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Thursday, July 21, 2016

The 'real Americans' who made Trump GOP nominee

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"But for many others, my view of America isn't something they agree with. For them, an American is very distinct kind of individual. First of all, white. That's really important to them. But also this real American has a certain ethos, analogous to a combination of the Marlboro Man, John Wayne, and Al Bundy topped off with a ladle full of Lawrence Welk. Real Americans have lost their voice and they need a leader. 
Donald Trump is the man they chose to speak for them as he is a real American who shares their values. I believe we, the not-real Americans, should believe the real ones and respect their choice. Donald Trump speaks for them. Donald Trump represents them. Donald Trump is their leader, never to be owned by the rest of us.
As we head towards the November election we should remember the people who will vote for Donald Trump and everything he stands for: White Supremacy. Male dominance. Authoritarianism. "Real Americans" will vote for that."

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Teachers Rely on Primary Resources, Not Textbooks, To Bring Black Lives Matter Into the Classroom - The Atlantic

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This is crucial. Students must learn current events and analyze them as they happen to they can develop the skills necessary to be able to predict how they will play out in the future. 

"If the Chicago social-studies teacher Gregory Michie waits for a textbook to teach his students about the Black Lives Matter movement, the first seventh-graders to hear the lesson won’t be born for another seven years.

 

Despite the historical implications of that movement, bureaucratic timelines all but quash any possibility that students might learn about today’s events from an actual history textbook in the near future. According to Anthony Pellegrino, an assistant professor of education at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, many school districts receive new books on a seven-year cycle. However, in some states, schools don’t receive new books for 10 to 12 years, and the most current material in those books could be a few years old. Certainly digital textbooks shorten this timeframe, but physical copies lag far behind: In some districts like Michie’s, students are reading textbooks that don’t even contain the name Barack Obama.

 

On top of that, the chapters on America’s most recent history often fall short. Because content on, say, the American Revolution, has been read and edited over the course of multiple book editions, more recent chapters often “feel like just add-ons.” Pellegrino said. “They're so afraid to tackle anything current because we don't have the perspective of history to be able to inform us more. As such, the sentences, the words, the paragraphs, are just really vapid.”

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It's Official: Hillary Clinton Is Running Against Vladimir Putin - The Atlantic

 

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"The Republican nominee for president, Donald J. Trump, has chosen this week to unmask himself as a de facto agent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a KGB-trained dictator who seeks to rebuild the Soviet empire by undermining the free nations of Europe, marginalizing NATO, and ending America’s reign as the world’s sole superpower.

I am not suggesting that Donald Trump is employed by Putin—though his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was for many years on the payroll of the Putin-backed former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. I am arguing that Trump’s understanding of America’s role in the world aligns with Russia’s geostrategic interests; that his critique of American democracy is in accord with the Kremlin’s critique of American democracy; and that he shares numerous ideological and dispositional proclivities with Putin—for one thing, an obsession with the sort of ‘strength’ often associated with dictators. Trump is making it clear that, as president, he would allow Russia to advance its hegemonic interests across Europe and the Middle East. "

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Islamophobes, White Supremacists, and Gays for Trump—the Alt-Right Arrives at the RNC | The Nation

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" At the self-described ‘most fab party at the RNC’ Tuesday night, Islamophobe provocateur Pamela Geller, not renowned as a stand-up comedian, opened with a joke.

‘A jihadi walks into a bar. The bartender says ‘What’ll you have?’ The jihadi says: ‘Shots for everyone!’’

The friendly crowd guffawed, then leaned in for one of Geller’s trademark anti-Islam stemwinders. But there was a twist. In a tank top adorned with a rainbow and the words ‘Love wins,’ Geller came to join gay conservative, anti-feminist bad boy Milo Yiannopoulos in launching a new alliance, uniting gays and right-wing, anti-Muslim activists (Yiannopoulos is both). In the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre, they think it’s a natural. Killer Omar Mateen claimed the shooting as a blow for ISIS, though it probably had more to do with his own tortured sexual identity and history of mental problems than with his Muslim background. But Tuesday night’s event denounced the liberal establishment that one speaker claimed ‘cares more about the rights of Muslims than murdered gay people.’ Orlando, this alliance argues, was just the first shot in a coming Muslim crusade against LGBT Americans, and gays should know who their real allies are. To Geller and Yiannopoulous, they include Donald Trump, the man Yiannopolous playfully calls ‘Daddy.’

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Donald Trump Threatens the Ghostwriter of “The Art of the Deal” - The New Yorker

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"When Tony Schwartz, Donald Trump’s ghostwriter for his 1987 memoir ‘The Art of the Deal,’ decided to tell the public about his concerns that Trump isn’t fit to serve as President, his main worry was that Trump, who is famously litigious, would threaten to take legal action against him. Schwartz’s premonition has proved correct.

On Monday, July 18th, the day that this magazine published my interview with Schwartz, and hours after Schwartz appeared on ‘Good Morning America’ to voice his concerns about Trump’s ‘impulsive and self-centered’ character, Jason D. Greenblatt, the general counsel and vice-president of the Trump Organization, issued a threatening cease-and-desist letter to Schwartz. (You can read the full letter at the bottom of this post.) In it, Greenblatt accuses Schwartz—who has likened his writing of the flattering book to putting ‘lipstick on the pig’ —of making ‘defamatory statements’ about the Republican nominee and claiming that he, not Trump, wrote the book, ‘thereby exposing’ himself to ‘liability for damages and other tortious harm.’

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