Post third debate Trump news

While most Republicans will accept the results of the election, “Mr. Rigged” said “I will tell you at the time; I will keep you in suspense”. What does that tell you.

The day after the debate, Donald Trump Says “…I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election, if I win.” He said “if” and not “when”. So maybe he is unsure he will win.

In his past, Trump calling the Emmy Awards rigged when he didn’t win an award. “This is how Donald thinks. It’s funny, but it’s also really troubling” said Clinton.

When asked about Trump’s decision to wait until the results are released before accepting [or not] the results, “So, you know, absent widespread fraud and irregularities, then, we’ll see,” Kellyanne Conway, his campaign manager said. “What he’s saying is we have to see what happens.” So if he wins he’ll accept no matter if there are fraud and irregularities. He won’t accept if he loses. Sounds like a sore loser. Not surprised with his giant ego.

Conway tried to compare it with Al Gore initially not accepting the 2000 election. But that was a different reason where Florida decided the election. In this case Trump has been calling a “rigged” election even before the voting began.

Meanwhile, Trump’s daughter Ivanka, arguably his most influential adviser, said that her father would “do the right thing”. [Dropping out would be the real right thing – but it is too late.]

Acting like he knows nothing [as usual], former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says “There are indications of a lot of fraud around by the Clintons.” Oh ya?

Trump said that “from Pew report and other places – millions of people that are registered to vote that shouldn’t be registered to vote.” A 2012 report from the Pew Charitable Trusts found that 24 million voter registrations on the books were either no longer valid or inaccurate in some way. Some were failures to remove names of people who had died or moved, blamed on “antiquated” state registration systems. But the report didn’t find or even discuss any evidence of voting fraud.

Mike Pence says that “we will absolutely accept the result of the election” even if the election is rigged.

“Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naïve!” Trump tweeted. He also said at a rally that “voter fraud is very, very common.” [A study by a Loyola Law School professor found that out of 1 billion votes cast in all American elections between 2000 and 2014, there were only 31 known cases of impersonation fraud.]

“People that have died 10 years ago are still voting. Illegal immigrants are voting. I mean, where are the street smarts of some of these politicians? So many cities are corrupt,” Trump added, “and voter fraud is very, very common.” And yet, statistics say otherwise.

Trump also has concerns about the integrity of the voting system — especially in cities, like Philadelphia, with large minority populations. So he’s going after minorities –those that will most likely not vote for him.

Trump also cited a controversial 2014 op-ed in The Washington Post by a group of professors at Old Dominion University promoting their research concluding that “enough” non-citizens have voted in recent elections that their participation could plausibly change the outcome of close elections. the authors were prompted to issue a follow-up defense.

Trump has said the only way he could lose Pennsylvania is if there is “cheating,” and singled out Philadelphia as a city to watch and yet Pennsylvania votes mostly for the Democrats. Philadelphia has a large minority population. So trump has little chance in winning the city.

“You want me to (say) that I think the election in Philadelphia and Chicago is going to be fair? I would have to be a moron to say that,” Rudy Giuliani said. He’s already one.

Buying into Trump’s “rigged election” nonsense [and he would buy anything Trump says], “I’m sorry, dead people generally vote for Democrats rather than Republicans,” Rudy Giuliani told CNN after taking Trump’s cue that many votes are illegal and mostly done by Democratic votes – again no proof. Giuliani claims some people voted up to ten times in 2012. He did admit that a gap of more than a few percentage points in the results nullifies the cheating.

“There were machines that already had hundreds of votes on them [in the 1989 New York mayoral election],” Giuliani said. “When they open that machine — if you don’t have your poll watcher there to look at the back of it, you could start off the election in that district down 100 votes, down 200 votes, down 300 votes.” Of course if this was true [when they opened the machine], the machine should of immediately been removed from the election.

Regarding the nine women complaining about sexual harassment, “Those stories have been largely debunked,” and says Hillary Clinton’s campaign is behind it. Where was it debunked? Trump said he would release proof and never did. For one woman, six colleagues and close friends of the woman have since come forward to corroborate her story, including a People news editor, a co-worker and a friend who said the woman told her about the alleged attack the following day.

When Trump said “Nobody has more respect for women than I do. Nobody.” The moderator asks the audience to stop laughing.

Trump is even denying that he said he could not possibly have done those things to those women because they were not attractive enough but did so at an October 13th rally.

Trump denied the accusations, saying the women coming forward “either want fame or her campaign did it.”

After at least 9 women claimed that Trump groped or kissed them, Trump said he had proof that there were all lies. So far only a cousin of one of the women came forward claiming the woman had praised Trump. The cousin is said to be a huge Trump supporter. No other proof that they didn’t happen as Trump claimed that he had.

“Can’t believe these totally phony stories, 100% made up by women (many already proven false) and pushed big time by press, have impact!” said Trump in a tweet. But where is the proof? We are still waiting and yet in rallies he says he’s given proof.

Melania Trump tried to defend her husband saying he was “egged on”. But he [or someone] obviously told her what to say because she wasn’t there. Egged on? Is he a child [maybe] that he doesn’t know what he was saying? He is an adult [supposedly].

“They [Democrats] want to damage the presidency of my husband…” said Melina Trump – but her comment sounds like the hubby has already been elected. Maybe the hubby has rigged the votes already.

Trump backed Supreme Court justices who would overturn the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling and said that a Clinton government would allow abortions even just before birth.

When Trump said “We’re not making things anymore, relatively speaking”, U.S. factory production has more than doubled since 1979, when manufacturing employment was at its peak. Employment has dropped but production is at the highest ever set just before the eve of the Great Recession in 2007.

According to the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, they predict Trump would add $5.3 trillion over 10 years to the debt compared to $200 billion for Clinton’s plan.

Trump says under his plan U.S. would have “more free trade than we have right now.” Wonder with whom. He wants to scrap NAFTA and the TPP. Those partners won’t be too happy.

Trump said “Our country is stagnant. We’ve lost our jobs, we’ve lost our businesses. We’re not making anything anymore.” He should know. His “Make America Great Again” aren’t completely made in the US.

Trump claims that “they [Russian] create warheads. We can’t.” Ridiculous as it sounds. The current treaty from 2010 restricts each country to a total of 1,550 warheads deployed on bombers, submarines and in underground silos and requires that this limit be reached by February 2018. This shows again he still knows nothing about foreign policies.

Trump says “Her plan is going to raise taxes and even double your taxes.” Clinton’s plan wouldn’t raise taxes at all for 95 per cent of Americans, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. The very wealthiest would take the greatest hit, though a doubling is highly questionable.

As a senator from New York, Clinton did support the 2006 Secure Fence Act, which authorized the construction of hundreds of miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. Nearly 700 miles of fencing was put in place during President George W. Bush’s second term and the beginning of President Barack Obama’s first term. The fencing is placed largely in urban areas along the nearly 2,000-mile frontier. It is not the type of solid wall that Trump has pledged to construct at Mexico’s expense. The fence has miles-long gaps.

Trump said “Last week … they came out with an anemic jobs report. A terrible jobs report.” But the September jobs report that Trump calls “terrible” is actually viewed by most economists as encouraging.

As well, Trump said under Hillary Clinton, “$6 billion went missing” at the State Department. In 2014, the State Department’s inspector general released an alert warning that the documentation for $6 billion in State Department contracts was incomplete. But there’s no reason to think that all occurred under Clinton. The inspector general, Steve Linnick, specifically disavowed the conclusion that the money went missing.

Trump claims that “President Obama has moved millions of people out … millions of people have been moved out of this country.” Actually Obama has overseen the deportation of more than 2.5 million immigrants since taking office in January 2009.

Trump references heroin “pouring” over borders and affecting communities in New Hampshire. Seriously?

During the first debate, traffic on news and media sites increased by 58 percent from 8:40 pm ET to 10:50 pm ET. Traffic on social media sites increased by 26 percent from 8:40 pm ET to 10:50 pm ET. There was also a spike of up to 3000 percent to media sites fact checkers when Hillary Clinton referenced her own website and its fact checkers.

There was an eight percent decrease in traffic during the second debate whereas new media social traffic had a three percent increase. After the debate, there was a 500 percent spike in traffic as people went to check information heard during the debate.

Trump ledged to fire or discipline Veterans Administration employees who fail veterans or breach the public trust. He also would create a “White House hotline” dedicated to veterans. If a valid complaint is not addressed, “I will pick up the phone and fix it myself if I have to,” Trump said. You think he’ll answer the phone?

Trump invited Barack Obama’s half-brother from Kenya as well as the mother of a Benghazi victim [Sean Smith]. The New York Post reported that Malik Obama called now-deceased Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi one of his best friends — a potential source of awkwardness for Smith’s mother. Malik Obama is an American and supports Trump. [After all the birthed issue from Trump for the last 5 years, I guess he believes Malik is an American now.] Smith claims that Clinton “murdered him [her son]”.

“This entire campaign comes down to a single question: If Hillary Clinton can’t give us the truth, why should we give her the presidency?” Smith said to cheers on the convention’s opening night of the Republican convention. Has Trump given any truths yet?

Clinton invited HP CEO Meg Whitman, a long-time Republican, and Mark Cuban who isn’t a fan of Trump. Cuban once ran unsuccessfully for the Republican candidate for governor in California. Trump lashed out at Cuban for attending the debate with Clinton, calling him “dopey.” [Very presidential-like there, Donald.]

“Bernie Madoff now has a better brand [than Trump],” Trump nemesis Mark Cuban wrote in reference to the infamously disgraced fraudster and former stockbroker. After the video tape’s release that Trump’s actions could make employees at his properties “toxic and unemployable.”

According to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll, conducted among 1,999 registered voters in the week after the second presidential debate, 73 percent of Republican voters now worry that their votes will not be counted. I guess it shows you that if the majority of Republican votes to still want to vote for Trump then they are dumb enough to believe him.

Trump told supporters at a rally that the Justice Department’s handling of the probe into Clinton’s email server let her off the hook and suggested that both Democrats and Republicans in Congress went along with it.

Trump claimed that there is a “whole sinister deal going on” that has prevented Ryan and other Republican leaders from fully backing his campaign but he didn’t elaborate [as usual]. Trump noted that Ryan didn’t call and say “good going” after his performance in the second debate. He’s expecting positive [only] comments from everyone?

Trump was a constant target for comedian Billy Crystal, who at one point compared the Republican candidate to hurricane season: “Think about it: It starts with a lot of hot air spinning out of control. It hits America, causes a lot of damage and panic. But it’s completely over by November.”

After a GOP office in Democratic leaning North Carolina was firebombed Trump tweeted “Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County because we are winning @NCGOP.” Unsure what he is winning there when 75% of the vote went to the Democrats in the last election.

After Clinton tweeted that she was hoping everyone were OK, the North Carolina Republican Party tweeted its appreciation in response. “Thank you for your thoughts & prayers, Sec. @HillaryClinton.”

“The failing @nytimes reporters don’t even call us anymore, they just write whatever they want to write, making up sources along the way!” tweeted Trump. Not surprised since Trump will end up denying everything and then exaggerate anything he does say [with nothing to back up what he said].

Trump wants Saturday Night Live to be shut down claiming it has run its course. Meanwhile, SNL has had great ratings this season – partially due to the topics that Trump creates. He didn’t say anything prior to the latest episode. In that episode, it had Alec Baldwin portraying him. So he can’t take any criticism. I wouldn’t say Clinton’s actress on SNL portrayed her much better [blinded to what’s going on].

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani told a crowd that Hillary Clinton had falsely claimed to have been in New York on Sept. 11, 2001 – an incorrect claim he took back a few hours later. [Clinton came into New York the day after since she was in Washington on that day.] Giuliani thought he heard Clinton said that she was in New York that day.

Oh another Trump week

Donald Trump heatedly rejected the growing list of sexual assault allegations against him as “pure fiction”, hammering his female accusers [at least 9 of them] as “horrible, horrible liars”. Similar behavior was detailed by women who accused Trump in articles published by The New York Times and the Palm Beach Post.

[If one made claims or even two, there could be some doubt. But when at least five – that doubt diminishes. Add to the tape and his overall comments about women.]

Trump claims that he wouldn’t be caught with any of them women whom have come forward but he is comparing what they look now and not when the allegations occurred – some thirty years or more ago.

He was preparing evidence that would discredit his female accusers and he claimed he would do it at the right time. [This is the equivalent of code word meaning he has nothing and is trying to dig up dirt – most likely to discredit them instead of the accusations.] He said he “never met” some of the women. At least one accuser said it happened about a year after the marriage of his third [and current – for now] wife who was pregnant at the time.

“These vicious claims about me, of inappropriate conduct with women, are totally and absolutely false. And the Clintons know it,” he said. He offered no evidence discrediting the new reports except to ask why his accusers had waited years and then made their allegations less than a month before the election. Aside from the Clintons, he’s blaming the left wing media and even the Republican party.

Trump campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, who earlier in the week highlighted a Clinton tweet that said “every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.” Conway hoped to encourage more women to come forward with allegations against Bill Clinton but instead are coming out against Trump.

Trump tried to force The New York Times to retract their article “Two women Say Donald Trump Touched Them Inappropriately”. The times lawyers sent Trump’s lawyers a reply that they could shove it [not in those words] and “we welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight”. Here is Trump’s lawyers’ request. [The webmaster should of numbered these. There could be more.]

Meanwhile, some pageant contestants claim Trump would visit them while in various state of undress [usually while changing into or out of bikinis] at his pageants when he owned them. He would stay there long enough and the contestants wouldn’t have enough time to cover up when he came in. [Maybe goes with his lust for young women.]

On the “Apprentice” show that was hosted by Trump, “Trump repeatedly demeaned women with sexist language” and “said he rated female contestants by the size of their breasts and talked about which ones he’d like to have sex with.” Supposedly there could be footage. But “Apprentice” producer Mark Burnett and his company’s owner, MGM, said that that he and MGM have “various contractual and legal requirements also restrict MGM’s ability to release such material.”

There is even an unverified claim that there’s a contractual penalty of $5 million for any Burnett employee who disclosed proprietary information about the show.”

Trump running mate Mike Pence ditched the national reporters who pay to travel with his campaign in Pennsylvania because of the questions asked.

Anyone ever notice that while the presidential candidate is above the running mate, when you compare Clinton and Tim Kaine, they are generally the same font size but Trump’s name is generally double the size of Pence?

Trump suggested that Clinton has been “getting pumped up” with performance-enhancing drugs and challenged Clinton to take a drug test before the final debate next week. Trump argued that Clinton was more energetic during the beginning of their debate last Sunday, but lost her steam by the end of the debate. He offered no evidence to back up his wild claim. “Athletes, they make them take a drug test. I think we should take a drug test prior to the debate,” Trump said. “I’m willing to do it.” Athletes are tested for cheating.

Trump finds another “broken,” “rigged” and “disastrous” policy to undo or abolish and then he says “I alone can fix it.”

“The truth is our immigration system is worse than anybody ever realized,” but offers no proof.

“I’m telling you, November 8th, we’d better be careful because that election is going to be rigged,” again with no proof.

“If the disgusting and corrupt media covered me honestly and didn’t put false meaning into the words I say, I would be beating Hillary by 20%.” Sure Donald.

“Because of me, everyone now sees that the Republican primary system is totally rigged and broken,” said Trump – but if it’s rigged, how did he win?

“I mean, PACs — you know, these super PACs are a disaster, by the way, folks,” said Trump but he uses their money – well the few that support him.

“Because of NAFTA, signed by (Hillary Clinton’s) husband, is perhaps the greatest disaster trade deal in the history of the world. Not in this country. It stripped us of manufacturing jobs,” Trump said but again with no way to prove this.

Even after shocking Americans in the debate regarding prosecuting Hillary Clinton for her mail server issues, Trump continues to push the subject even though Clinton was cleared by the Department of Justice and there was no indication that the server was compromised. [For all we know there server was more secure than the government servers – some of which had breaches.]

Trump claimed that there is a “whole sinister deal going on” that has prevented Ryan and other Republican leaders from fully backing his campaign but he didn’t elaborate. Of course no explanation of what “deal”.

