Category Archives: Idiocy

Donald Trump: A clear and present danger

If Hillary Clinton win the election, there will be violence.

Donald Trump made that very clear tonight, effectively threatening putsch if Clinton wins, telling Americans that the election is rigged, and that he may not accept the results should Clinton win:

“I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense.”

Those words are a clear signal to his most rabid followers, the Klansmen, the Nazis, the militias, and the sundry, sordid collection of wingnuts who respond so vehemently to Trump’s over racism and religious bigotry.

The Secret Service must be in a state of agitation and horror, confronting the very real possibility that some of Trump’s most vicious acolytes might reach for their guns and pipe bombs and mobilize to take out a Democratic President they see as a usurper.

From the Associated Press, the key moment of tonight’s debate:

Trump Won’t Say If He’ll Accept Election Result

Program note:

Donald Trump is again refusing to promise that he’d accept defeat on Nov. 8 if Americans choose Hillary Clinton as the 45th president.

Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to whatever shambles are left of the American democratic system.

Headline of the day: A rat deserts a sinking ship

From the London Daily Mail:

Ailes dumps Trump: Former friends now foes and no longer speaking after Roger leaves campaign over The Donald’s ‘inability to focus’

  • Roger Ailes is no longer working on Donald Trump’s campaign 
  • According to Ailes’ camp, the disgraced Fox News founder left when he ‘learned that Trump couldn’t focus’
  • The Trump camp meanwhile is claiming that Ailes was ‘going off on tangents and talking about his war stories’ when they wanted to prep
  • Ailes’ exit comes just before Trump is set to appear at a debate moderated by Chris Wallace, who worked under Ailes at Fox News since 2003

Graphic Representation: Despicable vs Deplorable

We begin with two offerings on the general state of Campaign 2016.

First, from the editorial cartoonist of the Kansas City Star:

Lee Judge: Storm conditions alert


And then an offering from the Baton Rouge Advocate:

Walt Handelsman: Other Worldly


From the editorial cartoonist of the Arizona Republic, our lone graphic featuring the Deplorable:

Benson: Clinton can’t patch these WikiLeaks


Indeed, she can’t. But even more damaging were the 100+ pages of documents released by the FBI, including a very ominous report that raises fundamental questions about her fitness to govern.

From CNBC:

A new trove of interview summaries and notes from the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails lays out a series of allegations that could prove fodder for future attacks on the Democratic presidential nominee.

The 100 pages, released Monday morning, include claims that Clinton “blatantly” disregarded protocol. Other claims include that a group of powerful State Department employees attempted to coordinate a document release, and that a department official asked for a “quid pro quo” related to the former secretary of state’s emails.

The documents, part four of four to be released by the FBI, include notes and interview summaries that may illuminate more about the bureau’s decision not to recommend Clinton be prosecuted for her actions.


One revelation in the documents came from an interview with an unidentified person who suggested that Freedom of Information Act requests related to Clinton went through a group sometimes called “the Shadow Government.”

“There was a powerful group of very high-ranking STATE officials that some referred to as ‘The 7th Floor Group’ or ‘The Shadow Government.’ This group met every Wednesday afternoon to discuss the FOIA process, Congressional records, and everything CLINTON-related to FOIA/Congressional inquiries,” the FBI’s interview summary said.

Come on, folks. “Shadow Government”? Can this be anything other than a huge red flag about how a Clinton White house would operate?

Indeed, as the BBC reported, Clinton’s office wanted a Benghazi message declassified and buried:

The [FBI] colleague said he had been contacted by [undersecretary of state Patrick] Kennedy asking him to change the email’s classification level in “exchange for a ‘quid pro quo’”.

The State Department, the document says, offered to “reciprocate by allowing the FBI to place more agents in countries where they are presently forbidden”.

The country in question was Iran, and the implication is clear: Politics trumped what the FBI saw as its own legitimate investigative needs.

Scary, ain’t it?

And now back to the cartoons

And all feature the Despicable.

First, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Mike Luckovich:Trumped up


The Washington Post weighs in:

Tom Toles:  Donald Trump delivers his biggest insult yet


From the Chattanooga Times Free Press, no noose is good noose?

Clay Bennett: The Noose


Next, the Los Angeles Times:

David Horsey: Republicans waffle as Trump is captured by the alt right


And from the Columbus Dispatch:

Nate Beeler: Who You Gonna Call?


Finally, back to the Washington Post:

Ann Telnaes: Trump’s the one who should take a drug test


The election’s rigged, says Trump, and many agree

The story and the numbers from The Independent:

As Donald Trump insists that the election will be rigged, a significant portion of voters are convinced that the White House will be “stolen” from the Republican candidate.

According to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll, 41 per cent of registered voters believe that Mr Trump could lose the election as a result of widespread voter fraud. The results of the poll fell along party lines as 73 per cent of Republicans and 17 per cent of Democrats believed in such an outcome.

Mr Trump has been unrelenting in his indictment of the electoral process since his campaign descended into a freefall after the release of tapes that captured him bragging about sexual assault in 2005. The tapes worsened a campaign already dwindling from the New York businessman’s lacklustre debate performances.


“The election is being rigged by corrupt media pushing false allegations and outright lies in an effort to elect Hillary Clinton president,” Mr Trump said at a campaign stop in Bangor, Maine, on Saturday. “We are going to stop it. We are not going to back down.”

And at least one celebrity agrees

That would be Stephen Colbert, who gave his explanation of the conspiracy last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

One Diagram Explains Every Conspiracy Against Donald Trump

Program note:

Stephen brings out the chalkboard to illustrate the multiple connected conspiracies swirling around Donald Trump’s campaign.

Headline of the day II: Now that’s not neighborly

From Salon:

New Mexico Republicans threaten Albuquerque residents: “Your neighbors will know” if Democrats win

The flier warns voters leaning Democrat that they will be outed because “voting is a matter of public record”

Yet more email sleaze emerges about Hillary

From BBC News:

A State Department official offered a “quid pro quo” deal if the FBI would change the classification of a Hillary Clinton email, FBI documents indicate.

Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy asked the bureau to unclassify the message so it could be archived, “never to be seen again”.

He made the request in relation to an email about the 2012 attacks on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

But the FBI said it did not change the classification level.

The email in question described reports in November 2012 that Libyan police were arresting suspects in the attack of two months earlier, which left Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans dead.

‘Shadow Government’

Other interesting revelations from the newly released FBI documents include:

  • A former diplomatic security agent said Mrs Clinton would often “blatantly” disregard security and diplomatic protocols, including her frequent refusal to attend overseas diplomatic functions with local ambassadors, which left envoys “insulted and embarrassed”
  • While secretary of state she ignored security advice by going to a dangerous part of Jakarta, Indonesia, in a move that “placed Clinton, her staff, the media and her security detail in unnecessary danger in order to conduct a photo opportunity for ‘her election campaign'”
  • A group of top State Department officials that some called “The Shadow Government” met weekly to discuss Freedom of Information requests related to Mrs Clinton. They wanted her emails to be released all at once, instead of on a rolling basis, as would normally be the case, according to the FBI summary. But the group did not get its way.
  • Explaining that security and protocol procedures were regularly breached, the report states that early in Mrs Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, “she and her staff were observed removing lamps and furniture from the State Department”, which were brought to her residence in Washington DC. The unnamed source does not know if the government property was ever returned.

Read the rest, including the email.

Chart of the day II: Drug arrest rate disparities

From Every 25 Seconds: The Human Toll of Criminalizing Drug Use in the United States, a joint report from Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union: