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|Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Said ‘Death to America’. So, What?
As the peaceful negotiations over a nuclear deal with Iran happily make their way to a resolution, many opponents of the current deal (or any deal with Iran) raise irrelevant alarm bells over some ...
|Countering the Right: Right-Wing Scare Tactics on Seattle Minimum Wage Increase
Every once in a while a news headline on Yahoo's home page catches my eye, mostly because it seems completely ridiculous. Yesterday was no exception when I saw the ominous headline " Restaurants in ...
|5 Quick Political Facts for Today (3/4/15)
Money, money, money, dru-ugs…and guns. I forget how that song goes.
|5 Quick Political Facts for Today (3/2/15)
Can’t avoid the impending Iran deal and the circus now around it but more good news on gay marriage.
|5 Quick Political Facts for Today (2/25/15)
A little bit of good news and a lot of bad…
|5 Quick Political Facts for Today (2/21/15)
A few tidbits from the day's news.
|5 Quick Political Facts for Today (2/19/15)
Lies and income inequality, oh my!
|Some Lessons Society Still Hasn’t Learned From Martin Luther King, Jr.
As I listened to the newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech from December 7, 1964 in London , I couldn’t help but notice how many different lessons from his speech we ...
|Conservatives Criticizing Obama for Paris Photo-op Forget World Hates Their Foreign Policy
It’s not surprising that conservatives have jumped on the Obama administration for sending ambassador to France, Jane Hartley , to the photo-op of free-press-hating world leaders (an issue that, ...
|The Anti-Gay Marriage Stupid is Happily in Its Last Throes
Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi are making their cases in a federal appellate court to maintain their gay marriage bans . Their reasons for continuing these civil rights violations are so awful it�
|Republican Obstructionism So Bad, Even Trent Lott Saying It’s Out of Control
Sometimes, things get so bad you just have to laugh.
|Just Like in 2012, Progressive Ideas Win Big on Election Day
After President Obama won reelection in 2012, I pointed out how progressive ideas did really well when put to the vote by the public on ballot measures. While the Republican party is celebrating ...
|Indefensible and Illegal Israeli Land Seizure Given Laughable Reasoning
Yesterday, Israel showed the world just how much it wants peace in its land by taking more land away from the Palestinians , a move sure to make matters worse. And they did this by giving a ...
|Have to Admit, Sometimes Russia is Painfully Correct
Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, had some comments for the United States government regarding Syria and the Islamic State that deserve acknowledgement. While the future of this situation ...
|Why Ferguson Shooting is Officer Darren Wilson’s Fault
As the situation in Ferguson continues to unfold, one aspect of the shooting should be examined profusely: the initial action of Officer Darren Wilson.
|Some Fair Questions About Breaking of Aug. 1 Israel-Palestine Ceasefire
As the Palestinian death toll quickly closes in on 2,000, it would seem the responsibility for which side broke the August 1st ceasefire is still a bit murky.
|Former NSA Chief Keith Alexander Quickly Becoming the Villain
Certain people, who had their egos (not national security) terribly hurt by the Edward Snowden revelations, continue to call Snowden names and stuff and show their outrage toward him for exposing ...
|Stephen Moore’s Ridiculous Anti-Clean Energy Rant
Hard right-winger Stephen Moore took a break from pushing debunked trickle-down economic policies to take a pathetic shot at clean energy . Let the stupid begin.
|Embarrassing Weekend for NSA and CIA Good for Democracy
U.S. intelligence took a couple of pretty hard slaps in its face this past weekend and, when reading the articles about their wasteful and ridiculous actions, the slaps were clearly justified.
|An Updated History of Recent Presidents and Unemployment
It should be noted that the one decrease for a Republican, Reagan, is also the president with the highest sustained double-digit unemployment of any of these.
|Embarrassingly Stupid Attack by Boehner’s Gov Page on Obama’s Foreign Policy
John Boehner’s government page decided to continue the attacks on President Obama’s alleged foreign policy failures by using a curious strategy: showing how much of an idiot Boehner, himself, ...
|Weak on Foreign Policy??
Just an observation considering recent events...
|Op-ed Attempting to Revive IRS Scandal Falls Completely Flat
An op-ed by Bart Hinkle appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch this weekend with the ominous title, “ IRS scandal implicates Democrats “, suggesting more wrongdoing by high-level Democrats has ...
|Countering the Right: Ridiculous Ted Cruz Op-ed on Campaign Finance and Free Speech
Ted Cruz is one of those psychotically far right-wingers that just spews so much absurdity from his lips that it’s hard to keep up sometimes.
|Fewer Americans Identify Conservative and 8 Polls on Economics Proving It’s Fewer Than Indicated
Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll was released this week with the results showing the gap between those identifying as conservative and those identifying as liberal is closing greatly. In ...
|Let’s Assume “Homosexual Impulses” Did Play a Role in UCSB Shooting…
In the aftermath of the recent mass shooting in Isla Vista, Dr. Robi Ludwig suggested the killer may have been set off by “trying to fight against his homosexual impulses” during an interview on ...
|The Obvious Reason Tea Party Candidates are Losing: Too Similar to Establishment Republicans
According to an article in the Washington Post this week, the Tea Party will be making its “last stand” in the June 3rd Mississippi Senate primary. It’s not really a last stand but the match-...
|Countering the Right: Insidious Koch Brothers Attack on Detroit Bankruptcy Settlement
A prime example of the absurd economic inequality in the U.S. has reared its ugly head as the Koch brothers apparently got bored and have decided to throw money at the Detroit bankruptcy settlement ...
|Countering the Right: Ex-CIA Official’s Bungled Attempt at Discrediting Edward Snowden
One thing that continues to hold true for the intelligence community in regards to the Edward Snowden revelations: they will never stop trying to demonize him for hurting their image so badly.
|Countering the Right: Two Ludicrous Op-ed Claims by Conservatives for the Day
Oh, the things the right will say to fool people!
|McConnell Wants to Give Tax Break Extensions to “People” With $7.9 Trillion in Their Mattresse
When politicians talk about the need for tax breaks for businesses, we are always to assume it is because business is struggling and needs more cash to invest in their ventures. When politicians on ...
|Only Question Remaining About Torture: Why Would Anyone Defend It?
The recent Washington Post article reporting some of the details of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the use of torture by the CIA tells us more of what we already have known for a ...
|A Comparison Study of The Washington Post’s Coverage of Violence in Syria and Mexico
My final project to finish off my Master’s degree. Was a fun one to do.
|Syria, Iraq, and America’s Maturation
As what once looked like an inevitable march to war in Syria stays on hold longer, it seems the United States’ public has put to use the lessons learned from the debacle in Iraq. And one of the ...
|A Critical Look at Some of the Rhetoric of Obama’s Syria Speech
President Obama made his case for possible/eventual intervention in Syria last night. Let’s jump right into some of the language with a critical eye.
|Ridiculous U.S. Rhetoric to Justify Syria Intervention
As we edge closer to what is a virtually unstoppable march toward bombing Syria, the United States continues to throw out whatever rhetoric it can to justify a military strike on the Assad regime ...
|Why Doesn’t the U.S. Wait for U.N. Test Results in Syria Before Striking?
As the apparent fervor to blow stuff up in the U.S. government can no longer be stymied, I can’t help but wonder: why the rush?
|Interesting Comments From Top Adviser to Iranian Leader
The top adviser to Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dished out a few comments worth noting ...
|U.S. Still Following “How to Make People Hate Us” Playbook in Bahrain
If people ever wondered how foreigners could hate the United States so much, there is a simple formula for how it happens: - People live under an oppressive regime that quashes any chance at ...
|Blatant Hypocrisy in Manning Sentencing Phase by Prosecution
As the sentencing of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bradley Manning continues, a bit of sad hypocrisy from the military crept out today. As reported by Reuters :
|Disgraceful Government Treatment of Veterans Affected by Agent Orange
An article in the Washington Post this weekend highlighted some awful actions taken by the U.S. military in order to avoid paying veterans who may have been affected by Agent Orange lingering on ...
|More Evidence Benghazi Attack Was Revenge Killing
One of the most surprising (or least depending on your level of cynicism, admittedly me) aspects of the Benghazi attack is the notion it took place because of a need for revenge by the attackers. ...
|Iraq War a Failure, Afghanistan Now on Its Way
There is very little in the way of a rational argument supporting the idea the Iraq War was in any fashion a success. By just about any measure imaginable, it was an outright failure . And the ...
|Very Possible (and Very Benign) Explanation for IRS “Scandal”
After thinking about and debating the IRS “scandal” further, some of the pieces of information we have learned about the situation are coming together to form a reasonable picture explaining ...
|Issa and Fox News Continuing to Embarrass Themselves Over IRS Targeting
As the right continues to try to make the IRS’ bad behavior look political, they are seemingly doing nothing more than making themselves look foolish. Fox News posted two articles at the end of ...
|Sanctions Increase on Iran Despite Little Proof to Justify the Added Burden
Additional sanctions on Iran came into effect this week and we must still ask the question as to what the reasoning is for the increase? What exactly has Iran done to deserve the increase and does ...
|Two Questions About the NSA Spying on EU
As more info is released surrounding NSA’s spying tactics, more questions arise as to why they are doing what they have been doing. We now know “ US agencies bugged European embassies and ...
|EU Makes Another Interesting Move to Balance Income Inequality in Times of Crisis
The European Union again proved they are willing to take much more aggressive action than the United States when it comes to putting the burden of financial crises on the backs of the wealthy ...
|Countering the Right: Foreign Affairs Op-ed Defending Drones Part II
Continued from part I here … Carrying on the argument against the op-ed in Foreign Affairs advocating drone use , his next point gets at a key point in the debate: Individuals join anti-...
|Countering the Right: Foreign Affairs Op-ed Defending Drones Part I
Foreign Affairs published op-eds recently to debate the for and against sides of drone warfare (although the against often sounds like a commendation of the program). Since I have made no secret ...
|Former Enron Exec Uses $$$ to Reduce Sentence
I didn’t believe this one when I saw it but former Enron criminal Jeffrey Skilling received a decade off his sentence for surrendering assets the government had already seized. From the article:
|Highlights of IRS Manager’s Testimony: What Issa Doesn’t Want us to Know
The full transcript of the testimony of the IRS manager in charge of the screening unit for 501 c 4 groups was released yesterday in two parts (part one here , part two here ) against the wishes of ...
|A Nice Recognition of Fed’s Actions to Help Economy
ABC News posted a very positive op-ed regarding the Fed’s use of quantitative easing (QE), which the author nicely summarizes as “a form of stimulus, but unlike the earlier rounds of stimulus, ...
|Universal Preschool: Sounds Good!
The Best Thing We Could Do About Inequality Is Universal Preschool – Emily Badger – The Atlantic Cities. Very good little piece from the Atlantic Cities discussing the importance of getting ...
|A Big Reason Why NSA Spying Should and Shouldn’t Worry Us: The Boston Bombing
As the NSA data mining story continues to unfold, we should begin asking how the Boston Marathon terrorist attack looks in relation to this situation. It seems the attack should make us worry or ...
|Death Knell Has Been Sounded: IRS Scandal Just Wasn’t Political
Two things can safely be pointed out about the IRS scandal after more and more information has been released about it: - The agency made extremely bad and somewhat amateurish decisions on how ...
|Ft. Hood Shooter’s Admission Further Confirms ‘War on Terror’ is Endless
The Fort Hood shooter, Nidal Hasan, has now confirmed he carried out his attack as an act of defense of the Taliban leaving no doubt he was reacting to the United States conducting attacks on ...
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