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  1. September 7, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Thank you Chips!! Good morning TOD 🙂

    Another interesting essay by Paul Krugman, whom, for a very long time, I gave zero bandwidth for reasons I’m sure I don’t have to explain to TOD ….

    “And here’s what’s interesting: all indications are that Mr. Bush’s attacks on Mr. Trump are falling flat, because the Republican base doesn’t actually share the Republican establishment’s economic delusions.

    The thing is, we didn’t really know that until Mr. Trump came along. The influence of big-money donors meant that nobody could make a serious play for the G.O.P. nomination without pledging allegiance to supply-side doctrine, and this allowed the establishment to imagine that ordinary voters shared its antipopulist creed. Indeed, Mr. Bush’s hapless attempt at a takedown suggests that his political team still doesn’t get it, and thinks that pointing out The Donald’s heresies will be enough to doom his campaign.

    But Mr. Trump, who is self-financing, didn’t need to genuflect to the big money, and it turns out that the base doesn’t mind his heresies. This is a real revelation, which may have a lasting impact on our politics.

    Again, I’m not making a case for Mr. Trump. There are lots of other politicians out there who also refuse to buy into right-wing economic nonsense, but who do so without proposing to scour the countryside in search of immigrants to deport, or to rip up our international economic agreements and start a trade war. The point, however, is that none of these reasonable politicians is seeking the Republican presidential nomination.”


    Oh, and I also fully agree with his assessment of what the Fed should NOT do!!

    • September 7, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      • 8 Nena20409
        September 7, 2015 at 2:55 pm

        For some Dems laughing at Trump…….be very careful.
        1……He talks of tax increase for some Hedge Funders.
        2……He talks about Healthy Care for those who aren’t able to pay or take care of themselves.
        3……He talks about Never a Cut or Privatization to the Social Security.
        4……He talks about the Corruption of Money and the Influence of Lobbyists in our political system.
        5……He talks about building Infrastructure.
        Just on those 5 points alone, I can see enough Dems crossing over to vote for Trump, thereby, negating the Latino Votes……enough to win….especially, if Bernie Sanders somehow were to be have been selected as the Dem Nominee.

    • 9 Don
      September 7, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      So now Mr. Trump deserves to be fellated for not being as crazy when it comes to economics as his fellow Republicans are? Sorry Mr. Krugman, I mean I’ll put out at the end of the date. But you got to at least buy me dinner first.

      • September 7, 2015 at 1:57 pm

        Don, your considerable talent for humor aside, what Paul Krugman notes is an important insight, particularly for Dems. The right wing base is now demonstrating that right wing, ‘conservative,’ ‘supply-side economics not only does not motivate them, but the opposite sits quite well with them. Trump has exposed the myth and that’s the kind of humint that’s invaluable to political strategists willing to take notice.

        • 11 Don
          September 7, 2015 at 2:10 pm

          Bobfr, I have a lot of respect for you. But Trump has as many divorces as he does bankruptcies, he hasn’t exposed any myth. The myth that right wing, ‘conservative,’ supply-side economics really works has been exposed a long time ago. The only thing that Trump did was to say that it doesn’t work while at the same time leading the polls as the top Republican vote getter. Believe you me if Trump was a middle of the pack vote getter he’d be singing the same economic bullshit song as the rest of them. Krugman was right in one respect, Trump doesn’t have to sing for his supper like the rest of the Republicans.

        • September 7, 2015 at 4:20 pm

          I agree, Bob. And as toxic as Trump is, his candidacy may accomplish a good thing, by blowing up the ideological basis of the GOP, and exposing their racism to its fullest. No more dog whistle, it’s all out front. Their economic theories are a sham for enriching their billionaire donors.

      • September 7, 2015 at 2:03 pm

        what it means is that the social issues of racism, anti immigrant, anti women…and other anti-isms pardon my expression…Trump everything

    • 18 Nena20409
      September 7, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Dr. Krugman nailed it.
      Santorum speaks of income inequality…….but to these GOPers, they consider him a failure for he was never able to defeat Romney.

  2. 21 JER
    September 7, 2015 at 2:15 pm

  3. 23 Don
    September 7, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    President Obama said that selecting Joe Biden as his running mate was the smartest decision he has ever made. I think before President Obama made his decision on selecting Joe Biden he looked Joe in the eye and asked him is there anything I need to be concerned about before I make my decision. Joe looked President Obama squarely in the eyes and said no. President Obama took Joe at his word.

    • September 7, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Does that mean selecting Hillary as your S.O.S wasn’t so smart?

        • 26 Don
          September 7, 2015 at 3:19 pm

          I remember in high school taking math, math was my worst subject and I hated it. I hated it because my teachers always wanted us to show how we got the answer. I feel as though I’m back in high school and I have to show my work, bella, please don’t make me show how I came to my conclusion about President Obama and VP Biden and Hillary Clinton. Love you!

  4. September 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm

  5. 31 sjterrid
    September 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Good afternoon/Evening, TOD! Happy Labor/Labour Day!

    Now I have to go back and read this post, and the early ones!

  6. September 7, 2015 at 2:47 pm

  7. 35 Vicki
    September 7, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Very strange nonsense out of Bernie today. I think he is saying that PBO told us all to go home the day after he was elected in 2008, and leave him to do the rest alone.
    I must have missed that speech. (!!!)

  8. September 7, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Pardon my rant but it has to be said:

  9. 52 Nena20409
    September 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm

  10. 57 Nena20409
    September 7, 2015 at 3:06 pm

  11. September 7, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    This is RIDICULOUS


    Watch: Black Man Pulled Over in RI for Driving With Air Freshener in Windshield

    “Air fresheners? That’s the reason you pulled me over?” Dana Harris Jr. asked when an officer explained why he was stopped.


    Posted: Sept. 6 2015 11:56 AM

    A video of a Providence, R.I., white officer stopping a 23-year-old black man for, driving with an air freshener dangling from his car windshield has gone viral.

    Dana Harris Jr. uploaded a cellphone video on YouTube after he was stopped in Mount Hope, R.I., by Providence Officer Brian Murphy on Aug. 24, according to Raw Story.

    The shaky cellphone video shows a police car with flashing lights pull up behind Harris as he records the scene.

    Here is the exchange in part, according to video:

    “What’s the problem, big dude?” Harris says, turning the camera back on himself.

    “You seen me come out of my driveway,” Harris states. “What did I do wrong?”

    “License and registration, sir,” Murphy asks.

    “I have a cousin who’s a Providence police officer for 23 years,” Harris says. “What’s the problem? … I’m tired of this. I’m not a gangster. I’m not a thug.”

    “Insurance?” the officer asks.

    After reviewing the paperwork, the officer returns it, and nods at the windshield, saying, “You can’t have this obstructing your view.”

    “Come on, are you serious?”

    “Yeah, I’m serious, you can’t have that there.”

    “Air fresheners?” Harris asks incredulously. “That’s the reason you pulled me over?”

    “Yep,” the officer says, but doesn’t give Harris a ticket.


    • 60 Don
      September 7, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      And then people wonder why SOME in the AA community distrust the police. When the police pull over a white guy it is an inconvenience to the white guy that got pulled over. But when the police pull over an AA, trust me, all kinds of thoughts are going to that AA’s mind. That is the state we presently live in. And there you have it, a fucking air freshener.

      • 61 0388jojothecat
        September 7, 2015 at 5:25 pm

        He was pulled over because they are looking for a relative who has a warrant, that is no excuse to pull someone over not give them a ticket because you are looking for a relative who lives at the same residence. Now that relative knows NOT to go to that address ever…smart move officer.

  12. 62 Nena20409
    September 7, 2015 at 3:16 pm

  13. 64 Nena20409
    September 7, 2015 at 3:17 pm

  14. 65 EricFive
    September 7, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Throughout American history the rich have used the threat of Black folks gaining something to get whites to accept less. This is a twisted mentality has been a fact of American life for centuries. In fact, much social legislation like Social Security had to first take measures to ensure Blacks would not benefit before it had enough votes for passage (domestics were originally excluded from coverage in an attempt to prevent Black folks from benefitting from the legislation). White supremacy and religious/social issues have been the reason the majority of whites vote for the GOP. As Paul Krugman stated in his recent article, Donald Trump is combining naked white supremacy with a dose of populism and it has the GOP ruling elite shitting their pants. Bernie Sanders is tapping into much the same vein in his run for the Dem nomination (his early proclamations about “racism being over” and insulting Black voters were not accidental, rather he was sending the message of who his campaign is designed to help and who it isn’t, in an attempt to woo whites who left the Dems after the civil rights gains of the 1960’s and 1970’s).

    • 66 Don
      September 7, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      If you are right about Bernie, then he is as despicable as Trump.

    • September 7, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Throughout American history the rich have used the threat of Black folks gaining something to get whites to accept less. This is a twisted mentality has been a fact of American life for centuries. In fact, much social legislation like Social Security had to first take measures to ensure Blacks would not benefit before it had enough votes for passage (domestics were originally excluded from coverage in an attempt to prevent Black folks from benefitting from the legislation).</blockquote)

      Unlike Social Security and Medicare, OBAMACARE was the first expansion of the American Social Safety Net that, in its design, DID NOT EXCLUDE HUGE SWATHS of the American populace. It took the Robert's Court to do that.

  15. 69 Nena20409
    September 7, 2015 at 3:24 pm

  16. 73 vcprezofan2
    September 7, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Since we are chatting away 😉 😉 and VP Joe is on the agenda, it’s refreshing, I think, to be reminded of Barack’s reasonS for choosing Joe. Also to hear what Joe said about the chance at approximately ….

    I’ve positioned the video just before Steve (tried to trap) asked Barack about *his* assumption of why Barack chose Joe. Watch that entire section – BHO said one of the reasons he likes Joe is that “he’s blunt when he’s right and blunt when he’s wrong.” He can trust Joe.

