Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Eppur si muove

Yesterday it was Theodor Herzl, founder of modern Zionism.  Today -- well, look at this.

"Crackpot ideas sometimes turn out to be true.  The earth does revolve around the sun, and it was Hunter Biden, not Russian disinformation agents, who dropped off a laptop full of incriminating evidence at a repair shop in Delaware."  

If that sounds incoherent, it's from a brief by Trump's lawyers trying to overturn the dismissal of his 2021 suit against Twitter.  (Apparently Musk has been too busy demolishing the company to reinstate him.)  They're comparing him to Galileo.  Deal with that, The Onion.

Twitter suspended Trump's account "due to the risk of further incitement of violence," not because he ran afoul of the Inquisition and not because he used it to lie grossly and incessantly about absolutely everyone and everything.  They have terms of use and he violated them.  But sure, reach for the stars, law geniuses.  Literally.

Kari Lake is still on Twitter because she has so far stopped short of calling for Arizona to be burned to the ground.  She used her account to tweet, "Arizonans know BS when they see it."  Indeed.  It's not exactly a concession to Governor-elect Katie Hobbs, but it's as close as she's likely to get.  I'm only surprised she hasn't moved to Ministry of Truth Social.  Probably waiting to see which one goes belly-up first.

This is "one of the most important days in the history of our country" -- Trump again -- because tonight his Hundred Days begin (hey, why not Napoleon, too?), his return from exile to start the long march to Waterloo (2024).  According to the Washington Post we can expect a quietly dignified speech from the Omelet Bar at Mar a Lago, right next to the Stolen Document Depository.  Look for Florida political consultant Susie Wiles, described as "a polite yet steely grandmother" who is the daughter of Pat Summerall.  Good grief, am I that old?  NFL on CBS, right?  Don't look for Jared and Ivanka, who have recused themselves. 

Also MIA is Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina weathervane.  Asked if he supported Trump for president Graham replied, "I'll tell you after Georgia."  He has so much invested in the Warnock-Walker runoff on December 6 it's as if Graham has a thing for the big, muscular, good-looking Texas businessman and Heisman Trophy winner.  

Speaking of Georgia, don't take off your irony pants just yet.  Early voting is being curtailed because the Saturday before the election is an official holiday:  Robert E. Lee's birthday.  Once we get all the statues down and take the names of traitors off the military bases, we have to do something about the calendar.

Ever have your flight cancelled and then have to go through hell for a refund?  Not anymore.  New rules by the Department of Transportation require prompt repayment, or else.  Give it up for Secretary Pete!

If the Biden administration keeps "bribing" voters with student loan forgiveness, lower prescription drug prices, courteous airline service and laws preserving reproductive choice, Ted Cruz is going to split in half like Rumpelstiltskin.  "Horrible left wing judges"?  How many and when?

Evidently there are now eight billion humans on this groaning planet (who counted?), with India poised to pass China as most populous nation.  

Paris has unveiled its mascot for the 2024 Olympics, a Phrygian cap meant to echo the headwear of the French Revolution.  It has already been described as "a giant clitoris in sneakers" and a refreshing change from the phallic Eiffel Tower.  I think it looks like a bird.  If you have to explain it, it's probably not a good mascot.  In other sports news, Rod Stewart says he turned down a million dollars to perform at the World Cup because of Qatar's record on human rights (it doesn't recognize any).  I'm sure they can get Elton John -- he sang at Trump's most recent wedding in 2005, so homophobia clearly is not a deal-breaker.

Pat Summerall a great-grandfather.  I can't get over it.


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