I’m a slacker pundit. I’ve opted out of watching this week’s cattle call debates. I have better things to do with my time than watch no-hoper John Delaney engage in a shout fest with Bernie Sanders. Doesn’t Delaney know that … Continue reading I Can’t Stand The Rain
Art Neville’s memorial service was yesterday, hence this week’s selection. Like most Neville Brothers studio albums Brother’s Keeper is a mixed bag. They were always at their best live but it has many highlights including Brother Jake and last week’s … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Brother’s Keeper
Krugman: What I haven’t seen pointed out much, however, is that Trump’s racism rests on a vision of America that is decades out of date. In his mind it’s always 1989. And that’s not an accident: The ways America has changed over the past three decades, both good and bad, are utterly inconsistent with Trump-style racism. It’s not just Trump. It’s his supporters. THIS IS HOW THEY ALL ARE. Blithering about Al Sharpton, bitching about TV shows and singers they don’t know, posting Facebook memes about how “if you know what this butter knife is, you’re my age” and all … Continue reading It’s Always 1989
This is so cool: Mammadbeyova had her first child by the age of 16. Whilst attending Abilov’s Club, an educational resource for women, Mammadbeyova’s friend Zibeyda Ahmadova told her that that a flying club had been established in Baku. Excited, the two young women decided to sign up together. Zibeyda was rejected due to a heart condition, but Mammadbeyova was accepted. It was decided that her attendance should be kept secret, in order to protect her from negative reactions from people who believed that a woman’s place was in the home, not the cockpit. Indeed these sexist attitudes were to … Continue reading Not Everything Sucks: Women’s History Edition
In defense of Baltimore. Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Baltimore Sun Edition
Well, folks – pigs have flown, Hell has frozen over, and the twelfth of Never has come.
I agree with the Freeperati on something.
Unless you stopped breathing early last week or live in a cave you already know about this :
How did Trump end up in front of a presidential seal doctored to include a Russian symbol?
Washington Post via MSN ^ | 7/25/19 | Michael Brice-Saddler, Reis Thebault
Posted on 7/25/2019, 5:24:31 AM by DoodleDawg
At first glance, there was nothing unusual about President Trump’s introduction Tuesday at Turning Point USA’s student summit. In many ways, it mirrored the production style that has become synonymous with Trump’s campaign rallies.
Following a 12-minute video illustrating Trump’s rise to the presidency, music blared as the president’s name flashed across a giant screen in a bold shade of red. Trump took the stage and soaked in the raucous cheers from hundreds of young supporters packed inside the Marriott Marquis in Washington.
Charlie Kirk, Turning Point’s outspoken founder and executive director, was on his left. But the image on the screen to Trump’s right — captured in dozens of photos and videos from the event — is less familiar.
The image almost resembles the official seal of the president; but a closer examination reveals alterations that seem to poke fun at the president’s golfing penchant and accusations that he has ties to Russia. Neither the White House nor Turning Point know how it got there or who created it.
Someone went through some effort, can’t believe that it’s not easy to find out who as that’s the kind of thing that’s usually shared on social media.
The Russian double headed eagle and holding golf clubs in one talon. I assume that the president’s advance team has learned a lesson that should have been learned about 3 years ago – control all the digital displays while POTUS is in the room.
As far as pranks go, pretty harmless. Yuck it up and move on.
To: Albion Wilde
To: I want the USA backIt was clearly deliberate.The people at Turning Point USA were infiltrated.
It seems people at TPUSA let their guard down and this creep had free reign and no oversight.
On a side note, I’d consider changing the name. While TP stands for Turning Point it’s also an abbreviation for toilet paper.
Well, it’s what they all think: Saying “no human being” would want to live in a place where hundreds of thousands of black people live may be worse than ‘go back where you came from,’ if somewhat less obvious and intentional. https://t.co/Bwh2isWRym — Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) July 27, 2019 His voters, I mean. Even the nice ones. ESPECIALLY the nice ones. The ones that live in the suburbs because their parents’ neighborhoods were “ruined” by an “invasion.” Who aren’t racist, are perfectly nice to the black barista or their Mexican landscaper. Who just moved here for the schools. They don’t … Continue reading No Human Being
Whenever things are real fucken dark I try to remember how many people are saving animals: The battle to secure a foothold for Scottish wildcats lies in the future of kittens like these! 😻pic.twitter.com/Zh8xcKW8gW — BBC (@BBC) July 19, 2019 I worked in an animal shelter, as a volunteer and employee, for a long time. Animal people aren’t always people people, so things could get dicey, but I would put the WORST human being I worked with in that place up against the best member of the Trump administration any goddamn day. It’s worth remembering, as the world burns, that … Continue reading Not Everything Sucks, Kitten Edition
It’s been a noisy week at Adrastos World HQ. The utility company is doing some work on our block: they’ve dug holes and marked off spaces for new gas mains and meters. Here’s hoping they finish soon.
