Posting History for Woody25
|They Lie- Iraq Edition
They lie. They really have no choice. Reality does have a liberal bias. Therefore, the only chance Republicans have to win a debate is to lie. One of the longest running lies is that the media ...
|It's Called Learning from Experience
Secretary Clinton has taken some hits in the Beltway media lately (and honestly, when can you NOT type that and be accurate?). The latest line is that she is "distancing" herself from President ...
Before we get into all the arguments that have been brought up in the marriage equality debate, I thought I would spend a little time addressing the legal aspects of marriage in America. Rand Paul ...
Many years ago, I saw a poster or a bumper sticker that said, "When the people lead, the Leaders will follow." I have long loved that saying and believed it to be true. I think we all saw an ...
|Freedom of Religion 101
As the title implies, this is an introductory post. I am going to cover the basics for those who need it most, Republicans, and I am going to use small words so they will be sure to understand. It ...
|Race: Once More into the Breach
Let me start by saying that I look in the mirror and see a white man staring back at me. I am Jewish, and I do know that there are people even here in the liberal northeast that see me, not as white,
In the Broadway hit musical, "The Book of Mormon" there is a song called, "I Believe" in which the performer mentions some of the crazy things that Mormon's believe (at least, according to the ...
|America- Love it or Leave it!
Let me start by saying I hate the notion of a political Right and Left. I will openly confess my liberalism. That being said, Conservatives have long ago ceded any claim to the word "Right" even ...
Long before Hannibal Lecter, Anthony Hopkins delivered a stunningly horrifying performance in the movie, "Magic." When asked how he managed to perform a certain card trick, Hopkins used his ...
|For The People
President Lincoln must be rolling over in his grave (if he's still in it). Members of the "Party of Lincoln" are far more likely to wave the treasonous Tennessee Confederate Battle Flag than ...
There was a famous Daily News cover with Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in a diaper. He had had a hissy fit because President Clinton made him disembark Air Force One from the back of the plane,
|The True Story of Hanukkah Hal
Hanukkah Hal is a real thing. I should know, it's me, well it's based on me. It's my. . .I can't think of the word, please somebody put it in the comments. He has a facebook page. And so, on the ...
Like many Kossacks, I have posted about Michael Brown and Ferguson. Like Jon Stewart, I was left speechless by the Grand Jury decision about Eric Garner, briefly. I have since found my words, and ...
|Pulled Over By an Idiot
I believe it was at a campaign stop, current Ohio governor John Kasich asked the crowd if they'd ever been pulled over by an idiot. I've been thinking about that moment, the Mayoral election here ...
Does anybody know what happened? In Ferguson, I mean. I'm not being flippant. I'm confused. This is all I know to be true- a young, unarmed black man was shot to death by a white police officer.
Let me get a few things out of the way first. You will not find it in this post, and I am white. Well, these days, I am. There was a time where I would not have qualified despite my skin tone. ...
|A Not So Brief Word on Truth
So I dropped by my local pub the other day, and they gave me a ribbing about my fiance. I am not currently engaged, and when my friends asked why they had not been invited to my wedding, I told ...
The post below was written in the aftermath of Sandy. On the 2 year anniversary I thought I'd repost it: There was no New York City Marathon this year. Hurricane Sandy effectively wiped it out. ...
|Thoughts of God
Bill Maher pissed me off a couple of months ago. To be specific, he pissed me off on his show dated June 6 (D-Day, I wonder if that was a coincidence). He was interviewing Ralph Reed. Now, I know ...
|We're All Going To Die!!!!!!!!!!
We are all going to die. Seriously. I mean it. We all are. Eventually. There is a date, and it is probably near January 1, 1900 that nobody alive on that date is currently alive. In a little ...
|Kol Nidre- the Night Before Yom Kippur
Last night's temple service is called Kol Nidre after the first two words of the opening prayer. Although Yom Kippur is called the Day of Atonement and the Day of Remembrance, Kol Nidre is actually ...
|Don't Be Afraid. Don't Be Very Very Afraid
Some years ago, during one of Secretary Tom Ridge's conveniently timed heightened security alerts, I was approached by a reporter in Madison Square Park in New York City. He asked me if I was ...
|An Acquired Taste
The other day, I had dinner with my Dad. He was in town on business before flying to Israel. He did not say what the business was (updating the will?). We had a drink at the bar (Dad and drinking ...
| Reality What a Concept
With my sincerest apologies for the title of this post, Mr. Williams, rest in peace. I was asked by friends how I felt about Robin Williams' suicide. I responded that I did not know the man, but ...
|I Just Want to be Clear
In America in 2014, Ferguson police, armed nearly as well as our troops in Iraq, fire tear gas at unarmed civilians protesting the death of an unarmed civilian at the hands of a police officer, and ...
My brother is a wingnut. Many years ago we were talking politics and I mentioned that I had changed my position on the Death Penalty. He responded, "So, you support it now?" As someone who does ...
|The Chorus Line
My favorite musical is "A Chorus Line." It is about the casting of the chorus members for a musical. One of the people auditioning is an exceptionally talented dancer. So much so, that she was ...
|40 Years in the Desert
The Old Testament tells us that it took 40 years from the time the Israelites (We weren't Jews yet) left Egypt for them to return to the Promised Land (Canaan or what we now know as Israel and the ...
On a recent edition of "The Ed Show" on MSNBC, Michael Eric Dyson, filling in for host Ed Schultz, led a segment quoting an anti-immigrant screed. The author he was quoting turned out to be ...
|When Did ISIS Become a Threat?
Okay, I know I'm old, but when I heard ISIS was gaining in Iraq and Syria, this came to mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boXtqvcrpKM I think it was the Egyptian answer to Wonder ...
|Sincerely Held Beliefs
I am of the sincerely held belief that the Roberts court is so full of it that they must like the taste. It is my sincerely held belief that the Wrong Wing has no idea what the phrase "Religious ...
|Puppies Are Cute
President Obama, in describing Republican obstruction, once told a crowd that if he said puppies are cute, Republicans would say no. Now, of course, that would not happen. Republicans would say ...
|We're Still Here- World Cup
In the movie War Games, there is a scene where a general tells staff at 3 US bases that they are tracking inbound nuclear missiles to their locations, but that they cannot confirm it. He asks them ...
|Why The Right Hates Obamacare in 2 Words
It Works. That's it. Any rationale put forth can be traced back to those 2 words. After Hurricane Katrina, Paul Krugman penned an Op-ed titled "Miserable by Design." This should be required ...
|Game of Thrones v. Game of Thrones
I loved the finale of Game of Thrones season 4 on HBO. I have also recently read the 5 books in the series. In the blogosphere, there seems to be some conflict between the readers and the watchers,
|We've Gone Too Far
Molly doesn't like me very much right now. Molly is my 7 year old Pit Bull. Today we took our longest walk in over two years. We did this so that I could attend the rally at City Hall for Moms ...
|It's Called Projection
Tony Robbins has said that everything we do in life, we do to either avoid pain or gain pleasure. He also says that avoiding pain is a stronger motivator. It makes sense. Think about it, pain ...
|Death By Bundy
If you've seen any television this week, you must be aware of the Wrong's short-lived marriage to one Cliven Bunda, um er Bundy, sorry. Here is a quick recap: Bundy is a cattle rancher that denies ...
I admit that I'm a bit of a snob sometimes. When my friends asked me if I watch reality tv, I answered that yes, I watch baseball, football, basketball and hockey. I've never seen Survivor. I don'...
Svante Myrick, the Mayor of Ithaca, New York, made an appearance on Meet the Press. When asked what the biggest problem he was facing was, he replied, "Potholes." I have no doubt that the mayor ...
|A Simple Choice
Chris Hayes did an excellent take down of Republican responses and alternatives to Obamacre, which if I've incorrectly embedded here, can be found on the "All In" webiste from 2/14/14. Hayes show'...
|Thou Shalt Not Kill
The other day, I saw a headline and link to a story of a Lesbian asking to be stoned at a church displaying a sign that said "Jesus would stone homos". The story can be found here: http://www....
|It's The Great Purim Pub Crawl, Charlie Brown!
In New York, we have just begun to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The traditional pub crawl has grown to include the weekend that precedes the actual day. There was a time when St. Patrick's Day was ...
Much of my internet surfing the past few days had stories about what was happening at CPAC along with links and invitations to watch it live. I finally broke down and decided to watch. I didn't ...
|Hillary and the Progressives
Eight months before the midterms, the Beltway media is obsessed with the 2016 Presidential election. Chris Christie's troubles are only national stories because he was deemed the Republican front-...
Among my many get-rich-quick schemes, one of my favorites was this idea to get on the show "Survivor." Now, I had not planned to win the competition, after all, I'm a couch potato. My plan was to ...
|Have It, Don't Show It
"Have it, don't show it," is an old acting saying. What it means is that when you are doing good acting work, you have created a condition where you are truly feeling an emotion people get it. You ...
|Press Your Advantage
Blackjack is the only statistically winnable game in Las Vegas. I say this conditionally for two reasons. First, people have won at other games. Second, it takes more than expert knowledge of the ...
|It's Called Projection
For my money, the most telling comment about the George Washington Bridge story was the e-mail that noted that the kids stuck in traffic were "children of Buono voters." It reminded me of the ...
|Equal Protection Under Law
I posit that of all those things we consider to be American Values, the two most fundamental are liberty and equality. Granted, at the time of the Declaration of Independence, all men were not ...
|Take Your Ball and Go Home!
In the Republican universe, where rhetoric often is substitute for reality, Republicans like to claim the mantle of being pro-business. The added benefit of their black and white view is to cast ...
|In My America
2014 will soon be upon us, and with it comes the midterm elections. There will be a lot of talk about what these elections will be about and what the results will mean. Afterwards, each party will ...
|Merry Kosher Christmas
And Lo, it came to pass that in the tenth month, the Israelites were beset on all sides by the Inanites. And the people wept. They called out to God, "Hast thou abandoned us, O, Lord? Has our ...
|Sex With Ducks
The anti-gay Wrong (I'm never going to refer to them as the Right again) often argues that allowing same sex marriage will inevitably lead to bestiality. They have used horses, dogs, and a box ...
|Liberals Aren't Anti-Christian Bigots
This post is a quickie. And in the interests of full disclosure, I'm Jewish. In the Duck Dynasty hysteria and the defense of the religious beliefs that we all are free to hold, there is one point ...
|An Unapologetic Centrist
In the aftermath of the Beltway political group "Third Way" attacking Elizabeth Warren centrism has been under assault. As a middle child, I am offended at this attack on "centrism" by the left. ...
|Boeing and Nothingness
So! Boeing has designed a new passenger aircraft. They have received multibillion dollar orders for it. In order to maximize profits, they tied fulfillment of the contract at their Everett, ...
|The Waaaah on Christmas
As a Jew living in New York, I am unaware of all the city ordinances restricting the sale of Christmas trees along the sidewalks as my dog and I navigate our way through artificial evergreen forests.
|How to Spell Hanukkah and Other Mysteries
For people who show any interest in the holiday, he most obvious thing noticed I that the word is spelled many different ways. Is it 1 “n” and 2 “k’s” or 2”no’s” and 1 “k?” Is ...
This week, we will commemorate 50 years since the assassination of President Kennedy. I choose not to use the term "anniversary" when it comes to tragedy. Earlier this year we commemorated the ...
"Tradition" is the opening number of the musical, "Fiddler on the Roof." The musical has achieved iconic status as being the typical history of the American Jewish family. The song talks about how ...
|Miserable by Design
Perhaps I have been influenced by Senator Rand Paul, because I have plagiarized the title and idea for this post from Paul Krugman. His original New York Times op-ed can be read here: http://query....
|Strap-ons and Tea Bags
Odds are that one of my diary posts will be about either guns or race. This one is indeed about guns. Most of you probably know about the meeting in Texas of 4 women to discuss a plan to advocate ...
|About That Debt
Okay, let's get the obvious out of the way. $17 trillion is a huge number. It's a number that scares people. Now imagine you step on a scale, and you weigh 325 lbs. That might be scary. However,
|Are We There Yet?
I have no doubt that this will be one among thousands if not millions of posts about the 50th Anniversary of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. In human history, I ...
|What They Believe
In the Broadway show, "The Book of Mormon," there is a song called. "I Believe." The song includes a number of things that you must believe in order to believe in Mormonism. For example, according ...
|Woody25 V-Texas, North Carolina, et al
This post has gone through so many iterations in my head over many months, but I thought Election Day would be a good time to resolve my issues and complete it. The concept is that I would sue ...
|I Have a Right to be Fleeced!
The latest battle in the War on Obamacare comes in light of the President's oft cited claim that if you like your current insurance you can keep it. As it turns out, many people who buy insurance ...
|False Sense of Security
When I am losing badly at a game, I often joke that I am only giving my opponent a false sense of security, and when he drops his guard, I will take advantage of that and kick butt. The truth of ...
|There's a Hole in the Capitol Bucket
From the moment President Obama took office, the Republican Party has tried to obstruct government operations. Democrats worried that a law about to go into effect requiring all television signals ...
|Why It's Called "Red" Ink
As we enter budget negotiations in this post-shutdown, post default-crisis moment, I thought it would be helpful to discuss what led to is in the first place. The debt ceiling and the government ...
|Ezra Klein Was Right After All
Before the government shutdown, I wrote a piece here titled "Ezra Klein is Wrong!" You can read it here: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/09/30/1242743/-Ezra-Klein-is-Wrong To sum it up, he ...
|Happy Columbus Day!
Why are we here? By "here" I mean celebrating this day. A number of years ago, I was hired to tour high schools with a theatrical production. One of the tour dates was Columbus Day, which that ...
When it comes to sports, I have bad mojo. I would go so far as to say that my level of bad mojo rises to that of Austin Powers' regular mojo. I'll give you an example. The other night, the Knicks ...
|The Gold Standard
The phrase, "The Gold Standard," is often used to suggest that someone or something is the best of its kind. Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite had achieved the gold standard in nightly news. ...
|There are NO Moderate Republicans!
