‘We would be foolish not to take seriously the intelligence that we have at our disposal,’ Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said after police warned of threats of violence at a rally planned for Saturday at the Capitol by Trump supporters https://t.co/YqY5COOXAl pic.twitter.com/k6S19YFHoE
— Reuters (@Reuters) September 18, 2021
"We’re not going to tolerate violence." Burned before, Capitol Police say they are taking no chances as they prepare for a Saturday rally at the U.S. Capitol in support of rioters imprisoned after the violent Jan. 6 insurrection. https://t.co/dutEDFPaZU
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 17, 2021
… Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said at a news conference Friday it was difficult to say whether threats of violence at the event are credible, but he said that “chatter” online and elsewhere has been similar to intelligence that was missed in January.
A permit for the protest allows 700 people. Manger said he believes the most likely possibility for for violence Saturday will involve clashes between the protesters and counter-protesters who may show up…
After multiple missteps in January, law enforcement is out in full force. The fence around the Capitol is back up, temporarily. Police are preparing for the possibility that some demonstrators may arrive with weapons. The D.C. police department is at the ready, and U.S. Capitol Police have requested assistance from nearby law enforcement agencies.
The rally, organized by former Trump campaign strategist Matt Braynard, is aimed at supporting people who have been detained after the Jan. 6 insurrection — about 60 people held behind bars out of the more than 600 charged in the deadly riot. It’s the latest attempt to downplay and deny the January violence…
Many commenters on online platforms popular with the far right like Telegram disavowed the rally, saying they believed law enforcement was promoting the event to entrap Trump supporters. Some urged their followers not to attend what they said was a “false flag” event they believed was secretly organized by the FBI.
At the same time, however, some commenters continued to promote rallies planned for Saturday in cities and state capitals across the country…
I sincerely hope the counter-protestors, if any, don’t take the bait on offer. And that security forces at state houses are alert for the kind of Trumpist violence we’ve seen in places like Michigan and Oregon.
Conspiracy theories from Republicans that the “justice for J6” rally is actually a FBI plot to round up Trump supporters to send them to the gulag has severely hindered expected attendance.
The organizer says he may be the only one there ?? https://t.co/1tviXz25Fv
— William LeGate (@williamlegate) September 16, 2021
That Saturday will probably be a dud compared to January 6 (but could be violent like December Stop The Steal events.)
That should underscore that a major reason 1/6 happened is that most of the attendees were there at and under the direction of their President. https://t.co/7COdyYiBjA
— zeddy (@Zeddary) September 15, 2021
it is good the feds are doing the due diligence this time after missing the unmissable 1/6 freight train but the signals on this one are pointing to “comically unattended fizzle”, illustrating the challenges of organizing big events for radicals who think everyone is a fed now https://t.co/vGQUWe961u
— kilgore trout, ron desantis spokesperson (@KT_So_It_Goes) September 17, 2021
I kind of feel like the move now for Saturday’s protest is they are just going to accuse everyone preparing for the worst of overreacting.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) September 16, 2021
Not if the insurrections’ GodKing gets his way (speaking of people who should be under enforced supervision):
Trump releases statement expressing sympathy for the people arrested for the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Says they are being “persecuted so unfairly.” Comes before Saturday’s rally that has prompted concerns among law enforcement for the potential of violence
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 16, 2021
Yeah, I expect tut-tuts from the cult of the savvy (which would be better than actual violence, but still).
Not that he wasn’t bastard or that he redeemed himself, but I didn’t know this.
From the news story underneath the tweet.
Ah yes, The last of our true brave American patriots, abandoning the field of conflict at the first sign of a lack of proper deference to their collective whiteness.
@germy: How to tell me you are a loser with out telling me you are a loser.
I am puzzled by the logic that criminals should be immune from prosecution and set free.
There they go, projecting again. January 6th was the real overreaction.
As opposed to those who are persecuted…fairly?
“The leopard changed his spots while eating my face!”
Reminds me a little that one time recently when Trump tried to promote the vaccine in a speech and it bombed. The people know what they want.
I’m annoyed because I had tentatively hoped to take a day trip into DC so the little one could see the dinosaur bones at the Natural History Smithsonian. These choads ruin everything. Instead we will stay close to home and go to the apple orchard later. Cider donuts!!
So many entertainment options in DC today. I think the new Capitol insurrectionists should try hanging out at the H Street festival https://www.hstreetfestival.org/ which will take place just blocks from the Capitol. It’s a fun diverse crowd. Good food and actual live music and hopefully vaxxed and somewhat masked folks! I think it’d blow their little minds.
@germy: And that bunch looks in their mirrors and sees the superior race.
Further down, though, the Oregon doc who said masks cause Carbon dioxide poisoning has had his license revoked. A start, now let’s do Sidney Powell et al. And the woman who slapped and verbally attacked an active duty sailor who was in uniform was fired, arrested, and out on $10,000 bond.
@Baud: Plea deal?
@OzarkHillbilly: Update, oh boy! All new floor joists and sills, subfloor in bedroom and living room, we decided to tear out the kitchen, bathroom and “laundry room” and reconfigure and then foam insulate the whole kit and kaboodle!
@debbie: Laws are for the people not as white as they are.
@raven: WooHOO! Sounding good!
eta it will be a much tighter package with the foam.
No comment, except to say that some things are better left unsaid.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@raven: Holy cow. That’s like a whole new house.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@OzarkHillbilly: In my imagination, the Secret Army of Avenging Women drags this guy from his bed and stakes him naked over a fire ant hill. Then they come back in three nights and do it again
In black and white: the 2021 Mono photography awards – in pictures .
Texas women should just become lesbians. Problem solved.
More evidence that the Capitol was stormed because it was wildly under protected. These cowards saw how few police there were and thought it was being handed to them. They scatter like cockroaches at an actual threat.
Trump can’t even get invited to his own parties now. I mean, the Moonies? The guy is scraping the bottom of the barrel.
And yes, Trump stopped being a god the second he stopped telling them what they already wanted to hear. He just was so damn good at being the ignorant, bigoted bully they want acknowledged as the master race.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: Good taste restrains me from saying what my imagination conjures. Mind you, other people’s good taste, as I have none.
And that is why Republicans are the pro-rape party. I refuse to look up whether Texas is one of the states where it is legally not rape if a man does it to his wife.
@Baud: Well, we all know Abbott is going to solve the problem of rape, now that he is on the case.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: Don’t forget the first coating him with honey part.
Good Morning, Everyone???
Which state capitals are having J6 protests today? ‘Cause that’s where I think the violence will erupt.
Mike in NC
A disgrace that this hate rally was even permitted. So it seems that Republicans will keep holding these rallies until Trump finally gets installed as dictator.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Skepticat: Not to worry. The SAoAW is on it.
@raven: Now *that’s* a renovation! Should solve any problems with the floor for good. Your project reminds me of my dad’s (unspoken) Rule #2 of car repair: “Well, as long as we’ve got it this far apart we might as well fix everything.”Rule #1 of course: “If it works, don’t mess with it.”
reinterred the remains of Confederate general and Klan leader, Nathan Bedford Forrest
They keep rising up, or what? (Haven’t clicked the link and not sure I will)
We have a gulag? That feels kind of special!
I thought the big protest/gathering/rally in DC was supposed to have been in August. This is going to be like Infrastructure Week, isn’t it? ETA: And a health care bill.
Well, then, that makes it totally fine. /
ETA: “One can imagine…” Yep.
@Skepticat:A waste of honey. Just use cheap corn syrup, some around the eyes, nose, mouth, and other orifices. The ants will take it from there.
Small comfort in noting that Abbott’s approval rate is shrinking.
Interesting that the Texas former solicitor general didn’t appear to consider use of birth control products, nor making said products easily available..
Or suggesting that the
slutswimmins only have sex with castrated males. A group which I hope he joins in the not-too-distant future. Perhaps via non-surgical methods, i.e., repeatedly getting kicked in the balls.
Huh, never seen that euphemism before.
This guy sounds like an incel, to be honest.
One time my neighbor, newly Catholic, said to me that women who didn’t want to be pregnant should just stop having sex. I replied, “Tell that to their husbands.” He spluttered, “Well… BOYFRIENDS” for a moment, then subsided. He was replacing my car battery for free at the time, so I didn’t want to pursue a topic of such profound disagreement. But I hope he went home and maybe had an eye-opening conversation with his wife.
Obviously he thought only single slutty-sluts ever wanted an abortion.
It was tough coming up with a word. Would “going down” have been better? ??♀️
Feel-good headline of the day.
Shorter Mitchell: The sluts would be fine if they would stop slutty slut slutting all the time.
Equally accurate headline.
@germy: WTF? This guy is the Sergeant Schultz of the judiciary?
@Dorothy A. Winsor: It’s over 100 years old and these improvements are necessary. My problem is that the contractor/friend is and artist and with him and my bride (the daughter of a builder) the ideas are overwhelming!
Any similar choice would have been OK by me.
Is this for your home or rental property?
@frosty: And not much works except the recently replaced roof and the exterior.
@prostratedragon: Reminded of the best one-line movie review I ever read, for Dracula Has Risen From The Grave. “You can’t keep a good man down.”
@debbie: Rental, I documented our major addition here a few years back. This house is next door and it was tempting to just sell it as is since prices are insane.
@OzarkHillbilly: That quote literally made my stomach turn.
“I’ve never seen an actual coronavirus, so why should I believe it exists? And this idea that the Earth moves around the sun? Doesn’t look that way to me.”
and so on …
@Chief Oshkosh: You people are good!
I bet if a Black teenager faces that judge, his honor will have all sorts of knowledge and notions.
@raven: Dont forget to vent the crawl space! :-)
@Immanentize: Oh yea, the builder is highly competent. He knows what time it is.
@germy: Woo boy, that’s some thread there.
When BLM protesters vandalized federal property in Portland, didn’t Trump deploy heavily armed thugs and call for them all to be shot in the streets like dogs? I wonder why that doesn’t apply here for some reason…..
@Cameron: Heh, in this case more like “The earth revolts!”
Yes. A lot to digest.
As I noted above, they aren’t showing up because they fear it just might apply this time around.
@Cameron: Here in/near Olympia, WA a couple-three weeks back, the Proud Boys rioted in the downtown area with the police standing by and watching. (This was several blocks from the actual state Capitol campus.) It ended when someone they targeted pulled a gun and fired, shooting one PB leader in the foot. The PBs are threatening to come back again today, we’ll see what happens.
@raven: If you’ve got a good builder and can afford the work, that sounds like kind of a fun project. Maybe a little noisy from time to time. You’ll be adding a lot of value, and if the house market is hot you should be able to charge a rent in balance with your costs, and have some choice as to your neighbor.
Good luck, and go Dawgs!
Better safe than sorry.
Low Key Swagger
@Immanentize: Interesting you should say that. That has always been my belief, but I’ve had a number of builders here tell me that is isn’t necessary. Roof? Yes. Crawlspace? No. In fact, I know some folks who did the encapsulation of theirs, and there is no venting whatsoever.
@Low Key Swagger:
I was looking at some exterior house painters, their various websites. A few of them boast that they are really good at spray painting.
Now I remember a few years ago reading that house painters should NOT spray paint a house, but rather stick to brushes, because with sprayers the paint has to be so thinned, that it doesn’t last on the house.
But these painters insist they can spray the exterior with no problems.
I don’t know…
@OzarkHillbilly: Oh boy. I saw that yesterday and my head nearly exploded, not that I was surprised, but more because he just flat out said it.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: In my imagination, women just go on strike. Ok buddy, we’re changing our behavior. You’re all shut off.
Yes, there are situations where it is not necessary. I can’t say as to Raven’s situation. A good contractor will know.
They’ve been doing it for decades. With the proper paint, it’s good.
@MagdaInBlack: There’s a reason the classics are classics.
@Baud: Reasonable, until you read his further statements encouraging the SC to overturn Lawrence, the case that provides a constitutional right to gay sex.
@germy: That seems like an odd choice.
I hope there will be pictures.
Their courts are too dishonest to announce the overruling of Roe. Instead they issue orders at midnight without a public hearing and then go on speaking tours where they reference the order they just issued only obliquely and in ways intended to mislead the public.
Best not to listen to any of them and just read their (unsigned) orders. The rest is a political campaign.
In the interest of bipartisanship, but I hope we don’t bipartisan ourselves right out the door.
