Friday, November 10, 2017

Professional Left Podcast #414

"You can't always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say, so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream."
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LasvegasJessica said...

Fabulous memory. Hope Dowd caught a gander. I'm not blocked, so I'll tweet him. Hope you had a good birthday and the gift went to good fun use.

Neo Tuxedo said...

I'm not blocked, so I'll tweet him.

And then you will be blocked, because "you don't care much for the truth."

"Let's look at the truth. Forget the facts, they will only confuse you."
-- Jason Corley, The Book of Not (parody of Sam Chupp and Andrew Greenberg, The Book of Nod)

BongoShaftsbury1 said...

A few random thoughts from a devout anti-pedant:
Your use of the phrase both-sides incorrectly implies there are only two. Centrists are a side unto themselves. The face of their party is an inartfully rendered cubist portrait, their platform, a construct devised by M.C. Escher.

I've been monitoring the comment boards from a broad spectrum of political sites that use Disqus, as well an index of Twitter accounts, looking for bots, astroturfers, liars, and purveyors of suspect grammar.
As rule, they're all deliberately undermining Democratic candidates. On some, like Peter Dauo's Twitter feed, they purport to be pro-Democratic purists beating the party's red headed step-child Bernie Sanders, along with Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and other Senators who've endorsed Medicare For All.
The comments, pro and con, are symmetrically timed, repeating phrases like "he's not a Democrat", "I'm so sick of him", "socialist" etc.
They never seem to attack Governors though, only the senators aligned behind Medicare For All, who have become the de facto leaders of the party (small d).
Today a rich donor named Cloobeck blasted Sanders, threatening to cut off funding if he's not ex-communicated by the Democratic Senate Caucus. Michael Bloomberg, who said last year, he'd run as a third party candidate should Bernie win the primary is making his voice heard. John Kasich said he's looking for a Democratic governor as a running mate. Clinton appears to be distancing herself from the DNC, has her own PAC.
What the hell is going on here. I honestly don't know as I've slowly losing my mind, one marble after another.

dinthebeast said...

What? You mean that when elections aren't about stupid bullshit, Democrats win? Who would have ever thought that could be true?
Oh, yeah, every liberal ever. I almost forgot.
I think Carter Page may be on drugs.
I don't want to guess which drugs, but many of them have side effects that look a lot like Carter Page.

Thank you again for the podcast, it helps in a whole different way when we win than it does when we lose.

-Doug in Oakland