And for those of you who don’t, may this bring you joy:
The January 6 committee wants to speak with Representative Jim Jordan about his communication with former President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021, and a Democratic lawmaker urged him to offer up “everything” he knows.
Representative Madeleine Dean, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, told Joy Reid on Thursday that she believes Jordan is “running very, very scared.” She criticized his stumbling over questions about when he spoke with Trump and accused him of being a “serious performer” but not a “serious American” because of his lack of cooperation with the investigation.
“He doesn’t care about democracy,” Dean told Reid. “He doesn’t care what happened on January the 6th and the lies that led up to it that he participated in.”
After the airing of grievances, it’s kind of a letdown.
Merry Christmas to all, but definitely not to this NY judge:
NY judge upholds order blocking NYT from publishing Project Veritas docs, orders NYT to turn over physical copies and destroy electronic ones; NYT will appeal
@freedomofpress: BREAKING: New York judge doubles down on censorship order against New York Times and demands the paper destroy documents. Shocking ruling that goes against a century of precedent.
Dan Gillmor / @dangillmor: The right wing’s relentless attack on the First Amendment — for everyone who isn’t a right-winger, that is — is bearing poisonous fruit. They find a compliant judge, and wham.
Bill Scher / @billscher: The judge in this case is a Republican elected official who won one judicial election for a 14-year term with less than 10 percent of vote
66 and sunny here in Memphis. Merry Christmas!
CNN is hammering on loss of Child Tax Credit. Been going on for at least 7 mins (an eternity); haven’t heard the name “Manchin” yet.
@Wyatt Salamanca: We did NAZI that coming.
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate. To everyone else, I hope you have a good long weekend.
@delk: I suppose the hearings are closed. If not, perhaps some of Jerry Sandusky’s accusers could be invited to sit in the hearing room, and just stare at Jordan?
@Omnes Omnibus: Did you dad and the dog love their gifts?
@Betty: Madeleine Dean, member of the talented House Class of 2018, and one of 40 who flipped Republican seats that year. I believe two other Pennsylvania Democrats did also: Susan Wild and Chrissy Houlihan. All three are capable, solid Democratic Representatives.
@Ken: What does Jordan have to do with Sandusky? That was Penn State.
@zhena gogolia: Pretty sad there are so many instances we get our pedophiles and colleges mixed up. Who is the Ohio State one?
Yes, they should have his own victims from THE Ohio State University.
Old Man Shadow
Get drunk. Get rowdy and go demand stuff from rich people.
Mike in NC
Here’s wishing dirtbag Gym Jordan a very unhappy New Year.
Interesting that he didn’t refuse right away. Second thoughts?
Oh hell yeah….. put Ol` Gym Jordan in General Population in a Federal Prison with a pedophile jacket and let nature take its course.
Merry Christmas all.
May Krampus appear before Jordan and whip him with birch rods.
@cbear: Let’s not celebrate the awfulness of the American prison system, even in the context of horrible people like Gym Jordan. Especially not on Christmas.
Hooray to the successful launch of the James Webb Space Telescope! I think we’ll celebrate with a ham tonight.
@zhena gogolia: Sorry, got my college athletics sex abuse scandals mixed up. On the plus side, since I was googling “Jerry Sandusky Jim Jordan sex abuse”, the Algorithm has now associated those words a little more.
Thank you, SC, and backatcha. How are you doing?
@cbear: prison rape jokes are 1000% never okay no matter who you’re talking about
The only Christmas song that has ever resonated with me:
God rest ye Jerry Mandelbaum, let nothing you dismay / Dis May you had a rotten month, so what is there to say? / I hope next May is better and good things will come your way / So you won’t have a feeling of dismay / Next May.
— Alan Sherman
Ponyo got her first rawhide chew toy and has no idea what to do with it.
@WaterGirl: Gifts have not been given yet.
ETA: I emailed you a pic of the femur.
What, no Deck the halls with Boston Charlie?
@Alison Rose: As someone who worked in a prison on a 3rd party agreement helping with vocational and educational opportunities agree completely with your point. We need more humane prisons even for the likes of reprehensible people such as Jim Jordan.
@NotMax: And then there was MAD Magazine’s “Wreck the Walls and Fences, Golly” — though that was actually a Halloween song with a Christmas-song tune.
…Swaller dollar cauliflower alligaroo!
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas: https://youtu,be/VPRoB_nV3kY
Merry Christmas from Tucson.
We finally got out here to visit my mother, who moved here right when Covid hit. It’s lovely. The desert is my favorite landscape. Already a couple good hikes in the Saguaro NP.
Any Tucson food recs, please send my way.
For “Holidays: When We Were LIttle”, or for “Garden Chat”?
West of the Rockies
Demonstrate! Any loving pet parent would do so!//
Fixed your link: Matt Maher, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”
(Needed a period instead of a comma.)
West of the Rockies
Agreed. Although Jordan allowed such abuse and looked away. Conflicted.
West of the Rockies
Someone should write ” Art, the Hairy Angel, Sings.”
And let’s not forget about Chet’s nuts.
(A more traditional 21st century rendition. Maybe not Mel Tormé or Nat King Cole but no denying the kid has pipes.)
@West of the Rockies: Lol. Then she will think that it is mine.
@Steeplejack: Thanks! Loved the Celtic take on this carol.
Merry Christmas, y’all! Spawn the Youngest is currently throwing pieces of her elder sister’s toys across the room.
And Jingle Balls.
Merry Christmas to all the jackals who celebrate. And may we all have a better, brighter 2022.
Villago Delenda Est
Merry Christmas to all Juicers, posting and lurking. Also, too, reference Gym Jordan: THROW THE CHAIR AT HIM!
@Omnes Omnibus: I find this femurous.
Spouse is cooking sage sausages and pankys and so Chet, the little cat and I will reluctantly get on up and out of this warm bed. Chet is going to be in a frenzy as soon as he gets to shredding some tissue paper wrapped squeaky toys. It’s going to be a windy rainy day so a walk between the raindrops and then bunker down on the couch. Just spouse and I so we’re splitting a rib eye with fettuccine Alfredo and fresh fettuccine, a green salad with roasted beets and my home town extra sour sour dough. If we don’t have gout by Sunday it’ll be a Christmas miracle. All good things to all you Jackals, thanks for showing up and being you.
BC in Illinois
Went to church last night — [everyone masked, lots of distance, but the choir did sing] — and I told Mrs BC this morning that, by my count, that makes 50 Christmasses when I have heard her play trumpet on Joy to the World. [Our 50th wedding anniversary is next month.]
But, after an evening when I spent too much time watching the reaction to President Biden and “Let’s go, Brandon,”* one particular part of the evening service stuck out for me. They did “Evening Prayer,” very much by the book, with extra music and all, and so the appointed prayers included:
Et cetera. The prayers this morning included Christmas prayers for the homeless, for those who lack food and health — and for those who work to provide these things — and specific mention of the immigrants and refugees (very timely as a thousand refugees from Afghanistan are arriving in St. Louis).
I very much appreciate my young pastor.
+ + + + + + +
*[Further note on the lesser topic. The prevailing theory among the RWNJ community is that Joe Biden doesn’t even know what “Let’s go, Brandon” is all about. I don’t think they have any idea of the nature and character of Joe BFD Biden.]
@BC in Illinois:
He probably knows, but even if he didn’t, it’s not like RW memes are worth his time to learn.
@BC in Illinois:
They just cannot accept that they are not funny and we are mocking them for being unfunny.
As one does.
@Suzanne: Yup, yup, yup.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Baud: He’s President in no small part because he never gave a fuck about twitter
There go two miscreants
Has the femur made it to rotating tag yet?
Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate. No activities for me today; getting together with siblings (all vaxed and boosted) tomorrow. Off to visit the grandkids on Monday. They are vaxed (and boosted where possible) but not as careful as I would like, alas.
Right, because taunting the president in front of a bunch of sick children (including your own) at Christmas is a thing mature, mentally healthy, and intelligent adults do.
@BGinCHI: Tucson foodies are all over youtube
@TheRealHoarse (dredged up from last night:
@Suzanne: Yup. I’m sure staff explained it to him, and my belief is he thinks it is just as lame and stupid as I do. Liberals weren’t shy with our opinions about the Tang Emperor. Remember the Trump balloon which followed him around?
@Steeplejack (phone): I know I’m an over educated liberal elitist or something, but I see these trash people behave in just trash fashion and I am embarrassed for them, and deeply regretful (selfishly) that I have to engage in the common project of society-building with such gross people.
Like, these are the people who think the “Git r done” guy is funny. Ugh.
@BGinCHI: since I have no idea on what kind of foodaphile you might be, I’ll supply some of my favorite places to dine out at….
El Canelo Geurra
Chu’s Mongolian Grill
a lot of these places are just where the locals go, if you have a more refined palate, I would suggest looking online as Tucson is a food destination of a sort.
@BC in Illinois: We need a real president, one who would have leaned to an aide and said “Have the man poisoned with a nerve agent. Kill the kid too.”
Thank you for your support.
Merry Christmas! Everyone except my son cleared out of the house by 8, but he probably won’t wake up until 10.
I need to stagger downstairs and see what still needs to be cleaned up. 9 at supper and the party was a rip-roaring success because there’s now a red wine stain on the wall in the living room. We ran two loads of dishes and a sink load by hand before heading to bed, but there was more to do. There’s some very nice food left over but not an overwhelming amount. After we went to bed our three kids spent several hours downstairs talking and laughing together. an event which was unusual until now. Our son hadn’t been up here for a visit in over 2 years, hadn’t seen his sisters during that time. Hearing them downstairs roaring with laughter was the best Christmas gift.
The January wedding plans continue, with some concern. We have plane tickets to Vegas, hotel reservations, but we’re watching the airlines cancel flight after flight and wonder if we will be able to get there. The bride, who is flying from Portland, has the same concerns. Our son can easily drive up from LA.
@piratedan: Beyond Bread was one of my favorites back when I lived there.
@Suzanne: they are still going strong… tried to offer an array of choices, from brekkie to lunch to cover most casual dining desires and post pandemic, not every establishment made it thru the storm, so picked places I knew were still open.
BG, if you need to reach out, you should be able to get my e-mail and send something directly if you wish.
@Suzanne: To me, it’s just another self-own on their part. It’s what losers do. It’s part of what makes them losers. And though it’s regrettable that there are actually “losers” in life, there are. They are weak, and deep down, they know they are weak. And ultimately, scared and unhappy.
A guy who represents a district as gerrymandered and oddly-shaped as OH-4 clearly has no interest in democracy. Why is anyone surprised that he tried to end it?
Did you know that the lyrics from Deck The Halls and Black Sabbath’s War Pigs are interchangeable?
Dorothy A. Winsor
We all should enjoy ourselves as much as this chimp does when seeing a magic trick
@zhena gogolia: Jim has his own accusers. No need to borrow any.
Villago Delenda Est
@Suzanne: Their density approaches that of osmium.
Villago Delenda Est
@Ken: “Kill the spare.”
Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)
IKR? Imagine doing this in front of your kids and at the same time thinking you’re a good father.
Well, all of life is just a struggle for protein, I guess.
In all seriousness, American life has gotten more competitive, and that has been really destabilizing, I think. I think a lot of the MAGA crowd expected life to be easier, at least for themselves. It dawned on me far later than it should have that large swaths of Americans honestly didn’t think that good grades in high school would have (or should have) any bearing on their life prospects.
A little John Prine RIP.
@Goku (aka Amerikan Baka): Imagine doing that in front of kids, on Christmas, and thinking that anyone would find you anything but raised by wolves.
@BGinCHI: It’s Guerro Canelo and pick the S. Tucson locale. I however would suggest Tacqueria Juanitos on Grant, Pico de Gallo on S 6th, and Barrio Bread on Broadway.
@E.: ty E for the correction, I tried to edit it but was too slow. Juanitos on Grant is also a fine establishment as well, completely concur.
Hard to imagine any appellate court upholding that dog’s breakfast of a ruling against the NYT.
Happy Merry, y’all.
@piratedan: This is GREAT. Many thanks!
I’m about to start on preparing a low-key (only five people for dinner) Christmas feast. Roast chicken, dressing, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes. I was going to make a couple of apple pies this morning (made the pie dough last night), but the heavy rains and the cold are driving the ants indoors to the point that much of our time is being spent in low-grade bio-warfare + obsessive cleaning. Under these circumstances, scattering flour around the kitchen along with the rest of the dinner mess seems like a bad idea, so the pie dough goes into the freezer, the apples in the downstairs fridge, and I make pies middle of next week. We have a lovely gingerbread from a local bakery that will do just fine for today’s dessert.
@dopey-o: Do you think the GOP who are able to comport themselves in semi-polite company without farting audibly are embarrassed that they’re counting on this type of garbage person for votes and ergo they just pander?
Am I being classist here, really? I would like to think that knowing not to be trash at the children’s hospital is something that transcends economic class boundaries, but maybe I’m wrong.
@Suzanne: Yes, but what I mean by “losers in life” are these WATBs that just amplify whatever challenges they face by defaulting to being horrible people and making life demonstrably more difficult for everyone, literally, everyone. Fuck ’em
ETA: But yes, there are “losers in life” who are made to lose, or set up to lose, anyway, by injustices at many levels. Those are not who I’m talking about, at all. Sorry if I was unclear.
@Mike in NC:
And a scary 12th night!
J R in WV
One of the places I miss most while not in AZ is the Bangkok Cafe near the University at 2511 E Speedway Blvd. Best Thai food in AZ I expect. There was a great Mexican place on Oracle but they closed and moved to Sierra Vista… last time we were there we were seated by the stage where a great Mariachi Band played. It was very typical great Mariachi music.
When they asked if we had a favorite song they could play, I was kind of at a loss not being familiar with the genre of music. So I asked them to play a sad border love song. They huddled together, and the fiddle player ticked his instrument under his arm to concentrate on singing. They aimed the song right at Wife, and killed it. Was amazing. No band at the new location, tho.
South Tucson has great informal family style Mexican places to eat. Such a great variety of foods in the area!
Although Mike R probably knows more than I about it, my understanding was/is that rape was not the “operational” means of dealing with child molesters.
@J R in WV:
Many years ago, when I ran an Engineering group, I took a couple of the guys out to lunch at an El Toritos (or a similar pseudo-Mexican chain restaurant). They had piped in mariachi-style music. At one point, I stopped to listen, and realized the song I was hearing was Beer Barrel Polka. I guess the band was from the Mexican part of Warsaw.