Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Surreal Life

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Late Night

Rock on.

Evening Thread

Happy Tiwesdæg.

Afternoon Thread

There isn't another debate tonight, is there?

So Fragile

And who will foot the bill for the bulldozers?
Developer tells NJ appeals court any delay in approving funding will kill long-stalled project

This week could prove to be a make-or-break one for the long-stalled American Dream megamall in the Meadowlands, thanks to a court ruling on the developer’s controversial $1.15 billion state-assisted finance plan that could be released at any time.

And then what will I blog about?

Pennsylvania Explained!





As Woodruff notes, it's the Kids for Cash scandal. When a judge sells kids (and, it should be noted, too many of the "wrong" type of kids. you know, the ones you can get the media to actually care about) to for profit juvenile facilities, people start to care...

That Guy

Unlike most pundits, I don't think I'm capable of knowing what most of the rest of humanity responds positively to. I do think it's important to remember that while last night probably wasn't the best Donald, it was actually the Donald that people vote for over 16 other clown car members. Meaning, he's the guy that people liked. There were definitely moments in the debate that even Republican "Very Serious People" probably thought were awful, but I thought might have actually sounded pretty good to anybody who was considering voting for him in the first place.

Donald doesn't know anything about foreign policy, or the wider world, but neither does just about anybody else who claims to who works in politics. What people on the teevee know, some of them anyway, is "foreign policy," the very narrow set of agreed upon Washington Conventional wisdom about the types of things Very Serious People are supposed to say about "foreign policy." In other words, they've memorized some arbitrary rulebook, but they've never actually tried to play the game. Or seen it played.

As for economics, once you get outside the general Republican "taxes bad regulations bad," which is nonsense that Very Serious People have agreed isn't nonsense, the economic critique from the Right, which I suppose you'd called the Right's economic populism, is genuinely gibberish. Their critiques of trade and trade deals and the Fed are complete gibberish (not that these things are above criticism, just that the criticisms from the Right usually make no sense. They aren't just wrong, they don't follow logically from one statement to the next.) Still, it sounds good to a lot of people. Your ranty drunk racist white uncle is an archetype because there are a lot of ranty drunk racist white uncles, and they all kinda sound like that.

I'd say on theater it wasn't a great night. He let That Woman get the better of him, and that's an unforgivable sin. On "substance," he gave the people what they want.

The Morning After

Shimmy anyone?


That Guy?

I'm not one of those people who is desperate to find Republicans I can feel good about. Team D isn't perfect, of course, but even those nice polite Republicans generally support horrible policies. I'm not going to like any of them. But, really.. that guy? You nominated that guy? You want that guy to be president?

Okay.

Monday, September 26, 2016

More Thread

ow

Debate Thread II

How are the zingers? The gaffes?

Debate Thread The First

I'm too old too liveblog this crap. You do it!

Official Eschaton Debate Drinking Game

1) Open up bottle of alcohol.

2) Drink it.

Is It Really Fair For The Moderators To Ask Questions?

Given how bad they usually are at these things, I say no! But, seriously, all the talk about what is "fair" for the moderators to do really just raises the question: what the hell is the point of them? Certainly what is the point of having people who claim to be "journalists" do the job? Have Siri read the questions fed to her and cut their mics when the time is up.

Monday Crass Commercialism

Just to complete your collection. Pick one.



or the other!





Or both! What a country!



But We're Special

One of my pet peeves is places where the people who live there fancy themselves to be so special/different by the virtue of their location that the rules that apply to them/their particular needs are just somehow different than for the rest of the universe. That isn't to deny that varied local culture/norms exist at all, but I've lived in a lot of places and quite often the things that people imagine make them unique/special/different are really pretty standard stuff.

Gaming The Gaming Game

Things like debates have gotten so meta. There's more talk of meta than of substance. Sure the debates are theater, and sure these days you can (though why should you have to? there's a debate to watch!) click on a candidate website which gives you some policy information, but "we've" already spent a couple of weeks talking about the expectations game, and the game to game the expectations game, and the game to game the gaming of the expectations game, all of which is about impacting the post-debate pronouncements of pundits, who are making career choices themselves with these pronouncements. CNN has approximately 87 people on stage whose job it is to argue about what we're supposed to think about the thing we watched 5 seconds ago based on arbitrary standards they cooked up 10 seconds ago. One of them should say "fuck this" and throw down the mic, but, hey, people gotta eat.

Morning Thread

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday Evening

Anything interesting going on tomorrow?

Happy Hour/Dinner Thread

Enjoy.

Lunch Thread

End of the season farmers marketing.

Distinctions

I don't actually get this one.



I guess saying someone "lied" a capital felony, while its close synonym "mislead" is just a misdemeanor because reasons? DC is a funny place.