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GQ: Donald Trump Spent His First State of the Union Taking Credit for Barack Obamas Accomplishments

Full article here: https://www.gq.com/story/donald-trump-sotu-2018

Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night, convincingly demonstrating to the entire world that he is, contrary to popular belief, a functional adult who is capable of reading patriotic bromides from a teleprompter for 80 minutes without going on a white-supremacist tangent. But during the parts of his speech in which the president glowingly touted some of the more noteworthy accomplishments of his first year in office, I couldn't help but notice that many of them shared a certain common thread. Let's go through the transcript together and see if you, too, can spot it.

Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs...

The United States has yet to experience a single month of net job loss since October 2010. Barack Obama was president then.

...including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone.

Manufacturing jobs in this country have been slowly but gradually increasing since 2010. Barack Obama was president then.

After years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages.

Inflation-adjusted wages have been steadily on the rise since 2014. Barack Obama was president then.

Donald Trump made 12 false claims in his State of the Union address

Once again, Daniel Dale's thorough reporting on Trump's lies in the Toronto Star. Full article here.

Here are the false claims Trump made in his State of the Union:

1) “After years and years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages.”

Wages have been rising since 2014. As PolitiFact reported: “For much of the time between 2012 and 2014, median weekly earnings were lower than they were in 1979 — a frustrating disappearance of any wage growth for 35 years. But that began changing in 2014. After hitting a low of $330 a week in early 2014, wages have risen to $354 a week by early 2017. That’s an increase of 7.3 per cent over a roughly three-year period.” FactCheck.org reported: “For all private workers, average weekly earnings (adjusted for inflation) rose 4% during Obama’s last four years in office.” The Washington Post noted that wages “actually declined in the fourth quarter of 2017, from $353 a week to $345 in inflation-adjusted dollars.”

4) “We have ended the war on American energy — and we have ended the war on beautiful clean coal.”

We’ll leave aside the debate about the existence of a “war on American energy,” and Trump has indeed taken steps to encourage the coal industry — but the phrase “clean coal” is dishonest in itself, a creation of industry spin. As the Washington Post reports: “There’s no such thing as ‘clean coal.’ Power plants can mitigate some of the effects of burning coal by capturing and burying carbon-dioxide emissions, but that doesn’t cleanse the coal itself.” The phrase “clean coal,” the New York Times reported last year, “is often understood to mean coal plants that capture the carbon dioxide emitted from smokestacks and bury it underground as a way of limiting global warming.” This technology, though, is not widely — — and Trump appears to extra-misleadingly use the phrase “clean coal” to describe coal extraction and use of any kind.

11) “The fourth and final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration.”

This is simple nonsense. There is no reasonable argument that the “nuclear family” would be protected if Trump no longer allowed people to sponsor family members, such as children and parents, to immigrate to the U.S.

If Trump is a serial liar, why call this a list of “false claims,” not lies? The answer is that we can’t be sure that each and every one was intentional. In some cases, he may have been confused or ignorant. What we know, objectively, is that he was not telling the truth.

You can read the entire list at the link at the top of this post.

Russia's State TV: "Seemingly, Trump is ours again."


#Russia's state TV:
Female host: "Seemingly, Trump is ours again. So far, he's being quiet and not supporting the sanctions."
Male host: "Well, it seems that way."


We all know Trump's been a pawn for the Russians. What I don't think he realizes is that the Russians have about as much loyalty to him as he has to anyone other than his own immediate family. As soon as he's done being useful, they'll toss him aside, doing indelible and deep damage to the office of POTUS in the same stroke. It's win-win for them.

**** UPDATE ****
Looks like RawStory has picked this up, as well:

Basic Buttercream Icing recipe

So, for this week's video, we got pretty basic, and we're just showing a basic buttercream recipe. There are a couple of different ways to approach buttercream, and this is definitely the simplest and most versatile. We'll be doing a video on the other method in the future, it's a little more like the process for an Italian Meringue.

Anyway, this is the easy basic buttercream recipe, and we're flavouring it with a locally produced French Cream liquer similar to Bailey's called Chantilly. I'd link you to the Maverick Distillery, but it seems their website is currently in limbo. They do have a Facebook page. You can of course flavour this however you like, it's very versatile. Grand Marinier is great for orange flavour, or Amaretto for almond, or Kirsch for cherry. You don't need to use liquer, either, you can flavour it however you like.

Next week's video will be the cupcakes we're decorating!

This is what really happened when Chelsea Manning partied with the far right

The full mic.com article here!

Over the weekend, photos surfaced of Manning attending a gala held on Saturday by the far right’s most acerbic demagogues. As Manning insisted that she was there to “crash” the A Night for Freedom party at the five-story nightclub FREQ NYC, new photos surfaced. A few showed her laughing along at the party with far-right talking head Gavin McInnes, who once called trans people “gender niggers.” Meanwhile, photos dating back to November emerged showing Manning posing after an “escape room” game with pro-Trump conspiracy hustlers including Lucian Wintrich and Jack Posobiec.

The reaction from many on the anti-Trump left has included feelings of confusion and betrayal. Advocates and enemies reached for myriad explanations for how it is that Manning — military whistleblower and hero to the anti-fascist left — ended up at a right-wing rager.

Is Manning a secret fascist? No, it turns out — she’s just allowed a trusted confidante to lead her into catastrophe, yet again.

To anyone familiar with key players in right-wing political drama, the attendance list would have set off major red flags. One attendee was Wintrich, a coworker of Fairbanks’ at the Gateway Pundit and a fake news purveyor. Another was Posobiec, famous for, among other things, advancing the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory that led a gunman to a Washington, D.C., pizzeria in search of a fake pedophile ring.

Fairbanks asked the group whether it was alright to bring Manning. They were happy to have her. Mic was told by those in attendance, as well as Manning’s campaign staff, that she was never fully briefed on exactly who she would be hanging out with.

To call the attendees of the gala part of the “alt-right” is a delicate category error. The event was held by the leaders of the “alt-lite” or “new right,” a loose coalition of pro-Trump internet celebrities and new media stuntmen who, while avowedly anti-white nationalist, nevertheless advance anti-black, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant talking points. Mike Cernovich, the party’s headlining host, built his reputation as a rape apologist blogger, was once charged with sexual assault and also famously advanced the “pizzagate” conspiracy theory.

For many on the left watching from home, however, the damage was done. By attending the event at all, Manning set herself up for accusations of co-signing a gala of pseudo-fascists and white supremacists.

Those on the right, on the other hand, were quick to brag about how civil they’d been to Manning, even as her Twitter mentions filled to the brim with transphobic abuse. For those who always considered Manning a traitor, the photos were evidence that she was a pox on progressive politics all along. And for purportedly left-leaning conspiracy theorists, the event became a part of a broader plot.

Fairbanks told Mic she’s now wracked with guilt, blaming herself for the damage and for pulling a vulnerable friend past the cameras and straight into a public relations catastrophe.

But perhaps no one was hurt more than Manning. Muslim activist Linda Sarsour, who endorsed Manning’s senate campaign, told BuzzFeed’s Joe Bernstein that Manning “expressed extreme regret” to Sarsour for attending the party, and was on “the verge of tears.” Two individuals close to Manning confirmed to Mic that she’s deeply upset that there’d be any doubt as to her anti-fascist credibility.

But Manning’s new constituency — the anarchists, the transgender rights activists, the radically anti-fascist left — are unlikely to tolerate any further fraternizing with right-wing provocateurs. No more parties. No more game nights. Wintrich told Mic he wouldn’t fault Manning for distancing herself further from them.

Fairbanks told Mic she wanted to make clear was it was never her intention to try to convert Manning to the far right. Indeed, she said she never believed anything of the sort would be possible.

“She has more guts and backbone than anyone else I have ever known,” Fairbanks said. “The left should be proud to have her.”

It's a really interesting story about how Chelsea Manning got to where she is, what really led to her time in military prison, and how she's trusted people that she probably shouldn't be. I don't believe for a second that Manning is actually a hidden fascist right-winger. She's not some Peter Thiel Milo Yiannopoulos pet LGBTQ+ for the right to trot out and show just how "tolerant" they really are (hint: they're not). I will say it's possible she's too easily led by people she trusts.

Creamy Chicken Soup recipe

So, this week we're doing another warm and hearty recipe on our channel, because it's been freakin' cold. We had some leftover roast chicken, so hubby decided it was a good time to make some nice warm soup again! This time a rich and creamy soup with mushrooms. As always, this is sort of a template of a recipe, and there is a lot of room for customization and personalization. You can change the herbs and veggies, you can leave out the mushrooms if you're not a fan, you can strain it if you want a silky smooth soup instead of one with a bit of texture left, whatever you like! It's a very simple recipe.

The soup is thickened with a roux, but we sort of cheat it a little. Normally, we'd cook the roux in a separate pan and add it to the soup, but in this recipe, we heat up the veggies in butter, and then add the flour on top of that. The flour and butter cook together, and then when the stock is added, the cheater roux starts to cook in earnest and thicken the soup. You can see in the video when we lift the lid and the soup has become frothy after adding the stock, that's the flour of the roux cooking.

