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Establishing secularism as our state religion

Anyone who has doubts at this late date about the determination of the Left to marginalize and discriminate against those whose beliefs reflect orthodox, historic Christian values needs to learn about the case of a Wyoming judge- whom the social radicals are trying to remove from office and disqualify from further service because of her personal religious beliefs.

Note that it's not her objectivity that's in question. If that were the case, people who publicly affirm the opposite viewpoint would also be disqualified. The sole issue here is that her orthodoxy is biblical rather than political.

Seems to me I once came across the quaint idea that there wasn't supposed to be a religious test for public office. Somebody is confused on that point, and it isn't me.

Sorry to break this to you, but eisegesis doesn't save.

Quite the opposite, in fact.

If you're puzzled by the "Christians" who justify homosexual activity, transgenderism, and all kinds of other stuff that is patently contrary to every stratum of Scripture and everything the Christian faith has ever had to say about sexuality, here's a very insightful article on how to theologically justify literally any sexual practice- no matter how bizarre, unnatural, and perverse.

Check it out- and see if these intellectually dishonest steps aren't precisely the ones taken by those who make the ridiculous claim that homosexuality and/or gender-bending are compatible with Christianity.

Come to think of it, why limit the Scripture-twisting to sexuality? You can use the same approach to "justify" literally anything, including racial discrimination, slavery, and mass murder. And you know what? This exact approach has been used in the past to justify all of them!

They don't call him the Father of Lies for nothing.

If Trump leaves any kind of positive legacy, this may be it

Interesting thoughts by Michael Barone on the way Donald Trump has changed the electoral map.

The danger: attracting Trump-friendly Democrats to the GOP may set the stage for future trouble for the GOP from Nativists, authoritarians, and the uninformed in future election years. And if the Republicans are going to recover from this year's disaster, they are going to have to distance themselves as far as possible from Trumpism going forward. Reasonable people simply won't take them seriously otherwise.

Obama's foreign policy in a nutshell

Secretary of State John Kerry thinks that if we ignore terrorism, maybe it would go away.

The logic (?) seems to be that for the news media to cover the activities of terrorists only encourages them.

HT: Jim Geraghty, National Review

Like, wow! Your nose is like a red lightbulb, dude!

Santa may have some navigational problems this year.

It seems that Norwegian reindeer have taken to doing 'shrooms. The hallucinogenic fungi are causing the critters to behave in bizarre ways,  losing their fear of automobiles and people and prancing, capering, and almost dancing on the roads.

With typical Scandahoovian understatement, Per Magne Moan, who drives through the affected area quite often, observes, “The reindeer have been behaving differently than otherwise in the year."

No reports of anybody's grandma being run over by one, though.

Meanwhile, in a probably unrelated development, 323 Norwegian reindeer have been killed in a single lightning strike in a Norwegian national park.  No, God wasn't angry at the reindeer for doing drugs. Apparently, they standing together in a relatively small area, lightning struck the ground, and the ground water conducted the electricity through the feet of the poor things.

HT: FiveThirtyEight

Bad news, good news, and more bad news about Zika

The bad news: Aedes aegypti mosquitos- the kind that carries the Zika virus, as well as dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever, and is widespread in the Southern United States- can pass it on to their offspring.

The good news: it isn't easy for them to do it. It apparently happens only once in every 300 cases.

More bad news, though: they reproduce so prodigiously that one in every 300 new mosquitos is still a hell of a lot of mosquitos.

HT: FiveThirtyEight

Americans desperately need this

I happen to agree with Evan McMullin on nearly all of the issues. My differences with him, frankly, are generally quibbles. But here's a big one that is too rarely discussed.

Barack Obama talked about the problem when he first ran for president- and has spent the past eight years making it worse. We need a president who will walk the walk instead of just talking the talk.

Iowa professor worries that the school's mascot will scare students

Leftists are often so ridiculous that simply writing about what they do and say comes off as satire. Well, a professor at the University of Iowa has done it once again.

He's worried that the school's mascot, Herky, is too scary for Iowa's students, poor babies.

In addition to tiny Concordia University Chicago, my alma mater, I have always had several favorite college teams. Being from Chicago Northwestern, Northern Illinois, and Illinois have always been my primary collegiate favorites. I also have several secondary teams for whom I have a soft spot in my heart- Oklahoma and Navy come to mind- and when I moved to Iowa I was fully willing to accord the Hawkeyes a place among them.

That lasted a matter of hours. The first night after I moved into the state a football game between Iowa and Illinois was on the TV. It was announced by the late beloved and... um, colorful... Jim Zabel.

Now, I have nothing against "homers," having grown up watching Jack Brickhouse broad…

Would-be Trump and Johnson voters would do well to listen

Though I doubt that Donald Trump or Gary Johnson are listening, retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, whom Bill Kristol tried to draft for president, warns that American prestige throughout the world is now the lowest it's been in forty years (so much for Barack Obama's legacy), that robust engagement in international affairs is the only way to protect ourselves from terrorism- and that an isolationist foreign policy would be a disaster for America that would seriously endanger our national security.

All of that is, of course, common sense. Yet from the far Left through the Ron Paul movement and Pat Buchanan, and now to Trump and Johnson, the discredited idea that isolation from the world in the modern era is even an option for America continues to be popular in certain circles which still haven't learned the lessons of World War II. Unpopular, long and costly wars, the expense of foreign aid, and the unpopularity of America throughout the world give the "America F…

Nate Silver says that Trump is now slightly less unlikely to catch Hillary

Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight notes some slight gains for Trump in the past couple of weeks. Its estimate of Trump's chances of being elected has risen from 11% to 19%.

Silver notes that this election is in some ways the opposite of the one in 2012, which was close throughout much of the campaign but pretty much in the bag for Obama when factors other than the polls were considered. This race is not close, but Silver regards it as nevertheless "uncertain-" meaning that the potential exists for volatile changes.

In other words, it's too early for Hillary to "run out the clock." But that doesn't mean the Alt-Right crowd should be shopping for matching tuxedo and tinfoil hat ensembles for Trump's inauguration. The chances of Hillary actually blowing her lead remain remote.

Remember, she's running against a guy who puts his foot in his mouth pretty much every time he opens it.

Picture: DonkeyHotey

The Libertarian Party is a joke- and Gary Johnson is not an option for conservatives

Q: What's pro-abortion, anti-religious freedom, for a militarily weak America with a flabby foreign policy, in favor of a carbon tax as a method of discouraging pollution- and wants you to think that it's conservative?

A: The left-wing group that is running Gary Johnson for president and William Weld for vice-president, and goes by the name of the Libertarian Party.

Except perhaps in a very limited, strictly economic way, there is nothing conservative about these people, and conservatives looking for an alternative to the two bozos the major parties have nominated should not give them a moment's consideration.

If you're a conservative, Evan McMullin is the only game in town this year.

The man just can't help himself

(I live in Iowa, so I"m saying this very softly!)

A new study confirms what we've known for quite a while, but farmers are reluctant to admit:  biofuels like ethanol are worse for the environment than gasoline.

We've known for quite a while that they're a boondoggle. Ethanol freezes in pipes, so it must be transported by truck. It's been estimated that it requires a gallon and a half of gasoline to transport the average gallon of ethanol!

But now it seems that corn ethanol is itself more polluting than gasoline is- which raises the obvious question of why we should be producing ethanol in the first place. Well, states which depend on agriculture to a substantial degree have a large economic investment in it, and criticizing it in places like Iowa is not a politically healthy thing to do.

John McCain gets the last laugh on Don the Con

Meanwhile, John McCain- whom the ignorant Donald Trump claims isn't a hero "because he was captured" (aside from the inherent stupidity of that statement, Trump had apparently never heard of the Forrestal incident, in which McCain established his heroism quite apart from his captivity), will emerge as the victor in their personal conflict.

As Trump goes down to catastrophic defeat, McCain- thought at the beginning of the year to be in deep trouble in his re-election bid- has opened up a 26-point lead over his primary challenger and a 13-point lead over his Democratic challenger.

