October 10, 2016

Dishonest Hits on Trump Followed by Spectacularly Dishonest Poll (UPDATE: Conducted by a Group Under Contract With a Clinton Super PAC!)

An obviously rushed NBC/Wall Street Journal poll done over just two days on a weekend (which is automatically non-representative) to deliberately exclude reactions to last night’s debate and only reflect the late Friday hits on Donald Trump shows Hillary Clinton with a 14-point lead.

The biggest problem among many major ones, including the ridiculously small sample size of 500, which in and of itself should cause it to be laughed out of serious discussion, is this — Those polled supported Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by 13 points four years ago:

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So after the Friday hits, Trump is only slightly behind where Mitt Romney, who pulled 3 percent less of the popular vote than Obama did, ended up four years ago.

Additionally, how many people beyond the normal 90 percent who don’t participate in or finish these polls said “bleep you” when NBC/WSJ asked them to participate — and who do you think those people are backing?

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UPDATE: The following demonstrated conflicted dealings by the organization which did the legwork in conducting the poll utterly destroys any reason to believe it

Mr. Geoff Garin, the President of Hart Research and Associates, is currently working as “a strategic adviser for Priorities USA in support of Hillary Clinton’s election.”  Gee, I wonder why the media never tells us that part?

… $220,500.00 in the month of September alone paid by Hillary Clinton’s Priorities USA Super-PAC to Hart Research Associates.

The President of Hart Research Associates, Geoff Garin, is (per his Hart bio) working for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

The characterization that Garin is working for “Hillary Clinton’s campaign” would be technically false — if the Clinton campaign were following the law:

Another startling discovery from the “Podesta Emails” seems to indicate that the Clinton campaign openly coordinated with the “Correct The Record” Super PAC run by David Brock…which we believe is technically a felony.

Oh, that’s nonsense. Everyone knows that laws only apply to the left’s political opponents and little people (that’s sarcasm, folks).

Now to be clear, the Priorities USA super PAC is different from “Correct the Record.” But the obvious openness to ignoring laws against coordination is there, and there’s little reason to believe that such coordination isn’t pervasive across the entire operation.

The only thing mildly surprising about this is that Hart’s Garin included his super PAC involvement in his bio — but apparently these people think they’re so untouchable that it doesn’t matter.

More ‘Stupid Fact Checks’: NBC, USA Today Go After Trump’s ‘Acid Wash’ References

Former late-night TV host David Letterman was famous for his entertaining and fun “Stupid Pet Tricks” segments.

In the current presidential election cycle, the press, while claiming that Donald Trump and his campaign lie so often that the backlog of required genuine fact-checking on important matters is sky-high, is instead engaging in a non-entertaining, not at all fun effort known as “Stupid Fact Checks.” If there are so many obvious lies out there, why did NBC and USA Today do unbelievably “Stupid Fact Checks” which focused on Trump’s description of the product and cost involved in the Hillary Clinton-ordered deletion of over 30,000 emails her legal team unilaterally decided were all personal?

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101016)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:50 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.

Positivity: Aquinas College in Nashville marks a year of firsts with on-campus dorm

Filed under: Education,Positivity — Tom @ 8:45 am

From Nashville, Tennessee:

Oct 9, 2016 / 04:07 pm

Five decades into their establishment as a college, Aquinas College in Nashville is breaking ground on campus for the first time in over forty years, making a landmark addition to their school: a new residence hall.

“We are now able to house all full time students on campus, which allows us to draw from outside the Nashville metropolitan area,” the school’s president, Sister Mary Sarah, told CNA in an email interview.

“At present we are drawing from 28 states in the US and hope to increase that number in the coming years,” she continued.

Aquinas College was established in 1961 as a two-year Catholic, liberal arts college, later changing to a four-year college in 1994. Rooted in the Dominican discipline, Aquinas College has been owned and administered by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation since its beginning. Their mission is “to serve the Church by transforming lives for the Gospel of Christ,” according to their website.

Although dorms are a staple for many colleges, Aquinas College’s residential life was non-existent before 2012, and it was essentially known as a commuter college. The Aquinas students usually rented nearby apartments, or lived at home if they were from the area.

In 2012, the adjacent St. Thomas West Hospital offered Aquinas College a building called Seton Lodge and the school began to use the lodge to house men on one floor, and women on another floor. However, as the school continued to grow, so did its need for additional student housing.

“Aquinas has been planning to build residence halls on campus for many years,” Sister Sarah noted, pointing to the construction of a brand new women’s dormitory called Siena Hall.

Just in time for the 2016-2017 academic year, Siena Hall was completed, and is set to be dedicated Nov. 7, the Feast of All Saints of the Order of Preachers. The women have moved into the 93-bed residence, while the men are continuing to use Seton Lodge for their housing. …

Go here for the rest of the story.