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Attack of the Emos

I tried not to use the term “emo progressive” for a long time, but it’s the least offensive thing I can think to call these know-it-all, mostly white, politically doltish clods who tend to throw a monkey wrench into the progressive movement every chance they get. Some progressives are abusing the …

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Of Course Obama’s Progressive! Give Him More Democrats, See What Happens

I am continuously amazed by the sheer number of self-described liberals who constantly describe Barack Obama as a “moderate Republican,” which is a concept as extinct as a dodo bird. They sometimes even compare Obama with Ronald Reagan. Some have even suggested that Obama is to the right of Saint …

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Dear Progressives; Purity Tests Are for the RIGHT Wing

Sometimes, when I look at the self-described “progressive blogosphere,” I wonder if they realize progressives won in 2012. I know they don’t realize we lost big in 2010, or that it was their fault, because they keep doing the same things over and over. It’s tiresome to hear crap like …

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There is No Finessing It; VOTES and MAJORITIES Are How Change Happens

I can’t tell you how many times a day I’m told that the United States is whatever sort of “-ocracy;” small-but-loud groups of progressives have decided we are that week.  I’m then told that we’ve been taken over by corporations, and that all is lost forever, unless we have some …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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If We Manage to Stop Keystone, Are the Alternatives Better?

This is another one of those issues that too many progressives see in black and white terms that is most certainly somewhere in the grey area of the spectrum. I am not a fan at all of the Keystone XL Pipeline. But I live in the real world, and stories …

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Is Greenwald Possibly the Real Story, Not NSA, Snowden?

Glenn Greenwald is frustrated. But the reason he’s frustrated is because he didn’t do his alleged job in the first place. See, he put out a story, including documents, alleging that the NSA was spying on us all. Within a day or so, Edward Snowden made himself the center of …

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There is No Comparison Between Ellsberg and Snowden

It is simply not possible to belittle Daniel Ellsberg’s contribution to the annals of actual whistleblowing. He uncovered illegal activity on the part of the Johnson and Nixon Administrations, and probably saved many lives in the process. Ellsberg was a true whistleblower and a hero. Which is why it’s distressing …

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Updated: Too Many Open Questions to Trust Snowden – Arrogant, or the Biggest Dope in History?

There is so much about the Edward Snowden story that smells funny, and given the state of our “Fourth Estate” these days, I wonder if we’ll ever find the answers. With so many “journalists” on the case, there is no way there should be so many questions. But they’re so …

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Updated: Another Unsupported Attack on Obama by Greenwald

So, Glenn Greenwald is busy working on “some stories,” but he decided to take time out from his busy schedule to grace us with a column that continues his vendetta against President Obama, and suggests that the charges against Edward Snowden are doing more harm than the leaks he made. …

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One Key to Victory: Stop the Perpetual Anger

I’ve never understood why so many progressives seem so angry. Perhaps it’s because I’m rarely angry myself. Anger doesn’t make things better for anyone but the angry person, and even that is rare, and almost never lasts. In politics, anger is poisonous. It’s impossible to stress this enough; progressives cannot …

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Snowden’s No Hero, Greenwald’s No Journalist

I have been writing and rewriting an article about Edward Snowden for several days, in part because the story just keeps changing daily. As more details emerge, the story could very well change again and again and again. This is one reason Snowden is not a hero, and why Glenn …

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Glenn Greenwald’s Anti-Obama Vendetta Continues

There was a time when I really wished I could understand what drives Glenn Greenwald’s hatred of President Obama. But then, I realized. I really don’t care. I just wish his editors would be a little more discerning with his use of links and, um, “facts.” I used to be able …

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It’s Not True That Zuckerberg is Trashing Obama, Supporting Keystone

I will be talking about this sort of thing a lot, because that's what this blog is ultimately about. This is the sort of thing that makes clear why you should always be skeptical about anything you read or hear in today's political climate.  I woke up this morning, and …

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