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The Scope of the Trump Argument against Hillary

I’ve been forcing myself to listen to CNN and MSNBC. Just wanted to say that it has been a profoundly unpleasant experience. Even the most mild mannered people are yelling and screaming over one another. This usually happens when some Trump surrogate who seems to have a player piano scroll for a brain starts spewing the most ridiculous nonsense ever. I have no idea why the cable networks allow these people on their shows. It has become UNLISTENABLE. I cancelled my premium subscription to msnbc on tunein last night. I’m getting nothing out of it. But the CNN stream is still free, so I am forcing myself to pay attention. 

Here’s what Trump has on Hillary:

1.) The email server. Thankfully, the “journalists” are moving on. They must realize they are beating a dead horse and there’s no more juice to suck out of that story. But the Trump surrogates are still shrieking about the Blackberries smashed by a hammer. That shit’s gotta stop. Not because there is anything else to learn, because there isn’t. No it’s because it’s difficult to listen to the surrogates blather on about it and talk over other guests without wanting to hurl my iPhone across the room. It’s done, Donald. You won’t get one more voter from this. 

2.) Deplorables. Well, we can’t call them racists, sexists, homophobes etc. That’s too PC. So, Hillary is bringing back shame. Good for her. And when Pence can’t bring himself to call David Duke, someone who enthusiastically supports Trump’s campaign a white supremacist, then we know it is working. Yes, Governor, he is a bad association. You know it and now we know you know. The phony outrage from the Trump campaign is UNLISTENABLE. 

3.) I swear, if I hear one more journalist say that Hillary is not transparent enough and therefore untrustworthy simply because she didn’t see any reason to tell everyone in the world about her pneumonia, I’m going to personally go to Atlanta and scream in Chris Cuomo’s ear to knock it the fuck off. Enough is enough. There’s simply no comparison between Hillary and Trump on the issue of transparency and disclosure. The double standard is deeply, DEEPLY offensive to women who have to sit thru this shit day after day. Maybe these channels don’t care if they lose their female audience. That’s how it looks anyway. No progress is being made here and if I were Hillary, I’d tell these news people that if they don’t like what she’s going to give them with respect to her medical records, they can shove it up their asses. She shouldn’t play this game anymore. Give them the exact number of details as Mitt Romney did and no more. She is not obligated to keep producing documentation just because the news organizations demand it. It’s not because she has anything to hide. It’s because she’s got better things to do with her time than try to satisfy the insatiable. 

Other than that, Trump’s got nothing. 

She, on the other hand, has plenty on Trump. If the news media doesn’t want to cover it, she’ll have to find a way to get around them. They should be more cautious because if she manages to do it, they’ll be obsolete and not a moment too soon. 

“Journalists” still doing it wrong

Some notes on the past 24 hours:

1.)Hillary got woozy and had to get dragged into a van. Later, we find out she has walking pneumonia. This is not a health emergency. It happens to many human beings. This may come as a shock but Hillary is human. She will recover from this. She can still do stuff from the comfort of her own bedroom while she’s resting. Maybe she can do a google + livestream AMA session. She could give a presser. Every. Single. Day. In her driveway. It’s not the end of the campaign. She just needs to “modify her schedule”.

2.)OMG, She did not notify the press the very nanosecond she was told she has pneumonia. That just goes to show how secretive she is. American journalist really need to be taught what confirmation bias is all about. But I digress.

What would they have said if she hadn’t shown up for that 9/11 ceremony? No, seriously, what would the front page look like if they had known she had pneumonia and decided to skip it? You know bloody well what they would have said. They would have said she was physically unfit to attend to her duties as president. Then they would have had a meltdown over the MEANING OF THAT DAY and how she was minimizing it.

3.)Journalists are never going to know everything about every candidate all of the time unless a cameraman follows her 24/7 even into the shower. Come on, people. This isn’t 1984.

4.) They are completely ignoring the real problem. If journalists knew that a giant cyclone was bearing down on DC with 350 mph winds and 20 inches of rain in an hour causing massive destruction and loss of life, would you expect them to report “partly cloudy and humid with windy conditions”? Of course you wouldn’t. You’d expect them to keep an eye on that weather system and update vulnerable citizens so they could prepare or get out of the way. You wouldn’t expect them to give it the same level of importance as the unexpected thunderstorm followed by a rainbow.

That’s why many people yesterday reported that they would rather vote for an unconscious Clinton over a conscious but personality disorder challenged Trump.

The goal is not neutrality. The goal is to report the news even if it means you have to warn people that some people are bad- because they are.

Stop demanding. Start reporting.

It may be too late, Marty 

The Washington Post editorial today says that the fixation on Hillary’s email and false equivalency between her and Trump may result in the country electing a dangerous man as president.

It’s a strange editorial. How did we find ourselves fixated on the email story? The writers don’t really say how this came to pass.  I guess it just… happened.

Although I do recall that a couple of months ago, the Washington Post gave Hillary four Pinnochios when she had the nerve to defend herself after James Comey’s unprecedented press conference and congressional testimony explaining why he didn’t indict her.

Was it the Commander in Chief Forum that finally opened your eyes, Marty? Did you have to see how the pernicious effect of implicit bias strips women of their dignity? Did Hillary deserve to be treated this disrespectfully? She’s a major party candidate. She has to project a certain image to the world and American journalists have spent the last year and a half undermining that.

I don’t know if it’s too late. There are millions of voters who have the crazy idea that the use of a blackberry and a personal email server is just as bad as bribery allegations, defrauding students of Trump University and mass deportation of non-citizens in a manner that is not significantly different than the deportation of Jews or the hostile discrimination towards the Tutsis.

How do you convince a country that you went too far and the better candidate really is the better candidate once you have convinced them that she’s a lying, untrustworthy law breaker?

There are people out there, Marty, sentient people with jobs and degrees, who think that vaccines cause autism. It doesn’t matter how many studies you show them. They aren’t going to believe it because they have developed trust issues from all the early unsubstantiated reports they heard on the news. There will be thousands of kids who will get seriously ill and possibly die because class action lawyers and a doctor in England decided to play fast and loose with the truth in order to make money. Those anti-vaxxers aren’t going to change their minds now. They’re completely resistant to evidence.

Let’s dispense with the notion that journalists didn’t know what they were doing when they decided to become a gaggle of Javerts, pursuing Hillary thru the sewers to punish her for a minor infraction. They knew that questioning her trustworthiness could be devastating and they’ve been delighted at how close the race has become. This most qualified of candidates, superior in every way to everyone who ran this campaign season, should not have to start from scratch and reintroduce herself to voters. She shouldn’t have to prove her humanity. The media has already shown us that she’s human and can fall with their collective help. Do not put the almost impossible task of rehabilitation on her shoulders.

I have no idea how this gets fixed but you’d better think of something quickly. We only have about 60 days left.

Stealing Iraq’s Oil is a War Crime

“Unlawful wanton destruction or appropriation of property” is considered a Grave Breach of the Geneva Convention.

If we invaded Iraq under the pretense of preventing the use of weapons of mass destruction, which as we all know now did not exist, and ended up taking its oil as Donald Trump says we should have done, at the very least, then the United States of America could have been tried in an International Criminal Court.

At the present time, we are the most threatening power on the planet. We should not be throwing our weight around to take another country’s property.

That’s not what we’re about, Donald.

Bad!

Update: I heard a general for Trump (there’s a club that I wouldn’t want membership in) say that Donald didn’t mean that we should steal the oil. No, he meant we should have left forces there to prevent the oil from falling into ISIS’s hands.

And that would almost make sense if Trump hadn’t said, “To the victor goes the spoils”. Sooo, there’s that.

Sounds like it could be the motto of his presidency. If he’s the victor, what is going to stop him from taking all the spoils of power?

 

Playing with my gadget; Watching Donald squirm; Adam Davidson

Some quick notes:

1.) The other day, I was looking for something in my secretary and found an old iPhone. I don’t even know how old it is. It’s probably been in that drawer since before I moved out of NJ to PA three years ago. There’s also an iPhone 5 in the bottom of my bag that I take to work with me. I haven’t used this since March but for some reason can’t bring myself to get rid of an expensive piece of equipment even though it’s unusable. (It’s broken).

The point is, we all have gadgets we haven’t used in awhile. We shouldn’t be surprised that Hillary went through a bunch of Blackberries. In fact, Blackberry always had a kludgy OS.  My daughter had one for awhile. I never liked it. Too many screens, too many layers of stuff to go through to get to what you want. But I’m sure you can make it work for you if you have a few hours to play with your gadget. If you’re Secretary of State, you probably don’t have that luxury. Instead, you might go through a few phones until you find the one that works for you and when they upgrade the OS, you have to relearn everything. In that case, 13 might make sense.

Some of them are probably in the bottom of Huda’s bag.

2.) OooooOOOoooo! Donald is now being asked about his birther history. He doesn’t want to talk about it. His surrogates are being asked about the pay-for-play deal he had with the AG of Florida Pam Bondi. But they don’t want to talk about it. One of his surrogates was pinned down on MSNBC and forced to talk about Donald’s taxes. They always start off talking to the host like they are sharing insider jokes about Hillary. I guess the media was all too willing to play along with that for most of the last two years. But some media types were shamed in the last week to be more critical of Donald. After all, there’s only so much traction you can get out of an email “scandal”.

Michelle Goldberg gave an interview to TrumpCast yesterday where she finally acknowledges that Hillary’s indiscretions pale in comparison to the avalanche of bad juju in Trump’s biography. It probably won’t last but I’ll take it. Maybe Schlafly dying and Roger Ailes being exposed and Fox News imploding has something to do with it. We shall see.

3.) I’m really beginning to despise Adam Davidson. Not only did he intentionally and aggressively go after Elizabeth Warren in 2008 with one of the most ridiculous arguments in favor of the banks after the financial disaster, he seems to be behind the curve on jumping on the “we all hate Hillary, let’s not invite her to sit at our lunch table” bandwagon. His “insider” story about the Clinton Global Initiative completely misses the point of having a president demanding large sums of money from rich people in order to get their pictures taken with him. Only Bill Clinton could sweet talk someone like Exxon to fork over money for a climate change initiative. (I have no idea if this is an actual case but you get the point).

Adam kind of reminds me of one of those ratings agency employees  in The Big Short who gave glowing reviews to the banks on their securities and funds because they were hoping to move up to Goldman Sachs or Merrill Lynch someday.  Adam has the aroma of public radio all over him.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But it doesn’t exactly scream success in the Uber-capitalism American ideal sense of the word where you have to be an entrepreneur making bucket loads of cash on what is essentially ad based software or capturing the last full time gig with bennies at the New York Times.

Anyway, Adam’s not as bright as he thinks and his timing is off.

Phyllis Schlafly: Private vs Public

Phyllis Schlafly died yesterday. To her family, condolences. I’m sure she will be missed as a private person.

As a public person, I can’t think of a single person who has had such a negative effect on the progress of American women and gay people. This lawyer and working wife hypocritically set the clock back for other professional women and wives. She convinced a generation of women who were born too soon for the cultural changes of the 60s and 70s to drag their daughters back to 1950’s fantasyland. She helped block the Equal Rights Amendment. She helped concretize implicit bias in our public lives.

Want to know why Hillary Clinton has faced so much resistance and sexism on the road to the White House? Phyllis Schlafly.

I’m sure she still has her fan base. Public figures like Sarah Palin will sanctify her. There’s another woman who wanted to play it both ways, having power and convincing other women to give theirs up.

We probably shouldn’t celebrate the deaths of anyone but Hitler type malefactors. Schlafly probably didn’t kill anyone (that we know of). But she may have been complicit in the deaths of domestic violence victims, the coming deaths of women who self-abort in states like Indiana, the deaths of careers and the deaths of dreams for women and gay people all around the country.

She overstayed her welcome. She finally left the party.

It couldn’t have come a minute too soon.

It’s a sign 

Hillary starts her final sprint to the White House and …

Harold Arlen wrote some great music.