September 8, 2016

Bill Clinton Said Hillary Would ‘Make America Great Again’ — in 2008 (And in the Early 1990s, HE Said He Would)

It has become a virtual article of faith on the left that the Donald Trump for President campaign slogan of “Make America Great Again” is a racist dog-whistle.

Wednesday afternoon in Orlando, former President Bill Clinton, husband of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, indicated that he agrees with this contention. That’s marvelous, because, in something many in the establishment press must surely remember but are likely to completely ignore in their reporting (as they already have for so many months), he also said in 2008 that Mrs. Clinton would “make America great again.” Bill Clinton also said that he would make America great again at least twice in the early 1990s. So what does all of this make each of them?

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As Press Whines About Lauer Interrupting Hillary, It Ignores His 13 of Trump

Matt Lauer’s supposedly overly rough treatment of Hillary Clinton Wednesday night at the Commander-in-Chief Forum in White Plains, New York has become such a big thing that the low-information voter fast-food providers at Inside Edition felt the need to cover it.

Lauer did interrupt Mrs. Clinton seven times — relatively politely — and allowed Former Air Force & Navy flight officer Lt. John Lester to berate her for having “clearly corrupted our national security,” and for taking actions for which he “would have been prosecuted and imprisoned.” The Today Show host, perhaps realizing that he had some lefty credibility to regain, appeared to try to overcompensate with Trump. He was much tougher on him, interrupting 13 times, and far more confrontationally.

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Not News: SEIU on the Losing End of First-Ever Defamation Verdict

“Firsts” — first man on the moon, first black president, first state to legalize something which was previously a crime, etc. — are supposed to be a big deal, right?

Tuesday evening, the Houston Chronicle reported a first in the entire history of organized labor in the U.S., and the national press is ignoring it. That’s likely because it’s really bad news for Big Labor. The result of a lawsuit filed by PJS Janitorial Services against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) represents “the first time that a jury has found against a union in a business defamation or disparagement case.”

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Initial Unemployment Claims (090816): 259K Seasonally Adjusted; Raw Claims (218K) 6 Pct. Below Same Week Last Year

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:00 am

No surprises here.

My take: An economy in slo-mo generates a slo-mo number of layoffs.

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (090816)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Baseball’s storyteller, our friend

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

The opening paragraphs of George Will’s September 5 column on national treasure Vin Scully:

For 67 years, the son of Vincent and Bridget Scully, immigrants who came to New York City from County Cavan, Ireland, has been plying his trade. For eight years on the East Coast and 59 on the West Coast, on radio and television, he has strolled with Brooklyn Dodgers fans and then Los Angeles Dodgers fans down the long, winding road of baseball’s seasons. In an era with a surfeit of shoddiness, two things are well-made — major league baseball and Vin Scully’s broadcasts of it.

Although he uses language fluently and precisely, he is not a poet. He is something equally dignified and exemplary but less celebrated: He is a craftsman. Scully, the most famous and beloved person in Southern California, is not a movie star, but has the at-ease, old-shoe persona of Jimmy Stewart. With his shock of red hair and maple syrup voice, Scully seems half his 88 years.

“[America's] most widespread age-related disease,” Tom Wolfe has written, “was not senility but juvenility. The social ideal was to look 23 and dress 13.” It is not Scully’s fault that he looks unreasonably young. It is to his credit that he comes to work in a coat and tie, and prepared — stocked with information.

Aristotle defined human beings as language-using creatures. They are not always as well-behaved as wolves but everything humane depends on words — love, promise-keeping, story-telling, democracy. And baseball.

A game of episodes, not of flow, it leaves time for, and invites, conversation, rumination and speculation. And storytelling, by which Scully immerses his audience in baseball’s rich history, and stories that remind fans that players “are not wind-up dolls.”

In recent years, Scully has not accompanied the Dodgers on the road. Hence this recent tweet quoting an 8-year-old Dodgers fan, Zoe: “I hate when the Dodgers have away games. They don’t tell stories.” …

Go here to read the rest of Will’s column.