I’m hoping he’s like Cheney, in that he wants to scrub the GOP of every last bit of trumpism.
I guess we shall see, as the blind man said to the elephant.
@Ken: Yup, was thinking of that ?
“Thank you for your attention to this matter”
Truly awful, but I still have concerns that the Afghanistan withdrawal didn’t go perfectly.
This is literally what happens when you hand normal people a decision in their case. They flip somewhat impatiently thru the 30 page decision and read the concluding paragraph(s). They’re right too- that’s the thing.
Some of them just hand it back and ask me to tell them what the important part means to them. Even better. They get it.
Melissa [email protected] minutes
FYI: In the SCOTUS challenge to MS’s 15 week abortion ban, Jonathan Mitchell, the architect of TX’s SB8 has filled an amicus brief on behalf of TX Right to Life. The brief invites the Court to overrule Roe&Casey AND Lawrence &Obergefell, 2 major LGBTQ decisions.
He called those decisions “judicial concoctions.”
I feel like we should have a liberal group that just files amicus briefs asking the court to overturn precedents we don’t like.
There’s a house on a state route I travel frequently where they JUST set up what I think of as “Trump Shrines”. Like a display, with the 2020 Trump flag and some of their other tribal affiliations- confederate flag, blue lives matter flag, placard attacking Biden. I’m interested. Did they sell the house and these are the new owners and they brought the shrine from the prior place? They just figured out he isn’t president? Perhaps brand new initiatites to the conspiracy theories? You would feel so slow, coming to it so late.
@Low Key Swagger: Foundation ventilation has a lot to do with local climate. It’s a necessity in humid Virginia. And some localities here have soil that emits radon, in which case crawl space ventilation is especially important.
In the 1980s the contractor I worked for built a few passive solar homes. One was a design pioneered out west, an “envelope house.” A big sunroom on the south side was vented into the crawlspace below and the attic above. An extra wide north wall was similarly vented, the idea being that warm air would circulate around the house and heat the extra 60 tons of stone aggregate in the crawlspace. I don’t know how the house worked thermally, but the humidity caused the floor joists to mold, and a year or so after the house was finished another guy and I spent a few hours stapling a plastic membrane to the bottom of the joists. They resembled bleu cheese. The vents into the attic were closed off too.
In the 90’s the straw bale house came east, but it’s popularity was shortlived. It was a good design for New Mexico, but not Virginia.
Raffensperger vows to defy expected subpoena from ‘partisan sideshow’ Jan. 6 commission
(Washington Examiner headline. I won’t link)
@germy: Wait, someone had dug him up?
Since we’re talking about terroristic threats, here’s where the real action is.
“Senate Republicans say they will vote to allow debt default, leaving Democrats scrambling for plan to avert economic crisis”
This should be accurately reported as the GOP offering to tank the entire economy for a vote on weather to default on our loans. Fiscal responsibility? Hahahahah. They’re literally saying, ‘we refuse to honor the debts we ourselves incurred’.
McConnell needs to be on blast from every business in America. It’s reckless and could throw our recovery into a tailspin.
eta: Fk that WaPo framing, too.
“Senate Democrats will vote to honor our debts, Republicans vow to be deadbeats and tank the economy”
It’ll be a kumbaya gathering no doubt unless Bannon is behind it.
Any idea who is organizing it?
they dug him up. His wife, too.
Very solemn ceremony, judging from the photos. People all wearing costumes and uniforms.
It’s already 11 in DC. When is thing supposed to start?
@Tazj: And so he asks for relief on “cases and controversies” that are not even before the Court? How better to cement the Court’s reputation for being “non-partisan”? Where is the snark font?
Seriously, whenever the Dems have to deal with something, they are always “scrambling,” or “worried,” or in “disarray” according to the media.
Possibly at some significant time as determined by Q numerology. Like, 5:18 PM, because that’s 17:18, and 17=Q and 18=AH.
OT, but the show I was talking about when I said I started with season 7 is MI-5. I’m finding it quite absorbing and well-acted, if the geopolitical details are highly implausible. Bridget Jones’s mother as a spymaster tickles me no end.
I put that in the Who Cares? column. I wish Ron hadn’t tweeted it to the world.
trump was the leader of the master race?
I believe I possibly have found the flaw in their concept of master race…
Yeah, the first part is pretty obvious. But I am still saying “WTF?”
To me, that choice is a lose-lose.
Best case, even if this fellow really does want to clean house, the other side will NEVER see this as bipartisan, so it doesn’t matter.
Worst case, he is a wolf if wolf’s clothing, and it fucks up the investigations. Sure feels like a mistake to me, but I acknowledge that Nancy Pelosi knows more than I do about how to play this.
Still, it makes me nervous.
Ugh. There’s only one legitimate news story about the rally. Was there violence or did the police deter the violence. The beliefs of the attendees is not worthy of coverage.
I’m not sure Nancy Pelosi made that appointment. It was done by Ms. Cheney and Mr Bennie Thompson.
One of the replies: “They could appoint Don Jr. and Republicans would still call it partisan.”
@OzarkHillbilly: The insulation guy said that the old windows will allow for plenty of breathing.
@Geminid: I worked in the house when we did the additon so next door doesn’t matter.
@Baud: Aasif Mandvi was on Love it or Leave It last night (Jon Lovett’s podcast).
I was really shocked to hear Aasif Mandvi say that people should stop bitching at Biden about bullshit stuff when there is plenty of actual stuff to bitch at him about – like the disaster getting out of Afghanistan.
Jon didn’t say a word to challenge that. Truly disappointing.
edit: were you serious in your comment about Afghanistan, or was that snark?
@WaterGirl: I can answer that. Snark.
@Baud: Why don’t we do that? Any thoughts?
Should we even call it a rally or a protest? These motherfuckers are butthurt that their attempt at an armed coup failed.
And I don’t care what they “believe” about the election. They are wrong. There is no excuse for believing that bullshit.
@zhena gogolia: okay, you were talking about the geopolitical details being highly implausible.
This was the part of your comment that had confused me:
Now I get what you were saying. thanks
You have to ask?
That brought back a fond memory of my dad’s version: “We’ll see, said the blind man, as he picked up his hammer and saw.”
Appropriate in this thread of home renovation. :)
Not true, I’ve sprayed my house without thinning the paint and it went on fine and lasted. Matter of fact, if you are unfortunate enough to have T111 siding it’s the only way to ensure the grooves in the siding get thoroughly covered.
My father had a few malapropisms.
I remember he would sometimes refer to “throwing a monkey into the wrench” (meaning to mess something up).
From what I can tell, I would love your dad’s sense of humor.
I live in a brick house. Previous owners decided it would be a good idea to paint the brick light yellow. Just one of their decisions that makes me wish I had a time machine. Just to slap their tools out of their stupid hands.
EDIT: I don’t suppose there’s a way to blast the old paint off the brick without destroying the brick.
Well, we haven’t really had a favorable court since the early 70s. Also, we have an aversion to looking like clowns. And just because you ask, doesn’t meant the court gives it, which would be a political problem for us if we had a Dem court saying no often enough.
The “ladies” in konfederate burkas added soo much to the dignity of the occasion.
@germy: I always share this when the subject comes up, but I had a boss who used to say “Necessity was my mother’s invention.”
@Lapassionara: I’m not a lawyer so I have no idea if his writing is unusually partisan or over the top for an amicus brief. I was just surprised at how brazen his writing was when so many conservatives have been much more reserved in the past about their true intentions.
Well, maybe conservatives who comment on the Court have been reserved, not actual conservatives.
I’m still trying to process that one.
@Baud: At times, being the grown-up is much less satisfying than being the children who act out.
@Tazj: They loved TFG for unleashing their Inner Asshole.
Being able to act like a child is an exercise of privilege.
@Roger Moore: Further Mitchell: Although they need to keep slutting with me and my buddies on the down low.
@germy: People have been stripping Formstone and paint off of brick rowhouses in Baltimore since the 1970s and they’re still standing. So yes, there must be some way of doing it. I was fortunate enough that the DPOs* didn’t touch the brick on my two rowhouses.
*Damned Previous Owner (lifted from British car forum)
Marine supply stores sell peel away paint stripper products. It’s a paint on gel to which you apply a membrane, wait, then peel off the paint. It’s designed to keep toxic antifouling paint debris out of the water.
Not cheap and you would have to go slowly.
I always advise that for houses that need paint or stain, paint one side a year. Turns a week long job into a weekend job and the house always looks “fresh”.
West of the Rockies
Hasn’t “Q” actually gone silent for the last ten months or so?
Read that this morning, had read it twice to believe it. No particular basis for the demand, just “make me president again”… to Georgia SoS.
Never will understand how a whiny little brat has become an object of devotion to so many. Possibly understandable if he had any virtues at all, but the list of qualities of which he is totally devoid – integrity chief among them – is lengthy.
@germy: There are a handful of painted brick homes around here in NoVA where people have tried to remove the paint. – never successfully. Some leave it that way. I guess that they find the partially painted brick look acceptable.
Bricks seem to want to breathe. I see lots of painted brick chimneys with spalling bricks, so I would be very insistent on getting a painter that knows how to prevent that from happening before even thinking about painting brick. But I guess most people don’t think about those issues…
@WaterGirl: I frequently say “We’ll burn that bridge when we get to it.” So appropriate at work.
@germy: Late to the party perhaps, but my clapboard house was spray painted.
Don’t waste your money. All the advantages go to the painter (ease, speed) and none to the homeowner.
@germy: it depends partly on what kind of paint they used (water-based would be much easier to remove than oil-based), and how “sealed” the brick surface was before they applied the paint, if they roughed up the brick surface to make the paint adhere better. Best approach might be to try a small section in an inconspicuous location, if there is one.
We formerly lived across the street from a house that had been brick painted white for a long time. They were successful in washing most of it off, so I wish I could tell you what they used, but I don’t know.
West of the Rockies
The Traitorous Confederate has been losing their shitty statues for a couple years now. I guess moving the wormy bones of Bedford gives them a collective woody again?
@germy: That’s what’s so great about it. Totally absurd. And he wasn’t bright enough to know it.
I should probably add the he was the assistant manage at the restaurant/bar where i worked as a bartender when my mom was terminally ill.
I had just finished grad school, and it didn’t seem smart to start a real job while I was going back and forth to Chicago all the time.
This is the fellow who bragged about walking in the door every day after work, dropping his pants while his wife fetched him beer, so he could drink the beer as she gave him a blow job.
@WereBear: That’s exactly it.
@West of the Rockies: I believe that ‘Q’ is in custody and is being charged for as part of the Jan 6 riot.
First good rain storm of the fall here in the PNW. About an inch overnight around here and expect rain to continue thru the weekend. Forecast is 2″~3″ up around the fires in the Cascades. This won’t end fire season but it’ll be a big, big help.
@Catherine D.: I like that one, too.
@Catherine D.: I hope you don’t mind if I use that. It’s so perfect for my corporate culture.
@raven: I don’t know if the house has a basement or if your area has radon, but houses that are tightly sealed are implicated in lung cancer caused by radon. In the old times, houses were leakier air-wise and people didn’t spend much time in their basements. The trends to better-insulated homes and finished basements were deadly in some cases. We knew a very young woman, in her 30s, who died of radon-induced lung cancer. They had made the basement of their old home into a family room.
We used to have a computer operator who would inform us “I’ve gotta go take a dump.”
West of the Rockies
“We’ll drive off that bridge when we get to it.”
@MagdaInBlack: Sure! I think of it as the Far Side Crisis Clinic in a sentence.
@germy: Civil War era mourning dresses.
I like the picture of mother and child that they are carrying. Everyone of those people has a Klan outfit in their closet at home.
@West of the Rockies: ?
Got my interest and started looking – one article was titled “how to remove paint from brick in eight steps” which is a load of horseshit right there. No process involving eight steps is easy. Conclusion after browsing: can be done but it’s an expensive pain in the ass.
Here’s an interesting take on Forrest’s “redemption”:
@germy: I kind of like the look of white washed brick, where it comes off and there is both brick and paint. But I hate painted brick.
I have dealt with painted brick and learned (yes) that the problem with pressure washing is not so much the paint coming off the brick (it will) but then everything needs to be repointed. Ugh.
I think the above recommendation of the gel that can be later peeled off and thrown out (designed originally for lead based paint jobs) is a good one.
@germy: Mrs Kelly spent weeks removing paint from a brick fireplace with acetone. Looked great and acetone is low toxicity but it took a long time. A fireplace is a lot smaller than a house.
Bruce K in ATH-GR
@Immanentize: Speaking of Klan outfits, I got in trouble on a Discord server for opining that there was no fundamental moral difference between a MAGA hat and a Klan hood. As the kewl kidz say, AITA? (translated: am I the asshole?)
James E Powell
Why do we always have to hire these Republicans?
@Danielx: Maybe you could paint the house a less bright color, say maybe brick red? ;)
At this point, why not?
It’s Ohio. Presumptuous to think they would have figured anything out.
@Catherine D.: I use that one too!
I read that the former trump campaign worker organizing today’s rally, Matt Braynard, raised at least $650,000 for his Voter Integrity Project challenging President Biden’s election. According to NBC news, Braynard was paid $230,000 for consulting and appearances as an “expert” witness in various legal actions. Other reporting says that court documents in an Arizona case state that Braynard was paid $40,000 to appear as a witness.
Good morning, all y’all, from slightly damp Seattle.
Forecasters promised a stormy Friday-Saturday, big wind and heavy rain. Well, we got some decent rain. No big winds, unless I slept through that part.
Trying to follow the J6 comedy via Twitter. Either it hasn’t really started yet, or it’s a resounding flop (as in, “horse apples hitting the ground” flop.)
Happy news from sportsball land: Liverpool 3-0 Crystal Palace. Liverpool go top of the Premier League. Defendung champions Manchester City drew 0-0 at home to Southampton and are three points behind. Manchester United and Chelsea play on Sunday, and if they win could both overtake City in the league.
Because they are whiny brats and they want a whiny brat as president to prove that they are actually the greatest people ever and not whiny brats, and to impose all of their malicious, petty, whiny little tantrums on everyone who actually is better than they are.
Q messages stopped around late November when it was obvious the loser lost. Given the options of who was likely to be Q in that period, they probably just gave up on the game. They probably weren’t a true believer or they’d still be stoking the insanity.
There go two miscreants
I am so going to steal that one! To go along with my faves:
“We’ll burn that bridge when we come to it.”
(My father used the ‘hammer and saw’ line also!)
“That’s water over the bridge.”
There go two miscreants
@There go two miscreants:
Ha! I see I am too late with that one (missed the edit window).
Charlottesville anti-fascist Molly Conger made the trip to D.C. with Richmond colleague Goad Gatsby. She reported in a series of tweets, and described the rally as finishing up 40 minutes ago. Reporters outnumbered attendees. There was music; Conger thinks she heard Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” four times.
There was also a slide show. Conger says that when a picture of the Q-Anon Shaman came up, a women in a long American flag-print dress shouted, “Free the Horned God!”
James E Powell
We all struggle with this because we want to believe that his followers are not bad people. The thought that 73 million of our fellow citizens are ignorant, hateful bigots is just too hard to accept. But the truth often is.
They were not BLM protestors; that’s the right-wing framing. Our small local band of vandals are the young-white-guy anarchists who routinely hijack peaceful demonstrations in Portland to have their property-wrecking fun. The fun begins late at night after the protestors have departed. Please do not conflate the two groups.
@germy: Sounds like my FIL – he owned a gift shop and said “you drop it, you broke it”
J R in WV
IIRC the Horned God killed the old king to fertilize and generate a thriving spring. Be careful what you wish for, Flag wrapped lady!
Maybe that (horned god) boy can turn his fame into lots of J womans worshiping him sexually? There’s a thought, maybe that was his plan all along…
I have to think that the fact that many of the most enthusiastic supporters of January 6 are already locked up or have cut plea deals with the feds was a big factor. Maybe I’m being naïve, but there isn’t an infinite supply of such people – that is people willing to do violent, crazy things for a cause – even most true believers are only willing to risk so much inconvenience to themselves and they now have several hundred examples of how much inconvenience can be on offer.
Even on January 6th, the people actively trying to whip the crowd up had a very difficult time keeping the rioters on track, particularly when the security response started to build – they may love to rant about martyrs, but in general they seem to have very little interest in becoming one.