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The Grand Hotel in the Fall is gorgeous!


Apparently, the Somewhere in Time weekend was last weekend:



Kanye West says supporting Trump is 'God's practical joke to all liberals'

Kanye West says God is "hilarious" and his own support for President Trump is "God's practical joke on all liberals," while also claiming he will be president one day.

"This shows you that God is hilarious. ... God has got a sense of humor. Liberals love art, right, and now, I am unquestionably, undoubtedly the greatest human artist of all time. It's just not even a question anymore at this point. It's just a fact, right?" West told Apple Music's Zane Lowe on Beats 1 in an interview released Thursday.

"So, for the greatest artist in human existence to put a red hat on was God's practical joke on all liberals like, 'Nooooo not Kanye,'" he continued. He used himself as an example of someone saying something that "culturally they're not supposed to say."

West during the two-hour Apple interview also claimed "there will be a time when I will be the president of the U.S.," without elaborating, according to Newsweek.


Kelly says he warned Trump against hiring 'yes man' to avoid impeachment

Source: The Hill

Former White House chief of staff John Kelly said Saturday that he warned President Trump against hiring a “yes man” to succeed him at the White House, saying doing so could lead to impeachment.

Kelly said at the Sea Island Summit, a political conference hosted by Washington Examiner, that he told Trump that he would be impeached if he did not choose a chief of staff with the strength to blunt some of the president’s more self-destructive impulses.

“I said, whatever you do — and we were still in the process of trying to find someone to take my place — I said whatever you do, don’t hire a ‘yes man,’ someone who won’t tell you the truth — don’t do that. Because if you do, I believe you will be impeached,” Kelly recalled.

“That was almost 11 months ago, and I have an awful lot of, to say the least, second thoughts about leaving,” he added. “It pains me to see what’s going on because I believe if I was still there or someone like me was there, he would not be kind of, all over the place.”

Read more: https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/467578-kelly-says-he-warned-trump-against-hiring-yes-man-to-avoid

Little man just finished his football season and wrote his coach a note saying "thanks".


If the wealth tax had been in place a century ago, we would have had more anti-semitism from Henry..

Forcing the wealthy to spend could boomerang. If the wealth tax had been in place a century ago, we would have had more anti-semitism from Henry Ford and a smaller Ford Foundation today.


Trump decided to leave troops in Syria after conversations about oil, officials say

President Trump was persuaded to leave at least several hundred troops behind in Syria only when he was told that his decision to pull them out would risk control of oil fields in the country’s east, according to U.S. officials.

Trump had rejected arguments that withdrawing U.S. forces would benefit American adversaries, while endangering civilians and Kurdish allies, but he tweeted Thursday that “we will NEVER let a reconstituted ISIS have those fields.”

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper confirmed on Friday that troops would remain in eastern Syria to prevent the oil fields from being retaken by the Islamic State.

Speaking at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Esper said that military planners were “considering how we might reposition forces in the areas” and that the deployment “would include some mechanized forces” such as tanks or other armored vehicles and support personnel.



Van Jones takes a dig at Senator Harris:

I will be there, too, @CoryBooker... Running away from a conversation has never solved anything. Some people will abandon a microphone because they don’t like the person who touched it last. Others are smart enough to grab that microphone and make sure THEY get the last word.


What a take. I’m not caping for any candidate, but refusing to lend one’s name & presence to further legitimize events where a despicable person is being honored doesn’t mean one is “running” or not “smart.” There is principle to support both Kamala and Cory’s decisions.


Trump called Mattis in summer 2018 and directed him to "screw Amazon" out of $10 billion cloud contr

Trump called Mattis in summer 2018 and directed him to "screw Amazon" out of $10 billion cloud contract.

"Relaying the story to us during Small Group, Mattis said, 'We're not going to do that. This will be done by the book, both legally and ethically."


11 of the best bits from the book James Mattis doesn’t want you to read

There's a new book detailing the inside story of what it was like during Defense Secretary James Mattis' tenure, and it's safe to say that he'd prefer you not read it.

In Holding The Line: Inside Trump's Pentagon with Secretary Mattis, author Guy Snodgrass presents a fly-on-the-wall view of how the retired general operated at the Pentagon amid myriad crises, from issues with North Korea and Iran to trying to get on the same page with a chaotic White House.

Snodgrass, a retired Navy fighter pilot who served as chief speechwriter and communications director for most of Mattis' time in office, paints a revealing picture of events during a rough and tumble 1 1/2 year period, from presidential tweets coming out of nowhere to reshape military policy to news that Mattis was planning his resignation long before he ultimately dropped his papers on Trump's desk in Dec. 2018.

Task & Purpose got an advance copy of the book, which comes out on Oct. 29. Its release was initially stalled by the Pentagon for pre-publication review, and Snodgrass received threatening letters from DoD lawyers, but he ultimately was able to go ahead after he filed a lawsuit.


Aaugh! 10 Facts About It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Lee Mendelson hadn’t planned on a career in animation. But when television sponsors saw the filmmaker’s documentary about cartoonist Charles Schulz, they asked if the two could team up to produce a Christmas special based on Schulz’s Peanuts strip. The result, A Charlie Brown Christmas, was seen by roughly half of all households watching television during its premiere on CBS on December 9, 1965.

Mendelson went on to produce other Peanuts primetime specials, but 1966’s It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown remains one of the most endearing. As you prepare annual sympathy for poor ol' Chuck (“I got a rock”), check out some facts about naked composers, vomiting voice actors, and CBS’s bizarre ultimatum.


3. It was the first time Lucy snatched the football from Charlie Brown.

In animated form, anyway. When Schulz, Mendelson, and Melendez were brainstorming scene ideas for the special, talk turned to the fact that Lucy’s habit of pulling the football away from Charlie Brown had never been seen in animation. They also decided it would be a good time to introduce Snoopy’s World War I Flying Ace. The joke had appeared in the strip, but Mendelson thought it would work even better in motion. He was right: the sequence with Snoopy in a doghouse dogfight is one of the most memorable in the Peanuts animated canon.

4. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is secretly about Santa.

The Great Pumpkin saga was adapted from Schulz’s newspaper strip, where he had conceived it as a metaphor for some of the hope (and disappointment) associated with Saint Nick. Schulz disliked the idea kids heard of a jolly fat man who delivered presents all over the world when he knew many families could only afford one or two gifts for the holidays. “The Great Pumpkin is really kind of a satire on Santa Claus,” he told Mendelson. “When [he] doesn’t come, Linus is crushed.”


7. Kids sent Charlie Brown candy for years.

One of the most poignant moments of any Peanuts cartoon comes when downtrodden Charlie Brown opens his Halloween goodie sack and discovers he’s been given rocks instead of candy. According to Schulz, this so angered viewers that for years his California office was inundated with sacks of treats addressed to the character.


President Barack Obama: "There's nothing weak about kindness and compassion..."

“There’s nothing weak about kindness and compassion. There’s nothing weak about looking out for others. There’s nothing weak about being honorable.”

-Former President @BarackObama at the funeral of Rep. Elijah Cummings


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