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Anthony Barnes, of Boston, Massachusetts, is a free-lance writer who leans toward the progressive end of the political spectrum.
"When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world." - Unknown Monk (1100 AD)
"God's Plan": George Zimmerman and the Trials and Tribulations of America's Legal System (27 comments)
What the Dickens! Clearly, the mind-boggling outcome of the George Zimmerman murder case, an outcome that enabled Zimmerman to escape any legal repercussions for the shooting of an unarmed boy in an event initiated by Zimmerman, provides sufficient reason to presume that Dickens was on to something when he wrote that "the law is an ass."
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Leave it to Priebus (7 comments)
Is there at least one reason to believe that the suggestions in Reince Preibus' recent "autopsy" report will do anything to get his Party off political life-support? Because reasons for doubt are many.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Black Rambo: Christopher Dorner's Bad Ass Song (14 comments)
Christopher Dorner's murderous reaction to what amounts to an unlawful termination based on race can't be rationalized by any normal person as an acceptable response to an injustice perceived or otherwise. But the cause fueling that response -- a guarantee of a fair and honest system of due process open to all -- seems to be a cause that every American would support.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Kicking Ballistics in "Glockville" (36 comments)
If we can't change or abolish the Second Amendment can't we at least sequester it? Sort of like how we typically do with the First when we cordon off "free speech zones" during our national presidential conventions? Why can't we set up the extreme Second Amendment diehards in a place they could call their own? Perhaps it could be called "Glockville."
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Cliff Notes-- On Being Able to Recognize "Game" (3 comments)
The transcendent nature of the era of Obama has been brought forth by way of a approach to legislative politicking that seems almost pathological in its cageyness. And it's been to the detriment of conservative economic and cultural values as some significant conservative cultural sacred cows have gone, or seem set to go the way of the 8-track tape. And perhaps the greatest milestone is that he did it while black.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Guns R Us (1 comments)
It's quite likely that there will be renewed soul-searching over lax gun control laws in the wake of the Connecticut massacre. It's also likely that it will pass faster than a speeding bullet with little having been done.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
"Smart-Ass White Boys" (36 comments)
The assumptions the Romney campaign "strategists" made about how black voters would act this past November 6 makes Andrew Young's vivid characterization of the folks who ran Walter Mondale's 1984 campaign -- "smart ass white boys" -- seem so 2012.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
GAME CHANGE: Will the Republicans Now Play Ball? (5 comments)
Now that the grand bargain McConnell reached with his GOP brethren to focus entirely on denying Obama a second term turns out to have been a fool's errand, will Mitch and the rest of the Republican party come to their senses?
Monday, November 5, 2012
SURPRISE! Chris Christie's 2016 Gambit (6 comments)
It's too easy to translate Christie's over-the-top tributes to President Obama right after Hurricane Sandy as the Governor's way of sabotaging Romney's campaign. It seemed more like the manifestation of Christie's inner fears about the potential long-term impact of the "Romney Effect" on the GOP brand.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Meek Romney (1 comments)
Anyone who, for the final presidential debate, expected a Patton-esque bad-ass to show up looking for a showdown found him or herself stood up. As might have been expected, "severely conservative" Mitt failed to show. But even "moderate" Mitt was nowhere to be found. Instead, it was "me too" Mitt who showed.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Revenge of the Nerd (1 comments)
Barack Obama "came to play" so to speak during the second presidential debate delivering a performance that George Will called "immeasurably, the best in American history." But was that dismal Debate One showing part of a deliberate plan?
Monday, October 15, 2012
Smile and Substance (1 comments)
Unlike Al Gore in 2000, when challenged by political "malarkey" -- as he put it -- during his debate with Paul Ryan, Joe Biden didn't rely on sighs of indignation; the responses he chose were smiles, laughter, and amped up derision which, in this case, was completely appropriate. Right-Wing bellyaching aside, each Biden smile was a prelude to a barrage of substance.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Piss Christ, Anyone? (1 comments)
There's a free speech argument being tossed about regarding the latest surge in vulgar depictions of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, which seems to have become somewhat of an intermittent ritual for much of the Western world over the past few years. The Innocence of the Muslims is of course, the latest example of the terrible impact that can result when a right that most take for granted is exploited by idiots.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Starlight and Shadows
In the tale of two conventions there were, of course, two stories to be told. Charlotte's spoke with reverence to substance, rationality, pride, enthusiasm, and inclusion. Tampa's depicted a dour, off-putting charade; a political infomercial peddling the politics of dark delusion.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Mitt No Longer Wants to be President... (1 comments)
It's been one jaw-dropping miscue after another for Mitt Romney. His biggest however, has to be his selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate. It begs the question: Does Mitt even want to be president?
