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Are Hillary and Donald really so different?

Did you ever get the feeling that you were being lied to about something so big that the entire paradigm of how the world is being presented to you is false?
The lie in this case is that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are dramatically different, and thus there is a Lesser Evil.
This leads to the dominant feature of presidential politics today - voting out of fear of the other.

What the Khans Should Really Be Attacking

Over the past week, the American public have seen a great deal of Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of an American soldier, Captain Humayun Khan, who died in 2004 while fighting in Iraq. The Khans and their son are / were Muslims, and Khizr Khan gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention last week denouncing Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric and arguing his proposed immigration ban on Muslims is unconstitutional. Trump has reacted with his usual bloviating, including jabs at Captain Khan's mother, resulting in an escalating war of words with the family.

Both Republicans and Democrats have rightly denounced Trump's attacks on the fallen soldier's family. That said, all the praise for the Khans rings hollow for me. Although they were brave for condemning Trump, they have failed to call Hillary Clinton on her support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq which killed their son in the first place. They took the stage to speak on behalf of a politician who voted to send their son to his death.

My Gut Reaction: I rarely agree with the orange bigot, but he had a point when he noted that it was Hillary Clinton, not him, who voted for the Iraq War.

More below the fold...

Video News Open Thread: Stephen Colbert and the DNC, Days 2 and 3

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Welcome to Video News! My apologies for no official DNC video news open thread yesterday. But Oreo the Diabetic Pootie had a crisis at 3 AM yesterday, so Ginger and I were up half the night. Oreo and Ginger seem to have recovered in full, so we have resumed normal function.

Gratuitous Oreo and Ginger photo:

Even the good, sympathetic stuff --

is marked by the wrong presuppositions.

Take for instance Steven W. Thrasher's piece in the Guardian, "If Hillary Clinton loses in November, it won't be Bernie Sanders' fault." Both the piece and its author are sympathetic, or at least it can be said that I am convinced that Thrasher is one of the good guys. However...

Turning off the TV for the Next Few Months

At the gym in my apartment complex the other day this guy was watching O'Reilly Factor the day of the attacks in Nice, France...hoo boy. Of course, he had Trumpy Boy on the phone talking about how 'we need to stomp these guys into the ground' blah blah blah, but the entire show was just him and his idiot guests ranting about how Obama should have done 'more' to stop this shit.

Another Essay on the Dilemmas of Lesser-Evil Voting

The list I created of Important dates in history for lesser-of-two-evils voters was meant largely as an effort to name the lesser evil as an evil consequence of lesser-of-two-evils voting. I've noted that all efforts to portray Hillary Rodham Clinton as a "lesser-of-two-evils" candidate fail to give a thorough examination of the evil of the candidate they're promoting.