Trump calls on Russia to hack his opponent’s email

NYTimes.com:

DORAL, Fla. — Donald J. Trump said Wednesday that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary Clinton’s email, essentially encouraging an adversarial foreign power’s cyberspying on a secretary of state’s correspondence.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said, staring directly into the cameras. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

 Mr. Trump’s call was an extraordinary moment at a time when Russia is being accused of meddling in the U.S. presidential election. His comments came amid questions about the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, which researchers have concluded was likely the work of two Russian intelligence agencies.
Later in the news conference, when asked if he was really urging a foreign nation to hack into the private email server of Mrs. Clinton, or at least meddle in the nation’s elections, he dismissed the question. “That’s up to the president,” Mr. Trump said, before finally saying “be quiet” to the female questioner. “Let the president talk to them.”

The Clinton campaign immediately accused Mr. Trump of both encouraging Russian espionage against the United States and meddling in domestic politics.

 “This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent,” said Jake Sullivan, Mrs. Clinton’s chief foreign policy adviser. “This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”
Trump simply works outside the law.  When has any presidential candidate called on a foreign state to spy on his opponent?  I have been around a long time.  I have never seen anything like this thuggery from a candidate.

 

American intelligent agencies believe Russia responsible for hacking DNC documents

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NYTimes.com:

WASHINGTON — American intelligence agencies have told the White House they now have “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the theft of emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee, according to federal officials who have been briefed on the evidence.

But intelligence agencies have cautioned that they are uncertain whether the electronic break-in at the committee’s computer systems was intended as fairly routine cyberespionage — of the kind the United States also conducts around the world — or as part of an effort to manipulate the 2016 presidential election.

The emails were released by WikiLeaks, whose founder, Julian Assange has made it clear that he hoped to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the presidency. It is unclear how the documents made their way to the group. But a large sampling was published before the WikiLeaks release by several news organizations and someone who called himself “Guccifer 2.0,” who investigators now believe was an agent of the G.R.U., Russia’s military intelligence service.

The assessment by the intelligence community of Russian involvement in the D.N.C. hack, which largely echoes the findings of private cybersecurity firms that have examined the electronic fingerprints left by the intruders, leaves President Obama and his national security aides with a difficult diplomatic and political decision: Whether to publicly accuse the government of President Vladimir V. Putin with engineering the hack.

Is it just me?  Is anyone else concerned that Russia might be attempting to manipulate our national election?   It seems that all the emphasis to date has been to moan and groan over Debbie Wasserman-Schultz putting a weighted thumb on the process.

It’s very concerning to me that any foreign country would attempt to manipulate our elections.  It is even more concerning that one of these countries is Russia.  I guess Putin figures  he would be better off with Trump in charge rather than Hillary.

The Democratic Convention…How’s it working?

It has begun. It was a rocky start. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, former chair of the DNC is gone. Donna Brazile is in. The Bernies misbehaved, especially the California delegation. Sarah Silverman told them they were ridiculous.

The great speakers of the night were Corey Booker, Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. There was lots of excitement in the air. Hopefully the Bernies have been put in their place and will now play nice with others, especially since Donna Brazile gave a very specific apology.

How, what are others walking away with as they watch?

Jon Stewart does a Trump take-down

He’s back….at least temporarily!!!!

God, I have missed that man. I needed a Jon Stewart laugh, especially after that convention.

Speaking of which, I think Hillary should recruit Ivanka for her introduction. Ivanka is the most closeted Democrat I have ever hear….or rather not-so-closeted.

What will become of Faux News without Roger Ailes?  Hats off to Gretchen Carlson for delivering the death-blow.  Now I know why a smart woman, Valedictorian of her class, Stanford graduate, acted like such a bimbo.

Perhaps the biggest take-away from the skit:

theDailybeast.com:

“I saw a lot of people on the convention floor with their ‘Blue Lives Matter’ rhetoric who either remained silent or actively fought against the 9/11 first responders’ bill reauthorization,” he continued. “So I see you, and I see your bullshit,”  (triggering CBS’s censors.)

Melania Trump: Just a little plagiarism?

Nothing wrong with a little plagiarism as long as you don’t get caught. First Lady Wannabe Melania Trump needs a new speech writer–one who uses original words, not plucked from the speech of the current first lady.

Then again, Melania’s competition is Bill Clinton.  I have to admit, she is prettier than he is, just not as smart.

The Trumpers need to get this one behind them and fast.  Campaign manager Paul Manafort will have none of that, according to TPM.com:

Jarrett Hill appeared to be the first to notice that Melania Trump’s speech lifted significant portions from Michelle Obama’s speech, but Manafort blamed reports of plagiarism on Hillary Clinton.

“This is once again an example of when a women threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down. It’s not going to work,” he said on CNN.

It seems to me that the video comparison speaks for itself.  The Trump campaign has to own this one.  The denial is pathetic.

