My Week on Crooks and Liars

This was a great week – for once, there was not breaking news from TFG! Who knew you could curate a week without daily DefConOne alarms?! There was breaking news, but it was not an existential threat. Given that this was the one-year anniversary (for me, anyway) of lockdown, the Bonus Tracks were often about trying to give a sense of normalcy: go for a walk, go to a bar,

Also this week: my GenXer music taste floated to the top of my playlist! Sometimes there’s a reason for the song, other times, not so much.

P.S. – some Scissorheads’ blogs might have been linked. Shhh! Don’t tell!

Monday, March 8:

Good morning, Crooks and Liars! I’m old enough that I remember when organizations like One Million Moms cancelled Disney, Target, Doritos, and Oreos. Earlier this year, all of Wingnuttia was screaming that “Conservative Voices Were Being Silenced,” and when that fell flat, they came up with Cancel Culture as a tag line, and that has brought us to the present moment nadir of The Potato Heads and Dr. Seuss. Of course what they call Cancel Culture, I call “Consequences.”

Stinque watched The Jungle Book.

Infidel753 looks at how is “canceling” books or art deemed “offensive” different from removing Confederate statues?

Michael in Norfolk says that the challenge is “to figure out how to make the fight for the working class a debate over real-world policies, not phony culture war distractions.” He’s absolutely right.

By Hook or By Book was a story time reader who eventually stopped reading the collected works from Seuss to her young charges, and as a professional reviewer still has some reservations and sees some ambiguities.

Bonus Track: Let’s go for a drink.

Round-up by Tengrain who blogs at Mock, Paper, Scissors. You can follow Tengrain on the Twitters, too. Send tips, requests, and suggestions to mbru@crooksandliars.com (with For MBRU in the subject line).

Tuesday, March 9:

Welcome to Tuesday, Crooks and Liars. Today we look at H.R. 1, the For the People Act, and it is not an exaggeration to say that voting itself is under attack from the GQP, and the Senate is not designed to help: it’s all about the filibuster. Strangely, I have high hopes.

On the Fence Voters wants to talk about what’s wrong in West Virginia.

Can It Happen Here wants to talk about what’s right in Virginia.

Butterflies and Wheels wants to talk about Georgia, but really is talking about the Supreme Court.

Lawyers, Guns & Money ask how much filibuster reform is possible?

Bonus Track: Do you miss traveling? Travel Remotely let’s us choose our own adventure in world-class cities.

Round-up by Tengrain who blogs at Mock, Paper, Scissors. You can follow Tengrain on the Twitters, too. Send tips, requests, and suggestions to mbru@crooksandliars.com (with For MBRU in the subject line).

Wednesday, March 10

Welcome to Wednesday. The Q/Coup is still breaking news as revelations continue to spill out. Sanity is like, a million miles away.

FeelingBluePolitics reads the pre-insurrection encrypted chats of the Oath Keepers.

Scottie’s Toy Box hears a Q (Lauren Boebert).

What Would Jack Do hears another Q (Marjorie Taylor Greene).

Left Jabs invents a new word for the participants in the Q/Coup.

Bonus Track: Because we’re all about the music Radio Garden takes you to anywhere in the world to listen to local radio. So cool!

Round-up by Tengrain who blogs at Mock, Paper, Scissors. You can follow Tengrain on the Twitters, too. Send tips, requests, and suggestions to mbru@crooksandliars.com (with For MBRU in the subject line).

Thursday, March 11

We did it, Crooks and Liars! We passed the American Rescue Act and we finally have an Attorney General! Never say your vote doesn’t matter!

Digby sez… it’s a big F-ing Deal!

EclectaBlog remembers life before COVID-19

Compatible Creatures celebrates the American Rescue Plant AND Merrick Garland’s confirmation!

Bonus Track: We earned it: let’s go to a Jazz Bar in Paris.

Round-up by Tengrain who blogs at Mock, Paper, Scissors. You can follow Tengrain on the Twitters, too. Send tips, requests, and suggestions to mbru@crooksandliars.com (with For MBRU in the subject line).

Friday, March 12

It’s been a full year of regrettable pandemic hair and masked fashion. We are living through history right now, right this very moment. We’ve survived this horrible, lonely year, but others have not been as lucky: there are faces missing, smiles unseen, regrets for kisses not given. We’ve seen incredible acts of kindness, selflessness, and courage as people put themselves at great risk just so we can buy groceries, or pick up some take-away. Ask yourself: what did you see along the way? What will you remember?

Big Bad Bald Bastard recalls the day the earth stood still.

NTodd has tales from the Long COVID.

Progressive Eruptions sets the record straight.

Bonus Track: Miss Cellania presents a Joe and Barack meme.

Round-up by Tengrain who blogs at Mock, Paper, Scissors. You can follow Tengrain on the Twitters, too. Send tips, requests, and suggestions to mbru@crooksandliars.com (with For MBRU in the subject line).

Saturday, March 13

Welcome to the weekend. Today we newshounds look at the news industry itself. Our failed political press keeps on failing us.

No More Mister Nice Blog wants to know why the media wants to give twice-impeached LOSER Prznint Stupid credit for the vaccines.

Saywhat Politics notices that Fox News is cranky that the vaccines are not happening fast enough.

Balloon Juice says that it’s back to normal for the DC press.

TJCX gives us a master class on how the NYTimes A-B tests their headlines.

Bonus Track: You too can play jazz from your keyboard!

Round-up by Tengrain who blogs at Mock, Paper, Scissors. You can follow Tengrain on the Twitters, too. Send tips, requests, and suggestions to mbru@crooksandliars.com (with For MBRU in the subject line).

Sunday March 14

We’ve had quite a week, haven’t we? From The Potato Headed Republicans to the American Rescue Act, we’ve covered the waterfront with the help of 28+ bloggers doing what they do best: distilling, analyzing, reporting the news in ways large and small. [Chef’s kiss!]

Annie Asks Your presents the last of a four-part series on Saving Democracy. The previous three posts are linked at the bottom of this fourth post, and is definitely worth your time to read the entire series.

Speaking of saving democracy, Juanita Jean wants to get rid of the Senate’s filibuster.

Strangely Blogged recaps the week!

As only he can, Shower Cap tells us Other Tales of Terror!

Bonus Track: Because we’re all about the laughter, Open Culture presents the best of John Cleese comedy as selected by John Cleese!

Thank you for letting me be part of your week. I hope to return soon!

Round-up by Tengrain who blogs at Mock, Paper, Scissors. You can follow Tengrain on the Twitters, too. Send tips, requests, and suggestions to mbru@crooksandliars.com (with For MBRU in the subject line).

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10 Responses to My Week on Crooks and Liars

  1. E.A. Blair says:

    I had a piece published today (Sunday) at Mad Mike’s America, but, alas, too late for you to slip it in to MBRU. This was straight commentary, but there’s a satirical piece coming on Monday or Tuesday.

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    • tengrain says:

      When I’m hosting, never be shy about sending me a tip; likewise: tip the other hosts. You have no idea how challenging this is and we all love to hear from authors. (It’s also why I am in utter AWE of our pals Infidel753 and Burr Deming who do it so well week-over-week!)

      While I cannot promise I’ll use it, I do promise I’ll read it.

      Rgds,

      TG

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      • E.A. Blair says:

        I’ll keep you advised. I’m listed as a Senior Contributor there. I got started there in 2013 when I wrote an extensive comment on a post and Mike Scott emailed to ask me to expand the comment into a post.

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  2. Wesley Sandel says:

    Are we at Defcon 4 or Orange Alert? I can’t remember which boogey man I’m supposed to be terrified of. Commies? Brown people? The Revenge of the Blacks? Evil Mooslims? We spent a trillion dollars on the DHS for what, so they could rifle through our dirty underwear while Nazis and racists march in the streets?

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  3. Blue Gal says:

    Thank you so much for your fantastic work at C&L, Tengrain. xoxo

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  4. annieasksyou says:

    And thank you again for highlighting Part 4 of my Saving Our Democracy series—and mentioning the other three posts. It must be quite the challenge to cull through so many bloggers’ efforts. Amazingly, it doesn’t seem to diminish your own vast output.

    I agree with you about Infidel, whose diverse selections are always worth those many clicks.

    Cheers,
    Annie

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