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Sound and Fury over Vile and Slur-ry

Uploaded: Jan 12, 2018

This is a day when I feel like Michael Corleone, not out of guilt or self-delusion, but because of my tattered New Year’s Resolution.

You see, I promised myself that in 2018 I would Not fall into the daily outrage distraction trap. Instead, I would look behind the surface blather and twittage, examining the real significance of Trump administration actions.

They are happening, after all, and they’re awful (unless you prefer, on your stroll down the Carmel Beach, to dodge tarballs and drink-in the sweet bouquet of heavy crude). I’ve also been musing about other topics – like the GOP’s flexible federalism, the French rejoinder to the #metoo movement, and the weird imprecision of the term “populist.” Maybe I could bother you with those topics?

Fat chance. Like the doomed gangster in Godfather 3, just when I resolve to get out, I get myself dragged back in.

I needn’t repeat the language, nor wonder whether to veil it in hyphenation. You've heard it - it was crude; it was repulsive. It was deeply insulting. It is racist beyond denial, and it flies in the face of the very ideals and promise of America. It endorsed the worst demons of our history - those times when the ideal has eluded us. The president revealed himself once-and-for-all time to be homegrown wretched refuse - a pig in the worst human sense (sorry, pigs).

With THAT off my chest, as with last week's epistle, the question again remains – does it matter? After all, he has foreshadowed such antipathies from the outset with his Mexican rapists, and maintained that tone throughout, as in defense of those very fine Charlottesville nazis.

It may matter specifically if it prompts the Congress to send him bi-partisan immigration reform of exactly the kind that provoked his verbal dysentery (the more veto-proof the better). Of course, he’d find a way to take credit for bringing the Parties together, but it would really be a signal legislative achievement – as well as an appropriate rebuke.

More generally, it may shave another point-or-two from his dismal approval rating, and incent a few more incumbent retirements. But that said, his stolid base has already perfected the arts of deflection and defending the preposterous, so it probably will not crumble under this new insult. It is a good bet to further inflate the throngs in Walnut Creek and SF at the second Women’s March on January 20, although nothing short of a national strike seems likely to bring about fundamental personnel change.

But maybe that’s just me – what do you think? Is THIS the point of no return? Or is it just more of the same, worse only by degree? Or are you okay with it (anonymously or for attribution)? Will there be consequences for Trump’s presidency, his agenda, his majorities?

Or not, and why?

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Posted by Scott Hale, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 12, 2018 at 2:01 pm

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Not sure why peoples' heads are exploding. It was vintage Trump. If the 48% of the people who voted for him didn't know he was a racist or had heavy racist habits, then they really really had no business voting to begin with.

Where heads should explode is why congress does nothing. Already GOP congressional members in the meeting are denying what was said or saying they don't 'recall'. Really? Only Democrats can hear and remember something a few hours later? Right.

In the least congress should censure him. Doesn't mean much, but Trump's head will explode....

Next week it will be something else. Crisis a day, hour, minute. And Congress will still do nothing. Cowards, the lot of them.

If any GOP defenders are proud of Trump, well, they need to pull their heads from the sand and look around. You are clearly a minority.


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Posted by Whetherman, a resident of Birdland,
on Jan 12, 2018 at 2:24 pm

Forecast for the DC area: Stormy!


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Posted by Resident, a resident of Laguna Oaks,
on Jan 12, 2018 at 5:09 pm

I have no problem if the President used those words. He's right and you know it, and if you don't know it, it's because you've never left the US and been to a 3rd world country.

Funny how you libs get so moralistic when you have literally no political power.


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Jan 12, 2018 at 5:40 pm

I believe that President Trump will continue to behave offensively and he'll eventually be held accountable for the havoc he wreaks upon the psyches of others.

There are countless healthy Americans that behave respectfully toward others and the nastiness that we witness daily will come to an end.

I look forward to celebrating the findings of Mr. Mueller.

VIVA AMERICA! GORA!







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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of Danville,
on Jan 12, 2018 at 6:01 pm

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I know sweet-fark-all nothing, NOTHING of the sort, and I am bloody tired of your ridiculous attempts to claim otherwise. This issue is precisely about morals, and about values, and about what we stand-for as a People. Nothing less. And yes - I've been to those places and I know some of their people, and if you were to go with an open mind, you could learn an awful lot, as I and my daughters have, together and separately.

And here's the power that I have: I have every citizen's power to stand-up and refuse to accept that this bigotry represents my America. I have the power to write, to speak up, to volunteer, to contribute and to march against that morally dissolute ignoramus, and to turn him and his apologists out at the polls. You may choose to wallow with him - that's your right. But I view this time as a test of America's character, and before I'll accept your version of it, I'll join with millions to exercise our power.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 12, 2018 at 6:04 pm

@Resident

You think that Ireland of the 1840's with its famine and starvation wasn't a “s-hole"? You think that China in the mid-1800's wasn't? You think that the German immigrants of the 1700's weren't escaping from a “s-hole"? (a famine of 1708-1711 over there wiped out about 40% or 250,000 people in East Prussia). Don't know what gold-plated limousine your ancestors arrived at this country in, but FYI the story of this country is of people escaping from their own “s-hole" conditions in their native countries and coming to this country in search of freedom and opportunity.


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Posted by Scott Hale, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 12, 2018 at 8:05 pm

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SillyScreenName#1: he's right about what? That he only wants whites who make north of $100k to emigrate to the USA? That he doesn't want brown or black people escaping to a better place? Really?

And where did your ancestors come from and how much $$ did they have? Unless you are 100% American Indian, your kin came over on the boat too...or maybe a plane. You might be new. /s

Lot's to be proud of w Trump, huh.


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Posted by Nathan, a resident of Bonde Ranch,
on Jan 12, 2018 at 9:06 pm

At the end of day, borders are a rather archaic notion anyway...

Fire away at me haters, go ahead


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Posted by 8th generation American , a resident of Downtown,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 12:48 am

My family came from humble beginnings in a ****hole country as well. We have done well,surely valuable citizens.

The morally corrupt who see no wrong in trump deserve whatever ills come their way from job losses to losing medical insurance. Their heads are firmly buried in the sand and there is no abomination that trump can commit that will change their minds. Nothing about those people makes them valuable citizens. No matter their economic wealth, their moral wealth is bankrupt.

No amount of gun violence will cause this country to take any action to stop it. No amount of Ill behavior, or indeed dangerous behavior, will cause these mentally corrupt people to cease their support for a person who is clearly incompetent and evil.


