July 28, 2016

Wanted: Hackers, real or fake Chinese; Target: RNC

With disputes over whether the Russkies are or are not behind the hack of security-vulnerable Democratic National Committee servers, and the resultant Democratic, and fellow traveler, nuttery, doubled down on, about how Donald Trump is some Muscovite Manchurian Candidate, that;s the background for the header on this blog post.

The goal would be finding out if Trump is a hypocrite on free trade. (Actually, Ivanka's shoes told us that a week ago.)

More than that, re Trump's comments on NATO, actual Chinese hackers would want to know his position, to the degree it's not been articulated, on SEATO, Japan, South Korea, etc. And maybe he has different thoughts in private.

More seriously yet, the US government intervened in Boris Yetsin's 1996 re-election and many other places. We have little room for complaint.

July 27, 2016

Continuing to refudiate #Hillbots on lesser-evilism

In refudiation of a Hillbot, on Disqus, who claims differences between Stein and Clinton / (Trump) aren't bigger than differences between Clinton and Trump, and asked me to list differences for "adults" to judge:

Stein is not a Middle East warmonger; Trump and Clinton both are. Clinton's a warmonger elsewhere, like deliberately, needlessly provoking Russia.
Stein is not a friend of banksters; Trump and Clinton both are. Stein wants single-payer; neither Trump nor Clinton do. Stein wants more protection for employees than either Trump or Clinton. Stein certainly believes Black Lives Matter in a way neither Clinton (Ricky Rector, superpredators) do. Stein, unlike Trump (multiple bankruptcies) or Clinton (Walmart board, literally unbelievable cattle futures profits) doesn't have a shady fiscal past.

See how easy it is to spell out HUGE differences, Hillbot?

(I know that most Dems, when talking about "huge" differences, are talking about two hot-button social issues, usually linked with Supreme Court review. I've repeatedly noted that "Oh, but the SCOTUS" worries don't impress me, and that when raised beyond worries to arguments, the SCOTUS votes on many issues, some of which Dems don't have the best track record at all times.)

Beyond that, Hillbots who assume every Green voter is an uninformed 6-year-old just give me more reasons to vote Green.

And, no, Hillbots, Ralph Nader didn't really cause Gore to lose in 2000; Gore's death was primarily self-inflicted.

And here's another blogger with a short,sweet take on refusing to accept lesser-evilism.

July 26, 2016

#DemsInPhilly, Day 1

I've already dissected the Sanders Sellout, so let's look at the rest of last night.

Sarah Silverman was apparently a putz. Smart move there, DNC, And Silverman.

Al Franken? He was who I thought he was. He's becoming ever lower in the Dantean seven circles of hell for SNL alums. As I said on Twitter, he's dropped past Adam Sandler and into the David Spade malebolge.

Michelle Obama? Not bad at all in style and delivery. Content? Good — by the Bushian soft bigotry of low expectations, or more accurately, by the soft bigotry of low comparisons. That's the best I got; sorry, not drinking the Glenn Thrush Kool-Aid.

Elizabeth Warren? I commented briefly last night. Brains has more today, and I agree. Lackluster in delivery and low on factual content. If she ever wants to move up beyond the Senate, she either blew it totally, or else engaged in a new version of triangulation. Of course, she's even more a part of the bipartisan foreign policy establishment than Bernie, so there's that, too.

And pre both Brains and Thrush, I think that's as good as it gets from her.

Tonight? A roll call nomination vote. The Slickster is the main speaker/.Does he tell Berners "I feel your pain"?

TX Progressives look at RNC, DNC

The Texas Progressive Alliance salutes MLB Hall of Fame inductees Junior Griffey and Mike Piazza, and also salutes The Wizard, Ozzie Smith, on being named to the HOF's board, as it brings you this week's roundup.

Off the Kuff looks at the effect of the voter ID ruling, for this election and going forward.

Ted Cruz squandered another opportunity to repair his frayed relations with the GOP, as PDiddie at Brains and Eggs saw it.  How many more chances do you think he'll get?

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme was appalled at the GOP hatefest of a convention. Chanting violence and fomenting hatred of others encourages recent bad actors in death. Looking forward to a sunny week at the Democratic Convention.

SocraticGadfly takes a look at the DNCLeaks, specifically the comment about Sanders' religious beliefs, and then wonders if this was related to a question for Sanders at a March town hall.

Neil Aquino continues his sidewalk blogging campaign.

TXSharon writes an advance on a Railroad Commission sunset review town hall.


And here are some posts of interest from other Texas blogs.

Cort McMurray worries thay by having a catchy name, "Texit" is more likely to become a thing.

TFN shows us who's behind that controversial Mexican-American Studies textbook.

Chuck Smith reminds Dan Patrick that his words matter, too.

Better Texas Blog notes that pre-K needs to be a part of the school finance debate.

The Texas Election Law Blog calls the Fifth Circuit ruling on voter ID a "pyrrhic victory".

Space City Weather explains what sea breezes are and how they work.

Somervell County Salon also questions issues behind the DNCLeaks.

July 25, 2016

#DemsInPhilly: The Sanders Sellout

No, I'm not talking about the endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

The lis in support of that, the last the worst, is what I'm talking about.

Sorry, Bernie, but I'm unfamiliar with Hillary Clinton ever fighting for universal health care. I have no idea what you're talking about.

There were enough problematic statements before that (chief among them being your fudging on just how much to hike the minimum wage) but that was an outright corker.

Then, one minute after you finish your speech, your social media staff Tweet asking for money to continue your revolution.

MAYBE, after November, penance and an apology from you.

Not now. That money is going to Jill Stein and the Green Party.

I was almost certain to vote Green even if you had gotten the nomination. Nonetheless, your campaign offered the hope of pushing Democrats leftward, and if not that you personally offered the possibility of being a useful cudgel against party leadership.

You've now forfeited that.


My only major takeaway from the first night? God, was Elizabeth Warren awful.

Of #DNCLinks and Putin and Russia and 3 sides at #DNCinPhillt

This story is why Iranian philosopher Idries Shah said "There are more than two sides to an issue."

First, I've already rejected the insinuations of Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, that Donald Trump is some sort of Manchurian Candidate of Vladimir Putin. Trump, an egotistical blowhard, has no real ideology and can't otherwise be bought like that. I reject lesser versions of this, as well. And I reject any other Dem-friendly spinners claiming a Russian plot.

Second, at the same time, I reject some anti-Clintonistas of the left claiming Russia had nothing to do with this.

We know cybersecurity sucked on DNC computers already last December, over the issue of a Sanders staffer peeking at donor info. Actually, from stories then, we know it sucked before then.

I'm assuming Guccifer 2.0 is possibly connected to Russia's FSB. Even allowing for cybersecurity analysts sometimes being blowhards, the whole lot of them pretty musch says this has at least a few Russian fingerprints.

I'm assuming Russkies tried to spy on BOTH major parties, in fact, and found RNC computers more secure.

That said, even that may not be a warranted assumption. Putin's FSB would actually have to be pretty inept to be behind this. That said, the FBI has now announced it will investigate further. And contra the hints by Adam Johnson on the first link in this paragraph, the feds are often tight-lipped on such things.)

And, even if the FSB IS behind the hack? Everything after that was opportunism.

Third, the religious bigotry of Marshall? The blatant pro-Clinton tilt? That was all true regardless of Russian spying or not.

And that's another reason to vote Green. No true apologies for any of this. An even more blatant Clintonista to run the DNC.