Monday, July 16, 2018

Morning Thread

I hear tell there is an important summit meeting that will be happening today.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Watch Another Movie

The first Harry Potter movie came out in 2001.

Sunday, Sunday

That means tomorrow is...

A Rudimentary Knowledge of Mortars


I am sure all of our intimate correspondences would be embarrassing, but what is with "Daddy"?

(this is worse than that, of course, but...mens are weird)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saturday Night

Wiley keeps looking for his brother.

Saturday Afternoon

How is it July?

My Expert Diet Advice

Don't consume trans fats and don't drink sugary drinks (coke).


Juvenile jokes about Jon Chait, however, I am always here for.

Overnight Thread


Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday Afternoon

Is this hell week over yet?

Brett Kavanaugh Did Not Steal My Bicycle

We've had the predictable hot takes about how Kavanaugh is such a nice, normal guy and good Dad and all that crap. The obvious point is: so what? But the second point is... why should this be surprising? Oh, wow, he's a good Dad and hasn't, as far as we know, killed anybody, and also he drinks beer and likes baseball. Isn't that basically...most dudes? Aside from the irrelevance, why is this type of stuff presented as "wow what a good guy" instead of "well he meets the lower bar for being an ok human being, at least in his personal life."


According to my deep sources on twitter, new Mueller indictments:

12 Russian intelligence officers for DNC hacking.

Trump Jokes

Maybe I am just old and humorless but I tend to cringe at most of the humor directed at Trump. I don't mean all of it - a clever joke is a clever joke - but just the general not especially witty juvenile humor. I was fine with similar when directed at Bush.

Wow Who Could Have Predicted

Decades of blaming everything on public school teachers while tons of money gets poured elsewhere in the education system and...

Pennsylvania used to license more than 14,000 new teachers annually. Now, it issues certificates to fewer than 5,000. The state is aiming to do something about that.

Gov. Wolf announced grants Thursday to eight universities around the commonwealth — including Drexel, Cabrini, Lehigh, and the University of Pennsylvania — to develop and implement residency programs for educators.

Or you could just pay them more. But, nah, grants for programs for training for..

Morning Thread

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday Night

Rock on.

Laguna Beach. January, 2002.

All Hail The Mighty Whistlepig

America's greatest species.

House Speaker Paul Ryan explained Thursday that a family of woodchucks moved into his Chevy Suburban recently, eating the wiring, and rendering the car useless.

"My car was eaten by animals," Ryan said, to laughs from an audience at an event hosted by the Economic Club of Washington D.C. "It's just dead."

The finest specimen you will find
Of Rodentia: Sciuridae
Our own uncanny whistle-pig
The ground-est hog that ever lived

The Classiest Guy In The World

He's on an official state visit to her country and had dinner with her this evening.


Thursday Afternoon

What a week.

Sounds Exciting

Maybe I've been wrong about all of this.

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, Bosch to launch self-driving car service in Silicon Valley

Very cool!

Daimler and Bosch will begin their service as a pilot project offering rides for free on "selected routes" to a limited number of customers, said Uwe Keller, head of autonomous driving for Daimler.

Oh so more of a bus. Well, ok.

Daimler and auto components maker Bosch will start a self-driving vehicle shuttle service in one of the cities south of San Francisco that comprises the heart of the nation's tech industry beginning in the second half of 2019.

And not for another year or more...


The Right is good at making any issue into the issue of the day. There isn't one single reason for that, though the why/how isn't the point of this post. The point is that they make an issue a thing, and then there's a tendency by too many Democrats (electeds and pundits) to agree that the issue is actually an issue. Then they've already lost. For example, when Trump says we need to build a wall, and Chuck Schumer comes out bragging that some bipartisan bill is a much better way to achieve needed better border security because of all the wonky rea[zzzzzz...] all voters hear is "we need better border security" and what they conclude is "wow I guess we need that wall."

This is a bit of a caricature, of course, but the point is that once Democrats start telling voters that they're better at delivering what the Republicans say they want, they've lost. The Republicans have already made it their issue, the Democrats have agreed the Republicans are correct but we're just arguing about the details, and voters who think that issue is important know who to vote for.

And voters who disagree don't have any champions. It isn't true that if you give the voters a choice between a Republican and a Republican they'll vote for the Republican every time. Plenty just won't vote at all.