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Pussy Grabbing, OK. Winky Grabbing? They Draw the Line.

From Politico:

Milo Yiannopoulos lost his keynote speaking slot at the Conservative Political Action Conference after tapes surfaced of the right wing provocateur and senior Breitbart editor advocating for sexual relationships between “younger boys and older men.”

“Due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has decided to rescind the invitation,” said Matt Schlapp, chairman of the group which sponsors CPAC, in a statement Monday afternoon. The group called Yiannopoulos to “further address these disturbing comments,” but defended its original decision to invite him as a nod to “the free speech issue on college campuses.”

“The Milo Test,” wrote Charlie Sykes, a conservative former radio host who has written critically of the Republican Party since the rise of Trump. “Anti-Semitism, ok. Racism, ok. Alt Right, ok. Advocacy of pedophilia? Is THAT the bridge too far?”

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My New Goal: Ataraxia

I get the Word of the Day in my inbox every day and if this one isn’t emblematic of what I desperately need right now, I don’t know what is.

Ataraxia “impassiveness, calmness” is best known from and associated with the ethics of the Athenian philosopher Epicurus (341–270 b.c.). It is acquired by shunning politics and obnoxious people, by paying no attention to the gods or an afterlife, and by devoting oneself to trustworthy friends and a simple life.  Ataraxia was important to the Stoic philosophers, also, but for them the final goal was apatheia, which means not “apathy” in the modern sense but “calmness,” imperturbability gained from the pursuit of virtue. Ataraxia (spelled atarxie) entered English in the early 17th century.

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We Repeat, This Is Only a Test

From CNN:
Trump is also set to call for increased vetting of individuals entering the United States by developing a “test” that would question visa applicants on their support of US values and seek to weed out any supporters of extremist ideologies.
The campaign official specifically noted as an example that “large numbers of people” in Afghanistan “may have attitudes about women or attitudes about Christians or gays that would be considered oppressive, even violent.”
“We have no reason to bring someone into our country who is going to harbor that hostility. We want to bring in people who are reformers or who support moderation or who embrace or expand pluralistic ideas,” said the campaign adviser.
The senior campaign official declined to say exactly what such a test would look like, but said it could include a questionnaire to get potential immigrants on record about their views.
And we all know how truthful everyone will be on these tests.
(Note: that was sarcasm, Donald.)
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I Love John Oliver

John Oliver lambasted Republican nominee Donald Trump for his remarks about the father of a U.S. Muslim soldier killed in Iraq, using his Sunday night show to rip into the GOP presidential nominee.
“Trump has managed to say pretty much anything in this campaign seemingly without consequences, and yet, even with that caveat, his response when asked about that speech from Khizr Khan stands out,” Oliver said Sunday on “Last Week Tonight.”
Khizr Khan is the father of Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq. At the Democratic National Convention, Khan spoke of his son’s sacrifice and criticized Trump’s call to ban Muslim immigration, asking if he had read the constitution.

Trump, in response, questioned why Khan’s wife, who was standing next to him, didn’t speak during the convention, suggesting it might have something to do with her religion.

“For a start,” Oliver said, “his wife has explained that she chose not to speak because she gets too upset when she sees images of her dead son’s face, you f-cking a–hole.”

Oliver then showed a clip of Trump talking about his businesses successes and the jobs he’s created in response to a question about his own sacrifices.

“They are self-serving half-truths from a self-serving half-man who has somehow convinced half the country that sacrifice is the same thing as success,” Oliver said.

“Honestly, the main takeaway from these two weeks is that incredibly, we may be on the brink of electing such a damaged, sociopathic, narcissist that the simple presidential duty of comforting the families of former soldiers may actually be beyond his capabilities and I genuinely did not think that was a part of the job that someone could be bad at.”

Oliver likened this surge in popularity to a scary back mole. Trump is America's back mole.

