Thursday, February 28, 2019

Inflated Wealth

NY Times: Buoying Trump’s ‘Inflated’ Wealth: $4 Billion in ‘Brand Value,’ Cohen Says By Russ Buettner and Susanne Craig

The Real Reason

Mediaite: The Real Reason Trump Takes the Word of Dictators is the Prism Through Which He Sees a Human’s Value by John Ziegler


MarketWatch: Fordham confirms that Trump team threatened the school if his grades became public


NY Times: Morality and Michael Cohen - Wednesday’s testimony and the crisis of American conscience. By David Brooks

Sater To Testify

KXLH: Michael Cohen will return to Congress March 6, Felix Sater to testify March 14
Schiff also announced that committee will host an at least partially open hearing March 14 with Felix Sater, the Russian-born onetime business associate of Trump’s who worked to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.


Aurora - make no mistake, she is the young brilliant savior of pop music.


NY Times: Trump Ordered Officials to Give Jared Kushner a Security Clearance By Maggie Haberman, Michael S. Schmidt, Adam Goldman and Annie Karni
President Trump ordered his chief of staff to grant his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, a top-secret security clearance last year, overruling concerns flagged by intelligence officials and the White House’s top lawyer, four people briefed on the matter said.

Two Roads

The Atlantic: Democrats’ Two Roads to Beating Trump - The biggest battlegrounds in 2020 might require very different candidates. by Ronald Brownstein

Failed To Prepare

The Daily Beast: Hanoi Summit Failed Because Trump Refuses to Prep - Trump hates to prepare and likes to negotiate from the gut. The Hanoi humiliation with Kim Jong Un was the direct result. by Samantha Vinograd

AOC Wins The Day

NY Times: How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Won the Cohen Hearing - Too many representatives chose to bloviate instead of interrogate — except for one. By Caroline Fredrickson

Eager Beavers

Salon: The Michael Cohen Show: Where GOP politicians angle to become Trump's new co-stars - Wednesday's Cohen hearings showed how eager some GOP congressmen are to become the president's new favorite by Melanie McFarland

The Onion - Victoria’s Secret Releases Sexy Black Lace Sleep Apnea Mask

The Onion: Victoria’s Secret Releases Sexy Black Lace Sleep Apnea Mask

Netanyahu Indicted

LA Times: Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu faces corruption indictments By Noga Tarnopolsky

The Evidence

NY Times: See Trump’s Checks to Michael Cohen and Other Documents

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Izidre Nonell (1872 - 1911)

Lawrence O'Donnell - Michael Cohen Friend - Testimony Was 'Peek Inside The Criminal Enterprise'

Ari Melber - Smoking Gun? Cohen Testifies On Clues Trump Mislead Mueller

Rachel Maddow - Michael Cohen Contradicts Trump's Excuse For Not Releasing His Taxes

Seth Meyers - Michael Cohen Testifies to Congress About Trump

If Only

The Palmer Report: The end of Donald Trump by Bill Palmer

Fuel On The Fire

Guardian UK: How violent American vigilantes at the border led to Trump’s wall - From the 80s onwards, the borderlands were rife with paramilitary cruelty and racism. But the president’s rhetoric has thrown fuel on the fire. By Greg Grandin


Guardian UK: FBI finds 2,000 human bones at Indiana home: 'Unlike anything we’d ever seen' - Bones were found to be a part of a collection of over 40,000 artifacts in the home of Don Miller, an artifacts collector
The FBI determined that half of Miller’s collection was Native American artifacts. Almost all the human remains are believed to be from Native American burial sites.

Native American burial sites are protected under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, which gives the right to determine what to do with artifacts found in burial sites and to those connected to their lineage. Archaeological digs of burial sites must also receive approval under the statute.

GOP Sinks Further

NY Times: Republicans Sink Further Into Trump’s Cesspool - What they left out of their questioning of Michael Cohen says more about the degradation of my former party than anything they said. By Peter Wehner
Yet Republicans on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, in their frantic effort to discredit Mr. Cohen, went after him while steadfastly ignoring the actual evidence he produced. They tried to impugn his character, but were unable to impugn the documents he provided. Nor did a single Republican offer a character defense of Mr. Trump. It turns out that was too much, even for them.


  What a shock, no Nobel Peace Prize for Trump.

