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(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 12, 2009 Comcast favors Fox News, charges $204 more for MSNBC package. ACTION NEEDED
As of 8.12.09, Comcast has moved MSNBC from its Digital Starter Package to its Digital Classic Lineup while leaving Fox News on the Starter package. What this means is that one now has to pay an additional $17 per month ($204 per year) to view anything progressive enough to even remotely balance out FNC's right wing extremism
SHARE Wednesday, November 14, 2018 A Christmas Present From Hucky Boo Boo Sanders, She's Leaving WH The End Of The Year
Man, I knew that after the midterms things were going to be different, but they must be climbing the rafters and swinging from the chandeliers at the White House. Everybody is eyeing the exits. Now Sarah Hucky Boo Boo Sanders is supposedly leaving the end of the year -- the second time this story has surfaced in the past four months.
(29 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Republican Bill Bans Non-Church Marriages
The GOP has given the religious right purview over women's access to healthcare as well as the legal right to discriminate against any American unwilling to toe the evangelical line. Now an emboldened religious Republican has introduced legislation that says only evangelicals can enter into the institution of marriage performed in a church.
(23 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 23, 2011 Busted: Scott Walker fell for Prankster posing as David Koch
We all know that Governor Scott Walker takes his orders from Billionaires and Tea Party loaders Koch Brothers. But thanks to this guy named Murphy, we know how much Scott Walker is in bed with the Koch Brothers.
Scott Walker just got the Sarah Palin's treatment when someone called him while posing as David Koch. Just like Palin, Walker believed it and fall into the trap.
SHARE Sunday, November 26, 2017 Ivanka Throws Gasoline On Roy Moore's Race, Daddy Livid As Dems Capitalize With Ad
Ivanka Trump commented to the Associated Press a few weeks ago when the Roy Moore allegations were ramping up, "There's a special place in Hell for people who prey on children. I've yet to see a valid explanation, and I have no reason to doubt the victims' accounts." That comment has now been made into a 30-second campaign spot by Democrat Doug Jones, and Daddy Trump is not pleased at all.
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 8, 2012 Meet Foster Friess, Billionaire who Bought Iowa for Santorum
Foster Friess. The Wyoming born-again billionaire mutual fund manager has been lauded by the Koch brothers at their 2011 secret shindig for giving more than $1M to Koch-friendly causes. Never heard of him? That's the way he's wanted it. After Rick Santorum's huge pop in Iowa, though, a flashlight into the cockroach-infested giving of the SuperPACs to Santorum's campaign flushed him out of the shadows.
SHARE Saturday, November 4, 2017 MSNBC's host absolutely eviscerates Trump/Pence surrogate: "Do you trust Bob Mueller?"
Marc Lotter, former spokesman for the roundly denied by Americans Pence campaign and current mouthpiece for the "trying to keep Mike Pence out of jail please" campaign, was on Nicole Wallace's MSNBC show Thursday. Lotter came on with the kind of incompetent bluster that usually only passes for a Fox News opening monologue where he said that Papadopoulos was both a low level guy with no access and a guy with high level access.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, July 18, 2011 Fmr. Fox News Executive: Americans' Phones Were Hacked
"Has Roger Ailes been keeping tabs on your phone calls?" That's how Portfolio.com began a post back in 2008, when a former Fox News executive charged that Ailes had outfitted a highly secured "brain room" in Fox's New York headquarters for "counterintelligence" and may have used it to hack into private phone records.
(15 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 1, 2011 Nests of Snakes Revealed: A Story of Fear, Intimidation and Threat in Walker's Wisconsin
Though I had never met Mary before, I messaged her when I saw that some rightwing Walker support groups had published her home address and phone number on Facebook. They've posted her private info five times since summer, and have relentlessly harassed her. What follows is a chilling story of bullying, implicit physical threat, and coordinated intimidation.
SHARE Friday, January 26, 2018 Kushner refuses to talk to Senate Judiciary Committee
As Grassley frets over the committee getting Kushner to sit down for questions, there is another option -- he could subpoena the witness to appear. But don't get in a hurry. Grassley is more concerned here with frowning at Feinstein than he is about whether or not the committee ever gets at the truth.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 2, 2018 Donald Trump officially declares himself above the law
It's harder to say which is being abused more by this circular legal sophistry, the law itself or the American people this grotesque mistake in the Oval Office is supposed to represent. One thing is crystal clear, and should not be lost in the reverberations of the media echo chamber: this is not the argument of someone who is innocent, but someone who is desperately trying to hide his guilt.
(21 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 27, 2011 Clarence Thomas should be INDICTED -- UPDATED
Clarence Thomas, for the past 20 years has checked "None" under "Spouse's Non-Investment Income" on his financial disclosure forms. That, we now know, was untrue. The law that is the basis for the disclosure form, includes reference to possible criminal penalties under 18 U.S. Code.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, January 1, 2018 Donald Trump isn't just a liar, he's an especially despicable liar
Donald Trump lies. Prolifically. That is not news. But a researcher who spent 20 years researching lies, liars, and why people lie, says Trump isn't just any liar -- he's an especially mean one too. Social scientist Bella DePaulo studied Trump's first 298 days in office and the 1,628 lies he told and found that he was lying on average about six times per day (and nine times per day in more recent months).
SHARE Saturday, August 24, 2019 The Trump presidency may have just entered its "endgame"
As Trump's "strategy" of taking this country to the brink, then backing off, didn't work. Instead he decided, on Friday, to escalate. The Dow Jones promptly dropped nearly 700 points. After the market had closed, Trump threatened further increases in tariffs, increasing the likelihood of a sustained stock market collapse next week.
(14 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 2, 2012 Anonymous Finds Ron Paul under Supremacist Rock
Twitter is a atwitter this evening with the news that the hacker group Anonymous mounted an attack against a series of White Supremacist groups, generally smashing, exposing, and defacing the sites. That in itself is at a minimum, worthy of note, but the kicker is what they found at one of the sites.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, May 28, 2018 This Administration Isn't Simply "Corrupt" -- By Any Definition, It's Evil.
If an official policy of snatching infants from the arms of parents caught trying to breach the U.S. border to find some low-paying job is not "evil," then the term itself probably has no meaning for those who support that policy. A government that supposedly abhors "evil" would know intuitively how horribly depraved this is.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Republicans losing lady voters. Gee, no one saw that coming!
After spending a solid year trying to pass laws to ban women's health care, redefine rape, protect the "religious liberty" of hospitals that would prefer to let women die rather than provide necessary health care to them, Republicans weren't certain they'd made it clear just how anti-woman the party is. So they decided to turn the dial to 11 by attacking basic health care as a violation of their "religious liberty."
(47 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 26, 2015 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.
(11 comments) SHARE Monday, November 20, 2017 Russia Has Owned Trump For Quite Some Time And Mueller Knows It; Tick, Tock Impeachment Clock
Guardian journalist Luke Harding has written a book, Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win. The book contains conversations with former spy Christopher Steele, who admonished Harding to follow the yellow brick road, which in Trump's case is gold and extends all the way from Moscow to Trump Tower. Good advice and Robert Mueller is following it.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 21, 2018 Ivanka's just as crooked as her dad. Stop pretending otherwise.
Trump and/or his rotten kids lure real estate buyers to new projects with blatantly false claims; by the time buyers find out they were duped, the Trumps have already pocketed the money and oozed off to the next "deal." If it sounds familiar it's because it's the precise operational model of "Trump University," the scam real-estate college -- and God help anyone who ever bought mail-order meat from this man.
(12 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 19, 2012 A Tea Partier Just Called Me "Communist." Watch My SLAM DUNK Response
So I'm working this morning, like I do everyday, trying to come up with ways to promote my film, when I get this email from a guy who used to call my radio show over in Jackonville.
His name is Rod, and here's what he sent.
Rep. Allen West states that 81 Democratic House members are communists.
A CPUSA official is outraged & I agree. Isn't every Democrat a communist?
I wasn't getting a whole lot done, so I figured..
