It’s… Complicated.

We all know by now that there’s a difference between the news we see on TV and the actual truth of the matter.

And yet, when we discover that the truth isn’t quite what we thought it was, we’re always surprised, often to the point where we’ll resist the new information.

Each of the startling statements in the following list contains some truth; some are even (more…)


Ignore The Memo

Today, the House Intelligence Committee released a memorandum detailing what it sees as the FBI’s bias in the Trump-Russia investigation.

You should ignore it.

In the past few hours, I’ve read scathing criticisms about how it’s a criminal release of confidential (more…)

Shutdown = Good?

The news stories on the current government shutdown are composed almost entirely of quotes from various lawmakers who want nothing more than to try and cast the blame on each other and on the President.  After all, there were three perfectly good compromise plans (they say), and if only there were effective leadership and reasonable people on the other side of the aisle, we could have picked one and got on with our lives.

What they all carefully avoid mentioning is that a shutdown is arguably better than us passing yet another continuing resolution.

Let me explain, and then you can tell me if you agree. (more…)

Objects In The Mirror

It’s been quite a year, after quite a year.

The funny thing about 2017 was, we were still recovering from 2016.  We still haven’t recovered from 2016 today.  Here’s an example:

If you observe casually that the 2016 presidential race pitted two (more…)

Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

It started with Harvey Weinstein, one of the most notorious pigs in the entertainment industry.

The people heard the allegations and believed them, and Weinstein was convicted in the court of public opinion.  Which, in my own personal private opinion (not necessarily the opinion of The Not Fake News, in case of lawsuit) was all well and good.  We all knew about Harvey, and for years nobody did anything, and now something’s being done.  Fair enough, and about time too.

This was by no means the first (more…)

All Politics Are Local, Even In An Off Year

Today is Election Day again, the “Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November”.  Time to make your voices heard, my friends.

It’s an off year; in many states there’s not much to vote on.  In fact, according to BallotPedia, today there’s fewer statewide ballot measures offered than in any year since 1947.  There are two states with (more…)

No Such Thing As Ghosts (Part 8, Epilogue)

Note:  This is the eighth installment of a ghost story.  It’s not meant to be read by itself.  If you’d care to start at the beginning, click here and follow the links.

Pale light had begun to streak the sky when the van pulled up behind the little car, sputtering and coughing as its occupants jumped out.

“Help us!” Jake yelled.  He was straining at the car door, trying vainly to pull it open.

The older man rushed forward, but Gillis stopped and looked at the car roof, which was bisected by a sharp line.  The front half was (more…)

Sam Clovis: The Next Name You’ll Hear

There are approximately one hundred and sixty Trump Administration appointments awaiting the pleasure of the United State Senate for hearings and confirmation.

Among these are names for a couple of dozen Federal judges, fifty or so assistant sub-undersecretaryships (not a real thing, but you get the idea), and ambassadors to such places as Haiti, the Bahamas, Croatia, Zambia, Lichtenstein, India, and Germany.  (I find it somewhat disturbing that we lack an ambassador to India, particularly given that they’re a nuclear power with a history of friction with their neighbors.  Quite unlike Germany, of course…)  Most of these will fly through with minimal debate, which is as it should be; many are relatively innocuous, while some can be objected to solely on ideological grounds.

But there are a few that should make us all sit up and take notice, and one in particular that will make a really big stink.  That last is Sam Clovis (more…)