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pronouncing the word "paean"

sometimes rendered "pæan"

Is it closer to payin' or peein'?

a thought just occurred to me, a bunch of Fulton County ADA's are about to become minor celebs

I was watching news updates on YouTube and it starts seeing these young prosecutors from Atlanta. Some of them apparently in their 30s. The head of the Fulton County white collar crime division is a guy named Will Wooten. He looks like an ex high school jock. He's professional but reads really young, especially in contrast to the grizzled gray conspirators that he's going to be cross x-ing in the coming months. I googled him and found his LinkedIn photo and a couple of local news articles about his career highlights.

And of course, he and a lot of his fellow ADAs are probably going to get doxxed by Russian hackers. That might prove a bonding moment between them and the jurors. That will set up a new string of sidebar stories. At least a couple of these prosecutors wound up writing books that what it was like going up against a national conspiracy to violate the Constitution.

People who are in the media a lot end up becoming highly polished. They become "surfacy", if that's a word. His straightforward delivery hasn't gotten there yet. But you can see the difference between notable newsmakers between their interviews early in their career and those years later once they've learned to put on that public mask. I think it'll make an interesting contrast between the national politicians that Fani Willis's lieutenants will be grilling and this coterie of future a celebs we'll be watching emerge into the public domain.

CBN fluff piece profile of Gov. Noem (R-SD). Count the hypocrisies

... and smell the schadenfreude. I counted 17 sanctimonies boomeranging back into her smug face. The saddest one being when she says she thinks her late father would be proud of how she's living her life. 😥

Luke Beasely is a national treasure

This young fellow is golden. And physically brave to boot

Republicans keep repeating (vaguely) what a mess the country is in

Maybe I'm wrong for just assuming they're talking about the United States. Or that they're talking about the United States of Earth One.

Seven reasons the US economy is among the strongest in the G7

Cooling inflation, continued economic growth, and a strong labor market exemplify the sustained resilience of the U.S. economy, particularly compared with other advanced economies.

While some pundits were predicting a recession at the end of 2022, the U.S. economy demonstrated its strength through continued economic and job growth. In the first half of 2023, the economy remained resilient in the face of additional economic risks and uncertainties, including further interest rate hikes, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) seemingly politically driven debt default crisis, and a series of bank failures. This column updates prior Center for American Progress analysis to show that the U.S. economy remains better positioned than many of its counterparts in the Group of Seven (G7) across the following seven indicators: inflation, energy prices, gross domestic product (GDP), the unemployment rate, the long-term unemployment rate, the 2023 International Monetary Fund (IMF) GDP forecast, and the 2023 IMF unemployment rate forecast.

Seriously, they trippin'


I think about this every 9/11 in recent years. It's time to quit commemorating it

adapted from 9/11/2022

When we think about the other days we commemorate as Americans--Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, Juneteenth, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King day, Easter--they're all about public celebrations or celebrating victories in American history--reasons for exultation or gratitude or upholding our highest ideals. They're about the progress we've made or the values we hold. Even Memorial and Veterans Day, which ostensibly honor those who served have their roots in VE Day and Armistice Day, the ending of the two World Wars we won last century.

But despite the few efforts to rebrand 9/11 as Remembrance Day or First Responders Day, inevitably it's about celebrating America's false sense of victimhood. The attacks that are always the central focus are remembered for the loss, for the grievance against the world with the audacity to interrupt our first world slumber with a tiny taste of the violence that these deranged fanatics brought from their troubled section of the world back to us. In wallowing in the ever-revisited shock of those attacks, we are subtly reminded of the "need" for a widely expanded national security state--one rooted in the fear of foreigners with foreign ideas. In short, it's a day for celebrating xenophobia. It's a day for the new American idolatry of perpetual grievance. It's a day for indulging the right-wing fantasy that the whole world hates us, which cultivates the maudlin sentiments intended to make you shut up and salute the flag unquestioningly. And I can't think of anything more unAmerican than saluting the flag unquestioningly.

As a high school government teacher, I note the boredom and disassociation in the faces of my teenaged students who don't understand this unexplored but always re-dredged trauma that occurred 4-5 years before their births. This love of suffering is the same sentiment that eggs on Palestinian and Israeli kids to hate and target one another, that gets Hindus and Buddhists to gang up on each other, that inspires Russian kids to hate Ukrainians, that kept Hutu and Tutsis ready to slaughter each other. There must be a thousands pairings of longstanding ethnic or religious feuds festering around the globe. But such social ethic of resentment is an insult to the most fundamental of American values. We're supposed to leave hatred at the shores. Of course that's not fully our history; but when we fail to live up to that ideal, the contrast forms the most shameful of our failures.

One of our lesser failures occurred on December 7th, 1941. But we don't celebrate December 7th as we do September 11th. Now, where it's appropriate, at the Port of Honolulu, there is a traditional wreath laying ceremony. It is local custom, but it is contextualized. This happened here; we note our loses, but we move forward. Our nation is defined by defeating fascism in Europe and the Pacific Rim. Twenty-two years after Pearl Harbor, we were celebrating the Mercury Program and building to expand Civil Rights against the stubborn vestiges of slavery--a struggle that led to a new and virtue-building national holiday, Martin Luther King Jr Day. We weren't resenting Japan anymore; we had healed and were now moving in opposition to the xenophobic enclaves in our culture that held us back. Today, across the other 49 states, Pearl Harbor is commented upon, maybe, but not the occasion for a minute of silence, not a renewed digging out at an unhealed wound.

We don't commemorate the beginning of the Confederacy or the first arrival of slaves at Jamestown or shoot off fireworks for Zimmerman Telegram Day. Losers might enjoy wallowing in their losses and their setbacks (I'm looking at you, Confederate Memorial Day); people who believe the core of our history is behind us rather that being something to build for in the future, people who want to sulk about their lost Glory Days might be attracted to lost causes and the anniversary of when things fell apart, people who define their Americanism by loss and humiliation, from terrorism to election losses. These are the sentiments that come natural to people who want to grieve, who want to resist the changes that come to our society. The morbid love of grievance is what makes them too submerged in old humiliations to get up off the floor and fix what's wrong in the world. Too submerged in pain to build a better future.

I think we should choose the future. I think we should recognize the pain of 9/11, take care of the people who suffered serving on 9/11 and in the wars that followed, but constantly revisiting and opening up an old wound doesn't do us any good. I think instead we should celebrate September 17th, Constitution Day, the day we established an imperfect but hopeful form of government that has continually expanded to include more and more people and provide more and more opportunities for everyone who wants to call our country home. We should restrict national holidays to aspirational goals, to make this country a better place. Commemorating 9/11 moves us in the wrong direction

Florida man redefines turning it up to 11

BBC News - Florida man arrested after trying to cross Atlantic in hamster wheel vessel


Coast Guard officials arrested a Florida man after they intercepted his unusual hamster wheel contraption that he was allegedly attempting to ‘run’ to London.

According to a criminal complaint, 44-year-old Reza Baluchi is facing federal charges after he was rescued 70 miles off Tybee Island, Georgia by coast guard officials. The marathoner was found on August 26 in his bizarre hamster wheel contraption and asked "standard questions."

"Based on the condition of the vessel – which was afloat as a result of wiring and buoys – USCG officers determined Baluchi was conducting a manifestly unsafe voyage," the criminal complaint says.

Imagine: a man Bill Maher's age can still jump over an entire shark


Maher Criticizes WGA Strike, Calls Demands “Kooky”; Nobody “Owed A Living As A Writer”
Anthony D'Alessandro
September 5, 2023

"What I find objectionable about the philosophy of the strike {is} it seems to be, they have really morphed a long way from 2007’s strike, where they kind of believe that you’re owed a living as a writer, and you’re not. This is show business. This is the make-or-miss league,” said Maher about the WGA’s demands to the AMPTP in a work stoppage that’s gone on for 127 days.

"I’m not saying they don’t have points,” Maher added, agreeing that streaming platforms should be reporting viewing data

Seriously, can you imagine the audacity of a labor union demanding that their large corporate employers share some of their record-breaking profits with the people who dedicate years of their life to honing their crafts and create the work-product that generates those profits?

Better keep an eye on those bolsheviks, Bill! They'll be demanding two day weekends and healthcare next

People are made entirely by other people.

And just about any person can eventually themselves make a whole brand new person, given the right tools and circumstances

That's really weird when you think about it

wonderful signs of flippery in 2 of Trump's cases

Fake elector scheme in Georgia:

Trump attorneys guided false electors in Georgia, GOP chair says

Former Georgia Republican Party Chair David Shafer said attorneys for former President Donald Trump, his campaign and the local GOP were responsible for urging him to assemble a slate of false presidential electors that are now at the heart of a sprawling racketeering case.

Shafer is among the 18 defendants indicted in Fulton County, Georgia, alongside Trump as part of a conspiracy to subvert the 2020 election.

“Mr. Shafer and the other Republican Electors in the 2020 election acted at the direction of the incumbent President and other federal officials,” Shafer’s attorney wrote in a petition seeking to move the Fulton County case to federal court.

To bolster his proposition, Shafer provided new documents that underscore the Trump campaign’s close involvement in efforts to assemble a group of pro-Trump activists on Dec. 14, 2020 to sign documents claiming to be Georgia’s legitimate presidential electors. Those false electors were later used by Trump allies to attempt to foment a conflict on Jan. 6, 2021 and derail the transfer of power to President Joe Biden.

Classified documents case:

Prosecutors: Trump Mar-a-Lago security aide flipped after changing lawyers

A Trump employee who monitored security cameras at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate abruptly retracted his earlier grand jury testimony and implicated Trump and others in obstruction of justice just after switching from an attorney paid for by a Trump political action committee to a lawyer from the federal defender’s office in Washington, prosecutors said in a court filing Tuesday.

The aide — described as “Trump Employee 4” in public court filings but identified elsewhere as Yuscil Taveras — held the title of director of information technology at Mar-a-Lago. He initially testified to a grand jury in Washington, D.C., that he was unaware of any effort to erase the videos, but after getting the new attorney “immediately … retracted his prior false testimony” and detailed the alleged effort to tamper with evidence related to the investigation of the handling of classified information stored at Trump’s Florida home, the new submission said.

I may need to ask around for a good home remedy to help me deal with this sudden outbreak of Schadenfreude
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