#PiDay open thread

#PiDay open thread

Well, well, well, well. Today promises to be chock full of newsy catastrophes.

First off, Roger Stone learns his fate today. Will Judge Amy Jackson remand the miscreant to a cell in Rikers for the duration of his trial because he just can’t keep his trap shut? Will she take pity on the sexagenarian? Will Ted tell Doug that he’s ascended to a different plane of consciousness? (Extra points to those who can figure out that reference.)

Meanwhile, across the Pond, the Brits keep making a hash of things. Today’s vote is on extending the Brexit deadline. It will pass, but the final decision is in the hands of the European Union. This is what’s so ironic about this entire Brexit debacle: its proponents put it forth as the best chance to wrest control back from faceless European bureaucrats. Instead, even if Brexit does squeak by, the fact is that if the UK wants to trade with Europe, it will have to adhere to European standards, and do so with no say-so in those standards. Far from taking back control of its fate, Britain will be at the mercy of trading giants who can impose their sets of standards on it. All that a deal will do is lessen the pain somewhat. But the UK has hosed itself mightily.

Beto O’Rourke has announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. The vetting has already begun, as an article he wrote supporting Tim Ryan for minority leader over Nancy Pelosi has resurfaced. At the moment I have no opinion on Beto’s candidacy. Let a thousand flowers bloom, and so forth. But he, like everyone else, should be subjected to a thorough vetting process. And if he shivs Bernie Sanders, all the better.

What else is going on?



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