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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...