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Open Enrollment 0


All the News that Fits, Glutted for Punishment Dept. 0

Writing at Psychology Today Blogs, Adeena Bank Lees offers some suggestions for avoiding drowning in the flood of news (much of which isn’t news, but opinion, and often isn’t even new, but a rehash of a rehash of a rehash).

Here’s one (emphasis in the original):

4. Limit your time consuming all forms of media communications. If you have to set a timer, do it. Being informed about what is happening in our world is important, but being overwhelmed takes away our ability to act constructively.

Follow the link for her other suggestions.


I would add one. If you depend on “social” media for news, don’t. Verify those tweets and Facebook posts at legitimate, accredited sources before you believe them and for heaven’s sakes before you forward them to others.

Twists and deception spread as fact are bait for the gullible.

The best defense is not to be gullible.

Oh, and speaking of gullible . . . .


Going through a Phrase 0

Thom and his guest explore the twisted history of the phrases, the “American Dream” and “American first.”


How Stuff Works, the Trumpling Dept. 0

Title:  Rat, the Advice Columnist.  Letter reads,

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“Not with a Bang, but a Whimper” 0

Werner Herzog’s Bear looks at the spread of new Fascism (he calls it “Fascism 2.0”) and is not optimistic. Here’s a bit:

Fascism 2.0 has adapted to our modern world. It knows to avoid flagrant fascist symbolism and to cling to respectability. It knows that once you deny something, i.e., “I was NOT flashing a white power symbol,” the media will automatically report the controversy and give up on finding the truth. Fascism 2.0 is kicking Jean Marie Le Pen out of the party, but still espousing all of the old ideas. Fascism 2.0 uses the fringe nasties like neo-Nazis and Klansmen to pretend that it does not hold the same essential beliefs, that those hated groups are the “real fascists,” not the Stephen Millers of the world (who so clearly are.) It knows not to reach for absolute dictatorship, but to leave just enough wiggle room to say “see, people here have freedoms.”

Please do read the rest.


The Voter Fraud Fraud 0

Elie Mystal describes the three prongs of the attack. Here’s the list:

  • Attack 1: Make sure Republicans are the elected officials in charge of elections
  • Attack 2: Purge voters
  • Attack 3: When in doubt, use Jim Crow policies

Follow the link for a detailed discussion of each item.


The Conscience of a Conservative 0

Lindsey Graham standing in cemetary talking to a grave.  Frame One:  He says,

Via Juanita Jean.


A Civil Tongue 0

In Wingnut World, “civility” is defined as not opposing Wingnut World.


Both Sides Not 0

The Rude One points out that one thing is not like the other thing.


Freedom of Screech 0

Because you want to talk doesn’t mean anyone has to listen.


All the News that Fits 0

Donald Trump surrounded by TV screens that say,

Via Job’s Anger.


“This Is Just a Test(imonial)” 0

Donald Trump sending Presidential Alerts:

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Responsible Fiscals 0


Russian Impulses 0

Shorter Shaun Mullen: You can bank on it.


“I, the Perjury”* 0

Title:  From the Case Files of Donald J. Trump, Detective-in-Chief.  Frame One.  Trump narrates,

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*With apologies to Mickey Spillane.


Radical Agenda 0

David’s primary source is here.


“Eenie Weenie Chili Beany” 0

I was recently at a gathering which is aggressively a-political. In the years I’ve been associated with this group, politics has come up as many times as I have thumbs.

This time, one of the attendees started to talk to me about the mid-term elections (I think this person leans right, but I also know that he is not insane).

I cut him off, quickly, but not sharply, saying, “I don’t predict.”

But Shaun Mullen sometimes does.


Lies and Lying Liars 0


Giving the Polity the Business 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, Professors James Bailey and D. Christopher Keys explore why the idea of “running the government like a business” so regularly fails, often spectacularly. They cite three reasons; here’s one:

Second, unlike running a business, a model of leadership based on meeting the interests of a small list of stakeholders, policy leadership involves building a coalition of often competing interests while serving the needs of a large number of constituents.

We are watching today what happens when a President decides to appeal to just one group of stakeholders, the Red Hats, and it’s not pretty.


The overriding factor that unites the reasons the authors cite is one often ignored by those who would “run the government like a business” and is quite simple. Government is not a business.


“Republicans for Integrity” 0

Leonard Pitts, Jr., explores an oxymoron.