Remember that in 2006, he suggested that if Ivanka Trump weren’t his daughter, “perhaps I’d be dating her.” And a review of hours of audio from the Republican nominee’s appearances on the Howard Stern show spanning nearly two decades, found Trump commenting on Ivanka Trump’s body more than once, including an exchange about her breast size. In September 2004, Stern asked Donald Trump whether he could refer to Ivanka Trump as a “piece of ass.” Trump, responded affirmatively, saying that he could. Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said that Ivanka and her father have a “beautiful relationship.”

Catholic and evangelical groups slammed Hillary Clinton’s campaign in a statement Thursday over comments revealed in the WikiLeaks emails hack between two high-level campaign officials. Dozens of religious leaders who signed the statement expressed their “outrage at the demeaning and troubling rhetoric used by those within Secretary Clinton’s campaign.” [So exactly what do they say about Trump? Nothing. Even though I think most can agree the “demeaning and troubling rhetoric” from the Trump campaign is more serious – aside from the recent allegations against Trump as well as previously mentioned throughout the campaign.

A [Canadian] CTV senior political commentator compared Trump’s rhetoric to Benito Mussolini who prior to World War II wanted to jail opposition leaders, segregation, etc.

At one rally, there were signs up saying “Blacks for Trump” behind Trump and yet you could only see one person who would be considered black. The others may or may not have been. [Unsure why Trump even bothers. The percentage of blacks saying they would vote for him is very low.]

A poll from the right leaning Fox News says that Clinton has a 7% lead. The majority of respondents said they did not believe Trump was qualified to be president, while 68% of them said Clinton was either “somewhat” or “very” qualified for the job. Additionally, a slim majority said Clinton was a “good role model,” while only one-in-five said the same for the Republican nominee.

Trump’s health plans offers nothing for fathers, or men who adopt, and that Trump hotels do not provide workers with paid maternity leave. [Ivanka Trump had said they do.] Donald Trump’s comments about how worker pregnancies are bad for employers had indeed been reported far and wide, despite Ivanka Trump’s attempts to say it was never mentioned.

Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski parted ways with Trump in mid-June but his Green Monster firm received a $20,000 payment for “strategy consulting” on August 11, the same amount it has regularly been paid for months. [So he gets paid the same for less work. Nice.]

An Arizona newspaper is supporting a Democrat for the first time in over 100 years.

When morning TV news host Mika Brzezinski made some comments about Trump, Trump tweeted “Just heard that crazy and very dumb (Mika) had a mental breakdown while talking about me.” Now we know why the media doesn’t like Trump, according to Trump.

Reid Hoffman, the cofounder and executive chairman of LinkedIn pledged to donate up to $5 million to veterans organizations if Donald Trump releases his tax returns before the final presidential debate.

Trump’s running mate Pence and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani have been comparing Trump to Reagan. Yikes!

End of the line for Samsung Galaxy Note?

It’s been a bad couple of months for Samsung. First the Galaxy Note 7 had to be recalled due to supposedly battery issues. Then when they thought they had fixed the problem additional [supposedly] battery problems occurred.

After all this, Samsung decided they were better off to discontinue the model [as of this time, not the line].

I am wondering if they will even discontinue the Notes line after this mess. The name is tainted. Few would want to go back to a [say] “Note 8”.

This is probably the worst disaster in technology. Rivals include Microsoft Bob [Remember that? I don’t want to.] and Google+ [Google’s third stab at a social network and with probably billion poured in and it has failed]. No, I don’t consider Microsoft’s Vista a failure.

If there is a bright spot to all this, Samsung has suggested that those returning could either get a refund or choose the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge in exchange. This would actually boost the market share for the Galaxy S7. If Samsung discontinues the Notes line continue, I would suspect many would choose the stable Galaxy S7.

On the other hand this problem will also help sales for Apple’s iPhone 7 as well as other makers.

Samsung is offering $100 [US] if you stick with another Samsung cell phone or just $25 if you jump ship.

Some mail services such as UK’s Royal Mail are refusing to ship Note 7 devices back no matter how they are packed – even with special fireproof boxes that Samsung is offering. FedEx and UP have very specific requirements. So you may want to verify with your shipping company first.


Post debate #2 Trump news

A week ago, most could of said that they would have to wait well past midnight [eastern time zone] before the results of the elections on November 8th would be announced. But as of late last week, the US could have a new President before the pacific time zone results are announced.

While the first Presidential debate was sort of like an exhibition game, the second debate ids like the Super Bowl. Particularly after the week Donald Trump had [think – talk on a video about women].

“This is locker room talk. I’m not proud of it. I apologize…” and yet according to reports, “locker room talk” is usually about other things.

Even with the 2005 video Trump said “No, I didn’t say that at all” when asked whether the predatory behavior with women that he described in a 2005 video amounted to sexual assault.

Trump claimed that “Hillary Clinton attacked those same women and attacked them viciously.” But no evidence, as usual. Hillary Clinton was also quoted over the years making disparaging comments about other women linked with her husband. What is lacking is proof that she engineered efforts to smear their reputation.

Trump had said he’d instruct his attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor who would investigate the tens of thousands of emails that Clinton deleted when she was secretary of state and would jail her if found guilty. The threat was made during the debate – an unprecedented break with U.S. political decorum. [I would guess Trump would say to the guy to “investigate” for a week to make it look like you did some work. 24 hours isn’t enough. Maybe take just over 2 weeks but take a vacation for 2 weeks.”] Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway , is dismissing it as “a quip”.

If Trump wants to go after Bill Clinton with his alleged abuse to women, what about his alleged rape of at 13 year old in 1994 with Jeffrey Epstein. While she did meet Trump and Epstein on 4 occasions, she described the fourth as a “savage sexual attack” after which he threatened that she and her family would be “physically harmed if not killed.”

