February 11, 2018

Colin Hay - Overkill, 2017

I've been humming this song a lot lately. I can't get to sleep; I think about the implications... I don't know about you guys, but sleep can be elusive on days like last Friday, where the news comes fast and furious and the larger implications of it can dredge up even more horror.

I can't explain it. Maybe it's just that there seems to be so much meanness infecting the country. It's hard to take. I miss the days--however imperfect they were in details--where people tried to be decent. Maybe it would be better if we all took John Pavlovitz' words to heart:

Life is stunningly short and it is eggshell fragile.
Most people are having a really tough time.
They are almost always in more pain than you think they are.
Everyone is doing the very best they can to get through this day, and many are going through all manner of horrors in the process.
No one is immune from the invasive collateral damage of living.

And you don’t have to save these people or fix them or give them any special treatment.

They are rarely asking for such things.

The only thing these wounded and weary human beings need from you as you share this space with them—is for you not be a jerk.

It’s really that simple.

They need you to not contribute to their grieving, not to compound their sadness, not to amplify their fear, not to add to their adversity.

In other words, we need you to NOT be the Trump administration.

ABC's "This Week" - White House adviser Kellyanne Conway; Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y.; former Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J. Panel: Cecilia Vega and Matthew Dowd, Alex Castellanos, Megan Murphy and former Obama senior adviser David Axelrod.

NBC's "Meet the Press" - White House legislative affairs director Marc Short; Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. Clint Watts of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at The George Washington University. Panel: Kristen Welker, Peggy Noonan, radio host Erick Erickson and Eddie Glaude Jr., chair of the Center for African-American Studies at Princeton University.

CBS' "Face the Nation" - White House budget director Mick Mulvaney; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Joseph Califano Jr., author of “Our Damaged Democracy: We the People Must Act.” Panel: Peter Beinart of The Atlantic, Susan Davis of NPR, Susan Glasser of Politico and Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review.

CNN's "State of the Union" - Conway; former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Joshua Green, author of “Devil’s Bargain.” Panel: former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; Jen Psaki, former Obama White House communications director; Karine Jean-Pierre of MoveOn.org; and conservative commentator Linda Chavez.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Gordon Chang, author of “Nuclear Showdown”; Sue Mi Terry of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former senior analyst on Korean issues at the CIA; Ksenia Sobchak, opposition candidate for president of Russia and former Russian TV news anchor; Husain Haqqani of The New York Times; Mujib Mashal, former ambassador of Pakistan to the United States; Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, foreign minister of Qatar.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" - Olivia Nuzzi of New York magazine, April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks and Lynn Sweet of Chicago Sun Times. Bethany Mandel of The Federalist; Oliver Darcy of CNN; Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.; Ken Doctor, founder of Newsonomics; and Hadas Gold of CNN.

"Fox News Sunday" - Mulvaney; Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. Charles Bowery, executive director of the U.S. Army Center of Military History. Panel:former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah; Rachael Bade of Politico; Guy Benson of Townhall.com; and Marie Harf, former State Department spokesperson.

So what's catching your eye this morning?

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