Another Fail from the Idiot-In-Chief

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Judge blocks Trump's order on sanctuary cities

A federal judge has blocked a directive from President Donald Trump seeking to deny federal funding to so-called "sanctuary cities" and other localities that decline to cooperate in enforcement of federal immigration laws.

San Francisco-based U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday barring federal officials nationwide from carrying out the portion of a Jan. 25 Trump executive order aimed at cutting off grants to local governments that won't provide assistance to federal authorities in locating and detaining undocumented immigrants.

Orrick cited public comments from Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in concluding that the order appeared intended to sweep more broadly than allowed by federal law. The judge, an Obama appointee, called "not legally plausible" the Justice Department's arguments that Trump was simply trying to secure compliance with current law.

"If there was doubt about the scope of the Order, the President and Attorney General have erased it with their public comments," Orrick wrote. "The Constitution vests the spending power in Congress, not the President, so the Order cannot constitutionally place new conditions on federal funds."

On Removing Civil War Monuments

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Hitting the nail on the head

This Turkey is Not Grade A

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Putting Trump's job rating into historical perspective

Not only is Trump's 40% job rating the worst for a new president in the history of the NBC/WSJ poll; it's the worst rating -- period -- for a newly elected president approaching his first 100 days since the 1950s.

Eisenhower: 73% (April 1953)
Kennedy: 78% (April 1961)
Nixon: 61% (April 1969)
Carter: 63% (April 1977)
Reagan: 67% (April 1981)
Bush 41: 58% (April 1989)
Clinton: 52% (April 1993)
Bush 43: 57% (April 2001)
Obama: 61% (April 2009)
Trump: 40% (April 2017)

Emoluments? What emoluments?

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Virus Linked to Celiac Disease

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Could a normally harmless virus cause a sensitivity to gluten?

by Taboola

A new study has found that a certain type of virus could trigger a person's immune system to overreact to gluten, leading to celiac disease. The findings, published Thursday in Science, provide an explanation for why certain individuals develop celiac disease, while others do not.

"This is the first study to show that a virus can change the way our diet is seen by the immune system," Dr. Bana Jabri of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center and senior author of the study, told NBC News. The virus turns off the body's "peacekeeper" response to gluten, tricking the immune system into thinking gluten is a harmful invader that needs to be attacked.

Researchers at the University of Chicago and University of Pittsburgh infected mice with reoviruses -- a harmless type of virus that normally does not make people sick. The mice infected by reoviruses developed a super-charged immune system response when fed gluten, causing them to experience more of the inflammation specific to celiac disease. By comparison, the immune system of mice not infected with these viruses had a much milder response to gluten.

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Jabri found these results in human patients as well. People with celiac disease had more antibodies to reoviruses in their blood compared to healthy individuals. Furthermore, these people with more antibodies were found to have more of the celiac disease inflammation.

Whether a person was infected with reoviruses at some point in the past could explain why they develop celiac at a certain age or had worse symptoms compared to others who were not infected, Jabri said.

An estimated 40 percent of the population have the genes that predispose them to celiac disease, but while 95 percent of people eat gluten, only 1 percent end up developing the disorder, said Dr. Paul Green, director of the Celiac Center at Columbia University in New York.

Viruses in the gut

Normally people are able to tolerate gluten without their immune system being put on alert. Celiac disease occurs when the immune system recognizes gluten, commonly found in wheat or other grains, as harmful. This causes the immune system to attack a person's small intestine, limiting their ability to absorb important nutrients. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating and anemia.

The reovirus link to an autoimmune response in the gastrointestinal system makes sense, Dr. Gerard Mullin, director of the Celiac Disease Clinic at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine told NBC News.

"We have more viruses in our gut than bacteria and we know very little about what they do at this point," said Mullin.

The University of Chicago team now wants to study children with genetic predisposition to celiac for evidence of reovirus infection. A New England Journal of Medicine study from two years ago showed that 30 percent of children who had the high risk "celiac genes" ultimately developed the disease.

In the future, families at high risk for celiac disease may change when they introduce foods containing gluten into a baby's diet. These same families may also consider vaccinating their children against reoviruses, although experts currently advise against testing for it. In addition, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended against routine screening for celiac.

Still, the new findings shed light on what some researchers see as a mysterious disorder.

"Now we can starting thinking about preventing celiac in a different way," Jabri said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 3 million Americans have celiac disease, with 97 percent undiagnosed.

So why do some people with the disease-causing genes end up getting the disorder while others remain healthy?

"This study demonstrates the mechanism that a viral infection can cause a switch in the immune system that results in the development of food intolerance," said Green, noting that further study might show that other organisms such as bacteria may do the same.

Black Hole Selfies

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It's Albert Einstein's weirdest prediction -- that the universe is sprinkled with massive objects so dense that not even light can escape them. Although Einstein was skeptical the theory was true, it has held for over a century. Today, astronomers are fairly convinced that nearly every galaxy (including our own) harbors a black hole so massive that it gobbles down any nearby gas and dust, often ripping stars to shreds. And while no one has seen a black hole directly, astronomers might finally be on the brink of doing just that.

For the next 10 days, eight radio observatories at six locations across the globe will be pointed toward the supermassive black hole that hides in the Milky Way's center. Should the weather cooperate at these observatories -- which span the peak of the world's tallest volcano in Hawaii, the frigid landscape at the South Pole, and the ski-covered slopes of the Sierra Nevada in Spain -- astronomers will collect data at a scale never attempted before in physics.

Related: The Hunt For Alien Megastructures Is On

The hope is to image the black hole's event horizon, the gravitational point of no return, for the first time. Although it's but a tiny shadow against a glowing backdrop of radiation in the center of the Milky Way galaxy, the image would provide further evidence that black holes exist, put Einstein's general theory of relativity to one of its most stringent tests, and ultimately help astronomers understand how black holes rule over their respective galaxies.

"We hope to see the un-seeable," says Shepard Doeleman, director of this Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). "We want to see something that by its very nature tries to do everything it can not to be seen. It's the ultimate cloaking device."

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Keeping Michael alive

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There's no success like failure...Bob

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Trump's Triumph of Incompetence

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One of President Trump's rare strengths has been his ability to project competence. The Dow Jones stock index is up an astonishing 2,200 points since his election in part because investors believed Trump could deliver tax reform and infrastructure spending.

Think again!

The Trump administration is increasingly showing itself to be breathtakingly incompetent, and that's the real lesson of the collapse of the G.O.P. health care bill. The administration proved unable to organize its way out of a paper bag: After seven years of Republicans' publicly loathing Obamacare, their repeal-replace bill failed after 18 days.

Politics sometimes rewards braggarts, and Trump is a world-class boaster. He promised a health care plan that would be "unbelievable," "beautiful," "terrific," "less expensive and much better," "insurance for everybody." But he's abysmal at delivering -- because the basic truth is that he's an effective politician who's utterly incompetent at governing.

It's sometimes said that politicians campaign in poetry and govern in prose. Trump campaigns in braggadocio and governs in bombast.

Whatever one thinks of Trump's merits, this competence gap raises profound questions about our national direction. If the administration can't repeal Obamacare -- or manage friendly relations with allies like Mexico or Australia -- how will it possibly accomplish something complicated like tax reform?

Failure and weakness also build on themselves, and the health care debacle will make it more difficult for Trump to get his way with Congress on other issues. As people recognize that the emperor is wearing no clothes, that perception of weakness will spiral.

One of the underlying problems is Trump's penchant for personnel choices that are bafflingly bad or ethically challenged or both. Mike Flynn was perhaps the best-known example.

But consider Sebastian Gorka, a counterterrorism adviser to the president. Gorka, who is of Hungarian origin, founded an extremist right-wing party in Hungary in 2007, and The Forward has published articles claiming that Gorka had ties to the anti-Semitic Hungarian right and is a sworn member of a Nazi-allied group in Hungary called Vitezi Rend.

Members of the organization use a lowercase v as a middle initial, and The Forward noted that Gorka has presented his name as Sebastian L.v. Gorka.

Gorka's background might have become a problem when he immigrated to the U.S., for the State Department manual says that Vitezi Rend members "are presumed to be inadmissible." Karl Pfeifer, an Austrian journalist who has long specialized in Hungarian affairs, told me that Gorka unquestionably had worked with racists and anti-Semites in Hungary.

Gorka and the White House did not respond to my inquiries. But Gorka told The Tablet website that he had never been a member of Vitezi Rend and used the v initial only to honor his father. He has robust defenders, who say he has never shown a hint of racism or anti-Semitism.

