Have we reached peak insanity yet?  I hope so.  Let’s recount the Week in Lunacy.

First, we have an immigrant from a shithole country who decided it would win national sympathy for her cause if she decided to disrupt our most important national holiday by trespassing on one of our most beloved monuments.

Improbably, she seems to have thought this would bring sympathy for her cause.  I’m feeling…differently and wondering why we can’t revoke her citizenship and boot her out for her ingratitude, disrespect, and downright parasitic behavior.

At least she was only being a disruptive jackass and not a violent one.

This is a good place to mention that if you’re a pissed-off Democrat, only celebrishits and congresstards like Peter Fonda and Maxine Waters can actually advocate assaulting minors or harassing people who are eating in restaurants, all respectively.  If you’re a nobody and a gangbanger with an extensive criminal history, it won’t go so well for you.

Then there’s this.  I’m not even sure what to think of it.  When I read the headline, I thought it would be “cringe” but it turns out that she was being serious, making it more “narm”, to use one of our favorite terms.

guardian brigid delaney

Is this supposed to be humorous?  It’s gotten to be impossible for me to tell, with the way comedians have blurred the lines between hyperbolic satire and raving viciousness so badly.  Is the joke that she tried the Trump Diet (which only works because of his improbable genetics) and it didn’t work?  There’s no punchline.  It looks more like she was so upset over politics–in a foreign country, no less–that it led to her neglecting her own health and fitness over it.  That’s equal parts sad and crazed.

It still serves to make another point related to what all three of the above Profiles in Kookiness share in common: Trump has driven some people insane and they’re destroying their cause and even themselves over it.  It’s like the complete David Hogg Effect with these people.  Here’s a guy who sacrifices his education and career to politics, only to have everything he tries to do backfire gloriously.  He rails against the NRA; the NRA draws record donations.  Tries to get Laura Ingraham off the air; her ratings rise astronomically.  If Democrats were really interested in destroying Putin, they’d ask Hogg to start complimenting Russian expansionism.

Okoumou, the Statue of Liberty climber, is completely unsympathetic.  Does anyone really think that an immigrant whose major contributions to American society seem to be agitating racial hatred and suing people is what we need more of?  I have no doubt that she’ll sue the police officers who pulled her off the statue when all is said and done.  Who in the world thinks she’s any kind of hero?  She’s exactly the sort of worthless and downright malignant immigrant that anti-immigration hardliners all over the Western world point to as the reason why we shouldn’t be bringing in unskilled people from the Third World.  She’s proving Trump right.

Jiminez committed an act of violence against a couple of teenagers.  It doesn’t help that he looks like a “bad hombre”, but it’s too easy to point to all of the recent intimidating rhetoric coming from the Party of Hate as all the justification that he needed to think this was a good idea.

Does anyone think Jiminez is a hero? Apparently, yes.

Again, Trump is validated.  He was calling out thuggish mob behavior last week and now here it is.

As for poor Brigid Delaney, who deserves pity either for being a failure at humor or for being so emotionally frail that she would destroy her own well-being over the outcome of another country’s election, there’s a worthwhile lesson.  Disengage from politics if you’re getting angry to the point that it’s screwing up your life.  Democrats, in general, are having a difficult time understanding that angry people make more mistakes.

He’s right about this and it should be obvious.  Look, I don’t much care if the Democratic Party wants to fully alienate itself from the political center for the next 20 years.  That’s all well and good.  I’m not a fan.  But by embracing the most despicable, violent, and deluded people it can find–and thus encouraging their behavior–it’s only a matter of time before somebody gets killed.  It seems like I’m having to repeat this a lot.

More immediately concerning to me is that anybody I know might be falling into the same state of mind as Delaney.  Please don’t let politics and other things beyond your control destroy your vitality and happiness.  Honestly, it shouldn’t matter either way.  The more it affects you personally, the more likely you are to make it personal with others.  Don’t do that.  It doesn’t lead anywhere you want to be.

That’s about it for my weekly morality lesson, which I’m stunningly unqualified to give.

On to other stupid topics, I saw this when I was watching a video yesterday.

At first, I thought it was Russia being singled out, but I was smart enough to check (surprise) and found that both the CBC and BBC have similar disclaimers on their videos, being that they too are basically state-run media outlets in their countries.  Unfortunately, CNN has no disclaimer advising viewers that it is a half-crazed propaganda arm of the Democratic Party.

I know I have some fellow It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans among our group.  Here’s a good take on how politics are treated on the show, in their own unique way.

It really is one of the few (if any) shows nowadays that manages to fully capture the absurdity of politics from both sides without being preachy.  This may be one of the reasons it’s in my top five favorites.  Do I even watch five shows?  I’m not sure now.

I’m still planning to watch this, didn’t get to it last weekend.

Here’s a fine editorial from Megan McArdle about why Roe vs Wade should be overturned.

I am myself uneasily pro-choice. Moreover, just a few days ago, I argued that the increasingly bitter judicial wars tearing apart today’s politics can only be ended with more judicial deference to legislatures and to precedent. It stands to reason that I would be dismayed by the politically electrifying prospect that Roe might be overruled entirely. But I wouldn’t be dismayed. I’d be glad to see Roe go, as quickly as possible.

How can someone who calls herself pro-choice oppose Roe v. Wade? Let me count the ways.

I can’t disagree with the reasoning she goes on to lay out.  No matter what your position is on abortion, you must realize that the right to have one will never be secure as long as it hinges upon an ungrounded opinion from a highly divided Supreme Court 45 years ago.  I think all of the Justices who were on the Court at the time are dead and yet we’re still bickering over the case.  Enough already.

Either put it to Congress and the states to pass a constitutional amendment or bring forward a case that the Justices can rule on a clear 9-0 decision what can be done about the issue.  If it were “settled law” it would have been…settled.

And finally, there are more people in another country who unhealthily obsess about American politics.

Does this achieve anything?  No.  I think it’s clear who the real babies are, as Trump isn’t the one throwing a meaningless tantrum.  Maybe the British just want to show him what they think of him?

Trump’s U.K. visit is expected to be met with significant protests from left-wing activists, promoted by members of the left-wing Labour Party who have repeatedly called for Trump to be uninvited.

The U.S. president is expected to meet with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, who came under pressure from opposition lawmakers in late June to cancel President Trump’s upcoming visit over his administration’s controversial treatment of families caught illegally crossing the border.

It should be obvious that he doesn’t care and it’s even possible that he gets a boner from how hilarious it is that the people who hate him are driven to fly an effigy of him over their city.  Leftists in the UK are no closer than their counterparts in the US to realizing that when you’re talking about Trump, Trump wins.  Every time.  Controversy nourishes him as freshly-squirted blue milk does for Luke Skywalker.

This is another one of those self-destructive exercises in anti-Trumpism such as those I highlighted at the top of the post.  The UK burnt its bridges with Europe two years ago.  The idea of it burning those it has with the US now is outrageous.   Macron can certainly feel free to lecture us since France doesn’t really need America for much.  May doesn’t have that luxury.

What else is going on in the world of stupid news?  I’m thinking about getting back to Scandalrama next week.

33 comments

  1. 102… shot, in Chicago over the holiday …. you think that would be bigger news. Given how the media reacted over 4 reporters being shot.
    they even managed to have a anti gun violence rally that shut down the highways, but didn’t managed to have a rally in the hood where the violence is.

  2. IMHO ‘lunacy’ is purposely tried to destroy families for political gain, and a system where that is considered more acceptable than the ‘wrong’ type of protest/protester. But even more, the fact that even having that opinion makes Trump even more appealing to some.

  3. a system where that is considered more acceptable than the ‘wrong’ type of protest/protester.

    Yes, there are wrong sorts of protests. Those that place people in deliberate danger are unacceptable. Why is that debatable?

  4. Kavanaugh is the nominee. Wonder how much rage we’ll see from the Democrats.

    Also, is it a rule that almost every Republican SCOTUS nominee has to be Catholic and almost every Democratic one has to be Jewish?

  5. Kavanaugh is the nominee. Wonder how much rage we’ll see from the Democrats.

    oh im sure we will get quite enough out of them. But there is hope Hope that their anointed leader will run again and set right what is wrong….

  6. The Trump Baby thing isn’t really about Trump – it is about telling elected officials that they’ll pay politically if they align themselves with Trump. Hence the unprecedented number of full diaries on the Blighty side of the Atlantic up until now, and the fact that he’s only doing closed door meetings. It’s the absolute last thing May needs right now as well, as she’s facing a revolt from the right as well.

  7. https://twitter.com/DavidAFrench/status/1016489848981655552

    “Got my first activist email opposing Kavanaugh, from Democracy for America. Spot the find/replace problem:

    SCOTUS: DFA will fight Kavanaugh, says she “represents a generational assault on justice, freedom, core democratic values””

    Let’s be honest, they were going to send out emails condemning whoever he nominated. He should have come out, said he nominated Obama, and watch everyone’s heads explode before saying, “Just kidding!”

  8. Why wouldn’t democrats fights this? If they don’t fight it they’ll appear weak, and they won’t have as much to rally around in November. On the other hand, almost every sitting justice, with rare exception has ruled right along the party lines of who appointed them. So, if they’re true to their ideology they’d be neglecting their duty rolling over for this nomination.

    The senate confirmation hearings are just a formality at this point so nobody is expecting much.

    I do think hillbilly isis would screw the pooch overturning roe v. Wade. I’m sure you’were in your sweaty palm happy place writing about it, but one quick review of kavanaugh’s actual statements about roe v. Wade being settled won’t be ignored. Don’t worry I’m sure ted “dumbfuck” Cruz will get on his soapbox about it during the confirmation hearing.

    This is going to be quite a game of Jenga for republicans. McConnell pushing this before the midterms might be the death knell for republicans controlled congress (Collins is shitting her panties trying to walk this tightrope herself, and I’m sure there’s congressmen who are praying for war more than this confirmation) , and the hillbilly isis Caucus are going to try to make Kavanaugh practically say under oath he’s going to overturn roe v. Wade given the chance.

    That will probably leave a mark because, to many women regardless of party, roe v. Wade has become a political symbol of their collective rights. Selling the idea to a majority of the population that five men are going to control their reproductive rights might not end well.

    Not to worry though, the conman that you guys bootlick for doesn’t give a flying fuck about your cultural movement. This guy was hand picked for his 2009 legal opinion about sitting presidents being distracted by indictments or subpoenaes to testify. I highly doubt Kavanaugh will be the answer to your wet dreams, anyway.

    Personally, my main issue with Kavanaugh lies more with his overly simplistic rulings regarding the internet. He, of course, as an originalist, thinks that the constitution is an article of faith that applies literally to everything. This has lead him to couch most of his rulings about the internet as “speech” issues where they clearly were not.

    It would have been a great opportunity to find a justice that could lead us into the 21st century, and set precedent for what is clearly in need of legal theory, the internet (and ownership on the internet).

    Oh well. Not only will this cuck consider 40 lines of genius code to simply be the same as a blog post (because that’s the easy route) he’s sure to let cuckservatives down equally with a punt to the effect of “well, I don’t see anything here in the constitution that says where life begins”……

  9. The Trump Baby thing isn’t really about Trump – it is about telling elected officials that they’ll pay politically if they align themselves with Trump.

    That might be the case. I can see it. But the major question I have is: where is the UK going to land? Is it going to align more closely with the US or the EU in terms of trade? It seems like it doesn’t have a good option.

    Should the UK backslide on Brexit, then they’ve lost a lot of power within the EU. If they won’t work with Trump, they’re not getting anywhere with the US. What is the UK doing?

  10. Let’s be honest, they were going to send out emails condemning whoever he nominated. He should have come out, said he nominated Obama, and watch everyone’s heads explode before saying, “Just kidding!”

    It’s the same situation as Gorsuch. They shouldn’t have bothered fighting tooth and nail over him since it arguably did more damage to Democrats by driving McConnell to eliminate the judicial filibuster rule. It was an unnecessary fight.

    At this point, the filibuster is gone so there isn’t much more they can do to themselves. Even then, these theatrics are going to look silly when Roe is still settled law when a liberal justice needs to be replaced. The Democrats should just grudgingly say what Collins did: “Look, he’s qualified and there’s nothing especially egregious about him to justify not confirming him.”

  11. Judge Dredd, Pro Se says:
    JULY 11, 2018 AT 1:04 AM

    Hopefully one day, years from now, you’ll go back and read the inaccurate and unhinged things you say on this blog and it will lead you to sue all of the lefty websites you read for enabling it.

  12. Why wouldn’t democrats fights this?

    Because they brought it on themselves. The disingenuous hand-ringing now is comical. Nothing shows the hypocrisy of both sides quite like a judicial nomination to a Federal bench in the last 10 years.

    Selling the idea to a majority of the population that five men are going to control their reproductive rights might not end well.

    7 white men voted for Roe v. Wade.

  13. I have is: where is the UK going to land?

    That’s the question isn’t it? It’s almost as if all the xenophobic hand wringing about immigration and ‘taking back our sovereignty’ was an ill thought out appeal to populism without an actual plan as how to govern. You’ll notice that even with the Brexiteers griping about May’s ‘soft Brexit’ – they don’t actually have a plan themselves.

    The trade question you posed was also a red herring. You can’t negotiate a trade (good) trade deal with (say) the US, if you’ve pulled the plug on the other option. The US has all the leverage, simply because of the logistics of having to set deals with each individual EU nation.

    The Democrats should just grudgingly say what Collins did: “Look, he’s qualified and there’s nothing especially egregious about him to justify not confirming him.”

    Nope. The Democrats have to fight this. Because of the message it sends. They got their lunch money stolen by McConnell in 2016 and he stuffed them in a locker by refusing a hearing on their candidate. They have to show their base that liberalism is worth fighting for, and the Democrats are the ones who are going to do it. Else, Jill Stein happens again. It’s not about whether they can win the fight (they can’t) it’s about having the fight.

    And even if they lose, he’s a November election issue – “Hey voters, elect us. Trump’s a douche. He picked this guy who wants to overturn Roe (67% approval). He’s against the CFPB (71% in favour) wants to get rid of the pre-existing conditions clause in the ACA (49% approval) and he wants less strict gun control laws (68% approve). Also he seems to think that a President is above the law, which is a weird coincidence that Trump of all people picked him….”

    Bear in mind that the type of people from our side who vote in November are they type of people who care a shit tonne about these issues.

    And they can fight it with fairly little political cost. McConnell killed advise and consent with Garland. It’s now precedent that a reason for not confirming a justice can be that he was nominated by the wrong kind of president.

    Also – if you were sick of emails scandals, I’ve got bad news for you. As he worked in the Bush White House, all his email from that time are kept on record. If I was a Democrat, I’d ask for them to be released. You never know right? And in the time before people realised that emails lasted forever. I know if you looked over all my emails from 2001 you’d probably find an off collar joke or two that might be a news story for a day or two…

  14. You’ll notice that even with the Brexiteers griping about May’s ‘soft Brexit’ – they don’t actually have a plan themselves.

    One article I saw this morning said that the best option for the UK is a “hard Brexit”. Thoughts?

    https://us11.campaign-archive.com/?u=de2bc41f8324e6955ef65e0c9&id=347bb8deca

    That means that everything in the global system that was predicated upon the Order will need to find a new basis for existence. Europe has two big Order-dependent things. NATO – which may well formally collapse at this week’s summit – and the European Union. There is no way that an export-based union of mutually antagonistic countries whose security is guaranteed by an outside power can survive in an environment in which those exports are impossible and the security guarantor leaves. The EU was going down anyway which means the Brits had to figure out their way in the world anyway. Brexit means they get a head start on the rest of Europe. Recent developments haven’t brought disaster, they’ve brought clarity.

    Yes folks, a hard Brexit is the best-case scenario for the United Kingdom because it forces the Brits to move on now. So yes folks, a three-year depression that knocks a country’s GDP down by one-fifth is probably the best-case scenario for anyone dependent upon the Order as the world slides into Disorder.

    Nope. The Democrats have to fight this.

    I suppose, though it’s a loser. I still maintain that they shouldn’t have shot their wad over Gorsuch and instead later forced the GOP to kill the filibuster over the replacement of a liberal justice, but there’s no real downside to fighting over Kavanaugh.

    Unless, of course, they succeed in blocking Kavanaugh’s nomination. Problem there is that the GOP will have more motivation to go to the polls, as controlling SCOTUS’s balance is a major conservative priority and it’s going to absolutely kill the red state Democratic Senators who are up for re-election.

    The Resistance just doesn’t give itself any good options.

  15. suppose, though it’s a loser.

    Yep – but the fight is the thing, not necessarily the win

  16. https://politics.theonion.com/kavanaugh-nomination-falters-after-washington-post-publ-1827581330?

    WASHINGTON—In a move that experts believe could upend the confirmation of President Trump’s second Supreme Court justice, the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh had reportedly begun to falter Friday after The Washington Post published a shocking editorial claiming he neglected to attend his eldest daughter’s piano recital in the fall of 2013.

    Yeah, It’s like that.

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