No Enthusiasm? Bull.

One very serious problem with the media narrative for this year’s election is that it doesn’t center on anything factual. Facts have given way to speculation and conjecture. Now, part of that is because there are so many aspects to this year’s election that we seem to have not seen

Shut Up and Listen Once in a While

You people are probably sick to death of reading shit like this. I assume this because I am sick of writing it. However, progressives have a serious problem and it doesn’t come in the form of right wing shenanigans. It’s actually coming from our side of the aisle. I’m sick

UPDATE: Apparently, Delegate Math is Hard

As you folks should know by now, I have not now, nor will I ever, demand that Bernie Sanders drop out of this primary race. He’s been a positive influence and a lot of his ideas are solid and will go great in the Democratic platform. That said, he’s lost

What Good Old Days?

I know the (old) name of this blog is (was) “Please Cut the Crap,” but the name was always sardonic. While I like sarcasm, I save it for those who deserve it and have absolutely no use for cynicism. I know some people seem to think it’s just as great

Separating Fact from Opinion

To me, the number one thing that should separate the left from the right is the truth; we’re supposed to value it, and they, quite frankly, couldn’t give a shit less about telling the truth. However, sometimes, left wingers suffer from the same delusions as right wingers, and it’s both

Some Words Mean Nothing

“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.” ― George Carlin I want to talk about two words. Or, more accurately, two terms, that have come into serious overuse this election season; “establishment” and “status quo.” PUBs and professional lefties love those

Grey Shades

I really get it. I do. Is there a human being on the planet who doesn’t want everything in life to be purely black or white? We want everything to be easy, not hard. everything in life should be either good or evil, love or hate, beautiful or ugly. Wouldn’t

@SueinRockville Guest Post: Children of the Rove

BEWARE  of GOP Dirty Tricks or, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” — George Santayana With just over 3 months to go before the start of the Democratic National Convention beginning on July 25, we have entered not the silly but truly STUPID season! Stop by

A Progressive Rant, Part II: Bernie Stans

(Before I start, the following does not apply to most supporters of Bernie Sanders, but the extremists, who make sure they are prominent. They know who they are.) You know, there’s a reason why many of us who have worked in or with campaigns of various types refer to primaries

A Progressive Rant, Part 1

We need to talk, progressives. Not all progressives, just the really loud ones who screw the rest of us on a regular basis. Before I start, what I want you to do is clear your mind and open it up. I really shouldn’t have to do that, since you’re supposedly

PCTC Podcast #62 – Take a Deep Breath

Please stop the panic! There is nothing to panic about! Relax! In this episode of the podcast, I talk about the Apple issue with the FBI and explain it in a way that would make Eddie and Glenn blush. In other words, I only deal with the facts. Then, I

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,

Fix Yourselves

People, let’s talk. We have a serious problem. First of all, a lot of you who claim to be “political junkies” don’t seem to understand what politics is. As I have written before, politics is not the same as issues or ideology  or any of that. The confusion regarding the

The Petition Craze

Back when I was but a youngster, I used to hang out in the congressional offices of several Congresscritters who seemed excited at the prospect of a teenager who actually liked the process of politics and didn’t ignore it and dismiss it as unimportant. That was in the early 1970s,

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

Who Gets to Be “Progressive”?

(Okay, before I start, I’ll remind everyone that PUB refers to “Progressive Unicorn Brigade,” those (usually white) “progressives” who demand perfection from Democrats. (I’m not a fan of the term “emoprog.”) I have been a progressive my entire life. Well, almost my entire life; when I was 10, the Nixon-Agnew

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

Unicorns and Rainbows and Stupid “Progressives”

Okay, so I’m looking at my Facebook feed this morning and I am confronted with an epic 3400-word screed about how Hillary Clinton is, well, a “Republican.” Really. The entire article was so clueless, I felt compelled to use it as an example of why we progressives lose and hand