Mattis on Trump:

On his decision to resign, Mattis said:

“I was basically directed to do something that I thought went beyond stupid to felony stupid.”

I dunno. I kinda think this one is on Mattis. He was shocked that Donald Trump asked him to do something “felony stupid”? It seems to me that if you go to work for Donald Trump, you should be aware that everything he asks you to do will be stupid or illegal or both.

“He’s dangerous. He’s unfit. What we’re doing is we’re actually showing how to destroy America. That’s what we’re showing them. How to isolate us from all of our allies. How to take us down. And it’s working very well. We are declaring war on one another inside America.”

Report from Toronto:

“About three quarters of the way into Ammonite, Kate Winslet enters a well-lit bedroom where Saoirse Ronan is lying in bed. Kate joins Saoirse in bed and the two start making out. Saoirse then starts kissing Kate’s left breast and soon has her hand down between Kate’s legs but nothing is shown. Kate then lifts up Saoirse’s nightgown a bit so we can maybe see some bush. It’s pretty dark and shadowy so possibly a merkin. We do see Kate put her hand between Saoirse’s legs briefly. Kate then removes her own nightgown while Saoirse puts her head between Kate’s legs and performs oral sex. We see Kate’s breasts and just the top of her very hairy bush when Saoirse moves her head away for a brief second. Saoirse then climbs on top of Kate’s face and we see part of her butt. Saoirse then proceeds to remove her own nightgown and we get a couple of views of her butt and Kate’s breasts as Kate is going to town. Kate then reaches down and touches herself between her legs and we see more of her bush. This is interspersed with close-ups of Saoirse’s face as she is in ecstasy. Finally, we see Saoirse’s right breast briefly as she climbs off of Kate. We can also get a tiny peek at Saoirse’s left breast as well as maybe a hint of bush or merkin. There are a couple of quick views of Kate’s breasts as they embrace while the scene ends.”

From the comments: A classic Diana Rigg scene you will want to see. Diana as the Queen of Sin from the TV Avengers episode “A Touch of Brimstone.” Sample below.

She won a bronze in four-woman bobsled in the 2014 winter games. She was a champion shot putter in college.

Wikipedia says:

Evans comes from a family of athletes. Her father, Fred, became the first black national collegiate champion in swimming when he competed for Chicago State. Her brother, also named Fred, is a defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings. Her uncle is retired Major League Baseball outfielder Gary Matthews and her cousin is baseball player Gary Matthews, Jr.

“I’m a product of Chicago,” said Evans. “Showing people that this black girl from Chicago came to the Winter Olympic sport and really did some amazing things, and it was all because I had that will to win and it was my dream.”

… including Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton

This is Trump playing his distraction game, of course. So many negatives are piling up on him this week that he’s trying to change the subject with some outrageous but relatively innocuous controversy, in the hope that the media will report less about Woodward, Cohen and the whistleblower. If people rant about the far-fetched and imaginary prospect of Tom Cotton in the Supreme Court, an obvious red herring, they will have that much less time to rant about Trump’s COVID lies. You may have noticed that the latest shenanigans have already pushed his financials and tax returns out of the news cycle.

Reporters are generally unfocused and easily manipulated, so this tactic usually works for Trump. You’d think people would get wise to his tricks, but they never seem to.

It appears that as the lawyers were battling, the judge stepped down from his perch and hit the wrestlers’ lawyer over the head with a chair.

Ironically, he caused brain damage.

Among the plaintiffs were Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Joseph “Road Warrior Animal” Laurinaitis, Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorff, Chris “King Kong Bundy” Pallies and Harry Masayoshi Fujiwara, known as Mr. Fuji.”

Snuka and Fuji are dead. Both had advanced cases of CTE. Bundy is also dead.

A few new revelations:

The book describes Mr. Trump hiring “a Faux-Bama, or fake Obama, to record a video where Trump ritualistically belittled the first Black president and then fired him, a kind of fantasy fulfillment that it was hard to imagine any adult would spend serious money living out.”

Trump’s coordination with the National Enquirer was more extensive than previously known. According to Cohen, Trump’s involvement with the National Enquirer included personal day-to-day supervision of stories on his Republican rivals. The book specifically mentions Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

Washington Post overview

WaPo makes a big deal out of the fact that Trump knew COVID was deadly and much worse than a flu, but was telling the country a different story.

I found that less interesting than some other aspects of Woodward’s presentation:

Kim said his meetings with Trump were a “precious memory” that underscored how the “deep and special friendship between us will work as a magical force.”

Coats: “He doesn’t know the difference between the truth and a lie.”

Trump: “My fucking generals are a bunch of pussies.”

Woodward asked Trump about whether white people should be feeling some responsibility to better “understand the anger and pain” felt by Blacks in America. “No,” Trump replied, in his own sensitive way, “I don’t feel that at all.”