VP Debate Takeaway: the GOP Would Like You To Shut Up

I’m on vacation this week, so my irregular posting is even more irregular than usual. But apparently, instead of light holiday fare or scary Halloween movies, my family wanted to watch the Vice Presidential debate, of all things, so I tagged along, despite having no real interest. The Vice Presidency, as John “Cactus Jack” Garner  once remarked, isn’t worth a bucket of warm spit. But...

Vote Blue, Part II

I wan to follow up on my post below. Because if it sounds like I’m bitter and hopeless, well, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong for thinking that, Bitter, definitely. Hopeless…not yet. Not quite yet. Hopelessness comes from feeling as if it doesn’t matter what you do, because nothing is going to change. My last post about the federal minimum wage not having changed since 2009, while...

Vote Blue

Just for informational purposes, the United States' federal minimum wage was $7.25 in 2009. And 2010. And 2011. And 2012. And 2013. And 2014. And 2015. And 2016. And 2017. And 2018. And 2019. For comparison, here is what a civilized nation just did: Voters in Geneva, Switzerland, have agreed to introduce a minimum wage in the canton that is the equivalent of $25 an hour So, it's 2020, another in...

Bold, Transformative…Biden?

Tis the season of pumpkin spice lattes and political overload. So if you’re not paying attention to all the donation spam in your inboxes right now - or you’ve actually set up a filter to send email with the words “donate,” “urgent,” “election” or the like straight to the trash, then maybe you missed getting an email like the one I just got direct from the Biden campaign. It’s...

The Court, The Election, The Future…and the Problem

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a loss unimaginable in scope, yet at the same time, unfortunately all-too-predictable. Ginsburg was clearly relentlessly battling recurring cancer, and it was only a matter of time. Enough so that many of the “life of…” stories were already written, just waiting for the word to come down to be published. So I will not even attempt what many others have...

The Playing Field

So, apparently Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is releasing vulnerable Republicans to "distance" themselves from Trump. I've already seen this breathlessly tweeted a few times this morning, and yes, it's encouraging. But as Winston Wolf put it in Pulp Fiction, let's not start celebrating too early. McConnell is one of the worst things to happen to American democracy maybe ever, but he...

The Shadow

Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow ~ T. S. Eliot, “The Hollow Men" No American could have watched the past weeks’ tributes to John Lewis and been unmoved. The man’s entire life, right up to his astonishing final words, which he wrote in the hospital knowing he was dying and told his lawyers to release four hours before his funeral, are indeed...

DHS Turn Out To Be The Secret Police? Who Knew?

I mean, other than anyone who’s studied the history of secret police forces or simply did a rigorous threat modeling of what was likely to go wrong with the kind of powers and mission given to the Department of Homeland Security. Which apparently does not include the most liberal Senator of recent years (and, obviously, more timorous and less liberal Democratic Senators). From the “well,...

The Problem, In One Tweet

This one.  Maybe - maybe - you could make an argument that the reason this failed is due to the messenger. That Bernie Sanders’ name has become toxic in the Democratic establishment to such a degree that even good, commonsense legislation he proposes is defeated, when the same thing proposed by anyone else might very well have passed. If you think that, however, take a look back at...