Saturday, October 10, 2015

Good Luck With That

I suspect that Seattle Tunnel Partners has better lawyers than the state does.
Washington state is suing its Highway 99 tunnel contractors — but for the sake of cooperation during construction, asks local courts not to hear the case until the delayed four-lane tunnel from Sodo to South Lake Union is done.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) says it filed the lawsuit Friday to preserve its future rights to collect from contracting team Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP).

The five-page complaint alleges STP “has failed to fulfill its obligations” under its $1.35 billion contract with the state.

Morning Thread

With just 40 members holding the House and the Government hostage, it seems like Democracy isn't working the way it should.

Friday, October 09, 2015


In language they should understand.

Evening Thread

Do you even know what day it is?

Stephen Colbert - Friday di mediafreaks3d

We Hate The Women We Love

I suppose I went through a misogyny/misandry phase once in my life. Hey, we all have our bad moments. But I recognized it for what it was. I knew the problem was me, not other people. Other people - strangers - don't owe you anything. If you want to have other people in your life instead of being a recluse, a perfectly respectable option, you gotta figure out what you bring to the table. The internet has provided a support group for awkward men who can't get dates, telling them that it's them, not you. No, really, it's you. None of us are perfect, but none of us have an obligation to be perfect to random strangers. No one can transform themselves into [insert sexy charmy hottie name here] overnight, but we can call improve. Take a step. Also, too, don't kill people.

All In All

Obama is good on some stuff, but that he is so bad on education is...weird.

Wanker of the Day

I mostly stopped doing the "wanker of the day" because too often it seemed to trivialize things. Candidates for that prestigious prize generally deserve worse, and thus "worst humans" was born.

Still it's probably an appropriate award for David Cameron.
You can understand why Cameron believed this – because Jeremy Corbyn said it was a tragedy Bin Laden wasn’t put on trial, and then said, “The attack on the World Trade Centre was a tragedy.” And when you read between the lines of that sentence, it obviously means “the attack on the World Trade Centre wasn’t a tragedy in the slightest”.

This is a marvellous technique, to pretend your opponent said the complete opposite of what they actually said, and then get angry about the words they didn’t say. Corbyn could retaliate now by saying, “The Prime Minister said the Battle of the Somme was a bloody good giggle. Well, it’s not so funny if your great-grandad was run over by a tank. He also said nothing makes him laugh so much as gangland knife crime. But I for one will never shank anyone.”

Good At One Thing

I've known people like this, though they usually don't decide to run for president. They go through life, doing their thing, and remain blissfully unaware of basically everything else.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked him: “Just clarify, if there had been no gun control laws in Europe at that time, would six million Jews have been slaughtered?”

Carson replied: “I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed … I’m telling you that there is a reason that these dictatorial people take the guns first.”

If only those silly Jews were packing!

Aside from the general offensiveness of invoking the holocaust in this way, no a few rifles and pistols are not any protection against state tyranny. The state always has more and bigger guns.

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America's Worst Humans

William Hite.

Vote Atrios

Republicans may be forced to solicit Democratic help to break their Speaker stalemate, Rep. Charlie Dent (R) said Thursday.

The Pennsylvania centrist, who often serves as a mouthpiece for outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), said there is only a small handful of Republicans who can win 218 GOP votes to fill Boehner's shoes. The trouble is, none of them wants the job.

“We may need a bipartisan coalition to elect our next Speaker,” Dent told reporters after Thursday's closed-door GOP meeting. “That's a very real possibility right now, and I think anybody who's honest about this knows it. They may not want to talk about it, but they know it.”

But They Were So Moderate And So Rebellious

All they needed was more death machines and some quiet Americans to tell them how to use them.
LONDON — The Obama administration has ended the Pentagon’s $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels, administration officials said on Friday, in an acknowledgment that the beleaguered program had failed to produce any kind of ground combat forces capable of taking on the Islamic State in Syria.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Late Night

Rock on.

Thursday Evening

Rock on.

Thursday Nepotism Blogging

Why not?

@doonabaeofficial at the #LouisVuitton #LVSS16 Fashion Show from @nicolasghesquiereofficial Photo credit: Saskia Lawaks

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Could someone in Philly step up and sue the hell out of the school district pro bono for these people?

Pretty sure Fernando Gallard's salary offer was a mistake, too. Will be so sad when they claw it back.

This Man Was Mittens's VP Candidate

I honestly have to look this up every time. I can never remember.

But WTF?

Be Crazy But Shhh Don't Talk About The Crazy

It does seem like Republicans are in a really weird moment that the #bothsidesdoit crowd will never admit. They have to amp up the crazy, but they can't admit that what they're doing is actually crazy. It's like they have to make clear they're burying their children alive in the basement, without actually saying out loud they're burying their children alive in the basement.

Hard to walk on that balance beam. Slippery.