The Trump swing voters in diners across Western New York have a tough decision in front of them.
Rich asshole Chris Collins committed a felony and lied about it while trying to enrich himself and his family with insider information. Pretty much all of the Republican Party hierarchy went around yelling “fake news” and sticking up for Collins so that an indicted soon-to-be felon could be re-elected to his seat, even though he was stripped of his committee privileges. Right before pleading guilty to save his failson’s skin, Collins snuck his most important tchotchkes out of his DC office without telling staff that he was going to plead guilty, and then broke up with them over text. Now the Republican leaders who buried themselves completely up Collins’ rectum are all vying to run for Collins’ seat. One of them will be selected by the party.
So, our Trump voters could ride their mobility scooters and confederate flagged pickup trucks to the polls to vote for someone who lied to them on behalf of a rich scumbag. Or, they could vote for a pretty decent Democrat, Nate McMurray.
I’m actually a little interested to see how this turns out. NY-27 is R+11, so quite a few MAGA hats will have to stay home or flip allegiance to get Democrat Nate McMurray elected. My guess is that he might squeak out a win in the special and lose in the next general (like Kathy Hochul did the last time this seat was up for grabs because a Republican did something bad). But I really don’t see any chance that the Fox News indoctrinated seniors at local diners will change their minds no matter how many times they get fucked over.
On the topic of Fox and indoctrination, read Margaret Sullivan’s column today.
Leaving this here.
So in one of yesterday’s many threads we had a discussion about “Club Fed,” and how DOJ treats family members in related crime schemes. I deduced that for some reason Collins was pleading to avoid having his son face worse consequences. From the story linked in the post:
It always seems to come as a shock to white collar criminals like Collins that their particular case is not the prosecutor’s first rodeo.
Here we were calmly bantering about grammar downstairs and you had to go and sneak in “snuck.”
@NotMax: In the most sincerest of blog traditions: fuck your rules! Or in pop culture references: Rules? Where we’re going we don’t need rules. Also everyone hates Nazi’s, so… ?
But nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee.
Or so I’ve heard.
@NotMax: My understanding is that ablaut goes all the way back to Proto-Indo-European.
Old Republicans getting screwed by our government is a boon to Republican electioneering. They just blame Democrats/Hillary/Obama or which ever Democrat they are running against.
Facts are fungible in Republicanworld.
Q: What’s the Australian linguistics professor planning to do on sabbatical?
A: He’s going walkablaut.
[Individual 1] mistermix
@NotMax: Way better than “sneaked”. C’mon.
Thanks for linking that great column by Sullivan. This line in particular should be chiseled over the front door of every media company:
Exactly right. On a related note, commenter Ivan X recommended a long read in a thread yesterday, a piece by Ethan Zuckerman in MIT Press called QAnon and the Emergence of the Unreal. It captures the challenges of this age of competing realities particularly well, IMO.
Speaking of Fox indoctrination, I was at the gym other other day. My gym is quite varied in terms of who goes there. People of all ages, racially very mixed. I’m on the treadmill and an older white woman gets on the treadmill next to me. She’s punching at the screen trying to get something to happen. Finally she looks at me and asks how to get the TV to come up (TV access is one option on the built-in screens). I tell her what to do and she says that’s not what she usually has to do but the TVs just aren’t working right. (Narrator: It is what she has to do–they all work the same way.) Then she says, “They just don’t want us to watch Fox.”
Okay, entitled, grievance-wielding white lady. Because you can’t figure out how to work the TV on the treadmill some mythical “they” is trying to stop you from watching Fox. I set my screen to MSNBC just to piss her off.
I left what I thought was a pretty good comment at the dead thread below on impeachment drafting.
I’m waiting on a car repair after having had it towed on Monday. Arrgh!
Tampa Bay Times
@NotMax: I have a theory about gantlet and gauntlet: remember the classic ‘80’s arcade game Gauntlet? I think that started it. Purely conjecture, but a good starting place for language detectives.
Is there still a 10:45 Nancy Smash presser?
Is it really appropriate for a university to pay for a married guy and his mistress to speak to students, or has Junior’s divorce finally gone through? Just wondering.
A Ghost To Most
My family were among those constituents screaming fake news. Fuckem.
@Mnemosyne: His divorce was final in late 2018.
I too think Margaret Sullivan is the bees knees and tend to agree with just about everything I’ve ever read by her.
But then I am confronted by the real world and polls like this:
Just 4 in 10 Republicans say they think President Trump discussed an investigation into Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden during a phone call with Ukraine’s president, despite Trump acknowledging having done so, according to a new Monmouth University poll.
I honestly wonder what percentage of our voting age population actually has a good grasp on this thing we call reality. It’s certainly not over 50%. I am afraid it is more like 25%. And it is definitely not often “shared.” I have a neighbor who voted for Trump. He truly refuses to engage with real, verifiable information regarding the President, our country, and the world on an ongoing basis. This pretty much makes it impossible to engage with him. Both his wife & BiL (who lives with them) loathe Trump. I cannot even imagine how that works.
