• Hillary Clinton v. Donald Trump: Live Blogging

    hillary clinton v. Donald Trump
    Hillary Clinton v. Donald Trump. (Screenshot)

    10:39 p.m.

    And, it’s over. Handshakes.

    10:37 p.m.

    Trump goes after Rosie O’Donnell.

    Rosie O’Donnell.

    Says he was going to say something terrible about Hillary and her family, but decided not to.

    10:34 p.m.

    Trump said Clinton does not have a presidential look, Holt said. She’s the first female nominee of a major party.

    “I don’t believe Hillary has the stamina. I said ‘the stamina.'”

    As soon as he visits 128 countries or spends 11 hours testifying before a congressional committee, “then he can talk about stamina.

    10:33 p.m.

    Trump wanders again. “We are losing billions and billions of dollars.”

    10:30 p.m.

    “Words matter when you run for president and they really matter when you are president,” Clinton says. She acknowledges that this campaign has troubled many world leaders.

    “Our word is good,” she reassures.

    Says Trump never said what his alternative would be to deal with Iran.

    10:28 p.m.

    Holt: Do you support the current U.S. policy on first use [of nuclear weapons].

    Trump says China should “go into” North Korea, Iran has power over North Korea.

    10:27 p.m.

    Trump: Saudi Arabia and others should be paying us money.

    10:24 p.m.

    Clinton speaks of Iran. Sanctions were not enough.

    President Obama, John Kerry, she helped, shut down Iran’s nuclear program.

    Speaks of Trump’s “cavalier attitude” about nuclear weapons.

    “A man who can be provoked by a Tweet should not have his hand anywhere near the nuclear codes.”

    10:22 p.m.

    Trump keeps naming Sean Hannity as his source.

    Trump says that he has much better judgment than Hillary Clinton.

    “I think my strongest asset, maybe by far, is my temperament.”

    10:19 p.m.

    Trump: ISIS formed because of a vacuum formed  by Barack Obama and Secretary Clinton.

    10:18 p.m.

    Trump: “NATO could be obsolete.” Says NATO does not focus on terror.

    10:17 p.m.

    Hillary speaks of cooperating with Muslims in America, not alienate Muslims and push them away like Trump has done.

    10:16 p.m.

    Clinton: George W. Bush made the agreement to leave Iraq. The only way we could have stayed would have been to have an agreement with the then-Iraqi government to protect American troops. That did not happen.

    10:14 p.m.

    Trump: “Had we taken the oil,” there would be no ISIS.

    10:13 p.m.

    Holt: “How will you prevent home-grown terrorism?”

    Trump: Speaks of ISIS.

    10:12 p.m.

    Clinton: “I have put forth a plan to defeat ISIS.” It does entail going after them online. We must also intensify air attacks against ISIS. Take out their “claim of being a caliphate.”

    “We’re hoping to push [ISIS] out of Iraq in a year.”

    This would be awesome.

    10:10 p.m.

    Trump talks about his endorsements.

    Now talking about ISIS.

    10:08 p.m.

    Clinton: We are not going to sit idly by and let state actors go after public and private information.

    “I was so shocked when Donald invited Putin to hack into Americans.”

    10:07 p.m.

    Hillary Clinton speaks on cyber security. There are independent hackers. There also cyber attacks coming from states. “The most recent and troubling of them has been Russia.”

    10:05 p.m.

    Trump says Clinton treated Obama horribly.

    “As far as the lawsuit,” admits he was sued, “we settled with no admission of guilt.”

    That just means cash flowed and the other side was silenced.

    10:03 p.m.

    Clinton: [Trump] has started his race for president on this racist, birther lie.

    Clinton: Trump was sued in 1973 because he would not rent to African Americans. “He actually was sued twice by the justice department.”

    10:01 p.m.

    Talking about a birth certificate. President Obama’s. “I was the one who got him to produce the birth certificate.”

    Lester Holt: “The birth certificate was produced in 2009. You continued to speak about it in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and January 2016.”

    10:00 p.m.

    “I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. I did. You know what else I did? I’m preparing to be president.”


    9:59 p.m.

    Again, Lester Holt has lost control. Trump rambles on.

    9:56 p.m.

    Trump: “In New York City, we had 2,200 murders, and stop and frisk brought it down to 500.”

    Hillary: Crime has continued to drop under the current mayor. We have to work with faith communities

    9:54 p.m.

    Clinton speaking of “implicit bias,” which is a problem for all of us, she says. Police now are having to handle a great deal of mental health problems on the street.

    9:52 p.m.

    “We’ve got to address the systemic racism in our justice system. We can’t just say ‘law and order.'”

    Clinton is glad the federal government is ending private prisons. “I want to end them in the state systems.”

    9:51 p.m.

    Hillary Clinton bemoans the negative picture Trump paints of the Black community.

    “Stop and frisk was found to be unconstitutional,” Hillary says.

    9:50 p.m.

    Trump bemoans Chicago, “I have property there.”

    9:48 p.m.

    Holt: “Stop and frisk has been ruled unconstitutional.”

    Trump: “No, you’re wrong.” Blames the judge and current mayor.

    9:47 p.m.

    Trump, “African Americans live in Hell.” Calls for bringing back “stop and frisk.”

    9:46 p.m.

    Trump: “We need law and order. When I look at Charlotte, NC, a city where I have investments.”

    9:44 p.m.

    Holt turns to the question of race. “Everyone should be respected by the law,” Clinton says. “And everyone should respect the law.”

    Clinton speaks of “brave police officers” who also want reform.

    Clinton: “We have to tackle the plague of gun violence.”

    9:43 p.m.

    No focus. Clinton and Trump go back and forth. Lester Holt again tries to take the reigns.

    9:42 p.m.

    Trump, “Look, it’s all words. It’s all sound bytes.”

    Regarding people who did not get paid, “I took advantage of the laws of the country.”

    9:40 p.m.

    Hillary speaks of people she’s met who were “stiffed” by Donald Trump.

    Trump does not deny the accusation from Clinton, “Maybe he didn’t do a good job and didn’t deserve to be paid.”

    9:38 p.m.

    Again, Trump speaks. Lester Holt has lost control.

    9:37 p.m.

    “As far as my tax returns, you don’t learn much from tax returns. You learn from financial disclosures,” Trump said.

    9:35 p.m.

    Hillary Clinton: Trump’s paid zero in federal taxes. What’s he hiding? “There’s something he’s hiding.”

    “Were he ever to get near the White House, what would the conflicts be?”

    9:34 p.m.

    Clinton, “For 40 years, or 39, everyone running for president has released their tax returns.”

    9:31 p.m.

    Lester Holt to Trump: “You have not released your tax returns.”

    “I’m under a routine audit and I will release them” as soon as the audit is over.

    Dancing away from the question, now talking about a trade deficit.

    Holt presses Trump on his taxes. Trump says he gets audited often by the IRS.

    9:30 p.m.

    Trump goes after Clinton again. “We are in a big, fat, ugly bubble.”

    9:28 p.m.

    Lester Holt has lost control of the debate. Clinton speaks of the “Trump loophole,” “Trumped up trickle down” economics.

    “I don’t think top-down works in America,” Clinton says.

    9:19 p.m.

    Hillary speaking of her record. Donald Trump keeps squinting.

    The moderator, Lester Holt has already lost control of the debate.

    9:18 p.m.

    Hillary is keeping her cool. Donald Trump is speaking to Hillary.


    9:15 p.m.

    The debate is on. Donald Trump is wandering, drinking water already. Hillary’s best take-away so far? “Trump Dump Trickle Down Economics.


  • Illiana Christian To Become “Our Lady of White Flight,” Indiana

    white flightLet’s not mince words at what’s going on here.

    Too many people from Illiana Christian have made comments “on the side” bewailing the “changing demographics” at their current location in Lansing.

    Let us pull no punches.

    Illiana Christian is currently in the throes of a very expensive expression of white flight, running away to Indiana, close to St. John, Indiana, where the grass is apparently greener, but the faces are much whiter.

    From the Chicago Tribune when the move was announced:

    A Christian high school hopes to keep its doors open by moving to northwest Indiana, a decision that has upset some parents and alumni who want the school to stay in the south suburbs.

    Illiana Christian High School voted last month to leave Lansing and head about 12 miles southeast near St. John, Ind., an area that has seen the most enrollment growth in recent years, Principal Peter Boonstra said.

    So, according to Principal Boonstra, the school is moving, building new, in “an area that has seen the most enrollment growth in recent years.”

    Let’s take a closer look at the two areas.

    Lansing, Illinois, according to the Census Bureau in December 2015, shows a population of 28,486. 57.2% of the people in Lansing are white. 34.6% of the people in Lansing are African American.

    St. John, Indiana, according to data released from the Census Bureau in December 2015, has a population of 15,456.

    And here’s the rub…

    90% of the people in St. John, Indiana are white.

    Ninety percent.

    1.2% are Asian.

    Everyone else falls into the “Other Race” category. And those figures are small.

    So, good for them.

    Good for them.

    As for me and my family, we will choose the Lord, continue to live in the South Suburbs of Chicago, that place that is wonderfully, wonderfully diverse. That place where people of many races, ethnicities, and faiths, get along every day, living side by side, building bridges.

    Good luck, Illiana Christian, Our Lady of White Flight, Indiana, where The New Campus page shows three, smiling white children.

    We know what you’re up to.

    You’re running away, teaching your children to do the same.

    Are you really that certain that this is what Jesus would do, that Jesus was white?

    Because he wasn’t.

  • Trump Backs Off His Obama “Birther” Lies, Now Says Hillary Started It

    Donald Trump lies again.
    “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy,” Mr. Trump said. “I finished it.”
    During the 2008 Democratic contest, a senior strategist for Mrs. Clinton at one point pondered, in an internal memo that was later leaked, the ways in which Mr. Obama’s personal background differed from many Americans. But contrary to Mr. Trump’s assertion, neither Mrs. Clinton nor her campaign ever publicly questioned Mr. Obama’s citizenship or birthplace, in Hawaii.
    Another WTF? moment from Donald Trump.,

  • phyllis-schlaflyPhyllis Schlafly was quite the busy conservative.

    Perhaps now the time for the Equal Rights Amendment has finally come, especially with Secretary Clinton on her way to the White House. If we all continue to work hard.

    From the New York Times:

    Phyllis Schlafly, whose grass-roots campaigns against Communism, abortion and the Equal Rights Amendment galvanized conservatives for almost two generations and helped reshape American politics, died on Monday. She was 92.

    Read more here.

  • Colorado McDonald’s Goes Mile High Offering Weed Smoking Section

    mc-weedLooking like the Cone of Silence from Get Smart, two McDonald’s in Colorado have implemented marijuana smoking sections. Thirteen other McDonald’s in the state are working to follow suit.

    From Daily Mox:

    Colorado continues to blaze major trails when it comes to marijuana.

    The first ever marijuana smoking sections will be implemented in 15 of the state’s McDonald’s restaurants. They will use the existing Play Place area’s and convert them over to friendly marijuana smoke zones.

    Called “smoking pods”, these area’s will allow joints, bongs and pipes to be smoked, but only marijuana is allowed, not tobacco products or cigarettes.

    Read more here.

  • NAACP: A Man Was Lynched Yesterday, And The Day Before That, Too

    a man was lynched yesterday
    “A man was lynched yesterday.” (Photo: NAACP)

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
    only light can do that.
    Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.






    Five officers killed in Dallas.


    One sniper. Acting alone. While many, many #BlackLivesMatter activists marched peacefully.

    Before that, however, the many lives lost in the African American community at the hands of law enforcement, which gave rise, finally, to #BlackLivesMatter.

    We do not condone violence against African Americans.

    We do not condone violence against police.

    The overwhelming majority of African Americans want peace.

    The overwhelming majority of police want peace.

    The overwhelming majority of people want peace.

    What sense can we make of the State of the Union? What is happening to us? Is this 1968 again?

    Activists stormed the Democratic National Convention in 1968 and were met with brutality by police. Why did they not storm the GOP convention that year?

    Because they knew the GOP would not listen anyhow.

    A mere 12 years later, Ronald Reagan bowed down to “states rights” in Philadelphia, Mississippi, where, in 1964, civil rights workers had been murdered.

    Ronald Reagan was calculating, the “great communicator,” remember?

    He knew what he was doing. He knew to whom he was speaking. The Southern Strategy was alive and strong with this one.

