Thursday, May 26, 2016

Trump wins enough delegates for Republican nomination...." I just learned I got the nomination"

Trump: "I just learned I got the nomination

He defeated 16 other Republican contenders and according to the Associated Press has 1,238 delegates, one more than needed. Republicans will finalize their nomination at a convention in July.While Mr Trump has the required amount of delegates, his nomination by a divided Republican Party is not yet secured. Unbound delegates in the party are free to support the candidate of their choice.

If his nomination is confirmed, Mr Trump will face former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who are vying for the Democrat nomination.On Wednesday, the New York billionaire suggested going against Mr Sanders in a TV debate in California before the state's primary on 7 June. Mr Sanders agreed to the debate in a tweet, saying "Game on".

On Thursday, Mr Trump said: "The problem with debating Bernie? He's going to lose."
He also threw a barb in Mrs Clinton's direction, saying: "Here I am watching Hillary fight and she can't close the deal. That should be such an easy deal to close."
Earlier, the current US president Barack Obama said that world leaders "had good reason to be rattled" by Mr Trump, whose proposals he said were "either ignorance of world affairs or a cavalier attitude".
In response to that, Mr Trump told reporters in North Dakota that rattling leaders of other countries was a "good thing".
"[President Obama] knows nothing about business," he said.
"Many of the countries in our beautiful world have been absolutely abusing us and taking advantage of us."
"We're going to have great relationships with these countries but if they're rattled in a friendly way that's a good thing, not a bad thing."

It wasn't a matter of if, only when. With no real obstacles between him and the nomination, Donald Trump was going to cross over the magic 1,237 delegate mark at the latest by the California and New Jersey primaries on 7 June.
It must be a bit of delicious irony for the New York real estate mogul, however, that the Associated Press has declared him the winner thanks to the support of a Republican Party establishment that largely recoiled from him for most of the campaign.

Of course the nomination isn't official until the balloons drop at the Republican convention in July, but the desperate attempts of the #NeverTrump movement to throw any obstacles in his path are essentially extinguished.
While his closest presidential rivals - Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Marco Rubio - have yet to free delegates pledged to support them at the convention, Mr Trump can win the prize with or without their help.

The Republican convention in Cleveland will be the Donald Trump show, and everyone not with him will be spectators or - as his recent criticism of Republican Governor Susanna Martinez of New Mexico has shown - targets.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Conviction overturned in Georgia ...Judge rules racial bias in jury selection

Georgia death row inmate Timothy Tyrone Foster is seen in an undated photo provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections.
 Foster was convicted in 1987 of murdering a 79-year-old retired school teacher in her home

The US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a black death-row inmate, finding that state prosecutors in Georgia unlawfully excluded potential black jurors from his trial.
Timothy Tyrone Foster was convicted of molesting and killing a white 79-year-old retired schoolteacher in 1987.
But the court on Thursday overturned his conviction after ruling that the prosecution had broken the law. Foster may now face a retrial, 29 years after his death sentence.
A law introduced in 1986 made it illegal in the US to pick jurors based on the colour of their skin.
But the following year all four black members of the potential jury pool in Foster's case were struck from the pool by prosecutors, leaving an all-white jury.
Non race-related reasons were given for striking the black members from the pool, but prosecution notes released to Foster's lawyers in 2006 revealed racial motivations, the Supreme Court said. The notes show that the prosecution marked the names of black prospective jurors with a "B", highlighted them in green, and circled the word "black" on their juror questionnaires, Reuters news agency reported.
According to Foster's lawyer, Stephen Bright, one handwritten note titled "Definite Nos" listed six people, of whom five were the remaining black prospective jurors, the Associated Press reported. The sixth was a white woman who made clear she would never impose the death penalty, Mr Bright said.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the notes "plainly bely the state's claim that it exercised its strikes in a 'colour blind' manner".
The eight justices of the Court voted 7-1 in Foster's favour. The sole dissenter was Justice Clarence Thomas, a conservative and the only black member of the court.
Foster, who was 18 at the time of the murder, was accused of breaking into the home of White, breaking her jaw, sexually molesting her and then strangling her, before stealing items from her house. So should they have followed the letter of the law or be guided by the severity of the crime? Hard choice, but personally, I think the law has to stand under these circumstances.

Golden Boy Slipping from Pedestal


It was quite a week for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. At least we no longer have to wonder how much longer this honeymoon will continue. The question is, how much worse will things get? This is the problem with placing public figures on a pedestal and treating them as untouchable. They soar pretty high. It’s a nice perch to look down from while you’re up there. But the higher they go, the further they have to fall.

This is certainly the case with Trudeau now. But the Liberal campaign convinced the people – and the people clearly wanted to be convinced – that their leader was going to transcend politics as we knew it. Good luck delivering on that commitment.
I vividly remember TV footage of people jumping up and down crying in the streets in elation over the election of Barack Obama. You almost had to feel bad for the guy. There was no way he wasn’t going to let them down. He's a human being not a miracle worker. Now we are reacting the same way to Trudeau, expecting far more than any one leader can reasonably deliver.
Trudeau had a terrible run of things last week, which cumulatively marked the beginning of his return to Earth. It began with the public still fiercely debating whether or not taxpayers who have no domestic help and make substantially less than the Trudeaus should have to pay for Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau to have yet another helper or two in addition to her current retinue. While public opinion was divided, the Trudeaus no doubt lost more supporters than they gained.
Then there was the PM’s unprecedented tantrum on the floor of the House of Commons Wednesday, complete with swearing and shoving, which generated headlines around the world. And the global tone wasn’t: “Hey look at the handsome PM being such a bad-ass once again.” Nope, there was no redeeming angle this time.
But there were other, deeper, problems festering as well. As Kady O’Malley tweeted on the night of Elbowgate: “I still think the attempt to rewrite the House rules to strip the opposition of their parliamentary rights is a bigger deal.”
The whole reason the PM was in a snit was because the opposition parties weren’t passing his bills as fast as he wanted. They were using the procedural rules at their disposal to ask questions, show their opposition and, y’know, do the job their constituents sent them to Ottawa to do.
So even though he already has a majority and knows his bills will get passed, the PM got his House leader to try to pass a bill that essentially strips the opposition of the few tools they have at their disposal to challenge the government.
It’s almost like he’s a particularly entitled birthday boy who won’t stand for the symbolic gesture of giving the other kids loot bags, even though his presents are far nicer and he’s still the centre of attention for every other moment of the party.

Then there was the exclusive interview with Reuters, released Thursday evening. Trudeau alludes to the fact that the deficit might end up clocking higher than the $29.4 billion it’s currently projected to be – which is three times higher than what he promised during the campaign. Right? I want to make sure we’re all clear on this point.
I’ve got the Liberal platform open in front of me and here’s what it says: “We will run modest short-term deficits of less than $10 billion in each of the next two fiscal years to fund historic investments in infrastructure and our middle class.”
Yet in that Reuters interview he turns around and says: "Yes, we need to be fiscally disciplined, we need to be responsible, but we need to be investing in the right kinds of things at the same time, so the arbitrary picking a number and trying to stick with it is exactly what I campaigned against in the last campaign."
Whoa, hold on. So he’s saying he campaigned against setting a deficit limit and sticking to it ... even though he clearly campaigned to stick to a specific deficit limit.
In another six months or so the previously forgiving public will be jaded and sneering that Trudeau’s just like the rest of ‘em. While Trudeau’s rising then declining popularity arc is all to be expected, I certainly don’t envy the remaining tumble that awaits him.
He is in there, attempting to do his job the best he knows how and does have Canada's welfare and well being at heart. But he is just a guy and he will have screw ups and bad moods and make bad decisions sometimes. And feel grumpy because he is constipated. So let's allow him to step down off that pedestal we have built for him before he comes crashing down.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Trouble for Trudeau: Canada's golden boy Prime Minister

Forced to apologize after he ELBOWS female opposition lawmaker during physical parliamentary fracas

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized 'unreservedly' for elbowing a female opposition member of Parliament in the breast as he waded through a group of her colleagues.
Ruth Ellen Brosseau said the fracas forced her to miss a vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday as she had to leave the chamber.
'I was elbowed in the chest by the prime minister and then I had to leave. It was very overwhelming,' she said.
Trouble brewed when the opposition parties' members filled the aisle and refused to sit down while others pounded their desks and ignored the parliamentary call to order. Somewhat like a filibuster, they were trying to delay a member of parliament from reaching his seat so voting could start on behalf of speeding up Trudeau's new bill for assisted suicide. There has been a prolonged and very tense debate over physician-assisted dying legislation.
Tempers were already running high in the Commons all week after the government gave notice of a motion to give cabinet tighter control over the House of Commons’ schedule, and when the House can break for the summer. Opposition MPs have criticized the motion as a “draconian” attempt to help the government get its way without debate.
On Wednesday, before the confrontation took place, members were gathered in the House to vote on a motion, to limit  the debate on its controversial assisted-dying legislation, Bill C-14. The government is pressing to get its bill passed by week’s end to meet a looming Supreme Court deadline. Opposition members, however felt it needed more discussion and refinement.
Trudeau and his  majority government sat politely for a time and then Justin lost his cool and marched into the group of troublemakers and told them to 'sit down'. In the video you can see he did not know who, if anyone, was behind him. Politicians are too aware what that kind of faux pas can do to a career. And Justin is known to be polite to all women.
But of course, opposition leaders have slammed the incident as 'violent' - branding Trudeau, an avid boxer, 'un-statesmanlike'.
Mr. Trudeau said the NDP members of Parliament appeared to be blocking Mr. Brown from taking his seat so the vote could start. When he went to help Mr. Brown to his seat, he says, he extended his arm to assist Brown to break out of the group of MPs surrounding him, and hit Ms. Brosseau by mistake. His explanation is plausible but many MPs feel he should have remained in his seat. And he also said, "Get the fuck out of my way," as he charged through the group to rescue Mr. Brown, which is hardly gentlemanly.
After the incident, all hell broke loose and everyone got out of their seat to join the fracas.

His apology:
I admit that I came into physical contact with a number of members as I extended my arm, including someone behind me whom I did not see. I certainly did not intend to offend or impact on anyone,' Trudeau said. 'I apologize for that unreservedly and I look for opportunities to make amends.
So, Golden Boy has a temper. That just proves he is human and impatient to get on with the job. Some of us are glad he is showing a little spunk.

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