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August 24, 2016

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paul

Also Daily Mail has gotten sued by Melania Trump! What is strange with this is that actually Daily Mail has published the article that throws doubts over Melania Trump was an escort.

Melania Trump pursues Daily Mail over '100% false' rumors about her past

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/22/melania-trump-lawsuit-daily-mail

paul

Trump, the wife of the Republican presidential nominee, has placed The Daily Mail and other news organizations "on notice... for making false and defamatory statements about her supposedly having been an 'escort' in the 1990s," Charles Harder, a lawyer for Trump, said in a statement. [from: Melania Trump threatens to sue news outlets http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/22/media/melania-trump-threatens-to-sue-news-outlets/ ]

Melania's Fury: Trump's Wife Threatens to Sue Websites That She Says Falsely Suggested She Was Once an Escort
http://www.insideedition.com/headlines/18245-melanias-fury-trumps-wife-threatens-to-sue-websites-that-she-says-falsely-suggested-she-was


Winter

Tomi
"Melania Trump is exactly the type of slimy slut personality who would sell herself to a sleazebag like Donald Trump"

Personally, I really do not care whether Mrs Trump was a sex worker in the past (I would actually vote for a sex-worker who represents my views and interests). From her public appearances, I think I would not like Mrs Trump's personality and she might be a match to Donald himself in morality.

However, I do not think she is more of a "slut" than Donald himself. It seems to me she is now judged on behavior she was paid to perform by rich American men.

In this case, I even think it is a good deed to marry a foreign sex worker and give her a home. That is one positive thing I would grant Donald. Albeit that his treatment of her most likely negates all the good karma of this deed.

Isceald Glede

The possibility that Melania Trump was once a sex worker means nothing to me. What consenting adults do together and why they do it is their own business. Making laws against the oldest profession just puts women in more danger. Her marriage to Donald suggests remarkable levels of tolerance for which she deserves respect. Working without a visa is a bit more questionable. The idea of having laws against working for a living seems strange to me, but https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nannygate suggests this is a socially acceptable way to make the minimum wage apply only to US citizens.
The plagiarism has two possibilities: If she wrote the speech then she owes Michelle Obama an apology. If she didn't, then she owes an apology to the speech writer for when she tried to pass that work off as her own.
Possible typo: degree from Ljbuljanka ... That is not beyond dispute.
Tomi, is the 'not' an accident? Claiming a qualification she has not earned is really bad, but not quite as bad as unleashing a horde of lawyers against people accurately reporting a past she would rather keep secret, and for that I wish Melania a happy Streisand effect.

sgtrock

So far as I'm concerned, Melania's possible or even probable past as a sex worker should have no bearing whatsoever on Trump's suitability as a candidate. Any issues that should arise rightfully are personal ones The Donald and her. For heaven's sake, sexual issues certainly didn't seem to have much effect on Kennedy's or Clinton's ability to govern (to name just two on the opposite side of the aisle).

Nope, what I'm far more interested in is this whole new release of 15,000 emails that's been all over the news.

From everything that I've read to date, Hillary did the right thing from a procedural standpoint. She let a team of lawyers set up a search engine that, based upon subject line, generated a raw dump of emails that was forwarded on to the Departments of Justice (FBI) and State for review. That's _exactly_ how she should have handled it from an evidentiary perspective. Stay hands off so no possibility of evidence tampering could be alleged in court. If that's what she really did, then she did everything correctly and the "new" release very likely has no bombshells in it.

On the other hand, if she personally or her staff did personally vet the emails that were released, then she may have cherry picked emails to hide that will now come out. Personally, I'd say the odds of that were vanishingly low but it's certainly possible. Questions that I have not seen answers for at this point:

1) Where did the new dump come from?
2) How was it generated?
3) Is there any overlap with the original 30,000?

Anyone know?

cornelius

Some of the previous commenters here have said that Melania's sexual life is not relevant to the political debate. Fair enough. But let's remember that Trump has actively spread rumors about Cruz's father killing Kennedy, Bill Clinton being a rapist, Hillary Clinton being not healthy, Obama not being born in the US. Is it OK for Trump to smear his political opponents but not OK to smear him and his slutty wife? Karma is a bitch. Thank you, Tomi, for helping spread the word about Melania. Trump deserves every bit of dirt and then some.

sgtrock

As my sainted mother used to say, "Two wrongs don't make a right." ;-)

Winter

@sgtrock
"Two wrongs don't make a right."

My thoughts.

The Donald is a hypocrite, and that is one of his lesser vices. Melania is his wife and most likely had only little influence on the whole circus surrounding her. It is not morally right to use her as a stick to beat Donald. Unless you want to show the world you are just as despicable as he is.

sgtrock

@Winter;

Thank you! That is a great articulation of my thoughts as well.

cornelius

OK, let's leave Melania alone. How about Trump using 55,000 from campaign funds to buy his own book? I mean clearly the book is invaluable. what's a few tens of thousands of dollars for such a great book? The best book.

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/24/donald-trump-used-campaign-funds-to-buy-his-own-book-report.html

sgtrock

Oh, I don't think we have to leave Melania /completely/ alone. As Tomi pointed out, she never did apologize for plagiarizing Michelle. She doesn't get a pass from me on that one. Nor, for that matter, does The Donald or the rest of the campaign team. ;-)

As to the book buying? I could see the campaign buying a bunch for giveaways as long as Trump doesn't profit from it. That would mean foregoing any royalties. Knowing what a slimeball he is, I'm not expecting to hear that he has.

Frankly, what I find truly breathtaking is just how blatant all of his ripoffs are. If there were any other context except a Presidential election, he wouldn't be on the campaign trail. He would be sitting in a jail cell somewhere sweating at the thought of a whole slew of charges instead.

grouch

If accepting royalties for those books amounts to conversion of campaign funds, how can the Donald legally be renting rooms and services to the campaign (even before the recent quadrupling of fees)?

cornelius

@grouch It's quintupling, not quadrupling.

In other news: Donald Trump delivers his biggest insult yet, demeaning celebrities for their not-hotness

Because the hotness is the only thing that matters. His wife is hot, that's what's important. The fact that she is a whore is of no importance.
PS: Please note the Twitter reaction at the end about Scott Baio not being hot :-)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-not-hot-donald-trump-lodges-his-1472067484-htmlstory.html

Tomi T Ahonen

Hi everybody

Thank you for the comments. I also agree with those holding a more should we say 'libertarian' view about sex workers, I think its a legitimate job and should be legal and be protected by laws and not be hidden in crime etc. So say like they have in the state of Nevada or in many European countries. I also don't think its a reason to vote against Trump who has far far greater reasons to disqualify him from becoming President. What this blog was about, is primarily the press intimidation tactics of the Trump Campaign and that I object to vehemently, also it attacks Melania Trump personally for her lies and especially the fact she still has not apologized to Michelle Obama for delivering a speech that clearly plagiarized from her speech - something we later learned, was based on the fact that Melania loved that speech by Michelle. All the more telling about her personality (Melania's) that she still won't apologize for having stolen from Michelle (and ironically, she stole specifically a passage claiming to have learned honesty and integrity).

So yes karma is a bitch. I had a long hashtag game episode attacking Melania around her plagiarism and had a great time with that, back in July, ran all night with great laughter. But at some point I felt sorry for her, that this race is not Hillary vs Melania, it is Hillary vs Trump and Melania didn't write that speech even though she at one point claimed she did, and I felt it was enough. She had put herself up to taking the heat, she got burned, but that was enough. I shifted my attention back on Donald Trump.

This is different. Now a minor story of a British typical newspaper - of what seems to be very clearly also Melania's real past - and painfully consistent with the parts that have already come out - could have been a minor forgotten story. Instead, the Trump attorneys are unleashed on some media outlets. And then of course that is by CHOICE what the Trump team wants to draw attention to. So be it. Then I will continue to make a lot of fun ridiculing Melania in whatever chances I get, and keep reminding all that she is reportedly a hooker, a prostitute, an Escort.

Incidentally, while this is a forgotten trivial tech blog in the murky hidden nether regions of the interwebs, when I did a Google search yesterday on Melania Trump Prostitute, this blog shows up on page 6 of the search results. Thats bad enough that Melania's life reputation will forever have more damage simply because of this one blog. Trump doesn't understand how the internet works. On 'hooker' and 'escort' the search was lower but for 'sex worker' this blog story came up on the second page of Google search hits. Thats real damage to her reputation forever. I had never heard of this writer or even of that Liberal America news site. But this blog has had 4 million visits lifetime, so when this blog links to someone else, we do get heavier attention by Google than a random smaller blog. And that while a tiny step, is one more that will damage her reputation, courtesy of her attorneys.

This is the 'Communities Dominate' ethos of this blog that I use when I feel it justified, like in the past with some tech leaders (Elop) but also at times when some other entity needs to be mocked and need a stain onto their online reputation.

If Melania Trump was a normal person with normal values, and gave a speech plagiarizing someone she admires - due no fault of her own, because someone on her staff was lazy or incompetent - any normal person would have had an apology to Michelle Obama immediately (and of course any normal Campaign would have fired the speechwriter). She has a warped sick sense of values not to do that. The TEAM has admitted there was plagiarism. She KNOWS what that means. Yet she hasn't apologized. So she 'deserves' this. She has no 'benefit of the doubt' and no 'good will' for earning some latitude.

Separately is the lying about her university degree. That now shows more of this deceitful character flaw and this attempt to invent a different past for herself. Yeah, you may get away with lies but not if you run for President you don't. Not as the wife of someone running for President. Did Trump KNOW that her university degree was not real? He probably did, and that makes Trump a fool for attempting to run with this deception. Its possible Trump didn't know and now this revellation is adding more strain to their relationship. If you notice, Melania is not much seen on the trail, and it may be part of the reason Trump is so Grumpy.

Anyway, because the attorneys attacked the media, especially very weak ones who can't afford a proper legal defense, then the least we can do on this blog, is to come to that defense and help spread that story, try to prevent this from becoming more 'normal'. But I appreciate the comments and I'll now move onto the current issues of the race (I wonder if we should keep that debate on the other thread or here?)

Anyway, a thorough analysis of TV ads of the cycle, accumulating all TV ads both in money spent and actual TV ads aired, by both sides - in the context of all pro and against ads by SuperPACs and also, very interestingly, the context of OTHER political ads by local races for Senator, Governor, etc - is at the Wesleyan University site. FASCINATING results. Check them out

http://mediaproject.wesleyan.edu/releases/aug-2016/

The study measures the total visibility 'this cycle' including primaries so from January to now, August. It includes a separate mention of now the first week of when Trump has aired ads in 4 states. But overall - the total TV ad spending is roughly on par with the last Presidential year, 2012. About half of all ads spent have been on the Presidential race, the other half local races. Whats totally wrong, is that Trump's Campaign has spent nearly nothing, so the rough parity to year 2012 reflects a growth of about 25% vs 2012, by the other parties, combined, if we ignore the main Republican Candidate's campaign (Romney of 2012 or Trump of 2016).

So most ads seen have not been only Hillary. Her ads (and those of her SuperPAC) have had roughly the same level of ad exposure as other local TV ads run for Congress or Mayor or Senator or Governor etc. And missing in action has been Trump.

I'll dig into those numbers later, you may want to do so too and please post comments. Its really fascinating and very deep. I only wish we had a breakdown of the last month, separate from the 7 month total, so we could see the 'current' race more clearly. But nonetheless, that one week of real Trump vs Hillary is also telling. In the top markets there are a few places where Trump is AHEAD of Hillary's TV ads but others of the 4 states where they fight, where she is ahead. This is as to be expected, now the Campaigns react to each others' moves and see how the race is forming.

BUT I think its fair to say, the damage by the TV ad superiority by Hillary is one of the main forces driving her dramatically better performance in the battleground states, than her overall essentially stagnant lead of about 5 points in the national race. This is further helped/hurt by the past Trump nonsense campaign of rallies, which he now is trying to remedy.

Anyway, enjoy the analysis and lets discuss

Tomi Ahonen :-)

cornelius

NY Times has a fresh forecast about the Senate race

"The Democrats have a 60% chance of winning the Senate"

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/upshot/senate-election-forecast.html

Isceald Glede

@GF:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betteridge%27s_law_of_headlines

Eduardo M

Rural versus urban for Trump versus Clinton

http://www.npr.org/2016/08/18/490240652/is-rural-resentment-driving-voters-to-donald-trump

Wayne Borean


Nigel Farage thinks Trump is a wonderful Presidential candidate!

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-08-25/ukip-s-farage-champions-trump-at-rally-in-mississippi

Wayne Borean


Obama will only impose martial law if it looks like Trump will win.

http://canadafreepress.com/article/obama-will-only-impose-martial-law-if-it-looks-like-trump-will-win?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=im

Winter

@Wayne Borean
Nigel Farage has no one else to go to. Even his own party, Ukip is tearing itself apart.

http://heatst.com/world/suzanne-evans-ukip-should-be-celebrating-not-tearing-itself-apart/

grouch

The AP’s big exposé on Hillary meeting with Clinton Foundation donors is a mess

Except it turns out not to be true. The nut fact that the AP uses to lead its coverage is wrong, and Braun and Sullivan’s reporting reveals absolutely no unethical conduct. In fact, they found so little unethical conduct that an enormous amount of space is taken up by a detailed recounting of the time Clinton tried to help a former Nobel Peace Prize winner who’s also the recipient of a Congressional Gold Medal and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

http://www.vox.com/2016/8/24/12618446/ap-clinton-foundation-meeting

grouch

Let's review.

Zika is spreading and...

Zika virus may linger in babies' blood for months, with unknown effects
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/08/24/zika-virus-may-linger-babies-blood-months-unknown-effects/89269004/

House Republicans added "poison pill" amendments to the bill that would fund the fight against zika, then claimed it's the Democrats playing politics, and went on vacation.

Senate Stalls Zika Funding Laden With Partisan Riders

"It also bars the money from going to contraceptive services for women in Zika-afflicted areas, and to groups such as Planned Parenthood."
"The GOP version of the bill also eliminates a rule that bars the flying of Confederate flags at veterans’ cemeteries. Further, it waives environmental rules to allow the increased spraying of pesticides in waterways, although Zika-carrying mosquitoes do not breed in moving rivers and ponds."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/senate-zika-funding_us_5772937fe4b0dbb1bbbc00c2

Ok, so what happens when you shut down Planned Parenthood?

Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world, study finds
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/20/texas-maternal-mortality-rate-health-clinics-funding

What happens when you let agriculture further pollute water?

Florida's algae problem stems from decades of Lake Okeechobee pollution
http://phys.org/news/2016-07-florida-algae-problem-stems-decades.html

Conclusion: House Repukes, er, Republicans favor (1) paid vacations for themselves, (2) babies with microcephaly from zika, (3) higher mortality rates for poor mothers, (4) more agricultural water pollution in spite of millions in lost tourism trade.

Yeah, I'm a bit annoyed.

Winter

@grouch
The most fanatical Republicans want to dissolve the federal state. As long as they cannot have it, paralysing the federal level is an acceptible alternative. Trump invited Farage in Mississippi is probably no accident. Brexit and secession are quite comparable. Those behind Trump might stoke the fire of a new secession.
http://sites.austincc.edu/caddis/secession-winter/

And it should be clear by now that conservative delegates could not care less about the lives of those who do not vote for them.

grouch

FULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton links Trump to 'alt-right' in Reno

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/293359-full-speech-hillary-clinton-attacks-alt-right-and

grouch

Hillary Clinton Microwaves Donald Trump’s Axis of Tinfoil

Clinton tied Trump to famed conspiracy theorists on Thursday, including one who believes the 9/11 attacks were an inside job—and whom Trump insisted he ‘will not let down.’

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/08/25/hillary-clinton-microwaves-donald-trump-s-axis-of-tinfoil.html

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