Hillary Clinton’s Worst Weekend Ever

It’s been more than a quarter-century since Bill and Hillary Clinton emerged on the national landscape, and we still don’t get Hillary Clinton. That apparently is the belief of cautiously optimistic Democratic operatives after Donald Trump narrowed Clinton’s lead in the polls last week.

The Washington Post reports: “One new goal for Clinton now, aides said, is to spend more time trying to connect directly with voters by sharing a more personal side of herself — and by telling them where she wants to take the country.”

Of course, undecided voters don’t have to wait for Clinton to tell them where she’d take the country. Anyone with a keyboard and an Internet connection can examine her track record as first lady, senator from New York and Secretary of State and form a reasonable idea of who she is and where she’d take the country. No doubt many have, and her polls have sagged as a result.

But let’s pretend like Hillary’s consultants know what they’re doing, and the problem is people just don’t know the real Hillary yet.

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Clinton has made a career out of being misunderstood, so is naturally on board with the plan. Last week, on the popular touchy-feely blog Humans of New York, she admitted she can be perceived as “aloof or cold or unemotional” and that people just don’t get her.

“I’m not Barack Obama. I’m not Bill Clinton,” she reassured us. “Both of them carry themselves with a naturalness that is very appealing to audiences. … They work and they practice what they’re going to say. It’s not that they’re trying to be somebody else. But it’s hard work to present yourself in the best possible way. You have to communicate in a way that people say: ‘OK, I get her.’ And that can be more difficult for a woman.”

The 68-year-old Clinton further explains that because there were fewer female role models when she was growing up, she modeled her speaking style off of male mentors, and that’s why it looks out-of-place when she waves her arms around and sounds grating when she screams into microphones. Men can get away with it, women can’t, no matter how much corporate banks pay for her speeches.

For the record, the only male who’s ever gotten away with it is Gilbert Gottfried, but anyway, we’re just getting to know the real Hillary. Perhaps sensing that time’s a-wasting, Clinton brought everyone up to date last Friday night, at an LGBT for Hillary fundraiser in New York City: “I know there are only 60 days left to make our case — and don’t get complacent, don’t see the latest outrageous, offensive, inappropriate comment and think well he’s done this time. We are living in a volatile political environment. You know, to just be grossly generalistic (sic), you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables (sic). Right?”

What’s a deplorable, according to Clinton? Anyone who exhibits any of the following symptoms:

“The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic—you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people—now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric.”

Clinton was obviously referring to the controversial alt-right political movement that exists mostly online, supports Trump’s candidacy and mercilessly trolls Clinton supporters, liberals and other so-called social justice warriors. Republicans—many of whom have by no means embraced the alt-right—accused Clinton of casting too wide of a net, branding millions of Republicans “deplorable.” Proving once again her campaign has learned nothing from Trump, Clinton apologized.

Here’s the problem with that: Clinton, perhaps speaking off the cuff, is more right than perhaps she even knows. More than any other issue, even immigration, Trump has been running against political correctness, recognizing that deplorable adjectives such as racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and Islamophobic are used to silence any debate concerning their respective issues. Political correctness is the tool the establishment uses to set the limits of the debate. A few examples:

Anyone who doesn’t support Black Lives Matter is a racist. Anyone who suggests the unborn may have civil rights is a sexist. Anyone who thinks a Christian baker should not be forced to bake a gay wedding cake is a homophobe. Anyone who doesn’t support open borders is a xenophobe. Anyone who points out the latest terrorist act was carried out by Muslims is an Islamophobe.

All of the above terms were once sufficient to shame into submission all but the most hardened neo-Nazis and right-wing evangelicals. Now, after Huffington Post has been using all of the terms in Clinton’s basket of deplorables in a disclaimer at the bottom of every story it runs on Trump for the past year, after every mainstream news organization has joined in the piling on of pejoratives, the words have lost their sting, and millions of people who used to feel stung—yes, mostly white people weary of being scapegoated and ignored—are speaking out, with their political choice.

Clinton is 100 percent correct that we’re in a volatile political environment. Our allegedly long-delayed national conversation on race is playing out in professional sports stadiums across the country as I write. According to some estimates, there may be as many as 30 million illegal immigrants in the United States—no one knows the upper limit. The U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Russia and China fight over the emerging new world order even as the global economy appears to be mired in an ongoing economic slump. The very tenets of globalism — open borders and free trade — have been called into question.

With political correctness gone out the window and three presidential debates in the upcoming weeks, I was looking forward to a vibrant national discussion like one that’s never occurred during my lifetime. But as I was writing this on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the news came in that Hillary Clinton had left early from a service at the Manhattan 9/11 memorial after experiencing a “medical episode.”

A video filmed by a private citizen attending the event showed Clinton stumbling and falling off a curb as she attempted to step into a van. If members of her entourage hadn’t caught her, she might have hit her head one more time.

I was really hoping that Clinton’s health would turn out to be a non-issue drummed up by Tea Party remnants, who’ve been pushing it non-stop since she declared her candidacy. After countless coughing fits, two seizures caught on video and this latest fall, it’s clear that it is an issue. Now even seasoned establishment journalists like Tom Brokaw are calling for Clinton to release her medical records. Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign has claimed Hillary was diagnosed with pneumonia last Friday—which doesn’t explain why she’s been coughing her brains out for the past year.

Has the Democratic National Committee been covering up her health issues the entire time, even as it rigged the primaries against Sen. Bernie Sanders? How sick is she? Is she well enough to carry the battle to Trump in the coming debates? Is it too late to replace her with, say, Vice President Joe Biden? Bernie Sanders?

At this point in time, it’s still Hillary Clinton’s election to lose. Unfortunately for Clinton supporters, she’s showing that she’s entirely capable of accomplishing that task.

R.V. Scheide
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67 Responses

  1. JeffG says:

    Clinton losing motor control leaving 9/11 service:

     

    Clinton’s seizure-like gestures in an interview:

    • trek says:

      From a deplorables point of view it’s pretty clear that when the van opened it’s door the National Anthem was playing and like Rapinoe, Hillary was trying to take a knee but her body guards new it would hurt her image and decided to do what’s right.

       

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      That fall yesterday was scary. I’m honestly concerned about her health.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        The incident says something about how our campaigns for national office are ridiculously long, grueling, expensive, and wasteful of our nation’s focus and attention.

        • R.V. Scheide says:

          I worry that she’s so determined to be president she’ll die trying.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            No cause for such a concern with Trump—he seems oddly undetermined to win the presidency.  He’s running his campaign like he runs his businesses: (1) Using it as an opportunity to turn his NYC properties into occupied revenue generators by renting space to the campaign.  (2) Failing to pay the people he’s hired to work for him.  (3) Leveraging the publicity, protecting his assets, and setting the table for his next move after the whole thing flops.

          • K. Beck says:

            This raises the question that popped into my mind: What if she dies before the election? Then what happens. Old folks with pneumonia have a high rate of not making it through. I know, I know, she has the best physicians money can buy, but just the same. Anyone know if the Constitution covers this?

        • David Armstrong says:

          I’ve been saying for years – presidential campaigns should be ONE (1) year only – not this mindnumbingly tedious 3 – 3.5+ years.

          Drives me CRAZY.

  2. cheyenne says:

    Anyone with a computer can google the latest episodes of either candidate.  Here in Cheyenne with the huge Warren Air Base with its missile silos I talk to many military personnel, active and retired.  Several have served, in what they call “The Sand Boxes”, a friend of mine who runs an auction house is headed next week for his third tour in one of the sand boxes.  They all fear a Clinton presidency will harm the military.  That is what actual military personnel feel in Cheyenne and if this is true in other military towns HRC could very well lose.  And these military people talk about Trump, but despite some of his remarks against the military, they support him.

