Tue, 31 August 2021
Today’s broadcast arrives from the far distant past of August 31, 2012! A time so deep into antiquity it feels like an alien world. Americans lived in fear of the West Nile Virus, Donald Trump was a hasbeen, and there were still US troops stationed in Afghanistan. Strangest of all, Kagro in the Morning had commercials… and David Waldman… took callers. Don’t believe me? Just listen to the above link and you’ll understand why your vote should never be for Mitt Romney.
Mon, 30 August 2021
COVID, Afghanistan and Ida — David Waldman and Greg Dworkin go there, figuratively, and we are right there with them:
Judges aren’t into Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis banning mask mandates. Some GQP goober, gubernatorial candidate in Pennsylvania, recently pledged to “make men, men again”, and also felons, in order to bring an end to people disagreeing with him on things, starting with mask mandates. He talks tough, but so did a lot of other anti-vax, anti-maskers at the beginning of this month, but you don’t hear much from them now. There are a lot of dumbasses still out there, for sure, but those dumbasses still deserve equal medical care, just not the same insurance rates.
The evacuation of Afghanistan is going well, at least as well as could be expected, in that anyone should expect it to go horribly, as much as Afghanistan is a horrible place to find oneself... The US will be judged on the last twenty years, but also this moment, and we are in charge of this moment.
Kevin McCarthy, Jim Jordan and Matt Gaetz are among Donald Trump’s greatest acolytes, and as such are fully aware they will need to knife Donald in the back first, before he does it to them. You knew Jim Jordan would be first to crack, didn’t you?
Fri, 27 August 2021
Afghanistan still leads the news, following the bomb attacks at the Kabul airport. Republicans pledge to double the effectiveness of every terrorist attack by calling for Biden’s resignation, impeachment, or removal under the 25th Amendment. In the meantime, they’re also pretty sure they could just go in and “start killing bad guys.” Now, a normal person might take the time to ask themselves what kind of guys they’ve got over there, anyway. But not Republicans! Questions are for losers!
Speaking of bad Republican reactions to Afghanistan, have you heard the one about how the refugees just want a free ride out, and are gonna freeload off of the rest of us when they get here? I hope you haven’t, because it’s dumb.
The Supreme Court has been on a tear, lately. Today’s news from the Court includes action striking down the extended eviction moratorium. Landlords, you see, have been suffering. This despite $46.5 billion appropriated by Congress for plugging this gap.
Now, I know their name is No Labels, but I just can’t help it. I’m going to label them. And the label will read, “Bunch of jerks.”
Finally, I don’t know who was targeted here, but I suppose anything that makes you feel guilty about climate change is still a good thing.
Thu, 26 August 2021
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin celebrate my birthday the best way they know how, with a brand-new Kagro in the Morning show:
US occupation of Afghanistan was a bad idea from the start, through the middle, and to the end. No matter how well Joe Biden does, it won’t change that. The news media isn’t interested in 20 year mistakes, however. It gets antsy without a daily disaster… Oh how lucky for them! The ad space and commercial time will sell itself today. Meanwhile, people still need to get out of there. 23 California students are among them. Hillary Clinton is working on it.
Greg finds compelling polling everywhere he looks. In Virginia, Dems are busting out all over. In California, the partisan breakdown of returned ballots can be compared between 2020 and 2021. In Germany, the SPD are pulling ahead of Angela Merkel’s CDU im sonntagsfrage bundestagswahl sendeaufruf wechselstimmung!
No one would expect that FDA approval of COVID vaccines would ever cure stupid, and it hasn’t. Sturgis Motorcycle Rally attendees were warned that 2+2 equaled 4 two weeks ago and have picked up new math skills since. 15% of K-12 students in Mississippi have been quarantined, which equals 65,525 students. Florida thought their lesson was ending, but miscalculated. New York police didn’t take the job to follow the rules, although an Albany court won’t let God get you out of your responsibilities.
