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  • 6

    viking68

    I never thought I would say something like this, but

    I enjoyed the debate. Or rather, I enjoyed getting to see Trumph self-implode and Clinton's ambush. "What!, Where did you get that?" He asked about Clinton citing disparaging remarks he made to a Miss Universe. Clinton later published a video from the woman.

    The guy was plainly set up and ambushed, but he even continued to fuel his failure the following day. He really does live in his own reality. He just can't stop running his mouth.

    The only problem with that is that the Trumph supporters think somehow that Trumph looked presidential and won the debate. Go figure.

    Sniff, Sniff, Sniff.

    Posted in: As Clinton cheers, Trump digs in after debate

  • 3

    viking68

    Strangerland, I like the final comments on the LA Times article:

    Marty Kaplan, a professor of entertainment, media and society at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, has two theories on Trump’s falsehoods. Perhaps he’s just putting on an act, like P.T. Barnum — a “marketer, con, snake-oil salesman who knows better, knows how to get the rubes into the tent.” Or maybe, Kaplan suggested, Trump is just “completely unconstrained by logic, rules, tradition, truth, law.” “I’m confused,” he said, “whether the whole fact-free zone that he’s in is a strategic calculation or a kind of psychosis.”

    I tend to believe Trumph's lies are more of the psychosis end of the spectrum rather than strategic calculation.

    Posted in: Clinton to press Trump to spell out policy plans in U.S. presidential debate

  • 4

    viking68

    I don't think this debate will resemble anything like a debate. It will be another facepalm event.

    It will devolve into another tone deaf Trumph info-mercial. Trump will engage in a bunch of name calling and ignoring of facts and questions. It will be as if he were the only person in the debate.

    The debate will be followed by tweets about how unfair the process or presenter was and crying about whether he will attend another debate because he was treated unfair or held to one of his statements.

    The post-debate late night shows should be good though.

    Posted in: Clinton to press Trump to spell out policy plans in U.S. presidential debate

  • 5

    viking68

    We're talking about people that have criminal intentions, not law-abiding citizens.

    How are you supposed to determine a person's intent?

    Oh right, the color of their skin.

    Posted in: Trump praises aggressive police tactics, portrays himself as 'law-and-order' candidate

  • 7

    viking68

    Trumph is tone deaf to history and the law. The right wing conservatives in the U.S. want to reshape it in its twisted fear filled vision of the world. It is scary to think the U.S. is this close to losing the civil rights and security gains made in the last 50 to 60 years. All because of the make America "White" Again campaign is supported by right wing conservatives. Trump has no interest in conservatives or liberals. He is a narcissist and will say and do anything to benefit himself. He is just feeding the right wingers and "deplorables" (conspiracy nut jobs) what they want to hear.

    The NY's stop and frisk disproportionately targeted minorities and had no tangible benefits and made minorities feel like they were under martial law. The program resulted in maybe 1% arrests. Stop and frisk was ruled illegal by a NY court. Now, there must be a clear suspicion to stop someone, which is the way the law should work.

    No, the U.S. don't need martial law to deal with violence. It needs proper drug treatment programs to reduce dependency, and it needs to focus on stopping the flow of legal pharmaceutical drugs into communities. Pharmaceutical drug companies are pumping their most abused drugs into the U.S. communities, and they are doing nothing to stop it because of the profits they are earning. The U.S. also needs to fully stop the drug war. It has failed.

    Posted in: Trump praises aggressive police tactics, portrays himself as 'law-and-order' candidate

  • 3

    viking68

    they have gaps between their ideals and the reality.

    This is an understatement, but at least it was stated.

    Posted in: 40% of young Japanese single adults are virgins: poll

  • 3

    viking68

    This "situation" doesn't sound confused at all, Japan has claimed the islands. Japan is now exerting its control with the U.S. in joint patrols of the area. Nothing confused about the situation.

