Days 165, 166, 167, 168 and 169 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

It was Independence Day.

  • The ACA is good, unlike Republican laws. That is THE reason that Republicans are having trouble repealing it. Keep calling.
  • Ironically, both times in U.S. history that the government enacted single-payer healthcare were shortly followed by the elections of Richard Nixon and Donald Trump, respectively. Perhaps it’s not a cheat code for eternal electoral victory. I still think it’s good policy! (h/t Scott Lemieux)
  • Well, the Russia hacking saga is over! Putin himself assured us.
  • Citizens United, Shelby County, Hobby Lobby. What are “terrible Supreme Court decisions that could have been overturned with Merrick Garland’s confirmation”? And now Kennedy may be retiring soon. I’m sad.
  • Speaking of Hobby Lobby and terribleness…
  • But Chick-fil-A ain’t gun let Hobby Lobby’s awfulness go uncontested.
  • Good thing Congress wants to let churches get involved in politics while retaining tax-exempt status! Perfect timing, really.
  • The people who cheer the body-slamming of journalists are sad about CNN not exposing one of them. I am overflowing with sympathy.
  • Labor should never take less than it’s worth to accommodate the wants of management, whether it’s in sports or acting. Though Emma Stone and coworkers are in a tough position. 😦
  • The White House should really consider hiring a scheduler.
  • The White House should really consider firing Jared.
  • Michigan frequently fills me with shame.
  • The gas chambers at Auschwitz are probably the worst place on earth to use as a movie studio.
  • Chris Christie is a complete disgrace, and I’m glad that the good people of New Jersey have (finally) realized it.
  • And then some good news out of Jersey as well, for fairness and balance.
  • What mass transit really needs is fresh coffee. Read this if your eyes need rolling.
  • We recently marked the 154th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Read about Gettysburg’s black community, which Robert E. Lee’s army did its best to destroy during the invasion.
  • Er, uh, well, like, um, so.
  • Sheila Michaels, who popularized “Ms.”, has passed. In pace requiescat.
  • The Tour de France is always a good time to revisit one of my favorite Onion articles.
  • A two-fer this time. From “X-Patent”:

The Patent Office 1836 fire occurred on December 15 when the patents were in temporary storage while a new (more fireproof) facility was being built.

Although the building was constructed to be fireproof, many of its contents were not; some 80,000 models and some 600,000 copy drawings were destroyed.

Days 160, 161, 162, 163 and 164 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

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!

Days 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158 and 159 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

Holy moly, I let things pile up. My comments may not meet the usual standard.

 

Days 148, 149 and 150 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

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?

Day 144 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

  • Once again, the top priority is stopping Trumpcare. Check out the toolkit. Note that the recommendation is for you NOT to call Senators in other states. It erodes social trust, you see.
  • What will Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III say before Congress tomorrow? Probably a bunch of lies.
  • More Americans watched James Comey’s testimony than the NBA Finals. Russia is not a distraction; it’s the biggest crisis in American democracy since the Civil War.
  • Macron’s landslide proves that the future of the Democratic Party lies in centrist investment bankers. There, I can do bad analysis too.
  • “Neoliberal” doesn’t mean much these days, but if someone specifically calls Obama’s education policy “neoliberal,” you can listen to them. I’m glad that charter school teachers are unionizing.
  • The Boy Scouts have made some rapid progress in the last few years. They should go further; the Boy Scouts should allow girls to join.
  • “Equipment manager”:

In sports, an equipment manager is a person who is in charge of a sports team’s equipment.

Days 133, 134, 135, 136 & 137 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

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.

Days 127, 128, 129, 130, 131 and 132 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

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.