Here's how the first Republican president addressed a Gold Star Mother:

This is the famous Bixby letter:

Executive Mansion, Washington, Nov. 21, 1864.

Dear Madam,

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.

I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully, A. Lincoln

I cannot even begin to make a comparison between the second Republican nominee for the presidency and the current one.

Don't whine, worry about Trump's Personality Disorder

Two days ago I asked the question of Trump can get a clean bill of health, because I just listened to a speech he gave the same day that worried me. I read now some articles that show that some psychiatrists and mental health professionals share my feelings about Trump's psychological make-up.

Hillary Clinton and the United States, A Threat to Humanity

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(Note: this is in no way a defense of the scumbag called Trump)

"Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis," she said. "A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons,"
Hillary Clinton, Warmonger for President

Clinton Friend McAuliffe: Clinton Will Flip on TPP

We've been saying for a very long time now that Hillary's opposition to the TPP is largely bullshit. She urged her delegates to oppose anti-TPP language in the party platform. She picked pro-TPP Tim Kaine as her VP. And now longtime Clinton friend Terry McAuliffe may have accidentally let the truth slip out:

The French Connection: How the US & French Governments Are Slipping Into Darkness

The so-called left wing French government is looking more and more like its neoliberal US counterpart, and the similarities are hardly complimentary. With the news of the horrendous terrorist truck attack in Nice still fresh in the media and in people’s minds, another story about France flew below the radar. On July 1st France broke its own record for the number of its citizens incarcerated, with almost 70,000 people in prison.

Trump's acceptance speech

Donald Trump is not by any stretch of imagination a great orator, but grammatically, at least tonight he kept things together--and I don't give a damn whether he used a teleprompter or not. His speech clocked in at about 75 minutes, which one reporter said was the longest such speech in 40 years. It was not a dull speech, even if it was overlong.

Yada, yada RNC go's there . We're supposed to buy this?

Welcome to the first Reality Show Presidential Candicacy..

You're fired.

F that.

I am NOT a CT freak.

But the way this is playing out at the RNC convention?

Let's review. The Cruz, RNC and Trumpeters all approved the speech ahead of time.

Then the Drumpfers Fired up delegations to slam the Cruzter.

Then, himself enters the hall before the Cruz is done.

Oh let's not forget entering Day 1 through the smoke like it's WWE.

OUTBREAK: Cognitive Dissonance No Longer Contained to Just Hillary Supporters

Progressives may have a huge threat at our doorstep.

Insidiously, contradictorily (some might say) and despite people's best efforts, the Shillary endorsement by Bernie Sanders last week seems to have let loose an unexpected scourge: the Cognitive Dissonance virus, up until now contained to Shillary and Trump fans…seems to have escaped all quarantine efforts and is now taking out us Berners.

Why The Movement Should Protest At The Polls This Year

This election cycle offers an unparalleled opportunity for the movement to organize and cast off the yoke of the corporate duopoly that controls our election space. The behind-the-scenes nefarious actions that the parties use to control the elections have been more obvious than usual and have been brought to the public's attention repeatedly. The public seems more aware that the election process is not working as it should in the sort of democracy that the US tries to convince us we live in.

Awareness of the corruption of the process should be a great boon to bringing about demand and support for serious reforms from a broad segment of the public.

Detention Centers Record Revenue vs. Children Need Freedom and Sunshine to Grow

Today's News:

Immigration Officials Making Secret Deals With Private Prisons to Lock Up More Mothers and Children-- New report sheds light on how local contracts are boosting private profits from family detention.

After The Attack on Pulse Nightclub, I Will Never Visit Facebook Ever Again

When people say Facebook is the online refuge of the crazy and the stupid, this isn't an exaggeration. The attack on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL proved that, especially among my own family members. In particular, my brother. He ranted on and on about how if any terrorists showed up to where he lived, he'd show 'em 'what America's all about'.....yeah....sure. This coming from the same guy who said he'd vote for Donald Trump if he were able to do so, same as my mom's significant other. Sad.

I'll Make America Broke Again!

"At most he has at least $165 million, which is great by any standard that's a lot of money. But when you're trying to finance a presidential campaign, it's nothing," Cuban said.

Cuban explained any politician can claim whatever net worth he or she wants because there are ways to manipulate the amount of cash on hand when filling out tax returns.

But Cuban explained Federal Election Commission filings are a different story.

"Why Hillary is better than Trump" arguments, dissected: SCOTUS

Note: These essays are critical of the "Support Hillary because X" arguments. The intent is to dissect and examine them on the merits, and expose their weaknesses if any. I have a bias in that I'm a #BernieOrBust person. I won't vote for Hillary, and I find the arguments I'm critiquing unconvincing. These essays are meant to explore how and why I have come to that conclusion.