Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Wednesday Morning Thread

I keep track of the days so the boss doesn't have to.

Your You're welcome.



Tuesday, September 25, 2018

I Don't Even Know What Day It Is

One of those weeks.

Happy Hour Thread


Hey, Hey, Hey

Cosby sentenced to no less than 3 years in state prison.

Workout Buddies

I know we're supposed to love nothing more than the idea of Chuck Schumer and John Cornyn being gym buddies and running side by side on treadmills (Chuck really was gym buddies with Jeff Sessions). Every Thanksgiving liberals (for some reason only liberals?) get lectured on how we're supposed to be nice to our conservative family members. But Chuck Schumer, for all his flaws, isn't actively trying to ensure that women die, and those annoying Thanksgiving liberals aren't actually questioning the basic humanity of much of the US population. My point is these are basically bad people in a way that can't be covered up in the age of Trump and Kavanaugh.

And, really, they are bad people. If conservatives want to think all liberals are bad people because we are baby killers... fine. If they believe that (most are full of shit about abortion, but not all!), they shouldn't want to hang out at the gym or slice turkey with us either. My point is that this idea that we should be buddies with people who have views we find abhorrent is ridiculous. These mostly aren't debates about top marginal tax rates or whether cash grants or food stamps are the better for poverty reduction. This isn't just abstract debate stuff club. Sure I have plenty of friends who disagree with me about things, but I have no interest in being friends with, you know, racists, or homophobes, or misogynists. Why the hell would I be? Why the hell would anyone claims to care about that stuff? Oh, gee, that Andrew Sullivan, so charming as he walks around with his caliper set at parties.

Pulling Away

People will tolerate a lot of shit as long as there is relatively broad-based prosperity, and "broad-based prosperity" basically means that "you" and your kids, if you do everything reasonably well and don't fuck up too much, can buy a car and a house and can afford kids (and grandkids) and maybe go on vacation occasionally. If you're a lucky ducky maybe even some nicer things sometimes!

Elite nepotism, which is certainly nothing new, gets a bit more angering and disgusting when the scraps that are left for the rest are fewer and fewer.


The pundits who probably annoy me the most, aside from the purely evil ones, are the ones who put themselves front and center of every narrative. The issue at hand is less important than their personal thoughts about the issue. Their intellectual journey is an extraordinarily exciting story to tell. "My thinking on this has evolved [7000 words]...". Especially the ones who treat the entire exercise like it's a public conversation among them and their 5 other Important Pundit Friends. You know, "after reading this article by X, I had to reconsider my argument that...". Blahblahblah.

I'm not saying there's never a place for someone being forthright about why their opinion changed on something, but that's more an issue of honesty. It isn't an action thriller!

Shut up. Yes I am trying to deplatform you because you are boring.

It's An Aaron Sorkin Fantasy

This was a joke, but it does strike me how much this stage is set for an Aaron Sorkin dream moment. You know, the one courageous GOP senator who breaks with his party and gives an impassioned speech about doing the right thing, proving once and for all that Actually, Republicans (well, one at least) Are Good, and saving the day yet again. I'm not going to put this on the women - though Collins especially is likely going to prove her whole career has been a big sham - but if one of the male twitter fretters like Flake or Sasse or (hahahahahaha) Rubio shamed his party in a dramatic moment, Kavanaugh would be gone.

That's why they call it "fantasy."

Morning Thread

Monday, September 24, 2018

What Would John McCain Do?

No I don't care but it'd be funny.

Twitter Fight!

But Axios And The NYT Told Me He Was Resigning

I'm sure journalists will let us know just how they were misled about this important story.

hahahaha I keed.

Resigned? Fired? Who Knows? We Report, We Have No Idea!

Days like this the press really shines.

Groundhog Day

A little flashback from the impeachment era.

Check the byline.


When I was a child...and probably longer... I didn't think adults were perfect, but I figured they were basically honest and responsible, except for the "bad people." This is what you're taught, after all! How to behave! By adults! You don't quite know how to behave correctly, yet, because you are a child, so people are teaching you right and wrong etc.

People just lie, and elites lie with impunity.

“Everything that is being said about the advice I give to students applying to Brett Kavanaugh ― or any judge ― is outrageous, 100% false, and the exact opposite of everything I have stood for and said for the last fifteen years,” Chua said.

She insisted in the statement that she always encouraged students to dress professionally, not casually, for interviews with any federal judge.

Yet a woman who recently graduated from Yale Law School and received advice from Chua on interviewing for a coveted clerkship position with Kavanaugh, who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, disputed the professor’s statement.

“She’s lying,” the woman told HuffPost.

Coal Rollers With Homicidal Road Rage

That's the Republican party base, and many of their elected officials, right now.

Good Grief

For me, the big story is still the fact that they all knew Kavanaugh had a sketchy background. They just didn't care. They are probably still hoping to plow this nomination through. They are, also, probably placing the entire blame on the women coming forward, instead of on K or themselves. Nasty women, one and all.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday Evening

Everything's getting stupider and stupider by the minute.

Send Them

What a country!

Chua said in the statement that, contrary to allegations that she told students that it was “no accident” that Kavanaugh hired attractive clerks, she “always” told her students to prep “insanely hard” and that substance was “the most important thing”.

But another former law student who was advised by Chua and approached the Guardian after its original story was published on Thursday said his experience was consistent with the allegations presented in the article.

The male student, who asked not to be identified, said that when he approached Chua about his interest in clerking for Kavanaugh, the professor said it was “great”, but then added that Kavanaugh “tends to hire women who are generally attractive and then likes to send them to [supreme court Chief Justice John] Roberts”.

It was a reference to Kavanaugh’s role as a so-called “feeder” judge, whose clerks often go on to win highly coveted clerkships at the US supreme court.

Setback for the Team

Maybe try the Philly Philly, coach?

It's absurd that anyone would remember a small high school house party from 35 years ago, if nothing notable happened to you personally at that party, but more than that, what kind of monster sees this as a clash between "teams." What the hell is the "Ford team"?

People who work at the New York Times are truly weird.

Dads With Guns

We've all seen the posed pictures and related t-shirts of concerned daddies threatening (maybe jokingly! haha) their daughters' suitors with guns.

They just assume all men (and boys) are like them, and that their daughters are actually their "property" to protect from "intruders."

And then they become Supreme Court justices.

Good Morning