conservatives not exactly enthralled by trump are a problem

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THIS ONE ISDOOZY! The ques­tion on Quora was, “Would lib­er­als be sur­prised to learn that con­ser­v­a­tives aren’t ex­actly en­thralled with Don­ald Trump ei­ther?” One must make some as­sump­tions when en­gag­ing other In­ter­ne­tally, so I as­sume that the per­son who posted this ques­tion is po­lit­i­cally con­ser­v­a­tive. I also as­sume that he as­sumes that ask­ing it dis­plays CONTINUE READING

I live in an alternative reality where clinton won

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I FEEL LIKE THE OLD MAN in Moon­struck. You know, at the end where every­thing is hap­pen­ing crazily around him and he puts his head in his hands on the kitchen ta­ble, ut­terly con­fused. This struck home for me when I opened an email from a friend with a link to an ar­ti­cle pub­lished ear­lier to­day in CONTINUE READING

it’s our job to figure out what happened in benghazi!

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EVERYWHERETURN—whether  in con­ver­sa­tion, on in emails with my Re­pub­li­can con­tacts, and es­pe­cially on Face­book and the other so­cial me­dia on the in­ter­net — I hear peo­ple “quot­ing” then Sec­re­tary of State Hillary Clin­ton on what hap­pened to the ef­fect that she said that the deaths in Beng­hazi “didn’t mat­ter” or “doesn’t mat­ter.”



tales from the crypt of the rightwingnut blogosphere (where is susan berman?)

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YOU KNOW THOSENEWS STORIES that pop up all over the in­ter­net one day and you can’t avoid them? You know, the ones that read, “Hillary to be in­dicted for frib­bing on the jim­jam on her pri­vate server and ly­ing about it!” You see them all over Face­book and they seem so gosh­darn CONTINUE READING

is “voter fraud” a new political buzzword in the rightwing blogosphere?

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WELCOME TO SIDE 4. Fol­low in your book and re­peat af­ter me as we learn three new terms in Turk­ish: ‘buzz­word,’ ‘voter fraud,’ and ‘vi­ral news story.’ Ex­cel­lent! Now, be­fore we go any fur­ther in the book, I have here a bit of back­ground on two top­ics: voter-fraud and pop­u­lar Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal buzz-words.


some (piss) poor writing about hillary’s “role” in the attack on benghazi

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THE LAST WORD ANYONE would use to de­scribe me is “con­ser­v­a­tive” — at least not re­gard­ing most is­sues re­lated to pol­i­tics. But there’s more to life than pol­i­tics: I re­main old-fashioned on the is­sue of pre­scrip­tive ver­sus de­scrip­tive dic­tio­nar­ies (strongly be­liev­ing in the for­mer) and the mis­use of the des­ig­nated hit­ter in ma­jor league base­ball (not at all what you CONTINUE READING

I am what I am and that’s all that I am (on being a pragmatic progressive)

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I POSTEDLINK ON FACEBOOK to an ar­ti­cle that took to task a group acronymi­cally known as PUBs, which stands for Pro­gres­sive Uni­corn Brigade. I don’t know how I have missed this ref­er­ence over the past few years, but I hadn’t a clue as to what PUB meant! The au­thor de­scribes these crit­ters as “usu­ally white pro­gres­sives who de­mand per­fec­tion CONTINUE READING

waterloo, watergate, whitewatergate, and just plain old gate

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DO YOU WANT TO KNOW what Wa­ter­loo and Wa­ter­gate and White­wa­ter­gate have to with each other? And what does a just plain old gate have to do with any­thing and where does ABBA fit into this? What if I brought an­other, more re­cent gate into the con­ver­sa­tion — like Beng­hazi­gate? Yes­ter­day I posted a piece on Trey Gowdy and CONTINUE READING

vapid vacuous mindless journalism in my mailbox

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INCONCEIVABLE! This is what is pass­ing for news in today’s rightwingnut me­dia world of faux news or­ga­ni­za­tions and the ubiq­ui­tous blog­gers all over the In­ter­net: “Rus­sell Brand la­bels ex-wife Katy Perry ‘va­pid, vac­u­ous and plas­tic’ in doc­u­men­tary.” 1


Or my fave, the one that I re­ceived in my mail­box from an email CONTINUE READING

the ever fallible myopic vindictive emotional biased me (and you)


GROWING UP, I had a con­sid­er­able amount of ‘emo­tional’ ob­sta­cles to over­come, many of which were daunt­ing. At least they seemed that way to the teenaged me. To deaden the pain (and the ever-attendant hu­mil­i­a­tion), I adopted a form of pro­tec­tion from life’s daily barbs by hold­ing my emo­tions at bay.

I got so good at this that CONTINUE READING

it’s our job to do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again!

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EVERYWHERETURN, whether in con­ver­sa­tion, via emails from my Re­pub­li­can con­tacts, and es­pe­cially on the in­ter­net, I hear peo­ple “quot­ing” then Sec­re­tary of State Hillary Clin­ton to the ef­fect that she said that the raid deaths rea­son what­ever in Beng­hazi “didn’t mat­ter” or “doesn’t mat­ter.”

As much as the right­ies hate all things Clin­ton­ian, CONTINUE READING

seven movies changed political views (huh?)

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I JUST STUMLED over an ar­ti­cle ti­tled “7 Movies That Changed Your Po­lit­i­cal Views Ac­cord­ing To Sci­ence.” It was writ­ten by Asawin Sueb­sang and Chris Mooney for the Mother Jones web­site (Jan­u­ary 7, 2014). It be­gins hu­mor­ously by stat­ing that “Rush Lim­baugh was right all along. Sort of.” Then the au­thors con­tinue: 


populist movements grow out of popular discontent

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BRAVO AND BRAVA!!! The Belt­way crowd has dis­cov­ered pop­ulism. Sen­a­tor Eliz­a­beth Warren’s surg­ing pop­u­lar­ity [stem­ming] from her ag­gres­sive de­fense of So­cial Se­cu­rity and de­mand for Wall Street ac­count­abil­ity has trig­gered talk of a pop­ulist chal­lenge to Hillary Clin­ton in 2016.

Bill De Bla­sio in­dicted New York’s gilded age in­equal­ity in his stun­ning vic­tory in the CONTINUE READING

stand by your man – hillary clinton as conservative icon!

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WHY HAS NO ONE STATED THE OBVIOUS? Dur­ing the long, ar­du­ous, and ul­ti­mately point­less episode known as the “Mon­ica Lewin­sky Af­fair” — which was pri­mar­ily all of 1998 and we are still hear­ing about it — Hillary Rod­ham Clin­ton stood by her man through thick and thin (and rarely was it then). She even CONTINUE READING