“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” Reinhold Niebuhr, via James Comey 10/30/2017 Hey, so! It’s closing in on 12 weeks since my last update to this blog – grad school steals all my time, what can I say – but as always EVERYTHING KEEPS HAPPENING. SO … Continue reading Mueller: It Begins
Some must-listen podcasts: Breaking News [Radiolab] Thinking and Friendship in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt for Now [OnBeing] Meeting the Russians [NPR: Planet Money] - This week's most important news stories may have been: Bob Mueller Is Using a Grand Jury. Here’s What It Means. (Politico) Thursday’s news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is tapping a … Continue reading in which a lot keeps happening.
On the ongoing Trump-Russia scandal: The President vs. Federal Law Enforcement: Trump Attacks Everyone (Lawfare) As for the convoluted rationale he uses to get to this corruption, well, suffice it to say that Trump’s suggestion that the FBI voluntarily began reporting to the Justice Department around the Nixon era betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of the wave … Continue reading In which all I can say is, “This interview is nuts.”
Y'all, there's so much happening. I want to talk about health care, and the procedural ruin that is happening in our Congress, and the broader failure of the underlying structure of representative democracy in this country, and Jared Kushner's SF-86, and how horribly terrifying the situation with North Korea seems, and the spate of recent … Continue reading Update: 7/14/17
[source: twitter] [source: twitter] [source: twitter] - The most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation] are the public papers… [A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the … Continue reading Happy Independence Day
The landscape has changed such that I agree with Charles Krauthammer for the first time in recent memory: "Presidents don't talk like this. They never have," Krauthammer said. "This is what it sounds like when you're living in a banana republic. This is how Hugo Chavez would talk about his opponents. This is how … Continue reading I am exhausted.
On James Comey's firing, and why I am alarmed: short version, see "Donald Trump has now fired three of the people investigating him" (The Independent); "Preet Bharara, Sally Yates, and James Comey: Fired While Investigating Donald Trump" (CNN). Long version, see below. ~ Can President Donald Trump Fire FBI Director James Comey? (Newsweek - published … Continue reading Cause for Alarm: James Comey
I’m going to be honest: the further you go into the rabbit hole of Donald Trump’s Russia connections, the more difficult it is to tell what might be true and what is conspiracy theory-esque. There’s a lot floating around on the internet and a huge cast of characters and corporate players to familiarize yourself with … Continue reading An intro to Trump’s Russia connections
There's been A LOT that's happened over the past 2 weeks. I meant to post this on Feb. 3; staying on top of the news and then blogging about it is taking a lot longer than I expected. Who would've thought, right? I wanted to point out to y’all that I’ve added a page … Continue reading Update Feb 8
We're off to a great beginning.