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This Is Not Normal

Source: Jezebel


Wow... that is quite a lot of abnormalities!

He is talking about The Apprentice at the Prayer Breakfast...

and dissing Arnold due to ratings. Then jokingly quipped that we should pray for Arnold and his ratings.

Is Steve Bannon the Second Most Powerful Man in the World?

Source: Time

Most modern Presidents chart their opening moves with the help of a friendly think tank or a set of long-held beliefs.

Donald Trump's first steps had the feel of a documentary film made by his chief strategist and alter ego Stephen K. Bannon, a director who deploys ravenous sharks, shrieking tornadoes and mushroom clouds as reliably as John Ford shot Monument Valley.

Act I of the Trump presidency has been filled with disruption, as promised by Trump and programmed by Bannon, with plenty of resistance in reply, from both inside and outside the government. Perhaps this should not be surprising. Trump told America many times in 2016 that his would be no ordinary Administration. Having launched his campaign as a can-do chief executive, he came to see himself as the leader of a movement--and no movement is complete without its commissar. Bannon is the one who keeps the doctrine pure, the true believer, who is in it not for money or position, but to change history. "What we are witnessing now is the birth of a new political order," Bannon wrote in an email to the Washington Post.

This forceful presence has already opened cracks in West Wing. The Administration was barely a week old when, on the evening of Jan. 27--with little or no explanation to agency heads, congressional leaders or the press--Trump shut down America's refugee program for 120 days (indefinitely in the case of Syrian refugees), while barring travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries. Almost immediately, U.S. customs and border agents began collaring airline passengers covered by the order, including more than 100 people whose green cards or valid visas would have been sufficient for entry if only they had taken an earlier flight. Protesters grabbed markers and cardboard scraps and raced to airports from coast to coast, where television cameras found them by the thousands.

Read more: http://time.com/4657665/steve-bannon-donald-trump/?xid=time_socialflow_twitter

Obama WH photographer throws shade at Trump

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama's former White House photographer is taking to Instagram to show frustration with the new administration.

Pete Souza was responsible for documenting the Obama administration, capturing images of the official duties of the West Wing and more personal, intimate peeks into White House life, snaps he often shared on Flickr and Instagram.

After eight years capturing Obama's every move, Souza is taking some time off -- his new Instagram account biography reading: "TBD."

But he's taken to the visual platform in the last few days, posting a series of photos subtly knocking President Donald Trump.

As the chaotic roll out of the President's executive order on immigration captured headlines and spurred protests over the weekend, Souza posted a photo of Obama and a young refugee in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2015:

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/01/politics/pete-souza-obama-photographer-donald-trump/index.html?sr=twCNN020217pete-souza-obama-photographer-donald-trump1057AMVODtopPhoto&linkId=34037087

Anti-ISIS Activist Vian Dakhil Wont Come to U.S. for Ceremony

Source: NBC News

LONDON — She hasn't been intimidated by ISIS, but President Donald Trump's immigration ban is another matter entirely.
h after receiving the 2016 Women's Rights Award in Geneva, Switzerland, on Feb. 23, 2016. AP

Vian Dakhil, an Iraqi lawmaker and internationally renowned activist who has been called the militant group's "most wanted" woman, was due to travel to Washington, D.C., next week to collect a human rights award.

The prize was honoring her work on behalf of the Yazidi people who have been targeted by ISIS.

But Trump's executive order banning all Iraqis from entering the U.S. for 90 days means that she won't be traveling to the U.S. for the ceremony.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/anti-isis-activist-vian-dakhil-won-t-come-u-s-n715246?cid=par-twitter-feed_20170201

I, too, am America- Langston Hughes


I, Too
By Langston Hughes

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”

They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.

This Danish ad will challenge you to step outside your defining box

Source: Mashable

Sometimes it's difficult to find the things that we, as human beings, have in common.

We live in times when the "Us vs Them" narrative has become mainstream. We get caught up in minutiae and risk losing sight of what binds us, rather than divides us.

This Danish television station ad, entitled "All that we share," challenges this narrative with a simple but effective formula.

In the video, groups of Danes get onto a stage, stepping into delineated areas on the floor that define them by opposition — "The high earners" vs. "Those just getting by;" lifelong Danes vs. immigrants; "Those who trust" vs. "Those we try to avoid."

At some point, something happens that will push these people to step outside their defining boxes. And it's so heartwarming we want to cry.


Canada Mosque Shooting Suspect Known For Far-Right Views

Source: TPM


The 27-year-old suspect, who has espoused support for Le Pen and U.S. President Donald Trump on his Facebook page, was known to those who monitor extremist groups in Quebec, said François Deschamps, an official with a refugee advocacy group.

"It's with pain and anger that we learn the identity of terrorist Alexandre Bissonnette, unfortunately known to many activists in Quebec for taking nationalist, pro-Le Pen and anti-feminist positions at Laval University and on social media," Deschamps wrote on the Facebook page of the group, Bienvenues aux Refugiés, or Welcome to Refugees.

An anthropology and political science major at Laval University in Quebec City, Bissonnette had also expressed support on his Facebook profile for "Génération Nationale," a group whose manifesto includes the rejection of "multiculturalism."


Trump called Trudeau to express condolences to the Canadian people and to offer any assistance that might be needed.

The White House pointed to the attack as an example of why Trump's policies are needed. "We condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms. It's a terrible reminder of why we must remain vigilant and why the president is taking steps to be pro-active, rather than reactive when it comes to our nation's safety and security," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/mosque-shooting-suspect-canada-far-right?utm_content=buffer91425&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

*eye rolls inserted by me

GO SAMANTHA BEE: Samantha Bee is planning a DC event that Trump is going to hate

Source: Mashable

Samantha Bee is throwing a party in DC and it's safe to say President Trump won't be in attendance.

The comedian announced Monday the "first annual 'Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner,'" which will take place on Saturday, April 29 at The Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. (the same night as the annual WHCD).

"Executives at TBS offered their full support of the gala by nodding politely and then muttering under their breath as we turned around," said Bee in a release. "The evening is sure to bring plenty of surprises, music, food, and laughter—and if you're not careful you just might learn something. Specifically, you’ll learn how screwed we'd be without a free press."

All proceeds for "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner" will go to the Committee to Protect Journalists, with celeb attendance at the event to be announced at a later date.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/01/30/samantha-bee-not-white-house-correspodents-dinner/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link#QqCEeHaRkjqA

'Freedom for refugees,' chanted hundreds at Toronto protest against Trump's travel ban

U.S. consulate suspended services on Monday due to the downtown protest

Source: CBC

Hundreds of people protested against the Trump administration's travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries outside the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto on Monday.

"Freedom for refugees, justice for immigrants," members of the crowd chanted during a march to city hall.

Speakers urged the crowd to write letters to U.S. President Donald Trump, demanding the repeal of Friday's executive order barring citizens from Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Libya and Iran from entering the U.S.

They also said the U.S. should send its refugees to Canada and that protesters should consider privately sponsoring refugees.

Read more: https://i.cbc.ca/1.3958121.1485791599!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_620/u-s-consulate-protest-3.jpg

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