Dec 062016
 
This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series 2016 Elections

Let me be clear, I do care that Trump won, and I care about determining how this awful destructive force has been unleashed on our once great nation. And I think I have cracked the code. It’s because a lot of Trump supporters just said, “I don’t care.” Certainly people were motivated to vote for Trump for many reasons, but I believe it boils down to suspending their empathy to feed their fear.

Much on-line ink has been spilled these last weeks eviscerating the Democratic Party and Secretary Clinton. Most certainly the party, and especially Debbie Wasserman-Shultz bear a tremendous amount of blame, not just for the Clinton loss, but for not having the infrastructure and ground game in place to retake the Senate and make gains in the House. This was inexcusable, but hardly a surprise. Wasserman-Shultz voted Republican about as much as she did Democrat, and didn’t use the previous 4 years to build a 50 state organization as Governor Howard Dean had started. Continue reading »

New Presidential Poll at Deep

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May 062016
 
This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series 2016 Elections

Poll-pictureOK, the field has been narrowed. I suppose many will say it’s really down to Hillary v. Trump, but since I’m supporting Bernie, I’m going to leave him on the list for now (although I concede Secretary Clinton is the presumptive nominee). I also concede that Trump is the presumptive nominee for the Republicans <shudder>. However, despite some signs the Republicans are resigning themselves to that reality, I’m just not totally convinced they are going to let this happen. I also know Paul Ryan said “no-way,” but the guy is still being talked about.

I’m going to write more in a later post about why I think he won’t run this cycle.

Anyway, vote in our very unscientific poll.

OK, so who's your choice for President 2016?

  • Bernie Sanders (20%, 9 Votes)
  • Undecided (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Donald Trump (24%, 11 Votes)
  • Paul Ryan (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Hillary Clinton (35%, 16 Votes)
  • None of the above (15%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 46

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Fauxto Op

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Oct 162012
 

Truly, it is hard to imagine anything more feckless than what the Ryan/Romney campaign pulled a day or two ago when they decided to make an unscheduled stop at an already closed soup kitchen. Paul Ryan and the family took time out from their busy campaign schedule to wash previously cleaned pots in an empty and closed soup kitchen. Of course, this little stunt did allow Paul Ryan to double his private sector work experience. It seems to be the perfect metaphor for the Romney/Ryan Campaign.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTZDMVGs16E

Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, said that he was not contacted by the Romney campaign ahead of the Saturday morning visit by Ryan, who stopped by the soup kitchen after a town hall at Youngstown State University.

“We’re a faith-based organization; we are apolitical because the majority of our funding is from private donations,” Antal said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. “It’s strictly in our bylaws not to do it. They showed up there, and they did not have permission. They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors.”

He added: “The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate. He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.”

Paul Ryan washing clean pots at empty soup kitchen

Photo Credit: WKBN Screenshot

Ryan had stopped by the soup kitchen for about 15 minutes on his way to the airport after his Saturday morning town hall in Youngstown. By the time he arrived, the food had already been served, the patrons had left, and the hall had been cleaned.

So let’s look at all that’s wrong with this situation:

1. The Campaign used a non-partisan organization which relies solely on private contributions. The soup kitchen vigorously works hard to maintain their apolitical position, and now fear losing contributions due to this.

2. The Campaign never asked for permission, and basically bullied their way in by convincing some volunteers to open back up.

3. Their kids are involved in this fake photo op, thus teaching their kids that it must be OK to fake your way through life.

4. Does it concern anyone Ryan was apparently having to explain, in detail, to his children how to wash dishes. Me thinks someone’s not having to do their share of the chores.

What a sad commentary on the disdain the Romney/Ryan campaign, and the candidates themselves, feel towards the less fortunate in our society…use the images of helping, but do it only one the “unclean” are no longer present.

Republican Fauxto Op

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Oct 162012
 

Truly, it is hard to imagine anything more feckless than what the Ryan/Romney campaign pulled a day or two ago when they decided to make an unscheduled stop at an already closed soup kitchen. Paul Ryan and the family took time out from their busy campaign schedule to wash previously cleaned pots in an empty and closed soup kitchen. Of course, this little stunt did allow Paul Ryan to double his private sector work experience. It seems to be the perfect metaphor for the Romney/Ryan Campaign.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTZDMVGs16E

Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, said that he was not contacted by the Romney campaign ahead of the Saturday morning visit by Ryan, who stopped by the soup kitchen after a town hall at Youngstown State University.

“We’re a faith-based organization; we are apolitical because the majority of our funding is from private donations,” Antal said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. “It’s strictly in our bylaws not to do it. They showed up there, and they did not have permission. They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors.”

He added: “The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate. He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.”

Ryan had stopped by the soup kitchen for about 15 minutes on his way to the airport after his Saturday morning town hall in Youngstown. By the time he arrived, the food had already been served, the patrons had left, and the hall had been cleaned.

So let’s look at all that’s wrong with this situation:

1. The Campaign used a non-partisan organization which relies solely on private contributions. The soup kitchen vigorously works hard to maintain their apolitical position, and now fear losing contributions due to this.

2. The Campaign never asked for permission, and basically bullied their way in by convincing some volunteers to open back up.

3. Their kids are involved in this fake photo op, thus teaching their kids that it must be OK to fake your way through life.

4. Does it concern anyone Ryan was apparently having to explain, in detail, to his children how to wash dishes. Me thinks someone’s not having to do their share of the chores.

What a sad commentary on the disdain the Romney/Ryan campaign, and the candidates themselves, feel towards the less fortunate in our society…use the images of helping, but do it only one the “unclean” are no longer present.