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Bennet Kelley is an award-winning columnist, a political commentator, radio host and the former Co-Founder and National Co-Chair of the Democratic National Committee's Saxophone Club (its young professional fundraising and outreach arm during the Clinton years).
Bennet also is a leading authority on internet law and is the host of Cyber Law and Business Report which airs Wednesdays at 10AM Pacific on WebmasterRadio.fm.
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 8, 2019 Donald Trump - President Zero
Sending a misspelled tweet ("covfefe") is excusable. Doing nothing when leadership and action are required is not. For that, Donald J. Trump should forever be known as #PresidentZero.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 24, 2018 Raif Badawi and the Myth of Saudi Liberalization
While recent Saudi actions such as lifting the ban on women driving suggest liberalization is afoot, the refusal to release jailed blogger Raif Badawi and other actions demonstrates that is not the case.
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 10, 2014 Tiny Iowa County Takes on the King of Online Defamation
Tiny Sac County, Iowa is taking on one of the most hated sites on the Internet - RipOffReport.com according to a recently unsealed search warrant. The 124 page brief accompanying the warrant is a stinging indictment of the online reputation industry that should spur action in states and Washington.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 12, 2013 From the Clinton Wars to the New Shut Down Confederates
The 2013 shut down of the government by Tea Party Republicans is not an event that just spontaneously sprung up this year, but rather is the result of over twenty years of actions each building on the next that made this conflict predictable if not inevitable.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 4, 2013 Wash Post Columnist's Myopic Call to Repeal the Internet
Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson's call to repeal the Internet is a myopic embrace of Cyber Amishness. The Internet is transforming people's lives every day, but Samuelson may not appreciate it since his comfortable life was derived from a pre-web world.
SHARE Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Ten Things to Remember About the Iraq War
The tenth anniversary of one the nation's longest and most controversial wars has been a very subdued affair which may be highly appropriate considering that the war only ended on December 31, 2011. We may wish to forget that moment ten years ago when President Bush unleashed "Shock and Awe" on the Iraqi people, since few expected that what would unfold would be such an epic calamity.
Yet remember we must.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Romney, Marx and GOP Brand
So when Mitt Romney took the stage in Denver to debate President Obama, this should have been the moment when the former Governor made the conservative case for his agenda. Instead, Romney turned to Marx -- Groucho not Karl -- and adopted the "who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes" approach to questions about his agenda.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 8, 2012 Tragedy in Tucson: A Somber Anniversary's Call to Repudiate Right-Wing Extremism
Republicans are trying to have it both ways when it comes to its extremist fringe, expressing displeasure over their most outrageous conduct but stoking the mania that fuels it. The anniversary of the shooting of Gabby Giffords and the alarming rise of Ron Paul, give the party an opportunity for a "Sister Souljah moment" that would allow it to break free from a fringe that is hurting it politically.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 28, 2009 Rumble in Little Rhody: Patrick Kennedy Takes On The Bishop And The Church's Moral Myopia
What message does it send when the Church will deny communion to a pro-choice official like Patrick Kennedy whose voting record is otherwise consistent with church teaching, but not pro-life officials guided by the gospel of greed or intolerance or even mobsters such as the legendary crime boss Raymond Patriarca who was given a Catholic funeral?
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 31, 2009 President Obama and the Dawn of a New Day
While President Obama is certain to disappoint many over the course of his administration, what we must remember is that on a chilly Tuesday the nation came together and beamed with hope and optimism for the future.
(10 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 4, 2009 The Bush Presidency in Four Words
A recent Pew Research Center poll found that the one word Americans used most to describe President Bush was "incompetent." While no compliment, the word fails to convey the condemnation warranted by the last eight years.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 1, 2008 McCain's Reckless Choice
Coming after his calls for a gas tax holiday and off-shore drilling and shameless invocation of his POW status to deflect any and all criticism, it is evident that Senator McCain views this campaign not as a debate about the greater direction of the country but as a series of stunts designed to distract voters from the real issues.
SHARE Tuesday, August 26, 2008 History, Hope & Hillary: A Call for Party Unity
Hillary Clinton historic campaign comes to a close tonight. To Senator Clinton's supporters, I urge you to declare victory. You have not only made history, but you are only 70 days away from making her vision a reality.
SHARE Tuesday, June 3, 2008 The Right's New Patriotic PC - From Lapel Pins to Nuclear Waste
For a generation, the right has wailed over "political correctness," which Jonah Goldberg labels as "liberal fascism". It appears that the right now embraces the "F" word as they dictate what patriotic Americans should wear (flag lapel pin mandatory, "jihadist" scarves forbidden) and even believe. Under the right's Patriotic PC, true Americans must love their country, their flag, torture and . . . even nuclear waste.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 15, 2008 The "Ricing" on the Cake for a Republican Disaster
Just as Democrats have grown increasingly worried about their chances of recapturing the White House, the Republicans have stepped in to reassert their claim to a defeat that is rightfully theirs. Grover Norquist endorsed as McCain's running mate a Bush administration official whose performance has been characterized by fellow Republicans as "disastrous, "inept" and "not up to the job" . . . Condoleezza Rice.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 25, 2008 OBAMA AND GENERATION JONES' MOMENT
Obama is from Generation Jones, born in the shadow of fallen heroes, tempered by Watergate and disciplined by economic uncertainty. . . . Just as Senator Clinton represents the Baby Boom era and Senator McCain the Ice Age, Obama is the archetype of the Jonesers' President.
(40 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 2, 2007 Iraq, Democrats and the Art of the Possible
Politics is the art of the possible. Yet, the current torrent of rage over the compromise on Iraq funding ironically blames the Democrats for seizing the possible at the expense of the impossible in a classic example of making the perfect the enemy of the good. In their fury, anti-war critics mistakenly equate a tactical retreat with total capitulation and fail to recognize the substantial progress Democrats have made.