- Via Nancy LeTourneau, Christopher Dickey reminds us that the Diversity Visa program provided us with Abdel Rahman Mosabbah, a Muslim from Egypt, who discovered and stopped a terrorist attack in NYC that would have been much worse than the recent bike path murders.
- Our favorite Earth-Bound Misfit has an idea of who in government is doing the bidding of terrorists.
- Patrick Bjork at Bjork Report brings us a powerful ad that targets ethnic hate and a campaign for Governor.
- The Moderate Voice carries a piece by David Robertson suggesting that Democrats are afraid to admit that the Trump idea of building a wall along the southern border is a benign idea to enforce a worthy law. Why challenge intent, after all? I dunno. Could be how it fits into a larger context of bigotry.
- Dave Dubya takes a claw hammer to the last few public pronouncements of Presidential gatekeeper John Kelly, the supposed administration grown up.
- Will these made up counter-accusations never cease? Andy Borowitz reports as President Trump accuses Hillary Clinton of deliberately losing the election so he could be impeached. Oh wait. It’s satire? Well how could anyone tell?
- At Frances Langum takes note as the Fox network violates a contract and cancels an ad run as soon as Donald Trump tweets an objection. Fox reports, Trump decides.
- At The Onion, the White House announces that Obamacare Exchanges will now only be accessible from a single kiosk in a remote Iowa cornfield.
- Max’s Dad watches indictments of Trump associates, thinks about the first couple of stones and how rockslides begin.
- At Margaret and Helen, Helen Philpot writes to her friend about Halloween, wondering if the scariest sight might have been the Jack O’Lantern and white sheets in the Oval Office.
- Before he became President, Jack Kennedy was famous in part for his book Profiles in Courage, about political figures in American history who took brave stands at a political cost. During the Cuban missile crisis, he noted ruefully a sign he saw: “Less Profile, More Courage”. Jack Jodell at The Saturday Afternoon Post has a harsher judgment about today’s Republican officeholders who know the dangers represented by President Trump, but cringe in fear and go along.
- Capt. Fogg at Human Voices gets impatient with a sexual assault accusation that turns out to be about George H. W. Bush, while confined to a wheel chair.
- driftglass goes Biblical, bringing us the book of Ecclesiastes as it would be written by Grover Norquist.
- In The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser, Bruce takes occasion of Hollywood and other scandals to consider his previous life as a pastor and the common practice of hugging in church.
- North Carolina pastor John Pavlovitz was invited to host a series of discussions about faith and politics. Pastor Pavlovitz does defy the growing stereotype of devout Christians being hate-filled Trumpsters. His blog has attracted what he calls a disparate following. So did attendence at his discussions. He urged his audiences to consider trying church again.
- The Journal of Improbable Research has discovered a precise video by Ford illustrating a detailed robotic study simulating how human butts interact with car seats.
- This week’s note in Trumpian ‘Alternative Facts’ comes from The Monitor in McAllen, Texas, explaining how they threaten our environment.
- I never knew the Mueller investigation has its own website with links to court documents.
Oh, by the way,
Hello. The current administration is trying really hard to make sure you don't know you have access to good, affordable health insurance. pic.twitter.com/VU10FkD2Xy
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) November 1, 2017
Have a safe week. Let’s be careful out there.