Friday, February 16, 2018


  Enjoy the weekend, see you bright and early Monday morning.

work by Jiwoon Pak

The Hoax Is Trump

NY Times: Indictment Makes Trump’s Hoax Claim Harder to Sell By MARK LANDLER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR

The Connections

Politico: The 284 people connected to the Russia probes By Darren Samuelsohn, Sarah Frostenson and Jeremy C.F. Lin

Semi Automatic Porn

AR Primer

HuffPo: Here’s What You Need To Know About The Weapons Of War Used In Mass Shootings - Mass shooters are well aware that assault-style rifles are easy to obtain and capable of causing enormous casualties. By Nick Wing and Mollie Reilly

AR History

From 2016 - Motherboard: Gunmakers Have Sold AR-15s to Civilians for More Than 50 Years by Joseph Trevithick

'Adult Legos Or Man Barbies' - A Guide To The AR-15


The Daily Beast: Mueller Indicts Trump’s Claim That Russian Interference Is ‘Fake News’ - The President keeps insisting that the Kremlin didn’t meddle in the election. The Special Counsel’s new indictments show how wrong Trump is. by Spencer Ackerman

Trump's Affairs

The Daily Beast: Blockbuster Exposé Claims to Show How Donald Trump Kept His Affairs Secret - New report by Ronan Farrow, published in The New Yorker, explores the methods allegedly employed by Trump to keep his reported relationship with Karen McDougal on the down low. by Jamie Ross


CNN: Special counsel issues indictment against 13 Russian nationals over 2016 election interference By Manu Raju, David Shortell and Veronica Stracqualursi

Closing In On Trump

Mueller: Russians communicated with individuals associated with the Trump campaign and other political activists to coordinate political activities

Mueller Indictments

Vox: Read: Mueller indictment of Russians for interfering with US elections - 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities were just indicted as part of the Mueller investigation. By Andrew Prokop

Passionately Pea Brained

Salon: Most Americans — and most Republicans — want stricter gun laws: Why doesn’t it happen? It’s easy for liberals to blame the NRA. But the pro-gun agenda is backed by a passionate subset of GOP voters by Matthew Sheffield

The Onion

The Onion: John Kelly Apologizes For Assuming Everyone Would Ignore Abuse Allegations Like They Do In Military

The Onion: Trump Announces Plan To Replace Food Stamps With New Low-Income Foraging Program

10 Amazing Science Tricks Using Liquid!

  Seriously, if you're a geek like me, this is cool stuff.

Secondary Market

David Frum tweets -
An estimated 380,000 weapons a year vanish into a secondary unchecked market where anybody can buy them, no background checks. This is not a design flaw. It is the design.

Have An Excellent Friday And Happy Losar

work by Abraham A. Manievich

Lawrence O'Donnell - Mueller Likely Has A Third Cooperating Witness

Rachel Maddow - Trump Words On Gun Tragedy Ring Hollow Given Past Legislation - Disabilities Act Gutted


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump blames the victims in latest school shooting


Guardian UK: Trump's travel ban is unconstitutional religious discrimination, US court rules - Federal appeals court calls ban ‘unconstitutionally tainted with animus toward Islam’ as case makes its way to supreme court


Guardian UK: Most Americans can buy an AR-15 assault rifle before they can buy beer - The military-style gun, the weapon of choice for mass shootings, can be bought in most states starting at the age of 18


NY Times: Trump Betrays the Bards of Hard Work By MAGGIE DOHERTY
In addition to essentially eliminating the Institute of Museum and Library Services and slashing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s budget to $15 million from $445 million, Mr. Trump wants funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities reduced by almost 80 percent.

The Shooter

NY Times: Nikolas Cruz’s Lifetime of Trouble: Family Loss, Flashes of Rage By RICHARD FAUSSET and SERGE F. KOVALESKI
The police would find him an hour later in the nearby city of Coral Springs. In the report, Mr. Cruz said he had slipped away from the campus by ditching the gun and the extra magazines he brought along, joining the crowd of worried students fleeing the school.

The Market On Friday

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -66 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: Stocks on a roll; Chinese takeover blocked; Coca-Cola earnings by Alanna Petroff

Thursday, February 15, 2018


from The Miami Herald

Scott Beigel, 35 - Beigel was a geography teacher and a cross country coach at the school who unlocked his classroom to allow panicked students to take shelter inside during the shooting. He was struck and killed by a bullet while closing the door behind them. 

Gates Deals

  Very very interesting.

CNN: Exclusive: A top Trump campaign adviser close to plea deal with Mueller

Good News

NBC: Steve Bannon met with Mueller multiple times over the past week by Hallie Jackson


The Atlantic: American Carnage - “Your child isn’t going to be shot,” Donald Trump vowed. It was a promise he could never have kept—but there’s no evidence he even tried. by Conor Friedersdorf


  If you were a journalist and you could ask one question of Trump, and that moment and interaction would be broadcast globally. What would you ask?


