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      This post is by Tony Wikrent I have been looking at the work of Cornell University law professor Robert Hockett, who is serving as an economics adviser to Representative Alexandria Occasio-Cortez. I have been delighted to find that Hockett has been working the same angle I have: applying the classical republicanism that informed the creation of […]
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Get out your tiny violin.

Republican Conservative men are having a hard time getting laid:

A handful of conservatives in DC told the magazine they’ve been having a real tough go of it since the election. Only instead of living in constant fear of being deported or having to face down white supremacists in the streets, they’ve just been having a hard time getting laid. According to one unnamed Trump administration official, it’s especially hard to land a date if you’re affiliated with the White House. Sad!

“A lot of times you’ll connect with someone [on an app] and they’ll Google you, find out you worked for Trump’s campaign, and then it’s pretty much all downhill from there,” the official said.

Gutting stuff. Even if you’re not associated with the current administration or a MAGA-hat wearing Trump supporter, it can apparently be hard to lock down a date if you lean right. A reporter for a right-wing media outlet told the Washingtonian he recently went out on a date that crashed and burned once the woman noticed some conservative books on his shelf. Even though the guy told her he didn’t vote for Trump and considers himself a moderate conservative, she ended things there.

“She was like, ‘I have to get out of here. I can’t see you,’ and left,” he said. “The policies and these things that are attached to the right, whether or not you’re a supporter of Trump, have been pre-supposed on you, and it’s like a black mark.”

I can relate. Conservatives are the LAST people I’d want to get naked with.

Too bad they couldn’t get in touch with Hope Hicks. She must be very busy these days.


The long reach of the Kremlin

Jane Mayer wrote a lengthy in depth piece about Christopher Steele yesterday in the New Yorker. Steele is the former MI6 Russia expert who was hired by Fusion GPS to collect opposition research on Donald Trump for a conservative political action group and then for The DNC and Hillary Clinton.

As Mayer reports, the dossier is turning out to be more and more credible. Steele wrote a couple of additional memos. In one, he described the actions that the Kremlin was taking in elections in Europe with the goal of destabilizing the EU. (Brexit anyone?). Steele predicts that the Kremlin was likely to escalate its attempts. That was before the 2016 general campaign. Then he wrote one in January 2017 asserting that Putin had rejected Mitt Romney for our Secretary of State, which lead to the selection of Rex Tillerson.

The piece is long but if you don’t have time to read it, slip on some earbuds and listen to it. There is a recording available.

One other thing: Steele went to the FBI with what he found but, no one on the Clinton campaign staff or Obama white house was informed in full about what he found and the extent of Trump’s involvement until January 2017. That was long after Steele stopped talking to the FBI because he felt that there was something up at the agency during the election and he got the hell out of Dodge and back to England.


During his testimony before the senate intelligence committee, Glenn Simpson, founder of Fusion GPS, said he wouldn’t reveal his sources because at least one person had already died.

Last night I heard Jane Mayer say something to the effect that “fake news doesn’t result in real deaths”. But they weren’t exactly sure who Simpson was referring to. There have been more than one possible death.

Yesterday, former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found critically ill on a park bench after having come in contact with some deadly substance. They are both hospitalized now. The reports say that the person who found them said that Skripal was still conscious and was making gestures with his hands at the sky.

Interesting. I couldn’t figure out what that meant but is it possible he was referring to a small drone who delivered the poison? Was it equipped with some kind of spraying device? I don’t know but the possibilities are very scary.

Christopher Steele better be careful.


I take 2018 elections VERY seriously. To that end, I’m going to be phone banking/canvassing for Conor Lamb this weekend. If there are any likeminded Conflucians in the area and you want to get some exercise, this is a good place to start to see what campaigning involves and how you can help. “every journey starts with a single step”.

Allegheny County phone banking and canvass for Conor Lamb PA-18.


Morning stroll music from the late great Tom Petty: