September 30, 2016

The ‘Facts’ about NYC Stop and Frisk

September 29, 2016

Trump Violated Embargo Despite The law and Promises to Anti Castro Cubans

Donald Trump’s hotel and casino company secretly spent money trying to do business in Cuba in violation of the U.S. trade embargo, Newsweek reported Thursday in a story that could endanger the Republican presidential nominee’s Cuban-American support in South Florida.
Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts paid at least $68,000 to a consulting firm in late 1998 in an attempt to give Trump’s business a head start in Cuba if the U.S. loosened or lifted trade sanctions, according to the front-page Newsweek report, titled “The Castro Connection.” The consulting firm, Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corp., later instructed the casino company on how to make it look like legal spending for charity.
The following year, Trump flirted with a Reform Party presidential run, giving a November 1999 speech to the Cuban American National Foundation in Miami where he cast himself as a pro-embargo hardliner who refused to do potentially lucrative business on the communist island until Fidel Castro was gone.
Neither Trump nor Richard Fields, the head of Seven Arrows consulting, responded to Newsweek’s requests for comment. Trump later sued Fields, and former Trump adviser Roger Stone suggested to Politico Florida that Fields might have acted on his own, without Trump’s approval, in exploring doing business in Cuba. Newsweek cited an anonymous former Trump executive who claimed “Trump had participated in discussions about the Cuba trip and knew it had taken place.” Trump hired the same consulting firm to try to develop a Florida casino with the Seminole Tribe.
When Seven Arrows billed Trump’s company to reimburse its Cuba work, according to Newsweek, it suggested using “Carinas Cuba” as charitable cover to get an after-the-fact Cuba license from the U.S. Office of Foreign Asset Control. OFAC doesn’t issue licenses after companies have already gone to Cuba, and the Catholic charity is actually named Caritas Cuba.
The report comes as Trump has worked to shore up Hispanic support in Miami-Dade County, where Cuban Americans comprise about 72 percent of registered Republicans. He met with a group of mostly Cuban Americans Tuesday in Little Havana, and earlier this month in Miami he blasted President Barack Obama’s reengagement policy with the island, after sounding OK with it last year.
Trump’s most prominent local Cuban-American supporter, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, called the Newsweek report “troubling.”
“The article makes some very serious and troubling allegations,” he said in a campaign statement. “I will reserve judgment until we know all the facts and Donald has been given the opportunity to respond.”
Recent polls show Trump tied in Florida with Hillary Clinton. While Cuban Americans lean heavily Republican, a Florida International University poll showed Miami-Dade Cubans only narrowly backed Trump over Clinton. The Democratic nominee favors lifting the trade embargo, a position the same poll shows is favored by a majority of local Cuban Americans.
Bloomberg Businessweek reported in July that Trump Organization executives traveled to Havana in late 2012 or early 2013 to scout potential business sites and investments.
Nelson Diaz, the Cuban-American chairman of the Miami-Dade Republican Party, questioned whether Trump would have really had a hand in the 1998 Cuba business exploration.
“I don’t know what the true story is,” he said. “If it’s true and evidence comes out that Trump himself personally sanctioned a violation of U.S. law, yes, that’s a problem, but the chance of that sort of evidence coming out — I don’t know.” There’s better evidence, he added, that Clinton tried to hide her emails as secretary of state from the public.
The Newsweek story got immediate morning drive-time play on Miami’s Spanish-language radio station.
“Everybody’s done business in Cuba,” one WAQI-AM 710 Radio Mambí listener said, sounding defensive about Trump.
“Yes,” host Bernadette Pardo said, “but here it’s illegal.”

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Deplorable Trump Lesbian Comes Down on Clinton’s Campaign Mger for Being Gay?

May be this is what the men referred to when he said Hillary spent her time as secretary of state partying

This woman who is old enough to be my grandmother decided for her own reasons to comedown on Robbie Mook, Hillary’s Campaign manager, which could be her great grandson.  I usually would not print stories about infighting but this goes beyond that with a different point I would like to make.

