Cheers and Jeers for Friday, July 19, 2019
Be aware: Right this moment is Daiquiri Day. Daiquiris are the brainchild of Jennings Stockton Cox, who invented the drink within the Cuban mining city of—are you sitting down?—Daiquiri. Right this moment within the C&J cantina we’ve obtained beer. Sorry, no daiquiris. We drank ‘em all final evening. Dangerous planning. Oops. —Mgt.
By the Numbers:
Days ’til the following Democratic candidates debate: 11
Days ’til the 10th annual Milwaukee Brewfest: eight
% of veterans who imagine the Iraq battle wasn’t value combating, in accordance with a Pew ballot, versus 62% of most people: 64%
% likelihood that one of the best ways to cut back unintended pregnancies through contraception tablets is to provide girls a full yr’s provide up entrance (versus only some months at a time), in accordance with analysis from the College of Pittsburgh and the VA: 100%
Common back-to-school spending on Okay-12 children this yr, in accordance with USA Right this moment: $519
Peak yr for Volkswagen gross sales within the U.S., accounting for 40% of all VWs offered (the Beetle is ceasing manufacturing this week): 1968
Variety of life-size feminine dolls hanging from a chandelier in Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan mansion, in accordance with the FBI: 1
Pet Pic of the Day: Weekend plans…
CHEERS to blissful homecomings. The nationwide backlash to Trump’s racist assault on Congresswoman Ilahn Omar (D-MN) was good. The Home decision condemning Trump’s racism was additionally good. However regardless of all that assist, it was nonetheless a tricky week for Omar, the goal of the GOP, which not stands for Grand Outdated Get together however for Guttermouth Orc Pack. So it was nice to see that she had the final chuckle as she got here dwelling and was greeted with thunderous applause from the individuals who matter most: her constituents:
Wow. I obtained all verklempt seeing that. A scene as lovely and provoking as it’s uncommon: a passenger smiling at an airport.
CHEERS to advancing to the Perjury Olympics semi-finals. Spherical 1: tut-tutting. Spherical 2: pleading. Spherical three: calling a listening to. Spherical four: issuing a subpoena. And now spherical 5: unleashing the primal forces of nature…
[T]he Home has voted to carry Lawyer Normal William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in legal contempt of Congress for failing to adjust to congressional subpoenas within the Home investigation of administration efforts so as to add a “citizenship” query to the 2020 census. The courts dominated that the administration’s said causes for including the query had been pretextual; proof as a substitute instructed Ross and different administration officers sought the brand new query as technique of discouraging minority census responses.
Wilbur Ross’s highschool commencement photograph
[The] vote marks the primary time the Home has charged a Trump administration official with legal contempt.
And with Barr all however sure to disregard his and Ross’s contempt citations, it is on to Spherical 6: inserting leaves and twigs over an open manhole cowl.
CHEERS to half a century of big leaps for mankind. 50 years in the past tomorrow, at 10:56 pm jap time, John Kennedy’s imaginative and prescient to place a person on the Moon by decade’s finish was realized when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin turned the primary people to set foot on a heavenly physique not named Earth—the landmarkiest of landmark human occasions I (together with a microscopically-small share of all people who’ve or will ever inhabit this planet, which makes us fairly rattling fortunate) obtained to witness with my very own 5-year-old eyes. It virtually turned tragic once they practically landed inside a boulder-strewn crater, however quick-thinking Armstrong switched the controls to handbook and guided the module to a flatter floor. After which…magic:
Armstrong’s iconic shot of Buzz Aldrin, who continues to be with us at 89. (And Michael Collins, who’s 88.)
See superb high-res pics right here. A pair months later my grandparents (those in Cleveland) stunned me with this cardboard “moon walker” and also you’d suppose I’d received the lottery. Be aware the little cardboard “footprints” that got here with it…
I lastly obtained bored of enjoying with it round 2013.
The complete world was united in awe that day—the form of awe that our subsequent part of human house exploration has to match, now that the shiny shuttles have been lengthy mothballed. My verdict to date: the SpaceX rockets look promising and are producing an actual “gee whiz” issue, and we hope they (and different non-public corporations engaged on their very own tasks) and NASA stick with it. On your enjoyment of the anniversary, this night the C&J cafeteria is servin’ up as a lot Tang as your tummy can maintain.
True reality: in house, no person can hear you belch.
JEERS to identical corrupt gang of fools, totally different day. A reminder that the definition of the psychological time period ‘projection’ means “A method to switch guilt in your personal actions onto one other as a manner of not admitting your guilt to your self.” The Trump period can be remembered for, amongst different nefarious issues, using projection extra often than Melania Trump employs Michelle Obama’s speeches. So when the left will get accused of election fraud, you simply know who’s actually responsible of it:
A former commissioner on President Donald Trump’s now-defunct Voter Fraud Fee reached a settlement this week with a bunch of Virginia voters who claimed they had been subjected to false accusations of felony voter fraud.
