Because that’s worked so well so far

Trump Allies Keen To Discuss Bill Clinton Infidelities Despite Debate ‘Restraint’ – Allegra Kirkland, Talking Points Memo

Hope they do! The American people don’t care. It just makes Trump looks petty and reenforces concerns about his temperament.

The American public has known since the Gennifer Flowers revelation in 1992 that Bill is a horndog and frankly a douche when it comes to women. Or was. And that Hillary looked the other way. The American people elected him to the Presidency twice since then, elected her to the Senate, and gave her the Democratic nomination.

So yeah by all means keep hitting on that infidelity thing, Republicans. It’s been working well for you so far.

Trump is the pointy-haired boss in Dilbert

Why the mediocre male’s days may be numbered – Jessica Valenti, Vox

Quite a few of my feminist friends are fond of a tote bag that reads, “Lord, Give Me the Confidence of a Mediocre White Man”. It’s a cheeky nod to a scenario familiar to most women: a bombastic but woefully under-informed man who is convinced of how much smarter he is than you.

That dynamic that was on full display at the first presidential debate; as one Washington Post writer tweeted, “Finally the whole country will watch as a woman stands politely listening to a loud man’s bad ideas about the field she spent her life in”. Clinton was knowledgeable and poised; Trump was volatile and at times barely coherent.

This isn’t a phenomenon limited to women. Men also often have to be lectured by less-knowledgable men in positions of power. It’s a constant theme in “Dilbert” — the pointy-haired boss vs. the knowledgable engineers.

Donald Trump’s many, many sins

Donald Trump’s history of corruption: a comprehensive review – Andrew Prokop, Vox

Trump stiffs contractors, cozied up to a mob boss, runs his private foundation as a money-laundering scheme, founded his real-estate empire on blatantly racist practices, bribed the Florida attorney general, ran a diploma mill, won’t release his tax returns, pockets campaign donations and fees paid by the US government to provide him with Secret Service security, and he surrounds himself with shady characters.

The Black Panthers’ overlooked revolution

They weren’t a violent revolutionary political party — or they weren’t just that. While Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, and Eldredge Cleaver grabbed headlines, women did community activism. Yohuru Williams and Bryan Shih at the Nation speak with four women Black Panthers on the occasion of the Panthers’ 50th anniversary.

Ericka Huggins:

When mainstream journalists talk to me, they want to know, “What really happened?” Whereas young people are looking back and saying, “Wow, 50 years ago you fed people? Forty-five years ago you created schools that were student-centered and community-based? You had clinics? You had bus-to-prison programs that were free? How did you do that without social media?” I love those conversations, because I feel that young people are convincing themselves they can do the same thing. After all, the median age of party members was 19 years old.

Beauty queen with teeth

Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado Won’t Be Defined by Donald Trump’s Fat-Shaming – Prachi Gupta, Cosmopolitan

It only hurts Trump more that she’s a gorgeous plus-size beauty today. And that she LITERALLY WRAPS HERSELF IN THE AMERICAN FLAG.

Last night I said I didn’t think the debate would produce a defining campaign moment, something like Romney’s 47% remark or Kerry’s “against it before I was for it.”

I think this might be that defining event.

Dan Savage says infidelity isn’t a problem in his marriage, but money is

Dan Savage Says Cheating Happens. And That’s OK. – Death, Sex & Money podcast.

Good podcast, but not a great headline. Savage doesn’t say cheating is ok. He says you should decide with your partner what your commitment will be regarding other sexual partners, and then honor that commitment.

He also says that most monogamous marriages experience cheating at least once, and that’s not OK. It’s WRONG WRONG WRONG. But if you love each other, the marriage can survive it and do OK afterward.

Savage describes his own marriage as “monogamish.”

Yesterday’s creative writing: 594 words, 12,518 total, on “The Reluctant Magician”

Yesterday’s word count is an approximation. In addition to writing 594 new words, I added text to some earlier sections and cut some too.

Habit is starting to push me through. I started yesterday’s creative writing so late that I was tempted to blow it off. But I remembered my resolution: Just write something. Even if I can’t manage 500 words, write something. And I ended up doing 500 words and continuing onward. Probably my total was 800 words yesterday. Which isn’t record-setting but it’s pretty good considering I didn’t think I had anything in me at all.

What I’ll be watching for at the debate

Each candidate has to exceed expectations. The low expectation for Trump is that he’ll look ignorant. He can exceed that by simply pouring on the bullshit. He’s good at that.

The low expectation for Clinton is that she’s a cold, manipulative bitch. She has to look warm. She’s actually good at that. But she also has to look like an expert — like the grownup in the room. It’s hard to do both, particularly if you’re an older woman.

Will Clinton goad Trump into losing control? If I were her, that’s what I’d try to do. However, Trump seems like the kind of guy who’s an expert at SEEMING like he’s in control (like his pal Chris Christie). I’d love to see Trump go bananas and swarm over the podium, fists flailing, only to be restrained by the Secret Service while Clinton calmly sips water. But that’s not going to happen.

Another low expectation for Clinton is that her opponents expect her to come off like senile, palsied old lady. That’ll be a cinch for her to exceed. But how healthy will she look overall? And don’t point me to videos where she seems to be losing her mind. I guarantee you that if I videotape anyone for every waking minute — which is what happens when you run for President — I can produce great swathes of video that make the person look like they’ve completely lost it. Everybody occasionally gets caught in a stammer vortex, loses track of what they’re saying, puts their foot in their mouth, and comes off angry.

I don’t expect to see a decisive moment — something like Romney’s 47% remark, or Kerry’s “for it before I was against it,” or the elder Bush’s encounter with a supermarket price-scanner — only on live TV. I’d love it if it happened to Trump, but I don’t expect it.

Only 20 minutes to go, so I don’t expect much discussion. I just wanted to get these thoughts written down before the actual debate begins.

We’ll be watching late. No spoilers!