Changed my vote at last minute

Not for Hillary or Trump–God no.  I decided to vote for Johnson.  I did not want to leave my vote for president blank and therefore be subject to simple tampering.  I also figured, what the hell, maybe if he gets enough votes the funding will help towards a third party–even though I think he is slightly nuts.  In the end, since my state will without a doubt go to Trump, my vote was probably worthless anyways.

I think there should be another selection that says “abstain” so that the ballot card cannot be tampered with.

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How to defeat paywalls

This probably is common knowledge especially since I figured it out on my own, but if you don’t know….

Certain online papers like the New York Times or Washington Post limit non-subscribers to 10 articles a month.  But, it can easily be bypassed. To get unlimited articles, when you see an article on an online newspaper or magazine, right click on the link and click “open in new private window”–or whatever it might be your browser.  That is the message for Chrome.

How it works is that the websites use cookies to track visits.  When you open in a private browser window, the browser does not track your visits.  The browser only keeps track of cookies for the life of that private browsing session. As soon as you close the window, the cookies are gone (and browsing history too).

So if you click on links this way, the website will always think it is your first visit to the website.

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Not Voting For President

I am not casting a vote for Trump, Hillary, Johnson, or Stein.  If there is a spot to write in a candidate, I will put in Bernie, but otherwise, I am not casting a vote for any of these unqualified people.

I do not live in a battleground state, so I can afford to take this stance.  My state will go to Trump.  Of that, I have no doubt. If I had to make a choice for Trump or Hillary, I might hold my nose and vote for Hillary. But, since my vote won’t effect the electoral college, it doesn’t matter.

Trump is not even remotely qualified.  He was able to tap into the anger of the Republican base and that’s why he’s their candidate. He is basically a confidence man and self promoter.  I think of him as an orange Kardashian.  His business success is mostly a myth.  Ask his investors if they would invest again…  I am married to a Mexican…as if I would even consider voting for him based on what he has said.  Trump is a total piece of shit.

Hillary could have been qualified, but she disqualified herself with her mistreatment of classified information.  I had jobs where I had to safeguard classified information.  If I had done what she had done, I would have at minimum lost my job and had my security clearance taken away forever.  More than likely I would face prison time and huge fine.  My career as a DoD employee would have been over.

Gary Johnson is a joke.  He’s qualified to be my weed dealer–if I smoked, which I don’t.  He seems to lack the knowledge of world events needed to be president.

Jill Stein is qualified to run for town council which is the only elected office she has held.

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Bill Clinton’s Alleged Assaults

Trump brought up Bill Clinton’s alleged sexual assaults in his apology.  I don’t know what an unbiased source of accurate information for his alleged assaults might be, but lacking anything better, here are some links from Wikipedia:

Juanita Broaddrick
Kathleen Willey
Paula Jones

I left off Gennifer Flowers, Monica Lewinsky, and Elizabeth Gracen because those were consensual affairs.

The most often said response by Trump supporters is that, “…but Clinton raped a woman.”

I’ve read the accounts.  I don’t think a court of law would probably find either Broaddrick or Paula Jones credible sources.  It doesn’t mean it didn’t happen as they said, but they are not very believable persons.  Under oath, Broaddrick denied that she was raped by Bill Clinton.  Years later she later said under oath that Clinton did rape her.  Which one is the truth?  Not easy to know.  Very difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Clinton was guilty.  During the Clarence Thomas hearings, when it came to he said she said allegations, Republicans took the side of their nominee.  Again, not clear who was telling the truth.

Paula Jones is similarly not a credible person. The claim is that Clinton exposed himself to her.  There are no witnesses.  Just his word and her word.  She used her settlement money to get plastic surgery to enhance her breasts and then appeared in Penthouse magazine.  At that point, even Ann Coulter, her lawyer, gave up on her.

It would be nice if Bill Clinton was innocent beyond a reasonable doubt.  I don’t believe it can be said he is either innocent or guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  It is totally muddy.

 

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Republican economics are literally insane…

lucyfootballOne definition of insanity that is often heard is, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting to get different results.”  That is what the Republicans want to do with the economy.

