The federal government has sent generators, blankets, water, and other critical supplies to Texas, but local organizations on the ground need help. Here’s how you can pitch in. https://t.co/gp6PaGe87G
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 20, 2021
THREAD/ As Texans begin repairs on broken pipes and other damage from hard-hitting winter storms, these consumer tips can help you with the insurance claims process. #txlege #TexasFreeze #TexasBlackout pic.twitter.com/GUjZyCOyDV
— Texas Watch (@TexasWatch) February 20, 2021
One last update (I think!): We just hit $5 million raised for Texans across the state.
Thank you ALL for your collective action when people need it most.
Charity can’t replace policy, but solidarity is how we’ll face climate change and build a better world. ??????
Thank you ???? pic.twitter.com/RzdgXllXoS
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 22, 2021
"I think what you have is people who are in government who don't believe in government at a time that we all need government to work," Beto O'Rourke says about Sen. Cruz. "And in Ted Cruz, you have someone who actually tried to overthrow the govt."https://t.co/kI5Ir5qCzh
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 20, 2021
"Beto O’Rourke, who nearly unseated Senator Ted Cruz in 2018, has organized volunteers to make over 784,000 wellness calls to senior citizens in Texas this week."#FlyingTedhttps://t.co/E1luEQDU2a
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) February 20, 2021
In the last 48 hours, Secretary Julián Castro's People First Future has raised more than $335,000 from more than 6,200 donors for Feeding Texas, the largest hunger relief organization in the state.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 21, 2021
How come @BetoORourke and @AOC work to raise money for struggling Texans, many of whom didn't vote for Beto and think AOC is a she-witch, doesn't count as a UNITY story?
How come the media isn't spinning it that way? How come "unity" can only mean "giving the GOP what it wants"?
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) February 19, 2021
If you're a Republican who thinks that Democrats are only raising money for Texas to make Republicans look bad, I'd be happy to give you a list of people in need in blue states so you can own the libs with some donations of your own.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) February 20, 2021
Hospital workers collected rainwater, people lined up at a running tap in a park, and university professors raised money so their students could afford meals. As their state collapsed in a winter storm, millions of Texas residents found ways to survive.
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 21, 2021
O/T, but Former Guy just had a big legal setback from the Supreme Court. SCOTUS declined to hear his request to keep his tax returns from the grand jury. ???
ETA: Wasn’t even trying for frist!
I wonder how long it will take Texans to see the contrast between O’Rourke and Snuz.
@Brantl: Just speculating, not long. And possibly, it’s already past.
I’d be very surprised if they didn’t already.
And they’ll still pick Cruz over a Democrat.
@SiubhanDuinne: been looking forward to this for a long, loooonnnng time.
Go long on champagne stocks this year, people! ;)
Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, MTG et al. aren’t interested in actually governing. To them, politics is performance art – poseurs for whom the trappings (i.e. the form) triumph over any hint of substance. That’s why Cruz seemed puzzled when he first learned of the outrage from ordinary Texans. “You mean you think I am actually supposed to do something??”
Chiming in on Siubhan Duinnes post above, Trumpo is in deep shit now in the SDNY:
@Brantl: I’m hoping O’Rourke strikes while the iron is hot, and announces for Governor before summer is over. He is a dynamic campaigner and should not get stale over a long campaign. And he could bring in a majority in the lower Texas House on his coat tails, as next year could be a wave election in Texas.
Texas Republicans will try to find safety by further gerrymandering legislative districts, but gerrymandering has it’s limits in the face of demographic change and political shifts. Virginia Democrats proved this when they went into the 2017 elections a 35-65 minority in the House of Delegates, and came out of 2019 up 55-45, on a map drawn by Republicans.
@Eolirin: Things don’t change until they do and then they seem almost inevitable. 2006 — George Allen, so invincible that he was on his way to being a favorite for the presidential nomination of 2008. And then he wasn’t. There is a long way to go before Cruz has to face voters again, and what happened this year might be just a distant memory, or Cruz might even learn from it and change course to deal with some future disaster like a hurricane. But inevitability has a way of turning on a dime that is hard to gauge in advance.
