The Most Dishonest People on Earth

By SJWNY, a Trail Mix Contributor

The latest damning of the media made me think of the days when journalists were considered heroes to many. News People were cool. Really.

Following are quotes from different yet relevant time periods.  The lines from I, Claudius remind us that petty tyrants are eternal. They are not unique or special, just need to be identified and called out.

With that in mind, I yield to Claudius:

Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.

The big moment for me was making ‘All the President’s Men.’ It was not about Watergate or President Nixon. I wanted to focus on something I thought not many people knew about: How do journalists get the story? – Robert Redford

The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile. – Stephen K. Bannon

Tiberius: Has it ever occurred to you, mother, that it’s you they hate and not me?

Livia: There is nothing in this world that occurs to you that does not occur to me first. That is the affliction I live with. – I, Claudius (BBC)

This is a generation weaned on Watergate, and there is no presumption of innocence and no presumption of good intentions. Instead, there is a presumption that, without relentless scrutiny, the government will misbehave. – Dee Dee Myers

I want you to quote this. The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the President of the United States. – Stephen K. Bannon

Sejanus: I’ve no need of a trial to prove your guilt.

Gallus: A song sung by every small town corrupt policeman, which is what you are and what you should have stayed. I’ve watched your career with fascination, Sejanus, it’s been a revelation to me. I’ve never fully realized how a small mind, allied to limitless ambition and without scruple could destroy an entire country full of clever men. – I, Claudius (BBC)

The great thing about Watergate is, is that the system worked. The American system worked. The Press did its job. We did what we were supposed to do. – Carl Bernstein

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183 thoughts on “The Most Dishonest People on Earth”

  1. bid said last thread: That press link thing keeps popping up an authentication box here & there as I read comments. Weird

    kept happening to me too.  any ramifications otherwise out there?  Microsoft security warned about clicking on it so I didn’t but am wary of being ambushed anyway.

    mr. ddog, aside from that I really liked what that guy said…. yeah,  they sent in the clowns so send the interns to cover their circus elephants’ deposits. save the investigative experts to peek under the tents and into the back room of the big top.


  2. if you really want to ruin your day, listen to this… I dare you to get thru the whole 13 minutes without throwing something at the screen, kicking the dog/cat or both and running out the door screaming “what have we done!!!”

    Published on Jan 26, 2017

    Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the first week of the Trump administration, including moves to build a border wall, a visit canceled by Mexico’s president, a plan to cut “sanctuary city” funding, the president’s stance on the use of torture, debunked allegations of widespread voter fraud and the administration’s relationship to the press.

  3. It has been suggested that foreign correspondents switch places with their Washington counterparts for the duration of this administration. Those working in other countries, often in hostile situations, are used to looking at things with skepticism and capable of taking the scenic route in developing a story. Skills learned and earned while navigating roadblocks, so to speak, may be just what is needed in these troublesome times.



  4. sjwny, good idea.  foreign correspondents are used to having to translate other tongues.


    to all the trail, I sincerely apologize for posting that pbs interview but was compelled to share the pain… burden too much to bear alone.  do you realize it has only been a week, just 7 days of what seems like an eternity in hell.  how will we endure a whole term and still retain our sanity, self-esteem, civility….  to say nothing of saving the planet*

    *Jamie, you’re right about this, the preservation of the planet, is priority #1.  they say they are pro-life? make ’em prove it by saving ours and mother earth.

  5. A memorable line from the movie adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) : “It’s easier to say go out and die than it is to do it.”

    Journalists, media: Now is the hour. Contemplate if you can stand behind what you say, what you write. Are you willing to go to prison? It may seem impossible, but such things happen and have in fact happened. Democracy and freedom are built with such bricks. How will history remember you? Did you help shape history for the better?


  6. Six days in and still focused on his tiny support by his few supporters.  What has not been talked about with all the EO going out is they are being written by amateurs.  Most are not complete or are so screwy as to do real bad things.  At least the agencies are still allowed to ask questions, like if the VA is under the total freeze and the floater promised to make life great, the greatest the biggest and like the greatest O anyone has ever had, why is the VA not allowed to hire docs, nurses and therapists?  So a couple days later the VA head says hiring docs, nurses and therapists is a public safety thing and they will hire.  However, the WH has not stated that.


  7. Published on Jan 26, 2017

    Rachel Maddow gives an exclusive first look at the latest PPP poll showing Donald Trump with historically low approval ratings and that most Americans do not believe his lies about inauguration numbers, though his supporters do.

  8. A beautiful morning glory to you.  I awoke today thinking of Tony and I hope he still reads comments on the trail…especially this one.  I miss you Tony, but in some crazy Jungian-way I hope you know how many people are thinking of you.  I know you feel your safety has been compromised.  You are an absorber…you allowed yourself to let go in the political arena,  You gave us articles and facts.  I remember late one night on the trail when you discussed your Mom.  Heart-wrenching story on the hellbound healthcare bankruptcy train.  Your ability to emotionally connect is a wonderful trait.  So, please do not let the shame of loss keep you from us and if it does?  I understand and still really like you.

  9. Legitimizing Faux News is the first step in the media pollution process.  The quote of Carl Bernstein seems appropriate today, but where is he now?   It seems this New York Cafe society ‘breaking news’ driven media has given us a bloated Carl Bernstein where he used cable news to promote his books, most notably– the Hillary Book promotion.   Meanwhile, a minor investigation into ruskie hacking was never done by the crackerjack investigative reporters.  Their producers were too busy partying sort of like the cabaret-society of nazi germany.   I used to think trump was a narcissistic demagogue — not a fascist.  It IS bannon who is the fascist…changing our institutions.  trump just used the system to corruptly garner his win. I do not think the established repugs will let bannon have the power as he wants to destroy the establishment and then ‘establish’ his form of government where white, male landowners are only ones to cast their votes.

    Nice post, SJ.

  10. Latest tweet from John Fugelsang: Trump as POTUS is like a less likable less healthy less moral Nixon.

  11. now hannity is in the WH and faux news is the trusted news source…one outlet, one control.     This was the first election cycle where faux news was injected into the presidential debates...chris wallace.   I remember commenting here about the quiver in his voice and now?  He is stuck at faux news.   The lies beginning to take a toll on him as he missed the opportunity to move to network news.   He had a chance to escape as the lawyers hastened ailes ‘departure.’    The kelly woman escaped to NBC…and trump is ready to takedown NBC.  His former home that gave us the hollywood access tape, the apprentice, celebrity apprentice.   This is driving our policy and supporters are the only Americans that matter…ratings among the ‘hobbits and deplorables.’  I was tired of this takeover before it started.  A murdoch-run press rules the world.  Nationalists thrive…women’s ratings drop.  Punish the bad women…deny them education and birth control.  Same old same old of of ruppert’s world.


  12. Back in September I wrote the following.  Now I’m genuinely sorry I was being (at least temporarily) prescient.

    We have one candidate in Donald Trump who doesn’t seem to have an ethical center.  He reacts totally on the surface to whatever the latest event might happen and only responds to whatever petting of his ego that might make him feel better about himself.  He is sad and because he is sad he is dangerous.


  13. For as bad as Nixon was, and he was real bad, many parts of his bad will never be written, he cared about the United States.  He hung his shingle on many wrong things, but he did not want to destroy America.  Trump and his idiots want to destroy our country, and if some people are to be believed, hand the remains over to Russia.

  14. sjwny….   excellent post!  Our media is now driven only by ratings….  ratings equal profits.  Profits above all else…  the truth, love of country, etc., etc…

    So now the media is discovering that maybe it should have done a better job of reporting on frump….   shoulda, woulda, coulda….   now we’ll all pay the price.

    save your breath…  Tony isn’t reading here.

  15. let us hope that trump’s mental disorder does not expand to something more serious.  goldman sachs and faux news are his trusted advisers and entrenched into the oval office, which is now known as the trump ‘locker room.’  the loser of the popular vote desperate to change and rewrite history as is done in corporate America.

  16. Love this post! What a way to greet the day. Thank you, SJWNY.

    Guys, I don’t know why that Jay Rosen link on the previous post has the authentication pop-up. Think I will delete the post.

    Here’s Rosen on JellyAnne’s Mendacity and how the media should approach her. I will copy and paste. Consider how far removed this process is from asking a question (seeking information) of a government official in Trump WH (govt-funded obfuscator). Boldface my own:


    1/ Time for some game theory on why the news networks keep talking to Kellyanne Conway and what they should do in reply to her performance.

    2/ I already know what most of you think: Just stop having her on! Or: biased liberal media, you hate her ’cause she gets the better of you.

    3/ Here’s an alternative view: they’re never going to stop with @KellyannePolls. Never! She’ll be on TV for as long as she works for Trump.

    4/ But as I have said (18:49)… the journalists who interview @KellyannePolls have lost the plot. They are confused.

    5/ One reason to have her on is because she represents Donald Trump. But she doesn’t. It is common for her to say, “you’ll have to ask him.”

    6/ “If I have to ask him, then why am I talking to you?” The real problem is Trump feels free to contradict her. She doesn’t speak for him.

    7/ Point is: if @KellyannePolls cannot reliably represent the views of Donald Trump, that evaporates as justification for having her on TV.

    8/ Another rationale would be: It’s important for audiences to understand how Trumpworld thinks. @KellyannePolls gives us insight into that.

    9/ But the most striking quality of her on-air performance is that when @KellyannePolls is done talking you know less than when you started.

    10/ It’s not that @KellyannePolls deflects, or lies. These are normal arts. It’s that her gift is for subtracting from a viewer’s knowledge.

    11/ Keep in mind: @KellyannePolls is not in the cabinet. She doesn’t run anything. She has no line responsibilities. She is not a newsmaker.

    12/ If she cannot reliably represent Trump’s thinking — and she is a fog machine — there is no journalistic rationale for having her on TV.

    13/ Please realize: @KellyannePolls will continue to be interviewed on all networks, and most shows. But I think they should level with us.

    14/ The main reason they continue to interview her is to ward off criticism that they are insufficiently Trumpish. They should tell us that!

    15/ Another reason to have her on is that it’s entertaining to stage these struggles between @KellyannePolls and her interviewers. Conflict!

    16/ A third reason is more speculative. She is friendly and charming in the green room. The bonhomie makes them feel good about themselves.

    17/ As a close reader of @maddow, I know she’s frustrated that Republicans won’t come on her show. @KellyannePolls  will. Means a lot to her.

    18/ But none of that: protecting against criticism, good entertainment, green room bonhomie, “Republicans won’t come on my show, she will”—

    19/ —none of that is about SERVING VIEWERS, which is why it never gets explained to viewers. Look: you will continue to see @KellyannePolls.

    20/ The main reason is that the news divisions of our major networks are only partly about news. Were they viewer-first, she wouldn’t be on.

    21/ I know you have brilliant ideas about how to trap her. The point I leave you with: the networks are trapped BY her. She rules them. END.


  17. Bannon and ilk aiming for a generation with distrust of media, and destabilization of fourth estate along with the others.

    Oh, and like any modern Leninist, he wants to line his grubby pockets. He should spend some of those Benedict Arnold notes on a good haircut and personal trainer. Or cut to the Chase and buy a new liver.

  18. I am still building my firewall…involving myself in local politics as I am not part of this federal takeover.  faux news bragging about draining the swamp at the state department.   A takeover done on the backs of women…whom trump feels should be punished while he only cherishes repug women.  I know the loser of the popular voter thinks about inappropriately touching ivanka in the the Lincoln bedroom.  A passive incest desire of billionaires without borders…again, I have never implied trump has an appropriate, incestuous relationship with his daughter as he would think that is disgusting.  Instead I believe he is a passive perv…thinks about her in the small corners of his mind constantly and with mel in NY?  Lots of free time on those little hands.

  19. The Condom   I think she is having sex with  Bannon

    Chris Mathews obviously would like to

  20. The only reasonable thing for us (the TrumpUS) to do at this point is build settlements in Baja California. Doing so will cement our claim to all North American lands bearing the name California. I expect the Donald will seek the advice and counsel of his friend, the BiBi.

  21. Speaking of building walls, this old bit of news from the depression times of the 1930’s when Colorado wanted to build a southern wall to keep New Mexicans out!  An allegory of Big Ed and the wall.  It shows how things can turn easily, but they sour.  trump is ruining it for the little guy who supported him…his message seeps into their marrow.  Women are the problem, not the solution.   Men are strong…silver-backed gorillas the brexit mouth said…putie only understands tough.  Even today, the duma allows ruskie women to be beaten by their men…a new freedom revived by putin. I remember during the russian olympics (with doping) where the cassocks were whipping pussy riot females.  a turn-on.  assange accused of rape.  Just more demoralizing of women…get them off the stage.  bannon says so, putie says so, thiel says so, ruppert says so…

  22. I’m sure in his nasty little brain he’s thinking Putie just takes what he wants — I can invade Mexico and no one will do anything

    The Pretender in Chief and his band of Extraordinary Deplorables

    He should be made to name the person who said torture works

  23. here’s one of the latest new Ben & Jerry flavors….   it has one of this site’s favorite words….


  24. This morning’s lead Journal editorial shoves Trump’s Mexico policy right back in his face. Please, some kind soul, give others a workable link to it.

  25. I feel like every toilet in America has backed up. – Ms Cracker

    Because of Ms Cracker, my morning eggs backed up explosively onto my keyboard and screen. Thank goodness I have some janitorial experience.

  26. sjwny: Great post, the juxtaposition of the old and new schools of thought is brilliant! Best lines… “This is a generation weaned on Watergate, and there is no presumption of innocence and no presumption of good intentions. Instead, there is a presumption that, without relentless scrutiny, the government will misbehave. – Dee Dee Myers” “…I’ve never fully realized how a small mind, allied to limitless ambition and without scruple could destroy an entire country full of clever men. – I, Claudius (BBC)”

    Pat: I think KeithO hit the nail on the head in The Resistance #26…don’t do live interviews, fact check every lie and air it with the lies followed by the facts.

