Category: progress?

Plus ça Change . . .

Looking along my bookshelves last night, looking for a non-pharmeceutical distraction from one of my occasional (and mercifully now much less frequent) bouts of pain (it didn’t work, but I carried on reading it anyway) I picked out J. Fennimore Cooper’s last novel. Why I have The Ways of the Hour, or how long I’ve […]

Lost in the Holiday – News Brief

Two items showed up in the news feeds on Wednesday, as we all prepared for Thanksgiving.  General Flynn is no longer cooperating on a common defense with Team Trump. Roy Moore’s communications director quit the campaign. Then, over the weekend, the Odious Hairball both emitted his continuing support for Roy Moore, and also began to […]

The Clintons, Hotelling’s Law, and its disastrous distortion and misuse by the consultant class

I don’t remember exactly when I arrived at 9000’ – I mean, I remember the circumstances but not the date – but I know that soon after I got here I delivered my opinion that the greatest long-term political threat to the country was the rightward drift (or sprint, at times) of the national Democratic […]

how far?

How far have we drifted out into the crazy weeds? It’s a real easy thing to lose sight of, now that we have a president whose vindictiveness and mendacity has blown through every political tradition of decency and integrity we once thought to be inviolable, and with—so far at least— seeming impunity. That question, how […]

Reasons to be Cheerful

I continue to look at the glass as half-full. And up top, is the title of one of my favorite weird pop songs of the 1980’s.So here is a list to start this new week, apparently by popular demand: Our most militaristic pro-sports league, the NFL, is now a hotbed of anti-Trump sentiment and public […]

nighty night… (updated) (updated again)

This is Seattle, Washington, USA in the year 2017. Personally I’d have gone with a left hook over a right cross, but otherwise this is an entirely satisfactory outcome. According to Buzzfeed, some unidentified folks saw this swastika-wearing twat riding a bus and harassing a black man. As is now routine, a photo was posted […]

…some better idea

…that will never, ever come to pass. So said a certain desperately butthurt recent general election loser re: single-payer healthcare. Tomorrow said butthurt former candidate prepares to unleash her tome in a bid to reunite the fractured, but trying, Democratic party. And apparently plans to continue the pity party / tirade throughout the fall on […]

a break

I’m going to post this Vice video here just so we’re all clear about the kind of people Trump is crawfishing about condemning unambiguously and outright. And to make it clear, though why in the hell that should be necessary and Donald J Trump can go fuck himself, that there is no such thing as […]

and now … the “clenched fist of truth”

Firearms sales are down since now we don’t have a black guy in the White House coming for our guns, something like 17% I’ve read somewhere, and if you’re the NRA that’s completely unacceptable. The solution? More fear, obviously. Of whom?  Well, them, of course. Here’s the execrable Dana Loesch cramming just about every dog-whistle […]

and so it begins…

It was inevitable, of course, and we’ve been predicting it here for months and months. Here’s Multnomah County GOP chair James Buchal (Portland, Oregon is in Multnomah County) talking about the current state of affairs after that White Supremacist and Trump fanboy slit a couple of people’s throats the other day; “I am sort of […]