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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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Unwissendstolzgehirn

On Trump’s ignorance, from Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast:

“Ignorant” is a start, but ignorant misses the key element, which is his I-don’t-give-a-crap pride in his own ignorance. He doesn’t know anything about anything having to do with governing the country. How large a brigade is; how Medicare is financed; what an average family of four pays in health care premiums a year; what the median household income in this country is, within (I’d bet) $10,000; the number of cabinet departments in the executive branch, within three; that military courts already exist, as we learned in Wednesday night’s fiasco; and, well, nearly everything else.

Think about that. We have a lot of words in this language of ours, and we don’t even have a word for what he is. I wish I knew more German; surely buried somewhere in Nietzsche or Heidegger is some perfect seven-syllable word for the type. I see from the Googles that the respective German words for ignorant, proud, and brain are unwissend, stolz, and Gehirn. So that’s what he is. Unwissendstolzgehirn. It’s only six syllables, but it’ll do, and all the better of course that it’s German. Memorize it and pass it around.

Unwissendstolzgehirn.

I like it. It has a nice ring to it.

 

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Gary, Dude, You’re One Toke Over the Line.

For all you ex-Bernie Bros who are considering casting your vote for Gary Johnson and thus essentially electing Donald Trump president, consider this explanation from the candidate about not knowing what Aleppo was during an interview on “Morning Joe”:

“This morning, I began my day by setting aside any doubt that I’m human. Yes, I understand the dynamics of the Syrian conflict — I talk about them every day. But hit with ‘What about Aleppo?’, I immediately was thinking about an acronym, not the Syrian conflict. I blanked. It happens, and it will happen again during the course of this campaign.”
Oops. Maybe he should back off on the marijuana just a tad.
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Join the Club, Kids. The Line Forms on the Right.

From The Hill:

The USA Freedom Kids who became a viral sensation after performing at a Trump rally in January are suing the Republican’s campaign for $15,000 in damages.

The lawsuit claims that the Trump campaign refused to reimburse the travel expenses for the girls in the singing troupe who performed their song, “Freedom’s Call,” at a rally in Pensacola, Fla. The singing group was also not able to sell their merchandise at the event despite getting approval to do so, according to legal documents reviewed by The Daily Beast.

“We are not able to pay the girls or cover travel,” Stephanie Scruggs, a regional field director for Trump’s campaign, wrote to founder of USA Freedom Kids Jeff Popick in January, according to the lawsuit.

“However we have coordinated with the event space to allow the girls to set up a table and pre-sell their album, shirts, etc if this is helpful to you.”

Popick agreed to fund the trip through merchandise sales, but says the group was never allowed to bring the merchandise into the rally. That merchandise was ultimately left outside and stolen, according to the lawsuit.

Trump’s campaign also promised that the girls could perform several songs at another rally in Iowa, but declined to reimburse their travel expenses.

“They had said, well Iowa’s a pretty long distance for us to travel,” the lawyer representing the Freedom Kids, Marc Shapiro, said according to the report.

“There’s plane flights up there, and hotels and so forth, would you give us a stipend so that we can travel up there and perform. The Trump campaign said no, you would have to pay your own way.”

Several hours before the scheduled performance in Iowa, the Trump campaign said the girls were no longer needed at the rally.

“This is not an opportunistic thing where we’re suing Donald Trump,” said Popick, who is the father of one of the girls in the group.

“We’re not suing for emotional distress and all that other stuff that people do when the trump up — no pun intended — when they trump up a lawsuit. That’s not what this is. This is tangible dollars I spent under false pretenses.”

Popick previously said the Trump campaign had promised to pay $2,500 for the Pensacola performance, but acknowledged that the agreement was mostly verbal.

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“His lies are THIS big!”