Andrew Sullivan Quits Blogging
Jan28

Andrew Sullivan Quits Blogging

Bad news for the increasingly weakening “blogosphere” — and good news for readers of good, old fashioned books that aren’t written in a hurry. Andrew Sullivan, the writer, editor and blogging pioneer announced that he has quit blogging. Here’s some of what he wrote on his blog: Why? Two reasons. The first is one I hope anyone can understand: although it has been the most rewarding experience in my writing...

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The Republican Party’s Sarah Palin Problem (A-g-a-i-n)
Jan26

The Republican Party’s Sarah Palin Problem (A-g-a-i-n)

In the Godfather III Michael Corleone famously says, “Just when I thought I was out..they pull me back in.” Just when many in the Republican Party thought they were out of the Sarah Palin era the the problems that came with it, it’s clear the Sarah Palin problem remains. And, oh yes, we’ll get emails and texts about how we just don’t get her incredible appeal. Well, according to polls, neither does much...

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Has the Republican Party become a clown car?
Jan25

Has the Republican Party become a clown car?

I know professional clowns. They are actually very serious professional people. And it’s fair to say now that when someone suggests the Republican Party is becoming a clown car it’s an insult — to the hard-working clowns, whose humor, silliness and absurdity is intentional, and in most cases perfected after years of hard work. What we’re seeing now in the Republican Party — perhaps most typified by former...

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Note to Readers on TMV Content
Jan25

Note to Readers on TMV Content

‘ IMPORTANT NOTE TO READERS: We try to keep TMV updated constantly, but once in a while due to schedules there could be a delay. Yours truly puts a lot of original and syndicated materials up on TMV. However, since last night I’m on a 21 hour drive from the Pacific Northwest to my California home. Today I will be offline the bulk of the day. This means if others don’t post on TMV, there will be less content than...

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Reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union Speech: Lame Duck, Pit Bull or Delusional?
Jan21

Reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union Speech: Lame Duck, Pit Bull or Delusional?

So did President Barack Obama in his 2015 State of the Union address reveal that he’s really a lame duck who can make phrases ring and grandiose promises but do little — or did he give signs that he’s more of a political pit bull who far from planning on yielding to the new Congressional Republican majority intends to challenge it and battle it? Here’s a cross section of new and old media reaction to an address...

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Poll: 59% of Republicans want Romney to run
Jan19

Poll: 59% of Republicans want Romney to run

Washington pundits, bloggers, talk show hosts and cable ideological show talkers may pooh-pooh the idea, but a new polls finds that many Republicans want former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to make a third fun for the White House. A poll like this is likely to help him with donors who feel it’s Been There/Done That with Romney, but don’t expect it to influence the pundits. It’s a fascinating poll, indeed: According...

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ISIS gains ground in Syria
Jan17

ISIS gains ground in Syria

They say you can lose the battle but win the way. According to The Daily Beast, ISIS may not be losing anything: ISIS continues to gain substantial ground in Syria, despite nearly 800 airstrikes in the American-led campaign to break its grip there. At least one-third of the country’s territory is now under ISIS influence, with recent gains in rural areas that can serve as a conduit to major cities that the so-called Islamic State...

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Is ‘Je suis Charlie’ an Accurate Slogan?
Jan15

Is ‘Je suis Charlie’ an Accurate Slogan?

In the wake of the terrorist massacre in Paris, the new battle cry throughout the civilized world is “Je suis Charlie,” meaning “I am Charlie.” The phrase expresses solidarity for the four cartoonists and 13 others butchered by Islamic terrorists who attacked the satirical newspaper and a kosher market. But, actually, it’s clear now that the slogan for this century should be another one: “We are...

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Bill Clinton on Late Night with Seth Meyers (Video)
Jan15

Bill Clinton on Late Night with Seth Meyers (Video)

Former President Bill Clinton stopped by Late Night Wednesday night. Here’s a tiny taste of what he said (more videos later): Tonight, @SethMeyers asks President Bill Clinton the one question on everyone’s mind about 2016. #LNSM A video posted by Late Night with Seth Meyers (@latenightseth) on Jan 14, 2015 at 5:33pm...

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3.7 million march for Charlie Hebdo in France. Where was Obama? (Video Animation)
Jan14
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Santorum blasts conservative rivals as “bomb throwers”
Jan12

Santorum blasts conservative rivals as “bomb throwers”

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has blasted some of the people who’d be his key rivals for conservative Republican primary goers’ hearts and votes in the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination sweepstaks as “bomb throwers” – a sign that he intends to fight for the voters who briefly made him a front-runner last time and doesn’t intend to mince words. Rick Santorum sharply criticized a...

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Report: Jews leaving France
Jan10

Report: Jews leaving France

In March 2007, here on The Moderate Voice, I wrote this post about a Miami Herald report noting how many French Jews were leaving France. Three years earlier, in 2004, I noted concerns among Jews in France due to an increasing number of incidents. Now The Telegraph, noting France’s troubling problems with anti-semitism, reports that a new exodus has begun: The least surprising thing about today’s turn of events in Paris is that...

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John Avlon: Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo – And You Should Too
Jan08

John Avlon: Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo – And You Should Too

The Charlie Hebdo massacre hits close to home for millions of people around the world and particular for those in the media who’ve seen the once somewhat risky job of reporter become increasingly dangerous over the past few years. And now we cartoonists and the larger issue of freedom of expression that are in peril. Will and can terrorists control freedom of expression? It seems like they are having some success so far in the...

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ISIS beheads street magician in Syria for doing magic
Jan07

ISIS beheads street magician in Syria for doing magic

As the horrific news about 12 dead in an attack by Islamic terrorists on the office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo unfolds, another story is getting less attention. ISIS in Syria beheaded a popular street magician for doing magic: A street artist was beheaded by Islamic State [IS] militants for entertaining crowds with his magic tricks in the terror group’s self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa, Syria. After his...

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What to expect in 2015
Jan07

What to expect in 2015

Good-bye and good-riddance to 2014. As we move into 2015, what can we learn from how 2014 ended and how we’re now “trending” in various areas? Here are a few items to watch: Look for signs of President Barack Obama’s REAL intentions. Not only were the results of the 2014 Congressional elections a “shellacking” for Democrats and Obama, a major paint job — with four coats of black and blue...

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Boehner’s humiliation by conservatives continues: no votes pile up against him
Jan06

Boehner’s humiliation by conservatives continues: no votes pile up against him

Perhaps no Speaker of the House in American political history has been repeatedly made to look so impotent by his own party members as Rep. John Boehner. And the political humiliation is continuing as the no votes against him pile up. This once again shows how meaningless (and almost laughable) most punditry is since pundits suggested there’d only be a few no votes and it was a slam dunk. There isn’t a dunk (yet), but...

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When an ass defines a “dork”: Sportscaster Jim Rome apologizes for calling marching band members “dorks”
Jan05

When an ass defines a “dork”: Sportscaster Jim Rome apologizes for calling marching band members “dorks”

Sportscaster Jim Rome faced a firestorm on social media and media in general when he did a tweet calling marching band musicians “dorks.” And — yes, you guessed it — he later apologized. On my Facebook page, I didn’t mince words — and I’m offering it here: May I be VERY BLUNT? What an absolute JERK. Jim Rome calls young people who play in marching bands “dorks.” And, naturally, he...

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Decapitation now cuts it with murderers across the spectrum
Jan02

Decapitation now cuts it with murderers across the spectrum

What more evidence do you need that Americans are easily imprinted then by the stories now popping up about murderers who’ve suddenly decided that decapitation is a method of choice. Before the screeching headlines showcasing the world’s biggest and most successful producer of snuff videos — ISIS — cutting off the heads of journalists and other hostages, decapitation wasn’t as often the method of butchery...

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Harper Collins Apologizes For Wiping Israel off the map in an Atlas
Jan01

Harper Collins Apologizes For Wiping Israel off the map in an Atlas

No the following is not a joke. It is not a quotation from a column by satirist Andy Borowitz. It’s a for real report about publishing giant Harper Collins apologizing for bowing to pressure to leave Israel out of an Atlas. The fact this occured shows how fragile facts are in the 21st century: deny a fact and it some how erases or changes a fact And it is a f-a-c-t that Israel exists. Publishing giant HarperCollins has...

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Bad Republican Branding: House Majority Whip Scalise confirms he spoke to white nationalists in 2002
Dec30

Bad Republican Branding: House Majority Whip Scalise confirms he spoke to white nationalists in 2002

Wow. Talk about handing your political opponents and the opponents of your political party a late Christmas gift. And I do mean “White” Christmas gift: the Republican House Majority Whip has now confirmed he spoke to a white supremecist group in 2002 associated with former KKKer David Duke. If you hear people singing “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” it’s probably Democrats in Congress...

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