Just One More Canuck
@SiubhanDuinne: You make everything you do look so easy – that’s why you are Subaru Diane
Ceci n est pas mon nym
@SiubhanDuinne: And the Merrick Garland confirmation hearing has started! Things are about to get very interesting in the Justice Department as well as in New York.
In a very slow, methodical, under-the-radar, boring, lawyerly way.
Gin & Tonic
It’s like running for Pope – you can’t be seen as actively trying for it.
See also GA, AZ.
Not SDNY. That’s the federal court for the Southern District of New York.
The prosecutor here is Cyrus Vance, who’s the DA for the State of New York’s confusingly named New York County District.
Am I wrong to distrust Vance? I just don’t trust him.
@Brantl: Will it matter? Cruz isn’t up for re-election till ’24. The MSM won’t remember anything from now then. And I am sorry to say most Americans have the attention spans of a fruit fly.
@Just One More Canuck:
You’re not wrong, but he’s the elected DA, so there’s little we can do. He’s facing an election soon, so that might incentivize him a little.
That’s the best kind of way. Grinding slowly but very finely, as Plutarch more-or-less said.
I didn’t know Kreskin was still alive.
He’s 85 now, and still doing his mind reading act. I used to see him on Carson all the time.
@germy: What’s the upside of not going after Trump if you are Vance?
Judge Garland’s confirmation hearing is happening right now. Was listening to part of it; Grassely’s questions were dumb, but then came Graham’s. First question: “Will you promise to defend the Portland courthouse against anarchists?” Muted it. I’ll check back in, in 7 mins.
@Baud: There is talk that Vance will not run again. He has not announced, and has raised little money. But there are a lot of candidates in the Manhattan DA Democratic primary, so Vance can still probably come off with a plurality win, unless he does not indict trump. But it looks like Vance intends to bring criminal charges. He recently hired former SDNY Criminal Division chief Pomerantz, who is considered an expert in trials of financial crimes.
It won’t matter after March 4, when he is inaugurated as the 19th president. Then he can declare “Marshall Law,” and name all Demon-rats as “enemies of the state” and declare “all laws I don’t like are
nellified nullipied neilafrieddouble-plus-ungood. And where’s Ivanka? I want her to be my consortVice President.”
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Leto: I keep misreading Judge Garland as Judy Garland.
Why does Lindsey sneer when he questions Garland?
I don’t trust him either, but the whole damn world is watching.
At this point, I’d like a little more information about Mark Pomerantz. It’s nice that he headed SDNY’s criminal division, and it’s nice that he helped prosecute John Gotti. But I would like more information about what he’s been up to lately. Giuliani had a similar record, and well… it’s quite remarkable how the power vacuum he helped create made space for the Russian mob. The last few years have made me suspicious, I’m afraid.
On the plus side, Andrew Weissman, one of Mueller’s prosecutors spoke quite highly of Pomerantz.
Not that confusing for those of us who live here. New York County is Manhattan. Queens is Queens County; Brooklyn, King’s County; Bronx, Bronx County; and Staten Island is Richmond County.
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
I keep thinking of the Elephant Man.
@germy: Because Graham is an asshole.
This has been another edition of Obvious Answers to Easy Questions.
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
She’d be a great AG!
My better angels do not approve of this message when people are suffering, but I can hardly help but note that my relocated-to-Texas-from-California friends have gone eerily silent on Facebook.
It seems like only yesterday that they were posting side-by-side photos of the $1,000,000 tract home they left behind in Los Angeles and the ghastly Redneck Mansion they bought in Plano. No more “glad to be away from the tax-and-spend Libs, suckers!” postings. Just silence.
I just sent a donation to a legal services organization in Austin to ease my guilt for the aforementioned feelings. Since God knows, they can’t count on any help from the public sector. Wait….there I go again…..
