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.

Don’t Be Shellfish, Pass the Puffer On The Left Hand Side

It’s a little quiet here today. But it’s a happy quiet. Doing my best to keep Scout from being her crazy-ass self while she recovers from her spay.

What’s everyone up to tonight?

Also – apropos of nothing, I need a list of popular romantic movies – what are some of your favorites?

Open thread

Open Thread: Meet Baby

It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours. A friend of a friend found this Great Dane wandering around her neighborhood yesterday afternoon. It’s been in the minus degrees for the past two nights. He’s completely emaciated, with lots of sores on his legs and hips.  I doubt he would have made it another night if she hadn’t found him.

A mad scramble to see if he was chipped and to find him a foster home instead of the shelter and he ended up with me.

He’ll be here until he’s healed up and put on some weight.  I’m going to tell you, whoever had him, had him in a crate that was too small and he was in the crate for too long.  I have put the more disturbing photos below the fold.  Read more