Release the Tax Returns

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From Iron Knee at Political Irony:

There are lies, and there are damn lies.

In a TV interview with CBS, Trump’s campaign manager said “Mr. Trump has said that his taxes are under audit and he will not be releasing them. It has nothing to do with Russia, it has nothing to do with any country other than the United States, and his normal tax auditing processes — so that issue will be dealt with when the audits are done.”

How stupid does he think we are? Absolutely nothing prevents a person being audited from releasing their tax returns. In fact, Richard “I am not a crook” Nixon released his tax returns, even though he had been under an audit.

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Franklin Graham Preys on Vulnerable, Hurting People

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From The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser:

When major disasters and tragedies occur, it is not uncommon for Franklin Graham’s Billy Graham Rapid Response Teams to be dispatched to the scene. While these teams certainly do a great job helping with the temporal needs of those who are suffering, make no mistake about it, their goal is to preach the Evangelical gospel, evangelize, and save lost sinners.

I view Franklin Graham’s Billy Graham Rapid Response Teams in the same light as I do Adolph Hitler and his love for dogs. Yes, Hitler loved dogs. Yea, Hitler! But, he also was a murderous psychopath who systematically killed six million Jews, gypsies, and others deemed inferior. So then, Hitler’s love of dogs doesn’t negate his genocidal behavior.

Yes, Franklin Graham’s Billy Graham Rapid Response Teams do — in very small ways — provide help to people who are affected by disasters and tragedies. But, these teams are operated by Franklin Graham, a man noted for his racist, homophobic bigotry. Their primary goal is evangelization, not meeting the needs of those who are hurting and suffering.

The Rapid Response Teams website describes their mission this way:

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Some Unconventional Convention Thoughts

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From Wisconsin conservative James Wigderson:

Somebody please stop Reince Priebus. The Republican National Committee chairman is making Wisconsinites look bad.

On Monday, Priebus told the Democrats they should vote their conscience. If it sounds familiar, the idea of voting one’s conscience caused Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to be booed as he exited the stage at last week’s Republican National Convention.

On Tuesday, Priebus congratulated the Democrats on nominating the most unpopular candidate in their party’s history. Only one major party nominee has been more unpopular. Want to guess who?

By Saturday, Priebus will be telling the Democrats that Hillary Clinton is too cozy with the Russians.

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Make Russia Great Again

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From Dave Dubya at Freedom Rants:

There is no shame, no honesty and no decency left in the Republican Party. Failure to understand this fact is, and has been, America’s fatal flaw.

Here’s the latest Republican hypocrisy reported by NBC News:

Mike Pence chastised President Obama on Friday for indirectly referring to Donald Trump as a demagogue, saying — perhaps ironically — that “name calling” has no “place in public life.

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Republican War Hero Speaks Out Against Trump’s Vulgarity

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From Dorian de Wind at The Moderate Voice:

Say whatever you want about John McCain — and I have said plenty — the former Prisoner of War (POW) and war hero is a patriot and a decent man.

He displayed such during the 2008 presidential campaign when a woman at a town hall meeting referred to Obama as an “Arab” and McCain, retaking the microphone, responded “”No, ma’am. He’s a decent family man [and] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that’s what this campaign’s all about.”

When Donald Trump derided the former POW for having been captured by the North Vietnamese, John McCain chose to ignore the insult.

This time, however, when Trump insulted the Gold Star parents of a Muslim-American man who gave his life for his country during the Iraq War, and while many Republican leaders stayed silent, Senator John McCain chose to speak out.

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Donald Trump and Khizr Khan

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From Infidel753:

Though Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democratic convention was one of the shortest, it’s already emerging as one of the most consequential. Not only because of Khan’s eloquent and heartfelt words — though I’ve watched the speech several times and continue to be impressed by its power — but because Trump has demonstrated more flagrantly than ever that he doesn’t know how to respond effectively when he feels provoked.

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Khizr Khan Blasts Trump For ‘Taking Shot’ at His Wife

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From Tommy Christopher at Mediaite:

The inexplicable feud that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has elected to escalate with the parents of the late Captain Humayun Khan, a Muslim soldier who was killed in Iraq, continued to unfold Sunday morning, as Khizr Khan responded to Trump’s overnight attempt at damage control. On CNN’s State of the Union, Khan said that while he appreciated Trump’s acknowledgement of his late son’s heroism, Mr. Khan said he stood by his criticisms of Trump’s positions and practices.

Fill-in host Jim Acosta asked Mr. Khan to respond directly to Trump’s suggestion that Mrs. Khan remained silent onstage at the DNC out of some form of religious oppression, and Khan let Trump have it, explaining that his wife was too distraught to speak, that she risked medical consequences to stand there, and that Trump needs to learn some empathy:

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Michelle Obama:
Winner of Both Conventions

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From The Intersection of Madness and Reality:

After the racially charged, circus like atmosphere that was the RNC (Republican National Convention), it would seem that the DNC (Democratic National Convention) would have its hands full. There was a lot of negative connotations that would easily make the DNC the preferred convention for media coverage. However, the sensationalism of the RNC would have to be strategically countered by honesty and focus during the DNC. In short, the Democrats would have to simply come with their “A” game focused on the issues the people care about.

Beyond all of this, the first day was dedicated to endorsement power. And with a convincing endorsement of Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama came out the winner.

Then again, Michelle Obama has been winning for the past couple of weeks.

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Three More Reality-Based Court Decisions on Vote Suppression

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From Green Eagle:

Three more courts have ruled strongly in favor of what we all know to be true-throwing out the Republican vote suppression bills in three more States. Let me again say what I have said before on recent occasions like this: There is not a single informed person of any political stripe that did not know that these laws were not intended to protect us from voter fraud, an essentially nonexistent phenomenon, but were intended to prevent Democrats from voting.

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GOP Platform Breaks Trump’s “No Cuts” Promise on Social Security and Medicare

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From Jon Perr at Perrspectives:

If nothing else, Republicans used their convention in Cleveland to get their hate on. The delegates who cheered Chris Christie’s ersatz prosecution of Hillary Clinton had already made “lock her up” the event’s lasting sound bite. Offstage, Trump surrogates accused Clinton of “treason” and called for her execution by hanging or firing squad. The foaming at the mouth crowd raged about “radical Islam,” an all-encompassing enemy they could neither describe nor explain how to defeat. Meanwhile, the delegates approved a platform would bestow 14th Amendment protections to fetuses while denying them to actual, living LGBT Americans.

But if Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign ushered in the era of “Post-Truth Politics,” Donald Trump’s coronation marked the rise of the “No Policy Candidate.” For example, on Wednesday, advisers Stephen Moore and Lawrence Kudlow announced their proposed overhaul of Trump’s gigantic tax cut windfall for the wealthy, supposedly reducing his Treasury-draining from $10 trillion to $3 trillion over the next decade. But even more telling when it comes to Donald Trump’s disinterest in actual policy is what the 2016 Republican Platform declared about health care and retirement income for future seniors. After a year of promising Americans he would “save Social Security and Medicare without cuts,” nominee Trump looked the other way as his party’s platform endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plans to gut both.

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