Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Sierra Madre Tattler Sunday National News Dump

Mod: There is quite a lot to cover, so let's get right down to it. Shall we?

Ahead of recount, Wisconsin has already wiped out 5,000 imaginary Donald Trump votes (Palmer Report link): Earlier today we reported that three precincts in the Wisconsin county of Outagamie had revised their vote totals downward for Donald Trump by more than a thousand votes combined, with local officials insisting to their local ABC News affiliate that it was a mere arithmetic error. But as more revisions come in throughout the state, a total of nearly five thousand Trump votes in Wisconsin have now been taken off the official board because they apparently never existed to begin with.

At the end of election night the New York Times reported that Donald Trump had won the state of Wisconsin with a total of 1,409,467 votes, giving him a winning margin of 27,257 votes over Hillary Clinton’s total of 1,382,210. These numbers were based on what the individual counties and precincts were reporting that night. But now seventeen days later, based on various Wisconsin precincts revising their own totals, Dave Wasserman of the respected Cook Political Report has updated the totals. Donald Trump now has 1,404,536 total votes in Wisconsin, while Hillary Clinton now has 1,382,011 total votes.

Two things immediately jump out, as first spotted by critic Dave Greenwald. The first is that, even ahead of the forthcoming recount in Wisconsin, Donald Trump’s lead has already shrunk to just 22,525 votes. That means 18% of his “lead” has already vanished, based on precincts catching some of their own incorrect numbers, and internet gawkers catching others. But the second thing that jumps out is that the revisions have served to erase thousands of votes from Trump, while affirming that Clinton’s vote total was essentially correct to begin with.

ModWisconsin is the first of three states recounting their presidential votes at the request of the Green Party. If it flips expect all hell to break loose. Michigan and Pennsylvania follow.

Clinton Campaign to Participate in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan Recounts, Top Lawyer Says (Alternet link): The Clinton campaign will participate in the presidential recounts initiated by the Green Party, its top election lawyer Marc Elias said Saturday, even though the campaign does not expect it to change the results giving Donald Trump an Electoral College majority. Elias, writing on medium.com, gave the campaign’s most detailed post-election accounting of its private inquiries into the possibility that the vote counts were not accurate or had possibly been hacked. They said they had quietly explored all of the avenues they could, including a meeting with the team that filed for the Greens, which led to a leaked story that computer experts were pressuring the Clinton campaign to file for a recount.

Elias’ statement said it was the campaign’s duty to see the process through to its end, including being present as recounts unfold in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. On Friday, the Green Party filed for a recount in Wisconsin. There are plans to file for a recount in Pennsylvania starting Monday, which is a county-by-county process, and in Michigan on Wednesday. Elias said they would “participate” in the recount without specifying exactly what that may entail.

Mod: Like Jill Stein, the Clinton camp is handling this in a very circumspect way. Their participation at all means they must think there is at least a possibility that this election was hacked.

Donald Trump Calls Green Party’s Wisconsin Recount Push A ‘Scam’ (Huffington Post link): U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday called a request for a recount of votes in Wisconsin a “scam” by the Green Party and said even his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton had said the election results should be accepted.

“This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount,” Trump said.

Stein denied Trump’s claims that funds raised for the recount would be allocated elsewhere.

“For his information, this is all going into a dedicated and segregated account so that it can only be spent on the recount,” Stein told CNN on Saturday.

“He may be creating his own facts here as he’s been known to do some times in the past,” Stein said. “He himself said it was rigged election unless he won it.”

Mod: Somebody seems to be worried about something. You can only wonder what is going on behind the scenes.

Americans keep looking away from the election’s most alarming story (Washington Post link): In assessing Donald Trump’s presidential victory, Americans continue to look away from this election’s most alarming story: the successful effort by a hostile foreign power to manipulate public opinion before the vote.
 U.S. intelligence agencies determined that the Russian government actively interfered in our elections.

Russian state propaganda gave little doubt that this was done to support President-elect Trump, who repeatedly praised Vladimir Putin and excused the Russian president’s foreign aggression and domestic repression. Most significantly, U.S. intelligence agencies have affirmed that the Russian government directed the illegal hacking of private email accounts of the Democratic National Committee and prominent individuals. The emails were then released by WikiLeaks, which has benefited financially from a Russian state propaganda arm, used Russian operatives for security and made clear an intent to harm the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.


From the Russian perspective, the success of this operation can hardly be overstated.

Mod: I cannot begin to tell you how little respect I have for anyone who fell for this.

Letters To California Mosques Praise Donald Trump, Promise Genocide (The Huffington Post link): Religious leaders in California are calling for a police investigation after identical letters were sent to local mosques hailing President-elect Donald Trump and calling for death to Muslims.

The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released a statement asking for increased protection after the hate-filled letters were discovered at the Islamic centers of Long Beach and Claremont as well as a mosque in San Jose.

The handwritten and photocopied letters, received over the course of the week, were signed by “Americans for a Better Way.” They call Muslims “a vile and filthy people” who “worship the devil” and evoke Trump.

“There’s a new sheriff in town — President Donald Trump. He’s going to cleanse America and make it shine again. And, he’s going to start with you Muslims,” the letters read. “He’s going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews.”

Mod: What is it about wanna-be Hitlers and their love for Donald Trump?

GOP cuts in Medicare may be next after dismantling Obamacare (The Fiscal Times link): The pledge by President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act beginning early next year has dominated the national policy debate since Trump, and the GOP swept to victory in last week's election.

With potentially 20 million or more Americans threatened with the disruption or loss of their Obamacare insurance coverage in the coming years, Trump and GOP leaders are coming under mounting pressure to explain precisely how they would replace Obamacare once they pass legislation early next year to dismantle key elements of the program.

However, practically overnight the Republicans have substantially raised the stakes in their drive to reform the government health care system and cut costs. House Budget Committee Chair Tom Price (R-GA) told reporters on Thursday that the House GOP will likely push next year for major changes and cuts in Medicare, the premier health care program for 57 million seniors that has been the bedrock of retirees' health coverage since the mid-1960s.

Mod: Some so-called "Patriots" are going to be mightily surprised when their government funded medical benefits such as Medicare are suddenly taken away. 

Irony Is Dead: Mike Pence Goes To Court To Block His Emails From Being Released To Public (IfYouOnlyNews.com link): Until recently, Mike Pence was known as the governor whose hatred towards gay people burned so hot that he lost his state of Indiana millions of dollars in business in order to legalize the discrimination of the LGBT community. Now he’s known as the future vice president. In the aftermath of the shocking election results, pundits have cited Hillary Clinton’s email “scandal” as one explanation as to why she lost. (Whether it ever truly existed is another question.) Thanks to her private email server, voters viewed her with suspicion and distrust. She appeared to be a politician with something to hide. Trump himself suggested he might throw her in jail over her emails once he became president.

Enter Mike Pence, whose lawyers have launched a battle to prevent his own inconvenient emails from ever being made public. That distant wailing you just heard was irony dying.

The [Pence] administration is fighting to conceal the contents of an email sent to Gov. Mike Pence by a political ally. That email is being sought by a prominent Democratic labor lawyer who says he wants to expose waste in the Republican administration.

But legal experts fear the stakes may be much higher than mere politics because the decision could remove a judicial branch check on executive power and limit a citizen’s right to know what the government is doing and how it spends taxpayer dollars.

The Pence administration email in question was in regards to Pence going behind the backs of the Indiana government to hire a private lawfirm to help him file a frivolous lawsuit against President Obama as a publicity stunt. The total expense of this stunt has never been made public. Democrats in the state were hoping to learn more about this government waste by analyzing Pence’s emails surrounding the decision. Instead, they hit a brick wall built by Pence’s lawyers.

Mod: The man known as the "Human Q-Tip" does seem to have a certain flair for self-immolating hypocrisy.

Ann Coulter: It's 1928 All Over Again! (Crooks And Liars link): Boy, is Ann Coulter dumb. In addition to having her facts wrong, does she really want to point to the start of the Great Depression as the last time Republicans held the White House, the House and the Senate? Really?


Just for the record, Republicans had all three from 2002-2007. And more to the point, when they held all three from 2002-2007, the Great Recession happened.

You see a pattern here? If I were Ann Coulter, I wouldn't be trumpeting those associations.

Mod: I'm not too sure that Herbert Hoover would be pleased by this, either.

Trump Christmas Ornament Raises Eyebrows (Voice Of America link): Donald Trump won’t be sworn in as president until January, but those reveling in his victory and eager to be reminded of it throughout the holiday season can buy a Christmas tree ornament bearing his famous campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”

Made in the shape of a miniature red hat like the one Trump wore at numerous rallies, the ornament is advertised as brass with gold trim and sells for $149. Purchases constitute non-refundable contributions to a Trump fundraising committee, as well as the Republican National Committee.

Like Trump himself, the ornament has sparked widely divergent reactions. The reviews section on retailer Amazon.com instantly became a forum for people to register their feelings about the president-elect, his policies and persona.

“Every time I try to hang it on the branch, it yells 'WRONG!' No matter which branch I try, it's 'WRONG!'” a reviewer wrote. “I woke up and there was a wall around my tree,” another wrote.

“Millions of Americans and I ordered the 'Stronger Together' ornament. Imagine our disappointment when this is what we got,” another wrote.

“Let's make America great again ornament has liberals in the corner sucking their thumbs holding onto a blankie. My ornament is proudly displayed on my Christmas tree where we say, God Bless America and Merry Christmas,” said another reviewer.

“This is a great ornament! So excited to ring in a new year with Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence at the helm! God Bless America,” a reviewer posted.

“Unfortunately this has turned out to be as disappointingly and frustratingly repugnant as the BREXIT ornament,” another posted.

Advertising for the ornament proclaims “It is sure to make any tree stand out” and “President-elect Trump loves Christmas and makes a point of proudly saying ‘Merry Christmas’ every chance he gets.”

“Of course, like most things bearing the Trump name, this was mass produced in China,” a reviewer posted.

Mod: I'm not surprised about the "Made In China" origin of such tackiness. There isn't much that Donald Trump (Я -Moscow) won't do to make an easy buck.

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58 comments:

  1. On behalf of Non GOP Trumpies everywhere, I would like to thank the American left.

    Not even Lee Atwater in all his evil genius glory could have directed such an amazing lefty orgy of self destruction aimed at alienating middle class shlubs like me.

    First, call workers battered who commit the sin of wanting a better future a bunch of deplorable racist, sexist, homophobic, islamophobe can bigots.

    Second, when that strategy fails and you lose the election, double down and start calling the National Socialists and National Socialist sympathizes.

    Third, take to the streets to violently protest the injustice of having lost an election under the rules spelled out in that stupid Constitution. While committing this violence create safe spaces to be insulated from the deplorable ideas of the deplorable president and his deplorable fullerenes. Back it up by booing the VP elect, his wife, daughter and niece while they try to enjoy a nice family evening out on the town.

    Fourth, take steps to have California secede from the union - over a lost election. Seriously.

    Fifth, to convince everyone that you are serious about your entitlement to power in perpetuity demand a whole bunch of recounts that, according to your own election lawyers, have no chance of overturning a state, much less the election.

    finally, to completely write off the blue collar mid-west vote and flip the pro- Israel vote you guys could try something really crazy like nominating a Nation of Islam backer to head the DNC. Just kidding. You guys would never consider that,


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    1. Democracy is messy. If you want complete order based on the all-powerful dictates of a single personality, move to North Korea. Otherwise, try and enjoy the ride. Or at least deal with it in a way that you do not feel is personally threatening to either yourself or your lawn. You do seem a little uptight.

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    2. 6:17 - Maybe it is all that KKK and Putin support that caused Trump to lose the popular vote by over 2 million?

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    3. But donald said himself many times the he election was rigged. We must all follow his advice. How does it feel to be grabbed in your @@@@@?

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    4. No need to move to North Korea--the cult of personality is already here and the deplorables and their brethren fell for it. What's funny is they think he knows their pain because he has so much in common with them.

      On the bright side, nothing (so far) will prevent thinking people from enjoying the use of red states' airspace.

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    5. "Keep Digging" you are spot on. Let them whine and cry over their lost election. Let them protest and riot. Let them scream for thier recount. All the time showing who they really are and how they really think. You can have freedom of speech, as long as you agree with them. The election process is fair, as long as they win. Everyone has a place at the table, unless you don't believe what they believe. Keep it up and you can be assured that thier won't be Dem. President for the next 40 years. Thank you all so very much.

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    6. Now that is a healthy dose of alt.crack.

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    7. 12:09 - that was a crushing, on point, well thought out response. I'm sure "Guys in suits" was devistated by the wit and depth of it.

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    8. double dose of alt-crack

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    9. Still a weak childish response.

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    10. Keep Digging......your little rant is about what I expected from a Trump voter, pretty pathetic and small.

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  2. Was a bit of good news with this mornings coffee. Either way with Trump in this election we knew there was going to be civil unrest.

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    1. Kind of like in Weimer Germany with the right and left fighting it out in the streets. Or at least blaming each other on the Internet. A primitive president is going to get you a primitive nation.

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  3. Meanwhile, fire are raging in Israel, Japan is scrambling jets against China and No. Korea and Hillary said Donald was horrendous for not wanting to accept the decision of the election.

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    1. Actually Fatty Kim endorsed Donald trump in the election. But how would you know that? You just shoot off your stupid mouth.
      North Korea says Trump isn't screwy at all, a wise choice for president
      http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-trump-idUSKCN0YN35S

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    2. 'fire are burning by in Israel'? I didn't vote for the president of that country, let them handle their own affairs. We got enough zealots to deal here.

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    3. 6:58A So PC. Guess that only happens when someone you sponsor is criticized! Sticks and stones and all that....

