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Jason Isbell Feels Your Pain

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.

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Beyond Fact Checking: Why Trump’s Lies Are Beside the Point

handheartIf you have noted — and possibly pointed out to a Trump supporter — that his press secretary, Sean Spicer, was lying when he said Trump’s inauguration drew the broadest audience in history, period, then Trump has you right where he wants you. Bloomberg columnist Tyler Cowen explains why focusing on facts ignores what’s really going on, and the real reasons Trump’s staff is lying.

Cowen points out that some hardened leaders use loyalty tests that ask their followers to go against conscience. Spicer and Kellyanne Conway are passing their loyalty tests with flying colors.

Trump isn’t lying in hopes you’ll believe his version of things. The real reasons are much worse.

By requiring subordinates to speak untruths, a leader can undercut their independent standing…That makes those individuals grow more dependent on the leader and less likely to mount independent rebellions against the structure of command. Promoting such chains of lies is a classic tactic when a leader distrusts his subordinates…and it is part of the same worldview that leads Trump to rely so heavily on family members.

But there’s even more to it than that.

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FactCheck.org Exposes Series of Lies in Donald’s News Conference

The full analysis by FactCheck.org follows…

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Enumerati

Half of Republicans Think Trump Won the Popular Vote

52%

Of Republicans said Trump won the popular vote, compared with only 7% of Democrats and 24% of independents, according to a new Qualtrics survey. Among Republicans without any college education, the share was even larger: 60%, compared with 37% of Republicans with a college degree. In reality, Hillary Clinton won 2.8 million more votes than Trump.

Verbatim

Reverse Draining the Swamp?

President-elect Trump has said that he’s going to “drain the swamp” in Washington…but lately it’s gotten even more complicated: so far, Mr. Trump seems to be implementing a sort of “reverse-draining” technique. Perhaps he intends to overflow the swamp first, thereby draining it? This would be an incredible feat of politics, not to mention nature, physics, and logic.

— Recent newsletter from the On the Media radio show and podcast from WNYU. The comment comes as President-Elect Trump continues to pick Washington and Wall Street insiders and cronies to serve in his cabinet.

Verbatim

Cruz Maintains McConnell Lied to Him

Every word I said there is true and accurate. No one disputed a word I said. The reaction in the Senate is how dare you say that out loud? They’re not upset that somebody lied to them!

— Sen. Ted Cruz, doubling down “on an accusation that Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lied to him, all the while insisting that he would work well with congressional leadership,” NBC News reports.

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Steele: Trump Rise Due to 35 Years of GOP Lies

If you look at the whole Republican Party, from libertarians to evangelicals to the Tea Party, you have a group of people who’ve been lied to for 35 years.

— Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, quoted by Bloomberg, explaining that this anger has resulted in the rise of Donald Trump.

On Message Verbatim

The Sisyphean Task of Gay Republicans

Watching gays try to be conservative Republicans is like watching people beat themselves up.

— Steve Silberman, Wired writer and editor, tweeting a link to an AP story about the Western Conservative Summit barring Log Cabin Republicans from taking a booth at their expo this summer, where Republican presidential candidates are expected to speak. “We’d love to have them attend the summit and be in the discussion,” the group’s president said. “But we have to draw the line at a formal relationship between two organizations with diametrically opposed policy beliefs.”

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Why You Felt Good About Things Before You Listened to the Pundits

Indicators
Figures from the Conference Board, which measures consumer confidence

There’s a new standard for judging the success of Pres. Obama’s initiatives: Every single last soul in America must be doing great before we can claim progress.

Don’t believe it? Can you count the number of times you’ve heard news reported this way?

Pundit: “Well yes, Freemont, unemployment continues to fall, month in and month out, but if you’re a person who is still looking for a job and can’t find one, then you’re not feeling any improvement.”

Duh.

Let me correct that. Big, super-irrelevant duh.

Facts are facts, and numbers are numbers. Whether “you’re the person” for whom things aren’t getting better doesn’t change the fact that THINGS ARE GETTING BETTER.

This Republican and tea party tactic of dismissing Pres. Obama’s proven successes by noting the exceptions has gone mainstream.

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Hank Green Says It’s Not OK for the Mainstream Media to Snipe at YouTube Stars

Bethany Mota's post-interview selfie
Bethany Mota’s post-interview selfie

If you missed it in the post-game coverage of the recent State of the Union speech, Pres. Obama broke new ground beyond perfecting presidential ad libs. He also agreed to one-on-one interviews with three YouTube stars, and one of them, Hank Green, isn’t happy with the way the “legacy” press corps treated the endeavor. Green’s article, posted on Medium, is titled “Holy Shit, I Interviewed the President.” It might have been better named, “Holy Shit, the Mainstream Media is Killing Democracy.”

Green: How does a democracy function with no credible system for informing its citizens?

CNN intro’d and outro’d every segment with Glozell [Green] in a bathtub full of cereal, as did ABC’s morning show…Even new media companies like Vice were dismissive:

“Think of it as a teeny-bopper AMA…The interviewers will be GloZell Green, who’s perhaps best known for sitting in a tub full of cereal; a 19-year-old who gives beauty advice named Bethany Mota; and Hank Green, a notorious YouTube ranter whose brother wrote The Fault in Our Stars.”

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