Bad Signs, Cont.

Can I get quac with that?

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RIP, Peter Scolari

The comic actor Peter Scolari has gone to the repertoire in the sky. He was 66, and cancer was the cause.

You probably new him from Newhart where he played the vacuous Michael Harris (nominated for 3 Emmys for that role), and before that the short-lived Bosom Buddies where he and Tom Hanks rose from obscurity to stars.

He will be missed.

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Your Daily Gohmert

 

So speaketh the Gohmert:

So… send the traitorous Stupid Coup participaants to Gitmo.

Problem solved, doofus.

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Lunchtime Read

Read All About It!
(Bet Sparky does the crossword puzzle in ink)

Guys, this long(ish) post from Michael Hobbes is required reading.

The Methods of Moral Panic Journalism

Scare stories on “left-wing illiberalism” display a familiar pattern.

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Midday Palate Cleanser

Meanwhile, at the Jerk Comedy Cavalcade…

 

Man, that’s a tough room.

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Purplehead)

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Rep. 3-Names Will Find The Strawberries

Madge
(Undated File Photo)

Rep. 3-Names is in the news:

Rep.Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), tangled with two members of the Jan. 6 committee on the House floor Thursday, getting into an impromptu shouting match over Black Lives Matter and a wild conspiracy theory about space lasers starting California wildfires. 

Oh, dear.

Greene first pressed Raskin — who led the Democrats’ prosecution of Trump during his impeachment trial after the Jan. 6 attack — asking him when he would investigate the violence surrounding the Black Lives Matter protests, according to Raskin.

“Like with Kyle Rittenhouse who went and killed two Black Lives Matter protesters?” Raskin replied to her. “I’m sure there will be an opportunity for us to get to that.”

“This is a joke,” Greene said, her voice rising, referring to the Jan. 6 investigation and the Bannon contempt vote. “Why don’t you investigate something people actually care about?”

Cheney shot back that Greene was “a joke” and that she should be focusing on Jewish space lasers, a reference to a conspiracy theory Greene previously had promoted on Facebook blaming “space lasers” controlled by a powerful Jewish family for starting wildfires in California.

Liz is mostdef Darth’s little squirt. That was pretty good.

“I never said that! You’re done. You’re a joke!” Greene yelled at Cheney, according to CNN. “Why don’t you go investigate something that matters to the American people?”

Because the Insurrection doesn’t matter to any of the voices in her head? Sure, we’ll go with that.

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Hey Nevada, Whaddup?

There’s almost nothing I can say that won’t come across as misogeny, but I will say that she’s gunning for a Lauren Boebert-style campaign.

(Hat tip: Scissorhead M Davis)

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Proof: Sen. Blackburn is Inoculated Against Honesty

I love how when Stuart Varney(!) confronts Bonnie Tyler fangirl Sen. Marsha Blackburn with the obvious logical error of her conspiratorial thinking, she immediately says, “You’re right!,” as if he was validating her words.

 

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Whaddup, Ohio?

Ohio’s Eulogy, er, Elegy for a Senate Campaign candidate JD Vance (R-Peter Thiel) is gonna have another authenticity moment as this nut job Mike Gibbons enters the race with as much John Birch Society raw meat as he can hurl in 30 seconds.

I’m amazed this revanchist hick from Possum Hollar didn’t roar that fluoridating the water is mind control and commies are under the bed, or just call his opponents pinkos.

Posted in 2022 Pie Fight, Crazeee States, Elegy for a Senate Candidate, J.D. Vance, Mike Gibbons, Ohio | 4 Comments

About Last Night: a Townhall Meeting, Inside Baseball, and Normalizing Obstruction

President Handsome Joe Biden
(undated file photo)

The big story of last night is that President Handsome Joe Biden spent a lot of time talking about Sens. Manchinema, and how he’s trying ever-so-very-hard to work with them, and how sad he and his wife Jill were when free community college had to be dropped from the reconciliation bill, and how he hopes that the senators come to their senses and get on the team.

CNN should have flashed the phone numbers for Manchinema’s offices on screen, urging viewers like you to “CALL NOW! OPERATORS ARE WAITING!!1!”

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email-thingie recaps the important bits:

RECONCILIATION RUNDOWN — Taking questions at a live town hall in Baltimore, Biden got into the nitty-gritty of the reconciliation negotiations, speaking about his mix of frustration with and respect for Sens. JOE MANCHIN (D-W.Va.) and KYRSTEN SINEMA (D-Ariz.) with surprising candor. He also made some news about the particulars of the bill/framework at this point in time:

  • IN, BUT REDUCED: paid family medical leave. “It is down to four weeks,” said Biden. “We can’t get 12 weeks.”
  • IN, DETAILS TBD: child tax credit. Biden announced his opposition to a work requirement, despite Manchin’s support of one, and stated that middle-class families will not have to pay more than 7% of their income on child care.
  • LIKELY OUT: Medicare coverage of dental, vision and hearing.Biden said he believed that Manchinema opposes its inclusion. As a compromise, he suggested an $800 voucher for dental care.
  • SOUNDS LIKE IT’S OUT: tax increases on corporations and wealthy Americans. He pinned some of the blame on Sinema. “She will not raise a single penny in taxes on the corporate side and/or on wealthy people, period,” Biden said. “And so that’s where it sort of breaks down.”
  • OUT: tuition-free community college. Biden cited opposition from Manchin “and one other person” (cough, Sinema, cough) as the reason why. Still, he vowed to “get it done,” perhaps by expanding Pell Grants. “I guarantee you: We’re going to get free community college in the next several years,” he said. 

I’m sure that there are plenty of inside baseball stories today on the mechanics of the Build Back Better/reconciliation bill (because our Failed Political Press ™ thinks it makes them look smart and connected) but the point of the matter is that the programs are being trimmed or dropped because 52 Senators are being obstructionist.

Our FPP ™ has so normalized Republican obstruction that it is no longer even part of the story. I know you will find this incredible, but once upon a time (before amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell ever got his turtle paw on the gavel), every bill was not filibustered or required 60 votes to pass the Senate! It’s true!

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