About Milt Shook

A writer with 40 years in the political game (and let's face it, it is a game). I am a liberal because facts have a liberal bias, and I really like facts. If you like facts, you'll like this blog. If not, you'll have a hard time.

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading