Today by some miracle, just as I finished Barton Gellman’s brilliantly detailed, frightening The Election That Could Break America in The Atlantic, I randomly caught the last hour of Quo Vadis — the bloody 1951 movie about Nero and the fall of Rome — and in too many ways they tell the same perilous story.

The Atlantic article lays out the interregnum between election day November 3rd and inauguration day January 20th. For the first time, an incumbent presidential candidate who will refuse to concede also controls all the levers of executive power and more. …


Black voters are surmounting media Blackouts and discovering Bernie. Are they poised to burn through Southern and senior firewalls?

In January I asked if anyone had a theory of why polls said black voters in the South prefer a candidate named Joe who fought busing, led mass incarceration, cursed welfare mothers’ “luxury cars” and championed endless wars. Was it mainly the Obama connection? Every answer seemed insulting, depressing and implausible.

Now that the Bernie Blackout in media is better understood, it’s clear a major factor was: that blackout has been even more successful in the South and lasted longer —…


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Impeaching a blatantly corrupt president should be a huge win whether the president is removed or not, putting every Senator on the spot. 2020 is a perfect year to replace a dozen corrupt ones, including Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell — at the ballot. …


Jane Mayer of the New Yorker has a very detailed report on the successful campaign to exploit the #MeToo movement, and Democrats’ reliable cowardice, to destroy US Senator Al Franken with lies. Though his trusted friends in Congress recklessly joined his enemies to ruin his life, since then there’s also been a hilarious and successful public uprising on his behalf, a swell of recanting by his ashamed abusers, and a first taste of truth and justice.

Of course, the credulous schmucks who joined the liars, Republicans and Fox News operatives were the Democratic leadership Schumer and Pelosi, whose contempt for…


It’s our duty to begin impeachment now. Congressional leaders are stalling, understandably worried. In fact we can win without risking 2020 and with nothing but upside for the Senate and presidency. We even have a solution for escaping Mike Pence. We just need to follow two simple rules.

1. Focus on the President’s Unfitness, Incompetence and Lawless Acts
Impeachment is about making the case that the president is unfit and removing him. High Crimes and Misdemeanors are about unfitness.

We can prove he’s a criminal too — even a mob boss — though that’s not a requirement of impeachment in…


Psst. You’re about to see how gravity really works, probably for the first time. Albert Einstein realized it while riding an elevator in 1907. But it was hard to visualize, even harder to accept, and frankly, so puzzling it was embarrassing to repeat. Because the theory says that when you drop an object on earth, there’s no downward pull of gravity on it — and that gravity is essentially the opposite of what we all think. It has been misunderstood and even suppressed for over a century. …


COMPARE the actual poll data shown on the screen with the reporter lying in the audio!

Last week Fox News wanted to make the case that supporting a belligerent perjuror and accused predator for the High Court would improve a candidate’s poll numbers. As their own polls show, that wasn’t the case for Indiana GOP candidate Mike Braun, who crashed 4 points after he belittled Christine Ford’s testimony and doubled down on Kavanaugh. Fox News’ solution: LIE about the polls on the air EVEN WHILE SHOWING THEM ON SCREEN! …


We’re almost there. Wins in any 2 of five exciting, close US Senate races can end the abuse of power there. The current corrupt Republican majority in the Senate is just 51 out of 100 — and the election that lets us replace dozens of Senators is November 6th, four weeks away. Below are ten races that can end their reign— including five races where we want to ensure a principled incumbent Senator is re-elected too. You can help.

This has been made easier amid a terrifying new pinnacle of corruption.


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is considering a proposal whereby its confederate “Silent Sam” statue, recently toppled by protestors and removed by authorities, becomes part of a new educational exhibit, where statues and flags that celebrate violent opponents of equality from all over the world are informatively displayed.

Last week as the university system’s Board of Governors gave approval to find a “safe, legal and alternative” location for the monument, UNC chancellor Carol L. …


My mom told me in the 1960s: when priests molest children they’re “moved from parish to parish” where they can escape justice and abuse more children. It was especially memorable since I was hearing a word I’d never heard before, twice in one sentence.

My mother wasn’t a journalist, or a churchgoer with inside info. It was already common knowledge. When did you first hear about it?

Most Sundays on comedian Harry Shearer’s Le Show radio/podcast program, there’s a News of the Godly segment where you’re relieved if you don’t have to hear about Wisconsin priests molesting a hundred deaf…

David Levitt

computer, media and political scientist, writer, teacher, physicist, pianist, satirist, augmented reality innovator and CEO, featured in “Valley of Genius”

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