Founding member of Oath Keepers enters first guilty plea in Jan. 6 Capitol breach:
The plea comes exactly 100 days after Jon Ryan Schaffer and hundreds of other supporters of former president Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, allegedly in an effort to prevent Joe Biden from being confirmed as the next president. Prosecutors hope Schaffer’s plea spurs others to provide additional evidence in hopes of avoiding long prison sentences. […]
The agreement spells out that Schaffer is cooperating, which means his sentence could be cut further if he proves valuable to the ongoing investigation of any other rioters or conspirators. Prosecutors offered to recommend leniency for his full and substantial cooperation, but also made clear Schaffer could be charged with other crimes of violence if they learn of them.
It’s telling, at least to me, that they were able to get what appears to be the guy at the top to flip. I guess the Gravy Seals in Y’all Qaeda lack a bit of loyalty to each other. Color me unsurprised.
Those Brave, Brave White Supremacists.
“Gravy Seals” I had not heard that one before.
I presume he can still keep his oaths in prison?
I wish you weren’t besmirching his reputation, because I loved that porpoise.
West of the Rockies
Huh… you’d think the chief Oath Keeper would be better at loyalty, fealty, and keeping oaths.
Maybe they should be called Oaf Weepers.
Hope this guy really was highly-enough placed to out the conspirators within the government.
He pleaded guilty to two charges — obstructing an official proceeding and entering restricted grounds with a dangerous weapon.
He looking at a sentence of 3 1/2 years.
Of what possible relevance or import is that snatch of padding? Would it be any less newsworthy if it happened to fall on day 97? Or 132?
/inner editor, curmudgeon class
@Old School: Guessing he was facing 20 without the plea.
@Martin: Yes, the two charges carry of maximum sentence of 20 and 10 years. With a plea, it should be 3 1/2 to 4 years.
For whatever reason, my mind went first to the noise punk band Flipper. Thirty years later, I can’t actually remember if I ever saw them live. But there was a lot of booze back then, and 100s of nights in clubs in Austin.
Anyone been watching “Made for Love” with the dolphin?
So with chance of parole, what — ten months?
Guys with his particular skin tone always wear the most MAGA merch to these events. I think deep down inside they know they’ll get stomped if they don’t.
It’s a libertarian article of faith, endorsed by Ayn Rand, that selfishness is the greatest good.
Color my shocked that a top Oath Keeper has the loyalty to group of a starving rat
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I guess some of them aren’t quite as stupid as they sound.
Not an ounce of collectivism.
Starving rats always eat their own.
@RaflW: Did you ever see the heavy metal band Iced Earth? Because that’s the band this Oath Keeper is a member of.
@RaflW: Flipper was pretty awful. So awful, in fact, that I think I had at least three albums.
“Talk is Cheap” was funny.
West of the Cascades
@RaflW: Sex bomb, baby, yeah!
I hate to say it, but I think one of their songs made it into a videogame I produced some years ago.
Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)
OT, but related:
I was doing research for the background of two characters who break into a museum to steal priceless artifacts worth hundreds of thousands to millions but are caught with the goods by police. They do not resist arrest.
I was wondering, lawyers of Balloon Juice, what exactly somebody could be charged and convicted with in this scenario and how much time they would serve
I know that depends on many things, such as the laws of the jurisdiction where the crimes were committed, factors such as resisting arrest, violence, etc, the monetary value of the objects stolen, etc
I understand the charges would be burglary (breaking and entering in most US states falls under burglary) and grand theft/larceny to my knowledge. Given the amount of money, it would likely be a felony in the first degree for grand theft (in NY). Probably in the first degree for burglary as well. Would any other charges apply that I’m missing
@germy: proving that they’re just cosplay gangs- in real gangs, disloyalty gets you killed…
win win win
The Thin Black Duke
@Old School: Don’t you mean “was”? His band kicked his ass out.
Biden’s DOJ starts its process……..
Real gangs are better organized than these militia groups.
