Thursday Morning Open Thread: Snippits

So much news, you’ll get tired of all the news!

Apart from preparing the Throw the Bums Out, what’s on the agenda for the day?



Scratch A Repub, Find A Creep – MO Edition

Since our Misery contigent frequently shows up for the Early Morning Open Thread, figured I’d give y’all a place to vent…


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Saturday Morning Open Thread: Nowhere to Go But Up

(Scott Meyers via GoComics.com)
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Note that this cartoon was originally published in 2010… although it could’ve been 1990, or 1980. Yeah, I still find it funny, because I’m old and calloused. There are so many subgroups for whom 2017 has been the year of “time to give up on sweet reason as a method of conversion”. Petula Dvorak, in the Washington Post, on “The Unexpected (and inspiring) Year of the Woman”:

… [I]t felt as though 2017 might be the year that the massive boulder women have been pushing uphill for centuries rolled back down.

But no. It turned out to be the exact opposite, and, in a way, far more powerful than any of the milestones of 2016.

The year began with what was believed to be the largest march the country has ever seen. On Jan. 21, the day after the inauguration, women and the men who support them filled the streets, plazas and squares of Washington and cities across the country, as well as around the world. It was a breathtaking mass of humanity. On the ground in the nation’s capital, it felt as though no square foot of land was empty. From the office windows and balconies of those in power, it looked as though a tide was swallowing cities whole.

It was an amazing, powerful moment full of hope. But there was no unifying message, no concrete demand, no specific goal or 10-point action plan. Now we see: There didn’t have to be.

The women’s marches ignited an energy that roiled and swelled through the rest of the year.

By the end of 2017, a seismic change in American culture began toppling dozens of sexual predators in the #MeToo movement. A surge of female candidates ran for office and won a stunning number of elections, from city mayors to the nation’s statehouses.

“Women claimed big victories” with the Nov. 7 elections “in a night that marked many firsts and could signal the start of a sea change for women in politics,” wrote Governing magazine, a publication not known for breathless declarations on culture and feminism. “The sheer volume of success for women candidates was a surprise to many, mainly because they were running against incumbents who historically win re-election 90 percent of the time. But not this year. Incumbents in Georgia, New Jersey and Virginia all lost their seats to women.”…

In one year, our nation went from a place where 46 percent of American voters didn’t mind having a commander in chief who brags about grabbing women’s genitals to a place where a celebrity chef who allegedly gropes his female employees isn’t considered fit to be in the kitchen…

And, of course, it was women of color who largely spearheaded the Women’s March and all the activism that followed. Which has led, at least sometimes, to much-needed examination of the racism that has been the root and support of far too much political power in America, in 2017 no less than in 1817.
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What’s on the agenda as we prepare for the last long weekend of this too-long year?



Open Thread: If It Weren’t for Their Mommy Issues, These Hipsters Would Have No Issues At All

So the grown-ups at Vanity Fair decided, during this (usually) slow-news week, to let their Bright Young Things make a clickbait twitter video about how much they despise that Hillary Clinton woman. If you haven’t already tripped over it, you can click on the link above. I try to remind myself I said some very dumb shit when I was that young… but I was never that irresponsible.


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Mocking Laughter Open Thread: “When Will Us Men Feel Safe Again?

(Ted Rall via GoComics.com)
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We have to laugh, or we’d never stop crying. And the Washington Post‘s Alexandra Petri (here, with Christine Emba) remains a national treasure:

The allegations that have brought down powerful men in Congress and Hollywood are making things around the workplace uncomfortable. Men wonder: Is it still okay to hug a woman? Okay, well, is it still okay to hug a woman and whisper in her ear, “I have $5 million for you if you’ll let me put a child in your child-receptacle, whatever your name is?” Some men are looking back over their own past behavior, terrified they may have, unknowingly, made a woman feel uncomfortable. They want to know where the line is…

Some have lost their jobs for grotesque activity spanning decades, others for a simple query such as, “Okay, Rhonda, how MUCH money for me to rent your womb?” or, “What do you mean, you do not want a box of dildos?” It is those latter cases that have men sweating at their desks. Will they lose their jobs? Should they have offered money for sex instead? Or asked a male colleague to bear their offspring?

“My guy friends are all very alarmed,” says Angela, who asked that her last name be withheld on the grounds that she might have to interact with men again in the course of her life, although she hopes not. “They keep saying, ‘If I can’t ask my subordinates to bear my children, then what can I even say to women?’ and I’m like, ‘Literally anything but that is fine.’”

Some young men worry that courtship is dead. What of the tender, delicate dance, that old ritual “where you invite her into your office, push the door-locking button, and let things take their course?” Tim (who asked that his last name not be used) mused: “What of the unsolicited picture-sending that is the first step in any romance?”…



Late Night Fustercluck Open Thread: Billy Bush Goes to Canossa

… and he didn’t even have to kneel in the snow for three days. Color me not impressed!

In fact, Billy’s relationship to the Bush Crime Family is the only real point of interest, as far as I can tell. For all the vast social ineptness of various politically-oriented Bushes, they have demonstrated a keen sense of what the zeitgeist requires, whether that involves banking gold for the Nazi Party or volunteering to shoot down Japanese warplanes. If Billy thinks it’s time to make a public show of renoucing Donny and all his works, it’s a strong indicator that the Permanent Republican Party (such as it is, in these fallen days) still thinks it can shake off the Trump/”populist” (racist) stink with the aid of a few well-placed sacrifices. Since the Bushes have been intimately involved with the CIA since it was the OSS, one can but assume they have some knowledge of what’s been going on behind the Putin curtain…



Late Night Horrors Open Thread: It’s Who Gets to Tell the Stories, and What Stories We’re Allowed to Tell

TBH, I just figured Halperin was a celebritysexual — someone who’d hump whatever figure gave him “ACCESS” and helicopter rides. Male celebresexuals are known for publicly deploring that women — at least the young, cute ones — have unfair advantages when it comes to charming powerful older men…


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Although it’s hardly shocking it turns out he’s specifically angry about Women-as-a-class… those shrill harpies who unrelentingly force innocent men to sexually harrass them!…