I Am An Elected Official, Officially

How weird is this? Yesterday, I received my certificate of election. 50 years ago, Bobby Kennedy was assassinated. 40 Hotel, yards from where Kennedy was shot. 25 years ago, we were married.

50 years later, I am officially a Democratic Party Precinct Committeeman. (That’s what the official filing form says, at least.)

Courage.

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The Bully Pulpit

Today, the former head of the CIA had had enough:

 I will speak out until integrity returns to the White House
John Brennan / Washington Post

John Brennan served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency from March 2013 to January 2017.  —  My first visit to the Oval Office came in October 1990, when I was a 35-year-old CIA officer…

The Holder of the Office of President of the United States of America decided to personally attack a female comedian and, hopefully, destroy her life and the lives of those of her production staff: the writers’ room denizens, the director, the lighting crew, the camera crew, the set design crew, the graphics department, the editing department, and so on and so forth.

Because he didn’t like what his daughter was called.

This is more feckless than his sadistic plan — fully realized — to deny an FBI employee with a distinguished career record of his retirement and medical benefits. For reasons darker and more self-serving, in this case. Continue reading

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The Monster Tu Quoque Stalks the Land

The Sleep of Reason breeds monsters — Goya

Greetings and happy Decoration Day (stolen from the GAR and thence the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War) by a Congress that names military bases after traitor generals. This is actually a fine segue into what I’m here to talk to you about. I awakened this morning with this topic and title in my head. And then I saw this, reinforcing the need for it:

White House Demands TBS Cancel Samantha Bee’s Show
The Daily Beast

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders slammed comedienne Samantha Bee’s comments about Ivanka Trump on Thursday.  “The language used by Samantha Bee last night is vile and vicious.  The collective silence by the left …

This is the argument of a child. It is the tantrum of a child. The Latin-termed fallacy “Tu Quoque“* means, literally, “You too!”

[*  pronounced too KWO kway. ]

I don’t know of any parents that ever let that argument pass. If it was stolen cookies and “but Bart did it too!” was raised in Defense in Family Court, the answer was, invariably and universally (with small variants): “If Bart jumped off the Empire State Building, I suppose you would, too?”  Continue reading

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Forty Two Years A Writer

May 25, 1976. Forty two years ago, today.

Against the UNIVERSAL advice of family, friends and professors, I arrived in Hollywood, California, determined to become a writer.

Hollywood High School, 1910 -- Public DomainHollywood High School in 1910

Not a single, solitary “Gee. We wuz wrong,” has been heard in the intervening 42 years.

Nonetheless, I did exactly what I said I’d do. Kitchy koo, mofos. Continue reading

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WARNING WARNING WILL ROBINSON

The Constitutional crisis is upon us.

End Robert Mueller’s investigation: Michael Mukasey
Michael B. Mukasey / USA Today

Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels have nothing to do with Russian influence: Opposing view

Corrections & Clarifications: A previous version of this opposing view misstated the subject of one of special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments. The indictment did not include charges related to hacking of Democratic Party computers. The article also misstated the status of Justice Department disclosure of a memo describing the extent of Mueller’s authority. The memo has been disclosed to a federal judge.

Er, whoops!

Even as the endless criminality of the Trump regime begins to belch forth in ever-increasing numbers, a concerted attack on the special prosecutor, and, by the by, the Rule of Law itself, is under way. Continue reading

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Gayle King Lays a Royal Egg

Screencap of CBS coverage

This is not stupendous, regulatory, profound, or otherwise Earth-shaking, but it DOES bug me, and nobody else seems to have noticed.

I watched the Royal Wedding — mostly because I was up — and while the wedding was blissfully UN-commented on by the CBS babblers, the before-and-after inane commentary was worse than I’ve ever heard at any parade (Macy’s, Rose, etc.)

Thomas Jefferson warned us about this:  Continue reading

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A Tsunami of Evil

It’s tough to even know where to begin. But let’s start here:

Trump personally pushed postmaster general to double rates on Amazon, other firms
Washington Post

President Trump has personally pushed U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double the rate the Postal Service charges Amazon.com and other firms to ship packages, according to three people familiar …

Heck, kiddies. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Trump hates Amazon because Amazon’s head, Jeff Bezos, owns the Washington Post. And, even though, in actuality, the Amazon/USPS partnership has plugged quite a few holes in the Postal Service’s congressionally sabotaged leaky boat, the fundamental evil of Trump’s alleged soul is on display for all to see.

Evil? Yes, Virginia, evil. Continue reading

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