Matthew Shepard, December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998


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Kevin McCarthy?

Kevin McCarthy, the least-tenured House Majority Leader, now wants to be speaker of the house.  As Rachel Maddow reminds us, in his nine years in the house he’s introduced two pieces of legislation.  Both were to rename public buildings.  This legislative powerhouse is basically good at flame throwing and raising money.  And now he wants to be in charge of the House legislative agenda.  He wants to lead the Republican caucus.  He wants to be two heartbeats away from the presidency.

Despite his right wing-nuttery, the “Freedom” caucus thinks he’s too much of a squish.

And now he’s admitted that the Bengazi hearings are being conducted to reduce Hillary’s poll numbers.

“A gaffe is when a politician accidentally tells the truth.” — Michael Kinsley

The image is of McCarthy, Alaska.  Population 28.



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¡Papa Francisco!


Pope Francis is visiting the U.S. for the first time, and he’s generating a lot of excitement.  A true Franciscan he communicates the messages and lifestyle of Jesus in a joyful way.  Not just to the Catholic population but to the world in general.  While claiming that he has no political affiliation, and only a devotion to the gospels, his  perspective reminds us that, in terms of social issues, Jesus was a liberal.



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Republican Debate

The second Republican presidential candidate debate will be held at the Reagan Presidential Library.  The significance of the location is on purpose.  Any objective analysis of the Reagan presidency shows it was at best a very average presidency.  He did some good things; did some bad things.  Plagued by scandal, be it Iran-Contra or cabinet appointees gone bad.  But his avuncular grandfatherly image, assassination attempt and early onset Alzheimer’s in his second term let him slide on these issues.  His most significant achievement can be summed up in two words: “Reagan Democrats.”   All this gave Republican operatives the opportunity early on to rewrite history in order to claim that Reagan was our greatest president.  Since then every Republican with an agenda would claim that this is what Reagan would do; even if it wasn’t. Especially if it wasn’t.

So having the debate at Reagan’s Presidential Library gives the candidates free license to invoke the spirit of Reagan to justify their positions.



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Katrina 10 Years Later

Ten years ago hurricane Katrina slammed into Bay St. Louis and Waveland Mississippi along with St. Bernard parish and St. Tammany parish in Louisiana.  The devastation was widespread all along the Gulf coast.  Katrina was a study in contrasts of competance.  From the gross lack of preparedness to the botched rescue efforts.  From FEMA director Michael (“Heckuva Job Brownie”) Brown to General Honoré turning things around and famously yelling at a solder who had a gun:  “We’re on a rescue mission damn it!”

Some things are back, some not. Let’s hope nothing like that ever happens again.


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V-J Day 2015


August 15, 2015 marks 70 years since the Japanese surrendered in WWII.  The horror of two nuclear bomb attacks was too much.  For the last 45 years those without nukes have been trying to get them and those with them are trying to curtail everybody’s stockpile.  Which is precisely why the Iran deal is such a big deal.

Critics of the deal have a whole host of objections.  From the “Israel will be wiped off the face of the earth” to “not a good enough deal.”  The critics apparently don’t know how negotiations work.  Or maybe they just need a Bogeyman to stay in power.  Or maybe it’s just they are critical of everything this administration does, even if it’s a very good thing.  Especially if it’s a very good thing.

No nukes is good nukes.


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17 in the Clown Car

The eight of August is the first Republican debate(s).  The primary debate will have the 10 greatest polling candidates, featuring “Mr.” Trump (a.k.a. “The Donald”).  The “Happy Hour” debate will have the losers.

The pundits, the viewers and the political media are hoping for fireworks.  Specifically they’re waiting for Trump to insult someone.  The great fear is that he won’t and he’ll seem reasonable.

The kiddie-table debate may have more substance.  Or it could be a mish-mash of the standard talking points.

Will someone have a great line?  A great response?  What word or phrase will be the most popular for drinking games?

Friday will be a good time for a White House media dump as the only political coverage will be of the debate.

The image is of Sultana, a 17er in Alaska (5304m).  Also known as Mt. Foraker, named for Ohio senator Joseph Foraker (R) in 1899.


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