​Why AG Sessions Pushed Back Against His Own Party

Posted by Keeley on November 16, 2017 at 6:43 PM

Where to start?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is implying he'd like Attorney General Jeff Sessions to retake his senate seat in what one presumes would be through a write-in vote that would do several things:

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​What the Hell Does the GOP do With Roy Moore?

Posted by Keeley on November 13, 2017 at 6:38 PM

December 12 is just under a month away. And a month is a long time in politics, especially in politics under the Trump administration. The twelfth of December is of course the special election to decide who will replace Jeff Sessions as Alabama senator and, along with senior senator Richard Shelby; represent the state in the U.S. Senate. Roy Moore, embattled and attacked by both sides of the aisle, is now slipping a little in the pools. How much he's slipping depends on which poll, however, and an Emerson College survey taken after the Washington Post published a story on his possible harassment and perhaps even abuse of teenage girls, shows Moore leading in Alabama by 10 percentage points over his Democrat opponent Doug Jones.

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​The Senate Drags the House Tax Plan Back into The Swamp

Posted by Keeley on November 10, 2017 at 2:39 PM

The Senate should be called the House of Lords. In their isolated, bubble-like wisdom, GOP senators have rolled back most of the best ideas in the House's tax reform bill. Think of some of the items they hauled back into the greedy confines of privileged exemptions:

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Another racist hoax

Posted by Christine & John on November 8, 2017 at 6:22 PM

Remember the outrages about racist slurs at the Air Force Academy? Turns out the black cadet did it to himself. How about that black church that burned down, with Trump written on the wall? That got national attention as a hate crime. Turns out that a black parishioner did it. Bomb threats against Jews? This is the guy. Or the hate crime that turned out to be a blind girl taking care of her dog. Or the guy who wrote the n-word on his own car. People do this because they can so easily create hysteria over nothing important.

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​Defining Evil on Halloween in NYC

Posted by Keeley on November 2, 2017 at 6:36 PM

I can hear the sounds of Halloween from next door as I write this. No, not the sounds of kids trick or treating, but rather the unmistakable music and dialogue from John Carpenter's original, 1978 classic terror film. My wife is watching it on TV in the bedroom. And here comes that haunting piano riff that provides a musical motif throughout the film. Yes, I'm old enough that I was of legal drinking age when I saw it the first time in it's opening run in movie theatres, so I was then able to head quickly to a local watering hole to calm my nerves with a few cheap beers.

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​CEOs Who You Gonna Call? Axios!

Posted by Keeley on October 26, 2017 at 9:40 PM

Mike Allen - one of the beltway's most influential journalists according to beltway journalists - seems to be a little envious of Glenn Simpson and his operation over at Fusion GPS. Aside from trying to get various secretaries in Trump's cabinet to quit their jobs based on his emails and columns, he now wants to expand his horizons. Here's what Allen had to say in his daily email yesterday:

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​How Can Anything Get Passed in the Senate Nowadays?

Posted by Keeley on October 25, 2017 at 4:03 PM

When you have Ezra Klein at Vox claiming you should run for re-election and that it was wrong for you to drop out, maybe it is time to retire. But surely Senator Flake will not go gently into that good (or not so) political night. We now have the prospect of at least three GOP senators berating the president as a threat to America's democracy and doing it from the Senate floor for at least another year. Or more accurately, doing it even more ferociously than before. That would be up to and including next year's mid-terms. In case you're counting.

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Nothing is Sacred in The Culture Wars

Posted by Keeley on October 20, 2017 at 6:28 PM

Nothing is off bounds in the culture wars, especially as they apply to this administration and its relationship with the media and with the opposition. And that includes those in uniform killed in combat.

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Leadership

Posted by Christine & John on October 18, 2017 at 9:58 PM

He had a second-class intellect but a first-class temperament. I often cite this from Oliver Wendell Holmes describing FDR. I do it not to disparage FDR, who I have studied and admire, but rather as an illustration of leadership. Leaders need to be reasonably intelligent in the book learning sense, but after a point, more is not better and may be worse. There is more to intelligence and temperament is part of it. Good leaders can have lots of faults, but a poor temperament something they have to get right.

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The Darkness That's Killing Journalism

Posted by Keeley on October 12, 2017 at 7:09 PM

In a pair of stories in The Federalist and The Weekly Standard, Lee Smith paints a bleak picture of media in America today, and he does it around two stories: Harvey Weinstein's scandal, and Fusion GPS's role in the Russia Investigation and the accompanying Steele dossier, but also Fusion GPS's role regarding the Magnitsky Act.

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Signaling Virtue or Being Virtuous

Posted by Christine & John on October 10, 2017 at 6:45 PM

I despised NFL players for using the National Anthem for pushing what I still consider a misguided cause. But the linked article made me reconsider. I hate it when someone tells me that the goal is to call attention to a problem or raise consciousness. That is weak. It is a STEP, not goal. The player need be more than a barking dog that gets attention and just barks some more. The players have the nation's attention. Time for some harder work. The difference between virtue signaling and having virtue is demonstrated by what you do after you get their attention.

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Who is being harassed sexually?

Posted by Christine & John on October 9, 2017 at 4:24 PM

Conservatives are taking great delight in attacking liberals for turning a blind eye to decades long sexual harassment by producer Harvey Weinstein. They say it is because he is liberal, because he gave so much to Democratic causes and because he inserted liberal messages into so effectively into entertainment. This all may be true. But it misses a big reason so many are quiet. They were complicit. Many "victims" were at the same time perpetrators.

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This applies to both left and right. I just dislike hysterics.

Posted by Christine & John on October 5, 2017 at 11:36 AM

It gets crazier and crazier. The problem is that some groups now oppose "reason supremacy" and want to privelge their subjective feelings over the objective pursuit of reality. When they are challenged, they react hysterically and sometimes violently. These are natural human emotions, but the kinds that we are supposed to begin to address and control when we get past two-years-old.

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Properly managing our public lands

Posted by Christine & John on October 1, 2017 at 10:28 AM

Zinke is my favorite in the cabinet and this article is an excellent short discussion of his ideas and plans. So much good sense, especially about fighting wildfire. There is no way we can isolate living land from human influence. Our choice is not whether to manage our wild lands but whether to manage them well or poorly. Too often, we have abdicated management altogether, and this is wrong.

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Claiming the Coveted Victim Status

Posted by Christine & John on September 29, 2017 at 8:38 AM

People used to be proud of what they had accomplished and sometimes even claimed to have accomplished more than they had. Today is is more stylish to claim to have been victimized and claim your accomplishments are meaningless. In fact, better not to have any, since you can then claim to have been denied. It is especially useful to be a member of multiple victimized groups. What to do if you have accomplished too much and outrun your victimization? Seems to me that the "taking a knee" protests by rich and privileged athletes is an example of reclaiming the coveted victim status, riding on the backs of actual victims and/or using history to vault over their way to obvious privelge.

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