Eye Opening

One of the things I truly did not understand in the 90’s when I was a Republican was that there were a not insignificant number of people on “teh left” who hate Hillary Clinton as much or more as Rush Limbaugh. I was not a fan of hers during the 2008 primaries, but other than that, there’s really nothing she’s done that’s moved me to the kind of ire that I say leveled at her from certain alleged Democrats. I thought the email server was stupid, and said so, opposed Libya and said so, but other than that, there hasn’t really been anything to make me furious.

Trump’s Russian buddies used wikileaks to dump the DNC hack, and there is some shitty stuff in there, like a couple of clowns talking about using Bernie’s alleged atheism (which is about as open a secret as Dreier’s sexual preferences were) in WV, which is kind of disgusting, but here’s the thing. They never did it. So, umm, ok. Some shitty people at the DNC said some shitty things, and thus Hillary is evil and the election was stolen. That totally fucking makes sense.

Not to mention, you think atheism and religion wouldn’t be an issue in the general had Bernie won? At any rate, the intra-party nastiness with this release and the Kaine selection is kind of eye-opening.

Saturday Afternoon Open Thread: Graphic Images

My inner teenage comix geek still gets excited when new, diverse writers get top billing… especially when they’re highlighted in the NYTimes!

Her story, written with Mr. [Ta-Nehisi] Coates, will follow Ayo and Aneka, two lovers who are former members of the Dora Milaje, the Black Panther’s female security force. “The opportunity to write black women and queer black women into the Marvel universe, there’s no saying no to that,” she said.

The first issue of World of Wakanda will include a 10-page second story by Ms. Harvey about Zenzi, a female revolutionary who incited a riot in the first issue of the Black Panther series. Mr. Coates, who recruited both writers, said he thought it was important to have female voices help breathe life into these characters. “The women in Black Panther’s life are very, very important,” he said…

Apart from celebrating a wider world inside our imaginations, what’s on the agenda for the evening?

(Yup, that’s great, too.)

Just a Quick Message

It really doesn’t matter whether or not Tim Kaine gives you a warm tingly feeling. What matters is even with the many things I don’t like about him (the hawkishness, the spotty labor records, the apparent deference to Israel) is that he is solid and should anything happen to Hillary, he would be a sober and serious leader.

And she likes him and thinks he will help her govern. That’s all that fucking matters.

Remember, Biden had a LOT of baggage when Obama chose him (google Biden+Banking+Delaware). He’s turned out ok, hasn’t he?


Only love can break your heart

I’ve been impressed by how many right-wing pundits — George Will and Robert Kagan stand out — are so freaked out and upset about Trump that they’re willing to be anti-Trump all the time and note devote any columns to fragging Hillary. Meanwhile, the professional centrists continue to treat Trump and Hillary as two sides of the same coin:

Why is the convention so negative? For the same reasons next weeks’ Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia likely will be an anti-Trump orgy.


Shouts of “fascist” from the convention floor, for example, would be the Philadelphia analogue of “Lock her up!” Smug dismissals of Trump’s populist approach and policies might be viewed by undecided voters as an indictment of them.

Ron Fournier and Matt Bai aren’t upset that the country could devolve into a fascist dictatorship under Trump (note: I don’t think it probably would, but some on the right make a good case that it might). It would just be further proof of the corrupt duopoly derp derp and, anyway, they have plenty of money so it probably wouldn’t hurt them much.

A lot is made about how the country has become too polarized and angry. Well, fury can be misdirected but being mad as hell is at least a sign that you give a fuck.

In the comments a few times, some of you have mentioned studies that show that people can’t make decisions if the part of the brain that deals with emotion is incapacitated. I hate to go into Boboish pseudoscientific gibberish here, but I do think that sober-minded, nonpartisan, objective blah blah blah analysis has its limits. That it’s not just that Ron Fournier is a sociopathic asshole but that the whole nonpartisan project is doomed to failure.

Saturday Morning Cartoons Open Thread

Tom Toles wins the prize, for imagining this scene a full week before the RNC assembled in Cleveland:

Tom Toles Editorial Cartoon

(Tom Toles via GoComics.com)

Plenty of targets for all, though…

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(Mike Luckovich via GoComics.com)

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Late Night “Yup, Still the Wrong Choice” Open Thread

From the NYTimes article:

After declaring that he had unified the party in one of the most “love-filled” conventions in political history, Mr. Trump launched an extended diatribe against Mr. Cruz, who pointedly declined to endorse him during his own convention speech on Wednesday and instead urged people to vote their conscience. The speech embarrassed Mr. Trump and cast a shadow of discord over the convention, which had already been marred by plagiarism in a speech by Mr. Trump’s wife, Melania, on Monday.

“I don’t want his endorsement,” Mr. Trump said angrily, in a rambling stream-of-consciousness performance that seemed half stand-up routine, half vengeful rant. “If he gives it, I won’t accept it.”

The remarks were a noteworthy display of lingering tension within the party and Mr. Trump’s inability to let go of grudges.

They also represented a seemingly inevitable reappearance of Mr. Trump’s irrepressible id. Having spoken from a teleprompter for more than an hour on Thursday, the final day of his convention, he seemed almost incapable of restraining himself any longer as the campaign moved into its next phase…

Mr. Trump briefly turned his focus from Mr. Cruz to Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent, who will be formally nominated next week at her party’s convention in Philadelphia. Attention is expected to shift to the Democrats in the coming days, but Mr. Trump said that he did not expect to watch Mrs. Clinton’s speech because she is “boring.”…
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Open Thread: Notes on Tim Kaine, from A Professional


… and one Republican analyst:

Steve Has Returned

He has burrs on every part of his body that is not shaved.

The fucker.

Let’s Nip This Kaine Anti-Choice Bullshit Right in the Fucking Bud

Before you hear bad information on this from whining members of our progressive betters (in fact, I just heard some clown on Inners complain Kaine’s position on abortion is SOOOOOOO 90’s), Tim Kaine is pro-choice and anti-abortion.

What, you say? HOW CAN THAT BE?

Simple, if you have two functioning brain cells. He personally opposes abortion. Here he is in his own words:

Q: When you first ran as Lieutenant Governor, you were classified as a pro-life Democrat. You’re now not considered a pro-life Democrat. How would you describe your abortion position?

KAINE: People use labels all the time. But I’m kind of a traditional Catholic. I don’t like it personally. I’m opposed to abortion. And personally I’m opposed to the death penalty. I deeply believe, and not just as a matter of politics, but even as a matter of morality, that matters about reproduction and intimacy and relationships and contraception are in the personal realm. They’re moral decisions for individuals to make for themselves. And the last thing we need is government intruding into those personal decisions. So I’ve taken a position which is quite common among Catholics. I’ve got a personal feeling about abortion, but the right role for government is to let women make their own decisions.

Got it? He opposes abortion and as such WILL NEVER FUCKING HAVE ONE, but he doesn’t think it is the government’s job to tell women what to do with their bodies.

THAT’S THE VERY FUCKING DEFINITION OF PRO-CHOICE. You SUPPORT the right for someone to make a choice. Pro-choice does not mean, as the lunatic right will tell you, that you are pro-abortion. It simple means you think people should have a choice. He has a 100% rating from NARAL and Planned Parenthood. Now who you going to believe? Them, or some wankers on your fb feed?

This is for anyone who claims he is anti-choice.


Secretary Clinton has Chosen Senator Kaine to be Her Running Mate

Because bigfooting my own breaking news thread with a breaking news thread is how my day has gone:


BREAKING NEWS!!!!!! Hillary Clinton has Chosen Senator Kaine to be Her Running Mate!!!!!


(Not an actual image of Senator Kaine!)

(Also not Senator Kaine, but borrowing this entry would be cool for the VP debate!)

* Image found here.

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Shooting in Munich: All Clear is Given


Earlier today a single perpetrator went on a shooting spree at a shopping mall in Munich, Germany. The Munich Police have now issued an all clear, confirming a single shooter, and indicating that public transportation has resumed and the shelter in place order is lifted. A press conference is ongoing, so we’ll hopefully have more information soon. As of right now we know that there are 10 dead, including the shooter who committed suicide, and 21 wounded. The only current indication of who the shooter might be and what he wanted is from an eye witness who indicated that the shooter “yelled an anti-foreigner slur”. As always this is an ongoing situation and the information is likely to change over the next 24 to 48 hours.

Update at 8:20 PM EDT

Here’s the link to the Munich Police press conference.

Update at 8:25 PM EDT

The Guardian has reported, based on a translation of the Munich Police’s press conference, that the shooter was an 18 year old German of Iranian descent. His body was found at 8:30 PM local time. They have confirmed that he shot himself.

Update at 8:40 PM EDT

The Guardian is reporting that the Munich Police have indicated that the shooter had lived in Munich for a long time and had no criminal record. The investigation is ongoing and no motive has been reported yet.

Golden and (maybe) Denver meetups!

Hi Everyone,

Sunday’s Golden, CO, Balloon Juice get-together with be held at New Peach Garden, 1111 Washington Ave Ste 10, Golden, CO 8040. Starfish, Scamp Dog, and I are meeting at 7 p.m. and you’re invited! Please email me if you’re attending.

On Monday I will be rattling around downtown Denver (near Union Station) and if anyone is wants to have lunch that would be great. Flexible as to time, and willing to travel a bit, so long as the directions are idiot-proof. Email me!

Tampa Clinton Rally (Open Thread)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz sighting!


Don’t worry; it’ll get better. Here’s a crowd you wouldn’t see at a Trump rally:


They’ve repurposed the GOP convention’s “lock her up” chant, saying “lock him out” (of the White House). Here’s Charlie Crist:


Don’t worry; it’ll get better.

Must be a fairly large number of ex-cheerleaders in attendance; new cheers go up every few minutes. Here’s Bill Nelson:


Will post updates as I’m able!



Tada! She gave a terrific speech.

Open Thread

I haven’t seen Steve since last night and he missed his morning feeding, so I am wondering if he jumped the fence and is out and about. Not going to freak out because it is still daytime and he will probably come home tonight. But I hate it when he does this. The problem with cats is there is no real point searching for them because you will only find them when they want you to- he’ll either come home or he won’t. Furry bastards.

Everyone tell Steve to come home.

Jill Stein, Anti-Vaxxer and Homeopathy Sympathizer – Whocoodanode?

Dan Savage is having a fight with the Greens (details here), and part of it involves a good look at their perennial candidate, “Dr” Jill Stein.  Here’s a taste of her bullshit:

I don’t know if we have an “official” stance [on vaccination], but I can tell you my personal stance at this point. According to the most recent review of vaccination policies across the globe, mandatory vaccination that doesn’t allow for medical exemptions is practically unheard of. In most countries, people trust their regulatory agencies and have very high rates of vaccination through voluntary programs. In the US, however, regulatory agencies are routinely packed with corporate lobbyists and CEOs. So the foxes are guarding the chicken coop as usual in the US. So who wouldn’t be skeptical? […]

For homeopathy, just because something is untested doesn’t mean it’s safe. […]

What a fucking loon.