Days 48, 49, 50, 51 and 52 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

Thank you for your patience.

  • Probably the most disgusting story from the last five days is Steve King’s embrace of white supremacy. Has Iowa no shame?
  • The Russian ambassador sure is forgettable for such a popular guy.
  • Remember, Trump has done nothing you can point to as evidence that he isn’t compromised by Russian interests.
  • The smoke is overwhelming.
  • They lie to us because they have no respect for us.
  • Trump is already the worst president in American history.
  • Trumpcare is an utter disgrace, and the Republicans know it.
  • If there’s one thing that can help us in saving the ACA, it’s Trump’s lack of interest in actually presiding over the country he’s responsible for.
  • Villain team-ups never work out.
  • There are a whole bunch of vacancies in the federal government that Trump has no intention of filling, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t infesting federal agencies with his cronies.
  • When I think of wastes of money, I think of disease control and public health.
  • Evangelical Christians do not know what persecution is.
  • Chris Christie actually proposed something, er, good. Huh.
  • Vox discussed a study that categorized candidate ads by whether they were about policy or personality. Ignoring the facts that the media never covered policy during the election, and that Trump’s defective personality definitely should have been attacked, the study found that Trump’s ads in 2016 were more about policy than Obama’s in 2008. I’m sorry, but that methodology must have some grievous errors.
  • It’s been eclipsed by things even worse, but the Daily Caller is still a worthless virtual rag.
  • For your perusal: the Town Hall project.
  • International Women’s Day happened while I was not posting. Read some horrible, dumb comments powerful men have made about women.
  • Have you ever wondered about the origin of “scientist”? It was coined to describe a woman.
  • From The Ringer:

    They loaded into a car, Tiara drifting off to sleep while Patience and Akyra bounced to the radio. Right around midnight, they pulled up and saw the building. They grabbed each other and squealed. The sign stood high and bright, inviting. This was it. This was perfect. The club was called Pulse.

  • Dentistry really shouldn’t be so segregated from the rest of medicine, but some accidents of history have caused it to be. It’s an interesting article!
  • TurboTax is great, but the problems it solves are partly of its own creation. Support Elizabeth Warren’s bill.
  • Britain sucks. More on that later.
  • Articles about 1-seeds and 16-seeds that omit Princeton-Georgetown also suck.
  • Robert Sikoryak is a lunatic who adapted the iTunes Terms and Conditions into a graphic novel that pays homage to various comic book legends. Check it out.
  • The Nintendo Switch cannot be used near aquariums. The Nintendo Switch is a failure.
  • I know how you feel, God. I know how you feel.
  • Your Wikipedia article of the night: “Douglas the camel.” Douglas was a traitor to his country.

Whew!

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Days 46 and 47 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

Persist.

  • This year marks the 52nd anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches. There are few ways of commemorating them less appropriate than pushing voter ID laws at the Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, but Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill was up to the task.
  • Barack Obama is too decent to sue Trump for libel, but I wish he would.
  • Barack Obama was also too decent to prostitute the presidency for a private club that he owned. No such luck anymore.
  • Trump’s new travel ban is still discriminatory and illegal.
  • A truly abhorrent scandal in the Marines is developing. It’s very sad.
  • Tom Perez seems to be liked by everyone he works with, including Keith Ellison, who collaborated with him long before the DNC race. I like Tom Perez. (h/t Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Guns & Money)

    “The Administration, and specifically Secretary Perez, worked closely with and listened closely with Mr. Ellison and the Progressive Caucus as we moved forward on initiatives [to help] federal contract workers and hold federal contractors accountable,” former Assistant Secretary of Labor for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Adri Jayaratne told Payday. “Tom always made sure that everyone’s voices were heard on every issue whether or not they were in agreement. He felt that was a responsibility he had to have.”

    Many in labor are hoping that the Perez-Ellison relationship at the DNC will follow a similar pattern.

    “The Perez-Ellison combination could be a dynamic duo. The truth is that those two worked together to get the most progressive federal labor policy done in decades,” says Geevarghese. “It was Ellison, who stood on the picket lines to call attention to the need to raise standards for contract workers, while it was Secretary Perez on the inside who listened to the workers, who met with these workers, listened to these workers, and helped craft those executive orders.”

  • Lots and lots of ACA stuff today. First off, under the Republican plan insurance company CEOs will finally get the massive tax breaks they deserve. Oh joy.
  • Paul Ryan is fine with destroying the individual market and murdering you so that rich people can get tax cuts.
  • Jason Chaffetz is also fine with murdering you. Shouldn’t have bought that iPhone, moocher!
  • Medicaid is one of the best things our country has done, and the Medicaid expansion was the best part of the ACA. So the Republicans must destroy it.
  • It’s a veritable golden shower of Russia information leaking out. This time we learned that the Trump campaign approved of Carter Page’s trips to Moscow last July.
  • Nobody genuinely likes Uber. That will be their deserved downfall.

    If Uber stalls, it isn’t going to be saved by a loyal consumer fan base. There is no stickiness to Uber. It has no frequent-rider program. It has no social component. It prevents users from forming bonds with drivers. No one gets a heightened sense of self by identifying as an Uber rider versus some competitor. We’ll stick with Uber as long as it continues to get us where we want to go at a price we like. Someone else comes along with a better service or lower price, we’ll use it.

  • I’m pretty darned upset that speculative fiction about Trump not becoming president has to be a thing. But this story was worth reading.
  • I’ve said a few times that there’s no such thing as color, and one day I’ll elaborate. But this article proves my point.
  • During World War II, when the Germans conquered Denmark, chemist Georgy de Hevesy, himself a future Nobel laureate, dissolved two Nobel medals in acid to prevent them from being confiscated and their owners executed. What happened to the medals in the end? Read the story!
  • And finally, a magnificent Wikipedia article on “concert etiquette.” The photo caption is exemplary.

Days 44 and 45 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

Was it a good weekend? Any weekend that we live through is a good weekend, in a sense.

  • Beyond the racism, and the treason, and the lies, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is also crooked.
  • It’s not a day on earth without Donald Trump making shit up and behaving in a deranged manner. I’m genuinely worried that he’ll order a military strike on an American city before he’s gone.
  • The greatest political scandal since Watergate also began with people caught stealing from the DNC. Surely something of this magnitude deserves a name of its own, rather than “-gate” appended to it like a tumor. Let me know your ideas.
  • Oklahoma state representative John Bennett, a Republican, natch, harasses high-schoolers for being Muslim. What a jackass.
  • Jewish cemeteries are still being vandalized. American terrorism.
  • A Washingtonian gets shot for the crime of being Sikh. American terrorism.
  • Steve Bannon is a paranoid racist, evidenced among other things by this insane novel he loves to cite, The Camp of the Saints.
  • Millennials are more Democratic than Republican, but as we saw in November, obviously, not more Democratic enough. Are we going to be the generation that stayed home and let other people decide our future for us? We shall see.
  • An utterly savage obituary was published at the end of January. Leslie Ray Charping, I’m glad I never knew you.
 With Leslie’s passing he will be missed only for what he never did; being a loving husband, father and good friend.  No services will be held, there will be no prayers for eternal peace and no apologizes to the family he tortured.  Leslie’s remains will be cremated and kept in the barn until “Ray”, the family donkey’s wood shavings run out.  Leslie’s passing proves that evil does in fact die and hopefully marks a time of healing and safety for all.

Day 43 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

As bad as things can be, America has had worse, somehow.

  • The Senate Intelligence Committee is calling on Christopher Steele, who has not died mysteriously of polonium poisoning, to testify on the dossier he compiled (the peeing prostitutes one). I feel like this particular die has been cast.
  • Mike Pence… and emails? Emails? Emails.
  • Michigan really helped itself by electing Donald Trump. Who needs clean lakes, anyway?
  • A Michigan lawmaker thinks that people are using food stamps to buy vast quantities of pop and dump them to earn the… 10 cent bottle refund. I should get in on this if it’s so lucrative.
  • Charles Pierce knows what’s up:

They all had the same choices we did. They all had the same opportunity to inform themselves; I mean, it wasn’t like the campaign was under-covered, and it wasn’t like the eventual winner hasn’t governed precisely the way he campaigned.

Feeling lost and desperate is a terrible thing. But if, out of loss and desperation, you drink 20 cold beers out of the old preparation room and smash your car into a daycare center, the judge is not going to care how lost and desperate you felt. You build your own prisons in this life. You design your own sentences.

  • By far, the most damning indictment against Neil Gorsuch is that he’s willing to be appointed by Donald Trump. No quarter, no prisoners.
  • What did the president know, and when did he know it? Enough to contradict himself, that’s for sure.
  • There’s a good article in Vanity Fair on the segment of the “left” that’s more interested in destroying the Democratic party than fighting Trump. These articles are my junk food.
  • The debacle at the Oscars could have been avoided with good typography practice.
  • Once upon a time, Slate ran a weird article about quicksand which included passages on the quicksand fetish community, amongst other things. It’s a good article.
  • The Nintendo Switch is an unforced failure. For shame, Nintendo.
  • Wikipedia article of the day: “James Madison.” Try to find the direct quotation from Hamilton!

Favorite Trump Nicknames?