 First Robbie is well like by all, he is smart, always prepared and you will not hear disparaging things come out his mouth. So what’s up with this old Queer? I would ordinarily say she hans’t taken her pills but she seems to be nasty all the time about Hillary and her followers. 

She is old fat and a lesbian which as you know is Trump’s kind of girl! Not!! Putting that aside she hates Clinton so much she would vote for Hitler if that was the choice. But to start nit picking on young people because they work for Clinton and are trying to help, to accomplish something, unlike her; that most be what gets her jock itch to start burning.

Going after Robbie shows how a crazy this old bat is.  This is some of what she said:

“You know Mr. Mook, I got to tell you something. I was out of the closet during the time of AIDS … you’re 36 years old, you don’t know anything about that. And for me that was a very bad time. I lost a lot of friends then,” she says. “And what I find now it’s not funny going into a gay club and having some terrorist from these Muslim countries coming to kill us. And you should be ashamed of yourself for campaigning for that bitch. Unbelievable.”
She said more and you can see it on the video. It seems this man Trump has a magnet to get the worse of the worse.  Today I was listening to a live polling done by one of the networks and this guy who looked intelligent, ok dressed, opened his mouth to answer the question of why some in the group thought Clinton was a bad secretary of state. He said because she never accomplished nothing, no treaties not agreements and she just spent her time in parties and having a good time like he’s seen on TV.

I don’t have to explain that one to you. But he managed to add one more nail into Clinton’s cross, besides murder, theft and exposing the men fighting Iraq to being killed. Besides that she spends her time partying.
To my surprise the majority of the group thought Clinton Cleaned Trump’s clock (my phrase) in the debate but the Trump people it seems are not watching the same news or reading similar articles about what has been going on in the world and on this country that we are. They seem to have this hatred towards the country and would like someone to come over with a Trump bulldozer and tear everything down.

Some things are bad in our country but other things are worth dying for. You don’t destroy unless you have a plan with schematics and everything to replace what you are about tore down and as you tore it down you better make it better. No secrets plans, no those are not accepted.
No secrets plans because at times there are people that think this is their own private country club to keep it the way they keep their houses but this not anyones person soil. This all ours and when we change things we want to know what is changing, how and to be better by someone we gave a mandate to do it.

 Adam Gonzalez

Judge Suspended Before Pushing 10Commdts. Now for Refusing SSex Marriage

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore should be removed from office again, this time for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage, lawyers for a disciplinary commission argued on Wednesday.

Testifying under oath, Moore called the latest charges "ridiculous."

The ethics case involves an administrative order Moore sent six months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gays can marry in every U.S. state. Moore said then that because the Alabama Supreme Court had not rescinded the state's gay marriage ban, the state's probate judges remained bound by it.

The outspoken Republican jurist, now 69, was removed from office in 2003 for violating judicial ethics by refusing to remove a Ten Commandments statue, but voters later re-elected him.

"We are here 13 years later because the chief justice learned nothing from that first removal. He continues to defy law," attorney John Carroll told the Court of the Judiciary as he argued on behalf of the Judicial Inquiry Commission, which is seeking Moore's removal.

Moore said his January memo simply provided a status update to judges who had questions because the Alabama Supreme Court had not acted to reverse the state ban.

"I don't encourage anyone to defy a federal court or state court order," Moore said. "I gave them a status in the case, a status of the facts that these orders exist. That is all I did."

Moore's lawyer, Mat Staver, told the court that Moore "did not order them to disobey anything."

But Moore did acknowledge in a testy cross-examination that his administrative order told probate judges to follow the very same state court ban that a federal judge specifically said they could no longer enforce.

"His order sowed confusion. It did not clear it up. He urged defiance, not compliance," another lawyer for the commission, R. Ashby Pate, told the court.

The nine-member court now has 10 days to rule on whether Moore violated judicial ethics, and what punishment he should face if so. A decision to remove him from the bench must be unanimous. The chief judge, Michael Joiner, said a decision was not lik
ely Wednesday, but will come "as soon as possible."

