Today's Redux

With all the weird 45* shit that's going on, this bit from The Rape of the A.P.E. by Allan Sherman seems altogether fitting.

Government is a Geejy Bird
The geejy bird is a strange creature; it flies only once in its lifetime, but that flight is a spectacle to behold. The geejy bird appears suddenly, standing on a limb, young, elegant, proud and respectable.  Surveying the horizon, it spreads its majestic wings and swoops upward in a wide graceful curve, with magnificent wing flappings and loud glory whoops.  When it reaches maximum altitude, it begins its elegant descent, an ever narrowing spiral.  It makes smaller and smaller circles in the sky until, suddenly and mysteriously, it vanishes through its own asshole.
No one knows where geejy birds go - probably back where they came from.  Unfortunately, when they go, they take us along.  We are all subjects of one geejy bird or another; we are born and live and die during one of these mad flights.  To be born early is, at least, exciti…

Today's GIF

Owing to the combination of a spring blizzard and my brown thumb

Today's Tweet

And no one is coming to save us

We are all god’s children and he left us in a hot car in the Walmart parking lot — another anxious queer vegan nerd (@irakyhsart) February 24, 2018

Today's Today

Happy Vernal Equinox, everybody

Amy Siskind

This week (#70) in Fuckedupistan - aka: 45*'s White House.

March 17, 2018

In another frenzied week in America, Trump fired his secretary of state through a tweet, and continued to stoke fears of imminent additional departures, in what was described as a White House verging on mania. Trump is reportedly joyful, feeling liberated to act on his impulses and authoritarian instincts. Even as the Mueller probe and allegations of paying to silence Stephanie Clifford close in, Trump is cocky and irreverent — as if signaling he has matters in hand.

Russia seems increasingly aggressive and emboldened, in sharp contrast to, and perhaps with the silent complicity of Trump. Alarming reports surfaced not only of Russia’s use of chemical weapons and possibly murdering another Russian exiles in the UK, but also attacking US and European nuclear and energy infrastructure. In response, our Treasury Department took the first baby steps in imposing sanctions, while Nikki Haley and the White House issued…

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

(If you like it put a click on it)

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…