The One Trick Pony’s One Hundred Daze

Trump’s mad dash to 100 days
Ben White / Politico

President Donald Trump has dismissed the idea of measuring the success of his first 100 days in office as “ridiculous.”  But the president and his top officials have made a number of startling moves this week with the deadline in mind, and Trump has privately obsessed …

After 100 days, it can safely be concluded: Donald Trump is a one-trick pony. His entire schtick is bluster and intimidation. He cannot be wrong, and will do anything, ANYthing to NOT be wrong. As Hillary noted: “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”

North Korea. Case closed. But there are other considerations.

Consider: as questions about Jeff Sessions’ potential perjury in his confirmation hearings, Trump tweeted that Obama had “wiretapped” him. “This is McCarthyism” he added, as nearly never reported in the focus on the FIRST sentence. Remember, Donald Trump (like most Republicans) projects like a sum’bitch.

But I have a theory as to the why and wherefore of our own national enfant terrible, the Hirsute Cheeto, weighing in at 20 stone: Donald J. Trump.

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Four and Score

Four-twenty, a slang term for smoking intoxicating forms of cannibis, a/k/a marijuana, comes to us, urban etymologists tell us, from a group of California high school stoners who met at that time in an appointed place to partake of the outlawed hemp. CBS even commissioned a poll just for the occasion:

Support for marijuana legalization at all-time high
CBS News

— Sixty-one percent of Americans think marijuana use should be legal, a five-point increase from last year and the highest percentage ever recorded in this poll. Eighty-eight percent favor medical marijuana use. Seventy-one percent oppose the federal government’s efforts to stop marijuana sales and its use in states that have legalized it, including opposition from most Republicans, Democrats, and independents.

This is notable because hoary old CBS News is essentially seeking the “pro” audience in commissioning this poll for the underground holiday of 4/20, as in April 20, based on Jeff Spicoli’s high school rendezvous to get communally baked. Continue reading

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Such A Lot of Gore

Endings are always contained in beginnings:

Senate Confirms Gorsuch as Supreme Court Justice
New York Times

WASHINGTON — Judge Neil M. Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate on Friday to become the 113th justice of the Supreme Court, capping a political brawl that lasted for more than a year and tested constitutional norms inside the Capitol’s fraying upper chamber….

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Book Burning is Back – With A Twist

Trump Signs Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies
Coral Davenport / New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump signed on Tuesday a much-anticipated executive order intended to roll back most of President Barack Obama’s climate-change legacy, celebrating the move as a way to promote energy independence and to restore thousands of lost coal industry jobs….

When, instead of paper compilations — e.g. “books” — the information itself is being deleted, wouldn’t that qualify as “book burning” in the most existential sense?

A member of the SA throws confiscated books into the bonfire during
the public burning of “un-German” books on the Opernplatz in Berlin.
U.S. National Archives, via  United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Fissures of Men

In order to protect our country from the anecdotal scourge of murderous rapist foreigners, first it is important to declare war on one’s own cities:

AG Jeff Sessions takes aim at sanctuary cities, says DOJ will cut funding
Meghan Keneally / ABC News

—  Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a surprise appearance at today’s White House press briefing, slamming cities that are working to actively ignore the federal law to turn over people who are living in the country illegally….

Come to think of it, the cities are just the latest in a long string of declarations of war this maladministration is heir to: the ongoing war against the press, the idiotic angering, insulting and angering of our allies: Continue reading

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The Brightest Unlit Candles in the Room

Taxpayers and cheats

The more I think about it, the more I wish I’d pushed my book “Reality 101” a LOT harder. Because, fundamentally, it was a primer on political disinformation. C’est la vie.

Rachel Maddow Turned a Scoop on Donald Trump’s Taxes Into a Cynical, Self-Defeating Spectacle
Willa Paskin / Slate

— At 7:36 p.m. Tuesday, Rachel Maddow tweeted, “BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC. (Seriously),” sending the internet into a frenzy of theorizing. Did Maddow have Donald Trump’s tax returns or just one of the Trumps’ tax returns?\

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Which State(s) Ought to Die?

I have had a little meme for a while that is funny because it’s true:  Progressives protest war and torture; Conservatives protest health care and science.

Seldom has this been more true than today:

House GOP’s Obamacare Replacement Will Make Coverage Unaffordable For Millions — Otherwise, It’s Great
Avik Roy / Forbes

That’s not an ironic headline.  Leading House Republicans have included a number of transformative and consequential reforms in their American Health Care Act, the full text of which was published Monday evening. But those reforms are overshadowed by the bill’s stubborn desire to make health insurance unaffordable for millions of Americans, and trap millions more in poverty. Can such a bill garner the near-universal Republican support it will need to pass Congress?

As someone whose life was literally saved by Obamacare, I find the sheer callousness of the conservative response obscene. I am not going to go into the weeds here, but …

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