The Breakfast Club (Democratic Journey)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

There are two and a half days to the Inauguration of the 46th President of the United States Joseph R Biden, Jr. and Vice President Kamala Harris.

This Day in History

Soviet Union breaks WWII Leningrad siege; Robert F. Scott reaches South Pole; Boston Strangler suspect Albert de Salvo convicted.

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It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death.

Elijah Cummings

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Rant of the Week: Amber Ruffin – Black Heroes

Why Do Black People Always Have to Save America?: Week In Review | The Amber Ruffin Show

Last week, a video went viral of Capitol police office Eugene Goodman being chased up the stairs by a crowd of pro-Trump rioters during the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Goodman knew that the floor of the Senate Chamber had not been secured yet, so he *intentionally* provoked the rioters into chasing him and then led them away from the chamber, giving senators time to evacuate safely. Let’s give a round of applause to this hero in a new segment called, “Hero of the Week!”

Late Night Today

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is the only late night host with a new show on Friday nights.

The President Is Slithering Off To Mar-A-Lago But The MAGA Menace Isn’t Going Away

Our disgraced, twice-impeached president is said to be planning to slink off to his Florida estate without attending Joe Biden’s inauguration, leaving in his wake untold numbers of angry, conspiracy-fueled supporters still bent on causing destruction in his name.

Quarantinewhile… Stephen Colbert Predicted The TikTok Sea Shanty Craze

Quarantinewhile… As our host long ago predicted, 2021 has become the year of the Sea Shanty, particularly on TikTok where the old-timey songs about sailors and their travels are taking over the platform.

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”THE COOLEST VIDEO”

Beavis and Butt-head music video commentary – Mystery Science Theater 3000 for MTV

Butt-head: YOU MAY BE ABOUT TO SEE THE COOLEST VIDEO YOU HAVE EVER SEEN IN YOUR LIFE.

Butt-head: Beavis are you gonna say anything?
Beavis: NO!

Butt-head: I’m going to change the channel.
Beavis: Butt-head I’m going to tell you this once, if you touch that remote I’m going to kick your ass.

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The Breakfast Club (Always room for Jello)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club!

AP’s Today in History for January 17th

Benjamin Franklin is born; Soviet and Polish forces liberate Warsaw; Eisenhower gives his Farewell Address; Japan earthquake; Al Capone is born; Muhammad Ali is born.

Breakfast Tune Woody Guthrie – All You Fascists Bound To Lose (Quarantine Edition)

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FBI Narrows Down Identity Of Red-Faced Man Carrying Confederate Flag Through Capitol To Millions Of Americans
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Pondering the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition

Pondering the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

On Sunday mornings we present a preview of the guests on the morning talk shows so you can choose which ones to watch or some do something more worth your time on a Sunday morning.

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The Sunday Talking Heads:

This Week with George Stephanopolis: The guests on Sunday’s “This Week” are: Kate Bedingfield, Incoming White House Communications Director;
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Impeachment Manager; and Rep. Peter Meijer, (R- MI).

The roundtable guests are: Former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ); former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D??); Sara Fagen, Republican Strategist; and Karen Finney, Democratic Strategist.

Face the Nation: Host Margaret Brennan’s guests are: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA); Dr. Rochelle Walensky, incoming CDC Director; Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV); St. Paul, MN Mayor Melvin Carter (D); Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA Commissioner; and Anthony Salvanto, journalist.

Meet the Press with Chuck Todd: The guests on this week’s “MTP” are: Dr. Anthony Fauci; Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ); Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC); and Pete Williams, MSNBC contributor.

The panel guests are: Rich Lowry, editor of National Review; former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO); and Kristen Welker, NBC News White House correspondent.

State of the Union with Jake Tapper: Mr. Tapper’s guests are: Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Impeachment manager; Ronald Klain, President-elect Joe Biden’s Chief of Staff; Lt. Gen. (ret.) H.R. McMaster, former National Security Advisor; and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).

