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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Called it

Regular readers, if there are any, know that I take a childish delight in crowing about my predictive powers, so it should come as no surprise that I’m going to do it again. Shortly after the Las Vegas shooting I made a few observations, the last of which was this one: Observation number three: Inasmuch […]

Breaking news

So, according to CNN, Mueller is about to file charges against yet unnamed criminals. My wife says the word is that the first to be charged are rumored to be Manafort, Flynn and Kushner, and let me be far from the first to say that it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys. Maybe […]

Res Ipsa Loquitor

“Res Ipsa Loquitor” is one of those legal doctrines we learn about in law school, but never or, hardly ever, run into in the real world. This explanation from Wikipedia will do: In the common law of torts, res ipsa loquitur (Latin for “the thing speaks for itself”) is a doctrine that infers negligence from […]


According to the New York Times, the Republicans are fearful that they won’t be able to get the numbers to add up to avoid making the tax deform bill subject to the filibuster: President Trump said on Monday that he would oppose any effort to reduce the amount of pretax income that American workers can […]

Nothing new under the sun

I’m currently reading a book, Three Stones Make a Wall, by an archaeologist named Eric Cline. It’s basically a history of archaeology, and would otherwise be of no interest on a political blog, except that he passes on some information that shows that there’s nothing new under the sun, and that the Karl Rove’s of […]

Liar in Chief

One of the truly amazing things about Trump’s rise is not that he did it by lying, but he did it while being such a crappy liar. This one this morning is just amazing: President Donald Trump on Sunday continued to deny Rep. Frederica Wilson’s (D-FL) account of his call to the widow of a […]

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 […]

A common disease of the right

Every once in a while I read something that makes me feel good, because I can honestly say I got there first, and when I see such a thing I feel I owe it to me reader or readers to point this out. Case in point, these observations from Josh Marshall regarding Trump: Going on […]

The DCCC is fully capable of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

I wish I could say that the folks at Down with Tyranny are a bit over the top, since they are constantly railing against the Democratic Establishment. Unfortunately, they always seem to be right, particularly about the DCCC: Following up on today’s long early morning post about how badly the GOP is screwing up 2018 […]

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.