Effort and patience and generic dish soap

Cranky Old Man #73

To mark the one-year anniversary of prosecuting little people, fools and easy targets instead of the people who organized the 1/6/2020 riots and insurrection, Attorney General Merrick Garland has emerged from his shadow to say a few words. What he said reinforces my belief that he's a schmuck who shouldn't be Attorney General:

"These acts and threats of violence are not associated with any one set of partisan or ideological views," Garland said. 


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The I-95 crisis — a wreck blocks traffic in snow and ice, so people are trapped on the freeway for a day, hoping for help — is an embarrassment, and it's miraculous nobody died, this time.

In icy climes and times, there will be snow and ice and accidents that shut down long stretches of the freeways. This is predictable. Responsible leaders should have a plan in place. Why no plan?

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George Harrison as Pirate Bob 

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Almost a month ago, on an afternoon that ended with a visit to the emergency room, I spent an hour and a half puking into a salad bowl. The liquid and chunks from that bowl were flushed, of course, but the bowl itself was buried under other dishes, and it wasn't until this afternoon that I got around to washing it.

Soon as the hot water splashed onto it, the stench reinvented itself — ah, sweet memories. I should probably wash the dishes more often. With effort and patience and generic dish soap, almost all things get better. That's my profound thought for the day. 

Now that same bowl is filled with with lettuce and cherry tomatoes, black olives, banana peppers, and thousand island dressing, and life is good.

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Archbishop Tutu laid to rest in cheapest available coffin to avoid flashy displays 

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Local authorities had blocked construction of a mosque for reasons of bullshit, but a court says the mosque must be allowed to be built.

Often I'm accused of pessimism, so perhaps I should apologize in advance, but in Mississippi, it takes a court order to OK a mosque? If these Muslims can find a local contractor willing to build their mosque, they'll need to hire 24/7 security too, to prevent locals from torching the building.

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Albert Camus wore a cigarette 

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Here's now-former New York Times columnist Ben Smith, announcing that he's starting an un-named new "global news organization":

“There are 200 million people who are college educated, who read in English, but who no one is really treating like an audience, but who talk to each other and talk to us,” Ben Smith said. “That’s who we see as our audience.”

Read that three times and tell me what it means, please.

Smith first caught my attention because the New York Times let him report about BuzzFeed while he owned Buzzfeed stock, so I'll tell you what it means: We should look forward to his new project with scant interest. 

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Guy who made billions by running WeWork into the ground will be the South's new landlord 

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Critical Race Theory means teaching facts when we're teaching history. Facts, that's all. Inarguable facts like, Whitey did a lot of godawful things, and still does.

Liars, of course, are opposed to teaching the facts of history, like the fact that Whitey did a lot of godawful things. That's the entire 'controversy' over CRT, so pick a side — should history classes teach history? Yes or no.

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New York Times declares "bullet" killed 14 year old girl, not the cop that fired it 

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Yesterday, unexpected in a box, I discovered lots of Skittles left over from when I worked in an office two years ago, and had a candy dish on my desk. Immediately I ate about 100 pieces, before doublechecking my premises.

In my stupid logic, buying candy would be cheating on my diet, of course, but finding candy is AOK, and makes it lower in calories?

The idiot then placed the rest of the candy on the shared shelf as a charitable donation, and he's slightly proud, slightly ashamed.

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One-word newscast:

• cops —①— —②—  

• To my knowledge, nobody nationally or internationally noteworthy has died since the last time I listed a few deaths, a few days ago. Some noteworthy people need to try harder.

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 Mystery links  — Like life itself, there’s no knowing where you’re going:


 Sing along with Doug:
"All My Friends Suck," by The First Rule

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  1. Garland got screwed out of a Supreme Court seat, but that doesn't make him a good person. He's a big zilch. For all her abominable politics, even Liz Cheney can see and recognize wrong and speak out against it. Maybe she should be attorney general.

    Muslim mosque: there are good people down south, but so many old-time racists and bigits and they run the chamber of commerce and they're the mayors and powers.

    It's the truth and that's why CRT is DOA.

    1. It's a joke about Liz Cheney and I get it — insert guffaws — but I gotta add, she's fricking monstrous. I grow weary of hearing Democrats say how great it is that Liz Cheney doesn't want to overthrow the US government.

      Cheney is wrong, reprehensible and cruel on every political issue, and even ten years ago she would've been considered the lunatic wing of the Republican Party.

      Now, the entire Republican Party is their lunatic wing, and she'd fit in among them perfectly, except for one detail: She seems to honestly believe in elections and the peaceful transfer of power.

      That's the very minimum to ask, and that's what Liz Cheney is — the bare minimum for political discourse. For that she deserves the bare minimum of respect, nothing more.

    2. I have been lectured but it was a fine lecture, prof. Fair point.

      Did you see this coverage and especially the photo https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/liz-dick-cheney-jan-6-republicans-b1988349.html (scroll down) of Cheney and her father as the only Republicans willing to show their masked faces at a memorial for the dead police from January 6? I agrree it is the bare minimum, but they were there.

    3. Great picture. It's a memorial for the cops killed defending the capitol, defending the Congresscritters and Senators, and exactly one Republican shows up to say thanks, and she brings her dad.

      I am not a big fan of cops in general, but when cops die defending the US capitol from a marauding mob, you could at least say thanks.

  2. No argument intended, but can you elaborate on "schmuck"? I had to look it up.

    1. "Schmuck" literally means "penis" in Yiddish. But it's ususlly used to mean "jerk," "moron," "dumbass," etc.

    2. If it's a definition you seek, salute the Captain. If you're asking *why* Merrick Garland is a schmuck —

      As AG he is the highest law enforcement official in America. Other high officials have broken a fuckton of laws. Garland should prosecute them, but won't. Thus, schmuck.


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