Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Throughout the debate Clinton referred to Trump as "Donald." Maybe the faux-friendly use of the first name through Trump off. If so, he fell for it, doubly so. It was not friendly, it was faux-friendly and that went right over his head. Hillary Clinton DETESTS Donald Trump. DETESTS him. Or maybe it was a double entendre by Clinton: faux-friendly and addressing him as an adult would a juvenile. Trump missed both. The Clinton campaign had identified Trump's intelligence as being one of three things that he was particularly insecure about.

How are you Donald?
CLINTON:...Finally, we tonight are on the stage together, Donald Trump and I. Donald, it's good to be with you.

His business acumen was a second of Trump's identified Big Three insecurities. Trump can accept no criticism. Here Clinton goes after both his business acumen and gets the intelligence insecurity in the bargain.

CLINTON: In fact, Donald was one of the people who rooted for the housing crisis. He said, back in 2006, “Gee, I hope it does collapse, because then I can go in and buy some and make some money.” Well, it did collapse.

TRUMP: That’s called business, by the way.

And that was a dumb-ass response, Donald.
Trump got shivved last night. And he is so stupid he didn't feel it. And I am so stupid I didn't realize until I thought about it over night and then found a transcript to check.

I noticed at the end of the debate that Trump and Clinton shook hands--And that looked like a genuine smile on Trump's face.--and followed that up with a couple of warm pats on the back. He was pleased! Yet, Clinton got him to all but admit that he doesn't pay taxes:

HILLARY CLINTON: ...you gotta ask yourself -- why won't he release his tax returns?...maybe he does not want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he has paid nothing in federal taxes because the only years that anybody has ever seen for a couple of years where he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license. And they showed he did not pay any federal income tax.

DONALD TRUMP: That makes me smart.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Good debate. I think Clinton on points but that is not what I was lead to believe she was going for. She was going to "CRUSH" Trump. She did not do that. Nor did Trump rattle Clinton. Clinton did rattle Trump a little, he got a bit defensive and a little overly aggressive but nothing was more than a standard deviation away from the norm. No knockouts certainly, no knockdowns. I was impressed with Mrs. Clinton's command of herself and the facts. I was impressed with Trump's command of himself, if not the facts. I caught all but the introductions.

I don't know who that benefits. Trump has had all the momentum for the past month or so. Did this stop his momentum? I don't know. He may have gained momentum with a pretty solid performance, at least by his standards. I don't think it will move Clinton ahead. A points decision in her favor I don't think will do that.  The political axiom is that nobody wins the White House in the debates but you can lose the White House in debates. I don't think anybody won or lost the White House in this debate. Will it stop Trump's momentum? That, to me, is the question.

This is the first of three debates. There are two more if this did not stop Trump's momentum. Right now, my best semi-idiotic reaction is that this didn't move the momentum away from Trump.

Good night.

Cyberwarfare: "Donald invited the Russians to continue their attacks."
Trump takes credit for the birther canard: "I got Obama to produce his birth certificate." Not good for Trump.

Clinton: "The birther lie was very painful and you continued it long after, years after, the birth certificate was produced."
Trump: "I agree with you..." I forget what, but that is good.
Trump: "We need law and order."
They're now talking about race. Clinton missed an attempt to hammer trump on his racial dog whistles. She should not let him get away with that on this topic. Trump is a race-baiter and is a racist.
Clinton: Trump has had six bankruptcies. 
Trump's economic plan is trickle down economics. That's a non-starter. Trickle-down economics is a canard, has always been a canard that always benefits the rich.
Trump: "Our airports are like from a third world country?" No.
Good debate so far, I think. Secretary Clinton's voice is strong but not shrill. Her points are strong on on her economic plan vs Trump's. Trump is aggressive but without being psychotic and is not dissembling, is relatively articulate. He is also respectful, calls her "Secretary Clinton." She calls him "Donald."

Presidential Debate Live Blog.

First question by Lester Holt to Trump;

"Why did you change your name from Drumpf von Clownstick?"

"Well, you see, Lester, I didn't think Clownstick conveyed the proper gravity...Wait a minute, what kind of question is that?! I've never changed my name from von Clownstick! I've always been a VON Clownstick! Royal connotation, you know, "von." 

Presidential Debate Live Blog.

