Link round-up for 7 August 2016
That's a really big.....whatever-it-is.
Get ready for after-school Satan clubs (link from Mendip).
The Tampa Bay Comic Con looks pretty cool.
A neo-Nazi rally in South Buffalo, NY, drew a vast crowd of.....one.
"In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation." -- former CIA head Michael J. Morell, endorsing Hillary.
Why not pray just in case God exists (found via Fair and Unbalanced).
Know what the Gish gallop is, so you can spot it when they use it.
If you're a Christian and support Trump, click here.
Here are seven ways to shut down people who ask you when you're having kids.
Sorry, wingnuts, job growth is still going strong.
North Carolina's voting restrictions were flagrantly racist. These laws are blowing up in the wingnuts' faces all over the country. But they're still at it on the local level.
Some people shouldn't be police.
Arab-Americans once voted heavily Republican -- but things have changed. Now they're blowing it with Asian-Americans too (link from Pinku-Sensei).
Dion Harrell suffered the nightmare of wrongful conviction even after leaving prison.
Bloggers Margaret and Helen have harsh words for Trump (found via Crooks and Liars).
Monsters walk among us.
Does anybody actually live like this? In my experience, employers discourage overtime because of the expense, and I've never been expected to keep in touch while off the clock. But even the standard workday is bad for people.
RedState has the harrowing story of thuggery at the Republican convention. Now George Will faces punishment for heresy.
Christianity in the US has already declined to the point that was once projected for 2050.
The issues that matter most to black voters differ from what many white Democrats think (found via Margin of Error).
The wingnuts are getting so unhinged that Green Eagle needed multiple wrapups this week just to keep up.
Mike Pence is a scary guy in his own right.
European atheists challenge religious bullying.
After the Brexit vote, it turns out the majority of Scots still don't want to leave the UK.
Ireland's collapsing Catholic Church faces yet another conflict over homosexuality.
Turin's new mayor promotes vegetarianism.
US marijuana legalization is helping Mexico beat the drug gangs.
Tokyo has elected its first woman governor.
Peter Thiel wants to be an immortal vampire (found via Mendip). Don't worry, if it turns out "young" blood really rejuvenates people, we'll quickly learn to synthesize the compounds responsible so we don't need to use actual blood.
"Tabby's Star" (formerly KIC 8462852), already a suspected site of large-scale alien engineering, is rapidly getting dimmer, and we don't understand why.
Only one candidate is right about vaccines.
Republican leaders are aghast at Trump's feud with the Khan family (and here's more Trump dumbth*), but the party is trapped in its nightmare. He can restrain himself briefly but then just blows up even worse. If he debates Hillary it will be a fiasco. When she wins, how will he react?
Bernie supporters considering Johnson, please read this. There are only two options. Don't believe the lies. Especially this one.
How bad a week did Trump have? This bad.
TPM has a new electoral scoreboard.
You Might Notice a Trend looks at the four possible election scenarios, and what needs to happen to leach the poison from US politics.
Squatlo has a hypothetical question for Trumpanzees.
Kaveh Mousavi's life in a sexist culture makes him appreciate Hillary all the more.
Should we put a man with these mental issues in charge of 7,200 nuclear weapons?
In their hearts, they know he's right.
".....now that your built-to-spec monster has gone Westworld on your ass, it is my sincerest hope that it rips your tiny, tiny Conservative hearts out and stomps them to fucking aspic before it finally self-destructs and collapses under the weight of its own stupid." There's more where that came from.
*Thanks to commenter Ryan for pointing out that the original source for this quote was a satire. With Trump it can be hard to tell sometimes.