Election 2014
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Answering Charlie Pierce: Much of the Democratic “Base” Isn’t Their Actual Base

In a blog post yesterday one of my favorite columnists, Charlie Pierce (he’s not just a liberal, but a hell of a sports columnist, too), posed a question that I have asked for many years. In fact, it’s a question that many progressives are getting sick of me asking, because …

NSA non-story
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Snowden’s Latest Claims Smell Funny…

I try not to pass judgment on things about which I know nothing. Partly, it’s because I value my integrity and credibility, but it’s also because I really try to get the story right, and I’m really hard on myself when I get it wrong. That said, the latest story by …

Being Better Liberals
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Improving Our Energy Future Will Require Positive Arguments

The most frustrating problem with the climate change debate could very well be that loudmouth extremists on both sides are dominating it, and they’re each trying to “win.” On the left side, we have people running around screaming “The sky is falling!” and declaring that our very existence depends on the immediate …

Election 2014

The Republican View of Foreign Policy is Morally Bankrupt.

Do Republicans really think Russian President Vladimir Putin’s style of leadership is the model that US presidents should aspire to, here in the land of the free and the home of the brave? Apparently so. At the very least, they are using Putin’s brand of “leadership” as a way to …

Being Better Liberals

Jack in the Box: Minimum Wage Increase No Big Deal

There are two incredibly silly notions that seem to rear their ugly heads every time anyone discusses raising the minimum wage. One is that such an increase will lead to massive job losses, and the other is that the increase in wages will result in massive inflation, as companies raise prices to cover …

Civil Rights
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The Problem with the GOP Concept of “Religious Freedom”

Whenever a modern-day Republican talks about “religious freedom,” it’s likely that the Founding Fathers are doing a couple of spins in their graves. This is because, when a right winger talks about religion, it’s rarely in any sort of rational way. It usually has to do with something political, and it …

Journalism
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Greenwald’s Latest Article Might as Well Be Called a Novel

I have a number of problems with the whole Edward Snowden/NSA non-story, as I’ve written before, but the biggest one has to be the complete lack of context contained in any of the stories. Essentially, Glenn Greenwald (and a few other reporters who think they have to help because the …

Civil Rights

Dear Republicans: Everyone Has Rights, Not Just You…

Why do some people have such a problem understanding the concept of rights? It’s really not that difficult. We all have rights. All of us, not just those who think the same as we do. When we interact with each other, all of our rights are always be in balance. …

Journalism

Greenwald’s New Venture: Same Crap, Different Site

If the first article on Glenn Greenwald’s “The Intercept” page at the “First Look” website is any indication, very little actual journalism is actually planned for the enterprise. The article contains a lot of speculation, a couple of anonymous sources, and a whole lot of information we already know. The …

NSA non-story
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Latest Snowden Document Shows Journalists as Absurd, Snowden as Irresponsible

Here is the latest document offered up by Edward Snowden. This document has been all over the news media; in fact, the New York Times did a breathless “analysis” of the document yesterday. Seriously, it was breathless. Here’s the first paragraph: When a smartphone user opens Angry Birds, the popular …

Gun Control
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Why So Many Gun Incidents? It’s Not Hard to Figure Out

I’m sick of this. Yesterday, shoppers at yet another shopping mall – one that I used to take my son to when he was younger – was victimized by yet another shooter. This one was in the town of Columbia, MD, perhaps 10 miles from where I raised my son. …

RepubliCONs

Right Wing Humor: an Oxymoron in Action

I subscribe to several right wing mailing lists, because it’s best to keep up with their abject insanity. Every year at about this time. I start seeing examples from and postings for a book entitled “365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy.” I’m going to provide you with some examples, …

NSA non-story

My Response to New York Times Op-Ed re Snowden Clemency…

The New York Times published an op-ed piece that is nothing short of shameful. It’s entitled “Edward Snowden – Whistle-Blower,” and there are many falsehoods in this editorial, the Times should be ashamed it’s in their paper. I wanted to publish this in the comments section, but they limit commenters to …

Health Care

Pro Lefty Michael Moore: Obamacare is “Awful”

What is wrong with Michael Moore, really? For that matter, what is it about so many professional lefties that they are preternaturally disposed to bitch about good things more than they are to praise the good things and advocate for improvements they think are necessary. I mean, I like many …

Civil Rights
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The Beginning of the End of the Drug War?

Today marks a major milestone in American civilization, one that I hope spreads far and wide. Beginning as I write this, shops are opening all over the state of Colorado, dispensing marijuana legally. For the first time, this isn’t just about dispensing medical marijuana to people with special cards issued …

Being Better Liberals

Updated Again: #StopRush Should be Promoting Progressive Talk, Not Killing It

Beginning January 1, 2014, three huge markets; Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, will lose progressive radio. Three of the most progressive markets in the country, and there will be nothing for people to listen to. I know many of you don’t care, since you can listen on one …

Being Better Liberals
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Issues Are Not Politics

We live in a democratic republic. What that means is, while we don’t make decisions directly as a populace, we do elect those who do through a popular vote. And whether you like it or not, politicians are beholden to the people who got them there. That’s just how it …

Crap Cutting 101

For All of Their Whining, You’d Never Guess That Republicans are Responsible for Most of the Debt

We should be sick to death of listening to the Republican Party talk about deficits and debt by now. Seriously, we should demand that they sit down and shut up about it immediately. For some reason, much of the press and the press has chosen to give many Republicans the …

Crap Cutting 101
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The Entire NSA Non-Story: Cutting the Crap on Snowden and Greenwald

People have to understand this. I would never say that our intelligence agencies are beyond reproach. It is always possible that the NSA is trying to spy on us. But as of now, based on the documents released by Edward Snowden so far, anyone who claims there’s some sort of …

Health Care

Your Insurance is Better Now: Pre-Existing Conditions Were Scary

If you’re wondering why so many people claim they liked their old health insurance, the answer is simple. Very few people with health insurance ever use it for anything other than health maintenance, like doctor visits and annual checkups and the like. What many people seemed to be unaware of was …

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