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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Stuff I read today: October 16, 2016

-23 days remain before the US presidential election, and polls indicate Donald Trump still holds an astonishing number of voters’ pussies in his tiny, tenacious grip.

-How low has Donald Trump's rhetoric become? So low that Dana Perino is calling him out on it.

Dana Perino knows from low. She was President George W. Bush’s last press secretary. The one who, “during an appearance as the week's celebrity guest on the radio quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, shared that she had once panicked during a White House press briefing when a reporter referred to the Cuban Missile Crisis because she did not know what it was. "I was panicked a bit because I really don’t know about . . . the Cuban Missile Crisis. It had to do with Cuba and missiles, I'm pretty sure. I came home and I asked my husband. I said, 'Wasn't that like the Bay of Pigs thing?’ And he said, 'Oh, Dana.'"

-The Richard Nixon Library completed coming in from the cold yesterday, with a reopening ceremony in which all of its exhibits were certified as reality-based. Nixon’s grandson said the old man would pull the straight party line lever in Hell Precinct #1974. Trump adviser Roger Stone, one of Nixon’s original dirty tricks specialists, may, or may not, have been present.

-Peter Thiel, Trump’s pet gay billionaire, has donated $1.5 mil to The Donald’s self-funded campaign.

-Beth Moore offered a nice counterpoint to the Silence of the Politicovangelical Males this week. Never heard of her? She is widely followed among American evangelicals not in thrall to the notion that God speaks only to white men who inherit pulpits from their fathers, and they to us.

-Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature this week, and the social media debate has been hot and heavy over whether the choice is a betrayal of the Goddess Lit, or a practical course correction to catch up to society. There are philosophical implications to this.

-In a just world, Krista Tippett’s program, On Being, would get a plum NPR time slot: the one, say, where Car Talk has been cemented for forty years, instead of Sunday mornings after dawn. Happily, later-risers can hear the shows online. Today’s with Mary Karr is a gem.

-One way to avoid charges of hypocrisy is to redefine “moral values” to exclude what you aren’t doing, a college syllabus argues. Thus do Republicans argue North Carolina’s HB2 is not only a strengthening of a strong anti-discrimination stance, but it even complies with federal law!

Another option is to argue about Moral Luck.

-As Charlotte, NC prepares to turn over a big uptown park to developers to turn from a nice place open to all residents to a fabulous place open to those who can afford to live in it, Signature remembers human-scale city planning advocate Jane Jacobs, who was born 100 years ago.

-John Pavlovitz’s Stuff That Needs To Be Said is, every week, Stuff That Needs To Be Read.

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