Showing posts from August, 2016

Not Confronting Sexism: Not An Option

A Clinton victory also promises to usher in four-to-eight years of the kind of down-and-dirty public misogyny you might expect from a stag party at Roger Ailes’s house.As head of the Australian Labor Party, Gillard served as prime minister from 2010 to 2013. Her tenure was turbulent and notable for what Gillard termed in her exit speech the “gender wars.” What surprised the former PM most about the experience: that the sexist attacks grew worse as her time in office progressed. “I expected the maximum reaction to my being the first woman prime minister to come in the first few months,” she told me. “What I found living through the reality was that the sort of gendered stuff actually grew over time” as she tackled tough policy decisions. (Gillard too was derided as a “menopausal monster.”)Then there were the two hecklers at a New Hampshire rally who waved signs and chanted, “Iron my shirt!” Clinton laughed it off, and the incident was reported mostly as dumbass 20-something guys acting…

Trump’s Rabid Racism

The dude talks about Blac (Black Latino Asian Coalition) people with the mouth of a mad dog. The world has changed under his very feet and he doesn't even know. Last August, Trump took issue with Bush’s statement that many undocumented immigrants came to the U.S. as an “act of love,” seeking a better life for their families. “There’s no act of love. It’s tough stuff,” he said at an Aug. 25 news conference. “They’re gonna be gone so fast if I win, your head will spin.” Weeks later, during a raucous rally in Dallas, Trump railed against “anchor babies” and vowed to boot undocumented immigrants if elected president. “You people are suffering,” Trump told the Texans. “I’m in New York, but they’re in New York, too. They’re all over the place.”

Trump Should Lose Balance In The First Debate

Then never recover. Hillary Clinton Piles Up Research in Bid to Needle Donald Trump at First Debate team is also getting advice from psychology experts to help create a personality profile of Mr. Trump to gauge how he may respond to attacks and deal with a woman as his sole adversary on the debate stage...... he can barely conceal his disdain for laborious and theatrical practice sessions.To Hillary this is about the House, and cementing a new American majority, to last a generation, of progressive whites, colorful people, millennials, and women of all ages. This is not about the electoral college. Much is at stake. I trust her to slam dunk it. Trump Won't Prepare For Debate. Clinton Hunkering Down. | Daily WireTrump's just gonna wing the debates / Boing BoingClinton at fundraiser: 'I do not know which Donald Trump will show up' at debates - CNNPolitics.comSounds like she’s got this… | Balloon Juice

Nehru And The UN Security Council

When Nehru Refused American Bait on a Permanent Seat for India at the UNOne cannot underestimate how imminent Nehru and others felt a conflict of at least an equal degree to the Second World War was. 

Trump’s Racism

Trump has made racist comments like I have not heard coming out of a major politician. Going back to the apartheid era. And then he says, I am not a racist. He attempts "outreach" to "the blacks," rehashing every possible black stereotype in the process. There is a policy vacuum. It is his entire head. That hissing sound? It's the vacuum. Men of Trump's worldview used to run empires, jail the likes of Gandhi, Mandela and Martin Luther King. In that case Trump is good news. He did not invent this racism. It has been going on for centuries. But what a caricature it has become! These are the dying embers of a once potent hate machine. Anti-semitism is a strain of the same virus. So is sexism. God says love one another. Satan says hate each other. Trump has satanic impulses. If anyone told you he is running for president, you have been misinformed! This dude never had a chance. And the run has been detrimental to his various businesses. The foot traffic is down…

I Miss Policy Talk

Hillary Clinton is rolling out a comprehensive plan to address millions of Americans coping with mental illness. She's pointing to the need to fully integrate mental health services into the nation's health care system.

I am absolutely sick and tired of Donald Trump's insults. I wish the two candidates were sparring over policy. The guy does not know policy.

Hillary Needs To Confront The Sexism

Trump’s new aim: Poison a Clinton presidencyBut instead of engaging his conspiracy theories, Democrats respond by attacking his character.
Hillary confronted racism in her Nevada speech. She needs to confront sexism the same way. The women of America (and the world) don't need to watch a woman get beat up with sexist propaganda. They need to see the woman fight back and win. Sexism is an ideology, a worldview. It has to be confronted.