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a DanvilleSanRamon.com blogger,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 7:36 am

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Note to Damon: your post raises some interesting points about the bullet train, and it would be fine as a topic of its own in the Town Square. Here, however, it represents a distraction and a deflection from the subject of the blog.

Feel free to email me if you want it back to post elsewhere.


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a DanvilleSanRamon.com blogger,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 8:10 am

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Note to MichaelB - this blog and thread are not about gun violence, which was a tangential remark in a prior post. Feel free to post it in the Town Square or elsewhere.


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Posted by Doug Miller, a resident of Country Fair,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 8:46 am

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The bottom line for Mr. Cushing is that if one tries to defend the president, that person is a racist. This is always a good way to start a discussion.

Socrates once said that "When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser."

Those Democrats who call Republicans racist need to look in the mirror. The Democrat party was founded on racism, promoted racism and discrimination throughout its history and continues to do so today, albeit in more subtle ways.

Calling Republicans racists is an attempt to cover up its own well documented racist history.


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Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 9:09 am

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Speaking of morals, values:

The immigrants and pioneers that swept across this country stealing the land from its occupants, slaughtering the children, raping the women, had no morals or values.

They were too busy exploiting their greed.


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of Alamo,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 9:38 am

Oh Doug, really - that's your argument?

1 - the Prez has staked-out the lowest possible ground (so far) - All on His Own. Anyone who supports him clear choices - wallow with him (like Res), or pull him from his muck, if you can (good luck with that), or explain why it doesn't matter.

2 - Socrates? Debate lost?? Slander??? None of that makes any sense here, except as an untethered sound bite.

3 - Washington owned slaves, as did Jefferson who fathered many children with his: the point being ... Nothing. Party histories are not part of this debate, except if you endorse them. After all, the GOP was once the Party of Lincoln, who would not recognize this current incarnation.

4 - so 'Subtle racism' is a Big Problem, and should consume us all - but Blatant racism - well, who cares? It gets a pass with you? Okay, let's focus on jaywalkers, shall we - and only those who've Never jaywalked get to take a position. Meanwhile, bank robbers go free?


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 10:23 am

@Doug Miller

Oak Hill Sam once said “When the debate is lost, deflection becomes the tool of the loser."

Try directly defending Trump's words without deflecting off onto topics of ancient history, “Hillary", etc.. Bet you can't do it.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 10:42 am

How about a little humor to insert into this serious discussion? :

“In Norway, Trump's comments on immigration rejected as backhanded praise"

“.....Norwegian satirist Eirik Bergesen posted:"
“Sorry, @realDonaldTrump, we Norwegians don't want to emigrate to countries run like s-holes."

NBC News: Web Link

""""


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Posted by Nathan, a resident of Bonde Ranch,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 11:01 am

I see no one has the fortitude to defend the morality of artificial borders between peoples. We are all ultimately the same family, correct?

More boring debates over crude language from the president..but he is ultimately a temporary figure..he will be gone and the artificial borders which prevent hope for the poor the world over will still be in place. No?

Let's talk about what's actually at stake here..who are we as a nation? Are we going to really be part of the global family or stay on this selfish path of ignorant bliss?

I would expect more of this board in particular.


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Posted by Nathan, a resident of Bonde Ranch,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 11:14 am

Thank you Michael Austin..someone actually talking about a real issue...that taint is on us all, the birth of this nation. Hopefully, some day, our leaders will rectify it through a true family of nations.

I was born here truly by chance - why should that automatically give me the opportunity for material comfort while millions starve around the globe through no real fault of their own?

What Trump says - just noise...the immorality of a world with borders goes on and on.

Peace to you Michael.


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Posted by Resident, a resident of Laguna Oaks,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 11:58 am

Definition of that "vile" word from the Oxford Dictionary:

"An extremely dirty, shabby, or otherwise unpleasant place."

Funny, I couldn't find ONE racist connotation in ANY of the online dictionaries I referenced.

It would seem that all you libs are making up racist accusations out of whole cloth.

I have to laugh at a political party that claim's "values" and "morals", yet at the same time has no issues terminating a baby as late as at birth.

So go ahead, throw your invective, use the well worn accusations of “racist" that you do to always try and silence opposition: it doesn't work any longer.

And remember what I said regarding last weeks “week of outrage"? You know, that book that everyone WAS talking about?

This is just this weeks outrage. Next week will be something else.

Meanwhile, how about that Russia investigation?


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of Danville,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 12:36 pm

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Here you go, Res - have a few facts to dilute your bile: Web Link

"(I am from Moldova.) Let's not mince words: Moldova is a hole. Modify with any four letters you wish."

"I'm not alone. America is a nation of holers. It is an improbable yet wildly successful experiment in the transformation " by means of hope, opportunity and ambition " of holers into doers, makers, thinkers and givers. Are you of Irish descent? Italian? Polish? Scottish? Chinese? Chances are, your ancestors did not get on a boat because life in the old country was placid and prosperous and grandpa owned a bank. With few exceptions, Americans are the dregs of the wine, the chaff of the wheat. If you don't know this by now, it makes you the wax in the ear."

"Donald Trump is the wax in the ear." ...

"What about the argument that people from poor countries bring their national baggage with them " the dysfunctions and prejudices that help account for their troubles back home?"

"Immigrants are more likely to be fleeing those dysfunctions and prejudices than they are to be bringing them " ... Vietnamese boat people did not bring fratricidal hatreds with them to America. Soviet refuseniks did not bring a Soviet work ethic."

"... Also obvious is that immigrants don't steal jobs. They fill jobs Americans won't do or create those that haven't been invented. They don't bring crime to cities. They drive out crime by starting businesses and families in shrinking cities or underserved neighborhoods. They don't undermine American culture. They feed, enrich and reinvent it, not least through their educational ambitions for themselves and their children."

"This is true of most immigrants, but perhaps more so of the so-called “holers." Sub-Saharan Africans have 'among the highest college-completion rates of any immigrant group.' As for Haitians, MPI found they had a higher labor participation rate than the overall work force, and had median household incomes of $47,200 " lower than the overall U.S. median, but robust by any developed nation standard."

"How can this be? It shouldn't be a mystery. Immigrants self-select. They have a broader perspective. They know their luck. They want it more. The miraculous in America is mostly invisible to those who've known nothing else. To really see it clearly, you must first rise up from a hole."

"Donald Trump has not, to say the least, risen from a hole. But he is sinking into one. It may be that it won't damage him politically " Republican Party leaders, increasingly unshameable, will mumble mild disapproval until the news cycle turns " but it does damage the country. We have a president even more ignorant of America than he is of the rest of the world."

