January 2018

Legalization is going to be a trip

 There is just nothing like dope for prophesy.
When it's cold and wet outside, your wood's dry, you have enough kindling, stew on the stove ... light up a dooby and make a prophesy. Or two. Then, as you get into the swing of the evening, make plans. It is very important to make plans in the winter time. Almost as important as forgetting them next summer when the prophesies, which were the basis for these plans, don't pan out.

Great journalism lives at the crossroads of facts and imagination

Great journalism lives at the crossroads of facts and imagination. Bill Boyarsky makes his facts sing and us care about his songs.-- blj
Immigration Detention Centers Put Rule of Law to Shame
Bill Boyarsky

Planet to Trump: Kah-ching, Kah-ching, & Kah-ching

 Donald J. Trump
 In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up! -- Kendra Pierre-Louis, New York Times, Dec. 28. 2017


Donald J. Trump
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A well ordered flow of emoluments

Foreign governments are finding ways to do favors for Trump’s business
Anita Kumar
In Indonesia, a local government plans to build a road to shorten the drive between the main airport on the island of Bali and the new high-end Trump resort and golf course.

The emperor's old clothes

Those who affect to differentiate Trump from the Republican Party are fools selling liberty for one more cozy consensus between the rulers and those who lick their boots. Nothing tells the story quite so clearly as the history of voting rights in America, or, more accurately, the history of voter repression in America and the resistance to it. -- blj


 United States Constitution

Respect for the political competence of the Daca Dreamers' organizers

 Here are a couple of typical articles, better than most,  about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as Daca, whose enrollees are called "the Dreamers." They report the present political logjam over Daca in Congress and describe the program in detail. The press, mesmerized by the president, sees the Daca story almost completely from what a Californian would call an Anglo point of view.

Trump's stooge from the dairy lagoon

The Atlantic
The Circumscribed Ethics Investigation Into Devin Nunes
The House Intelligence Committee chair claimed he’d been completely cleared, but the panel probing his conduct never gained access to the intelligence he was accused of divulging.
Natasha Bertrand