Thursday, November 30, 2023

Baker Institute's "Previewing the 2024 Presidential Election" Friday, Dec. 1

The 2024 presidential election promises to deliver unexpected twists and turns. At this year’s annual conference from Rice University's Baker Institute Presidential Elections Program on Friday, December 1, the institute will host political experts from around the country to explore the state of the 2024 presidential campaign season and the challenges that lie ahead for candidates.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. In-person attendance is full, but you can still sign up for the waitlist or for an email reminder with the link to the livestream. Follow @BakerInstitute on X (formerly known as Twitter), and join the conversation with #BakerLive.

9:00 am

Panel I — A Presidential Election With Legal Issues Like No Other

Moderated by: Mark K. Updegrove, Presidential Historian,  ABC News; President and CEO, LBJ Foundation

Richard L. Hasen
Professor of Law and Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles; Director, Safeguarding Democracy Project

Joshua Sellers
Professor of Law, The University of Texas at Austin

10:15 am Break

10:30 am

Panel II — Dissatisfaction With the Two-Party System

Moderated by: Lisa Falkenberg, Houston Chronicle Vice President and Editor of Opinion

Mark P. Jones
Fellow in Political Science, Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies

The Honorable Pat McCrory
Former Governor of North Carolina; National Co-Chair, No Labels

The Honorable Jay Nixon
Former Governor of Missouri; Ballot Integrity Project Director, No Labels

11:45 am Lunch

12:15 pm

Lunch Conversation

Moderated by: Major Garrett, CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent

Mark McKinnon
Political advisor

Jennifer Palmieri
Political and communications strategist

1:15 pm Break

1:30 pm

Panel III — A View From the Campaign Bus

Moderated by: Julie Mason, host of daily political talk show “Julie Mason Mornings” on SiriusXM

Galen Bacharier
Politics Reporter, Des Moines Register

Dave Carney
CEO, Norway Hill Associates, Inc.

Marianne LeVine
National Political Reporter, The Washington Post

Alex Thompson
National Political Correspondent, Axios

2:45 pm Break

3:00 pm

Panel IV — Looking Forward to the 2024 Election

Moderated by: Lisa Lerer, National Political Correspondent, The New York Times

Nathan L. Gonzales
Editor & Publisher, Inside Elections

Rebecca Pearcey
Partner, Political Communications, Bryson Gillette

Alex Thompson
National Political Correspondent, Axios

Amy Walter
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Cook Political Report

For a more detailed description of the panel discussions or additional information about the event, click here.

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Emissions of The Rich and Famous Funnies

As well as the elitists and the warmongers.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Turkey Day Toons

Line 'em up, chop their heads off, pluck their feathers, roast 'em for four hours at 300 degrees and carve 'em up. I'll have some white and dark meat.

And FFS leave the poor birds alone.
Don't blame the translator, blame the colonizers. And one more Norman Rockwell re-imagining ...
And here are some T-Day toons from 75 years ago.

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Sunday "From the Rivers to the Seas and the Oceans" Funnies

Most of Israel’s weapons imports come from the US. Joe Biden is rushing even more arms to them:

As (Secretary of Defense) Lloyd Austin told the Senate, “We are flowing security assistance to Israel at the speed of war.”[...]

“The emphasis is on damage and not on accuracy,” Israeli military spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said last month. [...]

“It is not in the US national interest to engage in arms transfers where we assess that they are likely to be used in human rights violations”, Christopher Le Mon, a senior State Department official, said in March. “It does not advance our national interests, it does not advance our national security.”
George Orwell's 1984 gets invoked a lot these days, but what happened to the word 'woke' is exactly what was intended with Newspeak. Per Wikipedia, "Orwell explains that Newspeak follows most rules of English grammar, yet is a language characterized by a continually diminishing vocabulary; complete thoughts are reduced to simple terms of simplistic meaning." With 'woke' we see the entire project of humanism reduced to a stupid insult. Shamefully, many political commentators not on the authoritarian right still use this lazy shorthand to belittle activists or anything vaguely socially conscious, invoking the right's pejorative framing.

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Republican Electile Dysfunction Funnies

It's their lady problems again.

Democrats reading too much into last Tuesday's outcomes as a portent for two years' hence might also bear observation.
Grocery warehouse robot crushes human robot inspector to death
Washington Post editor David Shipley approved, published, then deleted the Mike Ramirez cartoon on the left:

The Washington Post took down an editorial cartoon (last) Wednesday that depicted a Hamas leader using civilians as human shields after the drawing was criticized as racist and dehumanizing toward Palestinians.

More about the censored cartoon from al-Jazeera and The Hill.

Updates: Conservative media bash the removal of the 'toon, and Ramirez and the WaPo have revised their agreement regarding his contributions to their op-ed pages.

Ramirez has always been a right-wing freak, but censorship of political cartoons is not something a democracy does.  I thought we settled this topic when the offices of Charlie Hebdo were attacked.  If you were ever concerned about free speech, corporate media, and creeping fascism, now would be a great time to support/oppose as the case may be.

And take precautions when you do, but don't be paranoid.  One of the several chronic flaws of Red MAGA groupthink is violent hallucinations.