After the Barr hoax, press has no reason to ever believe Trump team again

Daily Kos - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 10:45

They lie about everything. And now we know that includes Attorney General William Barr, who brazenly lied about the contents of the Mueller report during a press conference held just hours before its release on Thursday. Apparently unconcerned that the obvious falsehoods he was peddling on Trump's behalf would be debunked within hours when the Mueller report was made public that day at 11 AM, Barr's completely dishonest reimagining of Mueller's sprawling investigation ought to signal a long overdue turning point for the press. This ought to be the moment when journalists acknowledge to themselves, and possibly to the public, that Donald Trump’s radical administration is incapable of being honest, about anything, ever.  

The Trump White House's habitual lying isn't going to change. But it's long past time for the press to break its habit of believing administration utterances—of treating its statements as remotely factual, even when it comes to extraordinary issues such as colluding with a foreign government and obstructing justice. I realize that's an extreme premise for the Beltway press to adopt, since it often prefers to cling to “Both Sides” journalism in order to prove it's not liberally biased and deflect allegations that it's out to "get" Trump.

But here's the bottom line: Barr embarrassed the press corps and made them look foolish when he issued a four-page press release in March supposedly summarizing Mueller's 448-page (!) report. Reporters and editors then ran with it, on the assumption that Barr was being honest and factual, which we now know was a huge mistake. "Mueller Finds No Trump-Russia Conspiracy," blared the GOP-friendly headlines, even though at the time not a single reporter had any idea what Mueller had found since nobody was allowed to read his report. Perhaps embarrassed by that fact, lots of journalists then spent days pretending they'd read the report and suggesting it was time for Democrats to move on.

The release of the Mueller report last week seemed to change something, at least momentarily, with the Beltway media's usual couched language giving away to more realistic—and more stinging—observations. "One takeaway throughout is how frequently White House aides lied to reporters," observed Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker, after reading Mueller's voluminous work. "Barr comes out of this looking rather ridiculous," added Sam Stein of the Daily Beast. "They're telling us there's nothing in this [report.] That's B.S. and they know it," noted CNN's Chris Cuomo, hours after the Mueller volume was released.

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Giuliani Gloats: 'There's Nothing Wrong With Taking Information From Russians'

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 10:39

Rudy Giuliani continues to be the King of Buffoonery, giving yet another ridiculous interview to Jake Tapper on CNN's State of the Union. Well, ridiculous to those of us who have critical thinking skills and a sense of wrong and right, but as with so many Trumpers invited on these shows, Giuliani's target audience do not. To them, I'm sure this was a strong defense instead of a disastrous display of normalizing criminality and treason.

The hot topic, of course, was the Mueller report. In this clip, Rudy defends Trump (of course), accuses Hillary of "talking to the Ukrainians", insinuates that the 2012 Mitt Romney campaign "stop the bull...stop this pious act...that you weren't trying to dig up dirt on other people" - but he stops short of saying it was from foreign nations. Romney issued a statement on Twitter after the redacted report was released, saying he was "sickened" which offended Trump and caused him to once again lash out at Romney.

Oh, and when asked about accepting information from foreign countries, Rudy said "who says that the President accepted information from foreign countries? You mean people in his campaign...who says it's even illegal? Does the information turn out to be false?...There's nothing wrong with taking information from Russians...it depends on where it came from."

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Happy Easter!

Kevin Drum - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 10:33

I don’t have a picture of a bunny or a cross or an egg or anything else appropriate to the holiday, so instead here’s a picture of a wildflower that seems sort of vaguely Easterish. I believe it’s a chick lupine, though I could be wrong about that.

April 3, 2019 — Orange County, California
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You Know Who Else Mueller Couldn't Exonerate? The Mainstream Media

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 10:00
You Know Who Else Mueller Couldn't Exonerate? The Mainstream Media

While the 24 hour cable channels immediately started booking Trump defenders in response to the release of the redacted Robert Mueller report to ask them if the Democrats are 'overreaching" to maybe possibly kinda use the word "impeachment" (looking at you, Chuck Todd and Alex Witt), nary a single mainstream media outlet (print or television) mentioned that they, too, were very much not exonerated in their role in interfering in the 2016 election.

