Conflict (i.e., Syria) update: April 6 2017

SYRIA Welp. I wrote a fair amount of stuff about the Khan Shaykhun incident this afternoon, some of which I’m going to leave in below even though it might not make complete sense anymore after this evening’s developments (I’ve tried to rewrite it but if anything seems incongruous then understand that it’s because I originally wrote it earlier… Continue reading Conflict (i.e., Syria) update: April 6 2017

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

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

Paul Ryan: Policy Wank

Wonky graphs. A laser-point-y thing. Rolled-up sleeves and an attentive audience. @SpeakerRyan is so happy right now pic.twitter.com/UhW1RiDeYw — 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

More than one way to skin a very crooked cat

Here’s a little tip from the Republican Party for all you little people out there: make your own world. Don’t rely on others to get the job done for you. Only you can control your destiny. It’s on your shoulders. That’s the American way. For example, if you are having a problem adhering to basic… Continue reading More than one way to skin a very crooked cat

Conflict update: January 4 2017

I’m hoping this will be a short one tonight, but I never know until I actually start writing. It’s like a fun mystery we get to explore together. Well, not really. United Nations Senators Statler and Waldorf John McCain and Lindsey Graham are among the Republicans leading a push to cut much or all US… Continue reading Conflict update: January 4 2017

Cause of death: late-stage capitalism

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2015 average life expectancy in the United States dropped, from 78.9 years to 78.8 years, the first time that’s happened since 1993. We know that the drop in 1993 had a few particular causes (AIDS and high homicide and accidental death rates, for example), and while… Continue reading Cause of death: late-stage capitalism