Groundhog Day [DOT 2/2/22]

Will the little varmint see his shadow or not?


Uh oh.

More uh-oh!

Next winter storm will stretch over 2,000 miles


#RIP Wordle

The New York Times buys Wordle, the ultra-popular online word game

That’s not a dog, it’s a mop.

Have a great day!



  1. I won’t link, because this comes from unsavory alt-right sources, but Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson informed his viewers last night that “there’s no more fearsome despot than Canada’s Prime Minister” Justin Trudeau. Mask/vax mandates, trucker convoy…This from the guy who’s carrying Vlad Putin’s water and defends Russia’s “legitimate” interests in Ukraine.

    He also let drop that it’s been “whispered for years” that Trudeau is the biological son of Fidel Castro. Now it’s entirely plausible that his Mom, Margaret Trudeau, in her fun-loving way, got around in the early 1970s (Trudeau is 50) but she was more a Studio 54 type, and probably not much interested in sitting through a 14-hour harangue at a Communist Party Conference in Havana.

    • That show is straight national enquirer for racists, but they take it very serious.


      When people play the “both sides” game (not dem.vs reps, but right vs left… Which, in my estimation, is not the same) they fail to ever provide anyone on the left like Tucker, or My Pillow ghoul, or Majory Greene or or or or or or or…… And it’s only getting worse.


      I can’t shake that shit about Mini and Clarence, how is that possible? How is it not the subject of not after not special?


      We don’t have media from the left that actually holds anyone accountable, seems to me anyways.

      • Part of the problem is that right wingers look at people like Trudeau, or AOC or Omar and believe with all their might that the things they want (public health, a functioning democracy) are actually just as bad, if not worse, than supporting the invasion of a sovereign country, or separating migrant families, or going out of the way to make sure as many people as possible die from the pandemic. They literally have zero perspective or empathy.

      • …I don’t know for sure but the way it looks to me has a lot to do with whether you read the principle/requirement in good faith in the first instance…but also has some pitfalls in execution?

        …so where your tucker carlson types only try to get a guest from the left they think they can provoke into ticking enough stereotype boxes to basically provide them material to keep pushing their bullshit angle…which sometimes blows up on them like the thing I don’t have a link about with the guy pointing out you can grow trees but not concrete to a talk-radio guy…or famously when jon stewart tore tucker up that time…but mostly works just fine for the intended audience

        …on the other side of things you have somewhat of an effort to try to head off claims of refusing to entertain the opposing argument…which is how you wind up with some of the garbage that runs in opinion sections…or equal time given to denialists as scientists when discussing climate change

        …because neither of those is a level playing field…when the minority position is a vanishingly small thing compared to the consensus giving it parity of time already awards it more rhetorical advantage than it often deserves…& when it has less to communicate on top it puts the better case from the other side at a magnified disadvantage

        …that said…I can’t think of a hard & fast rule that would stop that without being just as easily twisted by approaching it in bad faith?

        …some years back there was an episode of a political panel show in the UK called question time that agreed (somewhat controversially) to have the head of what was then the BNP on…at the time that basically was the far-right in that part of the world & a lot of folks objected to giving him a national platform on taxpayer funded media

        …then the show aired…& it effectively ended him & put the BNP on the road to extinction

        …for a while I thought of that as a rare example of sticking to that principle in the right way & letting the weakness of that kind of thinking show itself up…give them the rope to hang themselves kind of thing

        …but post BNP you got UKIP…& farage…& a lot of dodgy money from people like aaron banks…& some sketchy cambridge analytica stuff…& the collusion of the tory party who broadly feel like that’s the section of “their” constituency they rely on but disown for appearances’ sake…& now you have boris in charge & it’s a supposedly post-brexit world

        …& since I don’t know how you make things so these assholes can’t shill this kind of bullshit without whatever makes that so being abused in turn to shut down the ability to say things that need saying…I guess I default to thinking we need to do better providing education to everyone…so that hopefully by the time they can vote people would be able to see through their brand of bullshit

        …even if that might be wishful thinking?

        • A basic problem is the trope of TV production. They love the talking head bit. They are convinced it means something, does something, teaches something.

          Most of the time it doesn’t. Rounding up someone like Alan Dershowitz or Jonathan Turley or James Carville to pop up on a screen for 180 seconds isn’t about conveying meaning. It’s about fulfilling the formal requirements of looking like a news show.

          All producers want is to check off the boxes. Stand up shot of guy in front of building with columns? Check. Host has enough hair spray to prevent distracting bits flowing in air currents? Check. Talking head bit? Check.

          Actual understanding of issues has nothing to do with checking off the boxes, and bad faith actors have hacked the format, knowing all they have to do is maintain the formal requirements of being a guest and they can say anything they want.

          The striking thing is this adherence to fossilized tropes — these shows haven’t changed significantly in over 50 years — has accompanied a grinding drop in ratings. It would be as if Westerns still ruled the entertainment side of TV because network execs were stuck in tropes from the late 60s and couldn’t see how audiences have lost interest in marshalls, rustlers and prospectors.

          They could just kill the talking head bits and rethink how they deliver the news. Maybe sub in more segments about baby animals?


          • When I lived in the DC suburbs I used to strain to watch Baltimore TV stations through horizontal squiggles and static just so I could hear some real, actual news and not just Beltway bullshit.  That whole news community is just so insular.

    • PE Trudeau was probably allegedly every bit the playboy that the media made him out to be. He met my very attractive, outgoing and flirty mom at an Asian function and had his assistant get her contact info. She later received a beautifully handwritten invitation to another party. She declined to attend because she understood what it allegedly implied. “He was very charming for a dirty old man.”

      …did I throw in enough allegedlies to cover my ass? She is not in politics and is 30yrs his junior. I’ve seen the invitation.

  2. The forecast for my area is looking bad. They’re calling for 1/4 “ to 3/4 “ of ice followed by 6” of snow. I’m going out to fight the crowds at the grocery and liquor stores.Fury rd

    • The forecast for my area is looking bad. They’re calling for 1/4 “ to 3/4 “ of ice followed by 6” of snow. I’m going out to fight the crowds at the grocery and liquor stores liquor and grocery stores.

      Fixed it for you.  Priorities, man.  Get you some Rittenhouse rye and thank me later.

    • I just came here to post that!

      CNN president Jeff Zucker announces resignation over undisclosed “relationship” with colleague

      Zucker said that he should have disclosed a “consensual relationship” with a close colleague.

      WASHINGTON, DC — JULY 22: CNN President Jeff Zucker, in the network control room during the Mueller hearings, on July, 22, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

      This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

      CNN president Jeff Zucker announced to stunned staff on Wednesday morning that he is immediately resigning from his role at the cable news network, which he has led since January 2013.

      He said in a statement that his decision stemmed from him not disclosing a “consensual relationship” with his “closest colleague” when it first began.

      “I certainly wish my tenure here had ended differently,” he wrote. “But it was an amazing run. And I loved every minute.”

      Here is Zucker’s full memo to his colleagues:

      As part of the investigation into Chris Cuomo’s tenure at CNN, I was asked about a consensual relationship with my closest colleague, someone I have worked with for more than 20 years. I acknowledged the relationship evolved in recent years. I was required to disclose it when it began but I didn’t. I was wrong.

      As a result, I am resigning today.

      I came to CNN on January 28, 2013. Together, we had nine great years. I certainly wish my tenure here had ended differently. But it was an amazing run. And I loved every minute.

      I am grateful to the thousands of incredibly talented CNN and Turner Sports employees who helped make this such a joy for me, and such a success for all of us. I wish each of you nothing but the best in the years ahead.

      With gratitude and much love.


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