Jan 23 2018

And They Say Irony Is Dead


Any responsible estimate of total participation starts at 2 Million. Just off the top of my head there were at least 6 cities, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, D.C., New York, and Las Vegas where participation was 200,000 or more.

That’s 1.2 Million right there. Some reports add 400,000 between Los Angeles and Chicago alone. That’s 1.6 Million. Over 250 demonstrations in all 50 States.

Yet it was virtually ignored by the Corporate Media and these sorry segments (well, except for Seth Meyers, he did a pretty good job) are the best our Late Night News came up with.

Worse, after saving their asses in Virginia and Alabama, the Democratic Party ignored all this energy and stabbed these people in the back by caving on #TrumpShutdown to the Racist Republicans who think any countries whose people are Black or Brown are “shithole countries”.

Crooks and Liars

They are women’s marches. We know last year single biggest one-day demonstration in this country’s history, we heard how afterwards, it was okay but just a march, it’s performance, fun, people get together and wear their cute hats, whatever. No one seems to have connected, still, a year later when there is a spontaneous demonstration almost the same size in some places like Chicago, bigger, without a centralized organization drawing everybody.

I didn’t know about the marches. I write about women and politics. I didn’t know there would be women’s marches until January and they were massive. They don’t just have cute marches with the hats with the fact it’s women clogging congressional phone lines and doing town halls, who have been organizing on the grassroots activist level around state and local office races around the country who have been winning in New Jersey, in Virginia and who are running in unprecedented numbers for the House, for the Senate and primarying Democrats from the left.

And apparently, the media’s failure to take this seriously as a political movement and not as some social weekend thing that women do once a year, has led Senate Democrats to think it’s not a serious political movement.

The classical Greek definition of Irony, Tragic Irony, is an ultimately fatal flaw the Protagonist possesses that the Audience knows about but the Character fails to recognize before their inevitable Doom.

Jan 23 2018

Nihilists Delight


What Even Matters Anymore?

Robert Mueller?

No! But thank you for playing our game. What’s the consolation prize Johnny?

A copy of our Home Edition!

Jan 23 2018

The Breakfast Club (Spineless)

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This Day in History

Accord reached in Vietnam; North Korea seizes the U.S.S. Pueblo; Roots airs; Bob Keeshan dies; Johnny Carson dies.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

One thing I have learned in my time in politics is that if one of the parties is shameless, the other party cannot afford to be spineless.

Frank Lautenberg

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Jan 22 2018

The Reason For The Season

Oh, and the answer to the question is- Yes.

Jan 22 2018

Pondering the Pundits

Pondering the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from> around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

Thanks to ek hornbeck, click on the link and you can access all the past “Pondering the Pundits”.

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Mary Ziegler: Roe v. Wade Was About More Than Abortion

The events planned to mark the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade have one main thing in common: They focus on abortion. In protesting Roe this year, March for Life celebrated a record low abortion rate, proclaiming that “love saves lives.” California lawmakers introduced a resolution last year describing Roe as “the cornerstone of women’s ability to control their reproductive lives.”

But as the nation again considers the legacy of the country’s best-known Supreme Court decision, issued on Jan. 22, 1973, we have mostly forgotten part of the story of Roe v. Wade — one almost entirely disconnected from abortion. In the 1970s and beyond, Americans used Roe to answer much larger questions: What does the right to privacy mean, and who can claim that right?

Charles M. Blow: Shutdown, Showdown, Sure Thing

It’s already tiring to watch the jockeying among the partisans over who is to be blamed for the government shutdown and who will likely face political consequences because of it.

There is absolutely no reason that a deal couldn’t have been reached on the Dreamers, something that the vast majority of Americans want. But Republicans used the threat of withholding the fix as a bargaining chip, and Democrats held to the fix as imperative.

Donald Trump proved himself both woefully inept at making tough deals and also demonstrated that his yearlong strategy of trying to govern to the exclusion of Democrats and playing to a narrow base is fatally flawed.

Trump is an unrepentant, unremitting liar. That makes deal-making impossible. His word is meaningless and his policy principles are murky. He is mercurial and inconsistent. This may well have worked in business, to keep people off kilter, but it won’t work in politics.

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Jan 22 2018


Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was “well timed” in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”

In other words, I’m a liar, A Liar, A LIAR!

So Mitch McConnell “intends” to do this and that. Well, maybe we should ask Susan Collins or Bob Corker just what Mitch McConnell’s “intentions” are worth. Has he taken any of the actions he promised them in return for their votes on the Cut Cut Cut Bill?


Well, if that’s the way you’re going to treat the members of your own Party why should a single Democrat believe you now?

Of course some will, because they’re cowards and Quislings who should be booted from the Party so they can take those Government Tit Sucking jobs on K Street they want and crave. Corrupt through and through.

And even imputing the finest of motives and most sincere of “intentions” to McConnell (which I don’t for a moment, he’s a scumbag piece of crap), Paul Ryan has publicly stated he doesn’t feel bound by any Senate agreements.

So what do you get for your Treason Democrats?

A great steaming heap of nothing.

If you are sincere about your goals to do right for Domestic Spending by linking it to Military Spending, to provide Health Insurance for 9 Million Children, to save Immigration especially for Dreamers in the face of a Racist and Bigoted Republican Party (they all are, the fact you play squash with them in the Senate Gymnasium doesn’t erase the taint- it makes you stink just like them), you know you have to attach it to “Must Pass Legislation”.

That’s what this is.

Or will you pretend to believe the promises of a proven liar and “Wait!” for a better day, a more timely season?

In short, as Dr. King puts it- “Never”.

Jan 22 2018

The Breakfast Club (Stupid Mess)

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This Day in History

U.S. Supreme Court legalizes abortion; Theodore Kaczynski pleads guilty; Queen Victoria dies; “The Crucible” opens;”Laugh-In” premieres.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

If Stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out?

Will Rogers

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Jan 21 2018

Throwball Playoffs 2018 League Championships: Vikings at Eagles

Now that you’ve had a crash course in Ethics (I assume you didn’t waste your time watching a stupid Throwball game) I have a problem for you-

If you have a favorite team and a second favorite team and their two most hated Division rivals face each other, who do you root for?

The rival of your second favorite team of course, you hate them least.

Except I hate the Eagles a lot. And they’re really not very good at all.

Also if the Vikings win it will be the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium in 52 years so it has novelty value. I also don’t think the Eagles match up as well against the Patsies (who I hate more than anybody) as the Vikings do and it’s always about who you hate the most.

Problem solved!

Next up- The Trolley Problem. Actually highly relevant to current events like the development of autonomous automobiles. It can easily be expressed in more stark terms like- if your car only has the the choice of killing you, the “driver”, or a bus of innocent children (they are always innocent, unlike you, and always children, full of potential), which should it choose? Now from a Spock-like Utilitarian perspective the choice is obvious “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.” but from a Theological standpoint one could argue that if they die in a state of innocence they are guaranteed salvation and a seat at the feet of Jesus while you would be granted more time to seek forgiveness and repent your evil, evil ways.

Not so easy is it? Constantine was not baptized (symbolically washing away his sins) until he was nearly dead and no longer an active Emperor required by his position to do sinful stuff.

Of course there is the fact the choice would not really be yours but the programmer’s (that would be someone like me) and the technology is mere vaporware on which the excess capital of our Mega Corporations and Plutocratic Billionaires is being wasted in the hopes of freeing virtuous Investment from the messy necessity of Labor (that means keeping Poors alive, ick).

Jan 21 2018

Throwball Playoffs 2018 League Championships: Jaguars at Patsies

As I reminded myself by re-watching The Good Place episode Leap to Faith

Ok, let me stop right there because I’m not going to let you off that easy. The Good Place is really, really good and far funnier than you would expect a show about Ethical Philosophy to be. Jianyu Li/Jason Mendoza, a human, is an amateur DJ from Jacksonville and extremely dumb. He’s also a HUGE Jaguars fan. To taunt him Michael, a demon, tells him that when he gets to the actual Bad Place, his torture will be that he’s forced to watch Jaguar games for eternity because they are that terrible.

It’s not quite true. On paper the Jaguars have a better Defense than the Patsies and while Blake Bortles is not a future Hall of Famer at least Blake is not quite as bad a name as Derek and how good do you have to be?

On the other hand I’ve decided I hate the Patsies more than any other team in the NFL and Brady ain’t all that or even a bag of chips. He’s definitely going to The Bad Place (as are Kraft and Belichick) because he’s a cheat. Plus he has a hand injury that prevented him from practicing and it may or may not effect his performance today. As I mentioned the Jaguar Defense is quite sound and if the Patsies are to succeed they will need to move through the middle. If the Patsies can do that and get an early lead then they will probably win, but it’s not a sure thing by any means.

Now, about Kierkegaard. Existentialism is a sadly misunderstood philosophy which is not merely a joke about anxiety arising from the realization of an indifferent universe, though it often expresses itself in absurdist humor verging on nihilism. Rather it’s about one’s conduct in the absence of external restrictions, another expression of Socrates’ Invisible Thief paradox. “On 29 September 1841, Kierkegaard wrote and defended his dissertation, On the Concept of Irony with Continual Reference to Socrates“…


Huh? Wha? Oh no, I always paid attention in Philosophy, it’s fascinating. Søren had self esteem issues and a fraught relationship with Regine and never quite got over it. No, it’s Throwball that’s good for napping.

Jan 21 2018

The Breakfast Club (Lizard Crossing)

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AP’s Today in History for January 21st

France’s King Louis XVI executed; Vladimir Lenin dies; Alger Hiss found guilty of lying to grand jury; President Jimmy Carter pardons Vietnam draft evaders; Concorde begins service.


Breakfast Tune Lizard Crossing by Loren Hicks


Something to think about, Breakfast News & Blogs below

GOP Candidate for Pennsylvania Special Election Is a Former Abu Ghraib Interrogation Consultant
Lee Fang, The Intercept

RICK SACCONE, THE GOP nominee in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district, is a former intelligence support consultant for the U.S. Army at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison. He has written extensively in support of interrogation tactics widely condemned by human rights experts as torture.

Saccone has long maintained that the simulated drowning of several suspects, a technique known as waterboarding, does not qualify as torture because it is quick and does not inflict permanent physical injury. The technique, he claims, produced “valuable information in the war on terror” when it was used on suspects such as Abu Zubaydah, who he says divulged much-needed intelligence in only 34 seconds of waterboarding.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, however, found that Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times in a single month, so brutally in fact that he became “completely unresponsive, with bubbles rising through his open, full mouth.” The Bush administration claimed that Zubaydah was a high-profile member of Al Qaeda and that through brutal interrogation, he had revealed ties between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. …

One year later, thousands return for Women’s March with spirits undaunted
Lauren Gambino, Adam Gabbatt and Carla Green, The Guardian

A year after millions of women and men demonstrated in cities around the globe in an extraordinary rebuke of Donald Trump, crowds returned to the streets on Saturday.

Tens of thousands turned out in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and hundreds of other cities across the US and the world. Many women wore pink knit “pussy hats”, an enduring symbol of the Women’s March and the so-called “resistance” to Trump.

In Washington, where the federal government was shut down amid gridlock in Congress, the steps of the Lincoln Memorial were dotted with pink hats and handmade placards. A group of protesters held large block letters to spell “impeach”. …

Trump: Senate should change rules if shutdown stalemate continues
Susan Cornwel, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that if the government shutdown stalemate continued, Republicans should fund the government by changing Senate rules, which currently require a super-majority for appropriations bills to pass.

“The Dems (Democrats) just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51 percent (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget,” Trump said on Twitter.

Trump’s proposal was almost immediately rejected by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. …

Facebook to prioritize ‘trustworthy’ news based on surveys
David Ingram, Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc will prioritize “trustworthy” news in its feed of social media posts, using member surveys to identify high-quality outlets and fight sensationalism and misinformation, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday.

The company, which has more than 2 billion monthly users, said its members, not experts or Facebook executives, would determine how news outlets rank in terms of trustworthiness. It also said it would put an emphasis on local news sources.

The move is likely to send shockwaves through the media landscape in nearly every country, given the ubiquity of the world’s largest social network and how central it has become in some places to the distribution of news. …







Something to think about over coffee prozac

Dozens dressed as Tyrannosaurus rex descend on public square

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — His name means “king of the tyrant lizards,” but sometimes Tyrannosaurus rex just wants to party.

Make that many T. rexes. Hundreds of curious people descended on Portland’s Monument Square on Saturday to observe a gathering of dinosaur lovers dressed as the science museum staple.

There were dozens of T. rexes, and they danced, growled and milled around. One who struggled to navigate his costume walked around with his head protruding awkwardly from the dinosaur’s gaping mouth.

Valerie Sanborn and Alison Cyr set up the Cretaceous Period party through Facebook. A non-participant was summoned to snap a group photo because of T. rex’s “little arm probz.”

There didn’t appear to be any participants who arrived dressed as Marc Bolan, late singer of English rock band T. Rex.

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