What better way to combat a performer-politician than by diminishing his stage? The lower Trump’s ratings, the less inclined television producers will be to give him the free airtime that was the lifeblood of his presidential campaign. A presidential megaphone can never be totally silenced. But we can do our part to restrict his ability to blanket the airwaves for the next four years and become larger than life.
This started as a comment in the "Early returns" thread, but it got so long that I decided to make it a post of my own.
"Our guns are finally safe."
Yeah. Agreed. Our guns are finally safe. For now.
I had to drive to DC, yesterday. On the way home I was listening to CSPAN on the radio. They were covering a group of ultra-right-wing extremist christianistas taking turns speaking. Tony Perkins is one name that stood out. If you don't want to go to the link, Tony's the kind of RW fanatic who thinks your right to love who you choose is outweighed by his belief that the ghost in the sky hates anyone who disagrees with him (disagrees with Tony, not the ghost, about whom Tony is clueless).
Be prepared for Donald J. (the antichrist) tRump and Michael (christianista sharia) Pence shoving an extremist christianista world view down our collective throat.
Continue reading "Our guns are safe"
You may have seen this, by now, but it's worth bookmarking.
The full title is USA TODAY's Editorial Board: Trump is 'unfit for the presidency'
Two choice excerpts:
In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. Instead, we’ve expressed opinions about the major issues and haven’t presumed to tell our readers, who have a variety of priorities and values, which choice is best for them. Because every presidential race is different, we revisit our no-endorsement policy every four years. We’ve never seen reason to alter our approach. Until now.
This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.
Where does that leave us? Our bottom-line advice for voters is this: Stay true to your convictions. That might mean a vote for Clinton, the most plausible alternative to keep Trump out of the White House. Or it might mean a third-party candidate. Or a write-in. Or a focus on down-ballot candidates who will serve the nation honestly, try to heal its divisions, and work to solve its problems.
Whatever you do, however, resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue. By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.
Please respond honestly and alone and we'll guess your brain's political ideology.
Yeah, I know, but it's kinda fun to play around with the answers you give. Or, try it when you're sober and when you're not.
An actual polling company actually polled 853 actual registered voters to see if they would rather vote for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or a Giant Meteor hitting the earth. And the results were pretty interesting.
The Giant Meteor 2016 movement, also known as Sweet Meteor O' Death or #SMOD16, began as a joke by those unhappy with their presidential choices. The Twitter account now boasts more than 20,000 followers. You can even get a bumper sticker. "Ready to Make an Impact, Tough on Putin & Iran," the bio reads. "I'll probably destroy all Earthly life." Well at least it's upfront about it.
So in the poll, which really happened, 43 percent of people would vote for Clinton, 38 percent for Trump and 13 percent would break for the giant meteor. 7 percent were undecided.
"Nevertheless, I advised Sen. McCain that because her duties had never encompassed foreign policy or defense issues Gov. Palin would not be ready to be vice president on Jan. 20, 2009 -- but that I believed she had the presence and wherewithal to grow into the position," he wrote in The Wall Street Journal as the 2012 vice presidential process was underway. "I summed up her selection as 'high risk, high reward.' I stand by that advice."
I still don't know how I'll vote, but Hillary will absolutely crush it in DE, so "my vote doesn't matter(tm)" applies, here. At the beginning of the primaries she was the 17th or 18th worst candidate running. I'm going to look into whether we can write in our vote, or not (we use electronic voting, so possibly can't).
At the every least, if Hillary is elected, she's "free game" to you guys. Don't expect me to defend her. Or her husband. I'm not some "disaffected youth/Bernie supporter". I've voted in 11 POTUS elections, and Hillary vs. Trump is, by a large margin, the worst choice I've been presented.
I can understand younger voters viewing Hillary as the "here, break off a piece of ribbon candy from this dish" candidate, and tRump as the "old man yells at clouds" candidate. I just can't understand why they're our (likely) nominees. Maybe they think Bernis is yelling at clouds, too? I dunno.
The floor is yours (in more ways than one, think "can we get any lower?", pardon the pun). Help me make sense of this madness...
Feel free to use the words "dismay" or "dismayed". As in "i understand why you're"...
But DON'T use the word "disappointed", as in "I can understand why you're disappointed." !'ll rip you a new asshole for that.
I KNOW why I'm disappointed. We blew a hyooge opportunity, this year.