Sunday, May 28, 2017

New World Order

Maybe not exactly how I envisaged the end of the America empire.

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is urging European Union nations to stick together in the face of new uncertainty over the United States and other challenges.

Merkel said Sunday at a campaign event in Bavaria that “the times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days.”

Welcome Home

And happy Sunday to your lawyers!

Morning Thread

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

#1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Frightened Rabbit - Modern Leper



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Margot and The Nuclear So and Sos - Vampires in Blue Dresses

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The Most Serene Republic - Present Of Future End

The Beat So Sweet

Journalism is corrupt. Of course it is! I mean, journalists (and their editors) face trade-offs like everybody does. Perhaps it's worthwhile printing the occasional bit of bullshit in exchange for access! I am not actually arguing with this. I do think there's a bit of a problem with this because most readers have no sense of how the sausage gets made, and journalists like to present themselves as objective truthtellers. Sometimes even the very good ones will print some bullshit as a bit of investment. Again, I am not even saying that this is wrong. But sometimes printing bullshit has big consequences, and that is important, also, too...

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Guess I should finish this. I'm From Barcelona - Get In Line

Life Without Javanka

Aside from his looming legal difficulties, conflicting tales about whether Jared is ready to take his ball and go home. So much for peace in the Middle East and solving the opioid crisis. I had such high hopes.

Javanka are there because Trump needs someone to be in the room to make sure he doesn't wander off and to make sure he "remembers" what is said to him. Without them...

Young

Jared Kushner is 36. When did 36 become "young"?

Related

Presidenting is hard.

President Donald Trump has canceled a rally in Iowa next week, citing "an unforeseen change" in the president's schedule.

"Due to an unforeseen change in President Trump's schedule, we will need to unfortunately postpone the previously scheduled rally in Cedar Rapids on June 1st," according to an email sent from his campaign Saturday.

Remember that the rallies were what he loved, what he wanted to keep doing...

Well Then

I'm a bit mixed on whether we need to know every little health detail about the president, but...

The distance between Donald Trump and his G7 partners was spelled out dramatically today when Theresa May and the leaders of Italy, France, Germany, Japan and Canada strolled the streets of Taormina, Sicily — while he followed in a golf cart.

Martyrs

If the story is as told (no reason to doubt it) jesus fuck these guys are heroes and if I hear of how to help their loved ones let us do that.

Multiple witnesses told KATU the suspect was hurling racial insults at two women, at least one of whom was wearing a hijab. Police wouldn't confirm their ages, but referred to them as "girls" and "young women."
Sgt. Pete Simpson with Portland Police added the suspect appeared to be acting erratically, and wasn't necessarily focused on anti-Muslim insults during the attack.
Two men who came to the women's defense had their throats slashed by the suspect, Sgt. Simpson said.

Diplomacy

Focused on the important things.
“These are the best,” he said, before explaining that his ambivalent attitude towards the EU was a consequence of his experiences trying to set up businesses, notably golf resorts, on the continent.

“He made a lot of references to his personal journey. He explained, for example, the functioning of Europe on the basis of his difficulties in doing business in Ireland,” one source told the Francophone paper.

Morning, Morning

On May 8th, the president's plane landed in D.C. and the president delayed deplaning for forty-five minutes. According to his son-in-law, who exited the plane and then returned twice, the president was busy doing something and did not want to be interrupted. Another aide said he was having a meeting.  Maybe he just needed a nap?

Friday, May 26, 2017

The stupidest person in the world.

I am out so I have to post with my phone but Jared lololololololololol

Philadelphia's Worst Humans

Nicole Paloux.

Not All There

I feel a bit like I'm taking one for the team here, but Trump is not all there and the people who know it have to say so. This is not a clinical diagnosis. This is an observation from someone who has seen Trump on his teevee his whole life and remembers when he was a rich dumbass who could string sentences together like any other rich dumbass Penn "special admissions" graduate instead of a guy who clearly isn't always quite sure where he is. People who work for him and journalists who have spent time with him know this. They have to say it. It's a problem. I don't want President Pence, either, but...

Probably True

But "the voters are horrible" does not win elections.

The Worst People In England

Katie Hopkins.

Today is....!!!

I got nothin'.

The 2016 Primary Will Never End

I suppose this is mostly limited to online political obsessives, though with social media their ranks have grown, but it is a bit maddening to see almost every discussion about the Democrats framed (implicitly or explicitly) in terms of Bernie versus Hillary. To the extent that this is roughly a policy discussion (Bernie representing more Left and Hillary representing more Center) that's not so bad, but it seems to go way beyond that, with literally everything that happens - every decision, every personality, every speech - being interpreted through that filter.