Category Archives: Politics

Brits posthumously pardon gay sex ‘criminals’

About damn time, though for those dead men who were criminalized and shamed it’s too little and too late.

From the Independent:

Thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted under outdated gross indecency laws are to be posthumously pardoned, the Government has announced, in a “momentous” victory for campaigners.

Announcing what has been dubbed as the ‘Alan Turing law’ justice minister Sam Gyimah said the Government would seek to implement the change through an amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill. It will effectively act as an apology to those convicted for consensual same-sex relationships before homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales in 1967.

Last month sources close to Theresa May confirmed to The Independent that the Prime Minister was “committed” to introducing the legislation. The Ministry of Justice believes this amendment is the quickest possible way to deliver on the commitment.

It comes after decades of campaigning from the LGBT community and after the family of the enigma codebreaker Alan Turing delivered a petition to Downing Street before the 2015 general election. Public pressure led to the major political parties pledging to introduce the ‘Alan Turing law’ – in memory to the man Winston Churchill described as making “the single biggest contribution to the allied victory” in World War II.

Headline of the day: But of course he will. . .

From the London Daily Mail:

BREAKING NEWS: Trump says he will ‘totally accept’ election results ‘IF I WIN’ – and urges his fans not to be ‘naïve’ about rampant voter fraud

  • Trump used rally in Delaware, Ohio, to double down on refusal to pledge to respect November 8’s outcome which rocked Wednesday’s debate 
  • To applause and cheers he told the crowd: ‘I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election – if I win.’
  • Defiant Trump went on to tell crowd of up to 1,500 that they should be aware of the scale of voter fraud 
  • His answer to question at Las Vegas debate from moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News was called ‘horrifying’ by Hillary Clinton
  • Last election to be challenged was 2000 when Al Gore only conceded finally to George W Bush after losing Supreme Court battle

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.

Brazil’s coup leader hoisted by his own petard

Sometimes irony is delicious.

From the Guardian:

Eduardo Cunha, the Brazilian politician who orchestrated the impeachment of the country’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff, has been arrested on corruption charges.

Federal police detained the former speaker of the lower house in Brasilia on Wednesday and executed a search warrant at his home in Rio de Janeiro.

Compared by some to Frank Underwood from House of Cards, Cunha also has been accused of taking up to 116.5m reais ($37m) in bribes as part of the Operation Car Wash investigation into mammoth corruption at state oil giant Petrobras.

The arrest was ordered by federal judge Sergio Moro, who has gained celebrity in Brazil by leading that probe, which has ensnared dozens of leading politicians.

Quote of the day: Trump, would-be racist dictator

From Seattle native and deputy editor of Der Spiegel Charles Hawley:

All it took to reveal the lengths to which Trump is prepared to go was the half-hearted retreat of a few leading Republicans when it became no longer possible to ignore that their nominee was a sexual predator. But now that he has been “unshackled,” as he himself has said, it is becoming apparent that Nov. 8 will very likely not be the end of what he has taken to calling his “Patriotic Movement.”

The rhetoric that Trump has begun using with ever increasing frequency — that he would lock up Hillary Clinton if he won, that the election is rigged, that his followers should monitor the polls and “watch other communities,” that he would rein in the “corrupt” media — is the rhetoric of dictatorship. But it also appeals directly to a significant chunk of the population, one that feels abandoned by the country’s leadership, left behind by globalization and threatened by demographics.

Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” might suggest that he is adhering to the American exceptionalism narrative and, thus, to the American founding myth. But much of what he says — banning Muslims from entering the US, stepped up domestic surveillance, expanded use of torture — is in direct opposition to the Constitution. Indeed, the “greatness” that Trump wants to return to, it has become clear, is one free of immigrants and blacks. One where white American men need not encounter adversity, allowing their supposed natural superiority to shine through.

Trump is suggesting an altogether different narrative of American identity, one based on race and religion.

Graphic Representation: Subject to some debate

We begin with a comment on the general state of Campaign 2016 from the editorial cartoonist of the Baton Rouge Advocate:

Walt Handelsman: INCOMING!
blog-e-handelsmanSimilarly, from the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Steve Breen: Defaced

Our next few graphics deal with Trump’s hands-on approach, starting with the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Steve Sack: Melania Trump

Next, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Mike Luckovich: Long debate


From the Sacramento Bee, they ain’t electoral votes:

Jack Ohman: The path to 270. . .

The first of two cartoons looking at both candidates and a problem for Hillary, this one from the Indianapolis Star:

Gary Varvel: Trump and Hillary’s 3rd debate

And from the Columbus Dispatch:

Nate Beeler: Something to quo about

The next offering comes from the Los Angeles Times:

David Horsey: Embattled Trump finds allies and inspiration in the lunatic fringe

From the Kansas City Star:

Lee Judge: Well, excussse me!

In a similar vein with the Tulsa World:

Bruce Plante: Trump and the Rigged Election

Next, from across The Pond, the Independent weighs in:

Dave Brown: I see dead people


Finally, the shape of things to come from the Washington Post:

Tom Toles: What was the phrase they said this election might be?


Trump’s Vegas hotel to be walled in by taco trucks

Or Dada comes to Sin City.

The story from teleSUR English:

The Culinary Workers Union is planning to construct a wall made of Taco Trucks outside of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s hotel in Las Vegas hours before Wednesday’s third and final debate with Hillary Clinton.

The union, also known as UNITE HERE local 226, plans to build the wall using at least five taco trucks outside the Trump International Hotel, which is close to the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, or UNLV, the location for tonight’s third and final presidential debate.

The mostly Latino union says that Trump, who has a 50 percent share in the company, has been exploiting local hotel and casino workers and refuses to recognize their union and enter into collective bargaining. Workers have said that they get paid less than others with similar positions working on the Las Vegas strip.

“We’re reminding Mr. Trump that immigrant workers here and across the country will be watching the debate and voting in November,” Yvanna Cancela, the union’s political director, told Buzzfeed.

The union will be joined by a number of other immigrant and activists organizations, with some traveling to the event from Los Angeles.