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The latest Washington Post-ABC Poll oversamples Democratic voters at an unprecedented clip, but even so it shows the two candidates in a virtual tie heading into Monday’s make-or-break debate.
Republican nominee Donald Trump received positive news on Sunday morning with the release of a new major poll showing that he had regained momentum that was lost after nearly two weeks of blistering attacks associating the candidate with racist groups, a Clinton campaign charm offensive led by the nation’s top Hollywood celebrities branding the bombastic billionaire a threat to the country, and fear mongering about the real estate tycoon’s alleged Russian ties.
The new poll shows that among likely voters in a four way race, 46% of voters favor Clinton, 44% prefer Trump while third party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein saw a collapse in their support levels making up only 6% of the vote share while another 4% of voters remain undecided.
The poll comes with a major caveat which is that it oversamples Democrats at a proportion not yet seen during this election cycle with Republicans making up only 23% of the sample, Independents 36% and Democrats 33%, respectively.
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by Adam Walinsky, from Politico
The Democratic Party has become something both JFK and RFK would deplore—the party of war.
I was a Democrat all my life. I came to Washington to serve President John Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy. When the president was murdered and his brother struck off on his own, I joined his Senate campaign and staff as his legislative assistant and speechwriter, until his presidential campaign ended with his own assassination. I ran on a (losing) Democratic ticket in the New York state elections of 1970. When I was working to enact my own program of police reform in the 1980s and 1990s, then-Governor Bill Clinton was chairman of my National Committee for the Police Corps.
This year, I will vote to elect Donald Trump as president of the United States.
So profound a change, and a decent respect for old friendships, requires me to deliver a public accounting for this decision.
Here it is. John and Robert Kennedy devoted their greatest commitments and energies to the prevention of war and the preservation of peace. To them that was not an abstract formula but the necessary foundation of human life. But today’s Democrats have become the Party of War: a home for arms merchants, mercenaries, academic war planners, lobbyists for every foreign intervention, promoters of color revolutions, failed generals, exploiters of the natural resources of corrupt governments. We have American military bases in 80 countries, and there are now American military personnel on the ground in about 130 countries, a remarkable achievement since there are only 192 recognized countries. Generals and admirals announce our national policies. Theater commanders are our principal ambassadors. Our first answer to trouble or opposition of any kind seems always to be a military movement or action.
Nor has the Democratic Party candidate for president this year, Hillary Clinton, sought peace. Instead she has pushed America into successive invasions, successive efforts at “regime change.” She has sought to prevent Americans from seeking friendship or cooperation with President Vladimir Putin of Russia by characterizing him as “another Hitler.” She proclaims herself ready to invade Syria immediately after taking the oath of office. Her shadow War Cabinet brims with the architects of war and disaster for the past decades, the neocons who led us to our present pass, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, in Ukraine, unrepentant of all past errors, ready to resume it all with fresh trillions and fresh blood. And the Democrats she leads seem intent on worsening relations with Russia, for example by sending American warships into the Black Sea, or by introducing nuclear weapons ever closer to Russia itself.
… But within a year thereafter, deeply affected by the barely-averted catastrophe, President Kennedy had forged a close working relationship with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, spoke all over the country to promote peace policies, and delivered his historic American University speech of 1963. Our “strategy of peace,” he said, was “not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war.” Rather it must be founded on negotiation, cooperation in areas of mutual interest, and recognition that “our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” As to our great adversary the Soviet Union, he said, “we must reexamine our own attitude—as individuals and as a nation—for our attitude is as essential as theirs.”
Six months later he was dead;
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Most of the emails the FBI recovered during its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system while secretary of state will not be made available until after the Nov. 8 presidential election under a timetable set by a judge on Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The judge ordered the U.S. State Department to finish processing 1,050 pages of material for release by Nov. 4, just days before Americans go to the polls, the Wall Street Journal said. The paper said that material was out of what could be as much as 10,000 pages.
Under the schedule set by the judge, there will be also be pre-election releases on Oct. 7 and Oct. 21, and the State Department will process 500 pages per month after that, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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by Scott Creighton
Talk about your standard issue “basket of deplorables”
Lemniscat is posting some good short little clips on Twitter showing the new warmonger extraordinaire, Sen. Lindsey Graham, questioning Sec. of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Dunford about the situation in Syria.
At first Sen. Graham asks Dunford about his plan to “hold” Raqqa. Raqqa is a Syrian city supposedly under control of “ISIS”. That would be the same “ISIS” our military allowed to leave Manbij and the same “ISIS” we apparently helped “accidentally” by bombing Syrian troops who had them penned down with no way to resupply.
Gen. Dunford replies that “we” currently have “14,000 Arabs” as part of what seems to be an occupation force he intends to use to “hold” the Syrian city.
by Scott Creighton
“Putney said that officers are “absolutely not being charged” … not all of the footage in police possession would be released Saturday, but that more would be released in the future.” Huffington Post
As I predicted yesterday morning, police in Charlotte have indeed released the two videos they had previously claimed they would not release until the investigation into the shooting of Keith Scott was concluded. And, as I predicted, the videos, though still up for interpretation, do show Keith Scott with something in his right hand. Does that justify the use of deadly force by officers? It didn’t used to.
In this image taken from the body-cam of one of the officers involved, you can barely see Mr. Scott getting out of the vehicle and you certainly can’t see him being shot as he backed away from that officer due to the fact that the camera is located next to and behind the officer’s head, which gets in the way at the critical moment. It is grainy and may have even been altered in a key frame. There seems to be a dot covering Keith Scott’s right hand in the only frame you could have actually made out what was in his hand. One thing you can see is Mr. Scott’s right pant leg pulled up well above his ankle.
Mr. Scott is only in this video for a total of about 3 seconds and the grainy resolution of it makes it impossible to determine what he is holding. But he is holding something and it is not a book.
Mr. Scott’s pants leg is important due to the fact that the police have released an updated version of what they found at the scene to include an ankle holster. As I said yesterday, the small size of the gun and his pants having been pulled down by the officers left me to deduce that either Mr. Scott had the gun in his pants crotch or the weapon was a “drop gun” which are typically kept on an officer in an ankle holster.
In neither of the two videos is it possible to determine that Mr. Scott was actually wearing the ankle holster.
by Scott Creighton
In an environment where one half of the presidential campaign is suddenly focused almost entirely on creating racial division among the electorate and where millionaire professional football players are taking a knee in support of the pursuit of more racial equality in our justice system, we find ourselves with two very different and potentially defining moments in this country and this Black Lives Matter movement in general.
On Sept. 17th, Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby shot and killed Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old unarmed black man, after his car was found disabled in the middle of the road. Crutcher had apparently approached Officer Shelby’s vehicle when pulled up onto the scene while on route to another call. There are two videos which clearly show the event as it unfolded and in one of the videos from a police helicopter flying above, an officer can be heard describing Crutcher as a “bad dude”. He was driving a family SUV, walking with his hands up and wearing khaki pants. So what made him look like a “bad dude” to the officer? Officer Shelby is a petite white woman whose lawyer stated she was frightened and felt threatened because he was a large man, not because of the color of his skin.
This is a very cut and dry case. You don’t kill someone because they refuse to OBEY and do so calmly and peacefully. The “bad dude” comment makes it much worse. Clearly, racial issues aside, tiny Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby should never have been a cop in the first place. You don’t get to shoot people because you’re scared of large men.
In this case, Tulsa police arrested Officer Shelby and charged her with manslaughter and yet, what could have been a major rallying point for the Black Lives Matter movement has quickly dropped off the radar of the national press… because of Charlotte.
This past Tuesday, the 20th of Sept. there was another shooting incident involving a very similar set of circumstances.
Keith Scott, was shot and killed by a black officer in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Early reports stated he was on his porch reading a book and was shot by officers, once again, attending to another call. After further review it turns out Mr. Scott was in a vehicle and then he got out of that vehicle while several officers had guns drawn on him. He then moved toward the position of one of the officers and after apparently ignoring several commands to drop his “gun”, was shot a few feet from that position one of the officers was holding.
His wife says he didn’t have a gun, but only a book. Video she released is inconclusive as to what he was really holding but there are clues.
by Scott Creighton
Yesterday I wrote about how the Pentagon deliberately decimated the cease-fire agreement on the 6th and 8th day of the accord so they wouldn’t have to hand over detailed information about the locations of our “ISIS” destabilization teams in Syria.
The day before that I wrote about what “barrel bombs” really are and who most likely used them against the UN aid convoy. Here’s a little hint: they aren’t dropped from Syrian army helicopters.
Today on Morning Joe, after Mika went ballistic calling Donald Trump a racist (again) and accusing him of eating black babies for breakfast, the discussion among Joe’s gaggle of neoliberal yesmen turned to why Barack Obama hasn’t bombed the whole of the Syrian government and their planes and invaded the country due to Assad “using chemical weapons against his own people and bombing the UN aid convoy from the air”
I guess the bloviating warmongers on MSNBC’s morning “news” program think their audience is ignorant. An MIT study destroyed Obama’s first “redline” chemical weapons story back in 2014. That’s why Obama didn’t act on it back then. It was a lie and it was exposed as a lie. Mother Agnes Mariam de la Croix exposed the East Ghouta chemical weapons attacks being blamed on Assad as a lie as well. The gig was up. When the intellectuals and the church as well expose your false flag chemical weapons attacks for what they are, it’s kinda hard to motivate a large percentage of the population to engage in yet another illegal war of aggression based on more lies.
As Morning Joe’s propaganda relates to the new UN study about the use of chemical weapons in Syria, once again, the truth is not quite as cut and dry as those who want us to bomb another country indiscriminately would have you believe:
“This week the full report was finally released, and as it turns out – Russia’s Churkin was 100% correct. The report, as with many other US-led attempts to fabricate cases of weapons of mass destruction against governments it wishes to depose, seems at the very least to be sexed-up, and at most – a completely fraudulent assessment of events on the ground in Syria. The only real conclusive findings in this report point to ISIS using sulfur mustard gas in Syria” 21st Century Wire
Specifically, Joe Scarborough was asking the spokesman for the State Department why Obama hasn’t declared war against Assad because, according to Joe, “he is committing genocide by “using chlorine bombs against its own people.”
To this argument, the State Department pitchman agreed with Joe about Assad using chlorine bombs against his own people but said they wanted Russia to stop the violence instead. Sec. Kerry said Assad was “definitely” using “barrel bombs” loaded with chlorine gas on his own people.
To that I present an article out of al Jazeera, hardly a neocon publication, and they say, yes indeed, Assad drops “barrel bombs” filled with chemical weapons on his own people and they even included an investigator’s photo of the evidence:Allow me to refresh your memory: