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|History for Kossacks - Germany's Enabling Act of 1933
Ted Cruz picked March 23 to announce his presidential candidacy. Question on my mind: is this a subtle RW dog whistle to Cruz's RW Dominionist base , or just a historical irony? Please follow ...
|New Senate Committee Structure
As some of you know, I hired on at a Louisville hotel to help make ends meet after my old job was outsourced to India (probably as a result of the Administration’s War On Coal – Damn you Obama!).
|Aha – That’s Why They Were So Desperate to Get Us Into Syria
Two weeks ago, a loose coalition of neoconservatives, military enthusiasts, asshole media lightweights, the Saudis, the Israel lobby, and others was trying to convince the United States to go launch ...
|Help Pick the Next GOP MSOM
Its the new game that's sweeping Republican ranks, and the closest the GOP comes to diversity - come play Pick the Next GOP MSOM! You've heard of the flavor of the month, the GOP has now ...
|Who Will Guard the Guards?
The NRA is on to something with its armed guards in schools, but we need to be more systematic about this.
|About Those Dark Clouds in the Middle of the Silver Lining
Democrats seem to feel pretty positive about the recent election, as we mock the Republicans for their supposed state of denial and decay. But let me point out what looks like our own version of ...
|The least consequential election of our lifetime?
If Obama accepts the kind of "grand bargain" that has been laid out for him, this will have been the least consequential election of our lifetime. In a nutshell, here's the proposed trade: ...
|Frameshop: "Fiscal Cliff" and "Bush Tax Cuts"
Two simple points: First, by accepting the framing of a "fiscal cliff" we are setting the stage for politicians to do the wrong thing, overall, and for Democrats, in particular, to do something ...
|A Special Message from Steam and the People of Massachusetts to Scott Brown
The people of Massachusetts have a special message for Scott Brown, classically expressed by the band Steam (see below):
|The Abject Humiliation of a Candidate Losing His Home State, and Something to Remember
Remember back in 2000 when the media brought up over and over again that Gore was likely to lose Tennessee? How humiliating! "Those were the voters who knew Gore best!" On the eve of election 2012,
|Breaking – Romney Plan to Arrest Ahmadinejad Leaked to Media
BOSTON, MA - In full damage control mode after last night’s foreign policy debate, the Romney campaign has leaked its mid-October Middle East Foreign Policy binder, to show that the candidate ...
|Jindal to HHS, and Other Secret Fantasies of Health Insurance Executives
One of the things that health insurance industry executives do with the mind blowing profits they suck out of the US healthcare system is to fund an endless series of conferences for themselves at ...
|Attention Media: Here's the Key Question for Mr. Romney
As a public service for the Romney-Ryan press pool, I thought I would present below the simple question to ask Mr. Romney about fixing what the candidate framed as the 47% problem plaguing our nation.
|The big reveal in the Romney campaign story
There is a lot of buzz today about the Politico story vis the incompetence of the Romney campaign, including the personal incompetence of the candidate, himself. This incompetence is no surprise, ...
|Let's Be Fair to Romney Ryan
I don't normally write short diaries, but my point tonight is simple and straightforward. Please consider, below the squiggly thing.
|Its Time to Meet the Muppets
Want to see Goldman Sachs pay for its dodgy business practices? Want to see the Greg Smith resignation Op-Ed build into something bigger? Then the next step is to put a series of the “muppets” �
|I Oppose Insurance Coverage for Transplants
As a devout Pastafarian, I have a deep and abiding respect for pirates.* They are the equivalent of my saints. The quintessential marker of a true pirate, of course, is the eye-patch. It denotes ...
|25-Years ago Today: Reagan Addresses the Nation on Rumors about Arms Shipments to Iran
Good evening. I know you've been reading, seeing, and hearing a lot of stories the past several days attributed to Danish sailors, unnamed observers at Italian ports and Spanish ...
|So What Play Should He Call?
Here’s the situation. Its Thursday night. You have the ball on your own one yard line, after taking a knee on a kickoff return. You’re the quarterback – and the President. What are you ...
|Will You Support the Perry Growth Package?
As soon as President Perry takes office with his new Congressional majorities, the first thing he will do is push for a large stimulus package.
|Perry Announces Plans for Economic Growth Package
A tragic subtext to the deficit lunacy / ignore-unemployment lunacy in Washington is that Republicans secretly understand ...
|Thank You President Obama!
