We live in interesting times.
- Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice by pressuring James Comey to drop the Russia investigation, then firing him when he didn’t. I linked to the New York Times, so you know this is serious.
- So serious that the DOJ has finally appointed a special prosecutor.
- Donald Trump betrayed one of our closest (and most annoying) allies just so he could impress the Russians. Impeach him.
- He’s just an abysmal human being in every way.
- PPP does the most entertaining polls, by far. This time: Does Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have a chance against Trump in 2020? He does.
- You’ve probably read “My Family’s Slave” by now, but I’ll add my recommendation: Read it. As a work of fiction it would be heartbreaking. As a work of journalism it’s that and infuriating. But I am glad the author came clean.
- There’s some good news out of Philadelphia.
- The history of “Buy American” is complicated and at times sordid. Working in These Times did an interesting interview about it.
- Could it be that journalists care so much about what college students do because they miss college and haven’t gotten over it? I don’t know, but it’s an amusing theory.
In some cases, the obsession with inconsequential campus politics seems to be a way for journalists to relive their glory days. The campus — and particularly the Ivy League campus — is a sacrosanct place in the mind of the archetypal mainstream journalist: white, male, upper middle class, insecure, and (superficially) well-educated. Think Andy Bernard from The Office, the overqualified 30-something salesman who boasts of his Cornell degree at every opportunity.
- Silicon Valley is the pit where cesspits send their cess.
- Those big red balls outside Target are called “bollards” and they weigh two tons. Now you know!
- In-N-Out is always compared to premium burger places like Five Guys and Shake Shack despite being much cheaper. In-N-Out is very good.
- The New England Patriots will falsify medical information to win a Super Bowl. Vacate their championships.