"Maybe there really is something wrong with the president's head. Modify with any four letters you wish."

Brilliant. From a Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist who made his name at the WSJ, and recently joined the Times as a conservative voice. Read and learn, Res. What 'everybody knows' just ain't so.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 12:53 pm

@Resident

Deflecting off of abortion, “Fire and Fury" sales (which is #1 right now on Amazon, BTW), and the Russia investigation?

“When the debate is lost, deflection becomes the tool of the loser."


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Words of wisdom:

“We're Americans!": Web Link

- - - - -


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Posted by Scott Hale, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 1:13 pm

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It's an apple.


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Posted by Resident, a resident of Laguna Oaks,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 3:42 pm

Stay on point Tom.

You made the connection between calling another country a “vile" word to that of being a racist.

By definition, you and the author are wrong.

We get that this is the latest outrage, meanwhile, the economy is doing well;ISIS is beat; taxes are lower; Immigration will be fixed;and the Russia investigation will go nowhere.

All of this will be done quietly, while you moralistically preen about the next outrage.




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Posted by Resident, a resident of Laguna Oaks,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 3:45 pm

Sam,

Not deflecting at all, but a little perspective.

Democrats hate words; republicans hate the indiscriminate killing of full term babies enshrined in the Democrat party platform.

Don't you or the blogger EVER lecture me on values and morals.


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Posted by Kurt, a resident of Danville,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 3:58 pm

Mr. Cushing, I suggest you study a little history before letting your emotions get the best of you. Trump called Haiti and African nations s-hole countries. I agree that the remarks were not presidential; however, I don't believe that you can assume Trump is racist just by the content in his utterance.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as parts of Croatia were s-hole countries at one time. Oh, and they had a Caucasian populace. So, if a person of color had referred to those regions as "s-hole countries back then, would that have been racist?

Only God knows what's in a man's heart.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 4:27 pm

@Kurt: "Trump called Haiti and African nations s-hole countries."

Nope, you just don't get what happened here at all. Trump wasn't making a statement just about the countries. He didn't say something like "Oh, I was thinking of going on a vacation in Haiti but I decided not to because it and similar counties are "s-hole" countries." That would have been bad enough for a President to say out loud, but that wasn't the point of his statement at all. He made a statement about "s-hole" countries in the context of IMMIGRATION. He made his statement about "s-hole" countries during a meeting in which he rejected a bipartisan deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. His was not an attack on the government or country of Haiti and other countries, but on the PEOPLE of those countries, saying that they were not desirable immigrants to this country.


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Posted by Resident, a resident of Laguna Oaks,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 4:40 pm

Let's be clear here, Trump is being QUOTED by Democrat Senator Dick Durbin as saying “s-hole" countries. Trump has denied it and no other sources, presumably some are Democrats, have come forth to back up Durbin's claims.

Read it and weep: Web Link

Why aren't the other Democrat Senators whom were present in the meeting chiming in to back up Durbins accusations?

I guess the world will never know...



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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 4:56 pm

@Resident

The White House didn't deny that Trump made the remark. Also, Republican Senator Graham says that he confronted Trump about the remark. Don't think that your strategy of trying to deny that Trump ever uttered those words is a very convincing one.


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Posted by WOW, a resident of Amador Estates,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 5:14 pm

Both sides have there underwear bunched up this time. This too shall pass.


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Posted by Kurt, a resident of Danville,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 5:45 pm

@Sam

Sir, the president said s-hole countries, not s-hole people.

Sir, I believe you are embellishing. Adding or taking away from the truth isn't the truth.


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Posted by Doug Miller, a resident of Country Fair,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 8:21 pm

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Yes, Mr. Cushing that is my argument so let me rephrase it for added clarity.

In this blog Mr. Cushing labeled a Trump comment as racist. This is a common tactic of the left and designed to stop all discussion. Yet this is how Mr. Cushing pretends to start a discussion.

The Democrat Party is the party of racism and discrimination from its founding to this very day. The charge from the left of racism has become a cliché.

And I am also glad that Mr. Cushing is unable to avoid "the daily outrage distraction trap" along with so many other Democrats. Because in the meantime, almost under the radar, Trump is demolishing the Obama legacy brick by brick, building by building, regulation by regulation. And I love it!


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 8:42 pm

I think that racism is a very serious charge and I think that it is often a charge that is thrown out far too casually. Personally, I never throw that charge unless the case for racism is fairly ironclad. When Trump claimed that “both sides" were responsible for the violence in Charlottesville, I thought that that was a very strange statement but I didn't go so far as to call Trump racist. Maybe insensitive to racial issues in the US, yes, (which in itself is a pretty sad situation for the President of the US to be in) but not racist.

This latest case of Trump decrying people immigrating from countries that he says are “s-holes", though, is starting to make me wonder. Do any of us really know what is going through Trump's brain? I think not. I'll be watching and listening to Trump's statements much more closely from now on. This “s-hole" comment by Trump is a game-changer. No longer will I be giving Trump the benefit of the doubt when he says something that is racially insensitive or questionable. Trump himself has squandered away any benefit of the doubt that I and many others have given him. He should weigh his words very carefully from now on - for his own sake.


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of Danville,
on Jan 14, 2018 at 8:26 am

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Wow - a lot went on last evening. A few thoughts:

Doug: As to your premise, I did not label Res a racist (per your earlier comment), although he does put his values squarely in-issue when he endorses the Prez's racist language. On that basis I'll be pleased to call those values into Q, anywhere and any time.

Your history claim is utterly absurd as concerns anything that has occurred since the 1960s (it was LBJ who forced through both the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, after all <- actual evidence). You've provided no basis for your claim, of course. You might also consider the voting record of African Americans since that same time - are you claiming a mass Stockholm Syndrome?

So, attacks on me aside - do you Not consider the President's latest statements to be racist? Why?

Kurt - am I emotional about racism in America? Absolutely and forever - it's our nation's original sin (and Michael Austin, I include Native Americans among its victims). Does it mean that I jumped to my conclusion?
I believe not - Trump's business record since the 1980s, as well as statements and policy preferences of his presidency, all point in that direction. It's time to call it what it is - racist - catering-to the worst demons of our shared history. Repugnant.

Further, if you Really believe the Prez was talking about geography and not the people of those countries, in a discussion about immigrants from there, you are giving the prevaricator-in-chief way too much unearned credit, if not practicing linguistic sophistry (I assure you HE makes no such fine distinctions). When you have to go That far in defense, you might consider whether it's worth defending at all.

