Vice President Harris just stopped by a meeting of climate leaders to reassure them the administration is devoted to making progress on climate change within the BBB bill — pic.twitter.com/n9Db2xR33m
— Nancy Cook (@nancook) October 25, 2021
I know some of you are (quite reasonably) tired of these reports, but it seems important to get them on the record…
Nancy Pelosi said Democrats are at a decision point on what to keep in their economic agenda in order to move the sweeping social-spending package and a vote on a separate infrastructure bill as soon as this week. | w @HouseInSession & @laurapdavison https://t.co/FkVtqqSiIV
— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) October 26, 2021
"Whatever is not in the bill, he pledged to continue working on that until the end of his term," Rep. Judy Chu, the chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific Americans Caucus, says.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) October 26, 2021
I was really worried about the environmental provisions.
If this is true, Biden will have pulled a legislative miracle. pic.twitter.com/v5iCUpUdGo
— Terry Watkins Jr. ?????? (@TerryWatkinsJr1) October 26, 2021
Jeffries says Dems are working toward "the highest common denominator"
"We’re a coalition, not a cult. We have people who have different perspectives… At the end of the day, we will land in a matter that brings everybody along."
— Sarah Ferris (@sarahnferris) October 26, 2021
And yes, I'd rather it was $5T+ — but Democrats have been far more successful than I ever expected them to be this year. If we want more, let's elect more Democrats next fall.
— Jeff Fecke (@jkfecke) October 26, 2021
“We’re a coalition, not a cult” is a good line.
My 2nd night in a row where I woke up around midnight and couldn’t get back to sleep. I foresee a nap in my future.
Your morning posts have been just about perfect, AL.
Couple of items which caught the eye.
1) US Sen. Schatz Reintroduces Bill To Expand Social Security Benefits.
2) Macron opens museum dedicated to the ‘Dreyfus affair’ and antisemitism.
@Betty Cracker: I like highest common denominator.
Get this passed and all the negativity will be channeled in another direction. In a better world, toward the 7 GOPers who acted as advance scouts, spotters, and battlefield lieutenants during Jan 6.
They are going to have to do this incrementally. That’s the lesson of a 50-50 senate, with no motion on the fillibuster. Any success here can breed further success.
@Betty Cracker: Hakeem Jeffries is a an excellent communicator. My Atlanta friend has been laid up with a broken leg, so he’s watching extra news. He caught Jeffries’ news conference yesterday and was very impressed.
Good Morning Everyone ???
I am going with cautiously optimistic. This still goes back to the miracle of winning the Georgia senate races that we get to have these discussions at all. Let Nancy, Chuck and Joe push this over the finish line. Something the other side could not manage when they were in control with a larger majority.
Low Key Swagger
@OzarkHillbilly: Nightly, for me. I’m amazed I can function on 5 hours, constantly.
I’m disappointed there won’t be massive deficit-financed tax cuts for rich people and corporations. It’s like Dems don’t even care about the economy.
OT Genocide Watch in Tripura in northeastern India.
@Baud: We had massive deficit-financed tax cuts, and God smote us with a plague and a recession and a toilet-paper shortage.
God obviously thought the tax cuts weren’t big enough.
@Baud: You forgot to add that they’ll be punished at the polls for their inattention to the economy and will deserve it.
@NotMax: President Macron inaugurated the Dreyfus Collection at Maison Zola, the home of author Emile Zola on the Seine west of Paris. Zola made the Dreyfus affair a sensation. When Georges Clemanceau’s newspaper L’Aurore published Zola’s “J’Accuse!” letter to the French president on the front page, it was like hitting a giant wasp nest with a baseball bat.
@Geminid: I hope the museum is kind to those of us whose French is imperfect on our best days.
@Ken: I hope to never experience a toilet paper shortage again. It’s surreal to recall it now, but one time I lined up at the store before it opened, and a lady right in front of me grabbed the last pack, and I actually cried when I got back to my car. Over toilet paper! Now I’m a hoarder for life.
My grandma who grew up during the Great Depression would squirrel away leftover food — even a cabbage leaf would be carefully wrapped and stored in the fridge. We had to throw all that crap out when she passed. My children will get to divide up the closet full of TP when I croak…
@hueyplong: You would probably need to read French to appreciate the Dreyfus Collection. I don’t, but I’d go just to hang out on the grounds. I don’t know how much of Zola’s farm is still intact, but it sounds like a pretty place.
