Stars And Stripes
Jul04

Stars And Stripes

I like to look for new or different versions each year and this time found this one. Well done...

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Definitive proof of God’s Existence (Quote)
Jul01

Definitive proof of God’s Existence (Quote)

Yes, I think this settles any lingering arguments, at least for Democrats: “There are still moments when you wonder if God still loves you. And then Donald Trump runs for president and you realize He still does,” said Steve Schale, a top Democratic strategist in Florida, where Trump owns a mansion in Palm...

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Frum on Obamacare
Jun30

Frum on Obamacare

Conservative gadfly David Frum on fixing the Affordable Care Act in The Atlantic. The Republican presidential candidates have reacted to the latest court case by recommitting themselves to Obamacare repeal after a Republican victory in 2016. They are thereby transforming the coming election from a debate over the Obama record—and over the Hillary Clinton agenda—into a stark referendum on universal health coverage. They are inviting...

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TMV Emergency Fundraiser ENDS TODAY
Jun30

TMV Emergency Fundraiser ENDS TODAY

NOTE: Our fundraiser formally ends TODAY. The total put in the bank is $1,180 as of today June 29. This post will vanish into the archives after today. Any donations we receive today (or in the future without fundraisers) are eventually funneled into our upgrades which over the years allowed us to redesign the site and twice move it (TMV started on Blogger, then Typepad, then Powerblogs and now Word Press). Kindly read it again: TMV...

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Over 500 Injured In Explosion At Taiwan Water Park
Jun28

Over 500 Injured In Explosion At Taiwan Water Park

Very disturbing story. Warning that the video coverage is...

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Second Prison Escapee Reportedly Shot And In Custody
Jun28

Second Prison Escapee Reportedly Shot And In Custody

Multiple reports that David Sweat, the 2nd prison escapee in New York has been shot by authorities and is in custody. Here is a link to local coverage. CNN UPDATE: CNN has run a report that has this image which is now making its way around the...

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Jeffrey Toobin on God and Marriage Equality
Jun27

Jeffrey Toobin on God and Marriage Equality

Jeffrey Toobin compares the marriage equality movement to inter-racial marriage in The New Yorker. God may reign, but He (or She) doesn’t legislate. The gritty business of passing laws is left to the people’s representatives, who answer, in the first instance, to their constituents, and defer, at least in theory, to the Constitution. The record of politicians who claim, in anything more than a general way, to be doing God’s will is...

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“Just Who Do We Think We Are?” – The Supreme Supreme Court
Jun26

“Just Who Do We Think We Are?” – The Supreme Supreme Court

In today’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, the Supreme Court has laid waste to several key tenets of the American political experiment in representative government including federalism, a system of checks and balances with a legislative branch designed to be strongest body, and a complete devastation of the 1st Amendment. Unlike most of colleagues from the right side of the aisle, I have known this decision was coming for some...

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Andrew Sullivan on SCOTUS’ Marriage Equality Decision
Jun26

Andrew Sullivan on SCOTUS’ Marriage Equality Decision

Andrew Sullivan comes out of blogging retirement to post on the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision on The Daily Dish.  But some things you know deep in your heart: that all human beings are made in the image of God; that their loves and lives are equally precious; that the pursuit of happiness promised in the Declaration of Independence has no meaning if it does not include the right to marry the person you love; and has...

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Some States Still Resist Marriage Equality
Jun26

Some States Still Resist Marriage Equality

Some states are still holding out on marriage equality it seems. To be fair there are some technical legal issues at play here but the attitude is disappointing. Alabama Louisiana Mississippi On the other hand Arkansas, Georgia and Texas seem to be moving with...

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Why the GOP Will Never Replace Obamacare
Jun26

Why the GOP Will Never Replace Obamacare

Ezra Klein makes the case that Republicans really don’t care about health care reform on vox.com. Republicans are never going to unite around a serious replacement for Obamacare and endure the political pain necessary to get it passed. How do I know? Well, I read Overcoming Obamacare, (conservative health care wonk Phillip) Klein’s excellent book on Republicans and health-care reform. And as Klein writes there, Republicans...

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Josh Marshall on Charleston Fallout
Jun24

Josh Marshall on Charleston Fallout

Josh Marshall details fall-out from the Charleston massacre on Talking Points Memo. I think this is the third post I’ve started with some version of this incredulity. But I still cannot believe the Charleston Massacre has triggered quite this total a collapse of support, not just for flying the Confederate battle flag in places of honor at Southern state capitols, but for public display and honor for the Confederacy and the War...

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Bing Crosby: “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” (1932)
Jun23

Bing Crosby: “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” (1932)

With all the talk of income inequality and diminishing life chances for more and more Americans, this song came to mind. “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” was written in 1930 by lyricist E.Y. “Yip” Harburg and composer Jay Gorney. It was featured in the 1932 musical “New Americana,” a broadway show that failed. Incredibly, the song almost didn’t make it to the stage or radio as Republicans...

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It’s Not About The Flag, Idiots!!
Jun22

It’s Not About The Flag, Idiots!!

It is not often I use this forum to lash out at folks on either side of the political spectrum; however, today I am compelled to lash out at everyone who is engaging in the ridiculous rhetoric that the removal of a piece of cloth is going to solve the racial injustice of South Carolina or any other person of color living in the United States of America. To set the record straight, the Confederate Battle flag should not have ever been...

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Political Mobilization:  Researchers Seek Participants in Online Study (Guest Voice)
Jun22

Political Mobilization: Researchers Seek Participants in Online Study (Guest Voice)

Political Mobilization: Researchers Seek Participants in Online Study My name is Raynee Gutting and I am conducting an online survey about people’s personal characteristics and beliefs, and how people become politically active and engaged. The study is brief and interesting, and should help me understand how individuals think about important political issues and American society more generally. In our current political climate, I...

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Honoring All Military Dads
Jun21

Honoring All Military Dads

It is difficult to write and post lengthy stories while traveling abroad. However, after reading Ron Beasley’s touching tribute to his “military Dad” who served in World War II, both in Europe and in the Pacific, and who passed away 12 years ago, I would be very remiss not to honor all our military Dads — those who have gone before us and those who are still with us, many still serving. Fortunately three of the military Services...

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My Stealth Campaign for President (Guest Voice)
Jun21

My Stealth Campaign for President (Guest Voice)

My Stealth Campaign for President By Jason Stanford You probably have not heard a peep about my campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. All the attention lately has been focused on Lindsey Graham explaining why he’s single, Jeb Bush avoiding his family, and Donald Trump telling us all how lucky we are that he is running for president. The way I figure, the more attention they get, the better I look in anonymity. So...

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The Great Unmentionable
Jun20

The Great Unmentionable

Aurin Squire details how conservatives tie themselves in knots to avoid acknowledging racism and racist acts while benefiting politically from fanning racial hatred on Talking Points Memo. We live in an age where mass shootings are so common that there is now a template for politicians to plug in the victim’s names, the date and location of the massacre, and synonyms for words like “tragedy” and “horror.” In the last 36 hours,...

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BOOK REVIEW: JERRY SALTZ’S “SEEING OUT LOUDER”
Jun19

BOOK REVIEW: JERRY SALTZ’S “SEEING OUT LOUDER”

By JOHN McCARTHY TMV Columnist “Seeing Out Louder” is a LOL reading experience that proves in its 436 pages that if you aren’t having fun in the art world – you’re doing it wrong. Jerry Saltz, the self-described “Jewish cowboy” as the book’s author – is doing it right. With references as wide and varied as Homer Simpson and Plato, Jerry sets the standard for art criticism in America every time he puts pen to paper. Culled from his...

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Jeb: 4% Growth…..Because!
Jun19

Jeb: 4% Growth…..Because!

Kevin Drum details the latest 2016 GOP “voodoo economics” proposals on Mother Jones. Rand Paul says his secret to success is that his tax cut plan will supercharge economic growth. Jeb Bush says his secret to success is that merely by being president he will supercharge economic growth.   I guess I have to give this round to Paul. He at least tried to come up with some math salad to justify his belief that a Rand Paul...

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