White Fragility
May23

White Fragility

Aurin Squire discusses “white fragility” on Talking Points Memo. The most dangerous uprising that’s threatening America’s stability isn’t black protests in places like Ferguson or Baltimore. It’s taking place among an aging white majority that is losing its bearing on reality and destroying the gears of government, media and public welfare. At its center is an inexplicable, illogical and dangerous...

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Ireland Has Voted to Legalize Gay Marriage
May23

Ireland Has Voted to Legalize Gay Marriage

In a country that was once the womb of the Catholic Church, incubating incredibly young Irish men into celibate priests, and then exporting them to the USA and other parts of the world… In a country wherein the Head of the Irish nation publicly condemned the Catholic church’s coverups of sexual abuse of children and women in Ireland and environs, shaming the powers that be in the cossetted Vatican of John Paul II and...

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Will social media ever be the primary driver in electing a president?
May22

Will social media ever be the primary driver in electing a president?

A piece by Ryan Cooper in The Week raises an interesting, if overstated, point that 2016 could be the first election in which the political press is sidelined. He argues that politicians are becoming so adept at using social media that they can effectively get their messages out unaided by the reporters who typically follow them around, literally and metaphorically. He adds that “no journalist has the kind of media celebrity and...

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Large Houses
May22

Large Houses

My X-wife and I raised two sons in a 1300 square foot 3 bedroom 2 bath house with a large yard.  We got along really well in spite of the fact both of our sons were well over 6 feet tall when they graduated from high school.  We had plenty of room, A kitchen, dinning room, living room and a large family room.  About a block from me a lovely 2000 square foot house on about on acre of land  was torn down and a road was cut through the...

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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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Bobby Jindal’s ‘Beaut’ of an Executive Order
May20

Bobby Jindal’s ‘Beaut’ of an Executive Order

Back in November 2014, Governor Jindal of Louisiana issued a statement in response to the executive actions President Obama took to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. In it Jindal said in part: The President is lecturing us and not listening to us. He’s bypassing Congress, and ignoring the American people… If the President wants to make the case that the law should be changed, he should go make the case to...

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Without Causing Resentment
May20

Without Causing Resentment

The image above is of a line up of the vehicles of choice by surfers in the 60s. They are worth about $300,000 today. They sold in the 60s for about 2k. Stuff changes. Being a contributor to a political blog, I ask myself, what am I doing of any benefit? I have the opportunity to confront _and/or_ add to the frustration. If I access TMV in this way, will it matter? What purpose does it serve? None as far as I can tell. On political...

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Inherent Vice (Movie Review)
May19

Inherent Vice (Movie Review)

  5/5 NOTE:  This is a repost of the original review published on January 11th. Inherent Vice is a film of exotic taxonomy, a once-in-a-blue-moon sui generis that paves a road seen only by those who have breathed the smoke that so thickly permeates every frame. It is a pitch-perfect adaptation of its source material in that attempting to follow either of them provokes a joyous and resounding “What?”. In reference to any other...

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Boston Bomber’s Sentence Punishes Us All (Guest Voice)
May18

Boston Bomber’s Sentence Punishes Us All (Guest Voice)

Boston Bomber’s Sentence Punishes Us All By Peter Funt Here is what the death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will achieve: It will remind the world that America is not entirely the home of exceptionalism as many politicians suggest. Retaining the death penalty while virtually the entire civilized world has rejected it is, indeed, exceptional — but in the wrong sense of the word. It will prolong, through the valid Constitutional...

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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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Defending the greatest film of all time
May18

Defending the greatest film of all time

To be honest, it was outrageous that I even had to do this. As far as I am concerned, The Godfather is the greatest film of all time – not just my favourite – THE greatest film of all time. Let me back up. I have a mate, Alec, who has started a film orientated podcast. The idea is to put various films on trial. He has done one about The Shining and Prometheus. I am genuinely angry that I didn’t come up with idea....

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The Bush Years: An Explainer (Guest Voice)
May17

The Bush Years: An Explainer (Guest Voice)

The Bush Years: An Explainer By Tina Dupuy This week in Nevada, Jeb Bush accidentally declared he’s running for president to reporters. He was supposed to say, “if I run” and instead said, “I’m running for president!” So now that it’s official, I feel it’s my duty to explain the Bush years to younger/amnesiac Americans who may not remember what life was like before Obama. For example,...

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Clinton’s Unethical Behavior Has Already Been Well Established–And It Has Nothing To Do With The Right
May17

Clinton’s Unethical Behavior Has Already Been Well Established–And It Has Nothing To Do With The Right

As I discussed once again yesterday, many Democrats are ignoring the serious ethical breaches which have been written about Hillary Clinton, both in the past couple of months and further back, from liberal as well as conservative sources. To a certain degree the right gives her cover as, in addition to the many proven accusations against her raised by the left, there are additional false accusations against her from the right, leading...

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Marco Rubio Steps In It
May17

Marco Rubio Steps In It

On FOX “news” today Marco Rubio stepped in the same dung pile that Jeb Bush has been trying to get out of for a week.  Now I have never thought that Rubio was the sharpest knife in the kitchen but apparently his learning curve is very long indeed.  Josh Marshall is a bit more polite although now that I think about it maybe not: another is the fact that Marco Rubio just doesn’t seem like the most cognitively dexterous...

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Clinton Attacks: Beware of the Real Source and Intent
May17

Clinton Attacks: Beware of the Real Source and Intent

As I have indicated in past articles, I am keeping my powder dry on Hillary Clinton. I will decide whether to vote for her based on facts and issues. That decision will not be based on rumors, innuendo, unproven allegations… It will not be based on what bloggers quote other bloggers who quote newspapers which in turn quote, or misquote, pundits and books such as the recent “Clinton Cash.” It will not be based on the sound and...

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The Myth of Faulty Intelligence
May15

The Myth of Faulty Intelligence

Paul Waldman remembers how “the intelligence was fixed around the policy” by the Bush administration on Iraq on The American Prospect. The Iraq War, both how it began and how it proceeded, is now an active topic in the 2016 presidential campaign, which I think is a highly salutary development. But it does mean that we need to be on guard for the kind of distortions, misleading statements, and outright lies that...

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B.B. King is Dead, Long Live the King: The Thrill Ain’t Gone, No No No
May15

B.B. King is Dead, Long Live the King: The Thrill Ain’t Gone, No No No

FOR BB BB they called him. His big black and silver tipped guitar was named Lucille. Not LuCILLE. LUcille. He was a big man filled the chair type 2 diabetes sang sitting down had an eye for the ladies I dont know and dont I know had hands as big as brown boxes and big and pretty light colored fingernails and pink palms with yellow ochre at the fingers and sepia brown in the finger bends and high knuckles. That’s how close I was...

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Hillary Clinton and the Number Eight
May14

Hillary Clinton and the Number Eight

There seems to be an obsession on the part of Hillary Clinton’s “observers” as to how many “questions from the press” the Democratic presidential candidate has taken and/or answered recently. The New York Times has even launched a new feature — “Questions for Hillary” — “dedicated to posing hypothetical questions that it would ask Clinton (if the paper had the chance).” On the number of questions Clinton has...

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Jeb Bush on Iraq: Worse Than You Think
May14

Jeb Bush on Iraq: Worse Than You Think

Ezra Klein explains why Jeb Bush’s “corrected” answer to a question about Iraq is troubling on Vox.com. It’s clear reading this that Bush thought he was answering a different question than the one asked. He said that working off the intelligence available then, he would have invaded Iraq. So let’s agree: Bush misunderstood the question. But the answer to the question he thought he was asked is, in some...

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Jeb Bush Called ‘Unelectable” – Bill Clinton Sure He’ll Be Invited Back into the White House
May13

Jeb Bush Called ‘Unelectable” – Bill Clinton Sure He’ll Be Invited Back into the White House

When asked by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly whether “knowing what we know now would you have authorized the invasion [of Iraq in 2013],” Bush gave his now infamous “I would have” answer. But, like a little kid wanting to share blame for a naughty act, Jeb could not help himself to gratuitously compare himself to Hillary Clinton by blurting out “but she did it too” “and so would have Hillary Clinton…” According to many sources —...

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