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Petty and Small (Open Thread)

Balloon Juice - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 09:18

I wish every eligible voter in America were granted a week of paid leave on the condition that they’d use that time to read the Mueller report. I’m only half way through it, but I feel sure that if everyone read the report, 73% of us would rise as one and demand that Trump and his sycophants be ejected from government housing.

I’m not even talking about the criminality. It’s all just so…juvenile. Here’s one teeny-tiny example via the sworn testimony of Chris Christie, who described having lunch with Trump while the administration was attempting to contain the fallout from Michael Flynn’s firing. Here’s Trump’s genius plan to co-opt James Comey into the cult so the FBI would back off on investigating Flynn:

Christie felt it was beneath his dignity to make such a call and was embarrassed to put Comey in the position of receiving such a call. We’re talking Chris “McDonald’s Go-Fer” Christie and James “Last Honest Man” Comey, who is such a showboat that the job of FBI director wasn’t big enough for him, so he invented a brand new job and then failed spectacularly at that! (H/T: Kay)

This is just one example. There’s also Jared taking a call from Flynn (who comes off as a gigantic, lying crybaby, BTW) and assuring Flynn that Trump still “respects” him and will soon tweet positively about him, to which Trump nods assent like a monarch distributing a knighthood.

There are scads of scenes like that so far, and I haven’t gotten into the obstructiony bits yet, which are likely to be even worse. Honest to dog, I’ve driven van-loads of 11-year-old girls who were more dignified and discreet. It’s just embarrassing.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 09:01
Mike's Blog Round Up

What a week! Bill 'Low' Barr gave his agitprop presser, the redacted report was released, our failed media got duped and Crooks and Liars brought it to you. The science journalist Mary Roach says that all good research is a form of obsession, and thanks to the work of 28+ obsessive researchers, er, bloggers, we understand our world a bit better today.

You Might Notice A Trend: Addressing Presidential Misconduct in 2019

Strangely Blogged: Elizabeth Warren is Ready To Fight

Just an Earth-Bound Misfit: Shorter Mueller Report

Bonus Track: A Tale Unfolds reminds us that it is a beautiful and strange world. We needed that reminder!

Thank you for letting me be a part of your week!

Round-up by Tengrain who blogs at Mock, Paper, Scissors. You can follow Tengrain on the Twitters, too. Send tips, requests, and suggestions to mbru@crooksandliars.com (with For MBRU in the subject line).

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Resurrection from the ashes

Daily Kos - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 09:00

Easter is the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. In two different parts of the world in recent days, in France and the United States, we have witnessed the destruction by fire of churches. One is the towering Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, which captured global attention this last week.

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Wash. State Senator Slammed For Saying Nurses Sit Around, Playing Cards All Day

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 09:00

I'm guessing it won't be a shock to anyone that Maureen Walsh is a Republican. Sen. Walsh represents Washington's 16th district near Walla Walla. She serves of the Health committee. If you'd care to voice your opinion, you can reach her office at (360) 786-7630.

Source: CNN

(CNN) A Washington state senator has drawn the ire of nurses after remarks she made suggesting that nurses in smaller hospitals "probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day."

The Washington State Senate considered a bill Tuesday, SHB 1155, that would provide nurses with uninterrupted meal and rest periods.

"By putting these types of mandates on a critical access hospital that literally serves a handful of individuals, I would submit to you those nurses probably do get breaks. They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day," Washington state Senator Maureen Walsh said on Tuesday during a debate on the Washington state Senate floor.

Walsh, a Republican, was arguing in support of an amendment that would exempt critical access hospitals, in rural areas, and hospitals with less than 25 beds from the bill.

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Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 08:00

Always Look On The Bright Side of Life - Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

Happy Easter and Passover! I present you my very favorite Monty Python song, which seems apropos, not only for this holiday, but for the time we're in. It's very easy to feel despair that things are falling apart and people are getting away with treason (literally) without consequences. Every medium, including this website, have article after article reinforcing that belief.

So it is subversive to look on the bright side of life right now. It takes a leap of faith to believe that the arc of history bends towards justice. But isn't that what the Easter holiday is about?

