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CNN Chyron Writers Think They’re Clever (They’re Not)

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:00:19 +0000

The guys who write the snarky little parentheticals in the CNN chyrons are at it again — and they have been unleashed with a vengeance: .@CNN not pulling any punches tonight pic.twitter.com/wgWGAewkDy — Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) February 21, 2018 I’ll save you the click. Here are both of the images in the tweet: And they […]



Repeal the Logan Act

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:45 +0000

As most people following politics know, there’s an obscure law called the Logan Act which makes it a crime for unauthorized people to conduct foreign policy with certain governments under specified circumstances. If someone like Michael Flynn negotiates foreign policy with a Russian ambassador, or Ted Kennedy asks the Rooskies to intervene in a U.S. […]



Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 80: “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott”

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:00:25 +0000

It is the first Sunday in Lent. The title of today’s cantata is “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” (A Mighty Fortress Is Our God). The cantata was written for Reformation Day, but that won’t fall on a Sunday until 2021, and I can’t wait that long to give you one of Bach’s best-loved cantatas. […]



Thanks to Everyone Who Contributed for Leviticus’s Baby Girl

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:12:18 +0000

On February 13, I posted that our longtime commenter Leviticus was lucky enough to experienced the birth of a daughter: Shirley Beatrix M. Commenter Simon Jester had suggested passing around the hat for Shirley, and other commenters told me they would like that. So I did. I told people that they could be anonymous in […]



Happy Blogiversary to Me

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:00:53 +0000

Today is a milestone of sorts. This blog began 15 years ago today, on February 17, 2003. I was 34 years old. I turn 50 later this year. My daughter had recently had her third birthday, and my son was four months old. Now my daughter is an adult. She can vote. My son is […]



Who Is Indicted Russian Oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, and What Are His Connections to Putin?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:45:58 +0000

One of the key figures indicted by a grand jury in the Russia collusion investigation today is Yevgeny Prigozhin, the so-called “chef to Putin.” Who is this fellow, and what connections does he have to the Russian government, if any? The question is important, because there are no specific allegations in the indictment showing that […]



Facebook Caves to Putin Censorship — With Bonus COLLUSION Connection!

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:30:55 +0000

If you don’t have your head up Donald Trump’s rear end, you know that Vladimir Putin, while nominally an elected official, is actually a feared dictator who censors his opposition (and, if he deems it necessary, kills them). What does Putin do when one of his rivals is exposing corruption based on material on a […]