Our speeded-up world.

And now we’re into serious obstruction-of-justice territory. Tell you what: Maybe we should just replace this blog with a ticker, make it easier to keep up.

The president is also planning to make a speech, about Islam, in Saudi Arabia later this year. I see nothing but upside from that one, too.

(I know not everybody is an HBO subscriber, but I continue to believe nothing in Washington is as true as “Veep,” the half-hour comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. And Stephen Miller is Gary from “Veep,” only evil. Seriously, though, imagine working in this place.)

So how does this end? Impeachment? No. Congress will never find the guts. I predict resignation, after some empty “success” like the passage of a crap tax-cut bill. He’ll declare victory and be Barron’s full-time dad by Labor Day, maybe.

But I know better than to put any money on any outcome.

Eighty-two degrees here, all of a sudden. It’s like the southwest exhaled and it all blew up here. We have two more days of this, then Friday it’ll barely touch 60. Sounds like perfect weather for the Bro-romper.

Back to eating my popcorn and waiting for the next shoe to drop.

Posted at 8:38 pm in Current events |
 

64 responses to “Our speeded-up world.”

  1. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 16, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    “Veep” and/or “House of Cards.”

    “We bring the terror.”

  2. Dorothy said on May 16, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Shoe? More like the next anchor, the way things are going lately! What a week to be babysitting my granddaughter. Nothing to do but channel surf or web surf when she’s napping. Ten week old babies sleep a good amount, more than I remembered. I might have to shut off my phone while it charges here in my bedroom at my son’s house, rather than just mute it. When I mute it, and I get a breaking news tweet, it will vibrate. All this vibrating could keep one awake for far too long into the night.

    Oh – did I just say that….?! (That one was for you, brian stouder!)

  3. Deborah said on May 16, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Funny,. Dorothy.

  4. Deni Menken said on May 16, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    My younger son is an attorney in a large Midwest city. He has a D.C. based partner who attends church with the Comey’s and other FBI personnel who are members. My son checked in the Monday after the firing with this fellow and he reassured him that the vibe with these guys was basically, “We got this.” Mrs. C indicated that her husband would be all right but that the country was not all right. I now consider this a good litmus test what with today’s turn of events.

  5. coozledad said on May 16, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Fascists always manage to convince themselves of their own shit, even when the crowd is muscling them over to the lamp posts at the gas station.

    Elena Ceausescu spat on the guards hustling her to the wall where she and Nikolai would be shot. “Motherfuckers!” may have been her last word- oddly a term from the American slave lexicon.

  6. Sherri said on May 16, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    If only Mrs. C’s husband hadn’t done his best to put the country in this mess…

  7. Suzanne said on May 16, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    I used think Rachel Maddow was too liberal to be reliable, but I now watch her obsessively. I think I read somewhere that she is beating Fox in ratings.
    I wrote a fairly nasty email to my GOP rep tonight. His reaction to all this was that Congress should distance itself from the media storm and get to work on what matters. Whatever. The possibility of obstruction of justice and collusion with an unfriendly foreign nation IS what matters!!
    Amazing. Just amazing.
    But Hillary’s emails…

  8. coozledad said on May 16, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    23and me has just announced a landmark genetic study to search for the “Halperin gene.” The director of the study, Noel Fleischmann of the Hubbard institute for the study of persistent smarmy-ass sexual psychoses, says “We’re on this like stink on shit” and adds “Halperin’s genome is a cross between a chewy-ass grape tomato and the genetic underpinning of an assistant principal.

    “We’ll get this figured out, as soon as we can get more researchers who aren’t completely squicked out by casual public rimjobs”

  9. susan said on May 16, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    http://susiemadrak.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/but-her-emails.jpg

  10. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 16, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Deborah, from previous thread — as Dorothy and others noted, you can be on Twitter and never post a thing. Then you just bookmark “your” feed, and when you open your profile in Twitter, you scroll down and see aggregated only the tweeters you’ve followed . . . well, and the “Sponsored tweets” but those are marked as such. @Knapsack is mine (but I do tweet).

