Jul 17 2021

The Breakfast Club (Changing Fast Enough)

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

TWA Flight 800 explodes; Russia’s royal family executed; Disneyland opens; Nicaragua’s Somoza goes into exile; Apollo and Soyuz link up in space; Baseball’s Ty Cobb and jazz great John Coltrane die.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

The question is not whether we are able to change but whether we are changing fast enough.

Angela Merkel

Breakfast News

US News

‘Pandemic of the unvaccinated’ burdens busy US hospitals

Arkansas reports 1,342 new coronavirus cases, 11 more deaths

Florida virus hospitalizations again rising after a decline

Just 7% of our DNA is unique to modern humans, study shows

Nursing school operators charged with selling bogus diplomas

Court: UI violated religious club’s First Amendment rights

Florida man tries to throw live gator onto building’s roof

Hubble Space Telescope fixed after month of no science

US Politics

‘A blaring siren’ for Democrats after ruling halts DACA

AP: Few AZ voter fraud cases, discrediting Trump’s claims

Biden to meet with Iraqi prime minister at White House

Trump showerhead rule on more water flow goes down the drain

Arizona governor declares emergency after Flagstaff floods

US border encounters of migrant families rise despite heat

Idaho GOP senators deny session to ban worker vaccine rules

International News

The Latest: SKorea sees 11th straight day over 1,000 cases

Freedom or folly? UK’s end to mandatory masks sows confusion

UK reverses plan to open up travel to France due to variant

Rescuers race to prevent more deaths from European floods

Greenland suspends oil exploration because of climate change

Don’t look up! Bangkok’s slitherers keep snake catchers busy

Dutch queen and robot open 3D-printed bridge in Amsterdam


Blue Jays get approval to return to Canada on July 30

Jankowski drives in 4, Phils beat Marlins 5-2 in DH opener

Hamilton delights home crowd ahead of historic F1 weekend

The waiting Games: Olympians navigate strict rules in Tokyo

Breakfast Blogs

An ER Doctor in Arkansas Told Us What Its Like to Work in Unvaccinated America Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

The Guardian “Scoop” Would Shift the Timeline and Bureaucracy of the Known 2016 Russian Operation emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Minority Report: Putin’s Programma Destabilizatsii Began Much Earlier Rayne, emptywheel

The Wilderness of Mirrors & The Guardian’s Scoop Regarding Putin’s & Russia’s Planning To Make Trump President: It Is Almost Certainly Disinformation & Agitprop, But It May Still Be True Adam L. Silverman, Balloon Juice

“They’re killing people” digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Flood porn Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hulalbaloo

Florida Tells Court: Actually, It’s Section 230 That’s Unconstitutional (Not Our Social Media Law) Mike Masnick, Techdirt

Five Palo Alto Cops Sue The City And Their PD, Claiming A Black Lives Matter Mural Harassed Them Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Murc’s law is a harsh mistress Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Moneyc

Getting counterinsurgency wrong Dan Nexon, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Gaming out the Breyer situation Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Personnel is Policy Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

David Brooks and the Suborbital Right driftglass, at his blog

American Identity Politics Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names


Jamie Lynn Crofts, Wonkette

$600 Emergency Unemployment Reduced Job Searches — When There Were No Jobs Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

Ivanka, Mike Pence Saved Day On 1/6 Heroically, Like Heroes, Say Ivanka, Mike Pence Liz Dye, Wonkette

OK Fine, Congress Will F*ck Up The Cyber Ninjas Now Evan Hurst, Wonkette

Iowa Defunded Planned Parenthood And Guess What They Got More Of? Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette