tengrain at Mock Paper Scissors delivers to us a war-on-the-poor quote that has been making the rounds, and concludes unassailably that Paul Ryan is a sociopath. I suppose it still depends on whether the quote is accurate and in context.
Libertarian Michael A. LaFerrara at Principled Perspectives seems to believe that poverty is caused by anti-poverty programs. Let-them-eat-incentives worked through most of human history when, as we all know, starvation did not exist.
Republicans are sometimes accused of attacking the health of the seriously ill. Sometimes it’s true. Tommy Christopher documents a singular judicial decision by Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch that he knew would result in the death of a cancer victim. The case did not involve medical treatment, only in the right briefly to work from home during a contagious influenza epidemic.
Vincent at A Wayfarer’s Notes walks us from the pages of a satire about a pre-Trump Trump-type to a medically intrusive procedure to see what ails him. Vincent is a bright and polished gem. Of course, we wish him the best.
I didn’t believe it at first, but yeah. Green Eagle looks at the Congressional Record and tells us the official legislative name of the Republican repeal and replace bill.
If repeal-and-replace doesn’t pass, our president believes Republicans can force Obamacare to fail and people will blame Democrats. Won’t work. Jonathan Bernstein points out that Donald Trump now owns Obamacare.
driftglass searches his memory and finds a tenuous connection from nearly a decade ago between himself and a discredited blogger. The blogger now poses as an intelligence expert to help defend Russia’s Putin.
David Graham delves into the Trump administration’s expansion of “alternative facts” into an all out attack on the concept of analysis.
Infidel753 educates us on a strange movement to force English into a subset of the German language, stripping out all words that can be traced to non-German origins. Infidel suggests a possible useful outcome involving Donald Trump and his executive orders. I dunno. Maybe. An alternative might simply be to re-read our president’s philosophy in its original German. Still, Infidel is on to something interesting.
nojo at Stinque reacts seven times to that cute episode of a BBC interview interrupted by the expert’s children. Can’t tell for sure whether nojo is scolding his readers or recoiling from his own quick responses. Insightful in any case. I usually get bored by any analyses of humor. Seems like going to a fine restaurant and eating the menu. But this brief piece is really very good.