Amazon To Go (please)

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Willis)

The new check-outless, full-scale, Amazon Grocery Store opens today and is about a 15-minute walk for me. I do not plan to go.

As much as I hate the self-serve Krogers’ check-out (I purposely wait in line at the one, staffed, checkout; it’s a small protest but it is mine), I don’t want to contribute to the demise of workers, and I absolutely do not want to put money into Bezos’ pockets any more than I must.

Anyway, some more on Amazon’s store is here and here.

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#MoscowMitch, At Your Cervix!

Amply be-chinned #MoscowMitch McConnell

NYTimes:

“Senator Mitch McConnell is about to plunge the Senate into the nation’s culture wars with votes on bills to sharply restrict access to late-term abortions and threaten some doctors who perform them with criminal penalties, signaling that Republicans plan to make curbing a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy a central theme of their re-election campaigns this year.

Is it re-run season already?

“After months of shunning legislative activity in favor of confirming President Trump’s judicial nominees — and a brief detour for the president’s impeachment trial — Mr. McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, is expected to bring the bills up for votes on Tuesday. Both lack the necessary 60-vote supermajority to advance, and the Senate has voted previously to reject them.

So it’s a show-vote?

“But by putting them on the floor again, Mr. McConnell hopes to energize the social conservatives who helped elect Mr. Trump and whose enthusiasm will be needed to help Republicans hold on to the Senate this year, while forcing vulnerable Democrats to take uncomfortable votes on bills that frame abortion as infanticide.”

I’m not sure who this sideshow is supposed to fire-up: the fetus-fondling gawd botherers are already on Team Evil, they are not peeling off anytime soon (though demographically that generation is having their own, personal raptures) and the other side is unlikely to be moved by the conspiracy theory that doctors and moms are killing babies after live births.

Anyway, it’s typical that after avoiding 400+ bills on his desk, the one that he would go for is one that he knows will fail AND (allegedly) stir up the Forced Birthers.

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2020 Goat Rodeo Debate No. 7,965 Tonight!

Late to the Goat Rodeo
(Courtesy of seekrit scissorhead @NamelessCynic of the Tweeters)

Happy Mardi Gras, Scissorheads! Instead of drunkenly flashing your fun-bits for plastic beads in the French Quarter, everyone will no doubt be sober and studiously taking notes while watching the debate on CBS and BET starting 8 PM Eastern with a five-headed monster, er, moderator panel and seven candidates on stage.

What could be more fun that that?

Anyway, if Bernie got off easy last time (and I think he did), surely this time he will have the proverbial target on his back. Mayor Mike has a similar target on his back and after Sen. Professor Warren handed him his ass last week, presumably he’s had some time to grow a new one, or at least be better prepared. The pundits of course are predicting Bloomers is going to attack Bernie, forgetting how effective it was last time he tried. Remember that? Me neither.

All the candidates who want to stay in the Goat Rodeo has to make a power move now, because after this it’s…

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1 Flu Over The Cuckoo

Stable Jenius Prznint Stupid
(Credit: @MemphisJohnny1)

The 4th Reich has requested $2.5 billion in funds from Congress to help fight the Wuhan coronavirus. Yay, that’s good, innit?

However, the request comes with two poison pill provisions. Comrade Stupid wants to…

  1. raid other budgets for about half of the Ameros, such as the Ameros already set aside to fight Ebola.
  2. move money around, at his discretion, in the federal budget.

What could go wrong? Nancy Pelosi and the Dems do not want to…

  1. guess which pandemic is going to be deadliest and get blamed for choosing one over the other. Better to have separate buckets of money.
  2. set a precedent that Team Evil can move money around at will, you know, for his Last Monument To The Confederacy at the southern border.

Meanwhile, Politico says that this flu outbreak could be a black swan event:

President Donald Trump’s top aides faced an increasingly urgent threat Monday with potentially monumental implications: a global outbreak knocking down the U.S. economy and walloping markets in an election year, all against accusations about whether the Trump administration had mismanaged and underfunded a critical response with American lives on the line.

A swift drop in the stock market — the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 1,000 points, its largest slide in two years — jolted officials in the White House and across Washington, delivering implications from the long-simmering coronavirus threat to a wider swath of Americans.

Given that Comrade Stupid claims that windmills can give you cancer from the sound, and who had the silverware at Merde-a-Lardo steam cleaned after HIV-positive Roy Cohn dined there, does give one pause to consider what advice he might be getting, and then one remembers he You’re Fired’ed people who give advice, because he’s a Stable Jenius.

Vanity Fair:

Even if Congress provides additional funding, there remain fears that the Trump administration has already hamstrung it’s ability to address this emergency. As Foreign Policy’s Laurie Garrett wrote last month, the administration has “intentionally rendered itself incapable” of dealing with a problem of this scale. It wiped out its “entire pandemic response chain of command, including the White House management infrastructure,” Garrett wrote, and shut down the National Security Council’s global health security team, as well as its counterpart in the Department of Homeland Security. In addition to proposing funding cuts for national and global health programs, the administration has also kneecapped its public health teams by declining to replace officials who have left. While the president established a Coronavirus Task Force led by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar last month, “it’s not clear how it will function,” Garrett noted—essentially forcing the administration to “[resort] to improvisation” in its approach to the crisis.

But then again, our Stable Jenius also told us that viruses know how calendars work and the virus plans to go away in April. Of course, earlier this month, Trump proposed a 2021 budget that would slash funding at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so we got that working for us, too.

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This Exists

Peg wants to know if you’ve seen where she left her slippers?

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News That Will Drive You To Drink

Happy Hour News Briefs

Our old pal Coach Dave wants to arrest Mayor Pete (and has a sobriquet for him that I will not repeat) for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Let’s listen!

Coach Dave screaming, “Who’s your daddy” is funny and horrifying. But there is nothing funny about his rage and homophobia. He’s dangerous and the damage he’s (probably?) already done to kids he has coached in his career is incalculable. And not just the gay kids, either. Kids learn from their role models. Imagine what he modeled for them?

I’m wagering that the hinges on his closet door are gonna shatter someday. Nothing can take that kind of pressure.

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Our Stable Jenius Assures Us All Is Well

Stable Jenius

Today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 1,031.54 points, or 3.55%, its biggest point drop in nearly two years. The S&P 500 also had its worst trading day since February 2018, falling 3.35% to 3,225.89 and erasing its year-to-date gains, while the Nasdaq Composite closed 3.7% lower at 9,221.28.

Draw your own conclusions, but I’d say that the banks know that The Chosen One doesn’t know what he’s doing in re: epidemics is the calculus for sell, Sell, SELL orders.

UPDATE 1: OMG, we’re doomed!

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Weinstein Is Guilty

Courtroom sketch of Weinstein being led out of court. Image: Elizabeth Williams via AP

They took him away, in handcuffs. Axios has the details.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance:

“These are the eight women who changed the course of history in the fight against sexual violence. These are eight women who pulled our justice system into the 21st century.”

(Dawn Dunning, Miriam Haley, Jessica Mann, Annabella Sciorra, Tarale Wulff, and Lauren Young—and the two Assistant District Attorneys who tried the case, Joan Illuzzi and Meghan Hast are the 8 women.)

I’m aware of the fact that it took more than 90 women to bring this man to justice, and that ratio astonishes me. Harvey Weinstein is a monster.

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Church and State

Just gonna say it: UGH

This is not just about not letting the ‘mos adopt kids, or unmarried couples, or atheists being able to have food at the kitchens and pantries. This is a real moment of a fundamental threat to religious freedom in our country.

Wait until the Baptists decide to discriminate against the Catholics (and they WILL). There is no end to the slippery slope once the Supreme Court goes there, and with the religious nut jobs on it, they surely will.

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Midday Palate Cleanser

Choose wisely.

(Hat tip to Scissorhead Purplehead who found it on Cuteropolis)

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