Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Meritocracy

I was just thinking about how while it would be nice if there were more people from underrepresented groups in the media - by class, race, gender, etc. - the fact is that with extremely talented reporters like Chris Cillizza out there it's hard to make the case that they really deserve those jobs.

Really just something to ponder.

Happy Hour Thread

Never more appropriate.

America's Worst Humans

Mike Enzi.

Afternoon Thread

Maybe we need a video.

Higher Standards

Sometimes I think (some) liberals get confused about legitimate complaints about "objective" media double standards - you know, Republican buckraking is FINE and Democratic buckraking is BAD - and "our" own standard, which is more along the lines of "Republicans are going to do what they do but that doesn't mean our side has to do it too." I tend not to support principled unilateral disarmament when it comes to campaign money. The designated hitter rule is dumb (shut up baseball nerds) but I don't expect a principled American League coach to make his pitchers bat. But lining your own pockets is, well, lining your own pockets. We can do better.

Nor do I think ex-presidents should be so pure that they live a life of poverty, but I think we've established that there are many ways an ex-president can earn an income (I mean, even more than that hefty lifetime pension) which at least look like work. A book deal with an obscene advance quite possibly will make its money back. 400 grand for a speech is, well,...

Actually It Was About The Slavery

But even leaving that argument aside, I always find fetishization of the trappings of the Confederacy by northerners and transplants to be really really weird. Because, yes, you can embrace "Southern culture" (real or imagined) without hanging it on the noble act of treason in defense of slavery. I can move to Berlin and embrace German culture without deciding that Actually, Hitler was Good.

But It Wouldn't Be

I know an ugly monument to 15 years of folly is sad, but it was a dumb idea, Fontoura.

Fontoura concedes that maintaining positive sentiments about the project – which once again has been virtually dormant since December – is not always easy.

“There is so much promise for the region, but it is getting much more difficult to still believe in it,” said Fontoura, a Democrat who was first elected sheriff in 1990. “I’m incredibly hopeful that it is still going to work, but the frustration – well, I can’t even explain it anymore. It seems too far along, and there is too much of a commitment for it not to happen. It would be one of the worst things ever if we don’t complete the thing – just a catastrophe. I just hope I’m still alive when it opens.”


This guy is smoking the good stuff:

Look, it’s a big operation. We’re talking about a couple of billion dollars going in there. There are going to be 9,000 to 12,000 full-time employees. It will be a great thing for the state, and it will be a destination for the whole country – and maybe the world – to this location. It’s hard, but it’s going to get done, hopefully.”

Yes They Do

A weird current genre article is the "voters who love Trump love Trump" one. They find the people who love Trump the most, and then ask if they love him. Um, you chose the people who love him, so, yes?

When We're Feeling Down

We can remember the fun of Chris Christie being rejected over and over.

Gov. Christie gave President Trump a ‘B’ grade 100 days into his term at the White House, declaring Trump’s staff needs to “get their act together” and “serve the president better.”

“You’ve gotta put touchdowns in the end zone,” Christie told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview Monday night. “The president knows how to do that. He’s got to make sure that we get everybody focused on the task at hand.”


And still apparently not understanding that Trump was always yanking him around. He put Jared's Dad in jail.

Monday, April 24, 2017

16

The Affordable Floors - From A Distance

Monday Evening

Almost through another one.

How It Always Works

Democrats appoint (at best) mainstream journalist types for some communications positions, people from think tanks like Brookings for Serious National Security positions, and this is proof that these institutions are actual liberal plots, and Republicans appoint the worst people from the far right and this is proof of BothSides.

America's Worst Humans

Jojo Hedaya.

Ok even I am starting to hate millennials.

Never Tweet

It just isn't a medium which makes anyone appear to be distinguished. I don't need to appear to be distinguished, obviously, but if you are, say, the President of an important country or perhaps even a not so important one or maybe the CEO of a big company or a the head of a DC think tank...

Don't Tweet.

Maybe They Just Don't Work On Mondays?

They told the press that construction had resumed on the American Dream!

Adding...

Following the post below, it isn't that I think facing workplace harassment from [insert your favorite dreamboat] is okay or even better, just that money and power are something men crave because it gives them power and legal protections for abuse that they wouldn't have otherwise. [Your favorite dreamboat] might get lucky with you at a bar in a mutually agreed to evening, but it's only in the workplace that he has that kind of power over you.

What A World

Maybe this isn't the point, or maybe it is precisely the point about wealthy powerful men, but imagine being sexually harassed by Roger Ailes?

Syndrome Announces His Cunning Plan

Beutler:

The White House has offered to pay out the subsidies only if the bill also funds the border wall. If Trump gets what he wants, everyone will be fine; if Trump doesn’t get what he wants, he will take insurance away from millions—and the government might shut down! Defeat me, he intones darkly, and I will pants myself.

Getting Worse

I don't even follow any Trump parody accounts but every time I make sure it isn't parody.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Marching Band - For Your Love

He Was Right There

This isn't a 2002 flip phone interview or something.

TRUMP: You have to love people. And if you love people, such a big responsibility. (unintelligible) You can take any single thing, including even taxes. I mean we’re going to be doing major tax reform. Here’s part of your story, it’s going to be a big (unintelligible). Everybody’s saying, “Oh, he’s delaying.” I’m not delaying anything. I’ll tell you the other thing is (unintelligible). I used to get great press. I get the worst press. I get such dishonest reporting with the media. That’s another thing that really has — I’ve never had anything like it before. It happened during the primaries, and I said, you know, when I won, I said, “Well the one thing good is now I’ll get good press.” And it got worse. (unintelligible) So that was one thing that a little bit of a surprise to me. I thought the press would become better, and it actually, in my opinion, got more nasty.

Afternoon Thread

enjoy