Balls
Jul31

Balls

I can speak only about home territory, the state of Texas. But there may be a variation on the theme in every state of the union. One can only hope. Here in the Lone Star State, the first thing you say about the new doggy or kitty your neighbor has adopted, after the “so cute!” comments is, “Has s/he been spayed/neutered?” A local vet here has a sign up reading “Balls! Who needs ‘em!” Towns...

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The impeachment thing
Jul30

The impeachment thing

There is no impeachment thing. Both sides are using it as a vote-catching threat. All this impeachment bluster also may be laying down the terms of engagement for another battle, should Obama soon — as many expect — take executive action to protect millions of illegal immigrants from the threat of deportation. Republicans are saying that such a move would far exceed the president’s constitutional authority. But whether they will go so...

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Arizona criminal Joseph R. Wood III “…repeatedly gasped for one hour and 40 minutes before dying” in execution
Jul24

Arizona criminal Joseph R. Wood III “…repeatedly gasped for one hour and 40 minutes before dying” in execution

“…repeatedly gasped for one hour and 40 minutes before dying,,,, If that doesn’t stop America’s barbaric executions, I don’t know what will. Certainly the Supreme Court is pushing to enter the hall of shame. At 1:52 p.m. Wednesday, one day after the United States Supreme Court overturned a stay of execution granted by a federal appeals court last Saturday, the execution of Joseph R. Wood III commenced....

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Renisha McBride: Trayvon Again
Jul23

Renisha McBride: Trayvon Again

The jury is being chosen in Detroit for what some think of as a repeat of the Trayvon Martin case. This time it’s about a 19-year-old woman — Renisha McBride — who, after a car accident likely caused by drinking, knocked on the door of a 55-year-old white man and was shot as a prospective “burglar.” In Detroit, you understand, burglars commonly knock first. [Theodore] Wafer shot McBride on his front porch...

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Maybe this is the real story behind the downed Malaysia airliner
Jul19

Maybe this is the real story behind the downed Malaysia airliner

Geography, motive, communications intercepts, and all manner of circumstantial evidence suggest that the likeliest suspect in the horrific deaths of two hundred and ninety-eight people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was the curiously well-armed and well-coördinated military outfit loyal to Moscow in eastern Ukraine. Various government and intelligence officials in Kiev say that they have evidence, including a series of damning...

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Want to know how they can take your home away from you… easily?
Jul18

Want to know how they can take your home away from you… easily?

Al- Jazeera has a notably clear report and analysis on how oil and gas interests can simply toss you out of your property and move in. It all goes back to — but you’ve guessed this already — a Bush era Supreme Court decision that extends eminent domain way beyond its intended meaning. For more than a decade, the country around Ronald and Sallie Cox’s home, 25 miles south of Pittsburgh, has been an unchanging...

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Not enough people like Republicans to assure them a win
Jul15

Not enough people like Republicans to assure them a win

Whether we’re talking 2014 or 2016, the landscape doesn’t seem to look very welcoming to Republicans. Chris Cillizza, in an update, sees no clear wins except in the bought-’n’-paid for districts. Obama no longer offers any boost for Dems, nor any hope for a deal with Congressional Republicans, but it’s the Republicans who are taking the blame for not dealing with immigration issues and general mayhem....

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Could a Democratic Congress ruin a Republican president’s tenure?
Jul13

Could a Democratic Congress ruin a Republican president’s tenure?

Could a Democratic Congress ruin a Republican president’s tenure? Sure, if the Republican Congress “sues” our current Democratic president. Turnabout is fair play. But the kind of childishness Republicans have been engaged in damages the country, not just a few misguided politicians. Vox analyzes the possibility of Boehner’s suit against Obama succeeding and what the outcome could be. Some emphasis added. The...

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Will immigration wind up winning the midterms for Dems?
Jul09

Will immigration wind up winning the midterms for Dems?

The possibility is certainly out there. The common wisdom has been that the immigration issue is one that could help Rebublicans. But battered children pouring over the border is changing the game. What can Obama do? If he wants to circumvent a do-nothing Congress, he faces a potential trap. Greg Sargent writes: While aggressive action will provide fodder for Republicans to drive their base into a frenzy with #ObummerTyranny talk, it...

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Democrats now take the lead
Jul08

Democrats now take the lead

Maybe it was the Supreme Court’s outrageous political decision, its religiosity, and its paternalism that finally did it, but the Democrats are now in the lead politically as we slide towards November. Political Wire reports on the latest Quinnipiac poll showing 41/39 lead in the “generic House ballot.” Democrats like democracy and a low-key, secular, and non-hysterical form of government. Checking out what...

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Richard Mellon Scaife’s sins live on…
Jul06

Richard Mellon Scaife’s sins live on…

I doubt there’s a truly thoughtful person alive today who mourns the death of one of radical conservatism’s supporters — Richard Mellon Scaife. Focus on that middle name first, because that’s the family and the money that made him possible. A radical crank and one of the most vicious political funders, he paid the Republican party to attack its opposition personally. This was Mellon money, more’s the pity...

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Trouble for the right comes from the right
Jul03

Trouble for the right comes from the right

Conservatives were ecstatic about the court’s ruling Monday that Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, because of their owners’ religious beliefs, could not be required under the ACA to include certain types of contraception in their employee health plans. But Democrats have the better hand. ...AlJazeera When the Supreme Court issued its Hobby Lobby decision, campaign money started flowing in. The decisions has put the Democrats...

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Close down the clinics? No problem. Access to abortion is flourishing here in Texas.
Jun29

Close down the clinics? No problem. Access to abortion is flourishing here in Texas.

Close down the clinics? No problem. Access to abortion is flourishing here in Texas. Erica Hellerstein calls it “do-it-yourself” abortion, but don’t flip out. We’re not talking coat hangers. We’re talking “miso.” We’re talking open air markets around Texas and particularly here, in the south. Customers browse simple items—miracle-diet teas, Barbie dolls or turquoise jeans stretched over...

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A desperate, weeping clown cries “Off with his head!”
Jun27

A desperate, weeping clown cries “Off with his head!”

The executive has been amassing power at the expense of the legislative branch — not just for the past five years but for a generation or more. Yet Boehner’s proposed legal remedy will accomplish nothing, in part because it misidentifies the nature of the problem. …DanaMilbank,WaPo The only thing that holds water in Boehner’s threat to sue the president is the part about executive power. It’s been a problem for years...

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Cochran wins in Mississippi: So how’s the “Tea Party industrial complex” doing today?
Jun25

Cochran wins in Mississippi: So how’s the “Tea Party industrial complex” doing today?

Bit of a problem there, wouldn’t you say? Looks as a bad as Rove’s American Crossroads did in the 2012 election. Koch & Co – aren’t they a major part of the tea party industrial complex? — wound up with –uh oh! — Thad Cochran. “In Mississippi,” Molly Ball points out, “challenger Chris McDaniel failed to dethrone six-term incumbent Senator Thad Cochran in the second round...

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Cruz Fiction
Jun24

Cruz Fiction

Remember the Republican tag for Bill Clinton — “Slick Willie”? You could get what they meant but it didn’t work for Clinton whose character (bad and sometimes good) ran deeper than slick. “Slick” refers to something superficial, visible, maybe nasty, but easy to remove without much work. “Slick” is a word that’s made for Ted Cruz. It’s what he is and it’s all he is....

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A very special Republican urinal
Jun22

A very special Republican urinal

Do Republicans get away with idiocy because they attract pity? What do we do with rightwingers who, at their “Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference, which features speeches from the likes of Rand Paul, Chris Christie, and Herman Cain,” set up a urinal in which they can pee on the President? Or is it that a whole political party in America has not been able to develop emotionally beyond their 9th...

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Looking forward to this perp walk
Jun20

Looking forward to this perp walk

Didn’t think it was gonna happen. Oh, joy! They’re going to nail Governor Walker! Wisconsin prosecutors have alleged that Gov. Scott Walker was part of a wide-ranging “criminal scheme” to coordinate the activities of conservative groups that spent millions to help him and other Republicans fend off recall efforts, according to documents released Thursday. …WaPo Everyone who follows the news has had a sense that...

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What’s holding the Republican party together?
Jun16

What’s holding the Republican party together?

What’s holding the Republican Party together? Threads. Bare threads. An analysis by seasoned political reporters at the Washington Post reveals a party that is “riven with divisions, including over issues that barely registered even two years ago.” Whether they’re looking at immigration or banking or schools, “the dynamics of the issues and the coalitions around them are shifting so rapidly that what...

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“Lining its streets were the decapitated heads of policeman and soldiers”
Jun14

“Lining its streets were the decapitated heads of policeman and soldiers”

This isn’t Islam. “They’re knocking at a policeman’s door. It’s the middle of the night, but the cop soon answers. Then they have him. He’s blindfolded and cuffed. They take him to the bedroom. And, reports say, they decapitate him with a knife.” ...WaPo It’s ISIS, the “Islamic State of Syria and Iraq” and it is a parody of Islam in much the same way as, though to an even greater extent than, our...

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