Laguna's past comments

  • -1

    Laguna

    What's the fuss abt trump asking Russia for help? It's gonna be a new era of cooperation.

    Gee. I guess it means what you mean by "help." Do you mean "help" as in throwing an election? Or as in consolidating territories from the Russian near-abroad (Ukraine, Georgia, central Asian states, etc.)? Or in reconquesting current NATO countries such as the Baltic states and maybe Poland? Or how 'bout dissolving NATO itself?

    Perhaps it is a lot of fuss about nothing - unless you live there. I have known many Russians and like them as a people; I would not like Putin to annex my town, region, or country. Whatever happened to Republicans as the party that stood for freedom and self-determination?

    Posted in: Obama implores Americans to elect Clinton; Trump asks Russia for help over emails

  • 2

    Laguna

    Trump did not ask Russia for help. He was scarcastic. The deleted emails were the target. Hillary's illegally deleted emails.

    As I wrote this morning, being sarcastic about national security is not a desirable characteristic of a leader. The target was not the private emails Hillary deleted from her server; it was the DNC server. Hillary's actions were deemed irresponsible but not illegal. If you'd like to change the American legal system so that any yahoo on the street can determine legality, consult your lawmaker to effect that change, but until then, the US has a legal system which requires appointed people trained in law to make these decisions.

    The lengths to which conservatives go to defend Trump is startling. Imagine if such a pattern if coddling Russia as Trump has displayed had been perpetrated by a Democrat. Sheesh - all Hillary did was keep her email on a private server, and Republicans are calling for her execution.

    No one is accusing Trump of colluding with Putin. They are - and rightly so - pointing out a pattern of coddling so extreme it is uncomfortable, from the advisers he surrounds himself with to his policy pronouncements to his refusal to release his tax returns (Russian money)? Add to this his complete tone-deaf responses and the situation grows increasingly alarming.

    When the DNC convention ends, more attention will be directed to this area. I am afraid your candidate will not be able to withstand it. He is toast. I'd long wondered whether he'd make it to November, and frankly, though his resilience has surprises my, much of it can be chalked up to luck - he still might drop out.

    Posted in: Obama implores Americans to elect Clinton; Trump asks Russia for help over emails

  • 5

    Laguna

    Trump said a few years ago:

    Hillary Clinton I think is a terrific woman. I am biased because I have known her for years. I live in New York. She lives in New York. I really like her and her husband both a lot. I think she really works hard. And I think, again, she’s given an agenda, it is not all of her, but I think she really works hard and I think she does a good job. I like her.

    But of course, given his dementia and traitorous behavior, such an endorsement is not something to put on one's resume these days.

    Posted in: Obama implores Americans to elect Clinton; Trump asks Russia for help over emails

  • 1

  • 5

    Laguna

    This Salon article from a few months ago notes that "At times it can be very hard to distinguish between extreme right-wing politics and symptoms of dementia" - but seriously: is Trump all there? I'd mentioned this a half year ago, and my suspicions have only been borne out since then by Trump's increasingly erratic behavior.

    He does not listen to anyone, not even to those closest to him. He says outrageous things with no seeming concept of their consequences. He contradicts himself wildly - last November, he was extolling his close relationship with Putin; this morning, he said he doesn't know the guy.

    Now, all of this might be simply symptoms of classic narcissism. Perhaps; it might also be the onset of dementia. In either case, he belongs nowhere near the White House.

    Posted in: Obama implores Americans to elect Clinton; Trump asks Russia for help over emails

  • 2

    Laguna

    What amazes me is Trump's reaction to all of this. If conjecture embroils one in a foreign espionage conspiracy, the best action would be to distance oneself as quickly and completely as possible.Instead, Trump doubles down - on the very day that Obama is slated to speak at the DNC convention with a theme that Trump does not have the personality to be president. Seriously, you couldn't even invent this stuff.

    Posted in: Obama boosts Clinton; Trump talks emails and Russia

  • 7

    Laguna

    When you choose a VP precisely because you expect him to be a toadying boot-licker, but even a week later he is required to repudiate your comments both to stave off charges of treason and to save his soul - well, then you know you've got a problem.

    Well, this is what the GOP has got, As Grandfather Putin says, "Gotta dance with the spy that brought ya."

    Posted in: Obama boosts Clinton; Trump talks emails and Russia

  • 8

    Laguna

    Skid marks?

    Posted in: Naked passenger arrested for causing damage inside taxi

  • 4

    Laguna

    Good luck with that, Fizz. The most recent audit of the Clinton Foundation (by a private group) found in 2013 that 89% of their donations were distributed - slightly exceeding that of the Red Cross (the remainder goes to overhead). Now, the IRS has acknowledged receiving a request from a group of Republican representatives to audit the Foundation and has forwarded the info, but to suggest an audit is in progress is premature - and to suggest illegalities would be discovered is completely unfounded unless you've already decided so regardless of facts because, y'know, Clintons.

    I'd be more worried about what's in Trump's tax returns (hello, Putin!).

    Posted in: Hillary Clinton wins historic nomination

  • 5

    Laguna

    Ex-President Bill Clinton proved his credibility of his "love story" of Hillary by the numerous indiscretions and adultery with other women.

    What an original comment. The creativity of attacking a spouse for his or her indiscretions over a 40-year relationship is truly unique. Perhaps you have never been married. Perhaps you have been for a lengthy period and have often thought, "There for the grace of God go I" even if an atheist (such as I). Perhaps you have been married, had indiscretions, but have managed to recover your relationship with your spouse. Perhaps you've decided to throw your spouse under the bus (at least a few times, as has done Trump).

    In no cases does the onus descend on the wronged. Seriously, is this too difficult for you to understand? Apparently so. There is a deep and broad undercurrent of misogynism underlying irrational Hillary hatred (irrational as, as you'll note by the above comments, zero discuss policy, while many discuss her husband or fashion choices) that simply will not go away. I'll point out here how her husband's past, her clothing choices, her speaking style are irrelevant, and in this and future threads, others will continue to yell about all of these.

    If you'd like a continuation of Obama's America, go with Hillary.If you'd like a Trumpian version of Putin's America, go with Trump. But let's stick to the issues.

    Posted in: Hillary Clinton wins historic nomination

  • 6

    Laguna

    By not conducting an honest primary phase of this election cycle, the DNC stole $27 from each Bernie supporter who donated to his effort to secure the nomination.

    Let's explain this here. When a person donates money for political purposes, they can choose to donate directly to a candidate or to an affiliated PAC - or to a political party, either for general use or under the umbrella of a particular candidate (the latter rule is due to legal changes brought about by Republican lawmaking). As such, particular candidates can use state party organizations to raise money to use as they see fit. Clinton took advantage of this by setting up the Hillary Victory Fund to raise some $142 million,44 percent of which went to the DNC ($24.4 million) and most of the rest to Hillary for America ($37.6 million). Sanders, never much of a Democratic Party team player, did not.

    If you were a Bernie supporter and donated directly to Hillary or to one her affiliated groups, you donated incorrectly. To say that she stole money from Bernie supporters is like saying Pepsi steals from Coke fans every time one of their aficionados mistakenly pushes the wrong button on the vending machine.

    Posted in: Hillary Clinton wins historic nomination

  • 5

    Laguna

    Wiki is promising more hacked emails wher deception and corruption are indesputable to even simple minds.

    Don't you mean "Putin"? It is one thing for Wikileaks to publish documents provided by whistleblowers (the definition of a leak); it's quite another to publish documents obtained by a foreign espionage service which has illegally hacked servers with the purpose of influencing the outcome of an election.

    It's growing increasingly clear why Trump refuses to release his tax returns: They likely indicate deep involvement with Russian financial syndicates.

    Posted in: Hillary Clinton wins historic nomination

  • 9

    Laguna

    Instead of sleeping her way to the top, she got married to a highly successful man and spent decades defending him as he slept with literally dozens of other women while she rose up the Liberal hierarchy.

    Nice, Wolf.Typical of some conservative troglodytes to hold that the only way a woman can succeed is by riding the coattails of a man. In fact, Hillary was brought up in far more advantageous circumstances than Bill; she was the daughter of a moderately successful manufacturer near Chicago, while he was brought up in a poor, broken household in Arkansas. What they shared in common was a high degree of intelligence and drive from an early age that brought them to some of the best schools in the world and then into public service.

    Also typical is the right-wing hypocrisy over the Clinton's marriage. Conservative Christians should celebrate the commitment they've shown to their marriage despite their flaws and mistakes; even as a secularist, having been married for 25 years, I find it inspiring. Instead, conservatives bash both with highly derogatory comments such as yours while at the same time supporting a man who has repeatedly abandoned wives when they begin to show their age and is now married to a woman much closer in age to his son than to he.

    Congratulations to both Hillary and Bill. It will be nice to move back home to the White House in January.

    Posted in: Hillary Clinton wins historic nomination

  • 4

    Laguna

    Overall, Putin must be a tad disappointed in today's DNC proceedings. Sanders' supporters were given there moment, but the man himself was effusive in his endorsement of Clinton (quite unlike the GOP runner-up), and Michelle's speech was eloquent and binding. Perhaps Putin has more in his bag to leak, but unlikely - if he had, he'd have leaked it already.

    Poor Trump. He's known to be Putin's water-carrier now. Google his quotes from today. Sad.

    Posted in: Sanders urges fans to rally behind Clinton as Democratic convention heats up

  • 0

    Laguna

    Yeah, I was a little harsh there, Bass, but statistics are what they are - and when conservatives chastise Democrats for being the food stamp party when in fact it is likely that Republican supporters are more likely to benefit from this program, it shouldn't a college degree to note the cognitive dissonance.

    Posted in: Democrats in disarray on eve of convention to nominate Clinton

  • -2

    Laguna

    Another interesting aftereffect of the RNC convention (aside from the lack of violence despite the predictions of many on this page) was Trump's bounce in the polls - substantial, but negative for those college-educated. CNN reports:

    Clinton actually gained ground compared with pre-convention results, going from an even 40% to 40% split to a 44% to 39% edge over Trump (with college-educated voters). That while Trump expanded his lead with white voters who do not hold a college degree from a 51% to 31% lead before the convention to a 62% to 23% lead now.

    Texas.

    Posted in: Democrats in disarray on eve of convention to nominate Clinton

  • -1

    Laguna

    Indeed, outrider. Most interesting. For example:

    For nearly eight years, the democrats have veered too far left for even its voters to stomach.

    This implies that "the Democrats" does not equal "its voters" - so whatever veered too far left must have been something unable to vote, presumably "the establishment" - yet at the same time, this "establishment" is alleged to have rigged the system to nominate a candidate more centrist than Sanders: Clinton, who known to be an Obama clone, a continuation of the past eight years of policy and manner - meaning that the rabid left-wing policies of the past eight years were rejected by Sanders voters as too far left, and that Clinton is a socialist and Sanders a centrist and white, black, up, down etc. are open to interpretation.

    Great analysis, Tex. No wonder California continues to dominate our economic rivalry.

    Posted in: Democrats in disarray on eve of convention to nominate Clinton

  • 0

    Laguna

    The Russian connection seems rather far fetched.

    Shrapnel, I'm no fan of conspiracy theories, but dots are beginning to add up at an alarming rate. Trump has a clear affection for strongmen such as Kim Jong Un, Saddam Hussein and Vladimir Putin. Since his numerous bankruptcies, most Western banks have blacklisted him - but he still is able to raise funds from Russian oligarchs. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/cover_story/2016/07/vladimir_putin_has_a_plan_for_destroying_the_west_and_it_looks_a_lot_like.html Paul Manafort, his campaign manager, worked for the former Ukrainian president - the one overthrown in the Orange Revolution that Russia has ever since tried to turn back. And during the drafting of the most recent GOP platform, the only effort Trump made to affect policy was to nix the GOP's long-standing hope to supply Ukraine with lethal arms (not that that's a bad thing - Obama feels the same - but interesting that the only effort the Trump team made was to change a policy that would directly benefit Russia). Trump also is far less than enthusiastic for such American alliances as NATO, and stated the other day that NATO should heavily qualify guarantees for Baltic state members - all former Soviet satellite states. And now we have the DNC hacking, which was acknowledged four months ago (also interesting is that if Russia had hacked Hillary's email, a similar leak would likely have occurred; the fact that it has not indicates that they did not).

    I'm not saying that Trump is directly in cahoots with Putin; I am saying that Putin and his version of Russia would heavily benefit from a Trump presidency.

    Posted in: Democrats in disarray on eve of convention to nominate Clinton

  • 2

    Laguna

    NK workers are sent abroad primarily as a funding mechanism for the Kim regime. The workers are payed poorly, and even from that meager amount, they are forced to pay "loyalty funds" which often require them to take on extra work so that they do not end up loosing money. While some jobs, such as in the hospitality business, may end up lucrative, the majority are in forestry or construction - dirty, difficult and dangerous. In reality, it is a form of modern slavery. Japan is right in calling for other nations to ban it; the possibility such nations will heed to call for human rights is low. Read here for more info: http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=13987

    Posted in: Japan urges nations to deny N Koreans work

  • 1

    Laguna

    If blacks want to be treated like whites, then they act like a white person.

    Gee, Fizz, I know a lot of white people, and they all act in accordance with their own personalities. I do not understand what you mean by "act like a white person." I also know many blacks, and the same rule applies. How exactly should a black person act like a white person? Perhaps one could get a Ph.D. and a position at Harvard - that would be cool, eh? Henry Louis Gates Jr. did that - and look at all the good his "acting white" did him while he was entering his own home. And right-wingers still bring this up as Obama's "divisiveness."

    Posted in: Energized white supremacists cheer Trump convention message

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