typical Trump style, he went on the attack against Mr. Bush and Ms. Fiorina because, of the Republican presidential hopefuls, they had been among the most critical of his comments about Ms. Kelly.)


  25. rebelliousrenee says:

    I find all this brouhaha about Trump hilarious! Methinks the man is actually a pretty good actor and playing his chosen role magnificently. He has the entire political world eating out of his hand. He doesn’t really want to be prez… he just wants attention… and he’s getting that in spades.

    BTW… I did manage to see most of the debate last week. I thought Jebbers looked and sounded lost at times. If he’s to be the chosen one to run against Hillary… I say… bring it on!


  26. tonyb says:

    Hillary Clinton to Offer Plan on Paying College Tuition Without Needing Loans


  27. tonyb says:

    G.O.P. Candidates and Obama’s Failure to Fail
    Paul Krugman
    “Strange, isn’t it? The shared premise of everyone on the Republican side is that the Obama years have been a time of policy disaster on every front. Yet the candidates on that stage had almost nothing to say about any of the supposed disaster areas.

    And there was a good reason they seemed so tongue-tied: Out there in the real world, none of the disasters their party predicted have actually come to pass. President Obama just keeps failing to fail. And that’s a big problem for the G.O.P. — even bigger than Donald Trump.”


  28. tonyb says:

    Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, And the Power of Disruption
    Robert Kuttner
    “BLM is disrupting the most progressive candidate in the Democratic field. Why? Because in the year since the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the issue of systemic violence against blacks has still not broken through to become a first-tier issue, even among liberals.

    Why Sanders? Because he is a soft target, with little if any security at his rallies and not inclined to call the cops on protestors. So he suffers disproportionately for the sins of the larger system. Is this fair? Not exactly. On the other hand it seems to be working.

    Sanders has put out an excellent statement on criminal justice reform, which is far stronger than anything else out there from a mainstream candidate.”


  29. rebelliousrenee says:

    The thing that stood out to me at last week’s debate was the first question asked of Trump about the fact he has given campaign contributions to both Republicans and Democrats alike in the past and why is that. Trump responded with… (paraphrasing) I want to hedge my bets, so I spread it around… I’m a business man and I’m looking for favors… I asked Hillary to come to my wedding and she did… the whole system is corrupt.

    I bet both parties didn’t like his response… it’s not nice of Donald to actually reveal the truth. But it was one of the first questions and I bet most people, unfortunately, have forgotten it because of blondie’s question about the
    way he talks about women.


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