Politix Update: Why Hillary Clinton’s State Department Emails Are Much Ado About Little
Jul06

Politix Update: Why Hillary Clinton’s State Department Emails Are Much Ado About Little

It is said that the cover-up is always worse than the crime, but in the case of Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails, what is the crime? And beyond the partisan ankle biting, is the cover-up — such as it is — over something any different than what other government bigs, not the least of whom were Bush administration officials, have done? Perhaps I’m like the last guy in the room to get the joke, but I...

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Politix Update: The Republican Party’s Very Bad Case Of Future Shock
Jul01

Politix Update: The Republican Party’s Very Bad Case Of Future Shock

How can Republicans avoid losing the popular vote in 2016 for the sixth time in seven elections when the party is not only increasingly out of step with public opinion but seems determined to look back and not forward? Polls show widespread support for increasing the minimum wage. The Republican Party is opposed. For a more inclusive immigration policy. Ditto. For access to health care. Ditto. For addressing climate change. Ditto....

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Politix Update: Fuggedabout The Here And Now, It’s All About The Legacy, Dude
Jun29

Politix Update: Fuggedabout The Here And Now, It’s All About The Legacy, Dude

The lineage of the term Obamacare pretty much tells you all you need to know about how history will view President Barack Obama. That is to say, what his legacy will be. In a (relatively) short five years, Obamacare has morphed from having a Republican-driven derogatory connotation to being an appropriate honorific for the man who against formidable odds has finally brought meaningful reform to a vastly dysfunctional sector of the...

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(UPDATED) Supreme Court Concurs With The Obvious: Same-Sex Marriage Is Indeed Constitutional
Jun26

(UPDATED) Supreme Court Concurs With The Obvious: Same-Sex Marriage Is Indeed Constitutional

Another day, another U.S. Supreme Court decision that should remind us things that once made America a great country like tolerance and helping the downtrodden are not entirely extinct. A mere 24 hours after the high court dealt a major blow to conservatives in ruling 6-3 that a key provision of the Affordable Care Act passed muster, it ruled 5-4 that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, providing gays a...

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Historic Obamacare Ruling: Reason Wins Out Over Mean-Spirited Political Gamesmanship
Jun25

Historic Obamacare Ruling: Reason Wins Out Over Mean-Spirited Political Gamesmanship

The U.S. Supreme Court today dealt a major blow to conservatives who have used everything from bare-knuckle politics to legislative sleight-of hand to frivolous litigation in a years-long effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act, a flawed but ultimately workable effort to bring affordable health care to all Americans as well as President Obama’s signature achievement. In a momentous 6-3 ruling, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr....

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Politix Update: They’re Making News Without Even (Officially) Running
Jun25

Politix Update: They’re Making News Without Even (Officially) Running

IS KASICH ON THE WAY UP AND BUSH ON THE WAY DOWN? Call him the Panic Candidate. Even though Ohio Governor John Kasich has not formally announced that he’s joining the already crowded Republican presidential field, he seems to be everywhere except back home these days. That is everywhere there might be potential donors who believe this swing state governor may just be the guy to rally what’s left of the GOP’s moderate...

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Is This The Year The Old South Will Finally Fall Again? Let Us Hope So.
Jun24

Is This The Year The Old South Will Finally Fall Again? Let Us Hope So.

Somebody needs to say a good word for slavery. Where in the world are the Negroes better off today than in America? ~ JACK KERSHAW, League of the South board member I wrote at the beginning of 2011 — the 150th anniversary of the onset of the American Civil War — that it would be the year the South would rise again. Given the rapid-fire developments in the week since the racism-fueled massacre of nine black people in a...

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Reflections On Fifty Years Of The Grateful Dead: “Once In A While You Can Get Shown The Light In The Strangest Of Places If You Look At It Right’
Jun23

Reflections On Fifty Years Of The Grateful Dead: “Once In A While You Can Get Shown The Light In The Strangest Of Places If You Look At It Right’

Asked to name my all-time favorite Grateful Dead show, I typically respond, “Which year?” “No, which show?” “Okay, how about May 8, 1977 in Hamilton, New York?” “Howcum?” “Because it was just about perfect. The Dead had just finished recording the seminal Terrapin Station album and were unbelievably loose. They had been on a roll all spring with nary a bad note or an off-key lyric...

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Politix Update: All Bow Down To The Republican Doctrine Of Perpetual War.  Yes, You.
Jun22

Politix Update: All Bow Down To The Republican Doctrine Of Perpetual War. Yes, You.

I picked the morning paper off the floor / It was full of other people’s little wars / Wouldn’t they like their peace / Don’t we get bored / And we call for the three great stimulants / Of the exhausted ones /Artifice brutality and innocence ~ JONI MITCHELL “The Three Great Stimulants” While no one would accuse presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton of having the wings of a dove,...

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(UPDATED) This Time It’s Charleston: The Deep Sickness In American Society
Jun18

(UPDATED) This Time It’s Charleston: The Deep Sickness In American Society

1963 BIRMINGAM CHURCH BOMBING VICTIM Words to not begin to describe the horror of the continuing assault on our black brothers and sisters, but as inadequate as my own words may be, I offer a few anyway. The murder of of a pastor and eight congregants, six of them men and three women, in a mass shooting at an historically black Charleston, South Carolina church by a white gunman is, for openers, symptomatic of three deep sicknesses...

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Politix Update:  Why Republicans Are Screwed No Matter How The Supreme Court Rules
Jun18

Politix Update: Why Republicans Are Screwed No Matter How The Supreme Court Rules

It isn’t exactly news that the Republican Party lost sight years ago of what governing is all about. Not coincidentally, this was about the time the GOP got its teeth handed to it with the 2008 election of Barack Obama on the wave of an energized coalition of minorities, women and college students and found itself bereft of ideas to counter the young president’s ambitious agenda. With a nascent Tea Party, grumbling...

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Politix Update: Republican Presidential Wannabes Are Against Big Gubberment Until They’re For It
Jun15

Politix Update: Republican Presidential Wannabes Are Against Big Gubberment Until They’re For It

Republican presidential wannabes like to whine that government needs to be made smaller, and in the meantime Washington should get off our fricking backs. After all, we get taxed — and regulated — through the nose and get practically nothing in return, right? This complaint is especially loud and persistent when it comes to Texas pols with their eye on the big prize. Were talking Senator Ted Cruz and former Governor Rick...

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Politix Update: Contemplating The Nightmarish Scenario Of A Case Of Clinton Fatigue
Jun11

Politix Update: Contemplating The Nightmarish Scenario Of A Case Of Clinton Fatigue

There were 15 or so of us gathered around a large conference room table. It was a brilliantly sunny afternoon in the fall of 1996 and the Philadelphia Daily News editorial board was conducting yet another interview in the laborious election-year process of endorsing candidates. I happened to be sitting in because I was directing the paper’s presidential campaign coverage and this particular day the candidate was William...

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Politix Update: Hillary Clinton Asks, ‘What Part Of Democracy Are They Afraid Of?’
Jun08

Politix Update: Hillary Clinton Asks, ‘What Part Of Democracy Are They Afraid Of?’

The increasingly all-white Republican Party, faced with a demographic tsunami that will all but guarantee its continuing marginalization as a national political party, has been striking back with one of the most insidious weapons in its dirty-tricks arsenal: Trying to limit the ability of minorities to vote. This strategy to undermine one of the most fundamental of American rights has gained traction in 21 Republican-controlled states...

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Politix Update: We’ve Come A Long Way Since The 9/11 Attacks, Or Have We?
Jun05

Politix Update: We’ve Come A Long Way Since The 9/11 Attacks, Or Have We?

I’m am unapologetic bleeding heart who believes that my right to be free from the threat of terrorism must be counterbalanced by my right to be free from government overreach. But as forthright and constitutionally sound as that view may be, too few politicians have shared it in the years since the 9/11 attacks rocked the national boat. That seems to have changed this week with bipartisan approval of a seemingly watered down...

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Politix Update: Objects In Your Mirror Are Not As Close As They Appear
Jun02

Politix Update: Objects In Your Mirror Are Not As Close As They Appear

Although the Iowa caucuses are eight months distant, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s air of inevitability has been burst like so many balloons. Or so we are led to believe. Fuggedabout her 50 point leads in the polls, a big war chest, formidable campaign organization, and a level of popularity and name recognition to kill for. An obscure senator with no dough or standing in the polls and a campaign...

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A Holiday Weekend Of Whine And Roses
May23

A Holiday Weekend Of Whine And Roses

It is Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. The holiday originally was called Decoration Day and was a day of remembrance for Union soldiers who died in the American Civil War. After World War I, it was expanded to include soldiers who died in any war. As always, I’ve hung an American flag outside of Kiko’s House. As always, I will keep the weekend simple. Perhaps we’ll take the dogs for a swim in the creek near our mountain...

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Administration Huffs & Puffs Over Bin Laden Exposé But Doesn’t Blow Sy Hersh’s House Down
May22

Administration Huffs & Puffs Over Bin Laden Exposé But Doesn’t Blow Sy Hersh’s House Down

VIDEO SEIZED DURING MAY 2011 RAID SHOWS BIN LADEN WATCHING TELEVISION Official Washington ramped up its pushback against investigative reporter Seymour Hersh’s recent exposé? with the release this week of nearly 80 previously classified documents and books and other materials seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound during the raid by Navy Seals in May 2011, but the alleged treasure trove did nothing to debunk Hersh’s...

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Politix Update: With Jeb Bush Dissing Vets, Is It Time To Get Real About The Iraq War?
May19

Politix Update: With Jeb Bush Dissing Vets, Is It Time To Get Real About The Iraq War?

For a brief if not shining moment, it occurred to me that Jeb Bush might just be the guy to make the 2016 presidential race interesting. I’m not saying that I’d vote for him, but I had really hoped that Hillary Clinton would not win in a walk because she was opposed by some Republican chucklehead. Yet in the space of four days last week, Jeb not only dashed my hopes, but angered me in a way that no presidential aspirant...

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Seymour Hersh’s Bin Laden Exposé Reveals Hypocrisy Of The Chattering Classes
May18

Seymour Hersh’s Bin Laden Exposé Reveals Hypocrisy Of The Chattering Classes

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING PIONEER IDA TARBELL There is a back story to the back story that underpins Seymour Hersh’s controversial new exposé claiming that the Obama administration lied about virtually everything having to do with the death of Osama bin Laden: If as a journalist you buck the official line, expect to be castigated not just by the people spouting that line, but by your peers, as well. What is so irretrievably sad...

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