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|It's Time to get Serious about Cliven Bundy & Co.
Cliven Bundy has thusfar been a source of considerable amusement for those of us who are rational and justifiably so. It's always fun laughing at a clown. "Clown" is the most charitable way to ...
|NOVEMBER 22, 1963, HALF A CENTURY AGO
The day seems so long ago, yet some of the memories are still so vivid. I seen to remember, it was a warm-ish day with a high overcast, not unusual for Austin in November. A cold front was due to ...
|Slouching into Iraq
Last night, I finally got around to watching Rachel Maddow's excellent documentary, "Hubris". I only wish it had been two hours long. It served to renew my anger that none of Dubyah and his thugs ...
|Commodities - regulated and not
Let's say you have the customary midlife crisis fantasy of the upwardly mobile - you decide one day you want to open a little restaurant or perhaps a small hotel. You're going to need a liquor ...
|De mortuis nil nisi bonum
To every rule there is at least one exception and I'm going to make one for Robert Bork. In the first place, he wasn't brilliant, he wasn't a legal scholar, nor did he have even a shred of the ...
|The only argument you're sure to lose
. . . is the one you don't argue. And that, in a nutshell, has been liberalism's problem for many years. We seem to read too much into our setbacks; to adopt too readily the premises of our ...
|Deja vu again
I was ten or thereabouts when the Court handed down its opinion in Brown v. Board of Education. I remember the uproar in the South. One southern governor said he was trying to raise another ...
|Misreading the results?
So, as almost everyone predicted if Mitty lost, the Republicans have plunged into an orgy of soul-searching and finger-pointing. They are obsessed by the demographics narrative - the country is ...
Much speculation about the President having the opportunity to "remake" the Supreme Court. I beg to differ. I assume that, with the possible exception of Justice Kennedy, none of the conservatives ...
|The Final Debate
So, next Monday night, the debates phase of the campaign comes to an end. After that, it's just the candidates and the voters. I assume Rmoney's folks agreed to end the series of debates on ...
|Now why, do you suppose . . .
Teabagger/Republican candidate for Senate in CT, Linda McMahon recently made the following statement on Social Security: Question: Do you believe that Social Security and Medicare are in financial ...
Sometime in the 1980s, a new iconic figure began to emerge - the CEO. Prior to that, CEOs may have made folks' socks roll up-and-down at the Chamber of Commerce or maybe at the local country club, ...
|One of the rare times I agree with David Brooks
Over the long and varied course of my professional life, I have at various times been a legislative aide to a U. S. Senator (liberal D); a lobbyist for the National League of Cities, AFSCME, and the ...
I had a busy day, so I didn't get to watch the videos of his statements until tonight. Trying to score cheap political points when four American heroes lie dead and unburied - Mitt Romney is ...
|As the twig is bent . . .
Good article in today's NY Times , http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/12/us/politics/at-stanford-romney-stood-ground-on-vietnam.html?_r=1&ref=politics">www.nytimes.com/2012/09/12/us/politics/at-stanford-
|I have a feeling history is about to repeat itself.
I don't know this for a fact, but I assume I'm part of the decided minority on Kos that has personal memories of the 1964 Republican Convention. It was in the Cow Palace in San Francisco. I was in ...
|Dubyah's brain lives!
Mitty's selection of Ryan as his running mate makes it clear that, although the execrable Karl Rove has no official role with the campaign (at least none that we know of), his ideas will now drive it.
|Gore Vidal, An Augustan Figure Indeed!
Gore Vidal, 1925-...
|Deja vu all over again?
I got to thinking this morning, what does the 'pub campaign remind me of? And it hit me. Where the 'pubs are now reminds me a whole lot of where the Democrats were about this time in 1972. ...
The day after the 1964 election, I was another undergraduate at The University of Texas attending a Government class in the American Presidency. The professor, along with a lot of us, was basking ...
|Could Someone Please Run Romney's Remarks Again?
For anyone who might have even the slightest inclination to support even the spirit of Mitty's recent remarks denigrating public employees and the work they do - and they were only his most recent ...
|Is there no end?
There are days I despair for the future of the Republic and this is one of them. I used to say that Citizens United was the worst opinion to come from the Court since Dred Scott , but I may be wrong.
I am watching "The West Wing" from beginning to end for probably the sixth or seventh time. When the series first ran, I hated it. But I got hooked the season that Zoe got kidnapped and now, I ...
Character matters. It matters particularly when an unattractive character trait first manifested in adolescence continues to manifest itself into adulthood and late middle-age. In Romney's case, ...
|A glimmer of hope on a dark night
"laws of the kind now before us raise the inevitable inference that the disadvantage imposed is born of animosity toward the class of persons affected. "[I]f the constitutional conception of `equal ...
|It seems pretty clear to me
Last Sunday, the Vice President gave a clear, carefully worded, and obviously well thought-out statement of personal support for same-gender marriage. Mediaworld exploded; Axelrod issued a ...
|A note to Rachel Maddow; 2012 Election
Rachel has been asking almost nightly for an explanation of why the 'pub party has lurched as far right as it has. She says she doesn't understand, for example, their new hysteria about women's ...
|They've really got it down to a science.
Meditating on Comedian's "apology" ("Gee, slut, IF you're offended that I called you a slut, I'm sorry if I left the impression I was trying to be offensive."). The RW has only become like this in ...
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