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An Eruption of Satire: the Masses Speak on Hillary’s Book

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016


I recall the enthusiasm level of the current presidential race daily when I bike past a small, hand-painted sign that simply says “NO ONE 2016.” This mood is verified by the virtual absence of bumper stickers and yard signs in Madison, Wisconsin, neighborhood to neighborhood.  Actually, there is a large scattering of Russ Feingold signs on both, my yard included. What’s odd, in the “Four More Years!” category, is the Obama bumper stickers (no yard signs) which remain, and remain, along with the fresher Bernie stickers (and yard signs).

Hundreds of humorists, mainly stand-ups, make a living from presidential candidates and presidents. The late, badly-missed Larry Wilmore show had a great Trump character—albeit too thin—acting out in the truly, painfully hilarious Trump manner. A feminist critic has reminded me that we must return to 2008 and SNL to get a strong satire of Hillary (although Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin was much, much funner).

It would have seemed we were stuck this year, unless I am missing something (now and then, Samantha Bee has been very funny, but rarely about Hillary). Until…..the campaign volume by  Hillary and Tim Kaine appeared. I suspect these readers’ comments, hilarious in the extreme, are going to be removed shortly. I have removed only the names of the commentators. To protect the innocent.

1.0   out of 5 starsThe Art of the Shakedown by Hill and Tim

September 16, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

I bought this thinking it would be a how-to book. I wanted “How to set up your own Foundation for fun and profit.” Also, would like to have seen a chapter on “Ten easy steps to setting up your own secure server in a bathroom.”

I do hear there’s going to be a sequel, tentatively called “The Art of the Shakedown.” Should be interesting.

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1.0 out of 5 starsHealth Warning!chjhorses September 16, 2016

Format: Paperback

Pre-ordered an autographed copy but had to return it after this week’s announcement as I was worried it was contaminated with pneumonia bacteria. I didn’t want to end up exposed to the illness like her grandkids in Chelsea’s apartment she was playing with on 9/11 after she collapsed, or the little girl she was hugging in the street afterwards.
Thought about ordering the Kindle version but I thought it might open my device up to being hacked by communist countries. I wasn’t too surprised to see Tim Kaine on the front cover giving the traditional National Socialist salute, I felt it fitting. Strongly recommended for those who believe the USA isn’t anything special and should be more like the peaceful utopias of North Korea, Iran, or Cuba.

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2.0    September 17, 2016

Format: Paperback

Imagine my dismay when key parts of her life were omitted, would have made for far better reading if she had included all of the below starting with flunking the D.C. Bar Exam to:• Was removed from her House Judiciary Committee staffer job because of incompetence and lying.• The Whitewater scandal.• Married a serial liar and cheater, who occasionally had sexual encounters with nonconsenting partners.• Lied about “sniper fire” in an attempt to simulate exposure to danger in a war zone.The subject of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” that led to the impeachment and disbarment of her husband• Took crockery, furniture, artwork and other items from the White House — had to return and/or pay for them.• Said “what difference, at this point, does it make” about four brave people killed in Libya as a direct result of her failure to protect them on the anniversary of 9/11.• Totally ignored the structure and rules for the handling of sensitive national security information.• Amassed a personal fortune with “speaking fees” and payments from private sector political donors and foreign governments into transparent “foundations”

on September 18, 2016

This is easily the greatest book ever written! I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me. I’m going to buy a couple cases so that this book can be in every pew at my church! It’s almost holy in what it contains! The book lays out a vision for our country and all its people. It’s a blueprint for building a nation that flows with milk and honey.Hillary is our deliverer!

(OK, Brazile. I wrote what you told me to write. Will you now release my child unharmed?)

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1.0   out of 5 stars

2.0    September 18, 2016

Unfortunately I had to read the original script, was not around for it to be published. All and all, I would have to say she had much bigger secrets to sell, and could have increased her sales. Instead she just gave away the secrets when her private server was hacked and made no money at all. Clinton is not making the most of her vast pay-to-play experience.

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ByAmazon Customeron September 18, 2016

Sent to local inmates, sent back as it was deemed cruel and unusual.
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September 18, 2016

I’ve tried to come off Ambien for years without success. Every time I’d skip a night I’d lie awake for hours tossing and turning and watching the room light up. My doctor tried other things but nothing worked. Yoga, biofeedback, Benadryl, you name it. I tried it. I was given Stronger Together as a gift and right from the start I knew this was the answer. The usual insincere, self serving, Clinton blandness with a lot of blaming and words like “investing” instead of spending worked their magic. The brain shut down in minutes.Because it works so quickly it only takes a page or so to initiate sleep so it has already paid for itself in Ambien co-pays and I plan to save up for a down payment on a lakefront house with the money I’m saving. Highly recommended.

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on September 18, 2016

I was disappointed to learn there is not a chapter on “How I stole the election from Bernie Sanders, and stupidly expected the victims to then vote for me so I could further destroy this country for my profit as my final wish before I die”.

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Though I Haven’t Read It, I’m With Her!September 18, 2016

I haven’t read this book, but I already LOVE it, because “I’m With Her!” I already know the beautiful vision she has for America: defeating Trump! Once that is done, there’s nothing more to worry about!

I also know, even though I have not read her book yet, that she and Tim (or even just Tim alone, if she needs to rest at Chelsea’s apartment for 4 years), DO have plans for America! I know this based on her past experience and actions! (She’s the most experienced candidate EVER!) I’m With Her because I know she will…

1. Bring America Energy Independence by Fracking it. She will liberate the methane in the North American continent and let it float freely in the atmosphere where it belongs, bringing a warm, fuzzy feeling to us all!
2. Improve the Economy by greenlighting valuable projects (like Pipeline construction from Canada to export ports in Louisiana and refineries in Texas). Even though the XL Pipeline will only create 50 permanent jobs, think of all the temporary clean-up jobs it will create as it sprouts leaks and problems in the years to come!

3. Boost the Economy by putting the Soviet Union back in their place where they really belong: as our long time antagonist! Hillary will show Comrade Putin of the Soviet Union who is boss! She will encourage all nations around the Soviet Union to purchase more weapons from the US (think of the jobs!) and maybe even inspire thousands of jobs cleaning up after a limited nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union!

4. Help the International Economy Go Green! She will encourage places like Honduras to drown local rainforests in order to put in huge multi-national corporations’ hydroelectric projects. Furthermore, she will aid the local governments by supplying them and their coup leaders with arms so they can eliminate pesky opponents like Berta Caceres who oppose Progress. Hillary wants Progress! That’s why she is a Progressive!

5. Continue the Tradition of Godliness and Peace in the Middle East! Hillary supports our friend and ally in Israel and will be sure to encourage their settlement program in which they eliminate pesky little brown people from the West Bank so that the Biblical borders of King David’s Kingdom will once again be restored, bringing Everlasting Peace to the region!

6. Support Main Street by Helping Wall Street! Even though she does not talk about “job creators”, she knows who they are. She knows the best way to make jobs for America is to give tax breaks and bailouts to Goldman Sachs – and she is the one to do this! I’m with Her on this all the way!

7. Carry on Proud American Traditions! She will continue to carry on the tradition of having African-Americans vote for Democrats (no matter what!)! She will continue the proud American tradition of pitting men and women in minimum wage jobs against each other by talking about the gender wage gap (which brutally affects our movie Stars, sports teams, and CEO’s and upper level management) – in other words, she will continue the proud American tradition of identity politics which masks socio-economic divisions: she will UNITE us in fighting each other instead of fighting the 1%! Unity!

In summation, even though I have not read this book yet, I give it a 5 star rating because:

I’M WITH HER! (and you should be too! Start by buying this book at the highest price you can find it being offered for. That’s how you show you LOVE America!)

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Worst book ever written. I expected it to be a “how to” on deception and backstabbery, but not one word about how to convincingly lie or shakedown Wall St. bankers for millions. Very disappointed. I hear my suicide has been scheduled for next weekend. I will mysteriously put two in the back of my head. It will be ruled a “mugging” although my wallet, watch, laptop, and briefcase will all be found intact at the scene.

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ByObi WanTOP 500 REVIEWERon September 15, 2016

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Anyway I had full intentions of reading this book. But then I had this horrible allergy attack so I couldn’t get through it. Wait, did I say allergy attack? I meant I was just a little overheated. I sat down to read this on a day when it was a whopping 78 degrees and low humidity with a gentle breeze but who can tolerate those oppressive conditions? No wait…I was dehydrated! That’s it…yeah I was dehydrated! I couldn’t read this book because I was dehydrated.

So I really meant to read this book but….oh hang on I forgot that I have pneumonia. THAT is the REAL reason why I didn’t read this book! I was bedridden with pneumonia for an hour and a half, the exact time I had set aside to read this book.

[C] Forget all those other reasons. I just……uh……mispoke. I simply forgot I had a life threatening illness like pneumonia. See, I forget things sometimes because I had this horrible concussion a few years back. It makes me forget really important things, even things I know I must have done because I signed legal documents stating that I’d done them. I can’t event remember why I keep putting that [C] in front of these paragraphs. Wacky!

But great news, now I can read this because I drank some water or something and suddenly I’m feeling like a million bucks! Oh wait…saying ‘a million bucks’ reminds me….I can’t read this book today. I forgot I was hired to give a speech today to a bunch of Wall Street executives about….well quite frankly what I’m giving a speech about is none of your business. But just know that I hate those Wall Street executives, no matter how many millions of dollars they pay me to give speeches!

So tomorrow…tomorrow I’ll read this book! I was going to go take a tour of the flood damage in Louisiana tomorrow, but instead I’m going to read this book. Trust me!

The only reason I won’t read this book tomorrow is if I’m suddenly no longer alive. But I’m not suicidal, I want to be very clear about that. The brakes in my car are in perfect operating condition. And I purposely avoid affluent Washington neighborhoods where I’d likely be shot but not robbed of any of my valuables. So the odds that I will be alive tomorrow so I can read this book are decent!!!

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2:00PM Water Cooler 9/1/2016

By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Sorry to be five minutes late; I was interrupted just as I was gearing up to press the Submit button!


“The latest line from proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) implies that President Obama threatened long-standing national security relationships in his negotiating of the TPP… The proponents of the TPP would have us believe that President Obama told our trading partners that approval of the TPP was a slam dunk. That they could count on congressional approval in the same way that they could count on Congress to honor its military commitments in the region. That one doesn’t sound very likely” [Truthout]. “There is an alternative hypothesis that makes far more sense. The Obama administration, along with other supporters of the TPP, doesn’t feel it can sell the deal based on its merits as an economic pact. Therefore they are inventing a national security rationale for the TPP that does not exist. It’s not a pretty story, but as they say in Washington: You throw it against the wall and see what sticks.”

“TISA would lock in privatisation of public services. TISA contains mechanisms, such as ‘ratchet’and ‘standstill’ clauses, that make it much harder to reverse privatisations and will allow greater market access for foreign companies” [Defend Democracy] (original report).

“The new TTIP? Meet TISA, the ‘secret privatisation pact that poses a threat to democracy'” [Independent]. “TISA [is]a deal backed by some of the world’s biggest corporations, such as Microsoft, Google, IBM, Walt Disney, Walmart, Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase. “A so-called ‘ratchet’ clause in the deal means that after a service – like trains or water or energy – is privatised, this is almost impossible to reverse even if it fails.” In Britain, “never, ever” British Rail, Thatcher having privatized the railways. In America, “never, ever” single payer. Precipiated by the same Global Justice report linked to above. Good to see activists pivot so effectively!



“Bill Clinton aides used tax dollars to subsidize foundation, private email support” [Politico]. Grifters gotta grift:

Bill Clinton’s staff used a decades-old federal government program, originally created to keep former presidents out of the poorhouse, to subsidize his family’s foundation and an associated business, and to support his wife’s private email server, a POLITICO investigation has found.

Taxpayer cash was used to buy IT equipment — including servers — housed at the Clinton Foundation, and also to supplement the pay and benefits of several aides now at the center of the email and cash-for-access scandals dogging Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

“Watchdog groups are poking holes into former President Bill Clinton’s promise that his family’s foundation will stop taking foreign and corporate cash if his wife wins the presidency” [The Hill]. “They say it would be relatively easy for foreign governments or individuals to funnel cash into the foundation during a Hillary Clinton presidency without the American public ever learning of the foreign contributions — despite the former president’s promises outlined in an Aug. 22 open letter published on the Clinton Foundation’s website.” And let’s not forget this little episode:

But the foundation failed to make good on a number of its pledges, including accepting, and not disclosing, $2.35 million from a family foundation linked to [Frank Giustra’s] uranium company that had sensitive and lucrative business before Clinton’s State Department.

Oddly, or not, The Hill failed to mention some details, including that the United States considers uranium a stragetic national asset, and that the “sensitive and lucrative business” was a sale by Guistra that Clinton needed to approve and which “gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States.” ZOMG!!!! The Russkis!!!!!! Hold me back!!!!!! Did you hear?! Bill Clinton has a life-size portrait of Vladimir Putin tattooed on his back!!!!!! Riding a horsie!!!!!!!!! Et cetera et cetera blah blah blah blah gag spew.


“Nothing revolutionary about Sanders’ ‘Our Revolution'” [DefendDemocracy]. “But according to the perspective laid out by Sanders in his live-streamed speech, this supposedly mighty river of struggle will deposit its waters into the cesspool of the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign.” I think the “mighty river” — I’ve been using the metaphor of the great deluge upstream from is gonna go where it’s gonna go. That’s why it’s a flood, right? And if the mighty river is less powerful than the rotting Democrat party establishment, then we might as well all hang it up, right?

“Trump’s visit has gained him nothing, and it has probably done considerable harm to his host. It stands out as one of the more bizarre and pointless foreign visits of a nominee for president, and that is in keeping with badly-run, poorly-organized campaign that doesn’t know what it’s doing” [The American Conservative]. On the other hand:

UPDATE And the day after (!): “Donald Trump on Wednesday squashed any speculation that he might soften his immigration position to reach new voters in the final stretch of the 2016 campaign, delivering a hawkish, hardline, and true-to-his-roots border platform and vowing that on Day One of his administration, the United States would launch a mammoth deportation program and begin construction of a wall” [Politico]. Meanwhile, liberal goodthinkers shove all the costs of immigration onto the working class because, ya know, they’re all racists so they deserve it.

“Several major Latino surrogates for Donald Trump are reconsidering their support for him following the Republican nominee’s hardline speech on immigration Wednesday night” [Politico].

UPDATE “Obamacare Premiums Set to Rise, Even for Savvy Shoppers” [Margot Sanger-Katz, New York Times]. I’ve had occasion to call attention to Sanger-Katz’s neoliberal crapfest on health care before, and when I hear a chirpy little crotte like “savvy shoppers” applied to health care, I reach for my Browning (the poet, of course: “That’s my last columnist, hanging on the wall…”). Oh, and those price hikes look like a November surprise, one week before election day.

Our Famously Free Press

“The Clinton Foundation and the Media: A Deep-Seated Conflict of Interest” [Truthout]. “The media industry, which many claim is out to get Clinton, is actually made up mostly of donors to the Clinton Foundation. These donors are also actively supporting Clinton’s campaign with donations and even fundraising. Indeed, while Clinton’s potential conflicts of interest at the State Department are thought-provoking, her financial ties to Big Media are a concern in their own right. These close ties are especially unsettling on the heels of a primary season in which the corporate media attacked Bernie Sanders constantly, and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was caught manipulating the media on Clinton’s behalf.”

Swing States

“The candidates’ schedules this week reflect just how integral Ohio is to their White House aspirations. Clinton addressed the American Legion on Wednesday in Cincinnati. On Thursday, Trump will be campaigning in Wilmington and Vice President Joe Biden will stump for Clinton in the Youngstown area. Clinton and her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, will both campaign in Cleveland on Labor Day” [RealClearPolitics]. “His campaign has been focused on areas of the state where there are possibilities to woo these white, working-class voters who might otherwise lean Democratic. Since accepting the nomination in Cleveland, Trump has visited the state four times, with events in Toledo, Columbus, Youngstown, and Akron. ‘We are going into areas where we think Mr. Trump’s message appeals to disaffected Democrats and independents,’ says Bob Paduchik, Trump’s Ohio manager who also ran George W. Bush’s successful efforts in the state in 2000 and 2004. ‘One of the reasons why Ohio has maintained such a competitive position for both candidates is because he has an appeal to disaffected Democrats and independents, unlike any candidate for statewide office in my recollection.'” Hmm. Ohio 2004….

The Voters

“Live Polls And Online Polls Tell Different Stories About The Election” [FiveThirtyEight]. “As of Tuesday morning, Clinton led Trump by 6 percentage points and had a 79 percent chance of winning, according to our polls-only forecast. But running our polls-only model using only live-interview surveys, Clinton leads Trump by 7 points and has an 86 percent chance of winning. Running it with only nonlive-interview polls, Clinton leads Trump by 5 points and has a 71 percent chance of winning.” And: “As the cases of Utah and Kansas suggest, I’d put more faith in the live-interview polls than in other types of surveys, all else being equal. Indeed, our forecast models do just that. ” Hmm. This looks like the Bradley Effect for Trump, to me.

