The Truth About Delegate Math

I really can’t believe how many people who claim to be “political junkies” don’t even seem to want to understand how primary delegates work. I am getting so sick of people propagating pure bullshit because it doesn’t comport with what they want to be true, and people who wish the

“Bernie or Bust?” You’re an Idiot!

Do you know why progressives always lose? Sit down and read up, folks, because this is important. I came across an article in the Huffington Post by some tool named Russ Belville. Now, I’ve never heard of  this guy before, even though his byline proudly describes him as host of

What Are You Afraid Of?

The title of this post says it all. Politics is about getting the most votes, which means making the most people feel positive about taking your position or backing your candidate. That takes guts and confidence, and more progressives have to not only have it, but demonstrate it.  You see,

Stop Being Stupid; the Only Issue That Really Matters

Perhaps you heard… Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked President Obama’s rules regarding power plant emissions that is part of his efforts to rein in climate change. The ruling was a party-line (yes, I said party-line because, who are we kidding?) vote of 5-4. The stay lasts until a lower

What the #SOTU Was Really About

Last night’s State of the Union address was one of the most unusual, at least in my lifetime, but the reasons were good and valid and very welcome. In the past, presidents have tended to use the speech to craft a wish list for Congress to help them pass, but

Progressive New Year’s Resolutions

Unlike most people, apparently, I am usually really good at keeping New Year’s resolutions. It’s probably because I don’t make any that won’t improve my quality of life, and also because I really don’t have any major vices. I occasionally eat too much red meat, but I usually keep everything

Saturday Night is Alright for Debating

I will talk about the debate itself in a separate post, but in the meantime… At last night’s Democratic debate, we saw a field of candidates that is uniformly excellent, and we saw a discussion that was long on policy discussions and short on personal vitriol. And yet, numerous progressives

#DemDebate Post-mortem

The biggest takeaway from last night’s Democratic debate was about Republicans.  Seriously, anyone who can look at the presidential fields of both parties and continue to claim both parties are the same has been proven a complete idiot. When they discussed anything, from “Wall Street” to immigration, the subject was

Dear Petulant White “Progressives”…

Okay, so I was listening to the podcast of today’s Stephanie Miller Show (Good bye, Chris LaVoie, you will be missed!) and some white liberal who bragged about being affiliated with Occupy called in because he took offense at the notion that people like him were going to “take their

Heading Toward Apocalypse…

… NOT. See, I generally don’t do that. I don’t believe we’re better off being negative about much of anything, let alone everything. That said, once again we’re here, a day after an election where we are forced to lick our wounds because we progressives keep doing the same things

There is Nothing More Progressive than Ousting the GOP

The first thing every progressive should know is, most voters are already preternaturally inclined to vote for the Democratic Party. We’ve known this since the 1930s. Since 1932, registered Democrats have outnumbered registered Republicans by a significant margin, even when there was a trend in which more and more voters

The Only Thing All Progressives Must Agree On…

Two things: One: no single member of any governmental body can do anything  on their own. Whatever a politician tells you they want to do, they cannot do any of it without the cooperation of a majority of the other parts of the government.  A politician running for president can

Why Black People Don’t Like White Liberals

I’m hoping to make this short and sweet… Once again, I’m going to stand up for Bernie Sanders. He’s a good man and he might make a good president, IF we can get him 70 Democratic seats in the Senate and 300-320 in the House. With the current makeup of

The One Thing That Will Stop Bernie Sanders… His Supporters.

Let me start off by saying I love Bernie Sanders. He’s a good man, with a good political sense in many ways, although he is in no way perfect. He’s a really good Senator for the state of Vermont, and he’d also make a great candidate for president, except for

Distractions Like These are Killing Us

I posted yesterday about the danger of looking at the shiny keys; things right wingers do that get us all upset and hot and bothered, but which mean absolutely nothing in reality. The problem is, while we’re so busy occupying ourselves with crap, we’re not getting a progressive message out

The Peril of the Shiny Keys

The reason I started this blog in the first place, and called it “Please Cut the Crap” was because I wanted to do something a little different, and I will (hopefully) continue to do something different with the network I have planned. Instead of screaming about the “outrage of the

Professional Lefties Should Stop Patting Themselves on the Back

There is an article on Salon right now that demonstrates just how clueless the professional left is. I have generally been a fan of “Digby” for years, but Heather Digby Parton suffers from the same tunnel vision that plagues most of our loudest voices on the left. She sees things

Now, About This “Both Parties Are the Same” BS…

I really don’t understand why so many people who claim the title “Political Junkie” seem to think implying or saying that both parties are the same is a sign of intelligence, or some sort of political savvy. It’s actually a sign that you’re not really paying attention. Oh, I know…

The Benefit of Thinking in Shades of Gray

I know. It’s easier to separate people into groups of either “good’ or “bad.” Nuance is a difficult way to think because it requires us to actually acknowledge some of the good things people we think of as “bad” do, as well as the bad things our heroes sometimes have