Mike Dowd, a strapping Catholic Washington D.C. police inspector born in County Clare, Ireland, was in charge of Senate security for 13 years and Michael, my oldest brother, was working his way through law school as a Capitol elevator operator.The congressman began to tell a dirty joke. My dad raised his hand.“Stop,” Mike Dowd said. “Go say a Hail Mary.” Then he sauntered away with Michael in tow.Young Michael was a brainiac, with a Google memory before Google, who rarely lavished praise. But he always recounted that story about my dad with great pride.Someone should have told Donald J. Trump long ago to go say a Hail Mary when he started to say something smutty. Maybe then, the cheesy and cheddar-colored billionaire wouldn’t be reaping the whirlwind tonight, figuring out how to throw a Hail Mary pass to save his teetering candidacy, shore up his cowering party and salvage whatever is left of his brand.“Everything Trump touches dies,” Rick Wilson, a Republican consultant, told The Washington Post’s Phil Rucker.Trump has had an apocalyptic effect on the nation. Those who know him well describe being friends with “a hurricane.” And for 16 months, the Republican Party, Trump’s ever-shifting cast of advisers and at times, the media, have all been handcuffed to this hurricane.He has changed everything about politics. There were some good things in the beginning, like when he turned over the golden apple cart of political hucksters, showing that you can make it without a lot of high-priced mercenaries and a couple hundred million dollars worth of negative ads.But then came the avalanche of dreadful things: the bigotry, the xenophobia, the misogyny, the violence at rallies, the profane language, the vile epithets and uncontrollable vindictiveness. (I feel I got off easy being labeled merely a wacky, crazy, neurotic dope by Trump.)
Daily Archives: October 9, 2016
Hillary Clinton – demonstrably, the better choice for president: Thomas Suddes | cleveland.com
And if Clinton’s candidacy is a referendum on Barack Obama’s stewardship, she’s earned Ohioans’ votes. When Obama became president in 2009, Ohio’s unemployment rate was 8.9 percent; in August, it was 4.7 percent. The day Obama was inaugurated, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 7,949.09; on Wednesday, it closed at 18,281.03.
Source: Hillary Clinton – demonstrably, the better choice for president: Thomas Suddes | cleveland.com
Right-wing demonstrators attack police station in Magdeburg | News | DW.COM | 09.10.2016
The incident at the central station in the northeast German town of Magdeburg, 156 kilometers (97 miles) west of Berlin, had started on Saturday late afternoon with the arrest of a 32-year-old man for an attack on a pedestrian. The victim sustained head injuries.Police said they were hindered in making the arrest by several, partially-masked individuals who had taken part in a demonstration of right-wing extremists in Dessau-Rosslau, 60 kilometers to the south east.The suspect had resisted arrest, attempting to take a baton from one of the officers. Magdeburg police said he had only been arrested by using “considerable effort and with the use of pepper spray.”Eleven of the man’s associates tried to get to the arrested man but had been pushed back by police before being expelled from the station.There were also reports that the extremists were calling on a further 50 of their number to recover the man from custody.A total of nine men and two women between the ages of 15 and 33 were arrested.Right wing violence on the riseThe number of violent crimes with a right-wing political motive has been rising substantially in Germany. Figures from the interior ministry for 2015 recorded 1,485 violent far-right crimes, up from 1,029 in 2014.The ministry reported a large increase in the broader category of “hate crimes” such as offences of a racist or antisemitic nature, or targeting people because of their religion. They rose 72 percent in 2015 to 10,373 from 5,858 the previous year.At the time, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said, “The rise in right-wing politically motivated crime is above all evident in xenophobic incidents.””That is unacceptable and will be met with strong measures by the police and justice system,” the interior minister said.
Source: Right-wing demonstrators attack police station in Magdeburg | News | DW.COM | 09.10.2016
Is There a Silver Lining to Trump’s Vile Comments About Women? | Dame Magazine
Like many survivors, I am enraged beyond reason by Donald Trump’s “hot mic” remarks that “when you’re a star” you can declare hunting season on women; his winking aside to Access Hollywood host Billy Bush that it was aces to “grab [women] by the pussy.” But I’m also grateful. I’m grateful that Donald Trump’s unfathomable uncouthness has taken its teeth to the Republican jugular, exposing the hot, black blood of the GOP’s entrenched misogyny, and its perpetuation of rape culture.Trump may joke about sexual assault with a boys-will-be-boys glibness, but GOP darlings like his running mate, Mike Pence, who many rank-and-file Republicans are ballyhooing for 2020, are deadly serious about forcing women to carry their rapists’ fetuses to term—even going so far as to try and redefine rape in order to effectively end reproductive choice in this country. In Pence’s America, the rapist is the masked marauder in the back-alley—not a teacher or a coach; a father or a friend; and certainly not that nice young man on the swim team or the boy next door—a figure who is mostly mythological, given the actual statistics around sexual assault. Make no mistake: The Republican party’s legislative terrorism on choice is, like sexual abuse, about stripping women and girls of their bodily autonomy.
Source: Is There a Silver Lining to Trump’s Vile Comments About Women? | Dame Magazine
Female workers forced to line up and kiss their boss everyday before beginning work at Beijing company: Shanghaiist
Must have been one of Donald Trump’s companies.
Source: Female workers forced to line up and kiss their boss everyday before beginning work at Beijing company: Shanghaiist
Ivanka Trump shoes may soon be made in Ethiopia, rather than China: Shanghaiist
Along with fear, racism and misogyny, Donald Trump has based his…
Source: Ivanka Trump shoes may soon be made in Ethiopia, rather than China: Shanghaiist
Donald Trump, ‘Access Hollywood’ and ‘The Apprentice’: The Legal Issues Behind the Tapes | Hollywood Reporter – more coming it seems – roll up pant legs!
Geraldo Rivera also revealed Sunday that he may have more tapes in which Trump is making “embarrassing” comments, but hasn’t yet decided whether he will release them. “I have interviewed Donald Trump many times and been with him many times and I have tapes,” Rivera said on Fox News. “My brother and I have been starting to go through the tapes now and there are statements that, in the context of the current climate, would be embarrassing.” NBC has aired The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice since 2004, but the shows are owned by Mark Burnett Productions, which is majority owned by MGM. Burnett has declined to comment on Trump and a representative for MGM and its CEO Gary Barber did not respond to a request for comment. MGM attorneys may fear a contract lawsuit from Trump if they agree to release any audio or visual outtakes. The potential complication may be that Trump, as an executive producer on The Apprentice, could have the right to approve any video or audio that is released publicly.But considering an NBC or Access Hollywood insider likely leaked the Trump-Bush conversation to the Post after becoming frustrated with NBC’s lack of movement on the story, perhaps an Apprentice insider will take matters into his or her own hands.
Source: Donald Trump, ‘Access Hollywood’ and ‘The Apprentice’: The Legal Issues Behind the Tapes | Hollywood Reporter
Kraft Heinz Recalls Ready-To-Eat Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers Product Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2016 – Kraft Heinz Company, a Fullerton, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 959 pounds of ready-to-eat “Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers” packaged lunch products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains wheat and soy, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.
Source: Kraft Heinz Recalls Ready-To-Eat Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers Product Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens