...And Trump went further than any of the fearmongers before him in portraying the United States as a nightmare, a lawless landscape of rampant crime (which is really down), cops being gunned down (fewer than ever), and undocumented immigrants murdering the fuck out of us (very rarely). The world itself is falling to pieces (despite it being one of the most peaceful periods in the planet's history). Every one of Trump's assertions is factually wrong. That's not just an opinion. Facts, actual numbers, something that Trump is very fond of mentioning, bear that out. But, no, the whole place is turning to shit, according to Trump. The only solution Trump offered is Trump. Trump will make it all better. All you gotta do is vote him in. Then America will be great again. He'll do it all by himself...
Saturday, July 23, 2016
The Rude Pundit: RNC Day Four: We Beheld What We May Become:
With Pick, Hillary Clinton Signals She’s Looking Past Inauguration Day - The New York Times:
...Among Democrats who know him well, Mr. Kaine is considered a self-effacing workhorse who shuns the spotlight and prefers digging into domestic policy and national security rather than showboating on Sunday news programs. Mrs. Clinton sees herself in much the same way. Unlike some of his rivals for the ticket, he is widely viewed by colleagues as fully capable of being president — Mrs. Clinton’s top criterion for a running mate...
Tim Kaine: A Self-Effacing Senator in a Sharp-Elbows Era - The New York Times:
...“I don’t want to say anything bad about him, because he’s a very nice guy, but I don’t want to say anything good about him because I’m a Republican,” said Speaker William J. Howell of the Virginia House of Delegates.
“The one thing I will say for him is, unlike some other governors we’ve had, he didn’t seem to waver or waffle,” Mr. Howell said. “He never stuck his finger in the air to see which way the wind was blowing...”
Friday, July 22, 2016
NEW: Watchdog Requests DOJ Investigation Into Donald Soliciting Illegal Contributions | BNR:
The Hill reports that campaign watchdog groups Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center have asked the Department of Justice to investigate reports that Donald is still asking for illegal donations from foreign individuals...
Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy - The Washington Post:
...The party’s failure of judgment leaves the nation’s future where it belongs, in the hands of voters. Many Americans do not like either candidate this year . We have criticized the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, in the past and will do so again when warranted. But we do not believe that she (or the Libertarian and Green party candidates, for that matter) represents a threat to the Constitution. Mr. Trump is a unique and present danger.
Furious NC GOP Chairman Refuses To Give Ride Home From RNC To Cruz Supporters | Crooks and Liars:
Talk about a tantrum! During a conversation earlier this week, North Carolina Republican Chairman Robin Hayes asked fellow delegate Ted Hicks what he thought of Ted Cruz's speech. Hicks was honest and said "I thought it was a fine speech.”More Tarheel pride in evidence. Eh. Not so much.
No big deal. He was honest. He didn't pick a side or get angry, express frustration at Cruz's lack of endorsement or complain about Trump getting the nomination. Seems fairly middle of the road, right? Well not to Hayes. He blew a gasket.
Hayes responded, “I think you need to ride the bus home...”
‘The party died in this room tonight’: Nicole Wallace grief-stricken as Trump’s RNC speech ends
Public opinion is shaped by the industry that delivers information to the public. If that industry is determined to make Americans believe ideas that are false and destructive, then Americans will elect people that represent false and destructive ideas.
Thanks a lot, Fox News. Thanks, CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS. Thanks, you dozen Christian hate-mongering cable channels. Thanks, right wing corporate newspaper industry. Thanks, right wing radio.
Most especially, thanks to Rupert Murdoch and his sexual pervert henchman Roger Ailes, who turned a sick American media into a nationwide pornographic terrorism network. None of this would be happening if America's information resources were honest.
It has become such a cliche, and I've always hated it, but this is a classic example of doubling down. "I see your inflammatory and raise you stupid." Trump Adviser Defends Comments On Shooting Clinton: Trump Knows I'm Right - BuzzFeed News:
The Donald Trump veterans adviser who yesterday said Hillary Clinton should be shot for treason defended his comments on Thursday, saying Trump likely knows he is right...
Michael Gerson: Trump is hardly a good deal - Times Union:
In the category of credit where credit is due, Donald Trump has been exactly right in one important respect. He attacked the Republican establishment as low-energy, cowering weaklings. Now Republican leaders are lining up to surrender to him — like low-energy, cowering weaklings. The capitulation has justified the accusation...
Jennifer Rubin: How Hillary Clinton can win over horrified Republicans | The Salt Lake Tribune:
... Clinton will no doubt do some small things well. She'll have a long list of Republican supporters. She'll run a real campaign in 50 states, refusing to write off states Democrats haven't won recently (as she hopes Trump wastes time and money in New York and California). But what she really needs to do is demonstrate a largeness of spirit, something Trump is incapable of doing
Op-ed: Trump has chased me from the GOP, and you should leave, too | The Salt Lake Tribune:
...The Republican Party was founded on the conservative sense of justice, lost its way mid-20th century and regained its identity during the Reagan years. With Trump, it is now gone. The national Republican Party is no longer conservative. No longer is there any bulwark standing between sanity and insanity. We're now simply trading between political correctness and fear and anger. We're trading with our worst selves...
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Ted Cruz's Campaign Manager Says Christie 'Turned Over His Political Testicles':
Talk about a below-the-belt shot!Which ain't exactly news, but I'm glad some people are actually gutting the Whale.
The head of Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign said that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “turned over his political testicles long ago...”
Ailes, Trump, And The Republican Reckoning:
Ailes, Trump, And The Republican Reckoning:
Who could have scripted a doomsday scenario for the Republican Party that would feature Fox News' Roger Ailes reportedly being ousted as chief of Rupert Murdoch’s right-wing outlet amidst mounting allegations of sexual harassment, the same week political novice Donald Trump secures the GOP’s nomination?One can only hope.
Last summer, both seismic conservative events were seen as impossibilities by many observers. Yet they’re now unfolding in plain view and both threatening to do grave and lasting damage to the GOP.
Ailes and Trump are inexorably linked, and together they’ve become like a two-man wrecking crew, wreaking havoc on the GOP...
Gov. Mike Pence Lies About Hillary Clinton's Statement On Benghazi In RNC Speech | Crooks and Liars:
...Hillary Clinton clearly was saying that it didn't matter if Susan Rice's talking points about the cause of the attack were wrong because they wouldn't have changed the fact that four Americans were killed and we must make sure that never happens again. Clearly her remarks were the opposite of what Gov. Pence told the RNC crowd last night.
It's similar to Republicans saying President Obama is aiding an abetting ISIS because he won't use their pet phrase to describe them.
It's dishonest and despicable.
Making Sense of the Conflagration:
...Trump brings together aggression and narcissism with a kind of militant ignorance which can be harmless or even amusing in the make believe world of reality TV or New York real estate but becomes positively dangerous on a national and global stage, thrashing about like a hose spewing fire. As Will Saletan memorably put it, the GOP is a failed state and Trump is its warlord. On his own Trump is simply a bracing case study in abnormal psychology. But he didn't shoot to within reach of the most powerful office in the world by happenstance. He is the product of a political and cultural breakdown on the American right, a swaggering reductio ad absurdum of every breach and breakdown and violation of extra-statutory norms we've seen over the last two or three decades...
The 3 Most Dangerous Things Trump Said In Bonkers NYT Foreign Policy Interview:
Donald Trump gave several objectionable responses when pressed about how he would approach foreign policy in the Oval Office in a The New York Times interview published late Wednesday...The dolt gets doltier.
RNC Erupts As Ted Cruz Refuses To Endorse Trump In Convention Speech - BuzzFeed News:
Ted Cruz did not endorse Donald Trump in his much-anticipated speech to the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, instead urging Republicans to vote their conscience — to anguished reactions from Trump supporters in the room...
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Endorses Hillary Clinton At The RNC:
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce made an endorsement Wednesday at the Republican National Convention, but it wasn't for any candidate attending the event.
The group's president and CEO, Javier Palomarez, announced it would be endorsing Hillary Clinton in the general election in an interview with CNN...
In addition to pollution, Duke Energy now leaking propaganda | BlueNC:
That comes off a bit unclear. The above snippets were taken from Blue NC, though I certainly agree with the concluding paragraph....During an earlier ad campaign, Perks said, state government officials advised broadcasters not to run the some of the NRDC’s ads because they were false and the stations might face lawsuits. He said the NRDC told the broadcasters it stood by those ads, which ran without further incident.
Bolding mine. This is not only state-sponsored coercion, which should be investigated and dealt with as a criminal act, it also reveals direct connections between industry and government. We need to know "who" contacted these media outlets, and FOIA every single e-mail or paper memo that crossed this person's desk.
Fact check: Donald Trump's false and misleading claims:
...Trump repeatedly has claimed in stump speeches and interviews that Hillary Clinton is going to “raise your taxes very substantially.” But almost all of the tax increases she has proposed would apply to the top 10% of taxpayers, according to analyses by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center and pro-business Tax Foundation. “[T]he bottom 95 percent of taxpayers would see little or no change in their taxes,” the TPC said...
Magical Economic Thinking at the G.O.P Convention - The New Yorker:
...I am joking, of course. Beyond promising to bully China and other countries into redoing trade treaties and pledging to reopen shuttered steel plants, Trump has said very little of substance on the subject. But we are not to fear. Magical thinking will take care of things...
Trump Could Seek New Law To Purge Government Of Obama Appointees:
If he wins the presidency, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would seek to purge the federal government of officials appointed by Democratic President Barack Obama and could ask Congress to pass legislation making it easier to fire public workers, Trump ally, Chris Christie, said on Tuesday.
Christie, who is governor of New Jersey and leads Trump’s White House transition team, said the campaign was drawing up a list of federal government employees to fire if Trump defeats Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 presidential election...
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Funny Tweets From The Republican Convention (First Of A Series) | Crooks and Liars
Speaker at pro-Trump rally: "Does anyone think Washington...is working?" No! shouts the crowd full of Medicare recipients. #RNCinCLE
Christie spokesman: Governor ‘misspoke’ about Donald Trump’s gift for Hurricane Sandy relief - The Washington Post:
...But then, Monday afternoon, a spokesman said Christie "misspoke." The spokesman, Brian Murray, appeared to be indicating that Trump had not donated anything to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, which was run by Mary Pat Christie...
Assault rifle ban needed in U.S. after cop slaying, advocates say - NY Daily News:
The lack of sensible gun laws is making it unsafe for everyone — even highly trained police officers — as lone fanatics with semiautomatic rifles plot mass murder.
While the National Rifle Association spreads the myth that more people with guns will thwart attacks, the killing of police officers in Texas last week and Louisiana on Sunday are the perfect illustration of why that’s false, gun advocates said Monday...
Monday, July 18, 2016
Texas' Gun Culture and Politics Made Dallas Shooting Inevitable - Rolling Stone:
...In the intervening decades, violent crime has plummeted around the country: Most Americans are less likely than ever before in their lives to be a victim of any kind. But guns, and the cult of self-defense, play a more prominent role in American life than ever before. As the intense psychodrama and horror of the mass shooting has become more and more embedded into American skulls, more people look to guns as a shield. For them, guns represent life, not death. Carrying a gun gives the bearer an immense feeling of power and privilege, a feeling of agency. When the end comes for me, the feeling goes, I'll be ready...
Chaos erupts on GOP convention floor after voice vote shuts down Never Trump forces - POLITICO:
Chaos broke out at the Republican National Convention after Republican leaders blocked a full floor vote on the convention rules.
Donald Trump is unfit to be president. Here are 141 reasons why.:
...It has been 13 months since Donald Trump announced his presidential bid and, in the same speech, called Mexican immigrants rapists. The ensuing drip feed of Trumpian absurdities and offenses has had a desensitizing effect. We know that Trump is a racist, a misogynist, an authoritarian, and a narcissist, but we’ve lost track of the many, many specific things he has said and done that disqualify him from the office he seeks...The list is long, comprehensive, and contains links to videos.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
DOUBLE STANDARD: Media Say Hillary Is 'Dishonest' While Donald Is 'Creative With The Truth' | BNR:
...With Hillary, it’s all about her supposed “dishonesty,” “lies,” and “untrustworthiness.” For Donald, it’s “creativity with the truth.”
This double standard isn’t new. The story of Hillary’s phenomenal primary victory is the story of millions of Americans defying a torrent of anti-Hillary talking points and false frames to carry her to victory...