February 17, 2019

Happy first weekend of the National Emergency!

I'm sure that Donald Trump spends every second on the golf course this weekend thinking about how to deal with this great "emergency" of a wall--which he's already building (?)--on the southern border.


There's no time to think about babies in cages, separated from their mothers seeking legal asylum.
There's no time to think about yet another shooting, resulting in multiple deaths by a white American man with a history of domestic violence, a correlation we see again and again in these mass shootings.
There's certainly no time to consider that there have been 6,400 incidents and 1,735 gun deaths this year alone.
There's no time to think about babies getting measles because of affluent white parents (some in the White House) pushing anti-science anti-vaxxer nonsense, risking lives and literally bringing back diseases we had basically eradicated.
There's definitely no time to consider that we have --AT BEST -- ten years to address aggressively Climate Change before it's too late.

I could literally spend ten minutes and come up with twenty more critical and urgent items that need to be addressed for the sake of the globe and this country. But every time I think about it, I just get more frustrated by this Bizarro World we're stuck in that won't allow for this kind of debate on these shows purportedly produced for this purpose. They all know that Trump is crazy and lying, but they'll still bring on proxies to defend it as if this is the most normal thing in the world.

So, I think I'll just watch Bob Ross and his happy trees and clouds instead. At least that makes sense.

ABC's "This Week" — Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.; Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; California Attorney General Xavier Becerra; former Gov. William Weld, R-Mass. Panel: ABC’s Matthew Dowd, Molly Ball of Time, Susan Ferrechio of Washington Examiner and Shawna Thomas of Vice News.

NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio; Tom Perez, Democratic National Committee chairman. Panel: Eddie Glaude Jr., professor, Princeton University; Jonah Goldberg of the Los Angeles Times and National Review; Eliana Johnson of Politico; and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report.

CBS' "Face the Nation" — Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Chris Coons, D-Del.; Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas; former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va. Panel: Rachael Bade, David Nakamura and Eugene Scott of The Washington Post and Leslie Sanchez of CBS.

CNN's "State of the Union" — Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. Panel: Congressman Anthony Brown, D-Md.; former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich.; former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; and Linda Chavez, former Reagan White House official.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" — Bill Gates, founder, Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Daphne Koller, professor of computer science at Stanford University.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" — Susan Hennessey, executive editor of Lawfare and senior fellow, Brookings Institution; Julia Ioffe of GQ magazine; and Maria Ressa, CEO and executive editor, Rappler. Panel: Philip Bump of The Washington Post, Caitlin Dickerson of The New York Times and Liz Plank of Vox Media.

"Fox News Sunday" — White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller; radio host Rush Limbaugh. Panel: Marc Short, former Trump White House director of legislative affairs; Katie Pavlich, editor of Townhall; Bob Woodward of The Washington Post; and Charles Lane of The Washington Post.

Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J.; Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas; Michael Pillsbury of the Hudson Institute and former Reagan assistant under secretary of defense for policy planning.

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