A Holiday Weekend Of Whine And Roses
May23

A Holiday Weekend Of Whine And Roses

It is Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. The holiday originally was called Decoration Day and was a day of remembrance for Union soldiers who died in the American Civil War. After World War I, it was expanded to include soldiers who died in any war. As always, I’ve hung an American flag outside of Kiko’s House. As always, I will keep the weekend simple. Perhaps we’ll take the dogs for a swim in the creek near our mountain...

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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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Republican Governors
May22

Republican Governors

Popular Republican governors were thought to be the Republicans best hope in 2016.  But a funny thing happened, those Republican governors are no longer all that popular in their own states as TPMs Tierney Sneed points out: All four of the GOP governors with 2016 ambitions are facing budget shortfalls back home that their critics would argue are disasters of their own doing. It puts them in a politically difficult position: consider...

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Mike Huckabee Backs Josh Duggar Calls Child Molestation “Inexcusable” but “Forgivable”
May22

Mike Huckabee Backs Josh Duggar Calls Child Molestation “Inexcusable” but “Forgivable”

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is in full hypocrite mode, affirming support for Josh Duggar, saying the child molestation incidents a “regrettable.” Huckabee wrote on Facebook:  “No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.” Here’s Huckabee’s full...

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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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Progressive frenemies
May22

Progressive frenemies

WASHINGTON — You probably think there is a big struggle over the Democratic Party’s soul and the meaning of progressivism. After all, that’s what the media talk about incessantly, often with a lot of help from the parties involved in the rumble. Earlier this month, Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware, a proud Democratic centrist, published a thoughtful essay on The Atlantic’s website under a very polemical headline:...

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Jeb Bush Jumps the Shark: Questions Science Climate Change Belief as “Arrogance”
May21

Jeb Bush Jumps the Shark: Questions Science Climate Change Belief as “Arrogance”

Buh bye Jeb Bush. You’ve just disqualified yourself from being President. The former Florida Governor had a bad week doing the politico limbo on whether invading Iraq was a good idea. That brought him under fire not just from Democrats but from many Republicans. Now, perhaps in a move to get back into the good graces of the party’s dominant conservative primary voters, he is questioning climate change — something the...

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ISIS Now Controls Half Of Syria
May21

ISIS Now Controls Half Of Syria

The Islamic State group holds power over half of Syrian territory after its seizure of the ancient city of Palmyra, according to a monitor. The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights warned that ISIS had consolidated its control over the city on Wednesday by capturing its airfield and prison. “There are no forces to stop...

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The Governor in the Tin Foil Hat
May21

The Governor in the Tin Foil Hat

The Governor in the Tin Foil Hat By Jason Stanford Operation Jade Helm has inspired a million jokes, and some of them have even been funny. But as much as comedians might jump on Greg Abbott for sending the Texas State Guard to monitor military exercises as the latest excuse to mock the reactionary rubes south of the Red River, Texas now faces an existential crisis: Is the Governor really this crazy? From a distance, Gov. Abbott...

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Hillary. Rock. Hard place.
May21

Hillary. Rock. Hard place.

Even as she denounces super PACs, she’s counting on two of them, Priorities USA Action and Correct the Record, to support her candidacy — a necessary evil, her campaign says. She’s also chin-deep in questionable financial activities, ranging from the soft-money scandals of her husband’s presidency to the current flap over contributions by foreigners and favor-seekers to the Clinton Foundation. Then there’s the matter of her plans to...

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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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Google Maps Gives You White House When You Search for N-Word
May20

Google Maps Gives You White House When You Search for N-Word

Shameful. Google Maps gives you the White House when you search for the n-word. Was that an inside job from someone at the search engine giant? Washington Post:  “A reader points out that if you enter a search for “N***** king” — which contains a particularly offensive racial epithet for African Americans — Google Maps will point you to the White House. We tested the claim on Tuesday night and confirmed that, yes,...

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Iraqis ‘Didn’t Want to Fight’ ISIS for Ramadi
May20

Iraqis ‘Didn’t Want to Fight’ ISIS for Ramadi

One of the most damning aspects of how city of Ramadi fell to ISIS is a fact that has come up before: Iraquis didn’t want to fight ISIS and many simply cut and run. And that’s more than a monkey wrench in the longtime American strategy of fighting terror in Iraq and leave the country to stand on its own two feet. Right now it looks as if the country is standing on its own to feet– but many of its fighters are using...

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Economic Reset
May20

Economic Reset

Libertarian econonmist Tyler Cowen comes to the right conclusion but mostly for the wrong reasons.  The economics of the world is changing – a reset – and things will never again be like they were.  He totally ignores what may be the most most important factor, automation and industrial robots. In manufacturing, for example, Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Caterpillar and Navistar (formerly International Harvester) all pay...

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Court Ruling on Immigration Could Rock Obama, 2016 Race
May20

Court Ruling on Immigration Could Rock Obama, 2016 Race

Thanks to a little-watched court case in California, the Obama administration’s immigration policy faces a shake-up next week—and the court’s ruling could reverberate in the 2016 presidential campaign. At issue is whether it’s legal to essentially lock up women and children who’ve crossed the border illegally, part of the administration’s response to last summer’s unaccompanied-minors...

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Bernie Sanders is doing well with social media because he is actually saying something
May19

Bernie Sanders is doing well with social media because he is actually saying something

Nick Corasaniti at the New York Times begins a profile of Bernie Sanders and his surprisingly effective use of social media like this: The quotations he posts, rarely pithy, are often sayings he thinks up in the shower. The photographs he puts up sometimes show him frowning, while others show him gazing oddly into the horizon. And he does not seem to care about the importance of videos. Corasaniti writes that the 73-year old Sanders...

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With Jeb Bush Dissing Vets & Pissing On A Third Rail Of American Politics, Is It Time To Get Real About The Iraq War?
May19

With Jeb Bush Dissing Vets & Pissing On A Third Rail Of American Politics, Is It Time To Get Real About The Iraq War?

For a brief if not shining moment, it occurred to me that Jeb Bush might just be the guy to make the 2016 presidential race interesting. I’m not saying that I’d vote for him, but I had really hoped that Hillary Clinton would not win in a walk because she was opposed by some Republican chucklehead. Yet in the space of four days last week, Jeb not only dashed my hopes, but angered me in a way that no presidential aspirant...

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Jeb Bush’s agony
May18

Jeb Bush’s agony

WASHINGTON — Am I am the only person outside the Bush family who has a smidgen of empathy for Jeb Bush’s roller-coaster ride in trying to answer a straightforward question: Was going to war in Iraq the right thing to do? It’s hard to go much beyond “smidgen” because it remains astonishing that Bush hadn’t worked out long in advance how he’d grapple with an inevitable query about the invasion...

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ABC News Exclusive: a 21-year Elian Gonzalez Wants to Come to the United States
May18

ABC News Exclusive: a 21-year Elian Gonzalez Wants to Come to the United States

Yes, some may deny it or battle it, but we are in a new era of American relations with Cuba. Elian Gonzalez, the little boy who won so many American hearts when his mother drowned in 1999 getting him over to the United States, only to be forcibly sent back to Cuba in June 200o since his father there legally had custody, is now 21. He’s has been a hero in Cuba for his then-unknowing role in standing up to the United States. But...

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Lindsey Graham Running for President Because “World Falling Apart”
May18

Lindsey Graham Running for President Because “World Falling Apart”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)  said he’s running for president because “I think the world is falling apart,” CNN reports. Lindsey Graham: “I’m running because I think the world is falling apart. I’ve been more right than wrong on foreign policy. It’s not the fault of others or their lack of this or that that makes me want to run. It’s my ability in my own mind to be a good commander-in-chief and to make Washington...

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