A.M. Links: Steve Bannon to Appear Before House Intelligence Committee, Senate Democrats Aim to Restore Net Neutrality, Norway's Parliament Votes to Decriminalize All Drugs


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    "Chances of a government shutdown grew Monday as Republicans concluded that they would be unable to reach a long-term spending accord by the Friday deadline. GOP leaders are now turning to a short-term funding measure in hopes of keeping agencies open while talks continue, but Democratic leaders say they are unlikely to support any deal that does not protect young illegal immigrants."

  • Steve Bannon is scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee today.
  • Senate Democrats say they have 50 votes, including that of Republican Susan Collins of Maine, to override the FCC's recent repeal of net neutrality rules.
  • A Danish inventor named Peter Madsen has been charged with the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall.
  • A Japanese broadcaster mistakenly sent out a warning about a North Korean missile attack.
  • Norway's Parliament has voted to decriminalize all drugs.

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    1. Hello.

      Someone needs to get to that Republican on NN.

      1. She always votes with the Democrats. I don’t know who she’s fooling any more.

        1. She’s from Maine. Their Republicans are just to the left of Jimmy Carter.

          1. Tell that to Paul LePage.

            1. I always get him mixed up with that other fat crazy loudmouthed Canadian bastard, Rob Ford. I hear Paul LePage and I keep thinking, “Didn’t he OD on crack or some shit? Why is he still around?”

              1. LePage buys his crack from a guy by the name D-Money who drives up from Connecticut to impregnate white Mainer chicks.

                1. That controversy broke same time as Kaepernick’s, and I got instantly inspired to write some hot as fuck slashfic at the time. But I never got around to publishing it, and the moment for its audience is pretty much gone.

                  1. Hit’n’Run never really lets a moment go, Diego. And it just so happens that, since SugarFree’s departure, we have an opening for an author of repulsive longform politico-cultural slashfic. Whatchoo got?

    2. I support the Democrats on this. Gridlock! Gridlock! Gridlock!

  2. Norway’s Parliament has voted to decriminalize all drugs.

    We’ll see if Trump wants ’em now.

    1. What, the drugs?

    2. Is Keith Richards coming for a visit or something?

    3. On another HnR thread recently a commenter told me Trump said something on behalf of across the board legalization in the 80s, which is certainly something given how polls during the last two decades of the 20th showed that the most popular penalty among Americans for selling any drug was DEATH.

      I’d thought his law-and-order, Archie Bunkerish narrative, combined with a personal puritanism that considers even one-time drinking and smoking serious character weaknesses, might lead to a different attitude (thus was surprised at his campaign shrugs at MMJ). But now that I think about it, Trump is a lifelong militant teetotaler who was also a vodka manufacturer (“this is the most wonderful vodka, believe me”). Fuck, we’ll probably be seeing Trump Chronic come 2025.

  3. …but Democratic leaders say they are unlikely to support any deal that does not protect young illegal immigrants.

    It’s in the Dems’ best interest to shut it down. They won’t get bad press and they’ll create a lot of GOP “victims” to save.

    1. Small problem — the GOP can decide to make a “shutdown” as harmless as possible, showing how useless government is. Democrats always tried to inflict the maximum pain possible. Instead of shuttering, say, the Park Service…shutter the EPA. Find out who executives find to be “non-essential” employees and fire all of them.

      1. Shutdowns wallop the defense industry, a major GOP donor.

      2. I wanted them to do that the last time there was threat of a government shutdown
        Seems like a great opportunity to slash government payrolls


  4. Steve Bannon is scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee today.

    According to Trump, he’s libel to say anything

    1. He was going to deliver his testimony via Breitbart articles.

      1. Perhaps he will only deign to speak in Reindeer.

      2. He sold his share in Breitbart for six months of Trump, and then both Breitbart and Trump got rid of him.


        1. Hypothesis: the reason he wears so many shirts is because his world is a cold, dead place.

    2. “Libel”, eh?

      1. I hope that was intentional.

        1. How dare you question me in print

          1. Didja hear about Hulk Hogan and Bubba The Love Sponge? Bubba’s wife was giving Hogan lip, so he body slander.

  5. Senate Democrats say they have 50 votes, including that of Republican Susan Collins of Maine, to override the FCC’s recent repeal of net neutrality rules.

    Finally, I’ll be able to use the internet again.

    1. As long as I can still get my tentacle porn fix, I don’t care either way.

      1. Unless the Democrats get this through, Comcast is gonna start charging you per tentacle.

        1. No. Per sucker.

          1. Amazing

  6. Senate Democrats say they have 50 votes, including that of Republican Susan Collins of Maine, to override the FCC’s recent repeal of net neutrality rules.

    My browser refuses to show me this story, so I’m not going to worry about it.

    1. WSJ, NYT, WaPo, or any other of those paywall blockers that carry news that I can get in a myriad of other places?

      1. For free.

  7. Norway’s Parliament has voted to decriminalize all drugs.

    Sessions reminds Norwegians that it’s still illegal at the federal level.

    1. What happens if you refuse to go to the mandatory drug treatment?

      Decriminalizing and legalizing are not the same thing.

      1. You get 10 years in Federal PMITA prison. Or Norway’s version which is like a sabbatical with better housing than most adjunct professor.

  8. House Intelligence Committee

    Can we just appreciate the oxymoronity?

    1. I know, right? It’s not a very good house, is it?

      1. It’s our castle and our keep.

        1. Until some video game dork gets you SWATted by accident.

  9. A Japanese broadcaster mistakenly sent out a warning about a North Korean missile attack.

    Oh, those squiggly lines could mean anything.

    1. Esp. when accompanied by a gong.

      1. I start salivating to either stimuli

  10. “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”
    -Groucho Marx

    Net Neutrality is a textbook example of this.

    1. Another example of this is Crusty checking his date for ticks.

      1. You don’t?

        1. Only crabs.

  11. Republicans concluded that they would be unable to reach a long-term spending accord by the Friday deadline. GOP leaders are now turning to a short-term funding measure

    “There’s never time to do it right, but there’s always time to do it over.”

    1. Please take your time doing it over. Better yet, pay government “workers” to stay home until they retire.

      1. I’m for sending them home and not paying them

        This is actually a huge opportunity for Trump to hit the Deep State in the pocket book
        Furloughs, no pay
        And in all the right departments

    1. I agree. Why is he always dating white girls? What’s wrong with a nice Indian girl?

      1. There was a really dark skinned Indian girl that worked for me. Culturally? Whitest girl I ever met.

        She was so hung up on skin color. It was fucking crazy. She blamed everything on racism. She’d complain to the black women here but never got any sympathy, because again, culturally was the whitest girl I ever met.

        1. Well, Ska, did you?

          1. She looked like the wicked witch of the west except with a skin tone of roasted coffee beans instead of pea soup. Which is to say she had a really long chin.

            I don’t know if she gave great chin or not, though, because she was a repulsive person. And not in the “I need to bang this horrible person” kind of way that drives me crazy.

            1. Pics? I can’t be the only one thinking about Mindy Kahling while I jerk off at Wicked.

              (The other guys I see always swear they’re thinking about the Dominican chick from Scrubs, but I think they’re just embarrassed to tell the truth.)

              1. Which row at Wicked do all the JOers meet up?

      2. Because Shikha is already spoken for?

  12. My God:

    After arriving at his TriBeCa apartment on the appointed evening ? she was “excited,” having carefully chosen her outfit after consulting with friends ? they exchanged small talk and drank wine. “It was white,” she said. “I didn’t get to choose and I prefer red, but it was white wine.” Yes, we are apparently meant to read into the nonconsensual wine choice.

    1. If you are hanging out naked with a man, it’s safe to assume he is going to try to have sex with you.

      A-HEM. “The way she was dressed, she was asking for it.”

    2. I only offer shots of tequila, mezcal, Jack Daniels, boilermakers, or scotch and soda. I don’t like spoiled grape juice.

      1. Blegh mezcal. I’d love to be cool enough to try it, but I know I can’t handle that smoky shit because I tried Scotch back in high school and damn near threw up.

        I wish I was sophisticated enough to be a snob about both, because being a snob about tequila and Irish whiskey just makes me look like a drunk.

        1. No shame in not being partial to wood extract and paint thinner.

          1. No. More for those of us with good taste.

    3. At various points, she told the reporter, she attempted to voice her hesitation

      so she didn’t even manage to squeak out a “hmm, I’m just not sure”, but she attempted goddammit

    4. Goddamn millennial soyboy cucks. I know they were going to eat seafood afterwards, but still, white wine?

    5. As a rule, ladies — if his dick is in your mouth, he might be suspecting you’re down for sex.

      Just sayin’.

      1. Going down, Mr. Tyler?

    6. How hard is it to say “no, I don’t want you to put your penis in me”?

      If he persists after that, then maybe you have cause to complain publicly.

      1. Maybe its time these “ladies” learn how to slap like a Lady.

        1. Seriously. If this is supposed to be about empowering women, women need to take some initiative and use that power, not just complain about things that happened in the past. People are going to do shit if they can get away with it.

          1. Seems to me like the ultimate goal of this movement is to get men to stop wanting to have sex. Not just stop being gross about it, stop wanting it at all.

  13. Slow-moving landslide has Washington town on high alert

    Too bad this isn’t about entitlements and DC.

    1. Well, I’ve been afraid of changin’
      ‘Cause I’ve built my life around you …

    1. Except you couldn’t tell any of the emojis apart in the movie, because the censors added Bushiyyas.

    2. Cinema immediately rebanned for another 35 years.

      1. They’re all caricatures of Mohammed.

    3. Exporting democracy with skinny jeans and emojis.

    4. Go Mohamed Bin Salman! He’s a real progressive, truly committed to turning his country into a fully modern warmongering totalitarian hereditary dictatorship, not one where he has to share power with stuffy old clerics.

    1. “5,000 pages of texts”?! WTF?

      1. He made her fill out an affirmative consent form.

      2. One word: alcohol.

        1. Another word: MILF.

    2. Winn was sacked from the school following the police investigation.

      Americans don’t get ‘sacked’. Stupid British.

      1. Unless they are playing football.

        1. Yeah, real football though, not that sport with the spotted ball.

    3. At least priests had the excuse that they weren’t getting any.

  14. Norway’s Parliament has voted to decriminalize all drugs.

    Just in time for the Winter Olympics.

  15. Remembering Dolores O’Riordan and the Startling Power of “Zombie”

    Inspired by a 1993 bombing by the Irish Republican Army, “Zombie” was the 1990s’ even more anguished answer to U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” another stadium-size hit about deadly violence in Northern Ireland. Lyrically, there is no subtlety to it, from “In your head / In your head / They are dying” to “With their tanks / And their bombs / And their bombs / And their guns.” But a lack of subtlety is the point, and despite its stubborn and bone-simple four-chord simplicity, “Zombie” makes for a shockingly compelling one-song YouTube rabbit hole now. The especially slow and intense version the Cranberries unveiled on Saturday Night Live in 1995 almost makes their clamorous performance for David Letterman a few months earlier feel like a sprint.

    1. . For MTV Unplugged (also in ’95), they added weeping strings, which snuck back into the rerecorded version that appeared on the band’s last album, 2017’s Something Else. And during an NPR Tiny Desk Concert to promote their 2012 album, Roses, they politely fulfilled a crowd request for “Zombie” immediately. No drums, no distortion. But O’Riordan’s voice was always where all the power came from: the feral growl she gave every instance of the word zombie, the pained upward lilt that spiked the end of nearly every syllable. Her anger on that song was never quite as shocking, or impressive, as the fact that she somehow managed to mostly keep it hidden, most of the rest of the time.

      I’m still more of a “Linger” guy for what it’s worth.

      1. Didja hafta pull my finger? Cause that stench still lingers

    2. Never liked the song, never paid attention to the lyrics. I thought that the song was about zombies.

      1. The Cranberries never sang about berries.

        Think about it.

      2. I always assumed it was about shellshock in WW1 because of this part:

        “It’s the same old thing since nineteen-sixteen
        In your head in your head
        Their still fighting
        With their tanks and their bombs
        And their bombs and their guns
        In your head in your head they are dying”

        1. 1916 was when the Irish Republic was declared and the fight for independence really got started.

          1. Like Kivlor cares about the history of the degenerate Irish race.

          2. Yeah, after seeing the article, it makes sense. It just never really occurred to me when I was listening to this song back in the 90’s. I was a kid, and Ireland’s struggle for Independence didn’t really make the history books much in our classes. But WWI did, and it was well under way in 1916 and the song basically describes the way shell shock was described to us “It’s still 1916 in your head” with “zombie” being a pretty apt descriptor for the behavior of shell shocked soldiers as it was described to us.

