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Jill Biden says maybe you have to “swallow a little bit” to vote for Joe

Not quite the glowing words I would use to endorse a candidate…

From Yahoo News: Former second lady Jill Biden made an unusually honest pitch to voters on Monday for her husband to be the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.

“I know that not all of you are committed to my husband, and I respect that,” she said at a campaign event in Nashua, N.H. “But I want you to think about your candidate, his or her electability, and who’s going to win this race.”

“Your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, health care, than Joe is,” she continued. “But you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election. And maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say, ‘OK, I personally like so and so better,’ but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat Trump.”

She added: “So I think if your goal — I know my goal — is to beat Donald Trump, we have to have someone who can beat him.”

Since the start of the 2020 race, polls have consistently showed Joe Biden beating President Trump by the widest margins of any Democratic candidate in a hypothetical general election matchup.

A Fox News survey released last week found Biden with a 12-point advantage (50 percent to 38 percent) over Trump. But the same survey showed three of Biden’s rivals — Sens. Bernie Sanders (48 percent to 39 percent), Elizabeth Warren (46 percent to 39 percent) and Kamala Harris (45 percent to 39 percent) — beating the president too. (Trump, for his part, lashed out at Fox News over the poll results.)

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2020: President Trump is getting more donations than Democrats in blue-state Washington

If we are to believe polls, according to a new Fox News poll of 1,013 registered voters released last Thursday, August 15, 2019, each one of the top four Democratic presidential candidates would defeat President Trump in the 2020 election if it were held today (Daily Wire):

  • Joe Biden (50%), Donald Trump (38%)
  • Bernie Sanders (48%), Donald Trump (39%)
  • Kamala Harris (45%), Donald Trump (39%)
  • Elizabeth Warren (46%), Donald Trump (39%)

What is more interesting and more believable than the Fox News poll is this astounding news from Seattle Times, August 16, 2019, about blue-city Seattle and blue-state Washington:

  • President Trump has received more donations from residents of Washington than the top six Democrats combined.
  • With nearly 15 months to go before the 2020 election, Trump has received more donations from Seattle residents than he did during the entire 2016 campaign.

Some of Trump’s big Washington donors are:

  • Seattle property manager Suzie Burke donated $375.
  • Billionaire investment adviser Ken and Sherrilyn Fisher each gave the maximum $5,600.
  • Daryl Miller, Fischer Plumbing CEO who is on the board of Seattle Pacific University donated $5,600.
  • Seattle developer Martin Selig donated $5,600.

Seattle Times reporter Danny Westneat, who calls Trump’s behavior “increasingly unhinged,” points out that:

I’m not talking about total dollars raised — though on that front Trump is a juggernaut, too. But the total number of donations reflects how many people are inspired enough by a candidate to send any amount of money, sometimes repeatedly….

Well, now Trump, of all candidates, has nearly three times as many donations from Washington state as Bernie Sanders does. The Vermont senator has 8,080 itemized donations here, while Trump has the most ever recorded at this point in an election, by any candidate in either party21,657.

What’s more, these are “itemized donations” — meaning the donors were required to list their names, occupations and addresses, and risk the backlash….

So you can look through the list and see that just in Seattle, Trump has the support of a seamstress, an airline pilot, a crane operator, a teacher, a nurse, a city of Seattle firefighter, a UW professor, a longshoreman and about a thousand others. In total they’ve given $93,042.

Past this point of the last campaign, Trump had only six donations from Seattle — and when The Seattle Times contacted the donors, two said they wanted their money back….

Already Trump has surpassed his total 2016 pool of donors from Washington state, by 31%.

So what, you may be saying, Trump’s not going to win out here anyway. True. But when your fundraising is breaking records, it indicates an intense passion for the candidate, as it did for Bernie Sanders. That counts for a ton in politics — and likely means Trump is stronger right now than his dismal polls indicate.

The Seattle Times‘ article is closed to comments “due to a high number of comments that violated our terms of service,” whatever that means.

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Presidential candidate Jay Inslee granted clemency twice to “three-strikes” criminal; perp is now on the run

Habitual criminal Tracy Hoggatt on the lam/Washington State DOC photo

Washington State has a “three-strikes” or “persistent offenders” law meant to confine life-long criminals for punishment of their violent crimes (and to deter other criminals). The one “out” for these criminals is clemency.

