Friday, September 04, 2015

THAT'S RICH

So, how did the Rich Guy get so rich?

http://www.vox.com/2015/9/2/9248963/donald-trump-index-fund
Donald Trump isn't rich because he's a great investor. He's rich because his dad was rich.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/09/03/if-donald-trump-followed-this-really-basic-advice-hed-be-a-lot-richer/
Trump has not done nearly as well as other American business magnates, or even a typical middle-class retiree following sound financial advice, as a review of the numbers over the past four decades shows. He is a billionaire today despite this poor performance . . .

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/09/donald-trump-has-lost-between-1-and-6-billion-over-his-business-career
Donald Trump Has Lost Between $1 and $6 Billion Over His Business Career

Here's a big story that most people don't understand: the Rich Guy didn't concede anything to the GOP by signing the "pledge" -- he won

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/donald-trump-signs-rnc-pledge
Donald Trump Signs RNC Loyalty Pledge, Rules Out Third-Party Run

Not exactly: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/09/03/donald-trumps-loyalty-pledge-means-almost-nothing/
Donald Trump’s loyalty pledge means almost nothing

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/09/how-trump-outmaneuvered-the-gop-again.html
How Trump Outmaneuvered the GOP — Again

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/09/03/donald-trump-snookers-the-gop-establishment-again/
Donald Trump snookers the GOP establishment, again

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/09/donald_trump_s_loyalty_pledge_to_the_republican_party_how_the_real_estate.html
The real estate magnate didn’t just pledge his loyalty to the Republican Party. The GOP pledged itself to Trump.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/09/the_gop_s_loyalty_pledge_was_a_huge_mistake_reince_priebus_just_made_the.html
The GOP just made its “Donald Trump problem” even worse.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/09/03/what-the-rncs-pathetic-loyalty-pledge-says-about-the-gop/
What the RNC’s pathetic loyalty pledge says about the GOP

Please, just go away

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/cheneys-iran-ideas-as-sophisticated-as-expected.html?mid=twitter-share-di
Dick Cheney’s Ideas to Stop Iranian Nukes Are As Sophisticated As You Might Expect

A hero to some

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/kim-davis-federal-custody-contempt
Defiant Kentucky Clerk Taken Into Federal Custody

More: https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/09/03/renee-graham-kim-davis-follows-footsteps-george-wallace/4Hqsf6bhQoXMwhjLu0cMLO/story.html

No Biden?

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/09/biden-says-he-still-doesnt-know-if-hell-run.html
Biden Says He Still Doesn’t Know If He Has the ‘Emotional Energy’ to Run in 2016

Bonus item: Jeb W. Bush thinks that appearing on Colbert will make him seem hip and self-deprecating. Think again

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

A MATTER OF CONSCIENCE?

"Defending traditional marriage" -- yeah, right

http://www.vox.com/2015/9/1/9239011/kim-davis-gay-marriage
Why a Kentucky clerk can't use her religion as an excuse to avoid marrying gay couples

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_09/defending_the_godgiven_liberty057415.php

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/kentucky-clerk-conservatives-losing-gay-marriage-fight
If Davis thinks her martyr-for-bigotry act will make her a right-wing hero, however, she might want to think again. Instead of being a sign that conservatives will never give up on this issue, it’s starting to seem instead that Davis’s last stand is evidence that mainstream conservatives have decided to let this one go (for now, anyway), leaving hysterical opposition to same-sex marriage to a right-wing fringe. . . . 

http://www.vox.com/2015/9/2/9249523/kentucky-clerk-kim-davis-republicans
Republican candidates to Kentucky clerk: Follow the law 

Obama has the votes to protect the Iran deal

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/09/obama-now-has-the-votes-to-get-an-iran-deal-win.html

Some perspective

http://politicalwire.com/2015/09/02/clinton-may-be-struggling-but-she-still-beats-trump-and-bush/
Clinton May Be Struggling But She Still Beats Trump and Bush 

More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/09/02/what-hillarys-sinking-poll-numbers-really-mean-in-one-chart

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/09/hillary-clintons-favorability-ratings-are-right-their-normal-groove

"China's economy is in a lot of trouble"

http://www.vox.com/2015/9/3/9251775/chinas-economic-slowdown

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/09/02/the-real-reason-to-worry-about-china-isnt-what-you-think/

Scott Walker hits the trifecta: say something really stupid, revealing total ignorance about international affairs, then deny he said it when the tape clearly shows otherwise

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/09/02/1417808/-Scott-Walker-Border-wall-with-Canada-What-wall-Did-I-say-anything-about-nbsp-that

Rich Guy to Bush: Speak English!

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/donald-trump-jeb-bush

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/09/03/jeb-bush-responds-to-trump-ridiculous-to-say-only-speak-english/
Jeb Bush responds to Trump: ‘Ridiculous’

Fox World's war against Black Lives Matter

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/09/02/1417706/-Fox-News-host-states-that-Black-Lives-Matter-is-a-criminal-organization-leaders-should-be-arrested
Fox News host states that Black Lives Matter is a criminal organization, leaders should be arrested

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/conservatives-black-lives-matter-hate-group
Conservatives Are Now Convinced Black Lives Matter Is A Hate Group

More: http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/09/02/nikki-haley-says-black-lives-matter-movement-is-endangering-black-lives/?partner=rss&emc=rss
Nikki Haley Says Black Lives Matter Movement Is Endangering Black Lives

Bonus item: This is the latest ignorant, hateful meme bouncing around the right wing fringe. It is stupid and wrong in so many ways, starting with the fact that there is no "Kenyan" language (the official language of Kenya is . . . . . English)
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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

THE DOCTOR IS IN

Another Republican is catching up to the Rich Guy. And he's even worse

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/02/us/politics/ben-carson-advancing-in-polls-is-a-sharp-contrast-to-donald-trump.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Crazy quotes: http://www.nationaljournal.com/twentysixteen/2015/05/04/9-Ben-Carsons-Most-Controversial-Quotes

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/11/15/top-10-quotes-that-prove-neurosurgeon-ben-carson-doesnt-have-the-brain-to-be-president/

http://thinkprogress.org/election/2015/05/04/3646780/ben-carson-announcement/

Huckabee: Planned Parenthood is a terrorist organization

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/09/01/1417465/-Mike-Huckabee-Planned-Parenthood-ISIS-because-both-take-people-s-heads-off

Jeb tries a new angle on Trump: He's not a real Republican

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/jeb-bush-donald-trump-video

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/09/01/1417372/-Jeb-ad-unloads-on-The-Donald-he-s-a-liberal-from-New-York-gasp

Hillary is facing five separate investigations

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2015/09/02/how-many-investigations-does-hillary-need-to-worry-about-five-for-now/

More: http://prospect.org/article/why-nothing-can-quell-medias-addiction-clinton-scandals
Why Nothing Can Quell the Media's Addiction to Clinton Scandals 

Obama headed to Columbia University after presidency?

http://politicalwire.com/2015/08/31/obama-headed-to-columbia-university/

Fox World's lies

http://www.vox.com/2015/9/1/9239643/black-lives-matter-fox-news
There's nothing linking Black Lives Matter to a Texas cop's death. Fox News did it anyway.

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/09/01/1417162/-Elizabeth-Hasselbeck-thinks-Black-Lives-Matter-is-a-hate-group-doesn-t-understand-hate-groups
Elizabeth Hasselbeck thinks Black Lives Matter is a hate group, doesn't understand 'hate,' 'groups'

James O'Keefe is an idiot. And people are starting to notice

http://www.salon.com/2015/09/01/is_this_a_joke_reporters_laugh_in_the_face_of_conservative_provocateur_james_okeefe_at_his_own_press_conference/

Watch: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/james-okeefe-hillary-video

Bonus item: Hillary's emails -- more "VEEP" than "House of Cards"
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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

DENALI


Obama restores the original native name to the highest peak in America. McKinley supporters in Ohio are furious

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/31/1417078/-How-one-Ohio-Republican-kept-Alaskans-from-correcting-Denali-s-name-for-decades

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/31/9236547/sentences-denali-mount-mckinley

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ralph-regula-mckinley-obama-dictator

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/31/this-ohio-gop-congressman-is-going-to-fight-the-mt-mckinley-name-change/

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/john-boehner-mount-mckinley

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/08/weeks-great-showdown-denali-vs-mkinley

Trashing McKinley

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/31/9233527/mckinley-denali-silver-gold
President McKinley's policies were garbage, and he doesn't deserve an awesome mountain

More: http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/four-most-exceptionally-bad-presidents

The slippery slope

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/01/us/politics/judge-allows-moral-not-just-religious-contraception-exemptions.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
Employers do not need to provide insurance coverage for contraception even if their objections are moral rather than religious, a federal judge here ruled on Monday. . . .

Well of course he does

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/cheney-likes-the-idea-of-a-biden-campaign.html
Cheney Sure Likes the Idea of a Biden Presidential Campaign

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/9/1/9234743/case-against-joe-biden
[Matt Yglesias] Why I don’t think Joe Biden should run for president

The Rich Guy thinks we should raise taxes on rich guys. The GOP goes berzerk

http://politicalwire.com/2015/08/31/gop-worried-about-trumps-plan-to-raise-taxes/

http://politicalwire.com/2015/08/31/trump-continues-war-against-gop-establishment/

More: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/08/conservative-tax-borg-has-finally-absorbed-donald-trump

Trump is the frontrunner, but all the GOPers know that Jeb W. Bush is the real threat -- and they think they have a chance to knock him down

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/31/chilling-trump-video-attacks-bush-for-calling-illegal-immigration-act-of-love/
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump released a chilling video Monday attacking opponent Jeb Bush for once suggesting that undocumented immigrants entered the United States as "an act of love." . . .

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/31/scott-walker-just-issued-his-most-direct-attack-yet-against-jeb-bush/
Scott Walker just issued his most direct attack yet against Jeb Bush


Bonus item: Football causes serious brain injuries -- not just from concussions, but from repeated sub-concussive trauma. I can't watch it any more

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/31/9232191/will-smith-concussion-movie-trailer
Will Smith's new movie "Concussion" terrifies the NFL. Here's the trailer.

More: http://www.livescience.com/50163-football-cte-brain-disease-risk.html

http://www.purdue.edu/differencemakers/nauman.html

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Monday, August 31, 2015

AND STAY THERE!

Scott Walker, comedian

http://politicalwire.com/2015/08/30/walker-would-consider-building-wall-on-canadian-border/
Walker Would Consider Building Wall on Canadian Border 

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/scott-walker-suggests-northern-border-wall.html
America's border with Canada is more than 5,500 miles long . . . 

Walker's feckless campaign

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/what-happened-to-scott-walker/2015/08/30/95a870c6-4d06-11e5-84df-923b3ef1a64b_story.html?postshare=6231440974648320
Walker’s backers see a campaign discombobulated by Trump’s booming popularity and by his provocative language on immigration, China and other issues. They see in Walker a candidate who — in contrast to the discipline he showed in state races — continues to commit unforced errors, either out of lack of preparation or in an attempt to grab for part of the flamboyant businessman’s following. . . .

Chris Cillizza: Six thoughts on the Democratic race

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/six-thoughts-about-the-state-of-the-democratic-race/2015/08/30/d9d88ed8-4f19-11e5-8c19-0b6825aa4a3a_story.html

The Racist Party

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/31/behind-trump-the-gop-really-is-becoming-the-racist-party.html

For the Rich Guy, all the options are good for him, and bad for the GOP

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/what-is-the-trump-endgame.html

Liz Cheney tells America how it feels about her Dad

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/08/liz-cheney-america-feels-gratitude-my-dad

George Will explains that the Virgina shooter was a "gay African-American.' So there

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/08/george-will-gay-african-american-killed-tv

Bonus item: Donald Trump can't tell you his favorite Bible verse - so a few other wags give it a try

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/08/30/here-are-the-greatest-classiest-verses-in-the-trump-bible/

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

SCREWED

"Again"?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/29/1415469/-Senate-Republicans-are-working-with-corporate-America-to-screw-over-the-working-poor-again
Senate Republicans are working with corporate America to screw over the working poor, again

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/29/1414360/-Yes-Republicans-really-want-to-screw-the-poor-on-Obamacare
Yes, Republicans really want to screw the poor on Obamacare 

Trouble in Jebland 

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/jeb-bush-president-2016-fundraisers-problems-213156#ixzz3kDamExSE
Top Jeb fundraisers leave campaign amid troubling signs

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/8/29/9225115/bush-aides-leave-campaign
Campaign staff don’t flee winning campaigns

Now that it looks as if they will fail to block the Iran deal, Repubs seek out other ways to undermine it

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/29/9222771/iran-deal-senate-vote
Obama's Iran deal is now near certain to survive Congress

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/08/gop-hauling-out-tired-old-weapons-sink-iran-deal
GOP Hauling Out Tired Old Weapons to Sink Iran Deal

Some Dems too: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/29/dems-say-party-chair-blocked-iran-resolution-at-dnc-meeting/
Dems say party chair blocked Iran resolution at DNC meeting

[NB: Was she afraid it would fail? Or that it would pass?]

Did Hillary just call the Repubs "terrorists"?

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/29/9224353/hillary-clinton-terrorists-republicans
"Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups," Clinton said on the stump Thursday. "But it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States."

[NB: I don't read it that way]

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/30/1416381/-Sunday-Talk-Through-the-looking-glass
NBC Meet the Press: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R); Roundtable: Matt Bai (Yahoo News), Helene Cooper (New York Times), Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC) and Republican Strategist Steve Schmidt.

CBS Face the Nation: Louisiana Gov. Bobb Jindal (R); New Orleans, LA Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D); Historian Douglas Brinkley; Photojournalist Mario Tama; Mark Zandi (Moody's Analytics); Roundtable: Jeffrey Goldberg (The Atlantic), Ed O'Keefe (Washington Post), Mark Leibovich (New York Times Magazine) and Pollster Ann Selzer.

ABC This Week: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R); Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); Roundtable: Julie Pace (Associated Press), LZ Granderson (ESPN), Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and Cokie Roberts (ABC News).

CNN State of the Union: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). 

Bonus item: The news media, in film
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

THE MORNING AFTER


"I sobered up"

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/29/palin-interviews-trump-bores-everybody.html
On her fledgling, and embarrassingly low-tech, network, Sarah Palin interviewed Donald Trump, and managed a feat no journalist has yet. She made it boring. 

Theocracy watch: I am shocked, SHOCKED 

http://politicalwire.com/2015/08/29/church-says-trump-not-an-active-member/
Church Says Trump Not an Active Member  

Meanwhile . . . 

http://www.salon.com/2015/08/28/evangelicals_love_donald_trump_how_a_thrice_married_new_york_braggart_won_them_over_and_why_its_so_scary/
Evangelicals love Donald Trump 

Thanks for explaining 

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/08/ben-carson-says-there-war-whats-inside
Ben Carson Says There Is 'War On What's Inside Of Women, But Not A War On Women'

Bonus item: A GREAT phony Trump ad
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