My pill caddy says it is Saturday. The fact that I am sitting in my office nestled between two stadiums in Seattle means that I’ve got some things to do today that can’t wait until next week. It is also Day 18 on the GOP War on Math in the House of Representatives.
First the Headlines that caught my eye this morning:
Now my unsolicited commentary on these headlines:
Remember, I haven’t actually read the articles attached to these headlines, which makes this whole thing fun for me.
1. I wasn’t one of the 22 million people who watched Biden speak the other day. But I did catch the snippets on NPR on my way into the office yesterday morning, which is how I got my first laugh of the day:
“One of the reasons why they acted like they did, why Hamas moved on Israel, is because they knew I was about to sit down with the Saudis.”
Okay, it may have been ‘one’ reason, but it was probably somewhere around six or seven on the list of five reasons.
2. On the Reckoning of Qatar. I seem to recall that the Saudis cut ties with Qatar in 2017 over Qatar’s “embrace of various terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at destabilizing the region”, including the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and groups supported by Iran in the kingdom’s Eastern Province city of Qatif. The head of Hamas is headquartered NOT in Palestine, but in Qatar. If the West needs to get some kind of message through to a terrorist organization anywhere in the Middle East, they only have to go see them in Qatar.
3. Trump has zero self control. He couldn’t go one day without getting tagged. It doesn’t matter if he believes he is 100 percent in the right, or if the gag order against him *might* be overturned in an appellate court (unlikely), if he violates an existing court order currently in place and enforceable, then he is going to find his fat ass in a holding cell with a 2″ hard-plastic mattress and a stainless steel toilet/sink combo instead of the 24k gold-plated toilet he is used to.
4. The third guilty plea deal in Georgia this week. The third co-defendant turning “state’s evidence” on criminal defendant Donald John Trump. It’s usually what happens in almost every ‘conspiracy’ case in both state and federal courts: lower-level defendants in the scheme almost always plead guilty in exchange for their testimony against the higher-level defendants. Probation for a misdemeanor conviction in exchange for testimony is far preferable to ending up with 240 months in prison. There isn’t anyone who is willing to sacrifice their lives for Donald Trump.
5. Your Father’s Republican Party is DEAD. The principles of the Republican Party have all been hollowed out, and replaced by Trumpublicanism. The racists and bigots of the Democratic Party (the so-called “Dixie-crats”) left the Democratic Party and became Republicans during the Nixon years (the Southern Strategy), and had been slowly dying ever since. Trump was the final nail on the coffin.
6. History repeats. Economics are cyclical.
7. The Republican Party can’t govern itself. I don’t know why they think they can govern a nation.
8. “It’s hard to imagine, but Tucker Carlson is turning the GOP into the pro-Russian, pro-authoritarian party.” – Mitt Romney in his new book, ““Romney: A Reckoning,”
9. This is not normal, nor is it acceptable. Anyone engaging in this kind of behavior needs to be in jail. Death threats? Evictions? The problem isn’t the person receiving the threats, it’s the fucknozzles making the threats. It’s the asswipes who would evict you over your political stances who are the “problem”.
What I am streaming:
I’m in-between shows right now. Basically, with a dozen streaming platforms available to me at any given moment, I am having trouble deciding on what to watch next. When that happens, I just start watching standup comedy routines. Last night I watched a comedian from Iceland.
What I am reading:
The Drifters is a novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener, published in 1971 by Random House. The novel follows six young characters from diverse backgrounds and various countries as their paths meet and they travel together through parts of Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Mozambique. The story is told from the perspective of the narrator, George Fairbanks, who is an investment analyst for the fictional company World Mutual Bank in Switzerland. Mr. Fairbanks is connected with nearly every character in some way, and they all seem to open up to him throughout the novel in one way or another.
The Rodeo Song – Garry Lee and the Showdown
A couple of memes from da memebox
Okay, that’s it for today. Have a great day.