Obamacare is NOT a “Failure.” Please, Journalists… Cut the Crap!

How tired are you of hearing damned near everyone with a microphone or a computer speak about the Affordable Care Act rollout as if it’s an abject failure? Seriously, listen to them, and you’d swear “Obamacare” was imploding as we speak. Do these geniuses really think Obamacare is just a

Russell Brand Stokes the Armchair Revolutionary Fantasy With Double-Talk

I don’t understand why so many “political” people harbor such fantasies of “revolution” in places like the United States and Great Britain. I get it. They’re frustrated. So am I at times. But what do you imagine people will rise up and “rebel” against? More importantly, how do you imagine

GOP Moves From Killing ACA to a 1-Year Delay in the Mandate… We Won!

One thing you have to say about Republicans; they’re like little dogs with their favorite chew toy, in that they never give up on a meme. For example, take Obamacare. No matter how many times they try and fail to kill it, they will continue to try and fail, because their

Latest Snowden Document Dated 2006; Why That Date Makes it Irrelevant

The New York Times reports today that the leaders of France and Germany have decided they want talks with the United States over the “spying” that they imagine the United States has been doing on them. The problem is, even the estimable reporters at the Times don’t seem to understand

Greenwald Trying to Remain Relevant… Yeah, right

Glenn Greenwald struggles to remain relevant as he tries to figure out what to do, now that he’s been “separated” from his gig at the UK Guardian, where he enjoyed some cover (as a journalist?) for his conniption fits about “spying” and Edward Snowden. Now, he has no cover, so

ACA Glitches Point Out (Once Again) *Republican* Incompetence

Let’s get real about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as “Obamacare.”  First of all, the only problem is with the website, and the website is not the only way to sign up. More than 500,000 new accounts have been set up so far, in a

Attack of the Extremists

If you follow politics to any extent and have for more than 20 years, then you have to realize that what has happened to the Republican Party is extraordinary. What has been happening to the country for the last three years is unlike anything a political junkie could have imagined

Updated: Cut the Crap – This is ALL the Republicans’ Fault.

Make no mistake. What’s happening now, from the asinine sequester, to the government shutdown, to the threatened default is 100% the fault of the Republican Party. If you think otherwise, you aren’t really paying attention. Your first clue should be, this kind of thing never happened before. So, what’s different

Progressive Success Less About Replacing Republicans Than Replacing Their Ideology

The government shutdown continues, with a confrontation over the debt ceiling looming in about a week. And it’s all because of Republicans. No one else. There are no Democrats involved with this situation at all. Why is this happening? Because Republicans don’t like democracy, and they don’t like the results

Greenwald Thinks He’s Smart, But BBC (Actual) Journalist Pwns Him

As those who have followed me for a while know, I am not a fan of Glenn Greenwald. It’s not personal. I think he’s a rude, arrogant, self-important asshole, but that’s not why I’m not a fan. Over the years, I’d say about half of the great reporters I have met

What is this Shutdown About, Really? Republican Nuttery, Of Course

Like the last time the Republican Party pulled this crap, this government shutdown is all about right wingers having a hissy fit nothing more. If you read the news at all, then you keep reading that “Congress” couldn’t “reach a deal,” or that “Washington” is somehow irretrievably “broken.” That’s a cop-out

Who In Their Right Mind Could Possibly Be Against Obamacare?

The first thing I’d like to note is, the number of people who are against The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known simply as the ACA or “Obamacare,” because of what’s actually in it, is actually pitifully small. But dammit, they’re loud, and frankly, I’m tired of hearing them.

Dear Republican “Base,” Why Do You Let Your Party Take You For Fools?

I really don’t understand why the people in red states continue to vote Republican, and do so habitually. Why do none of them take the time to realize that the Republican leadership is playing them for fools. Therefore, I am directing this to the Republicans who make up their party’s

Another, More Lethal, Example of Lack of Contractor Oversight

I just heard a news story that made me sick to my stomach. It seems that the contractor who hired the Navy Yard shooter (You know we don’t use names on this blog, because I won’t give killers publicity) as a computer professional, if he had known what he now

Reposted from Jan 2010: A Proposal to Replace Our System of Bribery

I first wrote and published this on January 25, 2010, and it’s worth repeating… (note; some of the lobbying proposals were adopted after I wrote this originally, which is why some things may seem familiar. It was also written before Citizens United.) ================ It’s way past time for lobbying and

Pacifists and Liberals ; When Do We Actually Stand Up For Those We Allegedly Care About?

Being a pacifist isn’t easy. Not easy at all. A lot of self-described pacifists think it is easy. Essentially, the equation for many is, if it maims or kills, you don’t do it. Period. That’s easy, isn’t it? There’s just one problem. It’s not pacifism. Like everything else in life, being

We Can’t Do Nothing About Chemical Weapons in Syria

I am not pro-war. I am very much anti-war. But as long as there are evil bastards in the world, there will continue to be wars. That means, we have to be vigilant about preventing war, and we have to be aggressive in stopping people who would start a war.

50 Years Ago Today – The Speech That Made People Act Needs Another Listen, More Action

Most people focus on the “I Have a Dream” portion of the speech, but there was more to it. Martin Luther King’s speech was probably the single-greatest speech on social justice ever made. It not only led to serious movement on civil rights for black people, it also had a

The Lionization of Snowden Demonstrates the Lethal Combination of Low Standards and High Ideals

I will never understand how anyone could consider Edward Snowden a “hero.” I hesitate to call him a “traitor,” but there is a lot of territory between “hero” and “traitor,” and I feel he occupies some territory in between, albeit not even close to “hero.” What has he done that’s

Why Would Any Liberal Not Give Obama Credit for This?

One of the reasons liberals have such a difficult time in the political arena (and if you don’t think we do, then we have something else to talk about) is because some of the loudest and highest-profile liberals out there demand that everything be fully 100% “liberal.” Every liberal in