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Stephen Pizzo has been published everywhere from The New York Times to Mother Jones magazine. His book, Inside Job: The Looting of America's Savings and Loans, was nominated for a Pulitzer.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014     

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Israel is Dead Wrong This Time
(1 comments) Not since the Vietnam War era has a conflict so divided friend and family as the Israel/Palestinian conflict. The new war on Gaza has only made matters worse. This time there's no question about it... Israel is wrong... dead wrong.

Saturday, July 12, 2014     

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What's the Matter With Gaza?
(7 comments) First everyone has to say it right out loud: Gaza, a piece of land disconnected from the future Palestinian state on the West Bank is, and will remain, a incitement to both sides. It is a demonstrably unsustainable fragment, an orphan, that belongs to neither Israel or Palestine. And it's a monumental slum, breeding what slums everywhere on the planet breed; discontent, anger, and endless trouble.

Friday, July 4, 2014     

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Just Offer to Hold Their Coats
(5 comments) Look anywhere on the globe where Western colonial powers moved into far-off foreign lands, decided to do some interior redecorating while exploiting their resources, then left. What you see, with only the rarest exceptions, is trouble... usually big, bloody trouble.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014     

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The Real New World Order
(6 comments) Progressives, especially those of us who live on one of the two coasts, think we are fighting the same old battles against an annoying, but diminishing, reactionary Right. That's been largely so, until now. Now it's different. And it's different in a very big way.

Sunday, June 8, 2014     

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The New No-Man's Land
(2 comments) Can "the Center hold" once the Center becomes a no-man's zone?

Thursday, February 6, 2014     

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Ah, Yes Nancy...It Is TOO corrupt
(3 comments) So I'm watching Jon Stewart the other night grilling House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi , about money in politics. Her responses were an extreme exercise in schizophrenia. In one breath she produced two diametrically opposite positions. By the time she finished the two statements self-canceled, producing nothing but talking-point smoke.

Monday, January 27, 2014     

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Taxpayers Paying For Ignorance
(1 comments) Recently Christian groups demanding Christian monuments on public grounds learned a painful lesson when Satanist groups demanded equal time with their own monument praising their deity, Satan. Now we need to teach that lesson again.

Friday, January 24, 2014     

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Karma: It’s Real
(1 comments) The older I get the more I believe in Karma. There’s nothing metaphysical about it, just hard evidence that it's real. The latest proof came this week when former Virginia governor, Bob McDonnell and his wife, were indicted for being on the take, big time.

Thursday, January 2, 2014     

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The NSA’s Animal Farm Rules
(3 comments) Funny how some felonies are never charged when the perps are at the top of the authoritarian food chain.

Friday, December 20, 2013     

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Quack, Indeed!
(3 comments) The GOP and A&E are learning some painful lessons.

Saturday, November 16, 2013     

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Counting the Days ... Again
From 2000 to 2008 we had an administration that had a lot of really bad ideas, but were unusually good at getting put those ideas into action. Now we have an administration with some pretty good ideas, but who are unusually inept at execution.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013     

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Big Bro Wants to Know
OMG! We've become the neighborhood's busybody. Worse yet, the "neighborhood" is the entire planet. Inquiring minds want to know... everything.

Saturday, October 19, 2013     

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Missing Teeth
(5 comments) How does a sane citizen explain the likes of Sen. Ted Cruz, and his kind? Here's a hint.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013     

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Dumb Is The New Black
Okay, let's cut the BS and get to the uncomfortable truth: The governing mess the country now finds itself stuck with is the direct result of the over-romanticizing of the all-too common-man.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013     

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History On a Deadly Roll
These days I find myself drawn to history books. Which probably explains the almost constant sense of deja vu that pervades my waking hours.

Friday, July 5, 2013     

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What's in Your Mail? Inquiring Minds Want to Know
President Eisenhower warned as he left office not to allow a "military/industrial complex" to capture the national agenda and treasury. It did anyway. Now we face a new threat; the "security/industrial complex." And we're losing that battle as well.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013     

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It's Our Own Damn Fault
What do we know? What can we know? What price are we willing to pay to know? We need to have that conversation this time around. If we had had it the first time we wouldn't be here now.

Saturday, June 1, 2013     

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On the Road to Hell
(8 comments) Trick Question: What's the difference between Iraq today and Syria today? Answer: They are only killing one another. And, frankly, that's the way it should be.

Monday, May 20, 2013     

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Watch At the Sausage Factory
(1 comments) One of the first, and most important, things I learned when I started covering Washington many years ago was that there was not one, but two Washington's. There was the elected Washington, and unelected Washington. One was temporary, the other permanent.

Saturday, April 20, 2013     

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Drama Queen Nation?
(3 comments) We've not only become attracted to catastrophe and chaos, but we've created 24/7/365 communication empires ready, posed, even eager to deliver the goods when the worst happens.

Sunday, January 27, 2013     

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Show The Pictures
(55 comments) Those of us who served in the military, especially those of us who were grunts, have a pretty clear idea what kind of damage an assault rifle can do in the hands of determined shooter with plenty of ammo.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013     

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The Real Enemy Within
(31 comments) What if a few hundred Middle Eastern-look men flocked to a gun show and loaded their pickups with guns and ammo? Do you think that might get the attention of Homeland Security?

Saturday, December 22, 2012     

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NRA America
(3 comments) NRA Elementary School: America's new normal?

Thursday, December 20, 2012     

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Time to play 2nd Amendment Trump Card?
(14 comments) The Second Amendment has more than one part. Is it time to threaten to enforce the entire amendment?

Saturday, December 15, 2012     

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U.S. Harboring Known Terrorist Group
(1 comments) U.S. Harbors Known Terrorist Group

Monday, November 19, 2012     

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Terms Of Surrender
(5 comments) Every war has a first day, and I remember when the Culture War was declared. It was August 1992 in Houston. I know because I was there, at Ground Zero, when the Culture War was formally declared.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012     

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A Billion Bucks For Your Thoughts"
Candidates, will have spent upwards of $2 billion dollars on this campaign. And who got most of that dough? The people rely on to tell us what's going on -- the media -- that's who.

Saturday, September 29, 2012     

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Eyes Wide Shut
When things don't go their way conservatives circle their cognitive wagons and create the reality they desire. Never mind if that reality anything but real"

Tuesday, September 18, 2012     

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Jerry Springer Islam
(2 comments) Islam is a one big dysfunctional family. Any cop will tell you the most dangerous call of all is family disturbance call. So why do we keep responding?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012     

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Risky Business
Today I kicked off a new website that will try to shed some light on Mitt Romney and his LDS faith. The site is: "What Mitt Believes' I do not engage this subject lightly".

Friday, August 31, 2012     

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My Mother Night, Night
As I watched the last night of the GOP convention I couldn't get the vision of missing gear-teeth out of my head. It was my Mother Night, night".

Wednesday, August 29, 2012     

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Who's For Getting Real?
(8 comments) I always knew that, sooner or later, we'd end up here, but it doesn't make it any easier. The 'here ' of which I speak is the physical and functional limits of the post-WW II social contract.

Monday, July 23, 2012     

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Mitt Romney: Bush-Out King
Is Mitt Romney just a misunderstood business guy? Or something a bit more sinister? I report, you decide.

Thursday, July 19, 2012     

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Three Simple Fixes To Nearly Everything
(3 comments) Things are not always quite as complicated as some folks might like us to believe. Here's three "simple" solutions to three of the most vexing problems facing the nation right now.

Thursday, June 14, 2012     

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Fluxing Around
Sun Tzu (of The Art of War fame) coined the term "shi," (pronounced "shee") which roughly translates into English as, "the art of understanding matters in flux." There's two interesting aspects to this term:

Thursday, June 7, 2012     

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What Happened and Why
(11 comments) So, Walker won. And Republicans are all looking at each with the same "WTF???" expressions on their faces when O.J's defense team heard "Not guilty" from that brain-dead jury. What happened?

Friday, March 23, 2012     

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The Brave New World of Informed-Consent
(3 comments) This may come as a surprise, coming from me, but I think Republicans are on to something with this "informed consent" business.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012     

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To Bomb, Not to Bomb, That IS the Question
(1 comments) The biggest guessing game on the planet right now is not who the GOP will pick for their Presidential candidate. I n historic terms that's pretty small-ball stuff. The most burning question (pun intended) right now is; will Israel bomb Iran or not?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012     

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Mr. Rick Goes to the Doctor
So Rick Santorum goes to his family doctor with a complaint. It seems that, after decades of successful procreation, he's developed a hydraulic leak somewhere in the system . His once valiant member can no longer stand a t full attention when called to service.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012     

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Oh So" now THEY want choice...
(1 comments) So, have you been watching the slow boil that's just now beginning to rattle the lid on the health insurance/birth control ruling issued by the HHS? It requires any organization or company that provides health insurance to its members/employees to cover birth control as well.

