Thursday, May 28, 2020

AND NOW...IDIOTS

Airhead haz reely stoopid thotz.

WAIT...WHAT?

Here are some words that no Democrat EVER wants to hear passing between the lips of "a top economist in the Obama administration."

In early April, Jason Furman, a top economist in the Obama administration and now a professor at Harvard, was speaking via Zoom to a large bipartisan group of top officials from both parties. The economy had just been shut down, unemployment was spiking and some policymakers were predicting an era worse than the Great Depression. The economic carnage seemed likely to doom President Donald Trump’s chances at reelection.

Furman, tapped to give the opening presentation, looked into his screen of poorly lit boxes of frightened wonks and made a startling claim.

“We are about to see the best economic data we’ve seen in the history of this country,” he said.

“Everyone looked puzzled and thought I had misspoken,” Furman said in an interview. Instead of forecasting a prolonged Depression-level economic catastrophe, Furman laid out a detailed case for why the months preceding the November election could offer Trump the chance to brag — truthfully — about the most explosive monthly employment numbers and gross domestic product growth ever.

Furman’s counterintuitive pitch has caused some Democrats, especially Obama alumni, around Washington to panic. “This is my big worry,” said a former Obama White House official who is still close to the former president. Asked about the level of concern among top party officials, he said, “It’s high — high, high, high, high.”
 
Anything to this?  No idea.  Now and then, I find myself thinking that "sciences" like political analysis or economics aren't really sciences at all but modern, "respectable" versions of astrology.  In other words, a bunch of people with degrees sitting around guessing about stuff (I mean, if you can give a Nobel Prize to Paul Krugman, for God's sake...).
 
So I'll just say that considering Trump's run so far, it wouldn't surprise me.

MAXIM

Twitter is a sick joke.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

COMING TO GRIPS

Count me in, Andy.













But that's not going to make this go away.




































Somebody's going to have to answer for those lives, Andy.  And that somebody ain't Trump.

UPDATE: Winning friends and influencing people.

UPDATE: Andy loses Megyn Kelly.

FASCISTS GOTTA FASCIST

Who didn't see this coming?

FINAL-STAGE TDS

Or Trump Derangement Rabies?  It's from Kathy Griffin so LANGUAGE WARNING.

UPDATE: As of this update (1:41 PM Central Standard Time), the first tweet has been pulled but the second one's still there.  Didn't screen cap 'em because of the F bombs; I don't know if Twitter pulled it or whatever the hell that is decided that he/she/it really didn't want to have to explain his/her/its whimsical sense of humor to the FBI or the Secret Service.  But the second tweet sufficiently explains the first.

MCJ SHOW BIZ CORNER

Producing a successful movie where girls save the world is a three-step process.

(1) Write something original, a story people haven't seen before.  Iron Woman or Lady of the Rings is not originality.  Casablanca with Meryl Streep as Rick Blaine ain't happening.

(2) Don't take yourself too seriously.  It's a freakin' movie, for crying out loud, and it's like I always say.  Why should people pay good money to watch a leftist sermon when they can go to an Episcopal church any Sunday they care to and see one for free?

(3) Whatever you do, don't do this.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

MORNING LINE

If you're thinking of putting your money on Whitless for veep, you might want to invest it in an entirely different direction.

Here's something that may be of interest to the Joe Biden vetting squad: News reports have Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's husband pulling the “don’t-you-know-who-I-am” card with a vacation boat dock worker in the middle of a pandemic that has killed thousands of people in his state.
 
“No longer visible to the public, Facebook posts from NorthShore Dock LLC and its owner, Tad Dowker, focused on what Dowker said was a request last week by Whitmer's husband, Marc Mallory. The posts have drawn the attention of Republican state lawmakers, who said the Democratic governor's family may not be following her guidance for the rest of the state.
 
“Whitmer's spokeswoman, Tiffany Brown, didn't confirm or deny Monday the assertions by the marina company or its owner. Brown said the administration wouldn't address ‘every rumor that is spread online.’ …
 
“‘This morning, I was out working when the office called me, there was a gentleman on hold who wanted his boat in the water before the weekend,’ Dowker posted. ‘Being Memorial weekend and the fact that we started working three weeks late means there is no chance this is going to happen.’ ‘Well our office personnel had explained this to the man and he replied, 'I am the husband to the governor, will this make a difference?'”
 
Dude! … Your wife is the governor of the state and is in the mix to be the vice president of the United States. And you’re trying to strongarm a boat dock operator in the middle of a deadly pandemic when your wife -- again, the governor! -- has been the face of stay-at-home-stay-safe talk?

Joe being Joe, I think he probably thinks (or whatever it is that his brain does at this point) that he can sell this.  And with an appropriately subservient "news media," he probably can.

UPDATE: REALLY, Whitless??

Monday, May 25, 2020

METAPHOR

American journalism is like morels.  Out there but REALLY hard to find.

BLAST FROM THE PAST

This is actually a pretty impressive achievement.  Change "China" to "Germany," modify one or two minor things, add one or two other minor things, entitle it something along the lines of "Washington Is Needlessly Antagonizing Berlin" and you'd basically have a perfect Washington Post opinion piece.

From 1938.