Hal Brown’s June blog
My photo blog is here. +++ Links to all the several dozen articles I cross-posted to Daily Kos with comments are here.
Monday, June 27, 2016
Vice President Al Franken?
I lean strongly towards Hilary picking Elizabeth Warren as her running mate, but it now appears that Senator Al Franken may be her choice. Therefore it is time to learn more about him, so watch this video:
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Politico published another round of VP speculation this week that largely focused on Tim Kaine, Elizabeth Warren and Julián Castro, but check out this sentence buried in the middle:
And how does Al Franken himself feel about this idea? The AP provided the answer this week:
Dark horse candidate? For sure. An unconventional choice? Perhaps. But he's on the list and he'd accept the position if asked...so it's time to start taking the idea of Vice President Al Franken seriously.
Whoa...try saying that out loud with me: "Vice President Al Franken". Chills.
I actually suggested the idea of a Clinton/Franken ticket in the second post ever at Hillary HQ back in January 2015 and kept bringing his name up earlier this week in an interview with Talk Radio WRNR. So this is not a new topic for me, and it thrills me to see his name in genuine consideration at this point.
Because of his hilariously brilliant books, frequent USO tours, terrific radio show on Air America, and legendary showdowns with Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter, Franken would be a beloved figure among progressives even if he had never sought public office. But luckily for Minnesota and the rest of our nation, he did very narrowly become a senator in 2009 and got reelected in a landslide in the Democrat-pummeling year of 2014. Simply put, he's transcended his comedic past and proved himself to be a great progressive legislator who knows how to win.
What kind of running mate would Al Franken be? Watch the first eight minutes of this New Hampshire rally from early February and you'll get a good idea. He truly is a great explainer.
One dark horse that Clinton allies said is also on the list is Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, a close ally who is also popular with the progressive wing of the party and enjoys a closer bond with Clinton.
“If Hillary Clinton came to me and said, ‘Al, I really need you to be my vice president, to run with me,’ I would say yes, but I’m very happy in the job that I have right now,” he said.read this article.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
There has been lots of comments on Daily Kos lambasting Salon for publishing so many anti-Clinton articles since she won the nomination. These come from disgruntled Bernie supporters. They outdid themselves with the following… my comment is below the photo they used on their main page.
I wrote a longer piece on Daily Kos, which is now getting a few comments, here.
|Claws for concern: Hillary Clinton is conveniently vague when it comes to animal rights. Americans more than ever are concerned about animal welfare, but it's hard to suss how much Hillary cares about it|
Tweet of the day:
Friday, June 24, 2016
Trump off-script again...
A top adviser to Hillary Clinton said Friday that Donald Trump's post-Brexit press conference from his Scottish golf course was "pathological" and offered proof he's a "reckless and erratic egomaniac."
"Donald Trump actively rooted for this outcome, and he's rooting for the economic turmoil in its wake," said Jake Sullivan, senior policy adviser with the Clinton campaign, during a conference call with reporters. "He said that the falling British pound is good for his golf business. He actually said that. He actually put his golf business ahead of the interests of working families in the United States.” Business Insider
|Image by me…. Any bets whether Paul Manafort will last until the convention?|
Quote of the Day: Trump talking about his Scottish golf club after news that BREXIT vote to have UK leave the EU led to the pound plummeting to a 30 year low…. "When the pound goes down, more people are coming to Turnberry, to be honest.” Thursdays, June 23, 2016 Is this all you got department:
Small trial shows memory loss from Alzheimer's disease can be reversed
|A new meme is that the Republican Party’s presumptive candidate’s campaign has degenerated into a Trumpster Fire.|
Through the magic of Google Images I found lots of photos of actual dumpster fires to choose from.
=========== Rick Douglas nailsTrump one paragraph in a comment to a Huffington Post article about Trump the miser.
Life is a shell game with him. It doesn't matter who the mark is, but in this case it's the American electorate. I'm old enough to have a very long view, but am not a Beltway insider, so consider me a learned schmo who finds Trump as enigmatic as they come. You want theories? I have heard them all. He's in it to win it. He's not serious about becoming POTUS. He's angling to start a cable network and needs the bona fides. Yada, yada, yada. While Donald Trump is the least qualified person to make a run for the White House in modern times, maybe ever, he's a masterful schemer. It's how he has survived all these years. He robs from the poor and keeps the cash. He stiffs the people whom he hires to build his grandiose casinos and hotels. And when they demand payment, he cries foul and sues, or offers them pennies on the dollar. He relishes the chase and the kill and little else. He has neither the intellect nor the temperament to digest policy papers, let alone the art of statecraft, has never learned to listen, and trusts no one except his own adult children. Even Sarah Palin was a governor for a time. Imagine being a poor second to "Mrs. I can see Russia from my house." It's not that the Emperor has no clothes. It's that his pants are on fire.Monday, June 20, 2016 Lewankoski being unexpectedly ousted is the big Trump news, but who is left in his inner circle: Aside from Hope Hicks, who I never heard of and who makes a fascinating story herself, worthy of a big article in GQ titled “The mystifying trump of Trump’s right hand woman,” , this is who is left:
|Left to right: Manafort, Stone, Ivanka, Cohen.|
“If Clinton picked Warren, her whole base on Wall Street would leave her,” said one top Democratic donor who has helped raise millions for Clinton. “They would literally just say, ‘We have no qualms with you moving left, we understand all the things you’ve had to do because of Bernie Sanders, but if you are going there with Warren, we just can’t trust you, you’ve killed it.’” Most big donors don’t want Warren on the ticket because she is the most accomplished anti-Wall Street populist in the Democratic Party. But many also think her presence would drive a potential Clinton administration too far to the left, poison relations with the private sector from the start and ultimately be damaging to the economy.Saturday, June 18, 2016 I tweaked my article about Trump TV and put it on Daily Kos (here) where hopefully there will be some interesting comments.
U.N. Warns Trump May Be 7 Months Away From Acquiring Nuclear WeaponsNEW YORK—According to an alarming new global risk report published Tuesday by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump may be just seven months away from acquiring nuclear weapons. “A year ago, the threat didn’t seem great enough to warrant serious concern, but at this moment, a nuclear-capable Trump is now a very real and very imminent possibility,” said UNODA high representative Kim Won-soo, adding that the agency’s current projections showed Trump potentially procuring nuclear weapons, as well as advanced ballistic missile technology, as early as January of next year. “The longer we wait to act, the closer he comes to obtaining a nuclear arsenal. The final red line for preventing him from acquiring this devastating capability comes in early November. If he is not properly dealt with before then, there will be no way to stop him from going nuclear.” While U.N. officials said the international community should prepare for the destabilizing effects of Trump acquiring such weapons, they still held out hope that citizens of his nation might yet rise up against him and topple the extremist before he posed a global existential threat. The fact of the matter is that this isn’t satire! Friday, June 17, 2016 TNT is taken, TTN sounds silly, so Trump will probably just name his cable network “Trump"
He calls women “pigs” and doesn’t support paid family leave.
Vice presidential pick proves how great he’d be for women.
Venezuelan model and actress Alicia Machado says it took her many years to get over get over the abuse she suffered at the hands of Donald Trump when she was crowned Ms. Universe in 1996.
“He made me feel small,” she told ThinkProgress in Spanish. “He threatened me, treated me rudely. He called me ‘Ms. Housekeeping’ in front of his friends.”
Trump, then the owner of the beauty pageant, publicly mocked Machado for gaining weight and forced her to exercise in front of TV cameras. She said she was depressed and suffered from an eating disorder for several years as a result.
“He hates girls,” she said. “He considers girls to be less. We have another status, to him.”
|The most famous psychoanalysts of the day at Clark University, |
1909: Sigmund Freud, G. Stanley Hall, Carl Jung;
Back row: Abraham A. Brill, Ernest Jones, Sándor Ferencz.