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Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

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Sanders: Dems ‘dead wrong’ on debates

The Democratic National Committee is “dead wrong” by limiting the number of debates available to presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on Sunday.

“I think that that is dead wrong and I have let the leadership of the Democrats know that,” Sanders said on CNN’s “State of the Union. “I think this country benefits, all people benefit, democracy benefits when we have debates and I want to see more of them,” he added. “I think that debates are a good thing."

Sanders said that in addition to officially sanctioned debates from the Democratic Party, candidates running for the White House should also be forced to debate environmental issues before a panel of environmentalists, as well as issues specifically important to young voters and to “working people.”

Sanders’s comments come after critical words from former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who on Friday accused the DNC of creating a “rigged process” to limit the number of debates to just four before the first round of voting takes place.

Democratic challengers launch attacks against Clinton, party leadership

Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to cement her standing as the rightful leader of the Democratic Party here Friday, but two of her challengers launched a fierce counterattack against her and a party establishment they see as trying to hand her the 2016 presidential nomination.

What began as a routine forum of candidate speeches evolved into a surprisingly dramatic day at the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting, as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley issued thinly veiled attacks on Clinton and the party leadership.

Speaking from the dais, with DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz sitting a few feet away, O’Malley blasted the party’s limited number of sanctioned debates as a process “rigged” in favor of the front-runner. The DNC is holding six debates, only four before February’s first caucuses in Iowa, which O’Malley argued is a disadvantage for all the candidates and a disservice to Democrats generally.

“This sort of rigged process has never been attempted before,” said O’Malley, who has struggled to gain traction in the polls. He added: “We are the Democratic Party, not the undemocratic party.”

Iowa Poll: Clinton leads, but Sanders draws near

Liberal revolutionary Bernie Sanders, riding an updraft of insurgent passion in Iowa, has closed to within 7 points of Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential race.

She's the first choice of 37 percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers; he's the pick for 30 percent, according to a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll.

But Clinton has lost a third of her supporters since May, a trajectory that if sustained puts her at risk of losing again in Iowa, the initial crucible in the presidential nominating contest.

This is the first time Clinton, the former secretary of state and longtime presumptive front-runner, has dropped below the 50 percent mark in four polls conducted by the Register and Bloomberg Politics this year.

Uncle Joe better WATCH his ass!...

Hillary Clinton’s team is getting tired of the Joe Biden talk. And this week, they want to kill it.

The Democrat’s strategy heading into a meeting of party elite on Friday is aimed at dismissing the idea now fueling Biden supporters that her campaign is going off the rails, strategists, donors and political allies familiar with Brooklyn’s thinking told POLITICO.

From a sprint through Iowa that deflected attention from the email saga to her first stop in the swing state of Ohio and now the Democratic National Committee cattle call in Minneapolis, Clinton’s operation knows it needs to both flex its political muscles and prove it can keep its nose to the grindstone to score a controversy-free week.

The workmanlike stretch is meant to convince Democratic power brokers and big-money donors that they don’t need to place side bets on the vice president — and to suggest to Biden himself that there’s no role for him here; there’s no race to save.

Hillary expected to kill, eat one baby each day until primary election...

... or to do ANYTHING that keeps her in the public eye, OTHER than the FBI investigating her activities...

Is CNN keeping the primary run a one-woman race, denying Fiorina a debate place?

Carly Fiorina Being Slighted by CNN's Debate Math

Despite a stand-out performance in the Aug. 6 Republican under-card forum hosted by Fox News and Facebook, and rising poll numbers ever since, Fiorina still may not be granted a spot at CNN's Sept. 16 debate.

CNN’s formula for using polls to decide their Republican debate lineup is likely already decided. They intend to include polls dating from July 16 until Sept. 10 (several days before their Sept. 16 debate). That is good news for Chris Christie, and possibly John Kasich. It is bad news for Fiorina. Recall, there was a flurry of polls that hit ahead of the Fox News debate, that consistently showed the same 10 candidates with enough support to claim a spot on the main stage.

The debate was a ratings bonanza — the highest ever for a primary debate. For every one person who watched Fiorina in the afternoon, four were watching her higher-ranked competitors in the evening. So, the decision of who stands where mattered. It will matter just as much for the upcoming CNN debate.

From a data-driven perspective, Fiorina, whose campaign declined to comment for this article, has a case to object to CNN's math. She was a standout among the lower-polling candidates in the afternoon forum. Since then, her poll numbers have climbed out of the 1-2 percent range to the 4-6 percent range. In some polls, she bests Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, and Christie — all candidates featured in the main debate on Fox News.

State Department refuses to say whether Hillary still has an active security clearance...

Top senator presses State on whether Clinton has security clearance despite FBI probe

The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is directly questioning whether Hillary Clinton still maintains her security clearance despite the ongoing FBI investigation into the mishandling of classified information, according to a new letter to Secretary of State John Kerry.

In the Aug. 24 letter, which marks a significant expansion of the Republican senator's inquiry, Sen. Charles Grassley writes, "Since the IC IG made a referral to the FBI pursuant to 50 U.S.C. §3381, has Secretary Clinton's security clearance been suspended pending the outcome of the inquiry?”


A State Department spokesman said, “We do not confirm details of individuals’ security clearance.” There was no immediate response from Clinton’s campaign.

So, a gated community of seven homes is under construction, about 200' from my property line...

... and, this being the Florida Peninsula which is pretty much all Karst topography, there is aquifer all over the place. So, as there are privately owned wells nearby (mine, for one) and they aren't able to establish a septic system, they need to build a sewer system, then lay pipe 1/2 mile to the nearest county pipe (city water does already run past the property).

In order to lay water and sewer pipe to seven homes, they must dig, and not wanting to have to wear scuba gear, they must drain! So, for the past week, and likely for one more week to come, minimum, I have, 24/7, the low drone of a hefty water pump evacuating the trench areas and dumping into the intracoastal waterway.

I'd thought the tracked earthmovers had led me to every vibratable item in my house already, I've gone through thirty-some cardboard coasters used to muffle the various bits of ceramic bric-a-brac and carefully turned some items this way or that, to acquire rattle-free peace, but this Motor From Hell manages to emit subsonics that test the very molecular bonds holding cured concrete to rebar.

It'll largely be a relief when foundations are in and block walls are up and the air-nailers begin to sing their tacky songs, at least the nights will be quiet...

It's Wednesday in Asia...

... and markets are up a bit, Japan currently up 138, Shanghai up 34, Hang Seng up 13 ...

Megan Kelly is back on her show, The Kelly File, on FOX...

GOODNESS, what a SURPRISE!... Not...

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