NOTICE TO READERS

This is my “retired” blog.

From 2004 to 2o14, I blogged (long-form, since I started out writing for magazines) nearly every day.

And was featured in Salon, Crooks and Liars, The Moderate Voice, The Democratic Daily, BlueOregon, The (Eugene, Ore.) Register Guard, The (Portland) Oregonian, the Eugene Weekly, The Omaha World Herald, on the local AirAmerica affiliate KOPT and on PBS. (See sidebar for the PBS interview). Etcetera.*

[* As in there are more, but I don’t spend a lot of time cultivating my C.V.]

Since 2014, I have blogged infrequently and occasionally, but when I do, I post here.

Just FYI.

Courage.

—Hart Williams

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Where Are All Those Votes?

Now we know it was a fair and transparent election:

Bush Center

Statement by President George W. Bush  —  President Bush congratulates President-elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris  —  DALLAS, TEXAS — I just talked to the President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.  I extended my warm congratulations and thanked him for the patriotic message he delivered last night…

OK. Nothing to see here. Move along move along. Blue won. Or did they?

Let me engage in a bit of rational, logical conspiracy theory*.

As the Trumpists rail that the election was “stolen” one salient fact has been glossed over: the presumption that all pollsters in all states (and in every presidential election since 2000) “got it wrong again.”

Really? That might bear a scintilla more of interest. Let’s do a little deduction, shall we?

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Of Republicans and a Manichean SCOTUS

Today it’s arguing about court packing, with the horses gone and the barn door still open …

‘The View’s’ Sunny Hostin Schools Bari Weiss on ‘Court Packing’
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast

—  Former “New York Times” columnist Bari Weiss filled the void left by Meghan McCain on Tuesday’s episode of “The View.”  —  Bari Weiss has been relatively quiet since she canceled herself from The New York Times earlier this year…

Last night, we watched the obscene and unthinkable spectacle of a Supreme Court Justice being sworn in on White House grounds, and in a super-spreader event paralleling the nomination announcement of Amy Coathanger Bryant.*

[* After the horror of back-alley abortions, and of the second-Runner-up in the Miss America pageant of 1959, who became the face of homophobia in the 1970s and who turns out to still be alive at 80. Oh, and if “Sleepy Joe” et al. are OK, then MY nickname is OK, too.]

But, in its almost Manichean way, it was apt.

First, let me tell you a story, though:

I remember when Justice Thurgood Marshall retired. I had just written a feature piece about the infamous Rust v. Sullivan “gag order” abortion case [decided May 23, 1991] for the Santa Fe Sun, and noted Justice Marshall’s concluding statement in dissent: “A chill wind blows.” Continue reading

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Mitch McConnell is an Existential Threat to our Republic

We’re back at the age-old game of “chicken” in place of “democracy.”

Pelosi sets 48-hour deadline for White House on stimulus talks
Fadel Allassan / Axios

… Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he would not put a potential $1.8 trillion+ deal struck by Democrats and the Trump administration on the Senate floor. Instead, the Senate will vote next week on a Paycheck Protection Program extension and a targeted $500 billion relief package*.

* Unspoken: A cosmetic bill doomed to fail but needed so that Republican senators can go back home for the elections and lie to constituents that THEY tried to do a stimulus bill, they TRIED to keep you from being evicted, going bankrupt, being foreclosed on, eating food, etc. but evil DEMMYCRATS refused to help!

And, given their past track record on this sort of thing, they will probably be successful at the lie. Which is why Mitch McConnell was caught at his debate with challenger Amy McGrath giggling and laughing at ridiculous notions of people living and dying. Well America,

The fault is not in our stars, but in our Mitch. Continue reading

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Hey GOPs! STOP CHEATING!

Hey GOPs! STOP CHEATING!

Courage.

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The Rats in the Walls

Coordinated push of conspiracy theories target Biden hours before debate
Ben Collins / NBC News

A conspiracy theory that Joe Biden would wear an electronic device in his ear during the first presidential debate went wildly viral Tuesday in the hours before the debate, and the theory was later amplified …

Ah, it’s fall, and you can hear them in the walls ….

Ratfucking is an American slang term for political sabotage or dirty tricks, particularly pertaining to elections. It was brought to public attention by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in the book which chronicled their investigative reporting of the Watergate affair,  All the President’s Men (1974).

Wikipedia

And if you wait for the silence, and listen carefully, you can hear them doing it in the walls, everywhere around you. Squeak! Squeak! Squeal!

Rats love to video themselves in the act. It turns them on.

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Cheating for Justice

The Battle Over Ginsburg’s Seat Is Set to Be All About Raw Power.  But There’s Still a Way to Show Principles Matter
David French / TIME

The Republican argument for immediately nominating and confirming a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg is now stripped of all pretext. It’s about raw power. In fact, it can be boiled down to three words – “Elections have consequences.” The Republicans won the presidency in 2016, they held the Senate in 2018, and there is nothing unconstitutional or illegal about wielding that power now, even when Americans are already voting in a presidential election that will end in less than seven weeks. The argument has a certain Machiavellian simplicity about it ….

Cheating for justice is like f**king for chastity: an oxymoron perpetrated BY oxymorons. As in “decent Republican” and “patriotic GOP.”**

I would like to direct your attention to the preamble of the Constitution, not much regarded by jurists, but the words OUGHT to carry the same weight as the other words: the mission statement, the statement of purpose.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Cheating is not justice. Cheating is not just. But cheating seems OK with the liars of the GOP if they can get their way … on judges?

What IS cheating? you might ask.

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Oh Nooessss! It’s Salongate! (GOPaganda)

Yes, Virginia, the network that didn’t say a WORD about the blatantly illegal use of Federal resources for Trump’s RNC “Festival of Narcissism” has found a … DEMOCRATIC SCANDAL!

Pelosi used shuttered San Francisco hair salon for blow-out, owner calls it ‘slap in the face’
Brooke Singman / Fox News

—  ‘We have been shut down for so long,’ owner says  —  EXCLUSIVE: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited a San Francisco hair salon on Monday afternoon for a wash and blow-out …

Oh MY STARS!!!!

White kid with illegal weapon after curfew shoots two unarmed men dead and the Righties put up crickets.

But a DEMOCRAT gets a haircut … why it’s the END OF THE WORLD!!!!

Let’s dig deep into this deathless scandal, on whose outcome hinges the fate of our nation: Continue reading

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The Festival of Mendacity™ — Law & Order Edition

Trump set to skewer Biden in convention address
Alex Isenstadt / Politico

“We have spent the last four years reversing the damage Joe Biden inflicted over the last 47 years,” the president will say, according to excerpts provided to POLITICO. President Donald Trump will unload on Joe Biden in a blistering convention speech Thursday night, according to two people familiar with the address…

There MUST be a certain horror attendant to a “media” who collectively watch a blatantly criminal conspiracy and flouting of law by using Federal property (The White House, the White House [formerly] Rose Garden, Fort McHenry, the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium*) to enhance their pursuit of “reelection” of a man who shows not the slightest interest in law, in serving the people or anything, frankly, other than serving himself.

A blatant crime (the Hatch Act — which my parents obeyed during their entire professional lives as civil servants) is being committed in broad daylight, but that selfsame Quisling press that betrayed us in 2016 is hard about it again. Good ghod: Pompeo flakking Trump’s re-election from Jerusalem?!?? (An actual crime.) We need to REMEMBER that once the complicit senators “acquitted” Trump of killing people to rig this election … er, withholding military aid in time of war to shake down the President of Ukraine … that’s when Trump knew that no law could constrain him and HE’S RUBBING OUR NOSES IN IT!

[* A federal building. NAFTA was signed there, ironically. “In April 1930, President Herbert Hoover proposed building a $2 million “Departmental Auditorium” to connect the Labor and ICC buildings. President Hoover laid the cornerstones for the Labor/ICC building on December 15, 1932.” Wikipedia]

But the Quisling press can’t seem to find their outrage. Perhaps because for the first time in a American history, six major corporations own most media outlets. Continue reading

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The Trouble With Statues

Here’s a story for you:

Wilson Center [Princeton University]:

Statement from The Wilson Center  —  The Wilson Center was chartered by Congress in 1968 as the official memorial to President Wilson.  The namesake of our institution – while a visionary in international affairs – held racist views and implemented racist policies as President of Princeton University and as President of this country…

And here’s a word for you: iconoclast. Continue reading

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