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@Goku (aka Amerikan Baka): You writing again? Cool.
You can probably handwave this and nobody will notice, though.
@The Thin Black Duke: I’ll defer to you on that. I can’t say I’m a fan.
He’s still listed as a member on their website though.
@NotMax: No parole in the federal system. Your sentence is your sentence, although you can get credits for various things like going through drug counseling.
Looks like nobody at Fox News is going to cover that since that would not support the big lie. I”m curious to see what right wingers will do with this information – I mean they are oath keepers and so you can’t say they were antifa.
I wish they had caught up Andy Ng there too.. I want to see that fucker in jail.
@Ksmiami: Yeah, but their loyalty is to the constitution in their heads and we know that is a living document that is always changing and thus so do their oaths.
This Flipper episode turns into “Day of the Dolphin” where he blows some stuff up…
@Goku (aka Amerikan Baka): Not a lawyer, but I know there are cultural artifact laws in the US. They’re normally focused toward preventing defacement of static artifacts (petroglyphs, etc.) but I think they can also apply to museum pieces. So if they were stealing a piece of cultural art, those might apply.
O/T: but here’s what’s up with the shooting in Indiana:
ETA: Just to be clear, they’re still looking for a motive.
Seals, you say?
Free Joan Jett!!
@JWR: Has anyone mentioned the possibility that he was mentally ill? just curious
@Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)
Um, if determined worth is “hundreds of thousands to millions” then they are not priceless.
@JWR: I cannot fathom why you would want to hurt someone who is Sikh. They are hands down the kindest people you will ever meet in your life.
@Martin: They wear turbans, and to the little minds among us that makes them Ay-rabs. A number of Sikhs were murdered in the aftermath of 9/11 for this reason.
@NotMax: cost vs value.
Also not a lawyer but would posit that criminal trespass and, if display cases and the like were broken, willful destruction of property might apply.
Huh. I figured they would go straight for nullification. Worked for Ammon Bundy.
BTW in the XKCD version of “It Begins” the story is about a seagull, while in the comic for “So It Has Come To This” it’s about a cat. Coincidence? I think not.
@Martin: None if the victims have been identified have they?
@JPL: “Has anyone mentioned the possibility that he was mentally ill? just curious”
Not in the AP story, they’ve released his name, but not much else. As the saying goes, developing…
So they flipped him, flipped him
faster than lightning, his prospects were frightening
so he copped a plea
@RaflW: Criminy, you couldn’t go to a punk show and not see Flipper for years! They played a show at a grotty bunker called the Blue Lamp here in Sacramento a few years ago. Lots of aging fans getting their scrap on down front. Good times…
And so it goes…
“Oath Keepers” Heh heh heh… oh golly.
Helen McCrory, whom we probably know best as Polly in Peaky Blinders has died at the age of 52.
I didn’t realize she was married to Damien Lewis who we know as Dick Winters from Band of Brothers.
I look forward to “the wheels of Justice may grind slow, but they grind exceedingly fine” grinding the insurrectionists to dust, along with any Trumpies, Senators, and Reps that enabled them.
@raven: No, I’m just saying. Vaisakhi was the other day (roughly their new year).
@Doc Sardonic: The storming of the Capitol a ballroom blitz it was not.
I have no idea what Peaky Blinders is, but she was Mrs. Malloy in the Harry Potter movies, which is what I know her from.
@laura: Good lord, the Blue Lamp still exists?
@germy: Lock him up!
@CaseyL: Pink slime is good enough for me
And if they were stealing the artifacts for a particular buyer rather than hoping to fence them, they would be guilty of conspiracy with the buyer.
A nugget in that story is that they’re arresting an *average* of four people a day. They weren’t kidding when they said they were going to be serious about this.
@Martin: Marjorie Greene along with Paul Gosar and others, started an America First Caucus in order to highlight the importance of an Anglo-Saxon nation based on European political traditions.
