Thursday, October 27, 2016

Libertarian VP Candidate: Whatever You Do, Don't Vote For Trump

Mod: Has the Libertarian candidate for Vice President this year now said that the threat of a Donald Trump presidency is so great that you should not vote ... Libertarian? Interesting little piece from Talking Point Memo that you can access in its entirety here.

Libertarian VP Candidate: Whatever You Do, Don't Vote For TrumpAccepting that his presidential bid will fail, Libertarian vice presidential candidate Bill Weld on Tuesday obliquely urged voters to vote for Hillary Clinton.

In a Tuesday statement addressed to "those in the electorate who remain torn between two so-called major party candidates," the former Massachusetts governor told Republicans not to vote for the GOP nominee out of “fear for our country.”

“After careful observation and reflection, I have come to believe that Donald Trump, if elected President of the United States, would not be able to stand up to this pressure and this criticism without becoming unhinged and unable to perform competently the duties of his office,” he said at a Boston press conference.

Weld ticks off a long list of what he sees as Trump’s flaws, including his childish response to criticism, divisive rhetoric about immigrants and minorities, instability, and lack of familiarity with policy.

While Weld said he will see his bid with Gary Johnson through to Election Day, he acknowledged that the Libertarian Party ticket, which has languished far behind in the polls, will not break “the two party monopoly” this year. He announced in early October that he would spend the rest of the campaign cycle speaking out against Trump.

Some observers interpreted the last paragraph of his statement as a winking request for voters not to cast ballots for his own running mate.

“Every citizen must be aware of the power and responsibility of each individual vote,” Weld writes. “This is not the time to cast a jocular or feel-good vote for a man whom you may have briefly found entertaining.”

Though Weld goes on to mention Trump by name, his comments could also describe Johnson, who captured headlines with his bumbling responses to foreign policy questions and odd interview antics.

Spoon fed idiots
HuffPo: Donald Trump Is Opening The Dumbest Cocktail Bar In America (Huffington Post): As the rest of his campaign desperately tries to keep Utah’s electoral votes from falling into the wrong hands, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump was in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. You might remember this as the venue for Trump’s last hotel promotion-slash-birtherism event ― the one that got full coverage on cable news and featured a collapsing stage evidently rush-delivered from the metaphor store.

The cable news cameras stayed away this time, but as Trump is ostensibly still running for president and Election Day is less than two weeks away, a few reporters were obligated to attend this latest example of Trump’s mixed-up priorities. One of them was The Daily Beast’s Olivia Nuzzi, who is at her sly and savage best as she sets the scene for this ribbon-cutting.

There’s a lot to absorb, but I can’t stop thinking about this hotel’s cocktail bar, which seems to violate a number of conventions, perhaps even some of the Geneva ones. Per Nuzzi:

"The bar at the new Trump International Hotel in Washington, Benjamin’s Bar and Lounge, is a sprawling space with high ceilings, few customers and too-sweet cocktails that go for $20 to $100, the most expensive being the bar’s namesake, a concoction of rye, potato and winter wheat vodka, shaken and served with raw oysters and caviar. There is also, inexplicably, a section of the menu called BY THE CRYSTAL SPOON that offers literal spoonfuls of wine for anywhere from $15 to $140."

Mod: The rest of the article about this monument to nitwit gaucherie can be read here.

Hillary Clinton Leads Donald Trump by 14 Points Nationally in New Poll (Time Magazine link): Hillary Clinton has widened her lead over Donald Trump, polling 14 percentage points ahead nationally, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, which comes 12 days before the presidential election.

Conducted after the final presidential debate, the poll finds the Democratic nominee leads Trump among likely voters 51% to 37%, a significant lead over the Republican candidate.

According to the poll, Clinton has support of 90% of likely Democratic voters, as well as support from 15% of moderate Republicans. Of the Republicans surveyed, 79% said they would vote for Trump.

The poll finds that Clinton has consolidated the support of her party, while even managing to draw Republican voters.

Mod: Somehow the GOP managed to nominate the only candidate they had that the Democrats could defeat this year. Hardly surprising, though. The Republican Party is pretty much braindead at this point. 

Measure M proponents, worried tax won’t pass, are planning a final push to win voters (Pasadena Star New link): Los Angeles city, county and state leaders stressed that without a late push, Metro’s Measure M on the November ballot may not pass, dooming funding for 40 projects including completion of the 71 Freeway, the 57/60 interchange and extension of the Gold Line to Claremont.

Polling for the measure, which would add a half-cent to the sales tax in Los Angeles County and raise about $120 billion over 40 years, is showing about 67 percent to 69 percent support across the county, confirmed Yes on M campaign spokesman Yusef Robb.

The last transportation tax, Measure R, won by 68 percent in 2008, but four years ago an extension failed by 15,000 votes. Traditionally, such measures that require 66.67 percent to pass — a two-thirds super majority — tend to be cliffhangers on election night, and this one looks to be no different.

“A two-thirds majority is a difficult majority to achieve,” Robb said.

Members of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) who spoke at a San Gabriel Valley transportation conference Wednesday, said the polling could drop below two-thirds due to the polls’ margin of error. They said there is no Plan B should Measure M come up short.

“It is clear an overwhelming majority of people want this. Whether we get over the two-thirds will all depend on who turns out to vote,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a member of the Metro board.

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43 comments:

  1. California poll: Trump’s numbers dropping into ‘uncharted territory’
    http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/10/26/california-poll-trumps-numbers-dropping-into-uncharted-territory/

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  2. He gets a nod; Zzzzzzz. Didn't realize Gary Johnson had a V.P.; if Bill Weld hadn't made a comment, he might not ever have had the opportunity for recognition.
    Good thing the Republican Party Platform has Open Mike debates; or the Libertarian and Green Parties would never be heard.
    Do you ever wonder why the Democratic Party doesn't want to share?
    The debate platform with other Parties? At least poor old Bernie Sanders gave the One Trick Pony Show; a go. Only to find out later through WikiLeaks; that he didn't stand a chance with the DNC. But like Crooked Hillary says; it shouldn't matter what all those emails say! So; the V.P. of whaky weed, may have been paid by Hillary to speak!

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    1. Who does support Donald Trump? Besides Chris Christie and Jack-O-Lantern Giuliani?

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    2. Well, at least you're not calling it 'wikilinks' anymore...

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  3. The polls show Trump's numbers dropping to Alf Landon levels.

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  4. I'm a white woman holding a"Blacks for Trump"sign at a rally. There are blacks voting for Trump can't you read?

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    1. I'm pretty sure Trump's last demographic is middle aged white dudes who watch cable television news. Everyone else he has pretty much insulted and driven off.

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  5. Within the Margin of Error; twelve days to go.
    The Don has the support of the people.
    Ohio is up one point one percent.

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    1. MOE in what? Volksbrigaden KKK White Power poll? Go delete some Facebook comments why don't you.

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    2. Yeah he has support of the one percenters

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  6. Again, Mr. Mod. There just might be more important things afoot to report on in the city. Tuesday, Mr. Inman reported that it is a very real possibility that we may turn on our tap and have no water. Consumption was up 38% last month. Thanks for being the "Tattler" of Sierra Madre!

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    1. How soon before Bruce leaves?

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    2. Bruce has no credibility.

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    3. Bruce has more credibility than the Tattler folks who choose to bury their heads in the sand when it comes to the water problem. I suspect some have a financial stake in this.

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  7. "The Republican Party is pretty much braindead at this point."

    The Republican Party has been braindead since the 80's, when they handed the party over to the religious right. That's when I got off that sinking ship.

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    1. After this election it won't even exist in California.

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  8. So why did the City Council just spend Thousands of dollars, to study water flow?

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    1. To study the flow of water,I assume.Why don't you ask your council person?

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    2. Usually it goes downhill.

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    3. So they can push higher water rates and a parcel tax. Duh

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  9. So; no truth in running out of water. It flows downhill and costs thousands of dollars for that study by City Council to say so.

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    1. another head in the sand believer

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  10. Still angry about your extraction from your White Religious Cult; put on your tin foil hat, click your heels together and repeat: the World will not end.

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  11. If you live in California, you're vote doesn't matter. Just vote No on all the propositions. Yes votes mean more money for the politicos.

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  12. The water shortage is a myth perpetrated by the Democrats and the Clinton Foundation.Putin told me via Wikileaks

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    1. Sorry, this is all the Republicans fault. Besides, My vote for Trump is in the mail even though the Republicans have been disenfranchised by the uninformed, uneducated voters of California.

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  13. In some third world nations I hear the water spins the wrong way in toilets.

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    1. The gravitational field of the southern hemisphere makes it so

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  14. Clarence Thomas has just been accused of being a p***y grabber,it's becoming blase we need some c**k grabber articles in the news.Fair and balanced.

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    1. Senator Wide-Stance retired.

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  15. Jacob Bernstein writer for New York Times caught up in Yellow Journalism. Blackmail at best. ABH. - CROOKED Supporters. Anyone but Hillary. Crooked Hillary.

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    1. Although I haven't a clue about what your referring to regarding Jacob Bernstein. I've checked many news sources although none from the alt-right. The orange one engages in verbal "Yellow Journalism" every day and some folk consider him fit for the highest office in the land.

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  16. Fair and Balanced would be Anthony Weiner and his soon to be ex; Huma. Hillary has dibs on Huma.

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    1. Are all Trump supporters pigs like you?

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    2. I see trump still has you by the pussy

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    3. I didn't realize he (Weiner) held any public office I believe he was forced out,and rightly so, due to his indiscretions. He loved to "sext" ladies he was not a grabber as far as I know.

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    4. Weiner was an on-line guy. A kind of virtual flasher. Trump is a full on molester.

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  17. It is not a joke that we may run out of water in Sierra Madre. We need to insist that the city council do something about this.

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    1. The city council has been doing some things about this for quite some time now. Unfortunately nothing they tried has seemed to work. The only thing they really know how to do is raise taxes and water rates. Unfortunately that has done precious little to fill the aquifers.

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  18. Get ready, Obama health insurance is going up by 40+ percent.....

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    1. Private insurance NEVER goes up.

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    2. Um sorry not on the California exchange only 13%.I'm sorry if you're from a state that "cut off your nose to spite your face"

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