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Executive blanch, National Rum Day, armed strip club selfies, FDA follies

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 3:30 AM EDT
Aug 16 2017

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Today is Wednesday, August 16, the 228th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 137 days remaining.

This is the 209th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,253 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.


What happened on August 16 from On This Day.


Among other things, today is also National Rum Day. If you don't drink, given the events of the past few days, now would be an appropriate time to start.


Florida man gets six years in prison for firing gun while taking selfie in strip club.


Quote of the day:

"Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen, and eight times out of nine I'll show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities."
-Charles Bukowski (August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994)
(More Charles Bukowski quotes)


I swear every Trump press conference begins with him turning to an aide and saying, "Here, hold my beer..."

In the words of his staff, Trump "went rogue" at a press event at Trump Tower yesterday. Instead of delivering his prepared comments, he let loose with an unhinged, lunatic speech, the moral depths of which are unequaled in Presidential history and which even stunned commentators on Fox News.

You have to feel bad for late night talk show hosts. They generally tape their programs between 5 and 6 pm eastern time, and often news breaks too late to include in that evening's program. Stephen Colbert has said they've done shows and then had to record a second monologue to replace the outdated original.

Our first video highlight is Jim Jeffries on Comedy Central, which was recorded prior to Trump's Tuesday bout of insanity, but it still valid:

Seth Meyers couldn't do a full 12-minute "Closer Look" on his show last night, and had to settle for a two-minute "Breaking Crazy" segment:

Stephen Colbert did a full 15 minutes. This isn't the official CBS video, so it may be yanked by YouTube. Colbert's official CBS page is here. Given the cutaways, it would appear Colbert gave his writers time to come up with new material to drop in at airtime.

I lived through the riots of the 60s, Watergate, Reagan, the Clinton impeachment, Bush-Cheney, and nothing has been as bad as this. I'm starting to believe the stupid people are gaining, and that unless quick action is taken, the harm Trump has inflicted upon us in seven short months may be permanent. Impeachment, 25th amendment... it's time for the adults in Washington to put aside party differences and act responsibly. Pence is no winner, either, but I don't believe he will allow the office of the President to rot from within.

Let your Senators and Congressmen know how you feel. The easiest way is with your cell phone. Text "resist" to Resistbot at 50409. They'll walk you through it. Your message will be faxed to your Senators' offices. Senators pay attention to faxes. Try it; it works!

Finally, my friend Bruce Thompson noted on Facebook that all this insanity that started with the 2016 election season occurred after CERN switched on their Large Hadron Collider. Maybe this is the black hole they were warning us about...


Obama's response to Charlottesville violence is the most liked tweet in Twitter's history.


A Trump meltdown for the ages.


Fox News, Daily Caller delete posts encouraging people to drive through protests.


Trump threat to Obamacare would send premiums and deficits higher.


Flimsy evidence behind many FDA approvals. Many drugs granted accelerated approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lack clear evidence of safety and effectiveness, and the same is true for most high-risk medical devices, according to two new reports in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


In the future, your body won't be buried... you'll dissolve.


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