Notes On The Collapse

Reimplanting Ectopic Pregnancies

Every time some idiot Congressman tries to introduce the impossible into law, it makes national news.  This time it’s Ohio attempting to mandate the reimplantation of ectopic pregnancies.  As always, there’s a lot of uninformed people out there expressing their opinions, often quite loudly.

In this case, there’s also some well-intentioned experts oversimplifying the issue for mass consumption.  Which is potentially excusable for politics; most politicians are… well, calling them idiots would (more…)

DANGER! Don’t Share That Meme!

I probably just should have kept scrolling; it’s not my business. On the other hand, if you had toilet paper stuck to your shoe, I’d want to be the person who told you.

This is like that.

One of my Facebook friends, a gentleman whose opinion I value enormously, just re-posted one of those insane memes — you know the ones.  This one’s about Fentanyl on a shopping (more…)

Selling Guns To Terrorists

There’s a Jimmy Carter quote floating around the Internet.  At least, it purports to be a quote; I can’t find any source for it, but it’s fairly popular these days.  It goes like this:

We cannot be both the world’s leading champion of peace and the world’s leading supplier of the weapons of war.

I agree wholeheartedly with this sentiment.  And, since selling guns is the more profitable of the two options, I say we pick that one.  Someone’s got to, after all (more…)

It’s Not A Coup

Both the departure of Evo Morales from the presidency of Bolivia and the ongoing impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump have been called coups by loyalists.

Lest there be confusion on this point:  I could be talking about either or both of them when (more…)

Raise The Minimum Wage — A Little

It’s time.  The wage hasn’t gone up since 2009, and a dollar is worth a lot less today.  $7.25 an hour in 2009 is $9.50 an hour adjusted for inflation, and add a quarter a year for a while just to stay even.

There’s people who couch their arguments in terms of a living wage.  Some talk of morality, of exploitation, of fairness.  There’s a big political movement out there supporting $15 and hour on these grounds; they’ve had some success in Seattle. (more…)

“But She Lied…”

Good Lord!  I am –so– bloody sick of this.  Senator Warren didn’t lie.  She didn’t use her Native American ancestry to get a job at Harvard.  And it’s insane that anyone needs to defend her on these grounds.

It started in (more…)

Wrong Way With Cuba

Our government needs to normalize relations with Cuba.

We have nothing to fear from Cuba.  Think about it:  The Cold War is over.  There is no more Supreme Soviet; there’s no risk the Socialists are going to come in from overseas to corrupt us.  Truth be told, they’re already here and running for president, and a lot of people think that’s a good thing.

And let’s face it:  Our southern (more…)

Mayor Pete Called It

“But is it helpful to have the 2016 nominee suggesting that a congresswoman is a Russian asset?”
– Jake Tapper

Yes and no.

Yes it’s helpful; it’s a marvelous distraction.  Clinton’s bizarre accusation draws criticism away from some of the more egregious flaws in the present nomination process.  It was also timed perfectly to coincide with the release of a State Department report that criticized the former Secretary of State (more…)

On The Art Of Political Suicide

A year ago, Maine’s Senator Susan Collins committed political suicide live in front of the nation.

It’s safe to say that wasn’t her intention.  But hers was the last, and deciding, swing vote in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, and that’s what everyone remembers.  Most of the Senate made their decisions early, whether along party lines or for other causes — not the least of which being to avoid the limelight; there’s no way to win votes on something like this.  (Heck, even I recused myself.)  But Collins didn’t rush. (more…)