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    4. Do you ever make any sense?

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  4. Watching the mail for my Gold tacky Hanuka Christmas Tree Ornament. I will proudly display the reminder of Make America Great Again.
    The vote recount won't move the Electoral count enough to make any differance. But it is telling that the Green Party and now the the Democratic Party, both represented by Woman have used their statures to rake in the bucks foe themselves. Never saw the Republican Party Platform represented by Woman, apply this tactic.
    The child character of Veronica, in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to mind. Good egg or bad? They are both rotten; throw them out.

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    1. Slight technical issue. The reason there have been no rotten women running the GOP is there has never been any females in the top spot. All the rotten party leaders have been men. Right up to today.

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    2. Well at least you didn't bring up your disdain for the black guy again

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    3. The Trump Rule is very different from the Golden Rule:
      "Do unto others, but bawl like an infant if they do it to you."

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    4. You never saw Sarah Palin make money for herself? Like when she had idiots chanting 'drill baby drill' while her husband worked for the oil company?

      You're really moronic

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    5. Just what we need in a president. A late night Christmas ornament TV pitchman. Our enemies can't stop laughing.

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    6. Our enemies own Trump.

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  5. Can you post a link to where I can buy an ornament?

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  6. And yet, I just can't stop smiling.

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  7. Side Bar. Obama asked Clinton to accept the November 8ths outcome.

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    1. Yes. The recount has been set up very carefully. It wouldn't pay to look over eager. Remember, Obama still controls the NSA, and knows all of the Orange Baboon's secrets. They will be shared with us shortly.

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    2. Obama is a gentle man.

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  8. Thank you 7:26, double for you is my wish. Enjoy.

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  9. Poor Hillary - all those new pant suits and nowhere to wear them

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    1. Are you with the fashion police?

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    2. Yeah, with Marshalls

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    3. Have you done any ordering from Douchebags by Ivanka yet?

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  10. Since there is a very good chance that Jill Stein cost Hillary Clinton the election, the only conclusion to draw, is that both parties miss the traditional protest job creations to close out the books at the end of the election. Hours and hours of hanging chads.

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    1. There are no bargains in this mess. The Trumps are the political version of the Kardashians.

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    2. Weiner / Comey /Putin cost the election

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    3. Trump is 2.5 million votes behind. The election was stolen.

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  11. The bargin is that, Hillary is still under investigation. I'll bet that "they" still lock her up.

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    1. Trump just paid $25 million to settle a lawsuit tied in with his fraud university. Classy.

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    2. Idiot Trump today claimed he won the popular vote "if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally." Sounds like he is calling for a recount.

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  13. Dispose of him before he destroys our country
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/davidhalperin/8-new-reasons-the-elector_b_13248386.html

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  14. Many of the folks that voted for Trump were the subject of Koch brothers propaganda for over a year in the "fly-over" states, and are susceptible to the pitch because they are further and further behind financially due to the system that favors the 1%. Part of the problem with the closed world-view discussed in this article (below) is that the right-wing cable outlets were broadcasting Trump directly to all these households. It deliberately reinforced a racist worldview, giving Trump millions of dollars of free political exposure right at the start of his campaign. It was all a media attack on our government processes.

    http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/rural-america-understanding-isnt-problem

    "...the bid appears to be part of a carefully planned strategy for advancing their conservative vision. According to the story, three years ago the Kochs gathered like-minded donors to develop a 10-year plan to shift national policy to the right. The plan had three areas of focus: two of which, educating grassroots activists and influencing politics, are often associated with the brothers. The third is not: media. The article suggests that the Tribune bid is part of a Koch media strategy, though it does not provide evidence to illuminate how that might work."

    http://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/the_koch_brothers_media_invest.php

    Well, now we know.

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    1. They started the phony tea party movement years ago

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  15. It could happen, a re count of legal voters vs. Illegal votes; just to be fair. Could be interesting in California, Florida, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada just to name a few states. Meanwhile Trump is ahead of schedule on building up his cabinet.

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    1. So you honestly think those states really signed up people without any proof of citizenship? I can always tell what total BS Fox News is pushing on any given day by your stupid comments.

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  16. Trump now appears to say he won three states that he lost:

    "Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - so why isn't the media reporting on this? Serious bias - big problem!"

    If that's what he believes, then surely he and his supporters cannot dispute the need for a recount in all states where the original count is suspect.

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    1. Politics|Trump Claims, With No Evidence, That 'Millions of People' Voted Illegally
      http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/27/us/politics/trump-adviser-steps-up-searing-attack-on-romney.html?_r=0

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    2. Trump is freaking out over the recount. My guess is he knows what is coming.

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