Saturday, April 21, 2018

If I Did It

Every day Trump basically tweets something like, "They don't have the proof, yet!" and has no idea how guilty that makes him seem even though I don't know precisely what he's guilty of.

BothSides

Gotta hear them.

Students in the class were supposed to complete an assignment on the "positive aspects" and "negative aspects" of the life of slaves, giving a "balanced view." Manu said his teacher told them to draw on information from their textbook and "stuff that we could think of the top off our head."

Morning Thread

Gonna be a gorgeous day here in DE.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Evening

Rock on.

America's Worst Periodicals

Harper's.

These People

May is a xenophobic racist with Little England fantasies but hopefully shame will cause her to do the right thing.

The prime minister said she had given Caribbean leaders an “absolute commitment” at a meeting earlier this week that “the UK will do whatever it takes including, where appropriate, payment of compensation, to resolve the anxieties and problems that some of the Windrush generation have suffered”.

She added: “These people are British. They are part of us; they helped to build Britain and we are all the stronger for their contributions.”

Tapes

One of the great mysteries of Clintonland is they both surrounded themselves with people who are truly horrible at their jobs.

Perhaps no one could have gotten good coverage for Clinton given the weird psychosis she inspires in the political press, but also Reines is uniquely bad at that job. He's a horrible and incompetent person!

What'd I Miss

Was on an anthropological expedition to the suburbs.

Lunch Thread

Busy with stuff.

It's Real


Overnight Sheets

Enjoy

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Happy Hour Thread

It's, what, 1993?

Thanks, Obama

The cult has found a new gimp to lock up in the basement.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — New austerity measures are coming for Puerto Rico as a federal control board overseeing the U.S. territory’s finances meets Thursday to approve several fiscal plans that will serve as the island’s economic blueprint for the next five years.

Nobody wants to hear it, but Obama was bad. Of course he was better than [generic 21st century Republican] - and in some ways he was even better than that - but that's a pretty low bar, my dear readers. Democratic voters should expect better. If Dems want to get elected, they need to demand better from their leaders.

America's Worst Humans

Ezra Klein.

I actually really like Ezra, but stop fucking up, Bro.

Young Pups

One thing about being Very Online is that you make lots of friends and then forget that they age with you. I am so much older now, and so are all of you!

History's Greatest Monster

I enjoy the Netflix show Grace and Frankie. It isn't the best show ever made, but it has its moments. I'm glad Lily and Jane have work. Still it's funny how there's a TV show starring JANE FONDA and this hasn't inspired a peep from the usual suspects.

The kids won't understand - either the Vietnam or Iraq issues - but there was a moment when "Hanoi Jane" was resurrected. Jane Fonda - Academy Award winning actress and exercise video entrepreneur - was weirdly briefly turned once again into America's number one enemy. I went to a leftyish conference once where she was a speaker - and was on my flight home! - and even the lefties there were uncomfortable because she had been briefly resurrected as a lefty boogeyman.

I don't even remember if Fonda even said a thing about the Iraq war. But Hanoi Jane was resurrected to keep those Quaker protesters in line.

The anti-war people are *always* more right than wrong. Stupid anti-war lefties sometimes do and say stupid things, but those stupid things usually don't include "let's kill a million people and whoopsie bygones."




Covers

Nobody likes my taste in music which is fine (well, at least a few other people buy tickets to the shows I go to). I tend to like music more than songs, which is a too simple distinction. But I still like songs! And the measure of a good song is whether it can be covered by others. The original might be the best, but the song is the song.

What If There Were 10 Orrin Hatches On The Senate Floor?

Time for a revolution.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, the father of six, grandfather of 14 and great-grandfather of 23, said he had "no problem" with such a rules change. "But what if there are 10 babies on the floor of the Senate?" he asked.

The world's greatest deliberative body does not actually ever deliberate. Someone should tell them.

Morning Thread

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

I Think, Both

Life is weird.

America's Worst Humans

Andrew Cuomo.

The Important Things

There's a restaurant/bar owner I know a bit (we chat when I see him, I don't mean we're bffs). For awhile he expressed some concerns about neighborhood parking. Then he surveyed his customers and found out that fewer than 20% drove. Not nothing, but not the biggest concern.

Urban corridors can't possibly have enough parking to support local businesses. If people aren't coming by foot/transit, you're out of luck. That doesn't mean 0 parking is the answer, it just means that catering to your driving customers can't be the priority. Increasing foot traffic appeal should be.

This should be obvious, but store owners tend to drive and customers who can't find parking tend to complain.