The Letdown: Why I Feel Bad at the End of Good Days
Aug20

The Letdown: Why I Feel Bad at the End of Good Days

The Letdown There might be a very good reason you feel down after big days. And there is a good chance is has less to do with reality and more to do with how your mind is processing reality. Don’t get me wrong, it is a real feeling you confront, but it might not be based on reality. Let me tell you why… Big days are different than normal days. They are usually defined by increased excitement and increased sensory input or even sensory...

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What Do You Save Because It Is Important to You?
Aug18

What Do You Save Because It Is Important to You?

I have had these two items in my position for over forty years. They are not really cool or overly important or valuable to anyone but me. But I like them and so do my children; because I do. Do you have items you have saved for decades? Or have had passed down to you? They are cool because we say they are! Please share them. Jewelry. Trinquits. Documents. Poems. Images. Anything that moves you. So much diversity here. Fortunately I...

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Rick Perry’s True Colors
Aug18

Rick Perry’s True Colors

Alec MacGillis takes Governor Good Hair’s measure in The New Republic. But regardless of how strong the charges against Perry are, it is worth noting how fitting they are. Put simply, the case against Perry points to an aspect of his political persona that is well known in Texas but has too often been overlooked in the national portrayal of Perry. On the national stage, Perry is alternately depicted as a hardened ideologue—the...

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Feeling sorry for the Texas governor?
Aug18

Feeling sorry for the Texas governor?

Feeling sorry for the Texas governor? No. But Amy Davidson makes a solid case for some pity. Governor Rick Perry of Texas was indicted Friday on charges of abuse of his office and coercing a public official—that does not sound good, for a man positioning himself to run for President in 2016. Both of those charges are felonies; in Texas, that means that, if convicted, Perry would lose his right to vote during any time in prison, which,...

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Daryle Cagle Cartoon: How I got my marijuana license
Aug18

Daryle Cagle Cartoon: How I got my marijuana license

This copyrighted cartoon is licensed by Cagle Cartoons to run on TMV. Unauthorized reproduction without licensing is strictly...

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Robin and Christopher
Aug13

Robin and Christopher

Robin Williams Christopher Reeves; roommates at Julliard. It was the beginning of a lifetime friendship. Both now gone. The real Robin Williams: There is a lot to be said about that, dr....

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We Must End Stigma Of Mental Illness and Depression
Aug12

We Must End Stigma Of Mental Illness and Depression

Yesterday brought us the shocking news of the death of Robin Williams, most likely the result of suicide. As much as we should mourn this loss we must see to it that there is something to be learned by it. By all accounts Williams felt he had no real options, no place to go, no ability to speak openly about his problems. He tried but never managed to be comfortable in making the full move. One of the few remaining stigmas in our...

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Sullivan on Clinton’s Neocon Foreign Policy
Aug11

Sullivan on Clinton’s Neocon Foreign Policy

Andrew Sullivan worries about Hilary Clinton’s neoconservative tendencies on The Daily Dish. And the greatest throwback to 2003 in this respect is Hillary Clinton. So far as one can tell from her interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, there is no daylight between her and John McCain or even Benjamin Netanyahu – but a hell of a lot of space between her and Barack Obama. The interview confirms my view that she remains neoconservatism’s...

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Another Heads up: The Support Button
Aug07

Another Heads up: The Support Button

The donation button that helps to support The Moderate Voice has been inadvertently turned off for a spell; but is back on. Located just above the dollar donation on the right margin of the homepage. If you feel inclined; help keep TMV “strong like...

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(Update) Sue Congress, an Idea Whose Time Has Come
Aug07

(Update) Sue Congress, an Idea Whose Time Has Come

Update: While 41 percent of Americans approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing as president and 50 percent disapprove, just 15 percent approve of the job Congress are doing, while 78 percent disapprove. Furthermore, more Americans disapprove (54 percent) than approve (37 percent) of the lawsuit against Mr. Obama authorized by Republicans in the House of Representatives, which charges that the president exceeded his authority when he...

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Hiroshima
Aug06

Hiroshima

Today we mark the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and the beginning of the end of World War 2. As is usually the case every year, we have the stories of those who attack the incident as a ‘war crime’. These historical revisionists miss (or ignore) the fact that they are looking back with hindsight and applying modern attitudes to historical times. These revisionists talk about how the Japanese were a...