NY Times: Trump’s Talks With Kim Jong-un Collapse Over North Korean Sanctions By Edward Wong

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -24 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

CNN: Aston Martin shares have plunged 40% since October By Ivana Kottasová

Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Lies And Criminality

NY Times: Michael Cohen Accuses Trump of Expansive Pattern of Lies and Criminality By Peter Baker and Nicholas Fandos

Gaetz Under Investigation

The Daily Beast: Matt Gaetz Under Investigation By Florida State Bar Over Michael Cohen Threat - The Florida congressman tells The Daily Beast he is unaware of the inquiry. by Lachlan Markay and Sam Stein

Stone Makes A Whoops

Buzz Feed: Roger Stone Says Michael Cohen Is Lying, After Stone Was Ordered Not To Comment On The Mueller Investigation - Cohen said in his prepared remarks that Stone told Trump in a call in July 2016 that Stone had talked to Assange and there would be an email dump damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign. by Zoe Tillman

The Testimony


The Worst

The Daily Beast: Cohen’s Testimony: Trump Said Don Jr. ‘Had the Worst Judgment of Anyone in the World’ and More - Threats to the College Board. There’s no respect for his son. He’s far more racist in private. Here, the nastiest parts of what Michael Cohen said about Donald Trump. by Barbie Latza Nadeau

The Onion - Trump Solemnly Lays Wreath At Site Where He Would Have Died During Vietnam War If He Weren’t Rich

The Onion: Trump Solemnly Lays Wreath At Site Where He Would Have Died During Vietnam War If He Weren’t Rich

Split Screen

Salon: Donald Trump's split-screen nightmare: He's trapped between Kim Jong-un and Michael Cohen - Can this be real? Trump meets the North Korean dictator, while his former lawyer tells Congress he's a criminal by Heather Digby Parton

Worst Nightmare

The Daily Beast: Michael Cohen Is Trump’s Worst Nightmare: A Loser With Nothing to Lose - The ‘fixer’ is a perfect exemplar of Trump’s world: Corrupt and corrupting, venal and vicious, he is the true picture of the ‘best people’ with whom Trump surrounds himself. by Rick Wilson

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Banksy

Lawrence O'Donnell - House Votes To Rebuke President Donald Trump On Border Emergency

Wake Up

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump wakes up in Vietnam and finds out his entire life has gone to hell by Bill Palmer

Racist, Cheat, Conman

Guardian UK: Michael Cohen to call Donald Trump a racist, cheat and conman in first public hearing - President’s former lawyer expected to say Trump knew of Roger Stone’s contact with WikiLeaks during 2016 campaign


  All other news pales in comparison to this. This is where it is at today.

Guardian UK: Michael Cohen: Trump's ex-lawyer set to deliver explosive testimony – live - The president’s former lawyer is to deliver explosive public testimony before the House oversight committee

Pay Attention To This

NY Times: Pakistani Military Says It Shot Down 2 Indian Fighters, Capturing Pilot By Maria Abi-Habib

Today Is The Day

NY Times: Michael Cohen Plans to Call Trump a ‘Con Man’ and a ‘Cheat’ in Congressional Testimony By Nicholas Fandos and Maggie Haberman

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are -46 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: Why the Fed's next move may be a rate cut By Paul R. La Monica

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


Yahoo: House votes to block Trump’s national emergency declaration over border wall by Clark Mindock

Gaetz As POS

Yahoo: GOP Rep. Issues Mob-Style Threat Ahead Of Michael Cohen Testimony
GOP Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida tweeted “Hey [Michael Cohen] - Do your wife and father-in-law know about your girlfriends?” he asked.

“Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot ...”

Not Justified

NBC News: More than 50 ex-national security officials tell Trump his national emergency is not justified - In a letter, the former officials said redirecting funds to build the border wall could hurt national security by pulling resources from programs that keep the U.S. safe.


The Daily Beast: Cohen Is Prepared to Say Who Signed His Stormy Daniels ‘Cover-up’ Checks - A source says the ex Trump lawyer is ready to tell Congress who reimbursed him for the infamous ‘hush-money’ payments. And he may bring the documents to prove it. by Betsy Woodruff

Dignity Free

The Daily Beast: ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER BOTTOM - We Have Finally Normalized Trumpism - This is the sad state of conservatism in the Trump era: You can either have your dignity but no influence or relevance, or you can keep your dignity and hit the pavement. by Matt Lewis

Adam Schiff On Autocracy

The Atlantic: America Must Stand as a Bulwark Against Autocracy - The House Intelligence Committee’s first hearing will focus on the rise of authoritarianism and the threat to liberal democracy around the world. by Adam Schiff


Salon: Republican Sen. Thom Tillis says he will vote to block Donald Trump's national emergency declaration - "As a U.S. senator, I cannot justify providing the executive with more ways to bypass Congress," Tillis says by Shira Tarlo

The Onion - Mike Pence Criticizes Venezuela’s Use Of Torture, Starvation On Non-Homosexual Citizens

The Onion: Mike Pence Criticizes Venezuela’s Use Of Torture, Starvation On Non-Homosexual Citizens


Scientific American: Did Crawling Critters Leave These Cracks? The Answer Could Rewrite Evolutionary History - Researchers say they found evidence life began moving 2.1 billion years ago, but that contentious conclusion is far from certain By Jim Daley


Scala Kolacny Brothers

Number 35

Bloomberg: These Are the World's Healthiest Nations By Lee J Miller and Wei Lu
Meanwhile in North America, Canada’s 16th-place ranking far surpassed the U.S. and Mexico, both of which dropped slightly to 35th and 53rd. Life expectancy in the U.S. has been trending lower due to deaths from drug overdoses and suicides.

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Tracey Emin

Morning Joe - Michael Cohen Begins Three Days Of Testimony On The Capitol Hill

The Rachel Maddow Show February 25th

'I Went Too Far'



The Palmer Report: Expert: Robert Mueller has huge Trump-Russia fireworks coming with his final report by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth
After water, concrete is the most widely used substance on the planet. But its benefits mask enormous dangers to the planet, to human health – and to culture itself


  I refuse to post anything about Shitler's Vietnam photo op. Instead here's a photo of kale.


Guardian UK: Democrats prepare to vote to reverse Trump's border wall emergency call - House to vote Tuesday to revoke Trump’s executive order - Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemns Trump’s ‘power grab’
Democrats are moving quickly to try to roll back Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to siphon billions of dollars from the military to fund construction of a fence along the US-Mexico border.

Where Kale Is King

NY Times: Where Kale Is King (at Least, When It’s Stewed in Schmaltz and Bacon) By Melissa Eddy
During the season, local restaurants and pubs are packed each weekend with long tables of people coming in from the cold for all-you-can eat feasts of locally grown kale, with all the trimmings. That includes a mildly spiced sausage stuffed with groats, a regional specialty known as pinkel.

It sounds a bit better when put to verse, as a “Kale Newspaper” did in 1953:

Kale is served, along with bacon, pinkel and pork,

Now everyone is encouraged to bravely lift their forks!


NY Times: Planned in Michael Cohen’s Testimony: A Litany of Accusations Against Trump By Maggie Haberman
Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, is planning on portraying his onetime client in starkly negative terms when he testifies Wednesday before a House committee, and on describing what he says was Mr. Trump’s use of racist language, lies about his wealth and possible criminal conduct.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -129 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: Elon Musk and the SEC; Oil stabilizes; Brexit endgame? By Charles Riley

Monday, February 25, 2019

Green Book

Bitter Southerner: Traveling While Negro
Peter Farrelly’s movie “The Green Book” just won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. But the film has already spurred vigorous debate about elements of its self-proclaimed “true story” that aren’t exactly on the up-and-up. We asked Cynthia Tucker, who grew up in the days of Jim Crow, to find the stories of black people — from regular folks to Hammerin’ Hank Aaron — who traveled America when law and custom made the Green Book essential. Story by Cynthia Tucker


NY Times: It’s Mueller’s Investigation. But Right Behind Him Is Andrew Goldstein. By Noah Weiland and Michael S. Schmidt
Mr. Goldstein, the lone prosecutor in Mr. Mueller’s office who came directly from a corruption unit at the Justice Department, has conducted every major interview of the president’s advisers.


Crash Test Dummies


The Atlantic: Iowa Will Make or Break Both Amy Klobuchar and Kamala Harris - The candidates are taking extremely different approaches to answer one question: Who is best to beat Donald Trump? by Edward-Isaac Dovere

Bee Hold

NPR: World's Largest Bee Is Spotted For First Time In Decades

Very Strange

  Here's the thing. If Trump doesn't believe anything from American Intelligence Agencies, and he only believes Putin, does this mean Trump learned about 'Hillary Collusion' from Putin? Where does he get this information because it's not from America.

Larger Conspiracy

Salon: Behind Paul Manafort's sordid career: Hints of a much larger Trump conspiracy - It wasn't the "big reveal" Mueller junkies hoped for — but 800 pages on Manafort's crimes was just the appetizer by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Sound Designer Hits Celery With Hammer In Performance Of Oscars Best Sound Mixing

The Onion: Sound Designer Hits Celery With Hammer In Performance Of Oscars Best Sound Mixing

Marine Oxygen

Scientific American: The Ocean Is Running Out of Breath, Scientists Warn - Widespread and sometimes drastic marine oxygen declines are stressing sensitive species—a trend that will continue with climate change By Laura Poppick

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Rabarama

MSNBC - Trump’s Labor Secretary Under Fire

Brian Williams - Michael Cohen To Testify Publicly While President Donald Trump Overseas

Stephen Colbert - A Denier Is Spearheading Trump's Climate Panel


The Palmer Report: House Democrats confirm what Palmer Report already told you about Robert Mueller’s report by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: Schiff threatens to call Mueller to testify if Trump-Russia report not made public - Top Democrat will be watching Attorney General William Barr to see if he were ‘to try to bury any part of this report’
A top Democrat threatened on Sunday to call special counsel Robert Mueller to testify on Capitol Hill, subpoena documents and take the Trump administration to court if necessary, if the full report on the Russia investigation is not made public.

Love Versus Hate

Guardian UK: Donald Trump accuses Spike Lee of 'racist hit on your president' - Lee urges Americans to choose ‘love versus hate’ in 2020 - Trump criticizes Oscar winner for giving speech using notes
“That car drove down that one street in Virginia,” Lee said, “and the president of the United States did not reject, refute [or] did not denounce the Klan, ‘alt-right’ and neo-Nazis. This film, whether we won best picture or not, this film will stand the test of time being on the right side of history.”

Around dawn on Monday, from the White House, Trump duly responded with a nasty personal jab.


NY Times: ‘The Monsters Are the Men’: Inside a Thriving Sex Trafficking Trade in Florida
Beyond the lurid celebrity connection, however, lies the wretched story of women who the police believe were brought from China under false promises of new lives and legitimate spa jobs. Instead, they found themselves trapped in the austere back rooms of strip-mall brothels — trafficking victims trapped among South Florida’s rich and famous.

The Making Of A Monster

NY Times: How Lindsey Graham Went From Trump Skeptic to Trump Sidekick - “What happened to me?” the senator asks. “Not a damn thing.”
...from the 2016 campaign, in which Graham called the future president a “kook,” “crazy” and “unfit for office,” among other things — and which are easily juxtaposed today with Graham’s sycophantic raves about the president’s stellar golf game and reminders that Trump “beat me like a dog” in the 2016 presidential primary (no doubt delighting Trump with his nod to the president’s canine-themed pejoratives).

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are +189 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: GE sells BioPharma business to CEO's former company for $21.4 billion By Matt Egan


Guardian UK: 'You're fired!' America has already terminated Trump by Robert Reich
In other words, will America fire Trump?

I have news for you. America has already fired him.

When the public fires a president before election day, as it did Jimmy Carter, Nixon and Herbert Hoover, they don’t send him a letter telling him he’s fired.

They just make him irrelevant. Politics happens around him, despite him. He’s not literally gone but he might as well be.

Friday, February 22, 2019


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

work by Denise Regan

The Report

The Daily Beast: All the Times the Mueller Report Was Coming ‘Soon’ - A brief history of the media (wrongly) predicting the imminent conclusion of Robert Mueller's investigation. by Maxwell Tani

Emergency Indeed

NY Times: An Emergency for the G.O.P. - The Constitution or The Donald? Why is this such a hard choice for congressional Republicans? By The Editorial Board

This Is Big

Reuters: Manhattan district attorney preparing charges against Manafort - source

1930s Deep South

Daily Mail: Images that changed America: Startling pictures of Deep South farmers living in crippling poverty that helped persuade the wealthy elite to back Roosevelt's New Deal

This Is America

All That's Interesting: 33 Photos Of Segregation That Show A Country Divided By Race

More On Annemarie Schwarzenbach

SwissInfo: Swiss writer's life was stranger than fiction By Isobel Leybold-Johnson


'Contained And Evaluated'

Salon: Yale psych prof: If Trump weren't president he would be "contained and evaluated" - Psychiatrist and editor of "Dangerous Case of Donald Trump" says "a lot worse will happen" if Trump is not removed by Chauncey DeVega
Research shows that stress levels are the highest in our memory -- actually higher than any time since World War I. If you think of all the crises that have happened in that time period, we are actually in a worse state. We know that anxiety levels are 70 percent higher than two years ago. This is according to research from the American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association. We know that public mental health is deteriorating. This is shown by the drastically increasing murder rate and epidemics of suicides that the United States is experiencing now. Unfortunately a population becomes habituated to such things. We become more numb to the stress levels. People become jumpier and more anxious and looking for comfort.

The Onion - Mueller Admits A Smarter President Would’ve Totally Found Way To Stop Investigation By Now

The Onion: Mueller Admits A Smarter President Would’ve Totally Found Way To Stop Investigation By Now

What Killed The Dinosaurs

Scientific American: The Real Dino Killer: A One–Two Punch - An asteroid impact and volcanoes acting together could have done in the beasts, new rock dates indicate By Howard Lee

Annemarie Schwarzenbach

  I just stumbled across Annemarie Schwarzenbach by accident. She was a writer, photographer, journalist, and she traveled far and wide especially into Muslim regions. She died in her 30s in 1942 and spent a good part of her life dressing as a man, she suffered from addictions and depression. She also revolted against the Nazis and helped people under fascist rule. There's a movie about part of her life 'Journey To Kafristan' which I want to see.

Annemarie Schwarzenbach bio

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Jackie Morris

Brian Williams - Here's Why A Short Mueller Report Could Actually Be Bad News For Trump

Morning Joe - President Donald Trump’s Wall Of False Claims

Stephen Colbert - Ana Navarro - Trump Won't Push Me Out Of The GOP

One Can Hope

The Palmer Report: The end of Donald Trump’s presidency by Bill Palmer

Trump Country

Guardian UK: Why ‘Trump country’ isn’t as Republican as you think - Appalachia wasn’t always conservative. In Virginia’s coal country, a long history of grassroots organising is inspiring a new wave of activism. By Elizabeth Catte
Rural spaces are often thought of as places absent of things, from people of colour to modern amenities to radical politics. The truth, as usual, is more complicated. The parents and grandparents of my childhood friends were union organisers; when my grandfather moved to east Tennessee, he went from a world of communist coal miners to the backyard of one of the most important incubators of the civil rights movement, the Highlander Research and Education Center.


Guardian UK: Venezuela crisis threatens disease epidemic across continent - experts - Collapse of Venezuela’s healthcare system could fuel spread of malaria and other diseases across region
Experts have warned of an epidemic of diseases such as malaria and dengue on an unprecedented scale in Latin America following the collapse of the healthcare system in Venezuela.

It's Coming

NY Times: The Mueller Report Is Coming. Here’s What to Expect. A concise report will probably act as a “road map” to investigation for the Democratic House — and to further criminal investigation by other prosecutors. By Neal K. Katyal - Mr. Katyal was an acting solicitor general under President Barack Obama.
The special counsel Robert Mueller will apparently soon turn in a report to the new attorney general, William Barr. Sure, there is still a lot of activity, including subpoenas, flying around, but that shouldn’t stop Mr. Mueller.

GOP Election Fraud

NY Times: New Election Ordered in North Carolina Race at Center of Fraud Inquiry By Alan Blinder
North Carolina officials on Thursday ordered a new contest in the Ninth Congressional District after the Republican candidate, confronted by evidence that his campaign had financed an illegal voter-turnout effort, called for a new election.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are -64 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: stock plummets 50% after it ends partnership with the US Postal Service By Chris Isidore

Thursday, February 21, 2019


Bloomberg: Trump’s Presidency Is Getting Weaker - A defeat for the president’s “Space Force” proposal was typical – and telling. By Jonathan Bernstein
This week offered two prime examples of why Donald Trump’s presidency has been weaker than most people realize.

Ruin Via Trump

The Daily Beast: Trump White House Is Forcing Interns to Sign NDAs and Threatening Them With Financial Ruin - Not even the interns are exempt from the legally dubious rite of passage that is signing a Trump NDA. by Asawin Suebsaeng


  This vicious horrible man got off lightly.

Politico: Roger Stone gets full gag order after Instagram post - Stone was trying to walk back an Instagram post appeared to include a gun’s crosshairs above the head of the federal judge overseeing his case. By DARREN SAMUELSOHN, JOSH GERSTEIN and MATTHEW CHOI

Black Seed Oil

Dr. Axe: 9 Proven Black Seed Oil Benefits that Boost Your Health By Dr. Josh Axe


The Atlantic: Climate Change Enters Its Blood-Sucking Phase - As winters grow warmer in North America, thirsty ticks are on the move.
This was the sixth calf, of 30 collared, that they’d found sucked to death by ticks this season.

The ticks had taken a third of this animal’s weight.

Peter Tork Dies

Variety: Peter Tork of the Monkees Dies at 77 By Jem Aswad and Chris Willman

Bregman Vs Carlson

Pajiba: Rutger Bregman's Unaired Interview With Tucker Carlson Has Leaked and It Is Delicious By Petr Knava

The Onion - ‘We Will Not Repeat The Mistakes Of The 2016 Election,’ Vows Nation Still Using Internet

The Onion: ‘We Will Not Repeat The Mistakes Of The 2016 Election,’ Vows Nation Still Using Internet

Older Adults

Scientific American: Older Adults Are Especially Prone to Social Media Bubbles - Research suggests that fake news will become an even bigger problem as the population ages By Dipayan Ghosh, Vijeth Iyengar

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Wassily Kandinsky 1866 - 1944

Lawrence O'Donnell - Ex-Fed Prosecutor - Public Michael Cohen Hearing ‘Going To Be Dramatic Day’

Brian Williams - Trump's Best-Case Scenario On Mueller Report? 'Severe Political Damage

Stephen Colbert - The Mueller Probe Enters The Home Stretch

Deep Breath

The Palmer Report: Everyone stop and take a deep breath by Bill Palmer

Disgrace Upon Disgrace

Guardian UK: Alec Baldwin fears for family's safety after Trump 'retribution' threats - In Dworkin Report podcast, SNL sketch actor wonders what ‘retribution’ will look like, and jokes about jail for Trump Jr
Alec Baldwin has spoken of his fear that Donald Trump is stirring up some supporters to exact “retribution” against him for his satirical performance of the president on Saturday Night Live, saying the president “signals people” to become angry and bitter “and then the actions flow from there”.

House Democrats Take On Trump's Emergency

Guardian UK: House Democrats to file measure aimed at blocking Trump's emergency declaration - Lawmakers’ move, planned for Friday, sets up clash over presidential powers and immigration but is likely to fail
Though the effort seems almost certain to ultimately fall short – perhaps to a Trump veto – the resulting votes will let Democrats take a defiant stance against Trump that is sure to please liberal voters. They will also put some Republicans from swing districts and states in a difficult spot.

Massive Crisis In Venezuela

NY Times: Venezuelans Fleeing Crisis Face Desperate Hike to 12,000 Feet By Nicholas Casey and Jenny Carolina González
The walking began before dawn: before the clouds broke against the mountaintops, before the trucks took over the highway, even before anyone in the town woke up to check the vacant lot where scores of Venezuelan refugees had been huddling through the night.

Children, grandmothers, teachers, nurses, oil workers and the jobless had all sprawled there together — bound by a collective will to put as many miles as possible between themselves and the collapsing country they had fled.

Catholic Abuse

NY Times: To Save the Catholic Church, Listen to Priests’ Victims - The pope should always offer forgiveness. But he must drive abusers and their enablers from the ministry. By Mark Joseph Williams - Mr. Williams is a survivor of child sexual abuse.
When I was a child, I was sexually abused by a Catholic priest. Trauma is the devil. It stays in the core of your being. My tears waited nearly a half-century to stream from my eyes. Many victims go to their graves never revealing what they endured. Some take their own life, like one friend of mine. I suffered the pangs of addiction, the subsequent lies, and depression and suicidal ideation, along with bankruptcy and the loss of my job and home.

A childhood lost. The isolation was real. My father had died at only 40. My mother, lonely, drank, fell into rage, and was largely absent. I was prey, vulnerable to being groomed by the priest. The line was crossed.

The Market On Thursday

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

CNN: US-China trade talks; VW warns over tariffs; Barclays and Brexit By Ivana Kottasová

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Domestic Terrorist

NY Times: Coast Guard Officer Plotted to Kill Democrats and Journalists, Prosecutors Say By Dave Philipps
A Coast Guard lieutenant and self-described white nationalist who was arrested in Maryland last week was plotting to kill a long list of prominent journalists and Democratic politicians, as well as professors, judges and what he called “leftists in general,” federal prosecutors said in a court filing.

Liars Got To Lie

The Daily Beast: Maggie Haberman on Trump’s New York Times Attack: ‘That’s a Lie’ - The president once again spent his morning railing against the media, but this time the target of his fury was on TV and ready to respond in real-time. by Olivia Messer

'Half The World Away'

Aurora - give her a chance, it is a lovely song.

Warmed Up And Served Again

Same playbook. Abortion, Guns, and Socialism. Yawn.

The Atlantic: Trump's New Red Scare - With reelection looming and his wall all but defeated, the president sees a convenient political target on the left. by David A. Graham


The Atlantic: A City-Size Moon Was Hiding Around Neptune - Even to the most powerful telescopes, little Hippocamp appears only as a fuzzy dot in photos. by Marina Koren
Hippocamp is one of 14 moons orbiting Neptune.


Salon: So much for the deep-state coup: Andrew McCabe told Congress he was investigating Trump - Congressional leaders knew about FBI counterintelligence probe of Trump in 2017. None of them complained by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Knicks Confident They Have The Cap Space To Ruin 2 Or 3 Promising Careers

The Onion: Knicks Confident They Have The Cap Space To Ruin 2 Or 3 Promising Careers


Scientific American: How Drug Company Ads Downplay Risks - Study shows the power of the “argument dilution effect” By Niro Sivanathan, Hemant Kakkar

King Donald

NY Times: The Madness of King Donald - The new BBC production of “King Lear” is great fun — and an uncomfortable reflection of American politics these days. By Jennifer Finney Boylan

Fun Stuff

Sad and Useless: People Are Making Trump Photos With Extremely Long Tie To Annoy The President

Have An Excellent Wednesday

work by Daisy Makeig-Jones (1881-1945)

Live At Paste Studio NYC

Aurora - IMO, the best new pop singer in a long time. She's got it all and then some, and then some. She performs with a stripped down band like this and also with a larger electronic sounding band. I'm so pleased to see someone singing melodic music.

Lawrence O'Donnell - Andrew McCabe - ‘Not Surprising’ Trump Tried To Intervene In SDNY Probe

Rachel Maddow - NYT Bombshell Outlines Donald Trump's Efforts To Obstruct Investigations

Stephen Colbert - The Most 'Bernie' Way To Kick Off A Campaign

Last Gasps

The Palmer Report: The last gasps of Donald Trump’s dead presidency by Bill Palmer

Tons Of Dough

Guardian UK: Bernie Sanders raises $4m in 12 hours after announcing 2020 campaign - Haul from 150,000 donors was more than double the $1.5m Kamala Harris raised in the first 24 hours of her campaign

Cold War

Guardian UK: Russia may be forced to aim weapons at Washington, suggests Putin - ‘Centres of decision making’ will be targeted if west deploys new missiles in Europe
The treaty, concluded by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, banned the development and deployment of land-based missiles with a range of 500-5,500km and was widely credited with banishing nuclear missiles from Europe. The US, led by the national security adviser, John Bolton, suspended the treaty this month amid claims that Moscow had secretly developed a cruise missile that violated the agreement. Russia denies this.


