Monday, October 23, 2017

There Is No Such Thing As Society

It isn't as if we don't have any functioning government. We do, of course, but we just put it in the background. Other countries recognize explicitly that the state has a role. Culturally we pretend it doesn't. Of course those potholes don't fill themselves, and the lawn in that park doesn't cut itself. We wake up twice a year and wonder why the streets haven't been plowed as fast as they should have been.

Some things require taxation and collective action, mostly known as "government." We have been pretending otherwise since Reagan.

Where The Money Is



I suspect Trump doesn't really want to raise taxes on "middle class" people but his people keep lying to him until someone on one of his stories clues him in.

Middle class tax deductions (401k, mortgage interest) mostly benefit higher income people but better them than the 1%. If you want to give super rich people a massive tax cut, and pretend to "pay" for it a little bit, the money has to come from somewhere, and the only place it can come from is upper middle class people.

Or the military budget. HAhahaha I keed.

Morning Thread

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Assholes

One of my cats puked all over my bed at about 4 AM this morning. Now I have 28 pounds (2 cats) on my lap.


Yes of course I hate them and love them but what the hell.

Sunday Night

I need to post a video to make you hate me more than you do. What can it be? Ooh this is so hard and so fun. I hate you, too, by the way.


When Jeffy Jeff Comes To Town

This is totally stupid, but racial politics is often about signalling. There are things you cannot say, so you communicate in other ways.

Jeff Sessions was in town for some reason. He went to buy a cheesesteak at one of the two tourist cheesesteak places in South Philly. They are across the street from each other. One is Pat's, the other is Geno's. I live in the neighborhood (well, technically just outside it I guess but whatever).




Anyway, Geno's became infamous because its owner, Joey Vento, who has since died, put up a sign which read "This Is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING Please "SPEAK ENGLISH". Vento is the son of Italian immigrants, and once upon a time the restaurant that they owned had menus in Italian. This is South Philly, after all. The point of the sign was not the specific message, the point of the sign was to signal that Vento was on board with the anti-immigrant wave which was happening back then (2006). It was a signal for assholes. The neighborhood is increasingly populated by a new wave of immigrants - mostly Mexican and Vietnamese - and this was a big middle finger to the local population. It's also completely stupid for a tourist destination to insult tourists. Philly is not the #1 tourist destination in the world, but people do visit here and they go to Pat's and Geno's to get a cheesesteak when they do.

Vento died and his son (actually named Geno) now runs the place and he took the sign down. I have no beef with Geno's. There is no need to boycott Geno's. But when politicians are doing the "get a cheesesteak in Philly" thing they choose between Pat's and Geno's. Choosing Geno's means you're a big racist, and choosing Pat's means you aren't. This might not be entirely fair anymore - again I have no beef with Geno's as currently run. It isn't about the restaurant. It's about the signal.

I'm A Rich Old Man Who Likes To Play Golf

I guess the problem is Trump likes precisely two things: watching people say nice things about him on the teevee and playing golf. If only he just liked the latter.

Predictable

It was the point.

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A spokesperson for Rep. Frederica Wilson says the threats against the congresswoman have intensified.

Afternoon Thread

Everything is still horrible.

Syndrome Speaks



Sunday Morning Thread

Damn, it seems like last Sunday was yesterday. That's living life in the fast lane, I suppose.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Saturday Night

Rock on.

How Did Hillary Clinton Lose To Donald Trump?

Because voters are horrible, while largely true, does not offer a way forward.

Bill O

I'm trying to think of a non-crass way to say this and coming up short. Bill O'Reilly spent more money than I will make in my lifetime so he could be a tremendously horrible person (possibly worse than that) to women who worked for/with him. He probably could have spent that money in other ways.

Last January, six months after Fox News ousted its chairman amid a sexual harassment scandal, the network’s top-rated host at the time, Bill O’Reilly, struck a $32 million agreement with a longtime network analyst to settle new sexual harassment allegations, according to two people briefed on the matter — an extraordinarily large amount for such cases.

What I am trying to figure out how to say is...for that much money, you can buy a lot of sex. It wasn't about the sex.

Saturday Afternoon

Everything is still horrible.

America's Worst Humans

John Kelly.

Oopsie

What is a pundit? What are they for? Okay, what am I for?

Back in the early blogging days a bunch of cranky stupid pundits were mad that bloggers were "advocates" or "activists" while they were... I guess I never figured out what they thought they were. They certainly didn't express opinions about things in hopes of influencing politics and policy! Or something.

At some point you gotta bring out the scales of justice and realize you were on the wrong side of everything and just shut the hell up. Feel free to tell me if this applies to me!

Angry Racist Gramps

Dubya was really really bad and I am dedicated to the idea that people should not forget this, but at least we didn't wake up every day wondering if he might nuke North Korea because he was in a shitty mood.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Not Everything I Like Is Bad

Cranky Old Man

It me.

Specifically I am cranky about how The Kids Today don't remember the Bush era. I get it. It was a long time ago. I got annoyed when Dems of a certain age were fixated on 1972. It is 2017. The Iraq war started 14 years ago. It is my origin story. It is not theirs. I get it.

When The President Is Senile

I guess if he doesn't hit the nuke button it isn't that important, but....

Friday Evening

Enjoy