Archive for June 2016


Brexit, Lies and America,
by Andrew Tobias,
June 24, 2016

First of all: ugh.

You have to love this headline: The British Are Frantically Googling What The E.U. Is, Hours After Voting To Leave It.

So maybe, once they see what they’ve done, there will be another, better informed referendum, overturning the first.

But maybe not.

So . . . ugh.

As a 27-year-old British friend texted this morning (bleeped to protect your sensibilities):

“I’m livid. The vote was carried by a load of baby boomers who are secure in their pensions and it doesn’t really matter a flying f— to, other than they want to regain nostalgic feelings of 50-year-ago Briton viewed thru rose-tinted backwards looking spectacles.

“There were so little facts in this referendum, it’s invalid. Democracy only works if the electorate can make an informed decision on their best interests based on the facts. If they’re fed a load of crap and vote as a result, it’s not democracy, it’s fraud!

“Never again will I hold a slightly smug sense of superiority when we talk about American partisan politics. Turns out we’re all f –d. Led by the lowest common denominator and peddled to with misinformation and barefaced lies and controlled by an unaccountable media.

“I think I’ve aged a decade this morning and firmly arrived as a grumpy, cynical man.

“I watched a “leave” voter on the BBC this morning say she thought it was outrageous that Scotland were calling for another independence referendum and that this was a time for unity!!”

Turning to America, Texas Governor George W. Bush proclaimed, preposterously, that “by far the vast majority” of his proposed tax cuts would go to people “at the bottom of the economic ladder” and promised “a humble foreign policy” even as he was planning to invade Iraq. It’s hard to overstate how much harm his presidency did. But the second time, he even got a majority of the vote — with 70% of his voters believing, erroneously, that Iraq had played a role in the 9/11 attack.

And now Trump is promising ridiculous things — he’s going to bring millions of $1-an-hour jobs back from China? And somehow make their employers pay a good wage even though he opposes the minimum wage? And force consumers around the world to buy products made here with $20-an-hour labor instead of the same products made in China with $1-an-hour labor? Even though, as a businessman, he sources his own products from overseas? And this is all just going to magically happen because he’ll bring back torture and defeat ISIS in a matter of weeks and is the king of debt and will build a beautiful wall?

Trump’s main focus will be destroying his opponent. He will say anything that pops into his head — or even say outrageous things in prepared remarks. (E.g., she was “sleeping” during the Benghazi crisis. Challenged for proof, he explained to NBC News’ Lester Holt that she might have been sleeping — “how do you know she wasn’t?” — and that was, to his mind, basis enough for the charge.)

Andrew Tobias

middle fingers up

Sorry, I ain’t sorry
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
I ain’t sorry, nigga, nah
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
I ain’t sorry

He trying to roll me up, I ain’t picking up
Headed to the club, I ain’t thinking ’bout you
Me and my ladies sip my D’ussé cup
I don’t give a fuck, chucking my deuces up
Suck on my balls, pause, I had enough
I ain’t thinking ’bout you
I ain’t thinking ’bout

Middle fingers up, put them hands high
Wave it in his face, tell him, boy, bye
Tell him, boy, bye, middle fingers up
I ain’t thinking ’bout you

Sorry, I ain’t sorry
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
I ain’t sorry, nigga, nah
I ain’t thinking ’bout you
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
No no, hell nah

Now you want to say you’re sorry
Now you want to call me crying
Now you gotta see me wilding
Now I’m the one that’s lying
And I don’t feel bad about it
It’s exactly what you get
Stop interrupting my grinding
(You interrupting my grinding)
I ain’t thinking ’bout you

Sorry, I ain’t sorry
I ain’t thinking ’bout you
I ain’t thinking ’bout you
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
I ain’t thinking ’bout you
I ain’t thinking ’bout you

Middle fingers up, put them hands high
Wave it in his face, tell him, boy, bye
Tell him, boy, bye, boy, bye
Middle fingers up, I ain’t thinking ’bout you

Sorry, I ain’t sorry
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
I ain’t sorry, nigga, nah
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
I ain’t sorry
No no, hell nah

Looking at my watch, he shoulda been home
Today I regret the night I put that ring on
He always got them fucking excuses
I pray to the Lord you reveal what his truth is
I left a note in the hallway
By the time you read it, I’ll be far away
I’m far away
But I ain’t fucking with nobody
Let’s have a toast to the good life
Suicide before you see this tear fall down my eyes
Me and my baby, we gon’ be alright
We gon’ live a good life
Big homie better grow up
Me and my whoadies ’bout to stroll up
I see them boppers in the corner
They sneaking out the back door
He only want me when I’m not there
He better call Becky with the good hair
He better call Becky with the good hair

ken burns at STANFORD

For 216 years, our elections, though bitterly contested, have featured the philosophies and character of candidates who were clearly qualified. That is not the case this year. One is glaringly not qualified. So before you do anything with your well-earned degree, you must do everything you can to defeat the retrograde forces that have invaded our democratic process, divided our house, to fight against, no matter your political persuasion, the dictatorial tendencies of the candidate with zero experience in the much maligned but subtle art of governance; who is against lots of things, but doesn’t seem to be for anything, offering only bombastic and contradictory promises, and terrifying Orwellian statements; a person who easily lies, creating an environment where the truth doesn’t seem to matter; who has never demonstrated any interest in anyone or anything but himself and his own enrichment; who insults veterans, threatens a free press, mocks the handicapped, denigrates women, immigrants and all Muslims; a man who took more than a day to remember to disavow a supporter who advocates white supremacy and the Ku Klux Klan; an infantile, bullying man who, depending on his mood, is willing to discard old and established alliances, treaties and long-standing relationships. I feel genuine sorrow for the understandably scared and—they feel—powerless people who have flocked to his campaign in the mistaken belief that—as often happens on TV—a wand can be waved and every complicated problem can be solved with the simplest of solutions. They can’t. It is a political Ponzi scheme. And asking this man to assume the highest office in the land would be like asking a newly minted car driver to fly a 747.
As a student of history, I recognize this type. He emerges everywhere and in all eras. We see nurtured in his campaign an incipient Proto-fascism, a nativist anti-immigrant Know Nothing-ism, a disrespect for the judiciary, the prospect of women losing authority over their own bodies, African Americans again asked to go to the back of the line, voter suppression gleefully promoted, jingoistic saber rattling, a total lack of historical awareness, a political paranoia that, predictably, points fingers, always making the other wrong. These are all virulent strains that have at times infected us in the past. But they now loom in front of us again—all happening at once. We know from our history books that these are the diseases of ancient and now fallen empires. The sense of commonwealth, of shared sacrifice, of trust, so much a part of American life, is eroding fast, spurred along and amplified by an amoral Internet that permits a lie to circle the globe three times before the truth can get started.
We no longer have the luxury of neutrality or “balance,” or even of bemused disdain. Many of our media institutions have largely failed to expose this charlatan, torn between a nagging responsibility to good journalism and the big ratings a media circus always delivers. In fact, they have given him the abundant airtime he so desperately craves, so much so that it has actually worn down our natural human revulsion to this kind of behavior. Hey, he’s rich; he must be doing something right. He is not. Edward R. Murrow would have exposed this naked emperor months ago. He is an insult to our history. Do not be deceived by his momentary “good behavior.” It is only a spoiled, misbehaving child hoping somehow to still have dessert.
And do not think that the tragedy in Orlando underscores his points. It does not. We must “disenthrall ourselves,” as Abraham Lincoln said, from the culture of violence and guns. And then “we shall save our country.”
This is not a liberal or conservative issue, a red state, blue state divide. This is an American issue. Many honorable people, including the last two Republican presidents, members of the party of Abraham Lincoln, have declined to support him. And I implore those “Vichy Republicans” who have endorsed him to please, please reconsider. We must remain committed to the kindness and community that are the hallmarks of civilization and reject the troubling, unfiltered Tourettes of his tribalism.
The next few months of your “commencement,” that is to say, your future, will be critical to the survival of our Republic. “The occasion is piled high with difficulty.” Let us pledge here today that we will not let this happen to the exquisite, yet deeply flawed, land we all love and cherish—and hope to leave intact to our posterity. Let us “nobly save,” not “meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.”

Republican Politicians Who Won’t Support Trump

Here’s Your Full List of Republican Politicians Who Won’t Support Trump
AP Photo/Mary AltafferAP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Yet another Republican politician has announced that he will not support real estate mogul Donald Trump.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) told The Detroit News editorial board that he was going to continue to stay out of the presidential race and instead focus on the Michigan House of Representatives.

“When I look at the upcoming election in November, my biggest issue is hopefully reelecting the [Michigan] House, because I think that’s important,” Snyder said. “We’ve had a great partnership there, and I think it’d be great to continue that.”

Here’s your full list of Republican politicians who won’t support Trump.

OHIO GOV. JOHN KASICH: When asked if he would endorse Trump, Kasich responded, “Why would I feel compelled to support someone whose positions I kind of fundamentally disagree with?”

MASSACHUSETTS GOV. CHARLIE BAKER: Back in May, Baker said, “Some of the things he said about women and about Muslims and about religious freedom, I just can’t support.”

SEN. BEN SASSE (R-NE): The freshman senator has been outspoken in his opposition to Trump, writing letters such as this one on Facebook where he declared, “There is no reason to believe that either of these two national frontrunners believe in limiting anything about DC’s power.”

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): Graham has reached the point where he is calling on his colleagues to rescind their endorsements of Trump, telling The New York Times with regard to Trump’s “Mexican” comment, “If anybody was looking for an off-ramp, this is probably it.”

FORMER GOP PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE MITT ROMNEY: Romney, who became one of the de-facto faces of the #NeverTrump movement, said at an awards gala, “I don’t intend on supporting either of the major party candidates at this point.”

THE BUSHES: FORMER FLORIDA GOV. JEB BUSH (R) and former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush have all said they will not support Trump in November.

SEN. JEFF FLAKE (R-AZ): In an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Flake said, “I hope to be able to support the [Republican] nominee. I certainly can’t right now.”

SEN. MARK KIRK (R-IL): Kirk actually endorsed Trump, and then un-endorsed after his “Mexican” comment toward a federal judge, saying in a statement: “While I oppose the Democratic nominee, Donald Trump’s latest statements, in context with past attacks on Hispanics, women and the disabled like me, make it certain that I cannot and will not support my party’s nominee for President regardless of the political impact on my candidacy or the Republican Party.”

SEN. SUSAN COLLINS (R-ME): Collins told Time magazine, “I’ve said from the point that it became obvious that Donald Trump was going to be the Republican candidate that I’d always supported previous presidential nominees of my party but that in this case I was going to wait and see what happened and that is what I am continuing to do.”

SEN. DEAN HELLER (R-NV): Heller refused to commit to an endorsement of Trump, telling the Las Vegas Sun, “I just can’t agree with some of his positions.” He also said that none of the above is an option on the Nevada ballot.

SEN. MIKE LEE (R-UT): Lee hasn’t said if he will support Trump or not, but he did say that Trump “scares [him] to death,” which isn’t exactly a signal of a pending endorsement.

REP. ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN (R-FL): She said in a statement, “In this election, I do not support either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.”

REP. BOB DOLD (R-IL): In a radio interview, Dold announced: “For me, I will not support Donald Trump. Certainly I think there are others that have some pretty significant reservations. We saw that yesterday with Speaker Ryan, with Bruce Rauner and we’re seeing that with folks around the country.”

SEN. PAT TOOMEY (R-PA): Toomey won’t commit to an endorsement yet, saying in a radio interview, “I’m not there right now and I hope we don’t get to a point where I decide I just can’t support him.”

ILLINOIS GOV. BRUCE RAUNER (R): According to the Associated Press, Rauner’s aides have said that the governor won’t endorse Trump. In a statement, Rauner said he was “disgusted” by Trump’s “Mexican” comments and that they “do not reflect the values of America.”

REP. CARLOS CURBELO (R-FL): Curbelo told the Miami Herald in an email, “I have no plans of supporting either of the presumptive nominees.”

REP. JUSTIN AMASH (R-MI): Amash told The Detroit News that Trump will not receive his support.

REP. MARK SANFORD (R-SC): Sanford told The Wall Street Journal, “Not that political views mean anything in this year, but because I believe in constitutionally limited government, his candidacy is one I certainly can’t support.”

REP. SCOTT RIGGEL (R-VA): Riggel wrote in an email to his supporters, “Trump is a bully, unworthy of our nomination. My love of our country eclipse my loyalty to our party, and to live with a clear conscience I will not support a nominee so lacking in the judgment, temperament and character needed to be our commander-in-chief. Accordingly, if left with no alternative, I will not support Trump in the general election should be become our Republican nominee.”

REP. REID RIBBLE (R-WI): Ribble announced in December that he would never support Trump, saying, “He’s continued to be, in my opinion, against the civil discourse that I so deeply believe in, that would allow us to have a real live debate on the issues that are important to this country.”

REP. MARK HANNA (R-NY): Hanna told that he can’t support Trump because “I want someone to be president that my children can look up to.”

MARYLAND GOV. LARRY HOGAN (R): Hogan simply said, “I have nothing to do with Donald Trump.”

SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX): Cruz said on Wednesday that “time will tell” if he will eventually support Trump, but this suggests he probably won’t:



DailyKos: Hillary Clinton guts Donald Trump, cuts remains into cubes, tosses what’s left in trash

Huffington Post: Hillary Clinton Eviscerates Donald Trump In Her Best Speech Yet

TIME: Hillary Clinton Tears Into Donald Trump on Foreign Policy, Temperament

Washington Post: Hillary Clinton just proved she is very good at taunting Donald Trump

CNN: Hillary Clinton’s evisceration of Donald Trump

New York Magazine: Hillary Clinton Argues That Giving Nuclear Codes to Ill-tempered Ignoramus Would Be Mistake

Rolling Stone: 10 Times Clinton Roasted Trump in Her Latest Speech

Cosmopolitan: The 13 Best Lines From Hillary Clinton’s Blistering Speech About Donald Trump

Vox: Hillary Clinton rolled out the anti-Trump argument that could deliver a landslide​

PoliticusUSA: Hillary Clinton Just Turned Trump Into A National Joke In Epic Foreign Policy Smackdown

Slate: Clinton Bluntly Mocks Trump’s Foreign Policy Ideas Simply by Restating Them

Vox: Hillary Clinton just made her best case against Donald Trump

Slate: Hillary Clinton Just Kicked Trump in the Shins

Politico: Hillary goes nuclear on Trump

Business Insider: Hillary Clinton just delivered one of her strongest arguments yet against Donald Trump

New York Daily News: Hillary Clinton beats Donald Trump to a deserved pulp: She exposes him as a dangerous and unstable would-be commander in chief

The New Republic: Donald Trump has never looked weaker

The Daily Banter: Hillary Revealed Her Plan of Attack Against Trump, and It’s Kinda Perfect

Reuters: Clinton casts Trump as dangerous clown in caustic speech on foreign policy

MSNBC: Clinton Roasts Trump in Foreign Policy Speech: The 13 Biggest Zingers

Townhall: WATCH: Hillary Savages Trump as Clueless and Unstable in Cutting Speech

The Let’s Watch Hillary Clinton’s Speech On National Security, AKA Her Speech Ripping Donald Trump Several Dozen New A**holes

Jezebel: Hillary Clinton Calls Trump ‘Dangerously Incoherent’ in Rousing Foreign Policy Speech​

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