“There are two things you don’t want to see being made – sausage and legislation.” Otto von Bismark said that. (It seems he had a thing for sausage, because he said virtually the same thing in conjunction with “justice.”) He also said; “God has a special providence for fools, drunks, and the United States of America.” Well the Republicans, emboldened by their glorious trifecta of divine providences, went all medieval-in-the-night at the sausage factory on the Hill when they produced: <Wait for it>…….. The American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628) < Ta-da-a-a!> Earlier in the week, GOP Conference staffers set about raiding theRead More →

Anybody watching the news coverage today?  It is wall-to-wall round-robin tournaments of bullshit. “Well wassamatter LD, what’s buggin’ you today?” How about a House vote on health care reform legislation that has nothing at all to do with delivering health care, but is entirely about encasing women’s health inside a concrete footing and erecting the first abutment for a complex bridge of parliamentary machinations to reach a massive, permanent, $800 billion give-away to the 1%? Or how about a “Religious Liberty” Executive Order” that portends the placement of demolition charges on the walls between church and state? And how about testimony from FBI Director ComeyRead More →

(Reuters) May 3, 2017 Washington DC— Late yesterday the White House Secret Service detail, in advance of what the agency expects to be a globe-trotting Presidency, got their first glimpse of the new prototype Presidential limousine. In coming weeks a team of agency security experts, with NASCAR driver, Joey Logano, as chief consultant, will be conducting extensive road tests to evaluate the radical new design, requested by then-candidate, Donald Trump, via Twitter tantrum earlier last year. Recently appointed head of Secret Service, Randolph “Tex” Alles, told a gathering of White House reporters, “The President’s security team (pictured above) had hoped to take it out forRead More →

  No phone. No pool. No pets. No cigarettes. Ultimate freedom… No longer to be poisoned by civilization, he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become Lost in the Wild.                                                             –Christopher McCandless Libertarian ideologues and Tea-party types all proclaim their deep patriotism for “America”. But of course the America of their shared imagination consists exclusively of its land, its resources, and its like-minded people. That’s pretty much it. Government is not a part of their America so much as it is some amorphous, interloping entity that metastasized from post-Colonial social contracts conceived and midwifed by a slew of mythical Founding Fathers whomRead More →