Server Problems

Not the best time to have my server go down for about ten days due to inexplicable technical issues. The remarkable, worldwide protests that have expanded and strengthened after the killing of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis PD were just beginning when my server woes began. In the interim, they have become something truly remarkable, and I was away from here for all of it -- but...

The Choice, 2020

On Friday, Donald Trump tweeted that "when the Looting starts, the shooting starts." Earlier today, All-but-certain Democratic nominee Joe Biden weighed in: This is really where we (still) are in America, 2020. And make no mistake, if we still have an election this fall, Democrats will absolutely campaign for Biden on "we suck less." We can and should do better than both these guys, America,...

99th Anniversary

On this day in 1921, the Tulsa Race Massacre began. In the middle of the night, the Tulsa police formally requested that the National Guard assist them in quelling what they called a “Negro uprising.” As they awaited the National Guard, they let Greenwood burn. Thirty-five blocks of Greenwood were razed that night. 1,256 homes and 191 businesses were destroyed. 10,000 black people were left...

Some Listen, Some Don’t

As is often the case, The Onion captured the bitter zeitgeist with a dead-on headline that read: Protestors Criticized For Looting Businesses Without Forming Private Equity Firm First. Very few people are in favor of random violence for its own sake. But what we've seen the past few nights in Minneapolis, Atlanta, Los Angeles and elsewhere is far from "random violence." A Riot Is The Language of...

Amy Klobuchar Let George Floyd’s Killer Off The Hook in 2006

Mint Press has the bombshell. Most of America, as we “opened up” over the Memorial Day weekend, was shocked and horrified at the image and video of a Minneapolis policeman, Derek Chauvin, keeping his knee on the neck of George Floyd for eight minutes while Floyd - in a heartbreaking callback to Eric Garner - repeatedly gasped out “I can’t breathe.” Floyd eventually passed out and later...

A Little Good News – Florida GOP Suffers Voter Suppression Setback

Never let it be said I only post awful or frightening stuff - Federal judge guts Florida law requiring felons to pay fines before they can vote: A federal judge has gutted a Florida state law requiring felons to pay all court fines and fees before they can register to vote, clearing the way for thousands of Floridians to register in time for the November presidential election. One for the rule...

“God’s Got Me”

Saw this one float by on YouTube; could not believe my eyes. Wait, scratch that, this is Donald Trump’s America. Of course I believe it. The same selfish idiots who claim they’re “protecting people” by carrying a goddamned assault weapon into Starbucks can’t be bothered to wear a mask in public because, with the total coronavirus death toll approaching 100,000 this very weekend,...

How We Roll

I use a nifty little service called Nuzzel, which allows you to create a semi-curated news page of links from your own Twitter feed. If more than a couple of people all share the same link in your feed, Nuzzel picks it up as important enough to show to you in this curated news feed. It’s a great way to see what people whose opinions you value are talking about, and to keep from missing articles...

Biden’s Gaffes and Rumsfeld’s Law

Friday morning, Joe Biden said something stupid on live national television. Well, on the internet. Most weeks, this would typically only be recognizable as "Friday," given the gaffes-per-day pace of ol' Gaffe Machine Joe. But this time, it was about the real third rail of American politics -- not Social Security, as the original formulation had it, but race. On a radio interview with popular...