Morning Reads, Biennial Edition (December 11, 2018)

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Will Durant
Will Durant

The Strategist ranks the retractable version of the Pilot V5 at 65. Bah, humbug.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I love the V5. As a lefty, I think all fountain pens are garbage.

Benevolus
Benevolus

My fav pen didn’t even make the list: The Zebra G-301. Metal body, gel ink, small size fits almost any pocket.
Their testing could use some more criteria though: I think ‘retractable’ should add points. And the winner doesn’t even have a pocket clip! And price should add or subtract points too.

chefdavid
chefdavid

Here is the Trumpster’s favorite pen. And He’s saving tax dollars with it. https://www.circa.com/story/2018/11/16/nation/trump-to-sharpie-hey-can-i-get-a-custom-pen-oh-and-make-it-look-rich

Benevolus
Benevolus

You mean the White House actually has to buy those pens? Jeez Louise you would think they could get them donated.

Benevolus
Benevolus

That story about the Idaho guy (not Indiana) reminds of stories I’ve read about people who move to the country and then complain about the manure smell.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

“He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.” — John Kelly

Indeed. And dismissed from it too. It’s a job that apparently can go unfilled instead of Kelly in it, where Kelly served a serial lying narcissist and damaged your reputation by letting him pull you into serving his lies..

Will Durant
Will Durant

Best line from yesterday that I would attribute if I could find where I saw it:

Being Trump’s chief of staff now has the job security of the Hogwarts’ Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.

For the geezers that is the equivalent of the life expectancy of the new crew member on Star Trek.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Your morning laugh: Giuliani last week being pranked on his Twitter account by an Atlantan. Giuliani went conspiracy theory, natch.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/12/05/rudy-giulianis-typo-became-an-anti-trump-message-he-blamed-twitter-this-atlanta-man-pranked-him/?&&__twitter_impression=true&iaccess=ODYwOWYxZjItMDBmMS00ZjBkLWIwOGMtYTI0YWU1NGQyOGYyfDEyLzUvMjAxOCA4OjUwOjUyIEFNfGVtYWls&utm_campaign=6612396&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newspaper&utm_term=.460a3d371bdb

Especially rich in the context of Trumpian best and brightest, since Trump appointed Giuliani a cyber security advisor.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Another best and brightest pick doing Log Cabin Republicans proud: Kerri Kupec, a 2011 law graduate of bottom tier Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, who spent the last four years as an Alliance Defending Freedom mouthpiece ranting on the Christian Broadcasting Network and Fox News about attacks on religious freedom, has been hired as the Director of Public Affairs at the Justice Department. From the Southern Poverty Law Center: “The Alliance Defending Freedom is a legal advocacy and training group that has supported the recriminalization of homosexuality in the U.S. and criminalization abroad; has defended state-sanctioned sterilization of trans people abroad;… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

In case you missed this one over the weekend: The Wooing of Jared Kushner: How the Saudis Got a Friend in the White House Senior American officials were worried. Since the early months of the Trump administration, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and Middle East adviser, had been having private, informal conversations with Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the favorite son of Saudi Arabia’s king. Given Mr. Kushner’s political inexperience, the private exchanges could make him susceptible to Saudi manipulation, said three former senior American officials. In an effort to tighten practices at the White House, a new chief of staff… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

It’s something for the House to investigate. Along with the source of the funds that bailed out Kushner family real estate investments.,

Ellynn
Ellynn

I used different pens for different things. All of them made the list. From my pen caddie and art drawer from my desk I have… No. 95. The only difference is I have diamond tip needles. This is not a writing pen. It needs to held almost vertically, Great for hand drafting and line work drawings. You have to wash and soak them if you leave them without writing for more then 72 hours. No. 94 I use a .03 tip. My go to for hand drawing on plans and drawings. No bleeding through any paper ever. Also a technical… Read more »

chefdavid
chefdavid
Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The coast from the Obama rebound is largely It’s Trump’s economy now to the extent that it’s any President’s economy—flat volatile stock market after his $100 billion prime the pump—he invented that phrase you know—and no decrease in income inequality..

Benevolus
Benevolus

I don’t think anyone doubted that the economy could be stimulated further. The question is, can it be stimulated enough to overcome the $3-8 Trillion it is costing?

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Is that article supposed to be a negative?