We saw Toni Erdmann, an off-beat, pleasant-enough German-Austrian comedy, about a world full of bullshit, the soul-stripping work of business consultants and, more generally, alienation from self and others that can overtake us if we aren't intentional about maintaining strong relationships. There's more to it than that, but it doesn't rise higher than 87/100 on the X-ometer.
U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials say advisers to President Donald Trump were in contact with known Russian intelligence agents during his presidential campaign.
Four U.S. government officials told The New York Times several high-ranking aides to Trump were in regular contact with senior Russian intelligence officials before the presidential election in November, based on conversations intercepted and analyzed by U.S. intelligence agencies.
Several law enforcement, intelligence and administration officials told CNN that frequent communication during summer 2016 got the attention of agencies while they were collecting routine intelligence on Russian officials and nationals.
Mike Adamle enjoyed a long and varied TV career after his NFL career ended, but he's been off the air for almost a year, and now he's revealing why. (story here)
It looks like he's another victim of repeated concussions. He has suffered from seizures for the past 19 years, and now he's experiencing dementia and depression. His doctor diagnosed him with CTE, which can only be confirmed post mortem, but given what we know about the condition, that's probably correct.
I must confess, I don't like Mike Adamle based on real life experience with him, but it's difficult to read about what he's going through and watch the videos without my heart going out to him. I hope he can find some consolation somewhere.
I haven't read anything about Jim McMahon lately (another retired Bears QB, younger than Adamle), but last I heard, he was having a tough time with his failing memory.
Knowing what we know now, if I had kids, I think I'd keep them out of football, and maybe even soccer. These retired players are getting hit with dementia when they're so young. They trade a few years of money and glory for even more years of terrible suffering.
There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think — our country’s so innocent?” - Donald Trump
And so Donald Trump once again rushed to Vladimir Putin’s defense.
Trump’s comments to Fox’s Bill O’Reilly this weekend closely echoed a 2015 conversation with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, in which Scarborough observed that Putin “kills journalists that don’t agree with him,” and Trump replied: “Well, I think that our country does plenty of killing, too.”
Apparently when someone calls Putin a killer, Trump’s response is to call Americans killers. It’s a chilling thing that our own president doesn’t seem to know or value that, in America, we don’t kill journalists or political opponents like Putin does.
Last week, I mentioned that the crackpot conspiracy website, InfoWars, was issued coveted White House press credentials, a decision that appears consistent with the ongoing Trump-Bannon mission to destroy all distinctions between knowable facts, speculation, opinion, propaganda and lunacy.
Prior to last night's Super Bowl, Infowars owner, Alex Jones, explained that the halftime show starring Lady Gaga would be a Satanic ritual, which he knows because... well er... watch Jones explain it in the video below. The muddle of Gaga's alleged connection with Pizzagate (Hillary & Podesta's child sex slave ring) and spirit cooking is a thing to behold.
Keep in mind, Trump treats the man in the video like an honest purveyor of real news, while he calls major mainstream media outlets "fake news."
For the record, the halftime show was praised by many, including Marco Rubio, Ivanka Trump and even Fox News. A rabbi who is part of our little group watched it with us last night, and liked it. There was nothing outrageous. No wardrobe malfunctions. No Black Panthers. Just a slick halftime show that began with lots of patriotic stuff, followed up with elaborately choreographed performances of her hit songs.
For those who don't know, Kasparov is possibly the greatest chess player of all time, as well as a political activist and Putin critic who has faced arrest, repeated harassment, threats and beating by Putin's henchmen.
Ever since Arnold Schwarzenegger took over his television role on Celebrity Apprentice, Donald Trump has regularly thrown barbs about the ratings at Arnold. Well Trump didn't waste an opportunity to be Trump at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this week. Apropos of absolutely nothing, he used the ordinarily somber event to attack again:
"I want to just pray for Arnold, if we can, for those ratings."
For Donald, it is always and only about repairing and pumping up his fragile sense of grandiosity.
Appearing on MSNBC's Hardball TV program on Thursday night, [Trump "Counselor" and mouthpiece Kellyanne] Conway referred to the "Bowling Green massacre" as part of her attempt to justify Trump's temporary restrictions on refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. "I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre," Conway said "Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered." However, it seems likely that the incident Conway refers to didn't get covered because there is an overwhelming consensus that there was no massacre at all. She appears to have come down with another case of the 'alternative facts.'
Seems likely it didn't happen? Overwhelming consensus? It did not fucking happen. Talking about consensus is giving ground to gaslighting by an administration determined to destroy distinctions between knowable facts, informed opinions, speculation, ignorance and lies.
In other gaslighting news, the White House issued press credentials to InfoWars, the crackpot conspiracy website run by Alex Jones. Meantime, Trump refused to take questions from CNN reporter Jim Acosta because he is, in Trump's words, 'fake news.'