Morning Open Thread

In Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Both Sides Do It!, DC Press Corpse, Media, Our Failed Media Experiment, Our Failed Political Establishment, This Town, Uncategorized by Soonergrunt

There’s a Super Moon and a lunar eclipse tonight. It should make for pretty skywatching.  You can find details HERE. I went to Salt Lake Comic Con on Friday and Saturday.  A good time was had by all.  Here in SLC, the Comic Con ran Thursday-Saturday.  There’s not a lot going on Sundays here.  I think I’ll drive up in the mountains later and look at the leaves changing. My new job is going well for the most part. It’s a small facility, but I also support entomologists and naturalists …

Em Ess En Be Seeing Ya, Ed

In Keep Fucking That Chicken, Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Stop Sniffing Glue, Media, This Town, Very Serious People by Zandar

MSNBC’s entire late afternoon lineup is apparently getting the axe. A well-placed source tells me MSNBC will announce today major changes to its afternoon lineup…arguably the most significant revamp the network has made at one time in its 19-year history. Out:The Cycle at 3:00 PM. Now with Alex Wagner at 4:00 PM. The Ed Show with Ed Schultz at 5:00 PM (all times eastern). Guess who’s baaaaaaack? In:Chuck Todd at 5:00 PM. Similar to Jake Tapper at CNN doing both weekday afternoons (hosting The Lead) and anchoring Sunday morning’s State of …

Shameless self promotion thread

In Artists In Our Midst, Balloon Jobs, Free Markets Solve Everything, Organize, Readership Capture, This Town by Sarah, Proud and Tall

I can’t see that we’ve done an Artists in our Midst thread, or a job thread, for quite a while. Then again, I may just be too drunk to find them. Anyway, lets combine the two and have a free thread for Juicers – artists, Etsyists, writers, job seekers, freelancers, businesses seeking workers, community groups seeking assistance, whatever, lurkers more than welcome – to give themselves a plug. [Image – Francisco de Goya (1746-1828) The Pottery Vendor]

Dems Playing Offense On The Defense Spending Bill

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Austerity Bombing, Both Sides Do It!, DC Press Corpse, somebody should do something, This Town, WIN THE MORNING by Zandar

Team WIN THE MORNING is hand-wringing over Sen. Harry Reid’s plan to play hardball with domestic spending with the GOP (emphasis mine) Senate Democrats are ready to follow through on a risky strategy to confront Republicans this week over government spending, shrugging off Republicans’ assertions that blocking a military funding bill amounts to “political suicide.” It’s a gut-check moment for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and his successor-in-waiting, Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who aim to force Republicans to increase domestic spending by killing every GOP-written funding bill until they extract …

Shiny Metal Objects Forever

In Clown Shoes, I Smell a Pulitzer!, Our Failed Media Experiment, This Town, Tire Swinging is so 2008 by Zandar

So GOP Rep. Aaron Schock’s Downton Abbey-inspired office decor is the new Sen. John McCain’s Tire Swing, as WaPo’s Ben Terris reminds us. She introduced herself as Annie Brahler, the interior decorator whose company is called Euro Trash. She guided me to Schock’s private office, revealing another dramatic red room. This one with a drippy crystal chandelier, a table propped up by two eagles, a bust of Abraham Lincoln and massive arrangements of pheasant feathers. Then, my phone rang. It was Schock’s communications director, Benjamin Cole. “Are you taking pictures of …

Open Thread: Shovel Ready

In Open Thread, This Town by Zandar

Can you dig it? Anyone in DC need to be shoveled out? He may preach the gosple of self help but I think I can convince @SenRandPaul to grab a shovel & help. — Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 6, 2015 First day of the 114th Congress, and yes, every day will require shoveling. Open thread.

Enter Several And Various Villagers

In Both Sides Do It!, Somewhere a Village is Missing its Idiot, This Town by Zandar

Ladies and gentlemen and various pets of the assembled, I give to you the Washington Post Editorial Board on President Obama’s executive action. He is vowing to go it alone on immigration. On Iran, he is reportedly designing an agreement that he need not bring to Congress. He already has gone that route on climate change with China. The legal or constitutional case for each is different, but the rationales overlap: Congress is broken, so Mr. Obama must act. Two-thirds of Americans did not vote in the midterms, and the president must …

Book Chat: This Town, Session #1

In Books, Decline and Fall, This Town by Anne Laurie

No matter how disappointed people are in their capital, even the most tuned-in consumers have no idea what the modern cinematic version of This Town really looks like. They might know the boilerplate about “people who have been in Washington too long”, how the city is not bipartisan enough and filled with too many creatures of the Beltway. But that misses the running existential contradictions of DC, a place where “authenticity and fantasy are close companions”, as the Washington Post‘s Henry Allen once wrote. It misses that the city, far …