33 thoughts on “The near future’s here already”

  1. “superstition, ambition and ignorance” 


    Greene, Gaetz & GOPer fox viewers

  2. welcome to the real world, GOPer guys. 

    Maricopa County officials decry 2020 recount as a sham and call on Arizona Republicans to end the process – The Washington Post

    The Republican-dominated Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Monday denounced an ongoing audit of the 2020 election vote as a “sham” and a “con,” calling on the GOP-led state Senate to end the controversial recount that has been championed by former president Donald Trump.
    In a fiery public meeting and subsequent letter to state Senate President Karen Fann, the board members said the audit has been inept, promoted falsehoods and defamed the public servants who ran the fall election.
    Calling the process a “spectacle that is harming all of us,” the five members of the board — including four Republicans — asked the state Senate to recognize that it is essential to call off the audit, which officials have said is only about one-quarter complete.
    “It is time to make a choice to defend the Constitution and the Republic,” they wrote. “We stand united together to defend the Constitution and the Republic in our opposition to the Big Lie. We ask everyone to join us in standing for the truth,” they added, using a term that refers to the false claim that the election was stolen.


  3. marlette weighs in with another example of “superstition, ambition and ignorance” in today’s world

  4. I’ve never been so thoroughly disappointed in humans as I have been over the last, few years.   It looks like US Grant understood human nature pretty well.

  5. For some reason woke up thinking of Mark Russell.  Went hunting to see if he was still amongst us and as it turns out he is at 88.  This throwback from his 80th birthday indicates still as sharp and funny as ever while warning what we would get with Trump. 

  6. joe has enough on his plate without this to worry about too

    Carol Leonnig, Washington Post reporter and author of “Zero Fail,” talks with Rachel Maddow about the compromised state of the Secret Service and the problem of agents openly advocating for Donald Trump and sympathizing with the January 6th insurrection being tasked with protecting President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

  7. So the NC GOP is going to have a meeting (read rally here) with Dumbass as the headliner.  It’s closed to the press, so keep a sharp eye open for the bootlegged cell phone recording that is guaranteed to follow it.

  8. The DA in the Andrew Brown case is color blind and not in a good way

  9. I heard he was a pretty good math teacher and that he outsmarted a whole bunch of crackers…..I think as pres he was just bored.

  10. Mr Cracker was hospitalized for five days and Kaiser let me stay with him.  They really wake up patients to see if they are ok.  We came home Sat and all we’ve done since is sleep
    I think Mr C was collateral damage in the pandemic.  He was hospitalized for an infection that under normal circumstances would have been found much sooner 
    Kaiser gets a failing grade for their COVID-19 work 

  11. bink, thanks for the fact check link. 

    snopes reports where and when grant said it: 

    The occasion was a speech gave at the Annual Reunion of the Army of the Tennessee in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sept. 29, 1875.


    and even supplies the context which is still relevant and needs to be listened to by critterville:

    I do not bring into this assemblage politics, certainly not partisan politics, but it is a
    fair subject for soldiers in their deliberations to consider what may be necessary to secure the prize for which they battled in a republic like ours. Where the citizen is sovereign and the official the servant, where no power is exercised except by the will of the people, it is important that the sovereign — the people — should possess intelligence.
    The free school is the promoter of that intelligence which is to preserve us as a free nation. If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason and Dixon’s, but between patriotism and intelligence on the one side, and superstition, ambition, and ignorance on the other.
    Now in this centennial year of our national existence, I believe it a good time to begin the work of strengthening the foundation of the house commenced by our patriotic forefathers one hundred years ago, at Concord and Lexington. Let us all labor to add all needful guarantees for the more perfect security of free thought, free speech, and free press, pure morals, unfettered religious sentiments, and of equal rights and privileges to all men, irrespective of nationality, color, or religion.
    Encourage free schools, and resolve that not one dollar of money appropriated to their support, no matter how raised, shall be appropriated to the support of any sectarian school. Resolve that the State or Nation, or both combined, shall furnish to every child growing up in the land, the means of acquiring a good common-school education, unmixed with sectarian, pagan, or atheistic tenets. Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate. With these safeguards, I believe the battles which created the Army of the Tennessee will not have been fought in vain.

  12. pogo, i hope no media fall for reporting any prepared or hyped spinning that emanates like a dead skunk smell from the closed-to-the-press* NC rally for the former guy. 

    he lusts for limelight (whether good or bad) and they will try to help him get all he can squeeze out of it. look for planned in advance outrageous words and crowd responses in order to get coverage.   maybe even throw in some violence with paid for mob activity just to lure the TV cameras lurking outside.

    *bet it won’t be closed to faux news

  13. I think BB is the wrong person to find an answer to the Israeli Palestine ongoing conflict 
    I think 2 states are the answer and the other Arab states bordering have to step and hand over some land.  There is historical precedent for this 
    Certainly second class citizenship is not the answer

  14. Just received my new glasses, I think the old were about three or four years of age.  I already hung the yellow sticky up to get new glasses every year, just because.  It is taking me a good hour for my eyes to adjust to the change.  Note to people, get your yearly eye exams.  I am stunned by how great things look. 
    So far no cicadas invading the little peninsula.  Many of my coworkers are reporting they are ready to hole up in the house because of all the tasty little critters showing up at their places.  I need to send them copies of the cicada cookbooks I find online.

  15. Pogo, Patd
    Have you or any of your fellows ever talked about a client like this, in public. I’m sure you have in private.

  16. Jack, the short answer for me is no.  All of my cases are in matters deemed confidential, so I don’t talk about clients in public, and I don’t do criminal work, so I don’t need to try and poison the well to excuse stupid shit my clients do to try and keep them out of prison.  I do have stupid clients, mean clients and occasionally clients who are both stupid and mean, but I’m not sure that my duty of zealous advocacy extends to trying to convince the Court or fellow counsel that they should be treated specially because they aren’t smart enough to be treated like a normal person. Now any of my fellow attorneys?  Yes.  A very good friend does a lot of criminal work and I’ve heard him talk in similar terms about his clients, and he tells me he’s said pretty derogatory things to the judges about his clients.  I don’t do abuse and neglect work except in extraordinary circumstances, but there’s plenty of candid talk about impaired clients and their inability to have planned certain acts or understand that what they’ve done to their kids and spouses is wrong, but it’s not in public settings and I’ve never heard anyone try to hang Donald Trump and their belief in his bullshit around their clients’ necks to explain away their stupidity.

  17. jack, since my clients were usually the state, some fed or state government agency, entity or a gov’t official I usually heard that kinda language coming from the other side’s attorney about my clients.

    most lawyers who say such things about their clients or anyone else are risking their license to practice and/or eventually being hit with a defamation lawsuit (especially if they lose the case).    however, lawyer watkins may have his client’s consent in his attempt to wage a brainwash defense.  innocent by reason of stupidity bordering on insanity or “the devil made me so it” plea.

  18. speaking of misbehaving lawyers, rudy comes to mind and needs to be held accountable for his abuses of the system. this guy has asked NY bar to look into doing something about him, like chastising or worse. 

    PA Attorney General Shapiro calls out attorneys using courts to perpetuate the Big Lie (msnbc.com)

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks with Nicolle Wallace about how some attorneys, like Rudy Giuliani, used America’s courts and institutions to perpetuate the Big Lie in an attempt to delegitimize Joe Biden’s victory in November

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