Television man is crazy

This Brian Stelter segment is amazing. I wonder how long his bosses at CNN will allow him to keep being this honest with the viewing public.

Open Thread: Trump’s Press Secretary Begins As He Means to Go On

Remember Kremlinology? When serious people made careers parsing small bits of truth out of the USSR’s non-stop flood of bullshit, lies, and fairy tales? Yeah, that’s another Russian import I could just as well have lived without.

When even Dubya’s press secretary (“Watch what you do, watch what you say”) is embarrassed for his colleague…

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So Um, That Was Unpleasant

The site was down for 1.5 hours or so due to my mistakes. Mea culpa.

In more detail, after re-applying our customizations to the newly-updated theme files, I realized that the site was not working correctly as the theme had changed internally in ways that our changes were affected.

I then tried to use our repository to go back to a previous version of the files and it went ka-blooey. Permissions issues, but beyond my control to fix and not easy to diagnose before the problem happened.

Luckily, John has a great hosting provider – Hosting Matters – and they helped restore the site.  It just took a bit of time.

So should you be considering a new site host for your small, medium, or large site – WordPress or other – please consider them. Their support is top-class, always responsive, friendly, and the definition of technical experts.

I’ll be working on the test server to apply the new changes Tuesday and shall go from there, so there will be some updates coming, but not so dramatic!

Open Thread.

The Reichstag fire next time

We’ve all seen this movie before — an unpopular and ill-prepared president takes office after a disputed election — so we know what happens next. There will be some sort of international event, perhaps a terrorist attack, perhaps something else. It doesn’t have to be anything all that large-scale this time around. Although the event will have been caused at least in part by the ineptitude of the sitting president, the media will attempt to blame Democrats and to get the country to rally around its steely-eyed missile man-in-chief

I don’t honestly know if it will get off the ground this time, in terms of getting the public to rally round Dear Leader. The media doesn’t have its tongue as far up Trump’s ass as it did up Bush’s, even before 9/11. But we need to think about what we can do to keep it from getting off the ground.

Even More Photos

Still more photos. I am going in order of when I received them, except for this first batch, the top photo was the last photo I received last night. I was so struck by it, had to start with it today. And came with this tag from Leslie:

This was in DC, and there was a small crowd waiting and he was taking up the cameras one by one to take panoramas of the crowd. It’s maybe not a good pic, but it was a very cool scene.

Here are the remainder of her photos (most below the fold):

I also took some from the National Archives steps looking up and down and the mall. It really was incredible, because the mall was this full and there were thousands of people around on the other side on Independence and then we looked over the bridge and there were more on Pennsylvania. What an extraordinary and exhilarating day!

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It takes a nation of millions

Yesterday’s nationwide Women’s March was by far the largest protest in American history:

According to UConn Professor Jeremy Pressman’s Google document of crowd estimates the low-end estimate is 3.66 million marchers. The high-end estimate is 4.57 million. Whether it is the low or high estimate that is accurate the Women’s March On Washington shattered the previous record for the largest one-day protest in the United States.

Consider that the 1963 Civil Rights March On Washington had 250,000 attendees and that the previous record holder was believed to one of either the anti-nuclear protest in Central Park in 1982, the Million Man March in 1995, or the LGBT March for Equal Rights in 1993. Each of these protests had a high-end estimate of 1 million or so.

The Women’s March low-end estimate is more than three and a half times bigger than anything that has ever been done before in the United States of America.

Open Thread

I don’t know when I became such a damned wimp, but I let myself get so god damned stressed out yesterday that I woke up this morning and I am sick and congested. I don’t know how the hell I served in the army.

Also, the four poster bed in the bedroom is being removed today. I fell getting out of it, it’s a pain in the ass getting into, and when I fell out of it I broke one of the four god damned pillars.

More Photos!!!!

Here’s another massive batch of photos you all sent in. Most are below the fold. Thanks to everyone who sent these in. If I’m not sure what nym you use, I’m not posting your name for security purposes, but feel free to claim the pics in the comments.

From Dexwood, pictures from the Albuquerque march:

Some pics from the Buffalo march:

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Someone updated the site and messed things up

It wasn’t me and I’m not sure when I can tweak things today but I will try.