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 2, 2013 Implosion at the Vatican - One Can Only Hope
Two Vatican experts have used the word "implosion" to describe the current state of affairs at the Holy See: Robert Mickens, Vatican correspondent for The Tablet published in Britain, and Massimo Franco, a veteran political writer for Corriere della Sera, Italy's most prestigious daily newspaper, who said there are "conflicts within the Vatican "worthy of the epoch of the Borgias'". There's a palpable sense of fin du régime
(16 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 4, 2012 Mitt Romney: Lying to victory
The results of Wednesday night's first presidential debate are in and it's official: Mitt Romney won round one. He was aggressive, he was decisive, he delivered. Of course he also lied through his teeth for most of the debate.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, November 23, 2009 The Real Irony of Psalms 109
The rich irony is that those who have chosen this Bible verse as a slogan clearly have no idea of the context and meaning of that which they quote.
The Bible clearly says the exact opposite of that which they imply.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Donald Trump took $107 million promised to charities ... and kept it
Donald Trump wants attention for giving $1 million to those affected by recent hurricanes -- donations that so far haven't actually happened. But he's still sitting on a massive heap of cash from January which, despite promises, hasn't gone to help anyone but Trump. It's been eight months. How much has been given out? None. None at all.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, February 15, 2016 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.
(23 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 18, 2011 How the GOP stole America
If you listen to the news, you might think we went on a spending spree. You might think we shoved fresh billions into social programs, or gave fat pay raises to government workers, or that there's been some huge expansion of the government bureaucracy. That's not quite what happened.
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Breaking: Homeland Security, FBI, Others Advise Coordinated Occupy Crackdowns
Over the past ten days, more than a dozen cities have moved to evict "Occupy" protesters from city parks and other public spaces. As was the case in last night's move in New York City, each of the police actions shares a number of characteristics. And according to one Justice official, each of those actions was coordinated with help from Homeland Security, the FBI and other federal police agencies.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 5, 2010 Israel "Accidentally" Distributes Video Mocking Flotilla Dead
Think of it - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office "accidentally" promoting a video, made by a former adviser of his, that mocks the Gaza aid flotilla dead. Inconceivable? Think again! For such a timely video to be "accidentally" released by a Netanyahu-led Israeli government seems more than a bit suspicious.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, January 13, 2012 Occupy Wall Street and the Scent of Revolution
Loss of patience by the masses means the force of change has been unchained; there is no longer the weight of mass disapproval damping down the protests.
When the power elite see the masses slip away from them, they know they are down to their own resources: police and army.
(39 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 18, 2012 The Rush Limbaugh advertiser backlash is knocking down the radio networks
On Friday, November 16, Dial Global took a huge financial hit, resulting in the company voluntarily de-listing from NASDAQ. Dial Global's stock dropped by nearly 77 percent. The company identified three causes for its troubles, including "advertisers' response to controversial statements by a certain nationally syndicated talk radio personality in MARCH 2012."
(13 comments) SHARE Monday, November 25, 2013 Christian Militia Claims "Authority" To Shoot And Kill Obama
So now, Right-Wing "Christian" extremists are making death threats against President Obama, and on Facebook. The administrator, "Everest," for the Facebook group Christian American Patriots Militia begins his post on November 19th, with: "We now have the authority to shoot Obama, i.e., to kill him."
Well, it's a federal crime, i.e., a felony to make threats against any president.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 2, 2012 The Cancerous Politics and Ideology of the Susan G. Komen Foundation
This week it became clear there are things more important to the Susan G. Komen Foundation--the fundraising giant that each year during breast cancer awareness month virtually swathes the United States in pink, a la Christo--than ensuring women are able to access exams for early detection of breast cancer. In a word: Politics.
SHARE Saturday, May 12, 2018 DeVos Has a Plan To Force Taxpayers to Fund Religious Schools
It is no secret that DeVos hates the public school system for a variety of reasons, but chief among them is that they are not taxpayer funded evangelical madrassas and they do not yet exist to enrich her wealthy cohorts in the corporate private and religious school movement.
(11 comments) SHARE Friday, April 20, 2018 After being sued, Alex Jones suddenly believes Sandy Hook actually happened
Alex Jones has stoked the fires of people who believe conspiracy theories that somehow connect a super vast evil conspiracy -- so vampirish and insidious in nature, so cruel and power-hungry -- that instead of actually killing people and covering it up, they pretend to kill people and then cover up that cover up. People like Alex Jones are the only time I vaguely hope that there is an actual hell.
(15 comments) SHARE Monday, September 22, 2014 US elites beginning to realize there's a problem
the elites have noticed that their asset-bubble blowing economic schemes just aren't providing enough prosperity to keep everybody happy. And unless they can find some way to keep us peasants from resorting to the pitchforks, their wet dream of a democratic market economy as the end point of human history is in danger.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 21, 2017 I am truly shaken by Kelly's Press Conference
The media have fed into this belief that Kelly is somehow this Savior of our Republic. The White Knight -- literally White. The brave man who will wrestle Trump to the ground when he tries to burn down the universe. They covered for Kelly, they made him out to be somehow explaining Trump to us in a compassionate and clear way.
(11 comments) SHARE Friday, January 20, 2012 16 year old girl threatened by Christians with beatings and worse
In Cranston, Rhode Island, 16 year old Jessica Ahlquist, a student at Cranston High School West, filed suit back in April along with the American Civil Liberties Union objecting on First Amendment grounds to a prayer banner hung in that school's auditorium.
(10 comments) SHARE Friday, November 20, 2015 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."
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Koch brothers freak out in response to Rolling Stone expose
Tim Dickinson's fantastic expose of the Koch brothers in the latest issue of Rolling Stone has gotten plenty of attention. For very good reason: it's a well-sourced, deep dive into the very toxic--literally toxic--business that earned the Kochs enough money to buy up an entire political party.
(13 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 12, 2010 "vote conservative"? my response to a right wing brother
The writer has very, very conservative men in her family. a recent correspondence led to her brother inviting her to vote conservative in November. She described her response: I do not usually engage any of these men in political discussions because it is usually the verbal equivalent of repeatedly hitting my head into a granite wall, but this time I just couldn't help it.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, November 23, 2012 German reporter goes underground at Fundamentalist Christian Madrassa Patrick Henry College
Amrai Coen, a writer for the German weekly Die Zeit, wanted to visit Patrick Henry College, but the college administration refused her visit since the school had "bad experiences with foreign journalists." Undeterred, Amrai posed as a prospective student and showed up on campus on "Visitor's Day". Her piece on her experience that day provides a rare inside glimpse of life at America's Madrassa
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 8, 2009 President Obama asks Rep. Conyers Why He is "Demeaning" Him
An interesting story in the Hill. Representative Conyers recently received a call from President Obama:
Conyers, the second-longest-serving member of the House, said, "[Obama] called me and told me that he heard that I was demeaning him and I had to explain to him that it wasn't anything personal, it was an honest difference on the issues. And he said, ‘Well, let's talk about it.'"
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 12, 2014 Some of Christie's Potential Felonies
The starting list of the potential charges include official misconduct, interference with transportation, risk of causing widespread injury, and criminal coercion, including both state and Federal statutes. Penalties are magnified by the Patriot Act, because the Port Authority is under a heightened state of alert. These could even be prosecuted as "terrorist acts...
(17 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 16, 2012 I have been a gun owner for more than 30 years...
I hunt. Much of the meat that my family eats during the year comes from local wild game and I derive great satisfaction from the experience of hunting and the ability to feed my family locally sourced, organic, environmentally friendly game that I procure, butcher, and prepare myself. I have never joined the NRA. I have been invited many times but I was initially turned off by their absolutist position on gun regulation...
(10 comments) SHARE Friday, November 24, 2017 Why Franken is different
Franken's alleged crimes were not abuses of power. They were (at worst) abuses of consent. Tweeden consented to a kiss, even if she didn't like the way he did it. All three women accusing him of grabbing their butts consented to a hug -- they asked him for a selfie, they invited him to put his arm around them. They may not have liked how he did it, but he had their consent first.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 16, 2009 Lefties Call for Alliance with Paulies Against War
Speaker after speaker spoke of having worked for, campaign for, raised money for and enthusiastically supported Obama's presidential campaign, but feeling a sense of betrayal at the announcement of the escalation into Afghanistan.