I’ve had the Neville Brothers on my mind since Art’s passing. But he did not write River Of Life; one of the most underrated songs in the Neville Brothers canon. It was written by Cyril Neville, Daryl Johnson, and Brian Stoltz for the band’s 1990 album, Brother’s Keeper.
Here are two versions of this week’s theme song. I dare you not to get up and rock:
Now that we’ve flowed with the river of life, let’s swim to the break. No drowning, please.
One of the more bizarre moments of Muellerpalooza was an exchange between Utah’s Chris Stewart and Bobby Three Sticks: During former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony on Wednesday, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) boldly claimed to have a list of leaks … Continue reading Binder Full Of Leaks?
Dr. A and I are still blue after losing Della Street. She recently texted me some pictures of the krewe of cats named for Perry Mason characters that I had not seen. This snapshot was taken last January: Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Well Groomed
Muellerpalooza: The Sequel. Continue reading Final Thoughts About Muellerpalooza
And as moments, or all day hearings, it wasn’t awful, despite the spin from the goddamn-I-wish-it-were-actually-librul media. Mueller showed up, he spoke — sure, he didn’t produce a smoking gun or gotcha moment, or declare there was a cancer on … Continue reading OK Democrats, That Was Your Moment Of
This week’s selection is inspired by Muellerpalooza: Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Key Witness
Adrastos’ quick and dirty take on the Mueller hearings. Continue reading Instant Analysis: Muellerpalooza
The Button-Down Mind Of Bob Newhart was a sensation when it was released in 1960. It firmly established Bob Newhart as one of comedy’s bright lights. It also won Newhart several Grammys. The cover is not terribly distinguished. I’m mostly … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: The Button-Down Mind Of Bob Newhart
Art Neville, 1937-2019. Continue reading Art Neville, R.I.P.
“He’s definitely a criminal.” “You should impeach him.” “He deserves to die in federal prison.” “You have my permission to try to get rid of him.” “I promise if you do so Reasonable People Like Myself will not get upset in any way.” “No Republicans will say mean things about you if you just do this the right way.” I mean honestly: Republicans, with their control of the Senate, could protect Trump if Democrats in the House were to impeach him. In fact, Trump and supporters have sometimes seemed to goad their opponents in the House to proceed with impeachment, confident … Continue reading A List of Things Mueller Will Not Say Tomorrow
Slade is such a ham (figuratively, as well as in actual proportion) that sometimes I forget to take pictures of Ada, who sleeps in this kind of mollusk position, feet daintily pointed and back perfectly curled: [photo: Calico cat curled up asleep on a blue couch] Continue reading Tuesday Catblogging
Adrastos on Trump’s offensive language offensive. Continue reading Trumper Incitement Speech
Well, folks – this week’s “Obsession” pretty much wrote itself.
First, you had this :
Trump rally crowd chants ‘Send her back’ about Ilhan Omar
The Hill ^ | 07/17/19 | Brett Samuels
Posted on 7/17/2019, 7:18:02 PM by yesthatjallen
Supporters at President Trump’s campaign rally on Wednesday chanted “send her back” about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) after the president launched into a diatribe against the first-term lawmaker and Somali refugee.
Trump tore into Omar early on in his rally in Greenville, North Carolina, a continuation of his days-long attacks against her and three other progressive congresswomen. The crowd raucously booed Omar at the first mention of her name.
The president went on to accuse Omar of demeaning U.S. servicemembers and minimizing the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“She looks down with contempt on the hard-working Americans saying that ignorance is pervasive in many parts of this country,” Trump said.
The crowd then broke into a chant of “Send her back” in reference to Omar, who came to the U.S. as a Somalian refugee as a teenager.
The president has in recent days targeted Omar and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), claiming the lawmakers “hate our country” and suggested they should leave rather than complain about the government.
He sparked an uproar on Sunday morning when he tweeted that progressive congresswomen “who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
To: yesthatjallenHow’d this freaking Skinny
get in the wire, anyway. I hear our President brought up her marriage . . . to another Skinny, – her brother 😂This President
kickslicks ass. 😂
Such is the power of Trump’s ability to change the narrative, he single-handedly made the MSM give the toxic quadruplets more airtime than the entire Democrat presidential clown car combined.
Right now Democrats are
wringing their hands in impotent despaircelebrating, at knowing theyTrump just torpedoed the GOP and lost 2020.
Trump disavows ‘send her back’ chant from his rally
Politico ^ | 07/18/2019 | Quint Forgey
Posted on 7/18/2019, 2:48:07 PM by SeekAndFind
President Donald Trump claimed Thursday he “was not happy” with the crowd at his campaign rally for chanting “send her back,” after he had goaded the North Carolina audience with a fiery attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar.
