37 thoughts on “Duh? Finally”

  1.  

    in keeping with the thread topic, change those signs to read “stupidly outrageous former guy or congress critter” on the left and “u.s. democracy in peril” or “state legislative races” on the right. 

  2. thanks, craig, for sharing that axios piece. I was shocked to read this line from it:

    Republicans control 30 state legislaturesand the GOP has the trifecta — the governorship, state House and state Senate control — in 23 states, while Democrats do in 15.

  3. speaking of states and their states of mind,

    virginians, stephen’s right. plus that horse is the most attractive part of the statue aesthetically speaking.

     Stephen Colbert Defends Robert E. Lee’s Horse After Confederate Statue’s Removal (thedailybeast.com)

    Stephen Colbert on Wednesday had some thoughts on the removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia, the former capital of the Confederacy.
    “The South did rise again,” the late-night host quipped as a video clip played of a crane lifting the statue from its 40-foot granite pedestal, “and then was immediately lowered into the parking lot.”
    […]
    The statue memorialized Lee on his horse, Traveller. The entire monument was removed—but Colbert quipped that the horse was innocent, and therefore should remain.
    “Why do they have to take down his horse?” he asked in jest. “[Traveller] didn’t do anything! When asked if the horse wanted to join the fight to preserve slavery, the horse said, ‘Neigh.’”
    [continues]

  4. it’s understandable tho’ in states unlike KY & FL which are famous for breeding horses (as well as horses-asses).

    Image result for Smiling Horse Face

  5. The disconnect between numbers of states controlled by the GQP and the number of people represented by GQP v. Dems in Congress illustrates the failure of the “genius” of our political system and the protections of the “small” states built into the Constitution. 

  6. https://www.texastribune.org/2021/09/07/texas-house-election-district-118-san-antonio/

    “Gov. Greg Abbott has picked Sept. 28 as the date of the special election to replace former state Rep. Leo Pacheco, D-San Antonio. The candidate filing deadline is Monday, and early voting starts Sept. 20. Pacheco resigned effective Aug. 19 to take a job with San Antonio College.“

    https://www.texastribune.org/2021/09/07/texas-special-session-redistricting/

    “The Texas Legislature now has the opportunity to redraw legislative and congressional districts in accordance with the new census numbers,” Abbott said in a statement.

    Yep, and those new numbers are scaring whitey…er, Republicans…so guess what happens next.

  7. https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/09/asia/china-vaccines-aid-afghanistan-intl-hnk/index.html

    “China will provide almost $31 million worth of food, winter weather supplies, vaccines, and medicine to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan…”

    The international community needs to punish Chiner for helping a terrorist organization. Of course, they’re kind of a terrorist organization, too.

    ps – That’s a drop in the bucket compared to what we spent for being there every day.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/08/31/metro/biden-cited-brown-researchers-measuring-cost-afghan-war-heres-background/

    “The war in Afghanistan cost $300 million a day for two decades, according to the “Costs of War” project, which is team based out of Brown University.”

  8. For a little lighter fare from John Kelly at WaPo.

    HISTORY’S MOST BONEHEADED PREDICTIONS WERE COMPILED IN THIS REPORT

    Few things in life are as satisfying as serving up a heaping helping of “I told you so.”

    Something like that must have been on the mind of the U.S. politician or bureaucrat who in the mid-1960s commissioned a wonderfully readable 48-page government report known internally as “The Erroneous Predictions Multilith.”

    The document was produced by the Legislative Reference Service — what we today call the Congressional Research Service — and it is a compilation of some of history’s most spectacularly wrong forecasts. (Why “multilith”? That refers to the printing process used to produce such publications.)

    The full title of the report is “Erroneous Predictions and Negative Comments Concerning Exploration, Territorial Expansion, Scientific and Technological Development; Selected Statements.”

    * * *  

    We’ll get to that, but first, here’s a taste of “The Erroneous Predictions Multilith.” It starts in 1486 with the royal committee that advised the king and queen of Spain not to fund a numskull named Christopher Columbus. Sailing west to Asia, the committee insisted, would take an impossibly long three years. And, besides, there was nothing between Europe and that destination but a vast, featureless ocean.

    Speaking of vast and featureless, nearly 400 years later, New York Rep. Orange Ferriss couldn’t believe the United States paid Russia $7 million for the Alaska Territories. “Of what possible commercial importance can this territory be to us?” he fumed in Congress.

    * * * 

    Three decades earlier, Sen. Simon Cameronof Pennsylvania wondered why Congress was being asked to fund the Smithsonian Institution. “I am tired of all this thing called science here,” Cameron said.

    Wrong calls on technology make especially delicious reading now.

    Writing about airplanes in the March 1904 issue of Popular Science Monthly, Octave Chanute proclaimed: “The machines will eventually be fast, they will be used in sport, but they are not to be thought of as commercial carriers.”

    * * *

    Anyway, back to the report. In 1839, the French surgeon Alfred Velpeauwrote that he saw no future for anesthesia, insisting that “ ‘Knife’ and ‘pain’ are two words in surgery that must forever be associated in the consciousness of the patient.”

    There’s even a section on early opposition to vaccination. Edward Jenner’s attempts to use relatively harmless cowpox to prevent deadly smallpox prompted one 18th-century doctor to complain: “Smallpox is a visitation from God, but the cowpox is produced by presumptuous man; the former was what Heaven ordained, the latter is, perhaps, a daring violation of our holy religion.”

    The more things change, eh?

    Isaac Newton said that he was able to make his discoveries only by standing upon the shoulders of giants. All too often, we have to stand under the heels of idiots.

    The piece is more extensive than the excerpts I included, and is worth the read for a chuckle.

  9. https://www.texastribune.org/2021/09/09/coronavirus-texas-vaccine-houston-day-care/

    “When two Austin restaurants last month required customers to show proof of vaccination, the state threatened to revoke their liquor licenses.”

    “Abbott also has banned local governments from enacting measures intended to slow the spread of the virus like government vaccine mandates. “

    “By August, national companies including Disney, Facebook, Google and Tyson Foods announced that their employees must show proof of vaccination or potentially submit to regular testing. That same month, United Airlines said its U.S. employees must be vaccinated by October, while Delta Airlines said unvaccinated employees have to pay $200 per month to remain on the company’s health plan.”

    “But in Texas, where the fast-spreading delta variant has flooded hospitals with COVID-19 patients, large companies, including American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, are “strongly encouraging” employees to get the vaccine, but not requiring it.”

    Ummm, don’t fly Southwest.

    I had a conversation with someone who has covid-longhauler symptoms. Her husband’s memory is terrible. In addition to lung damage, she has trouble with her eyes and memory. They are in their 40s and were fit and active.

  10. I’ve never flown SW in my life and certainly don’t have any desire to use them now. Exactly. Dollar votes.

  11. Justice Department sues Texas over ‘unconstitutional’ abortion law | TheHill

    The lawsuit was filed Thursday afternoon in federal district court in Texas.

    “The United States has the authority and responsibility to ensure that Texas cannot evade its obligations under the Constitution and deprive individuals of their constitutional rights by adopting a statutory scheme designed specifically to evade traditional mechanisms of federal judicial review,” the lawsuit reads. “The federal government therefore brings this suit directly against the State of Texas to obtain a declaration that S.B. 8 is invalid, to enjoin its enforcement, and to protect the rights that Texas has violated.”

  12. I was a front row observer when all of this nonsense started in California in 1980 as the right wing took over the Los Angeles school board as a move in opposition to bussing and the Jarvis tax protest.  Since then, it has been a program to take over every small office available in all states in order to control gerrymandering.  Trump was just the latest move on that chess board.  2022 is of major importance and the Democrats have been asleep for 40 years.

     

  13. While I know many are on the side of decency and justice, can we just ban the male of the species from holding any public office for at least two decades?

     

  14. Amen RR. Whatever the fallout I’m proud of Uncle Joe for doubling down. Just like ending stupid Afghan War he’s got guts. Doing what’s right ain’t wrong. 

  15. https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/09/us/coronavirus-texas-schools-masks-trnd/index.html

    “A Texas school district that closed for a week after two junior high school teachers died from Covid-19 within a few days, is now requiring masks inside all of its facilities as the community is seeing surge of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths.”

    “Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order in May banning mask mandates, but a number of districts have defied or tried to sidestep the order and are requiring masks.“

    “in a Facebook post on Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he would sue school districts in court over the mandates.“

    Two more deaths on Greg Abbott’s hands. Lt. Turd, Dan Patrick, hates your children as much as he does your grandparents.

    Republicans are NOT pro-life.

  16. I wish there were 100 employees at my company.   

    God bless POTUS Joe. To hell with the willfully unvaccinated.

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/09/health/us-coronavirus-thursday/index.html

    “…some patients wanting urgent care won’t get it because so many beds are occupied by Covid-19 patients.“

    “Crisis Standards of Care are “a last resort” that’s only activated when “we have exhausted our resources to the point that our health care systems are unable to provide the treatment and care we expect…”

    No shirt, no shoes, no vax, no service.

  17. Bink the crazy ladies wouldn’t last long under an all female regime.  Not enough female directed corporations or elderly women where they can beat their eyelashes to get support.  The type doesn’t do well in matriarchs.

  18. https://www.texastribune.org/2021/09/09/vaccine-mandate-greg-abbott-joe-biden/

    “Attorney General Ken Paxton already are hammering out a course of legal action against the Biden administration, Eze said.”

    “There’s legal precedent in Biden’s favor that establishes the federal government’s authority to mandate vaccinations, said Larry Stuart, a Houston employment lawyer — pointing to a 1905 Supreme Court case in which the justices ruled that states could enforce mandatory vaccinations against smallpox.“

    Suck it, Greg, suck it.

  19. https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/09/politics/stephen-breyer-texas-abortion/index.html

    “Still, by letting the law take effect, the conservative majority may already have tipped its hand on whether it is poised to reverse or at least undercut Roe v. Wade, the ruling that declared women’s constitutional right to end a pregnancy.
    The Biden Justice Department on Thursday sued the state of Texas over the new six-week abortion ban, calling it unconstitutional.“

    Well, this diabolical move by AbbottCo will certainly get out the vote…against Republicans. Hmmm, well I suppose they could try to take the vote away from all women, too. Just knock us off the voter rolls.

  20. Rachel showed clips of how Reagan said Medicare would lead to a socialist end to democracy , but LBJ got it done.  Then she showed Nixon initializing OSHA.  I sort of grew up with OSHA in my career in factories, warehouses, and foundries.  Workers were mad, thinking the government had no business in safety concerns in the workplace.  And even now, so many are refusing the vaccine.  No matter what we do, what we say, whatever, they will NOT get the shots.  Fox News may require their employees to get the shots, but they don’t tape Tucker Carlson’s mouth shut.  I wonder how his 2024 presidential campaign organizers are doing…he’s a candidate, I heard 6 months ago.  Hey, we elected Reagan, a two-bit sick-as-hell man, twice.  W Bush took us to war, two wars, on lies.  There was another idiot we elected, but his name has been blocked in my brain…nature does that when you can’t take it anymore.

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