why is michael cohen telling it all to a “conservative” publisher?

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RAW STORY’S TOP STORIES newsletter ar­rived at 5:51 AM today. The head­line that caught my at­ten­tion was “Michael Cohen is writing a bomb­shell tell-all book on Pres­i­dent Trump to be re­leased be­fore the elec­tion.” The story was at­trib­uted to Tom Bog­gioni (April 18, 2020), who ac­knowl­edged his source as the Daily Beast in his first para­graph. That first para­graph states that “Michael Cohen is hard at work on a tell-all book about the pres­i­dent that should be pub­lished be­fore the No­vember elec­tion [and] will ‘spill the beans’ on the president’s an­tics and deal­ings.” READ MORE

is white man messing around with red man’s poo-poo?

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I WOKE UP and plopped my­self down in my chair and opened my email. Bleary-eyed, I skimmed over the var­ious sub­ject ti­tles and saw one that made me rub those bleary eyes: “Sign the pe­ti­tion: Apache holy shit threat­ened …” and the rest was cut off. My first thought was, “Holy crap! White man messing with red man’s poo-poo. READ MORE

we might wonder what benefits impeachment is likely to yield

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WE MIGHT WONDER what ben­e­fits im­peach­ment is likely to yield, pon­ders An­drew Bace­vich in “The Real Cover-Up: Putting Donald Trump’s Im­peach­ment in Con­text.” As to the ben­e­fits of im­peach­ment, Bace­vich be­lieves that an­swering that ques­tion “re­quires ex­am­ining four sce­narios that de­scribe the range of pos­si­bil­i­ties awaiting the na­tion.”

An­drew J. Bace­vich is a co-founder of the Quincy In­sti­tute for Re­spon­sible State­craft, a think-tank in Wash­ington, DC (aren’t they all there?) READ MORE

first they came for the black-spotted newts

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First, they came for the black-spotted newts but I did not speak out be­cause I was not a black-spotted newt.

Then they came for the spotted owls but I did not speak out be­cause I was not a spotted owl.

Then they came for the but­ter­flies but I did not speak out be­cause I was not a but­terfly.

Then they came for me …

 

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Car­toon by Pat Bagley for the Salt Lake Tri­bune (Sep­tember 22, 2019). READ MORE

the poor questioner might infer that I was judging him

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WHEN  I WAKE IN THE MORNING, the first thing I do is make a mug of Cafe Bustelo coffee. I don’t wake up with my brain/mind func­tioning at 95 per­cent as I used to—more like 75 per­cent. As I sip my coffee, I warm up the ol’ ra­ti­o­ci­nator for the day’s writing by pe­rusing Quora and an­swering a few ques­tions. Mostly I give straight an­swers to ques­tions about Elvis or the Bea­tles or rock & roll in gen­eral. READ MORE

a trumpolyte attends or assists his/her leader religiously

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TRUMPOLYTE! Did I just coin a word? It com­bines the sur­name of the cur­rent Pres­i­dent of the United States with the word acolyte. Orig­i­nally, an acolyte was “one who as­sists a member of the clergy in a litur­gical ser­vice by per­forming minor du­ties.” And it sure does look to us non-believers that there sure is a lot of that ol’ time re­li­gion mixed up with the be­liefs of to­day’s so-called “con­ser­v­a­tives.” READ MORE

can we call trump’s tweeted temper tantrums “tweetrums”?

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RESPONDING TO A QUESTION on Quora, I used my an­swer as the basis for a short ar­ticle that I ti­tled, “Con­ser­v­a­tives Not Ex­actly En­thralled by Trump Are a Problem.” I was ad­dressing what I as­sumed was a con­ser­v­a­tive in­di­vidual who posted that some con­ser­v­a­tives “aren’t ex­actly en­thralled” with Trumps’ pres­i­dency.

The point of my piece was to take the ques­tioner to task for so timid a re­sponse to Trump. READ MORE

conservatives not exactly enthralled by trump are a problem

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THIS ONE IS A DOOZY! The ques­tion on Quora was, “Would lib­erals be sur­prised to learn that con­ser­v­a­tives aren’t ex­actly en­thralled with Donald Trump ei­ther?” One must make some as­sump­tions when en­gaging other In­ter­ne­tally, so I as­sume that the person who posted this ques­tion is po­lit­i­cally con­ser­v­a­tive. I also as­sume that he as­sumes that asking it dis­plays his feel­ings and opinion about the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion as being rea­son­able. READ MORE