“Donald Trump seems to be defying political gravity. Unlike Goldwater and McGovern, who left their conventions 20 or more points down in the polls and never recovered, Trump is within striking distance of Clinton, down about 7 points in the latest polls—and all this despite the tepid support and in some cases outright opposition of his party’s leading figures. What is happening?” Spoiler: It’s the economy, stupid [Slate]. “Here’s what was special about [landslide years] 1964 and 1972: These were two of the three strongest years for the economy in the postwar era, with per-capita income growth in the 4 percent range, and the candidates running for re-election—Johnson and Nixon—won in landslides, as would be predicted. … But 2016 is not like 1964 or 1972. The economy is slowly recovering, no longer in recession, but it is certainly not booming as in those earlier years…. [The] numbers are OK but not stunning and do not foretell an electoral landslide, in either direction. Going by economic indicators, we’re looking at a close election, perhaps slightly favoring the incumbent party’s candidate, depending on how strongly one weights the most recent economic performance.” The whole article is well worth a read.

“Voter information stolen in other states is public in Pennsylvania” [The Sentinel]. Heaven forfend we should go to the international standard for voting: Hand-marked paper ballots, hand-counted in public. Paper is very hard to hack. The downside is that can’t gin up a war scare with it.

UPDATE “[W]hen we control for partisanship, what we see is that distrust for Clinton is hardly driven by whiteness. The two most remarkable trends are, first, her outsized trust among black Democrats, and second, her plurality distrust among Hispanic Democrats.

More white Democrats trust her than distrust her; that latter number, meanwhile, is comparable or less than her distrust among Hispanic and “other” Democrats, and only varies from her substantial distrust among black Democrats by around 9%” [Carl Beijer].

UPDATE “[Urban Outfitters] is plastering messages like ‘IDK Not Trump Tho’ and ‘Vote Trump 20NEVER’ on t-shirts and coffee mugs, which the company created after a licensing deal with comedian Dave Ross, who came up with the slogan. “While being politically incorrect may not be in the best interest of retailers, it is working quite well for Urban Outfitters. The first run of 300 shirts were sold out in under 24 hours, prompting the store to order thousands more” [The Fashion Law].

War Drums

“Commentary: Who is hacking U.S. election databases and why are they so difficult to identify?” [Reuters]. “This summer has been rife with news of election-related hacking. Last month it was the Democratic National Committee; this week, voter election databases in Illinois and Arizona… The FBI has said that government-affiliated Russian hackers are responsible for both intrusions. Yet the hackers’ motivation is unclear. We don’t know whether the hackers were engaging in espionage, attempting to manipulate the election, or just harvesting low-hanging cyber-fruit for their own financial gain.” Well, the FBI is totes apolitical, so that settles that. There are brave Russkis out there. Let’s go kill them!

So much for keeping the military out of politics:



“The populist wave that swept Donald Trump to the top of the Republican ticket hasn’t led to a revolution sweeping away party insiders” [Bloomberg]. Party establishment gets better at beating the base back into its cage.

“I’m a Republican [and a big Jebbie donor], and I’m with Hillary Clinton” [Miami Herald]. “And so my fellow Republicans, swallow hard, look into your heart — and your gut. Vote for Hillary Clinton and then every single Republican on the ticket.

Clinton Email Hairball

“We are also reminded that Clinton repeatedly vowed she’d surrendered every single government business-related email upon the State Department’s request” [New York Post].

This was an extraordinary lie: She hoarded and attempted to destroy thousands of emails which, like the one The Post describes, involved government business — some of it highly sensitive and significant (such as the 30 emails related to the Benghazi massacre that the FBI recovered but the State Department has yet to disclose). Converting government records to one’s own use and destroying them are serious crimes, even if no classified information is involved.

I rarely find myself agreeing with a National Review columnist writing in the New York Post, but “converting government records to one’s own use and destroying them”: Yes, exactly.


Political Risk: “[W]hat does Wall Street do that benefits society? Doctors and nurses make patients healthier. Firefighters and EMTs save lives. Telecommunications companies and smart phone manufacturers permit people to communicate with each other at a distance. Automobile executives and airline pilots help people close that distance. Teachers and professors help students learn. Wall Street bankers help—mostly just themselves” [Promarket]. Note the author: “A Distinguished Professor of Corporate and Business Law at Cornell Law School.”

Today’s Fear & Greed Index: 59 Greed (previous close: 62, Extreme Greed) [CNN]. One week ago: 65 (Extreme Greed). (0 is Extreme Fear; 100 is Extreme Greed). Last updated Sep 1 at 12:57pm.

Our Famously Free Press

UPDATE “The 18-24 crowd has used the internet as its primary source for news for several years. Now it is specifying “social media” as its main source of news, with that niche overtaking television for the first time” [Ad Week].

UPDATE So much for YouTube: