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|Crib Notes on the War of Northern Agression, III
!50 years ago on May 8, the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia commenced a two-week engagement at Spotsylvania Courthouse . Casualties at Spotsylvania were appalling ...
|Crib Notes on The War of Northern Aggression, II
To the white South in 1861 , it was an article of faith that the Civil War -- or the War of the Rebellion, as it was most commonly known in the North -- could have been avoided had Abraham Lincoln ...
In a good way. When I left Washington state two years ago, my catastrophic health plan cost ~$700/mo. Since it was catastrophic, in practice I paid for my medical care and prescriptions out-of-...
|The Ponderous Chain
I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it. Marley's Ghost, A Christmas ...
|Crib Notes on the War of Northern Aggression
It was either the fall of 1968 or the spring of 1969. The American History teacher of my rural South Texas junior high school was ladling out generous helpings of Kool-Aid regarding the Civil War, ...
|A Hillary To Climb
In a recent column , 61-year old Maureen Dowd wrote about the inevitability of the nomination of 68-year (in 2013) Hillary Clinton, especially if 73-year Joe Biden would do the right thing and stand ...
|Who Are The Makers? Who Are The Takers?
During a committee hearing last month, Sen. Elizabeth Warren pointed out that If we started in 1960 and we said that as productivity goes up, that is as workers are producing more, then the minimum ...
|Miguel de Cervantes on George Will
During The Colloquy of the Dogs , written some time between 1590 and 1612, Miguel de Cervantes wrote what appears to be a thinly veiled, prescient critique of George Will. Read on (and substitute "...
|Paths to Victory
In the end, it wasn't that close.
Over at redstate.com , Erick Erckson writes: At the same time, Romney made a conscious decision to blow off Hispanic voters. Yes, conservatives, we must account for this. The Romney campaign to the ...
|Times for Them to Go?
There's nothing like a presidential election to shine a light on the punditocracy. It's been a surprise and a disappointment to see how poorly New York Times writers have performed. While the ed ...
|Why Mitt Romney Can't Turn This Thing Around
Because a politician with the skills to shovel the shit out of the stable Romney has built for himself wouldn't be knee deep in the stuff in the first place.
|As usual, the CW is wrong
The standard conservative (and sometimes liberal) meme in the wake of Mitt Romney's spree of unprecedented and unbelievable gaffes is that he is blowing an election that was his to win. The ...
|Der Mittster and Me
I opened my mailbox, and there it was, lying flat: A 10.5 x 12 dark blue mailer with the words "Lift Here To Open" imprinted on the bottom of the flap, the initial caps signaling with the clarity of ...
|The Long Game
The right greeted President Obama's unqualified endorsement of gay marriage with predictably vile caterwauling. And of course many on the left whined that it came too late, that it shouldn't have ...
|Values v. Direction
Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times writes: But Romney has not yet been able to tap into the antigovernment, populist zeal in the party or convince more traditional ...
Paul Krugman has the right of it: Few people do understand debt .
|Go Ahead: Make My Day
Cleve Loney had had enough. The taciturn Montana state legislator had sat quietly as Democrats criticized Republican legislation that, if passed, ...
|Dispatch from the Bloodlands
In Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, Timothy Snyder writes: Ideologies also tempt those who reject them. Ideology, when stripped by time or partisanship of its ...
|The Tragedy of the Ten Million Acre Land Bill
I readily and, I trust, feelingly acknowledge the duty incumbent on us all as men and citizens, and as among the highest and holiest of our duties, to provide for those who, in the ...
|There They Go Again
John Boner and Eric Cantor have been talking big about cutting the defense budget, but plenty of members of their own caucus don't like the idea. At. All. Sez Rep. Howard McKeon of California:
|Responses to a Request for Conservative Input on Health Care Reform
This morning in a comment on an MSNBC story about Republican plans to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, I wrote the following:
|Like I Said...
Thanks for the many comments, pro and con, to my diary about why I left the left. The headline was deliberately provocative and much of my language was offensive (as in, on the attack), neither of ...
|How I Left the Left
With the 2000 election shaping up as a contest between Al Gore and George Bush, The Nation magazine urged Ralph Nader to run for president on the Green Party ticket and eventually co-...
|James Lee = Barack Obama
James Lee was leftist Obamaite pure and simple and probably a Homosexual Muslime. I bet that once the police finish a search of his effects, they will find ample evidence connecting Lee to William ...
|Our Barbarous Ancestors
The right loves to quote Thomas Jefferson above all other Founding Fathers. I wonder what they'd make of his assessment of the Constitution and his own role as a founder:
|The Land of the Blind
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. -...
|I smell a nutria
"Our message to the federal government is lead or get out of the way."
|Journey to the Dark Side
If you prick, us do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? -William Shakespeare, The Merchant of ...
|John Boehner's America
"They are snuffing out the America I grew up in." -House Minority Leader John Boehner on Obama and ...
|The Rainbow Brigade
The Army withdrew the ROTC scholarship of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill senior Sara Isaacson after ...
|The Heart of Power: Medicare and Momentum
The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office. David Blumenthal and James Morone, University of Californian Press, 420pp. In all things which deal with be ...
|The Heart of Power: Stirrings (Part 1)
The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office. David Blumenthal and James A. Morone. University of California Press (420pp). When Franklin Roosevelt became ...
|From the Belly of the Beast
Tidbits from BP's web site :
Unsurprisingly but nonetheless pathetically, the right-wing media has chosen to make the spill a matter of partisan politics right-...
|You Can't Drink The Kool-Aid When The Well's Run Dry
Conservatives are beginning to recognize that their intellectual well has run dry . Says one:
|Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye
It's been long apparent that John McCain has sacrificed every conviction he ever had on the altar of preserving his political skin. If that weren't already evident, his craven and pandering call for ...
|Loving the Constitution to Death
Unlike many teabaggers, I don't walk around with a copy of the Constitution in my hip pocket. Nor do I claim any particular Constitutional expertise. But, I know what my values are and I know what ...
|The Gestapo Comes to the Grand Canyon
Your Papers, Please: Arizona is about to enact legislation that will require aliens (read: Hispanic aliens) to produce their immigration status upon police request. Senator John (I ...
|Contract From America Exposed
A combination of teabag groups, Founding Partners, and Coalition Partners has proposed a Contract From America (signed by the American People, which -- the last time I checked -- includes me). A ...
It's the winter of 2003, the day after the invasion of Iraq. An angry mob of African-American protesters gathers outside of the entrance to the White House, screaming imprecations and waving ...
|George Will and workers' rights
When the pungent stench of horse manure rose from the Seattle Times editorial page, I knew immediately to check ...
|Will Wounded Veterans Have to Pay for Health Care?
House and Senate Democrats have moved to eliminate a budget proposal that would require combat veterans to use third-party health insurance firms to pay for combat-related injuries, calling it "...
|What is the Employee Free Choice Act?
What is the Employee Free Choice Act? Conservatives would have us believe that is the end of democracy as we know it -- the first peals of the death knell of the secret ballot. Along with the U. S. ...
|There Dave Reichert Goes Again
Dave Reichert, my congressman who dares call himself a moderate, voted against the Ledbetter Act. I personally don't know how anyone to the left Genghis Khan could call himself moderate and oppose ...
Kristofer D. Lorelli of the the blog Draft Sarah Palin for Vice President writes:
|"What About That Lady Who Just Got Elected In Alaska"
Jane Mayer's " The Insiders: How John McCain Came To Pick Sarah Palin" in the current New Yorker isn't ...
Over at Slate, John Dickerson remains in a dither over Obama's supposed ducking of John Lewis' remarks. Here's what I would tell Johnny Mac about John Lewis: "While you were partying in ...
|McCain Truth Watch: Blinded By The Light
Somewhere on the road to Tampa, John McCain decided that the economy was not "fundamentally sound," as he had claimed. A searing light knocked him off of his elephant, and it came to pass that he ...
