Poor kid.

Jeez, what a first week back. Nothing like a late night in Kalamazoo to…make you think that would be a great movie or novel title, right? “Late night in Kalamazoo.” But it was nice to celebrate Bridge’s birthday with a giant slice of cake at Bell’s, one of the great local breweries here in Michigan.

I drove over with my editor, and met him at his house. His wife reported later that when she asked their daughter who daddy had left with, he said, “Some blonde lady who looked like Hillary Clinton.” I had no idea.

Things should smooth out soon. I hope so.

So, Trump was in Flint on Wednesday. He met Little Miss Flint:


I don’t know who took this picture; it was bouncing around Facebook all day, and someone texted it to me. Little Miss Flint is famous for having written a letter to the president and lured him to Flint. If you click that link, you can see she had a somewhat different reaction to meeting Mr. Obama.

Little Miss Flint! Blink twice and we’ll send in the extraction team!

I dunno about you guys, but I’m starting to move past incredulity, past exasperation, past anxiety, past everything, and arriving at simple irritation. When will this ordeal be over? How much more Dr. Oz bullshit do we have to endure? The damage this has done to the country will take years to overcome. Yes, it’s funny in a dark way, but this is a comedy at a time when we need something else entirely.

And then, just like that, comes another [Blink. Blink.] moment.

Oh, do I need this weekend. I hope yours goes well.

Posted at 12:16 am in Current events |

80 responses to “Poor kid.”

  1. Sherri said on September 16, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Well, at least the NYTimes actually called a lie a lie, for a change:

    Can’t Peter Thiel just move to his sea colony and take Trump with him? Or maybe he could take a ride on his buddy Elon Musk’s rockets? I’m not picky about whether he gets one that doesn’t blow up.

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  2. ROGirl said on September 16, 2016 at 5:14 am

    Little Miss Flint isn’t alone in her reaction to being touched by Trump.


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  3. alex said on September 16, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Maybe Scott Walker will finally get the heave-ho, along with Citizens United:


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  4. David C. said on September 16, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Poor little dear. If this was a caption contest mine would be “Please call the hostage negotiators”.

    I hope you’re right Alex. Even from the right wingers I work with I don’t hear a lot of support for ‘lil Scotty anymore. They, for the most part, send their kids to public schools and can see how he’s screwed the schools and everything else over.

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  5. Julie Robinson said on September 16, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Hahaha, ROGirl, those were exactly what I needed this morning. Thank you.

    Peter Thiel can take his Paypal and…well, I’m a nice person so I won’t say. When my account was hacked for $500 they took no responsibility, only gave me instructions on what I had to do when calling my credit union. Fortunately I caught it before the funds were transferred out of my account, but it was an anxious several days before they were transferred back in and I could close the account. Plus, of course, my account had $500 less available.

    Paypal said they didn’t know who had done it but promised an investigation and report, which never came. I use https everywhere, have firewalls, complicated passwords that I don’t duplicate, and still it happened. There’s a weakness in their system. I wonder how many other people get hacked but don’t notice until too late. And the default is that you take the responsibility to get it cleared up, not them.

    The real kicker is that I had never used the Paypal account to buy anything, only to receive a few transfers from a family member. After she sent it, I had to log into Paypal and go through a complicated process to request the money be transferred into my account, which usually took five or six days. It was quicker to have a check mailed!

    Anyone else have similar problems?

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  6. alex said on September 16, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Dahlia on the double standard.

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  7. Judybusy said on September 16, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I, too, am just ready for this to be over. I have come to really loathe the election coverage on NPR. I think I mentioned a few days ago they almost never cover Clinton. Then she got sick! And it was Clinton stayed home! Bill attended a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton! Clinton’s back on the campaign trail! She talked about XYZ. But, she also had critical things to say about Donald Trump, where she expressed incredulity over his refusal to state Obama was born in the US. They said absolutely nothing about the policy content of her speech. I promptly switched off the radio, as they began to cover whatever Trump was blathering on about on the campaign trail yesterday. So it’s wall-to-wall Trump, even if Clinton gets mentioned.

    However, I am looking forward to an exciting few days, as a friend is coming in from Roanoke to attend the annual fundraising breakfast for the nonprofit I’m involved in. We have lots of fun stuff planned, and we will volunteer after the breakfast to help with the count. We have a record number of folks registered, thanks to much hard work by staff and volunteers.

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  8. basset said on September 16, 2016 at 10:32 am

    saw the new Beatles movie last night and was disappointed. Good restored concert footage but no new insights, interviews with people who didn’t need to be there (Whoopi Goldberg, classical music critic I didn’t recognize, some woman in a turban) and missing interviews with people who were recorded for the project but not used (Tony Bramwell, Horst Fascher, Klaus Voormann to name three), nothing about touring England before they hit… billed as a documentary about the touring years, but no.

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  9. Deborah said on September 16, 2016 at 10:41 am

    The press seems star struck by Trump, whether the reporters personally like him or not, it’s like they’ve become Paparazzi or something. They can’t stop themselves it seems. It’s so wrong. There absolutely doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with bad publicity, if he says something outrageous or stupid he gets press for it, which seems to help him no matter what. We as a country need to do something about this awful phenomenon. Getting money out of politics might be part of the answer.

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  10. adrianne said on September 16, 2016 at 10:43 am

    And…today’s nonsense: The Donald won’t admit that Obama was born in ‘Merica.

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  11. basset said on September 16, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Since campaign content seems mandatory… I must say the movie was a great distraction, didn’t think about the ongoing ugliness for close to three hours.

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  12. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on September 16, 2016 at 10:56 am

    May I commend Walter Kirn’s lead essay in the new Harper’s?


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  13. Jeff Borden said on September 16, 2016 at 11:18 am

    The election of Donald J. Trump would be an extinction level event for American democracy. I’m scared shitless the Russian hackers will pull some stunt between now and Election Day that will muddy HRC further and that just enough nihilistic voters will decide its better to burn the American government to the ground and just start over with a fascist authoritarian at the helm. Charlie Pierce yesterday wondered whether Americans are bored with democracy and the demands it makes and want to be ruled rather than governed. I fear he is correct.

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  14. brian stouder said on September 16, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Jeff, an interesting article. Pretty sure I didn’t understand it, except to the extent that one is not supposed to understand it.

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  15. Sherri said on September 16, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Trump has finally admitted that Obama was born in the US. Of course, he didn’t offer an apology for his past actions, nor for his campaign statement just yesterday accusing Clinton of starting the birther nonsense. He just wants to move on.

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  16. Sherri said on September 16, 2016 at 11:54 am

    My God, he is such slime. The quote:

    Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. I finished it, you know what I mean.President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period.

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  17. Jolene said on September 16, 2016 at 11:56 am

    The just-ended display in which Trump declared that Obama was born in the U.S. was utterly sickening. ICYMI, he surrounded himself with a bunch of retired military officers and Medal of Honor winners at his new hotel in DC. He said one sentence, giving no explanation as to why he held his birther views or why he changed his mind.

    He did manage to accuse Hillary Clinton of starting birtherism, an idea that has been debunked many, many times.

    He is just a horrible, horrible person.

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  18. Julie Robinson said on September 16, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Sherri and Jolene, I couldn’t agree more. What, did five minutes go by when he wasn’t mentioned in the press? He just wants attention. Go away, go away.

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  19. Joe Kobiela said on September 16, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Here comes the weekend,
    Just picked up a Friday Saturday Sunday,trip to Mackinaw island getting in today around 6 out Sunday about 11am,
    Think I’ll boat over to the mainland on Saturday, if anyone is in the area and would like to hook up let me know.
    Staying at the Inn on Mackinaw, looks nice.
    Pilot Joe

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  20. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on September 16, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a press conference stamping on a human face — forever.”

    ~ O’Brien

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  21. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on September 16, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Joe, a boy can dream: http://www.9and10news.com/category/306361/mackinac-island-live-skycam

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  22. Charlotte said on September 16, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Jeff — Walter’s part of my family tribe here — we’ve had Christmas together for years and I just love his kids — but that aside — if you’re a FB person, he’s worth following right now. Was hitting it out of the park reporting from Standing Rock last week … I’m sure it’ll wind up in one of his Harper’s columns (although Rebecca Solnit was also out there last week). Anyhow, he wrote some gorgeous stuff about it … and I’m not always the biggest fan of his work … I’ve got some time after next week and I’m thinking about driving out there for a day or two. Apparently, it’s pretty astonishing — tribes that haven’t spoken in decades coming together —

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  23. Sherri said on September 16, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Even the NYTimes has been pushed to used the L-word: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/17/us/politics/donald-trump-obama-birther.html

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  24. adrianne said on September 16, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Sherri, I read that Michael Barbara story with awe. Finally, someone at the New York Times is willing to call Trump on his bullshit.

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  25. Sherri said on September 16, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Okay, I can admit when I’m wrong. Here’s a suggestion that just might make TV news watchable.


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  26. Sherri said on September 16, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Trump has finally pissed off the press pool: http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2016/09/trump-tv-pools-erase-video-hotel-tour-228284

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  27. David C. said on September 16, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Listen to today’s “Keepin’ it 1600”. David Plouffe is very reassuring at least I’m feeling a little better about it than I did this morning.

    This is the perfect time of the year for a visit to Mackinac Island, isn’t it Joe? After school starts and before the leap peepers. There’s a lot more elbow room.

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  28. Dave said on September 16, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I would think Klaus Voorman, who was there in Hamburg in the nightclubs and was a friend to Astrid Kirchherr, would have more insight to The Beatles than Whoopi Goldberg. I’m guessing there’s no mention of Stuart Sutcliffe or Pete Best, if there’s no early days. Does Brian Epstein show up?

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  29. susan said on September 16, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    JCBurns – The series of boxes on the right-hand side float over blog posts and comment texts, obscuring what I’m reading. I have to make my window really wide so they won’t cover what I’m reading. Is there a way to make those stay far over to the right, or, better yet, stay in place while scrolling? This problem started some time this week. Sad! Annoying! (I’m on a MacBook Pro, using Safari 9.1.3)

    Thank ye.

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  30. Jakash said on September 16, 2016 at 2:57 pm


    I noticed that on Firefox, as well. Solved by temporarily taking out my bookmark column on the left, but it is something that seems to have just changed in the last few days.

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  31. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on September 16, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Charlotte — what a tiny lovely world we live in. Walter is indeed rockin’ on Facebook right now with his posts from Standing Rock, and I’m sure we’ll hear more there and in more condensed form in Harper’s. His stuff in general is public, and I’d join Charlotte in saying you should “follow” Walter Kirn on Facebook. Good writing, important attention to detail.

    Brian, I liked his GOP convention essay because of the last quarter of it in particular, where he’s saying something I unsurprisingly like, that it’s simply not enough to be appalled by Trump. I did like in a horrified way his observation, I’m pretty sure ironic, about thinking he should cover the next conventions on Facebook from Waikiki.

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  32. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on September 16, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Trump totally played the cable news channels today, and the thing I’m trying to figure out is if he anticipated, and wants the total media freak-out he’s getting. He might have just been reverting to his usual willful self, or he might have been provoking but still be wrong about the impact of the provocation . . . but I’m wondering and worrying if he’s not pulling a two-level Br’er Rabbit here, inciting CNN & MSNBC & a few others to an absolutely apoplectic frenzy (Ashleigh Banfield was seriously beside herself, spitting profanities at the camera) that is precisely what he wants them to do.

    I’m not trying to give the man credit for anything decent, I’m just skeptical that the whole carefully choreographed am experience was merely his grandiosity at work, and that the visceral reaction of much of the media isn’t calculated by the provocateur to do exactly what he was trying to get out of them.

    Meanwhile, I’m sad that the place where I’ve eaten any number of lunches, mostly in the company of high school students I was shepherding on various trips through DC, in the Old Post Office market, is now a high-end boutique-grande hotel with the ever-lovin’ golden T-brand on it. Sic transit gloria memory.

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  33. Deborah said on September 16, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Why is it not enough to be appalled by Donald Trump? I am royally appalled. Completely and utterly appalled.

    I have noticed on my iPhone that the photo of Trump with the poor traumatized child doesn’t fit on my screen, it extends way off to the right, and yesterday that happened with the night photo of Nancy on the phone, although the other photo on that post was fine (the one where she’s on the beach in CA). Otherwise all seems OK. Well, there is something else that happens from time to time, if I click on a link while I’m reading a post or comment if I click to go back to nn.c the column width is extremely narrow and the text size is way larger than usual. That is all.

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  34. Connie said on September 16, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Saw pictures this week of trucks on Mackinac Island. Yes trucks. Supposedly due to road construction. Joe, spelled Mackinac pronounced Mackinaw. Everybody seems to make their own choice though.

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  35. Sherri said on September 16, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    While the Trump campaign is more organized than it was, I don’t think it’s organized to pull off some 12th dimensional chess shit. The media was already poised to be pissed at Trump. They had gotten their pound of flesh out of Clinton. The polls had tightened. Clinton let them on her plan end held press conferences and a protective pool, and now Trump is the laggard. The press was delayed getting to Trump’s rally last night, and he mocked them.

    Trump has been able to get the press to cover his empty podium this whole campaign, so why didn’t he assume they’d give him free advertising for his new hotel? Worth a shot. David Fahrenthold has just tracked down an instance where the Trump Foundation donated to a charity event to buy an ad for a Trump hotel. Since this was after 2008, this means that he used money that other people donated to his charity to benefit his company.

    I don’t think he was trying to upset the press. This is just his normal way of doing business. He said himself, he’s been busy running a campaign and his company.

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  36. Sherri said on September 16, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Lest you forget just how accurate the deplorables statement is, the Breitbart story on Trump’s event today is accompanied by a photo of a gorilla.

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  37. Jakash said on September 16, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    As long as we’re nitpicking, while that photo of Little Miss Flint is swell, especially when contrasted with her embrace of Obama, I wish it could have somehow gone “below the fold,” so to speak. As it is, every time I return to this charming klatsch, I’m greeted by the smiling, appalling visage of Rumpelthinskin. Sad! ; )

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  38. brian stouder said on September 16, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Well, Little Mac (General George McClellan) often referred to his boss, President Lincoln, as “the original gorilla”, in letters to his wife. (Imagine if we’d have had email, and the attendant hacks, back then!)

    As we move toward the debates, Secretary Clinton’s #1 job is to absolutely avoid name-calling and/or “basket of deplorables” talk.

    Let Donald have the market on the fever-swamps and the contempt; calling him out on it, when necessary, but NOT engaging in similar behavior.

    If people want to elect a president, rather than cast a protest vote, I think she wins in a walk

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  39. brian stouder said on September 16, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    …say – Uncle Google lead me to this –


    which is good stuff

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  40. David C. said on September 16, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    I could never figure out why Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Island, and Fort Michilimackinac are spelled with a “c” and Mackinaw City is spelled with a “w”. Now, I’m just too old to care.

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  41. Sherri said on September 16, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Norm Ornstein and Chris Cilizza have a back and forth about the campaign coverage: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/09/16/a-media-critic-called-my-sort-of-journalism-pathetic-then-we-had-an-email-conversation-about-it/

    I think the choice of accompanying photo is emblematic of about how seriously the Fourth Estate takes their responsibility.

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  42. Sherri said on September 16, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    What a shock. More people think the Clinton Foundation sets up speaking engagements for the Clinton and manages their finances than what it really does.


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  43. alex said on September 16, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Site’s looking freaky on my iPhone today and had the same issues on other browsers that were mentioned above.

    Today replaced a bunch of cloudy windows with broken seals with new double-pane glass and loving it. One of those things I had been putting off thinking I’d just buy all new windows. Glad I went this route. So much cheaper. I suspect the broken seals come from being hit by birds. Wish there were a way to prevent that for the birds’ sake.

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  44. Sherri said on September 16, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    I’m happy the press is suddenly willing to call a lie a lie, but so far, the model that the press really only cares about access hasn’t been disproved. They’re hitting Trump hard after they were delayed getting to his rally because they don’t fly on his plane, were told that the event today was a press conference and then it wasn’t, and a CNN producer was physically prevented from accompanying the cameras on the tour. Will all be forgiven if he lets them on the plane or holds a press conference?

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  45. Sherri said on September 16, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    This article makes a distinction between the alt-righters who really are racist and those who are just in it for the lulz. Fine, but I’m not sure nihilism is much better than racism, and the impact on the victim isn’t any different. If you hurt someone, your intent is of little comfort, especially since they don’t seem to care that they hurt people.


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  46. Sherri said on September 16, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    W.P. Kinsella has died, via doctor-assisted suicide.

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  47. Joe K said on September 16, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Arrived on the island with my 2 couple’s,wifes didn’t know where we were going till after we took off, their at the grand, I’m at the inn on Mackinac, nice place, just walked down to the market and got a cherry chicken wrap, chips and a diet coke, $10 not bad, took it back and ate it on the front porch.
    Life is good, but miss the wife.
    Pilot Joe

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  48. Sherri said on September 16, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Brian Beutler says it’s not too late for the media: https://newrepublic.com/article/136848/its-not-late-media-fix-election-coverage

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  49. Deborah said on September 16, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    And Edward Albee has died too.

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  50. susan said on September 16, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Well, huh. The Fraternal Order of Police endorsed the Big Orange Pig. Whadda ya know. Who are the “good” cops, now? Are there any?

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  51. Dexter said on September 17, 2016 at 2:03 am

    Thanks for the tip, Sherri. W.P. Kinsella was a treasure, and “Shoeless Joe” is one of the most thought-provoking works of literature in American history, especially to sports nuts who sometimes ask themselves (ourselves) how we came to become enamored of certain games, to the point of fanaticism…being a fan. Kinsella “got it”. Boy, did he ever. While Kinsella himself, I, and millions others cried when we first saw “Field of Dreams” on a big silver screen, many others dismissed the movie as cornball drivel. They are the ones who missed out. I bet author Tom Oliphant “got it”, too. He wrote “Praying for Gil Hodges”, a chronicle of Tom’s boyhood in Brooklyn as he lived and died with his Dodgers baseball team. The title was from a request from a local priest, to bring Mister Hodges, the legendary Dodgers first baseman, out of a hitting slump.
    I just read that W.P. Kinsella authored thirty books. I am sorry I only read two. When I read “Shoeless Joe”, there were times when I stopped, stunned, and shuddered, as he had reached my soul with his metaphors and fiction-writing genius. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/09/16/world/ap-cn-canada-obit-kinsella.html?_r=0

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  52. basset said on September 17, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Dave@28, Epstein is in it and so are some comments from Neil Aspinall. Whoopi and another black woman seem to be there to make the point that the Fabs’ appeal was universal, and to support mention of their refusal to play before segregated audiences. All well and good, I suppose, but no new information. interviews with some fat guy in front of a piano comparing them to Mozart didn’t add anything either. Much rather would have seen more about the early years touring England in a van. No mention of Stu or Pete.

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  53. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on September 17, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Dave C., blame the French. Joe, I can just see you doing all that; make the most of it!

    Deborah, what I mean is that if he does reach the executive office, Trumpism will have to be resisted. And can be. I thought that was Walter’s point in how he processed the last stages of the Cleveland convention. He may well become president, but there are limits on what we have to let him do. Quite a few, really.

    In fact, today is Constitution Day for “We the people,” and it’s good to browse the original text and recall that Congress gets first billing and the most detail, with the President subsidiary to the legislative branch.


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  54. beb said on September 17, 2016 at 9:34 am

    This article from Vox sounds like click-bait but does draw an interesting conclusion about Trump supporters.

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  55. jcburns said on September 17, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Sorry about the display problems (should be a little better?) I’ve been patching potholes. Might be time for a major change to the underlying stuff for Nancy’s blog, if I develop enough inner strength. Maybe drinking will help.

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  56. susan said on September 17, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Thank you, jc. Whatever you patched did fix the floating boxes. Tied them right down to the right of the text column. Sit! Stay!

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  57. Deborah said on September 17, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Jcburns, email me your address and I’ll send you a bottle of something.

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  58. Deborah said on September 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Sherri, Regarding your comment at #36, do you mean to say that Breibart’s used a photo of a gorilla to go along with their coverage of Trump’s visit to the church in Flint and his (Trump’s) description of the African American woman pastor being “a nervous mess” who set him up? I was kind of unclear about which report of Breibart’s went with a gorilla photo. If I understand that correctly, that is even worse than deplorable. I’d look for it online but I don’t want to give Breibart a click.

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  59. Deborah said on September 17, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    OK, I googled it an the gorilla photo went with a report on Trump’s birther comments, which isn’t any better. Wow, talk about disgusting deplorables.

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  60. susan said on September 17, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I think Drumphth’s bodyguards should be disarmed and let’s see what happens. Damn this shit-heel. It would be helpful if the Secret Service would drag his ass away.

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  61. Deborah said on September 17, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    This is funny and sad at the same time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_m5AlsQqcs

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  62. Sherri said on September 17, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Deborah, I didn’t want to link to that deplorable site. It’s been a disgusting site since its inception. Breitbart was behind the dishonestly edited video of Shirley Sherrod that cost her her job.

    Penn State is honoring Joe Paterno today,



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  63. brian stouder said on September 17, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Sherri, that NYT piece you linked is excellent, and that young editor at the Penn State student newspaper has….True Grit!

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  64. beb said on September 17, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Little Miss Flint may be scared of the great orange thing looming over her but I’m more worried by the man with the orange tie in the background. He looks to be eyeing the girl with bad intent.

    It’s dreary, rainy day. Bored out of my skull I went to Huffpost for something to read. And — OMG — just when you think there can’t be someone stupider that The Donald there’s this from his running mate:
    he doesn’t want to be called a vice-presidential candidate because the Bible is opposed to vice.Can we get an ECG to determine is there is any brain activity there?

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  65. Sherri said on September 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Trump translator Josh Marshall is on the job: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-fever-inside

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  66. Sherri said on September 17, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Representing the ultimate of white privilege, I bring you David Brooks, with instructions to high school football players on proper comportment during the anthem: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/16/opinion/the-uses-of-patriotism.html

    Young men like these: http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/high-school/garfield-football-team-takes-knee-prior-to-game-friday-night/

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  67. Jakash said on September 17, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    beb @ 64,

    That Huffpo piece was hilarious and seemed over-the-top, because it WAS over-the-top. The writer is a satirist. Pretty sure it was an Onionesque joke, though it’s so damn hard to tell these days, I wondered too. Stuff like that needs to be clearly labeled, given the daily dose of absurdity that ISN’T satire. : )

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  68. Sherri said on September 17, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    No possible subsidy was left untapped. After the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Mr. Trump lined up a $150,000 grant for one of his buildings near ground zero, taking advantage of a program to help small businesses in the area recover, even though he had acknowledged on the day of the attacks that his building was undamaged.

    You know who. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/18/nyregion/donald-trump-tax-breaks-real-estate.html

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  69. Deborah said on September 17, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Jakash, I listened to a Malcolm Gladwell podcast from his Revisionist History series about political satire today while I was doing laundry. Basically Gladwell suggests that sometimes (often) it backfires. I thought it was very interesting http://revisionisthistory.com episode 10. For some reason it wouldn’t let me do a direct link to the episode. All of the episodes have been extremely interesting to listen to.

