March 8 Open Thread: Out of the Mouths of Babes

Filed in National by on March 8, 2018

Quote of the day comes from David Hogg, the 17-year-old Parkland massacre survivor who quickly became a target of the NRA for daring to speak against Moloch, the Gun God. Young Mr. Hogg is learning that most of the adult world is set up to screw the many in service of the few, and this profile makes clearhe’s not having it.

“When your old-ass parent is like, ‘I don’t know how to send an iMessage,’ and you’re just like, ‘Give me the fucking phone and let me handle it.’ Sadly, that’s what we have to do with our government; our parents don’t know how to use a fucking democracy, so we have to.”

The national political press is gearing up for next week’s special election in southwestern Pennsylvania, mainly because the local RWNJ who won the Republican primary is a Class A stumblebum and the Democrat is more conservative than Delaware’s most conservative Democrat (mental note: Ask El Som if that would be gun-lovin’ Bruce Ennis). What I found most interesting about Politico’s analyis, though, was this comment attributed to GOP strategists:

Particularly concerning, they say, is the fact that the millions of dollars Republicans have spent — much of it highlighting the GOP tax cuts and attempting to tie Lamb to Pelosi — has failed to move the needle.

This continues a trend I noticed in the 2016 elections — generic negative ads aren’t having the effect they once did, meaning money, at least for heavy negative advertising, isn’t as important as it once was.

Pundits continue to paw the bones of the Texas primaries, and one has determined the big winner was…Kirsten Gillibrand. Wait, what? Yes indeedy, the Democratic Party’s most accurate weathervane backed seven women in various contests, and all either won or advanced to a run-off. Contacts like that are important in a presidential run, he argues; OTOH, Joe Biden. Nobody accumulates more chits, but he’s never done doink in a presidential campaign.

There’s nothing the liberal web loves more than a female politician with idiotic things to say. Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Marsha Blackburn…all were turned into stars mainly on their ability to drive the left bonkers and, at least in the first two cases, look fabulous while doing it, and Blackburn is about to turn her froth-mouthed conservatism into a Senate seat. The budding star in this field is upstate New York’s Claudia Tenney, who keeps delivering the crazy on the gun front.

The Russia stories are coming too thick and fast for me to keep up with, so I found this Russian follies roundup helpful. Over the past year, such bursts of Russia-related information have preceded big developments in the Mueller probe, but even more so than in most situations, past performance does not guarantee future results.

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  1. RE Vanella says:

    It’s Mr Hogg’s sentiment that compels me to join the march on the 24th. It’s a 90 minute train ride, folks. This is how it works now. Get in the street.

    I know many of you and you have nothing better to do. So don’t lie.

  2. JamesD says:

    I’ve already got my train tickets booked. Those kids are really inspiring, the least we can do is show up

  3. Arthur says:

    Why not just support the students at your local school?

  4. Ben says:

    I agree with Arthur. This needs to be a nationwide event.

  5. mediawatch says:

    Support students at your local school at 10 a.m. next Wednesday (3/14)

  6. RE Vanella says:

    Who said I wasn’t?

    I’m doing that as well. I was referring to Hogg specifically. We should all be doing both.

    I’ve been organizing local teachers for 2 weeks.

    (Explicitly supporting thing x does not assume only supporting thing x.)

  7. RE Vanella says:

    Also, if your idea is “why not JUST do” x you’re on the wrong page.

    This isn’t going to be easy of convenient.

  8. Joshua W says:

    Joe Miro just announced he’s retiring.

  9. jason330 says:

    Yeah, that guy David Hogg is the shit. The truth of what he is saying is undeniable.

  10. JamesD says:

    I like the immediate reaction to “I’m doing something” is “but why aren’t you doing this?” which is immediately followed by “why aren’t more people doing something?”

  11. Arthur says:

    If you have kids in school then you support your kids and their school and make it known to the staff and admin at those schools that you support them. after that some of us work

  12. spktruth says:

    Hogg is the shit, and he understands who are the old dems who think like Schumer, Pelosi et al, and who are the Sanders, Warren wing…they sure as hell aren’t with the corporate owned wall street lovers like Schumer and Pelosi.

  13. RE Vanella says:

    As I said, I’m doing both… and I don’t even have kids! Go figure.

    I also maintain fulltime employment.

    Look, do whatever you can do. I’m not going to shame you. You needn’t explain yourself to me. I just thought it was a strange response…

    Why do you just do x?

    My personal take is that we’re past the point of half-measures. But if you’re going to a protest or rally at your local school, good for you.