Moore stands accused during a season of political upheaval Alabama. The house speaker was removed from office this summer for ethics violations, and a legislative committee will decide if evidence supports impeaching Gov. Robert Bentley after he was accused of having an affair with a top staffer.

Before the hearing began, rainbow flags and Christian music competed for attention outside.

"The truth is homosexuality is wrong," said Donna Holman, who traveled 12 hours from Iowa and carried a sign saying "It's not OK to be gay.

"Equal marriage is the law. Love will always win,” countered Madison Clark of Montgomery.


September 28, 2016

The Worse Killer in Nature Because It Kills It’s Own

Researchers compiled a list of more than 1,000 mammals based on how many deaths were caused by members of the same species.

The meerkat had the highest rate with 19.4 per cent of all deaths the result of an attack by another meerkat, the academics reported in the journal Nature.

The carnivore, which lives in mobs of up to 50 mostly in the Kalahari and Namib deserts in southern Africa, is known for infanticide in particular.

It was closely followed by Schmidt's guenon, a type of monkey, (18.2 per cent) and the red-fronted lemur (16.7 per cent). Some of their close relations also had similarly high figures.

Others in the top 10 include the New Zealand sea lion (15.3 per cent), long-tailed marmot (14.5 per cent), lion (13.3 per cent), banded mongoose (13 per cent), grey wolf (12.8 per cent) and Chacma baboon (12.3 per cent) with the diademed sifaka and long-tailed chinchilla tied in 10th place on 12 per cent. 
There were a number of unexpected findings. For example, the Dama gazelle is responsible for 11.8 per cent and the California ground squirrel accounts for 11.9 per cent of the respective species’ deaths – more than the jaguar (11.1 per cent) or cougar (11.7 per cent).

The lead author of the paper, Dr José María Gómez, of Granada University in Spain, told The Independent in an email: "It is surprising that a priori cute and pacific animals, like meerkats, marmots and ground squirrels, have high levels of mortality to conspecifics [members of the same species]."

The research was done to help scientists estimate the rate of intentional killing among humans when Homo sapiens first evolved and they put this at about two per cent. That was more than six times higher than the average among the 1,024 mammal species of just 0.3 per cent.
“Many primates exhibit high levels of intergroup aggression and infanticide,” the researchers wrote in Nature.

“Social carnivores sometimes kill members of other groups and commit infanticide when supplanting older members of the same group.  Even seemingly peaceful mammals such as hamsters and horses sometimes kill individuals of their own species.”

Primates seemed to have a greater tendency towards violence, something that was associated with living in social groups and maintaining a territory. Chimpanzees cause nearly 4.5 per cent of deaths of other chimps, while eastern gorillas account for five per cent of their species.

But other primates are extremely peaceful. The figure for the famously pacific bonobo was just 0.7 per cent but the western gorilla was even less likely to resort to deadly violence with a rate of just 0.14 per cent.

Indian rhinocerous (1.01 per cent), tigers (0.88 per cent), the African forest elephant (0.29 per cent) and vampire bats (0.1 per cent) also had low rates, at least relative to early humans.

Some animals did kill each other at all. Among more than 10,000 deaths of zebras, there was not a single example of a same-species killing. 

Thomson’s gazelle (zero out of 410,000 deaths), the margay, a cat native to South and Central America (zero out of 1000,000) and multiple species of bats (zero out of hundreds of thousands) also appeared not to kill each other.

The People with the Most Saying about LGBT Rights are Usually Anti {Judges}


With the election just weeks away, it might seem that gay rights aren’t on the ballot. Save for the states where anti-trans legislation has metastasized, LGBT issues have been largely absent in this political cycle, notwithstanding significant policy differences between presidential candidates.

This November, however, tens of millions of Americans will, in fact, cast a vote on equality — through the practice of electing judges. And if you’re an LGBT person living in states holding these elections, your civil rights are a lot less secure as a result.

A new, comprehensive study by Lambda Legal shows that when judges are elected, queer people suffer. Looking at all state high court cases involving LGBT issues since 2003, courts with partisan elections sided with gays and lesbians in only 53 percent of cases; those without elected judges issued pro-LGBT rulings in 82 percent of cases.

The study examined 127 relevant cases, which touched on varied and wide-ranging issues. Many cases were constitutional challenges to statutes that barred legal recognition of same-sex couples, as well as other family law issues (like second-parent adoptions). Cases also included litigation by transgender plaintiffs (challenging restroom restrictions, for example, or matters related to name changes on driver’s licenses); challenges to ballot language concerning anti-LGBT referendums; and disciplinary action against attorneys who were alleged to hold anti-LGBT attitudes.

Alabama’s Supreme Court, which is elected, refused in 2015 to recognize a lesbian mother as an adoptive parent to her three children, even though both women raised the children from birth and consented to the adoption. Michigan’s Supreme Court, another elected body, ruledin 2008 that the state constitution prohibited public employers from providing benefits to domestic partners. But in Maine, a Supreme Court filled with appointed judges determined that a school discriminated against a transgender girl by denying her right to use the girls’ bathroom, and the similarly appointed Alaska Supreme Court ruled unanimously in 2014 that committed same-sex couples must have the same access to survivor benefits as spouses of people who die from work-related injuries. 

So why the difference, if judges are supposed to simply weigh the law and decide based on facts? Because the process of electing judges, by design, makes it impossible for them to act solely as unbiased umpires.

When the fear of losing an election constantly looms, the need to gain voters or energize a political “base” can taint a judge’s decisions. The inescapable pressures of fundraising — of courting donors and securing endorsements — often force candidates to take ideologically extreme positions or appease special interests, even at the expense of individual rights. In short, judicial elections cede justice to politics.

Consider one of the early victories in the fight for equal marriage. In 2009, justices on Iowa’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the state’s marriage ban was unconstitutional. The prescient decision was highly unpopular at the time, supported by 37 percent of Iowans. But because the justices — appointees of both Republican and Democratic governors — did not have to directly face voters, they had the independence required to evaluate the case impartially, on its merits alone.

Unfortunately, while Iowa judges are selected by appointment, they keep their seats through popular election. Soon after the ruling, anti-gay groups like the National Organization for Marriage and American Family Association began pouring millions of dollars into the state, urging voters to throw out “activist judges” for doing exactly what they should: uphold Iowans’ rights and treat them equally, even when it’s unpopular. The effort worked, and a year later three justices were ousted as punishment for their marriage decision.

Though elected judges can no longer strip one’s right to marry thanks to Obergefell v. Hodges, the damage they can — and do — inflict on people’s lives is real, significant and growing.

Judicial elections are becoming more partisan and politicized — not to mention exceedingly expensive, owing to an explosion of special interest spending post-Citizens United. And just as the LGBT community has achieved remarkable progress through the courts in recent decades, those seeking to roll back gay rights today are turning to the courtroom as weapon of choice.

The stakes aren’t just high for the LGBT community. All marginalized communities — racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants and the poor — are at greater risk of discrimination from elected judges. Studies show that the more “soft on crime” TV ads that air during judicial elections, the less likely courts are to rule in favor of defendants. The flood of money in judicial races causes judges to issue more pro-business rulings, send more people to jail and sentence people to death. 

These imbalances are exacerbated by a stunning lack of diversity in our nation’s courts. While the United States is more diverse than ever, our judiciaries are not. Women are half of the population but less than a third of state judges; people of color make up 40 percent of the population but less than 20 percent of judges.

It is no wonder, then, that three out of every four transgender people say they don’t have confidence in our justice system. The experience of going to court for LGBT people, for people of color and for so many Americans is lined with fear: judges that do not look like them, lawyers and juries that do not trust them, and laws that do not protect them.

Fortunately, there are steps to restore public trust and basic fairness in our courts, starting with ending judicial elections. This shouldn’t be controversial. The United States is virtually the only country in the world that elects judges, and our federal judges are appointed. A similar approach of appointing state judges based on merit is the best way to guard against the growing influence of money and special interests.

We must also diversify our judiciary and work to rid bias from our legal system. For courts to render fair decisions and be seen as legitimate, they must reflect the nation’s rich population and understand the issues facing the communities they serve.

Ending judicial elections won’t be easy or done quickly. Recent efforts to institute appointment systems have stalled, and many states’ merit-selection guidelines have only narrowly survived political attacks. Just last year, for example, Republican lawmakers in North Carolina — notoriously hostile to LGBT rights — passed legislation changing how the state re-elects Supreme Court judges. The effort, which would have allowed a conservative justice to run unopposed this November, thus increasing the likelihood of maintaining the court’s 4-3 conservative majority, was ultimately blocked by a three-judge panel in February.

But it can be done. Using a variety of tactics, we can begin to incrementally restore balance in our justice system, ensuring the law, not politics, shapes legal outcomes. Until then, people in every state with judicial elections this fall — from North Carolina to Washington, Michigan to Montana — should know that their vote is about more than who calls balls and strikes. It is a referendum on their constitutional rights. Eric Lesh is Lambda Legal's Fair Courts Director and author of the report, Justice Out of Balance.

Eric Lesh and Rachel B. Tiven

Legendary Skater Brain Anderson Comes out Gay

"A part of me was so irritated and angry from holding that in," pro skater Brian Anderson says. "So it made me more of an animal on my skateboard." Jared Wickerham/Getty  
Brian Anderson was named Thrasher magazine's "Skater of the Year" in 1999, the same year he won the World Cup of Skateboarding in Germany. During that time, as he was becoming an icon to skateboarders around the globe, he was hiding the fact that he was gay so that he wouldn't potentially sabotage his pro skateboarding career. 
In a new "Vice Sports" documentary with Giovanni Reda, Anderson discusses being gay publicly for the first time. "Hearing faggot all the time, it made me think at a young age, it was really dangerous to talk about it," he explains while being interviewed in his Queens, New York apartment, later adding that although many friends and family knew he tried to hide it publicly: "I was really scared. People would have perceived it differently if I'd said it 15 years ago."
Reda interviews other pro skaters such as Omar Salazar and Frank Gerwer who describe Anderson as "burly, like a monster," "the most manliest figure I've ever seen" and "badass." And Anderson admits it was his outward demeanor and perception that kept his sexuality hidden to many. "I was a big, tough skateboarder," Anderson says. "They're not gonna question that. Nobody thought anything."
One friend says she saw Anderson "drown his shame in booze," and he reveals that he did have "pent up aggression and shame" that "drove me to do crazy stuff."  
"A part of me was so irritated and angry from holding that in," Anderson says. "So it made me more of an animal on my skateboard."
Despite waiting until now to publicly discuss his sexuality, Anderson says he knew something was different when he was three or four and that he loved Bluto from Popeye cartoons. "I thought Bluto was so perfect with that flannel shirt and that beard; I was all about Bluto," he says. "I like that character, which is funny – because that's what I like now." 
He also says he was never attracted to other skateboarders and enjoyed when cops would kick skaters out of spots. "I was like, 'Yay, I get to check somebody out.' It gave me a smile the rest of the day."
Ed Templeton, founder of Toy Machine Skateboards, says people in the skateboarding community knew for years and when rumors surfaced, he would get phone calls. "The whole industry knew, but people loved Brian so much, it really didn't get out," Templeton says, explaining that he would have thought it was "awesome" and tried to promote Anderson as the first high-profile gay skater (Jarrett Berry and Tim Von Werne came out but were considered more marginal to the sport). 
Early on, Anderson was working 70 hours a week as a line cook and imagined he might go to culinary school and eventually "grow older, peace out and live in the middle of nowhere and never tell my family or anyone." But after he received acclaim, he says he felt more secure, since he had accolades that couldn't be taken away. "I consider myself a skateboarder first, gay second," he says. “I'm a skater, that's all I know."

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Investigation Shows Missile Downed Airliner Came from Russia

An investigation that implicated Russia in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was able to track the movements of a missile launcher thanks to photos and video clips from witnesses.
Investigators revealed social media posts aided their efforts to meticulously chart the surface-to-air missile system's path - concluding it was brought into rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine from Russia.
Prosecutors confirmed the plane with 298 people on board was shot down from the village of Pervomaysk by a Russian-made missile and the launcher was trucked back to Russia after the attack.
Reconstruction footage released by investigators contains witness photos and video that show the missile launcher traveling through the city of Donetsk and smaller towns towards the launch site. 

