54 thoughts on “Yard Sale Politics”

  1. tony, Jamie, sea, et al you all will really like this article in the atlantic:
    What Hillary Clinton’s Fans Love About Her
    Her supporters are drawn to her intelligence, her industriousness, and her grit.
    We do not see, often enough, the people who love Hillary Clinton, who support her because of her qualifications rather than because of her unqualified opponent, who empathize with her. Yet millions of Americans, women and men, love her intelligence, her industriousness, her grit; they feel loyal to her, they will vote with enthusiasm for her.


    A conservative writer labeled her a congenital liar when she was first lady, and the label stuck because it was repeated over and over—and it was a convenient label to harness misogyny. If she was a liar, then the hostility she engendered could not possibly be because she was a first lady who refused to be still and silent. “Liar’ has re-emerged during this election even though Politifact, a respected source of information about politicians, has certified that she is more honest than most politicians—and certainly more honest than her opponent.

    Because she is already considered guilty in a vague and hazy way, there is a longing for her to be demonstrably guilty of something. Other words have been repeated over and over, with no context, until they have begun to breathe and thrum with life. Especially “emails.” The press coverage of “emails” has become an unclear morass where “emails” must mean something terrible, if only because of how often it is invoked.


    Because Hillary Clinton is a woman, she is judged too harshly for doing what most politicians do—hedging sometimes, waffling sometimes, evading sometimes. Politicians are ambitious; they have to be. Yet for Hillary Clinton, ambition is often an accusation. She is held responsible for her husband’s personal failings, in the gendered assumption that a wife is somehow an adult and a husband a child.

    There are millions of Americans who do not have the self-indulgent expectation that a politician be perfect. They are frustrated that Hillary Clinton is allowed no complexity. And they love her.


  2. Thanks Pat for that link. Love Maya Angelou’s poem- Rise, Hillary, Rise and what she like best about Hillary

    “You may write me down in history


    With your bitter, twisted lies,
    You may tread me in the very dirt
    But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
    This is not the first time you have seen Hillary Clinton seemingly at her wits’ end, but she has always risen, always risen, don’t forget she has always risen, much to the dismay of her adversaries and the delight of her friends.
    Hillary Clinton will not give up on you and all she asks of you is that you do not give up on her.
    There is a world of difference between being a woman and being an old female. If you’re born a girl, grow up, and live long enough, you can become an old female. But to become a woman is a serious matter. A woman takes responsibility for the time she takes up and the space she occupies. Hillary Clinton is a woman. She has been there and done that and has still risen. She is in this race for the long haul. She intends to make a difference in our country. Hillary Clinton intends to help our country to be what it can become.
    She declares she wants to see more smiles in the family, more courtesies between men and women, more honesty in the marketplace. She is the prayer of every woman and man who longs for fair play, healthy families, good schools, and a balanced economy.
    She means to rise.
    Don’t give up on Hillary. In fact, if you help her to rise, you will rise with her and help her make this country the wonderful, wonderful place where every man and every woman can live freely without sanctimonious piety and without crippling fear.
    Rise, Hillary.

  3. Always happy to see the elder Crawford and he wore that tshirt on the day he filled-out his ballot (Craig posted that).  Be careful, however!  Thirty miles away in Deltona, the squirrels are attacking!!   Having dealt with a rock squirrel invasion here in the desert southwest, it can be brutal especially if someone fed or are feeding the wild life.

  4. When will ‘Comey’ and variants thereof, become a part of the American lexicon? To wit:

    Let’s give her a full Comey. No, a half-C will do. Remember, the last thing we want is a Comey of errors.

  5. What do you do when a major so called news channel via a so called journalist such as Bret Baier broadcasts that Hillary Clinton is about to be indicted then has to take it all back as being untrue?  Then the GOP candidate continues to trumpet Hillary’s impending arrest.  Then the spokesclown Kellyanne goes on morning TV and says well yes, but it doesn’t matter because the lie is already circulating the intertubes.

    All of this happens on the Google celebration of Walter Cronkite’s 100th birthday.  Can we dig up Uncle Walter for a decent media messenger before the election?

  6. takata = trump

    flatus, it is said the fbi is doing the full breitbart…getting clues and gathering evidence from bannon’s book, Clinton Cash.  Crackerjack agents.  This emphasis on term limits should continue…the media needs to recycle their trash and get a new set of talking heads.  bannon should not be able to run a campaign, but trump is such a willing puppet.

  7. Craig…  good luck with the yard sale.  Making some money is great…  but getting rid of clutter…  even better!

    Flatus… methinks that those of us who have known Ping for a long time are just having some fun with him…  and he with us.

    Can’t wait until Wednesday morning….  till then…  Go Hillary!

  8. Renee, I agree that it started out innocently enough. And those of us who have come to appreciate Ping through his visits here realize that he has an iconoclastic bent. All of that is great and make life more interesting. But, IMO, just before I interjected with my two cents worth, Ping was clearly shouting–something that he is not wont to do. At this point in my life, I feel a moral obligation of standing next to the underdog even when his arguments, to my ears, have little merit.


  9. businessinsider:

    For Thursday night’s “A Closer Look” segment on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” the host targeted Republican lawmakers who are already speaking out on what they will do if Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wins the presidency.

    There are the politicians like Ted Cruz who will refuse any Supreme Court nominee from Clinton. Senator Richard Burr has gone so far as to say he will “do everything I can do to make sure that four years from now we’ve still got an opening on the Supreme Court.”

    Then there’s Congressman Joe Walsh who tweeted that if Donald Trump loses the election, “I’m grabbing my musket.”

    “Trump and the GOP have destroyed some of our most important political norms,” Meyers said. “They want to jail or impeach anyone they disagree with and if they don’t get to wield power they want to paralyze the government so no one can. You’d think that would be enough to get people to the polls.”

    Well, that or President Obama telling everyone at a recent rally about the Taco Bell World Series promotion that allowed people to get a free taco. As Meyers shows, the crowd went nuts over it.

    “What a sad state of affairs it is when you say, ‘Get out and vote, we have to stop an insane man from having the nuclear codes,’ and people go, ‘Eh,’ but then you say ‘Free taco,’ and they are all, ‘Yes we can!’” Meyers said.

  10. keith: “2016 presidential election between Hillary Clinton representing the democratic party and Donald trump representing the Russians”

  11. am worried keith is going to blow a gasket by time of election day

    he’s really fighting his heart out, fighting mad and fighting with gusto…(keith olbermann) ko in for the (knock out) ko

  12. wapo:

    This presidential election race has been one for the record books — including for Pinocchios.

    In many ways, it was an unbalanced race. Donald Trump has amassed such a collection of Four-Pinocchio ratings — 59 in all — that by himself he’s earned as many in this campaign as all other Republicans (or Democrats) combined in the past three years. His average Pinocchio rating was 3.4. (By contrast, the worst Pinocchio rating in 2012 was earned by Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota — an average of 3.08 Pinocchios.)

    Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, ended up with an average Pinocchio rating of 2.2. That put her in about the same range as President Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in 2012. (She had a total of seven Four-Pinocchio ratings.) If not for her statements about the email controversy, which earned her lots of Pinocchios, her average rating would have been much lower.

  13. OldSea, well we’re pricing the costume jewelry at 4 pieces for $1, that comes to $87 for the lot — 34 pair of earrings, 10 necklaces, 14 bracelets, 26 pins, misc pieces including 4 watches, 3 rings, two tie clips, one money clip, one belt buckle and 2 pair of cuff links.

  14. Craig: I sent a link to my son in Titusville. Is the sale Sat only? He loves tools and gadgets 🙂

    Pat: Terrific article and reminders of why we love Hillary and why she is the only viable candidate!

    OSH: Beautiful quotes from Maya. She was a long time, ardent Hillary fan. She is sorely missed!

  15. I know the media is reporting that my state of NH is now a toss-up between Trump and Clinton.  It may be or it may not be.  I remember in 2012 we were told the same thing about Romney vs Obama.  Obama did win this state by 7 points…   not really close at all.

  16. I’ve been thinking. Seriously.

    Lots of folks have been mourning what they see as the lack of substance and discussion of issues in this campaign. At times, I have been one of those mourners. However, I’ve slept on it, and today I awoke with a changed mind.
    A serious, a vital issue permeates the campaign : the role of and treatment of women. The role and treatment of Muslims and people of Hispanic descent is important, but women and girls constitute the majority of the American people, including Muslims and people of Hispanic descent.

    This election is all about women and girls. Therefore, I’m with her.

  17. daily beast:

    With six days to go before the election, attorney Lisa Bloom announced a woman was going to come forward to accuse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of rape. In a press conference from Bloom’s office, to be broadcast on Facebook Live, Katie Johnson (which may or may not be a pseudonym) would appear in public for the first time to allege that Trump had raped her in 1994 when she was 13 years old, and sexually assaulted her on other occasions while attending sex parties at the New York City mansion of pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

    And then she didn’t.

    “Jane Doe has received numerous threats today… She has decided she is too afraid to show her face,” Bloom said, according to MSNBC reporter Irin Carmon. “We’re going to have to reschedule. I apologize to all of you who came. I have nothing further.”


    Trump did not respond to a request for comment on Katie’s press conference.

    The complaint accuses Trump and Epstein of “rape, sexual misconduct, criminal sexual acts, sexual abuse, forcible touching, assault, battery, intentional and reckless infliction of emotional distress, duress, false imprisonment, and threats of death and/or serious bodily injury.”

    The lawsuit also includes sworn statements by two witnesses. A woman with the pseudonym Tiffany Doe claims she helped procure underage women, including Katie, for Epstein’s sex parties and allegedly witnessed Katie’s rape firsthand. Another woman, known by Joan Doe, was a classmate of Katie’s who says she was told about the rape at school.

  18. The Falsehood Industry is putting out phony poll numbers to nudge people toward the Hate Party candidates. It seems to work a bit. 538 lists a number of more or less legit polling organizations and grades them. You can safely ignore any poll that 538 ignores.

  19. As this election season winds down and dies after a great belch and fart it is time to start on 2020.  Once again the Dems lack anyone with youth and vinegar (or is that vigor) to start running.  My guess is that HRC has a four year timeline to deal with the abuse of the Republicans.  After that she may be ready to let someone else deal with the morans.

    Is Kaine her handpicked replacement?  Or is it someone else, say Secretary Vilsack.  He has a great story, but I am not sure he would want to do the battle necessary as a presidential candidate.  Maybe one of the governors, Hickenlooper of Colorado?  Several people were sort of vetted as Hillary’s VP.

    It seems like a good time to find someone who is not past retirement age to replace Hillary.

  20. For those who missed Maddow last night, here is the background story on this latest FBI garbage dump on Clinton … straight from your favorite source for absolutely true facts:  Breitbart’s Bannon

    Today it was revealed that it was the “former” head of the NY FBI office, Kallstrom, a FOX news contributor that works for Guiliani’s security service who pressed Comey to authorize the review of possible Clinton-related emails on a Weiner device.

    And it was Peter Schweitzer who announced on Fox that he was asked in August to sit down with NY office FBI agents investigating the Clinton Foundation and relying on his discredited work to pitch a full-scale probe. You may recall Clinton Cash was cowritten and produced by Bannon, chief executive for Donald Trump.

    Media Matters

    Full video 11/3 Show FBI Leaks

  21. I may be – I thought I was casting asparagus.  I think Chris the mean has been shunned. I saw something that said drumpf tweeted that Christie knew about it.  Can’t expect that he’d put him in a position of trust, but then again, it is trump.

  22. The  Democratic GOTV is for real here in Missouri. I’ve got several emails encouraging me to spread the word that the elderly and disabled can use their frailty as an excuse to vote absentee and with a list of places around the city where they can vote this. The black neighborhoods are putting on a big push.

    In addition today I’ve got a letter from Obama urging me to vote , emails and a text.

    Way more than the usual stuff.


  23. About time for the Friday afternoon slime bucket dump, so we can know what the Sunday shows will talk about.



  24. Of almost no interest to the commentariat here, but of significance to me – a listserv that has been dormant for a while popped to life a couple days ago.  A few people who renew every year, like me, started talking about the old days, the mid-90’s to the late 90’s.  The days when we shared much and shared our lives.

    This particular list was where we learned how to live, or rather, how to try to fight to live.  Many did not, hundreds died.  Our tears were hard to spread.  We were the guinea pigs, the lab rats, for how to fight the disease that was killing off the Baby Boomers. Hepatitis  C.

    We shared tips on how to make it to the next day.  How to survive a medication which was as bad or worse than the disease for how we felt.  We shared stories of life.  Of many things.  And, how many of us could no longer cry.

