Time was when trolls would get to me; the idea of so much hateful, rampant ignorance was almost more than I could stomach…and so I’d prove the definition of insanity- arguing on da Interwebs. Then I realized that this is the Internet, where everyone, from the blindingly brilliant to the most brain-dead knuckle dragger, can [...]
I’ve been rereading a lot of unhappy writers of the past few weeks, particularly 25 essays by Joe Bageant, published post-humously at Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball. In my addiction to gloom, I also reread many not yet in paper but available on Joe’s website.
The citizens of this country are in no mood to see U.S. military involvement in Syria. Of course, it has already begun. Consultation, secret assistance, and money given for “communications” (which allows other money for weapons) all contribute to the military effort. For months, Hillary Clinton demanded that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad leave the country. [...]
(If Bryan Fischer was King of the World, it would look like a cross between Game of Thrones and The 700 Club….)
Those of you who grew up as I did- surrounded by Lutherans- no doubt remember “Jesus Loves Me.” With its simplistic lyrics and a grating, sing-song score, the song’s been sung by untold [...]
Witnesses to them that died,
The blood avengers at his side,
The Furies’ troop forever stands.
Aeschylus was more right than he knew.
I’ll leave it to Gabby Giffords to explain what this post is about:
SENATORS say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that [...]
Justin Trudeau, son of former PM, named new leader of Liberal Party of Canada, promising “positive politics” and change.
Liberal Party of Canada has chosen rising political star Justin Trudeau to lead the party as it seeks to rebound from a major defeat at the polls in 2011.
Forty-one-year-old Trudeau, the son of the [...]
Some time ago, I posted or commented about the fact that the liberal establishment was failing politically because it no longer shared the practical concerns as most Americans and was therefore irrelevant to most voters. Chris Hedges has an essay on Treason of the Intellectuals over at Truthdig. It is typical Hedges: succinct, passionate and [...]
Neal Stephenson is what most bloggers would wish to be, able to describe the shape that people want of things to come. His Snow Crash divined the natural result of computers, aging, inter-networking, combined with a decaying post-industrial and service economy. People would root themselves in imaginative virtual worlds, and seek to hit human nerves [...]
I really got nothing today, so I’m just going to whine.
I’m frustrated, because the world that should be shaping up by all rights and by all evidence seems to be taking forever to move forward even a little.
The obstructionist tactics of those who oppose this great evolution in thinking are [...]
Ed Koch, the quintessential NYC political hack, has died after suffering a decades-long illness whose beginnings afflicted the entire city with his third term. [...]
Andy Kroll at MoJo reports on the Democracy Initiative, a coalition of 35 powerful liberal groups campaigning and lobbying on three initiatives to change the face of American politics.
At the end of the day, many of the attendees closed with a pledge of money and staff resources to build a national, coordinated campaign around [...]
In the wake of the fiscal bump in the road, much was left undone in fixing the economy while paying down some of the outstanding debt. A lot of trial balloons are being floated, and I want to focus on one for now: Social Security. [...]
Actual legislative language of Senate-passed fiscal cliff deal. ow.ly/gsNPZ
— Bruce Bartlett (@BruceBartlett) January 1, 2013
Because the payroll tax cut is expiring and the Make Work Pay tax cut is not coming back, most working Americans will also see a tax increase. The most galling thing is that 98 percent [...]
Already linked to this the other day, but it’s worth amplifying: Corey Robin’s thoughtful new essay in the latest Jacobin (subscribe and/or donate today) on the rise of the (failed) Hobbesian state is a must-read (assuming you haven’t already done so). Alas, I don’t have the time/energy/lucidity to offer anything substantive in reply (it is [...]
Throughout the year, I’ve posted my thoughts on the swinging pedulum of politics, and how I believe the swing to the far right has ended and a swing back towards the middle well underway. We may have passed the halfway point:
The Wall Street Journal editorial board is dismissing right-wing calls for David Gregory’s indictment [...]