Days 202, 203, 204, 205 and 206 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

We’re 14 percent through.

“He has no historical view. He is only dealing with these issues now, and seems to think the world started when he took office,” a diplomat told BuzzFeed News, pointing to Trump’s remarks and tweets about defense spending. “He thinks that NATO existed only to keep the communists out of Europe. He has a similar attitude in Asia-Pacific with Japan, ignoring that the US basically wrote their constitution.” During his presidential campaign, Trump called out Japan to pay more for the security US provides, including for hosting the US troops in the country. Japan’s constitution restricts its military options.

They also believe Trump’s foreign policy is chiefly driven by an obsession with unraveling Barack Obama’s policies. “It’s his only real position,” one European diplomat said. “He will ask: ‘Did Obama approve this?’ And if the answer is affirmative, he will say: ‘We don’t.’ He won’t even want to listen to the arguments or have a debate. He is obsessed with Obama.”

  • Trump is a massive cock.
  • There’s a pushy, pushy poll showing that some Republicans are OK with postponing elections if Trump does it. The number should be zero.
  • For those who despair, Democrats have been cleaning up in state special elections, most recently in Iowa. Going by the thesis that conservatives’ main motive is pissing off liberals, perhaps it’s best to make every race as low-profile as possible? No more messiahs.
  • Voter suppression is still a massive problem, though. I’m trying to learn more about this — will the courts be our main tool of resistance? What is Let America Vote planning?
  • Nina Turner is a hack obsessed with idiot publicity stunts. Whatever potential Our Revolution had will be squandered by her.
  • In a small victory, Jeffrey Lord has been fired after tweeting unambiguous Nazi stuff. Hallelujah.
  • I look forward to DNA code becoming a mainstay of techno-thrillers for years to come.
  • Asshole calls half his coworkers biologically inferior, claims persecution for being fired. It’s gaslighting.
  • Of course, David Brooks comes out with another worthless take. Why must The New York Times let him get away with it?
  • #YesAllWomen:

Any woman that works in sports journalism will tell you that at some point in her life, she has been subjected to a quiz by someone who thinks they know more about sports than she does. It could be someone close to them, like a friend or family member, or someone that she’s just met, like a guy in a bar, your barista or mechanic.

  • Eli Manning should be given the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, preferably on the same day that Tom Brady is tried at the Hague.
  • Modern singing may be ruining our singers. Maybe.
  • It’s from a while back, but Disney villains now have their own postage stamp series. Government is good.
  • Not funny, Onion. 😦
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Days 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200 and 201 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

Hi.

Days 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192 and 193 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

Holy moly, we’re blowing through news like the writers want to cram everything in before we’re canceled. Mooch is the ill-advised new character meant to boost ratings.

The continuing battle between Ohio and North Carolina on license plates and the back of quarters to claim the home of flight is largely a pissing match between two states with very little else to offer and should be made fun of by everyone from better states.

  • GamerGate was a test run for Donald Trump becoming ruler of the free (?) world. That is a real sentence that I mean sincerely.
  • South Park also played a part in this. I haven’t watched since the first week of last November, and I don’t know if I’ll go back.
  • “Predatory Journals Hit By ‘Star Wars’ Sting” is a headline as good as the post it adorns:

So what did they publish? A travesty, which they should have rejected within about 5 minutes – or 2 minutes if the reviewer was familiar with Star Wars. Some highlights:

  • “Beyond supplying cellular energy, midichloria perform functions such as Force sensitivity…”
  • “Involved in ATP production is the citric acid cycle, also referred to as the Kyloren cycle after its discoverer”
  • “Midi-chlorians are microscopic life-forms that reside in all living cells – without the midi-chlorians, life couldn’t exist, and we’d have no knowledge of the force. Midichlorial disorders often erupt as brain diseases, such as autism.”
  • “midichloria DNA (mtDNRey)” and “ReyTP”

PSA: 10 Signs You May Be a Political Hack

#1 – Presidential Politics Are the Only Politics

Midterms? What midterms? The only thing that matters is one person that we’ll choose three years from now, and how we can prove that they’re actually evil. A subset of…

#2 – The Great Man Theory

Future historians will attribute the Republican victories of 2010 and 2014 to the inspirational leadership of Michael Steele and Reince Priebus. Now let me explain why Ellison v. Perez is the defining battle of our times. I watch too much Game of Thrones.

#3 – The Message Is the Medium

Why do research or talk to other human beings when you can zero in on a single ad or slogan and declare it completely representative of an entire campaign and political party? This lets you get away with “I AM THE COSMOS” projection. Related…

#4 – I Should Be in Charge

All that the ________ need to do for a permanent majority is embrace ________, which coincidentally is exactly what I believe. If I ran for president, I would get 100% of the vote.

#5 – Both Sides Do It

My revolutionary approach to politics has left me functionally aligned with David Brooks and Ron Fournier. I am OK with this.

#6 – Popularity Can’t Be Measured by Votes

A margin of three million votes is irrelevant. Let us ignore the clearest quantitative data we have on the preferences of the American people so I can keep extrapolating my beliefs onto the entire populace. Also I like hanging out in diners.

#7 – No Space for Race

People used it to justify slavery. It caused Americans to amass large armies and fight a four-year Civil War. It formed the basis for a police state that still endures. But that’s over and we must not talk about it, because reasons.

