I found this comment on a NY Times op-ed last week. I don't remember which article and it doesn't matter; the comment stands on its own, and strikes me as very wise and intelligent. Trump is already fading and emasculated; Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, may have done more to save American democracy than anyone since FDR beat Hitler. Republicans don't seem to stand for anything right now, just against things, and what they are against isn't very smart -- pandemic relief (supported by about 70% of Americans), facemasks and democracy itself. Their face is now dominated by dolts like Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI). Greene clearly didn't come to Congress to serve the public, apparently lacks all empathy, and is predictable and boorish beside. Ron Johnson bought his way into office and apparently isn't smart enough to understand how embarrassing his ridiculous conspiracy theories look to anyone who can think. This is the Republican party, bereft, lost without Trump, the worst president in US history, and can't even keep the lights on in Texas while people, including children, die. What a callus clown show, while Biden has quietly and very competently taken charge and is making a real difference in life in America (more later), moving forward, as the NY Times commenter suggests, as fast as possible.
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Science Philosopher MC Hammer
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Why Didn't My Niece's Teacher Show the Rover Video?
Friday, February 19, 2021
Texas: Where Caveman Ethics Rule
This clown actually wrote, "The strong will survive and the weak will perish.... Sink or swim, it's your choice."
What a plum stupid man, as they might say in Texas.
In his typo-ridden post made Tuesday morning, Tim Boyd wrote, “Only the strong will survive and the weak will parish.” He also said he was “sick and tired” of people looking for handouts and that the current situation is “sadly a product of a socialist government....”
Boyd deleted his post but stood by the sentiments in a follow-up message. He also wrote that his original message was posted as a private citizen, not the mayor of Colorado City, saying he “had already turned in my resignation and had not signed up to run for mayor again."
"I was only making the statement that those folks that are too lazy to get up and fend for themselves but are capable should not be dealt a handout,” Boyd's follow-up post said.
When will people in places like this realize that they have to vote for and pay for competent government and reliable infrastructure?
Here's a news video, so you can get a look at this imbecile.
Ted Cruz Left His Poodle Alone
Just drove by Ted Cruz’s house in Houston. His lights are off but a neighbor told me the block got its power back last night. Also, Ted appears to have left behind the family poodle. pic.twitter.com/TmLyGQkASy— Michael Hardy (@mkerrhardy) February 18, 2021
Sunday, February 14, 2021
US Trends in Vaccinated
I've been keeping track of the US vaccination numbers for awhile, via the CDC's site. Now that we have a competent president, things are finally starting to pick up, with over 2 million doses per day administered over the last four days, and over 1 M/day since the end of January. The numbers getting either one or two doses are accelerating too. Not fast enough -- it never will be -- but isn't it great to know we don't have a toxic, seditious clown in charge -- just a quiet, decent, hard-working man who has the right priorities and is getting things done.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
James Speth Said...
The Video Played at Trump's Trial Today
Tuesday, February 09, 2021
Trump's Freedom of Speech Defense is Desperate
The assertion that Trump acted swiftly and out of genuine horror as his supporters ransacked the Capitol is largely a side note to his lawyers’ defense. In their 78-page brief, they focused on two legal arguments: that the Constitution does not allow for the conviction of an impeached former officeholder and that Trump’s speech to the crowd on Jan. 6 was political rhetoric protected by the First Amendment.
Speech has consequences. If it didn't there'd be no point in having it or using it. This seems like a very desperate defense if you ask me.
Saturday, February 06, 2021
Elected, Not Looking to Legislate
“I have built my staff around comms rather than legislation.”
-- 25-year-old freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.)
Cawthorn gave a fiery speech on Jan 5th, and is not sorry for urging the crowd to
fight attempt a coup. Because...well, you figure it out:
“I don’t regret it, actually,” Cawthorn said in a clip of an interview with Ozy Media founder Carlos Watson for his YouTube program, “The Carlos Watson Show.” “Obviously, I think what happened on Jan. 6 was despicable. I thought it was conducted by weak-minded men and women who are unable to check their worst impulses and had very little self-control.”So he urged everyone to fight, then complained they were weak-minded for following him. A true Republican leader.
Marjorie Taylor Greene's Depravity
Here's a great example of Marjorie Taylor Greene's lunacy and depravity, from a column today in the NY Times by Michelle Goldberg:
How Melting Sea Ice and Shelves Raise Sea Level
Friday, February 05, 2021
Sorry, Can't Resist
February 5, 2021
Tuesday, February 02, 2021
Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Coming Back
"Trumpism is American fascism"
Someone from the MSM finally said it clearly in an MSM outlet -- Michael Gerson in the Washington Post, in an opinion piece titled "Trumpism is American fascism." Here's some of it:
And the vast majority of the Republican party, not just the extremists but nearly all of them, are going along with this movement. Why? Trump lost them the House, the Senate and the Presidency. Are they so terrified of the exhtremist base with guns that they think they have no choice? Ever since Trump came on the presidential scene in 2015 everyone has been saying this can't go any further, and now it's 2021 and everyone is still saying the same thing yet it's gone a lot further. It's probable that too much media attention is being given to Marjorie Taylor Greene right now because she's crazy, which is catnip to the media. (I do think she has some serious mental health problems -- anyone who goes around stating the Sandy Hook and Parkland school shootings were faked obviously has something wrong psychologically, and needs help.) But convicted or not, Trump is still going to try to stir up trouble and many Republicans are apparently still going to kowtow to him.
What type of citizen has Trump — and his supportive partisan media — produced? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) still holds her job in Congress because she is representative of ascendant MAGA radicalism. Those who reflect her overt racism, her unhinged conspiracy thinking and her endorsement of violence against public figures are now treated as a serious political constituency within the Republican Party. Trump has come down firmly on Greene’s side. One participant in the Jan. 6 attack sent a video to her children saying: “We broke into the Capitol. . . . We got inside, we did our part. We were looking for Nancy [Pelosi] to shoot her in the friggin’ brain, but we didn’t find her.” The detail that gets to me? She sent this to her children. She was living in a mental world where vile, shameful things are a parent’s boast. And she saw her actions as the expression of a public duty — an example of doing her part.
Call this civic barbarism. Instead of promoting the values of responsible citizenship, Trump and his media enablers are elevating and blessing the very worst among us. They are making many Americans less suited for self-government and more dangerous to their neighbors. And they are doing so for the reason some of the Founders most feared: To lead the mob against true democracy.
How can anyone view the trashing of our founding tradition as evidence of patriotism? Because some have adopted a very different political philosophy than the Founders held. This approach to government promises the recovery of a mythical past. It feeds a sense of White victimhood. It emphasizes emotion over reason. It denigrates experts and expertise. It slanders outsiders and blames them for social and economic ills. It warns of global plots by Jews and shadowy elites. It accepts the lies of a leader as a deeper form of political truth. It revels in anger and dehumanization. It praises law and order while reserving the right to disobey the law and overturn the political order through violence.
This is a reality that I have resisted naming. The 45th president and a significant portion of his supporters have embraced American fascism. And Trump’s buffoonery does not disprove the point. Though he probably cannot name the political theory he has embraced, his own recklessness, vanity and authoritarian instincts have led him down fascist grooves. He displays an intuitive affinity for leaders such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hungary’s Viktor Orban. And Trump would have subverted the legitimate result of the 2020 presidential election if he could have, which would have broken a constitutional continuity that has endured over two centuries.
I don’t think Trump came particularly close to success. This time. But the influence of his treacherous ideology is still being spread by unprincipled people seeking influence and profit. American fascism needs to be aggressively marginalized....