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Instead Of Detailing His Immigration Policy, Trump Polls Town Hall Crowd

Instead Of Detailing His Immigration Policy, Trump Polls Town Hall Crowd | Upsetment | Scoop.it
After signaling over the past few days that he could soften his policy on immigration and deportation, Donald Trump on Wednesday night made it clear that he has yet to finalize his policy.

During the second installment of his Fox News town hall with Sean Hannity, Trump dodged questions about the specifics of his immigration policy and instead polled the audience on what he should do.
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The good news is that Trump seems to be figuring out that he doesn't know what he's doing. The bad news is that he things a bunch of people at a rally can show him the way. Seriously, is this leadership? Nope, it's called being a carnival barker. 
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GOP donors, fearful of Trump-fueled electoral rout, direct big money down-ballot

GOP donors, fearful of Trump-fueled electoral rout, direct big money down-ballot | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Super PAC fundraising hits a new record: nearly $1 billion collected by the end of June.
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So the GOP is trying to buy its continued control of Congress. Somehow that seems like a bad idea for two reasons. First, the GOP really has not got much a track record; just consider how badly we all view congress now, and they've been in control. Second, if they can't keep their own house in order and can offer us a court jester at the helm, why should we think they can run the country? While I do have a few local GOP candidates I will vote for and a few I would if they were up for re-election, for the most part. I think it is time to force the GOP out so they will actually do some rethinking. I truly hope we can produce a new party in America, one that rejects the creed of money and replace it with a few of the future based on human justice and social values. 
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Trump accuses President Obama of being the 'founder of ISIS'

Trump accuses President Obama of being the 'founder of ISIS' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Donald Trump is now accusing President Barack Obama of founding the Islamic State that is wreaking havoc from the Middle East to European cities.
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The irresponsible idiot screams on. 
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Democrats’ loose talk on student loans

Democrats’ loose talk on student loans | Upsetment | Scoop.it

"Hillary Clinton, who is touting a plan for tuition-free college, should read a new White House report." I am struck that the Post chose to use this photograph. Are we to believe that only Black students need help with loans? I think not. Every young White barista and waiter I run into seems to be trying to pay their tuition. 

Kenneth Weene's insight:
While it is true that the Clinton proposals would help those college students who run up the least debt, they are also often the students from the sections of the community with the least wealth and therefor most easily overcome by that debt. Also, this report by the Washington Post ignores all the students who put off or forgo college because of the fear of such debt. Mrs. Clinton's plan is a good beginning. That we need to pay more attention to graduate students facing massive debt, which discourages some of our best minds from pursuing the goals of which they are capable, is a separate topic deserving of careful consideration and action. As for teachers running up debt for their educations, I believe that such debt should be forgiven over time as the teacher makes that noble contribution to society. The same should be done for physicians and nurses who work in public facilities, the VA and other socially needed areas. In the end, our society needs citizens to be educated, skilled and contributing. Investment in human capital is the best kind of investment of all. 
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Is The GOP Trying To Destroy The Earth?

Is The GOP Trying To Destroy The Earth? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Republican party casts doubt on climate change, rejects the Paris Agreement and calls coal "clean."
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If a political party serves not the wellbeing of the people but the growth of corporations, then it cannot give proper concern to climate and environmental issues. Hopefully, the Democratic platform will be more in touch with the evidence of science and the needs of the future. Denial ain't a river in Egypt; last week it changed course and inundated Cleveland.
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GOP war on porn: The same party that nominated a libertine for president is now calling your porn a “public health crisis”

GOP war on porn: The same party that nominated a libertine for president is now calling your porn a “public health crisis” | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The RNC platform committee describes internet porn as a "public menace" that is "destroying the life of millions"
Kenneth Weene's insight:
I'm not big on porn. Certainly, it can be a part of some behavior; and mental health issues, but the GOP Platform Committee has reached some level of madness with their sexual obsessions, especially given the party's presumptive nominee for the presidency. Trump once bragged that avoiding STDs  was his "personal Vietnam" because of all his sleeping around. Hey, his only on his third marriage, right?!
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Why Bigness Became a Bipartisan Cause on Capitol Hill

Why Bigness Became a Bipartisan Cause on Capitol Hill | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A source of anger in an election year
Kenneth Weene's insight:
The key ingredient for workable capitalism is the existence of free markets in which competitors can vie for customers with both price and quality and in which informed consumers can take advantage of that competition to search for the best deals. Today, the consumer-producer interface is almost non-existent as megalithic structures such as banks, holding companies, and box-stores have gobbled up the economy in a feeding-frenzy. Now, they are trying to take over the political process using unlimited money, hidden mechanisms like ACORN, and distraction possible by controlling the media. Will there be enough resistance to generate a new political party? Can we as a nation rethink and recreate our democratic system? From my perspective, we are facing not a slippery slope but a precipice. It is time for America to take herself back from the money changers. 
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McCain still supports Trump, despite concern about foreign policy skills - The Boston Globe

McCain still supports Trump, despite concern about foreign policy skills - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The 2008 GOP nominee also criticized presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
The poor SOB has no choice. Having given us the Painful Palin Experience, he has no credibility left. He can only hope to ride the coattails of the angry and the racist. And I can only hope that the large Mexican-American and Native American populations of Arizona will join people like myself in voting Mr. McCain's retirement from politics. It is well past due.
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Trump Institute Offered Get-Rich Schemes With Plagiarized Lessons

Trump Institute Offered Get-Rich Schemes With Plagiarized Lessons | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The institute, to which Donald J. Trump lent his name in 2005, was owned by a couple accused of fraud, and its educational materials had been lifted from an old real estate manual.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Are we as a nation actually considering electing a con man to our highest office? Yes, we are. Why not? We've reduced our political process to a con game anyway. When will Americans take back their country from the scam artists and the money changers? Well, given the current election, maybe the answer is "Forget about it."
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GOP Makes 'Appalling' Pitch To LGBTs: Dems Are Choosing Muslims Over You

GOP Makes 'Appalling' Pitch To LGBTs: Dems Are Choosing Muslims Over You | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The same Republicans who have argued that gay couples should not be allowed to marry, that LGBT Americans don't need federal anti-discrimination protections and that trans people should not use the bathroom that matches their identity are now claiming that they -- not Democrats -- are the party on the LGBT community's side.

Their reasoning? That somehow, in the wake of the Orlando shooting at a gay night club that left 49 people dead, there's now a mutually exclusive choice between supporting Muslims and protecting gay people, and Democrats have chosen the former.

The unlovely premise of that rationale is that all Muslims are terrorists, as one Republican congressman has baldly stated.

"Democrats are in a perplexing position. On the one hand, they’re trying to appeal to the gay community, but, on the other hand, they’re trying to also appeal to the Muslim community, which, if it had its way, would kill every homosexual in the United States of America,” Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) said on a radio show Thursday.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
The disgusting politics of division. I grew up in a country that celebrated diversity even while it opposed the rights of Blacks, gays, Native Americans, and Asians. We have moved forward towards fulfill our pledge of "E pluribus unum", and now the far right would have us turn our backs on that movement. Shame on them! 
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In San Diego, Trump shames local ‘Mexican’ judge as protesters storm streets

In San Diego, Trump shames local ‘Mexican’ judge as protesters storm streets | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Outside Trump's San Diego rally on Friday, hundreds of protesters shouted obscenities.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
I deplore both Trump's candidacy, but I do hope his detractors won't resort to more of this rioting. Violence is not the answer. Get people too commit to voting. Get them to commit to voting for the Democratic candidate, whoever that is and for Democratic candidates all down the line. Let's make a real difference. 
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Trump Protesters Hit With Smoke Grenades In Clashes With Albuquerque Police

Trump Protesters Hit With Smoke Grenades In Clashes With Albuquerque Police | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Police say protesters threw bottles and rocks and fought with Trump fans.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
As much as I dislike Trump and his positions, as much as i dislike the hatred and bigotry that seems to exude from his campaign, I cannot condone violence of this type. I wish these good people of Albuquerque had instead of such demonstrations decided to stop by The Dew Drop Inne for a drink and a song, maybe even to get hustled in a quick game of eight ball. Here's the book link so you can "Enjoys yerself." http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Drop-Inne-Kenneth-Weene/dp/0984721584/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= ;
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“America was never great”: Home Depot worker receives death threats for Trump-trolling hat

