Moron in Chief

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - James Silk)

In other news, Chief of Staff John Kelly's personal cellphone was reportedly compromised as long ago as December of 2016, but he continued to use it until the summer of this year. No word who compromised it or how it was compromised, but I don't think we need many guesses.

Meanwhile, authorities have reason to believe the Las Vegas shooter may have targeted another concert held in Chicago. He rented a room that overlooks Grant Park, but he never checked in.

Finally, Buzzfeed has published a huge story on Breitbart's explicit connections to white supremacists and Nazis, but it also exposes supposedly liberal writers who partnered up with former Breitbart mascot Milo.

There was enough news this week to make your head spin, so here are some stories I didn't get it.

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller reportedly met with the author of the Trump dossier that included the infamous pee tape.

Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke has been attending campaign events using taxpayer-funded jets.

A Texas judge issued a restraining order prohibiting the state from providing information to Trump's sham voter fraud commission.

Splinter has a story on people using ICE's new hotline to report their ex-wives, neighbors, and even their own relatives and children to ICE for possible deportation.

The New York Times expects lobbyists may spend up to $1 billion lobbying Congress in the debate over "tax reform."

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has released a new report on the IRS flagging liberal groups for extra scrutiny at the same time Republicans were on a witch hunt over the scrutiny of conservative groups.

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, who manages $5.7 trillion in assets, says the GOP tax cut plan shouldn't be passed as it is because it will explode the deficit.

NBC News has the inside story on the disastrous raid in Yemen ordered by Trump shortly after he took office.

Reuters reports that investments firms and fund managers are betting big on automation right now because they believe the GOP's tax cuts for the rich will be used to automate production rather than hire more humans. Duh.

If I didn't include a story here or cover it during the week, that doesn't mean I don't think it's important. I simply don't have the time or energy to cover every single thing that comes across my desk.

Here's my very short review of Blade Runner 2049 which I saw last night: the cinematography was spectacular and the film score was an excellent followup to the original Vangelis score. I can't say much about the story without spoiling it, but I can say it was paced very well even though the movie was nearly 3 hours long. It didn't feel like 3 hours.

Have a good weekend.

  • mnpollio

    Gotta say – I enjoyed Blade Runner quite a bit, but on my way to the restroom at one point passed a large number of people in my age bracket and older snoozing or checking their watches. Lots of grumbling in the lobby about the length, slowness and what should have been cut. Seriously, can no one sit down and enjoy a contemplative film anymore without having an explosion every five seconds or trying to sneak a peek at their cellphone? Welcome to the age of the ADHD generation.

  • Aynwrong

    So looking forward to Blade Runner 2049.

    The only (possible) good news is that the bad news is so overwhelming that it’s starting to remind me of the late Bush Administration when everyone but the most doltish of die hards could see that the wheels were coming off. Hopefully this will lead to some kind of eventual sea change.

    Just the kind of mellow mood I’m in. In a good way. Don’t be fooled by the name of the song.

    Happy weekend everyone

    • Scopedog

      Hoping to catch BLADE RUNNER 2049 on Monday, due to work this weekend.

      Agree with you about how things are similar to the late Bush Administration–but this is not even one year into Trump’s “Presidency” and not just the wheels are coming off, but the doors, hoods, windows, everything. I do hope it leads to change, but…sadly, as we saw in 2016, many people will forget and of course there will be those who will ratfuck everything because of purity.

    • JMAshby

      I don’t know about a sea change, but there was a new Gallup poll out tonight showing that only 67 percent of self-identified Republicans approve of Trump. It was 80 percent in March.

      It would be easy to forget that Bush enjoyed strong support among his own party until near the end of his second term in office, while Trump’s support is dropping rapidly in the first year.

      At some point the MAGA crowd is going to look around and realize things either haven’t changed or they’ve gotten worse. Trump isn’t making anything better for anyone, unless you’re a white religious business owner who really hates gay people and women.

      I don’t know if there will be an exact moment when the epiphany will arrive, but it might when the GOP unveils their final tax cut bill and it contains virtually nothing for the lower or middle class. Those who still support Trump after that may ditch him if he signs a bill to codify DACA. Trump will eventually betray every branch of his constituency, because that’s what he does.

      • ninjaf

        Whether the tax cut plan passes or fails, after that, I am hopeful that Congress will start making grumblings about wanting him out of office. But they have put up with ALL of this for these damn tax cuts.

    • ninjaf

      We just watched the original for the first time this weekend. We’ll give the new one a try probably this week.