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Friday April 06, 2018

Dammmmnn

“When it comes to the phenomenon of Donald Trump, you have to give him this: sanctimony is not foremost among his sins. He provokes no moral disappointment, because he creates no moral expectations. Just as his business career was characterized by Mob-connected cronies, racial bias, aggrieved contractors, dubious partners, byzantine lawsuits, and tabloid sensation, his Presidency dispenses with ethical pretense. Human rights in foreign affairs, compassion for the disadvantaged in domestic affairs, and truth in public statements are objects only of disdain.”

— David Remnick, “Cambridge Analytica and a Moral Reckoning in Silicon Valley: The latest Trump-adjacent scandal will have consequences far outside the White House,” New Yorker

Read this last night. Just went “Dah-yum.” If Trump had sense enough, he'd wither from the brutal truth of it. But part of his power is in his obtuseness. That's part of how he's never held accountable. You get the feeling when the reckoning comes, it will come, not for him, but for the country.

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Posted at 06:45 AM on Apr 06, 2018 in category Politics
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Wednesday March 28, 2018

The NRA's People Problem

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Posted at 09:50 AM on Mar 28, 2018 in category Politics
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Sunday March 25, 2018

What I Saw at the Revolution

Yesterday, Patricia, Ward, Linda, Pasha, David and I joined the #MarchForOurLives protest, started by the kids at Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in Parkland, Florida, following the school shooting there that left 17 dead on, of all days, Feb. 14, 2018.

The Seattle march went from Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill, through downtown, from 4th to 5th Avenue, and on to the Space Needle and Seattle Center. There's no official estimate on numbers. The Times (both Seattle and New York), keep using the term “thousands,” which makes it seem rinky-dink. This protest was anything but. At one point, the march stretched from Cal Anderson to the Space Needle—meaning some finished the 2.2 miles before others got the chance to start—and my own observation backs this up.

When it began, I think we were close to the front but peeled off for a Top Pot break (coffee for most, raised glazed for me), then joined in again. At Seattle Center, we were directed down Harrison, and, thinking that was the end (per the recent Women's Marches), hung out against a wall awhile. 10 minutes maybe? Ward, checking twitter, said Gov. Jay Inslee was giving a speech, so we kept going, to the space opposite the International Fountain, and hung out and listened to speeches there for another 15 minutes or so. Then the walk home. As we passed under the Space Needle, we saw, over on 5th Avenue, marchers still streaming in, a street full of people moving at a steady clip. A half hour after we finished. 

“Thousands,” Seattle Times?

The more important numbers will be seen on Tuesday, Nov. 6. I've never seen my side so energized about a mid-term election. 

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Start of the march just off Cal Anderson, under cloudy skies and low 40s.

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Downtown Seattle. The Emma sign was made by the 13-year-old daughter of a friend of ours.

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Looking up Pine toward Cal Anderson.

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Great “Three Billboards” take

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 My favorite sign. Under clear skies and high 40s.

The NRA posts.

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Posted at 08:43 AM on Mar 25, 2018 in category Politics
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Wednesday March 21, 2018

Brennan vs. Trump: Dawn of Justice?

This is how nuts everything is.

On Friday, March 16, the Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Sessions, fired the deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, two days short of his retirement, for reasons we‘re not quite clear on yet, but which, overall, smack of political retribution. Shortly thereafter, the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, sent this message to the nation via tweet:

Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!

It’s that classic GOP strategy—accuse others of your own crimes—filtered through the taunting and bullying manner of a third-grader. I‘ll pause for a second to remind everyone that Trump wouldn’t even be president if it wasn't for James Comey. 

But that's not the nuts thing. 

The following morning, the former director of the CIA, John O. Brennan, responded to Trump, the sitting president of the United States, with this quote-retweet of his own:

When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America ... America will triumph over you.

Again, that's from a former director of the CIA to the sitting president of the United States. For everyone to see.  

But in a way that's not the nuts thing, either. The nuts things is that this isn't making headlines. It's barely a blip on the media radar.

No tagsPosted at 06:25 AM on Mar 21, 2018 in category Politics
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Sunday February 25, 2018

Or The Children's Crusade

In the wake of the high school students in Parkland, FL leading the charge against the NRA, a friend posted the following on Facebook last week:

Sophie Scholl: And the children shall lead

Seveal movies have been made about Sophie Scholl and the White Rose group—non-violent intellectuals at the University of Munich who opposed Hitler in the midst of World War II—most recently in “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days,” from 2005. And wasn't there some line in there that really resonated with me, and that I'd posted about before? No, I hadn't posted about it before. But there was a line. I found it in an old Word doc full of potential ideas for MSNBC.com, although, really, it's not much of an idea. It's just a condemnation, by comparison, of the previous Republican administration. 

The powers-that-be want Sophie to sign an apology after she's caught passing out anti-Hitler leaflets at the university:

Nazi official: Following our talks, have you come to the conclusion that your action together with your brother can be seen as a crime against society, and in particular against our hard-fighting troops, and that it must be harshly condemned?
Sophie: Nein.

Conflating attacks on a political entity with attacks on the soldiers following the orders of that political entity: Never goes away, does it?

The day Sophie Scholl was killed for speaking reason to tyranny was Feb. 22.

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Posted at 06:18 AM on Feb 25, 2018 in category Politics
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