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Manchin To Earth: Drop Dead

Posted on: October 17, 2021

Hello Widdershins!

Another week, more shenanigans from Sinenchin. AZ Senator who caucuses with Democrats went to fundraise in Europe while steadfastly insisting the filibuster is saving democracy and Manchin finally drew one red line on what he is willing to support: transitioning from coal to sustainable energy. We all thought Manchin objected to the cost of Biden’s BBB bill, but that ain’t it. It’s the pretty cheap part of the bill that transitions his state from coal. Manchin can’t have that. Coal must flow!!!! Even though it is a tiny part of the state’s industry (Arby’s employs more people than the coal industry). But Manchin looooooves coal. So.

Also Bernie Sanders released a blistering statement criticizing how the media is obsessed with the price tag of the bill, while the public has no idea what’s in the bill. Bernie is right (someone check hell, it must be freezing.) The press only talks about the $3.5 trillion price tag and the negotiations. They barely mention what’s actually in the bill. Naturally this sent the press (people like Magga Haberman!) into a tail spin of “This isn’t our fault, it’s your fault! It’s never our fault!” social media posts. Fact check: It is the media’s fault. 3.5 trillion % the media’s fault. The same media still insists their coverage of 2016 election was perfect. But I keep going back to Harvard’s Shorenstein Media Center’s study that ABC, NBC & CBS Nightly News shows – the most watched news programs in the country – spent 100 mins of 2016 discussing Hillary’s email. 30 mins discussing all political issues combined. And 0 of those minutes were on climate change. And yet, the media continues to insist their coverage is above criticism. Trump was right about one thing, if for the wrong reasons: media is the enemy of the people.

70 Responses to "Manchin To Earth: Drop Dead"

Excellent post D! And OMG, la-t-da stopped by! I’m so happy to see you, La. Please come back and tell us how you are!!

BTW I am also reading Our Girl’s “State of Terror.” Beata, you were the one who told me about her co-author, Louise Penny, many years ago. I have read all the Inspector Gamache novels since then.

Love the timesaving name. We needed that! Even better maybe: Sin’n’chin? Sinchin?

So unkind to Manchin, though, since I’m sure he wants to be first. Manema? Ooh, I know, Menema. AKA what they finally used to get rid of him.

(Have I mentioned that I hate these people?)

The media also fails to mention that the Build Back Better reconciliation package is $3.5 trillion over 10 years. Math was never my best subject but I believe that is just $350 billion per year for monumental life-changing (and life-saving) legislation that will benefit our country for generations to come. Gee, it kinda makes one think that the corporate-owned media doesn’t want the American people to have nice things, doesn’t it? They want all the nice things for themselves. Maggots.

Betcha I hate Manchinema more than you do, Q!

I absolutely loathe them and spend a considerable amount of time wondering how Karma is going to get them. It can’t happen soon enough. Instant Karma would be ideal.

@4 Beata, exactly. Scary numbers. No content. No mention of (finally) getting dental care. No mention that it would cost about $2.90 per person per day. No mention that the cost gets paid by tax-dodging billionaires!

So many misses on the media’s part can’t be by accident.

Honestly, re the instant karma. >(

Karma can’t get Manchin. He would be replaced by a Rethug. Sinema on the other hand…

Arby’s employs more people than the coal industry

*boggle* So crazy!

about $2.90 per person per day. No mention that the cost gets paid by tax-dodging billionaires!

Don’t know whether to cry or run out into the street screaming. Or rather, into the halls of the Senate building screaming (where I’d get arrested). My state’s senators are intelligent, but Sinmanchin and the Rethugs are parasitic greedheads.

@11, DYB, I almost came here to post that same tweet! What an amazing creature. Looks like it stepped out of Sesame Street.

Bill left the hospital today:

@14, Good news!

Great news about Bill!! He looks good. And that stork. I’m speechless!


Former secretary of state Colin L. Powell died Monday morning from complications related to covid-19. Powell’s disease resulted from a breakthrough infection; he was fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. But instead of demonstrating that the vaccine isn’t 100 percent effective in preventing death, which was known, his death better serves to show the need to tamp down on coronavirus cases more broadly to help protect those most at risk.

