August 7th, 2016

Joan Smalls, Yoncé

Former Reagan political director Frank Lavin: I'm voting for Clinton

I had the honor of serving as Ronald Reagan's White House political director from 1987 to 1989, so I can claim some insight on U.S. politics. My central conclusion on the 2016 race: It might not be entirely clear that Hillary Clinton deserves to win the presidency, but it is thunderingly clear that Donald Trump deserves to lose.

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This comes on top of some good news for Clinton that she is kicking ass in Virginia.

The moral case for Hillary Clinton

The moral case for Hillary Clinton: Even if you might dislike her, this isn’t the year to back a third-party candidate
Voters planning to support Jill Stein or Gary Johnson should take a moment to examine the potential consequences

“What would it take for you to vote for a third-party candidate?”

This question was posed to me by a good friend who, after supporting Barack Obama in the 2008 election, became so disenchanted with the political process that he backed Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in 2012 (not surprisingly, he plans on doing so again this year). Because I’m a progressive and he’s a libertarian, we naturally don’t see eye-to-eye on many policy issues. Nevertheless, he respects those differences of opinion as healthy and productive. What he doesn’t seem to respect, though, is my determination to vote for Hillary Clinton instead of a candidate who better reflects my own values – be it by supporting Green Party candidate Jill Stein or writing in Bernie Sanders, my personal choice during the primaries.Collapse )

Source: Salon

Several people here have complained about not being given any positive reasons to vote for Hillary, and I have decided to try to address that by posting some articles that do that. Before you label this piece as just more fear mongering, please read it all. The author does talk about the dangers of [Bawling, Blasphemous, Incharitable Dog] being elected (it's hard to compare choices without describing what the outcome of each might be), but he also gives some positives about Clinton.

P.S. OT, but does anyone know where I might find some good Clinton/Kaine icons? I've tried making some, but I don't like anything I've come up with so far

On Canada's National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

OP: A bit of background on this issue. In Canada, indigenous women and girls are disproportionately affected by violence, when one compares them to national averages. For instance, according to a 2009 government survey of the ten provinces, Aboriginal women were nearly three times more likely than non-Aboriginal women to report being a victim of a violent crime; this was true regardless of whether the violence was perpetrated by a stranger or by a spouse (i.e. these figures are as reported by Amnesty International in 2014).

The previous Canadian federal government, of Conservative (i.e. really right-wing) Stephen Harper, was replaced by the current government of the Liberal Party and its leader, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (i.e. these elections were held on October 19th, 2015). The previous government's position on this issue was that most of the cases of murdered indigenous women had been solved and that this was "a law-and-order problem and (...) [that] police have solved most of the crimes". They refused to hold an inquiry on this issue. (Needless to say, their position was widely criticized.)

The Trudeau government, in a welcome change, has agreed to hold an inquiry. This past week, the details of the inquiry were announced by the federal government, including the names of the five commissioners. The inquiry will begin Sept. 1 and run until Dec. 31, 2018, at an estimated cost of $53.8 million, higher than the $40 million originally earmarked in the budget.

So this is, overall, good news.

I therefore thought I would make a post about this very important issue.


Family members of missing and murdered women and girls react to inquiry

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Hungarian state TV silent about Olympic refugees

Budapest (dpa) - In a flashback to the days of the Cold War, Hungary‘s state TV has stayed mum about the presence of a refugee team at the Olympics, a fact drawing criticism from opposition media on Sunday.

Reflecting the anti-refugee position of the rightist-conservative government of Premier Viktor Orban, Hungarian television network MTV‘s reporter on Saturday named neither swimmer Yusra Mardini by name nor mentioned her special status as a member of the refugee team in Rio.

Under Orban, Hungary is pursuing a repressive policy towards refugees, with state media calling asylum-seekers economic refugees and terrorists. On October 2 a national referendum is to be held at Orban‘s initiative on the issue of Budapest rejecting the EU‘s agreement on refugee quotas.

Opposition media are charging MTV with censorship in not reporting Mardini‘s name, and say it smacks of the days of the communist regime during the Cold War.

One example in the 1960s came during a friendly match of Real Madrid against Vasas Budapest when the media named the Real players except for one. That was legendary Hungarian player Ferenc Puskas who fled the country after the anti-communist uprising was crushed in 1956. The communist regime had dubbed him a "national traitor."


Refugee Olympic Team isn’t about medals

Two Syrian swimmers, two Congolese judokas, an Ethiopian marathoner and five middle-distance runners from South Sudan have the world on their side in Rio.

They come from the places that are most ravaged by war and violence in the world, but have found peace and hope in sports.

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