Category Archives: politics

Jamal Khashoggi’s last words as he was murdered

This report from CNN (click on screenshot below), based on tapes made (we don’t know how) inside the Turkish consulate in Istanbul, clearly indicates that Turkish journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered very soon after he went inside the consulate to procure papers allowing him to get married. Eventually we’ll get the whole transcript, but it […]

Time to impeach Trump

The Mueller investigation continues to dig up dirt on members of the Trump administration, and now The Donald seems to have gotten soiled himself. According to today’s New York Times:  Federal prosecutors said on Friday that President Trump directed illegal payments to ward off a potential sex scandal that threatened his chances of winning the […]

How populist are you? A Guardian quiz

Greg Mayer sent me a link to this Guardian quiz, “How populist are you?”. Click on the screenshot to go to the 20-question quiz, which takes a bit of demographic information and then asks you to rank your views on various social, political, and economic issues.   Here are the positions of various leaders: And […]

The Sarah Palin of the Left gets her facts wrong again

Before you call me an “alt-righter” because I criticize Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, let me point out that both the Washington Post and PolitiFact—hardly right-wing sites—have called out the new Congressperson for her repeated misstatements and/or lies. I prefer to think that she’s just ignorant rather than mendacious, but her combination of persistent uninformed claims and overweening […]

Eighteen new scientists elected to Congress? No way.

A lot of people are crowing about the number of “scientists” who have just been elected to the U.S. Congress. I’ve seen claims of seven (also here), seven to eight (votes still being counted for one), nine, ten, “more than ten“, “at least eleven“, and even 18. To be sure, Nature, the source of the “at […]

More insanity from the White House: Acosta’s White House access suspended, Jeff Sessions out

UPDATE: Apparently the video showing Acosta touching the aide was DOCTORED by the White House to make it look as if he gave the woman a hand chop. Here are the data; judge for yourself: This video is doctored. It's slowed down and then sped up at the moment Acosta's hand comes down to make […]

Postmortem via Twitter

by Grania A note from God I'd love to tell you this is a sign from Me, but it's actually just a promotion for a gay bar in Georgetown. — God (@TheTweetOfGod) November 6, 2018 Note to self Helpful reminder in AP's NYC newsroom. — Michael W. Hudson @AP (@michaelwhudson) November 6, 2018 […]

What the Dems need to do to win

by Grania I watched an interesting discussion with Rick Wilson, who is a never-Trump Conservative. He’s got some good pointers on why Republicans have been able to pull off wins, and what the Democrats need to do to defeat them, particularly in 2020. It’s worth a listen. If you need motivation to listen, then first […]

We need celebrities to tell us to vote!

This video, from Comedy Central and posted on The Hill, makes fun of those ads in which celebrities tell us to be sure to vote (Hollywood being Hollywood, there’s also an implicit message there). But regardless of how you vote (and I’ve already done so), do a substantial number of people really require being nudged […]

It’s time for Democrats to get smart on immigration

UPDATE: QED, a tweet from this morning: (h/t Grania) Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in […]