Sunday, June 19, 2022

Sunday Right-Wing Freakout Funnies

Sorry the goons ruined your day, Dad.
Cornyn walks away from gun negotiations, into boos at Texas Republican convention
ICYMI: Conservative extremists posting video of TXGOP delegates arguing in Houston bars, instigating conflicts with "globalists" Ted Cruz and Eyepatch McCain
What's on teevee?
What's playing at the movies?

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

"Let's Make a Gun Deal" Wrangle

Moving at the speed of Monty Hall Wayne Brady over the weekend, John Cornyn pushed all of the Republican senators who are retiring or not up for re-election in '24 into a caucus of gun grabbers to join the Democrats in a coalition of the Mostly Unwilling to Do Anything about the nation's 2nd Amendment carnage in our schools, churches, malls, summer camps, suburban neighborhoods, on our highways and byways ...

There was lots of congratulations to the brave conservatives from centrist Donks.  Stace weighed in heavily against yesterday, uncharacteristically forceful.  Kuffner cast a jaundiced eye at the MFOL rallies over the weekend, then adjusted to his typical "it's a start" posture at the end.  (News like this consistently leaves him in 'shit or go blind' mode.  He'll have another thought about it after he reads his morning paper.  He does better covering the bike trails anyway.)

However this goes in the coming days -- I'll bet on some changes to the bill that cause one or two nervous Republican senators to drop out -- count on the usual hyperbolic screeching from all involved, all the way up to the rafters of the peanut gallery.

I'll watch the sideshows.  This was one.

National media jumped on the Alright Cubed train, thinking they were clever.  That ship sailed back in 2021 as far as I care.  Let's not encourage the presidential prospects of yet another actor.  Recall that McConaghey doesn't like the "bag of snakes" that politics is.  Let's encourage that for him.

And let's not overlook the SML in waiting, our glorious Cornfed Corndog senior senator from the Great State, who prays every night, just like all of us, that Mitch McConnell passes peacefully in his sleep.  And that John Thune retires.

Moving on to a few other items on Flag Day and Taco Tuesday.

You're better off if you're in an equity-indexed fixed annuity, or maybe you're liquid enough to consider a Treasury note.  (This is not investment advice.)  Not so much if you want to buy a house.  A lot of Americans just want to be able to afford their rent, though, and Jerome Powell thinks all of this suddenly upward mobility in better-paying jobs is inflationary.  That, as you know, has been a convenient excuse for companies to raise their prices and reap windfall profits.  The invisible hand of the free market is picking your pocket again.

*Bell rings* Economics class is over.

Also more inflamed than Braddock usually is.  Maybe he's seen something that reveals intractability in the TXGOP primary voter hive mind.  I know I have.

There's an export market to other states for this brand of crazy, and some migrants got busted in a UHaul in Couer d'ALene, Idaho on Saturday.

Elm Fork John Brown Gun Club broke it first.

It could be that.  It could be Mugshot Photoshop, where someone's eyes or mouth got switched into someone else's face.  My theory is that the aliens have arrived and they're breeding with the crackers.  So I'm no longer counting on a last-minute rescue from outer space.

Okay then.  Moving on quickly.

Last: this got a lot of action for the Signal but I just didn't see much beyond Texas Paul and Meidas amplifying it.

What more is it gonna take?

I'll have some environmental news, including the TCEQ's sunset hearing next week, later.  A few more social justice pieces ...

... and the calm-me-downs.