Pace Yourself

John Oliver, Sunday August 9, 2015:

“The 2016 election … is 457 days away. There will be actual babies born on Election Day 2016 whose parents haven’t even met yet. So everyone pace yourselves.”

Despite the 24 hour, over the top hysteria that is cable news, a little bit of sanity crept in in the form of John Oliver.  Monty Python would be proud of the facetiousness of their fellow countryman.  The election will arrive in its own good time.

You may comment on the proceedings as you will:




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68 Responses to Pace Yourself

  1. Jamie says:

    Several comments snuck in just before this published. Check to read the pertinent commentaries.


  2. rebelliousrenee says:

    The thing that stood out to me at last week’s debate was the first question asked of Trump about the fact he has given campaign contributions to both Republicans and Democrats alike in the past and why is that. Trump responded with… (paraphrasing) I want to hedge my bets, so I spread it around… I’m a business man and I’m looking for favors… I asked Hillary to come to my wedding and she did… the whole system is corrupt.

    I bet both parties didn’t like his response… it’s not nice of Donald to actually reveal the truth. But it was one of the first questions and I bet most people, unfortunately, have forgotten it because of blondie’s question about the
    way he talks about women.


  3. Flatus says:

    Now that Ferguson and the United States have come close to making it through a non-violent anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, I must ask, is the Asian shopkeeper at whose store Brown had his penultimate TV appearance still in business? Is he still victimized by shoplifters and brushed aside as so much detritus?


  4. I agree with the various commentators who say Truck has enough support to hang in but he won’t stay in the #1 spot especially as the field gets smaller


  5. Whoever says:

    So, can we have your kidneys, then?


  6. patd says:

    me thinks there will be a push for a donald carly ticket if for no reason other than media are tired of the also rans and has beens. they want fresh meat.

    also this is the silly season and, according to the boss, voters don’t get serious about politics until pumpkin time.


  7. patd says:

    Joseph McQuaid, the publisher of New Hampshire’s Union Leader newspaper, put it best in the New York Times over the weekend. “Trump’s base is more the people who used to have season tickets to the Roman Colosseum,” he said. “Not sure that they vote in great numbers, but they like blood sport.”


  8. tonyb says:

    So now they care about sexism? The ugly hypocrisy of the right’s reaction to Trump’s Kelly slur
    I’ve had righties bray I’m not marriageable and that it’s my “time of the month.” Why the Kelly mess is different


  9. tonyb says:

    Bad news, Republicans: Donald Trump is practically bulletproof
    Paul Waldmen

    True to form, Trump himself is insisting that women will actually will flock to his campaign, just as he said Hispanics would. As he said on yesterday’s “Face the Nation,” “I will be phenomenal to the women.” (I was hoping he’d add, “And then, when the women hit their forties, I’ll trade them in for younger, prettier women, to whom I’ll also be phenomenal.” No such luck, though.)

    While all this is going on, Hillary Clinton is waltzing toward the Democratic nomination with a bunch of popular policy proposals (today she’ll unveil a plan to make college more affordable) and a broad electoral coalition. That isn’t to say that Clinton doesn’t have her own image problems, but her eventual Republican opponent will have to slog his way through this crazy primary, offering voters reasons not to vote Republican all along the way.


  10. Flatus says:

    This year my daughter’s school district, SC’s Richland One, will be providing every child with a free lunch. No more stigma of having to provide parents’ income statement’s etc.. Or of having to go hungry when the paperwork isn’t there. Daughter Sue seldom had a full meal for sharing most of her lunches from home with her kids. Learned that only three of the teachers in her school are board certified in their subjects. It is a rough high school in an impoverished area. How can there be change if the staff isn’t up to snuff???


  11. blueINdallas says:

    It doesn’t sound like Trump would pick Carly as Veep. Her voice gives him a headache. Trump gives the GOP powers-that-be a headache.

    I feel bad for the store-owners in Ferguson. Who did call the cops about Brown strong-arming the store-owner for cigars?

    Now the FBI has been called in about an unarmed guy getting shot in TX. Well, they have video of him breaking into a car lot, jumping on a car’s windshield. And, there is audio now; he didn’t comply when the cops showed up.
    While I understand that there are cops who are drunk with power, the guy was breaking the law. Should an officer have to be fired upon before using his weapon? I don’t feel sorry for this kid or for Michael Brown. I do feel sorry for the people who are profiled, the people who get caught in the middle of this crap.

    I can’t understand why Sandra’s family can’t believe that she killed herself in prison. Why didn’t they bail her out? She had quite a long record of violations. Maybe they had written her off until this happened and discovered they might have the chance to sue.

