Jason Isbell Feels Your Pain

In New Song and Video: "I, Myself, am on the Brink"

Jason Isbell is arguably one of the best things Alabama gave this country, with his extraordinary catalog of music dating back to his days with the Drive-By Truckers. And don’t even get us started on his live shows. Let’s just say if he’s playing near you, buy a damn ticket.

This new song, from an upcoming album with his old band, The 400 Unit, urges us to take the high road in our thoughts and as we #resist. Whether it was inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama’s declaration that, “When they go low, we go high,” isn’t stated but we’re thinking yep.

Donald Has Hired Hundreds of Lackeys and Lobbyists

20170308-beachhead-graphic-300x200ProPublica has obtained a list of more than 400 Trump administration hires, including dozens of lobbyists and some from far-right media. They include:

A Trump campaign aide who argues that Democrats committed “ethnic cleansing” in a plot to “liquidate” the white working class. A former reality show contestant whose study of societal collapse inspired him to invent a bow-and-arrow-cum-survivalist multi-tool. A pair of healthcare industry lobbyists. A lobbyist for defense contractors. An “evangelist” and lobbyist for Palantir, the Silicon Valley company with close ties to intelligence agencies. And a New Hampshire Trump supporter who has only recently graduated from high school.

And remember Donald’s pledge to “drain the swamp?”

The list is striking for how many former lobbyists it contains: We found at least 36, spanning industries from health insurance and pharmaceuticals to construction, energy and finance. Many of them lobbied in the same areas that are regulated by the agencies they have now joined.
That figure is almost certainly an undercount since we only included those who formally registered as lobbyists, a process increasingly avoided by many in Washington.

Read it here.

Is Donald Secretly Meeting with Survivors of Bowling Green Massacre Today?

There Are Eight Tricks Donald’s Spox Use to Lie to the Press

Slate.com
Slate.com
In Politico Magazine, Virginia Heffernan describes the eight techniques Trump mouthpieces like Kellyanne Conway, Stephen Miller and Sean Spicer use to lie to, obfuscate and mislead the media:

1. The He-Believes-It Shuffle
2. The Kellyanne Escape Asana
3. The Spicey Nitpick
4. Trumpal Infallibility
5. “George…”
6. I Know You Are, But What Am I?
7. Move Along. Nothing to See Here.
8. This Is Very Fluid

Donald Brags about His IQ – But If He’s So Smart, Why Can’t He Spell?

Vets Decry Draft Dodger Donald’s Military Drag on War Ship

Tyrants love to dress up in uniforms
Tyrants love to dress up in uniforms

Donald Trump fled the Russiagate tempest swirling around his White House yesterday and gave a speech aboard the USS Gerald R.Ford in Virginia. The ship’s crew gave him an admiral’s cap that he wore along with a flight jacket — despite the fact that Donald dodged the draft during the Vietnam War, taking no less than five deferments.

USA Today noted that actual veterans were outraged by the so-called president’s playing dress-up in military attire.

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Donald’s ICE Deportation Force Detains Dreamer Immediately after She Spoke out Against Deportations

Daniella Vargas was born in Argentina, moved to US when she was seven
Daniella Vargas
Daniella Vargas

Jackson, Miss., Clarion-Ledger:

Moments after an immigrant spoke out about her fears of deportation, she was detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

Daniela Vargas, 22, was detained by ICE agents Wednesday morning, shortly after speaking at a news conference in downtown Jackson, according to her attorney, Abby Peterson.

The news conference was hosted by local immigration attorneys, churches and the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance to bring attention to families impacted by deportation.

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Wrong, Donald, Obamacare Is Not Collapsing

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In his speech to Congress, Donald lied about the the ACA:

Health insurance premiums on marketplaces created by the law did increase markedly this year in many parts of the country as insurers dealt with higher-than-expected medical claims from patients.

But most consumers are still able to get health plans for less than $100 a month on the marketplaces, thanks to insurance subsidies made available by Obamacare.

Enjoy This Video of Donald’s Fans Waving Russian Flags at CPAC

Donald Trump’s fans apparently have no idea what Russia’s flag looks like. Their ignorance allowed them to be punked by a pair of resistance activists from Americans Take Action, who gave the white, blue and red striped flags to attendees at the conservative conclave CAPC last week:

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CNN: Banning News Organizations from White House Briefings Is ‘Un-American’