Unusually Stupid Primates of the Week

The Trump insurgency, in a nutshell: people who are too stupid to know what a “classical liberal” is.


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Afternoon Art Break

“A Rainy Day, New York”
Childe Hassam (1889)


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Throwback Thursday

George H.W. Bush’s gracious handoff to Bill Clinton. Hopefully, the Republican Party can regain its virtue someday.


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Afternoon Links

Salvador Dalí’s lobster telephone hits the auction block at Christie’s

The Rosenbergs were Soviet spies. Alger Hiss was a traitor. JFK was killed by a Communist. The Left has a hard time with reality when it interferes with their Commie love.

A party that deserves to die

Bob Dylan is not Walt Whitman. Calm down.


I imagine it often as I drink and cry.

On meeting the real Christopher Robin 

Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press unless it gives some grad school garbage baby the sadz. Fuck off, infants.

I sincerely hope this is the future of the Republican Party, not Trump.

If you think Hillary should be jailed for endangering state secrets, don’t align with a group that steals state secrets.

The real Rupert Brooke?

16th-century Europe’s powerful royal women

Democrats didn’t accept the 2000 election results, but what Trump is doing is worse. He’s playing a dangerous game.

This is spot-on. Here’s an excerpt, but go read the whole thing.

Donald Trump has been such a political and moral calamity for conservatives that liberals have been free to ignore the failings of their own mendacious, corrupt candidate and the significant role they played in destroying trust in American institutions. So forgive me if I don’t take liberal concern-trolling about the GOP’s wicked presidential choice too seriously. After all, even if Republicans had nominated the most qualified, competent, and chaste moderate in the existence of the republic, there still would be no #NeverHillary movement within the Democratic Party. No matter how many scandals were uncovered. No matter how many lies she told. What they’ve done is normalize Hillary’s behavior. Because Trump.

Actually, many of these same people treated a competent and ethically upright moderate like Mitt Romney just like they treat Trump. And even the most sexist-sensitive liberal would likely support a lecherous Bill Clinton over a virtuous Republican nominee. Because state power is the virtue. So spare us. It’s been something to watch the media engage in this smug, self-satisfying, feigned outrage — much of it aimed at real Trump scandals, and plenty of it hyper-parsing and overreactions — after giving him nearly unlimited and uncritical airtime during the primaries to ensure his nomination for the ratings and to help Hillary.

In the end, culpability for Trump goes to GOP primary voters, the RNC, and many people in the conservative media establishment — though the mainstream media did plenty of the heavy lifting for them. All these people are also culpable for the election of Hillary Clinton, who will enter the White House as the most corrupt president in memory.

There is no moral equivalency between the two! Sure there is. Granted, their sins are different, both are dangerous to the health of American institutions. Just as the authoritarianism and incompetence of Trump scares people, Hillary’s authoritarianism and her extraordinary competence at slithering through the system should scare us.

A lot of people get mad at me for being Never Trump. They like to argue that we face a binary choice. But my aversion to both is not only merely ideological (though that’s a big part of it). More than any single policy, however, I value a two-party system that checks power. If Republicans start acting like Democrats, not only ideologically but tactically, there will be no restraints on this power. And not only has Trump made this a no-win situation, he’s given the state media the high ground it doesn’t deserve.

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“The Rehearsal”
Edgar Degas (1873-1878)


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Afternoon Links

Do you think Trump has strong moral character?
· White evangelicals: 44%
· Atheists: 18%

For the GOP, Trump’s campaign is “like watching someone set fire to the house you finally paid off.”

What a shameful election

Trump has recently started encouraging his mostly white supporters to sign up online to be “election observers” to stop “Crooked Hillary from rigging this election.” He’s urging them to act as posses of poll watchers in “other” communities to ensure that things are “on the up and up.”

“Watch your polling booths,” he warned.

His supporters are heeding the call. “Trump said to watch your precincts. I’m going to go, for sure,” said Steve Webb, a 61-year-old carpenter from Fairfield, Ohio.

“I’ll look for . . . well, it’s called racial profiling. Mexicans. Syrians. People who can’t speak American,” he said. “I’m going to go right up behind them. I’ll do everything legally. I want to see if they are accountable. I’m not going to do anything illegal. I’m going to make them a little bit nervous.”


Hitler’s birth house to be razed and replaced

The peculiar Beatrix Potter’s lost tale

This Glenn Beck-Michael Moynihan interview is so good

Too many academics are now censoring themselves

Autistic kids are thriving in “Shakespearean therapy”

But Trumpkins got to have their tantrum and that’s what really matters.

The iconic ‘Wizard of Oz’ slippers are falling apart, and the Smithsonian needs your help to save them

Hundreds of unpublished letters and photographs by and of T. S. Eliot from the collection of his late wife Valerie have been posted online.

Old Master emojis

Revisiting Turner’s Rain, Steam, and Speed

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“The Muses”
Maurice Denis (1893)


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