Wed, 1 March 2017
Last night Donald Trump established his new tradition of holding a two minute standing ovation in the Capitol for the spouse of each service member killed in action during his term. Other than that, it was one of his less crappy hours. David Waldman analyses the analysis of the reviews of Trump’s style. The press just wants it to be fun like it used to be. Our next celebrity President will hopefully be a lot more fun than this.
Even though Donald met the lowest of expectations, Greg Dworkin doesn’t let that distract us from our Shared Values® in fighting The Chaos™ surrounding us. We need a Select Committee on Trump’s Russia connections. We need to look at Trump the way we look at other autocrats. Sure, All Votes Matter, but don’t give Trump voters a pass. Empathize, don’t sympathize with them.
Meanwhile, there’s Stephen Bannon. Is he awfully evil, or evilly awful? is he a villainous Leninist determined to destroy the state, or an unprincipled troll determined to watch the world burn? Whichever, he has plenty of power to do what he wants.
Joan McCarter hateblogged last night’s speech, and relives the ordeal with David. So much for Trump's “insurance for everybody” promise. Could Republican infighting over the Obamacare repeal get any worse? Maybe their plan is to do nothing and hope for the worst. Is Trump’s budget plan just continuing resolutions to Obama’s budgets? Paul Ryan believes Donald might be confusing “having insurance” with “having access to insurance”.
At least Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has his priorities straight.
Tue, 28 February 2017
Now they’ve done it. Obama’s people—and you know who they are—drove David Waldman into almost an hour of Trump impressions, which is a lot of work. Even Donald Trump is getting tired of performing Trump impressions. Donald, who by the way did more in 4 weeks... except for that Navy Seal, that was Obama’s fault… and not Obamacare repeal, because that stuff’s hard once you think about it… will be forced tonight to explain to everyone, again, how fine he is. Did you know that Trump did well in the Electoral College?
We tried to warn you about Jeffrey Epstein, but now look. We tried to warn you about Scott Pruitt. We tried to warn you about Wilbur Ross, now it’s too late for him too. Today, you should ask your Senator what they were thinking. Then write and call all of your representatives to tell them to keep fighting. They may not win them all, but it will all add up over time, as people figure out what a mess this is.
Meanwhile, Faux News interviews fake experts, which can only be topped by straight propaganda machines being declared journalists.
Mon, 27 February 2017
CORRECTION: On today’s show, David Waldman mistakenly read the punchline of his Oscars joke as “$10, same as downtown.” The correct punchline is “Tuesday’s YOUR night in the barrel.” KITM regrets the error.
Greg Dworkin is our Jordan Horowitz, whipping out the truth and sticking it right in our faces. Outrage will beat chaos. Republicans keep trying to bury Trump’s transgressions, and it is our job to expose them. Keep in mind that most of this is unprecedented, and abnormal. Conservatives find themselves fighting for their tribe, now that Conservatism is no more than Trumpism. Trump continues to drop in popularity for most people, no matter who’s asking or how they are asking it. His administration says FU, we won, although it kind of bugs them that you keep complaining to them.
Tomorrow, Donald P. Trump goes before congress to review his incredible electoral college win, and some other stuff to fill out the hour. He might divulge his secret ISIS plan, if Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ plan isn’t some big loser plan. Trump probably won’t dwell on Scott Pruit’s emails with the Koch brothers, Rene Acosta’s fights against labor and civil rights, Wilbur Ross’ Russia connections, or his tax returns. Donald will continue to bet that his support will continue from the kind of people that wouldn’t bother to read an article much further than the headline.
Fri, 24 February 2017
David Waldman can never repay me for all of the effort and dedication I put into these summaries. But you can! Here’s what you can do—go to our Patreon page and sign up to donate. Pennies a day can keep me going, bringing you all sorts of links to really informative and interesting things, all arranged in just a few colloquial paragraphs. If you have any extra, throw in a little for David too, he’ll appreciate it.
Donald Trump really wants law and order, except he doesn’t like law, and can’t find any order. Trump is mad at the FBI leaking that they were against playing down Trump’s Russia connections. The FBI is like that sometimes. David also looks into the story of yet another looney connection between this administration and the Russian mob. Is Maria Butina a wannabe, or the real deal? Either way, you heard it here first!
Common sense would dictate that more gun availability would make more guns available, increasing the chances of guns being accidently shot, increasing the chances of people being injured, increasing the chances of people dying from those injuries. Some people aren’t interested in common sense, but now there is new data for their disinterest. In Florida, gun injuries are increasing for kids, rising along with the increasing availability of firearms across the state.
An off-duty cop has a difficult time properly utilizing his not-police issued crotch holster while quelling dissent of 13 year olds.
Republicans vote to give police powers to arrest people planning peaceful protests, and confiscate their assets, which they are all too happy to do. Facial recognition software allows them (or anyone) to find you later.
Thu, 23 February 2017
SQUIRREL! It’s tough to stay focused with so much flitting about our metaphorical bird feeders on a daily basis... so, listen to David Waldman to differentiate your political dark-eyed juncos from those black-capped chickadees:
Donald Trump is losing his war with the media. He’s not alone. Tom Cotton was spanked in front of cameras. Kellyanne Conway needs to spend more time with her family. Louis Gohmert is hiding from the crossfire. Sebastian Gorka is going down, but with a few fights. It is happening all over the country for Republicans, whether they show up or not.
Greg Dworkin’s hope is that a couple of adults in the administration might pull them together, but that might be tough if the boss remains Trump. Just keep your steps in order: first stop the Trump agenda, then move on to more rewarding endeavours. It is good to see the press doing their jobs, and catching the most effective lies about as quickly as Trump can spew them. It is also a positive that Senators are beginning to notice that cutting Obamacare will cut funding to their states.
