Friday, October 21, 2016

Sad! Al Smith Charity Dinner Crowd Rains Boos on Donald Trump

Mod: Apparently there was not a whole lot of forgiveness for the boorish behavior of Donald Trump last night. Nobody appears to have been very amused. Trump actually did manage to get himself "booed by a room full of Priests." (link)

Al Smith Charity Dinner Crowd Rains Boos on Donald Trump (Daily Beast link): Thursday’s Al Smith Memorial Dinner offered America the opportunity to take a desperate breath from the trash swamp America’s been drowning in for the last year and a half. It delivered, but then again, 45 minutes of footage of a stranger yelling would have been more enjoyable than most of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Al Smith, the white tie event’s namesake, was the first Catholic to run for president, and the multi-thousand dollar per plate ticket price supports Catholic charity work. For reasons that might seem opaque to the casual observer, this particular charity event features almost every four years the two major party presidential candidates delivering jokes from behind a podium. It’s the world’s fanciest open mic.

What’s the difference between an open mic comic and Donald Trump? One spends hours every week spitting idiotic lines in front of an audience of hopeless losers in hopes that they’ll gain fame, and the other is a comedian.

The Republican nominee for president hit some high notes, like the plagiarism joke about wife Melania’s Republican National Convention speech, which was cribbed in part from a speech Michelle Obama had given. But then he gestured to his wife, ordering her to stand up while the crowd cheered, a bizarre break in momentum.

He further lost the crowd with a joke about Hillary Clinton hating Catholics that was met with boos. Then came another one about Donna Brazile sharing all of the jokes from the dinner in advance. More boos. Then one about Hillary Clinton destroying Haitian villages, which was borderline inscrutable and met with silence. If Trump is half as effective at bombing ISIS as he is at bombing stand-up routines, he’s ready to be commander-in-chief.

Donald Trump Heckled by New York Elite at Charity Dinner (New York Times link): Donald J. Trump began this quadrennial exercise in campaign humility and self-deprecation on Thursday by comparing himself to the son of God — just another “carpenter working for his father” in his youth.

By the end, facing cascading and uncomfortable jeers from a crowd full of white ties and gowns, he had called Hillary Clinton Catholic-hating, “so corrupt” and potentially jail-bound in a prospective Trump administration.

“I don’t know who they’re angry at, Hillary, you or I,” Mr. Trump said sheepishly from the dais, turning to his opponent amid the heckling.

It seemed clear to everyone else. Mr. Trump was being booed at a charity dinner.

So it went at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in Manhattan, a presidential campaign ritual of levity and feigned warmth — upended, like so much else in this election season, by the gale-force bid of Mr. Trump.

Breaking with decades of tradition at the gathering once he took the microphone, Mr. Trump set off on a blistering, grievance-filled performance that translated poorly to the staid setting, stunning many of the well-heeled guests who had filed into the Waldorf Astoria hotel for an uncommon spectacle: an attempted détente in a campaign so caustic that the candidates, less than 24 hours earlier, declined to shake hands on a debate stage.

Trump sides with Putin over U.S. intelligence (Politico link): Donald Trump angrily insisted on Wednesday night that he is not Vladimir Putin’s “puppet.”

But at a minimum, in recent months he has often sounded like the Russian president’s lawyer—defending Putin against a variety of specific charges, from political killings to the 2014 downing of a passenger jet over Ukraine, despite the weight of intelligence, legal findings and expert opinion.

Wednesday, for instance, Trump dismissed Hillary Clinton’s assertion that Russia was behind the recent hacking of Democratic Party and Clinton campaign emails. “She has no idea whether it’s Russia or China or anybody else,” Trump retorted. “Our country has no idea.”

As Clinton tried to explain that the Russian role is the finding of 17 military and civilian intelligence agencies, Trump cut her off: “I doubt it.”

On Oct. 7, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a joint statement saying that the U.S. intelligence community “is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations.” That finding has also been relayed directly to Trump in the classified national security briefings he receives as a major party nominee.

Amid 'rigged' election charges, Russia wants to monitor U.S. vote (USA Today link): In an apparent move to embarrass the United States over Donald Trump's claims of a "rigged" presidential election, Russia sought to send monitors to U.S. polling stations for the Nov. 8 vote, Russian media revealed Thursday.

The bid was sharply rebuffed by the State Department, and one state election official threatened criminal action if Russian monitors showed up, according to state-controlled Izvestia daily and broadcaster RT.

State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner called the Russian effort a "PR stunt" and denied that the United States blocked Russian diplomats from observing the election.

A spokeswoman for Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler, who received a request to allow Russian monitors, called it a "propaganda ploy."

"We've allowed observers from overseas in the past from other countries, never from Russia," Meg Casper said. She added that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security also "told us not to do this."

Trump, who is behind in most polls, has complained for weeks about potential election fraud. In Wednesday night's debate with Democrat Hillary Clinton, the Republican nominee refused to say whether he would abide by the results on Election Day.

With Empty Rooms and Bookings Plummeting, Trump Hotels Are Taking a Beating (NBC News link): Donald Trump may already be calling for a recount of votes in what he claims will be a rigged election — but he may also want to recount the empty rooms at his hotels.

The Republican presidential nominee's actions out on the campaign trail don't seem to be doing much for occupancy rates at his chain of five-star Trump-branded hotels.

Bookings at the newly opened Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C. on Pennsylvania Avenue also seem to be bearing the brunt of this contentious election cycle.

When it had its soft opening in September, rack rates for the basic 410-square "deluxe" rooms started at over $575 a night.

Checking the hotel's online booking site, that same room type is now available for an unrestricted rate of $505, with a discount to $404 for AAA members, for at least the next two weekends and for the weekend after the presidential election.

By comparison, when searching Expedia for a five-star hotel in Washington, D.C., next weekend, a room at the St. Regis Washington, D.C. is available for $655 a night, while the Hay-Adams and others show as sold out.

The Trump family plans an official ribbon-cutting and press conference for the D.C. hotel on October 26, but for now, it's the falling room rates that are getting noticed.

Despite its prime location and promotional mentions by Donald Trump himself, "empty rooms have forced hotel to reduce rates during the peak season," noted New York Magazine.

Red State Stupidity Confirmed: 9 Of The 10 Least Educated States Voted Republican (PoliticusUSA link): According to data compiled in a new study, 9 of the 10 least educated states in America also voted Republican in the last presidential election.

24/7 Wall St used educational attainment data from the U.S. Census Bureau to rank all 50 states in terms of higher education level. The results were not surprising to those who pay attention to our national discourse.

All ten of the most educated states in the United States voted for President Obama in 2012. The ten most educated states were Minnesota, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Virginia, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Colorado, Massachusetts. Only one of the ten least educated states (Nevada) voted for President Obama in 2012.

The ten least educated states were:

10). Idaho

9). Indiana

8). Oklahoma

7). Alabama

6). Nevada

5). Louisiana

4). Kentucky

3). Arkansas

2). Mississippi

1). West Virginia

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64 comments:

  1. Cardinal Dolan deserves the Nobel Priest Prize.

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    1. Thanks for a good laugh.

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  2. Does Donald Trump have a Russian translator? Is that why he now uses a teleprompter?

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  3. Did Bill stay home for the evening? Or was he regulated to the table in the back?

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  4. I watched some of the speeches at the dinner, and felt very sorry for Melania. She is clearly going through the difficult decisions of a trophy wife - "Should I laugh now or not?" "Was that funny or will he be mad?" but most frequently, "Huh?"

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    1. Donald treats his third wife like he thinks she is a dope. Maybe he is getting ready to trade her in for a younger model.

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  5. A new problem for the wealthy: Living in a building named "Trump". The residents of Trump Tower are bailing, the market value of their condos are way down.

    http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-name-snap-story.html

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    1. The Trump brand is not a good investment.

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    2. Amidst reports that occupancy rates at Trump Hotels have slipped this election season, the company has announced that new brand hotels will no longer bear the Trump name.

      http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/trump-scion-hotels

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  6. California makes the "educated" list!

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    1. Just means a lot of people with degrees from other states have moved here. Just look at the tech industry. Our education system stinks.

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    2. The future of Washington Insiders and the Party if Elites. Just put "a it" in an email. Send" it" out. Then deny "it "was written by you. Clever.

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  7. Donald J. Trump has accused China of stealing jobs from the United States. But that doesn’t mean an investment project bearing his name cannot still be interested in Chinese money, as the $130 million Austin Mirabeau Trump Hotel shows.
    The investment pitch offers Chinese investors willing to put at least $500,000 into the hotel a path to a green card. That is part of a government program intended to tap overseas money and create jobs in economically troubled neighborhoods.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/21/business/international/trump-china-visas-hotel.html

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  8. I remember John Kennedy had great distain from voters because of his religion. Everything in good time.

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    1. The voters that disdained John Kennedy for his religion are now Trump supporters

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    2. Most are dead actually

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    3. Apparently Donald's father Fred was one of those.
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/02/28/in-1927-donald-trumps-father-was-arrested-after-a-klan-riot-in-queens/

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    4. What is the historic source of discrimination towards Catholics? Because they are largely Irish/Italian? I never have figured that out.

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    5. Ask the KKK. They endorsed Donald trump.
      http://www.politicususa.com/2016/10/21/donald-trump-finally-wins-newspaper-endorsement-kkk.html

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    6. Don't you know, 9:31, that Catholics were going to take over America for the Pope. That's one of the reasons that they had so many babies. I know it's true, because my father's parents, aunts and uncles told him that when he was growing up in Kansas. JFK, especially was in cahoots with the Vatican. My great aunts threatened to move to Russia if he were elected President. He was, they didn't, and I don't think the Pope is ruling America today.

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  9. So the Trump supporters all use to be Democrats? There really is hope for the future !!!

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    1. Yes all the dead Democrats will be voting for Trump.

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  10. You are so correct as usual.Democrats were very anti Catholic anti Kennedy. That's why they nominated and elected him president.

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    1. Democrats are also against blacks, and therefore they nominated and elected Barack Obama.

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    2. Especially those dead voters in Chicago, that got Kennedy elected.

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    3. If true, it delayed Richard Nixon for 8 years. Maybe we need more dead voters.

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  11. No historians in this basket of bloggers. Yes 8:41 am. Voter fraud is an issue in this election.

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    1. How so? Please provide a credible source to support your accusation. Seriously, please do.

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    2. Voter fraud has been an issue for years. Go to blackboxvoting.org and read away. I love the information about fractional voting.

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    3. Voter fraud is just Trump's excuse for losing this election.

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  12. Snopes has an entire category for this called "fake news." Check it out.
    http://www.snopes.com/leaked-videos-clinton-voter-fraud/

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  13. You're correct again it is an issue it's an issue made up by someone who is losing by a vast margin and is never wrong and needs a reason for his loss

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    1. The entire Trump campaign is Fake News.

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    2. Longtime Trump supporter switches to Hillary after realizing Trump is ’23 cans short of a case’
      http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/longtime-trump-supporter-switches-to-hillary-after-realizing-the-gop-nominee-is-23-cans-short-of-a-case/comments/#disqus

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    3. That's a lot of cans.

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  14. The New York Daily News has long established itself as one of Trump’s foes. When the Manhattan businessman launched his presidential campaign in the summer of 2015, the Daily News depicted the Republican as a clown. In turn, Trump has repeatedly tweeted that the newspaper is “failing” and “worthless.”

    But Friday’s editorial, which clocks in at more than 7,900 words, might be the most scathing attack on Trump from any newspaper in the country.

    And because Trump refused to say at Wednesday’s presidential debate that he would accept the election results, the Daily News urged the public to deliver an unequivocal message on Election Day.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/bury-trump-in-a-landslide-daily-news-goes-nuclear-on-gop-nominee-120758694.html

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  15. Seventy Thousand Manufacturing jobs out of USA; because of the Clinton's and NAFTA. Drain the Swamp.giving to Make a Change. ABH.

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    1. Trump manufactures his clothes in Asia and build his hotels with Chinese steel.

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  16. Yes 10:11. You are beginning to get it.
    Because of Bill and Hillary "we"have now have the "law" called NAFTA. We also have hugh regulations that "chase" the majority of manufacturing jobs (including Steel-iam simplifying ); if you dont support bleeding the US into the poor house ;then don't play the game. Make a change. Politicians have failed us.

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    1. Tap dancing right on by Trump's hypocrisy, eh? Nice.

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    2. Presidents don't make laws. Congress does. Republicans have controlled congress for a long time. They are your real enemy.

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    3. First Ladies don't make or pass laws either.

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  17. I wish I could say that I will be greatly relieved when this is all over ... however I feel it will only be the beginning. The Donald will not go quietly into the night ... his cult followers will act out ... the GOP is left in shreds ... and we have Hillary and Bill back in the White House. God Help Us All.

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  18. Burnie Sanders cult following will also split from the Democratic Party that sold him out; and we will then have a four party split. What ever is a voter to do?

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    1. In order to engage in true Bernie prophecy you first need to be able to spell his name correctly. Otherwise you come off looking a little foolish.

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    2. Not gonna happen

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  19. Parliamentary Democracy as they have in Canada. You can have a minority government (one of the 4 ruling parties has the most votes. It not
    51%). Also you can dissolve the gov and call for mid term elections. We could have lost to England and ended slavery earlier and misses the Donald.

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    1. If pigs had wings we could have ridden them into battle and never had to invent airplanes.

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  20. Poor pigs. At least they would keep the Islamic Terrorist from using weapons; they wouldn't want to commit Jihad and spill pig blood. That would keep them from Allah and their seventy two Virgins.

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    1. 3:04 is the real terrorist in our midst

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    2. Send in the flying pigs.

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    3. Nothing like a little hate speech to round out the day...

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    4. Pig hate is at a fever pitch these days.

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  21. REUTERS NATIONAL POLL: CLINTON 45 TRUMP 36
    http://polling.reuters.com/#poll/TM651Y15_26/filters/LIKELY:1

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    1. Trump has fallen into Alf Landon numbers now.

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    2. Some interesting stats in this poll:
      - Trump is losing with Hispanics by 43%
      - Trump is losing with Blacks by 70%
      - Trump is losing with Asians by 26%
      - Trump is losing with women by 10%
      - Trump is losing with 18-34 yr olds by 24%

      These numbers mean there is no doubt this election is over.

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    3. Survey USA national poll HRC +10

      http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReport.aspx?g=43152229-1c55-4feb-8b4d-50aeb48c36b1&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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  22. "When you put lipstick on a pig; she's still a pig".

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    1. True. But when you put wings on that pig it becomes a weapon of mass destruction.

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  23. On the subject of mass destruction; a video has surfaced showing Hillary giving a lecture to the State Department on Cyber Security.Lol.

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  24. Billionaire Richard Branson: Trump once invited me to lunch to share his ‘bizarre’ revenge fantasies
    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/billionaire-richard-branson-trump-once-invited-me-to-lunch-to-share-his-bizarre-revenge-fantasies/

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  25. I gotta get off this beach
    They're starting to influence my judgement.

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