Posts Categorized: Politics

Trump USDA Protects Puppy Mills

Back in 2017, the Trump administration took down a website that listed dog breeders cited for running puppy mills. I submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for this information and today the USDA responded with useless data. You can view all three of the documents that the federal agency sent me. Response letter from… Read more »

Our Political Bitterness Is Destroying Our Democracy

We’re bitter. Politically speaking, we’re very bitter. We’re a nation of bitter politics. The most recent, obvious example is Bernie Sanders’ run for the Democratic party presidential nomination. When Sanders ran, and lost, Hillary Clinton Democrats freaked the fuck out. To them, Sanders was invalid. He shouldn’t even have been allowed to run. The argument,… Read more »

Donald John Trump Stands with Saudi Arabia Over Our Own CIA

I don’t care about White House press statements. I rarely read them. But this one, clearly written by Donald John Trump, today stood out to me. Set aside the content of the message for a minute and look at the quality of the writing. It’s fucking horrid. The lede is: The world is a very… Read more »

Political Discourse: It’s Not the Internet’s Fault

Inevitably when the topic of the current state of political discourse comes up, it is agreed that it’s the Internet’s fault that it’s so bad right now. Before we get into what’s to blame, let’s rewind this shit a bit. When was political discourse in this country civil? In May 1856, South Carolina Congressman Preston… Read more »

Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General Says the Trump Administration Sucks Balls

Steady yourself. What I’m about to tell you is going to blow your goddamn mind. The Donald Trump administration is woefully inadequate, incompetent and just basically total shit. The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General issued a 25-page report outlining all the ways the Trump administration failed while implementing Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy… Read more »

Papadopoulos Gets 2 Weeks, Martha Stewart Should Get an Apology

Donald Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos got a two-week sentence after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI. Someone else lied to the FBI and went to prison not too long ago. Martha Stewart, in 2004, was found guilty of lying to the FBI. She served five months at a federal prison camp. It’s true… Read more »

#Repeal2A Regulate Guns Like We Do Driving a Car

Gun violence in the United States is a pandemic and rooted in the 2nd amendment of the Constitution. More than 30,000 people will be killed with a bullet in the US this year. There are 400 million guns in America. After every tragedy, you hear whispers about gun laws. After a few days, the whispers… Read more »

You’re Doing Worse Economically Now Than in 1998

If you’re 40 or older, you’re doing worse economically now than you were in 1998. Wages The national average wage increased about $20,000 from 1998 to 2016. According to the Social Security Administration, the average wage was $28,861 in 1998 and $48,642 in 2016. That’s an increase of 68.5 percent. That sounds like a big… Read more »

Paul Manafort Eastern District Virginia Criminal Court Case Documents

I’m following this USA v. Manafort et al criminal case in the eastern district of Virginia courthouse as best as I can via court documents and news reports. As I acquire information and data, I’ll dump it here largely for my own reference, but so others can dig into the court documents if that’s interesting… Read more »

Republicans Block Funding to Protect Our Elections

Today, 47 senators voted against an amendment by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) that would have provided money to states to fortify their elections. It was an amendment to Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act of 2019 (H.R.6147). The amendment would have provided $250 million in grants to states to help them beef… Read more »