Trump gives up, puts one of his hats on his bald head, takes his place behind lectern. WHEW! What a start! Gotta give those opening minutes to Mrs. Clinton.

Presidential Debate Live Blog


Presidential Debate Live Blog.


Presidential Debate Live Blog.


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Presidential Debate Live Blog.

AND TRUMP FALLS DOWN! Slipped on those ball-bearings! 

Presidential Debate Live Blog

OH! A fabulous entrance by Hillary Clinton!
Lll-et's get ready to rumble!

Love that man.

"A spooky little town"

Would you rather have James Franklin or Jim Harbaugh as Penn State's head coach?

This is a parody, right? FauxFranklin?

Who would you rather have as head coach at Penn State—Jim Harbaugh or James Franklin? Why?

Carole Kirkpatrick: I am sticking with King James.

King James, oh that's a good one. Like LeBron James, right? Oh, that's a good one Carole. This is a good parody account.

I say long live King James.

That's a good one, Carole.

Lauren Shipper:...It's true that Harbaugh likely would be regarded as the better coach at this point in time...

True, at this particular juncture in the rent fabric of space/time.

...I think he's setting us up to be more of a contender as time goes on....I wouldn't trade coaches if I had the chance.

Bill Engel: I would take James Franklin over just about any coach out there. Why?

Tim Johnson: I agree with everything that's been said already, so I'm going to make it 4-for-4 and go with Franklin as well...I think he should be our coach for a long time.

Harbaugh's track record on the field speaks for itself. But even if I could be promised multiple national championships with him at the helm, I'm not sure I'd sell my soul to do it.

Very funny, guys.

This is real. As real as State College, Pennsylvania gets.

On July 23 of this year I wrote a post on Penn State that I never published. I saved it and as reminder to myself gave it the title:

"Penn State post-almost complete"

Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post was the last pencil to interview Joe Paterno. She has written extensively on the Penn State scandal. I quote from this Jenkins article of May 10 https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/penn-state-should-own-its-role-in-the-sandusky-scandal/2016/05/10/41eea4ce-16b3-11e6-924d-838753295f9a_story.html because it treats of a subject that I, not uniquely,, but which few others, treated of very early in the scandal. It is the Penn State Scandal and it is unique. Here is how Jenkins begins her article:

When the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal was first exposed, it seemed wise to resist the idea that the place had something to do with it. It seemed important to ask whether what happened at Penn State could have happened anywhere, to anyone, given that child predators are so adept at winning trust. But now it seems that maybe the place was important, because some people up there in that spooky little town still don’t get it.

Years ago I wrote that there were reasons why the greatest catastrophe ever to befall an American university happened at Penn State. Not the least of those reasons was in fact that "spooky little town" of State College, Pennsylvania.

I remember reading another writer's description of making his way to State College, a way that I have made many times, and of being struck by how remote the place was, how difficult it was to get to; how, at approach, you first see it from the hills above, down in a valley; the suspicious, Orwellian name "Happy Valley;" how the town and the university that literally gives the town its name, is protected and sheltered by those mountains; how it was easy to envision, seeing just the geography, a black hole for unhappy events, into which they disappeared, from which secrets of their existence did not emerge. And of how the writer now better understood why Penn State was so secretive.

There are other universities equally or more remote, geography is not destiny; some are sheltered by mountains too, topography is not destiny; powerful institutions are almost always secretive, Penn State was not uniquely so, not all paranoids are criminals. But then, "Why did this happen at Penn State?" becomes a sort of silly question.

You want to know how a serial predator can molest boys in the school showers for 40 years without being caught?
Most interesting about [Judge Gary] Glazer’s written decision is the very first sentence... “This case arises out of a series of heinous crimes perpetrated against a multitude of children over a 40-year period.”
Forty years.

We did not know when the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal broke out of State College that it would become the Penn State Scandal, that it would trail back 40 years, "Forty years," and trail up to the president of the university, and trail laterally across the mountain to other witness-assistant coaches. Geography is not destiny "but... it seems that maybe the place was important," 

My synapses fired until they just about short-circuited the whole contraption when I began reading about what was to become the Penn State Scandal.

This son of Pennsylvania situated in his mind this "place" that there "was, and is" something "wrong with" not only in that specific mountain-shrouded valley but in the larger commonwealth, he sited it in his mind within Pennsylvania and believed, and believes, that Pennsylvania, "the place was important."

If one gives shape to population density, topography, and economic and cultural importance then a map of Pennsylvania resembles a saddle, drooping with weight at the ends, rising with airiness in the middle. The saddle is corrugated with hills and mountains and valleys and rivers and streams-70% of which do suffer "environmental contamination"-and within the creases of the saddle are living things, beings who live lives that are comparatively solitary, comparatively poor, comparatively hard, unusual.

Take the Amish.

The chain of the Appalachian range known as the Allegheny Mountains cuts diagonally through Pennsylvania from southwest to north central, it looks like a keloid scar on a topographic map, it bifurcates the state. Mountains are a bitch for people. They're so danged hard. Mountains are particularly a bitch for government-people, they're so danged hard to get over or through or around. It's difficult for government-people to control the people who live in mountains and control their way of living.

Take the Whiskey Rebellion.

Shit happens in mountains that you wouldn't believe.

Take Stella Elizabeth Williamson.

“Continuous or repeated exposure to harmful conditions is most often considered in the context of environmental contamination.”-Judge Gary Glazer.

The shit creek...Hughes Bore Hole...The synapses fire at unheard of speed.

And that Penn State was secretive, if not uniquely so, "seems" to be important.

Glazer cited former school president Graham Spanier and vice president Gary Schultz for apparently choosing “to sweep the problem under the rug.”
...one victim’s attorney, Marci Hamilton, believes that Penn State is simply unwilling to go through aggressive discovery. Given Glazer’s ruling on notice, “I now look at their quick settlements as evidence that they believed they could keep a lid on the worst of their knowledge,” Hamilton said via email.

Jenkins concludes her article with this:

Maybe there was, and is, something wrong with the place.

I think that was nicely done by me. Now I'm all set for tonight.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

I'm just going to reschedule those posts for tomorrow, you didn't see did you?
was wondering why i couldn't get it anywhere. now i know. apologizeforanyinconvenience.
Just kidding, I knew it all along. Ha-ha.
it's tomorrow?
And I can't find my radio. :( :(
I cannot figure out a way to watch this either on my 'puter or iPhone. :(
I am very upset.


What Are You Doing, James Franklin?

Penn State was trailing Michigan 28-0 early in the third quarter. The Nittany Lions’ best offensive drive of the day led to fourth and goal at the 2-yard line. James Franklin, who is never far removed from hot seat speculation, opted to send his field goal unit onto the field.

With the play clock winding down, he used a timeout but did not reassess his plan.

Franklin was taking feverish notes during the play. Apparently he’s consulting some complex formula unknown to mere fans. Or he was just doing some division, only to discover too late it takes 10 field goals to overcome a 28-point deficit.

Very perplexing.

When you don't understand what 28-3 means...
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Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight began laughing as his coaches called the same play “like eight times in a row” in the second half.

Sensing desperation, the Wolverines ran basically one play — “We would just flip it back and forth,” Speight said — on an effortless, 80-yard scoring drive to take a 35-3 lead.
It's a situation that Penn State coach James Franklin must get creative to address or risk future quotes like this.

“I can imagine that would suck to go through that every single play,” Speight said of Penn State’s defense, “having someone just run over you."  JAMESSS!

Man, I'll tell ya, I don't know if James Franklin is up to the job at PSU. First, he gets taken by surprise by the KENT STATE coaches and needs a half to come to grips with the "Golden Flashes" schematic brilliance; then he gets blind-sided by Pitt's first-half sleight of hand and almost gets his and his team's asses blown out of Heinz Field; post-game he blamed Pitt's defensive signaling by hand-clap for "illegally" distracting his offense. Then the next week he barely beats Temple. Now this week. 49-10 and that "instructive" account by Michigan's quarterback of PSU's preparedness for the same play! run over and over and over (eight overs) again. Had the kid laughing in the huddle! Later in the same article:

Noteworthy was Penn State's lack of willingness to adjust a run game that was stopped in the backfield seven times. McSorley was credited with nine runs (six were sacks) but seldom tucked in the zone read.

Yes, "noteworthy" there is the same "instructive" lack of being "creative" on offense that Franklin displays on defense! Lol, James.

It's beginning to look like James ain't got game. He's "No Game" James.
Boy. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly fired defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, as "Irish" fans wanted, and Florida International fired head coach Ron Turner.

Man, I missed some things today! Completed my jail rounds today.
.@lsu Hi
2:28 PM - 25 Sep 2016

Oh faux.

Oh boy. Louisiana State University has fired twelve-year head coach Les Miles one day after it lost essentially a coaches-elimination game against Auburn.

Jose Fernandez

Boy, of boy, a tragic, tragic story out of Miami today. Jose Fernandez came to the United States from Cuba eight years ago, on his fourth try. He became a professional baseball pitcher with the Miami Marlins, won the National League rookie-of-the-year award in 2013, became an all-star and won 16 games this year. Fernandez was killed along with two friends in a motorboat accident early this morning in the waters off Miami Beach. Jose Fernandez was only 24 years old. 
He's a Turk, Arcan Cetin's a Turk, prefers the nickname "The Turk." Okay...So?
Nasty, brutish, swarthy and short has been collared in the Burlington mall shooting. Arcan Cetin, and I'll be damned if I can divine his tribe from that (I am ruling out Presbyterian).
Get up. The Blue Moon Rising is up.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I am going to follow the Blue Moon Rising into the night. I'm blowing this popsicle stand. Good night.
The Burlington, Washington gunman is still loose. Got a pretty good pic of his face. Has been published all over. Nobody recognizes him? Apparently not, police don't seem to have a clue who he is.
They were chanting "Fire VanGorder" in South Bend today. Pitt is not the only team that can't play defense this year and not near the most prominent:

Notre Dame, 1-3.

47-50, Texas.
39-10, Nevada.
28-36, Michigan State.
35-38, Duke.

Opponent's average score: 33.5

#13 Florida State, 3-1.

45-34, Mississippi.
52-8, Charleston Southern.
20-63, Louisville.
55-35, South Florida.

Opponent's average score: 35.

Pitt, 2-2.

28-7, Villanova.
42-39, PSU.
38-45, Oklahoma State.
36-37, North Carolina.

Opponent's average score: 32.

Above All

Etihad Airways' fantastic Blue Moon Rising jet. Thank you, Sheikh Mansour!
Pitt blue, get off the header.
Florida went for it on 4th down from their own 7. They didn't get it. UT now first and goal at the UF 7. Turn out the lights, the party's O-ver. See ya later, Gator.
UF has 98 yards to go, score a TD, get the ball back and kick a field goal in 3 minutes plus. No.
They got the punt off and the dumb Alligator fair-caught it at the 2. You NEVER fair-catch within your 10! DUMB!

Tennessee 38 Florida 28, 3:21 4Q

UT 4th down 4 to go, UF 39. Punt, right? If that mo-fo is blocked...Remember Meeshagan last year...

FINAL Michigan 49 Paterno Sandusky 10

Oh my God, Duke beat Notre Dame 38-35. At the lake! ND is now 1-3. Brian Kelly, W.T.F.?
Excruciating, these last three games have just been excruciating: PSU, last second interception; Okie State, last minute touchdown, UNC, last 10 second touchdown. 

FINAL North Carolina 37 Pitt 36

North Carolina 37 Pitt 36, 2 Seconds Left.

Okay! I know when I'm beat! It's just my life. That's okay.

Pitt 36 North Carolina 36

3rd and goal at the Pitt 2. 10 seconds left.
1st and goal UNC at the Pitt 4. A gun, give me a gun.
Second and 10, 38 seconds left.
First and 10 at the Pitt 17, 51 seconds left. M. Trubisky's arm must be so tired.
4th and 9 at the Pitt 26, 1:02 left. FG! Try a field goal! Don't risk going for it on 4th down. TOO far to go. TOO far.
Called timeout again. M. Trubisky is 30-39, 4 TD's. His luck is going to run out. I wouldn't risk any more passes.
Ha-ha sacked. Back at the Pitt 38. You can still punt! 1:50 left. I wouldn't pass. Too dangerous.
They didn't. First and 10 at the Pitt 27. Cyanide, please.
M. Trubisky...Oh! 4th and 6 at the Pitt 40. Better punt! Better! Please punt.
They called timeout. They're SCARED! 
They got it. First and ten, Pitt 44, 2:16 left. *SWEARING*
Ha-ha illegal block. Third and sixteen from their own 31. CHEATERS!
They punted. The "Blackfeet" now have the ball. Now they're out to their 42. Third and five. Oh my God. Time is not a factor. Nor are downs. They will go for it on 4th down.
Oh God, Oh Jeezus, but it's 4th and 8 at the Beloved's 27. They have to punt. Oh my God.

Pitt 36 North Carolina 30, 3:28 4th!



OMG! Tennessee has scored four times in the second half to lead #19 Florida 31-21! Still 11 minutes left in the game.
Speaking of PSU they are at the Big House in Ann Arbor and "trail" 28-0. Still a half to go! Comeback? No. What is the worst loss PSU has ever had? If it's plausible to inflict it on them, Jim Harbaugh will do it.

And on Rocky Top, #14 Tennessee similarly "trails" #19 Florida 21-3 at the half. Right now, there are 100,000 drunk Tennesseans cursing coach Butch Jones' birth. He had to win this game (still a half to go!), this series is so important to "Volunteers" fans and they're gettin humiliated. Again.
My goodness gracious, I see what that ESPN guy is talking about now. At the half UNC's QB, "M. Trubisky" is 12/13, 190 yds, 2 TDs. Good half for M.
Post Posted eight minutes ago:

David M. HaleESPN Staff Writer 

Opposing QBs vs Pitt, last 10 quarters: 61-of-92 (66%) for 1,035 yards (11.3 YPA) with 5 TDs and 1 INT. That's not real good.

No! But Pitt is leading UNC 19-16 at the half. Works out to 32 points the whole game: Improvement! over the games vs Paterno Sandusky U and OKS.
Pitt blue replaces Man City blue.

Pitt 2 North Carolina 0, 9:58 1Q


#23 Olé Mississippi 45 #12 Jawja 14

See previous.

Them Silver Britches fanatics miss Mark Richt yet?

#11 Wisconsin 30 #8 Michigan State 6.

I'm surprised.
If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Gennifer Flowers right alongside of him!

Ok, so what is up with this? Yes, I know Cuban is a Hillary supporter. Helped her with debate prep, right? I think Cuban and Trump were friends...So what? Hillary supporters can sit in the front row, Trump supporters can sit in the front row. Does he think Cuban is going to shoot paper balls at him through a straw? 

What's Benefactor? 

What is the relevance of Gennifer Flowers to either Hillary or Cuban? 

What I make of this, and I can't make much of it, is that Trump's asshole is tightening, that's all I can think.
...Oh, they haven't started yet. The pinball machine won't start till 3:30.
If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Gennifer Flowers right alongside of him!

Why is he pissed if Cuban sits in the front row?...Pittsburgh boy, Cuban. Went to Pitt for a year...Oh! haven't checked on my Beloveds...

This is "tiki-taka"


And as Karim Balushi says, "This is art." Look at that passing. You also see here what Pep Guardiola meant when he said he needed a goalkeeper who could play with the ball at his feet.

We are marching on with a 3:1 victory over Swansea! 💪 Six wins out of six @premierleague matches 👊🔝🔝@ManCity @Notamendi30 @aguerosergiokun
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FT Liverpool 5 Hull 1

The "Ex-Cannibals"! Can't wait to take a bite out of them. When do we play?...Not till December 1 at This is Anfield. LFC currently in turd place pending outcome of Everton and Arsenal. Hey Livers:

FT Swansea 1 Manchester City 3

Ten in a row for Pep's Boys. 

FT Swansea Black Swans 1 Manchester City Righteous Angels in Blue 3

Blow for Man City as De Bruyne limps off with an injury.


Black Swans 1 Righteous Blue Angels 3. RAHEEEM STER-LING! 77'

See? Black Swans.


Black Swans 1 Righteous Blue Angels 2, 70'

Mine eyes have seen the glory
of the coming of the Lord;
he is trampling out the vintage
where the grapes of wrath are stored;
he hath loosed the fateful lightning
of his terrible swift sword;
his truth is marching on.
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

Yellow Swans 1 Righteous Blue Angels 2. Aguero PK 65'


Yellow Swans 1 Righteous Blue Angels 1, 58'

Jordi Amat (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Anybody can win if they CHEAT!
A few peoplez have clicked on this old post this morning, http://publicoccurrenc.blogspot.com/2014/05/with-their-acquisitive-drive-for-wealth.html, the subject of which was:

"With their acquisitive drive for wealth and happiness, their love of commerce, their economic and (in earlier times) territorial expansiveness, and their universalistic ideology, [Americans] never had it in them to wall themselves off from the rest of the world."-Robert Kagan in The New Republic.

The learned commentary upon which was:

Yeh-ep. Unfortunately, what Kagan says there is accurate. The soul of America is the pursuit of happiness. Unfortunately, America pursues its foreign policy by the stars of its birth curse. Unfortunately, as Kagan has written elsewhere, "Americans are from Mars, Europeans are from Venus." Unfortunately, Kagan thinks that is a good thing! He doesn't think the p.o.h. is a curse nor a p.o.h.-based foreign policy star-crossed. Unfortunately, Kagan is influential. Unfortunately, so is his wife, for Robert Kagan is First Laddie to Victoria "Fuck the EU" Nuland. America and its foreign policy are cursed by the two of them. Unfortunately.

HT Swansea 1 Manchester City 1

Swansea 1 Manchester City 1, 39'

Good spacing on Swans' goal.

Swansea 1 Manchester 1, 31'

Here's video of Fernando's goal for Swans.


WHOA! Manchester United caged those swine "Foxes" of Lester 4-1 at Old Trafford. And Mourinho benched Rooney!

Did I not tell ya? Rooney is the problem in that dressing room and on the pitch. GET RID OF HIM!

Swansea 1 Manchester City 1, 13' "Fernando" "Llorente"

For the Liberty Stadium, Fernando
Though I never thought that we could lose
There's no regret
If I had to do the same again
I would, my friend, Fernando
If I had to do the same again
I would, my friend, Fernando

Swansea 0 Manchester City 1, 9', AGUEROOOO!!!


Swansea 0 Manchester City 0, 6'

Now, you can see what I can see: the murderer is of swarthy complexion, typical of those of Middle Eastern descent, of followers of the religious Prophet Muhammad. That doesn't mean he is Muslim! There is no information on who he is or what motivated him. He may have missed a sale! He may have been a member of a local presbytery who missed a sale on presbyteries, we don't know!

Mass Murder Friday

Yesterday was Mass Murder Friday but I didn't get the memo. A man with a rifle walked into a Macy's department store in Burlington, Washington and shot dead four women and a man. He then escaped into the night. The massacre happened at 7 pm local time.
It's Game Day, ham bones.
10:16 PM - 23 Sep 2016

Game Days

Friday, September 23, 2016

Look at that. We just played them--And at Swansea, too!--Wednesday, in the "Football League Cup," which I think used to be the Capital One Cup or the Johnstone's Paint Trophy...fucking thing or the Poulan Weedeater Cup or something, now manana we're back in Whales! for a league match.

It's ridiculous.

Dallas Morning News: "We Recommend Hillary Clinton for President." (Sept.7)

There is only one serious candidate on the presidential ballot in November. We recommend Hillary Clinton.
We don't come to this decision easily. This newspaper has not recommended a Democrat for the nation's highest office since before World War II — if you're counting, that's more than 75 years and nearly 20 elections.
NOT EVEN LBJ IN '64?!  Sheeshkabob.

Cincinnati Enquirer: "It Has To Be Hillary Clinton."

The Enquirer has supported Republicans for president for almost a century – a tradition this editorial board doesn’t take lightly. But this is not a traditional race, and these are not traditional times. Our country needs calm, thoughtful leadership to deal with the challenges we face at home and abroad. We need a leader who will bring out the best in all Americans, not the worst.
That’s why there is only one choice when we elect a president in November: Hillary Clinton. http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/09/23/enquirer-endorses-hillary-clinton-donald-trump/90728344/
First time in almost 100 years? Sheesh.
Have a lot of "down time" when you're in jail. When you're a lawyer waiting to see clients in jail, too. So this morning I started a post on what each candidate should aim to do in the first presidential debate Monday night. Was writing long-hand on my legal pad. Wrote about three pages; got lost in the writing of it actually; didn't realize how long I had been at it till my back started hurting so I left. Lost the post, too. Can't find the legal pad now. f%!$#

I remember I got through what Trump should aim to do and, as I was driving away from Time Square, I started thinking (not writing) about what Mrs. Clinton should do. I thought different things but the penultimate thought I had was that she should be "direct, blunt" and something else, I think there were three, but direct and blunt will do. "Like Margaret Thatcher," I thought, like another woman I think but now don't remember who, and this was the beauty part, "Like Marcia Clark when she told F. Lee Bailey to sit down" (and he did) during the O.J. Simpson trial. I had not thought of that moment in years and years.

I googled (while driving) "marcia clark telling f lee bailey to sit down," I did not find anything, but clicked on a New York Times story that came up. Skimmed it looking for the moment, didn't find it, but read this:

...he said he had settled his differences with the chief prosecutor, Marcia Clark, who had not only called him a liar but had ridiculed him for everything from his work habits to his legal knowledge to the size of his hands. 

Almost ran off the road when I read that, I did. That's what Hillary Clinton should do Monday night.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Russia, America

We are not friends, but enemies. We must not be friends. Though dispassion and pragmatism may have weakened they must not break our animosity. The clashing chords of history, stretching from battlefield and grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over our two broad lands, will yet swell the macabre chorus, when again touched, as surely they will be, by our true natures.

A Tale of Two Law Professors.

University of Tennessee's Glenn Reynolds:

“Yes, that was my post,” he wrote in an email to the News Sentinel. “It was brief, since it was Twitter, but blocking highways is dangerous and I don’t think people should stop for a mob, especially when it’s been violent.”

“I deleted the tweet so that I could respond on Twitter, but immediately linked to it on Twitchy so that no one would think that I was 'airbrushing' it,” Reynolds wrote.

Reynolds also expanded on his comment in a post to his blog:

“I’ve always been a supporter of free speech and peaceful protest. I fully support people protesting police actions, and I’ve been writing in support of greater accountability for police for years.

“But riots aren’t peaceful protest. And locking interstates and trapping people in their cars is not peaceful protest — it’s threatening and dangerous, especially against the background of people rioting, cops being injured, civilian-on-civilian shootings, and so on. I wouldn’t actually aim for people blocking the road, but I wouldn’t stop because I’d fear for my safety, as I think any reasonable person would.

" 'Run them down' perhaps didn’t capture this fully, but it’s Twitter, where character limits stand in the way of nuance.”


The University of North Carolina-Charlotte's Touissant Romain:

This is the Charlotte public defender in the middle of the protests-CNN

He inserted himself between the wall of armored police and the amorphous crowd of demonstrators. As police advanced on the crowd, firing tear gas, he waved his arms forward, gesturing for protesters to leave.

His reason for being there was simple: He can't take on any more clients.

"We can't lose any more lives, man. I'm a public defender. I can't represent any more people," he told CNN's Boris Sanchez.

"We don't need any more people to go to die, no more people to be arrested. We need to take a stand and do it the right way. People are hurting, man. People are upset. People are frustrated. People need leaders. I'm not trying to be that leader. I'm trying to prevent people from being hurt."
"There's always one that's going to end up being bad. There's one other that's there to do good. I'm here to do good."

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Russia, America.

According to the Americans either Russian or Syrian war planes under Russian control bombed a clearly marked UN convoy delivering aid to Aleppo, destroying 18 of the 30 vehicles. Russia of course denies and has given dissembling Russian explanations.

They shot a passenger plane out of the skies over Ukraine; they shot down KAL 007 and the attacking pilot has admitted he knew it was a civilian aircraft. There is no outrage of which Russia is incapable. And here, they share the skies over Syria with the Americans and I am easily influenced to half-believe that it is the United States that Russia looks to attack. From a variety of motives: ancient Soviet-American hostility, American lies after the collapse of the Soviet empire, Russian revanchism, Ukraine sanctions, hatred between Putin and Obama, and between their foreign services, opportunism, influencing the U.S. presidential election, strategic geo-positioning, more of which I haven't an inkling.

On the other hand. I have come to mistrust anything Official America says about Russia.

I think it plausible that Russia is looking for an opportunity for a direct military confrontation with the United States. This is not that. But it may be Russia pushing the envelope, showing America what they can do, what they are capable of doing, yet again.

Or it may be American scapegoating and demonizing Russia and anything it does, yet again.