TOWOIT #79

April 5, 2017… Day 76

Ok, much respect for Jeff Merkely’s filibustering.

Politically Reactive with Hari Kondabolu and W. Kamau Bell is back for a second season. I’m sure it’s a podcast I would like. If only there were some way I could forget how they normalized Jill Stein, acted agog and aghast that anyone would be upset with THEM after the election, and then cheerily disappeared for five months. Right when we needed podcasts the most. Now they’re back? Why. Get fucked.

On today’s episode of The Daily podcast, we got a primer on the start of the Syrian conflict. I didn’t realize (or didn’t remember) that it started with kids being arrested for anti-Assad graffiti, and tortured in 2011. The protests swelled and swelled, and the government went to war with its own people. It’s just so sad. We are still so lucky here, even now. The guest on the show, Anne Barnard, a journalist in Beirut said this: “Are we willing to tolerate a leader who fights his own people, just using the excuse that he’s fighting Islamic terrorism?”

Steve Bannon was removed from the National Security Council, which hopefully means that H.R. McMaster is in charge there.

In other Trump-administration-acting-somewhat-human news:

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The bar is so low. The bar is so low that I was relieved when Trump said today how horrified he was about the dead children Assad gassed in Syria. I’m just so desperate to not have the President and his team be total monsters.

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Trump suggested that he believed Susan Rice probably did something illegal. These former Obama staffers were NOT happy:

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I’m still laughing about how Jon Lovett said Tommy Vietor was so white he was like “a boat shoe made human.” 

Still thinking about Trinh Huynh. Like her sister says, we should think about how she lived and not how she died. But I read the latest article today about the man they arrested.

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Eight arrests with “a tendency to fight with the police,” and he’s still alive? That’s called white privilege.

 

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