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Category Archives: Politics

An unspeakably bad idea

If Camilo Casas is elected to city council in Boulder, Colorado, this November, he doesn’t plan to make any decisions himself. If he wins, Casas will instead give up his vote to Parti.Vote, a “liquid democracy” app he built to change how government functions. This is how it will work: If more than 50 percent […]

Sean freaks out

So, what does this mean: Amid new rounds of reporting about the breadth of information being sought from current and former White House officials by Robert Mueller, the special counsel now probing possible ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, political reporter and Axios co-founder Mike Allen suggests that a potential “honey pot” of […]

On Second Thought

I was reading this post at Hullabaloo about the oft debunked claim (which nonethless never dies) that businessmen make good politicians, and I said to myself: “I’ve written about this at one point”. So, I looked for it, and found it here. Re-reading your old stuff can sometimes be embarrassing, but sometimes it can be […]

No one could have predicted…

Today’s Times has a lengthy article about the extent to which Iran is now calling the shots in Iraq. I confess, I haven’t read every word, but I couldn’t find any mention of the fact that many of the opponents of the Iraq war (a war for which the Times beat the drums) predicted just […]

Friday night rant

For a variety of reasons, I haven’t blogged for quite a while, and I realize that the world is a poorer place as a result. So, back in the game for a few minutes at least. This week the Democrats lost two special elections, and the losses perfectly illustrate the problems we’re going to have […]

Election blues

I think it’s safe to say that I get fairly anxious before most presidential elections; 2012 being the only recent exception, since Obama’s reelection was a near certainty. But this year I’m in an especially pronounced fetal position, a position I’m sure a lot of other folks have assumed. At the time, I considered George […]

The Great Debate

By any reasonable measure, Hillary “won” the debate yesterday. My general sense is that while the mainstream media wanted to give it to Donald, they’ve been restrained by the reactions of ordinary people. The Donald was not a pleasant person to look at last night, and Hillary must have been a bit creeped out as […]

Miracles do happen

As I said in a recent post, I did not intend to watch the debate, and I didn’t. However, my wife did, and while she very considerately removed her Ipad and herself to another room while she watched, I couldn’t help overhear some of it in real time. My own impression was that she was […]

It’s the year 2000 all over again

It’s hardly a new observation to make, but it’s a fact that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Part of the problem, I suppose, is that those who live through history die off, and are replaced by people who think, for some reason, that things are now different. They […]

Free speech in Connecticut

I did not hear about this when the issue arose in 2014: Republican Party Chairman JR Romano said he called the State Elections Enforcement Commission earlier this week to make sure Democratic lawmakers running for re-election know the rules about using a candidate for another office in their campaign materials. Just in case some of […]