An Open Letter to Mr. Obama and Mr. Bush
Feb19

An Open Letter to Mr. Obama and Mr. Bush

Saladin (1138-1193) on 25 Pound 1991 Banknote from Syria. First Sultan of Egypt and Syria. A Kurd, he led Muslim opposition against Crusaders. [SYRIA - CIRCA 1991; Georgios Kollidas/Shutterstock.com] If there is any shared value between our secular and religiously tolerant political system and the movement known as “Christianity,” it is this: redemption is always possible. Even up to the gates of Hell, Goethe tells us,...

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MSNBC Falls on Hard Times
Feb04

MSNBC Falls on Hard Times

I talked about this in my very last blog post, November 5′s “The End of the Trail.” Inside MSNBC’s Impending Shakeup: Cancellations, Reboots and Chief Phil Griffin Jordan Chariton / The Wrap Amid the cable news network’s declining ratings, insiders tell TheWrap changes are coming soon and “everything is on the table”  —  When President Obama was reelected in 2012, MSNBC was “leaning forward” … Yes. After...

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Boehner’s Blatant Lie: Does the Truth Matter? At ALL?
Jan29

Boehner’s Blatant Lie: Does the Truth Matter? At ALL?

The quaint notion that “partisanship ends at the water’s edge” continues to plague a few journalists and other inconsequential figures as the GOP does their best impression of Aristophanes’ sophists in The Frogs. Administration Official Criticizes Israeli Ambassador Over Netanyahu Visit Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, after days of mounting tension, signaled on...

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The Persecution and Assassination of Jonathan Chait as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of the Intertubes Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade
Jan27

The Persecution and Assassination of Jonathan Chait as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of the Intertubes Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade

Seldom has a point been so pointedly made by pointy heads. Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine —  How the language police are perverting liberalism.  —  Around 2 a.m. on December 12, four students approached the apartment of Omar Mahmood, a Muslim student at the University of Michigan, who had recently published a column in a school newspaper about his perspective as a minority on campus…. Jonathan...

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First you cripple ‘em, then you complain that they limp
Jan17

First you cripple ‘em, then you complain that they limp

Illustration by author Stephen Moore, former CATO fellow who founded The Club for Growth before Koch cronies took it away from him and handed it to Pat Toomey; Stephen Moore who then pontificates for the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board; Stephen Moore who NOW “is a Fox News contributor. He serves as chief economist at the Heritage Foundation“; Stephen Moore, who tells us what the Koch agenda is as faithfully as the...

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The Surprise of the Speaker Vote
Jan06

The Surprise of the Speaker Vote

‘We have an ideology of sniping; a government by slander. It is a debate of low guffaws and name calling.’ In charge … AGAIN.  Déjà vu  (illustration by author) Today, John Boehner won re-election as Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States, seemingly winning the approval of his caucus after presiding over the two most “Do Nothing” congresses in American history: the 112th and 113th. Thus, assured...

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My Tenth Annual Christmas Podcast
Dec24

My Tenth Annual Christmas Podcast

NOTE: THIS WILL ONLY REMAIN UP  UNTIL JANUARY 1, 2015. This is the last podcast. Welcome to his vorpal sword‘s  TENTH annual podcast of our original old time radio drama, performed live (in front of an invisible audience of, potentially, trillions.) I used to be a radio pundit on the old Air America affiliate here in Eugene, Oregon. But, for a change, I wrote, produced and directed a little Christmas Special in 2005. This marks...

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Tortured Explanations
Dec09

Tortured Explanations

[Photo Shutterstock/Hart Williams] Here is the standard version of  “The Empire Strikes Back”: CIA Interrogations Saved Lives  Wall Street Journal The Senate Intelligence investigators never spoke to us—the leaders of the agency whose policies they are now assailing for partisan reasons.  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee has released its majority report on Central Intelligence Agency detention and interrogation in the...

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Turley Turns Coat
Nov18

Turley Turns Coat

Turley upholds the … republic? This showed up this morning [emphasis added]: TURLEY AGREES TO SERVE AS LEAD COUNSEL FOR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE November 17, 2014 by jonathanturley As many on this blog are aware, I have previously testified, written, and litigated in opposition to the rise of executive power and the countervailing decline in congressional power in our tripartite system. I have also...

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Nobody Reads Nietzsche No How
Nov15

Nobody Reads Nietzsche No How

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche Here we go again: Benghazi! They spawned the faux scandal in Rightie World and waited for complicit journos like Jake Tapper at CNN to walk it into the mainstream, and now it’s a “real” story. You know, like the Jewish Communist Bolshevik “terrorists” burning down the...

