The PredictWise "choose your doom" punters assign a 79% probability of a Hillary win, down from last week's 80%. And in the phony poll, one candidate has made a dramatic come-from-behind showing:
|Query String||Hit Count||Change Since
|"Jill Stein" phony||1,020,000||+180,000|
|"Donald Trump" phony||896,000||+23,000|
|"Hillary Clinton" phony||756,000||-115,000|
|"Gary Johnson" phony||44,100||-3,200|
What is behind Jill Stein's remarkable phony showing? Who knows? But
a recent article by Caitlin Johnstone has encouraging news for
Jill Stein supporters who have begun to doubt their own sanity:
Jill Stein Supporters, You Are Not Crazy".
What is the definition of insane? According to Einstein, insane is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Trying to vote for the “lesser evil” in the desperate hope that this will somehow move us away from evil. Trying to vote for a woman who has shown us time and time again that she will push for military aggression at every opportunity in the desperate hope that this will somehow lead to less needless destruction and chaos. Trying to vote for a party that has already clearly demonstrated hostility to the progressive agenda in the desperate hope that this will facilitate a progressive agenda.
That’s what’s crazy. You are healthy, wise, and right. Keep fighting the good fight, my bright-eyed brothers and sisters. You’re the only thing keeping things sane.
But in other news: if you're encouraged in the slightest bit by some dippy true-believing leftist telling you that "you are healthy, wise, and right" … well, maybe you should seek professional help. That's only one step up from the voices in your head telling you things.
In related news, the New York Daily News reported recent Texas polling:
The Green Party doctor's support in the Lone Star State, 2%, is the same as support for Harambe the gorilla and less than that for joke candidate Deez Nuts, according to a new poll.
"Deez Nuts", the article explains, is "the fictional politician sprung from the brain of Iowa teenager Brady Olson." Harambe is the gorilla Cincinnati Zoo officials shot dead earlier this year. No word as yet from Caitlin Johnstone on the sanity of Nuts/Harambe supporters.
Buried in this Buzzfeed
Broderick Wants To Be Believed" was the mutation of Hillary's
page on the topic of "campus sexual assault". As I type, there's
a "Hillary" quote:
"I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault: Don't let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard."
Buzzfeed points out the unsubtle change from the previous version:
“I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault: Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed, and we’re with you.”
The change was made after Juanita Broderick pointed out that Hillary doesn't believe in any of that, if the perpetrator of the assault is named "Clinton".
There's been some back and forth among the contributors
at the linguistic blog Language
Log about the verbal stylings of Donald Trump. But my favorite
analysis (so far) is Mark Lieberman's:
candidate". Trump's words don't come across well in standard
sentence/paragraph form, but "it works pretty well if printed as free
verse." I'll reproduce Mark's transcription of a passage in full:
I'll tell you in particular lately
we have a newspaper
that's failing badly
it's losing a lot of money
it's gonna be out of business very soon
the New York Times OK?
I love it!
they wrote a story today
"anonymous sources have said"
three anonymous sources, anonymous this, anonymous that
they don't use names, I don't really think they have any names OK?
but "anonymous sources have said"
there are no anonymous s- you know with my campaign, I'll be honest with you
they never call me
they don't call me
but these are the most dishonest people
The good news is- I love- you know I put down
"failing @ New York Times"
the newspaper's going to hell
they got a couple of reporters in that newspaper who are so bad
with- I mean lack of talent
but it's going to hell
so I think maybe what we'll do
maybe we'll start thinking about taking their press credentials away from them
maybe we'll do that
I think so
I think so
when they write dishonest stories
you can't read em it's so much
you can't read em there's so much I'd be reading all day long.
When they write dishonest stories
we should be a little bit tough, don't we agree, you know?
Real garbage they're garbage it's a garbage paper OK
So here's the story folks, talking about garbage
talking about garbage
talking about garbage
you have a governor in this state who's done a very poor job.
I did some of this myself during the 2008 election cycle. My victim was Elizabeth Kucinich, Dennis's lovely wife.
Our state's current governor, Maggie Hassan, is running for the US
Senate seat currently occupied by Kelly Ayotte.
Apparently a CNN interviewer decided to get in Maggie's face a bit,
Can’t Say If Clinton Is Honest, Even After She’s Asked Three Times"
The Hillary-related questions asked by the CNN interviewer were:
- “Do you think that she’s honest and trustworthy?”
- “Do you think she’s honest?”
- “But do you think that she’s trustworthy?”
You can read Maggie's non-responses at the link. But to be fair, it's difficult to know how to answer such questions if you have political reasons for not being honest yourself.
A few days later, a local radio station tried again, and confidently reported: "Gov. Maggie Hassan now says 'Yes,' Hillary Clinton is trustworthy". Whew!