A spokesman had claimed: "First-hand radar data identified all flying objects which could have been launched or in the air over the territory controlled by rebels at that moment.
"The data are clear-cut...there is no rocket. If there was a rocket, it could only have been fired from elsewhere."
Russian officials also tipped off the JIT (Joint Investigation Team) that the rural town of Zaroshchenske was a potential launch site – claiming it was controlled by Ukrainian forces at the time.

A Dutch-led criminal investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 released Wednesday found evidence the airliner was struck by a Russian-made Buk missile that was moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia.

The report confirmed multiple findings in the past of the cause of the crash of the Boeing 777, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, killing all 298 people aboard.

Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Dutch Central Crime Investigation Department, said communications intercepts showed pro-Russian separatists separatists had called for the missile to be deployed, and reported its arrival in rebel-held parts of eastern Ukraine.

The missile which brought down Flight MH17 two years ago over eastern Ukraine was transported into the area from Russia, a Dutch-led investigation has found. Video provided by AFP Newslook

“It may be concluded MH17 was shot down by a 9M38 missile launched by a Buk, brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation, and that after launch was subsequently returned to the Russian Federation,” Paulissen said at a news conference, announcing the results of the two-year investigation.

Russia, which denied responsibility for the July 17, 2014, crash from the start, continued to do so Wednesday.

Initially, Russian officials suggested a Ukrainian fighter jet flying nearby could have shot down the airliner. On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the Dutch-led investigation was “biased and politically motivated.”

The Russian military insisted Wednesday that no air defense missile systems have ever been sent from Russia to Ukraine. The Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, claimed the investigation's conclusions were based on information from the internet and Ukrainian special services, the Associated Press reported.

In Washington, State Department spokesman John Kirby said the latest findings are "another step toward bringing to justice those responsible for this outrageous attack."

Eliot Higgins, founder of the open-source research group Bellingcat, whose early reports pointing at Russian involvement were verified by the Dutch report, said Russia has consistently issued false information about the crash "from claims about satellite imagery to claims about the movements of Buk missile launchers."

Russia has repeatedly denied allegations that pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine were responsible for downing the plane. Russia also has denied supporting the separatists with arms and money, despite evidence to the contrary from foreign governments and news media.

Prosecutors from the Joint Investigation Team — made up of investigators from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine — told the relatives of those killed that they would investigate about 100 people over the incident, the BBC reported.

Robby Oehler, whose niece died in the crash, told the broadcaster: "They told us how the Buk was transported [and] how they came to that evidence from phone taps, photo, film material, video."

A separate investigation by the Dutch Safety Board concluded in October 2015 that the plane was hit by a Russian-made Buk missile.

Eduard Basurin, from the Donetsk People's Republic rebel group, told the Interfax news agency: "We never had such air defense systems, nor the people who could operate them. Therefore we could not have shot down the Boeing.” 

In advance of the report's release, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia wanted "an impartial and full investigation of that tragedy."

"No conclusions can be made without taking into consideration the latest information that was published by our military — namely the primary radar data that recorded all aircraft or objects that could be launched or be in the air on the territory controlled by militia at that time," he told reporters, according to the Tass news agency.

He added that "the data are unambiguous and there is no missile (that allegedly downed the jet) there. If there had been a missile, then it could have been launched from other territory. In this case, I do not say which territory — this is a matter of experts.”


September 27, 2016

The "Immigrant Jungle” in Calais Will Be Closed

President Francois Hollande said Monday that France will shut down "The Jungle" migrant camp in Calais.

Image: An aerial view shows "The Jungle" in Calais, France
Makeshift shelters, tents and containers where migrants live in what is known as "The Jungle" in Calais, France, on Sept. 7. CHARLES PLATIAU / Reuters
"The situation is unacceptable and everyone here knows it," Hollande said on a visit to the northern port city where as many as 10,000 migrants from war-torn countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan live in squalor.

