English Professors for Kaine

[Senator Tim] Kaine quotes W.B. Yeats a lot … most recently when talking about the Syrian refugee crisis where he pleaded that ISIS was the enemy not the refugees.

… “Yeats wrote [The Second Coming] after World War I, surveying the wreckage … [A]nd he expressed a real concern about the state of society at the time because what he noticed was … ‘the best lack all conviction and the worst are filled with passionate intensity.'”

A Political Cartoonist on President Trump.

Trump smiling is not a common sight. The scowl is easier to draw. I’ve noticed Trump has put on weight the last 10 years. I hope if he is elected, that trend continues. It’s natural to draw rich and powerful people nice and portly. I’m also hoping the job stress will cause him to lose hair, which will make his combover more pronounced and more fun to draw.


… choices…

A Measured Response.

Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for the Trump campaign, said in a brief statement that “Mr. Trump and the campaign do not agree” that Clinton should be executed for treason.

Apparently, political advertisements also leave a chemtrail.

John McCain’s Republican challenger in Arizona, a woman named Kelli Ward, has long believed in a federal plot to poison Americans with the chemical trails some aircraft leave in the air.

Yet Ward’s keen sense of the endurance of certain visual effects fails to extend to the traces old attack ads leave in the mediasphere. Maybe Ward thought Mitt Romney’s 2008 attack ads against McCain had vanished into the Celestial Contrail and become fair game… Whatever her motives, her campaign simply, er, repurposed them…?

Kelli Ward, one of U.S. Sen. John McCain’s three Republican primary challengers, may have found a way to overcome her campaign-funding struggles: just tack her name at the end of an old Mitt Romney attack ad against McCain from the 2008 presidential race.


Stealing and signing with your own name is a gesture quintessentially postmodern, an instance of Appropriation Art, in which artists like Sherrie Levine re-photograph canonical early twentieth century photographs and sign them with their own name. But just as Sherrie had to deal with a bit of copyright static, so Kelli is in receipt of legal correspondence from a Romney rep. Something about “blatant infringement” of “protected work”…?


“How could anyone do anything so dumb?” asked Mr UD this morning when I told him about it. “Didn’t she know she’d be caught?”


Without wanting to get too conspiratorial (in this UD defers to Ward and her man Donald Trump), UD will point out that if you reshuffle the letters in KELLI WARD you get (roughly)


I.e., Ward is a secret John Rawls lover. John Rawls! The famous left-liberal political philosopher! Could Ward’s inner struggle between right and left account for her otherwise unaccountable behavior?

Scathing Online Schoolmarm Says:

Extremely good writers can take what you know, re-charge it, and scare you.

Tetchy techies….

… in a collective bad mood because of you know who.

From the Republican Convention

Buttons seen on arriving women delegates.

— Louise Bryant


‘Every woman adores a Fascist,
The boot in the face, the brute
Brute heart of a brute like you.’
— Sylvia Plath



Tweets for English Professors.

Trump/Gingrich: a presidential ticket that would have more infidelity than the collected works of Philip Roth & John Updike combined.

Jeet Heer.

A Nightmare from which Historians are …

trying to awake.

The Republican Convention – AKA…

The Nunberg Trials.

With the Republican Convention Down to the Short Strokes…

… organizers are working on smoothing out any contradictions between a ferociously anti-pornography platform and a presidential candidate whose namesake hotel hosts the annual eXXXotica Expo.

“[T]he potential is there for Cleveland to be a complete shit show.”

What? With Bikers for Trump providing security?

UD Begins to Discern the Lucy Van Pelt Strategy.

[Trumper Warning]

Every week or so, a new high-profile woman (Megyn Kelly, Elizabeth Warren, Ruth Bader Ginsburg) pulls a football out from under Donald Trump.

Like Charlie Brown, he can’t help going for the thing, kicking the air as it’s pulled away and landing on his ass.

UD thinks it’s time for the strategy to go international. Malala Yousafzai held the ball out for Trump last December, but he didn’t go for it because he hadn’t yet won the nomination. UD hopes whoever’s coordinating the LVP strategy thinks to tap Malala again. Whiff time.

O Holy Knight!

[Trumper Warning]

[Sing it with me.]

O Bobby Knight

The nominee is calling

From coast to coast you’re the best he could do

Yes you’re a star

But you are not six-sided

So no one here will mistake you for a Jew

We need you so

Our polling stats are falling

Punch up our show

As you punched out your teams

Throw us a chair!

O sucker punch our children!

O Knight Divine! O night when Trump is crowned!

O Knight Divine! O Knight, O Knight Divine!

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