It’s always the cover-up

The investigation into Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, and the assorted wiretapping allegations that have accompanied it, have to be turned over to an independent investigator or, at least, a select Congressional committee with equal Republican and Democratic membership. I say this as somebody who remains largely unconvinced that this story is as big a… Continue reading It’s always the cover-up

Paul Ryan: Policy Wank

Wonky graphs. A laser-point-y thing. Rolled-up sleeves and an attentive audience. @SpeakerRyan is so happy right now — Amber Phillips (@byamberphillips) March 9, 2017 OH. MY. GAWD. He’s so wonky and neat! And so smart! Other politicians don’t get into the policy and really understand it the way Paul–I’m allowed to call him Paul,… Continue reading Paul Ryan: Policy Wank

Secretary of Stifled

When Donald Trump announced that he was nominating Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of State, I have to say my first reaction was relief. Which is not to say that I have any positive feelings about Rex Tillerson, and in fact having the former CEO of ExxonMobil as our Secretary of State is incredibly bad… Continue reading Secretary of Stifled

Not even in the ballpark

Everybody is myopic to some degree about their own lives, families, careers, hobbies, and other niches. It’s human nature. But please, don’t be this guy: CNN host Chris Cuomo said Thursday that, for journalists, being called “fake news” is “the equivalent of the n-word.” “I see being called ‘fake news’ as the equivalent of the… Continue reading Not even in the ballpark

Today in Black History: Eli Whitney, wait what the fu

Please help me for a moment. yearly reminder that half the country was incorrectly taught that eli whitney was black — Rembert Browne (@rembert) February 1, 2017 I’m so sheltered that not only did I not learn that Eli Whitney–this guy: was Actually Black, I didn’t even know that learning that Eli Whitney Was Actually… Continue reading Today in Black History: Eli Whitney, wait what the fu

Fake News and the March to War

Fake news and war have been partners in (literal) crime several times in American history–Remember the Maine, the Gulf of Tonkin, the mushroom cloud smoking gun, etc.–so it’s deeply traditional for a mostly fake news outlet like Fox to commemorate the rise of our first Fake News President by bringing us another entry in war-mongering… Continue reading Fake News and the March to War

Welcome to 2017: Time for a reality check

UK Prime Minister Theresa May delivered her long-awaited (?) Brexit speech yesterday. I say “long-awaited” because, for a while there, people were starting to complain that May had offered no guidance as to how her government would approach exit talks with the European Union, to the point where she had to deny earlier this month… Continue reading Welcome to 2017: Time for a reality check