• Tips gratefully accepted here. Thanks!:

  • Recent Comments

    William on He’s not demented. He’s just n…
    riverdaughter on He’s not demented. He’s just n…
    William on He’s not demented. He’s just n…
    riverdaughter on About Remdesivir
    riverdaughter on About Remdesivir
    riverdaughter on About Remdesivir
    MsMass on About Remdesivir
    riverdaughter on About Remdesivir
    Ivory Bill Woodpecke… on About Remdesivir
    Ivory Bill Woodpecke… on About Remdesivir
    riverdaughter on About Remdesivir
    riverdaughter on About Remdesivir
    Ivory Bill Woodpecke… on About Remdesivir
    HerStoryRepeating on About Remdesivir
    riverdaughter on Oh, I get it now
  • 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

    February 2020
    S M T W T F S
     1
    2345678
    9101112131415
    16171819202122
    23242526272829
  • RSS Paul Krugman: Conscience of a Liberal

  • The Confluence

    The Confluence

  • RSS Suburban Guerrilla

  • RSS Ian Welsh

    • The Well Meaning American Oligarchy Are SO Misunderstood
      Just saw a case of the argument that “the people who have been enriching themselves by fucking everyone else for four decades are misunderstood, they’re just following the incentives, and suggesting that the people killing and impoverishing you are bad is polarizing.” Lovely. Everyone is well-meaning, and it’s all just a misunderstanding. They don’t mean […] […]
  • Top Posts

All Honorable Presidents, Step Forward. Not you, Donald.

As usual, I have a lot of posts floating around in my head. But instead of picking some half assed thought to write about, I think I’ll let them coalesce into something more meaningful.

But I didn’t want this day to go by without honoring our presidents, and one in particular.

There was something different about Abraham Lincoln, the best president we have ever had. He came from nothing. He was born on a frontier. He taught himself law. He ran for office and didn’t wear religion on his sleeve. Whatever it was in his life experiences, none of which were uncommon for a man of his era, he had a developed a profound understanding of human nature.

He said:

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

This is a universal and ancient theme, the test of power, from Plato to Tolkien.

None has failed it so spectacularly as Donald Trump.

*******************

In other news:

Amy Berman Jackson, judge presiding over Roger Stone’s case, has scheduled a conference call for tomorrow with the prosecutors and defense attorneys. Stone is to be sentenced on Thursday.

********************

Hilary Mantel’s last book in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, will be released on March 10, 2020. It’s in my audible wish list. But the world may end before then. I’m concerned that we will never really know what the aristocrats said to King Henry VIII to make him turn on Cromwell and how responsible Cromwell was for his own demise.

The audiobook is a whopping 39 hours long. So, what will I do with the rest of my weekend?