WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Why does it always feel like the bad guys are winning?

Item: Buckaroo border agents on horseback wrangled Haitian immigrants on the banks of the Rio Grande like they were lil dogies being led to auction. When we start thinking of … Continue reading

September 24, 2021 · 11 Comments

We can be heroes

Item: A Pennsylvania Senate committee approved subpoenas to obtain the personal information of millions of voters in that state. The Republicans are still “looking into” the 2020 election results there. … Continue reading

September 20, 2021 · 3 Comments

The bleat goes on …

Item: Amy Coney Barrett, R-Antiabortion on the Supreme Court, caused quite a stir by claiming, in the presence of Mitch McConnell at a Kentucky event, that the court is not … Continue reading

September 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

9/11 and the drive toward authoritarianism

In my anti-democracy roundup a few days ago, I talked about how our national drive toward authoritarianism might have begun with 9/11. I’ve been thinking about it ever since. The … Continue reading

September 15, 2021 · 7 Comments

Make it stop?

Item: The nominee for head of the ATF is being withdrawn because there’s been bipartisan pushback on account of his support for gun control. Since Joe Manchin is among those … Continue reading

September 13, 2021 · 3 Comments

I’ve had just Abbott enough …

I took a little break from obsessively following the anti-democratic news so you don’t have to, mostly thanks to our local conflagration and a few distracting side-events. I’m afraid of … Continue reading

September 10, 2021 · 2 Comments

McCarthy’s bark

Item: Kevin McCarthy is threatening telecom companies with vague but harsh consequences should they comply with congressional demands for information regarding those GOP legislators I mentioned last week. He says … Continue reading

September 5, 2021 · 6 Comments

Experiments in minority rule

Since Texas has recently succeeded in canceling Roe v. Wade as the law of the land, it’s probably a good time to reflect on what this means for the future. … Continue reading

September 3, 2021 · 9 Comments

Dog days are over(?)

Item: Texas went ahead and passed its voter suppression bills, but the really heinous thing is that the House Speaker (Dade Phelan—what a name) banned the word “racism” from being … Continue reading

September 1, 2021 · 2 Comments

History lessens …

One theme that’s coming out of the whole Afghanistan debacle is that perhaps we’ll learn from this experience and modulate our foreign policy to be more prudent and forward-looking from … Continue reading

August 29, 2021 · 6 Comments