This is why we can't have nice things in NYC

    Tom Arnold's Plan B

    I still have hopes for the right comic(s) peeling off some of the Trump fan base. They've just been stymied by the fact that he started out as a caricature from the getgo.This sounds promising to me. He got fans from his The Apprentice rep as Mr. Genius Tough Billionaire and he's still playing the same character as president:

    Trump on Reporters, Hate Them, Wouldn't Kill Them

    On the Campaign Trail, Grand Rapids Michigan

     

     

    The Immigrant Problem: June, 1896

    The Atlantic has put this opinion piece from its archive up for free access:

    Restriction of Immigration

    "The question to-day is ... of protecting the American rate of wages, the American standard of living, and the quality of American citizenship from degradation through the tumultuous access of vast throngs of ignorant and brutalized peasantry from the countries of eastern and southern Europe."

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    No Senate quorum before 2019!

    Desperate times call for desperate measures.

     

     

    Fortune having delivered  us into the maw of Trump The Destroyer, she has also delivered the invalided John McCain, who may well be absent from the Senate for the duration.

     

     

    Pence can break a tie, but he does not count towards the 51 Senators required to do business.

     

     

    They may have to kidnap Manchin, McCaskill and Heitcamp,but it's a plan.

    How to get medical records and bills

    Just sharing, just ran across this fabulous tweet:

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    Ya Moqtada! A young gun comes of age.

    Among the several crimes against intelligence that adorn the record of the post invasion imperium in Iraq, the attempt to prosecute frame the son of an Ayatollah (himself martyred by Saddam) for the murder of a collaborating Mullah stands out...

    Moqtada al-Sadr was not only an aspiring Ayatollah in his own right, he was also commander of one of the two or three most powerful militias in Baghdad--they call part of Baghdad Sadr City.

    Forget Oz, it's Salvador Dali's world now, Toto

    Tom Arnold says he's teaming up with Michael Cohen and 'taking Trump down'

    By Avery Anapol @ TheHIll.com, June 22

    Comedian Tom Arnold said Friday that he and President Trump’s former longtime personal lawyer are teaming up to “take down” the president.

    Arnold tweeted a photo with Michael Cohen on Thursday with the caption "I Love New York," which Cohen retweeted without comment.

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    Bolton to announce the "Gaza Model"

    The esteemed author of the diplomatic hand grenade otherwise known as "The Libya Model" is turning his national security chops to the southern border contretemps.

     

    He will shortly announce the inevitable product of his careful reasoning, consistent with the need to enforce zero tolerance tempered by the prohibition on locally.concentrated internment (see what I did there?)  mandated  by PR prudence.

     

     

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    AN IMMODEST PROPOSAL

    I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricasie, or a ragoust.

    We should deal with Trump/Kim

    It's happening and it is immensely important.

    I'll open the floor gates and I expect that  after me the sensible people will join in.

    My belief is that Trump is actually pretty well qualified for today's meeting.

    He made money in a tough league. That's real.  Of course ,exaggerated but for him to exaggerate , there had  to be something for  him to exaggerate, There was some "there" there.

    The  Dagblog view  of his character is unsparing. None of us have a word of praise or even tolerance,

    Rightly so.

    He's  morally unspeakable.

    Kim's Critical First Minute Opening Line

    Trump: I'll know 'within the first minute' if North Korea is serious at summit meeting.

    I saw and envied your inauguration crowds, they were so huge, they were so much bigger than Obama's!

    I want you to denuclearize us, because of the wise teaching of you by your uncle from MIT you are smarter than so called experts!

    Dotard actually means great genius emperor in ancient Korean!

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    Blundering towards Bethlehem

    As Trump in Singapore bids fair to fulfill the mandate to provide his reality show with an audience pleasing finale, may we friends of humanity argue that no downside lurks in the prospect of a supine Trump, albeit producing a Potemkin peace?

    What I mean is this: Granting that Trump, by definition, understands nothing, what's the worst that could happen?

    The fear seems to be that Trump will "give away" too much in his zeal for a chance to sample the golden shower culture of Oslo. That is obviously bullshit.

    Ted Kennedy's Eulogy for his brother Bobby

    Fifty years ago today, Ted Kennedy delivered a eulogy for his brother Bobby considered by some to be the most profound speech of his career.  Katie Mettler at WaPo today offered an excellent writeup of that moment.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/06/08/those-he-to...

    Last Dreamer Dies, Dream of Legalization Unrealized

    July 4, 2115 - Geraldine Lopez, the last known so-called Dreamer, died of natural causes at age 108 in Virginia. She was the last of the so-called Dreamers, who signed up in a program set up by Barack Obama, President from 2009-2016. The program was intended to create a path to citizenship for children brought to the United States illegally by their parents, and who grew up in the US knowing no other country. Over the decades it has remained in effect due to a mutiplicity of court cases, decisions, edicts and appeals, but just for those who were in up to 2018. Republicans have used the issue over and over in campaigns, to motivate their dwindling, mostly white rural, base to show up at the polls. Over many, many campaigns, Republicans have cast the aging, and over recent decades diminishing in numbers, Dreamers as everything from dangerous terrorists to lazy moochers.  Most notably, Republicans cast Dreamers, who were never eligible for federal programs, as "abusing freeloaders", and the reason the Republicans, who controlled Congress and the Presidency those years, claimed they "had no choice" but to "reluctantly" end Medicaid and Medicare in 2038, and Social Security in 2040. 

    Can anything effective be done to combat implicit racial bias?

    Perhaps.

    john a. powell (a black racial justice advocate who uses the lower case for the first letters of his first and last names) speaks to this, among other, issues in his book Racing to Justice (pp. 160-61):

    Reflections--Somewhat Belated--on Israel's 70th Anniversary

    The debate about the events in Israel/Palestine in 1948 will be going on at least until there is an Arab-Israeli peace, and maybe longer than that.  But I think humane, reasonable people who know the history will agree that what Jews did to Arabs in 1948 was very bad indeed. There were about a dozen massacres, many expulsions, and 700,000 people exiled and dispossessed.(If you need sources, check Benny Morris' The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem and Walid Khalidi's All That Remains).

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    Am I the Only One Who Was Once a Teenager?

    When Gina Haspel “answered questions it reminded me of when I was  teenager, just learning to lie to my parents:  

    1.  “Did you go to the party at Annie Thomas’s pajama party , like you said.?” 

    1*. Did you ever meet alone with president trump?

    Answers:   “YES!!  I went to Annie’s party”   [[ for ten minutes....The rest of the time I was at the big block party because there were no parents around.]]

    Gun Massacres: Why the Republican Party Doesn't Act

    Nicholas Kristof yesterday had a roughly 3000 word essay with loads of data titled "How to Reduce Shootings". The word "Republican" does not appear at all in it. "NRA" - uh, no mention of it.  "Liberal" appears twice, as in "Frankly, liberal opposition to guns has often been ineffective, and sometimes counterproductive. The 10-year ban on assault weapons accomplished little...." Nick, the careful sincere liberal, being very politically correct, gives reams of data, never mentions Republicans, so as not to upset Republicans, as he just gives them..the GOP....the cold hard facts...!! Don't laugh, please.  There are eight dead students, and two teachers, whose lives have just been ended, and survivors, some gravely wounded, facing years of pain. Kristof means well, but as has been abundantly clear on many issues, facts do not matter to the Republican Party.

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    THE NADIR

    I have reached the nadir.

    How much more can I fall?

    And yet, according to Wiki, even the nadir is relative at best.

    We have a potus who lies.

    He lies about his height.

    He lies about his weight.

    He lies about his net assets.

    He lies about his previous statements.

    He lies about his current statements.

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