• Tips gratefully accepted here. Thanks!:

  • Recent Comments

    Ivory Bill Woodpecke… on How many voters get this?
    Ivory Bill Woodpecke… on How many voters get this?
    William on How many voters get this?
    Ivory Bill Woodpecke… on How many voters get this?
    William on How many voters get this?
    riverdaughter on A tale of two diplomats.
    Parvios on A tale of two diplomats.
    Ivory Bill Woodpecke… on I’d like to think…
    Ivory Bill Woodpecke… on I’d like to think…
    William on I’d like to think…
    Propertius on A tale of two diplomats.
    jmac on I’d like to think…
    campskunk on A tale of two diplomats.
    Propertius on A tale of two diplomats.
    William on “The Case Of The January…
  • Categories

  • Tags

    abortion Add new tag Afghanistan Al Franken Anglachel Atrios bankers Barack Obama Bernie Sanders big pharma Bill Clinton cocktails Conflucians Say Dailykos Democratic Party Democrats Digby DNC Donald Trump Donna Brazile Economy Elizabeth Warren feminism Florida Fox News General Glenn Beck Glenn Greenwald Goldman Sachs health care Health Care Reform Hillary Clinton Howard Dean John Edwards John McCain Jon Corzine Karl Rove Matt Taibbi Media medicare Michelle Obama Michigan misogyny Mitt Romney Morning Edition Morning News Links Nancy Pelosi New Jersey news NO WE WON'T Obama Obamacare OccupyWallStreet occupy wall street Open thread Paul Krugman Politics Presidential Election 2008 PUMA racism Republicans research Sarah Palin sexism Single Payer snark Social Security Supreme Court Terry Gross Texas Tim Geithner unemployment Wall Street WikiLeaks women
  • Archives

  • History

    May 2017
    S M T W T F S
  • RSS Paul Krugman: Conscience of a Liberal

  • The Confluence

    The Confluence

  • RSS Suburban Guerrilla

  • RSS Ian Welsh

    • We Are Going To Go Thru Hell, So What Now?
      I was born in 1968, the year Wallerstein calls one of “world revolution”. It was a revolution that both failed and succeeded: women and minorities got more rights, often a lot more, but the end result was an oligarchy, where most people were equal in their lack of power, and where every year saw ordinary people becoming poorer, no matter what the official st […]
  • Top Posts

What’s the frequency, Covfefe?

RD’s is soaking up the long days of sunlight, dancing like Michael Stipe and practicing her air guitar. 

Gonna stay up all night. 

BiFF: Inconceivable?

Trump administration aims to maximize unintended pregnancies by empowering women to buy their own birth control! 

Make Americans First!

So funny I forgot to laugh. 

I’m a rebel just for kicks 

Not really. I’m a rebel for real. 

Take a stand. Fight back. 


Dang!  I missed the “covfefe” kerfuffle on Twitter

“Covfefe,” said Tasneem Raja, a journalist, perhaps chafing at the growing communal giddiness. “There, I participated.”
Eventually, the jokes lurched into delirium. Twitter users held forth on the former F.B.I. director James Covfefe. They pledged to order a grande covfefe during their next Starbucks runs. They announced they had at last discovered what Bill Murray whispered to Scarlett Johansson at the end of “Lost in Translation.”
And as the hour wore on, stragglers turned their lonely eyes to the only account that could save them.

“Help, @MerriamWebster,” pleaded Jessica Taylor, a reporter at N.P.R., one of several to make the request.
The dictionary obliged.
“Wakes up. Checks Twitter. Uh…” it began. “Regrets checking Twitter. Goes back to bed.”

Domestic Terrorism is the bigger threat to the US

Check out this post at The Conversation by Arie Perliger of the U of Mass on the rise of domestic terrorism. He says that the appearance of what looks like spontaneous acts of violence like the ones that recently happened in Portland and Maryland are the tip of the iceberg and reflect underlying changes in society where certain extremist ideologies are gaining acceptance. 

