Category Archives: Elections

Joe Biden Says If He’d Run for President He Could Have Won

Joe Biden

I bet the DNC doesn’t agree with this statement.

From Hollywood Reporter: Former Vice President Joe Biden says that if he had run for president in 2016 he could have won.

The Observer-Dispatch of Utica reports that Biden told students at Colgate University in central New York on Friday that he could have won the election but the Democratic primary would have been “very difficult.”

“On a college campus I will never, never do anything other than answer the question completely unvarnished and straightforward,” said Biden. “The answer is that I had planned on running for president. And although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won.

The Observer-Dispatch of Utica also reports that Biden also said his son Beau’s battle with brain cancer kept him out of the race. He added that Beau wanted him to try and become the next commander-in-chief.

Biden said anyone who runs for president should be able to “look the public in the eye and promise you they can give you 100 percent.”

Biden says he doesn’t regret not running but added, “Do I regret not being president? Yes.” The former vice president of the United States said he had a lot of data collected and was confident he could have won the presidency as a Democratic Party nominee.

When it comes to President Donald Trump, Biden says he hopes he “grows into the job a little bit.”

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Hillary Clinton says she’s ready to help Americans find common ground

From AP: Hillary Clinton said Friday she’s “ready to come out of the woods” and help Americans find common ground.

Clinton’s gradual return to the public spotlight following her presidential election loss continued with a St. Patrick’s Day speech in her late father’s Pennsylvania hometown of Scranton.

“I’m like a lot of my friends right now, I have a hard time watching the news,” Clinton told an Irish women’s group.

But she urged a divided country to work together to solve problems, recalling how, as first lady, she met with female leaders working to bring peace to Northern Ireland. “I do not believe that we can let political divides harden into personal divides. And we can’t just ignore, or turn a cold shoulder to someone because they disagree with us politically,” she said.

Friday night’s speech was one of several she is to deliver in the coming months, including a May 26 commencement address at her alma mater, Wellesley College in Massachusetts. The Democrat also is working on a book of personal essays that will include some reflections on her loss to Donald Trump.

Clinton, who was spotted taking a walk in the woods around her hometown of Chappaqua, New York, two days after losing the election to Donald Trump, quipped she had wanted to stay in the woods, “but you can only do so much of that.”

She told the Society of Irish Women that it’ll be up to citizens, not a deeply polarized Washington, to bridge the political divide.

“I am ready to come out of the woods and to help shine a light on what is already happening around kitchen tables, at dinners like this, to help draw strength that will enable everybody to keep going,” said Clinton.

Clinton was received warmly in Scranton, where her grandfather worked in a lace mill. Her father left Scranton for Chicago in search of work during the Great Depression, but returned often. Hillary Clinton spent summers at the family’s cottage on nearby Lake Winola.

She fondly recalled watching movies stretched across a bedsheet in a neighbor’s yard, and told of how the cottage had a toilet but no shower or tub. “Don’t tell anybody this, but we’d go down to the lake,” she said.

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The butt hurt is real: Trump-induced insomnia stalks blue-state America

From Yahoo: Susan Rogers, a poet and attorney in California, is “hurtling through space with no direction” on a plane that, she discovers with horror, has no pilot.

Alicia Bowman, a journalist from East Penn, Pa., is racing frantically through a train that is heading the wrong way, flinging off her belongings so she can run faster, calling frantically for her son, who is transgender.

Rachelle Pachtman, who does canine rescue on New York’s Upper West Side, is searching fruitlessly through her refrigerator for something to serve Michelle and Barack Obama, who have just happened to drop by for lunch.

And Allison Graham, a Los Angeles publicist, is in a hotel suite near her old Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan, being interviewed by Donald Trump for a job as a supervisor on one of his big construction projects. “But I don’t know anything about real estate; I have no qualifications or experience,” she tells him. “Don’t worry, you’ll be great,” he says.

Then they all wake up.

Blue America is having trouble with sleep — tossing and turning as they lie awake, then falling into nightmares. And those who are suffering tend to blame the 45th president of the United States.

To be sure, a state of heightened anxiety over whoever is in the White House is not new. Two presidents ago, columnist Charles Krauthammer coined Bush Derangement Syndrome, the symptoms of which were the “acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush.”  Next came Obama Derangement Syndrome, memorialized by a conspiracy-spouting satirical character on the “Stephanie Miller Happy Hour” radio show.

And now there’s what Hollywood screenwriter Sam Friedlander has spoofed as Trump-Induced Anxiety Disorder.

There is no way to quantify whether there are more sufferers during this administration than previous ones. But for those going through it this time around, it certainly seems very new and very real. And it looms largest in the dead of night, say dozens across the country who described their pillow-punching wakefulness and fraught sleep to Yahoo News.

“I fall asleep and wake up and get a snack and toss and turn and try to make sense of what’s going on,” says Linda Allen, who counsels parents of special-needs children on Long Island.  “It’s unfathomable and that inability to reason with it is frustrating, and the whole situation is also enraging. Who could sleep?”

“I have not slept a full night since the election,” says New York fashion designer Ariane Zurcher. “I’m 56 years old. I have never had insomnia or issues with sleeping until this.”

What’s going through their minds in the dark?

Erika Kilborn, a training director for a software company, who has just been diagnosed with cancer, worries she will lose her job as a result of her illness and not be able to afford new insurance as a result of changes in the health care law.

Lea Grover, a Chicago writer, has spent more than one night calculating where in her home she could build fake walls behind which to hide immigrants facing deportation.

Craig Haller, who advocates with school administrators on behalf of students with disabilities in and around Boston, fears changes at the Department of Education will hurt those students. “I’m afraid my son and nephew will be sent to a war I don’t believe in,” says Linda Cliff Derbacher, a former neonatal nurse now living in Southern California.

“I worry that even though my family members have been American citizens for generations we will be targeted … because of our surnames and our looks,” says Soraida Justiniano of Palm Harbor, Fla.

“I’m worried about the ‘Anne Franks‘ of Syria, Somalia, Yemen,” says tech industry employee Amanda Silver, who is literally sleepless in Seattle, her hometown. “I am afraid the democratic process is under attack by a nationalist, far-right, authoritarian leader,” says Lori Rivere Rodrig, who teaches math at a New Jersey high school.

The looming prospect of insomnia at the end of the day has led to a swath of ways to encourage sleep. For some, it starts long before bedtime.

The description of this butt hurt goes on for 4 PAGES. FOUR PAGES. If you are so inclined to read about the dismay of proggies and their inability to cope, go here.

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MSM are having a cow over Trump not shaking German Chancellor Merkel’s hand

HORRORS!

That Muslim-loving sow, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, is in D.C. today, and the MSM are beside themselves because President Trump appeared to refuse to shake her hand.

Photographers: Can we get a handshake?

Merkel (to Trump): Do you want to have a handshake?

Trump: *no response*

Merkel: *makes awkward face*

Angela Merkel made clear her adoration of Barack Obama.

When Obama visited Germany in his final foreign trip last November, he called Merkel “probably . . . my closest international partner these past eight years.” Merkel thanked Obama for “a good, friendly and intensive partnership” and wailed, “It’s hard for me to say goodbye.”

As reported by WPVI-TV, in a letter to Trump the day after his historic win, Merkel started by congratulating, then gave Trump a PC “social justice” lecture:

“Germany’s ties with the United States of America are deeper than with any country outside of the European Union. Germany and America are bound by common values – democracy, freedom, as well as respect for the rule of law and the dignity of each and every person, regardless of their origin, skin color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or political views. It is based on these values that I wish to offer close cooperation, both with me personally and between our countries’ governments.

Partnership with the United States is and will remain a keystone of German foreign policy, especially so that we can tackle the great challenges of our time: striving for economic and social well-being, working to develop far-sighted climate policy, pursuing the fight against terrorism, poverty, hunger, and disease, as well as protecting peace and freedom in the world.”

On January 29, 2017, via her spokesman Steffen Seibert, Merkel criticized President Trump’s executive order on a temporary ban on visas to nationals from countries known for terrorists — a ban that has the support of a majority of Europeans:

“The chancellor regrets the U.S. entry ban against refugees and citizens from several countries. She is convinced that even the necessary, decisive battle against terrorism does not justify putting people of a specific background or faith under general suspicion.”

Well, that’s because oh-so-smart Angela Merkel thinks Islam “isn’t a source of terror” and that Europe — and America — must take more refugees.

I wouldn’t shake her hand either, especially knowing that she’s probably shaken the hands of Muslims whose “religious” toiletry code tells them to wipe their butts, not with toilet paper, but with their hands — like that Muslim takeout chef, Mahbub Chowdhury, who was arrested after UK health inspectors found an empty milk bottle under the kitchen sink covered with Chowdhury’s brown fecal finger prints.

Meanwhile, things are going swimmingly well in Germany under Merkel, who imported 1 million Muslim “migrants” into a country of 82 million:

UPDATE:

A couple of hours after this post was first published, it turns out that the brouhaha over Trump refusing to shake Merkel’s hand is FAKE NEWS!

Thanks to Conservative Treehouse, here are two pics of Trump and Merkel shaking hands:

H/t Ken R.

~Eowyn

Hollyweird actress Blake Lively – who supported Hillary Clinton – wants to teach her children about “realistic” beauty standards

blake lively2blake livelyYou be the judge. Is it “realistic” beauty when you go under the knife? At least be honest and own it.

From Cosmopolitan: As a parent, it must be pretty hard to manage the expectations of your children when they reveal what they want to be when they grow up. Sometimes, adults need to push aside thoughts of failure and the realities of a world that allowed Donald Trump to become President and remember what it’s like to be a child with a view that anything is possible. It sounds like that’s exactly what Blake Lively’s parents did when she was growing up.

On Wednesday, the Shallows actress appeared at the L’Oreál Women of Worth gala and spoke on CTV’s eTalk revealed her mother’s advice about self-belief.

“Whatever it was, whether I was doing a school project, I was doing something creative, she would always say, ‘You can’t mess it up’,” she said. “I mean, I could mess it up really severely, but just the fact that she told me I couldn’t almost made me feel like I couldn’t.”

The 29-year-old, who earlier this week was spotted walking through the streets of New York with her husband, actor Ryan Reynolds, said it’s thanks to her mother’s positivity that she was able to try out a career as an actress.

“I took risks and I would do things I otherwise would have limited myself with,” she explained.

The actress has spoken out about the need for parents to teach children about realistic beauty standards and shedding the idea of perfection in the past, and took the opportunity to address the issue again ahead of the gala, specifically on the subject of positivity on social media.

She told eTalk: “I do think we all believe in the same thing, which is everybody wants happiness, everybody wants peace, everybody wants to feel safe and secure.”

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Cynthia Nixon is ‘afraid for us all’ with Trump as president

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Cynthia Nixon: Feeling the pressure or something…

The womyn actress can’t even articulate exactly what is causing her fear. She must be lost without a script.

From NY Post: Cynthia Nixon says she’s “scared for her daughter” under a Donald Trump government. The “Sex and The City” actress celebrated International Women’s Day by attending a benefit for Afghan Hands, which supports careers for women in Kabul.

But Nixon, who has joined protests against President Trump, said: “Being a female . . . I do feel added pressure. Because I feel like when you have a benevolent presence in the White House, it is one thing, and you take a lot of stuff for granted. But when you have Donald Trump in the White House, you have no choice but to step up.

She added, “I am not just afraid for my daughter’s future, I am afraid for us all. I am not afraid [what will happen] four years from now, I am scared for next month.

But Nixon further said at the Gabriel & Co. event that there’s an “upside” to the new administration. “People are really coming out . . . all around the world,” she said. “It is amazing and very inspiring. You wouldn’t think it would matter, but it matters what we see people doing, saying and protesting on TV.”

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Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate posted online by his half-brother Malik

Malik Obama, 59, is Barack Obama’s older half-brother. The two men share the same father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr., but have different mothers. Malik’s mother was Obama Sr.’s first wife, Kezia. Malik has dual U.S.-Kenyan citizenship and currently resides in Alexandria, VA.

In the 2016 presidential election, Malik supported Donald Trump and attended the third Trump-Hillary debate as Trump’s guest. On his Twitter account @ObamaMalik, Malik has a picture of himself wearing a red MAGA cap and this self-description:

Now that my brother’s term is ended I am free to declare my support for Donald J. Trump President of the U.S.A.   

Two hours ago today, Malik tweeted an image of what appears to be Barack Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate, with the message “Surely. What’s this?”:

The birth certificate indicates the illicit former President of the United States Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961, in Coast Province General Hospital, Mombasa, British Protectorate of Kenya. Indeed, in 1961 Kenya was still a British protectorate. Kenya became independent on December 12, 1963, under the UK’s Kenya Independence Act 1963.

The address of the Coast Province General Hospital is Bondeni, Kisauni Rd, Mombasa, Kenya. Click here for its Facebook page.

UPDATE (March 10, 2017):

The image that Malik Obama posted to Twitter appears to the same Kenyan birth certificate that a man named Lucas Smith had proffered years ago. Click here for the birth certificate acquired by Smith.

In 2009, Smith swore in a court affidavit that the Kenyan birth certificate of Barack Obama (Jr.) is real. In his filing, Smith declared that he traveled to Kenya in February of that year and paid off a military officer in order to obtain a copy of the birth certificate from Coast General Hospital in Mombasa. (Source: WND)

Here’s a video of Lucas Smith, presumably taken in Kenya:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkWd2INPhL4

Lucas Smith’s website: http://www.WasObamaBornInKenya.com

See also:

~Eowyn