“Cops’ lives matter, too, so why don’t we drop the qualifier and say lives matter?”
Aug30

“Cops’ lives matter, too, so why don’t we drop the qualifier and say lives matter?”

“Authorities have charged a 30-year-old suspect for capital murder following the killing of a veteran sheriff in Houston Friday. Goforth, 47, was pumping gas Friday night when the gunman approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, continuing to fire after the deputy had fallen to the...

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Military Weekend: Your U.S. Air Force
Aug28

Military Weekend: Your U.S. Air Force

This past week has brought both great pride and deep sorrow to the U.S. Air Force, its members and veterans. When U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, along with an Army buddy (Spc. Alek Skarlatos) and others, prevented a tragedy aboard a speeding train in Europe, his and the actions of the others evoked the highest praise from world leaders and of course from their military superiors and comrades. “These men are...

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Why Challenging Trump’s Misogyny Will Backfire
Aug27

Why Challenging Trump’s Misogyny Will Backfire

Amanda Marcotte explains on Talking Points Memo. Conservative media and Fox News in particular have spent years – decades, if you count talk radio – training their audiences to believe that exhortations against sexism and racism are nothing but the “political correctness” police trying to kill your good time. Indeed, one reason that Trump was able to get so much attention for his presidential run in the first place is that...

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Faces of the Fallen
Aug27

Faces of the Fallen

It has been a while since we received a “casualties report” from what now seems to be the forgotten war, over in that place called Afghanistan. And when we do it is a short, terse announcement such as the one below: DoD Identifies Air Force Casualties The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two airmen who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died of wounds suffered Aug. 26 when the vehicle they were...

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Finally a National World War I Memorial
Aug26

Finally a National World War I Memorial

Our nation’s capital is blessed with an abundance of splendid parks, statuary, monuments and memorials. But, as pointed out by the World War One Centennial Commission (the Commission), most of them honor “generals, presidents, statesmen and other individuals of distinction” and many of these commemorate the heroes and the battles of the American Revolution and the Civil War. There are numerous monuments and memorials...

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Can the GOP Survive Trump?
Aug24

Can the GOP Survive Trump?

Molly Ball mulls the question of the campaign so far in The Atlantic. As Trump evinces surprising staying power atop the Republican field, nervous party members increasingly fret that he is hurting the image of the GOP and damaging its eventual nominee—who most assume will not be Trump. The most obvious problem is Trump’s outspoken opposition to immigration and immigrants, which has offended Hispanics—a fast-growing voter demographic...

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Politix Update: Scott Walker Is Against Big Government. Unless He’s For It.
Aug24

Politix Update: Scott Walker Is Against Big Government. Unless He’s For It.

“It is a time when one is filled with vague longings. When one dreams of flight to peaceful islands in the remote solitudes of the sea, or folds his hands and says, ‘What is the use of struggling, and toiling and worrying anymore? Let us give it all up.’ “ ~ MARK TWAIN One of the abiding ironies of the conservative Republican politicians who regularly rail against Big Government is that when Big Government furthers their...

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The Faces of the Heroes in Train Attack in France
Aug23

The Faces of the Heroes in Train Attack in France

The U.S. Air Force has released a set of photos of the three American heroes who, through their actions, saved “countless” lives during what the Air Force describes as “a terrorist attack aboard a train headed toward Paris Aug. 21.” Read more here and here. Lead photo: Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone along with Jane D. Hartly, the U.S. ambassador to France, and his two friends speak at a press conference in Paris Aug. 23,...

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Military Weekend: ‘Patriotism’
Aug23

Military Weekend: ‘Patriotism’

TMV author Patricia Smith posted an excellent essay on “patriotism,” and readers waded in with equally excellent thoughts on this concept. In my opinion, we saw a good example of patriotism — and heroism — in the brave actions by two American servicemen and an American civilian when all hell broke loose on a high-speed train on its way from Amsterdam to Paris. To be accurate, while most everybody — including French...

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Ornstein: Why GOP History May Not Repeat Itself with Trump
Aug21

Ornstein: Why GOP History May Not Repeat Itself with Trump

Norm Ornstein explains why Donald Trump may not be 2016’s Cain, Bachman or Gingrich in The Atlantic. Still, I am more skeptical of the usual historical skepticism than I have been in a long time. A part of my skepticism flows from my decades inside the belly of the congressional beast. I have seen the Republican Party go from being a center-right party, with a solid minority of true centrists, to a right-right party, with a...

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Why a GOP President Won’t Repeal and Replace Obamacare
Aug21

Why a GOP President Won’t Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Ezra Klein explains why the next Republican President won’t keep this universal 2016 campaign promise on vox.com. Is a party that brutalized Obamacare for taking insurance away from people who were happy with what they had really going to become the party that takes insurance away from millions of people who are happy with what they have? Is a party that attacked Obamacare for raising premiums on people really going to raise...

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I Don’t Want to Be Old and Grumpy
Aug20

I Don’t Want to Be Old and Grumpy

Some readers may recall the band “It’s a Beautiful Day”, that hung out with icons of the 60s and early 70s, but never quite made the leap to “all-star”. For me, they are All Star. In 1969, they released “It’s a Beautiful Day” featuring violinist David LaFlamme (who played with the Utah symphony orchestra), vocalist Pattie Santos and David’s wife Linda LaFlamme, on keyboards. If you don’t have the licorice today, or some digitalized...

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The importance of knowing Early American History
Aug20

The importance of knowing Early American History

During a telephone conversation with my sister, she mentioned that she had started reading one of the books I sent her, A Brilliant Solution Inventing the American Constitution written by Carol Berkin. We talked about the how much the beginning of the book and the issues that the new country faced were similar to issues we are dealing with now. Part of the problem we face as a country today is that many people do not have enough...

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Where Is George W Bush?
Aug19

Where Is George W Bush?

The Republicans have been re writing history for years. They have managed to turn Ronald Reagan into Saint Ronnie. But the latest twist on this is they are trying to convince us that George W Bush never existed. Now of course this is understandable – the Bush presidency was one of the most disastrous in recent history. George W. Bush will not be giving speeches on behalf of his brother anytime soon. In fact, if the Republican...

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A Real Argument Against the Iran Deal
Aug17

A Real Argument Against the Iran Deal

Josh Marshall speculates on what may be the real (but unspoken) argument against the Iran deal in some quarters of the Middle East on Talking Points Memo. With all the commentary about the Iran, it is worth noting that there is an argument against the deal. It’s just not one that most opponents feel able or comfortable making publicly. It goes something like this. The ideal of course is that Iran permanently foreswear nuclear...

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Donald Trump and the Republican Base
Aug17

Donald Trump and the Republican Base

Ezra Klein has a great piece up over at VOX: The Republican Party doesn’t want to believe its voters agree with Trump. But they do. The Republican Party wants to believe that Trump’s success is only because of his star power but it’s not.  A majority of the Republican base agree with his position on issues as vague as they may be.  The Republican contenders for the Presidential election not named Trump all have their...

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Trump a Moderate?
Aug15

Trump a Moderate?

Ezra Klein distinguishes between theoretical and actual moderates on vox.com. Moderates often aren’t moderate at all. They’re just inconsistent. And that lets them be more extreme. This makes them different than loyal Democrats and Republicans. Partisans tend to adopt the positions held by their parties, and parties tend to adopt positions that are popular, achievable and workable. So voters who follow their parties end up...

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GOP’s Phony War on Planned Parenthood
Aug15

GOP’s Phony War on Planned Parenthood

Mary Sanchez provides the ugly details in The Baltimore Sun. Oppose it or not — and I do — abortion is a medical procedure that ends an unwanted or health-threatening pregnancy. If we want to encourage the trend toward decreasing numbers of abortions in this country — and no one in their right mind wants to see more of them — we need to bolster women’s reproductive health services. That means ensuring...

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Is The Age Of Fossil Fuel Over?
Aug15

Is The Age Of Fossil Fuel Over?

I have already written a couple of posts on this subject here and here.  As Owen Gray reports below Conservative Canadian Prime minster Stephen Harper is in trouble because of the collapse of  oil prices.    We have apparently reached peak demand before we reached peak oil.  Michael Klare writes that Double-Dip Oil Rout: Why an Oil Glut May Lead to a New World of Energy. Recently, as if to underscore the magnitude of the current rout,...

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Closing The Canadian Mind
Aug15

Closing The Canadian Mind

Stephen Marche is a Canadian journalist who writes for American publications. In this morning’s New York Times, he provides Americans with some background information on Canada’s ongoing federal election and current prime minister: THE prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, has called an election for Oct. 19, but he doesn’t want anyone to talk about it. He has chosen not to participate in the traditional series of...

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