Politics

A Rant about the Constitution

Posted by on November 28, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Some people in Congress — by which I mean Republicans — have been ranting about how the President can’t do this or can’t do that because it’s unconstitutional (even though those accursed commie libruls can point to Republican presidents who have done the exact same thing. Well guess what? I can point to at least […]

But What Would be the Point?

Posted by on November 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Wednesday, I thought I’d put up an open letter to the President to the effect of “Hey, listen, America needs you to be a grown up when Congress inevitably sends you piles of doggie doodoo.” But, as my title says, what would be the point? He not only hasn’t delivered on a bunch of things […]

Dear Nevada Democratic Party:

Posted by on October 30, 2014 at 9:49 pm

If it’s not too much trouble, could you folks find some additional candidates that I don’t have to hold my nose to vote for? And would it have killed you to run some ads for the guy you’re running for Governor? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think anything can stop Sandoval from getting a […]

I’m not actually an optimist, but I play one on the Internet

Posted by on May 22, 2014 at 4:21 pm

The problem with the unexpected is that, well, it’s unexpected. A decade ago, some guy was running for Senate in Illinois as a Democrat. I’m not sure anybody thought he had a chance — after all, he’d already lost in a bid for a seat in the House — until the unexpected happened. In this case, […]

Talking out both sides of their mouths.

Posted by on March 27, 2014 at 4:59 pm

The White House says they have a plan to end NSA collection of data, by which they mean they are going to make phone companies keep the data and see to it that the courts issue subpoenas when anybody with a badge asks have overview. Snowden says well hey, that’s better than nothing! And of course, […]

A Simple Request

Posted by on February 13, 2014 at 1:52 pm

I was looking at my calendar, and happened to notice that it’s 2014. Can we please, for the love of all that is good, stop speculating about the 2016 Presidential Elections? Seriously. It’s over two years until that particular election day, and two other First-Tuesday-After-The-First-Monday-Of-November election days between now and then. A lot can happen […]

NSA: Going Away or Here to Stay?

Posted by on January 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Ok, so the President made his big presentation on NSA reforms today. For your convenience, here’s the actual transcript of what he said. If that’s too wordy for you, here’s a summary with commentary, and the EFF kindly provides a short version. Today I have just a little round-up of what people are saying. And what better […]

50 Years

Posted by on November 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I was not alive 50 years ago. I wasn’t even conceived yet. Therefore I bring you a repost of an item on JFK from 2009. Oddly enough, I was reading today about Nevada in the 1960s. Some of the people mentioned included John Kennedy, his brother Robert (Attorney General and keen on stamping out the […]

Triple Play

Posted by on November 8, 2013 at 5:06 pm

It used to be that the saying “the elephant in the room” meant “the big thing that’s really important but nobody wants to talk about.” And that’s the sense that Time Magazine meant this week: the Republican Party might be controlled by its far right wing, yet voters would rather elect more centrist pragmatists like […]

A Very Successful Failure

Posted by on October 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm

While the Government was having it’s temper tantrum and existential crisis, the very bill the Republicans claimed to have been fighting quietly started working. Of course, we’ve all heard about how the official Federal website hasn’t been running as well as we expect well-established online services like Google to run. Because it’s totally reasonable to […]