Loon Star State

Out on the Texas panhandle this billboard actually exists.

Unfortunately, Ted Cruz does, too.

A Maniac, You Say?

Veteran CBS newsman Eric Sevareid said his hour-long interview with Eric Hoffer was “the greatest filmed monologue I had ever had anything to do with in all my years in television.” Sevareid was the CBS Washington bureau chief from 1946 to 1954 and covered every presidential election from 1948 to 1976, alongside Murrow and Cronkite, so that’s saying something.

Eric Hoffer was a self-educated longshoreman who wrote ten books, became an adjunct professor at UC Berkley and was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983. Asked  how his own epitaph might read, Hoffer replied “He wrote a few good sentences.” Here’s one:

In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.

Get Out the Vote

Not making precognitive boasts, but this
video was made back in 2011 and Trump
was just a punchline. That hasn’t changed,
except the joke’s on all of us now.

Nixon Wept

Richard Nixon founded the Environmental Protection Agency, as crazy as that seems.

You’d need to be off the charts crazy corrupt to disgust Tricky Dick, but Scott Pruitt is already past his eyeballs in suits and investigations for payoffs, sweetheart deals, graft and malfeasance even as he reverses every environmental protection on the books.

His latest move was forcibly ejecting an AP reporter along with journalists for CNN and E&E from a public hearing. Even for a Trump appointee, he sets an unprecedented new bar for toxic.

Illusion-Free Presidents Day

Of course you’re
cool with that.