Wednesday Reads: Designed in the USA


If anyone saw the Rep. Pramila Jayapal interview last night on Chris Hayes…you know the absolute terror and disgust that can make an actual pain in your chest.

If you have not seen this interview, stop what you are doing right now, and watch it.

Rep. Jayapal: Mothers didn’t even get to say bye to kids

It will be very difficult, and the word difficult is not used lightly…but work your way through it. Feel the bitter pain, that chokes up and taste foul in the back of your throat. For that is the essence of a hateful authoritarian dictatorship rule, and when Hannah Arendt spoke of the Banality of Evil….let me tell you, it starts here….

More from Rep. Jayapal:


The situation is only getting worse….


I don’t know what the fuck the United States is anymore, it sure as hell isn’t a democracy…it has moved on past the point of the “breakdown” period. I truly think we are now at the beginning of the Totalitarian Regime of Trump.

… Arendt notes that loneliness can become both the seedbed and the perilous consequence of the isolation effected by tyrannical regimes:

In isolation, man remains in contact with the world as the human artifice; only when the most elementary form of human creativity, which is the capacity to add something of one’s own to the common world, is destroyed, isolation becomes altogether unbearable… Isolation then becomes loneliness.


While isolation concerns only the political realm of life, loneliness concerns human life as a whole. Totalitarian government, like all tyrannies, certainly could not exist without destroying the public realm of life, that is, without destroying, by isolating men, their political capacities. But totalitarian domination as a form of government is new in that it is not content with this isolation and destroys private life as well. It bases itself on loneliness, on the experience of not belonging to the world at all, which is among the most radical and desperate experiences of man.

This is why our insistence on belonging, community, and human connection is one of the greatest acts of courage and resistance in the face of oppression…


And let’s not forget the fiasco with Canada and our other allies….the isolation that has been the cornerstone of tRump’s rule in office:

What perpetuates such tyrannical regimes, Arendt argues, is manipulation by isolation — something most effectively accomplished by the divisiveness of “us vs. them” narratives. She writes:

Terror can rule absolutely only over men who are isolated against each other… Therefore, one of the primary concerns of all tyrannical government is to bring this isolation about. Isolation may be the beginning of terror; it certainly is its most fertile ground; it always is its result. This isolation is, as it were, pretotalitarian; its hallmark is impotence insofar as power always comes from men acting together…; isolated men are powerless by definition.


tRump has aligned the US with ruthless dictators and powerful authoritarian governments…because that is what the US as become.

Some updates on the North Korea Summit:

North Korea state media says Trump agreed to lift sanctions against North | Reuters

North Korean state media said on Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump had agreed to lift sanctions against the North in addition to providing security guarantees in the summit with the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un, the previous day.

North Korea state media reporting Trump agreed to lift sanctions | TheHill

Both leaders signed an agreement committing the United States to unspecified “security guarantees” in exchange for denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula.

Trump reportedly offered to lift sanctions on the cash-strapped country in addition to those security guarantees, according to Reuters.

North Korea’s KCNA news agency cites Trump making the pledge to lift the economic barriers after saying the U.S. would end joint military exercises with South Korea.

Following the summit, Trump had indicated that sanctions would remainuntil North Korea began the denuclearization process saying of easing sanctions, “I hope it’s going to be soon. At a certain point, I actually look forward to taking them off.”

Reuters did not receive immediate comment from U.S. officials.

The Hill has also reached out to the White House for comment.


In other news, Steve King retweeted a Nazi: GOP lawmaker retweets prominent British neo-Nazi | TheHill

There seems to be a new Fox News/ tRump family connection in the “house” ….STASI: Fox should fire reporter Kimberly Guilfoyle, who can’t possibly stay neutral while dating a Trump kid – NY Daily News

And, tRump is keen on building a tRump Tower in North Korea:

North Korea ‘Could Have The Best Hotels’ On Its Beaches, Trump Raves To Kim | HuffPost

“They have great beaches,” Trump said at a news conference following the talks between the two leaders. “You see that whenever they’re exploding the canons into the ocean. I said look at that view. Wouldn’t that make a great condo beyond that?”

“You could have the best hotels in the world right there. Think of it from a real estate perspective,” Trump continued. “You have South Korea, you have China, and they own the land in the middle. How bad is that? Right? It’s great.”

Despite Trump’s grandiose suggestions, the U.S. State Department recommends against travel to North Korea. Federal authorities advise travelers to draft a will and “funeral wishes” before going.

I think that part about drafting a will and making funeral wishes is a dramatically different message to what the tRump admin is pushing.

Going back to the #Wherearethechildren and #FamiliesBelongTogether issue…

After the Chris Hayes interview, Rep. Jayapal posted this on her Twitter account:


Now the funnies…starting with this shit…no it ain’t no joke. This is fucking real:

Why Donald Trump showed Kim Jong-un a movie trailer at the North Korea summit – Axios


President Trump’s wooing of Kim Jong-un at the Singapore summit included the iPad showing (in English and Korean) of a “Destiny Pictures” movie trailer, made by the White House’s National Security Council, starring themselves saving the world.

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  • There are dunked basketballs, exploding bombs, flourishing labs and cities — all designed to show Kim what’s possible if he engages with the West, and to warn him darkly of the alternative.
  • From the voiceover: “Only the very few will make decisions or take actions that renew their homeland and change the course of history … Two men. Two leaders. One destiny. … A story about a special moment in time when a man is presented with one chance that may never be repeated. What will he choose?”
  • From Trump’s presser: “I showed it to him … toward the end of the meeting. And I think he loved it. … [W]e had it on a cassette … an iPad.  … [A]bout eight of their representatives were watching it, and I thought they were fascinated.”

Jonathan Swan’s sources help illuminate Trump’s thinking:

  • Trump thinks of his presidency in cinematic terms — with himself as star, producer, director, writer and critic. Now, backed by the resources of the United States government, he’s a studio, too.
  • The president is very aware of his celebrity and how people view him.
  • Kim is a young tyrant obsessed with pop culture.
  • So by literally casting the two of them in a movie, Trump’s was celebritizing the summit, and aiming at Kim’s sweet spot.

The White House is very proud of the video: Vice President Pence showed it at yesterday’s weekly Senate Republican luncheon.

  • Garrett Marquis, National Security Council spokesman: “The video was created by the NSC to help the President demonstrate the benefits of complete denuclearization, and a vision of a peaceful and prosperous Korean Peninsula.”

And if you want to see the video…just go to the White House facebook page..yeah, can you believe this shit?


06/13/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

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Exactly….yes to this one Nick Anderson!


06/13/2018 Cartoon by Nate Beeler

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06/12/2018 Cartoon by Nate Beeler

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06/12/2018 Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson

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Uh, that one from Signe is spot on.


Nick Anderson cartoon: 06/12/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cartoon by Nick Anderson - Nick Anderson cartoon

The Handshake: 06/13/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - The Handshake

Neighbors to the North: 06/12/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - Neighbors to the North

G-7 Summit: 06/10/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - G-7 Summit

06/13/2018 Cartoon by Steve Artley

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Bruce Plante Cartoon: Trump and Kim Jong Un meet: 06/13/2018 Cartoon by Bruce Plante

Cartoon by Bruce Plante - Bruce Plante Cartoon: Trump and Kim Jong Un meet

Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 06/13/2018 Cartoon by Clay Bennett

Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

06/13/2018 Cartoon by MStreeter

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06/13/2018 Cartoon by Kevin Siers

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06/12/2018 Cartoon by Joe Heller

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06/12/2018 Cartoon by Gustavo Rodriguez

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Allies of Evil: 06/13/2018 Cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Allies of Evil

Rudy: 06/13/2018 Cartoon by James Silk

Cartoon by James Silk - Rudy

The best deals: 06/13/2018 Cartoon by James Silk

Cartoon by James Silk - The best deals

06/12/2018 Cartoon by Matt Wuerker

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U.S.-N.K. SUMMIT: 06/12/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - U.S.-N.K. SUMMIT

G7 2018: 06/11/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - G7 2018

Statue of Cruelty: 06/12/2018 Cartoon by Steve Greenberg

Cartoon by Steve Greenberg - Statue of Cruelty

I think the kid should be younger in that cartoon…but that is only my opinion.




And that will about do it for me…


One more thing before we go:

See this?

It is from a water bottle I bought at Walmart…see what it says…”Designed in the USA.”  What a fucking joke…

You know what else is funny…Walmart bicycles say they are assembled in the USA…you what to know what that means?

It means that some store employee puts the bike together in the back room, cute? Yeah, all the parts come from somewhere overseas…innit funny?

“Assembled in the USA.”

“Designed in the USA.”

The mutthafukkin joke is on us.

This is an open thread.

65 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Designed in the USA”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    This wound up being longer than expected…have a good day.

  2. Pat Johnson says:

    I lost my 3 year old in a grocery store and that 5 minutes of anguish before he was found in the candy aisle was excruciating.

    Cannot imagine what these parents are enduring not knowing where their children are or how they are being treated simply because they sought refuge in the US.

    This is who we are, what we have become, under this criminal administration let by a psychopath.

    Are members of the GOP not parents or grandparents that they can choose to ignore the barbarity of this directive? Shame on that entire party- the “family values” fakes who can sit back and dismiss these actions.

    I loathe and despise them all.

    • bostonboomer says:

      You and me both. I can’t stand to think about the pain those parents and children are enduring. This administration and its supporters are heartless monsters.

    • dakinikat says:

      I can’t stop crying about this and I go for years without crying! This is immoral!!

    • Enheduanna says:

      I’m not sure tRump and his base see brown people as fully human, similar to how they see women as a sub-species. His base are identical to the Nazis in their perception of other races as vermin to be rid of.

      I’d give anything to see Congress defund ICE and DHS.

      • dakinikat says:

        For those of you that had build a wall with Canada and make the Canadians pay for it on your Trump Dystopia bingo card:

        DHS Announces Strengthened Northern Border Strategy

        • NW Luna says:

          “Northern Border Threat Analysis Report” WTAF? I go up to Canada fairly frequently, usually to southern BC. The Canadians have always been polite and reasonable at the border crossing. The Americans, not always. One time the border officer asked me if I liked moustaches. Damn I was glad I wasn’t alone in the car.

          Last time I think the US border guys thought I was innocuous because I said we’d come up to see an exhibition at the Univ of BC Museum of Anthropology. Snore. BTW, if you are ever in Vancouver BC the MoA is a must-see.

          There is a Peace Arch with a small park at the border, and a sign “Children of a Common Mother” at the crossing. Guess that’s going to change.

    • quixote says:

      “before he was found in the candy aisle” 😀

      Probably grew up knowing where the good things were, too!

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Michael Cohen’s lawyers are not going to keep representing him, and no replacements have been announced. It looks like he will have to cooperate. Bad news for Trump.

  4. Sara says:

    Juan Cole shows the Iran deal was better than the North Korea Commitment

  5. dakinikat says:

    You will cry when you read or listen to this.

    “In most cases, they were taken into a different room like, ‘Here we’re going take your photograph,’” said U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal. “Then after the photo was taken, they were taken to a different room from their child. So they never got to say goodbye.”

    They could hear their children screaming in the other room, Jayapal said.

    “Screaming for their moms, asking for their moms. And they had to sit there and listen to that and still not be able to see them or hold them.”

    Jayapal was able meet with some of the 177 women detained inside the jail. She said she was the first person to meet with many of these women; a few have also met with attorneys from the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

    • NW Luna says:

      I do not want to imagine or hear this. It’s bad enough reading it.

      I am so proud of my Rep Jayapal. What also alarms me is that so few other Congressmembers are working and speaking out against this. We’ve got to get a majority in the Senate and the House in November.

  6. Enheduanna says:

    Great post JJ. The White House video is one long long list of cliche after cliche on top of cliches. They should have started it with “In a world where yada yada….”. At least that would be funny. I wonder if we’ll get some hilarious “reviews” of it on Twitter.

    • dakinikat says:

      Harebrained’: National Security Council owns up to widely derided Trump video
      The four-minute video in Korean and English was credited to Destiny Pictures, but owner of firm with same name said he had ‘no involvement’

      and of course, who ordered the silly thing?

      When asked about the film at a press conference on Tuesday, Trump defended it as a masterstroke which he had sprung on Kim and his entourage.

      “We had it made up,” the president said. “I showed it to them today. Actually during the meeting. Toward the end of the meeting. I think he loved it.

      “We had it on cassette. An iPad,” Trump said. “They played it. About eight of their representatives were watching it. I thought they were fascinated by it. I thought it was well done. I showed it to you because that is the future.”

      • Enheduanna says:

        The incompetence is so embarrassing. I hope Destiny Pictures sues him.

        • quixote says:

          I wonder if he knows the difference between a cassette and an iPad?

          That business about the rapt NK rep watching it? Who wants to take the bet they were thinking, “Huh?? They make this shit too? I thought they didn’t have to?”

          • NW Luna says:

            Of course he doesn’t know the difference. He doesn’t even use email. And I think you’re right about what the NK rep thought.

  7. dakinikat says:

    Stop comparing President Trump to a toddler

    Can we please stop referring to President Donald Trump as the toddler-in-chief?

    It implies a level of innocence and curiosity that’s altogether absent from this president. It implies a work in progress. It’s insulting to toddlers.

    It’s a Twitter handle (@ToddlerinChief). It’s a Twitter thread (#ToddlerinChief) curated by Washington Post reporter Daniel W. Drezner. It’s been a staple of analysts and headline-writers (“Who is minding the toddler-in-chief?” asks The Washington Monthly) and a common refrain among critics of his recent excursions into foreign affairs, particularly the chaos he fomented at the G7 summit.


    Trump is overseeing one of the cruelest policies in this country’s modern history: the forced separation of hundreds of children from their parents.

    The United Nations has called on the administration to immediately halt this barbaric policy. Child welfare advocates warn that the separations may cause permanent trauma to the separated children. News reports describe authorities using force to yank babies and toddlers from terrified parents.

    The New York Times report about Jose, a 5-year-old Honduran boy who draws pictures of his family and moans himself to sleep each night, should haunt us all.

    If you’re not properly moved, read about the dinner exchange between Henry Kissinger and Ruth Westheimer (Dr. Ruth), which forces us to explore our history of allowing families to be separated.

    “Nazis showed up at their apartment to arrest her father, a salesman,” George Packer reports in The New Yorker. “As they marched him off into a covered truck, he turned around and looked at Ruth, who was watching from the window. She waved, and he waved back. Then he smiled, so that she wouldn’t cry. She never saw him again.

    “Two months later, in January, 1939, Ruth’s mother placed her on a train with other German Jewish children bound for Switzerland — part of the Kindertransport. Her mother hugged her on the platform, Dr. Ruth told Merkel and the rest of us, and, to keep herself from crying, she began to sing songs during the train ride that would bring her back to the happy time when their family was together. Dr. Ruth survived the war and the Holocaust in Switzerland. Her parents perished in the Nazi death camps.”

    The enforcement, here, now, of an immigration policy that tears apart families is anything but childlike.