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Horsepower: James Watt and the Transition from Horse to Steam

How much power is there in a horsepower, where does the term come from, and how did it become the most common way of talking about the power of a car engine? In fact the history of horsepower begins in the 18th century, and with a man whose name has become synonymous with a measurement of power – James Watt. It is history that deserves to be remembered.

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The Breakfast Club (Preservation Of The Future)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

There are four and a half days until the Inauguration of the 46th President of the United States Joeph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President Kamala Harris.

This Day in History

Start of Operation Desert Storm; Space Shuttle Columbia lifts off; Prohibition takes effect ; Shah of Iran flees into exile; musical “Hello Dolly” opens.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future.

Dian Fossey

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Late Night Today

Late Night Today is for those folks who can’t resist the call of an early bedtime but still need a good chuckle and some satirical perspective to end their day.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

Former Presidents Really Got A Kick Out Of The Current President’s Second Impeachment

The impeachment really got the portraits jumping out of their frames

As Joe Biden’s Inauguration Approaches, The Fascist Threat Is Growing

President-elect Biden won’t be taking his beloved Amtrak train to his inauguration next week because of the clear and present threat posed by violent extremists inspired by the outgoing president.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah:

From Starbucks to Roseanne: Discrimination in America

Kens, Karens, and Roseanne. Here’s a look at discrimination in America.

late Night with Seth Meyers:

After Second Impeachment, Trump Begins Moving Out of White House: A Closer Look

Seth takes a closer look at a twice-impeached Trump turning against some of his closest allies as his White House gets packed up.

Jimmy Kimmel Live:

Trump is Almost Gone

Moving trucks showed up outside the White House marking the current administration’s final week in office, Trump reportedly did not want to denounce the violence following last week’s attacks, Rudy Giuliani is on the outs and Trump is insisting on personally approving reimbursements for his travel expenses, Lindsey Graham is fighting back against the House’s impeachment ruling, new Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has plans to impeach Joe Biden before he even starts, major corporations have been releasing statements condemning violence in Washington after a can of Axe Body Spray was found at the site of the invasion, and this week in Unnecessary Censorship.

The Late, Late Show with James Corden:

Trump Is Giving Rudy the Ol’ Stiff!

James Corden kicks off the show excited to share he’s going somewhat off the grid with a new, old cell phone (no email, web, keyboard) — and the gang takes bets on how long he will last with it. And James dives into the headlines, including reports that an isolated and angry President Donald Trump is cutting lawyer Rudy Giuliani out of the picture, Donld Trump Jr. and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle moving to Florida and Dodger Stadium becoming a massive COVID-19 vaccination site.

Pondering the Pundits

Pondering the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news media and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

Thanks to ek hornbeck, click on the link and you can access all the past “Pondering the Pundits”.

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Paul Krugman: Four Rules That Should Guide Bidenomics

Basically, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.

Here we go again. For the second time in 12 years a newly elected Democratic president is inheriting an economy in deep distress. And while it’s hard to focus on such things after last week’s Trumpist putsch, a lot depends on whether Joe Biden’s plan to deal with our economic woes is effective.

The narrow Democratic margin in Congress means that the most ambitious progressive goals will have to be put on hold. But the rescue package Biden unveiled Thursday already indicates he won’t exhibit the excessive caution that inhibited President Barack Obama’s response to economic crisis.

Still, in case anyone on the Biden team is feeling cautious, let me offer four rules, based on hard experience, that should encourage them to be bold in dealing with the mess we’re in.

Eugene Robinson: The Republicans are out of time to repudiate Trump’s election lies

If they don’t reaffirm the integrity of the election, the country may never recover.

President Trump is impeached yet again, disgraced yet again, soon to slink away in shame. But he leaves a poison trail behind him as he departs, an insidious Big Lie about “voter fraud” that gravely threatens our democracy. The Republican Party he leads is out of time to repudiate that lie. If its members fail to act now, they may never extricate themselves, or their country, from it. [..]

The biggest problem facing the nation now is not what to do with Trump, who will soon become yesterday’s news. The crisis is that more than 70 percent of Republican voters believe — falsely — that there was some kind of widespread fraud in the election. The essence of democracy is accepting both victory and loss as legitimate outcomes.

