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“Trump is a chump” – Thomas L. Friedman, Columnist, New York Times
And that simple quote from the highly respected author of Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, I bring you, The Hanging Shad’s “Apropos of Nothing.”
1. Let’s go to the video tape. The Trump administration is now making it routine to lie…and to lie about things that are easily demonstrated to be a lie. If we thought we were going to get a new playbook from Sarah Huckabee Sanders, guess again. She trots out decorated Gen. John Kelly—now White House Chief of Staff—to assert things that are easily proven untrue. Then she does the same thing over and over and over.
2. What, David Duke wasn’t available? An “issue advocacy group” aligned with Trump is rolling out a $1 million ad blitz to support the Republican tax reform plan. It features…wait for it…Corey Lewandowski. Doesn’t this group want people to support the plan? Lewandowski is toxic and has been since he grabbed a female reporter’s arm at a Trump rally.
3. I’ll have a large mushroom and pepperoni…hold the right wing rhetoric. It seems Papa John’s Pizza founder John Schnatter is belly-aching about sagging pizza sales he attributes to the take-a-knee controversy in the NFL. Schnatter is a well-known Republican fundraiser and supporter. Meanwhile, Pizza Hut reports its pies are flying out of the stores like…pizza. So, both companies are NFL sponsors, one’s sales are down, one is just fine. So what should we conclude? Yeah, Papa John’s pizza sucks.
4. A little chin music. Adding insult to injury, LA Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, who just lost game seven of the World Series to the Houston Astros, had his home burglarized the same night. Ouch.
5. Take off, eh? Among the many, many, many, knocks against the Trump administration is that it hasn’t filled important positions. (Trump will visit Asia in general and South Korea specifically. We have no ambassador to South Korea.) But maybe no one is better than someone completely clueless. Meet Kelly Craft, the US ambassador to Canada. She believes climate change is real…and that climate change is not real.
6. One to screw in the light bulb, and one to shoo the moose away. The FBI is now investigating Whitefish Energy, the two-person company from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown that somehow, miraculously, landed a $300 million contract to restore Puerto Rico’s electricity. The contract was cancelled.
Whitefish, Montana has a population of about 6,500—or a little more than my hometown of Lee, Mass. Lee is close to Tanglewood and has a bunch of popular outlet stores. Whitefish’s original name was “Stumptown,” and I’m not kidding. Zinke says he indeed knows the guy who founded Whitefish Energy but had nothing to do with them landing the contract. Does anyone?…anyone?…anyone? believe that?
7. ONE-POINT-TWENTYONE GIGA-WATTS???? A Wyoming man who was arrested for public intoxication claimed he was from the year 2048 and traveled back in time to 2017 to tell the good people of the Equality State that aliens are coming next year and they better vamoose. Good to know that there are drunken idiots in the future, too.
8. Dressing the part. Speaking of drunken idiots, a Sterling, Conn. man was arrested on DUI charges. That’s not necessarily news but the shirt he was wearing probably got a laugh from police.
9. I can’t remember what I don’t remember.
10. This is the greatest tourism sign of all time.
You’ve been a wonderful audience. Thank you, good night. Drive safe.