Before the Columbine High School massacre, two Columbine High School student mass murderers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold referenced lyrics from Nine Inch Nails multiple times in their journals, with the latter specifically naming The Downward Spiral as a symbol of his depression.
If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.
The latest example is Mr. Trump’s refusal to back off his Saturday morning tweet of three weeks ago that he had “found out that [Barack] Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory” on Election Day. He has offered no evidence for his claim, and a parade of intelligence officials, senior Republicans and Democrats have since said they have seen no such evidence.
Yet the President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle, rolling out his press spokesman to make more dubious claims. Sean Spicer—who doesn’t deserve this treatment—was dispatched last week to repeat an assertion by a Fox News commentator that perhaps the Obama Administration had subcontracted the wiretap to British intelligence.
That bungle led to a public denial from the British Government Communications Headquarters, and British news reports said the U.S. apologized. But then the White House claimed there was no apology. For the sake of grasping for any evidence to back up his original tweet, and the sin of pride in not admitting error, Mr. Trump had his spokesman repeat an unchecked TV claim that insulted an ally.
The wiretap tweet is also costing Mr. Trump politically as he hands his opponents a sword. Mr. Trump has a legitimate question about why the U.S. was listening to his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and who leaked news of his meeting with the Russian ambassador. But that question never gets a hearing because the near-daily repudiation of his false tweet is a bigger media story.
FBI director James Comey also took revenge on Monday by joining the queue of those saying the bureau has no evidence to back up the wiretap tweet. Mr. Comey even took the unusual step of confirming that the FBI is investigating ties between the Trump election campaign and Russia.
Mr. Comey said he could make such a public admission only in “unusual circumstances,” but why now? Could the wiretap tweet have made Mr. Comey angry because it implied the FBI was involved in illegal surveillance? Mr. Trump blundered in keeping Mr. Comey in the job after the election, but now the President can’t fire the man leading an investigation into his campaign even if he wants to.
All of this continues the pattern from the campaign that Mr. Trump is his own worst political enemy. He survived his many false claims as a candidate because his core supporters treated it as mere hyperbole and his opponent was “untrustworthy” Hillary Clinton. But now he’s President, and he needs support beyond the Breitbart cheering section that will excuse anything. As he is learning with the health-care bill, Mr. Trump needs partners in his own party to pass his agenda. He also needs friends abroad who are willing to trust him when he asks for support, not least in a crisis.
This week should be dominated by the smooth political sailing for Mr. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and the progress of health-care reform on Capitol Hill. These are historic events, and success will show he can deliver on his promises. But instead the week has been dominated by the news that he was repudiated by his own FBI director.
Two months into his Presidency, Gallup has Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 39%. No doubt Mr. Trump considers that fake news, but if he doesn’t show more respect for the truth most Americans may conclude he’s a fake President.
Tonight’s The Wall Street Journal Editorial nails our serial lying “President” who is currently under FBI investigation very good for the untruths that he’s uttered over the course of his “Presidency” and beforehand.
Day 6 : Finger nail polish. I would swan a little on the left page, then press it against the right. I just kept repeating that process. There’s actually some texture to the pages from where I had to pull them apart. #fingernailpolish #inkblot #orisitnailblot #nailblot #artjournal #fillmysketchbook 💅🏻
Strawberry-flavoured tea, Nine Inch Nails, fairy lights and my journal. So far, on these two pages, there are scribblings in English, Hungarian and the bus tickets are printed in Serbian, including something in German and Macedonian is to go! :) The triple barred cross necklace is completely handmade (I only need to paint it over w/ silver color so the marks of material bending and scratches made while cutting aren’t so visible anymore). Also, look at my drawing of Dylan. :)
I shared this on my patreon about two weeks ago but I thought it was time to post the whole thing. As always this is for @shoegazerx who inspires me so often that her art seems to be catnip to my muses.
The puzzle box was one of those pieces that were well known but not known at all.
Will had walked into shops where people offered him plenty of money for the piece but no concrete answers and even the Internet was a bust. Though every previous owner had been brutally murdered or disappeared, just like Will’s mother.
His father had always insisted the box belonged to her, a priceless heirloom that wasn’t to be touched. Most of his mother’s past was just that: not to be touched. He hardly remembered her, vague images of a smile just for him.
If the box had been hers, would the pin faced man know what happened to her? He’d made her scream, Will knew that, but had he killed her as well?
What was behind the portal?
He wanted to know what was beyond the light and not just because he worried for his father.
After days of looking for answers to explain the box, the pin faced man, and the blood, Will decided to start looking through his father’s things.
Robert Graham had never been very open or affectionate a father, though Will wasn’t one to beg for anyone’s attention even now. But he’d drilled into Will the need to keep the right path, the good path, leading Will into his teaching profession and even the need to rescue strays.
After Will found the safe in his father’s closet and began reading the journals, he knew that Robert Graham was not the man he had grown up thinking he was. The very first line he read said it all:
HA LONG BAY (part 3)
28.04.17 - woke up tot he prettiest view (shown in the photo) it was our final morning on the island. Breakfast and we were on a ‘speed boat’ to the main island. Cat ba is the main island on halong bay and was just across the sea from our private island. We completed a 2 hour hike in the national park, it’s fair to say we were dying but felt a bit silly when there was a 58year old doing it with us haha. The views were amazing, completely worth the sweat drenched clothes and ridiculously hard rocks we had to climb. We ended the hike with a traditional Vietnamese meal with what was left of the group. The food was lovely and again there was enough to feed a small army. 2 coach rides, a ferry and a short walk back to the hostel and straight back out to pick up our clothes. Not sure if we mentioned t but we both got a silk boob tube made, pretty simple and easy but they look funky so. The rest of the evening was spent chilling with mr.oxford, also own as Dylan. (our new room mate) we met Dylan a few days ago before we left for ha long bay and it’s fair to say he had the exact same sense of humour as me and ginge.. hilarious obviously. We managed to rope him into coming to get a foot massage and his nails done with us… it didn’t take that much convincing and we were at one of the thousand of spas along our street. £4 each and we all had very nice nails and smooth feet. We were orettty knackered from the last few days so decided to head to bed. Not the most interesting day but we managed to tick off another national park so that was cool.