Sunday, January 21, 2018

who cares if you’re the last person who talked to Eric Trump?

If you shelled out $100k to buy some influence at Donald Trump’s bribery party in Mar-a-Lago this weekend, and then found out that the president himself won’t attend, will you get your money back?

Ha-ha-ha-ha! Just kidding! Of course not. Stupid influence buyers, you got hosed.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

how do any of our phones work?

There are almost 200 countries in the world, most, of not all, have intelligence agencies. Given that, it’s shocking that any of our phones work at all. You’d think they would all be hopelessly clogged with conflicting malware.

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Shithole Shutdown

I don't want the government to shut down. But if we do have a shut down, I really hope it comes to be known as "the Shithole Shutdown."

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Aren't pollsters looking for stuff to do in the off-season?

It is weird that there aren't more polls for the Lamb-Saccone race.

The Madness of King Don

I like how Trump's demented insistence that his proposed wall on the border with Mexico be "see through" is pretty much ignored by both pro- and anti-Trump people. He brings up the fact that the wall needs to be transparent all the time.

Apparently, the President thinks we need some kind of window so people walking on the American side will be able to see Mexicans throwing bags of drugs over the wall and will be able to move out of the way before getting bonked by falling bags. Why drug smugglers would principally rely upon the hurl-a-bag-of-drugs-over-the-wall method of drug smuggling is unclear. It is also unclear if the President has heard of high-tech gizmos like "cameras" or "motion detectors." The entire idea is completely nuts, but the president has brought it up every time there is a discussion of the wall.

Why is the public largely averting their eyes when the President is spouting off such madness? People notice when he brings up the wall, and his wall comments will spark the now-familiar discussions about the feasibility of such a wall, where the wall will be, how much it will cost, what happened to the idea that Mexico would pay for it, etc. The see-through part doesn't seem to get much discussion.

Here's my discussion: It's fucking nuts. It makes no sense at all, and it even more proof that Trump is not right in his head. (Whether it is the product of some kind of mental decline or if he has always been this idiotic is really a side issue to the undeniable concern that our president doesn't possess the mental abilities to be president).

Currying favor

So basically Apple is both trying to kiss up to the Trump administration by citing the new tax law, and create another high profile bidding war over where their new campus will be, just like the mania over Amazon's second HQ.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Why I think he did it

It struck me as odd that the president would release a medical report with height and weight numbers that are pretty clearly a lie. I mean, why risk being caught just to make yourself a bit taller and a bit lighter? What would be worth the risk of getting caught?
Trump’s body mass index, or BMI, of 29.9 puts him in the category of being overweight for his height. A BMI of 30 and over is considered obese.
So to avoid being classified as “obese,” all our vain and attention-starved president had to do was nudge his height up and his weight down to get him just under the obesity line.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Miller Presidency

I think Matthew Ygelsias' piece about how Republicans have learned to like having a checked-out ignorant President. It makes him easy to manipulate and that is why this "new kind of Republican" who ran on economic populism has an administration that is running thing like a regular old right-wing Republican giving tax breaks to the ultra-rich. But that scenario gives the Trump administration a unique vulnerability.

Trump famously hated it when it became common wisdom that Steve Bannon was really calling the shots. All the jokes about President Bannon and even the fact that Bannon got top billing in the title of this book supposedly contributed to Bannon's marginalization and loss of influence within the Administration.

So let's keep talking about how President Trump is being manipulated by Steven Miller and other immigration hard-liners. If the buzz is all about how the President is being taken advantage of by those guys, Trump is going to try to prove that isn't the case. One way to do that would be to strike that DACA deal.

An easily manipulated president is extremely dangerous for the country and the world. But it is who we have. We might as well try to use it to our advantage as well.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Shit about the President

What the White House focuses its attention on can tell us about the priorities of the President and his staff.
  • The WashPost's Josh Dawsey tweeted last night: "White House official told me tonight there is debate internally on whether Trump said 'shithole' or 'shithouse.' [Republicans Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas] seem to have heard latter, this person said, and are using to deny."
I would love to see the Breitbart think-piece about how "shithouse" is so much less offensive than "shithole."