That group included Powell. He was 84 years old when he died, well into the elderly age group that has been most ravaged by the virus. He had also been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, which can reduce the body’s ability to fight infections.

The Shoebill stork is really cute, right out of Sesame Street.

So happy Bill is out of the hospital and had our girl at his side.
I love these two people, so much.

Manchin is waaaay out of date.

Sadly, it’s not like Manchin cares. He gets megabucks from coal investments. That’s it. That’s all. Somebody needs to give him a billion dollars of Apple stock or something (it’d be cheap, considering what warming is costing) and then he’d devote himself to pushing giga-tech-factories in WV instead of coal.

Such a horrible, horrible, horrible smear of garbage human he is.

Wow, Colin Powell died. I’m glad I stopped by here to get the news!

And double ugh!!

There’s not a single poll that shows Youngkin ahead. Yet the Beltway narrative on the Virginia race is that it’s “neck and neck.” If that were true I’d expect to see at least one poll where Youngkin is AHEAD.

Prediction: McAuliffe wins comfortably. Just like Northam did.!

@24: The WH needs to tell Schmuckhin that he, his wife Gayle and their daughter Heather are going to be doing a perp walk over multiple big-time illegalities that happened at Mylan Pharmaceuticals while Heather was CEO there. Time to play some hardball with this POS.

@26. Yes. I’ve been thinking that for months. Both of the Sinechins are so crooked they make corkscrews look straight. The method would work on Pharma’s handmaid too!

Co-sign, Beata and Quixote!

Sen. Manchin, who’s going to be taking care of the kids while their mother or father is off working in order so s/he can qualify for the child tax credit? Ya going to pass a bill for free child care? (spit)

The people of West Virginia are suffering. They are dying deaths of despair. But Joe Manchin doesn’t want them to be “entitled” to child care, dental and vision care, elder care, clean air and water or a better life through education. No, he thinks his own people are “lazy”. They just need to work harder. Meanwhile, he sits on his yacht, partying with his billionaire donors and his Republican friends, raking in the dirty money.

Logan Halstead from Boone County, West Virginia:

I have many ancestors from West Virginia. I’m the direct descendant of several who fought for the Union Army in the Civil War. One of my great-great grandfathers reenlisted in the Union infantry three times. He fought for the Union in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, Chattanooga and Atlanta. He was with his Union regiment at Appomattox when Lee surrendered.

My West Virginia ancestors also worked in the coal mines. They built the railroads and canals. They raised their families. My grandmother was the 13th of 14 children. She started working in a factory when she was 15 years old. It was there she met my grandfather. He was also a factory worker. He was 17 years old. They were both loyal labor union members. All of their extended families were Democrats. Later, when my grandparents were living in California, their daughter (my aunt) was elected to the California State legislature as a Democrat, where she served for several terms. She died a few years ago.

I am proud of my West Virginia roots.

The people of West Virginia deserve better than Joe Manchin.

Beata, thanks for sharing your West Virginia history. It is terrible the way government policies have hollowed out so many of the services and support people need to lift themselves out of poverty. This has mostly come to pass because of Republican obstructionism and evil, but there are some Dems like Manchin who also buy into their ideas.

I hope that what Joe Biden and the Dems ultimately pass will begin to heal some of the deep, structural harm these policies have wrought, and build back some trust in government again. We really screwed ourselves in 2016 and it will take many years to move past it.

What a fascinating family history, Beata. You could just about write a US history book told through the lens of your family and it wouldn’t leave much out!

@33 Made me see a WeRateDogs reply. “Sorry. We only rate dogs. Please don’t send pictures of platypus.”

What breed is that? Newfoundland dog?

That dog is WOWWWWW!

Check this out…

@34: I figure I could write a US history based on my family. I have three Mayflower ancestors. Two signers of the Declaration of Independence. One signer of the Constitution. So many colonial ancestors, I can’t even remember them all. At least two dozen Revolutionary War veterans. I could join “First Families” societies of Massachusetts, Maine, New York, Delaware, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Also West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. My ancestors were among the first white settlers of all these colonies, territories and states. They came from England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, France, and Germany. They were Puritans, Quakers, Anglicans, Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, Catholics, Huguenots and Jews. I also have Native American ancestry. Over the many generations, my family settled across the country from New England to California. Truth be told, I always thought it was kind of boring. I wanted an Ellis Island story or two but I don’t have any!

