I missed this piece of absolute idiocy when it came by two months ago:
The paranoid style, part infinity: "Randy Barnett is a Georgetown University law professor...:
I missed this piece of absolute idiocy when it came by two months ago:
Paul Campos: The paranoid style, part infinity: "Randy Barnett is a Georgetown University law professor...
Live from the Republicans' Self-Made Gehenna: The tweet-stylings of Charles Krauthammer:
Charles Krauthammer: @krauthammer) on Twitter:
Apr 29: In Colorado Springs for @weeklystandard conference. Back Monday in DC. See you then on @SpecialReport.
Apr 22: God invented baseball as a relief from politics. Exhibit A: Bryce Harper, our young Mickey Mantle.
Apr 9: Fabulous dinner last night at I Ricchi, my favorite Italian restaurant in DC. If you're in DC, you must check it http://out.iricchidc.com
Mar 25: As the world burns, Obama goes on ideological holiday in Havana. You don’t dance while your friends bury their dead.
Feb 26: Obama fiddles (climate change, Gitmo, now visit to Havana); the world burns – as Iran, Russia, China, ISIS march.
Feb 12: Trump and Sanders: magic sells. Amid the wreckage of seven years of Obama, the politics of high fantasy prevails.
Jan 22: Today my dear cousin, Lord George Weidenfeld, was buried on the Mount of Olives. My son Daniel recited the Kaddish on behalf of the family.
Jan 8: Obama’s latest cave: Iran's ballistic missiles. Russia, China, Iran show there’s no price to pay for defying America.
Dec 17: Legacy or bust: First the Iran deal. Now climate change. Next: closing Gitmo. For Obama’s cherished triple crown.
Live from the Republicans' Self-Made Gehenna: Anne Laurie: Open Thread: The Yammering Yam Stands Alone:
@Reince: .@realDonaldTrump will be presumtive @GOP nominee, we all need to unite and focus on defeating @HillaryClinton #NeverClinton — Reince Priebus (@Reince) May 4, 2016
@FoxNews: .@megynkelly: “We are awaiting remarks from @realDonaldTrump – The presumptive Republican nominee for president.”
@davidfrum: 1972 "Democrats for Nixon". 1984 "Democrats for Reagan". 2016 "Former Republican presidents & presidential nominees for Clinton"
@jonfavs: And to think, it all began with the simple yet powerful belief that the first black president is a Kenyan imposter.
@Edsall: @NormOrnstein @tedcruz will suddenly realize he wants to be VP
@NormOrnstein: No, I think he is already trying to figure out how to take over the party after liberal Trump loses in November
Reince has already deleted that tweet, but I’m sure its replacement will be just as risible.
Republican Game of Primaries: Twitnter is Coming: "Cruz: I spank my daughter. Trump: I'd date my daughter...:
Cruz: I spank my daughter.— Twitnter is Coming (@OhNoSheTwitnt) May 2, 2016
Trump: I'd date my daughter.
Stannis Baratheon: I sacrificed my daughter to our Lord.
[wins GOP nomination]
Live from Over the Rockies: Betty Cracker: From hell’s heart, I stab at thee: "I don’t think George Will is ready to jump on the Trump bandwagon, you guys...
Live from the Bowels of the Internet: http://www.5z8.info/the-most-dangerous-game_g9k3nm_add-worm
Live from the Great Stagnation: Why in the past two centuries hasn’t there been a tea blend developed that I like more than Earl Grey? What is wrong with our innovation system—or with me?
Wikipedia: Earl Grey: "In one case study, a patient who consumed four litres of Earl Grey tea per day reported muscle cramps, which were attributed to the function of the bergapten in bergamot oil as a potassium channel blocker. The symptoms subsided upon reducing his consumption of Earl Grey tea to one litre per day."
Live from SF: In fact, San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams simply stands mute at the podium for thirty minutes...
Livesquawk: Fed's Williams does not comment...:
Fed's Williams does not comment on economy or monetary policy outlook in his remarks— Livesquawk (@livesquawk) April 12, 2016
Comment of the Day: Dunhill: Live Riding with the Three Horseman of the Judicial Reacalypse: "The possibility that the upgraded LHC...
...operating at 13 teraelectronvolts may open a portal to an alternative parallel reality... through which a living Fourth Horseman Scalia could somehow communicate his retrograde jurisprudence to our timeline... cannot be completely ruled out by the laws of physics...
Justin Fox: Niall Ferguson and the Rage Against the Thought-Leader Machine: "Harvard historian Niall Ferguson ran into an online buzzsaw this week...
...He says the ‘liberal blogosphere’ was out to do him in, and that was part of it. But there’s something bigger at work: a groundswell of resentment for and frustration with the ‘thought leaders’ who craft our conventional wisdom, get paid big speaking fees for it, yet often behave in ways that don’t accord with this status. First Jonah Lehrer, then Fareed Zakaria, now this — and surely there will be more such brouhahas to come. It may be that this groundswell is driven entirely by frustrated would-be speechmaking thought leaders. But I think it’s more than that (then again, as a would-be speechmaking thought leader, I would).
Dan Balz of the Washington Post finally, finally says: I have not been doing my job! I'll admit to more than four years, but actually it's been a lot longer!
So what are you going to do to gain a reputation as a trusted information intermediary, Dan?
Dan Balz: Can Paul Ryan and Donald Trump Coexist within the Republican Party?: "Four years ago... Thomas Mann... and Norman Ornstein...
...took aim at the gridlocked and dysfunctional politics of Washington and the broader issue of political polarization that has become endemic in recent years. They were unsparing but not even-handed in their critique. They were ahead of others in describing the underlying causes of polarization as asymmetrical, with the Republican Party--in particular its most hard-line faction--as deserving of far more of the blame for the breakdown in governing.
Live from La Farine: Someone has successfully played a very funny April Fools' joke on George Mason University. They got George Mason to schedule the announcement of the renaming of their law school for April 1.
They are renaming their law school: ASSoL at George Mason University--the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University.
Well-played, whoever scheduled this!
Live from Golgotha: You know what happens to the Incarnate Word this Friday the 25th, don't you Josh?:
Josh Marshall**: The Incarnation: "I'm not sure anything better captures the GOP's inability to grasp what's happening to it...
...than the House Freedom Caucus wrestling with how to grapple with the rise of Donald Trump and how to resist his candidacy. Donald Trump is the Freedom Caucus. You might even say, in the beginning was the Freedom Caucus. And then the Freedom Caucus became flesh and walked among us. And his name was Donald Trump...
Live from La Farine: John Holbo: I wouldn’t even know where to insert underpants gnomes into that argument:
P1: Colorado exists.
P2: Rearden Metal exists.
P3: Rearden Metal is magic.
Rick Santelli: "You know what that big number was? It was 1957...
Live from La Farine: Jason Kottke: Dire Straits' Walk of Life improves every movie: "It is the assertion of The Walk of Life Project that...
...the Dire Straits song "Walk of Life" is the perfect thing to play at the end of movies. I have watched more than a dozen of these and they are all great, but I picked "Lost in Translation", "There Will Be Blood" and "Terminator 2" to embed here...
Live from Grub Street: Marie Le Conte: Londoner's Diary: Barber’s bunch in cutting mood over photoshoot: "The Financial Times may be pro-EU but some staff are a bit snippy about Italian hairdressers...
Live from Carpathia: It's YUUUGGGGEEE!!!!
Rob Beschizza**: Trump the Carpathian: "On a mountain of skulls, in the castle of pain...
...I sat on a throne of blood! And let me tell you it was really great. And I have a great relationship with the Moldavian people. They love me.
Live from SFO: Who decides that Peter Hart is a "leading Democratic pollster" rather than "an attention-seeking git"?
What is your favorite Clinton form?
Al Hunt: "‘Her history is that whenever she gets ahead and looks in good shape, she reverts to her worst form,’ says Peter D. Hart, a leading Democratic pollster...