Apparently someone decided to update the theme and plugins and so please bear with the site until I can get to it. Right now, having just woken up, I can barely type much lesss make a plan.

Open thread.

Open Thread: Callin’ Out, Around the World…


TaMara’s got another photo post scheduled, so this (comparatively) dead zone seemed like a good place to share some other-than-BJ reactions…

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I’ve got the ‘flu EVEN THOUGH I LET THEM TALK ME INTO A GODSDAMNED FLU SHOT, and the pictures and stories here are the only things that have taken me out of the misery, however briefly.

First, a note from Claudia:

Hi, just wanted to let you know that the March in Chicago was cancelled after a larger than expected crowd showed up. According to organizers the route was flooded with people and they couldn’t march so they turned it into a rally in Grant Park. The organizers expected about 50k, they’re estimating about 150k showed up. It’s now just a rally. Here’s a link to the Chicago Tribune coverage: “Thousands fill Loop after Women’s March rally in Chicago draws 250,000”

That’s as many people as showed up for the President-Asterisk’s inaugural yesterday — and the Women’s March didn’t have to pay seat-fillers!

Judy Little sends shots from the Boston March. Two-sided signs:

And a threat to chill the hardest spirit:

From O. Felix Culpa,

Howdy! Here are pictures from the Santa Fe march. We had at least 10,000 (I’ve seen estimates as high as 14,000), which is darn good for a small city in a state of only 2 million. There were also marches in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Farmington, and a bunch of New Mexicans bused it to D.C.

Photos are:
1. Me
2. A mother/daughter pair in matching pussyhats
3. Santa Fe crowd scene


I was busy all day long and raced to get my computer and everything set up so I could relax and, for the first time since election day, check cable news, and shit is blowing up because of these protests.

Amazing. I think what is most surprising to me is that I know a lot of people who are not at ALL political, but who damned sure were out marching. Something is really happening here.

Here’s the Bethany peeps, btw, with Holly of the aneurysm, Harald, Kim, and friend doing us proud:

And here is a friend of mine and her daughter (and again, up until now, this is NOT a political person):

I feel hopeful.

*** Update ***

My friend sends this along:

Today was a good day

More people showed up to protests today than showed up to the inauguration yesterday.

Trump was spooked into an insane rambling speech before the CIA.

Thanks to everyone who showed up to a march today. Don’t let establishment media tell you you were too shrill.

One down and 1460 to go.

Vive la resistance.

More Photos From The Front Lines

Ok, I have been buried in photos! I’m so very excited and teary with all your pix and stories. I’m trying to see if other front pagers can handle some of the load.  But if not, I’ll just keep posting them over the next several days.

From Randy Khan in DC:

It was a mess. A glorious mess, caused by too many people showing up for the space allotted. So a march that was supposed to be on Independence Avenue spilled over to the Mall, then Constitution Avenue, then Pennsylvania Avenue. Most of us probably didn’t get within a couple hundred feet of the official original route, but I don’t think anybody cared. Local news is saying attendance may have topped 500,000, and Metro ridership was up 8-fold over a normal Saturday, and much more than for Inauguration Day (which, remember, was a work day for some people)

It’s going to be hard for any photos to capture just how many people were there today – but the easiest way to put it is that pretty much the entire Mall area was filled with people.

Kathleen was in Cincinnati and she sent a link to some of the photos, click here.

Lurker David was in Indianapolis:

And finally (though not last for sure!) White Mountain Apache in Tuscon:

For now, I’m posting them in the order they came. There are 50 more emails in my inbox, so more to come.

You all rock so hard! Women Grab Back.

Open thread.

We Shall Be Free

From the Denver March:

When the last child cries for a crust of bread
When the last man dies for just words that he said
When there’s shelter over the poorest head
We shall be free

When the last thing we notice is the color of skin
And the first thing we look for is the beauty within
When the skies and the oceans are clean again
Then we shall be free

From Dublin (thank you HeleninEire)

From Joey Maloney in Tel Aviv (thank you!):

I’ve been promised some from Amsterdam. I’ll post those when I get them.

As someone said to me this morning – we are not going back – this will have its desired effect, to inspire, cajole and offer hope.  We won’t back down.

Send Anne Laurie and me more pictures! (whats4dinnersolutions at live dot com)