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Source: Some forum user

I’ve seen some that are real gold. Notable examples:

  • Agent Orange
  • Benedict Donald (watch this one!)
  • Cheeto Benito
  • Cheeto Caligula
  • Cockwork Orange
  • Dolt 45 (wunderbar)
  • Drumpf (not my favorite, but must be included)
  • Idiot Amin
  • Il Douche
  • Mango Mugabe
  • Mango Mussolini
  • Shitgibbon
  • Twitler
Anything to add?

Day 42 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

The world comes at you fast these days.

  • David Frum on “How to Build an Autocracy.” The trick isn’t to kill your opponents. It’s to get the huddled masses to stop caring.
  • According to Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, the nation’s top lawyer, people who commit perjury must be removed from office. I guess that settles that.
  • Every once in a while you get a metaphor whose truth is so clear that it clarifies reality for you. Josh Marshall came up with one such metaphor for the Trump-Russia connection. Where are the tax returns?
  • Trump just doesn’t value the State department. (h/t dnexon at Lawyers, Guns & Money)
  • Sunayana Dumala, the widow of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, killed in Kansas last week, wrote a heartbreaking eulogy for her husband.
  • I’m interested in seeing the list of Trump people that didn’t associate with Russia. Because you can take Donald Jr. off that list.
  • Mike Bost (R-IL) has some odd conceptions about “the Orientals.” Jesus Christ.
  • From 1976 to 1987, red M&M’s did not exist! A semi-facetious campaign was responsible for restoring them. Small miracles.
  • Your Wikipedia article of the day: “Presidential M&M’s.”

Putting the dollar sign in front of the number sucks

dollar-sign-before-and-after

INT. LOU’S PET SHOP – 6 P.M. ON A WEDNESDAY IN JULY

ALICE, an angelic ANGELFISH, approaches the SALES COUNTER, staffed by BOB, a blathering BLADDERWORT.

ALICE

How much does this tin of bloodworms cost? I need to feed them to myself.

BOB

Dollar fifty.

ALICE

That’s a great deal!

Alice untucks a DISCOVER CARD from her right gill and passes it to Bob, who rings her up and gives her a RECEIPT. ALICE checks the receipt as she turns to leave.

ALICE

What the fuck, you charged me fifty dollars!

BOB

Dollar fifty. See for yourself.

Bob gestures at a HITHERTO UNNOTICED PRICE TAG on the tin. “$50” is EMBLAZONED on the tag.

ALICE

That says fifty dollars!

BOB

No, it clearly says dollar, then fifty. Dollar fifty. Can’t you read, stripey?

ALICE

I take great offense to that slur and your execrable professional conduct!

They fight. Alice SWIMS toward Bob, stimulating the TRIGGER HAIRS on one of his BLADDER TRAPS. Bob attempts to suck Alice into the bladder, but Alice is TOO BIG to be sucked. As Bob attempts to reset the bladder through ACTIVE TRANSPORT, Alice begins to NIBBLE at Bob’s bladders.

BOB

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Alice finishes eating Bob’s bladders. He DIES, eventually, after STARVING to death.

Do you say “Dollar two” or “Dollars two” when discussing the price of two bags of delicious Crispy M&M’s? Or do you behave like a decent person and say “Two dollars”? I suspect and hope that it’s the latter. When we speak of money, or of any quantity, we say the number and then the unit. Such is the natural order.

SO WHEN WE WRITE “$500” INSTEAD OF “500$” WE CONTRADICT THE SPOKEN LANGUAGE FOR NO REASON WHATSOEVER. IT IS ABOMINABLE TO NEEDLESSLY TRANSPOSE THE DOLLAR SYMBOL COULD YOU IMAGINE THE CHAOS AND HYSTERIA THAT WOULD ACCOMPANY “I WEIGH KG 400” OR “IT IS °F 70 TODAY IN FEBRUARY” THE WORLD WOULD BE CONSUMED IN FLAMES YET WE LET SUCH SINFUL BEHAVIOR GO ON EVERY DAY WITH THE DOLLAR SYMBOL. IT IS NOT AS IF WE DON’T HAVE EXAMPLES OF SENSIBLE PRACTICE TO LOOK AT I AM LOATH TO ADMIT TO BUT THE EURO SYMBOL IS RIGHTLY PLACED AFTER THE NUMBER AND EUROPE IS NOT ENGULFED IN HYSTERIA DUE TO THAT PERHAPS FOR OTHER REASONS BUT THE EURO SYMBOL IS INNOCENT. I BLAME OUR CURRENT MISFORTUNE ON THE DUMB BRITS WHO THINK THEY INVENTED TEA AND DON’T RINSE THEIR DISHES AND PUT THE POUND STERLING SYMBOL BEFORE THE NUMBER IT IS MOST INDUBITABLY THEIR FAULT.

Putting the dollar sign in front of the number sucks. It is killing America.