Lullaby and good night

I have never needed one (quite the opposite), but if you’re trying to sell a sleeping aid, you need a soothing voice. That’s why our jingle of the day is the soporific, calming, crooning couplet that was all over TV in the ’60s and ’70s:

Take Sominex tonight and sleep,
Safe and restful sleep, sleep, sleep …

I actually preferred the bouncier, more upbeat line of a rival product,

Nytol will help you get your Z’s!

–during which the two tablets posed in front of the bottle would do a quarter-turn, so the N’s etched into the pills would turn to Z’s.

My problem, as I said, is not falling asleep but waking up, my attitude toward which matches the matchless Nero Wolfe’s sidekick Archie Goodwin’s:

I would appreciate it if they would call a halt on all their devoted efforts to find a way to abolish war or eliminate disease or run trains with atoms or extend the span of human life to a couple of centuries, and everybody concentrate for a while on how to wake me up in the morning without my resenting it. It may be that a bevy of beautiful maidens in pure silk yellow very sheer gowns, barefooted, singing ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Morning’ and scattering rose petals over me would do the trick, but I’d have to try it.

To hell with them (party before country division)

Stunning new numbers from the Quinnipiac poll today, with Donald Trump plunging to a new low. American voters disapprove 61 to 33 percent of the job he is doing; say 54 to 26 percent that they are embarrassed to have him as president; say 57 to 40 percent that they believe he is abusing the powers of his office and 60 to 36 percent that he believes himself above the law.

71 percent say Trump is not levelheaded; 62 percent that he is not honest; 59 percent that he does not care about average Americans; 63 percent that he does not share their values.

By 58 to 37 percent, American voters believe Trump “has attempted to derail or obstruct the investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election,” something 63 percent believe did occur.

So to hell with whom? Those scum Republicans, who approve of his performance 76 to 17 percent, and who–61 to 30 percent–don’t believe that the Russian government interfered in our elections in 2016. If Ebola had an (R) after it, they would vote for Ebola.

I see you shiver with antici …

Political Animal reports that people in the Pentagon felt nine minutes of consternation this morning. Note the timing of the tweets below (presented as block quotes, since I will not follow or link to the author):

8:55 am
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow …

9:04 am
Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.

The (not “his”) generals and other military personnel, you see, couldn’t be sure that the cretin-in-chief wasn’t using Twitter to announce a military strike against North Korea or some other response to provocation. Oops! Way to keep the U.S. military in suspense!

As for the transgender ban? Cruel and stupid red meat thrown to the yahoos and likely to be smacked down by the courts, but that’s all he ever has to offer. Anybody want to rate the patriotism and bravery of America’s thousands of transgender servicepersons against that of the V.D. Vietnam dodger?

Mark your calendars

Comic book movie fans squealed with delight today as new trailers for Justice League and Thor: Ragnarok came out of Comic-Con. I squealed louder still as Eon Productions announced that James Bond will return to U.S. cinemas on November 8, 2019. Bond 25, which will open in the U.K. and elsewhere before hitting the States, will be written by returning scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. No word yet on the movie’s cast and director, including whether or not Daniel Craig will let himself be per$uaded to appear for a fifth time as 007. I hope he does, and I hope the flick follows his pattern of odd-numbered highs and even-numbered lows–his debut Casino Royale outshines the following Quantum of Solace, as the sensational reboot Skyfall tops the most recent Spectre.

Update: The Times says Craig will be back.

To hell with them

Incredible fact from Public Policy Polling: More than half of Trump voters do not believe that Donald Trump, Jr., met with Russians, despite both Junior’s and Dad’s statements in writing that he did. Think about that when you read the nine millionth article about “How can Democrats [grovel and debase themselves trying to] attract Trump voters?” News flash: They can’t, and they shouldn’t try.

The Rude Pundit‘s language is, as always, rude on the subject, but right: “This is the newest wrinkle in the genre: What do stupid people think about something they don’t understand at all?”

So we’re treated on an almost daily basis to articles and stories about Trump voters and what they think about some issue and whether or not Trump’s evil, batshit incompetence is enough for them to bail on the Orange King. Every single one of these stories is the same: Here are some assholes who voted for Trump. Let’s treat them with reverence, as if they have hard-won wisdom because they shovel shit or work at Wal-Mart. Let’s tell them about all the fuckery that Donald Trump has been up to and see what they think. Oh, look, they don’t give a shit because he still hates the Mooslems and Messicans. And what might change their minds about Trumpochet? “I don’t know what he would have to do…I guess maybe kill someone. Just in cold blood.”

That’s an actual quote from an actual person in a Tennesseean article on Wayne County, Tennessee, an almost entirely white rural area with less people than my neighborhood…

Every single person who voted for Donald Trump knowingly and deliberately voted for a racist, corrupt, lying, unqualified, un-American thug. By all means let’s promote good, fair policies that will happen to benefit them, unlike the cruel, pluto- and kleptocratic policies of the fat cats who rule the GOP, but to think that the Democratic Party should try to court these people is obscene.

This time, I’m going to get Lara past those damn wolves

I finally installed some games on my new Core i7-7700HQ / GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Lenovo Legion Y520 gaming laptop (L.A. Noire, Tomb Raider, and Rise of the Tomb Raider), so blogging may be light for a few days. With luck I’ll finish the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot game before the 2018 reboot movie, with Alicia Vikander stepping into Angelina Jolie’s shoes, comes out. GameSpot quotes director Roar Uthaug as saying he hopes to capture some of the feel of the game:

“I think making Lara Croft feel like a real human being, that’s definitely something we want to bring to the big screen as well. I think we’ll want to make people relate to Lara as a character. I’m hoping to bring some of my Norwegian sensibilities to the franchise.”

Swell. Get ready to see a melancholy Lara Croft sitting on a rock chewing on lefse and lutefisk.

The pro-discrimination league

Tengrain notes that being classified as a hate group in 2016 by the Southern Poverty Law Center didn’t stop the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) from hosting Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, that racist gnome who happens to be Attorney General of the United States, for an address in which he promised that “We don’t serve your kind” will soon be the law of the land. Please don’t retire, Justice Kennedy.