Eight Days in the Trump White House 

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Rumana Ahmed is a Muslim woman who worked for over five years in the Obama White House and the NSC. She tried to stick it out when Donald Trump became president, but she couldn’t last very long.

Dazzlingly Illegal Things 

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Cincinnati judge Mark P. Painter has had more than enough of Donald Trump.

I am a lifelong Republican. I voted for every Republican presidential candidate from 1968 to 2004. But I have watched what once was a sane, center-right party go off the rails, first to the extreme right, then to wherever Trump is, which is in another universe.

Either Way, It’s an Empty Suit 

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Frankly, it probably didn’t much matter that Senator Pat Toomey refused to appear for a town hall meeting this past Tuesday.

Artis-anal Chicken

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

When you think of Tyson chicken, you might think of cheap grocery store chicken, and perhaps factory farms. At the very least, their logo certainly doesn’t convey anything upscale.

Ah, but now things have changed. Behold the new logo for Tyson Foods!

Why, surely we’ve got it all wrong, and we’ve confused Tyson with some other brand such as Perdue. No, no, Tyson must be a scrappy young upstart in the poultry game, one run by bearded, bespectacled gentlemen with a great deal of facial hair and many tattoos. Also, there are frequently suspenders involved in their wardrobes. Doubtless these men lovingly care for their chickens, naming each one individually and showering it with love and affection. Tyson chickens are assuredly never kept in cages, but instead permitted not just the run of the yard, but indeed the run of the entire house as well. Looking at that logo, I’m certain that these birds live happy lives of many years until their time is naturally up.

Then again, I suppose it’s possible this is nothing more than a co-opting of style designed to make everyone forget a long legacy of cruel and disgusting factory farming by the world’s largest chicken producer.

Be Reasonable, Uncle Sam 

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Everyone knows that Snuggies are “the blanket with sleeves”. However, the Justice Department sought to have the product classified as a garment so that it could be taxed at a higher rate.

The Justice Department argued that the addition of sleeves made the Snuggie clothing and not a blanket. It also attempted to compare the Snuggie to priestly vestments or scholastic robes, according to Bloomberg News.

Wisely, Judge Mark Barnett disagreed.

What You Need to Know About the Enemies of the American People the President Warned You About 

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Using the language and tactics of dictators, Donald Trump declared the media to be “the enemy of the American People”. Mike Wilson, editor at the Dallas News, provides some crucial information on exactly who this “enemy” is.

The Wild West Of American Borders 

Friday, February 17th, 2017

After posting about Sidd Bikkannavar on Tuesday, friend-of-the-site Colin Teubner reached out to suggest that the scientist should have refused to provide his password and demanded entry into the country. Worst case, CBP would have kept his device, but it would have remained locked. It’s definitely worth knowing that American citizens may not be denied entry into their homeland. Of course, it’s easy to talk about this in theory, and a lot more difficult to deal with it in practice.

Over at Ars Technica, Cyrus Farivar has done some digging on just what the laws are surrounding electronics at the border. At present, they can best be described as “muddled”.

Refugees Fleeing America 

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

America has long been a beacon of freedom, shining for all the world to see. While the promise of America has not always been fulfilled, we’ve damn sure tried. Unfortunately, President Trump’s repugnant Executive Order #13769 has greatly dimmed our light. As a result, fearful refugees are fleeing America and heading for Canada. I’m tremendously saddened by these images, and by what they represent.

A man from Yemen is taken into custody by RCMP officers after walking across the U.S.-Canada border on February 14, 2017. The Yemeni man was shaking so badly that the officer asked if he was cold. “I am scared,” he replied.

If you’re looking for something to cheer you up in these images, I offer two things. First, in that caption for photo #13, you can read that the Canadian officer informed a refugee that he didn’t need to have his hands up as they searched him, and that’s just nice and friendly. Second, in photo #16, can you think of a worse possible store to have shopped at prior to going for an illegal border crossing between two heavily-armed countries?

Nostalgia Phone 

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Nokia’s 3310 was a tremendously successful and well-loved phone from the pre-smartphone days. Now, it’s coming back.

On the Other Hand, His Name Is Unusual 

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Sidd Bikkannavar is a natural-born US citizen and NASA scientist who hasn’t been to any of the countries listed in Donald Trump’s immigration ban, and who has undergonebackground checks by Customs and Border Patrol. Nevertheless, when he returned to the United States from South America, he was detained until he agreed to unlock his phone so border agents could search it. This is simply wrong.