Taking Charge

The president’s great at setting the news agenda. We need to reclaim it.

I’m going to start doing semi-regular lists of people pushing back against patent falsehoods, attacks on the freedom of speech and other miscellaneous bull*&)^. Starting today.

The president bars the EPA from publishing on social media, putting out news releases and funding grants. What’s a National Park to do? Go all badass on them, as Time Magazine reports.

The Tweets are now deleted. But they need a new name. I’m voting for Badasslands National Park.

So then Golden Gate National Park picked up the baton and ran with it.

From Golden Gate National Park’s Twitter feed.

And National Park Service employees started a non-official Twitter pushing back.

Just a sample of what they’re doing.

They’re also Tweeting asking people to support the National Park Service financially.

Leaders of the rebellion.

C-Span reports that Senator Carlyle Begay gives a “traditional Navajo blessing” to the president upon his inauguration.

The New York Times reports the president plans to sign one more executive order today, redirecting federal funds to build the wall along the Mexican border. He’s reportedly mulling another to limit refugee migration from “terror prone” regions.

For those of you keeping count at home, he’s signed five executive orders in his first five days in office. Today’s would be number six.

If he keeps up this pace he’ll sign 365 executive orders in his first year in office — or 1,460 over the course of his 4-year term.

Let’s just put this in perspective. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who served during the Depression and World War II, signed on average 291 executive orders a year (or 3,791 over 12 years in office). Herbert Hoover, asingle term president, signed 968 executive orders (the most in a single term) — and he served during the Depression.

Speaking of The New York Times, this headline says it all.

The Old Grey Lady goes badass. Seems like there’s a theme here.

Of course, the president promised on Twitter that he’d start a “major investigation” of voter fraud. The Times pointed out:

Of note, Mr. Trump’s legal team argued that there was no evidence of voter fraud when lawyers moved to stop the Midwestern recounts demanded by the Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Lies are lies are lies. Daily reminders, obviously, are needed.