Empress Melania

On Thursday, she answered a phone call from an anonymous caller who played a Hitler speech. She received another call from “Overnight Caskets”. On Twitter, users posted photos of her face superimposed on a mug shot from Auschwitz. The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist site, attacked Ioffe in a blog post titled: “Empress Melania Attacked by Filthy Russian Kike Julia Ioffe in GQ!”


Because she (reporter Julie Ioffe) wrote an article about Trump’s wife in GQ.

The Guardian

Not Helping

Backers waving U.S. flags and pro-Trump signs were met by opponents and a shouting match began before a City Council meeting where an anti-Trump resolution had been proposed that the council eventually chose to take no action on.

At one point, an opponent unleashed a hand-held pepper-spray device on the pro-Trump crowd.

CBS News

Giving support to Trump and his supporters’ claims of victimhood is exactly the opposite of what people should be doing.

Says the pseudonymous internet scold.

Masculinity: You’re Doing It Wrong

Just the thought of earning less than their wives is enough to make some men in the US switch their vote from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump, a study suggests.

Pollsters found that reminding men about gender issues, specifically whether they earned more or less than their partner, led to a huge 24-point swing away from the female presidential candidate to the male alternative.

The matter did not seem to be divided along party lines – there was no such shift among participants asked to choose between Mr Trump and Democrat runner Bernie Sanders.

Instead, the survey suggests large numbers of men who perceive a threat to their masculinity will lurch away from the idea of a female president.

The Independent

The Origin Of Purple Rain

This video of the first ever public performance of Purple Rain is pretty great.

What makes it special is that it’s the actual basis for the studio track. They took that live performance, cut a verse and chorus, added strings and sweetened it up overall. But the core of it is that live track. You can hear noises and voices in the official release that turn out to be crowd noises. You can seem him figuring out that classic closing guitar solo, etc.. Pretty wild.

Felon Disenfranchisement

The history of disenfranchisement was laid out in a fascinating 2003 study by Angela Behrens, Christopher Uggen and Jeff Manza. They found that state felony bans exploded in number during the late 1860s and 1870s, particularly in the wake of the Fifteenth Amendment, which ostensibly guaranteed black Americans the right to vote.

They also found that the larger the state’s black population, the more likely the state was to pass the most stringent laws that permanently denied people convicted of crimes the right to vote.These bans were subsequently strengthened as the Jim Crow era began to take hold.

The white supremacists who championed such measures were very clear on their reasons. In 1894, a white South Carolina newspaper argued that voting laws needed to be amended, lest whites be swept away at the polls by the black vote. In 1901 Alabama amended its Constitution to expand disenfranchisement to all crimes involving “moral turpitude” — a vague term that was applied to misdemeanors and even acts not punishable by law. The president of the constitutional convention argued that manipulating the ballot to exclude blacks was warranted, because they were inferior to whites and because the state needed to avert the “menace of Negro domination.”


Robyn Hitchcock, Eugene Mirman

Nine times. I’ve now seen him nine times. And six of the shows, like last night’s, were at the Cat’s Cradle.

This was a good set. He played a few of his standards (“My Wife And My Dead Wife”, “I’m Only You”, “Queen Elvis”) a few things I’ve never seen him do live before (“Linctus House”, “Balloon Man”, “52 Stations”) – plus a couple I’ve never heard ever but which sound like his more recent stuff, so I assume they’re new. Singer Emma Swift came out to help out on harmonies for his last three songs. So, very nice.


He played for about 45 minutes. Then, comedian Eugene Mirman (‘Gene’ from ‘Bobs Burgers’) did a set.


Very funny, and unusual – he did a bit where he asked his Amazon Echo silly questions.

And then they did about ten minutes together, talking, before Robyn closed with one more song.

Robyn submitted to doing pictures with fans, finally. Last time I asked for a picture, I got a polite No.