The Silence of the Hacks

American politics is officially corrupt.
The thing is, this nightmare could be ended by a handful of Republican legislators willing to make common cause with Democrats to demand the truth. And maybe there are enough people of conscience left in the G.O.P.

But there probably aren’t. And that’s a problem that’s even scarier than the Trump-Putin axis.

Make America Great Again

I get paid to parse words, phrases, sentences. It's entirely possible that I could have supported someone who campaigned on making America great.

I have a problem with "again". The phrase clearly means that we've left something behind. That something we USED TO DO is now gone, and bringing it back would "make America GREAT".

I'm not going to trot through all of the shameful things in America's past; slavery, the war in Iraq, the Citizens United decision come to mind, but there are so many...

Somebody, anybody, tell me what is now gone that bringing it back will lead to a "great America".

Bonus points if you remember to show how bringing whatever it is that's now gone will "make America great".

True Color of the Moon?

I don't know if anyone remembers or cares, but a few years ago I asked Uzi if he could help me find an image. I had seen a picture of the moon and earth taken at a great distance, and the moon looked more brown than silver/gray. He couldn't help me and suggested that what I saw was an eclipsed moon, which was a reasonable theory, but wasn't what I remembered seeing.

Well, 'Like High-Definition From The Heavens'; NOAA Releases New Images Of Earth.

True Color Moon?

It's not the image I saw, but the moon is the same color I remember seeing. Image can be clicked to embiggen.

My interest in this is based on the enormous power output of the sun. I mean, think of how long it takes light to bounce off the Moon, Venus or Jupiter. And it's bouncing off red/gray/brown rock, not a freakin' mirror! Star power is amazing.

Credit Where and When It’s Due

Donald Trump found himself an unlikely cheerleader on his third day in the Oval Office: Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Socialist who for months called Trump every name in the book. That’s because Trump signed an executive order withdrawing from the negotiations over a controversial trade deal that both he and Trump swore was toxic to American workers.

“I am glad the Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead and gone,” Sanders said. “For the last 30 years, we have had a series of trade deals—including the North American Free Trade Agreement, permanent normal trade relations with China and others—which have cost us millions of decent-paying jobs and caused a ‘race to the bottom’ which has lowered wages for American workers.”
Love the "neutral" language at the Daily Beast!

Brave New World

‘I no longer have to be politically correct’: GOP politician arrested after grabbing a woman in her genital area

Trump, his supporters, and the GOP in general are filth.

Don’t Watch Donald Trump’s Inauguration

What better way to combat a performer-politician than by diminishing his stage? The lower Trump’s ratings, the less inclined television producers will be to give him the free airtime that was the lifeblood of his presidential campaign. A presidential megaphone can never be totally silenced. But we can do our part to restrict his ability to blanket the airwaves for the next four years and become larger than life.

Our guns are safe

This started as a comment in the "Early returns" thread, but it got so long that I decided to make it a post of my own. "Our guns are finally safe." Yeah. Agreed. Our guns are finally safe. For now. I had to drive to DC, yesterday. On the way home I was listening to CSPAN on the radio. They were covering a group of ultra-right-wing extremist christianistas taking turns speaking. Tony Perkins is one name that stood out. If you don't want to go to the link, Tony's the kind of RW fanatic who thinks your right to love who you choose is outweighed by his belief that the ghost in the sky hates anyone who disagrees with him (disagrees with Tony, not the ghost, about whom Tony is clueless). Be prepared for Donald J. (the antichrist) tRump and Michael (christianista sharia) Pence shoving an extremist christianista world view down our collective throat. Continue reading "Our guns are safe"

Trump is ‘unfit for the presidency’

You may have seen this, by now, but it's worth bookmarking. The full title is USA TODAY's Editorial Board: Trump is 'unfit for the presidency' Two choice excerpts:
In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. Instead, we’ve expressed opinions about the major issues and haven’t presumed to tell our readers, who have a variety of priorities and values, which choice is best for them. Because every presidential race is different, we revisit our no-endorsement policy every four years. We’ve never seen reason to alter our approach. Until now. This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.
And:
Where does that leave us? Our bottom-line advice for voters is this: Stay true to your convictions. That might mean a vote for Clinton, the most plausible alternative to keep Trump out of the White House. Or it might mean a third-party candidate. Or a write-in. Or a focus on down-ballot candidates who will serve the nation honestly, try to heal its divisions, and work to solve its problems. Whatever you do, however, resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue. By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.