Tuesday Open Thread

“Defeating racism, tribalism, intolerance and all forms of discrimination will liberate us all, victim and perpetrator alike.”

–Ban Ki-moon

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  1. Zappatero says:

    The DCCC could help Dems win this eminently winnable seat just north of Manhattan:

    Zephyr Teachout, my friend and Blue America endorsed candidate for Congress, just won a terrific victory for all progressives. She will be running in November as the Democratic nominee in New York's 19th Congressional District, a Hudson Valley seat that we can win with Zephyr.

    Zephyr is THE authority on campaign finance. A Fordham University law professor and activist, her book– Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United (Harvard University Press, 2014)– sounded the alarm about the systemic nature of corruption, and how “money in politics” undermines our democracy.

    Problem is that the DCCC tends to like self-financed, Democrat Lite , Blue Dog candidates who get institutional support from Washington, but, alas, not always the votes of the people in their districts who get to decide.

  2. Pseudonymous says:

    I was Dodded! 🙂

    From the Vox article on the FBI investigation into Clinton’s e-mail.

    "Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case," Comey said.

    Comey’s statement was harsh and, at times, damning:

    He said that 113 emails on Clinton’s servers contained information that was classified at the time.

    He said Clinton and her colleagues were "extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information."

    He said that it was "possible" that "hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal account" — the FBI didn’t find "direct evidence of this," but it would be unlikely that such direct evidence would exist.

    However, despite this carelessness, Comey said, he didn’t believe that the offenses here rose to the level of past prosecutions related to classified information.

  3. Genghis says:

    By a 4-3 vote, the Colorado Supreme Court shot down two ballot initiatives aimed at making substantial changes in how state legislative districts and U.S. House of Reps districts are drawn. The Court's opinion is available here.

    • Pseudonymous says:

      The good news out of this is that it looks like under both the majority opinion and the dissent, that a repeal of TABOR would still be possible under the single subject requirement (there's been some question about that).  Although it's my understanding that support for such a repeal doesn't currently exist, in the future, an initiative essentially undoing TABOR's changes to Article X would be a "single subject."

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    When your basic premise is an absolute fraud, what do you expect the outcome will be?


  5. Voyageur says:

    Before moving on entirely from the flap over Trump's anti-semitic attack on Hillary, it is worth noting that the Trump Campaign's explanation does not make sense.   I was struck that the campaign first claimed to have nothing to do with drafting the meme and in the very next breath claimed to have inserted the six-pointed star from Microsoft Shapes.   Gawker spotted the same contradiction.  On a minor point, Gawker first claimed the six-pointed star was not on Shapes, then admitted that it is on some versions.  Gawker, unlike Trump, was quick to fix the mistake.
    The conclusion is that we can't know if the campaign deliberately meant to slam Jews or whether, as usual, it didn't bother to check a meme from a neo-Nazi site.   Either way, the Stumblebum Campaign continues it's trek toward electoral disaster:



    • The real problem with it IMHO isn't the use of a six-sided (red) star on a field of money, which is probably meant to be anti-Semitic considering its origin.

      The real question is: why does the Trump campaign continue to scour anti-Semitic and white supremacist sites for memes to re-Tweet? There's something rotten in the Trump campaign, and it smells of bigotry.

      • Voyageur says:

        That's absolutely the point. PR.  On a minor point. the Gawker piece shows we still don't know who put the star on — the original skinhead author, who would have almost certainly intended it as a slam on Jews, or the Trump staff who claims he innocently used a six-point star to spruce up the meme — just a sentence after he claims he didn't touch it?

        Either he didn't change it and his fault is limited to not recognizing the anti-semitic intent or he did change it and innocently used the six-pointed star from Shapes with no ill intent.  But it is simply not possible that both these statements are true.  

        Can't quite say that one of these two statements is a lie because with a conscious lie you'd think the story would at least be possible.   This is like the scolded child's defense "I didn't eat all mom's Oreos, the dog did and besides, the Oreos were stale."

        But yes — this is the FIFTH TIME neonazi crap has been retweeted by the Trump campaign..     What next: are they going to play the Horst Wessel Liad at the convention instead of God Bless the USA?   If they do, do they blame the mistake on You-Tube?

  6. Voyageur says:

    Looks persuasive, PR, but if you read my gawker piece, Scavino o\is quoted saying "The sheriff's star, which is available i\on Microsoft shapes, suggests Corrupt Hillary, WHICH IS WHY I SELECTED IT. (emphasis added.  )

    And this apparent spurious cl;aim immediately followed this 

    The social media graphic used this weekend was not created by the campaign nor was it sourced from an anti-Semitic site. It was lifted from an anti-Hillary Twitter user where countless images appear.

    OK, we know it did come from an anti-semitic site, though Scavino was apparently telling the truth to claim the campaign did not create its.   But why then did he falsely claim to have put the star on — a lie that actually makes Trump look worse than the truth did?

    This goes beyond amateur hour to Stumblebum Squared. 

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