#8 – Don’t Hate the Game, Ignore the Game

Vote suppression? Gerrymandering? Shelby County v. Holder? What are those? You’re just trying to avoid taking FULL RESPONSIBILITY for everything bad that’s ever happened. Those factors will not stick around to screw us over in future elections because reasons.

#9 – The End of History

What was the Republican message in 2010? What was the Democratic message in 2006? Why did Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton win southern states while other Democrats failed? Why did Democrats start losing southern states after the Civil Rights Movement? The answers do not matter, because I say they don’t.

#10 – “I’ve Always Thought the Yankees Had Nothing to Do with It”

America, rather than being composed of different people with clashing philosophies and priorities, is really a uniform blob that yearns for socialism, but will settle for its complete opposite. The Democratic Party is the main obstacle to reform in the U.S.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is not too late for you! I myself have been a hack before and I’ll probably do it again. My recommendation is a hot toddy and a good history book, perhaps Fear Itself by Ira Katznelson.

Days 181, 182, 183, 184, 185 and 186 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

The problem with slacking off on updating this blog is that stories become irrelevant within days, if not hours. I suppose that is always the case, but it’s gotten worse in these six months. I shall be more punctual.

  • On a basic level, democratic governments find it difficult to do things that will obviously cause their citizens great suffering. Resistance workedThe rules still apply to the Quest for ACA Repeal — unless they get rid of it today, then all of this is moot.
  • The Republicans are using money explicitly pegged for ACA outreach to run ads against the ACA. Even I am shocked and disgusted.
  • If Trump pardons his family, illegally pardons himself and fires Mueller, it will be a constitutional crisis and backbreaking blow to the rule of law. So Republicans will do nothing.
  • The immortal Charlie Pierce:

Right now, we are stumbling in the dark into a constitutional crisis. During Watergate, the crisis existed in plain public sight from the moment that Alexander Butterfield told the Ervin committee about the White House tapes. There was a clear path forward. The two sides of the fight were clearly drawn and, by and large, it was a fight between the executive and the legislative that bled into a fight between the executive and the judiciary, and that finally was settled back in the legislature again, where it belonged. In this one, the legislative branch of the government has withdrawn disgracefully from the fray, so the fight is carried on anonymously between factions of the executive who are trying to save themselves.

The past 17 years has been the worst period for voting rights since the collapse of Reconstruction, and it all goes back to the dynamics unleashed in our politics in 2000. In 2000, for example, Florida contracted for a voter “purge” list that disenfranchised an estimated 20,000 voters, most of them minority citizens, because their names were similar to those of convicted felons. And, now, we have the Interstate Voter Crosscheck Program, which is to that Florida purge list what an oak is to an acorn. The entire Republican political apparatus, state and federal, has been dedicated to rolling back every hard-won expansion of the franchise and democratization of the franchise back to 1913.

  • So we’re just giving Russia what they want in Syria.
  • Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is in trouble, though it’s quite likely that Trump leaked the info himself.
  • Jill Stein is also in trouble.
  • The New York Review of Books wrote about Steve Bannon. Fans of Seinfeld, you are in luck. Bannon has received a mere pittance from the show.
  • Rest in pieces, Sean Spicer.
  • Trump’s new lead lawyer is called Ty Cobb. That’s pretty amazing.
  • Donald Trump’s enablers on the left are insufferable, in part because they can’t recognize the great progress the Democrats have made in resisting Republican tyranny.
  • The internet is a public good and the government should provide it for everyone, as the struggles of Google Fiber demonstrate.
  • Dan Gilbert is a putz who happens to enjoy putting his money into Detroit. Revitalization cannot just be rich people relocating themselves to poor areas.
  • Nintendo’s voice chat app for the Switch is obtuse and terrible in a quintessentially Nintendo way. I love it.
  • HBO’s planned show on the Confederate States of America is obtuse and terrible in a quintessentially white, ignorant way. I hate it.
  • A world with long, irregular seasons a la Game of Thrones is possible, all you need is a moon orbiting a double planet.
  • I wish I could discover massive fossils while hiking.

Day 180 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

The Disaster Artist looks pretty good.

  • First there were two, then there were three. And the newest round of ACA repeal is also dead. See you tomorrow!
  • When in doubt, privatize Medicare. Paul Ryan is more one-note than a tuning fork.
  • Obama’s Iran deal is working and Trump is finding it hard to scrap. I sense a pattern.
  • Trump’s ties to Russia go way, way back.

Whether Trump knew it or not, Russian mobsters and corrupt oligarchs used his properties not only to launder vast sums of money from extortion, drugs, gambling, and racketeering, but even as a base of operations for their criminal activities. In the process, they propped up Trump’s business and enabled him to reinvent his image. Without the Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States.

  • You’d think that he would have learned to speak Russian by now. Instead he’s meeting with Putin without bringing an interpreter, or any staff for that matter.
  • I knew that the Republicans control Michigan’s legislature through gerrymandering, but I didn’t realize how bad it was. I hope this ballot initiative goes somewhere.

In 2012, Michigan Democrats received 52% of the votes cast for state House, but won 46% of the seats. In 2014, Democrats received 51% of the votes for state House and won 43% of the seats. And in 2016, Democrats received just under 50% of the votes for state House, and again won 43% of the seats.

In congressional races in 2016, Democrats received 47% of the votes, but won just 36% of the seats, records show.

Days 176, 177, 178 and 179 of 1,461 (or 2,922)

2018 WILL MOST ASSUREDLY BE A GOOD YEAR!