Of course, I can't think of anything that has less overlap than the world of sports and that of pop music. Some musicians work out a lot, and obviously, athletes listen to music. But there's not many songs about sports (except maybe surfing), and the ones that there are suck. (Even New Order was brought down trying to write a song about the World Cup.) So I imagine we won't be doing a sports theme for my own sanity at Panda Party, but you should come over and hang out anyway. Meanwhile, here's one of the few good songs that's kind of about sports I could think of.
Republican efforts to deflect from their authoritarianism and insurrection by arguing Democrats are actually worse was dealt a major blow in a new Washington Post column by former George W. Bush advisor Michael Gerson.
"The dreams of conservatives are currently troubled by 'wokeness' and critical race theory. As with most nightmares, there is a grain of truth within such terrors," he wrote. "In contrast, the nightmares of progressives are currently dominated by the growth of right-wing authoritarianism and fascism. In these fears, there is more than a grain of truth."
"Large elements of the American populist right mythologize the nation's past rather than face its failures. They dismiss real news as fake and embrace obvious propaganda. They are anti-intellectual to the point of denying lifesaving scientific truths. They fear diversity and target racial, ethnic and religious minorities for resentment. They cultivate a sense of victimhood by warning of arrogant elites and vast conspiracies. These are not isolated ailments; they are the textbook symptoms of a fascist political infection," he explained.
Reality matters in comparing each side's fears.
"In comparing the right's fear of extreme critical race theory and the left's fear of fascism, it is not really useful to ask which horror would be worse if implemented. Both ideologies are ultimately at war with liberal democracy — the pursuit of a common good, the practice of incremental reform, the cultivation of social trust and the acceptance of democratic outcomes. But it is crucial to ask which nightmare is currently most likely to be implemented. And here there is no question," he wrote. "Only one of these nightmares has taken over a major political party, which is in the process of purging all dissent. Only one of these delusions is the governing vision of a former president who just might be president again. Only one of these developments has turned the backbones of the minority leader of the House, the minority leader of the Senate and almost every other Republican leader into gelatinous goo. Only one of these ideologies produced a crowd that sacked the U.S. Capitol and threatened violence against political leaders. Only one of these movements is working in state legislatures across the country to make electoral systems more vulnerable to manipulation and mob rule."
"Right-wing authoritarianism is the force that could undo the American system. In a contest of nightmares, it is not even a contest," Gerson concluded.
Read the full column.
Ted Cruz once mocked California for being forced to conserve energy during a heatwave — now Texas must
A tweet mocking California is now coming back to haunt Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). In 2020, as millions of Americans were sitting at home during the COVID-19 lockdowns, California was forced to do rolling blackouts to keep the power grid going.
Cruz mocked California saying that they couldn't perform the basic functions of civilization.
California is now unable to perform even basic functions of civilization, like having reliable electricity. Biden… https://t.co/SlulELAle0— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1597857608.0
As Vox reporter Aaron Rupar pointed out, that's not a good look for Cruz in 2021 as his state is now suffering from the same problems California had.
Over 100 people were killed in Texas when the private power grid failed during a severe winter storm. Now as summer is getting started in the state, Texas is facing another power problem.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is now begging the state to cut down as much power usage as they can this week, just as California did last year.
"A significant number of forced generation outages combined with potential record electric use for the month of June has resulted in tight grid conditions," ERCOT said in a statement.
ERCOT's vice president called it "unusual" for this early in the summer for "so many units" to be "out of service."
See the screen capture of the statement below:
As part of his report on Mike Lindell's weekend "MAGA Frank" rally held in New Richmond, Wisconsin over the weekend, Rolling Stone's Stephen Rodrick said down with the MyPillow CEO who predicted a massive flip in votes should he get his wish to audit every state's presidential election results.
Describing the weekend rally as "one part far-right cosplay party featuring a series of wacky and deluded characters who hold no elective office. The other part is f*cking scary, the beforementioned hucksters hold dangerous sway over a party that in the not so distant past had presidential standard bearers named Romney and McCain," Rodrick admitted Lindell invited him to visit to talk about the past election.
With Lindell taking time out from the rally's festivities to talk about his quest to see Trump rightfully installed back in the Oval Office, Rodrick notes that Lindell seemed highly "caffeinated" when they got together -- with the Donald Trump supporter jumping from topic to topic while making the case the election was stolen.
As Rodrick wrote, "The pillow salesmen was always a Trump election truther but, according to him, it was the January 9th arrival of a trove of never really explained data that convinced Lindell — if not anyone else — that his pal was getting robbed."
"Everybody brought me everything," explained Lindell, before elaborating. "I was the last hub in the wheel, the last voice for America. All I did was put in millions of dollars to validate it." Behind Lindell, Charlotte's Web plays on a screen. It's the scene where the rat scurries around collecting treasure and garbage. "I've said it before, if I knew this had happened in reverse and Trump got put in I'd still be sounding the alarm."
Continuing in that vein, Rodrick adds, "Lindell explains that it was the Chinese Community Party that was behind the hacks. But it is never explicitly explained how in any of his videos. His latest is 'Absolute 9-0', a reference to the fact he believes the Supreme Court will unanimously reinstate Trump as president after they see his not-disclosed information."
Asked to explain, Lindell responded, "There was 147 million were registered to vote. OK, Biden got 80 million and Trump got 75 million. That's ten million extra voters" with Rodrick noting, "In fact, over 213 million American were registered to vote, Lindell was off by just a bit, aka 66 million. He then mentions that 1.7 million Pennsylvanians requested mail-in ballots while the election count shows hundreds of thousands more, proving more fraud. In reality, Pennsylvanians requested over 3 million mail-in ballots."
"Trump won 80 million to 68 million," Lindell said (a 19 million vote swing, the Rolling Stone writer helpfully added) before continuing, "Six months from now, Trump will be our real president and our country will be heading toward its greatest rebirth in history."
As for the Capitol insurrection that followed a Trump "Stop the Steal " rally, the MyPillow CEO suggested reports on it were overblown.
"What are you talking about? Number one, I've never even watched footage of that. But in my opinion it was a setup. I've been to over 50 rallies a year. There has never been one incident. And you don't think it was a setup? Gimme a break," he explained.
Rodrick went on to add that Lindell seems to be working with "El Ex Presidente" adding, "Lindell and his squad are fighting a two-front war remarkably similar to Trump's own doomed crusade: vote fraud and Big Tech traitors."
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