Unlady-like behavior in America (oh, wait, it’s an election year, never mind)

“According to the Washington Post poll, white women are more likely than white men to say that Trump doesn’t show enough respect for the people he disagrees with (74% of white women compared with 60% of white men). And far more of those white women think Trump’s personality is a major problem (52% of women versus 33% of men).”
Donald Trump’s woman problem: they don’t like him, not one little bit, by Richard Wolffe, The Guardian, June 3, 2016

Whereas the rest of us have noticed he’s bugfuck crazy and dangerous, in a addition to being rude and unpleasant, which are either causes or by-products of being bugfuck crazy and dangerous depending on your point of view.

“With 546 Democratic delegates available, California is the single most influential state this primary season. And, since Sanders needs 837 extra delegates to become the Democratic nominee, he is going to need to count on Democratic Californians’ support. However, (and this will come as no surprise to anyone who has been observing voting processes in primaries so far) things are far more complicated than they first seem.”
Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton by one point in new California poll, by Mona Chalabi, The Guardian, June 3, 2016

I don’t care which one wins, as long as it’s one of them. Please, God, if you have any mercy left in You for the United States…

“Three recent surveys from highly rated polling firms (Marist College, Field and Public Policy Institute of California) show Bernie Sanders just 2 points behind Hillary Clinton in California. Clinton is ahead by double digits, however, in other polls, including one that has her up by 18 percentage points. It’s making for another confusing finish in a primary season that has already had plenty of them. And it’s an indication of how little we know about how Hispanic Democrats (and Asian-American Democrats) are voting this year.”
Hispanic Voters Will Decide Bernie Sanders’s Fate in California, by Nate Silver, 538, June 3, 2016


“As Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady, I had the honor of representing America abroad and helping shape our foreign policy at home. As a candidate for President, there’s nothing I take more seriously than our national security. I’ve offered clear strategies for how to defeat ISIS, strengthen our alliances, and make sure Iran never gets a nuclear weapon. And I’m going to keep America’s security at the heart of my campaign.”

Whatever we elect our Presidents for, they end up spending most of their time on foreign policy, so we should try to elect people who know something about it. Or know they don’t know and listen to good counsel, unlike Bush II, who… oh, God, don’t get me started, please.

“And like many across our country and around the world, I believe the person the Republicans have nominated for President cannot do the job.
Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just different – they are dangerously incoherent. They’re not even really ideas – just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds, and outright lies.
He is not just unprepared – he is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility.
This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes – because it’s not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin.
We cannot put the security of our children and grandchildren in Donald Trump’s hands. We cannot let him roll the dice with America.
This is a man who said that more countries should have nuclear weapons, including Saudi Arabia.
This is someone who has threatened to abandon our allies in NATO – the countries that work with us to root out terrorists abroad before they strike us at home.
He believes we can treat the U.S. economy like one of his casinos and default on our debts to the rest of the world, which would cause an economic catastrophe far worse than anything we experienced in 2008.
He has said that he would order our military to carry out torture and the murder of civilians who are related to suspected terrorists – even though those are war crimes.
He says he doesn’t have to listen to our generals or our admirals, our ambassadors and other high officials, because he has – quote – ‘a very good brain.’
He also said, ‘I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me.’ You know what? I don’t believe him.
He says climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese, and he has the gall to say that prisoners of war like John McCain aren’t heroes.
He praises dictators like Vladimir Putin and picks fights with our friends – including the British prime minister, the mayor of London, the German chancellor, the president of Mexico and the Pope.
He says he has foreign policy experience because he ran the Miss Universe pageant in Russia.
And to top it off, he believes America is weak. An embarrassment. He called our military a disaster. He said we are – and I quote – a ‘third-world country.’ And he’s been saying things like that for decades.
Those are the words my friends of someone who doesn’t understand America or the world. (Or want to understand them [Ed; emphasis mine])
And they’re the words of someone who would lead us in the wrong direction. Because if you really believe America is weak – with our military, our values, our capabilities that no other country comes close to matching – then you don’t know America.
And you certainly don’t deserve to lead it. (Which is a terrifying thought in and of itself [Ed])
That’s why – even if I weren’t in this race – I’d be doing everything I could to make sure Donald Trump never becomes President – because I believe he will take our country down a truly dangerous path.”
Read Hillary Clinton’s Speech on Donald Trump and National Security, Transcript, Time, June 2, 2016

That’s m’girl!

“The violence that broke out Thursday night in San Jose, California, during and after a Donald Trump rally has raised fears that the next five months will see increasingly heightened confrontations between Trump protesters and admirers. It’s also led to the frightening thought that violent resistance to a candidacy based on the promise of violence might in some quarters be considered a rational strategy.”
Will Violent Resistance Only Help Donald Trump?, by Isaac Chotiner, Slate, June 1, 2016

I won’t go into violence by Trump supporters because it would take too long, so suffice to say, what makes America great is that on occassion when provoked or whatnot we might want to resort to violence, but we don’t, for whatever collection of reasons, WE DON’T. So let’s pull ourselves together and get on with it. This has been a Mayerson Service Announcement. (And PLEASE, this is California, we’re supposed to be laid back and mellow or something [except when it gets really hot or the Santa Ana winds are blowing, then anything can happen {and usually does}])

“Without mentioning the presumptive Republican presidential candidate by name, the first lady made one of the most sustained and potent attacks on Trump since he began his bid for the White House last year. She portrayed his brand of politics as un-American and dangerous, comparing him to world leaders ‘who stifle the voices and dismiss the potential of their citizens … who demonise and dehumanise entire groups of people because they have nothing else to offer.'”
Michelle Obama: ‘In America we don’t build walls to keep people out’, by Ed Pilkinton, The Guardian, June 3, 2016

I’m gonna miss the Obamas.

What’s the deal with the centipede meme in Donald Trump subreddit?

Heh! My question exactly!

Bonus Podcast: The Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson: “The Pajama Boy Aristocracy”

Victor Davis Hanson is cranky about Pajama Boys. Personally, I prefer my own Pajama Boy because I know it’s fiction (adults only; no minors allowed).

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