Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Hillary laid a trap and Trump blundered right into it

Donald Trump wants America to know that he’s smart. When pressed, he’ll cop to being greedy and even a bit dishonest in his past dealings. He’ll admit he’s said inflammatory things over the course of his campaign and even kinda sorta maybe apologize for some of them. But he’s a smart guy. A rich guy. A savvy operator who wants America — or at least a certain slice of America — to believe he’s now going to be on their side.
But in Monday night’s debate he not only revealed himself to be a bit of an ignorant, blustering fool. He also showed that he’s not nearly as shrewd as he likes to think he is by stumbling into an elaborate trap:
It started near the end of the debate, when Hillary Clinton took a hard — indeed, awkward  pivot to bring her about:
HOLT: We are at the final question.
CLINTON: One thing, Lester. He tried to switch from looks to stamina. But this is a man who has called women pigs, slobs, and dogs. And someone who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers, who has said—
TRUMP: I never said that.
CLINTON: Women don't deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men. And one of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest. He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them. And he called they woman “Ms. Piggy.” Then he called her “Ms. Housekeeping,” because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name.
TRUMP: Where did you find this?
CLINTON: She has become a US citizen, and you can bet she's going to vote this November.
It’s the perfect Trump anecdote. It shows Trump being misogynistic and racist. But it also shows him being disparaging to low-wage workers. The story also has a perfect punchline about becoming a citizen and registering to vote — a key issue for Clinton, whose demographic base includes a relatively large share of “unlikely voters,” especially Hispanics, who have traditionally turned out at a lower level.
Clinton’s campaign was ready with a bilingual video to drive home the importance of the moment:

Trump blundered right into it

One of Clinton’s key campaign themes since the convention has been that it’s too easy to get under Donald Trump’s skin. In her nomination acceptance speech, Clinton said “a man you can bait with a tweet” lacks the composure necessary to be an effective president.
Much of the debate was dedicated to proving that point, with Clinton gently needling Trump by calling him “Donald” and mentioning the $14 million he borrowed from his father.
The Machado gambit fit the same mold. Trump’s initial response to was dig back deeper into his years-old and completely irrelevant feud with comedian Rosie O’Donnell. Then this morning, still smarting over the attack, he raised the stakes by launching new attacks on Machado’s character and weight.
What’s remarkable about the Fox and Friends exchange, other than its cruelty, is that Trump brought up the Miss Universe moment unprompted. It was a moment during the debate that looked bad for Trump, and he had to have known that.
But Trump couldn’t help himself. Much like when he kept attacking the family of a fallen Muslim American soldier who criticized him at the Democratic National Convention, Trump couldn’t help trying to reassert his dominance after being publicly called out for saying something shameful. And he just didn’t seem to understand how cruel and offensive his comments would sound to most people.

Trump also didn’t deny, either on Fox and Friends or during the debate, that he called Machado “Miss Piggy” or “Miss Housekeeping.” Machado says Trump called her those names to her face. This is, simply, a blunder.
Whether or not Trump was mean to a beauty pageant contestant years ago is not an obvious focal point for a national political campaign. If Trump were to refuse to engage and maybe vaguely apologize, it would be easy for him to switch the conversation to something else. But by bringing it up on his own, he gave the story new legs.

Clinton laid an elaborate trap

And it now turns out there was nothing remotely spontaneous about any of this.
Cosmopolitan is out today with a long feature story on Machado headlined “Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado Won't Be Defined by Donald Trump's Fat-Shaming.”
The author of the story, Prachi Gupta, is the person who conducted a devastating interview with Ivanka Trump earlier in September. The Machado article includes photographs that were taken a week ago, making it clear that the groundwork for the debate moment was laid some time ago. And the story advances the anti-Trump narrative with new anecdotes about his crass behavior:
As she prepped for her portrait session, Machado recalled another incident of Trump’s fat-shaming. Toward the end of her reign of Miss Universe, she was writing thank-you cards in the Los Angeles Miss Universe office when he asked her what she wanted to do next. “You'll never be an actress,” he told her, “because you are too fat to be an actress, and nobody wants fat girls on TV shows.”
Now, maybe, you should rethink your vote.

Monday, September 26, 2016

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Highlights from the debate - & info on Trump charity and tax dodging

Here are the key moments from the first 2016 presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Sept. 26. NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt moderated the debate at Hofstra University in New York. Here are the key moments from the first 2016 presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. (Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post)

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Obama's last address to the UN as US President

Barack Obama has given his final speech to the UN General Assembly this Tuesday. He warned that the forces of globalization have exposed "deep fault lines" across the globe and he made a passionate appeal for greater integration between nations. I was impressed by this remark: "Today, a nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself."

Jim Carrey responds to wrongful death lawsuit: 'What a terrible shame'

ET Online     MEREDITH B. KILE      September 20th 2016 
Jim Carrey has responded to a lawsuit filed on Monday, accusing him of wrongfully providing the drugs that led to the Sept. 2015 death of his girlfriend, Cathriona White.

"What a terrible shame," Carrey said in a statement to ET. "It would be easy for me to get in a back room with this man's lawyer and make this go away, but there are some moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honor against the evil in this world."

White, 30, was found dead in her home on Sept. 28, 2015, following a drug overdose. A toxicology report found four prescription drugs in her system: a mix of painkillers, beta blockers and a sleep aid. Her death was officially ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office in July of this year.

WATCH: Carrey Jim Sued for Wrongful Death by Late Girlfriend Cathriona White's Estranged Husband

"I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved," Carrey's statement concluded. "Cat's troubles were born long before I met her and sadly her tragic end was beyond anyone's control. I really hope that some day soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace."
The lawsuit, filed by White's estranged husband, Mark Burton, alleges that Carrey obtained drugs illegally under the false name of "Arthur King" and provided them to White.
the name "Arthur King." The coroner also reported finding a text on White's phone from Carrey the night before she died, asking if she knew where certain painkillers prescribed to him went.

According to the autopsy report obtained by ET, three of the prescriptions found at White's residence were prescribed under the name Arthur King.

In addition to seeking recovery for economic and emotional damages, Burton's attorney, Michael Avenatti, tells ET they are also looking for criminal action to be taken.
"We will be calling for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office to investigate Mr. Carrey's role in connection with the death of Cathriona White," Avenatti said.

Carrey spoke to ET in a statement shortly after White's death, saying, "She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled. My heart goes out to her family and friends and to everyone who loved and cared about her."

Monday, September 19, 2016

LIAR LIAR? Jim Carrey accused in wrongful death suit

The reason why is contained in a nine-page wrongful death lawsuit that Burton, the estranged husband of Carrey’s late ex-girlfriend Cathriona White, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday.
The suit alleges that the Dumb & Dumber star used “his immense wealth and celebrity status” to obtain the prescription painkillers that White used to commit suicide by overdose last September and then tried to cover up “his complicity in her death” by sending a “bogus text message” to his already-deceased ex-girlfriend “pretending as though he had misplaced the drugs.”

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Where does Carrey’s Gulfstream V aircraft come into play? Not only is Burton seeking damages, his complaint states that he “intends to proceed” with a request for the court to take the plane as part of a “prejudgment attachment of Carrey’s assets…in order to provide for satisfaction of the likely significant award.”
The office of Jim Carrey’s publicist, Marleah Leslie, promised that a statement would be forthcoming shortly. Mark Burton’s attorney, Michael Avenatti, told The Daily Beast that Burton would not be speaking to press at this time but hinted at further action against Carrey.
“We will also be calling on the district attorney’s office of Los Angeles to launch an investigation into Mr. Carrey’s role in connection with the death of Ms. White.”

After White’s death, Carrey released a statement calling her “a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled.” He served as a pallbearer for her October 2015 funeral in Ireland, and it was widely reported that he had offered to help cover the costs.
Burton’s lawsuit, however, presents a radically different narrative for the events of last September.

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His complaint alleges that Jim Carrey is indeed the “Arthur King” listed on the pill bottles and that he gave White illegally obtained prescriptions despite knowing that she “was prone to depression” and “had previously attempted to take her own life.”
The complaint also alleges that Carrey had an “obsession with controlling and manipulating White,” and that he had an assistant track her movements with surveillance cameras that were installed “in a home [she] often stayed at.” Burton accuses Carrey’s assistant of knowing that White had not left the house “for well over a day” sometime after entering it Sept. 24, and of not immediately notifying the authorities despite a conspicuous lack of movement.
Then came the text message, which Burton claims was “an effort to cover-up his conduct.”
If Carrey legitimately believed White had taken the drugs from him and she had subsequently gone missing for days with no contact, then why would Carrey not immediately request law enforcement to check on her well-being after she did not return his text?” the complaint asks.
The complaint concludes by accusing Carrey “and his handlers” of going out of their way to “publicize his supposed generosity” around paying for the funeral even though he allegedly “never paid a dime of funeral expenses.”
Burton is asking for damages under the Drug Dealer Liability Act and damages for wrongful death, alleging that Carrey “directly and proximately” caused White “mental and physical distress, which resulted in her untimely death.”