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Fear and Loathing 2020: Inspiration And Charisma

We started today with an oh-dark-early run up to the ancient Town Hall in Hopkinton for a Yang event.  It was nine degrees when we left the hotel; the rented Impala didn’t want to move.  My diet Coke was a mass of ice.

Walking across the crusted snow toward the event, I sounded like a marching regiment.  One particular grave (more…)

F&L 2020: A Victory For Us All

“What do you perceive as problems that need to be solved and how would you, as President, go about solving them?”
Clark McNaughton


As I write this, Tulsi Gabbard is polling at 6% among New Hampshire likely-to-vote Democrats — but nearly 30% among independents, and fairly strongly even with Republicans.  More detailed questions reveal that a lot of people have her as their first choice, but instead are voting for a different candidate because they think she’ll lose — not in the General against Trump, but in the Primary.

Leaving aside the inanity of such a statement — if you all vote for her, she’ll win, you morons! — let us instead consider (more…)

The Clean Water Act, Part One

I’m going to be honest:  This may never see Part Two.  There is so very much to write about that a lot of very important things will certainly fall by the wayside over the next few weeks and months, and this may be one of them.

But it was a very important happening on Tuesday, and here it is Thursday and there’s been no coverage.  The major media is letting this slide because they have the same problem I do:  Too much happens all at once, and there’s only one front page.

But this is important (more…)

On Welfare

(from the archives)

I’ve been reading Martin Cruz Smith again – “Gorky Park” and “Polar Star”. It’s a fascinating snapshot of another country at another time, and the contrast of that vision throws the realities of our own time and place into sharp relief.

The great boast of the Soviet Union was that it was a Worker’s Paradise. Everyone (more…)