Get Out the Vote, Ypsilanti!

Yesterday, freaking out that Trump was climbing in the Michigan polls, I announced on this site that I’d be taking some vacation time from work to help out at Democratic Party office here in Ypsi. I did so because I knew that, if I made a public proclamation, I’d actually probably follow through. And apparently it worked. I spent this afternoon at the campaign office on Michigan Avenue, on the phone, trying to convince known Democrats to spend some time between now and the election going door-to-door and making sure that people who have identified themselves as Clinton supporters actually have plans to go out and vote come next Tuesday. [As Joe Biden says, “You need a plan.”]

While I really enjoyed talking with those people who picked up their phones, I unfortunately didn’t have much luck convincing anyone to come down to the office and join me. [A lot of the people I was getting through to were elderly and couldn’t come out to volunteer because of health concerns.] That is, until I, quite by accident, dialed up the woman I know as Panda Ypsilanti. [I’d been trying to call an older man by the name of Smith, I believe, but apparently his number had been reassigned to the workplace of Ms. Ypsilanti.] I was a few sentences into my spiel, when she cut me off, saying something like, “The person you’re looking for isn’t at this number, and I know who you are, Mark Maynard.” And, with that, I got my first volunteer. And I also got the idea that, instead of just relying on the old Democratic phone lists to find volunteers, I should probably also try social media. So, in between calls, I started posting updates to Facebook, asking people to come out and join me. And, to my surprise, about a dozen people actually wrote back to me, asking for details as to how they might be able to help. And, with that in mind, I thought that I’d try the same thing here right now… So, if you’re reading this, please consider coming out and joining me.

Starting this weekend, there’s going to be a big four-day push in Ypsilanti, during which Lisa Zuber and her fellow organizers will be mobilizing dozens of volunteers to follow up with folks that have already been identified as Democratic voters, and insure that, if they haven’t voted already, they still intend to get out to the polls, take their friends with them, etc.

Here, in case you’re still not sold on the idea, are a few photos of the office. As you can see, there’s a lot of free food… as well as a lot of openings on the volunteer schedule. So, if you can spare three hours between now and Tuesday afternoon to save our democracy, please stop by and sign up for a shift. Or, if you want, you can email me your name, phone number, and the shift you’d like to take, and I can make sure that you get signed up.

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Oh, and I should add that canvassing isn’t just good for our democracy and our Democratic candidates. It’s actually good for those of us who are going out and knocking on doors. Seriously, if you’re like me, and you’ve been feeling isolated, depressed, and hopeless this election cycle, there’s really nothing like walking around in the sunshine and talking with your fellow Ypsilanitians, who, like you, not only really want to see both the first woman in the White House, but also Donald Trump cast onto the waste heap of history… Also, for what it’s worth, this – our ability to organize and go door-to-door in a systematic way – is really the biggest advantage we have this election cycle. Trump, while he has supporters, has not got a Get Out the Vote ground game to speak of. So, this, my friends, is where we beat him. And you can be a part of it!

Oh, and in addition to knocking on doors election day, we’re also going to need people working at polling places, making sure the people waiting in line to vote have everything they need to stick it out however long it might take for them to cast their ballots. So, if you don’t want to knock on doors, you can always do that. I’ve also heard, for those of you with vehicles, that the Washtenaw Dems might be looking for people to drive voters to the polls, but I’ve yet to confirm that.

One last thing… If you don’t live in Ypsilanti, you can still do your part. You can find your nearest Clinton campaign office here. Or, if you can’t help in person, you can always make a financial contribution. The important thing is that you find a way to be a part of this. If you don’t, you’re going to regret it later. Trust me.

Oh, and, yes, we’re working out of the office where local real estate agent Jack Brown was murdered in 1984, but it’s really not creepy at all. I promise.

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79 Comments

  1. Loser Larson
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    It’s hopeless. Trump, the vessel of God’s plan, will win.

    Go home to your family

  2. Anonymous
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    At this stage of the game it’s not about identifying Clinton supporters. It’s about ensuring that everyone who indicated an interest in voting for Clinton gets out to the polls and votes, and that no Trump supporters try to stop them.

  3. Kim
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Is there a Trump ground game at all? Does he have local offices? I have no idea how his campaign is operating.

  4. Gillian
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Is there a place to sign up for shifts online? or do i have to show up to the office and write my name on the wall?

  5. site admin
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Gillian, email Mark you phone number and the shift that you want, and he’ll sign you up. Thanks.

  6. Loser Larson
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Like I said, it is hopeless. Clinton is evil and God fights evil.

    God will never allow evil in the White House. That is not His way. He never gives in to Satan.

  7. Oliva
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    The bad bad man should be getting .04% of the vote nationally–to show without a shadow of a doubt that we’re not so indecent and hateful a country after alll. Alas, that’s almost surely not how it will be. But we can make his loss meaningful and must.There’s every reason to work our collective butts off through next Tuesday–for ourselves, for the people who are being blocked from voting, for those too young to vote, and all the people who have been and will continue to be harmed by the hate free-for-all we’re living in.

  8. Oliva
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Thank you SO much, Mark Maynard, for using vacation days to get out the vote. Caring so much is a very beautiful (and essential) thing. The Ypsi Dems office could use all of our help right now–right up through Election Day. (All the Dem offices can.)

  9. Eel
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Why is the person in the top photo hiding their face? Are they ashamed?

  10. Loser Larson
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Weak. Why would anyone use vacation days for an election that is destined by God to go in favor of his sacred vessel of truth?

    And the world is 4,000 years old.

  11. Lynne
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Olivia, one of the things about this election that really has disappointed me is that so many people are willing to overlook the blatant sexism and racism coming out of the mouth of Trump. This shouldn’t be a close election and that it is says a LOT about where we are as a nation in terms of just plain old common decency. I wish Trump’s “Make American Great Again” slogan was a call for greatness in terms of kindness, compassion, etc. but alas it isn’t.

  12. EOS
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Lynne,

    I am equally surprised that so many are willing to overlook the fact that Hillary is funded by the same people that fund ISIS and that voters are willing to give up their free time to support a candidate whose indictment on corruption charges is inevitable. Can’t say her treatment of the Benghazi victims or their families was all that kind or compassionate either.

  13. Lynne
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    EOS, some people prefer the truth over lies and innuendo.

  14. M
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    EOS, Trump has come out and admitted that birtherism, which you believed in, was essentially a ruse. Others in the Republican party have come out and said that Behghazi was a make-believe scandal intended to undermine Clinton. People on your side of the aisle have confirmed as much. In spite of this, however, you continue to bite the hook whenever they dangle something else in front of you. When will you learn that you’re being played for a fool? The ridiculous idea that Clinton is being “funded by ISIS” is so laughably stupid that it makes me feel sorry for you. And I mean that sincerely.

  15. Loser Larson
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    EOS doesn’t *seem* stupid, but inevitably says stupid things, or at least feels the need to publicly affirm them.

  16. Lynne
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Even very intelligent people have a confirmation bias. Even when one is aware of it, it is difficult to see in oneself but boy is it easy to see in others sometimes.

  17. EOS
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    @M,

    I didn’t believe in birtherism, but did say that Obama should release his birth certificate and not a “certificate of live birth” which was a different document and didn’t prove that he was born in Hawaii. Hillary started the birtherism questions and Trump put it to rest by getting Obama to release a birth certificate. If he had nothing to hide, there was no reason not to release the proof.

    The Clinton foundation and ISIS both received funds from the Saudis. That is a known fact.

    You need to read carefully to comprehend what is written before you post.

  18. Mr. X
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    It looks like we played the “pussy grabber” card too early. Trump has almost completely rebounded. Today, fivethirtyeight.com has him with a 35.1% chance of winning the whole thing. Hopefully the people people associated with The Apprentice start releasing their tapes soon. We’re running out of time!

  19. Robert
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    ISIS is funded entirely by Earthlings, and 100% of the money the Clinton Foundation has received has come from Earthlings.

  20. Jean Henry
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    How many pseudonyms do you have Mark?

  21. Loser Larson
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    EOS was pretty adamant that the issue was important.

    http://markmaynard.com/2009/07/birthers-and-healthcare-reform/

  22. Jean Henry
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Remember that EOS also believes the Bible is literal word of God and absolute truth despite all evidence, even within the text,to the contrary.The predetermined narrative of ideology determines the truth for her. She’s a good lesson for all of us.
    https://www.buzzfeed.com/craigsilverman/partisan-fb-pages-analysis?utm_term=.ux7xM3kN6#.mw0M298gL

  23. Amy Wiseman
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting and making this an easy thing to do. Most people don’t take the initiative to figure out how to do it (guilty) so I appreciate it.

  24. Loser Larson
    Posted November 4, 2016 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    I am looking at the pictures of the office and noticing how few people are there.

    Have you ever seen the record crowds that Trump draws?

    Trump, God’s chosen messenger, will win.

  25. EOS
    Posted November 5, 2016 at 2:14 am | Permalink

    No. Jean,

    I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. I was an atheist for most of my adult life, but after several years of inquiry, because of the overwhelming evidence, I became a follower of Jesus.

    I would encourage you to shed your predetermined narrative of ideology and open your mind to the possibility that the Bible is true. Spend 30 minutes a day, for 30 days, reading the Bible. Begin each day with a short prayer, “God if you exist, reveal yourself to me.” Your life will never be the same again. I will pray for you.

  26. Loser Larson
    Posted November 5, 2016 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    Poll shifts as a result of sampling error. (OH MY GOD, THERE’S PROFESSIONALS HERE. WHAT WILL WE DO??? CALL WIKILEAKS! GET THEM TO HACK AND MINE 5 GAZILLION EMAILS FOR THAT ONE THING THAT WILL DESTROY THEM FOR GOOD!!!)

    “We believe that most of the bounces seen in surveys this year represent sampling noise that can be reduced or eliminated by adopting by better statistical methodology. We risk a repetition of 2012 where polling swings were largely statistical mirages. The convention and first debate bounces in 2012 were mostly the consequence of transitory variations in response rates. Fewer voters were changing their minds than were changing their inclination to respond to surveys.

    Most telephone polls use independent samples, so the respondents in one week’s poll are different from those in another week’s. This makes it impossible to distinguish change in individual vote intentions from changes in sample composition from week to week. It is possible that five percent of the electorate switched from Clinton to Trump over the past week (decreasing Clinton’s lead by 10 points). But it’s also possible that nobody switched and apparent swings are due to differences in sample composition.

    YouGov draws its samples from a large panel of respondents. In most of our polls, there is little overlap from one sample to another. However, sometimes the same respondents are recontacted to see whether their opinions have changed. For example, after the first presidential debate in September, we reinterviewed 2,132 people who had told us their vote intentions a month before. 95 percent of the September Clinton supporters said they intended to vote for her. None of them said they intended to vote for Donald Trump, but five percent said they were now undecided, would vote for a third party candidate, or would not vote. Of the Trump supporters, only 91 percent said they were still planning on voting for Trump. Five percent moved to undecided, one percent to Clinton, and the rest to third party candidates or not voting. The net effect was to increase Clinton’s lead by almost four points. That was real change, though significantly less that the ten point change to Clinton’s lead seen in some polls.

    Other events, however, have not had any detectable impact on voting intentions. We did not see any shifts after the release of the Access Hollywood video, the second or third presidential debates, or the reopening of the FBI investigation into Clinton’s emails. When the same people were reinterviewed, almost all said they were supporting the same candidate they had told us they were supporting in prior interviews. The small number who did change their voting intentions shifted about evenly toward Clinton and Trump so the net real change was close to zero.

    Although we didn’t find much vote switching, we did notice a different type of change: the willingness of Clinton and Trump supporters to participate in our polls varied by a significant amount depending upon what was happening at the time of the poll: when things are going badly for a candidate, their supporters tend to stop participating in polls. For example, after the release of the Access Hollywood video, Trump supporters were four percent less likely than Clinton supporters to participate in our poll. The same phenomenon occurred this weekend for Clinton supporters after the announcement of the FBI investigation: Clinton supporters responded at a three percent lower rate than Trump supporters (who could finally take a survey about a subject they liked).

    http://chrisblattman.com/2016/11/04/phantom-poll-changes/

  27. Loser Larson
    Posted November 5, 2016 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    Here’s the original.

    https://today.yougov.com/news/2016/11/01/beware-phantom-swings-why-dramatic-swings-in-the-p/

  28. wobblie
    Posted November 5, 2016 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    Clinton will carry Michigan by a landslide. Michigan has not voted Republican in a Presidential race since 1988. Angry old white men are who have lots of money are the only supporters Trump can count on, that and the duped ignorant christian vote who only vote anti-abortion. Those two groups will not be a winning coalition.

  29. Loser Larson
    Posted November 5, 2016 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    Trump has an 8% chance of winning Michigan.

    Evangelicals need to get out there and vote for God’s vessel.

  30. jean henry
    Posted November 5, 2016 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    EOS It was reading the Bible at 15 that turned me agnostic. I’ve read it at leSt twice since then– no change. I have no ideology– neither atheist nor Christian. I still read the Bible because I love some parts and I like the metaphorical use of language, especially in King James. I read a decent amount of religious texts of all stripes. I was really interested in Buddhism for a bit, but that’s more philosophy than religion. I really like not knowing things. I find great spiritual engagement and freedom in questioning and no knowing. I tried to coin the phrase ecstatic agnostic but then I googled it and HLMencken got there first. I guess questioning is a great spiritual practice for cranky people.

  31. EOS
    Posted November 5, 2016 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    I became an atheist at 14. Didn’t want any part of the church. Thought the Bible was wrong because an isolated passage didn’t seem to apply to a specific incident in my life. But it was my interpretation that was in error.

    I also studied a bit of Buddhism. It made life seem meaningless and didn’t offer me any answers. Merely to accept whatever and anything goes. Tried meditation but kept falling asleep.

    But then I met someone who had such a faith that I had never seen before. God was real and active in this person’s life and I needed to know what made the difference. This person instructed me to read the Bible as if it were true. Claim the promises as if they were specifically addressed to me and thank God for each one.

    Even someone like me who had rejected the possibility of a God, and had placed all my hopes on science having all the answers, was profoundly impacted by studying the Bible with the small chance that it could contain some truths. I read the entire book in a year, and studied every week with this person of great faith who patiently explained all the obscure parts and answered even the most derisive questions that I had. And I learned to pray. Not just the bedtime prayers of my childhood that asked for blessings for everyone I knew, but conversations throughout the day with a God who cares and is personally involved. And my life has never been the same.

    So I would encourage you not to give up on God, because He never gives up on anyone. Skepticism is not as far removed as obstinate atheism, but God hates the lukewarm. Ask God for a radical change and He will do it. But you have to take the first step. You can’t steer a boat that is not on the water.

  32. jean henry
    Posted November 5, 2016 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad your God works for you EOS. I have seen faith in different religions serve their practitioners very well. I do not think faith is in anyway inherently a bad thing. Or organized religion. I even can imagine the possibility of more than this existence. Because I don’t know!!! My not knowing works really well for me. I only ask that you keep your faith out of my politics, away from my body and away from other people’s ability to worship as they choose. Thanks!

    Ps if you asked me to pray for you, I would. But I didn’t ask you to pray for me, so please don’t. I’m sure someone else would appreciate the gesture more.

  33. jean henry
    Posted November 5, 2016 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know shit about polling or statistics, but I found this and a few other sites a counterbalance to 538’s super cautionary approach. A lot of people seem to believe the overweight swings. Princeton seems to think HRC is in ok shape nationally thought tighter here in MI than many sites show. And crucially the chances of a dem majority senate is now 50/50.

    http://election.princeton.edu/

  34. EOS
    Posted November 5, 2016 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    There may be many religions, but there is only one God, one creator of the universe, and one path to eternal life. It was you who inserted my faith into this political discussion.

  35. Jean Henry
    Posted November 5, 2016 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    That’s true. I did. I can;t see your certainty about the God thing and everything else as anything but problematic. The word faith implies some questioning– Believing is not knowing. Jesus struggled with and questioned his faith actively. I honestly don’t know how fundamentalists reconcile moral certainty with the practice of faith.

    You apply that same moral certainty to political issues. You will twist facts and information in knots to validate your belief system. You reject any information that challenges your belief system. It’s such a dangerous pattern. I don’t understand how Christianity can get so warped that it brings people to certainty, judgement and condemnation. It’s just not what Jesus taught at all. Too bad, because he seemed like a pretty decent guy.

  36. EOS
    Posted November 5, 2016 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    “You will twist facts and information in knots to validate your belief system.” Who?

    “Jesus struggled with and questioned his faith actively.” Why would God incarnate need faith or struggle with anything? He raised the dead, healed the sick, and forgave sinners, yet struggled with faith?

    Now I doubt that you have even read the Bible.

  37. Jean Henry
    Posted November 5, 2016 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Temptation of Christ, EOS. “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” I understand there are interpretations that don’t see this a crisis of faith. I think they are a stretch. You are welcome to your own interpretation.
    Hebrews 1:11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

    Jesus refused to perform miracles for the Pharisees. the miracles were not performed to establish the validity of faith. Faith does not require proof. Also, metaphor…? parable…?

    You can keep talking about scripture all you want, playing Jesus gotcha! I’m done.

    All I know is you are thinking of voting for this guy, a fraudulent liar, bigot, cheat and scoundrel in order to deny women right to abortion. And Jesus said nothing about abortion. A little less certainty might be in order.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PqpoyOOzeQ

    He gave this speech 10 miles from where I grew up. They love him there. I know his Christian right supporters. I grew up with them. They did terrible unspeakable things in the name of their faith. They are as bad as Trump but with less money. It’s your bed… Jesus would not hang with any of them. He preferred prostitutes and the poor.

  38. Loser Larson
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    ““You will twist facts and information in knots to validate your belief system.”

    Who?”

    The earth is 4,000 years old.

  39. Loser Larson
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 2:45 am | Permalink

    God’s vessel is upon us.

    We wait for his blessed wisdom.

    The wisdom of Trump. The return of the prophet.

  40. Jean Henry
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    “God used Samson and a jawbone of an ass to restore Israel. Samson was a womanizer, known for his hair, and didn’t drink alcohol. ” — FB comment of a true believer.

  41. Jean Henry
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    “I sometimes wish women didn’t vote when I hear their emotional rants and lack of following the news or studying the issues in depth. Sorry.” –Same woman, good Christian, Trumper.

  42. EOS
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    You don’t get it. God is “all-knowing”. Under no circumstances does He need faith. The devil tempted Him to sin, but He never sinned. My reference to the miracles that He performed was to show you that a person who exercises omnipotent abilities does not have need of faith. He KNOWS. He created the universe.

    I am opposed to abortion, but I am not voting for Clinton because she is at the center of the largest corruption scheme in the history of our nation. She has accepted millions from foreign entities and then used the State department to grant favors in return. We sold the Saudis the largest amount of weapons in the history of our country and they supplied ISIS. We gave control of the majority of our uranium stockpiles to Russian entities. Her closest personal assistant has family ties to the same terrorist groups that perpetrated 9/11 and she forwarded classified emails to Huma’s yahoo account. She shared classified secrets with IT techs who managed her server and with a housekeeper and when asked questions under oath she remembers nothing. She’s an elitist who is intent on destroying our country to enable internationalists. I’m not voting for her because I want religious and political freedom and an end to constant wars instigated by the US to destable other sovereign nations. She killed Khaddafi and left a power vacuum that allowed terrorist groups easy access to Europe. To what end? I’m not voting for her because I think charities should spend the majority of funds they collect on charitable functions and not to line the pockets of millionaires. I’m not voting Democrat because the emails revealed that Obama’s cabinet was selected by Wall Street bankers. I’m not voting Democrat because they refuse to enforce immigration laws and the massive influx of illegal immigrants will destable our country in a similar manner that Sweden and Germany are experiencing now. I’m not voting for Clinton because if she were elected, her entire term would be consumed by criminal investigation of the Clinton Foundation and Bill’s acts of pedophilia, IRS investigation of its funds, FBI/CIA investigation of her handling of classified information, and military investigation of her treason. She has the highest disapproval rating of any candidate for the office of presidency. She lies and then writes emails explaining why you have to tell the people one thing while you are doing another.

    Trump will win because 75% of the voters want change and 90% of Americans don’t benefit from Clinton’s agenda.

  43. Jean Henry
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    You have managed to twist reality so that she is worse than he is. That’s quite a trick. Nothing you say corresponds to my understanding of history, American identity, contemporary reality or workable solutions. That concerns me. I have never encountered someone so committed ideologically. And I grew up with many many people who share your religious and political beliefs. I hope you find peace from your suffering.

  44. EOS
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Go ahead, put your fingers in your ears, “LaLaLaLaLaLaLaLaLaLa”

  45. Loser Larson
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    “You don’t get it. God is “all-knowing”. ”

    God is a despot who needs to be deposed for all the suffering he has put us through. The Biblical God is akin to Saddam Hussein or Robert Mugabe, but even worse. At least those two doled out favors to those who serve them. God gives his followers nothing but empty promises, sickness, violence and suffering. Worse yet, he rewards those who could care less about him.

    Fortunately, a reprehensible figure like that is simply a fiction meant to scare children and keep slaves docile and working.

    But, he has given us Trump. Never has such a prophet ever existed. God’s vessel shall deliver us from evil.

  46. Loser Larson
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    So classic.

    A guy holding a “Republicans Against Trump” sign gets verbally assaulted from the Great Holy Leader himself, accusing the man of being paid by Hillary Clinton. Next thing you know, the Sacred and Holy Trumpites are accusing the man of having a gun, at which point he is assaulted both by bystanders and security.

    No gun was found, but the Trump campaign is claiming that The Great Holy Prophet Trump was in “grave danger” and accuses the media of inciting what amounts to an assassination plot.

    Repeat. No gun was found.

    It just shows that it doesn’t matter what happened. The goal is to make one’s candidate appear as a victim to rally support. Sanders attempted the same thing.

    Clinton, at no time in this campaign, has made herself appear to be a victim. I think she deserves a lot of credit for that. She could easily do it, but hasn’t.

    Repeat. No gun was found.
    Sad!

  47. Loser Larson
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    “In 2011, retired firefighter Mark Taylor says, God showed him a vision in which Donald Trump would become president of the United States.

    April 28, 2011, the now-Republican presidential front-runner gave a speech in Las Vegas to a gathering organized by the Clark County Nevada Republican Party. At the time, he was mulling a possible 2012 presidential bid while hounding President Obama to release his birth certificate.

    During the Las Vegas visit, Trump did an interview, which Taylor watched on television. During that interview, he said God told him he was listening to the president. Although Trump eventually did not run for office in 2012, the retired firefighter believes the businessman’s 2016 run is God-ordained, and shared his vision this week with Rick Wiles of TruNews:

    The Spirit of God says, I have chosen this man, Donald Trump, for such a time as this. For as Benjamin Netanyahu is to Israel, so shall this man be to the United States of America! For I will use this man to bring honor, respect and restoration to America. America will be respected once again as the most powerful and prosperous nation on earth, (other than Israel). The dollar will be the strongest it has ever been in the history of the United States, and will once again be the currency by which all others are judged.”

    http://www.charismanews.com/politics/primaries/56703-donald-trump-is-a-central-figure-in-this-prophecy

  48. EOS
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/11/criminal-president-obama-encourages-illegal-aliens-vote-promises-no-repercussions-video/

    Even Obama realizes she can’t win without cheating.

  49. Loser Larson
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    “I was in a time of prayer several weeks ago when God began to speak to me concerning the destiny of Donald Trump in America. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said,

    “Trump shall become My trumpet to the American people, for he possesses qualities that are even hard to find in My people these days. Trump does not fear man nor will he allow deception and lies to go unnoticed. I am going to use him to expose darkness and perversion in America like never before, but you must understand that he is like a bull in a china closet. Many will want to throw him away because he will disturb their sense of peace and tranquility, but you must listen through the bantering to discover the truth that I will speak through him. I will use the wealth that I have given him to expose and launch investigations searching for the truth. Just as I raised up Cyrus to fulfill My purposes and plans, so have I raised up Trump to fulfill my purposes and plans prior to the 2016 election. You must listen to the trumpet very closely for he will sound the alarm and many will be blessed because of his compassion and mercy. Though many see the outward pride and arrogance, I have given him the tender heart of a father that wants to lend a helping hand to the poor and the needy, to the foreigner and the stranger.”

    As the body of Christ, we must keep our ears and eyes open as we continue to move toward the 2016 elections in the United States. I believe that God is not only going to use the prayers of the saints to bring about His plans and purposes, but He is even going to use those who do not know Him. What a great comfort and source of encouragement we have in the wisdom of God in this hour.

    Just as Job declared to God in Job 42:2, “I know that You can do everything, and that no thought can be withheld from You.” Let’s begin to pray in faith, knowing that God can do all things and that no purpose of His in the 2016 elections can be thwarted!”

  50. Loser Larson
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Aside from the disturbing breathing over the video, he answered the question.

    No, voting boards don’t investigate citizenship and have no authority to turn over names to any other department.

    “When you vote, you are a citizen,” I took to mean that if one can vote, one is a citizen.

    I agree that this was poorly worded, but it being a conspiracy is a real stretch. Where in this video did he say anything at all about Hillary Clinton? Maybe I didn’t make it that far, but implying this is required to obtain a Clinton win is fantastical.

    Worse yet, there is no context here. Given that this snippet of an interview appears on Fox News, we should be skeptical of what the rest of the answer was.

    Moreover, the pictures of Obama with black people spliced in at the end, and him shaking hands with prisoners is disturbing, not because he is with black people or prisoners, but because it has nothing at all to do with the content of the video.

    Given this, it is likely that the mouth breather filming the FOX News segment and putting it online is a angry bigot.

    So, cut up video, FOX News, mouth breather and possible bigot. That’s some real hard hitting stuff EOS,

  51. Loser Larson
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    “Trump is a godsend,” he said. “An imperfect messenger of God but nevertheless a King David of our time.”

  52. stupid hick
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    “I’m not voting for Clinton because if she were elected, her entire term would be consumed by criminal investigation of the Clinton Foundation and Bill’s acts of pedophilia, IRS investigation of its funds, FBI/CIA investigation of her handling of classified information, and military investigation of her treason.”

    Sorry, EOS, but this is all on the Republicans, who have been wasting everyone’s time trying to sell this Clinton BS for more than 25 years. It is BS. You know an easy way you can tell? Because they’ve been at it for 25 years and it has resulted in nothing except more BS posturing and innuendo. Losers! Pathetic, isn’t it? The wisest thing said by the Republicans’ greatest success for a whole generation: “Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice… don’t get fooled again”. What kind of fool keeps taking the same, failed, sucker bait for a generation yet begs for more? The Party of Trump, that’s who. After this election, the Republicans need to reboot and rethink who it is they want to represent. I for one, am not going to support this BS any longer. I might even vote straight Democrat as my own personal F.U.

  53. Loser Larson
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    “Wallnau said Cyrus was a heathen king whom God used to protect the Jews, explaining that God can raise up secular rulers “to protect His interests.” Specifically, God used Cyrus in three ways: to deal with terror, to restore economic stability and to honor the Jews’ houses of faith.
    Three days after Wallnau’s article was published, a video recording showing Trump making lewd comments surfaced, and the news caused a ripple effect among the Republicans and evangelicals, many of whom withdrew their support for the billionaire candidate.
    What does Wallnau have to say about the lewd tape controversy?
    “Isn’t it typical of religious people to read something that was written/said 10 years ago and miss God?” Wallnau said in a video posted on his Facebook page.
    “This isn’t God exposing something. This is the devil strategically exposing information in order to destroy a candidate. And who’s dispensing this? The most phenomenal thing in the world is it’s the very people that are some of the most corrupt politicians we’ve ever had in high office,” he added.
    He continued to say that God is allowing these exposes to humble Donald Trump, which should make Christians think. Wallnau added he believes God is about to do “something very unusual.”
    “Because when God humbles someone, obviously it’s so that the grace of God can perform an operation that produces the character of Christ,” he explained. “By humbling him, he is more qualified as a candidate than anyone else.”

  54. Loser Larson
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    “I’m not voting for Clinton because if she were elected, her entire term would be consumed by criminal investigation of the Clinton Foundation and Bill’s acts of pedophilia, IRS investigation of its funds, FBI/CIA investigation of her handling of classified information, and military investigation of her treason.”

    lol

  55. jean henry
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    If you watch the full video of the Trump rally in which the protester was assaulted because someone yelled gun,’ you will see the secret service just pummel the guy. I mean you can see the SS guys whole body rise with elbow cocked and the he fall into the blow with the hit in the ground. But the part I was sure would get clipped and go viral (but hasn’t to my knowledge) is Trump, when he returns, telling g the crowd that if the SS had not been there, the vets in the audience ‘would have really let that guy have it. I mean it would be a done deal. Because we have the best people, the greatest people ever.’ And the crowd screams.
    It was unbelievable. The theory is that Trump has actually developed this whole fascist persona from his normal narcissism because he plays to the audience. And what they love is the bully. His audience may be leading him to this violent bigoted place rather than visa versa.
    Of course a lot of my friends on the left think insulting every republican is good sport. And disruptive violence for the cause is legitimate. So it’s not just a right wing thing. The tendency to ideological allegiance and moral certainty is the new nationalism. And makes the new Autocrat. He passes X Linus test, people love him, he has a vision that people respond to — no more scrutiny needed. I don’t like it on the left or the right. Maybe we should be grateful Trump took the righteous paranoid scapegoating good/bad belligerence thing to its logical conclusion, so we might actually learn… nah… let’s just hope he doesn’t win.

