Japan made the same mistake in thinking we could be bullied. They got nuked. Truth be known. Were just waiting for our wife’s to tell us it’s OK.
MTHead September 20, 2020 Comment to Quote of the day—Jaime Huffman [I suspect it’s a little more complicated than that. At least it is for most people.Still, I can see that being a prerequisite. And I would change “wife” to “spouse” if not even broader.—Joe]
Rip RBG. Just when we thought 2020 couldn’t get more politically charged.
September 18, 2020
Via text message.
[This is how I found out RBG died.
A few minutes later she also sent me a screen shot of Mitch McConnell’s statement on the passing of Justice Ginsburg. Here is the text (emphasis added):
The Senate and the nation mourn the sudden passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life.
Justice Ginsburg overcame one personal challenge and professional barrier after another. She climbed from a modest Brooklyn upbringing to a seat on our nation’s highest court and into the pages of American history. Justice Ginsburg was thoroughly dedicated to the legal profession and to her 27 years of service on the Supreme Court. Her intelligence and determination earned her respect and admiration throughout the legal world, and indeed throughout the entire nation, which now grieves alongside her family, friends, and colleagues.
In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.
By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise.
President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.
You may have seen the phrase “decolonize your bookshelf” floating around. In essence, it is about actively resisting and casting aside the colonialist ideas of narrative, storytelling, and literature that have pervaded the American psyche for so long.
If you are white, take a moment to examine your bookshelf. What do you see? What books and authors have you allowed to influence your worldview, and how you process the issues of racism and prejudice toward the disenfranchised? Have you considered that, if you identify as white and read only the work of white authors, you are in some ways listening to an extension of your own voice on repeat? While the details and depth of experience may differ, white voices have dominated what has been considered canon for eons.
Juan Vidal June 6, 2020 Your Bookshelf May Be Part Of The Problem [I think nearly all of “the problem” is that too many people see issues in terms of skin color, ethnic origin, or some other “tribal identity”. Issues should be addressed at an individual level.
For example, if the police are illegally using lethal force then prosecute them on the basis of each individual illegal act. If (and I’m not conceding the truth or falsity of this) the evidence says the police do have a bias toward using the illegal use of lethal force against a particular skin color, it just doesn’t matter. Treat each case on it’s merits. The law is color/”tribal identity” blind and the application of it should, nay, must be blind as well.—Joe]
Marshall law, shutting down the democratic communist party, letting the military run former democratic cities and states whilst teaching their population what Democracy is. Just like they did very successfully in post war Germany and Japan.
Yonatan Yahav @YahavYonatan Tweeted on September 6, 2020
My nomination for most impractical but made me laugh:
Wall them off, and record the aftermath via drones. Make it required study material for future generations.
Mark Zigzag Chapman @ZigzagChapman20 Tweeted on September 6, 2020
My nomination for best sound bite:
Hollow points win over talking points any day of the week.
Sandmann, as you remember, is the opposite of what Crankshaw claims:
Sandmann sued multiple major news outlets for defamation after he and his Covington Catholic High School classmates were portrayed as racist aggressors who harassed Nathan Phillips, an elderly Native American man, near the Lincoln Memorial on January 18 of last year. Video of the incident shows Phillips loudly beating a drum while a smirking 16-year-old Sandmann stood inches away.
Though media reports said the students, who were attending the annual anti-abortion March for Life and wore “Make America Great Again” caps, initiated the confrontation, longer footage of the incident later revealed that Phillips approached Sandmann.
It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation To call upon a neighbour and to say: — “We invaded you last night–we are quite prepared to fight, Unless you pay us cash to go away.”
And that is called asking for Dane-geld, And the people who ask it explain That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!
It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation, To puff and look important and to say: — “Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you. We will therefore pay you cash to go away.”
And that is called paying the Dane-geld; But we’ve proved it again and again, That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld You never get rid of the Dane.
It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation, For fear they should succumb and go astray; So when you are requested to pay up or be molested, You will find it better policy to say: —
“We never pay any-one Dane-geld, No matter how trifling the cost; For the end of that game is oppression and shame, And the nation that pays it is lost!”
Rudyard Kipling [You would think the history lessons are numerous enough that people would not yield to the temptation. But now there are hundreds, if not thousands, of examples all around us paying the Dane-Geld to the domestic terrorists.—Joe]
If you are a liberal who can’t stand Trump, and cannot possibly fathom why conservatives would ever vote for him let me finally fill you in.
If Donald Trump is reelected it will be because we are sick of your complete and utter nonsense and destruction. How does it feel to know that half of this country finds you FAR more despicable than Donald J. Trump, the man you consider to be the anti-Christ? Let that sink in. We consider you to be more despicable, more dangerous, more stupid, and more narcissistic than Donald Trump. Maybe allow yourself a few seconds of self-reflection to let that sink in. This election isn’t about Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden. This is about Donald Trump vs. YOU.
I’m actually really impressed by their ability to transition from journalists to fiction writers at the drop of a hat. As an English Major, I can attest to the fact that stylistic changes are genuinely quite difficult for most writers.
DannyTypo @DanPariah Tweeted on August 27, 2020 [This was in reference to CNN coverage of the Democrat convention versus the Republican convention.—Joe]
Biden appeared to be gassed by having to just get through his DNC speech. The rigors of even a modified campaign trail aren’t going to do him any favors. English might actually be his second language before Halloween gets here, with Gibberish being the first.
The President is highlighting questions that need answers such as who may be funding travel and lodging for organized rioters. For example, violent rioters in Kenosha who were arrested hailed from 44 different cities. An investigation is underway to determine who is funding these organized riots happening across the country.
All of the newly minted Internet Lawyers who just got their Use of Force Degree from the University of Facebook really should slow their roll and read the statement from the Kenosha kid’s lawyers… Because holy shit.
And keep in mind this comes from MEGA LAWYER, who now has Fuck You Money courtesy of CNN and the WaPo.
As a guy who taught this stuff for a living, I rarely comment on actual shooting because most of the info available to the public is crap, and I’ve never once in my entire life seen the news get the facts even sort of accurate about a violent encounter.
However, in this case, I will comment, and that comment is daaaaaaaaamn. Some DA is about to get force fed a shit sandwich.
That wasn’t a statement, that was a warning shot. That was very much a Dear Fuckface, we’ve got everything on video, all day, documented, in triplicate, and now we’re going to make you choke on it.