Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Song of the Day: "Kids"

This track came on Passport Approved and I disregarded the state's "distracted driving" law so I could Shazam it. I was pleased that Shazam found a result super quickly, since that means I can share it with y'all (there's no one reading this).



Song: "Kids"
Artist: Leoniden

Monday, August 27, 2018

Quote of the Day: Are You Fucking Kidding Me Edition

When John McCain ran for re-election to the Senate in 2016 (he'd already served 30 years in the Senate and 4 years in the House) he faced a primary challenger from the right. That's how things go since Obama got elected in 2008: the so-called Tea Party Patriots and similar far-right candidates challenged centrist or moderate Republicans—Congress members who may have cooperated with a Democrat on something, or voted for something that failed their philosophical standards test (mostly "does the Black guy want it? then vote 'no'"). McCain beat the fiercely pro-MAGA Kelli Ward 51.7% to 39.2%.

A 30-year incumbent with one of the most celebrated backstories in Congress should have beaten a former state senator with something closer to 90% of the vote (94% is the average for incumbents running for re-election and winning). One of her positions in 2016: McCain is old and will die in office. I, cough, have no idea how someone could suggest such a thing.

In 2017, Ward began to mount a primary challenge against Sen. Jeff Flake for this year's mid-term. Flake released a book in 2017 called Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle. Who says white people don't have a sense of humor?

Two things:
1) a book, in 2017? How retro.
2) Bwahahahahahahahaha "principle"

Flake's assumption that the suggestion that, perhaps, we might be a little more polite with each other in our political discourse, when taken in concert with a voting record that supported Trump 92% of the time, would endear him to moderate Republicans. ERROR 404: FILE NOT FOUND

Moderate Republicans... oops, I think I meant left-handed unicorns (they're easier to find).

Long story short, Flake is not running for re-election this year. Ward is.

And, when McCain's health status was announced last year, Ward not-at-all-opportunistically asserted that McCain should retire and that she should be named as his successor, which makes perfect sense if you don't think about. 

Naturally some people, idiots most likely, found her jockeying for a role seconds after significant news like that was announced to be a bit much. I'm sure if a man had done it there would have been only cheering and lap dances, but when a woman does it, she's uppity.

And so Ward began her campaign for Flake's seat last Friday, the same day the McCain family announced that John McCain was stopping treatment for his cancer. And someone on Ward's campaign staff found that just a bit too coincidental. And then foolishly shared that opinion on the interwebz where things will live forever. 


I think it's interesting how people say "it's interesting" as a passive aggressive way of asserting something they won't actually say straight out.

Kudos to Ward for having sufficiently high self-esteem to believe that the McCain family was thinking of her in the slightest at that time. Hell, they probably planned the whole cancer thing just to goad her into something like this.

And double-kudos to the supporters whose vacuous ass-kissing is undermined by the fact that this is all people seem to be talking about.

And in the midst of all the talking, in an attempt to assuage things, Kelli Ward, candidate AND MEDICAL DOCTOR, opted for a simile that even I have enough emotional maturity to know was the wrong thing to say. Not marginalizing or insulting people is like a cancer.

You know what else is like a cancer? Brain cancer, like the kind John McCain just died from.

Good times, noodle salad. I'm sure Ward will pull in at least 52% of the primary vote.

Song of the Day: "Right Now"

I do appreciate that Nick Jonas makes objectification super easy with selfies like this all over the interwebz.

I'm not sure if he was the "Cake by the Ocean" Jonas.

Or the Scream Queens Jonas.

Or the Goat Jonas.

Maybe all of them?

Robin Schulz is... a person (?)... a remixer, it seems. Full stop.



Song: "Right Now"
Artist: Nick Jonas/Robin Schulz

Like a Sleeveless Vest...

I'm not being overly pedantic when I point out that all chaps are ass-less (chaps with an ass are called pants); I'm being appropriately pedantic.

We've talked about this before...

You're welcome.


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Song of the Day: "The Rover"


Interpol's sixth album, Marauder, was released on Friday. Their tour won't hit Portland until February of next year. Who the fuck knows if any of us will still be alive then...



Song: "The Rover"
Artist: Interpol

David Brooks Says "Fucking Assholes"


From HBO's John McCain: For Whom The Bell Tolls