Treason?

Following the press conference between Trump and Putin, the internet was filled with cries of “Treason!”

Today, congressional Democrats have been shouting loudly for the president’s head; remarkably, so have congressional Republicans.  CNN and MSNBC talking heads have echoed this; even Fox News has criticized Trump’s statements.  Everyone seems to agree:  Heads should roll.

But whose? (more…)

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Kavanaugh Is Not The Great Satan

It’s been 24 hours since Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court.  Since then I’ve seen him described as a religious ideologue, an ultra-conservative, and (my favorite) a sign that “The American Experiment Is Over”.

This isn’t a slight misstatement, a matter of nuance or a bending of the truth.  It’s laughably, ludicrously wrong.

Look, I get it:  Donald Trump nominated this guy, so he must be evil.  Given some of this president’s other nominees (though hardly all), that’s understandable, the more so if we also consider Mr. Trump’s high scores on the Supervillain Index.  (No cape, and his monologues (more…)

What I’m Not Saying

I haven’t been writing here recently, and a few of you now have asked about it.

It’s not that there’s nothing new to say; that’s for sure.  Every time I read the news, something jumps out at me that begs for a response.  The media is constantly over-hyping the unimportant; that’s worth a mention.  Likewise, during the ensuing firestorm, there’s always things that get missed.  Then too, most of last week’s stories were misreported, but now they’ve fallen off the front page there’s nobody out there correcting the record.

So there’s plenty of worthy topics, and that’s if I just stick to commenting on the media and politics. (more…)

Arming Teachers: Pros And Cons

One week ago, the House passed a bill designed to prevent school violence, one that would fund programs ranging from increased security to suicide prevention and safety education.  Conspicuously absent from this bill was any provision to arm teachers; there’s a lot of discussion about that, with opinions predictably divided along partisan lines.

As with any other contentious issue, however, it’s not that simple — certainly not as simple as Democrat versus Republican. (more…)

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…)

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…)