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Build Back Better
You’re paying obscene amounts of money for gas and food. . . but what if I told you the Biden administration made sure it was the most diverse LGBTQ+ administration ever!?
I love Waffle House.
Negative, Ghost Rider.
This is from a Treasury Department report last week:
A few posts back, I went on a bit of a rant. . .
. . . about how the mainstream media was minimizing the assassination plot (the dude even brought special soles for his shoes to muffle his footsteps inside the house) against Kavanaugh by not covering it. Well, I suppose it’d be hypocritical of me to not point out that Fox News didn’t air the 1/6 theater. But, I have to admit that a) it’s kind of a savvy marketing move, in a way, considering every single other outlet was covering it as if it were a State of the Union Address, and b) while I do believe that all the morons who assaulted cops and what not should be charged (correctly, mind you; habeas corpus, anyone?), I still think the outsized response relative to the “fiery but mostly peaceful” protests that caused $2 billion in damages across the country (insured damages, that is) and destroyed thousands of businesses is ridiculous, and that 1/6 was neither a coup nor an insurrection, unless we’re suddenly changing the definitions of both those words, which it seems people have been doing because Bad Orange Man with mean tweets.
Speaking of Kavanaugh coverage. . . The Washington Post classified an assassination plot on a sitting SCOTUS justice as a "local crime" story.
An exchange between Hunter Biden and Hallie Biden (his brother Beau’s widow, with whom he had a sexual relationship) on Oct. 23, 2018 was found via Hunter Biden’s hard drive. When defending his gun ownership, Hunter says his dad, Joe Biden, has five. (lol)
Meanwhile, in New York City. . .
U.S. birth rate is at an all-time low. Must be because of Ezra Klein’s sage counsel.
That’s a lot of gold.
One week apart.
Elon Musk voted for a Mexican-American woman in Texas — in a truly historical win, as she’s the first-ever Mexico-born Congresswoman (more on this below) — but he’s a white supremacist. FYI.
When you misuse a word/phrase over and over and over again, that word/phrase ceases to mean what it's supposed to mean; it loses its gravitas. Also, gross hyperbole weaponized as a form of emotional blackmail in lieu of an actual argument has become standard operating procedure for congenital morons these days.
And then there’s NBC’s Mehdir Hasan: "If [the ‘neo-Nazi faction’ of the GOP expands in Nov.], we may look back on this. . . as a pivotal moment, when a petulant and not-so-bright billionaire casually bought one of the most influential messaging machines and just handed it to the far-right.”
You know, I’m no expert on what does and does not make someone “bright,” but I’m pretty sure if you literally teach yourself rocket science, start your own rocket company, and then revolutionize the entire Space industry, you’re at least somewhat “bright.” And as far as the “petulant” remark goes, this begs the question: Why has job interest in Twitter jumped 250% since the Musk takeover?
Maybe Hasan and Bowman and friends are just upset about this:
I like Ron DeSantis. He’s 43 and still has over $21,000 in student loans, and he doesn't trade individual stocks. His net worth is $318,987, far, far lower than many top politicians, and if he runs for president, he might clock in with the lowest net worth in a crowded field. The appeal is certainly there.
Speaking of Maya Flores:
Mayra Flores, the TX-34 district’s 36-year-old congresswoman-elect, is the first Republican to win the area in more than 150 years and will be the first Mexican-born congresswoman in American history. A whopping 85% of the residents in TX-34 are Hispanic, according to 2020 census data, which doesn't bode well for the port-side crowd. Click here to read more.
MSNBC on her win: In South Texas “voters have moved 10, 20, 30, 40 points away from the Democrats and towards the Republicans. . . [TX-34] is the second most heavily Hispanic congressional district in the U.S.”
If this keeps happening, Democrats might end up building a wall.
George Washington University has voted to get rid of its colonial mascot after years of concerns about “inclusivity.”
“People who menstruate”
MSNBC says that it’s “a problem for democracy” that the Daily Wire, a smaller right-wing news outlet, has more followers than the Times and CNN.
This kind of rhetoric, which is becoming increasingly common, is an insidious attempt to paint the other party as dangerous by fear mongering in the hopes that it’ll motivate more people to rally to your flag. Applying and implying criminality, however indirect, renders justifiable subsequent acts of subterfuge, suppression, and outright censorship. Such rhetoric is based entirely upon its repetition rather than its foundation.
I really don’t like the mainstream media.
There’s a panel entitled "How to fix toxic discourse and misinformation". . .
. . .and it features the top editors at the two media outlets that arguably did the most to spread the CIA's pre-election lie that the Hunter Biden laptop was "Russian disinformation": Politico and The Intercept.
I will continue to use the word spaz.
Covid has plummeted as an issue for voters.
And this is in Los Angeles.
Propaganda vs. Reality
Rep. Mondaire Jones clearly doesn't know what a semi-automatic firearm is.
Just about every handgun is semi-automatic, killer.
The longest road in the world that can be walked. . .
. . .is from Cape Town, South Africa to Magadan, Russia—13,910 miles. No need for planes or boats since there are bridges. If you were to walk non-stop, it’d take 187 days. Walking 8 hours a day, it’d take 561 days. Along the route, you pass through 17 countries, 6 time zones, and all seasons of the year.
Iron workers on the North Tower of the World Trade Center, 1973.
Karine Jean-Pierre is asked if there are any updates on the baby formula shortage.
She spends almost 20 seconds flipping through her binder before saying no.
Biden says he's not going to visit the Saudis. Twenty seconds later, he says he's going to visit the Saudis.
14 grams is 0.0309 pounds, 24,000km/h is 14912.909mi/h.
New survey data on "bothsidesism" in American journalism.
76% of U.S. adults say "journalists should always strive to give every side equal coverage," but a majority of journalists themselves (55%) say "every side does not always deserve equal coverage."
The DNC had to move a May fundraiser with Kamala Harris to the fall because "they couldn't sell enough tickets." Tough sledding when even the donors aren't buying what you're selling.