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The Impending GOP Retreat on Climate: From Denial to Do-Nothing-ism
Changes in the political climate can sometimes sneak up on you -- just like changes in the terrestrial climate. Case in point: A recent opinion piece in the right-wing Human Events, ["A Conservative'...
kindler 01/09/2015 10 18 - -
Tom Steyer vs. the Koch Brothers: Obliterating the False Equivalency
The latest fashion among right-wing trolls? Attempt to halt all criticism of the Koch Brothers by bringing up the name of environmentalist billionaire Tom Steyer. We have our billionaire political ...
kindler 09/08/2014 12 20 1 -
VA-10: Barbara Comstock, "Personhood" Supporter
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] It's not enough to tell people that Barbara Comstock is too extreme to be the 10th District's ...
kindler 07/28/2014 6 6 - -
Aneesh Chopra's "Innovative State": The Promise of Open-Source Government
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] Had enough of the brain-dead "debate" over government in ...
kindler 07/12/2014 10 22 - -
Meet the New Boss, The Same as the Old Boss
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] In George Orwell’s Animal Farm , the pigs on Mr. Jones’ farm lead an animal revolt against him – a revolution based on high ...
kindler 06/22/2014 22 75 2 -
BREAKING: Treachery in 'Ol Virginny
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] Benedict Arnold. Judas Iscariot. Brutus. Quisling. Add to the names of history’s traitors one Phillip Puckett. This former Democrat ...
kindler 06/08/2014 126 230 2 -
Barbara Comstock, Defender of the Indefensible (VA-10)
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] Barbara Comstock, who wants to be the chief lawmaker for Virginia's 10th Congressional District, has a fatal attraction to law-breakers . ...
kindler 06/03/2014 6 10 - -
Take the VA GOP Beltway Bandits Twins Quiz!
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] Way back in the distant past -- 2013, to be precise -- Virginia GOP leaders were ...
kindler 05/15/2014 5 5 - -
How Punditry is Destroying U.S. Journalism and Democracy -- and How to Fix It
Despite all the bad influences on the U.S. media, there remain a large vestige of serious journalists doing excellent work. But their efforts are drowned out by the cacophony of often shamelessly ...
kindler 04/05/2014 23 36 3 -
Time to Shift the Climate Debate -- From Science to Policy
Cross posted at [Blue Virginia] It's 2014 and we just spent one more year failing to respond to global ...
kindler 01/13/2014 15 8 1 -
L.A. Times Bans Climate Deniers - When Will the Rest of the Media Follow Suit?
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] This past week, the Los Angeles Times took a little-...
kindler 10/12/2013 95 293 5 -
Rightward-Facing Dog: Who is
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] If you want to know the source of the conspiracy theories floating around Virginia ...
kindler 08/18/2013 5 11 - -
VA-Gov: EXCLUSIVE Blue Virginia Interview with Terry McAuliffe: Part II
Intro: Recently, the McAuliffe for Governor campaign graciously provided Blue Virginia editors lowkell and kindler the opportunity to interview Terry for 45 minutes at his campaign HQ in Arlington. ...
kindler 07/30/2013 5 8 - -
VA-GOV: EXCLUSIVE Blue Virginia Interview with Terry McAuliffe: Part I
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] Intro: Recently, the McAuliffe for Governor campaign graciously ...
kindler 07/29/2013 4 4 - -
Virginia GOP's latest target: yoga!
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] As Virginia's statewide campaigns gear up for November, the two parties unroll their top priorities.
kindler 06/05/2013 28 44 - -
"All of the Above": Most Meaningless Slogan Ever
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] We elect politicians to make decisions. When they refuse to take a stand, it's ...
kindler 05/25/2013 5 13 - -
VA-GOV: Enthusiasm Gap For Terry McAuliffe? GET OVER IT.
(Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia]) I'm still seeing a lot of ambivalence among progressives over Terry McAuliffe's candidacy for governor, in comments on blogs, ...
kindler 05/20/2013 80 41 2 -
VA Gov: Cuccinelli Continues Conveying Crazy Climate Conspiracies to Court
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] Is Ken Cuccinelli moving to the political center to win the ...
kindler 03/28/2013 4 9 - -
From NO CAR TAX to GREEN CAR TAX: A Virginia Fairy Tale
Cross-posted at Blue Virginia Once upon a time, there was a wild and barbarous land called Virginia, ruled by a race of giant trolls named Republicans. This land also contained tiny dwarves known ...
kindler 02/22/2013 20 9 - -
Chuck Hagel, Climate Treaty Slayer
The White House is now calling former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel a "solid" candidate for Defense Secretary, per the [Washington Post
kindler 12/14/2012 2 5 - -
VA-Gov: Defining Terry McAuliffe
Cross-posted at Blue Virginia The most searing lesson of President Obama's electoral slaughter of Mitt Romney just 3 weeks ago is a simple one -- define yourself and your opponent, early, often and ...
kindler 12/01/2012 38 16 - -
Paranoia in the Platform: the GOP and Agenda 21
We could spend hours debating what scares us most about the Republicans. For me, it is unquestionably the conspiracy theories - which now have a place even in the official party platform. Just ...
kindler 08/30/2012 5 7 - 57
Can Mitt Think?
20 years ago, The Atlantic Magazine asked of the first President Bush: ["Can George Bush Think?"] The same question must be asked of ...
kindler 08/27/2012 8 9 - 98
Welcoming a Right-Wing Republican to Virginia
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] No, that headline is not a typo, and yes, I am still against the vast majority of what Republicans stand for. But I sure miss a ...
kindler 08/02/2012 3 3 - 79
The Argument for Government That Democrats Need to Make
Ever since the Reagan era, Republicans have had a simple, clear, persuasive message: GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM . For whatever reason, Democrats have not had a comparably clear and simple message ...
kindler 07/23/2012 74 70 11 427
Mr. Orwell Comes to Virginia
Cross-posted at Blue Virginia "Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no ...
kindler 06/10/2012 63 165 1 896
Forward vs. Backward: SpaceX vs. Heartland
Two events this week, thousands of miles apart, demonstrated vastly different visions for America and the world. While the Heartland Institute’s climate change denial conference [disintegrated ...
kindler 05/26/2012 3 11 - 64
Don't Call Them "Climate Skeptics" -- They're Climate Deniers, Period
In certain parts of the media, it is fashionable to refer to those who deny the existence of human-induced climate change as "climate skeptics." Don't buy it -- what these people are practicing is ...
kindler 05/07/2012 125 101 1 622
The Iran Policy "Gas Tax"
Cross posted at [Blue Virginia] Here's what I don't get: [Every serious analyst agrees] that the ...
kindler 03/10/2012 4 2 - 63
Virginia is for Zygote Lovers: The Commonwealth's Abortion of Common Sense
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] While it is not uncommon for Republicans to do silly, stupid things, it is rare even for them to throw an entire state legal code into chaos. ...
kindler 02/14/2012 98 95 - 624
The Top Story of 2011 that the Media Missed
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] As we speak, media moguls around the world are releasing lists of the top ...
kindler 12/29/2011 10 17 1 89
The Case for Climate Alarmism
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] There was an important piece in yesterday's Daily Climate, ["Evidence builds that scientists underplay climate impacts" http://...
kindler 10/20/2011 15 14 - 75
How to convert New Agers to Right Wing Lunacy
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] [Dr. Joseph Mercola] is one of the most popular New Age health gurus on the web. He is now ...
kindler 09/09/2011 15 7 - 120
Rick Perry and the Climate Libel
(Cross posted at Blue Virginia ) The mark of the most backwards and destructive governments in history has been their suppression of science, reason ...
kindler 08/19/2011 12 12 - 90
Why "Cut, Cap and Balance"?
Cross posted at Blue Virginia One of the keys to the political victories Republicans consistently rack up, despite all they've done to destroy the ...
kindler 07/28/2011 32 26 - 276
A Rare Act of Political Courage
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] Yes, this is a tough time to read the news. From the Republicans’ economic terrorism to the bloodbath in Oslo, it’s pretty ...
kindler 07/23/2011 7 13 - 137
Eric Cantor's Gingrich Act
Cross posted at [Blue Virginia] Republicans, being fairly simple creatures, aren’t all that difficult to predict. Often you just have to look at the history of ...
kindler 07/14/2011 10 10 - 96
Mr. Cuccinelli's Bully State
Cross-posted at Blue Virginia There are Republicans who genuinely believe in a weak government that steps aside to let other sectors of society ...
kindler 07/09/2011 10 15 1 93
Climate Change -- Where is the Anger?
It will not be long before people look back on our era and say "Why didn't they do something? ANYTHING?" The Age of Climate Disruption is not something to expect to wait for in the distant future --
kindler 06/09/2011 43 16 - 109
Sometimes lefties do stupid stuff too
I support worthy progressive candidates and causes wherever I can, but I don't refrain from letting folks on the left know when they've got their head stuck up their crotch. Which is the case both ...
kindler 05/31/2011 127 21 - 594
Meet Virginia Attorney General Kochinelli
Cross-posted on [Blue Virginia] Mega-corporation Koch Industries today bought the naming rights to Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for an undisclosed sum.
kindler 05/24/2011 6 6 - 54
Fighting the Republican “Shock and Awe” Campaign
Cross posted at [Blue Virginia] As I watch the latest Republican surge, from Madison to DC and beyond, I feel a sharp twinge of déjà vu going back to the last ...
kindler 02/21/2011 1 - - 15
The Wrong Fight over the Government Workforce
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] You’ve got to hand it to the Repubs – they never miss an opportunity to push their agenda as far as (in)humanly possible. So, ...
kindler 02/19/2011 3 2 1 35
The Right’s George Costanza Problem
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] As the sirens of the right go out in a howl of fury and defensiveness, it’s becoming clear that the likes of Sarah Palin, ...
kindler 01/15/2011 19 14 - 62
Why It's Time to Impeach Ken Cuccinelli
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] The moment to impeach a public official is when they begin to represent a ...
kindler 12/18/2010 30 57 1 276
Tom Perriello for DNC Chairman
Cross posted at [Blue Virginia] While Republicans discuss potential replacements for Michael Steele at the RNC, there has been surprisingly little commentary ...
kindler 11/21/2010 28 19 - 106
Congrats, Koch, on your new House!
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] Congratulations, [Koch Industries], on your ...
kindler 11/06/2010 9 22 1 695
Why Mount Vernon Needs to Dump Pat Sajak
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] A few years ago, I visited George Washington’s estate, Mount Vernon, with my Dad, including the new [Ford Orientation ...
kindler 10/21/2010 26 14 - 69
The Party of Denial
Cross posted at [Blue Virginia] It’s been said that conservatives have a more coherent ideology than progressives, which makes their views an easier sell ...
kindler 10/11/2010 5 5 - 66
The Media's "Story" of Election 2010
Crossposted at [ Blue Virginia] The problem with today’s media is that it’s more interested in selling a story than telling the truth. A good story ...
kindler 09/18/2010 7 12 - 41
In Virginia, the Assault on Academic Freedom Continues
Cross-posted at [Blue Virginia] Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's [latest filing
kindler 07/15/2010 26 30 1 207
Must Business Execs Make Better Leaders?
Republicans are betting heavily this election year on candidates from the business world – e....
kindler 05/17/2010 13 6 1 19
Virginia's Lysenko
Cross-posted at Blue Virginia Eighty years ago, Josef Stalin found a scientist he liked. This was bad news for the scientists who were not so ...
kindler 05/07/2010 11 14 - 173
George Mason: Climate Denial U.?
Cross-posted at Blue Virginia Northern Virginians have lots of reasons to take pride in George Mason ...
kindler 04/16/2010 12 17 - 45
Don't Call It "Cap and Trade"
(Cross-posted at Blue Commonwealth ) When progressives shoot ourselves in the foot, it's important to take a step back and retrace exactly ...
kindler 02/04/2010 33 11 - 35
RoboBob in Bizarro World
(Cross-posted at Blue Commonwealth ) Back when I was a young comic book reading whipper-snapper, I remember Superman's freaky enemy, Bizarro.
kindler 01/28/2010 5 2 - 20
Your ClimateGate / Swifthack Holiday Primer
Cross-posted at Blue Commonwealth So you sit down with the family for your holiday dinner, and suddenly Uncle Grover starts going on about ...
kindler 12/25/2009 12 20 1 280
Climategate -- or Swifthack?
(Cross-posted at Blue Commonwealth ) Climate deniers have been crowing like roosters on crack ever since the theft and widespread broadcast ...
kindler 12/09/2009 5 5 - 71
It's the Theocracy, Stupid! (VA-GOV)
(Cross-posted at ) VA-GOV: In attacking Bob McDonnell’s reactionary views and record, the Creigh Deeds ...
kindler 10/18/2009 6 18 1 56
Adam and Eve and Bob (VA-Gov)
Does Virginia's Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell consider the story of Adam and Eve a historical event that actually happened ? Based on the evidence I’ve seen,
kindler 10/06/2009 15 8 - 8
Please, Bob McDonnell, Be Yourself
(cross-posted at Blue Commonwealth ) "This above all: to thine own self be true." - William Shakespeare, Hamlet George Allen's ...
kindler 08/30/2009 9 10 - 2
Why It's So Hard to Make Progress on Climate Change
Cross-posted at Yes, the House just passed the first major climate change legislation in US history - by a scant 7 votes. But the bill now faces rough sledding in the ...
kindler 06/27/2009 15 10 - 20
An Obama Campaign Veteran Runs in Virginia
Cross posted at One thing that won me to the Obama campaign was the quality of its grassroots leaders, who defied the long history of political campaigns with their ...
kindler 02/10/2009 2 15 - 8
The Post Tilts Further Right -- Bill Kristol's Back!
Cross posted at The Washington Post Op-Ed page, home to George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Michael Gerson and ...
kindler 01/28/2009 25 5 - -
The "Terrorist" that Obama and my Dad pal around with
The latest attempt by the McCain campaign to smear Obama, this time by linking him with his fellow former U. of Chicago professor, Rashid Khalidi, is clearly meant to make Jewish voters like me and ...
kindler 11/01/2008 7 20 - 11
Hagel for VP? Hell no! Here’s why
Among the names of potential Obama running mates popping up these days is one Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE). Hagel has deservedly received kudos for his courageous stand against Bush’s war in Iraq &#
kindler 05/27/2008 78 19 1 17
The WaPo’s Latest Gift to Big Oil
(cross-posted at When the Washington Post publishes an Op-Ed, it has an obligation to disclose enough about the author’s interests to allow you to judge whether ...
kindler 01/14/2008 11 21 1 2514
What’s at Stake in Virginia
While progressives remain focused on the quagmire in Iraq, many are surely missing a big story – the Republican party’s determined effort to bring itself back from the dead. The issue? ...
kindler 10/22/2007 16 20 - 26
Hargrove and History
“Are we going to force the Jews to apologize for killing Christ? [...] I personally think that our black citizens should get over it." Virginia Republican House delegate Frank Hargrove on a ...
kindler 01/17/2007 3 5 - 11
Virgil Goode vs. Thomas Jefferson
Originally posted on As people around the world hear about Rep. Virgil Goode’s narrow-minded comments against Muslims, many of them will assume that in this, he is ...
kindler 12/23/2006 23 22 3 137
BREAKING: White House planning climate change controls -- after election?
kindler 09/25/2006 10 6 - -
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