This week, another rant against conservative ideology. The problem with conservative ideology is that it blocks thinking. Conservatives refuse to examine any notion that forces them to confront their core beliefs in the magic of markets.
Ok, but don’t liberals do this too?
I guess so. But at the practical level of politics, the left has accepted a lot of compromise over the past 35 years. They no longer reflexively suggest raising taxes, nor do they keep suggesting yet…Continue
There is a certain Texan here on Our Salon who regularly posts his own twisted version of current events with provocative language about conspiracy and race and customized "facts" which clearly invite comments and conflict. This isn't Trollish behavior in the traditional internet ethic of creative chaos, but much more in the boorish pontification of bigoted and paranoid agit-prop commentary found in specialized chat rooms.
Never having been…Continue
Gun Control Again Mister President In The Wake of Charleston Tragedy?
It is not enough that this nation as well as the town of Charleston must endure yet another meaningless mass murder, but once again our president uses this opportunity to…Continue
The announcement that Donald Trump made with his coterie of paid supporters certainly livened the hearts of all comedians. I saw John Stewart and Larry Wilmore both thank God for the gift that they had been given. Meanwhile in more establishmentarian sectors of the blogosphere there is great wailing an gnashing of teeth. Political commentators with gravitas have been tut-tutting the Donald's entrance into the contest, decrying the fact that somehow Trump will make the 2,349 other GOP…Continue
Three days ago I posted about Hillary Clinton's latest campaign speech with this title Good Politics, Questionable Policy and included this paragraph: "BTW:…Continue
Francis I, Pontifex Maximus (a trained chemist):
“Numerous scientific studies indicate that most of the global warming of the past decades is due to the concentration of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxide and others), emitted especially because of human activities…by the development model based on the intensive use of fossil fuels that is at the core of the global energy mode
For those of you who sometimes do not know what to make of Art James poetic free association comments, I offer this from my recent post…Continue
It is quite disconcerting when a businessman from mainland China who has done quite well for himself here in the US makes the comment, "my family left China for exactly the reasons that I am seeing here now in America." In fact, that statement is startling. As a matter of fact, this man knew more about…
This post is combination of my comments on Jon Wolfman's post 1-Sentence Sunday: Why I Want the Trade Deal to…Continue
The president revealed his hand (about the trade deal) when, in defense of the deal, he reminded us that the jobs we have lost over the years are not coming back.
Is that so? Can’t we at least try to keep some jobs here, even boost a few dying sectors of the manufacturing economy?
By all accounts it was corporate interests who represented the US in our negotiations, corporate interests and government trade specialists. But no one represented the potential osers. No one from…Continue
by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
As an organizer of the first pride march in Philadelphia in 1972, I find it difficult to be proud of what passes for pride in the new millennium. It's not that I'm unwilling to change with the times. I just can't believe what's become of those defiant marches we used to stage on the last Sunday of June to commemorate a riot at a bar…Continue
Trans Pacific Trade Agreement Scandal
Like so many other issues and scandals and points of contention that float endlessly through the ether comes yet another of the Obama Administration's transparent lies. The Trans Pacific Trade Agreement secretly located in a guarded…
Intolerance…: To give credit where it’s due, Ted Frier’s post, “Right Demands Respect for Intolerance in Jenner Controversy” inspires this post; that and the fact that I…Continue
I am truly sorry I won't be able to respond to people's comments for a while. Just catching up on the Inbox has been wearing LOL.
I'll be back by when time…Continue
I don’t know what the definition of insanity is. One common definition is of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. But if this is insane, then insanity is far more common than we pretend.
For example, I vote in Dover NJ, a town dominated by a cabal of insiders. A few Republican have run, and one even became the mayor, but as soon as he won, the aldermen (all Democrats) stonewalled him on everything. His administration failed and no Republican…Continue
The fundamental way a ruler takes power is in the manner in which he portrays himself.
In order to create a beloved leader whom the masses can be charismatically seduced by as their freedoms evaporate under unfair and ideological rule, a cult of…
Everyone wants to go to war. Just listen to all the Republican presidential wannabees.
Republicans are giddy with the hope that they can use Obama’s foreign policy to convince American voters that the next president ought to be a Republican. And given the terrible circumstances abroad, it is easy to criticize Obama’s policy. So yes, it would have been better had Putin not invaded the Crimea and eastern Ukraine. It would also have been nice had Iraq worked out. It would have been nice…Continue
So you're planning a three day weekend and wondering which meat will be best to throw on the grill and…
Sounds like a good idea, but “border security” is an empty phrase. Despite what you might hear, it is not the lack of border security that has brought all the Mexicans and other Central Americans to our towns in search of a work.
Politicians use border security as an excuse to avoid tackling a complex problem, that of what to do about the millions who are here illegally. Their excuse, fix the border first, then we can talk. But the border will never be fixed.
The border is…Continue