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More than once in my life I have been told in a peremptory way by someone superior to me to do something I was already doing or just beginning to do. It happened often enough to become a pet peeve.

Why does this always happen to me, I wondered. Do I bring this upon myself? Turns out maybe I do since in hindsight I notice a pattern.

Once I identify a problem, I consider ways to address it which I might begin testing out and mention to a friend, colleague, or superior later. Or I might bring the problem and proposed solution to a superior for approval before implementing the solution.

More often than I’d have liked, the response of the person has been, “Well! You should do X,Y,Z!” “Yes,” my hurt response would be. “That’s exactly what I am already doing/was asking to do with your approval.” Then I typically would slouch off all bent out of shape and hurt.

This pattern in my past is perhaps the reason why I felt so angered and hurt this morning watching an America Divided episode about Appalachia on Epix when narrator Nick Offerman directed a snide remark at Hillary Clinton. The episode was specifically about the coal industry.

During her 2015-16 presidential campaign, Hillary said some sentences that were lifted from context and used as rallying cries against her. I guess this happens to many candidates. She was my candidate, so it bothered me.

What everyone heard was something like, “A lot of people are going to lose their jobs.” That was the sentence that was carried like a banner against her. It was the sentence that Offerman singled out. The only one.

What he and many missed was that she also proposed replacing fossil fuel energy with clean renewables and bringing that industry into coal country where miners could be retrained to work in clean energy production.

Later in the Epix show, Offerman interviewed a woman who was implementing exactly the kind of program Hillary had proposed. He was impressed. Small comfort for his “Geez HRC,” earlier. No comfort since he did not credit her with her suggestions.

Where was the disconnect? Many Hillary supporters have complained that the media did not highlight her agenda. Maybe that is it. CNN and MSNBC carried her major policy speeches and campaign rallies. But the next day on the plane, the questions from the press were not about the policies she was proposing. They always fell back on her email. Or John Podesta’s email. Or somebody else’s emails to her.

Did Offeman miss out on Hillary’s full coal country message? I guess, like many Americans, he did. As he is the host of a documentary show about politics in this divided nation, I hold him more responsible than most Americans to know what her full message was. It is, after all still available on her website.

I suppose it angered and hurt me personally because the whole gestalt so closely parallels my pet peeve. He dissed Hillary and liked what a program was doing when that program was actually following a blueprint Hillary had proposed. I would not be surprised to find that Hillary was in communication with those very principals during her campaign.

“She already proposed doing that,” I wanted to yell. But it was useless.

Hillary is not president and hasn’t done a single thing to hurt Appalachia. She did not shut down the coal industry. It did itself in, and cleaner, greener alternatives have arisen which Hillary proposed importing to areas hurt economically by the decline of coal.

So, GEEZ, Nick Offerman! Do your research before you go on camera with partial truths.

I could not help but notice that Gretchen Carlson is a co-producer on this show, so I am going to lay part of the blame on her, as well. Shouldn’t someone have familiarized themselves with Hillary’s policy before slamming her in this documentary? Can’t say I can vouch for their thoroughness or fairness.

Perhaps, given the title of the show, the intent is to ensure future seasons by misrepresenting facts thereby keeping America divided. Knowing the plan linked below is part of the job before you slam Hillary Clinton on this issue.

Here is the detailed plan Hillary put forth for coal communities >>>>


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Donald Trump’s metric for America’s greatness is his own personal wealth.  He will not release his tax returns.  We have no idea what he is really accruing, but we know what he is worth.

The year before the mortgage crisis in 2007, Donald Trump actually said he was rooting for a crash:

“I sort of hope that happens,” Trump said, “because then people like me would go in and buy” in an attempt to profit.

More than 5 million Americans lost their homes during the mortgage crisis, and more than 9 million Americans lost their jobs in the economic crash that followed. Responsible Americans did everything they could to help bring this country back from the depths of the Great Recession — no one who hoped to profit from the wreckage is fit to serve as president.

Watch this video to hear what Trump said before the crisis, then share it with everyone you know:

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In 2008, John McCain famously said “the fundamentals of the economy are strong” on the very day the entire financial system looked to be collapsing in on itself. It was a huge moment that showed millions of Americans he wasn’t prepared to lead a country in recession.

But at least all McCain did was misjudge the situation — not actively root for chaos and collapse in order to profit from it.

We expect our president to fight for middle-class Americans. Trump has made it clear that he’s willing to throw families under the bus in an attempt to make a buck. That’s not just disappointing, it’s disqualifying.

Donald Trump said he saw exactly what was happening — and made it clear that he was excited to cash in.

How cruel do you have to be to actually root for a crisis that would devastate millions of families, all to pad your own pockets?

This wasn’t an anomaly for Trump. His economic plan helps millionaires and hurts middle-class families. He’d let Wall Street run wild again.

Trump prioritizing his own gain over Americans’ well-being isn’t new, but it is telling: The only person he’ll fight for is himself.

In Trump’s world, a “good result” means Trump gets his and working families get hurt. We’re better than that.

Hillary Clinton Retweeted Alexandra Jaffe

Trying to profit off of people losing their homes isn’t the “kind of thinking our country needs.”

We need a president who’s fighting to raise incomes for all Americans, not one who tries to profit at their expense.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch … Bernie Sanders, whose grasp of the concept of rules is tenuous at best and who can never admit when he has lost a close one, made his own agenda pretty clear.  When he lost Iowa he called it “a tie,” and again today he used that term for the Kentucky result.  Update: The hypocrite who complains about money in politics is about to cost the taxpayers of Kentucky more money.  Bernie plays it fast and loose with dollars. He yells about them a lot but he also throws them around – –  in this case it is money that is not his, so why should he care?

Bernie Sanders Wants KY Recanvass Over 1 Delegate

Bernie Sanders’s campaign has requested a recanvass of Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary, asking state election officials to review all voting machines and absentee ballots. Sanders trails Hillary Clinton by just 0.5 percent in the state—roughly 2,000 votes—but both candidates were given 27 delegates. The recanvass, however, will only determine how one delegate is allocated.

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He also wants a say in Hillary’s cabinet picks. It does not work that way.  We have, as Hillary has said many times, one president at a time.  Nowhere has it been established that runners-up get this kind of clout simply for having run.

Is your head spinning yet?  For the record, particularly to Don Lemon at CNN, talking about Trump’s comments on the mortgage crisis is not mudslinging.  Trump is slinging mud.  Hillary is talking about a precedent of his that affected millions.

In other news, Hillary visited a community center today where she listened to advocates for change in the foster care system.  I know. She doesn’t have the big rallies at stadiums.  She talks to little groups.  She keeps her nose to the grindstone, and that is sooooo boring of her.

Hillary could use a little boost right now to let her know that we have her back!  Donate here if you can >>>>

To those of you who have and keep doing so, thank you so MUCH!

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We just won Kentucky! Thanks to everyone who turned out. We’re always stronger united.


Thanks for having our back, Kentucky.




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On a final trip through Kentucky before tomorrow’s primary, Hillary made a campaign stop in Bowling Green today.


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Hillary rallied Kentucky voters at the Union of Carpenters and Millwrights Training Center in Louisville today.  We are hoping for a big showing in Tuesday’s primary!

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Hillary appeared at a fundraiser in Kentucky today and stated her case to voters for the importance of a Democratic victory in this election. 55 delegates are at stake in Tuesday’s primary there.

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Hillary visited St. Stephen Church in Louisville where she was greeted by Reverend Kevin Cosby and accompanied by Congressman John Yarmuth and Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher.  She also made a stop at Canaan Missionary Church.  The Kentucky primary is Tuesday.

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