GOOD MORNING! Last night Trump interrupted the Bachelorette with a rose ceremony of his own. He (or to be more accurate the Federalist Society) picked federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. According to The New York Times' The Daily podcast, Kavanaugh is simultaneously the least conservative of Trump’s picks, and also the most likely to argue against investigating Trump while he's in office.
Dissection of Kavanaugh will likely be the big activity of today. The New York Times made a graph. FiveThirtyEight has a fairly dense breakdown of how they think Kavanaugh's addition would impact the court's pH balance.
Look who just de-caved today, those Wild Boar boys what have been away: The last of the Wild Boar soccer club members and their coach have been rescued from the flooded cave system where they had been trapped for more than two weeks. Elon Musk was there but nobody used his weird "child-size submarine" prototype.
On the local Trump front, more good ol' "devoted family men" commuting madness:
Hammonds are convicted for breaking federal law, but have their prison sentences commuted because they are "family men" and have a business to run. Where is this option for black & brown Americans behind bars? For immigrant parents? https://t.co/9cRdybu5XZ
— Alex Zielinski (@alex_zee) July 10, 2018
Yesterday's clashes between federal officers and Occupy ICE PDX protesters resulted in three arrests and some disturbing and wild video. Portland's Bureau of Development Services has cited the fence erected by homeland security officers for blocking access to the sidewalk.
Why would you pay someone to make you pancakes? The International House of Pancakes acknowledged yesterday that they faked their name change (from IHOP to IHOb) in an attempt to promote the addition of burgers to their menu. While we're sympathetic to the madness that stalks the hearts of all burger-loving persons, nobody ever thought that was for real, guys.
And that's all I've got this morning. It seems like things are pretty bad out there, but it always sort of seems that way. If we fall for this Kavanaugh bait-and-switch, and get stuck with Amy Barrett as a Supreme Court Justice, my back-up plan is to start over as a virtual reality internet cat: