And Then There Were 17

GOP Debate


At least eight of the positions are confirmed, but the last two to move up from the kid’s table to the main arena is still to be decided.  So far it looks like Christie and Kasich are movin’ on up while happy hour will feature Perry.  Lindsey Graham has recommended that we assume it’s 5:00 somewhere and start drinking early so we don’t care what the main event does.


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17 and Counting

Clown Car


Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Donald Trump. and Scott Walker.

While there are more than 80 other candidates filed to become the GOP nominee for the Presidency, these are the ones that the polls and Fox News have beatified as being worthy of sainthood.  We are now awaiting the miracles to achieve canonization.  Since all of them disagree with Pope Francis about climate change, this may be an uphill climb.

In the meantime, Roger Ailes is calling the shots in the nomination process rather than Reince Priebus.  August 6 should be interesting with 10 candidates vying for the lead and 7 consigned to the kids’ table prior to the main event.  The Donald Trump mania will put him on stage in the middle of the field with others flanking in poll numbers order.

Latest polls show that respondents don’t care if Trump can’t win against Democratic opposition.  They just want a nominee who agrees with them.  The years of Fox preaching of hate and fear has come home to roost.  They have created a brainwashed coterie who would rather a candidate agrees with their prejudices even if that means going down in flames unable to achieve nothing.

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Fearing Faux and Artificial Intelligence

Anticipating what spews forth from the up-coming presidential debate, which is the biggest threat: fake, factious falsehoods of fools or the autonomy of inhuman robots? Scientists are mulling over the latter at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires, Argentina while political scientists roll their eyes at the former.

The Guardian at notes:
Musk and Hawking have warned that AI is “our biggest existential threat” and that the development of full AI could “spell the end of the human race”. But others, including Wozniak have recently changed their minds on AI, with the Apple co-founder saying that robots would be good for humans, making them like the “family pet and taken care of all the time”.

So too is what comes forth from the insanities of the candidacies.

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Weekend Walk About

Time to kickoff the weekend commentary.  Gear up for a little Saturday Night Fever or just kick back for a well deserved lay around.  Comment at will.

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Past Into Future – E. L. Doctorow

There was sad news with the death of one of my favorite authors.   E. L. Doctorow has passed away at the age of 84.  No one was better at writing great fiction to reveal essential realities of life.

Many of his books were made into film, and even as wonderful as some of them were, people almost always said, “The book was better”.  He regularly mined the past to shine a bright light on the present.  The clip above is from the stage musical based on Ragtime.  Every one of the issues mentioned in the opening number set in 1904 are still part of today’s political confrontations.

RIP Mr. Doctorow.  You will be missed.

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