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Trump can't stand Sessions' Southern accent. I wonder what his base thinks about that.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/29/trump-sessions-firing-senators-white-house-803922

If Sessions’ recusal was his original sin, Trump has come to resent him for other reasons, griping to aides and lawmakers that the attorney general doesn’t have the Ivy League pedigree the president prefers, that he can’t stand his Southern accent and that Sessions isn’t a capable defender of the president on television — in part because he “talks like he has marbles in his mouth,” the president has told aides.

So far it look like only Politico and sources quoting Politico are reporting this, but if it's confirmed then it seems like it might have the potential to turn away a sizeable chunk of Trump's base.

Second Fox News reporter leaves amid objections to network

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/23/fox-news-reporters-opinion-network-adam-housley-795278
Another on-air reporter is leaving Fox News over frustrations with the direction and tone of the network, the second in the last three weeks to defect for those reasons. Adam Housley, a Los Angeles-based reporter who joined Fox in 2001, felt there was diminished opportunity at the network for reporters and disapproved of the tenor of its on-air discussion, according to two former Fox News employees with knowledge of his situation.

Housley believed that as the network’s focus on Trump has grown — and the number of talking-head panels during news shows proliferated — it had become difficult to get hard reporting on air, according to one of those former employees. “He’s not doing the type of journalism he wants to be doing,” the former employee said. “And he is unhappy with the tone of the conversation of the channel.”

Housley’s objections to the Trump-era Fox News are widely shared within the network’s reporting corps, according to current and former employees of the network. Conor Powell, the former Fox News Jerusalem bureau reporter, left the network earlier this month for similar reasons, according to a person close to him. “People are losing their minds,” one current Fox News personality said, adding that reporters have relayed in conversation that the climate for them is worse than ever before.


Apparently the propaganda-to-fact ratio has increased to the point where reality has lost all relevance on Fox News.

Why isn't Google entitled to the same freedom of the press as the sites they refer their users to?

If websites have the constitutional right to publish what they wish, Google has an equal right to return any search results they wish. I believe Google's claim that they strive to be unbiased, but at the same time, I don't see how they would be doing anything illegal even if their search results were biased.

Every day it seems Trump behaves more and more like the dictators that he admires.

Do we really have to dictate to each other what to post and what not to post?

Oops! Now I'm doing it too.

An interesting insight about Giuliani, gained from comparison of a WaPo article with a NYT article.

The Washington Post article:
Donald Trump’s own lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, distanced himself from his client’s suggestion that it “almost ought to be illegal” for “flippers” to get plea deals in exchange for their testimony.

Why would Giuliani do that?

The New York Times article:
During Mr. Giuliani’s days as a United States attorney, his office was labeled the “House of Pancakes” for the parade of suspects who “flipped” to try to reduce their prison sentences.



Reality vs. The Movies

Reality:
I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family. “Justice” took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to “break” - make up stories in order to get a “deal.” Such respect for a brave man!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2018


Goodfellas:
Jimmy Conway: I'm not mad, I'm proud of you. You took your first pinch like a man and you learn two great things in your life. Look at me, never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.



Remarkable finds while playing Geoguessr.

A gas station in Wyoming (Google Street View Link)

USA maps on Geogusser





Here's something that doesn't make sense to me about Giuliani's "perjury trap":

A mouse trap traps a mouse, so a mouse would definitely want to avoid a mouse trap.

A rat trap traps a rat, so a rat would definitely want to avoid a rat trap.

But does a perjury trap trap a perjury? Would a perjury want to avoid a perjury trap?

No, that doesn't make sense. It seems to me that what Giuliani is really worried about is a liar trap. A liar would definitely want to avoid a liar trap.

I hope one of the news commentators he talks to will correct him on that.

"Rudy Giuliani, do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?"

"Truth isn't truth!"

Trump's people aren't denying the content of the tapes, they're only griping that the tapes exist.

They don't get that an ad hominem argument, while still a fallacy, might be effective against the word of an opponent but is worthless against evidence. You can't discredit evidence based upon who offers it or how it was obtained unless you argue that it's fake, and so far I don't think anyone is making that claim.

So who cares what sort of person Omarosa is or what rules she broke? I don't. What matters is what's on those tapes. Anything else is...

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