I strongly suspect that Trump's asinine comments have helped Sen. McCain enormously. Bottom line: McCain is not only a hero  but a winner. Trump, to use one of his own favorite words, is a loser.

As Donald Trump implodes...

A good article on how Donald the Unstable is throwing everything he ever stood for and everybody who ever supported him under the bus in a desperate attempt to save what he knows deep down is a doomed presidential candidacy.

As the author observes, by the time the next election rolls around people will remember him as the guy who made Hillary inevitable. Within a year of the inauguration of Hillary's Republican successor in 2021, he will basically be forgotten except as the brunt of an occasional joke among political geeks.

In the last analysis, Donald Trump is for Donald Trump. He is the only thing he really stands for. And as the article says, his coming descent into punchline status and from thence to obscurity will be the worst possible fate for a narcissist like The Donald.

It would have been far, far better for all of us if he had never run. And that includes The Donald himself.

Does Daenerys' vision foreshadow the winner of the 'Game of Thrones?'

I just came across this video on YouTube, and I find it quite interesting.

Everybody who watches "Game of Thrones" knows how big George R.R. Martin is on foreshadowing- comments or symbolic events which foretell future happenings on the show.

This vision might be the biggest foreshadowing of all. Does it tell us who will be on the Iron Throne when the series ends?

A habitable planet in the star system next door?

All this time we've been searching our part of the galaxy for a habitable, Earthlike planet- and it turns out that it could be orbiting one of the stars next door.

Astronomers  from the European Southern Observatory have confirmed that Proxima Centauri has a planet about the size of Earth, orbiting the red dwarf at a distance that would seem to be within the "Goldilocks Zone" ("not too hot, not too cold, but just right") and theoretically capable of harboring liquid water and supporting life.

That's "Proxima" as in "proximity." Proxima Centauri- a double star "only" 4.5 light years away- is the closest star other than the Sun to Earth!

There is plenty we don't know about Proxima b, as the newly-discovered planet is known. It is still too far away to reach through current means of space travel. But the discovery of EM drive,  advances in warp drive, and ion propulsion (which has actually been tested in one of the most importa…

Rubio, Hillary headed for big wins in Florida

A new poll shows that though Marco Rubio seems headed for an easy re-election, Donald Trump trails Hillary Clinton in "swing state" Florida by 14 points.

Trump trails in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida- all of which he needs to have any chance of winning. But of course, he was the only Republican who lost to Hillary throughout the primaries and even before- but the Alt-Reality Tinfoil Hat Society was able to hijack the party because there were so many candidates, and thus snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Trump is managing to botch the campaign in almost every conceivable way, and Republican party regulars all over the country are being driven to despair. We seem headed for an Electoral College landslide, and Clinton's lead in the popular vote seems to be holding steady.

Is it 2020 yet?

Here's the question, reluctant Trump voters

I know a great many people- you probably do, too- who aren't racists or misogynists or Islamophobes or, well.... jerks but who nevertheless plan to vote for Donald Trump in November.

The people I'm talking about either opposed or at least frowned upon him when he was running in the primaries. They do not like the man. But they plan to vote for him anyway because at this point Trump beating her is the only way of keeping (shudder!) Hillary Clinton out of the White House.

Now, I shudder too. I also fear Hillary's appointments to the Supreme Court, which may determine the Court's complexion for a generation and may sound the death knell of the Constitution in any form in which the Founders would recognize it. It's just that I'm not willing to pay the price of leaving the world to the predations of every bully nation around, sending the economy back into recession, and generally putting the existence of the human race at risk by electing an unstable narcissist and…

Wouldn't it be nice to have a president we can be proud of?

And, in summary....

Yes,  you heard it right. The Republican said, "The presidential race is over."

And then, there's this

When a Democrat can run an ad like this, the Republicans are in trouble

Hillary's secret weapon

Donald Trump.

Running against a creep really makes things easy. And it's only beginning.

In the meantime... seen any Trump ads yet?

