The All-Star voting is done. Cubs fans have stuffed the ballot box. The Texas Rangers should have four starters (Ian Desmond, Roughned Odor, Elvis Andrus, and Adrian Beltre), but will have none. Who are the idiots who do the voting?
Calling All Stations (1997). This is the 15th and final studio album by the band Genesis. If the song sounds unusual, it's because Ray Wilson rather than Phil Collins does the singing. (Collins had retired.) This song was written by the two remaining original members, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks.
Re “The G.O.P. Waits for Trump to Grow Up” (Op-Ed, June 30):
Nicolle Wallace is right that Donald Trump will not change his style before the convention and then the election. But the Republican Party has a much more fundamental problem by standing with him. Its unspoken assumption is that just about anyone is qualified to be president as long as he learns to behave like a president.
Even if Donald Trump ceases his racist, divisive talk and stops promoting his clearly unworkable solutions, he should have already disqualified himself. Anyone who is willing to use racism and fearmongering to achieve power is unfit, even if he stops for a few months.
Anyone who is willing to consider building walls at the border and barring people from entry because of their religion is unfit, even if he can rebrand himself by Nov. 8.
Note from KBJ: I never cease to be amazed by the lack of self-awareness of progressives. Replace "Donald Trump" with "Barack Obama" and "Republican" with "Democrat" in the second and third paragraphs and you get the God's honest truth.
This essay by George Neumayr is the best thing I've read in months, as far as politics is concerned. George Will and his ilk are unaffected by such things as free trade, illegal immigration (or immigration generally), Muslim terrorism, war, crime, homosexual marriage, and abortion on demand. Their privileges are secure. Why would they not want four (or eight) years of Hillary Clinton, who is of their social class (she has an Ivy League law degree), rather than four (or eight) years of Donald Trump, who, while wealthier by far than they are, is viewed by them as of a lower class? Will's social status derives from his education (Princeton Ph.D.), his associations, and his supposed sophistication. Trump's social status derives from his wealth, the vast majority of which is earned rather than inherited. Intellectuals look down on those who create wealth. I don't know why Will was ever considered a conservative. He's an elitist. His loyalty is to class, not ideology.
Addendum: Let us not forget that Will's wife worked for Scott Walker, whom Trump demolished (that understates it) in the Republican primaries. By vilifying Trump, Will ingratiates himself with his wife. Yes, I'm psychoanalyzing, but how else to account for Will's visceral hatred of Trump?
The best-case scenario for Muslim terrorists is cell 2, in which they live and infidels (by their reckoning) die. The worst-case scenario is cell 3, in which they die and infidels live. But how do Muslim terrorists rank cells 1 and 4? The answer, I submit, is that they rank 4 ahead of 1. They would rather be dead (if that's what it takes to kill the infidels) than alive (if that means allowing the infidels to live). So their complete preference ranking is as follows: 2 > 4 > 1 > 3. What say you?
Roger Cohen begins by referring to the “stupidity” of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, tossing in phrases like “lies of the charlatans” and a “betrayal of British youth.” For good measure, he concludes by calling the outcome an “imbecilic vote.”
This is why those on the right are so frustrated by those on the left. Whenever the left doesn’t get its way, it resorts to over-the-top name calling. It’s hard to have an intelligent conversation when one side throws a tantrum.
Palm Springs, Calif.
Note from KBJ: Morons such as Roger Cohen don't know how to argue, in the sense of persuade rationally. They emote. That's it. That's all they have.
The Washington Redskins are being pressured to change their nickname, on the ground that "Redskins" is offensive to Indians or Native Americans. I have a proposal. Change the name to "Washington 'Skins" (with the apostrophe). Nobody can claim that the nickname is offensive. I suspect that many fans of the Redskins already use the shortened version, in the same way that many fans of the Dallas Cowboys use the term "the 'Boys"; just make it official.
Congratulations to the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, who won the 2016 College World Series. Although I'm disappointed that my Arizona Wildcats didn't win, I'm not upset. The better team won. Or rather, the team that lost (Arizona) deserved to lose. A botched play and a wild throw (made in panic) gave the Chanticleers their first two runs, and that turned out to be the difference in the game.