This blog contains links to my almost 100 Capitol Hill Blue (CHB) columns plus selected news items of the day.
Jan. 19, 2019
I noted that HUFFPOST had an unusal image (for them) for their main story, the roller coaster showing a decidely unfrightening roller coaster, but the headline said "DC Upside Down" but the roller coaster was upside-up... I wondered why they couldn't find a photo with an upside down roller coaster...took me 10 minutes.
This caught my eye today. I use my blog to link to my Capitol Hill Blue Columns (almost 100 to date) and before that my more than 600 Daily Kos posts. I also post links to a few articles I think you'd be interested in. Last year the foreign country which had the most readers was Russia, with sources showing IP addresss and 3-4 private servers. They have disappeared. Today there were more logons from the Netherlands than even the United States. There was also a record number of logons for one hour. See images:
Jan. 18, 2019
Below, this is not my idea. Someone in a NY Times story comment suggested it. I just tweeted it.
Romney: Another rubber stamp, Trump enabler? by Hal Brown, CHB columnist
Jan. 17, 2019
Trump's deadly and dangerous disease threatens us all, by Hal Brown
Jan. 16, 2019
|Hamberders by any other news & more chilling news, by Hal Brown|
In the News
Burger King mocks Trump for misspelling ‘hamburgers’ in incoherent early-morning tweet: "hamberders"
Jan. 14, 2019
CNN has obtained a series of transcripts of closed-door meetings between members of Congress and FBI officials that reveal the FBI feared that Trump could have fired the bureau’s former director “at the behest of the Russian government.”
Trump’s downfall is all but certain because his tantrums follow this predictable historical pattern - History News Network
We’ve already seen the arrival of new radical possibilities in opposition to the reactionary leader. Does anyone credibly think that we’d have elected several Democratic Socialists were it not for Trump? Does anyone believe that we’d finally be able to consider policy proposals like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, and the restitution of a proper marginal tax rate, had it not been for the rightful frustration and anger at the reactionary Republican agenda? Suddenly the Democrats are suggesting actual ideas and not just the furtherance of the collapsing neo-liberal consensus; suddenly it seems as if actual change might be possible. In this sense, Trump has ironically accomplished something that the Democrats themselves haven’t been able to do – he’s pushed them to the left.
Jan. 13, 2019
Jan. 12, 2019
Jan. 11, 2019
Message to Mitch McConnell: You bought him, you own him
How Robert Mueller Can Write a Report the Justice Department Cannot Suppress
Thursday, January 10, 2019, 6:13 PM
There are too many juicy paragraphs from this article to quote all the good ones. Here are three: My meeting with Trump: A damaged, pathetic personality — whose obvious impairment has only gotten worse
Can Mueller indict Trump under seal to avoid the statute of limitations expiring while the president's still in office?Who knew? We know that Pence and Betsy DeVos are fundamentalist evangelicals. This is troubling if Pence becomes president, but right now we have a bigger problem with the Secretary of State (from AlterNet)
For many US evangelical Christians, one of the key preconditions for [the rapture] is the gathering of the world’s Jews in a greater Israel between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River. It is a belief, known as premillenial dispensationalism or Christian Zionism – and it has very real potential consequences for
US foreign policy.
It directly colours views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and indirectly, attitudes towards Iran, broader Middle East geopolitics and the primacy of protecting Christian minorities. In his Cairo visit, Pompeo heaped praise on Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, for building the new cathedral, but made no reference to the 60,000 political prisoners the regime is thought to be holding, or its routine use of torture.
Jan. 10, 2019
Jan. 9, 2019
Jan. 8, 2019
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree:
One central part of this pathologically narcissistic leadership style is that he always has to see others seeing him as exceptional. A great example is the way he continually repeats lies about winning the “greatest election of all time." He will distort whatever reality there is that interferes with getting others to see him as exceptional, like denying the fact he lost the popular vote by 3 million votes—to a woman no less.
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