Obama 2024

Michell Obama’s speech from the opening night of the Democratic National Convention was stunning. It is, I think, going to go down in history as one of the great convention speeches of all time, and, possibly, one of the great political speeches of all time.

The section that’s resonating with everyone is so pitch perfect:

The story that has brought me to this stage tonight. The story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today, I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn. And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.

If she was a Senator or some other political candidate, it would have been a home run. For a non-politician, it was a grand slam.

Michelle Obama’s Speech for the Ages – The Atlantic:

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Boston’s Methadone Mile

This is an absolutely amazing, heartbreaking, enlightening piece of journalism by the Boston Globe. It’s a must read for anyone who’s been touched by the opioid epidemic, which at this point, is probably nearly everyone.

He finds a bed at a detox facility on the Cape, but they can’t take him for a few days — long enough to go into withdrawal. So Barbara drives him to his dealer in the city to get heroin to hold him over. Taking her money, he shoots up while she waits in the car — a new low, he says.

Who are the Liars?

We didn’t create the graphic, but we shared it on our Facebook page. It promptly shattered all previous benchmarks for reach and engagement by a factor of at least 20. Almost a hundred people were so shocked by it that they hid it in their newsfeeds; twenty-seven decided they never wanted to see anything shared by MormonPress ever again; one person unliked our Facebook page.

Judging by the comments, the harsh response wasn’t because the graphic claimed that Jeb(!) Bush and Joe Biden are relatively honest politicians. No, our commenters were infuriated that Hillary Clinton was rated as being rather honest. Many of the comments on the photo can be summarized as “Hillary’s a lying liar who lies.” One commenter suggested that Mormon “would not stand for [MormonPress’s] lies.” Well, I guess we’ll have to ask him down the road.

PolitiFact’s rankings of truthful statements of the Presidental candidates

This isn’t an election that’s going to be won by persuasion. Either you hate Hillary enough to vote for a liar, or you’re willfully ignorant.

Best Argument for a Progressive Income Tax (vs a flat tax)

It’s sometimes hard to explain to someone why a flat tax is inherently unfair.

“How is it unfair if everyone pays 10%?”

That statement is hard to argue with, unless the person you’re arguing with is able to have a nuanced discussion about tax burden and how a dollar is worth more to someone at one end of the wealth spectrum than it is to someone at the other.

This little sketch by David Akadjian does a good job of making that argument without needing to be particularly nuanced:

David Akadjian, 2016

The established rich pay less, everyone else pays more.

Another way to say this is that the wealthy and established are making it harder and harder for people to get ahead by shifting the burden onto those who are just starting out. This hurts small businesses and rewards larger, established businesses.

ScanSnap Directly to the Cloud

Last week, Fujitsu added an awesome feature to their ScanSnap scanner line (at least, the iX500 that I have). You can set it up so that, rather than having to have a machine on the same wireless network to pick up the scanned documents, the scanned documents just get shipped to your Dropbox or Google Cloud.

That let’s you do some really interesting things. You can run Hazel rules on your Dropbox folder, just like you can on a local folder, to do automatic sorting, naming, etc. on your machine. You can also do some interesting automation things with IFTTT to trigger other types of activity based off of files getting scanned. Or some combination of both (you scan some sort of receipt, it’s automatically filed into a folder via Hazel, which also triggers an IFTTT action to send an email to someone telling them that receipt is there).

The cloud feature seems small, but it’s a huge improvement to the convenience of what is already a device that has made my life a lot simpler.

Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis, and a Regurgitated Potato Chip

Many of my favorite SNL sketches are Will Forte sketches. The Falconer time travel sketch, the ESPN Classic commentators, Tim Calhoun.

His humor and writing just hit me exactly right. Recently, with the SNL season wrapping up, UPROXX did an oral history of one of Forte’s weirder, funnier sketches “Potato Chip Thief”.

(It also includes the origination of Jason Sudeikis’ southern character who became the judge in “Maine Justice”, another one of the hilariously absurd SNL sketches of that cast.)

Solomon: That regurgitation of the potato chip is Will. It was one of those things where I think I said, “People are going to gag when they see this.”

Meyers: I think probably three or four years into my friendship with Forte, I realized there were certain things it was pointless to argue about.

Solomon: Will said, “I don’t care what kind of reaction we get. I just want a reaction. I don’t care if it’s laughs. I just want the audience to react.” And they did! If you listen to people in the background, they are like, “Oh my God.”

Meyers: It’s great because it’s 187 groans and two people who couldn’t be happier – and those are Forte’s people.