Out of My Mind | Wrong, Never; Never Right, Always Correct

President Obama said Tuesday that Donald J. Trump should “stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes.”
Speaking at a Rose Garden news conference with Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, Mr. Obama also called it “unprecedented” for any presidential candidate to “discredit the elections” before any votes were even cast, as Mr. Trump has done repeatedly in recent days.
“I have never seen in my lifetime or in modern political history, any presidential candidate trying to discredit the elections and the election process before votes have even taken place,” Mr. Obama said. “It’s unprecedented. It happens to be based on no facts.” (Link.)

Sad but too true.

Meanwhile, the next President got it right albeit for the wrong reasons. Post-2000, how can one agree to concede before the fact because who knows?

On the other hand…:

Hillary Clinton is right; she does have the experience to be a U.S. president: a track record in slaughtering unlimited numbers of people. Donald Trump, the bombastic, “utterly cold psychopath,” is also well suited to the American presidency. He would build walls and set loose the police. The Americans deserve to be inflicted with Trump, so they can “get a taste of what other countries have had to accept at their own country’s hand.”

There are things [Justice Antonin Scalia’s] said on the bench where if I had a baseball bat, I might have used it.
— Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in a Q&A session at the University of Minnesota, where she explained just how frustrated she would get with the late Justice Scalia. (Link.)

Profiles in Cowardice

A thoroughly corrupted state means only cowardly leaders.

Last night, John McCain admitted something that I’ve been arguing about for months: The Senate Republicans have no intention of confirming a Hillary Clinton Supreme Court appointment. Speaking on the radio in support of Republican Senator Pat Toomey, McCain said:
“I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up.”
McCain later walked that statement back, saying that he would “thoroughly examine the record” of any nominee and “vote for or against that individual based on their qualifications.” We know that is a LIE because McCain RIGHT NOW has a nominee in front of him that he has not examined, will not meet, and will not ask his colleagues to take a vote on said nominee. McCain just told you want he intends to do, and tried to walk it back by actively lying about what he is doing right now. Country first my ass. (Link.)

While both sides of the political spectrum throw out insults using “Hitler” as a pejorative, one Kansas Republican is actually embracing the former war criminal and Nazi leader responsible for the murders of over 11 million people, 6 million of which were Jews.
According to the Wichita Eagle, Speaker Pro Tem Peggy Mast posted a comment indicating she was sharing a video, but didn’t include the link. All that appeared on her Facebook page was a status update reading, “Great quote from Hitler in the video. Please, listen to it closely. His words are profound! Let’s start using discernment.” (Link.)

The party of patriots.

Boohoohoo! Ecuador houses Julian Assange but cuts his innerwebs access because, you know, maybe fucked up as it is, the nation’s relationship, for better or worse, with America is more important to them than Assange’s web access. Sad!

Since the release of the tape showing Trump bragging about “grabbing [women] by they pussy,” I’ve been far more interested in the response from cops’ unions than members of Congress. After all, the Republicans who really had a moral or ethical problem with Trump would have already distanced themselves (as some have). Anyone flipflopping now would simply be gaming the impact on their own election.
But cops? Cops are supposed to protect people from men grabbing them by their genitalia without consent. And thus far, the Fraternal Order of Police has shown no regret for their national endorsement of Trump and all he stands for (which of course includes gambling, financial trickery, racism, and some ties to the mob, on top of the explicit sexism).
Finally, someone else is examining the issue. While I’ve been traveling, the Baltimore Sun did a piece noting that their state FOP, along with four other states and DC, actually voted against endorsing the Donald.
The story quotes FOP president, Chuck Canterbury, explaining that they endorsed because Donald claims we need “law and order” (apparently Canterbury is cool if everything about him defies that campaign claim).
“Canterbury attributed the endorsement for Trump to the candidate’s campaigning on the need for “law and order” and on his support of law enforcement officers.”
In other words, even after the release of the tape, one of the nation’s cops unions is still okay if Trump endorses sexual assault, so long as no one presses criminal charges (as opposed to the rape lawsuit currently working its way through court). (Link.)