In other words, we shouldn’t be surprised to see more of the same in the near future if there aren’t serious measures taken to reign in the provocative ideology. 

Consider the attack on the Guardian journalist by Gianforte, now US Rep from Montana.  Or the mean spirited Rinaldi of the Texas legislature who called ICE on the protesters of SB4 that would strip Texas cities from offering sanctuary to illegal immigrants. There were hints and allegations and pushing and shoving between representatives from both parties over that. 

We saw this coming. Along with the Oklahoma City bombing, our original 9/11 was the Mountain Meadows Massacre perpetrated by a bunch of paranoid Mormons incited to violence through violent rhetoric. 

A more recent and terrifying example of extremist domestic terrorism occurred in Norway in 2011 by Andreas Brevik who mercilessly slaughtered dozens of young people at a summer camp on Utoya island. Those who died were children of the more liberal party and immigrants to Norway. 

That’s what we’re looking at in the US. Those acts of terrorism look spontaneous today but sooner or later someone’s going to plan and execute something big. We are pretty stupid as a country because we are looking for foreign invaders when the really dangerous terrorists are home grown tea party types with a grudge against Muslims, African Americans and Liberals. 

And they have guns. Lots of them. 

Read my previous posts on 

Norway’s tragedy on Utoya 

Mountain Meadows Massacre

Last night in Trump wilderness 

On the menu tonight, something with shrimp, corn, peppers, chili, lime. We’re winging it. Food Porn later.

We are in search of wine- for cooking purposes, Mr. Park Ranger. Why do you ask?  

Better than billions

Set the mood Lucinda:

Scenes from a tent in Trump Country. 

Stuck in a tent during the rain. 

Darryl: The air mattress is de-flated a little. You might have to, you know…

Charlene:  Ok, I’ll blow it and you tell me when it’s firm enough. 


Charlene: I walked right into that, didn’t I?

Darryl: I’m not saying anything. 

Charlene: Pass me the bourbon. 

Morning after an all night downpour:

Darryl: Did I see a big fleece hoodie in your car?  

Charlene: Would you like me to get it for you?

Darryl: If you wouldn’t mind. I’m freezing. 

Charlene: Anything for you. Just say the word. 


Darryl:  Which word do I say?  You’re not going to make this easy on me are you?  Antidisestablishmentarianism 

Charlene: {{chortling softly and turning over}} Nope. Guess again. 

Darryl:  We can’t see the grill. 

Charlene: Or anything else. Screw it, let’s go get pancakes at a diner. You have to drive. I can’t find my glasses. 

Darryl: I gotta grab a hat or they won’t let me in the door. 

Charlene: {{peeking at hair in ponytail and no mascara in the mirror}} I don’t look all that hot either. 

Darryl:  That means we are fitting in. We have butter snaps!  We won’t starve!!

Charlene: {{waiting for omelet and singing loudly along to Queen on jukebox}} Another one rides the bus, Another one rides the bus, and another gets on, and another gets on, another one rides the bus. 

Darryl:  {{peering over his kindle- dead giveaway}} Alright, Charlene, this isn’t a karaoke bar. 

A little later

Darryl: You should read this article about gerrymandering if I can figure out where it’s from.  By someone at CNN. 

Charlene: {{googling}}

Darryl: How do you spell that? 

Charlene: G-E-R-R-Y-M-A-N-D-E-R-I-N-G

Darryl: no

Charlene: that’s not how you spell it?  

Darryl: I meant CNN. C-N-?

Waitress brings breakfast. 

Charlene: Can I have some of your sausage?

Darryl: {{running with it}}. Go ahead Charlene. Take a bite. It’s a big thick sausage. You know you want to. Juicy and delicious. 

{{Charlene loses it. Can’t stop laughing.}}

Darryl: {{not letting up}}. Go ahead, order some pie. 

Darryl pulls into gas station 

Charlene: Why are we stopping here?

Darryl: Because you’re on a quarter tank. 

