2016 Presidential Debate #3 at U of Nevada

unlv-logo-and-tagline-legacy Tonight is the third and last presidential debate, airing at 9 PM Eastern on nearly every channel, including NBC.  Evergreen advice: CSPAN, PBS, or online streaming. No networks or cable stations and their rotten pundits.

This debate is an actual debate and will be “moderated” by Chris Wallace of Fox News who is on record as admitting he will be nothing more than a timekeeper or perhaps a potted plant. Fact-checking is sooooo hard, which is why Joy Reid can do it in real time without knowing the content in advance. (His Twitter handle is @FoxNewsSunday.)

Wired said they are fact-checking it live but didn’t say if it would be at their website or Twitter.

I heard that Roger Ailes and Trump broke up, each claiming the other lacked focus. So, now that his “shackles are off” and he doesn’t have a responsible guide like Roger around, how will he maintain his legendary composure?

Once again, the pundits are pushing their advice on Hillary and raising the bar—hers. She’s gotta do this, she needs to do that, and if she can’t do this other thing…

Hillary, ignore their advice. All you need to do is keep doing what you’ve been doing: Winning.

The media really loves Donald’s reality show format, even those who don’t particularly like Donald. Usually, when you have two normal candidates, they compete against each other in a debate. The media has decided they’d rather have a different game, wherein each candidate needs to beat their personal bests. She must exceed Debate 1 & 2 Hillary whereas he can’t do worse than Debate 1 & 2 Donald. Backwards and in high heels.

I heard one of Donald’s guests will be Obama’s half-brother from Kenya. I have no idea what he has to do with anything.

I am grateful that this is the last time she has to be on the same stage as that disgusting animal.

On the other hand, maybe he won’t show up.

Anyway, for good luck:


Imagine a President…

I thought this video from The Briefing deserved it’s own post. It’s narrated by Clinton Press Secretary, Brian Fallon and connects all the dots of Trump’s Russian ties.

Tracking Voter Fraud By Counting Red Hats…..

This is being passed around among the Deplorables, and to assorted places of  Far Right worship.

laughinggifPlease tell me it’s meant to be a joke, because I was crying with laughter when I saw it.

You ready?

How do you prove voter fraud? Why, by counting red hats of course! Yeah! That’s the ticket!



2016 Presidential Debate #2 at Washington U


washu-2016-debate-circleTonight is the second presidential debate, airing at 9 PM Eastern on nearly every channel (except NBC which has football).  My advice still stands: CSPAN, PBS, or online streaming. No networks or cable stations because their pundits are insufferable.

It’s not really a debate but rather a town hall meeting format According to the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), “half of the questions in the second debate will be posed directly by citizen participants and the other half will be based on topics of broad public interest as reflected in social media and other sources.” Our hosts are Martha Raddatz (ABC – @MarthaRaddatz ) and Anderson Cooper (CNN – @andersoncooper).

Since the Magic Bus hot mic “gaffe,” I’m expecting the questions to be mostly of a graphic nature and I am expecting that Donald will not show the “courage” he did during the first debate and will indeed “go there.” There being Bill.

If he does, I hope she calls him out on his sexism, reminding him that SHE is running, not Bill, that she has been married exactly once, to one man, for 41 years and has never cheated on him and all of her children have the same father.  That she’d love to roll in the sewer with him but, the fact is, she’s not of his ilk. If he pulls the “enabler/you were mean to them” crap, I wish she could say, “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked them cookies.”

Oh, before I forget, here is a running tally of Republicans who have unendorsed Trump since Trump threw himself under the bus.


The bright side of this debate is that very few pundits are giving their unsolicited advice about “what Hillary needs to do.” After last time, I hope they got over their delusions that she doesn’t know exactly what she’s doing.

I also hope the commission does a complete mic check.

Again, the Keepin’ It 1600 crew is doing a pre-game “thing” on Facebook, beginning at 8:30 PM EDT. It was pretty good last time.

Twitter hashtags:

And because it’s good luck:

And because it’s good:

“The Most Ostentatiously Unqualified” Presidential Candidate In History


It’s just another publication endorsing Hillary, right?


trumpsteaks…..There are two things that make The Atlantic’s endorsement noteworthy. First, The Atlantic doesn’t endorse candidates. More specifically, they have only endorsed 3 candidates in history, by necessity: Abraham Lincoln, LBJ (due to fear of the crazed Barry Goldwater, and……Hillary Clinton.

The second thing that makes this endorsement noteworthy, besides the fact that NO publication has endorsed Donald Trump, the …. esteemed… National Enquirer notwithstanding, is the thorough and complete dissection of Donald J. Trump in their endorsement release. In fact, since they are not in the habit of endorsing Presidential candidates, except in dire emergency, if Donald J. Trump were not on the ballot, they would be endorsing no one. In summary, The Atlantic is endorsing Hillary to save the world from Trump, declaring that he “might be the most ostentatiously unqualified major-party candidate in the 227-year history of the American presidency“. They have declared him “Spectacularly unfit for office“.

Hillary Rodham Clinton has more than earned, through her service to the country as first lady, as a senator from New York, and as secretary of state, the right to be taken seriously as a White House contender. She has flaws (some legitimately troubling, some exaggerated by her opponents), but she is among the most prepared candidates ever to seek the presidency. We are confident that she understands the role of the United States in the world; we have no doubt that she will apply herself assiduously to the problems confronting this country; and she has demonstrated an aptitude for analysis and hard work.

trumpwater2Now, onto their assessment of Donald:

Donald Trump, on the other hand, has no record of public service and no qualifications for public office. His affect is that of an infomercial huckster; he traffics in conspiracy theories and racist invective; he is appallingly sexist; he is erratic, secretive, and xenophobic; he expresses admiration for authoritarian rulers, and evinces authoritarian tendencies himself. He is easily goaded, a poor quality for someone seeking control of America’s nuclear arsenal. He is an enemy of fact-based discourse; he is ignorant of, and indifferent to, the Constitution; he appears not to read.


Trump disqualified himself from public service long before he declared his presidential candidacy. In one of the more sordid episodes in modern American politics, Trump made himself the face of the so-called birther movement, which had as its immediate goal the demonization of the country’s first African American president. Trump’s larger goal, it seemed, was to stoke fear among white Americans of dark-skinned foreigners. He succeeded wildly in this; the fear he has aroused has brought him one step away from the presidency.

Our endorsement of Clinton, and rejection of Trump, is not a blanket dismissal of the many Trump supporters who are motivated by legitimate anxieties about their future and their place in the American economy. But Trump has seized on these anxieties and inflamed and racialized them, without proposing realistic policies to address them.

They further explain why they are side-stepping their usual habit of not getting involved with endorsements. And they do it while fully describing the absolute piece of shit Donald Trump truly is.

In its founding statement, The Atlantic promised that it would be “the organ of no party or clique,” and our interest here is not to advance the prospects of the Democratic Party, nor to damage those of the Republican Party. If Hillary Clinton were facing Mitt Romney, or John McCain, or George W. Bush, or, for that matter, any of the leading candidates Trump vanquished in the Republican primaries, we would not have contemplated making this endorsement. We believe in American democracy, in which individuals from various parties of different ideological stripes can advance their ideas and compete for the affection of voters. But Trump is not a man of ideas. He is a demagogue, a xenophobe, a sexist, a know-nothing, and a liar. He is spectacularly unfit for office, and voters—the statesmen and thinkers of the ballot box—should act in defense of American democracy and elect his opponent.