What Are They Thinking?

I often check Fox News online to get the conservative slant on news. Poor as it might be, the comments are ten times worse. Here are some from their March for Science reporting. These people are a joke. The problem with ignorance is that ignorant people are too ignorant to know they are ignorant. Such […]

States Rights

Have you seen how strongly Republicans are supporting States rights with regard to sanctuary cities? I posted elsewhere a few weeks ago that people should be consistent on their position about States rights, but I’ve moderated my position. Think of the power hierarchy as: UN > Country > State > County > City > Borough […]

5 Reasons to Enjoy the Trump Regime

The blows are relentless. Our news feeds deliver multiple shocks each day. The barrage slows time down — surely it can’t be only 24 days since the inauguration? And yet there is joy to be found in all this. 1. The Explosion of Satire Late-night comedy has accepted the challenge. Not only does it make us […]

A Frenzied Legislative Crackdown on Civil Rights

I’m seeing a flurry of bills that limit protest: Resisting arrest can now be considered a hate crime in Louisiana Republicans pass bill to charge demonstrators for police overtime costs North Carolina Republican proposes legislation that would ban people from yelling at lawmakers A new bill would protect drivers who ‘unintentionally’ hit Dakota Access protesters […]

The Press Versus Trump

The NYTimes just published a fascinating article, not for its content, but for its tone. Starting with the headline “With False Claims, Trump Attacks Media on Turnout and Intelligence Rift“, the message is that the Trump administration lies, and those lies are being unequivocally called out. I have been a subscriber for 30 years and […]

A Supreme Court Strategy for Democrats

Democratic Senators should refuse to approve any Supreme Court nominee until Merrick Garland is renominated. This would be a principled stand that allows Republicans to make amends for their recalcitrance, offers a centrist appointment to a divided country, and is less radical than Republican calls to leave the seat vacant for 4 years. A divided country deserves […]

Only Conservatives Fall For Fake News Stories

There has been much coverage of fake news stories and how they might have affected the election. Interestingly, the news site owners said that the only stories that went viral were pro-conservative ones. He was amazed at how quickly fake news could spread and how easily people believe it…. “We’ve tried to do similar things to […]

What Went Wrong

Here’s what went wrong. There were establishment and populist candidates on both sides. Thirty years of tax cuts, trade agreements and computerization gave all the productivity gains to the top, and the average person suffered. Republicans chose the populist candidate, the DNC chose the establishment candidate, and the populist candidate won. So I blame the DNC

The Demise of the GOP

Trumpty dumped the GOP call; Trumpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the right rednecks and all the right men Couldn’t stand being together again. The Republican party sustained its uneasy coalition of social and fiscal(*) conservatives for years, but this latest split, presaged by the Tea Party, is so open and so extreme that […]

How to Regard This Week’s Race Conflicts

William Saletan has written a Slate article There Is a War Over Race in America in which he brilliantly redraws the dividing line: This is the central thing to understand about what happened in Dallas: Black people who target whites are fundamentally allied with white people who target blacks. They’re on the same team: the race […]