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...

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...

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...

How We Lose, AKA Washout Wednesday

Yesterday was Super Tuesday, 2016 edition. As expected, on the GOP side Donald Trump continued smashing his way into both the nomination and the nightmares of the people who keep telling us they’re “moderate” or “traditional” Republicans who’ve nonetheless spent the last fifteen-plus years coddling the very culture that inevitably would give rise to someone like Trump: winking and...

GOP Implosion, Trump-Style

I was busy last night, so maybe this broke before I went to bed and I just didn’t notice it, but this morning, I awoke to the news in the local paper that Erick Erickson has disinvited Donald Trump from this weekend’s “RedState Gathering” (another of the early POTUS '16 events) in Atlanta. The proximate cause of Erickson's banning of Trump was Trump’s Friday night phone interview with...