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Tea Party Losing Battles But Winning GOP War
Aug06

Tea Party Losing Battles But Winning GOP War

Democratic strategist Ed Kilgore says Tea Party candidates are losing races but succeeding in pushing the party ever further right on Talking Points Memo. Still, toting it all up, we’ll see abundant assessments in the MSM today that Republicans avoided the sort of Senate primary upsets that spoiled the party’s prospects in 2010 and 2012…But despite the losing record of the tea folk in Senate primary battles, it’s apparent they...

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Fighting the Western Wildfires – Images
Aug06

Fighting the Western Wildfires – Images

TMV contributor Ron Beasley posted a beautiful photo of Rowena in the Columbia River Gorge taken long before the present wildfires that are scorching so much precious country in the West. While I would not call the following photos “beautiful,” they do provide a vivid image of those fires and of the men and women fighting those western wildfires. In this case, personnel and aircraft from the Department of Defense (U.S. Northern...

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As Gaza Truce Holds, Ukraine Tensions Rise
Aug05

As Gaza Truce Holds, Ukraine Tensions Rise

A truce between Israel and Gaza militants that started at 05:00 GMT seems to be holding. The BBC: Israel says it has withdrawn all forces to positions outside Gaza, and some residents there are now returning to discover the fate of their homes. . The truce has drawn an international welcome, and the focus for a longer deal will now fall on talks in Cairo. In the meantime the BBC also reports that heavy fighting has erupted in a rebel...

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Cillizza on GOP Immigration Bill
Aug05

Cillizza on GOP Immigration Bill

Chris Cillizza comments on the immigration bill recently passed by the GOP House majority in The Washington Post. This is the latest in a string of incidents in which Republicans have been their own worst enemy — often because they simply can’t get out of their own way. Given their dismal approval ratings, the best way for Republicans to handle almost every issue — including this one — is to make as few waves...

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Kudlow: GOP Growth Plan?
Aug02

Kudlow: GOP Growth Plan?

Larry Kudlow asks why his party is suing the President rather than pushing an economic growth plan on National Review. Businesses created over 200,000 new jobs for the sixth straight month. Second-quarter GDP rebounded by 4 percent from the winter-weather doldrums. And the ISM manufacturing report exceeded all expectations, with big gains in new orders and employment.   So on the surface the economy is looking better. And as a...

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Health Insurance Premiums In California Expected To Rise Only 4.2 Percent Next Year With Considerable Variation Nation Wide
Aug02

Health Insurance Premiums In California Expected To Rise Only 4.2 Percent Next Year With Considerable Variation Nation Wide

When the Affordable Care Act went through Congress many of the ideas which would have lowered costs failed to make it, with the final law concentrating more on expanding the number of people who are covered. Insurance has always been very expensive on the individual market, and many are watching to see how rate large increases will be compared to the past. It was expected that on average premiums would go up the first year before...

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Milbank: GOP Upending of Reason
Aug01

Milbank: GOP Upending of Reason

Dana Milbank is getting intellectual whiplash from Republican switcheroos in The Washington Post. Just the day before, House Republicans had voted to sue Obama for using his executive authority. They called him lawless, a usurper, a monarch, a tyrant — all for postponing deadlines in the implementation of Obamacare. Now they were begging him to take executive action to compensate for their own inability to act — even though, in this...

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Blaming Bill Clinton?
Aug01

Blaming Bill Clinton?

Former President Bill Clinton is facing new criticism regarding audio, dated September 10th, 2001, which has allegedly surfaced. Clinton was speaking in Australia and one of the issues discussed was his opportunity to authorize the killing of Osama bin Laden during his presidency. And I’m just saying, you know, if I were Osama bin Laden — he’s very smart guy, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about him — and I nearly got him once. I...

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GOP Unable to Govern
Jul31

GOP Unable to Govern

In a replay of similar fiascoes over other issues, the House GOP again showed its inability to govern (e.g propose and pass actual legislation) this time on immigration. Andrew Sullivan: So, yes, the president is once again damned if he does use his executive powers and damned if he doesn’t. And the Republican Congress has shown that it can pass nothing – even in the midst of what it has described as an epic crisis – because it is so...

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