Tuesday Twitter roundup

Not bad for the first day of filing:

But that does leave 55 House seats to push for in the next 15 days. Roll up your sleeves.

That's a no-brainer. He's sensitive about it because his "leadership" has been either non-existent or purposely counterproductive. The illusion of competency he's been able to maintain for years might get washed away if the majority of voters figured out what he's really been doing all this time.

That's "passed" the point. It's a verb, past participle. See what I did there? I made fun of you, and then used the word "past" properly. Okay, now I feel like an elitist asshole....

Now that's a helluva lineup right there, Joel. Your positions will either a) Confirm a lot of the misgivings we've had, or b) Bring you back into the fold of those who really care about folks. You know what you need to do.

Bring it...

I've got two words for you pal, and they aren't "good luck":

Seriously, you can't not fall in love with Erica. After talking with her for like twenty minutes, that little (tiny) voice of wisdom in my head said, "Dude, you need to let her go so other people can meet her." So I only kept her for about 6-7 minutes after that. I can be like a black hole when it comes to conversations, so it's best to avoid my event horizon...

You know, I've always thought that house was a big hot mess, but it seems even moreso now. Like its occupant, it seems to be striving for heights and grandeur it's just not structurally capable of supporting.

Talk about shaping the narrative:

On the night of Nov. 18, Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was found dying on the side of an interstate in West Texas. There were immediate signs it had been an accident. Martinez’s partner, Stephen Garland (who suffered a head injury and doesn’t recall the incident), had radioed for help, saying he thought he ran into a culvert.

But President Trump and his allies saw an opportunity to whip up anti-immigrant fervor. At a Cabinet meeting Nov. 20, Trump announced, with cameras rolling, that “we lost a Border Patrol officer just yesterday, and another one was brutally beaten and badly, badly hurt. . . . We’re going to have the wall.” He also issued a similar tweet. And then there was Fox News, reporting that “a border patrol agent was brutally murdered” and going with the headline “Border Patrol agent appeared to be ambushed by illegal immigrants, bashed with rocks before death.” Fox News host Tucker Carlson reported that Martinez was “attacked at the border in the most gruesome possible way.”

The FBI swung into action, mobilizing 37 field offices, and this week it announced its findings. Although the investigation “has not conclusively determined” what happened, “none of the more than 650 interviews completed, locations searched, or evidence collected and analyzed have produced evidence that would support the existence of a scuffle, altercation, or attack on November 18, 2017.” There was reason to be skeptical early on in that case. Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carrillo, one of the first responders on the scene, told The Post shortly after the incident that he doubted it was an attack. He has speculated that it was a fall, or that the two were accidentally sideswiped by a tractor-trailer.

But that didn’t fit Trump’s narrative about murderous immigrants. Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it.

This is what happens when the leader of the country (used to be "free world" also, but we've lost that high ground) is also the biggest liar in said country. Economics might not trickle down, but lies fall like acid rain, contaminating the soil so that truth can't take root.

It's worse than you think:

“The President’s long-awaited $1.5 trillion plan rolled out on Monday had already been widely criticized for including a mere $200 billion in actual federal money — and a lot of wishful thinking about leveraging vast amounts of state and local revenue.

But the plan’s proposal to gut the normal environmental review process and quickly push through projects without adequate vetting is disastrous. Worsening deluges, sea level rise, extended droughts, and ever hotter temperatures will test even the most carefully designed projects. But it will likely ruin the least carefully designed ones.

‘The impact of not considering climate change when planning infrastructure means you end up building the wrong thing, in the wrong place, to the wrong standards,’ as urban planning and climate expert Michael Kuby told the New York Times. ‘That’s a whole lot of waste.’

Federal cuts since the GOP took over Congress eight years ago, and state cuts here in NC that happened shortly after that, have already strained the budgets of County and City municipal entities to make up the difference. There's no way in hell more than a handful of state/local entities are going to be able, much less willing, to throw in an 80% "share" in the cost of infrastructure projects. But Donald Trump is so used to tricking other people to pay for his reckless schemes he'll never understand why this infrastructure thing died before the ambulance made it to the Emergency Room.

On that pointless note, here's your Onion:

Yes, it's disgusting. Do they come in value packs yet?

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Zeros...

...gonna zero.

Yeah, he's a real weiner

Not the worst of the bunch on the ncpol feed, but he's up there in the top five for floating right-wing conspiracy theories that even young children would be skeptical of.