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|Ryan v.Putin: Their methods may not be equal, but they are equally mad
Paul Ryan gives a speech at CPAC in which he tells a touching story about a poor, hungry boy who doesn't want help from Big Government; he just wants a parent who loves him. As it happens, the story ...
|Where the conversation must start on gun regulations
On January 28th, a hearing was held at the State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut to discuss gun laws in the wake of the horrifying tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The New York Times ...
|He'll Say Anything - An Ode to Mitt Romney
Hello! I am re-posting this entry from yesterday, as several friends have expressed confusion over the odd "banner" at the top of the post. The banner - now just below - is an embedded music ...
|Fanaticism, Hatred and Racism Rule The Day In America Now
There is no longer any doubt that the country - or at least a small and disproportionally powerful segment of the country - is in the grip of a kind of insanity that I don't recall ever witnessing. ...
|Putting Wisconsin's Budget Battle In Perspective
In 2010, bonuses to individual employees on Wall Street totaled $135 billion dollars. That is more than the total combined state deficits in the ...
|Martin Luther King and the Judgment of History
On Monday, as the nation honored the life and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, it's good to be reminded what greatness looks and sounds like. Despite the best efforts of bigots and demagogues, the ...
|In the Wake of Tragedy in Arizona, Redefining Our Idea of Community
President Obama's speech in Tucson memorializing the victims of the shootings in Arizona called upon all Americans to use this tragedy to "expand our moral imaginations." He also raised the question:
|State of Denial: Palin, Conservatives, Violent Rhetoric and Guns
On the one hand, Sarah Palin and other Conservatives who are "outraged" by the idea that their ugly, violent rhetoric may somehow ...
|A New Dawn for Doublespeak: A Brief Guide to Republican Vocabulary
Recently, Politifact named "government takeover of healthcare" its 2010 Lie of the Year.
|The Wrong Conversation: Republican Distraction and Misdirection
Since the days of Ronald Reagan, Roger Ailes and Lee Atwater, the Republican Party has become expert at controlling the political conversation in the United States.
|The True Color of Red
Perhaps the tax deal President Obama cut with Senate Republicans just had to happen. The American public has not seemed to care particularly that the GOP has blocked everything that President Obama ...
|The Only Certain Election Result: Continued Misery for the Poor and Powerless
There were few more sickening post-election sights than the self-satisfied smirk on Mitch McConnell's face as he addressed the conservative crowd at the Heritage Foundation the other day. Enough ...
|The Backward March Toward a Misinformed Future
The spin from Tuesday's elections is practically unbearable to listen to. The majority of it is a continuation of all the crap we have already heard for months, repackaged as "analysis" or "...
|MASSIVE VOTER FRAUD AT EDGCUMBE REC CENTER IN SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA!!!
I didn't think this could happen in America. But it can: voter fraud. Voter fraud on a massive scale. I vote at Edgcumbe Recreation Center, in Saint Paul - a hotbed of radical liberalism. But still,
|Hypocrisy Too Delicious To Ignore
Michele Bachmann hates the stimulus bill. I mean, she just hates it! She has made her hatred of the stimulus bill a centerpiece of her campaign, calling it an "abject failure" that has never ...
|Pondering Subjective Reality
During the 2008 presidential campaign, President Obama referred to himself as a "Rorshach test." I wonder if he knew how prescient that comment was. Because, as anyone knows who has been paying ...
|Conservatives think *Liberals* are naive, Utopian dreamers? Please.
On September 13th, I attended a town-hall meeting with Rep. Betty McCollum (D). Not surprisingly, the Q & A segment of the program was dominated by Tea Party plants from outside McCollum's ...
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|Obstruction, Lies and Money - A Winning Formula
In my thirty years as a politically sentient human being, I have thought over and over to myself, "Well, at least it can't get any worse." And it keeps getting worse. We all thought Lee Atwater ...
|"Let It Come Down." - Update
Many thanks to everyone who posted such kind and encouraging responses yesterday! I am very grateful and pleased. I think the song/video does what I wanted it to do: Deliver a simple, direct and ...
|"Let It Come Down."
