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Monday News: Terror Attack Against Muslims in London; “Zombies, Vampires and Republicans”; “Dominion Hires Democratic PR Firm


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, June 19.

  • Quizzical

    Re Alex Jones, and his ilk, I’ve been thinking back to the columns of Jack Anderson, the muckraking journalist. J. Edgar Hoover once said that Jack Anderson was lower than the regurgitated vomit of a vulture.

    As I recall them, Jack Anderson’s columns were very terse, and were based mainly on leaked information. More like a gossip column than anything.

    But Jack Anderson never made up stories out of whole cloth, as Alex Jones seems to have done.

    • If J .Edgar Hoover didn’t like someone, they MUST have been good!

  • Andy Schmookler

    I note that as of a bit more than a week ago, the odds of Trump’s either being impeached, or forced to resign, are almost 2:1 in favor.

    On this, the NEWSWEEK story (http://www.newsweek.com/trump-impeachment-odds-comey-testimony-623358), citing the British betting firm Ladbrokes, says:

    “Those who put their money where their mouth is believe that it is
    increasingly likely that Trump will either be impeached or resign. The
    odds on Trump’s term being cut short moved from 4/5 to 4/7 with British
    betting firm Ladbrokes in the wake of Comey’s testimony. The new odds
    equate to a 63.6 percent chance of Trump failing to make it to 2020.”

  • Andy Schmookler

    Looking ahead to tomorrow’s race in Georgia…. It occurs to me that the media and the pundits would treat a 50.1 to 49.9 outcome completely differently depending on whether the D or the R get the 50.1.

    That would be foolishness.

    It is true that whether Ossoff or Handel got the 50.1 would determine which gets to take the seat in the House for the next year and a half.

    But as a bell-weather for the state of our politics in America, the results SHOULD be regarded as virtually equivalent.

    For the immediate assignment of power, WINNING matters hugely. Hence we got W instead of Gore. But as a gauge of, in this case, Trump’s impact on the popularity of Republicans, either way it goes a close race for a seat won just months ago by a Republican by 23 points conveys the same message.

    It would be good if that point could not be lost, whether Ossoff triumphs or not. I dearly hope he does triumph– he seems like a fine candidate, and one more seat in the House is a good thing.

    But the main reason I hope he triumphs is that I have every confidence that the media will irrationally and inappropriately treat the story entirely differently if Ossoff wins by one vote or loses by one vote.

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  • Quizzical

    What do you think about this?
    To me the situation seems like this: (1) Citizen United decision allows the ultra rich to use their wealth freely to influence elections; (2) huge amounts of donated money are spent by both parties on data collection concerning voters; (3) by one means or another all the voter data is compromised/exposed/stolen, and (4) must be presumed to be in the hands of the worst bad actors – hostile foreign intelligence services, organized crime, criminal hackers.

    Let me guess what (6) is going to be: (6) there will be no consequences or accountability for anyone involved in these fiascos (except Hillary Clinton).