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Why Are We Hearing *crickets* From the NRA?

From the Daily Kos, by Hunter:

Today was a big day in the Donald Trump campaign, as Hair Furor repeated his new idea for police to stop-and-frisk Americans on the streets in order to take their guns away. This would be precisely the sort of thing that the NRA and other American militia groups have been sending panicked newsletters about for the last forty years, but everyone appears to be in agreement that Donald Trump meant only black Americans so, as of yet, there is no panic in sight.

Ohhhh, of course.

Crickets

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Farewell to Summer

From The Daily Kos, by Bill in Maine:

A few reminders on this, the last full day of summer:

• This has been the warmest summer on record. Or, if you prefer, the coolest summer on record in James Inhofe’s imagination.

• The Republican running for president fills his speeches with a string of non-stop lies and his followers love him because he “tells it like it is.”

• The Democrat running for president is generating huge controversy by existing.

• You can still be fired for being gay in 29 states and for being transgender in 32.

• Black lives still don’t matter as much as white lives.

• This…

Sign seen in Alpine, Texas by Kossack foresterbob...October 2014

• The only thing taking over the world faster than robots is pumpkin spice.

• The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continues to reduce the number of uninsured in America and is growing in popularity. Republicans are starting to want you to forget they ever opposed it.

• A little more mansplaining about ladyparts will cause women to flock to vote Republican in November.

• The world may end on October 31st.

• If the world doesn’t end on October 31st, you’ll probably want to weigh the pros and cons of tossing out the coleslaw in the back of the fridge that expired in June.

Bring on fall.

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Dave’s Not Here, Man.

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson on Sunday said he was glad no one had been injured during the recent attacks in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota — but the incidents caused dozens of injuries.

“I’m just grateful that nobody got hurt,” Johnson said on CNN when asked about the attacks.

As Samantha Bee said last night about Johnson, “The Pot Head Perot.”

 

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Even the F***ing Flags Were Embarrassed.

From The Hill: 

A sign from God, perhaps?

Television anchors laid into Trump on Friday. News networks carried the event in full under the impression he would expand on his past “birther” claims and take questions.

But instead, Trump made only the brief remarks, spending the vast majority of the event honoring Medal of Honor winners and veterans there supporting Trump and lauding his new hotel just a stone’s throw away from the White House.

“We got played again by the Trump campaign, which is what they do,” CNN’s John King said, making clear that he did not mean to disrespect the service members being honored at Trump’s hotel

“He got a live event broadcast for some 20 minutes.”

After Trump left to tour the new hotel, security stood by the doors and and refused to let reporters and some attendees out of the event hall to follow Trump. Once they opened the doors, Trump had left the building.

As everyone waited inside the hall, the backdrop for the event came tumbling down, including American flags, military flags and one marking the sacrifices of servicemembers killed or missing in action. 

No one appeared to be hurt in the mishap.

Except the American public.

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“Heh, heh, heh. I see my plan is working.”

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For Trump It’s All a Big Act, Isn’t It?

From Politico:

“You think this is easy? In this beautiful room that is 122 degrees,” Trump said, although the arena was notably chillier than his usual venues. “It is hot and it is always hot when I perform, because the crowds are so big, these rooms were not designed for this kind of crowd.”

So Trump views campaigning for the most important job in the country as all part of a performance, like when he was on the “Apprentice.”

God help us.

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The Blind Leading the Blind

From New York Magazine:

“Well I will sever connections and I’ll have my children and my executives run the company,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” in the first segment of a two-part telephone interview. “And I won’t discuss it with them. It’s just so unimportant compared to what we’re doing about making America great again. I just wouldn’t care. I guess you can say there’s a conflict because as the company — country — gets stronger, that’s good for all companies, right? But I wouldn’t care. It’s so unimportant compared to what I’m doing right now.”

The sort of enmeshment between a country’s leadership and business class, where wealthy rulers can enrich themselves through their public behavior, is a hallmark of the post-Soviet realm of which Trump is famously envious. Trump’s response to the conflict of interest is to assure his listeners that it wouldn’t matter because he loves his country so, so much. (As does Vladimir Putin.)

Amazingly, Trump has managed to blur the distinction between a blind trust and the opposite of a blind trust so thoroughly that the media is now repeating his own terms. “The Republican nominee has previously indicated,” reports Politico, “that he would place the businesses in a blind trust run by his children and executives.” Again, a “blind trust run by his children and executives” is not a thing.

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