Open Thread for Wednesday, August 3, 2016

President Barack Obama meets for lunch with formerly incarcerated individuals who have received commutations, at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C., March 30, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets for lunch with formerly incarcerated individuals who have received commutations, at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C., March 30, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Some things out there at this hour (feel free to bring up your own):

  1. SC resident infected with brain-eating amoeba with 95 percent death rate — They’re hoping to get a potentially life-saving drug to the patient in time. I don’t know know what to say about it other than God help this poor person.
  2. GOP reaches ‘new level of panic’ over Trump candidacy — After he refused to endorse Ryan and McCain, GOP leaders are in meltdown mode; even Reince Priebus has found the self-respect to become “livid.” Meanwhile, Mike Pence pointedly did endorse Ryan. Meg Whitman is going to vote for “her.” And what else? Oh, yeah — while not completely tired of attacking the Khans, he switched gears and lashed out at a baby. I’m guessing he’s been told you’re supposed to kiss them, not attack them, but does he listen?
  3. Trump Edges Close to Clinton With Flood of Donations — Yeah, that’s right. Even as every Republican with a clue is desperate for a way out of the situation, his base is investing in him more than ever. Which reminds me of this item from The Takeaway…
  4. A policy expert explains how anti-intellectualism gave rise to Donald Trump — It’s an interview with Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former foreign policy adviser to the presidential campaigns of John McCain, Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio. And author of a New York Times op-ed, “How the ‘Stupid Party’ Created Donald Trump.”
  5. Clinton, Kaine Driven By Their Faith In The ‘Social Gospel’ — Yep. First they stole flag-waving from the GOP; now this. Presumably, they’ll let the Republicans keep guns. Or maybe not.
  6. President Obama Commutes the Sentences of 214 Additional People — He’s commuted more sentences than the previous 9 presidents combined, according to the White House.


11 thoughts on “Open Thread for Wednesday, August 3, 2016

  1. bud

    2. This is just hilarious. The GOP leaders have created Frankentrump and now they don’t now how to deal with him. They are seriously low on any credibility with all their nattering condemnations while at the same time at the same time continuing to endorse him!! WTF!! If you don’t like Hillary fine. But don’t keep on endorsing this bizarre and dangerous individual. He really is unhinged.

    1. clark surratt

      GOP leaders didn’t create him. He was created by angry, bigoted, anti-government people voting in open primaries. Popular voting can get messy this way. But you certainly are right about the other part. They don’t know what to do with him.

  2. Tex

    Commuting sentences needs to be abolished. These people were tried, found guilty and sentenced. It shouldn’t be up to one person to play favorites with inmates.

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      For the most part, nonviolent offenders should not be in prison. They should be out working and paying restitution…

      The only reason to lock people up is if they are a danger to others…

      1. Barry

        Except the system to “work and pay restitution” is largely broken and has been with no real serious proposal to fix it on the landscape.

        As the friend of a federal parole officer, I can tell you the system is a real joke- and no one in the current administration cares at all to fix it – or to even monitor it.

  3. Pat

    #2. There is a flood of articles on what is wrong with Trump: narcissistic personality disorder, Alzheimer’s, adhd…and it goes on. There is the theory he’s in it to elect Clinton. Republicans are up in arms that he continues to embroil himself in controversies and not focusing on his race against Clinton. Now Trump is doing the unthinkable by not supporting incumbent senators and representatives. Then I read this theory: He doesn’t want a Republican majority in Congress because he wants to be able to wheel and deal, and he can’t do that with Republicans in control.
    If nothing else, The democrats and republicans might be finally united against the common enemy.

    1. Barry

      He is mentally unbalanced for sure.

      Other than a child, I have never seen anyone totally incapable of ignoring some perceived verbal put downs.

      The guy is the thinnest skinned business guy in the country.

      1. Pat

        Brad, you are correct; some professionals don’t even believe it is a disorder at all but an alternative learning style as you say or too much seat time for active children or perhaps a misdiagnosis for another issue. A number of interviewers have called attention to Trump’s inability to stay on topic, and one writer linked this and other behaviors to Alzheimer’s. Trump’s co-author related it was impossible to sit down for an interview with him. So, I agree with you regarding ADHD, but his attention deficit has been mentioned in a number of articles.


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