Archive for February, 2021

February 28th, 2021 - 9:49 pm § in Misc.

How’s South Dakota’s laissez-faire handling of Covid-19 working out?

Poorly. Bloomberg called it “a failed experiment in herd immunity.” Over 40% of the state’s residents got infected. (Read article here.) South Dakota has the 8th highest mortality rate among the 50 states. (Hawai and Vermont have the lowest; Washington is 7th lowest. See article he[...]

February 28th, 2021 - 9:15 pm § in Misc.

Golden Globe winners

This was Golden Globes night, in case you didn’t notice, and here’s what won: Best Movie, Drama: “Nomadland” Best Movie, Comedy: “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” Best TV Drama Series: “The Crown” Best TV Comedy Series: “Schitt’s Creek” Be[...]

February 28th, 2021 - 8:53 pm § in Misc.

Apartment to let

Until I read about it in today’s Seattle Times, I didn’t know that peaked roof on top of Seattle’s Smith Tower houses a 1-bedroom apartment. It was remodeled in the 1990s and leased for 20 years to Seattle venture capitalist Petra Franklin (who doesn’t have a biography I can [...]

February 28th, 2021 - 11:26 am § in Politics

Why Republicans say “Democrat” instead of “Democratic”

It’s deliberate incivility. “Amid bipartisan calls to dial back extreme partisanship following the insurrection, the intentional misuse of ‘Democrat’ as an adjective remains in nearly universal use among Republicans,” Huffington Post says. (Read article here.) But, R[...]

February 28th, 2021 - 12:35 am § in Misc.



February 27th, 2021 - 8:03 pm § in Politics

Is NY Gov. Cuomo toast?

“A second former aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is accusing him of sexual harassment,” the New York Times reported on Saturday, February 27, 2021. Read story here.¬†Other news media are following the story, but the Times’ reporting is the primary source for the new allegations. Earli[...]

February 26th, 2021 - 9:47 pm § in America, Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Misc., Politics

Should a president’s nuclear launch decision be subject to approval?

Several dozen House Democrats, undoubtedly with Trump in mind, want nuclear war to be a committee decision. (Read story here.) They argue that “other officials, including the vice president and speaker of the House, should concur with a launch order before it can be issued.” Stephen Youn[...]

February 26th, 2021 - 5:19 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics

PHOTOGRAPHY: Golden calf

Trump supporters unveiled a golden statue of their messiah at CPAC, instantly prompting comparisons to the biblical golden calf. Read story here. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

February 26th, 2021 - 1:38 pm § in Politics

What’s at stake if Democrats don’t kill the filibuster

For years now, Republicans have practiced scorched-earth politics. In 2009, when America faced its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, their goal was not to help newly-elected President Obama save the economy, but make his presidency a failure. Since then, their legislative policy has [...]

February 26th, 2021 - 12:54 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics

How not to improve a relationship

Richard Michetti of Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, is charged with federal crimes for participating in the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot. During the assault on the Capitol, Michetti (photo, right) texted his girlfriend, “It’s going down here we stormed the building …. Gotta stop the vo[...]