Charles Blow at the New York Times finds Hillary Clinton's characterization of half of Donald Trump's voters as belonging to a "basket of deplorables" (racists, sexists, homophobes, Islamophobes, etc.) is morally apt. I'd argue it's probably about statistically accurate, too -- I recall Bush the Lesser's approvals bottoming out around 25%, and deciding that meant about a quarter of America is bat-guano insane, and, well, if somewhat less than 50% of Americans support Mr. Trump, and half of them are nuts, you've got about the same percentage. (As an aside, I think she chose the phrase "basket of deplorables" precisely because it doesn't roll of the tongue -- rageheads can feel rage about anything, of course, but they can't win many folks to their side on the merits, particularly if they might have to explain what "deplorable" means, or how they fit into a metaphorical "basket.")
Adam Davidson at the New Yorker cautions us against getting too elated about the record fine the CFPB just handed out to Wells Fargo for signing up its customers for accounts they didn't want. You'll recognize most of the problems -- the fine represents an infinitesimal slice of Wells Fargo's profits, no executives got fired though they're responsible for what happens at their corporation, and other banksters are probably getting away with as much but are cleverer about covering it up -- but you may not immediately recognize the big problem: the phrase "bank cross-selling" is so ingrained in corporate-speak that it doesn't get a rise out of most Americans for the unethical, should-be-illegal practice it is. I'll do my best to change that.
With the 15th anniversary of 9.11 behind us, here's an October 2001 report from Jim Naureckas at FAIR, which reminds us that, contra what the "liberal" media tells us, retaliating with bombs and guns against terrorists doesn't exactly stop terrorism. And, of course, whenever blowing up people didn't deter terrorism, the "liberal" media just said we didn't blow up enough people. You might be inclined, if you're a reasonable person, to think that violence breeds violence. You might also be inclined, if you're a reasonable person, to think that rushing in and violating other nations' sovereignty -- as we have done incessantly in the Middle East for decades -- also breeds violence.
Donald Trump would like to have a debate with Hillary Clinton without moderators. That might actually be a good idea, but Mr. Trump can't help but crap all over it by saying he wants a debate without moderators because he thinks moderators will be unfair to him. Everyone else has to put up with a moderator who may ask them things they don't like, but why should he? The whining coming from the right is unconscionable these days -- they demand exemptions from any rules that might make them look bad, and blame any hardship they've earned on someone else's "bias," but don't you dare talk about redlining or police brutality, or they'll say those people just have to "follow the rules."
Speaking of whining, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin fears that, if Hillary Clinton is elected, "the tree of liberty" might need to be "watered" by the "blood" not just of "tyrants," but "patriots." You might also translate all of that as whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine. Hillary Clinton is a center-right politician, and when far-rightists whine about how horrible America will be if she becomes President, you don't have to be scared. You have to ridicule and shame these people. That is your patriotic duty.