Now available for free here

The admin’s book, Wisdom of the Aged, is available on the Barnes & Noble website (link below)—or, better yet, read or download here for free:

Download or Read a Free Copy of Wisdom of the Aged

It never was about the money. Writers above all need readers (that, and the fact that the hindmost chapters may have limited shelf life—if it turns out that all are equal before the law and Trump is brought to justice). Besides, folks of an age who lived during this time don’t have a lot of walking-around money.

What a long strange trip it’s been, coming of age in the Sixties—a decade defined by scandal, assassination, and riot. Rejecting a government that we once thought wouldn’t lie to us. Running from the draft, living outside the law, seeking comfort in the music, the soundtrack of the times. Stints working at the Fillmore East in New York and the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin bolstered the feeling it was all worthwhile. Believing that no government could stop us. Until it seems it could, ultimately, as the political world descended into madness.

“We do not take a trip. A trip takes us.” —John Steinbeck

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Craig Hattersley graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas School of Journalism. He recently retired as communications director for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association to work on his own projects—editing/designing/typesetting book-length projects. Craig has served as senior editor for Third Coast magazine, Texas Life magazine, and the Austin Weekly. In addition Craig has written/worked for Third Coast, the Texas Observer, the Austin Chronicle, the Village Voice, and Texas Monthly Press. He is the author of Style & Substance: A quick reference guide to punctuation using the wisdom of the ages for examples.

Link to Jan. 6 Transcripts

Here is a link to the transcripts and other material the committee has posted for perusal as time permits.

Final Report of the January 6 Committee

Stashed here for future reference…

Memo to Barr Used to Excuse the Charges in the Mueller Report

We were listening to the podcast #SistersInLaw, one of our faves, and noted in particular that Jill Wine-Banks (of Watergate fame) so vehemently objected to most everything about the memo that Barr used to blithely dismiss obstruction charges against Trump. She and fellow podcasters Joyce Vance, Barb McQuade, and Kimberly Atkins destroyed the “arguments” that led to Trump declaring “no collusion.” Below is a PDF of that memo.

Mueller’s response to Barr’s “interpretation” presented to Congress:

The Affidavit

Here is the redacted PDF released on Friday, August 26, 2022. A lot of it is rote explanation, and I expect the good shit is what’s been blacked out.


The Second Gilded Age

Thems that’s got the gold make the rules… Ronald Reagan was the shill for the oligarchy, with ringing phrases like “Morning in America.” Shut up and keep shoveling, peasant.

Download or Read a Free Copy of Wisdom of the Aged

I’ve been told there are folks who’d like to read the free version of this but don’t want to sign on to the Barnes & Noble website to download it. I can understand not wanting to be attached to anybody’s mailing list, so I’ve uploaded a PDF of the book that anyone can read here or download for free:

The Second Gilded Age

The following chart illustrates—using, for one, a war against union jobs—how the oligarchy has managed to claw back all its losses from the days of FDR’s New Deal. It’s the Raw Deal, peasants. Better get used to it.

Freeloader Lindsey

As a rabid current-events and politics fan, I try to read all the new books shedding light on the inner workings of the Trump administration. My latest is Stephanie Grisham’s I’ll Take Your Questions Now (What I Saw at the Trump White House). Uh . . . don’t bother. I found it self-serving and pretty limp, revelation wise. Too often it’s an exercise in whataboutism. “Yeah, it was a dumpster fire, but so was the media.” If it’s dirt you want, Michael Cohen’s book is a lot juicier.

What snippets that have already been released in the press and on social media pretty much tell it all. Yeah, she doesn’t like “the interns,” Jared and Ivanka, but who does? And we know Mark Meadows is a douchebag, but this doesn’t add much to his litany of dumbfuckery. More is sure to come. One excerpt, though, hasn’t been put out there (too risqué for the mainstream?), which makes it perfect fodder for here:

Someone who was almost as frequent a guest at Trump properties as I was was Senator Lindsey Graham. Okay, I’m exagger­ating, but not by much. The difference, of course, is that I was there to work. Of all of the various characters and hangers-on in Trump World, Lindsey was one of the weirder ones, and that’s saying something. He seemed almost schizophrenic. Some days he would be one of Trump’s most vigorous defenders; other days he was a harsh critic. People around the president would tell him that he couldn’t trust Graham, but Trump seemed to like him for whatever reason and I often wondered if he sought Lindsey’s approval. And Lindsey Graham? Well, it struck me that he was using Trump to mop up the freebies like there was no tomorrow (seems that he still is). He would show up at Mar-a-Lago or Bedminster to play free rounds of golf, stuff his face with free food, and hang out with Trump and his celebrity pals. On one occasion, I came across him at Bedminster after he’d kicked out a White House staff member so he could take her room. Senator Freeloader was sitting at a table by the pool, a big grin on his face, lapping up the goodies he was getting like some potentate. He said to me, with a creepy little smile, “Isn’t this great? Man, this is the life.” I remem­ber thinking “Yes, it is, but not your life—it’s the president’s life.” There was something so gross and tacky about his behavior during that trip that the image never left me.