My favorite President is Theodore Roosevelt, who was born within a mile of my current apartment in New York City. Modern day Republicans like to say they are the party of Lincoln and Roosevelt, the ...
|Ezra Klein is Wrong!
It does not happen often, but Ezra Klein is wrong. Klein has taken the position that we should cheer on the government shutdown so that the Republicans get it out of their systems, see how ...
|Your Flight Will Be Delayed
Government does stuff. I have often said that there are words which can only be defined in the experience of them. I cannot tell you what a "nebbish" is, but I can point to a guy who is a "nebbish"
|The Question is Moot
There is a wonderful Saturday Night Live episode where the Reverend Jesse Jackson hosts a game show titled, "The Question is Moot." http://www.metacafe.com/watch/5999188/the_question_is_moot/ In ...
As we sit here on the verge of a government shutdown, or even worse a debt default because of Obamacare, let us have a brief discussion to get clear about what we are talking about. The most ...
|Go Frisk Yourself
Here in New York City, the biggest question on primary night is if Bill De Blasio will get enough votes to avoid a runoff. He has consistently been the front-runner since Judge Shira Scheindlin ...
Everyone makes mistakes. At least, that's what I've been told. I know for a fact that I have made them. Why does it seem that nobody is willing to admit to them anymore? Even the rare apology ...
|Rules We Agree to Live By
What defines civilization is that there is a set of rules by which everyone agrees to live. The Declaration of Independence was essentially an accusation that the King of England had violated the ...
|What's in the 2nd Amendment?
I have written a lot on this site about gun control. I don't know who the liberal version of Frank Luntz is who trademarked the phrase "gun safety," but I'm grateful- it polls better. I wanted a ...
|Who Do You Think You Are?
I direct this question to everyone who watches Fox News, reads a Rupert Murdoch owned newspaper, listens to Rush or Hannity, and votes Republican. You talk of freedom, patriotism, the Constitution, ...
|Can and Will be Used Against You
I used to tell a joke about Attorney General Ashcroft telling President Bush that I called my mother. When asked why the President of the United States should care, Ashcroft informed him that I ...
|Fixing Congress- a Modest Proposal
I read "Endgame, part 2: Have House Republicans already started to break?" available here: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/04/1228179/-Endgame-part-2-Have-House-Republicans-already-started-to-...
|A Little Bit Racist
I've been reviewing my diary posts, and I noticed that two themes seem to dominate: Race and Guns. In the aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial, there has been much talk about both of these ...
There is a lot of carping on the right about what they call "Activist Judges." In the past, I defined judicial activism as a ruling I did not like, and I applied the "both sides do it" standard. ...
Charles Dolan owns Cablevision, MSG Madison Square Garden, The NY Knicks and the NY Rangers among other things. His son, James, runs the MSG portion along with the teams that play there. People ...
|There are No Illegals!
I've always thought of myself as an even-tempered middle of the road kind of guy, but there is one area where I embrace my inner radical. That is the realm of the immigration debate. I often talk ...
|Actually, It Does Make You a Bigot
I once advised people that if they found themselves uttering the phrase, "I'm not a racist," to stop there and ask why they felt the need to say it. Apparently, they have taken my advice and have ...
|It's OK, They Know
Republicans are wrong about practically everything. They believe that they are right, but they are only right wing. They cannot bring themselves to admit this. Two post-mortem studies by the RNC ...
|Abortion On Demand
BYLINE- Texas, North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin. Okay, truth be told I live in New York. Abortion On Demand is not a new service being offered by my cable provider, like HBO is. Abortion On Demand ...
|Consent: Egypt Edition
As the Beltway continues to play "Where's Waldo" with Edward Snowden, the rest of the world considers Cairo much more important. Indeed, the Beltway really only talks about Egypt as a failure of ...
When President Obama was first elected, I was happy for many reasons. Mostly, though, I thought he had a unique opportunity to end 4 wars; Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Civil. Well, many people ...
|Thank You, Paula Deen!
I believe that Paula Deen provided a great service to America last week when her deposition came out. As a celebrity, the media got to frame the racism conversation around a media personality at ...
|The Bachmann Challenge
In an appearance on Hardball with Chris Matthews back in 2008, Michelle Bachmann said that it would be a great idea for the media to do an investigation of Congress to find out which members hold "...
|I See Blah People
I was inspired to write this post after reading today's "Nutpick-a-palooza." BTW, it should simply be "Nutpickalooza." The title was an homage to former Senator and longtime Google joke Rick ...
|WE are Team America
I had been searching for a scene in the series, "The West Wing" for several weeks. In the episode (FYI season 3 episode 6. "War Crimes") there is a leak. The White House Communications Director, ...
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