Tuesday, July 26, 2016

What a Difference a Week Makes

From the Washington Post:

What last night really showed is that there will be a profound, fundamental imbalance between the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns when it comes to the wattage of surrogates out there making the case this fall.

The biggest speeches of the night, from New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders, projected a tone that seemed designed to contrast sharply with the hate-and-rage-fest otherwise known as the GOP convention. All of them, in one way or another, sought to align the Democratic Party, optimistically and aspirationally, with culturally and demographically changing America. They explicitly called out Trumpism — the rendition of it featured at the GOP convention — as brimming over with reactionary hostility towards the evolving and diversifying America of the 21st century.

Bless you all

As Reagan Spins in His Grave

Editorial from the Daily News today. Just linking to it.

The FBI suspects Russian intelligence agencies were behind the mischief. They might have been freelancing; they might have been doing the Russian strongman’s bidding to help elect Trump.

The prospect of a foreign power with interests often diametrically opposed to ours meddling in an American presidential election in this manner should make voters shudder.

But hack or no hack, Trump’s romantic view of Putin, a man who wants nothing more than to expand his sphere of influence and see U.S. power wane, is well-established . Trump, who has a fetish for strongmen of all stripes, has repeatedly heaped praise on the repressive, anti-democratic, expansionist Putin — a friend to regimes in Iran and Syria — calling him a man “highly respected within his own country and beyond.”

But, who is he highly respected by? Richard Clarke was in with a piece today, too. 

Russian military units and ISIS terrorists are fighting and killing each other in Syria, but ironically the leaders of Russia and ISIS might both want the same candidate in the U.S. presidential election. Moreover, they might both be in positions to influence the outcome to some degree. These two foreign forces may help decide who the next American President will be.

Monday, July 25, 2016

On The Road to Shushan

I live in Balloon Country. Just wish I could afford one.

Part of the road to Shushan crosses Highway 61. 

It's good place to get a world war easily done with bleachers out in the sun. But, a better place to go see the Mettawee Players. 

God bless Ralph Lee and fill the hungry hats at the end of the performance. 

Tin Foil Doesn't Suit Me, But...

The release of the e-mails, damaging to the Clinton campaign, by Russians intrigued me. Particularly because of Trump's love of Putin and the recent meh attitude toward NATO. Josh Marshall is more than intrigued. I'll just put up the link. Because, hey read it all.

There's also a link to a WashPo article worth a read.

Since the 1980s, Trump and his family members have made numerous trips to Moscow in search of business opportunities, and they have relied on Russian investors to buy their properties around the world.

“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Trump’s son, Donald Jr., told a real estate conference in 2008, according to an account posted on the website of eTurboNews, a trade publication. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Elise, You Know Who Else Endorsed Donald Trump?

No, not Hitler. That's close, though.

Former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke announced on Friday that he would run for a US Senate seat in Louisiana, pointing to the presidential campaign of Republican candidate Donald Trump as evidence that the national mood had swung in favor of policies he has long espoused.

Oh, you'd like a quote from the grand wizard. 

“I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues I’ve championed for years,”

A link courtesy of Infidel753. There's no way to describe how great this list of the crimes and misdemeanors of Trump is.

And bless you, Clay Shirky.  

The US According to Republicans

I didn't watch the Republican convention. I'm grateful to those who made the supreme sacrifice

Having no chance of winning the adulation he craves, Trump is instead hypercharging the thrust of his “Make America Great Again” campaign by painting the U.S. not only as threatened by dark forces, both foreign and domestic, but also as a nation that is inherently unfair and abusive and that is thus in need of a savior: him, “the only one.”

Accepting the nomination, he exploited the murders of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge and spikes in crime in some major cities to paint America as drenched in bloodshed, including a 50% rise in the number of cops killed in the line of duty so far this year.

Sweet Jesus, I think I saw this movie. Mad Max, right?

Further distorting the truth, Trump pinned the blame for surging crime in selected cities, such as Chicago and Washington, on a supposed “rollback of criminal enforcement” by Obama.

Trump’s insinuation that the President led a drive to go easy on criminals was as insulting to the intelligence as his pledge that “the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end” and that “safety will be restored” starting on Inauguration Day.

So, you're saying he might be stretching the truth a bit?

Also to be feared, of course: killer undocumented aliens.

Plus, of course, Hillary Clinton with her legacy of “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.”

Did Melania write this? Here's my favorite part.

Over the last eight years, Republicans excoriated Obama as a rock-star President who promised to make the seas recede and who traveled the world apologizing for America’s sins.

They are now rallying behind a pure celebrity candidate whose pledges are unmoored from reality and who has staked his election on nakedly denigrating the U.S. as a crime-ridden, civil-rights-violating nation that lacks the moral standing to protest global authoritarianism.

Projection is an essential part of the Republican DNA. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Eulogy For Roger Ailes

But stay for the Lumpy propaganda.

My ADD sent me looking for gold chairs. Please go look at the gold chairs

Jean Bedel Bokassa

And, oh my God, why not a link to Red State.