Charlene: I was going to stop on the way home. 

Darryl: We’re going to do it now. {{pulling up to pump}}

Charlene: You’re on the wrong side. 

Darryl: Damn Japanese car

Charlene: It’s Korean. 

Darryl:  I’ll bet it’s NORTH Korean. It’s got the gas thing on the north side of the car. 

{{Darryl fumbles for the gas latch and pops the hood}}

Charlene: {{laughing}} Where did you get your PhD?

Darryl: Shuddup, Charlene. I’m checking the oil. 

BiFF and RD in Trump Country

BiFF and I are camping again this weekend in a part of PA where Trump won by a good bit. BiFF has been away from his home attending to some family matters and wasn’t prepared for the wilderness. The park ranger recommended Walmart so off we went. 

Just a heads up: I’m a Target person. I think BiFF just orders stuff off the Internet. 

Anyway, there we were, meandering through this gigantic store the size of two football fields (I exaggerate but you know what I mean. It was like IKEA but all on one level).  BiFF was looking for clothing to blend in. Just basic T’s and a long sleeved shirt. I forced him to make a decision because the store was making me antsy and nothing had a Swedish name. 

We went to the cashier. I wasn’t feeling too hot yesterday so I went in search of water while BiFF settled the bill. 

Later, he asked, “Did you see the guy in front of me in line? He had a T-shirt on with a picture of Che Guevara that said “Socialism is for F*gs””

I looked at him in his polo shirt with the country club logo and his hat that screamed “East Coast Elite”.  (He’s actually bi-coastal, not that there’s anything wrong with that.)


We are now referring to each other as Darryl and Charlene and hiding our French press and shallots. (they’re onions, dammit)


Good op/ed in WaPo today on how the Democrats did themselves by using the “personal responsibility” meme instead of sticking to “steep discounts for groups of several hundred million!” 

Feel free to use it, DNC. No, no, don’t thank me. 

How is Hillary doing?  

She gave a commencement speech at Wellesley today. Let’s listen in, shall we?

BiFF: POTUS Travel Ban… on POTUS

The US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals today, in a 10-3 decision, rejected the Trump administration’s plea to reverse the hold on its travel ban orders, thus narrowly avoiding the scenario that the president and his entourage, who are travelling now in the Middle East, would be refused entry back into the country.

Thus, in spite of arguments that the president’s return “stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across the nation”, the Richmond-based court upheld the ban, allowing travellers from the Middle East to enter the country. The weak vetting implemented by the Obama administration is deemed unlikely to prevent Trump’s return, a career employee at the Department of Homeland Security confirmed.

A Trump administration spokesman confirmed their intention of appealing to the Supreme Court. Democratic party leadership indicated the Supreme Court would be unlikely to rule before Trump had returned, making an appeal on their part also unlikely. 

Escape from cruelty and mob rule

The new Trump budget is heartless, an audacious theft from the 99% of taxpayers to the 1%. It suffers from a math error that will pile debt on the country in addition to causing misery for poorer families with children. If I had voted for him, I don’t know how I could sleep at night without nightmares and guilt. It shows a remarkable lack of empathy.

On top of that, Liberal seems to have taken on the title of the country’s dirtiest word.

Call me obscene then.

BiFF and I went hiking in Black Monshannon State Park in Pennsylvania on Beltane this year. I picked flowers for my hair and took a lot of pictures with my iPhone. Now I realize that what I really want to do is take a photography class and get a better camera.

That last item is on hold due to a recent setback. Some of us will never recover from the financial crash of 2008, especially those of us whose industry has largely disappeared. It’s about to get worse for R&D if the proposed cuts to the NIH budget go through. This is a very hard time to be a scientist in America.

But the weather was mild and spring was just emerging. So, we took it in with wonder and delight. Take a break from all of the pointless cruelty and enjoy the walk. Here’s my slideshow. The music is Chanterai por mon Corage or Singing for my courage from the album Estampie: