#97 – Master-Baiting
An episode of Lewis Black’s Rantcast
The dark prince of distraction and chaos had a day in court this week, and for once one of the crony judges the former leader appointed did his bidding. In a ruling that has been nearly universally derided by legal experts across the political spectrum, the panoply of classified and not classified documents the former president stole from the people’s house will be examined by a special master to determine their importance. All of this is of course an unnecessary delaying tactic designed to prevent the American people from getting a full understanding of what was taken and what has disappeared. What was in those empty folders? Inquiring minds and Federal prosecutors would like to know. The news media has become engulfed in this story and is reporting it with the same horserace analysis that they will proffer to the upcoming election season. It’s all a giant sporting event to them, unconcerned as they are that the consequence of the next election might make it the last election of any consequence.
The real story is that the weather has yet again taken on biblical proportions with rains, flooding, fire, and heat straight out of the Book of Genesis. The new New Testament will have to add “zombie ice”. Meanwhile the water in Jackson MS is undrinkable, mostly due to a history of underfunding the city’s potable water infrastructure. The GOP Senate campaigns have managed to blow through nearly $200 million in donations this cycle, yet somehow there’s no money to get drinkable water in the state capital of Mississippi, a state controlled by Republicans.
There was some good news this week as your host had a lovely birthday, celebrated with friends and some Rantcast recording. It’s nice to feel the love, but each birthday is also a reminder of all the parts that need replacing. And as the seasons turn, it’s time for Lewis to focus on some of the things most important to him: the new set for his upcoming tour and his fantasy football team. Not necessarily in that order.
And a happy Labor Day for all of you who are on the worker side of the late capitalist dystopia we are inhabiting. Now get back to work.
The rants this week cover a range of subjects from the personal to the household to the international. Plus some advice about how to deal with the in-laws.
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