Sorry-not-sorry for that last one. Couldn’t help myself. (Not that I tried very hard.)
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Cheers and cheers for Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Note: If you have a stack of top-secret documents, release a stack of top-secret documents. If you need a stash of top-secret documents, get a stash of top-secret documents. (The safe combination is 1-2-3-4.) —Mgt.
By the numbers:
Days until the next full “harvest moon”: 10
until the day New Mexico state fair in the Albuquerque: 8
The minimum number of tax returns the IRS processes each year is: 260 million
Percentage chance that computer devices at IRS still run using COBOL: 100%
A total of $600 billion in unpaid taxes accounted for by the top 5 percent: $307 billion
Share of unpaid taxes among the bottom 20 percent of earners: $6 billion
Final bid on mint condition Mickey Mantle baseball cardHighest ever paid for sports memorabilia: $12.6 million
mid-week Rapture Index: 187 (4 volcanoes and 1 good reason to leave home). Sole Protection Factor 24 lotion is recommended if you’re walking among the ancients today.
Puppy Picture of the Day: 61 days and counting…
JEERS To dodge two bullets. Or, more specifically, bullet points. At NBC News, Sahil Kapoor was asked to write a story about the midterms that lists all the reasons. Why Republicans’ Chances of Taking Full Control of Congress Are Diminishing These are a good start:
- A democratic victory in a bellwether election. (That would be Pat Ryan’s win last week new York.)
- Persuadable voters are trending toward Democrats.
- The GOP’s “enthusiasm” edge is shrinking.
- Mitch McConnell is playing down expectations in the Senate.
- Republicans are cutting ad spending on the battlefield Arizona While pouring cash into the safe ohio.
- Biden’s approval rating is rising.
- Republicans appear fearful about abortion.
all right Good to see everyone working in Team D’s favor. But there are two other little “signs” that he seems to have missed. I will fill them in:
- In just a few days the House Jan. 6 committee will resume and unleash fresh hell on the Republican Party, which has moved in virtual lockstep—even with a crazed mega Supreme Court justice to overthrow the United States government. With the active help of the crazy MAGA wife. .
- The Justice Department, knowing that time is of the essence (lest another of our intelligence agents in the field be compromised), will build its case against the former Republican president. Charges for violating laws against espionage are likely.
Both developments will continue to cast the Republican Party in the worst possible light, leaving more independents to vote for Democrats and dampening MAGA enthusiasm. In the immortal words of Barack Obama circa 2012: “Please go ahead.”
cheers to take AmericaMoral compass for a spin. Tomorrow night President Biden will deliver a prime-time speech on the “Soul of the Nation.” He is expected to talk about how “AmericaRights and freedoms are still under attack. Coincidentally, it was five years ago this month when he Published an article in Atlantic Riots followed Mega Cult’s “Jews Will Not Replace Us”. Charlottesville. At the time he was the highest-ranking member of the Obama administration to weigh in on the rise of white supremacy. America, including a few choice words for its full support of Captain Spy. Expect to hear echoes of this tomorrow night:
Today we have a [former] A US president who has publicly proclaimed the moral equivalence between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who oppose their venom and hatred – has emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support.
There is no place for these hate groups America. Hatred of blacks, Jews, immigrants – all who are seen as “the other” – will not be accepted or tolerated or given safe harbor anywhere in this country. […]
Joined together, we are over 300 million strong. Together, we will win this battle for our souls. Because if there’s one thing I know about the American people, it’s this: When it matters most, they have never let this nation down.
Well, there was one time that they booted Sanjay American Idol. But, yeah, okay. Point taken.
JEERS To flappin’ yer gums. 62 years ago today, the carolina “Dixiecrat” Senator Strom Thurmond ends a 24-hour+ filibuster—yes, a real, honest-to-God talkfest—against the Civil Rights Act of 1957. The good news: the bill passed anyway and Eisenhower signed it. The bad news: Thurmond got his voice back.
