Behold! Our Savior Is Come Again. Merry Christmas to all! Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King. -- Reince Priebus and the Republican National Committee, in a public message
I did not make this up. These people are flat-out insane, not to mention sacrilegious, anti-American, hyperbolic & butt-ass ignorant. AND they control the government. Meanwhile, the Trump team (with a new spokesman after the old spokesman had to quit after two days probably on accounta some philandering) finds it "offensive" that people are questioning the new king's herald. -- Constant Weader
BTW, Trump's "Christmas greeting" was equally bizarre. At least one tweeter was relieved that Drumpf went with the raised white power fist over the Nazi salute, which I suppose he's saving for next year.
** Paul Krugman: Donald Trump is about to bring on the trade wars, and they're not going to help the chumps who voted for him. "Why would a Trump administration impose restrictions on imports? One answer is those working-class voters, whose supposed champion is set to pursue a radically antiworker domestic agenda. There's an obvious incentive for Mr. Trump to make a big show of doing something to fulfill campaign promises. And if this creates international conflict, that's actually a plus when it comes to diverting attention from collapsing health care and so on.... So what will happen when the Trump tariffs come? There will be retaliation, big time." ...
... CW: Even though Krugman's prognostications are always depressing, that downer is counterbalanced by the satisfaction of having a reliable MSM figure shine a bright, true light on Trump's perfidy. Few catch on to Trumpster Tricks as quickly as Krugman.
Washington Post Editors write a scathing indictment of Donald Trump's taking on Carl Icahn as an unpaid (in salary anyway) "special advisor." "If anything, this proposed status only compounds the problematic lack of an institutional check on what Mr. Icahn does when 'Donald' is president, with the power to move markets. Mr. Trump praised Mr. Icahn, extravagantly,'as someone who is innately able to predict the future especially having to do with finances and economies.' Perhaps. Neither man, however, seems able to foresee the quite obvious ethical problems they may be creating for the next administration -- and themselves." -- CW
Philip Rucker & Robert Barnes of the Washington Post: "Donald Trump is set to inherit an uncommon number of vacancies in the federal courts in addition to the open Supreme Court seat, giving the president-elect a monumental opportunity to reshape the judiciary after taking office. The estimated 103 judicial vacancies that President Obama is expected to hand over to Trump in the Jan. 20 transition of power is nearly double the 54 openings Obama found eight years ago following George W. Bush's presidency. Confirmation of Obama's judicial nominees slowed to a crawl after Republicans took control of the Senate in 2015. Obama White House officials blame Senate Republicans for what they characterize as an unprecedented level of obstruction in blocking the Democratic president's court picks." -- CW ...
... CW: This is one of the most troubling realities of the coming Trump era. And the judges he picks will not care one whit about what ordinary people conceive of as "justice." Rather, they will use the law as cudgel against common fairness. Some of Trump's picks will make us fondly recall that fair-minded Scalia.
Adam Liptak of the New York Times: The Supreme Court will soon decide if you can be charged a fee for getting arrested, or for enjoying hoosegow hospitality, even if you're found not guilty or charges are dismissed. -- CW
Amy Davidson of the New Yorker on Michelle Obama's conquest of fear. ...
... CW: Davidson cites, without linking, a 2008 Newsweek report about Obama's "assimilaton" that was so offensive she was too polite to name the author. So I looked it up. I wasn't even a little surprised to find it was that self-righteous know-it-all prick Evan Thomas, who used to edit Newsweek. Factory workers in Milwaukee are not wrong to despise the "East Coast liberal elite media." There are far too many of the media who smell of Eau d'Evan Thomas.
Washington Post: "Vera Rubin, an astronomer who proved the existence of dark matter, one of the fundamental principles in the study of the universe, but who battled sex discrimination throughout her career, died Dec. 25 at an assisted living facility in Princeton, N.J. She was 88.... Dr. Rubin's groundbreaking discoveries, made primarily with physicist W. Kent Ford, have revolutionized the way scientists observe, measure and understand the universe. The concept of 'dark matter,' an unknown substance among stars in distant galaxies, had existed since the 1930s, but it was not proved until Dr. Rubin's studies with Ford in the 1970s. It is considered one of the most significant and fundamental advances in astronomy during the 20th century." -- CW ...
... Rachel Feltman of the Washington Post, published hours before the announcement of Rubin's death: "... let's take a second to talk about Vera Rubin.... The Nobel Prize is not fair. Plenty of men who deserve the honor will never get that early-morning call from Stockholm, either. But someone (or sometwo or somethree) has to win it each year. It would be nice if the committee had honored a woman just once or twice in the past half-century." -- CW
New York Times: "George Michael, the creamy-voiced English songwriter who sold tens of millions of albums as a member of the duo Wham! and on his own, was found dead on Sunday at his home in Goring in Oxfordshire, England. He was 53." -- CW