Maverick: The Legend of John McCain

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From Evan Sarzin at The Moderate Voice:

John McCain is the most unusual political character of our time, President company excluded. He has been a conscientious conservative, a rank-and-file Republican, an across-the-aisle kind of bipartisan, and a zombie presidential candidate. McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, withstanding five horrendous years in captivity. He is a genuine hero and an American legend. This week, after receiving the awful news that he has a fatal brain tumor, he boarded a plane and returned to Washington, D.C., to play assassin to the Republicans’ calamitous effort to unravel the Affordable Care Act. McCain again played the hero in preventing his beloved Senate from shooting itself in the head.

McCain is one of the few big-name politicians who keeps things interesting by keeping us on our toes. His willingness to buck party leadership earned him the nickname, “Maverick,” a sobriquet he embraced. His political story will be an interesting one to tell. Unquestionably, he is a hawk and a fiscal conservative. He also believes in tolerance and respect for the beliefs of others. Nevertheless, he caucuses with many politicians who do not.

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The End of Green Eagle?

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From Green Eagle:

I started following not just the far right, but fringe religious and scientific beliefs too, in the late 1960’s. At first it was an amusement to follow the likes of the National States Rights Party, or Scientology or General Semantics, or lunatic Evangelical religious groups. But around the time of the Reagan administration, I began to see that these perverted people just refused to give up their malign idiocy, and they were starting to attract funding from rich sociopaths that believed they could personally benefit from encouraging the public to detach its political views from rational thinking.

At that time I began believing that what was happening, if it remained unchecked, could result in such a right wing surge in the United States that we could find ourselves facing a fascist takeover that could sweep away everything we thought was unalterable about our country. Well, with a couple of exceptions, no one believed me. I even had an acquaintance who is a psychiatrist, who started out thinking I was a paranoid schizophrenic, who a few years later admitted that everything I had said had proven to be true.

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Trump Supporters Furious That They Still Have Health Care

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From Andy Borowitz:

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—With a fury that could spell political trouble for Republicans in the midterm elections, Trump voters across the country on Friday expressed their outrage and anger that they still have health coverage.

“I went to bed Thursday night and slept like a baby, assuming that when I woke up I would have zero health insurance,” Carol Foyler, a Trump voter, said. “Instead, this nightmare.”

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Pulp Magazines, Slice ’em, Dice ’em and Donald Trump

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From Glenn R. Geist at MadMikesAmerica:

Pulp magazine covers always had a scantily clad maiden in the clutches of some monster and of course the handsome hero about to rescue her. Trump must have read a lot of them as a kid but whether he fancied himself the monster or the redeemer, it’s hard to say.

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Alternate Einstein, Trumpcare, Trump Crime Defense, Scouts

Shiny Object

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From Iron Knee at Political Irony:

Why did Donald Trump lash out against transgendered soldiers on Twitter? After all, during the presidential campaign he made it clear that he didn’t care one way or another about transgendered issues. And Trump’s tweets came out of nowhere, as he never even bothered to talk to the military before he tweeted (despite lying in his tweet and claiming that he had talked to them).

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Trump’s Twitter Trans Military Ban

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From Vixen Strangely at Strangely Blogged:

The thing of it is, transgender folks have been and are serving in the US military without causing any burden or disruption at all. They are patriots and dedicated, professional, trained soldiers and solid respectable and worthwhile human beings. And they have put their skin on the line in a way President Trump had avoided.

What Donald Trump might not even know is that trans people are twice as likely to serve in the armed forces as cis people. That their health concerns don’t drive up costs comparative to other soldiers. And that calling the presence of trans military members “disruptive” is nothing compared to the disruption of his rash decision.

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Is This The End of Our Hero, Coke Zero, Part II: The Zeroening

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From John Scalzi at Whatever:

Basically, it’s the same new formula it’s been introducing in foreign markets as “Coke No Sugar” but Coke is keeping the “Zero” branding here because it’s been successful and they don’t want to confuse us poor Americans any more than we already are in these trying times. Or something.

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