Like many life-long Democrats, I’ve given a fair amount of money in campaign contributions, particularly over the last decade, and ended up on a lot of phone lists. For years, I’ve gotten ...
|You Can’t Demoralize Me with Your Highly Accurate “Obama Is a Colossal Failure” Narrative
Obama is my guy to the end. (Do you remember the rallies of 2008? They were *awesome*.) Sure you can point out that Middleman Obama has failed to address the country’s ...
|Obama Can Still Save the Day
I don't know about others, but I am completely ready to write off Obama, all of the Democrats in Congress, and the Democratic Party as a whole. These future lobbyists and empty suits weren't the ...
|Urgent Request from the White House Staff
Hi everyone. I haven’t been around much lately, but I wanted to relay an urgent request from the White House Staff (hey - I’m very connected to very important people, dontcha know):
|Guys - we're focusing on the wrong question
Has the right been too extreme? Will they stop? These questions are mute. Right wingers are not about to tone down their extremist rhetoric in response to events in Tucson. The truth is they can'
|Its All Your Fault
What do you people want from Obama? He has pursued his agenda tirelessly, but all people around here seem to be able to do is criticize. I mean, think about it.
|SCOTUS Decision Could Unleash Torrent of Union Cash?
Really? Pretty much every news report on the precedent-shattering SCOTUS decision last week goes out of its way to point out that it isn’t just corporate cash that could be unleashed. Union ...
|Breaking: NRSC Updates Target Candidate Profile
Washington, DC - Building on the recent success of Massachusetts Senate candidate Scott Brown, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) today released a revised "target candidate ...
|The Mass Ad Onslaught
This is a short diary from a Massachusetts voter to put forward two critiques of the Coakley campaign. 1. The attacks on Brown aren't being delivered effectively 2. Coakley desperately needs an ...
|How the Republicans Passed Medicare Part D
Back in 2003, the Republicans passed their version of healthcare reform, the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and ...
|The new healthcare reform narrative
Considering it this morning, I think we are buying into a losing narrative on healthcare reform. Please allow me to propose an alternative narrative (below).
|There, up in the sky - its a bird... its a plane...
Its your private insurance premiums. Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, its the inexorable, unbounded increases in the premiums insurance companies pull from employer ...
|Why Are We Campaigning for "A Public Option?"
I have a basic question about the current framing of the healthcare debate: Exactly how did we end up having to defend "A Public Option"? From a marketing standpoint it makes no sense. And ...
|Senators, I Have a Simple Question
Senator Landrieu suggested a few days ago that she was unlikely to support a public option. ...
|What Should Sarah Palin Call Her Memoir?
So, as of tomorrow, Sarah Palin’s resignation will finally be official. Unfortunately for her rivals for leadership of the Republican Party (Limbaugh, Liddy, Beck), and for the GOP ...
|Cronkite Had Something to Say About Bushism, Too
It would be easy for younger people to conclude that Walter Cronkite was just an icon of the 1960s and 1970s. A great many of the folks on this site probably never once heard "And that's the way it ...
|Palin Blazing the Trail - Are Other Republicans Smart Enough to Follow?
Its taken hardly any time at all for the corporate media's leading infotainment professionals to recognize that Palin's resignation was a poltical master-stroke . And - for once - ...
|Scene from the CNN Newsroom
A friend of mine smuggled out a transcript from an emergency meeting over at CNN over the weekend. He asked me to share (below), as an insight into the struggles of establishment journalists to ...
|There’s a Chihuahua in the Woods
In an attempt to halt the accelerating disintegration of the Republican Party, and to divert attention from the revelation of Bush-Cheney torture policies, the Republican National Committee has ...
|Helpful Advice for Teabaggers: Do's and Don'ts
We all know that the right has a little trouble organizing outside of the pews (except maybe for GOP Congressional staffers pretending to Floridians during the 2000 recount). Its also clear that a ...
|Breaking: Taliban, Teabaggers in Advanced Merger Talks
Multiple anonymous sources are now reporting that the Taliban Movement and Teabagger movement are nearing a merger agreement after three weeks of secret negotiations. Futures Markets are reacting ...
|A Modest Proposal
I read in the papers that lawyers face a really tough job market these days. It makes me wonder: with the stimulus bill aimed at sectors like construction and healthcare, are we really ...
|Pharma Continues to Pursue Alchemy of 'Too Big to Fail'
Merck announced this morning that it is acquiring Schering Plough for $41 billion, in a continuing effort among pharmaceutical manufacturers to look outside their industry for business models, and ...
|Yay for the Stimulus; Now for the Fight that Really Matters
The two major legislative initiatives to address the economic downturn, so far, have been the TARP, originally passed last year, and the Stimulus, passed in the last few days. Both are intuitively ...
|Thank You Pfizer for Opening the Door Wider
Q. What does current Pfizer leadership have in common with the Bush Administration? A. Through their ineptitude and lack of character, they, too, will ultimately kill everything they ...
|Pfizer-Wyeth: One More Fix for the Junkie
It looks this morning like Pfizer is going to try to acquire Wyeth in a ~$70 billion deal. This is a terrible deal for science, medicine, the pharmaceutical industry as a whole, the employees of ...
|Obama, Wyeth and Pfizer's Disease - Updated
“Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or ...
|Breaking: Bush Issues Executive Order Adopting Julian Calendar
I just saw this on the news wires!
|Top 10 Things Bush Will Say or Do in his Farewell Address
It seems that the Bush Administration is committed to conducting at least one more heinous act of torture – a prime-time TV “farewell” on Thursday night. The expected victims: ...
|Rice Reveals Post-Bush Lounge Act
In a press release this morning, timed to follow her appearance on Fox News Sunday, Condoleezza Rice announced her post-January career aspirations: She plans to hit the road with a musical-comedy ...
|What Republicans Should Really Be Afraid of
McCain and the Republicans are trying to scare people by trying to argue that Obama is "inexperienced," or "not one of us," or worse. But how many McCain voters, seething in their tribal urges to ...
|Bush to Reveal Details of Secret, Comprehensive Climate Change Strategy
An anonymous source at the White House, while apparently attempting to place an order for 835 industrial strength paper-shredders, just accidently faxed me the text of a major address on climate ...
|Top 10 Hypotheses on Why McCain Ditched After the Debate
It has been noted that John McCain, after tonight's debate, apparently refused to shake Barrack Obama's hand and quickly left the building. We may never know the reason why. But here are 10 ...
|"Blame the CRA!": The GOP's 2008 Version of Willie Horton
Others have pointed out the "Blame the Community Reinvestment Act for the financial crisis!" meme growing in volume in various right-wing echo chambers. I had an experience this morning that leads ...
|The Debate Was Meaningless; Today's Vote Matters
The House of Representatives is supposed to vote today on the $700 billion rescue package. Many have opposed the measure, railing that its a giveaway to Wall Street. In truth, the giveaway already ...
|Breaking!: Leaked Text of Bush AM Address
Anonymous sources at the White House, speaking only on background, leaked to me tonight the rough text of George W. Bush's planned address tomorrow morning. I figured I had to share it (below):
|Let's Be Clear: The GOP Caused the Financial Meltdown
Tonight we've been presented with the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA). Respectable pundits seem to be saying Congress should approve it. It seems to be a case where we'll ...
|Two Simple Questions on the Strategy around a Bail-out Bill
I have two simple questions for the Democratic majority in Congress with regard to the bail-out (if they remain determined to pass something). 1. Why does the main bail-out bill ...
|Don't Believe for a Second the Bush Bail-out is in Trouble
There has been an uproar in the blogoshpere about the Bush Bailout Plan. Maybe partly in response, we've heard some statements of resistance from Pelosi and the Obama campaign. I think this is, ...
|Two Principles for a Bail-out Bill: Temporary and Transparent
Having read the draft bill posted around here, there is only one conclusion to draw: They can't be serious. As if anyone in their right mind would give a $...
|As the Kids Loot the Candy Store - are Dems Getting Ready?
For almost two decades, Republicans and their plutocrat financial backers have been like kids in a candy store. They’ve been gorging on the opportunity to eliminate the regulatory ...
|Sarah: Break Alaska’s Welfare Dependency!
Preface: We have a historic opportunity to get Sarah Palin to renounce not just the last bridge to nowhere (which she formerly supported, and the money for which she kept), but all future ...
|McCain's Core Problem: Lack of Honesty
As the country continues to try to come to terms with the nomination of Sarah Palin (and cope with the resulting indigestion), its important not to lose sight of two critical points in the ...
|The candidate of Aristocracy, Aggression, and Ambien
As McCain heads, probably inexorably, toward his McGovern moment (benchmark: Eagleton, 42 at the time, lasted about 18 days before McGovern "accepted his offer to withdraw"), I am reminded of ...
|Seeking Truth in Anagrams
Sometimes anagrams can yield insight. What do they say about the “McCain Palin” ticket? I posed the choice to an anagram generator (below the fold).
|Romney: Like a manure-shoveler at a CAFO
I just heard Mitt Romney on the radio. He’s apparently out at the Democratic National Convention, and described the experience (paraphrasing) as: “like being a cattle rancher at a ...
Jujitsu - a martial art developed around the principal of using an attacker's energy against him. This is a short diary to put forward a proposal on how to respond to McCain's attacks ...
|A Story Worth Sharing
I think this is a story worth sharing with every voter you know. (Please join below.)
|Ask Yourself: Who Is Still Voting Clinton - And Why?
OK, so now its caught on that Clinton ran an awful campaign. The response to the obligatory “Guess what Frank Rich wrote this week” recommended diary is remarkable in the seemingly ...
|Breaking: The Economist Endorses Obama
The O-Train is simply unstoppable. As a recent convert (I gave my first $50 just this week), I must say I certainly couldn’t resist getting on board. Well, I just picked up the latest issue ...
|Where Were You Five Years Ago?
On February 15, 2003 organizers around the world staged what are believed to have been the largest coordinated protests for peace in world history (please see below).
|Which Clinton Spin Should We Believe?
This is just a short diary pointing out an inconsistency in two different spins offered by Obama supporters on the Clinton campaign. Consider it a friendly observation that it’s probably a ...
|Republicans scored big this week - did you notice?
Any political junkies out there? Good! Let’s do a pop quiz for fun. Question: Why did Mitt Romney drop out of the Republican race this week? A. He did it of his own volition because he ...
|How Will Bush Copy Reagan Tonight?
What might we expect from tonight’s State of the Union address? Besides tortured logic and tortured delivery, that is? Well, surely Bush’s speech-writers will turn to their patron ...
|Clinton's victory? Thank Angry Women -- and maybe JRE
Comparing a pre-election poll in New Hampshire (which showed Obama winning), the exit polls in New Hampshire, as presented in the LA Times (which showed Clinton winning) and the actual results of ...
|An Election about "Change"
So the pundits have spoken and the consensus has emerged – the 2008 election is shaping up to be all about "change" -- "change" after 8 years of George Bush. The win by Obama over Clinton ...
|Mandates and the Damage Obamas Already Done to Healthcare Reform
Obama’s supporters argue vociferously that Obama’s recycling of right-wing language and talking points is misinterpretation of his statements or (fall-back argument) just smart politics ...
|A view of Obama based on the Patrick experience
This last week the Democratic nomination race has reminded me a bit of the gubernatorial race last year in Massachusetts. Now that Obama has got the “O-mentum”, I think its interesting ...
|Some Math on Home Depot
I just wanted to make some basic mathematical observations about today’s Home Depot news, perhaps pointing out some mileposts in our ongoing national decline. (Discussion below)
|Harry Potter and the Missing Yellowcake
I came home from a hard day at work and found an Entertainment Weekly in the mail proclaiming J.K. Rowling the Entertainer of the Year. Entertainer of the Year? Hell – Rowling is ...
|I've Got Your SCHIP Funding Right Here
I know the comparisons have been all over the media – TV news, newspapers, magazines – but I wanted to make sure everyone understands just how empty Republican objections to SCHIP are ...
|The Dying of the Light
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure ...
|All Right! Another Pyrrhic Victory
In both of Pyrrhus's victories, the Romans suffered greater personnel losses than Pyrrhus did. However, the Romans had a large supply of men from which to draw soldiers, so their losses ...
|Perhaps the Bush Administration is Daring Congress to impeach Gonzales
Gonzales’s testimony to the Senate today suggests that the Bush Administration may be daring Congress to impeach Gonzales. This invites broader consideration of what GOP strategy and tactics ...
|White House Staffer Invokes Executive Privilege at Check-Out Counter
WASHINGTON, DC – A White House staffer was the subject of a minor incident at a local supermarket on Friday after his assertion of executive privilege at a check-out counter led to a temporary ...
|Predictions on Top-10 Impacts of Imus Firing
10. Charles McCord replaces Tony Snow as Presidential press spokesman 9. Bernard McGuirk finally able to -enlist in National Guard and serve as a technician defusing IEDs in Iraq- pursue waste ...
|The Unexpected Revelation from the State of the Union
The State of the Union on Tuesday was appalling. And it remains stunning to me that so few seem to be commenting on how truly appalling it was, or what was most appalling about it. Consider the ...
|The Troop Surge and Product Positioning
Listening to the radio today in the car, it was astonishing to hear serious debate about a “troop surge.” My ears immediately perked up. To me “troop surge” -- a phrase ...
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|Haunted by THAT Picture||Minerva||05/29/2006||21||4||1||9|
|Deconstructing Bush's Border Charade||Minerva||05/15/2006||23||6||2||-|
|The Liberation of Kuwait and the Shia Uprising, 15 years Later||Minerva||02/26/2006||3||8||-||-|
|Confronting Iran and Republican Incompetence||Minerva||02/19/2006||7||4||-||-|
|Bush, Spying, and the Point of No Return||Minerva||02/06/2006||5||12||-||-|
|The Vanguard of the Consumer Directed Healthcare Movement||Minerva||01/27/2006||4||4||1||-|
|25 Years Later: Observing the Dawn of a Dark Era (III)||Minerva||01/22/2006||21||28||3||23|
|25 Years Later: Observing the Dawn of a Dark Era (II)||Minerva||01/21/2006||16||39||4||32|
|25 Years Later: Observing the Dawn of a Dark Era (I)||Minerva||01/20/2006||149||311||50||34|
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