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Monday, October 17, 2016

Stuff I read today: October 17, 2016


There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception- James Thurber

It’s a poor rule that won’t work both ways- Frederick Douglass

-22 days remain until America celebrates the Jonestown Mass Suicide with a nationwide re-enactment by the voting-age population.

-Apparently readying the Republican version of The Age of Two Popes, presidential nominee Donald Trump continues to allege the election is rigged. Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence says the party will accept the election results.

-GOP policies are, similarly, fracturing. Donald Trump continues to insist he will “give the employment” to “the blacks” in their urban hellholes. Former urban hellhole mayor and lifetime achievement race baiting winner Rudy Giuliani says this year’s October Surprise will be Halloween’s rescheduling to Election Day:

GIULIANI: There are -- there are -- there are a few places, and not many in the swing states, there are a few places where they have been notorious for stealing votes, Pennsylvania, Chicago. There have been places where a lot of cheating has gone on over the years.

I know that from my own knowledge of bussing people in from Camden. When I ran for mayor of New York City the first time, some people voted eight and 10 times. And the second time, I had -- I had firefighters and police officers outside checking on the buses, so we take down the number of the bus. The bus had voted 10 times. And then we wouldn't let the bus vote again.

TAPPER: So, you're...

GIULIANI: And when I asked Randy Levine, who is now the president of the Yankees, who did this for me, I said, how much of the cheating did we stop, he said, I think we stopped about 75 percent of it. We're still going to have to give them about 25,000 votes.


GIULIANI: I'm sorry. Dead people generally vote for Democrats, rather than Republicans.

-People who whinge about the trifecta of political correctness, accepting black and brown people as humans, and gays being forced down their throats as reasons America Ain’t Great No More, “listen up!” as Franklin Graham says. Alas for you, news from the fact-based world finds diversity does nothing at all to undermine personal and economic freedom.

-To the braying of law & order supporters who constantly refresh their browsers for the latest presidency-disqualifying Hillary Clinton Wikileaks, columnist Charlie Pierce responds: “Information doesn't become a bombshell just because you stole it.”

-Seth Godin says when it come to voting, you get the ketchup you deserve.

-Here’s the NC roundup:

In western North Carolina, the more Republican the county, the most likely it is to have stalled or declining population growth, and the least likely it is that minorities want to live there. Charlotte Agenda, the go-to for hard news, leads with the story of the Queen City’s new yuppie bank.

Want to know who’s crowding out the car dealers for TV ad space in North Carolina? Here’s a list of the groups determined to beat you into submission.

NC Congresscritter Renee Ellmers- defeated last spring’s do-over congressional primary, after fellow critter Walter (“Freedom Fries”) Jones accused her of adultery with yet another House critter- continues to ignore advice about appearing on news shows. On CNN this past weekend, she called Trump’s accusers “a 'he said, she said' situation". Indy Week reports:

That is what happens when all pols do is wander, show to show, drooling the same half-witted soundbites over and over. People see you coming, and lay palm fronds over their pike-filled pits.

Indy Week also sent a reporter to Franklin Graham’s Rally for Republican Jesus in Raleigh. There the loving children of God call him a fucking sodomite and a Jewboy. Longtime journo Ken Eudy took Franklin’s measurements but good.

NC Capital Connection says Pat McCrory won his debate, but gives above the fold coverage to a Civitas Institute (“we think, therefore we’re a tank”) study showing NC’s tax rates excel at make the wealthy wealthier. You can tell NCCC is a buncha serious intellectuals because they use British spelling: Civitas Analyses Tax Reforms in High Point Study.

In their debate, Governor McCrory chided opponent Roy Cooper for saying NC’ “rainy day fund” is too big. Apparently, McCrory secretly agrees: his budget director has told all the state’s schools to submit 2% budget cuts for next year. The Governor wants $173 million more to sit on.

Despite their anxieties about Negroes, students and the dead voting early- and often- NC Republicans have cast more early ballots than Democrats or independents.

The only part of the surgically precise NC voter ID law not challenged in court was its abolition of straight-ticket voting, so the Trumpocalypse may not sink Senator Sockless Dick Burr after all. But Talking About Politics, longtime Jesse Helms lieutenant Carter Wrenn reports, “In the meantime, the rest of us are still caught between a rock and a hard place – with the squeeze getting tighter.”

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