    In reality, China is confused with the situation. Why hasn't taking another's property worked by now? The answer for those in China who are confused, Japan is not your territory and Japan does not need to obey you.

    Posted in: China says Japan trying to 'confuse' South China Sea situation

  • 3

    viking68

    To run for president, you need to show your skill sets. Not pander.

    I agree, Clinton should spend more time on the issues, but the media loves this tit-for-tat between Trumph and Clinton. The election has turned into a reality TV show, because that is Trumph's strong suit as a flim flam man.

    Still, Clinton cannot let the conservative's amygdala go stimulated with fear solely by Trumph. She need to cast some doubt in their fears by actually reminding people of the terrorists agenda. By the very name, terrorist act to cause terror. Trumph has no cause to start screaming about how the world is coming to an end after each terrorist attack, plus how he and only he is tough enough to counter terrorists. As if he is some super hero and all the professionals dedicated to the task are incompetent. Our savior, please. He has done nothing to combat terrorism and knows next to nothing about it.

    At best, Trumph is a terrorists best friend (and our enemy) by continually spreading fear, and he is doing to try and benefit himself from that fear. Sure, we should not sit by like lambs for the slaughter, but we shouldn't run around like chickens with our heads cut off every time some two bit terrorist wannabe commits one of these attacks.

    Posted in: Clinton says Trump gives 'aid, comfort' to ISIS recruiters

  • 3

    viking68

    Obamacare won't keep us safe.

    It wasn't meant to. It was meant to increase the health of the population without access to health insurance not fight an unnecessary war.

    True, but how about cutting about all the wasteful money that we're wasting on Obamacare?

    Wasting money on healthcare??? Any money spent on Obamacare is much better spent there than on the war profiteers, which has been the biggest unnecessary cost. True, the U.S. needs a good defense, but do we really need a fleet of $148m F35s that can be defeated by 30 year old $19m F16s. Or the $450M littoral ships that fail on their first cruise.

    Posted in: Clinton returns to campaign trail after pneumonia

  • 3

    viking68

    point in case! HE IS LOSING MONEY, hmmmmm, so what does that tell you?

    You do know what 'self-funded' means, right? It means he funded the entire campaign himself. But he hasn't. It was loans initially, which are to be paid back by the Republican party (if they already haven't), and he has been going on donations ever since.

    Hardly a self-funded campaign.

    More to the point, Trumph is making money off the election. He uses his company properties (airplane, helicopters, resorts and golf courses) and charges higher than normal rates to the campaign. When he was loaning money to his campaign, he was charging less. Now, his loans have been paid back by donors, he's stepped up the prices.

    So, not only has he not lost money, he is the first candidate to make money on an election. Entrepreneurial or a money grab? I would like to give him credit and say the former, but the higher than market prices charged to the campaign makes it look like nothing more than a money grab.

    Posted in: Trump, interrupted, heckled in visit to Flint church

  • 2

    viking68

    It is a serious medical and health issue.

    The internet doctors have spoken.

    Posted in: Clinton campaign says it could have better handled health scare

  • 1

    viking68

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DI7u-TytRU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L2513JFJsY

    I know liberals love to create a beautiful utopian of inflated realities and the Unicornverse, but even I'm shocked hearing this. That's like saying the US never reached the moon, let alone walk on it.

    Yes, and the right siders like to stretch the truth beyond belief. One so called kill order missed and Bill Clinton did nothing at all in his eight years of office trying to kill OBL.

    Posted in: On 15th anniversary of 9/11, 'the grief never goes away'

  • 4

    viking68

    Bubba took it upon himself NOT to end OBL life.

    Nice try, typical falsehoods espoused by Fox TV and repeated by the right.

    Bubba did nearly everything short of invading Afghanistan to kill OBL. He took every chance available to kill him and worked hard to do so. The record is clear. I am sure Bush tried too, and he had the benefit of an invasion force and still failed.

    Posted in: On 15th anniversary of 9/11, 'the grief never goes away'

  • 3

    viking68

    I read an interesting article that basically said Al Queda had a tactical but not a strategic victory that day.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/08/opinions/september-11-al-qaeda-spectacular-miscalculation-bergen/index.html

    They thought they would be safe from America in Afghanistan. Four months later, they were running for the hills, and in the 15 years since 9/11 America Al Queda is nearly ineffectual. The goals of 9/11 was to push America out of Saudi Arabia and to push them out of the middle east. They failed in an extreme way.

    In addition, since that day, there have been around 40 people killed in the U.S. by Al Queda and ISIS. Tragic as those deaths are, Al Queda (and ISIS) has been mostly ineffective in meeting its goals and to bring war to the U.S.

    The place where America has failed is in providing health care to the first responders to 9/11. The government has failed them.

    Posted in: On 15th anniversary of 9/11, 'the grief never goes away'

  • 2

    viking68

    Perhaps US steel manufacturers (if there are any left) haven't learned to pay tribute to the Clinton Foundation

    Pithy and insightful. . .Not.

    Posted in: China agrees on steps toward reducing steel exports

  • 2

    viking68

    And neither Pres. Peña Nieto nor his handlers were the persons who said 'contradict'. That was spin brought in by media after the fact. Don't expect them to challenge Hillary on it.

    In the absence of context, your first statement is true. However, the president's tweet was after Trumph's statement, so it is fair to say the tweet contradicted Trumph's statements. It is a more rational conclusion than parsing the meaning of "discussed" to find that there is no contradiction.

    The last statement sounds so childish. The media is against Trumph and not Clinton, it is so unfair.

    They have rightly been after Clinton for all the email scandals and now the foundation emails. Still, I don't think there is enough there to warrant an Inquisition. I suppose it is time to bring up Benghazi again and the media not covering it even though the Republican's own investigations found she was not at fault.

    Trumph is the nail sticking out, so the media is hitting him repeatedly. He does it to himself. I can only think it is on purpose to keep getting free advertising.

    Posted in: Clinton rejects Mexico invitation after Trump's diplomatic ruckus

  • 7

    viking68

    And, of course, the media is not challenging Clinton's statement, are they? Even though the Mexican president didn't actually contradict Trump.

    More parsing. Great.

    The media is are not challenging the president's word given that Trumph is a known liar. Or, should I just call him expedient.

    Smart move by Clinton. She had nothing to gain. Of course, she is a professional diplomat, so she wouldn't walk out of the meeting without the Mexican president contradicting her after the meeting.

    She probably doesn't have much to speak to Mexico at this point, after all, she isn't slandering Mexican's in front of white crowds and praising them when having to face them. Plus, any visit would end up with unnecessary comparisons and issues fabricated by the Trumph camp.

    Posted in: Clinton rejects Mexico invitation after Trump's diplomatic ruckus

  • 4

    viking68

    He's apologizing saying, he regretted "it came across as a personal attack on the US President."

    Glad the President decided to cancel the meeting.

    Posted in: Obama cancels meeting with Philippines' Duterte after insult

  • 1

    viking68

    Why do politicians constantly say they want "free trade" yet allow tariffs to exist.. If you can't compete, then don't bother calling it a free trade, and that is the reality of it. All countries are protectionists. These trade policies are tip toeing around the real issues until ultimately it ends with disputes.

    Chinese steel manufacturers are selling their steel below the cost of making it. They also have stolen intellectual property and are using that stolen property to compete with companies that bear the costs of that intellectual property.

    These are predatory practices, not protectionist practices. China will continue to target other country's steel industries and push them out of business. China's comments are just lip service, and they have no intention of changing the situation.

    Posted in: China agrees on steps toward reducing steel exports

  • 1

    viking68

    Marketing is jewelry's best friend and where the "value" comes from.

    Posted in: Looking good

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