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The Sunday Not-So-Funnies

January 31st, 2010 · Comments Off on The Sunday Not-So-Funnies · Media, Politics

The Sunday morning news and opinion programs draw very few crowds. As with many things having to do with politics…only unimportant things like…life….and….death, the American people are more involved with people who sing, dance, tell awful jokes or appear on situation comedies where the entire universe of people laughing is relegated to the laugh track. […]

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The Don Seigelman Travesty: How Neocons Corrupted the Justice System

January 29th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Courts and the Law, Politics

I think anyone would agree that if a former Governor of a state, one who is running for a return to office and is ahead in the voting is falsely indicted by the local U.S. Attorney for the opposite political party, it is a very significant issue. If a governor can be indicted on false […]

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Neoconservative Obstruction and How to End It.

January 28th, 2010 · Comments Off on Neoconservative Obstruction and How to End It. · Politics

Since 2007, there has been a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives and a slim majority of 51-49 took over in the Senate (although Senators Tim Johnson and Robert Byrd were often unavailable.) Consequently, the Neoconservative Obstructionist Party began to use the filibuster to shut down legislation. The filibuster requires that the majority party […]

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It’s About Jobs…and the Economy…and How We Got Here!

January 26th, 2010 · Comments Off on It’s About Jobs…and the Economy…and How We Got Here! · Economics, jobs, Politics

Americans need jobs. Yes, you can say that the Gross National Product has increased a certain amount or fallen back a certain amount. You can say that our exports have risen as a percentage of our Gross National Product. You can say that the index of home values has risen against the year-over-year index. You […]

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The Supreme Court: The Unthinkable May Have Happened.

January 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Supreme Court: The Unthinkable May Have Happened. · Courts and the Law, General, Politics

For decades, if not for a century or more, we in the United States have been proud to believe that our Supreme Court has made decisions, for the most part, without the influence of partisan politics, public pressure, or historical tradition. No political party, no group of protestors or no matter the number of years […]

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The Supreme Court Says: Corporations, Yes–Americans, No.

January 22nd, 2010 · 2 Comments · Courts and the Law, Culture, Politics

Yesterday, January 21, 2009 may have been a watershed moment in the short timeline of American history. Many say it was. If they are right, and you are among the vast middle class, no matter how benevolent your employer or how prudent your personal economics, your future is in jeopardy. The Supreme Court yesterday voted […]

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What’s the Matter with Massachusetts?

January 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Politics

Scott Brown, the Republican member of the Massachusetts state legislature, who appeared nude in Cosmopolitan Magazine, is the new Senator from Massachusetts. He claims to be something like a Republican-Independent-Populist-Neoconservative-tea-bagger. His claim to populism is apparently that he owns a pickup truck. He apparently also likes baseball and football, as did George W. Bush. In […]

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Look For the Union Legacy.

January 19th, 2010 · Comments Off on Look For the Union Legacy. · Culture, Economics, jobs

America is a society that is governed by the principle of majority rule. In a free society, some form of majority rule is the most logical application of governance. For centuries, workers have organized under the same principles of majority rule in order to use the collective power of the group to create greater leverage […]

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Wall Street Just Doesn’t Get It!

January 15th, 2010 · Comments Off on Wall Street Just Doesn’t Get It! · Economics, Politics

There is no question that the financial industry is out to lunch and they have been for years. The Chamber of Commerce, on CNBC, literally came out and likened the angry statement by the President and the new legislation that will regulate banks…to an Alice in Wonderland moment. They think that the President and the […]

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Forty Republicans, Five Democrats and Health Care Reform

January 14th, 2010 · Comments Off on Forty Republicans, Five Democrats and Health Care Reform · Economics, Health Care, Politics

We now have a health care plan that passed in the Senate and one that passed in the House of Representatives. Holding up true reform were all the Republican Senators, who clearly showed who their constituents are…the lobbyists. They make no bones about it. They voted against any thing to do with health care reform. […]

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Nazis and Neoconservatives…Are There Valid Comparisons?

January 11th, 2010 · Comments Off on Nazis and Neoconservatives…Are There Valid Comparisons? · Culture, Politics, wars and militarism

For some time now, we have seen comparisons between various groups, various individuals and the Nazis. The comparisons are almost always totally imperfect. First of all, Nazis were murderers. There are no murderers among contemporary politicians unless you consider it an act of murder to start a war on false premises, a war that kills […]

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Death and Taxes

January 7th, 2010 · Comments Off on Death and Taxes · Economics, Politics

The Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute plus Grover Norquist’s group, whatever he calls it….basically “We Don’t Want to Pay ANY Taxes, Inc.” have all made loud squeals about President Obama’s intention of raising the highest taxation rate, from whatever it is now to a top rate of 39.6% and 36% respectively for the top […]

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Profiles in Obstruction # 1: Senator James DeMint

January 5th, 2010 · Comments Off on Profiles in Obstruction # 1: Senator James DeMint · Health Care, jobs, Politics, wars and militarism

It is too easy to simply make fun of or ridicule James DeMint. And of course many would say: who are any of us mere mortals to criticize men or women who have become Senators? These are supposedly successful people in their own right, business people or former Congress persons who have demonstrated to their […]

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Reagan and the Biggest Lie

January 3rd, 2010 · 2 Comments · General, Media, Politics, wars and militarism

In 1980, Ronald Reagan had been preparing to become President, a role he had cherished, for at least ten years. He wanted it more than his acting career. Reagan had stumbled into acting. He had the two essential requirements, for a motion picture actor of his early days… a pleasing face and a distinctive voice. […]

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