Is there a backstory with Graham/Garland? Graham’s attitude seems like there’s a history there.
Maybe he’s just pissed about the whole “I’ll prosecute white supremacists” thing.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: Understandable. Little known fact about the good judge: he was accepted into the Julliard modern dance program but decided to give that up for the legal profession (his other love). While he still dances, it’s mainly in his converted bedroom studio where he can explore the full range of his artistic expression. (I feel like I should put /s after this but honestly, it should be abundantly clear :P )
Thomas, Alito, and Gorsuch also wanted to hear the Pennsylvania case claiming the Pennsylvania supreme court does not have the authority to interpret the Pennsylvania constitution. They got voted down, thank goodness, but Thomas’s reasoning is getting roasted in the legal profession. “Googled a few links that sounded high-brow” roasted. On the other hand, Kavenaugh reversed himself and Barrett didn’t want to touch it. Apparently the Trump court is strange and harder to predict than usual.
@beef: I think Pomerantz has been working at a top New York law firm, representing criminal defendents. But if he acts in good faith as a prosecutor, this could make him that much more dangerous to trump.
Ceci n est pas mon nym
@germy: I’ve been assuming he has something he doesn’t want investigated, that he knows is likely to be.
Remember that as outgoing Chair of the Judiciary Committee he had an opportunity to schedule this hearing a couple of weeks earlier, and was requested to do so, but refused to. No explanation.
And if there are more parliamentary things he can do to delay things, I expect we’ll see him try them.
OT, but my John got his first jab. Second scheduled for 3/15. Such a relief!
Now, if only they would open up for the next tier, which is supposed to allow educators. Then I can finally relax a bit.
@germy: Dunno. Graham has become so reflexively Trumpian in his positions and attitudes that it might simply be that he treats any non-MAGAT that way.
I wonder how long it will take Texans to see the contrast between O’Rourke and Snuz.
Never. They’ll take the money and help which the democrats give, vote for Cruz again and will still call AOC a socialist baby killer. These bastards are incapable of learning. I have no sympathy for anyone who voted for Cruz and suffered during the storm.
@dmsilev: I’m just going with the fact he’s an asshole, so I always expect him to be an asshole. He never fails to deliver.
@germy: He’s delaying for delaying sake.
He’s reported to have said “I like him” and “I may even vote for him”. But he’s actually apparently still trying to protect T**** and damage Garland’s appointed assistants and all the rest.
Party uber alles with Graham.
Question for republicans – why do democrats’ actions make you look bad? Take your time to think about it while you’re jetting to some exotic vacation.
@Baud: In both those cases, and in the eventual flip of Texas, it wasn’t and won’t be the people voting Republican changing their minds and voting for the Democrat. It’ll be them finally getting outnumbered when other groups turn out.
I was a bit unspecific in my language.
I meant more that the democrats being decent people and the republicans being monsters in the abstract aren’t going to change election outcomes. Their voters don’t seem to care about that, or are actively selecting for monster.
Don’t get me wrong, people like Beto will speed that process up. But it’ll be mostly by organizing and boosting turn out on our side. There aren’t many minds to change.
comrade scotts agenda of rage
What those dumb asses never understand that the great (in it’s own mind) state of Texas has to get funding from some source. So what do they use? Property taxes. And purchasing a Redneck Mansion is probably the worst thing they can do if they’re looking to reduce their “tax burden”.
@germy: When I was a kid, we had an “Amazing Kreskin” game/set. Included cards, a truth pendulum and a book about mind reading and hypnosis. probably it included more, but my older brothers wiped that memory from my mind.
@Frankensteinbeck: They are a little hard to predict, I agree.
Thomas and Alito seem like they can always be counted on to take the hardest possible line against progressives and are always pro-trumpov. Kavanaugh and Barrett keep ruling against trumpov – perhaps so that he’ll fade away/be jailed sooner and they can get on with the business of the religious right and corporate interests. Gorsuch seems to be the most unpredictable of the bunch, although he still leans religious and corporate.
@zhena gogolia: Judy Garland would certainly end the war of drugs
@Frankensteinbeck: Some conservative members of the court take a longer view than others, specifically, they understand that what’s good for the goose will at some point be good for the gander. What Gorsuch, et al. are proposing in the way of second guessing the PA Supreme Court regarding what the Pennsylvania constitution requires is radically at odds with the conservative legal project as understood by most of them, which is to try to use state courts and state constitutions to lessen any Federal liberalizing tendency to strengthen voting or civil rights.
My old friend in Austin is back home. There’s a fallen tree in her yard, but otherwise things are OK.
Still 22,000 Oregon homes without power after the three day ice storm 10 days ago. Damage was worst in Portland General Electric’s territory. 667,000 PGE customers lost power, another 50,000 or so with other utilities.
We were just a few miles south of the worst ice buildup and never lost power.
Jen Rubin, lobbing truth bombs all over the place in light of recent GQP polling: Sane Republicans Need to Leave the GOP
Slightly over half the party is trumpov-or-bust. Sucks to be them!
Sounds good to me! How appealing that’ll be, eh?
Observation/thought of the day:
All the scolding about not dancing on Limbaugh’s grave is just part of the white supremacist narrative in this country.
I’m not seeing any people of color, especially black writers, aids survivors, LGBTQ+, of feminists (women or men) mansplaining or scolding people about how positive and noble we ought to be. And those scolding us never seemed to have scolded Rush in life.
This x 16 jillion, emphasis mine. Dems gotta drive turnout in the face of GQP legislatures making it illegal for non-whites to vote, and that drive has to happen everywhere.
It’s the lionizing and whitewashing of that racist, misogynist two bit ratfuck soulless criminals public life that bids me to retch. The denial and lies were and are epic.
“We’re returning your donation because we don’t think you’re sincere enough” said no charitable organization ever.
The great thing about Beto is that he is a 2-for-1 deal. He’s a candidate and an organizer. The same is true for Stacey Abrams. They are both organizers at heart.
I may be misremembering, but isn’t the Texas governor largely a ceremonial role, with the lieutenant governor holding most of the power?
@Ken: Railroad Commissioner is the most powerful statewide elected official in Texas.
Forget it. Polls like this are useless, because the answers you’re actually getting are “Fuck you, libtards.”
@Immanentize: What I’d like to understand is why they think recounting things Limbaugh actually said counts as dancing on his grave, because that’s most of what I’ve heard, especially people who keep pointing out the grotesque on air celebrations he had when people died of AIDS. If that counts as dancing on his grave, count me in.
I didn’t listen to Limbaugh’s own show, but I did once watch a football commentary show where he had been unaccountably asked to join in as a commenter and on his first and only appearance he couldn’t stop talking about how Donovan McNabb retained his job only because the Eagles and the Philly press felt compelled to coddle a black guy. The other commenters — you know, retired successful NFL players who were knowledgeable about football instead of being loudmouth slobs with a racist axe to grind — basically told the producer that it was him or them, and after being let go, Limbaugh just doubled down on how political correctness was ruining the world.
Guy was an unrepentant, flaming racist asshole. I don’t celebrate anyone’s death but boy oh boy I celebrate that someone like him no longer has any terrestrial power that might hurt me or anyone I care about.
@Immanentize: By surrendering?
That was from his stint on Monday Night Football or whatever. He was supposed to be commenting on the game, I think. Got his dream job and lost it within days.
@Frankensteinbeck: I would like to see these same questions asked of everyone, not just self identified R voters. Because if you still call yourself an R after January 6, then that tells us all we need to know about that person. That poll makes it look like tRump has huge support, so let’s see what everyone not identifying as R has to say about 2024 too.
He was cancelled before cancelling was cool.
When the “mainstream” networks hire people from the fox network… people like Megyn Kelly and Limbaugh… it always ends badly.
These creeps don’t represent America, no matter how much Murdoch wishes they did.
No, I believe you must be thinking of Rahm Emanuel, who as I recall had to tap dance quite a bit in the career he ultimately chose.
@geg6: That must have been it. I remember reading that when McNabb was asked how he felt about that statement he reacted in disbelief at the idea that he had been coddled by the Philadelphia press. At that point, and I honestly don’t remember exactly when it was, McNabb was only one of several African American quarterbacks. Yet, like many racists, Limbaugh retained the idea that any African American who was hired for any big job must have gotten there only because better qualified white candidates had been rejected. If Rich Lowry finds that ha ha funny, why isn’t he out there telling all the amusing Limbaugh stories? Fucking sociopaths, Limbaugh and all of his “supporters.”
He’ll be screaming for blood. The CPAC appearance was announced before the SCOTUS decision.
I bet he’s rewriting his speech right now, scribbling angrily with a big fat sharpie.
@Ken: Texas Governors do have less authority than those of other states. A lot of power is centered in the Lt. Governor, and the Agricultural and other Commissioners get a share. I’m guessing that the Governor still has control over executive branch appointments, though I don’t know how much.
But I think that next year O’Rourke would have great value as a campaign leader, encouraging Texans’ enthusiasm and determination to “Turn the Rascals Out!” up and down the ticket. And if O’Rourke ended up as Governor, he’d probably enjoy the job, and benefit from the executive experience.
@Spanky: If you can’t beat em, join em!
Pass the numbutol….
@PST: Even funnier:
Even turned down a scholarship from the Joffrey Ballet!
There go two miscreants
Since this is a Texas thread, here’s a good short explainer of the failure of the natural gas supply system in Texas during the storm:
(Also, Visual tab working ATM.)
@geg6: because he couldn’t help but say racist shit. Like germy said at 68, hiring anyone from Fox News is just a horrible idea because they’re horrible people. And he was one of the earliest deplorables, saying deplorable shit for decades. I gladly dance on his grave because he was a fucking horrible human. People who get upset for us saying it, well fuck them too. Want a better eulogy/remembrance? Be a better person.
germy: I like this reply:
Gin & Tonic
@geg6: Great news. Which flavor? I’m signed up for Pfizer on Wednesday
ETA: My daughter, a
union thugpublic school teacher in MD, has gotten both now.
@There go two miscreants: Can you let me know if it stops working? (which i suspect it will)
Also, if it appears to not be working, can you click in the comment box (still in Visual mode) and see if the cursor appears and you can type then?
One of the latest comments on the Firefox thread mentioned something like that. thank
edit: I see that you and Steep were the ones discussing the at the end of the Firefox thread!
Yeah. He had to stick to ballet because he couldn’t do the jazz hands required for modern dance.
@Frankensteinbeck: Oh ok, thanks, I’ll just ignore it. Except…wait…if that’s all they had to say…why wasn’t it 100% for trumpov, then?
Hmm. I think it’s safe to say that 100% of them do want to say “fuck you, libtards”…but 46% are saying “fuck you libtards and I’m sticking with trumpov” while 27% are saying “fuck you libtards and if he leaves, I’m sticking with the GQP”. There’s actual info there to be had, not dismissed out of hand.
You are not wrong to distrust Vance.
But, Vance will do what he thinks is necessary to keep his job.
And, right now, that is the investigations that his azz should have been doing all along.
I miss Molly Ivins.
Great thread about how Republicans have resurrected the “waving the bloody shirt” tactic first used in 1871 during Reconstruction when somehow the problem became the fault of Northerners complaining about KKK violence instead of the KKK violence itself.
I don’t understand this dancing on the final resting place of ole Rush. What I would like to do is a complete course of colonoscopy prep and a 10 course meal of Asian, Spanish, and Indian fusion cuisine and then go redecorate his mausoleum.
First? Please.. it’s #2 that’s harder to get! You got to time it just right – and also #100!
@SiubhanDuinne: me too. I was lucky enough to hear her and hang out with her and join her for breakfast at Las Manitas when I lived in Austin/San Antonio.
