Man, I don’t know why I’ve been updating so sporadically. I haven’t even been that busy.
- The Pete Campbell strategy of selling Trumpcare is off to a dismal start. But selling something with a 17% approval rating is going to be tough, and that’s before you start arresting people with disabilities for protesting their own imminent deaths.
- That said, this bill is dangerously close to passing, so make your calls!
- Now we know that a Republican operative was actively seeking Hillary’s emails — and didn’t care if a foreign government were the source. Drip drip drip.
- I’m glad that states are pushing back against Trump’s not-at-all-suspicious request for every voter’s personal information. But if yours hasn’t yet, call your Secretary of State!
- Neil Gorsuch sucks and is dishonest. Perfect timing now that Texas is chipping away at Obergefell. Everyone who takes a job, even a non-stolen one, from Donald Trump is inherently suspect.
- Every day a new blow to basic decency. There’s just not much to say anymore.
- “I Don’t Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People”
- Think of all the journalists, documentarians, social issue filmmakers and more who work to make the world a better place. Then think about James O’Keefe, who uses his power for evil, to spread misery and ruin lives. Death is too good for him.
- Speaking of journalism, The New York Times, being garbage, is firing a bunch of copy editors. They will rerget this!
- This 10 Commandments statue saga is one of the funniest vandalism-related stories I’ve read in a while. Michael Tate Reed is a man on a mission.
- In the words of a Facebook friend, “I can’t wait for Cuomo to run for president so he can get completely clowned on how poorly he’s run the subways.”
- Yet Cuomo is still much, much better than Chris Christie, king of the rat bastards.
- I don’t understand everything about California’s single-payer fight, but the news is unpromising, and the bill appears to be a waste of time (funding mechanisms are not something you fix in post!). The Trump era, unfortunately, will see more triage than advancement.
- I suppose we’re on a state government kick. Elbridge Gerry of gerrymandering fame pronounced his last name like “Gary,” or “gill,” or the incorrect way of saying “GIF.” Now you know!
- The “Progressive Liberal” is a hilarious wrestling heel, and I wish him all the success in the world.
- “Teethpaste” is not a word, and per Merriam-Webster, there is no reason it should be. But it might be fun to bust it out on occasion.
- I liked Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds,” but how on earth did the good people of Wikipedia decide to use that movie as an example for “happy ending”?
- And finally, I have been informed that posting links on Facebook 50 times a day is a sign that you are a spreader of fake news. This post, however, only has 27 links, so I am in the clear!
Holy moly, I let things pile up. My comments may not meet the usual standard.
- Trumpcare, which really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really sucks, has been dealt a setback as Yertle the Turtle tries to get enough votes over the holiday recess.
- But it’s not dead yet. Call your Senators. Fight the fight. Save the world.
- Meanwhile, Trump has stumbled on the brilliant strategy of taking his own citizens hostage.
- He’s just so goddamned pathetic.
- Donald Trump, the candidate of peace.
- The Supreme Court with Neil Gorsuch gets to work. I want to retch.
- I’m losing my capacity to be properly terrified, but the escalating election hack story is terrifying.
- Per the Washington Post, The Republicans would rather submit to a foreign power than lose an election. This party is irredeemable.
- Blatant corruption!
- Jon Ossoff lost, but it was a fairly promising loss. Remember, in 2009 the Democrats won every House special election.
- Dump Nancy Pelosi, because Republicans are the best source of political advice. Ignore that Paul Ryan’s approval rating is worse than hers.
- What do Democrats stand for? IMO, the immediate answer should be voting rights.
- Jill Stein is a disgrace to her nation.
- David Brooks is a disgrace to humanity.
- It doesn’t affect me much, but TMZ (and the National Enquirer) are in the tank for Trump. Bad news.
- Troubling news about an Emmett Till memorial in Mississippi.
- More from Matthew Yglesias on Amazon buying Whole Foods.
- Ahahahahaha, Uber. Sucks to suck.
- They’ve lost the benefit of the doubt. When conservatives complain about their free speech being silenced, they really seek to silence yours.
- Seeing as we live in a world with robots and swell technology, maybe it’s time to enjoy the fruit of our labors? Universal basic income is worth trying.
- Philanthropy has its limits, and it may be time for a change.
- A genuine must-read story on Ryan O’Callaghan, the ex-NFL lineman who just came out.
- Prisoner of Azkaban is the best Harry Potter book and the best movie. Though Half-Blood Prince is the funniest book, I think.
- In the weirdest story you’ll read for a while, a fitness blogger named Burger was killed by a can of whipped cream. Talk about bad luck.
- OK, whether your dog will eat your carcass after you die alone can also get pretty weird.
- Never mind. “Pokemon 20 Years Later” is the weirdest. Delightfully weird, though.
I suppose we’ve crossed the 10% mark of Trump’s only (please) term, assuming he isn’t removed from office. Hope everyone had a great Father’s Day!
- Philando Castile was murdered for nothing, and his murder is nothing, according to the justice system. I don’t ever want to be desensitized to this.
- Nabra, a Muslim girl only 17 years old, was murdered after leaving a mosque near D.C. This is just horrible.
- The whole “Trump is NOT under investigation” line has already been invalidated, by the man himself. This is a bad time to be a Republican talking point.
- The Grenfell Tower tragedy was utterly preventable, but we must have profits over people.
- How is the amount of people willing to work for Donald Trump greater than zero? The good people of New Jersey and New York deserve better than Eric Trump’s wedding planner.
- The military has a great socialized childcare system that works for everyone (and we could have had it nationwide if not for Nixon). My “expand the welfare state by drafting everyone” plan remains viable.
- Speaking of Nixon, the Mafia operation he ran from the Oval Office planned to use CIA operatives to beat up protesters, including Daniel Ellsberg. If I could kill off a bunch of myths, one of them would be the lie that the Watergate break-in was the first illegal thing that Nixon did.
- Amazon bought Whole Foods. Jeff Bezos plays the game better than anybody, but I don’t find this game particularly fun.
Speaking of Now that we’re talking about Amazon, turns out the whole Amazons-cut-off-a-breast thing may just have been bad reverse etymology. Now you know!
- Sgt. Pepper’s just turned 50 years old, and the snazzy new remix sounds amazing. But is it better than Pet Sounds?
- The U.S. once tried to ban private restaurant rooms because it was waging a war on Chinese restaurants. The restaurants won, thank God.
- The New Jersey Giants. The New Jersey Jets. The New Jersey Daily News.
- Detroit gave one of these to Saddam Hussein. One of what? “List of Keys to the City in the United States.”
- It’s a Wikipedia double feature: “Eating live seafood.” Do we not have a noun for that yet?
Ted Cruz is an oily, oily man. I enjoy hating him.
- Democrats have been doing much, much better in the special elections than one would expect. Despite the losses, I am cautiously optimistic about 2018. Why? Learn some history.
- Charlie Pierce makes the excellent point that Al Gore and John Kerry didn’t contest the elections they lost, but they probably should’ve. If Hillary stops talking about Russia, we’re just inviting them to attack us next time, as a very wise man once said.
- Who’s next in the Russia investigation? Nigel Farage, come on down!
- You could write an entire manual on
activism organizing just by noting what Occupy Wall Street did and recommending the opposite. (h/t Erik Loomis)
- Thinking of boycotting Trump? Here’s what’s happened so far:
The anti-Trump movement has yet to accomplish anything so awe-inspiring [as the March on Washington]. More than half a million people gathered in Washington for the Women’s March — a number that climbed to more than four million when all the protests around the country were added in — but it’s not at all clear that such numbers carry the same weight today as smaller crowds did in previous eras. Though protesters filled the streets in Washington one day after the inauguration, anti-Trump activity remains fragmented several months into his term.
And when it comes to waging economic resistance against this billionaire president, the pressing question is whether innumerable people across the country, like Dee from New York, who are changing their spending habits, tweeting at advertisers, contacting chief executives, and jamming phones at Trump businesses, will do so in a way that converts their discrete actions into real influence and power.
It’s still too early to tell.
- Good on Planet Fitness. Good on the Michigan Appeals Court.
- It’s the 50th anniversary of the accurately named Six-Day War. Read about how Israel thought about detonating a nuke in the desert as a show of force.
- To the surprise of no one, Calvin Coolidge is the least-traveled president since Teddy Roosevelt (the first to travel abroad).
- El Capitan has been free-soloed. HOLY SHIT MAN FREE-SOLOS FUCKING EL CAPITAN. Look at the pictures.
- That Dawa logo looked pretty familiar. I love obvious trademark infringement.
- Juice ain’t milk, bubs.
It’s been a busy week for me, loyal readers. Thank you for sticking around.
- Obama’s legacy must be destroyed, the
country planet be damned.
- Trump should already be in jail. The perfidy and treason of the Republican Party will define this era of our politics.
- Jared should already be in jail.
- Trump’s lawyer, uh, might deserve to be in jail, I think, possibly, maybe? Anyhoo, he’s also being investigated.
- The escalation of white terrorism will be one of the Trump regime’s saddest legacies. How will we respond? Keep in mind that Trump does not care and Jeff Sessions does not care.
- Huh, Der Spiegel means “The Mirror”:
Donald Trump is not fit to be president of the United States. He does not possess the requisite intellect and does not understand the significance of the office he holds nor the tasks associated with it. He doesn’t read. He doesn’t bother to peruse important files and intelligence reports and knows little about the issues that he has identified as his priorities. His decisions are capricious and they are delivered in the form of tyrannical decrees.
He is a man free of morals. As has been demonstrated hundreds of times, he is a liar, a racist and a cheat. I feel ashamed to use these words, as sharp and loud as they are. But if they apply to anyone, they apply to Trump. And one of the media’s tasks is to continue telling things as they are: Trump has to be removed from the White House. Quickly. He is a danger to the world.
- Indivisible bags a win in Iowa.
- The biggest mistake I made in 2016 was underestimating the sheer hatred of Hillary Clinton. It continues.
- If nothing else, keeping Hillary around will dilute some of the raw sewage of hatred that’s going to be pumped in the direction of Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and other Democratic women.
- Get ready for a decade of KATHY GRIFFIN KATHY GRIFFIN KATHY GRIFFIN KATHY GRIFFIN. The right’s too good at fauxtrage.
- I’m kind of surprised that a Florida Republican operative straight up admitted to collusion with hackers. We haven’t discussed the effect this had on Congressional races at all.
- The New York Times remains a travesty. Getting rid of Spayd is good. Replacing her with… nothing, not so good.
- The mystique of coal is weird to square with the fact that more people work for breweries than in coal. More people work for Arby’s than in coal. Of course, coal has a pronounced impact on the towns that depend on it (“This town died when Arby’s left” will never be said), but even at its peak fewer than one million people worked in coal.
- Richard Spencer is not on SoundCloud anymore. How that happened is a story of smart organizing.
- Please do not tell a student that she is “most likely to become a terrorist.”
- Our society needs to be protected, but the civil libertarian in me has never been very comfortable with the sex offender registry, or what Australia is proposing now. Whatever happened to serving one’s time?
- Finally, the Far Cry series commits to realism with its villains.
- Spelling bees are awesome. Read about what makes them hard. Then read about the Indian-American community’s participation and recent dominance. Or switch up the order, I’m not too picky.
- Wikipedia’s article on the “Ugly Animal Preservation Society” is great. If only they had voted for humans, to be cheeky.