Digby says, ‘Why not Warren?’

Some thoughts on a Hillary Clinton-Elizabeth Warren Democratic ticket, from Hullabaloo:

There are those who assume that two women at the top of the ticket is too much for the country to handle. After all, it took nearly 230 years for one to even be nominated by a major party for the top job. I thought that myself but after seeing them together I changed my mind. It looked like a natural combination to me. When you think about it, it’s simply illogical to be willing to vote for a woman president but unwilling to vote for a woman to replace her if something happened. That makes no sense. And if you are the type of person who believes that a woman at the top of the ticket needs a man around to keep her steady, why would the VP have to be that person? The administration will surely be filled with men, they always are. In any case, there’s really nothing new about voting for president and VP of the same gender.

Most importantly, the Republicans have nominated a man whose views about everything, but especially women, are nothing short of antediluvian. The prospect of a campaign featuring two strong women standing toe to toe with Trump is just too delicious to pass up. It’s already making him come unglued.

And the toupéd fucktrumpet should be unglued, when they’re going after him like this:

So Clinton-Warren may not be a risky ticket at all — it may be exactly the right one at the right time.

John Oliver on Brexit

And boy, is he pissed [not in the British definition of pissed (drunk) but in the American definition of pissed (pissed)]:

And he also had something to say about the tiny fingered, Cheetos-faced, ferret wearing shitgibbon:

Now, I don’t want to kick a country when it’s down, but I have to lace up my football cleats for this:

It’s one of the greatest upsets in sporting history. On Monday, Iceland defeated England in the second round of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, 2-1, to progress to a quarter-final match against host nation France.

So, why is this one of the greatest upsets in sporting history?

This is Iceland’s first appearance in any major tournament. Their country’s population (just a bit over 300,000 people) could fit into one midsized English city. Some estimates suggest that almost 10 percent of the nation was following the team around in France. Their players include a part-time filmmaker and itinerant farmers.

Iceland was going up against one of the most recognized teams in the world, whose players are all lavishly paid stars in the English Premier League. But an incredible, gusty performance by the Icelanders, some of whom are journeymen who ply their trade in England’s lower leagues, won the day.

It is so bad that a chart has been made to account for everyone in the country:


What can you say? That’s everybody in Iceland!

I think it’s time to quote Shakespeare:

This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England …

… Is totally fucked.

Brexit: Stupid people now realize voting matters

Enough! People told you that if you voted to leave, all hell would break loose. The experts said leaving would be bad. But you say, “Duh! I thought people would vote to stay!”

This is what they told you!

Financiers, economists and the smartest people on the planet told you what this all meant.

And your reaction?

“My vote: I didn’t think it was going to matter too much.”

And now you’re worried. You haven’t even begun to realize how much you’ve screwed up.

Well, let’s consider the impact on an especially stupid county in Britain:

On Thursday, 56 percent of all voters in the southwestern county of Cornwall voted in favor of leaving the European Union. It was a decision supported by a majority of the county’s members of Parliament.

But only one day later, Cornwall residents were asking, “What have we done?”

The county is heavily dependent on the more than 60 million British pounds ($82 million) in E.U. subsidies per year that are transferred to the region and that have helped finance infrastructure projects and education schemes. Now, county officials are panicking — fearing the worst for the county’s future and wondering why one of the most E.U.-dependent counties in Britain voted against the E.U. — and its money. …

Cornwall can hardly afford to go without the annual E.U. transfers or equivalent compensations by the British government: The county with more than 500,000 inhabitants is considered one of Britain’s poorest regions, and experts say further funding cuts could be catastrophic.

Anything else the guy who didn’t think his vote was going to matter should have thought about?

There has long been political jostling among the four nations that constitute the United Kingdom, but the so-called Brexit referendum has divided them in ways that mean they may not come back together again. England and Wales voted to leave the union. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay. Within hours, Scottish and Irish politicians raised the possibility that their nations would leave the United Kingdom so they could remain in the European Union.

“This outcome tonight dramatically changes the political landscape here in the North of Ireland,” said Declan Kearney, the chairman of the political party Sinn Fein, which has legislators in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and has long sought their reunification. Mr. Kearney said Sinn Fein would seek a referendum to have Northern Ireland leave the United Kingdom and join Ireland, an independent country (and European Union member).

