This was a pretty stupid week, in terms of the news cycle. People did stupid and nonsensical things and everybody dwelled over it, even as we all got sick. Maybe we were all high on cough medicine?
I know! Let’s dwell on it some more (and have some more of that delicious Robitussin). First off, I’ll take one more stab at Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury before it is completely forgotten. I went to all the trouble of making this fun infographic for your enjoyment.
As I’ve said, the book is more about Bannon than anything else. I didn’t filter out mentions of “Trump Administration” or “Trump Tower”, so Bannon’s prominence in the book is actually downplayed on that graph. Also, you are reading that correctly. The word “Jew” appears more times than “Mueller” or “Manafort”. Here’s a bizarre example that didn’t get much attention while this book was being discussed in the media.
Something like half of the uses of “Jew” are over the course of five pages and it seems that Wolff was just trying to see how many times he could cram the word into a few passages. Of course he mentions that Trump is a big Jew hater, but then he throws the word around like he thinks that it’s some sort of kryptonite to Trump.
Anyway, I found it weird that the Mueller investigation was less important to Wolff’s narrative than highlighting all the Jewy Jews that Jew-bashing Trump Jewed in Jew York even as his now-Jew daughter married a Jew leading him to placate all the Jews in the Jewish state of Israel because he’s a Jew who wears his faith like Jewelry. Jew, Jew, Jew, Jew, Jew, Jew, Jew…
I guess that’s it for Wolff, since the book’s credibility has been ripped to shreds and its protagonist, Bannon, has been broken.
Senator Feinstein, who has previously pissed off liberal voters by stating that no evidence has been found that Trump colluded with muh Russians, delighted them when she released the Fusion GPS transcripts without consulting anyone else on the Senate Intelligence Committee. I suppose she did it out of spite for Senator Grassley sending a criminal referral to the DOJ over Christopher Steele, but she hasn’t been clear on her reasoning.
First she was trying to “clear the record”. Next it was because she was “pressured”. And then it was “I had a cold”. Whatever, the true reason, Feinstein should not have done this because the investigation was still ongoing and it’s going to influence the testimony of future witnesses. Or maybe that was her intention since it’s her party that is most tangled up with Fusion GPS’s potential interference in the 2016 election.
She should be suspended from the intelligence committee pending the outcome of an ethics investigation. Nunes was removed from the House committee temporarily for less than this.
Can we make it through another post without invoking the “shithole” word? Of course not. I now firmly believe that Trump is an evil and depraved man for suggesting that countries in which brown people live are awful and that we shouldn’t simply let them move here. Nor should we should compare them to predominately white countries. I have seen the error of my ways because this was a perspective once advocated by that known xenophobic, Alt-Right racist maniac, uhhh, Lindsay Graham.
.@LindseyGrahamSC, who attacked Trump for "s***hole" comment, in 2013: "The people coming across the southern border live in HELLHOLES. They don’t like that. They want to come here. Our problem is we can’t have everybody in the world who lives in a HELLHOLE come to America." pic.twitter.com/62IFpcssut
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 13, 2018
Well, that’s just awkward. Here I thought that Trump was being influenced by me and it turns out that I was really being influenced by Graham. He has been in control all along and has better words than Trump. There are those who will try to convince me that this is somehow different from what Trump said but….(whispers)….it fucking isn’t.
Seeing journalists run around repeating “shithole!” at every opportunity makes me laugh. It’s sort of like how Thrill Jr will watch a movie like Big Ass Spider or Hellboy and he gets a such a kick out of saying the title over and over again. In his case, it’s just because he knows his mom can’t get mad at him for saying “ass” and “hell” if he’s just saying the name of a movie he likes. Doesn’t matter what the movie is about. He just likes saying funny words. Similarly, journalists aren’t providing the public with a rational debate on immigration policy nor do they care. It’s all about the funny “shithole” word. Amateurs.
From my point of view, the furor over “shitholes” wasn’t the most exasperating bit of gibberish this week. No, that honor belongs to 9th Circuit Federal Judge William Alsup. I defy anyone to try and surpass this tweet’s perfection at summarizing the lunacy that a president cannot nullify by executive order his immediate predecessor’s unconstitutional executive order.
Obama: I have the power to implement a discretionary policy by memo.
Trump: I don't think the executive has that power. I'm undoing the policy by memo.
The Court: You do have the power, so you can't undo the policy you have the power to implement.
— Morry Christ-Mos ☃️ (@molratty) January 10, 2018
You can’t. You also can’t rationalize this ruling, as the Supreme Court will eventually demonstrate. This is full-on rogue court behavior. Just in case you think it’s funny, keep in mind that Democratic presidents will be dealing with a multitude of Trump nominees for decades to come, thanks to all of the unfilled vacancies during Obama’s term.
As "shithole" rages . . .
four more judges confirmed this week, bringing the total Circuit and District to 23 by my count.
— Larry Schweikart (@LarrySchweikart) January 13, 2018
So you think the Republicans are the only experts at blowing easily winnable Senate elections by entertaining parody campaigns such as Roy Moore’s and Joe Arpaio’s? Naive fool. Are you ready for Democratic Senator Chelsea Manning, 2018?
Honestly, I cope with it all by just reminding myself that this chaotic phase must eventually come to an end. Also, I drink lots of cough syrup. Sure, I occasionally find pieces of mailboxes stuck in the grill of my car and accidentally release classified information from ongoing intelligence probes, but that’s the way I’m living.
Oh, the Trump Curse hit Oprah hard this week, turning her home into a shithole when it was revealed that she was even considering running for president in 2020. And you wonder why I shill so much for Trump? I’m too frightened not to.
Oprah Captures Montecito Mudslide Property Damage Around Her Home https://t.co/gYsBIat5N6
— TMZ (@TMZ) January 11, 2018
Some non-gibberish I enjoyed this week. It’s sort of nice to get the “Trump really did want to become president, has been working toward that goal for a long time, and used profound psychological techniques to achieve it” perspective from someone other than Scott Adams every now and then.
Admittedly, I’m a couple of months late on discovering it, but there it is.
Also, here’s something non-political from Vox that taught me something I didn’t know. Why do people think they can improve their shithole kitchens with granite countertops?
There’s more that I’m sure I’ve forgotten in my Ny-Quil haze. What shall we talk about?
No, wait. About what should we talk?
That’s not right either. What shall we discuss?