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Friday September 23, 2016

LA Times Endorses Clinton

Not exactly shocking, but I like their lede:

American voters have a clear choice on Nov. 8. We can elect an experienced, thoughtful and deeply knowledgeable public servant or a thin-skinned demagogue who is unqualified and unsuited to be president.

I probably won't do many of these since most newspapers will surely endorse Clinton. Even The Dallas Morning News, which hadn't endorsed a Democrat for president since 1940, endorsed Clinton last month. Think of that. Think of who they chose, and didn't, over the years. They opted against FDR in the middle of WWII, against LBJ in the middle of civil rights reforms, never Bill Clinton, never Barack Obama, but Nixon three times. Oy. Unless they went Wallace in '68. Or McCloskey in '72.

Despite all that, they know. They know more than NPR, which has had some of the worst “false equvilance” election coverage this season, knows. #NeverTrump.

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Posted at 06:01 AM on Sep 23, 2016 in category Politics
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Friday September 02, 2016

The Sayings of Chairman Roger (NSFW)

That's former Fox president Roger Ailes, of course, as reported by Gabriel Sherman in his New York magazine cover article, “The Revenge of Roger's Angels: How Fox News women took down the most powerful, and predatory, man in media.” The first half of the piece, as Roger goes down, as he twists in the wind, as he tries to TURN THOSE MACHINES BACK ON, is delicious. The second half, detailing his long career of sexually harassing women, gets pretty damned icky. Be forewarned.

Among the quotes attributed to him:

“If you want to make it in New York City in the TV business, you're going to have to fuck me, and you're going to do that with anyone I tell you to.”

“You look like the women in [Maxim]. You have great legs. If you sleep with me, you could be a model or a newscaster.”

“For a man in my position, [drinks] would have to be alone at a hotel. Do you know how to play the game?”

“I am going to put [this compromising videotape] in a safe-deposit box just so we understand each other.”

His reward? A $40 million parachute, and a temporary non-compete clause that didn't include presidential campaigns. So now Ailes is on Trump's team, making American grate again. 

Reading Sherman's whole article. Please. Then pass along to the Fox News watcher in your family.  

Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch

“The feeling I got in the interview was repulsion, power-hungriness, contempt, violence, and the need to subjugate and humiliate,” says a woman who auditioned for Ailes.

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Posted at 12:40 PM on Sep 02, 2016 in category Politics
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Saturday August 20, 2016

The Naked Donald Statues

Here's Jeff Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere on the statues of a naked, teeny-penised Donald Trump that an anarchist group erected in New York, Seattle, et al., this week: 

It’s pretty easy to mold a humiliating likeness of a naked Presidential candidate. I’m hardly a Donald Trump supporter and yes, the guy could obviously stand to lose 20 or 30 pounds. (No more Kentucky Fried Chicken or taco bowls.) But what 70 year-old looks good naked? Yes, he deserves to be slapped down and voted down, but this is below the belt. What if somebody were to erect a nude statue of Hillary Clinton in Union Square? You know what the reaction would be.

My thoughts exactly. Also this one: Once again, the anarchists aren't helping. Help, or get off the stage.

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Posted at 06:57 AM on Aug 20, 2016 in category Politics
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Tuesday August 16, 2016

Trump's Words are Music to Hezbollah's Ears

“When [Donald Trump's] homegrown American conspiracy theorizing intersects with its Middle Eastern cousin, the results can be damaging and dangerous to America's standing and interests. ... Just this weekend, Hezbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, publicly endorsed Mr. Trump's remarks [about Obama being the founder of ISIS]: 'This is an American presidential candidate. This was spoken on behalf of the Republican Party. He has data and documents.'”

-- Michael Wahid Hanna and Daniel Benaim in a NY Times Op-Ed, “How Do Trump's Conspiracy Theories Go Over in the Middle East? Dangerously.”

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Posted at 11:48 AM on Aug 16, 2016 in category Politics
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Monday August 01, 2016

'Donald Trump ... A Danger to the Republic'

Over the weekend, the conservative Houston Chronicle issued an early endorsement for Hillary Clinton along with a slew of warnings about the Republican candidate:

Any one of Trump's less-than-sterling qualities—his erratic temperament, his dodgy business practices, his racism, his Putin-like strongman inclinations and faux-populist demagoguery, his contempt for the rule of law, his ignorance—is enough to be disqualifying. His convention-speech comment, “I alone can fix it,” should make every American shudder. He is, we believe, a danger to the Republic.

That's key. It's not politics, or not just politics. Temperamentally, Trump is the most ill-equipped man to get this close to the presidency. Let's hope other Republicans, as well as griping, Bernie-or-bust folks, wake the fuck up and ensure that he doesn't get any closer.

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Posted at 07:29 AM on Aug 01, 2016 in category Politics
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