(35 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 1, 2014 The Civil War never ended. The neo-Confederate tea party fights on
I was the great-granddaughter of enslaved people freed by the war. My great-grand-uncle Dennis Weaver (black), was a former slave, freed by early emancipation in Washington, D.C., in 1862, who enlisted immediately in Company D, 1st Regiment, United States Colored Troops (USCT).
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 19, 2017 Taxpayer money is going toward defending Trump's businesses from lawsuits
If you're one of the Americans who will soon be paying more in taxes should Senate Republicans follow the lead of House Republicans in passing their latest version of rich person-centric tax "reform," rest assured that your money won't be going to waste. Why, some of it will be going to the noble White House effort to defend Donald Trump's private for-profit businesses from lawsuits.
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 6, 2013 The Return of the 19th Century
A friend once told me that the wealthy elite didn't want to just "roll back" the New Deal, they wanted to roll back the entire 20th Century. His point was that all the social gains of the 20th Century were granted to us in order to combat global communism, and that with the collapse of communism the wealthy elite are going it take it all back.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 10, 2018 Donald Trump gave a huge gift to Vladimir Putin, and may have saved the Russian government
Everything else that Trump has or hasn't done about Russia, any sanctions, any tariffs, any expelled diplomats, absolutely pales in comparison to the huge boost he provided to the Russian economy by backing away from the Iran nuclear deal. In fact, short of actually starting a shooting war in the region, it's difficult to find anything else that Trump might have done of more benefit to Putin.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 10, 2010 Pentagon Reacts To Heavy Fire Over DADT Survey
Yesterday, gay and lesbian advocates took sharp aim at the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" survey the Pentagon finally made available on Wednesday to 400,000 troops. Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United said:
"It is simply impossible to imagine a survey with such derogatory and insulting wording, assumptions, and insinuations going out about any other minority group in the military."
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, September 28, 2015 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.
SHARE Sunday, February 18, 2018 The first rule of White House Wife-Beaters Club is don't talk about ... the wives
We have a White House that is literally full of wife beaters and potential foreign assets, people that could easily be compromised and blackmailed, who are high-value targets for foreign intelligence services from China, Israel, Germany, and even Russia. Does the White House do the right thing? Nope, not until someone else forces them to.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, November 18, 2011 Unions and progressive groups launching 'Occupy Congress'
The occupy movement is morphing and changing in creative, powerful ways.
A coalition of unions and progressive groups including the SEIU, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), the Center for Community Change and others is launching "Occupy Congress":
"Thousands of people have signed up to come to Capitol Hill during the first week in December,"
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Scott Walker Peeved That NYT Refuses to Publish His Op/Ed
It's pretty obvious why the Times declined to print the piece. In 12 paragraphs, Walker alternately whines about his persecution by liberals and trumpets his grandiose vision of himself as savior of all that "true" Americans hold dear. I've heard less trash talk and whining on school playgrounds during recess.
SHARE Thursday, November 30, 2017 Flynn flips, Kushner talks, and Trump posts Nazi snuff films
Flynn may actually have something valuable to offer against Trump. What Mueller wanted out of Kushner may have been directly related to Flynn's off-the-books connections to Russia, or he may have been collecting details for an obstruction of justice case.Either way, it appears to have pushed some of Trump's very easy-to-push buttons.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 8, 2015 Republicans Move To Gut Social Security Benefits on Their First Day in Power
The "demonization" of those receiving Disability payments is part of the broader overall GOP strategy of shifting money out of Social Security to pay for the Republicans' main priority -- tax cuts for corporations and multi-millionaires. Republicans are declaring war on middle class Americans, to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest.
SHARE Saturday, September 12, 2009 Why Jews are liberals and Norman Podhoretz is wrong as usual
Norman Podhoretz began his political life on the Trotskyite left but swung sharply to the right and edited the conservative magazine Commentary for more than three decades. His latest book is called "Why Are Jews Liberals?", and he published a few thoughts on the subject in the Wall Street Journal this week.
(18 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 17, 2011 Mass Mobilization to Save Workers' Rights: From the Front Lines in WI
Wisconsin is in the middle of a massive popular uprising. Last Friday, our newly elected Tea-Party governor, Scott Walker, introduced a "budget repair bill" clearly aimed not at fixing our budget at all, but at eliminating public sector unions in Wisconsin.
This is a naked power grab designed to make the current right-wing control of our state government permanent. Only unions endorsing walker were exempted.
SHARE Friday, January 4, 2019 Mitt Romney Folds, Announces Support For Wall
While Romney's lack of courage and conviction is hardly surprising, it's still a bit of a disappointment for anyone holding out just a sliver of hope that he had actually grown a backbone. But at least there's a silver lining: we no longer have to waste time and energy taking him seriously.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 5, 2016 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.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, September 29, 2014 Stunning Op-Ed in NYT: How Israel Silences Dissent
it's not every day that we see the New York Times, of all publications, publish such a damning illustration of the current political climate in this so-called pluralistic democracy when it comes to tolerating dissent on the issue of Palestinian rights and sovereignty.
The situation inside of Israel for those who dare to speak out against the state's tactics against the Palestinians is nothing short of dire:
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 10, 2015 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, July 1, 2013 Ed Snowden Reveals His Nuclear Option
It seems that Ed Snowden has guaranteed that he will not be silenced - or, rather, that the information he gathered on the NSA's (constitutionally-questionable) spying activities will not be buried. No matter what happens to him, the info will be made public.
(44 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Couric's anti-vaccination segment a symptom of wider scientific illiteracy
Because Katie Couric did a show giving voice to meritless anti-vaccine forces, people are going to die. You really can't get around that; the deaths may be decades from now, and the links from here to there may never be recognized even by the people around whom the threads are tied, but somewhere in the Katie Couric audience there are going to be people who are not going to vaccinate their children against a deadly disease
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 19, 2012 ALEC Sends Out an SOS to Breitbart Bloggers
Shortly after issuing a press release announcing that it was disbanding its "Public Safety and Elections Task Force" after 30 years, theAmerican Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) held a training for the right-wing blogosphere.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, November 18, 2013 This Is How The Middle Class Dies
While the media's talking heads rent their garments in phony outrage, Republicans crowed with delight, and so-called Democrats wrung their hands and pointed fingers about the troubled launch of the Affordable Care Act, a starker example of our country's frightening economic trajectory manifested itself in Seattle this week.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 15, 2013 No, Facebook is Really Not Your "Friend"
The wonders a concerned billionaire can work in a mere month!
It seems like only yesterday (March, exactly) that the Facebook wunderkind was hosting fundraisers for Chris Christie and musing about dipping his toes into the warm, inviting political waters to which all billionaires are drawn, if only by their consciences and an acute understanding of their own importance.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 28, 2012 The stunning truth about healthcare pricing
Healthcare costs are neither realistic nor consistent. Americans purchase insurance with the expectation of getting reduced out-of-pocket healthcare costs, but instead pay more than they would if they just paid cash -- sometimes, much, much more.
(11 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 7, 2013 In the time it took Adam Lanza to reload, 11 children escaped.
"We learned, the way that no other parents should learn, that the most dangerous, dangerous part of an assault weapon is the magazine," Nicole Hockley, whose son Dylan, 6, was killed Dec. 14, said at a press conference with other parents at the Capitol Monday morning.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Trump defends white supremacist/neo-Nazi violence, says "alt-left" also to blame
Donald Trump tried on Tuesday to make an infrastructure announcement but the press conference quickly spiraled out of control when he justified his reprehensible handling of the Charlottesville violence by defending the supremacist/neo-Nazi protest and blaming "both sides," including what he called the "alt-left."
(17 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Absolutely Unimaginable This Could Happen In America
David Eckert finished shopping at the Wal-Mart in Deming. According to a federal lawsuit, Eckert didn't make a complete stop at a stop sign coming out of the parking lot and was immediately stopped by law enforcement. Eckert was then subjected to repeated and humiliating forced medical procedures.
SHARE Sunday, February 11, 2018 Wake Up Angry, Go To Bed Seething, Wake Up Furious. Rinse, Repeat.
The Criminal in the Oval Office never did an hour of public service in his life and is wholly, completely and totally unfit for the office. Everything he has done up to this point demonstrates a malignant hatred for and intent to destroy the foundations and institutions upon this country was built. He is in a very literal sense a form of cancer on the Republic.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 14, 2013 Walking While "Tan:" 16 yo Son Trailed
After partial recovery from a sports injury, the writer's son's doctor told him to exercise, so he decided to take a walk in his neighborhood.
It was his place in the whole wide world, with all the happy, warm, and secure feelings a child attaches to their home .
However, on this day as he walking through his neighborhood, he noticed that whereever he went, a woman in Mercedes seemed to be whereever he was.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 2, 2018 Ivanka denies Daddy authorized "lethal force" at the border -- until she's shown the video
Like her father, Ivanka has spent a lifetime trying to convince herself that she isn't a solidly mediocre person who was born on top of a rigged system. Her interests have always been dominated by her own wants, and being on the staff of the White House is simply another branding opportunity she can use to further her financial gains -- while trying to inflate her fragile ego.
SHARE Saturday, August 10, 2019 Trump threw a hissy fit on Air Force One for not getting enough praise for his hospital visit
Trump traveled to Dayton and El Paso to wreak havoc. In lieu of providing comfort to the victims, he used this opportunity to spout out the false claim of how he can pack an arena. Then he attacked the media, Democratic public officials in Dayton, and Democratic presidential candidates while visiting the hospital victims. Sickeningly, the White House tweeted that Trump was treated "like a rock star."
(19 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 30, 2013 A Progressive Pope is Driving the Wingnuts Batty
As Pope Francis comes more and more out of the Progressive Closet he begins to gain more and more pushback from the Rightwing who have long claimed that their Unrepentant Greed was Godly.
(16 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Trump Is Creating an Authoritarian Dictatorship - Here's Why
By almost every act, Trump is building an oligarchic authoritarian dictatorship.
If there is an overarching pattern in the Trump regime's first months, it is a steady move toward oligarchy verging on authoritarian dictatorship.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 13, 2018 Who will ultimately bring down Trump? You'll never guess.
Scalawags like Manafort, Flynn, Cohen et al, may have fancy stories to tell, and very damaging to Trump to boot. And there may be files, and even audio to back them up. But it's still going to be one person, or several people, that you have never heard of before, and never will again, who will finally drop the hammer on Trump's fat, empty head.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, July 28, 2017 Mitch McConnell is a sad, sad turtle
In the aftermath of the vote, McConnell was forced to admit that he was out of ideas. Out of options. And that, worst of all, the only option remaining to Republicans was to ... work with the Democrats. McConnell stumbled through a mumbled, downbeat speech in which he said he'd "like to hear their ideas, I really would." And now, he will.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 29, 2015 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 19, 2019 Trump THREATENS Fox News: "I'm Not Happy with Fox and I'm the One Who Calls the Shots"
The evidence that Fox News is just a subdivision of the Republican Party (or vice versa) continues to pile up. And the closeness of that relationship has never been stronger than it has during the administration of Donald Trump. Fox News and Trump share a profound intimacy wherein the State TV network will unceasingly defend the President and malign his critics, while he sings the praises of his most devoted Trump-fluffers.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 6, 2018 Donald Trump Jr. is already under the bus -- and Trump senior just keeps driving
There are at least two reasons why Trump should suddenly be grumbling about Trump Jr.'s upcoming time in handcuffs. Not only is Michael Cohen willing to testify that he lied to the Senate and mislead investigators, Rick Gates was also at that meeting. Gates agreed to cooperate with the Mueller investigation months ago, and so has likely already provided information on this meeting.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 22, 2017 Polls: Media offer fake news, but news from Trump seen as phoniest of all
Trump constantly attacks legitimate news organizations as fake news. But the StudySoup survey showed that nearly 60 percent of Americans consider what they're being fed from the Trump White House as the real fake news. No surprise there, as the Washington Post count of Trump's accumulated lies topped 1,300 by mid-October.
(17 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 26, 2014 President? REALLY? 5 Things You Don't Know About JEB
Jeb is a has-been whose last campaign was 14 years ago. During that time he has not done anything productive or constructive -- except try to get rich. What he considers his biggest legacy, education, has turned out to be a failure and liability. He also faces a changed country: its a lot browner, and his potential supporters have gotten a lot more racist and crazier. But suddenly, he is now the GOP front-runner.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 19, 2012 Catholic bishops threaten to sue for their right to hate lady parts
The bishops got their puppets in Congress to introduce bills on their behalf -- which the American people overwhelmingly opposed. They even got themselves invited to the boys-only congressional hearing on birth control -- because who understands birth control better than a bunch of supposedly celibate men?
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, February 16, 2018 After a year in office, Trump still doesn't understand what a filibuster is
What this little temper tantrum is more proof of is that Trump has no interest in making a deal. He's still insisting on his proposal, now in the House (which will mostly likely never get voted on). He wants to deport the Dreamers, and every move he's made since September when he cancelled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals demonstrates that.
SHARE Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Attorney General Sessions interviewed by Special Counsel Mueller
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned for several hours last week by the special counsel's office as part of the investigation into Russia's meddling in the election and whether the president obstructed justice since taking office, according to a Justice Department spokeswoman.
(10 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 8, 2013 CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta does an about-face on marijuana
It's not often you see someone as high profile as Dr. Sanjay Gupta change their mind on such a polarizing topic as marijuana. Back in 2009, he penned an op-ed for Time Magazine declaring he had researched the effectiveness of medical marijuana, listened to both sides of the debate, and decided he would vote no on pot (Time Magazine paywall).
This morning he's apologizing and announcing he's completely changed his mind.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 22, 2018 Ten Reasons This National Nightmare Is Going To End: Saturday's Good News
This is the beginning of the end of Trump. We knew that he wouldn't go down easy. We knew that the crazy would get worse before it got better. And that is where we are now. His crazy is becoming more extreme and although that is a part of this process, it sure doesn't feel good. It is scary, but we have to have faith that this will end, because it will.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 27, 2019 There is a strategy behind Trump's madness, and it's already much later than you think
The news that Donald Trump is openly feeding classified information to Devin Nunes should be upsetting. It not only represents a complete upending of the standard relationship between the executive branch and the legislative branch, but it's just one aspect of a threat that Trump has set down brick by brick, until it has America poised on the edge of a cliff that many don't even seem to realize is looming.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 28, 2016 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 20, 2019 Democrats need leaders to take Trump on. Pelosi And Schumer aren't cutting it.
The Democratic Party cannot fulfill its constitutional responsibilities because its leadership lives in abject terror of being ejected from office by alienating the voters to whom Trump's nationalism appeals. In effect, the majority of the American electorate, which voted against Trump in 2016 and then gave the Democrats a House majority in 2018, has no representation.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 3, 2015 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."
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 21, 2010 It's time to put Howard Dean back in charge
Howard Dean is a winner. He understands exactly what the average Democrat stands for and votes for. He also understands exactly how disgusting the right-wing and the Republican Party are. He's not afraid to spread the truth about the right, and if that truth happens to hurt a few wittle wight-wing feewings, well, TOO F*CKING BAD.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 9, 2019 Nadler tells CNN, 'This is formal impeachment proceedings'
Well, there you go. Looks like the campaign to take our country back from the rancid orange Jell-O mold is still on track. Politico: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said publicly for the first time on Thursday that his panel is...
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 2, 2017 UK cyber analyst: I was recruited
If you haven't seen Friday's Wall Street Journal, there are two huge developments in the Trump/Russia story. First, a GOP operative named Peter W. Smith actively recruited people to help obtain Hillary Clinton's private emails; and according to Smith, he was working with Trump campaign adviser Michael Flynn in this attempt.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, August 14, 2017 NY Times editorial board lambasts Trump
Trump probably does not care what the "failing New York Times has to say about him, but a lot of people will. That this is a statement by the entire editorial board will also carry a lot of weight.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Rudy Giuliani's soon-to-be third ex-wife says he was cheating ... again. And where is Rudy?
Rudy Giuliani has a history of being an unfaithful ass to women. He began publicly flaunting his relationship with Judith Nathan in 2000, while he was married to Donna Hanover. And if you think breaking up with someone by text is bad, recall that Donna Hanover found out her marriage was over when Rudy held a press conference announcing he was divorcing her. It was ugly.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 5, 2019 Veteran NBC News Reporter Resigns, Says Network "Could No Longer Keep Up With The World"
Journalist William Arkin has been at NBC News on and off for 30 years, as a military analyst, a reporter, and a consultant. Arkin is a critic of what he calls "perpetual war" and the "creeping fascism of homeland security." His memo of resignation touches on those facts and the fact that "the world and the state of journalism [are] in tandem crisis."
(16 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 10, 2017 So you think it's okay to kill a bunch of kids, Pastor Jeffress? Shut your filthy pie-hole
If Trump were to decide to plunk down a half-dozen Nagasaki-sized nukes on North Korea, that would be just fine with this supposedly Christian preacher. He wouldn't even advise the man to ponder the words of Truman on this date in 1945 -- the day after Nagasaki was obliterated -- that he "didn't like the idea of killing [...] all those kids."
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 6, 2009 We're No. 19! We're No. 19!
or all those people obsessing about the U.S. finishing fourth in the 2016 Olympics sweepstakes, here's a number that ought to be a little more troubling.
We rank last among 19 comparable industrial countries in preventable deaths.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 3, 2012 Rick Ungar: More Proof Big-Profit Insurers Doomed; Single Payer Coming Sooner Rather Than Later
As many of you who follow health care issues are probably aware, Forbes Columnist Rick Ungar recently garnered national attention for his argument that the Affordable Care Act MLR rules will lead to the death of the for-profit, bloodsucking, health insurance industry sooner rather than later.
Well, today, he's back with some more evidence, and let's hope he's correct:
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 7, 2018 So He Thinks Canada Burned Down the White House In The War Of 1812
That Trump is more or less perceived by world leaders either as a cautionary tale of what can go wrong in a Democratic system, as a petulant toddler to be exploited for profit, or simply as an imbecile to be patiently waited out until he either leaves or is otherwise removed from office, has by now been amply established.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Evangelicals: God Sent Trump to be King
the far right have been pushing a meme for several years now that Donald Trump, conman and egomaniac, has been sent by God to be "a vessel for the purposes of the faithful" in the role of King of the United States of America.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 11, 2012 An open letter to Occupy Wall Street, lose the masks
I am asking you to lose the masks.
When we put our faces out in the world we put a face on human suffering and economic exploitation. The issues can not have a human face if the people fighting for those issues hide behind masks.
When we take off our masks we are stronger.
The violence that has plagued Occupy Wall Street can not be ignored. That violence has largely been committed by people in masks.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 1, 2013 Ending the criminal insanity of the concept of corporations as people
if corporations are going to be viewed as people in the rights department, then let them be people elsewise, too. No special protections, for example, from the death penalty. When their crimes warrant such punishment the way an actual individual's would, end their existence by tearing up their charter and turning them into non-entities.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 17, 2011 Toward a balanced budget: First end the Bush era tax cuts
As the Congressional Budget Office and other objective budget analysts begin to reveal that eliminating the Bush era tax cuts is reducing the deficit by a much greater percentage than the president has initially suggested, it will become clear that we have less need to cut the types of programs that make this the America we believe in. We must begin by cutting the Bush era tax cuts.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 19, 2017 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 13, 2020 The editor of Science magazine is pissed off
The long-time leader of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has been telling the president repeatedly that developing the vaccine will take at least a year and a half -- the same message conveyed by pharmaceutical executives. Apparently, Trump thought that simply repeating his request would change the outcome.
SHARE Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Bloomberg Bans Food Donations to Homeless Shelters
The Bloomberg administration is taking the term "food police" to new depths, blocking food donations to all government-run facilities that serve the homeless. The Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can't assess the content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans...
(15 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 29, 2016 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 19, 2017 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, July 17, 2017 Joe Biden on Trumpcare: "It's Enough to Make Your Blood Boil."
Former Vice-President Joe Biden wrote an op-ed today in the Washington Post in which he excoriates Trumpcare. He tells the story of how Obamacare gave security and peace of mind to millions of Americans and how Trump and the Republicans are trying to take that away.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 5, 2017 Donald Trump has a "Tell"
"I said to myself ..." When Trump says those words, pay attention to what follows, because there is no one he wants to impress more -- than himself. That's one captive audience, I suppose. One he still hopes to impress, if he just keeps bluffing his way through his brand new "surreal experience."
SHARE Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Santorum's attack on college education is no joke
When Mitt Romney attacks "liberals" for questioning his many homes and cars as showing they are "jealous of success," and Romney, Santorum and many others attack the Occupy Wall Street movement for questioning what the 1 percent has done to America, they are making it clear they like the way things are and they intend to keep it that way.
SHARE Wednesday, February 12, 2014 NEW STUDY: Corporate Welfare Makes the Rich Lazy
Contrary to conventional wisdom, tax breaks and corporate welfare structures turn the ultra-rich into lazy moochers, and not motivated corporate citizens.
By monitoring the daily lives of CEOs heading America's largest tax dodgers, the Society for Motivated Americans (SMA) was able to conclude that extreme corporate welfare benefits make the super-rich lazy and complacent.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 3, 2017 Mueller looks for ways to pardon-proof his case against Trump
Donald Trump has already demonstrated that he'll pardon anyone, even if that person is clearly guilty and even if a sentence hasn't yet been handed down. The pardoning of Joe Arpaio is a clear signal to those who took part in Trump-Russia that if they just keep their mouth's shut, a nice pardon is waiting for them when the special counsel comes around.
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 13, 2011 Republicans directly to blame for S&P credit downgrade
It is now becoming readily apparent that yes, rational policy makers, economists, and business leaders do very much resent the moronic stances of the current Republican Party, and have no particular interest in seeing them continue.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 24, 2012 Why You Should Care About What is Going on in Tucson
Look. America cannot make the best of the 21st century and reach whatever potential might be there to reach by 2100 unless as a country, we learn to face reality. We have issues. The business of getting it together and trying to progress is the business of seeing clearly...
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 23, 2013 No place for principled lefties
The victory represented by the election of Barack Obama was also a tragedy, as it turns out. The sellout was predictable, perhaps inevitable but was surprising in its swiftness and completeness. From day one it was clear that we'd been had. The 1% neocon/neoliberal cabal wasted no time asserting itself through their new spokesperson. President Obama, as presidents do, made his loyalty to the empire evident.
SHARE Thursday, October 26, 2017 Congress to investigate deal that awarded $300M contract to Trump donor
the Whitefish deal already looks ... extremely fishy. A firm whose biggest previous job was building less than five miles of electrical line in Arizona was given the mammoth task of taking on a shattered electrical system that stretches over 2,400 miles. To award the contract to Whitefish, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority ignored reciprocal agreements that could have brought in far more help far more quickly.
SHARE Thursday, October 19, 2017 Breitbart, Palin spread fake news story blaming California fires on an immigrant man
A collection of right-wing websites teamed up with half-term nitwit Sarah Palin to spread a fake news story that appeared to pin the Northern California wildfires that have tragically killed at least 40 people, onto an immigrant man who was arrested at a park in Sonoma, California. Jesus Fabian Gonzales -- who "often sleeps in the park and is well-known to law enforcement."
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Meet the new White House press secretary, who brings a history of trying to get people fired
Now that we have all had sufficient time to grieve the tragic loss of resigning White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who had developed such a phobia of the White House briefing room that she could no longer enter it and, sadly, was reduced to holding her press scrums on the outside driveway, it is time to look at the new hire for her position.
SHARE Saturday, May 5, 2018 Washington Post: Trump is lying more often now than he did even last year
Trump openly propagandizes in the manner of authoritarians and dictatorships; he not only dismisses facts that he considers hostile to his government but invents new ones wholesale, attempting to bully the press into accepting them and broadcasting them as their new, pro-himself reality. In the best case, he is delusional or pathological, a man mentally unfit for the office. In the best case. The worst case is just as likely.
SHARE Monday, February 18, 2013 Boomers vs. Millennials... and the economy
You're starting to see a lot of ink getting spilled on the pages of magazines about the generational conflict.
Generally the articles are so vague they are useless. However, there is one common thread they all talk about: the economy and who has it tougher.
SHARE Tuesday, January 17, 2012 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Begs New Yorkers To Protect Him From Out-Of-State Forces
Walker has repeatedly slammed the influence of out-of-state money in the recall effort against him, and also repeatedly claimed that his "reforms" are helping the Wisconsin economy. So, naturally, on the day that one million recall signatures are filed against him, he is in New York City collecting money from the founder of the Wall Street group that played a key role in crashing the worldwide economy.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 9, 2014 Republican senators seek to block funds to combat Ebola
On one hand we've got an existential threat that has conservative pundits in a frothing tizzy over how Obama isn't leading and how the government isn't responding and we're all going to die, and on the other hand those conservatives vow to block the government from spending money on responding to it.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, April 16, 2021 MAGA world rages after Ivanka gets the Fauci ouchie
Ivanka Trump has spent the past five years trying to position herself in the public's mind as the "reasonable" Trump. Granted, that's a pretty low bar For Ivanka, the trick is to tacitly endorse every horrible thing her father does.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 14, 2020 Jared Kushner puts his foot deeply in his mouth but it's more scary than funny
There is only one possible answer to the question of whether the presidential election will be held on November 3, 2020. That answer is "Of course it will. Elections are the foundation of our democracy and the date of the election is set by law." That's not the answer First Son-in-Law Jared Kushner gave.
(9 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 13, 2013 The real reason for the GOP's all-out war on Obamacare
At its core, the Republicans' scorched-earth opposition to Obamacare has never been so much about "freedom" or "limited government" or any other right-wing ideological buzzword as it has been about political power, pure and simple. Now as for the past 20 years, Republicans have feared not that health care reform would fail the American people, but that it would succeed.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 8, 2014 Keystone Isn't Any Normal Pipeline
We can estimate how much carbon-driven climate change will cost society in years to come by adding up its effects on things like agriculture, human health, and property damage from floods. They call this the social cost of carbon. And when you run the numbers on Keystone, you see that tar sands oil could cause up to $128 billion in extra damage from climate change over the pipeline's lifetime.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Republican Gov. Mike Pence says not giving food to the unemployed will "ennoble" them
I'm not sure lower-income Americans are going to be able to survive all the "ennobling" things Republicans are doing for them. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker already explained how preventing Americans from obtaining life-saving health insurance will help them "live the American Dream"; now fellow Republican governor and do-gooder Mike Pence wants to further "ennoble" state residents by cutting off their food stamps.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 1, 2018 The many legal exposures of Hope Hicks spell double trouble for Trump
Hicks, who was interviewed by the special counsel's team in December, could be central to both the conspiracy and obstruction cases being built by Robert Mueller. And as she admitted in her testimony before the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday, she had sometimes found it necessary to tell white lies to cover the tracks of her perfidious boss.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, November 28, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 5, 2017 White House says Trump won't sign DACA replacement, has no interest in helping Dreamers
Huckabee Sanders went so far as to call Trump's actions "compassionate" because the announcement doesn't kick Dreamers out immediately. She indicated that Trump could have kicked out Dreamers immediately, and should be given credit for protecting Dreamers. Despite Trump's many claims to a "heart," his actions were brutally cruel.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 2, 2013 The Voting Rights Act Decision may be the worst Thing Ever - For Conservatives
As we all know the GOP is demographically doomed, and that their efforts at outreach to minority constituents are pathetic and laughable.
But here's the thing. One of the biggest motivations for minority turnout in the last election wasn't just the fact that Barack Obama was again on the ballot - it was also in defiance of the outrageous attempts to disenfranchise people from the Vote
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 29, 2015 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.
SHARE Sunday, May 17, 2020 Former Kushner employee writes scathing critique of Boy Blunder's COVID-19 response
Elizabeth Spiers, who now serves as chief executive of the Insurrection, a progressive digital messaging firm, once worked for Jared Kushner as editor-in-chief of the New York Observer, a newspaper Boy Kush purchased when he was a callow 25-year-old -- much younger, though equally as naive and gormless, as the callow 39-year-old he is today.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 28, 2014 Papantonio: Hobby Lobby Is DOA
a carnival of unintended consequences will be unleashed should our venerated SCOTUS, inc. decide to grant supernatural powers to every corporation in America.
Attorney Mike Papantonio says it would completely alter corporate law on such a grand scale, "It would pierce the corporate veil," and allow law suits to proceed against the owners of a corporation for the illegal or negligent acts of the corporation
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Mary Trump book: Donald had a proxy take his SATs for him
One of the biggest mysteries in the universe more vexing than the search for a unified field theory is the question of how in the hell Donald Trump got into Wharton, one of the most prestigious business schools in the world.
SHARE Wednesday, February 3, 2016 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."
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Obamacare enrollments surging, HealthCare.gov working better
The people will come. They're not freaked out over what most people perceive as inevitable: a problematic new government program. They're not abandoning support for the program in droves. They're not calling for an end to the program. They're patient enough to give it time to work, even if Republicans and the traditional media are not.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 27, 2014 Hillary Clinton Loses
Clinton should issue an apology to Ray McGovern. She was in charge of the State Department and bears the ultimate responsibility for what was done to McGovern. The least she can do is take responsibility and issue an apology.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, April 29, 2013 The Reinhart and Rogoff Errors Discredit the Obama Administration and Austerity
...a statement that bugs me a lot lately and that statement is that this was the go to analysis for the Republicans as if Democrats have never referred to it in any way. I'm here to say that is complete BS and we know this now. The Sequester created by the WH and passed in a bipartisan way, was based on Reinhart and Rogoff's BS analysis about scary long term debt to GDP ratios like their offer to cut Social Security
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Donald Trump finally notices Puerto Rico -- long enough to blame them for their problems
The responsibility for what's happening Puerto Rico can't be shuffled off or evaded. Maria may have damaged the island, but Donald Trump is turning that disaster into a lingering catastrophe. More than half of the Americans on the island don't have safe drinking water, and after prolonged silence, Trump decided this would be a good time to emphasize to Puerto Ricans the money they owe to Wall Street.
SHARE Wednesday, January 9, 2019 White "nationalist" Stephen Miller wrote the hate speech that Trump gave
We are witnessing the apotheosis of this wholesale scam being perpetrated on the American people by Donald Trump and his white supremacist chief policy adviser, Stephen Miller. Someone like Stephen Miller should never been allowed inside the people's White House, let alone put in a position to make policy. He has already left an awful stain on this nation, one that may never wash away.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 18, 2014 Dumbest Police Chief in America
I am scratching my head over how it is humanly possible to be as clueless as the St. Louis County and Ferguson police departments. To make one mistake is understandable but to have EVERYTHING you do be a complete f*ck up is astounding.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 19, 2015 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.
SHARE Monday, May 7, 2018 Puerto Rico. A Reality No American Citizen Should Ever Have to Face
For so many thousands of families, a once revered time has become the dreaded hour that light fades, leaving them shrouded in a darkness they've suffered for 228 days. No American should still be living this nightmare, but, here we are, only three weeks from the start of our next hurricane season.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 20, 2012 Remember Phila's racist swim club? Here's how the story ends.
remember the story of Valley Swim Club, in the Philadelphia suburbs. Having contracted with a local summer program to let its campers use the pool one day a week in 2009, it rescinded the contract after the Black and Hispanic kids' first visit. As one camper recounted, "I heard a white lady say, 'What are all these black kids doing here? They might do something to my child,'"
The wheels of justice ground slowly but well.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Just how f*cking dumb do they think we are?
