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(Sticky) Meta: Site Maintenance 0

Sometime this week soon one of these days I shall be making adjustments to this site. It may be unavailable for a time. But, be assured (or be afraid), it will be back. (I must confess, sadly, that I am getting lazy in my old age.) I’m looking to implement SSL when I get a round tuit, not that this site needs it, as it handles no confidential or financial information, but it seems to be the in thing that all the cool sites are doing.

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Devolution 0

Title:  50 Years after Watergate.  Image:  Richard Nixon, arms spread wide, making a V for victory sign.  Nixon says,

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“The Call Is Coming from Inside the House” 0

Read the article at USA Today.

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Twits on Twitter 0

One more time, “social” media isn’t.

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The Water Bearers 0

Title:  Open Carry.

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Aside:

Today’s Supreme Court is unprecedented. Except possibly by Justice Taney.

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Misdirection Play, the Transphobia Tactic 0

At the San Francisco Chronicle, Scott Wiener, a California state senator who recently received bomb threats about his sexual orientation, susses the strategy. Here’s a bit (emphasis added); follow the link for the rest.

This is a classic diversion tactic. Right-wing leaders are basically saying: See, it’s the queer people who are ruining everything. Not the wage stagnation we’ve created by gutting unions and keeping the minimum wage absurdly low. Not the pandemic, which we’ve all but ignored and told you was fake. Not the increasing temperatures and frequent natural disasters that we pretend aren’t related to climate change. This culture war is designed to avert attention away from the men behind the curtain who can’t govern.

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Peeping Toms Pols 0

Words fail me.

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Hoist on His Own Blowhard 0

Donald Trump, suspended from a bar labeled

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Via Job’s Anger.

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QOTD 0

Harry Anderson:

There is no magic. There are only magicians.

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“The” Stupid 0

It burns.

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A Maddest Proposal 0

You’ve heard of Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day?

Michigan Republican proposes Traitors’ Day. (He doesn’t call it that, but that’s what it would be.)

We are a failing state.

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The Witness 0

Lady Liberty, holding a paper reading

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“A Democracy, If You Can Keep It” 0

Leonard Pitts, Jr., is, shall we say, concerned about Republicans’ embrace of violence to gain their ends. Among the examples he cites are the January 6 attempted coup d’etat, threats against Adam Kinzinger and his family, and Eric Greiten’s combat cosplay.

Here’s a bit of his article; follow the link for the rest.

But the embrace of violence, the cultivation of violence, the tacit encouragement of violence, have become, distinctively and disturbingly, Republican staples. So Jan. 6 was no accident. . . .

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This is now our norm. Republicans no longer talk policy or ideas. Republicans only threaten.

Isaac Asimov famously called violence “the last refuge of the incompetent.” But violence — self-defense excepted — is also the last refuge of the loser, the last gasp of those who have no more words, the tacit confession of those who know, but are loath to admit, that they got nothin’.

The question is stark. Whose last gasp will it be: theirs or our democracy’s?

Finish reading this post »

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

We seem to be in dog days of politeness.

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Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid 0

It’s not just the racism. It’s the stupid..

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Republican Race Theory 0

Republican Elephant standing in front of a lynched black man hanging from a tree.  Elephant is holding a sign reading,

Via Job’s Anger.

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QOTD 0

Richard Moll, in the voice of Bull Shannon, and Marsha Warfield, in the voice of Roz Russell:

Bull: Why are weddings such a royal pain the keister?
Roz: Maybe to prepare you for marriage.

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A Tune for the Times 0

Mangy comments at the Youtube page:

Lauren Boebert’s recent empty-headed comments about Jesus and guns makes it clear that the reason many fundamentalist Christians profess to love Jesus is because they are convinced that, for all intents and purposes, THEY are Jesus. Their entire concept of Jesus is totally based on their own biases, fears, animosities, prejudices and desires. Forget what the Bible says. Their ‘gut’ tells them what the REAL Jesus was like, and he was EXACTLY like them. If they would like to shoot some people, Jesus would have wanted to shoot the same people. If they hate gay people, Jesus would have hated them too. If they hate feeding the poor, THEIR Jesus would be happy to have let those folks starve. Mangy Fetlocks decided to write a little song to summarize this egocentric religious viewpoint.

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Dis Coarse Discourse 0

Pig asks Rat,

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I am not sanguine.

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Originalist Sin 0

PoliticalProf clarifies the con.

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Still Rising Again after All These Years 0

Texas Republicans declare that, if first you don’t secede, try, try again.

As Michael in Norfolk points out, Goldwater was right about one thing.

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