Thursday, July 27, 2017

Atomic Blonde

Somebody told the liberals of Hollywood that movies don't have to be entirely historically accurate, which of course is true.

The result has been grotesque falsification.

When someone's values are depicted, falsely, as having been realized in the past, we might be looking at a type of weaponized history.

Fathers and Mothers

Fathers are weak and cowardly, seems to be the lesson.

Mothers - well, step-mothers, anyway - , though strong, are madly evil.

The Handless Maiden.

Reading Grimm.

Bare Possibility

Elementary Bayesianism holds that for any proposition neither necessarily true nor necessarily false that one has neither evidence to believe nor evidence to disbelieve one ought to believe it as likely true as not.

But bare possibilities are Tommyrot, and the sensible person disbelieves them all.

Except for, well, the world, other minds, and so on.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The attacks on Sessions

They are getting worse, and the current concern is that Trump will fire him during the August recess of Congress and immediately appoint, without the need for senate vetting and confirmation, some cat's paw who will fire Mueller and end the Russia investigations.

Could be.

Expect bellows from the pro-Trump noise machine - including all of Breitbart and most of Fox - of "If the president does it that means it's not obstruction of justice!"

He's competing with himself

Every day, bigger lies and bigger boasts from this roaring looney.

What an unbearable disgrace. 

Trump: I Can Be the ‘Most Presidential’ POTUS Except Lincoln

During a campaign rally Tuesday, President Trump said he can be “with the exception of the late, great Abraham Lincoln... more presidential than any president that’s ever held this office.”

The mini-Mussolini breaks another promise and draws the line

Trump announces ban on transgender service members

Remember when Donald Trump was going to be the Republican who didn’t hate LGBT people? 

He even promised to be better than Hillary on LGBT issues! 

About that. 

Under President Obama, transgender people already serving in the military were allowed to come out and the process was started to allow transgender people to enlist. 

Trump postponed that process, and Wednesday morning he took to Twitter to make an announcement: yeah, he’s bringing discrimination back in.

Bozo announced in a series of tweets,

After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.

And yet,

Trump’s move also comes days after former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Adm. Mike Mullen called on Congress to allow transgender troops and provide them needed medical care.

And by the way.

Gay rights opponent picked as ambassador to Netherlands by Trump

A gay rights opponent who once appeared in a campaign advert that was accused of being racist and who has claimed that refugees pose a threat to Europe has been named as Donald Trump’s choice for US ambassador to the Netherlands.

The nomination of Pete Hoekstra, a former congressman and one of the founders of the conservative Tea Party movement, has raised eyebrows in the Netherlands, a bastion of liberal values and the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Oh, to hell with it!

McConnell’s Emerging O’care Repeal Plan: Pass Anything, Punt To House!

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) big plan to keep his Obamacare repeal efforts alive on Tuesday might come down to passing a narrowly tailored bill with provisions that are broadly popular with Republicans, letting them get to a conference committee with House Republicans without having to make any hard decisions.

. . . .

[T]he Senate would vote for a “skinny” plan to effectively repeal the employer and individual health care mandates, as well as the unpopular medical device tax, GOP aides tell TPM.

If the GOP actually passed nothing but that it would fairly rapidly destroy Ocare by removing crucial pieces of support.

Fine with them.

[E]ven some of the fiercest critics of earlier versions of the bill sounded ready to get on board with the more narrowly tailored provisions.

“If we cannot pass full, clean 2015 repeal, I’ve also been told we will vote on whatever version of CLEAN repeal we can pass,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tweeted Tuesday morning. 

“Repealing mandates & taxes, without new spending and bailouts. This is the path I’ve been urging, and what I discussed with @realDonaldTrump. If this is indeed the plan, I will vote to proceed and I will vote for any all measures that are clean repeal.”

Your true Sandersite

Tell us how you really feel.

The Democratic Leadership Has Failed To Give A Good Reason Why Their Party Should Continue To Exist

Who is unhappy with the Democrats' "new look"?

Sandersites and others on the left who have sometimes been honest enough to express their hatred, contempt, and utter disrespect for the party and its central aim of preservation and gradual expansion of progressive reform.

Simply not radical enough for these folks.

Well, I did tell you the Dems are the real conservative party of America, and standard Democrat progressivism is the real American conservatism, in contrast to which the so-called "conservatism" of the American movement and the Republican Party is in truth a revolutionary, or counter-revolutionary, project of the America-hating radical right.

The Great Democratic Reboot: Why I’m Underwhelmed

Double standard

Yesterday, The Guardian praised Republican female senators for stopping the GOP effort, and did not seek to avoid the implication their being women informed their political position on the matter.

Today, a conservative complained of the same alleged fact.

But coming from him, and as a complaint, the allegation itself is viewed as sexist.

The most evil man ever to sit in the White House?

Well, since the 19th Century, anyway.

Trump slams AG Sessions' 'weak' position on Clinton emails

Our mini-Mussolini continues the John McCain line that there is a double standard at work in the differences between the investigation of Hillary's emails (completed by Comey who recommended no charges) and that of Russian meddling on his behalf in the 2016 election (ongoing).

He used to make the same complaint that he and his family and campaign were being investigated for collusion with the Russians while Hillary was not.

Given the Russians were out to sink her, that was too absurd, even for Bozo.

So now he complains there is no investigation of Ukrainian interference in the election, presumably on Hillary's behalf.

And now he is publicly and furiously blaming Jeff Sessions for these disparities.

A president pressuring officials to abandon an investigation of himself, his family, or his friends is guilty of obstruction of justice.

Pressuring them to undertake investigations of his enemies is abuse of power.

By the way, note the famously mavericky Republican moderate who yesterday proposed Sarah Palin, girl Trump, for the vice presidency and today drags himself from his deathbed to help conservatives destroy Ocare.

And isn't this an admission that our mini-Mussolini wants Sessions gone because he didn't attempt obstruction of justice?

Inside the Purge

Scaramucci is also leading the way in the effort to push out Attorney General Jeff Sessions, telling the increasingly servile Trump toady Hugh Hewitt this morning that the President “probably” wants Sessions “gone” because he has failed to protect the President from the Russia probe.