Hal Brown’s June blog
My photo blog is here. +++ Links to all the several dozen articles I cross-posted to Daily Kos with comments are here.
Saturday, July, 2, 2016
I didn’t read the 800 page Benghazi report but someone did, give me a break, Gowdy wanted people to print it out…
In one sentence:
The internal documents don’t prove evidence of a scandal, but they do show an administration reflexively concerned with the politics of a national security emergency.
Friday, July 1, 2016
Quote of the day: “Donald Trump is like the ball in a pinball game.” Stuart Evans on the Lawrence O’Donnell show on MSNBC.
Evans wrote a book about a president similar to Trump, except he never could have imagined a president as batshit crazy as Trump.
A few years ago I started noodling on a novel that I hoped would expose the fault lines that seemed to be splitting our politics. My thought was to take reality and push it to the edge both for comic affect and to offer up a cautionary tale of where our politics might be headed. I finished the book in the summer of 2015 and I was a little worried that I had gone too far. How believable would it be that a xenophobic Republican who wanted to ban immigration and deport millions might actually be a real contender for president?
Well, now we know. Donald Trump hasn’t called for a new Bill of Rights like Armstrong George, the handsome fire-breather in my novel, The Innocent Have Nothing To Fear, but he’s the first candidate who’s running as if the Bill of Rights doesn’t exist. (If we get through this election without some reporter asking Trump if he can name the amendments in the Bill of Rights, it will be a crying shame.) Even while channeling my darkest impulses—and Lord knows we all have them, which is probably the key to Trump’s success so far—it never occurred to me that a candidate for president of the United States of America could call for a religious test to enter the United States without being considered a frothing lunatic. Continued on Daily Beast
Thursday, June 30, 2016
"Reality doesn’t give a damn about our beliefs, and so we must instead give a damn about reality.” Astronomer Phil Plait
by Phil Plait who writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog
and is an astronomer, public speaker,
science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!
Months ago, early on in the Presidential campaign, I made light of Trump, saying that his particular candidacy would crash and burn when he inevitably said or did something so outrageous and horrific that people would flee his side.
I was wrong. I underestimated just how thoroughly the GOP had salted the Earth. Philosophical party planks of climate change denial, anti-evolution, anti-intellectualism, intolerance, and more have made it such that Trump can literally say almost anything, and it hardly affects his popularity.
Heather-Digby Parton gives us a social psychology lesson - and concludes, as I have, that Elizabeth Warren is probably the best choice to run as Hillary’s VP.
Many thought that having two women running together would be too much for the U.S. but it's exactly what we need
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[P]eople assimilate new information in a selective fashion. When people get information that supports what they initially thought, they give it considerable weight. When they get information that undermines their initial beliefs, they tend to dismiss it…This natural human tendency explains why it’s so hard to dislodge false rumors and factual errors. Corrections can even be self-defeating, leading people to stronger commitment to their erroneous beliefs.[…]
But they may reconsider if the information comes from a source they cannot dismiss. People are most likely to find a source credible if they closely identify with it or begin in essential agreement with it. In such cases, their reaction is not, “how predictable and uninformative that someone like that would think something so evil and foolish,” but instead, “if someone like that disagrees with me, maybe I had better rethink.”
While in this article Parton doesn’t get into what kind of vice president she’d be (you can only write about so much), my opinion is that she would not only make a great VP, she’d become the most influential person in this role only tied with Dick Cheney.
Elizabeth Warren is the surrogate he was supposed to be. His supporters have become Clinton’s. How Sanders overplayed his handTuesday, June 28, 2016
From Huffington Post: Have you ever wondered what Donald Trump — that human cheese puff of hate, insecurity and intimidation — was like back in the day? Did the presumptive Republican presidential nominee take a turn for the worse somewhere on the rough road we call life? Or was he always the same lopsided combo of an oversized ego and undersized hands?
Samantha Bee had Scottish actor Danid Tennant (who played the 10th Dr. Who) read some choice Tweets from Scots after Trump came out and supported the Brexit vote: They voted to remain you wiggly slice, They voted to Remain you witless fucking cocksplat, Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in Europe you toupeed fucktrumpet, Scotland voted to stay you numpty, They voted to remain and they hate your guts, you ludicrous tangerine ball bag, Scotland voted Remain you weapons grade plum.
Monday, June 27, 2016
If you missed Rachel Maddow’s 15 minute segment discussing what Hillary need in a VP and why Elizabeth fits the bill… including an old interview with Hillary saying she would definitely consider an all woman ticket.
This Is What a Hillary Clinton–Elizabeth Warren Ticket Would Look Like
I lean strongly towards Hilary picking Elizabeth Warren as her running mate, but it now appears that Senator Al Franken may be her choice. Therefore it is time to learn more about him, so watch this video:
Sunday, June 26, 2016
There has been lots of comments on Daily Kos lambasting Salon for publishing so many anti-Clinton articles since she won the nomination. These come from disgruntled Bernie supporters. They outdid themselves with the following… my comment is below the photo they used on their main page.
I wrote a longer piece on Daily Kos, which is now getting a few comments, here.
|Claws for concern: Hillary Clinton is conveniently vague when it comes to animal rights. Americans more than ever are concerned about animal welfare, but it's hard to suss how much Hillary cares about it|
Tweet of the day:
Friday, June 24, 2016
|Image by me…. Any bets whether Paul Manafort will last until the convention?|
Quote of the Day: Trump talking about his Scottish golf club after news that BREXIT vote to have UK leave the EU led to the pound plummeting to a 30 year low…. "When the pound goes down, more people are coming to Turnberry, to be honest.” Thursdays, June 23, 2016 Is this all you got department:
|A new meme is that the Republican Party’s presumptive candidate’s campaign has degenerated into a Trumpster Fire.|
Through the magic of Google Images I found lots of photos of actual dumpster fires to choose from.
=========== Rick Douglas nailsTrump one paragraph in a comment to a Huffington Post article about Trump the miser.
Life is a shell game with him. It doesn't matter who the mark is, but in this case it's the American electorate. I'm old enough to have a very long view, but am not a Beltway insider, so consider me a learned schmo who finds Trump as enigmatic as they come. You want theories? I have heard them all. He's in it to win it. He's not serious about becoming POTUS. He's angling to start a cable network and needs the bona fides. Yada, yada, yada. While Donald Trump is the least qualified person to make a run for the White House in modern times, maybe ever, he's a masterful schemer. It's how he has survived all these years. He robs from the poor and keeps the cash. He stiffs the people whom he hires to build his grandiose casinos and hotels. And when they demand payment, he cries foul and sues, or offers them pennies on the dollar. He relishes the chase and the kill and little else. He has neither the intellect nor the temperament to digest policy papers, let alone the art of statecraft, has never learned to listen, and trusts no one except his own adult children. Even Sarah Palin was a governor for a time. Imagine being a poor second to "Mrs. I can see Russia from my house." It's not that the Emperor has no clothes. It's that his pants are on fire.Monday, June 20, 2016 Lewankoski being unexpectedly ousted is the big Trump news, but who is left in his inner circle: Aside from Hope Hicks, who I never heard of and who makes a fascinating story herself, worthy of a big article in GQ titled “The mystifying trump of Trump’s right hand woman,” , this is who is left:
|Left to right: Manafort, Stone, Ivanka, Cohen.|
“If Clinton picked Warren, her whole base on Wall Street would leave her,” said one top Democratic donor who has helped raise millions for Clinton. “They would literally just say, ‘We have no qualms with you moving left, we understand all the things you’ve had to do because of Bernie Sanders, but if you are going there with Warren, we just can’t trust you, you’ve killed it.’” Most big donors don’t want Warren on the ticket because she is the most accomplished anti-Wall Street populist in the Democratic Party. But many also think her presence would drive a potential Clinton administration too far to the left, poison relations with the private sector from the start and ultimately be damaging to the economy.Saturday, June 18, 2016 I tweaked my article about Trump TV and put it on Daily Kos (here) where hopefully there will be some interesting comments.
U.N. Warns Trump May Be 7 Months Away From Acquiring Nuclear WeaponsNEW YORK—According to an alarming new global risk report published Tuesday by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump may be just seven months away from acquiring nuclear weapons. “A year ago, the threat didn’t seem great enough to warrant serious concern, but at this moment, a nuclear-capable Trump is now a very real and very imminent possibility,” said UNODA high representative Kim Won-soo, adding that the agency’s current projections showed Trump potentially procuring nuclear weapons, as well as advanced ballistic missile technology, as early as January of next year. “The longer we wait to act, the closer he comes to obtaining a nuclear arsenal. The final red line for preventing him from acquiring this devastating capability comes in early November. If he is not properly dealt with before then, there will be no way to stop him from going nuclear.” While U.N. officials said the international community should prepare for the destabilizing effects of Trump acquiring such weapons, they still held out hope that citizens of his nation might yet rise up against him and topple the extremist before he posed a global existential threat. The fact of the matter is that this isn’t satire! Friday, June 17, 2016 TNT is taken, TTN sounds silly, so Trump will probably just name his cable network “Trump"
He calls women “pigs” and doesn’t support paid family leave.
Vice presidential pick proves how great he’d be for women.
Venezuelan model and actress Alicia Machado says it took her many years to get over get over the abuse she suffered at the hands of Donald Trump when she was crowned Ms. Universe in 1996.
“He made me feel small,” she told ThinkProgress in Spanish. “He threatened me, treated me rudely. He called me ‘Ms. Housekeeping’ in front of his friends.”
Trump, then the owner of the beauty pageant, publicly mocked Machado for gaining weight and forced her to exercise in front of TV cameras. She said she was depressed and suffered from an eating disorder for several years as a result.
“He hates girls,” she said. “He considers girls to be less. We have another status, to him.”
|The most famous psychoanalysts of the day at Clark University, |
1909: Sigmund Freud, G. Stanley Hall, Carl Jung;
Back row: Abraham A. Brill, Ernest Jones, Sándor Ferencz.