This #IndigenousPeoplesDay, the Chief Wahoo-wearing Indians were eliminated, the tomahawk chopping Braves were eliminated, and the still-have-the-slur-for-a-name football team was humiliated on Monday Night Football
— Noah Frank (@NoahFrankWTOP) October 9, 2018
Since some people liked the idea (and nobody spoke up who hated it), let’s make it official: Every Wednesday, I’m going to do a “One Good Thing” post, where we can remind ourselves that even when almost everything is terrible there’s still some good left in the world. I plan to schedule the inaugural post tomorrow for approximately noon EDT, which should give the left-coasters a chance to chip in. Of course, since I keep vampire hours, this means I’ll be trusting the FYWP ‘schedule’ function to work… or at least hoping that one of the daylight front-pagers will notice & force-post if it doesn’t!
T Swift wields a mighty pen. https://t.co/8GREboweB5
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) October 9, 2018
… “We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift’s post,” said Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for Vote.org.
For context, 190,178 new voters were registered nationwide in the entire month of September, while 56,669 were registered in August.
In Swift’s home state of Tennessee, where Swift voiced support for two Democratic candidates running in this year’s midterms, voter registrations have also jumped.
“Vote.org saw [Tennessee] registrations spike specifically since Taylor’s post,” Guthrie said. The organization has gotten 5,183 in the state so far this month — at least 2,144 of which were in the last 36 hours, she said, up from 2,811 new Tennessee voter registrations for the entire month of September and just 951 in August.
Guthrie said the site had also seen a big jump in the number of visitors since Swift’s post, with 155,940 unique visitors in the last 24 hours — second only to the number of people who visited on National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 25 when there were 304,942 unique visitors (The average daily users for the site are 14,078 in 2018)…
Elections matter. 74% of people between 18-29 are considered non-voters. We must change this. If you aren’t registered head over to https://t.co/zyJrNyDUJt & learn more at @playercoalition. The dealine to register for some states is October 9th so don’t wait. pic.twitter.com/wa5ihL1N0y
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) October 5, 2018
Good morning! Off to the market in a few. Hope everyone has a good day.
Ok, now I can leave.
@satby: Have a good market day.
So I guess we’ve answered the question of whether Taylor Swift’s post has had any effect. Good on you Ms. Swift!
@OzarkHillbilly: Remember two years ago when we were sure Hillary would win? Remember how Rikyrah gave us sad faces for months after that election? Remember Brett Kavanaugh?
@satby: A morning without blech is like a night without darkness.
I’ll see your blech and raise you a meh.
Also too, why the feck does my autocorrect always change I’ll to I’LL?
@Yellowdog: Even without that, there is the epic butt hurt of RRWNJs.
Christian leader Jerry Falwell urges Trump support: ‘He’s a moral person’
I. got. nothing.
@OzarkHillbilly: hahahahahhahaha Falwell is a giant cockroach. That’s all I got.
Every time is too far this time with these clowns.
Has anyone else noticed that there is a sudden anti-Warren online push against Elizabeth Warren on left blogs because of her past claims of native American heritage? I smell a Russian.
From your link:
Falwell needs to be brought up on charges of heresy. WWJT?
I don’t know — if Taylor Swift really wanted Bredesen to win, she might have been better off encouraging her fans to not vote.
You have a good nose.
Good morning, everyone.
While last week was not a good one for us and the SCOTUS, we have to remember history and not get discouraged. We have to keep fighting!
Erwin Chemerinsky at The American Prospect (from July):
Recently Kennedy voted the same way that Kavanaugh would have voted.
Yes, the SCOTUS matters. But in almost all of the country’s history, except for the brief period between 1937 and 1969, the SCOTUS has been conservative. We can’t give up because it continues to be now. We can and must still make progress in spite of those obstacles. And we can.
We have to keep fighting to elect sensible people to office. From community association board member up to President. We have to treat every election as if our lives and futures depend upon it, because it does.
That doesn’t mean if we lose battles along the way that we throw up our hands and gnash our teeth and make plans to emigrate to Canada. We have to continue to fight to make our country a “more perfect union”. The war is never won – the battle goes on. There are more of us than them, and we will turn things around if we keep working and fighting.
If you suspect someone isn’t registered to vote, make sure they get registered today!
27 days to go!! Onward!!
Good Morning, Everyone ???
Oh, shut up and sing, Taylor, you libtard.
The ONLY valid opinion “entertainers” are allowed to have is supporting RWAs. Because ‘Murica.
Hey satby ? ?? ?
Thought exercise: which would be more effective in that regard: Taylor Swift telling her RWA supporters not to vote? Or President Obama telling the “target” audience to make sure they vote?
Apparently the GOP think PostCards work.
Yesterday, someone – likely a GOP troll – reported an innocuous PostCard Patriot tweet and the account got locked. Someone actually warned me. But then deleted their tweet. I had to get a phone code to be allowed back in, then got sent a copy of the rules.
So, if you are on Twitter, could you please follow @PostCardPatriot ?
Going to tweet like crazy the next two weeks, and every re-tweet could bring in another PostCard writer.
Twitter says that page doesn’t exist.
But her emails!!!
Eh. There’s no reason to assume Russians here without additional evidence as Republican ratfuckers are more than sufficient explanation given their past devotion to fact free assholery on this issue.
Dorothy A. Winsor
The number of Swift-inspired registrations shocks me. Obviously it’s a good thing, but I’d never have guessed so many people were sitting there waiting to be inspired to register in such a straight forward way.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@debbie: Try this.
Hope this link works this time.
PostCard Patriots on Twitter, please follow to “Re-Tweet for Writers” to fight GOP while we can.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: Many thanks!
Because left leaning people would have a problem with a candidate that has Native American ancestry????
Phuck Outta Here ? ?
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
Thanks for the link
Black Lightning returns tonight ??
I assume it’s because the RWA trolls think they can generate outrage that Fauxcahontas got all sorts of special treatment that she didn’t deserve. I have a tough time believing a real lefty would be making that pitch.
“Taylor Swift needs to shut up and leave the politics to serious adults like (checks notes) ‘Yeezus’.”
Jerry Jr’s just like his dad: a rightwing partisan going about as a man of God. There are people who fall for that.
A question for the kids: Is Kanye now calling himself “Ye” because he’s shortening “Kanye”? Or is he shortening “Yeezus”? Or maybe it’s both?
Based on what little I know of him: based on the high regard in which he holds himself, I figured it was Yeezus, but I’m an old.
The claim is her ancestry is fake so she is appropriating Indian culture and Christopher Columbus!
@rikyrah: excellent te: Black Lightning! His suit is so Funkadelic!
Enhanced Voting Techniques
Again, makes all of this very strange; the Republicans had a massive internal party struggle just to vote along party lines to replace a meh conservative justice with a worthless one and this is winning in their minds all the time crying about everyone hates them. On top of their man is a human toad who will be the gift that keeps on giving for years because the left can simply dismiss any ruling we don’t like quite truthfully as examples of partisan hackery. The only explanation in all this is Trump is a lazy so this is the best he can do to show his base he doing something.
Her timing was very good. Deadlines to register. Close to deadlines but not too close to miss them. She missed on only Alaska and Rhode Island.
I think the evolution of his name was: Kanye -> Yeezy -> Yeezus -> Ye.
@Amir Khalid: I should not be surprised that Evangelicals are so easily gulled, but then what should one expect from people who believe one can not be “saved” unless one is baptized and reborn. As tho God needs a human ritual to help him decide who can reach his heavenly abode.
Talk about hubris.
Greenwald is alarmed that a he’s got a trump in his own home country now.
I’m feeling a bit blech myself this morning, uncharacteristic for me.
I’ve got a dentist’s appointment at 10:00 that I’m feeling very foot-draggy about. I’m usually pretty stoic—I endured a few years of medieval orthodontics way back in the ’60s, plus the aftermath of a broken jaw 12 years ago—and this is a minor thing, repair of an old filling. My dentist is very good. It’s just a rare feeling (for me) of “I really don’t want to do this.”
It may be connected to my feeling slightly out of sync ever since getting back from my trip Saturday morning. I haven’t gotten back into my routine yet—and that’s with not much routine to get back into. Everything feels sort of “not really happening and I’m just going through the motions.”
Finally, I woke up at 4:00 this morning in an absolute rage about everything Trump, GOP, fascist and white-supremacist (but I repeat myself). Fantasizing about all the ways I want to see them humiliated, driven from public life and, yes, physically harmed. I could feel myself getting amped up and couldn’t turn it off. I’m usually pretty stoic about this stuff, too, but, man, today the deflector shields are down. Ugh.
So I’m going to drag myself to the dentist and think of something nice to do later. I know—maybe I’ll go to the Bloodbath ’n’ Beyond gun store and get a couple of Glocks and an AR-15. That sounds like a great idea. Or maybe just a nice lunch somewhere (assuming I can eat). One or the other.
@Enhanced Voting Techniques: Cleek’s Law. Getting in the candidate that makes liberals the most upset is absolutely the biggest win for them– it’s a pure show of power. It’s also a blow against anyone making a sexual assault allegation, which is another win for them. You’ll notice the Kavanaugh story got a lot of anti-Trump conservatives back in the tent; this is tribally appealing to them.
@rikyrah: Good morning.
All’s fair in love and Wilmer.
Enhanced Voting Techniques
I think what’s going on is pretty obvious; this is directed at elderly Republican registered women that you have to vote Republican so they can protect your grandsons from those mean feminist. Old folks are the kind of people who read post cards after all. What’s hilarious is the homosexual subtext in the examples they sight, Yes, grandma, your well dressed grandson doesn’t date girls because he’s scared of the,,..lol
Except the Bern-or-Busters love Sen Warren
Shame our side couldn’t feel the same way when it came to Hillary.
So they elected a know-nothing entertainer but Swift should shut up because she’s a know-nothing entertainer? Right, got it.
@SFAW: That’s news to me. Those two will in all likelihood shortly be rivals for the nomination.
@OzarkHillbilly: And considering that one of the biggest of the Big Rules is “thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” they seem to be on a gallop to Hell. I am sort of a softie on the matter — New Testament forgiveness and all that — but this is one I would gladly sit back and watch.
That’s those Greek pagans, not the Talibangelicals.
Enhanced Voting Techniques
Well them getting back in the tent was going to happen anyway. Bit ham fisted because it’s clear they also are given the left reasons to vote as witnessed by Taylor Switf. During the Bush admin they also picked stupid things the left didn’t care about like flag burning or Muslim desecration of Burlington Coat factory stores to rile their base up for a vote.
@SFAW: I thought they disowned her when she endorsed Hillary Clinton.
Maybe. But they still love her.
I think any upset was short-lived.
Aah, who knows? Maybe I’m worng, yet again.
If so, and I keep up my “streak,” maybe the Wilpons will hire me. (Waves to LAO.)
Manchin is toast. Proving the old saw true once again: There’s nothing in the middle of the road but a yellow stripe and dead armadillos. Dead racoons and possums too.
What’s interesting is Democrats are all-in on this. You saw it with Franken and again with Kavanaugh. We pay so much attention to the GOP base – well, not “we”- political media do- but this is a real fundamental split. It’s a clear dividing line between the two parties. It will get clearer too because it will become self-selecting. Democrats with metoo problems won’t run and Republicans with metoo problems will run because the Republican Party isn’t just not opposing these people- they’re embracing them. I think I’d rather be the Democrats in that scenario.
Republicans are setting the bar really low. Corruption is okay, constant lying is okay, sexual harassment or assault or pedophilia accusations are okay- that sends a message to candidates- it becomes self-selecting for lower quality candidates. These people are out there. It’s just they might have been reluctant to put their name up before. Not now!
@OzarkHillbilly: And I love this:
So Linda, you’re going to vote for Manchin now, right? Yeah, I didn’t think so.
My favorite was on Twitter where Sam Stein tweeted: “Who is she?”
Sammy has 330k followers to Swifts 83MM. He was getting buried. and to be honest I had to google to find out who the hell he is
Candidate quality is really important and you send a message on what you’ll accept. We have this absolute scumbag local “businessman” here- he’s a slum lord with a pizza place where he hires low income young women and then hits on them. His wife was actually convicted of some online scam selling financial “consulting”. She did like 9 months in prison. He ran in the GOP primary for county commissioner several years ago and lost. He won an open seat primary this time- it’s 65% GOP. He’ll be the new commissioner. It’s like quality just fell off a cliff. They would have stopped him in the old days- made sure he lost the primary.
@Schlemazel: Now I’m googling him.
I assume it is more that they believe we need a candidate so pure there is no way the Rapeublicans can mock or sully them. These are simple, naive, folk who do not understand that Jesus himself would be sullied and mocked by those people. There is nobody so pure they could avoid the shit-spewing machine of the GOP.
Gore was a boy scout by all accounts
Kerry a 2x Purple Heart earner who volunteered for combat
Obama was a hardscrabble kid who excelled on his own merit & was moral & just
If you can name one candidate cleaner than those 3 I bet it will be because the garbage brigade has not yet been turned loose on them.
Enhanced Voting Techniques
@Kay: Yes, but were does it in – will the replacement for Thomas in 2020 be accused of cannibalism? I know there is a stereotype about us white guys but drunken rapist is a pretty low thing the way I was raised, yet they all embrace him.
Baud. Wait a minute… Nobody knows about Baud.
Given the stuff I saw acquaintances (all under 30, at the time), I thought were somewhat liberal, posting on Facebook in 2016, I wouldn’t be so sure. They basically bought all the Clintons are corrupt noise that went from the right-wing fever swamps to more liberal places on line that got repackaged as liberal counterpoints to the DNC machine.
I think the issue that will sink in is the right-wing talking point that she got unfair career opportunities by claiming to be Native American. It will play on the liberal sense of fair play and honesty, and low info liberals will buy into it.
@OzarkHillbilly: Good morning! I hope you’re feeling incrementally better?
@Enhanced Voting Techniques:
I think Cole had a Tweet last nigh about the next scumbag that Turtle rams through. Your suggestion was, shall we say, more mainstream than what Cole (I think) suggested.
Toast is probably an overstatement. Manchin’s opponent will probably manage to convince all the Democrats currently wavering in their support of him to turn out by the time the election rolls around.
If you have to hold their attention long enough to explain that she checked off that box Native American so she could be found by Native American students as a possible advisor, you realize that this is a problem. The unfair advantage claim isn’t true but it’s easily exploited and provides excellent opportunities for the racist displays the right love so much.
Unfortunately, responding with truth (“Her opponents are lying motherfuckers, who are lying about that entire thing”) would probably be characterized as “Uncivil! OMFG!!!”
Enhanced Voting Techniques
@MazeDancer: This gets even better, the guy in the picture has been tweeting basically his mother is full of it, he dates all the time. Shades of 4/chan and Taylor Swift ROFL
Steve in the ATL
@Another Scott: we were told in law school that SCOTUS was generally two generations behind the rest of the country. May have to amend that to 200 years.
@Kathleen: Not that I can tell.
@Butter Emails!!!: Why vote for Republican Light when you can get the real deal?
Steve in the ATL
@germy: did anyone read the long New Yorker profile of griftwald a few issues back? Christ, what an asshole.
So true. The WSJ has an op-ed up called “Dogs Bite Men and Trumps Duck Taxes” – they ‘duck’ them, see, they don’t actually break the law and deserve to go to jail, they’re just ‘ducking’ paying their legal obligations as US citizens. Ho-hum. YAWN. All they did was commit systematic tax fraud over decades – what’s shocking about that? Totally ‘dog bites man’. YAWN.
That is the climate we’re in now – where it’s actually a partisan issue as to whether or not one follows the law. One set of laws for Republicans, one set for everyone else (with a special subset of those laws being for women, people of color, immigrants, the Clintons, etc).
These ‘Stand Up Republicans’ and #NeverTrumpers better get their shit together quickly and join the only party that upholds the rule of law anymore. No more kibitzing like J-Rubs did yesterday, about needing a “Plan B” if the Dems nominate someone – gasp! the horror! – socialist. There are worse things than tacking left, Jennifer. Things like having no law at all in your country. Things like corruption on an epic scale. Pay better attention and get with the program, SUR’s and NT’s!
Of course baud, sorry I forgot.
Taylor Swift makes Trump haz a sad.
@Steve in the ATL:
Excellent four-word summary of the entire profile.
@Steve in the ATL: St of Balloon Juice and savior of Edward Snowden, you don’t say.
@Steeplejack: Wow, not fun on every level. What’s happening really is surreal, and very distressing. Hope your day turns around once you get the dentist behind you. Get thee behind me, Satan! (my lame attempt at humor)
I have been wondering if I’m the only one who is waking up crying in the middle of the night. Based on your comment, even though you’re not crying, I’m gonna guess I am not alone.
@Amir Khalid: [email protected]Schlemazel: Who is Sam Stein?
@schrodingers_cat: Centrism Fan Acct on twitter has been pointing out how blithe GG was concerning the election of our own fascist vs. the alarm he feels at what’s going on closer to where he lives.
Not a nobody but darn close
A pro poker player who writes a news letter about MSNBC or dailybeast – or something like that
I tweeted back “This is like a fart claiming a turd is nothing”. He is after all just noxious gas
@Jeffro:Speaking of this:
Max Boot of all people has an excerpt from his upcoming book out in the Post: The Dark Side of American Conservatism Has Taken Over
Welcome aboard, Max! We can resume having differences once there are two parties that respect the rule of law in America.
Sorry, I will hit the showers now (still early morning here).
@Steve in the ATL: Good. The true originalists on the court, should rule that the State of West Virginia is illegal. Manchin really would be toast then.
DAMN IT! I WANT A ‘LIKE’ BUTTON FOR COMMENTS LIKE THIS!!
Thanks for making me laugh
Well, WV has continue to vote for Manchin despite going deep red. So my guess is because he provides the coal, rah, rah thing without fucking over healthcare in general and treatment for miners with black lung in particular.
I am so stealing that.
@Butter Emails!!!: Yeah, you may be right. Here in Misery, we like our misery unadulterated.
Please do. I made it up a while back as part of a response to someone dismissing BHO.
Corrilary, the only thing less substantial than fart is an artificial fart. All noise, not power
Robert Costa, in the WaPost:
‘An angry mob’: Republicans work to recast Democratic protests as out-of-control anarchy
Those aren’t “swing voters” King is seeing. They are low information, easily manipulated people.
I hope this blows up badly on them. Not only do they not listen to women and those who oppose Trump, now they’re calling us the lawless mob.
Tearing the country apart to try to keep power. Guillotine bait.
More from the Costa article: first, the link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/an-angry-mob-republicans-work-to-recast-democratic-protests-as-out-of-control-anarchy/2018/10/08/c8648e8a-cb13-11e8-a3e6-44daa3d35ede_story.html?utm_term=.d0228343028f
It is such projection with these people.
I don’t necessarily believe this guy. It’s in his interests to lie about the fundraising, and who knows where it came from?
Saying that Democrats are “too hot” after you have illegitimate Trump out there tearing the country apart for cheers at his rallies?
These people need to go down. Hard.
And the structure of the Post story: it’s 32 paragraphs before you get to this weak sauce stuff:
CNN breaking that Nikki Haley resigned. Maybe she wrote the op-ed and held off so people wouldn’t know it was her? Maybe the #hetoo stuff was a bridge too far for her.
Anne Laurie: Im another person who keeps vampire hours, so I love that you do.
@Butter Emails!!!: He also harmed the Dems down ticket then. Stupid SOB.
@Enhanced Voting Techniques:
Maybe, the GOP thinks “The GOP has announced they will gut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid” is effective messaging…
Wish we had lists of “Grannies in Nursing Home via Medicaid” so we could PostCard: You will be thrown out of your home to pay for more tax cuts for the rich.
Also, a list of “Children of Grannies in Nursing Homes”. So we could PostCard: She’ll be living with you. Just so rich people pay less taxes.
If GreenGrift wishes to envision what life in Brazil will look like he can turn his gaze to the Philippines. That’s working great.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
spending more time with family or lining up a 2024 run?
@BlueGirlFromWyo: Dumb comment on my part, ButterEmails!!! Sorry. Edit function not so great for me
I will defer to Cole’s opinion on this since he is a lot closer to the ground there than we are. I do know the majority of voters in WV wanted Rapey McRapejustice confirmed. Manchin could have voted no. Then either Dense breaks the tie or they try again Monday when the clown from MT got back & it is a done deal anyway. Then Manchin loses for sure. Alternatively he could vote yes since it could not affect the outcome. He knows even many D voters approved and he hopes the others recognize his vote was insignificant and would not have ended better with his GOP opponent in the seat.
But you know, we are Dems please let us flay our own for doing what has to be done sometimes instead of dying in a needless way
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: It’ll be just our luck that she’s resigning to take over for Jeff Sessions. SWERVE!
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Keith P.: that would make me laugh only as Lindsey crawled into a bottle of bourbon.
Not a good headline for trump a month before the midterms, whatever the reason. Still hard for me to see her joining even the half-assed Corker/Flake ditherers, much less the Neverttrumps
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: Is it possible that Rapey K’s confirmation was a bridge too far for her?
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Schlemazel: I won’t send Manchin any money, but I’m still gonna hope he wins and serves as our wobbly right flank in a majority for the next six years. Maybe after 2020 he’ll be superfluous.
He sponsored a gun safety bill after Parkland, and that was not the easy choice for him
I consider myself a pragmatist and I’m aware of the tightrope walked by many red state democrats, but I also understand that for many democrats this may be a line Manchin cannot be forgiven for crossing.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist:
exactly. Also remember he did not want to run this year & had to be begged to do so. He was challenged in the primaries by a Bernie bot, Paula Swearengin and he won by 40 points! So please do not pretend there is a strong liberal current that could have carried this seat leftward.
Gin & Tonic
@Jim, Foolish Literalist:
It would be way more interesting if she were lining up a 2020 run.
Well, 2,800,000 more votes usually means you win….
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: could be that trump plans to evict the UN from american soil…….
According to Wash Post Haley’s getting a promotion.
Yeah, no. Explanation so far.
and this is how we got Rapeublican control of all 3 branches of government with hair furor to lead it all. Gore was not pure enough, ACA was not pure enough, Clinton was not pure enough.
There is a chance we can take the Senate by the slimmest of margins. Losing WV could easily be the difference. While I understand the anger I am more angry at those Dems who could not manage to ‘sell their pure souls’ in 2010 and 2016 that got us to the point this even happened.
New thread up, re the fascinating Nikki Haley.
Jack the Second
@Butter Emails!!!: Fuck, Manchin being disavowed by national Democrats may help him.
@Enhanced Voting Techniques:
I remember the “ground zero Mosque” which was going to be a prayer room in a community center, a little further out than the Ground Zero peeler bar and the Ground Zero OTB parlor.
@OzarkHillbilly: Sorry to hear that. Hope that changes soon!
OK. Let me put it this way. Voting to put a likely attempted rapist on the Supreme Court is not the same as giving a speech to Goldman Sachs.
The Bros have a problem with anyone who isn’t white, male, and ineffectual.
I can’t believe Bredesen would come out in support of Bret Kavanaugh. It’s like he’s trying to discourage women from voting for him. Why not say he would want to see the FBI report or something?
Republican projection is at tsunami level now.
The Moar You Know
@Butter Emails!!!: I’m as enraged by Manchin’s vote as anyone but Rapey McBeer was getting on the Court anyway. So cut him slack. He by all rights shouldn’t exist in WV so I’ll take him. A Dem in the Senate, is a Dem in the Senate and one more vote to stop Trump from packing the judiciary with Heritage judges, one more vote to a Dem Majority Leader – and speaking of, the one we have at the moment is IMHO a far bigger problem than Manchin, but he’s all we have.
@Enhanced Voting Techniques: They gained 40+ years of potential time on the bench with this swap. We’ll know they intend to push further with it if Thomas suddenly starts making ‘retirement’ curious noises.