Breezy but still hot this late-afternoon Thursday here in California’s Central Valley — another day in the life.
Scrolling the news continues the flashdance of Republicans being nasty about everything, even when withholding baby formula from babies, and showcasing exactly what hypocrisy and shitheel combination looks like — we’re in for a real shitfest if they take the House and Senate this fall.
In a for-instance, one shitbird story earlier in the afternoon:
I feel like this makes tucker look bad https://t.co/dCeefVTzqT
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) May 19, 2022
Carlson is the pits. Such a piece of shit, too, Hunter Biden on the wish list. Background via The Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson and his wife were looking to get their son a leg up in his college application to Georgetown University when they turned to a well-connected Washington friend who had an even better-connected father.
“I realize you don’t really know Buckley,” Susie Carlson wrote via email in 2014 to Hunter Biden, a Georgetown graduate and the son of the then-vice president.
“Maybe you could meet or speak to him and he could send you a very brief resume with his interests and grades attached.”
Tucker Carlson offered that his son was a good squash player and an excellent fly fisherman.
“He loves Washington for all the right reasons, I think,” Carlson added, “and really wants to go to school here.”
When Biden agreed to write a letter of recommendation, Susie Carlson added a heap of praise: “Tucker and I have the greatest respect and admiration for you. Always!”
The interactions reveal the extent to which Carlson was willing to turn on a former associate as he thrives in a hyperpartisan media world in which conservatives have made Biden a prime target for attack during his father’s presidency.
They also show how Carlson once sought to benefit from the elite political circles in Washington that he now regularly rails against as the “ruling class.”
“When your dad is president, you get superpowers,” Carlson said in October 2021 during a segment about Biden pursuing a new career as an artist.
“Maybe Hunter Biden will invent a new vaccine next we will be required to take. Who knows? You never know. The sky is the limit when your dad is in power.”
All this shit off Hunter Biden’s now-famous laptop:
The illumination of the Biden-Carlson relationship is one of the more unexpected chapters in the trove of correspondence included on the copy of the Biden laptop, much of which has been widely cited to document Biden’s overseas business dealings during his father’s time in office as well as his personal travails.
A copy of the laptop hard drive was provided to The Post by Jack Maxey, an activist who received a copy from Rudy Giuliani in 2020, at a time when Maxey was working with Stephen K. Bannon and his “War Room” podcast.
Two security experts who did a forensic analysis of the data at the request of The Post were able to verify a portion of the emails as authentic communications.
The emails cited in this report were either verified by the analysts or recently corroborated by a person familiar with the communications.
Go read the whole story, the laptop epic continues.
Meanwhile, and maybe a little bit off the subject — I spotted this earlier today while scrolling/clicking about the InterWebs, and might explain how our situation nowadays is so precarious; at PubMed, research published last month.
From the Abstract:
Reports of moral transgressions can “go viral” through gossip, continuous news coverage, and social media. When they do, the same person is likely to hear about the same transgression multiple times. The present research demonstrates that people will judge the same transgression less severely after repeatedly encountering an identical description of it … The results extend understanding of when and how repetition influences judgment, and they reveal a new way in which moral judgments are biased by reliance on affect. The more people who hear about a transgression, the wider moral outrage will spread; but the more times an individual hears about it, the less outraged that person may be.
What can you do?
Repetition aside, and needing to scream, here we are once again…
(Illustration out front: Edvard Munch‘s ‘The Scream,’ lithograph version, found here)