Res - so after endorsing that racist slur, you now want to doubt it occurred? And please, stop with the 'othering' and deflections. You paint with a too-broad and sloppy brush ('all' this and that - it's a propaganda tool from the 1930s). This thread is not a party referendum - it's about the implications of Trump's latest racist fulminations.


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Posted by Resident, a resident of Laguna Oaks,
on Jan 14, 2018 at 10:33 am

Tom,

1. Doubt it happened? Moi? Others in the meeting have said it didn't happen: Web Link

Opps. Another outrage, another week.

2. Although you conveniently wish to define the word s-hole as racist, it's not and I proved it. And rather than admit that you've changed the definition to mean what you want it to mean, you double-down and do EXACTLY what Doug describes. It's almost comical to watch.

3. I'm at a point in my life where I can do and say what I want without any fear of being called a racist. I simply don't care because I know the truth.

Back to winning.






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Posted by Scott Hale, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 14, 2018 at 10:51 am

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SillyScreenName#1: your opinion is that Trump didn't utter the words who others did say he uttered?

Are you calling the 'others' a liar? Because, unless I'm wrong, you get your news media coverage from the same exact sources that mostly everybody else does.

OR because a few GOP lap dogs/cowards now say he didn't say (they first said 'I don't recall').

I wonder, are you proud of the President? /s


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 14, 2018 at 11:03 am

@Resident :"1. Doubt it happened? Moi? Others in the meeting have said it didn't happen: Web Link"

“Others"? As in plural? Did you even carefully read the linked story that you yourself offered?


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Posted by Scott Hale, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 14, 2018 at 1:37 pm

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I find it curious the GOP and Trump defenders concentrate on the toilet word 'not' being said, but totally ignore the Denmark crack. Pretty sure that is what earned the 'racist' remarks. OR did that not occur as well? Do share with us your secret alternative media source you depend on that tells you that.

Curious too why a white person from Denmark making good money would WANT to come to the USofA? I know facts disturb defenders of everything Trump.

It really is an apple


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Posted by HUH, a resident of Amador Estates,
on Jan 14, 2018 at 3:49 pm

Norway not Denmark.


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Posted by Scott Hale, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 14, 2018 at 4:44 pm

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oh, sorry, Another country with mostly white folks. :) No doubt it was on his mind.....


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Posted by Resident, a resident of Laguna Oaks,
on Jan 14, 2018 at 5:07 pm

Sam,

Other(S): Web Link

Happy?


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 14, 2018 at 6:06 pm

@Resident

A member of Trump's own cabinet, a person who he personally hired, doesn't recall that him saying that “exact phrase"? Color me shocked. Even you must realize how half-hearted your attempts to defend Trump here are.


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Posted by Doug Miller, a resident of Country Fair,
on Jan 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm

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Mr. Cushing seems confused. I have never made any reference to Res.

And I repeat, "The Democrat Party is the party of racism and discrimination from its founding to this very day." Glad that Mr. Cushing has acknowledged the Democrat party's racist first 130 years of history. Those highlights include slavery, the Civil War, the KKK, segregation and the internment of Japanese during WWII.

And it is not absurd to claim that Democrats are still the party of racism, bigotry and discrimination. The Democrat party has simply moved African Americans from the plantation or back of the bus to inner city ghettos and made them dependent on welfare thus destroying generations of these people. Democrat programs also include discrimination against Asians in higher education, reverse discrimination called quotas, and the bigotry of low expectations, again with regard to African Americans.

As for LBJ, since Mr. Cushing brought him up with regard to the Civil Rights Act, more than twice as many Democrat congressmen voted against the bill compared to Republicans. The bill needed Republican support because so many Democrats opposed it. So much for 'forcing the bill' through congress.

But the most interesting aspect of raising the spectre of LBJ is that he made many racist statements, often using the "n" word. He had variations of the 'n' word depending on his audience. Read a little Doris Kearns Goodwin. In comparison, Trump sounds like a choir boy.

So there is lots of proof since 1960. And many physical monuments to Democrat success exist in these matters that are bigger than Nathan Bedford Forrest and Robert E. Lee. They are the black ghettos in cities like Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles and nearby Oakland, all run by Democrats.




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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 14, 2018 at 9:53 pm

@Doug Miller

So all those KKK members and white supremacists at Charlottesville were all Hillary and Obama voters, eh?

Just giving you a reality check to help you come back to Earth.


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of Danville,
on Jan 15, 2018 at 8:09 am

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I doubt that the terms "proof", "truth" and "confused" have ever been so abused in one thread.

Doug: your party mythology is such settled history that it barely merits a response. Read up on the Southern Strategy that details how the Parties flipped in the 1960s, over LBJ's passionate advocacy for the CRAct and VRAct - the two laws that have done more for racial equality than anything since emancipation. As Johnson said at the time: "I believe we've lost the South for the next hundred years." He was right.

As one clear example among millions: prominent segregationist Strom Thurmond switched parties in 1964, precisely for that reason: "Thurmond represented South Carolina in the United States Senate from 1954 until 2003, at first as a Democrat and, after 1964, as a Republican. Thurmond switched parties because of his disaffection with the support for civil rights of the national party ..." Web Link

Or you might ponder my unanswered Q about African-American voter registration - here's the facts from non-partisan Pew Research: "Trends in party affiliation among black voters have been largely stable over recent years. Overall, 87% of black voters identify with the Democratic Party or lean Democratic, compared with just 7% who identify as Republican or lean Republican."

87%. To 7%. And "largely stable." Hmmm. If you got it right, they all get it wrong. Web Link

Of course, the best evidence for Trump as Racist is his denial of it over the weekend. Fits a pattern - as do his racist actions over a long career: Web Link

Happy MLK Day everyone. Maybe the Prez will invite Dr. King and Frederick Douglass over the WH for a photo op, you know, to demonstrate his support.


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Posted by Resident, a resident of Laguna Oaks,
on Jan 15, 2018 at 8:32 am

“Of course, the best evidence for Trump as Racist is his denial of it over the weekend."

So now to deny being a racist is equal to being a racist.

Thanks for the clarification, Tom.


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Posted by Robert, a resident of Amador Estates,
on Jan 15, 2018 at 8:51 am

Senator Robert Byrd. Renowned racist, KKK member and prominent Democrat.


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of Alamo,
on Jan 15, 2018 at 9:40 am

Robert: do we really need to discuss the difference between an example and an exception? If we go one-by-one, you will quickly run-out. I will not.

Res, for context: Web Link Lying.


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Posted by Robert, a resident of Amador Estates,
on Jan 15, 2018 at 9:59 am

My point being every party has people we don't agree with. No party is better than the other. Both have good and bad. That's because they are made up of people with wide variety of backgrounds and beliefs. To promote one over the other is futile. But enough wasted time. I shall bid you good day.


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Posted by Doug Miller, a resident of Country Fair,
on Jan 15, 2018 at 10:14 am

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@Robert

In 2010 Secretary Clinton praised Senator Bryd as her mentor and friend. She should be ashamed to be associated with this former KKK leader.

While math is hard for some, I think 2010 comes after 1960.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 15, 2018 at 10:20 am

@Robert

Not the old, tired Robert Byrd thing again. You neglected to mention that Robert Byrd changed, apologized, and repented. Why? You thought that all that was a minor detail not even worth mentioning?


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Posted by Ken J. , a resident of Danville,
on Jan 15, 2018 at 10:36 am

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I'll take false equivalence for 100, Alex.


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Posted by Ed, a resident of Bonde Ranch,
on Jan 15, 2018 at 10:57 am

If someone hates Republicans, as many of these posters do, and an African American is a Republican does that make that someone racist?


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Posted by Scott Hale, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 15, 2018 at 11:11 am

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Does it really matter which toilet word he used? Does any GOP defender deny he only wants people from predominantly white countries (and some Asians)? Or will you deny that FACT as well?

Merit based = white, with cash and skills.


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of Alamo,
on Jan 15, 2018 at 11:47 am

Ed: Speaking for myself, I do not "hate Republicans." I used to be one, before the GOP left me in its rightward lurch.

I disagree with very many of their policies and priorities, and to whatever extent those include racism/white supremacy, well, I do hate that.

There is a very small percentage of African Americans who agree with the GOP. That's their business. I don't hate them, either.


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Posted by Resident, a resident of Laguna Oaks,
on Jan 15, 2018 at 12:33 pm

Tom,

So not only does denying being racist equal being a racist, but lying is now equal to being a racist.

I can't keep up with the ever expanding ways you keep defining being a racist.

So I guess that makes me a racist too.

Again, thanks for the clarification.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 15, 2018 at 12:55 pm

@Resident

I think that the point is that Trump's denials count for nothing.


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Posted by Scott Hale, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 15, 2018 at 7:22 pm

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SSN#1: Well, gee whiz: how do you define being a racist? Please reply with details and examples. No hiding.

And please let us know if you are proud of 'our' President. Again, no hiding.


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Posted by Resident, a resident of Laguna Oaks,
on Jan 15, 2018 at 7:48 pm

Scott,

I can't say it any more eloquently than Doug said earlier up thread.

Our President is dismantling the disaster that was the Obama administration brick by brick and at the same time, causing you libs heads to explode.

I am LOVING watching you, Sam, and especially the blogger prattle on about s-hole while Trump very quietly pushes his agenda.

As far as defining racism, please do yourself a favor and find an online dictionary to use as a reference. That's what I'd do!


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 15, 2018 at 9:53 pm

Did someone say that Trump actually did something "very quietly"?

:-)


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of Danville,
on Jan 16, 2018 at 7:03 am

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Dance while your music plays.

But remember the zen master - We'll see.


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Posted by Doug Miller, a resident of Country Fair,
on Jan 16, 2018 at 7:48 am

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This has been a wonderfully time consuming discussion about opinions as to whether a comment has racist overtones.

This morning the Dow passed the 26,000 mark. At the end of this month millions will look at their 401k statements and be happy. They will look at their paychecks and see lower tax withholding and increased wages and salaries.

What do you think they will remember? Trump's comments about some backward countries or their improved financial circumstances?




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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 16, 2018 at 8:05 am

Is it really surprising that someone who tried to question the legitimacy of America's first black President by promoting the “Birther" conspiracy theory for years and years might have a problem with the idea of black- or brown-skinned people immigrating to this country?

Oh, and he's still doing it:
“Trump is still reportedly pushing his racist “birther" conspiracy theory about Obama"
Seriously. This is still going on."
Vox: Web Link
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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of Danville,
on Jan 16, 2018 at 8:43 am

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Interesting factoid, not easily seen from inside our local bubble, is that 80% of stock wealth is held by the top 10% of incomes. Outside of California, they're already Republicans.

That, and the Dow is on its own bubble, as companies kite their price by buying back their shares, instead of investing in actual growth opposrunities. How long it will last is a trillion dollar Q.

So, we'll see.


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Posted by Joe, a resident of Civic Square,
on Jan 16, 2018 at 9:08 am

How much of the stock wealth is held by pension funds and 401K?


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 16, 2018 at 9:14 am

@Tom

Trump supporters are making too much of one hot year in stocks as if there was never a hot year during Obama's terms in office. Yes, last year was a hot year with the S&P 500 going up by about 22%. But it went up even more in 2009 (+26%) and in 2013 (+32%). I'm puzzled why people like Doug and other Trump supporters who bring up the stock market don't know this. I guess that they weren't invested in stocks during the Obama years? Too bad. The S&P 500 tripled during Obama's eight years in office.

In truth, Presidents don't have as much influence over the stock market as they all would like to think when things are going well in the stock market. A lot depends on the economic cycle and the state of the global economy - things that neither Trump nor Obama have much control over.


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Posted by Scott Hale, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 16, 2018 at 9:22 am

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SSN#1: Actually, I asked you for a definition of being or acting like a racist. You decline to answer? Hiding again? Tsk, tsk.

Yes, the GOP congress hold their nose because their agenda is sorta happening and yes Trump takes delight in reversing anything Obama wise. I could care less. Next different President will do the same and on and on it goes.

But you, again, I ask: Are you proud of our President and does he act presidential enough for you? Very simple questions and your answer (or likely non-answer) will speak volumes.

Stop hiding and answer.

PS You really need to read more. I'm neither DEM or GOP. Equally dislike both. I'm neither liberal or conservative; both have head firmly stuck in sand. Please please try harder to keep up


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Posted by Resident, a resident of Laguna Oaks,
on Jan 16, 2018 at 4:58 pm

Scott,

In order:

1.) Get a dictionary
2.) I am thoroughly pleased with Trump and his accomplishments thus far. He is unabashedly pro-American and he tells things like they are, which you and your ilk call “un-presidential".

So be it.


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Posted by Doug Miller, a resident of Country Fair,
on Jan 16, 2018 at 5:10 pm

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@Resident: I second your last comment.

And I also encourage Mr. Cushing to keep up these kinds of discussions. It keeps the liberals distracted and feeling good.

Brick by brick, judge by judge...


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 16, 2018 at 6:32 pm

Trump thinks that he's good with black and minority voters whereas the fact is that this latest “s-hole" comment is only going to drag his approval ratings among them even lower. Not to worry for Trump and his supporters since they live in Trump's alternate reality where, according to Trump, “Trump approval ratings with Black Americans has doubled." (??!!)

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“Trump tweeted his black approval rating has doubled. It hasn't.“

“President Donald Trump bragged on Twitter that his approval rating with black Americans has doubled. It hasn't."

“Only 15% of black Americans said they approved of Trump's job performance in the days following his inauguration last January " and it's only gone downhill from there. In the most recent Gallup weekly numbers, only 6% of black Americans said they approved of the President's job performance. The most recent CNN polling, from December, shows that only 3% of black Americans said they approved of how Trump is handling his job nearly a year into his White House tenure. A whopping 91% said they disapproved."

CNN: Web Link
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Posted by Scott Hale, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 16, 2018 at 7:57 pm

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SSN#1: So, you are now on record as incapable of answering the question of what a racist is TO YOU. OK, just like the Trump administration and certain congress(men) who have their noses up Trump's wazu. OK, moving on.

And you are proud of our President, no matter what he does or says as long as the GOP agenda is on the table. OK, you have said it all. Moving on.

With wet toast opinions like that, one wonders why you continue to be anonymous.

Nuff said until next episode of Trump or his minions do/say something that makes heads explode.




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Posted by Scott Hale, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 16, 2018 at 8:01 pm

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Web Link

OH BOY the next blog entry? Please? hahahahahahaha

And CC going to the 'new california'. Must be the Danville effect...... /s


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Posted by Resident, a resident of Laguna Oaks,
on Jan 17, 2018 at 8:26 am

Sam,

Had you done a little better research, CNN was quoting Gallup but Trump was using Quinippiac.


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Posted by Resident, a resident of Laguna Oaks,
on Jan 17, 2018 at 8:31 am

Scott,

If you think Trumps agenda is the same as the GOP, you haven't been paying close enough attention to what's really happening.

For the record, I support Trumps agenda over the GOP.


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of Danville,
on Jan 17, 2018 at 9:28 am

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Meanwhile, Tom Friedman admits to the same problem as the blog: Web Link
... and directs our attention to our species' second most serious issue that government is not addressing. Some of the comments are instructive:

"I wonder if most readers realize how immensely powerful these quantum machines are. When the editorial states 100,000 times faster, than today's computers, we are talking about super computers. These new machines will launch new types of computer languages and coding systems (that) will make self-learning machines a real possibility. Artificial intelligence is closer than we may realize."

"We are at the dawn of a new age of civilization and we are fighting about 18th century coal. We are defunding our universities, or if they have money, it goes into sports. We close our borders to the best and brightest from other lands. We call established and proven science fake news."

and

"... We are approaching a point where the only thing humans know how to do is operate a computer. One day the computer screen will read, "I don't need you any more. Have a nice day." I'm glad I got to live in a time when humans had to know how to do stuff."

Have a nice day.


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Posted by Scott Hale, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 17, 2018 at 9:40 am

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SSN#1: Um, er, ah. The GOP leaders only 'put up' with Trump antics because their agenda is front and center. Party over country. I'm sure you heard that before.

Problem is now in the senate that they need 60 votes the GOP (and Trump) is finding it hard to govern vs just skipping by with 51 (or 50 plus VP) votes on everything.

Midterms that could all change in the House and Senate chambers......stay tuned (or not).


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 17, 2018 at 10:00 am

@Resident: "Had you done a little better research, CNN was quoting Gallup but Trump was using Quinippiac."

Which Quinippiac poll was it? I looked but all I found were these:

"The January 10 national poll found Trump is intelligent, but not fit or level-headed, U.S. voters say; first year was "disaster," "chaotic," "successful.""

"The December 20 national poll found Americans have little hope for world peace in 2018; "Merry Christmas" is bogus issue, voters say 4-1."

"The December 19 national poll found U.S. voter economic outlook hits all-time high; but voters disapprove of Trump's handling of economy."

"The December 13 national poll found support for GOP tax plan could hurt candidates; U.S. voters say 7-1 DACA immigrants should stay."

"The December 12 national poll found American voters have few kind words for Trump; expel Moore if he wins, voters say almost 2-1."

"The December 5 national poll found GOP tax plan benefits rich, voters say almost 3-1; Trump job approval stuck at 35 percent."

Quinnipiac: Web Link
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Posted by Doug Miller, a resident of Country Fair,
on Jan 18, 2018 at 9:35 am

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Polls with regard to Trump have been incredibly inaccurate. And, of course, the only poll that counts is on election day. That means that President Trump has three more years to bring meaningful improvements to the African American community.

President Johnson created welfare programs that made the black community dependent on government. Fear of losing welfare benefits has caused most to vote for Democrats and destroyed generations of black families, relegating many of those families to inner city ghettos, all run by Democrats.

Democrat programs promise benefits but bring poverty. Now, with overwhelming Democrat leadership, California has the highest poverty rate in the nation. Not West Virginia, not Mississippi, not Arkansas, but the once great state of California.

My prediction for 2020 is that Trump earns 12% or more of African American voters.


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Posted by Scott Hale, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 18, 2018 at 9:50 am

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Actually election day polls were all within their margin errors. Clinton, hands down, won the popular vote by 2%. And if you include trumps silly stmt about voting fraud it would still be 2%. Yup, polls were right on. The talking heads just got it wrong and, of course, the electoral college. Without the EC, we'd have different President and different set of outrage and ongoing problems.

Trump, as of now, has no chance in 2020. Midterms alone will punch out GOP seats in both houses.

And, Mueller is coming...still....


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 18, 2018 at 10:00 am

@Doug Miller: "Democrat programs promise benefits but bring poverty. Now, with overwhelming Democrat leadership, California has the highest poverty rate in the nation. Not West Virginia, not Mississippi, not Arkansas, but the once great state of California."

Uhhh...no. Both of the links below agree that Mississippi has the #1 highest poverty rank in the country (but you probably already knew that, right?). Other high poverty states in the top 10 are what you would expect, too: West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma.

