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lapucelle's Journal
lapucelle's Journal
March 24, 2017

House leadership is clueless on getting legislation to the floor.

The only thing they know how to do is obstruct and pass ridiculous veto ready repeals.

Pelosi was gloating on camera over the rookie mistakes of Ryan and Pos-Potus & Co.

March 18, 2017

The problem with Shaun King's analysis...

In a March 9 opinion piece (illustrated with an outsized photo of Hillary Clinton), Shaun King of the New York tabloid The Daily News bemoans the Democratic party's cluelessness about the reasons behind its "unpopularity". Mr. King seems to have "no earthly idea" of the basic rules of data analysis; he uses evidence concerning favorable / unfavorable ratings to reach conclusions about popularity.

If you look at the actual data, 74% of Democrats give Hillary Clinton a favorable rating. That's probably why she won both the Democratic nomination and the general election popular vote by millions of ballots.

The most delicious irony, however, is that King uses a picture of the candidate who won the popular vote to illustrate his misguided conclusion about popularity based on evidence about something else entirely.



March 17, 2017

It says so in the dictionary...

trump (v.)
fabricate, devise," 1690s, from trump "deceive, cheat" (1510s), from Middle English trumpen (late 14c.), from Old French tromper "to deceive," of uncertain origin. Apparently from se tromper de "to mock," from Old French tromper "to blow a trumpet." Brachet explains this as "to play the horn, alluding to quacks and mountebanks, who attracted the public by blowing a horn, and then cheated them into buying ...." The Hindley Old French dictionary has baillier la trompe "blow the trumpet" as "act the fool," and Donkin connects it rather to trombe "waterspout," on the notion of turning (someone) around. Connection with triumph also has been proposed. Related: Trumped; trumping. Trumped up "false, concocted" first recorded 1728.

trumpery (n.)
mid-15c., "deceit, trickery," from Middle French tromperie (14c.), from tromper "to deceive," of uncertain origin (see trump (v.2), which has influenced the spelling in English). Meaning "showy but worthless finery" is first recorded c. 1600.

March 17, 2017

Rachel just went there...

She's covering the spamming (by Russia) of pro-Sanders social media communities with anti-Hillary fake news and messaging.

March 17, 2017

"A budget is a moral document."

It reflects our values and our commitment to all citizens.

So said DNC chair Tom Perez on All In with Chris Hayes.

March 14, 2017

I'm glad that the Congress and media are defending Obama as an honorable man

who respects the Constitution over Trump's wire tapping allegation. They're making it absolutely clear that the accusation of the commission of a felony by the former president will not be normalized.

Perhaps they're regretting the past year's normalization of Trump's brand of dishonesty and bigotry and the concomitant criminalization of the Democratic candidate's carelessness.

March 14, 2017

"Wire tap" equals Surveillance

Is the latest version of Star of David = Sheriff's Badge,

March 12, 2017

One congressman's comprehensive guide to Trump-Russia connections

Rachel had newly-elected Congressman Swalwell on her show this week. He has a very clear, easy to follow breakdown of everything Trump and Russia. There's also a link to send him any Trump-Russia connections that you think he may have missed or should be investigated.


March 11, 2017

A false narrative gave us Bush. Coupled with a double standard, it gave us Trump.

Bob Somerby, liberal critic of the liberal media, has done exhaustive work concerning the role the media played in giving us the Bush II presidency. He (along with Paul Krugman) spent the better part of late 2015 and 2016 warning us that it was happening again.

I've heard lots of press outrage over the past week over the highly speculative accusation that a Democratic president committed a felony. The press reminded us that fishing expedition investigations are antithetical to our system. Investigations must proceed from evidence.

In addition, I've heard thundering umbrage concerning the "criminal theft and publication" (Chris Matthew's words) by Wikileaks of CIA emails. We have not been treated with the breathless reportage of juicy tidbits taken out of context by the MSM.

These are just the latest instances of the application of a now entirely normalized double standard when assessing similar situations.

This week, the good people of Vermont elected an eminently qualified former Republican as the chairman of the state Democratic party. It is heartening to see that his political evolution was accepted and celebrated. Perfection was not the standard. Motives were not impugned. A flawed candidate was accepted and elected, as has been the case through our history.

It is troubling, however, that this privilege is reserved for some and denied and met with suspicion for others. Then again, there was no standard narrative to exploit in this case, no ratings to stoke, and no fun to be had by the pile on of the pundits.




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