Digging IntoThe Archives

From a piece in Forbes by Chris Ladd, last October, listing the Top 10 Lies Obscuring The Gun Debate:

In a ritual as central to American life as football on Thanksgiving, each new mass shooting spawns a wave of unfocused political energy that quickly dissipates into “thoughts and prayers.” No matter how many people die, no matter the cruelty of the methods or the youth and innocence of the victims, we cannot translate our outrage into sensible gun control measures.
Key to this failure has been a dense fog of misinformation, shrouding debate and thwarting any potential response. Cutting through the gun lobby’s campaign of confusion will be key to building public consensus around reform. Unless we pierce this fog and develop a focused political agenda, Las Vegas will recede from consciousness, one more mass slaughter on our way to the next one.
My current fave:

Lie #8: We need guns to protect ourselves from the government.

Claims of a Second Amendment right to overthrow the government may be…

Today's Today

Happy Presidents Day

I'm not trying to pretend everything would be just peachy if we had the actual winner of the election in the White House now.

But I think it's safe to say we wouldn't have quite the criminal enterprise in power either.

May you live in interesting times - my ass.

More On Why - or - Why, Moron?

Evan Osnos, The New Yorker:

The power of anonymity. In a section titled “Use of U.S. Computer Infrastructure,” prosecutors noted that some of the defendants and co-conspirators “purchased space on computer servers located inside the United States in order to set up virtual private networks.” Once they had those, they could create social-media accounts and communicate with American campaign activists “while masking the Russian origin and control of the activity.” What obligation do campaigns have to vet the people and information they encounter? Under current law, campaigns must document the sources of their funding (to insure, among other things, that they receive no foreign donations, which are against the law).

The power of voter suppression. To promote Trump, the Internet Research Agency did not just amplify his supporters’ enthusiasm; it actively sought to deter others from participating in the democratic process. Months before Election Day, Russian trolls “began to encourage U.S. m…

Fine, But

Hillary was such a lousy candidate it only took the entire RNC and the FBI and Wikileaks and the Russian government and 25 years of shit dropped on her by the Wingnuts to "beat" her even though she got 3 million votes more than the guy who came 2nd.

And look, kids - I'm not crazy about her either. But my first choice didn't get the nomination, so I went with the least bad. Which is what you do.

And please don't give me shit about how great Bernie is. He was my first choice because he was the least bad during the primaries.

When the Democrats "conspire" to nominate a Democrat, you can color me unsurprised.

Bernie got playedHe knew it goin' inHe registered as a DemHe played 'em backHe lostYou don't get everything you want
Can we just get past all that shit now?

A Few Observations

"Conservatives" love to bitch about the timelines of the Mueller investigation. They contend (eg) that the investigation started before 45* began his run, and somehow, that means he couldn't possibly have anything to do with the Ruskies' rat-fucking.

Here's a tiny hint: "Make America Great Again" - Trump applied for a patent on that slogan in November of 2012.

Another one: The rat-fucking began (more or less) in 2014, but Trump claims he wasn't even running, and besides, he'd never had anything to do with the Ruskies back then - The 2013 Miss Universe Meat Parade was held in Moscow, and Trump was there, having boasted about doing "a lot of business with the Russians" and that he'd met Putin.

The indictment published 16FEB2018 is an interesting 'next step'.

U.S. law bans foreign nationals from making certain expenditures or financial disbursements for the purpose of influencing federal elections. U.S. law also bars agents of any…

Today's Tweet

One step at a time. We have to keep pushing to shit-can Citizens United - it goes against everything this democratic republic is built on.

We just won a major victory in federal court, making clear that Citizens United can no longer shroud its biggest donors in secrecy. — Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) February 15, 2018

Professional Left Podcast

The Professional Left
Donald Trump has not twisted the GOP into something that fits his image. Donald Trump perfectly reflects what the GOP has been for at least two generations now.

What Passes For Logic

No ma'am - that's not a school. That's a prison.

This is not conservative, and this is not common sense - this is the Daddy State.

.@JudgeJeanine: "We need to protect kids, & that means we've got to have metal detectors, we've got to have experienced cops..., & we've got to be able to have perimeter controls. We've got to have teachers who can carry a weapon & react to this kind of nonsense." — Fox News (@FoxNews) February 16, 2018

Today's GIF

Here's a nice little nightmare for ya.

The LeBron Thing

“The climate is hot,” James said. “The No. 1 job in America, the appointed person is someone who doesn’t understand the people. And really don’t give a fuck about the people. When I was growing up, there was like three jobs that you looked (to) for inspiration. It was the president of the United States, it was whoever was the best in sports and then it was like the greatest musician at the time. You never thought you could be them, but you can grab inspiration from them.”

“It’s at a bad time. While we cannot change what comes out of that man’s mouth, we can continue to alert the people that watch us, that listen to us, ‘This is not the way,’” James said. “It’s not even a surprise when he says something. It’s like laughable. It’s laughable and it’s scary.”
--LeBron James
Here's the whole video:

When The Headline Says It All

God love The Onion

Blood Money

Just spoke to Broward School Superintendent. Today is that terrible day you pray never comes. — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 14, 2018
Rubio = $3.3 Million from NRA

I am heartbroken for the students & family of those involved in this horrible tragedy & I'm praying for our first responders as they act swiftly to contain the situation. — Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) February 14, 2018
Gardner = $3.8 Million from NRA

Heartbreaking news out of Florida. Jane and I send our prayers to the school, the community, and the victims of this tragedy. — Rob Portman (@senrobportman) February 14, 2018
Rob Portman = $3 Million from NRA

Praying for the students, teachers and first responders affected by the tragic shooting in Florida. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. — Bill Cassidy (@BillCassidy) February 14, 2018
Bill Cassidy = $2.9 Million from NRA

Tragic news out of Florida. Please keep the victims, their families, first responders and t…

Of Guns And Skateboards

I don't know what to make of this.

Bad guys good guys — someone (@Sadenss) February 12, 2018

Today's Pix

(click one - like maybe the 1st one)

Their Political Oracle-ness-es

If you're following The Professional Left Podcast like I've been telling you to do for-fucking-ever, then you already know this.

If you haven't - catch up, dammit.


Fewer people say they consider themselves Republicans, according to recent polling. But they're not becoming Democrats instead.

That's the conclusion of an analysis of Gallup data by Marquette Law professor and pollster Charles Franklin. He found that while there is a slight increase in Democratic Party support among Americans, more Americans are just becoming pure independents.

To be fair, this has happened after past presidential elections. In 2005 and 2013, the number of pure independents also increased.

But this year's uptick swing to pure independents is slightly larger. It's enough of a shift that it could indicate some new erosion in the Republican base.
Notice, there's no explanation on how anybody's supposed to know these folks are "Pure Independents", but what's a li…