Despite alt-reality hallucinations about him winning, Trump is now tied with Hillary in red, red South Carolina

A new poll shows Hillary tied with Trump in South Carolina.

But the hard-core Trumpers continue to hallucinate that Crazy Donald is going to win, and will claim that the upcoming landslide was rigged.

If almost any of the other Republicans had been nominated we would be looking at a GOP sweep on November 8. But a large minority of the party just had to throw a tantrum by getting a candidate nominated that no reasonable person could possibly take seriously- and they will now blame the people who couldn't take him seriously.

Unacceptable behavior- by the Red Cross

The Red Cross- the Red CROSS- has asked a Louisiana officer to stop praying with flood victims.

Now, this is NOT a constitutional issue. The Red Cross is a private organization. It has every right to be intolerant. But that doesn't make this any the less intolerance.

Nobody would question the impropriety of persisting if somebody objecting to being prayed with. But that's not the issue. The issue is the Red Cross not allowing people to pray with victims at all. What if the officer had been a clergyman? What if he'd been a police or National Guard chaplain?

This is disgraceful behavior from an organization which probably ought to get itself a new symbol

Trump Psychosis: the mindset of the alt.reality crowd

Talk show host and filmmaker John Ziegler herein explains the otherwise incomprehensible mindset of the alt.right (though I think I prefer his term, "alt.reality") core of Donald Trump's zombie-like supporters.

The key is to always remember that they are indeed living in an alternative reality- one in which Donald Trump is always right, facts are lies, fantasies are facts- and Trump is going to win.

It's a lesson I keep learning over over and over: it's not possible to reason with people who don't live in the same reality as the rest of the world. Once you accept the premise that these people live in a universe in which tariffs and trade wars are good for the economy and create jobs,  in which our national interests are best preserved by letting Russia and China and Iran and every predator nation on Earth run wild while we retreat within our borders, where the ridiculous thing the Donald said today that directly contradicts the ridiculous thing he said on the…

"Ray Bradbury Theater" is on YouTube!

This show was one of the most underappreciated gems in TV history- a whole series based on the wonderful stories of a master of American literature.

If you missed the series during the 'Eighties- or missed any of the series- you owe it to yourself to take advantage of this chance to set that right. And the series may just motivate you to start reading Bradbury yourself.

I'm looking forward to reliving some of those shows, and enjoying the ones I missed.

Here's a classic- an episode adapted from an incident from Bradbury's great novel The Martian Chronicles.

I take no pleasure in saying 'I told you so,' but I told you so

It's not even Labor Day yet, and panic is setting in among Republicans.

As Hillary maintains her lead especially in the critical states, the fear that the Alt.Right takeover of the party has doomed it on the presidential level is rapidly becoming a certainty. "Purple" states like Virginia and Colorado are already out of reach. Bright red states like North Carolina and Utah are in play. Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida- the three states Trump must win-  are slipping away, if they aren't already lost. Worse, Trump's hubris and poor management- he believes that organization is unimportant because the awesomeness of his personality will win the election,  and has apparently squandered tens of millions of dollars while failing to open more than a handful of offices and hire more than a tiny number of staffers  even in the critical states- have driven party professionals to despair. All over the country, GOP workers are searching for ways to cut Trump off and dedicate …

The Trumpster is headed for the dumpster

His campaign is a shambles. He has no ground game even in the most critical counties of the most critical states. He's stuck in blaming-everybody-but himself mode (actually. he's a narcissist, and people with that particular personality disorder don't have any other mode). He actually faults the media for reporting the crazy things he says.

Donald, you are the one who says them. You are the candidate. And you are as crazy as a loon. And that's not the media's fault. 

And you are going to lose. Big.

Poor Marco!

You know,  I understand Marco Rubio's endorsement of Donald Trump. I really do. I also understand Joni Ernst endorsing him (though I still haven't gotten over her leading the convention in the same "USA! USA!" chant that was used to drown out dissent, or her praising of one of the ugliest and most un-American political movements in our history).

