Thursday, October 19, 2017

Lovable George Bush

The guy has a lot more penance to do than one tepid speech which doesn't even call out Trump or the GOP by name.

Why do people set the bar so low.

The Kids Today

It isn't too surprising that Gorsuch doesn't even try to pretend to play nice with others. He probably wonders why the hell the other 8 justices are there at all.

We can hope he at least pushes Roberts in the direction of his "only turn over half the apple cart" kinds of opinions. They're bad and stupid, but maybe better than the alternative.

Hire Some Competent People

Trump's a dick with no empathy. This is not news. But doing the polite ceremonial things that a president should do, like send condolences and thank you cards, doesn't require him to not be a dick, it requires having competent people who take care of that stuff for him. Sign this. Read the message on the cue card over the phone. Etc.

Not The Status Quo

I'm pretty sure that a lot of people in the UK think that "no deal" in the context of Brexit means "nothing changes." So when the Tories talk about "a good deal or no deal" they think it' it is now, or better!

"No deal" would
The UK will inevitably leave the EU without a deal and businesses should start preparing for trade on World Trade Organisation terms, the former cabinet minister Owen Paterson has said.

Morning Thread

Actually, I got plenty of something, but it's not suitable for a family blog.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday Evening

Is shit still fucked up and bullshit?


It isn't actually normal for outlets like Politico to write stuff like this. Covering for the, um, imperfections of elderly senators is pretty standard.
Mississippi GOP Sen. Thad Cochran insists that he is not retiring from Congress, despite widespread speculation about the veteran lawmaker’s health and political future.

The 79-year-old Cochran appeared frail and at times disoriented during a brief hallway interview on Wednesday. He was unable to answer whether he would remain chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and at one point, needed a staffer to remind him where the Senate chamber is located.

Reasonable to ask why they are breaking from this tradition.

The Simplest Thing

Expressing condolences to a grieving widow isn't hard (I mean saying the necessary 2 sentences isn't hard).


I know he's bad, but he's also... not right in the head.
President Trump, in a personal phone call to a grieving military father, offered him $25,000 and said he would direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family, but neither happened, the father said.

Chris Baldridge, the father of Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, told The Washington Post that Trump called him at his home in Zebulon, N.C., a few weeks after his 22-year-old son and two fellow soldiers were gunned down by an Afghan police officer in a suspected insider attack June 10. Their phone conversation lasted about 15 minutes, Baldridge said, and centered for a time on the father’s struggle with the manner in which his son was killed.

Afternoon Thread


Lefty College Kids

The obsession of our pundit class with elite college generally, and specifically the idea that lefty college kids are the greatest threat to free speech ever known to man, is completely bizarre. I know that sometimes well-meaning college kids can be dumb. They are 19! They also don't have any power. Sure everybody can have a bit of power over someone or something for a moment, but kids have no power. Even Harvard kids. The $30 billion endowment has power.

Our pundits punched hippies when they were in college (show me where the hippie hurt you, Jon) and they can't stop punching them now. It's so weird.


In the age of Trump we could say this about almost every daily revelation, but the press does have the power to turn a scandal into a SCANDAL. Her emails. It's hard to imagine the decibel level of the shrieking that we would have heard for years of some Obama connected charity had lied like this.

NPR's "Embedded" podcast team, examined charitable giving by Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles. It found the organization appears to have fallen short of its bold claims of philanthropic giving.

Going To Have To Go Into Hiding

Many people are blissfully unaware of how the right wing works in this country. I am so sorry that Myeshia Johnson is about to find out.

The president was reacting to a Florida congresswoman saying the family of Sgt. La David T. Johnson was “astonished” by that remark during a phone call from Trump on Tuesday. Trump said he has “proof” that the conversation did not happen as recounted by Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D.) He did not elaborate, but the claim again raised questions about whether the president tapes calls and conversations.

Wilson told MSNBC on Wednesday that Johnson's widow, Myeshia, was shaken by the exchange.

“She was crying the whole time, and when she hung up the phone, she looked at me and said, ‘He didn’t even remember his name.’ That’s the hurting part.”



How is it Wednesday?

I slept in for once. I am a bad blogger.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Late Night

Rock on.

Boring Cat Post

Talking about your pets is boring for most people. I get that. But, hey, it's my blog and I gotta post some stuff so it's gonna be cats.

The brothers have been with me basically since I started the blog. They are old men now! Almost 16! A bit cranky, but surprisingly spry. Their behavior has evolved over the years, though recently they have settled into a pattern.

I have a dumb 4 floor rowhouse. (Basement+3 floors). I actually do work in the basement (cue jokes) these days. It's a nice basement. There is a big TV and a treadmill when I am not lazy.

The brothers get along. They sleep in a pile frequently. But they've also divided up the house. One rarely goes up to the top 2 floors, the other spends a lot of his time there.

The basement cat either spends his time sleeping on his special blanky, or sleeping on my arms as I type (as he is doing now).

The other cat waits in bed (top floor) at night for bedtime. He spends about 15 minutes there wondering why he isn't being petted as I try to sleep. Then he runs down to the basement to fetch a toy and brings it all the way upstairs. And again gets puzzled why I don't pet him (I am sleeping).

During the day the basement cat only goes upstairs to...fetch the toys that the upstairs cat brought up the previous night. When he does this he has a nuclear siren level meow to inform me of this. I do not know how he produces his sound. I don't think he does, either. He is so proud of his nuclear siren.

....I guess any pet post needs a picture. Here are the little assholes when we lived in California.


I admit I didn't like Lincoln in the Bardo all that much. It was pretty good and I get why people did like it, but just not for me.

Last year's winner, The Sellout, is good. Read that one.

Still should be a prize for UK authors only though.

Everybody Has A Veto

While the idiots running the UK pretend that what matters is buying Prosecco from Italy, this is the stuff that really matters...

Ireland’s government is considering pushing for guarantees that no border will be reimposed on the island of Ireland as the price for allowing Brexit talks to move ahead, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Irish authorities are keen to use their leverage in the first part of the negotiations to extract maximum concessions on the border issue, according to the people, who asked not to be named because the deliberations are ongoing. That could mean turning U.K. and European Union aspirations to avoid a hard border into a concrete commitment, the people said.

It isn't leverage...everyone has a veto, and the peace in Ireland requires an open border. The border runs through back yards. People go to work every day.

Brexiteers are so stupid.

Afternoon Thread



Everybody needs a brand. I think Chris's brand is "types up administration bullshit without sourcing or skepticism." He's not the only one. Tip me off when you see someone pulling a Cillizza.


A big mystery to me is why liberals are desperate for validation from conservatives. David Frum is an asshole. Andrew Sullivan is an asshole. Jonah Goldberg is probably the worst human ever. Bill Kristol I even need to?

Stop it. They are bad people.

Trash Panda

We have lots of murals in Philly. There's a dedicated program for them. This is a good one.