Sunday, February 19, 2017

Morning Thread

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Sweden.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Evening Thread






#notallorangecritters:


Orange cat: "Trump has destroyed the reputation of us orange critters by breaking the world.  How can I ever hold my head up again?"

Grey cat: "Don't worry, mate.  #notallorangecritters."

Orange cat: "And I do have nine lives, unlike those poor humans."

Grey cat:  "Four.  Four lives left."

Orange cat: "Four?  I count at least five left."

Grey cat: "Remember how you jumped from the neighbor's roof to attack his van and missed?"

Orange cat: "That was Trump attacking Mexico."
 

Small Pleasures

At least we got the humiliation of Chris Christie.

New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is still looking for the bottom as Garden State voters disapprove 78 - 17 percent, including 53 - 39 percent among Republicans, of the job he is doing, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Lunch Thread

Have a video.

Kinda Thought It Was A Disaster

But nobody listens to Atrios.

We now take a break from your regularly scheduled scandals to bring you some not-so-breaking news: austerity was as big a disaster as its biggest critics said it was.

That, at least, is what economists Christopher House and Linda Tesar of the University of Michigan and Christïan Proebsting of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne found when they looked at Europe's budget-cutting experience the last eight years. It turns out that cutting spending right after the worst crisis in 80 years only led to a lower gross domestic product and, in the most extreme cases, higher debt-to-GDP ratios. That's right: trying to reduce debt levels sometimes increased debt burdens.

Got my tombstone all picked out.

Saturday Thread

lazy day.

And Now For Something Completely Different


Friday, February 17, 2017

53

Bishop Allen - The Monitor

A Twitterval In Three Acts



(think that's 4:32 EST, since deleted)



More Thread

Busy doing tech support. What could be more fun?

Lunch Thread

enjoy

Make Them Deny It

Leaked draft orders don't mean that policy is about to be implemented. People write up all kinds of crazy proposals, presumably. But the leaks mean either a) someone wants it to be at trial balloon to see if it flies b) someone wants to shoot down the trial balloon before it leaves the ground. The White House has quickly denied this one, but denial doesn't make the story untrue. It just means they aren't yet ready to announce it, and may never be if enough shit is kicked up.

(AP) -- The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.

The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana.

Four states that border on Mexico are included in the proposal — California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas — but it also encompasses seven states contiguous to those four — Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

And some plans sit on the shelf for just the right moment.

ICE Are Shit People

Mall cops on a mission (link to video).

An undocumented woman was detained by two agents as she exited a courtroom after asking for a protective order. Federal officials have said they took her into custody outside the courthouse.


But They Know Better

One of the recurring whispered themes is that Republicans in Congress are a bit concerned about Trump for various reasons. I have no idea what's in their little heads, but these sorts of anonymous quotes are just telling journalists what they want to hear and maintain the illusion that they are Very Serious when the Trump train goes completely off the rails. They can do a bit more than voice their concerns anonymously if they are really concerned.

I lived through the Clinton years. When Dems were "concerned" about the 867 investigations or anything else they ran to the cameras and insisted that their names be printed in bold fonts. This was pretty stupid for a variety of reasons, but they owned it.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

54

Los Campesinos - You! Me! Dancing!

Not Gonna Last

It is very simple. Trump appoints a real president - Pence, a chief of staff, whatever - to handle things daily and then Trump gets to go on teevee and babble and look crazy and everything hums along (horrifyingly, but still humming) in the background.

But that can't happen because he'll watch cable news and get mad.

Not sure how this is sustainable.


..and no one is smarter than he is.

WASHINGTON — President Trump, smarting from a series of crises, moved his surrogates aside on Thursday and assigned the rescue of his month-old presidency to the only spokesman he’s ever really trusted — himself.

For days, a frustrated and simmering president fumed inside the West Wing residence about what aides said he saw as his staff’s inadequate defense and the ineffectiveness of his own tweets. Over the objections of some top advisers who wanted to steer him away from confrontation, Mr. Trump demanded to face the media, determined to reject the narrative that his administration is sinking into chaos, scandal and incompetence.

Happy Hour Thread

Welcome to dystopia!

We All Gotta Eat

Your Moment of Zen

A Day Without CEOs

My point here was that if 75% of upper management of most large corporations stayed home one day, no one would notice...

People might even manage to get a bit of work done.

Does No One Tell Him?

In the grand scheme of things, Trump's constant lying ("communicating things that are false," whatever) about his massive electoral college victory, which was not large by any standards including the ones he claims, is not important, but since he keeps saying it... does no one correct him? I mean, just hand him a list of the score from Reagan 1980 onwards?

I knew someone who used to regularly lie about where they worked so as it seem more prestigious. To be fair, this was like a 90% lie and not a 100% lie, but for everybody who actually knew this person it was cringeworthy when it was said. Why do you keep saying this thing people know is false? It's weird. What is wrong with you?

...a reporter just told him, he said "I was given that information. I don't know."

Message: I Care

Occasional reminder - as much to myself as to you, dear readers - to get up off your asses and do something. Be the change you want to see (yes I know Gandhi didn't say it) and all that. Obsessively following politics is a hobby like any other, and unless you translate it into the occasional good work it is just a stress-inducing hobby. Not lecturing, just pointing out the obvious.