@hueyplong: I get your point. The French do have a tendency to mock Americans speaking their precious language. What is amusing is the extent to which they have adopted English words over the last fifty years. I still love the language.
I hope Biden/Harris get eight years in office to do all the work they want to do.
Here’s a term I’d never seen before: “The Bidenfail Crew”
It really fits conservative operatives and beltway reporters who want to spin a false narrative of failure.
For example, a few weeks ago Gym Jordan was complaining about supply chain problems under the Biden administration, and someone replied “Under Trump we couldn’t even find toilet paper.”
Low Key Swagger
@Betty Cracker: I credit some people here for making me aware of the seriousness of the pandemic long before most people had even heard of it. As a result, I had stocked in supplies by Feb.
It’s kind of funny because Democrats have been running on “green jobs” my entire adult life and the climate portion of this will probably end up as a “green jobs” bill :)
Not that it’s bad! It’ll actually create green jobs! Maybe a lot of them- they’re booming already and this will add, well, fuel to that. It’s just different than how it started- carrots, not sticks.
@Low Key Swagger: 5 hours??? Braggart.
eta Bloody jailers pet. I bet you slipped him a shekel or 2 for that. What I wouldn’t give to be spat at in the face. They only turned me right side up just yesterday.
@Brantl: Now on to protecting the 2022 elections. I am truly fearful that our two recalcitrant Senators do not get how dangerous it would be not to get some protection in place as soon as possible.
I hope, also, that they have decent security at the Maison Zola: I read something not long ago that there is still an active and vocal (if not very large) movement in France – whose political orientation can be guessed- still convinced that Alfred Dreyfus was indubitably guilty of espionage, fully deserved every punishment he received, and has had his case whitewashed by (((The Usual Conspiracy))) to blacken France’s reputation.
still pissed after 120 years…..
You and my wife. Her mother was the same as your grandmother. Came out of the Spanish Civil War with a deep fear of hunger. She had 2 big chest freezers full of freezer burnt food when she died.
@Baud: Agreed on all fronts. I can’t help but wonder if this is educational in a good way for less-paying-attention folks. One party is fomenting insurrection and tax cuts for the wealthiest, while packing the Supreme Court and lower courts with fanatics to do the bidding of those wealthy folks. The other party is working together, steadily, to improve the entire country, even for the folks in the other party, and, despite some major disagreements, are finding a way forward. “Highest common denominator” is perfect (and yes, Jeffries is great).
@Low Key Swagger: Same. Anne Laurie deserves an award for her tireless efforts to keep us informed. It’s entirely possible she saved a few lives, and the daily snapshot of info about the pandemic could provide fodder for innumerable theses analyzing this bizarre period.
@Jay C: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/10/26/eric-zemmour-france-election-trump/
The threat of Trumpian tragedy looms over France
A leading contender in the French Presidential race. A far-right rabble-rouser in the mold of Trump.
@NotMax: The Dreyfus Affair provides a superb template for understanding the role the Big Lie in contemporary American politics. (I’m sure I’m not the first to comment on this.) Any outside, objective observer in either case would conclude that one side is 100 percent right on the facts and the other is 100 percent wrong. The evidence is overwhelming. The real causes of division into warring tribes are many and totally different from any specific questions about who spied or who stole an election, with racism (or antisemitism) high on the list. Each case has true believers and cynical leaders who decide they must double down on a lie regardless of evidence.
Dorothy A. Winsor
I’ve been following this story about the Texas lawmaker who wants to ban about 850 books on race and sexuality from school shelves. Here’s the list, if you’re curious. I assume that, like me, many of you will have read many of these books.
I just want the workers in those jobs to recognize this for once. I’m tired of hearing about fossil fuel workers who hate Dems.
There’s some talk about that- it revolves around unionizing because I think there’s a belated recognition in the D Party that unions did a lot of the organizing and Party building. It’s an interesting time in the Party. A lot is shifting. It’s not as high profile or performiative as on the R side but some of the coalitions are realigning.
I posted this in the COVID thread, but I’ll add it here too:
If you got your vaccination(s) at CVS, you can generate a .pdf file with a QR code that verifies your vaccination status. Go to CVS Health, create an account, search for vaccination info, generate a vaccination ‘card’. I’m pretty sure you can add this card to your iPhone wallet, if you’ve installed the latest iOS version, 15.1. I’m in the midst of doing that, so we shall see…
Think about getting a bidet. I made it through the entire toilet paper crisis on 8 large rolls of toilet paper and my bidet, all of which I had before the crisis hit. Plus, once you actually use a bidet, most people learn to like it.
A basic one is pretty inexpensive and easy to install.
What Baud Said, AL. Greatly appreciate these posts and your willingness to sift through Twitter to find them. Lots of chaff out there. Rocks. UXBs.
@Low Key Swagger: I still have my stash of single rolls of commercial grade single ply that I will keep for emergencies forever.
@Betty Cracker: My mother had three big packs of TP in the shower in one of her bathrooms (she hated taking showers so she used the shower stall for storage LOL). I’ve been using it because after all, it belongs to me now! They were three different brands too, so she must have been buying whatever was on sale and stocking up. She lived by herself, so that was probably enough for about 3 months!
Low Key Swagger
Not pithy, but rotating tag material if I ever saw it.
@Kay: I have no idea why they didn’t call the reconciliation bill a jobs bill, because that’s what it is! Jobs bills are popular! This is one area where Democrats could improve a lot – branding the stuff they do. They’re not very good at it.
Low Key Swagger
@Soprano2: Morning. Back in a long dead thread I asked a question of you, you probably missed it. Have you considered dropping set appt times for interviewees? I always appreciated same day interviews when I was coming up, and you can regulate the time window for your least busiest times, say…2-3 or 2-4 in the afternoon. A trusted staff member can peruse the application and go get the manager on duty if the applicant looks like a keeper.
@Low Key Swagger: No, but I’ll run that past my manager to see if she thinks that would work for her. I’ve noticed that some places advertise interview days, or a time period like 2-4 on Monday. She did hire two new servers; we met one of them last night, and she seems great. The problem is not only hiring them, though, but keeping them. We had one man who was great, but he quit after a month to take a day job with Carvana delivering cars. He said his wife was unhappy because she had a day job and he was working mostly nights, and I thought to myself “Didn’t this occur to you before you started looking for a job?” *sigh
Three packs of TP would last me well over a year. I’m having one of these moments — am I filthy and don’t know it?
I feel like calling Marcy Kaptur’s office (Toledo to Cleveland district) and just saying “green jobs? WTF Marcy. This is your moment”
It will be good for upper midwest Dems, including Ryan, though. You can SEE the jobs in NW Ohio. The wind turbines. We’re also getting a big solar facility- I assume making the equipment. My little Trumpy town has a solar field, which was funded by the ’09 stimulus. It’s a municipal utility and they list the savings on the bills.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: It is nice of them to build the book lists for people trying to build up a more diverse literary curriculum. Every time I do this, I hand the book list off to friends. I didn’t do that this time because I am trying to quit my various volunteer efforts because I was driving myself insane and need to stop.
@Low Key Swagger: Same here. My adult children rolled their eyes and said, “Mom’s being dramatic.”
Not sure if you are still here — but did you see the NYTimes article about that notorious anti-semite, Celine?
2% of Elon Musk’s wealth could solve world hunger, says director of UN food scarcity organization
@OzarkHillbilly: My folks had clear memories of the Depression; they were 11 & 12 yrs old on Black Friday. We had 2 fridge/freezers, an 11cu ft standing freezer, and several of those 1960’s free-standing aluminum pantry cabinets as well as the usual kitchen cabinets (including the typical Italian/Portuguese ‘2nd kitchen in the basement’) for food storage. And I’m an only child???
@Low Key Swagger:
I’ve been getting 6 1/2 hours of sleep pretty regularly for the last few years and functioned OK. Lately it’s down to 5 or 5 1/2 and I drag a little bit. I may ask my doc about it next time I go in.
I’m frequently nodding out reading at 9:00 but am wide awake again around 11:00. I don’t go to bed early; don’t want to wake up at 3:00 AM.
@Percysowner: We actually did install bidets in every toilet seat in our house after things settled down last year. Next time there is a TP shortage we will not fret.
My older son let us know he was down to his last roll of TP. A day or so later he opened his door to find a case had been delivered. It was courtesy of my younger son who works in a grocery store and snagged it off the truck!
@Soprano2: A job in the hand is worth 2 in the bush.
@mali muso: My son, the Immp, is absolutely pro-bidet. We got him one for the holidays three years ago. He really hates being without, now.
I think congressionals D’s DO do a good job aligning what they talk about with their district or state, so there will be a lot of “jobs” talk – it just won’t be happening everywhere.
I think the climate change “constituency” skews “college educated”, which is maybe too bad since obviously affects everyone but is not all that surprising. So the more working class D’s will focus on jobs and the college educated suburban D’s will focus on environmental.
Some of it is getting comfortable with changes and if it’s a positive change that’s easy. I love my electric mower. I’m never going back. It’s a better machine for yards- I’m not mowing a park.
Due to spousal concern best dealt with by a policy of appeasement, at one point last year we had 75 rolls of toilet paper in the house.
And another stash of large commercial rolls (think rest areas or sports venues) she had separately ordered and which I have not seen to this day.
@Kay: The Obama administration was able to get some clean energy work going with the limited funds they could get through Congress. The Pentagon invested in biofuels and put solar panels on bases. When I made a trip to the Southwest two years ago I saw more solar panels at Monaghan Air Base, near Tucson, than I’d seen up until then.
U. Mass. economist Robert Pollin called the sum of Obama’s clean energy initiatives “Green New Deal 1.0.” That was in Pollin’s March 2019 article in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, “We Need a Better Green New Deal.” This article gives a good overview of the economic potential of the clean energy transition
@Jeffro: I have a running theory/fantasy that the whle January 6 investigation is being slightly slow rolled in Congress in order for the budget to get passed. That really is a critical move for both the House and the Senate. Then, for the next eight months, the House Dems can rain hellfire down on Republicans. And once some few folks go down, others will follow. Staffers, advisors, fundraisers — and maybe even a couple of Congress Critters of the stupidest sort — Greene and Cawthorn are the first to be stupid, I would guess.
Like a said — maybe just a hope.
I asked one of the local D operatives why we had to reinvent our walk lists and organizing every damn election, after OFA had perfected it in 2008, and why we were working for individual candidates instead of the whole slate. The answer was that the Democratic organization in PA was the unions and that it had shrunk drastically with no one picking up the slack.
A little later I picked up a union door hanger that had fallen off. It had the whole slate on it, while I was distributing one for Biden and one for the congressional candidate.
@hueyplong: Paper your neighbors trees for Halloween unless they give you friggin FULL SIZE candy bars!
We got the solar filed and also a new “green” school with federal grants- not for the whole school, but they offered enhancements for not just building and operating green but reorganizing green. Bus routes. Part of the school planning was fewer miles (and idling) for the school bus fleet.
My son just finished a water project for Ann Arbor (MI) that was designed around saving energy. They’re all having to learn it. It’s nice for him because he started into it- he doesn’t have to adjust.
@Immanentize: Uh [shuffles feet, looks down], we give out those minis.
When I answer the door out of her sight, I give each kid several of them.
It was a lot more than organizing, too. My grandmother’s social life revolved around a union. My father recalls huge picnics and things – he was also in a union but he hates (most) people so wouldn’t have gone no matter what was going on :)
I don’t know that they can bring that back- they all bitch that younger union members don’t do the activities.
@Immanentize: I like your thinking on this.
Plus, media bonanza, if we can get those goldfish attention span types to focus.
@MattF: I got my booster through CVS. I just logged in, and I cannot find anything like what you are describing. ??
@hueyplong: We don’t get trick or treaters out here, which means I get to keep all the candy for myself.
Unions need to have Gaming Night and Cosplay Events.
@Kay: Your school district may be seeing electric school buses before too long. The physical infrastructure bill provides funds to shift 20% of the nation’s school buses to electric. This will be very popular once people appreciate the cleaner air kids will breath.
Electric school buses cost more up front, but less over their life cycle. This is the case with most clean energy investments, now that wind and solar costs have reached cost parity with that of natural gas generation. And now natural gas prices have risen, so the payoff for renewable energy is even greater.
@MattF: Just to note— it all works. Somewhat unintuitively, you have to capture the COVID verification QR code with the camera app, which then gets sent to the health app and the wallet app.
@hueyplong: There was a woman colleague/Law Proffessor where I work who was single, loved Filene’s Basement, and always gave the neighborhood kids Full Sized Snickers. She has died, but her beloved memory lives on among fashionistas and dentists.
@schrodingers_cat: Indian government harasses students who celebrated Pakistani cricket win.
@WaterGirl: Try cvshealth.com.
@Patricia Kayden: Harassment is far too mild a word for what the BJP is doing. They have booked them under UAPA, Patriot Act on steroids where the government can jail you indefinitely without a trial for what seems like forever.
Many activists, journalists are languishing in prison under this black act.
In other news my Twitter mutual is being actively harassed by BJP supporting goons they are trying to doxx her and discredit her. She is not even that big an account her followers are under 10,000. She is an anthropologist who offers nuanced views about the role caste has played in Indian history among other things.
Garland is about to start testifying at a Senate Judiciary Oversight hearing. Might get some interesting questions…
Not a trend yet but I’ve seen a few houses prepping for Halloween by setting up pvc tube slide delivery systems to maintain safe distance. The much-hated (in my childhood cohort) popcorn ball would require an upgrade to, what, 4″ tubing?
@WaterGirl: You have to poke around a bit after logging in— but I was able, just now, to get back to my COVID vaccination info. It’s in there, listed with other vaccinations, once you’ve logged in.
@Immanentize: I always did goodie bags, but this year I purchased full size hershey bars.
A little boy started crying when I handed him the goodie bag. It had stickers and three or four small pieces of candy. He was confused because during his trick or treat practice, his dad had told him he would get candy.
@germy: BuT TheN LibERAlz WiLL aSK 4 MoRE… is the dumbass line I saw on Twitter (ugh) to this news by some rando conservative genius man.
@p.a.: We’re strongly considering putting a big bowl of candy in a chair on the porch with a sign saying “Take Up to 5” or similar. If we don’t, the little monsters will congregate around our storm door, making it hard to open, as well as getting them much, much to close and too close together. As long as the weather is decent, it should work – I hope!
It’s kind of sad. There’s a UAW hall near here where Dems hold events. I walked the whole thing once – it’s huge- and there’s a playground with old fashioned (dangerous) play equipment, a bandstand, all sorts of family type entertainment.
In 2008 when Right wingers went crazy over “walking around money” with Obama in (I think) AA neighborhoods in Philadelphia- it’s small amounts of money union precinct captains gave to people to do GOTV, so they can buy snacks (drugs) or whatever. My older sister said “is THAT what that was?” Guffaw. My grandmother did that. They were a team! We’re not a team.
I wish I could be optimistic about anything. I really do.. Just a shame that the Democrats again have to neuter their own ambitions all the time until it’s “safe” enough for dinosaurs like Manchin and other “centrists”
Totally agree. Having a bidet totally freed me from stressing about where to find toilet paper during the shortage. I also agree that it was pretty easy to install, too.
I was immunized in a public school. We lined up and snaked thru the principal’s office. I also got an eye exam, same school, which was good, because as it turned out I couldn’t actually see anything. Now it would be at the Supreme Court and they’d be stomping on eyeglasses at protests.
No longer able to function in society.
I’ll be looking to see what that half-trillion is supposed to actually do (assuming it survives whatever negotiations remain), but I’m ready to call that a Big Fucking Win, given that for the past week or so, it looked like anything to deal with climate change had been almost entirely squeezed out of the bill.
@Kay: I remember what a big deal the rubella vaccine was, and how they developed a ‘gun’ that could be loaded with multiple doses to speed the process. Also too the gun supposedly hurt less. Kids being kids, there was a desire to get in the gun line at school as it was perceived as more prestigious as well as less painful. I was in the needle line but the consensus among us elementary schoolers was: no difference.
It would be helpful if there were opportunities to try before you buy. (And by ‘try,’ I mean use it to clean my butt after taking a dump.) I’m not sure I’ve ever had the opportunity to stay in a hotel room that had one, for instance.
I’d really like to try one out; I’m definitely bidet-curious. But with just one toilet on each floor, and two other people in my household, I’m not going to replace one with a bidet until we’ve all already gotten a chance to try one out beforehand.
Joe Biden, campaigning with Terry McAuliffe last night in Arlington and pounding Glenn Youngkin in the belly:
@Betty Cracker: One of the smartest things we ever did was purchase a bidet toilet-seat fixture. Makes TP use almost nothing, and leaves everything feeling much cleaner. My wife had been trying to talk me into one for years. The great TP shortage freakout, finally got me onboard and I am so glad I did. Makes bathroom life so much better and even has a heated seat for cold days.
I know I’m late to the dance on this, but keep up your good work Anne.
Regards from a usual lurker.
@p.a.: I think it’s a fact that needles for vaccinations have recently gotten significantly thinner and sharper. Unless the needle directly hits a nerve, you don’t feel a thing.
@MattF: I poked around after I read your initial comment and couldn’t find anything like that. Of course, I feel like shit today for the second day after getting my booster, so maybe I’m just blind or stupid because of that.
I’m skimming through the “Indivisible” post-election ‘Practical Guide to Fixing Our Democracy’ and it is just uncanny…
“The parallels between 2009 and 2021 are impossible to ignore: a Democrat follows a catastrophic Republican incumbent, inheriting and economy in shambles.”
“In 2009, President Obama and Democratic leadership did everything they could to win over Republicans and build buy-in for their policies. It cost them precious time, and forced them to scale back crucial elements of their agenda.”
“Mitch McConnell has declared himself the ‘Grim Reaper’ of all legislation in the Biden era…McConnell knows that the surest way to win back the Senate for Republicans is to kneecap the Biden presidency. If we fail to use this Democratic trifecta now, we may not get another chance.”
“Expect the GOP to obstruct, delay, and engage in bad faith BS. Prepare to counter a grassroots conservative backlash. Expect Congressional Democrats to get cold feet…”
But speaking of the TP shortage, here in Calvert County, MD, there wasn’t a time last year when we couldn’t get any TP, but there was a period last spring when what you could get might be brands you’d never heard of before, with the labeling all in Spanish. So if you wanted Charmin Ultra-Soft (we did, but we weren’t in a position to be picky so we weren’t), you were out of luck for awhile in there, but there was always something available to wipe your ass with.
When we could get the good stuff again, I didn’t buy more than one pack on any trip to the store, but I would pick up one pack every time I was in a store, until we had a 4-month reserve, which I maintained until about 4-5 months ago. Then I stopped buying for awhile to use up the stockpile, but lately I started stocking up again. Now we’ve got enough to get to get to mid-January anyway.
@WaterGirl: ‘Medical records’ are a modern circle of Hell.
@lowtechcyclist: We have the alpha bidet seat (fixes onto any toilet) and we love it. It has a heated seat , fan dryer and remote control. Great purchase. Truly revolutionizes bathroom life.
@WaterGirl: Oh sorry you’re feeling crummy. My booster and flu shot kicked my ass for about 36 hours. Still a bit more tired than I am usually, but just about back to normal (and totally functional).
@WaterGirl: In CA, CVS updated our paper cards and told us that our QR code for our digital proof would be updated as soon as the State (or CDC) got their info.
@Jeffro: Indivisible has it’s own clout to chase. They leave out an important difference between 2010 and 2022: the state of the economy. The $4.5 trillion+ spending in American Recovery Act and the two infrastructure bills should really kick in by next summer. A strong economy will put wind in Democratic sails. That was not at all the case in 2010.
And I am in the anti bidet cohort. I dislike them. My parents bought a house with one installed and I disliked it, plus so did my parents. they used the regular one beside it and after a while the bidet got disconnected and held magazines. That bathroom had both side by side.
I am not sure where you can try them, but you should. Judging from this thread and others where it has come up, most people do like them.
@Soprano2: At will employment works both ways. I remember that many of the jobs I had started out as probationary…3 months to see if you “fit” and “were a keeper.” Perhaps your good server took the job with the plan to take something better when it came along, which isn’t a crime. Or maybe he hoped that working nights would be ok but it turned out not to be. My nephew was a bar manager and as years passed, the late night hours became less appealing and deleterious (and not from joining in on imbibing..he’s an occasional beer guy). He now works at a breakfast/lunch place and is healthier and happier.
@Geminid: I like that line of attack because it exposes Youngkin as fascism-curious at the very least, and who knows, it may even goad Trump into doing something stupid and counterproductive.
I read somewhere that a Lincoln Project-like outfit that is not the LP bought wingnut channel ad time in markets serving Bedminster, NJ and Palm Beach, FL to run an ad taunting Trump about Youngkin’s reluctance to publicly embrace him. Can’t hurt to wave a red flag in front of that pile of bullshit…
@Betty Cracker: Meidas Touch has been running ads in trump’s hometowns, taunting him about Virginia. Terry McAuliffe has been trying to lure trump to Virginia, but so far the churl hasn’t taken the bait.
There must be some understanding between the Youngkin campaign and trump, who typically wants to hog the spotlight. Some trump operatives are working for Youngkin, so communication is easy. I suspect that future FEC filings will show large donations to trump entities by Youngkin and/or his allies. Hush money, so to speak.
@germy: It reminds me very much of that meme going around during Obama’s first term showing how low gasoline prices were on Inauguration Day, 2009, implying that Obama had ruined everything by making them go up.
For it to work, you had to be able to forget that the reason gas prices were so low at that moment was that the entire global economy had collapsed. And that they’d been super-high a year earlier. Basically you had to have no memory or be willing to discount what you did remember.
@Jeffro: Show me the lie. Some Dems are getting cold feet and we are all pressuring them to do the right thing. Looks like it’s working, thankfully. I run an Indivisible chapter and don’t always agree with the statements of the national chapter, but I see nothing wrong with their statement. Cold feet happen. Always, at every level. And you always have to expect it and plan to counter it. That’s just Organizing 101
@frosty: Sherrod Brown tried to do the old-fashioned whole slate canvass thing the last time he was up for re-election but around here anyway the other candidates just weren’t inro it and provided no literatire for us to hand out. And then most of them ( except the really local ones) lost and he won.
@p.a.: Yup. My Dad was a kid during the Depression. Our fridge was always stuffed–he would sneak a bag filled with on sale chicken into the house and stick it in the freezer, which would make Mom mad because she liked to section the birds and pack them away neatly.
Pantry in the basement. Mom would grab a paper bag and say “I’m going shopping!” and head downstairs. She was a Depression kid, too, but there was always enough food on the table. Not so for Dad, for messed-up family reasons.
@Another Scott: @Kay: John Cornyn grilling Garland over why the Feds are getting involved with shit bags threatening school board members, as well as administration, state, and federal officials. Ofc being disingenuous with it all, because that’s all they have.
Well, that wouldn’t bother me – I understand how the job market works. But saying, a month after you took a job where you know you’ll have to work some nights and weekends, that your wife was unhappy with your schedule so you had to take another job, was kind of irritating. Like why didn’t you just wait for the day job and save my manger the bother of training you? We don’t really have a “probationary period” or anything like that. This isn’t unique to us, either. I remember my sister saying that she always stressed to the people she hired as consultants that it involved a substantial amount of travel, and people would always say “That’s fine, I don’t mind about that”, then six months later they were bitching that their wife was unhappy that they were travelling so much! It’s not like she lied about it.
@Percysowner: Second that bidet. One of the best purchases I’ve ever made. Having it from the Before Times got me thru the Great Toilet Paper Crash without any scares.
This is why I like kids. They’re bizarre in a way I understand :)
I knew they would accept the masks. We order them around all the time! It’s just one more order. A lot of the rules are ridiculous or arbitrary to them- this one probably made more sense than most.
I just had no hbesitancy at all – get on the shot line? Sure!
I remember they had a hearing test (too) and we were all excited because you can cheat- you raise your arm if you hear the sound so you just watch the person ahead of you. Why the capacity to cheat meant we MUST cheat I do not know.
@Kay: hmm I think about you a lot and that Michigan with it’s stronger Democratic lean could really use your talent to maintain and grow… have you ever thought about the Detroit/Oakland county area. I loved living there and did a bunch of events with Stabenow etc.?
@Kay: !!! I had forgotten all about the hearing tests! Balloon-Juice: Not Just a Blog- It’s The Wayback Machine!
J R in WV
You guys are talking about two different things.
One can buy a special toilet seat, put it on your traditional commode, and Presto, and use the new attachment as a bidet.
One can also buy a traditional European bidet, a completely new and different piece of ceramic equipment, in which one does not relieve oneself, it’s strictly for cleaning up after using the traditional commode next to the bidet, which needs plumbing and drains and installation. It also needs to have the water run to warm up. It also takes up as much room as a commode needs. Not practical in many existing American bathrooms, actually.
At least some of the add-on bidet tools have a small warm water reservoir built in. They don’t need much in the way of plumbing work, and don’t take up any room in a small bathroom. Completely different animal from installing a traditional bidet in an existing bathroom.
We were exposed to traditional bidet equipment at a very nice hotel in Toulouse, FR. I am not sold on them, personally. But I do see the attraction.
@Geminid: I will laugh when GOP will take credit for this once all this gets established and th press will nod right along.