            1. Look up an Irish song called “The Foggy Dew” about the Easter Rising in 1916. It is not unrelated to WWI, as Britain’s stated reasons for entering WWI kind of did not mesh wth its rule of Ireland.

              1. Thanks! I really enjoyed it.

            2. I am curious about this teenage environment you grew up in where you were more aware of WWI, a war that 95% of Americans probably couldn’t name two antagonists of, and whose ongoing one hundredth fucking anniversary is all but silently passing outside of one YouTube channel (sorry, but I think this is probably the event the world must study and learn from if it had to pick one; I get passionate), and were not constantly bombarded by the grievances of the World’s Most Oppressed People.

              I heard an Irish voice in the 90s whining about tanks and bombs, heard ‘1916,’ and didn’t even hesitate a second. I actually thought it was Sinead O’Connor.

              Still love the Cranberries, BTW. Gone from Nationalist through cultural osmosis, to full-throated DUP-backing Unionist, during the years since; but some things never change.

              1. I wasn’t a teenager when Zombie hit the charts I’m afraid. I’m younger than that.

                But I went to a Catholic school as a kid, growing up in a Catholic family, and our school spent some time–but not a ton–on WW1. We certainly didn’t cover the Irish Easter Rebellion when I was in elementary school. Of course our history lessons were very Americentric and so our discussion of WW1 was limited to American involvement plus the “causes” of WW1.

                The greater amount of time in my school the year this song charted was dedicated to making the kids memorize and recite the declaration of independence and the preamble to the constitution along with reading other founding documents. Sadly, I doubt my school makes the kids do those things anymore.

    3. The Cranberries were quite good and her voice was haunting.

  16. How the Tet Offensive Undermined American Faith in Government

    Tet shaped the world within which we live today: In an era when Americans still don’t fully trust government officials to tell them the truth about situations overseas, and don’t have confidence that leaders, for all their bluster, will do the right thing.

    Tet is an important reminder that for liberals and conservatives sometimes a little distrust is a good thing. Particularly at a time when we have a president who traffics heavily in falsehoods, Tet showed that blind confidence in leaders can easily lead down dangerous paths.

    Which is why our government is now small as fuck.

    1. I never realized how ingenious the Tet offensive was.until my first Chinese New Year in Taiwan.

      1. Once, when Lee Tung Hui arrived for a speech, I was astounded by the fireworks, as well as playing Gillette’s “Short-Dicked Men” over the PA system. Who could hear a gunshot? Later, Chen Shui-Bian was wounded under similar circumstances. According to KMT supporters, the shooter, later found dead, could calculate the deflection from the windshield to produce only a non-critical abdominal wound, ensuring him a victory from sympathy. Be that as it may, Chen’s in prison, sort of a tradition for ex-Presidents here.

    2. Tet showed that blind confidence in leaders can easily lead down dangerous paths.


      1. Also, me, every time i play Civilization.

    3. Shouldn’t Tet have killed their faith in the media?

      I mean, for all of its reporting — Tet really was a fucking disaster and death blow to the Viet Cong.

      1. That’s still not taught really.

  17. Harvard Study Shows Why Big Telecom Is Terrified of Community-Run Broadband

    According to the new study by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, community-owned broadband networks provide consumers with significantly lower rates than their private-sector counterparts.

    1. Big Telecom is not terrified of community-run broadband, because the broadband still has to pay someone for the trunk line.

    2. For those outraged by the Trump administration’s attempt to kill net neutrality (and soon all remaining oversight of the nation’s entrenched monopolies) building or supporting local broadband networks is one practical avenue for retaliation.

      So net neutrality isn’t needed after all. Good to know.

      1. Well, it is a good example of Orwellian speech…

      2. And these “local broadband networks” would have been prohibited under net neutrality…

        The forecast calls for cognitive dissonance.

    3. Unless you’re at a Hilton, where they block any other provider except their own. And the assholes never refunded me the time that I didn’t use but had to pay for in advance.

      1. I was just traveling around and stayed at four different hotel chains over the past two weeks. Hilton was the only one that tried to get you to pay for internet and only offered crap, slow wifi for free that expired after two hours. Pretty surprised hotel chains still try and charge for internet, makes you look like a real cheapass.

