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Yes, the Republican Party sucks. Let's move on.
This piece has been building in my head for a while, and is probably bound to draw some criticism. That's fine, as it is intended to be thought-provoking rather than a demand for conformity. We ...
gtnoah 05/22/2014 45 35 1 -
Does Your Columnist get an F in School Reform?
Hmm. Who put that sticker there? I’ve been teaching history and civics in a public high school for the last 21 years. I have come to expect that the public at large will fundamentally ...
gtnoah 04/06/2014 9 3 - -
Exploring My Newfound Contempt for Education Reformers
OK, so my contempt isn't really new. In fact, I've held them in contempt for virtually all of my two decades in the classroom. But I am nearly as contemptuous of the dialogue about so-called ...
gtnoah 03/19/2012 98 78 4 441
No One Talks About These Education Reforms (with poll)
First of all, I teach in a building that is condemned. I'm amazed each morning when I show up and see that it hasn't burned down overnight. The roof leaks, there are electrical hazards and shorts, ...
gtnoah 05/17/2011 8 14 2 67
No, President Bush, Katrina PHOTO was not your mistake
President Bush has emerged from the pre-election shadows to give his first post-Presidency interview to Matt Lauer, including details of his upcoming book about his time in the Oval Office. In it,
gtnoah 11/05/2010 14 9 1 78
Poor Justice Alito, the Potted Plant (with poll)
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, still stinging from Obama's public criticism during last year's State of the Union Address, will ...
gtnoah 10/16/2010 47 25 - 62
Take Heart Democrats, and Get to Work! (with poll)
The now long-running media meme of a coming landslide for Republicans a la 1994 is hard to ignore. Not because it's accurate or even well thought out, but because the media so loves doom and gloom ...
gtnoah 09/19/2010 23 14 - 50
Jay Clough (WA-04) needs your help
As we bask in the glow of our big health care win this past week, my thoughts start to turn towards the 2010 Midterm elections, and my political life here in the 4th District of Washington State. ...
gtnoah 03/27/2010 10 4 - 32
Let's Give Sarah Palin a Thanksgiving Present
To add to that warm, overstuffed feeling I had on Thanksgiving, as the culinary carnage lay strewn around us on the table, was the knowledge that mere miles away from us was Sarah Palin,
gtnoah 11/28/2009 7 13 - 102
The Fightin' 4th District (WA):  Taking on Doc Hastings (with poll)
As I've diaried and commented about before, I live in the 4th District in Washington State. It's a red district, in fact it's the reddest in the whole state. That being said, it consistently votes ...
gtnoah 11/15/2009 39 8 - 108
Let's Moneybomb Against Doc Hastings (WA-04)
A few days ago, Jay Clough, a 33-year old former Marine, announced his candidacy to replace Rep. Richard "Doc" Hastings as Congressman for the 4th District in Washington State. Doc has been easily ...
gtnoah 11/11/2009 18 10 - 152
Sen. Lamar Alexander's Naked Hypocrisy
Ya gotta love how the GOP is always looking out for our President. Always ready with a dose of healthy construcitve criticism or friendly advice. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R - TN) exemplified this ...
gtnoah 10/21/2009 12 5 - 50
OMG! 2 million people showed up to my protest!
You should have been there, it was incredible! Here I was, standing in my backyard in rural central Washington State, protesting President Obama's flagrant disrespect for Congressman Joe Wilson, ...
gtnoah 09/16/2009 16 10 - 2
No Tea Baggers, THIS is a protest
So the 9/12 disciples of Glenn Beck have descended on Washington DC, in colonial garb, carrying pseudo-witty signs about fiscal responsibility, as though they invented the concept, and as if they ...
gtnoah 09/12/2009 22 27 1 49
Not proud or ashamed, but I do have some food for thought
I was reading the two different diaries on the rec list (I'm a rec list junkie, I admit it) this morning about people who are sometimes proud, sometimes ashamed and sometimes both when it comes to ...
gtnoah 08/30/2009 9 12 - 1
The Letter I Just Sent President Obama (with poll)
A health care reform bill with no public option will have been gutted of any chance at actually reforming the system. The best that can possibly remain would be temporary concessions by industries ...
gtnoah 08/16/2009 18 6 - 1
(Updated) Rep. Doc Hastings' Latest Slimy Maneuver (Action requested)
Many of you may not know Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), even though he's been in the House of Representatives since 1992. That's because, in seventeen years in the House, the most prestigious thing he ...
gtnoah 08/02/2009 34 15 - 39
Our Nightmare with Privatized Health Care - YESTERDAY
As the health care reform debate heats up in the country, we keep hearing the same mantra from so-called conservatives and industry leaders alike: "Government-run" health care would lead us to long ...
gtnoah 06/18/2009 32 16 - 24
Letter Against the Socialism Meme
The sheep are screaming socialism. Seems I can't swing a dead cat by the tail without hitting some freak of politics whining in public about how Obama has, in six months, apparently turned us into ...
gtnoah 06/16/2009 10 6 - 11
Calling all Kossacks: How to be Heard on Single Payer Health Care (and thank you Darcy Burner!)
Darcy Burner is absolutely right. The left too commonly eats its own young in policy debates, and it's counterproductive. We need to focus our energies on convincing members of Congress and the ...
gtnoah 06/08/2009 32 12 - 35
Limbaugh now supports Sotomayor? (w/Poll)
Yes, the blowhard of blowhards, the drug addled gasbag that is Rush Limbaugh, after calling Sonia Sotomayor a racist for days, after shamelessly seeking to profit and capitalize politically with yet ...
gtnoah 06/03/2009 41 4 - 56
ENOUGH with the filibuster threats!
I have to say, the way in which Republicans toss around the word "filibuster", you'd think they had much more representation in Congress than they do. Seems like every other hour you have some ...
gtnoah 06/02/2009 15 5 1 36
Defeat Terror: Donate to Planned Parenthood
During the Obama campaign, whenever the Hillary or Republican campaigns resorted to smears and distortions, we responded with our pocketbooks. It was stunningly effective, and Obama's campaign ...
gtnoah 06/01/2009 2 9 - -
GOP Talking Heads are Right: Obama Now Faces Reality
Flip-flopping on military tribunals? Reversing himself on the release of torture photos? Backtracking on the 18 month timeline to get us out of Iraq? It's not that easy is it Barack? I bet you ...
gtnoah 05/19/2009 11 11 2 -
America Needs to be Rhetorically Slapped
Ten years ago I would never have dreamed we would be in a national debate about whether torture is justifiable. It still strikes me as odd and strange how calmly we discuss this subject in ...
gtnoah 05/13/2009 24 12 1 8
RedState Nationalism vs. Kossack Smackdown
Once again, so-called conservatives Just Don't Get It. Having long ago appointed themselves guardians of the Sacred Definition and Practice of Patriotism in the United States, it would appear ...
gtnoah 12/01/2008 45 19 - 27
Netroots = Democracy at its Best
I've been chuckling lately at my TV screen and my newspaper as I hear and read the way pundits, elected officials and editorialists use the word "netroots" like they use the word "assholes". I ...
gtnoah 11/26/2008 6 4 - 2
Prop 8 and the Bus of Inevitable Progress
I was slamming a troll diary on this topic a few moments ago, something I shouldn't do, but it's therapy for me, and it led me to write this diary. For the record, I am a straight man living in a ...
gtnoah 11/16/2008 30 13 - 25
WARNING: This is a Rant
Warning: This is a rant. Should not be taken internally by anyone on the right side of the spectrum. May cause uncontrollable giggling or sudden outbursts of “Hell yeah!” ...
gtnoah 11/09/2008 10 7 - 4
An incredible letter I just received
Shabnam was a former high school student of mine. She was born in America, her parents in Iran. She is a practicing Shia Muslim, has traveled extensively, and sent me the following letter this ...
gtnoah 11/06/2008 13 31 1 27
Caught in the Act: Voting Blue in a Red Zone
It's been a long 20 months, as you all know. And this last week? Excruciatingly slow. Even harder was waiting until today to cast my vote for Barack Obama, but we always go over our votes with a ...
gtnoah 11/03/2008 6 6 - 15
Wasting a McCain Worker's Time
I just happen to be a liberal who has been known, from time to time, to work undercover behind enemy lines. Thirty years of living in a red, red district has trained me well in just how to do so. ...
gtnoah 10/29/2008 64 18 5 180
Family Research Council Blackmails NRCC
Don't know if you'd call this breaking, but I didn't see any diaries on it yet. That paragon of conservative "family values", the Family Research Council, has urged its members to stop donating ...
gtnoah 10/24/2008 58 21 2 4
Red State: Daily Kos is "internet cesspool" LOL
According to a recent post on RedState.com regarding the netroots' massive donor response to the Michelle Bachmann fiasco, Daily Kos is an "internet cesspool". Read on: Like Joe the ...
gtnoah 10/21/2008 142 48 1 21
The GOP's Armageddon Strategy
I just couldn't figure it out. This was not the Republican machine of 2000 and 2004, the one that organized a fundraising juggernaut, convinced Americans the only thing standing between us and ...
gtnoah 10/12/2008 25 10 - 8
Gov. Gregoire in WA needs our support (Updated)
I just finished watching the third debate between these two candidates. I was at the second one in Yakima a week and a half ago. And while I am very confident in Obama's chances to win this ...
gtnoah 10/09/2008 63 16 - 185
Last Chance Voter Registration Drive at U of Washington
I've voted blue my entire adult life, but I have to confess, it was George W. Bush who really turned me into a Democratic activist. In 2004, I spent the day before the voter registration deadline ...
gtnoah 10/04/2008 16 17 3 28
Barack's Youngest Fan Makes Ad
OK. I know Barack Obama has been blowing McCain away among the youth demographic in America, hell, I even diaried about it. But the truth is that I had no idea how universal this support was. ...
gtnoah 09/20/2008 33 33 - 22
Barack Rocks the Youth Vote (with poll)
I teach high school civics and history to 11th and 12th graders in central Washington State. For those of you who aren't familiar with Washington politics east of the Cascade Mountains, that's the ...
gtnoah 09/05/2008 40 16 3 159
McCain/Palin Energize the Base -- OUR Base
It's true, John McCain and Sarah Palin, through their wonderfully canned speeches full of vitriol, division and red meat for the evangelical fringe, have successfully energized the base ..... of the ...
gtnoah 09/04/2008 11 11 1 9
Let's mess with Bill-O
Every once in a while, I turn the TV to Fox News and Bill O'Reilly, not for information, obviously, but to see how long I can stand it before I am a) yelling at the TV b) cursing c) changing the ...
gtnoah 08/13/2008 11 5 - -
Hey Obama supporters! TRANQUILO!!! (Relax!!)
If there's one thing I'm getting sick of in punditworld, blogworld and diaryworld, it's the persistent panic reflex us Dems seem to have. Someone yells at us on the playground and we scatter like ...
gtnoah 08/04/2008 27 17 - 23
A Progressive Present for Obama, August 4th
During the 2004 election, some buddies and I dreamed up "The $25 Army", a grassroots movement to generate donations to progressive candidates as well as renew dialogue about our party's platform. ...
gtnoah 07/29/2008 10 12 - -
Hate Nation: Right Wing Radio and its Poisonous Price
Most conservatives will tell you that they abhor the tragic violence in Tennessee, and that they condemn it. But they also will most likely deny that any of their actions or beliefs could possibly ...
gtnoah 07/28/2008 28 35 - 32
Traveling, Hungry and Broke
I looked a little rough, coming from deep in the Cascade Mountains only an hour before. My boots were caked with mud and I had a three-day growth of beard. My sweatpants were stained to the knee, ...
gtnoah 07/23/2008 14 34 1 29
Why Obama Wins Big and Dems get Supermajority
As much as the media narrative screams "close race" and tries to make us believe that there is some sort of rallying of the republican faithful taking place around Grandpa John -- it's all bullshit, ...
gtnoah 07/16/2008 32 9 1 7
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