As I watch in fascinated horror, a great swath of the American working middle-class is poised once again to vote against their own economic and social well-being. I feel I cannot stand idly by. ...
|Halladay Makes History!
We interrupt our commentary on the dreary and depressing world of politics to bring you an exciting and uplifting story from the world of sports. In the first play-off start of his career, Phillies ...
|"A rising tide lifts all yachts."
Americans tread water in gulf between rich, ...
|The Total Commercialization of Politics
In California, Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman spent $70 million of her own money to win her primary. In the same state, Republican Carly Fiorina is spending millions of her own money ...
|The bankruptcy of "starve the beast."
When I first saw this headline, over the by-line of Bruce Bartlett - former Reagan and Bush The First official - I thought I was dreaming. Or that someone was playing a joke or writing a piece of ...
|Boycott Target - Update #3: Target CEO apologizes
I think we can call this a small victory for public action, and a vindication of the notion - much out of fashion since the 2008 election - that an involved, engaged and active electorate can ...
|Boycott Target - Update #2: MoveOn Joins the Fight
It took them long enough, but they finally got on it. MoveOn has a much larger reach than a modest little blogger like me, so perhaps Target and other corporations will indeed think twice before ...
|The View from my Window
Down the street from my hotel room here in the nation's capitol is the Capitol Building itself - otherwise known as the National Center for the Stupid, the Spineless and the Shamelessly Hypocritical.
|Boycott Target - Update: NPR Picks up the Story
Last week I agitated for a national boycott of Target Corporation, because they had helped fund a political ad supporting a Minnesota gubernatorial candidate - Republican Tom Emmer. Apparently, I ...
|Glad to be Unhappy. Or not.
Fools rush in, so here I am. Very glad to be unhappy I can't win, but here I am More than glad to be unhappy - Lorenz Hart To be a liberal blogger in our current political environment is to live ...
Thanks to the new political arm of the Republican Party (formerly known as the Supreme Court), corporations can now spread lies, propaganda and misinformation as freely as the candidates themselves. ...
|Teetering on the brink of failure
If President Obama loses the "austerity" vs. "re-investment" argument - and it appears very likely that he will - there is a good chance that despite his legislative and regulatory accomplishments, ...
|Would Jesus have carried a .44 Magnum?
Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle won the Republican Party primary in Nevada on Tuesday. Even among the nation&
|When Republicans say "Fight for the middle-class," what they really mean is "bend over."
Playwright David Mamet once said something to the effect of, "When somebody says "collaboration," what they really mean is bend over." I'm reminded of this quote every time I hear the phony ...
|The price of freedom is death by a gun
Hundreds Mourn Officers Slain By Antigovernment Extremists WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — Two ...
|Memo from the "If-Your-Name-is-Barack-Obama-You're-f****ked-No-Matter-What-You-Do" Department
Rand Paul declares President Obama "un-American" and "anti-business" because he is holding BP responsible for the cost ...
|Rand Paul and the Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Politicians
As I tried to express - somewhat unsuccessfully it would seem - in my previous post, I am beginning to wonder if the Tea Party movement may inadvertently lead to a political outcome quite different ...
|Will the Tea Party inadvertently be a force for good?
After Rand Paul won the Republican primary in Kentucky last night, he declared, "We have come to take our government back!" Good for him. I want my government back, too. The problem is, we ...
|Good news in a parched Holy Land
Why is it that so often the only thing capable of opening people's eyes - or their hearts - is a tragedy? In Israel, 11-year-...
|Towards a balanced budget.