  17. September 7, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I knew who he was, but I understand…..LOL


    Twitter Loses Its Collective Mind Over Denzel Washington’s Son

    She Matters: Now you know why the star of HBO’s Ballers looks so fine.


    Posted: Sept. 4 2015 4:43 PM

    On Thursday afternoon, it seemed as if the 40-and-under ladies of Twitter had made a shocking discovery. As it would turn out, everybody’s mama’s celebrity crush had created a “sequel” of sorts for a new generation of fans.

    Or, to put it plainly: Heartthrob Denzel Washington has a grown-ass son. And he is finnnnnne, just like his daddy!


  18. 85 No Child Left Behind
    September 7, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Happy Labor Day TODVille.

    This is completely out of topic but I can’t help sharing it with some of you. I believe it speaks truth.

  19. 91 No Child Left Behind
    September 7, 2015 at 4:54 pm


    • 92 EricFive
      September 7, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      Glad to see Mr. Pfeiffer go there and tell that “uncomfortable truth”. The denial among the media establishment is sickening. That is why Jeb only hit Trump about not being true conservative (about Trump wanting to raise taxes on rich) instead of attacking Trump for his racism. Jeb realizes that Trump speaks for the GOP base on racial issues.

    • September 7, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks for posting Dan Pfeiffer’s tweet, NCLB 🙂

  20. 95 No Child Left Behind
    September 7, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Make me laugh. But, I sure don’t want anyone of the 17 clowns in town to be 1 mile away at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, DC.

  21. September 7, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    when journalists want to do good, they can.


    How an Ohio reporter helped convict more than 100 rapists

    On a recent Tuesday morning, members of the DNA Cold Case task force in Cleveland, Ohio, gathered for their weekly meeting. The conference room filled with detectives, prosecutors, a crime analyst, several victim advocates—and one journalist. Rachel Dissell is a reporter for The Plain Dealer, one of two who first uncovered and wrote about neglected rape kits at the Cleveland Police Department in 2010. Dissell has been covering the ongoing story ever since.

    The meeting started as it usually does with “all hands on deck” cases—the ones running up against the statute of limitations—then moved to other open investigations. Cleveland is not the first city to tackle a rape kit backlog, but it is one of the only municipalities to investigate every case so doggedly. Since 2011, when the city began sending rape kits to the state’s crime lab, almost all of its 4,000 kits have been tested; of these, over 1,600 contained usable DNA. Three hundred and fifty cases have led to grand jury indictments, and as of this month, over 100 rapists have been convicted, some of multiple rapes.

    Timothy McGinty, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor who created and oversees the rape kit task force, attributed its existence to Dissell and her former reporting partner, Leila Atassi. “Rachel and her partner started this,” McGinty told CJR. “They are really the reason we are where we are.”

    It’s an exemplary instance of local reporting, responsive government officials, and public support coming together to make a community safer. Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, calls Dissell’s work an “unusually positive use of investigative reporting.”


  22. September 7, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    If you have a bucket list:

    25 Trips of a Lifetime

    by Travel + Leisure Staff June 11, 2015

    Exploring the “lost city” of Petra, a walking safari in Zambia, a cruise to Antarctica: This isn’t your average trip. Take your family vacation to the next level with 25 destinations worthy of your bucket-list.

    For an extended version of these itineraries, plus additional trips, tips, and photos, pick up a copy of Travel + Leisure’s special edition bookazine, available on newsstands now.

    Edited by Jacqueline Gifford, Brooke Porter Katz, and Clara O. Sedlak


  23. 103 yardarm756
    September 7, 2015 at 5:12 pm

  24. September 7, 2015 at 5:47 pm

  25. 117 Nerdy Wonka
    September 7, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    What a bloody asshole!

    • September 7, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      If I ever needed any motivation to vote for Hillary vs this dude, he has provided boats loads worth with his anti-PBO rhetoric.

    • 119 Sandy1110
      September 7, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Bernie and his followers = “Obama hasn’t done enough!”. His base are the disgruntled emo whiners who believe nothing about PBO except that they are convinced he ignores them / hates them / thinks they’re stupid.

      Run, Joe. Hillary is my last resort.

  26. September 7, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Maybe you’ve already seen Nancy’s rant on Smartypants; This video made me cry. I’ve been in a crying mood.

  27. September 7, 2015 at 5:53 pm

  28. September 7, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Yummy …. and I agree with Koffmann re: food 🙂

  29. 124 Nena20409
    September 7, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Sen Sanders speaking about 2008 is truly odd. There was a presidential election in 2012. Mr. Sanders why didn’t you run in 2012? Hmm? Mr. Snaders what have you personally done to get Dems elected in 2010 and 2014? Yeah. NOTHING!

    Note Nationally and other than in NH and IA, pray tell Sen Sanders how come your numbers aren’t getting Higher?

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