Hal Brown’s July blog
My photo blog is here. +++ Links to all the several dozen articles I cross-posted to Daily Kos with comments are here.
Monday, DNC Convention week, July 25, 2016:
First take: Debbie Wasserman-Schultz speaks to group in Florida and is booed by Bernie supporters. Is this a sign of what will happen at the convention? Talk is that DWS should not be on the stage at the convention tonight.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
….a window into a reality that has a lot of liberals and Democrats just as nervous: thousands of people who gathered in Cleveland this past week — and many more around the country — actually believe the scary rhetoric that spewed from the stage of Quicken Loans Arena. Wherever the ideas originated, they are not just talking points to the millions of Americans who made Donald Trump the leader of the Republican Party. They are “facts.”
“Boy, that’s a scary thought,” said Mike Huey, a bluff, friendly 56-year-old from Illinois who was nevertheless willing to sport a button that read “Life’s a bitch. Don’t vote for one.”He was among many Trump supporters asked by The Huffington Post in Cleveland how they would feel if Clinton wins, and the country becomes Hillary’s America. Many of them expressed fear, and not just your garden variety fear of political disappointment, but more your arm-yourself-to-the-teeth kind of fear.
“Well, I would run to the store as fast as I could and get as much ammo as I could and buckle down,” said Pamela Nicolay, a central Californian who last voted for a president when it was Ronald Reagan. HuffPo
First read reaction:
On reading these words in a Huffington Post article…
it hit me that for Trump, and apparently his supporters
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Catching up on the must reads:
“The Art of the Deal” made America see Trump as a charmer with an unfailing knack for business. Tony Schwartz helped create that myth—and regrets it.
|If he were writing “The Art of the Deal” today, Schwartz said, it would be a very different book with a very different title. Asked what he would call it, he answered, “The Sociopath.”|
To sum it up:
If Trump is elected President, (Schwartz) warned, “the millions of people who voted for him and believe that he represents their interests will learn what anyone who deals closely with him already knows—that he couldn’t care less about them.”
Read all here in The New Yorker.
Quote of the day: “The fact is that if a pornographer is calling him out on dumbing things down, I think people that support him probably need to take a second look.” Lee Roy Myers, the David O. Selznick of porn parodies.
from “Inside the Donald Trump Porn Parody” in Daily Beast.
Who could have predicted department:
America First revisited
When the Times reporters pressed him to explain why he embraced the term “America First,” despite its link to a controversial group that opposed U.S. entry into World War II, Trump responded, “To me, ‘America First’ is a brand-new, modern term… I never related it to the past.”
Donald Trump doesn’t know this history—just as he may not know that there’s a current U.S. Senate candidate using “America First” as his slogan, and his name is David Duke. But he does have a knack for repeating errors similar to those that doomed the AFC. His “plan,” he told the GOP convention in his acceptance speech on Thursday night, “will put America first. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo.” Yet, as Americans discovered 75 years ago, the world has a way of entangling us in its problems—be they climate change, terrorism, or refugees from war. A candidate who traffics in angry, mendacious stereotypes about people who are fleeing violence and poverty cannot help us build a saner, more tolerant, or safer society. Read Daily Beast article here
Read about Hill’s VP selection on one website, Politico:
This is unprecedented — the Washington Post’s editorial prefaced by this:
|Interestingly, they still haven’t endorsed Hillary Clinton/|
"It’s Demagoguery 101: When you don’t have actual answers, exaggerate the problems with fear & hatred in order to blind people with emotion." Gary Kasparov
He’s learning how to play the game. Trump is nothing if not a fast learner. If the preceding three days were amateur hour, Trump’s speech had the whiff of a proto-professionalism — and that could be bad news for Clinton. It was too long, too dark and too narrow, but it was a reasonably well-delivered speech, and to his target audience — fed-up, working-class, swing-state independents — it could pass as presidential.
Plus it was insult-free — with nary a reference to “Crooked Hillary.”
The question going forward: Can Trump sustain the under-control dignity of Thursday — without losing the edge that made him so appealing in the first place? from Politico
Tuesday, July 20, 2016
Here’s the transcript of Trump’s acceptance speech… I plan to continue binge watching “Person of Interest”
Here are the highlights courtesy of Politico — so find something to binge watch, have a drink (or a toke) and relax with a Trump free evening.
7 boldest lines from Trump's prime-time speech
Donald Trump will present Hillary Clinton as a dangerous Pinocchio and himself as the compassionate voice and protector of America when he accepts the Republican Party’s nomination for president in a prime-time address Thursday evening.
Here are seven highlights of what the real estate mogul plans to say when he takes the stage at the Republican National Convention, according to a copy of the full text of his prepared remarks viewed by POLITICO:
1. Clinton is a puppet controlled by donors
“Big business, elite media and major donors are lining up behind the campaign of my opponent because they know she will keep our rigged system in place. They are throwing money at her because they have total control over everything she does. She is their puppet, and they pull the strings.”
2. Trump is the voice of America
“I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals. These are the forgotten men and women of our country,” Trump will say. “People who work hard but no longer have a voice.
