Post RNC blues with Trump

With the convention ended, Donald Trump claims that the convention was the best ever convention and the party unified with no violence. I guess he didn’t see what happened outside or those who were against him who tried to force a roll call [among other things]. And he forgot that no living former Republican Presidents and nominees were at the convention. It was the longest speech in convention history at 75 minutes.

He has already stated that he will push more “law and order” in the US. Trump also declared that “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.” Uh huh. He claimed crime and illegal immigration have gone up when they didn’t. He didn’t explain how he’ll fix the crime issue [maybe other than deporting illegal immigrants]. The “law and order” phrase has been used by [just about] every GOP nominee since 1968.

According to one site, 70% of the 25 claims by Trump in his speech were false.

Trumps claim that the number of police officers who died in duty has jumped 50% compared to this time last year. More like 8% according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Intentional shootings are up about 75% [but that wasn’t his claim].

“My opponent has called for a radical 550 per cent increase in Syrian (refugees). … She proposes this despite the fact that there’s no way to screen these refugees…” No facts about the increase. Refugees are screened by Homeland Security with less coming from Syria.

“America is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world.” But the U.S. tax burden is actually the fourth lowest among the 34 developed and large emerging-market economies.

“My opponent wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment” but has not proposed any revocation of the constitutionally protected right to bear arms. She does support a ban on certain military-style weapons.

“Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens,” Trump said in his speech.

So the plagiarism speech trumped everything else in the first night of the GOP convention. How could you not say that in both speeches “….you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say …” [exactly the same] and Paul Manafort [Trump’s campaign manager] says “What she did was use words that are common words.” Common words? Common yes, but not when about 18 words in a row are identical.

Christie isn’t too smart. 93% of the speech is different. Doesn’t know how he came up with that [sounds like something Trump would do] and technically admitting that 7% is the same.

The Donald got into the act as well by tweeting something regarding his wife’s [plagiarized] speech. Someone compared that to the tweet Barak Obama did after Michelle’s speech 8 years ago and even they resemble each other!

Trump claims his wife’s speech is the most popular speech ever. Uh huh. More popular than Martin Luther King’s “I had a dream” or from the numerous quotations from previous presidents including Ronald Reagan’s “Tear down that wall”.

RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer says Melania Trump’s speech was not plagiarized, claiming similar phrases appear in many popular songs and the television show “My Little Pony.”

Sort of admitting there was a problem with Melania Trump’s speech, Donald Trump Jr. told reporters he was proud of Mrs. Trump’s speech but people in the campaign “should have cleaned it up better.”

“The Daily Show” pointed out two sentences in Donald Trump Jr.’s speech that appeared essentially verbatim in a May column by conservative writer Frank Buckley in “The American Conservative.” But Buckley said “I was a principal speechwriter for the speech. So it’s not an issue.” [So Buckley either has little new to say or likes to recycle his material.]

Tuesday night, Donald Trump’s spokesman tweeted that the campaign saw no issue with the speech and blamed the Hillary Clinton team for raising the accusations — although there was no evidence to link Clinton to the controversy.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said he “probably” would have fired his own speechwriters under similar circumstances.

A couple days after Melania Trump’s speech, Melania’s speech writer Meredith McIver claimed that Melania admired Michelle Obama. Melania read some of Michelle’s speech and McIver used it in Melania’s speech without checking. She offered to resign and Donald Trump said no. I am wondering if some of the Republicans could have called it some type of Democratic Party plot because McIver is a registered Democrat.

Ted Cruz was not expected to offer a full-throated endorsement in his speech at the convention, nor to rock the boat too much, given that his remarks were being vetted by Trump’s people. Censorship? And he didn’t. He never endorsed Trump during his speech and was booed when he left the stage. Meanwhile, he had set up a stage earlier in the day to start getting support going for 2020 – so I guess he doesn’t expect Trump to win in November.

Trump‘s top adviser Paul Manafort saying Cruz “used very bad judgment” and was “not respectful to the invitation by the convention to come and speak.” Hmmm. They knew his stance before the convention. Cruz told Trump two days prior to the convention. Do the GOP force everyone in the party to indorse the candidate? Sounds more like some far right position than a democracy. In addition, if Trump didn’t go after Cruz, his father and his wife so hard during the primaries, maybe he would of reluctantly endorse Trump. Trump said later on Twitter that Cruz’s lack of an endorsement was “no big deal!” But the day after the convention he complained about Cruz again.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said “Donald Trump won our party’s nomination because he is willing to tell the truth about the things that matter most.” Well, when did Trump say anything truthful?