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  70. Deborah said on September 17, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Well, I take that back it does seem to link to the correct episode.

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  71. Jill said on September 17, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Hope you’ve enjoyed yourself, Joe. I am more often on Mackinac in the summer but fall is my favorite time there.

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  72. Sherri said on September 17, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Wow, the NYTimes has taken quite a turn: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/18/us/politics/donald-trump-presidential-race.html

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  73. basset said on September 18, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Malcolm Gladwell’s in the Beatles movie too, another useless interview.

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  74. David C. said on September 18, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Where Republicans differ is over whether the acceptance of Mrs. Clinton’s transgressions is just as ominous for the country.

    Just one line of both siderism, that’s not too bad for the Times. Maybe Pinch was away at a cocktail party.

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  75. Sherri said on September 18, 2016 at 11:54 am

    As Kaepernick’s protest spreads, the police are having problems grasping th whole free speech thing.


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  76. Jakash said on September 18, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Sounds interesting, Deborah, thanks. I’ve heard a lot of good things about “Revisionist History” but am not really a podcast guy. Will get to that episode at some point, but I’m having trouble keeping up with all the solid recommendations for various stuff here and elsewhere.

    For instance, and BTW, we just watched “Clouds of Sils Maria” last night. Excellent, indeed. And yet another indication that Kristen Stewart is far more than “that ‘Twilight’ actress” and paparazzi magnet. I would have loved to see that scenery on the big screen, alas. Read a few reviews today and I think I liked this the best:


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  77. basset said on September 18, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    And in a small town outside Nashville, we have a radio station calling itself “Trump 105.1.” Making radio great again, y’know. At least it’s temporary:


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  78. St Bitch said on September 18, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    I’m so glad I trusted Deborah’s recommendation enough to take the plunge and splurge on Clouds of Sils Maria! It’s not available to rent on iTunes, only to buy. It turns out to be one of those rare films that’s worth owning.

    Besides what Jakash said @76, and the review he linked, the European sensibilities took me back to Topanga, and the orbit of my friend who’d spent a good part of her childhood in Rome, where her parents ran a theatre workshop. When William Morris came sniffing around during a successful, long-running two-person play they put on, the agency ended up signing the daughter, my friend, to a contract. This all happened before I knew her. But I was around when she flew off to Prague to star in her first film…co-produced and directed by a German who’s name I can’t remember. She was the only English-speaking actor, so her part was dubbed…yet she won “Best New Actress” at the Berlin Film Festival for that role. She’s worked worked with John Cassevetes in a film he directed but is still unavailable to rent…and with Richard Dreyfuss in Who’s Life Is It Anyway?…as well as sundry other productions. I’ve run lines with her…such as for “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “Urban Cowboy” auditions, both parts that eventually went to Debra Winger. Running lines with a good actor will quickly show non-actors like me just how abysmal we can be without talent.

    My friend was never fully invested in the vagaries of the film industry, and chose to go in a less high-profile direction.

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  79. Jakash said on October 3, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    I often wish we could spend more time outside the Chicago megalopolis — even when you’re in a delightful natural area like the Arboretum or Botanic Garden, you almost always hear traffic and airplanes — but this skunks/raccoons conversation makes me appreciate the city! I don’t doubt that there are raccoons around, but I never see them. Coyotes have certainly made an impressive incursion of late, but they don’t spray folks. There seems to be a surprising number of rabbits, though; I see them pretty often and there’s no downside to me, since we don’t have a garden…


    re: your “Clouds” comment @ #1, did you happen to see that St. Bitch and I both gave shout-outs to “Sils Maria” at the end of the 9/16 thread?
    Not that it matters or that any response was necessary, but since they were directed to you, I wouldn’t want you to have missed them, and they could have easily been overlooked once the next post came up:


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  80. Jakash said on October 3, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Oops, wrong thread! D’oh!!

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