Leave it to the incomparable David Dayen to remind us that coverage of the 10-year anniversary of the 2008 financial services armageddon has virtually ignored all those folks who lost their homes in the fallout. Why does our "liberal" media admires egomaniacs more than they admire regular folks? I mean, what reasonable person could possibly care how Timothy Geithner justifies the evil he did to help cause the crash and the evil he did in "fixing" it? You'd think the story of how Wells Fargo absolutely screwed over Terrie Crowley would at least appeal to the sentimentalists in our media. I guess when big corporations get exposed as the lawless bastards they are, sentimentality doesn't mean as much.
Uh oh: infamous "Tiger Mom," who has helped vet clerks for Brett Kavanaugh in her capacity as Yale law school professor, told law students last year that Mr. Kavanaugh's clerks all "looked like models" and, further, that this was "no accident." Ms. Chua went on to advise students on how to "dress to exude a 'model-like' femininity," which did seem to put more than a few law students off on pursuing a clerkship with Mr. Kavanaugh. I guess right-wingers would look at such self-weeding and say that's how it's supposed to work! I'd say they've watched too many movies and too much TV, where everyone has to be "attractive" or else they "won't attract the audience's sympathy."
Did you hear about a right-wing punditoid's hilarious attempt to spread the notion that it wasn't Brett Kavanaugh who sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford, but a guy who looked like him? Turns out he got help, such as it was, from the same right-wing PR firm that worked with the Swift Boat Veterans back in 2004. Really, though, when a guy spends two full days teasing a revelation without saying what it might be or how he got it, you'd think "serious journalists" would know better than to report on it -- even to report on it as hype, which is how they get good journalists to do bad things. Sadly, they're all more afraid of being left out of a scoop than they are of the long-term damage they're doing to our civilization.
Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), who might well be that state's next Senator in a few months, unfurls an avalanche of ignorance about the whole Kavanaugh imbroglio. This is how they do it, of course: like His Personal Lord and Savior Our President, they sling so much fecal matter against the wall you can't keep up with it, so I'll say only two things: 1) you don't have to be "perfect" not to try and rape girls in high school, only good, and 2) if Mr. Cramer had been sexually assaulted, would he say it "never went anywhere" due to the mere absence of someone else's ejaculate in or on his person?
Laurie Penny at Longreads explains why we shouldn't debate right-wingers. Long story short: right-wingers don't care about "winning arguments" or "being civil" or "protecting the spirit of debate" so much as smearing the house of our civilization with shit and then laughing at our efforts to scrub it off -- and they use unctuous pronouncements about "debate" and "civility" only as a wedge to introduce ideas that civilized people wouldn't otherwise consider. You should spend the 15 minutes or so it'll take to read Ms. Penny's piece, so I'll only add two observations: 1) in my experience, folks who say "I like to debate" are generally trying to justify being jerks to other people, and 2) I don't like debate -- I like being right and getting attention for being right, and the difference between me and most people is that I just admitted it to you.
Finally, from the "Surprise, Surprise!" file: our President accuses Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), now running for Governor, of betraying him in public. What did Mr. DeSantis do? He wouldn't support our President's assertion that Democrats have been inflating death toll numbers over Hurricane Maria's landfall in Puerto Rico. We could go on about our President's peculiar notions of "loyalty," but let's just ask: when are our leaders going to be loyal to the American people? Because that's how this thing's supposed to work.