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Cooperstown Day

Your browser does not support iframes. Watching that eternally glorious bottom clip again, I was thinking about Buck Showalter, a fine manager who’s done an excellent job in Baltimore. Part of me has always thought that it’s unfortunate that he didn’t get a chance to manage the dynasty he helped build just as Jeter was […]

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Talking of grading on a curve, I wonder if the press/pundit industrial complex will do much beyond note that Priebus has vowed that the RNC will never support hateful bigots. David Duke & his hateful bigotry have no place in the Republican Party & the RNC will never support his candidacy under any circumstance — […]

Feel the Kaine-Mentum. No, Really.

The Clinton-Kaine ticket will be hard to beat. I was downright shocked by the shrewdness of the Clinton-Kaine event I just witnessed. Shouts out to Latinos and the military community? So smart. What was even smarter was the highlighting of Kaine’s social justice roots. Smarter still? The damn positivity of the whole event. It was […]

Police officer delivers life-saving projectile to therapist’s leg

In case anyone is still wondering if there is anything police officers won’t say to justify the unnecessary use of force: No. No. NO. Kinsey, before he was shot in the leg, could be seen lying on the pavement with his hands in the air. He told police that he was unarmed and that the […]


People who bet the chalk were right. I’ll probably have a piece about it, but a few quick points: The pick is…fine. He wasn’t my first choice and still wouldn’t be, but the pick accomplishes the basic minimum of what is necessary in a vice presidential candidate, which is minimizing the downside risk. (As I […]

The Imaginary Progressive Donald Trump

One way of mainstreaming Donald Trump is to pretend that “I don’t think gay people should be subject to mass murder” is some sort of major concession to LGBT rights. Another strategy, which Ivanka Trump used last night, is to just outright lie and suggest that Trump is running on the Democratic platform rather than […]

Getting the Message

The reviews are in — Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) July 22, 2016 His time has come again! It’s official: David Duke is running for Congress. The former Ku Klux Klan leader and one-term Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives said in a video announcing his candidacy Friday that he believes in “equal rights […]

Booker > Kaine

Although he probably won’t be selected, Corey Booker is apparently at least somewhat in the running for Clinton’s VP slot. I’ve been having this argument with a lot of people for a while — including, at least back in the day, Brother Loomis — but can I note that Booker has one of the most […]

In better news

HRM George Clinton is seventy five funkin’ years old today. An appeals court has overturned Purvi Patel’s conviction for feticide. It’s far from perfect. She’ll be re-sentenced for neglect of a dependent, and the state has accomplished the goal of Setting an Example. But it is a vast improvement over 20 years in prison for […]

Oh dear, what can the matter be?

Only 18 Black delegates at GOP convention – lowest share (0.7%) since at least 1912! #RNCinCLE — Daniel Donner (@donnermaps) July 19, 2016 What a puzzling phenomenon this is, to be sure. The peak came in 2004, during the reelection effort for George W. Bush. That year, nearly 7 percent of the Republican delegates […]

5CA Would Do Anything For the GOP, But They Won’t Do That

It is not easy to pass a statute so egregiously discriminatory the Fifth Circuit won’t uphold it. But Texas managed to pull it off: Texas’ law, and the similar ones being enacted by other state legislatures, are not just bad public policy — they also run afoul of federal law. While the Roberts court struck […]

Grading on a curve

Donald Trump hasn’t lowered the bar in regard to political discourse in America: he’s drilled a hole halfway to the center of the Earth and thrown that bar down it. So last night, when he didn’t call Obama the N word, or grab the ass of his daughter who he has more than once said […]

How Stepped Pyramids Screwed Us Over, or, Respect to the Lurkers

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, the worst possible outcome for you tonight was watching Donald Trump’s speech to the Republican National Convention. Wait, Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president? What? Anyway, tonight was the Portland LGM meetup. Thanks to Anna in PDX for setting it up. Good to meet Amanda in […]

Easy Marks

I just saw an MSNBC panel talk about how Trump is moderating the Republican stance on LBGT rights. This is insane. I assume this is the passage of the speech that they’re talking about: Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted […]

That Thing That Happened Tonight, In One Tweet

If Leni Riefenstahl were alive, Trump would hire her to film this speech. Then not pay her. — Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) July 22, 2016 Share

American Plutocracy: If You Lose, You Still Win

Roger Ailes is out at Fox News. To review: The 76-year-old Ailes is very credibly accused of having been a serial sexual harasser over the course of many years. He makes and enormous amount of money and maintains a high social status while controlling an influential news network. One of his victims finally decides to […]

The big speech

There’s a draft of Trump’s speech making the rounds, and according to both Chris Hayes and Ross Douthat it’s something of a straight reboot of Pat Buchanan’s infamous “cultural war” speech from the 1992 convention: Trump speech tonight is the full Buchanan. Very very dark, dystopic. Straight up nationalism no chaser. Ross Douthat ?@DouthatNYT 34m34 […]

Pyotr Velikiy!

  I do love to write about battleships, and/or battleship-themed warships: In the 1970s, the Soviet Union embarked on a project to do what no navy had done for decades—build a surface warfare vessel comparable in size to the battleships of World War I and World War II. The U.S. Navy—and every other navy in […]

Not A Dime’s Worth of Difference!

The Party of Donald Trump, with all that this entails, has a platform. It is: Horrible on environmental policy. Horrible on reproductive rights. Horrible on tax policy. Horrible on health care. Horrible on LBGT rights. I could go on like this for a while. Still, Hillary Clinton did not adopt the runner-up’s platform in its […]

You give one Nazi salute to a national television audience and the PC crowd is all over you

I mean come on, it’s not like she explicitly called for the extermination of the untermenschen. (I didn’t see the speech but I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt). BTW it turns out the Nazis more or less lifted that concept from this guy, immortalized in The Great Gatsby: “Civilization’s going to […]

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