In reality, the moonbats that run Washington State care nothing about actually holding perpetual criminals accountable for their actions. See the following examples:

Insanity in Seattle: Homeless man attempts to kidnap child. Guess how many previous arrests/convictions he has…
Liberal utopia of Seattle: Drugstore employees subject to violent assaults as criminals become more brazen
Liberal utopia of Seattle: Prostitutes flooding the streets due to lack of law enforcement
Homeless Seattle man, accused of a stabbing, on the loose after failing to show up for court-appointed treatment program

Last week a three-striker offender was released from the Yakima County jail, after being granted clemency TWICE by Gov. Jay Inslee (demorat). He boarded a bus in Yakima County (presumably with no guardian) but officers were waiting at his destination.

The perp failed to show up to the mandated transition house and has now disappeared. They believed he jumped off in Seattle.

More details from Q13Fox:

“Now, a Department of Corrections warrant has been issued for his arrest and officers are asking for the public’s help to locate him.

Hoggatt had been serving a life sentence after convictions for Robbery 2nd Degree, Assault 2nd Degree and Theft 2nd Degree. He was released on clemency on July 23, 2018.

The news article included Hoggatt’s statement to the clemency board. “I will not let any one of you in the community down,” Hoggatt wrote. “I will demonstrate my ability to be a law-abiding, successful, responsible, trustworthy, and resourceful citizen. The possibilities are endless if we trust in God.”

According to The Daily News Online, Gov. Jay Inslee commuted Hoggatt’s sentence on Jan 16, 2017, finding that Hoggatt had “taken steps to turn his life around and developed a strong sense of empathy.”

A little more than three months later, Hoggatt was taken into custody again on October 31, 2018 for violating the terms of his release by consuming alcohol, not living at an approved address and associating with a known criminal/drug user. He remained in custody for 10 months until the Governor and clemency board reviewed the case and released him again on Tuesday.

Hoggatt has history of eluding law enforcement. In 1995, Hoggatt went to Canada for 6 months to avoid trial in Cowlitz County for a burglary because he was facing life without the possibility of parole. He was arrested when he returned in 1996 and Burglary and Bail Jumping.

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Pancho Beto wants mandatory buyback of “assault weapons” and gun registry

Fortunately, this guy has no chance whatsoever of becoming president.

Pancho Beto announced via Twitter on Friday his plan to end gun violence which includes the following:

More from his web site:

“Beto will work with Congress to create a nationwide gun licensing system that will ensure individuals seeking a gun undergo an assessment by law enforcement and a background check. Individuals must be 21 years old to receive a license, will be required to complete a certified gun safety training, and will need to renew their licenses every five years.

Individuals will also be required to register their guns through a registry and all new handguns will be microstamped. In recognition of the country’s long hunting tradition, those under 21 with hunting licenses will be able to lawfully possess firearms for hunting. States will have the flexibility to administer their own licensing systems, allowing them to set higher standards. Where a state does not have a system in place, the federal government will administer the system.

Weapons of war belong on the battlefield, not in our communities or on our streets. Beto is calling for a mandatory buyback program for assault weapons and a voluntary buyback program for handguns. To create a funding stream for buybacks, Beto will increase the excise tax on gun manufacturers and fines imposed on gun traffickers, and will enable ATF to purchase any banned assault weapons presented to the agency. Individuals who fail to participate in the mandatory buyback of assault weapons will be fined.

Read about all the details of his plan here.

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Fauxcahontas proposes more taxes on guns and ammo

Because raising taxes always solves big problems…

From Yahoo: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants to sharply increase taxes on guns and ammunition as part of a comprehensive new plan to reduce gun deaths in the United States by 80%.

Warren, who is set to appear along with most of the other 20-plus Democratic presidential candidates at a gun control forum in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, is also proposing universal background checks (like they already don’t exist?), federal gun licensing, a one-week waiting period on all gun purchases to limit impulsive violence, a ban on assault weapons and a newly empowered Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, among a host of other suggestions.

“Faced with a complex and entrenched public health crisis, made worse by the ongoing inability of a corrupt government (isn’t she part of that corruption?) to do anything about it, it’s easy to despair,” Warren wrote in a Medium post. “But we are not incapable of solving big problems. We’ve done it before.” (How’d that work out with Obamacare?)

Warren is unveiling her plan a week after deadly massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the latest in a years-long run of mass shootings that have transformed the politics of gun control, making it a key issue for Democratic primary voters and a key issue for the party in many general elections.

Warren chose the 80% mark for gun violence death reductions in order to echo the 80% reduction in driving deaths since 1965, when Congress decided the number of people dying in automobile accidents was unacceptable.

>“We’ll start by implementing solutions that we believe will work,” she wrote. “We’ll continue by constantly revisiting and updating those solutions based on new public health research. And we’ll make structural changes to end the ability of corrupt extremists to block our government from defending the lives of our people.”

