Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of the King of Rock ‘n Roll, dies

Priscilla Presley:

It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us. She was the most passionate, strong and loving woman I have ever known.

R.I.P.

U.S. Insurrection +2 years

 

On this day in 2020, the U.S. Capitol was attacked by Trump-supporting domestic terrorists*. Full stop.

 

Peter Wehner writing at The Atlantic:

Two years ago today, a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election. Seven people died as a result of that attempt. More than 140 police officers reported suffering injuries. One was pulled down the steps of the Capitol and then stomped on and beaten with a pole flying an American flag as the crowd chanted “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” A makeshift gallows with a noose was built outside the Capitol, not as a generalized threat but to cow one man. “Hang Mike Pence!” the mob shouted. If the insurrectionists had had the opportunity, they would have. Most stunning of all, the president of the United States encouraged the bloodlust. According to one witness, Trump’s chief of staff said at the time that the president “thinks Mike deserves it. He doesn’t think [the mob is] doing anything wrong.”

The many millions who watched the events unfold instantly knew that it would rank among the most anguished and horrifying days in American history: an effort to halt the peaceful transition of power. But it was worse and more wretched than we imagined.

Indeed it was.

At 6:01 p.m. on January 6, with the day’s carnage behind him, Trump issued his last tweet of that day.

“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long,” he wrote. “Go home with love & in peace.” Trump ended with this admonition: “Remember this day forever!”

We will, just not in the way Trump and his party want us to.

Never forget: It’s not just for 9/11 anymore.

 

For a good “by the numbers” report, see Arianna Johnson’s piece at Forbes Jan. 6 Insurrection 2 Years Later: How Many Arrested, Convicted And What Price Donald Trump May Still Pay.

 

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* To be clear, I am a Libertarian (of the non-crazy sort), so I’m all about freedom. I have no problem with people having different opinions than me; I have no problem with people expressing those different opinions. I have no problem with people criticizing the government. Hell, our nation was founded upon the principle of dissent. I have no problem with people peacefully demonstrating or peacefully attending a rally.

And, while it can be pointed out that that is precisely what was happening at the “Trump rally”, it simplhy cannot even be argued that the attack on the Capitol was protected speech. No sir.

R.I.P. Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7 Astronaut

The Associated Press:

Walter Cunningham, the last surviving astronaut from the first successful crewed space mission in NASA’s Apollo program, died Tuesday in Houston. He was 90.

Walt Cunningham was the LMP (Lunar Module Pilot) on Apollo 7, the mission that saved the space program after the tragedy of Apollo 1. Along with Commander Wally Schirra and CMP Donn Eisele, Apollo 7 was a near perfect mission, and was so successful, in fact, that just two and one-half months later, NASA sent Apollo 8 — with no Lunar Module — to orbit the Moon.

Bad Santa 2

Willie: [to Thurman] Now listen, here’s how it works. She’s gonna pull her rig off and she’s gonna get on all-fours. Then you stand behind her and drop your rig. Now you’re gonna see somethin’ that looks like some kind of Japanese food – it ain’t, so don’t eat it – that’s the bullseye. Then you just start tuggin’ on your little soldier, wait ’till he gets to attention, then poke him in there. Keep pokin’ it in there ’till he spits up. Now you’re gonna need a raincoat – she’ll have one so don’t worry about that. Soon as you’re done, run to the bathroom, wash your crotch. That way you don’t wake up wondering why you got oatmeal in your carpet. Breathe through your mouth so’s you don’t puke. Shouldn’t be a problem for you. You got it?

— Billy Bob Thornton as Willie and Brett Kelly as The Kid, Bad Santa 2 (2016]

Bad Santa

Willie: What is it with you, anyway? Somebody drop you on your fucking head?
Kid: On my head?
Willie: Well, yeah. What, are they gonna drop you on somebody else’s head?
Kid: How can they drop me onto my own head?
Willie: No, not onto your… Would… God damn it! Are you fucking with me?

— Billy Bob Thornton as Willie and Brett Kelly as The Kid, Bad Santa (2003)

Happy Festivus!

Happy Festivus everyone!

Happy Festivus!

People: Those We Lost in 2022

Tough year. Particularly tough for me was Taylor Hawkins. I’ve been a Foo Fighter fan for years and years. In fact, I couldn’t listen to Foo Fighters music from the time I learned of Taylor Hawkins’ death, until the London tribute concert — 5 and a half months. Gone, but not forgotten.

People who skipped their COVID vaccine are at higher risk of traffic accidents

Erin Prater reporting for Fortune:

If you passed on getting the COVID vaccine, you might be a lot more likely to get into a car crash.

Seems logical. Irrational thinkers are bound to be worse drivers.

They found that the unvaccinated people were 72% more likely to be involved in a severe traffic crash—in which at least one person was transported to the hospital—than those who were vaccinated. […]

Of course, skipping a COVID vaccine does not mean that someone will get into a car crash. Instead, the authors theorize that people who resist public health recommendations might also “neglect basic road safety guidelines.”

As I said…

Elon Musk is Thirsty

Charlie Warzel writing at The Atlantic:

Beyond its stark cruelty, this tweet is incredibly thirsty. As right-wing troll memes go, it is Dad-level, 4chan–Clark Griswold stuff, which is to say it’s desperate engagement bait in the hopes of attracting kudos from the only influencers who give Musk the time of day anymore: right-wing shock jocks. But that is the proper company for the billionaire, because whether or not he wants to admit it, Musk is actively aiding the far right’s political project. He is a right-wing activist.

Thirsty. We used to refer to these people as “media whores,” but thirsty is much more fitting for Musk.

I don’t know.

E: I have a feeling we’re in the same boat Marshall. You owe a lot?

Marshall: This woman– she… follows me everywhere, won’t leave me alone. [waitress brings his drink] Thanks.

Waitress: You’re welcome.

Marshall: Just… can’t believe this is actually happening. Two days ago, I had a good life, and now I’m being fucked by some shit that I didn’t even do. I’m losing my wife, my house, my daughter.

E: I don’t know.

Marshall: Didn’t fucking do anything.

E: [moves closer to Marshall, speaks quietly] As I was sayin’, I don’t know.

Marshall: What?

E: I don’t know. My grandfather used to tell me how his father built everything we had from the ground up; pulled himself up by his own bootstraps, you know? Turns out, he didn’t. Turns out he had a lot of help. And a lot of kids. [laughs softly] Maybe it’s only right.

Marshall: E, we don’t deserve this.

E: Well, what do they deserve? We were treating slavery as if it were a mystery, buried in the past, something to investigate if we chose to. And now that history has a monetary value. Confession is not absolution. And in the case of this person… What’s her name?

Marshall: Sheniqua.

E: To Sheniqua, to them… slavery is not past. I mean, it’s not a mystery. It is not an historical curiosity. It is a cruel, unavoidable ghost that haunts in a way we can’t see. None of us are perfect. So now you’re what? You’re separated from your wife? She’s taking your kid? Now she has to be raised without a father? She has to build wealth and success from the ground up, right? It’s similar to the position we put them in. But we’re gonna be okay. You daughter’s gonna be okay. The curse has been lifted from her. All of us– we were running from it, but now we’re free. [taps Marshall’s leg] Excuse me. [stands and leaves]

— Atlanta, S3E4 “The Big Payback”, (FX 2022).