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Howard Dean Doubles Down on Trump ‘Using Coke?’; Chris Cillizza Says ‘We Should Be Talking More’ About It

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:12:00 +0000

During Monday night’s presidential debate, former DNC chairman and 2004 presidential candidate Howard Dean tweeted: “Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?” Even the tabloid site TMZ described Dean’s tweet as a “low blow.” Unbowed, Dean doubled down at MSNBC on Tuesday, to the point where a clearly uncomfortable Kate Snow tried to maneuver [...]

Media Mostly Ignoring Trump ‘Sexism” Critic Alicia Machado’s Sordid Past

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:23:55 +0000

At Monday night’s presidential debate, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton made a big deal of how Republican nominee Donald Trump supposedly treated Alicia Machado after the 1996 Miss Universe winner gained a significant amount of weight during the year she held the title. Mrs. Clinton alleged that Trump called her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.” Trump [...]

Durable Goods: The Slide Continues

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:18:57 +0000

From the Census Bureau: New Orders New orders for manufactured durable goods in August decreased $0.1 billion or virtually unchanged to $226.9 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This decrease, down three of the last four months, followed a 3.6 percent July increase. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.4 percent. Excluding defense, new orders [...]

NFL Ratings Down Again in Week 3, and It Wasn’t Just the Monday Night Presidential Debate

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:15:30 +0000

Since Monday night’s presidential debate muddied the comparative waters a bit, I’m not going to post in detail on the NFL’s week three ratings decline compared to last year, except to know that there was one, it was big, and not even the presence of the Dollas Cowboys in the Sunday Night game could stem [...]

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092816)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:40:30 +0000

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: This priest, martyred in a concentration camp, is now a blessed

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:55:39 +0000

From Würzburg, Germany: Sep 26, 2016 / 02:29 pm Fr. Engelmar Unzeitig, a priest of the Mariannhill Mission society who was interred in the Nazi’s Dachau concentration camp and has been recognized as a martyr, was beatified during a Mass on Saturday. Bishop Friedhelm Hofmann of Würzburg said during his homily for the Sept. 24 [...]

One Set of State Polls Says Trump Is Winning the Electoral College

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:01:36 +0000

This is within-margin-of-error stuff, so it’s not definitive, but it’s the first time I’m aware of that one polling organization effectively has Trump winning the Electoral College, and therefore the presidency. Start with the 2012 Electoral College map: and AP Falsely Claim That Bill Clinton Has ‘Adamantly Denied’ Raping Juanita Broaddrick

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:58:20 +0000

In a narrow sense, the item discussed here really shouldn’t be newsworthy, because it’s based on history which is for all practical purposes long been settled. But now that it’s being treated as news, let’s look into the can of worms at least two media outlets have chosen to open, perhaps without fully grasping the [...]

Trump Outreach Director Pushes Back at Chris Hayes’ ‘Birther’ Obsession

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:58:01 +0000

It’s quite funny in retrospect to remember how the press ridiculed the preoccupation of many people who questioned Barack Obama’s eligibility to become and then to be President over the “birther” issue from late 2008 until early 2011. Now look at who’s obsessed. The press refuses to recognize that it has lost an issue it thought [...]

Even TMZ Calls It a ‘Low Blow’: Howard Dean Speculates That Trump Is a ‘Coke User’

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:29:12 +0000

It’s pretty hysterical how the left wants to set the rules for civil discourse over presidential candidates’ health and habits. To them, it’s really bad to talk, and virtually evil to speculate, about Hillary Clinton’s demonstrations of frailty and other possible illnesses seen during the campaign, which are certainly not limited to her “medical situation” [...]

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092716)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:00:03 +0000

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: Mexicans flood the capital to defend marriage – with Pope Francis’ blessing

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:55:59 +0000

From Mexico City: Sep 26, 2016 / 02:15 pm Some 400,000 people filled the streets of Mexico City on Saturday to protest the Mexican government’s attempt to redefine marriage as anything but a union between one man and one woman. Juan Dabdoub Giacoman, president of the Mexican Council of the Family, which helped organize the [...]

Obama Emailed Hillary Under Pseudonym; AP Buries, Notes Nothing Unusual

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:14:56 +0000

Never let it be said that the folks at the Associated Press aren’t on top of the news, making sure that readers as well as subscribers who use AP copy in their radio and TV broadcasts learn the most important developments of the day. That’s sarcasm, folks. Friday evening, in a story primarily about the [...]

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092616)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:20:03 +0000

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.

Politifact on Similar Black Unemployment-Related Statements: Bernie’s Right! Trump’s Wrong!

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:26:42 +0000

When will the highly left-politicized “fact checking” site known as Politifact evaluate a statement about the unemployment rate among young blacks as “Mostly True”? When Bernie Sanders says it. When will Politifact take a very similar statement and determine that it’s “Mostly False”? When Donald Trump says it — even though, if judged consistently by [...]