    The GOP has been stoking the fires of the Southern Strategy for decades. And the chickens have come home to roost. Talk about buyer’s remorse. Watch, as GOP leaders try, so desperately try, to distance themselves from Donald Trump. But many of these same leaders vowed, when President Barack Obama was elected, that they would not work with him at all.

    And they spent the better part of eight years fighting each and every thing President Obama proposed, said, didn’t say.


    From the moment that then-Senator Barack Obama declared his intention to run for POTUS, the number of hate groups in the United States began to grow. In 2011, for the first time ever, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that the number of hate groups in this country topped 1,000.

    Their number continues to grow.

    And, now, with membership in the KKK growing, America’s oldest, most infamous hate group, we watch in horror.

    For your consideration, from the NAACP:

    Activists created the NAACP more than a century ago to fight racialized violence.

    Then, we called it “lynching.” Today, we call it “police brutality,” but the effect is still the same — our lives are in danger. Endangered by some of the very people who are called to protect and serve us. We are all tense, angry, devastated, and grieving.

    We grieve for Alton Sterling. We grieve for Philando Castile. And we grieve with the rest of the country over the senseless loss of lives in Dallas, too — because the execution of police officers does not end the execution of black Americans, and it will not put us on the path to change.

    What will put us on the path to justice is the passage of the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (LETIA) and the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA). Radical reform of policing practices, policies, and laws at all levels must be made — immediately — because the current system is taking too many lives.

    We can take small solace in the fact that the outrage over this 21st century form of lynching is not isolated to the black community. Americans of all races and ethnicities are fighting to put an end to the epidemic of violence — gun violence in particular — in this country. Now is the time to come together as one in grief, in protest, and in pursuit of real, measurable change.

    As an organization, we are doing everything we can to ensure justice is served, but we can’t do it alone. Stand in solidarity with your fellow activists, hand in hand with your community. Contact your elected officials to demand life-saving reforms to a broken system.

    We can — and must — put an end to this together.

    Cornell William Brooks
    President and CEO

    And, we remind ourselves again:

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
    only light can do that.
    Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • The Titan Joins The Gods

    Muhammad Ali
    Muhammad Ali

    Muhammad Ali is dead.

    At 74.

    I remember him boxing. I remember Howard Cosell.

    From the New York Times:

    Muhammad Ali, the three-time world heavyweight boxing champion who helped define his turbulent times as the most charismatic and controversial sports figure of the 20th century, died on Friday. He was 74.

    His death was confirmed by Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman.

    Ali was the most thrilling if not the best heavyweight ever, carrying into the ring a physically lyrical, unorthodox boxing style that fused speed, agility and power more seamlessly than that of any fighter before him.

    But he was more than the sum of his athletic gifts. An agile mind, a buoyant personality, a brash self-confidence and an evolving set of personal convictions fostered a magnetism that the ring alone could not contain. He entertained as much with his mouth as with his fists, narrating his life with a patter of inventive doggerel. (“Me! Wheeeeee!”)

    And Peace be upon him.

  • Donald Trump Wants To Be Your Latex Salesman (Video)

    There is so much wrong with Donald Trump.

    So. Very. Much.

    Today, he pointed out a black rally attendee and said, “Look at my African American!”

    There is so much wrong with Donald Trump.

    Tonight, I could only think of George Costanza…

    But, George is fictional. The Donald is not.


  • America Opens Its Arms To Our Transgender Brothers And Sisters

    Did you ever think it would happen in this country?

    I have to admit that I’m not sure I’m there yet.

    As a gay man, I’m still becoming comfortable with the notion of transgender men and women. I’m still learning.

    Amazed, though, at how quickly America has embraced transgender men and women. In spite of the bathroom laws and the hysteria from the right.

    And the cool, compassionate, adult-in-the-room Barack Obama.

    Were you as amazed as I to see this?


    We’ve come so far as a country the past 7+ years.

    As Barack Obama “evolved” on LGBTQ issues–and as some of us lost our patience entirely with him, given his remarkable history on such issues when he was in Springfield, Illinois–as he evolved, we evolved too.

    But he led. And continues to lead.

    America, hats off to you.

    Hats off to you, Mr. President.