NY Times: The Catholic Church Is Breaking People’s Hearts - It fires gay workers, vilifies gay priests and alienates parishioners who can’t make any sense of this. By Frank Bruni


NY Times: Bernie 2020, Pro and Con - The strengths and weaknesses of the frequently underrated politician from Vermont. By David Leonhardt
Sanders is a natural politician. Too many Democrats campaign on a laundry list of smart, technocratic proposals that, in the minds of voters, add up to less than the sum of their parts. Sanders understands the importance of clear, bold messages: greedy billionaires, $15 minimum wage, free college, Medicare for all, Green New Deal. If he were elected president along with Democratic majorities in Congress, he would have a mandate for Reagan-like change — in the opposite direction.

1,100 And Counting

NY Times: Trump Has Publicly Attacked the Russia Investigation More Than 1,100 Times
Mr. Trump has employed a wide range of attacks in what appears to be an attempt to discredit the people and organizations associated with the investigations.

According to the president, the inquiry by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, into Russian interference in the 2016 election is the “single greatest witch hunt in political history.”

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are -14 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open modestly lower.

CNN: Fed minutes; Glencore caps coal; Setback for Walmart By Ivana Kottasová

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Ya Think...

CNN: McCabe: 'I think it's possible' Trump is a Russian asset By Kate Sullivan

Cheat Sheet

The Atlantic: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet - Bernie Sanders is running for president again, hoping to improve on his surprisingly successful 2016 campaign. Who else is running, who’s not, and who can’t decide? A quick guide to the crowded field. by David A. Graham


NY Times: Where El Chapo Could End Up: A Prison ‘Not Designed for Humanity’ By Alan Feuer and Alan Blinder
“No mountain, bush, tree or blade of grass is visible from the yard, just the sky,” Mr. Rudolph wrote. “The cages have just enough room to do aerobic exercises. Other than the opportunity to breathe fresh air and feel the sunshine on your skin, the outside cages are just cells that are open to the sky.”


NY Times: Intimidation, Pressure and Humiliation: Inside Trump’s Two-Year War on the Investigations Encircling Him - President Trump’s efforts have exposed him to accusations of obstruction of justice as Robert S. Mueller II, the special counsel, finishes his work. By Mark Mazzetti, Maggie Haberman, Nicholas Fandos and Michael S. Schmidt

Suing Trump

Salon: Donald Trump lashes out at California after 16 states sue over his border wall national emergency - Sixteen states are suing Donald Trump over his declaration of a national emergency in order to get a border wall by Matthew Rozsa

The Onion - Aunt Scores Big With Nephews By Dropping Bombshell Story About Mom Smoking Weed As Teenager

The Onion: Aunt Scores Big With Nephews By Dropping Bombshell Story About Mom Smoking Weed As Teenager


BBC News: Alabama newspaper editor calls on KKK to lynch Democrats
Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama... This socialist-communist ideology sounds good to the ignorant, the uneducated, and the simple-minded people."

"Seems like the Klan would be welcome to raid the gated communities up there."

Have An Excellent Tuesday

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Lawrence O'Donnell - CA AG On Suing Trump - ‘First-Year Law Student Could Argue This Case’

Rachel Maddow - William Barr May Undo Security Of Mueller From Possible Compromised Trump

Stephen Colbert - The National Emergency We 'Didn't Need'


The music of Lionel Scardino

Spotify: Quimera


The Palmer Report: The real reason Roger Stone’s threat against the judge is such a disaster for Donald Trump by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: Ditch Maduro or lose everything, Trump tells Venezuelan army

Bernie Is In

Guardian UK: Bernie Sanders announces run for presidency in 2020 - The independent senator from Vermont will reprise his 2016 bid for the Democratic nomination, which channeled grassroots support
Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont whose 2016 presidential campaign helped energize the progressive movement and reshaped the Democratic party, has entered the 2020 race for the White House.


NY Times: Why Trump’s Emergency Mess Means Danger for the Courts - The president’s move has already been challenged in court. Win or lose, he is almost certainly forcing an alarming judicial precedent. By Robert Chesney - Mr. Chesney is a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
The Texans and others who face the loss of land because of eminent domain actions funded via Mr. Trump’s emergency declaration have standing to sue and good cause to do so. Not because the government may offer them too little money to constitute just compensation, though past practice suggests this will be an issue, too. Rather, they object to the process that the president has used to gain the funding after Congress largely denied it to him.

Sweet Sixteen

NY Times: 16 States Sue to Stop Trump’s Use of Emergency Powers to Build Border Wall By Charlie Savage and Robert Pear
A coalition of 16 states, including California and New York, on Monday challenged President Trump in court over his plan to use emergency powers to spend billions of dollars on his border wall.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -79 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: Walmart had a blowout holiday quarter By Nathaniel Meyersohn

Monday, February 18, 2019

Put Him In Jail

Rolling Stone: Roger Stone Shares a Photo of Judge With Crosshairs Near Her Head - Another day, another bizarre moment from the former Trump advisor By Peter Wade

How Sad Indeed


  My neighborhood around 5PM today. The light was beautiful.

Full Performance On KEXP

Aurora - 4 stars **** Sande - best new band in quite some time. They are the real real deal. Beautiful.

Barack On Abraham

The Atlantic: Perfecting Our Union - The president of the United States reflects on what Abraham Lincoln means to him, and to America. by Barack Obama

Russian Hoax

The Daily Beast: U.S. Intelligence: Russia Tried to Con the World With Bogus Missile - The Russians hyped a cruise missile launch earlier this year. But a briefing by the CIA and a second agency determined that it was essentially a hoax. by Ankit Panda

Sucker's Game

Salon: Trump will score another win if Big Media fetishizes his soap opera while the working class suffers - Equating aggregate national unemployment data and a robust stock market with a strong economy is a sucker's game by Bob Hennelly

Warning - Not Politically Correct

The Onion: New Evidence Suggests President George Washington Sent Woodcut Of Penis To Secretary

Trump Threatens Baldwin

Yahoo: Alec Baldwin: Trump's 'SNL' Attack May Be 'A Threat To My Safety'

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Guda Koster

Morning Joe - Mike Pence Met With Silence; Angela Merkel Hammers President Donald Trump


The Palmer Report: Donald Trump gives away that something very ugly is about to surface by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: Trump ally Graham will subpoena McCabe and Rosenstein over 'coup'


Guardian UK: 'So many lies': Trump attacks McCabe over explosive CBS interview
Donald Trump returned to the attack against Andrew McCabe on Monday, in response to an interview in which the former deputy FBI director discussed his new book and made claims damaging to the president.


NY Times: How Mitch McConnell Enables Trump - He’s not an institutionalist. He’s the man who surrendered the Senate to the president. By Adam Jentleson

What Else Is New

NY Times: Republicans Already Are Demonizing Democrats as Socialists and Baby Killers

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are +16 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open modestly higher.

CNN: How elite investors use artificial intelligence and machine learning to gain an edge By Matt Egan

'All My Loving'

Vektor Music covers The Beatles.

Trust me, they are very good.

Abuse Upon Abuse

  I grew up in a ultra right wing Catholic family and as a child I learned at a very young age to keep my head down, not make any noise, and stay quiet, be invisible. I was not sexually abused, yet I witnessed tons of physical and emotional abuse. The nuns literally beat the living shit out of children every day. Children that were slower learners, or from extreme poverty, or from abusive households were the most vulnerable. These were the children who were beaten, somehow beating the shit out of them was the way to improve conditions that these children were unable to control or even understood in even the tiniest of ways. It's a horrible disgusting legacy and I left the church as a teenager, never to return, and never will.

February 6, 2019 - NY Times: Sexual Abuse of Nuns: Longstanding Church Scandal Emerges From Shadows By Jason Horowitz
The sexual abuse of nuns and religious women by Catholic priests and bishops — and the abortions that have sometimes resulted — has for years been overshadowed by other scandals in the Roman Catholic Church.

That seemed to change this week when Pope Francis publicly acknowledged the problem for the first time.

Friday, February 15, 2019


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

work by Denise Regan


CNBC: Mueller says searches yielded evidence of Roger Stone-WikiLeaks communications

Sue Away

Thank you California.

Chicago Tribune: California to sue Trump administration over national emergency declaration

'Can't Find My Way Home'

Rachael Price

Bizarre Indeed

The Atlantic: Trump’s Bizarre, Rambling Announcement of a National Emergency - The circus in the Rose Garden threatened to distract from what the president actually did on Friday. by David A. Graham

Insanity Rules The Day

NY Times: Trump Declares National Emergency to Build Border Wall By Peter Baker

GOP Lip Service

Salon: GOP senators slam Trump's plan to declare national emergency at border: "Violating the Constitution" - "We have a crisis at our southern border, but no crisis justifies violating the Constitution," Marco Rubio says by Shira Tarlo

The Onion - Yosemite Expands Lodging Accommodations With New Log Cabin High-Rises

The Onion: Yosemite Expands Lodging Accommodations With New Log Cabin High-Rises

If Sane People Ruled

Scientific American: Bold Plan? Replace the Border Wall with an Energy–Water Corridor - Building solar, wind, natural gas and water infrastructure all along the U.S.–Mexico border would create economic opportunity rather than antagonism By Mark Fischetti

Have An Excellent Friday

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