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July, 29, 2019
Binge watch it: For fans of "Orange" the last season, number seven, is a major shift thematically and stylistically. It is powerful and gut wrenching. It has moved from being a tragicomedy to a tragedy. Don't expect happy endings, as the show depicts is the world of Trump. I'd rank it alongside the best seasons of The Wire and Deadwood as among the best TV series.
We’ve spent seven seasons and nearly 100 hours with these characters, so we arguably deserved the gratifying closure we got with Piper, Taystee, Gloria, Blanca, and, you could argue, Nicky, Cindy, and Alex as well. But the show wouldn’t have been true to itself if it wasn’t also a pointed, timely reminder of the injustice of the criminal justice system and its relentless hopelessness.
While Orange Is the New Black has always traded in gray areas and the overlap between right and wrong, love and tragedy, and comedy and drama, there were no minced words or mixed messages in its immigrant detention center plot.
What made this arc so remarkable is that, while a full-throated denouncement of our country’s immigration policies and the treatment of detainees, it didn’t feel political, didactic, preachy, or message-heavy. It was an exploration of the human impact of these policies, and the legal system behind it. It was an education in the procedures they must deal with.
July 28, 2019
My photoshop today
|I put this on Twitter with the new hashtag #WeAreBaltimore and so far 445 people have looked at it.|
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This is a president who will happily debase himself at the slightest provocation. And given Mr. Cummings’ criticisms of U.S. border policy, the various investigations he has launched as chairman of the House Oversight Committee, his willingness to call Mr. Trump a racist for his recent attacks on the freshmen congresswomen, and the fact that “Fox & Friends” had recently aired a segment critical of the city, slamming Baltimore must have been irresistible in a Pavlovian way. Fox News rang the bell, the president salivated and his thumbs moved across his cell phone into action.
Streaming video review - If you are a fan of Orange Is the New Black on Netflix, this season is particularly timely and troubling. The writers found a way to address the issues of Trump's anti-immigration policy and ICE locking up immigrants in a clever way. The private company that runs the "orange" prison also runs a detention center. The cooks from the "orange" prison end up cooking at the immigrant detention center which is far worse than a prison.
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What Brits are paying attention to. VIDEO below: What's a dog whistle ?
Michigan makes the news in a bad way again - not with Michigan State University this time:
July 27, 2019
On Saturday, President Donald Trump blasted House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) for criticizing his border patrol policy, blasting his home district in Baltimore as “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” and a “very dangerous & filthy place” where “no human being would want to live” and suggesting it should be stripped of federal funding. Cummings’ district is actually above average in median income and education, but over 59 percent of its population is black, as is Cummings himself, so naturally Trump would assume it is filthy and impoverished.
In conversation with CNN’s Jessica Dean on Saturday, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery sharply criticized Trump for his ongoing bigotry.
“Wesley this is an American president calling an American city ‘disgusting,'” said Dean. “It’s also a president who attacked four congresswomen because he said they didn’t love their country. What do you make of this rant this morning, these tweets?”
July 26, 2019
My afternoon photoshop
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough buries “Moscow Mitch” McConnell for selling out American democracy to Russia (with an apt alliteration)
Way to go, Joe, this is now a trending Twitter hashtag: #MoscowMitch
Escape from Trumpland on NetFlix, new season today.
Tucker Carlson is the spawn of Trump, only he can speak in full sentences. Read story.
“A daft old man, blinking in the sunlight once his curtain was torn away.” With this memorably rude phrase, uttered early on Wednesday night’s episode of his namesake Fox News program, Tucker Carlson fired the kill shot in the network’s two-year campaign of character assassination against special counsel Robert Mueller. In the immediate aftermath of Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, Carlson and his Fox News colleagues did what they do best: glorify Donald Trump while belittling his opponents and enemies.
July 25, 2019
TWEET OF THE DAY - READ STORY
July 24, 2019
17 minutes of Trump mental illness:
Looking back on the day:
Watching Mueller: It's well nigh impossible for me to wrap my mind around how the Republicans are flailing around trying to support Trump, and Nunes is spinning outlandish conspiracy theories. Have they no shame? Of course not! I am proud to be a Democrat but so frustrated watching these two hearings where someone in a clown suit should come in a put a pie in the faces of all these Trump acolytes when they mouth their disgusting attacks on Robert Mueller. What kind of pie? Let's say it wouldn't be the kind of pie I'd want to serve to any friends.
July 23, 2019
This would be funny if is wasn't frightening and embarrassing for the country.... I didn't know Kingston, a town near where I used to live in Massachusetts, was ever divided.
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July 22, 2019
July 21, 2019
Today Nick Kristof says all that needs to be said - The G.O.P. Is Now a Personality Cult
July 20, 2019
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July 19, 2019
Below: I made two photoshops before I thought of a story to go with them.
I changed there thumbnail photo for this Daily Kos story to this:
This is one of the most painful and outrageous videos of Trump yet:
July 18, 2019
July 17, 2019
How can George Conway stay married to her/him? Maybe he's doing it for the sake of the children. Although one might ask him what kind of role model she is.
July 16, 2019
Amid rumors the first lady’s planning a trip back to Slovenia after 15 years, some of the country’s most accomplished women hope she’ll break with her husband’s cruel policies.
Excellent NY Times editorial
But Sunday left no doubt. Naivete, resentment and outright racism, roiled in a toxic mix, have given us a racist president. Trump could have used vile slurs, including the vilest of them all, and the intent and effect would have been no less clear. Telling four non-white members of Congress — American citizens all, three natural-born — to “go back” to the “countries” they “originally came from”? That’s racist to the core. It doesn’t matter what these representatives are for or against — and there’s plenty to criticize them for — it’s beyond the bounds of human decency. For anyone, not least a president.