I’m not sure if it’s me or if the world is themeless. I keep starting with one and then having it fall apart. Oh well. See if you can guess the theme I thought I had.
In our wordcloud below is “drunken chariot racing” but the link has absolutely nothing to do with drunken, chariot or racing. Which made me think that wordcloud is judging us! As if we’re the kind of window-lickers who’d be all into drunken chariot racing so it just threw it in.
Then I realized, a good idea is a good idea so here’s part of the chariot race from The Perils of Gwendolyn.
You can’t tell from that clip, but that movie has the highest boobs/frame ratio of any movie I’ve ever seen. If you’re into that sort of thing.
So… what happened to “The First 100 Days” on Foxnews? It used to be on at 5pm here (7 east coast), but now it’s Tucker Carlson. His first 100 days are not over and that show started in January so it cannot have been 100 days. Every time I flipped over there was Martha and some, acknowledged, Dem operative bashing Trump, so I have to figure the ratings were pretty low because MSNBC and CNN are much sadder and a whole lot funnier.
In the now, apparently Trump is thinking about doing recess appointments to get around the GOP Senate to confirm his appointments.
I’m torn on that one. On the one hand, it’s fucking hilarious he has to do this to get around the slow-rolling of Republicans. On the other hand, that’s a slimy thing that we do not need to have regularized. Which leads us to the gripping hand, Czars! They do not need to be confirmed, I’m not even sure if they’re officially appointed. I think they just show up and start working.
The ‘recess appt’ thing has to be a troll. I prefer the Before! so I’d like a Czar troll.
Having the NYTimesWashPostCNNABCCBSNBCetc. start freaking out about ‘Czars avoiding confirmation are the end of the Republic!!!!!!” so Trump can comment on the 39 Obama sub-Czars wikipedia claims avoided that messy, tax-cheating-finding, confirmation process would be hilarious.
To make sense of this next link, you have to understand Trump is a recent Republican. He thinks more like a Democrat.
WELL, YES: Trump isn’t really campaigning earlier than other recent presidents. He’s just more upfront about it.
The “permanent campaign” was invented by (or maybe “for”) Bill Clinton a quarter century ago, and for better or worse it’s now a permanent part of our political landscape.
WELL, NO: Bush didn’t campaign constantly. He promoted himself, but he didn’t campaign. He was a breath of maturity in the office that Clinton and Obama did their best to ensmallen.
As for “He’s more upfront about it.”… No. The media is more upfront about attacking him for it. He’s not doing anything different from what Clinton and Obama did. Hell, he’s less upfront than Obama who traveled to fundraisers across the country all the freaking time.
While I’m yelling at Instapundit, this always bothers me. Most of the article linked is pretty accurate.
The basic division in American politics today is not over the merits of President Trump. Many of those who voted for him believed that he lacked the moral grounding and gravitas that great Presidents must ultimately draw on. The division is between those who think that before Trump, things were going just fine and the American elite was doing an excellent job, and those who blame the rise of Trump on the failures and blindness of the so-called “meritocratic elite” who, they would argue, have been running the country into the ground.
No argument from me so far. Here’s where we go off the tracks.
In foreign policy, the United States has had two failed presidencies in a row. Our grand strategy of…democratization of the Middle East would and could solve the terrorism problem—and so did their degreed and esteemed advisers and the commentariat.
We had won in Iraq. We were almost done. As anybody with a brain told Obama, he had to fucking leave some dam Marines, A-10s and Apaches there, similar to how we treated Germany. That way, ISIS would have been stain in the desert when they were first chased out of Syria in their Toyota pick-ups instead of getting stronger and taking over much of the region.
Now: Israeli soldier gets 18 months in jail for shooting a wounded, Palestinian terrorist. Palis are all upset it’s only 18 months. Apparently, helping suicide attackers suicide is verboten in their religion. You need to let them blow themselves up I guess.
Before: Palestinians have a different view on successful suicide bombers being killed as they open an exhibit of a suicide bombing from the previous month. After an outcry from people who give the PLO money, the Arafish canceled the exhibit. Yes, it was built less than a month later. Too soon?
Doesn’t really fit, but this is another in a very long series. We’re talking Days of our Lives long.
At UCLA Law School last week, a squad of student “thought police” tried to ban my book, Failing to Confront Islamic Totalitarianism: From George W. Bush to Barack Obama and Beyond. They don’t want you to know the book even exists, let alone what’s inside it. And the UCLA administration enabled them. This ominous episode underlines how students are learning to be contemptuous of intellectual freedom.
And since it’s California, they went the extra mile. It happened at
…a panel discussion at UCLA Law School on the vital importance of freedom of speech and the threats to it.
The funniest part is that this State-Sponsored, Law Fucking School does not see the irony of students learning how to be law talking folks at a gov’t-affiliated Law Fucking School stomping on speech they do not like and not being immediately and humiliatingly slapped down by either the faculty or the admin (both?) at the gov’t-run Law Fucking School. More, they think anybody who does see irony is a hating hater who hates.
Yeah, that bothers me a lot. At least some of these people are likely to be future lawyers, politicians and judges.
Our best hope is if all the different flavors of fascist assholes start killing each other before they start trying to kill the rest of us.
Which leads to this.
“The Court finds these allegations sufficient to establish that CNN was acting recklessly with regard to the accuracy of its report, i.e., with ‘actual malice,” the order reads.
That could be really horrible with possibly good results.
CNN begged for it. As did Rolling Stone. As are a bunch of others. Expect a slew of these as precedents are set.
I really don’t like the idea of the US have British-style libel laws. US law is an attempt to fix what the Brits got wrong.
On the other hand, maybe they’ll stop being fucking lying sacks of fucking shit.
I’m really of the opinion that it’s a terrible precedent and I really, really, really wish our fine Minitrue betters did not make it nearly a requirement but since they did, I hope it has a salutary effect. Or should that be “salutatory affect” so people can have something easy to make of me for? Besides constantly ending sentences of prepositions, that is.
These might be a good metaphor for the people who supported Trump and/or people who supported Hillary.
That’s right, the neon marshmallow-flavored filling will actually get sandwiched between two golden cookies…
If you’re totally into this concept, you should probably consider dunking them in Peeps-flavored milk…
To some people that’s the most horrible thing in the history of ever. They deserve no mercy on their souls.
Others think, “Hmmmmm, that sounds delicious! I’ll have to try those!”
I’d avoid those people personally. Probably anarchists. Or even worse. Hipsters.
Scientists Need Grant Money To
Vacation… Study In Mexico!!!!!
The worst of those outbreaks were known as cocoliztli, from the word “pestilence” in the Aztec language Nahuatl.
It’s during one of these cocoliztli, between 1545 and 1550, that up to 80 percentof the native population is believed to have perished…
Now, the Max Planck researchers have presented evidence that the cause of the outbreak could have actually been a primitive and deadly form of salmonella.
The first glaring tell, “up to” and “believed to be…” are codewords for “Yeah, I’m pulling this out of my ass.”
At one point I got really into Aztec history after reading Jennings’ Aztec. It’s a very good book, as are most of his books, I haven’t read the sequels to Aztec, and it’s also, like all his books, surprisingly well researched and accurate.
That salmonella deal is an interesting idea that seem implausible to me. They list the plagues sweeping the area and the theory I’ve always seen is that it was just a cumulative deal with no real “This is the one!!!!”
I figure they just need some cash and global worming is getting tapped out.