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  9. dakinikat says:

    The Language of the Trump Administration Is the Language of Domestic Violence

    There has always been a sickening intimacy to Trump’s insults and cruelties, whether he was sexualizing his daughter or sexually humiliating and physically dominating Hillary Clinton during the second Presidential debate. For many observers, especially women, that debate—coming days after the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape—triggered a fight-or-flight response, unleashing their own memories of harassment and abuse. And, for many observers, especially parents, the news coverage of the atrocities being committed at the border in the name of American prosperity and security triggers a similar physiological response—except that this time the trigger is instantiated by sadistic, totalitarian force. (I cannot be the only mother of small children who slept on the floor of her kids’ room the night that “All In with Chris Hayes” reported on a baby seized from his parents, one week past his first birthday.) A slow, quiet terror continues to spread through the American populace. We are all being made into complicit bystanders in Trump’s violence. We are all members of Trump’s toxic, traumatizing family now.

    • Sweet Sue says:

      Let’s refer to the bastard as “Dumpy, Dopey, Donny and see how he likes it. Of course it would be much more effective coming from pols.

      • RonStill4Hills says:

        I have gotten attached to Il Douchebag.

        • quixote says:

          The Dump, people. Short for the Orange Dump. Short for The Cheeto-topped Dogpile.

          A douchebag just has some water and miscellaneous cells and mucosal secretions in it. He’s way worse than that.

          • RonStill4Hills says:

            Yes, but have you ever seen the old films of Mussolini (Il Duce) when he would enter a rally and the crowd would erupt, “DUCE! DUCE! DUCE!”

            I like to envision Trump entering a rally to, “DOUCHEBAG! DOUCHEBAG! DOUCHEBAG!”.

  10. dakinikat says:

    Pro-‘straight white male hero’ group behind Star Wars actor’s abuse
    Facebook group Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys claims credit for online abuse levelled at Daisy Ridley and Kelly Marie Tran, who quit social media as a result

    A group previously intent on sabotaging the rating of Marvel movie Black Panther has claimed responsibility for the hounding of Star Wars actor Kelly Marie Tran. Tran, who plays Rose in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, was subject to a long campaign of racist and sexist abuse on social media, leading her to close her accounts.

    On 8 June, an outfit called Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys said it was behind the attacks in a now-removed Facebook post. The group accused longtime Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy of pursing a “feminazi agenda” that had led to the “perversion” of the “canon” of films, which feature intergalactic bounty hunters and their talking robot friends.

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  12. RonStill4Hills says:

    About to go into the Cobb Energy Center to heat Bill Clinton speak. Hills is not on the agenda but I am hoping she is here.

  13. RonStill4Hills says:

    If there are any other skydancers here I would love to say hi!!!

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  19. Minkoff Minx says:

    Can you say distraction:

    I guess they were holding off until something real bad was in the horizon, like say Cohen flipping?

  20. NW Luna says:

    Look at Kim’s face — even N Korea’s dictator didn’t expect this servile behavior. I hope all U.S. troops see this and realize he’s not our president.

  21. NW Luna says:

    This is interesting. The exception appears to be calcium. From the article:

    After adjustment for demographics, dietary and lifestyle factors, comorbidities, and use of hormone replacement therapy, the following supplements were associated with a greater risk of death during follow-up:
    Multivitamins: HR 1.06 (95% CI 1.02 to 1.10)
    Magnesium: HR 1.08 (95% CI 1.01 to 1.15)
    Zinc: HR 1.08 (95% CI 1.01 to 1.15)
    Iron: HR 1.10 (95% CI 1.03 to 1.17)
    Vitamin B6: HR 1.10 (95% CI 1.01 to 1.21)
    Folic acid: HR 1.15 (95% CI 1.00 to 1.32)
    Copper: HR 1.45 (95% CI 1.20 to 1.75)

    Absolute increases in risk ranged from 2.4% with multivitamins to 18% with copper.
    After multivariate adjustment, use of calcium supplementation was associated with a lower risk of death (HR 0.91, 95% CI 0.88 to 0.94). The absolute risk reduction was 3.8%.