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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How to Blow An Election You Ought to Win (part iii)
Oct23

How to Blow An Election You Ought to Win (part iii)

This illustration is in the Public Domain Synchronicity: Political Polarization & Media Habits Journalism.org When it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds.  There is little overlap in the news sources they turn to and trust.  And whether discussing politics online or with friends … This isn’t actually news. It’s been known for some time, but it’s...

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How to Blow An Election You Ought to Win (part ii)
Oct21

How to Blow An Election You Ought to Win (part ii)

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.  — Mark Twain (attributed) Let me open with the follow-up to yesterday’s post: UPDATE 10:40AM 20 Oct 2014: Even though Drudge featured the Reuters report (which seems increasingly slanted, ideologically) and the Righties with Magic Eyes™ “saw” the same thing in blog after blog, oddly, the CBS affiliate saw something entirely...

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How to Blow An Election You Ought to Win (Part 1) UPDATED
Oct20

How to Blow An Election You Ought to Win (Part 1) UPDATED

UPDATED BELOW Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early Jeff Mason / Reuters (Reuters) – President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity…. Ah, the agit-prop campaign is working: divide and dispirit...

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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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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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