How many Republicans does it take to change a light bulb?
Sep16

How many Republicans does it take to change a light bulb?

They’re back with their “star” witness (as noted yesterday). Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post Fox News Aired Nearly 1,100 Benghazi Segments Across 5 Programs, Study Finds NEW YORK — Benghazi is back in the spotlight this week, as the House on Wednesday begins its select committee hearings on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks. But given that conservative media have claimed for more than two years that the Obama...

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Some Wisconsin Skullduggery You Might Have Missed
Sep10

Some Wisconsin Skullduggery You Might Have Missed

I hope I don’t scare Mr. Eric O’Keefe with this, as well, but a very interesting trial is taking place in a Federal Courthouse in Wisconsin. Listen to audio of today’s arguments: Eric O’Keefe v. John Chisholm #JohnDoe #ScottWalker by blue cheddar • September 9, 2014 I do not expect to be writing anything on this tonight (the brain is too fried) but I will be adding links to stories penned by others as they come out....

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The Fall GOP Strategy Becomes Clear
Sep07

The Fall GOP Strategy Becomes Clear

“You know keepaway? One of the oldest games in humankind, where …” A very clear outline of the GOP fall strategy is beginning to take shape: Obama Goes on Meet the Press, Reality Fails to Intrude John Hinderaker* / Power Line* [* Seemingly, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries.] President Obama appeared on Meet the Press this morning with new host Chuck Todd.  The conversation focused primarily on ISIS, Iraq...

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Labor Daze, A Dickensian Contrast
Sep01

Labor Daze, A Dickensian Contrast

Labor Day actually falls ON Labor Day this year. Monday, September 1, 2014. It was the strangest of days, it was the  most predictable of days. Happy Labor Day.  Are Unions Dead? Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic —  An interview with Rich Yeselson, labor strategist and expert … Are unions dead?  —  No.  —  Explain, please.  —  Their power has declined enormously, obviously, but unions, especially the largest ten or so, are still...

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Close, But No Cigars
Aug26

Close, But No Cigars

or, If There Are ‘New Clues’ Why Isn’t This Getting Any Attention? Brown paying for cigars at counter (see video) CNN brays that there are “new clues”: Holly Yan / CNN New clues in Michael Brown shooting?  —  (CNN) — Could a newly released audio provide more clues on what led up to Michael Brown’s shooting death?  —  The FBI has questioned a man who says he recorded audio of gunfire at the time Brown was shot by...

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A Steep Hillary To Climb, or, Because She’s There …
Aug22

A Steep Hillary To Climb, or, Because She’s There …

Synchronicity: Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online Clintonphobia: Why No Democrat Wants to Run Against Hillary  —  Strong frontrunners have drawn challengers before.  But given the Clintons’ reputation for retaliating for betrayals, it’s just not worth it in 2016.  —  The mystery of the 2016 Democratic presidential race isn’t why Hillary Clinton seems likely to run…. I had been thinking abut this over the last...

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Uh, Guys? You might want to rethink that headline …
Aug17

Uh, Guys? You might want to rethink that headline …

I suppose that they are inured to it in Missouri. But this conjures an entirely inappropriate image to mind. click here for the original But allow me to make one thing perfectly clear … Besides, Watergaiety certainly seems in step with the zeitgeist. Courage. Nota Bene: It’s on the newspaper’s site, as well, but that link will expire soon. This is cross-posted from Mr Williams’ “lively” blog: his...

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Atlas did the dishes, then watched the news
Aug07

Atlas did the dishes, then watched the news

Here’s the biggest scare headline I can remember since 1983′s TIME cover: Herpes the New Scarlet Letter*. Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived? Robert Draper / New York Times “Let’s say Ron Paul is Nirvana,” said Kennedy, the television personality and former MTV host, by way of explaining the sort of politician who excites libertarians like herself. “Like, the coolest, most amazing thing to come along in years,...

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An Open Letter to Katrina vanden Heuvel, et al
Aug06

An Open Letter to Katrina vanden Heuvel, et al

“Auto-renew” is not a convenience. It is a license to steal, and makes keeping your checkbook balanced an impossible task… I’ve been meaning to write this again for some time, and today’s utter paucity of news affords just such an opportunity. The digital transition ripoff caused me to cancel my decade-plus subscription … permanently. Consumer advocate/radio money man Clark Howard states my thesis...

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Political Scammers: A Giant ‘I Told You So’
Aug05

Political Scammers: A Giant ‘I Told You So’

My life is very strange these days: I turn on the TV or listen to the radio, or cruise the internet, and people are citing my OWN reporting back to me, without attribution, and without a clue that I’ve been telling you for years. Yesterday, on the Rachel Maddow Show, Steve Kornacki read back a story of insider politics that I knew about more than seven years ago. And now this, one of the oldest scandals I’ve covered,...

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Analyzing Fantasy Does Not Produce Facts
Jul29

Analyzing Fantasy Does Not Produce Facts

or, Sober Analysis from Drunken Lunatics: Today, Byron York writes a superficially rational analysis of the current state of Republican Confederate politics and the internal fractures within the GOP. [emphasis added] GOP internal debate: Is party repeating mistakes of 1998? Byron York / Washington Examiner BARACK OBAMA BILL CLINTON JOHN BOEHNER 2014 ELECTIONS  —  For anyone who was around, it’s hard to compare 1998 — the year of...

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Happy 45th Moon Day
Jul20

Happy 45th Moon Day

Sometimes known as “A Secret History of Neil Armstrong” Quincy Jones presents platinum copies of “Fly Me to the Moon”) to Neil Armstrong (right) and Senator John Glenn, September 24, 2008. From the 40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing …. A Secret History of Neil Armstrong July 20, 2009 Finally, somebody’s paying attention to the Moon landing, 40 years ago, today. Over the past several years of...

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Puerile Paul Punks Purblind Perry
Jul14

Puerile Paul Punks Purblind Perry

Any resemblance to Zell Miller is completely cosmic. There is something ultimately satisfyingly schadenfreudey about watching Right Wing cranks fight. To wit(less): Rick Perry Is Dead Wrong Sen. Rand Paul / Politico There are many things I like about Texas Gov. Rick Perry, including his stance on the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.  But apparently his new glasses haven’t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him...

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Mine Eyes Have Seen the Gory
Jul07

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Gory

The slide towards inevitable armed conflict can be seen from far away. I even predicted it a long ways out (See “The Rush-ians Are Coming, The Rush-ians Are Coming” December, 1994).  Now, a Federal Judge discusses the fundamental madness of this Supreme Court’s 100+ 5-4 majority, The Alter Boys: Remembering Alexander Bickel’s passive virtues and the Hobby Lobby cases RGK / Hercules and the umpire In the Hobby...

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If LBJ had been Netanyahu
Jul01

If LBJ had been Netanyahu

The analogy is not perfect, but it comes damn close. Three Israeli teenagers were abducted while hitchhiking and found murdered after a national search. Three young civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi 50 years ago. Both cases were senseless tragedies born of generations of unyielding and unrelenting hate. What happened on the night of the kidnapping The Times of Israel The teenagers were shot dead in the backseat of the...

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The Absolute Perils of Absolutism
Jun26

The Absolute Perils of Absolutism

Hope fades SCOTUS STRIKES AGIN! The Supreme Court Just Made It Harder For Women To Exercise Their Right To Choose ThinkProgress The Supreme Court unanimously struck down Massachusetts’ abortion buffer zone law on Thursday, ruling in favor of anti-choice protesters who argued that being required to stay 35 feet away from clinic entrances … I will not attempt to second-guess so many first rate minds, except to say that I learned...

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Eleven Years Later, Nothing Has Changed
Jun19

Eleven Years Later, Nothing Has Changed

Iraq continues to be … well, Iraq. The plan for saving Iraq begins by ousting Maliki David Ignatius / Washington Post What would an effective quick response to the catastrophic civil wars in Iraq and Syria look like?  Sometimes in foreign policy, as in sports, it can be useful to visualize the right technique — and then hit the ball. Aw. The hand-picked (by the US) Prime Minister has managed to bungle a representative government...

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A Hard Reign’s Gonna Fall
Jun12

A Hard Reign’s Gonna Fall

The perils of playing tin god?  Tin gods tend to have tin ears. George W. Bush: mission accomplished … Congress that enabled him? Well, election’s coming … And so, having invaded a sovereign nation to kill one man on false pretenses, we force fed them Galtian Democracy, trained their troops, had elections and skeedaddled.  And, because we see the world as lines on a map, and not as a collection of families, clans,...

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We’re Not Americans Anymore; We Are Merely Partisans
Jun01

We’re Not Americans Anymore; We Are Merely Partisans

Leave it to the GOP (as predicted) to find the horror in the release of the only Afghan war POW. Bergdahl release arrangement could threaten the safety of Americans, Republicans say Karen Tumulty / Washington Post Amid jubilation Saturday over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity by the Taliban, senior Republicans on Capitol Hill said they were troubled by the means by which it was accomplished … I guess all...

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The Theft of Decoration Day celebrated To-Day!
May26

The Theft of Decoration Day celebrated To-Day!

My Great Great-Grandpa. He served under Thomas at Chickamauga (Turchin’s Brigade). My wife’s great grandfather served under Sherman at Vicksburg. For Memorial (originally Decoration) Day. Photo is © Decoration Day was the day that we Union descendants and relatives remembered those who gave their lives in defense of the Union and ended slavery. Congress stole this day from us (the G.A.R. and then The S.U.V.C.W.) in the...

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