Some big political names did not attending the Republican convention in Cleveland. They include the last two Republican presidents [both Bushes], Mitt Romney and John McCain. Neither are friends Tom, baseball’s Bobby Knight and boxing promoter Don King. He has included 2 of 3 VP nominees, a few of the nominees he was competing against and a bunch of celebrities [nobody really huge]. Fractured party?

A bit ridiculous that you can have a vote on a proposal just by yelling out yay or nay. When surely one side has no chance, one will drown out the other but when the two are close enough, it is not accurate. I can see some lawyers rubbing their hands.

Trump declined to speak at a conference to the NAACP citing the conference is the same weekend as the Republican convention in Cleveland while the NAACP conference is not that far away in Cincinnati.

 

Rhetoric at the convention

So as the Republican convention continues, there are a number of issues that came up.

From Ted Cruz refusal to endorse Donald Trump because Trump went after his father and wife during the primaries. At the convention Cruz was booed as he left the stage. His wife was heckled and escorted off the stage.

Republicans at their national convention are putting Hillary Clinton on mock trial, declaring her guilty and issuing sentences that include death by firing squad, in a remarkable display of political rhetoric gone wild. The Secret Service is investigating some of the comments.

“Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason,” said a state lawmaker from New Hampshire.

On the streets of Cleveland, demeaning buttons for sale say “Life’s a Bitch – Don’t Elect One” and “Trump vs. Tramp.” Others have been even harsher and more vulgar, with crude references to parts of Clinton’s body.

Former GOP presidential candidate, Ben Carson, drew a connection between Clinton and Lucifer
Meanwhile, nothing mentioned about the lives lost in the past few weeks. But Black Lives Matter critic David Clarke, a Wisconsin sheriff who drew a massive ovation by declaring “Blue Lives Matter.” Black Lives Matter people weren’t impressed.

A July Associated Press-GfK poll found just 4 per cent of blacks and 19 per cent of Hispanics would support the New York billionaire if the election were held today.

A black delegate [his fourth convention] says he’s happy that there are about 80 delegates now – up from 4 in his first convention. But that is still about 3.3% of all the GOP the delegates.

Conservative political commentator Laura Ingraham had one of the more awkward gaffes of the night, with a stilted attempt at a wave that some interpreted as a Nazi salute. https://t.co/RUbSh2gkLL

Like a true capitalist, Trump tweeted to purchase his official Trump “gear” online.

 

Windows 10 Anniversary Update released?

Unconfirmed but Windows 10 Anniversary Update may have been released with build 14393.

Microsoft had previously indicated that the release [can’t really call it RTM or Released to Manufacturing – anymore] would be about this time of the week.

Those with Windows Insider access can grab the final release of the AU. Otherwise you can wait until August 2nd.

Those who want to upgrade to Windows 10, now would be the time as you can upgrade directly to the AU instead of the v1511 build and then this AU [or v1608] build soon.

How to upgrade to Windows 10 with an old video card

If you are getting a message that your older computer can not be upgraded to Windows 10 because of an unsupported video card [a.k.a. GPU], you can possible get around the issue by installing the video drivers for Windows 7 or Windows 8.x.

Note: This may not work for all video cards. To test, if you have a spare hard disk, replace the system one with your spare hard disk. Install Windows 10 [no upgrade] and don’t bother with a serial number. Once the installation is complete, follow the instructions below. If it works, it should work on your actual installation. Time to upgrade. If it doesn’t work and you can’t find any way around the issue, don’t upgrade [for now].

Here’s what you need to do. In this example we will use an unsupported GeForce 6150 LE.

Ignore the message from the GWX icon. Instead you need the actual media. To do so, there are a variety of ways to get a copy of the correct media.

[A reminder that you can only upgrade a 32-bit OS when the current OS is also 32-bit – and the same for 64-bit.]

Run the setup and upgrade to Windows 10.

After the installation, you will notice in the device manager that the current video driver is probably the generic Microsoft Basic Display Adapter.

Download the latest [and last] GeForce 6 Series [or GeForce 7 Series if it is a GeForce 7xxx series].

64 bit 32-bit

Install the drivers. Accept anything it asks. You may need to use the Troubleshoot compatibility option [right click on the installer EXE, go to Properties and downgrade the OS compatibility to Windows 8].

If you receive the message NVIDIA Installer cannot continue, then using the following fix:

Open the Device Manager and check if you have the entry PCI Express Root Port with an exclamation mark [it should stick out]. If you have it:

  • Find the Command Prompt under Windows System. Right click on it and select Run as administrator.
    A black window opens. Type the following:

bcdedit /set pciexpress forcedisable

  • Reboot your computer. Install the driver again.

If not, try this videoIt is lengthy! Take notes!

Some more Trump news

Ahead of a Clinton speech in Atlantic City, Trump said that he “made a lot of money” off his properties and left before the downturn and blamed the city’s problems on politicians’ “big mistakes.” But in fact, two of his casinos’ three bankruptcies occurred in years when overall Atlantic City gambling revenue was rising. For example, Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc. went bust in 2004, Atlantic City’s casino revenues were on their way to an all-time high.

Trump filed for bankruptcy on the Taj Mahal in 1991 and the Trump Castle Associates in 1992. He later filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Trump Hotel & Casino Resorts in 2004 and Trump Entertainment Resorts in 2009. Trump has defended the bankruptcies by noting that he never personally went bankrupt. So he doesn’t mind if people lose their jobs and homes but it’s OK for him.

Trump pushed back against criticism of his companies’ bankruptcy history, repeating his argument that like other smart businessmen, he “used, brilliantly, the laws of the country” to his advantage. Trump claims that major companies have gone bankrupt [multiple times] but Clinton used CNN reporting saying that no major U.S. company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the last 30 years more than Trump’s casino empire.

“I have used the laws of this country … the (bankruptcy) chapter laws, to do a great job for my company, for myself, for my employees, for my family.” Didn’t he used the term “rigged” to describe Clinton’s mail server issue? Unsure how declaring your company bankrupt can help anyone except yourself. See this video.

Seems even Trump’s campaign hats “Make America Great Again” may not be totally made in America. At least one of the hats in a small sample tested by the AP and an outside expert did not contain the specific type of American-made fabric. Informed of the AP’s findings, Trump said any misrepresentation would be unacceptable. “I pay a good price for that hat. If it’s not made in the USA, we’ll bring a lawsuit.”

In addition to the fabric analysis, two of the manufacturer’s employees, including a top sales agent, said the hats’ fabric, bills and stiffeners were imported from overseas. The factory’s owner, Brian Kennedy of Cali-Fame of Los Angeles Inc., said the two employees were wrong, but he declined to explain the fabric discrepancy. Federal law requires that items labeled “Made in USA” be made from materials “all or virtually all” from the United States.

Trump’s private companies and the clothing line run by his daughter Ivanka routinely sell clothes and other products made in China and other Asian countries.

Trump’s campaign sells its hats for $25 to $30 each on its website. It was unclear how many it has sold, but the campaign has paid Cali-Fame nearly $1.5 million for hats through the end of last month. The knockoffs, sometimes worn by Trump supporters at his rallies, can be had for as little as $6 on amazon.com

Trump has praised former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s ruthlessness. “Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right? … But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good.” Trump has previously said the world would be “100 per cent better” if dictators like Hussein and Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi were still in power. Meanwhile, Iraq was listed by the U.S. as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Trump previously has retweeted messages with questionable profiles. For example, Trump retweeted inaccurate crime statistics that vastly overstated the percentage of whites killed by blacks.

Marco Rubio decided to run for the Senate again because “the Senate’s role of being able to act as a check and balance on bad ideas from the president I think are going to matter more in 2017.” Is he aiming those remarks at Clinton or Trump?

In seven of 15 countries outside of the U.S. polled [Canada, 10 European countries and 4 Asian countries] by Pew Research Center, Trump’s ratings are in the single digits. Large majorities in 11 of the countries have little or no confidence in the prospective Republican presidential nominee ability to manage international affairs. That includes 92 per cent of Swedes, 89 per cent of Germans and 82 per cent of Japanese. He polls best in China, where there is a split between 40 per cent who have no confidence in Trump and 39 per cent who do not offer an opinion.