Also, maybe some of you have heard that YouTube is changing how their partnership works. It used to be that we could monetize our videos once we had 10,000 views on our channel (across all of our videos), but they're now changing it so that they require 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours of views in the past 12 months. So, obviously we're only about 1/3 of the way to that first one, and the second one will take some time as well. This is affecting a lot of smaller and medium-sized content creators on the platform, and you'll probably see a lot of appeals like this: Please share our videos with people you know who may be interested in our content. Folks who'd like some simple recipes to expand their recipe box, or even just to see another way of cooking a few things! Thanks, everyone!

New Jersey bans Bump Stocks

N.J. bans gun device used in Las Vegas shooting after Christie signs bill


It's now illegal in New Jersey to sell or posses a "bump stock," the controversial firearm accessory allegedly used by the gunman in last year's Las Vegas massacre.

Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican set to leave office Tuesday, signed a Democratic-sponsored bill Monday outlawing the devices, which can be affixed to semiautomatic riffles to allow them to fire bullets, mimicking automatic weapons.

Christie -- who took action on more than 150 bills on his final full day in office -- made no statement on the legislation (S3477/A5200), which takes effect immediately.

Anyone who owns a bump stock or "trigger crank" now has 90 days -- until April 15 -- to surrender the accessories to law enforcement authorities. Retailers who sell them have 30 days.

Sale or possession of a bump stock is now a third-degree crime that carries a sentence of three-to-five years in prison, a fine of up to $15,000, or both.

Good for NJ!

Trump's racism and misogyny on one neat little package:


At this point, anyone who's claiming ignorance of Trump's cartoonish racism and misogyny, they are just straight up lying. We called it out during the campaign, during the primary, during the election cycle, and ever since, and there are STILL people denying that the President is a racist or a white nationalist.

Article here:

... I'm just so fucking tired.

Forget the F-52s, forget Normay, forget Trump's malaprops and flubs

Everyone misspeaks, and Trump more frequently than most, but this has to be the story:

(with thanks to EarlG)

The intentional, brutish, cold, and sociopathic economic violence perpetrated by Trump and the corrupt administration that props him up in coordination with unbelievably wealthy and unethical corporations on the middle and lower classes, working poor, and wage slaves in the USA.

It's fun and funny to focus on Trump selling Norway a bunch of fictional aircraft, but as long as we're making fun of typos, the people being screwed by Trump's policies but still supporting him will be able to hold their ground and say that "the left" is just focused on calling Trump stupid. But point out that the corporations that were supposed to create jobs with all of those tax savings they got *IMMEDIATELY* and *WITHOUT WARNING* cut thousands of jobs, and it starts to trickle into their heads that maybe something's wrong, and maybe this isn't all as rosy at the hoarse-throated huckster in the Oval Office keeps promising.

I Made the Pizza Cinnamon Rolls from Mario Batalis Sexual Misconduct Apology Letter

*** Please note, this is not my writing ***

Found here:

Last night, I made cinnamon rolls. I’m not a huge fan of cinnamon rolls, per se, but this recipe was included in Mario Batali’s sexual misconduct apology letter, and so I feel compelled to make them. Batali is not the first powerful man to request forgiveness for “inappropriate actions” towards his coworkers and employees. He is not the most high profile, and he is ostensibly not even the worst offender. But he is the only one who included a recipe.

And of course, the glaring question is why? Was his PR team drunk? Is life suddenly a really long, depressing SNL sketch? Do these cinnamon rolls somehow destroy the patriarchy? Does the icing advocate for equal pay?

I figure the only way to answer these questions is to make the damn rolls.

I find myself fluctuating between apathy and anger as I try to follow Batali’s recipe, which is sparse on details. The base of the rolls is pizza dough – Batali notes that you can either buy it, or use his recipe to make your own.

I make my own, because I’m a woman, and for us there are no fucking shortcuts. We spend 25 years working our asses off to be the most qualified Presidential candidate in U.S. history and we get beaten out by a sexual deviant who likely needs to call the front desk for help when he’s trying to order pornos in his hotel room.

Donald Trump is President, so I’m making the goddamn dough by scratch.

I think about the time that I was an intern at a local news station, and assigned to hand out cake while celebrating some milestone (it had to do with the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.) One of the producers I’d been working with closely walked up to the table.

“Do you want a piece?” I asked.

“Yeah,” he said, looking me up and down. “Oh, you mean of cake? No thanks.” He and another male staff member laughed while I stood, holding a piece of cake in each hand, dumbstruck.

Batali does not specify how tightly to roll the dough. I do so too tightly because fuck everything.

I think I’ve used too much dough.

I think about how the last conversation about compensation I had resulted in someone who made more yearly than I ever will telling me I was holding them “emotionally hostage” and then demanding to know, over and over again why I needed the money.

“Just tell me,” they demanded. “Tell me why you need it.” Over and over until it broke me.

If they are edible, I will eat every single one of these fucking rolls myself.

This is devastatingly sharp writing, and I love it.
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