Friday, October 20, 2017

Nobody Cares

You don't matter.

Theresa May pleaded with EU leaders over dinner in Brussels to help her strike a Brexit deal that she can defend to voters back home, admitting talks had got off to a bad start over the summer.

The prime minister made the appeal over dinner with 27 other EU leaders but did not offer any fresh financial concessions to help break the deadlock in talks, which have been stuck on the issue of Britain’s divorce bill for months.

And you don't even have a clue what the deal would look like.

A Shelbyville Idea

I'm pretty sure this is all just a big grift but I am happy to be proven wrong.

Maryland has given transportation pioneer Elon Musk permission to dig tunnels for the high-speed, underground transit system known as a hyperloop that Musk wants to build between New York and Washington.

Hogan administration officials said Thursday the state has issued a conditional utility permit to let Musk’s tunneling firm, The Boring Co., dig a 10.3-mile tunnel beneath the state-owned portion of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, between the Baltimore city line and Maryland 175 in Hanover.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

What Did I Do All Those Years

This a bit narcissistic and petty, but... I spent 6 years trying to convince the world that George Bush was bad and now everyone's like "oh he's sweet now and he paints nice pictures."

I even like his stupid paintings, but still.

Thursday Night

You must do some rocking on.

Gotta Get Better At It

I used to go to DC more though I haven't in awhile. Over the years I've met with a plenty of people I'd call, for lack of a better description, "Dem operatives." You know, people who work in politics in various capacities. Campaigns, etc. While the younger (at the time, we're all old now) generation was a bit more hip to the media-as-a-problem narrative which has long been a part of this humble blog, the slightly older ones (like, more my age), had a different view. Basically, they just thought Dems were bad at it. Chris Cillizza would print your bullshit, too, if you were just better at reaching out to him.

I don't think this is correct. I think even after Obama, DC is still wired for Republicans (though it was somewhat wired for Obama, if not Democrats, too). But there is something to it.

You Knew It Was Coming

Hyper=Hyper, Loop=Loop

People are so stupid.

JEFFERSON CITY • Opting against picking a favorite between St. Louis and Kansas City, Gov. Eric Greitens is telling Amazon it could have both cities — plus a sprinkling of Columbia — if the company chooses a Missouri location for its second headquarters.

Although the Show-Me State’s largest metropolitan areas are 250 miles apart, the Greitens administration says connecting the two via a futuristic and largely unproven people-mover called the Hyperloop could serve as the catalyst for the online retailer to put a Missouri location on its short list.

"largely unproven."

Mag=Magnetic, Lev=Levitation

I know at times I sound like a cranky Luddite (in the colloquial sense, not that actual meaning), but as much as I love SUPERTRAINS I'm not really sure a $10 billion train from Baltimore to DC is...that useful. More than that, it's never going to be built.

Backers of a 40-mile, high-speed magnetic levitation, or maglev, train between Washington and Baltimore are hosting a series of public meetings showcasing three proposed routes in an attempt to assuage concerns about eminent domain and the possible condemnation of homes.

The Wrong Men

The full awfulness of people isn't always publicly known, but do better..
The Army is grappling with a resurgence of cases in which troops responsible for preventing sexual assault have been accused of rape and related crimes, undercutting the Pentagon’s claims that it is making progress against sexual violence in the ranks.

In the most recent case, an Army prosecutor in charge of sexual assault investigations in the Southwest was charged by the military last month with putting a knife to the throat of a lawyer he had been dating and raping her on two occasions, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.

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's...like it is now, or better!

"No deal" would be..um...something.
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?

Cover

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).

Sundown

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

Enjoy

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 structurally...college 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.

Monstering

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.”

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