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Category Archives: Dysfunction

A few thoughts about Michael Cohen

Donald Trump’s fixer lawyer has admitted that he paid porn star Stormy Daniels for her silence during the presidential campaign: Cohen stated: “Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly. The payment to Ms. Clifford […]

Just a small number of states

A few thoughts on this: A top official at the Department of Homeland Security confirmed on Wednesday that Russia did indeed “successfully” hack voting rolls in a small number of states. NBC writes: In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, said she couldn’t […]

Truly unbelievable

This is the picture from an ad for Dove Soap. One would love to know the backstory of how this ever saw the light of day. One must also wonder if the models were aware of how these pictures would be used.

Can’t make this stuff up

Just thought I’d pass this on. If you ever get into an argument with a gun nut, which I don’t recommend, ask them to justify this: There’s no telling how many guns we have in America—and when one gets used in a crime, no way for the cops to connect it to its owner. The […]

Yet another modest proposal

There is evidence of widespread hacking of the voter databases in the months prior to the election, and on Election Day. It is impossible to say this had no effect on the outcome of the election, and it appears increasingly likely that Russian interference did, in fact, tip the scales the tiny bit necessary to […]

Still plenty the matter with Kansas

Sam Brownback, as most people know, has turned Kansas into the poster child for Republican governance. He, along with a likeminded Republican legislature, has implemented all the Koch brothers policies to the fullest, and has practically destroyed the state in the process. You might say he is giving the country a preview of what we […]

Excuse my cynicism

I wish I could agree with this article, which argues that Michael Flynn has retroactively registered as a foreign agent in order to set himself up for leniency when Trump and Pence are investigated. It still begs the question of why Michael Flynn is suddenly doing this. By registering now as a foreign agent, he’s […]

A bit of a quandary

I think it was only a day or two after the election that I started to hear predictions that Trump would not serve out his term. At first, I dismissed the notion out of hand. He was a valuable commodity to the Republicans; on his watch, they could do whatever they liked so long as […]

It’s a fact free, fact free, fact free world

The Trumpers may have brought the world of alternative facts to fruition, but that doesn’t mean it started with them. Over the course of the last six months or so I’ve noticed a new type of spam in my office in-box. During that time you would be amazed at the number of awards that I […]

Yet some more modest proposals

Some Democrats are making pretty good noises about opposing the right wing horror show that is Gorsuch. I think it is Jeff Merkley who is pointing out that it is a stolen seat, and that’s a good line, but I’d suggest something along these lines. With one voice (ha ha, Democrats never speak with one […]