Michael Wolff writes a book questioning the intelligence and intellectual curiosity of the President, so the President responds by scheduling an immigration dog and pony show, open to the press, to show how smart and engaged he is. He then proceeds to confirm everything the Wolff book says for all to see. Stable genius!

Wolff says that Trump basically just agrees with the last person he talks to. So he agrees with Dianne Feinstein on a clean DACA bill and then 10 seconds later with Kevin McCarthy against a clean DACA bill. This simply confirms what we've known, but it's good to have it documented on camera.

Wolff says that Trump is bored by details and policy. Trump never discusses any sort of specifics during the meeting, and then says loudly and clearly that he'll just sign whatever they decide. Again, not surprising, but good to see it play out so clearly in public.

On a related note, why do we accept as valid this notion that "DACA has to be tied to border security"? Feinstein was almost able to Jedi mind trick Trump into a clean DACA bill. But the DACA + border security chorus immediately spoke up.

I thought we collectively agreed that earmarks were a bad idea? All bills should be clean bills! The way I see it, tying two independent issues like this together is just a macro-level earmark. You want a bill on border security? Draft it and vote on it. Do your job. Instead, and I see no other way to frame this, Republicans want to use people's lives as bargaining chips to get what they want. It's immoral.


400 Blows - The Average Guy / No One Can Erase This (2004 Buddyhead)

One of my favorite bands. Three piece with no bassist. A guitarist and drummer so good you'll never miss it.  These songs are on "Angel's Trumpets and Devil's Trombones" but not these versions.

  1. The Average Guy
  2. No One Can Erase This

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Reina Aveja - Bee Complex (1998 Probe)

Some serious Melvins worship from these four Gainesville women. Listening to this, it's hard to imagine that it has anything to do with Less Than Jake, and yet Reina Aveja features the multi-talented Jessica Mills, their original saxophonist. Also features members of Squat, who I thought were a Bay Area band but maybe not?

  1. Sick Sick Sick
  2. O.B.B.
  3. Sassy

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Crispus Attucks / De Nada Split EP (2001 Vendetta)

Screamy hardcore on both sides of this. Crispus Attucks is another band who I don't believe ever got their due. I saw them open for Scholastic Deth at the Che and immediately bought everything from them I could. Per the liner notes, this was supposed to be a split with Voorhees, but when that fell through, they ended up including some unreleased tracks from the defunct De Nada.

  1. Crispus Attucks - Insurrectos
  2. Crispus Attucks - Kapitalismo! (It's For The Kids! Pt 1)
  3. Crispus Attucks - In Xochitl In Cuicatl
  4. Crispus Attucks - New Slavery II
  5. De Nada - Secret Breast Enhancers
  6. De Nada - Car Problems
  7. De Nada - The Power Of The Phoenix Told Me To Fly On, Brother... Fly On!
  8. De Nada - Your'e Ugly Pt II
  9. De Nada - D.C. United Vs Columbus Crew


Built To Last - S/T EP (2007 Words Of War)

Mid to late 90's San Diego sXe hardcore except that it was released in 2007 to confuse everyone. I don't know who played on this record, but for purely SEO purposes, I'll inform you that David Kennedy of Angels & Airwaves and Box Car Racer once played in this band.

  1. The Letdown
  2. Rise  


A.T.W. / Senile Citizens Split EP (2002 Born To Die)

I've always thought Allergic To Whores, while unfortunately named, were pretty overlooked. Very solid catalog. I know nothing about Senile Citizens and apparently neither does the internet.

Allergic To Whores

  1. Empty Stares In Broken Glasses
  2. Renegade
  3. Silence

Senile Citizens

  1. Our Backs Are Turned
  2. Why Can't You See Shades Of Grey


All You Can Eat - Ballinger EP (1996 Little Deputy)

Things I remember about this band: I like 'em, Craigums is in it, the singer could put his fist in his mouth, and I think I saw them at the Recess Records Needles and Pins festival up in Mount Shasta where the drummer had a cymbal so high he had to practically jump to hit it.

  1. Locksmith
  2. Fisticuffs
  3. S.L.C. Pootah

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Media Blitz - Punk Ain't Dead (1997 Beer City)

It's been awhile, I know. I'm still around.

Didn't see this available anywhere. Nothing groundbreaking, just straight ahead 90's punk. And I know how to spell embalming.

  1. Punk Ain't Dead
  2. Imbalming Fluid
  3. I'm Pissed, I'm Mad!
  4. Billions For Destruction


The Enemy of My Enemy is Still My Enemy, Dana

Southern California puts out some kooky congressmen and congresswomen, but none as kooky as Dana Rohrabacher (apologies to Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter, Jr.).

Regarding a recent terrorist attack in Iran that left at least 17 dead, Rohrabacher stated:
...isn’t it a good thing for us to have the United States finally backing up Sunnis who will attack Hezbollah and the Shiite threat to us? Isn’t that a good thing? And if so, maybe this is a Trump — maybe it’s a Trump strategy of actually supporting one group against another, considering that you have two terrorist organizations.
I shouldn't have to tell you that the Sunnis he is refering to are ISIS. This is not the result of a confusion, or a faux pas, Rohrabacher very is saying exactly what he means:
So that’s like Joe Stalin was a horrible guy, we must never associate with horrible guys like that, even against Hitler...
Or associating with the mujaheddin (who he claims he fought with) against the Soviet Union, right? That turned out swell.

Look, Iran has all sorts of problems and there are a million reasons why we shouldn't ignore them. But their sins are certainly no worse than Saudi Arabia's, who are currently playing Trump and getting everything they want from him  just by stroking his ego. Supporting ISIS against Iran may be the most ridiculous thing I've heard all week, and that is a very high bar to reach.