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Hillary v Trump - Part 1

Will Monday's Presidential Debate cause Trump to lose momentum or will it send Hillary supporters running for their nearest safe spaces?    Only time will tell.   In the meantime, it's PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE DRINKING GAME TIME!

The rules are simple...

Politicians talk...

You drink...

Drink when a candidate says their cue words:

Watch away and get ready to pass out early...

...enjoy the show!


A Deplorable Weekend Open Thread

Well, not "deplorable" by most standards, but if you're the kind of person that overheats in mild, 70-some degree northeastern morning temperatures you may have slightly different sensitivies. 

As the Clinton campaign continues to blow off any questions about her health they're also left to defend attacks against her broad-brushed approach by attacking half of Trump supporters as racist, sexist, homophobic and every other "-ism" in the book.   They even have "Deporable" t-shirts now in couterprotest.

Meanwhile, liberals are trying to spin this as a positive for Hillary:

“One result of this conversation is that the country is actually debating how many of Donald Trump’s supporters are anti-Semitic, racist, sexist,” said Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress and one of the top outside supporters connected to the former secretary of state. “In a world where we wish that number was zero, this debate shines a light on the voice that Donald Trump has given to some attitudes that deeply trouble Americans in this election cycle.” 

But it's not zero... apparently it's half... and they're starting to get pretty pissed off about it.   Anybody recall when it was only 47%?   How'd that work out?

Hillary's likeability is also stumbling...   her poll numbers are as well.   Michigan is definitely in play for the Republican Party.   For starters, the state already polls right on immigration, but on top of that they're looking at this news from Ford Motor Company and their decision to move much of it's production to Mexico.

(Can you guess which candidate's base that might rile up?)

Oh yeah, and Iowa will probably go red this year.

That's not the only bad news for Democrats.   They're also facing another email scandal from this week stemming from even more leaked documents (courtesy of Guccifer 2.0) featuring some DNC strategies, analysis, many internal memos and email doozies like the one below, which hints at a possible pay-to-play scheme...  mostly because it uses the exact phrase "pay-to-play":

Well...  at least we kept it deplorable.

Have a great week (or however long it takes me to return)

BONUS:  Let's cap this off with another truly "deplorable" person...


Obvious Question: What Are They Hiding?


Sorry - I have no idea how to make that URL a live link in the lead post on a thread.  Copy and paste.  [but Skinny does... and he's awesome]

Taking the 5th and even failing to show up?  What are these doofusses afraid of?  Criminal prosecution or threats, in some form or another, from the Clintonistas? 


Grandparents' Day

Here's a topic with no political overtones at all.  Shocking, I know.  But tomorrow (Sunday) we're celebrating Grandparents' Day by taking the grandsons (Big Guy and Beelzebub) to Disney World. 

Yes, yes, I'm smugly throwing out the fact that we're only 60 miles away, with season passes.  

I think I'll wear my new shirt, the one with a picture of Grumpy on it, and the words:  "Grumpy - it's not just a mood; it's a lifestyle." 


Now, to see how long this thread lasts before politics takes over. 



Labor Day Weekend

OK, since no one has any ideas for a scintillating thread topic, and since Skinny is still AWOL, this will have to do. 

Skinny, if you see this, feel free to edit and add stuff.  You have a creative mind, and I have a pedestrian one. 


Relief Thread

No, that doesn't mean to relieve yourselves here.  It's just that the last thread was running over.  And Skinny, our Master Topic Maven, is still off mourning the U.S. Olympic soccer thing. 

So here.

Let's begin with that wholesale jerk Kaepernick, who has benefitted in every way from the country he dishonors.  Rumors are that he is planning to convert to Islam for the sake of his Muslim/BLM girl friend.  If true, count me as completely unsurprised. 



Open Thread FC

Super busy this week and about to head to KC for a soccer tournament and Saturday night MLS match between Sporting KC & the Vancouver Whitecaps.   It's the closest thing I have to watching US Soccer alums Graham Zusi and Matt Besler play during the Olympics.

Don't have much time to cover all the stupid things going on in the USA/World so please leave you intellectual donation in the comment section and hope I have more time on my hands next week.

Enjoy the weekend...  Go Sporting!


W-Flag Flying Open Thread

Oh boy, it's time for another Cubs-Cardinals series, so I felt the need for another good ol' fashioned Cubs-ranting post...  besides, it sure beats talking about what a horrible person ______ is (again).


I liked Thurday's victory especially because a couple days ago my Cardinal-fan co-worker told me that my Cubbies, who haven't lost a game since the All-Star break, wouldn't get to a 10-game win streak because "they have to play the Cardinals".    And that's partially correct... they did indeed play them...

... guess he was wrong.

Then again, this co-worker's statement did kind of remind me of this:

(fyi... he's not a Cubs fan)

In other Cubs news (because I'm biased, even when it comes to baseball)...  where in the world is Tommy La Stella?   I'll give you a couple clues:  He's not hanging out with Steve Bartman and  he's most certainly not in Iowa.   Instead he's sitting at home working through his problems (i.e. not being in the majors and being sent to the AAA affiliate kind of problems) when he should be playing ball and staying sharp, so he's ready to come back up when the rosters expand.   When you take 13 days off (and counting...) it can affect your timing, which will affect our hitting, which then affects your future in the majors.  I'm pretty much torn on this, because although he's being a complete idiot, I'd also like to see him on that bench come the postseason.   

