Old Man Yells At Cloud

This was taken at one of the 9/11 ceremonies. When I first saw this, I assumed it was photoshop but no, this is an actual picture.

On the one hand, it’s very easy to look at a picture like this and assume the worst. Joe’s yelling. Obama looks embarrassed to be near him. Jill appears to be glaring at whoever took the picture. That’s the out-of-contest interpretation and, if you dislike Biden, it’s a very attractive one. As is often the case with picture like this, the truth is probably more mundane.

I remember during the Kavanaugh hearings, there was a picture that circulated on twitter that people interpreted as showing that all the women sitting behind him were disgusted by his testimony. It later turned out that all the women in the picture (one of whom was Kavanaugh’s wife) had shown up specifically to support Kavanaugh and the photographer just happened to snap the picture at an emotional moment. However, people saw what they wanted to see.

I don’t like Biden so I look at this picture and I see a senile old man yelling inappropriately. The truth, though, is that I’m seeing what I want to see. Still, it would be nice to know the context of this picture. What is old Joe doing?

Resign, Joe

Look, I get it.

Everyone who encouraged Joe to run in 2020 obviously felt that he would be protected by his staff. All of the media people who covered up Joe’s long history of incompetence told themselves that he couldn’t be any worse than Trump and that he would step down after four years and allow Kamala to become the nation’s first woman president.

They assumed that Joe would spend four years having ice cream and being everyone’s lovable grandpa and that his staff would run the country.

I understand how it happened. But at least 13 Americans and countless Afghans are dead because of Joe’s incompetence and our President’s main frustration about it all seems to be that he had to answer a tough question from FOX news.

Get out of there, Joe. This isn’t just about you anymore.

The Never Ending Smarminess of Stephen Colbert And Chuck Schumer

The utter smarminess of Stephen Colbert will never cease to amaze me. How much of a simp do you have to be to actually get this excited about dancing with Chuck Schumer of all people? It’s a shame because Colbert actually did use to be funny.

Speaking of Chuck Schumer, how tone deaf do you, as one of the most powerful Democrats in the U.S., have to be to dance while Americans are trapped in Afghanistan? It’s as if every politician in America has suddenly forgotten about the importance of optics.

If You’ve Lost George Stephanopoulos

It was inevitable that Joe Biden would agree to be interviewed by George Stephanopoulos. Since his days working for Richard Gephardt and Bill Clinton, Stephanopoulos’s entire career has been based on doing damage control for Democrats.

What wasn’t expected was that Biden would totally whiff the interview, continuing to come across as being confused, petulant, and shocked that anyone would doubt his wisdom when it comes to the best way to evacuate from Afghanistan. Biden still seems to think that the withdrawal is the issue and not the way it’s being executed.

Stephanopoulos himself seemed surprised. If you’re a Democrat and you’ve lost George Stephanopoulos, you’ve lost the war.

Andrew Cuomo Is The Worst

This afternoon, I had a follow-up appointment to make sure that my new hearing aids were working well. I’ve got another appointment in two weeks.

When I returned home, I turned on the news and there was New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, discussing the findings of her investigation into the sexual harassment claims against Governor Andrew Cuomo and holy fuck! It appears that Cuomo was even worse than we already knew.

(“Now do Trump!” someone will probably say. Trump is also an awful human being who shouldn’t be in any sort of political office. Happy?)

How long can Andrew Cuomo survive? Even Biden snapped out of his daze long enough to read a memo instructing him to call on the governor to resign but Cuomo’s not going to do that. Anyone who thinks Andrew Cuomo can be shamed out of office hasn’t been paying attention. Andrew Cuomo gets off on claiming that he’s being unfairly persecuted, whether it’s for being Italian or for being the son of a former governor or for being a former Kennedy or for, apparently, making life Hell for any young woman who entered his office, With his raging persecution complex, he probably takes it as a badge of honor that so many people hate his guts. As for impeachment, it could happen but it’s not going to be a quick process and it’s easy to imagine Democrats not wanting to have to deal with all of that during the run-up to an election. Maybe if Cuomo were charged with a crime, he might resign to avoid prosecution but that’s probably it. Even then, I could see him dragging the process out. Andrew’s always had a high opinion on of himself. Spending all last year being lauded as “America’s governor” has undoubtedly only made him more arrogant.

The only question is whether Cuomo will still insist on trying to run for reelection. And really, Andrew’s so arrogant that it’s easy to imagine him doing just that.

The report is not just bad for Andrew Cuomo. It’s also bad for Chris, who many people call Fredo. The report reveals that Chris played a far greater role in advising Andrew than was originally revealed. Interestingly, some of the worst things that Andrew has said in his attempts to wave away the allegations were suggested by Chris. That’s not a crime but it is a serious breach of journalistic ethics and you have to wonder if anyone at CNN is going to have the balls to point that out.

CNN spent 2015 and 2016 giving Trump free publicity. They spent most of 2020 doing the same for the Cuomo brothers. Remember when CNN was a news network, instead of a PR firm for the worst people in the country?

Who Trusts The Media?

This is is from FiveThirtyEight and it reveals what everyone already knew. Republicans don’t trust the media at all. Democrats do trust the media, though I think that number will go down as the Biden administration continues to stumble forward. The truly interesting number is that only 36% of independents have a “great deal” or “fair amount of trust” in the media.

The media, of course, has no one to blame for this but themselves. Even as I sit here writing this, 60 Minutes is getting called out for deceptively editing a story about the vaccine rollout in Florida. At a press conference, the reporter from 60 Minutes more or less accused DeSantis of giving Publix preferential treatment because Publix donated to his campaign. (Publix is one of the biggest stores in Florida and, like most corporations, it donated to both Republicans and Democrats in 2018.)

Below is transcript of the conversation. Everything in bold was edited out when the story aired on 60 Minutes last night:

It’s hard not to get the feeling that DeSantis is being targeted because he’s currently the prohibitive favorite to receive the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 and also because much of the media seems to be determined to prove that red states like Florida and Texas have screwed up their handling of the pandemic just as much as Andrew Cuomo did in New York. That’s not the type of behavior that’s going to restore trust in the media.

The truth is that we need to be able to have faith in our media. One reason why this pandemic has been so much harder on people than many of the other crises this country has been through is because no one knows who to trust. Both the media and the government have proven themselves far too quick to lie to promote a narrative and protect their own power. As a result, the people have no one to whom they can look without skepticism. The people feel like no one is on their side and that leaves them open to being manipulated by every demagogue with a national platform.

America has been on a dangerous path for a while. I’m not sure how much longer we can continue to walk down it.

Nick Cannon Gets Dropped

The headline below is from CBS news:

Nick Cannon dropped by ViacomCBS over “anti-Semitic” comments

I have to wonder why “anti-Semitic” is put in scare quotes.  Claiming that the Rothschilds are among those secretly controlling the world is one of the oldest anti-Semitic conspiracies out there.  It was one that was used by Hitler and which is still used by David Duke.  When someone cites that theory, there’s no need to act as if there’s some sort of controversy over whether or not they’re being anti-Semitic.  They are.

On a positive note, I’m seeing a lot of people — of all races and religions — condemning Nick Cannon’s comments.  That’s certainly an improvement over what I’ve seen in the past, when people have either ignored comments like this or acted as if they’re just evidence of isolated eccentricity.  It’s a step in the right direction.