Warren is not the first candidate to release a plan to combat gun violence, and much of the field ― including former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) ― supports universal background checks and bans on high-capacity ammunition magazines. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) similarly pushed for federal gun licenses, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has promised to use a wide array of executive actions to stem gun violence even if Congress doesn’t act.

Two things set Warren’s plan apart: the taxes and her emphasis on eliminating the influence of the National Rifle Association.

For a century, the federal government has imposed an excise tax on manufacturers and importers of guns and ammunition. Handguns are taxed at 10%, while all other guns and ammunition are taxed at 11%. Warren would raise the tax on guns to 30% and the tax on ammunition to 50%.

Warren’s plan to combat the influential but weakened NRA, which has essentially united the Republican Party against gun control and stonewalled Democratic movement on the issue for decades, includes a promise to appoint an attorney general who will investigate the NRA’s use of “loopholes … to divert member dues into lavish payments for its board members and senior leadership.”

Her plan also emphasizes the need for structural reforms, including ending the 60-vote requirement to end a filibuster in the Senate, in order to pass comprehensive gun violence legislation.

“Enough is enough,” Warren writes. “Lasting gun reform requires the elimination of the filibuster.”

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Man wrongly outed as President Trump supporter, forced to go over “situational awareness” with his family

Joaquin Castro: He didn’t mean no harm to Trump supporters…

Expect things to get much, much worse as we head into 2020.

And, no matter who you are, “situational awareness” is ALWAYS a good thing. I suggest MAGA supporters practice this daily.

From Fox News: A San Antonio man was wrongly outed on Twitter as a donor to President Trump by Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro and said Friday the incident forced him to review emergency plans with his wife and three children.

Harper Huddleston said on “Fox & Friends” that his name appeared on Castro’s list instead of the name of his retired father, who contributed to the Trump campaign. He said the mix-up was because they share the same first name, but have different middle names, though his father does not go by the name Harper.

Huddleston said he supports Trump and has contributed in the past to the mayoral campaign of Castro’s brother, Julian, who is now running for president. He said he was glad to have received the negative attention instead of his father, but explained that he was forced to go over emergency plans with his wife and three children.

“We convened together as a family and talked about situational awareness, exit strategy, avoiding and exiting conflict, talked about staying low and close to home and just being at our very highest senses,” said Huddleston.

Castro, D-Texas, has refused calls from the Trump campaign and Republicans to delete the post, arguing the names of the donors are publicly available.

“Unless you support the white nationalism and the racism that Donald Trump is paying for and fueling, then I hope you, as a person of good conscience, will think twice about contributing to his campaign,” said Castro in an interview on MSNBC, where he was pressed by host Willie Geist about the likelihood that people will be harassed.

“I don’t want anyone on the left or the right to be a target of any crazy person or any person that means them harm at all,” he responded, claiming the names were already circulating before his account posted them.

Huddleston argued that when Castro, as a sitting congressman, tweets such a list, it reaches a “very large audience” and he attempted to connect “fine members of this community” to racism and white supremacy.

“Moms, dads, retirees and to associate these people with those types of claims is just wrong,” he said, arguing that he believes Castro’s actions will actually motivate the president’s supporters.

“All this does is galvanize the interest and reinvigorate making America great again,” said Huddleston.

On Thursday, another of the donors from the list, Mark Hanrahan blasted Castro for his “galling” decision.

“He knows exactly what he’s doing,” said Hanrahan, adding that his father fought in World War II and he refuses to be “bullied with slurs of racism.”

Read the whole story here.

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President Trump is drafting executive order on social media’s censorship of conservatives

About three months ago, in May 2019, President Trump finally heeded the cries of conservative bloggers (including Fellowship of the Minds) and users of social media of being censored, blacklisted and abused by the tech giants. The White House created a webpage for us to relate our travails — as individuals, websites, and blogs.

The evidence that conservatives are being censored is overwhelming. See:

It is, of course, in President Trump’s self-interest to do something about this censorship. See “Insider Blows Whistle & Exec Reveals Google Plan to Prevent ‘Trump situation’ in 2020“.

In July, at a White House social media summit, President Trump decried the censorship and directed his administration to explore all “regulatory and legislative solutions to protect free speech and the free-speech rights of all Americans.” Last Tuesday, citing the case of a Google engineer who says he had been fired for his conservative views, Trump warned that he is “watching Google very closely.”

Now, it is reported that the Trump White House is preparing an executive order to address the anti-conservative bias of the tech giants.

Tech giants’ love-fest with Barack Obama

Politico reports, August 7, 2019, that according to a White House official and two other people familiar with the matter, the Trump White House is circulating drafts of a proposed executive order to address social media companies’ anti-conservative bias.

The unnamed White House official said: “If the internet is going to be presented as this egalitarian platform and most of Twitter is liberal cesspools of venom, then at least the president wants some fairness in the system. But look, we also think that social media plays a vital role. They have a vital role and an increasing responsibility to the culture that has helped make them so profitable and so prominent.”

The executive order, which deals with other topics besides tech bias, is still in the early drafting stages and is not expected to be issued imminently. None of the three individuals would describe the contents of the executive order or what penalties, if any, would be visited on companies deemed to be censoring political viewpoints. But its existence, and the deliberations surrounding it, are evidence that the Trump administration is taking a serious look at wielding the federal government’s power against Silicon Valley.

The Trump White House faces many obstacles in crafting a policy against the censorship:

  1. The federal government’s options on combating online bias are limited by the First Amendment. Before he left his job in May, John Morris, who handled internet policy issues at the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), said: “There’s very little in terms of direct regulation the federal government can do without congressional action, and frankly I think that’s a positive thing. Although the government may be able to support and assist online platforms’ efforts to reduce hate and violence online, the government should not try to impose speech regulations on private platforms. As politicians from both sides of the political spectrum have historically urged, the government should not be in the business of regulating speech.”
  2. Another obstacle is Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which both protects online platforms from liability for content their users post and empowers the companies to remove content without fear of liability. Section 230 has increasingly come under fire from lawmakers of both parties frustrated with tech companies’ content moderation practices.
  3. A crackdown on social media companies would involve at least four federal agencies: the Federal Communications Commission (FCC),  Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Department of Justice, and Department of Commerce. However:
    1. Although the Justice Department has announced a sweeping antitrust review of whether tech giants are harming competition or stifling innovation, antitrust cases have not traditionally been used as tools to address complaints about online speech.
    2. Republicans at the FCC and FTC already have said publicly that they don’t see a role for their agencies in policing companies’ online content:
      1. Republican FCC Commissioner and Trump appointee Brendan Carr tweeted: “Outsourcing censorship to the government is not just a bad idea, it would violate the First Amendment. I’m a no.”
      2. Republicans at the FTC, which punishes companies for unfair or deceptive acts, also have said they don’t see a role for the agency in policing allegations of social media bias. During an FTC oversight hearing in the Senate last year, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) argued that a tech company could be considered “actively deceptive” if it appears to be a neutral public platform and then engages in censorship. But Republican FTC Commissioner Noah Phillips said the FTC’s antitrust and consumer protection authorities are “not authorities to police the First Amendment itself.”
  4. Conservatives, such as the Heritage Foundation, have also spent decades opposing any attempt to revive the FCC’s old Fairness Doctrine, which required broadcasters to be balanced in their programming on controversial issues.

What the Trump White House can do:

  1. One potential approach could involve using the government’s leverage over federal contractors, a tactic the Obama administration used to advance LGBT rights via a 2014 executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Trump did just that last March when he signed an executive order to promote free speech on college campuses by requiring schools to agree to promote free inquiry (which they are already supposed to do, but many don’t) in order to receive federal research funding.
  2. The administration could have the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which handles communications policy, to convene interested parties to explore the issues.

See also:

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Libtard Chrissy Teigen calls for boycott of SoulCycle after owner plans to fundraise for President Trump

Good luck with that. Keep in mind though that libtards don’t have the best record when it comes to boycotts.

Excerpts from the People story:

“Stephen Ross, the billionaire chairman of the parent company behind Equinox and SoulCycle, is set to host a fundraiser for President Donald Trump this week, prompting calls from Billy Eichner, Chrissy Teigen and others to boycott both publicly liberal brands.

Ross, chairman and founder of Related Companies and the owner of the Miami Dolphins, will host the president and guests on Friday at his home in Southampton, New York, with tickets going for up to $250,000, according to the Washington Post.

Those who want a photo with Trump and lunch can pay $100,000, while those looking to hear a private roundtable discussion with the president can buy a $250,000 ticket.

On Wednesday, amid mounting criticism from celebrities and other customers, both Equinox and SoulCycle said they were not involved in or endorsing Ross’ fundraiser for the president.

Ross said in a statement of his own that he and Trump had known each other for years and though they had their disagreements, Ross’ political priorities were about growing the economy.

As a businessman whose companies and nonprofits have championed causes such as gay and transgender rights, the arts and fighting racial discrimination, Ross’ involvement in the fundraiser has drawn criticism from those who say it’s hypocritical.

