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Category Archives: Creeping Totalitarianism

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 […]

Everything put together, sooner or later falls apart

I’m slowly unwinding from the fetal position, but it’s still the case that I wake with a jolt every day when I realize that the unthinkable has happened. I’m under orders from my better half not to be too doom-and-gloomy, so I won’t burden this blog, at least right now, with specific predictions. But, I’ve […]

The Greatest Country on Earth

This sort of says it all: Over the last 30 years, local and state governments increased how much they spend on putting people in jail three times more than how much they spend on educating students, according to a new analysis by the Department of Education. The department examined corrections spending and education spending data […]

Truly loathsome

It’s a given that the Republican Party is chock full of loathsome politicians. In fact, it’s hard to find one that’s not loathsome. But we shouldn’t forget that we have our share of them too.

Half right at the Economist

Over at Down with Tyranny, I had the chance to read something of the Economist’s reasoning for calling Donald Trump a global threat. Don’t get me wrong, he is truly a threat, but their list gives away a lot of what the fear of the Establishment is all about. While we’re worried about living in […]

Thank you, Canada 

Or, more accurately, thank you TransCanada: TransCanada has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration and plans to file a claim under the North American Free Trade Agreement over the U.S. government’s rejection of the company’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The company said Wednesday it has filed a notice of intent to initiate the NAFTA claim on […]

Shoot first and ask questions later

This is truly a sick country.