More and More ISIS resembles the Nazis
Nov19

More and More ISIS resembles the Nazis

More and more ISIS resembles the Nazis in Nazi Germany and how they treated occupied terrority. Vox has a report on how its brutality is institutionalized, has a point — and may be working. Yours truly is a World War II buff and is now reading “Hitler: A Study in Tyranny” by John Toland. I read reports like this and there is a sense of deja vu. To wit: Scattered reports from inside ISIS-controlled territory have...

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AP: Reagan, Bush Also Acted Without Congress To Shield Immigrants From Deportation
Nov16

AP: Reagan, Bush Also Acted Without Congress To Shield Immigrants From Deportation

Yet another sigh of how utterly hypocritical our partisan politics has become. From the AP (which will now be dissed as a bunch of liberals doing the bidding of the White House) comes this fact-based report: President Barack Obama’s anticipated order that would shield millions of immigrants now living illegally in the U.S. from deportation is not without precedent. Two of the last three Republican presidents — Ronald Reagan and...

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ObamaCare architect: I regret ‘stupidity’ of voter comment
Nov12

ObamaCare architect: I regret ‘stupidity’ of voter comment

A popular current definition of a gaffe is an assertion someone makes that is honest or correct but has to walk back because it generates too much controversy. And then there is the definition of stupidity which needs no definition (unless you’re stupid). The latest example of both comes from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of Obamacare who gives us an example of...

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Gallup Poll: Democratic Party Favorable Rating Falls to Record Low
Nov12

Gallup Poll: Democratic Party Favorable Rating Falls to Record Low

More bad news for Democrats. In fact, very bad news for Democrats — news that shows the party has lost a good chunk of the independent voter block: a new Gallup Poll finds party’s rating has sunk to a record low and more Americans now view the GOP favorably than Democrats: After the midterm elections that saw the Democratic Party suffer significant losses in Congress, a record-low 36% of Americans say they have a favorable...

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Look out Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts: Here comes Tim Hortons
Nov11

Look out Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts: Here comes Tim Hortons

TORONTO, Canada — Look out Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. Here comes the new international corporate powerhouse Tim Hortons. They have a huge niche — and market presence — here in Canada and they can easily create their own huge presence in the U.S. When the Canadian coffee/coffee shop giant announced last summer that it was merging with Burger King, many dismissed and dissed it as strictly a tax move where...

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Is Obama (finally) finding his (real) voice?
Nov10

Is Obama (finally) finding his (real) voice?

Is President Barack Obama (finally) finding his (real) voice? It sure sounds that way on several fronts. For instance, Martin Longman, aka Booman, notes: The president is basically free now to let his true colors fly since he has no elections to worry about for the remainder of his presidency. Perhaps that is why he’s taking a strong position on Net Neutrality today, but I wonder why in the hell he didn’t make the...

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Report: 2014 midterm election turnout lowest in 70 years
Nov10

Report: 2014 midterm election turnout lowest in 70 years

I’ve noticed over the past year a massive burnout when it comes to politics on the part of many people on the right, in the center and on the left. It isn’t just due to the fact our politics now seems to be mostly about yelling, name calling, defining and demonizing the other side and/or those that support the other side (or write something perceived to be sympathetic to the other side). I think it’s also because...

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An American-Style Sex Scandal in Canada
Nov08

An American-Style Sex Scandal in Canada

TORONTO — Canada gave us now-former Mayor Rob Ford, who led comedy writers to get down on their knees, look to the heavens and shout “Thank You!!” due to his alcohol and drug-induced antics, coupled with his uncanny resemblance to Saturday Live’s late Chris Farley. Canada’s biggest scandal now swirls around CBC’s mega-radio-talk show star Jian Ghomeshi — who seems to be doing a Bob Filner...

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BOOK REVIEW: Escape to Anywhere Else by Robert Rippberger
Nov04

BOOK REVIEW: Escape to Anywhere Else by Robert Rippberger

Escaping to somewhere else is a motif in many human lives. Kids dream of escaping childhood, then finally become adults, and spending their adulthood wishing they could escape to times when they were kids dreaming of escaping childhood. I know of many people in my old hometown of New Haven who dreamed of escaping Connecticut to be in huge big cities, cities with snowy mountains or on West Coast beaches; I know of people in my new...

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Buh Bye Democratic Senate Majority? Reid says majority hinges on (reportedly) majority breaking Iowa
Nov02

Buh Bye Democratic Senate Majority? Reid says majority hinges on (reportedly) majority breaking Iowa

Is this the year when experts are going to be proven on the dime with their predictions and the conventional wisdom — that the Democrats are poised to lose the Senate and President Barack Obama will go down in history has being a President with some of the lousiest mid-term election results in American history? Or will the experts and conventional wisdom be wrong again, and the experts quickly try to move away from their...

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Canada’s Terrorism Turning Point
Oct30

Canada’s Terrorism Turning Point

TORONTO, Canada — The live TV coverage on CBCNN brought back memories of another assassination — the assassination of JFK. A funeral procession punctuated by drumbeats and bagpipes. Only this time, a country’s grief focused on Corporal Nathan Cirillo. Only this time, the haunting image of a child that’ll be reproduced forever was Carrillo’s 5-year-old son Marcus, bravely walking in the parade, his life...

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Chris Christie and Ebola in a nutshell
Oct28

Chris Christie and Ebola in a nutshell

This will be my shortest post on TMV in many years. I really can’t put it better than THIS. And for more details THIS. Self-destruction by mouth and impulsive action. Turning off two separate sides of voters. You can’t just blame “Bridgegate” now: the dude is an impulsive political klutz, which has nothing to do with ideology. As sure-footed as a drunk octopus. graphic via...

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Hillary Clinton’s major error on jobs: silly mistake, her real view or feeling the (Warren) heat?
Oct28

Hillary Clinton’s major error on jobs: silly mistake, her real view or feeling the (Warren) heat?

The sound of the spin machines are so loud I can hear them here in my hotel room in Toronto. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a political error — a big one. And like the toothpaste that can’t be put in to the tube, she gave her Republican and Democratic foes a line they can run in ads and repeat, no matter how many times she and her supporters try to soft-pedal it or walk it back. The You Tube with this...

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It’s time to play…”Headis” aka Head Tennis: (Video)
Oct28

It’s time to play…”Headis” aka Head Tennis: (Video)

As the old saying goes, “use your head” — especially when playing “headis” — a combination of soccer and tennis. The German town of Unna hosted a tournament on Saturday. (P.S.: DO try this at home…) MLSsoccer.com offers this explanation: What kind of game would you come up with if you combined table tennis, ping pong and header keepie uppies? It’s called “headis,” which is...

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Toronto moves on from Fords: John Tory elected Mayor, Rob Ford’s brother loses and Ford gets old seat
Oct27

Toronto moves on from Fords: John Tory elected Mayor, Rob Ford’s brother loses and Ford gets old seat

TORONTO, Canada — Toronto has now officially moved on from Fords. The city’s controversial but in many quarters beloved Mayor Rob Ford – the answer to American comedians’, satirists and comedy writers prayers – dropped out of the race due to a bout with cancer and his brother Doug ran instead. The voters instead elected John Tory as the city’s new mayor, although Rob Ford did win his old council...

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Mitch McConnell gets big new donor to help him: Mitch McConnell
Oct25

Mitch McConnell gets big new donor to help him: Mitch McConnell

Democrats have started injecting big bucks into TV ads to nudge the dead-lead race Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes is waging against Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over the edge. So now McConnell has found a donor to help him match the big bucks: Mitch McConnell: Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is giving his reelection campaign a $1.8 million personal loan to stave off a new round of attack...

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When ‘Springtime for Hitler’ Became Serious Opera
Oct23

When ‘Springtime for Hitler’ Became Serious Opera

Is Mel Brooks smiling? Brooks’ 1968 comedy “The Producers” dealt with an outrageous, fictitious Broadway musical called “Springtime for Hitler” that trivialized Nazism and became a surprise hit. The New York Metropolitan Opera is now presenting “The Death of Klinghoffer,” which tries to explain the point of view of PLF members who hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985, shot elderly...

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POLL: Romney ahead among Republicans, Hillary Clinton dominates among Democrats
Oct19

POLL: Romney ahead among Republicans, Hillary Clinton dominates among Democrats

Less than a month before the scramble for the 2016 Presidential nominations of both parties really begins — the second after the November elections ballots are counted — the latest ABC News/Washington Post shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ahead in a split Republican field and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton totally dominating among Democrats. While it’s silly to predict that Clinton is now a shoo...

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Meet the Comedy Central Press
Oct19

Meet the Comedy Central Press

In what has been a season of jaw-dropping news, the latest bombshell seems like it was ripped from the pages of Mad Magazine. First, the terrorist group ISIS has now unquestionably emerged as a territory-gobbling group offering the same kind of brutal, merciless murder of men, women and children that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis offered during the 20th century. Hitler had a country to back up and implement his ideological and racist...

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MELTDOWN! Rick Scott’s  refusal to come out at a debate due to Crist’s fan probably didn’t win him  fans
Oct16

MELTDOWN! Rick Scott’s refusal to come out at a debate due to Crist’s fan probably didn’t win him fans

Even if it did involve a rule being violated, or a genuine misunderstanding it was akin to one of two job applicants appearing to throw an infantile tantrum when an employer has called them to meet him together so he could compare the two. Republican Gov. Rick Scott stalled his debate with challenger former Governor Charlie Crist, a former Republican now running as a Democrat, due to a fan. Crist had a small fan installed under the...

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