Listen up, folks.
July 24, 2016
July 21, 2016
July 21, 2016

But I'm pretty sure she plagiarized those lyrics.

July 21, 2016

One reason why Donald Trump's little scandals blow over in a single news cycle is that he's always coming up with something even crazier than the last one.

July 20, 2016

Story here.

July 20, 2016
July 20, 2016

Also, I thought her dress was ugly. You can buy it here for $2,350. I think she used scrunchies on the sleeves.

July 20, 2016

Yesterday morning it looked like the media were going to go easy on Melania. Then cable news sunk its teeth in and chewed all day. By last night I'm telling the TV, "Hey, Melania is the victim here! She must be insanely furious at her speechwriters!"

Now it turns out, if you can believe the NY Times (if), that her two hired-gun speechwriters turned in a draft last month and never heard another thing from Mrs. Trump. She didn't like their stuff and (as she told Matt Lauer) decided to write it herself with as little help as possible. Apparently she got some assistance from people that the Trumps had used before, including, according to the Times, "Meredith McIver, a New York City-based former ballet dancer and English major who has worked on some of Mr. Trump’s books, including 'Think Like a Billionaire.'"

The question of who actually lifted Mrs. Obama's words remains unanswered, but it is clear that the speech was not subjected to the usual team effort of fact-checking, editorial touch-ups and plagiarism tests that professional politicians demand. Instead, it was handled in the manner of a rich person's spouse speaking before the lunchtime Rotary Club. Melania owns it.

The campaign's response is to issue absurd denials while keeping the candidate at an undisclosed location. It'll blow over in a day or two.

July 19, 2016

Donald Trump meets with Melania's speechwriters.

July 19, 2016

And so, thanks to Melania's speech, our national out-of-body experience accelerates. She told Matt Lauer that she wrote it herself, something that you might expect her husband to claim. As late as this morning, Campaign Manager Paul Manafort was claiming that no plagiarism occurred.

Considering the potential of the situation, the press seems to be taking it easy on her. Perhaps because candidates' spouses are traditionally treated as non-combatants.

How is it possible for a campaign to descend to this level of incompetence? I marvel. I grimace. I twitch.

July 18, 2016

Why, yes, I can give you a more detailed picture of Tres Papalotes. The satellite caught a truck there, probably maintaining the well and water tank. It used to be a cattle station. The building near the truck is abandoned. The other building is a privy. There are two picnic tables and a fire ring, which pass for a primitive campsite. I think you could swim in the water tank, but it's pretty green.