I fell off the horse

I fell off the horse. Everyone told me to just get right back on, but I didn’t do that. I sued the horse. Sued the pants off him. The lesson? Don’t try to ride horses who wear pants. I mean, c’mon. That’s just nuts.

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Urgently needed travel ban doesn’t seem all that urgent

The new travel ban signed by President Trump takes effect in 10 days. This on top of the delays since the White House announced a new executive order was on the way.

Previously, the president had tweeted:

travel ban tweet

This doesn’t lend credence to President Trump’s insistence that the travel ban was urgently needed because “thousands” of “bad dudes” were pouring into the US with plans to carry out terrorist attacks.

Who benefits?

Things I learned from reading Malcolm Nance:

Vladimir Putin seeks to rebuild a Russian empire for the enrichment of himself and his fellow oligarchs.

A weakened and dismantled USA and EU are essential to his goal.

An America distracted by chaos and instability serves the Russian leader’s purpose.

The one person who benefits from everything that’s happening in American politics right now is Vladimir Putin. And he seems like he’s getting everything he wants exactly the way he wants it.

With this election, Vladimir Putin, the former director of Russia’s intelligence agency, sees the election of Donald Trump as the fastest way to destabilize the United States and damage its economy, as well as fracture both the European Union and NATO. These events, which start with the election of Trump, would allow Russia to become the strongest of the world’s three superpowers and reorder the globe with a dominant Russia at the helm. — Malcolm Nance, “The Plot to Hack America”


Hitler’s familiar game

In the run-up to Germany’s annexation of Austria, the removal of Czechoslovakia from the European map, and the blitzkrieg against Poland, Adolf Hitler went back to a familiar playbook over and over again to ratchet up support in his home country and give international cover to his aggressions.

The ploy was a propaganda campaign that poor, defenseless Germans in the Sudetenland, in parts of Czechoslovakia, and in Poland were being oppressed, harassed, brutalized, attacked, raped, and murdered, requiring Hitler to come in and save them.

Always, Hitler’s aggressions were someone else’s fault. When the European powers at last found a backbone and went to war because of his attack on Poland, he again blamed England and France because, as Hitler complained, he kept trying to find a peaceful settlement after his invented tales of the oppression of Germans.

It was never Hitler’s fault. Germany was never to blame. Near the end of the European conflict, Hitler tried to shift the narrative again to one where he was the lone hero trying to defeat Communism.

The Austrians made him do it. The Czechs made him do it. The Poles made him do it. England and France made him do it. Communists made him do it. Or so he complained, until the day he put a gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger.

Now’s the time to support print journalism

Print and broadcast journalism is more important than ever, especially in these chaotic times. But broadcast journalism depends on print media for serious, in-depth stories that are able to get a lot more room to breathe on the page than on a short TV report.

That’s why now is the time to support print journalism, and the way to do it is with money. I’ve dumped a couple of my music subscription services and signed on with The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the online edition of The Los Angeles Times.

I could drone on about why print journalism is so important, but I think John Oliver did a much better job. Also, it’s in video form, so you don’t have to strain your eyes looking at lots of words.

WATCH: Bad Lip Reading does Inauguration Day

All we can do now is laugh. All we can do now is laugh.