  11. Deborah said on May 16, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Jeff, I did know that and I signed up for Twitter a while ago, then I promptly forgot my password and I must have used my old email address as my id. So I can’t change my password. It’s too much trouble for me, all I have to do is bookmark people’s accounts and voila I can read what they have to say.

  12. Jolene said on May 16, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    John McCain is perplexed.

    On Twitter, I am @jrgalegher, but I rarely tweet. Mostly, I post occasional responses in which I call Mike Pence a sanctimonious gasbag or the like. I know it’s not a great contribution to the public discourse and that it’s unlikely he sees them, but it keeps me from throwing shoes at the television.

  13. Jolene said on May 16, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Deborah, you could simply create an entirely new account, but whatever works for you.

  14. Sherri said on May 16, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    I use Tweetbot to read my feed and then I don’t even see the sponsored tweets. Twitter has to be the stupidest company around, but I’m addicted to their product.

  15. coozledad said on May 17, 2017 at 12:17 am

    A Russian interlude: The love for three orange sumbitches:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asWU3OzOrK8

  16. Jakash said on May 17, 2017 at 1:36 am

    As long as Twitter is one of the topics among the Commentariat, I “follow” about ten people the way that Deborah does, just looking at their feed when I feel like it. None of them even tweets all that much, and I still spend more time looking at it than I’m actually happy with. D’oh! I’m very hesitant to get in any deeper. My question to Jeff (tmmo), or anybody… Jeff’s page says he’s “following” 3,953 people. What does that even mean? That at any given moment if he checks his feed, or whatever, he might see the most recent tweets from any of them? Or do you just see the ones showing up in real time? I assume he (and anybody) must have a much smaller list of people he’s particularly interested in, but still — you don’t see *all* their tweets unless you specifically go looking for them, right? It’s an amazing resource, no question about that, but I don’t really understand how it works. Obviously. ; )

    There’s this guy in Chicago who was voted Best Chicagoan to follow on Twitter for news. He just tweeted (or retweeted) 37 things in an hour and a half. Loads of interesting stuff, but I used to find it exhausting just checking his feed occasionally, so I stopped. FWIW, he’s following ll.5 thousand and has ll.5 thousand followers. That seems very proportional, if nothing else!

    https://twitter.com/robertloerzel?

    For the heck of it, I first saw this woman mentioned among the “contestants” in Tribune columnist Eric Zorn’s weekly humorous tweet poll. Very funny, if you’re a progressive and you like snark. Oh, and if you don’t mind men being mercilessly ridiculed, when the opportunity arises!

    A recent example: “Turns out, Hillary’s email server was more secure than Trump’s mouth.”

    https://twitter.com/OhNoSheTwitnt/status/864424940598157312

  17. ROGirl said on May 17, 2017 at 5:38 am

    I’ve been thinking about songs from “Hamilton.” There’s “History Has its Eyes on You,” and “No One Else Was in the Room Where it Happened,” except someone who WAS in the room memorialized the events for history.

  18. David C. said on May 17, 2017 at 6:01 am

    John and Debbie Dingell were mentioned here yesterday. Here’s an interview with them. It’s quite good.

    http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/05/episode-32-live-debbie-john-dingell-talk-healthcare-impeachment-and-a-president-who-lost-an-aircraft-carrier.html

  19. Dorothy said on May 17, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Deborah I keep all of my passwords & user names on an excel spreadsheet. And then I password protect that document so only I can open the doc. It’s worked well for years and I’m very happy with it. I save a draft email with the doc and then if I need to find a password, I can see the doc if I need to on my work computer or iPad. I do not want it to be a Google doc so I don’t save the spreadsheet there. Does anyone do anything similar? Computers and security are scary sometimes. This method works for me.

