Friday, August 18, 2017


Lots of people like to play dressup. I'm not entirely sure why. Arguably everyone with an interest in fashion beyond doing the bare minimum to stay warm and keep your job does. Until recently some kinds of playing dress up - what we do call Cosplay - was thought to be weird and nerdy, but even dressing up as your favorite superhero or a hobbit or whatever is now, at least at the right place and time, fairly respectable.

Before that we had all types of "manly" cosplay which were perfectly socially acceptable. Dudes wearing football jerseys. Dudes dressing up like soldiers and pretending to shoot each other on Civil War battlefields. That kind of thing.

And of course there's long been the militia costumes. Guys in camo and fake military uniforms (often designed convey the idea that they were in the military despite not necessarily being veterans). Also guns. Real guns. So that's a bit more scary.

Morning Thread

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Today's Hottest Take

Pure fire.

A Fitting Conclusion To Infrastructure Week

I don't even know if it was infrastructure week but I think so?

President Donald Trump will not move forward with a planned Advisory Council on Infrastructure, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.

The council, which was still being formed, would have advised Trump on his plan to spend as much as $1 trillion upgrading roads, bridges and other public works.

Waiting For The Adults

One of the enduring mythical subtexts of political journalism is that Republicans are the adults, or at least the Daddies. It's one reason why it's law that Democrats have to regularly appoint Republicans to the tough guy jobs - Defense, FBI, etc. But generally, they are seen as the responsible ones, the wise old hands of Washington who can be called on in a time of crisis to make everything ok again.

I'm sure you can make the case that some of the people around Trump right now are not the worst humans in the world, and you can certainly make the case that they *should* be resigning or speaking out, but they probably won't be. And even if they do, it isn't as if they have magic powers. They can't control Trump.

Well He Managed To Be Even Worse

Topping himself every day these days...

How Many Ways

Trump's awfulness is so apparent it feels pointless to point it out. He's a big dumb senile racist. What more can be said?

You Don't Have To Be An Actual Nazi To Be Bad

While I did think we, at the very least, agreed that Nazis were bad, if only because we went to war against them, I do wish some of our prominent commentators would learn that maybe when people of color and liberals and people with eyeballs start pointing out that racists are racist, perhaps they should listen even if said racists aren't actually sporting swastika tattoos.

And stop with the damn dapper Nazi photo shoots.


I've said before I don't think Trump stays in office for 4 years, but I still don't know how that happens...

Amusing But Unimportant Story

In...1999 I traveled to Sweden for a conference. My father had a bunch of coins...I dunno, maybe 20 bucks worth, in theory... I took them. I tried to pay for my hovercraft trip (hovercrafts are cool) from Copenhagen with them and the fare taker laughed at me because they were coins from the 60s and then just took them because he felt sorry for me and thought they might be worth collectible money. Inspired by, but not ultimately related to this story:

About 1.6 billion kronor ($200 million) of coins will soon be worthless in Sweden. A charity is now urging people to dig these out from between sofa cushions, kitchen jars or wherever they’re hidden to create Sweden’s biggest piggy bank for needy kids.

Nobody Knows Anything

One thing about all this confederacy love (not the most important thing) is that while half the country claim to be "civil war buffs," very few actually know a damn thing about it.

I Love My People

The white supremacists love Trump, so he loves them. It's that simple.

Helter Skelter

People die.
“The race-identity politics of the left wants to say it’s all racist,” Mr. Bannon added. “Just give me more. Tear down more statues. Say the revolution is coming. I can’t get enough of it.”

Your people kill people.

Morning Thread

Somehow, The Madness of King Schmuck, isn't doing it for me.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The President Is Mad

Not that I think I have contributed to it, but making him mad is fun. It is fun that he is mad! It is also scary.

Wednesday Night

Everything is insane.

Happy Hour Thread

Get happy.

The Greatest Column Ever Written By A Local Columnist

This is a bad column by a bad man who for some reason continues to get paid even as Local Journalism Is Dying but I feel the need to link to it every time he writes another bad column.

Time For War

As people have been discussing in the comments, there's a pretty good chance "blow the shit out of North Korea and doom everyone in Seoul to a horrific death" will be the way out of this. The media will play along, and very soberly talk about the War President who is Protecting Us. We have seen this movie before.

I mention Seoul not because I prioritize South Korean lives over North Korean ones. Blowing the shit out of any of them is bad, even if the North Korean state is bad (and it is very very bad, but that is not the fault of its people. Perhaps we are a bit to blame for blowing the shit out of it 60 years ago? maybe a little bit?). But South Korea is our "ally" (this is a dumb word but it is the word we use) and we are, in theory, footing the bill for a large military presence in order for them to not have the shit blown out of them (I am not naive, but it is occasionally worth pointing out why are are claiming to do the things we do even if those claims are bullshit).

I suppose I do care a bit about lives in South Korea more than other places because I have extended inlaw family there. While I don't know most of them, kinship, even obtained kinship, does have an effect on these things.

Important People

The CEOs quitting on Trump are going to make him very mad. He marvels that important people are (in his mind) impressed by him, and thrilled by the idea that they "work for him."

The Mirror

Was subjected to a bit of CNN and the coverage was actually pretty brutal. The president is certainly raging right now. Raging hard.

Lunch Thread

Still busy. Getting back to normal...