Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Peep Through Your Blinds

Can we prosecute elites?

No that would be time consuming and wrong. We should look forward and heal!

Can we dissuade others from paying lots of money to them for dubious reasons?

No it is not right to "cancel" people.

Can we at least be mean to them in restaurants?

No, not that either.

I don't think it's crazy to suggest that if it's always "The Purge" for elites, it might cause some problems.

Bring It

Blame who you want, but that this wasn't a priority 11 years ago...

Maybe The Hedge Fund Managers Should Learn To Code

Haven't been following this closely, and not sure what the best article on it is, but this is funny...

Ignore Me

A problem with doing a blog like this is that it's hard to do punditry without doing all the annoying things that pundits do. Ah, you say, if you hate musicals, why are you starring in Cats? Yes it's always a bit of a contradiction.

It is actually best that the people in charge ignore the daily bullshit cycle, which involves ignoring people like me. I mean, hopefully they listen to me and ignore people like Joe Scarborough, but still.

I doubt they thought it at the time, but I don't think the Obama people ever transcended the daily bullshit cycle. Hopefully the Biden people manage to.

Morning Thread

Congress didn't care when the Trump administration regularly violated court orders. Just throwing that out there.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Tuesday Night

Rock on.

Tuesday Evening

In a few years it'll be the Democratic Party and the Q Party.

Slaughtering Trump's Enemies

The Q people long seemed sad and ridiculous, because it was ridiculous, but even before we could imagine a bunch of them and some fellow travellers storming the Capitol to kill the Vice President and various members of Congress, the core of their "belief" was a day of reckoning when Trump's enemies would be executed, and that number grew over time from a few hundred to a few hundred thousand. And now a couple of them are in Congress.

Happy Hour Thread

Get happy.



Sounds Kinda Bad

Probably should be jailing these people. Just a thought.
The commander of the D.C. National Guard said the Pentagon restricted his authority ahead of the riot at the U.S. Capitol, requiring higher level sign-off to respond that cost time as the events that day spiraled out of control.

Local commanders typically have the power to take military action on their own to save lives or prevent significant property damage in an urgent situation when there isn’t enough time to obtain approval from headquarters.

But Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, the commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard, said the Pentagon essentially took that power and other authorities away from him ahead of a pro-Trump protest on Jan. 6. That meant he couldn’t immediately roll out troops when he received a panicked phone call from the Capitol Police chief warning that rioters were about to enter the U.S. Capitol.

That's Progress

I'll take it.
President Joe Biden on Tuesday will order his Department of Justice not to renew its contracts with private prisons, one of multiple new planks of Biden’s broad-focused racial justice agenda.

Biden is poised to sign four additional executive actions after laying out his racial equity plan at the White House at 2 p.m. ET, according to his press schedule. Vice President Kamala Harris will also attend the event.

But still rolling back to 2016.

Lunch Thread

Had to step out for a bit. What has Joe the Biden accomplished today?

Winter Fundraising Day 2!

"Blogging" is making a return on hybrid email list/blog sites like substack. Good for whatever works for people, but blogging behind paywalls isn't really blogging. I don't fault people for having paywalls - whatever works/pays the bills! - but it's just another example of the "open internet" not making a comeback.

The ad supported internet had its problems (the internet is still ad supported, just google and facebook ate it all), and major sites which made themselves unreadable with all of the badly behaved ads helped to hasten its demise, but at least you could link to things! You can read this sucky blog for free! Or chip in. Up to you!

If you don't like paypal, there's also Patreon:

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You Can Watch Just About Anything At Any Time - Why Would You Watch That

What I don't get about these grifts is that you need an audience, and while I know that the sophisticated high brow content I provide here at atrios dot blogspot dot com has a highly selective appeal, I still don't get how there is any audience for Rudy 911.
Giuliani, the lawsuit alleges, knowingly spread falsehoods about the company to bolster Trump’s failing attempts to overturn the reality of his election loss. But Giuliani had another incentive for doing so, the lawyers wrote: He “cashed in by hosting a podcast where he exploited election falsehoods to market gold coins, supplements, cigars, and protection from ‘cyber thieves.’ ”

60 Votes

You aren't going to get 10 Republican votes in the Senate for *anything.* Forget the fantasy liberal agenda, or even a version of it so watered down that it isn't recognizable. "Obstruct Democrats and make them look bad" was the plan even when there were 59 Democrats in the Senate! It's definitely the plan now.

There are options other than "nuke the filibuster." We will see...

Morning Thread

I see Mitch backed down after some Dems pinky sweared not to destroy the filibuster.

If you further reduce the effective power of Congress (to just taxation and spending bills), the other branches will step in. Congress ain't perfect, but it is the most democratic bit of our system.

Not only will they step in. They have to.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Monday Night

Rock on.

America's Worst Professors

Law professors.


That there is a global elite pedophile ring is not actually crazy.
The monthslong review by Dechert LLP found no evidence that Mr. Black was involved in the criminal activities of the late Epstein, who was indicted in 2019 on federal sex-trafficking charges involving underage girls, according to a copy of the law firm’s report that was viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

In its report, Dechert found the fees that the billionaire had paid Epstein were for legitimate advice on trust- and estate-tax planning that proved to be of significant value to Mr. Black and his family. Mr. Black paid Epstein a total of $148 million, plus a $10 million donation to his charity—far more than was previously known.

"[L]egitimate advice on trust- and estate-tax planning." Sure rich guys need that, what was Mr. Epstein charging for this valuable service? Computer, enhance.

$148 million

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Bully For Me

Somewhere between "the bully pulpit is all powerful" and "how dare you suggest the president can possibly get anybody to do anything, that is impossible" is the truth. For some reason it became fashionable to argue the latter during the Obama presidency. The thing is, Obama can be a real dick. He was a real dick in all of his campaigns. All of them. But when in office, he was not a dick, at least not to Republicans.

This isn't about Obama, though. I think Joe Biden is a dick, too! Let Joe be Joe.