Fight night in Vegas – greatest show on earth

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Awkward! This is not a parody


This is a parody – I think


This is just clever…

Well, what to expect in the “debate” (more accurately “performance art”) today our time? I’ll be watching!

Apparently one of The Donald’s star acts in the audience in the third debate is Barack Obama’s half-brother. See Presidential debate: Why is Donald Trump bringing Barack Obama’s half-brother Malik? That’s The Independent (UK), but even more interesting is this July 2016 story in The Hindu (India).

United States President Barack Obama’s half-brother Malik Obama, a long-time Democrat, has switched allegiance to the Republican Party and intends to vote for Donald Trump because he believes the business tycoon “speaks from the heart.”

Mr. Malik (57), an accountant in Kenya, used to live in Maryland in the U.S. and is still registered to vote there…

‘Barack, Hillary killed friend Gaddafi’

Mr. Malik is also annoyed that Ms. Clinton and Mr. Obama “killed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi”, whom he called one of his best friends. He dedicated his 2012 biography of his late father to Gaddafi and others who were “making this world a better place.”

But what bothers him even more is the Democratic Party’s support of same-sex marriage.

“I feel like a Republican now because they don’t stand for same-sex marriage, and that appeals to me,” he said.

Malik has 3 wives

Mr. Malik currently has at least three wives.

The President’s and Malik’s father, Barack Obama Sr., left Kenya in 1959 when Mr. Malik was a year old and his mother was pregnant with his sister Auma. Obama Sr. enrolled at the University of Hawaii, where he met and married the President’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.

They first met only in 1985

Mr. Malik did not meet his younger half-brother until 1985. Mr. Obama (54) has seven half-siblings from both sides of his family. Mr. Malik, the eldest, is the director of the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a controversial Virginia charity named after his father.

For more on Fight Night and also the source of my top pic see the UK Daily Telegraph Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to clash in Las Vegas ‘Fight Night’ debate: US election briefing and polls.

But if the election is subject to the vagaries of all those dead people voting and is rigged from the start, as The Donald insists, you may wonder why they’re bothering. Perhaps a coup would be easier and more certain?  And I wonder if they will take drug tests before the show?

Finally some good reads, the first two from a US writer, John Scalzi. A cousin of mine (who is a strong evangelical Christian) commended the first a few days back as the best analysis he had thus far seen.

At this point there is no doubt that Donald Trump is the single worst major party presidential candidate in living memory,almost certainly the worst since the Civil War, and arguably the worst in the history of this nation. He is boastful and ignorant and petty, disdainful of the Constitution, a racist and a sexist, the enabler of the worst elements of society, either the willing tool of, or the useful idiot for, Vladimir Putin, an admirer of despots, an insecure braggart, a sexual assaulter, a man who refuses to honor contracts, and a bore.

He is, in sum, just about the biggest asshole in all of the United States of America. He’s lucky that Syrian dictator Bashar Hafez al-Assad is out there keeping him from taking the global title, not that he wouldn’t try for that, too, should he become president. It’s appalling that he is the standard bearer for one of the two major political parties in the United States. It’s appalling that he is a candidate for the presidency at all….

The comment thread is instructive. Next, the latest post is Reporting in From Trump Country.

I live in Darke county, Ohio. In 2004, Darke county voted for Bush, who got 69.5% of the vote. In 2008, it voted for McCain, who got 66.9% of the vote. In 2012, it voted for Romney, who got 71%.

So you may not be surprised when I tell you the area in which I live is heavily tilted toward Trump in this election, and when November 8 rolls around, I expect him to win my county handily, likely gathering something like 70% of the vote.

Do I live among idiots? No. I live among wonderful people who will clear your driveway when it snows and watch your pets when you go away, who love and care for their friends and families, who are decent people in their day-to-day lives and are folks I am proud to call neighbors…

Finally, former NSW Premier and former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr.

Amid the bleakness of Shakespeare’s King Lear one character, Edgar declares: the worst is not/so long as we can say “this is the worst”.

Just when you think it can’t get any worse – Trump as candidate – here comes a more troubling prospect: the Trump next time, four years off, who defeats an unpopular President Clinton.

It’s easy to tick off what gave the Republican nomination this time to a bossy, ignorant demagogue – the loss of industrial jobs, anxiety over borders and trade, racist resentment of minorities. Perhaps, as well, bewilderment at a multipolar world where America can’t get its way.

None of these is about to fade.

The old jobs aren’t coming back. China is shrugging off traditional manufacturing so the plants in America’s industrial belt aren’t going to be opening again. In any case the robots are arriving to disrupt manufacturing and services alike.

The anger of white working-class males, incited by Trump, is bound to simmer angrily at a distrusted woman in the White House imposing background checks for gun buyers and appointing three or four liberal justices to the Supreme Court…

I think he is spot on.


Well, now I have seen it on ABC News 24 here in Oz. Interesting that SBS took their feed from Al Jazeera; perhaps I should have watched that one.

Purely in terms of reasoned debating Clinton clearly won. I speak as a former debating coach…

Trump is one weird guy. I do hope he also becomes one of the biggest failures ever to run for President of the United States. God help us all if he were to win.

Seems that The Donald regards accepting the verdict of the election as optional…

Nothing came of Obama’s half-brother being present. Was he?

Related: Fact Checks of the Third Presidential Debate. It’s bipartisan. Just happens that The Donald’s grasp of reality is more defective.

And another one: Presidential Debate Fact-Check from US ABC.