Just another day in the impeachment news

Today in impeachment news:

via The Boston Globe – Nov. 21st, 2019


The New Yorker’s Interpreter newsletter reminds us today of the basic charge that is at the heart of Trump’s efforts to force Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, past (2016 election) and present (Joe Biden): Corruption.

And it provides an interesting definition […]

Matt Taibbi’s campaign piece on trump Mar. 2016

The first thing you notice at Donald Trump’s rallies is the confidence. Amateur psychologists have wishfully diagnosed him from afar as insecure, but in person the notion seems absurd.

Donald Trump, insecure? We should all have such problems.

At the Verizon Giganto-Center in Manchester the night before the New Hampshire primary, Trump bounds onstage […]

Trump just doesn’t understand – even basic concepts

Former Navy Secretary Spencer speaks out about firing: Trump has ‘little understanding’ of military Jeanine Santucci via USA TODAY – Nov. 28th, 2019 ********************

The former Navy secretary who was forced out over his handling of convicted SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s case is speaking out about President Donald Trump’s “shocking and unprecedented” involvement, and […]

Civility Is Overrated

The gravest danger to American democracy isn’t an excess of vitriol—it’s the false promise of civility.

Illustration: Mendelsund / Munday; Bettmann / Getty Story by Adam Serwer via The Atlantic – DECEMBER 2019 ISSUE Image above: William Howard Taft and a succession of other Republican presidents privileged restoring relations with the South over […]

it’s an RSS disinformation campaign…so STFU !

The allegation Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election comes from a Russian Security Services disinformation campaign

Response list for Trump supporters

Adapted from Art Buchwald’s July 12th, 1973 Article in the Sentinel Star “Response List for Nixon Backers” ************************************************************** “These are difficult times for people who are defending the Trump administration. No matter where they go they are attacked by pseudo-liberals, Clinton lovers, heterosexual constitutionalists and paranoid Nancy Pelosi believers.

As a public service, I am […]

Political junkie analysis

The Republican Party Is (Probably) Not Doomed By Eric Levitz@EricLevitz via the Intelligencer Illustration: Konstantin Sergeyev/Intelligencer. Photo: Saad Salem/Getty Images/500px

The Republican Party and American democracy are having a bit of a falling out.

A half-century ago, conservatives claimed to speak for a silent majority of […]

How America Ends

via The Atlantic Dec 2019 Ed.

*********************** Story by Yoni Appelbaum *****************

Democracy depends on the consent of the losers. For most of the 20th century, parties and candidates in the United States have competed in elections with the understanding that electoral defeats are neither permanent nor intolerable. The losers could accept the result, […]

Billionaires…bah humbug

November 12, 2019

An activist dressed as ‘Monopoly Man’ listening to testimony by Mark Zuckerberg on Capitol Hill.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

By Paul Krugman

Opinion Columnist

My column today was devoted to debunking the idea that Democrats need a billionaire savior, so it was largely about the […]

A Nation Coming Apart

The meaning of the American idea in 2019



The 45th president of the United States is uniquely unfit for office and poses a multifaceted threat to our country’s democratic institutions. Yet he might not represent the most severe challenge facing our country. The structural failures in our […]

On Bloomberg…”Not so fast”

Michael Bloomberg’s twelve-year reign as New York City mayor is not ending well.

Danny Katch tells us why.

Michael Bloomberg’s twelve-year reign as New York City mayor is not ending well.

A summer that began with a federal judge ruling that the NYPD’s “stop-and-frisk” policing strategy was racially biased has ended with Bill […]

Considering Social Change

Howard Zinn And The Co-option Of Social Change by Michael Barker


(Swans – November 16, 2009) The writings of widely regarded historian Howard Zinn have influenced the education of thousands of progressive social activists, and two of his seminal books are A People’s History of the United States: 1482 – Present (1980), and […]

A poem for the modern age


Launch Audio in a New Window

BY RUDYARD KIPLING “If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by […]

How do we reconcile the concerns regarding free speech, fake news, and Facebook?

A consideration of the nexus between the components by Richard @ Flexible Reality – Nov. 3rd, 2019 ************************************************** How difficult would it be to implement a program on FB to assign a value to each post with something like the “Seller Feedback” rating used on Amazon and eBay? Most folks acknowledge the basic validity […]