Donald Trump; Tiny Dancer

“But that’s not all the 54-year-old Sheehan – Orlando’s first out gay elected commissioner – had to deal with at Orlando’s cemetery. She has had to put up construction fencing all around the plot of land, and organise a human chain from within the LGBT community to encircle the grave at each funeral. That way, they’ll be able to keep at bay the vile homophobic group the Westboro Baptist Church, which is certain to turn up and picket bearing placards proclaiming ‘God Hates Fags’.”
Orlando’s first out gay elected official: ‘We’ve been dealing with hatred forever’, by Ed Pilkington, The Guardian, June 17, 2017

“Since taking over the majority in 2011, House Republicans have intensified their efforts to give away natural resources owned by the American people to a few special interests. From threatened and endangered wildlife to mineral resources to fisheries, Republicans have attempted to shift control and decision-making authority from federal agency stewards to states and localities – even those with a track record of short-sighted or irresponsible management.”
The Republican crusade against public land must end, by Raul M. Grijalva, The Guardian, June 17, 2016

“I spent five hours at the Donald Trump rally in Sacramento, California, on 1 June. I spoke to and overheard dozens of the rally’s attendees, not as a journalist but as one ticketholder to another – I was dressed in jeans, workboots and wore a Nascar hat – and found every last one of the attendees to be genial, polite and, with a few notable exceptions, their opinions to be within the realm of reasonable. The rally was as peaceful and patriotic as a Fourth of July picnic.

“And yet I came away with a host of new questions and concerns. Among them: why is it that the song Trump’s campaign uses to mark his arrival and departure is Elton John’s ‘Tiny Dancer?’ Is it more troubling, or less troubling, knowing that no one in the audience really cares what he says? And could it be that because Trump’s supporters are not all drawn from the lunatic fringe, but in fact represent a broad cross-section of regular people, and far more women than would seem possible or rational, that he could actually win?”
‘Could he actually win?’ Dave Eggers at a Donald Trump rally, by Dave Eggers, The Guardian, June 17, 2016

Dave, we’ll have the deprogrammers there in a couple of hours. Just hold on, Dave, hold on. Did anyone give you an open drink, or a drink in a glass? We’ll need to know what kind of tox screen to run when the team gets there.

“But, as Trump has taken hits for his attacks on a federal judge over his Mexican heritage and a controversial response to last weekend’s Orlando terror attacks, his poll numbers have taken a nosedive. At 38.3%, Trump’s average support in a one-on-one matchup against Clinton is the lowest it’s been since August 15 – just two months after he launched his campaign last year.”
Polls: Donald Trump collapses, by Canmua, June 17, 2016

Don’t relax. It’s only June. However, I do wonder what the 3-way race would be like: Hillary, Trump, and someone the RNC thinks could be disruptive enough to win. Trump was saying he’ll “go it alone” earlier this week, maybe that’s changed.

“Artist Spencer Tunick put out a call last month asking for women to protest Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention this summer. The caveat? They would be protesting completely nude, as part of a performance art installation masterminded by Tunick.”
More Than 1,500 Women Want to Protest Donald Trump By Posing Nude, by Jessie Van Amburg, Time, June 17, 2016

Be careful what you wish for, boys.

“The future of the party and the country much more closely resembles Bernie Sanders’ vision than the pundits are willing to acknowledge. The generation of young voters that grew up with the cynicism of the Bush White House and the economic struggles of the Great Recession could easily have rejected politics. Bernie’s campaign empowered them, and millions of other Americans of all ages, to demand a more responsive political system and an economy that rewards hard work instead of a large bank account.”
Has Bernie Sanders changed American politics? Reviewing a ‘political revolution’, by Jeffrey W Rubin, Raúl M Grijalva, Keli Goff, Kim Phillips-Fein, Matt Laslo, Barrett Holmes Pitner, Barbara Lee, and Maria Cardona, The Guardian, Friday 17 June 2016

Hear, hear!

“We’re likely to hear a lot this election season about experience. Trump has no experience governing or serving in elected office. Hillary Clinton has a lot. But it’s less clear how experience factors into presidential success, both electoral and governing: Were our most successful and beloved presidents the ones who spent years honing their skills in national government?”
Our Worst Presidents Came In With A Lot Of Experience, by Julia Azari, 538, June 15, 2016

Trigger warning: Nixon. This is a dumb article, but it’s an election year, so it’s kind of interesting. Not having Ronald Reagan and GW Bush tied for worst POTUS on the list completely invalidates this study. Especially putting R Reagan above JFK, LBJ (civil rights, okay?), and Bill Clinton? Jesus, what drugs where you on when you made this list? I don’t think the Founding Fathers count in this poll, so they’re out. All the generals should also be out because to even get to be a general requires leadership skills which can be applied to being POTUS. Except US Grant; I think he used up all his POTUS mojo in the Civil War. Trump’s lack of POTUS qualifications goes way far beyond legislative experience. He’s a disaster; he’s always been a disaster, but one confined to his own little hellish circle. He’d be an international disaster as POTUS. Nice clickbait, Nate, thanks. And it you really don’t think this is clickbait (hey, it got me), could you please check your office vents for a gas leak that causing your group to publish such suspect stuff? History and I will thank you.

“The massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday was the worst mass shooting in American history and the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11. Through another lens, however, it was not an outlier. The gunman’s choice of target, a gay club, makes him just one of many to commit hate crimes against gay Americans. Although the magnitude and violence of the attack was unusual, the targeting of LGBT Americans is sadly common.”
Hate Crimes Against LGBT People Are Sadly Common, by Ella Koeze, 538, June 14, 2016

Trigger warning: depressing charts.

“‘I misspoke,’ he said. ‘I did not mean to imply that the president was personally responsible. I was referring to President Obama’s national security decisions, not the president himself.’ The statement failed to explain how a president could make a decision yet not be personally responsible for the same decision.

“Perhaps McCain isn’t really responsible for his own comments either. In which case, this column should be read solely as a commentary on McCain’s mouth, rather than on McCain’s brain.”
John McCain blamed Obama for the Orlando shooting. That’s some pretzel logic, by Richard Wolffe, The Guardian, June 17, 2016

You mean what’s left of McCain’s brain. McCain’s just still mad because he and wazzername lost in 2008, thanks be to a merciful God. Just ignore him.

Is it November yet?

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