Monday, February 1, 2021

Random Thoughts: Hawley/Gohmert 2024

Tweets from January, 2021:
  • 2021-01-01: Hawley/Gohmert 2024.
  • 2021-01-02: About time. Only 155 years late to do the right thing.
  • 2021-01-03: There's always a tweet. These two from Ted Cruz and Donald Trump from the 2016 GOP primary. They haven't aged well.
  • 2021-01-04: Bridgerton (TV 2020): 1800s costume drama. Pouts and swoons. No racism in this England, but lots of sexism. Too many singles looking for proper matches. All prigs. A vow of revenge made by the Duke to his dying father proves a barrier to happiness. Who cares? Only the prig. C-

After the jump, more random thoughts.

  • 2021-01-06: DMN headline: "Did Cruz pick the right side?" Not an analysis of whether he was on the side of democracy. Only whether he's helping himself with 2024 GOP voters. That's what wrong with Ted Cruz. That's what's wrong with DMN.
  • 2021-01-06: Trumpism is racist.
  • 2021-01-07: "D.C. Police Lose Control Of Rioting Trump Supporters After Hundreds Of Officers Called Away To Deal With Black Jaywalker."
  • 2021-01-08: Review: Deacon King Kong: That "Old Sportcoat," aka Deacon King Kong, did it is clear from the first paragraphs. But why he did it takes a whole book, not just for the reader, but for Sportcoat himself. Great characters and story from a diverse neighborhood in Brooklyn. B+
  • 2021-01-10: Marco Rubio is hoping you fall for his "no true Scotsman" fallacy.
  • 2021-01-11: Sylvie's Love (2020): Jazz is still king, women still stay at home, but times are changing. This is a modern love story in a new setting: Harlem in 1957. Makes an old story fresh. Young woman finds her ambition to be a TV producer in conflict with love. Tessa Thompson shines. B+
  • 2021-01-11: I am beginning to be concerned that all this insurrection and impeachment talk is going to interfere with Trump's plans for infrastructure week.
  • 2021-01-13: Jim Jordan (paraphrased): "Instead of impeaching the President, we ought to...put a man on the moon???"
  • 2021-01-13: Why can't Republicans use facemasks that stay over their nose? Are they wearing one for the first time?
  • 2021-01-13: Matt Gaetz (paraphrased): "Who can blame the mob for breaking down the doors of Congress? Pelosi tore up a copy of Trump's speech."
  • 2021-01-13: Marjorie Taylor Green (R QAnon) speaks to the House of Representatives and a national television audience while wearing a facemask with the word "CENSORED" on it. The epitome of a lack of self awareness.
  • 2021-01-13: Why is he still in office? Why is the Texas GOP standing behind this criminal defendant?
  • 2021-01-13: Impeachment debate is over. Summary: Democrats say that inciting an insurrection is a high crime and misdemeanor. GOP says put that aside. Ignore Trump's two months of claiming the election was rigged. What's important *now* is unity.
  • 2021-01-13: Do I have this right? Trump lost the popular vote...twice. He was impeached...twice. But our electoral college system is fine and dandy.
  • 2021-01-13: I guess this means the rally Trump planned for Inauguration Day to announce his run for President in 2024 might have to be postponed.
  • 2021-01-13: GOP failed to amend the Constitutulion to say, "The President shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors UNLESS THOSE CRIMES ARE COMMITTED IN THE LAST WEEKS OF A PRESIDENT'S TERM."
  • 2021-01-14: The King of Staten Island (2020): Pete Davidson plays a messed-up tattoo artist living with his mother. When he was 7, his fireman father was killed in a fire. Movie is about him pulling his life together despite himself. Davidson really sells it. About 30 minutes too long. B-
  • 2021-01-15: Today would be a good day for Donald Trump to concede.
  • 2021-01-16: Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, on Monday tweeted a claim that Rep. Pete Sessions, a Republican from Texas, had "met with terrorists who attacked Capitol and killed an officer. He told them to 'keep fighting.' They listened."
  • 2021-01-17: This tweet aged kind of well, I think.
  • 2021-01-18: Chernobyl (TV 2019): Dramatization of 1986 nuclear accident. Part history, part science, part a view of dystopia. Good series on so many levels. A corner of the world whose people, failed by their leaders, have suffered so much over the centuries, but still display heroism. A-
  • 2021-01-18: There's so much for Biden to do. Something I hope for, but don't expect, is that he'll work to strip away the powers of the imperial presidency. All that we're worried about Trump doing in his last days should be considered for taking away from future presidents as well.
  • 2021-01-19: Is anyone in Washington talking about a Constitutional amendment to add checks and balances to the President's pardon power? Seems like something conservatives would like - it ties Biden's hands (short term win) and it restricts room for presidential corruption (long term win).
  • 2021-01-20: One Night in Miami (2020): Malcolm X, Cassius Clay, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke meet in Miami after Clay wins world title. Four friends, all "young, black, righteous, unapologetic, famous," but all very different. Adapted stage play gives each actor time to shine, and all do. A-
  • 2021-01-20: Title the last two weeks: Two weeks that Shook America. Crime and Punishment (fingers-crossed). It was the worst of times, it is the best of times. America, Great Again.
  • 2021-01-20: It may be raining in Richardson, but you can't tell me the skies aren't blue again.
  • 2021-01-20: Stop me if you heard this one. A Black, a Jew, and a Hispanic walk into the Senate. After being met by a woman, Democrats take control.
  • 2021-01-22: Motherless Brooklyn (2019): 1950s Brooklyn film noir. Detective gets whacked. His partner digs into why and turns up corruption at highest level of city govt. A study in power, urban development, and race relations. Fictionalization of Robert Moses, the master builder of NYC. B-
  • 2021-01-24: Accused Capitol rioter called for AOC's assassination: "Garret Miller of Richardson, Texas." Not the way you want your hometown to make the news.
  • 2021-01-24: Someone could have made a lot of money today betting that Tom Brady would throw three interceptions and win. That's the way the football bounces.
  • 2021-01-24: .@JohnCornyn suddenly gets principled about the need for witnesses after voting not to call witnesses during the first Trump impeachment trial managed by Republicans, of whom he holds a leadership position.
  • 2021-01-26: The White Tiger (2021): A lower-caste Indian grows up wanting to rise above his servant caste. He talks his way into being a driver for a rich man. But a betrayal convinces him that being a loyal servant won't protect him. Hero or anti-hero? A good insight into modern India. B+
  • 2021-01-26: Republicans are flooding the zone with questions about the "Constitutionality" of impeaching Trump in order to avoid talking about whether it's a crime to incite an insurrection. Don't give them the out they are seeking.
  • 2021-01-28: Rich irony in Arizona. The same people (AZ state GOP) who insist the presidential election was rigged are accused of running a rigged party election. Projection again.
  • 2021-01-28: Lupin (TV 2021): French. Burglar inspired by 100-yr-old novel seeks revenge for injustice done to his father 25 years before. He steals a priceless necklace from the Louvre. Heists. Action. Lovable rogue. At heart is Lupin's relationship with his own son. Story is incomplete. B+
  • 2021-01-31: The New Wilderness: When the City becomes unlivable, people seek permission to live nomadic lives in the wilderness. It's a hard life, but return to the City is unthinkable. A coming-of-age adventure for a girl who struggles with her mother, budding love, and survival. B+

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