  20. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 17, 2017 at 7:24 am

    You see the feed in real time. Then you can go up to the magnifying glass search window, and type in a hashtag, like #obstructionofjustice, and see a feed just of tweets that include that marker, or type in the @ for a feed you’re looking for, like @nnall and go right to that one. I probably have too many on my feed, but in fact when I click my bookmark icon for Twitter, there’s a few dozen accounts that show up regularly. Of those couple thousand, there’s probably a thousand at this point that are “dead feeds” or in some cases, just “dead” and yes, I know there are services I can authorize that will search my feed, and then tell me which accounts haven’t updated for a certain period of time, and then help me clean them out. I did that three or four years ago and halved my follow list, but I tend to click follow pretty quickly. Most of my follows are media and politics and a bunch of progressive pastors around the country and world, and perhaps too many “pretty picture posting” accounts.

    Can’t sing the praises loudly enough of @Rainmaker1973, @GreekPictures, and @_youhadonejob1 — but we all have our favorite favorites!

  21. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 17, 2017 at 7:31 am

    The worst part is looking at my profile head and realizing I’ve sent over 37 thousand tweets. My my. That’s a lot of bottles flung into the ocean . . .

  22. Suzanne said on May 17, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Dorothy, how do you password protect a spreadsheet? I put passwords on a spreadsheet & then print it off. Not very efficient.

  23. Randy said on May 17, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I hope Dumpf will resign, but would he do it of his own accord? Who might prompt him?
    If he is serious that this job is way harder than his old one, would that be enough?

    I had a job a few years ago that nearly ended me, thank goodness I had my wife and daughter by my side so I could get sane again.

    I can only imagine that job, and you exiled your wife to NYC, and your daughter and her husband are your senior advisors, and your press secretary keeps forgetting to wear matching shoes, and, and…

    Eeesh, get this guy a strait-jacket, two sizes smaller than he demanded.

  24. brian stouder said on May 17, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I think Dorothy won the thread back at #2!

  25. Deborah said on May 17, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Dorothy, I have a strong aversion to excel. I had to use it for work from time to time to keep track of something but I avoided using it as much as possible. Excel and Word were so full of glitches and unnecessarily complex in ways that drove me crazy.

    I don’t think there will be an impeachment either, there are too many craven Republicans who are greedy and power mad.

  26. nancy said on May 17, 2017 at 8:50 am

    My password mnemonic: Construct a sentence you can easily remember. It doesn’t have to be long, but it should contain proper nouns and numbers, like so: I moved from Indianapolis to New York in 1997. Then use the first letter of each word as your password, preserving the capitalization. So in this case, your password would be ImfItNYi1997. Pretty strong.

    Security experts say you shouldn’t use the same password for multiple accounts, so make it: I love my daughter Blossom and this is my Facebook password in 2017: IlmdBatimFpi2017. Long, but strong.

  27. coozledad said on May 17, 2017 at 9:01 am

    This is probably one of the most heartbreaking stories about slavery I’ve read. The cruelty it engenders in enslavers, the whole damn mountain of viciousness that it requires people to endure… It should be required reading for every Robert E. Lee or Andrew Jackson fan.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/06/lolas-story/524490/

  28. nancy said on May 17, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Cooze, what was your reaction to it, beyond heartbreak? I ask because I’m seeing a strong sentiment on black Twitter that the guy’s estate should be seized and given to whatever relatives of Lola’s family can be found, or maybe just shot into space. I admit that wasn’t my reaction; as bad as the story was, it seemed he did what he could to mitigate the damage done by his parents and grandparents, but I’m white and have a different perspective.

    I’d have posted this link today, but it was all over social media yesterday and I figured y’all would have read it by now.

  29. Icarus said on May 17, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I don’t claim to understand Twitter but I try to learn the basics, adhering to my “Don’t drive a car if you don’t know how to make a Left Turn” Technology Philosophy.

    One thing I learned recently is that If you use hashtags you should capitalize each word, not only for the reasons in this article but also because you don’t want

    #notallmen to be confused with NoTallMen when you mean something else (sorry best example I could come up with in the fly)

    http://cct.org/2016/08/three-ideas-to-make-your-social-media-more-inclusive/

  30. Sherri said on May 17, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Use a password manager: http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-password-managers/

    I use LastPass. I pick one long phrase to secure that, and LastPass manages all my other passwords, storing them encrypted and generating passwords for me. My husband and I can share passwords securely on shared accounts, and all my passwords are available on all my devices.

  31. coozledad said on May 17, 2017 at 9:44 am

    I’m not in any position to evaluate the opinions of people who have until recently been enslaved, and who are enduring what must be a maddening second class citizen status. What that essay does is demonstrate the way slavery cripples everybody it touches. It makes liars of racists who pretend that slavery wasn’t a creepily intimate perversion of a family dynamic, and the population of every southern crossroads and burg, black and white, can’t be traced back to some slaveholder’s balls. Half of the reason racism is so persistent might be because of the shadow that old dysfunctional family has cast over everything.

    When the Yankees finally mustered the will to wipe out the most obvious tokens of that glaring evil, they probably had no idea how many “white” people they freed. But it takes more than one war to educate people how to live with their siblings. And we aren’t even halfway to that point.

  32. Sherri said on May 17, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Lola Pulido’s obit from the Seattle Times back in 2011: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/lola-pulido-lived-life-of-devotion-to-family/

  33. Deborah said on May 17, 2017 at 10:31 am

    The worst part of that slavery story was how cruel they were to her. Especially the mother, constantly scolding the woman who did so much for the family. The descriptions of where they made the woman (sorry I forgot her name, senior moment) sleep was heart wrenching. And that sometimes she fell asleep on piles of laundry because she was so tired at the end of the day. What makes people so cruel that they can’t see how despicable their behavior is? I agree that some kind of restitution should be made to the woman’s family, or something.

  34. Dorothy said on May 17, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Suzanne I have a Mac. Open Excel, choose TOOLS, then in that category choose PROTECTION. Keep clicking to add a password. A PC will be different but you can always open Excel, then click on the question mark and ask the program ‘how do I password protect a document?” Or simply type in ‘password’ or ‘protect’. It’ll tell you in a pop up window.

    Deborah I’m sorry you dislike Excel so much. I know a little bit about it and value it highly. In my current job my predecessor who trained me 2.5 years ago LOVED to write out so many things that could have been typed on a spreadsheet SO much faster. I’m a big believer in time saving. So as soon as she trained me and then retired I re-did most everything the easier, faster way. She is 11 years older than me. I’m not surprised it could be an age driven attitude. I hope I continue to love learning how to do things in new ways. My mantra is If you don’t keep up, the world will pass you by! “you” meaning me. I like to keep up as much as possible.

    Like Nancy said @26 is the way I protect my spreadsheet. It’s a sentence that I thought up ages ago, and use the first letters of each word. I add a ‘2’ to represent the word ‘to’. Of ‘4’ for ‘for’ – that kind of thing. I also read in a tip from our IT department a short time ago to capitalize a letter further into a password rather than the first letter, which would be at a beginning of a sentence. So “Dorothy takes her time to create spreadsheets in 2002” could be “dthT2csI2002”

  35. Sherri said on May 17, 2017 at 11:23 am

    On Twitter, i also use lists to manage my feed. The accounts I follow are a pretty eclectic bunch, but I have several topic specific lists of accounts that I read as I have time and interest. I have a list of football writers that I read during football season, for example, and a list of science writers that I read as I can find time. In fact, the main reason I became a regular twitter user was to keep up with women’s basketball news when most of my favorite women’s basketball writers started losing their jobs at newspapers several years ago. Since they were now writing all over the place, Twitter became the place to find their work.

  36. Charlotte said on May 17, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I’ll second Sherri on password managers — I use 1Password, and totally rely on it.

    And I’ve come to prefer Twitter to Facebook — I’m sure in large part because my mother isn’t on Twitter — but I follow a bunch of writers, journalists, environmentalists and some politicians. The feed is a great place to follow events as they unfold.

    Instagram is my happy no-politics zone — that feed is all knitters, sewists, travel — and Dorothy’s grandbaby!

  37. Suzanne said on May 17, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Thank you Dorothy! That worked and it was easy. I am with Deborah though in my dislike of Excel. I don’t understand it and haven’t used it enough to master it. So, I mostly avoid it.
    Just read the Atlantic piece. So sad and so complicated. I think I can take a lesson from Lola about persistence. And at least, she seems to have found peace at the end of her life. The cruelty of people to others still astounds me at my age.

  38. Deborah said on May 17, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Lola’s obit that Sherri linked to is a piece of work, glossing over all of the unsavory parts.

    Dorothy, I’m with you on trying to learn new things but like Suzanne said if I don’t use new programs etc often enough I never master them. In my work I used mostly the Adobe Creative Suite, which consists of Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat and a few other things. Every year or so they’d upgrade and I’d have to learn a few new tricks to be proficient. Excel was not something I’d need to use more than maybe twice a year and I found it confusing. To each his/her own I guess.

  39. Connie said on May 17, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Jeff (tmmo) your local library is in the library news this week for being the first Ohio location of an Envisionware 24 hour library. https://www.lickingcountylibrary.info/24hourlibrary . These freestanding giant library vending machines run around $200,000. We looked at these as a potential west branch before we decided to build our new library in a more central location.

  40. Connie said on May 17, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I love Excel. Except it makes me cross-eyed.

  41. Rana said on May 17, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I agree with Cooz, in that Eudocia Tomas Pulido’s story really drove home for me how something as dysfunctional and cruel as slavery could be normalized, normalized to the point that even a child who comes to understand that it is wrong still failed to grasp just how wrong it was. (And imagine if this is your cultural norm, where it’s not just your family, but all the families of all your friends and neighbors and relatives. For generations. Legally.)

    (FYI, “Lola” is the equivalent of “Nana” or “Granny.” It’s not a nickname; her actual name was Eudocia. The fact that we all fall so easily into calling her Lola reinforces the point that this is insidious stuff.)

    Re: passwords, I finally gave in and got a manager. There were just too many to keep track of. I use Dashlane, and it’s been effective and fairly easy to use. I particularly like that it syncs with my phone, so that if I want to visit a site with my phone, I can do so. And it’s fingerprint protected on the phone, which I appreciate.

  42. Bitter Scribe said on May 17, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Lola’s story was an extreme example, but apparently there’s a lot of exploitation of Filipino women as domestics going on. And much of it isn’t even due to abuse by their employers. It’s because of our ridiculous, draconian immigration laws. There are women who have brought up their employers’ children but haven’t seen their own for, literally, decades, except maybe now and then on Skype if they’re lucky. They don’t dare go back to the Philippines for fear of not being able to return to their jobs in the USA, and their families in the Philippines are dependent on the money they remit. It’s heartbreaking and infuriating, to me at least, that these women have to go halfway around the world and be cut off from their families just to earn a living.

    The ultimate solution, of course, would be for the Philippines to stop electing corrupt, brutal clowns to high office and get its act together so that its citizens can earn a decent living. But failing that, there’s something we in the USA can do: Stop criminalizing immigration.

