A Few Quick Things

1.) I’m seeing an awful lot of hot takes about the Mueller report- winners and losers, who got it most wrong, etc., and it’s sort of flabbergasting to me that we’re already rolling with these since NO ONE HAS READ THE FUCKING REPORT AND KNOWS WHAT IS IN IT. I’m assuming that is the Republican plan- gaslight us for a couple weeks until the conventional wisdom has sunk in, and then when public opinion is firmed up the way they want, release the report.

I mean, I’m a realist, so I don’t think anything is ever going to come of it in regards to Trump- I suspect there will still be more convictions and indictments rolling out of the work of the report in SDNY and elsewhere, but the main thing for me is I don’t want to make up my mind about what the report says until I have READ IT. As a wise man once said:

This is, imho, when Obama ended Ed Henry’s career as a journalist, and he then ended up a philandering adulterer at Fox.

2.) Barr and the Justice Department have decided to take the word of the wingnut judge in Texas and are now going for a complete invalidation of ACA:

The Trump administration on Monday said it supports a federal judge’s ruling that the entire Affordable Care Act should be thrown out, signaling a shift in the Justice Department’s position and alarming Democrats who vowed to oppose the move.

“The Department of Justice has determined that the district court’s judgment should be affirmed,” three Justice Department lawyers wrote to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is now considering the case. “[T]he United States is not urging that any portion of the district court’s judgment be reversed.”

Regardless of the outcome, legal experts anticipate that the 5th Circuit’s ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court. If the courts ultimately strike down Obamacare — over the objections of a group of Democrat-led states, which have spent more than a year defending the health law in court — the consequences could be substantial for patients, health care organizations and other groups that have adapted to the nine-year-old law.

And if it goes to the Supreme Court, I would not be surprised if Roberts finally says fuck it and caves.

3.) I am very upset at the passing of EFGoldman. All you people go get a checkup now. Karoli over at Crooks and Liars had her own health crisis and fortunately is doing very well. You people go to your doctor and get checked up.

4.) A little assembly line brushing:

Open Thread: I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying

For obvious reasons, this just about did me in:

Here’s a quick pic of mine. THEY DO NOT LIVE IN THE HOUSE, LOL.  But they have started laying eggs again, so you know spring is really here.

It is so difficult to get photos of them. They HATE when I aim a camera or phone at them. But here are few more.

I will tell you that a single duck is a recipe for trouble. They need to be in at least pairs. And for those wondering, a spoiled duck could very well live 8-10 years. I hope Kylie and Snowflake have as many as possible.

Open thread.

The Shitposter in the White House

Here’s a Reuters article from two years ago:

Exclusive: Trump to focus counter-extremism program solely on Islam – sources
Julia Edwards Ainsley, Dustin Volz, Kristina Cooke

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Trump administration wants to revamp and rename a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism, five people briefed on the matter told Reuters.

The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” the sources said, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.

According to the DHS page for the program, the name wasn’t changed. But since Trump-appointed people are running it, I suspect its mission has.

Trump’s hateful rhetoric about Islam has been utterly normalized, but maybe it’s time to un-normalize it. To quote Bob Schooley on Twitter, “It would be really great in light of New Zealand if the press could go back and look at Trump’s record on this and give it half the attention Ilhan Omar’s bad statements got.”

I won’t hold my breath. Maybe the media is afraid he’ll attack them, which he already does, every day. The fact is, Trump views anyone who opposes him as an enemy who deserves to be violently rebuked.

Just yesterday, during a routine interview with the right-wing hate site Breitbart News, Trump casually threatened his political enemies. I laughed about it then:

Doesn’t seem funny today.

I don’t know what we can do about this, fellow citizens, except support the vulnerable in our own communities and mobilize to vote out Trump and his enablers next year.

That seems insufficient in the face of such evil. If y’all have any ideas (peaceful), please share.

Aside from that, open thread.

A Quick Note of Apology

I just wanted to take a moment and apologize to everyone who were upset, disturbed, and/or offended by my comment in an earlier post. This is not a: “I’m sorry if anyone is offended”. I’m pretty clear what I wrote upset some of you and I’m sorry for that. I should have either found a better way to express myself or said nothing. Especially for those of you who have lost loved ones and friends to pancreatic cancer. I am sorry that I made that harder for you.

Open thread.

Open Thread

Fine. I pulled the post.

Have an open thread.