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Sunday, January 14, 2018

A video posted on Twitter last night shows the innovative work of a national hero who projected "This Place is a S---hole" onto the walls of the Trump International Hotel. read more


The Dotard-in-Chief is at it again. Trump claimed Sunday that the Wall Street Journal deliberately misquoted him as saying that he probably has a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. For its part, the WSJ stood by what it reported and released audio of disputed portion of interview. read more


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Poached, grilled, or baked with brie. Served on a roll, or in mac 'n cheese. Lobsters may be one of the most popular crustaceans in the culinary arts. But when it comes to killing them, there's a long and unresolved debate about how to do it humanely, and whether that extra consideration is even necessary. The Swiss Federal Council issued an order this week banning cooks in Switzerland from placing live lobsters into pots of boiling water -- joining a few other jurisdictions that have protections for the decapod crustaceans. Switzerland's new measure stipulates that beginning March 1, lobsters must be knocked out -- either by electric shock or "mechanical destruction" of the brain -- before boiling them, according to Swiss public broadcaster RTS. The announcement reignited a long-running debate: Can lobsters even feel pain? read more


Trump's "shithole" comments are just the latest in an endless bombardment of awfulness from this tiny excuse for a man. His unforgivable behavior as a candidate/president hasn't quite been normalized -- yet, but the shock-value seems to be wearing off. It's wearing off, not because we've allowed it to, but simply because of its constant presence. The president, at the end of day, is intended to be an inspirational figure, someone whom we should aspire to be like -- a symbol of poise, dignity, steadiness, leadership and intelligence. Throughout the last few decades, however, too many Americans have been convinced that it's okay and, in fact, desirable to vote for fakers and poseurs who are "just like us." We've been mistakenly instructed that the president should be someone we'd like to have a beer with. This couldn't be more dangerous to both the institution of the presidency and to the stability of the nation. read more


Have you no sense of decency?" It's the question that the members of the Republican majority in the Congress -- 51 senators, 239 representatives -- might bear in mind, in the "shithole" era. If only two of those senators would stand up against Donald Trump, with their votes rather than just their tweets or concerned statements, they would constitute an effective majority. With the 49 Democratic and independent senators, these two would make 51 votes, which in turn would be enough to authorize real investigations. They could pass a formal resolution of censure. They could call for tax returns and financial disclosure. They could begin hearings, on the model of the nationally televised Watergate hearings of 45 years ago. They could behave as if they took seriously their duties to hold the executive branch accountable. read more


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Examples from the essay:

• Trump's real-estate company was sued twice by the federal government in the 1970s for discouraging the renting of apartments to African-Americans and preferring white tenants, such as "Jews and executives."

• In 1989, Trump took out ads in New York newspapers urging the death penalty for five black and Latino teenagers accused of raping a white woman in Central Park; he continued to argue that they were guilty as late as October 2016, more than 10 years after DNA evidence had exonerated them.

• He spent years claiming that the nation's first black president was born not in the United States but in Africa, an outright lie that Trump still has not acknowledged as such.

• He began his 2016 presidential campaign by disparaging Mexican immigrants as criminals and "rapists."

• He has retweeted white nationalists without apology.

• He frequently criticizes prominent African-Americans for being unpatriotic, ungrateful and disrespectful.

• He called some of those who marched alongside white supremacists in Charlottesville last August "very fine people."

• He is quick to highlight crimes committed by dark-skinned people, sometimes exaggerating or lying about it (such as a claim about growing crime from "radical Islamic terror" in Britain). He is very slow to decry hate crimes committed against dark-skinned people (such as the murder of an Indian man in Kansas last year).

• At the White House yesterday, Trump vulgarly called for less immigration from Haiti and Africa and more from Norway.


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