Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Myth is as Good as a Mile!

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Trump The Debates

Over the weekend Donald Trump tweeted Hillary and the Democrats are “trying to rig the debates.”  He complained two of the debates are scheduled on the same nights as NFL games.

"I'll tell you what I don't like. It's against two NFL games," he said. "I got a letter from the NFL saying, 'This is ridiculous.'"  An NFL spokesman said Saturday, “While we’d obviously wish the debate commission could find another night, we did not send a letter to Trump.”

Because Trump skipped one of the GOP primary debates in January, there has been speculation among media types that he may threaten to not show up. 

One such site, The New Civil Rights Movement (you’ll pardon me for not linking to them), posited this:
“Donald Trump spent the better part of Friday night scrambling to get back in the spotlight after the Democratic National Convention blew even conservatives minds over how great it was—and how much better it was than their own. At one point Trump, who some are accusing of violating the Logan Act after he called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's email account—demanded (in a grossly misspelled tweet) his Democratic opponent not receive classified national security intelligence briefings, something over 150,000 people have demanded about Trump.” 
“Irresponsible ‘leaders’ work to sow mistrust in the system, then present themselves as the only ones who can fix it.  All that accomplishes is to create an angry electorate who are misinformed and will ultimately fight against what they wrongly believe is a ‘rigged system’ or a system rigged by the wrong parties.”
Trump smells blood in the water…and so do the rest of us out here in TV land.  These debates may well be the most anticipated political events of our lifetime.  We will wait with bated breath for Trump to look into the camera and detonate zinger after zinger.  Hillary, irrespective of her debate prep and oppo research, cannot anticipate the shock and awe of Trump’s mouth.  He has demonstrated over and over again his ability to hijack a live media moment and sabotage the script.  That is something that keeps the Hillary camp up at night.

Trump has been grinding away at Crooked Hillary, just as a shark would do; instinctual, relentless, unstoppable.

Can you hear it?  The beach-emptying, menacing duh-duh, duh-duh sounds signifying a mysterious, menacing monster?  It paralyzes you with fear.  Something’s coming after you no matter what you do.

Hillary’s gonna need a bigger boat.

NOTE:  The first debate of 2016, slated for September 26, coincides with "Monday Night Football" on ESPN.  The vice presidential debate is scheduled one week later on October 4, a Tuesday.  The second presidential debate, on October 9, coincides with "Sunday Night Football" on NBC.  The final debate is slated for October 19, a Wednesday.

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Creation Of Hillary

The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer is leaving behind a country more divided than the one he found.

“Voxsplainer” Ezra Klein, a “narrow-minded fanatic with a mediocre IQ”, writing at The American Prospect in January 2008 fawned, “Obama's finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don't even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped flowing passively by and, just for an instant, contracted around you, made you aware of its presence and your role in it. He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair. The other great leaders I've heard guide us towards a better politics, but Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves, to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal and where we, its honored inhabitants, seem capable of achieving it and thus of sharing in its meaning and transcendence.”

One month before Klein’s American Prospect column was published, campaign buddy Oprah Winfrey lauded Obama to a football stadium full of ardent supporters. “We need a leader who’s going to touch our souls.  Who’s going to make us feel differently about one another.  Who’s going to remind us that we are one another’s keeper.  That we are only as strong as the weakest among us.  South Carolina:  I do believe he’s the one.”

Thus was born the messiah of the Left.

The coronation of Crooked Hillary is now complete.  There was never any doubt this day would come.  The fix was in.

When your own testimony is suspect, what you need are friends who can make the case for you. That’s what Hillary got all this week:   testimonials from both Obamas, Joe Biden, her husband and daughter Chelsea.  They held down the rhetorical fort for her. 

The Democrats were forced to circle the wagons to protect themselves after WikiLeaks dumped DNC emails that were devastating to the Party.  Additionally, the convention organizers had to be shamed into placing American flags on the stage.  They had to be shamed into mentioning ISIS.  They had to be shamed into giving voice to the families of fallen police officers.  The audience disgraced a moment of silence to honor the fallen when they erupted into chants of “Black Lives Matter”.

For Democrats it’s all about the stagecraft, the optics and subliminal perception.  After all, they had to appear to be proud of their nominee and feign patriotism to their television audience.
Byron York noted, “Democrats have attacked the theme of Donald Trump's campaign, "Make America Great Again," from the moment Trump became a serious contender for president. There is no need to make America great again, they say, because it is already great. And what makes this country great, many Democrats argue, is its racial, ethnic, gender, and other diversity.”