If you expect the party to back you in the future, you back the party right now. And in Marco's case, the matter was even more pressing than it would have been otherwise. He wants to be in a position to pick up the pieces after the Trump debacle this November and be the 2020 nominee. He doesn't want to make enemies.

But he has. This election is one of the crisis points in our nation's history,  It's one of those tests of character and of principle that one either passes or fails. Marco, like Joni, failed. They both chose political expediency over principle and party over country. Especially after all the very…

The Trumplings encounter Evan McMullin

It's instructive if one has a strong enough stomach, to study the tweets of Trumplings on Twitter. The anti-Semitism, disconnect from reality, and rabid hate are rather off-putting, but it's an education as to just who (and what) constitutes the core constituency of the movement.

One thing that has become apparent in recent days is that Evan McMullin (or "Evan McMuffin," as they call him, with their typical lack of wit) has them really shaken up. They've decided that he's a "fake CIA candidate" (though how a man who has spent his career as a CIA officer is a "fake" is unclear). They screech that he was "only a desk jockey" (as if he claimed to be Jack Bauer or James Bond or something). But most of all they lie and sputter and carry on incoherently.

In other words, they're scared. And they should be.

Skilled businessman? Trump's companies are $650 million in debt!

We know that Trump habitually welshes on contracts. We know that he doesn't pay his creditors. We know that his companies have gone bankrupt six times. We know that despite his inherited wealth and some success in real estate, he's never run a successful company. And we know that he's running as a hot-shot businessman.

But now we discover that his companies are at least $650 million in debt.

And we know beyond any shadow of a doubt that Donald Trump is a con man and a fraud.

And as for the Democrats...

There is ANOTHER choice: you can vote for the grownup!

McMullin: Trump couldn't get a security clearance if he wasn't the GOP nominee!

It's good not to be disenfranchised anymore!

Came home fairly exhausted last night after gathering signatures on a petition to get Evan McMullin on the ballot in Iowa. Kate Jones led the drive.  It was an intense three days. 1,500 signatures were needed. This afternoon Kate filed 2,800!

It was a fascinating experience. When people heard that we were trying to get a third option on the ballot besides Trump and Hillary at times they were so eager to sign that they almost snatched the pens out of our hands. When people overhead me talking to others they actually came up to me and asked it if was OK if they signed, too! Several people who were in too big a hurry to stop said over their shoulders, "This is an important thing you're doing. Thank you!"

When people heard Evan's resume- that whereas previously we had been faced with the choice of a woman who left national secrets on a private server for our country's enemies to snatch and an unstable, bizarre, and generally ignorant man whose uninformed isolationis…

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History's first totally self-inflicted landslide defeat

There's a new poll out from the Washington Post. Donald Trump is running behind Mitt Romney in Virginia, ten points (or seven, if you throw in the third party candidates other than McMullin) behind Hillary Clinton. Romney lost Virginia to Barack Obama four years ago  by six.

One reason is doubtless that her running-mate, Tim Kaine, is a senator from Virginia. But the other is that Donald Trump has simply made himself unthinkable among large groups of voters the GOP absolutely has to carry in order to win Virginia. Northern Virginia, with its high concentration of high-income, college educated people, comes to mind.

Virginia- the quintessential "swing state," and before that reliably Republican- is deep blue this year. It is simply not in play. And the primary reason is that the Republicans nominated a candidate who is obnoxious to the very people to whom Virginia Republicans need to appeal. It's a pattern that's going on all over the nation.

Meanwhile, the autho…

The only Triumph the Trump campaign will encounter this year

Ok. We all know that Trump supporters are gullible. That fact may well be the defining reality of this election year.

I can believe that at the beginning of this video these Trump supporters were in the dark. But I have a hard time with believing that they were still in the dark when they recorded their "testimonials" at the end of the video. In fact, Triumph's assurances to the contrary, I'm not absolutely convinced that these are all real Trump supporters.

If they are, since they would appear to have given their consent for this video to be released, they're really, really good sports, and nobody with enough of a sense of humor that they could fall for this and then laugh right along with the rest of us can be all bad.

But please, video.... let them be in on the joke as early as possible.


Harry Reid dares The Donald to take a citizenship test. I think he'd flunk it.

I've been saying ever since the first debates that Donald Trump is so ignorant concerning the basics of the American Constitution and government that he would fail a citizenship test.

Seems Harry Reid agrees with me.

That doesn't happen very often. Maybe The Donald will have a Supreme Court justice conduct an investigation in between signing bills.

Luther's first hymn

July 1 is the anniversary of the deaths of Heinrich Voes, and Johann Esch, the first martyrs of the Reformation. I usually do a post about them on that date, though for some reason I forgot this year.

When Martin Luther heard about their deaths, he wrote his very first hymn, "Now Shall A New Song Be Begun." Though it will never be an all-time favorite (The Lutheran Hymnal, issued in 1941, drastically shortened it and used a different tune, calling it  "Flung To the Heedless Winds," Number 259"), it's not a bad first effort at all.

Concordia Publishing House recently issued a cassette of Luther's hymns that includes it and posted it on YouTube. Here it is:

What is Trump wasting his cash on?

Donald Trump had $20 million dollars in his campaign fund at the end of June. He raised $80 million in July and had $37 million on hand in August.

So he spent $63 million in July, right? But on what?

He hasn't spent it on TV or advertising. Seen any Trump ads recently? Just Clinton ads, right?

He hasn't spent it on staff, or field offices, or on those get-out-the-vote efforts he holds in such contempt. We keep hearing about all the officers he's "about" to open in swing states. But they're not opening.

To the extent this election is going to be competitive at all, the key states Trump must win are Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida. In Ohio, he has one office and four paid staffers; Clinton has twelve, and about 250 paid staff .

In Pennsylvania, Trump has five offices.  Clinton has more than twenty and about 200 paid staff.

In Florida, Trump has one office and one paid staff. He supposedly is going to suddenly open 25 in September. But Hillary already has 12 ca…

I'm speechless. Trump performs that miracle regularly.

But this time...

The Donald, who has campaigned on reducing the deficit. now wants to increase it.

Yes, that's what I said. "This," he says, "is the time to borrow."

Now Trump, whose alleged business acumen has been his major selling point, is, in fact, a lousy businessman, having taken firms into bankruptcy six times and having failed in the steak, vodka, and various other businesses- including even the casino business. That said, I'm not sure which is scarier: the idea that he's erratic enough to actually mean that we should be increasing the national debt which he has been rightly saying lo these many months must be reduced,  or that he doesn't see the contradiction.

I continue to be puzzled as to how anyone who is not willfully trying to ignore reality can miss the point that this guy is a boob.

I can't see how anyone not on antipsychotics can favor the election of a president who doesn't see the connection between borrowing money and ow…

Perhaps I spoke too soon about the Senate. And if so, the Trumpkins have even more to answer for

Further reading leads me to think that I may have been overly optimistic in that post I wrote the other day  predicting that  the GOP would retain the Senate in the face of the Clinton landslide.

Other observers think that the Democrats may well, in fact, retake the Senate- including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The situation is fluid, but there is clear cause for concern. Here's how Larry Sabato sees the Senate right now.

Again, Hillary Clinton is going to win- because the Republicans nominated an unelectable opponent for her when almost any of his competitors for the nomination would have beaten her easily. And if the GOP loses the Senate it will be because the Republicans nominated an unelectable opponent for Hillary when almost any of his competitors for the nomination would have run a strong enough race to have coattails of their own rather than giving Hillary coattails.

The Democrats are going to win the presidency. Make no mistake about that. That became certain t…

The writing is on the wall, Trump supporters

According to s new Reuters-Ipsos poll, 44% of all voters and one out of every five Republicans believes that Donald Trump should resign as the Republican nominee and drop out of the race because of his inappropriate comments since the convention.

One does not win an election with numbers like that. And when one combines them with a candidate who is utterly convinced that is the power of the candidate's personality (!) rather than organization and a "ground game" that wins elections... well, as deluded as Trump supporters (especially the tinfoil hat brigade that forms the core of the movement) are at this point, Trump's candidacy is doomed. His showing on Election Day will probably be worse than even his limited potential because of his arrogant contempt for organization and stubborn confidence in the strength of his own personality.

