#deleteUBER: When we use them we directly support anti-competitive and unconstitutional behavior.
Uber is a douchebag company run by douchebags. I first realized this when I learned of their willingness to play really, really dirty with competitors.
Uber employees allegedly posed as customers ordered and then canceled rides from Lyft, decreasing Lyft drivers’ availability, wasting time and gas, and possibly sending real customers to Uber instead. Lyft told CNNMoney in August that 177 Uber employees—contractors armed with a burner phone and a credit card—ordered and canceled more than 5,000 rides.
Donald belongs in therapy, not the White House. Republican failure to deal with the problem has implications for its future well being.
I’d like you to read this set of characteristics.
- Glibness and Superficial Charm
- Manipulative and Conning
They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.
- Grandiose Sense of Self
Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”
- Pathological Lying Read more
I don’t know how I can survive.
Donald has been president for six days now. 1,455 to go.
In the weeks leading up to the inauguration there was all kinds of speculation as to what we might expect. Was Trump serious about his promises? (Maybe not, since he seemed to be admitting that he lied all over the place.) Was he – the gods forbid – speaking literally about all the crazy things he said he’d do? (Many people – including a lot, if not most Republicans – seemed to think he was serious, but not literal. Whatever that means.)
It’s been six days, and now we know. He was serious. He was literal. And open war has been declared on: Read more
I know I said I’d never write another poem, but how often do you get to collaborate with a Pulitzer winner?
Portrait: Paul Szep
It’s not about facts. It’s not about reason. It’s about a caricature of the enemy. And you’re the enemy.
Our friend Jennie just shared this one: How to Culture Jam a Populist in Four Easy Steps. It walks through several really important bits of advice and concludes thusly:
But if you want to be part of the solution, the road ahead is clear: Recognize you’re the enemy they need; Read more
Bottom line: almost ALL Americans vote against their best interests.
For years progressives have been hammering conservatives – specifically social conservatives – who “vote against their own interests.” As in, poor working people who vote for the wealthy GOP interests that are the reason they’re poor, and whose policies insure they will remain that way. I have certainly been among this crowd – I remember wondering back in the 1992 election what the fuck could be wrong with Arkansas Bush I voters, for instance. They concluded that Dubya’s Daddy was the sort of guy “they’d like to have a beer with.” Somehow a Northeastern blueblood Skull & Boneser who’d been born with a silver spoon up his ass was more “one of them” than, you know, the guy who was actually born in the trailer park down the road.
It was irrational, it was self-defeating, and it was stupid beyond all imagining. Read more
S&R’s Lisa Wright participated in yesterday’s Seneca Falls Women’s March and sent back a remarkable catalogue of photos. Those weren’t all she shot, though. This morning we invite you to review the rest of the set over at Lisa’s Instagram site.
Women’s March on Washington – Seneca Falls, NY
These truths we hold to be self-evident…
– Samhain 1991
In this dry land
crickets fear to chirp
for waste of moisture.
Rattlers bleach their bones,
listless in the summer scald.
I don't want to say too much
for fear of being misconstrued
for fear of being understood all too clearly
so here's your warning – Read more
What’s the longest an NFL GM has lasted without winning a playoff game, anyway?
In case you missed it, the Green Bay Packers executed a miracle yesterday to get golf season started for the #1 seeded Dallas Cowboys.
In the 1995-6 season Troy Aikman led America’s Team® to a 27-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. In the 21 seasons since that glorious day in Tempe, the Cowboys have: Read more
I recently spent an hour or two at The Gardens in Highlands Ranch, not far from where I live. It was wonderful.
I already posted a couple shots from this outing – Ring in the New Year and Medusas. Here’s the rest of the set.
I’m packing for our long march through the coming winter storm. This seems essential.
Today’s press conference makes clear why the American press must stand up and be reckoned with.
Have a quick look at today’s national disgrace.
No, not Trump, although he is certainly every inch a disgrace. Read more
You have the right to speak. You have no right not to be disagreed with.
Let’s start with a brief quiz.
Bob says X. Fred says no, X is wrong. Has Fred:
a) infringed Bob’s free speech rights, or
b) engaged in free speech the way the Framers intended?
Answer below, in case you don’t understand how freedom works.
This isn’t a big deal, really, but I saw something this morning that reminded me just how little Americans understand liberty. So I thought I’d offer a brief refresher for those who slept through Civics class. Read more
The only thing worse than the willfully ignorant is the legion of apologists enabling them.
Since the election – before, really – we’ve heard a lot of talk about how all those urban liberal elites need to stop being so arrogant and start listening to very real concerns of real Americans in rural flyover values America.
We have more recently begun to see some informed pushback against this
silliness self-serving rhetorical engineering masquerading as good-faith socio-political analysis. Now we’ve hit the daily double, though.
First, our friend Otherwise passed along a righteous rant from a very frustrated Melinda Byerley, CMO of TimeShare. Have a quick look. Read more