May 29, 2018 (We hope you enjoyed your long weekend, too!)
Will Trump finally pay a price for his abject cruelty? (Washington Post)
This is a moral and legal abomination.
“The delicate balance in Trump’s brain between glorification and mortification can tip either way at any moment, depending on his hunches. All international relations become contests of personal dominance”
May 25, 2018
In 2009 the Department of Defense poured millions of dollars into the NFL in exchange for displays of patriotism during games.
The North Korea Summit was a Trumpian Fantasy from the Get-Go (The New Yorker)
The aborting of the summit wasn’t a freak accident. It was a result of a number of systemic failures that have plagued the Trump Presidency in all too many areas: wishful thinking, lack of preparation, exaggerated rhetoric, disregard for detail, and a cult of personality.
May 24, 2018
“We are attempting to make sense of what, precisely, President Trump means.” Welcome to the club.
There are real threats to free speech in this country. But the culprits aren’t college students or overzealous young activists, they are those who use wealth and power—or control of the state itself—to punish political dissenters and advocates for justice. While this abuse may begin by targeting the most unpopular groups and individuals, it’s rare in history that it stops there.
“People around the globe have expressed outrage at the slaughter, including from inside Israel… None of the demonstrators posed any direct danger to the state of Israel or to its citizens.”
BREAKING NEWS: Trump canceled the meeting because North Korea called VP Pence a “dummy”. But Pence *is* a dummy. He was the latest admin official to trot out the purposely provocative “Libya model”, which is what NK was reacting to. The Libya model means, of course, that you give up your nuclear capacity and 5 years later you’re dead in a ditch. Not exactly a productive bargaining strategy. Washington Post