Almost every day Trump tweets out some inane nonsense proclaiming his innocence and whining about ongoing investigations. The worst thing this lying conman could have done was run for public office, as it was virtually guaranteed that all of his misdeeds, financial crimes, and dalliances would come to light. But the Republican majority stayed silent, or even defended Trump.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Dick Durbin: Don't rule out cuts to Social Security
Following up on fellow "Gang of Six" member Sen. Mark Warner's disturbing remarks about Social Security, Sen. Dick Durbin today comes right out with it: Social Security cuts are on the table in budget negotiations.
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Retirees could face pension cuts under plan being considered by Congress
Continuing to attack pensions and thereby promoting these vastly inadequate personal accounts that are speeding the U.S. toward a generation of elders living in dire poverty, is a disaster waiting to happen. Unfortunately, if Congress weakens pensions, the disaster may not have to wait that long.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Actual photo of the moment Democrats lost the white working class vote
It is taken as virtual gospel among progressives that Democrats once had a lock on white working class voters, but that position quickly eroded in the 1990s and later as party leaders pursued cuts to social programs, Wall Street deregulation, and anti-union trade agreements.
But what if the Democratic position among the white working class hasn't eroded at all outside the south?
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, February 28, 2014 Mysterious Break-Ins At Whistleblower Organizations. J. Radack Targeted
the office of a major Wash, DC national security whistleblowers organization was broken into last week.
The intruder or intruders left dozens of computers and other valuable office equipment untouched but jimmied open a file cabinet at the Project on Government Oversight, a private organization that has conducted several sensitive investigations in recent months, including a critical report on a controversial Pentagon...
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 27, 2012 David Koch fights Sandy relief
David Koch is competing with Wayne LaPierre for being the craziest Scrooge this holiday season. Koch's crusade is denying Sandy victims any emergency relief. Any relief. All relief. Suck it up, victims. That's easy for one of the world's richest men to say.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, November 21, 2014 Michele Bachmann warns of "illiterate foreign nationals" voting in 2016
Rep. Michele Bachmann is going a little off the Republican Party's desired message on President Obama's planned action on immigration. The official Republican message is that their anger is about executive overreach, not about scary brown people. Bachmann, though, is definitely focused on the scary brown people.
SHARE Friday, December 4, 2015 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."
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 1, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 8, 2015 Sam Brownback (R-KS) Signs Sweeping Anti-LGBT Executive Order
In an effort to stir up hysteria over continued claims of groups forcing churches to recognize gay couples despite their beliefs, Governor Brownback conflates the public sphere -- which has long acknowledged remarriage of Catholic spouses without the church required annulment -- with the private religious sphere.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 24, 2015 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 21, 2012 RNC Decides to Finish Destroying Democracy - Citizens United on Steroids
Republican National Committee Files Brief Seeking To Allow Corporations To Donate Directly To Campaigns. This law would mean that a corporation like Citibank could write a check to Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich for $5 billion and no one could do anything about it. This is Citizens United on steroids.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 22, 2011 House Republican leadership scrambling after yesterday's budget defeat
The stunning defeat yesterday of the Republican House leadership's continuing resolution has made for a sticky wicket for Speaker John Boehner. To recap: the government will run out of operating money at the end of September, so this continuing resolution has to be passed, and next week Congress is supposed to be out in order to accommodate the Jewish high holidays.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, May 24, 2013 It's Elizabeth Warren 2016, or the Same Old sh*t
recently fierce consumer advocate and needler of banks Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called out Wall Street regulators for their habit of giving tepid punishments to misbehaving banks, and asked the agencies to justify their policy of settling with the wrongdoers out of court.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 26, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 22, 2015 Jeb! Bush pouts over ad poking holes in his "my brother ... kept us safe" schtick
Jeb's whole "he kept us safe" schtick is based on the idea that 9/11 shouldn't in any way count against his brother's record of actually keeping us safe. But the ad also points out little things like economic devastation, the botched response to Hurricane Katrina, and, of course, the human cost of a war of choice.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 21, 2011 Never Forget The Power of the Strike
Strikes are hard, but strike we must. And those of us who have lives of comfort but understand the suffering of the people at large must be ready to sacrifice for those willing to risk it all. I don't know what it will take to finally bring American labor to understand that at some point the powers that be need to feel it where it hurts most, but when it does I'll stand with them with heart, soul, time and money.
(9 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 2, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 23, 2016 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, January 10, 2014 What Christie's BridgeGate Reveals about the GOP Culture of Hate
This guy is and has always been a Partisan Bully.
How could members of his staff think it wouldn't be alright to pull this three-day traffic prank on the Democratic Mayor of Fort Lee? HOW COULD THEY NOT?.
How could they not behave this way when even Jeb Bush - the supposed moderate - has to wonder aloud on twitter if the President closed the Vatican Embassy just to get Pay Back at the anti-Obamacare Nuns?
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 19, 2012 Hedge Funds Have Human Rights Too
Hedge funds have been known to use hardball tactics to make money. Now they have come up with a new one: suing Greece in a human rights court to make good on its bond payments. The novel approach would have the funds arguing in the European Court of Human Rights that Greece had violated bondholder rights[.]
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 30, 2018 Ginsburg says she'll be serving another 5 years -- and the pendulum will swing back to Democrats
In New York City on Sunday night, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stopped to chat with some of the press. CNN quotes Ginsburg as saying she intends to stay on the SCOTUS bench for another five years. "I'm now 85," Ginsburg said on Sunday. "My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years."
(13 comments) SHARE Monday, June 18, 2018 Laura Bush criticizes Trump immigration policy as immoral
Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert. We pride ourselves on being a moral nation, on being the nation that sends humanitarian relief to places devastated by natural disasters or famine or war. We must stop separating parents and children.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 28, 2011 The Power and Failure of Coercion
When my daughter Jessica entered the same school system where I had spent my career as a teacher--my hometown school system as well--I was faced with the challenge of how to balance my role as her father with being a colleague of the teachers she encountered over twelve years
SHARE 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.
SHARE Thursday, May 17, 2012 James O'Keefe's 'dead' North Carolina voter not dead yet
You'd think at this point James O'Keefe would have been burned enough to either do his homework better, or leave out the stuff that it's so easy to catch him lying about. Of course, if he were actually committed to telling the truth, I guess there wouldn't be anything to put in any of his videos. Because, outside of his stunts, voter fraud doesn't really happen.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 1, 2011 Eric Cantor Trying to Negotiate Year-end Trigger Bargain
This is really nothing more than an effort by Republicans to change the subject from taxes. They're sustaining some real damage from their insistence on protecting the rich from tax hikes, and are looking for any way to divert attention from that issue and to change the narrative.
SHARE Wednesday, November 5, 2014 About last night ...
So what's ahead? Well, we have a great cycle ahead of us, with boatload of Senate pickup opportunities, with Dem presidential-year turnout on tap. The GOP has a two-year Senate rental. The presidential math still looks brutal for the GOP. Demographic changes continue unabated. But we've got to look beyond this boom-bust electoral cycle.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, January 8, 2016 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 22, 2014 McDonald's fires woman arrested for letting her kid go to the park alone
It's a vicious catch-22 laid on top of an oppressive ethic of parenting that has mysteriously taken over the country during the past decade or two. And now this woman who was clearly fighting like hell to take care of her daughter the best she could has been arrested, has lost her job, and is under investigation by the Department of Social Services.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 3, 2020 Trump's Tell
Of all the analyses of the Trump debate disaster, one has not received enough attention. That was when Trump reacted to Biden's use of the term "smart."
SHARE Saturday, December 29, 2018 Trump signs executive order to freeze pay for federal workers while gov is still shut down
As President Donald Trump's partial government shutdown continues, he has issued an executive order to freeze the salary rates of federal employees at wherever they currently are. At stake? A 2.1 percent pay increase, applied across the board. This order from Trump came about on Friday, and would be in effect for 2019. This order would impact civilian workers.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 4, 2021 'Science Guy' Bill Nye would like a word with anti-vaxxers
With over 100 million American adults fully vaccinated, the possibility of our country's public health situation returning to a baseline of normality felt like it was within reach. Key word: was. Unfortunately, the same crew of people thwarting our...
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 26, 2013 The Dizzying Ways the Sequester Will Screw Us Over
The potential impact of the sequester is dizzying, taken state by state or nationally. From federal workers losing as much as 20 percent of their pay to travelers facing airport delays, the sequester's effects will be felt far and wide if Republicans keep holding the economy hostage to keep tax loopholes for wealthy people and corporations wide open.
SHARE Tuesday, September 9, 2014 Fighting racism " one keystroke at a time
How many times have you clicked on a news article or a blog piece, or watched a YouTube, only to find that the comments section attached to it is a slime pit of some of the most vile racist comments imaginable?
Too often, your response may be like mine has been at times--you shrug and decide, "I don't read comments." You click away, and move on to the next story, web page or video.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 1, 2012 Susan G. Komen for the Cure caves to anti-choicers, stops funding Planned Parenthood
For many low-income women, Planned Parenthood is their only source of health care. By caving to the anti-choice extremists who are determined to put Planned Parenthood out of business, Susan G. Komen for the Cure is essentially telling low-income women they're better off dying of cancer than having access to the screening and prevention that saves lives.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 12, 2012 How Occupy has defined the election
The Occupy Movement is quickly becoming an essential component of the progressive Village. But it takes more than a grassroots movement. It takes electoral activism and, yes, responsive politicians. Enter the Occupy Movement. The makings of a functional progressive village seems to be, possibly, in our future.
SHARE Tuesday, July 12, 2011 Cantor's secret memo for $350 billion in Medicare, Medicaid cuts
The $100 billion in Medicaid cuts are likely the cuts offered by the White House already, a cost-shifting to states that the White House said would achieve federal savings of $100 billion over 10 years. It would implement a "blended rate" of reimbursement to states, set significantly lower than the current federal support for the program.
SHARE Thursday, June 13, 2019 Trump explains why selling out the country is totally okay, with extra-special lies on top
Trump's raising a sign advertising that he's for sale to the first government able to bring him dirt shouldn't be that big a surprise. After all, he's not only made similar statements about the information he and his campaign obtained in 2016, but he's also had Rudy Giuliani on the scene in Ukraine actively trying to plant false evidence to pre-scandal Joe Biden.
SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, February 4, 2013 Karl Rove takes on the Tea Party with new Super PAC
The Country Club wing of the Republican Party is fed up with the antics of Tea Party. Tea Party candidates are winning primaries, knocking off incumbents, and then going on to lose disastrously in the general election to Democrats. This has cost the GOP dearly... Karl Rove has stepped forward to undermine the Tea Party's out-sized leverage within the Republican Party and over elected officials.
SHARE Tuesday, July 26, 2011 VIDEO: WI DMV Tells Boy His Bank Account Doesn't Show Enough "Activity" To Get a Voter ID
A video has surfaced of a boy trying to get one of the new Wisconsin Voter ID's that were ushered in by the signing of new a voting law in the state. Shot by the boy's mother with the clear intention of indicting the process, the video shows the pair going from station to station at the DMV, asking all of the right questions as to why there are so many hurdles to acquiring this constitutionally guaranteed ID card.
SHARE Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Rick Perry hires defense attorney
The news that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has hired a defense lawyer in connection with an inquiry over a budget veto he issued last year may seem a little odd. But the issue isn't so much whether Perry has the power to veto legislation he opposes, it's whether it is legal for him to use the veto to achieve unrelated political goals.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, June 26, 2015 Huckabee Totally Loses It
Huckabee basically disqualifies himself from becoming President by imposing his religious beliefs on others. He paints himself as being persecuted -- I get married, he is persecuted, balderdash. He seems to be calling for revolution and overturning the constitution. There's a reason why there are three branches of government Mike, to stop potential tyrants like you deciding what is the law of the land.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 28, 2016 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.
SHARE Sunday, December 19, 2010 Start breaking stuff-or be Forever Irrelevant
With the latest tax debacle apparently about to become law--and being lapped up by the public as a dish of sweet-and-sour pork, instead of the dish of dog poo-poo that it is, and on top of it all as some sort of "victory" for Obama over the people that put him in office, what are Progressives to do?
SHARE Sunday, July 14, 2013 Republicans spur progressive movement in Texas
Republicans have done a humongous favor to the progressive movement in Texas. There have always been progressives in Texas, from President Lyndon Johnson to Gov. Ann Richards. Rick Perry and his Republican cohorts overreaching will be seen going forward as the rebirth of the progressive movement in Texas.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 9, 2016 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.
SHARE Thursday, May 29, 2014 McConnell suddenly afraid to run against Obamacare
Sen. Mitch McConnell is turning himself into pretzels trying to weasel out of that rhetorical cul-de-sac. So there he was last week claiming, hilariously, that Kentucky Kynect, the state implementation of Obamacare, had nothing to do with Obamacare.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Sunday, July 6, 2014 Supreme Court rules women can be discriminated against in health decisions
The U.S. Supreme Court has given corporations even more personhood by deciding that they can have religious beliefs in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores. They ruled that closely held companies are exempt from the contraceptive coverage mandate for their employees' health insurance, and are exempt from that provision of the Affordable Care Act. The decision only applies to women.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 13, 2014 The End of Order is a Feature Not a Bug
The events in Missouri this week demand explanation and redress. The parents of Michael Brown, who raised a son to be everything society claims to ask of young men, deserve to know why his life was stolen...
But I believe they also beg a larger question of us all: Why are our police no longer our police? Why do our governments serve only a tiny few of us, while demanding obedience and their very paychecks from all.
SHARE Friday, December 25, 2015 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.
SHARE Thursday, March 1, 2012 Fannie Mae Slaps The SEC
Fannie Mae's latest financial disclosures belie the SEC's allegations against former company executives. The government lawsuit claims that the company understated its "true," holdings in subprime and Alt-A mortgages back in 2007-2008. Yet four years later, Fannie still refuses to change the way that it calculates and reports its exposure to subprime and Alt-A mortgages.
SHARE Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Under Republican plan, 3.8 million would lose food stamps in 2014
Taking $90 out of a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program allotment that already only lasts most families two and a half weeks is in itself cruel -- and, from the most coldly financial perspective, shortsighted -- since forcing people to eat more cheaply means increased risk of diabetes and other chronic conditions that will raise health-care costs for the nation.
SHARE Monday, September 14, 2015 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.
SHARE Thursday, January 5, 2012 Republicans continue Richard Cordray appointment hissy fits, with one exception
If you need any evidence to demonstrate what a baldly political sham the Republican fight against Cordray -- against all of Obama's nominees -- is, it's this defection by Brown. Because it's not really a defection; his leadership is absolutely allowing it, because they want to keep that seat. Pretending like he, too, cares about working families is his only hope.
SHARE Friday, April 13, 2018 Get ready: Rosenstein says he's prepared to be fired, as Trump seems prepared to fire him
The constant stream of security advisers fleeing the arrival of new national security adviser John Bolton may have made it seem like Friday all week, this is actually Friday. And Friday is the traditional day for Trump to vent his petty rage and try and end the Russia investigation before he takes to the links. The target of Trump's attempts this week is expected to be Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
SHARE Thursday, May 22, 2014 Former Christie aide says lane closures were political payback
there was a conscious effort by Christie's political team to run up the score and both Fort Lee and its mayor were targets of that effort. And just before Christie's deputy chief of staff ordered the lane closures, she wanted to know whether Sokolich had changed his mind about endorsing Christie. What now seems clear beyond a shadow of doubt is that the actions were taken to advance Christie's political ambition.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Tuesday, April 26, 2011 Maine Gov. LePage doesn't know what's in child labor law he supports
Even in the process of supporting a backwards leap of about a century, LePage gets it wrong. He describes the bill affecting 14 and 15 year olds, when in fact it lowers wages for people up to 20 years old and eliminates the limit on hours a 16 year old can work on a school day.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 1, 2013 Obama does right in going to Congress; Congress must do right
President Obama deserves kudos for going to Congress, to seek approval for military strikes against Syria. This country has a long, bloody history of military actions that were not authorized by Congress. But Congress must do the right thing, and tell him "no."