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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Open Thread -- WTF, Media? Edition

Following up on my impromptu series railing against the New York Times last week, spurred on by something Charlie Pierce wrote (feel better soon, Charlie!), I've got a oouple of posts coming up over the next couple of days where I yell at clouds excoriate a couple of publications (including the Times, again. In the meantime, here's that trio of posts from last week:

Charlie Pierce Asks a Rhetorical Question

Hacks Gonna Hack

It Was Comey, Duh.

I'm not the only one unhappy with the Times this weekend:

Has anything the media has done pissed you off lately? If so, leave a note in the comments.

Earworm of the Afternoon -- While My Guitar Gently Weeps

May Day March

On Monday, May 1, on a day on which people around the world (except, notably, in the US) celebrate labor, several groups, led by immigrant groups, will be engaging in action around the world:

More than 50 organizations representing Black Lives Matter, women's rights, immigrants, the environment, laborers, LGBTQ groups and much more got on board.
As announced on the Movement for Black Lives' website, "We will strike, rally and resist. Our aim is to build a mighty movement of all people dedicated to freedom. That means we don’t deny our differences, we embrace them and build a movement bold, broad and big enough to include our many realities."
Participating organizations, including, the Women's March, United We Dream, and Mijente, among others, have compiled organizing toolkits available for free on their websites, hosted multiple planning conference calls for participants all over the country, and created an event locator to help prospective protesters find events in their area.
Many of these protests, rallies, marches and additional direct actions are centered around and will coordinate with the second Day Without Immigrants, which as AlterNet previously reported is organized by Movimiento Cosecha, a national immigrants' rights group that has been planning the nationwide strike for months. The campaign site explains, "On May 1st, we will not go to work, we will not go to school and we will not buy. We are going to make it clear that this country cannot function without immigrants."
In addition to Cosecha, the immigrant strike is "backed by a network of over 300,000 farmworkers, servers, cooks and food-manufacturers, including a large local chain of the Service Employees International Union," and the Food Chain Workers Alliance.
The goal is to show just how much American businesses rely on immigrant labor to keep the economy running. As the organizers said in a statement, "We need to show this administration, Congress and large corporate interests that our human and economic worth is more powerful than their agenda of hate and greed. Opposing Trump is not enough. We must stop him."
Events are planned nationwide. In Houston, Texas, workers and allies will gather and wear red for a morning rally and march. In California (Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento), there are multiple marches occurring throughout the day and even after 5pm, for those unable to strike during work hours. Also on the West Coast, in Vancouver, Washington, local chapters of the ACLU and Indivisible groups are meeting for a march and rally, also after the workday. Even deep-red Arkansas is hosting multiple events, including rallies in Little Rock, Rogers and Portsmouth, which as the Guardian points out, have large immigrant populations.
In New York City, thousands of people will converge near City Hall for speeches by Women's March organizer and Palestinian American activist Linda Sarsour, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, labor leaders, and New York City elected officials, as well as DACA recipients and other undocumented New Yorkers at risk under the current administration.
Those looking to get involved or support the strikers can visit or Movimiento Cosecha

The Nation says this could be one of the biggest May Days in a long time:

On May 1, hundreds of thousands of immigrants and their allies are expected to take to the streets in a nationwide show of power. Immigrants have been marching on May Day for a decade now, first in 2006, when 1.5 million people took to the streets across the country to demand immigration reform. Until that year, May Day had been associated solely with International Workers’ Day; now immigrants have made it a day to demand their rights, too. 2006 marked a watershed moment; it was the first time immigrants and their loved ones took to the streets in such massive numbers. In the decade since, marching on May 1 has become an annual custom, and the day is a key national day of action for immigrant rights activists and advocates.
This year is no ordinary year, though.
“As immigrants our livelihoods, our futures, our families—they’re all in danger,” Jorge-Mario Cabrera, the director of communications at Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), said. “May Day presents an opportunity for us to not silence ourselves and to remain vigilant.”

Sadly, I have jury duty beginning that morning, but I'll armchair chronicle what I can and perhaps show up if I get sent home early.

It'll be another sign to see if we can continue the momentum until the 2018 elections. Still a long way away.

When Your Morning Is Hell...

Totally off topic, but this makes me crack up every time I see it.


My morning is sucky today; I had to be up super early for a Saturday morning so Verizon could visit to fix my internet. Hopefully it's back up soon.

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Daily Combover - April 28, 2017

After a very candid AP interview less than a week ago, Trump sat down with Reuters on Thursday to clear up a few misconceptions about his first 100 days in office. To be sure they knew he won, he made sure to hand out maps of his victory before they got started:

We're just as confused as you are.

Let's dig into a few of the highlights:
"There's a chance that we could end up having a major, major, conflict with North Korea, absolutely."
QUESTION: Is that your biggest global worry at this point?
"Yes, I would say that's true, yes. ... North Korea would be certainly that."

When President Bush said he would be remembered the way Truman was remembered, his approval rating was sitting at his low of 28%. Trump, on the other hand, polling at his highest approval yet -- 43% -- seems determined to follow that path as well. But this time with a second Korean War.
"On the THAAD system, it's about a billion dollars. I said, 'Why are we paying? Why are we paying a billion dollars? We're protecting. Why are we paying a billion dollars?' So I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they paid. Nobody's going to do that. Why are we paying a billion dollars? It's a billion dollar system. It's phenomenal. It's the most incredible equipment you've ever seen - shoots missiles right out of the sky. And it protects them and I want to protect them. We're going to protect them. But they should pay for that, and they understand that."
I'm still amazed at his complete and utter ignorance about everything. "Shoots missiles right out of the sky." We've employed similar technology since 1990. Yes, this is much more advanced, but it's nothing we haven't seen before.
"Yours is the toughest question. Because at what point does it end? But we can't let them come over here. I have to say, there is an end. And it has to be humiliation. There is an end. Otherwise it's really tough. But there is an end. We are really eradicating some very bad people. When you take a look at what's going on with the cutting off of the heads. We haven't seen that since Medieval times. Right?"
Again, utter ignorance of recent history. Beheadings are fairly common in Saudi Arabia -- and have been increasing over the last two decades. But hey, the Medieval Times near his golf course puts on quite the show.
"He certainly doesn't want to see turmoil and death. He doesn't want to see it. He's a good man. He's a very good man and I got to know him very well ...
We'll see how it all works out. I know he would like to be able to do something. Perhaps it's possible that he can't. But I think he'd like to be able to do something."
Two weeks ago, Trump admitted that he had no idea how complicated the relationship was between China and North Korea. Now he seems to be right back where he was before his meeting with Xi.
"He's 27 years old, his father dies, took over a regime, so say what you want but that's not easy, especially at that age. You know you have plenty of generals in there and plenty of other people that would like to do what he's doing. So I've said this before and I've, I'm just telling you, and I'm not giving him credit or not giving him credit. I'm just saying that's a very hard thing to do."
"As to whether or not he's rational, I have no opinion on it. I hope he's rational."
It really sounds like he's giving him credit. I wonder if he's still waiting for Kim Jong Un's birthday invitation.
"I get a call from Mexico yesterday, 'We hear you're going to terminate NAFTA.' I said that's right. They said, 'Is there any way we can do something without you – without termination?’ I said, 'What do you want to do?' He said, 'Well, we'd like to negotiate.' I said we'll think about it. Then I get a call, and they call me, I get a call from Justin Trudeau and he said, 'We'd like to see if we can work something out,' and I said that's fine. Because I've always - I've been very consistent. It's much less disruptive if we can make a fair trade deal than if we terminate."
As we Combovered on Wednesday, terminating NAFTA would destroy our economy. He's obviously lying about these calls, but at least someone convinced him that ending NAFTA would be a terrible idea.
"It's unacceptable. It's a horrible deal made by Hillary. It's a horrible deal. And we're going to renegotiate that deal, or terminate it."
QUESTION: When will you announce it?
"Very soon. I'm announcing it now."
"By the way, with South Korea, just so you know. They're ready for it. Mike Pence was representing me, he was just over there, he's told them. And we have the five-year anniversary coming up very shortly. And we thought that would be a good time to start ...
It's a great deal for South Korea. It's a terrible deal for us."
 I really wish Reuters would have followed up here and asked him why the KORUS deal was so terrible. Trump hears the word trade and jumps to "terrible deal." As it turns out, KORUS has been a net boon for US manufacturers. But you won't hear that from Trump.
"Frankly, Saudi Arabia has not treated us fairly, because we are losing a tremendous amount of money in defending Saudi Arabia."
As if he would pull out of Saudi Arabia. He owns several properties there.
"Well, my problem is that I've established a very good personal relationship with (Chinese) President Xi. And I really feel that he is doing everything in his power to help us with a big situation, so I wouldn't want to be causing difficulty right now for him ... So I would certainly want to speak to him first."
So is he admitting that he made a mistake challenging One China?
"If there's closure, there's closure. We'll see what happens. If there's a shutdown. It's the Democrats' fault. Not our fault. It's the Democrats' fault. Maybe they'd like to see a shutdown."
Math is clearly not his strong suit. Republicans have majorities across the board. If there's a shutdown, it's completely on them.
"We will do trade deals that are going to make up for a tremendous amount of the deficit. We are going to be doing trade deals that are going to be much better trade deals ...
"There will be other ways that we are going to raise revenues. But we are going to run the country properly, and we are going to be reimbursed when we do things. Why should we be paying for somebody else's military?"
 Unless you plan on imposing tariffs, trade deals will not deliver tax dollars. And tariffs will lead to counter-tariffs that will slow GDP growth which will lead to fewer tax dollars collected on the domestic front. Either way, there's no chance he offsets additional cuts.
"It's a possibility, we're talking to both. It's a possibility, but I want to see peace with Israel and the Palestinians. There is no reason there's not peace between Israel and the Palestinians - none whatsoever. So we're looking at that and we're also looking at the potential of going to Saudi Arabia."
Good thing he appointed someone with no career experience working on peace deals to oversee a resolution between Israel and her Arab neighbors. Experience is overrated.

Have a good weekend.

Catch you on the flip side.

The Professional Left - Ep 386 Trump wants another 100 hexadecimal

Driftglass and Blue Gal cover the (lack of) successes in Trump's first 100 days. And as always a big reminder to stay engaged!

Listen here.

Late Night Track -- For Martha

Friday Links -- 4/28/2017

Some stories to wrap up the week. I'm wiped!

No longer do we get the hourly lecture that WE SHOULD NOT FOCUS ON TRUMP'S TWEETS THEY'RE JUST A CUNNING DISTRACTION. They are what they are: a cranky old guy yelling things at the television while watching Fox News. Yes, he happens to run the world, but still.

99 Days in 99 Seconds

From Stephen Colbert:

Ah, 99 days ago. We were like 999 days younger then.

Open Thread -- False Flag This, Asshole!

Losing the custody of one's kids is not the kind of thing I'd normally poke fun at, but it's Alex frickin' Jones, who believed that Sandy Hook was a hoax, so consider this a thread to crap on him in the comments if you'd like.