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Another Mitt-Stake: Romney's 2012 World Tour (9 comments)
As of this past July 24, whenever the propensity to trample over the concept of nuanced diplomacy by boorish GOP political figures is discussed, one can rest assured that Mitt Romney will be noted not for being just another rampaging Republican elephant, but instead as that party's G.O.A.T. -- as in Greatest Of All Time.
Surrogate Pinatas (1 comments)
Not so fast! Darrell Issa's beating up on Attorney General Eric Holder during the Fast and Furious investigation has all the makings of another GOP fiasco that could ultimately backfire on the GOP and opponents of gun control
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
It's a BLACK Thing (1 comments)
It's well-understood that hyperbole, distortions, even outright lying are fundamental parts of a political process in which all's fair in love, war and politics. It's just too bad that during Obama's time in office, racism has to be a part of what's considered fair.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Darkness in the Sunshine State (3 comments)
Florida seems a cuckoo's nest of both comically absurd and darkly regressive ordinances and laws. "Stand Your Ground" may be its most lethal.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
The Empty Suit (2 comments)
It's hard to remember the last time the electorate has had to deal with a major presidential candidate as vastly politically pointless as the perversely overblown empty suit known as Willard Mitt Romney.
Monday, December 5, 2011
A Real Newt Cake (2 comments)
Newt Gingrich calls himself "the most professorial politician since Woodrow Wilson." I call bullshit. Sure, Newt's been the recipient of a great education, the problem is, he seems to have been educated beyond his intelligence.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Pee Wee Herman (1 comments)
In terms of pure political theatre, it would be marvelous to fantasize about an Obama-Cain debate that could legitimately carry the epic potential of a Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao showdown; but that's about all it is -- a marvelous fantasy.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
HARD RIGHT UTOPIA (3 comments)
It's time for a serious examination of just what kind of American society the hard right is looking for
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Death and Texas (15 comments)
Has American culture reached a point to where Rick Perry can be seriously considered presidential material? If so, what does that say about American culture?
Thursday, September 1, 2011
LEADING FROM BEHIND (2 comments)
During the eight years that Bush controlled the White House, Dick Cheney seemed more a shadow President than a Vice President particularly on matters of national security and foreign policy. Cheney's recently-published memoir, In My Life, reminds us of the toll taken on the ex-president's legacy resulting from Bush's willingness to make him perhaps the most powerful Vice President in history.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Hope Less? (3 comments)
Due to an apparent obsession with a bi-partisanism, and a seemingly overwhelming desire to compromise, it appears the President Obama has also compromised his prospects for re-election.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
The Fools on The Hill (4 comments)
At this point, there is little doubt that the Republican Party is willing to plunge the world into fiscal crisis if by doing so, it can recapture the White House.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Pledge Circus (15 comments)
"Pledge-mania" is running amok among Republicans, and it's helping drive the Party into political irrelevancy
Thursday, November 4, 2010
The "Farce" Urgency of Now (3 comments)
In all frankness, the ugly implication of the results of the mid-term elections is that the GOP's political gains are simply the fruit borne of its success at cultivating ignorance.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Having suddenly emerged from every orifice of the right-wing body politic like a nasty retro-virus, the GOP/Tea Party candidates are now poised to execute their agenda.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Obama's Bogey Man (2 comments)
De-legitimizing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is one aspect of the ill-advised campaign initiated by the previous administration designed to culminate in widespread regime change among Mid-East nations. But could it also turn out to be a tool used to help Obama in 2012?
Monday, September 20, 2010
FRAUD COMPLEX (1 comments)
There are many reasons why the spiritually-connective clarity and apocalypse now tonality to the alarm used by Glenn Beck to draw so much attention to himself should be a source of concern.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
DOCTORS of DECEIT (1 comments)
Wing-nuts with issues! Right wing conservative leadership is flush with high profile hustlers flawed by personal issues of their own which ought to raise questions among followers about the credibility of many spokespersons for the conservative values.
