Steve Bannon Has Regaled Us With Tales of a Grand Trumpian Restoration

Charles P. Pierce
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Photo credit: Stephanie Keith - Getty Images
Photo credit: Stephanie Keith - Getty Images

From Esquire

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Steve Bannon, the famous pardoned crook, zoomed in this week to the Commonwealth (God save it!) to talk to some of our local Republicans about the grand design of a Trump Restoration that is out there just beyond the limits of their bank accounts. From the Boston Herald (via boston.com):

Bannon told the West Roxbury Ward 20 Republican Committee during a video speech over the weekend that his new strategy is for Trump to run for Congress in 2022, get elected, and then become House speaker — assuming that Republicans also retake majority control of the House of Representatives and then rally behind Trump over the current congressman in line for the position. Then, as House speaker, Trump would move to impeach President Joe Biden over the still-unfounded and repeatedly debunked allegations of widespread voter fraud tipping the 2020 presidential election, Bannon reportedly said.

Glorioski.

“We totally get rid of Nancy Pelosi, and the first act of President Trump as speaker will be to impeach Joe Biden for his illegitimate activities of stealing the presidency,” Bannon said during the speech Saturday, earning applause and hollers from the local GOP group, known for its pro-Trump bent, according to the Herald.

Bannon was zooming at the invitation of a ward committee that has been taken over by the Trumpiest of Bay State Trumpers. Of course, Bannon wouldn’t be Bannon if he hadn’t placed a vulgar talking yam into a grand world-historical context for the assembled yahoos.

“Going forward, we can transform the Republican Party into more of a MAGA movement … just immerse the (Make America Great Again) movement with the Republican Party, and we’re going to have massive victories in the future.”

Call today. Operators are standing by.

Senator Joe Manchin waited almost an entire month before stabbing a Democratic president in the back and handing that president a defeat that he truly does not need. From NBC News:

"I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden’s public statements and tweets that were personally directed towards my colleagues on both sides of the aisle from Senator Sanders to Senator McConnell and others," Manchin said in a statement. "I believe her overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress and the next director of the Office of Management and Budget," he said. For this reason, I cannot support her nomination.”

Manchin and Kirsten Sinema of Arizona have developed an overly rosy estimate of their own importance for a while now, but this is nearly off the scale. It has nothing to do with Tanden’s qualifications for the job. Manchin presumes to speak for the ruffled feelings of Bernie Sanders, which is astonishingly arrogant of Manchin, and for those of Mitch McConnell, to whose defense no sentient Democrat should rise. But Manchin wasn’t done being full of himself yet.

"As I have said before, we must take meaningful steps to end the political division and dysfunction that pervades our politics. At a time of grave crisis, it is more important than ever that we chart a new bipartisan course that helps address the many serious challenges facing our nation."

And McConnell and the Republican congressional leadership seem fully prepared to reciprocate Manchin’s high-minded generosity. Thanks to Scott Wong of The Hill we got a look at the 2009-ish campaign the Republicans are planning to mount against the administration’s signature legislative priority—which it cleverly refers to as “Pelosi’s Payoff to Progressives Act.”

It may be possible for Joe Manchin to be more of a horse’s ass, but science has not yet found a way to do it.

Photo credit: GREG NASH - Getty Images
Photo credit: GREG NASH - Getty Images

I liked Cloned Ferrets when they were opening for Television back in 1979. From the AP:

The slinky predator named Elizabeth Ann, born Dec. 10 and announced Thursday, is cute as a button. But watch out — unlike the domestic ferret foster mom who carried her into the world, she’s wild at heart. “You might have been handling a black-footed ferret kit and then they try to take your finger off the next day,” U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service black-footed ferret recovery coordinator Pete Gober said Thursday. “She’s holding her own.”

Elizabeth Ann was born and is being raised at a Fish and Wildlife Service black-footed ferret breeding facility in Fort Collins, Colorado. She’s a genetic copy of a ferret named Willa who died in 1988 and whose remains were frozen in the early days of DNA technology.

When they reformed a few years later as Undead Ferrets, I thought their acoustic stuff was interesting, but lacked a certain fire.

John Kerry, the administration’s point man on the climate crisis, is not kidding around. From CBS News:

Kerry said we have only a few years left to avoid a climate catastrophe. "Well, the scientists told us three years ago we had 12 years to avert the worst consequences of climate crisis. We are now three years gone, so we have nine years left," he said. “That's where the Paris accord, a climate treaty dedicated to lowering greenhouse gas emissions in more than 180 countries around the world, comes in. It was named after the City of Light, where it was agreed to back in 2015. But the pledges made then by nearly every country on Earth to cut their planet-warming emissions will no longer cut it.

"Even if we did everything that we said we were going to do when we signed up in Paris we would see a rise in the Earth's temperature to somewhere around 3.7 degrees or more, which is catastrophic.”

If this week wasn’t enough to convince you that the climate has gone badly pear-shaped, well, then I wish you a good time around the pool at the Cancun Ritz-Carlton.

Weekly WWOZ Pick To Click: “That Chick’s Too Young To Fry” (Meschiya Lake): Yeah, I still pretty much love New Orleans. And happy carnival to all in NOLA!

Weekly Visit To The Pathe Archives: This past week, we celebrated the 110th anniversary of the first mail flight. Here, from 1929, is a demonstration in this country of how to collect air mail without landing your aeroplane. This looks completely terrifying. History is too cool.

Congratulations to South Carolina’s legislature for guaranteeing that all of that state’s taxpayers will be paying millions of dollars defending a completely unconstitutional law through utterly futile lawsuits. And it took a judge less than a day to slap an injunction on it. From the AP:

Judge Mary Geiger Lewis put a 14-day temporary restraining order on the law and will renew it until she can hold a more substantial hearing on March 9 on Planned Parenthood’s request that it not be enforced until the group’s lawsuit against South Carolina is resolved. Gov. Henry McMaster signed the bill into law Thursday less than an hour after it was sent to him, but the national reproductive health services organization sued even before the governor put ink to paper.

Somehow, this kind of thing never comes up when we’re talking about government waste.

Is it a good day for dinosaur news, The Guardian? It’s always a good day for dinosaur news!

A new way of calculating the dates of dinosaur fossils found in Greenland showed that these plant eaters, big bipedal sauropodomorphs, were about 215m years old, instead of as much as 228m years old as previously thought, according to a study in Monday’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. That changes how scientists think about dinosaur migration.

The earliest dinosaurs all seemed to develop first in what’s now South America about 230m years ago or longer. They then wandered north and all over the globe. The new study suggests not all dinosaurs could migrate at the same time.

This proved to be something of a dietary inconvenience to certain classes of dino.

So far, scientists haven’t found any example of the earliest plant-eating dinosaur family in the northern hemisphere that’s more than 215m years old. One of the best examples of these is the Plateosaurus, a two-legged 23ft (7-metre) vegetarian that weighed 8,800lb (4,000kg). It was on the first fossil appearances in Greenland of Plateosaurus that the new study focussed.

Yet scientists find meat-eaters were pretty much worldwide by at least 220m years ago, said Randy Irmis, a paleontologist at the University of Utah, who wasn’t part of the research. The plant eaters “were late comers in the northern hemisphere”, said study lead author Dennis Kent of Columbia University. “What took them so long?”

I don’t know, either, but imagine how happy the meat-eaters were on the day the big old plant-eaters showed up. They were very happy living then to make us happy now.

Believe it or not, on Monday, Merrick Garland actually gets a hearing in front of a Senate committee. I’ll be back and on that. Be well and play nice, ya bastids. Stay above the snake-line, wear the damn mask, and take the shots as soon as you can.

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