Category Archives: Idiocy

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:


Headlines of the day II: The political freak show

First, a handicap, via the New York Times:

Clinton’s Past Leaves Her Muted in Furor Over Trump

  • Amid a swirl of sexual assault accusations against Donald J. Trump, the virtual silence from Hillary Clinton speaks volumes.
  • Her old missteps and her husband’s history have effectively paralyzed her during a moment of widespread outrage.

And a seriously scary offering from the Boston Globe:

Trump’s supporters talk rebellion, assassination at his rallies

  • At a time when trust in government is at a low point, Trump is actively stoking fears that a core tenet of American democracy is also in peril: that you can trust what happens at the ballot box.
  • His supporters here said they plan to go to their local precincts to look for illegal immigrants who may attempt to vote. They are worried that Democrats will load up buses of minorities and take them to vote several times in different areas of the city. They’ve heard rumors that boxes of Clinton votes are already waiting somewhere.
  • And if Trump doesn’t win, some are even openly talking about violent rebellion and assassination, as fantastical and unhinged as that may seem.

Headline of the day: Trump/Cosby in 2016

Hey! Hey! Hey!

From the New York Times:

Cut Off Trump or G.O.P. Will Be Damaged, Big Donors Say

  • Several of the Republican Party’s most generous donors called on the Republican National Committee to disavow Donald J. Trump.
  • “At some point, you have to look in the mirror and recognize that you cannot possibly justify support for Trump to your children — especially your daughters,” said one donor.

Quote of the day II: Trump at his self-effacing best

Responding to the latest revelations about his grope addiction, The Donald declares it’s all a plot. They’re out to get him, you see.


From the Los Angeles Times:

“Our campaign represents a true existential threat like they haven’t seen before,” Trump said. “This is not simply another four-year election. This is a crossroads in the history of our civilization.”

Headline of the day: When all else fails, try sexism

From the London Daily Mail:

#repealthe19th: Trump supporters’ Twitter campaign to reverse amendment that gave women the vote after poll shows he would win the election if only MEN voted

  • Hashtag #repealthe19th began trending on Twitter on Wednesday
  • The 19th Amendment gave american women the right to vote in 1920
  • Trump supporters began tweeting about repealing it after new maps showed the Republican nominee would win if only men voted
  • The data also showed that Hillary Clinton would win by one of the biggest landslides in history if only women voted

Graphic Representation: He makes it so damn easy

For the nation’s editorial cartoonists, The Donald is a gift that keeps on giving.

We begin with the editorial cartoonist of the Washington Post:

Tom Toles: I’m here for your towel to give you a snap


The Minneapolis Star Tribune takes another snap or three:

Steve Sack: Trump in the locker room


Next up. painting a picture with Los Angeles Times:

David Horsey: Just locker room talk


The San Diego Union-Tribune captures a sense of loss:

Steve Breen: Hair today, gone tomorrow


And from the Buffalo News:

Adam Zyglis: The Vulgarian

The Vulgarian

The Kansas City Star goes for the gutter:

Lee Judge: Trending downward


And from the Lexington Herald-Leader, Trump in the bedroom:

Joel Pett: “Hey, I have a mother!”


The Sacramento Bee looks afar for support:

Jack Ohman: Expanding Trump’s base


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is a crowd-pleaser:

Mike Luckovich: Standing room only


The Chattanooga Times Free Press is of two minds:

Clay Bennett: Still undecided


The Charlotte Observer shed a tear:

Kevin Siers: Unshackled Trump


And from the the Baton Rouge Advocate, the first of three offerings with a common theme:

Walt Handelsman: Repeal and Replace


Next, from the Miami Herald:

Jim Morin: Looking better every day


And, finally, from the Columbus Dispatch:

Nate Beeler: Republican Ssssupport


The wit, wisdom, and humility of Donald Trump

From a fascinating collection of Trumpisms assembled by author Eliot Weinberger for the London Review of Books:

  • ‘My entire life, I’ve watched politicians bragging about how poor they are, how they came from nothing, how poor their parents and grandparents were. And I said to myself, if they can stay so poor for so many generations, maybe this isn’t the kind of person we want to be electing to higher office. How smart can they be? They’re morons.’
  • ‘The beauty of me is that I’m very rich.’
  • ‘I fully think apologising’s a great thing – but you have to be wrong. I will absolutely apologise sometime in the hopefully distant future if I am ever wrong.’
  • ‘I love women. They’ve come into my life. They’ve gone out of my life. Even those who have exited somewhat ungracefully still have a place in my heart. I only have one regret in the women department – that I never had the opportunity to court Lady Diana Spencer.’
  • ‘My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.’
  • ‘My IQ is one of the highest – and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure; it’s not your fault.’
  • ‘We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated.’
  • ‘I will get rid of gun-free zones on schools, and – you have to – and on military bases. My first day, it gets signed, OK? My first day. There’s no more gun-free zones.’