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Tue May 26, 2015 at 08:53 AM PDT

Could Hillary Get Al Gored?

by paradox

[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster.]

Al Gore’s “defeat” in Election 2000 is generally ascribed to the emergence of Ralph Nader and a third Party candidacy, but we should never forget the vicious, endless persecution he received at the hands of the press, a nauseating process of Republican talking points relentlessly hammered through the media until they became hot campaign memes of themselves, the truth, dignity and the election dumped into the trash.

During on the debates Al Gore kept sighing as George Bush mouthed useless offensively untrue platitudes, but somehow the press twisted itself into ignoring what Bush said and made fun of Gore’s sighs. Sighs Matters, our gallant defenders of truth proclaimed.

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[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster.]

I eagerly read Mathew Pulver’s work at Salon this morning on how Secretary Clinton can ameliorate the political damage inflicted by “neoliberal” free trade agreements of her husband and President Obama, for I’ve been in a bad quandary on how to approach the candidacy of Secretary Clinton.

Anchored to realism, cold calculation reveals that of course she will be the Democratic Party nominee. Naturally she will be our first female Presidential candidate, which means political web voices I trust and admire the most are heavily invested in her success, rightly so. It’s absolutely vital on multiple levels Secretary Clinton become President for the country and I am never, ever hurting my political people on the web, so I have been restlessly quiet, very eager as always to fight for the little people but stuck, worried that it would hurt Clinton, my people and even my core principles if I spoke out.

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Wed Apr 29, 2015 at 09:44 AM PDT

What the Drug War Did to Baltimore

by paradox

[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster.]

I am deeply unsettled this morning with an un-fun appointment only 50 minutes away, yet concerned enough to try and codify my distress. For the first time in my life and in all the history of American baseball a game will be played to a deliberately empty stadium, omfg the great American pastime cannot be watched because we’re too afraid.

Because we abused and neglected our cities and little people to the point where a baseball game is impossible, oh my god this is where we are. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chief of Naval Operations and the politicians who enable you, take a real good look out your window and the budgets and wars you demand, unfathomable billions of dollars thrown away on lost wars while our country degraded to this shame. We still don’t have international security, how shocking, while the little people got scraps and the Baltimore Police Department. How proud you must be.

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Thu Feb 26, 2015 at 07:54 AM PST

Television Has Improved

by paradox

[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster.]

In our political cycles this is the time of year I pity professional political writers, for “February is pitiless, and it is boring. That parade of red numerals on its page adds up to zero.” Being an off-election year just makes it worse, only a minor action of a possible HMS shutdown garnering negligible interest for a new Republican low of stupid.

In this black void of nothing to write about attention will be briefly turned to television, an enormously powerful force in all our lives I regard with the highest suspicion and alarm. That infernal box has enormous potential for harm, it can deaden and fool the brain in incredibly subtle ways, the bodily flabbily regressing along in inert sloth, yet in my time with our Earth I’m very surprised to see real signs of improvement and progression with television.

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Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 07:07 AM PST

The Creep is Upon Us

by paradox

[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster.]

A question of perpetual fascination for sociologists and political scientists is the transformation of Germany in the 1930’s into a foaming, unstable violent Republic of unchecked militarism. How could industrialized Germany, soaked in modern science with such a glorified history of intellectualism and the arts, turn its people into such killing monsters?

A double shock of wartime loss and the Depression, leading to mass rejection of conventional norms and adoption of a brutally effective authoritarian regime that accomplished goals and fed resentments. Coupled with a dismaying human tendency to not recognize gradual distortion, little steps of creep mounted and mounted on the Germans until they became unrecognizable killing freaks, Mozart and Wagner always on the radio in the long September evenings.

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Mon Feb 09, 2015 at 07:59 AM PST

One Thing for the Little People

by paradox

[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster.]

With a mounting sense of dismay I see from Bob Johnson and BrooklynBadBoy on the rec list at Daily Kos that the Hillary Intelligentsia is apparently meeting right now in DC to decide the political agenda for the 2016 Presidential campaign. Many elements of this evolution do not bode well for the little people.

Without a primary or statement to the press or even a message to the base Hillary Clinton is now the Democratic Party nominee for 2016. Without even a whiff of democratic process—for many legitimate political reasons of history and timing—Hillary is our Lady, wrung and weaned out of a total 2016 DC insider environment, at this moment elitist cretins like Larry Summers whispering furtive fears of little people populism and domestic spending.

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Tue Feb 03, 2015 at 08:44 AM PST

The Curse of Redistribution

by paradox

[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster.]

Such a long, long time ago Barack Obama was a fresh national candidate, out on the campaign trail and the reality as our first black president far from certain. One morning a boil of activity on Daily Kos swirled around an absurd Sarah Palin event where an audience member, unprompted in her vehement anger, apparently yelled “he’s a –igger!” at the prospect of an Obama presidency.

Things quickly settled down when some careful listening revealed she was actually shouting “he’s a redistributor!,” the blurry recording and bad acoustics very much indicating another word nonetheless.

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Sat Jan 24, 2015 at 05:38 AM PST

I Know You Do

by paradox

Well, here I am with my second short fiction story stored in my little political cloud. [smiles] Public, yes, but seen by very few.

I know this will seem strange to many but as a writer it's something I have to do. I've been an okay political essayist for 12 years and I often worry it's detrimental to my mental health. Not only do I need a different mental writing path, but I have to see what happens after being a fiction writer for a real multi-year effort. I doubt very much it will be noteworthy in any aspect, but you can't proclaim failure as a writer without walking and working through it first, write through it and see what happens.

I'm positive there's no harm here, and I don't think Hunter, Markos or Susan will mind. Please be well, gentle people.

January 24, 2015

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[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster.]

In the movie Stripes, circa 1981, actor Bill Murray is exhorting his fellow soldiers to rally to the flag, hitch up the testicles and their packs and hustle up some rifle sweat because, well, hell, the greatness of America! “We’re 10-1!” He happily exhorts to them, the wry joke being we can finally admit failure and loss in Vietnam, even if our violent, jingoistic societal elements still won’t admit it for 1812.

35 times we have spun around the sun since, and what would Bill Murray proclaim our proud score to be now? The first Gulf War, a tepid win, only to be followed by losses in Iraq and Afghanistan. Why in the hell are you liberals complaining about war all the time? We’re 11-3!

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[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster.]

I’m always interested when a professional journalist opines about what we liberals should do with a particular political strategy, tactical study is always worthy and perhaps a precious grain of truth will be discovered in the murk.

Unfortunately in this case the thesis—that liberals could easily make significant climate change policy progress by using Keystone as a bargaining chip—is rife with misperception, obscured political realities and lousy tactics, so a rebuttal is necessary.

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Sat Nov 08, 2014 at 06:54 AM PST

Letter From California

by paradox

[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster.]

11/08/14 0535.22 PST
San Jose, California

It is an old tale, utterly predictable in result with nothing particularly exciting in the product, but the California Democratic Party rout for election 2014 still is a legitimate story nonetheless and should make weary liberals and progressives feel better in these terrible times.

California is the greatest republic the world has ever seen, or will ever see. Democrats swept every statewide office and the Governor got his puny, tentative initiatives passed. As the federal government becomes more irrelevant every hour States will inevitably fill the vacuum to some extent, and there is great hope and promise the California republic can accomplish good liberal goals in the future, they’ll have to be accomplished somehow.

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Via the New York Times comes the news Facebook’s bus contractor is being pressured by the Teamsters to allow the union to bargain for the bus driver’s behalf.

Top-flight tech companies in the Valley utilize the bus shuttle service to keep their employees out of the awful hell of Valley traffic, many other commuters enviously looking on. But Facebook and Google of course contract the driving work out, the drivers aren’t employees of the company, so they can look the other way—even all of their bright, enlightened employees on their way to work every day—as their shuttle driver is screwed with lousy pay and a completely unworkable schedule.

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