A Real Master at Dealmaking

You wanna see a real master at work? Pelosi went to the White House, embarrassed the president, then locked up all the votes she needed to secure the Speakership by giving the holdouts something she was already planning on doing anyway. It’s a classic non-zero-sum win-win, and it’s the way all the best deals in DC are made. Non. Zero. Sum.

www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/pelosi-strikes-deal-with-rebels-will-step-aside-by-2022-to-win-speaker-votes/2018/12/12/0c2ed80e-fe1e-11e8-862a-b6a6f3ce8199_story.html

Gonna have the change the N in NRA to Russian

I can’t say I’m all that surprised the NRA was this compromised, what with all the truly bizarre things it’s done the past decade or so. But this stupid? I’m surprised by that.

Putin has never made it a secret that he wants to undermine the west, up to and including undermining the right to bare arms. So you would’ve thought….but no….

talkingpointsmemo.com/prime-beta/what-we-learned-from-mariia-butinas-plea-docs

Album of the Week: Faithless — No Roots (2004)

Faithless’ No Roots remains one of the all-time greats in electronic music. If you combined my iTunes plays with my Spotify ones, you’d have at least 500 complete listens in the last 15 years. Maybe more. It’s THAT good. The combination of Rollo Armstrong, Maxi Jazz, and Sister Bliss…everything they touched turned to gold, but this album in particular…this was one of the greatest bands in the history of electronic music at the very their peak of their powers. Essential, as we used to say. Essential.

And for those of you who prefer your electronic music without vocals, check out the Everything Will Be Alright Tomorrow version, which is the entire thing remixed as a continuous instrumental track.

Like the breeze….even when I’m not there….

Disjunction Junction

Disjunctive presidents wake up after the midterms to discover they desperately need the establishment for their survival, only to discover that they’ve spent so much time pissing the establishment off with their style of rhetoric and governance that the establishment no longer wants or needs to protect them.

About that: washingtonmonthly.com/2018/12/13/trump-suddenly-realizes-his-survival-depends-on-the-establishment/

“You can make anything a crime. I don’t care…he’s doing a good job.”

The party of law and order, limited government, and the constitution now taking the position that the laws don’t matter so long as they believe their guy is doing a good job.

I won’t even bother to pull his quotes from the Clinton impeachment. You can guess.

Remember this. Remember this the next time they make pious arguments from the minority. This is who they are, and this is part of what they believe. It isn’t an abberation. Remember this.

— Read on www.vox.com/platform/amp/policy-and-politics/2018/12/12/18137479/trump-cohen-payments-crimes-republican-response