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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.

It’s not entirely apropos, but the above quote from Shakespeare popped into my mind when I read this: With a tie vote in a closely watched case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed a series of voting restrictions in North Carolina to remain blocked ahead of November’s elections. The court handed down an order denying […]

Hillary’s debate prep

I must admit that I had the same reaction as Atrios when I read this in the New York Times: Hillary Clinton’s advisers are talking to Donald J. Trump’s ghostwriter of “The Art of the Deal,” seeking insights about Mr. Trump’s deepest insecurities as they devise strategies to needle and undermine him in four weeks […]

Today’s Euphemism: the alt-right

I don’t know where the term “alt-right” originated, but it masks the reality, like so many right wing buzzwords. “Pro-life”, “ethic cleansing”, “school choice”, “job creators”, and “death tax” come to mind. When a new word is substituted for the tried and true, it hides the reality, because it is free of the associations that […]

I’m flattered, but…

One thing you can say for our Republican State Rep, John Scott: He may or may not be voting for Donald Trump, but like the Donald, he can’t stop himself from replying to any tweet or Facebook post that targets him, even when most people with an ounce of sense would see an advantage in […]

A curious thing

Democrats keep saying that voter fraud is extremely rare, but that statement is not quite true. There apparently is a lot of voter fraud, committed mainly by people who are convinced that voting fraud by “those people” is rampant. Latest case in point: Donald Trump’s new presidential campaign chief is registered to vote in a […]

Those were the days

It’s easy to forget that it wasn’t that long ago that the United States of America was capable of rational environmental action. But it was, and though it gets little attention, we are reaping the benefits of our past rationality: It’s the beginning of the end for the Antarctic ozone hole. A new analysis shows […]

Trump’s future?

This got me thinking when I read it: Minutes ago Conor Friedersdorf published a piece in The Atlantic speculating that when the Trumpanzee loses his consolation prize may be a whole new right wing media juggernaut, “that challenges Fox News for supremacy on the right across all platforms.” Even discounting Mercer, he wrote that “If […]

Giuliani explains

By now, everyone who has access to the Internet knows that Rudy “9/11, 24-7” Giuliani recently said this: “Under those eight years before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States,” Giuliani said. Now, looking at it logically, there are three possible reasons why Giuliani might have […]

I just got an email

I have been getting lots of emails from the DNC, “begging” me for money, totally confused about why I have not responded to pleas from a galaxy of Democratic stars. My primary reason for not giving to the DNC is that it still has not removed the stench left by the recent exit of Debbie […]

If this captain goes down, he’ll take the ship with him

This is delicious: More than 120 Republicans have drafted a letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, begging him to cut off Trump. “Given the catastrophic impact that Donald Trump’s losing presidential campaign will have on down-ballot Senate and House races, we urge you to immediately suspend all discretionary RNC support for Trump and focus the […]