What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Friday, September 23, 2016

Linkee-poo just can’t go without, I could never drown in

Monty Python's Terry Jones has come out as diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia. You know 2016 just just fuck right off now. (Grokked from John)

Apparently some asshat author wrote what seems to be a fairly racists book about the near future (and by racist I mean stereotypical xenophobic pearl clutching as exemplified by the hysteria fears of the alt-right about brown people coming over the southern border). And in a stunning example of the censoring of dissenting views, had an editorial published in the NYT whinging about how they were being put out by the criticism and how they were being silenced. No, I'm not going to link to any of it. When did this shit become mainstream and not just published by the fringes like Paladin Press?

"Sales of adult books fell by 10.3 percent in the first three months of 2016, and children’s books dropped by 2.1 percent. E-book sales fell by 21.8 percent, and hardcover sales were down 8.5 percent. The strongest categories were digital audiobooks, which rose by 35.3 percent, and paperback sales, which were up by 6.1 percent." I wonder where all those "traditional publishing is DEAD" people are now?

With any home improvement project, there's always that one part that doesn't go well. In this case, while trying to preserve the Great Wall of China, one section appears to have been paved over.

NPR's complete guide to early and absentee voting.

"The South Dakota surgeon had been called to vouch for the expertise of one of his partners whose patient had suffered a stroke and permanent disability after an operation. The problem was that (this doctor) had, in his own mind, questioned his colleague's skill. His partner's patients had suffered injuries related to his procedures. But (this doctor) understood why his partner's attorney had called him as a witness: Doctors don't squeal on doctors." The white-coat line (just like the thin blue line). What I found myself thinking as I read this was not about his contrition about having lied on the stand and about this individual patient's case, but about all the other patients he inflicted this doctor on.

So, Instapundit: "The conservative USA Today columnist and University of Tennessee law professor known as Instapundit faces new retribution from his employers for a tweet urging drivers to run over protesters blocking highways in Charlotte, North Carolina." So he apologized to USAToday, and to his Twitter followers, but not to the protestors he recommended running over. "He defended it in a post on his blog, saying that the protesters were themselves behaving violently and that he did not mean to suggest that drivers physically injure protesters." Let me call bullshit on that, and if he doesn't know what he suggested, how the hell did he make it out of high-school let alone law school? So, more like InstaAsshole, amIright?

Apparently yesterday and today are banner days for racism. A GOP representative whose district has parts of Charlotte says that the rioting is because black people hate white people. And then offers a non-apology. Our would-be VP, Mike Pence, thinks the president should shut up about institutionalized racism whenever institutionalized racism rears it's head, I mean when cops kill black people for no reason. "'Donald Trump and I both believe that there's been far too much of this talk of institutional bias or racism in law enforcement,' Pence said, according to the AP." And then there's my home state, "An Ohio county chair for Donald Trump's campaign resigned Thursday after saying in an interview with the Guardian that there was 'no racism' before President Barack Obama was elected… Miller also said black Americans have only themselves to blame if they haven't been successful since the 1960s." and then the Trumpster himself "claimed that 'drugs are a very, very big factor' in ongoing violent protests over the fatal police shooting of a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina." And then, one of the biggest out and out racist also had to have his say, I guess he was feeling left out. "Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who infamously said that white people have contributed more to civilization than any other 'subgroup,' slammed the Congressional Black Caucus as 'self-segregating' in a radio interview Thursday."

Oh, and that Ohio county chair? "As reporters from the Columbus Dispatch and the Cleveland Plain Dealer observed, Ohio GOP Treasurer Tracey Winbush deleted some 17,000 tweets on the same afternoon that she was named as Trump’s new campaign chair for Mahoning County."

"Incorporating rough and preliminary estimates of these new policies, we find that Clinton’s plans would increase the debt by $200 billion over a decade above current law levels (compared to our prior estimate of $250 billion), and Trump’s plans would increase the debt by $5.3 trillion (compared to our prior estimate of $11.5 trillion). As a result, debt would rise to above 86 percent of GDP under Clinton and 105 percent under Trump." (Grokked from TPM)

"'Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to president Trump,' (Omarosa) Manigault said. 'It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, who ever disagreed, who ever challenged him. It is the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe.'" That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works. And could Trumpsters whole desire to be president just be a revenge plot? And obviously he's a thin-skinned narcissist who can't take what he dishes out. See, Trumpster didn't go the Correspondents' Dinner desiring the rubber-chicken plate, he went to needle the President, "I can say this about you and you can't do anything." It was a power play. Unfortunately he didn't understand the actual point of the dinner's entertainment (which includes a speech by the President), which is to roast everyone and everything.

Really, CNN, just let the Lewandowski go already. Or, as they say, acknowledge that you pay sources and move on. But you can't have it both ways. (Grokked from John)

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