The myth of the pivot

Keith Olbermann says:

When I was a kid excited about Halloween and trick or treating, I was told stories about nice people who gave children apples as a treat, but secretly, the apples contained razor blades.

That’s how I feel now. It’s Halloween, I’m hearing fruitful stories about how the krazy, krimson kuck is working with the other side to get government working. And I know there’s a razor in this apple.

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This happened 20 years ago today

Paris, Sunday, Aug. 31 — Diana, the Princess of Wales, was killed shortly after midnight today in an automobile accident in a tunnel by the Seine. The accident also killed Emad Mohammed al-Fayed, the Harrods heir, and their driver, the police said.

Diana’s death was announced this morning by the Interior Minister, Jean-Pierre Chevenement. She died after being hospitalized in intensive care at the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in southeast Paris.

A bodyguard was seriously injured, according to a police spokesman. ‘The car was being chased by photographers on motorcycles, which could have caused the accident,’ a spokesman for the Prefecture of Police said. Several motorcyclists were detained for questioning after the crash, Reuters reported, quoting police officials.

The Princess, 36, was divorced from Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne, last year. She had vacationed with Mr. al-Fayed, 41, the son of Harrods’s owner, Mohammed al-Fayed, on the French Riviera earlier this month and had been expected to return to London today to be with her two sons, the Princes William and Harry. [Obituaries of Diana and Mr. al-Fayed appear on page 31.]

French radio stations reported that a spokesman for the British royal family in London expressed anger and said the accident was predictable because photographers relentlessly pursued the Princess wherever she went.

The crash occurred 35 minutes past midnight in the Alma Tunnel, on the right bank of the Seine under the Place de l’Alma, the police said.

The driver was hired from the Ritz Hotel in Paris. The Princess and Mr. al-Fayed had been pursued from the Ritz Hotel, where they were believed to be staying after spending time together on the Riviera.

The Paris police said that the Interior Minister, Jean-Pierre Chevenement, and the Prefect of Police, Philippe Massoni, had accompanied the British Ambassador in Paris to the hospital where the Princess was treated.

The police said the car was totally wrecked. The impact was so great, the car’s radiator was hurled onto the knees of the front-seat passenger. The Princess was in the back seat.

The site of the accident, in the Eighth Arrondissement, is on a high-speed road along the Seine with a divided roadway as it passes under the Place de l’Alma to the Place de la Concorde.

On Aug. 21, Diana and Mr. al-Fayed, who is of Egyptian ancestry and is commonly called Dodi, flew to the French Mediterranean resort of St. Tropez for their third holiday in each other’s company in five weeks. Mr. al-Fayed’s father said in an interview with The New York Times in London last week that the two were simply ‘young people getting to know each other.’

British newspapers reported that Diana first met Mr. al-Fayed almost 10 years ago when he and Prince Charles played polo on opposing teams. Films he had produced or co-produced included the 1981 Oscar-winning ‘Chariots of Fire,’ ‘The World According to Garp,’ ‘F/X’ and ‘Hook.’

Reportedly a multimillionaire, Mr. al-Fayed had homes in London, New York, Los Angeles and Switzerland and a garage full of luxury cars. He was divorced after a marriage that lasted eight months in 1994. Diana was catapulted into the public eye at age 19 in 1981 when it was announced that she was engaged to Charles, the heir to the British throne and 12 years her senior.

The couple were married on July 29 that year in London in a ceremony watched by millions and billed as a ‘fairy-tale wedding.’

Diana soon became a mother, to Prince William in June 1982, but by the birth of her second son, Harry, in September 1984, her biographer Andrew Morton wrote in ‘Diana: Her True Story,’ she was already suffering from bulimia and had attempted suicide five times.

From 1986, the first press stories began appearing of cracks in the marriage, and Mr. Morton later wrote that Charles had resumed his relationship with a married friend, Camilla Parker Bowles, at that time.

The tears of the orange menace’s apologist

The Rude Pundit read the same op-ed I did in the “failing” New York Times and had the same reaction I did:

