Thursday's HOT MIC
Good Thursday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president participates in a bilateral meeting with the president of Guatemala
- President Trump delivers remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast
- The president meets with Secretary of Defense James Mattis
- President Trump has lunch with Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin
- The president meets with Dr. Henry Kissinger
I have a condensed version of the briefing for you today.
Your daily WTF:
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!
Buying a giant inflatable ball for fun on the beach may seem tempting -- but don't do it folks!
A cautionary tale:
After all that, he still gave it two stars, LOL. Read more here:
Your Meme of the Day -- and as a devoted Bowie fan and Tesla (the scientist) fan and space fan, I can't begin to tell you how much this tickled me.
David Laufman, who leads the Justice Department’s counterintelligence division, announced his resignation for “personal reasons” on Wednesday, The Daily Caller reported.
Laufman worked with FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok on both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the Russia investigation. He and Strzok interviewed Clinton as part of the investigation into her emails.
In addition to working on the investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified information, Laufman has also worked on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
On the Clinton investigation, he sat in on interviews with the former secretary of state and several of her aides, including Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan.
So Salon tried to get away with this (HT Twitchy):
Then this happened:
You can't read it online anymore because it appears Salon pulled it down. But here's an excerpt:
Millions of evangelicals and other Christian fundamentalists believe that the Bible was dictated by God to men who acted essentially as human transcriptionists. If that were the case, one would have to conclude that God is a terrible writer. Many passages in the Bible would get kicked back by any competent editor or writing professor, kicked back with a lot of red ink — often more red than black.
Mixed messages, repetition, bad fact-checking, awkward constructions, inconsistent voice, weak character development, boring tangents, contradictions, passages where nobody can tell what the heck the writer meant to convey. This doesn’t sound like a book that was dictated by a deity.
Parting shot — and it's a stinger:
UPDATE: Alert reader Joseph noted in the comments that the article is available for consumption at AlterNet. You can read the wretched thing in all its glory here. Also, while we're on the subject, Dr. Jeff Sanders, PJM's resident pastor, has a good summary of how we got the New Testament: