38 thoughts on “Talked the Talk or Walked the Walk”

  1. the hill:

    Republicans used a marathon markup of the annual defense policy bill to repeatedly hit President Biden on the messy withdrawal from Afghanistan, offering a slew of amendments related to the issue in an effort to force Democrats into taking tough votes.

    Capping off their efforts, in the final standalone amendment vote after nearly 14 hours of considering the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) offered an amendment that would have stated Congress “has lost confidence in President Biden’s ability to perform his duties as Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces.”

    “I believe that this president has failed,” Waltz said.

    Democrats fumed at Waltz’s amendment, with Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) calling it “outlandish and despicable.”

    Democrats rejected the Waltz amendment in a 28-31 party-line vote.


    While Democrats have also been critical of the way Biden has handled the withdrawal, some also bristled Wednesday at Republicans’ focus on the last few weeks rather than the last 20 years of failures.

    “The idea that the only things that went wrong in Afghanistan is what President Biden has done over the past six or seven months is not correct,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said, adding there needs to be an “discussion about 20 years worth of policies that got us to this place. If we just look at the last couple of months and the difficult decisions that were made, we will be failing in our mission to better understand how we can prevent this in the future.”


  2. that rocky crumbling walk joe still has to walk

    the hill:

    Biden is gearing up for what promises to be a bruising intraparty battle to pass a $3.5 trillion spending bill that’s packed with some of his biggest policy goals. But he’s also poised to score a major bipartisan victory if the House passes a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package later this month.

    More immediately, Biden will deliver a speech Thursday on the federal government’s response to the Hurricane Ida, the latest challenge facing his administration. He will travel to Louisiana to survey the storm’s damage the next day.

    Administration officials are also grappling with rising COVID-19 case numbers, striking at the heart of Biden’s chief priority since taking office in January.

    “Part of his commitment to the American people is getting the pandemic under control, is addressing the hurricane and making sure that people in Louisiana and Mississippi and other states in the Gulf Coast know he is doing absolutely everything in his power to make sure they have power,” White House press secretaryJen Psakitold reporters Wednesday when asked if Biden views this moment as a time he can shift his focus from Afghanistan.

    “He knows that he has to do multiple things as president in order to govern the country,” she said.


  3. scotus walking away on a different walk

    Divided Supreme Court votes 5-4 to leave Texas abortion law in place – The Mercury News

    The high court’s order declining to halt the Texas law came just before midnight Wednesday.

    “In reaching this conclusion, we stress that we do not purport to resolve definitively any jurisdictional or substantive claim in the applicants’ lawsuit. In particular, this order is not based on any conclusion about the constitutionality of Texas’s law, and in no way limits other procedurally proper challenges to the Texas law, including in Texas state courts,” the unsigned order said.

    Chief Justice John Roberts dissented along with the court’s three liberal justices: Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan. Each of the four dissenting justices wrote separate statements underscoring their disagreement with the majority.

  4. Ida slammed NJ and NY. Here’s video from the 28th Street Subway station – 16 blocks from LP’s apartment. CBS was reporting 10” of rain in NJ pretty close to the NY line and 7 deaths in NYC. NYT reports record rainfall in NYC, 3.1” rain in Central Park in an hour, 18 subway lines shut down or restricted, DeBlasio declares state of emergency (as does NJ governor Phil Murphy).

  5. Somehow, I received an email from tRUMPer, Beth Van Duyne, asking for money (of course) and a survey on Biden’s handling of the war in Afghanistan. Although I don’t usually do surveys, I wanted Republicans to know I support Biden’s decision to withdraw our troops. I gave him a glowing review. I’m not sure how I got on the mailing list, but I’ve unsubscribed now. She is my TX rep, technically, but still…. I’ve voted the Republican ballot in a couple of primaries, in order to vote against someone, so perhaps that triggered it. When I voted in a Republican primary to vote against Dick Armey, I got an 8×10 of W and Laura in the mail.

    Really, all primaries in all states should be open (no party ballots) and ranked.

  6. And in CA the Caldor fire continues to rage. WAPO

    SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — It looked like twilight at midday here, then a billow of smoke made the sun vanish entirely on a sharp bend around Inspiration Point. The redwoods and firs, old and graceful and lovely, now resembled nothing so much as fuel for a fire still menacing one of California’s great natural wonders and the people who make a living from it. WAPO


    The Caldor Fire continued to blaze along the granite ridgeline above this abandoned tourist town on Wednesday, smothering the burger joints, Jet Ski rental shops, margarita havens and million-dollar homes in a thick acrid haze. By midday, the fire had burned through more than 204,000 acres of wilderness and was just 20 percent contained, but it still remained south of here, state authorities said.

    End times?

  7. Holy cow, that’s a lot of water.  I’m planning to stay off of mass transit while I’m there this month.  Also, I don’t want to take my mask off to eat.  Hope I can talk my friends into eating on a park bench. 

  8. https://www.texastribune.org/2021/09/01/texas-abortion-law-clinics-patients/

    “One patient was very distraught and did not expect to be as far along as she was, and so the staff spent a good amount of time helping her think about other options and places out of state,” said Kumar, one of the named plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the new law. “When you’re told your only option is to go to another state and travel and all the logistics involved with that, it’s very distressing.”

    “ Senate Bill 8 prohibits abortions whenever an ultrasound can detect what lawmakers defined as a fetal “heartbeat,” which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy.”

    “Medical and legal experts say the term is misleading because embryos don’t possess a heart at that developmental stage.”

    “Leaving the state to receive an abortion is beyond the resources of many people. As a result, some patients are already returning to methods that may not involve doctors.”

    I guess Republicans want women to throw themselves down stairs.

    “Many of the patients that I take care of will say, ‘I can’t be pregnant because my last delivery was very traumatic and I almost died’ or ‘I can’t be pregnant because I have heart problems’ or whatever medical condition that’s eliminated their ability to continue the pregnancy,” Kumar said. “I think that’s not appreciated enough.”

    Republicans hate women. They do not respect her autonomy, but consider her anatomy to be machinery to be used against her will.

    I find abortion abhorrent, but I still think it should be legal and safe.

    The same people who won’t wear masks or be vaccinated, the same ones saying my body, my choice, are the ones forcing women into maternal servitude.

  9. “Republicans hate women. They do not respect her autonomy, but consider her anatomy to be machinery to be used against her will.”

    BiD. the texas taliban make me wonder why so many u.s. citizens are more concerned with what the afghani taliban are going to do to women when texas is already doing it.

  10. NBCnews:

    Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., has been named vice chair of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the panel’s Democratic chairman announced Thursday.
    In a statement, Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said it’s important that the committee keeps the probe bipartisan.
    “We are fortunate to have a partner of such strength and courage, and I look forward to continuing our work together as we uncover the facts, tell the American people the full story of January 6th, and ensure that nothing like that day ever happens again,” Thompson said.
    Cheney said each member of the committee is “dedicated to conducting a non-partisan, professional, and thorough investigation of all the relevant facts.”
    “We owe it to the American people to investigate everything that led up to, and transpired on, January 6th,” she said in a statement. “We will not be deterred by threats or attempted obstruction and we will not rest until our task is complete.”

  11. RW podcast anti-vaxxer nutjob Joe Rogin gets Covid, tries to use dewormer to treat it.  WaPo.

    Joe Rogan, host of a wildly popular podcast who has downplayed the need for coronavirus vaccines, announced Wednesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

    In a brief video, Rogan told his 13.1 million Instagram followers that he returned home from the road Saturday night — he’s currently on tour and just performed a series of comedy shows in Florida — feeling weary with a headache.

    “Just to be cautious, I separated from my family, slept in a different part of the house, and throughout the night I got fevers and sweats. And I knew what was going on,” Rogan said. “So I got up in the morning, got tested — and turns out I got covid.”

    Rogan said he was now feeling “great” after “one bad day” on Sunday. After his diagnosis, he said he “immediately threw the kitchen sink” at the virus, and listed a litany of therapeutics and treatments he tried, including ivermectin, a medicine used to kill parasites in animals and humans but best known as a horse dewormer.

    The treatment is one that has been promoted by conservative media figures, politicians and some doctors, but it also carries a warning from the Food and Drug Administration, which has advised against using it as a treatment for covid-19. Poison control centers have reported huge spikes of calls about ivermectin exposure.

    “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it,” the FDA tweeted last month amid an increase of people getting sick from the medicine.


    During the pandemic, Rogan has used his platform to flirt with coronavirus misinformation. In April, he said young and healthy people don’t need to get vaccinated. After an outcry, he told his audience not to take his advice seriously, saying he’s not “an anti-vax person” or a doctor, but rather “a moron.”

    But months later on his podcast, he lambasted the push for mass vaccinations and also questioned whether the vaccines actually prevented the spread of the virus — even as he couched his remarks, saying “this is neither pro- nor con-vaccine.”

    I call bullshit to his I’m not an anti vaxxer comment, but he got the moron part right. I hope it’s as effective on him as it is on everyone else who uses it to treat Covid.

  12. warning from above link:

    “We’re wary about people going out to hunt the jararacussu around Brazil, thinking they’re going to save the world … That’s not it!” said Giuseppe Puorto, a herpetologist running the Butantan Institute’s biological collection in Sao Paulo. “It’s not the venom itself that will cure the coronavirus.”

  13. murder defendant: “no, judge, i did not put that snake in his bed to kill him. I was only trying to cure him of covid.”

  14. Yup…  it seems that it wasn’t the wind speed of Ida that packed a punch… but the amount of water she dumped.  What happened here in the Northeast wasn’t from a hurricane or a tropical storm…  but the so-called remnants.
    the sun is shining here now…

  15. RR, same here – a few trees and limbs down, some (my) garbage cans blown over, but no real wind damage beyond what a typical thunderstorm brings, but the rain was intense for the couple or three hours yesterday morning while Ida and the strongest part of  her remnants were passing through.
    And from the Sun Sentinel:

    Hurricane Larry formed overnight and, as of early Thursday, was at Category 1 strength with 75 mph winds. It’s forecast to develop rapidly into a major hurricane with top winds reaching up to 130 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

    Larry, the fifth hurricane of the season, is expected strengthen into a major hurricane, with winds of at least 111 mph, by Friday night, the hurricane center said. By Sunday night, its maximum sustained winds are forecast to reach 130 mph.

    Hey, you talkin’ about me? Well, I do love the ocean. and I think I’ll visit Bermuda and spare the US.

  16. We got a bit of tornado yesterday.  The Annapolis tornado was just west of us, we were on the edge of it so all we had was a whoosh of sound and wind, but no damage.  Several inches of rain and a bit of thunder and lightning.  Overall it was nothing.  My experience is being in two tornadoes, and near misses by many others.  This one was so far a miss that if I had not had the other near misses I would not have known what happened.
    I need to go over and see how my truck is, it is stored over by where the tornado was on the ground. 

  17. BB, first 30 years of my life I lived in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa.  Tuscaloosa has a target on it – it’s in the LA, MS, AL tornado alley.  I’ve been close in 3 big fuckers – two in Birmingham and one in Tuscaloosa – the first one in Birmingham tore the shit out of Center Point – the community just to the east of Roebuck/Huffman area where I lived.  Second one came through Pinson headed to Center Point – did most of its damage between them.  Came within a mile of my friend’s mobile home where we were busy drinking beer and playing poker.  We didn’t know it had happened – thought it was just a thunderstorm – no smart phones and we were listening to albums on his stereo so we were clueless – until I drove home and saw the 400 foot swath of flattened pine trees where it had gone across the road from Pinson to Huffman i drove home on.  In Tuscaloosa one came through the south end of town, did a shitload of damage to the mall (no great loss there) and businesses along the road the mall was on.  Bent a large furniture store sign over that was mounted on two 8 or so inch steel I-beams probably 20′ tall and sunk into concrete.  Just pushed the sign over flat on the ground and bent the I-beams over with the bases still in the ground.  Impressive stuff.

    Good luck with the truck.

  18. Pogo – trailer = tornado magnet.  I was looking around and saw damage in the front yards, so it was closer than I thought.  At least it was not like the first one, I was living in a trailer which was dead center in the tornado path. Yup, sounds like a freight train.

  19. craig, mitch would have stopped that nomination too and he’s likely to do the same to joe when breyer retires.

  20. House to vote on bill guaranteeing abortion access in response to Texas law | TheHill

    Pelosi said that after the House returns to session on Sept. 20, the chamber will vote on a bill from Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) to statutorily protect a person’s ability to seek an abortion and for health care providers to provide abortion services. She called the Texas law “a flagrantly unconstitutional assault on women’s rights and health” and a “catastrophe.” 
    “This ban necessitates codifying Roe v. Wade,” Pelosi said, referring to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that prohibits states from banning abortion before a fetus reaches the point of viability, which typically is around 24 weeks of pregnancy.  
    “Upon our return, the House will bring up Congresswoman Judy Chu’s Women’s Health Protection Act to enshrine into law reproductive health care for all women across America,” Pelosi said.
    Across the Capitol, the Senate companion bill to Chu’s legislation has the support of 48 Democrats. Two Democrats, Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Bob Casey (Pa.) have not signed on as co-sponsors.
    Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) called for abolishing the filibuster so that legislation to enshrine Roe v. Wade can pass in the Senate with a simple majority and for expanding the Supreme Court. 
    “We have seen what the Republicans will do in ultra-conservative state legislatures across the country to quash the constitutional rights of Americans, and this ruling needs to be an urgent call to action for my Senate Democratic colleagues,” Markey said.  

  21. Yeah, well, let’s not curse the dead for their mistakes while they were alive. I agree that was a mistake on Ruth’s part, but I think her balance sheet looks pretty good.

  22. So they are 12 votes shy of passing Chu’s bill in the Senate.  I’m not sure how effective this “getting them on the record” stuff is, but then again, what’s there to lose by doing it given the drift of things for Fall of 2022?

  23. https://www.texastribune.org/2021/09/02/texas-abortion-law-joe-biden/

    President Joe Biden blasted the U.S. Supreme Court for refusing to block Texas’ six-week abortion ban and slammed the Texas Legislature for passing such a bill, calling the new state law “a bizarre scheme” that “unleashes unconstitutional chaos and empowers self-anointed enforcers to have devastating impacts.”

    “This law is so extreme it does not even allow for exceptions in the case of rape or incest,” he said in a written statement Thursday.”

    “And it not only empowers complete strangers to inject themselves into the most private of decisions made by a woman — it actually incentivizes them to do so with the prospect of $10,000 if they win their case.”

  24. https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/02/politics/joe-manchin-reconciliation-pause/index.html

    “So if Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer can’t satisfy the competing wings of their caucuses, Democrats fear the whole effort could implode.
    The massive bill would include measures such as funding to combat climate change, paid family and medical leave, expanding the child tax credit — and would be funded in part through tax hikes on corporations and high-income earners.
    But Manchin isn’t the only senator who could throw a wrinkle in the process.”

    “Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a moderate Democrat from Arizona, also said in the past she doesn’t support the large price tag.“


    Wait! How much money did Biden just save by pulling us out of Afghanistan?

  25. Lawyers – So, if a GoFundMe is set up to pay for women from Texas to go to another state, or , if someone drives a woman from Texas to another state, is that driver or those donors considered criminals for aiding and abetting the pregnant woman to find healthcare for herself?

    The chicken-fried taliban in Austin are wrapping themselves in fake Christianity.

  26. https://www.texastribune.org/2021/09/02/texas-abortion-heartbeat-bill/

    “Medical and reproductive health experts say the reference to a heartbeat is medically inaccurate as an embryo does not have a developed heart at six weeks’ gestation.“

    “The heartbeat is the universal sign of life,” said state Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, in May about the bill he authored.

    I’ll bet HE is not a vegan.

    “If a Texan’s heartbeat is detected, his or her life will be protected.”

    What about those who are not in Texas legally? What about non-Texans?


    And, do all of those psuedo-Christian white boys realize that they will be creating a larger population of POC?

  27. BiD, I’ll have to give you a lawyer answer – it depends. That TX bill is so unusual it will be challenged right and left. First, what does “aid and abet” mean in the context of a civil suit?  Beats shit out of me. Can a legislature create a cause of action and put a floor on damages when the plaintiff suffered none?  This bill is so far outside traditional civil law anyone who tells you they know how it will shake out is full of crap. 

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