I want to apologize to those of you that have been reading this space regularly. I have not been writing as much was I would like to be. There have been some things happening in my personal life that have led to that in some degree, but for the most part, it’s me. I’ve been spending a lot of time observing, listening to people on both sides of the aisle, thinking, and reading. I’ve also been basically in two states lately, either filled with a blinding rage that is both all-consuming and exhausting…or exhausted. It’s been difficult to focus in these periods.

Also, frankly, I don’t like to shout into the void unless I have something new or original to say. There’s a lot of good people out there doing a lot of good reporting on the current political climate. Hopefully you’re reading some of them. If not, take a look at Ezra Klein, Joy Ann Reid, Rachel Maddow, David Cay Johnston, Sopan Deb, Sarah Kendzior, Dan Diamond, and Leah McElrath, to start with.

But, since I have a blog, that makes me a blogger, which means I must write on my blog. So, these are the things I’ve been watching and thinking about. I’ve got a few short hits on a few things that have been happening, and something longer on the election and the reaction to it from many on The Left.

These are my opinions. If you don’t like them, well, I have others.

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Maybe if we think, and wish, and hope, and pray, it might come true
Baby, then there wouldn’t be a single thing we couldn’t do (The Beach Boys)

I was going to write something about last night’s speech, but Sarah Kendzior has written a wonderful rebuttal that is better than anything I could do. It’s here and I highly recommend reading it. 

The headline to Sarah’s piece says “Trump played nice for the night,” and that seems to have come as a surprise to a lot of people. President 44 1/2 doesn’t often play nice or like to talk much about things that would be nice. His rhetoric leans towards fearfulness and apocalyptic ravings, with some empty promises and slogans thrown in, such as in last night’s speech. Indeed, I Googled “donald trump wouldn’t it be nice” and I found a few references to an off the cuff remark he made at a town hall in October about not broadcasting battle strategies. Oh, and also, about one thousand references or variations on the same theme, that he keeps hitting over and over again:

“Wouldn’t it be nice if we got together with Russia and knocked the hell out of ISIS?”

The President has been saying this for years now, so I’d thought I’d respond. I want to ask him if he’s ever seen Black Mask, or is somehow otherwise familiar with the story of Whitey Bulger and FBI agent John Connolly. Because an alliance between the US and Putin’s Russia would be built on the same moral ground as the alliance between the FBI and Whitey Bulger, and a Putin alliance would be just as bad for the US as the Bulger alliance was for the FBI.