Thursday, July 28, 2016

Dems to America: Anybody who isn't crazy, vote for us!

President Obama and the Democratic Party opened their arms to Republicans—without compromising their liberal values.

To defeat Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton is assembling a much wider popular front than even the Obama coalition. 

As evidenced by the Democratic National Convention, this front runs from the democratic socialist Bernie Sanders to the centrist Bill Clinton to the disaffected former Republican Michael Bloomberg. 

Much of the turmoil of the convention has come from the difficulty of bringing together these different factions, which still heatedly disagree on issues like trade and foreign policy.

The recurring theme of the third night in Philadelphia was that the Democrats offer a welcoming home to Republicans alienated by Trump’s antics. 

The speakers made a convincing case, and more importantly, they did so without offering any sort of compromise.

Polls show that suburban, college-educated whites, who traditionally vote Republican, are balking at voting for Trump. 

That’s the audience the Democrats went after again and again on Wednesday night. 

The most obvious pitch came from Michael Bloomberg, who was far from enthusiastic in his endorsement of Clinton but made a powerful case that she’s the only alternative to Trump’s demagoguery. 

. . . .

“I’ve been a Democrat, I’ve been a Republican, and I eventually became an independent because I don’t believe either party has a monopoly on good ideas or strong leadership,” Bloomberg said. 

“There are times when I disagree with Hillary. But whatever our disagreements may be, I’ve come here to say: We must put them aside for the good of our country. And we must unite around the candidate who can defeat a dangerous demagogue.”

Vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine made a more positive and personal version of the same speech by citing his father-in-law, Linwood Holton, who had been Republican governor of Virginia from 1970-1974.

“Lin’s still a Republican,” Kaine said. 

“But he’s voting for Democrats these days. Because any party that would nominate Donald Trump for president has moved too far away from the party of Lincoln. And if you are looking for that party of Lincoln, we’ve got a home for you right here in the Democratic Party.”

. . . .

Casting Trump in opposition to traditional conservatism and Republican doctrine allowed Obama and Kaine to pull off a daring ideological move: They made an appeal to Republicans without diluting their liberalism. 

Obama pointedly praised Bernie Sanders even as he made a pitch to Republicans, and he and Kaine both talked about gun control and economic fairness. 

In effect, they were saying to Republicans: Trump is so toxic that you have to come over to us, and we’ll be happy to have you, but we won’t change our core values.

. . . .

The last time liberal politicians had the luxury of trying to appeal to moderate Republicans while remaining steadfastly to the left on policy was in 1964, when Lyndon Johnson won over many voters who found Barry Goldwater beyond the pale. 

If the gambit on display Wednesday night works, we could see a seismic realignment of American politics.

If you were a Muslim would this make you proud?

France was warned about terrorist who killed priest in church attack

Petitjean and Adel Kermiche, 19, butchered Rev. Jacques Hamel, 85, after forcing him to kneel at the altar inside a church in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. 

They also forced another man to record the execution before stabbing the hostage, who survived.

The jihadists, both of Algerian origin, were shown pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in a video made before they stormed the church and held several hostages, including nuns they used as human shields.

They were shot to death by police as they emerged from the church yelling, “Allahu akbar!”

Still the best

The best speaker in American politics in my lifetime, and a president to be proud of for all his days in office, Barack Hussein Obama.

After him, Trump?

Wow.

What a speech.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Why Trump will win

The orange blowhard who never apologizes for any of his astounding outrages is perfect for the Archie Bunkers of America, the Joe Six-packs, many of whom in former years supported George Wallace and furiously supported Mayor Daily and the cops during the "police riots" of the '68 Chicago convention.

TV broadcasts of The Duce's convention, considerably whiter and more male than America, and of the Democrats', considerably darker and more female, doubtless firmed up his support among the white workingmen of the nation to whom the message of those pictures would be absolutely unmistakable.

And anyhow they love the man's bluster, his lies, his sheer inventions, his extemporaneous rambling nonsense, and his total rejection of "PC" that he proves, again and again, every time he says or tweets something that shocks the media.

I am so sick of pundits making excuses for their anger and politicians sucking up to them and their stupid rage, a tactic intended to mollify them and make them less likely to vote for the outrageous Duce that has only backfired by legitimating, validating their endless self-indulgence, stupidity, and bellyaching.