Salon: Does Jared Kushner’s massive debt make him a threat to national security? The Kushner family owes hundreds of millions on botched real estate ventures, while he travels the world for Trump by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - ‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

The Onion: ‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

15 Cooking Tricks Chefs Reveal Only At Culinary Schools

Science Magazine - Cockroach-Inspired Robots Crashes Into Walls On Purpose

GOP Plus NRA Money

The Hill: NY Daily News calls out GOP senators on NRA money By Josh Delk
"Heartbreaking news out of Florida. Jane and I send our prayers to the school, the community, and the victims of this tragedy." — Rob Portman February 14, 2018

Portman received $64,877 in campaign donations from gun rights groups during the 2015-2016 campaign cycle and received an "A" grade from the NRA. He's received $3,061,941 from the NRA over the course of his career as an elected official

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Thomas Wilmer Dewing

Rachel Maddow - Once Unimaginable Gun Massacres Become Familiar

Lawrence O'Donnell - Teen Helps Protect Classmates From Gunman In Florida Hgh School


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s latest moment of shame

In Pictures

Guardian UK: A horrific day': the aftermath of the Florida school shooting – in pictures

Too Late

Guardian UK: Mormons want to save the Republican party's soul. But is it too late?
“The difficult truth...Mormons have [seemingly] decided that promoting a conservative agenda is more important than opposing Trump’s reprehensible behavior. It appears that they are now willing to ignore the inexcusable in order to see certain legislation promoted”.


NY Times: Scandal-Ridden Scoundrel by Charles M. Blow
In a perverse way, Trump appears to benefit from the sheer volume of his offenses. They overwhelm many Americans’ ability to process and track, maintain outrage or even fact-check.


NY Times: Florida Shooting: Nikolas Cruz Is Charged With 17 Counts of Murder By THE NEW YORK TIMES
The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, was booked into jail in Broward County. He had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland...

photo is Nikolas Cruz

The Market On Thursday

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +232 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Stocks rally; Buffett bets; TripAdvisor takes flight by Alanna Petroff

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

'NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert'


17 Dead

NBC News: 17 killed in shooting at high school in Parkland, Florida, authorities say by Elizabeth Chuck, Alex Johnson and Corky Siemaszko

Lying, Of Course

NY Mag: Mike Pence Says U.S. Intel Found That Russia Didn’t Elect Trump. He Is Lying. By Jonathan Chait

Talk Away

NY Post: Porn star claims she’s free to talk after Trump lawyer violated non-disclosure deal By Mark Moore

From Seth Abramson -
The Trump-Daniels story *isn't* newsworthy because it involves marital infidelity. It's newsworthy because when a president is under suspicion of being the victim of Russian blackmail and is then successfully blackmailed and tries to cover it up, it's a *national security* issue.

Heritage Foundation Turns On The GOP!

  Now I've seen everything.

Salon: Heritage Foundation: Republicans are “bankrupting the country” - The Heritage Foundation, after touting the GOP tax plan, now says the GOP-led Congress is “bankrupting the country” by Charlie May

The Onion - White House Now Just Holding Continuous Going-Away Party For Departing Staffers

The Onion: White House Now Just Holding Continuous Going-Away Party For Departing Staffers

Single On Valentine's Day

PetaPixel: Picture of a Single Atom Wins Science Photo Contest


Mathias Duplessy

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Wawiriya Burton

Lawrence O'Donnell - Globe Columnist Asks - 'What The Hell Happened To John Kelly?'

Rachel Maddow - Echoes Of Mike Flynn In White House Bungling Of Porter Scandal

Circular Firing Squad

The Palmer Report: Total chaos as Donald Trump’s advisers begin calling for each other to be fired


Guardian UK: How Trump's budget would cut the safety net for the poorest Americans - Trump’s vision for the budget adds to the deficit while cutting domestic programs such as food stamps that benefit people in need


Guardian UK: Dreamers deadlock: Congress at impasse as pressure mounts to act - Senators voice doubts that any plan to keep the Daca program alive has the votes to pass, as the deadline to act approaches


NY Times: White House Let Rob Porter Keep Job Even After Receiving Final F.B.I. Report By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
The White House revised its version of events after testimony on Capitol Hill from the F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray, contradicted earlier and shifting claims from the West Wing.

Trump Is A National Disgrace

NY Times: Russia Sees Midterm Elections as Chance to Sow Fresh Discord, Intelligence Chiefs Warn By MATTHEW ROSENBERG, CHARLIE SAVAGE and MICHAEL WINES
Russia is already meddling in the midterm elections this year, the top American intelligence officials said on Tuesday, warning that Moscow is using a digital strategy to worsen the country’s political and social divisions.

The Market On Wednesday

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -145 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: Inflation faster than expected in January by Patrick Gillespie

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

'Blue Wave'

Vox: Democrats just flipped a Republican-held Florida state legislative seat in a district Trump won - That’s the 36th special election pickup since Trump’s election. By Matthew Yglesias

'Art Should Fuck Up Your Life - The Zen Of Lawrence Weiner'


Shareblue: Michigan GOP official resigns from his party in protest over Trump - "I can no longer remain silent about our President." By Eric Boehlert

Common Sense


The Atlantic: When Deplorability Is No Longer a Dealbreaker - A case study in the political right’s capitulation to Trump, and the threat it poses to its political future by Conor Friedersdorf


The Daily Beast: Another Judge Blocks Trump’s Order to End DACA


Lion's Roar: Harvard University offers free online course examining Buddhist scriptures by Lilly Greenblatt


paintings by Thomas Wilmer Dewing

Bad Idea

Salon: Trump’s “Blue Apron for poor people” idea is really big government, and terrible policy - Trump’s idea that the federal government should be giving people canned foods rejects ideology and common sense by Charlie May

The Onion - Detective Refuses To Pry Into Circumstances Of Murder Out Of Respect For Deceased

The Onion: Detective Refuses To Pry Into Circumstances Of Murder Out Of Respect For Deceased



Vox: Why there’s so much chaos in the Trump administration - Dysfunction at the top, inexperience below: the White House’s management crisis, explained. By Ezra Klein

Dog Show

  We were watching the Westminster Dog Show last night. These dogs are impeccably groomed and extraordinarily well trained. Each dog can walk or stand by other dogs with no reaction, not a hint of interest. They remind me of New Yorkers walking by each other on the sidewalk or sitting by each other in a subway.

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Wawiriya Burton

Lawrence O'Donnell - America's Crumbling Infrastructure Under Trump

Rachel Maddow - Trump Camp Ties To Russia A Transition Quandary For Obama Team


MSNBC: Following tax cuts for the rich, Trump budget would hurt the poor By Steve Benen

We Shall See

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump waves the white flag when it comes to Robert Mueller


Guardian UK: Trump-Russia investigationThe key questions answered - Everything you need to know about the inquiry into Russian hacking, alleged collusion and Donald Trump, plus the latest news

Thoughtless Garbage

  Elect garbage, get garbage.

Guardian UK: Trump's infrastructure plan aims to sweep away 'inefficient' environmental reviews - Trump’s plan would threaten endangered species or fragile habitats with limits for environmental reviews

Elect Garbage, Get Garbage

NY Times: Donald Trump’s Nasty Budget By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
On Monday, President Trump proposed a budget that would slash spending on Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, transportation and other essential government services, all while increasing the federal deficit.

Infrastructure Scam

NY Times: Trump Doesn’t Give a Dam by Paul Krugman
But how can that be when he just announced a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan? That’s easy: It’s not a plan, it’s a scam.

The Market On Tuesday

  At 9:13 a.m. ET DOW futures are -154 and the price of oil is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: The bond market scare might not be over by Matt Egan

Record Exodus

CNN: People are leaving the Trump White House in record numbers

Monday, February 12, 2018

Boston Dynamics


  Finally, nice artwork for a president.

BBC: Barack and Michelle Obama's official portraits unveiled

'Nastya Rybka, Oligarch Huntress'

The Daily Beast: The Sex Worker and Putin’s Shady Billionaire Buddy Who Could Hold Keys to the Russia Investigation - ‘Nastya Rybka’ is a truly shameless self-promoter, but her allegations of high-level corruption in Russia involving a former Manafort client are, well, tantalizing. by Anna Nemtsova


Newsweek: Was Carter Page a Spy? For the Russians? Or for the US? By Naveed Jamali


'Self-Portrait in Semi-Abstract Style' by US poet Sylvia Plath, Ink and gouache on paper c. 1946-1952

Conspiracy Or Coverup

Salon: Is it the coverup — or the crime? With Trump and Russia, we still can’t be sure - Is the Mueller investigation mostly about obstruction of justice? Don’t forget about the underlying conspiracy by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Italian Grandmother Doesn’t Have Heart To Tell Family Any Dipshit Can Make Lasagna

The Onion: Italian Grandmother Doesn’t Have Heart To Tell Family Any Dipshit Can Make Lasagna


Science News: Ancient ozone holes may have sterilized forests 252 million years ago - Barren trees could have collapsed food webs, leading to Earth’s greatest mass extinction By Carolyn Gramling

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Jim Sande


MSNBC: Trump clears bogus Republican memo, but blocks Dems’ rebuttal By Steve Benen

Morning Joe - Why President Trump Can’t Defend Female Accusers


  I didn't realize it was anything but dysfunctional with or without Kelly.

MSNBC: ‘Dysfunction’ starts to overcome Kelly’s White House By Steve Benen


The Palmer Report: Democratic leader of House impeachment committee issues warning to Donald Trump

Pure Cruelty

Guardian UK: Malaysian newspaper publishes 'how to spot a gay' checklist - Sinar Harian says LGBT people identifiable by beards, branded clothes and going to gym
An 18-year old student, T Nhaveen, was beaten and burned to death last year by classmates who said he was pondan, a colloquial term for a gay man. A 27-year-old transgender woman, Sameera Krishnan, was attacked with a knife and and shot three times in a targeted attack in her florist shop a few months later.


Guardian UK: New York attorney general files suit against Harvey Weinstein and company - Lawsuit against Harvey and Bob Weinstein and their film company alleges a hostile work environment and pattern of sexual harassment

A History Of Abuse

NY Times: Trump’s History of Defending Men Accused of Hurting Women By JACEY FORTIN
Roy Moore ‘totally denies it’ - Bill O’Reilly ‘is a good person’ etc etc etc


NY Times: Abuse Case Exposes Fissures in a White House in Turmoil By PETER BAKER and MAGGIE HABERMAN
...the White House was still struggling on Sunday to provide a consistent explanation of who knew what and when...

The Market On Monday

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +201 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Stock market got you confused? 13 of your questions, answered by David Goldman


Vox: A Stanford psychologist on the art of avoiding assholes - "Not giving a shit takes the wind out of an asshole's sails." By Sean Illing

Friday, February 09, 2018

The Weekend!

Enjoy the weekend, see you bright and early Monday morning.

work by illustrator Tatsushi Eto

David Sorensen

WaPo: Second White House official departs amid abuse allegations, which he denies

Anything But

The Boston Globe: John Kelly was supposed to be ‘the adult in the room.’ He’s anything but

Top 10 Cult Comedy Classics

'Painting Peace'

Painting Peace (Trailer) from Lion's Roar Foundation on Vimeo.


Salon: John Kelly’s true self and ICE’s mission creep: Tyranny is spreading - Darkest side of the Trump agenda: Kelly reveals his true colors and ICE seeks to join the intelligence community by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Hershey’s Unveils Some New Chocolate Bullshit For You To Cram Into Your Fat Maw

The Onion: Hershey’s Unveils Some New Chocolate Bullshit For You To Cram Into Your Fat Maw


Science Mag: How to escape a Venus flytrap, in one easy step By Lakshmi Supriya

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Gígja Einarsdótti

Lawrence O'Donnell - Why John Kelly Is Hiding From The American People

Rachel Maddow - Trump Vetting Failures Seen In Scandals, Firings, Security Lapses


Kurt Eichenwald -
You cannot cut taxes on the basis of zero economic theory. When it runs counter to all economic knowledge, you don’t have a fiscal policy. You have piggish donors for whom billions is never enough.


The Palmer Report: These people are disgusting

Bay View

Guardian UK: The Michigan town where only Christians are allowed to buy houses
The Christian-only clause was introduced together with a white-only clause, which the association eliminated the following decade. Catholics were given a 10% quota, which was eventually dropped. Over the years, however, the Christian-only requirement was, if anything, reinforced.


Guardian UK: California police worked with neo-Nazis to pursue 'anti-racist' activists, documents show - Officers expressed sympathy with white supremacists and sought their help to target counter protesters after a violent 2016 rally, according to court documents
“It is shocking and really angering to see the level of collusion and the amount to which the police covered up for the Nazis,” said Yvette Felarca, a Berkeley teacher and anti-fascist organizer charged with assault and rioting after participating in the June 2016 Sacramento rally, where she said she was stabbed and bludgeoned in the head. “The people who were victimized by the Nazis were then victimized by the police and the district attorneys.”

GOP Hypocrisy Beyond Belief

NY Times: Fraudulence of the Fiscal Hawks by Paul Krugman
However, pretending to care about the deficit served several useful political purposes. It was a way to push for cuts in social programs. It was also a way to hobble Obama’s presidency.


NY Times: Olympics Kick Off With Unified Korean Team Offering Hope for Peace By MOTOKO RICH
The younger sister of Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, was sitting at the opening ceremony closely behind Vice President Mike Pence...

The Market On Friday

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +107 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Stocks flew too close to the sun. Now what? by Matt Egan

Thursday, February 08, 2018

'Lindy Hop Hellzapoppin'

Old Movie Stars Dance To 'Uptown Funk'

'Mais Que Nada'

Sergio Mendes and The Black Eyed Peas

The Second Worse President Ever Gets It

CNN: George W. Bush says there is 'pretty clear evidence' Russia meddled in election

Targeting 21 States

NBC News: Russians penetrated U.S. voter systems, top U.S. official says by Cynthia McFadden, William M. Arkin and Kevin Monahan

Blame Who

Salon: Another day, another FBI conspiracy theory: GOP says, “Thanks, Obama!” Sen. Ron Johnson floats another dubious text-based theory — and Devin Nunes threatens to go after John Roberts by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - ‘It’s Step, Twist, Step, Dammit!’ Yells Leotard-Wearing, Cigarette-Smoking John Kelly While Choreographing Upcoming Military Parade

