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George Rodrigue, the Cajun artist best known for the "Blue Dog" image, has died at 69 following an extended battle with lung cancer.

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Having failed at every turn to overturn the will of the voters who reelected President Obama, the wingnuts are down to their last option: petitioning Chief Justice Roberts to refuse to administer the oath. But there's one little problem.

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I have no sympathy for Randy Hopper, but consider this: his mistake was very easy to make.

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This is a brief diary because it is time sensitive. The Senate will vote tomorrow (Tuesday) on a budget amendment that would gut the National Weather Service satellite program.

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By now we've all heard Sarah Palin's dire "warnings" about the future of health care under Democratic health insurance reform proposals. What the former governor doesn't say is that the future is already here.

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The political fresh air sweeping through Washington may soon become literal, as congressional Democrats prepare legislation to toughen regulation of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

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Who to root for in today's Philadelphia-Arizona NFC championship game? From my progressive viewpoint, it's an easy call.

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"Libertarian" wingnut radio host Neal Boortz, a constitutional genius in his own mind, has proposed a solution to Government By The Masses Run Amok. Unfortunately for Neal, he apparently hasn't read the document in question.

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Sun Nov 09, 2008 at 11:50 AM PST

The South Shall Rise No More

by laviolet

Barack Obama's victory had another mostly overlooked effect: the end of Southern influence at the national political level.

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John Geyman, emeritus professor at the University of Washington medical school, has just published a book that should be essential reading for anyone interested in real health care reform.

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Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 12:06 PM PDT

FL and MI--What Was That All About?

by laviolet

Events have now justified the argument that seating Florida and Michigan in full back in May would have had no material effect on the outcome and could have been done then.

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I was checking mail on Yahoo when I noticed the headline Obama dismisses conservative criticism. When I clicked through, I found... omigod, real journalism!

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