In the most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, 73 percent of registered voters said the country is on the wrong track, while just 18 percent said it is headed in the right direction. The 73 percent figure is the second-highest in the president's nearly eight years in office.  Americans have had enough of tone-deaf, out-of-touch career politicians whose sole interest is to look out for Number One instead of the American people.

And yet, the DNC convention-goers erupted in rapturous applause every damned time they were force-fed their pabulum of lies, deceit and Skittle-shitting unicorns.

The cartoon accompanying this post is a parody of Michelangelo’s fresco painting The Creation of Adam which adorns the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer, determined to defend his own accomplishments and convince Americans to elect Hillary for what would amount to his third term, is reaching out to create her in his likeness. 

Americans believe our nation is on the brink of collapse.  They fear the future.  Two-thirds of voters are convinced our country is on the wrong track.  Our betters on the Left insist we are crazy to think that way and we are fed groupthink from The Hive.

Their argument falls on my deaf ears as I was reminded the other day of an HBO Original Series The Newsroom.  The premise of the series revolves around “Will McAvoy” a news anchor who attended a panel discussion about why America was the greatest country in the world.

McAvoy delivers a beautifully delivered indictment of the state of American culture.  He took the position that America is not the greatest country in the world but it can be. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Do You See What I See?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Eric “A Nation Of Cowards” Holder Wags His Finger At Trump

I find it galling that former US Attorney General Eric Holder possessed the effrontery to wag his finger at Donald Trump on Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.  Holder falsely insisted that violent crime has gone down since The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer took office.

Holder’s fevered imagination ignores black-on-black crimes, the astronomical rise in the murder rate in Obama’s hometown of Chicago and the recent epidemic of cop killings.

Acting as a dutiful political operative for the Clinton Mafioso Machine Holder said:
“I’ve known Hillary Clinton for almost 25 years—as a friend, a colleague, and a leader of courage and conviction. And today, I am proud to say “I’m with Her!”—because I’ve seen that she has the skills to serve as commander-in-chief—and the strength to lead our already great nation in this hour of challenge and consequence.” 
“Did you hear what I just said?” 
“Already great nation, Donald did you hear me?”
“Already. Great. Nation.”
It seems just a bit disingenuous for the man who, on February 18, 2009 said, "Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have always been and we—I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards." 

It is important to note that this racialist, the nation’s first black attorney general, led by the nation’s first black president was speaking during Black History Month and that every year the nation officially honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Yet, Holder declares that America is a nation of cowards.

Holder did not and still does not want an honest dialogue about race in the Age of Obama.  He and the Democrats want us to sit down and shut up and passively be subjected to lectures about our insensitivity.

Five years after his highly insulting remarks, he told ABC News that he “wouldn’t walk away from that speech.”

Holder supported using Hollywood, the media and government officials in order to “really brainwash people” into opposing firearm ownership, according to a 1995 C-SPAN video.

The revelation that Holder wanted to “brainwash” people into being “anti-gun” appears to be supported by what Congress and the American people have learned about Operation Fast and Furious.

In Fast and Furious, the Obama Administration’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE)—in a program overseen by Holder’s Department of JustUs—sent about 2,000 guns south to Mexican drug cartels. The Obama Administration did this via “straw purchasers” who bought guns in the United States with the intention of illegally trafficking them somewhere else.

Holder, unsurprisingly, is ever-willing to evade responsibility on a number of controversies ever since his time in the Clinton Administration and the Obama Administration.

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Ending Gun Violence at the DNC

The DNC, (Disarm Normal Citizens), is taking a pretty firm stand on gun control, despite the fact that it is typically a losing issue for Damnocrats. In order to pander for black votes, er, illustrate the problem, they brought in the Mamas of some notorious victims of "gun violence". In order to make their efforts more successful, I am passing along a few surefire tips on how to reduce gun crime and violence:
1) Mamas, teach your children not to take stuff that does not belong to them. Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin might both be alive today if they had only learned that one. 
2) Mamas, don't get pregnant by any man not willing to marry you and support your kids. A two parent family will provide stability, a male role model and discipline to help keep young men out of gangs. 
3) Mamas, ask your children if it is fair to slap them every time the kid down the block does something wrong? Then explain to them, that killing some policemen at random, because you believe some other policeman, somewhere else, did something wrong, is about as moral as being a member of the Ku Klux Klan. 
4) Mamas, teach your babies that to study hard, demonstrate intelligence and work hard in school is not "acting white". There are a great multitude of stupid white people in the world. They should not be your role models. George Washington Carver and Condileeza Rice are and were smarter than 98% of the white people I know and neither one of them had to "act white". Say it loud, I'm smart, black and I'm proud! 
5) Mamas, teach your children, whatever race, color or creed they are, that no one owes them a living. If you adopt a victim mentality, you will always be a "victim". You may never have all the money, fame and toys of a rap star or an NFL player, but that's true about everybody. Make the best you can out of what you've got.
Add in a heaping helping of "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you", and I think you have a formula for reducing gun violence in the hood,  the inner city and across America. 

