Saturday, October 1, 2016

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Wolfgang Hampel - and Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

Welcome October!

Dear Betty MacDonald fan club fans from all over the world, we wish you a great October with many colours and golden sunshine.

Enjoy a lovely time!

October will be a very exciting month for Betty MacDonald fan club fans.

What is the reason why?

We are going to introduce lots of new Betty MacDonald fan club projects.

One of these new projects is Nadine's Betty MacDonald fan club research team.

Nadine and her team are researching reviews on books by Betty MacDonald and Mary Bard Jensen from all over the world.

If you have such a review share them with Nadine and her team, please.

If you are interested in joining Nadine and her team let us know, please.

You are very welcome. 

Wolfgang Hampel's Vita Magica September was a great event with author Sabine Arndt and tenor Heinz Meisel.

Guys we know you had lots of fun and joy.

Thanks a million dearest Thomas for sharing.

Linde Lund is delighted that Wolfgang Hampel presented one of her favourite songs with his outstanding voice.

Thank you so much dear Wolfgang Hampel!

You made her day!

We are going to publish new Betty MacDonald essays on Betty MacDonald's gardens and nature in Washington State.

Tell us the names of this mysterious couple please and you can win a very new Betty MacDonald documentary. 


Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerl is beloved all over the World.

We are so happy that our 'Casanova'  is back.

Don't miss a new breakfast with Brad and Nick, please.

I'd like to visit Betty MacDonald's paradise on Vashon Island.

Onions in the Stew is my favourite of Betty MacDonald's brilliant books. 

Take care,

Martine & Greta

Don't miss this very special book, please.


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Wolfgang Hampel in Florida State University 

Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel 

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Donald Trump lost Monday’s debate. So did Trumpism.

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Donald Trump got his start in politics peddling the idea that Barack Obama was born abroad. He built his successful Republican primary campaign on a similar form of white identity politics, married to a deep and hard-line skepticism of immigration. That’s been his biggest single issue — deriding Mexicans as rapists and murderers, promising to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, and threatening to ban Muslims from entering the country.

At Monday night’s debate, he had the perfect opportunity to tee off on these racially charged themes. Hillary Clinton had just fielded a question about “implicit bias” in policing, arguing that police needed “retraining” to deal with deep-seated psychological prejudices against African Americans.

Trump had a chance to stand up for “law and order” and aggrieved white people everywhere, to say that the problem isn’t the police but the criminals, and that Clinton was kowtowing to politically correct dogma. But he, remarkably, did the exact opposite. He accused Hillary Clinton of being the real racist, for using the racially coded term superpredators more than two decades ago:

I do want to bring up the fact that you were the one that brought up the words superpredator about young black youth. And that's a term that I think was a — it's — it's been horribly met, as you know. I think you've apologized for it. But I think it was a terrible thing to say.

So here was Donald Trump, avowed opponent of political correctness, essentially accusing Hillary Clinton of committing a microaggression.

This is the untold story of the first presidential debate. Trump entered the room as the defender of a distinct set of ideas that blame America’s problems on immigrants and multiculturalism. He walked out a pale imitation of the mainstream, a man with a deeply racist past trying desperately to cover it up.

Donald Trump lost Monday night’s debate. So did the ideas he stands for.

Trumpism gave up without a fight

Presidential Debate Watch Party in Urbandale, Iowa.
Trump supporters in Iowa watch the debate.
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The proposal to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, the labeling of all Muslims as potential terrorists, the suggestion that a Mexican-American judge couldn’t hear a case involving Trump because his heritage would bias him against the magnate — these are the things that have defined Donald Trump’s candidacy.

Trumpism is a kind of authoritarian populism, one that blames immigrants and other ethnic and religious minorities for crime and terrorism. It has a lot in common with the European far right, as well as a fringe American movement called the alt-right.

“Donald Trump,” as one scholar put it, “is the first Republican in modern times to win the party’s presidential nomination on anti-minority sentiments."

Yet you wouldn’t know it from Monday’s debate. Trump mentioned crimes committed by undocumented immigrants once, but very briefly. He didn’t talk about the wall or about rounding up and deporting millions of people. He never mentioned the purported terrorist threat posed by Muslim immigrants generally and Syrian refugees specifically. His signature themes, in other words, were just completely absent from the night.

This wasn’t for lack of opportunity. Late in the debate, moderator Lester Holt asked Trump “specifically how you would prevent homegrown attacks by American citizens.” This was a perfect opportunity for Trump to pivot to the need to screen immigrants better, to prevent Muslims from “terrorist” countries from entering and committing attacks.

He didn’t do it. Instead, he decided to attack Clinton’s record on ISIS and tout his bizarro plan to “take the oil” from Iraq. This disappointed some of his prominent alt-right fans, like Jared Taylor (the editor of the racist publication American Renaissance):

When Holt asked Trump about the racial component of New York’s “stop and frisk” policy, Trump did let loose some vintage Trumpisms about high rates of crime in inner cities, which painted American cities and minority communities in a wildly inaccurate light. But he avoided the more obvious racial dog whistles, like “black-on-black crime.” He argued that stop and frisk wasn’t racial profiling but actually a kind of gun control program:

HOLT: The argument is that it's a form of racial profiling.
TRUMP: No, the argument is that we have to take the guns away from these people that have them, and they are bad people that shouldn't have them.

The exchange about birtherism is a third good example. Trump has been dinged, rightly, for being completely incoherent on the subject. But he also had a weird way of punching back, arguing that it was Clinton who actually tried to racially “other” Obama by circulating pictures of him from a visit to Kenya:

I got to watch in preparing for this some of your debates against Barack Obama. You treated him with terrible disrespect. And I watched the way you talk now about how lovely everything is and how wonderful you are. It doesn't work that way. You were after him, you were trying to -- you even sent out, or your campaign sent out, pictures of him in a certain garb, very famous pictures. I don't think you can deny that.

So to sum up: Trump avoided bringing up his most controversial, and racially charged, comments. He avoided them even when he had clear opportunities to bring them up, and even accused Clinton of being racially insensitive.

This is a very different Donald Trump from the one who announced, in his convention speech, that “we cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore.”

A small victory for American democracy

Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump Face Off In First Presidential Debate At Hofstra University  
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The point here is not that Trump somehow successfully pivoted away from his long history of racially and religiously charged comments. No one has forgotten what he’s said.

Rather, it’s that Trump made a decision not to back off from them during the biggest moment of the general election to date. Instead of sticking up for his ideas, he just avoided them. He flinched.

This matters.

The Trumpist project, inasmuch as it exists, is about making nakedly racist and bigoted language part of the American political mainstream. It depends on breaking down barriers against openly offensive speech and normalizing the unacceptable, and it’s been working: Trump remains close to Clinton in most polls.

But his main political challenge is to take ideas that appealed to his party’s base and make them acceptable to the rest of the country. If he had given his normal spiel about banning Muslims on Monday night, and it had been debated like a normal policy proposal, the once unthinkable idea would creep even further into the mainstream. That’s how it’s worked with objectively wacky Trump ideas like “take the oil,” which he now just gets to say without anyone in the audience even batting an eye.

By opting not to make those arguments on the debate stage, Trump has given a surprising signal that he believes some of the racist language that worked in the primaries won’t fly in the general election.

That’s a problem for him, because Trump’s entire electoral strategy depends on holding on to his racist base. Trump can’t move too far away from his core message without dampening the enthusiasm for him among people who think Latinos are criminals, Muslims are terrorists, and black people are lazy.

This constituency is, as George Washington University political theorist Samuel Goldman puts it, “a minority that thinks it's a majority.” It’s too small to guarantee electoral victories but too big to accept its minority status. Its members don’t see a need to reach out to minorities and “politically correct” whites, and they see doing so as a kind of betrayal.

Indeed, you can see this in the reaction of Trump’s supporters in the so-called alt-right movement. As my colleague Tara Golshan documents, these online racists are furious that Trump didn’t talk about what had long been his core issues. “He can't win a debate if they ask basically no questions about terrorism or immigration,” one user at the alt-right-friendly message board 4chan writes.

Internet trolls, of course, aren’t a huge constituency. But the voters who share their concerns about minorities and immigration are. While Trump’s campaign has shown that this group can power a victory in the Republican primary, it may now be exposing the limits of this group’s influence on American politics writ large.

There are still two more debates and 43 more days in the election — plenty of time for Trump and his supporters to wreak more havoc.

For now, though, score one for the basic norms of American democracy and values.

Post-debate poll: Hillary Clinton takes round one

Story highlights

  • Poll: 62% say Clinton won, 27% said Trump did
  • It's a similar result to Romney topping Obama in four years ago
(CNN)Hillary Clinton was deemed the winner of Monday night's debate by 62% of voters who tuned in to watch, while just 27% said they thought Donald Trump had the better night, according to a CNN/ORC Poll of voters who watched the debate.
That drubbing is similar to Mitt Romney's dominant performance over President Barack Obama in the first 2012 presidential debate.
Voters who watched said Clinton expressed her views more clearly than Trump and had a better understanding of the issues by a margin of more than 2-to-1. Clinton also was seen as having done a better job addressing concerns voters might have about her potential presidency by a 57% to 35% margin, and as the stronger leader by a 56% to 39% margin.
The gap was smaller on which candidate appeared more sincere and authentic, though still broke in Clinton's favor, with 53% saying she was more sincere vs. 40% who felt Trump did better on that score. Trump topped Clinton 56% to 33% as the debater who spent more time attacking their opponent.
Although the survey suggested debate watchers were more apt to describe themselves as Democrats than the overall pool of voters, even independents who watched deemed Clinton the winner, 54% vs. 33% who thought Trump did the best job in the debate.
And the survey suggests Clinton outperformed the expectations of those who watched. While pre-debate interviews indicated these watchers expected Clinton to win by a 26-point margin, that grew to 35 points in the post-debate survey.
About half in the poll say the debate did not have an effect on their voting plans, 47% said it didn't make a difference, but those who say they were moved by it tilted in Clinton's direction, 34% said the debate made them more apt to vote for Clinton, 18% more likely to back Trump.
On the issues, voters who watched broadly say Clinton would do a better job handling foreign policy, 62% to 35%, and most think she would be the better candidate to handle terrorism, 54% to 43% who prefer Trump. But on the economy, the split is much closer, with 51% saying they favor Clinton's approach vs. 47% who prefer Trump.
Most debate watchers came away from Monday's face-off with doubts about Trump's ability to handle the presidency. Overall, 55% say they didn't think Trump would be able to handle the job of president, 43% said they thought he would. Among political independents who watched the debate, it's a near-even split, 50% say he can handle it, 49% that he can't.
And voters who watched were more apt to see Trump's attacks on Clinton as unfair than they were to see her critiques that way. About two-thirds of debate viewers, 67%, said Clinton's critiques of Trump were fair, while just 51% said the same of Trump.
Assessments of Trump's attacks on Clinton were sharply split by gender, with 58% of men seeing them as fair compared with 44% of women who watched on Monday. There was almost no gender divide in perceptions of whether Clinton's attacks were fair.
The CNN/ORC post-debate poll includes interviews with 521 registered voters who watched the September 26 debate. Results among debate-watchers have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. Respondents were originally interviewed as part of a September 23-25 telephone survey of a random sample of Americans, and indicated they planned to watch the debate and would be willing to be re-interviewed when it was over.

"New York Times": Trump's "worst candidate in history"

Politic News Report

Politic News Report:

The "New York Times" has made a recommendation to vote for the Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Your Republican challenger Donald Trump described the newspaper as the "worst candidates to a great party has produced in modern American history."

In an editorial it said, Trump reveal nothing of himself or of his plans - instead, he promised voters the moon and the stars for gripping.

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At the same time, the newspaper praised Clinton's "intellect, experience and courage". Today's world fighting against challenges such as war and terrorism as well as the pressure of globalization. Clinton have analyzed these problems and the "responses accurately weighed it."

Now the US citizen should not only therefore choose Clinton because the alternative Trump loud, warned the "New York Times". Instead, the voters would have to be clear about what problems had confronted the country and Clinton's abilities weigh to tackle this.

Of voters in the US customary

The newspaper gave its recommendation to vote on shortly before the first televised debate between Clinton and Trump, held German time early Tuesday morning. Six weeks before the election are the former foreign minister and the real estate mogul close together in the polls.

In the US, it is tradition that newspapers proposed concrete recommendations choice. Thus, the "New York Times" had previously spoken twice for Barack Obama: at his first candidacy and his re-election. Most newspapers supported Democratic candidates. Recently she had recommended in the 50's with a Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower.


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Beijing Airpot

Mr. Tigerli in China
Copyright 2016 by Letizia Mancino translation by Mary Holmes All rights reserved  

Yes Betty, either or it seems he wanted to fly only with Singapore Airways.

Boeing or Airbus, it’s just the same isn’t it? Aren’t they both just fat birds with 500 passengers?

Yes, but Singapore Airlines has the most beautiful airhostesses: delicate, fine, graceful…  Mr. Tigerli had looked forward to the flight so much!

So the little man was disappointed?

You just can’t imagine how disappointed he was.
 But thank God one of the hostesses was a pretty Chinese girl. Mr. Tigerli purred loudly but she didn’t hear him because the purring of the Airbus 380 was even louder.

The poor cat!

You’ve said it Betty. Mr. Tigerli was in a very bad mood and asked me for a loud speaker.

I’m sure you can get one in 1st Class.

“”Russian Girl” had even heard you over the roar of the Niagara Falls” I said to Mr. Tigerli. “You are a very unfaithful cat. You wanted to get to know Asiatic girls. That’s how it is when one leaves one’s first love”.

And what did he say to that?

“Men are hunters” was his answer.

Yes, my dear cat, a mouse hunter. And what else did he say?

Not another word. He behaved as if he hadn’t heard me.

The Airbus is very loud.

I told him shortly “Don’t trouble yourself about “Chinese Girl”. There will be enough even prettier girls in China. Wait till we land in Guilin”.

Did he understand you?

Naturally Mr. Tigerli understood me immediately. Yes, sweetheart, don’t worry. They will find you something sweet to eat.

And he?

He was so happy.

No problem going through the immigration control?

Naturally!  Lots of problems. How could I explain to customs that the cat had come as a tourist to China to buy shoes?

Fur in exchange for shoes…

Don’t be so cynical Betty!

Cat meat in exchange for shoes?

I said to the officials. He isn’t a cat, he is Casanova.

He came through the pass control with no trouble!


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