Friday, January 08, 2021

Nowhere to go

One down, fifty-one to go.  The first week of 2021 has been breathtaking, as in the last words of George Floyd.


I know, you can't believe everything you read on Twitter, but I would give all my Steely Dan albums for this to be true.  Even Pretzel Logic.

So sad about Josh Hawley.  Simon & Schuster has decided not to publish his book The Tyranny of Big Tech, a free-market choice by a private corporation Hawley has already called "Orwellian" and "a direct assault on the First Amendment," adding, "We'll see you in court."  (Hawley and his lawyer or Hawley and an armed mob?)   When the judge throws out his case he can go back to Liberty Press, which brought out Living In a Troubled Age:  The Collected Works of Senator Josh Hawley last October.  I looked it up on Amazon and now their system will show me titles by every profa scribbler whenever I go there to buy some shampoo.  You're welcome.

It occurs to me there has been a lot of passive-aggressive response to events lately.  It's been reported that Trump talked to Raffensperger only after the secretary of state ignored eighteen calls.  Yesterday Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi called Mike Pence to ask him to invoke the Twenty-fifth Amendment and were left on hold for twenty minutes before being told he would not take the call.  During the riot on Wednesday, in response to a call from Rep. Steny Hoyer, Gov. Larry Hogan mobilized the Maryland National Guard but could not immediately get permission from the Defense Department to send them to Washington, a situation he called "a little dysfunctional."  Guys, "It Will Go Away, Like a Miracle" didn't work with covid and it's not going to work with your job.

Hawley the Writer isn't the only victim of "cancel culture" today -- several people have lost their jobs.  So far they have been middle-class white-collar types, a lawyer, a real estate agent and some idiot who wore his work ID to the insurrection.  I like the idea of a national registry of sedition, like the ones for sex offenders and pedophiles.  

If you were wondering what Kellyanne Conway thinks of the attempted coup, she's up!  She deplores all the violence, of course, but can't help scolding the eighty-one million who are the real problem:  "Had the President, whose re-election campaign reportedly spent over $1.2 billion and spanned 31 months, won overwhelmingly and outright, the past two months of churn could have been avoided."  Or had he conceded like an adult two months ago instead of "churning" the violence that exploded last Wednesday.  Trump thinks he won because his pandemic rally crowds were bigger than Biden's; Conway thinks the amount you spend should determine the winner.  Why not the candidate who can eat the most hot dogs?  Reserve Nathan's Coney Island for November 2024.  

Trump says he won't attend Biden's inauguration.  "Good," says Biden.

Derrick Evans has been charged with entering a restricted area for participating in the January 6 riot.  Why is this significant?  Evans is a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates.  If anyone thought being an elected official would provide cover for criminal acts -- it won't.  

"It's going to be like this forever, wherever you go for the rest of your life," a woman screamed while other chanted "Traitor!" among other things.  Poor Lindsey Graham.  Can't even get on a plane without being accosted like some Romney.  There's video.  Poor Lindsey.  And people saying he was drunk on Tuesday's heartbreaking.  Time to resign and open that B&B in Hilton Head.  Did I mention the video?

"There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me," wrote Betsy DeVos in resigning as Secretary of Education.  I didn't think she knew what "rhetoric" means.

Before introducing more Cabinet appointees, Joe Biden expressed "deep sympathy" to the family of Brian Sicknick, the Capitol Police officer who died from his injuries yesterday.  Trump has not said a word about him, or even about the four dead rioters. 

There is no joy in crudville after the video of Trump reading a "concession" speech from the Teleprompter.  This has put the tiger among the Trumpanzees, and they're sure it's a "FAKE" or a clever ploy to buy time or a coded call to arms.  Some just feel betrayed:  "I feel like puking."  "A punch in the gut."  And that time-tested standby, "A stab in the back."   The most plaintive message came from "Brenda":   "We need to stand strong, keep watch and pray.  Something big is coming and Gid is going to see it through."  Good Gid, y'all. 

And in other news, the covid dead keep dying -- 4,085 yesterday, each day breaking the record, no end in sight.






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