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Really? Did they even LISTEN to the Lyrics?
Nov12

Really? Did they even LISTEN to the Lyrics?

Ah, faux scandals, what would we do without you? Anti-Military Anthem Played at ‘Concert for Valor’ Ethan Epstein / Weekly Standard Who would have thought that that Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, and Zac Brown, accomplished musicians all, would be so, well, tone-deaf?  But how else to explain their choice of song—Creedence Clearwater’s famously anti-war anthem ‘Fortunate Son’ … Famously anti-war anthem? Oh sir, how...

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His Vorpal Sword Comes to an End
Nov05

His Vorpal Sword Comes to an End

Remember, remember! The fifth of November, The Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot! Never say ‘never’ of course, but in this case, all good things must come to an end. Today marks the end of his vorpal sword in all its incarnations: Skiing Uphill, Boregasm, Zug, The Commonwealth of Blogistan, and, of course, hvs. I’m not whining. Things change.  Once this was EXACTLY the...

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The Final Push Up Calumniation Hill
Nov01

The Final Push Up Calumniation Hill

Artwork by author (apologies to Goya) Ah, the obligatory journalistic masturbation of the meaningless pre-election nonsense article: The final sprint Mike Zapler / Politico: In Kentucky, Democrats were crying foul over a last-minute GOP flier they called a dirty trick to suppress turnout.  In Kansas, independent Greg Orman met the full brunt of a Republican machine determined to rescue one of its own.  Louisiana’s Democratic …...

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O’Keefe Hoist by his own Petard?
Oct30

O’Keefe Hoist by his own Petard?

Remember Eric O’Keefe?  You know, from my Wisconsin series*? And my Howie Rich series*? And from the Sam Adams Alliance’s role in the genesis of the Tea Party*, and, finally in possible collusion with Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker, something called the The John Doe Investigation*; thence the high-powered Washington D.C. law firm, the countersuit in Federal court that stopped the investigation and left the prosecutors PERSONALLY...

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Poor, Poor Victims have George Will to Defend Them
Oct25

Poor, Poor Victims have George Will to Defend Them

Ten days to the election.  Poor, poor Eric O’Keefe. It’s sad enough that he and his family live in fear of me. But, at least the Koch-connected architect of Term Limits, director of the Wisconsin Club for Growth, founder of the casually-discarded Sam Adams Alliance (formed when Americans for Limited Government was busted slushing dark money into state initiatives coast to coast in 2006 and O’Keefe was President of...

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Fear is What We Need to Fear Most
Oct15

Fear is What We Need to Fear Most

The latest news suggests that the two health care workers who have been infected with ebola oughtn’t be a great surprise: Presbyterian workers wore no hazmat suits for two days while treating Ebola patient Dianna Hunt / Dallas Morning News Health care workers treating Thomas Eric Duncan in a hospital isolation unit didn’t wear protective hazardous-material suits for two days until tests confirmed the Liberian man had Ebola...

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Nothing ‘tacit’ about this victory
Oct06

Nothing ‘tacit’ about this victory

United States Supreme Court building, Public Domain This is a good Omen for the First Monday in October: Supreme Court Hands Gay Marriage a Tacit Victory Adam Liptak / New York Times WASHINGTON — In a move that may signal the inevitability of a nationwide right to same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court on Monday let stand appeals court rulings allowing such unions in five states.  —  The development, a major surprise … And this outcome:...

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Typhoid Scary and other Crazy Vectors
Oct03

Typhoid Scary and other Crazy Vectors

How NOT to write about public health issues, courtesy of then-tyro Maureen Dowd. I was raised in a public health atmosphere. I also wrote the first national cover story on Herpes in 1980, years before Maureen Dowd and TIME Magazine engaged in the shameless fear-mongering of their 1982 “HERPES: TODAY’S SCARLET LETTER” cover article. So this is not new ground for me. It may be for you. Therefore: hearken. The Case for...

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A Tale of Two Pelosis
Oct01

A Tale of Two Pelosis

  There are 33 days  and change until the November  4 election as I write this. I will try to keep this brief and to the point — which, Progressives, IS the point. The Republicans are running on their traditional slander: College GOP: Democrats Are Like a Bad Wedding Dress Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal The College Republican National Committee launched on Wednesday a nearly $1 million digital ad campaign across 16...

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The Reasons and the Reasonalizers
Sep24

The Reasons and the Reasonalizers

White House Photo Or, The reasonalizification of a plainly-written statement from the White House, the pixels that launched a thousand snarks. Here are the two paragraphs that seemingly contain the gist of it: The White House Statement by the President on Airstrikes in Syria … We were joined in this action by our friends and partners — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain, and Qatar. America is proud to...

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