The continued lowering of standards in government

The Trump Administration seems to take pride in finding people to nominate for important positions who aren’t really qualified to do them. We’ve seen judges who’ve never issued an opinion until now, we’ve seen wedding planners appointed to oversee federal funding for housing, and we’ve seen talk-show hosts nominated to be head scientist at the …

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Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention covered Dylan

And did it damned quickly, too. This was recorded live at the Troubador in LA in February of 1974. Two versions were released, one on the Sandy Denny box set Who Knows Where the Time Goes in 1985, and the other on her anthology A Boxful of Treasures in 2004. It first appeared on Dylan’s …

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Pruitt’s former Chief of Staff talks

And Congressional Democrats demand answers from Pruitt. They wrote a letter to him. Read the whole thing. The sense of entitlement Pruitt exhibits is astonishing. This is a guy who is, after all, just another lawyer from Oklahoma. He apparently decided the taxpayers could and should pay for his travel destinations. “Find me something to …

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Trump hires smart people

From the New York Times, Saturday: …legal experts and White House officials say that in Mr. Pruitt’s haste to undo government rules and in his eagerness to hold high-profile political events promoting his agenda, he has often been less than rigorous in following important procedures, leading to poorly crafted legal efforts that risk being struck …

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Pruitt’s job failures

Politico has an article which might relieve some of us who are infuriated with EPA’s Scott Pruitt as much for the regulations he’s trying to roll back as for his dishonesty and lack of ethics. It’s titled The Myth of Scott Pruitt’s EPA Rollback, and it explains that despite the seemingly daily press release from …

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Lyin’ Trump lies again

Trump is on this tear about Amazon and the Post Office, and he’s fired everyone who’s willing to tell him he’s making a fool of himself by getting his facts wrong or lying. For starters: Last year alone, Amazon supplied $7 billion of the Post Office’s $19.5 billion in revenue. So obviously Amazon and the …

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The Decline and Fall of Sears Roebuck

This is similar to what I have seen when entering or descending the escalator to my local mall’s Sears store at ground level. I would swear it was like this as recently as last week. No more. It’s gone from this to this There were two televisions on display, and I was told I shouldn’t …

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