October 31, 2016

Latest Visit to Poll-Land: LAT/USC, Trump +1.9 (Update: Trump +3.4); IBD/TIPP, Clinton +1; Rasmussen, Clinton +3

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:13 am

LAT/USC, IBD/TIPP, Rasmussen.

Rasmussen says there’s no Clinton email effect yet. IBD/TIPP says there is. The LAT/USC poll has Trump’s black support at 4 percent, which is dubious in light of the mid-teens level of support Rasmussen has been finding.

UPDATE, 12:55 p.m.: Apparently the LA Times is having a tough time digesting and therefore posting the results from their jointly-run poll. The USC site now shows Trump with a 3.4-point, 46.6-43.2 lead on October 30, the latest date charted.

Mika and Joe Scorch Hillary, Her Friends in the Media Over Spin on FBI Revelations

Monday morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, a mortified Mika Brzezinski went after Democrats who are now treating FBI Director James Comey as the devil personified, and came perilously close to delivering a mea culpa for her harsh criticisms of Republicans who support Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, co-host Joe Scarborough ridiculed the media’s attempt to create a meme that no one really has any idea as to whether there is anything damning in the 650,000 emails found on a computer used by Hillary aide Huma Abedin and her husband Anthony Weiner, essentially saying that anyone who really believes that is in the tinfoil hat brigade.


Positivity: Why LGBT activists are standing by these Christian businesses

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:40 am

From Washington:

Oct 28, 2016 / 03:02 am

When Kentucky t-shirt designer Blaine Adamson declined to print promotional shirts for a gay pride festival, he found himself facing a discrimination ruling from the county’s human rights commission.

But he also found an abundance of support, including some from an unlikely source – the lesbian owners of a screen print shop heard about his story and came to his defense.

“Because if you lose,” Adamson explained the owners’ reasoning to CNA, “then they also lose the right to reject messages from churches or other groups that they may not want to print for.”

“So it’s not just a Christian issue when it comes to freedom of speech. It’s everyone’s issue.”

Adamson was part of a panel of Christian business owners who are facing or may face legal consequences for operating their businesses according to their religious beliefs.

The panel spoke Tuesday in Washington D.C., at an Alliance Defending Freedom event, “Conscience and Creative Professionals,” exploring religious freedom cases that are expected to make their way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Panel members included Adamson, Washington state florist Barronelle Stutzman, and Breanna Koski and Joanna Duka, owners of a Phoenix-based custom art studio who are challenging a city ordinance they say would force them to cater to same-sex weddings against their consciences. Kelvin Cochran, the former fire chief of Atlanta who was fired over a book he personally wrote defending Christian views on sex, also spoke.

The panelists are among an increasing number of small business owners who found themselves facing legal threats and discrimination complaints when they decided they could not cater to same-sex weddings. However, they have argued that they are happy to serve gay and lesbian clients – and many have strong relationships with LGBT clients – but it is specifically same-sex wedding ceremonies or related events that they morally object to participating in. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (103116)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

October 30, 2016

Democrat Doug Schoen Withdraws Support For Hillary; Will the Press Build a List Like It Did With Trump?

When the outrageous remarks about women Donald Trump made in 2005 became known just before the second presidential debate, the press compiled exhaustive lists of Republicans far and wide who would no longer support the Republican presidential nominee.

Will the press compile similar lists of those who won’t support Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in light of new developments during the past several days relating to her use of a private server and private email accounts for government business? Will they even ask anyone the question? It can now be reported that the won’t-vote-for-Hillary list — and it certainly has more than one person, even if not yet admitted — now has a member whose relationship with the Clintons goes back over two decades.


Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (103016)

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Positivity: Little boy asked his mother to pack TWO lunches for him to take to school every day – because his friend never had any

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Albuquerque, New Mexico (video at link; HT Daryn Kagan):

PUBLISHED: 21:55 EST, 17 October 2016 | UPDATED: 22:28 EST, 17 October 2016

For months, Josette Duran, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, had been in a rather unconventional lunchbox prep routine.

Instead of giving her son, Dylan, just one lunch to take to school, the mum-of-one carefully prepared two delicious midday meals, which Dylan then packed away for later on.

While Ms Duran had no idea why her son needed double as much food as he used to in order to get through the school day, one day she said she stopped him and asked: ‘Are you not getting full, boo?’

Dylan then told his mother why he wanted two lunches – he was eating one bagged lunch and giving the other to his friend.

‘Mom, it’s for this boy. He only eats a fruit cup for lunch. Can you make him lunch, too? I don’t think he has lunch money,’ the 14-year-old said.

Dylan is too kind-hearted… He is my hero.’

When Dylan’s friend’s mum found out what was being done for her child, and tried to pay Ms Duran back for her kindness, the mother of one wouldn’t accept any money.
‘We were homeless for a period and as a result are rather soft hearted,’ she told Daily Mail.

Instead, the mum-of-one donated USD $400 which was raised by her girls’ volleyball team to the school cafeteria, so that no child would go hungry at lunchtime again. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

October 29, 2016

Press Lionizes Michelle Obama’s Hypocritical Critiques of Trump

The press, as would be expected, is swallowing Michelle Obama’s pose as being intensely offended by the alleged offenses of Donald and as a passionate defender of Hillary Clinton, showering praise on her as “Hillary’s secret weapon” at seemingly every turn.

What a crock. Mrs. Obama has directly criticized the Clintons’ conduct as First Family and its matriarch; instead of taking it back, she and her husband Barack have claimed that we couldn’t understand the words she plainly spoke. Her willingness — arguably eagerness — to indulge “musicians” who are among rap’s most notoriously misogynists makes a mockery of her claim that the allegations against Donald Trump have “shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted.” Naturally, the press is completely uninterested in exposing her hypocrisy.


Positivity: A stranger’s selfless gift leads to love

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 12:05 pm


The story, from Frankfurt, Illinois (HT Daryn Kagan):

October 21, 2016, 7:10 PM

There are always a lot of people to thank on a wedding day, but the bride-to-be at a church outside Chicago had one person to thank over all others: a total stranger who made it possible.

Several years ago, out of the blue, 27-year-old Heather Krueger was diagnosed with stage 4 liver disease. Doctors said she had just a few months to live.

“They immediately told me I was going to need a transplant,” Heather said. There was not much time to find a donor.

“By that time I could really feel my body shutting down,” she said.

Enter our hero. Chris Dempsey is a code enforcement officer for the village of Frankfort, Illinois. He said he was in the break room one day when he overheard a guy talking about this woman who needed a liver donor.

“I spent four years in the Marine Corps and learned there never to run away from anything. So I just said to myself, ‘Hey, if I can help, I’m going to help,’” Chris said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Donald Trump’s EWTN Interview

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:56 am

I’d be glad to present Hillary’s interview, but she apparently isn’t interested in talking to EWTN.

Here’s the full Trump interview. I’m not allowing comments here, because getting them is not the point in this instance. The point is for Catholics and other to judge Trump based on his words vs. the other candidates, and react (and vote) accordingly:

Washington D.C., Oct 28, 2016 / 09:28 am

In an exclusive interview on the Eternal Word Television Network, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appealed to Catholic voters and other voters of faith, saying that his rival Hillary Clinton will be hostile to them.

The interview, conducted by Raymond Arroyo, host of EWTN’s The World Over, aired Oct. 27, in the final days of a contentious election cycle.

During the discussion, Trump said that Clinton is ultimately responsible for recently leaked emails from one of her leading staff members calling for a “revolution” in the Catholic Church. He pledged his commitment to religious freedom and said that Clinton’s remarks towards people of faith have been “terrible,” to the point that if he were Catholic, he would stop talking to other Catholics who voted for her.

Trump also mentioned an experience in his life that he says led to a major pro-life conversion, and touched on his prayer life and favorite saints.

He addressed accusations of sexual assault against him, saying that they are not true, and reiterating his stance that his controversial recorded comments regarding women were “locker-room talk.”

The interview also talked about health care, refugees, and cleared up uncertainty on whether Trump uses the expression “bigly” or “big league.”

The full text of the interview with Raymond Arroyo is below (Note: Italicized text represents Arroyo’s questions, plain text contains Trump’s answers):


Poll Watch: LAT/USC, Trump +2.4; Rasmussen Tied (While Taking Weekend Off); IBD/TIPP, Clinton +4; Others Tightening

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:17 am

Trump’s 2.4-point lead at the LA Times/USC poll, still within the margin of error, is his largest since October 10. It continues a steady 10-day string of improvements in the past five days, when the poll showed a 1.3-point Clinton lead.

Rasmussen, which is taking the weekend off, had the race in a tie yesterday.

IBD/TIPP now shows Hillary Clinton with a 4-point lead. That should worry Team Trump, given the poll’s historical accuracy.

Oh, and that WaPo/ABC poll which had Clinton at +12 just a five days ago? Now it’s Clinton +2. I would think that this swing proves that the +12 was bogus:

Trump, further, has gone from a 6-point deficit to a 16-point advantage among independents, with more Republican leaners in their ranks.

Oh please. All that means is that they decided they were going to fairly select their independents instead of targeting high-independents who lean left, as explained here.

Hillary’s overall RealClearPolitics lead is now 3.8 points. The six most recent polls have an average of Clinton +2.5, slightly less than their average margin of error.

All of the above presumably includes little or no interviews after the news broke of FBI Director James Comey’s letter to Congress about emails found on Huma Abedin’s and Anthony Weiner’s computer.

Fasten your seat belts.

Press Lets Hillary Take Two Bogus Partisan Shots at Comey, Congress

They can’t help themselves. For Democrats, the Clinton campaign, and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, everything reflecting negatively on them must be cast in a partisan light — even something as petty as the party affiliation of the congressional addressees of a letter from the FBI.

At yesterday’s press conference, reacting to James Comey’s letter to Congress indicating that the bureau has “learned of the existence of (Hillary Clinton) emails” which he concluded must be reviewed “to determine whether they contain classified information,” Hillary Clinton twice created the impression that the FBI Director had deliberately communicated only with Republican members of the House of Representatives, and had deliberately cut Democrats out of the loop. Her contentions are blatantly false. Of course, the pliant establishment press is not reporting those portions of what Mrs. Clinton said.


Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102916)

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October 28, 2016

Looking for an ‘Unprecedented’ October Surprise? Nothing Tops Lawrence Walsh’s 1992 Stunt

FBI Director James Comey’s letter to Congress indicating that the bureau has “learned of the existence of (Hillary Clinton) emails” which he concluded must be reviewed “to determine whether they contain classified information” has led to all kinds of people declaring the move an “unprecedented” October surprise.

Even some people who should know better have called it the “Mother of All October Surprises.” Perhaps it ultimately will be, but as things currently stand, it’s not even in the running for current champion. The press’s institutional memory is so weak that no one I’m aware of has made a comparison to Special Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh’s indictment of former Reagan Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger on October 30, 1992, and Walsh’s obviously calculated decision to include a reference to incumbent President George H.W. Bush in his filing. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, who one would expect to remember its brutality and dishonesty, failed to do so in a telephone interview Friday afternoon.


AP Concocts ‘GOPers Going to Hillary’ Meme in Ohio Based on One Guy

Thursday, Dan Sewell at the Associated Press worked hard to create something out of almost nothing in Southwestern Ohio, where I happen to live.

Sewell’s work oddly appeared only as a very short squib with no follow-up at the wire service’s main national site, while the AP published his full story at its “Big Story” site. The theme: “Hillary Clinton campaign’s hopes are rising” in the Buckeye State because of “Donald Trump’s provocative rhetoric and his treatment of women,” leading to “indications that … (she) is pulling more support than usual this year among suburban Republicans.” My experience, though anecdotal like the AP’s, is that far more people in Southwestern Ohio who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 have unequivocally stated their preference for Trump — a subject Sewell appeared to deliberately avoid.