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Filed Under:US Politics / Liberal
Posts on Regator:11149
Posts / Week:32.9
Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Robert Stein (1924-2014)

By Michael J.W. Stickings (I apologize for the lateness of this post. I was away on vacation for a while and not doing much writing. So I am coming belatedly to this sad event.) Last month, Robert Stein, author of the blog Connecting the Dots and guest contributor here at The Reaction, died at the age of 90. Show More Summary

Obama's cautious pragmatism is the best approach for dealing with Syria and ISIS

By Michael J.W. Stickings There's a lot of talk today, the Friday before a long weekend, about President Obama's remark that "we don't have a strategy yet" regarding ISIS and the deteriorating situation in Syria and Iraq. The remarkShow More Summary

Progressive Music Classics: "This Funeral is for the Wrong Corpse" by The Mekons

By Marc McDonald (Ed. note: Here's another installment of Marc's ongoing series. For the full series, check out his site. -- MJWS) Welcome to another edition of Progressive Music Classics, a salute to left-leaning music that champions the cause of working-class people around the world. Show More Summary

A huge step forward for Obamacare: Pennsylvania's Republican governor embraces Medicaid expansion

By Michael J.W. Stickings Greg Sargent reports: In another sign that the politics of Obamacare continue to shift, the Medicaid expansion is now all but certain to come to another big state whose Republican governor had previously resisted it: Pennsylvania. Show More Summary

Chuck Todd realizes there are "too many crazy white guys" in the Republican Party

By Michael J.W. Stickings Actually, it's a party controlled and dominated by crazy white guys, to take nothing away from the craziness of the non-whites and/or non-guys, and it's not just on reproductive rights, which was the specific issue Todd was initially referencing, but on pretty much everything. Show More Summary

The Conundrum of Memory

By Capt. FoggSometimes I get to wondering, sometimes I get confused about what our conservative brethren are trying to tell us. I was reminded recently that my former Republican congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL) amongst others, vociferously...Show More Summary

I have seen the future

Or the selfie of the future, that is. By Capt. FoggSelfie of the day, selfies of the week -- we can hardly breathe with the effort of working selfie into every page, every story, every moment of news.6 uses of the word in a 15 second news spot and it's hardly unique. Show More Summary

Matt Damon does the stupid ALS ice bucket challenge, but in a good way

By Michael J.W. Stickings Basically, I think the ALS ice bucket challenge is fucking stupid. I'm all for fighting this awful disease, but surely there are better ways to raise awareness, and, what's more, it pretty clear that many, and...Show More Summary

Why John Eligon's New York Times profile of Mike Brown isn't as bad as many people think

By Michael J.W. Stickings I certainly understand why so many people are upset about certain aspects of John Eligon's article on Mike Brown in the Times, specifically the use of the phrase "no angel" and, well, basically all of this:Show More Summary

Booker T. & the M.G.s - "Green Onions"

By Richard K. Barry "Green Onions" arrived in 1962. It's a classic R&B instrumental hit by Booker T. & the M.G.s - of course. It has to be one of the most obvious 12 bar blues in the history of that configuration, with a signature Hammond organ riff thrown in. Show More Summary

Rand Paul is wrong about himself, Democrats, the Republican Party, and 2016

By Michael J.W. Stickings Rand Paul, riding a wave of egomaniacal hubris given his current position at or near the top of national Republican politics, thinks that Democrats are scared of him: "I think the American public is coming more...Show More Summary

The disgraceful Mr. Blair

By Michael J.W. Stickings Remember when then-Prime Minister Tony Blair had more credibility over the Iraq War than Bush, Cheney, and the various warmongering American neocons given his supposedly deep-rooted moral convictions in support...Show More Summary

Shawn Colvin and Alison Krauss: "The Boxer" (a Simon & Garfunkel cover)

By Michael J.W. Stickings Here's a really great cover of a really great song by a couple of really great singers/musicians: But it can't quite match this:

The Pineapple Thief: "Money" (a Pink Floyd cover)

By Michael J.W. Stickings As you may know, I love Pink Floyd. Like, a lot. More than anything else in music. But what I don't like, probably because I love Pink Floyd so much, are covers of Pink Floyd songs. As a general rule, I loathe them. Show More Summary

WaPo editorial board to stop using term "Redskins

By Richard K. Barry As reported by The Washington Post: The Washington Post editorial board said Friday it will stop using the word “Redskins” when referring to Washington’s football team, joining a growing list of other commentators who have renounced the term because they believe it disparages Native Americans. Show More Summary

Romney criticizes Obama. World gasps.

By Richard K. Barry There is some bullshit making the rounds that Mitt Romney might just make another run for the White House. It seems to be based on the amount of stumping he's doing for other candidates and his general visibility....Show More Summary

Sarah Palin - still delusional after all these years

By Richard K. Barry The Hollywood Reporter ran an excerpt recently from a new book about Saturday Night Live. It's actually an update of an old book. Live From New York is by James Andrew Miller and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post television critic Tom Shales (due out in September). Show More Summary

Give Us A Reason

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on the question of marriage equality: While recognizing that “our history is marred by discrimination against gays and lesbians,” Rubio argued that “traditional marriage has such an extraordinary record of success at raising children” and must be perpetuated to the exclusion of same-sex unions. Show More Summary

Frankly speaking

Last week Thomas Frank wrote a piece in Salon in which he went all in on calling Barack Obama a weak and gutless leader and labeling his presidency an abject failure. The Hope and Change president promised so much and delivered so little,...Show More Summary

Please sir, may I have some more?

By Capt. FoggPecunia non olet said Vaspasian, or so they say. Money doesn't stink, or so you'd think when looking at the way Florida governor Rick Scott laps it up like a cat with spilt milk. Showing up Monday at a Boca Raton, Florida...Show More Summary

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