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 […]
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I just watched this, and I can’t quite explain why my vision went all damp and blurry for a moment there: This one rings across so many of the changes being played right now. I won’t rabbit on about them; I think the film speaks for itself far better than any commentary could. But I […]
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 […]
Have I got an international laughing stock for you: h/t my on-the-Zeitgeist son. There really is nothing funny about what’s happening now, though the shoots of resistance are encouraging as we look towards the hope of spring. But I give our Dutch friends credit. The above made me laugh out loud. Open thread.
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 […]
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 […]
Our wonderful President just pulled a fast one on the Veep he calls his brother. Class honoring class: If you want to cut to the chase, go here: I’m so going to miss both these guys. Or rather, come January 21, they can each take, oh, say, two weeks. Then I’m gonna need them back, […]