conservatives not exactly enthralled by trump are a problem

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THIS ONE IS A DOOZY! 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 his feel­ings and opinion about the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion as being rea­son­able. READ MORE

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 The Wash­ington Post. READ MORE

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

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EVERYWHERE I TURN—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.”


As much as the righties hate all things Clin­tonian, they (and those Dems who take the cor­po­rate media at their word) could at least get the quote cor­rect and in con­text. READ MORE

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

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YOU KNOW THOSE “NEWS 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 im­por­tant and faster than you can say “Susan Berman” they’re gone! READ MORE

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.

Then we will stroll through a day in the life of a viral ‘news story’ (the quote marks should tell you that they’re not re­ally sto­ries with fac­tual news) as it wends its way through the rightwingnut bl­o­gos­phere and finds its way into the wel­coming em­brace of FoxNews and maybe even to the bosom of corporate/mainstream media. READ MORE

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

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 think).

And I am adamantly con­ser­v­a­tive about the cor­rect use of grammar and punc­tu­a­tion and op­posed to piss poor writing in all sizes and shapes. READ MORE

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

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I POSTED A LINK 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 from De­moc­rats.”

The ar­ticle is ti­tled “Who Gets To Be Pro­gres­sive?” READ MORE

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 Hillary Clinton and who’s lying about whose lies and out of that came this …

In “an­other fishing ex­pe­di­tion without a bite,” I called the at­tempts of the oh-so par­tisan Con­gres­sional com­mittee in­ves­ti­ga­tions to un­cover the elu­sive and un­de­fined ‘truth’ about Beng­hazi a never-ending story and the most re­cent as “the latest round of Clinton-bashing by the Vast Rightwing Con­spiracy.” READ MORE

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 newsletter: Ex-Husband Has Ex­tremely Harsh Words for Hillary-Supporting Pop Star Katy Perry”! READ MORE