Yesterday, Kansas Solicitor General Stephen McAllister filed a brief — signed by Shon D. Qualseth of Thompson Ramsdell Qualseth & Warner (where McAllister serves Of Counsel) — citing the Supreme Court opinion in Dred Scott v. Sanford… approvingly. Huh? That’s something you don’t see everyday.
“See also Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393, 407 (1856) (describing the Declaration’s description of unalienable rights as merely “general words used in that memorable instrument” and holding that the Declaration did not have a legally binding effect).”
This cite comes to us from Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt, an appeal to the Supreme Court of Kansas seeking to revive a Kansas law that effectively bans second-trimester abortions in Kansas. What makes the case unusual is that it rests the protection of reproductive rights upon the Kansas Constitution and that has the Sam Brownbackadministration terrified because he’s been praying for that Trump-packed Court to come along and sweep away Roe so he can wallow in his own crapulence. A state constitutional right would put the kibosh on that. (Link.)

“In Rwanda, you have to call the mass killings of 1994 the ‘Genocide against the Tutsi’ or you’re locked up and labeled a ‘genocide denier.’”
Rwanda Day-San Francisco, September 27, was a bad day for identity politics. Rwandan President Paul Kagame stepped to the podium and said that he was happy to be in San Francisco because it’s so diverse, seeming not to understand that his guest speaker, Reverend Rick Warren, champion of the 2008 Prop 8 ballot measure banning same sex marriage, wouldn’t appeal to San Francisco’s diverse population. The city and surrounding Bay Area communities include the nation’s highest concentration of men and women who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Then Reverend Rick Warren himself got up and told the audience that he might look like an American, but he’s really a Rwandan, and that he may have white skin, but he’s Black on the inside. (Link.)

In a speech in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Monday night, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump drilled down on his new favorite talking point — warnings that the election may be “rigged” against him.
In the speech, Trump alleged that “it is possible” that illegal votes from undocumented immigrants (who, although they pay taxes, are not allowed to vote) may have won President Obama the state of North Carolina in 2008. 
“It could have provided the margin of victory,” Trump said.
There’s no credible evidence backing up Trump’s claim. Nonetheless, his campaign is backing him up — with even more misinformation.
In an interview with local Boston radio, Trump’s campaign co-chair Sam Clovis was asked if Trump’s unsubstantiated claims about North Carolina were “irresponsible.” Clovis said that instead, “it raises an issue.”
“I’ve done a lot of work and study in this area, so here’s what happens: you have the opportunity for illegal immigrants to come to the state, and the state loosens its laws to provide for individuals to get drivers licences in the state, illegal or otherwise,” Clovis said. Then, he alleged, once the undocumented immigrants have the photo ID, “what happens sometimes is that you are able to register to vote because you establish residency.”
Clovis’ defense of Trump’s comments is based on a wholly false premise: North Carolina does not allowundocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licences. (Link.)

One way to help American workers: Boycott Trump’s outsourced businesses.

Mark Burnett: The superior person who can be a self-avowed christian and all-out Trump enabler because at the end of the day, nothing is more important than the thickness of a true christian’s wallet.

And others of his kind:

A Jewish female reporter for the political news website Politico has been targeted with anti-Semitic messages from a Donald Trump supporter.
Hadas Gold is the editor of Politico’s “On The Media” blog. A photoshopped image of Gold was posted Monday on Twitter, including a bloody bullet hole in her forehead and a yellow star worn by Jews in Nazi Germany pinned to her chest. She also received emails with threatening and anti-Semitic messages.
“Don’t mess with our boy Trump or you will be first in line for the camp,” read a message accompanying the photo. “Aliyah or line up by the wall, your choice.”
Aliyah is a Hebrew term for immigrating to Israel. (Link.)

