So now it’s President* Biden

…emphasis on the asterisk

Story (CNN)

Biden’s Inauguration* Day

…but since there were two launches this morning, let’s watch those, instead

Electron launch (NZ)
(nice onboard visuals)

Falcon9 launch (FL)
(also cool onboards and 8th landing)

Paranoia or simple jackassery?

Story (Plane)
Story (Loyalty checks)

Hits the ground running…

…relations with our traditional ally and biggest trading partner into the ground

Story (Keystone XL pipeline)

Built it with Zippers

Title cultural ref (Twelve-O’clock High @1:31:15)

Will Refugees Head South?

Story (Obrador)

Cognitive Dissonance

did that old man just call me simple?!??

Multiracial Whiteness

Ya…. Ponder that for a minute.

Got it?
Me neither.

[quotes from here as the article is behind a paywall. Funny, that. One would think they'd want to share such ...depth for all to see.]

I call this phenomenon multiracial whiteness — the promise that they, too, can lay claim to the politics of aggression, exclusion and domination.”

…Multiracial whiteness reflects an understanding of whiteness as a political color and not simply a racial identity — a discriminatory worldview in which feelings of freedom and belonging are produced through the persecution and dehumanization of others.


oh, the IRON

[Paywalled] [JoBiden told his staffers] “Pick up your phone, call your mother, read her what you just told me. If she understands, we can keep talking.”

Must be at least a few redneck angels

Not sure of the theological implications of beer in Heaven,
so I’ll go with the traditional view

Playground Rules

No Take-Backs :: No Cooties

US takes back its assertion that Capitol rioters wanted to ‘capture and assassinate’ officials

Justice Department prosecutors have formally walked back their assertion in a court filing that said Capitol rioters sought to “capture and assassinate elected officials.”

“Walked back” seems to sound so much nicer than “took it back,” yet it means the same thing.

A federal prosecutor in Arizona asked a magistrate judge in a hearing on Friday to strike the line in a recent court filing about defendant Jacob Anthony Chansley, a man who is alleged to have led some in the crowd in the first wave into the Capitol with a bullhorn while carrying a spear and wearing a fur headdress.

So they asserted in a brief filed with an actual court that people intended to “capture and assassinate elected officials,” which seems to be a pretty big charge. Capturing and killing people — elected people — right out of the Capitol building: that’s kind of a big deal. Not the kind of thing one might make up out of whole cloth, not in when it’s being filed with an actual, real court. That seems the kind of thing that someone might wanna have some, yanno, actual evidence to support — some actual, concrete, definite kind of evidence in hand — before waving it around in public.

But maybe that all is just White Rational Supremacist Logyk™ or some such… wait… “carrying a spear and wearing a fur headdress.” Ya. Now we’re back on the playground. …or ComiCon.

The entire line the prosecutors want to omit from their court filing is: “Strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States Government.”

…Michael Sherwin, the acting US attorney in Washington, DC, said at a press conference there was “no direct evidence of kill and capture teams”

So, the whole thing about “strong evidence”… not so much, eh?

And whence came their investigatory information, their “strong evidence,“, if you will? From the much lauded, insufficiently derided outfit, run from 1924 – 1972 by a fella who wore a dress, back when that meant something? The same outfit that bugged the hotel rooms of MLKjr, Bobby and Jack Kennedy among others. The same outfit that, decades later and led by a mystic type who poses for fotos in forests, bugged a POTUS candidate at the direction of the current administration? That upright outfit?

nah. More White Supremacist Logykkk™

“We do not want to mislead the court by discussing the strength of any specific evidence

Stuff that’s Hard to Do (Virgin LauncherOne, first time to orbit)

More’n one way to skin this cat,
if you have a good slide-rule

External View

Onboard Camera
Falcon9 scheduled for tomorrow
Electron scheduled for Wednesday
Might even get another Starship flight later this week (iffy)
SLS core engine test shut down early (cause unreported yet)
Yup, easily entertained by engineering, fire, and speed. What’s not to like?