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Jan 02 2021

The Breakfast Club (Cult of Ignorance)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

This Day in History

WV mine blast; JFK declares he’s running for President; Japan captures Manila, Philippines during WWII; Lindbergh baby trial; Annie closes on Broadway.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.

Isaac Asimov

Breakfast News

US News

VIRUS TODAY: California struggles to tame COVID-19

Appeals court vacates order delaying woman’s execution

Vandals damage federal buildings in Philadelphia; 7 arrested

Chicago ends 2020 with 769 homicides as gun violence surges

US Politics

In a first, Congress overrides Trump veto of defense bill

Texas judge dismisses suit aimed at overturning election

GOP torn over Trump’s Electoral College challenge of Biden

GOP rebuffs Trump on $2K aid, defense as Congress wraps up

Trump vetoes Calif. fishing bill over seafood trade deficit

International News

The Latest: S Korea extends distancing rules for 2 weeks

Turkey finds 15 people carrying new U.K. coronavirus variant

Belgian St. Nick party for elderly leads to 27 virus deaths

UK in ‘eye of the storm’ amid surging new coronavirus cases

New Year comes to COVID ward, with hope for end to nightmare

Curfew-busting New Year party-goers attack French police

Iran tells inspectors it plans up to 20% enrichment at Fordo

Quiet New Year gives breathing room after UK-EU Brexit split

8 die in New Year’s Eve carbon monoxide poisoning in Bosnia

After criticism, Bosnia sets up tents for freezing migrants

UK abolishes ‘sexist’ tax on women’s sanitary products

Sports

The Latest: Duke coach Krzyzewski to miss FSU game

Roll Tide! No. 1 Alabama beats Notre Dame 31-14 in Rose Bowl

Ramsey leads No. 15 Northwestern past Auburn in Citrus Bowl

Podlesny’s FG lifts Georgia past Cincinnati in Peach Bowl

Packers won’t have Pro Bowl OT Bakhtiari for rest of season

Kamara on COVID-19 list, could miss Saints’ playoff opener

Breakfast Blogs

This Is an Embarrassment to the Idea of a Civil Society Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Establishment saboteur digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Political Survivor replay Pt. 1 Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

The Trump surge Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 757 Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

David Brook Bids 2020 Adieu By Being 100% David Brooks driftglass, at his blog

Lift a Finger Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

Haiku Review of 2020 (Part 4 and Last): Live Forever The Rude Pundit, at his blog

THE MALIGNANT NARCISSIST IN WINTER Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

John Lewis Is Your 2020 — And Forever — Legislative Badass Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Now We Know What Rudy Giuliani’s Chram Must Feel Like: A Sincere Wonkette Reflection On 2020 Liz Dye, Wonkette

Wonkette’s 2020 Legislative Shitheel, You Are Senate’s Dumbest Republican Ron Johnson! Evan Hurst, Wonkette

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