Scotland rejected a proposal to quit the United Kingdom in a referendum in 2014, in part over concerns that as an independent country, it would be unable to join the European Union and would suffer economically. On Friday, Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, said her party would “prepare the legislation that would be required to enable a new independence referendum to take place.”

And here’s how weak England and Wales are going to be. The United Kingdom is a nuclear power. But the nuclear arsenal is in Scotland. If I’m a Scot, I’m not giving that up.

One other thought. One of the media outlets that was full on “Let’s get out of the E.U.” was the Sun.


So, who owns the Sun?

It is published by the News Group Newspapers division of News UK, itself a wholly owned subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp. The Sun had the largest circulation of any daily newspaper in the United Kingdom, but in late 2013 slipped to second largest Saturday newspaper behind the Daily Mail.

That’s right. The company that brings us Fox News has supported the destruction of Great Britain (which isn’t so great anyway, so let’s call it Adequate Britain).

So let’s add this to my list of Any New News Corp. Atrocities.

Here’s my favorite part. Now that the Brits have voted to leave, they want to take their time leaving. I’m so glad E.U. leaders are telling them don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out.

The four largest political groups in the European Parliament are planning a motion to urge Britain to leave as quickly as possible and “avoid damaging delay,” according to deputies cited in the Sunday edition of The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The parliament’s president, Martin Schulz of Germany, appealed in his country’s largest-circulation newspaper, Bild, for swift negotiation of Britain’s departure.

That echoed the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, who on Saturday called for immediate negotiations.

“It doesn’t make any sense to wait until October to try and negotiate the terms of their departure,” he said of the British, whose prime minister, David Cameron, said on Friday that he would resign and leave all negotiations to his successor, who would be chosen by October.

So long, suckers!


Brits voted to leave the European Union

This is why it is an enormously bad idea:

And to put this into context: That “world’s Ringo” reference at the very beginning? This now makes the United Kingdom the world’s Pete Best. (You kids under 40 don’t get the joke, but your grandparents are laughing their asses off.)

The slogan for the anti-E.U., British exit (or Brexit) supporters was something you hear from the right wing in America:


Does that sound like a certain piece of moldy Cheetos lodged in the single tooth of the American heartland?

Hold on a sec, Donald Trump’s mouth is moving. I have to do something:


What happened, essentially, was a victory for the Donald Trump message in the U.K. The nativist, anti-immigrant, ethnic-purity language that has gotten Trump within footsteps of the White House has led to what is going to be the official end of the British Empire.

Within hours of the conclusion of the Brexit vote, this happened:

As Britain absorbed the earth-shaking news, the political fallout reached to the highest level with Prime Minister David Cameron saying he would step down after championing the campaign to remain in the European Union.

Just hours later, the leader in heavily pro-E.U. Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, said she will push for their own referendum to break with England and the other two partners in the United Kingdom, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A second independence referendum, following a defeated vote in 2014, is “highly likely,” said Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister. Calls to break away were echoed by nationalists in Northern Ireland.

Here’s a map of the U.K.


Scotland is definitely leaving. It had it’s own Brexit vote in 2014, but that vote was to leave the U.K. not the E.U. The Scots overwhelmingly supported remaining in the European Union in yesterday’s vote. They’re definitely gone.

And independence for Northern Ireland was a cause that led to “The Troubles,” a barrage of murder and terrorism that surged throughout the U.K. from 1968 to 1998. Now that they’re countrymen have said, “Hey, it’s OK to leave a place you don’t like,” expect rumblings of a departure there. Hopefully, it doesn’t lead to another civil war.

The British equivalent of the Republican party and its supporters have just not only pulled out of the E.U., they have destroyed their country. I’d say “God, save the Queen,” but in a couple of years, that’s only going to apply to that tiny portion of yellow and purple on the map above.

This never happens when I give money to street musicians

What do you have to do to get a full orchestra to show up in the middle of downtown and start playing Beethoven? I guess when you’re in Barcelona, you drop a coin into a busker’s hat. (I like how the little girl stood there practically the whole time. But she disappeared at the very end!)

The closest I’ve ever come to something like this was when I visited St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna on a weeknight.


I went in with my wife and a heard a choral selection. And I thought, “That’s pretty tacky. Why play a recording in such a magnificent structure?” Then I walked farther in and saw a full chorus and orchestra rehearsing for the Sunday service.

I’ll admit, that was pretty cool.