Say, aren't those mostly Red States? :-)

Wiki: Web Link
US News: Web Link
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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of Danville,
on Jan 18, 2018 at 10:51 am

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So here are some stats: Poverty in CA by ethnicity: Web Link
Caucasian 1.44M
Black 498K
Hispanic 2.84M
All other 709K

Poverty rate in US: 13%
Poverty rate in CA: 14%
18 reliably red states account for 56% of poverty.

Poverty rate among blacks, 1967: 37%
Poverty rate among blacks, 2016: 22%

2017 Alabama Senate election, percentage of black votes for Dem: 96%
2017 Alabama Senate election, percentage of black women votes for Dem: 98%

That crashing and burning sound you hear are all those false statements, predictions and assumptions, spontaneously combusting. BTW the 2016 polls were only off within their margins of error. When your approval rate is mired in the low 30%s, it doesn't matter - you're 'gonna need a bigger boat' - Yuge. "Polls are off" is just one of those tropes DiJiTs' dwindling followers use to comfort each other and throw rocks at the MSM.


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Posted by Doug Miller, a resident of Country Fair,
on Jan 18, 2018 at 11:08 am

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Web Link


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 18, 2018 at 11:31 am

@Doug Miller

Did you actually read and understand the article, Doug? Or is your one takeaway from it “Democrats = bad" and “Republicans = good" ?


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Posted by Scott Hale, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 18, 2018 at 11:41 am

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hahaha and if Calif had GOP control it would be different?

Doug: Are you moving soon?


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of Danville,
on Jan 18, 2018 at 11:58 am

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That's some fine company you're keeping, Mr. Miller. Your link is to an OpEd from the Pacific Research Institute, a right-wing rag of a think tank. According to FORBES magazine, it receives money the Kochs, Olin Foundation, Scaife Foundation and other prominent Dark Money orgs.

"The Koch Brothers funded Pacific Research Institute (which also received or currently receives hefty amounts of cash from corporations such as PhRMA, Pfizer and Exxon Mobil)..."

"Was it possible that CEO Pipes was simply cherry-picking the data? ... Such a move would hardly come as a shock given the Pacific Research Institute's history of questionable studies such as those presented in their failed effort to get rid of California's clean air regulations or the Institute's early efforts to fabricate research in support of the tobacco companies (although the highly suspect relationship with Phillip Morris began prior to Ms. Pipe's arrival at the Institute.)" The Kochs, Big Tobacco and Big Pharma - that's some unholy trinity.

Try to pick a more credible source next time - maybe Alex Jones? Good luck finding any that support your bizarre propositions.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 18, 2018 at 12:59 pm

The article Doug linked makes its "poverty capital" claim on the basis of not just income but also the local cost of living including housing, which we all know to be sky-high in places like the Bay Area. And why is the cost of housing in the Bay Area so sky-high? Because there are so many jobs here and so many people desire to live here. So basically Doug is arguing that California is a horrible place because so many people want to live here. Reminds me of that old Yogi Bearism: "Nobody goes to that restaurant anymore. It's too crowded."

Don't know if the article makes any valid points about the need for California welfare reform. Maybe so. Maybe there needs to be a clean sweep. As an Independent, I'm not going to claim that Democratic politicians (or Republican politicians) have done a spectacular job with everything in this state. But, Doug, when you come here with your simplistic "Democrats=bad, Republicans=good" line concerning poverty (especially when it's pretty well known that a number of Red States lead the country in poverty rankings), then you lose all credibility. Try coming up with a more balanced and well argued viewpoint next time.


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Posted by Doug Miller, a resident of Country Fair,
on Jan 18, 2018 at 1:20 pm

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I read the LA Times op-ed published on January 14th and loved every word. The fact that Sam thinks I did not understand it suggests that Sam supports all the Democrat policies described in the article, policies that the Times suggests made California the national leader in creating poverty. We should appreciate Sam's honesty.

And Sam, below you will find some reasons why liberal policies have led to very high housing costs here in California. But really, all you have to do is look around and see all the land that has been put off-limits to housing construction.

As to Mr. Cushing's comments, apparently unless a fact is quoted by an approved left wing source, nothing is credible to him. Nonetheless according to the United States Census Bureau, California leads all states in the poverty race with 20.6% of its citizens falling below the poverty line. The only good news for California is that the District of Columbia beat California with 22.2%.

Web Link

To show Sam that I read the entire article, here are my favorite quotes from the LA Times op-ed as to why California has the highest poverty rate in the nation:

“California, where nearly one out of five residents is poor."

“California, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation's welfare recipients."

“The generous spending (CA welfare spending), then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse."

“The state and local bureaucracies that implement California's antipoverty programs, however, resisted pro-work reforms."

“It's as though welfare reform passed California by, leaving a dependency trap in place. Immigrants are falling into it: 55% of immigrant families in the state get some kind of means-tested benefits, compared with just 30% of natives."

“To keep growing its budget, and hence its power, a (California) welfare bureaucracy has an incentive to expand its “customer" base."

“Counties and local governments have imposed restrictive land-use regulations that drove up the price of land and dwellings," which leads to higher housing costs.

“Middle-income households have been forced to accept lower standards of living while the less fortunate have been driven into poverty by the high cost of housing."

“The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), passed in 1971, is one example; it can add $1 million to the cost of completing a housing development."

“Extensive environmental regulations aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions make energy more expensive, also hurting the poor."

“By some estimates, California energy costs are as much as 50% higher than the national average."

“Looking to help poor and low-income residents, California lawmakers recently passed a measure raising the minimum wage from $10 an hour to $15 an hour by 2022 " but a higher minimum wage will do nothing for the 60% of Californians who live in poverty and don't have jobs."

“A Harvard University study found evidence that “higher minimum wages increase overall exit rates for restaurants" in the Bay Area, where more than a dozen cities and counties, including San Francisco, have changed their minimum-wage ordinances in the last five years. Estimates suggest that a one-dollar increase in the minimum wage leads to a 14% increase in the likelihood of exit for a 3.5-star restaurant."

“The political class (read California Democrats) want to build a costly and needless high-speed rail system."

And my favorite, the last sentence of the Los Angeles Times article is:
“The state's poverty problem is unlikely to improve while policymakers remain unwilling to unleash the engines of economic prosperity that drove California to its golden years."


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Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of Danville,
on Jan 18, 2018 at 2:35 pm

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Doug - I expect better from you. You obviously know that the rejection of dark-monied PRI wingnut nonsense (a conclusion with which Forbes agrees - no flaming liberals there) stands alone. PRI has a long and consistent history of advocacy for the odious. You post their nonsense at peril to your own credibility.