“I was not happy with it. I disagree with it. But again, I didn’t say that. They did. But I disagree with it,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, adding that he “started speaking very quickly” in an attempt to silence the rally attendees.
Prior to the audience at Greenville’s East Carolina University breaking into their chant Wednesday night, the president tore into Omar, mischaracterizing past controversial statements by the Minnesota Democrat related to the 9/11 terror attacks and Al Qaeda that conservatives have seized upon in recent months.
Just before the incendiary refrain broke out, Trump accused Omar of having “a history of launching vicious, anti-Semitic screeds,” and then silently gazed out over the crowd for roughly 15 seconds until the cheers of “send her back” abated.
“It was quite a chant, and I felt a little bit badly about it,” Trump said on Thursday, later hailing the number of supporters inside the “packed arena” and boasting of the “tremendous support” and “great energy” enjoyed by the Republican Party.
“I say there is far more energy on the right than there is on the left,” he said, adding, “I think we have far more support than they do and I think we have far more energy than they do. And we’re going to have a very interesting election. But I was not happy when I heard that chant.”
From Laura Turner’s wonderful piece (go read it all) about growing up evangelical and reckoning with it as an adult in all kinds of ways: Looking back on teachings about sexual purity now—the conversations about modesty, about saving oneself for marriage—I am struck that we never, not once, had a conversation about consent. It was reasonable for a boy to suggest that he was “tempted” by a girl wearing skimpy clothes, but the blame was always placed on the girl for dressing that way. We never talked about power, about how being a man in power could warp a person’s … Continue reading Talk to Your Kids About Power
“Who knows what could be inside Mueller’s vault? The pee tape? Evidence of Trump sex crimes? Audio tapes of him saying the n-word?” “Sir it’s literally just copies of the Mueller report” “Fuck.” — Oliver Willis (@owillis) July 21, 2019 I honestly have no patience for it anymore, the idea that at some point Trump and his administration are just gonna kind of … resolve themselves. Like we’re gonna get out of this without somebody having to be unpopular, having to say the rude things, having to BRING THE FUCKING ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT. Having to censure him, having to reckon. … Continue reading Maybe THIS Will Be It
A friend of mine is involved with this group and they’re incredible: Surrounded by open suitcases, an air mattress, at least one Popeyes bag, and a mishmash of chips and Cheez-It containers, the two-story row house in DC’s Shaw neighborhood could easily be the site of a sleepaway camp reunion. Instead, this week it served as headquarters for Never Again Action, a brand-new movement of young American Jews calling for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be shut down and the closure of immigrant detention centers nationwide. About 15 activists from cities all over the US stayed in the house this … Continue reading Not Everything Sucks: Fighting Back Edition
It’s time for another tribute to the late, great Johnny Clegg with this 1990 show at the Zenith Paris. Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: Johnny Clegg & Savuka Live In Paris
History was made 50 years ago today when Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon. It was controversial among some at the time for being a waste of money and has become the subject of wackadoo conspiracy theories. I watched the moon landing unfold and I thought it was magnificent; even better than Star Trek or 2001. The truth is not only stranger than fiction, it can be much better. I still think the heyday of the space program is way cool or perhaps even wicked awesome.
This week’s featured image is a painting by the late Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean. It’s based on a picture taken by Buzz Aldrin of Neil Armstrong; hence the epic title. I thought it was high time to give it, uh, new Life.
There are a wide variety of moon songs to choose from. For this week’s theme song, I went with one that’s lunar landing specific. Moon Rocks was written by David Bryne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, and Tina Weymouth for Talking Heads monster hit 1983 album, Speaking In Tongues.
Now that we’ve done a bit of space walking, let’s cut the tether and float to the break.
Jim Bouton, 1939-2019.
John Paul Stevens, 1920-2019. Continue reading John Paul Stevens & Jim Bouton, R.I.P.
It’s been a month since we lost Della Street. I miss her dirty looks and imperious bearing. The look on her face in this box picture says it all: Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Missing Miss Street
I wrote a piece for the Bayou Brief last year about Neelyisms, which are the cornpone sayings of the Junior Senator from the Gret Stet of Louisiana, John Neely Kennedy. He’s at it again. Neely went on the Tucker Carlson … Continue reading Tweet Of The Day: Nihilistic Neelyism Edition
“Racist Ass” description courtesy of Ted Lieu. In what barely qualifies as news, Trump’s re-election strategy, to the extent he has one, is letting his racist (to the bone), xenophobic, nativist freak flag fly. Last night’s hate fest was just the latest chapter in the ongoing shit show. Yes, Trump’s base will be fired up, and the idiot media, continuing their malpractice from 2016 (her emails!), will insist his base embodies Real America (it doesn’t). The 2018 midterms weren’t an accident. Trump might be popular with his base, but his base isn’t enough to pull out a win. The Democrats … Continue reading President Know Nothing