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Category Archives: Creeping Totalitarianism

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 […]

True intentions

I just read this on Daily Kos: For perhaps the first time, the national punditry and the White House’s team of white nationalists can both agree on something: they’re both bubblingly pleased with last night’s Donald Trump speech. … White House aide Sebastian Gorka, who at Trump’s inaugural ball wore a Hungarian military medal associated […]

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 […]

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 […]

Always look on the bright side of life

We may be going down for the count, but at least a lot of us are fighting back. The demonstrations protesting Trump’s recent act of cruelty are one small sign of hope. I don’t think there was anything like this when Hitler took over, so we are at least one up on the Germans. Someone, […]

Truthiness rampant

More than a hundred years ago, an Indiana legislator introduced a bill, the purpose of which was to establish a formula for squaring the circle by legislative fiat. The bill came close to passing, but ultimately failed. But the idea that you can establish a fact by a consensus of the ignorant apparently lives on. […]

We really can’t complain

A friend sent me this link, to an opinion piece in the Boston Globe that makes the obvious point that we have been “hacking” election for years, so we really don’t have much right to be outraged by what the Russians may have done. Some of our politicians tell us we are a Christian country, […]

Book Plug and a bit more

My younger son (the Professor) gave me a book for Christmas, This Vast Southern Empire, written by Matthew Karp, a friend of his. I haven’t finished it, but if you’re a history buff I can certainly recommend it. It shines a light on a portion of our history that I, for one, had never given […]

Cassandras at the Times

Krugman has it right on the nose this morning, making the obvious historical comparisons to the not quite Republic of Rome: And what happens to the republic as a result? Famously, on paper the transformation of Rome from republic to empire never happened. Officially, imperial Rome was still ruled by a Senate that just happened […]

Ten years too late

Sometimes late is not better than never, and this may be one of those times: A panel of three federal judges said on Monday that the Wisconsin Legislature’s 2011 redrawing of State Assembly districts to favor Republicans was an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander, the first such ruling in three decades of pitched legal battles over the […]