Against normalization: the lesson of the "Munich Post"
the Munich Post never stopped reporting on this ultimate aim and on Hitler’s use of murder, decrying any attempts to “normalize” the tyrant. They kept fighting until two months after his January takeover. In March 1933, when the Nazis ruled the media and the Post was “legally” shut down. There had been a few other brave journalistic souls — Konrad Heiden, Fritz Gerlich. But swiftly, oh so swiftly, the order of the day became “gleichschaltung” — “realignment,” or forced conformity, savage normalization. Goebbels and other Nazi propagandists made it their crusade to get the German body politic “adjusted” to the new reign of terror. “Gleichschaltung” meant normalize or else.
Hitler’s method was to lie until he got what he wanted, by which point it was too late. At first, he pledged no territorial demands. Then he quietly rolled his tanks into the Rhineland. He had no designs on Czechoslovakia — just the Sudetenland, because so many of its German-born citizens were begging him to help shelter them from persecution. But soon came the absorption of the rest of Czechoslovakia. After Czechoslovakia, he’d be satisfied. Europe could return to normal. Lie!
There is, of course, no comparison with Trump in terms of scale. His biggest policy decisions so far have been to name reprehensible figures to various cabinet posts and to enact dreadful executive orders. But this, too, is a form of destruction. While marchers and the courts have put up a fight after the Muslim ban, each new act, each new lie, accepted by default, seems less outrageous. Let’s call it what it is: defining mendacity down.
House of Commons in England rejects a Trump visit to address Parliament
I conclude by saying to the honourable gentleman this: We value our relationship with the United States. If a state visit takes place, that is way beyond beyond and above the pay grade of the Speaker.
"However, as far as this place [the Commons] is concerned, I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons."
Yeah. Now why can't the Republicans in THIS country stand up against racism and sexism??
Joel Klebanoff @JoelKlebanoff
SAD! What a poor fellow! I say we all take up a collection to buy #DonaldTrump a bathrobe. Who's in? https://twitter.com/richardmadan/status/828722966808625153 …
4:41 PM - 6 Feb 2017
Trump's Bullchit of day
Apparently President Trump doesn't even READ the Executive Orders he signs. Hah, I've got a contract I want his signature on. Seems he is led by the nose by Steve Bannon. Funny, Time Magazine put Steve on the cover as "The Great Manipulator". Not a surprise, since apparently Trump, because he didn't read his own EO, didn't know Bannon was on the NSC (National Security Council). Shouldn't the president actually KNOW what he signs since it's under his own signature or did Bannon tell him don't bother to read?
Kanye West deleted all his tweets about Trump. Wonder if even a part of that was because Kanye's music was not considered "American".?
Patriots player Martellus Bennett speaks out against Trump "America was built on inclusiveness"
In the aftermath of the Patriots' overtime Super Bowl victory over the Falcons, the New England tight end said he's not planning on visiting the White House if his team is invited by the president.
“I’m not going to go," he told the Dallas Morning News Sunday night. "It is what it is. People know how I feel about it. Just follow me on Twitter."