On Trump’s Tweets . . .

If his tweets seem oddly and unintentionally comical, remember they’re not for you. Understand them the way you understand pronouncements from North Korea—that is, intended for a constituency that lives in a bubble—only receiving information from its leader and lacking access to reliable media.

The sad thing being that for Trump voters, the bubble is willfully self-imposed.

Trump Nominees: Coached to Feign Autonomy?

Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch (right) arrives with former Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., for a meeting with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Wednesday.; Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images Ted Robbins

NPR Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch told a U.S. senator today that he found President Trump’s recent attacks on judges to be “demoralizing” and “disheartening.” Gorsuch made the comments during a private meeting and was quoted later by Democratic Sen.

Source: Gorsuch calls Trump tweets about judges ‘demoralizing’ and ‘disheartening’

Senator Schumer indicated last night on The Rachel Maddow Show that these comments were solicited from the SCOTUS nominee by the Democrats. As such, to say the President’s behavior is “disheartening” amounts to more of a coaxed admittance of wrongdoing than a disappointed rebuke of the President’s egregious and threatening attitude towards our judiciary.

The people of the United States can take no solace from Gorsuch’s comments that he will be anything but a shill for Trump—as are all of Trump’s other nominees.

It really speaks to the dire state of things that the former Exxon CEO in the cabinet is among the least problematic of the nominees.

FYI to Wall Street: Support This President at Your Business’s Peril


In light of this:

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is a member of President Donald Trump’s economic advisory team, called the Strategic and Policy Forum.

via “Protesters blocked Uber headquarters because of its ties to Trump

I’ve deleted my Uber account, and I recommend that anyone who cares about civil liberties or the rule of law do the same.

And as if Kalanick’s proximity to the Trump administration weren’t reason enough, yesterday when this happened:

Trump issued a sweeping immigration order on Friday, banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. By Saturday afternoon, protests had sprung up at airports around the country, where more than 100 visa holders were in limbo after the executive order.
In solidarity, the New York City Taxi Worker’s Alliance called for a complete stop to pickups from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at JFK airport, where two Iraqis were being detained.

via “Why #DeleteUber is trending”

Uber tried to undermine the protest by doing this:

So, from now on, I’ll be using Lyft:

Hours after the controversy popped, fierce rival Lyft announced that it would donate $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is battling Trump’s ban on travelers from certain primarily Muslim countries.

Lyft’s co-founders aggressively assailed the Trump policy, while Uber’s CEO was mildly critical.

“Banning people of a particular faith or creed, race or identity, sexuality or ethnicity, from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both Lyft’s and our nation’s core values,” Lyft co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green said in a blog post. “We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community.”

via “Lyft gives ACLU $1M to fight Trump travel ban as #DeleteUber trend erupts”

A Question for George R.R. Martin

I want to ask George R.R. Martin something. When he started writing the series A Song of Ice and Fire, and he was looking for inspiration for a certain boy king, did he have an orange, reality-TV personality in mind?

The similarity between the two psychological profiles is uncanny.