Phew! You Made It [DOT 2/10/21]

Welcome to the weekend! What are your plans? Perhaps some apple picking?

I for one will be getting my house ready for some guests; my BFFs from Wyoming are coming to visit, including one who’s never been to DC.

Whatever you decide to do, enjoy!

Bumping this from yesterday because I’m still enraged.

Sounds about white.

Teen who ran over 6 cyclists outside Houston walks free

I imagine their healthcare system would be overwhelmed rather quickly. But hey, freedom.

Murkowski bemoans surge of covid cases in Alaska, decries Nazi references about mask mandate

I guess my question is how is it even an option to avoid the metal detectors?

How does someone’s brain work like this? Jason Aldean was running for his life 4 years ago when a gunman opened fire in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Festival,

and yet…

Jason Aldean defends his wife, criticizes Joe Biden after critics slam her Instagram post

I don’t get it.


Brain Drain will be along shortly, but in the meantime you can watch this on a loop.

Have a great day!



  1. There is an old and grim joke that if you want to murder someone in New York and get away with it, run them over and stay on the scene. “I didn’t see them” (useful if you’re driving a truck or a van.) “I had the light.” Inevitably the next line will be, “Police filed no charges in the matter.” Sometimes there will be a bonus: “It is believed that the pedestrian/cyclist may have been intoxicated…” I have no time or patience to research how many drivers get away scot free but it is a recurring topic on Gothamist, the site that was brought up yesterday.

    • …I know at least one pretty terrible story about someone being killed by a driver in NY…in that one the particular dime upon which the lack of conviction turned was that apparently the maintenance of the breathalyser kit had lapsed to the point they successfully argued there was no way to prove it was accurately calibrated at the time the driver tested over the limit

      …I don’t know how far out of calibration it might have been but my guess is the margin for error still might have been mathematically too small to cover the extent to which they tested over the limit but the whole story was pretty bleak, to be honest?

      • “but you can’t prove I was drunk” should not be a viable excuse for running someone over…

  2. …as far as the skipping the metal detectors thing goes…on the one hand it reminded me about this whole thing

    …& also…it struck me that they’re refusing to “submit” to something that I’m fairly sure they’re content to say every schoolchild should endure on a regular basis as part of the cost of attaining an education

    …not that glaring inconsistencies aren’t something of a trademark look for these people…but…the adopting of blindspots big enough to avoid acknowledging them…I still find that hard to wrap my head around?

    • Glaring inconsistencies, hypocrisy, cognitive dissonance… this club has everything!

      I can’t wrap my head around it. The mediocre country singer noted above cheated on his first wife with his second. He was also on stage performing (and filmed running for his life) while a gun man took out his audience. But his kids are “hiden from Biden” SMDH

      • …that one was beyond me, too…all I know is that when it comes to reality & people’s perception thereof facts & their opposite obviously don’t work like matter & anti-matter…since we don’t seem to have had a pandemic of heads exploding on account of the two colliding?

      • I have never heard of Jason Aldean. From the Yahoo news article, they have two children, Memphis, 3, and Navy, 2.

        When my eyes stopped rolling and my mind came back into focus I remembered an exhibit I attended at the Cooper Hewitt Museum many years ago that focused on Soviet Art from the 1930s. There was a lot of good Soviet Realism and Soviet Futurism, but there was a curious collection of knickknacks and bric-a-brac celebrating more prosaic aspects of the Soviet modernization effort, like electrification and the mechanization of the collective farms.

        Sadly, the exhibit did not go into the massive, often bloody, upheaval the collectivization of agriculture provoked during this period, but as an almost-forgotten FYI an exhibit card said that in this period it was popular to name children things like “Electricity” (this was good for girls) and “Truck” for boys. The Soviets were all in for modernization and who could blame them.

        I suppose the Aldeans are just following modern Anglo-American tradition, not the Bolshevik one. Off the top of my head I can think of celebrity children named Dakota, Brooklyn, Apple, and Peaches.

        • He’s very ‘bro country’ and his personality sucks.


        • Memphis… and… Navy… those poor children. They don’t stand a chance, do they? What’re they going to name the next one, Spark Plug?

          • In “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” one of the characters is named Brick. In the movie Brick was played by a young Paul Newman. Well worth watching if you haven’t seen it before. Brick’s wife, nicknamed not so affectionately “Maggie the Cat,” is played by Elizabeth Taylor. The family patriarch Big Daddy is played by Burl Ives, here not as jovial as when he narrated “Frosty the Snowman.”

            • I love Cat on a Hot Tin Roof! The movie version, anyway. Anything where Liz Taylor gets to scream and throw things is usually pretty good. I even had a black cat named Maggie once.

      • The Willfully Ignorant have commandeered their own political party and are voting in droves.

        What scares me the most is that if the trends continue, I think they’re poised to take over. They seem to be multiplying everywhere.

  3. TIL…we count hedgehogs here

    apparently theres lots of them

    in other local news….our anti vaxxers are soooo hard done by

    ermagerd we made a decision and it has consequences! we have it worse than the jews!


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