One of the most common gripes Republicans have is about the debt.  It is at almost $20 trillion, and yes, that number in itself does seem insane.  Some economists tell us that it isn’t horrible because our debt payments as a percentage of the GDP are very reasonable–thankfully to very low interest rates.  It still makes me nervous.  If interest rates rise, then our debt payments will go up to.  If rates exploded, it could sink us.  So, it is perfectly sane to be worried about it.

Republicans often gripe and say “Obama has doubled the national debt.”  On that account, they are right, too.  However, I make no bones about it when I say they are insane.

Why would I say that?

It is because of their solution to the debt problem.  Their solution is what former President George H. Bush called “voodoo economics”.  Voodoo economics is also known as Reaganomics and supply side economics.

So what is their plan?

According to Trump and Pence, they want to cut taxes and follow Reagan’s economic plans.  Why is that insane?  Well, under Reagan, the national debt tripled from $1 trillion to $2.9 trillion.

So, to fix a problem like the national debt doubling in 8 years, the Republicans want to repeat a scheme that tripled it in 8 years.  Under what logic is that not insane?

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Cops are criminals…

Cops are criminals.  They are murderers, rapists, and drug traffickers…and some, I assume, are good people.

Does that bother you?  What if I say, “white people are murderers, rapists, and drug traffickers…and some, I assume, are good people.”  Does that bother you?  If that bothers you, but Trump saying similar things about Mexicans doesn’t bother you, then guess what?  You are a racist or a Republican–of which these days I can’t tell much of a difference.

Just as every cop is a criminal
And all the sinners saints
As heads is tails
Just call me Lucifer
‘Cause I’m in need of some restraint
— Sympathy for the Devil, Jagger&Richards

  1. Ex-Oklahoma deputy Robert Bates guilty of killing unarmed suspect
  2. Oklahoma state trooper accused of rape resigns
  3. Former Tulsa police officer’s corruption convictions upheld on appeal
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Victim blaming and the hypocrisy of white women

A month or two ago when that criminal Brock Turner got a slap on the wrist for sexually assaulting a woman at Stanford, I wrote on Facebook that I thought there were common sense things women could do to lessen their odds of being raped.  The woman who was raped was really stupid–she got blackout drunk at a college house party.  In my mind, that is a very foolish thing to do and I said so.  Yada, yada, yada…a bunch of people were incensed and accused me of “victim blaming” which is total bullshit.  Bullshit because I don’t excuse Brock Turner’s actions, and I think he should have the book thrown at him.

Now, let’s come to Terence Crutcher.  Some of these same white women say, “if he would of only kept his hands up and not reached inside his car, he’d still be alive. It’s his fault they shot him. He didn’t comply.”  In some respects they are correct.  If he had kept his hands up or laid on the ground, he’d likely still be alive.  However, they are also wrong and hypocritical.  Just because he did not keep his hands up and did not comply with the officer’s orders, it did not give the officer the right to kill him in the street.  The officer only has a right to shoot if his life or another’s life is in danger.

So to summarize, saying the attacker is completely guilty and that the woman could behave differently to lessen her chance of rape is victim blaming.  But, to say the shooter is innocent and the victim is totally to blame, is not victim blaming–it’s just simple logic to many racist white women.  I find that to be hypocritical.

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“Thug” is the new “N-word”

What has been more disturbing for me in the week since the Terence Crutcher shooting is following it on Facebook.  Social media is awful.  At least some people have been refreshingly honest by saying, “the only good nigger is a dead nigger.” Yeah, I actually saw that one from some poster in North Carolina or South Carolina.

But, what is more common than calling him a “nigger” is calling Mr. Crutcher a “thug”. It’s a respectable word white people can use instead of saying “nigger”.   Why is Mr. Crutcher or another black man a “thug”?  What, because he’s black?  White people say, “no, but what about his criminal record?”  Well, plenty of people were saying it before his criminal record came out. When people began saying it, all we knew about Crutcher was the videos and the police statement that he reached in the window–testimony that is now doubtful.

Well, “what about his drug use?  Doesn’t that make him a thug?” Do you call Elvis a thug?  What about Johnny Cash or Waylon Jennings?  What about Willie Nelson?  Is he a thug?  Or, are they white?  Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson have criminal records for drugs.  Every famous person that has met Willie Nelson has a story about how much dope he smokes.  But, he’s white–so he’s not a “thug”.

Who’s the real “thug” in this story?  What about Betty Shelby? She is a person who shot and killed an unarmed man.  What is more thuggish than that? The Tulsa district attorney thought it was unjustified and filed charges.  But, no one will ever call her that.

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Al Sharpton Wants a Lynching

The Rev. Al Sharpton says that, “We demand immediate justice! There ought to be an immediate trial, and an immediate trying of the evidence, and stop the judicial stalling! Because justice delayed is justice denied.”  I’m surprised that Rev. Al hasn’t asked for the trial to be held under a nice oak tree where somebody has already strung up the rope.

Unfortunately for Al, there is a Constitution.  However, before all the right wing nuts get upset about this, they should look to the example of their leader, Herr Trump.  The Donald often makes outrageous claims and demands, and then backs off of them.  He wrote about it in his Art of the Deal book.  Sharpton knows a trial ain’t gonna happen next week.  However, he’s trying to make sure something happens.

The officer that shot Terrence Crutcher is entitled to a fair trial–even though she effectively denied Crutcher his Constitutional rights.  To be clear, from all the video I have seen, and I have watched all the available videos a dozen times each, I think the shooting was unjustified.  The man did not have a weapon and the officer’s lives were not in danger and neither was the lives of any civilians.  This makes the shooting unjustified.

However, I do not know why she shot him.  She might have mistakenly thought she saw a gun.  She might have gunned him down in cold blood.  She might have got rattled and accidentally fired off a round.  I don’t know.  That’s why we have trials.

The protestors are probably hoping for the death penalty.  They will be disappointed.  The death penalty is only for first degree murder.  I expect it would be almost impossible to prove first degree murder or even second degree murder.  To prove first degree murder, it has to be proven that she intentionally set out to kill a man that day.  Good luck proving that.  The next crime down is second degree, that the officer killed the man in the heat of the moment after getting angry at him.  It will probably be difficult to prove that as well.  It is a female cop, so the jury will be more sympathetic, and if it is a majority white jury, then she will be even more sympathetic.

If she gets tried, I expect it would be for some type of manslaughter.  I think that is the only charge that might be able to be reasonably proven.  She will have a good lawyer hired by the police union.  In that regard, she will have it much better than many poor black defendants.  There will probably be a plea deal.  Sharpton, the family, and the protestors will be deeply disappointed.  If it comes to that, she will likely get no more than 3-4 years.

That’s from the evidence I have seen so far.  There is still evidence we don’t know.  All the facts are not in yet.

And, that is why we have trials and not lynchings.  The officer is just lucky that she is not black, the victim isn’t white,  and this isn’t 50 years ago.  If that was the case, then she’d already be swinging in the wind.

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Birtherism and Trump’s Decision Making

Finally this week, Trump renounced his birtherism.  For most sane people, the question was resolved years and years ago.

In reality, it was a racist issue.  It was an attempt to delegitimize the presidency of Barack Obama, our first black president.  Even if he had been born in Kenya, he still would have been a natural born US citizen because his mother is a US citizen.  Except for Trump, none of the alt-right brought up the fact about Ted Cruz’s citizenship.  It was a non-issue to them because Cruz is white.

Obama provided his official certificate from the state of Hawaii and there are newspaper announcements from the time announcing his birth.  For most people, it was clear except with the right wing crazies and with Trump.  Trump kept insisting that he knew better, had a better source, and that everyone would be blown away when he revealed the truth.  We waited and waited and waited…  Finally, this week Trump admitted that Obama was born in the US.  Notice, the Donald did not say he was wrong.  He has a worse time saying that than did Fonzie if you remember Happy Days.

Now, it comes to Iraq, ISIS,  and the Middle East.  Trump says he is smarter than everyone about it.  He is smarter than the generals.  They are all idiots he says.  I guess he knows better about the generals just like he knew better about Obama.

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