Stephen Miller Let’s the Mask Slip, 2019
[Miller’s words] lay bare (again) the authoritarianism at the heart of the Trump administration: To disagree with this president is to disagree with America itself. To criticize the country is to tear it down. To suggest America, as “currently constructed,” is imperfect is to threaten Americans’ “very lives.”As a political tactic, portraying policy disagreements as disloyalty has long been a staple of U.S. politics. We saw it, for example, during the Iraq War when cynical Republicans liked to imply that any critique of the war was an attack on the troops and the country. But Miller’s formulation, with its conscious inclusion of national identity and subconscious-but-no-less-obvious inclusion of race, is an especially hateful ideology.
Slithering Up My Neck, March 21 2019.
The Trump administration has since walked back the president’s initial withdrawal announcement.
116th, November 18, 2018
“‘Pleasure,’ What a Name,” Los Angeles Times, November 23, 2018
27 Years, September 18, 2018
There is no way to redo 1991, but there are ways to do better.
W.H. Toilet-Vision: July 23, 2018
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
Andrea, July 19, 2018
[Colucci] is part of a large cohort of L.A.’s homeless population whose surge this year took some L.A. officials by surprise. While L.A.’s overall homeless population dipped slightly, Colucci’s age group, 62 and up, shot up 22%, to nearly 5,000 people.The city and county have been slow to respond to the graying of the homeless population, advocates said. While some homeless people are aging in place, L.A.’s spiraling housing costs increasingly are driving people into homelessness for the first time at advanced ages, advocates said.A fall, a job loss or a medical crisis pushes them over the edge.“Three to five people a month are falling into homelessness late in life,” said Brandi Orton, government relations director for St. Barnabas Senior Services and managing director of the Los Angeles Aging Advocacy Coalition.
Would/Wouldn't, July 17, 2018.
The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,’ sort of a double negative,” Mr. Trump said. “So you can put that in, and I think that probably clarifies things pretty good.”He also insisted that he has “on numerous occasions noted our intelligence findings that Russians attempted to interfere in our elections.” He did not mention the far greater number of occasions on which he has sown doubt about whether Russia meddled.
V. Putin, Catching Them All, July 16, 2018
REPORTER (Jonathan Lemire from AP): Just now President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. Every US intelligence agency has concluded that Russia did... My first question for you, sir, is who do you believe?PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this. I don’t see any reason why it would be, but I really do want to see the server. But I have confidence in both parties. I really believe that this will probably go on for a while, but I don’t think it can go on without finding out what happened to the server. What happened to the servers of the Pakistani gentleman that worked on the DNC? Where are those servers? They’re missing. Where are they? What happened to Hillary Clinton’s emails?...PUTIN: As to who is to be believed, who is not to be believed: you can trust no one. Where did you get this idea that President Trump trusts me or I trust him? He defends the interests of the United States of America and I do defend the interests of the Russian Federation. We do have interests that are common. We are looking for points of contact.
A Family Argument, July 4, 2018: Lunch Buffet, July 4, 2018
Benevolent Enforcement, July 9, 2018
The challenges that Michel Moore will face if he is confirmed to be the next chief of the Los Angeles Police Department crystallized soon after his selection was announced Monday, as he called for a new beginning for officers who could “step forward and be heard again” — and as his appointment by Mayor Eric Garcetti was blasted by community activists as a continuation of an LAPD culture of violence against nonwhite communities.
Trash Day, June 26, 2018
In a 5-to-4 vote, the court’s conservatives said that the president’s power to secure the country’s borders, delegated by Congress over decades of immigration lawmaking, was not undermined by Mr. Trump’s history of incendiary statements about the dangers he said Muslims pose to the United States... ...In a passionate and searing dissent from the bench, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the decision was no better than Korematsu v. United States, the 1944 decision that endorsed the detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II. She praised the court for officially overturning Korematsu in its decision on Tuesday. But by upholding the travel ban, Justice Sotomayor said, the court “merely replaces one gravely wrong decision with another.”
Campaign Variations: 2020, June 21, 2018
Parents and children who together try to enter the United States illegally will no longer be separated at Mexican border....So far, the administration has not provided details on how it plans to unite the at least 2,300 children separated from their families.Those separated children have been designated as “unaccompanied alien children” and are in facilities or foster homes spread across states far from the US-Mexico border, including Michigan, New York, South Carolina and more.The executive order does not address the uniting of families already separated — and existing policies place the onus on parents to find their children in Department of Health and Human Services custody and seek to reunite with them. “For the minors currently in the unaccompanied alien children program, the sponsorship process will proceed as usual,” HHS spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said Wednesday.
Melania Buys $40 Jacket to 'Look Relatable, June 21, 2018.
“I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?”When the first lady, Melania Trump, on an unannounced humanitarian visit to a children’s shelter in Texas, strode onto her airplane in an olive green Zara army jacket with those words scrawled in faux white graffiti on the back, it sent the watching world into what might be called, with some understatement, a meltdown.“Insensitive,” “heartless” and “unthinking” were some of the words hurled through the digisphere about the choice.“It’s a jacket,” her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement to reporters. “There was no hidden message.”She’s right, of course. It wasn’t hidden. It was literally written on the first lady’s back. The question is: Who was the intended audience?
Entirely Topical Events, June 20, 2018.