Was it worth it?

    Shutting down the Government?  Basically because of DACA ?

    Yes because acting otherwise would have exposed us as posturing frauds , always on the side of right and truth and honor, etc. Except when the chips were down. 

    Which may be true of course. But why remove any element of doubt.

    "But you've said "  you complain" that shutting down the government was an election loser?"  Yeah. The worst thing we could do,

    other than behaving as posturing frauds.

    We may have just lost the next election. But we've saved out soul..

    Trump, Stormy Denials Tout Sanctity of Family at DC Rally

    The annual March for Life in a biggest ever of all history DC rally was addressed by Trump and porn celebrities today. 

    Thrice married Donald Trump touted the sanctity of the family alongside Stormy Denials.

    A famous porn star. Trump was adored by the fundamentalist evangelical crowd as a "porn-again Christian", willing to put his money where his mouth or other body parts are.

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    Today's events reminded me of an old blog I once wrote.


    We are 54 minutes from shutting down the government.

    Vote total?



    As we seek to dig ourselves out of the moral and political abyss into which our country has sunk, it seems to me that two near-term projects are key.

    These are to retake both chambers in Congress and to obtain the president's removal from office at the earliest possible time.

    You can only play the cards in your hand

    How much slack should we give to the democrats in Congress to cut a deal  with Trump? This week.

    My guess is Donald is aiming for a two-for. Not only get his damn  fence  but also damage the Congressional Democrats by forcing them to approve an unsavory bill  as the price for preventing 700,000 DACA immigrants from being deported. Maybe even  save his majority if we're foolish enough.

    Probably figures he can't lose.

    -If he get's his fence in exchange for a DACA reprieve  he's got his fence.

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    I have almost always lived in Minnesota

    I watched my team lose four Superbowls. hahhahahah

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    The Man Taking on Ted Cruz: Meet Beto O'Rourke U.S. Representative

    Meet Beto O'Rourke

    No Texas Democrat has won a U.S. Senate seat in nearly 30 years or any statewide office since 1994. But U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke is optimistic he can break the streak, in part by eschewing consultants, pollsters and PAC money.

    U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke lets f-bombs fly on the campaign trail


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    The "Stable Genius" and Prison Reform?


    January 11, 2018

    Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting on Prison Reform

    Roosevelt Room 1:55 P.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  And today we are going to be discussing the important topic of prison reform.  I want to thank Attorney General Sessions, Governor Bevin of Kentucky, Governor Brownback of Kansas, and other prison reform experts who are here.  We have the best in the country.

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    It's 300 Days to the General Election on Nov 6, 2018

    It's 300 Days to the General Election

    Register to vote at https://vote.gov/ ... in Espanol https://vote.gov/es/

    One of the most important elections of our lives. Make sure you’re registered to vote & have the proper ID.

    Select where you reside.

    Already registered?

    Oprah for President?

    After delivering a powerful speech at the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey is being touted as a potential Democratic Presidential candidate. In response, at least one liberal website - DailyKos - posted an article bashing her for allegedly supporting America's destruction of Iraq beginning March 2003. It is true that she aired a program in October 2002 that was light on facts and heavy on pro-war propaganda.

    But to Oprah's credit in the months immediately preceding "Shock and Awe," she gave significant time to anti-war activists like Phil Donahue. She earned Michael Moore's praise for televising a 1980s photo of Donald Rumsfeld shaking Saddam Hussein's hand.

    Reactions to The Golden Globes?

    Overall, very cool, I thought, for the #metoo theme of the night.  IF we change our cultures--and our public policies--to make them far more just, safe, and supportive for women, last night may be viewed as an event of significance in fostering such change.

    A few miscellaneous reactions:

    All together now

    Sunday Times photo:

    Donald at the rostrum. Sort of normally dressed, shirt ,tie,jacket, trousers not visible but probably pressed.

    Behind him nine men and one woman "top congressional Republicans and administration officials".Each man scuffed shoes, unpressed trousers ,tieless.  What a coincidence! Not even one of them decided to wear a tie. Or any one of the dozens of pressed trousers in his wardrobe. Imagine that.

    Or wasn't it a coincidence?  Short answer "nope ".

    Trump's Scorned Beggars Gallery

    Steve Bannon, Former Trump Chief Strategist, and Editor, Briebart

    Did Trump Con the Deplorables...?

    Trump Adoration Rally, Nov. 29, 2017, St. Charles, Missouri, President Trump:

    Wednesday President Trump repeated his claim that the GOP's efforts to overhaul the nation's tax code will not benefit him personally, saying that his finances would actually take a hit under the proposal.

    Auden of course

     Excerpted* from   "For the time being"   A Christmas Oratorio                                                             

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    The DumpsterFire's Big Legislation

    Dee doo Dee doo Dee doo ...


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    Yes, it is Festivus, so it is time for the annual Airing of the Grievances. I shall begin.

    1. I have more doors to paint, this has been going on for more than one month. It's my own fault really I am the one who decided we should replace all the doors and trim in the house, but how did I know you could no longer hire finish work folks, they want big jobs not little jobs. 

    2. While the Kakistocracy rises and the dark orange hue envelops the nation, remember this, Mark Halperin needs to be back on TV, he just wants to say he is sorry!

    Some History and Current Affairs Books I've Especially Appreciated

    Being a slow reader, I have read 2 pages or more from a book on all but 7 days over the past 21 years, according to my reading log.  This is a habit I fell into, without making any point-in-time "decision" to do so that I can now recall.  It is the only way I can get books read.  

    Following are some (mostly) history and current affairs titles, my primary genres, that have had enduring impact on my thinking.  I am grateful to their authors for believing that something they might wish to contribute might be welcomed by others, and for making the effort.  These are in no particular order of significance to me.

    Here's how we lose next time

    In early October a couple of promising Democratic senatorial candidates will be Frankenized. Attractive young employees of, say, the LA Times or CNN will reveal the titillating details of past "harassment" by them. The employers feeling obliged to "Charlie Rose" the claims lest they be charged with suppressing politically damaging news--will lead with them. Including photos.

    The headlines will be repeated everywhere. Paragraphs 4 to 6 cautioning about the danger of unsupported claims, won't be.

    Rehire the harassers

    and assist * their victims to sue them , if they want. If they don't want , end of story.

    The proper response to a claim of  harassment-or anything - is an orderly legal process. Not a do-it-yourself trial convened in the board room  by the CEO or the head of HR.

    We've been down this path before of course. Many times . Most prominently  in  the 1950's blacklist a gratefully welcomed gift to Hollywood which got a lot excellent scripts at bargain prices from blacklisted writers using assumed names.

    book rec: Doughnut Economics, by Kate Raworth

    The quirkily-titled Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, was written by a heterodox British economist, Kate Raworth.  I'm giving it as a gift and otherwise promoting it to folks in my circles.  It's the best big picture book about economics I've read, taking the place of Robert Kuttner's Everything For Sale (the latter on the strengths and limitations of markets), in part because it is about so much more than this critical discipline, which is overdue to be reinvented for the 21st century.  This book has more helpful thoughts on that large topic than anythi

    Boomer angst: what does it mean if this in my inbox strikes fear in my heart?

    If this in my inbox strikes fear in my heart:


    does it mean I am old and paranoid and ready for teh assisted livin'? 

    Further questions that suggest you are in the same demographic:

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    A Wake up Call to Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Shumer, Tom Perez and all Americans

    The #WarEagle is loose...


    Auburn University Alum Charles Barkley in Alabama at Doug Jones' Acceptance Speech.

    (my bold highlight and underline...)

    Watch and listen to the CNN interview here.


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