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Ho hum. The Republicans -- specifically House Republicans -- are trying once again to repeal the inheritance tax.

I've watched the discussion on this -- no one has yet pointed out the screaming hypocrisy of the Republican position...until now. Follow me under the Orange Squiggle of Profundity so I can point out why right-wing, Fox News Republicans have no other choice than to support a 100% Inheritance Tax.

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Sat Feb 28, 2015 at 02:45 PM PST

Dear CPACers -- One Question

by wruckusgroink

Loves me some CPAC -- the perfect trainwreck of nuttiess, groveling, bigotry and wingnut marketing madness. I couldn't help but notice that every hand-in-the-air, CHOOSE ME CHOOSE ME CHOOSE ME candidate could be destroyed by a single question if anyone -- Hannity? Hannity? Hannity? -- chose to ask it. The Democrats better ask this question ten times a day everyday because the "liberal media" has already failed this test once. The question after the squiggly-wiggly...

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Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 02:52 PM PDT

June 6 -- Take A Moment...

by wruckusgroink

...this June 6th to remember what it means to be a progressive Democrat. What's possible. The nature of courage, and the necessity of hope.

Today is the 46th anniversary of an event that changed everything in American history -- the death of Robert F. Kennedy. He died at 1:44 a.m. PDT June 6, 1968 the day after he won the California presidential primary for the Democratic nomination for President.

I was 16 years old in 1968. I've been a Democrat all my life, and an amateur historian as well. I've spent many hours pondering RFK. One of my favorite books -- by far the best biography -- is "Robert Kennedy -- His Life" by Evan Thomas. Please take a moment and consider just what a turning point this was, how history might have been different had he lived.

 

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I was born in 1951. I came of age during the Vietnam War. This morning I was perusing the New York Times when I came across an article about the Republican Neoconservative Establishment questioning the bona fides of Rand Paul. Phil Gramm --  

“Let’s say you knew for certain that by May 1 of next year that Iran would have generated enough highly refined uranium to build a bomb,” Mr. Gramm said. “Would you support attacking?”
I thought, "They just can't wait for the next endless, feckless, two trillion dollar catastrophe." I thought of what I'd learned over the past 62 years about war. For what it's worth...
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Tue May 20, 2014 at 09:53 AM PDT

Worst Brooks EVER

by wruckusgroink

David Brooks is the George Will of the New York Times -- "establishment" (i.e. Sunday yak-fest acceptable) conservative dishing out gassy blather that ignores the nihilistic turn of the Republicans, ignores the malign influence of the Koch Brothers' millions in the political process -- just generally ignores anything Brooks can't see from his office window at 242 W. 41st street, New York City. Like the middle class suffering.

Today's New York Times column by Brooks combines his every tone-deaf, asinine quality.

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Frank Bruni's column in today's New York Times laments the death of the American Dream -- that this generation will hand off a better world filled with greater opportunity to the next generation. As so often happens with latte-sipping MSM pundits, Bruni weeps bitter tears for our current plight and fails to note the (big fat GOP) Elephant in the Room -- when the Dream died, who killed it, and how we -- progressive Democrats -- can fight to create a new, better dream.

Follow me under the Umber Squiggle as we illuminate Mr. Bruni...

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I'm one of those life-long Democrats who supports Barack Obama with no enthusiasm -- because he won't fight.  I know, I know -- "he has his own style," and "his hands are tied by the intransigence of the right-wing Tea Folk," blah blah blah.

I don't believe it. You want to know what fighting looks like? Look at the Republicans. Here's what fighting looks like:

1) Pick fights that fire up your base.
2) Choose a short, punchy, memorable message. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
3) Make it personal.
4) Inflict as much damage on the opposition as possible, while taking as little heat as possible.

Okay -- so, instead of whining and complaining about the way the "dark side" fights, why don't we (Obama, Democrats, Us) do what they do? What would this actually look like? Follow me below the burnt umber squiggly....

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Sun May 05, 2013 at 11:53 AM PDT

Toxic B.S. on NYT Op-Ed Page

by wruckusgroink

The New York Times knowingly published a piece of utter, pernicious bullshit on its Sunday Op-Ed page. Just so we're clear on terms, I defer to an expert to define "bullshit"...  

“The bullshitter is faking things, but that does not necessarily mean he gets them wrong.”[1] In contrast, the liar must know the truth, of the matter under discussion, in order to better conceal it from the listener or the reader being deceived with a lie; while the bullshitter’s sole concern is personal advancement and advantage to his or her agenda; bullshit thus is a greater enemy of the truth than are lies."
Roll up your pantlegs and get a load of Ross Douthat's steaming pile of punditry....
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 11:55 AM PDT

What If Bush Had Done Nothing?

by wruckusgroink

The brilliant Charles Pierce perfectly punctures the MSM's fluffery of the opening of Dubya's Museum:

The elite press is dedicating an entire day of coverage to the perpetuation of a monstrous public lie. Electing George W. Bush twice was a monumental act of democratic self-destruction from which the country has yet to recover. Celebrating him celebrating himself is simply to pour battery acid into the still-open wounds.
In order to take in the ginormous magnitude of Dubya's project to destroy the American Dream, ponder this simple question -- what if he'd done nothing? Follow me below the fold for this speculation...
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TRANSCRIPT -- HOUR ELEVEN OF RAND PAUL’S FILIBUSTER OF ITUNES TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE

SENATOR PAUL (CONTINUED):  …which brings us, finally to page 27, and the most intrusive and egregious encroachment on the rights and privileges of free Americans – besides Obamacare – yet rammed down our throats.

(Paul opens a leather-bound first-edition of “The Free Market and Its Enemies: Pseudo-Science, Socialism and Inflation” by Ludwig von Mises. He withdraws a photocopied piece of paper serving as a bookmark)

Quoting now from Apple’s iTunes Terms and Conditions of Use: ‘You also agree that you will not use these products for any purposes prohibited by United States law, including, without limitation, the development, design, manufacture, or production of nuclear, missile, or chemical and biological weapons.’

Notice what’s happening here.....

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Whose values, Mr. Cruz? Amerca's? Or Moscow's?
I'm a student of political history. I fear the Ted Cruz thing is going to play out more or less the way the first half of the Joe McCarthy tragedy played out. To wit:
• First Cruz makes a very specific, utterly insane smear against a Democrat (or a political enemy). By specific, I mean that a key (as pointed out by Rachel Maddow) method of McCarthyism -- the thing that makes it sticky is the specificity. He didn't just encounter some Marxist college professors at Harvard -- he encountered TWELVE (exactly! He counted 'em!) Marxist college professors dedicated to the overthrow of America by force and violence. Chuck Hagel didn't just accept money from North Koreans -- he 'may have' accepted $200,000!
• Then -- outraged lefties deny it (Harvard responded that they had no idea what he was talking about).
• Then -- before people can catch their breath (or process the denial) we're on to next smear.
We need to change up this script and play offense. Here's how...
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The Internets are abuzz with the comments of Erick Erickson, prime mover of Red State, and CNN's Wingnut Avatar. Here's Erickson on Tuesday's election:

"My world view is pretty simple. I think this world is destined to go to hell in a hand basket by design. I think things are supposed to go to pot. So if Barack Obama wins, I won’t be upset."
I am a happy a proud member of All Saints Church, the ONLY Church the Bushies tried crush by pulling its tax exempt status. I'm just another bozo on the Jesus bus, but I can't let this pass, because Erickson misses Christianity's message -- and the message of Barack Obama. Follow me below the squiggle....
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