• Russia,  Stateside,  Trump,  Vote 2016

    McCain versus Trump

    Getting back to the subject of moral courage… While soon-to-be president Donald Trump takes the side of a foreign adversary against his own government, Republican Senator John McCain is spending New Year’s Eve with Ukrainian Marines defending their country against Russian aggression. Spending #NewYearsEve w/ brave #Ukrainian Marines at a forward combat outpost – we stand w/ them in their fight against #Putin's aggression pic.twitter.com/vkz0gdozVV — John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) December 31, 2016 Unlike some other Congressional Republicans, who are contorting themselves to defend Trump’s mystifying Putinphilia, McCain understands the need to put country ahead of party. While Trump has said it’s time to “move on” from the Russian regime’s effort…

  • Stateside,  Vote 2016

    Oops

    “I’m telling you, Mr. Trump, inviting President Obama’s estranged half-brother to be your guest at the debate in Las Vegas could be a game-changer. It might even swing the election to you.” “I look very much forward to meeting and being with Malik,” Trump, 70, told the New York Post. “He gets it far better than his brother.” Trump Is bringing Obama's estranged half-brother to the debate – and he happens to be a Hamas sympathizer https://t.co/V5t71Gg6Gc — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) October 19, 2016 Update: Geez. The Trump campaign can’t buy a clue. Malik Obama and I hanging post-debate prep today. He told me why he is a Republican and…

  • Stateside,  Vote 2016

    Trump goes there– and beyond

    In a speech on Wednesday Donald Trump went full Fred C. Dobbs. Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) was part of some “sinister” deal to to undermine his candidacy, citing Ryan’s failure to congratulate him on his Sunday night debate performance. “Wouldn’t you think that Paul Ryan would say ‘Good going’? In front of just about the largest audience for a second night debate in the history of the country?” Trump began. “You’d think they would say ‘Great going, Don. Let’s go. Let’s beat this crook. She’s a crook. Let’s beat her. We’ve got to stop it!’” “No, he doesn’t do that,” Trump said as the…

  • Stateside,  Vote 2016

    Galloway, Trump and “the sex game”

    Remember back in 2012 when George Galloway explained that Julian Assange couldn’t possibly be guilty of the rape charges he faces in Sweden because his behavior was simply part of “the sex game”? Now it turns out that in 2005 Donald Trump explained his own version of “the sex game.” He wasn’t simply being “lewd.” He wasn’t just indulging in “locker room talk.” He was a 59-year-old man justifying sexual assault, especially if one is a “star.” Like, y’know, Donald Trump. Trump: Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I…

  • Stateside,  Vote 2016

    Emergency xenophobia infusion?

    Donald Trump is prone to rail against the harmful effects of foreign imports (while having almost all of his Trump-branded products manufactured outside the US), so I found it interesting that he reportedly is bringing UKIP’s Nigel Farage over from England to help him prepared for the upcoming debates this month with Hillary Clinton. Update: The Guardian reports: A Ukip spokesman denied the reports but did not confirm or deny if Farage would be heading to the US in the future.

  • Stateside,  Vote 2016

    Trump-Putin bromance influencing Republicans?

    Of all the countless polling results relating to the American election campaign, I have to single these out as the most fascinating: PUTIN Net-Favorability (YouGov/Economist Poll) among… DemocratsJuly 2014: -54Aug 2016: -54 RepublicansJuly 2014: -66Aug 2016: -27 — Will Jordan (@williamjordann) September 9, 2016 That’s right. In July 2014, Vladimir Putin’s net favorability was minus 54 percent among Democrats and minus 66 percent among Republicans. Now, two years later, Putin is just as unpopular among Democrats but substantially less unpopular among Republicans. Twenty-four percent of Republicans now have a very or somewhat favorable view of Putin compared to 13 percent of Democrats. And 46 percent of Democrats have a very…

  • Racism,  Stateside,  Vote 2016

    “Taco trucks on every corner”

    Sounds good to me. Latinos for Trump founder warns that “you're gonna have taco trucks on every corner” https://t.co/lLaB0WY8E7 — BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) September 2, 2016 I’m reluctant to call someone a “self-hating Latino” (or a self-hating anything). But what would we think if a Jewish Trump supporter shrugged off the undisguised antisemitism of other Trump supporters by sounding similar warnings about the alleged dangers posed by his fellow Jews?

  • Stateside,  Vote 2016

    The anti-Trump

    Instead of yet another post about the latest horrors and craziness emanating from Donald Trump and his campaign, I thought I would focus on someone who, by contrast, exemplifies the best of America– inclusiveness, mutual responsibility, commitment to democracy, distrust of authoritarians who say things like “I alone can fix it.” Tefere Gebre fled his native Ethiopia for his life at the age of 14 and barely survived a trek to a refugee camp in Sudan. He was accepted as a political refugee in the United States, where he was resettled in California and completed high school and college. While working as a truck loader for United Parcel Service, he…

  • Labour Party,  Stateside,  Vote 2016

    Race to destruction

    So which political party is self-destructing faster: Donald Trump’s Republicans in the USA or Labour in the UK? Owen Smith, Jeremy Corbyn’s challenger for Labour’s leadership, managed to say something so stupid that it gave Corbyn the opportunity to sound like a hard-headed realist by comparison. Isis should 'get round the table' with UK, says Owen Smith https://t.co/jWwYaq5mwe — The Guardian (@guardian) August 17, 2016 Asked in a televised debate whether the terrorist group, which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria and has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks in the west, should be allowed to join talks about resolving the conflicts in the Middle East, Smith said “all actors”…

  • Law,  Stateside,  Vote 2016

    Corbyn supporters and Trump judge judges by ethnicity

    It’s shocking and disturbing that some supporters of Jeremy Corbyn have suggested that the judge who ruled against him in a Labour party membership case was biased against him because he was born in Israel or because his is a Zionist or because he attended a Jewish boarding school. Lord Justice Jack Beatson ruled in the Court of Appeal on Friday that Labour had the right to block new members from voting in the leadership contest between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith. The decision affects around 130,000 party members, most of them thought to be Corbynites. Mr Corbyn’s campaign team attacked it as wrong “both legally and democratically”. After the…