I'm sitting on a cinder block in a gateway that divides two chicken yards - the main and extension.
We got two new old chickens tonight, 2 year old Rhode Island Red hens. Chickens are as mean as people. -more
2. You may have heard about the pecking order, but if you haven't seen one at work you may not know how rigid it is. There is one absolute boss hen. As you go on, there is one just below her. Nobody can peck on her but the boss hen.
3. See, this isn't really about pecking. It's about access to resources.
If there is only one place to drink, nobody but the boss hen drinks there until she's good and satisfied.
Somebody finds a berry or a yummy bug, she'd better not let *anybody* above her
I rather suddenly zipped from about 8800 followers to about 9400, and it's given me a case of imposter fear. I feel like one. A charlatan.
Y'all, I'm just an old hick in a tiny house in Missouri. All this stuff is opinions. I don't have any inside knowledge or anything.
Here's my credentials.
I appreciate your time, but I suddenly feel, I dunno, overwhelmed. It seems more important to not be stupid than it was when I had 100 followers. Or even 8,000. nopackagedeals.com/2016/12/17/my-…
Anyway, I sincerely appreciate readers. Being a writer without readers is like being a musician without an audience.
So to all you new folks, and all the long time friends too, thank you.
2. I rather hoped that Congress, even this vile, corrupt Congress, would retain some lingering lust for their own power. I knew they were complicit, but I didn't know they'd be so subservient.
3. In the first and most basic place, the President *does not have* the power to unilaterally abrogate treaties.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
The treaty was negotiated by the President and ratified by the Senate in 1949.
I was two years old.
Since Helsinki I've seen a lot of "No President in living memory..." and "Imagine if Obama had..." takes.
Never in world history that I am aware of has the leader of one sovereign nation said to the leader of another, "All my spies and advisers are liars..." -more
Never before in world history has the sovereign of one nation state stood aligned with the sovereign of another nation state against his own, personally selected, government and its agencies.
Never. In. World. History.
If civilization survives (not a foregone conclusion)
People in a thousand years will still read of the time when the President / King / Sovereign of one of the world's Great Powers groveled before a weaker opponent and said, "For you I will deny my nation."
Never. In. History.
Before the French Revolution the King gathered the Estates General.
There were three Estates in monarchical France.
The King / royal family were the First Estate.
Nobles and the clergy (Catholic priesthood) were the Second Estate.
Serfs, peasants, and tradespeople were the Third.
That is, by the way, where we got the name Fourth Estate for the Press. They were none-of-the-above, yet in their own way they participated.
The King defined the center: his throne was the literal Center of Power.
As the king looked out over his subjects, the Second Estate sat to his right: Dukes, Earls, Priests and Bishops, princelings and hangers-on.
The peasantry sat to his left, along with merchants, tradesmen, skilled crafts. The Third Estate.
Have you ever read Section 8 of Article I of the Constitution?
It's where Congress gets their specific powers.
Section 8 is the one all the Conservatives™ point at when they scream CONSTITUTIONALLY LIMITED GOVERNMENT and collapse in tears.
Section 8 is really interesting. For one thing, it's really Congress's job to suppress insurrections. Not the President's.
Sitting on the cinder block back steps. Thinking. A thread.
Everything he is doing - every. single. thing. Is with the prior knowledge, and permission, of Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan.
I didn't expose myself to any electronic media since shortly after I encountered reports of his ravings in Helsinki. I went and hid in my little world.
But I'm willing to bet that a bunch of talking heads said, "When will the Republicans..."
Y'all got this backward.
Whenever we respond to them, whether directly or indirectly, by definition they have chosen the topic.
We are talking about what they want to talk about.
-more after chickens.
2. So his assHoliness gets up in the morning and insults somebody. Then he threatens to do something that will make 195 million Americans' life worse. And then:
Todo El Mundo retweets it all day.
All the world.
Some retweet it and say, "Oh Great God And King! MAGA!"
3. Others retweet it and say, "Can you believe what this asshole said this time?"
Kaitlin's tweet here is right on point, and it's a point I've been thinking about, so I'm going to string some supporting evidence on here in comments.
(BTW @GothamGirlBlue is a good follow. Lots of interesting points.)
2. She lists in her tweet one category of the lies the GOP has been telling in full public view.
It's an important group of lies.
It's only one of many.
I look at all these GOP Never-[name deleted]-ers, I think, Yeah, he's a liar. Isn't that the job description?
3. The first thing Ronald Reagan did when he moved into the White House was *take the solar panels off the roof.*
*They were already there and paid for.*
Did someone say the golfer guy was trying to destroy his predecessors' accomplishments? Why, who'd'a thunk it?
Let's play a little make-believe game.
Pretend that nobody knows or even suspects that Russia, aided I think by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, chose and installed our president.
Pretend that nobody knows Mitch McConnell was in on it.
Say American suckers just elected this fool.
2. If, under those circumstances, the regime and its leadership had committed all the simple crimes in full public view, from Constitutional crimes like foreign *and* domestic emoluments clause violations, but just all the horse shit. The Attorney General lies to the Senate,
3. publicly acknowledges that his statements were not factual, also known as not true, also known as perjury, and "amends" his testimony. He did not offer to "amend" his ratification. Or confirmation. Or whatever.
It is a media objective to keep everyone angry all the time.
My VA psychologist and I talk about this at our appointments. The anger is very harmful to his patients so it bothers him. It is real. -more
I talk a lot about the Preamble to the Constitution. This nation's founders designed this government, on paper, step by step, and then they wrote a brief preamble, or introduction, to tell us why they did this thing.
The first reason was to create a more perfect Union. This wasn't philosophy, or high-blown rhetoric. The first attempt at a union, after the Declaration and the Revolution and all that shit, was called a Confederation. For about ten years the victorious rebels
I saw this tweet today about Democrats and The Left and something-or-other.
I think Democrats ought to just quit fluffing around the edges and say, This system is broken, it's not working, and we're all gonna die if we don't fix it. -more
I've been writing about this for a long time. Maybe I've convinced myself, I don't know. But - if we keep living like we are living, then we will. Keep. Living. Like. We. Are.
A few discrete programs dropped among the destruction of life on Earth probably aren't going to do it.
Republican soybeans. On the other side of the fence.
Along the fence, that's poison ivy. The bare dirt is because, the way Republicans grow soybeans is, they spray the ground with a poison that will kill every plant ever evolved on Earth, and then the plant a genetic monster seed that didn't. Evolve on Earth.
3. Of all the things that did evolve on Earth, poison ivy is one of the hardest to kill. It says, "Poison? Sure, me too." So poison ivy grows closest to the dead zone.
Pro-life. You know.
I don't know where he plans to sell them. His candidate hasn't explanded the market much.
A few Sunday night thoughts about Presidential candidates. A thread.
1. My twitterworld has been discussing Democratic Presidential candidates for 2020 since, if memory serves me correctly, before the golfer guy was inaugurated.
Polls. Surveys. Rants and argu-rants.
2. President is a job. It's a damn hard job. I don't know if you've ever read my partial list of the real, specific, actions and responsibilities the government of the United States has, but it's a good place to start.
It's not an opinion piece. Agencies, facilities, etc. Real.
As of the 15th of July I will have been home from Vietnam for fifty years.
Also, on that day, I will turn 71. I got home from Vietnam on my 21st birthday.
The next day the pretender to the title of POTUS* will meet, alone, with Vladimir Putin.
2. Everybody is freaking out about the "alone" part. "We don't know what he'll give away!"
We will never know what was said in that room.
There will be no American record, for sure. Vlad will probably have tapes, but - screw him.
3. Fumblebuck - the golfer guy - is going to tell us whatever he wishes were true, and EVERYONE KNOWS IT.
So Vlad says, "He promised me the Washington Monument," and if the coup is still in power we'll send him the Washington Monument. And pay the freight.
2. On its face this is an essay by a Reasonable Republican™ calling for support for the largely imaginary Rule of Law.
3. He hits *every single point* of the Republican core message in here.
-> Limited government
-> Low taxes
-> personal freedom
Every. Single. Point.
You'll almost *never* see a Republican writer fail to do this.
Nor a Democratic writer succeed at it.
It appears to me that we are missing the EPA forest in our focus on the Scott Pruitt trees, as occurs in most of the golfer guy's running crimes.
The [chief executive] does not have, under the Constitution, the option to ignore / blow off written laws when staffing agencies -more
I got sidetracked, sorry. -
The President's job is specifically defined in the Constitution.
It appears to me that most Americans think the Constitution consists of some high-blown rhetoric about rights and freedom, and the First and Second Amendments...
3. And not much else.
This is absolutely erroneous.
The only high-blown rhetoric in the Constitution is the Preamble. Period. That's is.
All that high-blown rhetoric about Created Equal and Life Liberty and the Pursuit of other people's money and wives is in...
Y'all, I need a night off.
Ya wanna hear everything I know about the pedal steel guitar? Do you play guitar? We'll start there. -more
2. The way you play notes on a guitar is, you make the strings shorter with your fingers. The lowest note on any string is that string with no fingers on it. If you didh't have a fretboard you'd be playing the harp. Each different note is a different length string.
3. And the way you make pleasing chords is you shorten the various strings to lengths which sound harmonious together. If you play you know the positions, C and D and E, so forth.
I'm thinking about the story we hear. I'm thinking about that thing we call the media.
Regular readers know that I have strong opinions as to why the media tells us the story they choose. Tonight I'm not going to talk about why. I'm either right or wrong.
2. Tonight I'm going to talk about the story we hear, and the story I know. They aren't the same.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is, by simple arithmetic, among the most admired women alive today on planet Earth.
3. One of the major environments we live in is what I'm going to call the information environment.
Even the most dull and uninterested among us are continually presented with information.
Readers, if you will permit me, I am going to challenge one of the underlying assumptions of the day.
We are told, over and over by everyone who's not a member of Cult45, that one orange buffoon entirely reshaped the entire Republican Party in his image. -more
2. Here we had this party which believed without fail in the Constitution, and was loyal to the United States of America above any other nation, and especially would never allow a snake like Putin from a nest like Russia to influence our decisions in the world.
3. But one orange buffoon, a small-time mobster and TV star from the outer boroughs of New York City, persuaded that entire party (except for a few noble resisters) that the job of the President was *not* to see to it that the laws
Y'all in the mood for a little thinking out loud about politics?
The point of politics is governing. Politics is how you choose a government without bloodshed.
Remember that the next time you hear Mitch McConnell sneering at Democrats "playing politics." -more
2. Essentially the only basis people have for choosing one applicant for the position of government over another is speech in all its various incarnations. Pictures, still and moving, words, however disseminated, ideas transmitted from person to person.
3. OK, that's obvious - people talk, people listen, people pay to get their messages out.
To use this "free" social medium I have to pay someone every month to give me the internet equivalent of dial tone: a connection to the outside world.
It's not free, to mean without cost.