In the person of Tucker Carlson. Even though I disagree with Kristoff on plenty of stuff I do respect him. He's a rarity among Times columnists in that he's not arrogant, condescending, a liar (Krugman), or glib and flippant. In short, a real thinker.
Speaking at President Gerald Ford's alma mater, The Rev. Jesse Jackson called for President Obama to issue a blanket pardon to Hillary Clinton before he leaves office ...
Stopping short of saying Clinton did anything wrong, Jackson told a large crowd of University of Michigan students, faculty and administrators gathered at daylong celebration of his career that Obama should short-circuit President-elect Donald Trump's promised attempt to prosecute Hillary Clinton for use of a private e-mail server.
In his outlook, Gross said he did not vote for the Republican Trump or Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, and admitted that Clinton probably would not have done much better redistributing wages toward the working class.
He said it was "doubtful" that Trump's plan to repatriate huge corporate profits to the United States for infrastructure spending would succeed, saying that a similar effort in 2004 resulted in large stock buybacks, dividend payouts and corporate bonuses, but no noticeable pickup in investment.
Gross said Trump's policies mark a "continuation of the status quo," and that government could step in with a "Help America" jobs program to bolster labor in ways that overleveraged, cost-conscious corporations might not.
Regardless, Gross said "populism is on the march" and could last for decades unless workers' share of gross domestic product reverses its downward trend. Trump's immigration, tax and trade policies might not promote that outcome, he said.
"Global populism is the wave of the future, but it has taken a wrong turn in America," he wrote.
"Investors must drive with caution, understanding that higher deficits resulting from lower taxes raise interest rates and inflation, which in turn have the potential to produce lower earnings and P/E (price-earnings) ratios," Gross added.
In an interview, Sanders said ... that the DNC needs to be reoriented so that it becomes less of an insider’s club “preoccupied” with raising money and more of an advocate for the concerns of the working class.
“You can’t tell working people you’re on their side while at the same time you’re raising money from Wall Street and the billionaire class,” Sanders said. “The Democratic Party has to be focused on grass-roots America and not wealthy people attending cocktail parties.”
Sanders acknowledged the need for the party to continue its function as a fundraising vehicle, but suggested a model akin to his presidential campaign, which raised much of its money from small-dollar donors.
Worth mentioning: Clinton received 90% of Wall Street $$$ compared to Trump. Trump set a record for # of small donors.
Sanders said the reasons for Clinton’s loss were “fairly obvious” and cited two factors: lower turnout by the Democratic base and the Republican nominee’s far greater appeal to white, working-class voters, which Sanders dubbed “a humiliation for the Democratic party.”
“White working-class people are deserting the party in droves,” Sanders said.
How did the most qualified person in the history of mankind manage to lose an election she was certain to win? Assuming the world survives the Trump era, historians will long ponder that question. But we found a clue in this amazing anecdote, which opens a Hillary Clinton campaign postmortem by the New York Times’s Amy Chozick:
Last year, a prominent group of supporters asked Hillary Clinton to address a prestigious St. Patrick’s Day gathering at the University of Notre Dame, an invitation that previous presidential candidates had jumped on.
Barack Obama and Joseph R. Biden Jr. had each addressed the group, and former President Bill Clinton was eager for his wife to attend. But Mrs. Clinton’s campaign refused, explaining to the organizers that white Catholics were not the audience she needed to spend time reaching out to.
Chozick does not cite a plausible rationale for that belief, most likely because there isn’t one. White Catholics are a highly competitive demographic, not one that either party can afford to write off or take for granted.
A chart from the Public Religion Research Institute shows that three of the Obama states Trump carried—Florida, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania —have higher proportions of Catholics than the nation as a whole. Still-uncalled Michigan, where Trump leads in the current count by 0.3% of the vote, is just below the national average. If Mrs. Clinton had carried those four states, she would be president-elect with 307 electoral votes.
Ignoring white Catholics tactic; here is how Chozick describes the strategy:
She ceded the white working-class voters who backed Mr. Clinton in 1992. Though she would never have won this demographic, her husband insisted that her campaign aides do more to try to cut into Mr. Trump’s support with these voters. They declined, reasoning that she was better off targeting college-educated s uburban voters by hitting Mr. Trump on his temperament.
Instead, they targeted the emerging electorate of young, Latino and African-American voters who catapulted Mr. Obama to victory twice, expecting, mistakenly, that this coalition would support her in nearly the same numbers. They did not.
Pursuing college-educated suburbanites was smart, if obvious. Disdaining uncredentialed whites was obviously foolish. And the Notre Dame snub was foolish for another reason: Not all Catholics are white. Obama received 75% of the Hispanic Catholic vote in 2012, to 21% for Romney. Trump narrowed that gap by 13 points—26% to Mrs. Clinton’s 67%.
Though Trump has been given some intelligence briefings on threats and capabilities, there are a series of separate briefs scheduled for the president-elect into what Obama has called “our deep secrets.”
Neat. Brigid after lunch as her three day ACTS Retreat was ending. This is 26 of the 37 women on the Retreat. Soccer player drinking the coke on the left belongs to Feliz, second from left at the back with the big smile, who directed the Retreat.
And here's Brigid, along with our hiking buddy Jeanne Marie, and Doreen. Looks like they enjoyed themselves.
Some of this data has to be inaccurate because for some of the answers, if the data is correct Hillary Clinton should have easily won. Perhaps some of those polled told the pollsters what they thought they wanted to hear?
And I also saw some NBC exit polling which said the African American vote for Trump was 12%, much higher than other exit polling. so who might be right?
Here's the publisher's letter - and there's a good columnn in the NY Post today titled "NY Times: We blew it on Trump". Evidently the NYT is losing subscribers.
To our readers,
When the biggest political story of the year reached a dramatic and unexpected climax late Tuesday night, our newsroom turned on a dime and did what it has done for nearly two years — cover the 2016 election with agility and creativity.
After such an erratic and unpredictable election there are inevitable questions: Did Donald Trump’s sheer unconventionality lead us and other news outlets to underestimate his support among American voters? What forces and strains in America drove this divisive election and outcome? Most important, how will a president who remains a largely enigmatic figure actually govern when he takes office?
As we reflect on this week’s momentous result, and the months of reporting and polling that preceded it, we aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism. That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor, striving always to understand and reflect all political perspectives and life experiences in the stories that we bring to you. It is also to hold power to account, impartially and unflinchingly. We believe we reported on both candidates fairly during the presidential campaign. You can rely on The New York Times to bring the same fairness, the same level of scrutiny, the same independence to our coverage of the new president and his team.
We cannot deliver the independent, original journalism for which we are known without the loyalty of our subscribers. We want to take this opportunity, on behalf of all Times journalists, to thank you for that loyalty.
Here's a little bit about his writing of Hallelujah, maybe his most famous song -
Even before three hundred other performers made Hallelujah famous with their cover versions … Dylan recognized the beauty of its marriage of the sacred and the profane. He asked Cohen how long it took him to write.
“Two years,” Cohen lied.
Actually, Hallelujah had taken him five years. He drafted dozens of verses and then it was years more before he settled on a final version. In several writing sessions, he found himself in his underwear, banging his head against a hotel-room floor.
Here he is - although I think others have done his song better ...
I was watching CNN when he made the remark Tuesday night - born of frustration over his side losing. Jones of course a rabid Democrat who worked in the Obama Administration and now is a commentator on CNN. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt even though he sounds bigoted.
The markets fell Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in overseas trading - and I think that may have been because of the incredible bad publicity Trump had been getting abroad. The conventional thinking - which I also believed - was that Hillary Clinton as the status quo candidate was most acceptable to equity markets. Markets hate change or uncertainty, and since Trump represented those things, if he were to win than there'd be a short term drop of 5-8% in stock prices.
So instead the stock market (as measured by S & P) rose Wednesday and closed up 1.4%. That's a pretty nice gain - especially if you bought on the lows (which I didn't).
Here's a good minute and a half discussion off CNN - Trump not the bogie man!
I've excerpted the first quote below the link - the third excerpt (of three) really lays out the Catholic Worker political and economic thoughts - but you'll need to hit the link to read it, and it's laid out as bullet points. The author of this posting is a professor and dean in the Villanova law school.
From "Our Fall Appeal," The Catholic Worker, November 1955:
In the light of our present difficulties it is necessary to restate our position and tell our readers again just what it is we are trying to do–what it means to us to perform the works of mercy, spiritual and corporal. The most important thing in the world to us is to grow in the love of God, to try to do His will. Our Lord Jesus told us that what we do to the least, we do to Him. St. Paul told us we are “members one of another, and that when the health of one member suffers, the health of the whole body is lowered.”
We believe not only in St. Thomas’ doctrine of the common good, but feel it can be affected only if each one of us alone realizes his personal responsibility to his brother, that his love for God must be shown in his love for his brother, and that love must be expressed in the works of mercy, practiced personally, at a personal sacrifice. So we live together, here at the Catholic Worker, pool resources of money and abilities, and so are able to take care of far more than just ourselves.
People have so far lost that sense of personal responsibility that our country is becoming a country of institutions and a gigantic part of our income goes to support them. State responsibility has come to take the place of personal responsibility.
That love of brother, that care for his freedom is what causes us to go into such controversial subjects as man and the state, war and peace. The implications of the gospel teaching of the works of mercy, lead us into conflict with the powers of this world. Our love of God is a consuming fire. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. It is a living God and a living faith that we are trying to express. We are called to be holy, that is, whole men, in this life of ours.
I have no clue. Either of them could win by 5%. Clinton has the organization, media and Wall Street, Trump has the enthusiasm.
I got the following off a facebook posting by a friend of mine named Mike (not my college roommate Mike) and it kind of sums up my feelings on the election - although I don't have a daughter. I gather it's a statement being passed around the internet.
I was asked tonight how I could ever support Trump after the comments he made over 11 years ago about women and if I would still support him if he made those comments to my daughter? My response was this....If he had put our nations security at risk, I would not vote for him. If his organization received large donations from countries that killed women and gays, I would not vote for him. If he boasted 30 Years of government experience, but still could not discern if an email was classified or not, without someone letting him know if it was or not, I would not vote for him. If he boasted about how he has defended children his entire life, but is for abortion, (even late term, when the child can feel pain) I would not vote for him. If he caused lives to be destroyed in Benghazi and then lied to the faces of the parents as they stood at their child's casket, I would not vote for him. If he suddenly developed a southern accent when he was in the South, campaigning, I would not vote for him. If he continually broke the law and that was ignored, I would not vote for him, but right now, the ONLY person who does ALL these things is Hillary. Right now, the fact that Donald made these remarks over 12 years ago, does not move me. I'm bigger than those remarks and we all have said stupid things throughout our lives. To me, the fact that Hillary lies continuously, is a much bigger problem. We can see the effects of her lies by the state of our poor country right now... Still voting for Trump. Copy/Paste/share....I did... from a fellow deplorable Trumpian
Those results, while unstartling, do provide the first, scientifically compelling rationale for owning an activity monitor, says Dr. Timothy Church, a professor of preventive medicine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., who wrote a commentary to accompany the new study. When your monitor prompts you to walk for 30 minutes on most days, he points out, it now has objective proof that doing so may extend your life.
He also expects that additional studies will soon begin to pinpoint precisely how much and what types of exercise might lessen our risks for specific diseases, providing findings that could be subsequently incorporated into our activity trackers. The devices could then tell us whether today’s lunchtime walk will have been sufficient to affect our risk for Type 2 diabetes or whether another stroll around the block might be advisable.
Sent by my friend Alicia and it's a cut and paste from email; I am not sure where she got it but sounds right to me (FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a man) -
A Woman's view on Trump
Someone asked a woman
could vote for Trump,
a racist and a bigot”.
Here is her answer:
Because I use my head to research and find out what candidates really are, not what the media wants me to think.
Because Donald Trump has more women in executive and managerial positions than any comparable company, which tells me he is not a misogynist.
Because he pays these women the same or more than their male counterparts, which tells me looks for capacity and skills in people, not color, gender or race.
Because he fought the West Palm Beach City Council to be able to open his newly purchased club, so he could include blacks and Jews as members, who had been banned until then. This tells me he is not a racist.
Because he has raised wonderful children who have turned out to be outstanding, hard working and compassionate adults. He must be doing something right.
Because his economic plans makes sense, are conservative in nature, and I vote based of what is best for my family, my friends and my country.
Because everybody, the left and the right are afraid of him, the media is trying to destroy his image, and even foreign governments are voicing their opinions, so he must be doing something right. Clean house maybe?
Because I want a Supreme Court that will uphold the Constitution, not behave as minions of the administration. I have had enough with judges who are more like political activists than law enforcers.
Because I fear for my family’s safety if the current trend of not confronting blatant terrorism continues – which is a threat to our way of life.
Because I am fed up with the rampant corruption of this administration. Accountability in government is paramount, and as this administration has demonstrated, it is a foreign concept to them.
Because I am fed up with the political correctness gone wild, and because Trump is not afraid to say what everybody thinks but does not dare to say. A thug is a thug, regardless of color, and that's it.
Because it is about time someone puts America's interests ahead of other countries.
Because I know he recognizes and embraces America's exceptionalism, and will not tour the World apologizing for who we are. That tells me he is a patriot.
Because, unlike HRC, he has actually held a job, worked hard and achieved success.
And last, but not least, because I am more offended by what Hillary does than by what Trump says.
So tomorrow - Saturday - Ireland plays the New Zealand All Blacks at Soldier's Field in Chicago. Ireland will try and break New Zealand's world record 18 wins in a row. Ireland has never beaten New Zealand - and the All Blacks are playing awesome so we'll see.
The game will be shown on tape delay I believe - on NBCSN, the NBC cable sports channel. Where I am, that's channel 212. If you hit this link you should be able to locate channel and time wherever you are. They are also showing the Maori New Zealand match against the USA which is being played today (Friday).
Here's a brief discussion by former Irish and New Zealand players on the Irish sports channel of what Ireland needs to do to beat the All Blacks.
Granted, it is a little irritating to discover that the agenda-makers on the left look at you as though you were something they had just fished out of a clogged drain, but I wasn’t shocked. I have always just assumed that, behind closed doors, this is pretty much how the conversation goes with the liberal left.
Conservative Catholics are an inexplicably intractable barrier to their agendas, and the mystery of how such “severely backwards” folk can be a wrench in their progressive system must be a source of unending frustration to them.
I was not outraged because, as fellow American citizens, they have a constitutionally established right to be ignorant and bigoted right out loud, and to speak their mind freely, no matter how narrow and closed that mind might be.
Besides, the overarching revelation here is really no revelation at all: the die-hard insiders on the political left are really as impenetrably self-referential, agenda-driven and obtuse as they have always seemed. And they see conservatives as mostly irredeemably unenlightened pawns of outdated belief systems.
As interesting as all the ridicule and manipulative scheming contained in those emails was, for me, the piece de resistance was the reply from John Halpin, a staffer at the Clinton-allied Center for American Progress, to an email from comrade-in-arms Jennifer Palmieri, now a Clinton campaign spokesman.
Halpin says, “Excellent point. [Conservative Catholics] can throw around ‘Thomistic’ thought and ‘subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they’re talking about.”
Of course Mr. Halpin has no idea what “Thomistic thought” and “subsidiarity” mean. He is a career agenda-pusher for the liberal left. I’m not sure there has ever been a group, by definition, more incapable of understanding those beautiful ideas than the high-ranking operatives in the liberal Democratic political machine.
The second term Halpin mentions, subsidiarity, is a foundational principle of Catholic social and political thought. Stated simply, it is the idea that, whenever possible, problems ought to be solved, and challenges met, at the most local level possible.
Practically speaking, this means decentralizing some of the government’s power, and upholding both personal liberty, and the rights of families and communities to act in their own best interest, free from undue regulation, interference, or coercion.
It is not Libertarianism—government still has a role in shaping the citizen, and restricting some freedoms, especially where freedom is misused in a way that undermines virtue.
Subsidiarity, instead, understands government as limited to the handling of civic temporal affairs, and the legislation and intervention necessary to create and fortify conditions that promote free and virtuous citizenship. This vision of government flies in the face of the bloated, abusive, and intrusive bureaucratic juggernaut so cherished by the modern left.
Together, Thomistic thought and subsidiarity offer a compelling vision of who the human person is, and how we ought to live together in pursuit of the common good. ...
As an excerpt, here are points 3 and 4 she offers - but hit the link as it's worth the five minutes to read the whole thing:
(3) Trump doesn't give enough to charity.
The media only counts "charitable giving" if it can be taken as a tax deduction with the IRS. When Trump spent time and money saving a Georgia family farm from foreclosure in the 1980s, for example, he didn't get any tax write-off.
Trump has created or helped create hundreds of businesses. Fewer than 10 went bankrupt. Hillary had one business, Whitewater Development Corp., and it went bankrupt -- after ripping off scores of ordinary Americans. Also, a dozen prominent Arkansans went to prison in connection with sleazy financial transactions involving Whitewater.
The other gave a solid, substantive policy address, prompting a puff piece from the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, who described the candidate as “a disciplined and effective messenger giving a speech that, to my ear, was one of [this candidate’s] best.”
Our avoidance of personal pronouns is the tell here that both candidates were acting in counterstereotypical ways. (Come to think of it, the headline probably gave it away.) The speech Cillizza praised came from Donald Trump, who “stuck to the script,” criticizing ObamaCare, Nafta, Common Core, high taxes and cuts in defense spending, before making a positive case for himself:
Trump ended—and, yes, one of the big pluses of the speech is he didn’t go on and on and on—with his strongest point: He is fundamentally different from the people who have been elected president in the modern era.
“I am not a politician,” Trump said. “My only special interest is you, the American people. The guiding rule of the political class in Washington, D.C., is that they are looking out only for themselves. They will say anything, and do anything, to cling to their power and prestige at your expense. I’m running to change and reverse decades of failure, and to work with the American people to create generations of success.”
To be sure, Cillizza ends on a skeptical note, observing that lots of people have already voted, that “Trump is less popular than, well, almost everything,” and that it’s far from certain Trump can maintain such discipline for long—by which he means for the next six days, not four years.
“Most of the deaths occur in young and middle-aged adults”, placing a heavy burden on families and national economies, said Sally Cowal, senior vice-president of global health at the ACS, which compiled the report with pharmaceutical company Merck.
A second report, published in the Lancet medical journal on Wednesday, said the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer alone could almost double to 3.2 million a year by 2030 from 1.7 million in 2015.
For cervical cancer, the number of diagnoses could “rise by at least 25% to over 700,000 by 2030”, mainly in low- and middle-income countries, said a statement from the Lancet.
Editor in chief Gerard Baker announced the changes to staff in a memo Wednesday. As a result, the paper will feature fewer pages with less space dedicated to coverage of arts, culture and New York news.
The paper will combine the Business & Tech and Money & Investing sections into one section in an effort to save on production costs. Mr. Baker said the new section “will contain about the same amount of news space as we have now for business, technology, financial and markets coverage.”
Additionally, the Personal Journal and Arena sections, which focus on lifestyle, art, sports and culture coverage, will be combined into a new section called Life & Arts, which will become part of the A section of the paper.
Fresh WikiLeaks emails show that Brazile — previously accused of leaking to Team Clinton for a CNN town hall — also gave the Democratic nominee a heads-up before her Democratic primary face-off with Sanders.
If ruling Democrats hold themselves to the high moral standards they impose on the people they govern, they would follow a simple process:
They would demand that Mrs. Clinton step down, immediately, and let her vice presidential nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, stand in her place.
Democrats should say, honestly, that with a new criminal investigation going on into events around her home-brew email server from the time she was secretary of state, having Clinton anywhere near the White House is just not a good idea.
This is in a note from the Wall Street Journal tonight.
Federal agents are preparing to scour roughly 650,000 emails contained on the laptop of former Rep. Anthony Weiner to see how many relate to a prior probe of Hillary Clinton's email use, as metadata on the device suggests there may be thousands sent to or from the private server that the Democratic nominee used while she was secretary of state, according to people familiar with the matter.
The review will take weeks at a minimum to determine whether those messages are work-related emails between Huma Abedin, a close Clinton aide and the estranged wife of Mr. Weiner, and State Department officials; how many are duplicates of emails already reviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and whether they include either classified information or important new evidence in the Clinton email probe.