    Jamie: HA! I think he is using the Nixon Playbook as his guide! Nixon is the one who invented the Counselor to the President position so we can thank him for trump and his forked tongue crew.

  27. That’s how I spent my morning. Now it’s off to the urologist for another cystoscopy. As usual, we shall be looking for the recurrence of cancer.

    I just hope that Ms Cracker’s gripe remains buried in my memory during the procedure.

  28. Kellyanne Kornhole has been talking jibberish for years. Remember Politically Incorrect w/Bill Maher on Comedy Central & ABC?

    If the Repugz in Congress don’t step up & keep Trumpco in line, they will NEVER  win another election.  They are writing their resignation letters with their complacency.

    What is something everyone could do in their daily life to hog-tie (apologies to hogs) some of the whack-a-doodle-doo things TrumPence pushes through?

    Marches are great for those able, but I couldn’t even do a local march.

    Yes, maybe the real journalists and the talking heads should switch places.


  29. Nikki Hayley is picking fights at the UN.  She was the one, normal person (by comparison) that he chose for his team.  (sigh)

    I wonder if the megalomaniac-in-chief looks at word clouds?  If everyone stops using his name, would it destroy his ego?   An ego is like a balloon & the bigger it gets, the more likely it will rupture.  If he has a psychotic break, # 25 could be put into play.  Then again, how would we tell if he had a psychotic break?

    Where is Colleen?

  30. “how would we tell if he had a psychotic break?”

    bid, what a delightful question to contemplate.

    my 1st answer is: by his snorts. if more snorts than words, the louder and faster the snorts come building to a great crescendo… at which point he either keels over or flies around the room like a released balloon hitting walls/ceiling/people until he shrivels to a wrinkled quivering wad in the corner.

  31. now, now, bink… we?  of course we, the good ole u.s.of a., all of us peaceably transitioned from the sublime to the ridiculous.   btw, where were your pitchforks, tar and chicken feathers at the coronation that day?

  32. 2nd answer how we will know to bid’s “how would we tell if he had a psychotic break?” : 
    he stands naked, all his glorious splotchy globules aquiver, on the Truman balcony throwing his golden toys, paintings of himself, money by the fistful  to the winds yelling “I can’t take it anymore!”

  33. I’d be willing to bet Trump hasn’t slept in a week.  He won’t last long.  His GOP puppeteers will have to take center stage, then.

  34. Where is Colleen?

    BiD…  do you mean the person who used to post here 8-9 yrs ago?….  back when Sheila posted here regularly?  Or do you mean Coreen…  who Solar mentioned the other day?

  35. SJ, thanks for an inspiring Post.. as one who wrote a book on Attack the Messenger, I especially appreciated it.

    Is anyone following the DNC chair race? I’m a bit confused about where that’s going? Hearing there is little consensus, and a possible surprise candidate could emerge.

  36. forbes:

    “Simply put, any policy proposal which drives up costs of Corona, tequila, or margaritas is a big-time bad idea. Mucho Sad.”

    That was just one of a pair of tweets from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in response to a proposal from the Trump administration suggesting that a wall between the United States and Mexico might be paid for by a border tax.

    Reminding his constituents that Mexico is the United States’ third largest trading partner, Sen. Graham also tweeted, “Any tariff we can levy they can levy. Huge barrier to econ growth.”

  37. This past week we have the biggest flock of turkeys that we’ve ever had visiting our yard….  here’s a pic of about half of them….


  38. from missdomesticated:

    You can’t make this sh*t up. Remember the 2016 presidential election? Despite Trump’s lack of experience, plethora of offensive comments, sexual assault allegations, and Russian hacking scandal, people couldn’t stop talking about Hillary’s emails.

    You could literally rip Trump apart in front of a Trump supporter and they’d be like…”Yeah, you’re right. He’s terrible! But…HILLARY’S EMAILS! She should be locked up.”

    Now, a whopping 42 percent of Trump supporters think that he should be allowed to use a private email server.

    Yes, you heard us right. Supporters of the man whose entire campaign revolved around criticizing Hillary Clinton for using a private email server, think that he should be allowed to do the same exact thing. Say whaaaaaaa?

    per PublicPolicyPolling tweet: And finally by a 42/39 spread Trump voters think he should be allowed to have a private email server

  39. Craig

    List of declared candidates so far.  At present the main ones appear to be Ellison for the Bernie branch and Perez for the Hillary branch with Buttigieg and Brown as strong consensus contenders, but it would take a six arm clown to juggle this bunch.
    Declared candidates

    Sally Boynton Brown of Idaho, Executive Director of the Idaho Democratic Party since 2012
    Raymond Buckley of New Hampshire, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party since 2007
    Pete Buttigieg of Indiana, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana since 2012.
    Keith Ellison of Minnesota, U.S. Representative from Minnesota since 2007
    Jehmu Greene of Texas, Democratic strategist, Fox News analyst, and former Rock The Vote president
    Jaime Harrison of South Carolina, chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party since 2013
    Thomas Perez of Maryland, United States Secretary of Labor from 2013 to 2017

  40. The brains around Trump are are starting to die off:  British press corp was locked outside the White House because their birthdates were submitted in UK format and secret service didn’t understand it.

  41. Psst, those of you on Twitter: check out @RoguePOTUSstaff

    It was presented as legit in my Twitterfeed. I’m skeptical of a Deep Throat/Mark Felton at this point. One can always hope, though.


  42. patD – Colleen was a psychologist, wasn’t she?  Am I confusing her with Coreen?  At any rate, Cheeto needs professional analysis.

    rr – What a beautiful sight that must be in person.

    bink – I love conspiracy theories; quite entertaining.  I wouldn’t have been happy with Hillary, either.  Less concerned, probably, but not happy.


    Trumpco does NOT need to drop sanctions against the Russians in order to gain their cooperation in fighting ISIS.  They want them gone, too.  They do not need any incentive from us.   Suck it, Puty!

    Agreed.  The press needs to ignore all of the official mouthpieces & do some actual work.


  43. BiD

    We are not required to “like” the President.  The person in that office at the heart of things has only one job.  Hand the country over to the next person the same of better than when it got handed to them.  That means that out of whoever is running, we need to pick the most ready and capable of all those on offer and hope for the best.

    I’ve liked or only moderately disliked most of the Presidents of my lifetime in one way or another and faulted most of them at many stages for a variety of reasons.  This is the first time I feel that this President is very likely to cause some event that will violate that primary job.  The country will be worse off because he is President.

    Unfortunately, the way our election system is set up, only one of two candidates can win.  Any votes bled to 3rd or 4th parties condemns the nation to the lesser of the two major candidates and probably the one you want least.  Nader helped give us Bush who gave us Cheney that gave us Iraq and the situation we live with now.  At least Bush seems to be a somewhat harmless nebbish now while Cheney is noise.  Obama has worked for eight years to clean up that mess before the handoff.  He wanted Hillary to try to finish the job.

    Any votes that either sat home or went to Sanders, Stein, Johnson or any protest candidate gave us the madman in the White House.  Hillary made a lot of mistakes and that rests with her.  The rest of the blame goes to those who didn’t vote for her.


  44. Okay, no cancer. What I figured. A low psa #; yea even lower than last year.

    That said (metaphorically) I could still use a total body transplant. Or, merely a body transplant, and I’ll bring my own bladder & prostate.

  45. Not sure about Colleen, but  Coreen was a lawyer as I recall.

    patd, the private email server turnaround is almost unbelievable.  Almost.  But see, he’s already using an insecure server through a public platform called Twitter, and I bet there is no provision set up to preserve the twit’s tweets. One more time, the hypocrisy is stunning.

  46. XR, if you find a source for those replacement parts, let me know. (And yeah, I’ll bring my own prostate and bladder to the transplant party).

  47. RebelliousRenee,

    When you talk with Tony & OldSeahag, let them know they are missed. We need their heart & passion more than ever. We can be united on the fact the person who “won” ( cough, cough ) reflects the worst in us. What Tony & Oldseahag represent reflects the best in us.

    Plus, Ms. Hag makes the best damn chocolates around.


  48. Today is Mr. Olbermann’s birthday. How lucky we are that competent, intelligent people such as he put themselves on  the firing line instead of accepting cushy jobs and spewing the company mush. May I add Mr. Crawford likewise belongs in the pantheon of good guys who have their heads screwed on right & their hearts in the correct place. Stuff like this matters in society – at least a healthy, compassionate one. Truth is tough but in the end is the proper course for progression. Thank You to everyone who made the unpopular decision, stood on principles & integrity when compromising would have guaranteed a lucrative yet unsatisfying existence ( at least to those with a conscience.) Kudos to all who stand on the right side of history.


  49. Old bumper Sticker : I Break For Hallucinations.

    The Deadbeat Usurper : I Throw Bombs At Hallucinations.

  50. From an Environmental Protection Agency staffer. “So I work at the EPA and yeah it’s as bad as you are hearing: The entire agency is under lockdown, the website, facebook, twitter, you name it is static and can’t be updated. All reports, findings, permits and studies are frozen and not to be released. No presentations or meetings with outside groups are to be scheduled.
    Any Press contacting us are to be directed to the Press Office which is also silenced and will give no response.
    All grants and contracts are frozen from the contractors working on Superfund sites to grad school students working on their thesis.
    We are still doing our work, writing reports, doing cancer modeling for pesticides hoping that this is temporary and we will be able to serve the public soon. But many of us are worried about an ideologically-fueled purging and if you use any federal data I advise you gather what you can now.
    We have been told the website is being reworked to reflect the new administration’s policy.
    Feel free to copy and paste, you all pay for the government and you should know what’s going on. I am posting this as a fellow citizen and not in any sort of official capacity.”

  51. Actor John Hurt, memorable as Caligula in I, Claudius, has died. My favorite role of his was one of his first: that of Sir Richard Rich in A Man for All Seasons. He may have been more famous for appearing in Alien & The Elephant Man, but his portrayal of the conflicted young Rich was deep & complex. I’ve never forgotten it, which is the highest compliment I can give any actor.

    Rest in Peace.

  52. John Hurt as Control in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.” Hurt as Old Man Peanut in “44-inch Chest.”

    John Hurt in “Alien.”

    John Hurt as anyone in anything. What an actor.

  53. SJWNY

    From the Elephant Man to Harry Potter to his sad and sensitive “War Doctor” in Doctor Who, John Hurt was a magnificent actor.  77 may be a long life, but he will still be missed.  That much talent is always missed at any age.


  54. Sj, great stepping up there, bud.  Terrific post and great comments. Completely agree about Keith and Craig.  And I echo everyone’s pleas to our old buds who’ve gone silent here to COME THE FUCK BACK. Really miss the input. I’m so disgusted at what we’ve gotten as a “leadership team” led by a goddam idiot. Well, hopefully the damage will be contained and brief. I can only hope.

    And yes, RIP John Hurt. Loved him in Midnight Express.

  55. So, if there’s a federal hiring freeze, does that mean the vacancies at the State Dpt. can’t be filled?  Whoops!

  56. duh, finally figured out the confusion re long lost mixer “colleen”….Kathleen! the colleen of the chocolate goodies, the spunky irish lass herself.

    yes, yes, please come back all who are lost and gone astray.  we, like sheep here, who tho’ not lost and have stayed, need some wolves to snarl and get our attention , some border hounds to bark at our heels keeping us in bounds and a good shepherd or two to share fearless leader’s burden.


  57. One of the more relaxing moments of the morning turned to sudden “oh what the bloody hell is this?”.  While reading the Telegraph UK a front page link caught my eye.  The article is about a KGB/FSB general found murdered.  It shows the difference between Putin and America.  In Putin’s world someone is found dead, end of problem and everyone continues their lives.  In America there is an arrest, trial and imprisonment with press coverage.

    The reason this article is important is that the dead Russian KGB/FSB agent is the key person between Steele (dossier on Mr. Peebody) and Putin.  For my thinking this tends to add credibility to the dossier as a real document and not fake news/propaganda.

    Now the question is will American media even mention this?

  58. Now the question is will American media even mention this?

    Blue Bronc,

    The media that didn’t walk & boycott the current President’s campaign when fellow colleague Katy Tur was verbally attacked by said candidate & rally attendees to the point where Secret Service had to escort the reporter out of the building?

    The media that didn’t walk & boycott the current President’s Press Conference when he verbally attacked a fellow colleague from CNN?

    The media that made a pilgrimage to the current President’s Tower after the election?

    I’ll defer to a word that used to be a mantra in ol’ timey journalism: skepticism.

  59. A hearty morning glory to mixers…missing the old timers and new timers are welcome.   Medicine on my mind and this new medical mystery of opioid and amnesia….perhaps trump supporters do not remember voting for him, forgot what he said.  Holy PSA, my empathy to you, xrep, pogo, men of a certain age….I have been with hubby during one of those exams.   A little know fact for older men?  If you do not ejaculate 3 -4 days before the test?  Your PSA goes down.  Women have been getting these uncomfy tests since they were almost teens and the males sure do catch-up at later in life when things hurt more!    The health care grinder and why does it cause such angst among repugs.  The PSA test is a football in Medicare.  Women have to pay for a CA 125 test when it should be a standard, yearly test for women and men.   Let us talk about stem cells or has trump already banned them?  A bumpy road ahead for health care and baby boomers will continue to ‘drop like flies.’


  60. Sigh – another actor (I am still trying to figure out why “actress” is bad) died in this steady stream of deaths, Barbara Hale.  Although her role was not striking or earth rocking, it had a great deal to do with how I grew up and how I made a late life career change when I became a paralegal.  Oh, also her boss is who the protagonist in my, never to be published, novels is named after.  Periwinkle Jones.  Her father wanted to name her Perry after Perry Mason, her mother after the blue flower, the compromise was Periwinkle.  I think I will add a character for Barbara in the novels.

  61. Perhaps being denied access to certain people should be, like inclusion on Nixon’s Enemy List was years ago, considered a badge of honor. For so many reasons. At least reasons that matter.


