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Thursday, October 27, 2016

The recent Megan Kelly-Newt "Alternate Universe" Gingrich exchange is emblematic of a dynamic in the campaign dating to Trump's dust-up with Kelly in August 2015. Repeatedly, conservative women have raised concerns about Trump's language and treatment of women, and repeatedly, conservative men have not merely disagreed with them but have dismissed their concerns as evidence of bias or foolishness or identity politics

The pattern is especially galling to conservative women who spent years mounting good-faith defenses of the Republican Party against that "war on women" charge from Democrats. Now they find that the GOP is validating the Democratic narrative -- and to boot, few Republican men seem to have their back. read more

The holier-than-thou Green Party candidate rails against big carbon, big banks, big pharma -- while she holds substantial investments in them.

In 2006, Ms. Stein retired from teaching and medicine to focus full-time on her political activism. There's little doubt that her decision to retire was made easier by the substantial returns her investments were producing, even if they went against her life's work.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio has been charged with federal criminal contempt two weeks before he runs for re-election. Arpaio, the 84-year-old sheriff of Maricopa County, has run television ads claiming the Justice Department had plans to prosecute him for his hard-line stance on immigration. If convicted he could be spending six months in jail, an eventuality that has seriously complicated his election prospects. Phoenix taxpayers have shelled out an estimated $72 million defending the sheriff and his office from the charges. read more

VATICAN CITY -- Ashes to ashes is fine, the Vatican says, as long as you don't spread them around.

On Tuesday, the Vatican responded to what it called an "unstoppable increase" in cremation and issued guidelines barring the scattering of ashes "in the air, on land, at sea or in some other way."

The Vatican decreed that the ashes of loved ones have no place in the home, and certainly not in jewelry. It urged that cremated remains be preserved in cemeteries or other approved sacred places.

The new guidelines, which Pope Francis approved this year, were released ahead of All Souls Day, which falls on Nov. 2 for Catholics, who are called to remember and pray for those who have died.

The church banned cremation for centuries, but began to allow the practice in 1963, as long as it is not done for reasons at odds with Christian doctrine.

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Trump, Giuliani, Christie, Lewandowski, Sessions, Gingrich...

Might there be a pattern here?

White, unhinged men, most well past their prime, acting abusively toward women.

It is remarkable the company Trump keeps and how these men find solace in each other's company. In their fury and contempt for women, they reveal how uncivilized they are. They occupy space far outside the norms of polite society, one in which women are there to do as the men want and called liars, nasty and devious if they object. Trump and company use power to go after people they perceive as weaker than they are. They assume that women can be taunted, abused and kept quiet. read more



Donald Trump is getting ZERO percent of the black vote in polls in Pennsylvania and Ohio

It's actually more nuanced, but asking Trumpeteers to familiarize themselves Pw with that would be like tossing jewelry at a pig.

From Erin Gloria Ryan's "Trump Finally Pissed Off the Wrong Women. All of Them." at www.thedailybeast.com

Elizabeth Warren swirling the word "nasty" around in her mouth like a sommelier enjoying a fine wine only served as the latest reminder to a certain Trumpy flavor of man that, at this point in the 2016 campaign, women don't need their approval to exist, or even to succeed. In Tina Fey's 2011 memoir Bossypants, the comedy maven recounted an exchange between former SNL castmates Jimmy Fallon and Amy Poehler. The story goes that Amy told a dirty joke, and Jimmy fired back that he didn't like it. Amy responded, "I don't fucking care if you like it." Fey advises all women in the workplace to conduct themselves similarly: do what you want, fuck ‘em if they disagree....

Women voting for Hillary Clinton don't fucking care if you like it. They don't care if men like Trump think they're such nasty women. In the booth, removed from what shards of sexism remain in the modern world, women are allowed to be indifferent to Trump's standards as they please.

On November 8, there's nothing men like Donald Trump can do about the fact that women don't care what men think nearly as much as men think they should. To women who are just realizing this, the feeling must be intoxicating. To men like Trump, it must be terrifying.

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