WaPo Pulling No Punches On Trump’s Bungled Coronavirus Response

This is the headline on their excellent story: With Trump leading the way, America’s coronavirus failures exposed by record surge in new infectionsIt's been a long time since we've seen those kinds of unapologetic headlines out of any major national paper. A LONG time. The story itself retains punch because it is mercilessly factual without veering into CNN-like Trump-hatred OR typical, lazy,...

Not Just A Few Bad Apples

This story from North Carolina, about what a cop's inadvertently-left-on dashcam recorded, is both jaw-dropping and, sadly, unsurprising. And no, it's not yet another image of an improper arrest or a beat-down or pepper-spraying of peaceful protesters. It's just what three cops said to one another while sitting around on a normal patrol: According to the summary, “Moore began telling Piner...

Another Attempt To Backdoor Encryption

Three of our worst Senators, Marsha Blackburn, Tom Cotton and the ever-awful Lindsey Graham yesterday introduced the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, a “bill to bolster national security interests and better product communities across the country by ending the use of warrant-proof' encrypted technology by terrorists and other bad actors to conceal illicit behavior." First, I can’t...

Zoomers – 1, Trump – 0

The entire story, in two tweets: Trump, before the rally (watch video for full effect): https://twitter.com/BettyBowers/status/1274552492286763008 Steve Schmidt, after the rally: https://twitter.com/SteveSchmidtSES/status/1274486428160811009 Weil played, Zoomers. Well played. And I say that not just in the pithy-closing-to-post sort of way; I mean it. That’s the kind of hilariously effective,...

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...

Trump Lawlessness

If you've been one of those people who've wondered if we were even going to have an election this November - or maybe just that the results of it might be ignored if it goes badly for Trump - then Bill Barr's attempted Friday Night Massacre of Geoffrey Berman, the US attorney for the SDNY, might very well increase your misgivings. I say "attempted" because fortunately, there appears to still be...

John Oliver Pulls No Punches on the Police

Dear FSM, how did I miss this when it was first aired? I can’t believe I managed to miss what must have been hundreds of tweets with this link, just from the people I follow, but somehow I did. For anyone else who didn’t see it yet. This is the sound of a comedian realizing he has to be much more than that, and putting his audience on notice that they do, too. We do. All of us. Deeply...

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,...