Via Medium, and a nice post by William Sonn with an alternative answer to "Which Roman emperor does Trump resemble most?"—Caracalla, he argues persuasively.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Monday, June 29, 2020
Saturday, June 27, 2020
The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March, the officials said. Officials developed a menu of potential options — starting with making a diplomatic complaint to Moscow and a demand that it stop, along with an escalating series of sanctions and other possible responses, but the White House has yet to authorize any step, the officials said.
Friday, June 26, 2020
|Via Washington Area Spark. Note it was a multiracial crowd.|
- "We" are losing the battle against Covid-19;
- "all Americans but especially white Americans" are rapidly learning about the struggles involved in being an African American;
- the American public is "vehemently rejecting" the Republican Party under Trumpian leadership;
- American cultural institutions are being taken over by the "quasi-religion" of Social Justice, which sees history as "essentially a power struggle between groups, some of which are oppressors and others of which are oppressed", and speech as "a form of violence that has to be regulated"; and
- we might be on the verge of a severe depression.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
|Via Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.|
Monday, June 22, 2020
You know what? This is fantastic. pic.twitter.com/AkVzGC1zM0— DeMarcus 🛹 (@semperdiced) June 21, 2020
Sing, O Muse, the Ramp of Achilles
by Donald J. Trump
You know, it was interesting. To show you how fake they are. You might haveseen it. So last week they called me, and they say, ‘Sir, West Point. West Point.We’re ready.’ I said, ‘Oh that’s right, I have to make a commencement speechat West Point.’ You know they delayed it for six weeks because of COVID. Sothey delayed it. And I went there, 1106 cadets were graduating, and beautiful.Beautiful cadets. So, just to show you how bad the fake news is. So, they say to me,‘Sir! We’re ready to go.’ I say, ‘Let’s go!’ This is after saying hello to a lotof cadets; inspecting little areas of a building. That was very exciting, actually,it’s beautiful, very old. Studied a lot of our great generals, some of our presidentsthat went there. West Point is beautiful. Right on the Hudson River. But after anhour – the general that runs it is a fantastic guy – after an hour, we land, wedo some more inspections and they say, ‘Sir are you ready?’ ‘Yes, I am.’ Sowe walk like, the equivalent of about three blocks, which was fine. We go on stage,which is fine. They make some speeches, then I make a speech. It lasted a long time,I don’t know, maybe 45 minutes, maybe longer, I don’t know, but a long time. The sunis pouring down on me. OK? But they said to me before the speech, ‘Sir! Would youlike to salute each cadet, each single cadet? Or maybe they’ll be in groupsof two. Would you like to salute? Like this, yes.
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Re-impeach. That's attempted murder. https://t.co/Nj1wHhd2JZ— 🔻Cookin With Yas🔻 (@Yastreblyansky) June 21, 2020
Joking when? When he told the rally or when he "told his people", starting around March? https://t.co/ojtyro90R5 We know he was doing it.— 🔻Cookin With Yas🔻 (@Yastreblyansky) June 21, 2020
Was Trump joking when he when he "made it clear" to Alex Azar in early March that Azar should not "push aggressive testing", as Politico's David Diamond told Terry Gross 12 March? https://t.co/1swYY6zFK0 pic.twitter.com/t1TRqtSCM4— 🔻Cookin With Yas🔻 (@Yastreblyansky) June 21, 2020
Saturday, June 20, 2020
This would not surprise me. https://t.co/7oCHiv9jgN— Richard M. Nixon (@dick_nixon) June 20, 2020
conducted an investigation into Mr. Trump’s inaugural committee, subpoenaing financial and other records as part of a broad inquiry into possible illegal contributions from foreigners.I assume that means The Times knows this from looking at the filings, and the same presumably goes for reports of the SDNY continuing its investigations of Deutsche Bank—weirdly, Berman's deputy Robert Kharzumi, and the bizarrely unqualified person Barr wants to replace Berman, SEC chairman Jay Clayton, have both represented Deutsche Bank as attorneys, and, Forbes comments,
Friday, June 19, 2020
|Drawing by David Levine, 27 October 1983.|
I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
|Image by Donkey Hotey 2018, via es.news-front.|
I swear this is real. pic.twitter.com/7iMokfB90R— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) June 18, 2020
the moment he cites as the real “turning point” for him in the administration had to do with an attack on Iran that, to Bolton’s abject disappointment, didn’t happen.
In June 2019, Iran had shot down an unmanned American drone, and Bolton, who has always championed what he proudly calls “disproportionate response,” pushed Trump to approve a series of military strikes in retaliation. You can sense Bolton’s excitement when he describes going home “at about 5:30” for a change of clothes because he expected to be at the White House “all night.” It’s therefore an awful shock when Trump decided to call off the strikes at the very last minute, after learning they would kill as many as 150 people. “Too many body bags,” Trump told him. “Not proportionate.”
Bolton still seems incensed at this unexpected display of caution and humanity on the part of Trump, deeming it “the most irrational thing I ever witnessed any President do.”
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
|Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, figurine by Donald F. Saari, 1973, via WorthPoint.|
Monday, June 15, 2020
|After the Bath. Drawing by Edgar Degas ca. 1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales.|
Such a pleasure to see the Supreme Court frustrating the presidency with their refusal today to take on bullshit gun rights cases and the DOJ desire to challenge "sanctuary cities" laws, but obviously the big thing is their recognition, by a 6-to-3 margin, that LGBTQ people can be discriminated against under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act since "sex" became a protected category in 1991. Apparently because, as I suspected, Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Gorsuch (who wrote the very well crafted opinion) have some limits as to how low they're willing to go in gratifying Republicans. Not that they're nice people, and I don't think you should be too optimistic about the survival of the Affordable Care Act or the exposure of the Trump tax returns (I'm going to express a tiny hope on both, and a stronger one on the survival of the DACA program), but they see themselves as true aristocrats, too good to follow the Republicans all the way into the swine trough.
Sunday, June 14, 2020
You know, since today is officially #ObamaAppreciationDay, I'd just like to remind y'all what it was like to have a President who wasn't scared of a "steep" slippery ramp.— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) June 14, 2020
Also, #TrumpIsNotWell. pic.twitter.com/nSnu0Xz8iO
There is literally always a tweet pic.twitter.com/8k31fMJ7dK— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) June 14, 2020
The Last Thing I Was Going to Do
by Donald J. Trump
The ramp that I descendedafter my West Point Commencement speechwas very long & steep,had no handrail and, mostimportantly, was very slippery.The last thing I was going to dois “fall” for the Fake News tohave fun with. Final ten feetI ran down to level ground. Momentum!
The nature of ramps dictates that they are rarely both steep and long. https://t.co/e6fErCzVKD— Allison Tolman (@Allison_Tolman) June 14, 2020
The water was very dense and liquid, and most of all in a very slippery glass. I tossed back the last three or four ounces in a single three-finger schlug.— Leaves of Yas (@Yastreblyansky) June 14, 2020
Friday, June 12, 2020
|"Treason Memorial: The Portrait of Tom Cotton" by Daniel Edwards, 2015, when Cotton and 46 other Republican senators violated the Logan Act by going over President Obama's head to attempt negotiating directly with Ayatollah Khamenei, depicting "the life-size head of Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton looking seditiously ahead, beneath the looming representation of Iranian leader Ali Khamenei, who appears to have a sly and divisive smile. Etched below is a ‘U.S. seal of treason,’ featuring the bald eagle, scornful and glaring with its back turned away, accompanied by text which describes the offense committed by the 47 senators." Via Send2Press Newswire.|
The battle over Senator Tom Cotton's fascist piece calling for the deployment of federal troops across the country in an "overwhelming show of force" against the "orgy of violence" perpetrated by "left-wing radicals like antifa" and their "thrill-seeking rich" allies in "exotic cars" continues even after James Bennett's departure, and The Times is presenting more commentary. Here's Mr. Bret Stephens:
In the week of the Op-Ed’s publication, an ABC News/Ipsos poll found that 52 percent of Americans favored deploying troops to help quell violent unrest in American cities. That’s not a political fringe unworthy of consideration. And Tom Cotton isn’t some nobody you’ll never hear from again. He has the pulse of his party, the ear of the president and an eye on higher office. Readers deserve an unvarnished look at who this man is and what he stands for.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
|At the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, Bucks, Matilda confronts President Trump. Photo credit PA via BBC.|
Monumental and Very Powerful
by Donald J. Trump with Stephen Miller
It has been suggested that we should renameas many as 10 of our Legendary Military Bases.These Monumentaland very PowerfulBases have becomepart of a Great American Heritage,and a history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom.The United States of America trainedand deployed our HEROES on these HallowedGrounds, and won two World Wars.Therefore, my Administrationwill not even consider the renamingof these Magnificent and FabledMilitary Installations.Our history as the Greatest Nation in the Worldwill not be tampered with. Respect our Military!
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
|Drawing by George Herriman. Via.|
Monday, June 8, 2020
|Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images, Camden, August 2013, from Slate coverage of President Obama's 2015 visit to Camden in support of de-militarizing the police, another negative slogan that hasn't paid off.|
Sunday, June 7, 2020
|Trump's new fence has become a democratically created memorial on Black Lives Matter Plaza. Photo by Brian C./Popville.|
The guy who have Strom Thurmonds eulogy is not going to be the most progressive.— Who will police the police? (@JinxSocialist) May 27, 2020
The piece is not about the "guy" it's about the party. If you want to be a leftist you should obsess less over personalities and pay more attention to institutions and structures.— Leaves of Yas (@Yastreblyansky) May 27, 2020
Friday, June 5, 2020
|Drawing by Baulking Trams/DeviantArt.|
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Mr. Barr was concerned about demonstrations near the White House over the weekend that had resulted in a small basement fire at St. John’s and graffiti on the Treasury Department headquarters, so he resolved to push the security perimeter farther from the mansion.
Monday, June 1, 2020
|Harvard Business Review staff/d3sign/Getty Images.|
Asked if Trump plans to address a nation in crisis, Nat Sec Adviser O’Brien tells @jaketapper that Trump has already made “very eloquent remarks” about the protests and George Floyd death.— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) May 31, 2020
by Donald J. Trump
It’s a local situation,but we’re also making itinto a federal situation,aand it’s a terrible thing.bWe all saw what we saw,cand it’s very hard to evenconceive of anything otherthan what we did see.dIt should never happen,should never be allowedto happen, a thing like that.But we’re determinedthat justice be served, and Ispoke to members of the familye —terrific people, and we’ll bereporting as time goes by.
The makers of this window need to use this in their ads. Gotta give the person credit for trying. And knowing when to give up. https://t.co/xAlIQipz4R— Writing Our Destiny in Hand Sanitizer and Booze (@planecrazy) June 1, 2020
White lefty academic basically saying that the fires are being started by people like him. I think he’s right. https://t.co/iYVOj56ln5— Henry Porter (@HenryPorters) May 31, 2020
to be alive, but to be young was very heaven.— Leaves of Yas (@Yastreblyansky) May 31, 2020
Sadly, no, it sucked. But the young well-protected white folk--I like to think it's mostly from private colleges--think they missed something great.