"At the N.R.A. gathering, where Clinton was depicted as a near-maniac intent on freeing criminals, confiscating guns and repealing the Second Amendment, Trump claimed that “Heartless Hillary” wants to disarm the nation’s grandmothers, leaving them defenseless against murderers and rapists."
"Officials at a high school amid the endless sprawl of Southern California actually managed to give out diplomas to this year’s crops of graduating seniors with the word “school” misspelled on the covers."
Printers get no respect.
“…some states are a lot more interested in mosquitoes than others."
"Bill Clinton’s second term was the last time the U.S. economy was unequivocally strong; for most voters this November, it was the best economy they’ve ever known. But while Hillary Clinton wants voters to look back fondly on the first Clinton presidency, she should hope they don’t remember too much about what happened next."
"Unless she steps down now or Hillary Clinton has her removed, Philadelphia will be dominated by someone who represents everything that has gone wrong with the Democratic Party and Washington. At the convention’s opening session, Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be bringing the gavel down squarely on progressive hopes of returning the party to its legacy as champion of working people and the dispossessed."
Well, OK, if you live in a state that has a closed Democratic primary and haven’t voted yet, stay in that long. Then…
"America has built up a glut of cheese so big that every person in the country would need to eat an extra 3 pounds this year to work it off."
And here’s a little educational thing as an extra bonus.
"Commodities markets frequently swing from boom to bust because of the long lead time for ramping up new supply. Decisions to expand herds of beef and dairy cattle have to be made far in advance, reflecting a cow’s nine-month pregnancy and the year or more it takes for a calf to mature."
Which reminds me, I need to find a restaurant that makes really good cheesy melty grilled cheese sandwiches soon. I like grilled cheese sandwiches. But this oh so healthy whole grain bread I’ve been eating is horrible for making them.
I can’t bring myself to think about any more.
But there must be some restaurant that will make me one, right? Let’s hope.
"The criteria for choosing a President of the United States is very simple. Either a candidate is fit for the office, or a candidate is not fit for the office. The binary choice is that Americans cannot both vote for a candidate while voting for something else or nothing at all. The one vote citizens have to cast here is atomic in nature and cannot be split, therefore the choice is binary and exclusive, like a spermatozoa fertilizing an ovum."
In fact, bock the whole paragraph.
Ovum? Are you kidding me?
"Mr. Sanders has won nearly 10 million votes, compared to Mrs. Clinton’s 13 million, and Democratic leaders say she needs time to begin courting the young voters, liberals and other Sanders supporters who view her as an ally of corporate and big-money interests."
You mean she hasn’t been courting them all along? Sanders has 10 million votes because she just wasn’t trying? But now she wants to?
Yeah, right. That’s pretty dumb.
"Several of Hillary Clinton's most ardent supporters in Washington are delivering a not-so-subtle message to their colleague Bernie Sanders: Get behind Clinton, or else."
"Clinton, meanwhile, would like Sanders to endorse her 'without conditions,' as she says she endorsed Obama. (She made the endorsement only after Obama promised to help her retire some $22 million in campaign debts.)"
Or maybe untrivial. I wonder how that turned out.
"'Do these people read newspapers?' said Bob Mulholland, a California superdelegate and Clinton supporter who has accused Sanders supporters of harassing his peers. ’I hold Sanders somewhat responsible for this, because he comes across on TV as a very angry old man, riling people up.'"
Angry old men too.
"If you’ve ever wanted to work up a nice sweat after eating a Whopper and a side of fries…"
"America’s political class has not simply faltered under the weight of the Trump phenomenon; its failures created him, and the establishment is now faced with a choice. It will either address the legitimate concerns of the people who are attracted to Trump’s fake populism — from his critiques of disastrous trade deals to his contempt for America’s foreign policy elite — or it will resign itself to the fact that the Republican Party is now the party of Donald Trump, who says out loud what Republicans have been saying in code for decades."
“…cyber experts say neither Donald Trump's nor Hillary Clinton's campaign networks are secure enough to eliminate the risk."
"The chief executive officers made 335 times more than the average American worker last year, according to the AFL-CIO.
"CEOs also made as much as 819 people working at the federal minimum wage.
"In 2014 the average S&P 500 CEO made $13.5 million, roughly 373 times the annual paychecks of workers."
…see that? In ’14 it was 373 times so we’re making progress. Assuming we is us, not them. If them is us, well, not so much.
Pop quiz: How long before some tech genius invents a CEObot that works for free?
If you know the answer, live with it.
"The Clinton campaign has used Mr. Trump’s reluctance to reveal his tax returns to imply that he is not as wealthy as he claims, a criticism that has irked Mr. Trump. 'What Is Donald Trump Hiding?' read the subject of an email blasted out on Tuesday by the Clinton campaign. Clinton aides, meanwhile, have circulated the Twitter hashtag #PoorDonald."
Yet another wacky plot twist in what must be easily the longest-running reality show on record, Keeping Up with the Clintons, the Clintons are now engaged in a fund-raising and social-media campaign accusing the Donald of not being rich enough. Up the people.
Also one of the Clinton’s super PACs (or, in the NYTimes stylebook, “Super PACs”) released its first anti-Trump TV commercial (and no, Bunky, no amount of fervent hoping will make it the last—Obama ran on hope, the Clintons run on there is no hope, we are inevitable (except in 16 or 17 states so far, but who needs them))—where were we…oh yeah—released its first anti-Trump TV commercial which the Times runs—in toto, breathlessly—as a news story here. With another for good measure—more news!
And in other news, Rachel Maddow (MSNBC) reported last night—I watched for about five minutes after the house consortium finished viewing Duck Soup—Clinton (the H one) “campaigned her guts out” in Kentucky, presumably to pull out a squeaker (or, if you’re counting delegates, a tie) in there. So you know.
Which brings us to today’s pop quiz: Would the title video in Duck Soup—a bunch of live ducks swimming in a cauldron of water over an open fire—have survived PETA?
Yes you’re right. Too bad.
"The 2,231-foot hole would go far below the water table and into layers of rock so ancient that they have not moved in more than 50 million years…
"The planned Deep Geological Repository is controversial in part because it would sit about a mile from the bottom of Lake Huron."
I get that people are upset about this nuclear waste facility is on the bottom of Lake Huron, but why is it important that it’s a mile from the bottom? Would two miles from the bottom be better? One hundred yards? It’s clearly not a mile under the bottom (closer to half) and a mile above the bottom wouldn’t make much sense, I get that. But a mile where, then? Which way?
"Now Goel is forming a business to bring the chatbot to the wider world of education. While he doesn’t foresee the chatbot replacing teaching assistants or professors, he expects the chatbot’s question-answering abilities to be an invaluable asset for massive online open courses, where students often drop out and generally don’t receive the chance to engage with a human instructor."
"If you don’t feel like labeling yourself a Mr. or a Ms. and would rather leave your gender unknown or undeclared, Mx. (pronounced like mix) is a gender-neutral option. According to Dictionary.com lexicographer Jane Solomon, this honorific has one of those rare, very-clear etymologies: Dating back to at least the late 1970s, the M was taken from the first letters of those gendered honorifics, and the x was attached to suggest an unknown quantity or thing, like it might in algebra class."
"O, brave new world
that has such people in’t!"
― William Shakespeare, The Tempest
"If we eliminated every politician who lied to us, we’d be down to Mother Teresa. And she’s dead."
"Operating under the premise that many Syrians, Iraqis and others seeking asylum here are naive about the predilections and pitfalls of the European boudoir, Germany’s Federal Center for Health Education has gone live with a sexual education website for adult migrants. "