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Friday News: “The Republican Plot Against the FBI”; “The Many Failed Vindications of Donald J. Trump”; Priebus a “f—— Sith Lord”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, February 2.

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  • RobertColgan

    Re Cohen’s “Trump’s Corruption Of The American Republic,” which is very good, I think also that Charley Pierce’s take on the SOTU message was spot on:


    “All visible objects, man, are but as pasteboard masks. But in each event—in the living act, the undoubted deed—there, some unknown but still reasoning thing puts forth the mouldings of its features from behind the unreasoning mask.
    —Herman Melville, Moby Dick

    WASHINGTON—It was the most elaborate of charades, the most sophisticated of masquerades, that played itself out in the chamber of the House of Representatives on Tuesday night. The amount of pretense required to keep all sensible people—which is to say, any person who was not a Republican—in their chairs must have been heroic.

    All involved had to pretend that Donald Trump makes sense as a president, that his administration makes sense as a government, and that his first State of the Union address made sense as either a description of national policy, or as a rhetorical summons to national unity. All involved had to pretend that his thoughts were coherent, that his words made sense, and that the complete and universal collapse of civic responsibility that propelled him onto the podium was not the most singularly destructive event in the history of American democracy since the Civil War. Everyone had to pretend that a freak show was Shakespeare, and that a rumbling, stumbling geek was Lincoln, and that the whole tableau unfolding before the Congress was somehow made noble despite the obvious fact that the whole event was an endless procession of lies and half-truths, and that the only truly remarkable thing about the speech was that it was such a perfectly round and complete crock of shit.

    I don’t know how long the institutions of the republic can sustain this much pretense. Over my lifetime, the American presidency has tested what were believed to be the outer limits of counterfeit grandeur, but now we see that there is a vast universe of untruth and malignant fantasy of which we were painfully unaware. It is a burden to maintain the masquerade. It is beyond the strength even of the sturdiest democracy to be led by such a vanguard of unreality. Why anyone showed up on Tuesday night is a mystery to me.

    Did he “call for bipartisanship”? Of course he did, the way a carny barker calls for suckers. Did he call for “unity”? Of course he did, the way a tent-show preacher howls for Jesus with a statue bleeding glycerine from its eyes. Are we supposed to pretend that we believe him, that we have faith in his desire to lead the entire nation, that he won’t be acting like a jackass on Twitter again by Valentine’s Day? Are we supposed to compliment the White House medical staff for finally getting the dosage right? How much pretending can we do before the national psyche, bloated on pretense, finally collapses of its own weight? How big a crock can be fashioned out of the ruins of the American experiment?

    How long do we have to pretend? Do we all have to pretend until there’s nothing left but the masquerade, empty and sterile and dead?
    God help us all.”

  • Video: Sen. Chap (!) Petersen waters down (no pun intended) Sen. Scott Surovell’s bill to ban fracking in the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area. Why Chap (!) why???


  • http://changewithchoun.com/chanda-choun-announces-candidacy-for-arlington-county-board/

    Another Arlington Democrat throws his hat in the ring to take on Republican John Vihstadt for County Board.

    Chanda Choun Announces Candidacy for Arlington County Board

    Choun will seek the Democratic nomination ahead of the November 6, 2018 general election.

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    ARLINGTON, VA – Chanda Choun (pronounced CHAHN-duh CHOON), a resident of the Buckingham neighborhood of Arlington County, filed his campaign committee Statement of Organization and unveiled his campaign website in February, making public his run for the Arlington County Board in 2018.

    Choun declared that he wants to “Make Arlington the North Star of Virginia.”

    “I am running for the Arlington County Board this 2018 because there is no immigrant, military veteran, or technology professional in our local government leadership today. I want to be a new face for Arlington and a different voice at the table for good jobs, affordable housing, fast transportation, strong schools, security and safety, and service to the community; a 21st century approach in a rapidly changing world, but still holding on to the values that made our community great.”

    Chanda Choun lives in the historic, diverse Buckingham neighborhood of Arlington County, Virginia near the Ballston Metro Station and works as a senior business manager and engineering leader for a cybersecurity software company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. He is also a part-time Army Reserve soldier occasionally on duty with the United States Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Maryland. His community involvement includes being Vice President of the Buckingham Community Civic Association, Delegate to the Arlington County Civic Federation, Lifetime Member of the John Lyon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3150, Parishioner of St. George’s Episcopal Church of Arlington, and previous Executive Board Member of the Arlington Young Democrats.

    “Every day I wake up and ask myself: ‘How do I make us happier, healthier, and wealthier?’ I run to serve the County. I run to serve the Commonwealth. I run to serve the Country.”

    Choun will make his first public remarks as a candidate at 7:00pm on Wednesday, February 7th at the Arlington County Democratic Committee meeting, held at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203). The Democratic Primary Election is scheduled for June 12th.

  • Jim B

    Anyone read the Obituaries in the Wash Post this morning? “The president is a like a dead mouse on the American family kitchen floor. The question is: Who is going to pick it up by the tail and drop it in the trash” That was Nicholas Von Hoffman talking about Nixon on 60 Minutes, but that could apply to the current idiot in chief as well. Von Hoffman died Feb 1.

  • Yes, this lunatic is actually a Virginia State Senator – Republican of course! (by the way, should be “its hood” not “it’s hood”)