My goal to single-handedly balance the federal budget has encountered a couple of obstacles. First is time. It requires a lot of research to try to make sense of the numbers involved. Second, to ...
|Bickering while Rome Burns, Part II: Cancer, coal ash and more environmental havoc
Cancers from Environment 'Grossly Underestimated' Daily Exposures ...
|More Second Amendment insanity
Gail Collins' column is interesting today. ... if you are on the terrorist watch list, the authorities can keep ...
|Phoenix Suns stand up for civil liberties
This really gave me a lift. Suns to wear 'Los Suns' uniforms to ...
|Bickering while Rome Burns: The high price of public disinvestment
The oil disaster currently unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico is yet another example of what happens ...
|"New versions of the old tension." Jefferson, Madison, Adams and lessons from history.
I recently finished reading Joseph Ellis's phenomenal book, Founding Brothers , and I have to admit I am somewhat at a loss as to how to digest it. Every chapter is full of startling ...
|Has President Obama made his mark? Yes he has.
I have been pondering the importance of elections, and the change that one smart, determined, disciplined person can bring about - whether it is "change you can believe in" or not. This line of ...
|What kind of nation do we want to be?
With the health care reform vote looming, every news network and pundit is in hyper-drive, covering the "event" like sportscasters at the Super Bowl. Once again, truth and facts are taking a ...
|Clarence and Ginni and the tea party - Protecting liberty in America!
Shays' rebellion was an uprising of farmers and other citizens unhappy with their government in Massachusetts. Taxes were burdensome and those who had difficulty paying them were threatened with ...
|The Lost Collective Memory of the American Public
A couple of news stories capture the dilemma facing the Democratic Party and the confused state of the American public's collective mind.
|The President and the Pollster
Amazingly, after a year of negotiations and dozens of concessions to Republicans and Democratic moderates, the Republican Obfuscation Machine continues to churn out the same old slogans opposing ...
|Incitement to violence
The RNC's despicable "Evil empire" mailing is not just "dirty politics." It is not "...
|Profiles in Pusillanimity
Do our Democratic members of Congress ever read a newspaper? Or a magazine? Or a history book? Or are they too busy watching cable news, staring at their poll numbers and quivering in their sweaty ...
|Take the Tim Pawlenty insta-poll!
Question 1: Do you think Governor Tim Pawlenty is a "bumpkin" because he is "from the heartland" and never ...
|The Courage of Our Convictions
As I previously wrote, Marco Rubio has announced that the 2010 elections are "a referendum on our very identity as a nation." Tim Pawlenty calls out to "patriots across this country" to send a ...
|Breaking: Republican members of Congress debunk claim of white superiority
Washington. February 25, 2010 . - Today scientists from the University of Umbrage in Manitoba announced they now have irrefutable proof that disputes the centuries-old claim that Caucasians ...
|The Battle for our nation's identity
Ever since Sarah Palin invoked the "real America" during the 2008 presidential campaign, I've been wondering when the conservative movement would publicly unveil their "message" for the 2010 ...
|Shocking, sickening numbers
Today's New York Times presents an interesting juxtaposition of numbers. Tom Friedman's column starts off with this: A small news item from Tracy, Calif., caught my eye last week. ...
|Tim Pawlenty, patriot
Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, a strong Republican presidential contender in 2012, spoke yesterday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). He had this to say: "...
|The media obsession with argument, instead of fact
President Obama's stimulus bill is a failure. President Obama's stimulus bill saved the economy. President Obama's stimulus bill was a waste of taxpayer money. President Obama's stimulus bill ...
|A vision of the nation's future, courtesy of Tim Pawlenty
Here's what the rest of the nation can look forward to if Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota - or anyone like him - should win the 2012 presidential election:
|Why are Conservatives so petrified?
Gerard Alexander's op-ed from a few days ago, "Why are Liberals so Condescending?", has provided a handy template with which to expose Conservative dishonesty, fraud, deceit, hypocrisy, obfuscation ...
|Why are Conservatives so hypocritical?
Over the past few days, through the wonder of the Internet, I have looked through many newspaper and magazine articles that were written by Conservatives during their propaganda campaign for the ...
|Republican Party has no plans, no ideas - just political tactics (Part 2)
From yesterday's New York ...
|Why are Conservatives so Childish?
Gerard Alexander has a wonderful piece in today's Washington Post. It's a great read for anyone ...
|Republican Party has no plans, no ideas and no balls.
Breaking news: Republican Party has no plans, no ideas and no balls. "If the starting ...
|DC weather report: Heavy Republican obfuscation. Hypocrisy, dishonesty and fraud expected.
The Republican Party's Obfuscation Machine has been in high gear over the past year and has been incredibly successful. Millions of middle-class Americans have been persuaded that Obama's agenda is ...
|Blood in the political waters
As President Obama pointed out the other day in his face-to-face meeting with House Republicans, the Republican Party has left itself very little room to negotiate with him. After a year of ...
|The Real Mission Accomplished - Revised & Expanded
In President Obama's State of the Union address, he raised the profoundly important issue of public trust. He cited a lack of public trust in our institutions, in our government and in the media. He ...
|Tearing POTUS to pieces
On January 20, 2009, could anyone have imagined that on January 26, 2010, it would be impossible to find a news outlet that isn't ripping President Obama to shreds? What an astonishing turn of ...
|The "F**k You!" heard round the world
In 2000, the Supreme Court's conservative majority stopped the counting of valid, legally cast ballots in Florida and decided to name George W. Bush President of the United States. It was an ...
|Government for sale!
When I was a young lad, an elderly gentleman came to our house for dinner. He was a wonderful old character, full of stories, and endlessly knowledgeable. This gentleman claimed to have had an ...
|The sorry state of the American voter's brain
We have now officially entered pundit heaven. Whatever else results from Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts, there is no doubt that we are now entering into a prolonged state of pundit nirvana. ...
|The Big Fat Drunk Guy at the End of the Bar: A Morality Tale
I imagine we've all known someone like him at some point in our lives. He was always a bit of a blowhard. Or perhaps not; perhaps he was an awkward, insecure, overweight kid who never really got ...
|Progressive Stubbornness + Apathy + Voter Stupidity = Scott Brown
I have been accused of being a "moderate" here on the Daily Kos, which is laughable to anyone who knows me personally. I have also been accused of being a sell-out because I advocate fighting hard ...
|Voting for the "n*##*r."
A story, likely apocryphal, circulated during the 2008 election about an Obama campaign worker who was canvassing voters in rural Pennsylvania. When the canvasser knocks, the door is answered by a ...
|The tea party movement's mindless rage
New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote a somewhat frightening piece the other day about the tea party movement. If he is ...
|Health Care and the Tragedy of the Commons
Our country's health care reform dilemma has me pondering the relationship between health care and the Tragedy of the Commons. The idea of the commons seems to be everywhere these days, perhaps ...
|A New Rallying Cry
There is an old expression in the recording industry that says, "Fix it in the mix." For the uninitiated, the idea is that even if the band screws up during the recording sessions, they and the ...
|Republican economic policies = Republican fraud
The next time a Republican politician or pundit earnestly invokes concern for the welfare and well-being of the "American people" as a reason for opposing President Obama's economic policies, please ...
|Obama and the screams from the left
The whole health care reform process has been agony to watch, and I share much of the left's anger and disappointment. I disagree, however, with the idea of "killing the bill," or - as some have ...
|Is Glenn Greenwald right? Does it matter?
Glenn Greenwald takes all of us Lieberman-Nelson-Baucus-etc. haters to task in an article on Salon....
|"Moving in the right direction..."
If putting additional billions of dollars into the bank accounts of insurance companies is going in the "right direction", Joe Lieberman is leading the way. I wonder what it's like to go to bed at ...
|More Senate Health Care Hypocrisy
It is impossible to exaggerate the hypocrisy and political spinelessness afflicting the senators who are threatening to bring down health care reform over the issue of the deficit. Leaving aside ...
|Obama and the Nobel "Thank-God-Bush-Is-Gone" Prize
The people who are trying to justify and defend Obama's Nobel Peace Prize are just being plain silly. Can anyone really doubt that it was an impulsive last-minute decision by a group of fallible ...
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