History is replete with examples of tyrants and would-be tyrants who are undone by hubris. The Greek dramatists loved that theme. In Tru…

The upcoming crunching of Cheeto Prime

Jim Geraghty of National Review gives us a tour of more corruption at the Clinton foundation; Hillary's almost certain election, coupled with a likely GOP retention of the Senate; and the coming and rather silly debate over whether it's the gullible folk who nominated a mentally unstable and unelectable authoritarian or the real conservatives who could not in conscience vote for such an abomination who will be blamed for Hillary's election by a margin far too large to even be accounted for by the number of Republicans who won't vote for Trump.

He also reviews what at this point has been the clearly delusional coverage of the current campaign by Sean Hannity, Breitbart and the rest of the Trumpista Ministry of Propaganda.

They Trump folks will sputter on unabashed after Cheeto Prime is crunched this November. The only difference is that from then on, nobody will be listening- and the GOP's brief flirtation with fascism, Know-Nothingism and insanity will largely fade…

It now looks like Hillary will be elected- and unable to get her Supreme Court nominees confirmed

With Pennsylvania moving ever more surely into Hillary's camp (where one may note I've always insisted it would inevitably end up), Larry Sabato now has a total of 269 electoral votes rated as "safely Democratic."

270 are needed to win.

Start calling Hillary "President-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton."

Better news: with the exception of Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, GOP Senate candidates seem to be in good shape. Realistically the best of possible worlds for the Republican future: Trump is defeated, the temporary takeover of the party by the Know-Nothing wing ends, and Hillary's Supreme Court nominees will either be consistently Borked over the next four years or Republican senators are a great deal stupider than I think they are.

In a few short months, Trump and his supporters will be discredited, his movement on the ash heap of history- and (again with the caveat that this only holds true if the Senate majority has a minimal number of members bent on poli…

THIS IS GREAT! Trumpkins argue that HILLARY is nuts!

The Trumpkins are absolutely clueless! They have no idea how ridiculous this makes them look! If Leni Riefenstahl were still alive I'd almost think she was responsible- except she was far too good to be responsible for something like this.

Watch and be amazed: a video which claims that HILLARY suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder and is mentally ill! Yes, she has a seizure disorder; that's no secret. But TRUMP supporters trying to make the case that SOMEBODY ELSE is crazy?

Check out the link in the previous paragraph, btw. It will lead you to pages and pages of articles listed on Google by actual clinicians stating that TRUMP suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder! And the badly-edited video trying to make Hillary look like she's acting irrationally is priceless. Do the turkeys who made this video seriously think that if she acted this way in public on a routine basis it would have escaped the notice of the entire nation? Do they really think that editin…

Evan McMullin's campaign kickoff speech

The only real conservative in the race- and the one who is neither a sociopath nor a security risk- picks up Abe Lincoln's fallen banner.

An historic moment for Dishonest Don

If you threaten the life of the president or a presidential candidate you can expect a visit from the Secret Service about it.

Donald Trump reportedly has had the distinction of being the first major party nominee for president ever to receive such a visit.

Congratulations, Donald. Another item for your resume of wackiness.

The elephant tries to stop being an ass

Former Senator Gordon Humphreys has endorsed the effort by dissident Republicans to replace Crazy Donald as the nominee in the wake of his "joke" about assassinating Hillary Clinton if she's elected and appoints pro-gun control Supreme Court justices.

Not gonna happen, unfortunately,

Meanwhile, a Trump spokesperson has tried to spin The Donald's bizarre "joke" as a reference to the power of Hillary's opposition to the NRA misunderstanding of the Second Amendment to galvanize pro-gun voters in opposition to her. Except that Trump's latest outbreak of foot-in-mouth disease specified that he was talking about after the election, and after she'd appointed Supreme Court justices.

The "joke" was about shooting Hillary. Period.