The RNC has been disqualifying event for me since 2008 when Sarah Palin got up to speak. It was ideologically inconsistent and reductive view of the American experience. It proved to be the most coherent thing she would ever say under the national spotlight. Pundits quickly fell out of love with her the more it became evident she was a disqualifying pick for VP. Every Republican ticket from that point on has tapped her at one point or another to pitch in and it’s a bigger disaster every time.
I can see a Republican saying Romney and Paul Ryan would do just fine for them.
This year’s RNC, this year has to be a deal breaker for anyone who is sane. The deal breaker is not just Donald Trump. It’s the awful speakers. It’s the tepid endorsements or non-endorsements. It’s the way most Republicans in close races stayed away from the convention. It’s the adversarial, divisive and fearful tone. It’s the ridiculous self congratulation over the first openly gay person (who happens to be a billionaire) addressing the RNC for the first time…in 2016.
A friend of mine said this last night as we watched Hillary Clinton accept the Democratic nomination: no living President supports the Republican nominee for that office. Even George W. doesn’t think he has what it takes. Cleveland was a deal breaker.
President of NC NAACP, Leader of Moral Mondays Movement Rev. Dr. William Barber II
Gold Star Parents of Capt. Humayun Khan Mr & Mrs. Khizr Khan speak at DNC 2016
President Barack Obama address 2016 DNC
video from DNC on YouTube
Vice President Joe Biden addresses the 2016 DNC
I was seriously irked by the three young Sanders delegates (new members of the power elite) who at their first DNC’s were still on the fence or never going to support HRC. Then I realized these 20 some year olds weren’t old enough to remember “Gore Bush Same diff” theme, championed by Green Party Candidate Ralph Nader, during the 2000 campaign that brought us the first four years of GW’s sub par administration.
It would do some of us olders to remember that before we say “wtf” to the youngins: that they have never been here before.
Anyone Gen X or Older can f*ck off, but the Millenials came with wildly outsized expectations of the convention process. On social media and in fever pitched faux revolutionary meetings, i am sure they were being told by oldheads who had never been to a DNC that Roberts Rules of Order would open up a portal back in time that would allow them to get Bernie to the nomination.
We should, it’s tough to, try to convince them to embrace pragmatism in absence of their original hope.
First Lady Michelle Obama addresses 2016 DNC
Update: Fixed Embed and link to video that is just FLOTUS
The modern American presidency is a mountain of responsibilities, impossible decisions and tough calls. A President gets into office and start making decisions that will change the country and often the world.
Every liberal president is less of a liberal than the liberal candidate they were. They have or want to do awful things that absolutely no true liberal ever on Twitter or Facebook would ever do if they were president. At times, the good bills can’t get passed, other times a bill passes and there are unintended consequences or not enough consequences, sometimes they just believe in a thing that must be done that isn’t very good because it’s what supposed sensible adults who aren’t very liberal but are very trusted tell them to do and other times they just screw up and do a liberal thing very poorly.
Whether it be President Clinton or President Sanders or President Stein or President Clean Up After President Trump, they will all end up doing something that will disappoint or hurt a lot of people. The point of a lefty in the Oval Office is a liberal president can readily be pushed or supported in their pursuit of accomplishing liberal things.
None of them is one true liberal, they are all real life liberals. They will all fail most of our purity tests, they will even fail their own. We’ll never elect one true liberal because they don’t exist, we can elect a real life liberal President to do one liberal thing after another.
Ikea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers that can easily tip over and trap children underneath. Six children have been killed and three dozen others injured in the past 27 years, and federal safety officials on Tuesday urged consumers to take immediate action.
This Ikea recall is due to just over one (1) per year violent incident due to faulty design 1 for the 27 years this line of furniture has been available.
Since 23 toddlers have shot that many people between January 1 and May 1, 2016, it’s safe to say more toddlers will be involved in gun violence in 2016 than this dresser has seriously hurt or killed over 27 years.
“The Benghazi Mission was understaffed. We know that now,” Stevens said. “But, again, Chris knew that. It wasn’t a secret to him. He decided to take the risk to go there. It is not something they did to him. It is something he took on himself.”Stevens, the chief of pediatric rheumatology at Seattle Children’s Hospital, also told the magazine Clinton has taken “full responsibility” for the tragedy and she doesn’t “see any usefulness in continuing to criticize [Clinton]. It is very unjust.”
“Donors are demanding a lot these days, man, and they want answers and they want results, and a lot of them hit the panic button a lot,” said Theresa Kostrzewa, a Republican lobbyist and donor based in North Carolina, who is supporting former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida. “This is a new day. Donors consider a contribution like, ‘Well, wait, I just invested in you. Now I need to have my say; you need to answer to me.’ ”
Full Screen. 14 inch screen. I’m not a speed reader, but htf am I supposed to read this. I can’t even look at the historical pictures of Marian Anderson.
Andrew S. Tanenbaum on intentional reduction of polls and the problems it created with voting access in AZ on Tuesday:
Judging by what happened in Arizona Tuesday, it’s working. In many areas with large minority populations, such as Maricopa County, the lines to vote were generally an hour or more, and sometimes the wait was as much as five hours. In some predominantly Latino areas, there were no polling places at all. As The Nation notes, the word “disenfranchised” was being used quite liberally.There is time enough before the general election for lawsuits to be filed; presumably the DNC is working on that already. But whether those lawsuits are resolved in time for the election, especially with an eight-person Supreme Court, is another question. It is entirely possible that a few close states, most obviously Arizona, New Mexico, and North Carolina, could end up in the Republican column due to these machinations.
When people think of the national Democratic party, state Democratic parties and groups like NAACP or Voto Latino predicting these issues and having lawsuits in the pipeline is kinda what people expect of these groups. It’s hard to vote for Democrats when they don’t do what Democrats would love.
I love “The Expanse” on SyFy. It’s a movie quality production, featuring researched science fx within an action-thriller plotted into a tight serial with plenty of suspense and a rich multi-world backdrop. There are strong performances from a cast that is diverse in gender and race. Among many strong performances, DOMINIQUE TIPPER stands out as a real no nonsense gangsta space engineer…
14. Naomi Nagata from the Expanse: I’m so happy that this character exists; she is everything! I just finished the first season of the show and I’m not ashamed to say that I’m probably Naomi’s number one fan. She’s a Belter (born and raised amongst the asteroids of our solar system), has multiple degrees, and is a spaceship engineer. In other words, she’s the brains of the show, using her skills to get her comrades out of sticky situations. She also has an authoritative quality to her; what she says goes. Naomi is highly logical, and is the voice of reason in a group comprised of an idealistic captain, a self-doubting pilot, and a trigger-happy sociopath. I can’t wait to see more of this Mohawk rocking, spacefaring maven as she continues to kick ass intellectually.
On twitter I wrote…
any long form critique of the halftime show that doesn’t have the phrase “milly rock” in it is disqualified.
— Luimbe (@luimbe) February 9, 2016
Beyoncé’s halftime cameo? takeover? was full of pro-black imagery:
Her costume paid homage to Michael Jackson at the Super Bowl. The backup dancers dressed in Black Panther inspired costumes miles away from the birthplace of the Marxist civil rights era political organization. Beyonce and the her squad least subliminal formation was an “X” right at the 50 yard line. The lyrics of song of choice “Formation” has her stating her heritage as a Negro and Creole, two distinctly American heritages linked inextricably to the black diaspora. She declares her love for her man’s nose and his “Jackson 5 nostrils”.
And it begins and ends with references to Katrina’s destruction of New Orleans.
This is Beyoncé publicly claiming blackness (No Dolezal). But Beyonce’s salute to the young black people was when she hit the “Milly Rock”.
The “Milly Rock” is a song and a two step that is the immediate cousin of last year’s “Shmoney Dance” by Flatbush, Brooklyn rappers Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel from the video for the single “Hot N*gga”. Beyonce and Jay Z cosigned the Shmoney Dance during their “On the Run” concert.
2 Milly is a rapper from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. 2 Milly is a ___ of “Too Militant”, but the militant is in the lyrics. “Milly Rock on Any Block”. This is genius.
I originally missed this, due to being out at a bar in Scottsdale watching the game while enjoying adult beverages while watching the game. but black twitter was on point and young black twitter is still talking about it.
Tweets about milly rock beyonce
it’s code talking to the young black people.
This is why these gun nuts say we should all want guns, to be able to stop the gov’t. This didn’t work too well for the Bundy Gang
FBI agents then moved in on Wednesday night after spotting one of the occupiers leaving the militia’s encampment in an ATV. Law enforcement approached the ATV, which then quickly returned to camp. The FBI then surrounded the occupiers’ camp in armored vehicles and set up barricades.
the right to bear arms is not and has never been an effective check on the government . It’s just a way of intimidating neighbors.
The millennials are the brainiest, best-educated generation ever. Yet their elders often stop them from reaching their full potential, argues Robert Guest
Source: Generation Uphill
Yes. We (elders) have let college prices inflate from a factor of x times the minimum wage to y times the minimum wage.
Our thirst for bigger, badder houses and of course the derivatives leveraged to the hilt against the mortgages created an almost dollar breaking crisis.
We have perfected the “never ending, over there war against an idea”. We started this as the “cold war” against “communism in countries not named USSR” now it’s the “War on terror” against “terrorism perpetuated by Muslims” which asks young people to enlist, fight and have their minds and bodies destroyed by the horrors of war.
The private stadium funded with public cash, debt and tax breaks has become the standard from the mighty NFL down to the niche MLS. Allowing billionaires to demand hundreds of millions every 15 or so years. In addition, new prisons are erected all the time and fueled by incarceration of men who drop out of extremely poor high schools our elected officials cannot seem to run correctly.
and yet..our advice to them is “Why don’t you just…?”. Anyone that says that to “kids these days” doesn’t understand what kids these days are really up against,
God’s gift to bloggers is a two letter word.
Such changes are at the heart of an expanding internal Pentagon investigation of Centcom, as Central Command is known, where analysts say that supervisors revised conclusions to mask some of the American military’s failures in training Iraqi troops and beating back the Islamic State. The analysts say supervisors were particularly eager to paint a more optimistic picture of America’s role in the conflict than was warranted.
“revised conclusions to mask” = lied.