The “A Nation Without Torture” News, 26 January 2017

Quotation and citation does not imply endorsement of views, persons, or entities.


“In Egypt my rights and the rights of thousands of others like me are violated, just for dreaming or hoping for freedom…Their destiny is prison, or death. That’s not going to stop me from speaking out, or caring for thousands like me. ” 21-year-old Mahmoud Mohammed Hussein, who was arrested and tortured in Egypt for wearing a t-shirt that read “A Nation Without Torture.” (BBC)

“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile…The media here is the opposition party.” Trump adviser Steve Bannon (New York Times; The Hill)

“Better to get your news directly from the president. In fact, it might be the only way to get the unvarnished truth.” U.S. House Representative and Chair of the House Science Committee Lamar Smith (R-Texas). (The Hill; CNN)

“No.” CNN’s Jake Tapper, following his statement that “A reminder that the president’s top aide [Steve Bannon] just told The New York Times that press should keep its mouth shut.” (The Hill; Twitter; CNN)

“Simply put, any policy proposal which drives up costs of Coronas, tequilas, or margaritas is a big-time bad idea. Mucho Sad.” Senator Lindsey Graham (R- South Carolina). President Trump is suggesting a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to pay for his “beautiful” wall. (Twitter)

“I must keep saying this: How the HELL are we going to spend $20 bil to build the #WallOfHate but can’t find $55 mil to fix pipes in Flint??!” Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) (Twitter)

“We will do everything lawful in our power to protect you. If necessary, we will use City Hall itself to shelter and protect anyone who’s targeted unjustly.” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D-Mass.), speaking out to immigrants and Muslims in Boston who may feel threatened by President Trump’s rhetoric and actions against “sanctuary cities.” (Chicago Tribune)


3: The White House daily guidance for Friday’s meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May misspells her name three times. (Reid Wilson; Twitter)

6: At least six major hires and nominees by President Trump have come from Goldman Sachs: Anthony Scaramucci, Dina Habib Powell, Steve Bannon, Steve Mnuchin, Gary Cohn, and Jay Clayton. (New York Daily News)

33: Shares of Goldman Sachs stock have increased in value by 33 percent since the presidential election. (APM Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal)

34: Former president Obama averaged 34 executive orders per year in office. This average places him with less executive orders signed than any other president from the past 120 years. President Obama ranks 16th among the U.S. presidents for number of executive orders given. (Pew Research Center)

42: The percentage of self-identified Trump voters who believe it would be okay if President Trump maintained a private server for his government is 42 percent. 39 percent oppose the idea. (Public Policy Polling; The Hill)

49: The average monthly water bill is predicted to rise by 49 dollars over the next five years. (Michigan State University; PBS NewsHour)

4 Million: The average cost for fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border is between four and six million dollars per mile. It costs more if roads need to be built to access the border. It costs more, still, if the fencing is replaced with walls. (APM Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal)

1.38 Billion: “Mexican aerospace industry exported $7.6 billion last year, 90% to USA. Trump’s 20% tariff would cost US aero industry about $1.38″ billion dollars. (Aviation reporter Stephen Trimble; Twitter; FEMIA)

Other Things:

(1.) So, former President of Mexico Vicente Fox has a poll going on Twitter. It looks like this:

Vicente Fox Twitter

All of the above?


2.) The genius that is @pourmecoffee on Twitter suggests that President Trump be followed by a Greek chorus. And then…

Trump pride

Oh, hubris. You bitch.



(3.) I keep thinking of this, for some reason. The Taming of the Shrew, Act IV, Scene 5

Petruchio: Good Lord, how bright and goodly shines the moon!

Katherina. The moon? The sun! It is not moonlight now.

Petruchio. I say it is the moon that shines so bright.

Katherina. I know it is the sun that shines so bright.

Petruchio. Now by my mother’s son, and that’s myself, / It shall be moon, or star, or what I list, / Or ere I journey to your father’s house. / Go on and fetch our horses back again. / Evermore cross’d and cross’d; nothing but cross’d!

Hortensio. Say as he says, or we shall never go.

Katherina. Forward, I pray, since we have come so far, / And be it moon, or sun, or what you please; / And if you please to call it a rush-candle, / Henceforth I vow it shall be so for me.

Petruchio. I say it is the moon.

Katherina. I know it is the moon.

Petruchio. Nay, then you lie; it is the blessed sun.

Katherina. Then, God be bless’d, it is the blessed sun

(Bolding is mine own, because, well, a point is afoot…)


4.) Links: (A) After a two-year ISIS-imposed terrorist “snow day,” the children of Mosul, Iraq are going back to school. Even the girls. (B) Now might not be the worst time to donate to UNICEF. Or to your local PBS station (google it.) Or to the UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Assistance). Or to Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders. (C) Snopes weighs in on Voter Fraud in the 2016 Election


5.) What the hell, Lucky Leprechaun? Just what the hell?


It’s like I don’t even know you anymore.


This issue’s title is brought to you by 21-year-old Mahmoud Mohammed Hussein and his t-shirt. I think Mahmoud is the bravest young man I’ve never met. I hope he is safe tonight and blessed in the future. And, for all countries, I hope torture will never be a tool.



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