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That’s a Wrap, Folks

From Andrew Sullivan’s liveblog of tonight’s GOP convention:

11:09 p.m. Just mulling over the events tonight, there’s one obvious stand-out. I didn’t hear any specific policy proposals to tackle clearly stated public problems. It is almost as if governing, for the Republican right, is fundamentally about an attitude, rather than about experience or practicality or reasoning. The degeneracy of conservatism – its descent into literally mindless appeals to tribalism and fear and hatred – was on full display. You might also say the same about the religious right, the members of whom have eagerly embraced a racist, a nativist, a believer in war crimes, and a lover of the tyrants that conservatism once defined itself against. Their movement long lost any claim to a serious Christian conscience. But that they would so readily embrace such an unreconstructed pagan is indeed a revelation.

If you think of the conservative movement as beginning in 1964 and climaxing in the 1990s, then the era we are now in is suffering from a cancer of the mind and the soul. That the GOP has finally found a creature that can personify these urges to purge, a man for whom the word “shameless” could have been invented, a bully and a creep, a liar and cheat, a con man and wannabe tyrant, a dedicated loather of individual liberty, and an opponent of the pricelessly important conventions of liberal democracy is perhaps a fitting end.

This is the gutter, ladies and gentlemen, and it runs into a sewer. May what’s left of conservatism be carried out to sea.

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Go Ahead. Ask “the Gays.”

From The Hill: 

Donald Trump, who has in recent days called himself the best presidential candidate for the gay community, re-tweeted a photo of himself standing next to anti-gay Pastor Robert Jeffress Friday.

Jeffress, who is known for his anti-LGBT sentiments and controversial views on the Mormon faith, tweeted the photo Friday after meeting at Trump’s rally in Dallas.

Following the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando last weekend, Trump has said the gay community should support him over rival Hillary Clinton.

“The LGBT community, the gay community, the lesbian community — they are so much in favor of what I’ve been saying over the last three or four days,” Trump said Thursday.

“Ask the gays what they think and what they do, in, not only Saudi Arabia, but many of these countries, and then you tell me – who’s your friend, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?”

But his newest friend, Jeffress, has previously linked homosexuality and pedophilia and compared being gay to bestiality. 

In February 2015, he was quoted saying the gay rights movement would “pave the way for that future world dictator, the Antichrist.” 

Jeffress has also called the Mormon religion a “cult.” When introducing then-GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry in 2011, he said Christians shouldn’t vote for Mitt Romney because “he’s a Mormon, therefore not a real Christian.”

“Historically, evangelical Christianity has never embraced Mormonism as a branch of Christianity. Mormonism has always been treated as a cult,” he said.

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Telling It Like It Ain’t

From The Daily Kos–written by Dr. RJ

“However, when murders are committed by white Americans, the crimes are considered unfortunate aberrations. We won’t have serious discussions about the state of mental healthcare in this country whereby a school full of kids are murdered, or the racial divisions which fuel an asshole to shoot up a church, or how treating any minority group as an “other” can stoke hate. Instead, we’re left with insane debates about the role of video games, or insinuations the victims share the blame in their own deaths. There were no Trump tweets demanding new security measures or asking white America to explain itself after the Sandy Hook massacre or the Charleston church shooting. And that’s because, for the people who say they support Trump’s arguments and mentality, there’s a tendency to think white killers must have been “influenced” in some way to go bad, where people of color are inherently dangerous. A clear example of this sort of thinking can be seen in the recent controversy over the Stanford sexual assault, and how there was in some ways a search for excuses to explain away a rape. Does anyone really believe that if Brock Turner was a poor black kid, or he was the child of immigrants and named Muhammad Baqir, a court would of given him 6 months?

And therein lies the rub of arguing political correctness. This is not a situation where people are being silenced from expressing an opinion. These are cases where stupid opinions are being called stupid and the stupid people who said them don’t want to own up to their stupidity, or confront the implications of what they actually believe. Because whether we call ISIS “radical Islamic terrorists” or murderous schmucks of the East in official correspondence makes not one Goddamn difference to our overall strategic position. And those that think it does are idiots. Therefore, the failure to use a three-word phrase of choice is not a sign of weakness or political correctness—it’s a recognition that our bombs and special forces are more likely to achieve a favorable result than an asshole with bad hair and small hands spewing nonsense.”