Today the President signs H.R. 3325, “An Act to award four congressional gold medals to the United States Capitol Police and those who protected the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021,” into law.
The President and The Vice President deliver remarks today at
4:30 Eastern time. (All times theoretical!) Make that 5:15 Eastern!
I so admire the police officers who are speaking up. We need more of this, I think. Each lie that stands turns into a platform for the next lie.
They shouldn’t be standing alone. Not again. What can we do to fight the lies? Who else is calling out the lies? How do we thank them every day for doing that?
Mike Fanone to GOP members of Congress: “You guys don’t seem to have a problem when we’re kicking the shit out of Black people. But when we’re kicking the shit out of white people, uh-oh, that’s an issue.” https://t.co/Bhh0ZrJAkc
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 5, 2021
Um, oughtn’t that be Capitol police in the headline?
@NotMax: I swear I checked that when I typed it!
Look forward to this. I’d heard they were being honored. No link whatsoever on C-Span.
I’m sure Tony Jay believes they are quite capital :-)
GOP: That’s about right. And stay aways from the Orange people too.
@Another Scott: Thank you! Your searching skills are way better than mine.
I think Biden is going to have a good speech. I wonder if the cable nets will cover it.
An opening to note that Sacramento, the State Capital, contains the State Capitol.
Thank you for coming to my TED talk.
How did you know I was the voice coach for Stewie Griffin?
Also the body-double for his Dad, but that’s because I like the beer.
@Elizabelle: I have video up top.
They never start on time.
More good news I missed, maybe you did too (from yesterday):
One of our best protections is showing that the government can and does still work even with all of the divisions.
Since guys like Fanone are not Capitol police officers, has anything been done for them?
@WaterGirl: C-Span’s web page is now saying 5:15.
Dumb question. Has anyone figured out what Fanone’s accent is?
One of my husband’s friends from parochial high school is a retired cop who worked his way up pretty high. My husband and my first memory of Jan 6 is of this guy calling us up beyond outraged at what he was seeing on TV. Interestingly enough, he spent at least 10 years undercover as a narc, mostly concerned with coke, meth and heroin.
@sab: Not a dumb question at all. Guessing the Time article will give some of his background, although it’s behind a paywall. But: how often do any of us ever read Time these days anyway … click away.
@Another Scott: I had no idea that 1991’s was still in effect. For that matter, shouldn’t 2002’s have ended with that big “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” banner?
And may I suggest that next time around, they actually declare war as per the Constitution? Ideally, the President would refuse to act with just an AUMF, but that’s probably a bit too much to ask.
@Elizabelle: My Dad does. Fanone’s mom lives in Va. But that doesn’t mean much.
I kind of like Time. It’s not real flashy, but sensible reporting of stuff I actually care about. They wete drifting towards right wing conventional wisdom a while back, but then they got rid of that executive editor and came to their senses.
@sab: Good to hear. We subscribed to Time when I was young. I loved reading it every week. Glad the flirtation with RW is done.
It has just seemed very thin, and conventional wisdom, when I’ve looked in
latelylast year. Do love their series of Trump cover drawings though. Hilarious.
One for Cheryl (assuming she’s lurking) while we’re waiting.
Fanone’s got excellent beard and eyelash game.
They are speaking now, if anyone got tired of checking!
Since this is an open thread – I’ve been listening to the BBC Proms Golden Age of Broadway. I had no idea Clarke Peters (The Wire, Treme) could sing.
I can’t listen to Hail to the Chief without thinking of the movie Dave, where Kevin Kline is making up his own words to the song:
First Rose Garden event in ages that has not made me wince. TFFG. Gah. (Although: the night that Melania wore a dress that was perfect green screen material — that was great. Those memes should go in a museum some day. The covid molecule!)
Who are the kids who were standing right by Biden at the signing? He had that long line of pens they do, and I heard him tell the little girl, “This is a silly way to do this – your mommy will explain it later.”
This is a great speech by Kamala Harris.
Decency is appealing.
I read that TIME article earlier today and I was blown away. It was hard to read in so many places but very well done.
I did not expect to be crying during that speech.
The TIME article wasn’t paywalled for me. It’s a definite must read. It was really tough to get through, but worth it
@sab: Per Time article, Fanone is a DC native. Maybe a rural Maryland accent, picked up from his extended family??
When I think about what happened that day and the continuing pain it caused it makes me so incredibly angry.
Yeah. We get a few free articles from Time each month, and the Fanone one looks well reported.
I take back what I said about Time being lightweight. In this iteration.
@WaterGirl: I remember someone many years ago cracking that they liked to add words to the old Nightline theme: “I’m Ted Koppel/I’m the star of the show”.
@sab: I’ve been guessing Pittsburgh, or that crossed w/ Balmer, but I don’t know. That is truly a pure guess on my part. Where are the folks from DARE when you need them.
@narya: That’s what I thought.
@raven: The Fluffya/Balmer/Pittsburgh overlap and NON-overlap fascinates me. I grew up watching Fluffya TV stations, and you can hear it in my accent sometimes, though I have a little NY/NJ thrown in just for good measure. My ex could always tell when I was talking to my family on the phone, just by re-emergence of my accent.
The Police Officers looking happy, and recognized, their kids,@POTUS signing, and telling them they’re all going to the Oval Office to take pictures.
Mr. Biden taking the time to greet all the family members who came.
After his great and heartfelt remarks.
Imma tearing up.
ObOpenThread for M^4 – STATNews – With a nudge from AI, ketamine emerges as a potential rare disease treatment:
This is what’s supposed to happen with AI and Deep Learning and all the rest. It’s good that it is happening. Exciting days.
@narya: Sounds like he has working class Alexandria. Makes sense to me. Va working class coastal, but near DC. Not backwoods Va.
@narya: American accents sure are nuanced. DC to Pittsburgh, and any of them possible
ETA Kind of like Ed Schultz’s accent.
Very good speeches. I like that the medals will be displayed in the Capitol. Make the traitors still in Congress see them every time they enter the building.
@CaseyL: Very well thought out.
If you’ve never heard the 2008 Trumka speech on racism it’s great:
S.2615 is now in the Rules Committee. It’s still very new – the bill text isn’t there yet.
There are lots of paths forward, and they’re being worked on.
Good to hear.
The Fanone story is gripping.
Another ObOpenThread: We’ve been discussing Tuckems off-and-on recently. I’d forgotten this.
Yeah, too many people seem to think that if TFG doesn’t/can’t run that there will be an orderly battle for the GQP nomination. I don’t see it. Too many stupid people over there think they deserve to be next and it will be crab-bucket politics on a grand scale. “Cuck” will be vaguely remembered as a term of endearment in comparison…
@Another Scott: Gods, I hope so. I hope for an all-out, Mad Max-style war among the GQP hopefuls. “Rooting for injuries” doesn’t go far enough.
@sab: Sounds like it could be rural Virginia.
@Betty: Rural eastern Virginia, maybe.
Re Fanone’s likely accent. A quick guess after listening to a short segment: Maryland, possibly suburbs east of D.C.
I haven’t had the chance to sit down and listen to the testimony, so I haven’t heard an extended segment.
@Torrey: And I see after I finished my post that Elizabelle has the information. It makes sense. One picks up one’s accent from one’s friends, not one’s family, generally speaking, and he could easily have gotten a mix of rural MD and suburban Virginia. His self-identification as someone who preferred to hang out in rural MD suggests he might very well take on those speech features, such as the distinctive /o/ sounds.
@Tony Jay: We’ll see about that. Here’s your Voight-Kampff test: Say “Cool Whip.”
@Kay: Listening now. Thank you for the link.
RIP, Rich Trumka. A very good man.
@Torrey: People in the mid-Atlantic coastal areas, like the Maryland Eastern Shore, seem to have a diferent accent from that of people further west. Fanone sounds like he got has accent from his mother’s family and friends. His dad probably talks differently.
@Kay: Thanks, Kay, for linking Trumka’s 2008 speech. When I heard it then, I thought yes, this is what we need. I’m glad to hear it again tonight, but I’m also in pain. He is still needed and he should not be gone.
@sab: I kinda think it’s eastern shore in Maryland but ???
Bruce K in ATH-GR
The problem is that a Mad Max style war among the GQP hopefuls will kill a lot of innocent people along the way, and I’m not talking metaphorically any more, not in the time of COVID.