Thursday, December 8, 2011     

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The Corporate Embryo Solution
(2 comments) I have cracked the biggest social/political problem facing the American Right and they are going about it all the wrong way. It's so simple it's stunning.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011     

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To Vote or Not to Vote...
(3 comments) You might have noticed that there's an election coming up in less than a year. Counting both parties, including the least likely winners, there's maybe twenty people to choose from. One Democrat and a gaggle of Republicans.... But do any of them even matter any longer?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011     

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In Search Of A New Center
(1 comments) "Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity" -- William Butler Yeats The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction,

Saturday, October 22, 2011     

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The Numbers Racket
(1 comments) The GOP's politics by the numbers.

Sunday, September 11, 2011     

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Don't Tell Us...SHOW Us.
(3 comments) I am convinced that the best way -- maybe the only way -- to bring this march of madness on the right to a dead stop is to insist they be specific about just what is they want done, or undone.

Monday, September 5, 2011     

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Wikileaks and the Red Coats
(2 comments) I've been watching the fresh pissing match that has broken out over Wikileaks. This time it's not just embarrassed governments and public officials condemning Wikileaks, but the media as well.

Saturday, August 20, 2011     

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The Coming Dim Ages
(1 comments) The Dark Ages lasted almost 700 years. We may be approaching a new epoch.. our own. Future historians may well end up dubbing it, "The Dim Ages." How long will this one last? Your guess.

Monday, June 20, 2011     

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Id Like to Report a Crime
(3 comments) Hello, 911, Id like to report a crime...

Friday, May 20, 2011     

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Fixing The Middle East
I listened to the President's address on the Middle East and all the guff he got for it afterwards.I had no particular problems with what Obama said yesterday, I just would have gone farther.

Sunday, May 15, 2011     

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How Crazy is Too Crazy to be President?
(14 comments) How crazy must a candidate's personal/religious beliefs be before he/she is deemed too crazy to run the most powerful nation on the planet?

Saturday, December 4, 2010     

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Are we still "better than them?"
(3 comments) During the Iran/Contra investigations, Reagan Secretary of State, George Schultz, said something that everyone who works in Washington should have tattooed on their forehead: "Anyone who thinks they can keep a secret in this town should have their head examined."

Sunday, November 28, 2010     

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WikiLeaks v. Cone of Silence
(7 comments) So, here we are again, another WikiLeaks "event." Serious people can argue both sides of this matter; that such leaks put sources and lives at risk, or that it puts those who wield power on notice that their actions and decisions may not go un-accounted for -" that there may be accountability.

Monday, November 8, 2010     

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The Stockholm Syndrome and American Voters
Only the Stockholm Syndrome explains voters giving their abusers another chance.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010     

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Wrong-Way Barry
So, how you doin'? I only ask because I am checking to see how the whole "trickle-down" thing is working for you. Because, if the news in today's Wall St. Journal is true, those of us down here must be just about due for a real soaker. Because the folks at the top are really raking it in -- again.

Thursday, October 7, 2010     

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Slouching Towards Austerity
(1 comments) It's a term sweeping the developed world -" "austerity." It's not the way the 21st Century was supposed begin, at least not for Western countries who, since the end of World War II have enjoyed one hell of run. That's about to change.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010     

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Waiting For The Great Pumpkin
History will record it as the greatest con in history. A con that has made a handful wealthy beyond belief, while impoverishing an entire nation. And they did it with our help.

Saturday, September 18, 2010     

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Disengagement
(3 comments) As I watched the whole Tea Party victory bandwagon rolling across my TV screen this week, I thought to myself, "Hey, what the left needs is its own Tea Party movement.. you know, a progressive tea party.

Monday, September 13, 2010     

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Been Here -- Done This
Question: What's the difference between the American Party of 1850 and the Tea Party of 2010? Answer: Polyester.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010     

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Reasoning? What Reasoning?
(3 comments) We gave them $1.6 trillion in tax cuts, and they were supposed to create jobs with it. Now they want to make those cuts permanent, "so they can create jobs with it." Really?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010     

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From Alice's Restaurant to Dante's Cafe
(6 comments) These days, when I pick up my morning paper, I feel like I'm reading a surreal menu of woe penned by Dante Alighieri himself.

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