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Dec 6 6 tweets 2 min read
Holy fucking shit.

This may be the first and likely only time that I give @RepStefanik sincere praise.

As she openly states, this was the easiest softball question she possibly could have asked, and all three of them completely flubbed it. The question she asked: "Does calling for the genocide of Jews violate your university's code of conduct regarding bullying & harassment?"

The answer is YES, for fuck's sake.
Nov 15 7 tweets 2 min read
“Anonymously signed.”

Image How does the @nytimes know that these are actual federal officials who actually signed it if they did so “anonymously?”

Does that mean the Times is redacting their names? Or does it just say “signed, 400 officials” at the bottom of the letter?
Oct 31 39 tweets 15 min read
🧵 The 2024 #ACA Open Enrollment Period Is Upon Us; Here's 13 Important Things To Remember When You #GetCovered!… 1. DON'T DELAY; #GETCOVERED BY *DECEMBER 15th* IF POSSIBLE!
Oct 30 10 tweets 3 min read
As sickened and angry as I am about the mountain of antisemitism unleashed from “progressives” recently, I’m still doing everything I can to raise money for actual Democratic candidates…because democracy is facing an existential threat from MAGA Republicans.

HOWEVER… …going forward, if I find out that one of the Democratic candidates on my list doesn’t believe Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish homeland (separate from their views of other I/P issues), I will remove them from my fundraising efforts. No argument, no debate; just gone.
Oct 29 8 tweets 2 min read
“Gee, why do Jews need to have their own sovereign nation anyway?”

(There’s 50 Muslim-majority countries & 158 Christian-majority countries, and there are ~1.9B Muslims & ~2.2B Christians globally vs just ~16M Jews, or just 0.2% of the e population.) You can (and I have) criticized Israeli *policy* and *actions* that they’ve taken, just like any other gov’t; you can (and I strongly do) want a Palestinian state next to it; but if you don’t believe Israel should even *exist* as a Jewish homeland, unfollow and block me now.
Sep 14 15 tweets 4 min read
Ok, someone with a WSJ account has GOT to send me a non-paywalled version of this article. (Cracking knuckles) OK, first, thank you to @ItWasACoup for the gift link!

I'm working on a full blog post, but just for starters, let's take a look at this paragraph: Image
Aug 30 4 tweets 1 min read
Lost another ~100 followers here the past few days. Dunno if it’s due to Musks ongoing destruction of the platform or because of my relentless Dem fundraising posts. If it’s the latter and you’re hoping I’ll stop, you might as well unfollow me now because I won’t. 1/ Democracy itself is hanging by a thread. I suck at canvassing, phone banking, postcard writing etc. what I *am* good at is raising money for Dem campaigns online so they can use it to help *pay for* the canvassing, phone banking, campaign lit, pizza for volunteers and so on. 2/
Aug 28 7 tweets 2 min read
For all the fuss over solar roadways a few years back this makes a lot more sense. Frankly, we should be installing solar panel arrays over parking lots nationally. Most of it is wasted space most of the time (especially when you include the lanes between parking spaces) and it would also protect people & cars from the elements.
Jun 19 6 tweets 3 min read
Re. Rogan & Musk trying to bully @PeterHotez into having a "debate" w/raving lunatic, serial liar & convicted drug trafficker RFK Jr., here's @KFF's estimate, which put U.S. #COVID19 deaths attributable to not getting vaccinated at ~234K as of April 2022:… ...and here's my own estimate (using cruder methodology) which put it at between 180K - 235K as of March 2022:…
Jun 19 4 tweets 1 min read
📣📣 I'm happy to report that I now have Dem state legislative fundraising pages set up for 41 states!

All 41 are available here (along w/my statewide races, U.S. House & U.S. Senate pages):… As for the other 9 states:

--AL & MD don't have any legislative races this cycle.

--CT & ME legislative campaigns are publicly financed

--DE & HI only have 4 swing seats apiece & both are Dem supermajorities

--WY only has 5 swing seats & is a GOP supermajority
Jun 19 7 tweets 2 min read
I've compiled a list of every #PIxar film's RT scores, budget/box office gross & *inflation adjusted* budget/box office gross.

Elemental, which looks stunning, is off to a terrible start...even though its *audience* score is the 4th highest in Pixar's history right now. Image Elemental's *critical* score is poor for a Pixar film (it ranks just ahead of the 3 Cars movies, the Good Dinosaur & Lightyear), but each of those still grossed > $500M when adjusted for inflation, while Elemental appears to be praying it'll even hit $200M at the BO.
Jun 5 4 tweets 2 min read
It’s now considered a bold position for a Republican to say we shouldn’t murder women for making their own healthcare decisions. Anyway, Democrats really need to retake the House next year.…
Jun 4 10 tweets 3 min read
GoodFellas. Ray Liotta. “What am I, a clown? I’m here to fuckin’ amuse you??”
Jun 3 9 tweets 4 min read
TFW you find out that your former business partner is now a successful metal sculptor. Huh. Good for him!… Decades ago in my wannabe filmmaker days, I helped produce a College Emmy-winning short film with James Bonner. I started out as an associate producer but was promoted after the original producer got into a car accident.…
May 12 10 tweets 3 min read
For everyone STILL demanding that Sen. Feinstein resign *now* (rather than at the end of her term, as she's already doing), a reminder that if she did so & Gov. Newsom appointed a replacement, it would result in exactly what you keep falsely claiming already happened. 1/ The claim is that her absence caused Biden judicial appointees to stop...except a number of them had already passed out of the Judicial committee before she left. She came back before the list was scratched off, so the committee votes should continue. 2/
May 12 4 tweets 1 min read
I decided to take a look at Dems running for GOP Senate seats so far. Everyone knows about Colin Allred in TX, of course; and Lucas Kunce has some buzz in Missouri.

As for other states... 1/ FL: Don Horan, Matt Boswell
IN: Marshall Travis, Valerie McCray
MO: December Harmon
MS: Ty Pinkins
TN: Joanne Sowell
TX: Aaron Arguijo, Heli Rodriguez Prilliman, John Love, Thierry Tchenko, Tracy Andrus, Victor Dunn

No, I have no clue who any of these folks are either, but... 2/
May 12 6 tweets 2 min read
🚨🚨 Wondering why I'm pushing my 2023-2024 cycle Dem candidate fundraising pages so heavily this early? There's three reasons:

1. Best to lock in funding early, of course;

2. Virginia & New Jersey (as well as KY, LA & MS) have legislative and/or statewide elections THIS year; The *third* reason, however, is the most concerning: Due to Elon Musk's #Enshittification (h/t @doctorow) of Twitter, visibility/reach of my tweets has plummeted...which means these links aren't being seen by nearly as many people.

So...I'm pushing them even harder this cycle.
May 11 4 tweets 1 min read
On the subject of students bringing guns to school: In "The Breakfast Club," there was always one part of Brian's story about being put in detention for bringing a gun to school which never made any sense to me. 1/ It's an emotional scene when he talks about the tremendous pressure he's under to keep his grades up; you're meant to believe that he was planning on either killing himself, other students/teachers, or both.

The tension is broken when he reveals it was actually a flare gun. 2/
May 11 5 tweets 1 min read
Literally the plot of Tomorrow Never Dies. There’s an old short story called "The 10:00 Report is Brought to You By...", by Edward Bryant about a TV station which pays a motorcycle gang to invade and terrorize a small town so that the station can get the “scoop” on the story by having their cameras there to capture it.
May 11 4 tweets 2 min read
I compared my Twitter-based traffic to for the same period in 2022 & 2023 (3/01 - 4/30 each year).

I posted 79 blog entries during that period last year and 77 this year, and I tend to promote all of them equally.

Traffic via Twitter is down 71% y/y. Related: I received around 4% as much traffic to via #Spoutible in March/April 2023 as via Twitter...with around 4% as many followers. So I guess that tracks?
May 10 4 tweets 2 min read
In 2012 I created the Republican Rape Advisory Chart website, a compilation of statements by high-profile GOP officials minimizing or even cheering on rape & sexual assault.

After Trump won in 2016, in stopped updating the site since there was no longer any point in doing so. Anyway, the archive is still available here: