Days 10 and 11 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

I really need to get these posts out on time, but there is always more and it is always worse. Anyway, anyone remember this commercial? Good commercial.

  • For you non-Michiganders out there, the State of Michigan under unqualified businessman Rick Snyder implemented a new fraud detection system for people collecting unemployment. Turns out the system had a 93% error rate and led to over 1,000 people getting falsely accused of fraud and forced into bankruptcy. Republican governance at work.
  • Uber is a craven, untrustworthy company whose entire business model is essentially anti-regulations blitzkrieg — by the time governments can respond to all their rule-breaking, Uber has already embedded itself in the market. So it’s of little surprise that they took the money and ran. As many have noted, Uber is not unionized.
  • With Steve Bannon in the White House, the chaos caused by Trump’s illegal executive order may have been entirely deliberate. This is a dangerous man.
  • Steve Bannon also personally made sure that green card holders would be included in the ban. As I said on Facebook:

    Right-wingers have always tried to divide the immigrant community by going on about “the right way” so that documented immigrants resent undocumented immigrants. But it was never about that. At all.

  • Someone made a great list of each Senator’s position on Trump’s illegal executive order. There are a lot more Republicans doing the right thing than the last time I checked, and just one Democrat (Manchin, of course) doing the wrong. Keep up the pressure.
  • Happy Birthday to Fred Korematsu. Good thing the government would never do something like that again!
  • Vice has an article on Trump’s analytics team from the election, which appears to be stunningly competent. They use microtargeting based on Facebook likes rather than demographic information, so theoretically it’s the better approach. Don’t underestimate them.
  • “They shall not pass.”
  • A Muslim refugee shot up a Christian church, nope a right-wing white man shot up a mosque. Ban male immigration.
  • Chuck Schumer might be learning, I hope.
  • Sanctuary cities are a good thing. When people living in America are worried to contact the police, society suffers.
  • Sally Yates did the right thing and was punished for it. She won’t be the last.
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Adjectives that end in “ly” rock

I love them! It’s like they’re infiltrating the wicked world of adverbs before going, “Surprise! I was a noun modifier all along!” Then stabbing “apparently” in the throat and fleeing to Switzerland. Plus, you can always turn them into adverbs if you really want to:

“I wish I could be that gnarly,” lamented Tony Hawk as Bob Burnquist ollied gnarlily.

“You’ll never get away with this, Lex,” croaked Superman as he succumbed to the Kryptonite, cursing himself for being defeated so dastardlily.

“There’s too much sun. I wish I were still a bulb,” whinged the cowardly lily as it cowered cowardlily.

My incomplete list of these wonderful words:

  • boyly (Nope, doesn’t exist. Get on it, Merriam-Webster.)
  • bubbly
  • bully (for Brits)
  • comely
  • cowardly
  • cuddly
  • curly
  • dastardly
  • early
  • elderly
  • friendly
  • girly
  • gnarly
  • heavenly
  • holy
  • jolly
  • likely
  • lively
  • lonely
  • lovely
  • manly
  • saintly
  • sickly (sort of)
  • silly
  • snuggly
  • sprightly
  • surly
  • ugly
  • womanly

Have you got any to add?

Days Eight and Nine of 1,461 (or 2,922)

As unprepared as Trump and Company were to actually run the federal government, they were very prepared to destroy the country. Christ this got bad fast.

  • If you dislike completing your tax returns, remember that Republicans, lobbied by TurboTax and Grover Norquist, have blocked legislation that would allow the IRS to just calculate your taxes for you and send you your refund (after all, how would they ever catch tax cheats if they didn’t know what people owed/were owed?).
  • Trump pulled outreach for the ACA that had already been paid for, because he is a magnanimous man of integrity. (UPDATE: Then he backed down on this! Protest, somehow, still works.)
  • Trump, a man utterly at ease with his place in the world, put a gag order on the National Park Service because they wouldn’t lie to him about the crowd size at his inauguration. I feel safe with a man like that in the White House!
  • BuzzFeed, which might be the only media outlet that didn’t do something disgraceful during the election, is maintaining a list of Trump’s lies. They might need to buy a server (a private server?) just for that list alone.
  • A study in Science found that we start destroying girls’ self-esteems early. Real early.
  • Russia is decriminalizing domestic violence. One beating a year will be allowed.
  • Number of Representatives and Senators from Texas that want Trump’s wall: Zero.
  • The People’s Liberation Army is expecting a war with us during Trump’s presidency. I feel so safe.
  • Yet more evidence that Christians are the most persecuted group in America.
  • The ACLU did a great thing in getting a judge to halt part of Trump’s monstrous, inhumane executive order targeting Muslims. They’re a group I would support with money. The fight continues.
  • The National Security Council is a group that definitely should be politicized. Change we can believe.

“Meteoric rise” sucks

Meteors are also known as “shooting stars” or “falling stars.” They fall, i.e. descend, i.e. go down, i.e. plummet. Rising is the process of ascending, i.e. going up, i.e. skyrocketing (as opposed to groundrocketing).

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Meteors falling over a fall

SO WHEN YOU SAY “METEORIC RISE” YOU ARE SAYING SOMETHING BLATANTLY, OBNOXIOUSLY CONTRADICTORY. “AU CONTRAIRE, JAMIE!” YOU MAY SAY, “‘METEORIC’ CAN ALSO MEAN ‘RAPID’ IT DOES NOT LITERALLY REFER TO METEORS,” BUT TO THAT I RESPOND “BULLPOOPY I DOUBLE-DOG DARE YOU TO FIND ‘METEORIC’ USED TO DESCRIBE ANYTHING OTHER THAN A ‘RISE’ GO ON I WILL WAIT.” THE WORDS ARE DE FACTO CONJOINED TWINS AT THIS POINT DESPITE THE FACT THAT A RISING METEOR WOULD BE ABJECT LUNACY AND AGAINST THE LAWS OF PHYSICS UNLESS IT WAS FILLED WITH HELIUM OR SOMETHING.

“Meteoric rise” sucks. It is killing America.

Day Seven of 1,461 (or 2,922)

Hasn’t been a full week yet, friends!

  • The full transcript of Trump’s ABC interview is not fun to read. Go read it.
  • Martin Longman questions Trump’s mental fitness. It certainly would explain some things.
  • I like Slate a lot these days. They’ve got Dear Prudence. They’ve got Jamelle Bouie. And they’ve got Dahlia Lithwick.
  • So we don’t have a State department. That’s OK, right?
  • Of all the horrible, cruel things Trump has already done, promising to publicize crimes committed by immigrants just because they’re immigrants is especially horribly cruel. This is almost certainly Bannon’s doing.
  • Tulsi Gabbard is an anti-Muslim, Trump-toadying fraud. The good people of Hawaii deserve better.
  • EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS EMAILS… are something Trump voters never actually cared about. Who knew? (Propane Jane on Twitter has been excellent in pointing out that for all of the malfeasance committed by Comey and the national media, it wouldn’t have worked if Trump voters hadn’t been looking for an excuse to vote for him.)
  • Finally, the Williams sisters are awesome. America is still great, sometimes.

Day Six of 1,461 (or 2,922)

Everything’s just peachy, don’t you agree? At least Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is out!

  • Donald Trump continues to lie about voter fraud, possibly because he’s a petulant, insecure loser, possibly because the Republican party intends to entrench itself in our institutions with nationwide voter suppression, possibly because he’s projecting heavily as he always does, possibly all of the above. We report, you decide.
  • Support the League of Women Voters, they do good work.
  • Cartoonishly awful legacy laws are still being found, this one concerning Chinamen and San Francisco. At least they’re handling it nicely.
  • Silicon Valley is Awful, Volume 3,000 (via Anne Laurie).
  • Some Democratic Senators are voting to confirm Ben Carson. With the caveat that President Obama’s Cabinet nominees were actually NOT significantly obstructed by the Republicans, I don’t see how confirming Trump’s nominees benefits our party or the nation.
  • I’m sure that this story will get lots of traction, considering that IT policy decided the fate of the free world last November.
  • Mexico reacted to the wall announcement as absolutely nobody could have foreseen.

People who use “OCD” as an adjective suck

“OCD” = “obsessive-compulsive disorder.” “Disorder” is a noun. “Obsessive-compulsive” modifies “disorder,” ergo “obsessive-compulsive” is an adjective. “OCD” is a noun.

SO WHEN YOU SAY, “I AM SO OCD” YOU ARE WRONG AND YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD FOR BEING WRONG. YOU WOULD NOT SAY “I AM SO SICKNESS” WHEN YOU MEAN TO SAY “I AM SO SICK” SO YOU SHOULD NOT SAY “I AM SO OCD.” LEARN FROM TOBIAS.

People who use “OCD” as an adjective suck. They are killing America.