Stupid Fawning Lapdog Government Apes the US Again

Our glorious leaders have seen fit to copy Trump and his cronies with banning laptops and tablets on planes — from certain countries. The only possible reason for this madness is to punish people for coming from (or visiting) those countries.

Worse, though: such a ban is only going to:

  1. make things even more confusing and complex at airport security, and
  2. get extended until it covers all flights, everywhere. You wait and see.

Trumpeting

Not a lot to say about today. Trump is president. World War III hasn't started yet, but presumably he's got the nuclear codes now. Actually it's entirely possible that whoever is responsible for briefing the new president on such matters (and come to think of it, who is it who has that responsibility?) didn't actually…

Poetry and Politics

It's hard to believe that this is for real: a poem about Trump written by an American, riffing on the orange one's Scottish heritage (which, I'm sure it's fair to say, embarrasses our entire nation). Indeed, something in the headline gives me pause: why would The Scotsman describe it as "created" rather then "written"? I…

Thanks, Obama (for Real)

Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of dthe most prominent whistleblowers in modern times when she exposed the nature of modern warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan, and who then went on to pay the price with a 35-year military prison sentence, is to be freed in May as a gift of outgoing president Barack Obama.

From The Guardian

Nice one. Next, pardon Snowden?

Pamela Constable on her parents’ WASP values

Great piece in the Washington Post by one of their correspondents whose Republican parents would have hated what the party has become: it occurred to me that our cerebral and courtly African American president, struggling against the tide of an angry, visceral age, had more in common with this elderly WASP gentleman than did many…

“Republicans: good at theatre, dreadful at governing”

I've often [said](http://devilgate.org/blog/2010/05/05/disappointment/) that you can't trust right-wingers with the economy. But now Michael Tomasky, in The Guardian, gives more evidence for my assertion, regarding the US Republicans. My favourite quote: > But running the country? They've shown almost no aptitude for it for many years. The reason is simple and was imperishably expressed by…

Queues

Long queues at polling places are a sign, surely, of a country recently freed from tyranny, of one that is experiencing the chance to vote for the first time (I'm thinking of South Africa in 1994, for example). They are not something that you generally expect to see in a mature democracy like the USA.…

Worrier president

There's a Warren Zevon song called 'Worrier King'. It contains the line, 'I've been up all night, worrying what November's gonna bring.' Given that US elections are always In that month, there's little doubt what he was worrying about. If Warren had lived he'd be worrying now, and I have a shrewd idea in which…