31 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-19-16

  1. Like I said last night, I thought the first part of the first night of the Trumpkin convention was pretty good. Then I went swimming and missed Zsa Zsa Gabor giving Michelle Obama’s speech.

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  2. So I wonder who wrote that speech of hers. And if they are still among the living?

    Or if they’re FIRED.

    Ouch, what a major-league blunder. How does that even happen, though? It does almost seem like there’s a double agent involved here …

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  3. Starting with Duck Dynasty, the convention drew some constant snickers from my co-workers all afternoon yesterday. It was pretty roundly lampooned.

    Then capping it all off was The (now infamous) Speech.

    Like Michelle, I say nothing.

    Publicly I am Amish for this election.

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  4. From Howard Kurtz at Fox:

    The Melania and Michelle Flap: How the Trump campaign is fueling the flames



    Nobody is blaming Melania Trump, who did a nice job in the harsh spotlight.

    But the colossal screwup over the passages that were strikingly similar to Michelle Obama’s Democratic convention speech is getting worse because the campaign is denying the obvious.

    Folks, the video evidence is out there. Cable news channels are playing the Melania/Michelle similarities back to back. Everyone knows the Trump campaign is allergic to apologies, but insisting that this was a mere coincidence is just inflaming the media coverage.

    It is, of course, not that big a deal. Melania is neither a politician nor a practiced public speaker. Although she claimed ownership of the Cleveland address in an interview, it’s clear that it was largely the work of speechwriters. What, they thought no one would notice that the current first lady used some of the same phrases in 2008?

    So in insisting that the story is bogus, campaign officials are actually giving it legs by prompting anchors and reporters to prove the case and to question why the Trump operation persists in its denials. …


  5. OK, this was funny.

    On FB, a picture of Melania Trump speaking last night beneath the quote: “It was difficult growing up as a black woman in Chicago.” — This was the moment I knew something wasn’t right in her speech.

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  6. Personally I find it to be nothing more than a distraction from the message, by an all too compliant media. Funny, I don’t remember them caring so much in the past, even when a sitting President did it. Twice. But people just keep letting the press control the narrative.


    And they certainly didn’t devote non-stop coverage to it when Michelle Obama herself did it, and she plagiarized Alinsky for cryin’ out loud. Stop falling for it already people.


    “Melania Trump, wife of imminent Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and potential First Lady, faces accusations of plagiarism after several passages in her speech to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland appeared to echo lines from Michelle Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Denver.
    Trump’s wife joins Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Joe Biden as accused plagiarists. Even Michelle Obama was accused of plagiarizing part of her own 2008 DNC speech.

    Barack Obama: “Don’t tell me words don’t matter.” As then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) surpassed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, largely on the strength of his oratory, Clinton said that Obama’s record was “just words.” Obama responded in a speech whose refrain was lifted from then-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. The Obama campaign did not even bother to refute the claim. Instead, it circulated examples of lines that it said Clinton herself had borrowed from Obama. The left media defended Obama, saying that he had not committed plagiarism, but merely, at worst, “poor footnoting.”

    “Hillary Clinton: “No bank can be too big to fail, no executive too powerful to jail.” After the Obama campaign accused Clinton of stealing lines in 2008 — a claim supplemented by The New Republic, which accused her of stealing lines from then-Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) — she ought to have learned her lesson. But in 2016, she stole lines from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who responded by telling NBC News’ Meet the Press, jokingly: “We’re looking into the copyright issues here.” Clinton was accused of lifting other lines, too — and Sanders supporters responded on Twitter with the wry hashtag: #StealtheBern.

    “Joe Biden: “My ancestors who worked in the coal mines…”. Biden was found to have borrowed heavily from the oratory — and the biography — of British Labour Party leader Neal Kinnock, without attribution. In addition, it was discovered he had committed plagiarism while in law school. The scandal helped bring down Biden’s presidential campaign in 1988 — though Biden’s angry outburst at a reporter — “I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do, I suspect” — didn’t help, either.”