Democrats have 3 weeks to get their health spending together. The infrastructure/reconciliation bills are hurtling towards their impossible deadline (Which is OK) while Bernie Sanders girds up his loins and takes the battle to Manchin and Sinema.
The Secret Service told the Capitol Police there’d be trouble on January 6, but did they listen? We will find out that and more soon. John Burkman and Jacob Wohl are showing a real bad return on investment for whomever funds them.
Wed, 25 August 2021
Happy birthday David Waldman! Happy birthday Armando! Happy birthday to me, tomorrow! Happy Wednesday Greg Dworkin! David is celebrating a portion of his birthday in his son’s orthodontist waiting room, and so had to take off early. Consequently, today’s KITM is only one hour long, but still packed with the info you need.
Who would have done a better job in Afghanistan than Joe Biden? Everybody, according to the only story reporters have seemed interested in telling. At long last, that quick and easy story is giving way to more nuanced reporting, filling in a bigger picture and revealing some quite amazing competence… but also incredible inhumanity, greed, and stupidity, which have always been part of our deal with Afghanistan.
Finally, FDA approval of COVID vaccines means unvaccinated people will eventually be required to think of different excuses to never, ever take a vaccine, or wear a mask or allow you or your kids to wear masks or be vaxxed.
Tue, 24 August 2021
What’s happening today?
Most of the fun and profit in the AZ Fraudit, at least for the fraudsters, is in the fraud part, so it is understandable why they would want to delay releasing their results as long as possible. Three of the the AZ Fraudit Cyber Ninjas (Collect all their action figures!) have delayed the process even further by throwing themselves under the nearest hospital ventilators.
Anti-vax sheep prefer sheep medicine.
Rudy Giuliani left his toenail clippers in the last IHOP.
So, you think Republicans have it tough under Donald Trump? Democrats have somehow have found themselves under the thumb of Joe Lieberman... The No Labels/Problem Solvers coup for now has been fought to a standstill. The Asshole Nine, plus Two don’t see Biden’s, Schumer’s or Pelosi’s goals as “winning”. In fact, they don’t see “winning” as winning, and progress doesn’t interest them as much as seeing Nancy Pelosi sweat. David Waldman and Joan McCarter attempt to measure how many dollars, minutes, and clauses separate the factions.
Mon, 23 August 2021
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin raise the curtain on our second week of our second decade of fine KITM news and entertainment:
Wildfires in the west, storms in the east. On average, you really can’t complain, except for all the COVID right there in the center, geysering out South Dakota, because of, or in addition to, that spread by the Sturgis motorcycle rally. Note that there are some solutions to this pandemic. Ivermectin is an example of a bad one, and the vaccines are examples of good ones. Your personal situation may call for you getting a third shot, while everybody's situation calls for you getting a first shot. For those who don’t believe this is a government plot to make spoons stick to noses, FDA approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine is great news.
Afghanistan is kind of a mess, which experts and journalists describe as “not their fault”, and probably a president’s fault. While some Republicans insist that it’s not too late to bomb Afghans back to the stone age, most Americans like us out, and know the difference between friends and enemies. Our performance in Afghanistan is improving, but makes lousy b-roll.
Congratulations go out to Matt Gaetz, who eloped with his sweet alibi to California this weekend. Matt is definitely marrying up. Donald Trump allowed Matt to get married for some odd reason. Donald remains an idiot, screwing up the future of Space Command so that he could score points with Rick&Bubba in Alabama. Both Donald and Mo Brooks discovered that their big lies might have become more powerful than they are, when the two were booed at this weekend’s rally.
Fri, 20 August 2021
Where will David Waldman take us today? Listen to today’s KITM, when he finds out with the rest of us!
Back to COVID. It never left, but it sure is coming back. Delta’s dawning through mostly red states, mostly red Senators and mostly red Representatives, taking more than a few to that mansion in the sky. People shaming unvaccinated and unmasked are now being shamed, because many unmasked and unvaccinated aren’t that capable of shame.
Revolutionary Floyd Ray Roseberry demanded Joe Biden’s resignation and Medicaid for All, for him. He got none of the above, crawling out on his hands and knees, not a very proud boy. Floyd’s revolution ended up being televised on Facebook for hours before someone got bored and turned it off. Marjorie Traitor Greene’s performance-enhanced rage getting swole the day before might have inspired Roseberry, or perhaps it was whatever stuff Don Jr. pushes. We may never know… Oh, wait, Floyd is alive and white, so he’ll be hosting an OAN hour by the weekend. Check out Kyle Rittenhouse, who was treated as a mass-shooter for about 10 minutes before being lionized, followed by think pieces thinking a fuller picture of the man-boy was due. Now it’s out that when Kyle wasn’t shooting people, he kind of wished he was.
Thu, 19 August 2021
COVID sucks, and Greg Dworkin with David Waldman try to determine if this suckage will peak again soon. This time children are more involved, and that doesn’t just mean that more people are sick, but that a new range of stresses are being introduced to societal infrastructure just as kids go back to school. School boards in Florida are mandating masks, defying Governor Ron DeSantis’ authority. So is Joe Biden, who is preparing to take legal action, including deploying the Education Department’s civil rights enforcement arm, against DeSantis and other Govs blocking school masks. The GQP is losing the coronavirus mandate battle as red states lose the coronavirus infection battle and are beginning to get the picture on social responsibility.
A January 6 insurrectionist was just about to walk away with a misdemeanor, and he would’ve too, it it wasn’t for those meddlesome Sedition Hunters on the internet. Sedition hunting has become a fun and useful hobby for many, rewarding to the FBI, less productive for assholes.
Wed, 18 August 2021
It’s the KITM 10th Anniversary Show! Original KITM host David Waldman makes an appearance, along with his long-time guest, Greg Dworkin.
Just think, 10 years ago we were at the half-way point in our occupation of Afghanistan — in retrospect an excellent time to begin planning our exit. As it turns out, just about everyone else’s preparations had been underway for a while in anticipation.
The Trump Bug Out had to happen, well before Trump, and Joe Biden was the guy to make it happen. The media rolling with the story fitting the most stock footage on hand was as predictable as them Googling where they were to stop their buck today. The people who were getting away with it are taking advantage of this moment to get away with it again. The first victims will be the future victims, as always.
As a result, Joe Biden’s approval numbers drop to… higher than Trump’s were anyhow.
In about a minute, Afghanistan will be moved far behind the furthest back burner once more as we address... (checks notes) …mask mandates! Non-morons remain in favor of them, btw. Has anyone tried slut-shaming the non-masked? It can’t be worse than what Republicans are trying. Everyone needs masks, vaccinated or not, as vaccines aren’t the shield they used to be. Greg Abbott is one of fifty governors vaccinated, and he’s got “it” again, right after a maskless Republican fundraiser. The asymptomatic Gov loaded up on Regeneron, the Republican go-to for avoiding embarrassing death in front of Democrats. The painful, expensive, inadequate, ineffective, unavailable, but not Democratic, alternative to vaccination.
Meanwhile, the Arizona Fraudit is to be delivered to the state Senate next Monday, hopefully containing enough evidence to put each of the counters away for a long time. Lunatic coup planner Jeffrey Clark should be impeached, indicted, incarcerated, and denied parole.
Back in the real world, House Democrats are introducing a voting rights bill named for John Lewis. Nancy Pelosi plans to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the budget plan at the same time, or thereabouts.
Tue, 17 August 2021
Who is the president of Afghanistan? Well, it’s not the guy it was last week, right? Don’t worry, there is an acting, interim, caretaking president keeping things going smooth over there, perhaps not so smooth over here.
David Waldman hoped to get away from such vexing questions for a couple of weeks in Costa Rica, when he confronted a not-yet-torn-down historical monument to his bête noire, the filibuster. No, not the parliamentary procedure, but the military term, or more precisely, those damn Filibusteros, who recruited, organized, and plotted raids through Mexico and Central America, under the unofficial auspices of the US.
The most filibusterous of them all, William Walker, hoped to conquer vast regions of Central America to establish new slave states. He succeeded in taking Nicaragua, making himself president, re-instituting slavery, writing a book, and getting executed.
Then Joan McCarter called in and snapped us all back to present-day: Republicans gave Dems the finger and a declaration of non-cooperation on a debt ceiling vote. Unemployment benefits for 7 million are about to lapse, and no one in Washington is doing much about it now that Joe Manchin became disinterested. House Democrats also want to play Manchin and Sinema’s game, and who knows, maybe Nancy Pelosi will give them something.
Mon, 16 August 2021
Who didn’t know that sending the US into Afghanistan wasn’t a mistake thousands of lives and trillions of dollars ago? The biggest mistake was ever believing we could do enough over there to make up for that first mistake, without ever correcting that first mistake. George W. Bush put us in Afghanistan, but everyone who left us in Afghanistan is about as awful. Joe Biden was right to call off this charade now. No matter how wrong he was, Donald Trump was right to call for withdrawal. Of course, Donald was too chicken and too self-centered to actually do it. Getting innocents out would be our second step in the right direction.
Everyone knows the correct actions to handle COVID-19, as well. Some are pretending not to, some are hiding from the truth, some are hiding the truth. Covid reporting and tracking is breaking down, while any numbers that are reported are fought over. Pediatric Covid-19 hospitalizations soar, while Ron DeSantis will sell Regeneron to any embarrassed conservatives faced with dying to own libs. Trump promised Regeneron for free. He was lying, but doesn’t that count?
Fri, 13 August 2021
Happy Friday the 13th! Happy Non-reinstatement Day! Happy Last KITM before David Waldman returns from touring the tropics, and back to our KITM World Headquarters live broadcast studio/breakfast nook Day!
Today is our last day to head down memory lane! So, do you recall what was going on over at Kagro in the Morning exactly 3 years ago? Well, if I remember correctly, it went something like…
His golf game rained out, Donald Trump stayed inside, motorboating motorcyclists, his very important contingent, and a prime example of those supporters Trump relies upon... as opposed to that wacky, vicious, low-life Omarosa, who Donald had to fire 3 times—plus another time he just found out about—because she, well, didn’t really “fit in” with the group. Now that Ja’Ron, he’s a good one. (Whatever his last name is.) There’s a certain level of loyalty and commitment expected in conservative quarters, you know... What about North Korea!
The great news: November keeps coming, and nobody can prevent that. David Waldman joins with Dr. Greg Dworkin (Ret.) (not yet) to round up pundits, and polls, without which we might think Trump is popular, and wouldn’t notice the big blue blizzard heading our way.
Losers might actually be losing for once. Trump calls to boycott Harley-Davidson, and Scott Walker ahead of Tuesday’s primary. Chris Collins suspends his reelection campaign, but he still needs to resign. New polls show Ted Cruz could really lose, once people meet Beto O’Rourke. IL-MN-MI-OH-IA-WI could go blue, and if not all of them, that’s still good. “Unite the Right” united a couple of dozen of “them”, and lots of “us”. Once upon a time, Richard M. Nixon was a popular president.
A fourth federal judge, this time a Trump appointee, has rejected a challenge to special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment. Donald is not good at getting stuff done or whatever. Is Space Force the Trump Steaks of his presidency so far? Devin Nunes does his part, by tampering with witnesses in Azerbaijan.
Thu, 12 August 2021
David Waldman just has a couple of loose ends to tie up in Costa Rica, but in just a few days will return to KITM World Headquarters for a LIVE show!