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      I have to say, while I have some idea what Trump might do with foreign policy–namely, stop antagonizing the Russians and cease nation-building, I haven’t heard anything that makes me think he has a handle on the actual status of our armed forces and what can be done to improve it. An enormous amount of money is being wasted, and not on the wellbeing of the troops. Privatizing the VA is certainly not the answer! I hope we get to see Trump and Clinton debate this.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Cheyenne — Military culture is overwhelmingly conservative.  I don’t put too much stake in the rank-and-file soldier, sailor, or fly-boy as an international or domestic policy expert.  “Harm the military” generally means cuts in funding. If history serves, Hillary is a confirmed war-hawk and seemingly is always striving to prove she has balls.  Trump, if you can find the modal point of his mishmash of conflicting statements about national security, is an isolationist.  Again, if history serves, isolationism doesn’t lend itself to military build-ups.

      The military will give their support to the Republican, as they’ve done for decades, but that’s not necessarily owing to informed opinions on the two candidates.  More like inertia.

      • cheyenne says:

        As I said this is the opinion of military members here in Cheyenne, the military members in Redding may feel different.  And that rank and file soldier is the one who puts their life on the line, and always has, while politicians play political games like drawing a line in the sand and doing nothing when that line is crossed.  The rank and file soldier here states they are against Clinton and serving in the military makes them more of an expert than those who do not serve.

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          It’s possible to honor the rank-and-file warfighter without assuming that their service bestows upon them the status of political or policy expert.  A lot of ex-military “Oathkeepers” fancy themselves as scholars of the Constitution—a document that many of them believe was inspired by God, and demands constitutional fundamentalism not unlike Biblical fundamentalism.  And they seem to think that the Constitution was designed to protect their God-given rights, and give them a voice.

          The truth is that the Constitution had very little to do with protecting the rights of individuals until the first 10 amendments were adopted.  It was about protecting the rights of states, many of which depended on slavery, and all of which didn’t allow women to vote.

          As far as giving Joe Ciderjug a voice, the House of Representatives was designed to do that, in short spurts.  The Senate was designed to keep a lid on that.  And if you point out to an Oathkeeper that the Founders included in the Constitution an electoral college specifically designed to keep the final decision of who gets to be POTUS out of the hands of lowly riffraff like Oathkeepers, and in the hands of the political elite, the response is like to be a version of: “Derp?”

          • Rod says:

            No Steve, not inspired by god.  Inspired by wisdom.

            Until recently, The Constitution was the greatest civil-rights protecting document ever.  Will it continue?  Sure if we do our jobs, Oathkeepers and various groups want a strong legal document which can’t be weakened.  SCOTUS and congress aren’t Oathkeepers, they’re the dilutors.

             

  3. CoachBob says:

    “I’m not Barack Obama. I’m not Bill Clinton,” she reassured us. “Both of them carry themselves with a naturalness that is very appealing to audiences. … They work and they practice what they’re going to say. It’s not that they’re trying to be somebody else. But it’s hard work to present yourself in the best possible way. You have to communicate in a way that people say: ‘OK, I get her.’ And that can be more difficult for a woman.”

    Not Obama? She says she wants to continue his (failed) policies! Not Bill Clinton? She says she wants him to run the eonomy! “More difficult for a woman?” Great, play the ol’ sexism card! This is just great. Interesting article. And it wasn’t totally anti Trump. Good job. And her health issues will kill her run for office. And it’s just as well. These lyin’ Clintons will cheat and hide every single negative they can. Ask Bernie.

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      The idea of Bill Clinton being in the White House again kind of creeps me out.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Oh, come on……Bill’s a tired old grandpa at this point.

        Have you ever seen the inside of one of Trump’s homes?  The dude has gaudier tastes than a Saudi bachelor playboy prince—it’s like Trump’s interior designers are from the school of Classic French-Moroccan Whorehouse Revival. He’s the nouveau-rich Russian dude in the Direct TV commercial: “Opulence……I has it.”

        I’d hate to see what he’d do to the White House.

        • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

          “Grandpa got a rubber.” Wasn’t that an old Cheech and Chong routine? I don’t know about you, but the first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the name Bill Clinton is Glass-Steagall followed by blue dress followed by pedophile island (thank the late Gawker for that).

  4. Virginia says:

    Strange if you think about it as yet again dehydration is used for yesterdays episode as was the fall that caused brain damage.

