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Hillary-hate to the hilt

Amanda Marcotte at Slate: “For most people watching the unfolding story of the Nigerian girls kidnapped by the Islamist cult Boko Haram, the dominant feelings are despair and helplessness and fear that these girls will never be returned to their families. For much of right wing media, however, it seems to have sparked a different emotion: Hillary-hate. Fox News and other outlets have been very busy trying to find a way to exploit this story to derail Hillary Clinton’s presumed 2016 run for president, because that’s what they do.

“In order to pin this one on Clinton, conservative pundits argue that she failed by not having the State Department designate Boko Harem as a ‘foreign terrorist organization.’ Brooke Goldstein, speaking to Megyn Kelly of Fox News [for instance], argued that failing to give Boko Harem this label ‘sends a green light, go ahead, continue with your terrorist activities, you can do it with impunity. We’re going to turn a blind eye.’ ”

Ms. Marcotte goes on to point out that the Clinton State Department did designate multiple Boko Haram leaders as “global terrorists” but that for most of Ms. Clinton’s term Boko Haram was a cross between a religious cult and a terrorist organization and more limited in its activities.

In the land of the rich

Pittsburgh’s Spork in a Drawer blogs posts this item from Atrios:

“Is it too much to ask that in the richest country in the universe, the majority of the population should be able to go to school, get a job, find a place to live, have kids if they want, send those kids to school, and retire without having to worry that one or two bad events (health, employment) will ruin it all?”

Then Spork comments: “If a person suffers one or two life-wrecking events then that person is in need of a moral corrective. If a person is in God’s grace then that person needn’t worry. Pray harder, and to the correct deity in the correct manner, is what certain powerful members of the government are saying.”

Down with America!

Satire from The Borowitz Report: “In what legal experts are calling a landmark decision, on Monday the United States Supreme Court struck down what many believe to be the main reason the country was started. By a five-to-four vote, the court eliminated what grade-school children have traditionally been taught was one of the key rationales for founding the United States in the first place.

“ ‘The separation of church and state has been a cornerstone of American democracy for over two hundred years,’ said Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the majority. ‘Getting rid of it was long overdue.’

“Calling the decision ‘historic,’ Justice Antonin Scalia was guarded in predicting what the Court might accomplish next. ‘Last year, we gutted the Voting Rights Act, and today we did the First Amendment,’ he said. ‘We’ll just have to see what’s left.’ ”

Liberals vs. liberals

Steven Hayward at PowerLine: “Liberalism today is destined to be an unstable political isotope because it has accumulated too many disparate ‘causes’ and acquiesces to every grievance and pressure group. Pretty soon the different causes start to turn on one another, not merely because resources are scarce but because their causes will come in conflict. What’s a liberal president to do when labor unions favor the Keystone pipeline while environmentalists oppose it? Actually, this one is easy: You go with who raises more money for you, which right now is the environmentalists …

“Even more fun is the liberal fratricide occurring at the UN [last] week, where all the top do-gooders … are gathered to hammer out the next round of ‘Sustainable Development Goals.’ It seems they are having trouble agreeing on what’s most important, because for this kind of liberal mentality, everything is important.”

Elvis is still in the building

John Oliver on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight”: “I think the best analogy for where we are right now is that America is Elvis Presley — the most beautiful, talented, rebellious nation in the history of Earth. And now, you’re in your Vegas years. You’ve squeezed yourself into a white jumpsuit, you’re wheezing your way through ‘Love Me Tender’ and you might be about to pass away bloated on the toilet. But you’re still the King.”

Compiled by Greg Victor (gvictor@post-gazette.com).


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