    A lot of lessons to be learned in both sides; the public and law enforcement need to learn how to interact with each other.


    • Jamie says:

      Everything about Carly gives me a headache. Others keep praising the whole “powerful in a man’s world” meme and I have to keep resisting seeing her as a Leona Helmsley “Queen of Mean” type each time she smirks at an opponent. Unfortunately she has one of those “resting” expressions that just describing it by its common name would get even Trump in trouble. 🙂


  12. blueINdallas says:

    Wow, what has happened to public schools?
    I wonder what has happened to families, too, though. They now serve breakfast and lunch at school. They started a lunch program during the summer, giving them a way to pick up food. Last week, they had a back-to-school fair where kids could get school supplies, haircuts and immunizations for free.
    My grandparents were poor (no indoor plumbing poor) and we had a lot of dysfunction, but, they always managed to provide for me. I didn’t have all of the things the other kids had, but I had always had food and decent teachers.

    More needs to be done to elevate these kids, but the families have to be accountable, too.


  13. blueINdallas says:

    Some blame goes to crass commercialism and feeding unrealistic expectations. I haven’t been able to drive to a mall in several years, but they used to have an angel tree at Christmas. While I understood that kids might want toys even though they needed clothes and shoes, some of the lists were ridiculous. They were asking for things I didn’t have. More importance needs to be put on people instead of things.


  14. whskyjack says:

    Trump still holding his own in the post debate polls.



  15. whskyjack says:

    Will Donald Trump Crack-up the Republican/Tea Party Alliance?

    by Bruce Bartlett



  16. patd says:

    Bush, who will speak at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley on Tuesday evening, will argue, as he often does on the campaign trail, that Clinton and Obama are to blame for the spread of ISIL across Iraq and Syria and for the broader instability in the Middle East.
    The potent attack against the former Secretary of State and likely Democratic nominee is shrewd politics: focusing on America’s failure to keep the peace at the end of the Iraq War ignores the war’s beginning — enabling Bush to conveniently shift the the blame from his brother, who started the war he now admits was a mistake, to the Democrat he’d likely face should he become the GOP nominee.[….]
    “So eager to be the history-makers, they failed to be the peacemakers. It was a case of blind haste to get out, and to call the tragic consequences somebody else’s problem. Rushing away from danger can be every bit as unwise as rushing into danger, and the costs have been grievous.”


  17. patd says:

    The Trump base is rabid, it’s Jim Jones time all over again. And don’t just take my word for it. There’s the NBC/SurveyMonkey poll that showed that a whopping 54% of his supporters would bolt the Republican party to vote for him 3rd party. Watch any interview with Trump supporters, they love him precisely because he is NOT a traditional Republican candidate. And because he’s completely self financed, he can’t be bought. I’d like to ask these wingnuts if that means that they’d vote for David Koch for President because he wouldn’t need any outside PAC money.
    Basically, the Republican Party is hosed. Let’s be honest, they are never going to get the Tea Party base back again, that fealty was broken in 2010, by their own malfeasance of taking them for granted. Trump followers have clearly indicated that they’ll bolt the party and jump off the cliff in a 3rd party run, denying the GOP of votes they desperately need not only for the White House, but to have any hope of maintaining the Senate.


  18. tonyb says:

    5 ways Donald Trump is blatantly sabotaging his own party
    Last week’s debates laid bare just how debased the GOP has become. Somewhere the Clintons are cackling
    “One final point; Hillary isn’t the only one loving this moment. You can be sure the GOP pro-corporate establishment is thrilled-thrilled-thrilled that, for whatever reason, its immature rebels are dissembling. Yes, it’s embarassing on a national stage. But American attention spans are short. And soon we will see the party’s grownups—those embraced by the Koch brothers and billionaire-saturated wing—surface as “uniters.”

    That’s coming, and with it, more of the predictable politics-as-usual to and fro. But for now, the right-wingers are cannabalizing themselves, attacking Fox News, and revving up to support Trump’s third-party run.

    Do we have Bill Clinton to thank for such a fun and consequential political moment? Perhaps. Perhaps not. But if so, he is the reincarnation of Niccolo Machiavelli, the brilliant political strategist. Savor the moment.”


  19. tonyb says:

    Hillary Clinton: Trump Is ‘Offensive’ But Other 2016 GOP Men Are Just As Bad
    “In her remarks Monday, Clinton however pivoted to the stances taken by other 2016 Republicans during Thursday’s debate. Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) expressed opposition to exemptions in abortion bans for mothers whose lives are in jeopardy or for victims of rape or incest.

