I have to use an image here, because the actual late-night tweet has been deleted: Here is what the president tweeted shortly after midnight on May 31: By now, everyone knows what it says. In reply to a Fox & Friends tweet about Jared Kushner and an anonymous source, the president tweeted, “Despite the constant negative press covfefe” Now, any reader will tell you, using context clues, that what the president almost certainly meant to type was coverage. It seems like an honest late-night, sleepy typo, and during normal times, a president or some vigilant staffer would have edited the tweet immediately, but weRead More →

  I’ve been away for about a week, and while I haven’t been posted anything, I have been giving a lot of thought to what I want to cover next. The election of the reporter-assaulting congressperson from Montana who has to swear to defend the constitution just after he choke-slammed a reporter to the ground for the offense of being asked a question about the Republicans’ health care bill? The revelation that Jared Kushner sought a way to communicate with the Russians without anyone being able to find out? The murder of 2 Good Samaritans by a trump supporter after three men stood up toRead More →

  President Barack Obama visited the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem during his visit to Israel in 2013. This was the message he left in the Center’s guest book: Nothing equals the wrenching power of this sacred place. If you come here a thousand times, each time our hearts will break. For here we see the depravity to which man can sink, the barbarity that unfolds when we begin to see our fellow human beings as somehow less than us, less worthy of dignity and life; we see how evil can, for a moment in time, triumph when good people do nothing.Read More →

Looks like we are in for another busy news day. Ever since word got out that somebody’s President invited Russian envoys and a TASS press crew into the Oval Office for a cordial chin-wag and an impromptu peek into his classified scrapbook of “awesome U.S. intelligence,” things have gotten–shall we say—a bit fucked up out here. The National Weather Service has upgraded the trump administration to a Category 5 hurricane. Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect. NORAD is at Defcon 2 and closing the blast doors at Cheyenne Mountain. Airline flight attendants are shouting a looped chorus of: “Brace! Brace! Heads down; stay down!” atRead More →

“Right now we’re up against a wall.  The country is in crisis.  We have a fool, who knows nothing about nothing, running the country…. Right now, we’re under siege.   Fix Bayonets!” —James Carville on November 20, 2016 Carville was addressing an audience at Miami-Dade College, just two weeks into the trump transition.  His next words were these: “Our problem is that we are too diligent; we want to solve everything.  Right now we have got to stop this man!  We have got to tell this country that we’re about to get run over. That’s what we have got to do.  We don’t have time forRead More →

Back in 1985, Depeche Mode released a compilation album called Catching Up with Depeche Mode. It was a way for new fans of the band to hear some of the singles the band had released in the previous 4 years. But what does Depeche Mode have to do with donald trump? Curiously enough, super racist-slash-aspiring-real-nazi Richard Spencer claimed, back in March, that Depeche Mode was the “official” band of the alt-right. Depeche Mode immediately rejected the claim and did everything they could to make it known they wanted absolutely nothing to do with the “c**ts” in the neo-nazi movement. The band told Billboard magazine, “ThisRead More →

Remember this guy seen here smiling with the orange fire demon while being photographed carrying a document entitled “Department of Homeland Security, Kobach Strategic Plan for First 365 Days” into a meeting with trump?  Well that is its author, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Only yesterday, Kobach had lost his court appeal and has been ordered to turn over all documents from his meeting with president trump to the ACLU by Friday as part of an ongoing voting rights lawsuit against his office. That photograph had revealed a reference to voting rolls. The ACLU has been petitioning for access to the documents, contending thatRead More →

A reporter for the Public News Service was arrested in the West Virginia state capitol yesterday for shouting questions to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. This received little attention in the wake of the firing of FBI Director James Comey, and I find this a bit troubling that reporters seemed content to mostly ignore this as they were fixated on the Comey story. This is not to say that the Comey story isn’t huge, but in an age of 24-hour news, one would think that the evening “news” shows could have devoted some time to analyze the story of one of their ownRead More →