Friday, November 24, 2017



‘Song To Pie’ by Roy Blount Jr.

Oh my.
Nothing tastes sweet,
Wet, salty, and dry
All at once so well as pie.

Apple and pumpkin and mince and black bottom,
I’ll come to your place every day if you’ve got ‘em.

Don't Bother

Salon: Forget the holiday advice: Don’t bother debating with Trump-supporting family members - It’s a good idea to share a family meal with Trump-supporting relatives, but don’t try to understand them by Sophia A. McClennen

The Onion - Papa John’s Comes Under Fire For Cruel Treatment Of The Bulbous, Deformed Creatures That Lactate Pizza Sauce

The Onion: Papa John’s Comes Under Fire For Cruel Treatment Of The Bulbous, Deformed Creatures That Lactate Pizza Sauce


Science Daily: Smart people have better connected brains - In intelligent persons, some brain regions interact more closely, while others de-couple themselves
summary - Differences in intelligence have so far mostly been attributed to differences in specific brain regions. However, are smart people's brains also wired differently to those of less intelligent persons? A new study supports this assumption. In intelligent persons, certain brain regions are more strongly involved in the flow of information between brain regions, while other brain regions are less engaged.

It's Trump

Newsweek: Trump Is Mueller’s ‘Primary Target,’ And Flynn Coordination Is A ‘Scandal,’ Legal Expert Says By Greg Price


Have An Excellent Friday

work by Henrik Simonsen

'Black Friday'

Steely Dan

I'm sure every knows this by now but just in case, 'Steely Dan' was the name given to a dildo in a particular segment of William Burrough's salient book 'Naked Lunch'. It's a great book, I've read it several times. Any band that referenced Burroughs was okay with me.

Rachel Maddow - Trump SoHo Hotel Owner Pays Trumps To Leave As Business Flounders

Lawrence O'Donnell - Trump And “The Nationalist’s Delusion”

Sold Out

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s pathetic response after learning Michael Flynn has sold him out

Roll Over

  I just can't get enough of this feel good story. Last night I posted the NY Times original, now the news is spreading.

Guardian UK: Michael Flynn breaks ties with Trump's lawyers over Russia investigation – reports - Move suggests former national security adviser could be seeking a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller over election interference

'Women Are Pissed'

  This is the best news I've read in a while.

Guardian UK: 'Women are pissed': Trump rage turns to action – and surge in female candidates - In the presidential race, some women stayed at home because they didn’t want to vote against their husbands. Now they have had enough by Tom McCarthy in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


NY Times: Bridging the Canyon Across the Holiday Table by Timothy Egan
But here’s one bright spot in the Divided States of Trump: In a strange way, he has also brought many of us together. Trump brings out the worst in his supporters, dragging them down to his adult day care center. By contrast, his opponents have become more inclusive. Because he is so singularly coarse and vulgar, so ill informed and small-minded, he has made people see the better side of those they had long written off.

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: On Feeling Thankful but Fearful
Meanwhile, everything this president and this Congress are doing on economic policy seems designed, not just to widen the gap between the wealthy and everyone else, but to lock in plutocrats’ advantages, making it easier to ensure that their heirs remain on top and the rest stay down.

The Market On Friday

  At 8:45 a.m. ET DOW futures are +54 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

CNN: Black Friday; Oil up; German optimism by Ivana Kottasová

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Turkey Is Cooked

The Growing List

Newsweek: Trump Impeachment Articles: Here Are All the Ways the President Has Been Accused of Violating the Constitution By Jason Le Miere

Yes It Does

Salon: GOP insider Bruce Bartlett: “The Republican Party needs to die” - Onetime Reagan White House aide Bruce Bartlett on the media’s massive failure and his own party’s living death


Esquire: What a Disgrace - This week might have been the low point in an administration full of them. By Charles P. Pierce

Violation, She Must Be Fired

CNN: Former ethics director: Kellyanne Conway violated Hatch Act with Roy Moore comments By Miranda Green
Walter Shaub, who served as ethics director under the Obama administration, said Conway likely violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits White House officials from advocating for or against candidates, even in media interviews.

Happy Thanksgiving

work by Henrik Simonsen

Colbert - Thanksgiving And Trump's Lack Of Giving

Truth Be Told


The Palmer Report: Confirmed: Donald Trump did nothing to get LaVar Ball’s son released from China by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: Too right it's Black Friday: our relentless consumption is trashing the planet - Growth must go on – it’s the political imperative everywhere, and it’s destroying the Earth. But there’s no way of greening it, so we need a new system by George Monbiot

Golf, Tweet, Eat Ice Cream, Repeat

Guardian UK: Trump touts busy day of meetings – then appears to play golf - The president’s Thanksgiving trip to Mar-a-Lago seemed to take a recreational turn, despite his staff’s insistence he had ‘a full schedule of meetings and calls’


NY Times: Thankfully Recommitting to Resistance by Charles M. Blow
Donald Trump, I thought that your presidency would be a disaster. It’s worse than a disaster.


NY Times: Joe Barton, Senior Republican, Caught in Storm Over Explicit Photo By NICHOLAS FANDOS and JONATHAN MARTIN