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Excelsior

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Lalo Alcaraz)

In other news, the Southeast regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Trey Glenn, has been indicted in Alabama on state ethics charges. Glenn is accused of working with a local law firm to thwart EPA efforts to clean up neighborhoods in Alabama.

Before being appointed by President Donald Trump to serve as the Region 4 administrator of the EPA, Trey Glenn worked closely with the Birmingham-based law firm Balch & Bingham and one of its clients, Drummond Co., to fight EPA efforts to test and clean up neighborhoods in north Birmingham and Tarrant. [...]

President Donald Trump appointed Glenn lead EPA’s Region 4 in August 2017, after incidents covered in the indictment. That region includes Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

Meanwhile, Trump regime sources who spoke to the Los Angeles Times say Trump has withdrawn from public events following the election because he's still pissed off and searching for people to blame for Democratic victories.

Finally, Trump reportedly shut down an office created by the Obama administration that tracked the whereabouts of Guantanamo detainees after they were release. The Trump regime now has no idea where some of these people are because they stopped keeping track.

The Trump administration closed a diplomatic office designed to keep track of released Guantánamo inmates and make sure they didn’t return to their insurgencies. And now the U.S. government has lost track of several of them, including one who has returned to a terrorist-held part of Syria, a McClatchy investigation has found.

The Obama administration created the office of the Special Envoy for Guantánamo Closure with a mandate to negotiate and follow up on prisoner releases. President Donald Trump’s State Department emptied the office to underscore his campaign promise to keep open the U.S. military prison in Cuba, which today has 40 detainees.

You could probably write an entire book about this shit. President Obama spent 8 years trying to close the prison and Congress blocked all of his attempts. Closing the prison would be too dangerous, they said. Republicans spread all manner of conspiracy theories about Obama's desire to close the prison.

Now, Trump isn't even tracking the ones that were released. He shut down the tracking program that Obama created.

RIP Stan Lee

  • katanahamon

    Stan Lee was an epic individual. He could have held back the development of the MCU by demanding that things only go according to his mind’s eye, but instead he embraced the transition of his characters into real life, he embraced the vision of the actors, the directors and producers and certainly the ever expanding talents of the special effects crews. I resisted at first, thinking “great..more comic book movies..” until I followed them from the beginning. They’re..simply great. From the action, to acting, to filming, to music, all absolutely first class. It’s what the Star Wars series started out to be, only successful. And why? Stan Lee allowed many others a chance to have a voice in creation, realizing that others could love his characters and stories and universes just as much as he did. Bravery in innovation and faith in the characters is no more stellar than in “Dr Strange,” attracting the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton. If you haven’t ever had a true psychedelic experience, you can’t get a better description that some scenes in this movie. Stan Lee died sure in the knowledge that his creations were left in loving hands and hearts.

    • Scopedog

      Amen to this.

  • muselet

    Juan Cole offered a very moving, very personal eulogy to Stan Lee this morning. It’s well worth a read.

    I write today to honor a titan who has passed on, who once did me a great kindness when I was a mere college student. Meeting him was the thrill of a lifetime.

    A saying is attributed to Ali ibn Abi Talib, the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad in the “Path of Eloquence” that “You assert that you are a paltry thing, but within you is enfolded a universe.”

    Of no one was that more true than Stan Lee, who died today, aged 95.

    –alopecia

    • JMAshby

      I’m not that eloquent, but I can personally relate to everyone who says Stan Lee’s creations were a refuge for them. The X-Men were my bible as a kid growing up in the 1980s and 90s. They still kind of are. If you’ve ever considered yourself different from other people for whatever reason, they’re characters you can relate to in one way or another.

      I can’t imagine what it was like for Stan Lee to live long enough to see his characters reach a global audience of billions of people.

      • I’m really glad he got to see that and share in the creation of these movies. The MCU has been a fantastic series of films that have given me hours and hours and hours of entertainment. What an incredible accomplishment.

        • Scopedog

          Agreed.

    • Scopedog

      I just read this, and I’m trying to hold back the tears. This was one of the best rememberances of Stan Lee that I’ve read so far.

  • simpfan

    Why would Trump be pissed off when he described the midterms as a big victory for Republicans? He couldn’t possibly have been lying, now could he?