Nowadays we need sane asylums (Guest Voice)
Oct29

Nowadays we need sane asylums (Guest Voice)

Nowadays we need sane asylums By Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D. SAN DIEGO — It used to be that psychiatrists put insane people into insane asylums. However, today, everyone is seemingly insane. Sort of. Just look at the pathology of our youth, the dysfunction of our families, the violence in our day to day lives, the poisonous popular culture to which we expose our children in their computer games, television, movies and music, and there...

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The Politics of Efficiency
Oct25

The Politics of Efficiency

The Politics of Efficacy by Slamfu There seem to be a lot of names out there for everyone’s political position. Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative, libertarian and oh so many more. It would seem these days that most people lump me into the Liberal category, some even name me a Democrat. It’s true that I have views that tend to line up with those groups more often than not, and maybe that’s all it takes. But when people go out...

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Profile or Die (Guest Voice)
Oct24

Profile or Die (Guest Voice)

Profile, or Die by Michael Reagan We all know what an act of Islamic terrorism is — except for our lame duck-in-chief, that is. Now the Canadians know it, too. On Wednesday one of their fellow citizens who had just converted to Islam and wanted to go overseas and join ISIS donned a dark jacket and an “Arabic scarf” and attacked their Parliament. He — the suicidal terrorist — shot one unarmed ceremonial guard to...

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Fun With Electoral College Math
Oct21

Fun With Electoral College Math

Fun with Electoral College Math by Fig So I think the Electoral College is a bad system for a number of reasons, but I want to focus on one major reason in this article. For starters, it really seems to give the wrong impression about how divided this nation is, and how Presidents score a “mandate” because of electoral college numbers that look like a landslide when the popular vote is anything but, essentially it can totally...

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Please Politicize Ebola (Guest Voice)
Oct21

Please Politicize Ebola (Guest Voice)

Please Politicize Ebola By Tina Dupuy “Politicize” is a jab meaning the other side is trying to capitalize on a news topic. “The Republicans have tried to politicize the border crisis,” says Nancy Pelosi. Reince Priebus says Democrats are trying to politicize Benghazi. Jay Carney says Republicans are trying to politicize Benghazi. Steny Hoyer says Republicans are trying to politicize the VA scandal. Rush...

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Are European Taxes REALLY Oppressive? (Guest Voice)
Oct14

Are European Taxes REALLY Oppressive? (Guest Voice)

Are European Taxes REALLY Oppressive? by Fig Letters on car mirrors sometimes says “Objects may be closer than they appear.” Some emails circulated on the Internet should have the advisory “Some emails circulated on the Internet may not be as accurate as they appear.” For instance, this one: Current European Tax Rates United Kingdom Income Tax: 50% VAT: 17.5% TOTAL: 67.5% France Income Tax: 40% VAT: 19.6%...

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We Are All Roger Goodell
Sep25

We Are All Roger Goodell

We Are All Roger Goodell By Jason Stanford What if we held politicians to the same standards as football players? When football players break the law, Americans demand they be benched, cut, or suspended before they get due process. But when politicians are indicted they get to stick around, spending our money until a jury of their peers—there’s a terrifying thought—passes judgment. It’s possible that Americans have...

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Thoughts of One Black Man… on Ferguson (Guest Voice)
Aug18

Thoughts of One Black Man… on Ferguson (Guest Voice)

This is a letter I received tonight from one of my relatives. I’m posting it in full here for our TMV readers. Thoughtful comments are welcome. Thank you. Dr. E. I’m not a jouralist. I’m a police officer. I’m a black man. These are just my current thoughts on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. My thinking may change as more and more facts come in. First of all, I must say as a black man and as a professional,...

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Remembering Robin Williams
Aug13

Remembering Robin Williams

Remembering Robin Williams by Michael Winship Two memories of Robin Williams. The last time I was in his presence was during the 2007-08 Writers Guild strike. Robin showed up to walk our picket line at the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, just a couple of blocks from where the Moyers & Company offices are now. He came bearing bagels. Lots and lots of bagels. He was, as a colleague said last night, a mensch. The first time...

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Atlas did the dishes, then watched the news
Aug07

Atlas did the dishes, then watched the news

Here’s the biggest scare headline I can remember since 1983′s TIME cover: Herpes the New Scarlet Letter*. Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived? Robert Draper / New York Times “Let’s say Ron Paul is Nirvana,” said Kennedy, the television personality and former MTV host, by way of explaining the sort of politician who excites libertarians like herself. “Like, the coolest, most amazing thing to come along in years,...

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An Open Letter to Katrina vanden Heuvel, et al
Aug06

An Open Letter to Katrina vanden Heuvel, et al

“Auto-renew” is not a convenience. It is a license to steal, and makes keeping your checkbook balanced an impossible task… I’ve been meaning to write this again for some time, and today’s utter paucity of news affords just such an opportunity. The digital transition ripoff caused me to cancel my decade-plus subscription … permanently. Consumer advocate/radio money man Clark Howard states my thesis...

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Political Scammers: A Giant ‘I Told You So’
Aug05

Political Scammers: A Giant ‘I Told You So’

My life is very strange these days: I turn on the TV or listen to the radio, or cruise the internet, and people are citing my OWN reporting back to me, without attribution, and without a clue that I’ve been telling you for years. Yesterday, on the Rachel Maddow Show, Steve Kornacki read back a story of insider politics that I knew about more than seven years ago. And now this, one of the oldest scandals I’ve covered,...

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Hollywood Liberals Stand Down for Israel (Guest Voice)
Jul31

Hollywood Liberals Stand Down for Israel (Guest Voice)

Hollywood Liberals Stand Down for Israel by Michael Reagan Once again Israel is being forced to defend itself from the terrorists who run Gaza. Once again Israel has had to drop bombs and send tanks and ground troops into Gaza to blow up tunnels and destroy the missile sites Hamas has been using to rain hundreds of rockets down on Israel’s farms and cities. And once again the Jews of Hollywood are silent. Where are Spielberg,...

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Analyzing Fantasy Does Not Produce Facts
Jul29

Analyzing Fantasy Does Not Produce Facts

or, Sober Analysis from Drunken Lunatics: Today, Byron York writes a superficially rational analysis of the current state of Republican Confederate politics and the internal fractures within the GOP. [emphasis added] GOP internal debate: Is party repeating mistakes of 1998? Byron York / Washington Examiner BARACK OBAMA BILL CLINTON JOHN BOEHNER 2014 ELECTIONS  —  For anyone who was around, it’s hard to compare 1998 — the year of...

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Happy 45th Moon Day
Jul20

Happy 45th Moon Day

Sometimes known as “A Secret History of Neil Armstrong” Quincy Jones presents platinum copies of “Fly Me to the Moon”) to Neil Armstrong (right) and Senator John Glenn, September 24, 2008. From the 40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing …. A Secret History of Neil Armstrong July 20, 2009 Finally, somebody’s paying attention to the Moon landing, 40 years ago, today. Over the past several years of...

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Puerile Paul Punks Purblind Perry
Jul14

Puerile Paul Punks Purblind Perry

Any resemblance to Zell Miller is completely cosmic. There is something ultimately satisfyingly schadenfreudey about watching Right Wing cranks fight. To wit(less): Rick Perry Is Dead Wrong Sen. Rand Paul / Politico There are many things I like about Texas Gov. Rick Perry, including his stance on the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.  But apparently his new glasses haven’t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him...

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Mine Eyes Have Seen the Gory
Jul07

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Gory

The slide towards inevitable armed conflict can be seen from far away. I even predicted it a long ways out (See “The Rush-ians Are Coming, The Rush-ians Are Coming” December, 1994).  Now, a Federal Judge discusses the fundamental madness of this Supreme Court’s 100+ 5-4 majority, The Alter Boys: Remembering Alexander Bickel’s passive virtues and the Hobby Lobby cases RGK / Hercules and the umpire In the Hobby...

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If LBJ had been Netanyahu
Jul01

If LBJ had been Netanyahu

The analogy is not perfect, but it comes damn close. Three Israeli teenagers were abducted while hitchhiking and found murdered after a national search. Three young civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi 50 years ago. Both cases were senseless tragedies born of generations of unyielding and unrelenting hate. What happened on the night of the kidnapping The Times of Israel The teenagers were shot dead in the backseat of the...

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Mainstreaming Radicalism
Jun27

Mainstreaming Radicalism

Mainstreaming Radicalism By Jason Stanford It is getting harder to tell the right-wing nut jobs who shoot law enforcement officers from the right-wing politicians running for president. America has always had its share of John Birchers hoarding guns for a coming revolution. What’s new is that the GOP has mainstreamed radicalism and turned violently anti-government rhetoric into Republican Party doctrine. This kind of thing has...

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The Absolute Perils of Absolutism
Jun26

The Absolute Perils of Absolutism

Hope fades SCOTUS STRIKES AGIN! The Supreme Court Just Made It Harder For Women To Exercise Their Right To Choose ThinkProgress The Supreme Court unanimously struck down Massachusetts’ abortion buffer zone law on Thursday, ruling in favor of anti-choice protesters who argued that being required to stay 35 feet away from clinic entrances … I will not attempt to second-guess so many first rate minds, except to say that I learned...

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