Entries by Tom Levenson

This Is How Republicans Are Going To Get People Killed

This happened: A hearing in El Paso County in Texas went from ordinary to “unprecedented” last week when half a dozen Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents showed up at a courthouse where an undocumented woman was seeking a protective order against the boyfriend she accused of abusing her. The woman, a citizen of Mexico who […]

Men Like Ravenous Fishes Feed On One Another

Here’s a three-year old video with sadly renewed resonance. It’s Ian McKellen, delivering a speech from Sir Thomas More, a work from the early 1590s that passed through many hands, including, as author of the passage McKellen performs, William Shakespeare.  It speaks precisely to the predicament we face now, and (as McKellen notes) because it’s Shakespeare’s the demand […]

You’re Fired! and Ready to Go…Errr, P’raps Not

There’s much to be said about the still-unpossible fact that the shitgibbon is now president.  But in this day one of our national experiment in test-to-destruction governance, there’s something…missing. That would be a government.  Or at least, an administration. There are roughly 675 Federal positions that require Senate confirmation.* There are some four thousand more jobs […]

Government, Meet Bathtub

It’s easy to run a government that does (next to) nothing. Here’s where Trumpism — or really Pence-ism, or really, exactly what the GOP has been promising (threatening) will have its most immediate, and quite possibly its most damaging impact: Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White […]