Monday, June 6, 2016

It's Monday. That rarely ends well.

Happy Monday, everyone!  Get fired up!

Eh.  I give up.  Today's news is a litany of failure and despair.

Miss D.C., a 26-year-old Army officer and IT analyst, wins the Miss USA pageant (Washington Post)
Deshauna Barber, a 26-year-old Army officer and IT analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce, won first place over Miss Georgia Emanii Davis and Miss Hawaii Chelsea Hardin, the runner-up.

This woman has a lot on her plate.  She is a (presumably Reserve) Army officer, an IT analyst for the government, and now she's Miss USA, too.  Wow!  On the other hand, she is at least legitimately qualified to be a role model for young women all around the nation.

Growing fear inside GOP about Trump (CNN)
Top Republican officials and donors are increasingly worried over the threat Donald Trump's attack on a judge's Mexican heritage could pose to their party's chances in November -- and about the GOP's ability to win Latino votes for many elections to come...

House and Senate GOP leaders have condemned Trump's remarks about Curiel, while donors have openly worried that losing Latino voters could doom them in key down-ballot races. Other important party figures, including former Speaker Newt Gingrich, are urging Trump to change his combative, confrontational style before it's too late.

I saw some of this over the weekend.  A slew of GOP leaders made the rounds on the Sunday talk show circuit trying to Trumpsplain a bunch of the candidate's statements from last week.  It struck me as a uniquely myopic attempt, though Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made a heroic job of it with George Stephanopolis on This Week.  If Corker himself were running, I would vote for him in a heartbeat.  He was actually inspiring in his defense of what a Trump presidency could be.

However, saying that Trump can't possibly do the things he's promising while simultaneously backing his campaign strikes me as singularly wishful thinking.  Especially following a point-by-point rebuttal of everything Trump has spent the last six months actually saying.

How can these guys be surprised that Trump is exactly who he says he is?  He's laid it out pretty clearly for a while now.

Pair Charged with Trying to Sell Baby (ABC 13 News)
Authorities in West Virginia say a man and woman have been arrested on charges that they tried to sell the woman's baby...

According to the news release, witnesses told authorities that the pair allegedly offered to sell the 3-month-old for up to $1,000. But when no one agreed, the suspects fled and left the baby behind.

Why buy a baby when you can get one for free after the parents abandon it?


Bernie's California endgame (Politico)
Barring a set of unprecedented upsets on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton is expected to be declared the presumptive Democratic nominee. And when the television networks make that call as soon as New Jersey polls close on June 7, it will leave Bernie Sanders with a hard choice: whether to directly acknowledge it or intensify his fight to the July convention in Philadelphia.

The Vermont senator has shown few signs of being ready to concede. And if he wins California, he won't.

I get it, Sanders supporters.  I really do.  I supported Jon Huntsman and then John Kasich, and look where that got us.  It's upsetting to admit, but reality is that sometimes the majority of the people just don't agree with you.  You find yourself then with a choice that is deeply unpalatable.

No one understands this better than I do.

However, your man lost.  At the end of the day, he is not going to be president because an absolute majority of Democrats voted for the other person.  Like the rest of us, you now have to choose between the lesser of two evils.  It is what it is.

A guy in my office is a huge Sanders supporter.  He's waiting for Clinton's inevitable indictment, which he feels must be right around the corner.  I keep telling him not to get his hopes up, but he just can't bring himself to accept the inevitable.

I will admit that it's tough to swallow.

No sex please, we're watching Netflix (IOL)
Couples are having less sex because they watch more TV on iPads and laptops in bed.

Cambridge University statistics professor David Spiegelhalter said the huge amount of choice on online streaming services such as Netflix means we are less interested in sex.

‘People think “I’m going to watch the entire second season of Game of Thrones”,’ he said.

That's it.  We're fucking doomed.

What the Hell is wrong with you people?

I give up,  Honestly.  

Happy Monday.

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