The Republican civil war is the best thing happening
Donald Trump may feel that his legislation-free first 100 days were beautiful, wonderful, and the best ever, but he's the only one. What the rest of the Republican Party is seeing is falling support, ineffective leadership, and internal strife.
Trump reportedly screamed at CIA Director Pompeo over Intel being withheld
If the PDB was being boiled down by Flynn -- before he was asked to resign as National Security Adviser for lying to the Vice President -- to a single page with no more than 9 bullet points, the President really isn't getting all the information anyway and the CIA Directory denying the "withhold" is practically meaningless when it's the NSA holding sensitive information back, not necessarily CIA.
Noam Chomsky to President Obama: This could help 11 million immigrants
Not only has Donald Trump threatened and hate-mongered immigrants in this country throughout his campaign, the Republican Party has done so with the same vigor for years--just not with the same dangerously ignorant verbiage Trump uses. Chomsky is urging, and asking others to urge Obama into using his presidential executive powers to grant a "general pardon" to 11 million immigrants for infractions before Trump is sworn in.
Monday, November 28, 2016(6 comments)
Conway: Trump gets his information from "world leaders," is "magnanimous" for not jailing Clinton
Donald Trump appears to still have no concept of what the office he will soon be appointed to actually does. He doesn't need intelligence briefings; he gets what he needs to know from "world leaders" who tell him things on the phone. He is being generous to his opponent by not jailing her, though he has no actual authority to jail her unless he wants to create a constitutional crisis.
Four months of solid work from David Fahrenthold confirms: Donald Trump is a lying sack of Scrooge
Fahrenthold's tireless work in tracking down the truth about Trump has been called out as an exemplar of what the press should be. It didn't take magic, or an army of analysts. It took a single man, a notepad, and an interest in the truth. Trump's record of personal giving is shameful. His public pretense of being "generous" is disgusting. The silence of most of the press is unforgivable.
Saturday, October 29, 2016(15 comments)
Why FBI Director James Comey did the wrong thing ... again
From his ludicrous, finger-wagging press gaggle in announcing Clinton's innocence, to his ham-fisted intrusion into the final act of the election, Comey has felt compelled to insert Jim Comey, straight-shooter, into every moment. As a result he's caused serious harm to the FBI, to the election, and to the nation. And, just incidentally, he's ruined his reputation in the process.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016(3 comments)
Newt Gingrich goes berserk when Fox News Megyn Kelly referred to Trump as a sexual predator
In an explosive interview, Newt Gingrich became completely unhinged, verbally attacking Fox News' Megyn Kelly for referring to Trump as a sexual predator. Throughout the interview, Newt Gingrich seemed to live in an alternate state of reality. He continued to discount polls that show Trump losing badly. He refused to acknowledge that all the tossup states are moving towards Clinton.
Monday, August 29, 2016
"Maverick" no more. McCain is sticking with Trump
Heading into Tuesday's Arizona primary, Sen. John McCain's focus is on the general election, where he fully intends to continue standing with Donald Trump. Because, well, who knows, except that he recognizes that his party has been taken over by Trumpism, so he may as well join in.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016(1 comments)
Abbreviated pundit roundup: A campaign of conspiracies
A concern is what happens on Nov. 8, when squads of Trump volunteers fan out to defend their candidate's presumed victory. It does not seem far-fetched to expect that signatures will be pointlessly challenged and citizens intimidated and inconvenienced, that the ruckus of the Trump campaign will spread to polling places around the country.
Monday, August 15, 2016
The Trump surrogates are toast.
Now that the blinders are off of the media's eyes, the gloves are coming off too. And not just on Trump, they're turning on Trump surrogates like a pack of Junk Yard Dogs. This would be bad enough for a well prepared surrogate, but considering the fact that the campaign(?) is giving them no direction or instructions, it's getting ugly, or smashing, depending on your point of view.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016(7 comments)
Evolution: Why another former Hillary Clinton supporter has come to feel the Bern
I switched to Bernie because I am a progressive and I share his vision for America. He is one of us, not a subsidiary of any bank or corporation. I hope and pray that you'll do likewise and, when you walk into that booth and it's just you and your conscience, you'll decide that doing the right thing is more important than having been right.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016(1 comments)
Retired Army Lt. General to Trump: "Military is not his palace guards"
There's the sneaking suspicion that Donald Trump sees being president as being the King of America. Humanity has fought wars for thousands of years to rid themselves of this despotism, and while we have all variety of battles raging for the civil rights and liberties of our citizens, losing the Head of our Executive Branch to dictatorship is exactly what the military in a democracy does not want.
Friday, March 4, 2016
The New York Times Calls Out Trump For What He Is, And Who He Represents
Trump's candidacy is simply tapping into the same age-old resentments that have riven this country for over 150 years, now newly clothed in the guise of a reality-TV creation, viewer-friendly to the masses. And while Trump himself may be a shallow, opportunistic clown, the emotions he deliberately stokes -- envy, resentment and hate, are among the ugliest and most toxic that Americans have ever demonstrated.
What has Bernie ever accomplished?
when people compare the records of Sanders and Clinton in the Senate, they often stop at the most superficial level, looking only at bills bearing their names as sponsors. Digging just a little deeper, it is obvious that Sanders has been a committed, effective, and successful progressive legislator for decades. At least in Congress, Bernie has far outpaced Hillary when it comes to getting things done.
President Jimmy Carter calls Citizens United and today's campaign money "legal bribery"
Last October, President Carter appeared in a candid interview with Oprah, and said if he were to run for president in today's world, he would not be able to afford it. "We've become, now, an oligarchy instead of a democracy. I think that's been the worst damage to the basic moral and ethical standards to the American political system that I've ever seen in my life."
Tuesday, February 2, 2016(9 comments)
Ammon Bundy heads to court today and his own father may have sunk any chance of pretrial release
Cliven Bundy is ordering the FBI to leave Burns, Oregon immediately ... or else. He also says the standoff will continue and they will not give up the refuge. Given the previous federal judge said there was no chance of release while the standoff is still going on and Ammon Bundy and his wife Lisa reached out to the remaining militants at the refuge, pleading for them to leave, this isn't likely to help Ammon's case.
Thursday, January 28, 2016(1 comments)
FBI directs media to leave the area, militants at the standoff declare law enforcement the enemy
The remaining armed militants at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge vow that they will continue to fight until the end. The FBI asked the media to leave the area. The militants have been running a live stream video from the refuge off and on overnight and into the morning after news of the arrest of Ammon Bundy and crew reached them. They have repeatedly made definitive statements that they are prepared to die at the refuge.
Jeb! Bush unveils plan to make millions of Americans hungry and sick
Jeb! would eliminate the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps, housing assistance programs and a cash program called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
He would use the money to give so-called "right to rise" grants to the states to let state governments fund programs they develop as the best way to address poverty.
The king of Christmas soul
Everyone who celebrates Christmas -- and even those who don't -- has probably heard Nat King Cole sing his version of "The Christmas Song," which is often called "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." Today I just want to share my memories of Christmas mornings around the tree, with Nat's music playing in the background.
Chris Matthews slams Donald Trump, tells supporters, "You should be ashamed"
Chris Matthews did not mince words. He justifiably hit Donald Trump in the jugular for his attempt to smear the president over the attack in San Bernardino, California. "I have from the beginning seen Trump as a mixed bag," he said. "But this birtherism which he exhumed today is the bad he carries with him, refuses to dump, and is so willing to sell."
The Most Important Article You'll Read Today About The Democratic Party
Democrats can call it out for the ugliness that it surely is, but it is a reality seized upon in every Republican pronouncement from immigration to taxes. If you can get people to think they're somehow being taken advantage of by an undeserving "other" (especially if that "other" is a different color than they are), you can motivate them to vote any way you want.
