This blog contains links to my almost 100 Capitol Hill Blue (CHB) columns plus selected news items of the day.
Jan. 24, 2019
Just watching The Beat with Ari Melber who often pulls lines form pop songs. A guest, perhaps it was Mike Lubika, gave a line from a rapper DMX song and Ari came back with another. I don't remember what the brief lyrics they quoted were. I wasn't familiar with DMX so I looked them up. Here, as a sample, are the lyrics from "It's On" which begins:
These lyrics from "It's On" apply to his interview yestrday with four key Mueller witnesses. Carter Page, Sam Nunberg, Jerome Corsi, and Michael Caputo.
I always keep my enemies the closest (uhh)
Always make sure I know where the toast is (uhh)
Always cover my tracks when I creep
Always get away when I'm done to relax to D
I always know the rules of the game before I play
Many of the other lyrics are not allowed on television.
Maybe Trump wants a mission to Mars a little too much? (MSNBC 1/23/19) Perhaps Trump can hand NASA over to Putin's Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities if he promises to put a Trump Tower on Mars.
Jan. 23, 2019
The case for an all female ticket in 2020, By Hal Brown
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Jan. 22, 2019
I haven't thought of anything to write about for Capitol Hill Blue today. Fortunatey editor Doug Thompson has three good columns.
Jan. 21, 2019
The president addressed reporters during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day saying, before he turned on his heals and walked quickly away ignoring reporter's questions:
“Good morning, everybody, It’s a great day. It’s a beautiful day. And thank you for being here. Appreciate it.”
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." April 16, 1963, Birmingham, Alabama
Note the words which appear on each side of Trump's head: "a threat to" on the left and on the right "everywhere."
In his visit he did not mention the civil rights icon, but he did touch a wreath while someone else moved it a foot or two. His orange combover look more riciulous than usual from the back.
It almost seemed to be a cosmic message from MLK, which was visible on the wall sending him a clear message.
Trump could have chosen to walk along the wall and pretended to read the 14 quotes inscribed there. Yeah. Right, as if that would ever happen.
- "We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." (March 31, 1968, National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.)
- "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." (1963, Strength to Love)
- "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant." (December 10, 1964, Oslo, Norway)
- "Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in." (April 18, 1959, Washington, D.C.)
- "I oppose the war in Vietnam because I love America. I speak out against it not in anger but with anxiety and sorrow in my heart, and above all with a passionate desire to see our beloved country stand as a moral example of the world." (February 25, 1967, Los Angeles, California)
- "If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective." (December 24, 1967, Atlanta, Georgia)
- "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." (April 16, 1963, Birmingham, Alabama)
- "I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits." (December 10, 1964, Oslo, Norway)
- "It is not enough to say 'We must not wage war.' It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but on the positive affirmation of peace." (December 24, 1967, Atlanta, Georgia)
- "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." (February 25, 1967, Los Angeles, California)
- "Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies." (April 4, 1967, Riverside Church, Manhattan, New York)
- "We are determined here in Montgomery to work and fight until justice runs down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream." (December 5, 1955, Montgomery, Alabama)
- "We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience." (April 16, 1963, Birmingham, Alabama)
- "True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice." (April 16, 1963, Birmingham, Alabama)
It is often difficult to select the most outrageous grotesquely vomitacious comment for the week coming from Trump or his minions. Here's a contender from the Vice President (watch video here)
Jan. 19, 2019
BELOW: 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.
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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