Category Archives: politics

Trump family can’t vote properly

Grania found this tweet about the Trump family’s vote in last month’s New York City mayoral election. (They’re all officially New York residents.) Trump family tried to vote absentee in the NYC mayoral election: MELANIA: Didn't follow directions to sign envelope so her vote didn't count IVANKA: Sent it on election day, too late JARED: […]

Poll: Who will win in Alabama?

It’s a referendum on progressivism versus hidebound conservatism in Alabama today, as Republican Roy Moore (yes, you know all about him) faces off against Democrat Doug Jones to fill Jeff Sessions’s Senate seat.  Moore is, if that’s possible, worse than Trump (for one thing, he’s always spouting off about God and Jesus), but, you know, […]

Does hate have a home on the Left?

I’m seeing these signs all over Hyde Park, the part of Chicago where I live: And of course they’re supposed to be signs of inclusivity and welcome, which is good. But are they sincere? According to Frank Bruni’s editorial in today’s New York Times, they’re not always true for the Left. Bruni is distressed by […]

The Mueller Sanction

I don’t know who made this video, or how they got it to look so realistic, but it’s pretty cool. The Trump investigation as a James Bond story! https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/924111999306313729/pu/vid/1280×720/rzsxXzUZlwXav1RJ.mp4

Ali Rizvi talks sense on Israel and Palestine

Unbeknownst to me, Ali Rizvi, author of The Atheist Muslim: A Journey from Religion to Reason (I blurbed the book) wrote a fine article on the Israel Palestine crisis that was published in PuffHo on July 28, 2014. (Click on screenshot below to read it, and you should.) Normally I’d kvetch about his publishing this […]

Al Franken and our poll

Here are the results of the poll I posted yesterday:   Given the number of subscribers, I’m a bit disappointed that there were relatively few votes (around 500 total, or roughly 1% of subscribers). That said, there were enough to show that more people want Al Franken to stay in the Senate than to resign, […]

Democratic Senators call on Al Franken to resign (and a poll)

According to many sources, including the New York Times, a sixth woman has come forward to accuse Al Franken of sexual harassment.  Deciding that they’ve had enough, several Democrats in the Senate, including ten women and seven men, have issued statements calling for Franken to resign his seat (the women are Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, […]

Republican tax bill opens up drilling in Arctic National Wildlife refuge, lets ministers endorse candidates from the pulpit, eliminates tax deductions for student loan interest, and imposes taxes on grad-student tuition waivers

I guess I haven’t been paying much attention to the finer points of Republican perfidy, and so discovered three things only last night: 1.) The Republican tax bill in the House (if it passes, it still has to be reconciled with a Senate bill), has a provision that will allow parts of the Arctic National […]

The New York Times visits North Korea, finding more hatred of the U.S. and a thirst for war

Yesterday the New York Times presented a 26-minute video (click on screenshot below) and a very brief report (“From North Korea, with dread“) from four of their staffers who recently visited North Korea. The team included columnist Nicholas Kristof (who narrates the video), editorial writer Carol Giacomo, and writers Adam Ellick and Jonah Kessel. They […]

More prescience

Yesterday I reported how Jon Haidt found a letter written by a federal judge in 1969 that accurately predicted a lot of the agitation on American college campuses today. Reader Sue then sent an email describing a 20-year-old novel she’s reading that seems nearly as prescient. Her words, reproduced with permission (I added the link): […]