Elizabeth Warren's beautiful statement on Syria
Warren: "Some politicians are proposing to close our country to people fleeing the massacre in Syria. That is not who we are. We are a country of immigrants and refugees, a country made strong by our diversity, a country founded by those crossing the sea fleeing religious persecution and seeking religious freedom."
Tuesday, November 3, 2015(3 comments)
Paul Ryan explains why you shouldn't get paid family leave
Paul Ryan cares about spending time with his family while standing in the way of you doing the same. He has a job that lets him make that kind of demand, and if you're not so lucky and powerful, screw you. Basic rights for you--the kind of thing that three American states and virtually every other country on earth can somehow provide--can be boiled down to meaningless Republican buzzwords for "no."
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Dept. of Education Proposes Creative Commons License Requirements
Dept. of Education Proposes Creative Commons License Requirements
#GoOpen is the Dept. of Education's new campaign to reduce the cost of public education, supply school districts with up to date, quality materials, and ensure that the public owns the product of research paid for with public funds.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Hobby Lobby being investigated for smuggling a lot of ancient artifacts
One of the best things about the ultra religious is how profoundly hypocritical they are when it comes to following their purported faith. There is no doubt that the Green collection has some illegally obtained artifacts -- frankly, there isn't a museum in the world that isn't filled with stolen and/or fake art. But those museums don't really pretend to have any morality.
The Dark Truth Of John Boehner's Resignation
The Republican belief is that threats of government destruction combined with the inherent rightness of Republican beliefs "could be so strong (as Ted Cruz was of his proposal to defund Obamacare) that Senate Democrats, the Obama White House and the mainstream media would, for once, finally, this time, cave in and let the House Republicans have their way.
Saturday, September 26, 2015(47 comments)
I'm not voting for Bernie Sanders.
Since my friends consider me a "progressive," some of them are surprised when I tell them I'm not voting for Bernie Sanders.
Yes, he's knowledgeable and articulate. He's charismatic in a disheveled sort of way. He comes across as blunt and direct, which certainly is refreshing.
I'm not voting for him. I want something for the United States -- and for the world -- that Bernie Sanders can't give us.
Scott Walker pledges all-out assault on workers and unions
Walker's plan for an all-out assault on unions and workers is a series of attacks on workers' ability to join together to build power; it's designed to fragment the workforce into individuals with no leverage to improve their work lives. It's also a sign of desperation from Walker.
Thursday, September 10, 2015(6 comments)
Sarah Palin confounds Rachel Maddow: "Tell me what this means"
It's tough to be anything other than baffled at Sarah Palin's words. Yet Palin's thought process must be examined, as it represents a substantial portion of today's body politic. Maybe if we figure out how she rings others' bells, we might be able to un-ring them -- permanently.
Public service reminder: Carly Fiorina was one of the worst CEOs in tech industry history
Fiorina loves to tout her experience running what was once one of the world's greatest computer companies, offering it as her top qualification for why she should be entrusted with the presidency. Given the pride she takes in her resume, it'd only be natural to assume that she must have done a kick-ass job at HP. But that'd be wrong. She was an epic disaster of almost unprecedented proportions.
The Koch Brothers are About to Destroy Veterans' Health Care and No One Knows About It
Representative Jeff Miller's and Senator Marco Rubio's proposals -- H.R. 1994 and S. 1082 -- would do away with vital rights of veterans with the stroke of a pen. They are not alone in pushing this dangerous agenda; they are doing so with the full backing of a "veterans organization" called Concerned Veterans of America, which was recently exposed as a Koch Brothers-funded front group in a scathing report.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015(3 comments)
3 weeks after burning a Confederate flag in a grill, a Colorado mom arrested at midnight
On this past Fourth of July, Patricia Cameron helped lead a rally with a Confederate flag-burning. This was a week before it officially came down at the South Carolina State House. Cameron and others lit the flag on fire in a grill at a public park. Almost three weeks later, at nearly midnight, when she and her 8-year-old son were both asleep, the police arrived at her home to arrest her.