Since November of last year, my sleep has become increasingly troubled and disturbed. Nearly every night I awaken at the crisis point in a nightmare. Many of the nocturnal terrors are variations on a racing theme. In most of them I am watching a race between Donald Trump’s kleptocrats and various investigative reporters and committees. All of them involve the general question of how much irreversible damage will be done to democratic institutions, how many Americans will die, how greatly will i … [Read more...]

Eat a cookie, support abortions (or more from the WTF files…)

I don’t know if boycotting Girl Scout cookies on the basis of the Girl Scout’s perceived (and fictional) relationship with Planned Parenthood is still a thing for 2016 but I know through at least 2014, there were several Texas anti-abortion groups that were organizing these boycotts. Recently, my attention was drawn (or redrawn) to this issue by the circulation this year of a Facebook meme urging the boycott but as far as I know, these boycotts have never gathered much attention or caused much ha … [Read more...]

The House Circus Over Planned Parenthood

Guest commentary from Amanda Knief. (Editor's comment: This timely and predictive post was authored prior to yesterday's House grilling of Planned Parenthood's president.)(Credit: via, I sat for three hours in a U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing to learn what Representatives would say about the undercover, edited videos put out this summer by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress about Planned Parenthood.There were four witnesses called … [Read more...]