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HA HA HA we finally readNew York Times "lightning rod conservative" Bill Kristol's column from yesterday and the tears, the tears are STREAMING down our face from equal parts agony and hilarity. It's clear that he's not even writing this column anymore; he's just paying a local donkey to google a few articles and slap something Kristol-y together, like, uh, how's this work: Dick Cheney is good because he isn't Rod Blagojevich, as prophesied by Rudyard Kipling, fart, the end.


FIRST SENTENCE: "You gotta love Dick Cheney." ...Alright fine, YOU'VE WON THIS BATTLE MISTER DONKEY, we'll read on:

O.K., O.K. ... you don’t have to. But consider this exchange with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday”:

WALLACE: Did you really tell Senator Leahy, bleep yourself?

CHENEY: I did.

WALLACE: Any qualms, or second thoughts, or embarrassment?

CHENEY: No, I thought he merited it at the time. (Laughter.) And we’ve since, I think, patched over that wound and we’re civil to one another now.

No spin. No doubletalk. A cogent defense of his action — and one that shows a well-considered sense of justice. (“I thought he merited it.”) Indeed, if justice is seeking to give each his due, one might say that Dick Cheney aspires to being a just man. And a thoughtful one, because he knows that justice is sometimes too harsh, and should be tempered by civility.

"Indeed, if justice is seeking to give each his due, one might say that Dick Cheney aspires to being a just man."

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Now it's obvious that Bill Kristol's donkey only wrote this to get bloggers all huffy and worked-up. We respect that, truly, and so we'll buy in. And what the donkey has told us here is, Dick Cheney has a "well-considered sense of justice" because justice hinges on what Dick Cheney thinks is just. In other words, if Dick Cheney does it, it is fair, because he is Dick Cheney, and Dick Cheney is just. Numerous Bush administration legal memos have used this logic almost verbatim, give or taken a few conjuctions and prepositions.

Then Kristol's donkey decides to write about Rod Blagojevich:

Blagojevich is even more terse: “I want to make money.” And when an opportunity came along — a vacant Senate seat — he didn’t sit around studying polls and consulting focus groups. He got to work. He knows — as Americans have always known — that the good things in life aren’t free. As he put it eloquently in discussing the vacant Senate seat, “I’ve got this thing, and it’s [expletive] golden, and, uh, uh, I’m just not giving it up for [expletive] nothing.”

It’s also nice, in this day and age, to see an example of family togetherness and marital harmony. Rod and his wife, Patti, seem to be in accord on so many things. For example, in a disinclination to turn the other cheek. During a Nov. 3 telephone conversation between Blagojevich and an aide about a hostile Chicago Tribune editorial, Patti was heard in the background urging a receptive Rod to punish the corporation that owns The Tribune and the Chicago Cubs: “Hold up that [expletive] Cubs [expletive] ... [expletive] them.”

Ah right, we remember reading this information at some point, but who knows where... oh that's right, it was on every website and newspaper and teevee channel for several days, two weeks ago. New York Times op-ed page! Best real estate in the market!

The donkey kills off another seven lines of the column by quoting the Rudyard Kipling poem that Rod Blagojevich read at his weird press conference last week. (Your associate editor admires the donkey in this regard. As any English major knows, there is no better way to meet a minimum page requirement than by block-quoting poems at inappropriate length. Good donkey.)

And, well, here's the comically disastrous waddle to good ol' word #750:

But Blagojevich carefully cut off his recitation before the stanza’s last line: “And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise.”

Blagojevich must have known he’d violated this maxim. He’d tried to look too good, coiffing his hair with a special brush he keeps with him at all times. (According to The Washington Post, he “goes ballistic when he can’t put his hands on it.”) More important, he’d talked too wise — especially when being bugged by the F.B.I. But you’ve got to give Blagojevich credit for a kind of self-knowledge in omitting from his statement the damning last line of the stanza.

I’ve never heard Dick Cheney quote Kipling. But I suspect he might like Kipling, and that Kipling would admire him — a man who has never gone out of his way to look too good, nor talk too wise, but who has always, in four decades of public service, sought “to fill the unforgiving minute/With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run.”

Perfectly woven together. There's a kernel of truth here! Dick Cheney really doesn't go out of his way to put on an appearance. Instead, he OPENLY BRAGS ABOUT CRIMES IN INTERVIEWS. And gets away with it!

Dick Cheney, the vice president of the United States, shot an old man in the face. Yeah there have been so many terrible jokes over the years about this, but push all that out of your mind for a few seconds, and consider: THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SHOT AN OLD MAN IN THE FACE. With a gun! This actually happened! In real human life!

Popularity Isn't Everything [NYT]

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DHS photo (Every damn ICE pic looks like this)

Donald Trump's immigration goon squads were all set to start mass arrests and deportations of families in multiple cities Sunday, but before the raids started, he tweeted Saturday that he'd decided to delay the operation by two weeks -- to allow Democrats a chance to join Republicans in trashing US asylum law. Trump took a phone call Friday evening from Nancy Pelosi urging him to hold off on the raids, although it's also possible that internal disagreements about the operation at the Department of Homeland Security may have been part of the reason for the delay, too. In the meantime, Trump gets to terrify undocumented families some more and rant about deporting "millions," although the planned operation was actually targeted only at a couple thousand people who have already received deportation orders.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement had been gearing up to start raids in 10 US cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Baltimore, to show how tough America is, and never mind that the sweeps would certainly have led to more family separations, as ICE scooped up at least some undocumented parents of children born in the US. The news also comes while the media is reporting filthy, inhuman conditions at the border camps where newly arrested immigrants, including babies, are being packed in, leading to plenty of awkward questions about why the government suddenly wants to arrest more people in the interior of the country? (Hint: President Eichmann just announced his reelection bid.)

The Great Deporter announced the delay of the operation Saturday by Twitter, as if that were normal, then followed up with more bluster Sunday.

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Kamala Harris was holding it down at the South Carolina Democratic Convention this weekend, and she wasn't just there to kick it at Clyburn's Fish Fry, hang out with Berndog Sanders, and just look extra good. No. She fucking running for President, and she's actually got a chance, unlike the many Mayo Casserole Men who keep jumping into the damn race. Why did they jump in after Kamala and Elizabeth Warren, the only people who are even running, clearly said, "We got it from here, boys"? Not sure, but regardless, it was unnecessary. Doesn't matter anyway because who is gonna remember Dadface McDorksky when Kamala is turning it the fuck out with speeches indicting Trump?

Do you believe in America? Kamala Harris believes in America, and her Saturday speech calls out for justice, and righteousness; where Barack Obama struck hopeful, dulcet, aspirational tones, Harris strikes sharp chords of urgency. To say that she read Trump the riot act would be, and is, an understatement; what she did here raised a crucial reality that some Dems refuse to see. Trump MUST be prosecuted. The Democratic nominee will wear many hats, and one of the most important of those hats is that of a prosecutor. There is a case to be made against Donald J. Trump, hell, there are so many cases, and as far as Harris is concerned, who better to make that case, but a COP? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Kamala Harris at the South Carolina Democratic Convention June, 22 2019 youtu.be

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