I don’t see Anne Laurie in the back room, so I’ll put up this squishable open thread, as Betty likes to call them.
I just listened to Charlie Crist’s speech from election night, and it really was good. It’s hearting to hear him, and President Biden and others, describing the stakes in black and white. Who was the young kid to Crist’s left? Grandson? He looks like a character.
I am heading to bed, so here’s your open thread. Use it for music or dancing or whatever you like.
*thanks to Lyrebird for finding the link to the speech for me.
We can dance? I’m all up for some dancing.
Crist’s remarks (as prepared).
YouTube of the speech (11:08)
Dunno who the youngster is.
A spectacular Iridescent pileus cloud filmed in China:
Biden’s speech in Rockville, MD, was dramatic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08b4fht5Mz0 (seven minutes)
Alison Rose 💙🌻💛
Dancing? What next — free sex? I’m not here for that!
Gosh, I’m shocked. I heard he was a doddering old fool confined to a hover-round who could barely string two words together.
I will disagree with POTUS on one thing: MAGA isn’t “semi-fascism”. It’s full-bore fascism. Watch Triumph of the Will. Watch newsreels of Mussolini and his blackshirts and then watch a Trump rally or even just a segment of Tucker Carlson. Fascism isn’t a set of policies or even a coherent ideology. It’s a mood, or spectacle. It’s an incoherent array of grievances and resentments that the demagogue dramatically evokes and then directs towards a set of enemies and opponents that only he alone can defeat if only he is given the absolute power to sweep aside any opposition. That’s MAGA. And it’s straight-up fascism. It’s only a matter of time before Republican rallies are accompanied by goose-stepping parades of armed paramilitary squads.
@HumboldtBlue: only if you leave your friends behind. because if they don’t dance, they’re no friends of mine.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@BeautifulPlumage: wait, what? Is that real?
@jonas: Let’s not complain. Everyone heard him use fascism and MAGA together; the semi will be forgotten. Like Joe said to the reporter, “You know what I mean.”
Tango Suite for 2 Guitars, Piazzolla.
Duo Pace Poli Cappelli
@eddie blake: Do they do all sixteen dances?
@Omnes Omnibus: Are we sure he’s not talking about the [semi] fascist truckers?
@JaySinWA: Hey, he said what he said.
Mai Naem mobile
@Leto: is the writer the same David Wildstein of Bridgegate fame? I imagine David Wildstein isn’t a super uncommon name but two David Wildsteins in NJ political writing/politics seems a tad unusual.
@Omnes Omnibus: omg, they’re all such BABIES.
(i loooooove the b-52’s.)
And that’s all that he said,
he’s Biden the POTUS man.
Open thread? Here’s the Daiquiri Queens.
Y’all can thank me later.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: yes! Her next tweet links to a Wikipedia about “scarf clouds”. The sun has to hit just right for the colors, the formation doesn’t last long, and the often indicate bad weather.
@BeautifulPlumage: Wow! Seen some strange cloud formations over Lake Michigan, but nothing like that.
@Mai Naem mobile: Dunno if they’re the same guy, but I know the Bridgegate dude and happen to like him. He’s actually a good guy and pretty interesting, too. Anybody can screw up.
@Alison Rose 💙🌻💛: Reminds me of the old joke – Why can’t Mennonites have sex standing up? It might lead to dancing. (I grew up in a strict non-dancing Mennonite household.)
@jonas: That is a great way to explain fascism to people who are afraid to say it.