Days 112, 113 and 114 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

  • “Lawyers for President Donald Trump’s said Friday that a review of his last 10 years of tax returns do not reflect ‘any income of any type from Russian sources,’ with some exceptions.” Those poor last three words have to carry the entire sentence.
  • Jeff Sessions will probably end up a worse Attorney General than the guy who went to jail. Perhaps he’s already there.
  • Charlie Pierce:

These people have bargained themselves for cheap. There are rats in all their words. They are the mere husks of public servants, and they’re complicit in the act of hollowing out the republic. If they remain willing to do it, I honestly don’t know where we’re all going. But there is, at the moment, a sense of a great turning in events. Nobody is in control of the story right now, and ordinarily, that would be a cause for concern. But chaos turns upon itself eventually, and that may be the best shot we have.

The record is clear: New Orleans’s Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and P.G.T. Beauregard statues were erected with the goal of rewriting history to glorify the Confederacy and perpetuate the idea of white supremacy. These monuments stand not as mournful markers of our legacy of slavery and segregation, but in reverence of it. They are an inaccurate recitation of our past, an affront to our present and a poor prescription for our future.

Day 95 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

  • I guess the biggest item is Trump’s rambling, incoherent interview with the Associated Press. They were forced to print “(unintelligible)” 16 times!
  • Ron Fournier and Nate Silver had a Twitter spat on Sunday night full of false equivalence and bad math on the part of the former. The press will never admit its failure in the 2016 election.
  • The Holocaust Memorial Museum is keeping with precedent by inviting the unprecedented Trump to speak at the Days of Remembrance. Gross.
  • Impeach him. Impeach him now!
  • Jeff Sessions really sucks. Racist asshole.
  • Neoliberalism is a bad thing. It was bad when Carter did it. It was bad when Clinton did it. But unless you define everything short of destroying capitalism as neoliberalism, I don’t know how you can call Obama and the current Democratic Party neoliberal.
  • Fox News forced its black female employees to arm-wrestle white employees. Sick, racist bastards.
  • In happier news, New Orleans is removing its monuments to treason. They belong in a museum!
  • Niagara Falls became the stereotypical honeymoon destination in part due to Theodosia Burr Alston. This is how you listen to Guys and Dolls and end up at Hamilton.
  • Today’s Wikipedia article: “Searing.” Also, this Onion classic. Ever wonder why steak is the only food item that ever needs its juices sealed? Well, it’s a myth.

Days 90 and 91 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

Three months of Trump is three months too many. I must have done something extraordinarily wicked in a past life.

But Her Emails

  • I like having South Korea for an ally. I guess Trump doesn’t, or doesn’t care enough to treat them properly.
  • Why, oh why, do Trump’s talking points always align with Putin’s?
  • In one of the weirder stories, not only is Jason Chaffetz not running for reelection, but he may even resign tomorrow. I hope it’s a properly juicy scandal.
  • I’m honestly insulted that Trump and Sessions aren’t even going to replace the attorneys they purged.
  • By the way, Sessions is still a racist asshole. One could argue that Alabama has less of a right to make decisions than Hawaii.
  • Stephen Colbert hosts the Late Show. Al Franken represents Minnesota in the Senate. Bill O’Reilly is being canned in disgrace. A good start.
  • Overall, I’m pleased with the Democrats’ resistance to Trump. But that outreach chair has got to go.
  • Jon Ossoff is heading to the runoff! Read what Ed Kilgore has to say about that.
  • The reason why Richard Cordray is still able to do a great job running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is pretty interesting.
  • Neil Gorsuch is quite comfortable using stolen property. He’ll get his someday.
  • Trump once destroyed an entire football league. Tom Brady is a cheater. Bill Belichick is evil. No wonder they cover for each other.
  • Creepy niche cruises is one of the great subgenres of longform journalism. Tonight’s edition: the conspiracy theory cruise.
  • At best, the model minority myth is horribly condescending and limiting. It’s far more sinister than that.
  • Steve Bannon certainly cuts a tatterdemalion figure. If you subscribe to Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day, you’ll know what “tatterdemalion” means! This is a good universe.
  • Negative mass is now a thing. This is a great universe.
  • Wikipedia has a disambiguation page for “Clown Prince.” This is the greatest universe.

Day 76 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

  • Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is poised to reverse whatever reforms in policing have come about over the last few years. This is a disaster.
  • Jon Ossoff is running into some challenges as the Republicans have gotten scared. Send him 5$ if you can.
  • Stephen Bannon is no longer on the National Security Council. Sometimes there is good news.
  • Trump is probably going to move to screwing up NAFTA. The list of proposed fixes sounds exactly like the TPP, though worse. Oh joy.
  • Neil Gorsuch, among his other sins, is a plagiarist. He must not be confirmed.
  • Kirsten Gillibrand was best known in 2009 for being a Blue Dog and NOT CAROLINE KENNEDY. She has done spectacularly since then, and would be a good candidate for president.
  • Politics as theater. Politics as horse race. Politics as spectacle. Politics as a game. Whatever you call it, it must die, or people will.
  • Driftglass has been fighting the good fight against Both-Siderism and David Brooks for a long, long time. Read his latest.
  • Roger Ailes. Bill O’Reilly. Fox News. How much damage have they caused? How many lives have they destroyed?
  • Of course Trump defended O’Reilly. He has never not done the worst thing.
  • Alexandra Petri has written the only profile of defiant Trump voters that you’ll ever need to read for the rest of time.
  • Fight for 15$ and Black Lives Matter are continuing their collaboration.
  • I’m a big fan of the planet Earth, but when it comes to six-sided figures, Saturn has us beat: “Saturn’s hexagon.”

Day 74 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

Day 67 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

Back to the fight.

  • The automation “crisis” is going to get worse: 38% of jobs in America could be replaced within 15 years. Forget The Right to be Lazy, the necessity to be lazy may be upon us. We have to do something. (h/t Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Guns & Money).
  • Donald Trump is the culmination of everything the GOP has been moving toward since, arguably, the Nixon administration. Nothing matters but winning, dominance and sticking it to liberals. No wonder he doesn’t care about actual governance.
  • I thought it was obvious that anyone who insists on their greatness is not really so great. But more than 60 million people didn’t know this, or were OK with it. I’m sad.
  • If you’ve been wondering about how exactly Trump and Tom Price might go about sabotaging the ACA through the executive branch, David Anderson at Balloon Juice has you covered. The next battle will be fought for the cost sharing reduction subsidies which made silver plans the best deals on the exchanges.
  • Call your Senators and ask them to filibuster Neil Gorsuch! Or call to thank them for filibustering Neil Gorsuch! How will you know which action to take? Check the list.
  • Steven Mnuchin seems to be Trump-lite in terms of creepiness and corruption. Where do they find these assholes?
  • Trump’s chosen a horribly anti-gay, anti-trans zealot to run the fucking civil rights office at HHS. There’s always more bad news.
  • The au pair program has some problems.
  • Awesome Wikipedia article of the day: “Sneakernet”

    In September 2009, Durban company Unlimited IT reportedly pitted a messenger pigeon against South African ISP Telkom to transfer 4 GB of data 60 miles (97 km) from Howick to Durban. The pigeon, carrying the data on a memory stick, arrived in one hour eight minutes, with the data taking another hour to read from the memory stick. During the same two-hour period, only about 4.2% of the data had been transferred over the ADSL link.

Days 64, 65 and 66 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

As glad as I am that Trump caved like Mammoth Cave would were it to collapse, I’m disturbed that he gave up so easily after quarter-assing AHCA outreach for less than three weeks. Will he wilt like this when an actual, non-self-inflicted crisis happens? Eventually, America will need its President.

  • Obama took months to get the ACA passed. Trump gave up, I reiterate, after less than three weeks.
  • Paul Ryan is a fraud and a hack and anyone who got duped by his reputation should be ashamed.
  • Devin Nunes cannot possibly oversee the Russia investigation. What is he hiding?
  • Lock them up. Lock them all up.
  • Though his background is bog-standard Republican Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin is also creepy in that quintessentially Trumpish way. “Perfect genes” should not be said, ever.
  • As wretched as Trump is, it could be worse. Bassem Youssef, the “Jon Stewart of Egypt,” had to leave his country and miss his father’s funeral. We are not there yet.
  • Trump’s budget sucks for public transportation, among many, many things.
  • In organizing news, Fight for 15$ and Black Lives Matter are joining forces. These folks get stuff done. I’m excited.
  • Do women earn less because they enroll disproportionately in low-paying majors, or are those majors low-paying because women enroll in them?
  • If you’ve seen the memes about missing black girls in D.C., it seems like the police are simply doing more to publicize voluntary disappearances that have happened in the past. So it’s a pilot light of a crisis rather than a wildfire, though still bad. Here’s a map of the disappearances.
  • “Free Tibet” still lives, but it’s lost a lot of prominence. I think that ship might have sailed.
  • The trailer for the Justice League movie looks awful. Just watch Justice League Unlimited again.
  • It turns out that the front crawl swimming stroke is not the same as “freestyle,” front crawl just happens to be the universal choice for freestyle. I am actually very miffed about this.