“Friends for Hank Weston” contributes to Dan Miller’s campaign

A committee “Friends for Hank Weston for Supervisor 2014” has contributed $200 to Supervisor Dan Miller’s campaign for Supervisor, according to campaign finance reports.

The monetary contribution was made on June 20, the filing said. The filing is here: Weston

Hilary Hodge is running against Miller in the District 3 Supervisor’s race.

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At rally, Trump all but promises to pardon Arpaio

“President Trump on Tuesday all but promised to pardon Joe Arpaio, the hard-line former sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., who became a national symbol of the campaign against undocumented immigrants, and whose round-’em-up raids have landed him in legal trouble,” The New York Times is reporting.

“’I’ll make a prediction — I think he is going to be just fine,’ an angry and defiant Mr. Trump told a campaign-style forum in Phoenix where he abandoned scripted remarks and launched into a half-hour tirade against the news media. ‘But I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy.’

“But Sheriff Joe can feel good,’ Mr. Trump added.

“Hours earlier, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, had said that Mr. Trump would not issue a pardon for Mr. Arpaio on Tuesday.

“Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt of court after he flouted an order to stop detaining people his office suspected of being undocumented immigrants. Mr. Trump’s teased pardon of him energized the crowd at the convention center, where the president had been expected to stick to a theme of national unity but instead tripled down on his defense of his earlier statement about the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va. He also again accused the ‘dishonest media’ of distorting his words.”

The rest of the article is here.

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The Union asks: “Are you proud to be an American”?

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Editor’s note: A friend in town emailed me this advertising pitch he received from The Union. He found it to be — well — excessive. And he passed. Where’s the learned hand of management when it’s needed?

“Are you proud to be an American? Do you believe in the tenets of the U.S. Constitution? Do you want to show our community that you are a patriot? Consider advertising in The Presidency, a new keepsake publication that will have bios of all 45 U.S. Presidents, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and information about Constitution Day events. The Presidency will be inserted into The Union on September 5, and will be handed out during the Constitution Day parade and Revolutionary War reenactments and demonstrations that occur throughout the weekend.

“If you are interested in being a part of this one of a kind publication, please take a look at the attached flyer (and) reserve your ad space in this wildly popular publication that showcases our American heritage. The deadline to reserve your spot is this tomorrow, August 23, so don’t delay!

Thank you, and God bless America.”

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The Union: “Poll results are not scientific and are for entertainment purposes only.”

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Fact checking The Union’s Boardman’s column uncovers more errors

The Union’s weekly columnist George Boardman writes in his column this week: “That prompted Google’s president to cut short a family vacation in Africa and return to the Golden State to fire Damore. Political correctness apparently trumped a free and open exchange of ideas.”

Huh? Here’s what Google’s CEO, not president, actually wrote: “I have been on work related travel in Africa and Europe the past couple of weeks and had just started my family vacation here (in California) this week. I have decided to return tomorrow as clearly there’s a lot more to discuss as a group—including how we create a more inclusive environment for all.”

The Union. Podunk. George Boardman. Podunk.

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The test of Nazism that Trump failed

Editor’s note: Timothy Snyder is a professor of history at Yale and the author of “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.” He wrote this column for The New York Times this weekend:

“No. 1, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. No. 2, racism, the least racist person.” So the president said at a news conference in February. These words left me uneasy. A moment ago, as I was looking at photographs of young men in Charlottesville, Va., who were from my home state, Ohio, and thinking about the message “Heil Hitler” on the T-shirt that one wore, it dawned on me why.

Until we have been tested, there is no sense in boasting of our goodness; afterward, there is no need. After Charlottesville, President Trump faced an easy test, and failed. When presented with an obvious opportunity to condemn the evil that was and is Nazism, he first waited, then equivocated, then read from a teleprompter, then relativized. He spoke of “very fine people on both sides.”

The Nazi groups that marched in Charlottesville, cannot be considered a “side.” When they carry torches, they imitate Nazi rituals. When they perform the call and response of “Trump! Hail” and “Victory! Hail!” they are translating Nazi performances that we know better in German: “Hitler! Heil!” and “Sieg! Heil!” In Charlottesville, American Nazis shouted “Sieg! Heil!” as they passed a synagogue.]

When the supporters of the alt-right chant that “Jews will not replace us,” they recapitulate the Nazi idea of a world Jewry that stifles the master race and must therefore be removed from the planet. When they shout “Blood and soil,” they repeat a Nazi slogan signifying that races will murder races for land without mercy and forever.

These views do not define a “side,” but rather a worldview in which the United States of America, with its Constitution and laws, and with its hard-won daily understandings of rights and responsibilities, would no longer exist.

Hitler and his henchmen strategically defined themselves, from the outset, as a “side,” as the defenders of the system against the other “side,” the left. Hitler came to power denouncing Communism, which then (unlike now) was a force in the world. In power, Hitler assimilated all opponents to the other “side” and had them sent to camps or killed. When Germany’s parliament, the Reichstag, burned, Hitler had already established in his rhetoric that the other “side” was violent, and he used the (false) claim that the other “side” had committed terrorism to bring the German republic to an end.

The president has failed when no failure can be innocent. He has provided American Nazis with three services, for which they have thanked him: He has normalized their ideology; he has excused their actions; and he has given them hope that he will blame his opponents the next time America is struck by terrorism.

The full editorial is here.

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Trump comments on race open breach with C.E.O.s, military and G.O.P.

“President Trump found himself increasingly isolated in a racial crisis of his own making on Wednesday, abandoned by the nation’s top business executives, contradicted by military leaders and shunned by Republicans outraged by his defense of white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville, Va,” as The New York Times is reporting.

“The breach with the business community was the most striking. Titans of American industry and finance revolted against a man they had seen as one of their own, concluding Wednesday morning they could no longer serve on two of Mr. Trump’s advisory panels.

“But before Stephen A. Schwarzman, the chief executive of the Blackstone Group and one of Mr. Trump’s closest business confidants, could announce a decision to disband Mr. Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum — in a prepared statement calling “intolerance, racism and violence” an “affront to core American values” — the president undercut him and did it himself, in a tweet.

“’Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both,’ Mr. Trump wrote. ‘Thank you all!’

“The condemnation descended on the president a day after he told reporters in a defiant news conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan that ‘alt-left’ demonstrators were just as responsible for the violence in Charlottesville last weekend as the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who instigated protests that led to the death of a 32-year-old woman, struck down by a car driven by a right-wing activist.”

The rest of the article is here.

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