  18. I support the Democrats in this shutdown, for whatever reason. Gridlock! Gridlock! Gridlock!

    1. For the sake of the illegals, no less. I’ll take Optics for $500 Alex.

  19. Senate Democrats say they have 50 votes, including that of Republican Susan Collins of Maine, to override the FCC’s recent repeal of net neutrality rules.

    So those sneaky bastard Democrats are maneuvering to make sure Donald Trump’s firmly in charge of the internet? This eighth-dimensional chess confuses the hell out of me.

    1. They are supremely confident that he will be out before the leaves turn again… certainly before his term is out at any rate. And they are really, really passionate about consolidating control of communications, since all this fake news from Russia and twitter stuff cost them the presidency.

      They have the social media platforms in line on “eliminating hate speech”, but they still need an additional tool to make sure all other avenues are kept at bay.

    2. Not sure how they would plan to use this, when they don’t have the House or the presidency. And 2018 elections probably add to the GOP majority in the Senate given how favorable the map is.

  20. Drudge links to an interesting read on the press coverage of Trump over the past year. Consider the source, but it still makes for an interesting read.

    Executive summary: Trump coverage dominated the news in 2017 and was overwhelmingly negative – to the tune of 90% negative. The tenor of the coverage did not vary, regardless of what was happening – always roughly the same at 90% negative.

    My take-home: “Over-reach” has become the new normal – and it kills the message. With Trump it allows his supporters to ignore negative coverage because the press acts as if he just reopened Auschwitz if he eats a taco salad. We are seeing the same effect with #MeToo, where a bad pickup line or failed kiss attempt is exactly the same as quid-pro-quo sexual harassment by a powerful executive which is exactly the same thing as walking out of the shower and masturbating in front of an unwilling prospective employee which is exactly the same thing as the violent gang rape of a 15 year old girl.

    My personal ox getting gored moment in this nonsense has been #BLM obliterating the work done by people like Balko to bring policing reform to the forefront and replacing all of that well-reasoned discussion with “white people are racists”.

    1. A side note on the news coverage over the last year that didn’t make the story….. remember all of the glowing coverage of the economic news over the course of 2009 to 2016? Despite the longest stagnation ever, it was almost uniformly positive coverage.

      This past year has been pretty decent for the economy. Better than any of the previous 10 years, at least. Not spectacular, but pretty decent. (except the stock market. And bitcoin. Those have been not just spectacular, but shocking.)

      I don’t remember hearing drumbeats of an exploding economy this year. And most of the coverage of the stock market has been tempered with “when will it come crashing down”.

      It is an old playbook (run very successfully against GHWB back in 1990), so you’d think that it wouldn’t work any more. But they keep on running the play, so it must be successful at least to a degree.

      1. Trump is evil, people just know he is. Therefore anything bad that happens is because of him and anything good is in spite of him.

      2. Nobody’s suppressing information on the economy. As for POTUS, you can’t seriously think he doesn’t deserve at least 90% negative coverage. Name one good thing he did that actually involved his own decision making. I can name 1,000 things he did that made the entire world wince in embarrassment or shock.

        1. The travel ban at the beginning of his presidency and redefining “Navigable Waters” come to mind.

        2. I can name 1,000 things he did that made the entire world wince in embarrassment or shock.

          I don’t care if the entire world screams in shared rage at what our POTUS does. I want whoever is in the office to do what is in the best interest of the nation and her people.

          If Germany’s government or people cry because we pulled out of the Climate Accord is truly irrelevant to the question of whether we should do so. Should the Israelis scream to their Maker because we don’t overthrow Assad is of no consequence to the resolving the question of whether it is in OUR interest to do so.

        3. Were the tax cuts his idea? That’s one. Pulling out of the Paris Agreement was another. So far he’s done a few things that have been good to neutral, but it’s true. Most things he does are dumb and/or embarrassing.

    2. I can’t turn on my local cable news channel – which is supposed to be all *local* news – without hearing about the latest horrible thing Trump is up to, followed by reactions from the man on the street to the latest horrible thing Trump is up to, followed by reports of protests against the latest horrible thing Trump is up to, ad nauseum.

      I don’t know how far they think they can push this before it begins to turn off even average, not-insane Democrats.

      1. I do wish I was one of Trump’s advisors though. New Yorker to New Yorker, I’d have offered him my old “X” cap to wear while golfing yesterday; and you know what, half of me thinks the bastard would have been crazy enough to do it.

      2. I quit watching the news in 2016 except for sometimes disaster coverage until they start blaming Trump for the disaster then I turn it off again

      3. Stopped watching the news too. Only thing I read is BBC and here.

          1. That is awesome. I had no idea that they had a Nigerian Pidgen edition.

    3. My personal ox getting gored moment in this nonsense has been #BLM obliterating the work done by people like Balko to bring policing reform to the forefront and replacing all of that well-reasoned discussion with “white people are racists”.

      My personal take on this has been that although “all white people are racists” hasn’t been terribly helpful, it hasn’t damaged policing reform the way chanting “Pigs in a blanket; fry ’em like bacon” and “What do we want? Dead cops!” followed by literally assassinating police officers damaged it. Dallas was the turning point for a lot of people who were indifferent to mildly in favor of reform changing into repeating “War on cops!”

      1. It also didn’t help BLM’s original mission when they got taken over by Communists.

        1. BLM was rotten from the start. Contrary to our memories now, it did not start as outrage about police brutality. It started as outrage at the system working properly–when a jury resisted the lynch-mob howls from the entire country and acquitted a young Latino civilian (a hotheaded asshole named George Zimmerman) on an utterly laughable murder charge. It gained momentum slightly later, when two cop killings of black men shook the country: a peace-loving loosie vendor brutally choked to death on camera in Staten Island; and a violent thug who clearly had it coming in Missouri. Guess which one they made their poster boy and mantra. Anybody? Anybody? Show of hands up don’t shoot?

          BLM is not the product of some traditional, salt of the earth core of the black community. It was founded by militant lesbian and transgender intersectional feminist activists. One of their core goals is “to disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.” (The success that collegiate-intellectual movements like this are finally having in the erstwhile rather conservative, Archie Bunkerish black street is one of the most interesting sociopolitical developments of these interesting times.)

          1. They have been so consistent and so uncanny at picking the wrong cases that it makes me start spinning crazy conspiracy theories about how they are doing it on purpose.

            Remember all the outrage and marches over an unarmed and harmless Daniel Shaver being executed while on his hands and knees begging for his life?

            Yeah, I didn’t so. It took some pretty good cherry picking to come up with examples that were so easily written off by police and their supporters.

            1. White people generally don’t march about white people being killed by white people. We don’t really march about whites being killed by anyone. If we did, there’d be a lot more lynchings.

              It truly is uncanny how often they pick up a bad case to champion. I don’t know that it’s as much of an intended trend, as it is emblematic of their knee-jerk “all cases of a black guy killed by the police are examples of the evil white people oppressing us” coupled with the 24 hour news cycle and how the media don’t care if the story they are about to propagate is true or not as long as it gets views/clicks.

        2. Yeah, I’m not convinced they got “taken over” by communists as much as that was their base from the beginning.

          1. Could be. I just recall first seeing their list of sensible recommendations for police reform – which TBH they were marketing on a different site whose name I forget – and only later seeing the BLM manifesto which reads like something out of Mao’s wet dreams.

            1. If I was an Asian drag queen I would take the stage name “BLM Manifesto,” proclaiming that I “read like something out of Mao’s wet dreams.”

          2. I could be missing something, but my impression was that they started out, sort of like the Tea Party, as a pretty loosely organized protest movement, but as more organized groups came about they pretty quickly became more of a sort of radical commie “social justice” kind of thing.

            1. It’s hard to nail down these “leaderless collective” movements like Anonymous, OWS, Tea Party, BLM. In the broadest sense they’re, by design, everyone who identifies with them. In the narrower sense there are the multiple organizations that crop up (even if this is only to be immediately co-opted, then die–Tea Party–or just cut out the middle man and die–OWS).

              In the case of BLM, the wider membership was broadest of all, due to an entry cost that’s low even by leaderless collective standards (all it takes is tweeting the 17 characters #BlackLivesMatter–and black folks love to tweet). But the history, as far as I know, was more centralized. There was a handful of specific founders, they formed a “parent organization,” they stand for certain (rather absurd and completely police-brutality irrelevant) things. And, again, they were formed to protest the killing of Trayvon Martin (and his killer’s failure to be railroaded by a race-mob-cowed jury), not anyone killed by cops.

    4. Comcast grooms the image of the most hated corporation in America, comes out blisteringly against regulation, and the dingo Tom Wheeler passes Net Neutrality with ease.

      Trump grooms the image of the crazy drunk uncle, lets the press eat it up and repeat it endlessly, and while everyone is reveling in his incompetence, he does more with less than any president I can remember.

      Maybe it isn’t just movie plots that can embrace complex multi-level scheming…

    5. Well written and I agree on all parts. It is a shame too, when people all start living on different narratives of reality it will make cooperation and understanding very difficult.

  21. Chances of a government shutdown grew Monday

    Hysterical caterwauling from Pete MacAdoodle Suderweigel to commence in the next two or three days.

    1. Pete MacAdoodle Suderweigel

      B-, would be better without your stupid insistence of inserting ‘Weigel’ everywhere.

      1. I laffed. Something might be wrong with me.

      2. But stupid insistence is all Mikey has!

  22. It’s kind of ridiculous that a First World country has its government shut down over political posturing every couple of years. Like it or not (count me among the nots of course) the government is a major part of our economy.

    Japan during the Meiji restoration had a constitutional rule that if the parliament didn’t pass a budget, the previous year’s budget was automatically used. We need to insitute a similar amendment or law.

    1. Well “shutdown”. It’s really pretty misleading to call what happens when there is no budget a “government shutdown”.

      1. Hey! They close parks, man. They close parks!

        I like the ones where they pay someone to go out and lock up a park entrance that is normally unattended and collects parking fees via a lockbox. So they forgo revenue and increase employee expense in the name of not having money budgeted for running the park.

        This issue was one of the first things that pulled the scales from my eyes with regards to the press.

        Back in the 90’s, the Clinton administration said they were going to shut the government down and blame it on Gingrich and the republicans. I know this because Tom Brokaw told me so. Then, a week later when the government shut down, Tom Brokaw came on the news and told me that Gingrich and the Republicans shut down the government.

        It was so openly cynical that I was astounded. It was the exact, same guy who told me that this was the White House strategy. Yet he went with the “Gingrich did it” narrative anyway.

        Amazingly, nobody remembered being told the opposite a week ago. That era taught me a lot. Particularly that people can’t remember anything for a week. Remember Stephanopoulos trotting out different and contradictory versions of the Draft story every other week? And each time, the serious news anchors told me that this version was always the version…. we’ve known this forever and there is nothing new here. Even though they personally told me the opposite a week earlier.

        1. Orwell wrote a book about a huge government apparatus put in place to make people “forget” last week’s news. Little did he know that MiniTru isn’t even needed.

    2. First World countries routinely go without a “government” in that they don’t have a majority in their parliament to make new laws. It doesn’t mean that current laws aren’t being enforced though.

      1. Yeah, we don’t shut down that part of government. The politicos would be the last ones to get locked out.

      2. But “government” in that case means more what we would call an “administration”.

    3. Japan during the Meiji restoration had a constitutional rule that if the parliament didn’t pass a budget, the previous year’s budget was automatically used. We need to insitute a similar amendment or law.

      That would be awesome. Pass one good budget and then never pass another again.

  23. One can’t “override” the repeal of Net Neutrality rules, because there’s nothing to repeal. it’s just the current FCC saying it won’t treat ISPs like mythical utilities. If the Senate doesn’t like it, then the Senate needs to come up with a law forcing the FCC to regulate ISPs like mythical utilities. This is different from an override.

    p.s. I say “mythical utilities” because Net Neutrality is about ISPs not charging extra for extra use, which is something all utilities can do. The one-price-fits-all smorgsbord model that NN advocates wants for the the Internet does nto exist in other utilities. You use more electicity you get a higher bill. You call long distance you pay more for your call. You produce too much trash, the garbage man will soon be by with a special bill for you. Etc.

    p.p.s. Being able to charge extra for heavy use would solve this problem. Make the heavy duty streamers pay more than grandma who only checks her email.

  24. “Democratic leaders say they are unlikely to support any deal that does not protect young illegal immigrants.”

    Hate speech! That should be “young dreamers”.

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