The courts aren’t buying into Muslim ban 3.0 either: Daily Bullshit, October 18, 2017

Yes, at long last, a new issue. There will be more news on the Fire, but for me, we seem now to have moved into the aftermath, with recriminations (the only cause for the fire I’ve seen suggested is that wind may have blown down Pacific Gas and Electric lines but apparently other possible causes are also still under investigation[1]), victims combing the ruins of their lives and trying to pick up the pieces (law firms are rushing in[2]), and questions about the future. Some of this will be interesting to me and might get relayed here. Probably a lot won’t be.


Updates

  1. Originally published, October 18, 7:19 pm.
  2. October 18, 10:09 pm:
    • A Santa Rosa couple has filed what may be the first lawsuit against Pacific Gas and Electric for the Fire.[3]

Muslim ban

[Judge Derrick] Watson said Trump’s third executive order “makes no finding that nationality alone renders entry of this broad class of individuals a heightened security risk to the United States.” He added that the order “plainly discriminates based on nationality” and contains “internal incoherencies that markedly undermine its stated ‘national security’ rationale.”

“Numerous countries fail to meet one or more of the global baseline criteria described in EO-3, yet are not included in the ban,” he said.[4]

[Judge Theodore] Chuang wrote that the president’s campaign trail comments about Muslims and his Twitter postings pointed to the ban being an unconstitutional example of discrimination against Muslims. . . .

Watson wrote that the ban goes against the Immigration and Nationality Act and “plainly discriminates based on nationality” in a way that is “antithetical” to American principles. He said the order “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor: it lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries” would harm U.S. interests.

Chuang’s block of the ban, which came in response to a suit by 23 U.S. residents and immigrant groups with ties to the nations, was more limited. It said the administration could not enforce the ban on any person with a “bona fide” connection to the U.S., such as close relatives who live in the country.[5]

Jaweed Kaleem, “Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland block Trump’s new travel ban,” Los Angeles Times, October 18, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-travel-ban-hawaii-20171017-story.html

Lydia Wheeler, “Federal judge temporarily halts third Trump travel ban,” Hill, October 17, 2017, http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/355860-federal-judge-temporarily-halts-third-trump-travel-ban


Fire

The cause(s) of the blazes has yet to be determined but what may be the first lawsuit alleging that Pacific Gas and Electric is culpable for winds blowing down its power lines has been filed.[6]

Soumya Karlamangla, “Wildfires stressed wine country’s healthcare system, creating a crisis and a warning for future,” Los Angeles Times, October 18, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-fires-medical-20171018-story.html

Paul Payne and Mary Callahan, “Santa Rosa couple sues PG&E over Sonoma County fires,” Santa Rosa Press Democrat, October 18, 2017, http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7535529-181/santa-rosa-couple-sues-pge


Donald Trump

Juan Williams, “Trump is becoming a failed president,” Hill, October 16, 2017, http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/355569-juan-williams-trump-is-becoming-a-failed-president


  1. [1]Paul Payne and Mary Callahan, “Santa Rosa couple sues PG&E over Sonoma County fires,” Santa Rosa Press Democrat, October 18, 2017, http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7535529-181/santa-rosa-couple-sues-pge
  2. [2]Paul Payne and Mary Callahan, “Santa Rosa couple sues PG&E over Sonoma County fires,” Santa Rosa Press Democrat, October 18, 2017, http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7535529-181/santa-rosa-couple-sues-pge
  3. [3]Paul Payne and Mary Callahan, “Santa Rosa couple sues PG&E over Sonoma County fires,” Santa Rosa Press Democrat, October 18, 2017, http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7535529-181/santa-rosa-couple-sues-pge
  4. [4]Lydia Wheeler, “Federal judge temporarily halts third Trump travel ban,” Hill, October 17, 2017, http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/355860-federal-judge-temporarily-halts-third-trump-travel-ban
  5. [5]Jaweed Kaleem, “Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland block Trump’s new travel ban,” Los Angeles Times, October 18, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-travel-ban-hawaii-20171017-story.html
  6. [6]Paul Payne and Mary Callahan, “Santa Rosa couple sues PG&E over Sonoma County fires,” Santa Rosa Press Democrat, October 18, 2017, http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7535529-181/santa-rosa-couple-sues-pge

