Art and Music Friday on Econbrowser

Billionaire Crow and the acolytes (it’s apparently not a photo, but a piece of photorealism):

Source: ProPublica.

History according to Donald Trump:

“Our army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rockets’ red glare, it had nothing but victory,”

Source: Terry Australis

I also wanted to share Great Moments in Fascist Opera, No 1: “National Emergency”, but apparently the vimeo link is down. If someone has an active link, please send.

11 thoughts on “Art and Music Friday on Econbrowser

  1. Moses Herzog

    Trump discussing Abraham Lincoln: “Most people don’t even know he was a Republican. Right? Does anyone know? A lot of people don’t know that.”

    Looks like that military academy and Fordham University education really payed off.

  2. Macroduck

    The Constitution states that Supreme Court justices “shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour”, (Article III, section 1), but removal from office requires impeachment and a guilty verdict. Seems unlikely. It has only happened once, in 1805.

    However, the only legal immunity enjoyed by court justices is against law suits involving their actions on the bench. If Thomas has broken any law, he can be prosecuted.

    Members of Congress, as I recall, cannot be arrested while Congress is in session. The Supreme Court ruled that President Clinton had to face civil charges during his presidency because doing so wouldn’t interfere with his presidential duties. Idiots. I don’t know whether the question of temporary immunity has been tested with regard to members of the judiciary. I assume it has, because a bunch of state an county judges have been hauled off in bracelets.

    1. 2slugbaits

      Well, Clarence Thomas did perjure himself during his confirmation hearings. Under oath he explicitly denied ever seeing the porno movies mentioned by Anita Hill and insisted that he never rented porn. Some months later a few energetic reporters decided to visit local video stores (yes kids, back in the day you rented VHS cassettes from brick-and-mortar stores) and they found that Clarence Thomas was a regular consumer of porn. So the creep lied under oath.

      1. Moses Herzog

        @ 2slugbaits
        Thought you and pgl might get a kick out of these couple tweets. Should be the first two tweets after the link jump (the 2nd tweet a reply to the 1st tweet).

        The reason being, the analogy in Segal’s reply hit the crux of the issue dead on target. People seem to think that Clarence Thomas has a “right” to take “personal” gifts. It’s absurd on the face of it~~nonetheless, people seem to have a hard time grasping how slimy and mucus-like gross Thomas’s actions are. Like this is worse than talking porn with an office colleague.

  3. Moses Herzog

    We’ve had a lot of discussion about laws in Tennessee lately. Here’s a story related to Tennessee laws, also by ProPublica. Some people say ProPublica is a national treasure. I’m inclined to agree. If you’re a woman who silently reads Econbrowser (only Karen James apparently has the guts to partake in comments) and you want to know what Republicans think about your right to breathe in this world, I would say reading this story about Mayron Hollis is “must read” material.

    1. Moses Herzog

      This makes me think of Norman Rockwell, who my Depression era father got me into (my Dad was 46 when I was born). Yeah I guess you could ferret out they were paintings, but some of them really did look like photos. I think Rockwell is SOOOO underrated now and semi-forgotten, because he never went for the snob crowd. He was always shooting to tell the common man’s story. There’s few things that can show you the “innocence” (and yes some portions of America then still had an innocent look towards life) of that era as good as a Rockwell painting.

  4. pgl

    Paul Krugman on the Putin invasion of Ukraine and natural gas prices:

    Putin’s plan to weaponize the natural gas market has so far been a failure, and Russia is merely an imitation of a global superpower, according to Nobel laureate Paul Krugman.
    In an op-ed for the New York Times on Thursday, Krugman pointed to Russia’s efforts to slash its natural gas supplies from global markets, a move that sparked chaos in energy markets last year. In particular, Europe was said to be at major risk of tipping into an energy crisis this winter, with electricity prices notching an all-time high after Russian gas flows were halted on the key Nord Stream 1 pipeline. But Russia’s attempt to hit back at sanctions has largely flopped, Krugman said, as Europe got through last winter just fine. EU nations built up an impressive stockpile of natural gas that went largely unused amid warmer temperatures, and the eurozone avoided a financial catastrophe, managing high inflation without spiking unemployment.

    Oh my – expect Putin poodle JohnH to attack Krugman on this issue!

  5. JohnH

    If Krugman actually said that “Russia’s efforts to slash its natural gas supplies from global markets, [was] a move that sparked chaos in energy markets last year?”

    Fact is, “Russia boosts LNG exports to Europe by 20% in 2022 – Refinitiv.”

    Europeans seem to absolutely love paying a higher price for their energy!

    And, truth be told, it was the US and EU were determined to weaponize natural gas by boycotting Russian gas: “The U.S. and European Union announced a new task force on Friday [March 25] aimed entirely at reducing Europe’s reliance on Russian gas in the face of Moscow’s war on Ukraine. The initiative unveiled in Brussels by President Joe Biden and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen will see the U.S. work with partners to strive to supply Europe with an extra 15 billion cubic meters of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, this year alone, they said.” At that point Russia was still happy to supply Europe with as much pipeline gas as it wanted…and continued delivering lots of gas to Europe for months after that.

    Does anyone fact check Krugman?

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