    “What a lot of the men on that stage and that debate said was offensive,” Clinton said Monday. “The Republicans are putting forth some very radical and offensive positions when it comes to women’s lives, women’s reproductive health, women’s employment.”


    • Jamie says:

      Yep. All the Trump noise buried the fact that the “personhood” candidates are all willing to murder women just because they think male ejaculate when successful should be brought to term no matter what is good for the depository.


  20. tonyb says:

    Texas AG Held In Contempt For Blocking Gay Marriage Agrees To Record Change
    “State health officials said late Thursday they complied with a court order to amend the death certificate of a Houston gay man’s late husband. But that was not before U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ordered Paxton to appear in court and explain why he shouldn’t be held in contempt for enforcing state laws that impede gay marriage rights.

    Paxton argued there is “no authority” for a constitutional officer to be held in contempt for providing legal advice to the Texas Department of State Health Services. He told the San Antonio court that he did not personally refuse to amend the death certificate, and only gave legal advice to state health officials.”


  21. patd says:

    listen to jim webb now on radio

    oops, too late. he just signed off. says he’ll be in Hudson next.

    renee, anywhere near you?
    btw, how did you do at the fair? any buzz about the campaigns worthy of mention?


  22. rebelliousrenee says:

    I did ok at the fair… nothing to write home about… but nothing to cry about either. Saw lots of gallery owners and all want as much of my work asap. My scarves sell very well in galleries up here Oct-Dec. Gonna rest for a little bit though before I jump back into the fray.

    Rick and I are volunteering at a local church fair… (white elephant sale… book sale… bake sale… children’s rides… ponies… chicken bbq)… this coming Saturday. All the proceeds go to local charities. Won’t make Webb’s event. Too many things to do during our short summer weekends.


  23. Truck is the ultimate gooper -say anything at any time ..these are the people who don’t think facts have to be truthful.


  24. whskyjack says:

    The Trrrrrrumpster keeps his Iowa lead. So Trump 1? or is it more? Republican establishment 0.
    BTW, John Ellis, (He hasn’t earned the right to be called by his initials JEB) came in at the bottom.

    Jack, grabbing another handful of popcorn, It’s August relax and enjoy.


  25. whskyjack says:

    One Clown about to fall off the clown car, Perry has stopped paying his staff and moved them from paid staff to volunteers. But even if he falls off the car don’t look for him to disappear. He still has a pac full of Texas money that can keep him shuffling along as a political zombie.



    • Flatus says:

      I suppose that’s the fallout of having to run a national campaign when one shouldn’t need to at this stage of the campaign—all to keep people with no real, legitimate interest in the outcome employed. Perry should be walking his butt off in the early states, not managing public opinion about his spectacles.


  26. blondewino says:

    With summer tv being so boring except for Humans, the ‘Celebrity President’ is getting my viewing. Spoiler alert…will William Hurt come back as a synth? Will any humans survive the republican’t primaries?


  27. tonyb says:

    Donald Trump Good For Hillary Clinton, Exposes Marco Rubio
    by Taylor Marsh
    “Clinton has benefited from the focus on Donald Trump, because after being vilified and cornered for 6 months anyone would wither under the glare. With the rise of Trump Hillary has been able to sit back and let the spectacle play out before America, as each Republican candidate tries to use The Donald’s light to wrestle attention from his noise. The outrageous statements of Donald Trump that have garnered overwhelming conservative support has allowed other candidates to consider why they’re measuring their statements when the appetite of the public centers on red meat messaging. It has set Hillary Clinton free from calculation if she chose to take it, which she did. That it was on a subject in which she has always led offered a perfect moment for her. It was a bonus that Marco Rubio took the bait of Donald Trump and gravely wounded his candidacy.


    In a wondrous moment, Marco Rubio’s Trump moment of candor that will never past the test with American women.

    “Hillary Clinton supports abortion even at the stage when an unborn child can feel pain; she has defended partial birth abortions as a ‘fundamental right;’ she opposes requiring parents to be notified that their minor daughter is having an abortion,” Rubio said. “She supports funding Planned Parenthood even after they have been exposed for their role in selling the organs of unborn children; and she supports using taxpayer money to pay for abortions overseas. Hillary Clinton holds radical views on abortion that we look forward to exposing in the months to come.” [Politico]
    Donald Trump opened the door for the extremism that is Republican fundamentalism. His outrageous statements directed towards Megyn Kelly, his talk about political correctness, especially, made Marco Rubio comfortable to finally say out loud what we’ve always known about the base of the Republican Party today.

    Sex is for procreation, not for fun, and any woman who becomes pregnant is a hostess to an egg that she would be by law slave to if Republicans had more power.

    If this isn’t the war on women exposed, I don’t know what it is.

    We have Donald Trump to thank for finally exposing this barbaric philosophy, Marco Rubio unmasking his misogyny that includes making women sacrificial lambs to his fundamentalism.”


  28. tonyb says:

    Hillary Clinton Goes After Scott Walker On Education Cuts
    Walker’s latest budget proposal included a $300 million cut to Wisconsin’s university system.
    Samantha Lachman Video


  29. tonyb says:

    Feminists, we have to stand with Megyn Kelly — even if you disagree with everything she stands for
    You don’t have to be conservative to applaud her response to Donald Trump


  30. tonyb says:

    Fox Issues Unconditional Surrender
    by Josh Marshall
    “We’d seen hints of this in Trump’s claim that Ailes had called him to promise he’d get fair treatment from Fox going forward. A claim Ailes later confirmed. But now Gabriel Sherman, chronicler of all things Fox has the inside details. And like everything else that could possibly be spawned by the unholy union of Roger Ailes and Donald Trump, it’s ugly.

    According to Sherman, Ailes didn’t just call Trump to get the relationship back on track. He apparently called Trump “multiple” times “begging” Trump to declare the Trump v Fox war over, which he eventually did. He offered him a full hour on Kelly’s show. Trump refused. Any other show. Trump said he’d think about it. Anything for a cessation of hostilities. But as Sherman points out, “that process has meant that Fox has had to mute its defense of Kelly, who is now watching uneasily as the Fox audience turns on her: According to one high-level source, Kelly has told Fox producers that she’s been getting death threats from Trump supporters.”

    So there you have it, the fabled Fox v. Trump War lasted all of six days, just as long as the Six Day War and perhaps even more decisive of a victory for Trump.”


  31. I say good for the goopers – the candidate they deserve


    • tonyb says:

      I so totally agree! Important Hillarys comment on how what Rubio said about abortion is going unnoticed.. Another casuality of Trump..


      • He is Sarah Palin returned only with a lot of money
        although he doesn’t seem to ave a very good campaign going
        and he will still need a ground game

        Have you noticed has started to dial back the hair. The worst thing he could do is start taking himself seriously.


  32. whskyjack says:

    Trump has a great video connecting poppy, shrub and the smart one. Very funny and I doubt that Bush will see the last of this even if the Trumpster falls by the wayside.



  33. patd says:

    so according to it’s likely one can add state dept and sec of state to list of other u.s. agencies and their officials’ email that were/are being hacked (and don’t forget the WikiLeaks leaks). more and more it looks like a good idea that hillary was using her personal server and a bad idea for some of her communiques now tho’t to merit top secret classification to be released to the very agencies that are being hacked.

    wouldn’t be surprised to hear next that the congressional intelligence (oxymoron?) committees haven’t also been hacked.


    • Jamie says:

      Having in my checkered past handled all sort of things labeled Classified, confidential, and secret, I can say beyond a shadow of doubt that most of the info could be found at your local library. Government just loves that little labeling thingy and I assume that someone at State found their stamp after they received the material.


  34. patd says:

    click on vid at to see
    “Donald Trump appeared on an episode of “Oprah” in 1988, where he discussed the possibility of running for President in the future. At the time, the real estate tycoon told Oprah he wasn’t interested on running for President, but he expressed his anger about other countries, in this case Japan, taking advantage of the U.S., just like he’s been doing with México nowadays. Towards the end of the video, Trump admits that if things started to go really bad in the country, he would absolutely consider the possibility of announcing his candidacy, and if he ever did, he would go for the win.”


  35. tonyb says:

    Jeb’s Iraq revisionism: His idiot brother wrecked the place, but it’s all Obama’s fault
    Jeb can’t very well pretend his brother’s fiasco of a war didn’t happen. So he rewrites history
    “Jeb was a full-throated supporter of the Iraq war, and he can’t really distance himself from it given that the strategic calamity of the Iraq invasion is, for him, a family heirloom. But by rewriting a bit of history and retroactively shifting a few goalposts, he can once again preach the virtues of the Bush Doctrine while chiding Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for losing the war his brother “won.” Thus we’re left with a surreal and infuriating situation in which a member of the Bush family is accusing someone else of refusing to take ownership of our failed Iraq policy.”


