President Trump hires notoriously low energy Rex Tillerson to dismantle the State Department.

The Korea Herald writes:… Tillerson’s shortened diplomatic consultations and public events in Seoul spawned a flurry of speculation given a leadership vacuum and political uncertainties. A joint news conference aside, Tillerson spent almost two and a half hours with Japanese Foreign Minister [Fumio] Kishida, including a dinner, and another hour with Prime Minister Abe. But his meetings with [Seoul’s Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se] and [acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn] were each confined to about an hour, without a lunch or dinner gathering. Seoul officials said the U.S. side opted not to have a meal together, citing the secretary’s “fatigue.”

Source: Rex Tillerson reportedly cut short badly needed diplomatic consultations about North Korea because he was tired

‘You think it’s ratings?’ MSNBC’s Katy Tur hands Alabama rep. his ass for attacking wiretap coverage

Don’t ever forget that Katy Tur had to have Secret Service protection to protect her from violence from Trump supporters. Violence that President Trump was calling for. Against her. By name.
Congratulations, Republicans.

Source: ‘You think it’s ratings?’ MSNBC’s Katy Tur hands Alabama rep. his ass for attacking wiretap coverage

Trump plans to donate salary, despite pledge not to take one – Yahoo

President Trump had been completely mum on the subject PRIOR to recent press interest, showing that he had no interest in donating his salary to anyone unless prodded. Well, he’s been prodded.

President Donald Trump has been drawing a salary — despite pledging not to during the campaign and after the election — but plans to donate the money to charity, according to press secretary Sean Spicer. With almost two months of service as president of the United States under his belt, Donald Trump has earned over $50,000 in salary. Spicer says that money will be given away by the end of 2017.

Source: Trump plans to donate salary, despite pledge not to take one – Yahoo

Don’t Blame Trump

I don’t think I’m angry with Donald Trump. At the end of the day, his is a single vote and his opinions are his (no matter how vile). He can’t elect himself President.

It is those of you who support him that are a disgrace to this country and everything it purports to stand for. It is your hate and vitriol that pit us against each other. It is your vile evil that keeps the racist, xenophobic, misogynistic engine going in this country that leads to murders and torture and rape of anyone that isn’t like them.

And you are aided by those who don’t act against Trump. The amoebas of the American body politic. You don’t act until an outside force acts directly upon you. You are the same people that inhabited Germany in the 1920s. You speak of some things the tyrant brings that you agree with and a secret knowledge that he isn’t “as bad as he seems”. You keep saying that over and over and over until the knock is finally on your door. Then you look for help. You demand that those who sacrificed from the beginning rescue you from the hero that you may not have chosen but you didn’t speak against.

Both of you, fans and enablers, are the last gasp of the bad that has infected America since its founding. Don’t get me wrong, we will eventually push you both into that fading light because, in the end, the arc of history does bend toward justice.

Trump is simply you raging. And, eventually, all raging goes silent.

– Eliot