Equinox, for example, has prided itself on being an LGBTQ ally, launching the Powered By Pride campaign and partnering with the organization House Lives Matter. According to its website, Equinox has as of June raised $20,000 for the charity, which benefits sexual and gender minority people of color.

SoulCycle, meanwhile, lists “the arts” among causes it has supported on its philanthropy page. The Post reported in March that, for the third year in a row, the Trump administration’s proposed federal budget would eliminate federal funding for the arts and humanities, public television and radio, libraries and museums.

Ross’ decision to host a Trump fundraiser was called out by Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills, who shared the mission statement for Ross’ sports nonprofit RISE.

Teigen joined the boycott call, wryly tweeting, “everyone who cancels their equinox and soul cycle memberships, meet me at the library. bring weights.”

“The gym is my personal hell but if you’re a member of Equinox perhaps it is time to say peace(out)-inox ayyyyy I’m still sick yes but f— equinox,” she wrote in another tweet. In a third, she wrote, “oh and f— soulcycle but I thought that way before this anyhow.”

Read the whole story here.

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Michael Moore proposes Democrats run ‘beloved’ Michelle Obama for 2020 presidential election

As some have thought, given the lackluster Demonrat spate of candidates for the 2020 presidential election, there will be a push for former first “lady” Michelle “Big Mike” Obama, “the most admired woman in the world” according to a recent poll, as the Democrat Party’s candidate.

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker with Big Mike in thigh-high hooker boots on the last leg of its Becoming book tour, Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 19, 2018.

Joseph A. Wulfsohn reports for Fox News that last Wednesday night, July 31, appearing on MSNBC‘s post-debate coverage, obese director Michael Moore proposed that Michelle Obama could be that “beloved” American and “street fighter” who can “crush” President Trump.

Moore said:

“We have to have a candidate who is beloved by the American people and who is outside the political inner circle, somebody who’s not a politician, somebody who’s gonna win.

I think, in my humble opinion, four of these candidates running could beat Trump; Bernie [Sanders], [former Vice President Joe] Biden, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren. They could beat him, but Hillary beat him. It’s not enough just to beat Trump.

The only way to remove Trump is to crush Trump and that’s the question that has to be asked — who can crush Trump? Who’s the street fighter? Frankly, I think, there’s a person that can do this if the election were held today, there is one person that would crush Trump and she hasn’t announced yet and her last name rhymes with Obama. In fact, it is Obama. Michelle Obama. She is a beloved American and she would go in there and she would beat him. She would beat him in the debates, he wouldn’t be able to bully her, he wouldn’t be able to nickname her.

Moore claims that Big Mike is wildly popular and can motivate Demonrats to vote in 2020, as shown by its “Becoming” book tour, where it filled “15,000-seat arenas”:

“She takes the stage and she’s so powerful and so good, you just look at that and think ‘of course she could win. But everyone’s now saying she’s not going to run. Well, has anyone asked her?… If asked to serve, I believe she would serve.”

I say, “Bring it on!”

What’s that swinging in Michelle Obama’s pants?

H/t Vivian Lee

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We have a winner!

. . . for FOTM’s 204th Caption Contest!

This was a quite competitive contest, with three outstanding captions contending for first place.

The writers of FOTM voted for what each considered to be the best (#1) and second-best (#2) captions. Each #1 vote is worth 4 points; a #2 vote is worth 2 points.

And the winner of the 204th FOTM Caption Contest, with two #1 votes and three #2 votes, totaling a whopping 14 points, is . . .

William!

Here is the brilliant winning caption:

Bernie, suddenly aware that he is being photographed, attempts to conceal his copy of The Communist Manifesto.

Cornell and kjf are both in second place, each with two #1 votes and one #2 vote, totaling 10 points each. Here are their captions:

Cornell: “FLY AIR MARXISM!”

kjf: “Why could Mossad not upgrade me to Epstein’s plane?”

Ron W is in 3rd place, with one #1 vote and one #2 vote, totaling 6 points. Here is his caption:

As a quote I’ve seen says, “Socialism is not for the socialist.”

Goldbug is in 4th place, with one #1 vote and 4 points. Here is the caption:

Wow, was she good or what? And only fifty bucks?

Kevin Lankford and Jackie Puppet are in 5th place, each with one #2 vote and 2 points. Here are their captions:

Kevin Lankford: “No!…No!!…I tell ya!…You know I would not lie. I’m sure they told me this was the [W]orst class.”

Jackie Puppet: “Some of us are more equal than others!”

WELL DONE, EVERYONE!

Congratulations, William!

Here is your super-duper Award of Excellence, all ready for framing!

For all the other caption submissions, go here.

Be here tomorrow for our next, very exciting Caption Contest!

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