    If I say something you don’t agree with please attack me personally– because that really shows me how much better you are.

  56. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    FBI about 60 minutes ago, no new conclusions, nothing found in Weiner emails.

  57. Loser Larson
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    The Holy and Great Vessel of God will persevere.

  58. Loser Larson
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    “Eleven days prior to the election the FBI acted in confirmation of what Donald Trump prophesied.

    I’ve said all along that Mr. Trump is uncannily prophetic! He calls it “instincts.” I introduced this in my book God’s Chaos Candidate and listed several instances when he predicted things before they happened. This is the kind of executive acumen we need in the coming chaos that is coming to America.

    Here’s the latest!

    Trump predicted that Anthony Weiner would expose all the Hillary secrets to the world.

    Here’s what he said on social media in August!

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    In fact, back in 2013, he said that “Huma should dump the sicko Weiner” because he’s “a calamity that is bringing her down with him.” He saw the national security implications of Abedin’s close relationship with Clinton.

    I wish the Christian community had ears to hear—Trump is a “Cyrus” ruler who is under the anointing of “Common Grace.”

    I heard the Lord tell me this after I read about Cyrus in Isaiah 45. The Lord spoke two words: “Common grace … Common grace!” This is a term used by reformed theologians and first introduced to me while reading Chuck Colson. Ever wonder what keeps fallen man from total self-destruction? Common grace comes down upon a fallen world to keep in check the forces of anarchy. It stirs in man the ideals of virtue and justice.

    It is the grace that comes upon all (Christian and non-Christian) to help them affirm the good and resist the bad, personally and in institutions. It is the hidden hand of God that works to promote justice and order in a world where selfishness could produce societal collapse. “Saving grace” is what gets you saved and “common grace” is the special influence of God that comes upon man to keep society from imploding.

    Lance Wallnau is a catalytic thought leader. An internationally recognized speaker and business consultant, he is one of the premiere speakers on the subject of cultural transformation and the seven mountains. Find him online at lancewallnau.com.

    3 Reasons Why you should read Life in the Spirit. 1) Get to know the Holy Spirit. 2) Learn to enter God’s presence 3) Hear God’s voice clearly! Go deeper!”

  59. Loser Larson
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    “As the editor-in-chief of NTEB for the last 7 years, I no longer retain illusions about politics or the political process. Sadly, I do not see a coming new ‘glory day’ for America, I see an unsaved world preparing to go through the Tribulation after the Rapture of the Church where they will meet Antichrist. That’s what’s coming, and it will be sooner rather than later.

    “And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.” Haggai 2:7 (KJV)

    So yes, I will be supporting Donald Trump for president, as I believe him to be God’s choice to fulfill prophecy. I do hope that America will see better days before the end, I truly do. But as a Bible believer, this world is not my home, I look for a ‘better country’, a Heavenly one. I don’t want to see ‘King Jesus for President’, as He has no intention of ruling America. But He will rule this Earth from Jerusalem one day, and I have already signed up to work in His administration in whatever capacity He wishes for me to fulfill.

    “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” Revelation 19:15 (KJV)”

  60. Jean Henry
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Here is a map that shows the way EOS and her kin produce, recieve and reporduce information. Of course, I thought Beanie Babies were evil all along, so no surprises there.

    https://medium.com/@uncertainblume/this-week-a-conspiracy-theory-emerged-in-the-fever-swamps-of-the-internet-linking-hillary-clinton-d25bb0e8ccbc#.3bzj6wmpp

  61. Loser Larson
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    I think that what you are missing here is that EOS might not actually believe some of the bullshit she spreads, rather, she spreads is in order to validate her chosen political point of view.

    Whether she “believes” the world is 4,000 years old or not is irrelevant. It is what is required of the belief system she has chosen.

    EOS, in this regard, is hardly unique. This phenomenon can be see across the political spectrum. Someone once said that politics is not so much about ideology or even policy, but rather identity. Being told that put a lot in perspective, as to why people will uncritically get behind a candidate, despite obvious shortfalls.

    Sanders’ bid for the primary was an excellent example. Simple observations that his “policy suggestions,” which were simple populist statements at best, lacked a plan to implement or pay for them were met with hostility. A bizarre report from a “creative economist” from Amherst claiming that a Sanders’ presidency would result in double digit growth was treated as fact, despite the utter absurdity of the claim.

    It is a sad, sad state of affairs, where politics is simply football. Either you are with one team or another and the only goal is to simply win. What comes after, is irrelevant.

    All of this is obvious to everyone. There is no point in reading my stupid comment. I hope to die as soon as possible.

  62. Jean Henry
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Well I don’t want you to die. I feel like I relived middle school in the last 12 months. And you were the only other kid in the back row, far corner saying this is really f’d up.

    I used to keep quiet about these things. I’m still not sure why I became a loudmouth this election. They will say it’s anger, but i was more angry when I was the quiet one. And really, everyone who doesn’t join the madding crowd is called angry. And anger may be called for this election.

    I prefer to believe EOS believes her tales. I’d rather believe people are generally good intentioned but misinformed and fucked up, than that they bear intentional malice. Call me naive.

  63. Loser Larson
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    The Earth being 4,000 years old is some incredible bullshit to believe.

    It would probably be easier to believe the world was flat.

  64. Jean Henry
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    They believe that too: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3416254/Rapper-B-o-B-insists-world-flat-shares-proof-Twitter-cosmologist-Neil-deGrasse-Tyson-tweets-s-wrong.html

  65. EOS
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    More like 6,000 y/o.

    https://answersingenesis.org/age-of-the-earth/how-old-is-the-earth/

  66. EOS
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    http://www.earthage.org/youngearthev/evidence_for_a_young_earth.htm

    http://www.icr.org/article/evidence-for-young-world/

  67. Loser Larson
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    lol

  68. Lynne
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Wait what? EOS actually believes that the Earth is 6,000 years old? um…ok.

    I haven’t really ever understood why so many religious people just dismiss all of the scientific evidence of such things. I certainly know a LOT of people who are very religious who manage to accept science and still have belief so I know that it isn’t a requirement of faith to dismiss more concrete provably phenomenon. Jesuits are a good example. They LOVE science or at least the ones I have met have. They certainly do a good job teaching the sciences at UofD anyways.

  69. Loser Larson
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Yes, EOS is like BoB.

  70. EOS
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    There is a lot of scientific evidence that the earth is old. It may be that there was apparent age at the time the earth was formed. There is also a lot of scientific evidence that the earth is relatively young. There is no current scientific theory to explain the young earth data, but I concede one day they may have conclusive proof. Either way, it doesn’t impact my faith. It just drives the Loser crazy. But science and the Bible both agree that the universe was created at a specific time, by a non-natural force, external to the known universe.

  71. Loser Larson
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    I liked EOS better when she was talking about the earth being 6,000 years old. It was also fun when she was advocating for installing cameras to spy on poor people and devising ways for police to crack down on black people while avoiding charges of racial bias.

    The current EOS simply regurgitates common conservative talking points.

    Not very interesting.

    BoB is more interesting.

  72. EOS
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    I never advocated cameras, merely pointed out that Eastern Michigan has significantly more cameras within the city than the Township has. Loser keeps repeating his lies, but that is all they are. His reading comprehension failed to identify a rhetorical question.

  73. Loser Larson
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    For reference:

    http://markmaynard.com/2011/04/policing-by-video-in-ypsilanti-township/

    “EOS
    Posted April 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink
    The cameras that will be installed for this pilot project are the same type currently used within the city limits of Ypsilanti on Eastern’s campus. They might deter some crime, and if their use results in arrests, they would definitely stop repeat offenses.
    Just wait a couple of weeks until you hear the Mayor’s plans for how he’s going to pay for police in the city. He wants a special assessment on top of the state maximum tax rate. Go ahead, keep spending more and taxing more and see where that gets you. Maybe you’ll win the race with Detroit to see how quickly businesses and residents flee.”

    That sounds like advocating for cameras to me.

  74. Loser Larson
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Also interesting:

    “…Crime is regularly reported in this neighborhood, with an active neighborhood watch program that has strong ties with the Sheriff department. What can police do in this situation? Can they impose curfews for adults in this neighborhood? How can they crack down harder on this neighborhood and avoid accusations of racial bias? More money, more police, and more midnight basketball games don’t do anything to address the root cause of crime…”

  75. Loser Larson
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t make those up, for the record.

  76. Loser Larson
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    This is all way back in 2010. Things were more interesting back then.

    http://markmaynard.com/2010/10/does-the-west-willow-shooting-prove-that-ypsi-township-police-are-understaffed/#comment-125778

  77. Loser Larson
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Note that not only did EOS advocate for cameras, and ask how police could crack down on black people and avoid accusations of racial bias, but also advocated for a curfew for adults as a solution to crime.

    Make America Safe Again!

  78. EOS
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    I provided information. I did not advocate for cameras. The question about racial bias was rhetorical. Thanks for posting my exact words. Anyone with intelligence can see for themselves. You are wrong again.

  79. EOS
    Posted November 7, 2016 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    It was a long thread that carried over from another post. Here’s the part Loser left out:

    “I wasn’t advocating curfews and crack downs on this neighborhood, merely pointing out the difficulties encountered by the Sheriff in his attempts to reduce crime in this neighborhood. If I advocated anything, it was to not spend more money on more cops.

    I don’t pretend to know what occurs in the streets in the middle of the night in West Willow. I have never been a part of that crowd. My knowledge of frequent street parties is based only on what has been repeatedly reported in the newspapers and online.”

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