When asked whether Trump used the $916 million tax loss, Trump said “Of course I do… I understand the tax code better than anybody that has ever run for president… very interesting why she’s leaving carried interest… I absolutely used it and so did Warren Buffett and so did … Soros and many of the people Clinton is getting money from.” He’s a tax specialist or his accountants are?

Investor Warren Buffett says he’s never used the kind of tax deduction that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump did, and Buffett says he’s paid taxes every year for 72 years.

Trump said “We have to be sure that Muslims come in and report when they see something going on… As an example, in San Bernardino, many people saw the bombs all over the apartment of the two people that killed 14 and wounded many, many people…” According to research by New America, of the more than 360 jihadist terrorism cases since 9/11 in the US, more than a quarter were precipitated by tips from the Muslim community or from family members. Only 12 of those 360 were refugees. 81% of the 360 jihadist terrorism cases since 9/11 have involved American citizens or legal residents.

“I would not have had our troops in Iraq” but he did claim to look warm support of the war in a 2002 interview with Howard Stern.

Trump said that “I don’t like Assad at all. But Assad is killing ISIS. Russia is killing ISIS.” But in fact it is partially true as Assad is going after anyone other than Syrian and Russian forces. Even those “rebels” fighting ISIS are terrorists to him.

Asked whether he had ever sexually assaulted a woman: “No, I have not.” Trump’s first wife, Ivana Trump, accused him of rape in a deposition in the early 1990s. She later said she didn’t mean it literally, but rather that she felt violated. Trump was also sued for sexual harassment in 1997 by Jill Harth. Harth said Trump ran his hands up her skirt during dinner in 1992, and on another occasion, she said Trump tried to force himself on her in his daughter Ivanka’s bedroom.

Trump said “She is raising your taxes and I am lowering your taxes. …She’s raising everybody’s taxes massively.” Clinton is not raising taxes on “everybody.” Nearly all of Hillary Clinton’s proposed tax increases would affect the wealthiest 5 per cent of Americans, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

Trump is proposing massive tax cuts for both individuals and businesses. The conservative Tax Foundation estimates that the bottom 80 per cent of taxpayers would see their after-tax income rise from 0.8 per cent to 1.9 per cent. The wealthiest 1 per cent would see their after-tax incomes rise at least 10.2 per cent to 16 per cent.

Trump’s plan eliminates the personal exemption, which currently allows households to reduce their taxable income by $4,050 for each member of the household, including children. He would replace that with higher deductions, but for many single parents and families with three or more children, the standard deduction wouldn’t be large enough to offset the loss of personal exemptions.

While Trump wants to completely dump “Obamacare”, the Republicans have expressed support for some goals of the health care law, such as assuring that people with health problems can get coverage, but whether a GOP replacement plan would work as well remains to be seen. Trump’s own plan was recently evaluated by the Commonwealth Fund and the RAND Corporation, and the analysis found would increase the number of uninsured people by about 20 million.

Seems Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, can’t even agree on their platform with Trump saying things in the debate that contradicted Pence. Pence himself is sticking with Trump even after the 2005 video release. [Pence’s political career could be finished with a loss in 4 weeks].

20 judges that are “very beautifully reviewed”? How do you get beautifully reviewed? [And how many of them are blonde women?]

Trump claims that Clinton made a pile of money while as Secretary of State. Ummmm. I believe her tax returns would probably state she made little money other that what she was paid as a government employee.

“She has tremendous hate in her heart.” Sure Donald.

Trump claimed more murders in the last 45 years. Easy to verify on a US government web site. False.

“Long term works of the FBI are furious” according to Trump. Wow. He knows them all? Long term? Not short term?

Already Trump has stated that it was 3-1 against him [the 2 commentators and Clinton versus Trump]. So I am wondering what Trump will say about the commentators after the debate.

Already trump is threatening to go after the Clintons if any further tapes are released. Uh. It was not the Clintons or her campaign that released the 2005 tape.

Saying he has 25 million followers between Facebook and Twitter may be the only thing factual he has said. Didn’t look at Twitter but he has 11 million on Facebook.

Trump claimed that by announcing where coalition forces will be attacking, the ISIS leadership and fighters can leave the area. But debate co-moderator Martha Raddatz of ABC News gently suggested that the U.S. military might have an actual strategy in making these announcements, proffering that they could be “psychological warfare” or so civilians can flee.

Trump seems unaware that at a peak of 45,000 ISIS fighters [according to US Army Lt. General Sean McFarland] there are now under 20,000 two years later.

Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is pushing Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to be more loyal and supportive of the Republican nominee, according to a source familiar with the conversations. The move reflects a sense within Trump’s family that Priebus is being too negative and the fallout from Trump’s tape may not be as bad as it seems.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did not accompany Trump’s family and other close advisers on his campaign plane to St. Louis the debate with Hillary Clinton. Christie had taken the reins of Trump’s debate preparation and was at Trump’s town hall in New Hampshire – an event that advisers planned to familiarize Trump with a style he hadn’t practiced.

Christie said he was still grappling with Trump’s comments from the video, calling them “indefensible.” He said he still supported Trump “at this point” but was thinking about that.

Donald Trump built the Trump Taj Mahal casino and once called it “the eighth wonder of the world.” Not even a day after the debate, the Taj Mahal shuttered its doors amid a strike by union members that lasted over 100 days. There is talk that Trump friend and fellow billionaire Carl Icahn will keep the casino closed over the winter while renovating it and open with non-unionized staff. Icahn owns the casino – not Trump.

Trump stepped up his fierce attacks on his own party leaders, promising to teach Republicans who oppose him a lesson and fight for the presidency “the way I want to.” He called House Speaker Paul Ryan “weak and ineffective,” Sen. John McCain “very foul-mouthed” and “disloyal” Republicans “far more difficult than Crooked Hillary.”

More than two dozen high-profile figures — including the 2008 Republican nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain, Paul Ryan, and 15 other senators — said they no longer supported their party’s nominee.

Donald J. Trump demanded that the Republican co-chairman of the Presidential Commission on Debates step down, intensifying a clash that could precipitate Mr. Trump’s withdrawal from the third and final debate. The move followed an extraordinary backstage confrontation on Sunday night between Mr. Trump’s campaign and the commission co-chairman, Frank Fahrenkopf Jr., who blocked Mr. Trump from giving his V.I.P. box seats to a group of women who have accused former President Bill Clinton of making unwanted sexual advances. Maybe Trump’s excuse to get out of the debate as the results from the debate seem to indicate either a draw or slightly favoring Clinton.

But Fahrenkopf insisted that the agreement with the commission and the two campaigns allowed only family members in those seats. The commission denied the Clintons’ request that Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri be seated in their box.

A sexual-assault victim [she was 12 years old] who is critical of Hillary Clinton [Clinton defended the alleged assaulter 40+ years ago] and who appeared alongside Donald Trump before Sunday night’s debate was paid $2,500 by a political action committee founded by a Trump ally, Roger Stone. The woman has accused Clinton of crossing ethical bounds in the case. So 40+ years ago she decided to whine and the fact that Clinton represented the alleged assaulter. Last I checked, everyone requires a lawyer. Clinton had to settle for a lower deal as evidence was lost. The May payment to the woman was described as “contract labor” in campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Nice accountant doctoring.

Committee to Restore America’s Greatness PAC, founded by Roger Stone, has been trying to line up women who were allegedly assaulted by Bill Clinton or anything related to Hillary Clinton. His PAC even payed the mortgage to another accuser. Stone served as a senior adviser to Trump’s White House campaign in its early days and even claimed to be involved in the Watergate scandal. Trump’s campaign has not endorsed Stone’s PAC, and has sent the group a cease and desist letter.

After Trump’s comments in a video about women were aired, a recording of Trump on the Howard Stern’s show a number of years ago where Trump comments about his daughter’s breast size.


And another wacky week for Trump

An interview on Access Hollywood that was never aired came to light in the fall of 2005. In it, Donald Trump bragged about trying to have sex with a married woman and being able to grope women. Trump is heard discussing women in vulgar terms during off-camera banter during the taping of a segment for “Access Hollywood,” footage which was obtained by The Washington Post.

During the lewd conversation captured by a microphone Trump was wearing on his lapel, Trump recounts how he tried to have sex with an unidentified married woman before bragging that he is “automatically attracted to beautiful (women)” and just starts “kissing them.” The conversation came just months after Trump married his third and current wife, Melania. [That should be an interesting topic in their next meal.]

In the video he also claims that celebrities like him get a free pass to kiss and grope women.

“Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course – not even close.” But as this is Trump, Bill Clinton either never said anything or Trump exaggerated…. As usual.

“Hillary Clinton was married to the single greatest abuser of women in the history of politics,” Trump told the New York Times in a recent interview. “Hillary was an enabler, and she attacked the women who Bill Clinton mistreated afterward. I think it’s a serious problem for them, and it’s something that I’m considering talking about more in the near future.” More over-exaggeration.

He even apologized for the first time since…. Who knows, by saying “”This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago…. I apologize if anyone was offended.” I think it makes little difference. With the way information is stored for years now anything can be dug up. This should cause quite a few ripples in the campaign.

Trump has been criticized in this campaign for derogatory and lewd comments about women, including some made on TV and live radio. In a recent interview, Trump said that those comments were made for entertainment. Being the President of the US isn’t an entertainment stunt. He then said “There’s nobody that has more respect for women than I do.” Well you don’t make vulgar comments about them if you respect them.

As part of the backlash, Republicans have started to distance them from him. Even his running mate, Mike Pence, avoided the issue in public. Pence was “beside himself” and his wife was furious, according to a person familiar with their thinking. Many of them don’t want to be associated with him for the fear of losing their own election battles.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is no longer attending an event with him scheduled the day after a tape surfaced of Trump crudely saying he had open season to grope and kiss women because he was famous.

To add to the mess, on the same day Trump had [as usual] unsubstantiated claim about immigrants in the U.S. illegally voting in a previous election.

The New York Times report that the Republican presidential nominee reported a $916 million loss in 1995 — and could have gone 18 years without paying federal income taxes as a result — has set off new questions about Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns and his business acumen.

Some [like Rudy Giuliani] suggest not paying taxes makes Trump a “genius” but he lost over $900 million in one year [and who knows how many millions before and after that year]. This is not losing money in the stock market but in income. Giuliani compared Trump’s losses to “I mean, people like Steve Jobs were fired by Apple and came all the way back.” Problem is that there is no indication Jobs lost $900+ million in a single year.

Giuliani argued that Trump could have faced legal trouble for paying more than necessary in taxes. CNN’s Jake Tapper asked: “Sued by who? Who would sue him for paying personal income taxes?” “Investors in his business, people who loan money to his business, banks that loan money to his business,” Giuliani said. Uh huh.

Trump whined that why didn’t Clinton change the tax laws after she commented that he didn’t pay taxes. Does he forget that she was secretary of state and not the treasurer or the President.

A report leaked out that Trumps campaigned sent out tweets that his campaign won the debate…. Before the debate began.

With roughly a month until Election Day, the campaign has yet to schedule the $100 million in television advertising that his campaign boasted about just two weeks ago. The campaign has just half that amount scheduled.

“When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat, they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over. And you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it. And they see horror stories, they see events that you couldn’t see in a movie — nobody would believe it,” Trump said. So Trump basically told a room full of veterans that PTSD only affects those who aren’t “strong”. This coming from someone who never served in the armed forces.

In an unusual move after the US government accused Russia of hacking into the DNC servers and interfering in the election, diplomats said that Russia had lodged a formal complaint with the United Nations over a top U.N. official’s condemnations of Trump.

When Eric Trump said his father would release his tax returns when Clinton releases the 30,000 Emails, it showed that it is like a negotiation and nothing is stopping Donald Trump from releasing his tax returns. No audit issues which Trump says exist.

Surprisingly, after the first debate Trump told CNN he thought Holt did a “great job” and described the questions as “very fair.” But his aides and advisors said that the first debate’s moderator, NBC’s Lester Holt, didn’t ask Clinton questions about controversies like the Clinton Foundation or the 2012 Benghazi attack — while grilling Trump on his birtherism and his refusal to release his tax returns.

Trump claims that every “online poll” said he won the first debate. Then he said most polls. When he was at a rally he said the debate was “rigged”. When he stepped off the stage, he told a CNN guy he did very well. Huh? If rigged, how did he win?

Mike Pence claimed Trump used the tax code “brilliantly” during a “tough time” during the vice-presidential debate. Who’s tough time? Was there a recession in 1990? [It came after 1990.] Maybe Trump had a “tough time”.

Pence also picked and choose which questions he wanted to answer ignoring Trump’s criticisms of a federal judge, women and immigrants – for example.

Oh well. Trumps alma matter, Wharton College at the University of Pennsylvania, have distanced themselves from him.

Upsetting Nevadans, Trump mispronounced Nevada – always a sticky point with them.

Donald Trump wanted to fire female employees he considered unattractive and replace them with better-looking women at a golf resort he owned, according to court documents from a 2012 lawsuit. The lawsuit that alleges Trump pressured employees at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos to replace those he viewed to be unattractive female employees over a number of years in the 2000s. Management rotated employees schedules “so that the most attractive women were scheduled to work when Mr. Trump was scheduled to be at the club.” They also allege that Trump himself made inappropriate and unprofessional comments toward female employees. According to the LA Times’ report, “the bulk of the lawsuit was settled in 2013” with a $475,000 payment to plaintiff employees without any admission of wrongdoing.

In Iowa days after the debate, Trump said, “Raise your hand, Christian conservatives everybody,” It drew a smattering of cheers and raised arms. And then, he added: “Raise your hand if you’re not a Christian conservative, I want to see this, right. That’s — oh, there’s a couple, but that’s all right. I think we’ll keep them right? Should we keep them in the room, yes? I think so.” That raised a few eyebrows.

Trump has taken his political attacks a step further, questioning, with no evidence, whether the Democratic nominee is “loyal” to her husband. “I don’t even think she’s loyal to Bill, if you want to know the truth. And really folks, really, why should she be?”

Rudy Giuliani answered the charge that he faces accusations of infidelity recently by saying it’s not just him. “Everybody does,” the former New York City mayor and Donald Trump supporter said. Uh huh. “And I think your bringing up my personal life really is kind of irrelevant to what Hillary Clinton did. She’s running for president, I’m not,” said Giuliani – this after being married for the third time. What did Hillary Clinton do?

When mayor of New York City, Giuliani married his second cousin and used the NYPD to provide chauffeur and security services to his mistress.

Barbara Bush, a daughter of former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush, attended a Hillary Clinton fundraiser in Paris, according a source familiar with the event.

Trump isn’t too popular in Canada. If Canada could vote more than half of the population would vote for Clinton while just over a quarter would vote for Trump. The undecided dropped from 40% in a previous poll to under 20%.

Last December, someone tried to organize a rally in Toronto at the Trump Tower through a Facebook page. 5 people said they were going. In the end not even the organizer showed up. No one did.

With just 15% of Americans in Canada voting [if using the statistics from the last election], the Democratic party is trying to change that. They have teams in Canada trying to get Americans there to vote. No groups for Republicans.

Trump had floated the idea of creating a super PAC to oppose any future Ted Cruz runs for public office.


Post debate news

Some interesting quotes and comments from Donald Trump on debate night:

Trump’s claim that “Stop-and-frisk had a tremendous impact on the safety of New York City” but the murder rate has been dropping in many major US cities. In the 90s New York topped 2000 a year, down to 673 in 2000 and 352 last year.

Trump claims that other “many real estate developers” were involved in a lawsuit by the Department of Justice for discriminating against black apartment seekers. In fact only him and his father were involved.

Trump also claims that “Russia’s been expanding. They have much newer capabilities than we do.” Russia has expanded the military and increased spending but still dwarfs the US.

Trump is still claiming under the nuclear deal “we gave them $150 billion back”. It was more like $100 billion but those are frozen assets of Iran.

“A trade deficit of almost … $800 billion a year.” Is what trump claims but it was $500 billion in 2015. The peak was in 2006 at $761.7 billion.

Trump says that President Barack Obama “has doubled (the national debt) in almost eight years. … When we have $20 trillion in debt.” Trump’s tax cuts would increase the deficit by $5.3 trillion over 10 years, the group found, while Clinton’s proposals would boost the deficit by $200 billion. The national debt is lower than $20 billion.

And Trump claims that “our jobs are fleeing the country. They’re going to Mexico. They’re going to many other countries. … Ford is leaving, thousands of jobs leaving Michigan, leaving Ohio.” They are building smaller autos in Mexico but no job losses in the US. Since the 2008-2009 recession under the GOP administration and the bankruptcies that followed, the auto industry has gained 300,000 jobs in the US.

“My father gave me a small loan in 1975” Is what Trump said when in fact his father gave him a $1 million loan. Trump received loan guarantees, bailouts and a drawdown from his future inheritance. He also inherited a share of his father’s real estate holdings which were eventually sold off.

Trump says “You’ve [Hillary Clinton] been fighting ISIS your entire adult life.” Clinton was an adult in 1965. ISIS started in 2013 after spinning off from al-Qaida – unless he thinks that she is 20.

Trump also says that “I’ve been under audit for almost 15 years.” Former IRS officials have expressed skepticism that anyone would be audited so frequently. A letter released by his tax attorneys never used the word audit, merely describing his tax returns under continuous examination.

Trump said he never said climate change was a hoax invented by the Chinese. But he tweeted in January 2014: “Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond. Global warming is an expensive hoax!” and in 2012 he tweeted “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

Trump accused moderator Lester Holt of a left-leaning performance and going harder on him than Clinton. Holt is actually a Republican voter – maybe until now….

In one of the more bizarre moments in presidential debate history, he floated the possibility that organizers had intentionally set his “terrible” microphone to a lower volume than Clinton’s. But his “terrible” microphone was able to pick up his sniffing. And he complained about that. So was it too good or too bad?

“She doesn’t have the look, she doesn’t have the stamina” to be president caused a bit of controversy. What look to be President? Male? White? Meanwhile he was sniffing – some suggest he may have a cold.

Trump called a Miss Universe, “Miss Piggy,” because of her weight gain, as well as, “Miss Housekeeper,” for her Latina origins.

“We have the worst revival of an economy since the Great Depression…” – Has he compared the two? Inflation is lower, unemployment is lower, economy doing well. What is Trumps indicator that the economy is as bad as the Great Depression?

Paying little taxes and “…that makes me smart…” – Sure. Whatever you say Donald. “The income is $694 million this past year… ” – You don’t want to give away your income. It makes you look like a 1%-er. Dummy. The question is how much will you be paying in taxes? 25%? 20? 15? 5? Nothing?

“(Wealthy people) are leaving our country… because taxes are too high…” – I wonder where he got this from. Americans don’t want to lose their citizenship. [Almost] Everybody wants to be an American.

In a poll taken after the debate, 56% said that Clinton won, 28% for Trump.
And in other Trump stuff…

“NAFTA is the worst trade deal maybe every signed anywhere.” – Again, according to who’s indicators?

“Under my plan, I’ll be reducing taxes tremendously from 35% to 15% for small and big businesses… It’s going to be a beautiful thing to watch.” – You reduce taxes and the government has less revenue and you pray a lot that big business will decide to invest instead of pocketing from the lower tax rate.

“I was the one who got him to produce the birth certificate…” – Sure. In 2011? How did you do that?

The Republican nominee pointed to critics who said NBC host Matt Lauer was too soft on Trump during a national security town hall. “The new person is going to try to be really hard on Trump just to show, you know, the establishment what he can do. So I think it’s very unfair what they’re doing,” says Trump. So was it unfair to Clinton that Lauer was easy on Trump? Trump in fact argued that Lauer wasn’t easy on him, but that Trump simply answered questions better than Hillary Clinton. Uh huh.

Leaked Emails from former GOP secretary of state Colin Powell calls Donald Trump “a national disgrace”. Trump used Twitter to say, “I was never a fan of Colin Powell after his weak understanding of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq disaster. We can do much better!”

In 2001, Trump running mate Mike Pence said “Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill. In fact, two out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking-related illness and nine out of 10 smokers do not contract lung cancer.” But they are still dying and smoking is a major factor. As far back as 1964, the U.S. Surgeon General stated that “smoking was a cause of human cancer and other diseases.” Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nine out of 10 lung cancers are caused by smoking cigarettes.

A Kenyan half-brother of U.S. President Barack Obama said he supports Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and not the candidate his brother has endorsed, Hillary Clinton. Malik Obama also expressed disappointment that his half-brother hasn’t done more to support his Kenyan family and the country. The president’s father was Kenyan. “I am upset and disillusioned. When he became president there was a lot of excitement and there was a lot of hope that he would do many things for us and the country,” he said. “I don’t think he has accomplished that.”

Trump has tweeted his surprise at Malik Obama’s stance: “Was probably treated badly by president – like everybody else!” Malik Obama, 58, stirred up controversy in 2010 when he took a teenager as his third wife. He ran for governor in his home county of Siaya in 2013 and lost by a landslide. He was unhappy that his half-brother did not endorse him.


Scammers at work again

Twice today I received scam calls claiming to be from some charities. One was for the disabled and wounded veterans. If you get a call and you have caller ID, the “prefix” number [i.e. the xxx in 555-xxx-####] will be odd like 150 or 175. The ones we got were like 555-175-9563 and 555-150-6628 [I removed my area code and replaced it with the generic “555”].

Ask if they know your name [don’t give it] and other relevant information. If they don’t hang up. [People can easily get basic information out of a phone book or telephone directory sites.]