ABC's "This Week" — Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. ABC’s Terry Moran and Pierre Thomas. Panel: Democratic strategist Stephanie Cutter, Republican strategist Sara Fagen, NPR’s Ayesha Rascoe and ABC News political director Rick Klein.

NBC's "Meet the Press" — Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.; Rudy Giuliani. Panel: NBC News' Hallie Jackson, Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report, Joshua Jackson of NPR’s “1A” and Jonah Goldberg of the National Review.

CBS' "Face the Nation" — Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., 2020 presidential candidate; Robert Caro, author of “Working.” Panel: Lynne Olson, Susan Page, and Evan Thomas. Bob Schieffer moderates.

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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Exoneration, confirmation, and vindication ... but not for Trump

Daily Kos - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 07:00

It seems impossible that the still-highly redacted version of the Mueller report reached the public only three days ago.  It seems so much longer.

Part of the reason it seems longer is that so much has been written in that brief period as everyone, including me, attempts to rip through 400+ pages looking for the key phrase, dropped name, or hidden angle that everyone missed. The sum total of articles written about the report is already surely many times longer than the original.

Another aspect of it seeming such old news after just three days, is that we’ve been living in the spin zone for more than two weeks since William Barr produced his instant “summary” providing Donald Trump with every talking points he wanted. With Barr leaping in to make his enormously misleading assessment of the report, and every Trump-flavored source announcing that it was “time to move on” even before the first full sentence of the report was seen, the last two weeks have been long.

And then, of course, there’s the fact that for over a year we liven with almost daily announcements that the report was going to drop. Any day now. Or next week. Or certainly before next month. That helped to make the arrival of the report seem late months ago — although the articles predicting the release of the report, were one of the few things that reporters got consistently wrong throughout the period of the investigation.

But mostly what makes the report seem old news is that it is … mostly old news. That is, the report produced by the special counsel’s office consists in large part of details confirming reports that have circulated for months, or years. And that’s really the biggest news of the week—we were right. Christopher Steele was right. The FBI agents who suspected Trump’s campaign was reaching out to Russia were right. Reports that Michael Flynn, and Donald Trump Jr, and Jared Kushner were trying to build a “back channel” for secret communications with the Kremlin were right. Stories that the Paul Manafort shared private polling data with a Russian agent were right. The reports about Carter Page were right. The reports about George Papadopoulos were right. The stories about Donald Trump’s ongoing efforts to build a giant tower complete with personal space for Vladimir Putin and an Ivanka-branded spa were right. And every story of Trump trying to hide evidence, destroy evidence, suborn perjury, and simply end the investigation … they were all right.

We were right. We were right. We were right. Now … what are we going to do about it? 

After we read some pundits, of course ...

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Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Garden in Progress

Balloon Juice - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 04:10

From commentor Lyrebird:

I got inspired by Ozark Hillbilly’s post with his great photos of seed packets. I definitely needed inspiration because we were still under some snow then, with just a few green shoots showing against the warmest wall of the house. My photos are not as well composed, but maybe they will bring some hopeful signs of spring nonetheless.

Six weeks ago, to last week:

I ordered some tomatoes and some nasturtium seeds. Only one Mallorcan tomato seed has germinated out of 6, but the Peron and purple varieties are going strong.

The nasturtium seeds are doing pretty well. Based on this one haphazard attempt, I can say that I have had slightly better luck with High Mowing Seeds from Vermont, but the Baker Creek folks do very good work, and I am happy to try out their stuff.

Of course it’s more fun to go to a plant store in person, but some of us live off the beaten path. I have ordered plants from Prairie Nursery, and Prairie Moon also offers some of the same plants. Am getting two kinds of milkweed, some Mountain Mint, and a few other things to try to keep pollinators around for those tomato plants.

For most of the year, I’m not a big fan of yellow flowers. But the fireworks explosion of forsythia blossoms at the dreariest part of early spring always lifts my spirits!

What’s going on in your garden (planning), this week?

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C&L's Sat Nite Chiller Theater: The Man From Earth (2007)

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 23:01

"What if a man from the Upper Paleolithic survived to the present day?"

This is the fascinating premise of "The Man from Earth", a small, independent science fiction film that I'll bet most of you never heard of before. I know I hadn't, although it put me in mind of an obscure science fiction story called "Child of All Ages" which, as I recall, was part of a "Best Of..." anthology I picked up one summer when I was at (nerd alert) high school debate camp in Pittsburgh.