In college, I took a philosophy class that included a brief unit on Soren Kierkegaard. Old Soren is tough sledding to say the least, and the class was restive. The professor asked how many of us ...
|The Party's Over (Turn Out The Lights)
Has Barack Obama become drill happy? MSM headline writers seem to think so: "Obama, In New Stand, Proposes Use Of Oil Reserve" claims the New York Times ; "Obama Urges Opening Up Oil Reserves:
|McCain Raises Racism's Ugly Head
I'm sitting here listening to "Katrina" -- Dr. Michael White's brilliant jazz dirge -- and pondering the McCain campaign's accusation that Barack Obama introduced race into the campaign with a "...
|The Cudgels Of Certitude
Spending a month away, among people who had a lot of questions about where the United States is heading, made me realize more than ever what a colossal, nearly impossible job the next president has. ...
|Feed Them On Your Dreams
"It's hard to think of any work of art of which one can say 'This made men more just to one another or this saved the life of one Jew or one Vietnamese'...The difference between us and the artists ...
With Hillary Clinton preparing to endorse Barack Obama, the punditocracy and political class ...
|This One Was For History
Barack Obama entered the annals of history last night when he claimed victory over Hillary Clinton in the long march to the Democratic party nomination. In a powerful speech pointedly set at the ...
|When Will They Ever Learn?
The following letter -- apparently written in all seriousness -- appears in today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "The news from Iraq is increasingly good and hopeful, so what are the media talking ...
|Another Rat Deserts
So, former Bush Administration press secretary Scott McClellan has written a tell-all account of his experience. In the memoir McClellan drops ...
|Who Really Supports The Troops?
Eric Alterman writes of the misconception that conservatives revere and support the military while liberals largely disdain ...
A couple of weeks ago, we joined ten other people and toured the Katrina-damaged areas of New Orleans. This amounts to 80 per cent of the entire city, an expanse of 144 square miles, or the size of ...
|I Can See Clearly Now...
Last year, my wife and I had the unadulterated pleasure of spending a day driving through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
|All Over But The Crying
Think for a moment about the magnitude of Obama's achievement.
|The Banality Of Peggy Noonan
Hard as it is to believe, Peggy Noonan displays more than her usual banality by writing:
|Barack Obama's Crime
A saloon in the Old West hires a Shakespearean actor to declaim a few lines from Othello. He arrives on the noon ...
|Someone Neuter George Stephanopoulos, Please
The two most inane and vacuous performances of the debate season came last night in Pennsylvania. I'm writing, of course, of ABC moderators George Stephanopoulos and Charles Gibson. Both were ...
Yesterday, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton participated in a Faith Forum in Grantham, Pennsylvania. (John McCain declined an invitation.) They answered questions about abortion, human rights, and ...
|Thank God for the Navy
The U.S. Navy in its infinite wisdom promises that Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Dickinson will never "wear her uniform again in the service of our country." "Service" is perhaps an unfortunate choice of words, ...
|Riding The Tiger
General Petraeus' testimony yesterday was a linguistic maze of gobbledegook that said little and committed to less. Would that he and Ambassador Crocker could face the American people with a ...
|45 Days And Counting...
In yesterday's disgraceful testimony before Congress, General David Petraeus recommended that the troop "drawdown" from Iraq cease for a minimum of 45 days after the surge force completes its stint. ...
|Edwards '08 T-Shirt = Youth In Trouble
Last week, Pete Palmer, the son of longtime friends, filed suit against the Waxahachie (TX) Independent School District for violating his First Amendment rights. Last September 21, Pete had the ...
|Book Review: Sex Wars
Sex Wars: A Novel Of Gilded Age New York, Marge Piercy. Piercy's novel explores the formative years of feminism through the intersecting lives of four characters. Three of them -- proto-...
That Dick Cheney's "So?" remark touched off no more than a one-day flurry of coverage calls into question the media's perception of exactly what is happening in this country. A democracy that fights ...
|Have A Heart, Somebody
The Associated Press reports over the weekend that Vytorin, a cholesterol-reducing drug made and marketed jointly by Merck and Schering-Plough, has little effect in improving heart disease. ...
|The Irrational Hatred of Bush, Revisited.
Conservative blogs and columnists often refer to the "left's" irrational hatred of President Bush. (The "left" being anyone who reads The New York Times.) The left, according to these writers, ...
DISCLAIMER: Most of this interview is fictional. It could never happen like this. As we all know, in an interview with ABC's Martha Raddatz, Vice President Cheney brandished his usual contempt for ...
|Abu Ghraib Revisited
John Burns of The New York Times remembers his five years in Iraq here . Unsurprisingly, he's ...
|Let me get this straight...
...Barack Obama's pastor makes an ill-considered remark in the sanctity of his church, and Obama is called out in the public pulpit and made out to be somehow responsible for it.
|An Open Letter To Hillary Clinton
Senator Clinton: While I support Senator Obama, I have steadfastly defended your candidacy and told anyone who wanted to know (and more who didn't) that you would make a fine president and that I ...
|A Southern Strategy for the 21st Century
In 1968, Richard Nixon adopted the Southern Strategy as a key element of his presidential campaign. Running to the right of Hubert Humphrey and to the left of George Wallace, Nixon deployed ...
|No Country For Old White Men
West Texas is a violent lawless place, but according to No Country for Old Men, it's also filled with lots of good folks under siege. We know they're good because one of them (Josh Brolin) wakes up ...
|Whose Child Is This?
Some friends have taken in a baby boy via the foster care system with the intent of adopting him. He came with nine broken bones from abuse he had suffered. A baby. It's not that I didn't know that ...
|The Congressman and Me (Round 2)
I recently wrote to my congressman (Rep. Dave Reichert, R-WA8), urging him to support a timetable for withdrawing from Iraq. His response and my return email follow.
|Oh my sweetness, knock three times
Anyone heard any good Larry Craig jokes lately?
With nary a whisper of irony, the Washington Post’s Peter Baker reports that President Bush feels like a prophet without honor in his own administration.
|That skittering sound you hear...
...is that of another rat deserting the sinking ship.
|Troubled old man
President Bush is reportedly reading Lynne OIsen's Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill To Power And Helped Save England . The President's self-identification with Winston ...
|Choices, choices, choices
Conventional wisdom has it that by vetoing the Iraq funding bill because of its timelines, President Bush has assumed the tactical high-ground in a battle with the Democratic Congress over the ...
|What is a conservative anyway?
What is a conservative? This mysterious sociopolitical outlook has long confounded those of us on the left of the political spectrum. We wonder, "Why would anyone be a conservative?" Is it fun? Is ...
|The gays are coming, the gays are coming!
In a move certain to advance the Homosexual Agenda in the Evergreen State, the Washington state legislature passed domestic ...
|Reaping the whirlwind
In the March/April 2007 edition of Foreign Affairs, James Fearon matter-of-factly explains why even a successful troop surge will inevitably be counterproductive. ...
|The sanctity of marriage
From an email accidentally sent to my Inbox from a member of the Republican National Committee: After some deep digging (on Wikipedia), I've discovered some interesting voting records regarding ...
|The Congressman and me
Recently, I wrote to my Congressman (Dave Reichert, R-WA 8), urging him to support the House nonbinding resolution opposiing the troop escalation. Last November, incumbent Reichert narrowly defeated ...
|Redefining national security
On January 23, 1980, in his State of the Union address , President Jimmy Carter announced what became known as the ...
|The unreasonable, irrational, obsessive liberal hatred of George Bush
I’ll come right out and say it: I am a liberal and I detest George Bush. If the right-wing blathersphere is any indication, I therefore want America to fail in Iraq. It means that stories ...
|A whimper, not a bang
President Bush’s State of the Union address was subdued, pleading, and resigned. He came across like a man who was glad that he had only one more of these left to deliver. The domestic “...
Rush Limbaugh touts what appears to be the right-wing version of The Daily Show. (Thanks -- I think -- to advisorjim at Daily Kos for ...
Waist Deep In The Big Muddy It was back in nineteen forty-two, I was a member of a good platoon. We were on maneuvers in-a Loozianna, One night by the light of the moon. The ...
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|Our city of ruins
On June 15, 1980, my late wife and I flew from San Antonio to New Orleans on our honeymoon. We found a city of hospitality, good feeling, and great food. We stayed in an antebellum guest filled ...
“I believe that we’re going to win, I believe that...My comments yesterday reflected the fact that we’re not succeeding nearly as fast as I wanted.” The President of the ...
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