Saturday, June 9, 2018

Scott Hutchison

Fully clothed, I'll float away
Down the Forth, into the sea
I'll steer myself through chopping waves
As manic gulls scream "it's okay"
Take your life
Give it a shake
        - Scott Hutchison

Friday, May 25, 2018

James Clapper

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Clapper recently revealed in an interview with Rachel Maddow that he believed Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election did tip it to Donald Trump. A claim he also makes in his recent book "Facts and Fears."  The compelling interview is a must-watch and can be seen here in 3 parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. After the interview Maddow pointed out how Clapper's assessment calls into question the legitimacy of Donald Trump's presidency saying, "If James Clapper is correct that Donald Trump is only in office because Russia put him there, the Trump Russia investigation isn't just a matter of crime and punishment... It is a critical nexus between the rule of law and national sovereignty."  It should be noted that yesterday Trump claimed on twitter that Clapper admitted there was spying on his campaign when, in fact, Clapper actually did not say that. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Moon Jae-In

South Korean President Moon Jae-in signed a historic declaration on Friday pledging "no more war."  Later when responding to a letter from former Nobel Peace Prize winner Kim Dae Jung's wife, which said Moon deserves a Nobel for the successful summit, Moon said, "President Trump can take the Nobel prize. All we need to take is peace." Moon was apparently referring to Trump taking credit for Korean nuclear talks and conservatives' erroneous claims that Trump should win the prize for the summit.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Scott Pruitt

Donald Trump’s EPA pick Scott Pruitt has come under fire recently when it was revealed that he took a $40,000, taxpayer-funded first class trip to Morocco late last year. The reason the trip reportedly cost so much is because it wasn’t only Pruitt flying first class but his entire staff. The explanation for Pruitt’s trip was to pitch the supposed benefit of liquefied natural gas imports on Morocco’s economy. At that time, Cheniere Energy owned the only liquefied natural gas export in the US. We now know that at that time, Pruitt was living in the Cheniere Energy lobbyist’s house for $50 a night which is less than a third of what other nearby two-bedroom homes list for. Other recent scandals involve Pruitt reassigning the guy who would not let him use a police siren to get out of DC traffic,
EPA officials being demoted after raising concerns about Pruitt's ethics and perks for Pruitt's staffers. Donald Trump's response to this is that Pruitt has done a 'fantastic job.'