    What is the old saying, oh yeah, “Where there is smoke, there is fire.”

    Don’t wish Hillary ill, yet also don’t want her for president , and I wonder where she puts me in her two baskets!

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      Maybe it’s something that can be easily taken care of with the right diet and medication. Maybe she’s one of those people who won’t go to the doctor. I do hope she’s well enough to continue. As far as I know, no major candidate has ever dropped out this late.

    • Breakfast Guy says:

      Right into an odd little basket along with Trump supporters, I’m sure.

  5. Rod says:

    No doubt, Hillary is circling the drain,  bye!

    I remember when JFK was elected as the youngest president ever.  I’d like to have a candidate again who is energetic and appear bigger than life.  You know, somebody who drips positive sexuality with vigor.

     

  6. gmonteri says:

    As you can see by some of the comments, Redding has a chapter of the ‘basket of deplorables.’

  7. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    Sorry R.V., but I have to call bullscheisse on your list of examples of political correctness.  None of those are examples.  They are absolutist, easily falsified association fallacies.  Each one of them is also a panchreston: claims so broad that, by trying to explain everything, they explain nothing.

    Here is an example of the uselessness of a panchreston:

    Girlfriend:   “The WiFi isn’t working.  What’s wrong with it?”

    R.V.:  “It’s God’s will.  Everything is God’s will.”

    Girlfriend:  “Yeah, thanks, R.V.  That’s really helpful.  Hey, look at this—the router is unplugged.”

    I’m generally anti-immigration.  My liberal friends know that my reasons are grounded in environmentalism—I love America’s cultural diversity, but I think our country is plenty crowded as it is.  I’ve seen cities here in California double in size during my lifetime, and I don’t believe we need additional warm bodies.  When I voice that opinion, I’m never accused of being xenophobic or racist.  Maybe a tree-hugger—but not a racist.  Maybe anti-religious if the conversation turns to pro-natalist cultures—but not xenophobic.

    Your pancrheston is empty because no liberals or moderates that I know think, “Anyone who doesn’t support Black Lives Matter is a racist.”  The statement is a false caricaturization and grand oversimplification of what they think.

    The truth is that political correctness is a problem—a tool used to shut people’s mouths—but in its dangerous form it is far more subtle and insidious than as you’ve described it (except in certain departments of certain college campuses, where it is not subtle at all).  Your argument takes one of those subtler (but not so subtle) forms: exaggerating or flat-out mischaracterizing the motives of anyone who speaks contrary to your beliefs.  “Anyone who doesn’t support Black Lives Matter is a racist” implies many things that are untrue.  Among them:  That the straw man who utters that statement is representative of the majority of those who defend the objectives of BLM.  Also, that when someone attacks BLM with purely racist rhetoric, you can’t call it out as racist, or you’re summarily dismissing all criticism of BLM as racist.

    Black Lives Matter is pretty clear about their Guiding Principles.  I’ve read all of them.  I support many of those principals; others I do not support.  One thing I won’t do is dismiss those principles across the board on the grounds that BLM is itself a racist organization, or based on the behavior of some fringe knuckleheads at protests, or based on whatever Colin Kaepernick choses to do or not do during the National Anthem.

    Nor will I dismiss the angst being expressed by Trump’s most steadfast supporters—white working-class people who don’t have college educations—is rooted in racism.  Those people should be pissed off.  That cohort has been suffering for decades, as evidenced by steadily climbing rates of “death by despair” (suicides and drug- and alcohol-related deaths).  They see Clinton as part of the ruling plutocracy that exists to forward the agenda of the one-percent crowd. As you point out, R.V., when it’s nut-cutting time, there’s no reason to think that Clinton will sell out her Wall Street buddies in favor of working class people.

    How the Politically Disenfranchised, Higher Education-Lacking White People of America can convince themselves that Trump—another member of the ruling plutocracy—will act on behalf of anyone but himself is still a mystery to me, but I understand why they’d just as soon roll the dice.

