Saturday Morning Open Thread: Messy


(Jack Ohman via

Via NYMag, “Here’s What President Obama Told Sasha and Malia After Trump Won the Election“:

… In a sprawling new interview in The New Yorker, President Obama shared with David Remnick what he told his own daughters, Sasha and Malia, in the aftermath of Trump’s win:

“What I say to them is that people are complicated,” Obama told me. “Societies and cultures are really complicated … This is not mathematics; this is biology and chemistry. These are living organisms, and it’s messy. And your job as a citizen and as a decent human being is to constantly affirm and lift up and fight for treating people with kindness and respect and understanding. And you should anticipate that at any given moment there’s going to be flare-ups of bigotry that you may have to confront, or may be inside you and you have to vanquish. And it doesn’t stop … You don’t get into a fetal position about it. You don’t start worrying about apocalypse. You say, O.K., where are the places where I can push to keep it moving forward”…

What’s on my to-do list for the day, and the weekend: chipping away at the physical mess that’s taken over my yard and my house over the past few months. This may be our last ‘nice’ outdoor-work weather for a while, and having a concrete accomplishment I can look at usually helps my mood…


Apart from self-care, what’s on the agenda for the day?

Early Morning Open Thread: Mr. Pence Goes to Hamilton

Virtue signalling — and I don’t mean by the audience/cast. Per the Chicago Tribune:

Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Friday was the latest high-profile person to attend the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” but he became the first to get a sharp message from a cast member from the stage.

Actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, the nation’s third vice president, gave a speech Friday for his political descendant after the curtain call, telling Pence the multiracial and multicultural cast is worried about the Trump administration.

“We, sir, are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” Dixon said. “We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.”

Pence ducked out before Dixon finished the unprecedented message. But a show spokesman said Pence stood in the hallway outside the entrance to the auditorium and heard the full remarks.

The vice president-elect’s appearance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre triggered both cheers and boos when he slipped into row F in the mezzanine.

“Vice President-elect Pence, I see you walking out, but I hope you will hear us, just a few more moments. There’s nothing to boo here, ladies and gentlemen,” Dixon said from the stage. “We’re all here sharing a story about love.”…

Mike Pence, Public Scold of All Immorality, showed up at Hamilton for two reasons. First, getting good seats at the most popular show in one of the world’s top theater cities shows that he, VP-Elect Mike Pence, is now a Very Important Person. (If you were Mike Pence, you wouldn’t believe it without outside confirmation, either.) Second — most important, I’m guessing — Hamilton is a musical about a bunch of New York City immigrants, played by a cast of not-white actors, many of them openly LGBT. People like Mike Pence go to Hamilton to confirm their conviction that New Yorkers have always been filthy immigrants who proudly mock God and “history” while celebrating their perversities with every variety of that noisy jungle music. Getting boo’d at Hamilton gives Mike Pence immense ‘street cred’ with the neo-Nazis clotting around Steve Bannon, official Trump strategist-in-chief; since Bannon has a lot more influence with Trump than Mike Pence will ever accrue, Pence probably enjoyed the public opprobrium more than he did the play itself.
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Open Thread: The ‘Post-Truth’ Administration

Post-truth, the Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year, “an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’”. Nicely timed for the triumph of the Trump, as per the latest news from Ford…

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Friday Morning Open Thread: Join the Resistance


(Tom Toles via

Notes from some of our own commentors —

Quick reminder that the Could Happen to You site is live on Tumblr to take your health care stories!

Speaking of legislative strategies — Why aren’t we asking our Congressmen to start holding town hall meetings on ACA repeal?

With very little effort we should be able to fill rooms of people telling true stories about how the ACA is a matter of life-and-death.


Apart from non-stop guerilla warfare, what’s on the agenda as we wrap up the week?

Open Thread: The Trump Team’s Latest “Security” Lie?

Via Dan Pfeiffer’s twitter feed. In the blizzard of Bad Trump News, I managed to miss this particular poisoned snowflake. Anybody want to explain it for us amateurs?

ETA: Guess citing history didn’t test well in beta…