About brobrubel

Retired journalist. I've reported and edited for newspaper in Florida, Kentucky, New York, Brussels and London. I also spent a few years as a government flack in Pennsylvania. This blog contains random thoughts on politics, world affairs and entertainment

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Babyman fires his house elf

Fired attorney general Jeff Sessions in happier times.

This happened today:


On Wednesday afternoon, President Trump gave a post-election press conference in the White House’s East Room, taking questions from reporters for an hour and a half, offering his thoughts about the incoming Democratic majority in the House, the results of various Senate and gubernatorial races, his war with the press, Oprah Winfrey, immigration, infrastructure. “Can you give us clarity, sir, on your thinking, currently, now, after the midterms, about your Attorney General and your Deputy Attorney General?” a reporter asked at one point. “Do they have long-term job security?” It had long been rumored that Trump would rid himself of his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, after the midterms—the two were once close political allies, but Trump has never forgiven Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing the Russia probe. When faced with this point-blank question, though, Trump demurred. “I’d rather answer that at a little bit different time,” he said. “We’re looking at a lot of different things.”

A little bit different time turned out to be not three hours later. “We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well….,” Trump announced, on Twitter, later Wednesday afternoon. “….We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.” Sessions’s resignation letter soon became public, which made clear that he had resigned at Trump’s request—effectively, he’d been fired.

Yep. Babyman gave him the sock.

This is why you non-voters better vote tomorrow

From the Rude Pundit:

We know the joint’s a mess, but it’s the place where we gotta live. You can try to build another place, which means you gotta buy the building material, hire the labor, and get all the permits. Or you can pick up a broom and help clean up this one right now.

Not voting when you are ready and able to vote is privilege taken to the hilt. The non-voters on the left have decided that their beliefs trump (goddamn him for taking that word from us) whatever good can be done through elections as the parties stand now. If you don’t vote and that causes Republicans to keep both houses of Congress, you have condemned yourself and all the people you think you’re taking a stand for to at least two more years and the lingering effects of gutted social programs, of a war on women and non-whites, of an openly racist immigration policy, of inaction on climate change, and so very much more. You will be deciding that you would rather that happen, you would rather fuck up real lives of real people, than you compromised.

That makes you an asshole. That makes anyone you know who’s doing the same an asshole. You are being a bunch of assholes. You have a choice here. You can choose to not be an asshole.

In case that wasn’t clear enough, don’t be an asshole. Vote!