In the meantime, do you remember how Donald Trump sucked as a president, even before COVID? Let’s reminisce with this KITM from the summer of 2019:
Child solicitor Jeffrey Epstein didn’t quite make it to trial, surprising probably no one more than Jeffrey Epstein... in fact, Russian Bots and the President seem to have had it figured out before Jeff’s body hit the floor. William Barr has reached Susan Collins levels of concern over the irregularities. Prosecutors vow to continue their investigation into the inner workings of Epstein’s criminal organization, once they finish their investigation into the inner workings of Epstein.
Donald hears the pitter patter of little feet, exiting the White House.
Wed, 11 August 2021
David Waldman had a plan to commune with the locally abundant, equatorial adjacent, flora and fauna while on vacation — until the moment he found that bug in his hotel room... Well, you sort of had to be there. The point is, David is not here to describe the most recent threats endangering us, so we put together several Mini-KITMs… which have run out.
We have another idea. Plan C is to finish out the week reviewing past KITMs. Today, one year ago, Thursday, two years, and Friday three years ago! And now, KITM presents last year, when many were worried about a “pandemic” and Trump was worried about TikTok:
How can you top yesterday’s KITM, with both Armando and Greg Dworkin as guests? Well, you can’t. However, it is always possible that David Waldman did! Hit the link above, and see if he pulled it off.
Winter is coming, and windows will begin to close, including America’s window of opportunity to beat back Covid-19... and, those windows on those schools we’re now herding our children into. 800 more students went into quarantine in Georgia. Guam’s governor tested positive for coronavirus. Most Americans won’t be able to get a coronavirus vaccine until well into 2021. Vladimir Putin claims that Russia has the world’s first approved COVID-19 vaccine, although it will need to be administered by a needle hidden in the tip of a nurse’s shoe.
Yesterday, some reporter made the mistake of asking Donald Trump a question. Mockery thus ensued, justifications were rationalized, and in the morning the cycle begins again. Each day, White House staff build Potemkin villages around Donald Trump. Governor Kristi Noem even created a Spinal Tap-scaled Mount Rushmore for her village! American contractors knew 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate were stored in a Beirut warehouse, and many people know how that can turn out, and yet Trump said it was “a bomb”… and then drug some of our great generals into it. Defense Secretary Mark Esper didn’t realize he was on the wrong side of the Potemkin walls until it was pointed out to him.
Is TikTok’s… time running out? Well, Donald Trump says he thinks that app’s hot, and when Donald likes what he sees, that’s never a good sign. Trump wants some “key money”, or he will simply just destroy the company. Meanwhile, as per usual mob protocol, Trump’s lawyers will be challenging any subpoenas coming their way.
The stock market doesn't reflect Americans' pain. It certainly does not reflect Ivanka Trump’s pain, who made about 4 million in one year from the Trump DC hotel, and still felt the need to request severance pay.
Mandamus: It’s not just a river in New Zealand. It’s also a deeply concerning and misguided D.C. Circuit ruling in the Michael Flynn Case.
Tue, 10 August 2021
David Waldman, ensconced in the Costa Rican primeval, hidden amidst the elusive jaguar and agouti, remains unavailable for live broadcast. David did record several all-new snack-size KITMs for us... although this one is more or less the other half of yesterday’s Twix® on Pegasus, the spyware developed by the private Israel-based NSO Group to be sold and marketed only to good guys, never bad guys.
It is easy to tell the “good guys” around the UAE, as that is usually defined via heredity. Just ask Jamal Khashoggi… or at least, his wife, and his fiancé, whose phones were hacked with Pegasus software just prior to and following Khashoggi’s personal hacking in Istanbul. Then there was Princess Haya Bint al Hussein, and Princess Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum of Dubai, both considered naughty girls by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The fleeing Princesses were hunted down all over the world with the aid of Pegasus, and probably the helpful folks at the FBI.
Mon, 9 August 2021
I bought tires two weeks ago. To this day, my browsers and apps all still vie to sell me tires. Can’t anyone monitor me more intelligently?
(David Waldman, still somewhere holding a coconut with a straw and little umbrella, remains unavailable for live broadcasts. He has however, assembled several all-new Mini-KITMs, of which this is #6.)
The Israeli surveillance company NSO Group sure knows how to monitor people. Just about everybody on the internet uses end-to-end encryption to guard our privacy, frustrating those who don’t prefer our privacy. NSO developed a way around all that, so simple that you don’t even have to click a thing before it is busy uploading your photos and videos, recordings, location records, communications, web searches, passwords, call logs and social media posts — in real time!
Hey, before you say anything, NSO exclusively supplies this program to only the most responsible governments around the world. Supplying spyware to criminals, terrorists, or governments that do not have people’s best interests at heart would be like selling them “weapons”. It just isn’t done. Except for the 50,000 politicians, judges, lawyers, teachers… 10 prime ministers, three presidents and a king that were infected, of course.
Fri, 6 August 2021
David Waldman is still out, continuing his tour of our KITM Jungle Lair facilities, but before David departed he managed to record a series of all-new Mini-KITM episodes!
This one is more of a “Midi-KITM” episode, as it goes down quite a deep rabbit hole. Food injustice is as American as apple pie, which we imported with slavery, genocide, capitalist subjugation, union busting, tipping and cowboys. It’s also as American as Bill Gates, America’s top farmland owner. Bill could be buying up hundreds of thousands of acres of prime farmland in order to save the world, or in order to make billions of more dollars...
Thu, 5 August 2021
David Waldman, possibly in Costa Rica to observe Annexation of Guanacaste Day (Orthodox), continues to be far away from the KITM microphone today — but never our hearts — and ears, posting this brand-new Mini-KITM!
Donald Trump remains a goldmine of morality plays and cautionary tales. Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker discovered this the very, very hard way, enduring an hours-long interview recounted in their new book I Alone Can Fix It. Is Trump delusional or lying? That line has been blurred, according to David and Vanity Fair, but it remains clear how dangerous Trump is.
Wed, 4 August 2021
David Waldman is off in Costa Rica today. Pick up a plate of beans and rice, or some rice with beans… or some beans, with beans, beans, and rice… or a handful of pork rinds with us, and enjoy our little KITM empanada:
From a distance, QAnon believers just seem to be silly dummies to be laughed at and eventually ignored. Unfortunately, some Q-nuts are kind of dangerous, and a few of them are really dangerous. The saddest thing, however, is how QAnon addiction destroys families and relationships by warping the best of intentions into grinding abuse, while arming seasoned abusers with new, grimly effective tools of torture.
Tue, 3 August 2021
David Waldman continues to serve up brand-new pre-recorded KITM snacks while he’s out becoming one with nature.
Today, it is time we try to get a handle on Kyrsten Sinema, the fervent, steadfast Libertarian. Green Party member. Democrat. What’s next for Krysten? Well, it won’t take a political scientist or psychologist to predict this career path.
Mon, 2 August 2021
Now, for a limited time only, David Waldman will be passing out these all-new KITM Fun-Size treats! Just the right size for summer and back-to-school season (as well as filling in the time slot) while I assume, David zip-lines over waterfalls and sloths.
The walls are always closing in on Donald Trump. One of those times was just ahead of January 6, when Trump was leaning on acting attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen, to help him overthrow democracy. Justice Department official Richard Donoghue ended up taking notes on those meetings, which were given to Congress last Wednesday and released to the public on Friday.
According to the notes, Rosen told Trump that the Justice Department "can’t + won’t snap its fingers + change the outcome of the election." Donald pretended to understand and replied, "just say the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen." This felt a little coup-y to the sane people in the room. Trump, sensing this, then plotted to replace Rosen with an new acting toady, Jeffrey Clark.