  43. Dorothy said on May 17, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    As with anything, unless you use it regularly, you’re not going to be comfortable with it. I got a job in Cincinnati in 2003 and this program was already in place to order tools for a job site. You entered the info in Access, which then ‘talked’ to an Excel spreadsheet and ZOOM it exported this report, and the order wen to the customer, and, well, it dazzled the shit out of me. I’m always amazed at the brains it took for someone to learn how to create that kind of stuff. I’ve been taught Power Point at least three times, but I’ve never had to use it regularly so I’d be lost if someone gave me a task to create one. My daughter used to say “Mum you’d be a wiz at it if you had to use it more often.” Can’t deny she is right.

    My mom’s youngest brother died today, leaving her the last of the six children her parents had. Uncle Jack was just 82 last week or the week before. Mum was nearly 13 when he was born. I’ve been saying that if Jack goes before Mum, she might not be far behind him. Mum is resilient and amazing, but heartbreak can certainly push people to the limits.

  44. Peter said on May 17, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I saw this:

    President Donald Trump couldn’t resist hijacking his own commencement speech Wednesday at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to complain about how he’s been treated in the wake of the various scandals that have rocked the White House over the past two weeks.

    “Look at the way I’ve been treated lately,” he griped, to laughter from the crowd. “Especially by the media. No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.”

    OK, let’s put Lincoln aside for a minute. No president has been treated more unfairly than you? Have you found that Kenyan birth certificate yet?

    What a douchebag.

  45. Suzanne said on May 17, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Sarah Jeong (@sarahjeong) has an interesting Twitter discussion of the Atlantic article.

    I just saw the news about Trump’s Coast Guard speech. But wait, who are the snowflakes??

  46. Jolene said on May 17, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    The ultimate solution, of course, would be for the Philippines to stop electing corrupt, brutal clowns to high office and get its act together so that its citizens can earn a decent living.

    Another thing that would help would be for the church to get out of the way of the various government programs and organizations trying to make birth control accessible to the poor. One of the few things that can be said in favor of the murderous Duterte is that he supports such programs.

    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/12/509462732/in-majority-catholic-philippines-duterte-orders-better-access-to-birth-control

  47. brian stouder said on May 17, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Condolences to your family and you, Dorothy

  48. Deborah said on May 17, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    For Trump to complain about how he is treated unfairly in a graduation speech is sooooo inappropriate. It should be about the graduates obviously, but of course he has to make it about HIM.

    You know, I’ve quit calling Trump by another name, because I think the name Trump has been so devalued by his behavior it has become an insult in itself. Instead of calling someone an asshole or a douche, call them a Trump.

  49. coozledad said on May 17, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    The cadets should have rushed the stage and force fed him the microphone. They’re supposed to interdict cheap Russian imports.

  50. Scout said on May 17, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Right on, Deborah. His name has become synonymous with FAIL, so why not use it liberally? (See what I did there?)

    Eudocia’s story had me in tears. I could hardly bear to read the parts describing the coldhearted cruelty she was forced to endure. The author was very brave to tell the story; it’s the type of family secret people would rather not have to acknowledge publicly. Interesting that he died suddenly at the age of 57 a few months ago, right after this piece was finished. It was a beautiful tribute but also a brutally honest way to make amends before checking out, almost as if he knew.

    During the 2016 campaign the ghostwriter for Art of the Deal, Tony Schwartz, was quite outspoken on Twitter about Trump’s temperament and inappropriateness for office. He’s been pretty quiet since, until today. This is fascinating for all of us who’ve observed how nuts this whole thing is. https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/05/16/i-wrote-the-art-of-the-deal-with-trump-his-self-sabotage-is-rooted-in-his-past/?utm_term=.02f42c8603f4&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

  51. Bitter Scribe said on May 17, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Deborah @48:

    Remember when Obama’s critics said he and Michelle always made everything about them? Guess what Trump is doing.

    Remember when Obama’s critics said he gave allies the back of his hand and cozied up to dictators? Guess what Trump is doing.

    Remember when Obama’s critics said…pretty much anything at all? There isn’t a single one of the absurd, malevolent, bad-faith criticisms flung at Obama that doesn’t apply in reality to Trump, with the exception of “he only got elected because he’s black.” And the born-in-Kenya nonsense. (The two of them pretty much amount to the same thing).