Or you could just blame guns and the damn police...

Because Bill Said So

So far, the shitshow that is the 2016 Democratic National Convention has been unadulterated bedlam.  From tarring and feathering their disgraced chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and running her out of town on a rail to shouting down Nancy Pelosi at a California delegates breakfast to no pledge of allegiance, the absence of the American flag on stage and no mention of the global threat by the Islamic State, these court jesters have struggled to cajole their base and the viewing audience into believing the Party is unified.
Bernie’s supporters shouted, “Hey, hey DNC, we won’t vote for Hillary.”  They picked up where the delegates at the Republican National Convention left off by chanting, “Lock her up!”  They incessantly shouted, “Bernie!  Bernie!”  His supporters even modified Hillary’s “Stronger Together” signs by blacking out all but a few of the letters to reveal a new message, “Stop Her.”  The hostility between the Clinton idol worshippers and the Berniecrats was palpable.
It is no secret Democrats are mortified Crooked Hillary’s campaign is failing. Her favorability ratings have dipped to their lowest levels in her 24-year-long public career.  Desperate to counter her unfavorability and honesty ratings, the DNC called on their infamous serial rapist to salvage Hillary’s coronation—to humanize her.
To hear Billy Jeff tell it, The Sack Of Russet Potatoes With Earrings is as saintly as Mother Teresa.  “She’s so profoundly kind and tireless and honest and so full of grace she defies gravity.”  I kept waiting for him to give us his trademark lip biting as he spun his fractured fairy tale.  We’re supposed to believe this horse pucky because Bill said so.
I don’t think so Bubba.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Wherefore Art Thou Art?


Sometimes it’s nice to take a stroll down memory lane.  Sometimes not so much.  Last night at the Democratic National Convention one-half of the iconic 60s counterculture folk duo of Simon & Garfunkel took the stage.

Having grown up during the 60s, Simon & Garfunkel were counted among some of my favorite musical artists.  Paul Simon wrote the songs, but it was Art Garfunkel whose golden tenor voice helped sell millions of records.

The now-vanquished Bernie Sanders used the duo’s “America”, a song about a young couple hitchhiking across the country, in a 60-second ad.  To be honest, I thought it was a pretty decent ad.

The moment Simon stepped on stage the Twitterverse erupted with unflattering comments about his performance.  His rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” made everyone’s ears bleed.

The 74-year-old Simon looked like shit.  And his voice…gone with the wind.  The man is washed up.  A pathetic Berniecrat has-been.
If you didn’t see the performance you are indeed lucky.  The man sounded world-weary and showbiz-weary in equal measure.

"Don't Let Anyone Tell You She Hasn't Had Work Done", or Something Like That!

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If you see either one of these women, proceed with caution!

Who can forget the stirring words of Michelle Obama in February 2008 telling us that for the first time in her adult life, she was finally proud of her country? Apparently, that would be...Michelle Obama! Michelle got up at the Democrat convention in Philadelphia and figuratively* wagged her finger at us (something she learned from her husband, no doubt), and told us "Don't ever let anyone tell you America isn't great", despite the fact that it's only gotten worse over the last eight years.

But, I guess if you "wake up every morning in a house built by slaves", have your servants cook and clean for you and cater to your every desire, if you can travel the world on multi-million dollar vacations, spend as much as you like on your wardrobe and have chefs flown in at the expense of the peons taxpayers to satisfy your every culinary whim, then I guess you'd think that your America was pretty great. For the rest of America?

Let them eat cake! 


* I figured I should add that, since I couldn't actually stomach watching her speech in its entirety.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Official DNC Drinking Game™

Stephen Green, affectionately known as Vodkapundit, put up a post over at PJ Media entitled, “Here’s Your Official DNC Drinking Game.”

Vodkapundit brags that with many years of practice and devotion he became a drinker possessed of a prodigious capacity, impressive endurance and a skillset too finely honed for the three-hour-long Technicolor yawns of his college days.

Stephen marvels, “Look at that list.  Look at those bonus points.  Look, if you dare, at that face.”

“I admire—it’s impossible not to, really—the thought, the care, the inhuman sufferance, the Lovecraftian imagination that went into putting together this graphic,” he continued.  “Still, I cannot go there.  I shall not play this game.”

Give your liver a break this week.  If The Sack Of Russet Potatoes With Earrings is elected president her entire term will be one long drinking game.

Debbie Was Inches From A Clean Getaway

Oh my how the heads are exploding in Philadelphia.  The devastating WikiLeaks data dump of DNC emails has created turmoil within Democrat ranks and sent them into crisis management mode.  Desperate to quell the uproar, the Clinton campaign has “explicitly accused the Russians of being on Team Trump and suggested that Trump might be on Team Russia” according to one über-liberal website.
Following the WikiLeaks dump of over 19,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee, Twitter quickly censored the trending #DNCLeaks.  With over 251,000 Tweets circulating revelations of DNC favoritism they all disappeared for about 20 minutesThe Washington Examiner reported the censorship and the trend reappeared but with significantly fewer Tweets.

Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey later called allegations of censorship “false.”

He and the other co-founders have been notably silent about politics during the election cycle, but their funds suggest significant investment in the DNC.

Former CEO Dick Costolo donated US$10,000 to the DNC, as did at least one other director, and Hillary Clinton was the company’s biggest recipient of donations—over US$30,000. The vast majority of Twitter lobbyists have also come from the government, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The censorship didn’t end there.  The New York Post reported, as the firestorm built to a crescendo, that Facebook admitted it had blocked links to the WikiLeaks trove of emails.  To combat the flagrant censorship, WikiLeaks took to Twitter giving its followers an online workaround saying, “try using https://archive.is”.

In response to the WikiLeaks charge, Facebook CSO Alex Stamos tweeted, “It’s been fixed.”

At 11:43 PM Sunday night, MSNBC’s Joy Reid tweeted:
At 1:57 AM Monday morning WikiLeaks answered her charge: 
This morning around 9:30 AM disgraced DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was heckled at a breakfast meeting with the Florida delegation.  Some even reported she had to be whisked away by security after she spoke. 
The full video of her confrontation with the Berniecrats can be seen here. 

Abe Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and Melania Trump Walk into a Bar...

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...the bar of high standards. What do these three have in common? Together, I believe they illustrate the difference between plagiarism and allusion. With Melania, the Jayson Blair of presidential candidate's wives, it was clearly plagiarism. Not that it was that big of a deal. No one expected the equivalent of the Gettysburg Address from her. Many people think the unforced error of the kerfluffle which came when the plagiarism came out, with the initial denials from the Trump camp, were largely due to Trump being too cheap to hire a decent speechwriter for her, and the attempt at cover up was just pure Trump.

But I read something by Mike Rowe, of "Dirty Jobs" fame, and former opera singer:
I remember, in the wake of the Challenger disaster, Ronald Reagan gave a truly extraordinary speech. Every sentence was brilliant, but this part was unforgettable.

“We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them this morning, as they prepared for their journey, waved goodbye, and slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.”

I was 22 at the time, and I literally cried when I heard those words. I was truly touched. Later, I learned those words had been written for Reagan by Peggy Noonan. After that, I learned Peggy Noonan had lifted those words from a poem called “High Flight,” written by an airman who died in WWII named John McGee.

Did Ronald Reagan plagiarize Peggy Noonan? Did Peggy Noonan plagiarize John McGee?
Now I'm a little bit older than Mr. Rowe, I predate the 24 hour news cycle. In fact, I not only predate 24 hour news, but I predate 24 hour TV!

Back in the olden days, when there were only three networks, and cable was what you used to suspend bridges, TV stations didn't broadcast 24/7. Typically they ended their "broadcast day" around one or two in the morning. And typically, the station just before signing off the air, would play the National Anthem and a short video of a jet fighter flying, while a narrator recited the poem "High Flight". Having on more than one occasion stayed up past the end of the broadcast day, and because there was literally "nothing else on", people would watch and listen to the stirring words of Airman John McGee. For those of Ronald Reagan, Peggy Noonan and my generation (heady company!), the words of High Flight were totally familiar and totally appropriate for Reagan to allude to. Whippersnappers like Mike Rowe may not have known where the words came from, but there was no attempt at plagiarism there, or anything like it.

But people often attribute a quote to the person they heard it from first. Many people attribute the line to Robert Kennedy that he quoted from George Bernard Shaw:
You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”
A more famous attribution of a literary allusion to the wrong source comes from the aforementioned Gettysburg Address. It concludes:
...that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Lincoln was alluding to John Wycliffe's prologue to his Bible translation of 1384:
This Bible is for the Government of the People, by the People, and for the People.
Lincoln knew the source of the quote, as, no doubt, did the majority of those who heard it. No one rose up to yell that Lincoln had cribbed part of his speech. But his allusion to it immortalized those words, and today, people who never heard of Wycliffe (that's okay. Today's government schools the kids don't hear about anybody!), have heard his words echo through the years.

So we have one plagiarist, small potatoes in comparison to the plagiarisms of Teddy Kennedy, Joe Biden and even President Obama, and two well read presidents, able to make allusions to words well said by others. If we were to stack every literary or cultural allusion in the same boat as plagiarism, we need to get a bigger boat!*

You may quote me.

Jaws (1975)

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Flowing Curves Of Beauty

What is the point in satin and lace if it doesn't make a man struggle to speak?





Sunday, July 24, 2016

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Queen Of Collusion To Serve As “Honorary” Chair For Unindicted Felon’s Campaign

Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she is stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the end of the party's convention, which is set to begin Monday in The City of Brotherly Love.  Her resignation was precipitated by the release of over 19,000 emails by WikiLeaks exposing the nefarious help Clinton received from the DNC.

No sooner had the news of her resignation hit the wires than we learned the only presidential nominee ever to be the target of a year-long investigation by the FBI hired the butt-ugly, poodle-haired smear merchant to be “honorary” chair of her 50-state campaign.

With DWS sorta kinda out, the Democratic National Committee named CNN Clinton propagandist Donna Brazile to be the interim chair. 

“With news of Donna Brazile stepping in as interim chair for the Democratic National Committee, CNN and Brazile have mutually agreed to temporarily suspend her contract as a contributor for the network effective immediately,” a CNN spokesman says. “As a valued voice and commentator, CNN will revisit the contract once Brazile concludes her role.”

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Tim Kaine: The Jokes Just Write Themselves

The unindicted felon announced via text message she’d chosen Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia to be her running mate.  Kaine, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was the former governor of Virginia and a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

CNN reported Bill Clinton’s former Chief of Staff, John Podesta, brought two dozen binders to the Chappaqua home of Crooked Hillary back in April in an effort to help her find a suitable running mate.

The names her campaign floated were Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, NJ Senator Cory Booker, retired four-star Navy Admiral Jim Stavridis and pretend Native American Elizabeth Warren.

If she’d selected Cory Booker the ticket would be Clinton-BookHer.  Since Warren got shut down in the vetting process she will be on the warpath.  Crooked Hillary pretty much had to choose a Kaine or a Walker, but Walker is not a Democrat.  So…Kaine is a crutch.

For the well-oiled and well-funded Clinton Mafioso machine Kaine’s strong ties to politically important Virginia put him over the top and, as it turns out, President Obama strongly suggested the pick.  So, dutifully Clinton phoned the president to let him know she complied with his order to pick Kaine.

Virginia’s battleground status became less significant after news emerged shortly before Clinton’s announcement Friday that the Virginia State Supreme Court ruled Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 felons violated Virginia’s constitution.  The decision deals a major blow to the Democratic governor with implications for the November presidential race.
The Washington Post noted the 4-to-3 decision ruled McAuliffe overstepped his clemency powers by issuing a sweeping order restoring rights to all ex-offenders who are no longer incarcerated or on probation or parole.
“Never before have any of the prior 71 Virginia Governors issued a clemency order of any kind—including pardons, reprieves, commutations, and restoration orders—to a class of unnamed felons without regard for the nature of the crimes or any other individual circumstances relevant to the request,” Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons wrote for the majority. “To be sure, no Governor of this Commonwealth, until now, has even suggested that such a power exists.”
UPDATE:  Welcome readers of Larwyns’ Lynx.  We thank Doug Ross for linking to this post.

UPDATE II:  Welcome readers of The Pirate’s Cove.  Many thanks to The Admiral for linking to this post.

UPDATE III:  Welcome readers of Maggie’s Farm.  We would like to thank Bird Dog for including a link to this post in the Monday Morning Links.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Powerful Message: Handing Hope To A Stranger


Hillary/Kaine

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DNC Despair And Revulsion Week Will Be Brought To You By A Cast Of Misfits

The Democratic National Convention kicks off in Philadelphia on Monday.  Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept the schedule of speakers hush-hush on the DNC website until just before daybreak today.  The LA Times published the press release and Despair and Revulsion Week will open with The Wookkie, socialist fossil Bernie Sanders and immigration activist Astrid Silva.

One can only assume we will be reminded that on January 20, 2017 America’s first black family will be moving out of the White House.  I guess the First Lady will take back her statement about being proud of her country for the first time.

Tuesday night is guaranteed to be a real corker with gin-blossomed Billy Jeff and the darlings of the Left, Mothers of the Movement, otherwise known as “gun violence” moms.

It is unclear at this point whether there will be Styrofoam Greek columns on stage for The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer’s speech. Gaffe-tastic Uncle Joe Biden will also drone on and on.

Thursday will offer Chelsea Clinton, daughter of the unindicted felon, before The Sack Of Russet Potatoes accepts her party’s nomination.

Additional speakers in alphabetical order are:

State Representative Raumesh Akbari (Tennessee)
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (Ohio)
Congressman Xavier Becerra (California)
Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin
Senator Cory Booker (New Jersey)
Senator Barbara Boxer (California)
Congressman Brendan Boyle (Pennsylvania)
Congressman Bob Brady (Pennsylvania)
Governor Jerry Brown (California)
Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio)
Senator Bob Casey (Pennsylvania)
Congressman Joaquin Castro (Texas)
Congressman James Clyburn (South Carolina)
Congressman Joseph Crowley (New York)
Governor Andrew Cuomo (New York)
Governor Mark Dayton (Minnesota)
Former Governor Howard Dean (Vermont)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
Majority Leader State Representative Crisanta Duran (Colorado)
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (New Mexico)
Chillicothe, OH Mayor Luke Feeney
State Representative Peggy Flanagan (Minnesota)
Senator Al Franken (Minnesota)
Congressman Ruben Gallego (Arizona)
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords & Captain Mark Kelly (Arizona)
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York)
Tallahassee, FL Mayor Andrew Gillum
Former Governor Jennifer Granholm (Michigan)
Congressman Luis Gutierrez (Illinois)
Former Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa)
Democratic State Party Chair Jaime Harrison (South Carolina)
Governor John Hickenlooper (Colorado)
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas)
Senator Tim Kaine (Virginia)
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney
State Senator Ruben Kihuen (Nevada)
Senator Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota)
Congressman Ted Lieu (California)
Congresswoman Nita Lowey (New York)
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (Kentucky)
Governor Terry McAuliffe (Virginia)
Congresswoman Gwen Moore (Wisconsin)
Senator Chris Murphy (Connecticut)
Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (California)
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (Washington, DC)
Former Governor Martin O’Malley (Maryland)
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nevada)
Congressman Adam Schiff (California)
Senator Chuck Schumer (New York)
Former State Representative Bakari Sellers (South Carolina)
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire)
State Senator Pat Spearman (Nevada)
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
Senator Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts)
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (California)
Flint, MI Mayor Karen Weaver
Governor Tom Wolf (Pennsylvania)

And just for shits and giggles, here's our Fearful Leader weighing in on the RNC Convention which wrapped up last night:

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Whenever You Help Somebody Stand Up You Are Helping Humanity Rise

A blogger friend is excited about school starting.  Teaching is a difficult yet rewarding career if you love kids.  She teaches in a high poverty school.  She’s been doing it for 20 years.

She recently headed over to her classroom to get it ready for the new school year checking to make sure the computers and audio-visual equipment were functioning properly.  She cares enough about “her kids” that she strives to make the classroom a “comfortable, welcoming place” where they can feel “something good could happen at any moment.”

Pat knows a lot of her kids’ parents just don’t have the money to buy school supplies and she has a post up at her place asking for help.  She’s already opened her wallet to buy hand sanitizer, notebook paper, pencils, colored pencils, rubber bands, paper clips and other basic items.

She’s got links to Amazon for the things her students need, but if you’d rather send cash you can click on the PayPal button located on her sidebar.  I did that this morning and Pat emailed me right away to say she was going to buy a class set of The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan as a companion book to read with The Grapes of Wrath for her English classes.  She has wonderful things planned for her students.  Won’t you please help Pat’s dream of “wonderful things” come true?

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