Michael DeSandoli

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I'm All for Ragging on Mitch McConnell, But This Is Nuts

Don Blankenship chimes in with a truly batshit political advertisement.<p>My biggest fear? That there’s an actual audience for this.<p>“China people.”<p>“His Chinese family.”<p>“Cocaine Mitch.”<p>Look, you want to make Mitch McConnell look corrupt and ridiculous? I’m all in on that, but this is just plain nuts. …

The Michael Cohen Bust Has Changed the Whole Game

The backstabbing inside Trump's White House is getting ferocious.<p><i>(Optional Musical Accompaniment To This Post)</i><p>I don’t know for sure but, my guess is that, in and around the Oval Office at the moment, you could not remove a pin from the collective hindquarters with a tractor. From NBC News:<p>It is not …

Have You Surrendered to Gun Violence as Part of the Cost of 'Freedom'?

Sutherland Springs will make you feel something. But will it change anything?<p>I’m beginning to wonder if these bloody massacres even have a place on a blog about politics anymore. The political institutions of this country have proven to be wholly inadequate to cope with these now fairly regular …

The Air Is "Too Clean," According to a Very Wise EPA Official

The best people.<p>While the president* is over in Asia demonstrating his vast knowledge of the local cultures, back home, his administration continues to hire nothing but the best people. For example, at the Environmental Protection Agency, energy industry finger-puppet Scott Pruitt recently …

This Tax Bill Isn't Just Bad Economics. It's Got a Backdoor Anti-Abortion Measure, Too.

Checking in with our Republican friends in Congress.<p>Now that it’s been out there for a day, everyone’s had time to notice how chockfull-of-chewy-Awful the House of Representatives tax plan is. There are so many nuggets of concentrated Dreadful that we may never have the time to dig all of them out. …

Mike Pompeo Has the Main Qualification to Replace John Kelly as Chief of Staff

He'll say anything.<p>Let’s see. Which public official voluntarily disgraced himself on behalf of this president* on Friday?<p>Come on down, CIA director Mike Pompeo!<p>On Thursday, Pompeo, all on his lonesome, announced that the CIA had determined that the Russian ratfcking had not affected the outcome of …

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The F-35 Remains a Nonfunctional, Money-Sucking Nightmare

Now it's depriving pilots of oxygen.<p>When we last left our old friend, the F-35 fighter-bomber—a.k.a. The Flying Swiss Army Knife—they were working out the bugs in its ejector-seat mechanism so that the pilot would not be decapitated should said pilot have to exit the vehicle suddenly. There also …

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A Rather Serious Clog in That There Swamp Drain

Does this look normal to you?<p>It’s quite fitting that the swampiest portion of the Drain The Swamp administration* is the Department of the Interior, presided over by that famous campaign-finance wrangler, Ryan Zinke. After all, the department has responsibility for the public lands, such as they …

Don't Let the Door Hit You, Sheriff

Out on the weekend.<p><i>(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog's Favourite Living Canadian)</i><p>This one is going to be quick because I'm traveling today.<p>Look what my favorite machine found! From <i>Popular Mechanics</i>:<p>Now, Hubble has spotted possible signs of water. An …

Fraud, You Say?

President* Trump's crack team is on the case.<p>There's a lot going on with the huge voter-integrity snipe hunt that the president*has organized under the leadership of Kris Kobach who, when it comes to hunting these particular snipes, is somewhere between George of the Jungle and one of the …

Who Needs a State Department Anyway?

Not Rex Tillerson or Donald Trump.<p>Here are some more bad ideas from what is rapidly becoming a motherlode of them. From <i>The Irish Times</i>:<p>The Trump administration has vowed to slash the funding of the state department, which manages the US's relations with foreign countries and governments. Mr …

Waiting for Answers in Corpus Christi

A dispatch from the scene in Texas.<p>CORPUS CHRISTI—The hotel had closed in anticipation of the storm from out of the sea. The storm had shifted north far enough that the city got brushed, but not hammered, the way Rockport and Port Aransas did. The hotel is still closed. There's a note on the door …

How to Write with a Fountain Pen

October 16, 2015<p><i>You’ve probably found this article because you’ve seen someone using a fountain pen.</i><p><i>Maybe your grandfather introduced you to an</i> …

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Freedom Means Shooting Bear Cubs While They're Hibernating

[Eagle caw]<p>Remember all those wonderful photographs of the young princeling Trumplings, posing with the corpses of the handsome animals they'd plugged while on limo safaris around the world? Remember Junior with the elephant's tail? Well, if the administration run by their father has anything to …

Texas Conservatives Really Know How to Waste Taxpayer Money

In this case, to defend the indefensible in federal court.<p>The good folks working hard on voter suppression, and on limiting the influence of those parts of the electorate that inconvenience them by not voting for Republicans, just can't get it right. They keep designing new maps for the state's …

Hillary Clinton's Side of the Story Matters, Too

She was stalked by Trump at the debate, and stalked by The New York Times long before that.<p>I can't tell you how thrilled I am that the various institutions my profession that went around the bend on the Clintons during the 1990s now have a new book from Hillary Rodham Clinton to chew over. Maureen …

Removing Confederate Statues Isn't Sanitizing History—It's Fumigating History

That difference is everything.<p>OK, I can understand there being statues to the white-supremacist traitor army in places like Kentucky and Maryland, which were, after all, border states during the Civil War. (It was in Baltimore where, on Patriots Day in 1861, the 6th Massachusetts was assaulted by …

Small Wins Matter a Great Deal

Some good news from the local level in Louisiana.<p>Here in the shebeen, it is an article of faith that an elected judiciary is the Second Worst Idea in American politics, especially now that the Voting Rights Act has been gutted and the floodgates of unaccountable cash have been thrown wide open. …

Trump's Preachers Have Yet to Denounce His Bigotry

And some, like Jerry Falwell Jr., are publicly applauding the president*'s word choices.<p>Let's see who's been scrambling for lifeboats on Friday.<p>Well, there's the Cleveland Clinic.<p>And the American Cancer Society. And the Friends of Magen.<p>And some members of something called the Presidential …

Why I'm Not Popping Corks Over Steve Bannon's Exit

Paul Ryan, and others like him, now see an opening to influence Trump's future.<p>Apparently, the <i>NYT</i> got the word that Steve Bannon will be leaving the White House to spend more time with his fellow gargoyles at Breitbart's Mausoleum For The Otherwise Unemployable. This being Camp Runamuck, of course, …

A Congressional Censure of Trump Won't Help. We Need Mueller.

Out on the weekend.<p><i>(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog's Favourite Living Canadian)</i><p>There seems to be some stirring in the Congress concerning a possible censure bill aimed at the president*<i>.</i> They can do it. They refuse to do it. I really don't care. Outside …

My Two Favorite Reactions to White Supremacy

American artistry at its best.<p>These are my two favorite reactions to white supremacy. I take comfort in them against the encroaching darkness of the events in Virginia last weekend, and the president*'s extremely white bread—emphasis on the <i>white—</i>reaction to them.<p>(And this is not to slight Tina …

Did You Catch Everything the President* Said This Afternoon?

If only it was the laugh factory—not the White House.<p>LINCOLN, NEBRASKA—I see that the Bedminster Improv opened early on Thursday.<p>"Frankly, the people who were questioning that statement, was it too tough? Maybe it wasn't tough enough. They've been doing this to our country for a long time, for many …

Human Bowling Jacket Paul LePage Finds Part of the Constitution Unconstitutional

Just let the teens buy cigarettes!<p><i>(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To This Post)</i><p><i>Being our semi-regular weekly survey of what's goin' down in the several states where, as we know, the real work of governmentin' gets done, and where the fool's gold mouthpiece, the hollow horn, plays wasted words.</i><p>It's …

If Manafort Is Guilty, Would He Flip on Trump?

Robert Mueller is zeroing in.<p>LINCOLN, NEBRASKA—Even out here, hard by the missile silos, we noticed that, when it comes to Paul Manafort and Donald J. Trump, like Donkey Kong, it is on. There was the early-morning FBI raid on Manafort's house, and "early-morning FBI raid" is never a phrase in …

This Is Pure, Unadulterated American Crazy

It just happens to come out of the National Security Council.<p>I don't want to alarm anyone, but it seems that there was something of a crazy man running around the National Security Council.<p>No, not that one.<p>Nor that one, either.<p>This one.<p>There was this guy, Rich Higgins, who worked for the strategic …

This Is What Happens When Citizens Get Watchful

For the Keystone Pipeline, that's bad news.<p><i>(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog's Favourite Living Canadian)</i><p>LINCOLN, NEBRASKA—Above the main doors of the state capitol building here are carved the following words:<p><i>The salvation of the state is the watchfulness</i> …

There Are Two New Fronts in the War on Voting

Early voting for me, but not for thee. Plus: Russia!<p>You may recall that, back in 2008, when we were still electing presidents without Twitter accounts but possessed of some measure of self-control, the Democratic Party carried both the newly insane state of North Carolina and Indiana, cradle of …

An Important Update on the IKEA Assembly Disaster Known as Trump's Cabinet

It's ... teetering.<p>One thing you have to give Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III: He's damned predictable. Make him the attorney general, and he goes James J. Kilpatrick all over. Massive resistance! From the <i>NYT,</i> and please take note of the highlighted section:<p>The document, an internal announcement …

Look, the President* Is a Busy Man

Taking meetings. Taking phone calls. Signing stuff. Winning.<p>The invaluable Charlie Savage won a Pulitzer Prize—and, subsequently, wrote a terrific book—on the topic of how the Bush Administration used presidential signing statements to get what it wanted despite the laws passed by the Congress. On …