The Onion: ‘It’s Step, Twist, Step, Dammit!’ Yells Leotard-Wearing, Cigarette-Smoking John Kelly While Choreographing Upcoming Military Parade

Walking Fish

Science Mag: This walking fish may reveal how animals first took to land By Roni Dengler

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Abraham A. Manievich

Lawrence O'Donnell - Charlie Cook After Dem Win In Trump Country, There Is A Wave

Rachel Maddow - Spousal Abuse Accusations Emerge As Theme In Trump White House

The List Grows

From David Frum
A senior White House aide with a history of domestic violence. Another who was discovered to have an open arrest warrant for a gun crime. At least two others very obviously dealing with substance abuse problems. The most flagrantly & routinely dishonest White House press operation in history. A chief of staff who publicly repudiated the principle of civilian control of the military.


The Palmer Report: The laws of politics are going to finish off Donald Trump

Rachel Crooks

Guardian UK: Rachel Crooks, who accused Trump of sexual harassment, to run for office - Crooks, 35, seeking seat in state legislature in her native Ohio - Says Trump forcibly kissed her when she worked at Trump Tower


Guardian UK: Salma Hayek: Harvey Weinstein threatened to 'break my kneecaps' - During a filmed conversation with Oprah Winfrey, the actor alleges Weinstein’s bullying during the making of her 2002 artist biopic Frida
She claimed that Weinstein had threatened to kill her, had demanded she perform a nude sex scene with a female co-star...


NY Times: President Trump, if You’re Innocent, Why Act So Guilty? by Nicholas Kristof
Frankly, it’s suspicious that Trump is throwing up so much dust and trying so hard to delegitimize the investigation.


NY Times: Lie, Exploit and Destroy by Charles M. Blow
Because he eschews intellectualism for intuition, because he prefers to watch rather than to read, he has honed his talent for reflexive reductionism.

The Market On Thursday

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +178 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Stocks stabilize; Earnings bonanza; Tesla loss by Alanna Petroff

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Minnesota's GOP GOP caucus turnout was lowest ever measured. Here are 4 theories why.

Tin Pot Dictator

Salon: Trump’s big parade turns military tradition and honor on its head - Toy soldiers and toy tanks on Pennsylvania Avenue will make him look like a tin pot dictator by Lucian K. Truscott IV

20 Awesome English Forgotten Historical Words Just As Useful Today That We Need To Bring Back

Scalp Reduction

HuffPo: Donald Trump’s Hair Mystery Solved: He had Scalp Reduction Surgery
Suddenly, according to Ivana, The Donald storms into the room. He is looking very angry, and he is cursing out loud. “Your fucking doctor has ruined me!” he screams. The Donald flings Ivana down onto the bed. Then he pins back her arms and grabs her by the hair. The part of her head he is grabbing corresponds to the spot on his head where the scalp reduction operation has been done. The Donald starts ripping out Ivana’s hair by the handful, as if he is trying to make her feel the same kind of pain that he is feeling. Ivana starts crying and screaming. The entire bed is being covered with strands of her golden locks. But The Donald is not finished. He rips off her clothes and unzips his pants. Then he jams his penis inside her for the first time in more than sixteen months. Ivana is terrified. This is not lovemaking. This is not romantic sex. It is a violent assault. She later describes what The Donald is doing to her in no uncertain terms. According to the versions she repeats to some of her closest confidantes, “He raped me.” When The Donald finally pulls out, Ivana jumps up from the bed. Then she runs upstairs to her mother’s room. She locks the door and stays there crying for the rest of the night. The next morning Ivana musters up the courage to return to the master bedroom. The Donald is there waiting for her. He leaves no doubt that he knows exactly what he did to her the night before. As she looks in horror at the ripped-out hair scattered all over the bed, he glares at her and asks with menacing casualness: “Does it hurt?

Must Read

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The Unmasking Of Trump

Quincy And Ivanka Sitting In A Tree

Vanity Fair: Quincy Jones Claims He Dated Ivanka Trump 12 Years Ago - “She’s a fine motherf---er. Wrong father, though.” by Hilary Weaver

Par For The Course

Slate: Top Trump Aide Resigns After Being Accused of Physically Abusing Ex-Wives By Ben Mathis-Lilley

Stephen Colbert - A Footnote Completely Ruins Devin Nunes' Argument

'Raag Desh'

Anoushka Shankar


Salon: Democrats’ big selling point: At least we’ll hold public hearings on Trump - We may never know what Mueller has on Trump. But a Democratic House majority could at least hold real hearings by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - EPA Chief Pruitt Welcomes Delegation Of Pollution From China

The Onion: EPA Chief Pruitt Welcomes Delegation Of Pollution From China


Science Mag: Want to cure your hair’s split ends? Try washing them with wheat gluten By Michael Price

Plucked Chicken

NY Mag: Donald Trump’s Hair Illusion Came Undone and We All Missed It By Jonathan Chait

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Joseph Stella

Lawrence O'Donnell - 'Staggering' GOP 'Cowardice' Enables Trump

Rachel Maddow - New Details On How Steele Alerted FBI About Trump Russia Intel

It's Time

The Palmer Report: It’s Mueller Time

Trump U.

  Meanwhile, 'ill douchee' is diverting attention anywhere he can, but check this out.

Guardian UK: Trump University: court upholds $25m settlement to give students' money back - Thousands lured to attend Trump’s expensive but overblown real-estate seminars will finally get most of their money back

'A Wannabe Banana Republic Strongman’

Guardian UK: Donald Trump orders Pentagon to plan grand military parade - President reportedly seeks parade in model of France’s Bastille Day celebration, prompting one veterans’ group to call him ‘a wannabe banana republic strongman’

A Disease

NY Times: The Taming of a Demagogue by Ross Douthat
“the Republican Party, as an institution, has become a danger to the rule of law and the integrity of our democracy..."


NY Times: Gulp. I’m Guilty of Treason. by Frank Bruni
...we deserve better than a leader who uses language as sloppily and poisonously as Trump does, who reacts to every unwelcome message by smearing the messenger, and whose litmus test for patriotism is this and this alone: Do you worship me?

The Market On Wednesday

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -95 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: Dow futures signal another bumpy ride on Wall Street by Matt Egan

Tuesday, February 06, 2018


Vox: Trump asked the Pentagon to start planning a military parade - “The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France.” By Jane Coaston


Guardian UK: Trump's bid for Sydney casino 30 years ago rejected due to 'mafia connections’ - Cabinet documents reveal police warned NSW government about approving a 1986-87 plan to build city’s first casino in Darling Harbour

The Onion - White Nationalist Movement

The Onion: White Nationalist Movement: Myth Vs. Fact

Douche Number 2

  It's easy - Obama, of course.

Salon: You’ll never guess who Sean Hannity is blaming for stock market plunge - It’s nearly parody at this point by Jeremy Binckes

The Borowitz Report - Trump Considering Firing Dow Jones Industrial Average

New Yorker: Trump Considering Firing Dow Jones Industrial Average By Andy Borowitz

The Sun

Science Daily: Reduced energy from the sun might occur by mid-century: Now scientists know by how much
summary - The Sun might emit less radiation by mid-century, giving planet Earth a chance to warm a bit more slowly but not halt the trend of human-induced climate change.


The Daily Beast: No Traitor. You’re the Traitor. Donald Trump Cracks the Seal on Talk of Treason - Trump might not be able to see where this very slippery slope leads, but the political arsonists around him do. Prepare to reap the whirlwind. by Rick Wilson

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Benito Cerna

Lawrence O'Donnell - Trump Lawyers Worry He'd Perjure Himself In Russia Probe

Rachel Maddow - Market Plunges, Government Shutdown Looms (Again)

One Can Hope

The Palmer Report: Robert Mueller is much further along than you think he is

Island Fortresses

Guardian UK: Photos show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea in new detail - China accused of building ‘island fortresses’ as Philippine newspaper obtains aerial images


Guardian UK: Stock market turmoil: All eyes on the Dow after $4tn wiped off global shares - business live

The Alt Reality

NY Times: On What Planet Is the F.B.I. Anti-Republican? The Conversation By GAIL COLLINS and BRET STEPHENS
Suddenly we’re supposed to believe that Carter Page — a man who charitably can be described as Vladimir Putin’s useful idiot — is a martyr to American civil liberties.

Suddenly we’re supposed to think that people like Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and the F.B.I. director, Christopher Wray — both of whom were appointed by Trump — are anti-Trump villains.

Buckle Up

NY Times: Stock Markets Sink, Suggesting Global Rout Will Last By JACK EWING and ALEXANDRA STEVENSON
Wall Street’s so-called fear gauge, the VIX index, shot up to its highest level since early 2009. The index tracks overall market volatility.

The Market On Tuesday

  At 9:05 a.m. ET DOW futures are -270 and the price of oil per barrel is way down. The market will open with another bloodbath.

CNN: Fasten your seat belts. Dow futures signal another bad day by Matt Egan

Monday, February 05, 2018

Traitor Indeed

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.” - Teddy Roosevelt


NBC News: Trump: Democrats muted State of the Union reaction ‘treasonous,’ ‘un-American’ by Ali Vitali

Fright Night

  Who doesn't need a good horror movie to relieve stress from the 24/7 Trump horror show.

