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US Politics The President Who Isn’t

People are living longer. Just look at the number of ex-Presidents we have living yet. There are four, and I can’t remember when so many ex-leaders of the country have been alive and compos mentis. There…

American culture Civil Disobedience and Its Consequences

When I was a junior in high school, in the middle of Richard Nixon’s first term, I took a course in civics. Back then, this was required of all high school students, usually taken in…

African-American Of Cabbages and Kings: It’s Not that Obama’s Naive; It’s Just That the President’s Not White

(Sigh) I hate to bring race into this equation. I hate even approximating a race war, but the time has come, the Walrus said, to speak of many things, of shoes and ships and sealing…

American culture Excommunication By State

I am a Virginian born and bred. My mother’s people were Virginians before Virginia was Virginia. They met the first settlers when they arrived to found Jamestown in 1607. One married John Rolfe. She rests…

African-American One Man’s Racism Is Another Man’s Comedy

There’s a Facebook friend in my social network, from Denver, Colorado, a man of the Left, who insists that race isn’t a factor with the Left’s so-called disillusionment with the President.   I disagree.  …

American culture When the Left Borrows from the Right

I’m not a great fan of Cynthia Boaz, but I’ll give her fair due. She’s written a cracking piece which you can see on TruthOut.org’s website, entiled “14 Propaganda Techniques that Fox ‘News’ Uses to…

American culture Never Mind the Dangerous Insipidity of Dan Choi

Dan Choi’s at it again, twittering and wittering his vitriolic hatred of the President. Dan’s the posteboy of the gay rights’ movement, but he’s rapidly turning into a Cindy Sheehan figure.  Unlike Sheehan, he’s still…

American culture The Radical Chic Pay Lip Service to the Poor

In yesterday’s New York Times, Charles Blow, one of my favourite opinion writers, wrote a brilliant and poignantly evocative exhortation to politicians of all stripes not to forget the poor in all their shenanigans and…

American culture Joan Walsh Says Vicious Obama Supporters Are Paid GOP Trolls

Sometime around about April Fools’ Day, Joan Walsh jumped the shark. Since then, she’s got caught out and called out in remarks that were just the teensy-weensiest bit racist, although Joan, being Joan and a bona…

American culture Just a Word About Marriage

We are the United States of Shallow Americans. We obsess over the nuance in a phrase or a word and are distracted by the most inane things, thus allowing the sheisters and idealogues, whom we…

American culture There’s Nothing Worse Than a Starfucking Ratfucker

I see Bill Maher’s following this week’s fashion of Obama-bashing again, in the wake of Chris Matthews’s, Ed Schultz’s and Rachel Maddow’s expert analysis of the President’s Afghanistan speech and hot on the heels of…

US Politics Fine Young Cannibals

When the Democrats have to be told home truths by Pat Buchanan, you know something is not only rotten, it’s shameful. Earlier this week, in one of his many appearances on MSNBC, where he’s the…

American culture The Professional Left and the Big Sam President

So I understand Keith Olbermann, the multimillionaire media egotist and ex-sportscaster who deems himself eminently qualified to comment on political affairs, whose resurrected show Countdown is an echo chamber of one-sided thought with no room for…

American culture A Message to Progressives: Lily Ledbetter Is What Democrats Are All About

The kindergarten of spoiled, affluent children pretending to dabble in politics, otherwise known as Netroots Nation, hit a new low when the White House communications director, Dan Pfeiffer, was subjected to one of the most…

Uncategorized Joan Walsh: Twisted Sister Punches Down

The British have a great phrase for expressing the fact that someone is undergoing a particularly angering derangement syndrome. They simply say that someone “has a cob on.” Well, Joan Walsh has had a massive…

US Politics Instead of Blaming the President, Try Learning Some English

OK, I wondered how long it would be before the media just couldn’t resist the temptation to encourage the unthinking tranche of the Left (which I’m increasingly calling the lowest common denominator of that demographic)…

US Politics Between a Rock and a Hard Place

New Rule: If we stop treating politicians like the celebrities they’re not, maybe then they’ll act like responsible people we trust to represent us, instead of the celebrities they’re not. May ended well for the…

US Politics The Lamestream Media’s Monster

Sarah Palin’s on the rise again, and that frightens me. She frightens me because she allows me to see the sheer power exuding from our 24/7 cable news media, taken together with the various and…

US Politics The Republicans’ Meatloaf Moment

Word out today says Mitch Daniels doesn’t plan to run for President in 2012. With Mike Huckabee and Haley Barbour deciding not to make a go of it, that leaves only Mitt Romney and Jon…

Media Rude Pundits

I’m about to date myself, but I can remember when the only political pundits and commentators were the ones who had regular columns in the big regional newspapers – people like Drew Pearson, Jack Anderson,…

Movies The Point of No Return

My father, a lifelong Democrat and a fervent union supporter, always maintained that even the Left had its limits. “Go far enough to the Left in your opinions,” he’d always say, “and before long, you’ll…

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