And for at least half of that we can thank the completely disgraceful campaign and post-campaign conduct of Bernie Sanders.

Bernie personally in every single stump speech and through a multitude of surrogates validated  all Trump's toxic sewage about the rigged system and the corrupt Democrats and Crooked Hillary.

The left will split, too many who should support Hillary will stay home or vote for Jill Stein, and the eternally stupid American white working class male will vote for a thug and a clown who seems perfectly his kind of guy, joyfully putting him in the White House.

And the GOP?

Wall Street has lost control to the Buchananites, the white nationalists who in former years were in the party but unable to control it.

Trump's takeover did not change the Republican Party or its base.

He only made an internal coup, and it may well be permanent.

The future of American politics?

Naked racial conflict, acted out through the two major parties.

The conservative movement’s founding error: Barry Goldwater

Good song, awful singer

Donald Trump: Marilyn Mosby 'should prosecute herself'

Clearly he knows he will get little or none of the black vote, so he's pushing buttons to get more of the white vote.

A step in the right direction

HIV positive hyena arrested in Malawi

A Malawian man who bragged about having sex with underage girls to initiate them into womanhood has been arrested, authorities say.

Eric Aniva sparked social media outrage last week when he told local and international media that families pay him to have sex with young girls to mark their passage from childhood into adulthood.

Parents hire him when the girls reach puberty as a form of ritual cleansing, he said.

. . . .

In an interview published last week, he told the BBC that he makes between $4 to $7 for each encounter.

"Some girls are just 12 or 13 years old, but I prefer them older," he told the BBC.

"All these girls find pleasure in having me as their hyena. They actually are proud and tell other people that this man is a real man, he knows how to please a woman."

He said while he's HIV-positive, the families paying him are unaware of his status. 

The story added that for cultural reasons, "hyenas" don't use protection such as condoms.

The clown show that is American politics

Donald Trump encourages Russia to hack Hillary Clinton

About this newsies are saying something they've said about him every day for the last year.

"If any other candidate said this he'd be out of the race."

Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's email.

"Russia, if you're listening I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. 

"I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press," Trump said during a news conference in Florida.

Shortly after his event ended, Trump repeated his call on Twitter.

"If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton's 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!" Trump tweeted.

Clinton's campaign said Trump's comments amounted to encouraging "a foreign power to conduct espionage."

"This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent," said Hillary for America senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan. 

"That's not hyperbole, those are just the facts. 

"This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue."

This is why he doesn't need money to pay for publicity.

Show trials for the Baltimore mob a bust

The Latest: Prosecutors drop charges in Freddie Gray case

Prosecutors have dropped the remaining charges against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, bringing an end to the case without a conviction.

Tiresome political brats

Bernie Sanders Supporters Don’t Care if Russia Hacked DNC Email

They are what Bernie made them.

“I’m really thankful to whatever the source was,” said Mike Arnold, a Bernie supporter from Atlanta wearing a shirt reading, “Hillary for Prison.”

“I don’t care if a man on the moon reported it,” Arnold continued. “I couldn’t care less. The bottom line is that [Clinton] is corrupt.”

Last night MSNBC said he would not fund-raise for Hillary and would not share his email list.

Reports today that he called for her nomination by acclamation are untrue.

I saw it and heard it. That's not what he did.

Yesterday he told reporters he would return to the senate to serve out his term as an Independent.

He rather pointedly for his entire career was not a Democrat.

He is not now a Democrat.

Bernie Sanders supporters stage sit-in to protest Clinton nomination at DNC

The left has its own political clown car.

Scores of disgruntled Bernie Sanders supporters stormed the media center at the Democratic national convention on Tuesday night after Hillary Clinton officially clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, staging a short-lived sit-in as law enforcement officials and hundreds of members of the press looked on.

The protest began a few minutes after Sanders called on the convention to nominate Clinton by acclamation, with dissatisfied supporters of the runner-up candidate leaving Wells Fargo Arena in droves. 

Nero Wolfe

They have Poirot and many others.

The Rex Stout series was brilliant.

Netflix should pick it up.