Profiles in Courage: the Straight Talks a Lot of Shit Express is back in town.
Tough-talking Mavericky McMaverickstain is at it again, standing on his lawn and shaking his cane at Der Orangeführer like he just got caught cheating at Mah-Jong over at the home.
Senator John McCain, defending the media against the latest attack by President Donald Trump, warned that suppressing the free press was “how dictators get started”.
The Arizona Republican, a frequent critic of Trump, was responding to a tweet in which Trump accused the media of being “the enemy of the American people”.
“If you want to preserve – I’m very serious now – if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started,” he continued.
“They get started by suppressing free press. In other words, a consolidation of power. When you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press.
Ummm. Are you talking about anybody in particular, Senator? Continue reading
This methodological tour de force is a triumph in honesty, objectivity and good faith. Bigly. You should reply in kind.
I’ll keep this brief. Donald has a poll up asking for your honest opinion on a series of completely fair, unbiased and objective questions about “the media.” The Mainstream Media Accountability Survey asks questions like:
10: Do you believe that the mainstream media does not do their due diligence fact-checking before publishing stories on the Trump administration?
13: Do you believe that political correctness has created biased news coverage on both illegal immigration and radical Islamic terrorism?
Here’s the best one, though: Continue reading
May everyone get lots of love and jewelry today.
My girlfriend loves jewelry. Especially watches, bracelets, and anything else you can wear on the wrist. Sometimes you find stylish clumps of metal and machinery laying about the apartment.
Kevin Plank is a successful businessman with strong opinions. The data, though, suggests he places ideology above facts.
Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank
If you’re a huge sports merchandise brand, you never want your marquee superstar endorser going after you in the press. But that’s what happened this week when Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank told CNBC that “[t]o have such a pro-business president is something that is a real asset for the country.”
The aforementioned marquee superstar, 2014-15 NBA champion and reigning MVP Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors, took a shot:
“I agree with that description, if you remove the ‘et.'”
The two have now apparently gotten on the same page after some top-speed backpedaling by Plank, who has taken great pains to clarify that he only meant his praise in a strictly business sense. It’s fun when CEOs get hauled out to the woodshed.
The problem is that even the business-specific comment illustrates what a fact-resistant barking fucktrumpet Plank is. Continue reading
The crew on the CoolGuides subReddit are to be commended for a noteworthy effort, but there are a few things we’d like to see adjusted.
There’s an interesting project under way over at Reddit. Interesting in that it tackles the increasingly pressing question of journalistic credibility here in the golden age of fake news (and how can you possibly not respect an effort called “Fight Fake News, updated and larger guide to repubility”? (“Reputability”?) Also interesting in that, this being Reddit, your mileage may vary. Have a look at where they are right now:
There’s plenty to like here, starting with the Left/Right and High Quality/Low Quality axes. Continue reading
We need a new American consensus driven by a commitment to knowledge, reason and good faith engagement with those whose views differ from our own.
For decades I have toyed with the idea that we could use a civic forum for popular debate, an organization that would make it possible for communities to discuss the issues of the day in ways that would spark thought and reflection, perhaps enabling better decision-making come Election Day. This idea has grown stronger over the past 20 years, as the combined corrosive mechanisms of partisan tribalism, cable media and, worst of all, the Internet and social media seemed to find new and better ways of tearing society apart, making us dumber and more hateful in the process.
I broached the idea recently with friends and colleagues and their response convinced me that now was the time to give it a try. So I have founded what I’m ambitiously calling the American Civic Debate Union. Our first event will be held next Sunday here in Denver, and it will feature me squaring off with my good friend Dr. Frank Venturo over the question of whether the US ought to do something, once and for all, about the Electoral College. If so, what? Continue reading
This is why news organizations can’t afford to entrust their brands to anyone except the pros.
I fired off a brief snark on Facebook yesterday regarding a Slate story:
Maybe I shouldn’t be so annoyed. Continue reading
#deleteUBER: When we use them we directly support anti-competitive and unconstitutional behavior.
Uber is a douchebag company run by douchebags. I first realized this when I learned of their willingness to play really, really dirty with competitors.
Uber employees allegedly posed as customers ordered and then canceled rides from Lyft, decreasing Lyft drivers’ availability, wasting time and gas, and possibly sending real customers to Uber instead. Lyft told CNNMoney in August that 177 Uber employees—contractors armed with a burner phone and a credit card—ordered and canceled more than 5,000 rides.
Donald belongs in therapy, not the White House. Republican failure to deal with the problem has implications for its future well being.
I’d like you to read this set of characteristics.
- Glibness and Superficial Charm
- Manipulative and Conning
They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.
- Grandiose Sense of Self
Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”
- Pathological Lying Continue reading
I don’t know how I can survive.
Donald has been president for six days now. 1,455 to go.
In the weeks leading up to the inauguration there was all kinds of speculation as to what we might expect. Was Trump serious about his promises? (Maybe not, since he seemed to be admitting that he lied all over the place.) Was he – the gods forbid – speaking literally about all the crazy things he said he’d do? (Many people – including a lot, if not most Republicans – seemed to think he was serious, but not literal. Whatever that means.)
It’s been six days, and now we know. He was serious. He was literal. And open war has been declared on: Continue reading
I know I said I’d never write another poem, but how often do you get to collaborate with a Pulitzer winner?
Portrait: Paul Szep
It’s not about facts. It’s not about reason. It’s about a caricature of the enemy. And you’re the enemy.
Our friend Jennie just shared this one: How to Culture Jam a Populist in Four Easy Steps. It walks through several really important bits of advice and concludes thusly:
But if you want to be part of the solution, the road ahead is clear: Recognize you’re the enemy they need; Continue reading
Bottom line: almost ALL Americans vote against their best interests.
For years progressives have been hammering conservatives – specifically social conservatives – who “vote against their own interests.” As in, poor working people who vote for the wealthy GOP interests that are the reason they’re poor, and whose policies insure they will remain that way. I have certainly been among this crowd – I remember wondering back in the 1992 election what the fuck could be wrong with Arkansas Bush I voters, for instance. They concluded that Dubya’s Daddy was the sort of guy “they’d like to have a beer with.” Somehow a Northeastern blueblood Skull & Boneser who’d been born with a silver spoon up his ass was more “one of them” than, you know, the guy who was actually born in the trailer park down the road.
It was irrational, it was self-defeating, and it was stupid beyond all imagining. Continue reading
S&R’s Lisa Wright participated in yesterday’s Seneca Falls Women’s March and sent back a remarkable catalogue of photos. Those weren’t all she shot, though. This morning we invite you to review the rest of the set over at Lisa’s Instagram site.
Women’s March on Washington – Seneca Falls, NY
These truths we hold to be self-evident…
– Samhain 1991
In this dry land
crickets fear to chirp
for waste of moisture.
Rattlers bleach their bones,
listless in the summer scald.
I don't want to say too much
for fear of being misconstrued
for fear of being understood all too clearly
so here's your warning – Continue reading
What’s the longest an NFL GM has lasted without winning a playoff game, anyway?
In case you missed it, the Green Bay Packers executed a miracle yesterday to get golf season started for the #1 seeded Dallas Cowboys.
In the 1995-6 season Troy Aikman led America’s Team® to a 27-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. In the 21 seasons since that glorious day in Tempe, the Cowboys have: Continue reading
I recently spent an hour or two at The Gardens in Highlands Ranch, not far from where I live. It was wonderful.
I already posted a couple shots from this outing – Ring in the New Year and Medusas. Here’s the rest of the set.