Booman discusses Trump being an ideological match for today's Republican party, which of course has gone completely off the rails. He says the end of sane Republicanism started with McCain choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate. I say it started in 1980 with Reagan's election.
Here's some word salad Sarah Palin included in her speech endorsing Donald Trump for President:
"Trump's candidacy has exposed, not just that tragic -- that ramifications of the betrayal of a transformation of our country, but, two, he has exposed the complicity on both sides of the aisle that has enabled it, okay?...For the GOP establishment to be coming after Donald Trump's supporters, even, with accusations that are so false, they are so busted, the way that this thing works. We, you, a diverse, dynamic, needed support base, that they would attack."
Kevin Drum, one of the first bloggers I started following back in the early 2000’s, on assisted suicide laws. His long-term cancer prognosis isn’t great, and he lost a father-in-law to the same condition, so it’s a topic he’s well versed in.
It's estimated that 86% of the world's species have yet to be identified. Here are 12 cool ones that were discovered in 2015. They include the first insect species to be identified only by its photo, the world's tiniest snail (so far), and a tortoise in the Galapagos that was mistakenly identified as another species. Also too, the bare-hearted glass frog.
Adding to my link the other day about law enforcement's evolving policies of violent confrontations, Ta-Nahisi Coates follows up with an essay on the paranoid style of American policing and how it's affecting the legitimacy of cops as civil servants.