Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Michelle Goldberg, NYTimes: "Stop Giving Trump The Benefit of the Doubt"







"...everything liberals said about the tax bill turned out to be true.

Contrary to Republican claims, wage growth has been anemic. Instead of sharing the wealth with employees, companies have spent record amounts of money buying back their own stock.

The tax cuts are creating larger deficits than Republicans predicted, and those deficits are now being cited as a pretext for cutting spending on the poor.

They remain unpopular. Republicans in some districts have abandoned them as an election issue."





On to Trump's Begging for a Nobel Peace Prize for a Summit with NoKo That May Not Happen:


Watching this unfold should have helped inoculate commentators against Trumpist bamboozlement. It has not. In March, Trump spontaneously accepted an offer, conveyed to him by a South Korean envoy, to meet directly with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. North Korea has sought a one-on-one meeting with a sitting American president for years, believing it would legitimate it as a global power, but previous administrations have refused. “No American president has ever agreed to meet a North Korean leader before because that is a huge concession in and of itself,” Robert Kelly, a political science professor at South Korea’s Pusan National University,

Three weeks away from a summit that may or may not actually happen, reports show a president terrifyingly unprepared for high-stakes diplomacy. After being conciliatory for several weeks, Kim Jong-un has started pushing back against the United States, exactly as experts predicted he would. “Mr. Trump’s aides have grown concerned that the president — who has said that ‘everyone thinks’ he deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts — has signaled that he wants the summit meeting too much,” David Sanger reported in The New York Times. 

The U.S. government has even issued a commemorative coin about the summit featuring Trump and “Supreme Leader” Kim Jong-un face-to-face, signaling to the world that it’s now the American president who craves legitimation from the North Korean dictator.

The embarrassment that is currently in the White House:

Friday, May 18, 2018

Trump's America






From The Daily Beast:

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, Texas Shooting Suspect, Posted Neo-Nazi Imagery Online 

Before allegedly killing at least 8 people, he apparently posted online images of a Nazi medal, a musician favored by the alt-right, and a “born to kill” t-shirt.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the suspected gunman who opened fire at a Texas high school on Friday morning, apparently posted photos of neo-Nazi iconography online, according to social media accounts flagged by classmates and reviewed by The Daily Beast. 

 Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said the suspect was a 17-year-old male student at Santa Fe High School where 10 people were killed. The suspect was taken into custody, Trochesset told reporters. Explosive devices were left inside the school near Houston, authorities said. The suspect reportedly had an assault-style rifle, shotgun, and pistol.

IMMIGRATION IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

My father and mother were Italian immigrants similar to the people in this cartoon.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Word play from the Washington Post


A change of pace from the daily horror stories coming out of the Trump administration.



The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. 

 And the winners are: 

 1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.  

2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained. 

 3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach. 

 4. Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk. 

 5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.

 6. Negligent, adj. Absent mindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown. 

 7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp. 

 8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash. 

 9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller. 

10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline. 

 11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam. 

 12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists. 

 13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist. 

 14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms. 

 15. Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there. 

 16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.




Fellow blogger Infidel753 has a different take on word play. What if words actually meant what they spelled?