would you sign this letter or would your signature depend on who else signed it

Here’s A Letter on Justice and Open Debate in Harpers July 7, 2020. The usual contingencies apply considering that some of the signatories have serious issues with one or more ideas represented by other signatories. For example one is currently being pilloried for calling gay conversion therapy the equivalent of hormone therapy for gender confirmation and…

WTF is wrong with the White House press corps?

On the one hand, this is a bizarre, inexplicable story.  On the other hand, it is probably the most revealing story about the failure and obsequiousness of the White House press. In short, looking to fuel their fantasy propaganda that the Covid pandemic is over, White House aides at Trump’s Rose Garden appearance today moved the…

The two questions that Republican Senators and House members must answer from now on

It has been shocking to watch Republican House members and Senators uniformly condone President Trump’s act of seeking foreign interference in our election to his benefit. An obvious explanation, yet somehow undiscussed, is that many of the same Republican House members and Senators themselves have also sought or participated in foreign interference in our elections.   That is such…

Republican Senator John Barrasso gives perfect evidence of Republicans’ bad faith

This is perfect.  Here is Republican Senator John Barrasso on January 22nd, dismissing the House Managers’ case and opposing the call for taking additional evidence: “We’ve just come out listening to, what, six hours of testimony, and I didn’t hear anything new,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) told reporters early Wednesday evening. “It still seems to me that…

Shame on The New York Times!

Buck-buck-BUCKAW!   The New York Times Well, that was a breath of fetid air. The New York Times just announced that it has made the decision to remove political cartoons from all future editions of their “international” editions. They did this in response to outrage of the recent publication of an editorial cartoon that portrayed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin…

drumpf Jr. Rips WaPo's Superbowl Ad on Twitter; Twitter Users Unload.

 drumpf Jr. must have gotten bored with worst Superbowl ever, so he decided to start a TwitStorm by taking issue with The Washington Post’s ad honoring journalism and journalists that have given their all for their craft: x x YouTube Video The only controversy I see there is I wish they had spent the 5 mil…

Don Jr. Writes The Most Idiotic, And Revealing, Guest Op-Ed

Maybe this was published in other newspapers, but I see that The Denver Post was pretty desperate for a guest op-ed, publishing “Democrats are now the party of lawlessness and anarchy” by Donald Jump Jr. It is a pretty pitch perfect case of projection to read this from the son of a President who is…

The Short and Crucial Response to Rudy Giuliani's Bad Faith Argument

By now, we all likely have heard about Rudy Giuliani’s absurd “truth isn’t truth” argument on this Sunday’s Meet the Press: RUDY GIULIANI: . . . . And when you tell me that, you know, [Trump] should testify because he’s going to tell the truth and he shouldn’t worry, well that’s so silly because it’s somebody’s version…

Two provocative questions that Democrats should put to nominee Kavanaugh

Many people are rightly worried that the appointment of “Conservative” Brett M. Kavanaugh will lead to the reversal of Roe v. Wade and other constitutional protections.  With that in mind, I think that the Democratic Senators have to do a better job of framing this debate in the nomination hearings.  And my points below are not…

An important distinction when it comes to Ms. Huckabee Sanders and the Red Hen debate

This Washington Post editorial — “Let the Trump team eat in peace” — provides a useful platform for intelligently discussing the recent instances where Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller have encountered resistance while trying to dine out in D.C. area restaurants.  The WashPo editorial counsels that: We nonetheless…

NYT article on Immigration touches on a much bigger problem.

The New York Times today has a horrifying, yet unsurprising, article about Trump discussing immigration issues in the most racist terms:  “Haiti had sent 15,000 people. They “all have AIDS,” he grumbled, according to one person who attended the meeting and another person who was briefed about it by a different person who was there.”…

Have you heard this about the Republicans' tax bill?

Two years ago, I had a highly recommended post excerpting various pundits on both sides of the aisle forthrightly describing the increasing insanity of the Republican party.  The point was that the danger presented by Republicans was so obvious that a new genre of punditry arguably had been invented — the effort to concisely capture the madness of the…