Trump’s behavior regarding Russia has always presented a serious security concern

Longtime conservative Republican Tom Nichols in USA Today, “All signs point the same way: Vladimir Putin has compromising information on Donald Trump”:

Trump’s behavior regarding Russia has always presented a serious security concern. But when Trump fires the director of the FBI, and then brags about it to actual Russians, only the most stupid or craven law enforcement agency would decline to investigate what to any counterintelligence officer would be the brightest of dozens of flashing red lights.
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This is not normal, in any way. As things stand, more people in the Kremlin than in Washington know what Trump said to Putin. It is almost certain that there are readouts and analyses of Trump’s discussions with Putin — but that for now, they are in Russian.

Finally, it is exhausting but nonetheless necessary to point out again the titanic hypocrisy of the Republican Party and of Trump’s apologists in the conservative media. If President Barack Obama had shredded his notes of a meeting with the Iranian president, or if Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager were sitting in jail for lying about meeting a Chinese business associate — and alleged intelligence officer — to share polling data, that alone would have been enough for the GOP to impeach everyone from the president to the White House chef.

Every time I think the President’s actions can’t get any more shocking or disturbing…

Monday 7th of January 2019

“I’m Penn Jillette, and along with all the Moxie Games event organizers, hosts and commentators, we thank you for watching. This has been a Moxie Games production: the worldwide leader in… this type of stuff.” The Moxie Games on ESPN


Thursday 3rd of January 2019

Disney•Pixar: Meet Ducky (voice of Keegan-Michael Key) and Bunny (voice of Jordan Peele) in this new teaser trailer for Toy Story 4. See the film in theatres June 21, 2019.

Can’t wait!!!


Even the Apprentice Producers had to Struggle to Make Trump–and His Decisions–Seem Coherent

Daniel Politi writing at Slate:

“[Trump] had just gone through I don’t know how many bankruptcies. But we made him out to be the most important person in the world. It was like making the court jester the king.” Bill Pruitt, a producer on the show, said, “We walked through the offices and saw chipped furniture. We saw a crumbling empire at every turn. Our job was to make it seem otherwise.”

As I’ve always said, the President isn’t a particularly smart man, nor is he a particularly better-than-average businessman, but he played both on TV.

Thursday 27th of December 2018

Ok, so 3 days in and I can see that I’ll soon be acclimated to the Touch Bar, I love—LOVE—being able to unlock my MacBook Pro with Touch ID or my Apple Watch, but I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to the butterfly keyboard…Ugh!


Merry Christmas, indeed.

NextDraft: Fallible

Dave Pell at NextDraft on the Chicago Tribune’s report that over 500 Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse have yet to be publicly identified by the Catholic Church:

We’ve become desensitized by the vast number of these stories. But keep in mind, we’re talking about the number of perpetrators. The number of victims is much, much higher. And we’re talking about one state. This is an ongoing crime of historic proportions for which almost no one has paid a price.

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

Popular Science: “Your super liberal and super conservative relatives might all have one thing in common.” People with extreme political views have trouble thinking about their own thinking.


Tuesday 18th of December 2018

“Getting fired for ethics violations in the Trump administration is like being fired from the Rockettes for kicking.” Stephen Colbert, Late Show monologue, Monday, December 17, 2018.


Monday 17th of December 2018

“WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a tense meeting on Monday, leading Cabinet members warned Donald J. Trump that shutting down the federal government would make it exponentially harder for them to steal from.” Cabinet Warns Trump That Shutting Down Government Would Make It Harder to Steal From