The Daily Beast: Netflix’s New Horror Film ‘The Ritual’ Will Scare You Senseless - David Bruckner’s feature directorial debut is a supernatural backwoods fright-fest well worth your time. It hits the streaming service on Friday. by Nick Schager

From One Child Directed At Another

Salon: 11-year-old’s anti-Trump cartoons are taking the internet by storm - The 11-year-old has hilarious depictions of recent current events, and features Trump with tiny hands by Charlie May

The Onion - American Airlines Announces It Will No Longer Try To Match Seatmates By Interests

The Onion: American Airlines Announces It Will No Longer Try To Match Seatmates By Interests

100-Million-Year-Old Chimerachne Yingi

Science Mag: Part spider, part scorpion creature captured in amber By Elizabeth Pennisi

Katrin Jakobsdottir

Metro UK: Iceland’s new PM is a 41-year-old anti-war feminist and environmentalist by Joe Roberts

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Benito Cerna

Mornong Joe - Sen. Kamala Harris - Nunes Memo Effort To Weaponize Information

Trump Reality

MSNBC: Despite reality, Trump boasts about being ‘totally’ vindicated By Steve Benen

Morning Joe - House Intel Committee's Empty Vault?


The Palmer Report: Trey Gowdy slips up and gives away something crucial about the Trump-Russia investigation

This Is The GOP

Guardian UK: Holocaust denier to become Republican nominee for Illinois congressional seat - Art Jones the sole GOP candidate for third congressional district - Anti-Defamation League calls Jones ‘a long-time neo-Nazi’

Trump Attacks Schiff

NY Times: Trump: Schiff and senior Obama intelligence figures are 'liars and leakers' - President attacks House intelligence committee’s top Democrat


NY Times: Constitutional Crisis in Slow Motion by Charles M. Blow
When the truth didn’t suit him, he simply, with a devilish ease, invented an alternate reality. There were no hard and fast absolutes in his realm of rubber. Everything was malleable, and he had an abundance of gall and a deficit of integrity to push everything until it bent.


NY Times: How an Alt-Right Leader Used a Lie to Climb the Ranks By EMMA COTT and ANDREW MICHAEL ELLIS

The Market On Monday

  At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -181 and the price of oil per barrel is down. It looks like we are in for another bloodbath, at least at the opening bell.

CNN: More stocks pain; Wells Fargo penalty; Powell era begins by Alanna Petroff

Friday, February 02, 2018


Enjoy the weekend, see you bright and early Monday morning.

work by illustrator Tatsushi Eto


NY Times: Why I Am Leaving the F.B.I. By JOSH CAMPBELL


NY Times: Read the Nunes Memo, Annotated, Annotations by CHARLIE SAVAGE


from Ari Melber ‏
John Kelly: Trump wants "everything out"

Trump's tax returns
Trump interview with Mueller

Democrats' rebuttal memo

The other FISA warrants

White House visitor logs

Bannon's House testimony

Stormy Daniels' story

The list of foreign customers at Trump properties

The Onion - Breaking: Nunes Memo Exposes Deep Bias, Corruption In Devin Nunes

The Onion: Breaking: Nunes Memo Exposes Deep Bias, Corruption In Devin Nunes


Chicago Tribune: Commentary: Releasing the Nunes memo is Trump's most unethical act since firing Comey

Democrats Respond To The Memo

Democrats - House Intelligence Committee: House Intelligence Committee Minority Response to Release of Chairman Nunes’ Misleading Memo

Memo Poetry

Rick Wilson writes on the memo -
Nunes and his little friends
Vowed to bring the pain
But Devin's memo whiffed today
Like a fart in a hurricane

Blow Up

The Palmer Report: Devin Nunes memo is released, and it instantly blows up in Donald Trump’s face


NY Times: Right and Left React to the Debate Over the G.O.P. Memo on the F.B.I. By ANNA DUBENKO


Axios: White House sees price for release of Nunes memo


The Daily Beast: The ‘Nunes Memo’ Ripping the Justice Department Was Written by Former Justice Department Lawyer - Kash Patel jumped from DOJ to the House intel committee where he turned the department’s most-coveted intelligence against it. by Betsy Woodruff

Read It

The Memo - Devin Nunes

The Reviews

Rick Wilson - Wow. This Nune memo is even less impressive than I thought. All these mouth-breathing idiots who called this worse than Watergate just got clowned.

Bill Palmer - Devin Nunes has released his memo. Took me five minutes to read. Probably took him even less to write it, because it’s that simplistic. There are no real accusations of improprieties in it, yet I counted at least ten false claims. Nunes swung, missed, fell down, and hit his head.

Chris Hayes - The memo reminds of a million different smoking gun Benghazi scoops that fell apart once the full context became known. Or even the bombshell Peter Strzok texts that fell apart like a day after they were released.


Salon: The mystery of Mark Corallo: Has a longtime GOP insider turned on Trump? A longtime GOP operative, Corallo will now spill to Mueller. But why has he hired Trump loyalists as lawyers? by Heather Digby Parton

The Borowitz Report - Former Hippies Put In Horrible Position Of Rooting For F.B.I.

