Jan 23

And They Say Irony Is Dead

 

Any responsible estimate of total participation starts at 2 Million. Just off the top of my head there were at least 6 cities, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, D.C., New York, and Las Vegas where participation was 200,000 or more.

That’s 1.2 Million right there. Some reports add 400,000 between Los Angeles and Chicago alone. That’s 1.6 Million. Over 250 demonstrations in all 50 States.

Yet it was virtually ignored by the Corporate Media and these sorry segments (well, except for Seth Meyers, he did a pretty good job) are the best our Late Night News came up with.

Worse, after saving their asses in Virginia and Alabama, the Democratic Party ignored all this energy and stabbed these people in the back by caving on #TrumpShutdown to the Racist Republicans who think any countries whose people are Black or Brown are “shithole countries”.

Crooks and Liars

They are women’s marches. We know last year single biggest one-day demonstration in this country’s history, we heard how afterwards, it was okay but just a march, it’s performance, fun, people get together and wear their cute hats, whatever. No one seems to have connected, still, a year later when there is a spontaneous demonstration almost the same size in some places like Chicago, bigger, without a centralized organization drawing everybody.

I didn’t know about the marches. I write about women and politics. I didn’t know there would be women’s marches until January and they were massive. They don’t just have cute marches with the hats with the fact it’s women clogging congressional phone lines and doing town halls, who have been organizing on the grassroots activist level around state and local office races around the country who have been winning in New Jersey, in Virginia and who are running in unprecedented numbers for the House, for the Senate and primarying Democrats from the left.

And apparently, the media’s failure to take this seriously as a political movement and not as some social weekend thing that women do once a year, has led Senate Democrats to think it’s not a serious political movement.

The classical Greek definition of Irony, Tragic Irony, is an ultimately fatal flaw the Protagonist possesses that the Audience knows about but the Character fails to recognize before their inevitable Doom.

Jan 23

Nihilists Delight

 

What Even Matters Anymore?

Robert Mueller?

No! But thank you for playing our game. What’s the consolation prize Johnny?

A copy of our Home Edition!

Jan 23

The Breakfast Club (Spineless)

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This Day in History

Accord reached in Vietnam; North Korea seizes the U.S.S. Pueblo; Roots airs; Bob Keeshan dies; Johnny Carson dies.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

One thing I have learned in my time in politics is that if one of the parties is shameless, the other party cannot afford to be spineless.

Frank Lautenberg

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Jan 22

The Reason For The Season

Oh, and the answer to the question is- Yes.

Jan 22

“Wait!”

Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was “well timed” in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”

In other words, I’m a liar, A Liar, A LIAR!

So Mitch McConnell “intends” to do this and that. Well, maybe we should ask Susan Collins or Bob Corker just what Mitch McConnell’s “intentions” are worth. Has he taken any of the actions he promised them in return for their votes on the Cut Cut Cut Bill?

No?

Well, if that’s the way you’re going to treat the members of your own Party why should a single Democrat believe you now?

Of course some will, because they’re cowards and Quislings who should be booted from the Party so they can take those Government Tit Sucking jobs on K Street they want and crave. Corrupt through and through.

And even imputing the finest of motives and most sincere of “intentions” to McConnell (which I don’t for a moment, he’s a scumbag piece of crap), Paul Ryan has publicly stated he doesn’t feel bound by any Senate agreements.

So what do you get for your Treason Democrats?

A great steaming heap of nothing.

If you are sincere about your goals to do right for Domestic Spending by linking it to Military Spending, to provide Health Insurance for 9 Million Children, to save Immigration especially for Dreamers in the face of a Racist and Bigoted Republican Party (they all are, the fact you play squash with them in the Senate Gymnasium doesn’t erase the taint- it makes you stink just like them), you know you have to attach it to “Must Pass Legislation”.

That’s what this is.

Or will you pretend to believe the promises of a proven liar and “Wait!” for a better day, a more timely season?

In short, as Dr. King puts it- “Never”.

Jan 22

The Breakfast Club (Stupid Mess)

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This Day in History

U.S. Supreme Court legalizes abortion; Theodore Kaczynski pleads guilty; Queen Victoria dies; “The Crucible” opens;”Laugh-In” premieres.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

If Stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out?

Will Rogers

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Jan 21

Throwball Playoffs 2018 League Championships: Vikings at Eagles

Now that you’ve had a crash course in Ethics (I assume you didn’t waste your time watching a stupid Throwball game) I have a problem for you-

If you have a favorite team and a second favorite team and their two most hated Division rivals face each other, who do you root for?

The rival of your second favorite team of course, you hate them least.

Except I hate the Eagles a lot. And they’re really not very good at all.

Also if the Vikings win it will be the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium in 52 years so it has novelty value. I also don’t think the Eagles match up as well against the Patsies (who I hate more than anybody) as the Vikings do and it’s always about who you hate the most.

Problem solved!

Next up- The Trolley Problem. Actually highly relevant to current events like the development of autonomous automobiles. It can easily be expressed in more stark terms like- if your car only has the the choice of killing you, the “driver”, or a bus of innocent children (they are always innocent, unlike you, and always children, full of potential), which should it choose? Now from a Spock-like Utilitarian perspective the choice is obvious “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.” but from a Theological standpoint one could argue that if they die in a state of innocence they are guaranteed salvation and a seat at the feet of Jesus while you would be granted more time to seek forgiveness and repent your evil, evil ways.

Not so easy is it? Constantine was not baptized (symbolically washing away his sins) until he was nearly dead and no longer an active Emperor required by his position to do sinful stuff.

Of course there is the fact the choice would not really be yours but the programmer’s (that would be someone like me) and the technology is mere vaporware on which the excess capital of our Mega Corporations and Plutocratic Billionaires is being wasted in the hopes of freeing virtuous Investment from the messy necessity of Labor (that means keeping Poors alive, ick).

Jan 21

Throwball Playoffs 2018 League Championships: Jaguars at Patsies

As I reminded myself by re-watching The Good Place episode Leap to Faith

Ok, let me stop right there because I’m not going to let you off that easy. The Good Place is really, really good and far funnier than you would expect a show about Ethical Philosophy to be. Jianyu Li/Jason Mendoza, a human, is an amateur DJ from Jacksonville and extremely dumb. He’s also a HUGE Jaguars fan. To taunt him Michael, a demon, tells him that when he gets to the actual Bad Place, his torture will be that he’s forced to watch Jaguar games for eternity because they are that terrible.

It’s not quite true. On paper the Jaguars have a better Defense than the Patsies and while Blake Bortles is not a future Hall of Famer at least Blake is not quite as bad a name as Derek and how good do you have to be?

On the other hand I’ve decided I hate the Patsies more than any other team in the NFL and Brady ain’t all that or even a bag of chips. He’s definitely going to The Bad Place (as are Kraft and Belichick) because he’s a cheat. Plus he has a hand injury that prevented him from practicing and it may or may not effect his performance today. As I mentioned the Jaguar Defense is quite sound and if the Patsies are to succeed they will need to move through the middle. If the Patsies can do that and get an early lead then they will probably win, but it’s not a sure thing by any means.

Now, about Kierkegaard. Existentialism is a sadly misunderstood philosophy which is not merely a joke about anxiety arising from the realization of an indifferent universe, though it often expresses itself in absurdist humor verging on nihilism. Rather it’s about one’s conduct in the absence of external restrictions, another expression of Socrates’ Invisible Thief paradox. “On 29 September 1841, Kierkegaard wrote and defended his dissertation, On the Concept of Irony with Continual Reference to Socrates“…

Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Huh? Wha? Oh no, I always paid attention in Philosophy, it’s fascinating. Søren had self esteem issues and a fraught relationship with Regine and never quite got over it. No, it’s Throwball that’s good for napping.

Jan 21

The Breakfast Club (Lizard Crossing)

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AP’s Today in History for January 21st

France’s King Louis XVI executed; Vladimir Lenin dies; Alger Hiss found guilty of lying to grand jury; President Jimmy Carter pardons Vietnam draft evaders; Concorde begins service.

