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The Jerk Quotient 0

This Psychology Today Blog post will help you understand our clear and president danger.

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United Skaters 0

Get out of Jail free cardShaun Mullen comments on the American politics of the free pass.

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Taking Stock 0

Thom offers an inventory of actual crises.

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All in a Day’s Work 0

Image:  High-chair labeled

Via Job’s Anger.

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Misdirection Play 0

Man says,

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Emerging Emergencies 0

Title:  What's Next?  Image:  thought balloons emerging from the White House:

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War and Mongers of War 0

Farron fears another War for a Lie in Somewhere.

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The Wall-Eyed Piker Makes a Call 0

Frame One:  Woman answers phone with

The cartoon above highlights the obvious self-serving nature and irrationality of Donald Trump’s wall call (as when he declares a “national emergency” while saying he doesn’t need to do so, leading persons to wonder, “Where’s the emergency?”).

But this is not a game. Will Bunch warns against ignoring the implications of Trump’s action, however shallow-minded and short-sighted Trump himself may be. A snippet:

We shouldn’t give Trump a free pass for all that craziness, but it’s critical not to take our eye off the ball. After a long era in which U.S, presidents have expanded and occasionally violated America’s constitutional limits on executive power, Trump has plowed through that democratic guardrail at 100 mph, and any system of checks and balances now teeters on the edge of the abyss. . . .

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All the News That’s in a Fit 0

Pig and Rat are watching TV news.  News announcer says,

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Bad Days in Blackface 0

My friend’s cousin called from the West Coast with some family news earlier this week. She was taken about when he started asking her about Governor Northam’s yearbook picture; she hadn’t realize the reach of that news story.

My local rag today carried an excellent backgrounder on the place where Ralph Northam (and I, twenty years earlier and twenty miles farther south) grew up. I commend it to your attention.

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Alabama Congressman Rocks On 0

Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks, a supporter of Trump's wall who is on record that rocks falling into the ocean is causing sea level rise, with his head pictured as a box of rocks, says,

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The Wall-Eyed Piker 0

Greg Sargent asks whether facts matter. No, seriously. Here’s a bit:

But for legal purposes, do the facts on the ground matter at all?

According to Goitein of the Brennan Center, since passage of the National Emergencies Act, the courts have not once considered the question of whether a national emergency can be declared invalid on the grounds that there isn’t any national emergency. Another legal expert told Charlie Savage the same.

In related news, Yastreblyansky thinks Donald Trump may unknowingly be headed for a snag in the Rio Grande.

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Dis Coarse Discourse 0

What is it about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that’s causing such a right-wing freakout so?

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Trumpnado 0

Donald Trump as a tornado spreading devastation while saying,

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The Rule of Lawless, Reprise 0

Donald Trump tearing the Constitution in half while saying,

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The Rule of Lawless 0

Elie Mystal is not sanguine.

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State of Failure or Failed State? 0

Josh Marshall discusses the implications of Donald Trump’s threatened (as I write this, it’s still a threat) state of emergency. A nugget:

For all the other more important criticisms of President Trump, what’s striking is just how bad he is at being President. The Wall is a stupid waste. But he could have had billions to build it if he wanted to. Now he’s going to seize – or rather attempt to seize – a few billions of dollars in ways that are likely to be at least slowed down for years in litigation.

Many times over the last two years I’ve recalled this tag line from Slate’s Will Saletan: “The GOP is a failed state and Trump is its warlord.” Now this half applies to the country at large. It was a remarkably prescient line. It explains and illuminates so much.

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And weep.

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Essay Question 0

What is the difference between Donald Trump’s threatened (as of this writing) “state of emergency” and a coup d’etat?

Justify your answer.

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Weak Decaf 0

Farron roasts the Man Who Ruined Coffee.

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The Wall-Eyed Piker Takes a Break 0

Title:  Linus van Trump.  Image:  Donald Trump as Linus from Peanuts sucking his thumb and clutching his border wall.

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