Steven M dissects the Foxification of a news story.

It’s a true tale of magickal mystickal transmogrification.


Lake Mead gives up the ghost (towns).

The once brimming reservoir that straddles the Nevada-Arizona state line is now at its lowest point in more than 40 years, . . . .

Vestiges of St. Thomas, which was about 35 miles southeast of Las Vegas, have resurfaced over the decades with the fluctuation of the lake level, according to the park service. The town remained under water in the 1980s and 1990s, resurfacing in 2002. It’s been exposed since then due to the drought, a park service spokeswoman said.


In the Las Vegas Sun, Timothy Egan notes the irony:

Trump is a byproduct of all the toxic elements Republicans have thrown into their brew over the past decade or so — from birtherism to race-based hatred of immigrants, from nihilists who shut down government to elected officials who shout “You lie!” at their commander in chief.

It was fine when all this crossing of the line was directed at President Barack Obama or other Democrats. But now that the ugliness is intramural, Trump has forced party leaders to decry something they have not only tolerated, but encouraged.

Much more at the link.


Politeness is essential when one is sojourning at the lodging house.

A 10-year-old was taken to the hospital after he was accidentally shot by another child inside a hotel room in north Nashville.


Police said the three kids were playing with a cap gun when one of them picked up a real gun and accidentally shot the victim.


Tweet from Lisa Bloom:  If we are telling people don't assert you Constitutional rights at a traffice stop and just do whatever cops say we live in a police state.

Invisiblelad adds:

It’s the unsaid there that’s truly chilling though. It’s the “do whatever cops say because they’re allowed to kill you otherwise” implication that genuinely shatters any notion of liberty this country claims to have.

Stolen in its entirety from PoliticalProf.


What puzzled me most about this story in my local rag is why, in the print edition (yes, we subscribe to the print edition; we believe in supporting our local rag–it’s not perfect, but, all-in-all, it’s a pretty good rag), the Sons of Confederate Veterans was referred to as a “Vets’ Group” on the overrun page.

“Vets” of what? Of the war to preserve chattel slavery, to keep persons in bondage, to steal the labor of others because of the color of their skin?

Dollars to doughnuts not a one of them lifted a weapon in that war.

Or is “Vet” newspeak for “Secesh”?

Words fail me.


Watch what they do, not what they say.


Carl Sagan:

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.


Hint: It’s all absurd.


From the BBC:

Mr Meredith explained that the drone was hovering above his neighbourhood. When it moved over his property, he shot it down.

Three shots from his Benelli short-barrel shotgun took the craft out of the sky.

“I went to my safe, retrieved my shotgun, went back out,” he said. “I felt that I was well within my rights as an American citizen to defend my property.”

He explained that he was concerned that the drone was invading his privacy and that of his daughters and that it was not the first time a drone had been sighted in the area.

Four men, including the owner of the downed drone, later confronted Mr Meredith outside his house.

Mr. Meredith was arrested and charged with “offences relating to the discharge of a firearm.”

As much as I disdain the reckless, feckless deployment of firearms, I must confess that, if Mr. Meredith starts a GoFundMe for his defense, I might kick in five bucks.


Eric Schwartz and Brian Atwood note that those who monger war seem incapable of learning (emphasis added):

Remarkably, there are still unrepentant cheerleaders for that war (the Great and Glorious Patriotic War for a Lie in Iraq–ed.), as well as those who argue that the U.S. invasion was a good idea in principle that was just executed poorly. And they are among the most influential voices opposed to the agreement with Iran.

Why does it matter that the pundits who were so convinced about invading Iraq more than a decade ago now pursue with passionate certainty the defeat of the diplomatic effort involving Iran?

Follow the link for their answer.



Former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s pension benefits can be taken away based on a law he signed while governor, according to a legal opinion issued Friday by Attorney General Mark Herring.

A jury in September found McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of doing favors for former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. The couple have been sentenced to prison but are currently free on appeals.

Governor McAuliffe, who has been a much better governor than most folks expected, has been putting off a decision.

More at the link.


The Regent probably figured, as did Richard Nixon, that the laws were for the little people.


Bloviator:  We must end all abortions!  Woman says


Historiann, an academician who is necessarily on campuses (campi?), recounts her experiences with campus cops. Here’s one (emphasis added); the rest aren’t pretty either.

My second encounter with campus “police” was in the late 1990s when I was teaching at the University of Dayton. Arriving at campus early one morning, I was confused by the maze of parking lots where my parking permit now allowed me to park. I drove the wrong way for 15 feet, into an exit-only lane for one parking lot–that was wrong, but there were no other cars moving in the lot at the time, so there was no danger to anyone because I missed the “exit only” sign. I was immediately pulled over (lights flashing and siren blaring!) by a campus “police” officer. When I (naively) moved to get out of my car to have a conversation with the “police” officer, I was screamed at “Get back in the car! Get back in the car!” by the overwrought cop. His anger and apparent lack of judgment and personal control scared me, so I got back in the car. Imagine what might have happened if I were in my teens, and/or African American, and/or male, and/or not wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase?

Read the rest.


Steven M. struggles to understand why Washingon media can’t see the clown nose on the GOP face. A snippet:

But is that really what the typical mainstream journalist believes — that, yes, the right is crazy now, but cooler heads ought to prevail any minute now?

I think it’s worse than that. I think every flare-up of extremism that’s (sic) the Village can’t simply ignore is treated as an isolated incident, the work of an unrepresentative “lone nut” or collection of lone nuts. It certainly never reflects the nature of the party as a whole! The demonization of Sandra Fluke? That was just that awful Rush Limbaugh! “Legitimate rape”? Todd Akin, speaking solely for himself, and not in any way expressing a widely shared belief on the right!


The Villagers never think “the Adults will once again take charge” because they never truly believe that the crazies are in charge.


Rudolf Nureyev:

Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration.


Warning: Graphic. And too true to be funny.


Graphic with caption:  Jeff in Missouri is found guilty of selling pot.--21 years into a life sentence without parole.  Big Wall Street Banks plead guilty to felony rigging of markets to enrich themselves--pay a fine, no one goes to jail, get special waivers to keep doing business despite the felony conviction.

Via Bad Tux.



Hark! Do I hear the blare of Trumpettes?