"We must dismantle the camp completely and definitively," he added.

France plans to relocate the migrants in small groups around the country but right-wing opponents of the Socialist leader are raising the heat ahead of the election in April, accusing him of mismanaging a problem. 

September 26, 2016

Poll: Most LGBT Support Clinton But A Surprising Chunk are with Trump

A large majority of registered LGBT voters support Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, according to results of two weeks of the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll.

Seventy-two percent of registered LGBT voters support Clinton, compared to 20 percent who support Trump.

On the campaign trail, Trump has touted himself as the better candidate to fight for LGBT rights, but his decision to pick Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running-mate was seen by some as contradictory to his LGBT-friendly claims.

When Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are added to the match-up question, Clinton still maintained the lead among registered LGBT voters with 63 percent support.

Trump, on the other hand, had 15 percent support. Johnson was not far behind with 13 percent, followed by 8 percent support for Stein.  

In past elections, LGBT voters have played an important role. According to results from the 2012 NBC News Exit Polls, 5 percent of voters identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual** and 76 percent voted for Barack Obama. Voters who did not identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual were split—49 percent voted for Obama and 49 percent voted for Romney.

Under President Obama's tenure, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the country. The landmark decision was considered a huge victory for LGBT rights. Perhaps unsurprisingly, 78 percent of registered LGBT voters said they approve of the way Obama is handling his job.
From September 5 through September 18, the tracking poll captured 1,728 LGBT respondents, which accounted for 7 percent of the total sample. Two separate questions were asked to gauge sexual orientation and gender identity.*

Across two weeks of data from the tracking poll, a majority (85 percent) identified as heterosexual or straight and 7 percent identified as LGBT—3 percent identified as homosexual, another 3 percent identified as bisexual and 1 percent identified as transgender.

An overwhelming 82 percent of LGBT registered voters said they have an unfavorable impression of Trump compared to 41 percent who said they have an unfavorable impression of Clinton. Just under six in 10 said they have a favorable impression of Clinton. Only 17 percent said the same of Trump.  

The LGBT community has historically supported the Democratic Party, and the tracking poll found that 70 percent of registered LGBT voters were Democrats and Democratic-leaners. More LGBT registered voters identified as Republicans and Republican-leaners (18 percent) than as Independents (13 percent). 

The LGBT community was an important group for Obama’s re-election four years ago and will be a key group for the Democratic Party again in November.

*The NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking poll included two questions across two weeks - September 5 through September 18: 1) Do you consider yourself to be: Heterosexual or straight, Homosexual, Bisexual, Prefer not to answer 2) Do you consider yourself to be transgender? Yes, No

 NBC News/Survey Monkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll 

**The national exit poll numbers are among those who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual and do not include transgender voters

Why Would You Need an Armed Guard to Be a Farmer in NYS?

 For the first time in 80 years, a farm in New York State is legally growing cannabis. But no one could get high from these plants.
The farm, JD Farms, roughly 230 miles north of New York City, is actually growing industrial hemp, which can be used to make everything from flour to building materials to clothes to plastic.
“Industrial hemp and marijuana are actually the same species, but they have bred and evolved to be quite different from each other,” said Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins, a professor of agriculture at Morrisville State College, which has paired with JD Farms on a hemp research pilot program.
Still, industrial hemp remains on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s list of illegal Schedule I drugs, though its content of THC — the chemical that gets marijuana users high — is below 0.3 percent. Because of that status, JD Farms had to adhere to stringent federal regulations just to get the seeds to grow the crop. “We had to jump through hoops to get a D.E.A. permit to import our seeds from Canada,” Mark Justh, an owner of the farm, said.
Mr. Justh, 51, and Daniel Dolgin, 40, a co-owner, were not always pioneering farmers.
Mr. Justh had already bought a few defunct dairy farms here before his employer, JPMorgan Chase & Company, sent him across the world in 2010.

Facebook Live: Visit to a New York Hemp Farm 

“I was running a business in Asia for JPMorgan and traveling a lot all over Asia,” he said. “When my two sons were becoming teenagers, I really wanted to travel less and spend a lot more time with my family. As I bought the farms and as we were building them up, I wanted to return full time.”
In 2015, he did. His three sons are now 18, 14 and 13.
“My sons are in school. They work on the farm over the summers. And my wife is a writer,” he said. “They split their time between Park Slope and the farm, and they are up here all summer.”
Mr. Dolgin, who is single, previously worked in counterterrorism and national security in Washington. “I left D.C. around 2010,” he said. “I did some consulting in the private sector, and I wanted to do something different.”
A friend of Mr. Dolgin’s introduced the men. “Mark was looking to get involved in the hemp world,” Mr. Dolgin said, “and I thought I could be of service in terms of navigating regulations and getting stuff done in D.C.”
“I started coming to the farm more and more and starting to fall in love with what he was doing there,” he added.
Mr. Justh said he became interested in hemp while looking for a tall canopy plant with broad leaves and a short growth period that could keep weeds from taking root in his crops. The farm, which covers 1,300 acres, also produces organic hay, pastured pigs and pastured cattle.
Mark Justh, left, and Daniel Dolgin are co-owners of JD Farms. Mr. Justh previously worked for JPMorgan Chase & Company, and Mr. Dolgin had worked in counterterrorism and national security in Washington CreditKarsten Moran for The New York Times 
“I started off looking at hemp as weed cover,” Mr. Justh said, “and believe it or not, Dan and I partnered together and started recognizing the larger industrial benefits of hemp.”
“We are phenomenally excited to see the benefits of what this crop can do,” he added.
The door to hemp farming — and its economic possibilities — was opened in 2014 when federal legislation allowed for the transportation, processing, sale and distribution of hemp grown in research programs.
“This is not marijuana,” Donna A. Lupardo, a New York assemblywoman for the Southern Tier who sponsored the legislation to allow hemp to be grown in the state, said as she looked over the field during a visit to the farms. “This is not something that can be used recreationally.”
Ms. Lupardo, a Democrat, said she believes hemp “has a really high potential to put farmland back to use in New York State and to also be a very lucrative, potentially lucrative manufacturing crop for our state.”
“In my community alone, there are a million potential acres to be farmed for a number of new crops like industrial hemp,” she said later in a phone interview. “It’s a field of dreams, it really is. It’s just a fabulous opportunity and just a wonderful plant.”
To comply with federal guidelines, JD Farms had to have an armed security guard oversee the seed planting. So it hired an officer from the New York State University Police at Morrisville State College. The officer would have told the D.E.A. if anything had gone wrong, Enrico L. D’Alessandro, the chief of police at Morrisville, said.
Mr. Dolgin and Mr. Justh said they hoped it would become easier for other farmers to grow industrial hemp. “We believe farmers should be able to grow this crop without a license and be able to obtain seeds across state lines and internationally,” Mr. Justh said. CreditNathaniel Brooks for The New York Times 
“That officer had to stand by there to make sure all the seeds went into the ground,” Mr. D’Alessandro said.
In an interview at the farm, Mr. Dolgin called the requirement “ridiculous for a crop that has no psychotropic value, but we had to do what we had to do.”
Mr. Dolgin and Mr. Justh said they hoped their first crop would pave the way to a quicker process for those who follow.
“Until the laws become more uniform and less gray, for the industry to develop, it’s going to be challenging,” Mr. Justh said. “We believe farmers should be able to grow this crop without a license and be able to obtain seeds across state lines and internationally. Until that happens, industry will struggle to develop.”
As for their 30 acres of hemp, Mr. Dolgin and Mr. Justh said they were looking for customers.
“We don’t have contracts signed yet, but we have a lot of interested buyers,” Mr. Dolgin said. “We are working with a major protein-bar company in Pennsylvania that is interested in using hemp protein to start a few new lines of product into their distribution channel.”
Mr. Dolgin added that a large biomaterial manufacturing company in Albany was interested in buying their stalks. “They currently import ground-up hemp stalks from Europe, so having a New York supply is much more ideal,” he said.
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