You also know that I source at the likes of Pew and Kaiser because I link them -- non-partisan, centrist and credible.

Yet you write crap about "only leftist sources". It's fine to disagree, but don't post latrine remnants in bad faith.


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Posted by Doug Miller, a resident of Country Fair,
on Jan 18, 2018 at 3:15 pm

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This is very entertaining.

Because a “dark-monied PRI wingnut" quotes a US Census Bureau report and lists some very credible reasons why California leads the other 49 states in creating the most poverty, it is declared “latrine talk" by Mr. Cushing. That is the best he can do.

It is telling that Mr. Cushing does not address any of these points, including California's standing in the Census Bureau report. Although totally unfamiliar with PRI, I will risk my reputation in quoting from this report.

Why does Mr. Cushing think that California leads other states in the poverty race?


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Posted by SHale99, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 18, 2018 at 7:36 pm

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oh, maybe Trump and his cheerleaders believe Calif is a ****Hole/House?

oh, dear. I did it now.


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Posted by Kurt, a resident of Danville,
on Jan 19, 2018 at 1:51 am

So, Mr. Cushing goes on the potty-mouth attack against Doug Miller by stating that Doug Miller "writes crap" and "posts latrine remnants in bad faith."

I believe that Mr. Cushing recently gave a sermon about attacking others who post on his blogs? Perhaps he should follow his own advice.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 19, 2018 at 7:37 am

OK, guys, getting back to the forum topic, Donald Trump and his “s-hole" comment in regards to immigrants who he considers to be undesirable, take a look at this. Now ask yourself: What are the chances that the “least racist person ever" would hire just about the “most racist person ever"? :

“Trump appointee Carl Higbie resigns as public face of agency that runs AmeriCorps after KFile review of racist, sexist, anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT comments on the radio"

“Speaking on 'Sound of Freedom' in December 2013, Higbie, while recounting a time he placed an advertisement to give away free firewood, said "the black race" had "lax" morals. He added that black women think "breeding is a form of government employment.""

“Higbie repeatedly said on the radio that he did not like Muslims.
"People say, 'you know, you're so harsh,'" Higbie said on Warrior Talk Radio in August 2014. "I was called an Islamophobe and I was like, 'no, no, no, no, no, I'm not afraid of them. I don't like them. Big difference.' And they were like, 'well, you're racist.' I was like, fine if that's the definition of it, then I guess I am.'""

“In March 2013 on Sound of Freedom, Higbe called Obama "the Muslim who was born in Kenya -- don't even get me started on that." He later added, "Harvard, up in Boston, he put on his fricking application that he was born in Kenya.""

CNN: Web Link
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Oh, and remember: Trump only hires “the best".


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Posted by Resident, a resident of Laguna Oaks,
on Jan 19, 2018 at 8:13 am

PRI was quoting from the US Census report, yet all you libs are runnng wild trying to make PRI the bad guy.

I believe Harvard was also quoted, but I guess that university is too hard core right for any of you. /s

You like Government so much, that you are refusing to acknowledge its own statistics when it conflicts with your preconceived notions.

And those red states you are so quick to point out high poverty rates also contain a high proportion of African Americans as well. Oops.

Of course, you didn't post those demographics when painting that broad stroke, did ya?

Anyway, the topic of this thread has gone by the wayside and, just as I predicted, the book is yet another distant memory.

Suggestion for the next thread: Mueller investigation.

Lots to talk about there. :)


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 19, 2018 at 8:31 am

@Resident :".... just as I predicted, the book is yet another distant memory."

Nope, once again your wishful thinking doesn't make things true. “Fire and Fury", the expose on Trump's White House, is still #1 on The NY Times best sellers list for total nonfiction sales. Sorry to ruin your day.

NYTimes Best Sellers Lists : Web Link

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Posted by Doug Miller, a resident of Country Fair,
on Jan 19, 2018 at 8:50 am

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"Sam", after repeatedly failing to discredit an article pointing out that California leads the nation in terms of poverty, wants to change the subject and discuss the resignation of mid level government employee over comments made several years ago.

Unlike what "Sam" or Mr. Cushing never does, I concede the point that Mr. Higbee did the right thing in resigning. But I also suspect that Mr. Trump had no involvement in the hiring process for this individual.

Should Mr. Cushing begin conceding a few points made by those with opposing views, I think his readership would grow. But I am confident that this will never happen. And I like that.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 19, 2018 at 9:51 am

@Doug :"Unlike what "Sam" or Mr. Cushing never does, I concede the point that Mr. Higbee did the right thing in resigning."

Whoa, Doug! That's quite a concession! Do you really think that this self-admitted racist did the right thing in resigning from the Trump administration? I mean, let's not go overboard against this guy! Gee, put away that pitchfork and your bucket of tar and feathers and give a guy a break!


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Posted by Resident, a resident of Laguna Oaks,
on Jan 19, 2018 at 11:16 am

Sam,

Because you are being obtuse I'll mansplain it: Fire and Fury might still be number 1 in sales, but it is no longer being talked about.

That was my point.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Jan 19, 2018 at 11:51 am

@Resident :"Because you are being obtuse I'll mansplain it: Fire and Fury might still be number 1 in sales, but it is no longer being talked about."

LOL!


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Posted by Doug Miller, a resident of Country Fair,
on Jan 19, 2018 at 11:57 am

Doug Miller is a registered user.

Yes, "Sam", I think he did the right thing in resigning. And I am happy to make the concession that he should resign. But I am confused by follow on comments about tar and pitchforks and that somehow I am giving the guy a break.

However, I do point out that this individual is a national hero based on his military record. So perhaps he does deserve a break. Combat is an something that few of us have ever experienced. It can cause profound changes physically and mentally. Facing a brutal enemy that is ideologically driven by a misinterpretation of Islam may be responsible for his remarks. World War II created similar unforgiving biases against the Germans and Japanese that took generations to overcome.

So yes, lets give the guy a break


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Posted by Doug Miller, a resident of Country Fair,
on Jan 19, 2018 at 10:41 pm

Doug Miller is a registered user.

Thanks to Mr. Cushing, I have taken a long look at Pacific Research Institute, joined and made my first donation. Just received a nice thank you note from Sally Pipes.


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Posted by patrick, a resident of Ironwood,
on Feb 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm

I have to laugh at a political party that claim's "values" and "morals", yet at the same time has no issues terminating a baby as late as at birth.
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