Notes On The Collapse

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…)

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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…)

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…)

Whitefish: The Unpleasant Truth

You’ve been reading for a couple of weeks about Whitefish Energy, a small Montana company (with all of two full-time employees) that shares a hometown with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.

You already know they were awarded a massive contract to repair hurricane damage in Puerto Rico, that the investors are personally acquainted with the Secretary and donated to the Trump campaign, that there’s been massive media outcry against them and a call for Congressional investigation.  You might even be aware that the F.B.I. (more…)

Indictments (After Donne, Meditation XVII)

Indictments are being handed down tomorrow. By the time you read this, there’s a good chance they’ll be out, and someone will be facing charges.

They’ve been oddly public about this, leaving us to speculate over a whole weekend about who the unlucky sod is going to be that’s first into the inquisition. Will it be Manafort? Kushner? No doubt there are a few deluded Trump supporters that honestly think Hillary Clinton is about to get indicted. (more…)