Threading The Needle

UPDATED AND POSTED, JANUARY 24. The following was written on December 31, 2020, and for reasons I can’t honestly remember, I appear to have put it on hold after I wrote it. Not sure whether I just wanted to “polish” what you see below, or if I thought I had more to add (?). Frankly I forgot I even had this, so it was more than a little surprising to read it today. I am publishing it now in...

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...

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 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...

Here We Go, Ready or Not

I’ve been seeing an uptick in “Hillary warned us” memes like this one lately, and I have to say: they’re not the ace card some people seem to think they are. I agree Hillary Clinton had a clear-eyed assessment of how bad a Trump presidency would be. But here’s the thing: so did a lot of us. https://twitter.com/kimksavesworld/status/1284815480910422017 The fact that these keep getting...

Coronavirus INCREASES Anti-Vaccine Sentiment? ?

This morning brought this article from The Washington Post, Prospect of a coronavirus vaccine unites anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists and hippie moms in Germany and I have to admit it wasn’t the first similarly-themed article I’d read. Yes, this is Germany and not the USA, but if anything, that makes reading an article like this even more confounding. My understanding of Germany’s...

Rapide!

In a book I once read of the slogans spray-painted around Paris during the May 1968 worker-student uprisings of the time, sprinkled amongst the more-famous quotes (“Be realistic: demand the impossible” or “under the paving stones, the beach”) the one that stuck with me the most read, simply, “Quick!”  I loved it because it meant the anonymous author understood the moment he or she...

John Oliver – The Jon Stewart We Should Have Had

I've had pretty mixed feelings since news broke of Jon Stewart's planned departure from the Daily Show broke earlier this month. In the dark days of the Bush years, when it seemed the FOX News-style of right-wing, propagandistic infotainment was ascendant right along with America's newly-rediscovered bloodthirstiness and appetite for overseas tomfoolery, Jon Stewart (along with Keith Olbermann)...

The Jim Hoft Gateway To Bullshit

Jim Hoft (Gateway Pundit) is often cited as "The Dumbest Man On The Internet." Not without reason, either. In his role as one of the right wing's most-loyal attack dogs, Hoft has put forth numerous ludicrously false posts, ranging from claiming that the closed-captioning on an Obama speech was actually instructions to the speech's audience to laugh, applaud, etc, to being suckered into...

Judgment Day Coming To Kansas?

Are the chickens going to be coming home to roost in Kansas this fall? A new SurveyUSA poll suggests it's a strong possibility: Brownback is fighting for his life. Democratic challengers Paul Davis and Jill Docking today lead the former U.S. Senator and current Governor, 47% to 41%. 1 in 4 registered Republicans today defects and votes for the Davis/Docking Democratic ticket. By contrast,...