  36. patd says:

    jace, bet you, your lovely spouse and our other tmr academes are pretty busy right now.
    as long as we’re harking back to the olden days

    Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show. May 17, 1958


  37. tonyb says:

    Jeb Bush’s attack on Hillary Clinton could backfire
    Jeb’s bid to blame Hillary for the rise of the Islamic State is fraught with peril.
    By Eli Stokols

    Read more:


    • patd says:

      tony, had to laugh at this headline in wapo “Jeb Bush faults Hillary Clinton for ‘premature’ Iraq withdrawal”
      imagine the jokes and responses by jon stewart. and hillary off the record.


  38. so Truck Frump is still ahead with GOP women —
    speaking of whom I saw Mary Matalin on Bill Maher and first of New Orleans is NOT working for everyone who lives there Mary. Second you need to get a refund on your face job — it’s supposed to be able to move –you should have gotten the same doc as Carly Fiarino
    I’m no prize but the frozen face of the goops is getting uglier by the day. I guess she doesn’t have picture in a closet some where


  39. I think it is very sad that trump voters think he could build a wall that would work and could get the Mexican govt to pay for it. People in Cal elected Ahnold for the reasons people like Trump and he was a disaster and the media let him get away with :I’ll tell you my plan later.


  40. patd says:

    about the above from
    “The video, which his campaign says will be aired in a “substantial” ad buy, launches Wednesday in New Hampshire and Iowa and runs through the weekend.
    With ominous music behind it, the video opens with favorable statements that Trump has made about Democratic economic policies, Hillary Clinton, and universal health care. It also features a comment he made in 1999, in which he said, “I really believe the Republicans are just too crazy right.”

    should be a comma after “too crazy”…. right?
    trumpster would know crazy when he sees it.


  41. tonyb says:

    Jimmy Carter Says He Has Cancer
    ““Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that is now in other parts of my body,” Mr. Carter, 90, said in a statement. “I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare. A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week.”


  42. Flatus says:

    Kumcho and I had an agreement–she would get to go first, at home, in her own bed.


  43. blueINdallas says:

    Trump is using the Palins, but mostly the Palins are using Trump (tasty attention). It’s been going on for awhile. Remember their pizza party?
    Listening to him saying his name as POTUS, it was just very P.T. Barnum. But, if you say something enough, people will start to buy it.

    *President Carter reinvented post-presidency; he has done so much good in the world since he left office. He has always seemed so energetic for a person of his years.


    • tonyb says:

      How very well said regarding President Carter.. I’m sorry for their pain.. Cancer is brutal..

      Palin and Trump a perfect combo.. Maybe he can put her to work in charge of getting the air head votes, “you betcha”


  44. tonyb says:

    i just received this from the Hillary campaign

    “It’s worth noting: Many of the Republican candidates for president have done the same things for which they’re now criticizing Hillary. As governor, Jeb Bush owned his own private server and his staff decided which emails he turned over as work-related from his private account. Bobby Jindal went a step further, using private email to communicate with his immediate staff but refusing to release his work-related emails. Scott Walker and Rick Perry had email issues themselves.

    The bottom line: Look, Tony, this kind of nonsense comes with the territory of running for president. We know it, Hillary knows it, and we expect it to continue from now until Election Day.

    It’s okay. We’ll be ready. We have the facts, our principles, and you on our side. And it’s vital that you read and absorb the real story so that you know what to say the next time you hear about this around the dinner table or the water cooler.

    Take a look at more details here, including a complete Q&A, and pass them along:



    Jennifer Palmieri
    Communications Director
    Hillary for America”


  45. tonyb says:

    The real lesson of Donald Trump’s support for Planned Parenthood: The GOP primary has stopped making sense entirely
    The Donald voices his support for reproductive health services, because up is down and down is up


  46. tonyb says:

    Donald is the captain now: How Fox News hijacked the Republican Party
    The Republican primary has become the Summer of Trump, and the GOP’s worst nightmare is only just beginning


  47. patd says:

    “Charles Koch told the billionaires and millionaires attending his Freedom Partners summit that they needed to recast their multi-million dollar effort to sway elections in the mold of “freedom movements,” such as the American civil rights movement. In a similar vein, attendees of the ALEC conference were busy recasting the notion of undisclosed “dark money” in political campaigns as “anonymous free speech” similar to that engaged in by Lewis Carroll or George Orwell when they relied on pseudonyms to publish various novels.
    Get ready for a trip down the rabbit hole.”


  48. patd says:

    an oldie but goodie and still relevant


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