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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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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