Punchbowl News (@PunchbowlNews) / Twitter
So I have perhaps unpopular thoughts on Bidens immigration decision today. It’s being spun as an appeal to moderates, but I have a different view.
The hard part of making good policy isn’t actually the making of the policy – it’s the implementation follow-through, which is WAY harder. The ACA could look as good on paper as you might want but when healtcare.gov doesn’t work, you not only have an understandable backlash to the policy, but you are failing to meet the goals you set. So now you have an unpopular, and ineffective policy.
The biggest problem with immigration, IMO, is not who we accept or reject, it’s our inability to achieve steady-state. You might want to allow a million people a year in, but if you can only process 10,000, then it doesn’t matter what your stated policy is, that’s your actual policy. Making matters worse, if you can only process 10,000 and you try to allow a million, that 10,000 will become 1,000 as you spend all of your resources just managing the 990,000 you couldn’t possibly have processed in the first place.
Now, this is of course a GOP trap. Dems set a policy, and then the GOP defunds implementation effectively vetoing the policy. But Biden has 3 ½ years to get immigration implementation back on its feet, get us back somewhat to steady-state, and then open up from there. It’s better for the immigrants as well because they don’t get stuck in limbo for a decade, paying attorneys that entire time. But I think the calculus here is that a functional immigration system will prove more popular than a generous one, at least in the near term.
@mrmoshpotato: And the man in the back was ready to crack as he watched it all on tv….the girl twerking the corner was everyone’s one…Snort a key in the blink of an eye
<a href=”#comment-8144225″>@Doc Sardonic</a>:
I was trying mentally force fit those lyrics into “Kung fu fighting” and it wasn’t working at all.
My sister pointed that out, I know nothing of Potter, books or movie.
@JPL: To be fair, I appreciate their honesty. They’ll have to fight over who gets to call their memoir ‘My Struggle’, though.
@geg6: Thank you…..That’s where I recognize her from…..her face was familiar and I was wracking my brain trying to figure out why.
Mike in NC
@geg6: Available on Netflix, “Peaky Blinders” is a show about rival criminal gangs in Birmingham, England after WW1.
@kmeyerthelurker: Ammon Bundy wasn’t being tried in DC.
An Oath Keeper couple who live not too far from me got busted for participating in the insurrection. The husband is allegedly the boss of the Florida chapter and is still in jail awaiting trial. The wife recently got released under house arrest, I think. Church-going small business owners! I bet they’re both surprised as shit to find out that acting out their militant yahoo bullshit has serious consequences.
@Betty Cracker: I’d make my new hobby making sure customers of that small business know who they are.
I hope Biden, Garland, and Co keep the indictments rolling for years.
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Googleable, is what Peaky Blinders is :P
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@Martin: This reasoning rings hollow to me when combined with the fact that they’re cancelling the prearranged flights for hundreds (thousands?) of pre-vetted refugees. Is there an issue of administrative capacity going forward? Wouldn’t surprise me. But that doesn’t explain the flights. These people have already been processed.
@NotMax: There’s really no “time off for good behavior” in the federal prisons, according to what I’ve read in lawtwitter. But his plea agreement indicates that he could earn a reduction in his sentence through cooperation.
Uh-huh, they thought white privilege was gonna save them. I absolutely love the fact that these assholes are steaming mad cuz Trump is free and clear and getting millions in donations and they’re facing serious Federal charges.
Couldn’t happen to a shittier group of people.
@Mike in NC
Caveat: absitively, posilutely NOT something for the violence averse or the squeamish.
bless their hearts.
Oh damn, so sorry to hear. And they were in process of the final season, too.
I’m not sure that’s a good idea. It’s quite possible it would improve their business.
@Major Major Major Major: Indeed! Per CNN:
Apparently this was the first to be approved at high DOJ levels, perhaps because he’s (allegedly) highly placed in a group they’re trying to build a conspiracy case against.
IIRC he’s being released from custody. I hope he has somewhere safe to hide …
Okay, early release to home confinement (a la Michael Cohen) then?
Maybe someone who feels that way and has the goods should rat Trump out.
@Martin: I don’t have a clue what the rationale is — maybe you’re right. On Twitter, Nate Silver says it’s a self-own for Biden politically, but Armando (from Kos) says he thinks he thinks Biden will benefit. Not that the politics of this is the most important issue, obviously, but I think Armando might be right.
@Betty Cracker: I keep coming back to (comfortably middle-class) teenagers. Their ODD-like behavior. Their genuine surprise at facing responsibility for their actions.
IIRC adult domesticated dogs have behaviors similar to those of wolf pups. They never progress further because they don’t need to. I can’t help but wonder whether these people are like that…
Root for injuries.
@HumboldtBlue: Yep. The stupid chuckle-fucks lied to the judge about taking “combat” training and got busted for that, and their phone records prove they coordinated a violent attack and door breach with others in their group, so they’re looking a many years in jail for a conspiracy charge. These are grown-ass people in their 50s!
The number of voters who care about refugees is a rounding error, sadly. Especially if Biden eventually raises the limit at some point down the line.
@Major Major Major Major: I’d give that a bit of time to get sorted. My understanding was that the cancellations occurred by administrators while Trumps policy was still in effect. I would expect that there will be a cleanup here on anyone that was pre-vetted. Let’s see if Jen addresses it.
@Baud: I’m sure that’s true, but the point Armando made is that anything that separates Biden from the left on the larger issue of immigration is a political benefit for Biden. He (Armando) said he used to think liberal immigration policy was politically smart for Democrats but no longer believes that, especially since we lost ground with Hispanic voters in 2020.
My initial reaction is that he’s right. I don’t like it, and neither does he. But it might be a new reality we have to deal with. I don’t know. It’s a depressing thought.
@Betty Cracker: I suspect he’s correct. The plan may be to fix the intake process as Martin suggests and to time the increase to coincide with the anticipated arrival of a lot of refugees from Afghanistan when we pull out later this year. That should be a more sympathetic group and the Trumpers are kind of boxed in there seeing that Trump made the initial commitment to leave.
I agree that we can’t get much more political mileage out of immigration. I think the “separating from the left” argument is overdone. I think Biden gets (minimal) mileage out of this is because he appears to be superficially (and maybe actually) responding to the current situation on the border, rather than distinguishing himself ideologically from the left.
There are a lot of cutouts. Need to climb all the rungs in the ladder first.
@RandomMonster: not any more sadly.
Enhanced Voting Techniques
Oh they will claim these guys are AntiFa. Like the Flat Earthers, any information that doesn’t support their internal narrative is simply ignored.
@JWR: WaPo has identified him as a 19 year old ex-employee. Assume others are doing so as well.
@germy: Every accusation a confession. Kinda like Gaetz being guilty of everything they were saying about Hunter Biden.
Unless Nate Silver is talking about SABRmetrics, I tend to heavily discount his opinion. I tend to use a variation of one of my grandmother’s rules of logic. Opinions are like assholes and I am one, so I disagree.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
have we done this yet:
so… we’re going with daub-and-waddle and werhgelds, I gues
ETA: and just to tie this to an earlier discussion: I believe Paul Gosar is a dentist.
@Betty Cracker: Wonder how long it will take for the Bullshit Engine to start blasting the idea that this policy change is “FURTHER PROOF OF JOE BIDEN’S DEMENTIA.”
Being a person of similar age, I sit here at one of my two jobs and wonder where they find the time and energy for this bullshit?? Don’t they have kids/grandkids/pets/hobbies??
Damn, I’d deep-clean my pantry before I’d find time for insurrection.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: They do realize, don’t they, that Anglo-Saxons were defeated in the Norman conquest?
@cckids: I feel this way all the time, especially when I read the Dear Prudence questions about polyamory. I’m exhausted by the time I read to the end of the letter.
Interesting choice of name. FDR didn’t have anything very nice to say about the original America First.
@Barbara: Indeed. Some folks need hobbies.
What’s interesting about the flipping news is that if these guys, especially the ones who haven’t been arrested yet, start wondering which of their buddies is going to flip on them, well, they all have easy access to high powered weaponry… Just sayin’.
Are we ever going to find out which Congresspeople or staffers were behind those pre-insurrection Capitol tours?
Enhanced Voting Techniques
So a Mead Halls in every town square,educational grants for Bards, the right to carry swords and these militias will have join the Fyrd?
@HumboldtBlue: xin loi motherfuckers
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If only they had some sort of boss who could’ve directed them to do otherwise. I’m willing to be a little patient here, but I’m not buying all the excuses they’re throwing out.
Bruce K in ATH-GR
Far as I’m concerned, this “America First Caucus” is the Ku Klux Klan Kaukus trying to pretend it’s something less evil.
From a tweet:
Based on the the Gaetz example with the human trafficking bill, I now expect that we’ll soon learn that Greene and Boebert are kidnapping children to extract and sell their bone marrow. It would also explain some of the more peculiar parts of the pizza-parlor story, under the “every accusation a confession” principle.
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@Major Major Major Major: here, see? Excuses feeling a little hollow if this was always available.
@Goku (aka Amerikan Baka): Criminal codes are state laws, and they vary by jurisdiction. Which means whatever you want to be illegal for your story is the law for your world. If you want to make walking poodles through a crosswalk on Tuesdays a felony (which just means potentially punishable by more than a year in prison), then that’s what it is.
@Major Major Major Major:
Good on policy. That does undermine the political mileage.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
Can we bring back the original concept of “outlaw”? There’s something… clean about the idea that if a person’s actions show they think themselves outside the law, they lose all protection of that law.
What was the original reporting based on?
Could Biden’s slowdown on immigration be due to the fact that his administration has not yet gotten rebellious Trumpy DHS employees in line?
…say Hwaet now?
They’re probably also eating the children.
@Baud: Perhaps I’m reading the article wrong, but it seems to me that they left the limits at 15,000, but left themselves the option to raise them if a higher number seemed likely.
Now it looks like they’ll raise the goal but not promising that it’s possible.
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@Ken: lesser outlawry—a three year sentence that applied only within the polity—was a Norse sentence that I’ve always liked.
Right! It was Snack Team 6 in Oregon.
Now the Seals want gravy on their snacks?
No, no they fucking don’t. These are deeply stupid people.
They had a great tag line: “Flipper suffered for their music. Now it’s your turn.”
Drive Slowly, We Love our Chldren… Delicious.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist:
great typo pun from wattle and daub
I was thinking of paul gauguin painting and strolling.
Today I learned…
@Major Major Major Major:
you lift the official caps to please the lefties, but the actual number allowed in is still dependent on staffing.
@Bruce K in ATH-GR: Rep. Gohmert said it’s not about race. so there..
Deep down rejection of Normans because they are French?
New Deal democrat
A little OT, but I would like to see a process in place now for refugees from Hong Kong, and (alas) Taiwan.
@catclub: Wasn’t the Klan against the French? Their manifesto was taken from the KKK. imo
Not my bag, violence in large amounts. I’ll skip it.
Thanks all for enlightening me!
@New Deal democrat: And Xinjiang.
@JWR: If true about the victims, it’s going to have huge impact. Sikh communities tend to be really close knit. No matter what the motive (if any) of the shooter.
Somewhat related: I attended a talk by Pardeep Singh Kaleka and Arno Michaelis. Pardeep’s father was murdered in the Oak Creek mass shooting, and Arno Michaelis is a former white supremacist. They are close friends and work together doing outreach. It was a very interesting and enlightening talk.
I also enjoyed their book, “The Gift of Our Wounds.”
Someone mentioned Jen Psaki above, here she is dealing with yet another stupid fucking question.
I’m coming to this story late and second hand. I just don’t like ever discounting the possibility that the media is spinning something to be worse than it was.
The French are notoriously Catholic, so I wouldn’t imagine much love from the Klan.
@Cameron: Nor did their recent hero Dr Seuss.
Goes without saying. Waste not, want not; and besides, they’re Republicans.
@Ken: “We didn’t eat children! Everybody we ate was at least eighteen years old!”
@JoyceH: “What’s interesting about the flipping news is that if these guys, especially the ones who haven’t been arrested yet, start wondering which of their buddies is going to flip on them, well, they all have easy access to high powered weaponry… Just sayin’. ”
They also have access to lawyers, who will know the FBI ‘Squeal and go Free’ hotline number.
@catclub: The Normans were Viking descendants
@billcinsd: Well, uh, yeah, but they spoke French.
@Betty Cracker: especially since we lost ground with Hispanic voters in 2020.
The numbers I have seen don’t indicate much if any loss of Hispanic support for Democrats between 2016 and 2020. A 1% exit poll decrease with many more voting isn’t necessarily a decrease at all. Trump was maybe up a little (like 4%), but that A. may not be significant either, and B. is partially explainable by the dearth of 3rd Party Candidates
@HumboldtBlue: My hat goes off to Jen Psaki for dealing with this stupid shit day after day.
@Betty Cracker: Nate Silver can shut the fuck up. Until he rose to prominence for correctly predicting Obama’s first win he was a sports statistics analyst.
If you want to see her in a good role, watch the recent PBS show Roadkill. She plays the prime minister, quite brilliantly.
Good, good. Roll ’em all up.
In other good news:
I recall reading somewhere long ago that a something like 15-foot sturgeon was caught in the Potomac in the 1700s. The return of such fishies, even if they’re babies compared to grandpa, is a very good sign.
Sister Golden Bear
@cckids: I’d them to go get a life, but unfortunately cosplaying tough guys is their life.
Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)
@Major Major Major Major:
Kind of. Mostly just coming up with concepts for fanart and comic pages etc that I have other people draw
I wanted perhaps do a “rap sheet” with the character’s mugshot with a list of their convictions or maybe a list of their crimes as a background to the mugshot. I’ve always really liked attention to detail and like to be somewhat realistic
Thanks! I’ll have to look those up
Point taken, but something valued in the millions of dollars (maybe even hundreds of millions) is something I’d consider colloquially priceless ; )
This is good, I’ll also keep this in mind
@Bruce K in ATH-GR:
Louie Gohmert’s spokesman on “America First”:
Louie Gohmert on actual masks:
@Barbara: Norman French is considered one of the Oïl languages along with French, Picard and Walloon. it is basically a mixture of Old French and Old Norse. In its written form Norman French is quite modern
@Sister Golden Bear: Totally OT, and totally respect if the answer is “no” here… I’m working on a manuscript for a kid’s book that is trying to push back on these heinous and invasive state laws re: sports participation. Am writing on a kid level, trying to capture multiple perspectives, bc I think those laws are heinous for a whole bunch of reasons and for all the kids, just worst and most dangerous for the scapegoated ones.
I’m cis. Likely obvious.
Do you know someone who might be willing to be a sounding board about this? If yes, pls give the front pager the okay to share contact information.
Either way, be well!
Jen is so cool.
On the issue of immigration our media is full of shit. I am so old that I remember they were bashing Biden administration for being too nice to the asylum seekers just a few weeks ago and now they are bashing the Biden administration for being not nice enough to the refugees.
The man has been in office for less than 100 days. And the immigration system, every fucking aspect of it was broken on purpose by the clown show that was in charge before Jan 20th.
Biden has earned my confidence. If these policies continue 6 months after Biden has been in office then I will get on the bandwagon to criticize Biden.
@Another Scott: Sturgeon are showing up in the James River, too. The Richmond paper had an article last year about a Virginia Game and Fisheries scientist who tags and monitors them. His co-workers call him “the Sturgeon Whisperer.”
Nor mine. Tried it on recommendation of a friend when first it appeared. Very quickly dropped it like the proverbial toasty tater.
Sister Golden Bear
Can a front-pager pass along my contact info to @Lyrebird? Thanks.
I once had grilled sturgeon in Moscow. It is probably the most delicious fish I’ve ever eaten.
Like a sturgeon
Tagged for the very first time
@zhena gogolia: I once grilled a surgeon(twirls cigar, bounces eyebrows)
@Another Scott: Local politics is non partisan and I supported a few candidates. The reason I’m no longer involved is that one I helped win, likes Marjorie. The republican party knew that McBath would beat her handily so encouraged her to run in the 14th. It’s a safe white supremacy seat.
Emma from Miami
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: Please. Durrington Walls or GTFO.
@zhena gogolia: “Can you idiots give me challenge for once, and stop asking such stupid questions?”
@HumboldtBlue: Super bummed. She was brilliant. She’s also wicked in the Gothic Horror weirdo show Penny Dreadful with Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and Josh Hartnett. Show really shouldn’t work, but…magic happens.
Smoked sturgeon available (for a hefty price) at any Jewish deli worth its salt.
Same holds for smoked sable, a cosmically ascendant eating pleasure.
I love that she leaves the “unlike a half-dozen people in this room” unspoken.
There have been a number of attacks on Sikhs in the past decade, and it’s the same thing even long after 9/11: some dimwit wingnut jacked up on anti-Muslim hatred goes after Sikhs, because he can’t tell the difference.
Not that it would make it the least bit less horrible if they killed Muslims rather than Sikhs, but the combination of hatred and ignorance is pretty mindboggling.
ETA: I was wondering if nested blockquotes would work. Apparently they do.
@Baud: Or, Biden’s got so many other irons in the fire, he’s willing to wait on doing anything on immigration until there’s a clear push by the general public?
@Goku (aka Amerikan Baka):
Whatever you do as a writer, I beseech you: please don’t go treating TV Tropes as a parts bin for assembling your characters and your story. That never works. The reader will too easily recognise the tropes you used, and start playing Spot The Trope instead of engaging with the characters and story.
Rather, build your characters out of what you know/learn about people. Don’t force the plot to fit a trope, but let it play out realistically, or at least plausibly.
@schrodingers_cat: I’m with you. When I first heard the original plan/numbers I thought the administration was more ambitious than the reality warranted so I’m giving him benefit of the doubt. And I definitely don’t trust anything the media have to say.
@Sister Golden Bear: Thanks!! Will follow up.
@schrodingers_cat: People should know Biden’s administration well enough now not to trust “anonymous staffer not authorized to speak on the record” reports.
(IIRC) Before the American Jobs Plan was announced, there was some anonymous report that it was going to be $3T and the usual suspects were pre-outraged and pre-disappointed. Now this anonymous report that Biden’s worse than TFG on refugees.
Of course, as Charlie Pierce said, he’s going to make some mistakes and blunders. But Biden’s shown that he’s thoughtful and not a monster. Maybe the sensible press should wait until something is announced before criticizing it.
Brandeis.edu – Nancy Lanston:
It’s great they’re trying to come back. Efforts to clean up the local rivers and the bay are having obvious beneficial effects.
@thruppence: and suffer we did – the long wait on the concrete sidewalk only to enter the concrete floored venue! And yet… I miss a live show to the very core of my being – the band, the crowd, the city or community, the shared experience – I want to be back in the company of others.
@laura: Oh, I think it’s likely I saw them. I just find that 25-30 year old memories of those days are more fuzzy. I definitely remember other shows like The Melvins or Fugazi, Flipper was sort of tier-two for me, a band I knew my friends liked but wasn’t differentiated enough that I bought any albums or thought ahead of time about going. A lot of times, I just went to see whoever was at Emos any random night.
@geg6: Did you mean Malfoy?
@Another Scott: Interesting … when I was a kid, we were told to stay out of the Potomac due to all the pollution.