Entries by Tom Levenson

The Purges Begin

This is how would-be dictators work after they achieve office w. the veneer of democratic respectability: Advisers to President-elect Donald Trump are developing plans to reshape Energy Department programs, help keep aging nuclear plants online and identify staff who played a role in promoting President Barack Obama’s climate agenda. The transition team has asked the agency […]

If You Don’t Know Who The Patsy At The Table Is, It’s You Part [n+1]

Just a quick update for the “who has Trump f**ked today” file. AT&T is reportedly feeling confident about its ability to buy Time Warner after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team—even though Trump himself vowed to block the merger during his campaign. “Donald Trump’s transition team has reassured AT&T that its $85.4 billion acquisition […]

Lou Knew

Contemplating the pain Trump’s going to lay on the most vulnerable among us (and yeah, some of them voted for him, but hurt is hurt), I found this song, imagined as being addressed directly to the Shitgibbon, a perfect expression of my mood: (Buried deep in the lyrics Reed talks of the Trumps being ordained.  But the […]

Do Not Be Distracted By What The Shitgibbon Says. Pay Attention To What His People Do

One of the signal failures of the media throughout the Trump dumpster fire of a campaign was to focus on his words — parsing, shifts in terminology, trying to distinguish between lies and hyperbole, or simply providing theater criticism on his performances, connections to audience and so on.  All the while, the critical information: what […]

If You Don’t Know Who The Patsy At The Table Is, Dear Trumpkins…

…it’s you: Again and again, President-elect Donald Trump presented himself as the coal miners’ candidate. During the campaign, he promised to bring coal back into the economy, and jobs back into struggling Appalachian towns. But now some in coal country are worried that instead of helping, Trump’s first actions will deprive miners — and their widows and […]