  62. Holy gag order (as if there hasn’t been enough to gag-on this week).  FBI busy watching Americans illegally...but putie gets a pass!  Cops militarized, body cams for tv shows only…the police state has already moved in and the gov that ate NJ is a free man.   christie, guiliani, gingrich…capos of the regime, their dirty work complete and they can enjoy the rest of their lives.   All to plan…corruption wins and even nixon looks like an amateur crook.

  63. “The reason this article is important is that the dead Russian KGB/FSB agent is the key person between Steele (dossier on Mr. Peebody) and Putin.”

    bbronc, my thoughts exactly when I read this the other day…. why o why haven’t there been more stories about this?  fear of banishment from the hallowed wh press room maybe?

  64. Bink

    He already had to authorize and “exception” for the VA.  Seems that little freeze order totally crippled all the current efforts to fix the problems.  So that hiring is back to going like gangbusters only one day after Trump got the message about being and idiot and notified of  the rule of unintended consequences.

    The Vets are getting heartburn in another way.  If my son’s workplace on base is any indication, a whole lot of Trump voters are finding out that the 30% of Vets employed by the Feds just had the door to a whole lot of hopes for advancement slammed in their faces.

  65. BB…I watched Oprah on CBS during a tribute to MTM.  I did not know Oprah was such a fan of MTM, but everything Oprah said about the impact of MTM on her life?  Same here…and I noticed Oprah mentioned the recent celebrity deaths surrounding her generation…the baby boomers.  We are dropping like flies and a lot stress these days with the attack on American decency.   trump just blowing the daylight out-of-decency.  It hurts and is a shock to many.

  66. Jamie, the year of the rooster very fitting for this one with the strutting misogynists crowing and swaggering about… and on the 100th anniversary of the right to vote to boot.


    bw, now that Christi is free to be the ag, wonder if dts will throw sessions under the bus… or do a two-fer and nominate him* for scotus (knowing full well he won’t get it thereby giving him another bone to throw and drama to incite)

    *sessions that is. Christi more valuable as dt’s enforcer and among other things to keep comey in line.

  67. patd…the old guard will get nothing as they get their freedom.  Their jobs are already gone.  kushner and christie, a strange cocktail.  giuliani too dirty to be SOS.  They did a great job for the goodfellas of the repug party and now that the fbi is on board with trump?  We will be strong and get the women and humans of color under control.

    The media is constricted.  The best investigative reporting was from Teen Vogue this past election cycle.  The young women reporter?  Attempted destruction by trump supporters and hillary haters trolls on Lauren Duca.   I linked a few of her posts on the trail.  She was a brave voice, but paid the price.  I was afraid to comment here, too.  The ugly trolls of trump smearing their hate.  But, I am old and of little consequence.

  68. My point?  A Teen Vogue writer told the truth while the bloated media sucked on trump’s tweets.  Now that is a problem.

  69. Christie is a great distraction for the floater.  Toss out Christie for dogcatcher and the news is all about the blockage and nothing about the white supremacist that the floater really nominates for dog catcher.

    Barbara Hale character, Betsy Hedwick, is roughed out.  Born 1900, 1918 a Suffragette, 1920 becomes a secretary, 1926 moves to Hollywood and is a typist for screenwriters, a few bit parts in movies, enlists in the Army at the start of WWII, 1945 stays in D.C. as a secretary for a law firm, 1956 joins a criminal defense firm, learns PI skills, 1965 retires, becomes bored and works part time for PI’s, 1985 meets PJ. . .  The novels are set in the 1989 to 1995 period, the end of the Soviet Union and the beginning of the personal computer, cellular phone, electronic age.

  70. The media didn’t do its job.  It was dismissive of Bernie & Trump.  It was only on the opposition party’s team in that they were in team Hillary.

    The media shouldn’t care if they are banned from the WH briefing room, aka The Hall of Lies.  I am partially boycotting the Sunday shows; KellyArse, Reince, anyone from Trumpco shows up, I mite it until they are gone.  Giving them airtime is pointless.

    jamie – I didn’t use the word “like,” and, you seem to be projecting.  Hillary reached her level of incompetence as SOS.  The only thing she did successfully at the State Department was to use her position to get donations from foreign donors for her family’s slush fund/foundation.  I would’ve preferred Kasich to Clinton.

    It’s time for Congress (both parties) need to band together to balance out Trumpco.


    RIP Ollivander.

  71. “the bloated media sucked on trump’s tweets”

    bw, well done. superb! hope it blooms a thousand flowers.

  72. hillary haters still carrying water for putie. Really, Hillary is gone and I doubt she will return other than to try to raise some money for the dems. Give it a rest and your attention should be on the very corruption before your eyes. Justification for false pride of the vote — those days are past.

  73. the guardian: Melania Trump’s Vanity Fair Mexico cover draws ire: ‘It’s a lack of sensitivity’

    The magazine has been mocked for featuring the first lady as her husband single-handedly triggers a diplomatic crisis between the two nations


    The fact that she is posing with a fork and a string of jewels as if she were about to eat them like spaghetti has only added insult to injury in a country where almost half the population lives in poverty.

  74. Latest favorite tweet if it wasn’t such a sad commentary

    Cheer up, Mr. Trump: Your inauguration crowds may not have been huge, but the petition to release your taxes broke the White House record!

  75. Actually, I like the ‘Marie Antoinette’ cover of VF…let them eat jewels.  I know mel is crafting her anti-bullying campaign while she keeps boy barron out of the locker room of the WH.  mel has garnered her freedom, too.

  76. Hill & Bill both surfaced just a couple of days ago.  As usual, they were raising funds while doing good.  The Nearness of You Concert to benefit Cancer research & Treatment at Columbia University Medical Center.  It was held at Lincoln Center with guest & performers including:  Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Chaka Kahn and Diane Reeves. In attendance: Hugh Jackman, Harry Connick Jr, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Siddhartha Mukherjee

  77. Okay BID

    I wouldn’t have been happy with Hillary, either.  Less concerned, probably, but not happy.

    You used happy and I went with “like”.  Same sentiments.


  78. trump is the loser of the popular vote, period.  Watch the contortions as he eventually changes that popular vote number with his digital dimwits…costing all of us, a lot more than the faustian pact.

    Even as a registered indie most of my adult life?  I simply have to vote for a  dem for POTUS and I know progress and humanity will move forward.  Jimmy Carter who gets kicked around by the repugs was a champ for communications…the very tweets that run the WH now.  The DOJ under Carter was successful with Harold Greene, a Carter selection in breaking-up MaBell’s monopoly.   Once the pandora’s box of communications was opened from the ATT lock?  Today’s smart phones.  Although many thought worldly communication would bring us peace?  Instead we get a mental disorder tweetfest from the party in power.

  79. enough of this foolishness, all this “we’re going to the dogs” stuff.  let’s dwell on what’s really important…. getting ready for puppy super bowl and really truly going to the dogs.
    Puppy Bowl new sneak peek video by Animal Planet. You will love these cute puppies participating in this year Superbowl Sunday Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet Feb 5th, 3 pm Et time.

  80. Cleaning out my Twitter following I came across @MeepTheBird, which immediately started me wondering if the Super Bowl had been played yet.

    With all the crap from Mr. Peebody floating around it is hard to know if anything else is happening in the world.  One week, denigrate almost all except for Putin/commies, the KKK and white supremacists, start a trade war with one of our most important friends in the world, demonstrate that the possibility of dementia or Alzheimer’s is real and just being an asshole.

  81. jamie, from wiki the rest of the story

    Nemesis (as an aspect of Aphrodite), the goddess of revenge, learned of this story and decided to punish Narcissus. She lured him to a pool where he saw his own reflection. He did not realize it was only an image and fell in love with it. He eventually recognized that his love could not be reciprocated and committed suicide.


  82. carl Hiaasen: Such a deal at twice the price!

    Welcome future members!

    We here at beautiful Mar-a-Lago appreciate your enthusiasm at the prospect of joining our luxurious club, located on the almost-private island of Palm Beach.

    Since November, we’ve been swamped with so many applications that we’ve decided to increase our initiation fee by 100 percent. Contrary to numerous fake news reports, we’re not doing this to cash in on Mr. Trump’s being elected president. That would be greedy and low-class.


    Come on — how many other private clubs give you the opportunity to schmooze with the leader of the free world? Not that we’d ever use that as a sales tactic, because it would be tacky and wrong.

    Mr. Trump envisions Mar-a-Lago as a resort for all the people, including those Rust Belt voters who got him elected. And while we’d love to offer them a patriotic discount to join our club, it really wouldn’t be fair to all our millionaire members who shell out the big bucks.

    So, for one and all, the post-election price is $200,000. We do take personal checks.

  83. “…that the 30% of Vets employed by the Feds…”

    Jamie, I think the stat actually is something like, 31% of Federal employees are veterans. So, he is closing that avenue of employment for those experienced men and women who are committed to public service.

  84. ny times:
    President Trump’s executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees was put into immediate effect Friday night. Refugees who were in the air on the way to the United States when the order was signed were stopped and detained at airports.
    The detentions prompted legal challenges as lawyers representing two Iraqis held at Kennedy Airport filed a writ of habeas corpus early Saturday in the Eastern District of New York seeking to have their clients released. At the same time, they filed a motion for class certification, in an effort to represent all refugees and immigrants who they said were being unlawfully detained at ports of entry.
    Mr. Trump’s order, which suspends entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, created a legal limbo for individuals on the way to the United States and panic for families who were awaiting their arrival.
    The attorneys said they were not allowed to meet with their clients, and there were tense moments as they tried to reach them.
    “Who is the person we need to talk to?” asked one of the lawyers, Mark Doss, supervising attorney at the International Refugee Assistance Project.
    “Mr. President,” said a Customs and Border Protection agent, who declined to identify himself. “Call Mr. Trump.”

  85. Where is that big infrastructure project to put folks to work?

    Sunlight? I think most politicians, including Hillary, are allergic to it.

    I am in a state of perpetual disappointment with all things political.

  86. I wouldn’t call Craig’s taking potshots at Hillary during the past campaign and stating that maybe Trump wouldn’t be so bad as taking a stand of principle and integrity.  Craig…  glad you’ve now admitted you were wrong.  I’ve decided to move past it….  some haven’t.  That’s their choice.

    And yeah…  I miss seeing them here….  and they know that.

  87. above story in nyt very very sad…. but worth the read if you have the time.

    was one of the detained that interpreter that 60 minutes did a story on? doesn’t seem to pay to be our allies anymore.

  88. Well, we have confirmation. This morning I looked out the breakfast room window and saw a pair of Blue birds searching for their summer residence. A few minutes later they were joined by another pair.

    They examined the birdhouse that they look at every spring checking to see if I’ve added electricity; I refuse to do it. So, they left which is the proper thing for them to do. They want to find a place in an orchard or that type of place with not many humans around.

    By a full month, this is the earliest I have seen these birds seeking their breeding spots. That is indeed alarming.

  89. The individual who was dragged out with a bag over his head may or may not be the source. That is not why Putin staged the event. It was for the consumption and edification of people who might consider becoming sources.

  90. renee, agree it’s time to move on. all else seems futile and waste of precious time.  just have to ignore all that pontius pilate washing the hands of responsibility going on out there and get on with life.

  91. The Dems have a jobs and infrastructures proposal

    Pretender PresidentPussy Grabber only wants to make Bechtle richer and clean out the inner cities to make land available for more Trump properties


  92. It’s pretty easy to fool a lot of people apparently because I have never heard so any stupid excuses for why people voted for a completely unprepared maroon to be president

    People are angry because govt didn’t do enough and yet the voted for the party that is the cause of doing nothing.

    Trump has caused the Cal exit proposal to become real. It will be on the ballot at the next statewide election and it could pass depending on just on terrible Pussy Grabber and his ilk are.

  93. craig, do we have to worry for you about  iffy and not substantiated character assassinations we say here on the trail?

    wapo: Maryland judge says Melania Trump’s lawsuit against blogger can proceed
    A Maryland judge ruled Friday that first lady Melania Trump’s libel suit against a political blogger can go forward, rejecting the blogger’s argument that her action was brought in bad faith as an effort to curb his right to free speech.
    The ruling paves the way for Trump to pursue defamation claims against Webster Griffin Tarpley in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Tarpley, who publishes from his townhouse in Gaithersburg, wrote last summer that Trump was “reportedly obsessed by fear” over possible revelations that she allegedly once worked as a high-end escort, according to court records….
    Soon afterward, he retracted the story and apologized for any duress the story may have caused.
    Trump has filed similar libel claims in Montgomery against the online publication of Britain’s Daily Mail. Circuit Court Judge Sharon Burrell heard arguments related to that suit as well but said she would rule later on those matters…
    Her attorneys have said the ­escort-related stories on ­ and in the Daily Mail were false and “tremendously damaging” to her personal and professional reputation. A trial, if necessary, is set for Nov. 6
    Tarpley has said he did not libel Trump and was passing on “unfounded rumors and innuendo” that had appeared on the Internet, according to court records.
    In suing the Daily Mail, Trump’s attorneys sued an entity called Mail Media Inc., which Trump’s team describes as the publisher of, where the Daily Mail article in dispute appeared.
    Mail Media, in court filings, has responded that the article was acceptable because it “discussed allegations that had been disseminated about the then-potential first lady, and the impact even false rumors could have on the presidential race.”

  94. I hope they show the picture of her in Mexican Vogue — eating diamonds and pearls

    Melanoma is not a nice person.  She is a birther and she lied on her citizenship application and was if not a hooker something else pretty sleazy

  95. Patd, My two cents on the question that you just asked Craig. He is a journalist using his blog as a forum for protected political speech. Since he does not censor or encourage but simply provides the ‘paper’ and ‘ink’ he is not culpable in words that exceed the bounds of protected speech; the individuals who utter such words bear the burden of defending them.

    Personally, I will never intentionally use ‘fighting words’ that are targeted at someone other than the politician his- or herself.

  96. My favorite headline of the past week was Huffpo, Women Grab Back.  And as if the president pussy grabber wasn’t bad enough, the top cop of the country keeps letting putin grab our pussies, again and again!

    I will continue to cling to my science and humor — two commodities trump wants to destroy.  Craig and David…when the science march is scheduled, do you plan to attend?  Hubby and I hope we have a local march.

  97. I think many of us can get past and accept the results of the popular and electoral college vote, however, the loser of the popular voter is unable to do so.  With his staff of sore winners, they are just dying to expose the voter fraud in the voter registration hacked lists by puties pirates.   Why let such good fake fraud accusations go by after such beautiful digital manipulation?  One would hope this would be their downfall, but meanwhile, noses keep lapping-up on the Rio Grande, know as the Rio Bravo in Mexico.  Supporters cutting off their noses for the good of ?

  98. Flatus

    I was giving him a 1% benefit of a doubt which is about all I can muster where the Drumpf is concerned.

  99. Jamie,
    From your wording, I got the impression that one-third of all vets went to work for the Feds. Rather, it is one-third of all Fed employees are vets–a much, much lower number of people but still very significant.

  100. flatus, I do hope you are right about: Since he does not censor or encourage but simply provides the ‘paper’ and ‘ink’ he is not culpable in words that exceed the bounds of protected speech; the individuals who utter such words bear the burden of defending them.  However, an innocent or two have been known to get sued and have to shell out money just because some nitwits ego has been bruised… suit doesn/t go anywhere very far but it still costs time and money.   i’m just concerned about those times some of us comment strongly a malicious charge or repeat a false story just because it feels good to do it and there is no retraction or disavow by the host.

  101. Flatus

    Sorry of the misunderstanding.  I was talking about the share of the Federal employment force.  My tongue got tangled around my eyeteeth and I couldn’t see where I was talking.

  102. So busy with work and stuff that I’m just catching up.
    Have journalists working in this age of corporate media finally got their epiphany point with this administration and their role in enabling it? We know that the corporations will always be true to bottom line and profit. But will journalists themselves point to these daily freakish moments of petulance by the childish buffoon in the WH, see themselves as complicit, and make the turn back toward a true Fourth Estate that holds power accountable?
    I appreciate so much those journalists carrying on with solid work to keep us informed, rather than simply passing on populist blather. Am I naïve in my thinking that those kinds of journalists can lead the charge to a new golden age of news and information? I remain skeptical, but as an idealist I hold out hope.

  103. daily mail: Former KGB general who helped MI6 spy compile the Donald Trump dirty dossier is found dead in the back of his car amid claims of a Kremlin cover up

    The suspected murder victim was close to former deputy prime minister Igor Sechin, who is named throughout the leaked memo, according to the Telegraph.
    Erovinkin is understood to have been an important link between Sechin and leader of the Kremlin Vladimir Putin.
    Agent Steele’s dossier, which was made public earlier this month, noted how he had a source close to Sechin.


    Christo Grozev, an expert on Russia-related security threats, wrote in a blog post, that he believes Erovinkin was Mr Steele’s dossier source. 
    He wrote that he has no doubt the dossier was on Putin’s desk at the time the suspected victim died. 
    ‘Whichever is true,’ he wrote, ‘He would have had a motive to seek – and find the mole.
    ‘He would have had to conclude that Erovinkin was at least a person of interest.’   


  104. XR – Glad to hear you are cancer free! I have a hate relationship with cancer and do my best whenever necessary to kick its ass personally, which I’ve done twice now, or to contribute funds to those working to kick its ass our behalf.

  105. For those who don’t know it, I have a crush on Milana Vayntrub (AKA The AT & T Girl). She and her parents fled the USSR to avoid religious persecution was she was 3. So, she is a refugee herself. Last year, she traveled to Greece and she met many refugees from Syria. this led her to co-found a movement and website called “Can’t Do Nothing” that helps the Syrian refugees. The other night on Twitter, some guy mentioned her in a tweet to AT&T, saying that he was cancelling all of his AT&T accounts because the actress in their ads (Milana) was a Fem-Nazi. Milana is actually Jewish, so her response was “You’re calling a Jew a Nazi?” A few nights before that, another man whined about her political stance and lamented that he had even drawn a picture of her and he included the pic. Her response was, “There’s 6 minutes of your life that you’ll never get back.” 🙂 This country is becoming something quite ugly.

  106. above suggestion to get craig for his next birthday/anniversary/mr. congeniality award for all the hard work, hassle, and rotten tomatoes we throw at him.

    amazon’s Little Naked Donald Trump Statue Miniature Bobblehead The Emperor Has No Balls Pop Art

    weren’t bobbleheads of presidential and historical characters part of the wedding décor… they need to complete the set.

  107. Cassidy at the new yorker: Steve Bannon’s War on the Press

    To repeat what I’ve said many times before: Trump is a menace. And Bannon is his eager accomplice. Even Richard Nixon at his most demented never levelled the sort of charges that Trump hurls on a daily basis. And as far as I know, there is no precedent for a senior White House official telling the press to “keep its mouth shut.”

    In the months and year to come, if the Trump Administration goes beyond merely berating reporters, and tries to restrict their activities, journalists might well have to fall back on the foundations of a free media, starting with the First Amendment, which says that “Congress shall pass no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” However, as two law professors—RonNell Anderson, of the University of Utah, and Sonja R. West, of the University of Georgia—pointed out in a recent Op-Ed in the Times, the Constitution provides “only limited protection for the press,” which doesn’t necessarily include the ability to gain access to information or to protect the anonymity of sources. Moreover, public confidence in the press has fallen to a historic low, many lower courts have become less favorable to reporters, and the Supreme Court hasn’t taken on a major press case in more than a decade. “Like so much of our democracy, the freedom of the press is only as strong as we, the public, demand it to be,” Anderson and West wrote.

  108. My bf in Denver just wrote to me that we should swap presidents with Mexico.  Nieto is handsome and so much easier on the eyes.

  109. bw, either one – mexico’s enrique or canada’s justin.  come to think of it even angela and the Chinese prez are easier on the eyes…and ears than you-know-who.

  110. BF

    Well if that’s the criterion I want to rejoin the Commonwealth to get parliamentary government and Trudeau.


  111. excerpt from recent interview with “emperor has no balls” statue artist in

    Cleveland mag:
    Remember That Time a Statue of a Naked Donald Trump Showed Up?
    Sculptor Joshua “Ginger” Monroe talks a Trump presidency and how art and politics mix.
    Q. You’ve made 11 naked sculptures of the 45th president of the United States. How does that make you feel?

    A. I’m still kind of in utter disbelief and shock. It’s a mixed bag of emotions. I’m not really a fan of him being president. I’m kind of unsettled by that.

    Q. Another one of the statues sold for more than $20,000. Who would want a naked statue of Donald Trump?

    A. There’s actually a lot of people who want to appreciate art and the message behind it. Some just don’t like Trump but got quite a kick out of seeing the statues and the frenzy that ensued. And I don’t think this would have been as big as it was, or myself being propelled so quickly, if it wasn’t for the atmosphere the election induced.

  112. People complain about the quality of contemporary American journalism, while continuing to consume shit journalism, repost shit journalism, cite shit journalism, allow themselves to be connived by shit journalism…


    Be a fucking journalist if your standards are so high.  There are no barriers to entry of that field.  Too lazy to do that?  Send a kid to school for journalism.  Or, ya know, just keep complaining and pretending you’re not part of the problem.

  113. …and the choice was never so clear.  If you couldn’t see this man for what he is, and this administration for what it would be, you have awful judgment, considering he told you who he was, and what his administration would do, 10 times a day, for a year.

  114. daily mail:

    Oscar-nominated Iranian director is blocked from attending awards ceremony, seven U.S.-bound migrants are stopped in Cairo and two refugees are held in JFK as Trump’s immigration ban kicks in

    [long article…informative though…with things like the following paragraph]
    It follows reports that Muslim-majority countries with ties to Trump’s business empire have been excluded from the order, Bloomberg reports. 
    Statistics show Trump doesn’t have any business relations with the seven black-listed countries, but does with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Turkey.

  115. Here’s a headline you might write in your new journalism career:


    “American Refugees Fleeing Facist Regime Blocked By Stupid Fucking Wall”

  116. From Twitter: Green card holders were handcuffed, their social media was reviewed and they were asked their views on Trump.

  117. corey, only a matter of time they’ll be made to wear yellow arm bands with crescents on them.  and who knows when we all will be getting ssn tattoos with requisite religious id logo.

  118. wapo: ‘I am heartbroken’: Malala criticizes Trump for ‘closing the door on children’ fleeing violence

    “I am heartbroken that today President Trump is closing the door on children, mothers and fathers fleeing violence and war,” Malala said in a statement Friday through her nonprofit organization, the Malala Fund. “I am heartbroken that America is turning its back on a proud history of welcoming refugees and immigrants — the people who helped build your country, ready to work hard in exchange for a fair chance at a new life.”


    “I am heartbroken that Syrian refugee children, who have suffered through six years of war by no fault of their own, are singled-out for discrimination,” she wrote.

    Malala referred to a friend named Zaynab, who had fled wars in Somalia, Yemen and Egypt before age 17. Two years ago, Zaynab received a visa to go to the United States, where she learned English, graduated high school and is now in college studying to be a human rights lawyer, Malala wrote.

    “Zaynab was separated from her little sister when she fled unrest in Egypt,” Malala wrote. “Today her hope of being reunited with her precious sister dims. In this time of uncertainty and unrest around the world, I ask President Trump not to turn his back on the world’s most defenseless children and families.”

  119. BTW, I looked up that angry guy from the AT&T story on Twitter. Lots of angry posts and replies to various people and organizations. You would have thought a guy as informed as he is would know that Trump’s wife is not named “Melanie”. Of course, that’s just nitpicking on my part.

  120. what a photo op it would make if a wall of life-size naked Donald’s (if not 100s of the statues themselves then  photos of them) standing cheek by jowl circling the white house just beyond the security perimeter so he and the world can see himself unclothed sans cajones.

  121. slate:

    Iran is pushing back against the United States for its ban on arrivals from seven Muslim-majority countries by banning U.S. citizens from entering the country. “The United States government’s decision to restrict Muslims’ traveling to American, though for a temporary three-month period, is a flagrant insult to the world of Islam and the great Iranian nation, in particular,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    “While respecting the American people and distinguishing between them and the hostile policies of the U.S. government, Iran will implement the principle of reciprocity until the offensive U.S. limitations against Iranian nationals are lifted,” the statement said.

    The move comes less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—for at least 90 days.


    Iran is by far the country most affected by the ban considering that around 35,000 of its citizens travel to the United States ever year. “There is a sense of bewilderment, as well as a sense of injustice” because Iran was included in the list, Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, said.

  122. meanwhile re immigrants in our midst,  here’s an excerpt from yesterdays Chicago trib editorial:


    Most Americans — and most members of Congress — believe the dreamers should get a break. What they don’t like is that Obama went around Congress to make it happen. He scored big points with Latino voters in an election year, by exploiting the easy optics: Obama did the right thing because Republicans in Congress wouldn’t.

    They could do the right thing now by passing a bill called the Bridge Act. It stands for Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream of Growing Our Economy. Its chief sponsors are Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat, and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican. It would extend protections to the dreamers now eligible for DACA through 2020, once again buying time to negotiate a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

    In the meantime, hundreds of thousands of young adults could go about their lives, knowing their presence here is backed up by law, not subject to presidential whim. It would be their ticket out of never-never land.

  123. I am going to do it once more – support your local newspaper.  It may not be what it used to be, but it is a good place to start on getting journalism restarted.  I have newspaper and electronic subscriptions to the Washington Post, Annapolis Gazette, Baltimore Sun and Los Angeles Times.  I have an electronic subscription to the New York Times through my office.  Relying on  bloggers and sites is good, Newsweek and Daily Beast have many reporters and they need to work too.  I am tired of those wanting the world for free.  We have to pay for much of what we need, news especially.

  124. support your local newspaper.  It may not be what it used to be, but it is a good place to start on getting journalism restarted. ….  I am tired of those wanting the world for free.  We have to pay for much of what we need, news especially.

    bbronc, i’m with you. sorta the same thing as folks who don’t vote shouldn’t be allowed to gripe about what gets elected. also in same vein as shop your mom n pop stores instead of wally world when you can.

    in my case I’ve always subscribed to the local daily/weekly rag if living in a small town  and the closest big city or capitol city paper plus one of the majors like the times or wapo… even the manchester guardian back in the days.

    can’t play if you don’t pay.  ante up…. only way to win the poker pot.

  125. Hip hip Hooray for Holland.  A former Michigander applauds them.  The west coast of Michigan is much less liberal than Detroit, so this means a lot about where “middle America” stands.

  126. There is, essentially, a concentration camp at DFW airport.   Trumpet, the grandma who flew here to meet her granddaughter is not a threat. The other people in the “waiting room” are not threats, either.

    Before Cheeto signs an exec order shutting down social media, we may need to have a contact tree set up.

  127. Maybe Canada can take in the family stranded in Cairo. The man helped the US & this is the thanks he gets.

  128. Three DFW detainees have been released, including the grandma.    She was very touched by all if the protesters waiting outside of customs cheering after her release.

    Poster board & Sharpies have been doing big business the last 8 days.

    Paul Ryan & Yertle are still stand on Trump’s side.

  129. Instead of giving Scariest Spicer airtime to lie tomorrow (I won’t listen), maybe George Stepahoopahoo could interview the released detainees.

  130. How far ahead are the Sunday shows taped?

    I think there are six folks still in the airport concentration camp.

  131. Local paper is a right wing rag……haven’t bought one in years…..

    Their “news” and editorials are not fit to print.

  132. Pretender Pussy Grabber  running the country just like his businesses  poor ideas  badly executed

    and all the while ripping off the workers

  133. The anybody can edit feature is why it’s always wise to double source check Wikipedia as a reliable reference.  Whoever added this one is both funny and obviously correct in the addition to spineless animals.

  134. So has trumpf set a new record for having an action blocked by a federal judge?  From WaPo:

    “In the aftermath of President Trump’s executive order, Judge Ann Donnelly of the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn determined that the risk of injury to those detained by being returned to their home countries necessitated the decision.”

    8 days is pretty quick.

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