A Trumpian Fairy Tale

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From The Big Empty:

Peter Dreier via The American Prospect:

When this election is over, he will seek to reconstruct the remnants of his campaign, which he has increasingly referred to as “our movement,” into a political force that will make the Tea Party and Fox News look tame, leveraging the media savvy of Ailes and Bannon, and the financial support of right-wing billionaires like hedge-fund manager Robert Mercer. Whether they can motivate and mobilize Trump’s hard-core supporters into an effective political movement is an open question. But surely they will utilize their new media empire to provide Trump with a public stage on which to act out his ego-driven fantasies. He will seek to settle scores with his many enemies, including Republicans who refused to support him, withdrew their support for him, or (like Paul Ryan) failed to fall on their swords for him.

I don’t think so. Donald Trump hasn’t the attention-span necessary to sustain a movement. He’s repeatedly demonstrated that he cannot resist getting bogged down in petty squabbles with his detractors, keeping the focus sharply on him and not on issues that may affect his followers.

In the absence of any kind of impending victory, such as a presidential win, his followers will slowly but surely tire of his self-absorbed behavior and recognize that he picks fights not for their benefit but only to feed his own insatiable ego. Trump needs to win arguments, and he does so not by reasoning, not by presenting detailed facts, but by trashing his opponents with personal insults and shaming.

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President Obama Fights GOP Lies on Obamacare

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From Tommy Christopher at Shareblue:

Health care is a personal issue for every American. For me, it has always been doubly so because I came to journalism after a career as a health insurance consultant.

So I was thrilled with President Obama’s speech on the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, in which he acknowledged some of the flaws in the law, but then brilliantly and simply laid out four ways to improve it. He also knocked down Republican critics who relentlessly try to repeal it without offering any ideas of their own to replace it, and whose dire predictions of doom for American health care never materialized.

Most urgently, though, President Obama described the ways in which every single American is better off under Obamacare, and that eighty percent of them enjoy those benefits without any trade-off at all:

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Let’s Pretend I Worry About Wikileaks

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From Vixen Strangely at Strangely Blogged:

Goddamn it. As the Cubs enter the World Series, is it somehow possible that Secretary Clinton’s lack of actually following the sport could set her back in the polls? You know, among die-hard Cubs fans? Has this bit of surreptitiously-gained intel suddenly made her a candidate less-favorable than Donald Trump, who undoubtedly is conversant with the names of sporting figures on account of his being a dude? Unless no one actually expects politicians to shout out sports except as a form of pandering because no duh.

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I am Sadly Lacking in
Atlantean or Alien Ancestors

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From PZ Myers at Pharyngula:

Did you know that “PEOPLE WITH RH NEGATIVE BLOOD MAY BE DESCENDENTS OF EXTRATERRESTRIALS OR ATLANTEANS”? I learned it on a site called Spirit Science, so it must be true. And their logic is impeccable: the Rh- phenotype is rarer than the Rh+ phenotype, therefore it must be specialer, therefore it must have been inserted into the genome by aliens, and implicitly those aliens love sticking things in people, so QED.

There are also some curious assertions.

So, if all mankind evolved from the same ancestor, their blood should be compatible. Do you get what I’m saying? If we had all evolved from the same ancestor, we would all have the same blood.

Continuing with that logic, if we had all evolved from the same ancestor, we would all have the same hair.

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Trump’s Revenge!

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From Iron Knee at Political Irony:

Donald Trump is completely obsessed with revenge. How do we know that? Because he has talked about revenge and retribution repeatedly himself.

In 2013 he tweeted “Always get even. When you are in business, you need to get even with people who screw you.’ – Think Big.” In 2014 he tweeted this quote: “‘Revenge is sweet and not fattening.’ – Alfred Hitchcock.”

In 2011, he gave a talk with a list of things they don’t teach in business school. The first thing on his list was this:

Get even with people. If they screw you, screw them back 10 times as hard. I really believe it.

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Why I Hate The Cubs!

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From Max’s Dad:

The Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series. Now we have to hear about goats, and curses, and professional weirdo Bill Murray, and more curses and 1908 and 1945 and endless shots of old people in the stands for the next week or so. I am already sick of it and the Cubs havent even blown it yet.

Look, the first game I ever went to was at Wrigley Field in 1964 and the Giants beat the shit out of the Cubs that day. But it hooked me on baseball. It hooked me on the green field and the atmosphere and it even hooked me on Wrigley Field. Ah, you never forget your first love. It hooked me on Willie Mays, who hit a home run that day. I became a junkie. And the only teams I could pick up on the radio back home were the Minnesota Twins, The Kansas City A’s and when the wind was blowing right, the St Louis Cardinals.