 

Police officers ambushed and killed in Baton Rouge

After Dallas, after Baton Rouge, after so much violence, can we put the myth to bed that keeps telling us that all that is needed is “a good guy with a gun.”

I am sure these officers were well-armed. Their guns didn’t do them a lot of good, did they? The officers are still dead.

The platitude and slogans have to stop. Wayne LaPierre is simply not correct. A good guy with a gun isn’t an instant cure for the violence in this country.

Stewart’s statements disavowed by the Trump campaign

I hesitate to post this.  I feel certain Corey will want to walk his words back at some point.  I will do so upon request.

Washingtonpost.com:

 The chairman of Donald Trump’s Virginia campaign on Friday placed responsibility for a police massacre in Dallas on Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and another Democrat, Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam.

Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R), who like Northam is planning to run for governor in 2017, posted an article about Thursday’s slayings on Facebook early Friday, along with this comment:

“Liberal politicians who label police as racists — specifically Hillary Clinton and Virginia Lt. Governor Ralph Northam — are to blame for essentially encouraging the murder of these police officers tonight.”

Trump’s campaign disavowed the post, issuing a statement through John Fredericks, host of a conservative radio talk show and vice chairman of Trump’s Virginia campaign.

 

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School Board to seek advice from Va Attorney General

Bristowbeat.com:

The Prince William School Board expects to soon send a letter to the Attorney General, asking for clarification on the process of temporarily replacing the Brentsville school board who will be leaving for a Navy deployment in August.

A board straw poll taken by the board to determine whether or not to send the letter came back in the affirmative.

Sawyers, Williams (Woodbridge), Raulston (Neabsco) and Wilk (Potomac) voted “yes.” Trenum (Brentsville), Satterwhite (Gainesville) and Deutsch (Coles) voted “no.” Lillie Jessie of the Occoquan District abstained.

On June 22, three-term Brentsville School Board member Gil Trenum announced his deployment with the Navy Reserves to the Horn of Africa. He will leave before the 2016-17 school year begins and does not expect to return until the 2017-18 school year.

During the last school board meeting, Trenum told residents that he plans to keep his seat and stay in frequent contact with his constituents. Trenum said that keeping his seat is his right as a Virginia elected official being deployed by the U.S. military, according to Virginia Code 2.2-2802.

Trenum also conferred with an attorney for the Virginia General Assembly who clarified for him that he does not need to relinquish his office. However, he can choose to give notice and temporarily relinquish his office, and in such a case the school board would appoint a temporary replacement.

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Trump posts white supremacist meme

Washingtonpost.com:

It was so close to the message that Republicans say they want from Donald Trump: a tweet describing Hillary Clinton as “crooked” and the “most corrupt candidate ever,” on the morning that the likely Democratic presidential nominee met with the FBI.

But the image that Trump chose to illustrate his point, which portrayed a red Star of David shape slapped onto a bed of $100 bills, had origins in the online white-supremacist movement. For at least the fifth time, Trump’s Twitter account had shared a meme from the racist “alt-right” and offered no explanation why.

“We’ve been alarmed that Mr. Trump hasn’t spoken out vociferously against these anti-Semites and racists and misogynists who continue to support him,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). “It’s been outrageous to see him retweeting and now sourcing material from the website and other online resources from this crowd.”

The offending image first appeared in a June 15 tweet by @FishBoneHead1, an account with fewer than 1,000 followers and a penchant for memes that mock Muslims, black Democrats and “cucks” — an alt-right term derived from the word “cuckold,” for people they deem insufficiently conservative. According to Anthony Smith, a reporter for the news site Mic, it was shared June 22 on a racist section of the 8Chan Web forum.

Why doesn’t Trump have advisors who tell him not to do these things?  Is he just stupid or doesn’t he care?  I grow weary of his supporters making up excuses for him.  There is no excuse for this kind of behavior.  Regardless of what people think about Hillary, even her enemies, she isn’t gauche.

Why on earth would he chose such a symbol?  The gaff was corrected but not before the image was swept up by enough people to cause Trump embarrassment. (I HOPE he was embarrassed)

Before and After
Before and After

Bernie voting for Hillary–bye bye Trump

Washingtonpost.com:

Donald Trump would like for Bernie Sanders supporters to ditch the Democratic Party and support him. There is very little evidence that they will do that, mind you, but it’s certainly possible that they might just stay home — which would help Trump.

Well, we have some bad news for the Trump campaign. Sanders supporters aren’t just rallying around Clinton; they’re doing it rather quickly. And it’s a big reason Clinton just extended her lead over Trump into the double digits, 51 percent to 39 percent.

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that Sanders backers, who polls have shown were reluctant to jump over to Clinton and even flirted with supporting Trump, are coming home faster than we might have expected.

Last month, 20 percent of Sanders supporters said they would back Trump over Clinton in the general election. This month, that figure is down to 8 percent.

If this trend continues,  dumping Trump will be easier.  He tends to be his own worst enemy.

Good.  He is a damaging force for this country.

 

 

Brexit: The masses are asses

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Washingtonpost.com:

The whole world is reeling after a milestone referendum in Britain to leave the European Union. And although leaders of the campaign to exit Europe are crowing over their victory, it seems many Britons may not even know what they had actually voted for.

Awakening to a stock market plunge and a precipitous decline in the value of the pound that Britain hasn’t seen in more than 30 years, voters now face a series of economic shocks that analysts say will only worsen before they improve. The consequences of the leave vote will be felt worldwide, even here in the United States, and some British voters say they now regret casting a ballot in favor of Brexit.

“Even though I voted to leave, this morning I woke up and I just — the reality did actually hit me,” one woman told the news channel ITV News. “If I’d had the opportunity to vote again, it would be to stay.”

Apparently many Brits who voted to leave really didn’t think it through.  The financial implications of leaving the European Union are going to be disastrous for them.  Great Britain had its own currency.  They were allowed to secure their own borders.  Now their currency is devalued, their stock markets have plummeted and no one knows what the future holds.

I fear many Americans will jump on this feel good bandwagon also.  How many have fallen for Trump’s bullshit?  How many people will wake up the next morning with severe voter’s regret in November?  How many voters are beguiled by big mouthes’ stupidity?

I really wish the Brits hadn’t been dumb asses.  I lost 5 figures today…that’s 5 figures in one day.  I would hope that things will straighten themselves out in the next few weeks but we have no way of knowing what the future holds as more countries are emboldened to leave the EU.  In a global world, issues ricochet right off each other.

We live in uncertain times.  Meanwhile, Scotland voted to remain with the EU.  Where do they go from here?

 

 

 

The FOIA Wars–PWC style

I got texts about last night’s BOCS meeting.  No, I didnt see it.  I got up at the crack of dawn and watched it and I was disgusted–totally disgusted.  Was I disgusted at Corey?  Oh hell no.  I sent him a congratulatory text.  NO, I didnt think he was vulgar.  I thought he was forceful and at the end of his rope with the whining and interrupting.

What did not fall on deaf ears was the fact that Pete Candland admitted that he was bullying (my words, not his) Supervisors Jenkins and Principi because he felt like he was being bullied with FOIA requests by the Democratic school board chairman and the chairman of the Democratic party.  Well, that makes perfect sense in the world of two wrongs make a right. Except two wrongs don’t make a right.  Two wrongs are still wrong, by people with standards of decency.

What the hell did Jenkins or Principi do to Candland?  Nothing.  They are Democrats.  That’s their sin.  Candland and crew have squandered thousands of county man-hours on meting out his revenge.  According to Mrs. Caddigan, Mac Haddow was signing off on these FOIA requests.  Was that to keep Candland’s hands squeaky clean?

What Candland is overlooking or refusing to admit is that it is his close affiliation with the attack blog, The Sheriff of Nottingham blog that has brought all this about.  Throw in his mentor, Mac Haddow, who is seen by many Prince William residents as a bully and as having far too much influence in the Gainesville District.  It appears that he is calling the shots, through Candland.

Pete tried to bleat out that Mrs. Haddow was attacked.  By whom?  I have heard no one attack Mrs. Haddow.  I saw that her salary was discussed.  That was not an attack on her personally.   I feel certain that Mrs. Haddow wasn’t given the luxury of setting her own salary.  Besides, I hardly think she was getting wealthy from working in Candland’s office.  (nor is her son-in-law who took her place)

Perhaps the problem here is that the Gainesville Magisterial District office is simply too close to a family that is wielding too much power through Pete.  That is what needs to stop.

Pete, spin it any way you want.  The real issue is the attacks on others emanating from that blog, the former blog that was run by Haddow and the disruption in other areas (committees, etc).  Both my blog and its former co-partner, Elena were attacked by the Gainesville Truth Squad.  What kind of impression do you think we have?   That is just a blip on the radar of those who have been attacked.  Many others have also suffered with the half-truths and the vitriol.  When do you think people are going to get mad and fight back?

When Pete was running for office the first time, I put up a cartoon with Corey as puppet master, dangling a Petey puppet.  I was wrong.  Corey wasn’t the puppet master.  Today, if I ran that same cartoon, I would commission my cartoonist to draw a different puppet master.  3 guesses who it might be.

Pete, knock it off.  Chose less contentious people to mentor you and stop picking at and bullying your colleagues.  You embarrass the Gainesville District.  Call off your attack dog.

This piece on Moon-howlings is simply my opinion based on personal experience and what I have just viewed.  I have no “birdies” or other gossips chirping in my ear.

If anyone calls me from Candland’s office, don’t.  It’s happened before and I don’t want it to happen again.

http://pwcgov.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=23&clip_id=2191&meta_id=51100

The link is working sporadically.  If you need to go to the county website, the “show” begins at 3:17 into the meeting and ends around 4:02