A day after news came out about Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) brain cancer diagnosis, his onetime political opponent urged the ailing senator to think about his political future sooner rather than later — and expressed interest in the possibility of her taking over his Senate seat. “I hope Sen. McCain is going to look long and hard at this, that his family and his advisers are going to look at this, and they’re going to advise him to step away as quickly as possible, so that the business of the country and the business of Arizona being represented at the federal level can move forward,” Kelli Ward, who lost to McCain in last year’s Republican primary and is now running to unseat U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), said Thursday during an interview with an Indiana radio station.
In his radio show, on YouTube and on his Infowars website, Jones—who never met a conspiracy theory he didn’t like and who has pushed the notion that Sandy Hook was faked—has been announcing that the United States is on the verge of a bloody second civil war. Like the radio DJs in Rwanda, Jones has been egging on his conservative listeners and viewers—an estimated 2.7 million people monthly—to kill more liberal fellow citizens over their political differences.
After accusing liberals of starting a civil war, Jones says:
Do you understand the American people will kill all of you? You understand? We are killing machines, you fools.… But I can shoot bull’s-eye at 400 yards, dumbass. I mean, they have no idea who they’re messing with.
I'd support the president right now moving against these people physically,” he said in a June 13 broadcast. “I mean, let's be honest. We're in a war. I would support the president making a military move on them right now.
Today we were at REI on N. Halsted in Chicago. She has a stress fracture and, based on doctor's recommendation, she was looking for a pair of Hoka running shoes.
I began to look around to see if they had men's Hoka shoes. I didn't see any men's shoes for sale, so I Googled Hoka men's shoes to look for stores that sell them.
Google displayed the purchasing options. The first listing had a photo of a Hoka shoe, a price and the notation: .6 miles. The next listing had a photo, a price and the notation 33 ft.
I told a salesman that I Googled men's Hoka shoes, and my phone says they're 33 ft away.
He laughed and questioned me. "Really?"
I said, "Really. Why? You don't have them."
He laughed again, walked about 3o ft from where we were standing and pointed to two pairs of Hoka shoes. One pair matched the model in the Google photo. And Google had the correct price.
I had to show the salesman my phone to prove that Google really said that the shoes were 33 ft away.
By the way, Hokas have incredibly comfortable support. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a good length-width fit. I found a pair of Vasque shoes for the same price, perfect fit in width and length, good support, but not as soft on the soles as the Hokas.
This is from the NY Times interview. Maggie Haberman asked a question about health insurance. $12 at age 21 "and by the time you're 70, you get a nice plan," plan sounds vaguely like whole life insurance. It definitely doesn't sound like a description of health insurance.
Trump has never said anything to suggest that he knows a damn thing about health insurance or how the ACA works or the various GOP proposals. He doesn't care enough about the lives of other people to learn about the subject. He cares only about the perception that he didn't fail.
Joe Scarborough announced that he quit the GOP, and now identifies as an independent. I predict that his attitudes will inch leftward over the next several years.
That's because one's sense of identity powerfully influences beliefs. It follows that when we stop identifying with a group, we become more receptive to group-associated beliefs we may have rejected in the past. And we're great rationalizers. We don't just change positions, we come up with good reasons that our new positions are the right positions.
A few years ago, I heard an interview with Richard Posner discussing his personal experience with such a change. He had been a conservative jurist and scholar with a strong libertarian bent. The financial collapse of 2008 shook his sense of confidence in free markets, but he also discussed an increasing sense that the GOP had embraced crackpot-ism. He explained that once he questioned whether he really fell under the conservative political umbrella, he began to see a variety of liberal views in a more positive light. I'm not saying he's a straight-up liberal, but a moderation has occurred.
A more personal observation is that after 911, some liberals shifted from a liberal identity, first with respect to religious tolerance and immigration attitudes. It didn't take long for many of them to embrace other conservative positions. Something similar happened with Southern whites and evangelicals who tended to be more economically populist. Essentially, the GOP sold them on the idea that they were really Republicans because of conservative alignment on social issues. It didn't take long for the group we now call conservative evangelicals to embrace free markets, almost as if free markets were a religious tenet.
I underwent a similar identity conversion over time, for a variety of reasons. Until 2004, I never voted for a Democrat for president. First, I supported libertarians and later Republicans. I wouldn't have called myself a liberal without qualifying the term until maybe 5-7 years ago, though I became very critical of Republicans beginning in the early 2000s. I'm now sort of neo-liberalish because I have a great appreciation for market forces, but the term liberal will suffice. Until just a few years ago, I never thought I'd hear myself say that.