@Gin & Tonic:
There go two miscreants
@WaterGirl: Still working (even with Reply, which I was afraid would make it fail). Yes, per that discussion the other day, I now test carefully to see if I can get a cursor rather than just wandering over the Visual box and giving up if nothing appears.
@Gin & Tonic: That’s great for your daughter. I just don’t get the “open schools who gives a shit” crowd. Schools that opened like that had to shut down because teachers, aides, administrators, cafeteria employees, etc. got sick. I know parents — especially moms — are really hurting with school closures. But actual people’s lives should mean something, no?
I can’t express how envious I am! Is there a story there that you could write up and have AL or WG or BC put up as a front page feature sometime?
@Jeffro: To me, those numbers add up to “it is in many people’s interest that Trump not create his own party or run in 2024”. And that adds up to… well, maybe I’ve been reading too many mystery and spy novels.
@mrmoshpotato: I always wish we could give these kind of questions the scorn they deserve. “Do you mean, will I personally fire tear gas at protestors? Will I personally abduct innocent protestors into unmarked vans with unbadged and masked LEOs? No. But obviously I’ll use my authority to guarantee our security without breaking the law.”
The Thin Black Duke
@BruceFromOhio: That disgusting episode of Designing Women when Limbaugh was a guest comes to mind.
90% laud his supple water-drinking technique and 95% support his flawless mastery of ramps.
Enhanced Voting Techniques
I wonder how many of the Coolaid drinkers will notice O’Rourke looks like a human being and Cruz is the one who looks like a reptile with a rubber human mask on? As other have commented, there is just something undefinable nasty about Cruz that makes one want to beat him with a stick like he is a poisonous snake.
@Immanentize: Our daughter’s kindergarten is having a meeting tomorrow night to talk about school reopening. We’re somewhat mystified as to what’s going to happen there.
@Enhanced Voting Techniques: Beto O’Rourke looks like James Coburn, back in his knife-throwing days as one of The Magnificent Seven.
Odd thing to pick. That actually sounds damn good.
Let me put it this way: Whatever they SAY, in the real, practical world of actions, Trump’s influence is already down to a speaking gig at CPAC, famously the apex of conservative freakshows. And he’s only been out of power a month. Most elected Republicans are down to “Trump is old news, moot, don’t ask me about Trump, who wants to talk about that guy? HEY LOOK A SQUIRREL.”
@MisterForkbeard: Yeah. Also “Senator Graham, you ridiculous jackass…”
Problem is, there don’t appear to be any sane Republicans left.
I don’t know how the current GOP internal chaos will finally turn out, but it sure is fun to watch. Republican senators may have created a monster by refusing to convict Trump and letting him keep any political influence. I don’t know why idiots like Cruz or Rubio, etc., think that they can harvest Trump supporters while Trump is still around to cause trouble.
A good chunk of the GOP base is permanently unhinged. A bunch of nut jobs. They cannot take responsibility for the shit that they cause and cling to fantasies and conspiracies to maintain their beliefs. This can never end well or even be reliably channeled by conservative politicians. And yet the GOP is happy to appeal to crazy people who believe crazy shit. I guess that Republican leaders imagine that they can do whatever they want, and assume that the distracted rabble will whip up whatever delusion is necessary to accept GOP misrule.
This is relatively trivial. GOP nut balls will make up whatever lie they need to rationalize not supporting Democrats.
That’s a horrible number for a poll of Republicans.
I think Garland is missing the smart-ass gene. I’m glad folks around BJ have it, but it’s probably all for the best that Garland is as he is. Neera Tanden may envy him.
Makes no sense to me AT ALL
So much winning!
Roberts and the other two didn’t bother to explain, just said, no, Former Guy, you lost get over it. Okay, maybe not, but I bet they were thinking it.
“Absolutely. Unless they believe that an election was stolen. Then all bets are off.”
A lot of them are true believers themselves, or at the very least deeply invested in Cleek’s Law. If there’s going to be a stimulus anyway, being big time in support of it is great politics. The Republican congress is willing, even determined to take the hit if that’s what it takes to hurt rather than help people, and to give the Democrats the middle finger.
@Almost Retired: It’s hard to get on FB w/o power.
Look at that muppet! (No, not Kermit.)
OMFG! WHY DID I NOT KNOW THIS WAS HAPPENING?
I am squeeing like a Beatles fan and I never listen to podcasts!
Republicans will also do the exact same thing they did with the Obama Recovery Act: show up to the ribbon cutting and shamelessly take full credit for getting the money for their constituents even though they voted no, no, no. Darrell Issa was good at that and Democrats need to be there with the facts and a megaphone.
@Baud: “Who’re the anarchists now, you seditious Trump-humping trash!”
They may have made the calculation to acquit to keep him from declaring a T**** 3rd party and bleed off voters, but Republicans should know by now Former Guy doesn’t have a loyal bone in his body and may go the 3rd party route anyway. Just to spite Republicans that failed to give him what he wanted.
@Mary G: thank you for notifying me/us about this!
@Baud: his numbers have definitely been ramping down since January.
@mrmoshpotato: I was trying for the most colorful cuisines i could think of because the new paint job should be decorative.
@Doc Sardonic: Fair enough. Still sounds like a delicious feast. :)
I’m not sure 3rd party Trump would hurt them that much. It would make it nearly impossible to win the Presidency, but Trump is too much of a mess to get much of a downballot so those Trump voters would probably vote Republican for the rest of the races. Nader seems to have had some of that effect in 2000 – it cost us the Presidency but we did surprisingly well in Congressional campaigns.
@Mary G: Woah.
@Enhanced Voting Techniques:
Also, his voice always sounds as though he’s talking through a tubful of snot.
A mucilaginous voice.
A Ghost to Most
Progress in Texass is measured by how close you are to the border, and how fast you’re heading towards it.
Right now, there is no Republican Congress. The GOP has to pin its hopes on regaining some power in the mid-terms. It is wild that they are pinning their hopes on an unruly, unreliable and delusional core of their base.
It does sound really good, menu planning would take a while, but you could put together a number of different menus and never repeat an item.
@Doc Sardonic: Yup. ?
Had the Republicans voted to convict Trump and to prohibit him from running for elective office again, the Orange Beast would have been effectively neutralized and unable to form a third party.
But the GOP was too far gone. They backed Trump until the end and they continued to excuse his actions. By lying and refusing to face reality, they kept the delusions of Trump supporters alive.
Unfortunately, they have also kept Trump’s delusional hopes for a comeback alive as well.
@Baud: Is Vance going to run for reelection? Someone in a previous thread several days ago had said he wasn’t.
@Mary G: Who is the Springsteen of the right? Ted Nugent? Kid Rock? Imagine either one attempting a serious conversation with Donald Trump about America.;
@Ken: You remember correctly.
@geg6: Racism makes people stupid.
A Ghost to Most
@Amir Khalid: Eric Clapton.
@Immanentize: Trump’s entire 2024 campaign would be “I was robbed in 2020 and 2016!” I almost wish he’d do it just to put the final nail in the GOP coffin.
We may to have to agree to disagree on this, but it’s all speculation and alternate history at this point anyway. I believe that, even without he himself being able to mount a comeback, the Trump name can still be leveraged to get suckers to part with their money and, if nothing else, anoint one of the progeny to run in his place. Everyone on the right sure loves fighting for a Lost Cause after all.
Oh, I absolutely believe that the Trump grift will go on. That’s a given.
But that Trump might still have any political future is all on the Republicans for refusing to cut him loose when they had the chance.
Right now, it’s hard to see that any of the despicable Trump spawn have what it takes to launch themselves into politics. But then again, I never underestimate the stupidity of the Trump base.
Chacal Charles Calthrop
@mrmoshpotato: Sounds Filipino to me
The Spanish came to the Philippines and ruled its islands by 1565 until 1898. Filipinos began using the Spanish sofrito of tomatoes, onions, and garlic cooked in oil for their dishes. Many cooking customs and techniques were adapted as well as various dishes.
Direct influence of India
Further information: History of Indian cuisine
Indian influences can also be noted in rice-based delicacies such as bibingka (analogous to the Indonesian bingka), puto, and puto bumbong, where the latter two are plausibly derived from the south Indian puttu, which also has variants throughout Maritime Southeast Asia (e.g. kue putu, putu mangkok). The kare-kare, more popular in Luzon, on the other hand could trace its origins from the Seven Years’ War when the British occupied Manila for 2 years mostly with sepoys (Indian conscripts), who had to improvise Indian dishes given the lack of spices in the Philippines to make curry. This is said to explain the name and its supposed thick, yellow-to-orange annatto and peanut-based sauce, which alludes to a type of curry.
Atchara originated from the Indian achar, which was transmitted via the acar of the Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei. Not to mention that nasing biringyi is similar to Biryani.
@A Ghost to Most:
Clapton’s not an American.
@Amir Khalid: you should have stopped at conversation….
Also too, I am uncomfortable with the fact that High Hewitt wrote an article about Neers Tanden today that I completely agree with! Are there meds I should take?
@leeleeFL: What did Hewitt say re Neera Tanden? Saw the column title, but tend not to click on the animated cream cheese sculpture (thank you, Betty Cracker)?
Not losing in a disaster in court.
@Gin & Tonic:
I believe it was Moderna.
I know it’s the right thing to do, but if anyone thinks the Feds helping out will stop Texans, at least the GOP version of Texans, from shitting on the Federal government and declaring how they are superior to those god damn blue staters sucking at the Federal teat, I have some prime oceanfront property in Arizona to sell you.
if 15% of GOP voters turned into loyal Trump party voters, that would capsize rightwing control all over the map. Look at states where the Democrats get 44% of the vote. That would be the plurality winner.
@Mary G: Hey, thread is awaiting rapture but waving the bloody flag was a trick gilded age GOP used against populist Dems.
I think they left out – [long after it makes a real difference] between ‘rejects’ and ‘Trump’s’
“Be a better person.”
What a simple fucking idea.
Wonder why they didn’t think of it?
@Enhanced Voting Techniques:
That’s because he IS a poisonous snake!
@Mary G: I just listened to the first one! I’m like you, never listen to podcasts!
Even better, he has the smart-ass gene, he just knows when and how to use it. And when not to.
@Mary G: A few days ago you posted in the “off the grid” thread that you could not use manual can openers due to arthritis.
Take a look at this product. We had one of these in my dad’s house and it is still going strong after 50 years.
Easy to use.
Even though Trump would tweet multiple times a day, how many messages did he tweet asking people to make donations for disaster victims in blue states ?
T* is a different animal without Twitter, and his biggest promoter, El Rushbo, is gone now. The whole T* phenomenon was always based on high-repetition image pushing, years on The Apprentice, followed by 24/7 phone interviews, followed by media stunts like Birtherism, then the takeover of Twitter.
T* has his fairly narrow QAnon fan base, but can’t reach outside of that without some kind of stunt act. Without the stunts and media saturation, he doesn’t have much. Not saying this to be Pollyanna, but without media, T* is nothing. It took a lifetime, but he has finally made himself Old News.
Think about it. What does it say about the T* media profile that Ted Cruz, of all people, is now the most famous and meme-worthy Republican?
@Brachiator: Just remember Republicans as a % of voters is 29%.
3 out of 10.
While Independents might vote for the GQP, they are not being polled here.
To transpose those number to American Electorate, 13% of all voters would join the Trump rump party, 18% of all voters think Antifa did it, 21% of all voters think Biden Stole it . (yes there may be some Is and Ds that think that too but assume its quite low)
Those numbers are lower than the established crazy level of 27%. and in fact line up with the 80/20 split on the COVID relief approval rating.
So if we can keep hammering the Independents and deliver the goods (or goodies), we should be able to ride this storm out.