Category: Quick Takes

Tip Of The Iceberg — Manafort And Gates

Today former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates pleaded not guilty to indictments from the Robert Mueller probe into the Trump campaign and Russian collusion or cooperation during the 2016 United States Presidential election. Quoting from a Reuters story published today, one needs to remember why Manafort left the Trump campaign chairmanship in August: “Manafort ran…

Trump Pardon Of Arpaio An Atrocity

Donald Trump’s Friday, August 25 (while Category 4 hurricane Harvey was making landfall) pardon of former (note the word “former”) sheriff Joe Arpaio was not a surprise. (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/28/us/politics/trump-finland-harvey-arpaio-russia.html?mcubz=0) But it was and is reprehensible. It is another in a long list of Trumpian atrocities committed during the first eight months of the Trump administration. Arizona citizens voted Arpaio out of…

Trumpian False Equivalency

Individuals or members of groups opposed to white supremacist/nationalist groups are not equally culpable as members of the KKK, neo-Nazi, white supremacist, white nationalist or other hate groups. Members of hate groups have perpetrated many more crimes and acts of violence against others than have been perpetrated against them. Please see the summary compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center…

Hygge Is A Thing

I recently learned that #hygge is a thing. Apparently it’s been trending all year. (I need to get out more.) Pronounced “hoo-ga” or “hue-gah,” it’s a Danish concept. You may of heard that the Danish are the happiest people in the world. Denmark is also home to some of the best crime writers on the planet. Don’t try to reconcile…

Gorsuch Confirmed

Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the United States Supreme Court today. Let’s look at how we got here. In March 2016, President Obama nominated Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland, a completely qualified judge, to the Supreme Court seat created by the death of Antonin Scalia. For much of election year 2016, the Republicans in the House and Senate said that “the…

Troubling Events In Trumpland: Wiretapping

There have been some very troubling and concerning events during the last two weeks. For example, on March 15, there was a very high-security, highly classified briefing held by FBI Director James Comey with Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Chuck Grassley. Grassley is the Republican and Feinstein is the Democrat.  This briefing was held in a specially compartmented facility to…