All of this is good news for local Democratic parties that are seeing a surge of interest.
Will David remain forever ignorant of the repercussions and implications of Milo Yiannopoulos? He’d rather not! David looks into the lessons that can be learned from Milo and his followers, before they slide back under their rocks.
Wed, 22 February 2017
It feels like we’ve just started, but here we are at the KITM hump! David Waldman asks: Remember when Barack Obama did more in 30 days than any President since FDR? After Obama got that out of the way, he went golfing. If Trump was that competent, just think of how bad we’d be screwed by now.
Greg Dworkin rounds up the enablers of Chaos that make things worse for the country. Trump hires generals because he knows it’s not in their pay grade to carry the moral compass. Donald isn’t into morals, feelings, or thinking, he just wants to be enabled. Across the nation people are meeting at townhalls to question and stop the enabling of Trump’s agenda. Greg urges us to prioritize strategies for regaining power before assembling our legislative wish lists. Trump’s supporters still support Trump—So what? Conservatives might have a different set of morals, but they still need to draw the line somewhere. The Trump presidency exists in a White Power bubble, and more people are seeing this lunacy. Sebastian Gorka is one of Trumps trusted loons, and a gunFAILer.
The Judicial branch might be the branch that saves our bacon. The Fourth Circuit comes through by upholding Maryland's Assault Weapons Ban, ruling that the Second Amendment doesn’t protect the right to assault weapons.
David takes an in-depth look at the true story of the Comey letter debacle.
Get well soon Joan McCarter!
Tue, 21 February 2017
David Waldman was out shopping for a used minivan—he can check with me, I can sell him one that is just incredibly used—but lucky for you KITM puts everyone so far ahead of the information curve that there is slack built in for such outings.
So where were we? Trump's Russia scandal takes an unexpected turn, expected by our regular listeners who remember Felix Sater is Donald’s guy in Russia, an FBI informant, and is connected to the mafia. Of course we know this isn’t Donald P. Trump’s only Russian connection, although some of his connections are turning up as dead ends of late. Trump’s allies have delivered a plan to lift Russian sanctions, by helping to topple the Ukrainian Government.
There was also another horrific attack not happening, this time not in Sweden. Donald was forced to un-fake the news that was accurately reporting it. What do you know... this seems to have a Russian connection also! This chaos and intimidation seems to have the intended result as reporters tip-toe on all reporting now, even on Trump’s weekend golfing. The administration also attempted to chaos up any remaining reality by sending out Pence to reassure half of Europe, and Bannon to reassure the other half.
Jewish community centers got bomb threats, and Jewish graves were trashed, but Ivanka tweets made it out to the fairway, so dad eventually said something. Trump’s first priority was to make his statement from a safe space. Meanwhile, Homeland Security, Stephen Miller and Jeff Sessions, unveil a sweeping plan to deport several million people.
Milo Yiannopoulos is awful in many ways, but recently in ways that earned him less money instead of more. Now that Milo upset conservative sensibilities, he’s being noticed, but many were already aware of his presence in that complex pit of awfulness one can find out there if they look. Speaking of underage sex, Alexander Acosta cut a sweetheart plea deal with a billionaire accused of having sex with dozens of underage girls.
Mon, 20 February 2017
For the so-called Presidents Day holiday, it's a throwback to our spare February show, the 2/29/16 episode.
Did Greg Dworkin bring polls? Is this Tuesday Super? South Carolina’s exit polls give an idea of Hillary Clinton’s strengths and strategies for Tuesday, and against Donald Trump. What Hillary Clinton’s massive win among black voters really says. Historically, how does she measure up?
Tough-Guy/Lickspittle Chris Christie goes Trump. Bootlicker Christie gets back in the limelight. Some conservatives do not approve of the Brown-noser Governor’s turn around. Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman is ashamed of Ass-kiss Christie. In fact, many think Christie being Trump’s minion is pretty despicable and think this stooge demonstrates everything bad said about the Gop is being proven true. If the GOP lines up behind Trump, it doesn’t deserve to be taken seriously anymore. The Republican Party’s implosion over Donald Trump’s candidacy has arrived. David Frum tweets the cave-in. Some just want to live the lie, and will end up taking the lie all the way to the voting booth. Will that matter in November?
Who knows, maybe some conservatives won’t fall in line behind Trump. Maybe they will come up with a couple super-lame schemes, have those fail, then will fall in line. Maybe they could just win the election, and figure out all of the morals and philosophy later.
Fri, 17 February 2017
Thu, 16 February 2017
Greg Dworkin shares his latest secrets over our secure line: Trump declares war on intelligence. Donald seems a few cartridges short of a full clip, but he might have more ammo than you think. Trump’s new hired gun has big gun dreams. The war on media still rages on even after General Flynn falls, that’s because Michael Flynn does not matter. All of them are either stupid or lying. James Comey seems to have a extra helping of both. Are we on the road to another Watergate? Who the hell told Flynn to call Russia? It's funny 'cause it's treason.
Watch the Anti-Semitic Jewish Russian faction to see how the Administration really is doing. The Russians are sad to see puppets leave so early, yet they have collected a few chips to cash in. We now have refugees fleeing the United States.
More leaks in the sieve: Trump's F-35 calls came with a surprise: a rival CEO was listening in on the call. Leaked emails show Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife was pushing the Travel Ban. Who will be the next one to slip bombshell information to the press? Who knows?