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Educated at Rutgers College (BA) and UC Berkeley (Ph.D, English) Becker left university teaching (Northwestern, U. Chicago) for business, founding and heading SOTA Industries, high end audio company from '80 to '92. From '92-02 he did marketing consulting & writing; since 2002, he scribbles on politics and culture, looking for the wit in the shadows.

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Monday, April 27, 2015 (24 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Empire's Final Frontier: Re-Colonize the Homeland One open-ended term captures our worsening plight -- and happily doesn't rule out insurgency, even revolution. This former English colony, after a 225 year experiment with relative freedom, is morphing back into a grim colony. That term fits even when "the empire" has no king, nor permanent kingpin, nor evinces widespread controls over all sorts of majority behavior.

Sunday, April 12, 2015 (75 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
As Hillary Lurches, Where's the Democratic Bench? What happens when HC dive bombs, shifting from the inevitable, presumptive nominee to an inevitable loser against centrist Jeb Bush or goofy loudmouths like Gov. Walker? What becomes "inevitable" when inevitability turns out to be a most unreliable star, when HC's global name recognition, as the best-known woman politician, becomes her worst liability?

Sunday, March 29, 2015 (85 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Five Reasons the Left Should Embrace Ted Cruz There's cause aplenty to encourage Cruz' long-shot race: dinosaurs, after all, had to die off before evolution developed a more humanistic, rational mammal. Hey, fate offers us a 50-50 chance: either badness produces more badness or something better. Cruz has the best chance to abolish the status quo.

Friday, March 13, 2015 (55 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Knee-jerk Nullification: Impeachment Lite There is far more self-evident misconduct to censure 47 GOP senators than even this regressive House would dare place at Obama's door. Like patriotism for Mark Twain, this cowardly war of party nullification is the last refuse of scoundrels.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 (22 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will Hillary Take Plutocratic 'Clinton, Inc.' Global? What other celebrity political duo instantly transforms any election into melodrama at best, family intrigue at worse, rife with influence peddling, suspect donations, policy failures , strategic blunders, and bungled secrecy that inevitably gets unmasked? The greatest downside to President Hillary is elevation of first female whose gender novelty promises no jolts to the grievous status quo nor the plutocracy that funds her.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will Immigrants Who Built America Redeem It? Immigrants, especially Hispanic and Asian, represent the most formidable critical mass against an entrenched right, whether blue collar or blue stockings gung ho to erase the very opportunity that spurred the world's greatest migration. For a reality check, FDR captures our truest legacy, "Remember always, that all of us, you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists."

Thursday, January 22, 2015 (42 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Re-igniting Progressive Politics: A Compact Manifesto Without unity there is no common ground, thus paltry critical mass to renew progressive energy (and distinguish it from discredited liberalism). Is progressivism not dead if we stop asking the left to unify, work together, and translate better agendas to more voters, whatever their party labels?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 (116 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What's Left of the Left? There is our most vexing question: if progressives can't gain ground during today's hard times, full of failures at home and abroad, then when? If progressives don't gain when the right lurches between disgrace and farce, gloating with lies that scandalize reality, then when? Bright spots surface, but what notable change, especially on income distribution, speaks to unified progressive activism?

Monday, December 8, 2014 (158 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Prophesy, Not History, is the Real Bunk Bogus Predictions Scorch Left and Right Increasingly, the strident left delivers its own "End of Everything as We Know It" pronouncements, certain the dollar and economy are collapsing, world capitalism and the American empire are kaput, both national parties in death throes, indeed the impossibility of global equilibrium.

Sunday, September 21, 2014 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Horror! Must We Lurch Harder Right to Go Left? Even dismal Democrats, like the broken clock, are right twice a day. Finally, is not reality the nexus of highly-predictable outcomes crashing into wildly unintended consequences. Let us ponder whether we must go right to go left. Eventually.

Sunday, August 24, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Palin Redux: Still Crazy Dumb After All These Years Palin's schtick is unchanged, proving this hustler only expert at PR that extorts money from willing suckers. She's the same illiterate clown six years later, proving the biggest distortion by SNL was toning down the ineducability of the zealot fundamentalist.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 (13 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Impeachment Addiction Affliction: Pipe Dream, Meet Fool's Errand One must seek ancient history, well before Clinton, to a golden age when impeachment was not the first, second and third war cry from bad losers. Why, all a president has to do these days is get elected and instantly one-third declares him unfit, dangerous and illegitimate. What country long survives when its majority choice is tainted as legitimate before the year is out?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Mocking Literalists Defy 'Literal' Science For 'Creation Myth' My issue isn't that such fundamentalists are stupidly literalist (despite the ambiguity that is language), but that they embrace unreliable, transparently outdated literalism. Fundamentalists galore make their cosmic blunders worse by worshipping overtly child-like fables. If prudent literalism is your thing, why not instead go for something substantial, like the Principle of Conservation of Energy

Sunday, July 13, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Run, Hillary, Run: Defy the Critics -- Expose Your Real Self, Never Say Die The good news for Clinton objectors is Maher's warning shots, and far better advice, will fall on deaf, tin ears. Only destiny and higher powers, as in Greek tragedies, thwarts the Clintons' high drama. Maher ignores what makes Hillary run: not great legislative feats, nor leading great reform movements, nor diplomatic breakthroughs (conspicuous throughout by their absence) but unshaken, unmatched, gritty endurance.

Sunday, July 6, 2014 (17 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Shifting, Double-edged Sword called 'Populism' While fat cats get predictably bashed, how many self-declared populists deliver systemic proposals that threaten the powers-that-be? Not many. For years calling someone a "populist" was a swipe, and the left cringes when "populist" right-wingers especially militant Confederate-types, take the stage -- or when the GOP's latest "true American," Dave Brat, conquers the Cantor with populist pablum.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Regression to the Mean: Cantor Fiasco Nails Another Rightwing Coffin The rightwing witches' brew of domestic obstructionism, seasoned with stalemate and shutdown, plods along as our reigning "philosophy" of governance. What a contrast between gridlock at home, sparing idly over protocol and celebrity imagery vs. the rapid belligerence overseas that guarantees our Rome won't burn alone.

