October 28, 2017

Time: Trump’s Cabinet ‘Wrecking Crew’ Is ‘Dismantling Government As We Know It’

The most recent cover of Time Magazine — or I should say what’s left of it, given its parent company’s recent decision “reducing … circulation and frequency” of the formerly iconic publication — calls President Donald Trump’s cabinet “The Wrecking Crew” on a mission of “dismantling government as we know it.” Separate reports singled out EPA Director Scott Pruitt, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and HUD Secretary Ben Carson for scrutiny.


NYT’s Egan Perpetuates Obama-As-Uniter Mythology to Attack Trump

Timothy Egan at the New York Times is so enamored of the mythology surrounding Barack Obama that he claimed in a Friday column that the 44th President’s rhetoric “was the best American music” which “celebrated” a United States where, in Egan’s words, “people from all races, ideologies and religious sects would check their hatreds at the door after becoming citizens.” Egan based his fantasy-driven view of Obama’s rhetoric and legacy on four quotes from just one 2008 speech, which then, in his mind, gave the Times columnist free rein to pretend that the nation’s current identify-driven divisions are all due to current President Donald Trump.


Benefit For Stanley Moore, November 5

Filed under: General,Positivity — Tom @ 7:04 am

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Some readers here know that music is my favorite hobby, and that I have played keyboards in several bands in recent years (two currently).

One of those is Soul Quest, an R&B band with two great female vocalists, drums, bass — and its leader and guitar player, Stanley Moore.

*StanleyMoore1017Stan is a rock-solid, lunch-pail, blue-collar guy whose decades-long day job has been fixing cars. He has been fighting leukemia for years, and beaten it twice. In the two-plus years I’ve known him, I have yet to understand how he has been able to function at the high level he does while fighting such a devastating disease. But he has.

Recently, though, it became obvious that he needed heart surgery. That operation took place in mid-September.

After the operation, the leukemia came back. I see him once a week, and I can tell you that, despite that setback, he is making nice progress towards recovery.

But meanwhile, his unpaid medical bills have gone into the stratosphere.

Stanley Moore’s family and friends are holding a benefit on November 5 to raise money to pay those bills, as seen in this promotional flyer:

Press Drags ‘Won’t Rule Out’ Responses From Flake, Corker on 2020 Presidential Runs

This week, demonstrating why they’re so despised by so many, the press created headlines out of thin air that Senators Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Flake of Arizona, each of whom has announced that they will not run for re-election in 2018, “won’t rule out” presidential runs in 2020. In each instance, the Senators’ statements leading to headlines weren’t volunteered, but were instead created as a result of deliberate “news-creating” questions from journalists.

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102817)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.