Friday, June 22, 2018

Late Night

Rock on.

The Week of Sucky Blogging

I hope it is not always apparent to you, dear readers, but sometimes life intervenes and I get busy with other things (sometimes bad things, sometimes less bad things, sometimes fun things), and this blog sucks even more than usual and while it is dumb that it stresses me out it actually does. This has been a busy week as have quite a few been in the past several months for various combinations of those reasons. It isn't because I do not love you all, because I do...

Friday Evening

Letters to my younger self:
Well, you see, 19-year-old Atrios, in 2018 the final clash of civilization will involve a battle between Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold, and Tom's the one fighting on the side of light...

Nostradamus didn't predict this one, did he.

Happy Hour Thread


We Do Love Children

But only some. The rest can be ground up into Soylent.

America's Worst Humans

Steny Hoyer.

Eat Shit

I don't always pile on the "Trump voters deserve what they get!" narratives Not everyone is sophisticated about politics and Trump said a lot of things during the campaign. And certainly not all locations and regions deserve what they get. There are D voters everywhere and it isn't their fault. But this guy can eat shit.

"This isn't just numbers on a sheet or percentage of trade or dollar value," said Michael Petefish, a 33-year old Trump supporter and fifth generation farmer in southern Minnesota.
Standing on the farm he will likely run for the next 40 years, he added, "This is multi-generational American families, your base, that you are now squarely putting into financial peril."

This is pure "we are the good people, the MULTI-GENERATIONAL AMERICAN FAMILIES" that you were supposed to give the good stuff too, once you took it from the blahs.

I'm sorry you thought Trump was just going to kick blahs and immigrants, except presumably the immigrants that are heavily employed in the agricultural industry, but you're still an asshole.

They Lie About Everything

Journalists - the lickspittles at the New York Times especially - are unwilling to deal with the fact that they lie about everything. Not the hyperbole or little white lies or apocryphal anecdote which are a perfectly normal part of politcal discourse. Not the occasional misstatement or shaded truth that needs to be "fact checked." They're just liars. They have no compunction about lying about everything and they do. Nothing they say should be believed, and nothing they say should be transmitted in any way before confirming the veracity. And sources who lie should be burned, but hahahahahaha that never happens.

Meanwhile, Behind The Curtain

A House panel has belatedly approved the 2019 federal budget proposal.  And guess what 'the largest looming shadow on America's future is?"

The growing national debt!  And that requires some firm cuts, tough love cuts, especially after all those tax breaks for the wealthiest among us:

The proposed mandatory reduction includes $1.5 trillion from Medicaid, $537 billion from Medicare and $2.6 trillion in reductions to other programs such as welfare, nutritional assistance and other anti-poverty programs.
Democrats have cried foul over the measure, accusing Republicans of slashing entitlements and key programs just months after blowing up the deficit with their signature tax plan, which the Congressional Budget Office projected will add $1.9 trillion to deficits over the decade.

Bolds are mine.

In his campaign Trump promised not to touch Medicare...

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Happy Hour Thread


Happy Hour Thread

This may be a very short happy hour. Who knows?

Foster Care Or Whatever

We do love children.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.

RIP Koko

And They Don't Even Have Their Washington Post Jobs Yet

The Bushies were never tainted by association. Safeway Men and Women, every single one. The idea that elite society will shun Trump people is ridiculous. Assholes yelling at them at restaurants is the best we can do, and that is very naughty. Very naughty indeed.

Morning Thread

One crisis has been temporarily averted. Bet your bippy there will be another today.

As readers have pointed out, nothing has been averted. Not even temporarily. My bad! I still say there will be another crisis created, if only to draw attention away from what's going on at the border.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wednesday Night


Happy Hour Thread


Total Normal And Accountable Government Agency

Going to have to imprison them all.

As a result of what I witnessed, I have made a decision that if I'm ever assigned to a flight with children who've been separated from their families, I will immediately remove myself from the trip due to the nature of this unconscionable act by my government and my employer's complicity.

I have told my story to many of my flight attendant colleagues and they have pledged to do the same.

Since sharing my story, I learned from a fellow flight attendant that he was lied to by an ICE agent who said the children on the flight were part of a soccer team. When pressed, the agent finally admitted that they were, indeed children who were being relocated to assigned camps.

Really Wrong To Make Nazi Comparisons

So I would never do that.

Over the last three years, Texas inspectors found eight deficiencies at Shiloh, including overdue background check renewals for staff and poorly supervised medication inside the facility. A pending lawsuit alleges immigrant children housed there were held down and forcibly injected with drugs, rendering them unable to walk, afraid of people and wanting to sleep constantly.

Any Fix Could Be Worse

"Something" will change, because this isn't going to go away as long as it is happening, but the worry is the fix will actually be worse but the media will declare it solved and move on.

It Only Takes 2

2 Republican senators could flip control of the Senate. They won't, of course, but that's all it takes.

How Will You Treat Them When They Work With You At The Washington Post

Marc Thiessen is a torture apologist and a Post columnist. This is just not how any of this works.