Lawyer/Administration critic Michael Avenatti has apparently proposed a mixed martial-arts fight with our President's namesake son, for charity, of course. While I loathe the drama that surrounds our Administration, what I really hate about this is that it allows us to pretend our President and his offspring are just part of the human family, when we should be casting them out of the human family until they start acting human again.
Buried in this report about our White House getting ready for a subpoena storm if Democrats retake the House is this nugget from an official who worked in the Clinton and Obama Administrations: "Subpoenas flowing into a White House create paralysis...The White House doesn't operate optimally, and the policymaking process doesn't receive its due attention." How generous of him, to think this particular White House is "operating" very much at all.
You remember all those fake anti-net neutrality comments the FCC did less than nothing about? Karl Bode at TechDirt reminds us that sending fake comments to our federal agencies is not exactly a new thing. So when they say the public writes stupid comments and only the experts can write good ones, remember that too often "the experts" are so unsure of their expertise that they have to resort to un-American shenanigans like fake public comments to get their way. Yeah, "un-American" is a good way of describing it, in a democracy that's supposed to run on reading, understanding, and doing the people's will.
Multitudinous right-wing jerks compare what Brett Kavanaugh "went through" on his way to a lifetime appointment on our Supreme Court to a lynching. And here you always thought a lynching had to have actual ropes, actual trees, actual rifles, actual murders! After you read about National Review's editor pretending that To Kill a Mockingbird had nothing to do with race, you might want to remember that Review founder William F. Buckley, Jr. was himself an avowed white supremacist at least through the mid-'60s.
Meanwhile, in the real world that doesn't touch the beautiful brains of right-wing jerks, Christine Blasey Ford still can't go home because she's getting too many death threats. Gosh, why don't they come forward sooner? And, seriously, cowards: you got your way. This is like all those folks who painted swastikas all over America after their man won the 2016 Presidential election! Nothing's important to them but diddling their own rage glands. May God have mercy on their immortal souls.
Finally, we could quarrel or not with Sen. Mitch McConnell's assessment that the Kavanaugh controversy was a "gift" to Republicans in that it stoked up their base -- I'm more skeptical about that than I was, frankly -- but note well that a man who calls any group of organized citizens a "mob" reveals himself to be a man who thinks "the right people" should run everything and most people should shutup and listen to their "betters." And a man who doesn't call Tea Partiers a "mob" when they proudly parade their ignorance in public reveals himself a hypocrite as well.