Aug 25 2021

The Breakfast Club (Precious Energy)

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

Paris liberated during World War II; A first swim across the English Channel; Actor Sean Connery, composer Leonard Bernstein, and musician Elvis Costello born; Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’ released.

Breakfast Tunes

Charles Robert Watts (2 June 1941 – 24 August 2021)

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Creativity is an energy. It’s a precious energy, and it’s something to be protected. A lot of people take for granted that they’re a creative person, but I know from experience, feeling it in myself, it is a magic; it is an energy. And it can’t be taken for granted.

Ava DuVernay

Breakfast News

US News

Another virus surge brings more misery to Louisiana hospital

Masks to be required in Oregon’s outdoor public settings

US outbreaks force early reversals on in-person learning

With hospitals overwhelmed by virus, Idaho seeks volunteers

From CVS to Goldman Sachs, FDA move prompts vaccine mandates

Audit: California agency bungled COVID-19 funds for homeless

WA commissioner walks out of meeting during mask protest

Tech exec sentenced to 2 years for $1.8 million COVID fraud

Pristine Lake Tahoe shrouded in smoke from threatening fire

Crews scour debris for more victims after Tennessee floods

Scientists detect earthquake swarm at Hawaii volcano

Minnesota wildfires disappoint travelers and outfitters

Landslide prompts closure on Denali park road in Alaska

Scientists launch effort to collect water data in US West

Genetic mapping boosts hopes for restoring prized lake trout

Giant rubber ducky takes flight; where will it land next?

Bear caught on video stealing package from Connecticut porch

One last zinger: Dorothy Parker’s headstone unveiled in NYC

Diner leaves $10,000 tip for workers at Florida restaurant

Pasty fest returns to the Upper Peninsula _ but no gravy

US Politics

Supreme Court orders ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy reinstated

House passes $3.5T Biden blueprint after deal with moderates

House passes bill bolstering landmark voting law

Trump-backed Herschel Walker seeks Georgia Senate seat

Report details mishandling of police emergency system on 1/6

2 Congress members fly to Kabul amid chaotic evacuation

International News

The Latest: Australian state sets another high for cases

The Latest: Mexico accepts its 1st group of Afghan refugees

Daily new COVID-19 cases in Israel approach January peak

Biden holds to Kabul Aug. 31 deadline despite criticism

G-7 leaders can’t sway Biden to delay Afghanistan withdrawal

At-risk Afghans fearing Taliban hunker down, wait to leave

Nowhere to go for Haiti quake victims upon hospital release

Supply issues take shakes off the menu at British McDonald’s


Brubaker ends lengthy losing streak, Pirates edge D’backs

Abreu hits 3-run HR, Cease fans 7, White Sox beat Jays 5-2

Torrens’ 2-run single helps Seattle sweep stumbling A’s

US Open offering tennis players access to mental health pros

LPGA Shanghai canceled over COVID-19 travel restrictions

Breakfast Blogs

Street Violence Cannot Become Part of Our Political Process Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Rudy’s Other Grifter Prepares to Plead Guilty emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Charlie Watts bmaz, emptywheel

The Failure In Afghanistan Was the Result of Everyone Wanting to Grade Their Own Homework Adam L. Silverman, Balloon Juice

Trump’s latest folly digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Charlie is our darling: A tribute Dennis Hartley, Digby’s Hullabaloo

https://digbysblog.net/2021/08/24/a-win-for-voting-rights/ Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Appeals Court Shuts Down Kansas’ 30-Year-Old Ag Gag Law Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Political Consultant Misrepresents Nearly Everything In Arguing That The Gov’t Should Make Google/Facebook Pay News Orgs Mike Masnick, Techdirt

FCC Proposes $5 Million ‘Largest’ Robocalling ‘Fine Ever’ Against Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl Colin Kalmbacher, Law & Crime

‘AG Paxton Committed No Crime’: Texas Attorney General Clears Self of Bribery Accusations in Unsigned Report Adam Klasfeld, Law & Crime

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Proposed ‘Misconduct Exception,’ Keeps Memo of Trump Asking NSA Director to Refute Russia Stories Hidden from Public Jerry Lambe, Law & Crime

SCOTUS Won’t Block Ruling Forcing Biden Administration to Continue Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy Elura Nanos, Law & Crime

Spicy hot takes Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns, and Money

If you aren’t running for office to do stuff, why bother? Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 905 Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Wallyndra driftglass, at his blog

Mod Squad Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

A COROLLARY TO WILHOIT’S LAW Steve M., Noe More Mister Nice Blog