Now for some reason over the years, it has been assumed I am a Cubs fan. Well, I was a cable TV Cubs fan because it was baseball on my TV. Harry Carey was fun as hell. Drunk and uncensored, Harry once exclaimed after yet another Cubs loss on a Phillies walk off home run, “Jeeeeeeeeesus Christ its a home run!!!”

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If Trump Had Been at Gettysburg in 1863

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From Michael Winship at The Moderate Voice:

Unbelievable. On Saturday, there was Donald Trump desperately trying to jump on the coattails of Abraham Lincoln by delivering a speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the site of the sixteenth president’s memorable address, one of the finest, most concise and genuine pieces of rhetoric in American history.

(Given how things are going for them, if the campaign wanted a more appropriate American battlefield they probably should have booked the speech at the Little Big Horn.)

The speech was billed as a preview of a President Trump’s first 100 days in office, a major policy address designed to “heal the divisions” in the country, but mostly it turned into one of Trump’s now familiar rants, including attacks on the media and the electoral process and his insistence that each of the women who have accused him of sexual harassment “lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign — total fabrication. The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.”

Hard to imagine The Great Emancipator making wild charges and slurs as Trump does. In fact, can there be anything more ludicrous? Sure, and we’ll probably witness it in the next two weeks before Election Day. But for now, in search of the ridiculous, imagine if you will that in November 1863, Donald Trump had delivered the original Gettysburg Address:

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Abortion: One Issue Voters

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From The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser:

Many people who are outside of the Evangelical/Mormon/Conservative Catholic bubble, are perplexed by continued Christian support of Donald Trump. Trump is a vulgar man who makes jokes about sexually assaulting women. Trump is a narcissistic, misogynistic psychopath whose life is barren of anything normally associated with people of faith. Yet, millions of Christians plan on voting for him come election day. Why is that? One word, abortion! It’s not that Trump is prof-life. He’s not, and I suspect if investigative reporters dig far enough into Trump’s life they will likely find a trail of abortions. But, Christians are c-o-n-v-i-n-c-e-d that Trump will make it harder for women to have abortions, and maybe, just maybe, he will appoint conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices who will vote to overturn Row v. Wade.

The following photographs were shot a few miles from my home. I do not know who these people are, but based on the signs in their yard, they are one issue voters.

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Catholic Conflicts, Christian Abandon, Wiki, Weak Pillars

  • James Wigderson breezes past the Trumpian blunders at the Al Smith Dinner this past week. Have we ever heard a candidate booed by the clergy at past dinners? James reminds us briefly that both candidates have disagreements with the Catholic Church. Which is pretty much saying that neither candidate is Catholic, right? Although many seem unaware that I am an alert observer, I knew that already.
  • Capt. Fogg at Human Voices notes a right wing headline about Hillary’s secret plan to force Christians to abandon Christianity, and advances his thesis that the internet now allows folks to tailor an alternate reality.
  • The Big Empty goes all elephant-in-the-tea-party, suggesting that the more significant difference between the sides of the ideological divide is one that is not often considered.
  • nojo at Stinque is not alarmed by Donald’s refusal to accept the results of a national election. In fact, far from weakening a pillar of democracy, that sort of rejection of principle highlights its strength. The Republic is safe.
  • Vixen Strangely at Strangely Blogged, briefly reviews the history of James O’Keefe, which history mainly involves videos heavily edited to show the opposite of what the unedited versions show. What the unsophisticated among us might call “lying.” Vixen wonders about the hiring of O’Keefe by Donald Trump..
  • Green Eagle puts back of hand to the forehead at the latest scandal posted by Wikileaks. Has to do with a family member of one of the staff and a windshield wiper. Such is the current state of the conservative/Putin political alliance.
  • Last Of The Millenniums has taken a closer, documented, look at Julian Assange and Wikileaks, as have I.
  • Infidel 753, who provides insight about such things, examines the imminent liberation of the Iraqi city of Mosul, the largest city held by ISIL, and the only significant stronghold left outside of Raqqa in Syria. Infidel suggests that, even if Mosul falls before the election, the victory itself will present problems for President Hillary Clinton.
  • At The Intersection of Madness and Reality, Darcwonn distils the hypocrisy in the NFL concerning domestic violence and presents Josh Brown.