“I AM YOUR VOICE.”
3. Obama has divided this country, creating a more dangerous environment for all Americans
“In this race for the White House, I am the Law And Order candidate. The irresponsible rhetoric of our President, who has used the pulpit of the presidency to divide us by race and color, has made America a more dangerous environment for everyone.
“This Administration has failed America’s inner cities. It’s failed them on education. It’s failed them on jobs. It’s failed them on crime. It’s failed them at every level.
“When I am President, I will work to ensure that all of our kids are treated equally, and protected equally.”
4. No more bad trade deals
“I pledge to never sign any trade agreement that hurts our workers, or that diminishes our freedom and independence. Instead, I will make individual deals with individual countries. No longer will we enter into these massive deals, with many countries, that are thousands of pages long – and which no one from our country even reads or understands.”
5. Trump is the repair man to mend the nation’s wounds
“I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people that cannot defend themselves. Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.”
6. Trump is the LGBT candidate
“Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted our LGBT community. As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBT citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.”
7. And the candidate of compassion
“We are going to be considerate and compassionate to everyone. But my greatest compassion will be for our own struggling citizens. My plan is the exact opposite of the radical and dangerous immigration policy of Hillary Clinton. Americans want relief from uncontrolled immigration. Communities want relief. Yet Hillary Clinton is proposing mass amnesty.”
*********Cruz steals news cycle and makes this the photo of the day. Hugh Hewitt on Morning Joe speaking about Cruz, who told the Texas delegation about how he felt when Trump attacked his wife and father, opined “revenge is a dish best served bold.”
Message to Trump: words matter.
Of all people, Ted Cruz is basically telling us that no amount of pretending to be presidential will change the fact that Trump is a mean minded man not worthy of being president. I wish mainstream talking heads would stop pretending that his candidacy is anything but a disastrous and dangerous political anomaly that happened largely because he managed to cull out any rational non-bigoted voters during the overloaded primary process.
Meanwhile, I am seething over the general coverage of the convention on MSNBC as they try to make it seem normal that a crowd of worshipful Trump delegates are cheering on a modern day Hitler.
Evening update: I’m resisting turning on the TV to see what Mike Pence has to say. However, I did find an interesting and perhaps not as scary as it might be article on Huffington Post.
One day this past May, Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., reached out to a senior adviser to Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who left the presidential race just a few weeks before. As a candidate, Kasich declared in March that Trump was “really not prepared to be president of the United States,” and the following month he took the highly unusual step of coordinating with his rival Senator Ted Cruz in an effort to deny Trump the nomination. But according to the Kasich adviser (who spoke only under the condition that he not be named), Donald Jr. wanted to make him an offer nonetheless: Did he have any interest in being the most powerful vice president in history?
When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. explained that his father’s vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.
What will Trump do while Pence is handling domestic and foreign affairs? He’ll be making the country great again. It occurred to me that Trump might as well let Pence live in the White House. After all, it’s hardly Mar-a-Lago. Instead, I think he be better suited living in a converted Library of Congress, the books could just be disposed of because, well, you know.... The building is already much more Trumpian than the White House. I took these photos six years ago.
Read the comments here
It wasn’t hard to find the photo The Daily News used, but it would be interesting to know who thought of it or whether someone just Googled train wrecks crashing through buildings (how I found it).
|Granville–Paris Express overran the buffer stop, crashed through the station wall before falling onto the Place de Rennes below, where it stood on its nose.|
The Daily News is good, but I prefer more obvious phallic imagery.
|Prospect of a small handed reprobate as president.|
From Huffington Post: "Did the 2016 election season just find its Tina Fey?
Actress/singer Laura Benanti nailed the part of Melania Trump on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday night, offering a comically inept defense against accusations of plagiarism. "
|Trump kids really, REALLY, excited|
|Code Pink, not so excited ---|
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
She’s beautiful, she’s intelligent, she’s submissive to her husband,” Carold Thomas of East Baton Rouge warbled. “She has a very anointed message for women.”
“It’s worse than plagiarism.” David Frum, neo-conservative and former speechwriter for George W. Bush.
“It’s worse than plagiarism.” David Frum, neo-conservative and former speechwriter for George W. Bush.
9:20 PM Pacific Time: Breaking news tonight - headlines tomorrow: Melania’s speech plagiarized from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech: In two passages, 29 identical words and six similar words, and in second passage 22 out of 26 words were identical. Chris Mathews says that whoever wrote the speech did this on purpose, that it was so obvious that it probably was an act of sabotage.
One is sublime, the other
...Trump questioned the legitimacy of Obama’s grief and concern. “I watched the president, and sometimes the words are okay. But you just look at the body language and there’s something going on. Look, there’s something going on,” Trump told “Fox and Friends” on Monday.“There’s just bad feeling,” he said. More
“I think most progressives would love to see Elizabeth Warren,” said Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), who is running in his state’s Democratic Senate primary. “There’s an obvious warmth that people feel toward Elizabeth Warren that isn’t duplicated by any other Democratic figure. People feel that they can believe in her, which is very important in motivating our folks to vote.” MoreComments here
JUST TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND LISTEN: