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A judge has given John Hinkley his release because thanks to Trump, a psycho walking freely among us

is more acceptable now." - Frank Conniff

https://twitter.com/FrankConniff

Cartoon, posted without comment

sorry, don't know who the cartoonist was.

"Supporters Aggravated Bernie Sanders Didn’t Use DNC Speech To Get Voters To Act Against Their Own

Self-Interest"

PHILADELPHIA—In response to the Vermont senator calling upon all Democrats to come together to assure the party’s victory in the presidential election this November, thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters were reportedly left deeply aggravated Monday after he didn’t use his Democratic National Convention speech to encourage voters to act against their own self-interest. “I just don’t understand why he didn’t go up there, be honest about everything that’s wrong with this election, and tell us all to take an action that would inflict deep and lasting harm on ourselves by reversing the policies and values we’ve been pushing so hard to expand,” said Kyle Jorgenson, echoing the sentiment of numerous angry supporters who hoped, especially after the recent leak of emails revealing the Democratic National Committee’s bias against Sanders, that the candidate would urge them to approach this year’s election in a way that would result in the immediate erosion of so much of what they believe in and hold dear. “He really should have taken a stand and declared that if the Democrats aren’t willing to nominate a true progressive, then we should all engage in behavior that ultimately serves to benefit a candidate diametrically opposed to those ideals. I can’t believe he would drop the ball on encouraging us to completely disregard the kind of world we’ll be forced to live in for the next four to eight years and instead act out in shortsighted petulance.” Irritated supporters then called upon those who still believed in progressivism to take the necessary measures to set back society for decades to come.


http://www.theonion.com/article/supporters-aggravated-bernie-sanders-didnt-use-dnc-53325

Karla Ortiz is a finer American and a finer person than anyone who spoke at the GOP convention

GOTV, DU

From Martin O'Malley

I arrived in Philadelphia this morning for the Democratic National Convention, and I'm ready to get to work.

I'm ready to join my fellow Democrats in fighting for middle class families and progressive values.

I'm ready for us to make history.

On Wednesday, just after 7PM, I will address the entire Democratic convention to make clear that Secretary Clinton is not only one of the most experienced nominees in our party's history, but also one of the toughest. She will fight for the marginalized, honorably represent our nation in the world, and lead a nation of inclusion and love rather than one of division and hatred.

Last week was a dark moment in our nation's history: A dangerous, bigoted demagogue was nominated by the party of Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Eisenhower.

This week, our party will celebrate the common hope of our people, our diversity, and the tremendous progress we have made under President Obama.

And most importantly, we will make Hillary Clinton the first woman presidential nominee of a major political party.

I hope you'll tune in this week as we make history.

Martin


Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy. He is unfit for the presidency

and cannot be endorsed.

DONALD J. TRUMP, until now a Republican problem, this week became a challenge the nation must confront and overcome. The real estate tycoon is uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament. He is mounting a campaign of snarl and sneer, not substance. To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed solutions. Mr. Trump’s politics of denigration and division could strain the bonds that have held a diverse nation together. His contempt for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew.

Any one of these characteristics would be disqualifying; together, they make Mr. Trump a peril. We recognize that this is not the usual moment to make such a statement. In an ordinary election year, we would acknowledge the Republican nominee, move on to the Democratic convention and spend the following months, like other voters, evaluating the candidates’ performance in debates, on the stump and in position papers. This year we will follow the campaign as always, offering honest views on all the candidates. But we cannot salute the Republican nominee or pretend that we might endorse him this fall. A Trump presidency would be dangerous for the nation and the world.


Rest from the Washington Post Editorial Board at:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/donald-trump-is-a-unique-threat-to-american-democracy/2016/07/22/a6d823cc-4f4f-11e6-aa14-e0c1087f7583_story.html

The GOP’s backward-looking agenda

The party embraced a startlingly backward-looking social agenda, much of it a reaction to the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. The party favors a constitutional amendment that would overturn the ruling, enabling states to ban same-sex unions once again. It proclaims that children should be raised by “a mother and father,” expressing disapproval of gays and lesbians as parents. It signals approval for the discredited practice of gay conversion therapy. It calls for the Bible to be taught in public schools. It supports allowing churches to organize politically while keeping their tax-exempt status.

The party’s allegiance to tax cutting and deregulation remains. Among other things, the GOP would curtail a variety of environmental protections and prevent a variety of species from being listed as endangered. It would abolish the Internal Revenue Service, a particularly silly bumper-sticker proposal.


Whole piece from the Washington Post Editorial Board here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/donald-trump-has-completed-his-hostile-takeover-of-the-gop-platform/2016/07/18/e400fd44-4d2b-11e6-a7d8-13d06b37f256_story.html

x-posted from GDP2016

The GOP’s backward-looking agenda

The party embraced a startlingly backward-looking social agenda, much of it a reaction to the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. The party favors a constitutional amendment that would overturn the ruling, enabling states to ban same-sex unions once again. It proclaims that children should be raised by “a mother and father,” expressing disapproval of gays and lesbians as parents. It signals approval for the discredited practice of gay conversion therapy. It calls for the Bible to be taught in public schools. It supports allowing churches to organize politically while keeping their tax-exempt status.

The party’s allegiance to tax cutting and deregulation remains. Among other things, the GOP would curtail a variety of environmental protections and prevent a variety of species from being listed as endangered. It would abolish the Internal Revenue Service, a particularly silly bumper-sticker proposal.


Whole piece from the Washington Post Editorial Board here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/donald-trump-has-completed-his-hostile-takeover-of-the-gop-platform/2016/07/18/e400fd44-4d2b-11e6-a7d8-13d06b37f256_story.html

The GOP’s coronation of a charlatan

Years from now, bright-eyed children will look up at Grandma or Grandpa and ask, “Where were you when they nominated Donald Trump?” Far too many prominent Republicans will have to hang their heads in shame.

As the garish imperial coronation in Cleveland reaches its climax, there will be much commentary — some, no doubt, from me — about fleeting events. Did So-and-So’s speech help Trump or hurt him? Did one line of attack against Hillary Clinton seem more or less promising than another? All of this is news, but we must not lose sight of the big picture: The “party of Lincoln” is about to nominate for president a man who is dangerously unfit for the office.

Trump is a brilliant showman, no question about that. His life’s work has been self-aggrandizement, not real estate, and all those years of practice served him well when he turned to politics. He knows how to work a crowd. He understands television and social media. He dominated and vanquished a field of experienced campaigners as if they were mere apprentices.

But he lacks the knowledge, curiosity, temperament, wisdom, compassion and resolve to be president. The GOP is about to formally endorse a charlatan for the most important job in the world.


Rest of the Eugene Robinson piece here:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-coronation-of-a-charlatan/2016/07/18/b6d9e254-4d12-11e6-a7d8-13d06b37f256_story.html

x-posted from GDP2016

The GOP’s coronation of a charlatan

Years from now, bright-eyed children will look up at Grandma or Grandpa and ask, “Where were you when they nominated Donald Trump?” Far too many prominent Republicans will have to hang their heads in shame.

As the garish imperial coronation in Cleveland reaches its climax, there will be much commentary — some, no doubt, from me — about fleeting events. Did So-and-So’s speech help Trump or hurt him? Did one line of attack against Hillary Clinton seem more or less promising than another? All of this is news, but we must not lose sight of the big picture: The “party of Lincoln” is about to nominate for president a man who is dangerously unfit for the office.

Trump is a brilliant showman, no question about that. His life’s work has been self-aggrandizement, not real estate, and all those years of practice served him well when he turned to politics. He knows how to work a crowd. He understands television and social media. He dominated and vanquished a field of experienced campaigners as if they were mere apprentices.

But he lacks the knowledge, curiosity, temperament, wisdom, compassion and resolve to be president. The GOP is about to formally endorse a charlatan for the most important job in the world.


Rest of the Eugene Robinson piece here:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-coronation-of-a-charlatan/2016/07/18/b6d9e254-4d12-11e6-a7d8-13d06b37f256_story.html

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