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Russian to judgment

Item: A former RT (“Russia Today”) on-air anchor suggests that “there really isn’t a better mouthpiece for the Kremlin than Donald Trump.” Item: Media insider (and as offensive as anyone in this regard) Jake Tapper of ABC denies that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west the media was obsessed with coverage of the most picayune aspects of the DNC emails, Hillary emails and/or the Clinton Foundation while basically giving Trump a pass on his bad-ness. Good one, Jake. Honestly, our friend Professor Lemieux nails it by observing that the obsession with “fake news” overshadows the...

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National treasures (cont’d)

This just in from the beat poet of the far right: Sarah Palin (yes, that Sarah Palin) suggests “no worries, re: Russia… I’ll keep an eye on them from here.” More confirmation she’s not likely to be in the cabinet (unlike a neuro-surgeon in charge of housing, an Exxon exec and friend-of-Vlad in charge of policy helpul to Exxon and Vlad, Mrs. Mitch McConnell, a military general in charge of homeland security, an ex-Goldman Sachs employee and foreclosure maven in charge of Treasury, and a few assorted billionaires), because Washington, D.C. is just too far from Russia… so she won’t...

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No Room for Reason

The Moderate Voice, a website on which, occasionally, a certain talking dog cross-posts, has been the subject of a recent series of cyber-attacks designed to silence it. Thing is, the site is called “the moderate voice” because it’s actually non-partisan: TMV editor-in-chief Joe Gandelman (himself a long-time pro-journalist) has invited countless bloggers over the years from every part of the political spectrum… it really is “politically moderate” when viewed as a whole. Alas, in the course of that, some posts from some perspectives will inevitably piss off someone… and now, that we have a thin-skinned whiner-in-chief (with no concern for...

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You’re fired

In a fast-follow-up to an item I recently posted, we see the signature line of the president-elect’s best known public persona, the boss on The Apprentice, is used against an errant member of the transition team, to wit, Michael Flynn, Jr., is fired from the transition team for using Twitter to spread a fake news story. Not that there’s anything intrinsically wrong with that… when The Donald himself does it, of course. On this 75th anniversary of “the day that will live in infamy, America’s favorite “too much information” reporters at “538” tell us that there are only around 700,000...

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Sons of anarchy

Item: Michael Flynn, Jr., the son of incoming National Security Advisor (and retired general) Michael Flynn, who sports a Trump transition team e-mail address (and evidently performs services for said team) is evidently a connoisseur and spreader of White supremacist conspiracy theories and is quite active on White supremacist media platforms. Among the conspiracies he has peddled are gems such as Obama’s alleged Kenyan birth, or recently, the Comet Ping Pong Pizza fiasco; he is an aficionado of the platform “Gab,” which he has tried to get his father to join. Item: At least one Texas elector has “gone rogue”...

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If Only

This piece from The Hill, suggests that big-money Democratic donors feel as if the money they gave to Hillary Clinton was just burned (it was). The “if only” part suggests, wistfully, that perhaps no rational person will ever give the Clintons another dime– for anything, ever again. Not a speech engagement, not a campaign contribution, not a “donation” to the “Foundation”… nothing. The Clinton Gang already has enough money for several lifetimes, thanks… no need to keep feeding that particular (Democratic-Party-killing) beast. As if… Then again, there are those who suggest that, as some sort of weird peace offering, Hillary...

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Good as Goldman

We are shocked– shocked— to find that Steve Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs investment banker (related to a number of other GSers, btw), has been named as putative Treasury Secretary by the president elect. Oh… who can forget this one: Yeah… how about that?

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Look Over There! Part ___

Today’s version of “let’s focus on some seemingly off the wall crap so that you don’t look at the actual malfeasance I’m performing right in front of you,” our esteemed President-Elect suggests that he “won” the entirely irrelevant popular vote, you see, because “millions of illegal voters” voted for his opponent (even as he chides his opponents for demanding a recount in the states with the closest margins) all while questioning the legitimacy of an election he won; our friend Joe Gandelman has a round-up. Here’s the thing: while the Donald has invited the chattering classes to take the bait...

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Thanksgiving warmth

I’ll give you this thematic piece of E.J.Dionne from WaPo called “How to Prevent Thanksgiving Armageddon” implying that “right-thinking people” should “gently chide” Trump supporters on issues such as the Donald’s business conflicts of interest, apparent support of racism (and the clear support of him by racists), and the man’s personal vindictiveness… far be it for me, but I’m inclined to replay what they said after the 2000 election (“get over it”) a phrase I wish we would have heard after the 2008 election. While I wish Jill Stein well in her recount efforts, I think we have an outcome....

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The populace strikes back… calmly and quietly

A quickly organized public rally took place yesterday in Brooklyn’s tiny Adam Yauch Park, nestled next to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, decrying the recent defacement of the park with swastikas and the words “Go Trump” (as I recently noted); I was out there with many of my neighbors… note the sign that says “Hey Trump where’s your anti-Nazi tweet?” Meanwhile, a swastika showed up on an elementary school near Denver, CO. The President-Elect could condemn incidents such as these (possibly at the behest of his influential Jewish son-in-law), but we won’t hold our breath; instead, he is directing his ire...

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