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|What the Drug War Did to Baltimore
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] I am deeply unsettled this morning with an un-fun appointment only 50 minutes away, yet concerned enough to try and codify my distress. For the first time in my ...
|Television Has Improved
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] In our political cycles this is the time of year I pity professional political writers, for “February is pitiless, and it is boring. That parade of red ...
|The Creep is Upon Us
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] A question of perpetual fascination for sociologists and political scientists is the transformation of Germany in the 1930’s into a foaming, unstable violent ...
|One Thing for the Little People
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] With a mounting sense of dismay I see from Bob Johnson and BrooklynBadBoy on the rec list at Daily Kos that the Hillary Intelligentsia is apparently ...
|The Curse of Redistribution
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Such a long, long time ago Barack Obama was a fresh national candidate, out on the campaign trail and the reality as our first black president far from certain. ...
|I Know You Do
Well, here I am with my second short fiction story stored in my little political cloud. [smiles] Public, yes, but seen by very few. I know this will seem strange to many but as a writer it's ...
|We Should Have Known About the War in Pakistan
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] In the movie Stripes, circa 1981, actor Bill Murray is exhorting his fellow soldiers to rally to the flag, hitch up the testicles and their packs and hustle up ...
|What You Liberals Should Do About Keystone Pipeline
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] I’m always interested when a professional journalist opines about what we liberals should do with a particular political strategy, tactical study is always ...
|Letter From California
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] 11/08/14 0535.22 PST San Jose, California It is an old tale, utterly predictable in result with nothing particularly exciting in the product, but the ...
|16 Hour Day Isn’t An Option for Shuttle Drivers, Facebook
Via the New York Times comes the news Facebook’s bus contractor is being pressured by the Teamsters to allow the union to bargain for the bus driver’s behalf. Top-flight tech companies in the ...
|Letter From California
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] 09/29/14 0642.21 PST San Jose, California It has been noted more than once that in 1978 California made a mushy pivot to stingy hold-the-line fiscal spending ...
|Costs of War
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster ] As the sickening urgency and excitement of war ripples across our consciousness once again ( livetweets from a bombing run witness! ), it would be very well to ...
|Book Review: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Copyright 2000 Stephen King Scribner Books ISBN ( e-book ): 978-0-7432-1153-6 Once in a great while I’ll allow myself to write about the craft of writing, a ...
|US CentCom Commander Declares International Border To Be Meaningless
Out of the comments from Meteor Blade's diary on ISIS mission creep came the headline for this story, it was deemed by the community worthy of a diary by itself. Here is the quote in full: On ...
|9/11 Did Not Herald A New Age of American Terrorism
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] I am always relieved when 9/11 has come and gone, re-living parts of that awful day is bad enough, but I vividly remember an America before 9/11 when flying was ...
|Drone-Killing Presidents Aren’t the Problem
Few things are as irritating in life than the generalizing of yourself or group you belong to as being flat-out wrong, and it gets a lot worse when said individual is in a media position to spread ...
|A Strategy for the Middle East
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Even in these terrible times (watching the horribly exploited citizens of Ferguson having US Army rifles pointed at them by clueless punks certainly qualifies ...
|These Are Not Good Graphs
Three days ago I saw a tweet of Obama propaganda , an allegedly sincere blast of four graphs demonstrating the very good underlying results of leadership that were being distracted from by the House ...
|We Could Get Out of the Middle East
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] I am discouraged at flinging out there the most obvious of truths and would normally meander along, but at the encouragement of Professor Juan Cole I will put ...
|A Summit is Nice, Signing Laws is Better
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Via Hullabaloo and The Baffler comes news of an allegedly much-ballyhooed (I never heard about it) White House Summit on Working Families , which sort of ...
|You Know, Hillary….
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] In a particularly ugly and dismaying story 42,000 unaccompanied children from Central America have somehow made it over the Mexican border and are swamping ...
|Triple-Down on Washington NFL Logo Falling Apart
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] A very proud liberal tradition of supporting civil rights and combating racism took a fascinating turn yesterday when the federal trademark board cancelled the ...
|There Will be a Message To Send
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Reading Hullabaloo yesterday I was interested in the obvious scorn in the messaging ability of the United States Navy, as Iraq splinters apart in fierce ...
|About Our New Young Media Turks
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] In a fascinating and fervently hoped-for evolution of success three successful internet writers have been bankrolled by new media money to create fresh ...
|The Global Force for Good Will Save Us
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] I was grimly amused on multiple levels this morning as Iraq disintegrates and the criminal morons who got us into that flaming catastrophe ludicrously call for ...
|I’m Not Giving Up on Our Earth Because it’s Difficult
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Facts, truth, empirical realism, logic, rationality, un-biased observation methods, these are the cherished mental crown jewels of the liberal reality-based ...
|What Happens When a Living Wage is Present
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Many thanks to Erin Ruberry and Garance Franke-Ruta from my twitter feed pointing to a New York City publication I was unaware of: gothamist. Chronicled is the ...
|A Daughter’s Lunch
First thing is always to put the bread in the toaster, try to build the sandwich with the bread warm and the mayo loses too much texture. Clean the lettuce, slice the cheese, tomato and chicken. I ...
|Final Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal Starts Next Year
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Associated Press is reporting the current level of 32,000 American troops in Afghanistan will start a partial withdrawal next year to 9,800 until the end of ...
|Book Review: No Place To Hide, Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the US Surveillance State
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Glenn Greenwald MacMillan Press, 2014 The National Security Administration is out of control. Very dangerously off mission by spying on ordinary Americans, ...
|What Will The Next President Do About Climate Change?
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Reading Paul Krugman this morning and the comically incoherent Republican ranting denying climate change action or even the phenomenon itself, one can ...
|Politicians on the record for Net Neutrality
Via Dan Gilmore and Joshua Levy from Twitter, Save the Internet has compiled a list of Congressional reactions and statements to the latest FCC attempt in smashing the internet. Congress of course ...
|Net Neutrality? Ha, DC is Captured
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] As the appalling news arrived yesterday that the FCC mentally flipped and decided the internet was best served for corporate masters I remembered the many media ...
|Seriously Ready for Obamacare Success Stories
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Reading Paul Krugman this morning fills me with a mounting impatience, for the ability of Republicans to launch whatever fantasy they wish into media space is ...
|Issues in Cannabis Legalization
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] As an amateur political writer I have never singularly attached myself to an issue or cause, I could see various flavors of obsession in some sort of long-term ...
|War on Cannabis Descends Into the Absurd
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Hope and progress must be grasped whenever present in these mean and troubled times, it’s a decent life strategy, so in the winter of our flaccid midterms one ...
|Glenn Greenwald’s New Site Now Live
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] A new day is with us as young internet media hotshots backed by deep technology money break onto the scene, first up Glenn Greenwald and firstlook.org, soon to ...
|Worried About Keystone Pipeline
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Via Talking Points Memo, one of my favorites [cough], David Axelrod, recently implored the Democratic base to forget about the 2016 national race and focus ...
|Just Don’t Tell Us to be Afraid, Hillary
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] The spectacle of an authoritarian Republican bully being strangled by his own stupidity is an enjoyable experience, yes, but the total implosion of Chris ...
|Please Have a Wonderful 2013 Holiday Season
Since ‘tis the season for goodwill towards all humans, holiday cheer, happy gatherings, generosity, all that stuff, do consider a paypal hit for Hullabaloo in its fundraiser drive, I assure you no ...
|Ohhhhh, The Rules
I have been a bad, bad boy again recently, and although usually I could give a damn and move on for once it seems worthy to explain myself, the alleged affront garnered 34 donuts, mm, that’s a ...
|War & Peace Can Be Confusing
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Scanning the amateur work at Daily Kos last week a diarist unabashedly proclaimed that President Obama had “earned” his Nobel Peace prize by the imminent ...
|Thank You So Much for the Spectacular Quilt
It arrived many moons ago, a beautiful pattern and color combination of varied hues of green and blue, so many kind messages in the fabric squares. I let it stay folded on the ottoman for days, for ...
|A Surreal Descent Into Poverty and Desperation
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] One time in the 2006 Christmas season I was just hanging around the threads at Daily Kos, the topic turned to food and cooking and it was instantly apparent ...
|Hi There, Hillary
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Even though the 2014 national midterm elections have yet to warm up political junkies, Party leadership and very interested wealthy benefactors of the status ...
|Glenn & Stacy
Well, I wrote parts VI and VII, so this romance short fiction I told Hunter a long time ago I should write is done. Surprisingly, a few people have been following along as each part was worked up, ...
|Glenn & Stacy, part V
[ This is part 5 of a short fiction piece I told Hunter I should write. I'm about 75% done, there's one chapter left. ] Glenn Duey drove down highway 12 in his wheezing, sputtering Toyota, glad at ...
|Glenn & Stacy, part 4
[ I'm working up a romance novella in my database slot here because, well, I can. I'm about half way done ] Glenn Duey felt the crisp sheets around his body, heard small sounds of his house and ...
|This Doesn’t Look Good at All, John
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] If there has ever been a cause or mission that I’ve emphasized over 11 years of political writing (many writers specialize an issue) it’s ending the useless,
|Glenn & Stacy, part 2
[ I told Hunter a long time ago I had a romance novella to write, so I'm finally doing it, people on occasion write short fiction here. I have my own reasons for it, they mean something to me, and ...
|Glenn & Stacy, part 3
[ Coupla weeks ago I'm in a thread here and somebody says they have some short fiction but don't know if this is the place to publish, some other guy says sure, he's seen some short fiction here, go ...
|Cutting Food Stamps While at War
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Out of all the reeking rationales that have been offered for the insanity of staying at war in Afghanistan for twelve years, media and political fear has ...
|John Cole lost Tunch
Very sad news from the environs of Balloon Juice yesterday, good blogger, writer, publicist and man John Cole lost his beloved cat Tunch, killed by a dog. I am so sorry, John. I know what Tunch ...
|So Many Weaves of Secrecy For Our Times
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] The Guardian reported last week that a US drone over Pakistan launched four Hellfire missiles at a group of bad guy leadership in Pakistan, killing ...
|Any Stewards of Democracy Around?
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] From the little revealed so far about Edward Snowden and his National Security Agency leaks it’s at least quite clear a quasi-governmental apparatus built a ...
|US Television News is a Danger to the Security of the United States
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] If you want to get lied to, watch television news. There are a thousand ways to evade or hide the truth, but by far the most preferred way in our hurried blurry ...
|Economic History of the Obama Administration
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] History is technically defined as a chronological sequence of significant events, depending on the objective it can explain an outcome or helpfully provide ...
|Enjoying Netroots Nation 13
I’m enjoying Netroots Nation 13, I’m happy to say, I show up every day at 0630 and do whatever’s needed in the moment for the staff—tiny clerical stuff, a few errands, and then report to Bo ...
|What Leadership & Integrity Look Like
I am not feeling well, but from the request of Kossarian I respect I will make an attempt at passing along something extremely important in two elements: equality and leadership. They come in the ...
|A Few Sunday Notes
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] /* I’m still a little surprised weeks later at the opposition to my proposition in ending the draft altogether, the arguments made great sense to me but ...
|Ending the Draft Was a Very Good Thing
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] The good David Sirota of Salon asks an excellent question in wondering whether ending the draft (forced military conscription for young males) was a wise ...
|The Solar Panels are Installed at the Local High Schools
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Quite impressive, actually. Voted in years ago as part of a bond improvement implementation for local high schools they tilt in the parking lots on squat ...
|The New Windmills are Up at Altamont Pass
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] They’re really beautiful. I had greatly admired a small grove of them that had always been there, but many years ago through voter referendum the many ...
|Time to Switch to Electrons
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Watching the Keystone pipeline fight it occurred to me that the age of personal machines (mainly the automobile) is just smudging the centurion mark, it was ...
|Sports For Nerdy People
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Sorry to be so quiet for so long, but there are other things in life that are difficult and the last thing I needed was immersion in American politics. I ...
|We’ll Get ‘Em in Mexico
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Imagine, if you will, a notoriously violent Mexican drug dealer being pursued in San Antonio, Texas. The televised chase suddenly turns into a quick hostage ...
|Book Review: Prague Winter
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Prague Winter A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 Madeleine Albright, with Bill Woodward Harper Perennial Books 2012 ISBN: 978-0-06-203031-3 To ...
|Centrism Will Not Lead Us Out of the Quagmire
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Readers of Hullabaloo have been reminded many times that amid all the ridiculous bleating about the deficit in DC the House Progressive Caucus has had a ...
|US Fiscal Policy Officially Enters Disaster Status
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] In one of the strangest moments of my political life I found myself agreeing and even feeling sort of gratefully sympathetic to David Brooks on the PBS Newshour ...
|Some Saturday Notes
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Rarely do I regret publishing political essays as first draft spit-outs (all of my political work is), but yesterday was definitely one of those days, there ...
|Death Becomes Us
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] After contemplating Paul Krugman this morning and the amazing persistence of zombie ideas for the first time I truly understood why death is so necessary and ...
|No Liberal Hypocrite for Obama Here
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] To follow up on the sterling Alex Pareene of Salon commenting on the alleged liberal hypocrisy of Obama supporters for supporting his foreign policy, well, let ...
|Book Review: Beyond the Possible
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Beyond the Possible Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani HarperOne Books, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-06-210504-2 Written in alternating first-person narrative from Dr. ...
|Oh USA, How We Love the Austeriteh
[cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] In the last 30 months of our absurd hostage drama over the 2011 debt ceiling deal—soon to collapse into yet more disaster with brutal self-immolating “...
|The Votes are There for a Second Stimulus
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Dr. Atrios at Eschaton has recently taken up the admirable cause of raising Social Security benefits, and to riff on his point about politicians delivering nice ...
|Republicans Are Happy With California Governor Jerry Brown
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Despite all the primal triumphant blaring from the Governor’s office about relatively modest administrative fiscal accomplishments in our sorry, clanking ...
|A Few Notes
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster and Athletics Nation .] The renowned journalist Big Media Matt Yglesias once judiciously intoned that one should never get personal in published writing, for ...
|Good Luck, Mr. President
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] I haven’t written about the Obama administration response to Sandy Hook because although I highly approve I am even more surprised, so surprised I needed to ...
|People Got No Jobs, People Got No Money
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] There was a lot to like in President Obama’s press conference yesterday, the resolute leader of the Democratic Party flatly declaring that of course America ...
|Makes Them Feel Powerful
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Watching the political birdie of the theoretical trillion dollar platinum coin being batted back forth is educational and intellectually fun, in a way, but ...
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] It’s a little strange, two times in a row covering cannabis the New York Times has regressed into a fussy old maid of tut-tutting authoritarian repression. ...
|How I Hope Obama Doesn’t Negotiate Debt Ceiling
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] I’m fragile at Christmas, right, and after the fiscal cliff negotiations—which Digby of Hullabaloo accurately described as experiencing a political death ...
|Debt Ceiling: The Story is Missing Again
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] There are indeed many vastly disquieting political elements to the ongoing political fiscal cliff train wreck that is the rancidly-not-fresh start of the second ...
|Letter From California
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] 12/30/12 0526.33 PST San Jose, California California has been soaked with 140% of normal precipitation this year, easing the constant faint hum of worry of all ...
|Merry Christmas From The Left Coaster
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Steve, Mary, I and all the writers here wish you the very merriest of a Christmas season, hoping that whatever destination awaits you peace and friendship be ...
|It Wasn’t 11th Dimensional Chess
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Now that the Republicans have completely imploded in a ludicrous display of Party extremism responding to the appalling offer of the President in these merry ...
|Win an Election, Knife the Seniors
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Yesterday I had the enjoyable experience of writing the President had everything in his hand for the Cliffmas negotiating, only to publish a few minutes later ...
|The Bullies Will Double Down
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Even before the Sandy Hook horror of last weekend a disquieting sense of political foreboding had begun to creep over me, a vague sense that no matter what ...
|Please Close Up Shop for Christmas, Mr. President
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] The excellent Joan Walsh of Salon reiterates this morning what I’ve said previously, it’s very advantageous for the President and Party to let this hideous ...
|Obama Administration Puffs Out a Cannabis Trial Balloon
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] One of the most dismaying and destructive media tactics carried over from the Bush administration is the anonymous media leak and launching of a “trial balloon,
|About Opposing Obama
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] I got a very nice Christmas card from the White House yesterday, which genuinely surprises me. I had contributed not a cent to any Democratic politician since ...
|Leaving Afghanistan Now Would Save $120 Billion
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] The evolution of our Christmas cliff twisted to a new level of absurdity yesterday when Paul Krugman passed along polling data showing that by almost four to ...
|Ah, The Defense Keynesians Are Here
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Waiting is not one of my skills, right, but for once I was positive that patience would not be necessary for a certain element of this unholy regrettable ...
|Just Take December Off
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Political junkies view every national election through a prism of participation hope, win or lose perhaps the unique circumstances, issues and cultural flow of ...
|Got An Answer on Legalized Marijuana, Mr. Holder?
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] I noticed on pro-Obama sites in all the rosy glow of 2012 victory a significantly muted response to the successful marijuana legalization efforts of Colorado ...
|Obama Administration Second Term Goals
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Heavy criticism of the Obama administration for abandoning the vast little people army of the 2008 campaign in its meandering quest for Romneycare seems to have ...
|Book Review: Underdogs: The Making of the Modern Marine Corps
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Underdogs: The Making of the Modern Marine Corps Aaron B. O’Connell Harvard University Press 2012 ISBN: 978-0-674-05827-9 Many times reading Underdogs I ...
|Please Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] Here it is already but time and calendar call for duty, the scatter is on by wheel, rail and wing as we gather with friends and family for Thanksgiving. I know ...
|Surprise! California Becomes Governable
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] I read Kevin Drum’s endorsement of Jerry Brown’s Prop 30 to raise a few puny billion (which passed Tuesday), which basically said because the California ...
|Vote Yes on CA Proposition 30
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] In one of the most unbelievable and surely the most tortured votes of my life I’ll cast a ballot for California Governor Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 this ...
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