So much going on!

Donald Trump-Bannon seems to be taking a lesson in Civics 101: separation of powers. Meanwhile he has tweeted arrant nonsense to express how peeved he is not to be a king after all:

“Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!”

People like that Iranian baby girl, I suppose. Meanwhile, a real live lone wolf terrorist attack, it appears, did happen at the Louvre in Paris, but the perp would have got into the USA even if Trump’s executive order was in force, being a 29-year-old Egyptian national living in the United Arab Emirates, who entered France legally on a flight from Dubai on January 26.

In court, Washington Solicitor General Noah Purcell said the focus of the state’s legal challenge was the way the president’s order targeted Islam.

Trump has called for a ban on Muslims entering the country, and the travel ban was an effort to make good on that campaign promise, Purcell told the judge.

“Do you see a distinction between campaign statements and the executive order,” Robart asked. “I think it’s a bit of a reach to say the president is anti-Muslim based on what he said in New Hampshire in June.”

Purcell said there was an “overwhelming amount of evidence” to show that the order was directed at the Muslim religion, which is unconstitutional.

When the judge questioned the federal government’s lawyer, Michelle Bennett, he repeatedly questioned the rationale behind the order.

Robart, who was appointed the federal bench by President George W. Bush, asked if there had been any terrorist attacks by people from the seven counties listed in Trump’s order since 9/11. Bennett said she didn’t know.

“The answer is none,” Robart said. “You’re here arguing we have to protect from these individuals from these countries, and there’s no support for that.”

Looks like the first Four Corners for 2017 will be a must see: A Helluva Ride — the Trump Revolution begins at 8:30pm tonight on ABC TV.

America’s first black president came to office promising hope and change. “Change has come to America,” he said.

There was an air of optimism and renewal after eight years of George W Bush — after the wars and the economic crisis.

Mr Obama’s change was careful, methodical and almost entirely predictable. Not everyone agreed with it but the city, and the country as a whole, largely seemed to know what was coming.

To say DC feels different now would be an understatement. This change — ‘Trumpism’ — is revolutionary.

No-one knows where it’s going or what is coming, and among the most worried of all are the establishment Republicans.

People like Michael Green, a former national security adviser to Mr Bush.

“In our recent history, and perhaps throughout our entire history, we’ve never had a president come into office with such an unpredictable style of communication and with such alarm among our closest friends and allies,” he says in an interview with Four Corners…

Here in Oz Jim Belshaw uttered a prophecy early today:

The Australian Parliament resumes this week. Having been trumped and thus lost the opportunity to set a new direction, the Australian PM faces a new set of distractions.

One is the gay marriage issue. Here the PM is caught between a rock and a hard place, between a plebiscite approach that can’t easily get up and a conservative wing in his own Party that won’t support a change without a plebiscite and maybe not even then. He has an Abbott doing a Rudd, with Cory Bernadi threatening to set up a new conservative party.

Actually, from my viewpoint, the sooner Senator Bernadi goes the better. An Adelaide city boy, I have seen no evidence that he understands the rest of the country well enough to build a decent political base. To my mind, he confuses deeply held views among a relatively narrow slice of a national electorate with chances of political success. In total, Bernadi’s supporters are significant, but I doubt they are strong enough at particular electoral level to give him any real chance of gaining lower house seats.

And now we have “Cory Bernardi to split with Coalition to form own party!” And I hope Jim is right about his support.

Much nicer item now:


Sixty-five years ago, Princess Elizabeth ascended to the throne of England, but for at least a day, the 25-year-old didn’t even know she was Queen.

On January 31, 1952, King George VI farewelled his daughter and the Duke of Edinburgh, who were leaving the UK to embark on an ambitious tour of the Commonwealth that would include visits to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

The couple were standing in for the king, who had been battling illness for some time. Although it was not widely known, George VI, a heavy smoker, had lung cancer and was still recovering from surgery the previous year.

It would be the last time Elizabeth would see her beloved father.


And here is something just personal: me earlier today at Diggers captured by Junior HP’s built-in camera.