Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The White House Switchboard Is Still Working, Despite What You've Heard

The White House Switchboard Is Still Working, Despite What You've Heard
Overwhelmed by calls. "Calls to the switchboard Monday morning were answered by a recorded voice that directed callers to various White House functions, like visitor tours and the White House website. At the end of the message, the recorded voice instructs people calling from a rotary dial phone to stay on the line, in order to speak to an operator. The Huffington Post stayed on the line, and within a few minutes we were transferred to a real live operator. So the White House switchboard is working. But it’s safe to assume that the volume of calls on President Donald Trump’s first full workday in office was high enough to strain the switchboard’s resources. (A White House phone line for leaving audio comments was closed Monday; this is a different number than the White House switchboard.) For those planning to call the White House main number in the near future, just stay on the line. Operators are still standing by. "

Monday, January 23, 2017

Don't confuse Day One nervousness with lack of affection... • /r/pics

Don't confuse Day One nervousness with lack of affection... • /r/pics
No one is ready for the job; some moreso than others.

Days of Rage

Days of Rage
Most of this stuff I've never heard of. "The last story I’ll share from Days of Rage is, I’m not gonna lie to you, the craziest of the lot. How crazy? Let me ask you this: What if fanatics made a serious and nearly successful attempt on the life of the President of the United States? What if those fanatics got into the Capitol building and committed a mass shooting on Congress while it was in session? What if those fanatics conducted bombing sprees, for years, in multiple American cities? And what if people really did do every one of those things, and you’d never heard of them? That’s the story of Puerto Rican separatists. I’m not kidding."

The Hill

The Hill
Because they wanted a win. Because they closed their eyes and did it for the Republican Party. Because they can say "it's just politics" and pretend their souls didn't just get a little smaller.

At GOP leaders' urging, Texas Supreme Court will consider undoing gay spousal rights | LGBT | Dallas News

At GOP leaders' urging, Texas Supreme Court will consider undoing gay spousal rights | LGBT | Dallas News

The Hill

The Hill
Spit take.

The Hill on Twitter

The Hill on Twitter
‪As he said that, his nose grew three feet. ‬

New York Times Video on Twitter

New York Times Video on Twitter
‪No, you can disagree with the interpretation of facts, but not the facts. ‬

Ed Bott on Twitter

Ed Bott on Twitter
Everything they say is a lie.

Kurt Eichenwald on Twitter

Kurt Eichenwald on Twitter
Expected tone deafness from Trump.

CBS Confirms Trump Brought His Own Studio Audience To Clap For Him At CIA Speech

CBS Confirms Trump Brought His Own Studio Audience To Clap For Him At CIA Speech

The Hill

The Hill
I'm sure this will go well.

The Hill

The Hill
Please clap.

The Official Title for Star Wars: Episode VIII Revealed | StarWars.com

The Official Title for Star Wars: Episode VIII Revealed | StarWars.com

On Punching Nazis

On Punching Nazis
It's all fun and games until... "4. In embracing a norm that sucker-punching Nazis is acceptable, remember that you live in a nation of imbeciles that loves calling people Nazis. Also bear in mind that certain aspects of our culture — modern academic culture, for instance — encourages people to think that you're a Nazi if you eat veal or disagree with them about the minimum wage. 5. By the way, right now there are tons of people right now who would welcome an emerging social norm that it's acceptable to punch, say, Black Lives Matter protesters. I know Nazis aren't remotely comparable. You do too. They disagree. And you've handed them the rhetorical tools to defend themselves, and handed the broader populace an excuse to look away. Well done."

Samurai Jack Is Back on March 11

Samurai Jack Is Back on March 11