Spook Juice for the Conspiracy-Minded
Conspiracy theorists take heart. Just because some people may consider you paranoid, doesn't necessarily mean someone, or something isn't out to get you!
Friday, July 16, 2010
ISRAEL'S SHAME (3 comments)
It appears we have come to the point at which there is no level of support for Palestinians -- including peaceful humanitarian support -- which escapes the possibility of a savagely lethal Israeli reaction.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Bin Laden's Flunkies (19 comments)
As the anti-government Tea Party Patriots movement's "take back my country" crusade spirals further into the secessionist mode, the line between its goals and those of Osama bin Laden become ever more blurry.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
If some of the high-minded outrage that's been expressed over Tiger Woods "transgressions" somehow carry a hollow ring, it's probably because many of his critics have discovered they were fooled not by Woods, but by their own willingness to latch on to a cult of personality.
Monday, October 26, 2009
BABES in TOYLAND
Due to its constant distortions of fact, anyone with a desire to gain insight on the conservative philosophy will soon learn that it can't be fulfilled by the Fox News Channel.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
POST-RACIAL DIVIDE (4 comments)
Through crass displays of racially-tinged pseudo-populism, some Americans have made it clear that change of the type President Obama spoke of, change which was endorsed by voters on November 4th, will never be allowed to occur.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Rx, LIES, & TOWN HALL HATE
It's the "Idiocracy" in full effect. The thus-far successful effort to kill health care reform provides the strongest evidence yet of the existence of a bizarro world of off-kilter "populism".
Monday, June 22, 2009
BOOTLEG REPUBLICANISM (2 comments)
The GOP's embrace of Limbaugh-Republicanism leads the party to the brink of cult-like status
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Run, Sarah, Run! Please! (1 comments)
Out of the aftermath of the rise of Sarah Palin from the ashes of the GOP defeat by the Democrats in November, the Grand Old Party finds itself in a "be careful what you wish for" moment in its history. Despite Palin's popularity with its base, the fervent wish of some GOP conservatives for a Palin-led GOP resurgence could in fact, turn out to be a death wish in disguise.
Monday, November 10, 2008
OBA-MENON! (6 comments)
Barack Obama certainly won the support of the African-American community, and earned it for all the right reasons.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
McCain "Plays" the Base
John McCain's coyly executed Sarah Palin VP rollout strategy reveals just how little regard he has for the judgment his party's conservative base. In some ways, his attitude is justified.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
PIG TALES (5 comments)
The ease with which supporters of Sen. John McCain can be swept into frenzy over Sen. Barack Obama's "lipstick on a pig" remark provides another example of the ability of the hard-right to zealously swallow up any appropriately-packages fraud or irrationally convoluted premise.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
The High Priests of Hyperbole! (2 comments)
To some minority conservative pundits, America's racial problem consists of African-Americans and other minorities who fail to realize that there is no racial problem in America. In their attempts to prove this, they often resort to providing anecdotes instead of hard facts.
Friday, October 19, 2007
End of an Error (1 comments)
As Nobel Prize winner Al Gore receives the world's acclaim, many Americans count the days until the end of the Bush era.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
MO' BITTER BLUES (2 comments)
Clarence Thomas' autobiography, is a vivid and dramatic display of obfuscatory finger-pointing which is why it probably should be ignored.
George Bush's Acid Reign in Iraq: Pernicious Nation-building Creates a Failed State
Even were it overtly promoted as a lethal, pnac-inspired exercise in iraqi-style disaster capitalism, furthered along by bush's oedipal urge to finish the job started by his father, the complicated nature of the iraqi culture all but assured that, desired or not, the iraqi venture as undertaken by the bushies, would oscillate into full-blown nation-building. At that point, the failure of the Iraq mission was all but sealed.
Everybody Loves Rudy! But to Some, the Question is Why? (3 comments)
This artice focuses on the upcoming presidential compaign of Rudy Giuliani. Specifically, the fact that Rudy will rely heavily on the "heroic " image derived from his activities during the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 and advises voters to look closely at Rudy's overall management of that crisis along with examining closely, his temperment.