Josh Marshall thinks he has figured out the “White House Gift Shop,” recently in the news in relation to the Trumpled North Korean summit “commemorative coin.”* A snippet:
Thanks to a number of emailers but particularly TPM Reader JB, I think I now have the answer. There was once an actual ‘White House Gift Shop’ in the basement of the Old Executive Office Building. But the current ‘The White House Gift Shop’ is a private for profit company which has no connection to the White House or the Secret Service or any other government entity, despite that fact that it seems to go to some lengths to give the impression that it does.
*AFAIC, the coin mostly commemorated hideous in design.
There’s no politeness like stray politeness.
A bullet struck Donna Warren, 51, before she could reach the store where police believe she intended to buy something. She collapsed in the parking lot, said Police Commissioner Thomas Carter.
The people who had been arguing then fled.
Just another day in NRA Paradise, where daily carnage is a given.
We are a society of stupid.
Bob Molinaro, sportswriter extraordinaire, wonders just what was the NFL thinking?
What does the NFL think it’s doing by dredging up uncomfortable memories of sideline protests? Is this the price of pandering to the White House? Before the league implemented its new rule about respecting the flag and anthem, the controversy had all but faded. Good job by Roger Goodell and his keepers to throw gasoline on the embers of a dying issue.
Confusing: It’s not clear to me why the owners are so united behind a rule that passes the buck to individual teams to decide how or whether to discipline demonstrating players. It’s a recipe for placing owners in the middle of a public conflict between their athletes and fans. That’s no place they should want to be.
Meanwhile, El Jefe highlights the hypocrisy.
Republicans no longer have a “political party.”
They have a hate group, and the sad truth is that hate sells.
The man told the family he had audio recordings from inside their house. He sent back the files and indeed, they were the family’s conversations, Danielle said.
In a statement to KIRO, Amazon said, “Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like ‘Alexa.’ Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a ‘send message’ request. At which point, Alexa said out loud ‘To whom?’ At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customer’s contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, ‘[contact name], right?’ Alexa then interpreted background conversation as ‘right.’ As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely.”
And this surprises you how?
Politeness is child’s play.
The man and woman “heard a pop” and discovered their son had shot himself in the head, according to search warrants for the apartment and the car.
Robert van Gulik:
Unbidden advice is never welcome.
van Gulik, Robert, The Chinese Maze Murders (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1997), p. 43.