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NFL Conference Championship Open Thread

[ 218 ] January 22, 2017 |

C2vZckQVEAEeKc1“With the exception of the 49ers, the Colts are the best-managed team in the NFL. Period.”

The Colts, who had Andrew Luck fall into their laps in 2012, somehow managed to blow the worst division in the NFL to a team that had the worst passing attack in the league and was missing its best defensive player for most of the year. Mere weeks later, Jim Irsay came down enough to fire the man who traded a #1 pick for Trent Richardson, although for reasons that remain unclear the coach remains in place.  Fortunately for Irsay, Trent Baalke just became available, so the organizational philosophy can seamlessly continue.

Speaking of squandering talent and gross managerial incompetence, Magary noted this week that even before the Chargers shot the hostage San Diego is one of the most tortured sports cities in the country:

But this is wrong. As pain goes, the Chargers have a resume that stacks up with pretty much anyone: Nate Kaeding, Ryan Leaf, trading a first-round pick to draft Bryan Still, trading ANOTHER to draft Mikhael Ricks, nine blown leads of 10-plus points in this decade alone, Marlon McCree fumbling his own interception in the playoffs against the Pats, losing at home in the playoffs to the Jets… TWICE (once to Herm Edwards and once to fucking Mark Sanchez), Craig Whelihan, Junior Seau killing himself, Eli refusing to play there (there!), Dr. David Chao, letting Drew Brees walk for nothing, Terrence Kiel’s lean, LaDainian riding his exercise bike, and on and on. There was also the time where the Chargers were reduced to extras in the only Super Bowl they ever made… a 49-26 whomping at the hands of Steve Young and the 49ers that was preordained the moment San Diego won the AFC title.

I know a few Chargers fans. Their fatalism is no different than that of your average Jets fan, or Eagles fan, or any of their other northern NFL counterparts who know exactly when things will go wrong for their team, and how they will go wrong. And the Chargers’ failures are just as traumatic for them as other teams’ more notorious boners are for their fanbases.

Barnwell had a great piece earlier this year observing that San Diego is now the most tortured fanbase in the country. In addition to the Chargers, the Padres have been to the World Series twice — first, against the best American League team of the 80s and next against a team that has a serious argument as being the best team in the history of major league baseball. And in the latter, the series started with Richie Garcia — one of the few people in American sports with an arrogance-to-competence ratio higher than Grigson’s — gift-wrapping four runs for the Yankees because he was pissy about the Padre catcher doing his job and trying to frame pitches.

Anyway, one management decision that never gets the scale of criticism it deserves was A.J. Smith’s decision to fire Marty Schottenheimer coming off a 14-2 season and having his team outplay Belichick and Brady in a playoff game but lose because an idiot decided to return what should have been a game-sealing interception. I wouldn’t be inclined to fire a 14-2 coach even if he was blundering in the playoffs — the Chiefs aren’t going to fire Andy Reid, even though he seemed to take an even higher does of Boulevard-and-Ambien at halftime last week, because unless Belichick is tired of the singles scene in Boston firing him would almost certainly make the team worse. But Schottenheimer wasn’t blundering in San Diego — he was just incredibly unlucky and the end of close games. And not only did Smith fire Schottenheimer, he replaced him with…Norv Turner, already well-established as the platonic ideal of head coaching sub-mediocrity. That talent base should have gone toe-to-toe with the Patriots for years, but Smith blew it, and now Chargers fans will never get the chance for another winner.

On to today’s games:

ATLANTA (-6) over Green Bay Did Denver winning last year with bad QB play portend a change in the NFL? Between Denver’s “historic defense and getting the breaks in every single close game” model predictably proving to be unsustainable and 3 Hall of Fame QBs and a fourth who was better than any of them this year in the championship games, I thin we can safely say “no.” You can make a case that my analysis from last week still applies here — in a shootout go with the QB with a longer track record of greatness — but Atlanta is a major step up in class offensively from the Cowboys, and while Ryan has never been this good he’s been good for a while. I’m not picking against one of the best offenses in NFL history at home in a shootout.

TEAM TRUMP (-6) over Pittsburgh Playing its best game, Pittsburgh can certainly win in Foxboro, but New England’s offense has also been fantastic, and Roethlisberger has been too erratic to pick against Brady and Belichick on the road, particularly since Brown actually had a point about the extra day and a half the Pats had to work with. Anyway, you know these teams. But connoisseurs of “Josh McDaniels, COACHING SUPERPROSPECT” stories can enjoy Peter King making sure to preemptively explain how Jed York’s grapes were sour after the 49ers decided to go with Shanahan. You see, McDaniels is an incredibly great coach who will be able to win as long as he takes over a team with championship-caliber talent. Hard to argue with that logic! I do fully expect him to be back in the Super Bowl in his appropriate role as Belichick’s playcaller, though.

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Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 67

[ 17 ] January 22, 2017 |

This is the grave of Robert Wagner.

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Born in Prussia in 1877, Robert Wagner immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1885. Settling in New York, Wagner proved himself a rapidly rising star in Democratic Party politics from a young age. Graduating from City College in 1898 and New York Law School in 1900, he entered the state legislature in 1905 and then the state senate in 1909. Wagner became involved in reform causes to help the working class early in his career. He played a critical role in the commission formed after the Triangle Fire that led New York to pass pioneering legislation on workplace and building safety. He also worked to turn Tammany Hall away from its old corrupt past and into an organization that legitimately represented working Americans. In doing so, he was part of a larger movement remaking the northern wing of the Democratic Party in these years, a critical move in the coming New Deal.

Wagner was elected to the Senate in 1926. A close ally of his old friend Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Wagner would become the greatest friend the American labor movement ever had in the Senate. Most importantly was the National Labor Relations Act, commonly known as the Wagner Act, that provided the critical framework of labor law that gave workers real rights in the United States for the first time in American history. He also shepherded the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933 and the Wagner-Stegall Housing Act of 1937 through the Senate. In addition, he helped write the Social Security Act and introduced it to the Senate. He sponsored anti-lynching legislation that could never pass because of southern domination of the Democratic Party, but nonetheless was the right thing to do.

Wagner resigned from the Senate due to poor health in 1949 and died in 1953.

Robert Wagner is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Queens, New York

Grit in the gears

[ 86 ] January 22, 2017 |
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Sand sample from Kemil Beach National Lake shore at 3x – The Science of Sand

Yesterday was a brilliant day before I got home and read about the Trump/Spicer synchronized whinefest and that CNN was comparing the size of the D.C. march to the size of the inauguration and noting that ours was much bigger. Large public protests serve a number of purposes, and one of the most important is to transmit enthusiasm for protest to as many people as possible; to those who marched and those who did not. (Making President Manbaby fret is a bonus.)

But during and after the march people were asking What do we do next? And one of my answers is to think small, but frequent. What are simple, easy ways an individual can regularly let the world know that they object to this bullshit and will not shut up, to gum up the works, in short to remain at the soul and center of protest, which is to be a pain in the ass?

The answer to that question is up to the individual, and I don’t know the answer for myself beyond the notion that it would be fun and fulfilling to remind Republicans that the stinking yellow eyed rockfish in the White House is their stinking yellow eyed rockfish and that that their choices are to run far the fuck away from him or to spend a few hours in a giant sandblasting cabinet to get rid of the stench.

For example, Gov. Hogan made a big deal about not endorsing or voting for Trump, which is such a low bar that I don’t care. I could write Hogan to remind him that I expect him to oppose Trump, ask for examples of how he is opposing Trump and copy a Trumpertantrum or two into an email and ask him if he agrees. Those are very small things that I can do once every week or two that will keep me active and bug a Republican until it’s time for the next organized action.

The Postmodern Presidency

[ 250 ] January 22, 2017 |

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I remember 10 to 15 years ago, when one conservative talking point was that postmodernism was destroying western civilization. And then they realized they could just create their own truths. I have long called the Bush administration the first postmodern prescience, but Emperor Tangerine is going all in.

“You did not answer the question of why the president asked the White House press secretary to come out in front of the podium for the first time and utter a falsehood,” Todd interrupted. “Why did he do that? It undermines the credibility of the entire White House press office on day one.”

“No, it doesn’t. Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck,” Conway replied. “You’re saying it’s a falsehood, and they’re giving Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that. But the point really is—”

“Wait a minute. Alternative facts? Alternative facts?” Todd interjected, looking incredulous. “Four of the five facts he uttered were just not true.”

Conway tried to interrupt, but Todd continued.

“Look, alternative facts are not facts,” he said.

On the other hand, when you’ve lost Chuck Todd on the 3rd day of your presidency….

What’s the over/under on the duration of the Trump presidency?

[ 287 ] January 22, 2017 |

For any member of the LGM community who doesn’t happen to be a degenerate sports gambler, the over/under is a betting proposition that establishes for betting purposes the most likely probability for an outcome.  (Example: the o/u on the AFC championship game today is 51, which means that the odds makers and the betting public have decided collectively via their wagers that there’s a 50% chance that the teams will score 51 points or more, and a 50% chance the teams will score 51 points or less.  If you take the under you win your bet if the teams score less than 51 points, and if you take the over you win if they score more than 51.  Also, don’t gamble on sports kids.).

Moving right along, Donald Trump’s twitter feed this morning.

OK let’s set the line.

Never Fuck a Republican

[ 62 ] January 22, 2017 |

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Absolutely goddamn right

Mostly this is an excuse to use that image. Not sure who made this connection, but all due respect. Continue talking about resisting fascist scum.

Is Our Media Learning?

[ 86 ] January 22, 2017 |

Maybe!

WASHINGTON — President Trump used his first full day in office on Saturday to unleash a remarkably bitter attack on the news media, falsely accusing journalists of both inventing a rift between him and intelligence agencies and deliberately understating the size of his inauguration crowd.

In a visit to the Central Intelligence Agency designed to showcase his support for the intelligence community, Mr. Trump ignored his own repeated public statements criticizing the intelligence community, a group he compared to Nazis just over a week ago.

He also called journalists “among the most dishonest human beings on earth,” and he said that up to 1.5 million people had attended his inauguration, a claim that photographs disproved.

Or:

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period,” Spicer said, contradicting all available data.

Aerial photos have indicated that former president Barack Obama’s first inauguration attracted a much larger crowd. Nielsen ratings show that Obama also had a bigger television audience.

It would have been nice if they had laid off the “Shape of the Earth, views differ” before the election, but…

I’m more convinced than ever that the widespread assumption that Clinton would win and Trump didn’t need to be taken seriously was a huge factor in this election. (Cf. also, of course, the scale of today’s protests.)

Let them eat fake

[ 104 ] January 21, 2017 |

Republicans aren’t just evil, they’re tacky.

Amid the glitz of President Trump’s inaugural festivities, one item stood out in particular late Friday night: a spectacular nine-tier cake that the new president and Vice President Pence cut into with a sword.

To pastry chef Duff Goldman, the cake seemed a little too familiar — because it looked almost exactly like one he had made years earlier for Barack Obama’s second inauguration as president.

Just after midnight, the Food Network personality posted a side-by-side comparison of two cakes on his Twitter account.

And for a few hours yesterday the banner for Trump’s Twitter account showed a crowd shot from Obama’s 2009 inauguration. It’s probably just a matter of time before President Petite Mains starts smearing himself with Bobbi Brown 7.5 and insisting everyone call him Barack.

…Tiffany MacIsaac, owner of Washington’s Buttercream Bakeshop, stepped forward to say she had been the one to create the much-talked-about cake.

She said that the order came in while she was out of town, and that the client had brought in a photo of the cake from Obama’s inauguration asking her to re-create it.

“They came to us a couple of weeks ago, which is pretty last minute, and said ‘We have a photo that we would like to replicate,’ ” MacIsaac told The Washington Post by phone. Her bakery tried to encourage the client to use the photo as “inspiration,” as they do with many others, she said.

“They said, ‘Nope, they want this exact cake. It’s perfect.’ And we said, great,” MacIsaac said.

Of course. One thing Republicans aren’t is creative. That’s why their ideal society is pre-emancipation plus modern utilities and medicine for the deserving. Taking things from other people, that’s what they’re good at.

And now, the punchline.

MacIsaac said the attention caught her by surprise partly because, per the order, the Trump cake was intended to be more of a prop: All but a three-inch slice at the bottom was inedible.

“It’s just a Stryofoam cake. It’s not for eating,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting it to be seen on TV.”

Thank goodness things aren’t too metaphoric or anything.

2/1461

[ 76 ] January 21, 2017 |

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We are now 2/1461, or 0.14% through the Trump administration. Unlike yesterday, today was awesome. Providence had about 5000 people in a great rally. Small compared to New York, Washington, Chicago, Boston, or Los Angeles, but it’s in the smaller cities that these rallies are also really important, including great rallies by those coastal elites in Sioux Falls, Little Rock, Asheville, Columbia, Austin, Albuquerque, and Springfield, Missouri. In a lot of these places, activism is not something people see much. Shoving ourselves in the fascists’ faces is critical. In Providence, there was consistently solid to great speakers, very inspiring. Lots of great signs, including the Roger Williams quote above (misquoted because it’s in God’s nostrils, not his eyes, but whatever). That’s how we roll in Rhode Island. My other favorite group was a bunch of young medical students in their white doctor’s coats with “Future Abortion Provider” signs. Even if one spelled it “Providor.” I guess spelling isn’t really a requirement to save women from patriarchy.

I knew a ton of people at the DC rally. My wife led a group of students from her small college in a tiny rural Pennsylvania town. And this is important. That area is absolutely horrible. I was there shortly before the election and a farm right outside of town had a hand-painted sign stuck to a tree that read “Trump. Vote4Balls.” I don’t know what could sum up the Trump voter better than this. I wanted to get a picture but I was being eyed warily by the neighbor and even though I’m a square looking white guy driving a Ford, I didn’t want to get shot for the picture. And in Shithole, PA, this is a concern. These students simply don’t see people on their side except for their professors and some other students. Many of them have never even been to DC, even though it’s only a few hours away. I can only imagine how inspired they must be. My dissertation advisor was there from New Mexico, friends from Rhode Island made the trip down, former students flew from Austin, graduate student friends came down from Nebraska, and of course Shakezula and Nexon were there from LGM. I think I knew more people at the DC march than my own wedding. Amazing.

And with Trump already whining about media coverage of his no-show inauguration that combines THIS WAS THE BIGGEST, MOST ATTENDED EVENT EVER with his supporters tweeting about how no one was there because they have jobs even though evidently they all voted for them because they don’t have jobs, the clown show is already beginning in the White House.

What was interesting is that all the speakers but one moved forward and focused on resistance. There was one, a folksinger, who ranted about superdelegates and wanted to re-litigate the primary. But no one cared. That’s past. It’s time to move forward into resistance. That’s where the people are and they moved forward in that today.

After the march ended, I had some beers with some of my union friends. We had a good conversation around the critical question–what comes next? Part of the genius of the civil rights movement was that the big marches always had a concrete goal–March on Washington was to pass a civil rights bill, the campaigns in Montgomery, Birmingham, and Albany were to desegregate those cities, Chicago was for housing equality, SNCC actions in the Freedom Rides and the sit-ins were for the government to enforce the law or for cities to act, etc. These rallies today are more like the Vietnam War protests. They are against a very evil thing, but without a real concrete goal on how to achieve it. That’s OK. There are a lot of people out there who got off the couch, turned off CNN, and came out to a march, sometimes for the first time in their lives. That’s pretty great. How do we turn that energy into something concrete? I know the big thing among many commenters is that it should all go toward voting in 2018. That’s fine, but 2018 is a long time off. We do need good candidates, etc, and all that is important. But we also need ways to channel this energy toward something else other than just the next election cycle. That’s not always the easiest thing to do so.

Of course given the horrors to come, there will be plenty of chances to reignite this energy. But even here it will be in the negative–we don’t want ACA to be repealed, we don’t want abortion made illegal, we don’t want the advances on gay rights to be turned back, we don’t want to return to Jim Crow, etc. And these are huge things. But we also need a forward looking agenda too. And that’s something that is much harder to agree upon.

I will also say that it took until the last speaker to get the real core of the issue that lots of people don’t want to hear–the enemy is capitalism as much as it is racism and misogyny and homophobia. Was glad it was said.

Now the real work begins. Let’s all try to match today’s energy going forward.

Music Notes

[ 25 ] January 21, 2017 |

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A few music notes for these horrible days of fascism.

If you haven’t read the Rolling Stone profile of John Prine, do so. It’s really great.

Remember that the first person Donald Trump killed due to his presidency was Sharon Jones.

The Nigerian musician William Onyeabor died. Atomic Bomb is a really great album.

The influential music writer K-Punk is also dead.

Arcade Fire and Mavis Staples team up to try and give us hope in these dark times.

If I was to pick 5 songs by leftist white men to shove in Trump’s face, I don’t think these are the songs I would pick. But whatever, any and all are good.

And remember what the NEA does and won’t do anymore thanks to Emperor Tangerine.

Historically, the agency has awarded thousands of grants for orchestras, jazz, operas, chamber music, and beyond. And just looking back through the past year or so, the array of specific programs affected by the endowment is dizzying. If you saw a video last year of David Bowie talking about working with Lou Reed, that was part of an NEA-funded digital archive. An Esperanza Spalding performance at Manhattan’s Baryshnikov Arts Center, a Steve Reich 80th-birthday celebration at Carnegie Hall, and a Quincy Jones tribute at the Monterey Jazz Festival are among endowment-boosted events from 2016.

Album review time:

Dinosaur Jr., Give a Glimpse of What You’re Not

I’ve never been the J. Mascis fan boy that some are, but certainly Dinosaur Jr has put out some excellent albums over the years. Give a Glimpse of What You’re Not is not quite an excellent album. But it’s solid. It’s precisely the type of album where an old band justifies its continued existence (unlike, say, The Rolling Stones) even if it’s unlikely to attract new fans. It’s a completely decent Dinosaur album. If that appeals to you, buy this album.

B+

Margaret Glaspy, Emotions and Math

I don’t much care for emotions or math, but I did like this album pretty well. A tight little grunge-rock album that has solid songs about the life of a woman in her late 20s, for all the potential and frustration and disappointment that means. Various reviewers compare her to Liz Phair or Fiona Apple, which feels a bit lazy and obvious, but is useful enough to get a sense of what Glaspy sounds like. This is some solid rock and roll and some solid singer-songwriter stuff. And that’s not a bad combination. Especially at 34 minutes.

A-

The Internet, Ego Death

This is a solid 2015 album from this R&B band out of Los Angeles. The lead singer/rapper Syd the Kid ignores the deep homophobia with hip hop to write love songs for the women she loves. Like Frank Ocean or Shamir, she is a product of an increasing acceptance of gender fluidity among young people. More important than the politics is that this is a good band making good music. It doesn’t come out and grab you like the very best of R&B in the last 5 to 7 years, but it pulls older forms of the music with new ideas to create a solid piece of art. It’s also extremely listenable and enjoyable.

B+

Yo La Tengo, Stuff Like That There

I wasn’t sure whether I would like this 2015 album for two reasons. One is the inconsistency of Yo La Tengo. For as much as I love I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One and as much as I like I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass, there are also a number of pretty boring albums in their catalog. Two is that I am always a little skeptical of covers albums, which probably comes from years of listening to filler on country music albums of the 60s and 70s. But I liked this a lot. What’s more is that I preferred Georgia Hubley’s tunes to Ira Kaplan’s, which is unusual given her limited voice. But do I need to her do “I’m So Lonesome I Can Cry” and “Friday I’m in Love”? Yes, actually. The only thing I wish here is that Kaplan would rock out a little more, which we all know he is quite capable of doing, but they always have preferred dreaminess. And that’s for better and for worse.

A-

Thayer Sarrano, Shaky

I first heard of Serrano when she opened for the Drive-By Truckers last year. Given how often I have seen DBT (seeing my 11th and 12th shows in February), I have really been exposed to some awesome (Old 97s as an opening act!) and some terrible opening acts that have included an atrocious buttrock band opening for them in Pawtucket but also the worst Son Volt show ever and the execrable Shooter Jennings. Sometimes though they have interesting young artists open for them. Serrano is one, Houndmouth is another. With both bands, the albums proved slightly less successful than the live show, although entirely decent. (Houndmouth because their drugged out gangster lyrics belie a bunch of middle class white hipster kids from the Louisville suburbs). Serrano, based out of Athens, created a completely solid rock album, although one would like her voice higher in the mix. The lyrics are about sadness and sorrow, the music atmospheric. Worth a listen.

B

Run the Jewels, RTJ3

Dropped as a Christmas present to the desperate hordes out there but a 2017 album, this is the first great album of the year. I like Killer Mike significantly more than El-P but these guys are always great together and this is a critical album of resistance at a time when I really need it. “A Report to the Shareholders” is a killer song, not to mention a great title, demanding justice and ready for the fight ahead. The production is outstanding and the guests, as always for RTJ, add a lot, including Kamasi Washington. RTJ3 is basically just a fantastic album all around.

A

Maren Morris, Hero

There were some very good reviews for this young country star but I don’t get it. Morris has an excellent voice. But while she works a little blue (as is the norm for female country singers these days and in fact, it’s one of many ways in which hip hop has influenced country in the last 10 years), the songs are mostly forgettable, the arrangements standard, and the whole package too geared for mainstream country radio for my tastes. The single “My Church” got a ton of accolades, but basically because naming Hank Williams and Johnny Cash in a song is a way to claim authenticity that critics die for. I thought it was whatever. I find myself with strongly different reactions to the young women remaking country music, loving Angaleena Presley and Margo Price and really not getting Kasey Musgraves and Maren Morris at all. I guess that’s a good thing, but I think there is going to be some settling out in the next few years between the real talent and the ones who are really just the next forgettable thing in a genre full of that.

C

Band of Heathens, Duende

Pretty good new album from Band of Heathens. Much sunnier than my mood right now. Great for hanging out and listening to music, drinking a beer. Maybe while having a picnic this summer, maybe while going to the beach. In fact, it has a Beach Boys feel to me. Highly enjoyable.

B+

Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker

This probably isn’t at the very top of Cohen albums, but for a dying man making what he knows is his album, it’s right up there with Zevon’s The Wind. “You Want It Darker” is a stunning song while “Leaving the Table” and “Traveling Light” are close behind. Sure he couldn’t sing anymore, but then he never really could as he knew and joked about in “Tower of Song.” Yet he still was able to use that rasp with great power and expression.

A-

And a couple of reviews of older albums:

Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Pronto Monto

For some reason, this album had never even had a CD release until last year. The McGarrigles were always poorly served by basic releases of their older albums until just a few years ago. This is a fine album from 1978, but one can see why it wasn’t a priority among their catalog. For fans, this is very listenable. Of course the melodies are great and the songs are perfectly functional within their catalog. There are songs about motherhood, songs about men leaving women at home, songs about swimming. What there isn’t is a really first rate song or anything really even all that memorable.

B

Cat Power, Sun

In the late 2000s, I really liked Cat Power. Chan Marshall was a mess and that was clear in her music. The one time I saw her play, she very nearly went into total meltdown mode. It was distinctly uncomfortable, possibly because I was right next to the stage and could really see it. But albums like Moon Pix and especially You Are Free were great, outside a couple of songs like “Names” that were almost parodies of how depressing one could try to make a song. But I didn’t much care for The Greatest and Jukebox was a waste of time. I really forgot about her except for the occasional listen to an old album. I’m not sure if I even knew Sun came out in 2012. But I was made aware of it recently so I gave it a spin. And I was pleasantly surprised. This is almost a pop album and its near sunniness was refreshing. The songs aren’t as profound as some of her past, but it’s a solid collection and quite enjoyable. It’s 5 years since this came out so who knows what the future holds for her, but if it is her last album, it certainly wouldn’t be a bad note to go out on.

A-

As always, open thread on music or whatever else is going to keep your soul alive in the next 4 years.

Media bias towards reality once again leads to smear of GOP politician

[ 76 ] January 21, 2017 |

The Associated Press reporting on Donald Trump’s speech to the CIA this afternoon:

 

President Donald Trump accuses media of lying about inauguration crowds, wrongly says crowd reached Washington monument.

Emphasis added.

I’m no psychologist, but from what I understand Trump represents a truly textbook case of narcissistic personality disorder.

Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultraconfidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.

A narcissistic personality disorder causes problems in many areas of life, such as relationships, work, school or financial affairs.
Probably also domestic and and foreign affairs.

1/21/2017 – Women’s March Open Thread [Update & unsticking]

[ 207 ] January 21, 2017 |

Information about the D.C. and sister marches, including virtual events.

For D.C. the official legal hotline: 202-670-6866.

I see they’re recommending Archives/Navy Memorial Metro stop on the Green/Yellow lines. Consider L’Enfant Plaza as an alternative. Here’s a map of the WMATA system.

If you’re in D.C. and have some time to kill today or tomorrow.

[Update – I just got in and I’m trying to remember how to get my GoPro & laptop to communicate. But for now: Immense, absolutely far above my wildest expectations, turnout in D.C. WMATA said ridership was over 560K, eight times a normal Saturday.

The bleachers that didn’t get used yesterday certainly came in handy today, has Trump claimed the people sitting on them were a day late for the parade yet?

Favorite chant: “We want a leader, not a creepy tweeter!”

Favorite protest moment: Being in a crowd of thousands of people who were giving the new Trump hotel the finger.

Favorite weird moment: I struck up a conversation with a woman and when we reached the White House, we decided to try to get to a Metro station. I said “I wonder if my mother is here?” No sooner had those words left my mouth, who should I see but my mom holding up her protest sign!]
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If you need something to get the blood pumping and the feet marching.

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