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Greetings, teens! Have you ever wanted to see a national nightmare live and in person? Can’t make it out to Cleveland this week? Don’t worry. Gawker’s brand new Snapchat has you covered.
We’ll be in Cleveland all week (and Philly the week after that) chronicling the first official stages of Dear Leader Trump’s rise to power. You can follow us by adding user gawkerdotcom, clicking this link on your phone or mobile device, or “snapping” a pic of the unholy ghost below:
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Many areas of America—the areas where lots of people want to live—also have crushing housing shortages. One unorthodox, wild idea seems to be becoming more attractive... build more housing, faster.
Crazy idea I know!
Even idiot internet commenters can tell you that if a city has huge housing demand and inadequate supply to meet that demand, prices will rise. If this situation persists long enough, that city will become unaffordable to everyone except the rich. This is the situation that already exists in San Francisco, vast swaths of New York City, and other cities. If you are wondering whether it is “progressive” or “liberal” to create a situation in which no poor or middle class people can afford to live in your city: it is not.
Today, the Wall Street Journal
reports on the findings of a new study by Trulia that are thoroughly unsurprising: the American cities that take the longest to issue building permits for new housing construction have extremely slow growth of the housing supply, even in times of high demand, like now. The opposite is also true: cities that issue housing construction permits relatively quickly have might higher growth of the housing supply over the past 20 years. (New York City, Oakland, and San Francisco are among the five slowest cities to issue permits.)
Now, if you have ever witnessed, for example, the clear cutting of a forest in Middle of Nowhere, Florida to make way for a planned housing development that looks like it is made of 100% plastic, you may tend to view the concept of “new housing construction” with a certain distaste. It is certainly possible for specific municipalities to make foolish decisions regarding the approval of new housing. But this is a matter less of the speed of the permitting process than of a ruthless pro-development mindset of local governments, to the exclusion of all other concerns. And the cities that really need housing the most—the aforementioned Bay Area and New York City—are far less likely to be paving over sensitive wetlands to build golf course developments than they are to be tearing down shorter buildings to put up taller buildings. We don’t need to build destructive housing. We don’t need to build ugly housing. But one way or another, we do need to build housing.
If you want non-rich people to be able to live in our nation’s greatest cities—and you should—then you must accept the fact that we need to build a lot of new housing. If our local governments take one year to issue housing permits, we will not be able to build a lot of new housing. Let’s try to do it faster, hey.
ISIS this week claimed responsibility for an attack that authorities now say was perpetrated by a man the terrorist group would ordinarily want to violently murder, not champion.
According to reports, Mohamed Bouhlel, the man who drove a truck into a Bastille Day parade in Nice, killing at least 84 people, was actually bisexual. In a stunning turn of events, ISIS—which ordinarily puts gay and bisexual men to death—apparently did not vet its latest hero before reflexively claiming responsibility for his actions.
Calling Bouhlel a “soldier,” ISIS put out a statement explaining he had responded to “calls to target nations of coalition states that are fighting (Isis).”
There’s no evidence to indicate Bouhlel, who was Muslim, was actually operating on behalf of or in allegiance to ISIS, though friends and family say he had recently become radicalized. But authorities say there is evidence that he lived life openly as a bisexual man. Via Newsweek:
According to France’s BFMTV, investigators have gleaned that Bouhlel—who left at least 84 people dead in the French city—had a busy sex life, with pictures of both female and male conquests on his phone. Bisexuality, or homosexuality, is forbidden in Islam, although interviews with Bouhlel’s friends and relatives in Nice have revealed that he did not behave, at least until recently, like a devout Muslim.
He had at least one main boyfriend, reportedly a 73-year-old retiree.
“He didn’t pray, he didn’t fast, he drank alcohol,” Bouhlel’s father, Mohamed Mondher Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, told The Local. “He even took drugs.”
Another woman told the paper he was a man “who flirted with anything that moved.”
And maybe he was radicalized—some foreign reports indicate he had been approached by an ISIS recruiter in the weeks leading up to the attack. Or maybe he was simply an unstable man strung out on steroids. Perhaps both. Prosecutors tell The Local Bouhlel had a history of “threats, violence, theft and acts of criminal damage,” and suffered a nervous breakdown that spanned several years. When his wife left him, a neighbor says, he went crazy.
“He defecated everywhere, he cut up his daughter’s teddy bear and slashed the mattress,” the neighbor said. “I don’t think there was a radicalisation issue, I think there was a psychiatric problem.”
Behold—the current face of ISIS.
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Chaos on the Republican National Convention floor, where a group of yelling men and women tried and failed to force a vote that might allow for an outcome other than Donald Trump as a candidate for president.
Video of the dramatic procedural protest belied its stodgy explanation. What happened, via CNN, is that the anti-Trump delegates requested a vote on the rules of the convention so that they might support a candidate—any candidate—other than Donald Trump. Two voice votes were taken—hence the yelling—and the rules were adopted. Finally, the anti-Trump delegates requested a roll call vote to individually count each vote, which the convention chairman denied on procedural grounds, saying that there were not enough signatures to compel the vote.
Delegations initially supporting the roll call vote reportedly included Minnesota, Iowa Washington, Colorado, DC, North Dakota, Alaska, Virginia, Utah, Maine and Wyoming, though the Trump campaign was apparently able to flip enough delegates to prevent the plan from coming to fruition. Though the convention chair declined to list the flip-floppers, DC Examiner’s Joel Gehrke reports they included delegates from Iowa, DC, Minnesota, and Maine.
In a surprising turn, CNN reports Trump’s team worked with the RNC to resecure the delegates, meaning someone on the Trump campaign actually bothered to learn how the convention works:
Trump aides and RNC staff worked to strip signatures from the submissions that would deny anti-Trump delegates the signatures they need for a vote. They also challenged the validity of various signatures, with some coming up invalid, and some came up invalid. The combined effort was enough to prevent a roll call vote.
Staffers could be seen fanning across the floor, pulling aside delegates and coordinating their counter-efforts, and top Trump delegate wrangler Rick Gates said he was confident they can repeat their success last week when the Rules Committee met and blocked efforts to unbind the delegates.
“Our goal is to destroy them,” Gates said.
Amidst the shouting and whistles and shaking fists, the Colorado delegation reportedly walked off the convention floor, led by a group that includes anti-Trump movement leader Kendal Unruh and Regina Thompson, Ted Cruz’s former state director who is also the executive director of a group called Free the Delegates.
North Dakota GOP Chair Gary Emineth also reportedly quit his position as state finance chair in protest.
A complex dance, to be sure. Here’s how it played out on TV: UNINTELLIGIBLE YELLING.
Almost every major-to-moderate media outlet will be working hard from their designated workspaces in the convention center this week to bring you the latest RNC news, just as fast as their little fingers can type. But not all designated workspaces are created equal.
How does your favorite media outlet’s piece of RNC real estate measure up? Will its temporary “crib” make you proud? Or should you be embarrassed to count yourself among their readership?
Here are the digs. We’ll let you decide for yourselves.
The plants are a nice touch. I would have gone in for a closer look but someone who either is in charge of guarding the fine workers of USA Today or just wanted to feel like a Big Man shooed me away. So much for camaraderie. Nice carpet, assholes.
They seemed to be having a nice time. Good for The Guardian.
For fans of both politics and the Dark Web™.
Not sure they need all that space, honestly.
Or their own bathrooms, for that matter.
The Associated Press
Only ten people actually work there.
Every International Outlet
You want to see where the foreign press sets up shop, you say? Please, follow me.
Take a left.
Finally, eventually, you’ll get here.
And you’ll find the foreign press.
The people behind this curtain were very nice. Granted, they were starved for human contact thanks to a sea of curtains and concrete, but I appreciated the smiles nonetheless.
The real fun, though, happens on New Media Row. Where all your favorite conservative talk show hosts mingle with millenial-centric blogs to make up the most bizarre lunchroom cafeteria this side of Cleveland. That’s where you’ll find brands such as....
About half a dozen people were silently standing in a semi-circle around those empty chairs for six minutes.
The Wall Street Journal
Very sad they forgot to bring their employees.
Who wants some free radio equipment?
WINK (?) News
Or free everything?
Vox brought their own tiny yellow chairs.
Sirius XM brought their own screaming men.
The Daily Signal
The Daily Signal’s only employee.
Real Clear Politics
I stole a lanyard. I’m sorry.
Now This News
That man’s actually been asleep in that position for days.
Today I learned that The Politico is a magazine.
The name escapes me.
Infowars I think it is?
Just some millenials snappin’ about politics.
The Google Lounge
Google ran out of coffee.
...and CNN’s Cafe
With every one of its beloved personalities.
And last but not least...
Just kidding. We don’t even have a designated workspace. I had to file this from an Applebee’s.
To find the Women Vote Trump, “the official home for women who support Donald Trump,” we went to a beautiful mall in downtown Cleveland, where about 30 Trump supporters and journalists met in a very large, lovely wood-paneled room and made the best of a slightly awkward situation.
“I knew I was going to take a beating and a lashing for supporting Donald Trump,” said Amy Kremer defiantly, from behind a lectern. “From other conservatives! But who are you to judge me?”
Kremer is a co-founder of Women Vote Trump, but is best known for having helped to found the Tea Party movement. Her voice echoed off empty rows of delicate white chairs on spindly gold legs. A lady in a red pantsuit applauded vigorously. “That’s right,” she nodded gently, as Kremer went on.
“People assume that just because Hillary Clinton is a woman that I’m going to support her,” Kremer said, sounding indignant. “That’s an insult to my intelligence. I have the ability to think on my own.”
Kremer was joined by Ann Stone, ex-wife of dirty tricks expert and noted racist Roger Stone, another co-founder of Women Vote Trump.
“He has a track record with women that is amazing,” Stone told the room, specifically the way, she said, Trump treats women in business. “He has always paid women what they’re worth and paid them comparably.” The lady in the red pantsuit nodded, looking a little misty-eyed.
Next, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee bounded to the stage, where she warned that ISIS “has terrorist cells in all 5o of our states.” (The FBI said last year they are investigating terror suspects “in various stages of radicalizing” in all 50 states.)
Trump, Blackburn said, is the man to beat the terrorists back, and protect women in the process.
“Women see what is happening in their country,” she said, and they’re tired of it, and tired of the Obama economy too: “Women are tired of wage stagnation, not getting a raise and not taking home more.” (Blackburn has said that women “don’t want” equal pay laws.)
Women, Blackburn added, “are the caregivers,” and they’re tired of Medicare and Social Security being endangered, and the way Hillary Clinton is personally endangering them. “Do they trust Hillary Clinton to tell them the truth about these things? Absolutely not. She just throws up her hands and says, ‘What difference does it make?’ It makes a tremendous difference.”
She closed with a warning not to trust the mainstream media: “ABC is All About Clinton,” she said, to laughter. “NBC is Nothin’ But Clinton. CNN is the Clinton News Network. And CBS, God bless CBS, they’re the Clinton BS network.” That one brought the house down, or what there was of it.
Ashley Carter of the Independent Women’s Forum admitted there are some perception problems with Trump. “Even Trump’s most diehard fans have been vividly aware that he has all sorts of issues, comments, and history people may find objectionable,” she said brightly. “He can ruffle some feathers.” Undecideds, she said, find his tone “bullying and unpolished,” but if he could just “moderate” going forward, he could probably win this thing among the ladies. “Undecided women voters see him as having the ability to make real change happen by simply saying what needs to be said.”
Women Vote Trump was careful to note that they’re a diverse movement. Stacey Dash, the newly vocal conservative actress, was supposed to be there, according to the program, but did not attend. An unnamed person from Latinas for Trump was supposed to attend, but also apparently couldn’t make it. But Diamond and Silk were there, two black women who are passionate Trump supporters.
“If y’all noticed, we’re black,” Diamond said, to laughter. “But that doesn’t mean we have to vote Democrat! We came off the Democratic plantation, and voted for whoever we want.”
Clinton, she said with disdain a few moments later, wasn’t a good job creator, not like Trump. “Unless you wanna talk about that one she created for Monica Lewinsky with her husband.”
Trump, she said, was going to clean up the mess that is this country. For women, for everybody, for America: “Are you all on the Trump train?” she shouted, as people quietly began to leave. “Choo choo, baby!”
Image of Rep. Marsha Blackburn by Stassa Edwards; Jezebel Goes to the RNC badge by Jim Cooke
On Wednesday, small-business owner Michelle Van Etten will address the Republican National Convention on the subject of Making America First Again. According to the convention schedule, Van Etten employs more than 100,000 people. Actually, the Guardian reports, she doesn’t employ anyone.
“Michelle employs over 100,000 people and is a strong supporter of Donald Trump, knowing his policies will support businesses all across America,” the schedule states.
“I don’t employ,” Van Etten told the Guardian: She is a “multi-level marketer” for a company called Youngevity. “Nobody works for me, because we are all individual contractors, and we all have our own individual businesses,” she added.
“[Trump] resonates with me because he’s a businessman,” Van Etten said. “We need someone who’s not a bureaucrat.”
Youngevity has a network of about 100,000 independent retailers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere. As it happens, one of those retailers is conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones. The Daily Beast reports:
Conspiracy theorist and Trump supporter Alex Jones (who is in Cleveland for the GOP convention) is an enthusiastic backer of the Youngevity brand. Its products can be found referenced in the online store of his InfoWars website, and at infowarshealth.com. One website even sells a package of Youngevity goods known as ‘The Alex Pack.’
“I want to stomp people… I like it,” Jones said in one video endorsing the product, claiming that the “Tangy Tangerine” made him more “crazed” and aggressive. “The only problem is that I’m 22 [years-old] again…The only side effect is that I’m crazed now. Now I can jog 8 miles instead of 4 miles…My testosterone is up.”
Youngevity lists Van Etten as a senior vice chairman marketing director. She told the Guardian that she collects between three percent and five percent of profits made by members below her in the network.
“The company certainly appears to be a pyramid scheme, advertising unique opportunities through a ‘world class marketing system,’” Britt Hermes, a naturopathic whistleblower, told The Daily Beast. “Rather, it seems like a world-class scam to me.”
During a discussion of the Republican party’s overwhelmingly white leadership on MSNBC, birther congressman
“This whole ‘white people’ business does get a little tired,” said King. “I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where these contributions that have been made by these categories of people that you’re talking about—where did any other sub-group of people contribute more to civilization?”
After other panelists objected to King’s obviously suspect generalization, host Chris Hayes quickly tried to move on, saying, “On cable news, we are not going to resolve the relative strengths of various strands of civilizational prowess.” Which is a shame, really, because it’d be interesting to see where King was going with that.
In June, King told Politico it was “racist” to want people of color on American currency
UPDATE 7:40 P.M.: On Twitter, Chris Hayes said he was “pretty taken aback” by King’s comments and may have made “the wrong call in the moment.”
The Trump motorcade has already been involved in an accident and it is in no way shape or form symbolic for the state of affairs in the Republican Party or in this great country.
I assure you, this is by no means anything more than just a regular ordinary car crash involving humans and their vehicles, as CNN reports:
The vehicle that got hit was a staff car and everyone is fine. Trump’s campaign chair Paul Manafort said as much on CNN himself. On air he stated that that “everything is fine,” as Mediaite reports.
Trump himself made it to the airport alright, and is on his way from the scene of the actual car crash to the metaphorical car crash that is the Republican National Convention.
On Monday, actor Scott Baio somewhat inexplicably addressed the Republican National Convention on the subject of making America great, and also and safe. “So of course, let’s make America great again,” he said, “but let’s make America America again.” What?
Who knows, man.
On Monday, police shot and killed a 17-year-old Afghan migrant armed with an axe and knife after he attacked train passengers in southern Germany, the Associated Press reports. Four people are said to be in serious condition, but the total number of injured is not yet clear.
The attack took place as the train was traveling between stations. The train made an emergency stop short of the station at Wurzburg-Heidingsfeld and the assailant jumped out of the train, [regional police spokesman Lt. Fabian] Hench said.
Police hunted the man down with ground searchers and a helicopter, and he was killed, Hench said.
The attacker’s motive is not currently known, but investigators are reportedly looking into witness accounts that the teen yelled “an exclamation” during the attack.
During a discussion of Melania Trump, who is scheduled to speak at the Republican Nation Convention Monday night, Newt Gingrich pointed out to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren that Donald Trump’s wife is not only very hot, but also from a place that is not here.
“Melania is not only very, very attractive as a supermodel, but she’s also living proof that Donald Trump is not anti-immigrant,” said Gingrich, according to The Hill. “He’s just for legal immigrants.”
Who also happen to be Eastern European models, it seems.
While discussing recent deadly attacks against police officers in Dallas
“Lieutenant Brian Rice was acquitted on all charges, in the malicious prosecution of State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby,” said Clarke, receiving the biggest cheer of the night at the point, according to Gawker reporter Ashley Feinberg.
During his speech, Clarke also paraphrased a passage from Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and characterized the actions of the Black Lives Matter movement as “anarchy.”
Please turn your attention to the gentleman on the right, in the slightly less unfortunate of the two ensembles before us. He is Marine Corps veteran Mark Geist, and if you’ll look carefully, his fly is down.
According to the Military Times, Geist and fellow Marine Corps veteran John Tiegen have taken the stage at the Republican National Convention to critique Democratic presidential candidate nominee Hillary Clinton’s response to the 2012 Benghazi attack. Both Tiegen and Geist were involved as security contractors.
But an unzipped fly is bound to catch somebody’s eye, and so it did.
This mishap might have been avoided if Geist had left his dad jeans at home. Though, at least his belt buckle is not a garish atrocity like the one topping off Tiegen’s ensemble.
Images via Twitter.
The Republican National Convention has been marked by weirdo demonstrators
The City of Cleveland received a $50 million federal grant to buy military gear for its cops to wear in order to pacify and attack protestors, counter-protestors, and anyone strange enough to attend the RNC just for fun. Cleveland PD tells the Wall Street Journal that they’ve chosen to use part of this money to flood the streets with body armor-wearing, biking cops because a cop on a bicycle has more agility than one in a car, and more speed than one on foot.
Sadly—or fortunately, if you are a protestor—the Cleveland PD rides their bikes like a bunch of dumbass jamokes. Look at this horde.
For one, about two-thirds of these people need to shift up. Being in too easy a gear means you can accelerate quickly, but achieve a meager top speed while huffing and puffing and churning your legs only to advance at the pace of a geriatric pug. The loose grouping of these cops is a poor tactical setup, which causes them to lose the precious aerodynamic benefits of riding in a peloton.
Is this the fault of the hybrid commuter/mountain bikes, the frames of which are made by the reputable Kona operation in collaboration with Safariland, that the cops are riding here and all over Cleveland? Perhaps. Their design purportedly lets riders sit more upright, so as to have a better view of any miscreants who may be thinking of vile civic actions like walking or standing; but the upright position combined with a load of bulky gear might, in theory, be overly rigid, and would most likely put you even further back of the spindle than you should be. Note that these cops’ seats are too low. Note that most of their knees never reach full extension when they pedal. They’re leaving a lot of watts on the table.
Cleveland PD told the WSJ that they like using bikes not because they’re efficient, but because they can form barriers. One RNC attendee tells Deadspin that he mostly saw bike cops loafing around. It appears they do primarily use their machines as walls. Photos and videos from the scene confirm this.
They also make crude weapons, apparently.
Also, nobody on staff knows how to fix a dropped chain.
Monday evening, Donald Trump appeared for the first time at the Republican National Convention, making an entrance that appeared to be inspired in equal parts by professional wrestling and his own reality show.
To emphasize he was a winner and not a loser, he did it to Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” a song the band has previously denied giving Trump permission to use.
The Republican Party may or may not take the White House this year, but if they can keep up the team spirit they showed Monday night, they’ll clearly be the squad to watch at regionals.