Saturday, May 25, 2019

Afternoon Thread

The scary thing is Prime Minister Boris might not be the worst possible outcome.

Pity Our Poor Leaders

A UK journalist got a bit dragged on the twitter for suggesting that we should all feel sorry for Theresa May and then doubled down by complaining that people on twitter were just so mean and awful.

You know who is mean and awful? Theresa May. You know who had an immense amount of power to do awful things for several years and did them? Theresa May. You know who mostly do not have any power? Assholes on twitter.

You don't even have to agree with my assessment of Theresa May - that she a horrible racist person - to think that we aren't actually obligated to waste our beautiful minds feeling sympathy for the most powerful people in the world. Especially when it isn't something like her husband died or some other personal tragedy. She was PM. It's an important job. She'll soon no longer be PM. This is not a tragedy.

The more appropriate response to May:


It's A Car In A Tiny Tunnel And It Takes An Elevator To Get There

And the elevator takes 20 seconds so maximum you can get 3 cars per minute or 180 per hour.

I don't not understand how it isn't obvious how dumb this is. Top speed just isn't that important. Capacity and average speeds are. I mean I could write several pages about how dumb this but I think just pointing and laughing is best.

Morning Thread

Friday, May 24, 2019

Friday Evening

Enjoy

Gotta Play The Game

There should be a few Democrats who go on cable news every day and say things like "Donald Trump has brain worms from syphilis and his dick is about to fall off." Bully the bully.

You People Never Get It



Michael McKean is 71.

Prime Minister Boris

He was a funny figure as Mayor of London, a job with not much power and he outsourced it all to relatively competent people. He is also the distillation of the upper class twit, a type we don't really have in America. Sure we have an upper class, and twits, but not quite that type. Upper class twits are not the sophisticated Downton Abbey types. They are buffoons who are dumb and their eccentricities include not knowing how to dress. The opposite of what people think they are. They do not even have the pretensions of sophistication. They reject it.

Bye Theresa

May is finally leaving and that is probably actually bad news because in this timeline the sequel is always worse.

Morning Thread

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Justice

It is maybe a minor point in this grand story, but that rich people do not face "justice" and poor people do is... a problem.

The Thread of Afternoon

Enjoy

The Best People

It actually takes a lot of skill to get indicted for something like this!
Audrey Strauss, the Attorney for the United States, Acting Under Authority Conferred by 28 U.S.C. § 515, William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Patricia Tarasca, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Region for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Office of Inspector General (“FDIC OIG”), announced today the unsealing of an indictment charging STEPHEN M. CALK with financial institution bribery for corruptly using his position as the head of a federally insured bank to issue millions of dollars in high-risk loans to a borrower in exchange for a personal benefit: assistance from the borrower in obtaining a senior position with an incoming presidential administration. CALK is expected to be presented this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman
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Shorts

I don't do investing and wouldn't know how to short a stock even if I wanted to but I was truly tempted to short Tesla a couple of months ago because Elon is a fraud and the company is falling apart. I could've been rich!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

4

It is the time of 4.

Check Your Loved Ones

Scott offed himself about a year ago. Life is hard.

Rich People Are Stupid Just Like Us

One (not the only) problem with the fact that rich people have a disproportionate influence on our politics is that they are dumb. I am dumb. You are dumb. 4th generation heirs are really dumb. Maybe they aren't more dumb than me but they certainly are not inevitably smarter than the average bear. Even the not so rich give big donations and get to chat with our presidential candidates and they are certainly not so smart. Even if they aren't advocating for their obvious class interests they are... dumb.

Morning Thread

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Late Night

Rock on.

Happy Hour

Life is but an illusion.

Dance A Dickless Jig

The people who swing elections are mostly dumb and usual nonvoters. I don't mean "dumb" as an insult, I mean it in the sense that they are people who spend their blissful lives worrying about anything other than politics and, unlike you freaks and weirdos, have never heard of a "Ben Shapiro."

They tend to have this strange idea that if they bother to go pull a lever somewhere, something might happen. And if it doesn't, they go back to more productive pursuits and hobbies.

What Choice Do They Have

The president is doing crimes and the Dems have basically one power at the moment, and that's to try to stop the crimes. "Oh no you can't possibly ask us to stop the crimes we have to pass a bunch of message bills" is the appetizer, "2020 is the most important election of our lives" is the main dish, and "fuck the voters they don't vote for us anyway, now we can't stop the crimes!" is the dessert unless they move forward.

The Post reports that at a meeting Monday night, Judiciary Committee Democrats pummeled Pelosi with the argument that initiating an inquiry would maximize legal leverage to force compliance with their oversight demands, which Trump is choking off on many fronts.

Moments ago, former White House counsel Donald McGahn, who witnessed extensive and likely criminal obstruction of justice, failed to honor a Judiciary Committee subpoena, honoring Trump’s command not to appear.

But in the meeting Pelosi pushed back, arguing that an inquiry would undercut multiple ongoing House investigations.

Pelosi can't think this is sustainable.
The Plum Line: Where are you as of this morning?

Rep. Jamie Raskin: I think that overwhelming evidence has been presented to us in the Mueller Report, and outside of it too, of high crimes and misdemeanors, and we should launch an impeachment inquiry. Remember, an inquiry doesn’t prejudge the outcome. We’re not talking about articles of impeachment.


As a member of the Judiciary and Oversight committees, I do think the logic of an impeachment inquiry is pretty overwhelming at this point.