The Bold And The Clueless Both Offer Cliches

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The campaigns have become depressing. If the themes are bold and clueless, the tactics and media have descended into the same old cliches: “I’m a Democrat,” “I will work . . . → Read More: The Bold And The Clueless Both Offer Cliches

Super-PAC Commericals, Why President Obama Should Appoint Himself to the Open Seat, the GOP Legacy of No

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More Republican candidates for President have meant more political commercials in Charleston, sometimes running right after each other in no . . . → Read More: Super-PAC Commericals, Why President Obama Should Appoint Himself to the Open Seat, the GOP Legacy of No

Jeb, Flint, the White Middle Class, American Muslims, and Marco Rubio

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The media treats them as separate, but they are all a part of the same malaise. Tie them together; they are one story. Together, they catalogue . . . → Read More: Jeb, Flint, the White Middle Class, American Muslims, and Marco Rubio

Trump And Marx's Dialectic

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In one of my New York Times comments last week, I wrote about Marxism, an old, abandoned misunderstood philosophy that once stirred fear and rage and still has plenty of fire and strength. . . . → Read More: Trump And Marx’s Dialectic

History: The Spyglass of Politics

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History allows its observers to put ideas into motion, to see patterns; to discover and track how ideas adapt and change for different purposes and new environments. You cannot . . . → Read More: History: The Spyglass of Politics

What the GOP Silence About Ferguson and State Violence Really Means

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The Republican candidates are strangely silent about the problems abundant around the country. Especially the continued and it feels like increasing number of police killings spreading . . . → Read More: What the GOP Silence About Ferguson and State Violence Really Means

Barack's Quiet Joke Was Huge

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Did you miss Barack Obama’s great inside joke this week? It is one of the all-time greats of American politics! It is in a galaxy beyond his own previous personal best! The . . . → Read More: Barack’s Quiet Joke Was Huge

Single Incident Politics

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As President Obama demonstrates world class skills at building solid coalitions, from his Africa Summit, to financial embargoes against a variety of aggressor states to a far reaching trade agreement with 11 Asian countries, . . . → Read More: Single Incident Politics

Freedom and 17 Corollaries of Psychological Dissonance Assigned To Republicanism

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Inherent in any freedom is responsibility. A cautious, well-founded concern for a freedom which does no harm is the bedrock of freedom’s exercise. Those who assert freedom . . . → Read More: Freedom and 17 Corollaries of Psychological Dissonance Assigned To Republicans

Stormy Monday, 3/9/15

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StormyMondayMonday, the Department of Justice will begin notifying approximately a million federal workers of their eligibility to join a class action suit against the government for being forced to work without pay during the Republican-engineered shutdown in October 2013. Eligible employees will have 105 days to sign on; voters will have 610 days until the 2016 election to decide that throwing Republicans out of all federal offices is an urgent priority for the health of the nation.

By next weekend, or so, the United States will have again exhausted its ability to borrow money. Fear not, though. Mitch “Old Lightnin'” McConnell promised Face the Nation Sunday that “the debt ceiling will be handled over a period of months.” He added that “hopefully, it might carry some other important legislation that we can agree on in connection with it,” which, on Planet Mitch, presumably means the repeal of Obamacare or the gutting of Social Security. The White House has meanwhile implemented “emergency cash measures” to forestall a possible collision with the debt ceiling.

Speaking of dysfunctionality and debt, the Eurogroup convenes in Brussels tomorrow to “discuss next steps” related to debt assistance for Greece. Tensions ratcheted up considerably today with the threat by Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis that Greece could hold an election or a referendum over what those “next steps” might entail.

Too bad Senator Inhofe won’t be in Fairbanks tomorrow for the competitive start of this year’s Iditarod. If he were, he’d learn that 350 dump-trucks’ worth of snow were needed to facilitate Saturday’s ceremonial start in Anchorage, where daytime temperatures flirted with 40 and the only thing falling from the late-winter sky was a thin rain.

Fires are still not totally extinguished following Thursday’s derailment of a crude-carrying BNSF train near Galena, Illinois. Ten more derailed cars remain to be cleared via a new temporary “haul road.” The railway says it anticipates the mainline to be back in operation Monday, which would clear the way – whew! – for the week’s usual 40 or 50 oil trains to run through the area. Continue reading Stormy Monday, 3/9/15

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