    “Michelle Obama: “…the world as it should be.” In 2008, the aspiring First Lady was accused by bloggers of lifting lines for her DNC speech from Saul Alinsky. Alinsky wrote, in Rules for Radicals (emphasis added): “The standards of judgment must be rooted in the whys and wherefores of life as it is lived, the world as it is, not our wished-for fantasy of the world as it should be.” Michelle Obama said: “And Barack stood up that day, and he spoke words that have stayed with me ever since. He talked about ‘the world as it is‘ and ‘the world as it should be.’” (Perhaps Mr. Obama who left out the attribution.)”

    Now can we maybe talk about something of substance from the convention? Or we can keep playing SQUIRREL! if ya’ll insist. Whatever.

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  7. Goodbye Roger? Et tu, Megyn?

    Not a good year all around for Fox, in my view. I find myself watching CNN more and more now — it ain’t perfect, but Fox seems to be in need of some new vision and discipline (and new commentators).

    And maybe some women who don’t have to wear skin tight dresses and mini-skirts, their legs always prominently in view of the camera (as I understand it, this is pretty much the forced “dress code” at Fox. Please).



    21st Century Fox is declining to comment on an explosive new report from New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman that says Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly told lawyers she was also harassed by Fox News CEO and chairman Roger Ailes.

    “According to two sources briefed on parent company 21st Century Fox’s outside probe of the Fox News executive, led by New York–based law firm Paul, Weiss, Kelly has told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her about ten years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox. Kelly, according to the sources, has described her harassment by Ailes in detail,” Sherman reports. …


  8. Unfortunately, the substance of this convention is a giant orange SQUIRREL.

    Matt Walsh and others have been having fun this morning:

    However, we now know the best argument for Trump. Trump and Hillary are equally amoral, liberal, unqualified and corrupt, but Trump is really funny. Has Hillary ever made you laugh? If we are going down the tubes, let’s go down laughing.

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  9. Poor Matt. You guys lost dude. Your efforts have failed. Time to move on.

    But hey, at least he’s not throwing a tantrum on live TV like Utah’s Mike Lee did yesterday. Talk about awkward. 🙂

    Watched Pence’s surprise speech at the RNC earlier. He did a good job I thought.


  10. Ricky,

    Remember the good ol’ days when R’s were worried that Trump wouldn’t keep his pledge to back the eventual nominee if it wasn’t him?

    Good times…… 🙂

    Now we fast forward to today, and it’s the so-called “principled” conservatives who aren’t keeping theirs and backing the guy who won the nomination with a record number of votes. Go figure……


  11. Nobody is moving on. If we are stuck with Trump as a nominee or a President, we are going to laugh at him every day. As noted above, that is the only thing about him that is clearly better than Hillary.


  12. This kind of action is much more preferable to demonizing and talking past one another:


    Unfortunately, too much attention is paid to the haters on either side, and because people want to see a train wreck, more attention is paid to the dross rather than the good.

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  13. http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/19/politics/melania-trump-michelle-obama-speech/

    (CNN)Donald Trump’s presidential campaign doesn’t plan to fire anybody or to take disciplinary action over the controversy surrounding Melania Trump’s plagiarism of Michelle Obama, CNN learned Tuesday.

    Trump’s campaign hopes to simply move on without further addressing questions about the speech.

    Aides to the presumptive Republican nominee are scrambling to move past the imbroglio after a passage in Melania Trump’s speech Monday night, which headlined the Republican National Convention’s opening night, closely mirrored a portion of Michelle Obama’s address to the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

    It’s set off infighting and finger-pointing within Trump’s campaign, and two sources told CNN that Donald Trump himself is furious about it. …

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  14. Interesting:

    Drudge: Greta, O’Reilly, Hannity, “Fox & Friends,” and “The Five” anchors have set meeting to discuss walkout…


  15. Donna,

    Looks like Ailes is on his way out. Good.

    With a 40 mil parachute, of course.


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    James Murdoch, Mr Murdoch’s younger son and chief executive, was pushing for Mr Ailes to go as soon as possible, those people said.
    Late on Tuesday, the Drudge Report website said Mr Ailes had left Fox News with a $40m severance package. 21st Century Fox denied the report in a tweeted statement, saying: “Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. The only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement.””

    “The likely departure of the former aide to Richard Nixon who defied the odds when he launched Fox News 20 years ago could present a big problem for the Murdochs. Three of Fox News’ biggest stars — Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren — have clauses in their contracts that would allow them to depart if Mr Ailes were to leave the network, the two people briefed on the dispute said. This means a core team of on-air talent could follow Mr Ailes out the door”

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  16. Ailes ain’t out yet.
    But Trump is in.
    I don[‘t like Trump, but I’ll vote for him.
    I didn’t like McCain and Romney either.


  17. If Hannity, O’Yankee, and Gretta move on, I will watch Fox News more. The worst reports I read about Ailes go back many years. If half of those are true, he needs to go. There is a lot of conservative talent out there that could replace the Trumpkins named above. I would like to see Matt Walsh, Mark Stein, Mark Levin, Mona Charen, Dinesh D’Souza, Kevin D Williamson, Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, the Milwaukee sheriff, and Michelle Maukin. Give Krauthammer his own show.

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  18. I like Ricky’s alternate lineup. I think it is time for a shakeup there, Fox has become too entrenched and predictable.

    And commentators like O’Reilly and Hannity, well, I think they could do a lot better for their prime time slots

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  19. Step one at Fox would be to coax Brit Hume out of semi-retirement to replace Ailes. Hume first brought Krauthammer to TV and could recruit top talent. The only problem is he might be too smart. Ailes was great at “dumbing-down” conservatism to appeal to the “great unwashed”. However, that is part of what led us to Trump.

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  20. There’s a certain amount of poetic justice here, given the players involved. 🙂

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch…..


    “Police broke up skirmishes between groups of demonstrators a few blocks from the Republican National Convention as large crowds formed Tuesday afternoon. There was no immediate word on any arrests or injuries.

    Members of the KKK, Black Lives Matter, and Westboro Baptist Church reportedly threw urine at each other and police had to step in in an attempt to keep the peace, a police spokesperson told KPLC.

    A scuffle also broke out when conspiracy theorist and radio show host Alex Jones started speaking in downtown’s Public Square. Police on bicycles pushed back a surging crowd, and Jones was whisked away.

    Minutes later, more officers on bicycles formed a line between a conservative religious group and a communist-leaning organization carrying a sign that read, “America Was Never Great.””


  21. Hume is first class, smart and has so much to offer (his daughter, who is a Christian, tweets as does he, btw). 🙂 Anytime I see him as part of a panel on fox, I definitely stop and listen.

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  22. And amen about smartening up fox again, Ricky. It’s turned into a knee-jerk, far-right outlet.

    Love Krauthammer (one of the things that drives me crazy is when O’Reilly has him and and O’Reilly continually cuts him off and interrupt him. Like O’Reilly thinks he’s smarter than Krauthammer. Imagine!

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  23. They need people who are deeper, with more thoughtfulness, not playing to the riled-up folks but appealing to those who are interested in thinking through some of these things with at least a little bit of nuance.

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  24. Years ago I enjoyed watching BookTV on CSpan on the weekends. Most shows would be 30 to 60 minute interviews with authors to discuss their new books. Every so often Brian Lamb would host a 2-3 hour extended interview with an author. I happen to catch such an extended interview that Lamb conducted with Hume. In it Hume discussed his early years as a reporter, his faith, his son’s suicide and the founding of Fox News. The portion dealing with how his faith helped him deal with the loss of his son was very powerful stuff.

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  25. It is going to be interesting to see what the young Murdochs do with Fox News. It has been like Limbaugh – very successful financially and a nice alternative to CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS. However, as you say it has done that at the cost of being every bit as shallow as the major networks.

    I know you can’t do National Review on television, but I also hope Fox will raise the intellectual level of their programming a few notches. They really need to do some soul searching about their responsibility for Trump:
    1. They continually gave him unchallenged forums to mouth off not given to other candidates; and
    2. They failed to educate their low-information viewers about his liberal record and sordid personal history.


  26. I remember reading that about Hume and how the suicide played in his decision to step down from full time at fox. Good to see him coming back into the picture more and more.

    I also heard him talk about how, in the beginning, it was thought that Fox would prompt the other media to be more conscientious about its reporting, to be more aware that there were other aspects to stories that they’d completely missed or ignored.

    Instead, Hume said regretfully, it led to a further splitting of partisan media and has, in that sense, made things more chaotic and divided.


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