But that's a different story for a different day.

"The Man from Earth" features a cast of terrific actors you will probably/kinda/sorta know from a lot of other things (John Billingsley and Tony Todd both have impeccable science fiction credentials, and William Katt was "The Greatest American Hero" for goodness sake!) The film's tiny budget ($200,000) allows for almost no special effects -- which works in its favor, allowing the drama to develop scene by scene through well-acted, well-crafted dialogue, written by the late, legendary Jerome Bixby.

Also, at no additional charge to you the viewer, this movie has been subtitled in Vietnamese.

Enjoy! And also thưởng thức!

Open thread below...

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Saturday night owls: Dem governor's NJ audit exposes corporate extortion that's endemic nationwide

Daily Kos - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 22:30

Pat Garafalo at The Nation writes—New Jersey Exposed One of Corporate America’s Favorite Schemes. A state investigation revealed how companies use empty threats to pry money from local governments:

When the tax-preparation firm Jackson Hewittwanted a round of tax breaks from New Jersey, its executives knew exactly how to get them: by threatening to move jobs to another state. It apparently didn’t matter to them that the threat was entirely hollow.


Testifying last month before a task force examining New Jersey’s corporate-tax-break programs, former Jackson Hewitt executive Gulsen Kama said that even though the company’s decision to stay in New Jersey was a “done deal,” it nevertheless invented a potential move to Florida or New York, which won it nearly $3 million in “inducements” to remain in the Garden State. Kama also alleged that the company didn’t keep the promises it made in order to qualify for its tax breaks, and then fired her when she pointed out the violations.

All in all, Kama presented a portrait of corporate greed run amok. But that we’re hearing about this sordid episode at all is actually a testament to the state’s officials. New Jersey is doing the nation a favor by pulling back the curtain on a problem with which nearly every city and state in America deals: being blackmailed by corporations into coughing up public money.

Democratic Governor Phil Murphy initiated an audit of his state’s corporate-tax-break programs shortly after he came into office, and the effort has shown how taxpayers consistently lose these corporate-state arrangements. In theory, programs like New Jersey’s Grow New Jersey Assistance Program and the Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant Program give companies a break on their taxes or some sort of lump payment that encourages job creation and growth, thereby garnering the city more revenue and economic development in the long run. States and cities spend tens of billions of dollars annually on these sorts of tax breaks and giveaways: Estimates range from $45 billion to nearly $100 billion.

On every measure that should matter, though—jobs, incomes, economic growth—studies reveal that corporate-tax incentives do little to nothing. Instead, corporations simply receive windfalls to do what they would have done anyway, or turn around and break their promises regarding job creation, while keeping the money they received. [...]

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How Congress Can And Will Follow Up On Redacted Mueller Report

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 21:31
How Congress Can And Will Follow Up On Redacted Mueller Report

Charles Tiefer, University of Baltimore

The release on April 18 of a redacted version of the Mueller report came after two years of allegations, speculation and insinuation – but not a lot of official information about what really happened between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Nor had there been much light shed on whether the president tried to obstruct the investigation into his campaign.

The report prepared by special counsel Robert Mueller and issued by the Justice Department provided greater detail about those questions. And it offered more information about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Trump administration will want to argue that the release of the Mueller report is the end of investigating the Russia scandal.

On the contrary, the version of the report released is only the start of wide-ranging and intensive House investigations.

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Nick Johnson - Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride (Not to Be Confused With Electric Guitarist Nick Johnston)

Little Green Footballs - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 18:59

For long-standing reasons we won't go into here, I have a sort of understandable aversion to gingers with lots of facial hair, but hey, this guy can play. Watch out for the dissonance.

"Nick Johnson's first full length album "Vice of Choice" is available NOW on all music platforms!
"Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride" tabs available here - https://nickjohnsonacoustic.com/tabs

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Corporate tax cuts didn't trickle down like Republicans promised, this week in the war on workers

Daily Kos - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 18:55

Republicans claimed that their big corporate tax cut would raise wages and bonuses for workers. How’s that looking now? Surprise! Not so hot.

The Economic Policy Institute is out with two key pieces of research on this question, and by two different measures, the corporate tax giveaway failed to deliver for workers. For one thing, Republicans claimed the move would lead to increased investment, which would trickle down to workers. In fact, investment growth has stalled. “That’s not to say that the TCJA itself stopped the upward trend in investment growth,” Hunter Blair writes, “but it sure is nothing like the investment boom its proponents promised.”

Second, right after the Republican tax law passed, a bunch of corporations announced bonuses for workers. It looked like a corporate PR move to benefit Republicans … and it was. “The average bonus for 2018 was just $0.01 higher than in 2017,” Lawrence Mishel writes, drawing on Bureau of Labor statistics.

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Spotlight on green news & views: 'Disaster in Paradise'; Eco-protesters halt London traffic

Daily Kos - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 18:00

This is the 595th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the April 13 edition. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.


1BQ writes—Disaster in Paradise: "jaw-dropping" amounts of benzene in water supply create new Flint-like crisis: “This is heartbreaking — Paradise, CA, site of the worst wildfire in California history, is also victim to a horrendous aftermath of fighting that fire: a water supply so contaminated with benzene that water pipes will need to be replaced. Officials said they believe the contamination happened after the November firestorm created a “toxic cocktail” of gases in burning homes that got sucked into the water pipes as residents and firefighters drew water heavily, causing a vacuum in the system that sucked in the toxic fumes, the Sacramento Bee reported. Experts say there’s significant health hazard from benzene contamination. Benzene is both a natural and human-made compound used as a building block for industrial products such as plastic, lubricants, rubber, detergent and pesticide. It also is found in crude oil, gasoline and cigarette smoke. According to federal warnings, short-term exposure is connected to various physical ailments, including skin and eye irritation and vomiting. Long-term exposure has been linked to anemia and leukemia.”

Lib Dem FoP writes—Environmental Protestors Bring Parts of Central London Traffic to a Halt: “Road traffic in parts of central London have been brought to a halt Monday. Climate change protesters have blocked Waterloo Bridge, sparking traffic disruption in central London. Members of campaign group Extinction Rebellion have also parked a boat at Oxford Circus, and blocked Marble Arch as part of a global day of action. Yen Chit Chong, from Extinction Rebellion in London, said: ‘This is our last best shot at survival.’ Police have advised people travelling into London to allow extra journey time. No arrests have been made. From local news reports on the BBC, the police are monitoring the protests and redirecting traffic around the obstructions. A large number of protestors brought plants to turn Waterloo Bridge into a community garden. It looks like a sound stage has been set up. Some protestors have set up tents and vowed to stay until they are arrested.”

ClimateDenierRoundup writes—Racism Rampant in Denierland, But Enviro Community Has Work To Do, Too: “The green world still has plenty of work to do when it comes to welcoming non-white communities. The growth of the environmental justice movement is encouraging, but the fact that it was ever divorced from the rest of the environmental community in the first place is a problem. Because that didn’t happen accidentally, and the community has yet to heal the damage it caused. As Mary Annaïse Heglar wrote in Dame this week, despite the movement’s best efforts, black faces are all too rare in public venues like climate marches. Stories from black voices who were made uncomfortable by both micro- and macro-aggressions from their fellow marchers, meanwhile, are all too common. Framed around the exclusive nature of Woody Guthrie’s protest song ‘This land is your land,’ Heglar exposes not only the current shortcomings of the community, but also its past, which is sadly, she writes, ‘steeped in oh-shit racism.”

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Picks of the Week from the Daily Kos Community, Apr. 20 (and a Community conversation)

Daily Kos - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 17:29

Hey there, cherished Community! It’s somehow Saturday again, which means it’s time for Picks of the Week, wherein we showcase stories that stuck with the Daily Kos staff over the last seven days. (Find more about our selection criteria here.) This week’s list sure was a tough one to compile, as so much of your great content was written in anticipation of Thursday’s highly-anticipated release of the redacted Mueller report, or focused on then-unknown facts surrounding the tragic Notre Dame fire. Luckily, dearest ones, you bring a diverse set of perspectives and knowledge, so there were plenty of other topics tackled!

Besides Not Being About Mueller or Notre Dame, there’s no real common thread among these picks, beyond their excellence. From analysis to first-person stories, advice to nostalgia, this week’s gems run the gamut. We’ll get to them in a moment. First, of course, there’s this week’s Community query.

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Butter Lamb Tutorial

Balloon Juice - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 17:04

What in the hell is a butter lamb? That’s what I asked the first time I heard of it. See this article for details — tl;dr version: it’s a lamb carved out of butter that is an Easter dinner tradition among Polish-American Catholics in Buffalo, New York.

I am neither Polish-American, nor Catholic nor an Empire Stater, but I married into that sort of family. In Buffalo, you can buy butter lambs in stores at Easter time.

My snowbird in-laws used to get family members to bring a butter lamb to Florida in a cooler for the Easter table each year. But one Easter about 10 years ago, there were no Florida-bound Buffalonians to bring a butter lamb, and everyone was sad about confronting a feast table bereft of butter lambs. So, I found a YouTube of a lady making one, and I carved a butter lamb for the family so everyone would be happy again.

Ever since, it has been my yearly job — store bought butter lambs aren’t good enough anymore! Below the fold is an illustrated 12-step process that explains how I make them, though honestly, the ladies in the linked YouTube video are more entertaining, but people have asked, so…

1. Make an L with very cold half sticks of butter. I usually start with three sticks that have been in the freezer for a while but are not totally frozen. I cut off a little more than half from two sticks to form the L, then I scrape some butter off the spare sticks as “mortar” to join the two halves together.

2. Bevel the edges with a paring knife (except the bottom — you want that flat so it won’t tip), and scrape the scraps into a bowl or plate — you will need them later.

3. Grab about half a teaspoon or so of the aforementioned butter scraps, mold a nose, and attach it to the lamb, smoothing it onto the head with your fingers:

4. Now, take some of the scrap butter (or scrape some off a spare stick if you’re running low) and mold it onto the paring knife blade to make an ear:

5: Carefully remove the ear from the knife and attach it to the head. Repeat process for the other ear:

6. At this point, I usually put the butter lamb in the fridge to cool down because it’s getting melty, and I take a break. You may not have that problem if you’re in a colder climate. However, I keep the spare stick and butter scraps out of the fridge because those are the materials used to make the curly pelt, and I find that warmer butter sticks better.

When you’re ready to resume, take the butter lamb out of the fridge and load a garlic press with a chunk of scrap butter and press lightly:

7. Use a clean skewer or straightened paper clip to scrape the butter strands off the garlic press and apply them to the lamb, starting from the bottom:

8. Keep going! You can do this!

9. Eventually, you’ll end up with something like this:

10. Now, add some curly-cues to the top of the head:

11. Okay, almost done! Now hunt through a jar of cloves or pepper corns and find a matching pair. Make sure the color and size are very similar, or your lamb will look goofy. (Okay, goofiER.) And, voila!

12. I make my lambs on the butter wrapper, then refrigerate them for a while so they’re solid. Then I move them to a fancy plate and garnish them with parsley or something, as pictured at the top of the post.

Happy Easter, y’all!

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Michigan city moves to criminalize calling 911 on people of color who are just living their lives

Daily Kos - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 15:53

Sweeping amendments to a 66-year-old human rights ordinance might make Grand Rapids, Mich. the latest city to try to tackle the epidemic of racially-motivated abuses of emergency services. The planned changes “would make it a criminal misdemeanor to racially profile people of color for ‘participating in their lives.’”

Diversity and Inclusion Manager Patti Caudill said the ordinance is a new concept in Michigan. It isn’t meant to discourage 911 calls, she said. Rather, it’s meant to make people “check their biases” before calling the police.

“Call the police, but if you’re calling because your neighbors are having a barbecue and you’re calling because of some implicit bias because they’re people of color, we don’t want to see that,” she said.

The scenarios Caudill cites are all too familiar these days: White people keep calling 911 on people of color while they’re simply trying to live their best lives. The depressing #LivingWhileBlack hashtag never lacks new fodder, since black people face the brunt of these racist actions that waste valuable first-responder resources. The epidemic, which we can only hope peaked in 2018, showed the nation just how hard it is to be a person of color in spaces that bigots have declared to be for “whites only.” 
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