Some swing states [those which flip flop in elections between Democrats and Republicans] are swinging towards the Democrats because of Trump’s comments he has made against various minority groups. Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico could turn on Trump. That’s 21 electoral votes. All brought Dubya into the White house 12 years ago. While Clinton has visited them and spent money on advertising, Trump has yet to visit them and spent very little. Very little staff in those states for Trump either. Even the political arm on the NRA has spent little.

Trump has also whined because Obama is using Air Force One as he is helping Clinton with her campaign. Previous Presidents have help [although not Bill Clinton or Dubya], so why isn’t she allowed? Maybe Trump expects Obama and entourage to fly economy class on an American Airlines flight. The cost of flying Air Force One for political travel is divided between the federal government [using taxpayer dollars] and the candidate’s political organization. Because Obama is traveling to Charlotte [in this case] solely for the purpose of stumping for Clinton, her campaign [or the DNC] would have to foot a portion of the bill whether the candidate was aboard or not.

A poll from Fox News stating 58% thought Clinton was corrupt while 38% say she is honest. Remember this is Fox. It’s like going to a redneck bar and asking who likes beer…

Not surprising, Trump wants out of various trade deals saying jobs were lost. While 5.5 million manufacturing jobs over the past 25 years, there has been an increase of close to 1 million jobs in manufacturing in the last 6 years. There were just under 16.9 million people employed in manufacturing in the U.S. at the start of 1994. The figure rose to as high as 17.6 million in 1998 and remained above 17 million until March of 2001, when George W. Bush was President [coincidence?]. As well, if raising tariffs on Mexico, Japan and China would cost the average household $2,200 a year according to experts.

Trump has repeatedly said he prefers someone with political experience to help him guide his agenda through Washington as his running mate. So at least he admits he’s not a politician with experience. I think we knew that.

After meeting with Trump in June, social conservative leader James Dobson said he believed that Trump had found Christ and become a born-again Christian. Wow. Just after a meeting…

“If we’re going to deliver real change, we’re going to have to reject the campaign of fear and intimidation being pushed by powerful corporations, media elites, and powerful dynasties,” Trump said. “The people who rigged the system for their benefit will do anything and say anything to keep things exactly as they are.” This coming from a multi-billionaire who meets with business leaders in his [former] job.

While we know what Trump think of Muslim immigrants, former speaker Newt Gingrich’s thoughts are just as wacky. He proposes that there should be a test should be devised to check the safety credentials of Syrian refugees based on Sharia, or Islamic Law. Test possible terrorists about their laws? It’s like giving a Vatican Bishop a test to see if he knows about the Catholic faith…. Terrorists are hard core when it comes to their laws. They want Sharia law.

 

Winddows Server 2016 is to be released….

Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2016 will be launched during their premier event Ignite at the end of September in Atlanta.

Microsoft will launch three versions of Windows Server 2016: Datacenter, Standard, and Essentials, and finally deliver its headless server component, Nano Server.

Some people really don’t like Windows 10…

…. And they probably never even looked at it.

Even after almost a year, it seems some computer “techies” will continue to find excuses in not to upgrade to Windows 10.

The latest is a “subscription” application found in the latest build of what will become the Anniversary Update for Windows 10. Microsoft has already stated that the application is for subscriptions but for the enterprise edition of Windows 10 – even though it is found in the non-enterprise edition installations.

And yet some people are already thinking that either a subscription service is coming soon or when Windows 10 support dies in 9+ years.

Well, there would be a huge backlash if Microsoft decided to start a subscription service for consumers.

As for support the service in 9+, what’s the difference? Do people expect their computer to be around in 9+ years? Especially if some upgraded from a previous OS? Give me a break.

Some are still whining about the telemetry issue – that is that Microsoft is “spying” on them. Again, there would be an actual backlash if Microsoft did that. Instead some anonymous information is sent to Microsoft to improve Windows [or applications].

But again, you can disable some or most of them by using the various tools that exist to stop the reporting such as The Next big Tweak and Spybot’s Anti-Beacon software.

 

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