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Notes From Underground (Rathole Edition) – Updated with More Rats

After three weeks of posturing about The Wall, in a life-or-death fight to gain approximately one-quarter of the funding supposedly required to build this imaginary barrier, Donald Trump has signed a makeshift temporary end to the government shutdown which provides exactly zero funding for any walls, real or imagined. Naturally, the agreement was forged by his literal “right-hand man” — i.e., his puppet-master...

New York Values

New York State legislators and other criminal minds are cheering today because Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill essentially removing all restrictions on abortion at any stage of pregnancy, right up to natural birth. In other words, a bunch of people who want to kill babies are cheering because they just passed a law to make this easier. Okay, I...

And this is accomplishing…?

In the latest on the longest “government shutdown” in U.S. history, President Trump, having caused the shutdown in quest of a fraction of the funding needed to build his quasi-wall (which of course was always more a magic word for his cult than a serious proposal), and having then offered to extend DACA — an affront to national sovereignty — in exchange for...

Is Rudy Working for the Other Side?

I don’t know what “the other side” would be in this case, or in what possible way Rudy Giuliani’s complete and utter incompetence and bald-faced lying could be of any help to “them,” but it’s just getting weird at this point. Patterico — one of the only people left in America’s “conservative media” who didn’t sell his soul for audience and money (so...

Fake News

Some old fart decides to confront a bunch of high school students in MAGA hats. The teenagers try to act cool, hiding behind the safety of numbers to mock the confrontational old fart. In other words, a normal afternoon in any residential neighborhood in America; this is crabby Mr. Smith who lives on the corner, shouting over the fence at the noisy kids...

Moonset

If sunset is a perennial symbol of glorious endings and the gaining of understanding, then what does that make moonset, sunset’s widely overlooked and uncelebrated mirror image? A symbol of new beginnings and their inherent innocence? But sunrise, nature’s other glory-stealer, is the obvious bringer of new beginnings. Or perhaps, as befits the moon — the secondary, feminine, modest, passive, reflective light —...

The Individual

Most political calamities in this era of the Politics of Calamity, if one were to analyze them down to their barest elements, would prove to revolve around the problem of the lost individual. This is not surprising, since both of the defining currents of modern politics, totalitarian progressivism and strongman populism, are perspectives which systematically reject the individual soul — its natural needs...

Palate Cleanser

For a few days, most of my posts here in Limbo have been focused on current American politics, which essentially means death, chaos, and immorality, all imbued with a kind of bitter wistfulness.  It is therefore time to get back to more substantial fare, which is to say to questions on which rational analysis is not ultimately useless and futile. As it happens,...

Trump About to Offer Democrats More DACA than They Asked For (Again!)

Okay, President Dealmaker is about to attempt to end the government shutdown by pulling one of his brilliant negotiating ploys: offering his “opponents” more than they asked for, and hoping they wake up from their fainting spell or recover from their laughing fit in time to accept it. This time it’s apparently going to be an offer to protect the “dreamers” covered by...

Marxist Moral Reasoning Alert

John King at CNN asked a panel of expert time-wasting blatherers whether the U.S. Vice-President’s wife, Karen Pence, should be entitled to secret service protection at taxpayers’ expense, because she works at a Christian school that refuses to hire homosexuals as teachers or accept them as students. Of course, neither King nor anyone else on the regular payroll at CNN would ever question...