Showing posts from 2017

Today's GIF

Snowed a little last night

The New Year

Let the other guy take some time off - I'll be working.  And when he gets back, I'll be kicking his ass.

ProLeft Podcast

I just noticed driftglass and Blue Gal are available on YouTube.

"...where were you when the lights went out?"

The Professional Left
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Some Order Here Please

"We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads." --Zeynep Tufecki, UNC Chapel Hill

Globally, more than $490 Billion was spent on advertising in 2016 ($135 Billion spent by the top 200 US Brands alone).
These are smart, coldly-calculating people - they don't spend that kinda dough on shit that doesn't work.
Which makes this one even more important:

My Ayn Rand radar picked up on "...we can't abdicate our responsibilities..." - that's one of Rand's basic tenets even though her bit isn't only about responsibility - it's about reason and logic too, which makes those things are very closely related.
Anyway, I always love it when somebody uses one of the Daddy State Libertarians' favorite memes against them, and their insistence on ignoring and denying the bad shit that grows directly out of a short-sighted "philosophy" of "I'm gonna get mine and all y'all can just fuck off".
This is an old concern of…

Today's Tweet

The war is on Poverty, not poor people
... Drugs, not addicts
... Terrorism, not veterans

The GOP’s idea of a war on poverty is putting poor people in prison. Too many Republicans are way beyond vicious they are evil. Most annoying are those who call themselves Christians. — John Dean (@JohnWDean) December 28, 2017

Today's Pix


45* Speaks

NYT ran Michael Schmidt's interview with 45*, and here's a little taste:

Is that how your average not-guilty guy talks - or is it something else?

Charlie Pierce has an interesting take (as usual):

On Thursday, El Caudillo del Mar-A-Lago sat down with Michael Schmidt of The New York Times for what apparently was an open-ended, one-on-one interview. Since then, the electric Twitter machine–and most of the rest of the Intertoobz–has been alive with criticism of Schmidt for having not pushed back sufficiently against some of the more obvious barefaced non-facts presented by the president* in their chat. Some critics have been unkind enough to point out that Schmidt was the conveyor belt for some of the worst attacks on Hillary Rodham Clinton emanating from both the New York FBI office and the various congressional committees staffed by people in kangaroo suits. For example, Schmidt’s name was on a shabby story the Times ran on July 23, 2015 in which it was alleged that a criminal in…

Surprise - Really?

Matthew Yglasias, Vox (making it clear that he's using his head for a butt plug again):

But what’s flown under the radar is that there is plenty surprising about Trump’s conduct in office. In particular, on economic issues he’s governed a lot more like a hard-right conservative than a freewheeling populist.

As a candidate, Trump promised a crackdown on abusive pharmaceutical pricing. As president, Trump has put a pharmaceutical executive in charge of the Department of Health and Human Services, HHS is changing regulations to better fit the needs of pharmaceutical companies, and Trump is personally pocketing club membership fees from people with business before the federal government, including the CEO of Allergan. The candidate who ran as the champion of the forgotten man has led an administration dedicated to such causes as making it easier for financial advisers to rip off their clients and ensuring that workers suffer continued exposure to toxic chemicals in paint-removing solve…

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Coin-Operated Politicians

Sen. Pat Toomey decided to buy between $15,001 and $50,000 worth of GE stock the day he was named one of the Senators who would negotiate the final tax bill. — Josh Keefe (@thejoshkeefe) December 28, 2017

Today's Tweet

In the Age of The Professional Media Troll
The book editor's comments on Milo's manuscript could be used as a response to just about every comment from a Twitter troll: — Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) December 28, 2017

A Song For Somebody

Somebody I Used To Know (cover) --Walk Off The Earth

The Nail-Biter

Shelly Simonds won her election to the Virginia House of Delegates.

But no she didn't. Not if The Republican Guard has anything to say about it.

There are at least 3 real possibilities on what this voter intended - and 2 of them tilt the race to Simonds.
First, the voter intended what the Repubs are claiming - straight GOP.Second, the voter went with all GOP, but maybe they know Simonds and they were making an exception. Whatever the reason, people split their ballots all the time.Third, the strike-thru on the Simonds bubble means the same as the strike-thru on the Gillespie bubble. This thing was tossed out on the first accounting, and again on the recount, but suddenly, it's magically resurrected when Yancey needs just one more vote.
It's a classic Under-Vote.
Simonds is challenging the decision in court, and I guess we don't find out what happens next for several more days.

Not That It'll Matter

I seem to recall the Wingnut Dis-Infotainment Industry screaming about "the war on cops unleashed by crazed hordes of Black Lives Matter and blah blah blah".

Brett Samuels, The Hill:

The number of police officers who died in the line of duty decreased in 2017 and nearly hit its lowest number in 58 years, USA Today reported Thursday.

As of Thursday, 128 officers died in the line of duty this year, down from 135 in 2016. Since 1959, only 2013 saw fewer officers die while on duty, when 116 were killed, according to data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
So if you're scoring at home - or even if you're alone (thanks Keith), that's:

Cops killed with guns - 47Civilians killed by cops - 971 (so far in 2017)That's a kill ratio of 20:1, fellas - I don't think you're losing this one.

Today's Tweet

And a very good quote too

.@JoyAnnReid: "If you think of the presidency as a national avatar, Obama is who we hope we are, and Donald Trump is who we fear we are." #LastWord — The Last Word (@TheLastWord) December 28, 2017

btw - Joy Reid might be the smartest of the bunch at MSNBC right now

Today's Tweet

I'd sue for whiplash if I could figure out who to go after

(follow the thread)

BREAKING NEWS: The Washington Post reports that Trump's plan is to frantically call Flynn a liar if it's found Flynn gave Mueller any incriminating evidence on Trump or his aides (which, by definition, he did). In other words, CHRISTMAS CONTINUES.

Link: — Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) December 27, 2017

Let's Make It A Trend


(COLTONS POINT, Md.) — Police in southern Maryland say a man killed his father in a Christmas Eve shootout in the son’s home.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Wednesday that 66-year-old Roger Allen Bruce of New Market, Virginia, was visiting his son and other relatives in the son’s home in Coltons Point, Maryland.

Deputies say Bruce and the son, 45-year-old Michael Allen Bruce Sr., got into an argument and the elder Bruce began shooting at the younger man.

Police say Michael Bruce returned fire, striking his father. Roger Bruce was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies are still investigating the shooting. No charges have been filed.
We can't count on them all just shooting each other - although it does seem possible, given the current state of the rubes' intellectual development, but we might be able to facilitate the process.

Allow me to reiterate my previously proposed plan:
Media saturation with PSAs encouraging Open-Carry in all plac…

The Great Debate

PATRIARCHAL: Whatever position the toilet seat is in when I'm done is the position I leave it.

MATRIARCHAL: Put the seat down or die.

EGALITARIAN: Close the goddamned lid, ya filthy animals.

Today's Pix

Hope y'all had a great Christmas. So - let's get back to our normal weirdness.