Anyways, on a positive note, I gave to Nate on 9/30 so he could include my donation in his 3Q fundraising totals.
@Aleta: That’s my alma mater, and I’m looking forward to the next time they call me begging for money…
I’m only seeing spotty sourcing so far, but it seems Bernie underwent emergency heart surgery.
@Aleta: What about the State Department? I assume they’re next on the list.
@Mnemosyne: what a racket. forcing students to pay $ to the trumps’ campaign to Commit More Crimes
‘Refuses’ is the key word.
@RL: Two stents. Appears to be doing well, but this will raise serious health and age issues going forward.
@[Individual 1] mistermix:
*GASP* Faints on couch.
Ceci n est pas mon nym
@RedDirtGirl: Yes. I grabbed the the CBS livestream at random. They say there’s nobody at the podium yet, so instead they’re showing a live image of the White House.
Not sure it’s live though, I don’t see any little orange guy ranting from the balcony.
@RL: @japa21: He didn’t look well at the last debate. Doesn’t surprise me all that much. Best wishes for him for a good recovery.
Here’s the C-Span video for the Pelosi presser. Still waiting. https://www.c-span.org/video/?464846-1/house-speaker-nancy-pelosi-news-conference&live
And yes, Sanders has suspended his campaign. Heart surgery. A blockage, and two stents. Resting comfortably and conversing, per C-Span.
@RL: From what I just googled, looks like he had a couple of stents put in. That is a procedure, not at all in the same category of heart surgery. Shouldn’t slow him down much.
I have mixed feelings about this. An open heart surgery would have given him a cover for dropping out.
@japa21: I hope it is a graceful way for St. Bernard to make his exit. From what I truly hope is his last presidential bid, as a “Democrat”, ever.
BC in Illinois
A combination of items:
1) Bernie Sanders had chest pains yesterday, underwent a heart procedure to remove blockages, and now has two stents in his heart. As someone who, 18 months ago, had chest pains, underwent a heart procedure to remove blockages, and now has three stents in his heart, I wish him a safe and full recovery. Four months after my heart thing, I ran a 5k race (poorly).
2) The Dow has now lost 900 points since 10AM yesterday.
3) Nancy Pelosi is now holding a press conference, along with Adam Schiff.
@Ceci n est pas mon nym: Thanks. Found something too. Just waiting for it to start.
From Bryan A. Garner’s Garner’s Modern American Usage —
Garner says using “gauntlet” for both senses is at stage 4 of his language change measure — i.e., almost universal.
I try to wish no one, not even the evil, harm. However, I do wish them removed from the power to hurt others, so I hope the interruption causes Sanders to abandon his campaign.
@germy: He should be okay if they can successfully treat the blockage with stents. (Not a medical professional, but I’ve seen several elderly relatives have similar surgeries with excellent results.)
C-Span corrects its language. Backs away from Sanders “suspending his campaign”; it’s just cancellation of current events until further notice.
@RL: Just saw that as well. Wow.
Jen Rubin’s piece today – forget the plea to Romney – is a mind-boggling statement on where we are today. “…what Pompeo, Barr, and trumpov are attempting to ‘prove’ is the entirely false assumption made by Putin and reaffirmed by trumpov in Helsinki. Barr is gallivanting around the globe looking for Putin character witnesses.”
Forget trumpov. We have a US Secretary of State and a US AG willing to throw in with a hostile foreign power to prop up its primary puppet. Wowzers.
I Just Binged Season 1 of Succession and It Feels Like I Was on a White People Safari
@Frankensteinbeck: I suspect it would take more than this to get him to suspend his campaign.
Some bed rest, and he’ll be back on the campaign trail.
Congressional health insurance is pretty damned good and all-encompassing.
What irritates me are the republicans (and conservative democrats) who think the rest of us should rely on a mishmash of high deductible/co-pay unreliable plans.
@BC in Illinois:
I can’t stand all this winning
I always wonder what is going on behind the scenes when Pelosi and others make the press wait so long for the presser to start. Maybe another round of subpoenas!
@rikyrah: All due to those DemocRATS and their impeachment crap. See what they are doing to this country. Businesses are afraid that they will lose the great Orange One and are panicking.
Enhanced Voting Techniques
Can the admins please block the Progressive Insutance adds on this site as NSFW? They are showing naked pensis.
They’re wondering how many hours the networks will show an empty podium if it’s a Democrat’s.
Speaking solely for myself, prefer both my gants and my gaunts full-size.
@Elizabelle: There is a new round of subpoenas, according to MSNBC, which I have on in the background because I suspect this press conference will be significant.
For what it’s worth, trumpov is denying that he ever wanted a moat filled with snakes and alligators at the border.
Anyone waking up from a long-term coma today is going instantly wonder exactly what the hell is going on. Just like the rest of us, every day.
Pelosi and Schiff’s press conference just started a few minutes ago. Pelosi starting off with drug prices. Wha?
@Mnemosyne: It’s not directly the University, it’s the Student organization, and they get money and have a good deal of discretion on how it’s spent. When I googled to find the story, I also found that UF had to pay $66,000 to a conservative group who sued them for treating conservative groups differently than other groups. It was settled August 2, so…am guessing they decided they can’t nix this. I think the lawsuit was related to Spencer speaking. Disclosure, I work for UF and also am an Alumni. I was working the day Spencer spoke and the campus was a ghost town. Administration instructed classes to be dismissed and any employees who were distressed by the neo Nazi be allowed time off. They fought the speech but apparently because we are a public university, found they couldn’t “censor” him.
I don’t know how they will handle this, it’s not quite the same as a fight picking Nazi group.
@Steeplejack: Yup. Going over Democratic initiatives up front, while she has a larger than usual audience.
I read that on my Facebook feed and laughed really hard. ?
“Clean government. That’s more of a challenge.” — understatement by Speaker Pelosi
We are investigating. We are litigating. Mentions one year anniversary of Khassogi (?) murder. While administration is schmoozing with [his killers].
Berates the press for not covering Democrats’ efforts more. She’s correct.
Good decision, too.
The dark days of the revolution — the times have found us. — quotes Thomas Paine
A time of urgency. Threat to the constitution. A system of checks and balances.
We see the actions of this President being an assault on the Constitution. … Schiff to podium.
Schiff on danger facing journalists all over the world. After remarks about Khassogi. (Sorry I don’t know his spelling)
Deeply concerned about Pompeo’s effort to interfere with witnesses. Any effort by him or POTUS to interfere will be considered obstruction. And allow an adverse inference as to underlying facts.
Cummings noticed a subpoena that will go out for documents from White House … Thursday Volker appears; Friday the inspector general. …deposition next week with former US amb to Ukraine …(this is all known …)
Now Q&As. Pelosi asks for Qs on non-impeachment stuff first.
I’m making a note of this for the next time someone attacks her for not doing it.
The beltway media doesn’t care about the cost of prescription drugs. She can’t get them to ask a question.
@Elizabelle: I think it is great that Nancy speaks in complete sentences & paragraphs unlike some in our leadership. I also think it great that she shows such a wide breadth of knowledge & awareness of what is going on. I just wish she would, in the words of my 9th grade English teacher, give us an overarching thesis to give some structure & a throughline to what she is commenting on. As it is it comes out like a string of not necessarily associated comments.
And there she kind of said it, “our ongoing work on behalf of the American people.”
I do like that she is forcing the reporters to ask non-impeachment related questions first.
Pelosi: “Anything on HR 3? Does anyone in this room care about the cost of prescription drugs and its effects on American families.”
Silence. They do want to know about funding for border wall, though, and trade issues.
@MattF: The TA supervisor in the German department where I did my grad work would periodically agitate to ‘bring back English strong verbs!!’
We TAs trying to teach German strong verbs to first year students would smile politely and shudder together,
Q: What about the quiet we hear on gun legislation?
Pelosi: Trump called …
Nancy Smash is wearing a mace pin on her lapel!
word salad from Nancy on gun violence. Does not sound like much is going on.
They really want to ask about impeachment. Is a full House vote off the table?
Pelosi says some GOP are nervous about a full vote on the House floor.
@RedDirtGirl: Yea! Was wondering. I love that she is in her calm blue suit with white.
Q: POTUS wants to confront WB.
Schiff: WB has right to remain anonymous and protection. Trump wants to make this all about the WB and infer they’re treasonous. Blatant effort to intimidate witnesses, [attempt to foment] violence.
talks about quid pro quo with Ukraine. No attack on WB will change that.
@Jeffro: I’m still trying to get it through my thick skull how working with foreign goverments to undermine our own isn’t treason. I’m open to a liberal interpretation of treason I suppose.
My best friend had an emergency balloon angioplasty + stent this weekend. She has endured months of harassment from Demon Donna who lives downstairs from her. My friend Chris has been Donna’s target often and their interactions have been bad, management has done nothing. They’ve applied for a restraining order & probably lawsuits and criminal complaint will ensue.
They were describing the blockage, and I said yeah, the “widowmaker” artery is the Left Anterior Descending Artery. Her sister asked how I knew that (not a medical person) and I said I remembered it from “St. Elsewhere”. That’s true, it was, and it just stuck with me.
@Betty Cracker: I once commented here that I was an adjunct prof of German at U of FL 65-66.
Humidity so strong already at 7.30am when I’d walk to early class. Was before Disney went in at Orlando, so was a pretty quiet area, except for students.
First time I’d ever seen Spanish moss.
And my now ex totally freaked out over the cockroaches!
@rikyrah: Thanks for link
Palmetto bugs is so-o-o much more cuddly and friendly, don’tcha know.
The ones in Florida (and sometimes the boldest in Hawaii, too) could double as dive bombers.
The “widowmaker” blockage was what filmmaker Kevin Smith had. Fortunately, he went to the hospital promptly as soon as he started experiencing chest pains.