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Weekend link dump for September 29

What actors are actually doing when it looks like they’re doing cocaine on TV.

“The number of states in the union has been fixed at 50 for so long, few Americans realize that throughout most of our history, the addition of new states from time to time was a normal part of political life. New states were supposed to join the union when they reached a certain population, but in the late 19th century, population mattered a great deal less than partisanship. While McConnell is right to suspect that admitting Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia now would shift the balance in Congress toward the Democrats, the Republican Party has historically taken far more effective advantage of the addition of new states.”

“In any event, whether or not they embrace specific reforms, Democratic presidential candidates and the progressives whose votes they are currently seeking need to make the shape of the federal judiciary a big-time campaign issue for 2020 — much as Trump’s conservative Evangelical backers did in 2016.”

I have watched this many, many times.

“If you wake up on a Casper mattress, hail a Lyft to get to your desk at WeWork, use DoorDash to order lunch to the office, hail another Lyft home, and have Uber Eats bring you dinner, you have spent your entire day interacting with companies that will collectively lose nearly $13 billion this year. Most have never announced, and may never achieve, a profit.”

RIP, Aron Eisenberg, actor best known for playing Nog on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. This roundup of reactions from a wide variety of Trek people is really touching.

Bankrupt the Sacklers. Seriously, take away every penny they earned at Purdue Pharma, and use it to mitigate all the harm they caused.

This is what pretty much every Real Housewife grudgingly says on almost every episode when forced to apologize for bad behavior”.

“This new episode suggests that the President can personally commit the most egregious wrongdoing, clearly impeachable offenses, in full view of his most senior advisors, and we hear nothing about it. We only know about this because of this whistleblower, who is him or herself now being attacked publicly as a Deep State partisan. Could Trump have made financial demands of Gulf monarchies to help his private businesses? Could he have asked Vladimir Putin for election assistance in 2020? Given that the demand on Ukraine was considered acceptable and is now being affirmatively defended, there’s no reason to think that these actions wouldn’t have been deemed acceptable and within the President’s purview as well.”

This flagrant disregard for the law cannot stand. To uphold and defend our Constitution, Congress must determine whether the president was indeed willing to use his power and withhold security assistance funds to persuade a foreign country to assist him in an upcoming election.”

“Despite Republican enabling and Democratic timidity, the hour of the Founders has come around again. There is no place left for anyone to hide, no clever dodge left to employ, nothing left to kick down the road. History accepts no alibis.”

“Asking The Truly Important Questions: Has Legalized Marijuana Increased Junk Food Sales?”

The whole world is trash, so here’s Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D, performed on rubber chicken. You’re welcome.

Yeah, about that “affirmative action” thing.

“With respect to Ukraine, most of the focus, rightfully, rests on President Donald Trump’s conduct, but the conduct of his attorney Rudolph Giuliani also deserves serious attention. Based on the facts already in the public arena, the Department of Justice has more than enough basis to open a federal criminal investigation into the former New York mayor.”

The last network TV program to win the Best Drama Emmy was 24 in 2006.

“Bribery can be, and often is, committed without pushing anyone to do something they don’t want to do.”

Just another day in Fucknutsville.

RIP, Joseph Wilson, among the first to openly challenge the Iraq War narrative, and husband of Valerie Plame.

RIP, Sandeep Dhalwal, the first Sikh to serve as a Deputy in the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

“Rudy Giuliani Has a Long, Shady History With Ukraine”.

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7 Comments

  1. SocraticGadfly says:

    Well, actually, adding of states in the past faced racism issues at times. TR only wanted to admit New Mexico if it would merge itself with Arizona, cuz, well, too many Mezzicans. Taft was similarly dilatory.

    By the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Mexican nationals in the Territory of New Mexico (Arizona was split off in 1863) were U.S. citizens. New Mexico had the population requirements when it first petitioned for statehood shortly after the end of the Mexican War.

    Racism may have also delayed Hawaii’s admission.

  2. Bill Daniels says:

    “This new episode suggests that the President can personally commit the most egregious wrongdoing, clearly impeachable offenses, in full view of his most senior advisors, and we hear nothing about it.

    Would y’all like to know why this latest CIA coup attempt is going to fail? It’s very simple. No one is going to believe the big lie that we need as predicate for this scam to work.

    You’re telling us that Joe Biden got the prosecutor investigating his son fired because, wait for it, he wasn’t tough enough on corruption.

    Biden: “Look, you better fire that guy and get somebody who WILL prosecute my son, or else!”

    The American public just isn’t going to fall for that whopper. They are going to figure out that this is just another one of Chuck Shumer’s “the intelligence agencies have 6 ways from Sunday to get you” plots. The NYT already pretty much admitted this was a CIA operation. John Brennan’s last gasp.

    And then there’s the mention of Crowdstrike. Remember those guys? They are the only ones who actually ‘examined’ the DNC servers. 17 intelligence agencies all just took the word of a private company with deep ties to the DNC that “it wuz da Russians,” instead of Seth Rich. The only thing better is if he had mentioned Lawfare, but I don’t know if they were actually mixed up in Ukraine or not.

    So, yes, I agree. Absolutely do the circus, and DO the impeachment! It will backfire bigly, with a lot of unpleasant information being broadcast to the public on the 6pm news, then the attempt will die in the Senate. It’s going to be a blowout for Trump 2020, and the best part is, Trump is legendary for getting even with people. Sooner or later he will be able to blow out Chris Wray and Bill ‘Bushie’ Barr and get non swamp rat folks in place who will go after everyone who participated in the Russian hoax coup plot. It’s gonna be great. He’ll have 4 years to just go full gonzo.

  3. Manny says:

    Bill I think your god will go out with his tail tucked closely to the crack on his backside. He will make a deal and pardoned, just like Nixon.

  4. Bill Daniels says:

    Manny,

    My offer still stands, $ 100 to your favorite charity if Trump does NOT win reelection and does not continue in office. My charity pick is Special Pals Animal Shelter on Greenhouse. You pick your charity and we have a bet.

  5. Manny says:

    I don’t bet plus I give any extra I have at the end of the month to various Democratic Candidates, even donated $50 to the Texas Tribune this past week.

    We will see who is right.

  6. C.L. says:

    Trump will be lucky if his mental state (and the rest of the GOP) allows him to even occupy the/his chair come October 2020, a month before the election. At the rate he’s going, he’s going to blow an internal gasket before then.

  7. Jules says:

    I can-t rest until LameStream low ratings CNN gives the stable genius back his hyphen:

    “To show you how dishonest the LameStream Media is, I used the word Liddle’, not Liddle, in discribing Corrupt Congressman Liddle’ Adam Schiff. Low ratings
    @CNN
    purposely took the hyphen out and said I spelled the word little wrong. A small but never ending situation with CNN!”

    WHERE-S THE HYPHEN CNN???!?!?!!!???!!?!?!