Speaking of Cubs fans wanting to see things... apparently some of the Cubs fans (i.e. the female ones, and possibly some who are homosexual in nature) are petitioning to have 3B sensation Kris Bryant wear, get this, tighter pants.   Yeah.  Really.  (h/t to the Heckler)

It reads:

“Chicago Cubs third baseman, Kris Bryant, is a God amongst feeble men. His piercing blue eyes can simultaneously cure cancer and female infertility, while his perfectly sculpted facial hair gives you a back massage and asks you about your day. That’s right, his beard can talk. With the help of a little bit of imagination, Kris Bryant may also be one of the world’s greatest marriage counselors.

Now, let’s get to what this petition is about; his butt. It’s his greatest asset. I want to bounce quarters off it into my $10 beer at Wrigley. The only problem is, the baseball pants he wears are just a little bit too baggy, and they don’t do justice to what his momma gave him.

By signing this petition, we can create a movement to call for Kris Bryant to wear much tighter baseball pants, and give half of the demographic that stumbles into Wrigley what they came to see.

So to the Cubs clubhouse crew, we are counting on you. Start drying Kris’ pants on extra high heat.”   

You can sign the petition here.  

Thread is open, so don't feel obliged to post nothing but Cubs/Cardinals jokes, however they are always welcomed.   If you do decide on a joke, make sure you tell them early and often in this weekend open thread...  hopefully that will allow Cardinals fans enough time to get them and laugh at them on Monday.

Have a great weekend.




A Weekend Open Thread of Olympic Proportions

(see what I did there?)

So this is happening... again, with the added excitement of watching althetes from around the globe trying to dodge Zika-carrying mosquitos.   Go 'Merica!  

I'll probably watch my fare share of events, except of the US Men's Soccer, since we didn't even qualifty for the Rio games.  This particularly saddens me just due to the fact that I'm a soccer nut.  Thankfully I can still check out Hope Sol.... oh... I mean, the US Women's team.  Yeah.  That's what I meant.  Uh huh:


But, obviosly there are other sports you can enjoy beyond the pitch.

Maybe you're more of a track & field fan:

Maybe volleyball is your thing:

No Olympics is complete with gymnastics and rythmic dancing:

Or, as mentioned previously...  simply watch more soccer:

Watch it Live at (need to login though).  

Have a great weekend... and... "USA! USA! USA!"



Overflow Thread

Fill-in until someone gets a good idea for a Friday topic.



Clinton Cash: The Director's Cut

Watch away:

Happy humpday


Let the Chaos Continue: DNC Edition

I have a feeling this week's DNC will turn an apparent all-clear of DEFCON level 4 into a significant DEFCON level 2... politically speaking.  

Clipped from to fit this page (because it's awesome)If you thought things looked bad last week in Cleveland, just wait until the protests begin inside/outside the Wells Fargo Center in Philly, where crowds are expected in the 30,000-50,000 range.  We'll see.  Occupy DNC claims to already have 20,000 committed protesters (and growing).  They are just one of more than 30 groups that are already planning to attend.


Tthe DNC is prepared.... they built a wall ↗

Hillary probably approves:

Friday I had mentioned they didn't even have a schedule locked down.   Now it appears a prime-time speaking slot just opened up.   Debbie Doberman Schultz has either removed herself or was told to sit down by the DNC, just a day before the convention is set to begin, over leaked emails that were highly critical of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.

In a May 5th email, under a subject line of “No s–t,” DNC CFO Brad Marshall was fishing for a way to label the Jewish Sanders as an atheist (people I thought the Democrat Party stood up for all this time):

Per the NY Post ("how Democrats screwed Sanders"):

“It might [make] no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief,” Marshall wrote, apparently referring to Sanders and upcoming Kentucky and West Virginia primaries.

“Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage,’’ Marshall asked.

“I think I read he is an atheist.”

“This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and atheist.”

The chief executive officer at the DNC, Amy Dacey, responded with a single word: “Amen.”

Marshall told The Intercept that he didn’t recall the sleazy e-mail.

But then he claimed it wasn’t an attempted hit job on Sanders.

“I can say it would not have been Sanders. It would probably be about a surrogate,” Marshall told the Web site.

He did not explain why the DNC would try to slime a Sanders surrogate.

I've heard some bad explanations, but the surrogate one is awful.   Can we please ask Mr Marshall which surrogate the DNC would be so anxious to label an atheist, and not a Jew?   Inquiring minds want to know.

There was also talk of collusion with the media in the leaked emails released by WikiLeaks... which is why this is funny:  



Check out that interview:

Russian-state actors, "helping Donald Trump", which made this Tweet even better:



DEFCON 3 is in effect.

It's gonna be a good week.    

Here's the link for the DNC live feed, if you're a glutton for punishment, as I am.



DNC Still Feeling the Bern

This will likely anger a lot of Bernie suporters leading up to the Democrats' convention:


Emails hinting at collusion between them, the Hillary camp and reporters... muddying the ethical waters to make Hillary appear less scandalous...  wobbley Dems and their uncertainty over the Occupier in Chief's plans...   but, you know, oh well, Melania Trump, or something.

Pass the popcorn please.

That is all (and have a great weekend).


GOP Convention ((LIVE STREAM))

I'll try to update these daily, but I forget stuff, so whatever:

For nitpicky folks:  Try C-Span (still the King)


Bernt Out

This week has been a tough week for Bernie Sanders supporters, as they had to sit back and watch him get on stage and officially endorse Hillary Clinton, the opponent he so adamently (and rightfully) spoke out against.   If only he would have jumped on that whole "email thing" early on... just sayin'.    Sounds like a careless strategy of his own.

But their loss is our gain, as the blowback has been harsh, but hilarious:

 "Okay, Hillary's talking...  and I can't stomach that right now... let's bolt"

And the memes...  OH, THE MEMES:

Even the Green Party is chiming in...

Yes, please.

Enjoy the weekend.

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