A GOP that internalizes and retains Trump’s conspiratorial worldview is not a political party. It is a dangerous cult. Elected officials who have cynically — or cravenly — gone along with that cult’s lies will not find it easy to reverse course.

Much more important than whether Trump is convicted in his coming trial is whether Republicans level with their constituents and tell them that Trump is lying.

If Republicans won’t — or can’t — tell the truth about the November election, they are no longer participants in our democracy. They are its enemies.

Amanda Marcotte: Republicans threaten violence if Trump faces repercussions — but it was impunity that moved his mob

Trump and his mob believe they’ll never pay the piper

There is no way to defend Donald Trump’s behavior last week, when, after pouring gasoline for months, he lit a match and set the insurrection fire. And, by and large, Republicans aren’t even trying. Instead, the Republican arguments against impeaching the president for a second time largely cite “concerns” — or what might be better described as threats — that any effort to hold Trump accountable for his behavior may anger an already angry mob, leading to more violence. [..]

Of course, Trump lost the Nov. 3 election to Joe Biden by 74 electoral votes, the exact number he won by in 2016. Yet his team continues to amplify the foundational lie that lead to last week’s violent desecration of the U.S. Capitol. In addition, multiple Republicans have spent the days since whining about Trump being “canceled,” callously acting as if the loss of his Twitter account is the real crime while ignoring the ones he incited, like beating a cop to death with a fire extinguisher during a treacherous riot.

The flaws in this let-the-terrorists win argument should be immediately evident.

For one thing, Trump supporters already violently tried to overthrow the government — not because Trump was being impeached, but because they reject the results of a democratic election and believe Trump should be illegally installed as an authoritarian leader.

Karen Tumulty: Trump’s stench will cling to Republicans long after he’s gone

The 45th president leaves Republicans at a hinge point on his way out the door.

Donald John Trump now bears the distinction of being the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

Unlike the first time, this was a bipartisan congressional rebuke. Ten Republicans — including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who ranks third in the GOP House leadership — joined 222 Democrats in voting to impeach.

But Trump is unlikely to pay any price beyond political humiliation. Although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) let it be known, through a tactical leak to the New York Times, that he thinks Trump’s impeachment was warranted, McConnell does not plan to reconvene the upper chamber to conduct a trial in the week before Trump’s term expires.

The constitutional grounds for holding an unprecedented trial after Trump leaves office are questionable, as former federal appeals court judge J. Michael Luttig argued in a Post op-ed this week.

The wisdom of doing so is even more questionable. Such a politically fraught exercise could undermine Joe Biden’s ability to successfully launch his presidency amid a convergence of challenges: the covid-19 pandemic, a ravaged economy, a racial reckoning and frayed U.S. relationships with international allies.

Even more than it was 13 months ago, the case for removing Trump from office was utterly clear.

This time, lawmakers were not asked to adjudicate conflicting accounts of a private phone call with a foreign leader. The evidence here was what they had seen and heard with their own eyes and ears just a week earlier.

Michelle Goldberg: Trump’s Inevitable End

Has the reckoning come too late?

The House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment report quotes, at length, the speech that Donald Trump gave to his devotees on Jan. 6 before many of them stormed the Capitol, baying for execution. [..]

Trump now becomes the first president in American history to be impeached twice. Half of all presidential impeachments since the Republic began have been impeachments of Trump. This latest impeachment is different than the first, and not just because it was bipartisan. It culminates a week in which Trump has finally faced the broad social pariahdom he’s always deserved.

When a mob incited by the president ransacked the Capitol, killing one policeman and pummeling others, it also tore down a veil. Suddenly, all but the most fanatical partisans admitted that Trump was exactly who his fiercest critics have always said he was.

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The Breakfast Club (Impeached Again, Naturally)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

There are five and a half days left until the Inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Vice President Kamala Harris.

This Day in History

Martin Luther King, Junior born; Richard Nixon suspends U.S. offensive in Vietnam; Queen Elizabeth the First crowned; Work completed on Pentagon; first Super Bowl takes place.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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