It's The Daddy State

...but (so far) without the usual efficiencies that go along with such evil-doing.

Charlie Pierce:

So, as two frenzied days begin here, we see that the substantial Republican majorities in both Houses of the Congress have completely abdicated their constitutional functions simply because the Republican Party can’t get out of its own way, and because the president* is a grandiose simpleton who could be talked into cutting off his own head. Both McConnell, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver from Wisconsin, theoretically could get pretty much anything they want passed. But Ryan has the Freedom Caucus leading him around by the nose, and McConnell is pretending that the White House has to move first, which turns the constitutional order on its head.

What the GOP is doing is not governance - they hate government, remember? What they're doing is called extortion.
They believe if they cause us enough pain and anxiety, we'll knuckle under and go along with w…

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Knowing a little something about yesterday helps prevent people like Paul Ryan fucking us over today.

“What’s that you say, statue?”
“Starve the poor? Oh gosh...”
“AND take their health care? Oh wow...”
“Well, if you INSIST.” — Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) January 15, 2018

Jeff Flake

Good, Senator, but y'know what?  Pick a cliché:

Put up or shut up Step up or step aside Put your money where your mouth is

One of the things that bugs the fuck outa me about this is that it's so little traction. Seems like he's saying some important things, and it also seems like the Press Poodles oughta be picking it up and running with it.

The other thing is that Mr Flake continues to vote for the policies that give 45* the "wins" he needs to let him keep doing the shitty things Mr Flake wants him to stop doing.

So I don't wanna just shit on Flake's attempts (honest, I don't), but if he wants any of it to stick, he has to make it plain - "I'm not going along with that asshole in the White House until  or unless he gets real, and I'm not doing anything the Republican Caucus wants me to do until they stop being the same kinda assholes as that asshole."

Today's Tweet

A little cyberspace justice?

And I wonder if it says anything about the Trump Campaign not having the horsepower to do anything even approaching what happened last year - which would almost certainly mean they had to have gotten help from Uncle Walt.

JUST IN: Trump's #FakeNewsAwards website crashes immediately after the President tweets about it, which is definitely not a metaphor — New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 18, 2018

What We're Looking For

We keep hearing the same old bullshit arguments about how horrible everybody thinks American Press Poodles are - and they are (or have been), but in very different ways.

Straight up criticism comes more vociferously from 'the right'; to the point now that we're all the way into Daddy State fantasy land projections of Fake News. 

But there's plenty of bitching from 'the left' as well - tho' for different reasons.

Conservatives point at the press and yell 'Liberal Bias' while every study for at least the last 25 has found the opposite.

Liberals mostly complain about False Equivalence and The Horse Race.

I come down pretty solidly in the 'liberal' camp these days because I think I detect a brand of rhetoric that's quite a bit less toxic coming from 'the left'.

Of course, there're loonies on the extremes of both ends of the spectrum, but by sheer volume and rate of incidence, 'the right' has way more crazies pimping the bullshi…

Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics and Politicians

Jennifer Rubin, WaPo:

There is no honor among anti-immigrant advocates and liars, I suppose. After dutifully lying on behalf of the president regarding his abhorrent language (“shithole countries”), Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) were outed by the White House. The Post reports:
Three White House officials said Perdue and Cotton told the White House that they heard “shithouse” rather than “shithole,” allowing them to deny the president’s comments on television over the weekend. The two men initially said publicly that they could not recall what the president said.

Not only did these two repeatedly lie, but Cotton also impugned the integrity of Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), who told the truth. Asked whether the accusation that Trump spoke the offending words or the sentiment was phony, Cotton lied, “Yes.” He went on to say, “Senator Durbin has misrepresented what happened in White House meetings before, and he was corrected by Obama administration officials by it.”

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Today's driftglass

Blog post from driftglass:

As I have might have mentioned in a long-ago post, I became a pariah on many a liberal blog where I was once welcome when I took it into my head to start writing that it was possible that one could simultaneously hold these two ideas:

1 - Mr. Greenwald was the source of many important and consequential stories which he developed thanks to being given Edward Snowden's huge cache of stolen documents.
2 - Mr. Greenwald was also a thin-skinned asshole who routinely derailed his own story by injecting his own brand of radical Both Siderism into them. That he spent an entire year hopping from one teevee network to the next pleading his case, all while complaining bitterly that no one would give him a media platform from which to plead his case. That he would routinely lie to make a point or smash an opponent, automatically dismissed anyone who disagreed with him to any degree as a drooling jackbooted Obot who was obviously arguing in bad-faith, and consistently…

A Workplace Lesson

There's gotta be a cute Management Bromide to go with this - something like, "Never implement a solution until you've coordinated with your fellow team members..."

I dunno - sometimes I'm just a little obvious.

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The Prophet Zappa

From Joe's Garage, Acts I, II & III (1979):
Eventually it was discovered
That God
Did not want us to be
All the same
This was
For the Governments of The World
As it seemed contrary
To the doctrine of
Portion Controlled Servings
Mankind must be made more uniformly
Was going to work
Various ways were sought
To bind us all together
But, alas SAMENESS was unenforceable
It was about this time
That someone
Came up with the idea of TOTAL CRIMINALIZATION
Based on the principle that
If we were ALL crooks
We could at last be uniform
To some degree
In the eyes of THE LAW
Shrewdly our legislators calculated
That most people were
Too lazy to perform a
So new laws were manufactured
Making it possible for anyone
To violate them any time of the day or night,
Once we had all broken some kind of law
We'd all be in the same big happy club
Right up there with the President,
The most exalted industrialists,
And the clerical big shots
Of all your favorite religions
Was the g…

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Daddy State Rule #2:
Every boast is an admission of deficiency; often an attempt to take credit where credit has not been earned.

My penis is big.
I'm very smart.
I'm not a racist.

Large penised smart men who aren't racists don't need to tell you this every minute. — Oliver Willis (@owillis) January 15, 2018

Today's Today

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."