 

Breakfast Tune Lizard Crossing by Loren Hicks

 

Something to think about, Breakfast News & Blogs below

 
GOP Candidate for Pennsylvania Special Election Is a Former Abu Ghraib Interrogation Consultant
Lee Fang, The Intercept

RICK SACCONE, THE GOP nominee in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district, is a former intelligence support consultant for the U.S. Army at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison. He has written extensively in support of interrogation tactics widely condemned by human rights experts as torture.

Saccone has long maintained that the simulated drowning of several suspects, a technique known as waterboarding, does not qualify as torture because it is quick and does not inflict permanent physical injury. The technique, he claims, produced “valuable information in the war on terror” when it was used on suspects such as Abu Zubaydah, who he says divulged much-needed intelligence in only 34 seconds of waterboarding.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, however, found that Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times in a single month, so brutally in fact that he became “completely unresponsive, with bubbles rising through his open, full mouth.” The Bush administration claimed that Zubaydah was a high-profile member of Al Qaeda and that through brutal interrogation, he had revealed ties between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. …

 
One year later, thousands return for Women’s March with spirits undaunted
Lauren Gambino, Adam Gabbatt and Carla Green, The Guardian

A year after millions of women and men demonstrated in cities around the globe in an extraordinary rebuke of Donald Trump, crowds returned to the streets on Saturday.

Tens of thousands turned out in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and hundreds of other cities across the US and the world. Many women wore pink knit “pussy hats”, an enduring symbol of the Women’s March and the so-called “resistance” to Trump.

In Washington, where the federal government was shut down amid gridlock in Congress, the steps of the Lincoln Memorial were dotted with pink hats and handmade placards. A group of protesters held large block letters to spell “impeach”. …

 
Trump: Senate should change rules if shutdown stalemate continues
Susan Cornwel, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that if the government shutdown stalemate continued, Republicans should fund the government by changing Senate rules, which currently require a super-majority for appropriations bills to pass.

“The Dems (Democrats) just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51 percent (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget,” Trump said on Twitter.

Trump’s proposal was almost immediately rejected by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. …

 
Facebook to prioritize ‘trustworthy’ news based on surveys
David Ingram, Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc will prioritize “trustworthy” news in its feed of social media posts, using member surveys to identify high-quality outlets and fight sensationalism and misinformation, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday.

The company, which has more than 2 billion monthly users, said its members, not experts or Facebook executives, would determine how news outlets rank in terms of trustworthiness. It also said it would put an emphasis on local news sources.

The move is likely to send shockwaves through the media landscape in nearly every country, given the ubiquity of the world’s largest social network and how central it has become in some places to the distribution of news. …

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something to think about over coffee prozac

Dozens dressed as Tyrannosaurus rex descend on public square

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — His name means “king of the tyrant lizards,” but sometimes Tyrannosaurus rex just wants to party.

Make that many T. rexes. Hundreds of curious people descended on Portland’s Monument Square on Saturday to observe a gathering of dinosaur lovers dressed as the science museum staple.

There were dozens of T. rexes, and they danced, growled and milled around. One who struggled to navigate his costume walked around with his head protruding awkwardly from the dinosaur’s gaping mouth.

Valerie Sanborn and Alison Cyr set up the Cretaceous Period party through Facebook. A non-participant was summoned to snap a group photo because of T. rex’s “little arm probz.”

There didn’t appear to be any participants who arrived dressed as Marc Bolan, late singer of English rock band T. Rex.

Jan 20

Klotzen, nicht Kleckern!

Es gibt keine verzweifelten Lagen, es gibt nur verzweifelte Menschen.- Heinz Guderian

Sorry, I didn’t want to write this before I was sure. In one year Donald Trump has managed to shut down the Federal Government. It’s not every day you get to see a Superpower Paper Tiger burst into flames so I recommend pulling out your hot dogs (wienies has such unfortunate connotations in the current context) and your Marshmallows, Hershey Bars, and Graham (for Lindsey) Crackers and get ready to toast them in the embers.

