Stuff to Read

Busy day today, but here’s some stuff to read to keep you busy.

Trump vexed by challenges, scale of government

“Being president is harder than Donald Trump thought, according to aides and allies who say that he’s growing increasingly frustrated with the challenges of running the massive federal bureaucracy.”

A Welcome Setback for Donald Trump

“Americans severely misjudged the authoritarians,” Umair Haque, a consultant and social-media maven, commented on Twitter on Saturday night. “But the authoritarians, it seems, also severely misjudged Americans.” Yes, they did, and this weekend’s events offered a bit of hope to everybody alarmed by Donald Trump. Saving America from the most unhinged and least qualified figure ever to occupy the Oval Office may well require a long and bitter fight. But a couple of early markers have been put down. The new President is not beyond the law. And many Americans will not stand by quietly as he traduces their country’s values, threatens its democracy, and destroys its reputation around the world.”

Paul Krugman: When the Fire Comes

Krugman is anticipating the apocalypse.

Roger Cohen: Am I Imagining This?

I want to respond to this one eventually, but he’s saying that journalists are actually being rattled by Trump’s “fake news” charges.

Well, that should keep you busy ….

Here’s another one:

Trump Tried to Intimidate Judges Over His Ban, and He Failed

“I don’t know about the Ninth Circuit, but I don’t see five Justices on the current Supreme Court who’d want to save Trump’s bacon after he has explicitly threatened the entire judicial branch.”

10 thoughts on “Stuff to Read

  1. Here’s a good one:
    EXCLUSIVE: Defiant Assad tells Yahoo News torture report is ‘fake news’

    I think we’ve officially entered the Twilight Zone.

  2. I know I’m showing my age, but how about we slap a bad toupee/hair-weave, put him in a cheap looking suit with a too-long tie, rub some orange make-up on him, and have Joe Isuzu* appear as t-TUMPLE-Thin-Skin?;_ylt=A0LEVj9gFp5Yny8AGIYPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByMDgyYjJiBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMyBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw–?p=Joe+Isuzu+Ads&fr=yhs-adk-adk_sbnt&hspart=adk&hsimp=yhs-adk_sbnt

    *Of course, he’ll have to be trained to lie more ‘n better!
    And in a Queens, NY accent, no less.

  3. Manhattan Mugabe is severely out of his depth. He’s operated his whole lifetime on ignorant bluster, bullying and bullshitting and appears incapable of anything more. But all of this was apparent during the campaign.

  4. I found this today. I have no interest in twitter, but, it can’t be all bad if Simon Schama does it.

    Simon Schama, the British historian, recently tweeted: “Indifference about the distinction between truth and lies is the precondition of fascism. When truth perishes so does freedom.”

  5. Today 11 degrees above the record high.  Last week 6 degrees above again the all time recorded record high.  Sidney report temperatures at 117 degrees Fahrenheit today.  One or two or three swallows do not make a summer.  Denial does not make reality.  Alt truth does not make it normal.  Time is running out quickly. 

    And our so-called leader is of questionable sanity.  We are using resources fighting battles which are reruns of a generation or two ago,  Normal problems overwhelm our current administration.  The Washington Post cites blathering administrative incompetence.

    I would, with my highest level of sarcasm, demand that the only solution is to get to the bottom of  voter fraud, find out the truth in Benghazi, deport illegal immigrants, save guns, protect life and protect the death penalty.  While doing this we need to make cognitive dissonance illegal. It is a long list and while we are busy on getting it done we will not notice the temperature getting slowly warmer.  Like a reptile we will just boil and die.  Its the brain stem spinal chord thing to do,  just like what got us our current leadership.  Oh yeah, and build a wall in Texas on the boarder.  They close down the Big Bend National Park in the Summer (on the border) because it is just too hot.  The wall  is just the right idea at the right time.  It will keep what little cool air from escaping to Mexico if we engineer it right.  Hurry.    

  6. A small point but in the Krugman article is a picture of six protesters at the inauguration with sweatshirts that spell out ‘R E S I S T’. I supplied two of the tickets for that protest. They were right up front, not far from where i landed my gyro. I could not attend without risking a year in federal jail because the sentencing statement said I could not be on the Capitol grounds. Depending on how that was interpreted, I would have been risking more lockdown time. But I did what I could and they made it big time.

  7. “3 Million illegal votes for Hillary” plus Jeff Sessions = millions (literally) of people, especially those of color and/or Spanish-influenced surnames, denied the right to vote. The orange-haired narcissist is cementing his legacy.

    Fahrenheit 451 and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich should be required reading, but will likely be on the banned books list, coming to a community near you: “The public itself stopped reading of its own accord.”

  8. My brother-in-law, retired Alabama circuit court judge and staunch Republican, replied when asked about Sessions, ” thumbs down x 10″

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