It’s time for them to speak out. Loud and clear. Continue reading Whither Deep State Throat?
Good morning, everyone! All things considered, I’ll say the Freeperati took last week’s news fairly well.
Initially, from Clown Hall :
Reports Of A Change In Tune? Speaker Pelosi Is Feeling Out Caucus On Impeachment
Townhall ^ | 09/24/2019 | Matt Vespa
Posted on 9/24/2019, 1:06:43 PM by SeekAndFind
For the most part, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been a rational bastion in the ‘get Trump’ fever that has overtaken House Democrats. The calls to impeach Trump have been drumming for nearly four years has always been met with skepticism from Pelosi, who knows the risks. It will galvanize the GOP like no other, push away Independent voters, and will offer loads of ammunition to be used in political ads. With the presidency in Republican hands, along with the bully pulpit, the GOP has the advantage in this fight, especially if the reasons to impeach are seen as politically driven. The fact is that they are politically-driven; they just don’t like Trump. He is being impeached because he won the 2016 election. That’s it. The Trump-Russia collusion myth was their best shot—and Robert Mueller torpedoed that.
Let’s see what happens.
I don’t know how many moves ahead Trump has planned, but I am convinced he and his team actually launched this “Ukraine Whistleblower” narrative.
It seems to be working perfectly. Its got even CNN talking about Biden’s corruption in Ukraine, thus hobbling Biden even further. Its got the media once again chasing a completely BS story. Its got his GOP opponents saying stupid things which will come to nothing.
The Dems going bonkers on “impeachment” may be yet another PR benefit.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday afternoon that Pelosi would announce a formal impeachment inquiry after meeting with Democratic lawmakers.
This Star Wars thread exists. At least once a week I think “weed van” like on the bus or something and start giggling uncontrollably to myself. Team Weed Van needs to be the official name of The Resistance. A. Continue reading Not Everything Sucks
Ada had a visitor yesterday: This orange fellow is Remy. He lives next door to us and prowls the neighborhood during the day, then in the evening reappears to yowl incredibly loudly until his people let him in to eat. Because we live in Mayberry, well-meaning neighbors often post pictures of him on Facebook and declare that he is lost and they’ve taken him in to feed him, and then when somebody says he’s an outdoor cat, it’s 567 posts about how terrible it is for cats to be outside. If the half a bird I saw him dragging into … Continue reading Sunday Catblogging: Courting Ada Edition
Reading a Douthat column, my expectations are always low, but every time it’s like looking into the hose of a Shop-Vac after you’ve hoovered up your storm drains. Like just look at this: Ask an intelligent Republican staffer what they imagine awaits their party after Donald Trump, and you’ll get an interesting disquisition on the factions and figures that might shape conservatism, the political and policy arguments to come. Let me simplify for you so you can get back to calling girls on birth control unfuckable: The future of the party is the same as it’s always been. Racism, racism, and … Continue reading Pope Chunky Reese Witherspoon flaps his mouth again
This is the first time since the infancy of this feature that I’ve used the same featured image two weeks in a row. It captures my mood.
We’re attending a memorial service this morning for Gligamesh Homan who died in a horrible accident last week. He was the son of some old friends and was in his freshman year at LSU. I’ll have more about Gil in our second act. Suffice it to say that there’s an open wound in my circle of friends right now.
I’m not feeling very expansive today so I’m going to keep this week’s outing relatively brief.
This week’s theme song was written in 1959 by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin for Lefty Frizzell. It’s become a staple of the country music repertoire and has been recorded countless times.
We have three versions of Long Black Veil for your listening pleasure: Lefty Frizzell, Gillian Welch, and the Chieftains with Mick Jagger on lead vocals.
Try not to trip over your long black veil as we jump to the break.
Friend of First Draft, Monkeyfister, suggested I post this song. Instead of monkeying around, I decided to comply. In this instance, Neil is talking about George W. Bush but it’s still timely: Young hit the road in 2006 with his partners in crime Crosby, Stills & Nash. For some reason there were audience members who did not know that CSNY were pinko peaceniks: Continue reading Neil Young: Let’s Impeach The President
Donald & Rudy’s Excellent Ukrainian Adventure. Continue reading Whistleblowin’ In The Wind
“We’ve got to get in to get out.” Continue reading Friday Catblogging: The Carpet Crawler
I’d forgotten about this 1973 funk ditty until it was posted on my old friend Loki’s FB feed. Thanks, George. FYI, this is NOT Robert Plant’s Honeydrippers. They’re two guys from Jamaica, Queens who Fred Trump would have never rented to. It’s still timely after all these years: Continue reading The Honey Drippers: Impeach The President
Retire, Maguire. Continue reading The Latest Trump Dignity Wraith
Trump and his buddy Rudy keep flailing around like they’re in quicksand as the Ukrainian spin fails to get any real traction beyond the right wing media and the base that’s, well, pretty gullible to begin with. I keep thinking … Continue reading American Red State Gothic
It’s time for an encore performance of a 2016 post with a twist. This time we have a triptych of covers: Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Lady, That’s My Skull
Welcome to the impeachment crazy house. Continue reading Impeachment: Where Are We Going, Where Have We Been?
Dr. A and I have been watching, and enjoying, Ken Burns’ County Music. One of the better stories in the film involves Roger Miller and how he decided to give up recording and focus on songwriting. But he gave it … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Roger and Out/Dang Me
Okay, good. But. Before we pop the champagne. Look. Trump’s mouthbreathing supporters are wilding out and shooting up synagogues and running over protesters and threatening to murder undocumented immigrants, Muslims, women who won’t blow them, etc, for months, and that was when he was winning. We need to think about what we’re doing now. Who can call who for help. If you are, like me, a relatively safe white person, you need to intersperse yelling things like SUCK IT YOU FASCIST ASSHOLE with checking on the people in your community who will be at risk. Please. A. Continue reading Time to Impeach the Motherfucker
A reminder that your nihilism is embarrassing: The activists’ progress was often slow. The group launched a campaign against Kroger and Walmart in 2014; one ad ran in national newspapers and on billboards in Kroger’s home city of Cincinnati showing a girl holding an ice-cream cone in a Kroger store next to a man with a rifle, pointing out that only the girl was violating the store’s policy. They gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures on petitions. But both stores were unwilling to change. “I went and met with their executives in 2015,” says Watts. “And it was very clear … Continue reading Don’t Say It’s Over
Can’t be racism. Can’t be: Like many people interviewed for this article, Ms. Cerep, who is 35, liked some things about Mr. Trump. But she found his language vulgar, and was tired of the cycle of insults and angry retorts. “I see the good things he’s done, but he’s done a lot of messed-up things, too,” said Ms. Cerep, who was babysitting a friend’s children. Ideologically, Ms. Cerep is eclectic. She said she voted for Barack Obama because he “was the type to roll up his sleeves with everybody and was not some Republican that’s going to sit there and … Continue reading Keep Not Saying It
Happy Birthday, Bruce. Continue reading Not Everything Sucks: Springsteen At 70
Talking Points Memo is the first political news source I check every morning. They’ve been all over the Trump-Ukraine-Rudy-Biden story for months. One reason is Josh Kovensky who worked at the Kyiv Post in Ukraine. That’s right, unlike the NYT’s … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: TPM’s Josh Kovensky On Ukraine
First of all, I want to thank you, thank you, thank you for helping us reach our annual fundraising goal. Now I won’t have to threaten Brillo to motivate people.
Now that The Beast From The East, The Hound From The Pound, The Pest From The West is safe and sound, let’s check in on the endless Freepathon, shall we?
To: onyx“Done at last, done at last, thank God Almighty we’re done at last!”
Twelve days to go until the next one begins.
(A 1982 period instrument performance conducted by the late Christopher Hogwood.)
(by the way – why do televangelists’ last names always display as typos?)
A Republican senator hints at gutting Social Security ‘behind closed doors’ [fake: Joni Ernst]
Los Angeles Times ^ | Sep. 6, 2019 10:40 AM | Michael Hiltzik************Your word-humping worketh not, lame-stream media editors.
“If all undocumented immigrants were deported today, next year’s Social Security trust funds would have approximately $13 billion less for benefit payouts. It’s a considerable loss of dollars, especially when it’s projected that the Social Security funds will be depleted by 2034.
According to New American Economy, undocumented immigrants contributed $13 billion into the Social Security funds in 2016 and $3 billion to Medicare. Three years prior, the Chief Actuary of the Social Security Administration, Stephen Goss, wrote a report that estimated undocumented immigrants contributed $12 billion into Social Security.
Approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the U.S. with no legal authorization to work, yet an estimated 8 million do, both on and off the books. Since undocumented immigrants don’t have Social Security numbers and are not authorized to work legally in the U.S., they are not eligible for any Social Security benefits, whether they’ve paid into the system or not.”
To: Cowboy BobWhy don’t they ever gut Welfare?
Social Security has become welfare. People tend to think of retirement, but Social Security gives money to all sorts of people (including illegals). I have (or know of) at least five people who are receiving Social Security in my family that simply are not working.
Why hold down a decent-paying (or even a crappy) job, when you can feed yourself by dumpster diving, and live in a 400 sq. ft. apartment in a combat zone. trying to live off $1200 a month? And “illegals” don’t get a red fucking cent of Social Security – and you’d know that if you weren’t a pinheaded inbred waste of protoplasm.
If they want to cut way back on the costs, then they should scale it back to retirees.
“The first sentence in a “news” story.”
It’s an opinion column
And he’s right. Just before the 2018 election, Mitch McConnell said they had to cut Social Security. A great way to lose the House and turn it over to Trumps tormentors. That may have been Mitch’s plan
By the way, Trump has said GOP has to stop trying to cut Social Security. He argued against all the othe candidates in the 2016 primaries. And he got booed by the big donors. But he won the votes of blue color democrats. If GOap now insists on cutting social security (behind closed doors or wherever)?theyll go back to losing as they did before Trump
Go read this wholesome dumb animal thread. I live for wholesome dumb animals because two of them live with me and they’re so stupid, look at this idiot: I’d die for her without a second thought and if she wasn’t cute somebody would have turned her into mittens years ago. A. Continue reading Not Everything Sucks: HORF
Look at these fucking contortions: Boston’s North Shore seems as if it should be prime Elizabeth Warren territory. It is home to working-class towns, and it’s a short drive from Warren’s own house. But ever since she entered electoral politics in 2012, she has struggled on the North Shore. When she defeated Scott Brown, the Republican incumbent senator, that year, she lost in places like Haverhill, Peabody, Saugus and Methuen. Last year, when Warren won re-election easily, she performed worse in those towns than Maura Healey, the Democratic attorney general, who was also on the ballot. As Warren has risen to the top … Continue reading Everything is Racism & Sexism and Nobody Will Say It
I went on about Max Ernst at the Bayou Brief so I decided to post another Ernst image here at First Draft. It’s surrealism at its finest. I don’t see a literal bird but that’s one of the things that makes it surreal. It’s weird, man.
I originally planned to put the bite on y’all for our annual fundraiser but I don’t have to. We met our goal so the tin cup rattling stops here and now. Thanks to everyone who donated. Our readers not only rock, they rule.
This week’s theme song was written by Neil Young in 1969 and was the title track of his second solo album. It’s old but still fresh; sort of like me.
We have three versions of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere for your listening pleasure: Neil’s original followed by covers from Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs, and Dar Williams.
While we’re in Nowhereville, here’s a song that you may have heard. If not, climb out from under that rock:
Now that we’ve submerged, let’s splash to the break. Do submarines splash? Beats the hell outta me. I’m claustrophobic so I’ll never be a submariner like our old pal Jude who was the Prince Namor of First Draft.
The whistleblower story is unspooling like a horror movie replete with twists, turns, and drama. I was involved in a social media discussion wherein we speculated which country President* Pennywise had been indiscreet with. The answer was depressing: there are … Continue reading Just Another Whistle Stop
Donate to First Draft, dammitt. Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Feline Fundraising Edition
Please donate to First Draft. Continue reading Ten Years Of Stuff & Nonsense
Maybe the only thing more shocking than this — which, if it was a Democrat, or, god forbid, a Clinton, would have caused Cokie Roberts to grimly emerge from the grave to voice serious concerns while official Washington went on … Continue reading Smart Phone, Dumb President
Blood Money is late period Hammett. The covers are a bit dogeared but that’s okay so was Dash in 1951. Speaking of money, it’s our annual fundraiser. If you like this feature, please throw a few bucks our way. The … Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Blood Money