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just now Brooklyn Reader commented on The Stranger Is Reporting Live From the Donald Trump Rally in Everett.
@11 When we speak of Trump's followers, can we please spread the phrase, "gullible country trumpkins?"

just now Brooklyn Reader commented on The Stranger Is Reporting Live From the Donald Trump Rally in Everett.
@9 As much as I agree with your read of the current polls, I am still terrified that there's a 26% chance (in the FiveThirtyEight.com analysis) that Trump could win the necessary electoral votes outright to occupy the White House. And that he could raise an army of armed TrumpShirts to take over enough urban polling places to prevent a couple million Democrats from voting and thereby steal the election.

This needs to be a blow-out election. Trump doesn't just need to lose. He and his followers need to be humiliated in loss. His is a movement that needs to fade away.

So... hold your nose and vote for Clinton. More. Bite your lip and write a check to elect her and/or Democratic legislators. Sign up to knock on doors and work the phones to get out the vote. This isn't an election we can afford to let the likes of Trump win.
in the past few hours Brooklyn Reader commented on The Story of that Letter from Donald Trump's Doctor Just Gets Weirder and Weirder.
@9 Not only that, it looks like he rolls his eyes when he gets to the all tests positive line.

So...

1) For that and many other reasons, it seem highly doubtful he wrote the thing.
2) He's definitely covering for whoever did.
3) His cover story is total bullshit.
4) He's in a bind, stuck between a) whatever Trump is holding over him; and b) a professional misconduct hearing and being tarred and feathered in the press.
1:14 PM Brooklyn Reader commented on The Story of that Letter from Donald Trump's Doctor Just Gets Weirder and Weirder.
I imagine this has something to do with gambling debts. Or sex parties with Donald and underage girls. Or investments in something having something to do with the Mob. Or some other shit he got his stupid ass involved in with Donald and now he can't get out.

This man is a hostage and that letter is his scream for help.
7:59 PM yesterday Brooklyn Reader commented on Right On, Colin Kaepernick: America's National Anthem Celebrates Racism and Slavery.
It's one of the worst National Anthems in the Western World. You have to be an opera singer to do it justice, but most people can't even mumble through it. The poetic 18th-century-style lyrics don't help much, either. Every other nation's anthem I've heard sung at a sporting event or medal ceremony had their people singing along happily and heartily if not always musically.

We definitely need a better anthem.
Aug 22 Brooklyn Reader commented on John Oliver Shows How Charter Schools Fail Kids.
@13 Skilled blue collar jobs, like plumbers, electricians, welders, and carpenters. Also maybe tailors/seamstresses, machinists, med tech, phlebotomists, childcare, nursing assistants, medical billing, and several other certificate courses that commercial schools now offer to GEDs and high school grads. Why not combine it with a vocational high school diploma? Some of these are pretty low-end jobs without advancement opportunity, but others can be the basis of starting your own business, with employees and stuff.
Aug 22 Brooklyn Reader commented on John Oliver Shows How Charter Schools Fail Kids.
Public schools have a mission, and that mission doesn't include turning a profit. Companies that run charter schools have to turn a profit to survive.

Underfunding public schools until they're failing isn't a great justification for giving the same money to for-profit entities with less oversight and accountability. In the case of publicly-funded charter schools, the profits come straight off the top, leaving reduced funds to run the schools.

It's hard not to be cynical that the main attraction of charter schools for politicians is that the for-profit entities that own, run, or manage them will donate to their campaigns. One of the stated purposes of conservatives who support charter schools is that busting teacher unions will somehow benefit the children.

Surely there must be ways of improving public schools, mediating labor problems, and delivering a standardized level of quality education without turning over local education budgets to thieves and charlatans?

Here's a thought... How about standardizing education on a state level instead of local? Instead of a bunch of local ed boards, why not a state-wide system under the civil service umbrella, funded at the state level instead of via local property taxes? Local boards of ed are frequently inept and occasionally corrupt, not to mention distracted by irrelevant social issues to the detriment of educational standards.
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Aug 19 Brooklyn Reader commented on What's So Funny About the Naked Trump Statue?.
Wut? Can't we just enjoy a naughty jab at the powerful? My, how far we've fallen from the Yippie days of yore...
Aug 16 Brooklyn Reader commented on EOD: And Now Here's the Story of How Donald Trump Tried to Crash Chelsea Clinton's Wedding.
Why do you think the #whinylittlebitch calls Hillary a crook? He never got over the snubbing.

I wonder if he'll ever get over his impending electoral drubbing. Please, let's all vote for Hillary to make it as yuuuuuuge as possible! It's not enough just to win the Electoral College. For maximum effect, he needs to be buried (deep!) by the popular vote.
Aug 5 Brooklyn Reader commented on American Democracy Isn't Rigged, It's Just Not Very Good.
The election is not "rigged" against The Donald. If anything, he has a standing advantage BECAUSE of its peculiarities.

The Electoral College is a long-standing irritation which conveys far more representation to small, rural states than their populations should deserve if we were just counting noses. And that, as we know, has benefited one party above the other for a number of cycles now. Democrats can lose the Presidential election while garnering a majority of the popular vote nationwide. Is that fair? No. Does that have anything to do with anything The Donald is saying? Absolutely not.

What I would worry about, "rigging" -wise is that the Diebold voting machines, which produce no paper trail and are a product of a company led by a man with strong Republican leadership ties, can apparently be accessed centrally. In the last cycle, Karl Rove was astonished that his boy lost, and went off muttering. Rumors were that some benevolent hacking group had blocked access to whoever was supposed to be altering the vote tallies so the Republican could win. And, this year we have Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear, purported Kremlin-controlled hacking teams, dicking with the elections, and as we know, Trump is the Kremlin's boy. So, "rigged?" Possibly, but certainly not in Hillary's favor.
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