Brief prudence break
Eliminate brief prudence breaks
cheers To see things up close. On this date in 1842, the US Naval Observatory was created by an act of Congress. His first weekly report was brief: “We see London. We see France. We see President Tyler’s underpants! Ha ha ha ha ha!!” Now you know why he screamed so much.
cheers Up to the primary fevuh! There were no human primaries in any of the several states yesterday, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t some interesting action among the squirrels on my porch roof. While the Daily Kos Election team was taking Tuesday off, here’s what we can report:
» Teddy handily defeated Pee-wee in a special race for Director of Almond Management. (He will need to see very much It is being carefully monitored by the monitoring committee very much carefully by the Oversight-Committee Oversight Committee.).
» Gladys won by one vote over Lukachu and will face Mama in November for bragging rights in the lower eastern corner of the roof district.
» An unidentified right-wing tree rat from the neighborhood tried to tamper with the mail-in ballot drop box and got stuck. He now has to spend six weeks in anger-management classes and do community service at a senior center.
» Pierre, being French-Canadian, was not able to participate in the election, so he spent his time yesterday stealing classified documents from our attic. As a result, many secretive squirrels had to be brought in from the cold for fear that their covers would blow inside the blue jays’ nests.
Next on the Homo sapiens primary calendar: Massachusetts Next Tuesday, after that Delaware, New Hampshire And Rhode Island On September 13th. Prediction: Unlike yesterday, there will be far fewer “I voted” stickers stuck on my butt. (Ha ha, real funny, guys.)
Ten years ago in C&J: August 31, 2012
JEERS For advice we didn’t ask for. Rudy Giuliani took to his yap yesterday to say something other than “9/11.” ie that The presidential race comes down to a choice between “Mr. Capable” and “Mr. Cool.” It is true. President Obama is certainly competent. And Mitt Romney sure is cool. I mean literally. He has to be otherwise his circuitry starts spitting and sparking. So Mr. Yoga it is! (On a related note: after this convention, Rudy goes into hibernation for four more years, okay? Please, God.) [8/31/22 Update: Sadly, God said no.]
And just one more…
JEERS To be lost, cold and alone. My partner Michael’s mom is now in her mid-80s and recently moved into an assisted-living facility. michigan. And seeing as he’s got plenty of vacation days lined up, Michael embarked on a whirlwind road trip at 6 a.m. this morning, heading to the Wolverine State to pop in on Ma before heading back to beat Labor. Spent some time with him. rush of the day Last night, before he went to bed, he made sure I had what I needed to survive:
“Bill! Pay attention and read it all the way through.
This is your candy corn and your licorice. I pre-ordered six pounds of Pad Thai for dinner the next three nights – not too spicy, not too mild, just the way you like it. They will deliver it tomorrow around five. I refilled the almond barrel for the squirrels. Dog and cat food is pre-measured and refrigerated. Your socks and underwear are strewn on top of the dresser – put them in the hamper every night while you change into your Boba Fett Jimmys.
I have frozen my financial accounts until I get back because we both know how much you click on eBay and Amazon when you have separation anxiety. Also I have removed all sources of fire, turned off the gas, and replaced the cutlery with plastic spoons. The downstairs tenant will check on you every half hour. If you do go out, make sure you chain yourself around the tree so you don’t wander off.
Don’t stick your tongue in the fan. If you need emergency attention, choose from the 535 numbers I left over the phone, starting with Senator Angus Kings. Rotary phone. Which you know how to use. If you are confused, sit quietly. The cat will take care of things until I get back.
And above all, don’t dig up what we buried in the back yard in June. Love you, bae.”
Repeating our top story: OMG OMG OMG! Pad Thai tonight!!!
Have a happy day. The floor is open…what are you kidding today?
Today’s Shameless C&J testimonial
August 30 is not a day known for feeling particularly crisp or autumnal in most parts. North America. And yet it’s 2022—by no means even their earliest release date yet—that Bill portland Main Chose to prepare their own bright orange jug of “wood sauce” and leave them inside. Cheers and cheers kiddie pool