Read the CNN article in Betty’s tweet for more background.

“soundbite factory for Fox News and conspiracy theorists everywhere.”

Sheldon Whitehouse’s moment during the confirmation hearings for Loretta Lynch is freakishly wonderful and is the closest real-life moment I can recall to one of those Frank Capra films wherein James Stewart makes us believe again in government and the goodness of people.

Over at Crooks and Liars. Just go listen, you’ll be glad you did.

(Hat tip: Professional Left Podcast via Driftglass and Bluegal)

Bad Signs, Cont.

Jump On It

I dunno what service they are providing, but I can only guess what you’ll feel like afterwards.

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Skinny-D)

News That Will Drive You To Drink

Christian Nationalist awards Bobby Jindal—and we're not making this up—The Gladiator Award

Christian Nationalist awards Bobby Jindal—and we’re not making this up—The Gladiator Award at one of David Lane’s sponsored Prayer-Political Rallies.

Meet David Lane. He’s the Xristian Nationalist that is taking 60 members of the Republican National Committee “to Israel under the sponsorship of the SPLC-certified hate group American Family Association (AFA).”

As to the future of America – and the collapse of this once-Christian nation – Christians must not only be allowed to have opinions, but politically, Christians must be retrained to war for the Soul of America and quit believing the fabricated whopper of the “Separation of Church and State,” the lie repeated ad nauseum by the left and liberals to keep Christian America – the moral majority – from imposing moral government on pagan public schools, pagan higher learning and pagan media.

Theocracy is not creeping, it is galloping at us full-force, wrapped in a flag.

The Event Horizon of Punditry Has Occurred

Megan McArdle

Oh, gawd, Megan McArdle cites Peggy Noonan to defend Joni Ernst’s silly bread bags story. T’is a marvel to behold.

I am a few years younger than Noonan, but I grew up in a very different world — one where a number of my grammar school classmates were living in public housing or on food stamps, but everyone had more than one pair of shoes. In rural areas, like the one where Joni Ernst grew up, this lingered longer. But all along, Americans got richer and things got cheaper — especially when global markets opened up. Payless will sell you a pair of child’s shoes for $15, which is two hours of work even at minimum wage.

And then, helpfully, McArdle let’s us know her age in relationship to Ernst, because why not?

Joni Ernst, who is just a few years older than me, had a much more affluent childhood than the generation that settled the prairies, and more affluent still than the generations before them. But in many ways, she was much poorer than the people making fun of her on Twitter, simply because so many goods have gotten so much more abundant. Not just processed foods and flat-screen televisions — the favorite target of people who like to pooh-pooh economic progress. But good and necessary things such as shoes for your children and fresh vegetables to feed them, even in winter.

Why is it that no Wingnuttian pundit ever mentions the rise of Unions in the early part of the last century, that helped kids have more shoes as a rising middle class was created? Why do they always forget that when explaining away how so many of us have more than one pair of shoes? And why do they always sound nostalgic for days of want? Why one would think that they want to take away shoes from the needy, just so that the needy can be better people for wanting shoes.

Gonna Need A Bigger Goat

I’m sensing a Gerald Ford meme starting.

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Moeman—and others on Twitter, too)

Fashion Week – Bond Style

I love this info graphic. It has me stirred, but not shaken. Also/Too: I can probably guess which unfortunate clothes were from the Roger Moore ’70s Bond movies. The entire website is a treat, by the way. The treatise on men’s shirt collars is obesessive and compelling evidence that the Internet and blogging is alive and well. I also makes me think about trying some different styles. I admit it: I’d dress like Bond if I could.

(And I know, the Bond movies are adolescent, sexist, cold war agitprop… but Bond remains the high-water mark of the well-dressed man.)

We Understand The Willard Mechanism …

will be announcing something today.

Given that always-wrong about everything, always, Mark Halperin says that The Stench is running, it’s a sucker’s bet that Willard will run.


Scarlett: Sir, you are no gentleman. Rhett Butler: And you, Miss, are no lady.

Scarlett: Sir, you are no gentleman.
Rhett Butler: And you, Miss, are no lady.

[Senatorette Lindsey] Graham: I’ve got what GOP needs in 2016

  • Thorozine and a Polo Mallet?
  • Whip and a Chair?
  • Splash towels?

It really feels like Lindsey is trolling us, But I know that we are up to challenge. For a third of a point counting towards your midterm grade, add more things to this list of what Senatorette Graham has that the GOP needs.

In the comments, #2 Pencils only.