Hmmm. Hurricane or mass shooting? Which is the “natural” disaster?
Your next Speaker of the House, ladies and gentlemen.
Either McCarthy writes this stuff himself, or he hired someone this illiterate to write it for him and he doesn’t know the difference.
Both Digby and I have written about the growing drone industry before with some reservation. A nightmare for civil liberties? Privacy issues? Aw, c’mon, but they are so cewl! Everyone will want one for Christmas this year:
You’re probably getting a drone for Christmas this year, whether you want one or not. Aviation Week reports that, at a recent industry summit, Rich Swayze of the Federal Aviation Administration said that the agency expects up to 1 million unmanned aerial vehicles to be sold during this year’s holiday season. Swayze’s prediction, if true, is simultaneously great and terrible news for the drone industry. It’s great news because, hooray, money! It’s terrible news because some of these drones will be gifted to kids, and idiots, and others who know and care little for safety and decorum.
Justin Peters has a series at Slate called Future Tense that looks at drones. The project supported by the Omidyar Network and Humanity United includes a drone primer from sponsor New America here. Everybody is so excited about what they’ll get for Christmas that still no one seems worried about a fleet of military surveillance drones in our airspace.
As we have noted before, and as the Washington Post reported last year, the military is planning to fly its large fleet of military drones from 144 U.S. sites. If the Air Force gets its way, the Reapers will soon be sharing the friendly skies with your mother’s flight to Cleveland. “With my flight to Cleveland,” another blogger exclaimed at a conference last weekend:
North Carolina legislators were cooking up some particularly noxious potions yesterday here in one of Charlie Pierce’s Laboratories of Democracy. Pay attention. North Carolina has become wingnut DARPA for this stuff.
The NC state legislature adjourned for the year about the time I got up to write this. Twitter and email lit up last night after all the turds they’d kept plugged up in the legislative pipeline until the very last all spewed out into public view at once. Much like the infamous “motorcycle vagina” bill of 2013, some of the worst appeared as surprise revisions to other bills.
Ironically, a colleague yesterday noticed that sometime after September 2012 our local GOP website had quietly removed its “Principles” page from its website. They included “I BELIEVE the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.” Well, yesterday the “closest to the people” people in the state capitol attempted to prevent local governments in North Carolina from doing anything remotely progressive:
I design factories for a living. When I get off a job, lots of other people get jobs: building them and working in them. And in this country, too. Does that make me a “job creator”? Or, as Damon Silvers of the AFL-CIO suggests in the video below, is that really just “a polite term for plutocrats”? As he says, maybe that is why billionaires buy PR firms.
Mike Lux has a piece up at Huffington Post promoting a progressive economic agenda that just might be more important than the next loony thing a Republican candidate for president says. A video in plain-speak condenses a lot of progressive thinking on the economy to 7:25 min. Lux writes:
Contrary to the current trickle-down economic orthodoxy, our economy will only grow and strengthen over the long run if we focus on helping more poor people climb the ladder into an expanding and more prosperous middle class.
That is not happening today. It has not been happening much since the Reagan era introduced us to trickle-down. Capitalism is overdue for an upgrade.
Outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner called some congressional colleagues “false prophets” for raising unrealistic expectations about what could be accomplished during recent sessions:
“Absolutely, they’re unrealistic!” he exclaimed. “You know the Bible says beware of false prophets. And there are people out there, y’know, spreading noise about how much can get done. I mean this whole idea about shutting down government to get rid of Obamacare in 2013 — I mean, this plan never had a chance.”
Asked if Cruz was one of the “false prophets,” Boehner smirked and became coy, saying, “I’ll refer you to a remark I made at a fundraiser in August, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado,” where the GOP leader called the Texas senator a “jackass.”
Boehner was vague about just what he means to do with the weeks he has left:
The outgoing speaker pledged to try to “get as much finished as possible” before he steps down. “I don’t want to leave my successor a dirty barn,” Boehner said. “So I want to clean the barn up a little bit before the next person gets here.”
Having taken a swipe at one Senate jackass, one wonders what “clean the barn” might mean for false prophets in the House.
(Cross-posted from Hullabaloo.)
Moral Mondays leader Reverend William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP, at St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Asheville, NC Friday as part of the Daily Kos Connects. Part 2 delves into strategy for moving forward.
It is my habit to refer to the extremists as the T-party (not tea party or Tea Party), but I never explained why. It comes from the Sam Neill line from Jurassic Park.
In John Boehner, T-party just claimed another kill. If Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is any indication, T-party is still hungry:
“That’s one down, that’s 434 more to go,” said Jindal, a former congressman. “Folks, it is time to fire everybody in D.C.”
Frank Bruni comments on John Boehner’s conflict with his “pathologically self-destructive party” over his reluctance to force another government shutdown has led to his demise as Speaker of the House:
Get better, Kim and Carmen.
We undercut our own message, Barber told the crowd yesterday, when we argue that their policies are morally wrong and then call our extremist opponents “right.”
Moral Mondays leader Reverend William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP, spoke yesterday at St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Asheville, NC as part of the
Daily Kos Connects weekend that continues today. Barber gave an informal talk covering some old Moral Monday ground, including the history of fusion politics and what he calls “the 3rd Reconstruction.” Plus some history behind the use of “left” and “right,” labels Barber believes progressives should avoid. For fusion politics to succeed, we have to reject arguing on our adversaries terms. (Anat Shenker-Osorio would be so pleased.) Our opponents’ policies are neither “right” not “conservative,” but “extremist.”
But to roll back the South’s new Jim Crow, the change has to come, Barber argued, from the grassroots, not from Washington. People ask him to come to their state to lead their movements. He will not. But he will come and help teach them how to lead their own.
Barber expanded yesterday into how blacks and whites and LBGTQ and other progressive partners must work together to avoid opponents’ divide-and-conquer trap. “When they ask, ‘Is it about class or race?'” Barber smiled. “It is.”
Fusion politics means we have each others’ backs. The press might come to you because your issue is racial justice. But we can demonstrate solidarity publicly by answering instead, “I want to talk about LBGTQ issues.”
The man is focused.
(Cross-posted from Hullabaloo.)