NEEDED: Better Quality Lies

The White House fired Steve Bannon today. Well, not totally. He was removed from his controversial and wholly unwarranted seat on the National Security Council. Bannon has no, as in none, as in zero qualifications to sit on the NSC apart from the fact that he sets the white nationalist, xenophobic, anti-Islam agenda for the… Continue reading NEEDED: Better Quality Lies

These gasses aren’t going to light themselves

Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee (MOTTO: “Searching for Intelligence in the House of Representatives Since 1977”), contributed his best effort yesterday to the ongoing Republican war on objective reality. With the White House facing Congressional investigation over alleged Trump campaign ties to Russia and over President Trump’s thus-far completely unsupported accusation that… Continue reading These gasses aren’t going to light themselves

Stealing money from Bad countries is OK, right?

Eli Lake, whose credibility fell off a wall and shattered sometime around 2003 and still hasn’t been put back together, despite the best efforts of all the king’s horses and all the king’s men, is very mad today because the United States is sending military aid to Iran (when we should be sending cruise missiles… Continue reading Stealing money from Bad countries is OK, right?

Could you be a bit more specific?

This is some D-minus evangelizing, folks: Last year, televangelist Jim Bakker prophesied that all sorts of bad things might happen on September 13 of that year, including typhoons, earthquakes, bombings, a financial collapse and/or an unspecified incident involving Pope Francis. Since none of those prophesies ended up coming true, Bakker has now started making much… Continue reading Could you be a bit more specific?

Marco Rubio and the problem of words and their meanings

I’m not a historian of American politics, but I pay a fair bit of attention to what goes on, and I honestly can’t think of any primary candidate who’s gotten more media traction without winning a single contest, or really having any expectations of winning any in the near future, than Marco Rubio. This is… Continue reading Marco Rubio and the problem of words and their meanings

Does Ben Carson’s strangeness matter?

I make a lot of jokes about Ben Carson and how he’s a few cards short of a full deck. But look, the guy was a freaking neurosurgeon, so he must know something about something, right? Here’s what I think: the fact that people are justifiably questioning Ben Carson’s intelligence despite the fact that he’s… Continue reading Does Ben Carson’s strangeness matter?