Open Thread for Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I guarantee you Fritz Hollings could squeeze all the political correctness out of ANY visit to Hiroshima.

I guarantee you Fritz Hollings could squeeze all the political correctness out of ANY visit to Hiroshima.

I gave you a break yesterday, but I won’t promise to make this one Trump-free, too:

  1. Obama to be first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima — No doubt the president will receive a lot of criticism from those who regard this as another stop on his supposed Apology Tour. You know how he could put a stop to that? Take Fritz Hollings along with him. Or not
  2. China scrambles fighter jets as a U.S. destroyer steams past disputed island — Just so you know that’s going on out there. Showing the flag. Standing up for freedom of the seas. Brinksmanship. Stuff that’s more important than calling a beer “America.”
  3. Secretary admits to using $97,000 of church funds to buy drugs — Which apparently was against the rules. Not a huge story, but I needed something local for the mix, and this sort of stuck out. I don’t know what kind of drugs this involved, but I’m going to hazard a guess it was a prescription opioid, which can cause seemingly normal people to do horrific things. Of course, I could be totally wrong on that. I’ll read followup stories with interest, if there are any…
  4. Islamic State ‘Kill Lists’ Target Ordinary Americans — If true, this is definitely a new and disturbing wrinkle. One wonders why they didn’t think of it before, if they truly mean to be terrorists.
  5. Is Donald Trump Playing The ‘Man Card’? — See? I told you I couldn’t promise anything.


21 thoughts on “Open Thread for Tuesday, May 10, 2016

  1. Brad Warthen Post author

    OK, for those of you who are too young to remember and too lazy to follow the link, back in 1992, in response to someone in Japan suggesting American workers were lazy and stupid, Hollings said: “You should draw a mushroom cloud and put underneath it, ‘Made in America by lazy and illiterate Americans and tested in Japan.’ ”

    He said it, to applause, while visiting a manufacturing plant in Hartsville….

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      You can bet JAPANESE readers would have followed the link without my having to take them by the hand and lead them like that…

  2. Mark Stewart

    The Obama Administration has got to stop with the “innocent passage” rhetoric.

    We, and everyone else, has the right to sail by, around or through any of these illegitimate reef areas. Its called Freedom of the Seas. It is very different from “innocent passage”. This is where diplomacy is best made without regard to the twittersphere.

    Sail the destroyer around the reef. Twice. Activate the radar and every other weapon system within the commonly accepted international actions. Be assertive; it is still a long, long way to provocative.

  3. Bryan Caskey

    I’m back from vacation. I’ll be reviewing everyone’s comments tomorrow. The Dominican Republic was phenomenal.

  4. Dave Crockett

    All of the politics, etc. of late has been a real downer.

    If you want to take a break and read some positive news about a real person, check out the cross-country bicycle trip a former Clemson colleague of mine is taking. He left in mid-March, looped down to Charleston to visit family, then up the east coast to Virginia where he began the official cross-country leg of his trip. His narrative is great, his pictures are fun and his experiences have largely been very inspiring. Follow Dan Schmeidt at every morning after you wade through Warthenville…

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      “Warthenville” sounds a bit like “Pottersville.” Maybe we should just call our virtual town “Bedford Falls.”

      In fact, I may just rename the blog that. I like it…

  5. Doug Ross

    Sanders wins West Virginia and it is basically ignored in the media with the current message being “yeah but all that matters is the superdelegates”. Hillary supporters really seem to have their heads in the sand, much like establishment Republicans did over Trump.

    And here’s the more interesting news – in head to head matchups in three critical electoral college states (FL, PA, OH), Hillary and Trump are dead even. If Trump can take his message to the Rust Belt and strengthen that with a VP choice (Kasich, Portman) that helps there, it’s going to get very interesting. Trump has already started his drumbeat on Bill Clinton’s infidelity and Hillary’s “enablement”. My guess is she will be on the defensive for the next six months and it will wear her down to where she starts making mistakes.

    I’ll call it today: get used to saying “President Trump”

  6. Katharine Duffy Thomas

    How in the world can you say Sanders’ win was ignored? What are you reading/watching? I see that stuff everywhere. AND all that matters are the delegates. Hillary has more votes anyway you count it. Yeah, I’m pining for Dukakis too, but we’re just going to have to make do with winning.

    1. Doug Ross

      Top 4 headlines on Google News:

      The Daily 202: West Virginia results show disaffection, not ideology, fuels Sanders and Trump
      Washington Post – ‎6 hours ago‎
      Bernie Sanders Goes Off on MSNBCs Mitchell: Dont Moan to Me About Hillarys ProblemsDaily Beast
      Sanders: ‘Do not moan to me about Hillary Clinton’s problems’The Hill (blog)
      Opinion:Sanders, Clinton, and the Not-So-Simple Case of West VirginiaThe New Yorker

      First one links Sanders to Trump, next two make Sanders sound like crazy old man yelling, last one tries to explain why Sanders is winning besides being the better candidate.

      Front page of Yahoo News has a small photo of Hillary and Sanders titled “Hillary fights two battles as Bernie wins another ”

      Absolutely nothing on front page. All Trump. MSNBC.COM has four stories about Clinton and you have to scroll to get to one about Sanders.

      Yeah, I don’t know where I got the idea that Bernie is being ignored.

      1. Brad Warthen Post author

        Well, yeah — at 2:30 this afternoon.

        Bernie’s win in West Virginia (which brings him no closer to winning the nomination, by the way) was an “a.m. cycle” story, as we called it in the quaint old days when there were only two cycles a day (whereas today, there’s a new cycle every second).

        Whereas 2:30 p.m. is not only “p.m. cycle,” but way late in the p.m. cycle — like, two hours after p.m. papers went to bed, back when there were p.m. papers. And I assure you, those p.m. papers were looking for news that was NOT in the a.m. papers. (And web sites want to offer something you didn’t have an HOUR ago, if that long.)

        My wife opened her iPad just before going to bed last night, and she immediately said, “Bernie Sanders won West Virginia,” and I said, “Yeah, I know,” because I’d already seen SEVERAL news alerts to that effect.

        But newspapers still being somewhat wedded to cycles, it was still the LEDE story when I opened my Washington Post app this morning. Below is what that looked like…

        Bottom line, I don’t see how you could have expected more coverage than I saw, back when it was news…


    2. Doug Ross

      Hilary is a damaged candidate with an unenergized base. Her best days on the campaign are behind her and she’s about the face the Trump gauntlet for the next six months. I’m sure she and the rest of the Democrats were hoping for a brokered convention. Now Trump can focus on the general while Hillary has to keep explaining losses in multiple states for the next month.

  7. Doug Ross

    Trump is already using the technique mentioned in the Scott Adams piece by assigning labels to opponents that make people think of a single word when they see them. Hillary is Crooked Hillary. Bernie is Crazy Bernie. And today he’s going after Goofy Elizabeth Warren.

      1. Bob Amundson

        Name calling by ANYONE disgusts me. I cringe whenever I hear “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Emotional abuse creates very disturbed children, who often turn into disturbed adults. Physical wounds heal easier than emotional ones …

  8. Bryan Caskey

    Looks like The Citadel is going to be sued by the potential cadet who wanted to wear her hijab. The Citadel declined to change their uniform policy to allow for it.

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      The Citadel should just dig in, and delay, and wait for President Trump. He’ll wave his magic wand and all THAT sort of thing will just go away.

      It’s a terrific wand, by the way, just the best. And quite large, despite what you may have inferred from the size of his hands…

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