The Increasing Pointlessness of Politics

I remember the constant “But… but… SCOTUS!” when people complained about how cartoonishly horrible Trump was during the campaign. And, hey, that gamble paid off. We got a really good SCOTUS pick.

But apparently that’s about it from a Trump administration and a Republican controlled House and Senate. It really seems like the Republicans were caught completely off guard by Trump winning and had no plans beyond being an opposition party. I mean, this health care stuff, people have been talking about that for a while. Like years. They probably should have had some sort of plan ready. But nope. I’m a little more hopeful they can come up with something on taxes… but not that hopeful.

So, so useless. It’s why I just can’t get in these partisan fights anymore. What’s the point? Is there any chance of anything being accomplished?

But on the plus side for the Republicans, attack ads will be hard. “We have to stop these radical, extremists Republicans from… not doing anything in particular.”

So what’s the path forward here? What’s the rallying cry for 2018? Neither the Democrats or the Republicans have a particularly good case to make about anything. Best slogan I can come up for them is “Embrace irrelevancy.” I kinda like that. If the government were more irrelevant and we just paid it less attention, that’s a good thing. And, frankly, I’d kinda like to talk about something other than Trump one day.

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This Time It’s Different Because It Has MORE of the Same Thing

Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer chastised his party, saying “the number one thing we did wrong was not to present a strong, bold economic agenda”.

No, it’s that we’re still in debt paying for your last strong, bold, economic agenda.

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Cartoon of the Day – Branding


[Steve Kelley – GoComics]

Rebrand a turd and you have a rebranded turd.

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Thursday Night Open Thread

I am so tired of politicians making promises and then failing to follow through.

I’m ready to throw all the bums out.

Literally.

[The YouTube]

What’s on your mind? Got a joke? A bit of wisdom? A link to something fun or interesting? It’s Thursday Night Open Thread. Your turn to take control.

Who wants to start?

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The Illustrated Frank J: What If They Only Had Swords or Spiky Baseball Bats?

[source]

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Straight Line of the Day: When Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s IT Guy Was Arrested Trying To Flee the Country, the FBI Found…

Works like this: I feed you Moon Nukers a straight line, and you hit me with a punch line in the comments.

When Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s IT guy was arrested trying to flee the country, the FBI found…

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Chop This!

[Home Made Wood Sword – Will It Kill?] (Viewer #2,841,089)

This is mostly just silly, but I also found myself amused and charmed at the sight of a grown man making a toy sword and then putting it through its paces like a real weapon.

To be fair, though, I can’t believe the hilt didn’t snap off when he started banging it on the vise with that beefy arm of his.

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Well, Since They’re Already There…

A new report shows that an increasing number of US cars are being made in Mexico.

Hmmm… can we secretly program them to build a wall for us?

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Cartoon of the Day – Mind


[A. F. Branco]

It’s fun to watch, if nothing else.

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Wednesday Night Open Thread

How about some music?

Let’s see, what about something by Justin Bieber?

Just kidding.

[The YouTube]

You now have control of the conversation. Pick a topic and run with it. Because it’s Wednesday Night Open Thread.

Who wants to start?

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Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

On the verge of commercial space tourism, Elon Musk said that the first passengers on SpaceX rockets must be “brave”.

Considering how well Obamacare repeal has fared, I’m guessing that group won’t include any Senate Republicans.

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Patience of a Saint, Cash of Scrooge McDuck

[How to Build Amazing Balancing Bridge out of Coins Without Glue] (Viewer #1,355,056)

I don’t like solving puzzles, since I have a hard time thinking around corners, especially in 3D. This one was no exception. Mostly I just wanted to see how it was done, and knowing was worth the time spent watching the video for me.

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Link of the Day: Caveat Emptor Always Applies

[High Praise! to Springer’s Blog]

Marketing Ain’t Product

[Think you have a link that’s IMAO-worthy? Send it to harvolson@gmail.com. If I use your link, you will receive High Praise! (assuming you remember to put your name in the email)]

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Forget Ponies & Loan-Sharking

A new NYC law makes dog-sitting illegal for people without a kennel license.

Great… now I’ve got an image stuck in my head of Italian guys with tommy guns and half-a-dozen dogs on leashes.

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Worth Fighting For

[High Praise! to Freedom Is Just Another Word]

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