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Sunday, April 29, 2018


The Full speech below: (If this doesn't play click here)

04/29/2018 12:06 am ET Updated 1 hour ago

Of course Trump's "counter-programming" by finding somewhere else called Washington where he was popular and delivering a wild stream of lunatic conscious speech is being covered everywhere, including on Fox. Someone, possibly a plant, started shouting "Nobel" when Trump claimed that a success in Korea would be all his doing. Immediately the entire audience becan the chant, Nobel, Nobel, Nobel.

If you watched the video and aren't familiar with the book, or the Hulu TV version of The Handmaids Tale, you probably don't know why comparing Sarah Sanders to Aunt Lydia was such an on target remark. My sense was that the lack of audience response deomnstrated that few in the room knew who she was. 

She is the cruel, psychopathic, oversear of all the handmaids. She took great pleasure in having the handmaids stone one of their brethern to death. I hope she comes to a well deserved end at the hands of the handmaids.

This is how Maureen Dowd put it this morning in her NY Times column:

WASHINGTON — You can hear those heads exploding from here to Oslo.
Republican lawmakers are pushing Donald Trump, the most combative man in the universe, for a Nobel Peace Prize.
How unimaginable is this?
Just picture a wildly hirsute cartoon figure with a hair-trigger temper festooned with a medal of Alfred Nobel reading “Pro pace et fraternitate gentium” (“For the peace and brotherhood of men”).

“The guy who said he could be as presidential as any president except for Abraham Lincoln is instead about as presidential as Yosemite Sam,” says his biographer Tim O’Brien. “I really think of him as Yosemite Sam — just hopping around in anger, firing his gun wildly, sometimes at his own foot. He was so unhinged and ranting in that call to ‘Fox & Friends’ this week that even the hosts couldn’t wait to get him off the air.”

It would be a paradox: The man so many Americans loathe as a villain taming a charter member of the Axis of Evil.

Of course, any Strangelovian thing could happen when Little Rocket Man and the Dotard actually get together, given that both Dear Leaders live in bizarro fantasy worlds with fawning courtiers, where lying and cheating abounds. (So far, Kim Jong-un has Trump beat in the fawning enforcement department since he had his uncle killed for, among other reasons, clapping halfheartedly for him.)


For a president who constantly reminds us how frank he is, Trump seldom interacts with the press. On the rare occasions when he does, his remarks don’t always provide a clear indication of what he’s thinking. By contrast, his body language — with Macron and in other sometimes-bizarre interactions with leaders — seems to reveal something more essential, more consistent, about his mind-set. It’s here we see the man as he really is.


These physical encounters point to Trump’s need for dominance. Understanding his nonverbal interactions this way might tell us more about his thoughts and feelings than his words do. 

It’s easy enough, for example, to extract a story from the changing patterns of contact between Trump and Macron. While their earlier handshakes suggest a competition for dominance, Trump’s more recent loose-jawed smile of amusement, and his playful removal of “dandruff,” could now indicate a rough-and-tumble relationship between equals. Even if he’s still trying to show that he’s the top dog, he seems to be doing it in a friendlier spirit. 

On other occasions, Trump has aggressively refused physical contact with foreign dignitaries — he famously turned down a handshake with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a meeting in the Oval Office last year. The gesture, CNN wrote, “was taken as a sign of the tensions between the two leaders.” (They did shake hands on Friday.)

It’s understandable, then, that so many observers focus on these details. With his cheap talk often signifying nothing, at least where tangible policymaking is concerned, the signals of nonverbal behavior, which make feelings evident in actions, become that much more significant. They’re no Rosetta Stone, but body movements, facial displays and, yes, inappropriate grooming are more reliable than words alone when trying to understand someone’s intent.

Perhaps this is why stories about Trump’s behavior are so attractive: It’s one of the only ways to figure out how the president truly feels in the moment.

Saturday, April 28, 2018


Joy Reid is on TV now. She is addresing the allegations against her on a very different matter than what Tom Brokaw has responded to (below). Hopefully you will be able to watch her show later in the day (here) if you missed seeing it live. This is a clip of her introductory remarks.

The chance of false accusations of sexual harassment being leveled against people in this era of #MeToo must to be taken seriously. When it comes to "he said she said" situation you have to make your own decision as to who you are going to believe.

  This is Tom Brokaw's side of the allegations being made against him.

Here's the letter signed by former female colleagues including Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchen, Stephanie Ruhl, Kristin Welker, Kelly O'Donnell, and Maria Schriver. Mika Brzezinski also voiced her support for the journalist, tweeting, "Add me to the list." 

Subject: Letter on Tom Brokaw
As professional women, we fully endorse the conversation around abuse of power in the workplace. In the context of that conversation, we would like to share our perspectives on working with Tom Brokaw.
We are current and former colleagues of Tom’s, who have worked with him over a period spanning four decades. We are producers, correspondents, anchors, directors, executives, researchers, personal assistants, editors and technical staff.
Tom has treated each of us with fairness and respect. He has given each of us opportunities for advancement and championed our successes throughout our careers. As we have advanced across industries — news, publishing, law, business and government — Tom has been a valued source of counsel and support. We know him to be a man of tremendous decency and integrity.
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Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev, (Trump) has “forced new efficiencies.”

“You have to report faster, write faster, think faster, sleep faster,” says Talev, who has covered the White House for a decade. Sleep faster? “I’m trying to get 6½ hours of sleep in 4½ hours,” she says. “That’s my current project.”

Talev is joking—I think!—but it’s hard to tell these days. Every year, POLITICO’s Media Issue drills into the realities of the White House beat, looking at what it’s like to cover the presidency and how that shapes what we know about the most powerful office in the world. But it has never been quite like this, and “what we know” has never been quite so unreliable.

Reporters, often the biggest names at their news organizations, find themselves having to bend to the whims of an early rising 71-year-old who starts making news by blasting out aggrieved and, at times, outrageous tweets before the end of “Fox & Friends.” What was once one of the most prestigious gigs in journalism has become a daily slog. Craggy veterans crank out stories at odd hours as they scramble to report out the mercurial musings of a president who, with apologies to Lewis Carroll, believes as many as six impossible things before breakfast. 
Major news organizations, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, rotate reporters each week to ensure that someone is up for the tweetstorms at dawn, and are hiring new correspondents to help with the expanded workload. Where presidential news once arrived on a fairly predictable schedule, the Times’ Peter Baker says the on-duty reporter now might have to knock out two stories before getting out of his or her pajamas.
Two photos from The New York Times article 

A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opening Thursday in Montgomery, Ala., is dedicated to victims of white supremacy. Click images to enlarge.

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