Friday, May 30, 2014 (17 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
War: A History According to the Tea Party (and Fox News) First there was the Revolutionary War that was fought by the Founding Fathers in 1776 when they also wrote the Constitution and made sure that the State and Church were separated while keeping and baring arms was okay. They also wanted to end slavery and make sure that marriage was between a man and a woman, but not a black woman.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 (70 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Global Monopolies Swell: Where's the Backlash? To understand global phenomenons -- not just growing income equality, booming billionaires and record stock prices, but also climate change and international tensions -- study the first step in world's industrial production line: mastery of resources, like oil, land, water and raw minerals.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 (34 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Washington Post Bashes Pope For Not Bashing Satan Bad enough the media won't cover Ukraine accurately, or do investigative reporting on what crony banks and Wall Street ares still getting away with, or explain why endless know-nothing politics menaces national stability. But now we have a major newspaper present outlandish chicanery about the new Pope as if news reporting. If it weren't funny, there'd be no social redeeming value whatsoever. I point out the blunders.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 (61 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
If Reason Dies, So Goes Civilization Here is no unqualified defense of what reason (or technology) hath wrought, as negatives of late swamp positives. Further, one doesn't have to glorify reason to favor it over the true enemy in our midst -- unreason -- flush with racial superiority, nationalistic frenzies, and knee-jerk militarism that turns troubled nations into rubble.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (24 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Folly of Predicting Anything, Especially the Future beware all predictions, good, bad, or indifferent, especially from those you deem heroes. Too often such predictions are less about what's to come than what we already believe, feeding either wish fulfillment or the spate of recent world weariness, even despair.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will the South Rise Again, Outgrow Tantrums & Fundamentalism? The American majority should look upon the South not as a hotbed of extremism, or tantrum-throwing secessionists, but a great opportunity to offset inherited downsides. Already, Dixie demographics are changing, young southerners are abandoning fundamentalism, and new, darker-skinned neighbors with Hispanic names are moving in (along with older, liberal northerners). What if the South changes in the next century vs. 1914.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 (16 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Left, Talking to Itself, Sabotages the Moment Thus, I question when the left sounds as insular as the right. Of course progressives won't ever match the bubble-headed fixations of today's extremists, rejecting evidence and method. But consider: is the left stronger now than in '08? Are progressives winning or losing the messaging wars, gaining or losing the critical new mass without which populist movements die?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 (11 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Terror of Good News Good luck betting against the onslaught of bad news bears. Even shaky optimists are dismissed as naive or foolish, sell-outs who mine the few tarnished valuables from establishment rubble. Yet, I fear online sites are coming to ape blood-curdling local TV newscasts teeming with school shootings, infamous felonies or systemic disintegration.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Our Most Understandable, Indefensible Scandal Strips Christie Bare Judging by this jaw-dropping amateur hour pageant, neither scandals nor "cover-ups" are what they used to be. If Washington, goes the old saw, is Hollywood for ugly people, New Jersey is Washington for repulsive screw-ups.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Has the Republican Brand Hit Bottom Yet? What national party ever redeemed itself with unending, conspicuous wars against voters: poor people, the unemployed, the young, unions, state employees, scientists and medical researchers, women and minorities, even defenders of legal birth control and abortion? Like God, this posse of the pious figures to create a miracle out of nothing.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 (78 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Leftwing Tower of Babble? My decade of blogging has not dispelled a conviction in unity there is strength. The left is too much a tower of babble. Let us recall not just Ben Franklin's "We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately" but "our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own."

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 (21 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Six Witch-hunts Inform The 'Age of Scapegoating' No, to capture the modern spirit, especially the American narrative, a darker core emerges, thus my nomination: "Age of Scapegoating." Are our politics not obsessed with witch-hunting the innocent, providing base emotional releases through destructive rituals? Did not our latest scandal from the Christie administration prey on guiltless commuters locked down for the four-day, Fort Lee bridge calamity?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 (18 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Let's Have a Scandal: Christie's Fate in Ten Acts For context, let us recount the roughly ten stages that mark the sameness of big-time scandals. Indeed, the audacity of the opening abuse is exceeded only by the predictability of the narrative. On the heels of banksters and fraudsters, why not over-reaching thugsters caught in self-made traffic jams?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will Democrats Swipe Rightwing Sound-bite Magic? Two big problems remain when practicing sound-bite politics. First, loaded headlines serve a propaganda function, both by oversimplifying and/or deflecting systemic reform. Sound bites bury foundational issues under rhetorical rubble. Elections have been won or lost on the politics of sound bites—like the last three, for starters. Let the games of ’14 begin.

Sunday, December 29, 2013 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Fine NSA for Its Crimes: Confiscate Rather Than Bellyache Who wants Bufford Bumpkin, D.A. from Bupkis County, orchestrating a president frog-marched from the White House. Civil war, here we come, ignited by a shootout at the O.K. Oval Office.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
NSA Rebrands with New Name & Motto: No Snooping Allowed According to undisclosed sources, NSA will in the new year stand for No Spying Allowed, in a strategic ploy to keep intact its data-war against terrorism without offending Constitutional niceties.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
'Heathcare' Pope Exhorts Catholic Geeks To Rescue ACA Interestingly, and not without irony, both Pope Francis and President Obama share a destiny, struggling to serve the old and needy by urging younger folks to sign up and embrace their different versions of pie-in-the-sky.

Sunday, December 1, 2013 (13 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Buoyed by Iran, Obama Faces Down Remaining Menace: Tea Party Discarding the gentleman's code that sabotaged his first term, the president did not back off comparing Tea Party with Iranian duplicity: "At the end of the day, what is the great difference between calculated deception by Iran, with rather limited power or intention to injure us, vs. the calculated deception by homemade upstarts with far more leverage to do permanent institutional damage?

Monday, November 25, 2013 (42 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
New Progressive Era -- or Dead Cat Bounce? No doubt, any newfound, progressive growth must feast on the nexus of failed, faux Obama liberalism bloodied by failed, faux Tea Party conservatism. Interestingly, both face paradigm-shifting blowback: Obamacare could doom Democratic Senate control while unstinting Tea Party idiocy jeopardizes House control

Thursday, November 14, 2013 (65 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bottom-Up-Small-is-Beautiful Vs. Top-down-Monoliths Reluctantly, I fear Rob's "bottom-up" future provides insufficient user protection or checks on corrupt corporatism. My aesthetic embraces Rob's models, but my analytic training identifies daunting problems, in the name of pragmatism and/or revolution.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 (52 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
So you want a revolution? So pardon my skepticism, but permanent revolutions are rare birds, scaling more than misery, even despair. Hard times do not automatically presage something better. Peak events celebrate heroism, yet most history records feats of remarkable endurance to suffering. What, aside from high hopes, makes today so special?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bravo, Tea Party, Bulwark for Nonstop Demagogues Name another gang that so fluidly uncovers new heroes to replace fallen champions for, like Halloween cemetery goblins, an inexhaustible parade of goons and buffoons marches on. Here finally is what the Tea Party does best: pinpointing pinheads of demagogic dogmatism, an army of toy Christian soldiers marching as to war, okay, the wrong time at the wrong time.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 (41 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Age of Apocalypse: Where Right & Left Intersect Hail the Age of Apocalypse, well beyond the 20th C.'s Age of Anxiety or the 19th C.'s Great Awakening. While belief systems diverge widely partisans rounding out the edges sound a similar drum: our world is crashing -- doomed by financial, cultural, religious and/or environmental collapse. The end isn't just near but encircling us, and doomsday criers only wonder that the terminal patient is still breathing.

Monday, October 7, 2013 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
In Rightwing Crosshairs, Shutting Down Majority Rule If nothing breaks, thuggish House rubes trump the Senate, the White House, federal agencies, and a growing majority aghast at leaps off the cliff solely to dramatize one's purity. Who let the howling dogs in?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
GOP Lemmings 'Rebrand' -- Beyond the 'Party of Stupid' Knee-jerk House tantrums hit new comic highs as the Wily E. Coyote party continued its madcap leap to self-destruction. Can't zealots who hate government find more imaginative ways not to govern? The latest cartoon antics only dramatize what happens when the party of stupid redefines itself downward.

Monday, September 16, 2013 (16 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It's a Wrap: Obama is No Bush Warmonger Apparently, short of invasion, no president named Obama will hawk the audacity of war with the urgency of now. What klutz orchestrates a remote, one-shot war without rounding up home troops, political and otherwise, in advance?

Thursday, September 5, 2013 (28 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Behold the Obama Miracle: Finally Uniting Red and Blue Hallelujah and hosannas, God works in such mysterious ways! And the next wondrous aspect is that unity comes so far with zero bloodshed, no stomping imperial boots, and no expense in cruise missile billions in a waste of shame.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
'Devout Non-ideologue' Turns OBombardier Let me get this: our wariest, pragmatist-in-chief, the cautious-to-a-fault "devout non-ideologue," singles out Syria as the moral hill he wants to die. Then, displaying real class when pushed to win Congressional support, he declares in advance no commander-in-chief is beholden to representative government.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Five Realities Impugn the Method in BP's Latest PR Madness Just as mixing in the dispersant Corexit increases oil contamination 52 times, this reckless, high-rolling oil delinquent dispatches its latest PR campaign from hell.

Monday, August 12, 2013 (13 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Debacle of Electing Two Gullible, Empty Shells Obama and Bush share far more than maddening continuity on militarism, spying or anti-terrorism abuses, and corporate welfare. Equally under-prepared for Washington crossfire, both susceptible neophytes rushed to over-delegate power and judgment, conceding huge deficiencies.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will AWOL True Believers Leave GOP at the Altar If evangelicals desert electable Republicans (as many did Romney), withholding cash, activism, and votes, that only amplifies intact demographic party predicaments

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Five Wedges That Crack the "Melting Pot' Meme Can we rebuild coherence when one-third of the country stridently thrashes Constitutional abortion, voting rights, gay marriage, plus evolution and climate change, while righteously asserting the absurdity of Biblical literalism and the perfection of the "free" market system?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Igniting the Rightwing Blitz: The Curse of "Too Many Laws' When do "all enemies, foreign and domestic" encompass agents of disruption who won't "faithfully discharge the duties of office," nor respect the legitimacy of the legislative and executive branches? How long can the Union survive with dissension from internal guerrilla war?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
America's Most Reasonable 'Unreasonable Woman' Drags Gitmo to Obama: Diane Wilson Exclusive What transcends all irony is a black president who imprisons Muslim detainees under slave conditions. Like President Lincoln, this commander-in-chief ends injustice with a signature, at least force-feeding (a depravity that escaped slave-holders).

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Where are the boycotts of yesteryear? Where are the momentous, consciousness-raising boycotts of yesteryear that rose up against injustice, bigotry, or plain stupidity, to advance legal, civil and workers' rights? Once upon a time high-profile uproars, some lasting years, brought down presidents, ended major wars, and remade national American priorities and values.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Fleeing the Dollar That Bankrolls The Reigning 'Evil Empire' If the link between the dollar and imperialism is that of monopoly collusion, then all those against American imperialism welcome alternative currencies and exchanges beyond the greenback. I describe five such options, with commentary.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama Batters "Great Man' Theory Remarkably, protean Obama sponged up the Bush Doctrine (belligerent, go-it-alone militarism), the Cheney Doctrine (spying uber alles, freedom demands tyranny), the Clinton Doctrine (pragmatic relativism), even the transparency-hating Nixon Doctrine (if a president does it . . .).

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Behold the Great Divide: Obama as Overbearing Czar or Facile Party Sell-out? What's dividing the shrill right from the unhappy left is the same personality, Not only has Obama abandoned his liberal base, but he's managed to outrage the right.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How Impeachment Backfires, Redeeming the Martyred Obama The best GOP method to elevate an illegitimate president they want to crush is formally impeach him without a smoking gun. That would cap a decade of losing, boomeranging political scheming.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
NRA 'Charity' Ransacks 'Enlightened Self-interest' Where else would the NRA look to justify its non-profit status but public service? And what higher American morality is their than Enlightened Self-interest? Who knew what a modern lobbyist must do to justify its existence on a higher plane?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
NRA Jungle Law Domesticates Bush Doctrine Time for a wrap on how the NRA's reign of terror makes war against longterm American values. In the process, the NRA dumps outmoded or invented "states of nature" wholly inappropriate to modern times. The linkage to Bush-Cheney's failed military adventures is strong, and I haven't see the point made.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 (24 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
'Rapture Politics' Harnesses Rightwing to Doomsday Horsemen All in all, is it any wonder that Republican politics channel death trips out of Revelation, in fact heaven's invincible Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Are we shocked this foursome -- representing Conquest, War, Famine, and Death -- informs anti-life national platforms that elevate avarice above community and compassion?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 (79 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Easter Spotlights the Core Church Muddle: 'Death Trips' Drive Eternal Life To be a good Christian, one must take on faith a sequence of claims that defy commonsense. And some of the complexities are here explored, with no final answer, just questions. The Christian vision may be all true, and yet . . .

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Five Reasons To Stop Worrying & Love the Sequester Only a brave contrarian defends a poison pill concoction conceived in cynicism and promoted with panic that staggers home with all the climax of a shotgun wedding. Once an orphan chick ostracized by all, fiscal sequestration has arrived, though only left-leaning curmudgeons take sufficient note.

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