I’m O.K. — You’re Pure Evil – The New York Times

Source: I’m O.K. — You’re Pure Evil – The New York Times

This article points out one of the reasons why I am so reticent to use Twitter: the fact that Twitter gives people an unedited space and a sense of anonymity or distance in which to express their opinions. Here’s a great quote from Pres. Obama on the :

“An explanation of climate change from a Nobel Prize-winning physicist looks exactly the same on your Facebook page as the denial of climate change by somebody on the Koch brothers’ payroll….The capacity to disseminate misinformation, wild conspiracy theories, to paint the opposition in wildly negative light without any rebuttal — that has accelerated in ways that much more sharply polarize the electorate.” read more

It’s the Olympics for Trump Apologists – The New York Times

Source: It’s the Olympics for Trump Apologists – The New York Times

Paul Ryan’s and Chris Christie’s latest apologies for Pres. Trump’s actions – he’s “inexperienced” – is insulting both to Trump and to the public in general. This is not an excuse for any of Pres. Trump’s behavior. My 16-year-old daughter has more sense than to act like a cross between a slobbering buffoon and a vindictive Wall Street sociopath. Ryan and Christie ought to be ashamed of themselves. read more

Mr. Comey and All the President’s Lies – The New York Times

Source: Mr. Comey and All the President’s Lies – The New York Times

This story reminds me of Al Franken’s book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them. Comey was straightforward in calling out Pres. Trump’s character as one who is prone to lying. This is a problem with politicians in general, but Pres. Trump is particularly brazen in the lies he tells. He is likely to go down as one of our worst Presidents, up there with Richard Nixon and Andrew Johnson.

Comey to Testify Trump Pressured Him to Say He Wasn’t Under Investigation – The New York Times

Source: Comey to Testify Trump Pressured Him to Say He Wasn’t Under Investigation – The New York Times

Yikes. I knew Pres. Trump’s behavior toward the investigation of his campaign was suspicious, but this is outright weird. Here is a copy of the report James Comey is going to read to Congress tomorrow regarding his interactions with the President. It seems that Pres. Tump asked Comey repeatedly to drop the investigation of Gen. Flynn as well as asking Comey to publicly announce that the President was not under investigation. read more

Trump Grows Discontented With Attorney General Jeff Sessions – The New York Times

Source: Trump Grows Discontented With Attorney General Jeff Sessions – The New York Times

“I see this more as a client complaining about his lawyer. The lawyer in this case happens to be Jeff Sessions.”

Pres. Trump is riding his Twitter train off the rails. I know the Justice Department is part of his administration, but he can’t turn around and act like the Attorney General is his employee. I predict that Jeff Sessions will not last much longer as Attorney General, and Sessions’s firing is going to be one more giant step toward impeachment. This entire presidency is a disaster. read more

Trump Promotes Original ‘Travel Ban,’ Eroding His Legal Case – The New York Times

Source: Trump Promotes Original ‘Travel Ban,’ Eroding His Legal Case – The New York Times

“President Trump has excellent lawyers. They have a challenging client.”

What a petulant child our President is. Now he is not only undermining his own Department of Justice by dissing their stripped-back version of the travel ban, but he is now outright referring to it as a travel ban. Much of his administration’s legal challenge to the courts’ refusal of the ban is premised on the idea that it is “extreme vetting,” not an outright ban. Pres. Trump’s politicization of the recent attacks in London have got him focused again on his disgusting travel ban. read more

Hundreds Of Miniature Sean Hannitys Burst From Roger Ailes’ Corpse – The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

PALM BEACH, FL—Clawing over each other and gasping for air as they emerged, hundreds of miniature Sean Hannitys reportedly burst from Roger Ailes’ corpse Thursday shortly after the former Fox News CEO’s death.

Source: Hundreds Of Miniature Sean Hannitys Burst From Roger Ailes’ Corpse – The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

Ha! Hannity really was spawned from the golem Ailes. If The Onion says so it must be true.

Apparently Hannity doesn’t appreciate this satirical news story. All the more reason to support The Onion‘s brand of “journalism.” read more

Al Franken On Jettisoning Paris Pact: This Is So Bad In So Many Ways | HuffPost

“Donald Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

Source: Al Franken On Jettisoning Paris Pact: This Is So Bad In So Many Ways | HuffPost

Franken: “I like Ted Cruz probably more than any of my colleagues in the Senate…and I hate Ted Cruz.”

I have a lot of affection for the so-called “liberal lions” of Congress. Sen Franken is one of them. Sen. Ted Kennedy was another. What I admire the most is their seemingly built-in bullshit meters. Franken uses his comedic voice to speak truth where others may give a more political, so-called diplomatic response. I appreciate a Senator with a brain in his head and the willingness to use it. read more

Trump Will Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Agreement – The New York Times

Source: Trump Will Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Agreement – The New York Times

Irresponsibility run amok. Pres. Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate accords is yet another instance of his seeming lack of conscience or foresight. Those of us who live in the real world are going to be the ones who suffer, while the President deals with global warming by turning up his air conditioner. This is a spectacular failure of leadership.

Jared Kushner’s Role Is Tested as Russia Case Grows – The New York Times

Source: Jared Kushner’s Role Is Tested as Russia Case Grows – The New York Times

Poor little preppy boy. What the fuck does this dude do anyway? His job description is so broad it makes no sense. Now we find that he was trying to establish back channel negotiations before Trump was sworn in. Isn’t that a violation of the Logan Act? The Logan Act (1799) makes it illegal for a private citizen to conduct foreign policy on behalf of the U.S. government (at least that’s my understanding of it). This is almost certainly what Gen. Flynn, the former National Security Advisor, has been accused of doing. read more