Category Archive: Politics as usual

Jan 22

A Liberal’s Guide to Giving Trump a Chance

  Right-wingers want liberals and centrists to give Trump a chance. They repeatedly tell us to give the guy a break. They say we’ve no idea what he will do as president, and that’s almost right. During his campaign, he was artfully vague about how he would do anything. Nonetheless, we already know plenty about …

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Dec 28

ISIS is the New Ebola

If your Christmas gathering this year was like mine, it was horrible. All we could talk about were the people in our lives we lost to Ebola. A couple of friends at the table broke down into tears just thinking about it. Because of this plight, we all wore masks which we lifted the corners of to …

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May 02

Cruz makes claim after skipping Lynch vote that has aides pedaling fast | Dallas Morning News

The Texas senator’s stance on Senate rules implied opposition to lots of things he supported. Oh, Teddy! Source: Ted Cruz’s claim after skipping Lynch vote has aides pedaling fast | Dallas Morning News This guy went to an Ivy? Most of us had a better understanding of how government works after our middle school civics …

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May 01

Conspiracy Theory: Military Takeover of Texas

  Texas residents were up in arms this week over a planned U.S. military training exercise that’s been portrayed in right-wing conspiracy theory circles as everything from a ploy to confiscate Americans’ guns to an excuse to abduct political dissidents. The speculation reached such a fever pitch that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Tuesday …

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Jan 17

Waiting for Alinsky

A picture of Saul Alinsky

Saul Alinsky has been a hot topic for the last decade or so. Freedomworks has had seminars on his tactics to stir up the Tea Party. Glenn Beck and other conservative spokes models have waxed eloquently about his devious left-wing philosophy and strategies. He pops up as a frequent topic on Right-wing blogs. And God …

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Nov 21

Republicans: Is it time to deal with those anger issues?

Why Republicans Need  Some Time on a Shrink’s Couch by Darrell Hill In politics, we expect some gamesmanship. For the past six years, the Republican game was to keep President Obama in a constant “no win” position. It started the week after Mr. Obama’s first inauguration when the Mitch McConnell proclaimed that they would make …

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Nov 15

7 facts about conspiracy theories

Paranoid Donald Sutherland pointing

If you like to debate politics (and I use the word “debate” rather than “fight about” to seem more civilized than I am) as much as I do, you know that such conversations online are stuffed with claims of conspiracies. It doesn’t matter whether you are on the Right or the Left. Someone’s always spouting nonsense conspiracy …

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Sep 23

Five reasons the Uncle Sam in the exam room ads are just wrong

Uncle Sam in the examining room

5 reasons the Uncle Sam in the examining room ad is just wrong There is absolutely nothing about Obamacare that tells your doctor how to treat you inside the examining room. The ad suggests something that just isn’t true. There is absolutely nothing in the ACA that indicates that Uncle Sam will need to snap …

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Sep 23

Once and for all, will Obamacare allow you to choose your own doctor?

Insurance company greed

Yes and no. Okay, so that’s not as definitive as I would like it to be. The Republicans, whose minions have actually been putting out ads trying to talk people out of exploring the exchanges available Oct 1st, say definitely no. Democrats hold tight to their conviction that Obamacare does not prevent someone from choosing their …

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Sep 22

The GOP “negotiators” on the Sunday programs

No negotiation

When is a negotiation not a negotiation? Answer: When it’s been preceded by 40 attempts to repeal. I’m used to watching the talk shows on weekends let different political apologists come on and push their agendas. At most, the anchors of the shows offer only the softest of push back. They need ratings, and so …

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