Let’s start out with the bad. It’s inexcusable Chuck Schumer was willing to cave on the border wall and highly likely that Institutional Democrats are going to agree to some kind of “clean” Continuing Resolution since they too are unwilling to accept a “Yes” (meaning a 20 point polling margin that squarely blames Trump, the most unpopular ever, and the Republicans, even more unpopular). What kind of support does it take, oh brave profile in courage Democrats, to make you stop sucking the Tits of your Corporatist Donors and serve your voters instead?

That said it’s kind of cool that they showed any resistance at all.

You know, a year and a day ago I stood on the Washington Mall with 2 Million others and though at 120+ my body is weaker than when I was eating hot dogs in Hillsboro my spirit hasn’t aged a bit.

How did that turn out? Well, of the 194 arrested on January 20th, 6 have been acquitted by Jury and 129 have had their charges dismissed leaving only 59 still facing trial. Reports that most of the truly guilty were outside agitators from Neo-Nazi and Klan Militia groups in Michigan, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon running false flag operations as Anti-Fascists have not been disproven, instead they’ve been ignored.

Surprising after all the fine people at Charlottesville.

The Women’s March the next day had not a single arrest, even for public drunkeness or urination (though I was very grateful the Porta-Potties on Pennsylvania Avenue were not padlocked). Not a whiff of weed either, remarkably disciplined.

And discipline is what I encourage going forward.

In an ideal world Chuck Schumer would have sat there, expressionless, fingers tented, until Mitch McConnell came to him. Going forward there would be no Continuing Resolution until after Trump gives his so-called State of the Union. We are not united, racist Neo-Confederates who represent the dumbest part of the Bell Curve have stolen the Government through ruthless Gerrymandering and transparent Corruption. Were I a Representative my seat would be empty in the most highly visible way I could manage, maybe I’d send an Aid or Intern to deposit some Mylar Party Balloons with a Happy Face on one side and “Good Luck With That!” on the other.

It is not enough to simply have spoiled his Mar-A-Lago Anniversary Party.

Man schlägt jemanden mit der Faust und nicht mit gespreizten Fingern.

Look, Guderian was a thoroughgoing Nazi but at least, like Sherman, he understood Politics by other means was not Beanbags. We’re waaay beyond Beanbags. Until I’m convinced otherwise Institutional Democrats don’t get that.

Prove me wrong.

Jan 20

The Breakfast Club (Patriotic Duty)

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This Day in History

Iran releases American hostages; Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy innaugurated as President.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

I do think the patriotic thing to do is to critique my country. How else do you make a country better but by pointing out its flaws?

Bill Maher

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Jan 19

The Congressional Game of Chicken: Government Shutdown

Up Date 00:40 ET 1/20/2018: McConnell voted no and the government has officially shut down.

Up Date 23:15 ET AS of this time, the vote to pass the CR has failed 50 – 48 but the clock to close the vote is still running which is unprecedented. Everyone has vote except Mitch McConnell who is trying to bide time to find a solution. It’s obvious the CR as it stands will not pass. There is an apparent attempt to find any deal, even a short one.

Well, it’s been awhile since we’ve played this game. But as of midnight tonight the government will shut down unless the Senate can garner 60 votes to pass a 4 week continuing resolution to keep it running until mid-February. The vote is to take place at 10 PM on the CR that was passed yesterday by the House. The Senate could have voted last night but they new they didn’t have the 60 votes. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to wait until the last possible moment thinking that the Democrats needed to pass it would break from their caucus.

This dispute is over the lack of a provision to support the DACA program which protects people brought here as children by their undocumented parents. Donald Trump decided, arbitrarily, to end the program as of March this years tossing the ball to Congress to come up with a solution. Since this Congress is run by Republicans who can’t seem to run anything and keep tripping over their own feet, nothing happened. They also let the populate Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expire leaving millions of children without healthcare. Thinking they could sway Democrats to support a CR that has some pretty egregious provisions, House Republicans added a six year extension to CHIP. Now they GOP rally cry is Democrats hate children but love illegals. That isn’t working either.

So here we are another Congressional Game of Chicken to start the year.

Stay tuned the vote is at 10 PM ET.

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