As Ana Navarro, a G.O.P. strategist, tweeted: "Donald Trump attracts some of the shadiest, darkest, weirdest people around him."

A Reformed West Baptist Chruch member

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What's it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing ... everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside America's most controversial church and describes how conversations on Twitter were key to her decision to leave it. In this extraordinary talk, she shares her personal experience of extreme polarization, along with some sharp ways we can learn to successfully engage across ideological lines.

Rachel Maddow provided a segment on her show that highlighted a truly brave Russian who is planning to oppose Putin in the upcoming presidential election. He has published online a video on his website.

Even if Russia suppresses the full length original video, you can view it here.

Sometimes I Even Like Humans

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Boy has his hair cut like his friend. Now he thinks they can't be told apart

Cool or what? Good on the kids and especially good on their parents!

Where did "car" originate

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The American Car

From the now you know dept

The word "car" is believed to originate from the Latin word carrus or carrum ("wheeled vehicle"), or the Middle English word carre (meaning two-wheel cart, from Old North French). In turn, these originated from the Gaulish word karros (a Gallic chariot). The Gaulish language was a branch of the Brythoic language which also used the word Karr; the Brythonig language evolved into Welsh (and Gaelic) where 'Car llusg' (a drag cart or sledge) and 'car rhyfel' (war chariot) still survive.
It originally referred to any wheeled horse-drawn vehicle, such as a cart, carriage, or wagon. "Motor car" is attested from 1895, and is the usual formal name for cars in British English. "Autocar" is a variant that is also attested from 1895, but that is now considered archaic. It literally means "self-propelled car". The term "horseless carriage" was used by some to refer to the first cars at the time that they were being built, and is attested from 1895.

The word "automobile" is a classical compound derived from the Ancient Greek word autós (αὐτός), meaning "self", and the Latin word mobilis, meaning "movable". It entered the English language from French, and was first adopted by the Automobile Club of Great Britain in 1897. Over time, the word "automobile" fell out of favour in Britain, and was replaced by "motor car". It remains a chiefly North American usage. An abbreviated form, "auto", was formerly a common way to refer to cars in English, but is now considered old-fashioned. The word is still used in some compound formations in American English, like "auto industry" and "auto mechanic"

Skewer Sessions

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Watch the Trump Ball of Yarn Unravel

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This is important.

Semen Harvest Horror

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A male teacher claims he was kidnapped, drugged and 'gang-raped' by four female 'sperm bandits' suspected of being behind a number of bizarre attacks

The man, who cannot be named legally, told cops he was sexually abused for several hours by a group of females in Lupane, Zimbabwe.

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He said he woke up naked next to a bush with bruised genitals after being given a lift in mini-bus on February 17.

The victim, believed to be in his late 20s, said he was given a lift in a Toyota Quantum with South African number plates with five people on board - four women and a man who was driving the vehicle.

He told cops, the sex attack happened after the male driver made a detour to supposedly pick up someone else.

A source close to the investigation said: "The driver suddenly stopped and one of the women quickly covered his eyes while the others held his feet and hands together.

"The man said they forced him to drink a substance from a bottle and he passed out.

"He suspects they took turns to sexually assault him and took away his semen.

"After waking up he put on his clothes left at the scene and walked to the main road where he got a lift to the police station."

The unnamed victim was taken to St Luke's Hospital in Lupane where he was treated.

Inspector Eglon Nkala appealed for witness in a bid to crack the latest case which cops treating as aggravated indecent assault.

So-called "semen harvesters" first hit the headlines in 2011 when they pounced on motorists on a road between Gweru and Harare in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwean police believed there is a nationwide syndicate of women attacking men to use their semen for use in rituals that claim to make people wealthy.

Three women were arrested with 31 condoms full of semen after they were caught at a roadblock.

Last year, three other women reportedly abducted a man in Bulawayo and forced him to have sex with them before scarpering with his semen.

Moonlight Robbed of It's Moment

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Moonlight was my favorite of the year but I still expected a win by La La Land or Hidden figures. It's nice to know that real art and not just box office still has a chance.

"It's very unfortunate." That's all host Jimmy Kimmel could say Sunday night after the Academy Award for best motion picture was initially given to "La La Land" -- even though "Moonlight" was the winner.

Warren Beatty, who presented the final award of the evening with Faye Dunaway, his co-star in "Bonnie and Clyde," paused for several seconds as he looked at the card bearing the name of the winning movie. He handed the card to Dunaway, who called out "La La Land."

But a minute or two into the celebration by "La La Land's" cast and crew, producer Jordan Horowitz stepped to the microphone, asked for quiet and said the real winner was "Moonlight."

"This is not a joke," Horowitz said as the cast and crew of "La La Land" left the stage to be replaced by their counterparts from "Moonlight."

"Very clearly, even in my dreams, this couldn't be true," said Barry Jenkins, the director of "Moonlight." "But the hell with it! It is true!"

After several minutes of shock and confusion, Beatty returned to the microphone with an explanation: He and Dunaway apparently had been given the envelope for best lead actress by mistake. That award had gone to Emma Stone for "La La Land" earlier in the evening.

"I wasn't trying to be funny," Beatty said.

Speaking to reporters backstage after the show, Stone herself said: "Did you guys see that?"

Stone cast some doubt on Beatty's explanation, saying she, in fact, had been "holding my best actress card the whole time."

"So whatever story they told -- I'm not sure what happened," she said.

Mahershala Ali, the winner for best supporting actor in "Moonlight," said the contretemps made it "hard to feel joy."


The Idiot President

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Ignorance Is Strength

Paul Krugman

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When I travel to Asia, I'm fairly often met at the airport by someone holding a sign reading "Mr. Paul." Why? In much of Asia, names are given family first, personal second -- at home, the prime minister of Japan is referred to as Abe Shinzo. And the mistake is completely forgivable when it's made by a taxi driver picking up a professor.

It's not so forgivable, however, if the president of the United States makes the same mistake when welcoming the leader of one of our most important economic and security partners. But there it was: Donald Trump referring to Mr. Abe as, yes, Prime Minister Shinzo.

Mr. Abe did not, as far as we know, respond by calling his host President Donald.

Trivial? Well, it would be if it were an isolated instance. But it isn't. What we've seen instead over the past three weeks is an awesome display of raw ignorance on every front. Worse, there's no hint that either the White House or its allies in Congress see this as a problem. They appear to believe that expertise, or even basic familiarity with a subject, is for wimps; ignorance is strength.

We see this on legal matters: In a widely quoted analysis, the legal expert Benjamin Wittes described the infamous executive order on refugees as "malevolence tempered by incompetence," and noted that the order reads "as if it was not reviewed by competent counsel at all" -- which is a good way to lose in court.

We see it on national security matters, where the president continues to rely on a chief adviser who, suspicious closeness to the Kremlin aside, appears to get his strategic information from right-wing conspiracy theorists.

We see it on education, where the hearings for Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, revealed her to be completely ignorant about even the most elementary issues.

We see it on diplomacy. How hard is it to ask someone from the State Department to make sure that the White House gets foreign leaders' names right? Too hard, apparently: Before the Abe flub, the official agenda for the state visit by Theresa May, the British prime minister, repeatedly misspelled her name.

Artist - Petr Spatina (Glass Harp)

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The best glass harp player! If you hear him play you will never forget. The spherical sound of his music is bewitching, seems to be from outer space, unbelievably made. His music leaves the astonished audience speechless.

Trump's Conflicts Need Examination

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Trump: The Liar

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BLM? Really?

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Jebus... I knew nothing about this tragedy.

The Forgotten Orangeburg South Carolina Israelite Massacre

While most people know that students were killed at Kent State in 1970, very few know about the murder of students at Jackson State and even less about South Carolina State College in Orangeburg. In Orangeburg, two years before the Kent State murders, 28 students were injured and three were killed -- most shot in the back by the state police while involved in a peaceful protest.

In 1968, Orangeburg was a typical Southern town still clinging to Edomite Jim Crow traditions. Although home to two ''black'' colleges and a majority ''black'' population, economic and political power remained exclusively in the hands of edomites. Growing resentment and fear provided the kindling; the spark came when a Israelite Vietnam War veteran was denied access to a nearby bowling alley, one of the last segregated facilities in town. Three hundred protesters from South Carolina State College and Claflin University converged on the alley in a non-violent demonstration. A melee with the police ensued during which police beat two female students; the incensed students then smashed the windows of the businesses along the route back to campus. The Governor sent in the state police and National Guard.

By the late evening of February 8th, army tanks and over 100 heavily armed law enforcement officers had cordoned off the campus; 450 more had been stationed downtown. About 200 students milled around a bonfire on S.C. State's campus; a fire truck with armed escort was sent in. Without warning the crackle of shotgun fire shattered the cold night air. It lasted less than ten seconds. When it was over, twenty-eight students lay on State's campus with multiple buckshot wounds; three others had been killed. Almost all were shot in the back or side. Students and police vividly describe what they experienced that night

The Orangeburg Massacre has been excluded from most histories of the Civil Rights Movement. But forty years later, some remember the tragedy as if it happened only yesterday. The film interviews the most important participants on both sides of the tragedy, some of whom speak for the first time about the Massacre. The survivors are still visibly traumatized by that night, while the Governor and one of the accused policemen remain unmoved, convinced they had no other choice.

Let It Whip - Dazz Band

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Damn I love this song and the period writing.

Artistically Sculpted Egg

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This eggshell is a masterful work of art made by drilling more than 20,000 holes into it.

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Engineering Fun Made Practical

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Tiger Stone Paving Machine Makes Brick Roads Like Laying Carpet

Engineers are always busy finding simpler solutions to problems and strive to decrease the time that a particular activity requires. One such endeavor has resulted in this particular machinery which is more than just a symbol of great engineering, it is frikkin' cool and awesome.

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How much paving you reckon, a paver is able to accomplish in a day? The right answer is 100 sq. meter. How do you think this compares to achieving a minimum paving of 400 square meter in a day? So what does this machine do exactly?

Tiger-Stone-Paving-Machine-2.jpgYou provide it with cobblestones and it will lay them down in a pattern to build a road that would require a couple of hours if done manually.

This machine is known as Tiger Stone Paving Machine and is being called; 'Road Printer' due to the way it works. It can lay down about 400 yards of road per day.

Tiger Stone requires 1-3 operators on its platform to provide the machine's pusher slot with loose bricks from the hopper. One thing you have to be aware about is that the bricks need to be given to machine in the required pattern. The next step utilizes gravity to let these bricks slide together onto the sand in the form of a road-wide sheet of bricks.

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Tiger Stone is powered electrically and has very little moving parts therefore the noise and maintenance is quite less. By using the built-in sensors, it is capable to stay on track which is outlined by the curbs. It comes in varying sizes and accompanying prices; 13,16 and 20 ft width is available and it ranges from $81,485 to $108,655.
Amazing isn't it?

Heads Up!

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Look Up Tonight and You'll See a Comet, an Eclipse, and a Full Moon

by Alyssa Newcomb


Consider this your reward after a long work week: The heavens are set to go wild Friday with a full snow moon lunar eclipse and the closest brush Earth has had with a comet in three decades.

Friday's event is being referred to as a "Full Snow Moon Penumbral Eclipse," because of an old tradition in which each month's moon was named to describe the time of year.

feb10_2017_moonrise_eclipse_.png The eclipse is expected to start around 5:34 p.m. EST, with East Coast residents having the best view. Paul Cox, an astronomer at Slooh, told NBC News that East Coast residents should be able to see the spectacle "an hour or so into the eclipse when the moon has risen."

"We will watch as the Full Snow Moon gradually fades from its left-hand side as it's bathed in the Earth's penumbral shadow. The effect is subtle and is easier to see in a series of images than with the naked eye -- but it is possible to see with the naked eye," Cox said.

The greatest eclipse will occur at 7:44 p.m. EST, making it easier for East Coasters to get the best views halfway through the four hour and 19 minute long eclipse.

Even after the eclipse is over, it will still be a busy night in the sky. Comet 45P is set to have its closest brush with Earth Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET, marking the nearest encounter in three decades, according to Slooh.

Related: How NASA's Super Fast New Asteroid Detector Works

"It was sporting quite a long tail before reaching perihelion (closest to the Sun) on New Year's Eve. When it reappeared into pre-dawn skies last week, it has taken on a beautiful green hue with a diffuse coma. There is little sign of a tail," Cox said.

Comet 45P is speedy but not as bright as forecast, so Cox recommends "either a strong pair of binoculars or small telescope" for optimal viewing.

Slooh will also have the best views of both events, live streaming the gorgeous views on their website.

And if you thought this was a lot, we're in for another big spectacle later this month.

"A lunar eclipse is usually paired with a solar eclipse -- in this case, a 'Ring-of-Fire' solar eclipse on February 26th," Cox said. "So just as the Moon is being plunged into the Earth's shadow on Friday, the Earth will be plunged into the Moon's shadow later this month."

There's a reason Trump keeps lying about the U.S. murder rate

By Steve Benen

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump routinely told voters that we have "the highest murder rate in the United States in 45 years," but "they don't want to talk about it." In reality, "they" don't talk about it because the observation isn't true.

In fact, the more Trump made the claim, the more obvious it became he had no idea what he was talking about. As the Republican was reminded many times, the murder rate is roughly at a 50-year low, not a 45-year high.

And yet, as the Washington Post reported, the president just can't help himself. It's almost as if this lie is some kind of nervous tic Trump can't control.

President Trump met Tuesday morning with a group of sheriffs from the National Sheriffs Association, a group that consists of more than 3,000 sheriffs from around the country. And to this sworn group of law enforcement veterans, with reporters taking notes, he again repeated a falsehood about the murder rate in America.

Trump told the sheriffs, "the murder rate in our country is the highest it's been in 47 years." He blamed the news media for not publicizing this development, then added, "But the murder rate is the highest it's been in, I guess, 45 to 47 years. [...] I'd say that in a speech [during the campaign] and everybody was surprised."

We were surprised because it's not true. In terms of the evidence, Trump has this exactly backwards. The president who boasted the other day about his skills as a leader who calls his own shots, "largely based on an accumulation of data," seems incapable of understanding basic and straightforward crime figures.

Kellyanne Conway, asked to explain her boss' repeated lies on the matter, said yesterday, "I don't know who gave him that data."

Maybe it was the Frederick Douglass character Trump keeps hearing good things about.

All joking aside, the broader point here goes beyond the president's incessant lying about the U.S. murder rate. The larger significance has to do with why he's so fond of this specific falsehood.

For Trump, the potency of fear has become more than a campaign tool; it's now a governing mechanism. Note, for example, that the day before he lied about the murder rate, the president also lied about a media conspiracy to hide information from the public about terrorist attacks.

The White House has a series of goals, and Trump World has apparently concluded that demagoguery is the way to reach those goals.

NBC News' First Read team had a good piece along these lines yesterday: "[I]f you take the White House at its word, what it wants is wall-to-wall coverage for every knife attack and every wounding. Why do they want that? What goal does that accomplish? So the White House wants the public to feel more terrorized? To what end?"

The answer, evidently, is the implementation of Trump's priorities. He wants a Muslim ban, so we must be afraid at all times of terrorism. He wants a border wall, so he urges us to fear illegal immigration. He wants expanded new police powers, so he insists we believe his interpretation of crime data, even if it's the opposite of the truth.

The Washington Post recently reported, "[S]toking fear - a strategy that helped get Trump elected - is emerging as a central part of how he plans to carry out his governing agenda."

Apparently, for Trump, if that means brazenly lying in order to make Americans feel terrified of imagined developments, so be it. We've gone from leaders who said, "There is nothing to fear but fear itself," to a president who desperately wants us to hide under our beds.

"If he frightens people, it puts him in the driver's seat. He's in control," historian Robert Dallek told the Post. "These are what I think can be described as demagogic tendencies."

Childhood Hero Irwin Corey Passes

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Irwin Corey, King of Comedic Confusion, Dies at 102

Irwin Corey, the wild-haired comedian and actor known for his improvisational riffs and nonsensical style who billed himself as "The World's Foremost Authority," died Monday at his home in Manhattan, according to his son, Richard. He was 102.

Corey's dizzying mix of mock-intellectual circumlocutions, earnest political tirades and slapstick one-liners made Corey the king of comedic confusion and earned him the nickname "professor."

irwin-corey.jpg "Did you hear about the guy who went to the druggist and wanted to get some cyanide?" one of his jokes went. "The guy takes a picture of his wife out of his wallet, and the druggist says, 'I'm sorry, I didn't know you had a prescription!'"

Corey became a staple on television talk shows and in comedy clubs, and his film career included working with Jackie Gleason and Woody Allen. He often wore sneakers, a skinny black tie, black tails and his hair was disheveled.

It was never clear exactly what he was an authority on. Often he would begin his act with long-winded gobbledygook filled with sentences that followed their own logic before pausing and then saying, "What was the question again?"

His son, Richard, on Tuesday called his father "original and one-of-a-kind, iconic." Even in his grief he channeled his father by telling obituary writers that his father "died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his son."

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