These people can’t just disagree, they have to demonize as well. Just following their leaders, leaders like these cowards:

The entire world is buzzing about one thing after last night’s debate: Donald Trump’s refusal to say he’d accept the results of the election. It’s the lead story on all the morning news shows. It’s been condemned by pundits and politicians alike — Democrats and Republicans. But from Republican leadership, well, we’re still getting radio silence.

During her sit-down interview on Monday with Anderson Cooper’s AC360°, Melania Trump defended her husband against accusations of sexual assault and criticized media outlets for supposed unfair coverage. But, she also took a moment to declare that she wants no one’s pity. “Don’t feel sorry for me,” she said, twice, for emphasis. (Link.)

Why would anyone feel sorry for her? Her marriage is the art of the deal.

Donald Trump — as if this is news — is a complete mockery of any sort of decent human being.

On Oct. 12, former People writer Natasha Stoynoff wrote a powerful essay accusing Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her in 2005 during an interview at his Mar-a-Lago vacation home. Trump has since vehemently denied the accusations and even questioned Stoynoff’s story during a campaign rally by saying, “Look at her … I don’t think so.
On Tuesday, People published a report featuring six people who the outlet says can corroborate Stoynoff’s story. Included are two of Stoynoff’s longtime friends and three coworkers. (Link; emphasis added.)

Apparently people with balls whine like cranky five year olds.

Donald J. Trump suggested on Monday that Hillary Clinton was too “tough” in her language about Russia, and said that if he won the election, he might meet with President Vladimir V. Putin before being sworn in.
Mr. Trump made the remarks in an interview with the conservative radio host Michael Savage, who repeatedly affirmed Mr. Trump’s recent claims that the mainstream media was attempting to thwart him.
Mr. Trump told Mr. Savage that the United States’ current leadership, as well as Mrs. Clinton, was too aggressive against Mr. Putin.
“They insult him constantly — I mean, no wonder he can’t stand Obama and Hillary Clinton,” Mr. Trump said, calling the tensions a “very serious problem.” (Link.)

Jamelle Bouie recently observed that Donald Trump’s preemptive claims that the election is being stolen from him “could be the catalyst for actual intimidation and violence, before and after Election Day.” How Trump and his supporters will react to his nearly certain pending defeat is pretty terrifying. And in one sense Trump is an unusually threatening figure — say what you will about McCain and Romney, they actually conceded, in the latter case despite having convinced himself that the polls were SKEWED and he was going to win.
But, in another way, Trump is just the logical extension of the party of Shelby County and Hans von Spakovsky. Talk up the vote fraud fraud enough — raising it up to a threat that not only justifies all kinds of vote suppression measures but effectively justifies reading the Section 2 of the 15th Amendment out of the Constitution — and it’s not surprising someone would follow the argument where it leads. (Link.)


“He said, ‘hey, look at this one. We haven’t seen this one before. Look at those legs’ as if I was an object rather than a person,” she said, adding that then, “his hand touched the right side of my breast.”

For the record, that’s pretty much what he always does with his daughter.

But wait, there’s more:

I have spent time with Donald Trump. I have also spent moments with his wife. I have also been hit on by Donald Trump in a way that I do not want to write about on social media. I have seen the sadness in his wife’s eyes looking directly into mine on quiet evenings at a private golf course with her son’s innocence gazing over.

If so — not that I doubt it — this kind of piggery in front of wife and young child is absolutely disgusting. Maybe there’s a reason why he only attracts the most vile people.

Interesting how the great disruptor just mouths ancient GOP shibboleths. He says he’ll be a disruptor yet proposes nothing really disrupting.

On numerous occasions Trump told his backers: “to knock the crap out of them [Black Lives Matter protesters], seriously, get them out of here. In the good old days this doesn’t happen because they use to treat them very rough and when they protested once they would not do it again so easily. I’d like to punch them in the face, I’ll tell you. I love the good old days. You know what they use to do to guys like that in a place like this? They would be carried out on a stretcher, folks.” (Link.)

Just a reminder of the wisdom of D.J. Trump.

Trump’s greatest hits — hits, as in assaults on American and simple human decency.

Trump and Gore

They’re identical except for the differences.

2000 was very close; 2016 is going to be a slaughter (he wrote hopefully) or at least a clear, decisive defeat (ditto).


It is amazing that these people would equate what Donald Trump is threatening to anything that Al Gore did in 2000. In fact, Al Gore’s acceptance of the Supreme Court decision in Bush v. Gore, his decision to forgo other colorable legal claims, and his gracious concession speech all stand as testament to the fabric of American democracy. It was Al Gore’s second-best contribution to the country, behind creating the internet.
Al Gore did NOT threaten to lock George W. Bush up. He did NOT argue that Bush shouldn’t be allowed to run. He did NOT exhort his supporters to menace opposition voters at the polls. He did NOT question the integrity of the American process. Trump is doing EXACTLY what Al Gore did not do. I suspect that Donald Trump literally doesn’t know better, but Giuliani, Conway, and Sessions should be ashamed of themselves — or would be if shame was something they were capable of feeling. (Link.)

Read the rest on the off chance you think these might not be pulling it wholesale out of their asses.

“Every car we make on the order of 2,000 cars a week are shipping with … hardware capable of full driverless capability,” CEO Elon Musk said in a call with reporters Wednesday night. “I think that’s probably unexpected by most that this is happening right now.”

More about that here.

Being a bullshitter, Musk makes this sound impressive. Everyone now offers the hardware. The trick for full autonomy is the software. So loading the hardware is, again, bullshit. And are they really spewing 2k vehicles a week?

What is it with GOP local rule? Taking over the corruption from the Dems, at least in Nassau County, New York (and next door neighbor Suffolk County is possibly even more fucked up).

But there’s good news too

In 2014, Seattle passed an ordinance to eventually raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour, giving the Pacific Northwest city the highest pay floor in the U.S.
The ink wasn’t even dry on the wage legislation when the dire warnings of economic collapse began. Unemployment would skyrocket, economic growth in the state would be hurt, restaurants and small businesses would close en masse. The deserved punishment would be swift and harsh.
But a funny thing happened on Seattle’s way to economic collapse: the city thrived. Restaurants didn’t close — they actually prospered — and new restaurant openings rose. Unemployment fell, most recently to less than 4 percent, more than a full percentage point lower than the national rate. By all accounts the city on the Puget Sound is booming. (Link.)

Used to be common knowledge that you can’t get broad-based prosperity by maximum exploitation. The better people are paid (within reason) the better for the economy.

A wall is going up outside the Trump International Las Vegas hotel Wednesday morning.
The Culinary Union, long a Donald Trump antagonist in Las Vegas, is going to “build” a wall of taco trucks outside Trump’s hotel, just a couple miles from UNLV, site of the final presidential debate.
The groups aim to have at least five taco trucks outside the hotel, in addition to a banner in the style of a wall that participants will be able to sign.
“We’re reminding Mr. Trump that immigrant workers here and across the country will be watching the debate and voting in November,” said Yvanna Cancela, the political director for the majority Latino and predominantly immigrant union.
The Culinary Union has held nearly 10 rallies outside Trump’s hotel since workers voted to unionize and won last December. They argue that Trump is illegally refusing to bargain with them. (Link.)

Advancing Black liberation requires a full spectrum of policies from the eventual abolishment of prisons and the police to ending racial wage gaps once and for all by giving people the freedom to negotiate over their work. We know policies by themselves aren’t enough to achieve the change we want to see in the world. Historically, social movements are one of the primary vehicles people have used to transform society. Black millennials who hope to engage in politics and challenge increasing racial inequalities should consider joining grassroots organizations and campaigns that align with The Vision for Black Lives. (Link.)

The election is of course important, specially this year, with something of a serious choice.

But punching up, fighting back, is magnitudes more important. (For everyone, of course.)