First, Fox’s promotion of Trump worked too well. He went from making the Republican primary more interesting to follow — and thus better for ratings — to dominating the Republican primary and potentially harming the ideological movement that Fox supports. Murdoch’s public opposition to Trump was a signal that the network wasn’t likely to tolerate Trump actually becoming the Republican nominee.

Second, Trump had spent much of his time in the hackier corners of the network — outposts of conservative inanity like Fox and Friends. But the debate was led by Fox’s more serious personalities. Baier, Kelly, and Wallace want to be known as some of the toughest questioners in news business — and Trump was a chance to prove their journalistic bona fides to the world. So where other Fox personalities wanted to treat Trump well in the hopes he would come back on their shows, Baier, Kelly, and Wallace wanted to embarrass Trump.

Finally, Fox News’s incentives had switched. Early in the campaign, the way to get bigger ratings was to build Trump up. But now the whole country was tuning in, and what most people wanted to see was Trump torn down — or at least the fight that would result if Fox News tried to tear Trump down. And that’s what they got. It was extraordinary television, and it led Fox to the highest ratings for any cable news program ever broadcast. Fox figured out how to profit off Trump coming and going, and, better yet, they got to decide when Trump was coming and when Trump was going.

Now Trump and Fox News are at war. And, as Nate Silver writes, this is a war Trump probably can’t win.

Marvel has absolutely no issue with LGBT characters in the Marvel Universe. We are sympathetic to the community that may have viewed Hercules as bisexual based on an implication in “Hercules: Fall of an Avenger.” I thought that Brett White’s op-ed “Why Bisexual Hercules Matters to Me,” was very thoughtful, I took it to heart and I made it recommended reading for my staff.

I’m really enjoying the way Axel Alonso tries to deflect criticism by singling out specific pieces that are easily dealt with; two weeks ago, it was the Noah Bertlasky piece about the publisher’s lack of black creators – something that he could dismiss as inaccurate without actually engaging with, because Bertlasky didn’t know artist Sanford Greene was black – and this week, a piece that foregoes anger at Marvel’s lack of LGBTQ leads in favor of apologizing and just hoping things get better. It’s a canny strategy; he defends himself from accusations that he doesn’t listen to criticism without having to really answer any criticism, or even acknowledge it as valid. Maybe Marvel’s PR is getting back on track after all.

The guy (Erick Erickson) who made the decision about RedState called Supreme Court Justice David Souter a ‘goat [expletive] child molester’ and First Lady Michelle Obama a ‘Marxist Harpy,’“ Trump said. "He was forced to make a humbling apology. Also, not only is Erick a total loser, he has a history of supporting establishment losers in failed campaigns so it is an honor to be uninvited from his event.

These clowns, reprise. (The above from a real, honest-to-God, statement from the Trump campaign.)

Explaining his decision on Friday, Erickson said that though he had “tried to give [Trump] great latitude, his remark about Megyn Kelly was a bridge too far”. In an online blogpost, he added: “There are even lines blunt talkers and unprofessional politicians should not cross. Decency is one of those lines.”

Erickson also told reporters: “I don’t want to put words in [Trump’s] mouth and I hate using the label misogynist because I think its used too much but he’s suggesting a woman as a lady asked him a question and did so because it was her time of the month.

“It’s just not right. I’ve said a lot of shit in my life – and you can certainly quote me on the record using that word – but I would never suggest anything like that.”

Things Erickson has suggested include the notion that “Obama’s marxist harpy wife would go Lorena Bobbitt on him” – Bobbitt was a Virginia woman who in 1993 cut off her husband’s penis – should he even think about it”.

It, in this instance, was “shagging hookers behind the media’s back”.

Erickson has also suggested that there was nothing wrong with calling Davis, who in 2013 mounted a 13-hour filibuster against a Texas abortion law, “abortion Barbie”.

“The phrase was intentional to discredit Wendy Davis,” he subsequently told the Houston Chronicle, “but I never thought about ‘Barbie’ being something that demeaned women. I have an eight-year-old daughter who loves Barbie.”

On his own RedState blog – from which in 2010 he officially purged “birthers”, those who question Barack Obama’s right to be president – he wrote: “As an aside, one of the most hilarious bits of this is seeing liberals proclaim all references to someone as ‘Barbie’ sexist. Really?”

Erickson has regularly taken aim at feminists in general. In 2010, referring to an anti-abortion ad that ran during the Super Bowl, he tweeted: “that’s it?!?! That’s what the feminazis were enraged over? Seriously?!? Wow. That’s what being too ugly to get a date does to your brain.”

These clowns, I swear to God. (From here.)

Don’t ever hesitate. Reblog this. TUMBLR RULE. When you see it, REBLOG IT.

The original post only has US helplines. I’ve added UK helplines underneath. It would be great if people could add numbers from everywhere in the world.

Depression Hotline: 1-630-482-9696

Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-8433

LifeLine: 1-800-273-8255

Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

Sexuality Support: 1-800-246-7743

Eating Disorders Hotline: 1-847-831-3438

Rape and Sexual Assault: 1-800-656-4673
Grief Support: 1-650-321-5272

Runaway: 1-800-843-5200, 1-800-843-5678, 1-800-621-4000

Exhale: After Abortion Hotline/Pro-Voice: 1-866-4394253

Child Abuse: 1-800-422-4453
UK Helplines:

Samaritans (for any problem): 08457909090 e-mail

Childline (for anyone under 18 with any problem): 08001111

Mind infoline (mental health information): 0300 123 3393 e-mail:

Mind legal advice (for people who need mental-health related legal advice): 0300 466 6463

b-eat eating disorder support: 0845 634 14 14 (only open Mon-Fri 10.30am-8.30pm and Saturday 1pm-4.30pm) e-mail:

b-eat youthline (for under 25’s with eating disorders): 08456347650 (open Mon-Fri 4.30pm – 8.30pm, Saturday 1pm-4.30pm)

Cruse Bereavement Care: 08444779400 e-mail:

Frank (information and advice on drugs): 0800776600

Drinkline: 0800 9178282

Rape Crisis England & Wales: 0808 802 9999 1(open 2 – 2.30pm 7 – 9.30pm) e-mail

Rape Crisis Scotland: 08088 01 03 02 every day, 6pm to midnight

India Self Harm Hotline: 00 08001006614

India Suicide Helpline: 022-27546669

Kids Help Phone (Canada): 1-800-668-6868, Free and available 24/7

suicide hotlines;

Argentina: 54-0223-493-0430

Australia: 13-11-14

Austria: 01-713-3374

Barbados: 429-9999

Belgium: 106

Botswana: 391-1270

Brazil: 21-233-9191

Canada: 1-800-448-3000

China: 852-2382-0000

(Hong Kong: 2389-2222)

Costa Rica: 606-253-5439

Croatia: 01-4833-888

Cyprus: 357-77-77-72-67

Czech Republic: 222-580-697, 476-701-908

Denmark: 70-201-201

Egypt: 762-1602

Estonia: 6-558-088

Finland: 040-5032199

France: 01-45-39-4000

Germany: 0800-181-0721

Greece: 1018

Guatemala: 502-234-1239

Holland: 0900-0767

Honduras: 504-237-3623

Hungary: 06-80-820-111

Iceland: 44-0-8457-90-90-90
Israel: 09-8892333

Italy: 06-705-4444

Japan: 3-5286-9090

Latvia: 6722-2922, 2772-2292

Malaysia: 03-756-8144

(Singapore: 1-800-221-4444)

Mexico: 525-510-2550

Netherlands: 0900-0767

New Zealand: 4-473-9739

New Guinea: 675-326-0011

Nicaragua: 505-268-6171

Norway: 47-815-33-300

Philippines: 02-896-9191

Poland: 52-70-000

Portugal: 239-72-10-10

Russia: 8-20-222-82-10

Spain: 91-459-00-50

South Africa: 0861-322-322

South Korea: 2-715-8600

Sweden: 031-711-2400

Switzerland: 143

Taiwan: 0800-788-995

Thailand: 02-249-9977

Trinidad and Tobago: 868-645-2800

Ukraine: 0487-327715



I love Jellyfish, but their promo videos from the 1990s are impressively terrible. This one is actually better than the one for “The Ghost at Number One,” which could win awards for dated literalism.

That whole thing where the sixties never really died and kept going right into the nineties.

Hey, don’t you go dissing my entire aesthetic from 1991 through 1996, Maxwell.

I love Jellyfish, but their promo videos from the 1990s are impressively terrible. This one is actually better than the one for “The Ghost at Number One,” which could win awards for dated literalism.