Donald Trump Is A Clown

Donald Trump is a clown. If he were to become president he would be a dangerous clown. But he is not going to be. And so he is a dangerous clown.Donald Trump is the head of the Republican Party for the next four years, duly elected. Nobody can take that away from him. Until someone else becomes the Republican nominee for president, this guy is it.He is going to lose but he is going to be the country's opposition leader. Nobody can take that away from him.With Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan both slated to lose their leadership positions in Congress, it is not like there is going to be another claimant to the throne.Brace yourselves. You are going to be seeing Donald Trump on TV for four more years, likely on his own TV network. This guy is going to make a billion dollars for having run for president.Donald is Zhirinovsky. Donald Zhirinovsky. Putin sits in a glass house himself.

Pakistan Day Parade, India Day Parade

आज पाकिस्तान डे परेड को हो आया। एक हफ्ते पहले इन्डिया डे परेड था। अमिताभ तो नहीं आए थे। बिजी रहे होंगे। अभिषेक और योग रामदेव आए थे। दो परेड देख के पता चल गया भारत के तुलना में पाकिस्तान काफी छोटा पावर है। अमेरिका ने साथ छोड़ दिया, अरब देशों ने। तो भारत को बनता है बड़प्पन दिखाओ। बड़े भाई की तरह। Generosity. Bigness of heart. क्षेत्रीय शांति के लिए। Don’t try to rub Pakistan's nose in the dirt.

Mitch McConnell:More Dangerous Than Donald Trump

Donald Trump is never going to be president. But Mitch McConnell has been the reigning racist in the US Senate. The whole world is watching, but he doesn't care. McConnell dislikes the idea of the first black president so much, he has put the US constitution into the acid tank. What's up with no Senate hearings for Obama's Supreme Court pick? Donald Trump is a racist. That is the only thing he is. But he is not in a  position of power. Although this dude might start a war somewhere without even getting elected.

Hillary Should Give A Gender Speech

Hillary gave a wonderful speech on race in Reno. It felt to me like she was reading out of a catalogue. Everything racist Donald has said and done, she read it all out loud. It is good to have it all in one place. Hillary should now give a gender speech. The first woman president has to talk some gender.

In Defense Of Hillary

My current conviction is that the main fuel that powers the anti-Hillary crowd is sexism.The most thorough, profound and moving defense of Hillary Clinton I have ever seen.Overt sexism is significantly more likely to be tolerated in our society than overt racism. It is a low-risk form of bigotry and discrimination that rarely damages professional or political careers. Unlike men, women who make demands are still often seen as unfeminine and inappropriately aggressive, bordering on deviant. And if the people most aggressively pushing against the glass ceiling are “broken” or “deviant”, it’s easier to justify dismissing both them and their concerns.In the early 90’s her polling was great, which was typical for an incoming First Lady. But Hillary had no interest in being a typical First Lady, and soon took charge of one of the most important policy initiatives of the Clinton Presidency: Universal Health Care. If you look at the first large red arrow I have on the graphic, you’ll see that…

Great Speech On Race By Hillary

This Is What Women "Coming Out" Looks Like

She and a team of organizers and student volunteers had spent the week before school started handing out 5,000 dildos in varying sizes and shapes (some with balls, some without) to UT students, in hopes that they would zip-tie them to their backpacks and walk onto campus openly brandishing veiny, phallic dildos to prove a point about gun control. If it seems absurd and ridiculous, that's because it's supposed to be. The slogan of "Cocks Not Glocks" — the gun protest that had Zander wielding a giant dildo and has drawn international attention to UT Austin — is "fighting absurdity with absurdity."To Protest Guns on Campus, Students in Texas Are Carrying Big, Fake Penises to Class​"If you're packing heat, we're packing meat."Nobody has a right to bear arms. Guns have always been a gendered issue. Guns are patriarchy's number one tool. When they are not fired they are used as scare tools. Guns are the Confederate Flag targeting women. 95% …

The World Is Failing Syria

The son of a World War II refugee myself, I’ve been researching the anti-refugee hysteria of the 1930s and ’40s. As Bekink suggests, the parallels to today are striking.The reasons for the opposition then were the same as they are for rejecting Syrians or Hondurans today: We can’t afford it, we should look after Americans first, we can’t accept everybody, they’ll take American jobs, they’re dangerous and different.Some readers are objecting: But Jews weren’t a threat the way Syrian refugees are! In the 1930s and ’40s, though, a world war was underway and Jews were widely seen as potential Communists or even Nazis. There were widespread fears that Germany would infiltrate the U.S. with spies and saboteurs under the cover that they were Jewish refugees.News organizations didn’t do enough to humanize refugees and instead, tragically, helped spread xenophobia. The Times published a front-page article about the risks of Jews becoming Nazi spies, and The Washington Post published an editori…

Hillary's "Health" : Sexism In 2016

Hillary looks like she might be 10 times more fit than Donald Trump. She is younger than Trump. She does not eat McDonald's two to three times a day. She exercises. Trump has never believed in physical exercise all his life.Compared to Donald Trump it can be said Hillary Clinton is an Olympic athlete. But only in comparison. Objectively speaking do I think she is an Olympic athlete? No.So why is Donald Trump bringing up health as an issue? In 2008, it was "cleavage," written up by some journalist. This year it is "Health." Both times it's about the body. It is about objectifying a woman.There are about 160 million women in America who could wake up. Shed the diffidence. Gay people came out of the closet. Women should do the same.Donald Trump is not like Bob Dole. Dole actually knew policy. This is not like 1996.This time it is about a wave election to take the House.

The Republicans are one with Donald Trump on the so called health issue. Tie Donald Trump …

Education And Health: The Costs Are Supposed To Go Down

If you own a smartphone today you look a millionaire to people from the ancient era of 1969-1989. Your smartphone has a ton of free stuff all of which used to cost a ton of money, if the services were even available, that is.The entire world is to enter a knowledge economy. Lifelong education has to become true for all human beings.When you say that some people start doing their back of the envelope math and start seeing a bill for tens of trillions, money that they claim does not exist.They are thinking in terms of a million dollars worth of services. They are not thinking in terms of a smartphone.Costs are supposed to go down dramatically, for both education and health. The Internet is the new classroom. All textbooks and lectures are to be digital and mostly free.There has to be education in every language. Artificial Intelligence will make everything available in every other language. There will not be a total emphasis on literacy. Where literacy does not cover the ground, oral wi…

BNN: Bernie News Network

Bernie Sanders should launch a news network. It might not even be cable. It could be a YouTube channel. Considering his crowd is a social media crowd. But it has to be a for profit corporation. It has to be an act of entrepreneurship.The reason Trump is so buoyant is because he does not feel like he is losing. Trump was never a real estate guy. That was his father. And the world knows Trump is not much of a public policy guy either. Trump has been a brand builder. He has been building that one word: Trump. That's his track record. If you are Donald Trump, you have never been more successful before. Right after he won the Republican nomination he said as much: "This is not about the Republican Party. This is about me."Trump has been sizing up his crowd. He thinks there are 10-20 million people in the country who can’t get enough of him. That would be enough to sustain a cable news network. That's a billion dollar empire right there. Who says Trump is losing? Or so Tru…

Hillary, Putin And Trump

The rest of the world has no idea someone who might become president of America is a guy who reads tabloids for "research" and TV is the only policy coach he has, and mostly he talks to himself, and the divorce between facts and his speech happened a long time ago. He never bothered to remarry. Donald Trump is poli fi, as in, political fiction. He is the American Boris Johnson, or Zhirinovsky. Every talking democracy has a bomb thrower. All in the name of free speech. Different men react to the political ascendancy of women in different ways. Some faint. Trump intends to fall flat on his face.It is possible Putin might do something idiotic to test Hillary's resolve during the first year, but he would be mistaken to do so. Hillary can be a hawk, as necessary. But mostly she is just a cool headed decision maker, kind of like Obama. She looks at the facts, listens to opinions, deliberates, and decides. It is not about being male or female, black or white, it is about doing …

Putin Meddling For Trump Via Ukraine

Russian Military Forces Staging Near UkraineTrump did the unthinkable when he invited Russia ("Russia, are you listening?") to meddle in the US election on his behalf. And Putin is taking that invitation rather seriously. The Ukrainian release of damning information on the Trump campaign manager, guess what, Putin did not like that. And now you are looking at a possible war. Looks like not only the words of a sitting president but also someone running for president has immediate consequences around the world. Hezbollah is saying, look, I told you America founded ISIS, and now you have proof. If all this were not so dangerous it might even be funny. Donald Trump is a clown, a dangerous clown, and hence a madman.

300,000 Gun Deaths In America Every 10 Years

15 Statistics That Tell the Story of Gun Violence This YearThere are 300,000 gun deaths in America every 10 years. In any other country you would call this a civil war situation.When there is a mass shooting somewhere in America people get all riled up for a few news cycles. But nothing gets done. No rectifying moves are made. In a democracy if a majority of the people want better gun laws they should get better gun laws. Maybe America is not a democracy. False information has been passed around. That America is a democracy.In no civilized society or country should human beings have a right to bear arms. Human beings have a right to safety, but that's what police officers are for. A response time of three minutes or less is possible every place in America. It is so much easier to carry a smartphone than a gun. There is a need for a world government and a global 911 and a response time of five minutes or less everywhere.If hunting is a sport, it should be regulated like a sport. Wh…

Target Texas

Trump leads only by 6 points in TexasIn a head to head contest Trump leads Clinton 50-44 in the state, which Mitt Romney won by 16 points in 2012..... Trump's lead is based entirely on his holding a 63-33 advantage among seniors. ..... Trump has a 69/25 lead with white voters but the reason the state's so competitive overall is that among non-white voters Clinton has a 73-21 lead, including a 68-27 edge with the state's booming Hispanic population......  'just' 35% of Trump supporters think Barack Obama founded ISIS....... Finally we polled on Texas secession. Overall 26% of voters would support leaving the United States to 59% who want to stay, and 15% who aren't sure either way. Among Trump voters support for secession goes up to 37%, with only 49% opposed to exiting. If you look at the Presidential race in Texas only among voters who are opposed to seceding from the United State, Clinton leads Trump 54/41. But that's offset by Trump's 72/20 advantage…

Preparing For The Debates

Clinton preps for Trump's Lewinsky attackFor a guy who intends to be "unpredictable," I expect Donald Trump to be very predictable during the debates. His strategy is going to be to spend as little time as possible on policy and all possible time on sleaze. Hillary's strategy should be to have stock answers for the predictable sleaze (Lewinsky, email and Benghazi.... with Trump you never know, he might also bring up Whitewater and Vince Foster), to bring up some specifics like Trump University herself, shaming Trump for going after a Gold Star family, not filing taxes, bankruptcies, but all the time trying to get back to policy talk. The debate format favors her policy advantages. The moderators do a good job of steering policy. The good news is Donald Trump is not the moderator. I am looking at a slam dunk for Hillary.This guy is going to wish he had run for City Council first. The only policy he learned he learned from watching TV. The 10 point lead now is going to…

Racism Can Kill A Political Party

The Republicans tried to sink Obama. Instead, the party implodedHis name is Barack Obama. And he can thank the freak show that is Donald Trump’s Republican party for restoring his stature as a unifying, national leader with a moderated and mature approach to a complex and unstable world.Obama’s biggest threat was that he could realign American politics, shifting it fundamentally towards progressives for a generation. He and his campaign aides talked privately of being the Reagan of the left: a transformative figure who would leave an indelible legislative mark at home and restore America’s position on the world stage.If your political priorities are the total defeat of a single politician – not the advancement of your own policies through debate or legislation – then you are already in pretty desperate shape. You render it impossible to compromise with your opponents, and you fan the flames of extremism that will burn anyone in the center.the only point of unity inside the GOP is its …

Barack Obama And Black Men In Jail

Between November 9 and January 29, or whenever Hillary's inauguration is, Barack Obama needs to commute the sentences of tens of thousands who are languishing in jail for minor drug offenses, for nonviolent crimes.The so called War On Drugs has been white America's attempt to bring back slavery. This is the 21st century. Slavery is old fashioned. We are going to have robots.Africa is the next China. Africa is coming along strong. Releasing black men from jail would be good foreign policy.The racism in America's criminal justice system is a UID offense, Under the Influence of the Devil. The evil elements of law enforcement are preparing to go to hell. Why? Why would you want to go to hell? It ain't pretty down there. The first black man president needs to mean liberation for a few tens of thousands of black men. And he will get to see the second black president.B for black, b for resilience.But true liberation is in forgiveness. The black population needs to actively fo…

Trump And Buttons And Deals

“Indian Brahmins Worshipping Donald Trump” @paramendra
Putting Donald Trump into the Oval Office would be like putting Donald Trump in the cockpit of an airplane, or next to a surgery table, or in front of the command of the Space Shuttle.He would be like, "What are all these buttons? How do I "deal" with these buttons?"It is half time at a World Cup Final, and when the Hillary team came back from the break, it is like the other team has vanished!

Trump And The Far Right

Trump’s Crazy TalkLet’s assume that what he’s really focussed on isn’t winning this year’s election, a task he now realizes is beyond him, but creating a long-term Trumpian movement. A nationalistic, nativist, protectionist, and authoritarian movement that will forever be associated with him, but which also has the capacity to survive beyond him. A movement that in some ways would resemble other right-wing political parties around the world, such as France’s National Front, Austria’s Freedom Party, and the U.K. Independence Party, but which would also harken back to earlier moments in American history, such as the rise of the anti-immigrant Know Nothing movement of the eighteen-forties, and the formation, a century later, of the isolationist America First Committee, which sought a negotiated peace with Hitler.

The Most Popular Politician In The World Speaks

Narendra Modi's speech on Independence Day 2016: Here is the full textThis guy Modi is India's Deng Xiaoping. The Indian economy is being transformed.

2016 Self Styled Nixon Brings Watergate Before Getting Elected

The Daily 202: Can Trump chairman Paul Manafort survive new Ukraine revelations?Trump is no mere buffoon. He is a foreign agent, looks like. This is way bigger than Watergate. America's chief foreign adversary is in cahoots with the Republican nominee, looks like. Is this really happening? So brazen!

Hillary Will Get Bigger Bounce From The Debates

Hillary Clinton got a big boost from the convention. What happens next?Hillary got a big, stable bounce from her convention. She should get a bigger bounce from the debates. If there are debates. The debates require Trump actually showing up. 90 minutes of policy talk. Trump can't handle. The most unqualified candidate in history is up against the most qualified candidate in history. Donald Trump is going to make Rick Lazio look like a gentleman.

Bihar Prohibition

I don't know what to make of it.

They tried it in the US in the 1930s, and they ended up with Al Capone.

But in India this might be more of a political pendulum swing. If you are going to ban beef, I am going to ban alcohol. Is it true that beef has been banned in Maharashtra?

Hindus not eating beef is totally understandable. But how can you ban beef in an entire state? That is like imposing one religion on members of another religious group.

I have been curious about the details and the logistics. How did they do it? What happened to all the alcohol the day the ban went into effect? Were they destroyed?

Bihar (or India) is not exactly known for great, efficient law enforcement. There is much corruption. So how well has the ban been implemented?

In America Nixon launched a War On Drugs. But today it feels like a way to bring back slavery upon the blacks. There are so many blacks behind bars for small drug offenses, it does feel like slavery is back full force. It has been a racis…

Donald, Go To Brunei

Donald Trump would like to go on a "nice, long vacation" on November 9. That's what he said. Donald, go to Brunei. He might not know it's a Muslim country.

Virginia, West Virginia

Crazy Idea: Hillary Clinton Should Stop Campaigning ImmediatelyNever interrupt your enemy when he is an ongoing garbage-star supernova of unprecedented incompetence.I think it is fair to say if you don't know Virginia and West Virginia are two different states you should not be allowed to run for president. It should not be legal. Just an opinion.

Donald Dumb Says Obama Founded ISIS

As in, literally. Obama founded ISIS. After killing Bin Laden, President Obama started abhorring the vacuum, apparently. Obama was born in Kenya. And if he founded ISIS, he must have done so in Kenya. Because there is no record he was born in Syria. After he founded ISIS, he figured this is as good a time as any, and he converted. He became Muslim, and has been ever since. But I am not sure he is a socialist. That would be Bernie. Bernie owned up to it. So if he was busy founding ISIS, when did he create Obamacare? When and where? It is very possible Obamacare has been written in Arabic. That is why Mitch McConnell doesn't seem to be able to read it. Neither Rudy Giuliani, who is a proud Non Muslim. As for Donald Dumb, he has no faith, because faith requires reading. A book.

The First Female President Must Be A Really Big Deal

I have been astounded reading some of the commentaries.I think Indira Gandhi was the first Indian Prime Minister I became conscious of. And I was Barack Obama’s first full time volunteer in New York City. To be honest before that 2004 convention I did not imagine I would see a black guy in the White House in my lifetime. But it happened and he has been astounding, but even then I felt bad that Hillary had to be running at the same time.As far I am concerned Hillary is the women's Barack Obama. She will be the first and she is talented. 93% of blacks voted for Barack Obama. Why aren't 93% of women voting for Hillary? How about 83?Even 73 would be nice. Wake up, women.For me Barack Obama was about 500 years of world history. The only thing he needed to do for me personally was get in there, plant the flag, and I personally had no other expectations. For women it ought to be about 5,000 years of history.God has given the women of 2016 the astounding gift of the most incompetent m…

Donald Trump: Lucifer's Change Agent

Sexism Is 100% Lucifer, Sexism Is SatanicDonald Trump is Lucifer lunging for the nuclear code. The truth is in black and white.

This Is Secret Service Territory

Donald Trump knows he has lost this election and he intends to be a bad loser. Donald Trump Suggests 'Second Amendment People' Could Act Against Hillary ClintonSenator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, wrote on Twitter that Mr. Trump “makes death threats because he’s a pathetic coward who can’t handle the fact that he’s losing to a girl.”Former Secret Service Official: Donald Trump Is ‘Pretty Close to the Edge’ | TIMEA presidential candidate is not above the law. Trump just sent a message to tens of gun owning mentally unstable people to at least make the attempt. My knowledge is this is illegal. The Secret Service needs to do its job and have a sit down with this guy. One-in-fiveU.S. Republicans want Trump to drop out: Reuters/Ipsos poll | ReutersNYTimes: Donald Trump’s Support Among Republican Women Starts to SlideDemocrats: Trump costing GOP in key House districts - POLITICOTrump’s loaded words fuel campaign freefall - POLITICO“You aren’t just responsible for wha…

India's Northeast Is Unsettled Territory For Democracy

Iron Lady of Manipur breaks fast, wants to be CMThe Muslims are not in the mainstream. The Dalits are not in the mainstream. The women are not in the mainstream. The people in the South are not in the mainstream. And the people in the Northeast are not in the mainstream. So who runs India? India remains a fundamentally flawed democracy. Vast swathes of the population stays marginalized. Is India even a democracy?

Fuck Trump (In Williamsburg)

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Not Socialism, But Hypercapitalism

I have talked of the Age Of Abundance, I have talked of a Universal Basic Income. To the untrained especially the latter might smack of "socialism." That would be misleading.This is talk of a new reality that asks for a new grammar. A lot of old rules are going to get junked.Socialism has had two strains, one absolutely appalling, the one where there is no human rights. There has been another, the left of center variety that has been ridiculed for not knowing the fundamentals of wealth creation. I am not talking about that.I am a small d democrat, which basically means taking the one person one vote one voice to all its logical local, state, national and global conclusions.I am a free marketeer. Economics to me is like physics. Just like physics can come up with astounding technology, I believe economics as an academic discipline is capable of coming up with intellectual frameworks for massive wealth creation. If I am a capitalist I am one likely to speak of human capital in…

The Diamond Triangle: The Voters, The Politicians, The Academics

It really is just about one person, one vote, one voice. Democracy can be magic. And if you just keep building the matrix, the lattice, there is no upper limit to how big your party can be. It is power. It is also in-built humility.The voters are required to vote, go above 80%. That is all you really need to do. But you do have to do that much, every two years, by the clock. And if your rear end can't move that much, do not have expectations, do not complain.The voters also should be part of the conversation. This happens in person. This happens in small groups. This happens on social media. This happens at rallies. You voice your opinions. You consume information. You learn more about issues and the political process. You ask questions. You have your questions answered.The politicians are to ziggy withit the government machinery, the political machinery, are to connect the academics and the voters. Running the government machinery is brain surgery, it takes a lot. Only the most q…

Building A Democratic Structure For A Lasting Majority

People coming together in small groups and large groups, people voting religiously and in large numbers and unfailingly every two years, people doing their civic duty, the civic duty of showing up to vote every two years and not just during presidential elections, people meeting in person and talking policy, people being heard by the national leadership, because technology now makes it possible, building a structure of one person, one vote, one voice, the national leadership passing a constitutional amendment to take money out of politics, the national leadership doing away with the nonsense called voter registration, a country that is capable of knowing who its taxpayers are is capable of knowing who its voters are, the national leadership getting rid of the agricultural era concept of an "election day" and instead putting in place an election week, making it possible to vote on smartphones through biometric IDs, you press your thumb and you vote, and taking the voting perc…

Bill Clinton, My Man! Sharp As Ever

Bill Clinton is badass! Sharp as ever.Bill Clinton Urges Immigrants To VoteSpeaking directly to illegal aliens, Clinton stated to an applauding audience of delegates that “if you love this country, you’re working hard, you’re paying taxes and you’re obeying the law and you’d like to become a citizen, you should choose immigration reform over somebody that wants to send you back.” 

GST Bill Just Guaranteed Modi Re-Election

GST may have just handed Modi govt a $200-billion chequeThe passage of the GST Bill has now made it much more likely India will have hit a 10% growth rate by the time Modi goes back to the voters in 2019. At 10% he will win.

Hillary 2016: How Not To Gloat

If Hillary sweeps all 50 states and the House, this is not about Hillary. This is about getting things done. The Hillary team has to give the best two years anyone ever gave. And they have to build the grassroots organizational infrastructure. The people have to stay involved. The people have to keep feeling they are getting heard.The Republican Party is dead. It might be a few cycles before the Libertarian Party takes that vacant spot in this two party system. In the mean time the Democratic Party is going to have to do the democratic work of two parties.Hillary should nominate three progressive women to the bench. And the goal should be to retain the House in 2018. You do that by delivering and by staying level headed.

I Did Predict 10

Hillary Clinton Holds Big Lead Over Donald Trump in New Hampshire, Poll Shows"Nationally, according to a new Fox News poll, Mrs. Clinton holds a 10-point lead over Mr. Trump."

273 And Counting


"Kill Them All" Is Luciferspeak

Really? Why Can't We Use Nukes?

Trump Is Plain Bizarre

I am no longer going to look for another word. This candidate is plain bizarre.

Toughest Job In The World

The US presidency can be said to be the toughest job in the world measured by how much harm or good a POTUS is capable of. A surgeon can harm (or cure and save) only one person at a time. Is Trump your surgeon? What are you telling me? This election is now in the bizarro phase.

Mad Man

Is Donald Trump Just Plain CrazyAlso within the week, Trump lied in complaining about the presidential debate schedule and its conflicts with professional football. He told ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos, “I got a letter from the NFL saying, ‘This is ridiculous. Why are the debates against — ’ because the NFL doesn’t want to go against the debates.”

I Say 50

Utah Could Vote Democrat For First Time In 50 Years "Utah has been the most Republican state for 40 years but that could change with Trump's run toward the White House."

Putting The Khans On The DNC Stage

Strictly politically speaking, whoever came up with the idea of putting the Khans on the stage in Philly, hear ye, that was a master stroke, an act of pure genius. This is an attack from which Trump can not recover. It is also an attack on groups like ISIS.

Trump: A Candidate From The 1930s

Hillary Clinton endorsed by Houston Chronicle, Trump 'danger to the Republic'I have a theory. Donald Trump came to run for president in a time machine. He is from the 1930s. The Republican nominee is supposed to run against the Democratic nominee, but this guy is running against the US Constitution. He is running against the Republic. He is running against the Bible. And the Koran. He is running against decency and good manners. The list is long. I have been googling and googling. Trump seems to have no policy proposals. Or he forgot to put them on Google.