In the New York Times, one of Donald Trump’s most loyal taint-lickers, Julius Krein, has scribbled a mea culpa titled “I Voted for Trump. And I Sorely Regret It.” It’s a story of a love gone wrong, about how a man was so enamored of another man that he couldn’t see who that man really was or, indeed, who he himself was. Oh, Krein, who started a blog to “intellectual Trumpism” titled, stupidly, the Journal of American Greatness, totally believed Trump: “Mr. Trump’s policy positions were poorly defined, but these days, most candidates’ positions are. And yes, he had little support from the Republican Party leadership. But many of us thought even this might be a positive if it forced him to focus on ‘making deals’ rather than on Washington’s usual ideological posturing. He was never going to fulfill all of his over-the-top promises, but we believed that his administration might achieve some meaningful successes.”
And as for the racism? That was just something to be elided over for Krein: “Many of his supporters, myself included, managed to convince ourselves that his more outrageous comments…were merely Bidenesque gaffes committed during the heat of a campaign.” For the record, Joe Biden never called for all Muslims to be banned from coming into the United States and probably wouldn’t consider that specific, scripted, racist campaign promise a “gaffe.”
But now Krein’s eyes are wide, wide open. “It is now clear that we were deluding ourselves” about Trump’s racism, Krein writes. And “Far from making the transformative ‘deals’ he promised voters, his only talent appears to be creating grotesque media frenzies — just as all his critics said.”
To which one can only say to Krein:
Fuck you, you pretentious prick. Take a stack of papers with your regret written all over it, roll it up into a thick tube, and go fuck yourself with it.

And I’ll bet by the title on this post, you though I was referring to this:

She cries because she doesn’t want people to think she’s a bad person for supporting a krimson koated klansman. Sorry, that train has left the track. She’s a bad person.

It’s not normal

  1. It’s not normal for the presumptive nominee’s son to take a meeting with a Russian lawyer who claims she has dirt compiled by Russian governmental forces who want to see your guy win.

  2. It’s not normal for the President to sign off on a public cover-up of that meeting when confronted with the facts.

  3. It’s not normal for the President to hold a Cabinet meeting that consists of his staff gushing over him.

  4. It’s not normal for the President to undermine his West Wing staff by continually asking friends and visitors for their opinions on various replacement options.

  5. It’s not normal for the President to make a deal with his Russian counterpart for an “impenetrable Cyber Security unit,” let his Treasury Secretary out on a Sunday show to enthusiastically defend the idea, then pull the plug that night after ridicule from fellow Republicans.

  6. It’s not normal for the President to interrupt his day to watch the press briefing on TV, and critiquing the answers à la “SportsCenter.”

  7. It’s not normal for the President to obsess about cable-news coverage of himself, and instantly react to stories before checking the specifics.

  8. It’s not normal for the President to irritate and offend key allies by failing to re-articulate the country’s devotion to their alliance, only to offer the reassurance weeks later, after the damage is done.

  9. It’s not normal for the President to publicly criticize the mayor of London on the basis of flawed facts, right after a terror attack that killed seven.

  10. It’s not normal for the President to attack TV news hosts by name, including a personal attack on a woman’s intellect and appearance.

Via Axios.

I can’t stress enough that this is not normal

Babyman tweeted this yesterday;

I repeat. Babyman tweeted this yesterday:

This is fucked up.

I used to say “If Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama did anything like this, people would be losing their shit.”

Now I’m saying “If George Bush (the Dumber) or Dick Cheney (the Dark Lord) did anything like this, people would be losing their shit.”

And one other thing.

This is a distraction. The Orange Julius Caesar and his traitorous gaggle of Republican senators and representatives in Washington are going to take your healthcare from you. TV people, whose attention span is almost as short as Babyman’s, are going to pontificate over this video for hours.

But right now, Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan and their villainous vermin co-conspirators are looking at the weak among us and saying, “Yes, we can kill them, because we have to give tax cuts to billionaires.”

Billionaires like Babyman and their complicit offspring.

Yes, this is not normal. And yes, your life depends on it.

Roger Ailes, serial sexual harasser, dies at 77

The man who created Fox News is dead:

Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a cable powerhouse before leaving the company last year, died Thursday morning at the age of 77.

The Ohio-born television pioneer was a confidant of presidents and an acknowledged master of communications. He founded Fox News in 1996 and built it into the nation’s long-running No. 1 cable news network.  Ailes resigned from Fox in July amid charges of sexual harassment.

Yeah, that’s right. I linked to Fox News because the pump truppets won’t believe it otherwise.

There are all kinds of things I could say, but I’ll defer to Tengrain at Mock, Paper, Scissors:

There is nothing nice I could say about him when he was alive, so there is nothing nice I can say about him now. There is probably no one more responsible for the toxic divide in this country than Roger Ailes.

I wish for Ailes everything he ever wished for us on the left.

I will note one thing, though. According to the lying New York Times:

The cause was complications of a subdural hematoma that Mr. Ailes sustained when he fell and struck his head on May 10 at his home in Palm Beach, Fla., the local authorities said.

This means that if he hadn’t been a sexual harasser, he would have instead been at work at Fox headquarters in New York the day he fell, and he would be alive today.

So Karma is a bitch. And she got even with him for sticking his slimy tongue on her face.