Republican election fraudster Adams.
The preliminary lawsuit was filed final yr in Virginia federal courtroom by voting rights teams and 4 people accusing the Public Curiosity Authorized Basis (PILF) and its president and basic counsel J. Christian Adams of making and distributing studies that falsely mislabeled them as non-citizens who illegally registered to vote—regardless of the entire plaintiffs being Americans. […]
Adams, a former legal professional for George W. Bush’s Division of Justice, should additionally present a written apology to the plaintiffs on behalf of himself and the group, which can also be required to take away any private data of people presupposed to have illegally registered to vote from its present and future studies.
Yeah, about that apology. Somebody must witness it to ensure he doesn’t have his fingers crossed behind his again. They’re sneaky that manner.
CHEERS to at present’s version of However You Already Knew That. In accordance to a brand new ballot:
Michelle Obama is…..
…..essentially the most admired lady on this planet.
This has been at present’s version of However You Already Knew That.
CHEERS to certainly one of South Dakota‘s largest ethical compasses. Disproving the speculation that solely the great die younger, World Warfare II hero (35 fight missions as a B-24 pilot), former Senator and Democratic presidential contender George McGovern—whose headstone lists his first accomplishment as humanitarian—would’ve been 97 at present.
That look speaks volumes.
If he’d been elected in ’72, the Vietnam Warfare would’ve ended sooner, progressive values would’ve sunk their roots deeper into the American consciousness, and the integrity of the workplace of the President would’ve held quick. As a substitute we re-elected a corrupt, paranoid, scheming, power-obsessed Republican loon who ended up trashing the workplace of the presidency. Thank god we realized our lesson from that expertise, huh.
Now remastered and out there on dwelling video.
CHEERS to dwelling vegetation. A fast roundup of a number of the eyestuff which will finish upon your TV this weekend. Not a lot tonight, though Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell can be everywhere in the Friday information dumps, in order that they’re value a looksie. New dwelling video releases embrace the snarky superhero sensation Shazam! and, one of the related retro-releases within the Trump period: the Ingrid Bergman-Charles Boyer paranoia thriller Gaslight. The baseball schedule is right here, however most eyeballs of the sporting selection can be watching the British Open, which is going down in Northern Eire this yr on the fabled Weebit O’Whiskey course, the place all of the traps are crammed not with sand however with pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, inexperienced clovers, and blue diamonds. BBC America has a Star Trek marathon beginning at three:30am. On 60 Minutes: how Holland is maintaining the North Sea from flooding the lowlands, and a profile of falconer Laura McGough. Sunday evening at 9, you’ll be able to select between MSNBC’s particular The Mueller Report: What you Must Know (his Home testimony is subsequent Wednesday) or the season finale of HBO’s Massive Little Lies.
Now here is your Sunday morning lineup:
Meet the Press: TBA
I’ll, in fact, be watching my favourite weekend host and new Netroots Nation BFF Pleasure Reid. Cuz she’s the very best. (P.S. Kick-ass shirt, Billeh.)
This Week: TBA
CNN’s State of the Union: Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Johnson (R-WI).
Face the Nation: Corey Booker; Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA); strolling Hefty trash bag Liz Cheney.
Fox GOP Speaking Factors Sunday: Home Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) previews subsequent week’s Robert Mueller hearings; hair Membership for Males dropout Stephen Miller does that racist factor he does (blowing up twitter within the course of).
Ten years in the past in C&J: July 19, 2009
JEERS Calamari Gone Wild. This seems like a foul horror film. An earthquake rattled the southern California coast final Saturday, and it was virtually instantly adopted by an invasion of mad flying squid. Mix these unsettling occasions with the state’s monetary collapse and I believe it is fairly clear: God’s actually pissed that Prop. eight handed. Truthful warning: somewhat birdie tells me the following cataclysmic occasion will contain hail, downspouts, and Jon Voight in a Speedo.
And only one extra…
CHEERS to the put-down of put-downs. Oh, that loopy summer time of ’09, when city corridor conferences obtained so boisterous—with birther bullshit and teabaggers demanding the federal government do the precise issues that will make the economic system even worse—that they dominated the information, and safety was usually pressured to step in to guard congress members from deranged loons who had been egged on by the conservative media empire. However out of the wankery got here a hero from the left who really received a city corridor skirmish: former Democratic Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, who gave a Nazi-card-playing Lyndon LaRouche supporter one thing to cry in her strudel about when she trashed the Democrats’ effort to improve America‘s damaged medical health insurance system:
“If you ask me that query, I’m going to revert to my ethnic heritage and reply your query with a query: on what planet do you spend most of your time?”
Responded Jon Stewart later that evening: “Apparently a planet the place a mixed-race president and a homosexual Jew qualify as Nazis.” Saaaaalute!
Have an excellent weekend. Be ready to dump many bowls of ice cubes down your shorts. Ground’s open…What are you cheering and jeering about at present?