Clinton and Trump are primed, but the voters are . . . perplexed - The Washington Post


If you vote for the lesser of two evils you wind up with evil.

If you vote for somebody you don’t like just because you think the other guy is worse you wind up with somebody you don’t like.

Find somebody you want to win and, even if it’s only you, vote for that one.

We used to have slow news days but now we have the Donald

From a Bloomberg Politics podcast (and the Washington Post)…

Mitch McConnell says Donald Trump “doesn’t know a lot about the issues” and has not displayed the requisite “seriousness of purpose” for the presidency.

 From Justin Fox at Bloomberg View

Donald Trump is going to kill Christmas.

From Roll Call

Donald Trump is like Horace Greeley.

From just about everywhere…

Mitt Romney says Donald Trump is a bad candidate.

(Here’s looking’ at ya, Mittens.)

From the Huffington Post

Donald Trump Trails Hillary Clinton Bigly [sic] In The Money Race

(Would that be bigly as opposed to littley, or something else?)

From Politico

Meg Whitman compares Donald Trump to Hitler, Mussolini

And from Phillip Morris at the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Donald Trump doesn't give a damn whether or not you think he's a racist.

So everybody’s happy then.


Maybe we ought to ask Afghanistan to send some election monitors here

As California Admits 2 Million Ballots Remain Uncounted, Bernie Sanders Pushes for Changing Primary Process

"So far Hillary Clinton is leading Bernie Sanders by 440,000 votes."

Four more years! Four more years!

Exclusive: Obama approves broader role for U.S. forces in Afghanistan | Reuters



State Dept: FOIA officers didn’t know, didn’t ask about Clinton use of private email - The Washington Post

''Prior to Secretary Kerry, no secretary of state used a State.gov email address,' said Lang, supporting an explanation given by aides to the presumptive Democratic nominee for president that her email setup while at State was not unusual."

Before Kerry, not a single secretary of state going all the way back to John Jay has had a state.gov email address.

I’m from Chicago, kid. I know a fix then I see one, and it’s in.

There'll always be an England

Period. Full Stop. Point. Whatever It’s Called, It’s Going Out of Style - The New York Times

"“We are at a momentous moment in the history of the full stop,” Professor Crystal, an honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor, said in an interview after he expounded on his view recently at the Hay Festival in Wales"

Where else would you learn about anything this momentous than at the Hay Festival in Wales?

This guy, Crystal, an English English geek, says the period is transitioning from punctuation mark to emoji, more or less (we are grateful that commas are still with us; without them, we’d be lost).

Also—English geek alert—the entire New York Times article by Dan Bilefski cited above is written without periods. Just mentioning.

And, as we’re talking about Englishy geek stuff here, has “enjoy” become the new “have a nice day”? All of a sudden it seems everybody’s telling me to enjoy.

Not likely, Bunky. And I’m not having a nice day either


Right, that harpist is pretty reassuring

An ER Kicks the Habit of Opioids for Pain - The New York Times

"For patients with common types of acute pain — migraines, kidney stones, sciatica, fractures — doctors first try alternative regimens that include nonnarcotic infusions and injections, ultrasound guided nerve blocks, laughing gas, even “energy healing” and a wandering harpist."

Our good deed for the day

You need to change your Twitter password right this minute | New York Post



And it won't find your lost socks

If you hate folding laundry, this $850 machine is for you | New York Post

"But some kinks still need to be ironed out with FoldiMate, including its inability to fold underwear and larger items like sheets, as well as the need to clip clothing items individually onto trays."

What? No autocorrect?

We’ve been spelling the Verrazano Bridge wrong the whole time - NY Daily News

"Despite a new petition drive to make it right — the bridge is named for 16th-century Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano (two Z’s) — the state authority that controls the span has stubbornly held to the one Z position it’s taken for years: We know it’s wrong, but we’re not changing it."


The fix

Perfect End to Democratic Primary: Anonymous Super-Delegates Declare Winner Through Media | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

"This is the perfect symbolic ending to the Democratic Party primary. The nomination is consecrated by a media organization, on a day when nobody voted, based on secret discussions with anonymous establishment insiders and donors whose identity the media organization – incredibly – conceals. The decisive edifice of super-delegates is itself anti-democratic and inherently corrupt: designed to prevent actual voters from making choices that the party establishment dislikes. But for a party run by insiders and funded by corporate interests, it’s only fitting that their nomination process ends with such an ignominious, awkward and undemocratic sputter."

Fine print

Clinton, media still counting superdelegates despite DNC pleas - NY Daily News

"Hold up! Did the communications director of the DNC just say that superdelegates should not be counted because they are 'likely to change their mind,' that they basically did just that in 2008, and they 'shifted the results' by doing so? "

So he'll be resigning then?

President Obama plans to campaign hard, with legacy on his mind - CNNPolitics.com

"Obama has telegraphed his desire to play an active role both at home in Washington and on the stump…"

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

Angela Merkel is the most powerful woman in the WORLD, says Forbes | City & Business | Finance | Daily Express


What is a dog of dubious provenance, a squishy white bun, and cheese sauce?

Spring on Main Street.

Imagine our unbounded joy

Also, for whatever geezers may remain, today is the 72nd anniversary of D–Day.

Clearly I'm no fashionista

Inside Hillary’s extravagant, $200K campaign wardrobe | New York Post

No kidding. I’ve only recently quit wearing t-shirts with software ads on them. Mostly. But…what?

It's tronc [no kidding, sic]

Tribune Publishing renames itself — try not to laugh | New York Post

"'Congrats, Tribune, for abandoning one of America’s great corporate names to sound more like a Patriots tight end,' tweeted Daniel Fienberg, TV critic for the Hollywood Reporter."

There'll always be an England

When it comes to Donald Trump, trust these bookies over pundits | New York Post

"Sheridan said he believes Trump will be an even-money pick later this summer, especially if he makes a popular VP pick."

I know nothing about this stuff


Wait, you mean this year could get even more exciting?

New Polls: The Libertarian Party is Poised for a Stunning Showing in November | RedState

“[A] national Rasmussen poll shows that [Libertarian candidate for president] Johnson is…poised to reach 8% nationally, which would lead the Libertarians to the promised land of Federal matching funds (which would of course lead to the hilarious question of whether the Libertarians would accept those funds)."

Lizzie Warren took an axe…

Warren pulls no punches in latest Trump attack - POLITICO

Donald Trump is an “insecure moneygrubber,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren told the assembled Democrats of Massachusetts at the state’s party convention Saturday.

He is also, according to Warren's prepared remarks: Scary, loud, outrageous, offensive, small, a failure and fraudster-in-chief.

Let's get a jump on things! First the iPhone 8 and now this…

2020 contenders struggle to maneuver around Trump - POLITICO

Is there no mercy to be had?

But it could have just been a budget thing

I need to bring her in for, uh, questioning | Boston Herald

"An 18-year-old man presented himself as an undercover police officer looking for suspects at the Hooters in Kochville Township, Mich. Turns out, he was just trying to get the names of the waitresses. Workers became suspicious when he returned later after having left the place on a skateboard."

And more.

Doesn't fit too well but hey, the block's not complaining

Whitney Houston’s wedding gown on the block | Boston Herald