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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.
Sunday, December 1, 2013 Buoyed by Iran, Obama Faces Down Remaining Menace: Tea Party (13 comments)
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 New Progressive Era -- or Dead Cat Bounce? (42 comments)
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 Bottom-Up-Small-is-Beautiful Vs. Top-down-Monoliths (65 comments)
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 So you want a revolution? (52 comments)
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 Bravo, Tea Party, Bulwark for Nonstop Demagogues (9 comments)
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 Age of Apocalypse: Where Right & Left Intersect (41 comments)
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 In Rightwing Crosshairs, Shutting Down Majority Rule (4 comments)
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 GOP Lemmings 'Rebrand' -- Beyond the 'Party of Stupid' (10 comments)
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 It's a Wrap: Obama is No Bush Warmonger (16 comments)
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 Behold the Obama Miracle: Finally Uniting Red and Blue (28 comments)
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 'Devout Non-ideologue' Turns OBombardier (7 comments)
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.
Monday, August 12, 2013 The Debacle of Electing Two Gullible, Empty Shells (13 comments)
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 Will AWOL True Believers Leave GOP at the Altar (4 comments)
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 Five Wedges That Crack the "Melting Pot' Meme (1 comments)
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 Igniting the Rightwing Blitz: The Curse of "Too Many Laws' (3 comments)
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 2, 2013 Where are the boycotts of yesteryear? (4 comments)
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 Fleeing the Dollar That Bankrolls The Reigning 'Evil Empire' (3 comments)
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 Obama Batters "Great Man' Theory (2 comments)
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 . . .).
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 How Impeachment Backfires, Redeeming the Martyred Obama (5 comments)
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 NRA 'Charity' Ransacks 'Enlightened Self-interest' (3 comments)
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 NRA Jungle Law Domesticates Bush Doctrine (2 comments)
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 'Rapture Politics' Harnesses Rightwing to Doomsday Horsemen (24 comments)
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?
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Five Reasons To Stop Worrying & Love the Sequester (4 comments)
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.
Sunday, March 17, 2013 Deadline Looms To Fund Critical Ocean Plastic-Trash Film (7 comments)
Want a simple, real-world project that needs $10K to save the world, well, do a study on the Sargasso Sea life and the devastation from the Atlantic Ocean plastic trash gyre? This is it. Join in, for the price of a latte.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 TP Regression To the Meanness Defies God, the Majority & Civilization (23 comments)
Where's the court of public opinion when a 25% minority lords over majority rule? What about religious courts when Christians defile God's literal decrees to "replenish the earth"? What about Constitutional courts when the Tea Party violates the hallowed creed for the "General Welfare"? Is there retribution here or what?
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 The Politics of Self-Destruction: Is the 'Stupid Party' that Stupid? (6 comments)
Circular firing squads happen predictably after election fiascoes. But sustained and nasty salvos that define intramural GOP politics, on top of countless other blunders, augurs systemic change, perhaps a major party split. In any case, no minority beats a coherent majority over time. And that is stupid politics from the "stupid party."
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Backlash to NRA Rampage Reloads Gun Reform (11 comments)
What does it say about dinosaur gun makers that they hired, now cheer on what NRA's LaPierre is doing to their image? Talk about the "stupid party." Here, we have the "stupid industry" and I posit more buffoonery only adds to the rightwing GOP's woes. And more is coming.
Monday, February 4, 2013 5 Backfiring, Karl Rove Social Wedges Doom GOP 'Rebranding' (9 comments)
Yearning for that golden age when the Dubya Dunciad reigned, the right sanctifies Rove's schemes of glory: "if we can only tweak his winning social wedges, national glory is ours again." Thus conservatism embraces its minority status, doubling down on delusions of lost grandeur.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 The Right's Sham Religion of Rugged Individualism (37 comments)
Of all the glaring paradoxes afflicting the crippled rightwing, none is greater than its spouting off about rugged individualism while endorsing the punitive politics of ideological submission. Where are the roguish rebels on the right to defend freedom of thought, expression, and action? How can anyone cheer on individualism while marching in lockstep to an enforced morality?
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Four Epic Dilemmas Dooming GOP 'Rebranding' (8 comments)
Do true believers just up and change because they've lost an election? Is the GOP smart enough to know when the cliff is coming? Au contraire. I expect rightwing 'rebranding' either to be a fraud, or a cover-up, or trigger a further surge of rigid, know-nothing denial. Why not all three?
Thursday, November 15, 2012 5 Contradictions Sinking the GOP (1 comments)
Republican dinosaurs tanked because they fell into their own dazzling quicksand of contradictions, exposing both intellectual fraudulence and ideological perversity. Despite sham indirections, Romney-Ryan personified the rightwing swamp, swarming with deception, denial, blarney, and delusion.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 5 Contradictions Sinking the Right (1 comments)
Below the media noise over the election results, there is a tectonic that merits attention: the range of rightwing contradictions that surfaced, then crashed and burned. I identify five, though there are probably more under some 6000 year old rock.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 Romney Unzipped, Blunt Talk to Bundlers (1 comments)
What does Mitt Romney say to his fat cat bundlers in the face of losing? Why, of course, he dissembles: "we haven't really lost when you consider the historic breakthroughs my plutocratic, religious candidacy achieved." The world is different now for super-rich politicians and Mitt isn't off-base in this regard. Time will tell.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 The Romney Triumph, Paving the Way for Plutocrats (7 comments)
Without even winning the White House, Mittens has scored a major breakthrough, giving creditability to other noxious plutocrats to run for office. Why should fat cats trust prima donna politicians when they can now run the show, that is, run government into the ground, as if a for-profit business? Oh, goody.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 The Looming Menace of the Protestant Ethic (10 comments)
The American obsession, now spreading, for hard work and material domination of Nature, also known as the Protestant Ethic, is a great example of overdoing a good thing. Now too much folly about conquering nature will boomerang in our stricken faces.
Sunday, October 14, 2012 A Vulture Capitalist for a Vulture Culture (8 comments)
If Romney wins, he will not have to overcome his campaign's delusional belief systems but pitching his vulture brand of capitalism just when CEOs and dreadful corporate players have badly soiled the image of American business leadership. Not just jailed crooks but BP's Tony Hayward, mining bosses who caused fatalities, even Rupert Murdoch's astonishing saga. That group of disgraced CEO goons is headlined by big-time banksters.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 The Romney Debacle: A Comic Tour de Force (1 comments)
It's fitting that our wholly dysfunctional politics should endure this season's high farce of a boob running atop one national party. But perhaps that's grist for today's mill and you can't say Romney isn't doing his best to mortify his campaign run. Oh, small blessings must be celebrated.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Rogue Mormons Turn Chauvinistic Exceptionalists (14 comments)
How did Mormons, born in hardship, polygamy and communal tribal energy, end up embracing America as the promised land inscribed by God? How do radical independents wind up as shrill exceptionalists?
Sunday, September 2, 2012 Defyin' the Ever-lovin' Lyin' Blitz (1 comments)
Beware: Ryan is smoother, slicker and more treacherous than the Palin Ninny, miscast starlet who never overcame (or realizes to this day) her appearance in the wrong movie.The mystery remains why an unpopular, distrusted campaign, with the base in tow and desperate to reach the information-averse undecideds, fired blank cartridges at party fanatics, not decisive November voters.
Sunday, August 26, 2012 Summer in the GOP Asylum: "Who are these guys?" (3 comments)
If it weren't so well funded, the GOP farce could be serious. As it is, Romney has found almost as many ways to make his election run as entertaining as Palin did to McCain. And the support comedy from other GOP sources plays on, to our amusement.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Ode to Trees, Fleas, and Phony Pleas (3 comments)
Before the GOP ticket goes over the cliff, time for some latter-day satire. Many more gaffes and blunders and we won't have much a "race" anymore, no matter how many billions Romney-Ryan spend. More's the pity.
Saturday, August 18, 2012 Ryan: A Stock Rightwing, V.P. Hitman (3 comments)
The reason Romney picked Ryan, after the smoke has cleared, is to make this a base vs. base election. In this regard, Romney followed entrenched GOP convention: run a perceived moderate on top, then add credibility with an radical, extremist V.P. In short, a stock party hitman, and this is Paul Ryan.
Sunday, August 12, 2012 Three Cheers for Mitt's Yankee Tax Shrewdness (7 comments)
I stand up to defend Mitt Romney's brilliant tax planning, the surest way to preserve capital. And since he had so much more money to preserve, of course he had to work harder at it. My defense rests on MItt honoring our most sacred secular commandments, based on self-interest and the keys to our exceptionalism.
Sunday, August 5, 2012 Cheney Gets Palinized in Tea Party Food Fight (14 comments)
Some party food fights are about something, some aren't. The battle over who's the greater mistake, Palin or Cheney, is one worth analyzing, especially mid-summer during election doldrums. Read more for an answer to this magical mystery blow-up.
Sunday, July 29, 2012 Genuine Political Fakes vs. the Ultimate Fake Fake (4 comments)
Not only is majority rule rearing its head, so is clarity: added to the genuine fakes that were/are W. and Obama, we now have the crowning political fake fake: MItt the Empty, Blundering Fraud.
Thursday, July 19, 2012 'Retro' Romney's 'Immaculate Resignation' (3 comments)
If Romney can "retroactively resign" from any past blunders, is there no limit to his miraculous transformations? Forget the record, or election documents, or the past according to evidence. It's all instantly reversible, if you're a saint, all related to curious Mormon beliefs that glorify retroactivity, especially with special baptisms. Oh, goody.
Sunday, July 15, 2012 Romney, Perfect Foil for A Republicrat Incumbent? (25 comments)
Considering how vulnerable Romney appears, already badly tainted by his own signature prowess, the Bain Miracle, why are polls neck and neck? How can a fake, though ideal Republican nominee match up against a likeable, if badly flawed incumbent? Or is it to be a battle over the lesser of two weasels?
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 "Apocalypse Now' Vogue Engulfs Chicken Littles (8 comments)
Are we nearing some tipping point, some historically dramatic shift? Are empires dying? Isn't it time instead to assess the full might of the opposition, rather than declare the old system dead, or on life support, when I find it to be re-entrenching its power?
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 Food Fights Exploit Class, Income Splits (4 comments)
Food politics promises to displace diminished social wedge issues, carrying much the same "weight," with big corporate money facing off against the health, welfare, and choices of the vast majority. Money, in fact, determines the quality of what we eat, in more ways than one.
Monday, June 4, 2012 Going Rogue: The Audacity of Assassination (5 comments)
Here's the next war president showing off his anti-terrorist bona fides, not bad considering he had to drop one war. So, the president appointed himself Drone Warrior czar -- and he didn't need one Senate confirmation vote. Now that's leadership, at last.
Monday, May 28, 2012 Does Money -- or Dirty Sources -- Ruin Politics? (2 comments)
Money isn't poison and must be found if the left is to have serious input on our political system Here are notions to collect cleaner money, with good, old-fashioned cash incentives, and to widen participatory democracy, without which the whole experiment crumbles.
