Thursday Evening Open Thread: Blasts from the Past

Trumpet call, via the Washington Post:

The moderator lauded Michelle Obama for her achievements over the past eight years and touched on the former first lady’s plans, but Tuesday’s conversation also veered into uncomfortable territory.

It was Obama’s largest public appearance since the 2016 election — speaking in front of more than 8,000 people at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s 30th anniversary celebration — and she touched on personal attacks that she faced again and again. Many had the same theme.

“The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut,” Obama said, according to the Denver Post. “Knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color.”

She added that she wouldn’t pretend the attacks didn’t hurt, because that would give those inflicting the pain a pass, according to the Post.

“We are living with small tiny cuts, and we are bleeding every single day. And we’re still getting up,” she said….

Despite Tuesday’s detour into dark territory, many of Obama’s comments went high.

She told the audience that she is “a strong woman because of other strong woman,” according to statement on WFCO’s website. “You don’t mother alone, you don’t grandparent alone, you don’t struggle alone. You find your community.”…

Butt trumpet [fart noise] — news of our old Hoekstroika punching bag :

Hoekstra’s parents, IIRC, left the Netherlands because it was turning into a “Sodom and Gomorrah”, where the righteous were brutally required to respect other peoples’ opinions — kinda like the Puritans, back in the day.

(Speaking of history… somewhere on the Internet, there’s gotta be a link to the Gore Vidal essay about Ronald Reagan appointing the founder/owner of TV Guide as Ambassador to Great Britain, in case anyone thinks Trump’s people are capable of anything more original than copying 40-year-old insults from brighter administrations.)

No’s are piling up

The BCRA draft v2 was released just as I was heading out to lunch with a colleague so I have not read the bill yet although I did look through Health Wonk Twitter as I waited for my colleague to get back to the table with a drink. Most are bewildered at the mechanical changes.

However something quite important has happened in the past couple of minutes:

I am reading Portman as a time holding “No.” If there are no other Senators declaring “No” on the motion to proceed, I think he can be arm twisted to say he read the bill over the weekend and it is good to go. However it only took two hours to get a temporary blocking coalition in place.

So you know what to do:


Call Portman and reward good behavior!
Call Collins and reward good behabior!

Call Moran, Capito, Murkowski and ask for good behavior.
Call Heller and remind him that this is a chain saw attacking Medicaid.

Call Paul and ask him to laugh at Ted Cruz for us.

If you are a resident of a state of any of those Senators, call

Everyone keep on calling anyways!

Thursday Morning Open Thread: Not So Fast, Kobach

Good news (if we can keep it) — looks like the Trump administration’s Voter Suppression Act of 2016 is not garnering the kind of respectful reviews and/or general lack of interest for which Kris Kobach and his GOP kobolds were hoping. Doesn’t mean we can take our eyes off the bastids, of course…

Apart from continuing to #Resist, what’s on the agenda for the day?


Monday Evening Open Thread: Never Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good

ETA: In case it was not clear, I am absolutely in favor of this proposal! In fact, I’ve been in favor since it was proposed by then-First-Lady Hillary Clinton, back in the last century!

What’s on the agenda for the evening, y’all?

For your further enjoyment, the photog who snapped those Beached Jersey Whales shots takes a well-deserved victory lap:

I’ve successfully hunted fugitives out of the country. I’ve caught alleged criminals trying to sneak out back doors of their homes or into back doors of courthouses. I’ve nailed high school basketball coaches warehousing players in their apartments.

Most of the time, I get the shots and make a clean getaway.

But once in a while, when the eyes meet, you know the jig is up….

Did we know he would be sunbathing on a closed beach?

No, but we took a shot and it paid off….

Tuesday Morning Open Thread

Because I am not a naturally nice person myself, I fear a lot of the “If Trumpcare passes, here’s a person who will suffer and probably die” narratives simply don’t work on Republican voters. Too many people, even the people you know and sometimes love, look at those sad tales and think: Here’s a worthless meatbag gobbling up my tax dollars, and I’ll never get so much as a THANKS SUCKER in return. Yes, that’s a terrible and selfish response, but spoiler: A great many people are terrible and selfish, when they’re sure nobody’s watching!

On the other hand, those sad narratives are for sure energizing for the rest of us, those who possess the basics of human empathy (even if it took us years of grim practice to learn). Just be sure you know your audience. Some people want to save the baby ducks. Others just want not to lose their own personal jobs / relatives / lives — and if they can be convinced saving the baby ducks is what it takes, they’ll be out there collecting armloads of fluffy little peepers…

Mr. Charles P. Pierce:

Unless there’s a procedural snag of which I’m not aware, I don’t know why the Senate majority wouldn’t punt this until August, and do so at the last minute. The accelerated schedule is insane; even Republican senators are complaining about it. It would give them more time to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, which Sean Spicer threatened to do in today’s audio-only daily briefing. (Jesus, people. Just turn the cameras on and see what happens.) It would give them another month to make the cosmetic changes necessary for the “dissenters” to come around. It would give them the fig leaf of a “process” they could cite.

Of course, it also would give the opposition a month to increase its already formidable momentum. Tough call for McConnell, but that’s why he gets the big money.

McConnell needs to ram this monster through while he can, before enough sheep GOP senators get spooked at the thought of having to defend their vote to their voters.

Apart from facing down the haters, what’s on the agenda for the day?