Huckabee’s political obscenity: says Obama is marching Israel “to the door of the oven”
Jul26

Huckabee’s political obscenity: says Obama is marching Israel “to the door of the oven”

Our politics has now gotten so over-the-top with its rhetoric that it goes beyond recklessness. Former Arizona Gov. Mike Huckabee has now come up with what has to be the most outrageous political line of the year. But let’s be blunt. There seems to be a race to the bottom in American political rhetoric now. And who are feverishly in this race seek sound bytes that try and appeal to the very worst in Americans. Their real target...

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Conservative columnist Mona Charin: Trump movement not going anywhere and not good for GOPers
Jul24

Conservative columnist Mona Charin: Trump movement not going anywhere and not good for GOPers

Conservative columnist and author Mona Charin is among some other Republicans who say the Donald Trump movement (and critics do think of it as a movement — in more than one meaning of the word) a)isn’t going anywhere b)doesn’t represent the view of many Republicans c)is not going anywhere. Here’s a chunk of her piece in RealClearPolitics: Ah, they say, but Republicans are seething with hatred for Hispanics,...

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Pew Research Center Poll: Republican Party’s Favorability Rating Nosedives
Jul24

Pew Research Center Poll: Republican Party’s Favorability Rating Nosedives

Bad news for the GOP: the party’s favorability rating is in a nosedive and — by comparison — the Democrats are looking better to more voters. Results of a new poll by the respected Pew Research Center: The Republican Party’s image has grown more negative over the first half of this year. Currently, 32% have a favorable impression of the Republican Party, while 60% have an unfavorable view. Favorable views of the GOP...

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Scott Walker panders: ‘I don’t know’ if being gay is a choice
Jul19

Scott Walker panders: ‘I don’t know’ if being gay is a choice

One of the reasons why our politics now seems so sleazy, intellectually smelly, and excruciatingly tiresome and feels like undergoing a root canal to watch is that you see people blatantly pandering. And Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gives us the quintessential example of a politician thirsting for support who won’t do anything to alienate part of a voting bloc he seeks. To wit: Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) said on Sunday he is not...

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Cartoon: Iran deal collateral damage
Jul18

Cartoon: Iran deal collateral damage

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Is Jeb Bush politically naive about Trump and his own party?
Jul16

Is Jeb Bush politically naive about Trump and his own party?

Isn’t it time to ask the question: is Jeb Bush political naive about the political threat posed to him by Donald Trump — who is the perfect incarnation of the in-your-face-name-call-your-opponents, stereotyping political figure whose persona is the incarnation of America’s talk show political culture? You can’t just call Trump a demagogue: he is the culmination of a political culture that values demonizing foes...

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OXI dokey: A report from a Greek solidarity rally
Jul13

OXI dokey: A report from a Greek solidarity rally

A must read report as the saga/tragedy of Greece continues is at Americablog. Here’s a chunk: “We dedicate this song to the people of Greece. We hope everything works out well for them?” That was how a young guitar player apprehensively kicked off last week’s Greece solidarity rally, held in Astoria’s own Athens Square. It would soon become a microcosm of the chaos that engulfed both Greece and Europe in anticipation of last...

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Does Argentina Show Greece There May Be Life After Default?
Jul05

Does Argentina Show Greece There May Be Life After Default?

As Greeks go to the polls today to vote in a referendum that could have huge consequences for their country and for all of Europe, Martin Guzman, writing in The Huffington Post’s World Post, argues that there can be life after default — and points to Argentina. Here are a few big chunks of it (edited down): When, five years ago, Greece’s crisis began, Europe extended a helping hand. But it was far different from the...

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On the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America (VIDEOS)
Jul04

On the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America (VIDEOS)

July 4 is a good day to reflect on various renditions of The Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America — captured on videos. From August 2010: Well, yes, the Star Spangled Banner is a hard song to sing. But we wanted to start off your day with our national anthem with a bang. SO: OK…maybe that wasn’t quite it…so let’s try someone famous like Michael Bolton (who was a friend of my brother’s when we...

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Bobby Jindal administration will start issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples as courts back Supreme Court ruling
Jul03

Bobby Jindal administration will start issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples as courts back Supreme Court ruling

After all his posturing and pronouncements to try and appeal (the actual word is pander) to the Republican Party’s far right basest part of the party’s base, Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration will start issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples — as his legal options have run out. New Orleans is finally allowed to join the rest of Louisiana and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples....

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New Poll: 62 percent of public supports Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare
Jul02

New Poll: 62 percent of public supports Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare

Yet another poll suggests that conservative Republicans who are still proclaming “Repeal and Replace!” on Obamacare (without yet offering a detailed replacement plan) are on the wrong side history — and polling numbers: A majority of Americans approve of the Supreme Court decision to continue allowing Affordable Care Act health insurance subsidies in all states, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll. The poll...

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Definitive proof of God’s Existence (Quote)
Jul01

Definitive proof of God’s Existence (Quote)

Yes, I think this settles any lingering arguments, at least for Democrats: “There are still moments when you wonder if God still loves you. And then Donald Trump runs for president and you realize He still does,” said Steve Schale, a top Democratic strategist in Florida, where Trump owns a mansion in Palm...

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Obama’s approval rating grows after remarkable week
Jun30

Obama’s approval rating grows after remarkable week

A week of mostly favorable court decisions, a groundswell of support for his position on the Confederate flag and tears has led to a notable increase in President Barack Obama, a new poll shows: Could Barack Obama’s great week mark a turning point in his poll numbers? The realistic answer is: n-o. Most polls are see saws. The political class and political pundits immediately leap into snap analysis to proclaim this means THIS...

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TMV Emergency Fundraiser ENDS TODAY
Jun30

TMV Emergency Fundraiser ENDS TODAY

NOTE: Our fundraiser formally ends TODAY. The total put in the bank is $1,180 as of today June 29. This post will vanish into the archives after today. Any donations we receive today (or in the future without fundraisers) are eventually funneled into our upgrades which over the years allowed us to redesign the site and twice move it (TMV started on Blogger, then Typepad, then Powerblogs and now Word Press). Kindly read it again: TMV...

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Obama will be remembered for  “Amazing Grace” grief song moment (VIDEO)
Jun27

Obama will be remembered for “Amazing Grace” grief song moment (VIDEO)

Depending on who you talk to and the political lens through which they view the world, Barack Obama will go down as a highly polarizing figure, a transformative President or a combination of both – and these definitions will be said either with admiration or contempt. But here is one certainty: In years to come, one piece of video will be included in any biographies of Barack Obama. It’ll be the moment when he led the...

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Fox News’ Step Forward: Doesn’t Renew Sarah Palin’s Contract
Jun24

Fox News’ Step Forward: Doesn’t Renew Sarah Palin’s Contract

Fox News has taken a major step forward: it hasn’t renewed former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s contract: Fox News has cut ties with former vice presidential nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) who served as a contributor for the network, Politico reported Wednesday. Palin, who will continue to make appearances on the network, did not have her contributor contract renewed after it expired on June 1, Politico reported. A...

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Ben Carson criticizes other Republicans for not calling Charleston murders “racist”
Jun22

Ben Carson criticizes other Republicans for not calling Charleston murders “racist”

It’s not often I agree with Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson. But he has bluntly called out the other Republicans running for President who refuse to call the murders of 9 people by a self-admitted racist who wanted to kill African-Americans “racist.” He didn’t mince words: Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson on Monday knocked some of the 2016 contenders who have declined to say that...

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Charleston shooting: Leader of group cited in ‘Dylann Roof manifesto’ donated to top Republicans
Jun22

Charleston shooting: Leader of group cited in ‘Dylann Roof manifesto’ donated to top Republicans

Why is that conservative Republicans have been twisting themselves into political pretzels trying to avoid saying that the massacre by 9 innocents in a church in Charleston was racist when shooter Dylann Roof is clearly a self-avowed racist? That has been a lingering question. Now the Guardian reports that some key Republicans were getting campaign donations from the leader of the group cited in Roof’s hate-filled (against many...

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Liberal is no longer a dirty word: Did moderates contribute to that?
Jun21

Liberal is no longer a dirty word: Did moderates contribute to that?

The Politico has a piece that focuses on what’s making the buzz in political circles: a new poll suggesting that “liberal” is no longer a dirty word — a word perceived as so dirty that liberals started calling themselves progressive (which they never would if the attack on the word “liberal” had not come about): Dmocrats have been running away from the “liberal” label for a long time, but recent...

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Profile in Political Cowardice? Jeb Bush Says ‘I Don’t Know What Was On The Mind’ Of Charleston Shooter
Jun19

Profile in Political Cowardice? Jeb Bush Says ‘I Don’t Know What Was On The Mind’ Of Charleston Shooter

While Republicans and Fox News seem to be grappling for ways not to call the massacre of 9 people by 21-year-old Dylann Roof at a historical black church in South Carolina racism (read Ana Marie Cox) the most embarrassing response — which I’m predicting will rule him out completely in the eyes of a good chunk of non-conservative voters — comes from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Bush seems to be twisting himself into...

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