Watching Donald Trump’s fall: Daily Bullshit, October 9-16, 2017

Updates

  1. Originally published October 9, 11:35 am.
  2. October 9, 3:23 pm:
    • Added comment on the Fire.
  3. October 9, 7:02 pm, 8:25 pm, 9:01 pm; October 10, 12:48 pm:
    • More Fire information.
  4. October 11, 5:00 am:
    • Catalonia’s president issued mixed messages on independence, signing a document declaring it, and asking the legislature to delay declaring it.[1]
    • Earlier promised[2] higher numbers on the Fire toll have begun to appear.[3]
  5. October 11, 3:42 pm:
    • The first part of my weather station has arrived and is now operational. I’ll be watching for siting issues for a while, so it probably shouldn’t be relied upon yet but you can see the observations I’ve got here.
    • Third wave Feminism has failed. A possible fourth wave might have failed even before it really got off the ground. The problem is the same problem it’s always been[4]: white women who totalize oppression as based on gender[5] (just like some folks who totalize oppression as based on race and a bunch of folks who totalize oppression as excluding class).
    • The Spanish government rejected the Catalan president’s offer of negotiation and mediation.[6] (Catalonia)
    • We seem to be nowhere near out of the woods on the Fire.[7]
    • The Utah cop who was simply, flatly wrong about getting a blood draw from an unconscious patient and assaulted and arrested a nurse when she refused to comply has been fired.[8] (Police)
  6. October 11, 8:23 pm:
    • Updates on the Fire.
  7. October 12, 1:14 pm:
    • At this point, we have two choices: We can believe that Donald Trump is going down or we can believe it’s all “fake news.”[9] Trump, of course, would have us believe the latter but James Hohmann has been doing a good job culling reports from a variety of sources.[10] There’s a lot of smoke around this fire and I don’t mean the one near where I live.
    • Speaking of that Fire, so, okay, maybe my drive to check on my mechanic’s shop and my veterinary clinic wasn’t one of my smarter moves and maybe my mother’s decision to evacuate was one of her smarter moves.[11]
    • The Fire continues to burn, essentially out of control.[12]
    • Donald Trump stepped up his attack on Obamacare.[13]
  8. October 13, 3:33 am:
    • The Tubbs Fire, which is the one of greatest concern here, is at ten percent containment.[14]
    • Donald Trump will follow through on his longstanding threat to cut off cost sharing reduction payments to insurers in his crusade against Obamacare.[15]
  9. October 14, 2:10 am:
    • I spent most of today working on network infrastructure at the house (yeah, the same house I’m worried about having to evacuate). With this upgrade, my Mom’s television, telephone, and associated electronics are now on an uninterruptible power supply and I am adding three WiFi routers (all on new uninterruptible power supplies) to make a mesh wireless network with about four times the coverage we’re supposed to need. This enables me to move the weather station WiFi hub closer to the weather station. I’m hoping this will bring that station back on line but I also now have the allegedly ‘right’ batteries. Oh, and by the way, that’s why this update is so late in coming.
    • There’s more on that second shoe Donald Trump dropped in his crusade against Obamacare.[16] A few people are pointing out that Trump seems to be giving a big push on something he alleges is collapsing on its own. James Hohman broke out the Pottery Barn analogy, warning that “it’s hard to blame your predecessor for problems two years after you take office. Especially when your party has unified control of the federal government.”[17] James, you do a lot of good work, and I know you’re not alone, but do we really already have to be in horse race mode for 2018? Really?
    • As speculation swirls around a 25th amendment solution to the Trump presidency,[18] and with North Korea and numerous other crises still swirling, Trump ‘decertifies’ the Iran nuclear deal.[19]
    • 18 states and the District of Columbia are suing[20] over Donald Trump’s decision to scrap those Obamacare “cost sharing reduction payments.”[21] I should probably note here that a federal judge had already “ruled the payments were being made illegally, but the Obama administration appealed”[22] and the Trump administration is presumably and reportedly dropping the appeal.[23]
    • The toll continues to rise in the Fire.[24] From what I could see, the day in Graton started off fairly clear, but then we were back downwind of the fires.
  10. October 14, 10:57 am:
    • There is a new evacuation map (figure 5) for Santa Rosa as new evacuation orders have been issued for eastern parts of the city. Also, I’ve taken a screenshot of a map of active fire perimeters (figure 11).
    • I am facing a few extreme frustrations at the moment:
      1. My job hunt, of course, but I’ve now gotten my analysis of this problem on its own page.
      2. My cat, Admiral Janeway, doesn’t like eating the food the veterinarian wants her to eat. This is a really good veterinarian, but a really stubborn cat who seemingly only wants mercury-laced tuna for humans—and it’s killing her.
      3. Apparently the WeatherFlow WiFi hub is still too far away from the weather station. Allegedly, “AIR & SKY communicate with HUB via powerful sub-gHz telemetry radios. We have tested the radio signal over 300 meters (1000 ft+) in a clear line-of-sight. All situations differ with local obstructions like walls and power interference.” The distance is far less than that, but through a couple walls, which seems to mean my initial idea for siting won’t work. I am trying to devise another plan—and wondering if any siting scheme will work with the walls in this house (which are unremarkable for a manufactured home) or if the damned thing is simply defective.
  11. October 15, 3:34 am:
    • I appear to have struck out with the weather station. I am attempting to contact support.
    • Apparently there is “a new stage of acceptance setting in across the country, even among [Donald Trump’s] supporters, that he is unfit and incapable.”[25]
    • The Fire still burns.[26] I have a new screenshot of the Sonoma County Complex map (figure 13).
  12. October 16, 4:30 am:
    • Jonathan Easley’s analysis concludes that Donald Trump really only cares about his (authoritarian populist and, probably, paleoconservative) base.[27]
    • If James Hohmann invoked the Pottery Barn analogy,[28] Obamacare’s backers now say Trump will bear the blame for wrecking the Affordable Care Act.[29]
    • My mother will be returning home today. The smoke was much better today although the latest Fire map (figure 13) shows that the fires continue to claim more territory and a massive chunk of Sonoma County remains on alert (figure 7) with many evacuations still in force. That said, “fire officials said on Sunday [October 15] they had apparently ‘turned a corner’ against wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week. Thousands got the all-clear to return home.”[30] To be honest, I’m not finding such assurances compelling. The maps don’t offer me cause for optimism except that so many perimeters remain little changed. And the changes seem small enough and far enough away that I’m weighing the danger of complacency against the unsustainability of remaining prepared to evacuate and, for now, I’m starting to bring stuff back in from my car.
  13. October 16, 6:43 pm:
    • Donald Trump is apparently having some success in blaming Congress for inaction.[31] Ummm…..
    • Well, actually, how about this? Some judge Donald Trump‘s attacks on his own party as placing the Republican majority in the House of Representatives at risk in next year’s elections. And, these folks intone, if Democrats gain control, impeachment of Trump will surely follow.[32]
    • Evacuation orders and advisories in the Fire are beginning to fall like dominoes. And somebody—it won’t be me—might say they would have told her so, but now that my mother’s back, so is the smoke. It isn’t horrible, but certainly worse than the last couple days. I have a new screenshot from the Sonoma County Fire Complex Map up (figure 14).
  14. October 16, 9:33 pm:
    • Took a screenshot of the CalFire Statewide Fire Map (figure 10).
  15. October 17, 12:12 pm:
    • This is probably now the longest-running issue of the (Supposedly) Daily Bullshit. It includes all the Sonoma Fire Complex coverage that I’ve archived. But today, I’m finally seeing some actual containment numbers. Firefighters have actually made good progress,[33] which is something I really wasn’t seeing documented before, which raises another question: Why couldn’t they offer these numbers earlier? There was, it must be said, an increasing dissonance between the fire maps, news coverage that understandably but perhaps misleadingly focuses on the scale of the tragedy and the personal stories of those affected, and a sense of returning normalcy that Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano had earlier warned against too seriously[34] but which has become pervasive as businesses reopen (my mechanic, whose shop I checked on, is changing my oil while I write this). So this will probably be the final day for this issue.

Fire

Fig. 1. Santa Rosa Evacuation Map, October 9, 2017.

Fig. 2. Santa Rosa Evacuation Map, October 10, 2017.

Fig. 3. Santa Rosa Evacuation Map, October 11, 2017.

Fig. 4. Santa Rosa evacuation map, October 13, 2017.

Fig. 5. Santa Rosa evacuation map, October 14, 2017.

Fig. 6. Sonoma County Evacuation Map from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office via Twitter, via the Los Angeles Times. Fair use.

Fig. 7. Sonoma County evacuations map, October 15, 2017.

Fire is affecting areas on the north and east of Santa Rosa (evacuation map, figures 1 through 7, and official information), including Windsor, and on the east of Rohnert Park. We are not in that area, but rather well to the west, so I have little to add to widespread reporting. The sky is smoky. When I went out to my car Monday (October 9) and Tuesday (October 10), it—and everything—was covered in ash. Otherwise, we have mostly just been worried.

At least 13 people are dead, at least 100 injured and at least 1,500 homes and businesses destroyed, authorities said. All three figures are expected to surge in coming days as more information is reported. Many homes and businesses were evacuated — some just in the nick of time as flames approached.[35]

Of the numbers above, the 1500 number had been constant since Monday night (October 9)[36] but started to climb by Tuesday night (October 10).[37]

A power outage, beginning with a brown-out, struck our area Tuesday morning (October 10). It was of sufficient duration that I was forced to shut down my servers—they are now back up. My uninterruptible power supplies weren’t uninterruptible enough for this one and I’m hoping, only hoping, that’s the last of the power disruptions.

I managed to get into the afflicted areas on Tuesday to check on my auto mechanic and my veterinarian. My mechanic is located close to Coffey Park and appeared to be in the burned area (official map) but, fortunately, as it turns out, both my mechanic’s shop and the veterinary clinic appear undamaged.

Driving in the Santa Rosa area was an adventure. For one thing, the smoke is really thick. But also, power is out, affecting traffic signals at multi-lane intersections. Because I’m so disgusted with traffic engineering in Santa Rosa, I’m awfully tempted to say traffic was only a little worse, but my Google Maps timeline doesn’t bear me out: My exploration took an hour and a half; normally I’d be able to swing past both locations within a half hour. I might have seen one burned area, a field that appeared to be maybe a couple blocks north of Piner Road that I saw looking down a street that doesn’t actually connect with Piner. Otherwise, just lots of smoke, some pretty slow going, and I’m guessing an hour’s worth of awe.

My mother evacuated due to the smoke. She said she hoped to return on Sunday (October 15) and in fact returned Monday (October 16). The fires are still burning but she says the smoke is not too bad.

“One of the things that’s almost working against us is that the city is coming back to life everywhere,” [Sonoma County Sheriff Rob] Giordano said [apparently on Friday, October 13], emphasizing that the community is not out of the woods yet. “People think it’s over. It’s not over. These fires are still blazing.”[38]

Just a few days ago, I was thinking the weather was cooling and that the fire danger was receding. I guess I was wrong (figures 9 and 10).

Fig. 8. CalFire statewide map, October 9, 2017.

Fig. 9. CalFire map, October 11, 2017. As of 5:00 pm, October 11, according to a press briefing on the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Facebook page, there were 22 major fires in the state. According to one speaker, “Things are going to get worse before they get better.”

Fig. 10. CalFire Statewide Fire Map, October 16, 2017.

Fig. 11. Sonoma Complex Fires map, October 14, 2017. The Tubbs Fire is the one of most obvious concern to us in Graton and Sebastopol but the Adobe Fire is responsible for new evacuation orders this morning. There is an additional layer for inactive fire perimeters not shown here; it is very little different from the active perimeters. Evacuation areas are shaded; this is different from the Santa Rosa map (figure 5) because, I’m guessing, it includes evacuation advisories as well as mandatory evacuation areas.

Fig. 12. Sonoma County Complex Fires, October 15, 2017. Inactive perimeters (a layer not selected in figure 910 but an example appears with the Winter Fire, near the eastern edge of this screenshot) have all but disappeared. I have to think this is a bad sign.

Fig. 13. Sonoma Complex Fires, October 16, 2017. An inactive perimeter has appeared along the north edge of the Pocket Fire and evacuation zones have disappeared from this source (but remain in force, figure 7). The Adobe Fire continues to claim more territory but the other perimeters appear virtually identical to yesterday.

Fig. 14. Sonoma County Complex Fires, October 16, 2017. I’m not seeing any inactive perimeters here.

David Marks, “Massive Wildfires Tear Through Wine Country,” KQED, October 9, 2017, https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/10/09/photos-massive-wildfires-tear-throughth-bay/

Paige St. John et al., “At least 10 dead, 1,500 structures lost in Northern California firestorm, among worst in state’s history,” Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-napa-fires-20171009-story.html

CBS News, “At least 13 dead as wildfires devour wide swaths of Northern California,” October 10, 2017, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-fire-santa-rosa-napa-anaheim-hills-sonoma-at-least-11-dead/

Paige St. John et al., “Toll from Northern California firestorms sharply rise: 2,000 structures destroyed, at least 17 dead,” Los Angeles Times, October 10, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-fires-20171010-story.html

Phil Willon et al., “Death toll rises to 21 as Northern California fires spread to more than 160,000 acres,” Los Angeles Times, October 11, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-firesthern-california-20171011-story.html

Benjamin Spillman, “California fires making more pollution than a year of traffic,” Reno Gazette-Journal, October 11, 2017, https://www.rgj.com/story/life/outdoors/2017/10/11/california-fires-making-more-pollution-than-year-traffic/756020001/

Sonali Kohli et al., “Death toll rises to 24 as crews begin grim search among ashes of wine country fires,” Los Angeles Times, October 12, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-methern-california-firestorms-20171012-story.html

Phil Willon et al., “Whole towns evacuated as Northern California firestorm grows; at least 23 people dead, 285 missing,” Los Angeles Times, October 12, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-firesthern-california-20171011-story.html

Laura J. Nelson et al., “Death toll from Northern California fires jumps to at least 34; 5,700 structures destroyed,” Los Angeles Times, October 13, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-fires-20171013-story.html

Joseph Serna et al., “Death toll rises to 40 as firefighters continue to battle massive California wildfires,” Los Angeles Times, October 14, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-california-fires-20171014-story.html

Jim Christie, “Dozens missing in California wildfires as more evacuees return home,” Reuters, October 17, 2017, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-fire/dozens-still-missing-in-california-wildfires-more-evacuees-return-home-idUSKBN1CM0WV


Donald Trump

I have previously argued that Republicans will turn on Donald Trump when they decide he is an obstacle to their agenda.[39] Trump’s feud with Bob Corker is important not so much because it represents particularly new actual attitudes—we’re talking about functionalist conservatives—but because Republican politicians are now effectively admitting that this is the case.[40]

James Hohmann, “Bob Corker tirade encapsulates five reasons why Trump has failed at governing,” Washington Post, October 9, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/10/09/daily-202-bob-corker-tirade-encapsulates-five-reasons-why-trump-has-failed-at-governing/59dae42b30fb0468cea81dff/

James Hohmann, “Stepped-up attacks on the press reflect Trump’s bunker mentality,” Washington Post, October 12, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/10/12/daily-202-stepped-up-attacks-on-the-press-reflect-trump-s-bunker-mentality/59de6f3f30fb0468cea81e90/

David Smith, “‘He is failing’: Donald Trump strikes out solo as friends worry and enemies circle,” Guardian, October 15, 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/14/donald-trump-iran-healthcare-white-house-corker

Jonathan Easley, “Trump ramps up the culture war,” Hill, October 15, 2017, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/355399-trump-ramps-up-the-culture-war

James Hohmann, “Trump’s attacks on Senate Republicans are paying political dividends,” Washington Post, October 16, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/10/16/daily-202-trump-s-attacks-on-senate-republicans-are-paying-political-dividends/59e4262630fb041a74e75d99/


Catalonia

I’m seeing nonsense about how tensions between Catalonia and Spain are easing as a consequence of the Catalan president’s move even as the move itself is more ambiguous than advertised.[41] People who say these things are failing to understand what is immediately apparent to me: That the tone and pace of Spanish and Catalan politics is different from what we’re used to at least in the U.S. if not the English-speaking world generally. I don’t know what happens next. Neither, probably, does anyone else.

Jeannette Neumann, “Catalan President Stops Short of Declaring Immediate Independence,” Wall Street Journal, October 10, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/catalan-president-set-to-address-issue-of-independence-1507636964

British Broadcasting Corporation, “Madrid scorns Catalan leader’s independence statement,” October 11, 2017, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41576870


Feminism

Not so long ago, I wrote a blog entry, entitled “The corruption of the Left,” in which I noted that “[t]here are some stories being left out.”[42] Think of Ruby Hamad and Celeste Liddle’s article as one of those stories.

Representation and diversity, for instance, can be important indicators of social progress. In feminist discourse however, they are increasingly served as substitutes for such progress. The giddiness surrounding Hillary Clinton as almost First Female President™ and the silliness over Wonder Woman as First Female Superhero™ both fostered an atmosphere of hostility to any women who had the audacity not to feel “represented” by either.

You weren’t “With Her”? No, it’s not because you’re an Arab woman who balks at Clinton’s fondness for bombing the Middle East; you just have internalised misogyny. Think Wonder Woman was average and kinda sexist? Too bad; she empowers ALL women. And don’t even consider bringing up Gal Gadot’s pro-IDF sentiments, that makes you a “racist.”

For all its talk of intersectionality, mainstream feminism still cannot comprehend that racism and sexism are not experienced separately but simultaneously.[43]

And no, I wouldn’t specifically have forecast that we’d see a return to a theme in Audre Lorde’s essay, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.”[44] And that’s really the point—and the point that these mainstream feminists are missing—in standpoint theory. I don’t see it because, in my social location, I’m not there. And neither are these white feminists.

Ruby Hamad and Celeste Liddle, “Intersectionality? Not while feminists participate in pile-ons,” Guardian, October 11, 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/11/intersectionality-not-while-feminists-participate-in-pile-ons


Police

These assholes still need to be prosecuted and the cop’s supervisor, who directed him to arrest the nurse,[45] still needs to be fired.

Derek Hawkins, “Utah police officer fired after manhandling, arresting nurse who was doing her job,” Washington Post, October 11, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/10/10/utah-police-officer-fired-after-manhandling-arresting-nurse-who-was-doing-her-job/


Obamacare

Noam N. Levey, “Trump issues order to deregulate health insurance, promising relief from Obamacare,” Los Angeles Times, October 12, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-obamacare-order-20171012-story.html

Rebecca Savransky and Nathaniel Weixel, “Trump to cut off key ObamaCare payments,” Hill, October 12, 2017, http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/355258-trump-to-cut-off-key-obamacare-payments-report

James Hohman, “Throwing a bomb into the insurance markets, Trump now owns the broken health-care system,” Washington Post, October 13, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/10/13/daily-202-throwing-a-bomb-into-the-insurance-markets-trump-now-owns-the-broken-health-care-system/59dff67a30fb041a74e75d48/

Jessie Hellmann and Rachel Roubein, “Trump gambles with ObamaCare moves,” Hill, October 15, 2017, http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/355390-trump-takes-big-gamble-with-obamacare-moves


Iran

Tracy Wilkinson, “Escalating tensions with Iran, Trump adds new sanctions but keeps nuclear deal in place – for now,” Los Angeles Times, October 13, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-pol-trump-iran-deal-20171013-story.html


  1. [1]Jeannette Neumann, “Catalan President Stops Short of Declaring Immediate Independence,” Wall Street Journal, October 10, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/catalan-president-set-to-address-issue-of-independence-1507636964
  2. [2]CBS News, “At least 13 dead as wildfires devour wide swaths of Northern California,” October 10, 2017, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-fire-santa-rosa-napa-anaheim-hills-sonoma-at-least-11-dead/
  3. [3]Paige St. John et al., “Toll from Northern California firestorms sharply rise: 2,000 structures destroyed, at least 17 dead,” Los Angeles Times, October 10, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-fires-20171010-story.html
  4. [4]Audre Lorde, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House,” Social Theory: The Multicultural and Classic Readings, ed. Charles Lemert, 4th ed. (Boulder, CO: Westview, 2010), 449-451.
  5. [5]Ruby Hamad and Celeste Liddle, “Intersectionality? Not while feminists participate in pile-ons,” Guardian, October 11, 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/11/intersectionality-not-while-feminists-participate-in-pile-ons
  6. [6]British Broadcasting Corporation, “Madrid scorns Catalan leader’s independence statement,” October 11, 2017, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41576870
  7. [7]Phil Willon et al., “Death toll rises to 21 as Northern California fires spread to more than 160,000 acres,” Los Angeles Times, October 11, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-firesthern-california-20171011-story.html
  8. [8]Derek Hawkins, “Utah police officer fired after manhandling, arresting nurse who was doing her job,” Washington Post, October 11, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/10/10/utah-police-officer-fired-after-manhandling-arresting-nurse-who-was-doing-her-job/
  9. [9]James Hohmann, “Stepped-up attacks on the press reflect Trump’s bunker mentality,” Washington Post, October 12, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/10/12/daily-202-stepped-up-attacks-on-the-press-reflect-trump-s-bunker-mentality/59de6f3f30fb0468cea81e90/
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  16. [16]Josh Dawsey and Paul Demko, “Trump will scrap critical Obamacare subsidies,” Politico, October 12, 2017, http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/12/trump-obamacare-subsidy-243736
  17. [17]James Hohman, “Throwing a bomb into the insurance markets, Trump now owns the broken health-care system,” Washington Post, October 13, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/10/13/daily-202-throwing-a-bomb-into-the-insurance-markets-trump-now-owns-the-broken-health-care-system/59dff67a30fb041a74e75d48/
  18. [18]James Hohman, “Throwing a bomb into the insurance markets, Trump now owns the broken health-care system,” Washington Post, October 13, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/10/13/daily-202-throwing-a-bomb-into-the-insurance-markets-trump-now-owns-the-broken-health-care-system/59dff67a30fb041a74e75d48/
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  20. [20]Rachel Roubein, “18 states sue over Trump-halted ObamaCare payments,” Hill, October 13, 2017, http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/355360-15-states-sue-over-trump-halted-obamacare-payments
  21. [21]Josh Dawsey and Paul Demko, “Trump will scrap critical Obamacare subsidies,” Politico, October 12, 2017, http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/12/trump-obamacare-subsidy-243736
  22. [22]Rebecca Savransky and Nathaniel Weixel, “Trump to cut off key ObamaCare payments,” Hill, October 12, 2017, http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/355258-trump-to-cut-off-key-obamacare-payments-report
  23. [23]James Hohman, “Throwing a bomb into the insurance markets, Trump now owns the broken health-care system,” Washington Post, October 13, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/10/13/daily-202-throwing-a-bomb-into-the-insurance-markets-trump-now-owns-the-broken-health-care-system/59dff67a30fb041a74e75d48/
  24. [24]Laura J. Nelson et al., “Death toll from Northern California fires jumps to at least 34; 5,700 structures destroyed,” Los Angeles Times, October 13, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-fires-20171013-story.html
  25. [25]David Smith, “‘He is failing’: Donald Trump strikes out solo as friends worry and enemies circle,” Guardian, October 15, 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/14/donald-trump-iran-healthcare-white-house-corker
  26. [26]Joseph Serna et al., “Death toll rises to 40 as firefighters continue to battle massive California wildfires,” Los Angeles Times, October 14, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-california-fires-20171014-story.html
  27. [27]Jonathan Easley, “Trump ramps up the culture war,” Hill, October 15, 2017, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/355399-trump-ramps-up-the-culture-war
  28. [28]James Hohman, “Throwing a bomb into the insurance markets, Trump now owns the broken health-care system,” Washington Post, October 13, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/10/13/daily-202-throwing-a-bomb-into-the-insurance-markets-trump-now-owns-the-broken-health-care-system/59dff67a30fb041a74e75d48/
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  31. [31]James Hohmann, “Trump’s attacks on Senate Republicans are paying political dividends,” Washington Post, October 16, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/10/16/daily-202-trump-s-attacks-on-senate-republicans-are-paying-political-dividends/59e4262630fb041a74e75d99/
  32. [32]Sara Murray, “Trump allies worry that losing the House means impeachment,” CNN, October 16, 2017, http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/16/politics/democrats-house-midterm-elections/index.html
  33. [33]Jim Christie, “Dozens missing in California wildfires as more evacuees return home,” Reuters, October 17, 2017, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-fire/dozens-still-missing-in-california-wildfires-more-evacuees-return-home-idUSKBN1CM0WV
  34. [34]Laura J. Nelson et al., “Death toll from Northern California fires jumps to at least 34; 5,700 structures destroyed,” Los Angeles Times, October 13, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-fires-20171013-story.html
  35. [35]CBS News, “At least 13 dead as wildfires devour wide swaths of Northern California,” October 10, 2017, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-fire-santa-rosa-napa-anaheim-hills-sonoma-at-least-11-dead/
  36. [36]Paige St. John et al., “At least 10 dead, 1,500 structures lost in Northern California firestorm, among worst in state’s history,” Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-napa-fires-20171009-story.html
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California is now a ‘sanctuary state’: Daily Bullshit, October 6, 2017

Unauthorized migrants

Jazmine Ulloa, “California becomes ‘sanctuary state’ in rebuke of Trump immigration policy,” Los Angeles Times, October 5, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-brown-california-sanctuary-state-bill-20171005-story.html


Catalonia

Deutschewelle, “Spain’s Constitutional Court suspends Catalan independence parliament session,” October 5, 2017, http://www.dw.com/en/spains-constitutional-court-suspends-catalan-independence-parliament-session/a-40820216


Catalonia is occupied territory: Daily Bullshit, September 29-October 2, 2017

Updates

  1. Originally published October 1, 12:53 pm.
  2. A new blog entry, entitled “On the naked display of sovereignty,” is up.
  3. October 1, 8:30 pm:
    • Catalans who voted and whose votes weren’t seized by police supported the referendum calling for independence and the Catalonian government made noises indicating it “would set in motion a potential secession based on the results.”[1] (Catalonia)
  4. October 1, 11:39 pm:
    • The margin in support of independence for Catalonia was apparently 90 percent.[2]
  5. October 2, 10:53 pm:
    • “The Catalan parliament in Barcelona had been due to debate tomorrow whether it should leave Spain. Last night, however, it emerged that the parliament would not meet and would merely set a date for its next session.”[3] (Catalonia)
    • There is a new blog entry, entitled “What’s the end game?

Catalonia

Questions that shall not be asked are a critical theorist’s bread and butter. As promised earlier, there is a new blog entry, entitled “On the naked display of sovereignty.”

British Broadcasting Corporation, “Catalan referendum: ‘Hundreds hurt’ as police try to stop voters,” October 1, 2017, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-4146103

Guardian, “Catalan referendum: preliminary results show 90% in favour of independence,” October 1, 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/01/dozens-injured-as-riot-police-storm-catalan-ref-polling-stations

Peter Geoghegan, “Catalonia votes amid violent clashes,” Deutschewelle, October 1, 2017, http://www.dw.com/en/catalonia-votes-amid-violent-clashes/a-40770357

Jeannette Neumann, Jon Sindreu, and Pietro Lombardi, “Catalans Support Secession From Spain in Vote Boycotted by Opponents,” Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/voters-turn-out-in-catalonia-for-independence-referendum-1506838287

Jon Sindreu, Pietro Lombardi, and Marina Force, “Hundreds Hurt as Catalans, Spanish Police Clash Amid Independence Referendum,” Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/voters-turn-out-in-catalonia-for-independence-referendum-1506838287

Graham Keeley, “Catalans press pause on drive to declare full independence,” Times, October 3, 2017, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/catalans-press-pause-on-drive-to-declare-full-independence-v5nvqqm7t


Hugh Hefner

Okay, children. Can you say “Cre-ee-e-p-y?”

Laurel Wamsley, “Hugh Hefner’s Final Resting Place? The Plot He Bought Next To Marilyn Monroe,” National Public Radio, September 29, 2017, http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/29/554574570/hugh-hefner-s-final-resting-place-the-plot-he-bought-next-to-marilyn-monroe


Adjuncts

Alastair Gee, “Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars,” Guardian, September 28, 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/28/adjunct-professors-homeless-sex-work-academia-poverty


  1. [1]Jeannette Neumann, Jon Sindreu, and Pietro Lombardi, “Catalans Support Secession From Spain in Vote Boycotted by Opponents,” Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/voters-turn-out-in-catalonia-for-independence-referendum-1506838287
  2. [2]Guardian, “Catalan referendum: preliminary results show 90% in favour of independence,” October 1, 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/01/dozens-injured-as-riot-police-storm-catalan-ref-polling-stations
  3. [3]Graham Keeley, “Catalans press pause on drive to declare full independence,” Times, October 3, 2017, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/catalans-press-pause-on-drive-to-declare-full-independence-v5nvqqm7t

Republicans swing again . . . and miss at Obamacare: Daily Bullshit, September 26-28, 2017

Updates

  1. Originally published, September 26, 11:55 am.
  2. September 27, 11:27 am:
    • The New York Times reports that Donald Trump is attempting to shore up support from his (authoritarian populist) base after making deals with Democrats and backing the establishment-favored candidate in the Alabama U.S. Senate primary against the populist (social conservative) Roy Moore.[1] (National Football League)
    • Taking the view that he would support players who “took a knee” to protest abortion and nonetheless regarding it as “a bad idea,” traditionalist conservative Rod Dreher joins traditionalist conservative David French in support of the players’ right to protest.[2] (National Football League)
    • San Francisco Police are disproportionately issuing citations to Uber and Lyft drivers.[3] (Ride-sharing)
  3. September 27, 12:28 pm:
  4. September 28, 12:39 am:

Obamacare

With Rand Paul, John McCain, and Susan Collins in opposition, and Democrats united in opposition, the votes aren’t there in the Senate. But Republicans pledge to keep trying.[5]

Alexander Bolton, “Senate won’t vote on ObamaCare repeal bill,” Hill, September 26, 2017, http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/352503-senate-wont-vote-on-obamacare-repeal-bill


National Football League

“Only Donald Trump could make taking a knee during the National Anthem a patriotic thing to do,” writes Rod Dreher.[6]

Rod Dreher, “Trump’s Football Follies,” American Conservative, September 25, 2017, http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/trump-football-follies/

Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman, “Trump’s N.F.L. Critique a Calculated Attempt to Shore Up His Base,” New York Times, September 25, 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/25/us/politics/trump-nascar-nfl-protests.html

Benjamin Wallace-Wells, “The N.F.L. Protests and the Future of the Anti-Trump Movement,” New Yorker, September 25, 2017, https://www.newyorker.com/news/benjamin-wallace-wells/the-nfl-protests-and-the-future-of-the-anti-trump-movement


Ride-sharing

This text has been moved, refined, and much further developed in a new blog entry, “San Francisco’s war on Uber and Lyft drivers.”

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, “SFPD: Uber, Lyft account for two-thirds of congestion-related traffic violations downtown,” San Francisco Examiner, September 25, 2017, http://www.sfexaminer.com/sfpd-uber-lyft-account-two-thirds-congestion-related-traffic-violations-downtown/


North Korea

May Bulman, “North Korea-US war ‘inevitable’ if Kim Jong-un gets missiles that can target US cities, warns defence expert,” Independent, September 27, 2017, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-us-war-kim-jong-un-missiles-reach-us-cities-icbm-defence-experts-a7969321.html


  1. [1]Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman, “Trump’s N.F.L. Critique a Calculated Attempt to Shore Up His Base,” New York Times, September 25, 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/25/us/politics/trump-nascar-nfl-protests.html
  2. [2]Rod Dreher, “Trump’s Football Follies,” American Conservative, September 25, 2017, http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/trump-football-follies/
  3. [3]Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, “SFPD: Uber, Lyft account for two-thirds of congestion-related traffic violations downtown,” San Francisco Examiner, September 25, 2017, http://www.sfexaminer.com/sfpd-uber-lyft-account-two-thirds-congestion-related-traffic-violations-downtown/
  4. [4]May Bulman, “North Korea-US war ‘inevitable’ if Kim Jong-un gets missiles that can target US cities, warns defence expert,” Independent, September 27, 2017, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-us-war-kim-jong-un-missiles-reach-us-cities-icbm-defence-experts-a7969321.html
  5. [5]Alexander Bolton, “Senate won’t vote on ObamaCare repeal bill,” Hill, September 26, 2017, http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/352503-senate-wont-vote-on-obamacare-repeal-bill
  6. [6]Rod Dreher, “Trump’s Football Follies,” American Conservative, September 25, 2017, http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/trump-football-follies/

MADmen promise MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction): Daily Bullshit, September 24-25, 2017

Updates

  1. Originally published, September 24, 3:23 am.
  2. September 24, 10:43 am:
    • Susan Collins indicates that it is very unlikely she will support the latest Republican effort to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.[1]
    • The time has come to be seriously alarmed by the possibility of war with North Korea.[2]
  3. September 24, 12:14 pm:
    • I’ve worked on the commentary under North Korea some more. This might be headed for a blog entry.
  4. September 25, 4:01 am:
  5. September 25, 11:56 pm:
    • It might be possible to “totally destroy” North Korea. But it wouldn’t be fast.[3]

North Korea

The text that was formerly here has been moved to and further developed in a new blog entry, “MADness and North Korea.”

Farnaz Fassihi and Ben Kesling, “Tensions Rise as U.S. Warplanes Skirt North Korean Coast, Pyongyang’s Envoy Sharpens Threats,” Wall Street Journal, September 23, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-warplanes-fly-alongth-koreas-coastline-in-show-of-force-1506193762

Julia Manchester, “Former top CIA official: US ‘running out of options’ on NK,” Hill, September 24, 2017, http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/352081-former-top-cia-official-running-out-of-options-on-nk

Barbara Demick, “Escalating tension has experts simulating a new Korean War, and the scenarios are sobering,” Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-korean-war-20170925-story.html


Obamacare

Senators Rand Paul, John McCain, and Susan Collins make three Republican ‘no’ votes on the last-ditch effort to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. Republicans can only afford to lose two votes, so as long as these three maintain their presently expressed positions and as long as Democrats remain united in opposition, the bill is doomed.[4]

Louise Radnofsky and Ted Mann, “Sen. Collins Says She Will Probably Vote ‘No’ on Latest GOP Health-Care Bill,” Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/sen-collins-says-she-will-probably-vote-no-on-latest-gop-health-care-bill-1506262125


  1. [1]Louise Radnofsky and Ted Mann, “Sen. Collins Says She Will Probably Vote ‘No’ on Latest GOP Health-Care Bill,” Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/sen-collins-says-she-will-probably-vote-no-on-latest-gop-health-care-bill-1506262125
  2. [2]Julia Manchester, “Former top CIA official: US ‘running out of options’ on NK,” Hill, September 24, 2017, http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/352081-former-top-cia-official-running-out-of-options-on-nk
  3. [3]Barbara Demick, “Escalating tension has experts simulating a new Korean War, and the scenarios are sobering,” Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-korean-war-20170925-story.html
  4. [4]Louise Radnofsky and Ted Mann, “Sen. Collins Says She Will Probably Vote ‘No’ on Latest GOP Health-Care Bill,” Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/sen-collins-says-she-will-probably-vote-no-on-latest-gop-health-care-bill-1506262125

Republicans try again to repeal Obamacare: Daily Bullshit, September 19-23, 2017

There is a new blog post, “My generation,” up. It returns to many of the same themes as its predecessor, also titled “My Generation” (yes, with a difference in capitalization), from over six years ago.


Updates

  1. September 20, 10:06 pm:
    • John Cassidy lays out the evil of the latest plan Republicans are now trying to pass to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.[1]
  2. September 23, 12:04 am:
    • John McCain has announced his opposition to the latest Republican effort to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, possibly dooming yet another attempt.[2]
    • The story of a now-deceased Soviet officer who decided against all available evidence that an apparent U.S. missile launch was not really happening has come to light months after his death.[3] (Nuclear War)
    • Uber has lost its license to operate in London but says it will appeal and may continue to operate while it does so.[4]
  3. September 23, 11:13 am:

Obamacare

This attempt[5] appeared to have a better chance of success[6] until John McCain announced his opposition.[7]

We may now commence with unlimited and utterly pointless speculation about what happens next with Obamacare. I’m not having any of it.

Stephanie Armour, Kristina Peterson, and Louise Radnofsky, “Latest Push for a Health-Law Repeal Picks Up Speed in the Senate,” Wall Street Journal, September 19, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/latest-push-for-a-health-law-repeal-picks-up-speed-in-the-senate-1505850983

John Cassidy, “The Graham-Cassidy Health-Care Bill Is a Potential Disaster,” New Yorker, September 19, 2017, https://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/the-graham-cassidy-bill-is-a-potential-disaster

Peter Sullivan, “GOP chairman declares bipartisan ObamaCare fix dead,” Hill, September 19, 2017, http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/351431-gop-chairman-declares-bipartisan-obamacare-fix-dead

Noam N. Levey and Lisa Mascaro, “Sen. John McCain delivers a potentially fatal blow to GOP effort to repeal Obamacare,” Los Angeles Times, September 22, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-mccain-obamacare-senate-20170922-story.html


North Korea

John T. Bennett, “Trump Threatens to ‘Destroy’ North Korea,” Congressional Quarterly Roll Call, September 19, 2017, http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/trumpth-korea-united-nations/


Nuclear War

We don’t know and certainly don’t appreciate how lucky we were to survive the Cold War. This is why I am so alarmed by the fashionable bashing of Russia over alleged interference in U.S. elections last year; we’re already effectively in a new Cold War over Vladimir Putin’s incursions on Georgia and Ukraine and his support for the Syrian regime. It seems like politicians are begging for excuses to return us all to the bad old days of nuclear terror.

Public Radio International, “The unsung Soviet officer who averted nuclear war,” September 21, 2017, https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-09-21/soviet-officer-who-averted-nuclear-war


Uber

Sarah Butler and Gwyn Topham, “Uber stripped of London licence due to lack of corporate responsibility,” Guardian, September 22, 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/22/uber-licence-transport-for-london-tfl


  1. [1]John Cassidy, “The Graham-Cassidy Health-Care Bill Is a Potential Disaster,” New Yorker, September 19, 2017, https://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/the-graham-cassidy-bill-is-a-potential-disaster
  2. [2]Noam N. Levey and Lisa Mascaro, “Sen. John McCain delivers a potentially fatal blow to GOP effort to repeal Obamacare,” Los Angeles Times, September 22, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-mccain-obamacare-senate-20170922-story.html
  3. [3]Public Radio International, “The unsung Soviet officer who averted nuclear war,” September 21, 2017, https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-09-21/soviet-officer-who-averted-nuclear-war
  4. [4]Sarah Butler and Gwyn Topham, “Uber stripped of London licence due to lack of corporate responsibility,” Guardian, September 22, 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/22/uber-licence-transport-for-london-tfl
  5. [5]John Cassidy, “The Graham-Cassidy Health-Care Bill Is a Potential Disaster,” New Yorker, September 19, 2017, https://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/the-graham-cassidy-bill-is-a-potential-disaster
  6. [6]Stephanie Armour, Kristina Peterson, and Louise Radnofsky, “Latest Push for a Health-Law Repeal Picks Up Speed in the Senate,” Wall Street Journal, September 19, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/latest-push-for-a-health-law-repeal-picks-up-speed-in-the-senate-1505850983
  7. [7]Noam N. Levey and Lisa Mascaro, “Sen. John McCain delivers a potentially fatal blow to GOP effort to repeal Obamacare,” Los Angeles Times, September 22, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-mccain-obamacare-senate-20170922-story.html

Donald Trump is an ass, ‘Daddy’ edition: Daily Bullshit, September 17, 2017

Updates

  1. Originally published, September 17, 4:34 am. And just so we’re keeping score, predecessors in the “Donald Trump is an ass” series are here, here, here, and here.
  2. September 17, 11:54 am:
    • I’m leaving this on Joe Arpaio’s pardon here:

      The Protect Democracy Project (PDP), a group of former Obama administration lawyers, contend in their proposed amicus brief that [Donald] Trump’s pardon of [Joe] Arpaio violates due process and separation of powers. Thus, Judge [Susan] Bolton should declare the pardon null and void.[1]


Donald Trump

Usually, I hold off publishing an issue of the (Supposedly) Daily Bullshit when I only have one article unless I have some substantial commentary to offer. But Rachel Kraus’s article is valuable not only for its insights about the relationship between Ivanka Trump and her father, Donald, but for some broader cultural commentary in the category of stuff I suspected but hadn’t seen documented: Kraus doesn’t really document it here either but rather takes it for granted, which seems rather surprising for me: I think I should have seen something along these lines somewhere along the way in those thirteen years I was back in school on the way to my Ph.D. if it was really so elemental.

