Today's Relationship Tip

It's all about the communication skills.

2020 Campaign

You had to see this one coming.

John Wagner, WaPo:

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) received a standing ovation from a crowd of business leaders and political junkies here on Friday after decrying the “degradation of the United States and her values” by the current occupant of the White House.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), who ran for the GOP nomination in 2016, will return to the nation’s first primary state early next month for a “fireside chat” at a college in Henniker.

And on Monday, President Trump — whose New Hampshire primary win two years ago set him on a course for the presidency — is slated to make an appearance in the state for the first time since 2016.

The next presidential primaries here are nearly two years away, but the unusual flurry of activity is stoking speculation about whether a sitting president could face a serious challenge from within his own party for the first time in a quarter-century.

In 1992 — the last time that happened — Pat Buchanan’s strong GOP p…

Today's Pix

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Lazy Sunday

My favorite tune for one of those chill Sunday afternoons balanced on the edge of spring.

Today's Tweet

I need to write this one down.

Don Jr. sits like his buttcheeks are getting a divorce and neither wants custody of his asshole. — LiberalBookwormJim (@goodoldcatchy) March 17, 2018


...on the intertoobz:

11% of Republicans think there's merit to Stormy Daniels's contention of having had an adulterous affair with 45*.

Which means 89% of them think she was first paid $130,000 - and is now being sued for $20 million - to make sure she doesn't say anything about something that didn't happen.

These people drive cars. They get to buy guns.

And they vote.

ProLeft Podcast

The Professional Left Podcast (on YouTube too)
"...why we have to be extraordinarily vigilant right now - because all over the media, all the usual guardians of establishment sensibilities - David Brookes and Michael Gerson et al - are all building lifeboats now. They're all gathering around the sensibility of "Donald Trump is this freak event; it's not the Republicans..." and you can hear the Tea Party Bush-off alibi machine warming up in the background." 

And BTW, Democratic Self-Loathers, do you really think the message is the problem? Really?

OK - here's one: 
GOP policies are bad for families.
Run on it. Conor Lamb did, and he won in a gerrymandered-as-fuck district where the Repubs figured they could run a tree stump and keep the seat.

And the bullshit about how Dems don't really stand for anything?

Equal rightsMarriage equalityScience and The ArtsPublic educationThe rule of lawPeople are more important than profitTax policy should be fair and progres…

Today's Tweet

The greatest threat to these Daddy State gas-lighters is anyone with a functioning memory.

Everything wrong with Fox News in one video — NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 16, 2018

Reread your Orwell (I'd give my right nut to get in on those royalties right about now).

And be sure to check in with driftglass on a regular basis.

Bob Cesca

From our nation's capital, it's The Bob Cesca Show - today with Jody Hamilton.

Leading off with 45* giving us an amazing demo of the ultimate in The DumFux News Effect - insisting that he's right even while admitting he's wrong.

This is Gas-Lighting at a level beyond the imaginings of Poe and Hitchcock.

On Secrecy And Security

...and good government.

JFK, American Newspaper Publishers Association, April 27, 1961:

"We decided long ago that the dangers of unwarranted and excessive concealment of pertinent facts far outweigh the dangers which are cited to justify it."

"Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions."

"Even today, there is little value in ensuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it."

"And there is grave danger in an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment."

This was mostly about trying to have a conversation about where to draw the line.

And drawing lines is what the whole thing is about to begin with - because compromise; you don't get everything you want; checks and balances, ya big dope.

An awful lot of our little experiment in self-governmen…

A Town Hall - VA05

Tom Garrett is a Daddy State clown of the highest order.

Follow him on Twitter. Listen to his speeches. Watch the YouTube videos. And then troll the fuck out of him.  Nobody deserves a good old-fashioned slagging more than this guy.

My comment at YouTube:
(and you might have to hurry - no telling how long his media people will allow criticism to stay in place)

Your "logic" is that banning bump stocks wouldn't save all that many lives, so why bother? Because - long guns? Well, what's the number, Mr Garrett? How many Americans do you need to see murdered before you get up off your ass and do something? 50? 500? How many? 
Then you turn around and say we have to spend enormous amounts of time and energy and money to solve the problem of immigrants involved in 3% of traffic deaths. 
You're an ideologue. You insist on taking every circumstance and smashing-fitting it into your narrow preconceptions. And the kicker is that you insist on using the most obviously ham-handed de…

Today's Tweet

And the message is clear.

There are no words for how much i rate this 😂😂 — Cinzia Pellegrino (@cnzpll) March 11, 2018

The clitterati. How great is that?

Milbank Gets One Right

Dana Milbank, WaPo:

It was the eve of the biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression. Many on Wall Street worried that a recession loomed and that the housing bubble was bursting.

And then there was Larry Kudlow, the man President Trump just tapped to be his top economic adviser.

“Despite all the doom and gloom from the economic pessimistas, the resilient U.S. economy continues moving ahead,” Kudlow wrote on Dec. 7, 2007, in National Review, predicting that gloomy forecasters would “wind up with egg on their faces.” Kudlow, who previously derided as “bubbleheads” those who warned about a housing bubble, now wrote that “very positive” news in housing should “cushion” falling home sales and prices.
Some of Mr Kudlow's Greatest Hits:

1993: Kudlow proclaims in a speech: “There is no question that President Clinton’s across-the-board tax increases on labor, capital and energy will throw a wet blanket over the recovery and depress the economy’s long-run potential.” The economy goes…

Samantha Bee

Full Frontal - TBS, Wednesday nights at 10:30 Eastern - Samantha Bee

And Still

The weather vane previously known as George Will:

Iceland must be pleased that it is close to success in its program of genocide, but before congratulating that nation on its final solution to the Down syndrome problem, perhaps it might answer a question: What is this problem? To help understand why some people might ask this question, meet two children. One is Agusta, age 8, a citizen of Iceland. The other is Lucas, age 1, an American citizen in Dalton, Ga., who recently was selected to be 2018 “Spokesbaby” for the Gerber baby food company. They are two examples of the problem.

Now, before Iceland becomes snippy about the description of what it is doing, let us all try to think calmly about genocide, without getting judgmental about it. It is simply the deliberate, systematic attempt to erase a category of people. So, what one thinks about a genocide depends on what one thinks about the category involved. In Iceland’s case, the category is people with Down syndrome.

I have no idea what…