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...

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,...

F*** – And I Cannot Stress This Enough – Trump

For so many things, but today, particularly for his abject failure and inability to lead on the pandemic that continues to ravage our country even as other countries are coping and managing it. I spend a fair amount of time on this blog hectoring the Democratic Party for its multiple, ongoing failures, its cowardice and lack of ability to understand the moment it is in. But that’s because I...

I Get Letters, Local Edition

Living in Georgia as I do, I’m frequently, ah, “treated” to the thoughts of my Representatives. Today, I received an email from recently-minted US Senator David Perdue. It contained the usual rube-rousing GOP numbskullery (war with Iran, fully repealing Obamacare, “free-trade” boosterism), but the sentence that really stuck with me was this one: President Obama, and now the Supreme...

Richard Perle On Iraq: Because We Could

For the past week, the media (and especially late night comedians) have been having a bit of fun poking Jeb Bush as he repeatedly stumbled over the family albatross, AKA: Iraq. Over on his beat at The Plum Line, Greg Sargent was one of the few journalists or widely-read opinion columnists to point out that getting any politician, at this late date (even Jeb), to declare that if they knew then...

NOW We See Obama Fired Up, Ready to Go

I said this last night on Twitter, after seeing a TPM post that talked about Obama “pushing back hard” on liberals, including Elizabeth Warren, who were excoriating the secrecy and push for fast-track authority on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but it bears repeating again here: what a President is willing to push for defines who they are politically, and how they should be viewed....

Thank You, Mr. Giuliani – My Question Is…

  Two evenings ago, POLITICO reported that Mr. Noun-Verb-and-9/11 himself, AKA Real American™ Rudy Giuliani said the following at a Scott Walker fundraiser: I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was...

State of (Gun) Play In the USA

One of my friends on Twitter is a hard-core tea-partier (yes, it's possible to be friends). We have a running and occasionally bitter debate in DMs about the state of guns in America. Today, she sent along the following article from a website called "Guns Save Lives" dot com. No link to that site, as I simply don't want to add to their traffic by even a click or two. Fortunately, their story...

What White Privilege (and Black Fear) Looks Like

If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention. ~ Unknown It goes without saying that Ta-Nehisi Coates is an exceptional writer, perhaps the greatest of our age at what he does. It’s not just Coates' skill with the language that makes him great, or even his obvious intelligence: those just allow him technical mastery of the craft. It’s Coates' ability to perceive, and to convey,...

Operation DUMBSHIT

( Operation DUMBSHIT: Deploying United Military Because Syria Harbors Islamic Terrorists) Or, as Digby puts it, "here we go" (I’d merely add “…again”). Digby's right: when Democrats like Al Franken (of all people), who’s up for re-election in two years, start making very public noises to the effect that they're “troubled” the Obama administration “has not yet developed a...