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Saturday News: 50 Degrees Above Normal at North Pole; Trump National Security Adviser [Hearts] Putin; ICE Raids

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, February 11.

  • Quizzical
  • Illiterate Republican Times-Disgrace strikes again (they have egregious typos in their headlines all the time, not to mention sh*t-for-brains editorials). “Secertary?” LOL Not sure about “penney,” either a typo or a play on the name “Pence?” Who knows with this right-wing rag.

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/rtdpenneysecertary.jpg

  • Quizzical

    The EV revolution is on schedule to arrive ahead of schedule
    http://gas2.org/2017/02/10/ev-battery-prices-falling-faster-expected/

  • Quizzical
  • True Blue

    The photo of Trump on Salon’s “Wall” article is hysterical; it appears that he cannot even put the cap on a Sharpie. Please use it frequently! ;-}

  • Andrew Sullivan on the madness of Donald Trump

    Then there is the obvious question of the president’s mental and psychological health. I know we’re not supposed to bring this up — but it is staring us brutally in the face. I keep asking myself this simple question: If you came across someone in your everyday life who repeatedly said fantastically and demonstrably untrue things, what would you think of him? If you showed up at a neighbor’s, say, and your host showed you his newly painted living room, which was a deep blue, and then insisted repeatedly — manically — that it was a lovely shade of scarlet, what would your reaction be? If he then dragged out a member of his family and insisted she repeat this obvious untruth in front of you, how would you respond? If the next time you dropped by, he was still raving about his gorgeous new red walls, what would you think? Here’s what I’d think: This man is off his rocker. He’s deranged; he’s bizarrely living in an alternative universe; he’s delusional. If he kept this up, at some point you’d excuse yourself and edge slowly out of the room and the house and never return. You’d warn your other neighbors. You’d keep your distance. If you saw him, you’d be polite but keep your distance.

    I think this is a fundamental reason why so many of us have been so unsettled, anxious, and near panic these past few months. It is not so much this president’s agenda. That always changes from administration to administration. It is that when the linchpin of an entire country is literally delusional, clinically deceptive, and responds to any attempt to correct the record with rage and vengeance, everyone is always on edge.

    There is no anchor any more. At the core of the administration of the most powerful country on earth, there is, instead, madness.

    ….One of the great achievements of free society in a stable democracy is that many people, for much of the time, need not think about politics at all. The president of a free country may dominate the news cycle many days — but he is not omnipresent — and because we live under the rule of law, we can afford to turn the news off at times. A free society means being free of those who rule over you — to do the things you care about, your passions, your pastimes, your loves — to exult in that blessed space where politics doesn’t intervene. In that sense, it seems to me, we already live in a country with markedly less freedom than we did a month ago. It’s less like living in a democracy than being a child trapped in a house where there is an abusive and unpredictable father, who will brook no reason, respect no counter-argument, admit no error, and always, always up the ante until catastrophe inevitably strikes. This is what I mean by the idea that we are living through an emergency.

    • True Blue

      Madness is manifest among supporters as well; preppers and bunkers business is booming. http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Bunker-Sales-Soar-In-Uncertain-Times-Manufacturer–412661393.html

      ““We have sold quite a bit in Texas, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia. We sell them all over the United States,” Scott said. “Some people will even have me put them in on weekends so neighbors won’t know.”

      Scott started his storm shelter-building company 13 years ago, but his upbringing challenged him to be even more creative.

      “When I was young, I was raised as a prepper. I always thought my parents might be a little crazy,” he laughed. “I guess it’s bred into me. I grew up and I became one.” (i.e., a crazy)

  • Jim B

    Is it a good idea to have competition for the office of governor among democrats? Look at what happened to Clinton. Usually there is progression from attorney general or Lt gov. Seems to me democrats are sore losers sometimes when their favorite loses.

    • Primaries are overwhelmingly good things, IMHO. As for Clinton, what happened to her had little if anything to do with Bernie Sanders as far as I can determine…

  • Video: Corey Stewart web ad rips “Establishment Ed” Gillespie

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFgeSbdH0YI&feature=youtu.be

  • Sen. Tim Kaine: Trump presidency a 230-year checkup on our constitutional democracy, “stay tuned” to see if we pass.

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kainestresstest.jpg

  • True Blue

    I was pleased to read Rep. Jerry Nadler’s “resolution of inquiry” to the new attorney general about executive branch’s conflicts-of-inters and alleged ties to Russia.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/02/10/1632115/-Dem-House-Rep-Moves-to-Force-House-Debate-on-Trump-Conflicts-and-Russia-Ties