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10:19 PM yesterday Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Hillary Clinton Announces Running Mate.
I don't think Hillary had Vince Foster killed. I still can't even fathom what the hell she's even accused of doing with Benghazi, and I swear I really tried, patiently, to figure out what they were accusing her of. But I don't think she did it, whatever it was.

I also don't think she's particularly dishonest. I think she means what she says, by and large.

When she says she admires Henry Kissinger, and values his advice, I believe her. And right there is where we begin to part ways. When she says "no, we can't" have single payer, I believe she means it. I believe the rhetoric that she is tough and strong and a real fighter and so on. I don't believe the United States needs an even more pugilistic President than we've endured thus far. We need less of that shit. I think President Clinton will be terrified of looking weak and many people will have to die to prove she is not weak.

I like her personally. She's a brassy old broad and she got a mouth on her, and I know she has a wicked sense of humor. I'd like to hang out. But my reasons for not wanting her for President are not about right wing conspiracy theories, or because I think she's a fake, they're because I think she is authentic.
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7:06 PM yesterday Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Hillary Clinton Announces Running Mate.
That settles it. Hillary doesn't want the votes of any socialists or Greens or Bernie fans, or unaffiliated leftists and progressives. The whole plan is to ignore them and instead court centrists and Republicans.

So no more lectures, Dan Savage. And your ilk. Don't get all condescending and demand we do our duty. Don't blame us if Trump wins. Don't throw a hissy fit because I didn't vote for your candidate. Your candidate does not want my vote. We tried to tell you, as Nixon said, voters will pick the real Republican over the fake Republican every time. But you think we're a bunch of dumb kids. Great. Good luck with that.

The game plan does not include us. We have been told to fuck off and fuck off we shall. Hope you guys know what you're doing. This one is on you.

When Hillary blows this election, don't you come yell at us. You go yell at all the pro lifers and centrist Republicans you thought would win this for you.
1:46 AM yesterday Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Seattle Police Union Votes Down City's Contract Offer.
Police reform is a fantasy.

We really could let all these cops go, Almost all of them. Create a new department and fill it with a few thousand unarmed social workers and crisis interventionists.

Keep a couple dozen swat team cops around for when it's really bad,
1:38 AM yesterday Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Bertha Boondoggle: Viaduct Tunnel Needs $60 Million Cash Infusion So It Can Open Three Years Late.
Negative nabobs.

Instead of complaining that the tunnel is only 1/3 dug, I cheer that it's 2/3 FULL.
Jul 20 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on "Platforms Don't Matter," Says 21-Year-Old Pro-Trump Delegate at "Twinks for Trump" Party.
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Ah. So you're theory is that LCRs can't be arsed to give any fucks about American blacks, Latinos, women, Muslims, American poors,... but show them some homo getting lynched off in Eye-fuck-istan, and then all of a sudden they have this huge outpouring of compassion for others? Even if LCRs believe that Trump's combination of no diplomacy + no boots on the ground + lots of cock wagging really is going to somehow save gays in Syria or Iran from anything, how many fucks does an LCR give about *those* fags? How can they have so much concern for far away foreigners they saw on TV yet none for gay kids in America who don't have the money and status to insulate themselves from discrimination?

Yeah, sure I guess that's really what's going in in their minds. But it is not easy to understand how anybody could be that surgically selective with their generosity and basic decency. A mind that works like that is some kind of wonder of nature.
Jul 20 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on "Platforms Don't Matter," Says 21-Year-Old Pro-Trump Delegate at "Twinks for Trump" Party.
See, being gay doesn't have to be your whole life. Some people put being a white supremacist first, or being a Christianist first, and being gay second. Sure they want equality but not if that means seeing women or blacks or Muslims treated with respect.
Jul 20 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Six Candidates Who Are More Exciting Than the Old White Dudes on Hillary's VP Short List.
Merkel is Chancellor of Germany, which is what Germans call their prime minister because that's what you have under a parliamentary system.

So when you talk about the US "getting closer" to a more of a technocratic government with less drama, you're talking about a totally other kind of government. You can't really sidle up to it. Take baby steps. Progress, as it were, from one to the other. You rewrite your constitution, and then you aren't just closer to a parliamentary system -- you there. If you don't change the constitution, then you can't move even a little closer to a completely different government. You stay the same distance from it that you are.

Germans do have a President too. The Germans call their's a Gauck.
Jul 20 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Melania Trump's Speechwriter Apologizes, Offers Resignation, and Gets to Keep Her Job.
Trump only hires the best people, and he knows how to manage them. That's his qualification for running the country.
Jul 19 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Dan Savage on Jill Stein: Just No..
The Stranger did endorse socialist Kshama Sawant over Democrat Richard Conlin in 2012, and again Sawant over Democrat Richard Conlin in 2013. Went back to Chopp over socialist Jess Spear in 2014, and still with Sawant over Democrat Pamela Banks in 2015.

So they do kind of mean what they say when they want third parties to start local.

Not that Dan Savage's condescending lectures will do anything but harden the resolve of the kind of people who at this point are lining up behind Jill Stein. These are people who were basically given a huge fuck you by a Democratic party who picked the one candidate guaranteed to most offend the left wing of the party. Yelling at them now like their angry dad is not going to help.

If Democrats would actually like some of the votes over on their left wing -- and I don't think they do; they don't act like it -- they need to find somebody very much unlike Dan Savage to sweet talk them.
Jul 19 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Will You Stop Being Mean to Log Cabin Republicans? (Spoiler: No, I Will Not.).
Weird how all the other Republicans didn't feel like carving out a little island of equality for the gays as the price for LCRs pitching in to block progress for everybody else who would also like equality. They probably noticed that the LCR's greed, racism, sexism and general love of the rich white male power structure was too strong for equality for gays to be a deal breaker.

Also weird: such unkind words from all those other minorities the LCR don't want equality for. Never saw that coming.