Sunday Thoughts

Not sure why this occurred to me this morning, but it is always good to remind ourselves that what’s important to pay attention to is what politicians do, not what they say. Here’s audio of Dick Cheney in 1991, on whether occupying Iraq would be a good idea. For the US to get involved military in determining the outcome of, uh, the struggle over who’s going to govern in Iraq strikes me as...

Larry Summers Can Feel Free to Piss Off

I wondered why Larry Summers’ name floated by in my Twitter timeline yesterday, but not enough to care to go find out. This morning, couldn’t avoid it. And yeah, my original instinct was correct. From the “disgruntled irrelevant oligarch lovers” file, “liberal” Larry Summers warns of doom, DOOM approaching because…Biden didn’t appoint him Treasure Secretary, probably. Summers has...

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...

THIS Is What “Force The Vote” Looks Like

Apologies for the hiatus. My last post was about the fly-on-Pence’s-head VP debate, for crying out loud. A lot has happened since then - much of it bad, because 2020 - and I’ve written not a word. Some of that may have to do with the fact that I was on vacation in early October when the VP debate was occurring, and felt like I had both time and bandwidth to write a post or two, and now once...

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 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 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,...