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[Content Note: War; death; Islamophobia.]
Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim U.S. soldier who gave his life for his country in Iraq, came to be known by most of us when he used his platform at the Democratic convention to ask the Republican nominee: "Donald Trump, you're asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the United States Constitution?"
Now, he is featured in a powerful and moving new ad for Hillary Clinton, despite the fact that his speaking out has had a steep cost for his family.
In 2004, my son was stationed in Iraq. He saw a suicide bomber approaching his camp. My son moved forward to stop the bomber, when the bomb exploded. He saved everyone in his unit. Only one American soldier died. My son was Captain Humayun Khan. He was 27 years old, and he was a Muslim American. I want to ask Mr. Trump: Would my son have a place in your America?I feel very grateful for Mr. Khan's continued willingness to share his story and perspective during this election, in spite of the risk. I regret the reasons he has been obliged to do so. We need his voice. I value it enormously.
[Content Note: Misogyny; racism.]
Donald Trump went off on Michelle Obama today, in a very particular way, and I am incandescently angry about it. I've got a new piece at Shareblue deconstructing exactly what he's up to:
Trump is mischaracterizing the First Lady's eight-year-old words, and in a very particular and pernicious way.There is more at the link, including video, with a complete transcript, of what he said.
He is attempting to create a rift in what has been seen as a profoundly inspiring political partnership between two of the most prominent and admired women in the nation, who are strongly allied on the subject of women's empowerment and eradicating gender bias.
And who are united in condemning his attitudes and behavior toward women, and united in trying to defeat him.
So he is attempting to drive a wedge between them, and subvert the unified passion so many women across the nation have for the work Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton are doing together on our behalf.
This is an age-old disruptive strategy used by anti-feminist men, particularly white men who are unnerved by seeing alliances between Black and non-Black feminists.
Trump further suggests that his mischaracterization of Obama's words give him license to personally attack Clinton.
This is an ugly, despicable thing he's said — part of a long, ugly, despicable history of dividing to conquer feminist women.
Here is some stuff in the news today...
[Content Note: Misogyny] A Republican Congressman from Texas defended Donald Trump sneering into his microphone "such a nasty woman" during the third presidential debate, because "a lady needs to be told when she's being nasty." Yes, that's a real thing that happened, and I've got a piece at Shareblue on it.
Good news in reproductive health: "A federal judge on Thursday sided with women's health provider Planned Parenthood in a lawsuit aiming to block a Mississippi law that barred medical providers that perform abortions from participating in the state's Medicaid program. The decision by U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan III is the latest in a string of rulings striking down similar laws elsewhere in the country against the women's health provider. Jordan's two-page order noted a ruling from the 5th U.S. District Court of Appeals that rejected a similar law in Louisiana, saying 'essentially every court to consider similar laws has found that they violate' federal law."
Former RNC Chair Michael Steele says he won't be voting for Trump. I'm not surprised that Steele isn't supporting him, but I didn't realize this: "Steele is the third former Republican National Committee Chairman to say he won't support Trump." Welp.
[CN: Video may autoplay at link] This MIT-engineered crib to help babies sleep looks amazing. Please make one for adults and then take my money.
Awwwwww: "Experts Say Dogs Dream About Their Humans; People Can't Stop Crying."
What have you been reading?
I read a headline last night, to which I'm not going to link, that described this election as "soul-crushing."
No, it isn't.
That is not to say it isn't sad in many ways, or hard, or upsetting.
But we are also very likely about to elect the first woman president of this nation. Who also happens to be the most qualified candidate ever to seek the office.
If you can describe this election as "soul-crushing," while giving no attention to that enormously exciting and important detail, maybe the problem isn't really the election, but you.
Hey, everyone: Just wanted to make a request to the community to not post photos of ballots in comments. It's not legal everywhere: It depends on where you live and how you post it. But just to be on the safe side, the mods will be deleting any posted pictures of ballots. And you can help us out by not posting them in the first place! Thanks in advance for your understanding.
[Content Note: Disablist language.]
Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It's probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.There is a list of websites experiencing problems at the link.
Domain Name Servers (DNS) act as the Internet's phone book. Basically, they facilitate your request to go to a certain webpage and make sure you are taken to the right place. If the DNS provider that handles requests for Twitter is down, well, good luck getting to Twitter. Some websites are coming back for some users, but it doesn’t look like the problem is fully resolved.
Dyn posted this update on its website: "Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21th-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available."
If you don't know what the Al Smith Dinner is, here's a brief description care of Wikipedia: "The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, commonly known as the Al Smith Dinner, is an annual white tie fundraiser for Catholic charities supporting needy children held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York on the third Thursday of October. It is organized by the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation in honor of former New York Governor Al Smith, the first Catholic presidential candidate; the dinner is hosted by the Archbishop of New York (currently Cardinal Timothy Dolan). The first dinner was in 1945, the year after Al Smith's death. It is generally the last event at which the two U.S. presidential candidates share a stage before the election [during presidential election years]."
Not only do the candidates share a stage: They roast each other, and, typically, themselves.
So, last night, the two candidates showed up and did their thing. I'm sure you'll be shocked to hear that Donald Trump behaved abysmally. His jokes were cruel, and he got booed by the audience, which is unprecedented in the history of the Al Smith Dinner. The closest he got to sending up himself was throwing Melania under the bus in a plagiarism joke.
Welp, Hillary just handed Trump his ass at the #AlSmithDinner. "He looks at the Statue of Liberty and sees a 4" absolutely ended me.— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) October 21, 2016
"He's as healthy as a horse--the horse Putin rides around on" was a close second. Omgggggg lol. #AlSmithDinner— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) October 21, 2016
[Note: I am wrapping up a little early today, because I am going to be talking to Katie Klabusich this afternoon! I'll see you tomorrow.]
Suggested by Shaker Blue_Cat: "What have you been reading recently?" Other than political news, of course!
[Content Note: There is some flickery editing in this video.]
Last night, following the debate, I watched a lot of supercool punditry, but this moment really stood out to me. It wasn't strictly the worst moment, and, Jake Tapper said a lot of great things last night, but.
CNN's Jake Tapper: Look, this is an election where many people think it's a change election. President Obama still has very high approval ratings, but people don't like the direction of the country right now. And usually after eight years of one party in power, the White House switches. So, in many ways, this has been Donald Trump's to lose. He's the Republican nominee, coming in; he, without question, represents change. And it's hard to imagine how Hillary Clinton represents anything beyond Washington and power in Washington and, dare I say, status quo.Y'all. There has never been a woman president in the history of the nation. 227 years. Not a single woman. But it's hard for Tapper to imagine how Clinton represents anything but the status quo. I mean.
In the same #debate Trump said both of these things:— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) October 20, 2016
"Nobody respects women more than I do."
"Such a nasty woman."
Welp, that's three debates and three embarrassing losses for Trump. Three strikes and you're out, pal!— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) October 20, 2016