@33: That darling puppy might make a nice sofa for my cat.

This is another great term related to Manchin.

@37, Beata, Wow!

We were much later than Ellis Island. (We were pretty much in the last groups of immigrants who still stepped off a boat. 1950s) Otherwise I’d volunteer as your family’s friend who contributed the immigrant chapter 😆

Wow Beata, what amazing heritage you have and you must have some great stories. I only wish I knew more about my relatives.
Tell us some stories…

My mom was born in Michigan and so was her mom. My grandmother on my mom’s side came from Ireland, I haven’t found out where, but it’s the Catholic side, and those ancestors settled in Eastern and the North Eastern part of the US and Canada. As far as I know, they came about the turn of the century.

My dad’s side of the family came from Italy, my grandfather was an artist and he and my grandmother and 6 children were brought to America to create art, statues for the World’s fair in 1915. All of his outdoor statues have been preserved at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Most are on the top of the Palace and inside.
When they came to America, they did go through Ellis Island, and when the flu epidemic hit America, 5 of their 6 children died. As time went on, their family grew to 13 surviving children that lived to adulthood. (18 children all together, ouch!)

Shadow, your grandfather must have been an extremely talented artist! I’m going to look online to see if I can find pictures of his work. I would love to see them.

As for your mother’s side of the family, you should be able to find out where they came from in Ireland and when they arrived in the US or Canada. There are lots of Irish genealogy resources online. Do you know their full names (maiden names are important) and approximate birth dates?

An online genealogy site I like is called “Find a Grave”. It’s free.

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to say this week that people can get coronavirus vaccine booster shots that are different from their initial doses, according to two federal officials familiar with the situation.
The data showed that while recipients of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine may benefit from a second dose of the original, they may derive even greater protection if the boost comes from a different vaccine technology. The study showed that a second shot using the Moderna vaccine triggered the biggest boost of virus-neutralizing antibodies in Johnson & Johnson recipients, resulting in a 76-fold increase in antibody levels. A Pfizer booster increased antibody levels 35-fold. A matching Johnson & Johnson booster triggered only a fourfold increase.

That dog! Puppies that will grow into large dogs always have such oversized feet! The camera angle makes them seem bigger, too. Is it a Neapolitan Mastiff? They can get up to 150 lbs. Yikes! Not sure I’d want a dog who weight that much more than me.

Beata, you really should write a story about the people in your heritage! You could have chapters for each person, with a story about an important event they lived through, or just what it was like to live in that era and that particular part of the country.

My mother’s parents were Polish/Russian and I think came in just before WWI. She didn’t talk about it much. Some of my father’s ancestors fought in the American Revolutionary War, which apparently made me eligible for Daughters of the American Revolution membership — my mother was after me to join, but even when young I thought it wasn’t anything special. But to my mother it was important. She refused to teach me Russian because this was the USA and one should only speak English; speaking a foreign language was un-American and made you an object of ridicule. I understand why she felt this way, but I still would have like to have learned a 2nd language when young.

Another cute critter! Though no, I don’t want to adopt one.

Those stratovolcanoes are terribly powerful.

Love the cute little pig and the tweet about Margaret Knight. Sadly, not an uncommon story.

Sinema is getting a lot of pushback on her obstructionism. Maybe this will start getting through to her.

Get ’em Nancy!

People’s willingness to believe bullshit is astounding!

A couple died of covid, leaving five children behind. A relative says people called their deaths ‘fake news.’

OMG Luna!

I was saying to hubby last night, I get that Facebook is evil and can force you down rabbit holes of fake news. But no one is forcing you to look at that screen all day. If they would just speak to their friends and relatives they would know that Covid is real and the vaccines and masks work.

It’s super scary that people won’t even believe it when their family members die.

Meanwhile, I found this cute story about otters….

About the BS people will believe, I see only one thing that might help, and there’s no way to apply it. (I know. I’m such an optimist.)

At this point it’s clear. In the aggregate there are always some people who are so desperate to feel smart, they’ll believe any dumb stuff that makes them feel that way.

Combine with the general human tendency to avoid admitting being wrong.

Result is swathes of fools acting on nonsense. The only way to avoid it is not to allow utter BS to be broadcast to begin with. Which would require a redefinition of what’s covered under free speech. It has to exclude utter BS.

Utter BS = pranking theater-goers by yelling “fire!” I can even imagine a way of deciding what is utter BS by some cousin of a system related to peer review. (Not by the government!) What I can’t imagine is enough people admitting they were wrong to let lies be covered by free speech to begin with.

@57, MB, what a wonderful story about the otters returning to Singapore! Love how their prime minister speaks that humans can learn to live with the otters. Also noted this:

The city has since implemented an ambitious plan to interweave green and urban ­areas, including creating wildlife corridors so that every resident will live within a 10-minute walk of a park by 2030.

Wish this could be done in every city.

@41, Shadow,

All of his outdoor statues have been preserved at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

Wow. Next time I can visit there (some indefinite post-covid time in the future) I will eagerly look for them.

@59 – totally agree! Wouldn’t that be wonderful.

And Shadow, forgot to respond about the Palace of Fine Arts. I’ve been there a couple of times, and have no doubt marveled at his statues! What a great story.

It’s the otters. I tell you it is the otters.

Sorry it took me so long to get back. I am getting old now and as the older folks say, “some days are better than others.”

Got some items gifted to me from Saint Louis University Special Archives Library. I know for all that know me best this will be hard to believe, and I do not mean this in a blaspheming way at all, but found out that I am part Saint. I know hard to believe.

Rose Philippine Duchesne was with one of my paternal grandmothers at the time of her death before Mother Reverend Rose became Saint Rose. I will be trying to process this for the rest of my life.

Anyway. My dad’s side was Acadian. What has sometimes been called the 14th Colony.

I had one ancestor survive the Duke William “…was a ship which served as a troop transport at the Siege of Louisbourg and as a deportation ship in the Île Saint-Jean Campaign of the Expulsion of the Acadians”. And another ancestor survive seven years imprisonment in Bristol England (he was only seven I think when he was deported from Nova Scotia.)

I knew my mom’s side was of French Huguenot variety, but part of my venture turned up that my dad’s side had a long lineage of Sacred Heart Order Nuns and Jesuit Priest. Crazy right?

Beata, Luna and MB, thank you for your kind thoughts about my gramps artwork. If you have been to the Palace of Fine Arts and looked up at the statues on the tops of the buildings and the rotunda, you have seen his statues, and if you saw a big angel inside the building, that was made by him too. I am very proud of his talents and wish I could remember him, but he and my grandmother died when a was a baby.

Beata, I will have to keep trying with my Irish ancestors, but I do not hove their names or birthdates beyond my great grandparents.

Thoughts and prayers.

Luna, that may be the greatest news I’ve ever heard in my life. Thank you for posting! Karma is the God I worship. Karma and Elephants.

Hahahaha on the “thoughts and prayers”! I loved that. 🙂

Great post, DYB! I would say more but busy with shhhh – “stuff”.

“Cuddle Party”

La, it is so great to see you. That is amazing about your ancestry. And Shadow, I definitely saw your grandpa’s statues! You have every reason to be proud.

I am an Ellis Island girl on one side of the family. My mom’s side came through from Russia/Ukraine and settled in Brooklyn for a while. They ended up in Southern California. My dad’s side came from Germany into St. Louis, and made their way over to Piedmont/Oakland in Northern California.

New post coming shortly!

I think just about everyone has a connection to Brooklyn in some way! My mother was originally from Brooklyn. When my husband and I visited NYC a few years ago, we went to see my mother’s family’s old house. It is a brownstone on East 56th Street. It still looks surprisingly like the pictures I have of it when my mother lived there so long ago.

Amazing, Beata! My mom was born in Brooklyn, but my grandparents moved her out to California when she was about 6 months old. My grandma still sounded a bit like a Brooklynite even when I knew her.

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