a different kind of rupture

We knew that summer recess was going to be a problem: schools are closed, farmers are seasonally busy, and, well, that's about it in our rural district. How would a Congressman not exactly eager to see his voters fill his days? Soldiers! So, as usual Rodney went into Memorial day frenzy and posted yet another tweet... Continue Reading →


how not to talk to an experienced liar

First of all, do not fall into the standard trap: that of creating a bond that would make it difficult for you to confront them. All those pats on the back, extended handshakes, chit-chat about what are you doing and where you are from are easy for them, but make it harder for you to... Continue Reading →


Us? yes, very - the semester end is taxing, as usual. But Rodney, what about him? After two weeks of Easter schmoozing in the District, you would expect him to overwhelm you with news about his new legislative initiatives, and important speeches. Nothing like this happening, and his Twitter and Facebook accounts are silent for... Continue Reading →

It’s Even Worse Than It Looks

Our little group is hosting a second event (following the successful one on ACA), a Public Discussion, in Champaign Public Library, at 7pm on Monday, April 17. The presentation slides. Media Kit Borrowing the title of the Mann and Ornstein book on the dysfunction of the US Congress seems appropriate when discussing what Mr. Davis... Continue Reading →

Libertad o Muerte,

(actually, Libertad y Muerte, literally). The certified crazy somewhat unhinged ObGyn-turned-GOP representative from Texas, Doctor "I saw fetuses masturbating" Burgess whom our darling Rodney Davis invited to provide medical expertise during his "Tele Town Hall" (record here), offered his expert opinion during CPAC last week, that “If the numbers [of insured] drop, I would say that’s a good... Continue Reading →

Politics of Wikipedia

I first learned that Wikipedia is a hotly fought over political terrain by chance: in 2009 Carly Fiorina announced that she is running for the US Senate. I worked at the time in Lucent Technologies, a company she, for a few years the second person in command there, almost run to the ground (using the Producers-grade... Continue Reading →

repeal? replace? repair?

When a politician talks as if he is slightly drunk, it is more often than not an attempt to hide. So, let's not ridicule Rep. Davis' recent radio performance at WILL, but rather try to extract some explicit promises and ask him to confirm or reject the stated position. He explicitly says that the framework... Continue Reading →

not even a weasel

An interview with Rep. Davis (IL13) was aired yesterday, 1.20, on WILL-AM. He said many things, to which we will return later, but was pressed repeatedly on one issue – how he voted on the infamous attempt by the House Republicans to make the Office of Congressional Ethics report to the very folks they are supposed... Continue Reading →

Before it starts

Just a couple of thoughts a few hours before Trump gets his nuclear toys. There are two aspects to Trump: I call them vulgar and parochial. His vulgar side is the most noticeable: it is his base, grotesque well beyond being a caricature of him own persona that causes most people recoil at the thought... Continue Reading →


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