Begins The Reckoning

I thought that the speech Hillary Clinton gave at the DNC was the speech of her life. It WAS.  This IS:

With this speech, Hillary Clinton did what the mainstream press should have done over a year ago – using ACCURATE words from Donald Trump’s own mouth, from his campaign staff’s mouths, and from his supporters’ mouths, to absolutely annihilate the white nationalist dumpster fire that is the GOP run for the presidency. I understand that the fainting couch market is at an all-time high, pearls are being clutched so hard they’re being crushed into dust, and media Villagers have already pre-assumed the position (flat on their backs hoping for a belly rub but fearing a kick from the Right instead).

It is in a moment such as this that one gets the opportunity to see just how compliant, how cowed, how COMPLICIT the remnants of our Fourth Estate really are, to the extent that simply repeating, verbatim, actual quotes from a political opponent turns into the greatest scandal ever (since the last one, and only until the next one). Make no mistake about it, when Secretary Clinton wins this election, much like President Obama before her, she will have beaten both the GOP AND THE PRESS.

Black Hole Son

One of the Trumplets took a trip down to Mississippi last week. Philadelphia, to be precise. If you had “breaking bread with the Confederacy” in your office pool, congratulations!

Trump Jr. decided to enter the flag fray Tuesday by first saying, incorrectly, that there were no American flags at the Democratic National Convention this week, according to WAPT.

The DNC, like the RNC last week in Cleveland, had a digital screen that displayed the American flag. Additionally, the audience in the hall waved hundreds of Stars and Stripes given to them by convention organizers when Hillary Clinton accepted the nomination on Thursday night.

“I saw a bunch of stuff on social media this morning where they didn’t even have the American flag up at the Democratic National Convention, and to me as an American that’s pretty disgraceful,” he told the station. “The fact they’re not even thinking about that as part of their platform, as part of their convention, to me says all you need to know about the Democrats.”

When asked about taking down the Mississippi flag, Trump Jr. responded:

“I believe in traditions. I don’t see a lot of the nonsense that that’s created with these things,” he responded. “So, you know, those are issues and I understand how people feel about some of that, but leaving some of the traditions the way they are in this country, there’s nothing wrong with some tradition.”

He sounds just as incoherent as Hair Furor, but make no mistake – the trip had deliberate intent (feeding the GOP base on a subject that they absolutely LIVE for)

NeoCon(federates) Lose Again

On the heels of the DNC comes some encouraging news:

A federal appeals court decisively struck down North Carolina’s voter identification law on Friday, saying its provisions deliberately “target African-Americans with almost surgical precision” in an effort to depress black turnout at the polls.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals panel unleashed a blistering 83-page can of “WTF were you THINKING” on the hapless dopes of the NCGOP, noting that the law “constitute inapt remedies for the problems assertedly justifying them and, in fact, impose cures for problems that did not exist.”

Particularly damning evidence was brought to light when it was revealed that the legislature took this action only after the Supreme Court struck down provisions of the Voting Rights Act pertaining to federal oversight of election policy, meticulously studying voting patterns and procedures favored by minorities, and then deliberately restricting or eliminating those (and only those) patterns and procedures.

Similarly restrictive provisions in Wisconsin’s voter ID law were also struck down.

North Carolina officials stated their intent to appeal, but with a 4-4 tie at the Supreme Court level (thanks for not doing your jobs, GOP senators!) it is likely that the rejection of the law will stand for this election cycle.

This. Is. America.

Just watch.

This Is How You Do Work

This is one of the most powerful, most moving, most “just exactly what was needed WHEN WE NEEDED IT” speeches I have EVER heard. Simply incredible.