    It was a tough time.  I had a website.  It was one of two which gave real and correct information about HCV.  Those days are still difficult to remember.  So many died.  I started a memorial website, but it was overwhelmed with quantity of dead.  Then a close friend of mine committed suicide and I no longer could handle death.  I shut down all websites.

    But, I keep renewing the link to the list.  Just in case someone shows up asking “I was told I have Hepatitis C.  Am I going to die?”

  25. OK

    The Democrats are doing something radically different in their GOTV. My getting a letter and being contacted is the usual, I’m now a regular voter at all levels.

    But not only did I get a letter but my neighbor Lloyd also got a letter and he almost never votes. We got him to vote last spring in a local election because of the direct impact for him.

    In addition to the same boilerplate letter I got.  His letter also  had his voting record since 2008 in general elections and gave his voting record a “bad” rating. Given that he has never voted in any general election in that time period I think “bad” was being generous. lol

    I think they are trying to shame the vote.

    The letter also said they may call him after the election to discuss the election with him.


  26. part of tonight’s pbs newshour:


    I want to ask you both about the Supreme Court.

    Mark, we have heard from Republican senators in the last few weeks that they’re, no matter — if Hillary Clinton is elected — this is an if — no matter who she puts forward, they’re going to make sure that she doesn’t get to fill that last — that ninth seat on the court.

    How are we to think about the Supreme Court anymore? We have now gone the better part of this year, since Justice Scalia’s death, President Obama’s nominee can’t get through. Has this become a litmus test of the litmus test?

    MARK SHIELDS: Judy, in a year of irresponsibility, this is a new depth of irresponsibility. To say that the constitutional mandate of a national election, where millions of Americans vote and pick a new president, that that president is — what that president does, and under the Constitution, of nominating judges and justices, is somehow moot, and I’m not going to pay any attention to it, that’s unacceptable.

    It really is. It’s beyond irresponsible. It’s beyond reckless. It is really — I think it’s criminal. I basically do. And anybody who holds that position, I think it’s self-disqualifying for any public office.

    JUDY WOODRUFF: We heard it from John McCain. And I guess, this week, there was a comment from Richard Burr, the senator from North Carolina, and others.

    MARK SHIELDS: I think Senator Cruz has put on — I think Senator McCain did walk it back, but you’re right. He did say it on radio.

    DAVID BROOKS: My views about this are like Mark’s, only stronger.


    DAVID BROOKS: I think it’s in the Constitution. And we not only have rules in the Constitution the way it should work. The president should be able to nominate justices. But we have an etiquette around the Constitution.

    And what’s happened in America is, that etiquette has been acidified away. And I hate the nuclear option of going for 50 votes in the Senate. But if they behave this way, then I think the Democrats might be justified and go to the nuclear option, because we actually have to have a government. We have to have people confirmed and put into office.

    And — but it’s the degradation of the way our government is supposed to run.

  27. more from shields and brooks

    JUDY WOODRUFF: I didn’t give you all any warning about this, but I want to ask it in the last minute or so that we have left.

    What do you say to the American people at this point about the choice they’re making, about how much difference it makes?

    MARK SHIELDS: Well, it does. We know presidents make choices. We know — we have no idea what’s going to come up on a crisis over the next four years, unexpected, internationally, domestically.

    And who that president is, the judgment, the intelligence, the confidence that that president has can very well determine whether we survive, let alone prosper, as a people.

    DAVID BROOKS: Yes. It’s a job. It’s a job that involves some patience, a tolerance for boredom, the ability to work friendly with other people, to herd majorities. It’s a job.

    And I can’t say who I’m going to vote for, but one person is clearly disqualified for that job. And I can’t mention his name.


  28. Craig- I’d love to buy the lot!  May I send you money by paypal? Would you be able to fit it in the medium flat rate box?  it costs around 13 dollars-

  29. Ms Bronc,

    I salute you for your courage and intentions.

    One of Sweetie’s brothers died of HC complicated by alcoholism. He was in agony. So, were our wives.

    Sweetie flew 1200 miles to live with and take care of them. I finished up some business here, and then drove down. I arrived minutes late. The widow was disconsolate. Sweetie was worn out, and her Bro was dead. He was only 48 years old.

    Thanks for your work.

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