Fri, 30 December 2016
David Waldman presents the final KITM of this sucky year. Did you make your New Year’s resolution yet? How about a donation to our worthy cause? Who knows, it could be tax deductible, which sure beats losing weight, or running every morning!
A handgun in Maine might resolve to be more careful, after accidentally tragedizing a local man to death. There is no word on whether the victim had time to contemplate his life choices. Charges could come this week for a deputy whose weapon, while not quite empty of projectiles during an experiment involving a force machine, yadda yadda a woman’s neck.
Our upcoming Leader of the Free World can say ”Islamic Terrorists”, and “Mexican Rapists”, but has an severe impediment involving “Russian Hackers”. Thankfully, Barack Obama has just the solution, although Trump doesn’t seem like the guy who’d take therapeutic intervention well. A couple of Russians being ousted were pretty eager to leave as it is. More important to Trump is of course, will China be his friend?
Corporate media finds the sweet spot—smart people can read the article, dumb people can read the headline. Paul Ryan’s plan to crackdown on streaming might be unconstitutional, but remember, business as usual is over.
And, our friendly Canadian Correspondent Brian Munroe reports that Canadians differ from Trump on their view of public health care!
Thu, 29 December 2016
Yes, we are all aware that among the many things the PEOTUS will be in violation of when he is sworn in on January 20th, one will be the Emoluments Clause of the constitution. We at KITM expect a certain level of constitutional scholarship from our listeners, you know.
Armando joins David Waldman in a wide-ranging pondering about the nature of a constitutional democracy. Why is our only national representative elected not so democratically, with electors? What is the actual point of having an electoral college?
Meanwhile, the guy elected by the minority of the people will present his unique vision on unifying the majority of the country in a couple of weeks, by governing with the aid of the majority of the government, who were also elected by the minority of the people.
Wed, 28 December 2016
Well, it’s that time again to toss away our regrets like old wrapping paper, vow to become better at uplifting those around us and start shooting each other with our presents. ‘Tis the season for abject lessons in gun safety... Unfortunately, David Waldman will have plenty more #GunFAIL as we head into the season.
Although it seems that so many famous people dying would have to be “fake news”, real news just isn’t what someone wishes it to be. Greg Dworkin urges us to make standing up to bullies our objective for 2017. That includes not being a sycophant, too.
Armando reminds us that the most important thing to remember this year is that Donald Trump is Crrrrraaaaaaazzzzzzyyyy. But, if we make it all the way to an election, we should consider evenly apportioning Congressional districts to the electoral college.
It looks like Russia hired internet trolls to pose as pro-Trump Americans, and may have been interested in our Troll-In-Chief for years prior to the election. Yes, we knew about this for a while, but did not connect the dots, it seems.
Rosalyn MacGregor reports that a billionaire actually came up with a way to make Kalamazoo, Michigan Great Again.
Tue, 27 December 2016
OK, so the present’s not so great. Therefore today David Waldman looks toward the future, where it may not be so great either, but we don’t know that for certain! We might all get through this future together if you drop off a donation at Patreon. If you are a regular, then you know you need us, and we sure couldn’t do it without you. Thank you!
David wonders about the legality of drones on the highway, and the legal gray area between a car assisting a driver, or a driver assisting a car down the road. Or is it up to the roads to assist the drivers and the cars?
High-tech teens hit the malls, the after-Christmas sales, and each other, all across the country, including a mall just a couple miles from me. Donald Trump expected more cheer would herald his coming.
The GOP takes steps against social media observing what they’re up to.
Greg Dworkin lets us know that today may end up being pretty good... compared to tomorrow. What will Trump do when the economy goes south? Lying, and pretending it isn’t his problem are definitely on Donald’s palette. Stealing is available too, with that Supreme Court seat slipped in his pocket, and over 100 judicial vacancies right there for the taking.
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Fri, 23 December 2016
It's an "encore performance" of our December 27, 2013 episode.
We're (briefly) back from the holiday break, having been captivated by the post-Christmas tweeting of photos of people displaying the new guns they got as gifts. Particularly those shown with their fingers on the trigger! Greg Dworkin wraps up his picks from the week's news, including Brainwrap's data on ACA sign-ups (over 5.75 million), Christopher Flavelle's "Somebody Has to Be Wrong About Obamacare," private sector Christmas package delivery problems, the NYT's "With Health Law Cemented, G.O.P. Debates Next Move," WaPo's "Hey Dems: the only way out on health care is through," and Susan Demas' "I know who the next president will be!" We reviewed the early returns on post-Christmas #GunFAIL. Kenzo Shibata's "Why the Left Must Embrace Affluenza." Dartagnan's top-recommended diary, "Why No Wall Street CEOs Were Prosecuted For Causing the Financial Crisis." Josh Tauberer notes 50% of the U.S. population lives in 1% of the land area. Think about that when looking at red/blue Congressional district maps. Lastly, we start looking at Jen Dziura's "When 'Life Hacking' Is Really White Privilege."
Fri, 23 December 2016
David Waldman did not present KITM “live” this morning. He presented a special “live-like” pre-recorded KITM heading into the holiday weekend... Hey—what better way to address the unreality of the media world that created the character moving into the White House?
The Apprentice seemed to be “reality” simply because it was labeled as “reality TV”, and originally the show, and the character of “Donald Trump”, were designed as comedy. Once audiences started believing the “reality” of “The Apprentice”, and “Donald Trump”, it wasn’t so funny anymore. David looks at how the reality was manipulated on The Apprentice, and how it is really not funny anymore.
That doesn’t mean that the Trump team is neglecting their twin goals of destroying government and enriching themselves. White House counsel pick Donald F. McGahn will defend the swamp by promoting agency dysfunction through gridlock and delay. At the DOJ, civil rights lawyers prepare themselves to take on the Least Racist Person in America.
You might have heard it first in those Jade Helm 15 emails from your uncle, but discover it second here: A Clinton-era directive for natural disaster relief is enabling militarized police to come down on you, hard.
Thu, 22 December 2016
As with most things Trump, the longer we stare, the worse the story becomes. This time: how he’s choosing his cabinet.
Not all scientists are repulsed by Trump. But those who aren't are repulsive to the rest.
North Carolina’s Republican legislative coup rolls on, leaving Charlotte Dems holding the bag.
How did America fall for this wave of “fake news?” Maybe it started with falling for “reality TV” that was never real, either. And neither were most of his biggest applause lines. But if The Wall isn’t happening, and he’s not going to “lock her up,” or “drain the swamp, then how do we know his supporters who love their Obamacare and are sure he won’t touch it aren’t right?
Wed, 21 December 2016
Voters really did switch to Trump at the last minute, and the FBI is under pressure to explain what they call a “warrant”, and what others call “appalling”. Mitch McConnell wasn’t prepared for this kind of success.
Joan McCarter tells us more about paying to play with the Trumps. Politico gives Breitbart goons and the fake press a forum to make threats against Congress. The Trump team half-asses a half-blind trust.
President Obama scrambles to save the world in the days he has left.
A police officer lends his gun to a school robot that might have had a beef with the shop teacher.
Tue, 20 December 2016
David Waldman joins us in pining for the fjords as we approach Winter Solstice. Maybe we are just stunned. No one ever accused Trump followers of not having the ability to follow. Trumpsters know how to stick with their comrades. Democrats, meantime model the latest in sackcloth, while continuing to throw stones.
Greg Dworkin coaches us to play politics as a team sport, that you can’t win if you don’t participate. Colorado is exploring how to keep its Obamacare marketplace after the Obamacare repeal. Maybe the states will figure out how to save Obamacare.
After election day, the tributes start to amass at Donald’s feet. Ivanka wants some Kuwaiti cash too. How can emoluments be a conflict when the Trumps like them so much? After all, there was a time when emoluments were such a corrupting influence that they would bar a candidate from office rather than risk damaging the constitution. If anyone cares anymore, Donald Trump is constitutionally tainted from Day One. He might even well be… well uhm...
Trump zealot over-zealously steals public property to impress Trump for Christmas.
Mon, 19 December 2016
December 19 probably won’t be awfully infamous, but it does have the potential of being pretty memorable. By the time you read this, the electoral college vote will probably be history, and maybe just another bitter little memory. It depends on how moral our faithless electors will decide to be.
Greg Dworkin helps us come to grips with President Elect Narcissist. Yes, Trump should seek help, but what adverse symptoms could we experience from his disorder? No mandate will mean a short leash, should Donald choose to wear one. The problem is, Trump supporters are as deluded as he is. What do all of us sane people plan to do? Poland picks “Law and Justice” over sanity.
Fri, 16 December 2016
David Waldman wouldn’t mind a little “coup” now and then. We aren’t playing tiddlywinks. Not most of us, at least. This is a unique situation, requiring extra measures. It’s patriotic to stand up for one’s beliefs, and to use revered institutions for their intended purpose, while we still have a chance.
North Carolina Republicans know how to run a coup without regrets, and are reconstructing Jim Crow while they are at it. Donald Trump and Dylann Roof want America Great Again, and seem to be taking two paths from the same source. Did 4chan start all of this?
Thu, 15 December 2016
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Trump senior advisor Stephen Miller, set to do good things for white America, has been upfront on his beliefs for a long time, and has been Trump’s resident ideologue. Politico author Julia Ioffe gets a little too upfront on her opinions.
Speaking of shredding democracy, David takes an in-depth look at how the losers in North Carolina plan to win by legislative fiat, using a series of bills to create a unprecedented virtual coup of the new Democratic governor.
There’s still time to put together your betting pools on when the first accidental shooting will take place in the Hanover Colorado school district.
Wed, 14 December 2016
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Trump's National Security Adviser, General Michael Flynn, who called for Hillary Clinton to be jailed, gave secret information to foreign military leaders. Flynn didn’t just miss the “c” embedded in emails, he had his own forbidden internet connection installed in the Pentagon. He’s done this stuff for a while.
Greg Dworkin persuades us to his conclusion that it is necessary to not be swayed by pundit opinion of “what’s important”. Every piece of resistance is important. Together we can stop Trump. You know they’re doing it too. Time to fight like Republicans. Who are we anyhow?
A couple small spanners become lodged in Trump’s gears: GOP-backed law forbids Donald Trump from using the Presidency for personal profit. The General Services Administration says Trump is in breach of contract with the Old Post Office.
Overseas, the Brexit betrayal approaches, but who will be blamed?
Joan McCarter comes with early Christmas tidings. Trump voters figured their vote would put them at the head of the line, but are dismayed to find the GOP plans to eliminate the line. Republicans plan to end health insurance for 1 in 4 people. They will repeal $28 billion in savings, and thousands of lives. That’s not so many people when you think about it.
Let’s see, is there any good news to share? Muslims in Silicon Valley, and Energy Department employees do not yet need to be hidden in the attic... The 21st Century Cures Act is signed into law. Thanks Obama!
No one moved the US embassy in Israel because they didn’t want to be seen as playing favorites, but playing favorites is Donald’s favorite thing to do.
Tue, 13 December 2016
You wouldn’t believe the callers entering KITM Tower, seeking an audience with David Waldman… but look—Kanye West is spotted at Trump Tower!!! You know, Kanye would have voted Trump, if he voted. OMG, who would ever vote for a lunatic cry-baby celebrity big-mouthed egotist, even as a joke? The Democrats on the other hand, are ambivalent.
Greg Dworkin snaps us back to today’s mess: President Obama indicates that there are 'clear relationships' between the Trump campaign and Russia. There are actually many clear relationships to explore. Of course, some questions need to be asked to clear them up a bit more. Some Republicans remember the Russians are not our friends.
Even without Russian help, there is plenty of U.S. to destroy, and cash to be made. The rush is on for Donald and the GOP to take out Obamacare before most of the country can stop them. Besides Obamacare, does anyone care about health care?
Did sexism get Trump elected? Being a jerk makes Trump satisfying to oppose, but remember to oppose his policies too. If Trump ever really “governs”, how might he govern? You could ask Trump, but on the other hand, no you can’t.
We should also remember why the popular vote counts, as well as the vote counting, and hope the electors will remember too. A reasonable person could make a good case that Comey flipped the election, as well.
Mon, 12 December 2016
On KITM today, David Waldman and Greg Dworkin take us back to September ‘16, when the days were warmer, and the future looked bright. Now, winter is coming.
Hillary Clinton warned us about Russian hacking the U.S. election, so did the DHS. Donald wants to know why he wasn’t told. Of course he was told, he was just too “smart” to listen. Republicans just hate government interference, their own more than Russian’s. Good reason to skip briefings no one wants to hear about. Here is the evidence to prove the Russian Hack. Whatever could Trump and Russia see in each other? Here is a round-up of known Trump-Russia ties.
White evangelicals hate the sin, but love Trump.
David tries to make sense of Mike Flynn, who alienated superiors and subordinates, embraced conspiracies and told staff "I am always right”, all of which seemed to really work out for him.
Is there room anymore for a good idea for government? If so, Matthew Yglesias has got one.
Young white stupid people buy a gun, and then, of course, can’t resist live-streaming.
Fri, 9 December 2016
David Waldman takes us through our 30th day of recovery and into the weekend:
Meet Donald Trump, enemy of all that the Tea Party told you they hold dear. Trump may not accept money from whichever job he’s moonlighting at, although it does look like he might really need the cash. His donors try to help him out in any way they can. Who cares about Donald Trump? Not many it seems. Here’s what happened to a private citizen he found caring too much.
Josie Duffy Rice brings us a Brennan Center report asking How many Americans are unnecessarily incarcerated? The prison population is declining, but so slowly that it will take 70 years to get back to where it was 20 years ago. Keep an eye out for Josie’s own piece on the topic, coming soon!
And, some other reading & info for the weekend:
20 points to remember for the next 30 days and beyond.
Thu, 8 December 2016
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David Waldman reaches deep into his bag of Christmas Zeitgeist to find a story about a lad, fat-shamed by Santa Claus.
One of Trump’s earliest supporters and biggest donors, Linda McMahon is tagged to head the Small Business Administration, which sure seems like pay to play. Donald Trump’s conflicts of interests remain, and will continue, and shall expand for eternity, give or take $6 million here or there. It’s not like we didn’t know that long before now. Trump’s side job, the Presidency, continues for the time being.
Dana Rohrabacher hones his Secretary of State skills cross-examining Moldovians. A guy knows the truth about John Wayne and “safe spaces”. When gun owners get greater protections in employment than anybody in the LGBT community, is it time to arm the LGBT community? For every criminal killed in self-defense with a gun, 34 innocent people die.
Van Jones believes Trump sucks worse than people even know, but places Trump’s followers in a basket of adorables.
Wed, 7 December 2016
David Waldman takes on the tough job of helping us over another Wednesday hump. It’s even tougher after Trump steals your patented over the shoulder look. Donald Trump wears the greatest horns, though. Donald knows you love him, but he still has some complaints. Trump is a pretty sensitive guy, as Boeing stockholders and employees are finding out.
The U.S. Secret Service is the hot, new “amenity” at Trump Tower.
Greg Dworkin had news and punditry all rounded up, but was unable to call in. Hillary Clinton did not ignore the working class. Policy and experience didn’t matter. The press failed the voters. Still, after all that, it looks like we got a pretty typical presidential election outcome. At least we know the Bathroom Bill cost Pat McCrory his job.
Joan McCarter calls in to discuss the nitty-gritty of American politics, including what hopefully history will recall as the Waldman Gambit. While we are all looking at the big clown show in the center ring, Ohio slips a “heartbeat” abortion bill to Gov. John Kasich to sign. In Washington they aren’t so handy, in fact they aren’t agreeing on how to repeal Obamacare, let alone replace it.
Actually, half of the votes for advancing to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen came from outside the Freedom Caucus.
A 70-year-old federal law forbids anyone who has served on active duty in the armed forces in the last seven years from holding a senior defense post. The Republicans don’t need rules where they’re going, so they are eliminating any when they get in their way.
It’s the Moral vs. Faithless electors vs. Donald Trump and for the Unknown Republican in the Electoral College.
Tue, 6 December 2016
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Bob Dole organized Donald’s call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. This doesn’t seem the recommended, normal way of diplomacy, but bombs didn’t drop yet so maybe we’re OK? Trump still uses his phone for special occasions, but do you miss out if he blocks you on Twitter?
David discusses January 3, High Noon. The flood of trolls on his twitter feed indicates that his targeting might be close. David recommends calling your Senator, Vice President, President, Mayor to push them along on this, and other issues.
Speaking of trolls, here’s a bot that trolls Twitter’s worst Anti-Semitic trolls, and probably Anti-Semitic troll-bots as well.
Mon, 5 December 2016
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David Waldman reports that the good guys finally won, and won huge. This is what victory over the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock looks like. Of course this is not remotely over. Catch this episode of Hopping Mad which goes into depth on Standing Rock.
Here’s a reason charter schools don’t mention vouchers. Donald Trump has every reason to not release a budget. Donald Trump has every reason to keep white people thinking about race. When will Trump voters realize they’ve been had? Remember and resist Trump’s agents of Idiocracy. Trump continues with the bigly euphenisms.
Radical clerics Miqqal Fahleen and al-Aqs Yehones inspire violent martyrdom, ping pong. Trump National Security Advisor decreases national security and safety through fake news. Gov. Paul “Little Trump” LePage tries out the fake news approach.
Gov. Pat McCrory (Loser, NC) sets up the opportunity to pack the state Supreme Court with new Republican justices, a trick that could climb to the nationals.
Unanimous partisan resistance won back the House of Representatives and the Presidency for Republicans, by the way. David suggests a noon, January 3, 2017 bare-knuckle solution—details in an upcoming Daily Kos article!
This powerful video will make you rethink everything you think you know about school and bullying.
Fri, 2 December 2016
The Donald Trump taunting tour began last night, setting a tone of unification, against everybody else, along with some more “old-fashioned” lessons. Kellyanne Conway also wants kindness and understanding, for herself. Trump voters now see they are in line to get theirs, thus stopping them from giving an F... But, wait a sec, this supporter finds out the world might not be on the end of her stick!
Carrier employees also get a taste of Goldman Sachs Populism, as new facts float to the surface. The GOP runs Obamacare off the cliff, as an incentive. Infectious disease epidemics and antivaxxers meet in Texas.
For the time being, Trump gets some money to play with. Thanks Obama! The Trump economy, pre-inauguration, heads in the right direction. Trump’s voters haven’t had a lot to do with that until now, and probably won’t in the future.
Thu, 1 December 2016
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Greg Dworkin calls in, to help us figure things out. What if we “normalize” Trump and debate policy? What if we point out that Trump and his appointees aren’t really populists and there will be a Terrible Political Price to pay? (The same price that captured three branches of government?) Maybe there was a point somewhere. After all, Trump was right, the election was rigged.
It looks like the problem most in the GOP had with Obamacare was the first few syllables. Greg and David discuss how the polls have changed on healthcare recently. Trump inherits a nice economy, and appoints people to move it to the Caymans. Mnuchin is the guy that tries to take a 90 year old’s house for a 27¢ error. Mnuchin is the guy that made millions foreclosing on many, mostly with a “racial component”. And, look, he has a crooked foundation too... Sad.
Here and there justice slowly prevails: A US District court in North Carolina threw out the current legislative district map, ruling that 28 districts were unconstitutional racial gerrymanders. And a small Trump fish gets fried, but it’s a start.