Monday, May 21, 2012 It's a Wrap, Obama on Track: Gallup Speaks, Experts Squeak (8 comments)
Survey says: Obama is ahead and should win. Too bad politics this time may not have high drama, more likely the outcome will be: same old, same old, and that means living somewhere between gridlock and suspended animation. Oh, goody.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Romney, Unzipped & Exposed as Babbitt Clone (2 comments)
What if it turns out Romney is little more than Sinclair Lewis' Babbitt on steroids, with more money, clout, and ability to do harm? A classic satire has much to teach about today's politics.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Pick 'em -- Romney, Romney-bot or Vampire? (1 comments)
Is Romney truly a vampire politician or merely another robot-puppet doing rightwing billionaire bidding? Inquiring minds want to know as we prefer humanized robots to fiendish ghouls -- and we wrote two verse satires to support this prudent perspective.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Slogging Towards Campaign Slogans: Power Lines or Puffery? (1 comments)
Erratic Obama wordsmiths have slogged their way to the ideal slogan: "Forward," aptly safe and succinct and vacuous. What if it echoes MSNBC's "Lean Forward," itself no powerhouse of punch? Less is certainly more these days, and this president notches one more historic threshold: no other slogan since 1844 uses only one word.
Monday, May 7, 2012 Slogging Towards Slogans: Power Lines or Puffery? (2 comments)
Finally, we know what Obama pitching, sort of. But who knows anything about Romney with is campaign slogan, "Believe in America." Couldn't and didn't and doesn't Obama say the say thing?
Monday, April 30, 2012 Rove Misfires, Pitting Obama Celebrity Vs. Romney Void (5 comments)
What is Turd Blossom thinking -- or is he cowed by reactionary funders who think this election gets decided on personality and likeability. If so, Obama rules, the better campaign hustler and world's greatest celebrity.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 Trickle-down Gulf Wreck-onomics (6 comments)
A disturbing survey of the Gulf region, why and where the "BP oil spill" has expanded into the massive disaster widely predicted (but officially denied). And oil drilling adventure is surging, Trickle-down Wreck-economics with a vengeance.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 New Electoral Tie Breaker: The Stupidity Gauge (2 comments)
A touch of optimism (and it isn't easy). Yes, enormous GOP stupidity and misinformation stalk the landscape, but there are functional engines of transparency. We know more about bad guys than you'd think, at least their PAC donations.
Monday, April 9, 2012 Obama Barks at Extreme Supremes: the Inept vs. the Unfeeling (2 comments)
If anyone had to be reminded of our institutional breakdowns, look no further than a Supreme Court fighting history. Of course that doesn't justify Obama's hamfisted, unilateral strikes, making less logical than political sense.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 Domesticating Terrorism: Upshot of "Don't Retreat, Reload" (2 comments)
What Palin captured, with her belligerent "Never Retreat, Reload" war cry, looks back to our lying invasion into Iraq (indeed ten years of foreign policy) plus today's street stalking of Trayvon Martin, violent politic rhetoric and increasing, take-no-prisioners manias dominating the right's politics.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 GOP Lemmings A-Leaping? 2008 Redux? (1 comments)
If Rethuglicans push the Ryan budget hard, armies of seniors will make clear they greatly prefer getting Medicare and Social Security to worrying about deficits. Profound assaults on women -- redefining rape, vaginal violations, defying at passing the Violence Against Women Act -- cannot but turn millions for years against the rampaging GOP (God Over Politics) mob.
Monday, March 26, 2012 GOP Lemmings A-Leaping? 2008 Redux? (1 comments)
Time for a glimmer of a prospect of optimism. If I never try it out, after all . . . how will I know how it feels. The GOP, in short, appears to be doing its best to destroy itself, a sustained, gruesome death march to minority status. Hear, hear, who thought they'd outdo Palin for VP?
Monday, March 19, 2012 Limbaugh Brays on: Louder, Emptier, Closer to the End (6 comments)
Limbaugh is dying, like the dinosaur that he is, slowly, bit by bit. He doesn't need any help from the FCC so I disagree with calls that he be fired. Just watching him losing advertisers is a joy in itself.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Bashing Obama's America, Fringe Snatches Victory from Defeat (1 comments)
Today's Republican providential villainy: at home, the conscious, cynical wholesale demolition of modern, secular, middle-class America -- overseas, smashing medieval, non-Christian states that offend its entitled vision of the future. Sacrificing one White House race works if it sullies the waters, seizes the Senate, and holds the House: onward rightwing soldiers marching off to '14 and '16 wars.
Monday, March 5, 2012 Level the Playing Field: Let the Leftwing Pandering Begin (1 comments)
To pander or not to pander? Is there good pandering? When is pandering necessary to orchestrate good messaging. Here are a few examples of positive pandering: no animals or wildlife was injured in the process.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Satan Backs Righteous Rick: 'My kind of guy' (15 comments)
Naturally, Satan switches his endorsement from Gingrich to Santorum because he always favors the candidate of greatest disruption. And with Righteous Rick, the possibilities are endless. But the Devil also has piercing advice for Rick and what appears his clumsy, amateur lying, appropriate from the Father of Lies
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 Fickle Fingers of Hate: Fringe Hoaxes, Conspiracies & Ambushes (1 comments)
The GOP world is shifting from Karl Rove's focus on wedge issues and the politics of personal attack to full-time, perpetual, delusional hoaxes, conspiracies, and elitist ambushes. It's not a positive shift but it has its amusing sides.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 In Newt-Speak, Losing is Winning and Trials Only Feed More Vainglory (1 comments)
Gingrich's denial is beginning to give chutzpah, let alone grandiosity, a bad name. Cosmic inevitability trumps public opinion and elections: the anointed hero need only present himself, then remove Excalibur and accept the glory. Yessiree, lunacy reigns for this ridiculed fan of lunar colonies (yes, both from the same root).
Monday, January 30, 2012 Soft Power, Hard Power, Election Power (3 comments)
Unless something goes awry, this nation will have four relatively soft-spoken candidates for our top office this year. I propose that means more soft power will displace older hard power models. Who knows for sure, but the trends are there.
Monday, January 23, 2012 The Real Rogue for 'Real America'? (1 comments)
Finally, after fits and mis-starts, the radical GOP outsider candidacy movement finds its hero -- none other than the greatest insider of the last 20 years. Newt -- the right real rogue for 'real Americans." OMG
Monday, January 16, 2012 Loons, Goons, and Buffoons -- The Marvelous GOP Unreality Show (1 comments)
However shocked we are by the dismal quality of the GOP campaign, let us assess the revelations from a gang of candidates we are most unlikely to ever see again, in our lifetime. Cringe moments galore do have their payoffs!
Sunday, January 8, 2012 Bush III, Bush IV, AmBushed Forever (27 comments)
Unless wrongheaded agendas are directly dispatched, they can live on and predate whatever comes afterwards. The ultimate tragedy of Obama is we are still under the reign of Bush-Cheney. And 2012 promises little relief.
Sunday, January 1, 2012 Puny Krauthammer Ambushes a Science Giant (10 comments)
Not only does rightwinger Charles Krauthammer drag in a contradiction about politics the size of Jupiter, he impugns a great scientist and science popularizer in the process. As Carl Sagan is not here to defend himself, I take up the cudgel.
Monday, December 26, 2011 "God Particle' Refudiates the Religious Right (24 comments)
Another major blow to simple-minded notions of the universe, especially the guy high in the sky who created everything by declaring it so. How neat that real explanation is far richer and more complex and more engagingly human.
Sunday, December 18, 2011 Gingrich Covets Messiah Gig (3 comments)
Here's my New Year's OpEdNews gift, a light jingle for those normally put off by reason in rhyme. I gave up trying to take Newt seriously enough to write prose for, like Kissinger, he's moving himself beyond satire. But I found a thesis and inspiration from that famous lyric celebrated by heavy drinkers. Feel free to add any rhymes or insights, especially about qualities invisible in the politician at hand: peace and good wi
Monday, December 12, 2011 Oligarchy Unmasked . . . and Outspoken (4 comments)
Rarely do we hear the unfettered, unfiltered truth from the vaunted ruling class, but here is a misdirected email that sheds light on how the rich, the fat and the sassy think -- and what they control -- and don't.
Sunday, December 4, 2011 Does Bad Behavior = Power & Glory? (1 comments)
Two blows to my mental supports made me appreciate a new book that declares all leaders must follow the same rules because they share the same bottom line: getting, then staying empowered. Lessons for all, including Bush and Obama -- who needs to pick up his game or go bye bye.
Monday, November 28, 2011 Three Cheers for GOP Moderation (3 comments)
Though you have to hunt it up, there is a smidgeon of GOP moderation to temper the view everything pouring out backward-looking rightwingers is delusional. It takes a special eye, from a cockeyed optimist, but here I am.
Monday, November 21, 2011 Are the Rich Getting Denser, Or Just More Brazen? (5 comments)
Only an electorate of dunces bounces from one dunce to another, but today's GOP primary voters do that to a tee. Even stranger is the paradox of how so much affluent, even rich rightwingers can be so dumb about life and other people. It's a mystery that I address.
Monday, November 14, 2011 Will Perry's Epic Washout Disgrace Texas As Palin Did Alaska? (11 comments)
There are few more engaging delights than watching an arrogant blowhard fall, hard and fast. That joy increases when our most self-aggrandizing state, a muddle of blowhards, is part of the disgrace and descent. No pity here.
Monday, November 14, 2011 Will Perry's Epic Washout Disgrace Texas As Palin Did Alaska? (1 comments)
It takes no great leap to predict that Perry, added to W.'s disgrace, sets in stone Molly Ivins' prescient warning, "Next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please pay attention."
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 First Round: Lesser of Two Evils (5 comments)
The tornado of hypocrisy and mendacity has bashed Herman Cain, sending this sex predator into the eye of the storm. Which only reminds us that the GOP must choose between their lesser evil before the rest of us choose ours, in the national election
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 President Everything To Nearly Everybody -- The Hero With 1000 Faces (2 comments)
Is it such a mystery why we campaigned sharply against Bush rights violations, but in office had to match, even outdo him? Talk left, go right, and never look back. Doesn't the left appreciate that knocking off a few bad guys shows how tough we are? And terminating our own untried citizens, like a western film shootout, shows we're as tough as Cheney.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 Taboo - Or Not Taboo. Make That 15 Commandments. (1 comments)
It's good news that bad taboos, which reinforce prejudice, are falling by the wayside. But what about good taboos on which civilization depends, also falling by the wayside.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 In the Wings, the Great White GOP Hope (3 comments)
After the other nine dwarfs running for the GOP nod incinerate, there will be one politician left standing, one capable to taking down a wobbly president. He must be well-known and well tested, with actual campaign experience and a strong personal story. There is such a man.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 You're No Truman - That Populist Bulldog Didn't Just Growl (3 comments)
Truman displayed public wit that escapes you: "I remember when I first came to Washington. For the first six months you wonder how the hell you ever got here. For the next six months you wonder how the hell the rest of them ever got here."
Monday, October 10, 2011 You're No Truman -- That Populist Bulldog Did More Than Growl (11 comments)
If Obama thinks he's like Harry Truman, per the media hype this week, he's doubled blighted. Not only was Truman a genuine, Democratic populist (though not without flaws), but he does offer a very striking contrast of what Obama isn't doing -- or is doing wrong.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 Right Dithers, Left Withers (3 comments)
Can anyone recall such a fickle GOP electorate -- raising up one wingnut after another, only to smash their chances two weeks later? And how curious this display happens when the left is agonizing over what to do with a president who betrayed his promises and still looks like a loser?
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Texas 'Ugly:' President Perry's Real Fringe Manifesto (9 comments)
President Perry will go far beyond manhandling Social Security -- and his war against the New Deal underlies a full-throated Manifesto for Christian Theocracy and all the rightwing wet dreams. Dream on.