72 thoughts on “The A, B, C-neezes”

  1. last night stephen did the job report and other things

    Leaving your crappy job this year? Your boss may be forced to replace you with a robot. Did you storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th? You might see yourself in this edition of The Late Show’s ‘Seditionist Round Up Roundup.’

  2. ms petri yesterday in wapo:

    Have you ever watched a wind sock deflate until it is just a sad polyester shell crumpled on the pavement? Have you ever left some soft cheese near a hot stove and come back to find a demoralized puddle in its place? Have you ever failed to properly care for a houseplant so that not only do you watch it die, but you spend several weeks witnessing it wither, crumple and lose all dignity?
    Relatedly, did you see Ted Cruz on with Tucker Carlson on Thursday night?
    Here is what I will say about that interview: Personally, just personally, if I were having exploratory surgery to make certain that no hint of a spine remained in any nook of my body I might have overlooked, I would not do it on national television. If I were plucking my voice out and giving it to Tucker Carlson to add to yet another of his magic seashells in the hopes that, in exchange, he would give me legs for 2024 — I would do that somewhere where the cameras were not rolling. I know that Ted Cruz has always loved soup, gelatinous, oozing, always taking the shape of its container. However, I did not want to watch him become soup. Some processes ought to be private.
    I would take more joy in watching Ted Cruz be berated for his words (one of the few unalloyed delights that remain to us) if the words in question were not his description of Jan. 6, 2021, as a “violent terrorist attack”; I would also take more joy if the person doing the berating were not Tucker Carlson, complaining that this was no way to describe the very fine people who had so kindly vouchsafed their presence in the Capitol and if Carlson were not wondering why Cruz would utter such hideous slander.
    […]
    The interview could not have been a more vivid reminder that the Republican Party has been undergoing a Change for some time. It would be bad enough if everyone in the GOP shocked the country by simply showing up one day transformed: new blandly smiling faces, new gelatinous substance barely holding their bodies upright, new minds wiped perfectly clean. But it’s somehow worse that it is all happening in public.
    We have to watch the slow melting away of the original worried face, the replacement of the vestigial spinal column, the painful extraction of the memories. It is sickening to see, even if the victim is Ted Cruz. If anything, it’s more stomach-churning, because he is so eager and so transparent about it. He is thrilled to be undergoing this lobotomy! He tweeted out the interview himself!
    There are some metamorphoses you simply do not sign up to look in on. If you had told me a decade ago that I would have to watch Ted Cruz oleaginously beseech Tucker Carlson to allow him to see the five fingers the party prefers rather than the four he knows are really there, I would have gone into another line of work.
    Yes, here are the new parameters for acceptable Republican speech, and here, right on time for his scheduled reprogramming and groveling, is Ted! He knows which way the wind is blowing, and he will do his best to become a windbag that blows in that direction, whatever humiliating deflation is required first.

  3. more serious, aaron blake’s analysis

    Ted Cruz, Tucker Carlson and the Jan. 6 ‘terrorism’ question – The Washington Post

    […]
    Cruz’s groveling appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show Thursday and what it says about power dynamics in the modern GOP. But their conversation was also notable for another reason: It demonstrated yet another attempt to retcon the Capitol riot using an utterly misleading presentation.
    Initially, the biggest example of this was arguing that it wasn’t an “insurrection.” (Never mind that GOP leaders and even Trump’s impeachment defense initially acknowledged it was exactly that, and that it obviously met that definition). Now, it involves arguing that it wasn’t terrorism.
    There is certainly a valid debate over whether Jan. 6 qualifies as terrorism — just not for the reasons laid out by Carlson and Cruz.
    After the two went back and forth for a while, with Cruz trying to back down but Carlson saying he didn’t believe Cruz’s explanation and that Cruz had “lied” about it being terrorism, they dived into the distinctions. Cruz said he had frequently described attacking police — as many Capitol rioters did — as terrorism, and that’s all he meant here.
    Let’s set aside for the moment that Cruz’s previous comments invoking the word “terrorism” drew no such distinction; he used the phrase “terrorist attack” quite broadly to describe Jan. 6, in fact, just as he did Wednesday.
    What he described as the one actual example of terrorism doesn’t really fit — even as the attack could legally qualify as terrorism for a number of other reasons.
    A week after Jan. 6, and shortly after Cruz labeled the attack terrorism repeatedly, the Congressional Research Service issued a report on whether the rioters might have been engaged in terrorism. It cited two definitions:
    The Code of Federal Regulations: “The unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”
    The federal criminal code’s definition: “Acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State” that “appear to be intended … to intimidate or coerce a civilian population … to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion … or to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and … occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.”
    The CRS report is uncharacteristically definitive on this point, saying, “The participants’ actions seem to fit both definitions.” And they do. This was clearly intended to influence the work of a government using intimidation or coercion. It’s difficult to understand it as anything else.
    […]
    “How many people have been charged with terrorism on January 6th?” Carlson asked Cruz. “Like, why did you use that word?”
    And the thing is, he’s kind of right: Nobody has been charged with terrorism for their Jan. 6 actions. But it’s also a straw man, because strictly speaking, domestic terrorism isn’t a chargeable crime — at least not by itself. Instead, it’s something that can be used to increase sentences for other crimes.
    […]
    It’s certainly a grayer area than whether Jan. 6 qualified as an “insurrection” — especially if nobody is ultimately sentenced with a domestic terrorism enhancement, and given the connotations that come with the label “terrorist.” Even Attorney General Merrick Garland, in his speech Wednesday, notably avoided the word.
    But as Cruz’s commentary demonstrated — even in backing off his terrorism labeling — one needn’t cite a sentence invoking terrorism (or even one that could plausibly be criminally proved as such) to regard something broader as terrorism, morally speaking. Cruz knew that for 364 days and seems to still know that, but the politics of it demanded a different approach.

  4. James Webb Space Telescope has unfolded 1st wing of massive golden mirror

    Team members will repeat the process on the right, or starboard, side of the observatory on Saturday (Jan. 8). NASA has said it will broadcast the procedure live from mission control beginning around 9 a.m. EST (1400 GMT).
     
     
    Completing the full hexagon with the two panel deployments will mark the end of the major unfolding steps for the observatory after its launch on Dec. 25. To mark the milestone, NASA has also said it will hold a news conference on Saturday around 1:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT).
     
    https://www.space.com/james-webb-space-telescope-1st-primary-mirror-deploy
     

  5. https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/07/tennis/novak-djokovic-australia-protests-intl-hnk-dst-spt/index.html

    “Djokovic case has gone far beyond an individual visa issue. It’s prompted anger from people who feel the rich and powerful are getting an easy ride when it comes to Australia’s tough Covid-19 rules, which have seen families separated for years — but it’s also angered anti-vaxxers who believe coronavirus restrictions are encroaching on their civil liberties. And it’s prompted concerns from Australia’s Serbian community, some of whom say Djokovic is being unfairly targeted.“

    He’s rich. He’s unvaccinated. He’s Serbian. He’s just an idiot.

  6. https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2021-12-15/how-a-kennedy-built-an-anti-vaccine-juggernaut-amid-covid-19

    “As Children’s Health Defense has worked to expand its influence, experts said, it has targeted its false claims at groups that may be more prone to distrust the vaccine, including mothers and Black Americans.“

    “…[Bobby Kennedy, Jr.] launched into an anti-vaccine rant. Democrats “drank the Kool-Aid,” he told people assembled for a far right conference, branded as standing for “health and freedom.”

    “The scion of the country’s most prominent Democratic family has appeared at events that pushed the lie that the 2020 election was stolen and associated with people who have celebrated or downplayed the violent Jan. 6. attack on the U.S. Capitol.”

    “Kennedy has been a key part of the anti-vaccine movement for years, but doctors and public health advocates told the AP that COVID-19 launched him to a new level.“

    “Dr. Richard Allen Williams, a cardiologist, professor of medicine at UCLA and founder of the Minority Health Institute, said Kennedy is leading “a propaganda movement,” and “absolutely a racist operation” that is particularly dangerous to the Black community.“

    “Kennedy’s spokeswoman, Rita Shreffler, told the AP on Dec. 6 that he was not available for an interview for this story. On Dec. 2, however, she had written to AP complaining of a “complete blackout by mainstream media” about Kennedy’s book, and offering him for interviews.”

    “In November, Kennedy released his book, “The Real Anthony Fauci,” in which he accuses the nation’s leading infectious disease doctor of helping orchestrate “a historic coup d’etat against Western democracy.”

    “Kennedy told Tucker Carlson in a July 2017 appearance that his vaccine work was “probably the worst career move that I’ve ever made.” When the Fox News host asked him if he was “getting paid for this,” Kennedy replied, “No, I’m not. In fact, I’m getting unpaid for this.” According to tax filings, Kennedy was paid $131,250 by Children’s Health Defense in 2017. In 2018, he was paid $184,375. By 2019, the most recent year available, his compensation had risen to $255,000.“

    “Filings the group made with charity regulators in California show that in 2018, CHD reported $1.1 million in gross revenue. That grew to nearly $3 million in 2019. By 2020, the most recent year available, revenue had more than doubled to $6.8 million. “

    He’s rich. He’s unvaccinated. He’s American. He’s a dangerous idiot.

  7. something an enterprising journalist might investigate: how many of the jan6insurrectionists that have been identified so far actually voted in the 2020 election? how many were even registered and qualified to vote in 2020?

     

  8. patD – I’m still very interested in how many of them had the money to travel to DC. 

  9. Blue

    Hugh Jackman’s father recently died of Alzheimer’s.  In order to see him one last time this past June, Hugh vaxed before going to Australia and stayed in quarantine for the whole two-week period.  He’s rich, famous, and a native Australian with an Australian passport.  If he can do it, the big joke can do it.

     

  10. Blue

    The transport question always bothers me as well.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t just pick up and go several thousand miles on a moment’s notice.  How did all those people finance this major trip to join this crowd?

  11. Jamie –  I think it’s really bigger than we can imagine, too.   (It wasn’t Orange Adolf; he doesn’t do payables, just receivables.)

  12. Trumpies have money, why do you think they are so wedded to the status quo?  it’s working well for them

  13. To discuss the Jan. 6th anniversary, democracy, and where America goes from here, Christiane speaks with Doris Kearns Goodwin and Timothy Snyder; 
     
    Doris and Tim were on Amanpour last night , they are both scared .  Prof. Snyder reminded us that, ” A failed coup is just a dress resheral  for a successful one.” 
     

     
     
     
     

  14. Today marks what would have been David Bowie’s 75th birthday, so listen to some of his best songs – and discover why so many are still celebrating his legacy.

     

  15. Tyranny of the minority. Senate Republicans represent 40 million fewer Americans than Democrats and thanks to filibuster they can abolish voting rights?

  16. At around 10:28 a.m. ET, the telescope reached the “end of deployment,” and those at the mission operations control started applauding.

    SPACE
    This new space telescope should show us what the universe looked like as a baby

    “The events of the last two weeks have truly been amazing,” Bill Ochs, the Webb project manager at NASA Goddard, said Saturday afternoon. “Today represents the beginning of a journey for this incredible machine, to its discoveries that we’ll be making in the future.”

    https://www.npr.org/2022/01/08/1071563942/nasas-james-webb-telescope-completes-its-final-unfolding-in-space
    Two more steps,   the golden eye is made up of smaller eyes . They have to be tweaked  into focus .
    Secondly , one more thruster  burn has to happened when JW gets to L2 , it’s new home. 
    That all will happen pretty soon . 
    Then it has to sit there and get cold. Really cold. 
    This machine was designed to see heat , it can only do that by being really, really cold. 
    I remember Dinah Shore , “See the USA in your Chevrolet”.
    And she sold that song every week at the top of the show. 
    Her 1957 Halloween show opened  with her as sexy witch on a broom flying across the night sky , and Sputnik passed behind her going, “Beep, Beep, Beep”.
    We are not in Kansas anymore. 
     
     
    And yes , the 57′ Chevy is still the most beautiful car ever built. 
     

  17. Craig-
    As Foote said it was a snake coiled around the foot of the table, while they all signed the papers. 
    We have never been able to get that venom out of our bloodstream.
    The entire thing was founded on white men with property. 
    And that is still in place.  This is why Trump is still here , they see that world dying , Obama  bred Trump .
    People speak of a new civil war , we’re still fighting the last one. 

  18. There is an old History Channel  show called:  In Search of History “.
    It runs at 4 AM  here . 
    Last night they ran the plot to to over throw FDR.  The Du Ponts , JM Morgan and many more wanted to harness the ” Bonus Army”  vets to take over . 
    They picked a Retired  Quaker  Marine General  to led it ,  boy where they wrong. 
    The plotters had millions at hand to carry out the plot. 
    Today our only hope is that the lead plotter is a 79 year-old  mad man who knows he’s a Loser. 
    If we keep poking at this boil , it may just kill him. 

  19. https://www.texastribune.org/2022/01/07/texas-border-national-guard-pay-suicides/

    “Reports that Texas National Guard soldiers deployed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s highly touted border security mission are experiencing pay delays and poor working conditions — and that some have recently died by suicide — are drawing concern from state lawmakers.“

    But state Sen. César Blanco, an El Paso Democrat who served in the Navy, said he is concerned that soldiers were not being given hardship releases and were being activated involuntarily after having served on other missions related to COVID-19, beginning in 2020.”

    “Most of these folks are prior service or have agreed to serve part-time. But these deployments both with Operation Lone Star and COVID — these guys and gals are out there for three [consecutive] years,” he said. “That’s not what they signed up for. If they wanted to do that, they would have gone active duty.”

    “Blanco also said he was concerned by the large pay discrepancy between being on state active duty for a state-ordered mission and a federal mission. He also said he was concerned with how long deployments impacted soldiers’ retirement benefits and health insurance status.”

    https://www.texastribune.org/2022/01/04/allen-west-greg-abbott-national-guard-border/

    “Gov. Abbott is the commander-in-chief of the Texas National Guard. If he chooses to deploy those under his command, it is his duty to pay them, deliver the benefits he promised them, and ensure they receive proper mental health support in order to prevent the kind of tragedy we’ve seen in recent months,” O’Rourke said in a statement. “And if he can’t justify their deployment, he owes it to them and their families to send them home.” – Beto

  20. The GOP has no solutions , just a whining parade of jelly fish floating in a sea of greed, bile, tears, spit, and piss. 
    There are mad because the world changed . 
    Well , FUCK YOU  that is what the world does. 
    Please try to keep up. 

  21. My sticker idea  for local elections  as fund raiser  moves on. 
    The backing gets gets printed as a bulk mail post card.  Then the mailing lists take over.  Addressing the  effort.
    With a  message  from each candidate. 
    No one , I mean no one can stand against  ……… 
    One American One Vote. 
    It’s bullet proof.  And it taps the fever. 

  22. Remember  57 of those assholes from 1-6 are running for office . Their  opponents  need funding. 
    This is what this sticker idea is about. 
     

  23. Sadly, the word “American” is loaded these days.  The idea of otherness is everywhere. That’s why red states are trying to marginalize non-white voters.

  24. To be bankrupt of your life long  talents and skills.  And stilling on a hill , to be shouting  into  the ether and hear no thrills.

  25. Been doing stuff with Mrs P today and finally have settled in, watching CNN’s JT & CK, noodling along. Good stuff. Transported back to the 60s & 70s. The best part of my musical history. Loving this. 

  26. Blue my point  exactly .
    There are no divisions  in the word  “American”.  And I for one want that  word back.
     This whole thing is about making Americans  “other” .
    Ideas matter, words matter , images matter. 
     
    Time to dump the Hyphen American .
    That is my point .
    We are Americans  period , full stop.

  27. Good luck regaining custody of that word, when some Americans no longer have ample time/places to vote thanks to other Americans.

    The playing field was never level, but the bastards are now brazen enough to openly make it even less so.

  28. Biden should  call for an American Meeting in states he lost .  Not to debate , but just Listen . 
     Sit there  and listen.
    His poll numbers  would take off. 

  29. Now fell into Austin City Limits HOF presentation. (I’m sure it’s old, but…) inductees are Lucinda Williams and Townes Van Zandt w/ Roseann Cash. Just good stuff. 

  30.  When logic , and proprotion  have fallin’ sloppy dead , and the white knight is talking backwards , and the red queen is off with her head,  remember  what the door mouse said , feed your head. 
     

  31. Thanks for the Tull, that’s an “always click on”, a nice cap to my late-night walk, on which i encountered no animals, cops, or brigands, which makes for an ideal late-night walk 👍 🚶‍♂️ 

  32. Here’s a space-music lullaby for you, although i prefer it on my feet and under the moon🤙

  33. Another one hit ……….. 
    This is why they are pissed , this slipped through  their fingers , and they have knoe idea  why. 
    Meanwhile they became vassals  to Monsanto ,

  34. And Monsanto has also killed off the Monarch Butterflies  while they were at it. 
     This of course is all Hillary Clinton’s fault. She was in a plot with the butterflies , to smuggle  Mexican babies on the backd of butterflies. 

  35. Break up Big Ag.  Biden ain’t  your problem , giant corporations have you by the balls , you fools. 
    Wake the Fuck Up.  Big AG, is not going to save you. 
    This is like preaching to junkies . 
    As the money drives the family farm off the land . 
    And we all
    get fatter , and sicker. 
     
    This of course  is all a commie plot flown in from Mexico on Hilary’s butterfly  air force .

  36. Bile , spit, blood, tears , death, and sweat .
    Nite all . 
    The apex of human effort  is bound for L2  tonight, every great  and good  thing we have ever done is smiling tonight . 
    We are about to turn our “Golden Eye” on .  We are about to rewrite, the history of history.  We have know idea what is coming .
    To see it work , let alone what comes next.  This thing can look at what gases are around planets in other solar systems. 
     
    This is not a toy or a game.

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