Friday, August 12, 2016

Trump: Americans May Be Tried In Military Tribunals

I have something to say, need attention and am not very courageous.  Making plans to take a kitchen ladder to Trump Tower.

Wanted.  More friends with private airplanes going to destinations I want to go, when I want to go.  Why didn't I think of this before?

Have you noticed a lot of gold medal winners don't seem to lord it over the rest of us?  Why are some winners so nice? I blame their parents...or Obama.

Oops.  Obama will enter Olympics on relay race for Kenya.  Unusual sloppy cover up and now has some explaining to do.



Trump Blasts Media for Reporting Things He Says

“I’ll say something at a rally and I look out and see all these TV cameras taking every word down,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “No one in politics has ever been subjected to this kind of treatment.”


Trump: Americans May Be Tried In Military Tribunals Under This Administration

by jonathanturley
495px-Donald_Trump_by_Gage_SkidmoreCamp_x-ray_detaineesI have long been a critic of military tribunals as constitutionally dubious and practically ineffectual institutions. The tribunals at Guantanamo Bay have resulted in few actual trials and undermined the standing of the United States as a nation committed to the rule of law. The principle rationale cited by former officials in defense of Gitmo has been that it would not be used to try citizens. Now in a deeply disturbing interview, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has stated that he might try citizens at Gitmo -- maintaining a shadow court system for stripping citizens of basic rights of due process just a few miles off the United States shore.


The Brief: Trump an Opportunity for Texas Democrats, Memo Says

by Madeline Conway and John Reynolds | Aug. 12, 2016
Main stage inside the Alamodome during the Texas Democratic Convention on June 17, 2016

The Big Conversation

Democrats in Texas have reason to celebrate Donald Trump’s divisive candidacy, according to a pollster who says state Democrats have their “greatest opportunities in a generation” this November.
“Austin-based Democratic pollster Leland Beatty argues, in a memo obtained by The Texas Tribune, that several factors, including an anticipated drop in GOP straight-ticket voting, could provide beleaguered state Democrats their biggest opening in 20 years,” Patrick Svitek writes in the Tribune.
In addition to Trump’s unpopularity, Beatty pointed to many likely voters’ belief that corruption is “widespread in Texas government” to conclude that Democratic challengers could be competitive in 20 of 39 contested state House seats held by Republican incumbents. One statewide race, for railroad commissioner, could be in play, too, Beatty suggested.
He acknowledged, though, that other factors could work against the Democrats — namely, money. Democrats in the House races he identified “do not appear financially ready to compete,” he wrote.



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Indiana GOP’s House Leader resigns after texting sexually explicit video of himself cheating on wife to everyone on his “Contacts” list

Don't you hate it when you do that?


New Texas law school not recommended for ABA accreditation

Aug 10, 2016, 12:36 pm CDT


Texas School District Solves Problem Of Low Test Results . . . By Eliminating The Grade of D

by jonathanturley
UnknownThe Round Rock Independent School District appears to have found a cheap way to improve the test results of its students . . . it eliminated all Ds. That's right, a D will now be a C. While insisting that it is merely following other schools, the move is a laughable recognition that the district cannot actually improve performance so it will instead artificially improve grading.

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Hillary Clinton in Des Moines on Wednesday. She is scheduled to speak about her economic plans on Thursday near Detroit.
The Millions of Americans Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Barely Mention: The Poor


While their economic platforms are markedly different, both candidates promise to create jobs but have said little about helping people while they are not working.


Donald J. Trump at a rally in Sunrise, Fla., on Wednesday.
Donald Trump Laments Sliding Polls While Maintaining His Provocative Approach


The Republican nominee said that he intended to stick with his unorthodox campaign style, even if it meant taking "a very, very nice long vacation" after Nov. 8.



Judge allows 'look-see' at computers seized in blogging defamation probe

Judge Gavel
A Louisiana judge said on Friday he will allow a “look-see” at home computers seized by Terrebone Parish sheriff’s deputies based on allegations that their owner—a former sheriff’s deputy—may be the blogger who accused the sheriff’s office of improprieties.
Judge Randall Bethancourt of Terrebonne Parish had approved a search warrant before the raid last Tuesday on the home of the former deputy, Houma Police Officer Wayne Anderson, WWL-TV reports. On Friday, Bethancourt said the criminal defamation statute is pretty broad and he would allow a “look-see” to see if the computers contained defamatory statements.
Sheriff Jerry Larpenter defended the raid. “If you’re gonna lie about me and make it under a fictitious name, I’m gonna come after you,” he told WWL-TV.Houma Today and the Daily Comet have criticized the raid.
Bethancourt approved the warrant based on allegations by an insurance agent about a blogger at ExposeDAT. According to the insurance agent, the blogger wrongly accused him of earning broker fees from the sheriff’s office even as the sheriff’s wife earned a six-figure paycheck managing the agent’s insurance office. That report was wrong, the agent said, because it is his partner who has the contract with the sheriff’s office.
A lawyer for Anderson had argued that the warrant should not have been approved. He told Bethancourt that the state’s criminal defamation statute has been ruled unconstitutional as it relates to comments about public officials or private individuals involved in public affairs.
Anderson was suspended from the police force after the raid. He has denied operating the blog.
Loyola law professor Dane Ciolino told WWL-TV that contracts discussed on the blog should be examined under state ethics laws. “And the notion that search warrants are issuing and the house of a media commentator is being searched for the content of speech posted on a public website is absolutely extraordinary,” he said. “It’s amazing we’re having this conversation in Louisiana rather than in Iran.”

University of Houston Student Suspended And Required To Attend Cultural Events For Writing “All Lives Matter”

by jonathanturley
Unknown-1imagesThe University of Houston has offered the latest example of how free speech is being rapidly eradicated on our campuses. Rohini Sethi, vice president of the university’s student government association, was given a 50-day suspension from her student government post for saying “all lives matter” on social media. She has now been told that the suspension will be lifted after she publicly apologized and agreed to attend cultural events.

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