I should have normal computer access for Thursday and Friday’s posts.
Until then –
I should have normal computer access for Thursday and Friday’s posts.
Until then –
Soon to be identified, again, as History’s Greatest Monster:
Asked if he’d run for 2nd term, Jimmy Carter, 95. said “I hope there’s an age limit.” Even if he were only 80 “I don’t believe I could undertake the duties I experienced when I was president.” He didn’t mention Sanders, 78, or Biden, 76, per @BillBarrowAP. https://t.co/WFadq1j4Dv
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) September 18, 2019
Maddow: “will you continue to take selfies with supporters after every event?”@ewarren: “Yes. We have to build a grassroots movement. Sure, last night I was there for four hours, but so was the last guy in line.”
— feminist next door (@emrazz) September 18, 2019
The photo lines are not just good social media strategy, encouraging people to own their support of Warren in a competitive primary with a photo with her; they also showcase her indefatigability in a race where age has become a concern for other candidates https://t.co/rSk7o0OzWM
— laura olin (@lauraolin) September 17, 2019
I don’t talk politics much here, but I was at the @ewarren rally last night with Linda and my daughter in #NYC and I feel very strongly about #ElizabethWarren I am a supporter. #2020Election pic.twitter.com/TEqowTNhFq
— Melissa Etheridge (@metheridge) September 18, 2019
Finally… about last night’s post…
Unlike McConnell, I’ll always stand up for everyday Kentuckians, not dirty special interests. Contribute now to help me defeat Mitch and defend democracy ⬇️ https://t.co/xCAO4yeJwM
— Amy McGrath (@AmyMcGrathKY) September 16, 2019
Further proof of my assumption that ‘Moscow Mitch’ is for rent by anyone — he just hates the moniker because he resents the brand-damaging implication that his loyalty is linked to any ideology beyond ‘Mitch McConnell deserves to be Majority Leader for life’. Bob Moser, for Rolling Stone:
Fittingly enough, it was hot as blazes in Kentucky when Mitch McConnell slunk back home for Congress’ annual summer recess. One week earlier, Robert Mueller had testified that Russia was meddling in the 2020 U.S. elections. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, responded by shooting down Democrats’ efforts to bring two election-security bills to a vote — bills that McConnell, in his familiar fashion, had previously sentenced to quiet deaths after they passed the House. In the hailstorm of opprobrium that followed, McConnell had been tagged by “Morning Joe” Scarborough with the indelible nickname “Moscow Mitch.” The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank called him a “Russian asset.” Twitter couldn’t decide whether he was #putinsbitch or #trumpsbitch. The Kentucky Democratic Party was selling red “Just Say Nyet to Moscow Mitch” T-shirts, emblazoned with an image of the senator’s jowly visage in a Cossack hat, as fast as they could print them up.
McConnell would undoubtedly have preferred to cool his heels in his Louisville home and let the storm subside. But he couldn’t afford that luxury. The biggest political event of the year in Kentucky, the Fancy Farm Picnic, happens on the first Saturday every August, and McConnell knew he had to show his face and speak. Fancy Farm, a 139-year tradition in the tiny western Kentucky town (population 458) it’s named for, is simultaneously one of America’s most charming political gatherings and one of its most brutal…
… Under a big corrugated shelter, hooting and hollering Republican partisans assemble on the right, Democrats on the left, and candidates for office — joined, almost always, by McConnell — enter to cheers and jeers and seat themselves on a makeshift platform while trying to remember their most cutting quips about their opponents. Speakers at Fancy Farm aren’t supposed to persuade or inform; here, they’re expected to demonstrate, in the finest tradition of old-style Southern politics, that they can deliver zingers that cut the opposition down to size. Heather Henry, the Democrats’ candidate for secretary of state this year, puts it aptly when it’s her turn to face the mob: “It is no coincidence that Fancy Farm happens during Shark Week.”
It’s McConnell’s kind of event, in other words, and he’s done his part over the years to ramp up the partisan rancor…
This year, it was no use. Even before “Moscow Mitch” became a thing, Kentucky Democrats were smelling blood. McConnell has been unpopular in his home state for years, but his approval rating plunged in one poll to a rock-bottom 18 percent — with a re-election campaign looming in 2020. In January, he had raised red flags among Republicans and Democrats alike when he took a key role in lifting sanctions on Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a Putin ally under FBI investigation for his involvement in 2016 election-meddling; three months later, Deripaska’s aluminum company, Rusal, announced a $200 million investment in Kentucky. A billboard funded by a -liberal group was subsequently erected on a busy stretch of I-75: “Russian mob money . . . really, Mitch?” …
Not the Onion:
Secret Service wants jet skis to protect Trumps: "The first family is very active in water sports" https://t.co/MFuTJWAOEr
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) September 16, 2019
New: Alt-right grifter Jacob Wohl and all-but-admitted white nationalist Nick Fuentes are planning a “free speech” rally on some sort of yacht in Miami next week: https://t.co/hE0dVqfnwW
— Jerry Iannelli (@jerryiannelli) September 16, 2019
A veritable who’s who of right-wing con artists, alt-right media hounds, and outright racists apparently plan to hold some sort of Art Basel for Grifters conference in Miami this month. An avalanche of some of the worst pundits online — including at least one fascist — say they’ll hold a “Demand Free Speech” rally Saturday, September 28, on an undisclosed yacht somewhere in the Magic City.
The event’s top billing? Serial con artist Jacob Wohl, who is charged in California with a felony for unlawfully selling investments in a company called Montgomery Assets, will apparently debate Nick Fuentes, a self-described “American nationalist” who has appeared on white-nationalist programs and at one point was recorded going on an anti-Semitic rant about a fellow conservative blogger by calling him a “race traitor” and saying he “worked for Jews.” It’s unclear what Wohl and Fuentes might actually debate, but the event seems designed more to generate protests and controversy than to conduct intellectual discussions…
… [T]ickets are being sold on the website 1776.shop, which is run by Enrique Tarrio, a Miami native who leads the neofascist Proud Boys group. “Early-bird” VIP tickets cost $150 for whatever reason. Among the other guests, the group says Zoe Sozo, an ambassador for the campus conservative group Turning Point USA, will also attend…
My personal bet would be that these clowns haven’t so much as charted a boat — once enough ‘VIP tickets’ have been sold, they’ll announce that ‘the (((globalists))) have forced us to reschedule to an as-yet-to-be-determined date, for the safety of our supporters’. And as proof: Secret Service agents on jetskies!
I really hope during the general election debate, when the moderator asks the Democratic nominee to say one nice thing about Trump, that person responds with, “how active his family is in water sports.” https://t.co/FGMjb693Yw
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) September 16, 2019
Here’s a rare beast sighting: our Daisy lolling in the garden, enjoying the evening breeze:
It’s not a rare sight at all if you live with Daisy; she is an old dog and fond of her ease.* But it can be difficult to get a photo because if she sees you looking at her, she’ll lumber over to find out WHY. Maybe you have bacon?
My husband took that picture because I’ve been away from home for a few days, so he’s sending proof that the hounds are well. I’m away from home serving as caregiver; my mother-in-law had minor surgery, but at her age, nothing is really minor, so I’m hanging out to keep an eye on her.
Unlike me, she is extremely social and has had a steady stream of visitors. It struck me yesterday, as I hovered on the fringe of a group of her friends, how consistent the energy is in a gathering of women, regardless of age. I choose to find that comforting.
*Bonus points for anyone who can name that obscure literary reference without Google.