Happy Pick-Your-Insurance Day!

Subject line: "Tomorrow is a big deal but President Trump doesn't want you to know about it." Well, that's one way to stand out in my email inbox. The sender is my state's senior U.S. Senator, Jeanne Shaheen, and the message is from her Senate account, not a campaign address. "...November 1st, through December 15th, … Continue reading Happy Pick-Your-Insurance Day!

Rough “Justice”

A 17-year old with no visible means of financial support got an abortion this morning. Not news, you say? Look again. “Jane Doe” is an immigrant, an unaccompanied 17-year-old, living in the U.S. without benefit of documentation. When Jane Doe learned she was pregnant, she sought an abortion in Texas, where she is living. Disputes … Continue reading Rough “Justice”

Congressman Steve Scalise at Values Voters: a Happy Warrior

The just-concluded Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C. was punctuated by standing ovations. Among them: a few for the President, who spoke decisively but without pugnacity; for Bannon and Gorka, the red-meat guys; for Alveda King, bringing the crowd to its feet to join her in song. And then there was the one for Steve … Continue reading Congressman Steve Scalise at Values Voters: a Happy Warrior

Pure Relief

The grind-it-out side of public policy occupied me this morning, as I went to the State House to listen to a subcommittee patiently work out the language of a bill. That done, I walked outside to see what was up on the State House plaza. And my day was made. A collection was underway for … Continue reading Pure Relief

Banned Books Week? Bah, Humbug!

It's "Banned Books Week." Pardon my groan. I rant about this every year. No end in sight, alas. The folks behind Banned Books Week - a coalition of the American Library Association and allied groups - lost all credibility with me years ago when they conflated "banned" and "challenged," especially when the challenge is to … Continue reading Banned Books Week? Bah, Humbug!

Waiting on the Storm

Y'know what's worse than being in the path of a hurricane? Having loved ones in the path, when you're far away and can't do a whole lot to help. I'm with Fausta, in that my mind is elsewhere right now. Of course, it's altogether possible that Irma will come up the coast and visit my … Continue reading Waiting on the Storm

Worried about the Court? Then worry about the Senate

I suspect that those of us who find Trump & Hillary equally unacceptable are going to be voted off the conservative island before this election's over. I'm being harangued by perfectly nice people saying "butbutbut HILLARY!!", along with what's supposed to be the clincher: "Supreme Court!" An awful prospect, to be sure. The thing is, … Continue reading Worried about the Court? Then worry about the Senate

Ads say the darnedest things

As a social media nerd (perhaps you know the type), I take note of the political ads in the sidebars and footers of the blogs and pages I follow. The unseen forces that affect ad-placing algorithms have figured out that I'm pro-life, and most of the political ads I see are for more-or-less pro-life candidates. … Continue reading Ads say the darnedest things