Archive for the 'Politics' Category

THANK YOU BLACK WOMEN, SERIOUSLY…

December 14th, 2017

MAGA! MAGA! MAGA! MAGA! MAGA! MAGA! MAGA…!

December 14th, 2017

Failed waste of human genome, and silly cosplayer, Roy Stewart Moore, ought to best remembered as the only politician brazen enough to fully articulate what all trumpies are thinking when they chant Make America Great Again. At a 17 September political rally in Florence, Alabama, Moore, responding to the question when was America last great? […]

2017—A TERRIBLE YEAR FOR DEMOCRACY HERE

December 13th, 2017

As we slide toward the end of 2017 it’s hard to see this as a year of progress or advancement. Quite the opposite. Yes, Cleveland elected the familiar, if not exciting, Frank Jackson for a record four-year fourth term. A Cleveland caretaker mayor. Not the first nor the last to be sure There is not […]

SHAME FOR OUR MOST DIVISIVE MONUMENT…

December 12th, 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King knew mountains. Key to his imagery was Mount Nebo, the mountain that Moses stood upon to glimpse the promised land. King invoked that image in 1968 when he delivered his final speech. He said: And then I got into Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the […]

GOP NOW, GOP TOMORROW AND GOP FOREVER…

December 11th, 2017

[Update @ 2300: Trevor Noah makes his case…] In 14 hours the polls open in Alabama and we will discover what kind of nation we live in. Much has been made about two 14-year-old girls—Denise McNair and Leigh Corfman—in the special election to decide between a man who successfully convicted McNair’s murderer in 2002 and […]

THE INTERCEPT’S TOP 20 FROM 2017…

December 10th, 2017

Yeah, this is a little early, who knows what the president will do in the next 20 days? Still, The Intercept saw fit to publish 20 Intercept Stories From 2017 That Show the Kind of Year It’s Been. Maybe everyone’s going on holiday and they wanted to get this out the portal before the office […]

WHO PUNKED CNN, MSNBC, CBS AND TPM…?

December 10th, 2017

This has been a sad year for Journalism, and we’ve got 21 days to go. Democracy cannot exist without a free, independent and reliable fourth estate. I just finished reading Bruce Bartlett’s excellent The Truth Matters: A citizen’s guide to separating facts from lies and stopping fake news in it’s tracks. (Jordon Klepper interviewed Bartlet […]

PLAYING CHICKEN IN THE UNITED STATES’ SENATE…

December 9th, 2017

Yes, Senator Alan Stuart Franken has resigned (sort of) from the Senate, but the game is not yet over—speculation that Franken will hold his resignation hostage to Roy Moore’s election next week is rampant—and Ralph Nader has some thoughts on the process. Nader, in Remarks on Senators’ Calls for Al Franken’s Resignation, writes: Many Democratic […]

REPUBLICANS ARE STEALING ALL THE PRESENTS…

December 7th, 2017

President Donald John Trump has a Grinchy Christmas planned for most Americans this year and the two juniors, his leading handlers-come-henchman, Congressman Paul Davis Ryan Jr. and Senator Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr are rubbing their hands in glee in anticipation of Christmas eve. Ralph Nader calls the plan devious, but I think that it is […]

OH HELL, TO THE FECKIN’ NTH DEGREE, NO…!

December 7th, 2017

I think that Alabama senate candidate Doug Jones just handed Roy Moore the win in Tuesday’s coming election. Michael Harriot, writing in A Racist Flyer Might Cost Doug Jones the Election Because the Entire Democratic Party Is Trash for The Root, explains: The above photo is not a stock photo or an image created by […]

NADER CALLS OUT PELOSI FOR DOUBLE STANDARD…

December 6th, 2017

There are two elephants in the Men-Behaving-Bad Room at present: President Donald John Trump and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Ralph Nader, writing in Pelosi Called on Conyers to Resign But Not Trump?, addresses the first: Last week, Nancy Pelosi called on Congressman John Conyers to resign from office after allegations of sexual harassment were […]

NOW THE NRA LOVES FEDERALISM…?

December 4th, 2017

HOW BAD CAN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TWEETS BE…?

November 30th, 2017

CLEARLY TRUMP DOESN’T UNDERSTAND HISTORY…

November 27th, 2017

[Updated at 0440 on 29 November—Michael Harriot, writing in Why Calling Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’ Is Racist, Explained for The Root, explains: But why is this racist? Because calling someone by a stereotypical name that is not their own because of their alleged ethnic or racial background is racist. If someone called me “Leroy,” I’m fighting. […]

WHAT DO DAVE & CHUCK GET FOR $650 MILLION…?

November 27th, 2017

So, Dave and Chuck, the Koch brothers had $650 million lying around and thought that buying an interest in an aging dinosaur of a print media company would be a good idea. Since they made their money the old fashion way, they inherited it, I could buy that they would toss money around like that. […]

GET READY TO PAY FOR A GATEWAY “SUPER CITY”

November 25th, 2017

Now that the election is over, the City of Cleveland generously shared public information on the massive and massively subsidized proposed project with the strange name nuCLEus in the Gateway sports district. The city generously dropped, in one message, links to documents about the project. No simple freedom of information response. Of course, they also […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
SETBACK FOR NEXUS PIPELINE IN GREEN, OHIO…

November 24th, 2017

Even if their congressional representative Jim Bupkis* Renacci couldn’t care less (he’s already moved on to his primary race for governor) the more than 25,000 Ohio citizens living in Green have at least one political advocate in a battle to protect their homes from environmental degradation: Mayor Gerard Neugebauer. Sam Allard, reporting in Court Goes […]

PLANETEERS INVOKING THE NECESSITY DEFENSE

November 24th, 2017

Is breaking down a door in a house you do not own to save a child from a fire legal? Of course. Committing a minor crime, breaking down a door, to save a life falls under the necessity defense. The defense of necessity is available where the defendant acted under the reasonable belief that committing […]

THE KREMLINOLOGY OF STEELE, TRUMP & PUTIN…

November 23rd, 2017

As an undergraduate at Ohio University during the first Reagan administration I took every course offered by Dr. David Williams. Williams, who taught in the political science department, specialized in what was then The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. He had earned his master’s degree in journalism from Moscow University. He was a brilliant teacher. […]

POLICE HAD ROY MOORE ON CREEPY-GUY WATCH…

November 23rd, 2017

Oh, this is just too feckin’ good. Michael Harriot—who has replaced Matt Taibbi on my blogroll—reporting in Retired Alabama Police Officer Says She Was Told ‘to Watch’ Roy Moore Around High School Cheerleaders for The Root, writes: A retired Gasdsen, Ala. law enforcement officer says she and her fellow officers were told to keep Republican […]

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