Washington Post book critic Carlos Lozada surveys the recent spate of mea culpas by conservatives alarmed at Trump’s rise and conservatism’s fall, and comes away unimpressed. “The Never Trumpers hold everyone culpable for the appeal of Trumpism except, in any worthwhile way, themselves.” With these books, the Never Trumpers are engaging in a worthy exercise, even if it’s one they are executing with varying degrees of consistency, clarity and introspection. Yet it took the nomination and election of Donald Trump to make it happen. In a sense, the Never Trumpers are also the Only Trumpers. Only with the rise of Trump did they even think to interrogate the conservative dogma they’d long defended. Only with Trump did they begin to reconsider their roles in feeding a frenzied base. Only with Trump did they see the need to reach for higher ideals. Had Trump come close but failed to win the 2016 Republican nomination, had the GOP establishment and donor networks eked out one more mainstream nominee while still capitalizing on the angry, conspiratorial base to run against the Democrats, these books would not exist. The conscience and corrosion of conservatism, the mind of the right, would remain unexamined. TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES • THE WEEK’S HIGH IMPACT STORIES TWEET OF THE DAY xFirst Trump made money from his campaign.Then he made money from his inauguration.Now he's making money from his presidency.So he must already be thinking about how he can get a quick buck out of his impeachment.— Victor Laszlo (@Impolitics) December 16, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2005—The Islamic Republic of Iraq: I wonder why the war boosters think elections are in and of themselves a reason to declare «mission accomplished» (yet again) in Iraq. What good are elections if the violence continues? What good are they if Iraq's infrastructure is in shambles? What good are they if Iraq's economy continues to founder. «Wait!» the triumphalists will interject, «Elections show that Iraqis want democracy, and democracy will work to reduce the violence.» Of course, lots of things were supposed to reduce the violence—Saddam's capture, the first elections, the second election, the capture of myriad «Al Qaida number twos,» the supposed training of a new Iraqi army, and so on. Forgive those of us underwhelmed by such rosy predictions. Reality has made a mockery of all previous expressions of optimism. But I wonder, would the triumphalists still think this last round of elections was a success if it brought to power a fundamentalist Islamic party with strong ties to Iran? Because that's what appears to be happening. Funny that -- we've expended hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of lives to give Iran what they most coveted -- a friendly Iraqi government. And the wingnutosphere is celebrating. Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for "Netroots Radio.” LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
Let’s face it, United Kingdom: The dream of separating from the European Union has blown up. Hold a new referendum to stay in the EU, and vote the correct way this time around. Many in the U.K. are having serious second thoughts about the 2016 vote to leave the European Union—not unlike the way at least some Donald Trump voters are realizing they made a big mistake in November 2016. The results of the June 2016 Brexit referendum were surprising, as many polls suggested that the “Remain” supporters outnumbered those on the “Leave” side, albeit slightly. But the vote on Brexit went the other way, 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent. Leave and Remain voters were divided by age and geography. Younger voters voted heavily to remain, while older voters chose the leave option. London voted strongly to remain, as did those in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Voters in other parts of Britain, such as Wales and northern cities, wanted out of the EU. Many votes were based on faux populism, perceived inequality, fear of immigrants, and complaints about too much government spending—in this case, by the European Union. (Sound familiar?) Never mind the fact that leaders of the Leave campaign have admitted that many of their statements about the EU and the benefits of leaving it were outright lies. Never mind that much of the Leave campaign was driven by Russia. Never mind that there was no methodology for how to leave. Never mind that “What is the EU?” became one of the most-Googled queries in the U.K. after the vote. No matter. The vote to leave won over the vote to remain. But it’s not the way the majority of people in the U.K. feel now. There is now sentiment for a do-over.
Hey Republicans, we need to talk. On Tuesday, your lame duck Congress dragged Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, in front of one of your endless committees in which you play the victim. Whining about how you are portrayed in the media, and in google searches of all things. In short, you are once again working the refs. Look, I get it, once in a while a ref makes a bad call. Bad calls robbed the Packers of a couple of victories this year, and likely cost the coach his job. But, I did not see the Packers holding public hearings questioning the rule book, and how it is interpreted, or do I see fired coach Mike McCarthy sounding off on the head of NBA officiating complaining about NFL rules. You have been doing this since I was a kid in the seventies. You don’t like how your policies, statements, or even your elected officials are portrayed in the news. But have you ever thought for a second that the problem is not the media? Maybe it is the things you say, the policies you enact, and the way your politicians talk. On Tuesday, Representative Steve King (R-IA), a racist, spouted off about his iPhone (to a Google exec), King said his 7-year-old granddaughter was playing a game on her phone before an election — most likely King's November 2018 reelection bid — and was shown a picture of the congressman that included some not-so-flattering language. «I'm not going to say into the record what kind of language was used around that picture of her grandfather,» he said. Then, holding up his Apple device, King asked Pichai, «How does that show up on a 7-year-old's iPhone who's playing a kids game?» Now what Google has to do with an iPhone is beyond me, but just a suggestion to Rep. King, if you do not want your seven-year-old granddaughter to see bad things about you, maybe be a less shitty person.
Most Americans are nonconfrontational. Ironically, many times they predicate their opinions based on the verbiage of those who are the most vocal. When one polls Americans about their value set, they are decidedly progressive. They believe in social, criminal, economic, and racial justice as concepts. Why? Because deep down they know it is right and they are able to empathize with abstract concepts. Interestingly, at times actualizing all those good values Americans believe in, we find ourselves in conflict with reality, history, and individual courage. There are many reasons for that. One primary reason that encompasses them all, however, is the inability of many to empathize unabashedly. I received very upsetting emails from two friends in a particular organization this week who would want progressives to temper their speech because it makes some uncomfortable. This discomfort they say detracts from the ability to bring these people into the fold. The question is; if one must tell less than the truth to bring some into the fold, what good is having them in the first place? Isn't said lukewarm entry a revelation of a sign of unreliability? I immediately remembered a quote from a letter Martin Luther King wrote as he spent time in a Birmingham jail. The issue is much more profound today. Replace the words “white moderate” with “some progressives.”
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What: Antiques, Fine Arts, Persian Rugs & Asian ArtworksWhere: Antique Kingdom, 3972 Barranca Pkwy, Ste. J274, Irvine, CA 92606, United StatesWhen: Dec 20, 7:00 PM GMTTop Lots of the Sale:- «An important Pair of Henry Dasson Figural Torcheres» - Estimated Price: $150,000 - $250,000- «A Monumental very fine pair of 1st Period French Empire Figural Torcheres» - Patinated and gilt bronze with two neoclassical Egyptian figures each holding 8 light candelabras after designs by Napoleons architect Le Brun. Circa 1820 most probably attributed to Pierre Philippe Thomire. Measured at H 92« x W 18». Estimated Price: $100,000 - $150,000- «A Large and Rare French Patinated Bronze Figural Group Entitled 'Thesee Combattant Le Centaure Bienor' (Theseus Battling the Centaur Bienor)» - Retailed By Tiffany & Co, Cast By Barbedienne From A Model By Antoine-Louis Barye, Last Quarter Of 19th Century. Signed A.L. Barye Paris. 1850 and Barye, with Collection Barbedienne gold seal and foundry inscription F. Barbedienne. Fondeur. Paris. Measured at Statue Without Base: H 49.1/2« x W 41» x D 15«. Estimated Price: $80,000 - $120,000- »A Massive Pair Of Napoleon Iii Ormolu-Mounted Japanese Imari Porcelain Torcheres« - Measured at total H 78» with base, urn: H 58« x W 20». Estimated Price: $75,000 - $100,000- «A French patina-ted bronze figure of Fame riding Pegasus sounding a trumpet» - By Gautier, after a model by Antoine Coysevox (1640-1720). Late 19th century. On a later onyx and granite plinth. Measured at height of bronze 43.1/2« (110.5 cm); overall height 67» (170 cm). Estimated Price: $40,000 - $60,000- «Magnificent Pair of French Empire Figural Torcheres» - Measured at H 88« x W 21». Estimated Price: $40,000 - $60,000- «A 19th Centurey Monumental Antique French dore bronze Louis XV Figural mirror» - With maidens, garlands and Lions masks. Paris ca 1860. Estimated Price: $35,000 - $50,000- «A Monumental Museum Quality Framed Berlin KPM Porcelain Plaque» - Measured at Frame: 23.5« x 19.5», Plaque: 16« x 12». Estimated Price: $35,000 - $50,000- «A Monumental French Hand Curved Wood Figural Mirror», 19th Century - Measured at H 71.1/2« x W 48». Estimated Price: $30,000 - $50,000- «Table Top» - Francois-Raoul Larche French (1860 - 1912); each Signed Raoul Larche and stamped with the Siot Decauville foundry pastille. bronze, silvered. Measured at the centrepiece width 25.1/2 in. (65 cm). Estimated Price: $30,000 - $50,000- «A Large Sterling Silver Figural Mirror» - Tiffany & Co. Measured at H 24« x W 24». Estimated Price: $25,000 - $50,000- «The First Step» - By Guillaume Seignac (French, 1870-1924). Measured at Frame 53« x 42.5», Painting 38« x 28». Estimated Price: $25,000 - $50,000For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin
What: Modern Jewellery and AccessoiresWhere: Henry's Auktionshaus AG, An der Fohlenweide 12-14, Mutterstadt, 67112, GermanyWhen: Dec 21, 10:00 GMTPublic Viewing: Dec 12th, 2018Top Lots of the Sale:- «Loose brilliant» - 4.875ct Cape/vsi , DPL certificate 11/2015 (N,O), very light yellow, diam. 11.03 - 11.14 mm, h. 6.42 mm, proportions: very good, symmetry: good, polish: very good, sealed. Estimated Price: US$ 36,200 - 144,800- «18 kt gold combination ring with diamonds and coloured stones» - YG 750/000, old cut diamond approx. 3.16ct very light Yellow/vs, 10 princess cut diamonds total approx. 1.15ct. Wesselton(H)-Top Crystal/vs, besides 3 changing rings, 1 x with 20 ruby careers total approx. 0.80ct, 1 x with 20 emerald careers total approx. 0.70ct, and 1 x with 20 sapphire careers total approx. 0.80ct, ring size 58, total approx. 45.81 g, certificate and case attached. Estimated Price: US$ 28,300 - 113,100- «Extraordinary 18 kt gold CARTIER panther-ring with brilliants» - WG 750/000, vividly panther shaped, with brilliants total approx. 4.0ct Wesselton/si, eyes with 2 emerald- marquises, nose with onyx, orig. ringsize 56 reduced to 51, Cartier-signature and Ref.-no. Estimated Price: US$ 28,160 - 112,650- «18 kt gold jewelry set 'Elephants' with brilliants» - YG/WG 750/000, comprised of: bracelet and necklace, links elephant shaped, YG and WG alternating, partly with brilliants total approx. 11ct Wesselton/si, necklace l. approx. 44 cm, bracelet l. approx. 19.5 cm, case lock with safety eight, total approx. 155.8 g. Estimated Price: US$ 13,500 - 53,850- «18 kt gold Riviere Necklace with brilliants» - WG 750/000, 132 brilliants total approx. 12.3ct Top Wesselton (F)/vvs-si, tapering arranged, case lock with safety eight, l. approx. 42 cm, very elegant, approx. 21.6 g. Estimated Price: US$ 13,500 - 53,850- «14 kt gold jewelry set with lapis lazuli, rockcrystal, diamonds and sapphires» - YG/WG 585/000, comprised of: necklace and pair of earrings, centered oval white sapphire cabochon approx. 25ct, in YG setting, suspension and intermediates with 212 diamonds total approx. 3.2ct Wesselton- Crystal (H-I)/vvs, necklace l. approx. 46 cm, hidden folding clasp with safety eight, earrings l. approx. 7 cm, total approx. 213.6 g, in orig. case, with orig. Estimated Price: US$ 10,200 - 76,900- «14 kt gold bracelet with sapphires and diamonds» - YG 585/000, 25 diamond squares total approx. 8.89ct Top Wesselton- Wesselton/vs-si, bevelled sapphires total approx. 6.43ct, very nice colour, l. approx. 18 cm, case lock with safety loop, approx. 23.3 g. Estimated Price: US$ 11,200 - 44,800- «14 kt gold necklace with brilliants» - WG 585/000, tapering with brilliants total approx. 15.00ct Wesselton-Crystal/vs-si, l. approx. 40 cm, key lock with safety eight, approx. 23.8 g. Estimated Price: US$ 11,200 - 44,800For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin
What: Fine Watches and JewelryWhere: Les Antiquites Maison, 1330 Ave. of The Americas, New York, NY 10019, United StatesWhen: Dec 21, 5:00 PM GMTPublic Viewing: Dec 18th to Dec 20thTop Lots of the Sale:- «Diamond Ring» - This amazing custom designed ring features a stunning cushion set 7.45 carat emerald cut center stone, GIA graded VS1, J. The beautiful 18k white gold setting features 48(0.82ctw.) diamonds with VS2-clarity and G-color. Size 6 and can be sized. Estimated Price: $210,000 - $280,000- «Rolex» - President Day-Date, Model 18238, - Men's automatic winding wristwatch. 18k yellow gold round style case with fluted bezel (36mm diameter). Custom blue dial with diamond hour markers. 18k yellow gold hidden-clasp President Day-Date bracelet. Estimated Price: $153,000 - $204,000- «A Lange & Sohne Langematik Perpetual Men's Platiristwum Watch 310.025» - Automatic winding. Platinum case with exposition back (39mm diameter). Silver dial with Roman numerals, day, date, month and moonphase; leap year and 24-hour indicators. Black strap band with platinum A. Lange & Sohne buckle. Pre-owned with box and papers. Estimated Price: $71,400 - $95,200- «Patek Philippe Calatrava Chronograph Men's 18k Rose Gold Watch 5960 R» - Automatic winding. 18k rose gold case with exposition back (40mm diameter). Pre-owned with Patek Philippe box and papers dated Nov. 1st 2016. Estimated Price: $59,400 - $79,200- «A Lange & Sohne Langematik Perpetual Calendar Men's Watch» - Automatic. 18K Yellow Gold ( 38m ). Champagne dial with raised Roman numerals; Sub dials at 3, 6 & 9 o'clock. 18K A. Lange & Sohne hidden dual deployant clasp. Pre-owned with box and papers. Estimated Price: $56,400 - $75,200- «Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Clinton Foundation 26258BC.OO.D002CR.0157» - Automatic. 18K White Gold (39 mm); case back engraved with the seal of President Clinton, «William J. Clinton 42nd President of the United States». Silver dial with hour & minute functions; Perpetual Calendar with Astronomical Moon Phases and Sunrise and Sunset times. Pre-owned with Audemars Piguet winding box and papers. Estimated Price: $47,400 - $63,200- «Rolex Yellow Gold Diamond Chronometer Masterpiece» - Automatic winding, 31 jewel, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with 40-diamond factory bezel (39mm diameter). Rolex Meteorite diamond dial with factory diamond hour markers. 18k yellow gold Masterpiece bracelet. Pre-owned with Rolex box and books. Estimated Price: $47,400 - $63,200- «Vacheron Constantin Overseas 18K Rose Gold Watch» - Automatic with power reserve. 18K Rose Gold ( 42 mm ). Silvered-white dial with index hour markers, power reserve indicator at 9 o'clock, date calendar at 2 o'clock, dual time zone indicator at 6 o'clock, day/night indicator at 7 o'clock. 18K Rose Gold bracelet. Estimated Price: $47,400 - $63,200For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin
Maison Vivienne recently announced the opening of its elegantly modern Manhattan-based flagship restaurant located at 116 East 60th Street on the Upper East Side. Maison Vivienne, which has a second location designed to cater to guests who frequent Southampton, offers a contemporary interpretation of French Provencal Mediterranean classics, all created with sustainable and local ingredients, as per a PR Newswire release.“Residing in a traditional townhouse property, the 4,000 square-foot space can seat up to 160 guests at any given time. Featuring an inviting long bar at street level, the design created by Paris K Studio, draws inspiration from the historic building through the use of the remarkable floor to ceiling fireplace, original hardwood flooring, and subtle dove grey wall colorings. Contemporary accents are organically woven into the design, including the glass wine cellars that flank the gorgeous whitewashed fireplace,” the release states.“We are thrilled to welcome guests to Maison Vivienne, allowing them to be temporarily transported to the South of France through a single meal,” says Allan Basaran, General Manager and partner of Maison Vivienne. “Acting as a respite from the busy hustle and bustle of the city, we want to provide guests with an intimate atmosphere to come together over a meal and celebrate life’s pleasures through food and drink.”According to the release, on the culinary front, Maison Vivienne tapped acclaimed father and son team, Chef Victor Pastuizaca as their Chef de Cuisine, who is an expert in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and Johnny Pastuizaca as Sous Chef, trained in the true classical French tradition. With an impressive background — formerly of Nello, Carbetta, Rats (Hamilton), and the Pierre Hotel — together as a team, Victor and Johnny have created a menu uniting flavors of the Mediterranean with classic pedigree of French classics.The main course specials include Long Island Duck Breast, featuring honey lavender glaze, green lentils, smoked fig, apricot and gastrique, and house special Arctic Char Trois Soeurs, composed of grilled local corn, zucchini, haricot vert, arugula, and romesco sauce.In addition, another well-known father and son team joined Maison Vivienne in New York. The head bartender and expert mixologist, Jacob Trummer, formerly of the famous Apotheke, New York and his father, legendary Bar Chef Albert Trummer, will bring the “Trummer concept” to Maison Vivienne New York.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the restaurant https://www.blouinartinfo.com/ Founder: Louise Blouin
After starting its partnership with Swiss International Airlines in 2016, Breitling has functioned as its official timekeeper. To celebrate its ongoing partnership with the airlines, the luxury watch manufacturer based in Grenchen, Switzerland, has released two new timepieces in the form of the Navitimer Aviator 8 B01 SWISS and the Navitimer Aviator 8 Automatic Swiss. Both the watches importantly carry on the company’s dedication to wrist chronographs for pilots, which was the focus of the Huit Aviation Department created by Willy Breitling in 1938.The Navitimer Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 SWISS Limited-Edition comes with the Manufacture Caliber 01, which is created in-house by the company and it provides a power reserve of 70 hours. With an aircraft-shaped base on the central chronograph second hand, the watch is a COSC-certified chronometer. It has a 43-mm case in stainless steel and a black dial, which features small-seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph subdials. The company is set to produce 777 pieces of the watch, which is a tribute to the Boeing 777 airliner operated by SWISS airlines.In the Navitimer Aviator 8 Automatic SWISS Limited-Edition, the Breitling Caliber 17 runs the show and has a power reserve of 40 hours. A black dial is present on the 41mm watch and the hour and minute hands are coated with Super-LumiNova, which emits a luminescent glow. The case back features an engraving of a turbine engine and the sweep-second hand has a jetliner base. The limited-edition timepiece will be offered in 1000 pieces.Click on the slideshow to check the timepieces.http://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin
The 19-year-old Franco-Argentine driver, who raced as a Renault Academy member in European F3 this season, will take part in this week’s two-day Japan F3 official test at Suzuka. Fenestraz has been invited to the test by the B-Max Racing team, which has recently started a collaboration with Macau-winning squad Motopark. ADD Management’s Fraser Sheader, who looks after Fenestraz, told ... Keep reading
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Back in the game: Foles leads Eagles past Rams 30-23
Nick Foles took over for Carson Wentz and passed for 270 yards in the Eagles' 30-23 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday night.