Alabama’s Coosa River Valley is the home of Judge Roy Moore, leading Republican candidate in the special election for the U.S. Senate. Looking at the valley on Google maps, the back waterways branch away from the winding Coosa River running from Weiss Lake to the Gulf of Mexico. Tucked among two Willis Creeks and a Black Greek is Gadsden, the county seat of Etowah County, an all American burgh of short buildings, brown and gray, streets of Chestnut and Broad. Gliding through them in Google street view, green hills pimple the distance
Turn down a strip of alley. The neglected sidewalks have sunk into the concrete. The whole town seems vaguely neglected. The population has dropped in the last 30 years. After 19th century trading glory the place declined, like most river towns have. In the 70’s industries left and by the late 80’s Gadsden was listed as one of the worst places in the country to live. The pictures one finds now online show cold left overs from the set it and forget it American days. Other than a graphic design and photography shop in what must have been an old mechanics garage, nothing looks to have changed much from the Carter years. Nestled beside the photo shops new white paint job is a barn colored wall with an old sign printed on it. It reads Mater’s Pizza and Pasta Emporium, in big carnival script. Continue reading “Roy Moore’s Amore: Reading The News and Lolita on Election Day”
A letter from Capitol Hill
Monday morning began with the news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had indicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates, who served on the president’s inauguration committee. The two have been charged with “conspiracy against America,” and other forms of tax evasion, also failing to register as a foreign agent related to work they did in Ukraine for ousted President, and Putin ally, Viktor Yanukovych and his Party of Regions. This came as no surprise to anyone. However the news that former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about meetings he had with a Russian linked professor in London about organizing a meeting between candidate Trump and Vladimir Putin, was a surprise. This revelation has caused Democrats to question the validity of Attorney General Jeff Sessions original testimony on attempts at collusion between the campaign and Russia, with some Senators demanding the nation’s top lawyer come back to the Senate Intelligence Committee and explain himself. Continue reading “Catholic Dogma, Electric Shock and Cuts, Cuts, Cuts-The Week In Congress.”
In September the House and Senate passed different version of a $700 plus billion National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018 and are now preparing to head to conference to hammer out the specifics before sending it to the White House for signature.
Conference committees are designed to reach a bicameral compromise on a piece of legislation. A few steps need to be taken before going to conference, such as nominating the members who will sit on the committee. Continue reading “Civilian Marksmanship Program to Get 100,000 Guns with 2018 NDAA”
With more than 80% of Puerto Rico still without power and the Children’s Health Insurance Program still left unrenewed, leaving close to 9 million American children without access to health insurance, the House of Representatives met today to rename a handful of post offices. Continue reading “Every Time the House Meets a Post Office Gets Its Name”
Ajit Pai will serve five years as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission after the Senate confirmed his nomination today on a 52-41 vote.
While FCC chairman is not a position that usually garners much public attention, Pai has become one of the more controversial Chairman’s in decades, in part because of late night television host John Oliver’s public burning of the Kansas native on the HBO show Last Week Tonight.
Oliver’s concerns revolved around Pai’s position on net neutrality, and in the two days of debate on the Senate floor, that opinion was echoed by some Democratic Senators. Continue reading “Senate Confirms Ajit Pai as FCC Chairman”
KICK BACK is a series of posts attempting to interact with the news and the internet in a more empowered way. To literally kick back and fight media with media. This one reads a piece by John Nolte, published in Breitbart on September 22, 2017. Italics are mine.
Should Graham-Cassidy, the latest manifestation of the seven-year Republican promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, manage to pass the Senate next week, ironically enough, conservatives will owe a debt of thanks to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the man single-handedly responsible for saving Obamacare in the last vote-around.
This is an incredibly accurate statement here to start this article, at its heart. Yet Breitbart still manages to obfuscate the truth by omission. John McCain was the single man responsible for “saving Obamacare”, as they say, saving Republicans from themselves, other conservatives may say, or even making a big sacrifice for what may sadly be a futile act to preserve the solidity and honor of the United States Senate, as I say. But his were not the only hands that cast a no vote that early morning in July. Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska also voted no. And they did so for reasons of their own, particular to their state. Reasons, it should be said, that do not seem the least bit resolved by Republicans in this Graham-Cassidy bill. Continue reading “7 Things the Media Doesn’t Want You to Know About Graham-Cassidy, Says Breitbart”
“Lowbrow culture and contrarian politics in the capital of the west coast. This issue features fiction by Robert Mailer Anderson and his uncle, Bruce Anderson, some history by Salon.com founder David Talbot, a heartbreaking story about the artist S. Clay Wilson (foreword by Ron Turner) and wicked political insights,” writes Argonaut Editor-in-Chief, the late Warren Hinckle.
I worked for Warren as the associate editor on this issue and wrote the cover story on “the Gold Dust extraction.”