New Yorker: Former Hippies Put in Horrible Position of Rooting for F.B.I. By Andy Borowitz

Polar Bears Polar bears are starving, and this video reveals why By Roni Dengler
Polar bears living on sea ice need to eat more than 12,000 calories per day, the team found, which translates to at least one adult ringed seal—or the equivalent of nearly 220 Big Macs—every 10 to 12 days.

These Synchronized Galaxies Are Upending What We Know About The Universe

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Joseph Stella

Lawrence O'Donnell - House Intel Member - Chairman Nunes 'Agent Of The White House'

Rachel Maddow - Trump Faith Misplaced In Memo Reportedly Focused On Carter Page

Blew It

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump just blew it

Amy Too

Guardian UK: ‘I was flat-out raped’: Amy Schumer says she was assaulted as a teenager - While appearing on Katie Couric’s podcast, the comedian said she was raped in her first sexual encounter, and also talked about the alleged sexual misconduct of Aziz Ansari

Truth Distortion

Guardian UK: 'Fiction is outperforming reality': how YouTube's algorithm distorts truth - An ex-YouTube insider reveals how its recommendation algorithm promotes divisive clips and conspiracy videos. Did they harm Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency?

Health Quiz

NY Times: The Weekly Health Quiz: Binge Eating, Fish Oils and Flu By TOBY BILANOW
(for example) In the week after coming down with flu, sufferers are at six-fold increased risk of this potentially deadly medical problem:


NY Times: The Stormy Daniels Presidency by Timothy Egan
Going into the midterm elections, Trump is offering this deal to his supporters: Say nothing about the lies, the bullying, the accusations of sexual misconduct from more than a dozen women, the undermining of the rule of law, the abdication of basic decency — and in turn he will make you rich.

The Market On Friday

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -229 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower. Loos like the Trump rally has realized that it is the Trump rally.

CNN: Stock futures are tumbling again by Chris Isidore and Matt Egan

Thursday, February 01, 2018

'Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay'

Otis Redding


Axios: Rising White House fear: Nunes memo is a dud
...there are a number of people in the White House who are fairly underwhelmed...


The Daily Beast: FBI Director Must Be Prepared to Resign Over Nunes Memo, Ex-Agents Warn - As Trump prepares to release a GOP document accusing the FBI of abuses, bureau alums hope Director Chris Wray holds the line—but has to be ready to walk. by Spencer Ackerman

The Line Is Crossed

Chicago Tribune: Commentary: The Nunes memo crosses a dangerous line
However, unlike President Richard Nixon, who waged his Watergate fight without the same kind of vocal allies, Trump not only has an entire media ecosystem dedicated to shielding him from accountability but also senior Republicans on the Hill who have cast aside their duty to uphold the law and perform oversight in favor of protecting the Trump presidency — no matter the cost

Do No Wrong

Sowing Confusion

Salon: Here comes “The Memo”: It’s a desperate, last-ditch gambit - Devin Nunes’ infamous memo will surely be released, over FBI objections. Can it sow enough confusion to save Trump? by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Lawyers Confirm Trump Willing To Answer All Of Sean Hannity’s Questions About Russia Collusion

The Onion: Lawyers Confirm Trump Willing To Answer All Of Sean Hannity’s Questions About Russia Collusion

The Dollar

The Economist: The dollar keeps weakening. Is that good news for the world? It all depends on the reasons for the greenback’s lack of fizz

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by André Lhote

Rachel Maddow - Russia Spy Chiefs Met In U.S. With Trump Officials Last Week

Another Crooked Trump Appointee

MSNBC: After ignoring warnings, Ben Carson now faces ethics questions By Steve Benen

Lawrence O'Donnell - Rep. Schiff - Nunes Altered Approved Memo


The Palmer Report: Everything hits the fan

Trump's Divisiveness And Hatred

Guardian UK: Joe Kennedy's State of the Union response: Trump ushered era of divisiveness and hatred - ‘Many have spent the past year anxious, angry, afraid,’ said Kennedy, a third-term congressman from Massachusetts


Guardian UK: US Congress: Republicans rush for the exits to imperil Trump's midterm hopes - Trey Gowdy this week became the 38th Republican to announce their departure since Trump’s inauguration – and Democrats are optimistic

Trump's Violent And Vile Racist Lie

NY Times: Worse Than Willie Horton by Paul Krugman
This time, by contrast, there is no crime wave — there have been a few recent bobbles, but many of our big cities have seen both a surge in the foreign-born population and a dramatic, indeed almost unbelievable, decline in violent crime:


NY Times: F.B.I. Condemns Push to Release Secret Republican Memo By ADAM GOLDMAN and NICHOLAS FANDOS
“As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

The Market On Thursday

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -167 and the price of oil is up. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: Earnings flood; eBay ditches PayPal; Facebook worries by Alanna Petroff