    What I don’t understand is the appeal of Trump’s blatant authoritarianism.  He wants to be America’s Putin.  :::shudders:::

    • R.V. Scheide says:

      Ah contraire Steve. Your own stance on immigration helps prove my point. When the Sierra Club expressed similar views on immigration and over-population a decade or so ago they were roundly branded as racist. They stopped expressing that view. I believe there was an organizational shakeup. This is exactly how PC works. One fascinating reaction so far by the alt-right deplorables are various memes proudly accepting the deplorable label. Name calling no longer works.

      Trump to me remains an enigma. His trade and immigration policies would benefit working class’s American citizens but are completely opposed by the establishment of both parties. As the Republican party embraces Trump because he might actually win I will not be surprised if he capitulates. Is he just another oligarch? Remains to be seen.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Yeah, you winged me with the Sierra Club thing—it’s one of the reasons why I’m no longer a member.  But the Sierra Club policy shift was more complicated than the Club taking an anti-immigration stance, getting shouted down by the PC Army, and folding.

        The policy shift was born of an internal conflict between men and women of a particular committee that focused on population control. The women wanted to address the issue by adopting policies that advocated raising the status of women and educating them about reproductive health, which they recognized (correctly) as reducing birthrates. The men wanted to end immigration and advocate aggressive birth control policies. It became so contentious that it blew up into a full-fledged s***-storm that spilled out of the organization.

        I don’t believe the Sierra Club got shamed into capitulation by the PC Police.  Rather, they made a series of informed decisions over decades, based on the same political calculus that the GOP is eventually going to have to understand, or it will die: Being viewed as anti-Latino in this country is a losing hand in the long run. When Texas turns blue, it’s over for the GOP. The GOP’s only hope is that they figure that out before that happens. In that sense, Trump is the anti-solution.

        You can be a Rich Old White Person’s Club for as long as you want, but your numbers and your influence are going to shrink.  It’s a matter of demographic reality.

        • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

          Well, forgive me for talking in school. I happened to be friends with some SC members in Sonoma County at the same time, and was privy to some of the inside stuff going on.

          I don’t blame the GOP’s death (and it is dead after this election, thanks to Trump, whether he wins or loses) was caused by its inability to welcome Latinos. I think it died because despite paying lip service to rank-and-file issues like immigration, it did little to actually address the situation in the eyes of its constituents.

           

           

    • cheyenne says:

      Steve

      I am an uneducated white man who raised a family in Shasta County, two who joined the military, and all three left because there were no jobs even with college degrees in Redding.  I volunteered with several organizations in Redding, I did every thing from cleaning up the Sacramento River banks to being the Easter Bunny at the Moose Easter Day for kids.  Now that I am retired I have worked toward helping the bottom feeder, your words, homeless.  I have received two letters from the VFW national organization thanking me personally for helping homeless veterans.  I lack the college degrees you have but with your attitude toward non educated people who you seem to feel are beneath you I am glad I am not college educated.  I am proud to be Joeciderjug.

      • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

        Cheyenne, I’m not sure what’s going on here in Redding with the homeless situation. I live a good ways out of town, so I don’t see it. But I know every time we go down town, the first thing people we encounter bring up is the homeless issue. The general consensus appears to be that it’s more than just a housing problem, a certain segment of these destitutes appear to be healthy, working age men who are extremely aggressive and have no concept of property rights. Because of this, people who would otherwise be compassionate have been speaking in the harshest terms about the down-and-out.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Cheyenne — I don’t have the contempt for people who don’t have college educations that you imagine I have—I had a long conversation with an employee about this topic just yesterday, concerning the Alabaman foreman of a construction crew whose work on a pipeline we’re monitoring.  I believe I said something like: “It took me two minutes of talking to C.J. to know that he’s smarter than me.  That guy knows a whole lot of stuff that you and I will always be completely ignorant of.  And if I was any one of the guys on his crew, I’d probably be for Trump, too.”

        My whole family is like that—not a lot of education, but plenty of people who are scary-smart (and of course some who are dumber than cow pies).  And nearly all of my friends during my decades in Redding have been working-class guys.  Few are college men.

        Please understand that when I speak of bottom-feeders, I’m not speaking of the homeless.  I understand that many homeless have mental issues and/or have often experienced horrible bad luck late in life from which it’s hard to recover.  Bottom-feeders to me are home-grown young dudes riding around town on BMX bikes, zipping in and out of traffic, glaring and swearing at people who look a them sideways, wearing wife beaters and baggy pants, fitty hats on backwards, skin covered in bad ink. They appear to be always on the lookout for things to steal or vandalize.  You almost never see bottom feeders working around town—they don’t seem to want or need employment.  Most of the local bottom-feeders aren’t homeless—they live in low-rent apartments or rent houses.  They frequent the “Redding’s Most Wanted” lineups.  I have almost zero compassion for bottom-feeders.

        • cheyenne says:

          Steve-The problem is mine that I can’t relate to your situation in Redding.  I left ten years ago and before that I worked till late hours in the schools and never encountered the young BMX crowds.  I cleaned up the Sacramento banks and open areas and never found homeless encampments.  I was never accosted late at night when I might stop at the Un-Safeway on my way home.  The only people with cardboard signs were by the freeway on ramps asking for a ride some where.  When I read that Shasta County schools have lost 15% of their enrollment that tells me the families are leaving yet Redding’s population remains the same.  Who is replacing those families?  I just can’t imagine how Redding has deteriorated so fast and stayed there.  Other areas went through the same recession and are recovering.  In fact Redding went through a very bad recession in the early 70’s when many of us commuted to the bay area for work because Redding reportedly had a 39% unemployment rate, yet Redding bounced back.  What is the difference this time?

    • Joanne Lobeski-Snyder says:

      True Political Correctness made my working life so much better.  I no longer had to listen to jokes or comments about …people of my heritage,  non-white people, gays or women while I was at work.   I was no longer a captive audience who could lose my job if I spoke out.

      Being against immigration (from all countries?) makes sense if you understand that we have serious population growth happening all over the world.  The population has more than doubled since I was born, and it happened sooner than was expected.  I haven’t heard anyone complaining about the “baby Boomers” lately.  Maybe someone looked at the stats and realized that there are more people being born each year in the U.S. than during the boomer years.  This effects everything in the world.  Where did that soap box come from, and why am I standing on it?

       

  8. Kate says:

    The fact that Clinton has been keeping her aggressive schedule while having pneumonia is a testament to her commitment and strength. The timing is certainly unfortunate, but man, pneumonia knows normal people off their feet.

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      Kate, I hope you are right. Whatever it is, she’s been trying to slog her way through it, and that’s commendable. But what if it’s more than that?

  9. cheyenne says:

    It is interesting how these liberal organizations like the Sierra Club implode.  Here in Wyoming, next to legal marijuana Colorado, the state had already passed a cannabis oil bill.  This year was the year Wyoming was going to legalize marijuana.  Several meetings were held with LE, MJ advocates, doctors and with input from Colorado officials.  The polls showed 70% of Wyomingites favored at least legal MMJ.  Than NORML got into an internal fight between the federal NORML and the state NORML and they split with different officials quitting.  Well maybe next election a new adult NORML will appear.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      The Sierra Club had $132 million in assets last year, and $107 million the year before that.  I would hardly characterize that as an implosion.

      • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

        Yeah, there was no Sierra Club implosion. Just a nasty argument about what the org’s public stance on immigration would be. They’re still a major player.

    • Rod says:

      The national NORML has severed ties with other localized chapters nationwide.  Too many opposing viewpoints, management became unstable.  It’s time, it’s done great things and now is middle aged.  It is narrowing focus down to guaranteed wins.  When we started NORML there were NO wins.  I believe some mistakes are currently being made in the planning areas.  Compromises seem to be often accepted rather than pursue the goal to a win.

       

      • cheyenne says:

        The dispute in Wyoming was the state NORML wanted legal MJ while the national NORML wanted legal MMJ.

        • Rod says:

          Huge difference, the national NORML goal, from my perspective, is recreational (MJ).  That’s the pot of gold that’s spilling taxes everywhere.  The medical cannabis (MMJ) is nearly downsizing back to the cash market.

          Until insurance coverages become MMJ advocates along with the media, we’ll survive trusting in cash.  No pointy-nosed government types needed.

           

          • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

            All kinds of problems reconciling medical and recreational marijuana in all the states that have faced the issue so far. It appears to be unavoidable in states with medical laws that want to go recreational. The issue goes to the the heart of the battle over the AUMA in November. Most of the pro-medical people I know are decidedly against the AUMA. It will be interesting to see the polling which should be out soon.

          • Rod says:

            Yes, RV.

            I’ve supported MMJ forever, almost.  MJ is way different.  I can’t seem to get on the band-wagon.  I’ve studied the recreational side at length, I’m afraid of big MJ and bigger government.  It’s not as though the MJ crowd wants to grow quality, small-batch medicine.

             

        • Rod says:

          Oh hey, Cheyenne, funny thing here in Shasta County.

          Marijuana banking has been discovered. Small but a first step.  Our newest dispensary in SLC takes creditcards directly at the point of sale.  I’m waiting for my statement to see who’s doing it.

           

          • cheyenne says:

            Hey, Rod funny thing in Colorado.  They take credit cards at the pot stores but they are routed through adjoining businesses.  Can’t be too much of a secret as it was reported in the Denver Post.  The one thing Colorado is not allowing is the EBT, or whatever they call the welfare cards, to be used in MJ stores.

            And due to Colorado state tax law if taxes collected are more then estimates the extra tax has to be refunded to the Colorado taxpayers.  The overpayment on MJ taxes was some $60 million and the politicians have been trying to figure out how not to refund the over tax.  I haven’t read anymore happening there yet.

          • Rod says:

            Yeah, the excess taxes collected are indeed excess taxation.  And the collectors will return it?  Right.  The July marijuana sales in CO were once again record setting.  The Hickenlooper dream unfolds………too much MJ tax to keep under wraps.

            This banking scheme to avoid federal regulations barring marijuana cash deposits is proving to be subjective  in application.  One would naturally think that c/c transactions would be included.  I guess corporate America can do the deed.

  10. cheyenne says:

    As far as the candidates health goes, we have two 70 year olds campaigning like they are still in their twenties.  I’m surprised that they both don’t drop over from exhaustion.

  11. Grammy says:

    The voters deserve a better choice than we are offered.  How did we get to this point?  The media pushed Trump as the front runner on us.  The only person I know that is voting for Trump, is one that says she is voting for him because she doesn’t want Clinton as President.

    Then her campaign motto should be, “Vote for me, Kaine is my fall back guy”.  Kaine comes across as a real decent guy.  Would like to know a whole lot more about him.

    What we are offered are two people around 70.  Reading our local paper, people are dying pretty good around 70.

    My view on Trump?  Do we really want another hot head to a major country when we already have Russia, Philippines, North Korea, and of course Isis controlled countries with leaders that would press “the button” if they could?

     

  12. Jackie Summerville says:

    The thing we need to be concerned about is if something happens to her and it’s apparent her health is something to be concerned about we could get stuck with her VP choice as President – now that’s a scary thought – !!!

  13. Denise O says:

    Calm down everyone! She has pneumonia. She will recover.

    Pretty much anyone we can think of over age 50 has some health issue to contend with. It’s part of life. I’d take Hillary at half power compared to just about anyone in the country.

  14. Joanne Lobeski-Snyder says:

    You failed to include all of Hillary’s “basket of deplorable” speech.

    “But the other basket, the other basket, and I know because I see friends from all over America here. I see friends from Florida and Georgia and South Carolina and Texas, as well as you know New York and California. But that other basket of people who are people who feel that government has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they are just desperate for change. It doesn’t really even matter where it comes from. They don’t buy everything he says but he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different. They won’t wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroine, feel like they’re in a dead-end. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well.”

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      Thanks. I do include a link to this material in the story above, but this quote is interesting. So half of Trump’s supporters are OK, it appears. In Hillary’s mind anyway.

    • Richard DuPertuis says:

      Funny. When I read this I hear Bill’s voice.

      Remember that 1996, Will-you-follow-me-over-the-bridge-to-the-21st-Century speech? I’m not greatest when it comes to accurately recalling 20-year-old memory, but that cadence.

      Seems very familiar.

  15. David M. Kerr says:

    If Clinton or Trump voluntarily left the race now, it is too late for their parties to place another candidate on the ballot.  According to Wall Street Journal This Morning, the Electoral College would  vote for any successor nominee(s).  Remember, you don’t vote for Clinton, you vote for an Electoral College delegate pledged to Clinton who would be free to vote as he/she chooses if Clinton withdrew for whatever reason.

    • cheyenne says:

      Actually the Republican party has considered this option as some think, only a rumor that was in a WaPo article, that Trump may decline at any time including if he is elected.  So the GOP probably has a plan B for this happening.  I would imagine that the Democrats would have a plan B too.  But, neither party would advertise it for obvious reasons.

  16. Frank Treadway says:

    Woo Hoo…so much gossip mongering !  Let HRC get well and back on the campaign trail  before any further speculation.  Never heard so much off the wall discourse about someone who’s actually qualified to be the next President, as is her VP.  Of course HRC is wanting to be the next Prez, who wouldn’t if they have the fire in the belly, the desire to utilize all of her experience traveling around the world for the good of the U.S.  I can somewhat understand certain males and their Conservative DNA not supporting HRC , but what befuddles me and makes me cringe are those  females against HRC, and yes it is a gender thing.  Sorry but Trump is more than just a clown, he’s an enigma. Should he win, watch the Senate and House of Reps. go Deep Blue over the next 2 years and he’ll be laid impotent.

    • JeffG says:

      Its not a gender thing, it is an integrity thing.  As secretary of state, half of those she met with (outside of government) were Clinton Foundation supporters.   Or the $500,000 donation during her oversight of the sale of 20% of US uranium assets to Russians.  Or the fact the Foundation employee roster reads less like a charity and more like a Clinton PAC.   Or the fact she has hawkishly supported every failed international military intervention of the last 15 years.  Or the fact that when asked what her greatest achievement is after 20+ years in public service, she can’t even answer!  Or the fact that she & Bill engaged in a “retribution tour” in 2010 to punish Democrats who endorsed Obama over her.  Or the fact that she threatened to wage a smear campaign against any woman who came forward with allegations of Bill’s sexual misconduct.

       

      Frankly she’s morally unfit for city council, let alone president of the United States.

      • cheyenne says:

        The Clintons helped the Russians buy an uranium mine by Gillette, Wyoming.  Maybe now they could help sell all the closed coal mines by Gillette to the Russians.

      • Christian says:

        I hope we don’t leave it up to Donny and his boyfriend Vladimir…. They might do us like the did Chimera!

  17. Tom O'Mara says:

    Let’s see – it’s the 9/11 memorial, he lives in New York, he’s an ex-president, and his wife has been diagnosed with pneumonia two days earlier. Does anyone besides me wonder why Bill Clinton was not at his wife’s side on Sunday?

  18. MondoBlondo says:

    Right brain people will never get it because emotion, not reality or logic, get in their way.  Right brain people hear something and make an instant determination with out following up to actually support their “gut.”  Right brain people will go to the grave believing a lie and will never look back.  Thanks right brain people for making Hollywood the cesspool that it is today.

    “The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness”  by Dr Lyle Rossiter

    Dr. Rossiter says the liberal agenda preys on weakness and feelings of inferiority in the population by:

    Creating and reinforcing perceptions of victimization;
    Satisfying infantile claims to entitlement, indulgence and compensation;
    Augmenting primitive feelings of envy;
    Rejecting the sovereignty of the individual, subordinating him to the will of the government.

    “The roots of liberalism – and its associated madness – can be clearly identified by understanding how children develop from infancy to adulthood and how distorted development produces the irrational beliefs of the liberal mind,” he says. “When the modern liberal mind whines about imaginary victims, rages against imaginary villains and seeks above all else to run the lives of persons competent to run their own lives, the neurosis of the liberal mind becomes painfully obvious.”

    >>>>>  Trump is not the demon folks, Hillary is.