Let’s be clear: I’m not saying Kraus is wrong. Rather, I think Kraus is probably overwhelmingly right. Her work looks to me like good critical analysis and I find no fault whatsoever with her conclusions. I don’t know how else you interpret, for example, chastity balls where daughters pledge their virginity to their fathers (not one of Kraus’s examples). I agree with Kraus’s analysis of the father walking the bride down the aisle to essentially hand her off to the groom. These are displays of ownership and control, relics of an era when women were chattel. And of course, Kraus is right in tying Ivanka’s label for her father, “Daddy,” to kink,[2] although I’m thinking more along the lines of incest (which Kraus doesn’t quite take up but also doesn’t really exclude).

So it’s Sunday. Read Kraus’s article. It’s so worth it.

Rachel Kraus, “Dissecting Donald and Ivanka’s Relationship, with the Help of Sylvia Plath’s ‘Daddy,’” Los Angeles Review of Books, September 16, 2017, http://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/essays/dissecting-donald-ivankas-relationship-help-sylvia-plaths-daddy/


Joe Arpaio

Marjorie Cohn, “Will Judge Overturn Arpaio Pardon?” Truthout, September 17, 2017, http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41965-lawyers-ask-judge-to-overturn-arpaio-pardon


  1. [1]Marjorie Cohn, “Will Judge Overturn Arpaio Pardon?” Truthout, September 17, 2017, http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41965-lawyers-ask-judge-to-overturn-arpaio-pardon
  2. [2]Rachel Kraus, “Dissecting Donald and Ivanka’s Relationship, with the Help of Sylvia Plath’s ‘Daddy,’” Los Angeles Review of Books, September 16, 2017, http://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/essays/dissecting-donald-ivankas-relationship-help-sylvia-plaths-daddy/

Donald Trump is an ass, Dreamers edition: Daily Bullshit, September 12-16, 2017

There have been two blog posts recently. The latest is The corruption of the Left. And I forgot to include mention of The Ethics of our Society in the last issue. (Yes, it’s been that long.)

Following up on an earlier blog post, “Forecasting Donald Trump’s demise,” it is possible that authoritarian populist disaffection over the alleged Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals deal between Donald Trump, Charles Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi (see Unauthorized migration below) could bring Trump down. Authoritarian populists are the larger part of Trump’s “base.” If they do indeed abandon him, his support will largely be reduced to that of politicians hoping to advance an agenda. That’s a pretty tenuous thread. Paleoconservatives, the more prominent part of Trump’s “base,” have few differences with authoritarian populists on migration, so Trump loses them at the same time—not that this really matters since paleoconservatives are very much a fringe tendency.

The reason this becomes important is that authoritarian populists have a significant presence in Congress. Functionalist conservatives want to keep authoritarian populists on board but are already disgusted with Trump. And in this, they’re joined by the original #NeverTrump folks, the neoconservatives. So if—and this is still a pretty big if—authoritarian populists actually turn against Trump, the remaining members of Congress will have no reason to continue to back him. And they can probably advance their agenda more successfully under a President Pence.


Updates

  1. Originally published, September 13, 4:28 pm, under the headline, “Nothing in particular. Mostly some Hillary Clinton blah-blah.”
  2. September 13, 8:35 pm:
    • Donald Trump reached agreement with the Democratic Party leadership—according to the latter—on enshrining protections for migrants brought here as children in law, although the two sides dispute whether funding for a wall on the Mexican border is to be included.[1] (Unauthorized migration; corrected)
  3. September 14, 10:11 am:
    • Donald Trump denied that an agreement had been reached on protecting migrants who had been brought here as children.[2] (Unauthorized migration)
    • The headline on this post has been changed to “Donald Trump is an ass, Dreamers edition.” If you’re keeping score, predecessors in this series are here, here, and here. As for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, that was here.
    • Authoritarian populist reaction to Nancy Pelosi’s and Chuck Schumer’s announcement of a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was fast and furious.[3] (Unauthorized migration)
  4. September 14, 12:42 pm:
    • I added a comment on the alleged Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals deal (Unauthorized migration) to the top of this post.
  5. September 15, 10:46 pm:
    • A federal judge has enjoined Jeff Sessions from cutting funding for “sanctuary cities.”[4] (Unauthorized migration)
    • The Washington Post has more on Republican anger at Donald Trump over his possible Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) deal with Democrats.[5] (Unauthorized migration)
    • A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel upheld California’s Foie Gras ban.[6]
    • Added to the commmentary at the top of the post.
  6. September 16, 7:24 am:
    • The California legislature approved a compromise version of a measure to expand protections for unauthorized migrants in the state. Governor Brown was party to the negotiations[7] which I guess means he can be expected to sign it. (Unauthorized migration)

Brexit

I’m a little surprised it’s taken this long for somebody to point this[8] out.

Jennifer Rankin, “Free movement: a circle that cannot be squared in the Brexit debate,” Guardian, September 13, 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/sep/13/free-movement-circle-that-cannot-be-squared-brexit-debate


Income inequality

An essential feature of neoliberalism is that it adds a strong anti-labor bias to capitalist libertarianism. This, ultimately, is why Hillary Clinton could not be elected. More on that below.

Catherine Rampell, “No wonder so many American men feel like they’re falling behind. They earn as much as they did in 1972,” Washington Post, September 12, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/rampage/wp/2017/09/12/no-wonder-so-many-american-men-feel-like-theyre-falling-behind-they-earn-as-much-as-they-did-in-1972/


Democrats

I’m classifying this with the Democratic Party post-2016 election, because, as much as a whole bunch of folks—pathetically including Bernie Sanders—wish and, I think, sometimes delude themselves believing it were otherwise, the Democratic Party remains the party of Hillary Clinton. And there’s too much money and too much power there, even as an “out of power” party, for it to be otherwise. Which is the very point none of these fools will take in: The Democratic Party, no less than the Republican Party, is the antithesis of any project to reduce the influence of money in politics.

Other than being entirely too generous to Clinton, which I’m almost willing to forgive as a possible attempt to appear even-handed, Sarah Jones does a nice job in a not-quite-harsh-enough review of Hillary Clinton’s new book, What Happened.[9] For the most part, I think Jones does “get it.” As for the sympathy, see David Remnick, who downplays everything that is important about the 2016 election in order to—I guess, since there’s no other reason I can see—sympathize.[10] There is, despite that, useful stuff in Remnick’s interview and background—I don’t cite it as a book review because it’s surely much more and, really, not all that much about the book.

Sarah Jones, “Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Get It,” review of What Happened, by Hillary Clinton, New Republic, September 13, 2017, https://newrepublic.com/article/144797/hillary-clinton-doesnt-get

David Remnick, “Hillary Clinton Looks Back in Anger,” New Yorker, September 25, 2017, https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/09/25/hillary-clinton-looks-back-in-anger


Unauthorized migration

Whatever the truth of the outcome of a meeting between Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer, and despite cautions present even in the initial reporting,[11] versions of the first Hill headline below spread widely, including on conservative outlets. Breitbart, which is run as authoritarian populist by paleoconservative Steve Bannon, labeled Trump “Amnesty Don” and drew a predictable reaction.[12]

My thoughts are with the ‘Dreamers,’ the migrants brought here without authorization as children. I suppose there’s a silver lining in that at least Trump says he wants a deal, but it seems to me that all this drama can only add to their stress.

John Binder, “‘Amnesty Don’ Trends at Number One on Twitter in Washington, D.C.,” Breitbart, September 13, 2017, http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/13/amnesty-don-trends-at-number-one-on-twitter-in-washington-d-c/

John Binder, “Report: Trump Caves on DACA, Wants ‘Quick’ Amnesty for 800K Illegal Aliens,” Breitbart, September 13, 2017, http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/13/report-trump-caves-on-daca-wants-quick-amnesty-for-800k-illegal-aliens/

Jordan Fabian and Max Greenwood, “Trump, Dem leaders reach agreement on young immigrants,” Hill, September 13, 2017, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/350596-trump-holds-working-dinner-with-schumer-pelosi

Ian Mason, “Steve King: If Reports Correct ‘Trump Base Is Blown Up, Destroyed, Irreparable,’” Breitbart, September 13, 2017, http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/13/steve-king-if-reports-correct-trump-base-is-blown-up-destroyed-irreparable/

John T. Bennett, “Trump Denies Schumer-Pelosi Claim of Agreement on DACA, Wall,” Congressional Quarterly Roll Call, September 14, 2017, http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/trump-denies-schumer-pelosi-claim-of-agreement-on-daca-wall/

Robert Costa, “Trump’s die-hard supporters are fuming after an apparent about-face on ‘dreamers,’” Washington Post, September 14, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/09/14/according-to-democrats-trump-has-done-an-about-face-on-dreamers-his-diehard-supporters-are-fuming/

Jonathan Easley, “Right explodes in anger over Trump’s immigration push,” Hill, September 14, 2017, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/right-explodes-in-anger-over-trump-deal-daca-dreamers-democrats-pelosi-schumer-hannity-coulter-ingraham

Brandon Carter, “Federal judge blocks Trump from denying funds to sanctuary cities,” Hill, September 15, 2017, http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/350937-federal-judge-blocks-trump-from-defunding-sanctuary-cities

Jazmine Ulloa, “California lawmakers approve landmark ‘sanctuary state’ bill to expand protections for immigrants,” Los Angeles Times, September 16, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-california-lawmakers-take-final-action-1505534909-htmlstory.html


Foie Gras

Maura Dolan, Jenn Harris, and Geoffrey Mohan, “Chefs react angrily as federal appeals court upholds California ban on foie gras,” Los Angeles Times, September 15, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-foie-gras-9th-circuit-20170915-story.html


  1. [1]Jordan Fabian and Max Greenwood, “Trump, Dem leaders reach agreement on young immigrants,” Hill, September 13, 2017, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/350596-trump-holds-working-dinner-with-schumer-pelosi
  2. [2]John T. Bennett, “Trump Denies Schumer-Pelosi Claim of Agreement on DACA, Wall,” Congressional Quarterly Roll Call, September 14, 2017, http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/trump-denies-schumer-pelosi-claim-of-agreement-on-daca-wall/
  3. [3]John Binder, “‘Amnesty Don’ Trends at Number One on Twitter in Washington, D.C.,” Breitbart, September 13, 2017, http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/13/amnesty-don-trends-at-number-one-on-twitter-in-washington-d-c/; John Binder, “Report: Trump Caves on DACA, Wants ‘Quick’ Amnesty for 800K Illegal Aliens,” Breitbart, September 13, 2017, http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/13/report-trump-caves-on-daca-wants-quick-amnesty-for-800k-illegal-aliens/; Jonathan Easley, “Right explodes in anger over Trump’s immigration push,” Hill, September 14, 2017, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/right-explodes-in-anger-over-trump-deal-daca-dreamers-democrats-pelosi-schumer-hannity-coulter-ingraham; Ian Mason, “Steve King: If Reports Correct ‘Trump Base Is Blown Up, Destroyed, Irreparable,’” Breitbart, September 13, 2017, http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/13/steve-king-if-reports-correct-trump-base-is-blown-up-destroyed-irreparable/
  4. [4]Brandon Carter, “Federal judge blocks Trump from denying funds to sanctuary cities,” Hill, September 15, 2017, http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/350937-federal-judge-blocks-trump-from-defunding-sanctuary-cities
  5. [5]Robert Costa, “Trump’s die-hard supporters are fuming after an apparent about-face on ‘dreamers,’” Washington Post, September 14, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/09/14/according-to-democrats-trump-has-done-an-about-face-on-dreamers-his-diehard-supporters-are-fuming/
  6. [6]Maura Dolan, Jenn Harris, and Geoffrey Mohan, “Chefs react angrily as federal appeals court upholds California ban on foie gras,” Los Angeles Times, September 15, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-foie-gras-9th-circuit-20170915-story.html
  7. [7]Jazmine Ulloa, “California lawmakers approve landmark ‘sanctuary state’ bill to expand protections for immigrants,” Los Angeles Times, September 16, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-california-lawmakers-take-final-action-1505534909-htmlstory.html
  8. [8]Jennifer Rankin, “Free movement: a circle that cannot be squared in the Brexit debate,” Guardian, September 13, 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/sep/13/free-movement-circle-that-cannot-be-squared-brexit-debate
  9. [9]Sarah Jones, “Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Get It,” review of What Happened, by Hillary Clinton, New Republic, September 13, 2017, https://newrepublic.com/article/144797/hillary-clinton-doesnt-get
  10. [10]David Remnick, “Hillary Clinton Looks Back in Anger,” New Yorker, September 25, 2017, https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/09/25/hillary-clinton-looks-back-in-anger
  11. [11]Jordan Fabian and Max Greenwood, “Trump, Dem leaders reach agreement on young immigrants,” Hill, September 13, 2017, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/350596-trump-holds-working-dinner-with-schumer-pelosi
  12. [12]John Binder, “‘Amnesty Don’ Trends at Number One on Twitter in Washington, D.C.,” Breitbart, September 13, 2017, http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/13/amnesty-don-trends-at-number-one-on-twitter-in-washington-d-c/; John Binder, “Report: Trump Caves on DACA, Wants ‘Quick’ Amnesty for 800K Illegal Aliens,” Breitbart, September 13, 2017, http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/13/report-trump-caves-on-daca-wants-quick-amnesty-for-800k-illegal-aliens/; Jonathan Easley, “Right explodes in anger over Trump’s immigration push,” Hill, September 14, 2017, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/right-explodes-in-anger-over-trump-deal-daca-dreamers-democrats-pelosi-schumer-hannity-coulter-ingraham; Ian Mason, “Steve King: If Reports Correct ‘Trump Base Is Blown Up, Destroyed, Irreparable,’” Breitbart, September 13, 2017, http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/13/steve-king-if-reports-correct-trump-base-is-blown-up-destroyed-irreparable/

Hillary Clinton still blames everybody else: Daily Bullshit, September 7-10, 2017

Democrats

I wish Democrats were as concerned with, for example, my entitlement to a job as they seem to be about Hillary Clinton’s perceived entitlement to the presidency. But then I guess they wouldn’t have nominated her in the first place, would they?

Edward-Isaac Dovere and Gabriel Debenedetti, “Democrats dread Hillary’s book tour,” Politico, September 7, 2016, http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/07/hillary-clinton-book-tour-democrats-242419

Jonathan Easley, “Clinton’s score-settling frustrates Democrats,” Hill, September 7, 2017, http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/349548-clintons-score-settling-frustrates-democrats