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Tough in Canada

A speaker at the DNC said that Hillary is ready to face really tough opponents from Russia  China, and. . . Canada. Love Canada but who’s all that tough over there?

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Vermont Delegation 

Bernie has joined the Vermont delegation. I’m in tears again. 

This is very moving. So many good people together in the arena. 

Roll Call

Even the roll call is better at the DNC. What the rules were at the RNC I still haven’t figured out. 

Loving the roll call. Overall, I can’t remember a DNC I enjoyed more. (But I never watched before this century, for obvious reasons.)

Tovarisch Trump

The researchers, at Arlington, Va.-based ThreatConnect, traced the self-described Romanian hacker Guccifer 2.0 back to an Internet server in Russia and to a digital address that has been linked in the past to Russian online scams. Far from being a singly, sophisticated hacker, Guccifer 2.0 is more likely a collection of people from the propaganda arm of the Russian government meant to deflect attention away from Moscow as the force behind the DNC hacks and leaks of emails, the researchers found.

Well, duh. Who else could it have possibly been? Who owns Snowden and Assange? Who’s managed to get every publication in the US to echo the same ridiculous story about Ukraine’s revolution and the invasion of Ukraine in 2014? Who is very successfully moving its puppet towards the White House? 

Hmm, what was that about winning the Cold War? Has nobody heard of sacrificing a piece in chess in order to win the game?  

Bullying Second Graders 

This is about second graders. SECOND GRADERS. Small kids! I mean, huh? What kind of a horrible school does this kind of thing? I don’t care what “high stakes” these idiots think are involved in the testing, you don’t do this kind of vile shit to second graders. 

I found it here. 

Baby Management 

So remember my efforts to stop being the baby manager? 

They bore beautiful fruit.

I wake up, and the baby is fed and changed, the baby laundry is done, the cover on the changing pad is fresh, and the diaper pail is clean. I don’t tell N to do any of these things before going to work. I’m not his boss or the baby manager. He does it because I managed to remove myself out of the way. 

I lost many opportunities as a result. I can’t blame a demanding baby, an oblivious husband and a sexist society for not working on my research. I can’t enjoy an easy sense of superiority over N, I can’t relish the joys of victimhood. And I can’t write a weepy post about the horrors of motherhood that would attract thousands of links and hits. 

💞💗💕 Bernie

I got all choked up when the audience cheered Bernie for 10 minutes. What a great guy. What an inspiration. 

It may be dumb but I was in tears when he spoke. 

💟 Elizabeth Warren 

Elizabeth Warren’s speech is fantastic in terms of the content. But she struggles with delivery. The charisma of a great public speaker isn’t there. It’s not a big deal because it’s simply a gift you either do or don’t have, like an operatic voice. 

💖 Michelle Obama 

I don’t like the institution of First Ladyism but Michelle Obama is great. She gave a very powerful speech. What a brilliant, profound person. 

I’ve liked all the speeches so far. Which is strange, I expected to be bored. There are some good public speakers at this convention. They inspire me to go work on my research. 

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