Washpo: On anti-Semitism and dog whistles

Antisemitism is an issue with which I am generally interested. I believe that sometimes there is actual antisemitism. But sometimes I think it is a label used to tarnish people who are entirely reasonable. Being critical of Israel does not make one antisemitic. Being anti-banking does not make one antisemitic. Being critical of lawyers does not make one antisemitic. Being critical of Hollywood does not make one antisemitic.

There are antisemitic people out there, though outside of liberal circles ironically (I guess ironically) I’ve never heard it expressed openly.

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Open Secrets: Trump “self funded” $56.1 million, only 22.67% of funds raised

Source: OpenSecrets.org

This is from the most recent report from Open Secrets on the Trump campaign. It shows that Trump, though heavily invested did not “self fund” his campaign as he said he was doing. This is an important point as Trump’s self funding was a significant part of his appeal for many. The idea that he owed no one was powerful.

To a large degree the “Trump independence” meme does appear to hold true even if Trump only self funded 1/5 of his campaign.

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Do levels of sunshine determine how much one likes (needs) big government? (MAP)

OK, just to be clear this is a half joke. There is no scientific basis for it. I stumbled across this map and just thought it was interesting how the higher the level of solar radiation the less likely (generally) people seem inclined toward big government. At least in the West.

California, as usual, remains an outlier.

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Colin Kaepernick speaking today (yesterday) — his thoughts on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and the U.S. Presidential election (VIDEO)

Generally speaking we are not inclined to give much weight to sports figures or other entertainers when it comes to politics. But given the controversy surrounding the fact that Kaepernick did not stand for the national anthem I think this video is appropriate fare for our readers. Mr. Kaepernick’s take on the current political situation I think reflects where a lot of Americans are. He expresses his frustration with both major candidates.

We don’t agree or disagree with what the San Francisco quarterback has to say,

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Social climbers, poseurs, and ‘nincompoops’, The lefty donor crowd (Plenty on the Right too)

This pol photo is cool, I have to admit. Neither DNC donors.

I have to say that this particular article really speaks to me. I have always wondered why so many wealthy people so covet a photographed handshake with the president or even a member of Congress.

I suppose it’s supposed to be symbol of status. Something to be hung on the wall as a trophy, a celluloid gazelle head or something. And I’m not talking about all pictures with political big shots.

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New Leak: Top DNC Official Wanted to Use Bernie Sanders’s Religious Beliefs Against Him

As we’ve said many times, Bernie’s economics are just flat out dangerous. However he was treated very badly in the primaries. That should not be forgotten. The Iowa coin flips. The railroading in Nevada. I’m sure there were many other examples. Oh, here’s one.

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Obama endorses Hillary even though she is under investigation by the FBI, Message to the FBI?

If there is anything that I personally resent about Mr. Obama it is his introduction, or really reintroduction, of Chicago style politics to the White House. There’s a reason why Chicago is a hole of dysfunction – Chicago politics. And our current president brought it to Washington for all of us to endure.

How is the FBI supposed to do its job when they know that the head of the Executive Branch, the President, their boss, is endorsing for president someone they are investigating.

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Ouch: Flint water crisis: residents say Hillary Clinton ‘coming for the entertainment’

I am sure Ms. Clinton will be focusing on the fact that the EPA knew that there was lead in Flint’s water for 1 full YEAR without making the information public. I’m am also sure she’ll be calling for massive reforms at the agency and exploring fully how it could be that the federal government allowed thousands to be poisoned. Almost positive that will be her area of attention.

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