January, 2018 archive
Will Bunch watched the State of Union Address so I didn’t have to (actually, I never those things when I can watch reruns of the Jack Benny show). He points out that Donald Trump promised all those things he’s promised before, just like the guy on the phone who promised me he was calling from Microsoft:
This, he called this “a New American Moment” — but it sounded like an old American moment. In his speech to Congress in 2017, after all, Trump also vowed to work for an immigration deal, saying “I believe Republicans and Democrats can work together to achieve an outcome that has eluded our country for decades.” Two paragraphs later in that 2017 speech, he declared solemnly that “I will be asking Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure of the United States.”
To quote the late great John Lennon: We’d all love to see the plan.
Follow the link for the rest.
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It’s not hard; it’s just different.
Who: Everyone in TideWater/Hampton Roads with interest in any/all flavors of Unix/Linux. There are no dues or signup requirements. All are welcome.
Where: Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital in Norfolk Training Room (map). (Wireless and wired internet connection available.) Turn right upon entering, then left at the last corridor and look for the open meeting room.
Share your politeness with your friends.
Deputies said a 22-year-old man was cleaning his 9 mm handgun and showing his 20-year-old girlfriend how to safely handle a weapon when the gun fired. He suffered a graze injury to his leg and she was struck in the thigh, calf and foot and treated at Bronson Battle Creek.
You know that the Trumpling’s got to be bad if the Trumpler got banned from Uber.
Eugene Robinson excoriates the hypocrisy of evangelical “Christian” “leaders” as regards Donald Trump. A snippet:
I can’t pretend to be shocked, shocked that conservative political activists who cloak themselves in gaudy religiosity turn out to be rank hypocrites. That’s nothing new. I do feel sorry, though, for the millions of Christians who look to figures such as Perkins and Graham for moral leadership. They must be terribly confused.
After all, Perkins’ predecessor at the Family Research Council, Gary Bauer, said this when Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky was revealed in 1998: “Character counts — in a people, in the institutions of our society, and in our national leadership.”
Apparently, it only counts when a Democrat is in the White House, not a Republican. I’m still looking for the Bible verse that spells out this distinction, but it must be in there somewhere.
Politeness is a family affair.
During the investigation it was determined that a family member had accidentally fired the handgun, officials say. They did not disclose whether that individual was male or female, or whether the person was an adult or child.
This is the second accidental shooting involving a child in Jackson County over the past several weeks. In the other incident, a youngster sat on a weapon and received a minor injury to the buttocks but is recovering fully.
Elie Mystal comments of the Trumpling of the FBI. A snippet:
I think not. I think the “rule of law” stage of America is over, and we are entering a stage of “rule of man.”
Follow the link to learn why he says that.
Thom gets a caller who seems to arguing in favor of the flat earth theory.