  52. Jakash said on May 17, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks for the Twitter explanations, Jeff (tmmo) and Sherri, and good point about the hashtags, Icarus. As for “‘pretty picture posting’ accounts,” I suppose you’re familiar with this one, Jeff: https://twitter.com/cloudappsoc

  53. brian stouder said on May 17, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Well, as others have also noted, my all-purpose bullshit barometer is the Fox News page’s headlines, and right now there’s this, as their #1 headline –

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/17/comey-cracks-republican-wall-gop-pols-voice-concerns-on-trump-drama.html

    so – at least right now, Trump cheering-section seems to be resigned to the coming shit-storm

  54. Suzanne said on May 17, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    My Rep Jim Banks posted his official statement on Twitter this afternoon about how we shouldn’t be distracted by this media storm and we have to forge ahead and do the work the American people voted us to do: repeal the ACA, etc. etc. etc.
    At that point there were 32 replies to his, all in the vein of “What the heck are you talking about??? Media storm?!?!? What are you doing about possible collusion and obstruction of justice?!?!?” Not one agreed with him. Not one.

    The GOP right now is basically saying, “Kids, I know the house is burning down around us, but education is important, so just sit there at the table and do your homework while I get the garden hose. I’ll call 911 if I can’t get the fire out.”

  55. Deborah said on May 17, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Suzanne, I know this isn’t what you meant, but the GOP right now isn’t saying that education is important, all they’re saying is important is tax cuts to the wealthy. That’s all they care about while it’s all burning right down to the ground. Lots of people can see the truth, but unfortunately there are a lot of people who refuse to see it for what it is, as we all know here. This is what makes me want to scream and scream and scream.

  56. Snarkworth said on May 17, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    The story of Lola reminded me of my least favorite children’s book, “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. The difference being that the tree was an enabler, and Lola was pure victim.

    I tweet @Snarkworth, and I follow people back (with a few exceptions)!

  57. Suzanne said on May 17, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Yeah, Deborah, I should have worded that differently. It’s an analogy. The GOP is like if I was saying this to my kids.

  58. Icarus said on May 17, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    is ” we shouldn’t be distracted by this media storm” the 2017 version of “Wait until all the facts are in”?

    http://www.ginandtacos.com/2017/01/11/on-the-properties-of-wind/

  59. Scout said on May 17, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    This is the stuff keeps me from opening a vein. @AngrierWHStaff is one of my main Twitter go-to’s. S/He also has a blog; here is today’s post: http://angrystaffer.blogspot.com/2017/05/what-do-you-wear-to-impeachment-party.html

  60. Sherri said on May 17, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    The reporter who wrote the obit for Eudocia Pulido talks: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/northwest/why-the-obituary-for-eudocia-tomas-pulido-didnt-tell-the-story-of-her-life-in-slavery/

  61. Sherri said on May 17, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Tell me again it’s not xenophobia.

    http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/revered-seattle-theater-director-no-longer-an-alien-but-it-darn-near-took-an-act-of-congress/

  62. Bob (Not Greene) said on May 17, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Holy God, the hits keep coming. The GOP as La Cosa Nostra:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/house-majority-leader-to-colleagues-in-2016-i-think-putin-pays-trump/2017/05/17/515f6f8a-3aff-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_transcript-6pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.99e3844a2539

  63. Scout said on May 17, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Well. The word is that the WH was given only a 30 minutes heads-up on this. Probably so they couldn’t scramble to obstruct.
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/robert-mueller-named-special-counsel-russia-trump-investigation

  64. Peter said on May 19, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    My late mom would always start her interrogations with an old German saying: “Lies have short legs!” meaning that no matter how fast a lie travels, the long legged truth will catch up one day.

    I’ve been thinking about that saying a lot these days…

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