Even though it’s a month early, the House of Representatives Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, chaired by Jim Jordan, will celebrate Festivus on Thursday. Expect the usual airing of Republican grievances about Democrats.
Damn, Gym Jordan must be the slowest learner since trump's dad bought him a Wharton College degree. Osmosis is not really working for either of those 2 clowns, nor for Comer either. Some Democrat should bring a bill forward that basically calls for actual work on behalf ofcthe American people be taken up by Congress, not wasteful time spent on ploys to entertain Putin & Musk with. I yield my time back.
Further proof that Harry Truman was right back in 1948, when observed that "the only 'good Republicans' are pushing up daisies."
Joyce, my first thought was that you were going to talk about that episode of "Seinfeld." Once I started reading this, my thought went to, "Wow! That show was fiction, and funny, but this here is REAL, and not at all funny!" I'm sure that Gym Jordan will do an excellent job, because he never disappoints. Just happy that it's not Mr. Ed or her friend Matt being the ringmaster.
I cannot WAIT for the GOP (goof-off party) to do something that will actually benefit us, the taxpayers.
If we could each receive a dollar for every time they whine about Democrats, we'd be rich, wouldn't we?
Thank you once again for not just giving me something to look forward each day, but, as Stephanie says on MSNBC, making me smarter!!!
Thank you Joyce. "We need elected representatives who are committed to working for us, not just showboating and trying to accumulate power for themselves." Great advice to all. Showboating and power grabs are the only agenda for the MAGA Republicans of today.
I will be wearing noise-cancelling headphones so I don’t have to listen to the 10 decibel cattle caller who never wears appropriate clothing.
Another day at the GOP circus.
In addition to encouraging people to register to vote (and then vote), the courage good people to run for office. Local cities, school boards and counties need good, smart people to run. It’s a big commitment but oh so important.
Fantastic. You are on the top of your game. Festivus, reminds me of “After school day care” it’s what you do to occupy your time once your school day is over and before you start your homework.
Mike Shellenberger is not an environmentalist in the way we think about those persons. He spews in the local Bay Area papers. Here's what that Wikipedia link says about him.
'Michael D. Shellenberger (born June 16, 1971) is an American author and former public relations professional who writes about politics, the environment, climate change, and nuclear power. In his book San Fransicko, Shellenberger makes the argument that progressivism is linked to homelessness, drug addiction, and mental illness. He is a co-founder of the Breakthrough Institute and the California Peace Coalition. Shellenberger founded the pro-nuclear non-profit Environmental Progress in 2016.'
In other words, a greenwasher. About as authentic as say Matt Taibbi or Russell Brand. If you don't want to use Wikipedia as a source, fine. I always invite people to do their own research and compare.
Oy. Taibbi. That guy has taken the trolley to crazy town.
Jim Jordan and his committee are playing to their constituents, employing outrage and shock to turn out their vote and to incite the spread of disinformation to other vulnerable groups, and those groups are being worked by bad actors. Such vulnerable constituencies can include, for instance, young voters who are frustrated by the high cost of housing or low wages. They can be moved to distrust Democrats and Republicans and vote for third party candidates.
And, although their hearings and findings may look ridiculous to us, they aren’t perceived that way by their partisan audiences or to the people who are being swayed by the many purveyors of influence operations. See Alexander Vindman’s great brief read on that:
I am just working my way through a brand new report by the American Psychological Association entitled “Using psychological science to understand and fight health misinformation.” The report acknowledges parallels to political mis- and disinformation. It explores partisan motivation to spread misinformation even if one believes otherwise. In other words, I believe we’re mostly looking at cynical politicians spreading false content that their followers want to believe — and claiming that one believes it favors one’s status in the in-group. The report includes recommendations to counter the spread of misleading content, falsehoods and lies.
Here’s a link to the press release that summarizes some of the reports findings and links to the report.
I'd very much like to see heavy coverage of these hearings by the Columbus Ohio TV and print media. I can imagine very few things more off-putting than listening to Gym Jordan bloviate for more than 5 minutes. On any topic. He's a bully and he runs rough-shod over witnesses, unless they are making his points for him. He is the living embodiment of a powerful man weaponizing government to serve for his own glorification. There is a vanishingly small chance that his committee will discover anything that you couldn't have learned by listening to Steve Bannon.
Love that button, but my vision isn't so good this evening. I think it reads, "There is no democracy with the vast majority of our journalists."
What is the proper term for "beyond disbelief"?
Well said, as always! Clowns 🤡!
Off Topic: In the NY tfg Fraud trial the Gag Order has been reinstated & includes Court staff before anyone is injured.