Personally, Mothra is my least favorite Clinton Form. But I do love it when she does the twins from "The Shining." pic.twitter.com/Zp4YmHhqDc— Sady Doyle (@sadydoyle) March 6, 2016
.@sadydoyle My favorite Clinton form is Rhan-Tegoth Who Devours but personally I find YogSothoth the All-Seeing All-Being Blight a bit showy— Dr.Scotticus (@DocScotticus) March 6, 2016
I always preferred the form of a giant Sloar. https://t.co/Fw6jSHA3yf— Charles Gaba (@charles_gaba) March 8, 2016
Vinz Clortho: Sloars: "Then, during the Third Reconciliation of the Last of the Meketrex Supplicants, they chose a new form for him, that of a giant Sloar! Many Shubs and Zulls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of a Sloar that day, I can tell you!"
McKay Coppins: The One Thing I Didn't Get Wrong About Donald Trump: "About half an hour into Thursday night’s presidential debate...
...Republican frontrunner Donald Trump took a moment to call me out for the worst prediction of my career. It happened when a moderator asked him to respond to a recent BuzzFeed News report that he had secretly hedged on his hardline immigration proposals during an off-the-record interview with liberal New York Times editors. Trump responded, characteristically, with a small declaration of victory:
Live from the Rumpublicans' Self-Made Gehenna: Josh Marshall: Bottom Line: "Here's where we get the real story...
We can't afford a dangerous figure like Donald Trump, not the country or the conservative movement. But I'll definitely back him if he's the nominee.... Trump is a disgrace who doesn't share our values and may doom America and who I will be supporting in November."
Live from the Rumpublicans' Self-Made Gehenna: Nate Silver: On Twitter:
@NateSilver538: If a year ago you'd drawn up 1000 scenarios and ranked them from best to worst possible outcome for the GOP, this would be like No. 997.
@ObsoleteDogma: @NateSilver538 What are the three that could possibly be worse than this?
@NateSilver538: @ObsoleteDogma: No. 998 involves a Watergate-style scandal, No. 999 involves space aliens, and I don't even want to think about No. 1000.
@sungod499: @NateSilver538 @ObsoleteDogma nominate the AntiChrist.
Live from Evans Hall: Is this the point at which we say that the sensible Republicans who thought they could use the crazies to gain power have been punished enough?
Obama gives Rubio the hug of death. https://t.co/a6g4XlMLSk— Jonathan Ladd (@jonmladd) February 16, 2016
Obama helpfully reminds GOP primary voters that Rubio co-sponsored a bill "that I supported"— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) February 16, 2016
Live from Cloud-Cuckooland: This is, I may say, the best #slatepitch EVAR! Much kudos to Jonathan Chait!
Jonathan Chait: Why Liberals Should Support a Trump Nomination: "The initial stupefaction and dismay with which liberals greeted Donald Trump’s candidacy...
The Onion: Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over': "WASHINGTON, DC–Mere days from assuming the presidency and closing the door on eight years of Bill Clinton...
Over at Huffington World Post: Future Economists Will Probably Call This Decade the 'Longest Depression': Posted: 01/08/2016 9:28 am EST Updated: 49 minutes ago: Economist Joe Stiglitz warned back in 2010 that the world risked sliding into a 'Great Malaise.' This week, he followed up on that grim prediction, saying, 'We didn't do what was needed, and we have ended up precisely where I feared we would.' READ MOAR
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Live from Topeka: "Well it'd certainly make chartered accountancy a much more interesting job": http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2016/01/chartered-accountancy Shakezula: "Courtesy of the Kansas City Star, from House Bill No. 2059:
For purposes of subdivision (2) of this subsection, the term ‘gift’ shall include sexual relations between a registered lobbyist and a member of the general assembly or his or her staff. Relations between married persons or between persons who entered into a relationship prior to the registration of the lobbyist, the election of the member to the general assembly, or the employment of the staff person shall not be reportable under this subdivision. The reporting of sexual relations for purposes of this subdivision shall not require a dollar valuation.
Live from Above the Sierra Nevada: The case for Neil as the smartest Bush son gets stronger every day:
You shall not crucify Jeb on a cross of economic competence https://t.co/FhXzCdbWWP— Matt O'Brien (@ObsoleteDogma) October 7, 2015
Translation: I know the overlap of lunatic gold fringe & GOP primary voters is huge. https://t.co/zUIP4byMpZ— Jesse Eisinger (@eisingerj) October 7, 2015
@WaPoSean this is sanity struggling with expediency: there are no votes to be gained by denying the barbarous relic— Typhoon Jim (@typhoonjim) October 7, 2015
Live from Jackson Hole 2015 Weblogging: Peggy Noonan Wall Street Journal column or Onion parody?
Peggy Noonan: America Is so in Play: "Something is going on, some tectonic plates are moving in interesting ways...
...My friend Cesar works the deli counter at my neighborhood grocery store. He is Dominican, an immigrant, early 50s, and listens most mornings to a local Hispanic radio station, La Mega, on 97.9 FM. Their morning show is the popular “El Vacilón de la Mañana,” and after the first GOP debate, Cesar told me, they opened the lines to call-ins, asking listeners (mostly Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican) for their impressions. More than half called in to say they were for Mr. Trump. Their praise, Cesar told me a few weeks ago, dumbfounded the hosts. I later spoke to one of them, who identified himself as D.J. New Era. He backed Cesar’s story. “We were very surprised,” at the Trump support, he said. Why? “It’s a Latin-based market!”
Live from Bullwinkle Plaza: Jeet Heer: On Twitter: "2. Memo to the elite media & political class: all the things about Trump that make you cringe are what his base loves about him.:
Live from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth: Warren Ellis: Drinking Soylent With The Last Of The California War Boys: "Soylent founder Rob Rhinehart’s... current lifestyle and philosophy...
...He’s living the classic 80s cyberpunk lifestyle – living off a single solar panel and a butane burner, wearing clothes made by subsistence-wage workers in China that he throws away when they get dirty, and writing long, confused philosophical screeds.... Seasteading’s been and gone for the second (third?) time, the secession and Six-State-California guys have been and gone. It is that time in the cycle where the Libertarian App Future Brothers start living off the grid, buying guns and getting good and weird out there alone in the dark.... I think we may look back and consider that, one more time, we saw the best minds of our generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves after an Uber that isn’t actually there because Uber fakes most of those little cars you see on the Uber app map.
Comment of the DayKelley: "Clarence Bullwinkel spelled his last name slightly differently than the moose. His oral history, taken down by Ford historians, is available online. http://cdm15889.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15889coll2/id/3593/rec/39
Comment of the Day: Walt Someguy: Unfogged: "The new Mad Max movie may be the most guy movie ever made. The plot is literally: Tom Hardy (Mad Max) and Charlize Theron (Furiosa) rescue scantily-clad supermodels...
Live from the Palace of Westminster: David Cameron**: "For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society...
...saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. It’s often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that’s helped foster a narrative of extremism and grievance. This government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach...
Across the Wide Missouri: $4.50 toast comes to Kansas City!
White-bread (actually whole-wheat millet, multigrain, sunflower flax, molasses raisin walnut, rosemary-wheat, cheesy pesto, cinnamon-swirl brioche, challah, and homestyle white-bread) yuppie culture continues to spread across the land!
...in which the frothing distrust of people who aren’t just like you is couched in language designed to give the appearance of being reasonable until you squint at it closely, then you’re not going to want to miss this piece by Baen publisher Toni Weisskopf. It’s a really fine example of the form. I recommend you check it out for the full effect, but for those of you who won’t, here’s an encapsulation of the piece:
“Once upon a time all the fractious lands of science fiction fandom were joined together, and worshiped at the altar of Heinlein. But in these fallen times, lo do many refuse to worship Heinlein, preferring instead their false idols and evil ways. What shall we, who continue to attend the Orthodox Church of Heinlein, do with these dirty, dirty people? Perhaps we shall wall ourselves away in His sepulcher, for we are the One True Church, and should not have to sully ourselves with the likes of them. P.S.: Also, their awards don’t mean anything because we don’t get nominated for them very much and maybe we don’t want to be nominated anyway.”
"I now know it is a rising, not a setting, sun" --Benjamin Franklin, 1787