“America was never great”: Home Depot worker receives death threats for Trump-trolling hat | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Krystal Lake has been bombarded with racist vitriol since her photo went viral. Now her job could be at stake
Kenneth Weene's insight:
What do you think? Is it reasonable for a person to believe that America was never great? Is it acceptable for a person to wear that sentiment on her hat at work? What would you think about a company if it told her to remove that hat r be fired? What about if other workers were wearing political pins and other forms of political statement and were not being told to remove them? 
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Climate Change May Be Doubted by Some, But Now It’s the Law

Climate Change May Be Doubted by Some, But Now It’s the Law | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A federal court allows the Obama administration to incorporate the price of global destruction.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
It may only be a small, policy wonk step, but Mr. Obama has once again shown that he is aware of Climate Change while so many politicians want to play the ostrich in the face of a growing crisis. 
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These ‘Walmart moms’ say they feel ‘nauseated’ by the choice of Clinton or Trump

These ‘Walmart moms’ say they feel ‘nauseated’ by the choice of Clinton or Trump | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Middle-class mothers in Ohio and Arizona voice disdain for both presidential candidates.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Never thought I'd be praising "Walmart Moms", but these ladies  are certainly speaking to my feelings about this year's choices. While I favor Clinton as a competent policy wonk, she certainly has failed to inspire trust or vision. As for, well that guy disgusts me. A hate monger and bully. No thanks. 
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The American Psychiatric Association issues a warning: No psychoanalyzing Donald Trump

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I interrupted this post to watch Ron Howard's great spoof of The Art of the Deal. I don't know about Mr. Trump's mental health, but I do have a word to offer about our collective functioning in America. God, what a bad joke. 
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O'Reilly Melts Down Over Criticism Of His Comments On 'Well Fed' Slaves

O'Reilly Melts Down Over Criticism Of His Comments On 'Well Fed' Slaves | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday night defended his comments from earlier this week that the slaves who helped build the White House were "well fed," lashing out against his critics.

During his show on Wednesday night, O'Reilly said that his comments on the slaves who helped build the White House were "100 percent accurate" and provided "context" to First Lady Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic convention. He said that it was "not a defense of slavery."

"For doing that, I was immediately attacked by smear merchants," he said. "It is a given that slavery is an abomination, but reporting the story behind Mrs. Obama’s very valid points does not diminish the horror of enslavement as these dishonest critics allege."
Kenneth Weene's insight:
The problem at Fox News is that they believe what they say and have no capacity to accept that they may be in error. O'Reilly may want to defend his erroneous remarks, but that only makes the situation worse. Who are we going to believe, Bill's somewhat questionable scholarship or Abagail Adam's written observation made at the time? The culture war is slowly drawing to a close, and Fox is on the losing side,. Combining that with the recent sexual revelations, and the question is will Fox survive. Perhaps they can get some new less fire-breathing and more thoughtful staff to stage a comeback. 
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Fact-checking Donald Trump's convention speech: A dark vision based on specious stats

Fact-checking Donald Trump's convention speech: A dark vision based on specious stats | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The dark portrait of America that Donald Trump sketched in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention is a compendium of doomsday stats that
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Mr. Trump certainly told us that we have lots to worry about, but his facts are wrong or distorted. Here's a good job of fact checking by one newspaper. 
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Trump Claims He’s Seen Calls For Moment Of Silence For Dallas Shooter

Trump Claims He’s Seen Calls For Moment Of Silence For Dallas Shooter | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Donald Trump told Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday that he witnessed people call for a moment of silence for the man who killed five police officers and wounded eleven other people at a Black Lives Matter rally last week.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Trump is a sick man who is playing to the worst among us with a message of hate and bigotry. I cannot imagine why he would say such a thing otherwise. I cannot imagine any reasonable person wanting somebody who lies to himself and others in this way to have any role in government let alone the presidency. While we all mourn those police officers and many also mourn the Black men who were shot, nobody would mourn a crazy man who went about such deadly mayhem (except I suppose his family, for whom I have much sympathy to have to deal with his madness.) 
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The financial costs of America’s culture wars are skyrocketing

The financial costs of America’s culture wars are skyrocketing | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Legal fees and lost revenue are just the start.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Over and over, the states governed by the far right have demonstrated two things that have gone together. First, the failure to govern successfully with failing public education, falling economic indicators. Second, the introduction of wedge-issue laws to sound alarm bells in the night. What they have—in their typical disregard for everyone approach—failed to consider is that people today are less willing to roll over and allow socially repressive laws to go unchallenged. Be its bathrooms, planned parenthood, or discrimination against sexually identifiable groups: there is somebody ready to hit the courts and others ready to support the boycott. The result is, as it should be, that those states are now facing the costs of waging culture wars. High time as far as I'm concerned. Maybe, just maybe, the voters will figure it out and through the "ACORN brains" to the curb. 
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Clinton wrong on student debt: Her new plan shows she learned nothing from the primary

Clinton wrong on student debt: Her new plan shows she learned nothing from the primary | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Clinton's student loan policy misses the point on a winning issue that mobilized Sanders supporters
Kenneth Weene's insight:
The politics as usual crowd on both sides of the aisle will only really get it when there is a new player in town, a real and viable new party. Until then, we may see uprisings like the Sanders and Trump campaigns, but we won't see real change in the agenda. Effective new parties are the result of constitutional issues. Right now we have two constitutional issues worthy of bringing a new party forward, Citizens United and Gun Control. Of course, the goal of the establishment is to incrementalize those issues, to make minor changes so that there will be no major force developed, no sea-swell demanding change. What Clinton has realized is that as a candidate of the status quo it is her responsibility to offer those incremental changes that will keep fundamental change from gaining momentum. We as a nation have to recognize that the real momentum comes from us. 
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Marines responding to Benghazi were held up by debate on weapons and uniforms, commander says

Marines responding to Benghazi were held up by debate on weapons and uniforms, commander says | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Spain-based Marines trying to respond to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, were delayed for three hours as U.S. government officials debated whether they should wear their uniforms and carry weapons, according to Tuesday's report from the House Benghazi Committee.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
This SNAFU, which cost little time but must have been irritating to the troops involved, seems to be the biggest finding from all the investigations of Benghazi. Seriously, maybe the GOP should work at investigating something worthwhile, like their party's nominating procedures or the influence of corporate money in Republican and Democratic politics. 
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Some officials worry about briefing Trump, fearing spilled secrets

Some officials worry about briefing Trump, fearing spilled secrets | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Some U.S. intelligence officials are concerned that Donald Trump's "shoot from the hip" style could pose national security risks as they prepare to give him a routine pre-election briefing once he is formally anointed as the Republican presidential nominee.
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How have we sunk to a point where there are legitimate concerns about briefing either of the top presidential contenders? Clearly, this shows that something is wrong with how our political system is dysfunctioning. I am very concerned for the future of America, and hope that we can turn this ship of state around before we grind on the shoals. 
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Why victims of deadly meningitis outbreak haven’t been compensated

Why victims of deadly meningitis outbreak haven’t been compensated | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Victims are supposed to have access to funds totaling millions in compensation.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
This is the kind of government and legal system dysfunction that underlies the wave of discontent that is sweeping through America. Both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are riding that wave, but the fact is that no POTUS can make such idiocy and indifference stop. We must stop focusing on the work of lawyers and accountants and start taking a broader view of how the government is supposed to function. By the time this is worked out, those who are most deserving of the small restitution that might be offered will no longer be able to use it and a few pennies will go to their relatives. The rest will have been eaten up by the bureaucracy and legal fees. The saddest thing is that the resulting outrage may feed not the energy of those who would make the government more responsive but those who would take advantage by decrying government regulation and control when in fact the original problem so clearly demonstrates the need for government oversight in some areas, such as health and safety standards. 
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Judge Wants Government To Hand Over Names, Addresses Of Thousands Of Dreamers

Judge Wants Government To Hand Over Names, Addresses Of Thousands Of Dreamers | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The young immigrants didn't do anything wrong, but they could have their identities exposed to hostile state governments anyway.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
This insensitive ruling by a George W. Bush appointed judge reminds us why it is so important to keep the White House out of Republican hands. The judiciary is at stake, especially since the Republicans in the Senate have blocked and stalled on Obama's nominees. 
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