Friday Morning Open Thread: Keep Insisting on the Truth

Apart from keeping all that in mind, what’s on the agenda as we wrap up the week?



Late Evening Open Thread

To take us into the wee hours, and in memory of Senator Glenn’s passing, here’s CBS’s original footage of his launch from February 20, 1962.








Open Thread: No Bread for the Mobs, But Plenty of Circus

All together now: YOU DID THIS, REPUBLICANS!

Look at it this way: The B-roll when President-Asterisk is informed of the latest successful terrorist act on American soil will be much more eyeball-grabbing than that crappy ‘My Pet Goat’ footage…



We Have Appliances

The kitchen appliances were delivered today:

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The pictures were taken by dad, so don’t crap all over the photography.

We have a custom built hood that goes over the stove, and the counters come next week. It’s kind of nice seeing everything come together a little bit. I feel as if there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

If you look in the fridge photo, the box with the stop sign is my dishwasher. I’m 46 and I have never owned a gas oven or a dishwasher (one rental where I lived for three years had a dishwasher, but we never used it because there were three of us there and when we cooked we had so many dishes we had to do them by hand anyway), so I am feeling very bourgeois. I’m told a dishwasher is a game changer.

At any rate, I am excited about a lot of little things. For example, the fridge has a water dispenser (something else I have never had), so now I no longer need to have a big Brita taking up half the top shelf. We’re going to go ahead and put an inline filter in the line to the fridge in the basement to save money on replacement filters. Also, the freezer is on the bottom, which means that no longer will I have food stuffs stored ankle high in the fridge that I forget about and pull out three weeks later looking like a biology project.

I’m also excited about the fact that my shower is going to have a door. No more shower curtains. No more mildew, no more getting in the shower in a hurry and not noticing that the liner is on the outside, showering, and looking out to find you have flooded the bathroom. No more treacherous steps OUT of the tub.

And a gas stove!!!!!!!

Oh, and walking around the house naked. I’m excited about that. Sorry for the visual.



Roger, Zero G, And I Feel Fine

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Oh, that view is tremendous!

Safe travels to the heavens, Senator Glenn:

The first American to orbit the Earth has died. John Glenn was the last surviving member of the original Mercury astronauts. He would later have a long political career as a U.S. senator, but that didn’t stop his pioneering ways.

Sigh.

Update to include this sweet photo h/t napolean:

 








Fuck You and Your “Democrats Have to End Identity Politics to Win” Bullshit

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If I read one fucking more thinkpiece, blog post, semi-literate tweet, or facebook forward blaming whatever the fuck “identity politics” is for Democrats losing the election I am going to lose completely and totally lose my shit and climb a fucking bell tower. I don’t even know what people mean when they say identity politics anymore. So let me ask you:

Is it identity politics when you cater to white supremacists, the Klan, and neo-nazis to win an election?

Is it identity politics when you say white lives matter or blue lives matter?

Is it identity politics when you cheer building a wall to keep out rapey Mexicans?

Is it identity politics when you intentionally close voting districts in minority areas to suppress the vote?

Is it identity politics when you pass bills saying you can legally discriminate against the LGBT community?

Is it identity politics when you threaten a cop for wearing a hijab or try to rip the hijab off people in public?

Is it identity politics when you call for a ban on Muslims and claim that a government list of Muslims is a good idea?

Is it identity politics when your healthcare bills do nothing for women’s health but hand out Viagra like skittles?

Is it identity politics when children of color are disciplined more frequently and severely than white schoolchildren?

Is it identity politics when your #1 priority is passing bills telling what women can and can’t do regarding their reproductive health decisions?

Is it identity politics when the justice system systematically incarcerates minorities or when cities set up nuisance policing policies in minority communities?

Is it identity politics to insist that everyone say Merry Christmas?

Is it identity politics when you cheer stop and frisk in minority communities?

Is it identity politics when you claim “coastal elites” aren’t real Americans and that the heartland is where the “real people” live?

Is it identity politics to pay women less than men (and women of color even less)?

Is it identity politics to totally lose your fucking shit over a black Santa Claus or a black Jedi or boycott Rogue One because WHO FUCKING KNOWS THESE PEOPLE ARE FUCKING NUTS?

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No. Of course not. What you mean when you say “identity politics” is you mean all those groups you want to systematically oppress try to stand up and defend themselves and it hurts your feelings because you can’t have your way. In politics, it’s called COALITION BUILDING.

I left the GOP because of their identity politics. I couldn’t sleep at night being aligned with warmongerers, homophobes, christianists, climate deniers, flat earthers, racists, xenophobes, and every garden variety bigot under the sun. The Republicans are the real party of identity politics- it’s all about stroking the few, the white, the privileged, and that’s all they have. They don’t actually have policy proposals or ideas, unless “Fuck ’em let them starve,” “Fuck ’em they don’t need health care,” “Fuck it, let’s bomb them,” “Fuck it, let’s put them in jail,” “Fuck it, the bible says so,” or “Fuck it, let’s burn it all down” count as policies and ideas.

There’s also a fundamental difference in the reason for these two differing versions of “identity politics.” The Republican version is artificial, designed to maintain supremacy and the status quo and to keep the stranglehold of dominance over the evil “other.” Democratic identity politics is an organic emergence of the downtrodden and abused, gathering together to gain a voice and to stop the depredation, degradation, abuse, indignity, and physical, social, and economic violence being inflicted on them every single day. One identity serves to create and maintain injustice. The other identities are fighting the former. I know which group I am in.

So no. Democrats don’t need to massage the feelings of a bunch of racist dolts in Kansas who suffer from “economic anxiety” (pro-tip, morons- stop fucking voting for Brownback). Democrats need to embrace their identity politics, and they don’t need to cower, they need to be louder, and inyour face, and out there every single day fighting for what is right.

The end, motherfuckers.



Rest in Peace, Greg Lake

Rock-and-roll lost another one in this terrible year. Via the Beeb:

Greg Lake, who fronted both King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has died aged 69.

One of the founding fathers of progressive rock, the British musician is known for songs including In the Court of the Crimson King and his solo hit I Believe in Father Christmas.

He died on Wednesday after “a long and stubborn battle with cancer”, said his manager.

The news comes nine months after Lake’s band-mate Keith Emerson died.

Keyboardist Emerson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, coroners in the US said.

Here’s a view of the audience attending Thanksgiving concert featuring King Crimson in 1969:

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At the risk of triggering flashbacks for a certain attendee, here’s a soundtrack to go along with that photo:

Circle of life and all that, but 2016 is shaping up to be a banner year in Suck for all kinds of reasons.