Now that the holidays are over, the real news is back. Nothing particularly strange popped up on the heuristics this time.
The big news of the week was the release of Michael Wolff’s new anti-Trump exposé, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. What you need to know:
- Michael Wolff, the author, did not interview Donald Trump or anyone close to him for the book.
- Wolff has been caught lying (or “embellishing”) before.
- Trump tried to block the book’s release, claiming it is purely slanderous fiction.
- So the publisher moved release up.
- Wolff’s “bombshell” is the claim that Trump never wanted to win; that he wanted to lose and instead build a media network with the newly-acquired fame.
- The only significant new stuff in it is a selection of quotes from former Trump “Chief Strategist” Stephen Bannon, claiming Trump is chaotic and disorganized.
- Trump is calling this a “Fake Book”, in a callback to his (generally supportable) claim the the media engages in “Fake News.”
- Next up: Former (fired by President Trump) FBI director James Comey will release his book,
A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, on 2018-May-01. Given that Comey has already demonstrated what Trump considers “disloyalty”, the title is likely a calculated dig.
- Trump administration insiders are also claiming the book is inaccurate and fictitious.
A man was killed in a Stockholm subway after picking up a hand grenade. This is suspected to be organized crime (i.e. gangs) rather than terrorism. Swedish police cite an increase in the use of hand grenades by criminal groups within the country.
Trump had announced support for DACA while at the same time putting an end-date on the unconstitutional funding for it.
- DACA is the “Dreamers” act; it stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
- DACA is unconstitutional. Or very likely so.
- Obama unilaterally (i.e. without congressional approval) created DACA as an end-run around the law.
- On 05-Sept-2017, President Trump announced that he would be bowing to some state lawsuits alledging DACA is unconstitutional and would end the program… but would provide six months for Congress to pass a law allowing it to continue.
- The only court ruling so far… ruled against DACA when 25 states sued. SCOTUS deadlocked, leaving that ruling intact.
It is the linking of the wall to DACA that is causing the current issue.
- President Trump had campaigned that Mexico would be forced to pay for “The Wall”; though Mexico has repeatedly denied this.
- While it is completely normal for Congress to cover multiple issues on one bill, especially to allow for the give-and-take between parties, some Democrats are clamoring for a “clean” bill on DACA… while Trump is connecting DACA (immigration) to the wall (immigration) to reduce chain migration (immigration.) These look like one issue (immigration) to some people and a different issue (justice vs a wall they don’t want?) to others.
- While Democrats currently don’t want the wall, they did want it back in 2006.
No, Weinstein didn’t win a Golden Globe. Some of the #metoo might for best dramatic fiction.
- Weinstein is being sued for spying on Paz de la Huerta, reported in an attempt to get her to drop a lawsuit.
- A new part of the #metoo movement is the commitment to wear black to the Golden Globe awards.
- This isn’t new; “protest” outfits to the Globes and Oscars is so common that the real protest would be to not protest. Some of the recent Academy Awards protests:
- 1993: Red ribbons to protest excluding HIV-positive Haitians from immigrating.
- 2003: Black protesting the Iraq war.
- 2017: Blue ribbons protesting the anti-terrorism immigration ban and the democratic election of Donald Trump.
- Rose McGowan, who largely started the #metoo movement (and is turning it into a TV show), is attacking this protest for being silent. She tweeted: “YOUR SILENCE is THE problem.”
- Some men have stated they too will, in support, wear black to the Golden Globes.
- Which has lead to some complaining that men shouldn’t be allowed to show sympathy, given that being male is a significant part of the crime
- And others pointing out that men already wear black to the Golden Globes and Oscars.
- And so do many women!
- And now the designers are running out of black dresses.